||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.