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James G. Vaughn, 90, former FBI agent, WWII veteran

April 27, 1923 – Aug. 2, 2013

James G. Vaughn, of Perrysburg, a World War II veteran and former FBI agent, died Friday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a short illness. He was 90.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Vaughn grew up in Perrysburg and graduated from Gowanda High School in 1940.

He graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1950.

Mr. Vaughn served in the Marine Corps from 1941 to 1946 with the Marine detachment on the USS Hornet (CV12) aircraft carrier in the Pacific Fleet. He served aboard the Hornet from the time it was first commissioned in 1943 until the war ended in 1945.

Mr. Vaughn was recalled to active service during the Korean War and served from 1950 to 1951 on recruiting duty in Buffalo and Lockport as a staff sergeant.

In 1951, he became a special agent for the FBI and was assigned to FBI field offices in Springfield, Ill., Chicago, New York and Detroit.

He worked on a variety of criminal cases and security matters.

In 1962, he was appointed to the U.S. Department of Labor in Buffalo.

Seven years later, he transferred to Washington, D.C., where he was a special investigator assigned to the Organized Crime Program. He worked on labor racketeering in many areas of the country, retiring in 1980.

Mr. Vaughn then lived in Silver Spring, Md., until 1988, when he returned to Perrysburg.

In recent years, he divided his time between Perrysburg and Lighthouse Point, Fla., where he had a winter home.

He was a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI; the National Association of Retired Federal Employees; Post 409, American Legion; and Post 5007, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For his military service, Mr. Vaughn was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with seven battle stars, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Philippines Liberation Medal with two stars for the invasion of the Marianas, the Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 26 Erie Ave., Gowanda.

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