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  • Date of Birth:8/22/1935
  • Date of Casualty:6/19/1965
  • Home of Record:EL PASO
  • County of Record:EL PASO COUNTY
  • State:TX
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CAPT
  • Panel/Row: 2E, 15
  • Casualty Province:PR & MR UNKNOWN


  • Date of Birth:12/25/1944
  • Date of Casualty:6/21/1965
  • Home of Record:TALLAHASSEE
  • County of Record:LEON COUNTY
  • State:FL
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:PVT
  • Panel/Row: 2E, 15
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN


is honored on Panel 2E, Row 15 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Final Mission of SGT James L. Talley

    Posted on 1/30/16 - by
    On June 17, 1964, CAPT Thomas L. Ledbetter, SGT James L. Talley and SGT Harry A. Walling left the Special Forces camp at Polei Krong on a two-day patrol with a 103-man Montagnard company. The patrol proceeded through Tay Ninh Province to about 5 miles southeast of the provincial capital. Two days later, at the camp at Soui Da, a radio message was received from Talley reporting that the team had walked into a Viet Cong battalion of 300-400 and that CAPT Ledbetter had been wounded. He requested air support and evacuation. He was unable to give an exact location. Immediate help was sent, but was unable to locate the area of the battle. Later that day, a company and a half were ready to leave on a search when 26 survivors, mostly wounded, began to come in, giving a grim description of what had occurred. CAPT Ledbetter, although shot in the leg, stabbed and hit in the head, was last seen crawling away after the company was entirely overrun. Some of the survivors reported that they had hidden in the brush pretending to be dead and observed the Viet Cong burying bodies and lying in wait for the search parties they knew would come. Some said that they had seen Talley and Ledbetter being carried away by the Viet Cong. The search for clues of the fate of Thomas Ledbetter, James Talley and Harry Walling went on for over a week. Each day, the searchers encountered enemy fire and engaged in battle, both on the ground and in the air. The search was complicated by the fact that the Montagnards were unfamiliar with the area and frequently became confused about the locations of the battles. Eighty-six new graves were found, and several of them were opened. The grave of Harry Walling was found and his body evacuated. Ledbetter and Talley were not found. The team felt at the time that Ledbetter and Talley had been captured. Talley had medical experience and would have made a valuable prisoner to the Viet Cong who were unable to adequately treat their wounded. [Taken from]
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 6/19/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear SGT James Lane Talley, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter

  • I love you Dad

    Posted on 4/18/13 - by RB

    Although I did not meet my father he is who I am. I was 2 12 when he was captured he was 21. I look just like him and have many of his traits. God bless you Dad you are still alive in my heart.

  • Remembered

    Posted on 2/20/13

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

  • POW/MIA Bracelet

    Posted on 7/19/08 - by Darrin R. Proehl, SSGT, USAF
    I am a USAF Vet and have been wearing this bracelet for about 20 years now. I am very much in support of the effort in SE Asia to bring everyone home. I want his family to know that he is not forgotten. I wear this bracelet with pride and have had strangers walk up to me reciently asking who I was wearing. I am proud to be able to tell Sgt Talley's story so that they will remember that we still need to get them home. I will continue to wear this bracelet till either Sgt Talley is returned home or I go to meet our maker. Should that day come my daughter has offered to carry on wearing his name.

    Posted on 5/3/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
  • Do not stand at my grave and weep

    Posted on 6/19/05 - by Bob Ross
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    Mary Frye – 1932

  • Thinking of You

    Posted on 1/19/04 - by Wade Richards
    Jim and I went to high school, college and church together. He was bright, handsome, courageous and a very good athlete. I am not suprised that Jim died in a heroic act. I have often thought of Jim. I finally learned that his name is on the wall with his birth name. I knew him in Inglewood, California as Jim Pace. May he rest in peace.
  • Not Forgotten

    Posted on 2/23/03 - by Candace Lokey
    I have not forgotten you. I chair the Adoption Committee for The National League of Families of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action in Southeast Asia. We will always remember the 1,889 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia and the thousands of others that lost their lives. We will not stop our efforts until all of you are home where you belong.

    We need to reach the next generation so that they will carry on when our generation is no longer able. To do so, we are attempting to locate photographs of all the missing. If you are reading this remembrance and have a photo and/or memory of this missing American that you would like to share for our project, please contact me at:

    Candace Lokey
    PO Box 206
    Freeport, PA 16229

    If you are not familiar with our organization, please visit our web site at :
  • I have his P.O.W. bracelet

    Posted on 10/3/01
    If any family members read his, please contact me, I have his P.O.W. Bracelet worn by my grandmother. I am proud to have found some information on James, but I would like to know more.

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