Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. James I. Lambert III

22, of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Lambert was struck by a stray bullet fired during what was believed to be a celebratory event by local nationals in Baghdad, Iraq. Lambert was assigned to the 407th Combat Support Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on July 31, 2003.

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"To the family.... I served with James in the 407th , we fought like brother and sister and we rapped in the studio closet our friend Cedric had about life and the military. He was that one guy who was genuinely good but a nuckle head. I laugh so much thinking of all the times we got in trouble for fighting. Remember the timeCPL de Leon smoked me bad for fighting with you. During work we fought after work we were cool. We all had the same long hard days that we appreciated our down time even if it was to just rap a few bars out. RIP SPC Lambert. I have never forgotten you and I never will. To the families may God continue to bless and console you"
Tiffany Montalvo of Fort Bragg NC

"Man james what couldn't I say about you, all the crazy times we had at leesville, and green rd. This hurts me to my heart to be up here, for a while I didnt want to believe it but 11 years later im still hurt to know your gone, I know ur looking out for Nick and I hope hes doing well. RIP and Thanks for all the good times and bad times, ill never forget them or You!!!!"
Timothy Thompson of Raleigh, NC/USA

"Man james what couldn't I say about you, all the crazy times we had at leesville, and green rd. This hurts me to my heart to be up here, for a while I didnt want to believe it but 11 years later im still hurt to know your gone, I know ur looking out for Nick and I hope hes doing well. RIP and Thanks for all the good times and bad times, ill never forget them or You!!!!"
Timothy Thompson of Raleigh, NC/USA

"James,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Many thanks to all that have sent condolences and or have James in your thoughts. Not a day goes by without thinking of him, especially on his birthday and days like Memorial Day today. He will never be forgotten. He has had the greatest impact on my life, not only in life but in death. Love always, Jacqueline Davis (Lambert)"
Jacqueline Davis of Clarksville, TN

"To the family of:James I.Lambert
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"1-12-11"

"Dear James Lambert's Family;
I was fortunate to place Jame's flag through "Project America Run" in Vermont on October 3rd, 2010. He is remembered and honored. One Life, One Mile,One Flag - I ran and remembered"
Sandy of Concord, NH USA

"To Specialist Lambert's Family. My symphaty goes out to you. James and I were roommates in AIT in Redstone Arsneal, AL. We were also classmates. I remeber him always laughing and joking around. He loved listening to music. I remeber him hooking speakers to his cd walkman and we would go to the px to buy cd's. Then come back to the barracks and turned the speakers up. He introduce me to Musiq Soulchild. The Neo-Soul Genre. His favorite song was "Just Friends" off Musiq's 1st album. I remeber we used to sit up and just talk bout life after lights out. Those are good memories that will last a lifetime. And like Toler(Simpson) said he was juz like a big brother. He always looked out for you. Always joking and laughing. If u needed a laugh or advice he was there. I was honored to know him. May his family be blessed."
Calvin Creech, Jr. of Auburn, AL

"We both arrived at Ft.Bragg at the same time at 19th replacement.In the week that we were there together he was a real stand up kinda of guy.He will sorely be missed.I know that he is watching over us as we continue to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan. God Bless"
SGT Jimmerson of Aiken, SC USA

"Lambert was a great soldier and took life lightly. Everyday he would greet me with a "hey SGT!" and a smile... When I would make him do push-ups for being "smart" he would do them with a smile as well... and somehow he would get me to push with him... No other soldier was quite like him and his upbeat attitude was infectious...I will never forget his service, and most of all, his sacrifice. Keep pushin, Lambert! God speed..."
Brenda (Brakefield) Petersen of Wiesbaden, Germany

"It’s almost like yesterday that you were getting on that plane. Man do I ever miss you. It took me a long time to read any of these postings. I find myself talking to you all the time for guidance. All things happen for a reason. I love you (Mane)! Your brother Nick"
Nickolaus Kelly of Maryland USA

"I served with Lambert though, given that we were in separate companies and
fields, we didn't exchange many words. But he was a good soldier, a stand-up guy, and totally no-nonsense when it came to his job. He is sorely missed and, when he passed, I know it touched everyone in our battalion very hard.

What is said about his unnecessary persecution is entirely accurate. He was vilified before he passed, and lauded once he did. This was, and is, entirely unacceptable.

He is sorely missed by everyone who knew him, and even those (like me), who never had the chance."
N. Hall of Alexandria, VA

"MINHAS SINCERAS CONDOLENCIAS,PARA ESSES HOMENS HEROIS QUE NÂO SE ENTREGAM FRENTE AOS DEVERES QUE OS FAZEM CUMPRIR.QUE DEUS OS ABENÇOEM.!"
EDWARD C.LAMBERT of BRASIL

"June 17, 2008
To the family of Spc. James I. Lambert, III:
James gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I knew James from the first day I got to the unit. My first day in the field he had my back in a "skirmish". From that day forward I had his.I miss our late night Spades games at his house with our wives.I was with him the day he left us and I have never forgotten.His memorial picture is still on my wall. Jackie; I hope all is well. Its been a long and hard time. I hope all is well."
SGT Cissna, Jason of FT. Carson, Colorado

"I grew up with James. We played football and basketball together on the same teams. James was many things growing up. He was very big and athletic for our age. He was always cracking jokes. Sometimes at others expense, but very few of us are innocent of that at an early age. That is no matter. He had a good heart. You could tell. I still remember the photo my memory took in our championship game in mite football, 5th grade. He and I teamed up to crush an opposing running back. We both hopped up, smiling, high fiving, remarking, we really creamed that guy. I remember playing kickball with him in elementary school and basketball in middle school. I remember us laughing in health class at mispronunciations made by the teacher of various terms. I guess you had to be there. Soon after, he moved away. I would say 10th grade, 1997 to be more accurate. Apparently he grew up a lot. Apparently he touched many lives. Apparently he did what many of us take for granted and do not have the gumption to do. Civilians that is. After his duty, he planned to attend NCSU to attain a college degree. James, you are missed, thought of often, and remembered for the fun loving kid, the athletic guy, and the honorable man you became. Your laugh, your jokes, your team mentality are greatly missed. I hope your sacrifice doesnt go without purpose."
Lucas of Morrisville, NC

"It has been almost four years since that day. I can't imagine that it has gotten any easier. I still live with the images from that moment. I was talking to my wife on the phone and seen what took place. Just know that all those present did all they could and suffer with you in his lose. I hope that time has healed some of your wounds. He was a good person."
Mike Dunlap of Dallas, TX

"Lambert was one of the most caring, supportive and loyal people i served with. The officers of 407th FSB persecuted him, tortured him, and refused to allow him to go home to his family as he wished. I remember his sacrifice on a daily basis, and I wish so many others had taken his place. Lambert should have been honored long after he left us, and I hope that my memories of him will do him the justice he so rightly deserved. May heRest In Peace, with thoughts of his family, and forget the hell that our Unit put him through."
Spc Gilbert, Molly of Olympia, WA

"First I want to say I am sorry to the Lambert family. I know that the loss of James is something that you can't get rid of, and trust me, I still can't. It was my honor and pleasure to serve as one of James' supervisors during the war in Iraq. I wish I could of brought him back like the way he left to go overseas. Everyday I take a look at his picture just to get me through the day. It hurts to know that he's gone. That giant always knew what to do to keep a smile on everyone in the squad's face no matter what the situation was. I know that James is smiling down on eaveryone he has touched. God bless the Lambert family and God bless America.

SGT Antwane Brooks"
Antwane Brooks of Cleveland, OH

"i just wanted james's family to know that i wear a bracelet with his name,place of residence and the day of his death to show my love and support. i also have a picture i downloaded from the internet on my desk at work as a daily reminder that this young man gave his life so i can be free. thank you.."
spiritblue of dry ridge, kentucky

"My name is Spc. Franklin Joseph Burrus III, I was in James basic training platoon, Bravo 1/38 4th platoon (Goldfish....Bloop Bloop!!!),Fort Benning GA, I want to take this time to say I had the pleasue to shed blood, sweat and tears next to James, I was 3rd squad leader.....we fought like bothers.....I send my prayers out to his family, wife and children"
Spc. Franklin Joseph Burrus III of Norfolk, VA

"James and I were classmates in 2000-2001 at Redstone Arsenal, Al. He was always there to encouage me and was much like a substitute big brother even though I was older than him. I have many memories of him and I think about him all the time. I wish I could have talked to him one more time to tell him how much he helped me get through AIT. I love him and I want to give his family my deepest condolaces, no one knows your loss like you do, but I certanly do share it with you every day. May god bless you and and keep you. I just can help but know that GOD has a special place in Heaven for soldiers like him!"
Tynisha Simpson (formerly Toler) of Forestville, Maryland

"James and I were classmates in 2001-2002 at Redstone Arsenal, Al. He was always there to encouage me and was much like a substitute big brother even though I was older than him. I have many memories of him and I think about him all the time. I wish I could have talked to him one more time to tell him how much he helped me get through AIT. I love him and I want to give his family my deepest condolaces, no one knows your loss like you do, but I certanly do share it with you every day. May god bless you and and keep you. I just can help but know that GOD has a special place in Heaven for soldiers like him!"
Tynisha Simpson (formerly Toler) of Forestville, Maryland

"The North Carolina Chapter of the Home of the Brave Quilt Project would like to give to the family of James Lambert a memorial quilt, but have been unable to locate the family members. If you know how to get in touch with any of thefamily members, please have them contact me at carolsquilts@earthlink.net and we will get this quilt to the family. Thanks"
Carol Smith of Holly Ridge, NC

"I served with Lambert in Iraq. He was a great person and soldier. I had just gotten off patrol when I heard of the incident. My heart goes out to his friends and family, god knows I miss him. He had a great humor and personality. And I know he loved all of you."
hall of missouri

"I am so glad that I had the opportunity to be your friend. I can only wish that my friends would offer half the friendship that you did. You could not possibly be forgotten, ever! Wait for me my friend. I will follow you there.

Al"
Alvaro Zuniga of Baton Rouge, LA

"To Rosemary (Jim's mother) and the rest of the family,
I just found out about Jim's death in Iraq and was so saddened. He was definitely our hero. My own daughter, Heather, has been back from Iraq for over 9 months, but we know the possibilities for returning are great. I often think of our two young children playing side by side at Nancy's house. It seems like only yesterday when Heather and Jim were playing tag. My heart breaks for your loss. I know how much you loved and treasured Jim and what a joy he was for all. I pray that your family knows how much his sacrifice means to our freedom. His bravery and unwavering dedication and love for our country led him to accept this job of protecting our freedom. I wish I knew just what to say. He is our hero and we will always remember him. We love you all. God Bless!"
Barbara (Hartley) Gurian of Clearwater, FLorida

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..7/31/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

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

"Thank you James Lambert III, 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 you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills,Florida

"To the family and friends of Spc. James Lambert III:
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 Spc. James Lambert III:
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