The Norman Transcript


October 28, 2012

James L. Whited

NORMAN — James L. Whited was born in Michigan on Dec. 2, 1923, to Paul M. and Cora Whited and moved to Norman when James was an infant. He attended elementary and high-school in Norman and joined the Army on Dec. 17, 1941.

He served in World War II with the 308th Bombardment Group whose missions served to interrupt Japanese supply shipments in the South China Sea area including the Gulf of Tonkin (Vietnam). He was discharged from the U.S. Army in Sept., 1945, and re-enlisted as a Tech/Sgt. In the USAF Reserve on Jan. 10, 1948. James graduated from Spartan School of Aviation in Tulsa and received his pilotslicense for commercial, single-engine and multi-engine aircraft that same year. He also received his FCC license for Aircraft Radiotelephone Operator . His military academic achievements were numerous and solidly equipped him for his many tours of duty.

He was commissioned as an officer in 1951, promoted to Captain in September, 1956 and quickly rose through the ranks, receiving his promotion to Major in December, 1962. Major Whited received numerous awards and commendation medals including : Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Korea Defense Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Expert Marksmanship Badge with Carbine and Submachine Gun, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with “60” Device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Device and Republic of Vietnam National Order Medal.

Major James L. Whited was flying a reconnaissance mission over enemy territory in Viet Nam on November 19, 1966 when his Mohawk aircraft crashed. He was listed Missingin Action on Nov. 21, 1966 but a few days later, his family was notified that he had been killed in action. A memorial service was held on Dec. 31, 1966 at Primrose Funeral Service in Norman.

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