James J. Yantorn

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Jacksonville, NC -- Lieutenant Colonel James Joseph Yantorn, 79, died peacefully at Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, NC on May 9, 2018. A U. S. Marine for more than 30 years, he retired from the Corps in 1988 in Jacksonville, NC where he lived, worked and raised his family.
Lieutenant Colonel Yantorn was born on December 16, 1938 in Brooklyn, NY to Albert and
Lillian Yantorn. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps in
January 1957. During his distinguished career he rose through the enlisted ranks and received
a direct commission as a second lieutenant in 1969 while serving at Parris Island. He was
promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1985 and was assigned back to Camp Lejeune as Base
Adjutant until his retirement. His service included several tours in Okinawa, a tour in Viet Nam,
and multiple sea, barracks and garrison tours. He served in each of the three Marine Divisions
and both Aircraft Wings. His personal decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal with
Gold Star, Navy Commendation with Combat "V" and Gold Star, Navy Achievement Medal,
Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal with three stars, and the Vietnamese Cross of
Gallantry with Bronze Star.
Since his retirement in 1988, Lieutenant Colonel Yantorn successfully operated a personal
service firm in Jacksonville specializing as a free-lance paralegal for a number of attorneys and
as a Certified Professional Resume Writer. In August 1997 he joined the faculty at Coastal
Carolina Community College as an Adjunct Instructor in Paralegal Technology where he served
until he again retired in 2014.
Although a devoted and loyal Marine, Jim's true love was his family. He is survived by his wife
of almost 52 years, Joan J. Yantorn; two daughters, Carolyn Yantorn of Cary, NC and Jennifer
Y. Maready with her husband Greg of Cape Carteret, NC; two granddaughters Kaitlyn Klinger
of Boone, NC and Devan Maready of Cape Carteret, NC.
Funeral Services will be held Monday May 14, 2018 at 11:00am at the Infant of Prague Catholic
Church in Jacksonville, NC. Interment will follow at Coastal Carolina Veterans Cemetery. The
family will receive friends on Sunday May 13, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Jones Funeral Home
in Jacksonville, NC.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital in memory of James Yantorn.