Jim Scott Inducted into the Army Aviation Association Hall of Fame on 27 April
Our classmate, Jim Scott, was inducted into the Army Aviation Association Hall of Fame at 6 PM on 27 April 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland
Resort in Nashville, TN.
View Program for Jim Scott’s Induction
Jim Scott's induction into the AAAA Hall of Fame can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqEr09On3Ok
All who attended Jim Scott's AAAA HOF in honor of him -- USMA ’61, 92nd AHC, Company E-4, and family.
Jim Scott's Hall of Fame Citation
LTC James A. Scott III, Deceased
A Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing combat leader, flight instructor, tactical
officer at West Point, Pershing Missile commander, and section, company,
and battalion commander, LTC James A. Scott III did it all.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy with the Class of
1961 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery.
Airborne and Ranger-qualified, he completed flight school at Fort Rucker
Among the Army's youngest and most decorated aviators at the time, he
was selected as the AAAA Army Aviator of the Year in 1966 for his
exploits flying the O-1 Bird Dog during hundreds of missions at tree-top
level in South Vietnam.
During his second tour in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, he was wounded on
an air assault operation during the TET Offensive. After his aircraft
was struck multiple times, he flew back to his base camp, re-armed,
re-fueled and returned to engage enemy ground forces until he was forced
to successfully execute an emergency landing without anti-torque
control. For his actions he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Less than two months later, after recovering from his wounds, he earned
the Silver Star for gallantry as lead gunship and fire team leader while
deliberately drawing enemy fire by placing his aircraft between enemy
positions and a medical evacuation aircraft and ultimately evacuating
wounded with his own gunship. His additional combat awards include two
Distinguished Flying Crosses, 28 Air Medals, 2 Bronze Stars and 2 Purple
He served three years as a company tactical officer at West Point and
later culminated his career in 1980 as commander of 6th Battalion, 1st
Aviation Brigade at the U.S. Army Aviation Center.
Renowned for personal integrity and moral courage, his inspirational
leadership led to many further contributions.
Following his 2019 induction into the Georgia Veterans Hall of Fame for
valor, he succumbed to an almost three-decade struggle with Agent Orange
related complications in 2022.