|Birth: ||Aug. 22, 1931|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||May 11, 2012|
Loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, son and daughter-in-law, two grandchildren and great grandchild, four brothers and a sister, many nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors all who will miss his love and friendship.
Jim was predeceased by his parents Luther Milton Bridges and Lillian York Bridges Trammell, and siblings Raymond Bridges, Gene Harry Bridges and Bettye Jo Bridges Hawkins (Richard). Jim was the grandson of John Thomas Bridges and his wife Nancy Ada Stricklin Bridges, and William Edgar York and his wife Sarah Bettye Godfrey York all of Alabama.
Jim was a devoted Christian and Church member and served his community and church as elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Palatka, Florida.
Jim served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War on the USS McNair DD 679 and was based first in Newport, Rhode Island. He served in the precursor to the Navy Seals the U.D.T. Underwater Demolition Team.
Information about the USS McNair from hullnumber DOT com: "...In 1950 world tension increased as the divided country of Korea became the site of overt hostilities. McNair was soon taken out of mothballs recommissioning 6 July 1951. Before the end of the year she had reported for duty in the Atlantic Fleet. On 6 September 1952 she departed her home port Newport R.I. for a world cruise that took her through the Panama Canal to Korea where she served as gunfire support ship for United Nations troops and as guardian of carriers of the 7th Fleet. After 3 months in the combat area she transited the Suez Canal en route home arriving Newport 11 April 1953. In July she headed back across the Atlantic for a midshipmen training cruise to northern Europe followed by her first deployment with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean..." "...(The USS) McNair received two battle stars for Korean service (and eight for WWII)..." "...[Note: The above USS MCNAIR (DD-679) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MCNAIR (DD-679) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]..."
Luther Milton Bridges (1899 - 1932)
Lillian Bridges York Trammell (1905 - 1994)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes are with his son
Created by: Cherie Lynn
Record added: May 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90008462
Love from John Henry|
Added: May. 12, 2012
Served on the USS McNair|
Added: May. 12, 2012