The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 James Tommy Hufstetler, who died in the service of his country on June 30th, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Booby Trap. At the time of his death James was 20 years of age. He was from Acworth, Georgia. James is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 22E, Line 88.
The decorations earned by SP4 James Tommy Hufstetler include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
James is buried in the Mt Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Acworth, GA
Please click on below link to see his memorial.
(James' Bronze Star Citation)
For meritorious service in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. From September 1966 to June 1967, Specialist Four Hufstetler distinguished himself while serving as a Team leader in Company C, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry. Specialist Four Hufstetler's initial assignment was as a rifleman but his outstanding leadership ability was quickly recognized and he was made a team leader. Both in combat and in garrison situations, his superior ability and his professional competence set an example for everyone in his unit. He continually strove to improve the proficiency of the men under his command. With his training and leadership, his element achieved notable success in combat. Exhibiting mature judgment and sincere concern for the personal welfare of his men, he earned their respect and earnest cooperation. On 30 June 1967, Specialist Four Hufstetler was on a search and destroy mission when he was mortally wounded by an anti-personnel mine. His exceptional performance and dedication to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the United States Army.