James Grant

Basic Info:

Player: DesperadoZod

Position: Operative, previous assignment: MTF Beta-11 "Call the Cavalry".

Demeanor: Stone-faced, no nonsense professionalism. Always keeps his gear in check, his weapon clean, and his boots tied.

Nature: Enjoys spats of dark humour in the face of adversity and hassling fellow soldiers or co-workers when off duty. Enjoys telling war stories, true or otherwise.

Description: First impressions of James Grant are of a late 30s clean shaven man, roughly 5'10" and 200Lbs, with a 'no nonsense' expression and a firm grip on his weapon. Brown hair and eyes. Usually seen in combat fatigues whenever he isn't alone in is room.

Stats:

Health
  • Physical Health: 7
  • Mental Health: 7
Attributes
  • Physical Defense: 5
  • Mental Defense: 3
  • Perception: 4
  • Agility: 3
  • Strength: 5
Skills
  • Intimidation: 4
  • Melee: 6 (4+2 from Strength)
  • Ranged: 4
  • Survival: 4
Specialties
  • 'We're Paratroopers, We're Meant to be Surrounded': 4. James was surrounded by enemies in Normandy, in the Bulge, in Korea. It is what paratroopers do. +2 Melee, +2 Ranged if his team's number is less than the number of enemies currently being faced.
  • 'You're Not Done Yet!': 4. Hasty first aid in the thick of battle can mean the difference between life and death for James and his team. When applying medical attention to a severely injured team mate. +4 to Medical.
  • 'What Did You Expect?': 4. James doesn't take shit from anyone, having taken enough abuse from his siblings while growing up. Later this would save his life at the Bulge. +4 Intimidate when below half health.

Gear:

  • Journal.
  • Pictures of his mates from the Airborne, mostly of the ones that aren't around anymore.
  • M1 Garand, 12 magazines.
  • M1911 Pistol, 4 magazines.
  • Combat Fatigues.
  • Combat Boots.
  • Pack of Cigars, 6 left.
  • Worn out zippo lighter with French flag on it.
Equipment:

Possessions:

List everything your character keeps in their room at Site-77. Anything that's not listed here or in the sections above will be difficult for the character to retrieve.

  • WW2 Pinup Girl posters, front and center is Elona Gay pinup.
  • The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
  • Various books on History from Rome to the fall of Prussia
  • A shelf of previous journals

Personal History:

James Grant was born August 10, 1920 on a farm east of Oklahoma City, to a strict ex-soldier father who served as a 'volunteer' in the British Expeditionary Force from Canada during The Great War. His mother was a farmer's daughter with a wooden ladle for every little misdemeanor. He was the youngest of five older brothers, and sisters and was always made the butt of jokes or cruel pranks. This gave James a chance to practice intimidating his older siblings out of trying to beat on him again after having already done so. At the end of the day after grueling work, though, James was the one to ask his dad the most about his time in the military and the Great War. If James had worked especially hard on those days he would be rewarded with old war stories.

James went through grade school, but dropped out of high school to help his mom and dad on the farm until 1939; that's he joined the army under heavy pressure from his father. James Grant excelled in the strict environment of the military and was able to be noticed by some higher ups, in a good way. Jame was then given the option of volunteering for the Airborne, to jump out of perfectly good airplanes with not a thing wrong with them. He 'jumped' at the opportunity to be at the for-front of a new initiative in the US army and was sent of to jump training.

Along comes June 6th, 1944, James is one of the first to jump out the door of his squadron's B18 medium bomber over the fields of Normandy. Flak and burning plane wrecks all around, James got his first taste of the horrors of war when he watched, helplessly suspended by his chute, as a nearby plane burst into flames roasting all the soldiers inside before they could jump. Like nearly all the airborne in his company, James was off course and had to navigate by the light of German AA guns to find the right way point at which to rendezvous. Incidentally, he had to pass by the wreckage of the same plane he saw burn up, watch as one poor sap died in agony from burns on his torso with his legs separated from his body. Rather than haunt him for the rest of his life, James used the mental image to steel himself against the shocks and horrors of the war to come.

During the Battle of the Bulge, James was separated from the front lines when a wave of German shelling made him have to take cover while on perimeter patrol. After the dust and snow cleared the terrain had completely changes causing James to wander into the German lines while trying to find his way back. He was caught by surprise by an SS Trooper and shot in the arm, but James didn't let that slow himself down. Before the soldier could shout James had turned around with a look of 'Oh no, you did not.', causing the trooper to hesitate a split second letting James beat his head in with a trench shovel. James managed to make it back to the American front lines before other German soldiers could be alerted to his presence and was moved off the line at the next available way out, when a break in the German lines formed, for treatment.

After the first days of the Invasion of Normandy James, having reconnoitered with the rest of his platoon and squad, was involved in many operations in Europe from the Assault on Caen, to the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Market Garden, and a modest number of the offensives after Operation Varisty: Crossing the Rhine. During most of these operations, including Normandy, James and his platoon were behind enemy lines and cut off from allied support; save for Operation Varsity. They were tasked with the responsibility of breaking the German lines and creating a wedge for Allied troops to push through.

Post World War 2, German Surrender, James Grant was deployed overseas in what remained of the Pacific Theater until the eventual surrender of Japan. He stayed at a US base in the Philippines as a Jump instructor for the Air Force from 1946 until the Korean War broke out in 1951. James Grant participated in both Airborne assaults of the Korean War. The first being an effort to jump behind enemy lines to cut the road going north preventing the North Korean government at Pyongyang from fleeing and rescuing Prisoners of War. The second was Operation Tomahawk. The mission was to get behind Chinese forces and block their movement north.

Post Korean War, James Grant was approached by the Foundation before he could have any other opportunity to be deployed elsewhere. He was given the chance to continue working in a military capacity while also serving in a dedicated reinforcements style private military operation. James accepted. He was then introduced to a world he never really knew about full of things that could pull his brain from his ears without a moments thought, James Grant had signed up with MTF Beta-11 "Call in the Cavalry" and would stay with them from 1954 to 1958.

The year of 1958 James was transferred back to Europe, though he'd been there many numbers of time with Beta-11, to another MTF outfit called Psi-7 "Home improvement". And this is where our story begins.

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Broken Korean

Miscellaneous:

By necessity James Grant learned French and German during World War 2, so that he could converse with and interview civilians, resistance members, or prisoners of war for information. Same for Korean, but not so much of necessity so he hasn't maintained that language well (James can only swear in Korean at this point).

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