Jim Fraser, a resident of South Port Square in Port Charlotte, already had two years of college behind him at the Missouri School of Mines (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) when he got a chance to take a competitive exam in 1944, along with 360 other potential candidates, for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
He not only passed the test, but three years later in 1947 graduated at the top of his class. He was 12th out of 320 graduates.
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