Patrolman William Howard James

Patrolman William Howard James

Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee

End of Watch Monday, September 14, 1942

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William Howard James

Patrolman William James was killed in a motorcycle crash on Maple Street in the Kingwood Heights section of Murfreesboro.

He was escorting a military convoy at the time of the accident.

Patrolman James had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for only six months. He was survived by his wife, 5-month-old child, parents, and two sisters.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash


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Trooper Howard James was my father's firs cousin. My Dad shared several stories about him and how was killed while leading a military convoy.

While going through some old photographs, my daughter discovery a photograph of Howard James in his brand new uniform. It appears, from the photo, that if he was commissioned, at the time, he had not received his badge or his service revolver.

He was, as my Dad referenced, a handsome young man.

Rank: N/A James D. Lane, II
Second cousin

February 18, 2020

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