James Edward Pulley

Specialist Four
523RD TRANS CO, 54TH TRANS BN, 8TH TRANS GRP, USA SPT CMD QNH
Army of the United States
01 February 1949 - 14 June 1969
Idabel, Oklahoma
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USA SPT CMD QNH 8TH TRANS GRP
Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for James Edward Pulley

22 Dec 2005

Chuck, as his friends knew him, was a guntruck driver and gunner. While in Vietnam, he was assigned to a guntruck named "Corp's Revenge". His NCO, James Brunell, stated Chuck was the best driver and gunner he ever had in his year tour in Vietnam. Chuck was reliable and had a sixth sense about what to do in all situations. Chuck had ties to Midland, Texas and he is listed on the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial located in Midland, Texas. Chuck died from his wounds the day following an event in which his truck was operating in a convoy and the truck was hit by a rocket in a ambush. Chuck was buried with full military honors in the Dennison Cemetery in Idabel, Oklahoma.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown
bmbrown@grandecom.net

23 Dec 2005

Chuck was one of those special people that you could stake your life on. Honest, upfront, and the type of guy that everyone liked. To me he was one of my closest friends. He served as my gunner and driver on our "CORPS REVENGE" guntruck for nearly 5 months. We shared many experiences, and became almost like brothers. I could say more, but want to end with this ... HE DID HIS JOB AND DID IT WELL!

From a close friend,
John D. Burnell
jburnell@m33access.com

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At least two men from the 54th Transportation Battalion died as a result of the 13 June 1969 convoy ambush.

PVT James C. Story of Berwyn, Illinois, from the 5th Trans Company, was driving a 2-1/2 ton truck with a load of munitions. The munitions cargo detonated when the truck was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, reducing the truck to scattered debris. Private Story's remains could not be recovered.

As noted above, SP4 James E. Pulley of the 523rd Trans Company was wounded in the ambush and died the following day.





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