Jim Worcester was born in St. Paul in 1932 and moved to Walker in 1945, graduating from Walker High School in 1951.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force immediately after graduation and was sent to Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas, for basic training. Jim attended radio school in Biloxi, Miss., and graduated as an Airborne Radio Operator.
Jim left the US in June 1952 and was stationed in Fukuoka, Japan. From his base, he flew missions into Korea in a C46, logging more than 600 hours and was awarded the Air Medal and Air Crew Badge. After leaving Japan in June 1953 Jim was stationed at Lawson AFB in Columbus, Ga., where he flew in the C119 “The Flying Boxcar.” He was honorably discharged in 1955 at the rank of E-5 (staff sergeant).
After returning to Walker, Jim earned his civil engineer degree from the University of North Dakota. He served as Cass County Highway Engineer for 27 years, was president of Minnesota County Engineers Association and was named County Engineer of the Year.
Jim also served for 27 years on the Walker School Board. He is a life member of the VFW and American Legion.
The next time you see Jim, please thank him for his service.
Mike Nelson, an agent with Cedar Point Realty in Walker, compiled the information for this article that will highlight a different area veteran periodically.