Jim Cranford was my first sweetheart. He was a kind, gentle, fun loving boy -- a good athlete, hard worker, serious about his responsibilities, thoughtful, considerate, easy to talk to and easy to joke with. I am so glad that he found me again after all those intervening years so that I could share his lifetime memories and know that he grew to be the man he promised to be. Jim was a patriot, a natural leader, a born Marine. He always did the right, honorable thing because it was the right thing to do. No other reason. He loved Glenna, his children, his grandchildren, "his" Marines and the Corps. I treasure the time we had together although it was too short. God be good to him. I miss him.
As the cook for Charlie Battery I saw everyone in the battery 3 times a day. The Skipper expected us to give our best and no less. I appreciated his effort to bring us together, again and learn what happened to each of us during the following 44 years.
Mike, Liz, Suzi and Matt - So sorry to hear of your father's passing. I have fond memories of both of your parents from our Camp Lejeune days. My mom and I were fortunate to make one visit to FL to see them and Disneyworld. It was a very enjoyable trip. Please accept our sympathies from the McGhee family (Coach, Gladys and Debbie). Semper Fi
Col. Cranford played a very big part in my life while in high school. He will be missed but his memories will live on in many people.
Thank you Col for all you ever did.
My introduction to "The Colonel" happened when my aggressive Cairn Terrier began barking and I went to the front door to discover my neighbor had a Cairn Terrier who was twice as big and twice as politie as mine.
We often walked together on Cumbie St in the late hours: 2 similar dogs 2 retired men, both with an appreciation of walking a happy dog in the Florida night air.
History told me that anybody who served two terms in Viet Nam was a hero and a patriot and I was happy to discover that Jim Cranford was also great company and a good neighbor, I'm going to miss him and "C.J." and I'll miss those moments of walking in the late evening with a gentle man.