Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Lance Cpl. James A. Casper

20, of Coolidge, Texas.
Casper died due to a non-combat related incident at Al Asad, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on March 25, 2004.

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"Thinking about you this Memorial weekend, it's crazy we both met when we were privates now 15 years later I'm getting promoted to gunny. Miss you brother"
GySgt of St. Louis

"December 23 2015 today is your niece 1st b day her name is Koda Grace. She is a blessing from above I thought I was gonna be done only having 2 babies but god had a different plan :) she is an absolute doll I wish you could hold her but I know your in heaven watching. Lia almost 3 and Skylar 11 time goes by too quick!!! I love you and miss you so much. I'll see you again one day"
Lori Casper of Rice Texas

"Sorry Casper this is sgt Chaves ( U.S. Army now ) like I said I always think about u"
Me of Same

"I remember when u checked into echo berry and I was incharg of you but couldn't deploy because had orders to wftb iv always remembered u to this day n still do"
Cpl. ch of Columbus ga

"I miss ya brother you are the best friend a guy could ask for its just like yesterday we were joken around im so happy to have my heart staind with your memory love you forever your brother Samson Clakley"
SamsonClakley of texas

"Wow been 10 years now and still seems like yesterday it still feels like im waiting for you to come home but ur not ur in a better place. so much has happened in 10 years i have 2 beautiful babies Skylar James whos 9 and my baby girl Lia Kay 14 months old i look at them and i thank god for them and i see u in them and that makes me happy. Even tho you are not with us here on earth youre always in our hearts. U were the best brother a girl could have and u were good to everyone. U made a mark here on earth and a good one. U will always be in my heart and i love u very much nd miss you. :-)"
Lori Casper of Rice Texas

"I remember you Casper. I wish you were here so I could thank you for everything. It's a little tough still 9 years and a few months later. Feels like yesterday sometimes. I'm planning to go to Arlington and pay my respects. See you soon"
Ricky Nguyenkien of Sterling VA

"Casper, this is Wu. Or you called it "Wutang!" with you in E 2/11. It has been awhile and I still remember the day I received the info you're no longer with us. It has been hard but just want you to know you are always in my thoughts. Miss you, bro."
John Wu of Union City, CA/ Alameda

"Hey James, this is your fellow motor T buddy and friend Cpl. David Roinestad. I dont really know what to say, other than you were a great friend and a great Marine! I think about you all the time buddy! I was there with you the day that you went to be with our Lord, and I will never forget! We had so many great times together in Echo Battery you were the funniest one of all!!! Anyways I just wanted you to know that you are always in my thoughts, I love you Bro! sorry it took me so long to wright this. 7/22/12"
Cpl. Roinestad of Santa Maria, CA

"I am trying to get in contact with James mother Debbie Mitchell or immediate family members. I went to MOS school with James and he was one of my best friends in echo battery 2/11. Please contact me at 949-842-3592 with information on how to contact his family thanks"
Sgt Barry Reeves of Camp Pendleton, ca

"Casper"
It's been a long time since you went away, I remember when we met in Kuwait as part of ADVON, I remember thinking how nice of a person you were. I also remember the last time I saw you, we were in Camp Fallujah and you just found out you and your unit had to go to a different base, so I gave you a hug and said "be safe" it wasn't even two days later I was driving the 1stSgt and the CO and they were talking to each other, the CO asked the 1stSgt "did you hear about that marine the just died in 2/11?" I remember thinking; please don't be anyone I know. The 1stSgt responded "yea, his name was....umm..Casper right?" I didn't say a word, I just kept driving, I was frozen and I couldn't believe it. I had just seen you, I had just told you to be safe. I'm so sorry you’re not with us anymore, I still think about you all the time. I just wish I could have done something, anything. I feel guilty that I'm alive and you’re not still to this day. Once I heard I wanted to call your family and just tell them that I was sorry for their loss and tell them how great of a person you where, but I was scared and I never did. I am sorry it took me this long to write to you, you will never be forgotten."
SSGT of ST.Louis MO

"Casper,
I have been wanting to post on here for a while now. Its hard for me still to this day. Its been 7 years now, and I still can picture that day like it was yesterday. We were roommates in Motor T" school and when we got to Echo. We shared so many experiences and stories with eachother. You were always there for me. It tears me up when I think about you. I miss you and wish you were still with us. My last 4 years in the Corps were hard without you around. I know you are looking down on us and protecting your fellow Echo brothers. I promised myself I will visit your memorial. I love you man.. Semper Fi!!!"
Former Sgt. Joshua Logue of Las Vegas, NV

"Casper, I can still see you walking down the hall with that smile of yours. I'm sorry that I never took the time to really ever know the you that your family did. You were the kindest person I have ever known. I don't think I will ever know anyone like you in my lifetime. I can still see you walking through my door when you were on leave. As always you had the biggest smile on your face. When you said I will see you soon as you were leaving I didn't know it would be the last time. The news of your death hit hard and I felt so numb. I sometimes think I see you and when I turn you aren't there. I think about you every single day. There will never be a day that goes by that I don't remember the times. My brother took it the hardest. I know you and him were best friends. He misses you.... I wish you didn't have to go. I feel god was being selfish taking you from us, but I know he had his reasons. I want you to know that my son planted a tree in your name in Colorado and you will always be honored there. I have told my son about you and what you did for this country. He wants to follow in your footsteps and become a marine. Even though you are gone you are still with me and I carry your memory with me and I will never forget you or your smile. I love and miss you Casper..... I see your mother alot and I just want you to know she looks happy...."
Jamie Alford of Mexia, Tx. USA

"Searching for my own FACEBOOK I connected to James A. and read all the messages of love and prayers for him. Wish I had known him too."
James C. Casper of Rochester, New York

"To the family of:James A. Casper
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"Today was a tough day James. As Veterans day passed by you stuck in my mind. I still remember the day I received the news you passing away. Today I cried tears for you and your family and prayed prayers for you as well. You will be missed dearly."
Regina Williams of Waco, TX

"Hey Casper,

Its been 5 years since you have been gone i miss you so much, we have your picture on our wall and we always seem to stop and just stare sometimes. Its soooo cute because Raven is 8 now and the last time she saw you she was 3 years old and she still talks about you. Barry miss you so much that we named one of our twins Donovan James of course the james after you. The last time i saw you Barry and i had a get to gether at my house and everyone was drinking and having fun and i was on the couch by myself bored because i was 6 months pregnant and you came and sat next to me and said it will be fine just wait until the baby is born and we can drink together and i said ok. you wanted barry and i to name our first son after you but we named him Quincy but we gave you the second one.
We love u and miss.



SGT. Barry and Shannon Reeves
June 2009"
Shannon Reeves of CAMP PENDLETON,CA

"Hey Bro,

Don't know really where to start, but just wanted to say that on March 25th me my bro & some school mates went to the local bar & took shots of 151 for you as I told all these bad-* people of how cool you were & shared some of our stories. They told me that they felt honored to be doing that kind of a tribute to u & said they wished they could've met you... A lot of others from Echo Btry throughout the Country did the same including Ramos & other friends... We miss u & you keep living in all of our hearts!!! Semper Fi to u & your Family! Continue gaurding heaven with all of our other "Jarheads" oohrah!"
Flavio Perez of Prosser, Wa/USA

"I am at school today and i could not stop thinking about you.... it has almost been four years it is so hard to believe because every time i see skyler i think of you he looks just like you he such a beautiful baby i miss you so much and wish you were here with us.... i love you and i will see you soon i know that you are makin your mark in heaven... i will be there and see you soon.... its only a blink of an eye in gods eyes i only hope i can make a mark in the world as great as the one you have made :) 2-27-09"
Jame DeBoard of Wylie TX, 75098 US

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. James A. Casper:
James gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Casper

I do not know where to start. I would like to tell every moment I spent with you but, that would take up to much space.

I am sure you remember but your kookoo-itist might have gotten worse over time.

We met back in Diwaniah, Iraq around April 2003 the day we said goodbye to 2/11 and were sent as “red headed step children” (as you would say), to Weapons 2/5.

“Those bastards at 2/11 are probably drinking beer by now” is what would come out your mouth at least six times a day. That summer we spent in A’Samawiah was the best/worst time of my life. We spent every waking moment together. “We were each other’s family” as you said.

You had so much energy and life in you I could not understand how after a 16 hour work day you still had the energy to crack a joke. But, that was you, that was how you got both of us through that hellhole. Thanks to you, I am here to tell a little bit of your story and how you wanted to help any and everyone.

I thank you for being a friend, mentor (as my senior Marine), personal comedian and most important a brother.

I hope to have this conversation with you one day.

Thank you for everything!!

Enrique Maldonado
Or as you would call me. “Ma’dildo!!”

Contact me at 305-773-9418 or Maldyeazy420@aol.com"
Sgt Enrique Maldonado of Miami, FL

"wow..its been so long but still I miss you. I remember when I found out you had died and just the day before you left my camp to go to another I was telling you to be safe and that I would talk to you later, and someday I will talk to you again. I will never forget you"
sgt L of st.louis mo

"I was in boot camp with Casper. His UNBELIEVABLE dedication and respect no matter what the situation was, motivated me (even to this day) and earned him the well deserved 'Most Improved Recruit'. 3003 Brother."
Sgt. Stephen Kephart of 1/4 Alpha Co.

"I pray for my namesake."
James C.Casper of Rochester, NY

"Ilove you and miss you i hope your ok i know some people out there have never met you but there still proud to call you a hero thanks for standing up for Americas freedom you truly are what America stands for"
jaime deboard i love you bunches james allen casper of wylie, texas

"I would like to say that Casper was truely a good friend and a great Marine. Casper was one of my men that I was in charge of during our first trip to Iraqi in 2003. I now carry a heavy heart for him. After I learned of his departure from us. His memory will always be with me. I had a great time hanging out with him and talking about his truck he wanted. I some time wounder if thing would have been different if I would have stayed in.I will always remember you man

regards,
Cpl Rankin (Joker)"
bill rankin of Houston,TX/ USA

"LCPL James A Casper. I was never fortunate enough to meet you. But your name adorns my HeroBracelet that I wear every day and have for over the past year. It gives me strength every day and reminds me that even when things seem overwhelming that nothing is impossible.
For the ultimate sacrifice, you have my thanks and prayers."
Chad of Knoxville, TN

"My Buddy Casper



Good Times!
Ozzy and Metallica
The Simpsons and King of the Hill.
No worries at all
Chug a beer, down a shot
Party in room 413!
My Buddy Casper.

You’ll still be at work at six,
Charging forward, attacking the day.
Making everyone laugh, stupid jokes.
Always delivering a smile to my face

Whatever I needed
Women advice, help with the Jeep
Driving the 7-ton, delivering the ammunition
You weren’t finished till the work was done

Wrestling in the pit,
I’d school you every time.
Something inside
Made you come back for more.
If someone lived with passion
It was you.

All gave some, Some gave all.
Could have been me. Sadly, it was you.
It’s my honor to have known you.
You gave your freedom so others could live theirs.

There on my wall looking at me
Is where you stay.
A snapshot of the good times

This life is for you brother

We all miss you.
My Buddy Casper."
Aaron Tremblay, SGT USMC of Incline Village, NV

"James Casper, it was an honor to meet you and to hear your stories of the war when you came to dinner with my son and myself, here, in Oceanside. I was very sad to read of your death, although you are truly an American Hero. I wish your family healing and love, and you will always be remembered."
Kat Parker of Oceanside, CA

"To the Casper family. My name is Sgt Arthur p. Cruz jr and i am in the u.s. army. I am being deployed to Iraq in august. I have worn your sons bracelet for over a year now and will not take it off until his name can no longer be read. I would appreciate it if you could send me an 8 by 10 photo of your son so that i may hang it on my wall in memory of a soldier who gave his life for his country. This would mean alot to me to be able to this. You can send it to Sgt. arthur cruz hsc 449th asb 36 cab ft. hood, tx 76544 you can also reach me at 210-478-1273. Once again words cannot comfort you with this great loss. I can tell you i appreciate what your son did and what others continue to do. No matter what the media and other people say when a soldier loses his or her life each and everyone of them believed in what they did. I believe in what i do and if you ever need anything please do not hesitate to ask."
Arthur Cruz of Ft. Hood , Texas

"Dear Son, It's been over a year now since you've been gone. I still hope sometimes I'll wake up from this nightmare. I still see you laughing,smiling and picking on your brother and sister.I try not to cry about you because I know you're in a better place,but I still want you here with us . I know I'm selfish ,but I think God will forgive me for that.I wish you could be here to watch Skylar James grow up.Everybody says he looks like you when you were a baby.He even laughs,smiles and cuts up like you did.We thought he would have brown eyes like your sister and brown hair like his daddy,but he has blonde hair and blue eyes like you.I know you would have been going to the mall with your brother and nephew going chicken hunting .That's what you're brother calls it now.We all still miss you a lot.See you soon. Love Mom"
Kay Darlene Mitchell of Coolidge Tx. USA

"James... Thank you doesn't even begin to describe the gratitude for your sacrifice. Not only have you been in my prayers, but so has your family. Being a family member isn't all that easy either, you have an amazing family I am sure of that one. Watch over them as they deal with life after you have gone. Get comfortable in the Lord's arms, for you have reached home. Thank you again and again and again for the sacrifices you (and your family) have made to our country."
Cansas of Bluefield, WV

"Casper,
I still remember the first time i saw you at the motor pool you where running around parking vehicles and woking hard unfortunately the vehicles where from another battery and i remember laughing with sanabria, but i guess the first impression i got from you was that you where a hard worker, always in a good mood and alway craking jokes. I have you in my memory of those countless times we spend in the field with Echo and no matter how tired and stressed out we where you where usually the one to lighten up the day. Rest in peace buddy the news of your loss hit me like a bucket of cold water and the world was a sadder place with you gone from it but heaven is a funnier place now with you there. Later bro you will never be forgotten."
Sgt. Puc, Eddie of san diego Mayazpuc@yahoo.com

"James when i think of you,I think on how great of a friend you were to me and my brothers.Hec, you are my brother, we've had some great times,But dont tell JIMBO though,because it was after 12,sorry James i told on you.James you were the only one who came to visit us and showed us alot of love.You are a real friend to us because you didn't think of us as trouble makers and never started a conversation,by saying;BEEN STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE'.Nobody knows but me and you were the real troublemakers of Coolidge. I'm just joking. James i cant think of my brother without thinking of my other and thats you.I love you bro, and i will see you soon. Your Bro DP"
DAVID PEDROZA of WORCHESTER,MA,USA

"I requested James' hero bracelet, as I wanted to honor someone from Tx, and I wear it proudly every day. My thanks & prayers go out to the family. From reading the other posts I can tell that he's greatly missed & deeply loved. Thanks to all who serve & have served. God bless you."
Terri Parkes of Hurst, TX

"When I think of Casper, I always think back to our training op at March AFB and sitting around the fire barrel listening to him crack those jokes. I will be placing a flag in memory of him at the Memorial Day ceremony on tuesday. All of the men and women who have given their life will have a 5 by 6 flag flaced in the most prominent park of my city, Charleston, SC. It will be my honor to place Casper's"
Ryan Campbell of Charleston, SC

"James,
I have known you since we went to motor t school back in 2001 and we went on together ever since. 2 tours to iraq, countless field ops here in pendleton, all the times you came to my house just to relax on the weekends, no matter what we were doing, i know i could count on you to cheer me up and make me laugh. I got your plague on my wall and in my heart. the "motor trizzle" at echo will never forget all the things we have done together. we were brothers and you will never be forgotten."
CPL Barry Reeves of Camp Pendleton, CA

"ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU, ALWAYS MISSING YOU. YOU'RE LIVING ON IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THOSE WHOSE LIVES YOU TOUCHED."
CPL MATTHEW BRUNING of CAMP PENDLETON, CA

"This is Flavio Perez aka... Cpl. Perez i knew James allen Casper id like to say pretty well ....he's the funniest guy ive ever met him and i had some great times lets not forget the time when we went to TIJUANA Mexico oh man!!,This guy used to make long days at work seem short and fun i think about my "Dawg" all the time we used to call him Jasper for short theres not one day that goes by without his "boyz" here in pendleton talkin about him ... "We poured some Bacardi 151 out 4 u Friday" this was one of Caspers preferred drinks haha well buddy we all miss U here at Echo 2/11 No doubt about that and we'll always have Love for ya' ur boy "Flavor".............7602133955 is my # if any one has stories to share"
flavio perez of Camp pndltn, Ca USA.

"RIP
I have James Casper's Hero Bracelet. I wear it every day even though I have never met him I pray for him today. I also give my condolences to his family and friends."
Abigail Wright of Detroit, MI

"Jeremy and Lori, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I know how much I love my brothers and I can only imagine the pain his death caused. If you are ever having a really crummy day, I'll understand, just let me know and I'll leave you alone. God bless you both, and thank you for the sacrifice your brother made for all of us."
Mike Matson, LCDR, USN, (ret) of Coolidge, TX

"To the Casper Family, I didnt know James all too well but I do know that he was a brave and selfless young man. James touched eveyone's lives in a special way that met him. Everyday I thank God for my fellow Soliders, Marines, Airmen, and Seamen because we all fight the fight of Freedom for our nation. It is a honor to know that James like myself chose to serve our country in order to keep it free. I believe that there is no death greater to die than a death for your God and your country. RIP James I miss you"
PFC Lander, Regina N of Ft. Sill, Ok/ USA

"To my very loving cousin LCPL James A. Casper!
You were so loving to me and you are the best cousin anybody could ever have. I miss you so very much and love you. I just wish you could still be here with me so we could of finished growing old together and let our young ones play together when we had some. I cry myself to sleep every single night looking at your picture by my bed. I still ask myself "why you and not me instead?" I know you are with the lord and in a happy place due to where ever you go you just light up the whole room. Well cuddy take care of your self and say hi to granny and the family for me. Remember I LOVE YOU AND WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU!I will be with you soon. Your always in my dreams and prayers!!"
Jennifer Knight of Mexia,Tx

"You were so full of life, always smiling and carefree life loved you being part of it, and i loved you being part of me. You could make anyone laugh, if they were having a bad day. No matter how sad i was, you could take the hurt away. Nothing could ever stop you, or even make you fall. You were ready to take on the world, ready to do it all. But God decided he needed you, so from this world you left. But you took a piece of us all, our hearts are what you kept. Your seat is now empty, and it's hard not to see your face. But please always know this, no one will ever take your place. You left without a warning, not even saying good-bye. And i can't seem to stop, asking this question why. Nothing will ever be the same, the house is empty without your laughter. But i know your up in heaven, watching over us and looking after. I didn't see this coming, it hit me by surprise. And when you left this world, a small part of us died. I remember you swinging on the swings, you were just a boy. And the last time i saw you, you were riding your pride and joy. Your smile could brighten anyone's day, no matter what they were going through. And i know every day for the rest of my life i will be missing you. Hey bro just thought i would write a poem i found it out of the book that would describe you. you will be missed alot and i love you."
Lori Casper of Coolidge Tx.

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

""James I looked up to you as a brother, Now that your gone I pray to God that I will see you again. I can remember the times when you made me smile and made me laugh, But when you and my brother got to gether ya'll always picked on me and jeremy,and I forgive you. The day that I found out that you were gone I cried myself to sleep. Now I think of you as who you were and not how you are.You always made people laugh I MISS YOU when I moved to riesel I always called to see how you,Jeremy,Lori,darlene,and Jimbo were doing. Now you are in a better place and get to see the brother you never saw. We all love you. Now that your gone I spend more time with your family which I should of done when you were still with us. I'm starting to go to church more than I us to. I SEND ALL MY LOVE"
Jon McNett of Riesel/Tx

"To the Caspers,
I never met James, but I know he must have been special. Anytime Lori or Jeremy talked about him there was love and admiration written all over their faces. I am so thankful for James and people like him who are willing to fight for our country. May God be with you as you deal with this loss."
Mindy of Texas

"Cpl Casper, you're with the Lord and He will care for you now. Thank you for serving my country and being a PROUD member of the USMC!
Love, April Greene (proud girlfriend of LCpl Jeremy, 2/7 Golf Co.)"

"Corporal Casper, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Casper, It's hard not having you around. You were one of the funniest guys in the battery. No one could top your comments in formation. I'll miss the way you would show up in those super tight fitting and faded as hell cammies every monday morning. You really were a character and, I miss the hell out of you bro. Semper Fi"
Cpl Robert A. Aragon III of E 2/11 Al Asad Iraq

"James this is your God Mother and I want you and everyone to know this: You were my Hero long before you wanted to be a Marine. You were and always will be my "Lil Casper" an angel you were when you came into this world and into my life. Now your an Angel in the arms of God. And a Hero to all you left behind. I LOVE YOU. You left footprints on alot of hearts like those that Jesus left in the sand and I know he is caring us all in his loving arms and holding you in his loving arms. I miss you and I just need to say Thank You for all the memories and all the love and Thank You for protecting us with your life. Your memory will live forever in out thoughts and our hearts."
Ruth Johnson of Wortham, Texas

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal James A. Casper,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort
in love's everlasting connection.

There are many loving and caring Americans from all over the United
States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has
made for our Freedom. In the Support section of this web site you
will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial
time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a
quilt to the next of kin. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, James will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Brave men fall,
yet still stand tall."
Bill & Diane Logan of Mifflintown, Pa. USA

"i love you and miss you . we all do . your mom is having a hard time but she knows, you are safe becuase your in the arms of the angels."
jaime De Board of wylie Texas U.S.A

"First as a child, then as a man and now a hero. Your mark was made."
Delora of Tehuacana, tx

"Rest in peace our beloved soldier and know that you are loved deeply and forever will be in our hearts. Thank you.. I know you are wrapped in our Fathers arms safe and happy, until we meet again....."
melissa of wortham

"I MISS YOU SO MUCH . IT HAS BEEN A HARD TIME WITHOUT YOU. WE ARE SO GLAD YOU ARE FEELING GOOD I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU ."
JAIME DEBOAD of ,WYLIE,TEXAS

"Dear Nephew,
I miss you so. It has been so difficult dealing with your absence. I know it is brief. I send you all my love and do wish you were here with us. You will be truly missed. You made your mark on this earth and now you must go make it in heaven. I will see you soon honey. I love you"
love AUNT DEEDEE

"Dear Son,
I miss you very much and I know you are in the arms of the angels. I will see you soon because in Gods eyes time is but the blink of an eye. I LOVE YOU!
MOM"
forever your loving mommy

"To the Family of LCpl. Casper,

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words to you and other family members of Marines who have fallen. I come from a long family line of Marines; I too am a Marine Corps veteran. His service to his Country and his Corps will live forever in the minds of his fellow Marines all over this country.

While I never personally met this Marine, every Marine is my brother and it is with love and respect to his family that I say to them the words of retired GySgt Ermey, "The Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever."

God Bless and Semper Fidelis"
Rob of Iowa

"Dear James- You are a true HERO to us in particular...even though I didn't know you or know what you looked like! Your story impacts me personally as my fiance is still there in Al Asad and was there when you guys were attacked. I thank God that he is okay, thanks to heroes like you! We love you, you will be missed! Thank you for being our HERO!!

We know you're in a beautiful place now! God Bless You and May You Rest In Peace!!"
Marie Soza of Houston, TX (USA)

"I wanted to share this, it was sent to me by a very close friend in Houston. He is in the Army and of course has a very personal understanding of how all of us that knew James are grieving for our loss. I thought it was beautiful and wanted to share it with you all. I hope all that know and love James will find comfort in knowing that he is in Heaven and looking down on us all, probably in awe. Maybe he didn't really know that he was as loved and respected as this page has shown those that visit it. I miss you James.

"This was written in the 1880s by an ex-soldier who fought in the Civil War. He was in Company H, 1st Tennessee. I thought you might want to share it with those who knew that young Marine. I've used this several times at services for soldiers who died while on active duty.

"A life given for one's country is never lost. It blooms again beyond the grave in a land of beauty and love. Hanging around the throne of sapphire and gold, a rich garland awaits the coming of him who died for his country, and when the horologe of time has struck its last note upon his dying brow, Justice hands the record of life to Mercy, and Mercy pleads with Jesus, and God, for his sake receives him in his eternal home beyond the skies at last and forever.""
Rhonda Riggs of Ponder, Tx. USA

"Dear James we never could get to shake one another hand but we all know what a WONDERFUL man you were You always kept a SMILE on your Face and everyone else you kept everyone laughing and we will always keep you and your FAMILY in our HEARTS WE LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF OUR HEART. THE CLASS OF 2001 And 2004 Love you so Very Much RIP"
Shadonna Walker of Coolidge TX USA

"Dear James, i didn't know you as a close friend, but i knew you as a loving brother and good freind to others and i will miss you, you will always be in my heart!"
Racheal~Simms of Coolidge Tx

"James its me again i just wanted to say thank you for what you have done not only for you but what you have done for everyone in the U.S. people dont realize the reason you were over in iraq but others do you were fighting for everyones rights and i think every one appreciates what you have done for us You passed on with a great honor and what you were a part of will always be remembered as will you you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts be strong and we will always love u Bye
mauch love Carra"
Carra Sturdivant of Coolidge, TX USA

"Hey James this is your Bro's Josh and Dustin we just wanted to say that you are an awesome man and that in our eyes you are a hero!! You will be greatly missed by all of us in Coolidge. and we will never forget the times we had together. like the time when you showed me ur new car, and when we use to play your playstation, or beat up Dillon McNate. But we love you bro and we will never forget you!!God bless (R.I.P.)"
Dustin Richards and Josh Smith of Coolidge Tx.

"JAMESA.CASPER HEY Baby just wanted to say you will always be in our hearts and we will always love you"
Shadonna Walker of Coolidge TX

"James this Saturday will be a hard day for many people..but all we can say is he is a War Veterens.We really want to thank you so much for what u have done for us.people don't understand what u done..but some do.The Coolidge ISD really misses you...I hope the best for your family and friends..We lost a very good person doin a good thing for us.Well LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU..R.I.P. James Allen Casper...THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DONE FOR US....IN LOVEIN MEMOARY J.A.C. You watched me grow up, and it was you , Jeffery , and Joey that i looked up to. Just wanted to say thanx for bein there when i needed you..James Allen Casper"
Crystal Price of Mexia, Texas/America

"Hey James this is Jamie..I just wanted to tell you that we'll always miss you and love you.I can remember growin up with you.It was always my bother Joey and You.Y'all was bestfriends.I remember when u came home and you , Crystal , and Lori came over to my house.I told crystal that u truned out to be a cute guy.I know your in a better place now..but we miss you and love you..your family and friends are in my prayers always..Just wanted to say that I'm so happy that u idd what u wanted to do.You fouhgt for our country, and i don't know about every body else, but i'm proud for what u did for us THNK YOU..Love ya and Miss YOU"
Jamie Alford of Mexia, Texas/America

"Hey, I know you didn't know me that well, but I just wanted to say that I and all of us are very proud of you. You died with honor. Your memory will live on forever here in coolidge. You are an inspiration to me and the rest of the school. God bless you and your family. Thankyou for figting for our country and it's people.You have truely made a difference in this world."
Joy Holden of Waco Area, Tx

"James just wanted to say that you was a very good and well known person. I grew up with you , Lori , And Jeremy.You was real close to my cousin Joey Alford, and my mom went to school with your mom.It was always my siter and I and your bother and siter together.I looked at you like a family member and when u went off to the Marines i was askin about you all the time.I always said well James is doin what he wanted to do.I can still remember the day me , you , and lori went to Mexia so you could work out with Randy.I was sittin beside u in your truck,talkin about what you do over in Iraq.Lori was smilein cause she was able to spend some time with you.My mom Debbie says she remebers when u cae home and walked up to her with big smile and gave her a big huge,and you was tellin her how dangerous your job is over there.Well James i just want you to Know that you a very loved person,i hope you R.I.P. love you & miss you"
Crystal Price of Mexia, Texas/America

"James well what is there to say i miss u so much and wish u could be here with us i remember growing up with u and how sweet u r and always will be stay cool even though u arent with us anymore tell we all love and miss you here in Coolidge so stay strong u will see everyone soon tell my dad neice and jimmy i said hi and i love them to see ya soon much love Carra"
Carra Sturdivant of Coolidge, TX USA

"REST IN PEACE Tufelhunden
May God Bless your family and friends"
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"James just wanted to tell u that u are always in my prayers & thoughts. I wish u could be here to whatch Lori grow up to be a young lady and Jermey be a young man. Now its ur chance to go visit ur other brother that u meet when u 2 where born. I know ur in hevan and ur far from ur mama and its ok to get home sick from everyone but remeber everyone still LOVES u & miss u a whole lot. Before i go just need to tell u rest in peace!!!
Sincerly,"
Emily Amanda Talley, of Coolidge Texas

"James just wanted to tell u that u are always in my prayers & thoughts. I wish u could be here to whatch Lori grow up to be a young lady and Jermey be a young man. Now its ur chance to go vivit ur other brother that u meet when u 2 where born. I know ur in hevan and ur far from ur mama and its ok to get home sick from everyone but remeber everyone still LOVES u & miss u a whole lot. Before i go just need to tell u rest in peace!!!
Sincerly,"
Emily Amanda Talley, of Coolidge Texas

"James just wanted to tell u that u are always in my prayers & thoughts. I wish u could be here to whatch Lori grow up to be a young lady and Jermey be a youmg man "I MISS U A WHOLE LOT""
EMILY TALLEY of COOLIDGE,TEXAS

"Dear James You will be missed you will always have a speaial place and will always remain alive in my heart. know htat we loved you very much."
Glenda Lane of Mexia, Tx

"james i didn't know u but i hard u was a sweet guy so i hope u are with god love u for ever"
Lu'Cora Blakely of Coolidge TX

"I just wanna say that you will alway's be in our hearts here in Coolidge Texas. We miss you!! R.I.P"
Shalia of Coolidge, Texas

"I can send you my thoughts and prayers and say it is hard for anyone to lose a loved one in this manner. I can tell you from recent experience that comfort will come in time...........! I also wanted to share a poem that has brought me comfort since the loss of my brother.

Judie Watson and sons

High Flight
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.



Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."
Judie Watson of Hurst, TX, USA

"I knew James and worked with him when he worked at Walmart in Mexia, Tx. He was such a great young man. I learned of his death on Thursday and I sit here typing this message still not believing it. For those that read this and didn't know James...He had a smile for everyone. He was one of the most non judgemental people I knew. He was of course, to me, a "kid", but he was very very mature for his age. He was funny and always knew how to make me laugh. I moved away from Mexia in July 2000, he, I learned today joined the Corps in August 2001. To say I was shocked would be an understatement. He will be greatly missed by me. I cared for him as if he were my own son. My deepest heartfelt sympathies to his mom Darlene, his dad Joe, his brother Jeremy and his sister Lori. Also to the rest of his family and friends in the Limestone county area and abroad. I will never forget you James, or the ultimate sacrifice you made for your country. You will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. Wear wings James."
Rhonda Riggs (Neal) of Ponder, TX USA

"Thank you James Casper, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. James Casper:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless James for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. James Casper:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of James, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on