James Ponder passed away in his home in New Castle, Indiana on Wednesday February 15, 2017.

Jim served in Beirut with the 32nd MAU in 1982. He was attached to HMM-262. For Beirut, he was awarded the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, a Sea Service Deployment Medal and a Humanitarian Service Medal. He served from 1980-1992. Ponder was a lifetime member of the BVA.

James Ponder