James Bascom Wilkinson

Dallas, Texas

Jul 28, 1930 – Dec 1, 2017


July 28, 1930
December 1, 2017
Dallas, Texas


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Lt Col. James Bascom Wilkinson, ( USMC, ret ) 87, passed away peacefully at home in Dallas, Texas of complications from Congestive Heart Failure on December 1, 2017. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 28, 1930 to Fay and John Wilkinson, he joined the Marine Corps at 18, later graduating from...

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Please accept my heart felt condolences on your loss. I served with Col Wilkinson during part of his tour in Khe Sahn as one of his battalion radio operators. He was one of the best officers I served under. Our family sends our prayers. May God comfort you.

•Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Semper Fidelis

Gentleman Jim, Our Eagle

An Eagle fell from the sky today and the sun stood still.
The shrill wind howled in the clear blue sky,
as heavy mist fogged the eye. Some wondered why
til the message arrived, then many silently cried.
The wires rang with sadness and sorrow
as the much feared word went forth,
"Gentleman Jim," our Eagle,
was now outward bound from this earth.

We who spent our life there 50 year ago or more,

May the Wilkinson family find peace in the passing on of this fine man and respected leader of Marines. I was honored when he wrote an article in Leatherneck magazine and included me as Cpl Bruce "T-Bone" Jones. He regularly called at Christmas and it was a wonderful gesture to do that for me. He was and remains "Gentleman Jim" to all Khe Sanh siege veterans. He was our Commander under very difficult combat and he kept every man in his command as safe as possible. I...

I am so sad to hear this news. I have fond memories of Jim and Nancy. I was fortunate to work with him in Memphis. My heartfelt sympathy to Nancy and the family. He was a great man.
Wanda Chamberlin Lyle

Dear Nancy,Catherine, Dwight and family - Jim was always a role model for Annie,our daughters Anne Marie,Claire and Jennifer as well as myself. He was an outstanding gentleman and loyal Marine. We feel blessed to have known him over the past 30 years and will forever be in his debt for his unselfish 21 years of service to his country.

Love,Dick,Claire and by proxy,Annie,Anne Marie and Jennifer

I knew Jim as a manager of Merrill Lynch in Memphis, TN. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. He was very well respected and liked in our office and community. My heart felt sympathy to his family. Men like him make this a better place.

We know Jim was a remarkable man. Nancy, Catherine, Dwight, Claire and family, our deepest sympathy during this time of loss. Sincerely, Jeff and Angela Enright

I did not know you, but I know of you through the fine Marines and Corpsmen that served under you. You and your fine men are all heroes! May God Bless you and your family for eternity. A Sharp Hand Salute to you for all of your yesterday's!
Semper Fidelis,