James served as a Private First Class, 31st Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Aitkin County, Minnesota prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on September 7, 1940, prior to the war, at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.
James became a POW of the Japanese Army during the "Fall Of the Philippines" in 1942.
He "Died While A POW" of the Japanese Army at Hoten Pow Camp, Mukden, Manchuria 42-123 (China) during the war.
He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred in the POW Camp in China and was repatriated here on October 10, 1949.
Service # 17001685
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
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