Lt. James F. Peters, Jr July 26, 1925 - August 22, 2013 Lt. James F. Peters, Jr., Retired US Navy, 88, formerly of Easton, Pa, died Thursday, August 22, 2013, in his adopted home of Bakersfield, California. Born is Easton on July 26, 1925, he was the son of Ethel Houser and James F. Peters, Sr. He was a graduate of Wilson High School, class of 1943. He entered the US Navy just after graduation at the age of 17. He attended training to become a Radarman where he was assigned as an instructor after completing the course. Then followed a series of tours of sea duty and promotions, which lead to the advancement to Chief Radarman. He was commissioned as an Ensign in June 1960. Prior to receiving his commission Lt. Peters served on the USS Beaver in the Pacific during the later stages of WW2; on the USS Sitkoh Bay during the Korean War; and the USS John Paul Jones during the Vietnam War. He received a Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars, the Victory Medal and numerous additional citations for his heroic service. One of his last assignments prior to retirement was at the Pentagon as the Operations Briefing Officer to the Chief of Naval Operations. His last command of a ship was the USS Peregrine. He became a teacher in Kern County/Bakersfield school systems after his retirement from the Navy. He regaled his students with his math acuity by teaching them math games, shortcuts and showing an uncanny ability to pull math facts and math stories out of the blue. His quick wit and ability to tell great stories will be missed. Jim is survived by his former wife and life-long love, Jennie Peters (nee Schulte), of Hellertown, mother of his three children: William G., of Easton; Jamie L. of Bethlehem; & Tom of Philadelphia. Six grandchildren: William, Jason, Jackie, Alexandra, Peter & Isabel; along with his sister, Harriet, of St. Petersburg, FL and brothers Ollie & Dave, of Silver Springs, MD and Maitland, FL respectively. He was predeceased by his sister Ellen. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 27, 2013