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Capt Jim joined the US Navy Reserves in 1949. Within months he chose to join the US Army Corp of Engineers where he rose in ranks to Sergeant First Class. He served in Korea, occupied Japan, and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. A total of 20 medal with awards hung on his chest when he decided to retire. After 21 years in the military Capt Jim moved his family to Bradenton, Florida in 1970 and went to work at the Admiral Fleet as the general manager. In 1975 Capt Jim, his wife Barbara, and their youngest daughter built their first fishing boat which was the beginning of the "Cortez Fleet." Over the next 19 years Capt Jim and his family built or refitted 17 vessels which ran under the "Cortez Fleet" and "Miss Hampton Fleet" logos. Capt Jim retired again in 1994 and along with his wife Barbara moved to Lake Istokpoga, Florida. It only took a few months before Capt Jim was out of retirement and back on a boat, this time on air boats giving tours on the beautiful lake where they resided. Capt Jim was a Past Master of New Castle Lodge #91 in Indiana and Past President of the Manatee Gun and Archery Club. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and sportsman. He will always be in the hearts of his daughter Jamie Berry, grandson Derek Berry, and all those who knew him. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Point Pleasant, the Towers Chapel, 1533 4th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205, on Friday, Dec. 21st at 10:30am. A military service & interment for Capt Jim and his wife Barbara will be held at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 in January 2019 (date and time to be announced).