James Thomas Watson

Army of the United States
21 August 1946 - 28 March 1970
New York, New York
Panel 12W Line 054


Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Thomas Watson

30 Oct 2003

Jim was a good man and a good soldier. He died surrounded by his brothers and thirty years later we continue to grieve.

A memorial from his Squad Leader,
Danny Johnson
994 Nottingham Lane NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319

29 Dec 2003

Jimmy was a wonderful brother who made us all laugh and proud. Jimmy was a terrific tennis and basketball player, an avid reader, and all-around good guy. He is in a better place. God bless all of the men and women who served with Jimmy. Thank you all for watching out for my brother and caring so much about him.

From his sister.

1 Mar 2004

Jimmy Watson was my Dad's best friend.

I just wanted to take a minute and say "Thank you" to Jimmy. Jimmy was so important to my father that he decided to name me, his first son, after him. My name is James Watson Brennan, and I was born on March 29th, 1973. I am very certain that there have been more than few times since then that I have needed some spiritual help staying on the right path. I am also certain that Jimmy's spirit has been one of those forces.

I am very proud when I tell people the story behind my name. I think of Jimmy very often, mostly to say thank you.

James Watson Brennan

27 May 2006

What We Carried

We carried the things of war,
heavy burdens on our backs,
devices of death in our arms
aimed at a demonized enemy.

We carried memories of home,
of those we loved,
or wanted to love,
and ideals of a future
if ever we were to leave
this extension of hell.

We carried a license to kill
and be killed,
to be murderers and martyrs
in the same breath,
men and boys
with weakness and strength
doing dirty deeds
condoned by society.

We carried the intimacy
of little things
that only meant
what personal superstition
would have them mean,
and yet,
those were totems most precious,
tied to a psyche trying to survive
in a land where death stalked
like a tiger.
Gordon Neumann

From a buddy in the bush,
Gordon Neumann
A 1/12 Cav '69-'70

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 28 March 1970, 1/12 Cavalry lost six men near the Cambodian border in Phuoc Long Province:
  • A Co, 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SGT Fred G. Kovarik, Downers Grove, IL
    • SGT Daniel R. Troye, Sterling, IL
    • SGT James T. Watson, New York, NY
    • CPL Darrell A. Cameron, Marathon, NY

  • C Co, 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry
  • HHC, 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry
    • SGT Dennis M. Schultz, Elgin, IL (medic w/ A Company)

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister.

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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 Oct 2003
Last updated 11/13/2010