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Clifton James, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

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  1. GRW

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    "Actor Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films, has died at the age of 96.
    His daughter, Lynn James, said he died Saturday at another daughter's home in Gladstone, Oregon, due to complications from diabetes.
    'He was the most outgoing person, beloved by everybody,' Lynn James said. 'I don't think the man had an enemy. We were incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives.'
    James often played a convincing southerner but loved working on the stage in New York during the prime of his career.
    One of his first significant roles playing a southerner was as a cigar-chomping, prison floor-walker in the 1967 classic 'Cool Hand Luke.'
    His long list of roles also includes swaggering, tobacco-spitting Louisiana Sheriff J.W. Pepper in the Bond films.
    His portrayal of the redneck sheriff in 'Live and Let Die' in 1973 more than held its own with sophisticated English actor Roger Moore's portrayal of Bond.
    James was such a hit that writers carved a role for him in the next Bond film, 'The Man with the Golden Gun,' in 1974.
    James, this time playing the same sheriff on vacation in Thailand as the epitome of the ugly American abroad, gets pushed into the water by a baby elephant.
    'He wasn't supposed to actually go in,' said his daughter. 'They gave him sugar in his pocket to feed the elephant. But he wasn't giving it to the elephant fast enough.'
    She said her father met with real southern sheriffs to prepare for his role as Pepper. Of his hundreds of roles, it was the Louisiana sheriff that people most often recognized and approached him about.
    His daughter noted that her father sometimes said actors get remembered for one particular role out of hundreds.
    'His is the sheriff's, but he said he would have never picked that one,' she said.
    George Clifton James was born May 29, 1920, in Spokane, Washington, the oldest of five siblings and the only boy. The family lost all its money at the start of the Great Depression and moved to Gladstone, just outside Portland, Oregon, where James' maternal grandparents lived.
    In the 1930s, James got work with the Civilian Conservation Corps and then entered World War II in 1942 as a soldier with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific, receiving two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.
    Lynn James said one of the Purple Hearts came when a bullet pierced his helmet and zipped around the inside to come out and split his nose. The second Purple Heart, she said, came from shrapnel that knocked out many of his teeth."
    Clifton James, sheriff in two James Bond films, dies at 96 | Daily Mail Online
     
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    Found a Clifton G. James listed as a Silver Star recipient of the 41st Infantry Division. Could be him, but not certain about it. Be at peace, Clifton James. :poppy:
     
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    163 Infantry Regiment 1st Battalion, Hq Co., Service Co. Jungleer 1984 Jan 11-12


    We wiremen set up our switchboard in our new Battalion command post near a cross-road centrally located on a slight rise. T/5 Drum, our leader, had already searched the beach-head for "wire-heads" and connected them with all our companies. While Jap machine gun and rifle fire streamed overhead, he discovered ·two damaged lines and repaired them. After our switchboard was in operation, we discovered an unexploded bomb next to the crater where we had sheltered that switchboard. We let that bomb stay there for our whole time on Wakde.

    Fire fights seemed to go on all around us. Wireman Clifton James took an unusual wound. Sent down to the beach for water, James came under Jap fire, and crawled under the dock for safety. Bullets blew up a nearby truck tire. Fragments hit him in the mouth, knocked out teeth, broke his jaw in two places. James did not rejoin 1st Battalion until we had landed on Biak.

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    Thanks for the additional info.
     

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