Mr. Jim Slade was born in Stewart , Iowa as Jimmy Dorsey. Much of his early childhood was spent in a foster home and an orphanage until at age 7, when Mr. Slade and his sister were adopted by Ralph and Evelyn Slade. Mr. Slade grew up on a farm in Red Mesa, a small town thirty miles out of Durango, Colorado.
Mr. Slade served a two year Church Mission to England and three months after his return, he was drafted into the United States Army. Less than a year later, he was parachuting into the jungles of Viet Nam . In Viet Nam , Mr. Slade served on a five-man Ranger team called LRRPs (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol). Their assignments included gathering military intelligence, setting ambushes, snatching POWs, and locating the Viet Cong. In a one year tour, most LRRPs participate in 26 missions. Mr. Slade went on 42 missions and was in firefights with the enemy in 36 of those missions. Mr. Slade has received a total of 27 medals and ribbons, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service (2), Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, CIB, and Parachute Badge.
In 1989, Mr. Slade raised $420,000 to build the Utah Viet Nam Memorial. This beautiful, stirring memorial can be visited on the Utah Capital grounds just west of the State Capital Building .
Mr. Slade was on active duty and in the Utah Army National Guard for 30 years, retiring as a Brigade Command Sergeant Major. He was over approximately 40% of the Military Intelligence Army forces in the United States . His military career has been dedicated to serving and assisting the Soldiers that he has been responsible for. Mr. Slade is currently the Utah State coordinator for the Military Funeral Honorís Program and just retired as the President of the Enlisted Association of Utah.
After returning from Vietnam , Mr. Slade received a Business Degree in Sales and Retailing from Weber State College. He has owned three different businesses and has held positions of President, CEO, Vice President, Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, and International Sales Manager. Mr. Slade has been the top Salesman in every company he has ever worked.
Mr. Slade is a life member of the Ranger Regiment Association, life member of the DAV, life member of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard, and member of the American Legion. Mr. Slade is heavily involved in State and National Politics. He has held an insurance license and real estate license.
Mr. Slade has been married to Pam Slade for 38 years and has 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and two great grandsons.
Mr. Slade has a strong love for his country and his God. His devotion is demonstrated by the American Flag that proudly flies 24 hours a day in his front yard.