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Corp James Roy “J.R.” Knight

Corp James Roy “J.R.” Knight

Beulahtown, Johnston County, North Carolina, USA
Death 2 Dec 1968 (aged 20)
Quang Tri, Quang Tri, Vietnam
Burial Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 44340682 · View Source
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CPL James Ray Knight, Vietnam Veteran, Born in Beulahtown, NC, he later enlisted in New York. Military carries him as middle name of Ray.

Corporal James Roy Knight was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Selective Service and a Draftee, CPL Knight served our country until December 2nd, 1968 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that James died from small arms fire. His body was recovered. James was born on November 25th, 1948 in Beulahtown, Johnston County, NC. CPL Knight is on panel 37W, line 022 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year.

You fulfilled your promise, you never fired a round. Yet you gave your life, a dear friend and brother in Christ. I have remembered you for 41 years. Soon we shall be reunited in Heaven. Until then my friend. Rev Willis C. Pearson.

The men of 3rd platoon will never forget you. Steve Benton (Buzz).

Death of a Minister: James was a dedicated Christian and minister. I had just got back from Viet Nam to find that James was home on leave and had received orders for Viet Nam. I assured him that I had come home safe and that God would do the same for him. That was the last conversation we had. I often wonder what Great Thing He could have done. I still see his boyish smile as we said good by. I am typing this on 8/1/2001, and I still miss Him. Doug Adams, Friend, 746 Woodland Ave, Plainfield, NJ 07062.

See You After Awhile. CPL James Ray Knight, When I think about the last time I saw you, it was the month of September 1968 in Vietnam. Tears still swell up in my eyes. I remember us talking and laughing and making plans for when you returned home. I remember some of the last words I said were, be safe and you are in my prayers. You were in my prayers in Sept 1968 and you and your family continue to be in my prayers. Because of the evil in this world people like you are still dying so that others may live free. I love you man. Be at rest until that Great Day. Fred W. Samuel Jr.

He is the son of Mr Roosevelt and Mrs Loretta Barnes Knight, 115 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Brother to Shirley Ruth Knight, Donel Ruduck Knight, Carolyn Knight, Sandra Knight and Dwight Ann Knight.

He served with Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, USARV.

He was awarded The Combat Infantryman's Badge(CIB), The Bronze Star Medal, 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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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 15 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44340682
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Corp James Roy “J.R.” Knight (25 Nov 1948–2 Dec 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44340682, citing Rest Haven Cemetery, Wilson, Wilson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .