Capt. James Cross Obituary
June 23, 1944 - April 24, 1970
Resided in Warren, OH
James Emory Cross was born June 23, 1944 in Warren, OH the son of Edward J. and Mary Louise (Parry) Cross. A 1962 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and a 1965 graduate of Ohio University, Cross was active in local politics, such as the Trumbull Americans for Freedom Club and he was a past president of the Ohio University Young Republicans. At Ohio University, Cross was named Commander of his ROTC unit and was tapped into the Scabbard and Blade, a national military honorary society. Upon graduation from Ohio University, Cross entered law school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he attended for a year prior to entering the Air Force in February 1967. After completing his first tour of duty in August of 1969, he immediately enrolled in a second tour firmly believing in the government's role in Vietnam. While there he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a silver star.
Despite Jim's burly "rough and tough" look, he was an extremely sensitive, compassionate and humble man. His outgoing, dynamic personality brought him a multitude of friends. Jim had high morals and strong beliefs. Among those were his hatred of corruption and dishonesty, and his love of country and family. He always remembered special occasions, seemingly knowing that life was too short to not appreciate what really mattered. Jim also had a strong passion for reading and politics, and his life goal was to serve his country-not only in Vietnam but also later in Washington, D.C. Those who knew him during his short twenty-five years had little doubt he would succeed. Jim was an inspiration to all who knew him and his legacy will live on forever.
He is survived by his father, Edward J. Cross of Warren, two brothers, John E. (Shirley) Cross of Howland, Bill A. (Cindy) Cross of Canfield, 3 nieces and 4 nephews. His mother, Mary Louise, died in 1994.
Captain Cross will be welcomed home and buried with full military honors 11:00 AM Friday October 10, 2008 at Crown Hill Burial Park 3966 Warren Sharon Rd. Vienna, OH.
Material contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Trumbull County Chapter #11 2044 Youngstown Rd. SE Warren, OH 44484.
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