James Herbert Fife, Jr

Private First Class
Army of the United States
24 August 1946 - 08 August 1966
Seattle, Washington
Panel 09E Line 112


James H Fife

Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

Army Parachutist

The database page for James Herbert Fife, Jr

27 Jul 2003

Jim and I went to West Seattle High School. He graduated one year before me. We ended up in basic training together at Fort Ord. We became best friends and continued on to Fort Gordon and we were finally separated at Fort Benning. Jim had a large extended family and loved his baby brother Chris.

One of my favorite memories is of us in Atlanta on St Patrick's Day in 1966. We got extremely drunk and were taken in by a crowd at the bar in our hotel. We were jumping in the swimming pool, and naturally the locals thought we were crazy. I think of Jim often, and wondered "what if". I was in Vietnam when I learned he had been killed. It probably helped save my life.

From a friend,
Don Lenning

30 Jul 2005

Jim was my oldest Brother. I am the baby girl of 7 children. He was second in line; I was sixth. He was like a father to our youngest brother Chris. I remember the day Chris was born. Jimmy flew out the front door when we received the phone call, that Mom had a boy. "I have a baby brother", he shouted! He whitsled so loud I know all the neighbors heard. He was so proud, even though he was only 15.

I was very happy to see this memorial from Jimmy's friend Don. We have known through the years that Jimmy was not forgotten. He has been truly missed. He also was touched by many people.

Our brother brought our family together, and now we are all grown and gone our own ways. I don't think any family's siblings get over the loss of their brothers or sisters from that war. A day doesn't go by that I don't think of him. As I read or talk to his old friends, the memories just fill my every thought. Oh, if we could just have those days over again to say those words we didn't and should have, or hug him one more time.

I welcome any of those old friends to CONTACT ME. After Jimmy died, only a few friends came by to see our parents, and then they quit. I know it meant a lot to my Mother when someone would come by and share with Mom. I think they thought we didn't want to talk about him cause it would make Mom cry. That was good for her to be able to grieve losing Jimmy. Both our parents and oldest sister are with Jimmy now, and all resting in the same cemetery in Seattle, Washington - Holy Rood.

God Bless us ALL who will ALWAYS remember those Brothers and Sisters who gave their lives for US. I miss you, Jimmy.

From his sister,
Jeannie Fife Iverson

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his sister,
Jeannie Fife Iverson
27 Jul 2003

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 07/31/2005