On Monday, November 25, 2019, Jim will be given a military escort from Lake Isabella Mortuary at 5108 lake Isabella Blvd., at 11:30 a.m., to the National Cemetery at 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, Calif. Where at 1:15 p.m. his remains will be interred with full military honors.
Please join the family in this honorable procession from the mortuary to the National Cemetery.
Jim was married to his wife Daisy on November 24, 1952, for 66 years. He had three children, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Jim made the Inchan Invasion and the Wonsan Invasion. His transport ship was hit during the invasion, Jim received a commendation ribbon for making the repairs. Just after the Korean War, Jim returned home.
Jim’s next overseas assignments were in Vietnam where he constructed and supervised the construction of trenches, bunkers and drilled wells for water and various other construction projects. He cleared fields of fire and defended those areas with the army. He received the Purple Heart medal, the expeditionary medal, and the Vietnam service medal. The army had requested the navy award him the Silver Star. Jim then went to Thailand for a year where he constructed and supervised the construction of bridges, culverts, airstrips, schools and roads to several villages.
Jim received the following medals while in the Sea Bees of the Navy; WW2 Victory medal, Korean Service medal, Expeditionary medal, the Japanese Occupation medal with the gold clip, the Vietnam Service medal, the Vietnam Expeditionary medal, the United Nations Service medal, the Marine Expert Rifle medal, the Navy Expert Rifle medal, the Navy Expert Pistol medal, two service commendations and the Purple Heart medal.
Jim was an instructor in martial arts, plumbing, air conditioning, heating, pumps, compressors, water treatment, and sewage treatment. After he retired from the Navy of 20 years, Jim also taught in the public school system and was licensed by the state of California.
Please join us celebrating this hero’s final journey
The Cigainero family.