23858-1962 memorial-photo

James M. Worthington, Jr-  Born at Ft Knox, KY in 1940.  He was an Army “brat”  following his Dad, from assignment to assignment, living  all around the world.  In 1958, Jim received a Presidential appointment to the US Military Academy, West Point, NY.    A brilliant student, Jim graduated in June, 1962, standing 42 out of 601 graduating cadets.  Entering the Army as a Field Artillery officer, 2d LT Worthington’s first assignment was to Munich, Germany and then Berlin.  While in Berlin, Jim was in charge of the salute battery for President Kennedy’s funeral.  Later he moved to the 173d Airborne Brigade in Wiesbaden and volunteered for Viet Nam.  While in Viet Nam, Jim participated in the only battalion-sized combat parachute jump ever attempted during this war.  After Viet Nam, Jim attended the Field Artillery Advanced Course in Ft Sill, OK. From there he once again volunteered for RVN.    His decorations include three Bronze Stars, two Air Medal and a Gold Combat Star on his Jump Wings. Coming home, Jim attended Stanford University for his Masters Degree  and was assigned to West Point as a math instructor. After  transitioning to the Army Reserves in 1976, he retired as a Lt Col in 1962.  After another Masters degree from the University of Chicago, Jim became a Defense Analyst for the Secretary of Defense.  Retiring from that job after 14 years, Jim then worked for the Institute for Defense Analysis.  Jim passed away in November 2006 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His service to country stretched over 40 years.  He was a great friend, husband, soldier and a true Patriot.