517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team

Cpl. James Guy Turner

 April 20, 1925 - July 23, 2004



Friday August 13 2004

James G. Turner a longtime resident of Delta and Cory, died on Friday, July 23, 2004, at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Redlands, Calif. He was 79.

Mr. Turner was born on April 20, 1925, in Coolidge, Texas. He spent his childhood in the Corsicana, Texas, area during the Great Depression. He served as a paratrooper in the 517th Combat Division of the Army Infantry. He was awarded three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.

He married Frances Perry. She survives.

Mr. Turner moved to California in 1962 and later to the Delta area. He was a member of Delta Church of Christ. He and his wife enjoyed RVing, foreign travel, oceanic adventures and spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Mr. Turner is survived by his wife, Frances Turner; five daughters, Janice Stanton of Alta Loma, Calif., Nancy Hamner of Waxahachie, Texas, Susan Salierno of Corona, Calif., Cynthia Turner of Dallas, Texas, and Terri Cotharn of Cory; a son, John Turner of Colton, Calif.; two sisters, Mina Williams of Corsicana, Texas, and Bobbie Clark of Arlington, Texas; 12 grandchildren, Natalie Kopperud, Judith Stanton, Cade Hamner, Rod Gray, J.T. Stanton, Michael Hamner, Boyce Stovall, Tyler Hamner, James Cotharn, Caleb Turner, Emily Cotharn and Austin Turner; and two great-grandsons, Cole Kopperud and Wyatt Stanton.


From:  The Fighting Men of Texas, Navarro County:

Cpl. James Guy Turner, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Turner, Corsicana, born Apr. 20, 1925.  Volunteered May 19, 1944.  Assigned to Army, Airborne, team, 517th Combat (Parachute Inf. known as "Battling Buzzards") which fought with great valor during Ardennes Campaign.  Served overseas Jan., 1945 to Aug., 1945, in E.A.M.E. Theater.  Received ATO; E.A.M.E. with 3 Bronze Stars (France, Belgium and Germany); Airborne Combat Inf. Badge; Expert Rifleman's Badge; Presidential Citation; Purple Heart; Croix de Guierre.  Was discharged Nov., 1945.