Jim Darby, Korean War veteran and the founder of the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( originally named Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Veterans of America ) was honored for his service on Aug. 25 at Wrigley Field.
Darby served in the Navy from 1952 to 1956 as a Korean War Communication Tech 2nd Class. He served on the U.S.S. Midway, the U.S.S. Bennington and the U.S.S. Des Moines and served in Germany. He was honorably discharged and used the G.I. Bill to attend several colleges, completing a Master's Degree at Illinois Institute of Technology. He was a high school teacher in the public schools from 1963 to 1992, teaching English, Spanish, French, Typing, Art and Math.
Pictured left of Darby is Billy Gubrud, Executive Director at National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame and Founder ( company ) and OUT at Wrigley. Gubud and Darby are also pictured on the field with Cubs Manager Joe Maddon. Photos courtesy Jim Darby.