World War II Vet James Couch Remembered

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

A man who served his country in the second world war is laid to rest.

Funeral services were held Thursday for James W Couch of Bryan who died Saturday at the age of 84.

Couch enlisted in the Air Force during World War II, at just 19, and served as a fighter pilot.

Thursday's ceremonies included a rifle volley, taps and a flyover of vintage World War II planes, similar to the ones Couch flew.

According to Couch's obituary, he was born on February 9, 1924, in Decatur, Alabama. He attended school in Decatur, and in 1944 he received his Aviator Wings and remained in the Training Command until his separation in 1945, as a Captain.

His proudest career accomplishment was soloing his first airplane at Jones Field at Bonham, Texas in 1944.

After his separation from the service, James attended LSU.

While in the service, James played the trombone in various bands. One of his fondest memories was when he received a medal for winning 1st Chair in a University of Alabama band contest in Tuscaloosa.

Two of his proudest moments were getting married and being baptized. James and his family moved to Bryan in1983, they owned and operated Couch Lock and Safe, Inc. in Bryan.

He was of the Methodist faith and was a 32nd Degree Mason. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Philip W. and Linda Couch of McAllen; grandchildren, Stefanie Reneé Couch, Evan Philip Couch, and Andrea Dawn Couch; step-sons, Charles Saylor and family, Steven Saylor, Gary Jacobs and family, and James Jacobs. Expressions of sympathy may be left at

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