Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. James W. Higgins

22, of Frederick, Maryland.
Higgins died from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on July 27, 2006.

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"My name is Ssgt David Martinez, Stationed at Recruiting Station, Frederick, MD. I am Cpl. James Higgins's Recruiter and I carried his casket on his final destination. My deepest condolences to the family. I've spoke with Cpl Higgins a week before he was killed in Iraq requesting if he can work for me for a month because his unit is already due back from deployment. One morning my phone rang and Spoke with a SgtMaj on the other line and recieved the news that he was KIA. It was a sudden moment of silence knowing that someone very special is killed in combat. HE HAS A HEART OF A WARRIOR... I am so proud of him to have him in our ranks. Soon I will see him again..
Ssgt David Martinez of Rockville, MD

"your in our hearts and prayers, sleep in gods care james higgins A TRUE HERO to us in england love to you and all your family .. too many young men taken through war RESPECT TO U AND ALL OUR HERO'S XXX"
Karen a lavelle of durham england

"I served with James Higgins with 1/1. James and I went to boot camp and SOI together. Higgins was the ideal patriot and I will always remember him and the sacrifice he made. My thoughts go out to James's family and I will remember him this Memorial Day. semper if"
Peter Rowlett of Fredericksburg Virginia

"Rest in Peace to a true American Hero! You will never be forgotten and I am eternally grateful for the sacrifice you made for my freedom.
N.C of Texas


"Debbie, Name is Scott I have had family that had been in the service. which includes my grand father, father, brother, and others. I would love to help with your cause. My fiance and I make handmade jewelry, and we would love to put something together to were we would donate a part of our profits to the Memorial. Please let us know what your thoughts are on this. so that we can set this up. our web site is www.mysticcreationsjewelryandgifts.com"
Scott of Stephens City,VA

"im also james higgins. How can i help. Where can i send money"
james higgins of new jersey

"My name is Debbie Higgins, proud mother of LCpl James W. Higgins Jr "Thumper" USMC 1-1.
His life is still alive with the dream of building the National Fallen Heroes Memorial to be located in Frederick MD. This memorial will cover the names of the fallen heroes from Post Vietnam through the end of the current wars. This memorial will be on 15 acres. Please visit the website: www.NationalFallenHeroes.org
if you have any questions or want to contact us. higginsds@comcast.net
Debbie Higgins of Thurmont, MD

"Hello. My name is Daniel Menchise, Jr. I know what you must be going through.I lost a cousin in Vietnam war, in 1967, and to this day still haunts me. Don't give up praying for everyone, in their safe return.I'll keep Jim in my prayers. God Bless. Daniel Menchise.Jr."
Daniel Menchise, Jr. of Forked River, New Jersey

"James is my oldest son. His dream is now my mission.
Debbie Higgins of Frederick, MD

"Hi Mrs. Higgins,
May God Bless You and your family!
It was my honor and pleasure to meet you in the Travel Center last night (10/28/08) in Kenly, NC.
Thank you for telling me about your Son, A Hero He Is!
upon reading these messages I realize, there is still so much work to be done for our service personnel and I must get busy.
Best Regards,
my email is jay4ru@aol.com"
Ruby Robinson-Lynch of Princeton, NC/USA

"To the family of:James W. Higgins 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"

"I served with higgins during our first tour to iraq. I remember when i first met him and he told me about how wanted to be the best marine and stay in until he was a SGTMAJ. At the time i was the newest guy to the platoon. I was always told to find and get to know the Marines that were squared away and knew their job. It didnt take long for me to realize Higgins was one of those Marines. To this day i still havent met a Marine with the charisma, postive character, and humor as him. I learned so much about being a Marine and a friend from you. Higgins i Miss you brother."
CPL Joshua Reyes of 1/1 Wpns Co

"May God hold James close to him as they walk together. Debbie, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
As a nation we must NEVER forget the sacrifices these young men and women make to keep our country free. I pray that each one is at peace now. I pray for the families that are left to mourn the losses of their loved ones. God bless America, God bless you."
Margaret Wyker of Decatur,Al. USA

"To the family of James "Thumper" Higgins
He was a good Marine and above all a good Friend."
Sgt Kevin Abell of 1/1 Wpns Co

"June 13, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. James W. Higgins:
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

"Through our company I just purchased a memorial bracelet and the one I received had the name of Lance Cpl James W Higgins.

To the family and friends of James Higgins – I am so very sorry for your loss.

To James Higgins - I am honored to wear your bracelet and thank you for your bravery and the ultimate sacrifice you made for every American."
Barbara Clark of Milwaukee WI

"Dear Higgins,

First, let me offer our deepest condolences to your family, in the loss of James, obviously, such a fine young man, a true HERO!

I came across your story regarding James dream to build a memorial to our lost.

As I began to read more, I felt compelled to sign yet another memorial page, for another HERO, another "son"...another one "I Can't Forget!"

"THANK YOU" is NEVER enough!

I'd like to also offer my condolences through song, my online music ministry...nothing is sold, and,
ALL downloads are free.


There are approximately 70+ songs under "Free Downloads", many inspired by soldiers, police, firefighters, 9/11 and, my son, "my" soldier.

My name is Susan D. Wiseman, known as "The Tribute Lady" due to a number of tributes written over the last few years...but, I'm just a housewife, mother of a soldier myself...and, I too, have felt the loss of a loved one to war.

I lost my cousin, Guy Lamar Mears, Jr...KIA in Vietnam, when I was only 16.

And, My youngest son, SPC David Dale depoyed to IRAQ, Oct. 2006... on May 22, 2007 he was wounded, suffering from TBI was flown to Germany's Landstuhl, eventually returning to Fort Hood, Texas.

However, our hearts remain with our ALL of America's sons & daughers fighting to protect our freedoms & extend freedom to others.

My music is my personal "THANK YOU" to ALL those who serve our nation.

My husband & I share my simple songs from my heart as we perform by request all across this nation for our troops & vets.

I'd like to share the lyrics below with you, of one ny tribute songs, titled...

"Her Hometown Heroes" - (Daniel's Song)

Now, it applys to James, by name in my heart & prayers.

May it be a blessing to you, and, bring you comfort in some way.

In Christ's service,

Susan D. Wiseman - "The Tribute Lady"

SGT James Daniel Faulkner was a soldier, a son, a brother, an uncle, a nephew,
a cousin, a fiancée, a best friend, a quiet American boy who bravely
served his country with pride and honor as a member of
20th Engineer Division of the1st Cavalry Division of the United States Army.

" Her Hometown Heroes"
( Daniel's Song )

They were ... young,
But, they ... stood tall.
And, They were ... the BEST ... of us, ALL !

America's sons & daughters,
Husbands, wives ... sisters, brothers
Mothers, Fathers ... from all walks ... of life.

Marching on ... to a Higher call
Our "Hometown Heroes" ... Rise ... Fall,
Paving the way ... to Liberty
Defending ... Freedom's Ring!

( Chorus )

They were ... the BEST
That, she had ... to give!
Our "Hometown Heroes"
Who had barely ... begun ... to live.

When, they heard ... a Higher call
"Her Hometown Heroes" ... Rose up, one & ALL !

They were ... the BEST !
She had ... to give, "Her Hometown Heroes"
And, when ... they heard ... a Higher call
"Her Hometown Heroes" ... Rose again, and gave their ... ALL !

For America's son ...
Sgt. James Daniel Faulkner ( 23 )
" Dan, the man "
Clarksville, Indiana Sept. 8, 2004
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bagdad, Iraq

Copyright - July 7, 2006

Susan D. Wiseman - "The Tribute Lady" of Fayetteville, Ga.- U.S.A.

"Contributions can be sent to:
James W. Higgins Jr. Fallen
Heroes Memorial Fund
c/o M&T Bank
26 North Court St.
Frederick, MD 21701"
PT of Babylon, NY

"Is there a website where I can make a donation? I saw his story on CBS and I was stunned when I saw he was from Thurmont, Md.
I grew up in Walkersville and am now a very successful business man (and Army Vet) living in San Diego. I would like to make a substantial donation to his mother who is raising money for a foundation. Anyone know any info? Please contact fitnessdiet@gmail.com"
JD of San Diego, CA

"To the family and friends of James Higgins" – I am sorry for your loss. "To James Higgins" - I am so very proud of you and the great sacrifice you made for every American. May your sacrifice always live in the heart of your family, friends, and all Americans."
John Sullivan of Eugene, Oregon

"Thank God there are Marines. Without them I would not have all the freedoms I do! Semper Fi Leatherneck!"
Gauthier of LA

"I would like to thank you. I love you and miss you so very much.
Debbie Higgins of Thurmont, MD

"Lcpl Higgins was one of my squad leaders during recruit training. He was a very good squad leader, very disciplined and he knew his role as a squad leader. I was the guide of platoon 2052 2nd Battalion Echo Company. My heart goes out to his family. Lcpl Higgins, you my friend are a true warrior, god bless and semper fi!"
SGT Dustin Peetz of Cherry Point, NC


"I am Debbie Higgins, Mother of LCpl. James W. Higgins Jr. USMC
Thank you to everyone that has kept my son in their thoughts and prayers. He is missed every minute of every day.
I am holding a ride and a raffle in his honor on Aug. 4, 2007 for more info you can email me @ dsh041265@adelphia.net"
Debbie of Thurmont, Maryland

"I, like a lot people here, just read the account of how the doctors tried to save Lance Corporal James Higgins.

To the family-I am so very sorry for your loss. My words nor any other words can "make it better".

He died doing what he believed was the right thing. He died a hero. He died in bravery and honor.

But he is now living a new life.

Just know that your baby boy is at rest with Jesus now. Your son is in Heaven. No more tears, wounds, wars, heartaches, or stress. Only positive things. Only happy things. Only things that are of God.

Your son is at peace, resting at the feet of Jesus-happily awaiting your arrival.

Your son sees you and does not want any more tears. Just remember the good stuff and look forward to seeing him again."
Jenny of Maine

"I just read an article about the efforts to save the life of Lance Cpl. James W. Higgins. The story of how he was wounded was not the focus of the article. It was about how his fellow service members tried to save him. Their efforts are daily and I think in his death we must recognize their efforts. They are all good people in a difficult situation. Tonight, I will say a prayer for him, his family and those at Camp Taqqadum, Iraq. May everyone, somehow, find peace in this loss. The beauty in this tragic situation is the care that his fellow service members showed him and this young mans devotion to service of his country."
Cory of Harrisburg, Pa.

"To the Family and to all whose lives were inriched by knowing Lance Cpl. James W. Higgins, I am humbled and overwhelmed by the ultimate sacrifice this young man has made to his nation.James,thank you is not enough.I will remember you daily in my prayers. To his Mom and Dad,Please take comfort in knowing that James is now wrapped in the protecting arms of Jesus Christ,his Lord and Savior and will see you again."
Maureen Martin Gaudin of Oscar,Louisiana.United States of America

"I just read the account of the Doctor's trying to save the life of James Higgins. It was posted on my bellsouth.net homepage. It was heartwrenching. I googled his name, found this site, and had to reply. May God Bless his family and may James rest in eternal peace. Jack Gafford USAF"
Jack Gafford of Temple, Georgia

"To the family of James Higgins, I am so very sorry for your lose, as a Marine it breaks my heart to see another fallen brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and fallen son. Semper Fi"
Erik Miller of New Jersey

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. James Higgins,
I thank James and his family for the immeasuarable sacrifice they have placed on the alter of freedom and may God bless them all."
A. Kromeke, MSgt, USAF (ret) of Gloucester

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Thank you James Higgins, 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 Higgins:
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 Higgins:
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