James G. Upchurch

James G. Upchurch

Kathy stood at the foot of Dong Khoi Mountain. She prayed as memories flooded her mind. This was the place where Jim was killed. It is a sacred mountain to the Vietnamese and they would not let her go up…

James Glenn “Jim” Upchurch was born on January 28, 1944. He attended East Central State College where he excelled at football. Jim was an All-Conference player and he looked the part! The scouting report on Jim indicated he might be a little short but he could take your head off! Jim was broad shouldered, full of youth, power and confidence. He was initiated into the Gamma Xi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau on January 14, 1966. Jim was liked by everyone on campus, especially his Fraternity Brothers. Jim served as the Chapter Vice-president. He was well known for his sense of humor. Jim was a natural leader not only in the Fraternity but also on the football field, on campus and in service to his country. Jim married Kathy when she was 18 years old and they were together until Jim’s tragic death.

Brother Upchurch was a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam and was known to be a tenacious and courageous leader. Tragically, Jim was killed in action on March 25, 1969 in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, the victim of a mortar burst. Kathy received a card from Jim’s platoon after his death stating Jim was the best Lieutenant in the entire theater.

You can read more about Brother Upchurch at www.VirtualWall.org 

Semper Fi Lieutenant Upchurch!

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