1STLT JAMES "Jim" L CRUTCHFIELD , USMC
| Jim's first attempt to enlist failed because of his age, but he finally succeeded in joining the USMC Reserves in 1943. He was a rear gunner with the 23rd Air Group on Midway Island for a brief time, but did not see combat duty. He then entered the V-12 program at Southwest Louisiana Institute, Lafayette, in June 1944. In 1947, he received a BA degree from UNC, Chapel Hill. On inactive status, he began a promising career in the theater.
Called to active duty as a Second Lieutanant in August 1948, he trained with the 5th Basic Class, OCS, Quantico. Later combat duty in Korea more than made up for lack of it in WWII. In August 1950, he was assigned to H&S Co, 3rd BN, 1st Marines as a Liaison Officer, 1st Marines, 1st Division (reinforced). For action in Ambush Alley near Wonsan, in which he was wounded, he received the Bronze Star medal with a V for Valor and the Purple Heart. Three weeks later with George Company in Hell Fire Valley near Hagaru-ri, his group was again ambushed. Injuries sustained in this action had life-altering consequences. A long hospitalization followed. Promoted to First Lieutenant in 1951, he was permanently retired in 1953.
Jim returned to UNC, earning an MBA in 1954. His forte was in financial and administrative management. With the family of Johnson and Johnson companies for over 20 years, he later retired after 11 years as controller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Jim was fiercely independent, placing high value on self-sufficiency. His interests were wide, but he was a man of modest tastes and modest about his accomplishments. He was a loving husband and father. In all he did, he was true to the highest ideals and standards of the Corps.
His wife of 50 years, Nancy Bosworth and son, Steven Michael, survive to cherish his memory.
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