James Willard Braly was a Huntsville native who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force in 1965 with over 22 years of military service. Colonel Braly currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During his service in the Republic of Korea he was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry and the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism. His other decorations include the Purple Heart for wounds received and two Air Medals. He is a veteran of two wars: World War II, and Korea.