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Employment History

Host
Orient

Recruiter
Toledo's Lincoln College of Technology

Education

BS
Secondary Education
Northern Michigan University

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MACOI, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam - Office Of Information - Biographies

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James Craig Amross

Jim Amross, born 19 October 1945, was the youngest of the four children of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Amross of Riverview, Michigan, a Detroit suburb.
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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 Express. Jim 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. He 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.
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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 said. 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. His 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.
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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.

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