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Tamara Rhone,

Thank you for your comment.

Vetile DeMaribeau James, April 3, 1918- July 11,1979 bo and raised in Denver Colorado. He attended and graduated from Whittier, Cole and Manual High School. He furthered his education by attending Aggie (Colorado State University).
He was employed as a Biological Chemist with National Jewish Hospital conducting research resulting in several writings in conjunction with Drs. H.J. Corper, M.D., PhD. and Maurice L. Cohn Ph.D. on Tuberculosis. The research was printed and published in the American Review of Tuberculosis edition #65 in 1952.
He was the First Black Marine from Denver, however, was not allowed to enlist in Denver, therefore in 1942 he enlisted in Oklahoma City, OK. During his military career, he was an instructor of Atomic Biological for the Chemical Defense School at El Toro Marine Corps. in San Diego, California, also the Radar Station at Buckley Fields, Colorado. Also during his service in the Marine Corps. he received numerous medals and commendations including a letter of commendation from President Harry S. Truman upon his discharge.
His further employment prior to moving back to Denver included the Los Angeles County as an investigator, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation.
He taught at U.C. Boulder and a Chemist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado until his death in 1979.
These are impressive accomplishments for a Colorado resident. Feel free to contact me 310-714-4909/720-685-1614
Deborah C. James-Mitchell

Ms. James-Mitchell,
Vetile DeMaribeau James's accomplishments are indeed impressive. Thank you for sharing his remarkable story!

Ms. Nelson, Until today, I had no idea that what I had written about my father was recorded in the Denver Public Library. I would like to thank you for publishing my father's information and accomplishments. As you can tell I am extremely proud of him. Could I provide you with a photograph of him to be included with what you published and please advise as to if your articles are permanent? Feel free to contact me via email at "" or by phone. Thank you again, Deborah James-Mitchell

I went to high school in Aurora and Denver in the 70’s but was expelled for inciting a riot. Actually I just refused to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegience and a bunch of football players supplied the riot. Anyway I recall a prominent black rights activist named Mike Clark I think? Denver PD ran him down in a high-speed chase and shot up his van as well as his passenger I seem to recall. Can you steer me to a link? Ironically it was black football players who stood up for me and told the others my protest was perfectly patriotic and protected. This was about 1971.


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