Re: OBIT: James C. "Big Jim" Queen , Major, Ranger
I did not know him personally, but I did find information on him and several images of the 555th Parachute regiment and the 2nd Ranger company in the S-2 shop at Ranger regiment in '88. I posted the information and hung the Photographs in the S-3 briefing room. Major Queen was a Ranger legend, most "Batt Boys" knew of him as they did of all Ranger legends.
MAJOR JAMES C. QUEEN
Major James C. Queen is inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his valiant actions while serving as a Ranger leader in the Korean War. While serving with the 4th Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) (redesignated the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) Major Queen led numerous patrols and controlled the company heavy weapons. He made the combat jump with the company at Munsan-ni and saw action at Tangerine Pass. In May of 1951 Major Queen led the company on a mission to take Hill 581. During this operation he acted as the Company Commander for the 2nd Ranger Company. They moved as the lead element for the 7th Infantry Division and with only 65 men came into contact with a battalion of Chinese regulars. Major Queen immediately called for artillery fire and led his men into battle. They fought the enemy for three hours but after taking 50% casualties the company fell back to the 7th Division lines. At dawn the following day, Major Queen led the remainder of his company in a counterattack on the Hill. After nearly one hour of intense fighting, the Rangers pushed the Chinese back and retook the Hill. Major Queen's leadership ability and courageous actions are in the finest traditions of the Rangers and the United States Army.
RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!!