James Ned WoolleySpecialist Five
334TH AERIAL WPNS CO, 145TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
12 September 1945 - 30 October 1969
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The database page for James Ned Woolley
James was from the oilfields of Odessa, Texas. He graduated from Permian High School, Class of 1964. He is one of 45 official Odessans who perished in Vietnam. Odessa has identified over 61 persons with connections to Odessa who perished in Vietnam. James had extended his tour to get an early out and he was killed in his thirteenth month in Vietnam. He is remembered on the
Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.
May James' sacrifice not be forgotten.
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Jimmy was gunshot by a sniper on October 13, 1969 while assisting in an helicopter recovery mission. He was medevaced to the 12th Evacuation Hosptial, where surgery was performed. He died from pneumonia secondary to the wounds on October 30, 1969.
He was buried with full military honors at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Odessa, Texas. He was laid to rest next to his older sister Barbara who died in 1956 at age 16. Sadly, the family continued to experience tragedy. His father had founded Woolley Tool and Manufacturing Company in Odessa, Texas. This was a large oil field tool company who operated all over the United States providing different types of downhole oil field tools and equipment. His parents, Ned and Fae Woolley were enroute from Midland, Texas to Long Beach, California, June 13, 1973 to meet with customers. They were flying in a private plane piloted by his father. Mr. Woolley filed a flight plan for travel over the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. The plane went down near a small village and both parents perished. They are buried next to Jimmy and Barbara.
Jimmy was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for his actions on the day of his death. He was also awarded the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal for meritorous service and the South Vietnamese government awarded him the Vietnam Military Merit Medal.
Jimmy is survived by his sister Janet who still resides in Odessa.
From a PBVVM representative,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Feb 2004
Last updated 08/10/2009