James Ehl along with Margret Mefford wrote Journey to Freedom: Collected Stories of Perseverance and Survival in the Presence of Great Adversity. It is about German ladies of Limestone County in Alabama and their path to get to where they are now. James earned his MBA from Alabama A&M and his AMP from Harvard. He is the holder of two aerospace-related patents. He is the author of numerous papers and presentations. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and also the Outstanding Leadership Medal. He retired from NASA as a Senior Executive and subsequently was a successful aerospace consultant. After retirement he studied the German language at a school in Germany.