James Hunsucker was born in 1947 in Kansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on October 22, 1965, and went on active duty beginning October 20, 1966. After completing basic training and serving at Naval Station Long Beach, California, he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) from March 1967 to August 1969. His next assignment was as a Gunner's Mate with River Patrol Flotilla Five in South Vietnam from August 1969 until he was captured and taken as a Prisoner of War in Cambodia on February 5, 1970. He was released by his Cambodian captors on February 28, 1970, and then served with River Division 592 in South Vietnam from March to July 1970. PO3 Hunsucker then served with Naval Support Activity Saigon, South Vietnam, from July 1970 until he returned to the United States and received an honorable discharge from the Navy on April 13, 1971. James Hunsucker died on January 21, 2015.
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I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
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