James Butler Bonham
Colonel, United States Army
Colonel Bonham served 30 years in the Army, including duty in the Pacific during World War II. Later postings included Vietnam during the 1950s and Korea, and several assignments in the United States. His specialties included finance.
He was born in Chattanooga and had lived in the Washington area on and off since the mid-1930s. He graduated from Western High School and in 1940 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
His decorations included the Silver Star and two awards of the Bronze Star.
He was a former vestryman at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Annandale.
His marriage to Margaret Chambers ended in divorce. His second wife, Susan Haislip Bonham, died in 1980. His third wife, Roberta Truluck, died in 1999.
Survivors include two children from his second
marriage, Sally Bonham Mohle of Fairfax and Jay Bonham of Forest Park,
Posted: 24 September 2006 Updated: 1 February 2008 Updated: 21 February 2011