James Irwin Boyer


US Army Insignia

United States Army

PFC Insignia - Army

Private First Class

506th Unit Crest Patch  1st Logistics Command Patch   United States Army-Vietnam Patch
223rd Quartermaster Company
79th Ordnance Battalion
506th Field Depot
1st Logistics Command
United States Army-Vietnam



Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Fell September 16, 1965

James, the son of Mrs. Katheryn S. Saddler and the late John Boyer of Lebanon, was born on the 26th of November, 1943.  He grew up in the Pleasant Hill section of North Cornwall Township and attended Cornwall area schools, graduating from Cornwall High School in the Class of 1962.  He worshipped at the Annville Church of the Brethren.

He enlisted in the Army on the 2nd of July, 1964, and after his basic and advanced training was assigned to a unit in Virginia prior to going to Vietnam.  He arrived in Vietnam on the 7th of August, 1965 and assigned to the 223rd Quartermaster Company.  He was fatally injured in an accident in the equipment storage area as he was helping to guide some equipment that was suspended from a wrecker boom.  As the boom touched some high voltage lines he was electrocuted.

He was awarded the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

In addition to his mother he was survived by two sisters, Doris Bales of Indiantown Gap and Bernice Boyer of Lebanon; and brothers, Kenneth and Larry.

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