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Ice Bucket Challenge Progress

James J Zimmerman

Branch: Navy
Served: 1961 - 1981
Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI
Written by: Emily Cerbone , daughter
My dad served in the US Navy and in Vietnam. He was aboard the USS Windham County, as well as the USS Crockett. Over the years, he was stationed in various places including Guam, Long Beach, Yokosuka and Virginia Beach. He served 20 years before retiring in 1981. In 2014, he started to lose weight for no apparent reason and slowly his voice started to get strained. He went to several doctors before getting the ALS (bulbar) diagnosis in November 2014. Dad passed away on December 28, 2015. The last week he had struggled with his breathing but fortunately was able to pass peacefully in his sleep.

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