José Tyler was a Starfleet officer who served as navigator aboard the USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, in 2254.
In that year, Tyler was one of a number of Enterprise crewmembers injured during a battle on planet Rigel VII. After the incident, Captain Pike ordered the Enterprise to Vega colony in order to replace any crewmembers who required hospitalization. En route, however, the crew detected a distress signal from the SS Columbia, an Earth vessel which had disappeared in the Talos star group eighteen years previously. Arriving at Talos IV to investigate, Tyler was amongst the Enterprise crewmembers to be included in the landing party. Later, when it became clear that the distress signal was an elaborate trap set up by the Talosians in an effort to capture Captain Pike, Tyler participated in the unsuccessful attempts to rescue him.