Second oldest known survivor of Pearl Harbor
In 1936 at the age of 23 Jim laid aside his plans to go to law school and enter politics, and become a career Navy man. He survived the sinking of the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor, and was commander of the Navy ship USS Patapsco during the Korean War. He retired from the Navy in 1956 after 24 years of service.
In his book “The Other Side of Infamy”, Jim recounts how he along with countless other sailors and soldiers, ran into the chaos to protect his ships, defend his country, and find the redemptive path forward through a devastating war. He tells how to live a life of faith in a world of war and global conflict.
At 104 years old Jim frequently travels to speak to students and military groups about a life of faith.