Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 2nd Lt. James Michael Goins

23, of Bonner Springs, Kansas.
Goins died as a result of hostile fire in Najaf, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on August 15, 2004.

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"Mike was my roommate in college for a year and we were in ROTC together. He had such a big heart and always was so kind. 17 years later, I still think of him and try to emulate how he was as a man and as an Army Officer. I miss you brother."
MAJ Ben Hardy of Fort Bragg, NC

"To the Goins family: I was in an infantry company assigned to Lt. Goins tank company. We worked alongside each other during most our tour. I miss this man everyday and admire deeply. I'm from the gulf coast and Mike knew that. I remember him asking me about boats because he wanted to get one to have fun with his wife. Just all around great man, my heart still goes out to y'all. He really impacted my life with his wonderful personality. One of the greatest leaders ever."
Reed Findley of Mobile, AL

"As part of a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring all of the fallen of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, I am honored to read James' name. I lost my own son, Neil, on Aug. 13, 2004 when he was KIA."
Diane Santoriello of Verona, PA

"We miss you everyday Michael, and are so appreciative of each and every comment about our son. He was our Hero long before he donned a uniform and entered the military to pursue his lifelong dream of being a soldier. To each family who know the pain of loss we share your pain and sorrow. We pray for God to surround you with His strength and comfort and to hold you close to His heart. Michael, I love you way up to the sky. Always have always will. I'm always marking off the days until I see you again. Love, Moma"
Tammy Goins of Green Forest, AR

"Today it has been 7 years since we lost Michael. Many times threw the years I have thought of him. He grew up with my children and they all went to the same church. I still have the card he sent me when I was in the hospital.Have several pictures of him as he grew up before my eyes. Even then I knew he was something special. ...And now we are laying to rest one of his best friends. Tommy Ratzlaff was killed in Afghanistan on Aug 6 with his Seal team. Both young men are missed terribly by their families but also by the many people they have touched threw the years with their lives for who they were and threw their faith...."
Edi Tipton of Green Forest Ark

"I worked with Paula when she was in Manhattan, Ks and Michael was stationed at Ft Riley. I think of them often and what a wonderful couple they were. I wonder about Paula frequently and hope she is doing well."
Paula LaCoe of Savannah, Ga USA

"I served with Michael as a classmate at KSU ROTC. He was truly an amazing leader and man. It has taken me years to speak but you must know I appreciated him and his leadership. I sat next to him in class and looked up to him. He was a soldier from the moment I met him. He was always so determined and on point. He was the ROTC student we all wanted to be. He was good at everything he did. He was a wonderful man and a friend we will all miss. God Bless you Michael. Your courage will never be forgotten. We miss you. Thanks for all of the gifts you gave us. Rest in Piece our friend."
Betty Pina of Medicine Lodge, KS

"To the family of:James Michael Goins
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"3-25-11"

"mike, even though we only worked together a short time, i still think of you often. i had a dream about you last night, and i am here today to send a prayer to your family."
Christy of Kansas City, MO

"i think about mike often. i didnt finish rotc because i wanted to enlist instead. i am blessed to have known him and can only wonder why such a good man was taken. i like to think he is keeping me safe on these tours, that he still looks out for his troops.my respect to all his family and friends"
ben denton of gardez afghanistan

"Hello my name is Christy Zapata, I am the sister of Mark A. Zapata who was killed in action on Aug. 15, 2004. I just wanted to say that I appreciate the comment on my brother's page. I am deeply sorry for your loss and I guess we can both relate to the feeling. I miss my big brother everyday so I can only image how you feel. Our heroes will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten but we must stay strong and proud for that is what they taught us."
Christy Zapata of Edinburg, TX

"Michael Goins
A man of stature,
a man of honor,
beloved by
family, friends
and countrymen.
Your legacy will
not be forgotten
because you left
a positive imprint
on the world."
Bill Downing of Bonner Springs Kansas

"Wow, Tomorrow is the 4th year of Michael not being with us. Everybody has changed so much, yet everyone misses him just the same. Michael you will always be in our hearts no matter what.
Love you buddy."
Ariel Baker of Lee's Summit Missouri USA

"July 1, 2008
To the family of 2nd Lt. James Michael Goins:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Not forgotten!! Today a picture of you that I keep with the important things reminded me!


Max of Lee's Summit

"I still miss him daily."
Caleb of Denver

"Dear Family of James Michael Goins:
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These 16'x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

Please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.
The artsits of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"Mike and I were Cadets at Kansas State together. It was an honor to know him and learn from him. You and your family are in my prayers. Thank You"
1LT Paul Borgmeyer of Fort Hood, TX

"Rest in Peace Big Country. The world is a lesser place without you in it. See you on the othe side brother, Black Knights"
Broken Soldier of Missouri

"I went all through high school with Mike, he was a great guy, a true gentleman. He was always a sweetheart, good athlete and great student, just an all around good guy that anyone would be proud to have as a son and husband. To his parents and Paula, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad that I was lucky enough to know him, and to have him in my graduating class."
Rachel of Lunenburg Ma, USA

"Wow two years ago today..To this day i wondor why god took such an amazeing guy from this world..But god must have had some big plans for him..He will never be forgettin..He was truly an amazeing guy!"
Ashley Casey of Blue Springs MO USA

"Tommorrow is the 2 year anniversary of Michael being gone. To everyone who thinks about him, God Bless You All. My sister Paula is a great person and so was Michael but then this. The entire family will be thinking of you tom. Michael. WE truly truly miss you. I wish that this god awful thing didn't have to happen but it did, And we have to face it, unfortuately. Keep Paula and Michael in your prayers. Thank you all.
Love Always
Ariel Baker of Lee's summit, Missouri, USA

"Tommorrow is the 2 year anniversary of Michael being gone. To everyone who thinks about him, God Bless You All. My sister Paula is a great person and so was Michael but then this. The entire family will be thinking of you tom. Michael. WE truly truly miss you. I wish that this god awful thing didn't have to happen but it did, And we have to face it, unfortuately. Keep Paula and Michael in your prayers. Thank you all.
Love Always
Ariel Baker of Lee's summit, Missouri, USA

"I had the privilege of first meeting 2LT Goins at advanced camp in Ft. Lewis in the summer of 2002. Although my time interacting with him was only for about a month I could tell that he truly was a quality person. Michael was the greatest soldier I have ever met - and that is saying something. He was also a very nice and humble person. The second time I met him was in Kuwait only a few weeks before his death. I am now getting ready for my second tour here in Indiana and Michael is still very much alive in all of our hearts. I draw strength from him and try to emulate him with my every action. Michael was and still is a hero."
1LT Eric Waage of Camp Atterbury, IN, USA

"As we approach the 2nd anniversary of Michael's passing, I am still deeply saddened by our loss. I was Michael's commander on that dark day in the cemetery. To me, Michael was the posterboard second lieutenant. He cared deeply for his soldiers, was committed to our mission, and led his platoon with distinction. I want the family to know how humbled I am to have served with such an amazing leader. I am currently serving as a tactical officer at the United States Military Academy. Primarily, my job is to ensure that the cadets under my command are prepared to serve in the role of leader for our Soldiers as they join the ranks. My model of success is Michael. I think of him every day I am here. I tell the stories of those we lost (SSG Carman, Michael, SPC Zapata, and CPT Sullivan) to my cadets to ensure that they have a true understanding of the sacrifices that our nation's heroes are making every day. Please know that your son is far from forgotten, and his legacy of leading soldiers is surviving his passing. My wife's and my prayers continue to be with Paula and the rest of the Goins family. Please keep in touch at kevin.badger@usma.edu. Maddogs for Life!"
Major Kevin Badger of West Point, NY

"semper fi, a true hero, always raise your heads high."
david of henderson, nv

"To the Family and Friends of James Michael Goins:
Unfortunatley, I hardly knew Mike. I met him shortly befor his death at Banzai Patrol Base in Baghdad, Iraq in April/May 2004. I was appointed the Investigating Officer for the tank acident in Mike's Platoon that killed SSG Carman. I met Mike under the worst possible conditions. I was investigating him and his platoon to determine if there was any negligence on their behalf. Despite this fact, I couldn't help but be enamored with this remarkable young man!In spite of everything that happened to him and his men he had great attitude and he deeply cared about his soldiers.It was abundantly clear to me that he had the respect of his men. In my opinion that is highest honor you can ever receive in the Army. Mike and I talked quite a bit about many things, he couldn't stop talking about his new wife and how she was the love of his life. He was such a special kid. I know Mike is in heaven! There's no doubt in my mind! Even though I hardly knew him, I was deeply saddened to hear about his death. Our country is a better place because of people like Mike. Rest in peace Mike Goins! God Bless You!"
John M. Ratliff of Oklahoma City, OK

"Hey, My name is Ariel Baker i was and still am Michael's sister in-law. I'm so very honored to say I even knew Michael. He was a great guy. Michael had all of the solutions and was just a great guy it's crazy that i cannot say that enough. Michael is an inspiration to me and i'm sure to everybody who knew him. Michaels real name was James but went by Michel i'm so happy that people want to honor michael. I keep Michael in my heart. I love him even though he is gone he has contributed to our country. I am going to enter my school talent show and sing " Travelin' soldier' for the talent show in honor of michael, if you met michael you'd know how honorable, and talented he was. I love michael so much and i love that he cared so much. he put everybody elses life in front of his. and gave everything like they say "All gave some, some gave all" in michaels case he gave everything for our anything they live in fear while we live in peace they sleep knowing tommorow may never come we sleep dreaming of what we want.Michael never came home with his life! I want everybody to do one simple thing PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS!!!!!"
Ariel of Lee's summit, Missouri, USA

"hi my name is tori i have known ariel 6 months and i have heard enough to know that michael was a great guy and died fighting for our country and his people. i can now say "thank you and i love you for everything you did" ~tori"
tori woodard of Lee's Summit, MO

"Hello I'm Tori i have just met Ariel Baker and I am really sorry for her and her family's loss. My heart goes out Ariel and her family. I am sure he was a really great guy."
Tori of Lees Summit, MO

"Michael Goins, My Hero
My Inspirational Story is about my brother in-law and the time, effort and the life he gave for his country. On August 15th of 2004 a tragedy hit my family like a bullet. My mom’s cries woke me up at 4:00 A.M. I thought somebody had broken in. Then my Mom whispered through her sobs “Michael!” and I knew what had happened. Michael had died in his tank from a gunshot to his heart. My friend Tori had spent the night with me and we slept in a tent in my bedroom and I woke up scared. My mom told me to lie down and go back to sleep but I couldn’t, I was just to devastated. Even though Michael wasn’t my real brother I considered him as one. He was a wonderful person.
Michael gave my sister all the love he had in his heart and I wouldn’t want her to marry anybody else. Michael was 6’3’’, 220 pounds and the nicest person you’d ever meet. Michael never accepted anything that he didn’t rightfully earn. The most honest and caring person I ever met was Michael. He was such a role model. Michael and my sister Paula were the perfect couple but that day ruined it all. I now understand what they mean when they say “Only the good die young”. I’ve never met anyone more caring and considerate than Michael. He was and still is, to me, a great person!
Michael has inspired me to the point where I would love to be just like him. Michael always saw the good side of things and not the bad. I was thinking about how much I take for granted when people right now don’t have enough food to eat or clothes to wear. That told me if I cared just a little about the other 10 billion people out there, the world be a much better place and through Michael’s death I learned that. Though Michael’s death was horrible it taught me something new. There are more people in need than people not in need. I found Michael inspiring because he was willing to leave our soils and give his life for us, and that to me is inspiring.

By Ariel Baker"
Ariel Baker of Lee's Summit Mo. USA BABY

"Hey everyone,
Nothing brought the war home like Michael death. I played High School Football with him. Went to class with him. And grew with him. Besides a soldier and Christian, Michael was a great man. Few people truly know their own worth in this world and fewer still live a life that reflects that worth. Although after High school i didn't keep contact with Michael I knew he would do great things. And he did. I can thank of no greater honor than to die protecting another. Michael died protecting some 250 million others.."
Morgan Duncan of Osage City, Kansas (Mudunca@yahoo.com

"Hello this is Ariel Baker and it was a year ago yesterday that Michael was killed my sister Paula is holding her head up high im so very proud of her but I still feel very truly sorry for her loss i know her and michael and paula loved each other for all the right reasons I hope that all of you appreciate what our soldiers are doing for us!!!"
Ariel Baker of Lee's Summit Mo. U.S.A

"I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support and honor. Michael is my brother, and I know he would be honored to be thought of by so many people-- embarrassed, but honored. You see, Michael was never one to solicit praise, but he was always deserving of it.
While you are remembering the soldiers killed in Iraq, please take a moment to remember and say a prayer for the soldiers left behind. These men become brothers while they are fighting and dying together, and they all need our prayers."
Mandy Kilbourn of Berryville, AR

"Remember this at all times

" Land Of The Free...
Because Of The Brave!"

Ariel of Lee's Summit Mo. USA

I would like to add something of my statement before anyone who is sitting on their sofa eating potato chips did you know right now a soldier in Iraq is dying and did you know only because of those T.V.s and those potatoe chips he is dying you could have donated $10.00 and saved his life think about it I may only be 12 but i am wise beyond my years i would like to tell you all that so next time you find $3.00 dollars after your pants have been washed go to a dollar store and buy some batteries and other stuff the want and you know what you are a hero too! Think about my words

One other thing when you are laying in bed at night it is broad daylight there and once you fall asleep for the 9 hours you get to sleep about 30 soldiers are killed and thats just guessing so imagine the next 5 years you do the math! Thank you all very much"
Ariel of Lee's Summit Mo. USA

"Hello I am Ariel Baker I am "Michaels" sister in law and he did go by Michael but I would like to say thank you for all of you who have supported our troops over there. This summer I will be going into a buisness where we will sell brownies and lemonade and all sorts of stuff to the guys over in Iraq we know a few guys over there right now and his name is Lt. Sostre and we will be sending all sorts of cookies and stuff to them but if you have any questions please ask me at my email address which is abbaker@kc.rr.com thank you for all of your cortusy and this is for Taylor Casey yes you were his cousin buy please dont put what you have been putting on here I THINK Paula gets on here not entirly sure thank you all VERY much you guys are all wonderful people and remember SOT!!!!"
Ariel of Lee's Summit Mo. USA

"Thank you for all of your curtosy its very sweet and i just wanted to say thanks for supporting Paula the way you all are i really appriciate it!!!
Please make a note of this and keep it with you at all times!!!!!!!! This is a poem Michael wrote called I Stand
I Stand
" I fail in this fight wich embroils me;
I lack the strength to press on.
My spirit is crushed,
My mind full of doubts,
My body rebels,
Yet I stand.

Strength, welling not from within me,
Helps to resist this onslaught.
God Lifts me up
From ashes and dust.
He is my strength
So I Stand

Through the hail of fiery arrows,
Satan's temptations raining down,
God is my Armor
God is my Shield
God is my Foundation
And I Stand!

I can't win this battle alone ,
But God doesn't require that.
He fights my battles;
He defeats my foes;
He asks just one thing,
That I stand!

"Therefor take up the whole armor off God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand!
Ephesians 6:13"
Ariel Baker of Lee's Summit Mo USA

"Paula,I love you soooooooo much i am sooooo sorry. But he died for the U.S.A. he is always with you! I love paula!"
taylor casey of U.S.A.

"This is for him in heaven,you did a very brave thing fighting for you country every one in the faimly loves you soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! I did not ever get to see you very much but i still love you!I hope that you read this in heaven all of the songs that they have about the soldiers always make me cry but befor your lose i did not[not as much]but now i do!I love you michael!"
taylor casey of U.S.A.

"Hello were Paula's cousins Kyle and Taylor Casey. We want to tell Paula sorry for Michaels loss."
Kyle and Taylor Casey of Lee's Summit MO

"Hay, May God Bless you and keep you all safe. Please pray for our families over there everyday. I am sorry for your loss, but am proud of his decisoin to do what he had to do. If i see him in heaven before you all do i will give him a hug for you and say i love him for you, for i too am joining the military. The navy to be precise and would gladly hope to die for my freedom, my family, my country and for all those left behind. Love Always- Lacy Jaymes Peterson * huggs * could you send me a picture of him so i can draw him? I would like to ... I am an artist, and it would pay tribute to him."
Lacy Jaymes Peterson of R#1 box 41c St.Onge South Dakota 57779

"EllTee: Time will prove how much your hero's sacrifice meant to the world. Thank you for your service, dedication, and bravery.
For your family, I'm deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one.
From a former 2/12 Scout"
Steve Schmoll of Columbia City, Indiana

"I'm so very heartbroken to hear about the loss of LT. Goins. Althought I never met him I do know that he was the platoon leader of my fiance when he died back in April so I feel your pain. If there is anything I can do please contact me at LoneStrAngl21@aol.com. My prayers are with you every single day and I know the world thanks him for his bravery and selfless service."
Erica Jahn of Fort Hood, Texas

"Your life was too short but your contribution was huge and I honor you for your sacrafice. My your family and friends find the strength to keep going without you."
Pete Daniels of Independence, KS

"Hello I am Michaels sister inlaw Ariel Baker Paula Goins is my sister but Michael was a great person he was gentle, kind, and Smart he always knew what to do i always came to him with my problems when i saw him he is a role model of mine and it really takes a special person to be my role model and i think god took Michael because "He needed a Warrior but a gentlemen so instead of taking 2 lives he decided he would take one." But at first i said "Why" Why Michael Why not some one else but then i realized i do not wish that kind of harm on any one but it occured to me that he is in a better place now he will never need a weapon again he is protected and we are protected by him he is my gaurdian my soldier my hero i will always look up to him either way you put it. But im sure he appriciates your prays i know he hears them and so do i."
Ariel of Lee's Summit Mo. USA

"The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death."
Isaiah 57:1-2

My heart goes out to you, there are no words that can express the saddness that is in my heart. Michael was a wonderful person, more importantly Christian. He showed his faith everyday at school. I'll always remember him as "Your Michael". He will always be yours. May it be comforting to you to know that he is in heaven looking upon you. There are so many things I'd like to say, I just don't have the words. You two were great together, a wonderful definition of love. I'm may never have said anything but I admired the relationship the both of you had. I'm praying for you and I hope God can give you a sense of peace in this difficult time."
Andrea (Cunningham) Strick (drealctoo@aol.com) of Kansas City, Kansas

"I do not know James Goins. I found out who he was when my temple which is called Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor connecticut had a service for Roshashuna. We all picked a name and I got James Goins. I looked him up and found out some stuff about him. Any ways, I am truley sorry that he had to die like that. I give my best wishes to his family and God bless them. I know he is watching over us in heaven. Even though I didnt know him I hope he lived a great life. My best regards to James goins and family."
Zach Nassau of South Windsor Connecticut

"It's so hard to know what to say to the Goins and Paula. 'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.' Michael was definitely that."
Nancy ( http://come.to/bonner ) of Bonner Springs KS

"hello everyone how cares for michael i am his sister in law paula goins is my sister i just wanted to thank you guys for your prayers i can feal them in my heart its almost like an email to my heart you know i just wanted to say thanks."
ariel of lees summit mo usa

"James was with my brother, SSG Edward W. Carman (http://www.ssg-ewc.us), who died April 17, 2004, in Iraq. I still speak with my brother's roommate over there and know that all of these guys are very close. Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you. I'm not much ahead, but I'm 4 months into the phases. I probably can't help, but I can relate and understand. My email address is joeymcarman@yahoo.com."
Joanna May Carman of Painesville, OH

"Dear Paula and the Goins Family,
Our thoughts are with you. I read about the story of James death in our newspaper in Seattle. I have never served, although I have a great appreciation of their sacrifice after reading extensively about WWI, WWII, Vietnam and other armed conflicts. Your son and husband is a hero for his and your ultimate sacrifice. His story has deeply affected me by his statements of immortality and expectation that he would come out of Iraq OK - that would be my perspective. I cannot support our current administration because I don't think they understand and appreciate what you, your fellow solders, and family have gone through. I do support your fellow comrades, your family and any immediate friends. You have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. Thank you."
David and Polly Traylor of Seattle, WA

"My thoughts are with your family."
Lynn Lancaster of Brisbane AUSTRALIA

"Paula and the Goins Family,

I knew Micheal very well, and when I heard of his death something inside me had died. I knew that all the time Michael and I spent together training, talking and enjoying life in Fort Knox was over. He was a regular gentlemen. The type people write books about. He was compassionate about his fellow soldiers, never put anyone down and always had a kind word if you were feeling down. Michael and I graduated from AOB, and were lucky to go to Airborne together. We kept in contact via cellphone to make sure we got to Fort Benning alive and on time. We didn't want to be late, or get in any accidents. We took care of each other. When we arrived at Benning Michael and I got two hotel rooms at the Sheridan and proceeded to get ready for what we knew was going to be an interesting 3 week training. Somehow Michael and I were able to get up every morning at 0400 and make it to formation. I never believed I could like country music, but Michael proved me wrong on the car rides back to the hotel.
I will never forget the times him and I had at Knox and Benning. Its the little things that keep with you, the memories that never die. I will never forget my airborne tanker buddy as long as I have breath in my body. He was a good man, and good husband, and a great friend. To all his family I am sorry for your loss, and I thank you for allowimg me to know such a great individual. To Paula, I don't know if you remember me, but I will never forget your smile, and I will pray for you. If you ever need anyone to talk too I am only a phone call away. God Bless you all, and my heart goes out to you.

God Bless"
2LT Nathan L. Hadlock of Camp Casey Korea

"Dear Paula and family Goins,
Words won't fit when it has been your husband and son who has paid the price for the freedom that Americans hold dear. Our sorrow brings tears, questions and perhaps anger. It is hard to find an answer that makes sense and even as people of faith, we can search a lifetime to see what good might come out of the violence of war.

Yet when the great healer of time finally brings peace to your lives it is my prayer that God shows you how this loss can be used to support those whose suffering is even worse because of their lack of faith.

As our family faces the prospects of a future similar to yours by watching a son enter the military service we pray that God's hand is leading this country and that the sacrifices of families like yours has a meaning beyond our understanding.

In the meanwhile may you know that the prayers of many Americans go out to you even though we have never met and we never may. You have paid the price that is beyond a value and for that the only words that can be offered is a greatful thanks!

In Christian Love,"
Bob Graham of Alliance OH

"Michael was my son in law and yes it is Michael. His fathers name is James (jim) also therfore they called him Michael. Not James or Mike. He did not like being called Mike but he never corrected you because that was just the kind of guy he was.

The world lost a hero with the death of Michael in the truest sense of the word. It was said at his service that he was a hero not for what he did in the military but for how he behaved every day of his life. And that is the absolute truth! He was the most wonderful husband I could have ever hoped for my daughter. I am saddened at the loss of Michael for his parents but for his wife Paula it is horrid. I am sad about all of the plans they had that will never be. I am sad about the babies they will never have.

I BELIEVE as Michael did we belong in this fight as all people deserve the freedoms we know and he did believe he was helping...the children he was making a better future for the Iraqi children. Michael was a large man and the most gentle soul I have ever known.

Support our soldiers and their families! They need it and the deserve it as they all make the ultimate sacrifice!

I hear so many people these days slam our armies and politicians and it makes me angry. We still live in the best place in the world and our top officials have the best intrest of this country in mind. The soldiers are doing a job that is often thankless, find a way to thank the soldiers of your community, get creative.

Make a donation to a good cause in the name of a fallen soldier, Michael would have advocated ANYTHING to do with education. Learn about a soldier and memorialize them in a way that would make them proud.

You were a part of our family from the day Paula brought you home! We love you and will miss you. Rest assured Dear Boy we will take care of your sweet wife. You would be so very proud of your friends (comrades) for how they have supported Paula! You were a wonderful man and had wonderful friends.
Thankyou for adding so much to Paula's life and thankyou for all of the influence you had on the woman she is today."
Cyndi Baker of Lee's Summit, MO

"To the family and friends of James, our thoughts and prayers go out to you. We share in your sorrow. Our family also lost a soldier, SPC Shawn Davies on July 8, 2004. If you ever need someone to talk to please contact me at pieldy0641@aol.com. May god be with you. James is a hero and will never be forgotten."
Toni Peters of Cleveland, Oh

"My heart cries for you, at the same time, is very proud of your service to all the people of our country. My prayers are with you and your dear family and friends, who must struggle with your loss, come to an acceptence, and learn to live and go on in life without your physical presence. May God bless them and strengthen them with Love. And may He bless them with little miracles of comfort throughout their lives."
Jim & Beverly Pavlicek of Poulsbo, WA

"Hero: A person exhibiting courage or nobility; one who has risked or sacrificed his life.
Freedom: The right and privilege of citizenship, of political independence; the capacity to exercise choice and free will.
Thank you James-friend, brother, husband, son, HERO-for giving this to your country and Iraq. Paula and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers and we pray for God's strength to pull you through."
Erin Greiner of White Plains, New York

"A grateful nation morns with you and honors Michael for his devotion to his country. May you be comforted by the loving arms of your heavenly father, and be supported by those of us living in a free country. Words are of little comfort now, but know that we weep with you."
J Fresh of Cincinnati

"To the family and friends of Michael, my deepest and most heartfelt condolences. I have a friend who knew him from Ft Knox, and please know, that while I did not know him personally, he is remembered with the utmost admiration, respect, and love by those who did. He has been spoken of so highly that my words here cannot nearly do justice. He truly is an exceptional hero on all accounts. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you, especially to his wife Paula and his parents. God bless you."
Heidi Rhodes of Alliance, OH

"Paula and all loved ones,
May Mike rest in peace and your family as well knowing that he is in God's hands. Mike made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. May God Bless you all."
darrell mears of athens, oh

"To Paula, Jim, Tammy, and loved ones,
May Mike rest in peace and may God surround each of you with His love, comfort and healing.
You are in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers."
Frank & Pati Greiner of Alliance, OH

"Thank you for the sacrifice that you made. You are truly a hero. My prayers are with your family and friends."
Meagan Belk of West Point, NY

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 "

"To the family,friends, and loved ones of James. you have my deepest sympathies and prayers. I share in your loss. My fiancee Spc Shawn Davies lossed his life in Iraq on 7-8-04 he was 22. He was also in the 1st Calvary Division. I hope that you may find comfort in all of your memories with James and knowing that James will always and forever be an American Hero!"
Autum Shingler ashingler09@yahoo.com of Aliquippa, Pa

""Thank you for the sacrifice that you made. Thank you for the ultimate price that you paid. Thank you for the life that you gave. I just want to thank you! I just want to thank you! www.cdomusic.com""
Carl Dorsey of Easton, Pa.

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To James' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Tothe family of James Goins;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. James is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to this country. May God bless do you during this difficult time and bring you strength and comfort."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To James' Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you James Goins, 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 2nd Lt. James Goins:
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 2nd Lt. James Goins:
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