FORT MEADE, Md. - Captain James D. Stallings, U.S. Army, will be publicly recognized at the National Security Agency’s Cryptologic Memorial Wall at a ceremony on May 25, 2023. General Paul Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, will host the family of Captain Stallings at the ceremony.
Captain Stallings, a native of Carthage, Tennessee, joined the Army ROTC while studying engineering at the Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. Upon graduation in 1954, he was commissioned into the Army. While working to become an electronic warfare cryptologic officer, Captain Stallings married the love of his life, Ann Parkinson.
Captain Stallings was subsequently named commanding Officer of the 337th Company, whose mission was to collect critical enemy communications to gain foreknowledge of enemy plans and intentions on the battlefield.
In the spring of 1966, Captain Stallings and his company were deployed to South Vietnam in support of the U.S. Army’s 1st Division. On September 25, 1966, Captain Stallings left the company area with several soldiers to inspect the forward-deployed intercept sites. Near the village of Bien Hoa, Captain Stallings’ vehicle hit an anti-tank mine and came under enemy fire. Captain Stallings was killed in the attack.
NSA honors and remembers the sacrifice that Captain James D. Stallings made in service of his country.