James K. Latham, ‘39

Jim Latham attended W.M.A. four years. The 1939 “Recall” stated that in a popularity contest in the senior class Jim would rank at the top. He held the esteem of all who knew him. He was a star athlete, playing on many teams and winning varsity letters in foot­ball, basketball, and baseball. He graduated as a cadet lieu­tenant and was very active in school life. Lt. Latham then attended the University of Illinois but left shortly before his gradua­tion to join the U.S. Marines. After winning his commission, he was married to Miss Bar­bara Martin of Champaign, IL. They had a few short months together before he was sent overseas. Though no particulars have been given, Lt. Latham eviden­tly made the supreme sacri­fice in combat during one of the battles in the Pacific, Oki­nawa, as the Marines slowly cleared the island of fanatical Japanese.

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