Jim Coleman Hall of Fame Induction Plaque 2014
  • EDUCATION
    Attended Grade School and High School in St. Paul. Attended University
    of Oregon where he played football and majored in Pre-Law.


    MILITARY SERVICE
    In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division,
    505th Regiment in Europe during World War II. On D-Day his division
    parachuted behind enemy lines and captured the town of Ste-Mere
    Eglise, halting the advance of the German army from the west, and
    helping secure an Allied victory. Mr. Coleman was involved in every
    major battle in the European Theatre. In the course of the war he made
    over thirty jumps and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, the
    Soldier’s Medal and the Purple Heart for his battlefield achievements.
    In 1946 he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain,
    promoted to Major and returned to St. Paul. He worked as an engineer
    for various mechanical engineering firms in the Portland area until his
    retirement in 1992. He returned to Normandy for the 50th Anniversary
    of the D-Day invasion in 1994 and again, in June 2004 for the 60th year
    celebration. At that time he was presented with Medals of Gratitude
    from the Government of France, Belgium and Holland.