James Michael Combs Sr. – United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

James Michael Combs, Sr. died at age 54 on Tuesday, March 6, 2001 at his home near Linville, Virginia. He had been ill  for the last few months.

Combs was born November 19, 1946 in Washington, D.C. and was the son of  the late John R. and Alma Crump Combs.
Jim served in the U.S. Army, Republic of Vietnam, in 1967 with the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He sustained a severe gunshot wound and was awarded The Purple Heart. He fought back from his injuries and went on to become an employee and National Service Officer for the Disabled American Veterans.

He was a life member of the D.A.V. in several states and the District of Columbia. He was very active most of his career with General Melvin J. Maas, Chapter #17 in Marlow Heights, Maryland. He was also a life member of the  Military Order of the Purple Heart and held memberships in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and First Cavalry Association.

He moved to the Shenandoah Valley in October 1996 from Salt Lake City, Utah, upon retiring from the D.A.V. after 21 years of service.

On December 17, 1984 he married Rebecca Judith ”Becky” Sprinkle. Also surviving are two sons, James Michael Combs Jr. of Fredericksburg, VA and Steven Todd Combs of Oxon Hill, MD; one Brother, John R. Combs Jr. of Oxon Hill, MD, and four grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM on Wednesday, March 14 at the Kalas Funeral Home in Oxon Hill, MD.

His body will be taken to the Fort Myer Chapel at 1:45 PM on Thursday, March 15, followed by burial in Arlington National Cemetery with military rites.

Memorial donations may be made to the R.M.H. Hospice Unit, 235 Cantrell Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or The American Cancer Society, 1920-H Medical Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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