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James died December 10, 1985, in Corvallis, Oregon. He was born March 11, 1924, in Corvallis and was a member of the Mennonite Church. James was drafted into Civilian Public Service in 1944 and his occupation was listed as "Logger." He jumped at Missoula during the 1945 season and had eight training and two fire jumps. After his discharge, Jim went to Oregon State University and then owned and operated Johnson's Saw Shop in Corvallis.
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National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Johnson, James Edward (Missoula 1945)" (2020). Smokejumper Obituaries. 328.