James Michael Sunday

Specialist Five
Army of the United States
17 July 1945 - 29 September 1967
Garfield Heights, OH
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
James M. Sunday

The database page for James Michael Sunday

19 November 2000

Memorial For James M. Sunday
July 17, 1945 - September 29, 1967
Rifleman - 4th Platoon - Charlie Company
4th Battalion - 47th Infantry - 9th Infantry Division

By his friend, Rollie Gangler
November 19, 2000

Jim and I became close friends during Basic Training at Fort Riley, Kansas, when the 9th Infantry Division was reactivated to combat communism in South Viet Nam. I first met Jim in May of 1966 when we ended up in the same platoon and I remember him as a really nice guy and a very honest and decent person. He was a quiet man and mostly kept to himself - I suppose that we got along so well due to my talkative nature and Jim being a good listener. I always liked joking with Jim and I remember how we constantly lamented the lack of success of our home town baseball teams - my Chicago Cubs and his Cleveland Indians.

When our Battalion went to Viet Nam in January of 1967, I ended up assigned to Headquarters and Jim stayed with his Infantry Platoon. During the following months of that year, I kept apprised of Charlie Company's activity by constantly monitoring reports and radio transmissions when my friends were in the field. Every chance that I had, I made sure that I visited with Jim and my other Charlie Company friends. I will never forget how my heart sank when I heard of Jim's death via radio communications between Headquarters personnel and the field officers. The news hit me so hard and I knew that it would be thoroughly devasting to his wife and family.

While attending this year's Veteran's Day Ceremony, hosted by the Mobile Riverine Force Association, in Washington D.C., a fellow Charlie Company member, John Bradfield, informed me that a recreation park in Ohio had been named in honor of James M. Sunday.

I will never, ever forget my very good friend, Jim Sunday.
The memory of Jim will live on and on....

Soldiers of Charlie Company
4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
memorialized on The Virtual Wall include
1LT Charles D Black
13 April 1967
SP4 Marion T Eakins
11 July 1967
SP4 Philip A Ferro
11 July 1967
SP4 William M Geier
19 June 1967
SGT Elmer F Kenney
11 July 1967
SP4 Donald M Peterson
15 May 1967
SP4 Ronald P Schworer
09 Apr 1967
SSGT George E Smith
11 July 1967
CPL Harold W King
11 July 1967
SP5 James M Sunday
25 Sep 1967
  CPL Cecil Benny Bridges
29 Jul 1967

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