James would have experienced one of the worst heatwaves in North American history while living in Arkansas City, Kansas during the summer of 1936 at the age of 8.
James in Mitchell, Nebraska, when the United States declared war on Japan. He was 13 years old.
He was a US Coastguard Merchant Marine, listed as in the Steward department as a messman in 1945 at the age of 17.
While serving during WWII, James was in the US Maritime Service Training Station Choir, from Avalon, California. Here is the video clip of Bob Hope Special August 12, 1944 'Somewhere In The South Pacific' . The last song is the one with the choir that James was in. He always thought it was pretty cool that he got to perform with Bob Hope.
He married Bev on February 16, 1946, in Seattle, Washington when he was 17 years old. They had four children during their marriage.
He died on October 28, 2005, in Snohomish, Washington, at the age of 77.
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