Cross, James Emory, Capt

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1970-1970, 56th Special Operations Wing
Service Years
1965 - 1970
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Warren, OH
Last Address
Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Casualty Date
Apr 24, 1970
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Crown Hill Burial Park - Vienna, Ohio
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11W 044

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Aviator (Basic)

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56th Special Operations Wing
  1970-1970, 56th Special Operations Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
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Ohio University
  1961-1965, Ohio University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-47 Spooky/Puff  U-17B Skywagon  
  1968-1969, AC-47 Spooky/Puff
  1970-1970, U-17B Skywagon
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Mission Completion Report.....
Today over 150 dedicated Americans came to pay their final respects to CPT James Emory cross, a true American Hero. The following groups were in attendance and assisted the Brothers and Sisters of the Patriot Guard in this Honor Mission and tribute: Paladin Knights, Second Brigade MC, Vietnam Vets MC, Rolling Thunder, Vanguards, Marine Corp League, several VFW and American Legion Posts, the Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, to name a few of the many groups who came out to show their thanks and gratitude. A special salute goes out to the local Brownie Troop of the Girl Scouts who came out to honor someone whom they never knew but recognized that the freedom they enjoy today was made available by a young man who had died 38 years ago and finally had the chance to come home and rest in the bosom of this great country. I cannot thank Ed Romero and Tom Moody enough for the excellent job that they did in making this mission a success. CPT Cross can now truly rest in the land of the free and the home of the brave. God Bless you CPT Cross and your family for the sacrifice made on our behalf.

Raymond F. Bishop
Command Sergeant Major
United States Army (Retired)
1972 - 2002
Viet Nam - Persian Gulf - GWOT

Trumbull County (Ohio) Representative &
Trumbull County (Ohio) Northeast Ohio Ride Captain

United States Air Force Captain James Emory Cross of Warren will finally be laid to rest 38 years after he was reported missing in action in Laos.

On April 24, 1970, Cross, a member of an elite group of pilots known as the Ravens, was piloting a U-17 during a mission when the plane was hit by enemy fire. Another USAF plane witnessed the crash and deemed it not survivable. Various reasons prevented the crash site from being investigated initially and Cross was classified as MIA. Over the course of 38 years, much effort went into locating Captain Cross and his co-pilot, Gomer David Reese. Last month the United States government positively identified remains found at a crash site in Laos as those of Captain Cross and Captain Reese.

James Emory Cross was born June 23, 1944, in Warren, the son of Edward J. and Mary Louise Parry Cross. A 1962 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and a 1965 graduate of Ohio University, Cross was active in local politics, such as the Trumbull Americans for Freedom Club and he was a past president of the Ohio University Young Republicans. At Ohio University, Cross was named commander of his ROTC unit and was tapped into the Scabbard and Blade, a national military honorary society. Upon graduation from Ohio University, Cross entered law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he attended for a year prior to entering the Air Force in February 1967. After completing his first tour of duty in August of 1969, he immediately enrolled in a second tour, firmly believing in the government's role in Vietnam. While there, he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a silver star.

Despite Jim's burly ''rough and tough'' look, he was an extremely sensitive, compassionate and humble man. His outgoing, dynamic personality brought him a multitude of friends. Jim had high morals and strong beliefs. Among those were his hatred of corruption and dishonesty, and his love of country and family. He always remembered special occasions, seemingly knowing that life was too short to not appreciate what really mattered. Jim also had a strong passion for reading and politics, and his life goal was to serve his country - not only in Vietnam but also later in Washington, D.C. Those who knew him during his short 25 years had little doubt he would succeed. Jim was an inspiration to all who knew him and his legacy will live on forever.

He is survived by his father, Edward J. Cross of Warren; two brothers, John E. (Shirley) Cross of Howland and Bill A. (Cindy) Cross of Canfield; three nieces and four nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Louise, who passed away in 1994.

Captain Cross was welcomed home and buried with full military honors 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, at Crown Hill Burial Park, 3966 Warren Sharon Road, Vienna.


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