Petty Officer James-S005 is a SPARTAN-II Commando under the command of Naval Special Warfare Command. He participated in numerous battles during the Human-Covenant War as part of Blue Team. He participated in numerous battles during the Human-Covenant War as part of Blue Team.
- "You have been called upon to serve. You will be trained . . . and you will become the best we can make of you. You will be the protectors of Earth and all her colonies."
- — Dr. Catherine Halsey to the abducted child conscripts.
James was born on Earth in November 17th, 2511. At the age of six him and 75 genetically, intellectually, and physically gifted children were abducted for the SPARTAN-II program, on Reach he was trained by Franklin Mendez and AI Déjà. James was the calmest on his first day of training beating most of his fellow SPARTAN-II Trainees in their morning exercises which made some of the trainees hate him, in 2519 him and his fellow trainees were taken to the Military Wilderness Training Preserve for a mission of where each trainee needed to find a way to get back to base but all of them meet at one of the forests river and was placed one a team with Samuel-034, Linda-058 and Fhajad-084 to scout the area for John-117, the mission was successful. A while after James and the Trainees were sent to Emerald Cove for a underwater mission where they left Mendez behind and lived on the island for a few days after Mendez found them he forced them all to swim back to base or they would have to do 10 laps around the bootcamp. In July 14, 2523, James and his fellow Spartan-IIs Trainees had begun training exercises against the brutal UNSC Tango Company in simulated war games. At some point during break time James encountered a group of the Marines; Corporal Brian Rogers, Private First Class Shawn Bradford, Lance Corporal Ken Romeo and Staff Sergeant Thom Lee who brutally attacked James but he managed to break 2 of the Marines ribs and the knock out the Staff Sergeant before he got knocked out and was thrown into a flight of stairs after Mendez found him the Marines excuse was the "He tripped down a flight of stairs" after a week of recovering he was putted back into training with others. On March 9, 2525 James and the other Spartan's went through a procedure called the "Augmentations" at the Medical Facility Endurance orbiting Reach. After successfully going through the Augmentations him and the remaining 33 SPARTAN-II's held a funeral for their lost comrades on the ship UNSC Atlas. Afterwards, they returned to Reach for the last phase of training in Highland Mountains. After the Covenant attack on Harvest the 33 Spartans were briefed on what happened by Vice Admiral Michael Stanforth and the ONI AI, Beowulf. In response to this new threat, the training of James and the rest of the Spartan-IIs was accelerated, and the Spartans were sent to Chi Cet
IV being escorted by the UNSC Frigate; Commonwealth but on their way to Chi Ceti a Covenant ship; The Unrelenting attacked the frigate. The Commonwealth was able to ward of the Covenant warship and the Spartans were deployed and were fitted into their new Mark IV Power Armour and traveled back to the Commonwealth, John-117 had James and the others embark to the ship on thruster packs but Samuel-034, Kelly-087 and John-117 mad it aboard the ship while a Pelican dropship took the group of Spartans back to the Commonwealth and the battle was won but only at the cost of Samuel-034's life.
- "Welcome mat is laid out, Chief. Ready when you are."
- — James-005 during the Battle of Jericho VII.
In 2535 James along with John-117, Frederic-104, Kelly-087 were deployed on Jericho VII along with Red Team and Green Team. They thought on Jericho VII for three days but on the last day of the battle Blue Team had an objective to draw out the Covenant's rear guard so that Red Team could slip in and arm a tactical nuke the mission was a success and killed thousands of ungoy in the process of this tiny victory for the UNSC, the UNSC lost the space battle forcing the Spartans to leave the battle and head to the frigate UNSC Resolute, John-117 requested to watch the planets glassing while James did the same but from ships mess hall. In July 17, 2552, James and eleven other Spartans went to Sigma Octanus IV to aid Battlegroup Leviathans fight against the Covenant, after their deployment to Alpha Headquarters John-117, Frederic-104, Kelly-087 and
James went to Côte d'Azur which was occupied the Covenant. Blue Team scouted the Côte d'Azur Museum of History while Red Team and Green Team escorted the surviving civilians to Alpha Headquarters to investigate Covenant activity which was considered "un-natural" which lead them to underneath of the museum, James attached a ground-receiver which helped established contact with Green Team.
Within the museum Blue Team discovered that the Covenant were scanning a simple piece of igneous rock and sending information to a Covenant ship, while the Spartans eliminated Kig Yar patrols a duo of Mgalekgolo. John-117 ordered the team to engaged the pair but James l had his left arm burnt from his elbow after being hit with a blast from one's assault cannon. The team used Shredder rounds to make the pair fall into the basement and they pushed quartz monolith into the pit not killing the hunters in the process. Blue Team left the museum and took the rock with them, the team escaped through the city's sewer system but James passed out due to his wounds. After they left Alpha Headquarters the eleven Spartans went back to UNSC Leviathan and left the system and went to Reach.