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Park Ranger James Alexander Cary | United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

Park Ranger

James Alexander Cary

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, March 12, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Arkansas

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Never apprehended

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Park Ranger James Cary was shot and killed when he was ambushed by bootleggers on West Mountain in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

His body was discovered the next day by other rangers. His killers were never found.

Ranger Cary was survived by his wife, 5-year-old son, and 8-month-old daughter.

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James Cary was my great uncle. I too, have the blessing of knowing my uncle, James (Jim) Cary who lives in Dallas. Jim was just a young child when his father's life was taken in the line of duty. I tracked this fateful story by doing our family genealogy. I received a great amount of information regarding my great uncle, the men accused of the act of taking James Cary's life, and the trial. I was able to share the written story with my uncle. I left a copy in Hot Springs shortly before the memorial was dedicated. I appreciate Superintendent Josie Fernandez and each of the National Park Staff for pursuing the story of James Cary and for honoring him with such a humbling memorial. It means so much not to just the family, but to the rangers who followed James.

Nanci Pairett Green
James Cary was my great uncle
March 14, 2017

 

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