Dr. James H. McCahon, 79, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died Sunday, August 23, 1998. He is survived by his wife, Naomi; sons, Paul, Jeff and wife, Char, Scott and wife, Donna; daughter, Sarah; stepchildren, Royal Jones, Suzan Haughaboo, Rachel Rippey, Nanette Contreras, Jason Jones; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dr. McCahon enlisted in the New Mexico National Guard 111th Cavalry Band in 1937. He was Federalized as 200th Coast Artillery Band with rank of Warrant Officer, Band Master and was sent to the Philippines August, 1941. He was captured in Bataan April 9, 1942 and was a prisoner of war for 42 months. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
He was Past Potentate of the New Mexico Shriners, 1973, a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason, and was selected New Mexico Veterinarian of the Year, 1976.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, 10:00 a.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 1615 Copper Ave. NE, with Dr. Charles Crutchfield and Rev. Martha Singletary officiating. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul, Jeff and Scott McCahon, Royal and Jason Jones, and Roy and Jimmy Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be all remaining survivors of Bataan. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Tuesday, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the Shrines Hospital, 6600 Zuni SE, 87108.
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