Jim is seen here in 1952 on Wake Island.
The following memorial tribute was contributed by Mike Wojciechowski.
I did not know an interesting facet of his past until recently. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor. At the time, he was in the U.S. Navy and was based on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the bombs were dropping all over the place, the concussion of one of the bombs blew him off his feet and knocked him out. When he finally woke up, he said he was a bloody mess. He got a Purple Heart medal to show for it.