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James Ernest Pitts Jr (1927 - 1963)

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James Ernest Pitts
1927 - 1963
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March 5, 1927
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January 18, 1963
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James Ernest Pitts Jr was born on March 5, 1927. He died on January 18, 1963 at 35 years old.
Updated: August 24, 2013
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Branch of service: Us Air Force Rank attained: TSGT 3535 OTW OBS Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii, Korea
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James Ernest Pitts Jr passed away on January 18, 1963 at age 35. He was buried in Alexandria National Cemetery, La Section R Site 96B, Pineville, Louisiana . He was born on March 5, 1927. We have no information about James' family or relationships.
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In 1927, in the year that James Ernest Pitts Jr was born, the first "talkie" (a movie with music, songs, and talking), The Jazz Singer, was released. Al Jolson starred as a cantor's son who instead of following in his father's footsteps as expected, becomes a singer of popular songs. Banished by his father, they reconcile on his father's deathbed. It was a tear-jerker and audiences went wild - especially when they heard the songs. Thus begun the demise of silent films and the rise of "talkies".

In 1935, by the time he was only 8 years old, on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1943, he was 16 years old when on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

In 1959, James was 32 years old when on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

In 1963, in the year of James Ernest Pitts Jr's passing, the British Secretary of War, 46 year old John Profumo ,was forced to resign when he lied about an affair with 19 year old Christine Keeler. Keeler was also involved with the Soviet naval attaché and charges of espionage were feared. No proof of spying was ever found.

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