Thank you for your service as an Infantryman. It is Holy Thursday. The war was years ago, but we all need 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.
Remembering An American Hero
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
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Sgt. James Hath was born in January, 1947 to Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Hath. Called Jamie by his family, he grew up in west Dearborn on Mayburn Street. Jamie and his older brother Gary graduated from Dearborn High School.
Jamie loved electronics, and built several kids and devices. He also enjoyed jazz music and played upright bass in a folk band as well as a local dance band called Kit Redding and the Imperials. He attended Michigan State University for a couple of years, studying communications there before enlisting in the United States Army in August of 1967.
Sgt. Hath was sent to Vietnam in April of 1968. He died on September 4, 1968 from hostile gunfire in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam. He was 21 years old.
Jamie is buried at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkeley, Michigan. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Sharpshooter Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal.