James Craythorn Barbour, Jr

Private First Class
Army of the United States
13 December 1947 - 27 August 1968
Richmond, Virginia
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Craythorn Barbour, Jr

30 May 2001


I think about you always, closer than cousins, more like brothers. I wish I knew more about what you experienced, who was with you and the circumstances surrounding that last fateful day. We are all so very proud of you - just wish we had the opportunity to tell you. We'll never stop missing you. And, to all those that were with you, a special thank you for laying your lives on the line for us.

Larry D. Goswick

30 May 2001

Dear Jimmy,

I will never forget that evening. I was standing on the drugstore corner by myself when I saw that soldier knocking on Mr. Cook's door. Right then I knew in my gut what had happened. From that very moment on, nothing has been the same for me or anyone else that loved you. We've had some good times together. When God calls me home, I hope he sees it in his plan for me to be with you.

Miss you and love you, brother. A part of me left with you.

Floyd L. Goswick, Jr.

29 Aug 2006

Jimmy, I knew you from living on the hill. I remember when you and Carol Ann were married. I love your in-laws Mr. and Mrs. Cook. You were a brave man to go to that awful place and give your life for this country. We all miss you and we are proud of you.

From a friend,
Betty Cook
Cronin Drive, Richmond, Va 23234

09 Mar 2007

Dear Dad,

This is your son James C Barbour the 3rd. I ended up being born 4 months and 4 days after you sacrificed your life. I was born on December 31st. Although I never got to meet you I know almost everything about you. Everyone tells me I look and act just like you did. I am now 38 years old, married, and have 6 kids. My oldest son is named James C Barbour the 4th. He was born on your birthday, December 13th. I also have a daughter named Jamie Carol Barbour [which I understand would have been my name if I were a girl]. Mom is doing fine, she did a great job raising me. I never went without anything. I live near her, and we are close and always have been. Nanny Barbour (your Mom) is doing fine, I just saw her the other day, and Grandad (your Dad) is with you right now. I can't wait to see him again, he was such a positive influence on my life.

I know we will meet one day and I look forward to getting to know you. You are still remembered by everybody.

Your Son,
Jimmy Craythorn Barbour 3rd
12161 Bridgeforth Mill Dr, Amelia, Va 23002

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade quarterly operations report for August-October 1968 contains the following text which addresses an engagement on 27-28 August:

Early on 27 August A Company, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry was inserted into a wooded area on the Tay Ninh/Hau Nghia Province boundary some 8 kilometers north of Trang Bang city. Alpha 2/506 received a warm welcome and the battalion's remaining three rifle companies were inserted to cordon off the area. The fighting which ensued resulted in 16 US dead and 28 wounded, while at least 105 enemy troops were killed and another 13 were captured. The American dead were

  • A Company:
    • SGT Kenneth D. Combs, Camarillo, CA
    • SGT James R. Harris, Clarksville, AR
    • SGT Charles Soto, New York, NY
    • CPL William F. Flaherty, Kansas City, MO
    • PFC James C. Barbour, Richmond, VA

  • B Company:
    • SSG Thomas R. Lamb, Los Angeles, CA
    • SGT Michael J. Mitchell, San Esteban, CA
    • SP4 Victor M. Plourde, Oakland, ME
    • CPL Isiah Thomas, Washington, LA
    • CPL Robert J. Washington, Indianapolis, IN
    • PFC James J. Criswell, Red Lion, PA
    • PFC Armando S. Navarro, San Antonio, TX
    • PFC James R. Pizzano, Everett, MA
    • PFC Paul M. Stockwell, Corder, MO
    • PFC Thomas V. Williams, Lakin, KS

  • D Company:
    • PFC Frank H. Johns, Baltimore, MD
One of the wounded, SP4 Michael J. Rowcroft of Roosevelt, NY, died on 25 Sep 1990, 22 years afterwards, from the effects of his wounds. SP4 Rowcraft had been a medic assigned to HQ Company; it isn't known which rifle company he was with when wounded. His name was added to The Wall in May 1993.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his son,
James C Barbour III
12161 Bridgeforth Mill Dr, Amelia, Va 23002

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 30 May 2001
Last updated 12/09/2007