James Downing AalundSergeant
D CO, 1ST BN, 7TH CAVALRY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
11 May 1945 - 28 February 1970
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I was in basic training with James in February and March 1969. He was a couple of years older and a little better educated than most of the rest of us in our platoon, but he worked as hard and struggled as much as anyone else. He was always solid and dependable.
After basic we went to Infantry training and I believe James went on to NCO school. He was sent to Viet Nam in February of 1970 and assigned to the First Cavalry Division. James was killed less than one month after he arrived in country.
I had gone to Viet Nam myself in July 1969 and did not learn of his death until I returned home in July 1970. I heard the news from another member of our basic training company who, like James, had come from Houston.
Though I give thanks for the honor of having known him, I will never forget James or his sacrifice. I think it is a fitting irony that his name is the first in the casualty database. He belongs at the front.
May God bless you, James.
Thank you for everything you did. I think that your courage was amazing. I know that I would not be able to do what you did. I just wanted to take this time to say thank you and you will never be forgotten.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 1 Mar 2001
Last updated 01/04/2007