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Special Agent Julie Yvonne Cross

United States Department of the Treasury - United States Secret Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, June 4, 1980

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Reflections for Special Agent Julie Yvonne Cross

Hi, Sis:

Yep - thinking about that fateful day. I have trained / trained with so many U.S.S. personnel.

Maj M. B. Parlor

June 4, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 31, 2008

I was back on the East Coast at the time of Agent CROSS' murder. I never met/knew her. For some reason though, her murder always made me so angry. Years later, when I came to Los Angeles, I constantly thought about the fact that her murder had not been solved. It was a bittersweet moment for me when I heard that the persons responsible had finally been apprehended.

A fellow Marine and LAPD Detective, who never toots his own horn never let the murder of Agent CROSS be forgotten. Detective Richard "Buck" HENRY was responsible for seeing that the persons responsible were convicted. In fact, while solving this murder, he also solved an unrelated murder. Ironically, Detective BUCK had actually attended high school with one of the murderers.

Today, there is an award in memory of Agent CROSS which is presented by the Women In Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE).

On this, the anniversary(sic) of that fateful day, Agent CROSS, I salute Your memory. May Your Soul Rest-In-Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor

June 4, 2007

I was thinking of Julie Cross as I do on ocassion as I was the one she talked to about going into the U.S. Secret Service when I was a police officer SDPD.(9-25-78 to March 1981)
Julie approached me while I was asssigned to Northern Division in San Diego in 1980 or so and I could tell right away that Julie was a very nice person and dedicated to doing something that would contribute to the community or her country and still be challenging enough to keep her mentally busy with everyday challenges.

I told Julie just about every aspect of U.S. Secret Service training, missions and sacrifices she may have to meet with regards to the job and especially during travel or overtime and the special duties of Protecting the President and their familes or at the White House,or Embassadors, embassies foreign missions division which I have had the privilege to do.(1974-1977)

I was still in SDPD when I heard the news that Julie had been killed and it really bothered me that I was one of a few people that she may have talked to about getting into the U.S.S.S. I felt helpless and wanted to get her killers.(I still do)

I can only imagine the loved ones she may have left behind as I could see she was a very special lady and very pretty.

I pray that the killers will get their justice, but it will not bring back Julie and that bothers me.

Since I am all alone now and do private investigator work, I have time to reflect on what should have been.
I wished I could have been there for you Julie. Sometimes I wished I had talked her out of the USSS job but I only talked to her a couple of times which amounted to less than 1 hour or so.

While the training and shooting standards are very stringent in the U.S.S.S. is very stringent, only 1 in 1,500 people can pass backgroun check as Secert Servuice standards surpass all other law enforcement standards in my opinion. Therefore, Julie had every chance in her training possible to survive such an incident, but I can NOT predict who will get shot or killed.
I pray a lot on ocassion as my health isn't as good as it was before, but for many reasons. I am 53 years old and not a day goes by when I think of the sacrifices we have all made and especially a person like Julie Cross.

I pray that some day, I will meet Julie again and this time we can talk a while longer. I miss you Julie.

If there is anyone that wishes to contact me, please contact me at: or page me at: (619)601-9250, or

John Carman-Former U.S.Secret Service-U.S.Customs,INS(DOJ),SDPD-POST Certified
Director-Carman Investigations & Security Consultant
California State License P.I. 8686, AFIO, CALI, PICA, SDCIA Member
California Narcotic Officer's Association Life Member(CNOA)
P.O. Box 3811
La Mesa, Ca. 91944
[email protected]

John Carman
P.O. Box 3811
La Mesa, Ca. 91944

Retired LEO: John Carman
Former USSS, SDPD, US Customs

January 29, 2007

I grew up with Julie, she was a student in my class. I will always cherish my memories of her. She was a truly wonderful person, and I always admired her tenacious spirit.

Only the Happiness from thoughts and memories of being with her; can outweigh the sorrow in my heart from her loss. Don

Don Trentlage

August 16, 2006

Although during my 22 year career with the U. S. secret Service, I never had the pleasure of meeting with Julie, I heard many good things about her and her talents to accomplish the many tasks set forth for a Special Agent with the U. S. Secret Service. She will always be remembered for her dedication and devotion to duty often under trying conditions. We still miss you Julie.

Special Agent Bill Baber - Retired
U. S. Secret Service

November 21, 2005

Just wanted to let you know you're not forgotten. Your old partner Les still carries the baton (your old baton) you gave him when you left for the Secret Service.

San Diego PD

October 4, 2005

Julie, please know that your classmates from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center still keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Most of us were fortunate enough to have long and productive careers in law enforcement, while yours was so tragically and prematurely ended by violence.
Your good humor, intellect, and dedication continue to inspire those you left behind. God Bless You Always

Senior Inspector (ret) Harry A. Layne
U.S. Marshals Service

June 28, 2005

Twenty-five years ago today your life was taken in service to our country.
Thank you for serving.

June 4, 2005

You are not forgotten............

Sgt. A. Whitney
Yuma County Sheriff's Office, AZ

January 28, 2005

Agent Cross is annually remembered and honored by WIFLE, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, through their Julie Y. Cross Award. This special WIFLE Award is presented every year during the WIFLE Awards Banquet. Nominations for this prestigious award are provided by Agency Heads and the final selection is made by the Director and Deputy Director of WIFLE.

Carol Paterick
USDOJ-USNCB (retired)

October 13, 2004

Gone but not forgotten....Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace Sister Warrior....May your Family, Fellow Agents, and Friends, have found peace in their hearts, on this sad anniversary.

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Twp Police Dept

June 4, 2004

God bless you for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.


January 10, 2004

The policeman stood and faced his God,which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?
The policeman squared his shoulders and said.
"No, I guess I ain't because those of us who carry a badge can't always be a Saint."
I've had to work most Sundays
and at times my talk is rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...
though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got to steep.
And I never passed a cry for help
though at times I shook with fear,
and sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here.
They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, but if you don't...I'll understand"
There was a silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman.
You've borne you burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets.
You've done your time in Hell"

G. Houston
South Carolina

September 28, 2003

Rest easy, sister. You are not forgotten nor will you ever be. A hero lives forever. Thank you for your service to our country. May God cradle those that you once did.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

September 7, 2003

Rest easy will remain forever in our hearts.


I attended high school with Julie in the early 70's. It was only recently that I became aware of Julie's service to the community and to the details about her demise. I would like to say, on behalf of the entire Poway High School class of 1972, that we are honored to have her as a classmate and she will forever be missed.

Debbie Nolan

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