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This is a picture of my grandfather, James “Popeye” Shaw (2nd from the left) working on a rig somewhere out in west Texas in the early-mid 1950s. Born in Decatur, TX, he began working in the oil fields in west Texas and eastern New Mexico shortly after returning home from the Korean War. He started working for Humble Oil Company, later Exxon, in 1957 until his retirement in 1987. 


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