From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John James '00

Date of birth: 1878

Date of death: August 6, 1906

Age: ~28

Naval Academy Register

John Frederick James was admitted to the Naval Academy from Virginia on September 5, 1896 at age 18 years 6 months.

He resigned on November 13, 1897.

Lucky Bag

John Frederick James is listed among "ex-members" of the class.

Biography & Loss

1900 James 1.jpg

From Find A Grave:

John "Fred" James volunteered in the war with Spain as first sergeant of Third Virginia Infantry. He transferred to be promoted to First Lieutenant of the 7th US Volunteer Infantry (Colored). After the war, Fred entered regular army as 2nd LT, and in Feb 1901 was commissioned 1st LT of Eighth Infantry (Colored). He was a graduate of the Infantry and Cavalry School for Officers, and of the Staff College. He was killed in an ambush on Leyte Aug 10, 1906. Lt. Fred James was the only US regular Army officer to be KIA in 1906.

He is buried in Virginia.

John is listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall under the heading "PHILIPPINE ISLANDS CAMPAIGN 1911."


"Battery James", on Corregidor Island in Manila Harbor, Philippines, was named for him.

Memorial Hall Error

John's middle name on the killed in action panel is simply "Fred." His middle name was Frederick.

Class of 1900

John is one of 6 members of the Class of 1900 on Virtual Memorial Hall.