Thinking for the FuturePosted on 5/23/14 - by Judy Cartwright RatzlaffJim, 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.MORE
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 HeroPosted on 11/23/13 - by Curt Carter firstname.lastname@example.orgDear 1LT James Howard Cartwright, sirMORE
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
Classmate & FriendPosted on 1/3/13 - by Ken Langford '69 email@example.com
Jim Cartwright '69 was my classmate at Texas A&M as well as my friend. He has not been forgotten
We RememberPosted on 2/14/11 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgJames is buried at Oaklawn Cemetery, Decatur, Wise County,TX.
Texas Aggies '69 RememberPosted on 5/17/08 - by Marvin Fletcher '69 Class agent email@example.comJim's classmates sponsored, designed, & funded a Vietnam Era '69 Memorial to memorialize Jim & 10 additional classmates. The Memorial is located on the Texas A&M University campus in the Corps dorm area west of the Quadrangle near the corner of Joe Routt Blvd & Coke St. The Memorial was dedicated September 9, 1996 & reads: "This Memorial Site is dedicated to honor those 11 fellow classmates who made the supreme sacrifice while defending American ideals of freedom and democracy during the Vietnam Era." It includes the name, rank, & hometown of each.MORE
2nd Armored Division FriendPosted on 2/3/07 - by Darrell Buffaloe (Major, Retired) firstname.lastname@example.orgJames Cartwright was one of the finest officers I know. Our service together in 2-66 Armor prior to his assigment to VN is some of my best memories. The day we received word of his loss was the blackest days of our lives.MORE
Operation Embrace/Looking for RelativesPosted on 12/9/06 - by Joe Willey email@example.comJim was assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse) at the time of his death. 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia are attempting to locate relatives of all of our Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or through our website: http://www.11thcavnam.comMORE
You are missedPosted on 12/6/05 - by Ryan B MORE
Out of respectPosted on 10/19/04 - by Nathan Gunter '07 email@example.comMy Corps of Cadets scholarship is named after him. I am told he was a good man, known as Jimmy, who volunteered for the infantry when so many didn't. I am proud to know the story of this great Aggie.MORE
RemembrancePosted on 5/10/04 - by Scott Taylor firstname.lastname@example.orgJimmy was a friend and fellow classmate at Texas A&M from 1965-1969. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
My Platoon LeaderPosted on 6/1/01 - by Charles TornoI was the track commander of G 2-4 and James was my platoon leader; damn those atuomatic ambushes, it cost him his life.
TRAININGPosted on 6/18/00 - by LOUIS COATSJAMES WAS MY FRIEND,WE HAD SERVED TOGETHER AT FT HOOD,AND WHEN HE CAME TO VIETNAM I HAD HIM SPEND TIME WITH ME TO LEARN HOW TO BEST SURVIVE IN BEING A PLATOON LEADER AND USING TRIPING DEVICES--HE WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON ,A GOOD FRIEND.HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRYMORE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.