Charlie James and his wife Lucille were married only 3 days before the Regiment was sent to Fort Bliss for training. Lucille worked for Carlsbad Army Air Base, and later for the Maritime Commission in San Francisco where the two were reunited after Charlie's repatriation and while he was in hospital there.

— Charlie James Photo

The 200th Coast Artillery was federalized January 6, 1941 and immediately set off to Fort Bliss before deploying to the Philippines in August 1941. Left to right: Charlie James, Frank Forni and Leon Beasley. All three men were attached to F Battery. Forni passed away in 1960, and Beasley in 1961.

— Charlie James Photo