Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Jamie L. Huggins


26, of Hume, Missouri.
Huggins was on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq when his vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on October 26, 2003.


Pictured with daughter Mallory, who was 7 days old when he left to go to Iraq.

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"Jamie, you're still in my thoughts everyday. However, today is always different. For thirteen years, today arrives with the same feelings of rage and helplessness that I had that night. Hearing what happened and knowing that no matter what we did, it wouldn't bring you back. That retribution would forever be out of reach. You were such a part of Charlie Company, that losing you meant we lost a part of ourselves. We all loved you brother and that hasn't changed."
Christopher Allgood of Gallatin, TN

"S/Sgt Huggins,
On today, the 13th anniversary of your death you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Paratrooper who was killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones-especially your daughter I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Airborne All The Way!"

"Working on an article on Memorial Day for the office newsletter. Just had to pop by and say hello! Office newsletter... sounds so grown up. Hah! That'll never happen. All my best to your family!"
Cindi of Flora, IL

"Thoughts of you and all that you gave are always on my mind. But this year for Memorial Day it is heavier than usual. I miss your smile and the sparkle in your eye, I will never forget the way your eyes sparkled the last time I seen you. I miss the way you talked where I always thought you wernt finished even when you were. I miss your stories about army adventures and life adventures. I will miss you always . RIP Jamie Lee"
Love, Your Sis of St. Louis, MO

"Hey Jamie, just thinking about you. Happy Memorial Day my friend. You are never forgotten."
Bobby of Lebanon, PA USA

"Thank you for your influence over our lives. It was a blessing to have served with you."
Joe Curl of Charleston, SC

"I think of you every day. I've never forgotten, nor will I, the man that you were. My love to your family."
Charity of Joplin, MO

"Jamie I didn't know you very well because I was only six when you died. You were supposed to be my god father but since your not here your brother is. I cant wait until I get to see Mallory again. Even though I didn't know you that well you will always have a very special place in my heart. You will always be my true hero. I cry every year on your birthday and on the day you died. I cry for you on Veterans day. I love and miss you allot!!"
Jordan Wisdom of Hume,MO

"Happy Veterans Day Jamie. Forever in our hearts, Keep an eye on us down here. We love you and miss you everyday."
Nicholas Mitchell of Iola, Ks USA

"Happy Veterans Day Jamie. Forever in our hearts, Keep an eye on us down here. We love you and miss you everyday."
Nicholas Mitchell of Iola, Ks USA

"Happy Veterans Day Jamie. You are not forgotten. You are my hero."
Bobby Anspach of Lebanon, PA USA

"Jamie, there is no words to explain how much we all love and miss you! You are my hero, always and forever. I cherish the short amount of time we got to spend with you. Happy 35th birthday! For our birthday, I know you were there, I could feel you there, blowing your candles out as I blew mine out. You mean so much to me. So much. I can't believe it's been 9 years. My birthday means so much to me because I share it with you. I love you Jamie and I can't wait until the day that I can see you again. You're truly missed."
Your Cousin, Brandie Pearson of Salem, OR

"Your in My Thoughts Brother...."
Tyson of Idaho

"I will always cherish the time we had together, you were my friend and leader. I am a better man for having the privaledge of knowing you, god bless you and your family."
curtis ong of walnut creek, ca

"i miss you huggy. i still tell stories about you and your ridiculous thumb and your penchance for fixing/breaking things. you'll never be forgotten."
doc of florida

"Jamie i miss you i will always be your cousin may god be with you"
Matthew of Turner, Oregon

"To: SSG Huggins' family

May God continue to bless and keep you. May His comfort and grace be yours. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23)

Jamie is not forgotten -"
Chaplain Christopher Dickey of Fort Bragg, NC

"Never forgotten! <3"
Cindi of Flora, IL

"I'll never forget you or the service you did for your country!! I'll forever miss you."
SPC Dittman of Valley Springs, CA

"Still making sure that no one forgets - Here is a tribute to you and Danielle - http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-483190
I love you both Jamie, we still miss you much...love, your sis"
Connie Greene of St. Louis MO USA

"Huggybear, I miss you so much. You were the light in our lives during that deployment. I think of you always and can still hear your country accent in my ears. It's painful for me and can only imagine what Marissa went through. Both our wives had their babies the same night before we left. You never said no to anyone and brought a smile to all. 'til this day I'm haunted of seeing Marissa suffering from the bad news. I pray that God has reunited you both. To your daughter, your father was a special man and a real hero to me. Love you Huggie, SFC Taveras, Jose."
SFC Jose Taveras of Atlanta, GA

""To the family of Jamie L. Huggins ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Jamie this is your cousin Renee'. I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for your service to our country. You will always be remembered and loved. So thank you for everything you gave for our family, friends and strangers freedom."
Renee' Crofoot of Salem,OR

"10-8-2009 Happy Birthday Jamie,
We miss you.
Love, your sis"
Connie of St. Louis MO

"Jamie,

I only got the pleasure meeting you while you were visiting the family in Oregon, but it hurts tremendously knowing that you gave up your life for our country. Thank you"
cousin- April of Salem, Oregon

"To Jamie,

I never had the chance to meet you, but my husband served with you, Tyson Hunt. He admired you so much for everything, I send my love and condolences out to you and your family, as you all will be forever in our hearts and prayers. Going to the Field of Heroes here in Idaho and paying much respect to the fallen soldiers, made me realize how precious life is and that we should never take things for granted. Tyson is doing well and hanging in there strong. Happy memorial day 2009 and always remember that you will never be forgotten. HOOAH~"
Nalani and Tyson Hunt of Chubbuck, Idaho

"TO Jamie's famliy, I just learned of the loss of jamie wife, I am so sorry. I remember jamie from hume school. My heart still breaks for your loss. I will never forget what this brave young man did for our country. Jamie you are in our thoughts and prayers every day."
susan meyer-runer of Hume/kansas city, Mo

"Jamie, This is your cousin Sean m Hodge son of your aunt Amanda. The last time we seen each other we was just young boys. We went with you dad and cut wood and took it to your aunt judys house. I did not get to know you as a young man. I can tell you that your grandma Huggins is very proud of you. Grandma kept me updated when she heard form you or Robert and uncle Willard. I can tell from the words on this page you are a man character. Even though I did not get to know you I think of you the little boy i knew. I look up to you and all you sacrificed for this country.Thank you your greatful cousin Sean"
Sean M Hodgie of Salem, Oregon, USA

"Jamie,I have been thinking about you, missing you, crying a little and smiling too. I know its been a long time and I am suppose to feel better but I don't. I don't know why I can't. It just hurts that you are not here, that Mallory doesn't get to know you or you, her. It just hurts. I Love you and Miss you,"
Your sis-CG

"Thank you."
The Dalins of Des Moines, Iowa

"10/08/2008- Happy Birthday Jamie. We will always love and miss you."
Your Sis

"LTC Allen, you nailed it. I think it's great you left this message on Jamie's page. I am no longer serving but never forget the things I have done and am proud of my service. I am even more proud to have served with Jamie. He was my room mate, friend, and brother. Never forgotten and always missed."
Bobby Anspach of Harrisburg, PA USA

"September 30, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Jamie L. Huggins:
Jamie 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

"Mr. and Mrs. Huggins / Jamie / Family and Friends

My name is John Allen and I had the pleasure of serving with your son, friend, and Hero at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in fact, Jamie was one of my Soldiers. I found out about Jamie's death in 2005 from Robert Manning another friend and Leader who served with Jamie. I think I can speak for both of us when I say that Jamie was special, so special that he stood out in a crowd / company of over 129 Soldiers. I fondly remember how self conscience Jamie was about his large ears, so much so that he elected to have surgery to reduce their size and shape. Jamie was a member and informal leader of 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry (Cacti)Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division. Jamie was serving as an RTO (Radio Telephone Operator) for 2LT Jeff Fair. Jamie was quiet, professional, extremely polite, caring, and a good friend. He is surely missed but not forgotten. I'm honored and proud to have served with him and extremely proud of his accomplishments: Ranger Qualified, Happily Married, Father of a Beautiful Girl, and unfortunately a Fallen Hero. His service and that of many thousands of service members stand as a reminder that brave men protect our Country and our Way of Life. God Bless Jamie, his family, and his beautiful daughter."
LTC John Allen of Kirkuk, Iraq

"Jamie,
Been thinking about you lately. Just wondering I guess. Keep watching over us."
Bobby A. of Harrisburg, PA/USA

"Ssg Huggins, It was an honor to serve with you. I never made it to Iraq but the guys of C co. were in good hands with you. I wish I had more time and could have known you better but your name will always be synonymous with a true American Hero. God bless you and your family...thank you."
Rob M. of Pa

"hey Jamie, just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you and your daughter. We miss you and love you. You are always in our hearts. I can't believe that it has been 5 years now.
With lots of love
your cousin"
Vickie of oil city pa

"Dear Family of Jamie Huggins:

To honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

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.

For more information, please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net
Sincerely;
The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit, Mo.

"Military Families Speak Out called me today and asked me for a quote about the Holidays without you for a national press release. Jamie, this is what I came up with. Words are hard to come by to describe the emotions but I gave it my best shot...
“This is our 5th Christmas without him….there is no empty chair anymore, we are each trying to get better. A huge picture of Jamie in full military dress adorns the living room wall, I look at it and wonder, hurt…..making Christmas wishes that can no longer come true. Missing him. Meanwhile, Congress writes our president another check funding this war….and again I wonder, angry… How can this be?”

Connie Greene
Member Gold Star Families Speak Out
In honor of my brother
SSG Jamie Lee Huggins
KIA 10.26.2003 “for you I carry on”"
Your sis

"Jamie,
It was 4 years ago today,
we were told you wouldn't be coming home. I hope you know were doing our best, trying to live with out you. It isn't easy and I still miss you too much. Sometimes I let my mind wander to what might have been, but not for very long. It hurts too much because reality hits me hard and I know....you are really gone. I'm sorry your life was too short and I'm sorry for all the things you didn't get to do. I'm glad you are my brother and that you know how much I love & miss you. 4 years too long. Your Sis,"
Connie

"Hey Huggs, It is funny Bobby A. talking about you in the parking lot fixing that honda. You always let me use that car when you went home on leave and each time it was broking when you got back. I wonder why you never got mad at me, but I figured it out! Love you huggy!"
Troy Truxal of Terre Haute, IN

"Hey Huggins, it is good to see you have some Bco 2-35 family on here. When I think about you I always remember gaurd duty at Wheeler and the fried chicken we ordered, or you making fun of me for being in mortars. Anyhow take care brother."
Cody Sherrod of Ft. Worth, Texas

"Hey Huggy Bear! I just found your page today. I want to say that you are one of the best. I send my condolences to your loved ones. Soon as I found out you had fallen in Iraq I bought a rememberance bracelet with your name on it. I wear it everyday and never have taken it off, its almost imprinted on my wrist. I know we never kept to much in touch but you are a cherished friend. I know your in a better place, look for Jeffrey Kettle while on your strolls up in heaven, another good friend of ours that has fallen. Tell him he still has the best joke against a rican I have ever heard. You both are dearly missed. May god watch over your little girl. Take care! To your family if there is ever anything I can do please let me know. I will be going on the 22 of August to our friend SFC Kettle's funeral; I will stop by and visit you and your wife's grave and put some flowers on your graves on behalf of everyone. MORTIZ_75@MSN.COM"
Miguel A. Ortiz-Mercado SFC, US Army of Columbia, SC

"It is August 4, 2007 and I was just sitting here and felt a real presence of you Jamie, I couldn't figure it out. You must be watching me for some reason. Just letting you know I can feel you near."
Bobby Anspach of Harrisburg, PA USA

"To the Jamie Huggins family.

You do not know me but my name is Brian T. Hart. I am the father of PFC John D. Hart who is buried immediately to the left of Jamie Huggins at Arlington National Cemetery in Section 60.

They were killed a few days apart from each other in Iraq and are buried next to one another as brothers in arms.

I visited John Hart's grave yesterday, June 29, 2007 in the middle of a thunderstorm and 100 degree heat because I had a few minutes between meetings on a one day trip.

I was shocked and heartbroken to see that Marissa "Daniela" had been interned with Jamie next to John.

I came home today (friday) and wanted to write you a private letter but do not have your address so I hope that you find this message.

I want to tell you how very sorry the John Hart family is for your loss of Jamie and now his young wife. I stare at the picture of their baby and cannot help but feel the utter pain of your double loss.

Please know that we will pay special attention to Jamie and Daniela in our coming visits to Arlington as I know we share together a very small patch of earth in Section 60 where we buried our hearts.

Please let their daughter know when she is old enough to understand, that her parents are buried among friends.

If I can be of any assistance or if you wish to contact our family, we can be reached at brian.hart02@comcast.net

Perhaps one day we will yet meet there.

Most sincerely,
Brian & Alma Hart
Bedford, MA"
Brian Hart of Bedford, MA

"Jamie,
Memorial Day 2007-
Words fail me. We remember you and cherish our memories today and always. I know freedom isn't free and all that stuff, but why does it have to cost so much?
Danielle was buried at Arlington with you like she wanted. it was hard to say that goodbye, it was so unexpected. Mallory still has her mom's eyes and your face. Of course to both families, she is what we have to remind us of the two of you. When soldiers go off to war, we know some will die. We just don't think about the family members they leave who sometimes die from a broken heart. We thought this coulnd't get any worse but it has. Jamie, I miss you way too much and will write more when I can find the words.....Love from your sis"

"Marissa "Danielle" Huggins left this world on Friday, May 11, 2007. She married Jamie Lee Huggins on May 25, 2002. They had one child, a daughter, Mallory Brooke Huggins, who servives them."

"Jamie- the lord has sent Danielle home to join, you knew that before we did. Please give us the strength to say good by to here too. We will watch over Mallory from earth as you both will from heaven. Danielle's heart broke when you left and it couldn't be fixed, I know that she held on as long as she could but the lord has called her home to you. I love you both, take good care of each other, rest in peace...And will take it from here."

"jamie its been to long bubba its not easy to go a day without thinking about you or any other fallen hero. We all still love and miss you so much. I also know your watchin over us all"
Nick Mitchell of Amoret Mo USA

"Jamie,
Tomorrows the anniversary of the day you left to go to Iraq. I talked to you on the phone the day before and oh how I wish I still could. I miss you more and more as time passes. I can only hope that you are resting in peace and that you know how much you are missed by all who knew you. I read on another page where someone had written that who ever claimed time heals all was a liar, I would have to agree. Time does not heal the wounds of death, maybe we try not to think about it as much. But when we do, it feels like the day it happened all over again. Time can't change that, I wish it could. Jamie, I miss you and love you more than ever(time won't change that either). love from Your sis"

"God bless you and your family. I also have family in the armed services and know how hard it is..."
Vanya of Fayetteville, AR/ USA

"It's been 3 years Jamie...
Still here thinking about you. Seems like it was only yesterday that we were partying downtown or having "wars" with 2d platoon in the barracks. So many good memories that will last forever. You are keeping a good watch over everyone I am sure. Take care, we will meet again."
Bobby Anspach of Fredericksburg, PA USA

"jamie, im still here. i still look to the sky for u. ur dauthger's lookin great. ill miss u always uncle jamie."
clint greene of STL, missouri

"blue skies and soft landings"
c. co. 3-325

"Just thinking of man. You know one of those sleepless nights, just can't get you and the guys off my mind. I prey for ya and your family. Hope they are doing well. Miss you guys"
Tyson of Idaho.

"Dear Jamie,
Memorial Day 2006 - Today I honor your memory and your courage. I SALUTE you.
We love and miss you, today, tomorrow and always."
Connie

"Jaime was a great man. I knew him before the war and before his family. We were in Hawaii together and all he cared about then was surfing. I remember the night he left for Ft. Bragg and just remembering what a friendly glow he had about him. I am so glad that he has left a person on this planet to carry his name and tell the world about his honorable life. I think of you often. You are always my brother and I only regret not getting to know you better when I had a chance. You will not be forgotten. We always talked about doing what we had to do to get by and never really contemplated being a hero. For Jaime, I guess being a hero was inevitable. God Bless SSG Jamie Huggins."
shaun fugate of florence, ky

"Jamie thank you for serving our country. You are truely, musch more them a soldier. Your a man that obviouly, is unselfish. Risking evrything for us all. Thank you for serving our COUNTRY! You are an AMERICAN HERO! My heart and prays are with you JAMIE and your very loving family. jamie you are somebody's someone and someone to our family. As I can only pray to every American! healing is a slow procee. take it one day at atime. Always be supportive and with understand, You knew the love Jamie had for each of you. he knew the unconditionally love you all gave him. reflect on the very fond and memorable times each of you shared with Jamie. he is not far from you just touch your heart. 4th of July in Gatlinburg-Tennessee is the Midnight Parade and Fireworks. We have a float entered in the parade. To honour Jamie and all his brother's and sister's. you are welcome to come join us. we are fallen families that will not ever forget our love one's!"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Texas

"well jamie its been a while i justed wanted to say that we still love you and miss you"
Nick MItchell of Amoret MO USA

"To the family of this poor fallen soldier, may god bless you with a healthy daughter and may you never forget what this man gave to serve his country."
Lily of Dallas, Texas

"Jamie,
Just dropping by saying hello. I was thinking about you today. Well, really there is no day that your name doesn't go across my mind at some point. It's funny. I was thinking how it seems like yesterday we were in Hawaii but it was almost 7 years ago. Take care Jamie. Always missed, but you know that."
Bobby of Fredericksburg, PA USA

"Jamie L. Huggins was a great man in my opinion. I might of not known him but i am sure he is happy in heaven where he belongs. I am sorry for all that happned to you.
doryn fine Ps. keep smiling =)"
doryn fine of dallas, TX/USA

"Jamie L. Huggins was a great man in my opinion. I might of not known him but i am sure he is happy in heaven where he belongs. I am sorry for all that happned to you.
doryn fine Ps. keep smiling =)"
doryn fine of dallas, TX/USA

"Jamie,
I'm so sorry of what happened to you that night. I still remember that night like it was yesterday, I was patroling the same road, highway 8th. I still have the bracelet with your name, and pvt Guerrera. and I have never taken it out since 2003. to keep the memory alive, of an american hero. Because you paid the ultimate price, of a noble cause. because you didn't died for no reason. you knew the cause, and a lot of people will thank you..."
SGT Anglada-Muñiz of Puerto Rico

"Jamie-
Its been 2 years, too long. Still missing you. The war has reached the 2000 mark in deaths, it is so sad. Too many good men and women have lost their lives. Too many wifes and husbands with shattered lives. Too much sorrow and too much pain. For this to keep going on is such a shame. Too much loss with no gain.
I am Still holding your memory close to my heart....We all miss you Jamie. Love your sis,"
Connie Greene of St. Louis, MO

"Jamie, I've been back and forth to this site a million times, and read everyone's messages over and over. I still have no idea what to say. We'd lost touch over time, but I'll never forget the fun we all had back in HI. It broke my heart when Bobby told me about your family. My husband was over there when our first son was born in April 03. My heart and my prayers go out to all of your family, I know you are watching over them. Your little girl has best guardian angel anyone could hope for. <3<3"
Cindi of Ft. Benning, GA

"SSG P, that sounds like Jamie true to form. I can recall countless times that he had his car in shambles in the barracks parking lot and no one knew what went where but Jamie got that thing back together and working, if for only a moment, lol. It's memories like these and so many others that will keep Jamie's spirit alive. He may be gone physically but that man will never truly leave us."
Bobby Anspach of Fredericksburg, PA USA

""Huggy" Man I miss you from the good ol days in Iraq. A lot of people will never know the bond that you and I had being my "ranger buddy in the war we experienced and saw alot of things together that no one will ever know about you and I always together causing mischief and always pissin soomebody in charge off but we always laughed together when you left us in the war it was like I lost a brother. You know you never got me to eat those pickeled quail eggs in the fridge that your wife sent but I secretly got you back(I was to explain for his shortage of nutta buttas) but you know that's how you and I exchanged our love for one another. Thanks for fixing the generator all the time but no thanks for breaking it either. You fixed all lot of stuff while we were in the war together but nobody knew how to work it after that except you but we still loved you for it. We miss the handyman and I miss my buddy. Glad to hear the girls are carrying on the Huggins tradition in timeout. LOL. I think we spent all of our time in the war trying to get in timeout while most were avoiding. (You know timeout is where all the action is). Whenever I needed a buddy to collaborate on a crazy mission in the war I knew you would come with and I would do the same for you. I told you to wait before you went out on that patrol I was going with you as usual as always. And you know what I would still go. Kiss the girls Mrs. Huggins. And Tell Mallory that her dad spoke of her often. And the irony 6 Aug 04 is my youngest daughters birthday."
SSG "P" of Camp James Rudder, FL

"Jamie, it's been a while since I dropped you a note. Just letting you know, I'm still thinking about you. It was funny, the other day a group of us at work were discussing heroes and everyone said who their hero or heroes were and I said I had just one. The name I said was yours. You truly are my hero and will always be. Connie, we seemed to have lost touch, i will post my email address on here so you or even other friends of Jamie's can email me - it is ranspach@comcast.net
Jamie, thanks for watching over us."
Bobby Anspach of Fredericksburg, PA USA

"Jamie-
We all think of you often and miss you even more. The passage of time hasn't made any of this any easier (I'm not sure why I thought it would). I have struggled with how to honor your memory, your life and legacy- I've composed several poems and written a paper for school- Nothing seems to be enough. How does one honor the memory of a fallen heroe, a life too short or a legacy not lived out? I may not know the answer now but I will live me life searching and I WILL find ways to honor you every step of the way. We all miss you Jamie, more than words can express and we will always wonder about what would have been and could have been and should have been, but never will. I love you and miss you and always will......."
Connie Greene of St. Louis, MO

"Today I received my hero bracelet in the mail. It bears the name of Jamie L. Huggins. I didn't know anything about him until reading over this and other websites. I will wear the bracelet with pride, in remembrance of a true American hero."
Steve H. of The Woodlands, Texas

"Jaime, you were my favorite. It was hard to see you go and don't know of a day that goes by that I don't think about that night. I love you and will NEVER forget the times that we had. You made Iraq much more enjoyable then it should have been. If it wasn't for you I don't think none of us would have been as strong. You were the man. ALl of us from C Co love you and will never forget the sacrafice you made that night. SSG Huggins, we salute you!"
Tyson Hunt of Pocatello, Idaho

"St. Charles Democratic Alliance held a Tribute & Memorial to the 20 fallen soldiers from Missouri on 3/19/2005, the 2nd anniversary of the War in Iraq. Four families of the fallen attended the event, and nine families shared messages that were read during the tribute by Connie Greene, sister of fallen soldier Jamie Huggins. The event aired on all four local newscasts (Fox KTVI, KPLR, KSDK, KMOV.) Biographies of each of the fallen soldiers were read while photos of the soldiers were displayed. The event also included Bible readings, songs, keynotes speeches by Rev. Jason Samuel and Viet Nam Veteran Ken Peters, and a fellowship in the church hall immediately following the tribute. Our organization was sensitive to the fact that even though information on Missouri’s fallen soldiers is a matter of open record, we had to go beyond the name, rank and serial number – we needed to share information on the fallen soldiers from the family’s perspective and present a tribute that each of the soldiers would have approved of. This was a day for honoring Missouri’s finest, as well as the sacrifice the families made, and continue to make every day. Special thanks to the Burkhardt, Gottfried, Huggins and Spink families for traveling long distances to Transfiguration Church in Lake St. Louis to participate in this community tribute. (anngastler@charter.net)

PS: Connie & family, special thanks to you for all you did!"
Ann Gastler of St. Charles Democratic Alliance of St. Peters, MO

"to the family of Jamie Huggins, i have just recieved the hero bracelet with your sons name on it , if anyone in the family is interested in me sending it to them please contact me at charlenehinojosa@yahoo.com...... please mention the bracelet"

"To the family of Sgt. Jamie Huggins,
My heart goes out to you for the loss of your soldier. I did not know him, but I wear his name on a memorial bracelet and was so touched when I read all the wonderful things said about him on this page. May he rest in peace and his sacrifice never be forgotten. God bless you and keep you. Thank you"
Leslie Stone of Wingo, Ky

"Jamie we will always miss you"
Nicholas Mitchell of Amoret,MO USA

"To the Family, I talked via e-mail today with connie greene. She and the rest of jamie's family are still struggling to live with this terrible tragedy. As they struggle, so do we, for our beloved Joseph was in the humvee beside Jamie. He is at rest and peace now. That's more than our families can be!! God Bless the Huggins Family. Because of our heroes, the Flag still waves!! Debbie Dunn, Joseph's Aunt"
Debbie Dunn of Dunn,N.C.,USA

"Jamie L. Huggins was a very very brave man and must love the United states a lot to leave his duaghter to fight in a war. To tell you if it was me I woulden't even move one little bit! I am sure Jamie L. Huggins will be remembered to this very day!"
dory fine of Dallas TX USA

"Today, 11/11/04, is Veteran's Day. Jamie, you gave the ultimate sacrifice to your country for doing what you felt was right and what is right. Jamie, it still pains me to know you are gone. I finally got a hold of Cindi Shuster (Garrison) and she hadn't known about your passing. Her deepest sympathies are sent to your family. I can't seem to find the words to find comfort with the fact that you are gone. I know you are up there looking down on all of us. I know I am not alone in feeling this way and I know your family hurts more than anyone. I regret not saying a word to them at your funeral, but then I wasn't sure if that was the place to introduce myself. I am pretty much rambling here, perhaps in hope that somehow, someway you read this stuff. Obviously, not expecting a response. Jamie, take care. You are not forgotten."
Bobby A. of Fredericksburg, PA, USA

"To the family of Jamie Huggins,My name is Debbie Dunn, and I am the Aunt of Pfc. Joseph Guerrera, who also was killed in the same humvee as your beloved Jamie. My heart goes out to you,for there is no way to understand what it means to lose a loved one unless you walked in those shoes!! The saddest part is that so many are now having to walk in our shoes!! I would like to correspond with some of the Huggins Family. Only if they want to. You are all in our prayers and thoughts, for we cannot think of Joseph without thinking of your beloved Jamie! My e-mail address is, taylex@ interstar.net. God bless you all!!!"
Debbie Dunn of Dunn,NC,USA

"Thank you for what you have done. Rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May God Bless"
Jillian of Chicago, IL

"Thank you for all you did. You are a hero. God bless the family of a fallen hero."
Alicia Bilby of Nevada, Missouri

"Time goes on,
the world keeps turning,
the sun still sets and rises
but my heart won't stop hurting.
They say time heals the grieving, I just haven't felt it yet. Jamie, I can't believe its been almost a year. I can't believe we won't see you smile or see the sparkle in your eyes except in our memories. Mallory has your face and her moms eyes, I know you are so proud. She sleeps like you and reminds us all that we must go on.
My flag will always fly at half staff, my heart will continue to hurt,
and I will keep your memory close to my heart.
Rest in peace Jamie
We will always miss you."
Connie Greene of USA

"Jamie you are my nephew and we miss and love you very much I know you are watching over your family. Malloy is growing up to be a beautiful little girl. She is going to miss her dad when she growes up."
Doris Johnson of Mound City Kansas

"To the family of Sgt. Jamie Huggins, my heart goes out to you. Even though I did not know Jamie, I do feel your loss. My cousin, Pfc. Joseph Guerrera, was also lost October 26th, 2003in the same attack as Jamie. They are both true American Heros. May God Bless each of you."
M. Johnson of Dunn, NC

"Jamie, you are miss so very much by all. I have my own memorial for you at my house because you are my family. I look at it every day and thank God how lucky we are to have you in our lives. My kids really don't remember you but as they get older they will get every detail of your life that I can give them. I miss you and love you for what you have done for America."
Vickie Millard of Franklin, PA USA

"Jamie, you are miss so very much by all. I have my own memorial for you at my house because you are my family. I look at it every day and thank God how lucky we are to have you in our lives. My kids really don't remember you but as they get older they will get every detail of your life that I can give them. I miss you and love you for what you have done for America."
Vickie Millard of Franklin, PA USA

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across Huggins, my heart still hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"Jamie in just a couple of months you will have been gone for a but a year now and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't look at your picture sitting on the mantel and wonder if your looking back watching us, taking care of us and then I know deep down in my heart that you are because you died for us. Rylea talks about you often, Grandma keeps your memory alive for her. I never could of thought that your funeral would have that great of an impact on a 3 year old but it did. Always know that she holds you in her little heart. She started preschool today and of all things she had to sit in time out on her first day, It must be the Huggins in her. We love you Jamie and miss you more than words could ever express."
Stacy Huggins of Hume, Mo. USA

"To 7th Grade Student:
I hope you got an A on that report. A very honorable thing for you to do for Jamie. I would like to read the report if you ever read this message."
Bobby Anspach of Fredericksburg, PA, USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. May God provide comfort and peace to your family in their time of need and sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. You or your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Thank you."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"To Army Staff Sgt. Jamie L.Huggins family, I am a 7th grade student from Barker Middle School, a small village in WNY, and I am doing a report on Jamie because of how brave Jamie was. I hope that your baby boy grows up to be as cool of a guy as Jamie. I feel really bad about him dying. I even cried when I read about him and his 7 day old son. My best wishes go out to you from the bottom of my heart. My prayer goes out to you !"
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

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

"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, Jamie, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"for Bobby Anspagh- It is hard to know what to say to someone when you get the chance, but as long as you are able there is always another time. I am Jamies sister, please feel free to contact me at any time my email is greenecj@slu.edu. I would find a lot of comfort in anything you can tell me about Jamie,please contact me. Thanks for your kind words on the website."
Connie Greene of St. Louis, MO

"Jamie, just dropping by to say whats up! Still havent forgotten you. I have my bracelet to never let me forget, not like I will. I don't think a day goes by that someone who knows you just wonders. My thoughts and prayers are still with your family. I wish I would have said something to them, anyone of your family. But they didnt need to hear it from me what kind of special person you were. They knew it. Take care Jamie. Rest In Peace."
Bobby Anspach of Fredericksburg, PA

""Behind every great man there is a great women!!" Your baby is beautiful and we thank you for you and your husband, may god be with you every step of the way!!"
Allan Huggins of San Martin, Ca USA

"Thank you for giving up so much just to fight for the freedom of others. You will remain in my heart all of my days as well as your family and your new born baby."
Becky of Jefferson City, MO USA

"Thank you Jamie Huggins, 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

"thank you for serving this country. its brave poeple like you who make other americans look good.thank you again i hope god gives you many blessings."
amber huggins of newport washington

"11/14/03 I visited you today at Arlington... I will never forget you. You were a great guy and eveyone that knew you are very lucky to know someone as special as you were. Although our paths had grown apart since the hawaii days you will always carry a special love of friendship in my heart. You were a dear friend, and will never be forgotten. My deepest regards of sympathy goes to all of your family and friends. WE will always love you Jamie! Thank you for being apart of my life."
AM

"Jamie, You are loved and missed very much. You will never be forgotten. You are the Uncle of my children Rylea and Reagan and the Brother of my true love, Robert. May god keep you safe under his wing and comfort all that love you. You have a precious baby girl that will miss you always. God bless you for keeping us safe."
Stacy Potter of Hume, Mo. USA

"All I ever heard was good things about you and how you were honored to serve your country. Your Sister Connie Is my Best Friend. You our truly going to be missed."
Lynette Murphy of Saint Louis University

"God Bless You all. My deepest sympathies to you. My son Patrick Miller was a friend of Sgt Huggins and he was in attendance at the funeral. He told me he met you and I know he cares so much. Again God Bless you."
Candy Marcoux-Dorley of Gilmanton, NH USA

"Jamie,
You were my brother and my friend - I will miss you. May God hold you in the palm of his hand until we meet again."
Connie Greene of St. Louis, MO USA

"Jamie, when I recieved the message that you had passed I was speechless. I still am. I attended your funeral yesterday. It was very well done. Remember when in Hawaii the funeral details we had to do? How sad it was? At your funeral, it was interesting to hear the people who knew you from Ft. Bragg and how you hadn't changed one bit from when we were roomates and platoon members. I had you listed under the TAPS section of the 35th Infantry website. Your daughter is so beautiful. She is lucky to have you as a father. She will grow up to know what a great man you were. Jamie, I'm sad you are gone. I am grateful you are no longer in harms way. Thank you Jamie for some great memories."
Bobby Anspach of Fredericksburg, PA.

"Jamie, what can we say, it's just so sad. You were a friend and an inspiration to us and we looked up to you. We pray for your family so that God may ease their pain. See you later, we're very proud of you."
A few of your friends

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Jamie Huggins:
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 Jamie 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 Staff Sgt. Jamie Huggins:
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 Jamie, 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