Armed Forces and Career Profile:
Jim was one of eight children in his family, and became a U.S. Marine at age 17 in 1953. As an Artillery Repairman he served at MCB Quantico; MCB 29 Palms; San Diego to board a troop transport to Kobe, Japan, serving ‘D’ Battery, 2nd Bn., 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division; Okinawa, Japan with the same unit; Camp Lejeune, NC, until completion of his enlistment in 1956.
In 1957 Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and stood out to become a proficient Aviation Electronics Technician and Airborne Radio Operator. Jim earned his Air Crew Wings in 1959. While flying with the Airborne Early Warning Squadron he completed missions over Argentina, Newfoundland and other areas, until his aircraft crashed at NAS Patuxent River, MD, and he was severely injured; necessitating a three month hospital stay and multiple plastic surgeries for burns.
Returning to duty Jim engaged in several new assignments, which included: seven around the world flights as part of missions for the Navy Oceanographic Office; Electronics Tech and Radio Operator for Admiral R.B. Moores, and his crew flying throughout Iceland, and then aboard aircraft performing Hurricane Penetrations.
During January 1966 Jim flew to Tan Son Nhut AFB, Vietnam, and flew missions “every other day except when the plane got his and was grounded for repairs.” During June of that year he returned to NAS Jacksonville, FL, and remained there until he was Honorably Discharged in 1968.
Returning to civilian life Jim first joined the Marine Corps League in 1972, until 1974. He rejoined the League in 1997 becoming a Life Member. He worked for Northwestern Steel in Sterling, IL; and then Raynor Garage Doors in Dixon, IL, until his retirement.
Military Awards and Medals:
National Defense Medal with one (1) Bronze Star; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal; Navy Good Conduct Medal with two (2) Bronze Stars; Antarctic Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Gallantry Cross Medal Armed Forces Vietnam; Navy Aircrew Wings.
Marine Corps League Profile:
Serving National Vice Commandant of the Southeast Division, Marine Corps League; Past National Vice Commandant for the Central Division; President of the National Marine of the Year Society; Chairman of the National POW/MIA Committee; Detachment level member of: Honor Guards; Color Guards; Toys-For-Tots; Parades, Ceremonies and Military Funerals; and visited Veterans Nursing Homes in LaSalle and Quincy, IL.
Marine Corps League Awards and Honors:
Recipient of: Four (4) Distinguished Citizen Gold Medals; Four (4) Distinguished Citizen Silver Medals; and four (4) Distinguished Citizen Bronze Medals.
Detachment: Staff Appointment Medal; Staff Elected Medal; Two-time Marine of the Year Awardee (1995, 2005); multiple Certificates of Appreciation.
Department: Staff Elected Medal; Staff Appointment Medal; Marine of the Year (2002); Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon; multiple Certificates of Appreciation.
Division: Multiple Certificates of Appreciation.
National: Staff Appointment Medal; Marine of the Year (2002)’; multiple Certificates of Appreciation.
Community and Philanthropic Profile:
Volunteer for construction of Veterans Memorial Park in Dixon, Il; Chairman of the Dixon Parks Commission; President of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Lee County, Il; Life Member Vietnam; Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars; Life Member of Disabled American Veterans; 3rd Degree Masonic Blue Lodge; 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Bodies; Noble-Tebala; Shrine Temple; Certified Lifeguard; Certified Lifeguard Instructor; Certified Open Water Scuba Diver; Certified Open Water Scuba Instructor; Certified First Aid Responder.
Married to Rogene, and they have raised five (5) children. Rogene is a member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary. Rogene has been the Auxiliary’s National Vice President of the Central Division. Rogene is presently the Auxiliary’s ‘National Guard.’ Jim and Rogene moved from Dixon, IL, to ‘The Villages’, FL, in early 2014.
Personal Character Traits:
Integrity: Above all else, NCV Hackbarth holds this character as supported by his exemplary record.
Selfless Dedication: A lifetime of giving to others has been Jim’s hall-mark, and he is committed to his new mission serving as the SED National Vice Commandant.
Motivated: Trained as a 17 year old Marine, the values, traditions, and dedication to one’s unit and its mission is deeply ingrained in this seasoned U.S. Marine Corps & Navy Veteran.
Qualified: The incumbent SED National Vice Commandant has demonstrated an exemplary career of determination, service, and leadership.
Inspiring: Throughout the League there are hundreds who have been inspired by Jim personally, and now he is dedicated to consistently serving and inspiring others within the SED.
Accessibility: Known for his humor, warmth and personal likability, Jim is always open to aid others and assist them with their missions and challenges.
Visionary: Jim is constantly looking for new ways to improve and to remodel old ways to make our SED and League even better. He welcomes your constructive comments.
Enthusiasm: “Bring it on!!” Jim says: “No job is too big or too small. Let’s get it done by working together.”
Inclusiveness: Every MCL member is important and will be heard. Jim’s ears will always remain open.
NVC Southeast Division