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Curtis James | 2nd Pioneer Battalion - Marines

3:52   |   He wanted to choose his service instead of getting drafted, so Curtis James went for the Marine Corps in 1943. As part of the V-12 program, he attended college for a year, then had his training and got his commission. Assigned to the occupation forces in Japan, the friendliness of the Japanese was a big surprise to him.

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WWII
  • Curtis James  |  WWII  |  2nd Pioneer Battalion  |  4:29

    Stationed in Japan after the war, Curtis James had the opportunity to see the devastation at both atomic bomb sites. It was hard to believe. Marines went into occupation duty with a lot of animosity for the Japanese people, but were surprised to find out how friendly they were.

Korea
Vietnam
  • Curtis James  |  Vietnam  |  Multiple Units  |  4:32

    Curtis James was the first officer in charge of a Pentagon effort to manage crises during the Cold War. It was a brand new office inside the giant headquarters and, after running that for a while, he served in Vietnam at MACV in Saigon, managing the logistics of the war effort.

  • Curtis James  |  Vietnam  |  Multiple Units  |  4:40

    Curtis James returned from Vietnam to an assignment as director of personnel at Parris Island. This was the last post for the Marine Corps staff officer. His favorite was the Pentagon, where he initiated a brand new office to coordinate military crisis response.

Cold War
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