Sergeant James J. Hemza, Jr.

Sergeant James J. Hemza, Jr.

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

End of Watch Wednesday, May 13, 1970

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James J. Hemza, Jr.

Sergeant James Hemza was killed when his Army Military Police Jeep crashed while on duty at the intersection of Waianae Valley Road and Plantation Road near Waianae just after midnight.

Sergeant Hemza failed to negotiate a curve, struck a guy wire, and overturned, pinning him underneath the jeep. The other military policeman in the jeep was taken to Tripler General Hospital, where he recovered from his injuries.

Sergeant Hemza was a United States Army Bronze Star recipient and Vietnam War veteran assigned to the 39th Military Police Detachment, attached to the Waianae Army Recreation Center. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Hawaii

patrol, single vehicle crash

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Sgt. Hemza,
On today, the 54th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-especially when you were in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

May 13, 2024

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