Jim entered the Army in July 1957 and retired in April 1, 1978. Most of his military career was in Explosive Ordnance Disposal after he finished the course at Indian Head, Maryland in 1962.
His EOD assignments in the United States, Panama and South Vietnam include the 61st EOD at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; EOD Section, 184th Ordnance Battalion, Vietnam; 546th EOD Control Detachment at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; 36th EOD at Fort Clayton, Canal Zone; 42nd EOD at Ft Bliss and the 546th EOD Control at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; and the 52nd EOD at Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
After retiring from the Army, he joined the Louisiana State Police Explosive Control Unit after completing the Louisiana State Police Academy. He worked with the FBI and ATF investigating thefts and illegal use of explosive, manufactured IEDs, and explosives and arson fires.
He retired from the Louisiana State Police, and joined the Federal Railroad Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation as a hazardous material investigator/specialist.
He was a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and served as a board member. He was also a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators for many years, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the IABTI.
He and his wife, Judy, live in Denham Springs, Louisiana.