Memories of Jim Forsythe

Jim Forsythe passed away at 1940 on 29 December 2005,

Below are some pictures of him





         James F. Forsythe was born June 25, 1935 in West Bend Iowa.  On 1 October 1953, he enlisted in the United States Navy.  He attended Boot Camp and RMA School in San Diego California before reporting to his first duty station here at Naval Communications Station Japan.  Subsequent duty stations included Commander Naval Center Fontainebleau France, RMB School in Bainbridge Maryland, USS Parsons (DD-949), Flag Allowance, Commander Cruisers Destroyers Pacific, USS Jason (AR-8), Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla embarked onboard the USS Chicago (CLG-11), and Commander Destroyer Squadron Three. He returned to Commander Cruisers Destroyers Pacific, before finishing his Naval Career as the first Assistant EMO at Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific in San Diego, California. After 22 years of Naval Service Jim retired as a Master Chief Radioman on September 30, 1975. 

          After retirement Jim went to work at TRACOR Corporation and stayed with them for the next for the next 15 years as a Consulting Field Engineer supervising the installation of the Single Audio System onboard U.S. Navy Ships.

          On March 2, 1990 Jim joined the SRF as an Electronics Technician in Combat Systems Department, C4I Division.  He was appointed C4I Division Head in January 2000. At the time of his death, Jim had served his Navy and Country for over 50 years.

          Those left to cherish Jims memory are his beloved wife Melida, and his children, Stephen Forsythe, Mary Forsythe May, Roger Forsythe, Jennifer Forsythe, John Forsythe and his many friends in the Yokosuka Community and throughout the world  




Jim and his wife Melida




Jim (far left) with his team





Jim receiving a

Navy Achievement Medal




Jim Reenlisting




Jim at his Retirement




Jim and Melida at

the SRF Christmas Party




At the Beer Station Ryogoku

after Sumo



Jim and Graz CPO Club




Norm Kempf and Jim




Fred Tio, Kunihiro Komatsu,

Graz, Jim, Chris Milne and

Charles Gardner




Komatsu, Graz, Fred, Jim,

Ed Mitchell and Chris

Some of Jim's Troops at SRF




Jim in his normal bar mode.

The man could sleep anywhere.




Steve Horgash, Dave Mehan

and Jim


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