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View a eulogy for James Ewell Echols, USMA '65, who passed away on June 27, 1970.

James Ewell Echols

West Point, 1965

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Butch Langford on June 27, 2012:

I went to high school with Jim Echols. We were both guards on the football team. He was a good friend and a great guy. He was also a good football player. I went into the Marine Corps in 1959. Jimmy later went to West Point. We both went to Vietnam. I retired from the Marine Corps in 1979. After that, I tried to locate old friends but found out Jimmy was deceased. I assumed for many years that he didn't make it back from Vietnam, but his name was not listed with the Vietnam Memorial. On Memorial Day this year I began thinking about him again and did an online search and learned of his death in Alaska in 1970. That really bothered me. I then read what he had written in my High School Year Book and it seemed like yesterday again. I just wanted to salute Jimmy and tell his family how great he was. It has been 42 years since his death but I cried today. Semper Fi, Jimmy.

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