"Wick" was one of the finest individuals I have ever met. Right out of central casting, he was a man with great integrity and talent. As someone I always admired, Wick" was one of the finest individuals I have ever met. Right out of central casting, he was a man with great integrity and talent. Charismatic, with a deep baritone voice, he was someone I always admired and looked up to, and even envied.
We first met in July of 1968 at NAS Pensacola, while in Navy flight school. Although he was a recent Naval Academy graduate, and I having earned my commission in AOCS, we immediately clicked and became long term good friends. Together we went through flight school together, sharing the good and difficult times all the way from Pensacola to Meridian, and on to Beeville Tx.
After our winging, we both ended up in San Diego where we shared a beach house right on the ocean in North Mission Beach. Good times and never-ending parties. We skied together in Colorado, and of course we both flew F-4 fighters at NAS Miramar where he eventually became a Topgun instructor. I followed him to Continental Airlines when we had left the Navy. After I was married on the East Coast and returned to San Diego, Jim let us stay in his Mt. Soledad home while he was away on temporary duty. While there, my wife's water broke, and we soon had our first son.
Oh, the great times we had and the places we went are of story book legend. Jim Wick' Barwick was one of the finest men I would ever know. He was kind and gentle when the situation called for, but strong and assertive when need be. Jim was a man for all seasons. He will be sorely missed.
We both flew with the eagles, and now he flies with the angels. Throw a nickel on the grass and God bless James Barwick.