Company B 1/22 Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA 02/27/1967



Age: 21
Race: Caucasian
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Oct 8, 1945
Marital Status: Single

SP4 - E4 - Army - Selective Service
4th Infantry Division
MOS: 36K20: Tactical Wire Operations Specialist
Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Jul 21, 1966
Casualty was on Feb 27, 1967
Body was recovered

Panel 15E - Line 105


James Ray Hubbard in Vietnam



Official record of the death of James R. Hubbard




James Hubbard's Decorations, above, include:
Top: Combat Infantryman Badge,
Center, left to right: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Bottom, left to right: Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Civic Actions Unit Citation




James Hubbard was the RTO for CPT Buck Ator, Commanding Officer of B Company.



The following story was written by Bill Bukovec, who served with James Hubbard in B Company,
1/22 Infantry in 1966-1967. It is about James, though at the time Bill did not know James' name.

As is common among Soldiers who serve in the same Company, but not the same platoon or
duty assignment, these two Soldiers knew each other by sight, but never learned each other's names.


I Wish I'd Asked His Name


As a "grunt" stationed in Vietnam, my days were never usual or common. A particular incident happened
during the time I was on one of many missions.

Some mornings after breakfast, time permitting; I would take a short walk while eating my ration of canned fruit
(usually peaches). I would go along a path, up a small hill or around the perimeter from my area and foxhole.

On most of these morning walks I would see and talk with one particular guy. He was a "grunt" too, but he was in
the company headquarters section and one of the Commanding Officer's RTOs. He would be eating his canned fruit
(usually fruit cocktail). I didn't know his name but he seemed a nice fellow, and we always found things to discuss.

We talked a lot those mornings, but I can't recall exactly what we discussed. Perhaps it was sports, the weather, or whatever.
We never exchanged names or talked about where we were from in the states. This was not uncommon for those times
because we learned not to get too friendly or too close to another GI, especially in a combat environment. All either of us knew
was that we were both "grunts" from the United States, in the United States Army, stationed in Vietnam. I didn't particularly care
for my usual canned fruit ration of peaches. This guy wasn't particularly fond of his usual canned fruit ration of fruit cocktail.
We discussed this and decided to trade. It became sort of a morning ritual. When time allowed, I usually walked to meet him
and ask how he was doing. He would say, "Fine," and then ask how I was doing.

I'd say, "Fine," then we'd trade our canned fruits, sit and chat a few minutes while eating them. I would then leave
and we'd both go about our daily duties.

One morning I took my canned peaches and walked to exchange fruits. When I arrived at the company CP, he wasn't there.
I asked his whereabouts and learned the guy had been killed the night before, during a mortar attack.
To this day, I wish I had asked his name, or at least where he was from.


The above story was printed in the book "WAR STORIES Utah Beach to Pleiku" by Bob Babcock

To order the book click on the following link :

Deeds Publishing




Below are newspaper articles concerning James' death :









The following is the letter of condolence sent by James' Commanding Officer,
Captain Richard "Buck" Ator, to James' Mother and Father :



The envelope which contained the information concerning James' death, sent to his parents.




Below is the program for the memorial service, mentioned in Captain Ator's letter above,
which was held for James and other members of the Battalion killed in action






The following memory is from Daniel R. Patton, who was a Medic assigned to Company B 1/22 Infantry:

"Every morning when we would go out, I normally led the way and James followed. On this particular day, James came up to me
and said, "why don't you let me do this for you today.....I will lead and you follow me." So we started out.....James in the lead
and I followed. As we were walking through the jungle, a round of friendly artillery fire fell short and James took a direct hit.
I was about 20 feet away and I caught a lot of schrapnel from the explosion. James saved my life."

by: Loretta Hubbard
as told by: Daniel R. Patton
Medic, Co. B




Bob Babcock, who, at the time of James' death, was the Executive Officer of James' Company,
wrote the following passage concerning James' death in his autobiographical book entitled
"What Now, Lieutenant?"

The company had been moving through the jungle and had found several enemy bunker positions.
As they approached more bunkers, Captain Ator called for artillery fire to blast the area. The first round, as usual,
was fired past the target. The artillery forward observer called the correction to the fire base to walk the fire back across
the bunker positions. The next round, called to land two hundred yards in front of the company, screamed in and exploded
right in the middle of the company command group. The round detonated as it hit Hubbard, one of the company commander's
radio operators, square in the back.

The entire force of the explosion was unleashed through Hubbard's body................
Miraculously, the other members of the command group were not hurt even though they all stood
within five yards of where the round exploded.



The following is the letter written to James' Aunt, by Lieutenant Bob Babcock, in response to her inquiry
concerning positive identification of James' body :


The envelope in which Lieutenant Babcock's letter was sent





The Hubbard's in Memphis had a very difficult life.
The kids lost their mother when they were young.
James was the oldest.
Their mother died at 41 with cancer.
This was just 7 months after James death.
She had a baby boy not long before she died.
David (James' brother) said it was kids raising kids. Their dad worked.
A neighbor helped by taking care of the baby while the older children were in school.
David stated that he was 13 when James was KIA.
James Hubbard is buried at Memphis Memory Gardens

Loretta Hubbard 2011-----------------------------------------------------




Left: James ( 6 years old ) and his bicycle
Right: James on left, brother David on right ---- they shared the same Birthday, though several years apart


James sitting on his car before leaving for Vietnam



I am the sister of James Ray Hubbard,
who was KIA in 1967 in Vietnam.

His lost was unbearable for my mother and family.
But I have a memory, that is special just for me and
I want to share it with you.
I was a junior in high school,
when I received a letter from James.
He spoke of how he was telling some of the guys about his car.
James asked that I take photos of his car and send them to him.
He wanted pictures of the front, side, rear end
and rims of his 1958 Edsel.
But there was one request that he made.
He did NOT want the pictures to appear obvious of the car.
He wanted me to sit on the front hood,
put the smaller kids next to the side of his car,
or close to the CHROME rims.
James said he wanted to show off his car
but didn't want it to appear that he was bragging.
Needless to say, I did as he requested
and went right to work taking the pictures
and getting them developed to send them asap.
Even today, every time I think about James' request
it brings a smile to my face and I have to giggle.
He had dated different young ladies
but his one true love was his
1958 green and white Edsel
with white leather and green trim and chrome rims.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Janet Hubbard Moore - 2011



James with his car, before going to Vietnam



Below are the photos which Janet took of James' car, and sent to him in Vietnam:


James' brother and sisters:
Cathy, Janet, Linda and David, on James' car


The 1958 green and white Edsel



James' sister Janet, who is five years younger than James


James loved that '58 Edsel, and after he died, it was reminder of him to the family. James' father Woodrow was the only one allowed to drive it,
and he couldn't bear to move it from where James used to park it. He was persuaded to sell the car to a neighbor, who restored the Edsel to its original condition.
Woodrow Hubbard was pleased when he saw the results, as were the other family members. They understood it had become a true memorial to James' love for the car.
The car was still in the neighbor's yard when the family moved from the neighborhood.



James' brother-in-law Roger Moore, who served in the 1st Cavalry in Vietnam in 1968,
and is a Purple Heart recipient, on a visit to the Wall in Washington with his wife Janet


James' sister Janet, pointing to James' name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.



The following poem was written by James' brother David,
after visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
James Hubbard's name is on the Wall at Panel 15E - Line 105.


-----------------Black Granite Wall

It stands as a sentinel before my eyes

Each name has its own story to tell

These were battle worn and weary

Each day their ranks do swell

Suited in the uniforms of our nation

Countless numbers have been tried

Standing before a war memorial

I see the names of those who died

Stones of granite polished till they shine

Black like the emptiness inside

Name after name is upon this wall

Even so my finger is my guide

A- son, a -husband, a -father

Trembling they outline a name

Time hasn't softened the aching heart

Emotions flow, the pain's the same

Head against wall, tears bathe cold stone

Yet there is still a fire inside

Old Glory dances in the breeze

What it stands for causes great pride

Forever the words liberty and freedom

Should be crimson like a rose

Sweet to the taste of all mankind

From this nation hope has arose

A great burden is placed upon us

War like polio should have an end

Yet where is there the oppressed

We will rise to defend

With a grateful heart I turn away

It's a lonely walk along this wall

I pause to look back once again

At the names upon a black granite wall


David W. Hubbard---------------------------



The grave marker of James R. Hubbard, in Memphis Memory Gardens







This memorial page created through the efforts of James Hubbard's family and Loretta Hubbard, wife of James' cousin
William L. Hubbard, who served in Company A 1/22 Infantry at the same time that James served in Company B 1/22 Infantry


To view photos of James Hubbard in Vietnam click on the following link:

James Hubbard











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