Introduction: My name is Jim Callan and I was born in Long Island, New York in 1946 which was the first year of the baby Boomer generation. My father was born in Scotland and my mother was born in America. In 1901, my mom’s father came to America through Ellis Island, New York like so many other European immigrants.
My father and all three of my uncles served in the U.S. Army during World War II. In June 1959, my family moved to Southern California to join my mother’s brothers who had already migrated here. I attend John H. Francis Polytechnic High School where I graduated in 1964. After high school, I pursued a degree in Automotive Technology at Los Angeles Trade Tech. However, my education would have to wait because it was the Spring of 1966 and Uncle Sam was calling all able-bodied young men to serve in the U.S. Army; I was inducted May 17, 1966.
When you come from a generation where our fathers fought for freedom in World War II, you did not hesitate to also serve your country in a time of War. After serving in Vietnam with all my friends in the 9th Infantry Division, I returned home January 3, 1968 and finished my active duty at Fort Knox, Kentucky. With three months to serve, the Army assigned me to the Motor Pool to become a tank driver. I feel it was a minor reward for serving in Vietnam for it was an easy assignement which I enjoyed very much.
I would like to thank all my fellow Brothers for their service in Vietnam… May God Bless You and your families. To all our fallen Brothers, we will never forget your sacrifice.
Jim Callan – April 8, 2009
Jim Callan shows his love for sporting events by making wagers at Santa Anita on his favorite horse, Ninth Infantry & attending the Indianapolis 2009 and 2011 US Nationals.