Master Sgt. James J. Sauer, U.S. Air Force, retired, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas, following complications from surgery.
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Born in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 7, 1946, he was the son of the late Chief Warrant Officer John J. Sr. and Elizabeth Hasaka Sauer. He attended the Wilkes-Barre schools, graduating from Coughlin High School in 1963.
Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Air Force and was sent to Lackland Air Force Base for basic training. He served at several military bases in the United States and additionally served a one-year tour in Vietnam. Returning from Vietnam, he served as an instructor in San Antonio. James additionally was honored for his military excellence as being designated as one of the Original Blue Ropes. The Blue Ropes are military training instructors (MTIs) who have achieved the status of the top 10 percent of the instructor force. They are the leaders among other instructors and exhibit only the highest characteristics of ethics, morality and integrity.
James retired in 1986 from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service. He remained in San Antonio, Texas, and spent his time volunteering in the base hospital.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Command Sgt. Maj. John J. Sauer Jr., U.S. Army, of Wilkes Barre.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carol De Vries Sauer; two sisters, Marguerite Sauer, Wilkes Barre; and Elizabeth Kraus, Fairview Park, Ohio; and a brother, Chief Master Sgt. Jerold Sauer, USAF, retired, Hanover, Md.
James was buried with full military honors in Fort Sam Huston National Military Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 14, 2013.
The family requests donations in memory of James to be sent to the San Antonio Humane Society, 4804 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78229, or to a
Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 26, 2013