OBIT: James C. "Big Jim" Queen , Major, Ranger
James Carlton "Big Jim", Queen, 78, a retired D.C. public school administrator and retired U.S.Army Major, whose actions in the Korean War as a Ranger leader led to his induction into the Ranger Hall of Fame; died April 14, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C.
He joined the Army near the end of World War II and served in the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, an all-black unit.
He received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Purple heart, as a result of taking a hill in Korea in May 1951, leading only 65 men and ran into a battalion of Chinese Red Army soldiers. His company suffered 50 percent casualties. His unit, the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company, was one of the first Black airborne companies to fight in Korea.
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