Jim Sims of Shelton, Washington is the Past National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a national veteran’s service organization with more than 40,000 members.

Jim is a 1962 graduate of Saint Martin’s University in Olympia, Washington.  After graduation, he was commissioned a Lieutenant and served as a US Marine for more than 26 years, retiring in 1988 as a Colonel. He also earned an MBA from George Washington University.   

During his distinguished Marine Corps career, Jim Sims commanded a Company in Viet Nam, the Marine Barracks Hawthorne, Nevada, and the 3rd Battalion 4th Marines.  Other assignments included Sea Duty (USS America), US Naval Academy, Battalion Operations Officer, Instructor at the Marine Corps Command & Staff College, Aide to the White House Chief of Staff, and Secretary of the General Staff at Marine Corps headquarters.  He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air War College.  When he retired, he was the Chief of Political-Military Analysis for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

His Military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star with V for valor, Purple Heart Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with V for valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm and Silver Star, and several other US and foreign decorations.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, Jim Sims enjoyed a second career in state government and the private sector.  He was, for 12 years, the Director of the Washington State Pollution Liability Insurance Agency.  

Jim Sims has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Martin’s University, and in 2000 was named the Saint Martin’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.  He was for 6 years a member and Chair of the Mason County Planning Commission, and for 8 years a Supervisor of the Mason County Conservation District. Most recently, he served as Chair of the Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission.


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Military Status: Former Colonel in the US Marines

Purple Heart Veteran

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The mission of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is to enhance the quality of life of Purple Heart recipients and other honorably discharged veterans and their families.