MAJ James S Byrd was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 05/12/1998 at the age of 55.1
Killeen, TX
Date of Birth 03/25/1943
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 114 AHC
This information was provided by Barry Geller, VHPA newsletter

More detail on this person: Graveside services for retired Maj. James S. Byrd Jr., 55, of Killeen will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Killeen City Cemetery.

Byrd died Tuesday at his residence.

He was born on March 25, 1943.

Byrd had lived in the Killeen area for 18 years.

He had served 20 years in the U.S. Army, during which time he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal with a silver service star and two bronze service stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Medal - first class, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badge with palm, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with gold star, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Service Defense Medal, six Overseas Service Bars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Army Aviator Badge.

Byrd had served three tours of duty in Vietnam.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 29 in Harker Heights and the Order of the Purple Heart.

Survivors include two sons, James Byrd III and John E. Byrd, both of Ft. Worth; a brother, Danny R. Byrd of Killeen; a sister, Jane Morrow of Killeen; and two grandchildren.

Byrd was preceded in death by his parents.

Burial information: Killeen City Cemetery, Killeen, TX

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

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