James B. Tatum

Jim was born in Carthage, Missouri, and entered military service with the U.S. Army in 1947 as an infantry officer.  He was part of the landing on Inchon and the Company he commanded was one of only two companies to fight their way to the Yalu River.  For his actions, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, two awards of the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge.  He was active in his community after his return and was especially committed to education.  He co-authored the legislation creating community colleges in Missouri and led the campaign to acquire the land Camp Crowder occupied and turn it into Crowder College which opened in 1963.

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