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is honored on Panel 35W, Line 62 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • James Williams

    Posted on 12/29/05 MORE
  • We Remember

    Posted on 1/15/05 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    James is buried at Arlington Nat Cem.
  • POW I prayed for

    Posted on 1/25/03 - by Susanne Moon
    I recently ran across my old POW bracelet with the name of James Williams, listed as missing in action as of 12-29-69. I wore that bracelet and thought about the man whose name was engraved on it during my high school years in Windsor, MO. I wondered about him: whether he was married, if he had children, where he was from, if he was a prisoner in the hands of the enemy; and I hoped and prayed that I would meet him someday and tell him that I wore his bracelet and kept him in my thoughts. This past week, I used the internet to look for information and was saddened to learn that the man I hoped to meet one day was now listed as killed in action. I wish I could tell his family that I'm sorry and that he became more than just a name to me. I wish I knew more about James Williams. I want to thank him and his family for the service he gave his country and for paying the ultimate price. I am now a mother of three sons, ages 23, 18 and 10. I can't begin to imagine the horror of sending one of my sons to war, and I hope I never have to. I want James' mother to know that I've said a prayer for her and I hope that her broken heart has mended somewhat and that she is at peace and comforted with the knowledge that she will be reunited with her son someday in a better place. I hope that I will be able to meet James then.
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  • James Randall Williams: In Honored Remembrance

    Posted on 12/16/00 - by Michael Robert Patterson
    October 26, 2000
    VIETNAM WAR MIAS IDENTIFIED

    Eleven U.S. Air Force servicemen missing in action from the Vietnam War have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial.

    They are identified as Colonel Charles P. Claxton, Chicago, Illinois; Colonel Donald E. Fisher, Halfway, Oregon.; Lieutenant Colonel Edwin N. Osborne, Jr., Raiford, Florida; Lieutenant Colonel Gerald G. Van Buren, Toledo, Ohio; Lieutenant Colonel Gordon J. Wenaas, Mayville, North Dakota; Major Frank C. Parker III, Bridgeport, Pennsylvania; Chief Master Sergeant Jack McCrary, Madison, Tennessee; Chief Master Sergeant Wayne A. Eckley, Enterprise, Oregon; Chief Master Sergeant Gean P. Clapper, Altoona, Pennsylvania; and Chief Master Sergeant James R. Williams, Charlotte, North Carolina. The name of the eleventh crewmember is not being released at the request of his family. NOTE: Reported to be Chief Master Sergeant Edward Joseph Darcy.

    On December 29, 1967, their Air Force C-130E Hercules took off from Nha Trang, Republic of Vietnam, on a special mission over North Vietnam. Approximately four hours into their mission, the crew made a radio report from an area near Lai Chau Province, North Vietnam. When they failed to return to base, a visual and electronic search was initiated. About a month later, the search was ended when the aircraft could not be located. In October and November 1992, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam team interviewed five witnesses who had knowledge of the crash site. Two of the witnesses had visited the area of the crash in 1967 or 1968 and provided information about the site. Some of the witnesses turned over identification cards or tags that contained the names of some of the crew members. The team visited the site and recovered some human remains.

    In February 1993, the government of Vietnam turned over additional remains and a photocopy of more identification media. In October and November a joint team led by Joint Task Force-Full Accounting excavated the suspected crash site where they recovered aircraft wreckage, personal effects and human remains. In 1994 and 1995, Vietnamese citizens and government officials turned over additional remains. Department of Defense analysts concluded from the distribution of the aircraft wreckage that the C-130 hit a mountainside and that the crew was unaware of the impending crash. Nine parachutes were accounted for among the artifacts recovered, and there are no unresolved live sighting reports associated with this incident. Analysis of the remains and other evidence by the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii established the identification of the eleven servicemen.

    The U.S. government welcomes and appreciates the cooperation of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam that resulted in the accounting of these servicemen. We hope that such cooperation will bring increased results in the future. Achieving the fullest possible accounting of Americans missing in action is of the highest national priority.

    All were buried together in Arlington National Cemetery on 15 November 2000.

    http://www.arlingtoncemetery.com/oct262000.htm
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  • More than just a name on a POW/MIA Bracelet - Memorial Day, 1999

    Posted on 6/2/99 - by Richard Norris Davis tbugs@erols.com
    James,
    I searched for your name on the Wall because I had received your name on a POW/MIA bracelet many years ago and finally on this Memorial Day in 1999, I found you.
    I found out that you and I have the same birthday, day, month, and year. It could have been me with my name on the Wall instead of you. I was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War and thanked God that I did not have to go to Vietnam. Luckily, I never did get Vietnam orders, but I would have served as you did. Your family should be proud that you served your country when asked to do so.
    I am going to try to find out more about you, James. You and I are kindred souls that fate sent in different directions. Even though I did not know anything about you before today, I feel as if we have a bond through our birthdays and that you have reached down to me with the bracelet as a connection.
    You are at peace with our Maker.
    Richard Norris Davis
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The Wall of Faces

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