JAMES L MORELAND
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HONORED ON PANEL 38E, LINE 7 OF THE WALL

JAMES LESLIE MORELAND

WALL NAME

JAMES L MORELAND

PANEL / LINE

38E/7

DATE OF BIRTH

09/29/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/07/1968

HOME OF RECORD

ANAHEIM

COUNTY OF RECORD

Orange County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SFC

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Contact Details

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LEFT FOR JAMES LESLIE MORELAND
POSTED ON 8.7.2011

Remembered

Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 5.16.2011
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

FOUR-DECADE VIGIL FINALLY ENDS FOR MISSING IN ACTION SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER

CBS EVENING NEWS


16 MAY 2011


FOUR-DECADE VIGIL FOR MIA VIETNAM VETERAN ENDS



Kathy Strong buries James Leslie Moreland's MIAPOW bracelet after wearing it for nearly 38 years



By Steve Hartman (CBS News)



MONTEVALLO, Alabama -


In Alabama this weekend, closure came in a flag-draped coffin.



After 43 years missing in Vietnam, the recently identified remains of an elite Army Green Beret soldier finally made it home.




'We thank you today Lord, that James Leslie Moreland has returned to the land where he came from,' the preacher said Saturday.



CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports the service marked an end to four decades of uncertainty for Moreland's friends, family and one totally devoted, total stranger: Kathy Strong.



Strong never knew James Moreland - but will never forgot him either. 'I made a promise and I wanted to keep it,' she says.



It was a promise she made Christmas day 1972 when Kathy, then 12 years old, got a metal bracelet in her stocking.



It was one of those MIA-POW bracelets which were a popular fad in the 1970s.



Each bracelet bore the name of a soldier who was either still a prisoner in Vietnam or missing in action.



The idea was to wear the bracelet until your veteran came home.



Strong took the commitment more seriously than most.



As her photos can attest - long after the other kids had moved onto bell bottoms and moon rocks, Kathy was still wearing her bracelet.



In fact when we first met her in March - there it was, same place it'd been every second of every day for 38 years.



She says she's never taken it off. 'Nope, had an MRI, had to keep my arm out of the machine, that was difficult,' she added. She was determined to only take it off for him.



'They showed footage back in the day of the soldiers coming off the planes and I always thought 'I'm going to be there and have him put it on his arm,' and that's how I always pictured it,' Strong says. 'But that wasn't meant to be.'



Over the years Strong has really gotten to know Moreland through, his 2 surviving sisters -- who invited her to sit with them at the funeral.



Strong also got special recognition Saturday from Colonel Paul Longgrear, Moreland's commanding officer - and perhaps Kathy's biggest fan.



'This is quality that we just don't hardly find in America anymore,' Longgrear says. 'A commitment to her word even though she was a child.'



For too many of us, 'supporting the troops' is nothing but lip service. Patriotism being nothing but what we wear on our sleeve. Strong, however, with her bracelet, has shown us what being a truly proud American entails

And finally, as for that bracelet, Kathy did with it what she always said she would. The morning before the funeral she took it off and slipped it on the sleeve of Moreland's uniform.


'It's going to be hard. It's going to take some getting used to,' she says. But I've come to learn that whether I'm wearing his bracelet or not, he'll always be with me every day of my life.'






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POSTED ON 5.9.2011
POSTED BY: Bob Jacobs

Silver Star Citation

Silver Star

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class James Leslie Moreland (ASN: RA-420589371), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant First Class Moreland distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 6 and 7 February 1968, while serving with Detachment B-16, Company C, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, during an attack on the Lang Vei Camp. North Vietnamese Army tanks and infantrymen launched a ravaging attack on the compound on the night of 6 February and inflicted numerous casualties on the defenders. Braving withering cannon, mortar and machine gun fire, Specialist Moreland moved through a hail of bullets and shrapnel to treat the wounded. When the attackers overran the outer perimeter, he secured anti-tank weapons and grenades, joined a hastily formed tank killer team and moved to engage the hostile armor. He advanced to a point blank range and assisted in destroying one tank with highly effective fire. With bullets striking all around him, he then maneuvered to the command bunker to resupply himself with ammunition. He was seriously wounded when the position received a direct hit and was neutralized. Sergeant First Class Moreland's gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No 1933 (April 27, 1968)

Action Date: February 6 & 7, 1968

Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Company: Detachment B-16, Company C
Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Division: 1st Special Forces
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POSTED ON 3.9.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

James is buried at Ashby Cemetery, Bibb County,AL.
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POSTED ON 3.7.2011
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

WOMAN WEARS POW MIA BRACELET FOR MORE THAN 38 YEARS

WOMAN WEARS POW MIA BRACELET FOR MORE THAN 38 YEARS


Kathy Strong was 12 years old when she put on a bracelet to keep vigil for a solider missing in Vietnam -- but now it's time for her to take it off


CBS EVENING NEWS - STEVE HARTMAN

WALNUT CREEK, California - 7 March 2011 -

While the war was raging in Vietnam, POW MIA bracelets were all the rage.

The metal bracelets, sold by the millions, each bore the name of a soldier who was either still a prisoner of war in Vietnam, or missing in action.

CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports the idea was to wear the bracelet and only take it off your wrist when your Veteran came home.

They were very popular with kids.


In 1972, when she was 12-years-old, Kathy Strong got a bracelet in her Christmas stocking.

' I was really excited,' Strong said. ' I read the paper that came with it. And I just thought. I'm going to keep it on until he comes home.'

Strong, now 50, still remembers the name: James Leslie Moreland.

Sergeant First Class Moreland was a Green Beret who'd been stationed in Lang Vei.

SFC Moreland went missing in the winter of 1968 after the enemy over took his position.

At the time, no one knew much more than that - so Kathy remained optimistic.

' They showed footage of the soldiers coming off the planes, and I always thought wherever he's flying into I'm going to be there and I'm going to give him my bracelet and I'm going to put it on his arm. That's how I always pictured it,' Strong said. ' But that wasn't meant to be.'

After so many years it became obvious, to even the most hopeful, that everyone who could come home alive had come home.

Eventually, the bracelets went the way of the pet rock.

However, Kathy Strong wore her bracelet much longer than most.

In fact, James Moreland's name has been on her wrist every day, without exception, for the past 38 years.

' I just wanted to keep the promise,' Strong said.

At this point, Strong says keeping the promise means wearing the bracelet until Moreland's remains are found and returned.

' I knew there was family out there who was waiting and I was just going to wait along with them,' Strong said.

Anita and Linda are James Moreland's sisters and closest surviving relatives.

When they heard about Kathy a few years ago they asked to meet.

' To have worn his bracelet for so long,' Anita said, ' we just love her to death.'

' She did care,' her sister Linda added. ' And she still does care.'

Strong said she thinks about Moreland everyday.

' It's usually when I have my hands out in front of me - you know, maybe driving a car or typing on the keyboard and I just think I wonder when he's coming home.'

She's been wondering almost 4 decades -- but no more.

In January, James Moreland's sisters got word that their brother's remains had been found and identified.

In May he'll be buried, between his mother and father, in a full military funeral.

Strong said she's ' going to remove the bracelet and have it buried with him.'





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE





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