Roll of Honor

Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NROTC) parade, 1965 Columbian


James J. Shea

  • School: Columbia College
  • Class Year: 1966
  • War: Vietnam War
  • Date of Death: November 16, 1972

US Marine Corps Captain James J. Shea was an NROTC (US Marine Corps option) student who graduated from Columbia College with a B.A. in Psychology in 1966. Captain Shea perished when his TA-4 Skyhawk plane crashed while on a routine training flight mission. Captain Shea was attached to the Kingsville, Texas Naval Air Station for refresher training. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

James T. Shea
James T. Shea
James T. Shea, Daily News newspaper clipping

Tributes

I remember the evening when he was the company commander and we were out on a double date. With nowhere to go for some privacy. Off to the Ward Room in Hartley Hall, where Jim cleared everyone out so our we and our dates could watch TV, among other things without interruption. The last contact we had was circa 1970 when he was stationed on the west coast and I was based at FMFLant in Norfolk. Too much time, such a waste, a great friend. Semper Fi
- Frank Pokorny

All these years I imagined Jim married, enjoying children and grandchildren. Every few years I checked the web but I did not remember his middle initial so I could not find him. So saddened to find out he never returned from Viet Nam. I feel especially sad for his parents and sister. I feel so disappointed for Jim. He deserved a real life not a small part of a life cut short by a fruitless war. He was a sweet fellow.
- Geraldine McCarthy Whittington

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