He enjoyed the outdoors and was a family man.
"As a kid, Jim learned to shoot a BB gun accurately. He shot that until we finally took him to the range, and then he learned how to handle a rifle. He was a big, quiet man at 6-2, and 240 pounds, but he was a warrior. He felt it was his job to straighten out the problems of the world. I told him he could've retired, but he insisted that these young kids needed someone to take them to war and help keep things together. He never wanted to take a lot of credit for what he did." Ernest Thode, father.