SP4 - E4 - Army - Regular
1st AVN BDE
19 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Nov 03, 1948
From BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Length of service 2 years.
His tour of duty began on May 24, 1967
Casualty was on Jun 24, 1968
in DARLAC, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
ACCIDENTAL HOMICIDE
Body was recovered
Religion
ROMAN CATHOLIC

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I remember being at the 8th Medical Dispensary right after lunch sitting around talking to a couple of
the other medics who were assigned there.  We were part of the 155th Assault Helicopter Company in
Ban Me Thouc.  On this day I heard a gun shot go off in our base camp near us and a couple of minutes
later someone ran in and asked us to come quick as someone had been shot, to please hurry.  I grab a
medical aid bag and ran after the guy and someone else went to get Dr. Mirman, our Flight Surgeon.  I
noticed a gun shot wound to the guys chest on the left side.  I cut off his shirt and started to apply a
bandage to his wound.  Dr. Mirman arrived and immediately began CPR.  He did the heart
compresssions and I did the mouth-to-mouth.  He instructed one the other medics to run and get some
whole blood and his medical bag.  We worked on James for over a half an hour and we were not able to
bring  him back.  After James was pronounce dead we found out one of his best friends named Sgt.
Sparks and James always played a game of cops and robbers and they would point their 45 cal revolvers
at each other and pull the trigger.  This time the gun was not unloaded.  I never found out what
happened to Sgt. Sparks.  WHAT A STUPID WAY TO DIE  !!!