Pfc James was born in 1924 in South Carolina and was killed in action on March 24th, 1945 during Operation Varsity, the airborne invasion of Germany.|
Pfc James is the son of John James [b.1875 in SC] a cotton mill owner and the son of Josie James [b. 1894 in SC].
The 1930 US Census for Liberty, Pickens County, SC shows Roy residing at # 25 Second St with his parents and sister Hilda [b. March 1930].
Pfc James enlisted in the Army on April 6, 1943 at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC His enlistment records states Roy had completed 2 years high school and was single.
Pfc James was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation [French], the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Emblem.
Pfc James is interred at an unknown cemetery in South Carolina.