82nd Airborne Division (Vietnam) Golden Brigade – Vietnam 1968 – 1969

August 24, 2006

Jim Pritchett, June 21, 1940 to August 17, 2006

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 7:41 pm

The Passing of LTC (Ret) James (Jim) L. Pritchett, Golden Brigade Chapter Secretary and Quartermaster.

I had the privilege of knowing Jim for much too short a time. Jim deployed with us in 1968 as Platoon Leader of the 358th Radio Research Unit but I meet him years later at an 82nd Convention.  The 358th was a little known secret unit that monitored enemy radio and Morse code commo to pin point where the VC and NVA were located. Jim retired after almost 30 years in the Army but he was most proud of his service with the 82nd in Vietnam. I always kidded him and referred to him as Robert E. Lee II because of his soft southern Virginia accent and gray beard.

Jim passed away from a massive heart attack and never suffered – which is a good thing.  He left behind a devoted wife, Marie, and a loving family devastated by his sudden departure to the big drop zone in the sky.  Almost as important, he left behind a community that loved him as well.  After his retirement he volunteered for every organization that he could – the Boy Scouts, American Legion, DAV, an organization for homeless Veterans, and the Golden Brigade Chapter. Marie was his every present “staff member” who supported him in every way that she could.  The myth was that he would propose a project and she would say “OK”.  Jim, I don’t know how you did it but you should have canned it and sold it when you were alive.

His funeral services were jammed to the point that the Funeral Home was overflowing and people were standing outside the door to say goodbye. People came from all over to pay their respects to a very fine person.  Many tears were shed including mine. 

Jim Littig and I brought the chapter colors and his unit guidon to the funeral to honor him.  A Golden Brigade challenge coin was also placed on his chest to take with him to challenge Saint Peter- maybe he’ll get a cold beer out of it when he slams his coin on the counter!

Jim, you will be missed but not forgotten – you were my friend. “You done good!”

In Honor and Tribute,

 Richard F. O’Hare

August 19, 2006

Jim Prichett Funeral Arrangements

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 4:14 pm

Troopers,  Here is the latest update on Jim’s passing:
  1. Viewing will be Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM
    Evans Funeral Home
    16000 Annapolis Rd
    (Rte 450 about a mile west of Rte 301)
    Bowie MD. 
  2. Golden Brigade colors, 358 MI Guidon and an 82nd wreath (already ordered) will be there.
  3. American Legion will have a color guard and service at 7:30 PM, Monday night.
  4. Funeral service will be 10 AM on Tuesday at the Funeral Home with burial following thereafter. 
  5. Lunch will be served at noon.
    American Legion Post 66
    9605 Old Laurel Bowie Rd.
  6. The nearest hotel:
    Comfort Inn
    Route 301 near Rte 197
    Funeral rate is $100 + tax.
This is a very sad day for all of us as he was a very good friend and a fine person.  Please say a prayer for Jim and his family.


August 18, 2006

Passing of Jim Pritchett

Category: All Messages,Taps – Ron Yorkovich 12:21 am

Dear Airborne Brothers,

I just learned of the death of our dear brother Jim Pritchett last night. Apparently he died of a massive heart attack at 11 PM and he could not be saved.

Viewing will be Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Evans Funeral Home, 16000 Annapolis Blvd, Bowie. MD 301-464-8836.

The funeral service will be at 10 AM on Tuesday at the funeral home.  I will attend the funeral and bring our chapter colors as well as the 358 Guidon. I will coordinate with the American Legion color guard to make sure that our colors are part of the service.  Jim would want that.  I will also make sure that we have a wreath with the 82nd patch in it for the viewing and funeral.

This is a very sad day for all of us as he was a very good friend and a fine person.  Please say a prayer for Jim and his family.

Airborne, All the Way and God Bless America!!!

Richard F. O’Hare, Treasurer
Golden Brigade Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Assn., Inc.

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