Staff Sergeant James Riley Day

Staff Sergeant James Riley Day

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, May 8, 1999

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James Riley Day

Staff Sergeant James Day was killed in an ATV collision while he was patrolling an area of Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, which had been damaged by a tornado.

The part of the base where Sergeant Day was patrolling had lost a portion of the perimeter fence. As Sergeant Day topped a hill in the dark, he struck a dark brown, unmarked trash dumpster. He suffered severe head and chest trauma in the crash.

The tornado devastated a large part of Oklahoma and resulted in the deaths of almost 50 people.

Sergeant Day was assigned to the 72nd Security Force Squadron. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Accidental
  • Location Oklahoma

patrol, weather

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S/Sgt. Day,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 8, 2024

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