Dr. James Tuorila enlisted in the US Army in April 1973 and completed Basic training and AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and Fort Sill, OK for his MOS in Fire Direction Center (FDC). Jim was then sent to Fort Carson, CO. In 1975 he was sent to BNCOES at Fort Sill prior to being sent to Korea where he served 13 months on Firebase 4Pappa1 on the DMZ with the Second Infantry Division.
He spent his final month on OP Ouellette as a Forward Observer for the Infantry unit stationed there. Jim returned to Fort Bragg, NC where he was honorably discharged at the rank of Sgt in 1977. His awards include the NDSM, Army GCM, ARCOM with Oak Leaf cluster and Korea Defense Service Medal. He completed his Ph.D. at Texas Tech Univ in 1986 and retired from the St Cloud VAMC in 2006 where he specialized in assessing and treating PTSD. He has recently completed his first novel entitled “The Day I Died” about former Vietnam Marine helicopter pilot and POW Paul Montague. He recently completed his third term as the VFW National Surgeon General and 10th year as the VFW State Surgeon. He is a member of the VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, DAV, VVA, and KWVA. He and his wife Diane reside in St Cloud where he continues to work as a Clinical Psychologist. His son is a retired Army Reserves Captain and Iraq veteran. Jim is the founder and a retired pilot for Freedom Flight, the POW-MIA Hot Air Balloon Team.