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James D. Pascoe, war hero

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(1922 to 2016) Born in Sacramento, James D. Pascoe grew up here and in Riverside, California. In WWII, Jim was a tail gunner on a B-26. He was shot down over France, and with the help of the Resistance, spent weeks on the run until he was betrayed, spending the remainder of the war as a POW. Later, he traveled and worked as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Nuclear Testing Program in the South Pacific, where he witnessed the explosion of a hydrogen bomb. He married Ethel Martin, whom he met in Los Angeles. After graduating from USC, he returned to Sacramento, where in 1958 he began work as a computer programmer at McClellan AFB. In his retirement, he long labored on Captured: Memoirs of World War II, published in 2014. He is survived by his three children, Nicolaus and his wife Maureen, Christine and her husband Thomas, daughter Becca, and a grandson, Martin.

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