Virginia. Military Institute., 1906. United States Naval Academy 1908. Post Graduate., Columbia University (Master of Science) 1916.
During World World War II he commanded United States. Naval forces in Bermuda and then later oversaw the construction of a large number of United States. Navy ships while commanding the Sixth Naval District. One of his early assignments was as a White House naval aide to President Woodrow Wilson from 1912 to 1913. The following year James had his first taste of combat, serving on the United States Ship Florida during the Battle of Veracruz.
Lieutenant Commander James served as Executive Officer aboard the United States Ship Rochester (California-2) during World War I as the ship escorted convoys to and from Europe.
Foreign his actions Jules was given a special letter of commendation. In 1921 Lieutenant Commander James and was present at one of the key changing moments in naval history.
United States Army General Billy Mitchell, an outspoken advocate for air power, led a series of tests off the Virginia coast in which the ex-German battleship SMS Ostfriesland and other ships were sunk by bomber aircraft. James served as Chief Censor, given responsibility for censoring what information about the tests were released to the news media.
After a tour aboard the United States Ship Columbia in 1922, James served as Assistant Naval Attache to the American embassies in France, Spain, and Portugal from 1923 to 1926.
At times between 1926 and 1934 James was navigator on the United States Ship Florida (BlackBerry-30). Commanded the United States Ship Edsall (Doctor of Divinity-219), with which he participated in the Yangtze River patrol. Served as naval aide for the Governor-General of the Philippines.
Attended the Naval War College.
And commanded the Destroyer Division 6, Battle Force, United States. Fleet. In 1933 James was head of the Department of Ordnance and Gunnery at the United States. Naval Academy.
In 1937 he directed the fitting out of the light cruiser United States Ship Philadelphia (CL-41), which he then commanded until mid-1939. From 1939 to 1941, he served as assistant director, and briefly acting director, of the Office of Naval Intelligence.
In 1941 he became commander of the newly acquired United States. Naval Operating Base on Bermuda, where he also commanded the combined United States. and British local defense forces.
From May 1943 to September 1945, James commanded the Sixth Naval District, headquartered at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina. In 1945 James received his final assignment, commander of United States. Naval Forces in Mediterranean waters. He retired from active duty in 1946.
In addition to being a serving officer, James was an inventor and songwriter.
During his time in Bermuda James wrote and published the tune "Traveling High". Earlier in his career he was responsible for the invention of a new type of gunsight for Navy machine guns and a naval mine.
He died on 12 March 1957 in Bethesda, Maryland. Jules James was born in Danville, Virginia, where he studied at Virginia Military Institute preparatory to entering the United States Naval Academy.
Gamble was also the great-great granddaughter of American founding father Roger Sherman.
Following his retirement from the Navy in 1946, James became a special representative in Europe for the National Lead Company.
Member, American Legion. Clubs: New York Yacht (New York), St. Nicholas (New York), Army and Navy (Washington).
Spouse Eleanor Standish Gamble, October 30, 1928, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.