Died on January 14th, 2018. James K. Waters Jr. was born on April 25th, 1944,
in Lewistown, PA to the late James Kirk Waters and Ruth Cramer Waters. He
grew up in McAlisterville, PA and graduated from East Juniata High School in
Cocolamus, PA. He attended Bloomsbury University and Penn State. Jim
worked at Leo Graybill Hatchery and always referred to his employer as “Uncle
Jim Waters wanted to serve his country and enlisted in the Army in Harrisburg
PA, in 1965. During his enlisted service as an Infantryman, November 1965 to
February 1971, he attained the rank of Staff Sargent (SSG) and served two combat tours in Vietnam. Jim went to Officers Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA, and in February 1971 was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry
During his 29-year career in the Army, in addition to his two tours in Vietnam, Jim
served in Germany, Panama, and Saudi Arabia. Jim’s military education included
Jungle Warfare School; Ranger School; Airborne School; Infantry Officers Advanced Course; Command and General Staff College; and, the Army War College. Jim also received a Bachelor of Arts from Methodist University and received a Master of Arts from Georgetown University.
Jim Waters significant awards during his service consisted of the Legion of Merit;
three Bronze Stars; two Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat; three Meritorious
Service Medals; Air Medal; Joint Service Commendation medal; three
Army Commendation medals, and, Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal 2nd Class.
He also earned the Army Ranger Tab; Parachutist Badge; Combat Infantry
Badge; Expert Infantry Badge; Republic of Vietnam Ranger Tab, and the Army
Staff Identification Badge.
Lieutenant Colonel James K. Waters retired from his last assignment, which was
in support of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, Saudi Arabia, and was separated on June 30, 1994, at Fort Myer, VA. After his retirement from active duty, Jim worked as a defense contractor, culminating his working career as an instructor at the Army Force Management School at Fort Belvoir, VA. Jim continued to serve in retirement as a docent at George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon.
Jim was active in many associations to include the Association of the United
States Army; Military Officers Association of America; and, the Military Order of
the Carabao. Most important to Jim was his activities with the 75th Ranger Regiment Association.
Jim is survived by his brother, Curtis W. Waters, of Mifflintown, PA, two nieces
and a nephew.
Services and interment were at Arlington National Cemetery with full military