Gavin, James

Gavin, James (Maurice)

(1907–90) soldier; born in New York City. An orphan, he grew up in coal mining towns in Pennsylvania, enlisted in the army, and won an appointment to West Point, from which he graduated in 1929. In August 1944 "Jumping Jim" Gavin became commander of the 82nd Airborne Division—the youngest division commander of World War II. During the 1950s he developed a reputation as a strategist of limited war; in 1961 President Kennedy appointed him ambassador to France. His memoir, On to Berlin, appeared in 1978.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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To tour the album, he brought in Gavin, James and Lasse and they have evolved into a proper group - all writing and recording the second, as yet untitled, album due in late summer.
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It is the very reason why we have contracted our quality Welsh players for a substantial period of time: people like Gavin, James, Ian Evans and Alun Wyn Jones.
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In The Frame: Tony Jeffries, Frankie Gavin, James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders.