James M Wilson Jr
- Category : 1918-births
- Type : PE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (22)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Individualism 1
American official in the United States Department of State who launched the State Department's annual country reports on human rights in 1975, and who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs from 1975 to 1977.
His parents were American missionaries, and Wilson grew up in Hangzhou and Shanghai.
After attending college in the USA, Wilson briefly worked as a newspaper reporter in Louisville, Kentucky and then joined the Kentucky National Guard. He was on board a ship sailing to Corregidor Island at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As a result, Wilson's unit was called up and Wilson spent the rest of World War II in the United States Army. He served in North Africa, Italy, and France, becoming an aide of General Lucian Truscott. By the end of the war, he had obtained the rank of lieutenant colonel and had been awarded the Bronze Star Medal twice and the Purple Heart twice.
Wilson died on 15 November 2009, aged 91, in Washington, D.C.