Lt. (jg) Jim Partleton, of Mequon, served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946 and was honorably discharged at the end of WWII. He is among the Lance Sijan honorees for 2019.
Jim served on two ships as a quartermaster and then as communications officer. His first deployment was to the North Atlantic providing weather reports and then engaged in anti-submarine patrols. During the ASW cruise, they attacked a submarine that was presumed sunk. After receiving a commission, Jim transferred to an LST (which he refers to as a “Large Slow Target”) and steamed about 40,000 miles through the Panama Canal to Pearl Harbor, to the Marshall Islands, Guam, the Philippines, Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Jim participated in the landings at Iwo Jima in February 1945 and for the landings at Okinawa in April of 1945. He left the service as a LTjg.