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

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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 at Fort Bragg's exchange.

PFC Boyd and his partner intercepted the suspects as they attempted to flee on foot toward N.C. 210. 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," 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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Remembering and missing you, dear brother. It was one week before your death that you called me, while you were waiting on the tarmac, expecting to be sent out of the country to protect other fighting soldiers. While we worried about your safety, who would have thought you would be gunned down in your own state? Despite the years, I can still see your young face, hear your young voice. That memory will never die. You, Tony and so many other brave officers are now in the glorious kingdom, free from worry and pain and grief. Loving you forever, Brenda

Your sister, Brenda

November 1, 2019

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