By Justin Jones, Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 —
The 1962 class of Norwood High gathered at the Rosebriar restaurant last Saturday evening, sharing stories and reminiscing on their high school days.
While they held a time to honor deceased classmates, as well as teachers that played an important role in their education, the crowd of more than 75, including at least 40 one-time classmates, were gathered together to hear a special presentation for a classmate who never had received the recognition he deserved.
James Lloyd Price Jr. served in the Vietnam War shortly after graduating from Norwood High. During his time in the war, Price risked his life, twice, to save the life of fellow soldiers while in the midst of danger.
For his heroic efforts, Price received the Silver Star Medal, the third highest medal a soldier can receive.
But Price did not allow public recognition of his award, he said, because he didn’t want younger men to see his name in the papers and desire to risk their life and go through the things Price endured in his service.
“They wanted me to sign a news release,” Price said before noting he declined the recognition.
Decades later, after speaking with a friend, he accepted the terms of being identified with the Vietnam War.
“I finally came to terms with it. I easily could have died that day, twice. It will always be a part of me.”