Private First Class James Presley Boyd, Jr.

Private First Class James Presley Boyd, Jr.

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, October 31, 1973

James Presley Boyd, Jr.

Private First Class James Boyd was shot and killed when he and another MP encountered two suspects who had just robbed the gas station on Fort Bragg. Despite being mortally wounded, PFC Boyd was able to return fire and wounded one of the suspects.

The other MP also returned fire and killed the other suspect.

PFC Boyd was assigned to the 21st MP Company 503rd MP Battalion. He was survived by his parents, sister, and brother.

In 2010 the United States Army began hosting the PFC James Boyd Jr. Top Cop Competition which is an annual national competition designed to build camaraderie between military and civilian law enforcement agencies.


  • Age 19
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location North Carolina
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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As time goes by and the hectic pace of raising a family decreases, thoughts of you come more often. Halloween always brings vivid memories of my day and yours so long ago. I wonder what your life would have been like, would I have nieces and nephews, would we grow old hanging out together. I suspect you would have retired from law enforcement by now, and maybe you would be hunting and fishing and even chasing some grandkids around. Your time on earth was way too short. I hope you and Tony and the many other law officers who have died while or after protecting the rest of us are all together. Our angels still watching over us. Miss you brother.

Brenda Boyd Turbyfill

October 31, 2017

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