He went on to serve in three branches of the military, devoting 20 years of his life in service to his country as a captain in the Marines, a full colonel in the Air Force and a commander in the Navy, from which he retired in 1995.
James A. Ruffer, 69, comes from a military family, so it was no surprise that he was entranced with toy soldiers as a child. He also played with a toy medical bag complete with a stethoscope, a thermometer and tongue depressors. It was an interest that eventually led to medical school.
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