Friday, August 24, 2012

Vietnam Hero Home at Last


PFC James R. Maxwell

  • BORN: February 20, 1957
  • DIED: May 15, 1975
  • LOCATION: Center Ridge, Arkansas
James RMaxwell, age 18, passed away May 15, 1975 off the coast of Cambodia, while serving his country in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam Conflict. He was born February 20, 1957, in Memphis, Tennessee, a son of William "Lindbergh" and Ula Mae Louise Maxwell.
PFC Maxwell was involved in the "Mayaguez Incident" in 1975, in which a Marine Corp helicopter was shot down off the coast of Cambodia. After many years of extensive military effort, PFCMaxwell and others remains were located at various times over the past few months.
Current survivors include his brothers, Paul and Gary Maxwell and sisters Patricia Cates and Janie Estes, all four of Center Ridge.
Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30th at Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Woolverton Mountain Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, the 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Our local sheriff is asking that we line the streets to the funeral home on Tuesday when his remains arrive.  I hope to be standing beside the road with my right hand over my heart, to give homage to this young man and his family.

2 comments:

Maple Lane said...

A long journey home. So thankful his remaining family has this special time. Bless you for being there to line the route.

NanaDiana said...

Oh My Heart! This is the second thing I have read about Vietnam today. They had a big convention here earlier this week and they did a big spread on it in the paper today. They interviewed several of the men and two of them were just overwhelmed because they both thought the other one had been killed in action. I had tears streaming down my cheeks reading it. I hope you can hold up, Jettie. What a wonderful thing for his family to have him home at last- xo Diana