James R. Iles

Date of Birth:  May 12, 1926


Place of Birth:  Manhattan, Kansas


Father and Mother’s Names:  TBD


Spouse and Children's Names:  TBD


Date Entered Service:  May 26, 1944 at Kansas City, Missouri.


Service Branch:  Navy


Rank/Specialty:  Storekeeper Third Class


Service ID:  3429841


Division/Company/Unit info:  Minesweeper, USS Zeal (AM-131), Escort Vessel, Pacific Fleet.


Riley Connection:  Born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas.  Graduate of Manhattan High School.  Was living in Manhattan before joining the Army.


Date of Discharge:  May 10, 1946 in Norman, Oklahoma. Re-enlisted to fight in Korean Conflict.


Date of Death (Age):   N/A


Bio:  Born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas.  Jim graduated from Manhattan High School and studied business at K-State for a brief time before enlisting in the Navy.  Jim and about a dozen of his friends decided to enlist on the last day of their senior year.  They travelled to Kansas City and all but a few joined the Navy. Bob Srack and Colman Eichman were among those to go.  Bob Srack was a close friend of Jim's as a kid and well through high school.  Jim played football and basketball for MHS.  Jim served first on the USS Baham and then on the USS Zeal.  He served in the Pacific Theatre and was in Tokyo for the signing of the Japanese Surrender.  More info TBD.  He stayed in the Navy for a year after the end of the war.  He would later re-enlist to fight in the Korean Conflict.






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