Jim Wickham served four years in the Navy beginning in 1958, and another 22 years in the Coast Guard. He was awarded several good conduct medals and a Bronze Star. In the Coast Guard Wickham specialized in communications as a Radioman, spending time in Vietnam on gun ships going up the small rivers that were too small for Naval vessels. He retired in 1982 as Chief, E7.
After service, Jim moved to Colorado to be a long haul trucker and be near his younger sister. He died in 2003.
Wickham's family donated his Coast Guard Cap Device for inclusion in the metal that was used to cast The Honor Bell.