Melvin James was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois. There he met his beloved wife, Margarette, and there they were married in 1942.
Soon after, Melvin joined the U.S. Army. He served from December 8, 1942-February 21, 1945. He received the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Ribbon, American Middle East Service Ribbon, American Campaign Medal, Marksman Badge & Rifle Bar, along with other awards and commendations and an honorable discharge, while primarily serving in Iran.
After the war, he returned to Joliet and to Margarette. Five children were born of this union before he passed away in 1973. He leaves behind a strong legacy and a loving family. We remember him.