JAMES D ROARK
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HONORED ON PANEL 29E, LINE 85 OF THE WALL

JAMES DAVID ROARK

WALL NAME

JAMES D ROARK

PANEL / LINE

29E/85

DATE OF BIRTH

12/09/1941

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/12/1967

HOME OF RECORD

ABINGDON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Washington County

STATE

VA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

SFM2

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STATUS

MIA

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES DAVID ROARK
POSTED ON 12.2.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

POW-MIA

Never forget.

Semper Fortis
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POSTED ON 9.11.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PO2C James Roark, Thank you for your service as a Shipfitter 2nd Class with the USS PRATT. You are still MIA. Please come home. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Today is the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Be at peace.
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POSTED ON 10.27.2017

Casualty at Sea

Ship Fitter Petty Officer James D. Roark and Seaman Petty Officer John D. Cayce were assigned to the destroyer USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13). On November 12, 1967, they were performing their duties as part of a helicopter detail onboard the ship in the Gulf of Tonkin. The ship was rolling in heavy seas when a 20-foot wave swept over the main deck and carried three men overboard. The USS Pratt immediately turned to recover the men at the same time requested a helicopter from another ship to assist. One man was quickly spotted and rescued. Five additional ships and two helicopters joined the search for the remaining men. An extensive search failed to locate either SN Cayce or SFM2 Roark. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 8.22.2017
POSTED BY: LeRoy Wolf

The Best of Us

I didn't know Jim all that well but my memory of him is of an easy going and competent sailor. He was always pleasant to be around. I knew Cayce, who we also lost of that horrible day, and he was an excellent shipmate as well. Two of the best among us was taken that day. I visit my towns small replica of the Wall often and always touch their names.
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POSTED ON 6.7.2017
POSTED BY: Jerry Dunford

My shipmate and friend

Jim Roark was my friend aboard USS William V. Pratt. We shared many times, meals, and stories from our homes in Virginia that we talked about. He was from further west in Virginia, me, I was from Richmond. He had a young baby daughter that we talked about as he received letters from his wife back home while we were at sea. I was discharged before him, he may have reenlisted I don't recall. He had come int the NAVY after serving in the ARMY,and seemed to like the NAVY. I miss my friend, and all the others who have their lives for the Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert S. McNamara and Liar General William Westmoreland's war, where America had it's hands tied and sacrificed 58,000 of America's youth . SHAME ON THEM.
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