[courtesy of Tom Glowacki)
Grave marker for James K. Needham in Bruce Newton
Plot, Lot 178, Space B3, Resthaven Gardens of Memory, Wichita
(Sedgwick county). Kansas.
James registered for the draft in Girard, KS on 18
October 1940 while still a student at Kansas State Teachers College.
Following gradation he entered service on 2 September
1942 as a 2nd Lt.
1st Lt Needham was transferred from 82nd Airborne
Division HQ to Hq 1st, 508th PIR on 27 February 1945 and was
assigned the principal duty of 1st Battalion Supply Officer.
He was discharged on 6 March 1946.
His military decorations include the Purple Heart for
a wound sustained in Holland on 5 October 1944 and the Bronze
Service Arrowhead device awarded for the Southern France Campaign
and Airborne Operations.