James Lockett Buckles was born in Carter County to Forna D. and Lizzie Buckles
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Service # 34142369
63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from Tennessee
Buried at Plot A Row 8 Grave 198, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines
Awards Silver Star, Purple Heart
The Elizabethton Daily Star, April 28, 1945
Private First Class James L. Buckles, son of Mrs. Nancy J. Buckles, of Route 2, Elizabethton, Tenn., has been awarded the Silver Star posthumously by the commanding general of the 6th Infantry Division for gallantry in action against the Japanese at San Jose, Luzon, P.I. on February 4.
During an engagement with the enemy, Buckles voluntarily worked his way forward of our front Lines by crawling under intense enemy mortar, artillery and machine gun fire to evacuate a soldier who was seriously wounded. He administered first aid to the wouded man before attempting to move him. After giving first aid, he started back to our Lines with his wounded comrade but was killed by a sniper’s bullet before reaching a place of safety. Before landing on Luzon with American amphibious forces at Lingayen Gulf last January 9, Buckles was stationed in New Guinea where he participatedd in the Sensapor and Maffin Bay campaigns.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 17 November 1915
- Date of death: 4 April 1945
- County: Carter
- Hometown: Elizabethton
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 63rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Middle Panel
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