MAJ James L. Cameron, Jr, was an example to us all of God's infinite mercy, grace and redeeming power has passed on to be with his Lord on 30 JAN 2019. He was a true American hero, he served in the Army Air Corp as a P-38 pilot in WWII. He was shot down in Germany and was a prisoner-of-war. He earned a Purple Heart for injuries he received in combat. For 23 missions, he was awarded the Air Medal. He was a career USAF fighter pilot, flying almost every jet airplane in the early Air Force inventory. He was a devoted husband of 69 years, to his beloved wife , Anne. A father to his seven children, granddad to his 6 grandchildren and great-granddad to his 17 great-grandchildren. He was a hard worker and an example to all who knew him. He was a mentor to his peers and his children’s friends. Three of his 4 sons served in the Armed Forces.
For his second career, Jim provided schools and libraries with educational materials to promote literacy and to provide students the opportunity to explore life’s options.
As a devoted Gideon for 25 years, his life’s mission was to provide people, including his friends, and, in fact, people he had just met with the word of God.
He faithfully served as an Deacon and Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church, spending countless hours on the Finance and Missions Committees.
Jim was instrumental in helping post-Vietnam War refugees, sponsored by Trinity. He was tireless in his efforts to secure employment, housing and education for them to prepare to become US citizens and prosper. He loved and served his Trinity Family.
In addition, Jim served on the board of his Home Owners Association. Throughout the majority of his life, he used his leadership skills, and God-given wisdom to benefit others.
Today, February 22nd marks 74 years ago that our father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather was shot down over Germany. He was willing to give his life to fight for our freedoms. We honor his courage, commitment and integrity. We give thanks for his love for us and how he worked so hard to provide for us. We will miss his humor, his traditions and even his strong opinions. We will miss our Pops, our own true, American hero.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Anne (Joanne I,. Cameron) and his sister Ruthie Gordon(George); his children Stanley C. Cameron, Pamela A. Fruehwirth (John), Jan E. Cameron, Kim S. Cameron, Craig D. Cameron (Susan), James L. Cameron, III (DIna). His grandchildren Elizabeth A. Schumann (Bryce), Joshua D. Cameron (Shauna), Sara R. Casnellie (Michael), Aimee S. Barnes (Luke), Scott D. Cameron, and Eric C. Cameron (Amy); and his great-grandchildren Benjamin A. Cameron, Cameron M. Casnellie, Ethne A. Barnes, Caleb J. Cameron, Kayla R. Casnellie, Emeline L. Barnes, Karissa A. Casnellie, Egan T. Barnes, Keria G. Casnellie, Issac M. Cameron, Abree J. Barnes, Owen J. Cameron, Avabella M. Barnes, Oliver E. Schumann, Remmie G. Barnes, Brax M. Barnes, and Emerson C. Schumann.`
James Lowe Cameron, Jr.
Born 7 April 1925, Atlanta, GA to James L. Cameron, Sr. and Cornelia Dunwody
Within five years moved to Highland Park, TX
1935 Moved to Evanston, IL where he lived for most of his childhood and high school years
7 April 1942 enlisted in the Army Air Corp as an Air Cadet
Shot down over Germany 22 FEB 1945 - POW
In May 1945 released from POW camp in Germany
Remained in Army Air Force Reserves and enrolled in Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Married JoAnne Innis from Indianapolis, IN 4 September 1949
Recalled into Regular Air Force 25 July 1950 transferred to Mather AFB, CA
Stanley Cameron born 1 August 1950 Evanston, IL; mother and son moved to Sacramento, CA six weeks later via airplane
Pamela Cameron born 20 August 1951 Mather AFB, CA
Graduated with BA degree in Business Administration with a minor in economics from California State University at Sacramento while working full-time in the Air Force
Transferred to Tucson, AZ 1952
Douglas Cameron born 14 March 1953, Tucson, AZ
Transferred to Moody AFB, GA 1953
Jan Cameron born 1 November 1954 Moody AFB, GA
Transferred to Ladd AFB, AK 1955
Kim Cameron born 11 November 1955 Ladd AFB, AK
Transferred to Wurtsmith AFB, MI 20 August 1957
Craig Cameron born 26 September 1957 Tawas City, MI
James Cameron, III born 18 July 1959 Tawas City, MI
Transferred to Grand Forks AFB, ND 1 May 1960
Transferred to Goose AFB, Labrador, Canada (April or May1962? picked up family in June 1962)
Transferred to Perrin AFB, TX JUN 1964
Transferred to Ent AFB, CO 31 December 1965
Retired from the U.S. Air Force 31 July 1968
Moved to La Mesa, CA June 1969
Started a second career with Encyclopædia Britannica Educational Corp. (date ?)
Second retirement (date ?)
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