James Craig Amross
Jim Amross, a 1963 graduate of Riverview Community High School in the Detroit suburb of Riverview, Michigan, 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.
and wife Margaret live today in a Toledo suburb, where Jim
fondly recalls 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.
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.