JAMES W. PARMELEE, 1LT, USAF

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Lucky Bag

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From the 1951 Lucky Bag:

James Wheeler Parmelee

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

With an age waiver for previous Naval service the "old man" checked in at Navy . . . majored in keeping a few numbers ahead of the academic department . . . minored in escaping the pressure of the inflexible system ... at ease in any situation . . . friends with the world . . . endless self-confidence and ability . . . attended University of Michigan and Navy Pre-Flight prior to Annapolis . . . would like to fly a brilliant red jet plane, and trout fish in off hours . . . insists Michigan is the playground of the gods and not a wilderness stalked by Indians . . . Battalion football and varsity swimming . . . found training chow well suited to his needs as a growing boy . . . likes to be casual . . . loafers with khakies. . . .

He was also a member of the Hop Committee and the Christmas Card Committee.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any information about James' life or loss.

It's possible that he succumbed to injuries from a crash on March 28, 1953… but his position on the Class of 1951 panel — after several classmates lost in later 1953 and 1954 — suggests otherwise.


Class Navigation

Class of 1951
James is one of 48 members of the Class of 1951 in Memorial Hall.
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