James Pollock Jamison, a native of Pennsylvania, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1941. He served aboard USS
Decatur (DD-341) until January 1943, involved first in neutrality patrol in the Caribbean and later convoy duty the North Atlantic. He then served aboard USS
Burns (DD-588), where he was involved in landings and raids throughout the South Pacific, including the Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Palau, New Guinea, the Mariana Islands, and the Philippines. Jamison received a silver star for his service as gunnery officer aboard USS
Burns during action on 30 January 1944. In 1945, Jamison became executive officer on USS
Bordelon (DD-881) and commander of USS
Fogg (DE/DER-57). He describes his service in each of these ships. Jamison later served aboard USS
Robert H. McCard (DD-822) from 1952 to 1953 and as the director of technical and systems engineering within the Naval Ordnance System Commands beginning in 1968.