ELDER, JAMES BRYAN, JR.  

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Casualty Record

 

Name:
ELDER, JAMES BRYAN, JR.


Rank / Branch:
PFC E-3, U.S. ARMY


Unit:
101ST AIRBORNE DIVIS


Date of Birth:
1946-07-28


Date of Loss:
1966-12-29


Country of Loss:
SOUTH VIETNAM


Loss Coordinates:
UNKNOWN


Status:
HOSTILE-SMALL ARMS F


Category:
BODY RETURNED


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:
GROUND


Awards & Decorations:
SEE BIO


Other:
MARRIED

 

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Veteran Hagiography

JAMES BRYAN ELDER, JR., PRIVATE FIRST CLASS, MIDLAND, MIDLAND COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

James was born in Midland, Texas, the son of Dorothy Genieve Gifford and James Bryan Elder, Sr.   He had two older sisters.  He was raised in Midland, his father was involved in the family dealership of Elder Chevrolet.  That dealership is now Berg Motors, operated by his aunt and uncle's family.  He attended Midland schools, last attending Midland High School where he completed his junior year. The family relocated to Wheatridge, Colorado, a Denver suburb, after his father retired in 1963.  He completed high school in Wheatridge in 1964 and attended the University of Denver for a year.     

Midland High School-1963

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in the winter of 1965, wanting to do his part for his country.  He volunteered for infantry. He was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and mobilized with the unit to Vietnam on July 28, 1966. He volunteered as a radio operator on a long range mission and was killed in hostile action on December 29, 1966 perishing from gunshot wounds.



Home on Leave Before Departing for Vietnam

He was buried with full military honors in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheatridge, Colorado.

His son was born in March 1967 after James' death and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Crown Hill Cemetery-Wheatridge, Colorado


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