James K. Alleman

17 Jan 1921 - 27 Dec 2009


James K. Alleman

17 Jan 1921 - 27 Dec 2009
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James K. Alleman


Evergreen Cemetery

1876-1998 North 2000 West
Springville, Utah, Utah
United States


May 29, 2011


May 26, 2011

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Jim's Funeral

Contributor: vwsheldon Created: 7 months ago Updated: 7 months ago

REMARKS AT JIM (JAMES KLINKEL) ALLEMAN’S FUNERAL: JANUARY 2, 2010 – DOB JANUARY 17, 1921 – DOD DECEMBER 27, 2009 INTRODUCTION Jim’s life had three main divisions: 1) His boyhood on the farm, and growing up in Springville, which ended after two years at Utah State University; 2) His 30+ year military career as an officer in the United States Navy; and 3) His years in retirement, spent mostly here in this neighborhood. Something happened to him in his early years that influenced all the rest: On August 30, 1932, he received a Patriarchal Blessing in which the following was said to him: “Your Guardian Angel shall have charge concerning you and you shall receive promptings from the Still Small voice.” Jim acknowledged that guidance when he was delivered from danger: 1) On a winter duck hunt as a teenager, he broke through the ice, was entirely soaked, and resisted the desire to lie down and take a nap in the sub-zero temperature. Instead, he covered the several miles from the farm to his home doing the scout pace; and was saved from freezing. 2) Irrigating on the farm with Karl, they were both knocked unconscious by a bolt of lightning that struck the ground between them, leaving a scorched circle 10 feet across. 3) Flying a Kingfisher on patrol off Samoa on his first active duty station, just after Pearl Harbor, he found himself in the fury of a typhoon. All the navigational instruments failed. After initial bewilderment, he was inspired to know exactly what to do. After flying through the eye of the storm, and as his fuel ran out, he broke into clear weather and found himself in sight of his base on British Samoa. He landed in the lagoon, taxied to within 100 yards of the ramp when the engine quit-out of gas. But the wind was behind him and blew the plane right up to the ramp! 4) On Guadalcanal in 1942, before the island was fully secured, he was assigned to locate a site for a new airfield, since Henderson Field was inadequate for the massive operation of allied air and land forces. A possible site 30 miles east of Henderson was inspected and found unsuitable. A later site looked promising, and he went over it more closely, protected by two marines. As they sat down to rest on a game trail through the 6-7 foot tall buffalo grass, they were alerted by rustling up the trail. As they crouched with guns ready, “a monster crocodile, at least eighteen feet long” appeared “only about five feet away.” Seeing each other at the same time, the croc straightened his bent legs and “stood at least four feet high.” Jim wrote: “He turned and in a flash was gone. Sure beats ‘he opened his mouth and in a flash we were gone’.” 5) A couple of days later, they returned to this site to flag the field for the engineers. This time they had a rugged command car with two mounted machine guns manned by three marines. “About half way through the field, the truck started to heat up. The radiator was plugged with grass. I crawled along the hood and fender and stepped down in front of the truck. After cleaning most of the grass from the radiator, I looked down at my feet to find I had stepped between three trip wires strung between hand grenades tied to short stakes. Had I stepped on either wire, the pins would have been pulled from the grenades; or, had we driven three more feet, the tires would have pulled the pins and the grenades would have exploded, possibly killing all of us.” “The Guardian Angel had been with me all the time. This time the Angel had saved several of us.” 6) Night raid at Henderson: “During one of the midnight raids I was sitting with my feet hanging down into my fox hole . . . when I saw a bomb cross in front of the large harvest moon. It took about one second for me to hit the bottom of the fox hole and about one-and-a-half seconds for the bomb to land about 30 feet away. The jar of the explosion was like being hit all over by a sledge hammer. The concussion must have bounced me at least a foot in the air. Again the “Guardian Angel” was on the job and other than being covered with dust and dirt, and being unable to hear for a couple of days, I didn’t have a scratch.” 7) Still at Henderson: While on a mission searching to destroy enemy cannons hidden in the jungle adjacent to the base, which periodically rolled out and bombarded the field, he received a “red alert’ call from the tower, which meant that enemy bombers were on the way. He returned to the field and landed. He was standing by the plane, talking to the plane captain, and doing the paper work from the mission, when a formation of 6 Betties appeared over the hill and began a strafing run on the base. The Betties were twin-engine bombers, with machine guns in the nose and in the tail. “The plane captain ran one way, and I ran toward the ravine at the end of field. The bullets were whizzing by my head and hitting the steel matting (on the runway). It sounded like being in a hammer mill. The planes passed over . . . and the tail gunners were taking their turn at the running target as I dove down into the ravine and brush. Again the ‘Guardian Angel’ was on the job and all I received was a few scratches from the brush.” Anyone who knew Jim recognized that he was extraordinary, and could easily believe that he was loved by God, and preserved by God to show us an example of faithful, confident living, attended by a sharp and sometimes whimsical sense of humor. Did anyone ever see Jim lose his temper or speak unkindly? It must have happened sometime. I heard of Jeanette telling about being with Pricilla and Verg when the car broke down. While Jim was trying to get things fixed, Jeanette and Pricilla (Gunzzy and Grizelda) were their normal, hilarious selves, bouncing stories off each other. Jim came from under the hood and said: “You’re not helping.” Jeanette said she cried for a week. Jim joined Bruce, Alan and me on a one-day excursion on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam to Little Hole. We were in two Mackenzie Drift Boats, with guides. We experienced every kind of weather, and had an unforgettable time together. A highlight was Jim’s appearance with his white purse containing his gear, quite a contrast to our vests and boxes. Here was the most unpretentious man we ever knew. WHY ARE WE HAPPY TODAY? WHY DO WE REJOICE AND CELEBRATE JIM’S LIFE RATHER THAN DISPAIR AND WAIL IN SORROW AND GRIEF? 1.There is a God; He is our Father; we are His children; the eternal principle of the family governs in all creation: parent/child, husband/wife, brothers/sisters. That’s the way the system works. The family is not an invention of man, nor a sociological convenience or conceit to explain how society works. And trying to alter or abandon that system will never succeed, no matter how hard we try. 2.God has a Plan: a plan of life and salvation. We, His children, are in the process of living that plan. Our lives, and our relationship to God, are not governed by chance, nor happenstance, nor chaos, without rhyme or reason. 3.God’s plan is motivated by His love for us; not selfishness; vanity, nor a lust for power or control, nor aggrandizement or pride. 4.The objective of the plan is that the participants, God’s children, we, may achieve a fullness of joy. 5.The plan is based on eternal principles that govern all creation, such as: a.Everlasting life; b.Individual identity; c.Agency; d.The family; e.Justice (cause and effect; act and consequence); f.Mercy (the Grace of God providing an Atonement for sin [Jesus Christ paying the price of sin for us], allowing us to change our lives, correct our course, learn from our experiences, get back on track [repent]. g.Priesthood (the power by which man may act in the name of God in administering God’s ordinances among us and the functions of His Kingdom on earth). h.Prayer (the mechanism by which we humble ourselves and communicate with God); i.Revelation (the means by which God reveals His will to us, speaking to our hearts, as He did to Jim many times; and by which He directs his chosen servants in the administration of His work on earth). This is how we know about His plan from the beginning till now. 6.His church is the Kingdom of God on the Earth, and the mechanism through which we apply the eternal principles in real-life practice: a.So simple, yet so complex; b.Individual in application, yet communal as well. Jim’s life provides an example of how God’s purposes worked out so favorably: a.He was unique, without being flamboyant or over-the-top; b.He was adaptable, without compromising principles; c.He was confident, without being arrogant; d.His ways were persuasive, without being overbearing. God bless the memory of James Klinkel Alleman. May his example be a beacon to us, to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as we forge our own way though God’s Plan of Salvation. Bennett Peterson

Life Timeline of James K. Alleman

James K. Alleman was born on 17 Jan 1921
James K. Alleman was 10 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
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James K. Alleman was 19 years old when The Holocaust: The first prisoners arrive at a new concentration camp at Auschwitz. The Holocaust, also referred to as the Shoah, was a genocide during World War II in which Nazi Germany, aided by its collaborators, systematically murdered some six million European Jews, around two-thirds of the Jewish population of Europe, between 1941 and 1945. Jews were targeted for extermination as part of a larger event involving the persecution and murder of other groups, including in particular the Roma and "incurably sick", as well as ethnic Poles and other Slavs, Soviet citizens, Soviet prisoners of war, political opponents, gay men and Jehovah's Witnesses, resulting in up to 17 million deaths overall.
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James K. Alleman was 32 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
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James K. Alleman was 44 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
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James K. Alleman was 52 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
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James K. Alleman was 65 years old when Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board. The Space Shuttle program was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo from 1981 to 2011. Its official name, Space Transportation System (STS), was taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development.
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James K. Alleman was 78 years old when Columbine High School massacre: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people and injured 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado. The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area of Jefferson County, Colorado, United States, in the Denver metropolitan area. In addition to the shootings, the complex and highly planned attack involved a fire bomb to divert firefighters, propane tanks converted to bombs placed in the cafeteria, 99 explosive devices, and car bombs. The perpetrators, senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher. They injured 21 additional people, and three more were injured while attempting to escape the school. The pair subsequently committed suicide.
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James K. Alleman died on 27 Dec 2009 at the age of 89
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