James J. Walton
West Point, 1989
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Jeremy Scott on June 25, 2008:
As I received this news I didn't know how to respond, this was very surreal and I had just received an email a few days prior. Sarah, I know that you and your family are going through a very traumatic experience...know that you are all in our prayers.
I first met Jim when he came to West Point to present me and my family with a shadow box and portfolio of a rememberance ceremony that his unit held for my father and his crew. My father was killed on active duty in El Salvador, and 10 years later Jim was the BN XO and was in charge of planning and executing this ceremony. When we had a chance email contact he was more than happy to come to West Point to talk with my family. I will never forget his smile and infectious spirit.
We remained friends and kept in close contact for the past 7 years, and he once again made a big impact in my life. In October he called me and told me that I needed to apply for an Aviation branch transfer again, my life long dream. If it were not for him, I would not be in flight school right now. He promised me he would be here for my wing pinning ceremony. Unfortunately I will not have my father or Jim there, but I know they will both be looking down with great pride and laughing together.
Jim is an amazing man and I know he loved his wife, family and country very much. My wife and I are so deeply saddened by this tragic occurence. Our prayers are with the Walton family, as we pray the Lord will put His healing hands around you and comfort you in your time of need.
Our deepest sympathies,
CPT Jeremy and Stephanie Scott
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