Park Ranger James Alexander Cary

Park Ranger James Alexander Cary

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, March 12, 1927

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James Alexander Cary

Park Ranger James Cary was shot and killed when he was ambushed by bootleggers on West Mountain in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

His body was discovered the next day by other rangers.

Ranger Cary was survived by his wife, 5-year-old son, and 8-month-old daughter.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arkansas
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

alcohol violation

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Officer Cary left behind a family much too soon. His son, the recently deceased James Cary, of Dallas,TX, continued his father’s tradition of military service. His son was a greatly respected gentleman whom was like a second father to me. Officer Cary wasn’t around to see his son achieve adulthood, marry the love of his life and raise two wonderful daughters. Officer Cary’s death left a hole in the family, but his legacy has been carried on and will never be forgotten. Thank you for the memorial in Hot Springs, AR.

Cynthia Russell
Close family friend

May 28, 2020

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