JAMES R KOVAR
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 30 OF THE WALL

JAMES RUSSELL KOVAR

WALL NAME

JAMES R KOVAR

PANEL / LINE

7E/30

DATE OF BIRTH

04/12/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/05/1966

HOME OF RECORD

ONEIDA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Knox County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES RUSSELL KOVAR
POSTED ON 5.30.2018
POSTED BY: Chelsey Olson

Relative to James

James and my mom Kathy would be first cousins. I have known about him all my life. I etched his name on my 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. He died when she was only 4yrs old but she has some memories of him. I have pictures of him and records or his and his family. He was awarded the Purple Heart. His family is all gone now that I'm aware of, His parents are buried close to him as well as his brother. I just visited him on Memorial Day and placed a white flower and Star next to the flag. I wish I could have met him and told him Thank you, but Thank you is simply not enough. James your story doesn't go untold, my son knows about you as well. We are PROUD to be your family!
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POSTED ON 6.16.2017
POSTED BY: marvin purser

When I was his pastor.

After I left Knoxville to drive to Ft Leonardwood to get Sgt. Kovar to surprise his girlfriend at her H.S. graduation in Knoxville, then take him back to boot camp, I was asked to return to Ft. Leonardwood to bury him and did. I was 29 then and now 80, this memory is just as vivid as it was then-Reverend Marvin E. Purser
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POSTED ON 5.23.2014
POSTED BY: LTC (Retired) (Then 1st Lt.) Teddy H. Sanford, Jr.

Died in My Arms

SP4 Jimmy Kovar was a member of D Troop, 1st Squadron, 9th US Cavalry. On the 5th of May 1966, the troop was in its second day of attacks on the North Vietnamese 9th Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment. One of our platoons was caught out in the open at one point and was receiving both machine gun and mortar fire. We pulled our 106mm RR rifles up on a dirt trail and began pouring fire onto enemy positions. They responded by shifting mortar fires onto our position. I was wounded and Jimmy went down from a blast by an 82mm mortar round. He died in my arms. At 27 years of age, he was one of our older troopers. A good soldier and an even better man.
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POSTED ON 11.27.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 James Russell Kovar, 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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POSTED ON 5.29.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

James is buried at East Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg, Knox County,IL. PH
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