MACOI, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam - Office Of Information - Biographies
James Craig Amross
, born 19 October 1945, was the youngest of the four children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Amross of Riverview, Michigan, a Detroit suburb.
Following his 1963 graduation from Riverview Community High School, Jim earned a BS in Secondary Education at Northern Michigan University in upstate Marquette.
As a student, he took deejay shifts on local radio at WWAM in Cadillac and WDMJ in Marquette, but his budding career was interrupted by military service.
In October 1969 he
arrived in Saigon
, where he
became the "all night man" as host of the "Orient
reports the most requested songs during his
year in Saigon
were, not surprisingly, "We Gotta Get Out of this Place," "Leavin' on a Jet Plane," and "Someday We'll be Together.
As a SP5 he
also served as AFVN's
music director until his
return to the USA in October 1970.
Back in the USA, Jim
eventually settled in the Toledo, Ohio area, where he
worked in radio at WSPD and WLQR, and recorded TV and radio commercials as a freelance voiceover talent.
also traveled for a time, doing industrial trade shows and public affairs presentations.
He later joined the Global Recruiters Network, a recruitment and staffing firm, as a recruiter, and he served as Admissions Representative for Toledo's Lincoln College of Technology.
In the mid-1990's Jim
's niece married Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr's ex, and Jim temporarily became the uncle of the actor.
In retirement in the Toledo suburb of Sylvania, Jim
fondly recalled his
days with AFVN
"I had a great time bringing a little bit of home to our troops in Nam, but the real heroes were the guys in the jungle," he
was honored in 2008 in Wyandotte, Michigan, a neighboring city of his
original hometown, Riverside, by being invited to represent Vietnam veterans in the annual Fourth of July Parade.
vegetable garden kept him busy, and he
often prepared meals using his
home grown produce.
As an accomplished cook, Jim
became locally famous for his
macaroni and cottage cheese and his
chicken noodle soup.
Survivors included his wife, the former Akemi Hirakawa Clark, son Lawrence Christian Aubuchon, daughter Cathryn Aubuchon Jones, father Commander (USN, Ret) Robert W. Aubuchon, brother James C. and sister Suzanne M., and three grandchildren.