SHIVELY, JAMES RICHARD DECEASED RIP 02/18/2006
Name: James Richard Shively Branch/Rank: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE/O2 Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: SPOKANE WA Date of Loss: 05-May-67 Country of Loss: NORTH VIETNAM Loss Coordinates: 205230 North 1053230 East Status (in 1973): Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F105D Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action Combat Casualty File.
REMARKS: 730218 RELEASED BY DRV USAF Academy 1964 Graduate
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Library of Congress files:
NVN: "Red Mortars Blast Hanoi; Hanoi Jeers Captured" Country: NVN
Name: James R. Shively
Subjects: Aircraft downed; PW transit; Photograph
Type of Document: Open Source
Date of Report: 67 05 07
Date of Information: 67 05 07
Category: CIA Files
Jim Shively passed away 18 Feb 2006.
33 years ago, 18 Feb 1973, he was released from prison. Jim had been fighting a long battle with cancer.
He lived in Washington state with his wife until his death. =================================
Former POW and prosecutor dies
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SPOKANE, Wash. -- James Shively, a Vietnam prisoner of war who became a federal prosecutor, has died at the age of 63 after a long fight with cancer......
I've lost two of my best friends. First was Loren Torkelson. Now, I've lost you, too.
Jim, it's bad enough to lose someone you love. But, it is an emotion most terrible to lose someone uniquely like you who I not only loved but liked, too. When we were cell mates you showed the rest of us how to live. You never said an angry word to any of us no matter how much we deserved it. And no angry words were ever spoken to you, either. When you suffered endless pain and discomfort, you never complained. In fact, you smiled. You showed us what real courage was.
Jim, these last few years you demonstrated your immense strength of character and your unbelieveable courage in the face of overwhelming odds. We are all humbled by this and doubt that we could ever be your equal under similar circumstances.
Jim, when we were cell mates you taught me so many things. You taught me Russian, politics, world history. But, the biggest lesson I learned from you was how to live; how much better we ourselves would be if we were like Jim Shively.
Remember the poem we read together? It was about soldiers in WWI. The last five lines of that poem are how I will bid my final farewell to you, dear Jim.
By your courage in tribulation, By your cheerfulness before the dirty devices of this world, You have won the love of those who have watched you. All we remember is your living face, And that we loved you for being of our clay and spirit.
If anyone deserves a place in Heaven, it is you.
Your friend, Joe March 3, 2006
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