|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1947|
St. Louis City
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 2001|
St. Louis City
Police Officer James O. Conner, DSN 7915, was commissioned as a Police Officer on 08/24/1970 and entered the Saint Louis Police Academy. After graduating the academy he held various assignments in different Districts and Specialized Divisions during his distinguished career. They were the 1St, 7Th, 3Rd, Mobile Reserve Section, 3rd, Bureau of Field Operations, 4Th, Narcotics Division, 3Rd, 5Th and finally the 7Th District. During his career he was awarded the following prestigious awards. The department highest award which was the Medal of Valor on 11/15/1977 for unwavering heroism above and beyond the call of duty, Meritorious Service Award on 06/08/1977, and 2 Chief's Letters of Commendation on 12/04/1981 and 04/13/1984 for police work above the call of duty. When Officer Conner retired on 04/06/1992 he had completed 21.17 years of faithful and dedicated service to the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Officer Conner was also a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War and achieve the rank of Specialist 4Th Class.
While in Vietnam on 2 tours of duty, Officer Conner's was awarded the following service medals and commendations. They were: 1 Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars with "V" Device, several Army Commendation Medals, 39 Awards of The Air Medal 2 with "V" Device (it is to be noted a "V" Device is for valor), and 5 Purple Hearts, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Air Crew Wings. He served as an Light Weapons Infantryman in his first tour and a helicopter crewman in his second tour on a small observation helicopter. He fought in the I Drang valley and the A Shau valley campaigns.
His citation for the Silver Star Medal reads in part that when he was in combat that he was badly wounded when the helicopter that he was in crashed. He was ejected from the helicopter and under heavy enemy intense fire he returned to the aircraft to pull the wounded pilot from the burning wreckage, and held off the enemy until friendly help could arrive.
CONNER, JAMES ORIN
SP4 US ARMY
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/18/1947
DATE OF DEATH: 07/20/2001
BURIED AT: SECTION 1N SITE 812
JEFFERSON BARRACKS NATIONAL CEMETERY
2900 SHERIDAN ROAD ST. LOUIS, MO 63125
Note: SP4 US Army Vietnam
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Plot: Section Number 1N, Grave Plot Number 812
Maintained by: Timothy Tumbrink
Originally Created by: Tami Glock
Record added: Apr 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35695111