James C. Hulce

James Hulce - WWII
James Hulce - WWII
Recent Address: 2120 West 2nd St., Apt. 109A, Marion, IN 46952
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Family Info: Parents: Clifford and Lillian; Wife: Rosella; Children: Jo Ellen, Julie Ann; Siblings: Robert, Richard, Raymond, Charles, Betty
Hometown: Marion, IN
Date Entered Service: January, 1943
Service Number: 35147186
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron: 44th
Location of Unit: CBI -- India 1/28/45
Missions Flown: 37 or 38
Hump Missions:
Targets: Singapore, Japan
Service Schools: Remote Control Turret-AAF Lowry Field, CO 8 weeks; Aircraft Armament-AAF Lowry Field, CO 12 weeks; Aerial Gunnery-AAF Ft. Myers, FL 6 weeks
MOS: Remote Control Turret Mechanic Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge: Sergeant
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 44-61548 Mus'n Touch It
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Date Discharged: December 3, 1945
Post WWII Service:
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Worked few months at Fox Deluxe Brewery before attending Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, IN. Received BS degree in 1950. Taught elementary 4th, 5th, and 6th grades from 1950 to spring of 1985 when he retired.
Thoughts About the 58th:
He was proud of serving his country and of his service on B-29s. As with many of the boys, the travel and experiences opened his eyes to the wide world that he otherwise may never have known. He told many stories of his time in the training, trip overseas after picking up their plane, bombing Japan, flying over the Missouri during the signing of the surrender. He was on Tinian Island, saw many dead Japanese. Had duty guarding prisoners, saw some that had holed up and were found in deplorable condition.
He never forgave the Japanese for Pearl Harbor. A local boy was one who had been lost on the Arizona and he knew him.
Comments: Jim learned in 1999 that he had lung cancer. One lung was removed in January 2000. He seemed to do very well until early Spring 2001 when he would tire easily. By Spring 2002 he was losing weight and after several tests and X-rays found that cancer was in his remaining lung. He loved life and his family, but said he was ready to go when it was time. Regretfully, it came on October 23, 2002. He is buried at the Marion National Cemetery, Marion, IN.

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