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is honored on Panel 5W, Line 32 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Photo

    Posted on 10/18/17 - by Judy Cartwright Ratzlaff
    Would the person who submitted the photo of Jim in his military uniform please contact me. Neither my mom or me have this photo. I would love to have a copy. Mom's gone now, please contact me. Any of you who were with him in VIETNAM, I would like to hear from you
  • Thanks

    Posted on 10/15/17 - by Lucy Conte Micik
    Dear Lt James Cartwright,
    Thank you for your service as an Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • The Ultimate Sacrifice was made by this Corps member, who was killed during the Vietnam War.

    Posted on 6/12/16 - by thomas r bailey '63 TAMU

    The Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M University
    Salute: 1st. Lt. James H Cartwright '69
    “The Memorial for Vietnam Era”
    “Corps Plaza Memorial”
    College Station, Texas trb’63
    For more information or adding information contact:
    Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center 1400 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-1400 (979) 862-2862
  • Thinking for the Future

    Posted on 5/23/14 - by Judy Cartwright Ratzlaff
    Jim, was my brother. This is his senior photo at Texas A & M University. He flew out of Love Field, Dallas, Texas, October 31, 1970. The boarding of the TWA plane at that time, was by portable stairs. The plane door closed and the plane began to taxi, then stopped. They took the stairs back up to the plane and my brother came off the plane and gave my mom his TAMU senior ring. Jim told her to give it to one of my sons. Had he been wearing it, it would have been lost because of his injury.

    Jim had 9 months left to serve and had a friend who had just become a father. This new dad was due to ship out to Vietnam in several weeks. Our dad died when I was 16 and Jim was 13. Jim told this young man, he would go in his place, saying "no child should grow up without a dad." We never knew this young man, but I hope he was a good father to his son.

    My mom was filling out papers for Jim to enroll in law school when the men came to her home to tell her Jim had been killed. Jim was a good brother and man. We had many letters from his platoon and they all seem to love and respect him. One of his close friends from Texas A & M funded a perpetual scholarship for the Corp. in his name, so his memory lives on at Texas A & M University.

    I always hoped I would hear from someone who knew him or might have had photos of him while he was in Vietnam. Jim hated drugs and what they did to people. He had some men in his platoon that he was sure took them. He often stood post for them so all would be safe. Later he wrote my mom, he understood why some took them...He said" We kill or get killed everyday." Jim trained at Fort Knox, Jungle Training in Panama and left from Killeen....he was the 9th or 10th 1st Lt. of his platoon killed in less than 12 months.

    I cannot imagine what these young men endured, but I respect each of them for their service and dedication to protecting others. I miss him and his smile and he is forever in my thoughts and heart.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/23/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT James Howard Cartwright, 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
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