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

Most Recent Reflection

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Jimmy, I never had the opportunity to meet you but you served with my dad Tony. From the time we were very young he always spoke of you and instilled your values in us. I think of you and your sacrifice often. My father has passed and I'm sure the two of you are living it up in Heaven. I hope someday to meet your sister and Ralph. I think we all live in the same area. Please know you are not forgotten and will live in my family's heart forever.

RIP Brother

Craig Branch

Police Officer Retired
Cramerton Police Dept N.C.

May 16, 2018

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