Dec 24, 1943 — Chattanooga, Tennessee
James's parents were extremely poor. In 1943 he was going hungry and decided to lie about his age to enter into the Navy during WWII. He enlisted using the birth date July 21, 1922, a 6 year differance from his actual birthday, Mar. 25, 1928. He was discharged under honorable conditions on May 20, 1946, having served 2 years 4 months and 5 days. He then enlisted into the Army on Jan 31, 1949 in Chattanooga, TN and served during the Korean War. He was discharged under honorable conditions on Dec 4, 1952 as a Corporal, having served 3 years 10 months and 27 days.