- 74 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 14, 1941
- Date of passing: May 17, 2016
|Let the memory of James be with us forever|
"Bo, you are one of my best and enduring memories of an indescribable year in Vietnam in 1968. I will always love you my brother. Save some tequila shooters for all of us.
I can't believe you are gone so soon, Bo; please put in a good word for the rest of us."
"I I had the privilege of serving with Jim and sharing a hootch with him while in HMM-262 at Quang Tri, RVN during 1968-1969. I looked in my log book and saw the name Wiley on more than a dozen occasions. My last flight with Jim was when he was the HAC in a Huey Cobra back at New River, NC in 1970 ... who knew that one could pilot a helicopter in air conditioned comfort. I hadn't seen Jim since that day, but thought of him often as the years went by.
I am saddened to hear of his passing ... see you on the other side brother. Semper Fi, Ray"
"The 'Flying Tigers" of HMM-262 will share a toast or 2 to Jim Bo next week in Albuquerque. What I'd give to see that smile of Jim's again."
"I Just saw the tributes from the Marines that served with dad, I would very much like to speak with all of them, please call me, I am Jims son, looking to hear stories of his time in Vietnam. My number is 9187043399."
"Old Marine Corps friends are more like brothers than just acquaintances. Haven't seen Bo for many years, but his loss is as deep as if we had parted yesterday. Rest in Peace my friend."
"I just learned of Jim's passing. I served with Jim in HMM 262 at Quang Tri, Viet Nam in in 1968 and 1969. Although I haven't seen him in 47 years, I have thought of him regularly when reviewing my memories of that experience. We flew together several times during our tours and he visited our hooch frequently. He was the type of person that you were always glad to see. My condolences to his family and friends. He was a wonderful person and a great Marine. Semper Fi Jim."
""Bo" and I served together in HMM-262 at Quang Tri, RVN, during 1968. He joined about half way through my tour...it was an honor and privilege to serve with him. My heart is broken. Fair winds and following seas, brother. Semper Fi -- B. B. Cole, Col USMC (Ret)"
"I had the privilege of serving with Jim in HMM-262 at QuangTri VN during 1968-1969. Jim & I arrived at the squadron at about the time & were also hootch mates. Our bunks were beside each other & I remember after one bad combat experience, Jim had some bad nightmares for a while. We had good times & bad, exciting times & boredom. We also we on a short trip to Hong Kong together. Lots of memories.
Ironically I found this obituary while trying to locate Jim to see if he'd join us for our Squadron reunion this September. Jim will be missed by all who served with him & flew with him.
Semper Fi Jim,
"WileySep 13, 1941 - May 17, 2016
James Anderson Wiley, of Norman, Oklahoma, joined his Heavenly Father on May 17, 2016 at the age of 74. James was born September 13, 1941 in Walters, Oklahoma to Lloyd W. and Elva (Trantham) Wiley.
He entered the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in July 1966. James proudly served and retired as Naval Aviator with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He won his wings of gold in February 1968 and over time accumulated over 3500 flying hours as a pilot. He was awarded 68 Air Medals, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. After retiring from USMC, James worked for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Department of Human Services.
James enjoyed long distance running, exercising, and staying fit. He loved animals, going on ski trips, listening to all types of music; especially classical and opera. James was very artistic and excelled at drawing.
In 1990, James met and married his wife Donna Sue (Morrow) Wiley. Together they enjoyed a beautiful and blessed life and were the love of each other’s lives. James was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Wiley; and sister, LaDean Bridges. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Donna Sue Wiley; sons, Beau and Bret Wiley; daughter, Kristi D. Smith; and countless other family members and friends.
Visitation will be 8:00am-8:00pm Friday, May 20, 2016 at Havenbrook Funeral Home, with family receiving friends from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Graveside services to celebrate his life will be 11:00am Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Norman, Oklahoma. "
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