Jim was born in Texarkana, Texas in 1930. He spent most of his life in orphanages up to the age of 17. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1947 where he served for twenty years. His next assignment was Korea and Japan. He served two years. Jim served on Midway Island, Saipan, Wake, Johnson, and Kawagalene.
Jim made the Inchan Invasion, and the Wanson Invasion. His transport ship was hit during the invasion. Jim received a commendation ribbon in making the repairs.
Just after the Korean War Jim returned home. His mother dies during his return visit. Jim was married on November 24, 1952 for 66 years. He had 3 children, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Jim was an instructor in martial arts, plumbing, air conditioning, heating, pumps, compressors, water treatment and sewage treatment. Jim also taught in the public school system.
Jim’s next overseas assignments were in Vietnam where he constructed trenches, bunkers, and drilled wells for water. 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. Jim then went to Thailand for a year where he constructed bridges, culverts, air strips, 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 Japan Occupation medal with the gold clip, the Vietnam Service medal, the Vietnam Expeditionary medal, the United Nations service medal, he Marine Expert Rifle medal, the Navy Expert Rifle medal, the Navy Expert Pistol medal, two service commendations and the Purple Heart medal.
Memorial Services will be held for Jim at First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella on November 2 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the local American Legion Outpost #711 in Lake Isabella, Calif.