SSGT James T. Swanson, 70, dies

SSGT James T. Swanson, 70, dies. Beloved father and brother of New Port Richey, Florida: formerly of Cook, Tower/Soudan and Ely, Minnesota, entered into eternal rest on April 22, 2014, one day short of his 71st birthday. He was born April 23, 1943 in Duluth, Minnesota to Jesse L. Swanson Sr. and Barbara Joy Hopkins-Swanson.
He is survived by three sons: James (Debra) Swanson Jr., of Aliso Viejo, California; Michael Swanson of New Port Richey, Florida; David Swanson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; former wife and mother of his sons: Maria Dee Swanson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brother; Jesse L. (Virginia) Swanson Jr., of St. Petersburg, Florida; sisters: Judith Lamb of Miami, Florida; and Jane Regenhardt of Lutz, Florida; sister-in-law: Sandy Swanson of Island Park, Idaho; his very good friend Don Fredricks of Mt. Carroll, IL and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was proceeded in death by his parents: father Jesse L. Swanson Sr., mother Barbara Joy Hopkins-Swanson; brothers: John Swanson; and Jerome Swanson; and sister: Barbara Walter.
Jim was retired military, having served 21 years, with a distinguished service record and numerous medals. He served four years in the Marine Corps., and 17 years in the U.S. Army, where he graduated at the top of his class from the U.S. Army Signal School. He served two combat tours in Vietnam, his Marine Corps.unit was one of the first into Vietnam. Jim’s foreign assignments in addition to Vietnam were in Korea and Germany.
Stateside Jim was stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX, Ft. Lewis, WA, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, Fort Carson, Colorado, and McDill AFB in Tampa, FL. His latter service to the military was as a chief cook for the Army at which he was very good. After his retirement from the military he obtained an Associates Degree from Pikes Peak Community College in Hotel and Restaurant management. Upon moving to Florida he went to work for the U.S. Postal service, and retired once again with 20 years service.
Jim’s medals and honors include the following:
From the Marine Corps. for his first combat tour to Vietnam.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Good Conduct Medal (1 st award)
National Defense Medal Rifle Marksmanship Badge.
Jim then enlisted in the Army with another combat tour to Vietnam.
National Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Bronze service star
Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/palm
Overseas Service Ribbon-2
Army Achievement Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Good Conduct Medal 4/5 award
Jim’s love of family, caring heart, warm smile and distinctive laugh will be missed by all who loved him.
Service and internment are grave side at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower, Minnesota on July 11, 2014 at 11:00 am.