Lee Boyer James
Lee Boyer James was born on 16 April 1920 in Charlestown, Indiana. He attended Columbia Military Academy before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in the Class of 1943. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces staff College, the Army Artillery School and the University of Southern California.
James served as a Battery Commander in combat in the European Theatre of Operations during World War II and received a Bronze Star. Later he was assigned as Chief of Transportation during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.
On returning to the U.S., a number of guided missile assignments led to Director of Projects at the Florida Test Site for Redstone and Jupiter Missile systems at the Pentagon. He was named Director of the Army's first Research and Development Division. He was Chief of Manpower in Korea and returned to serve under Werner Von Braun on further rocket development.
James left the Army after 21 years of noteworthy service to join NASA and became Deputy Director of the Apollo Program. Offered the directorship, he chose to return to his family and became the Saturn V Director in Huntsville, Alabama. James later was named director of all program management at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
On retirement he taught at the University of Tennessee and later returned as head of the Boeing office at Huntsville. He received many citations and honors from NASA including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Exceptional Service Award and the NASA Superior Achievement Award.