Befone the Third Robotech War
Third Robotech War
While supporting a ground unit, he arrived in time to see his best friend (the only survivor of the unit) being hotly pursued by Invid. Jim lost his nerve and fled the scene, leaving his friend to certain death. Jim was ashamed of his desertion and hid his past, assumes the nickname of Lunk.
When a local gang of bikers found out about his past, they began terrorizing him and his friends. One day, while chasing Lunk and a friend, they caused him to crash. The bikers captured Lunk's friend and ran off with him. While Lunk was about to run away again, Scott and Rook were ready and willing to go after the gang and rescue his friend. This reawakens Lunk's sense of duty, and he leads Scott to an old Alpha Fighter he had been maintenance after the Invid attacked.
During the aftermath of the Second Robotech War, Lunk served as a certified Bio-Maintenance Engineer for the returning Robotech Expeditionary Force on Earth. It was during the Invid Invasion when Lunk froze in combat and while his comrade was slaughtered by enemy forces. Although he knew any effort to save him would have been futile, he nevertheless blamed himself for his death. He made a solemn vow to deliver his friend's book, "Inherit the Stars" to his father, Ralph Nader. His guilt, however, kept him from fulfilling his promise for many, many years
After the battle on Reflex Point, he set out to start a new life as a farmer. Annie and Ariel accompanied him.
Note: Jim Austin nicknamed Lunk, was a member of Scott Bernard's freedom fighters during the Third Robotech War in Robotech: The New Generation, and was voiced by Richard Epcar. Lunk was originally a soldier of the Robotech Expeditionary Force, fighting both the Robotech Masters and the Invid on Earth. He gave up arms shortly after the Invid Invasion, considering himself a coward after abandoning his comrade in battle. His signature vehicle was a jeep. He had a relationship with Annie LaBelle. He was named Jim Warston in Genesis Climber MOSPEADA, the series which was adapted into the third "saga" of Robotech.