James H. Auberry
USS West Virginia
James H. Auberry was born in the far western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois on February 28, 1927. As did many young men during the Second World War, Jim lied about his age and enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He was assigned to the U. S. S. West Virginia, beginning his period of active duty on March 8, 1944. He served proudly in the 6th Division and reached the rank of Seaman 1st. Class when he was Honorably Discharged on May 5, 1946. During his last year in the Navy, Jim married the love of his life, Vera Mae and returned to Illinois upon leaving the Service.
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