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Sgt James Lynn Cherry

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Sgt James Lynn Cherry

  • Birth 27 Aug 1937 Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, USA
  • Death 18 May 1966 Qui Nhon, Binh Dinh, Vietnam
  • Burial Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 39444278

SSG James Lynn Cherry, Vietnam Veteran, former native of Texas, he became a resident of Hope Mills, NC.

Staff Sergeant James Lynn Cherry was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army, SSG Cherry served our country until May 18th, 1966 in South Vietnam. He was 28 years old and was married. It was reported that James died from drowning when he stepped in a hole crossing a stream. His body was recovered. James was born on August 27th, 1937 in Angleton, Texas. SSG Cherry is on panel 07E, line 080 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for more than 9 years.

SSGT James Lyn Cherry's photos are courtesy of Mr. Eddie Hurst.

I was 3 years old when my uncle died in combat, I wish I could remember meeting him but, I'm glad that he knew me. When the cowards attacked New York and Virginia the first person I thought of was my uncle and how now more than ever we need warriors like him to defend us from the evil axis. Though they get no credit, and even get criticized by the people they defend, they sacrifice their lives for them anyway. I think God likes honor and courage in his creations more than weakness and stupidity. That's why I know SSgt Cherry and people like him are honored in heaven as they deserve to be down here. My Uncle Jim did three tours in Nam. He died there in 1966 when I was almost 4 years old. For a long time I had a crossbow and a knife he gave me once. I would see it at night hanging on my wall and would think of him. When we moved they got lost. I wish I had them back. I thought of him when I was playing war with my friends and I think of him now and tears of pride roll down my face. My Uncle, My Hero. David Harris, Nephew.

Brother in Arms: Jim, you won the toss but lost your life, my nightmare. NOT A DAY GOES BY WITHOUT THINKING OF YOU MY FRIEND. David, I served with your uncle Jim while we were in Special Forces on the only Operational B Team to serve in Vietnam. I carried his body back to camp, if you ever want to know more, I am Sergeant Major (Retired) Ed Fizer, Mesquite, NV, "Trungse BA LA"

He is the Husband of Mrs Marsha A Cherry, 120 Lake Forest Road, Hope Mills, NC, 28348. Son of Mr James Lee Cherry and Mrs Nettie Cherry, 608 West Orange Street Angleton, Texas, 77515. Father of James Lynn Cherry III, Justin J Cherry and Despey N Cherry, 120 Lake Forest Road, Hope Mills, NC, 28348.

He served as a SSGT with Bravo Company, Detachment B-22, 5th Special Forces Group, Special Forces Vietnam.

He was awarded The Soldier's Medal, The Bronze Star Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal.



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  • Maintained by: Tom Reece
  • Originally Created by: P. Bible
  • Added: 14 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39444278
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt James Lynn Cherry (27 Aug 1937–18 May 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39444278, citing Lafayette Memorial Park, Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .