NORTON – James F. Jordan, 92, of Norton passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Southeast Health Care Center in Easton. He was the husband of over 50 years to the late Thelma M. (Avery) Jordan who died in 2001.
Born December 10, 1923 in Boston, he was a son of the late William J. and Julia A. (Jacobson) Jordan.
James has been a resident of Norton for over fifty years. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He enlisted in the USMC on March 19, 1942, just after Pearl Harbor, at the age of 19. He served as part of the 238th Platoon on Paris Island and faithfully served as part of the “Greatest Generation” until his discharge in October of 1945.
After training at Paris Island, he was sent to Honolulu, HI and sailed aboard the SS Marmack Wren and SS Marmack Port. His service was in the Pacific Theater as part of the Gilbert and Marshall Island Campaign. He fought on the Makin Island under the command of General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz with the 4th Marine Division.
He then proceeded onto the islands of Eniwetok Atol, Kwajalein and others taking back the islands from the Japanese which was pivotal for the attack on mainland Japan ending the war.
He was well decorated receiving numerous battle and campaign medals along with battlefield promotions.
James lived his life in the true spirit of the USMC and the love for his family. He was proud of having “one wife, one job, one house” throughout his adult life. He worked for Massachusetts Engineering Company of North Quincy and Avon from 1941 – 1985 and to his credit he never took a single day off during his working career of 44 years.
He loved the town of Norton and taking small trips and excursions during his retirement. He enjoyed meeting other Marines and died “Semper Fi.” OO-RAH, Pops.
James is survived by three children: Martin, Catherine and Robert Jordan; 7 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy Jordan, and brother, Robert “Buzzie” Jordan.
Services will be private with arrangements entrusted to Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro.