James Frank Nabors was born on 16 May 1915 in Renfo, Alabama. He joined the US Army as a second lieutenant on 25 November 1940 as an Infantry officer. In 1950, Major Nabors was assigned to the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in combat in Korea. Major Nabors, in his capacity as Regimental S-2 and S-3, was, on 1 September 1950, observing a tank platoon in support of the Infantry, attacking the enemy in the vicinity of Mojon-Ni, Korea. When the attack was forced to halt due to the intensity of the enemy mortar and heavy weapons fire, Major Nabors voluntarily and upon his own initiative, mounted the back of the lead tank and directed the platoon to continue the attack under his orders. Under his aggressive and fearless leadership, the platoon advanced into a village where the enemy had established a strong point. The enemy was routed soon by machine gun and tank fire under his cool leadership. Still remaining in his exposed position, and with utter disregard for his personal safety, Major Nabors continued the advance of the tanks by outflanking the enemy, causing him to retreat and thus clearing the way for the advance of the foot troops. The gallantry in action of Major Nabors on this occasion earned him the nation's third highest valor award, the Silver Star. After a promotion to Lieutenatn Colonel, he assumed command of 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. On 27 February 1951, in the vicinity of Sillim-ni and Yangmal, a strong enemy force launched a savage and fanatical attack upon his battalion. LTC Nabors immediately went forward to the front lines, where, under intense enemy small arms and mortar fire, he went from position to position, wherever the fighting was the heaviest, encouraging his men and directing the action. Later, when the battalion counterattacked, LTC Nabors was wounded. Completely ignoring his wound, he continued to move amongst the most forward wlements of the battalion, urging them on until their objectives were secure. For his gallantry in action on this date, LTC James F. Nabors was again awarded the Silver Star. Less than a week later, LTC Nabors' battalion was assigned the mission of attacking an enemy held hill, which was a key terrain feature. The enemy, from well concealed positions, was directing devastating automatic weapon and small arms fire on the forward assaulting elements, halting their advance and pinning them to the ground. LTC Nabors, with complete disregard for his own safety, moved forward under withering fire to a position of great danger in order to make a personal observation of the situation and deploy his unit accordingly. Despite the intense fire, he remained in this forward position until he was reasonably sure his attack would succeed. He then moved from unit to unit, giving directions and offering words of encouragment to the attacking troops, thereby maintaining the momentum of the attack and the successful attainment of the objective with the minimum of casualties. For the third time, LTC Jame F. Nabors was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action.
August 11, 2003 (Ret.) U.S. Army Colonel James F. Nabors, 88, of Huntsville, died Monday at Crestwood Medical Center following a brief illness.