James O'Neal Pleasant 1963-2010

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Jim Pleasant in Navarre, Florida 1963   Jim Pleasant  1965

 

 

Jim Pleasant being congratulated for 30 years of civil service 1970

Jim writes of his Navy and Civil Service experience:
"After serving six years in the Navy I was discharged in November 1945 with a rating of AMM 1/C. I started work at NAS Pensacola in May 1946 as an aircraft mechanic, shop planner and operations analyst until January 1961. At this time I was promoted and assigned to Naval Air Systems Command at Norfolk, Virginia. They immediately sent me back to Pensacola as a field representative to serve all Naval Air Stations in the Pensacola area and a mine laying and sweeping facility in Panama City. My office was located at Whiting Field. I retired December 31, 1972."

  Jim and his day's catch 1975

 

 
Jim Pleasant's prize bass 1978   Jim and his prize trout caught December 26, 1978

 

 
Jim and his dog Abby 1986   Abby the dog 1981

 

 
Jim Pleasant and Linda Bodie 1986   Jim and Lillian Pleasant's home in Milton, Florida 1990

 

 
Jim Pleasant and grandson Reed Haynie 1993   Jim Pleasant reading to his grandson Reed Haynie 1994

 

Quilt that Lillian made for Jim 1996

 

 
Article in the Pensacola News Journal about the U.S.S. Gambier Bay   Jim Pleasant being presented with the display case holding ribbons, medals, plaque, flag and his arm patch from his service in the U.S. Navy as a survivor of the attack on the U.S.S. Gambier Bay by Japanese forces October 25, 1944. Case presented by Mike Threet

 

 
Display case holding ribbons, medals, plaque, flag and his arm patch from Jim's service in the U.S. Navy   One of Jim's many medals: Philippine Liberation medal

 

 
Jim's Philippine Presidential Citation ribbon
More medals and ribbon:
Ribbon at top: Presidential Unit Citation
Medals left to right top: Good Conduct, American Defense, American Campaign, Asiatic Victory over Japan. Medals left to right bottom: World War II Victory medal, Philippine Liberation
  Philippine Liberation ribbon awarded to Jim

 

 
     

 

 
Presidential Unit Citation letter sent to Jim Pleasant   Written account of Jim Pleasant's ordeal on the USS Gambier Bay October 25, 1944 published in the book:"Remembering Pensacola's Part in World War II", Collected by John Appleyard and Prepared by the Students of Old Hometown, Escambia County School District, Pensacola, Florida

 

 
2006 - Jim standing next to the display case holding ribbons, medals, plaque, flag and his arm patch from his service in the U.S. Navy   Jim Pleasant 2006

 

Mr. James O'Neal "Jim" Pleasant (1920 - 2010) Obituary

James O'Neal (Jim) Pleasant, age 90, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. Mr. Pleasant was born June 28, 1920 near Angier, North Carolina and spent most of his adult life in Milton, Florida.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and participated in six Pacific Island invasions. His ship (aircraft carrier Gambier Bay) was sunk during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippine Islands. He spent two days and nights in cold shark infested waters.

Mr. Pleasant began his Civil Service career at NAS Pensacola in May 1946 and was later transferred to NAS Whiting Field as the Pensacola Area Field Representative for the Naval Air Systems Command. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1972. He was an active member of Milton First Baptist Church and served as president of the Golden Voices Choir. He loved fishing; playing golf and sharing stories about his World War II adventures.

He is preceded in death by his parents-Percy W. and Eunice Pleasant and one brother-Dan Pleasant; two sisters-Janet Gainey and Betty Rose Beasley.

Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years-Lillian (Hudson) Pleasant; three daughters-Tresia Schinkel of Milton; Pamela Hutchinson (Bobby) of Milton; Nancy Sticklen (Mike) of Austin, Texas; sister-Blanche Mitchell of Raleigh, NC; brother-Joe Pleasant of Angier, NC; brother-in-law-Levin Beasley of Garner, NC; sister-in-law-Melba Pleasant of Charlotte, NC; seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Thursday, December 2nd; from 1 to 2 p.m. at Milton First Baptist Church, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Dr. David Spencer. Graveside services followed at Serenity Gardens.

Published in Santa Rosa Press Gazette from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2010 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/srpressgazette/obituary.aspx?n=james-oneal-pleasant-jim&pid=146992886#sthash.nSZhvv8V.dpuf

 


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