AIR COMMANDO 2 Tassie, James Albert

John Robertson

Staff member
James Albert
  • UNIT
38 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (3 A.R.R. Group)
  • RANK
Distinguished Flying Cross,Air Medal
South East Asia 1969-70
born 22.9.1939 Bristol,Connecticut
son of Seymour Roosevelt and Avis E. (nee Johnson) Tassie
graduated Lewis High School,Southington,Connecticut
helicopter pilot
retired as Lieutenant Colonel
married Janet 4.2.1967 (1 son J.T.)
died 23.8.2015 Gilbert,Arizona
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona,Phoenix,Maricopa County,Arizona Section 65 Site 43
At the age of 18, being guided by a deep patriotic spirit and a desire to "get out there," Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, went through enlisted Airman Basic training, and was subsequently accepted into the U.S. Air Force Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program. During his time of service highlights of his career were flying the KC-135 (jet) refueling/tanker aircraft, HH-43 rescue helicopter, flying more than 200 combat missions and resulting in 12 combat "saves." Among his many services awards he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Jim earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and while stationed at the Pentagon, he earned his master's degree from Central Michigan University. Following his 20-plus years in the Air Force, Jim joined the prestigious international consulting firm of Booz, Allen & Hamilton (BA&H). In retirement he served as a sacristan at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Chandler, Ariz.
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