James Day was born 5 October 1925, in East St. Louis, Illinois. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943.
Major General Day's personal decorations included the Medal of Honor, the Silver Star Medal with two gold stars in lieu of second and third awards; the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with combat "V;" the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V;" the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" and gold star in lieu of a second award; and six Purple Hearts.
Medal of Honor citation
While a Corporal in World War II, James L. Day's heroism at Okinawa in 1945, while serving with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 6th Marine Division was honored with the nation's highest award, the Medal of Honor. The citation reads:
The President of the United States in the name of the Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
for service as set forth in the following CITATION: