In 1948, James entered the service and went to Japan where he met young Shuko Mine, a Japanese young lady. They fell in love, and by 1952, they married. Before that James went in and out of the service, and was sent to Korea, where he fought in the Inchong battles and later contracted hemorraghic fever. This illness nearly killed him at age 22. It weakened his immune system so that he began having heart attacks at 35 and eventually died from this at age 43.
James was in and out of the service for 13 years. James and Shuko lived in Ft. Benning GA, a base in W. VA, and Fort Ord, as well as Medford OR and Monterey CA. They moved to the Santa Clara valley in 1961. During that time, James and Shuko had 2 daughters - Cousette and Francis Ann Copeland. By 1963, they moved to Santa Clara after their son Stuart Justin Copeland was born.
James was a kind, gentle person - a true gentleman. He was much admired and much loved by those who knew him.