James Albert Mabante was born on July 25, 1920 in Nogales, Arizona. His parents Rufino Mabante and Constanza Romero were born in Mexico and California, respectively. His father was a steelworker.
James had 2 brothers, Charles and Frank and 2 sisters, Carmen and Virginia. By 1940 James was in his third year of high school was 19 years old and working at Callahan Lead and Zinc Mining, Washington Camp.
He enlisted June 3, 1942 at Nogales, AZ and was attached to the 15th USAAF, 348th Bombardment Squadron, 99 AAF Bombardment Group (heavy) as a (Gunner 5) waist gunner...more