My name is Jim Rhoades. I live in the Hill
Country west of San Antonio, Texas. I was raised, the oldest of
seven children, on a farm outside of Grain Valley, Missouri. Grain
Valley is about 40 miles east of Kansas City.
After completing high school I attended a year
of college at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg,
Missouri. I then joined the U.S. Navy (August, 1969), completed
training as a Radioman at the Naval Training Center, San Diego,
California, and received orders to NAVCOMSTA, Ft. Allen, Puerto
Ft. Allen was located about 16 miles east of
Ponce, Puerto Rico. I spent most of my three and a half years there
(March, 1970 – August, 1973) working at the Receiver Site located in
Salinas, Puerto Rico (about 20 miles east of Ft. Allen).
After discharge from the Navy I completed
computer technology training in Kansas City and worked there several
years before completing my college degree (Central Missouri State)
and relocating to Houston, Texas. We lived in Houston approximately
seven years and then relocated to San Antonio, Texas where we now
reside. In 2002 I completed my master’s degree with an MBA in
Electronic Commerce. It is my hope to one day be able to retire and
teach at the university level.
My wife, Ana, and I have a son, Jason (age 32),
and a daughter, Michelle (age 26). Annie is from Ponce, Puerto Rico
and we still make trips there when possible to visit family.
I have several hobbies which occupy much of my
free time. The first is backpacking the Rockies of Colorado. I
have been pack-packing parts of the Colorado Trail since 1994 and
have climbed two of Colorado’s 14ers along the way (Mt. Elbert and
My second hobby is the study of World War II
history, primarily the European Theatre. My father was a half-track
driver in Company C, 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, of
General George Patton’s 4th Armored Division during the
Battle of the Bulge. I have conducted studies of many of the
American and German military leaders, as well as many famous
My final hobby is Genealogy – family research.
Between 2001 and 2005 I was able to track down much information and
locate many descendents of Edward Gaston Rhodes in the area around
Bowie, Texas. Edward Gaston Rhodes was a brother to my great
grandfather. I recently completed the 2nd edition of a
book detailing the history of the Edward Gaston Rhodes family.
I am now working on the completion of another
book depicting the history of my mother’s family – the descendents
of Thomas Gray. Thomas brought his family from Ireland to
Charleston, South Carolina in 1792. He passed away in 1834 and is
buried along with his wife in a small cemetery outside New
Washington, Indiana. The research of this book has been much more
time consuming as the descendents of Thomas Gray migrated to many
various locations across the central United States.