Cartwright, James Howard


Rank: First Lieutenant

Unit: G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 1204 – Armored Reconnaissance Unit Commander

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Reserve

Date of birth: 14-Jul-1947

Hometown: Decatur, Texas

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 24-May-1969

Start of tour: 1-Nov-1970

Incident date: 8-Jan-1971

Date of casualty: 8-Jan-1971

Age at death: 23

Cause of death: Non-hostile, died of other causes. Accident. Other accident. Other Accident.
At night defensive position, checking automatic ambush, which accidentally detonated. / Individual was leading a dismounted reconnaissance patrol to check a mechanical demolition charge which had been set out by his platoon.  Individual accidentally detonated the charge and was killed instantly from shrapnel wounds.

Location of fatality: Long Khanh, South Vietnam, YT 757 018

Place of interment: Oaklawn Cemetery, Decatur, Texas, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 05W 032 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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