Finally, in May 1944, Jim was sent home to Norman on leave. For a short time, he was a navigator instructor at Midland, Texas. Then he went to Chickasha for pilot training. He was discharged as a first lieutenant in October 1945. He was recalled to active duty in 1948 and went to Mather Field, Calif., as a pilot. He was discharged finally in April 1950.
After his military duty, Jim worked in several jobs in the automotive industry. He eventually opened his own auto repair and parts business in Midwest City. He and his wife, Katherine, now live in Oklahoma City.
The Norman Veterans Committee is planning another parade on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to honor veterans like Jim. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the corner of James Garner Boulevard and Eufaula Street, proceeding down Jenkins Avenue to the Veterans Memorial at Reaves Park. A program is planned at the Memorial starting at 4 p.m.
Any group or person wishing to have an entry in the parade should contact the Norman Parks and Recreation Department at 366-5472 or email@example.com for an entry form.