Major James Capers, Jr. was born in 1937 to sharecroppers in rural South Carolina. His family later moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he joined the Marines after graduating from high school in 1958. His enlistment led to a stellar 20 year career posting him around the world; Jim was a member of the 1st Force Reconnaissance Co., then served with 3rd Force Recon in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967, leading 64 missions into NVA enemy territory while posted at Phu Bai, Khe Sahn, and Phu Loc. Severely wounded by a claymore mine on his last mission just weeks before the end of his tour, Jim was sent home for a lengthy recovery at Bethesda Hospital. After returning to duty, he served a stint with the NSA and at the end of his career was the Commander of the 2nd Force Reconnaissance Co.
After retirement from the Marines in 1978, he went to work for the Jefferson Pilot Insurance Co. as Vice-President and was later promoted to President of the company’s subsidiary, Echo Broadcasting. In 2008, Jim was recommended for the Medal of Honor for action during his last mission in the mountains outside Phu Loc, Vietnam. On October 27, 2010, Jim was awarded the Silver Star Medal and inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor for his service and contributions to the Special Forces.
Jim currently lives in Jacksonville, NC, near Camp Lejeune, where he continues to mentor young Marines and Veterans.
Buz Sawyers is the author of six previous novels, ranging from his first book, Letters, a Civil War drama based on letters written by his sixteen-year-old, great-great uncle, James Durrett, who served with the 18th Alabama Volunteer Regiment to his latest, John Doe, a murder mystery about the flawed private detective Harry Stumbaugh in 1952 era Dallas, Texas.
Currently, Buz teaches creative writing at the Art Institute of Dallas and Argosy University of Dallas. He worked with Major Capers from his first meeting with Major Capers in 2013 to the final paragraph in 2018. “It has been the honor and highlight of my personal and professional careers. Meeting the surviving members of Team Broadminded at their annual reunions is an experience I will never forget.”