Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. James P. Lambert

23, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Lambert died in Fallujah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his patrol. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 25, 2004.

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"Happy Birthday Jim. We all miss you so much."
Brian

"Jim, thinking about you this weekend as I do everyday. It's hard to believe it's been 10 years. So much time has been stolen. You will continue to be my inspiration in everything I do . You're memory will never fade and may destruction and unwanted events happen to the ones responsible. Your brother, Brian"
Brian of San Diego, Ca

"It's hard to belive it's been 10 years. I remember it like it just happened, the look in your eyes I will never forget. I miss your humor, you could find light in anything. OUTKAST for life"
SFC RET Daniel Dusablon of Ft Drum NY

"Miss you Jim!"
Bian

"I can not even believe that it has already been almost ten years. I miss you oh so much you were such a great guy and always making us laugh. I just wish I could call and tell you all the great things going on. We miss you..."

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"Dear Jim , we Never Met but we Talked on phone and Email . I wish we Could Met . You were always so supportiv and very friendly Person and Hero . Im very sad so Young you left us . I Wana Sent my respectifully condolonces to your Brother Brian and to your Family . I know how much your Brother Miss you . I wish everything Could be very different Way . Still your Name on my Yahoo Chat , I couldnt remove it . Just want to Tell you noone will forget you and your sacriface to your Country . Im very Sorry also for your dad . All my prayers to your Soul . Peace at your Rest . Im One of Friend from your Brother Brian as you know from US Embassy Ankara , Turkey Gulnur Apaydin ."
Gulnur Apaydin of Germany , Frankfurt am Main

"Happy Birthday Jim. It will never be the same without you. Love you.

Brian"
Brian Lambert

"Thinking about you!"
Brian

"Jim, as with everyday your memory shall live on. I miss you very much. Love you!"
Brian

"Jim, Today is my 34th Birthday and I keep thinking to myself where the time has gone. As each birthday passes itís a reminder that youíre not here. I miss the prank calls on my birthday. You always knew how to light up a room and make people laugh. I will never forget one birthday when you called me and said ďIs udana there? I said no and you continued to ask me if I had any tuna for sale. At this point I knew it was a joke and for those reading this it might be funny and to some you wonít understand the joke. Thatís how you were. You were able to adjust to others personalities and put a smile on people without any effort at all.
I continue to tell my sons, Dominic, Adrien and Quentin about your sacrifice. You are always my determination to do great things and to excel in all I do.
Miss you!
Brian AKA Paul"
brian.p.lambert1@usmc.mil

"Happy Thanksgiving Jim. I am thankful to have known you and share memories that only brothers can experience. You have been an inspiration to me. Im lost without you and dad. I miss the pranks and the laughs we all shared. I was laughing to myself today when I thought about the time Rita and Sarah washed mom and dads new car with brillo pads. It's funny looking back but dad was furious. I love you guys. Happy Thanksgiving."
Brian Lambert

"Hi Jim

Well sky is now with u...seems like yesterday we were all together...please take care of him I know u will...I will continue to give Austin Becca and grant strength to get through this although they will never forget u our dad and their dad...I am so going to miss sending him pics of the kids...can u tell him we love him!"
Rita

"Hi Jim,
Mr. Mike and I are at St. Joseph's Hospice Hospital with Sky. Austin, Becia and Grant came to see their dad last night.It was so hard to see them in pain. Austin looks like you,and has his dad's mannerisms. He is an awesome young man. He loves to hunt. Becia is so full of love and compassion for animals and people. I wish you could see her art, maybe you do. She is so driven to achieve. Grant is a super star in sports, as is Austin.
Well I need to go. Just wanted to let you know, Sky will be with you soon. I think of him lately when he was so small. His blonde hair bouncing up and down as he ran, always so happy. Yall can cut up again, run around like little boys and have a blast!
Love you, Ms. Toni"
Toni Darbonne Bihm of Maurepas, La.

"Just thinking about you today,"
Ms Toni of Maurepas, La.

"Hey Jim, I am so proud that I got serve next to you. I remember when we did Air Assault school together and we complained about the 0330 formations. I miss you and Rosas bro but I know you guys are in a better place. Can't wait till we meet again."
Matthew Johnson of Stafford, Virginia/USA

"Not one day goes by that I don't think of you...we miss u so much...time will never erase you from my mind...I wish you were with us...but I know you and dad are together..."
Rita, sister

"Dear Jim,
As each year passes it's hard to believe that you are still gone. I canít believe its been 8 years. I miss you very much and your memory still lives on. I miss you brother.

Brian Lambert"
Brian Lambert

"Dear Jim,
As each year passes it hard to believe that you are still gone. I canít believe its been 8 years. I miss you very much and your memory still lives on. I miss you brother.

Brian Lambert"
Brian Lambert

"We retired our Flag today and raised a new one. It was very emotion and inspirational. The young boys of Troop 69, 65 and Pack 469, 69 were very professional. They did their job with integrity and honor. One young man played Taps, while the flag was being lowered. The new one, as was the old one was raised in honor of all our fallen hero's. In special memory of James Paul Lambert of St. Amant. With only 2 months left to serve, lost his life. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 25, 2004. He is missed greatly by those who knew and loved him. You are not forgotten."
Toni Darbonne Bihm of Gonzales, La.

"I was in A battery 3-62 ADA and remember doing the BN formation as the sad news told about Lambert and Rosas. A Btry had just redeploy from Afghanistan."
Shayron Jefferson of Blackston, VA

"Dear Jim,
Just thinking about you and how hard times can be when you enter my thoughts. I miss you and Dad very much. Im sure you guys are laughing and enjoying yourselves. I miss you brother and your memory is still alive."
Brian Lambert

"Jim,

This will be my first post, though I come here often. I love reading the stories shared by your
loved ones telling fond memories of you. I know
how much you are loved and missed. It gives m
peace to know you remain in others hearts and
prayers. I'm not sure what I'm trying to convey. It's terribly difficult to put into words through tears as the pain of the loss of you is still great. The wound to my heart is still so raw. I don't know that it will ever heal. Times like these I picture you smiling down and teasing us all here on
Earth for being so devastated. I truly believe that if you could reach out to us you'd laugh that infectious laugh and we'd find ourselves in a better place. Simply thinking of your smile brings me joy. Still don't know where I'm going with this but have faith you'll understand. You always did "get me" even when I didn't get myself. I'll never forget all our escapades. Some of our best times were when we were just pals in Springfield. Remember wrecking your little blue car into the house? Your Dad came out like what the heck! We pretended we didn't know what the sound was. Remember "Rambo"ing in Rita's Cavalier, the "Bird" man, catching & selling lizards, going get candy bugs @ Childers, listening to Bone Thugz on tape?! Icould go on and on. We were so young and innocent. That was before we let love and pride get in the way. My memories of us as we got older I'm still very fond of. It just got complicated for a while and we lost our way. Time passed and all was reconciled without having to say a word. We knew no matter what we could count on each other again.

I love you Jim and hope to see you again
someday.
Lacy"
Lacy M. Bihm-Cornett of Maurepas, La. U.S

"Happy Birthday Dad. Love and miss you."
Brian of Seoul, Korea

"Uncle Jim,
I miss you so much. Especially since pepaws funeral I miss you more and more every day. I was really young, but I still have some very great memories. I remember the bonfire at memaws house. I think that was the last time that I ever saw you. I remember how close you and Austin were. It makes me really sad when I think about you and I just wonder how it would be if you were still here. But, I shouldn't be sad bc you died and are remembered as a hero. Many people are forgotten but you never will be. I love you and miss you so much. I'm very proud to call you my uncle and I know your watching out for me.

Your niece, Julia Elizabeth"
Julia of Louisiana, USA

"Dear Jim, Dad has joined you and Im sure you will enjoy his company. I am saddened by dads death as I am yours. I feel empty without the men in my life that helped me be who I am today. Keep smiling and love you both. Love, Brian"
Brian Lambert

"Jim, Happy Vet Day! Thinking of you always!

Love, Brian"
Brian lambert

"Veteran Empire Salutes you bro"
Dburnell of Seoul Korea

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"Jim,

To this day, 7 years later, there isn't a day that I do not think of when we would give everyone a hard time. I miss you, bro."
Aaron Fultz, Outkast of Oroville, Ca

"Dear Jim,
Words can't describe the pain I feel in my heart everyday..especially today/May 25th 2011/always a reminder of that fatal day...your family really misses you..we keep your memories alive by pictures and word of mouth...I know you are in heaven laughing at us trying to live life the best we know how.."
Mom /Rosemary of Hammond, La.

"Today is a very hard day. I miss you very much and I sit and think about all the good times we had and how you could always make me laugh. Just wounder where you would be today. Your always in my thoughts just wish I could call you and tell ya all the crazy stuff going on around here."

"Dear Jim,

Today marks 7 years. I love you so much and think about you all the time. So much we didnt get to do. I honestly never saw this coming and still to this day cant understand it. I miss you so much. Love you brother!

Love, Paul"
Brian Lambert of Seoul, Korea

"Jim, I think of you everyday. It's still hard for me to understand. I miss you so much!"
Brian

"It's getting close to the day I miss you more then anything your never missed and always in our thoughts and prayers 7 yrs wow"

"To the family of:James P. 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"

"Jim, as the holidays approach, you are with me in spirit. I miss you dearly and love you very much. Always thinking about you. Love you.

Love, Paul"
Brian Paul of Seoul, Korea

"Jim,

Happy Birthday brother. It's hard to believe that you would have been 30 years old. Would have liked to spend it with you. Always thinking about you.

Love, Brian"
Brian

"Dear Jim,
Went to visit you a few months ago. It was very quiet but with the beautiful sound of birds singing. Miss you so much and wish you were still here. There was so much we didn't get to do. Your always in my thoughts. Love you!"
Brian of Seoul

"Hi Jim, It's Melinda here. You are a hero and served our country well. If not for soldiers like you, we would not be where we are today. I was going thru some old pictures and came across one that you and I took when Chloe was baptized in the church on Bear Island. I will give this picture to Chloe when she gets a little older and she can treasure it forever."
Melinda

"Jim, six years seems like a lifetime. You are dearly missed. Love you brother."
Brian Lambert of West Africa

"Hey Jim....years have past but your memory in our hearts still remain...I find myself just sometimes day dreaming about our years together...I wish we could have you back...We love you!!!"
Your Sis, Rita of St. Gabriel

"Miss you.

Love, Brian AKA Paul"
Brian of West Africa

"I miss you Jim. I miss the little things the most. like when we used to just sit around and try to make people throw up! lol I'll see u again someday, save me a spot next to you.....I will always love you."
Rachel Lambert of Gonzales, La

"James, I didn't know you, although I feel like I did. I've had dreams about you and your brother. I know you were/are a very special soul and I know you loved your brother very, very much. So much, that death could not separate you from him."

"Jim, just thinking about you on Christmas. There was so much we didnt get to do. Love you brother."
Brian Lambert of West Africa

"Hey Jim, Always thinking about you. Love, Brian"
Brian of West Africa

"hey jim remember when we went to tunica hills?? i wore ur shorts then got a piggy back ride from sme strangers. we sang country songs the whole way there and the whole way back. remember new years or fourt of july.whatever. and regan was mad then we all got sick from the pizza. jim i i have so many memories involoving you. i miss u so much. thank u for protecting dustin and getting him back to me. we all miss u. i;m married and regan is getting married. isnt that crazy. i know you would yell at as both. tell us we were crazy. jim i know sarah isnt yours but regan is correct. you sent her from heaven. i love and miss you."
Julia of Baton rouge

"Hey my little brother just sitting here thinking about you always....Austin, Becca and Grant Michael miss you so much too. We all wish you were still here with us....We love you sooo much and you are our hero and will never be forgotten!!!!"
Rita, Austin, Becca and Grant Michael of Saint Gabriel

"Hey Jim,

Wow, its been awile. I've been trying to ignore the fact that your gone for a very long time now. I just pretend that your in iraq, still fighting for us. Thinking of you gone really makes me sick to my stomach, if i had any wish in the world, it would be to see your smile again. I remember how you were my best friend, you still are Jim. Your my angel, and i know your always around. When were all talking about you and laughing at all the stories, i feel like your there with us laughing along. You know I still have your picture on the dashboard of my car, yea MY car lol crazy huh? Me driving? lol also, im engaged now, thats even crazier. Rachels daughter Sarah James reminds me of you ALOT. She's always happy and can always make me smile. I feel like you sent her down her to heal us from losing you. You know Jim, I will always love you, and miss you. I can't even put it into words how i much i miss you. I just want to scream it into the sky and hope you hear me. I know one thing, you loved me too, you were my hero, i looked up to you in every way. You were like my dad, i was 14 when you died. That was the worst day of my life, it makes me feel like im having a panic attack when i think about it. I just wish you were here to walk me down the isle. I wouldnt want anyone else but you to do so. You took care of me, i was your little sister, and you were my big brother. I dont know how many times ill say it but ILL NEVER EVER FORGET YOU JIM, I THINK OF YOU FROM THE MOMENT I WAKE UP TO THE TIME I GO TO SLEEP. How does it feel to have all the people on earth want you here with them, and have all the angels want you up there in heaven? lol its crazy how people can love someone so much, but i'm glad its you, God couldnt have picked a better angel to have. I love you Jim and dont think for a second that anyone will forget you.

p.s. I'll see you later Jim, I love you and you'll always be my big brother."
Regan Bourgeois of Gonzales, La USA

"Its been 5 years and not a day goes by that I dont think about you. Wish I could just talk to you and laugh."

"Jim, Today is five years and it only seems like yesterday. I miss you very much. The family and I are doing well. I get upset when I think about everything. I just wish you were here. I miss our conversations. Miss you."
Brian

"May 13, 2009
To the family of Pfc. James P. Lambert:
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

"Jim-

Just thinking about you as always. Life is just so busy and fast that I don't write like I want to. Just know that there is not one minute that goes by that you are not in my thoughts. You will be forever missed. I love you Jim and you will always be in my heart!!!!!!!!"
Your Sis- Rita of St. Gabriel, La.

"My heart goes out to the Lambert family. I am immensely sorry for your loss. Rita, if you read this message, please contact me. Your old friend from Tampa, Yvette ymanes@aol.com"
Yvette of Tampa, FL

"I didn't know James Lambert, but I grew up with his friend Rory Dunn. To his wife and his family, you are in my thoughts this Veterans Day. There aren't enough words to express my sympathy and gratitude.
He is a true hero."
J of Renton, WA

"Brother, how are you? I miss you. I think of you all the time. Time has not healed anything and I'm sure it never will. It still doesnt seem real and as long as I'm always on the move I'm okay. I love you Jim. Love Brian AKA Paul"
Brian Lambert of n/a

"Just missing and thinking of you and wondering what exactly your doing up there, I wish I knew, your the most memorable person and I will love you forever, and I will be your wife forever. Goodnight"
Rachel Lambert of Gonzales, LA

"Hey Jim. It's hard brother being in a place where you left us all and where it all ended. It makes my stomach turn that it happened on the same turf that Im walking on. It's intense. I feel closer to you here. I love you man. I am thinking of you always.........."
Brian Lambert of Not disclosed.

"Gosh I miss you.. today all i have been thinking about is how great of a friend you were and all the jokes you told today it has been hard"

"Jim, just wanted to let you know that Im thinking about you. Im headed out for deployment and it reminds me so much of that awful day. I'll be thinking about you a lot during my time out there. I love you man."
Brian of not disclosed,

"Hey Jim. I just wanted to say that Im thinking about you and that I miss you a lot. It will never be the same without you. I love you man."
Brian Lambert

"HEY JIM, I AM BACK AT ISKAN THIS IS MY THIRD TOUR HERE IN IRAQ. YESTERDAY I WAS DOWNTOWN IN ISKAN AND I TOLD MY SOLDIERS THE GOOD TIMES DOING ROUTE CLEARENCE AND THE WAY WE USED TO DO THEM. THEY LOOK AT ME LIKE I WAS CRAZY, I WILL NEVER MEET OR HAVE A SOLDIER LIKE YOU. I GOT PICS EVERYWERE IN MY HOUSE WITH YOU. I MISS YOU AND MISS THE OUTKAST PLT. I WANT TO SAY HI TO YOUR FAMILY AND I HOPE THEY ARE DOING WELL. YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR PRAYERS. SEE YOU LATER BUDDY!
SSG-MARTINEZ,RICKY
BCO 3-7 INFANTRY 3ID"
of FOB ISKAN , IRAQ OIF 5

"Dear Jim, Today was a very hard day for me it was our five year wedding anniversary, Sometimes it seems like your not really gone, like your still deployed, and I am just still counting down the days til I see you again. I miss you more than words can say, I am at loss without you, the days are going by faster and some better than others, I know your in heaven smiling down at us laughing and wondering why are we all so sad, but you were truly a one of a kind person, whether you knew it or not. I can honestly say I will never ever stop loving you . I never thought when we said til death do us part that it would really be that way , I didn't really expect you to die so young I thought we would grow old together and complain to our kids about how horrible Ft. Drum was, but that day will never come. Its times like these at 3 in the morning when I miss you the most, just sitting here lonely and angry wishing things weren't the way they are, I have come to realize no amount of tears are gonna bring you back, so I try to take your advice and just suck it up lol, I love YOU forever and ever "Piggy" . You are my Hero!!!!"
Rachel Lambert of Gonzales , La, USA

"Thinking of you, I always remember you smiling. You will never be forgotten."
Toni B. of St. Amant, La.

""JIM,This is bighoward.I just wanted to say,that i miss you bro!And you will always be in my thoughts,and heart.Outkast Forever!"
Herman L Howard Jr./Veteran of Douglasville,Ga/USA

"Heard a song today and thought of you...

What can you see from your window?
I can't see anything from mine.
Flags on the side of the highway
and scripture on grocery store signs.
Maybe eighteen was too early.
Maybe thirty or forty is too.
Did you get your chance to make peace with the man
before he sent down his angels for you?

Mamas and grandmamas love you
'cause that's all they know how to do.
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
or sleeping in your dress blues.

Your wife said this all would be funny
when you came back home in a week.
You'd turn twenty-two and we'd celebrate you
in a bar or a tent by the creek.
Your baby would just about be here.
Your very last tour would be up
but you won't be back. They're all dressing in black
drinking sweet tea in styrofoam cups.

Mamas and grandmamas love you.
American boys hate to lose.
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
or sleeping in your dress blues.

Now the high school gymnasium's ready,
full of flowers and old legionnaires.
Nobody showed up to protest,
just sniffle and stare.
But there's red, white, and blue in the rafters
and there's silent old men from the corps.
What did they say when they shipped you away
to fight somebody's Hollywood war?

Nobody here could forget you.
You showed us what we had to lose.
You never planned on the bombs in the sand
or sleeping in your dress blues.

No, no you never planned on the bombs in the sand
or sleeping in your dress blues."

"Jim, hey its me your wife . I miss you so much I cant belive it will be four years ago in May , I am still missing you and I want to see you again , I am trying to keep faith but its getting harder , I thought it would get easier over time but its not !!! I just wish I could be with you again !!!! I will have a broken heart till the day I die , you are truly my hero , I would give anything to see you again I love you, I always think about that time we were dancing in the driveway and we were looking at each other and you told me you loved me , I miss you , I miss our life . I will never ever stop loving you!!"
Your Wife, Rachel Lambert of Gonzales , La

"Dear Jim, Everytime this time of year comes around it gets more and more difficult. I just wanted you to know that we are all thinking about you. I love you man.

Brian"
Brian of San Diego, California

"Hey man Its getting close to that time again I cant even start to think of that day it just kills me. Really miss ya"

"My name is Aaron Bishop. I live in Renton, Washington. I know of Jim through his good friend Rory Dunn, who I have been close friends with for almost 20 years. I just wanted to say thanks to Jim for giving his life, so people like me can live in freedom. Rory always talks about the great times Jim and him spent in the military. Rory greatly misses his friend. I know Jim's son will grow up to be a great man just like his father. The reason I can still see my friend is because Jim insisted on the medics saving Rory before himself. You are a true American hero."
Aaron Bishop of Renton, WA/King County

"Jim, Christmas or any holiday will never be the same. I look at Dominic and I think of you and me. He always says daddy come play with me and it instantly reminds me of you and me and how we use to play all the time as kids. I miss you so much. As the years pass my memory of you does'nt. I keep in contact with your friends that you were with that day and they miss you too. I love you. Brian"
Brian Lambert of Oceanside, Ca

"Jim,
You were one of the best friends I have ever had. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you, Rosas, Lt. Dvorin and the rest of the Outkasts. I read the eulogy at your ceremony in Fallujah and everytime I think of that, I well up with tears as well as pride to have had the honor to do so. You, as well as all of the other Soldiers I served with will eternally have a place in my mind and heart."
SPC Aaron Fultz, 3/62 ADA 10th Mountain Division of Chico, CA

"its almost christmas. we was packing the house and i seen your pics on the fireplace man i miss you :("

"TO A SILENT HERO AND HIS LOVED ONES...

EVERY DAY I PRAY TO GOD FOR HIM TO LIGHTEN YOUR PATH, AND I THANK HIM FOR MEN LIKE YOU.
I AM SSGT JACQUEZ, WITH THE UNITED STATES MARINES. I ALMOST JUMPED ON YOUR VEHICLE THAT TRAGIC DAY, BUT ONE OF YOUR SOLDIERS NEEDED ANOTHER SHOOTER IN ANOTHER VEHICLE AND SO I WENT WITH HIM.
THERE IS NOT ONE DAY THAT PASSES BY WITH OUT ME THINKING OF THAT DAY; I CAN ONLY WISH WE COULD HAVE CHANGED THE ROUTE WE TOOK THAT DAY..

I STILL REMEMBER YOU LAYING NEXT TO YOUR TRUCK TELLING ME YOU WERE ALRIGHT; TREAT THE OTHER WOUNDED YOU SAID, I WILL BE OK.

SEMPER FIDELIS SOLDIER, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART."
SSGT JACQUEZ, USMC of FONTANA CALIFORNIA

"Jim,
You still are my hero. Thank you for being my friend.
CPT Bradd Schultz
Commander B/3-62 ADA"
Bradd of Fort Polk, LA

"I met Rory Dunn today, and his mother and father. In researching what happened to him I came across this link and see how all your lives are intertwined. Thank you. That is all I want to say. And Rory looks great and has his own place now. I am sure you are watching over him and many others who love you so."
T. Stokes, LMP of Salish, Snoqualmie, WA

"Jim yesterday was a long day was thinking about you all day about all the good times we had...You are a great guy and are missed very much miss you man love you...My prayers go out to the family and friends as they remember this day..."
Chris Zarkovich of Buffalo, NY

"Thinking of you Jim always. Yesterday was difficult. I love you very much and miss you."
Brian

"Today its been two year. I miss you so much . I know your looking over us all and I know I have one of the greatest guardian angles over me all the time. We are moving into a newplace this weekend and I went and got a few pictures of you to put over the fireplace. Well know I miss you so much and always will. Love you so."

"wow its been almost 2 years a week from today man i miss you so much"

"TO THE MEMORY OF A FALLEN COMRADE,
I REMEMBERED THIS SOLDIER AS BEING STRONG MINDED AND STRONG WILLED. NOT ALLOWING HIMSELF TO ACCEPT DEFEAT. AS A DRILL SERGEANT OF HIS AND MANY OTHERS, I HAVE FOUND THAT YOU ONLY REMEMBER THE VERY STRONG AND THE VERY WEAK. HE STOOD OUT TO ME AS ONE OF THE VERY STRONG. TO THIS VERY DAY I CAN REMEMBER HIM SAYING " FIRST PLATOON LEADS THE WAY", AND SAYING TO MYSELF, HE IS GOING TO BE SQUARED AWAY. PFC LAMBERT WILL BE TRUELY MISSED IN THE HEART OF HIS DRILL SERGEANT AND WILL LIVE ON IN GREAT MEMORIES."
SFC SELDERS of VICENZA, ITALY

"Hello wow I cant even start to think its been almost a year since I last spoken to you time has gone by so fast. I think about you alot and wounder. I hope your lookin over me and laughin at all this stuff thats been going on beacuse I know you would. I miss you so."

"Sunny days seem to hurt the most
Wear the pain like a heavy coat
I feel you everywhere I go
See your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
Still can't believe your gone

(Chorus:)
It ain't fair you died to young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing, no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder, who you'd be today

Would you see the world
Would you chase your dreams
Settle down with a family
I wonder what would you name your babies
Someday's the sky's so blue
I feel like I can talk to you
And I know it might sound crazy

(Chorus)

Today [3x]
Today [3x]

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know, I'll see you again someday

Someday, someday"
missing you

"Hey Jim this is Sgt Stuart. I just wanted to say thanks for all the good times we had. I never got a chance to thank you for being a friend and fellow soldier. Thanks for all the crap you gave me about Bonnabel & Destrehan games and everything else. Although we lived so close and didnt meet until you got to drum, i feel as if i knew you all my life. Be sure to leave me a place among you guys because you guys are the best. Be Easy and take care. R.I.P"
SGT CRAIG STUART of B.BTRY 2\44ADA FTCKY

"Almost everyone is gone now, only a couple of us left in what used to be our Battalion. I don't know how many times I catch myself remembering the jokes you would pull. Sitting outside the barracks at Chosin smokin and jokin. I know that you and Ricki will never be forgotten. Also, I never got the chance to tell your parents and your wife how sorry I am that you did not return with us. Your Son and Husband is a great man and his spirit continues to live among us through our memories of him......."
SGT Mike Safran of Watertown, NY

"hey bro was just thinking about you its going on 1 am on veterans day i was just laying around here thinking about the good times we had. I Know i couldnt have asked for a better gunner than you even though we didnt spend much time doing team missions i wont ever forget the 2 day trip into Iraq or the avenger missions that we had. I miss you bro always thinking about you..missing you Zarkovich"
Chris Zarkovich of Buffalo NY

"To the family and friends of PFC Lambert,
I will always remember our fallen brother from the "Wolfpack". He was a great guy and I will not forget him."
Sgt (P) Griffin of Phoenix, AZ

"I remember the first time I ever talked to you. I was fighting with Jeff and wouldn't say a word to him. He had you try and talk to me to see what was a matter. You sat there and made me laugh and laugh tellin jokes about Jeff. After awhile I gave in and talked to him. But ever sence that day you took a place in my heart. I would have a bad day and I knew I could just get online and leave you a message and you would send me something silly back just to make me smile. The last time we talked I was so upset and you told me no matter what keep my head up your a great girl and everything will be alright. We left it at that and I left don't remember why but we didnt even say our silly goodbye. Over that weekend i had such a great time and I tried to get online to tell you what all had happend but my internet had went down for three days. So I got on after and was about to email you and Chris Ims me and says have you heard. I asked what he was talkin about and he said he had to tell me something. So I waited and they told me I couldnt help but to cry. I couldn't believe itand didn't till they sent the pics of the memorial. Your a great soldier. Chris and I talk about you alot and miss you so much. You will always have a place in my heart. God bless your family and friends."
Draylinn of USA

"TO JAMES..I PROUDLY SERVED WITH YOU IN IRAQ..I WAS A MEDIC WITH THE 1/32 OUT FORT DRUM..I WASNT THERE THAT DAY..BUT I WAS AT THE MEMORIAL SERVICE WE HAD..IM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS..BUT KNOW HE BROUGHT SMILES TO OUR FACES IN HARD TIMES..HE WAS A GREAT GUY AND A HERO TO THOSE HE SERVED WITH...I WILL MISS HIM AND LOVE HIM DEARLY ALWAYS...GOODBYE MY BROTHER...REMEMBER ME AT THE GATES WHEN I CATCH UP TO"
PFC JACOB CARDIFF..COMBAT MEDIC 1/32 INF... of ORANGE TX..ORIGINALLY LAKE CHARLES LOUISIANA

"Thinking of you always. I miss you so much.

Love your brother Brian

lambertbp@pendleton.usmc.mil"
Brian of California

"JIm is my cousin and I being much older we did not really "connect" until about a year before his death. We e-mailed quite a bit and I never finished reading his e-mails without smiling. That kid could find the good side of almost anything. Jim is classic example of not knowing what you had until its gone. I miss him and think about him every day of my life. take care Jim"
george patterson of aliquippa,pa

"I am trying to speak with families of soldiers with wood carving portraits at Faces of the Fallen at Arlington National Cemetery. My name is Rev. Liz Wold, I am the aunt of PFC Owen D. Witt killed in Iraq 24 May 2004. Please contact me at:lizdcw@earthlink.net or 203-661-1719
God bless you and thank you for the sacrifice of your son and brother.A true hero."
Rev. Liz Wold of Connecticut

"I m sending my condolances to his family and and his friends. And I pray to God for to saving Brian who is an old friend of mine"
Betul YALCIN of Ankara, TURKEY

"a friend of mine google searched my name(coincidently our name)and it came up with what it did. im currently stationed in fort campbell getting ready to deploy with the 101 in sept sometime. other than our names i dont know if we had anything in common, but the trials of war will be one. from brother in arms to another god bless you,your family,and our country"
PV2 lambert,james of fort campbell,ky

"Jim, just wanted to let you know i am thinking about you this memorial day. You are truly my hero!!!"
a friend of LA

"Hey bro. I thought I would just say that I miss you and love you so much. It's hard to believe that a year has went by already. I just want you to know that you are always with me. I miss you brother."
Love , Brian of Oceanside, Ca

"This a newslink about Rory Dunn who was wounded in the attack that took James from us. He credits james for his life. http://www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_032305WABironmanEL.169a76da7.html

God Bless
Bradd Schultz"
CPT Bradd A Schultz of Fort Drum, NY

"Jim,
This is Captain Schultz. You, Rosas and LT Dvorin are on my mind alot. I miss you and continue to pray for your families. Just to let you know that Dunn and Williams are getting better> We miss you and...I can't type anything that means as much as what you did to your platoon.
Love
Bradd"
CPT Bradd A Schultz of Fort Drum, NY

"I still remember the last hug I gave my brother the morning we both went back to are other lives as military men. Jim and I defiantly didnít join the service for the pay or to be separated from are families. We joined to protect Americaís way of life and what we represent as a country. Everyone knows that service members put their lives on the line so that we all can live a normal life that we sometimes take for granted. When you wake up in the morning and are going through what you might think is a normal routine think about all the men and women that sacrificed their lives so that you and your family can enjoy what he or she gave up which in my brothers case is his life. Jim would not want anyone to be sad over his passing but of course we all suffer. Jim left a lasting impression on all he came in contact with. I have also read postings from people that have never met Jim that talked very highly of him as if they knew him personally. Jim you are always by my side. I love you bro.

Love, Brian"
Brian Lambert of Oceanside, Ca

"Just had to write a few lines, I am thinking of my baby brother alot today. I hope you can see and feel our love for you Jim. We love you and you are truly missed!"
Rita of Maurepas, Louisiana

""my southern friend jim" as i allways called him. i was two weeks out of training when i deployed with the "outkast" platoon. jim was the first one to talk to me when i didn't know anyone and to include in in things.he quickly became a more than a friend a brother.he made the really bad days not so bad with a joke or just a facial expression.i miss ya bro. to his family i would like to send my love he ment alot to so many.that was a morning i will never forget."
SPC.DOMITROVITS,BRIAN A . 3/62 ADA 10TH MTN DIV. DRKKNIGHT79@AOL.COM of PIERMONT NY

"MY NAME IS JULIAN OSORIO I WAS THERE THE DAY JAMES AND RICKY PASSED AWAY AND I WANT TO LET THE FAMILIES KNOW ,THAT WHEN WE LOST THEM WE LOST THE HEART OF THE PLATOON .WHEN PEOPLE SAY THAT JIM ALWAYS WANTED TO MAKE PEOPLE SMILE ITS SO TRUE . HE ALWAYS FOUND A WAY TO MAKE THE WORST DAYS OK . A GOOD OF FRIEND TOLD ME ONCE THAT WHEN HE THOUGHT THINGS WERE TO BAD TO BARE THAT HE WOULD LOOK AT JIM AND REALISE THAT THINGS WERE GONNA BE ALRIGHT . RIP JIM AND RICHARD SOLDIER2132003@YAHOO.COM FOR ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT ME"
JULIAN OSORIO of PHOENIX AZ

"Jim is my brother and is truly missed. I think about him every day. He left so many people that loved and cherised him. It has almost been a year and I think about him every day. Thank you my hero! Your family misses you so much!"
Rita Bihm of Maurepas Louisiana

"Jim is my brother and is truly missed. I think about him every day. He left so many people that loved and cherised him. It has almost been a year and I think about him every day. Thank you my hero! Your family misses you so much!"
Rita Bihm of Maurepas Louisiana

"hey buddy, god bless you.I still cant believe what happen that morning.I remember taking the pics before the mission,waiting for the briefing.I remember my last words to you before we left the gate,"good luck and god bless you".Jim i talk about you everyday to my wife and son.Everytime i see the picture of you and me in a patrol i say "whats up jim" because i know you are here with us.Jim you really was a brother to me.From the Martinez family here in Texas and the Romero family in Puerto Rico. God bless you brother!"
Spc-MARTINEZ-ROMERO,RICKY of Ft.Hood,TEXAS 4ID(mech)

"I was only brought to the attention of your bravery and sacrifice until I heard of Rory Dunn and his injuries.

My sincere gratitude to you and most importantly for your faithful and enduring duty to your buddies and country!

Because of hero's like you; we can call our country free! Your sacrifice and your families sacrifice will never be forgotten!

God bless the USA and the great many other men and women who continue to serve this great country of ours!

May God's will and mercy be upon us all!

Fred McCabe (Former US Army Armor Crewman and Asia and Middle East Veteran). F4mccabe@yahoo.com"
Fred McCabe of Newcastle, WA

"Dear Jim,

The other day I came across some photos of you and I the last day that we spent together. I remember that night very clear. We stood in front of the bon-fire that we made outside of Mom & Dads house and just talked about life. I never thought that would be are last day together. My thoughts run free when I think about when we were younger. I never till this point thought about the things that I think about today. I find myself trying to go back as far as my memmory will take me to think about you. I remember one time when we decided to have a Kool-Aid stand outside of are house at the Cove in Florida. We were so excited to make a few dollars. We must have stood there for hours with not one customer. We both grew frustrated. Then out of the blue I saw Jim launch this rock at a car driving by(the size of a penny). The man in the car then got out, but by this time Jim and I were long gone. I think my mother handled everything from that point on as far as explaining the situation. I just remember hiding behind an electrical box. It's times like these that don't seem so funny at the present time, but years later it makes for a classic story between my brother and I. You should of seen this guy's face when he got out of the car. Jim and I used to laugh all the time about the expression that he had. We were in no way bad kids. I guess we were just being kids. I miss you Jim so much and you will always live in my heart and mind.

Love, Your brother Brian"
Brian Lambert of Oceanside California

"I have a picture of Jim with my son on the refrigerator at home. I never met Jim but only heard wonderful things about him and how the two of them were great friends and were going to go to Las Vegas when they got back from Iraq.

Like I said I never met him but am eternally indebted to him because my son is one of the injured in the explosion that probably owes his life to Jim because of his unselfish gesture. My son, Rory Dunn, was critically injured and hanging by a thread and only made it because of friends like Jim. Not all of Rory made it home, parts of him are still in Bagdad, but he is getting rebuilt little by little. He still wants to go to Vegas but this time it will be in memory of Jim.

Every night I pray for Rory's recovery and every night I pray for Jim's soul.

Rory couldn't have found a better friend. Thank you Jim"
Patrick Dunn of Seattle WA

"Dear Jim,

Happy Veterans day little bro. I miss you man more and more everyday and I wait for you in a way that I have yet dicovered. Everyday that goes by it seems to be still and I feel like the world has stopped. I have a constant reminder of you everytime I wake up hearing military men marching. I hear taps play every night before I go to bed and I think of you. My thoughts and memmories run strong in and out of everyday. To keep me strong I think of what an impact you had on my life and others. You hated to see people sad and you made it a mission to put a smile on each person that you came in contact with. We miss you so much.

Love,
Brian"
Brian Lambert of Oceanside, California

"Hey Jim its Julia again I got this for you:

You were always so full of life
Always smiling and carefree
Life loved you being part of it
And I loved you being part of me

You could make anyone laugh
If they were having a bad day
No matter how sad I was
You could take the hurt away

Nothing could ever stop you
Or even make you fall
You were ready to take the on the world
Ready to do it all

But God decided he needed you
So from this world you left
But you took a piece of all of us
Our hearts are what you kept

Your seat is now empty
And its hard to see your face
But please always know this
No one will ever take your place

You left without a warning
Not even saying goodbye
And I can't seem to stop
Asking the question why

Nothing will ever be the same
The halls are empty without your laughter
But I know your up in heaven
Watching over us looking after

I didn't see this coming
It hit me by suprise
And when you left this world
A small part of me died

I remeber your pictures
When you were just a boy
And the last time I saw you
You were driving you pride and joy

Your smile could brighten anyones day
No matter what rthey were going through
And I know for the rest of my life
I will miss
YOU!!!

Happy Veterans Day Jim!
I miss you so much!

Love Julia"
Julia of Baton Rouge , Louisiana

"I don't know what to say, nor what to do especially on a day like today-Veteran's Day. Words no longer come easily other than to say we love Rachel and Jim so very much. I still wait for him to drive by my house every day, and then realize he is gone.
Today is for you, Jim, and all the other Veterans who have served in past wars. Today is for all our other fallen HEROES! Today is also for all those Veterans who have recently served and sacraficed so much for the freedom of others. Today is for those who are "over there" fighting today.
Here is another link the family may be interested in looking at. This is the link for Jim's Guest Book from The Advocate In Baton Rouge:

http://www.legacy.com/theadvocate/Guestbook.asp?Page=Guestbook&PersonID=2283371

Love,
Phyllis Loveland
Proud Marine Mom of Corp. Dustin Myshrall, LIMA Co."
Phyllis Loveland of Baton Rouge, LA

"Dear Jim , this is your wife ,I Love You with all of my heart and will till the day I die. Words do not even begin to discribe how much I miss you there is a deep pain and hurt in my life .I will continue to wait for you to come home to us but in the back of my mind I know that day will never come ,You meant the world to me and will never ever be forgotten ,and I LOVE YOU .I WILL SEE YOU IN HEAVEN WHEN MY DAY COMES.LOVE FOEVER AND ALWAYS, YOUR WIFE RACHEL"
Rachel Lambert of Baton Rouge

"I just found this today 9-24-04..I'm Jim's mom..his dad and I so miss him /our hearts are broken.He was the youngest of 4.We are proud of our oldest son Sgt. Brian P. Lambert..he had the awesome task of bringing his brother home from Dover..they were very close..Our family needs your prayers."
Rosemary Cain Lambert of Hammond,La.

"Jim, Thanks for everything you did in my life, i think about it all the time. You meant the world to me. And the closer it gets to u being gone for 4 months the more it seems like just yesterday we talked.R.I.P J YOU JIM, YOU MEANT THE WORLD TO ME"
Candi of LIVINGSTON, LA

"Im friends of Rachel's sister and I was around Jim ever since they started dating he was so nice to me and i will never forget him."
Julia of baton Rouge,La

"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

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

"Spc Hermon howard hello my name is Brian Lambert I am Jims brother. I was wondering if you could email me at this email address. LANMAN78@YAHOO.COM
I just had a few questions maybe that you can answer or some other soldiers might be able too.

Thanks

Brian"
Brian Lambert of Oceanside Ca

"HEY RACHEAL,AND THE DAD,AND MOM OF JIM LAMBERT.NO WORDS CAN ERASE THAT DAY FROM MY MEMORY,AND I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW,THAT YOUR HUSBAND,AND SON IS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE,AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS FUN LOVING,AND A JOY TO BE AROUND,MY GOD BLESS YOU'LL,AND KEEP JIM UNDER HIS WING!!!!!"
SPC.HERMAN L. HOWARD JR. 3\62 ADA,B.BTRY! of FT.DRUM ,NEWYORK,CURRENTLY IN IRAQ!

"Jim was a great friend of mine. He was always there when u needed someone to talk to or just someone to make your day even better. Jim, i miss you so much you were always there for me when i needed you. You will always be remembered and you will always have a special place in my heart. I miss you very much. Thanks for all you did in Iraq sweetie!!!!"
Candi of Livingston, Louisiana

"Jim was my brother. Im just getting around to writing because to tell you the truth it was and still is very hard for me to talk about what happened. I do know that Jim deserves every inch of respect and he sure has received it through people like you. Baton Rouge was outstanding! I love Jim so much and he will always be my little brother. He always looked up to me and now im looking up at him in many ways. Jim was always the type of person to put himself last in what ever he did but when it came time to shine he was in the fore-front. I love you Jim and im here for you always.

Your big Brother

Paul"
Brian Lambert of oceanside ca

"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 "

"There are some things you should know about Jim.

When the IED went off shrapnel severed his femoral artery, but heat from the explosion somehow caused the outside of the wound to seal--so that it was not apparent that he was bleeding heavily internally. Jim directed the medic to tend to the other wounded soldiers and come back to him later. He bled to death shortly afterwards.

He was posthumously awarded a bronze star and a purple heart. The purple heart was Jim's second. About 10 months earlier he was wounded by another IED. He was given the opportunity to return home, but chose to stay.

I have a couple of links here to news stories about him. They tell it a lot better than I do.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/052804/new_serve001.shtml
http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/060204/new_lambertburial001.shtml
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Burl Kenneth Sloan of Freeport, FL

"To Jame's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"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

"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 his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,
The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you James Lambert, 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 Pfc. James Lambert:
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 Pfc. James Lambert:
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