Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. James E. Marshall

19, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Marshall died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 5, 2004.

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"To the Marshall Family:

There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of the Soldiers of 1/21FA especially, SPC James Marshall, SPC Bradley Kritzer and SPC Luis Carbello. These young men paid the ultimate sacrifice and I will always be indebted to them. Your son was very special, a hard working Soldier that wanted to achieve everything he attempted. As their Executive Officer(XO), I could not have asked for finer men lead into battle and I regret everyday not being able to get them home alive. I hope and pray that your family has found peace in the midst of the storms and know that all of us, their brothers in arms, are thinking of them."
MAJ (R)Rodney L. Davis of Bowie, MD

"I never left a message for you , this is my first time reading all these good responds about you , I knew you as UR mommie did you were my baby and ill always loved you . Today is our birthday and I was thinking about you.. UR mom misses u and so do I .. We no that UR in a much better place . So we celebrate u always"
Natasha Moore of Dallas,tx

"Mrs Marshall,
I was the Casualty Officer that delivered the message about James to you that early morning in May. Often I see things that remind me of that day...from the way you talked about him, to the way that your mother and niece quickly were by your side. I remember every word you spoke to me. I re-live that day each time I drive near Tulsa. Your faith that day was, and still is an inspiration.
I had done other notifications over a 13 month span, and thoughts of you and your family from that day helped to get me through some difficult days.
I am retired now, but still think of your family often. Memories of being in 1-21 myself (before James was assigned there) often made me feel as if there was an immediate bond between me and the memory of James.
I recently stumbled across an old magazine that talks about that day. PFC Christopher Fernandez was awarded a Silver Star for his actions during an attack that day that we lost James. This man was also assigned to A 1/21 so its safe to guess that this was the same incident. It is amazing to read what this young man did in order to attempt to save James and his fellow Soldiers.
I hope this message finds you and your family doing well."
SFC (retired) Benerval Grimes of Lawton, OK.

"My son was the medic with James when he passed. I want his Mother to know there was someone there with him to pray for him and prepare him for heaven. He will never be forgotten."
Betty of Texas

"In the past 6 years, not a day has gone by without a thought of you... i miss you still beyond words. To Ms. Pam, you are still close to my heart. I hope you are doing ok. You've always been a strong woman. James told me that :) Kashedra.calhoun@yahoo.com"
kashedra cahoun of tulsa, ok

"Rest in Peace James, you left us much too soon, I still remember the last time I talked to you, it was the morning of May 5th, the last thing you said to me was "I'm alright sarge", all of us from Alpha Battery miss you, Bradley, and Adolfo, not a day goes by that we do not think of you three and the sacrifice you all made for your country."
Sgt Steve McComsey, A 1/21 FA, 2001-2008 of Coatesville, PA

"Dear James,
It has been 5 years since we talked last and with each day I am saddened that we had to lose you, Bradley, and Adalfo so soon. I got out of the Army because of what happened and how it happened while we were in Iraq.....I didn't want to have to watch another soldier, friend, and brother leave this earth in the manner that you guys did. To the parents of the 3 Brave and Wonderful Soldiers of Alpha Btry 1/21 FA I am deeply sorry for your loss. May GOD bless you and I will keep you in my prayers."
Terrence Dewayne Johnson (SPC) of Rison, Arkansas

"Dear James,
It has been 5 years since we talked last and with each day I am saddened that we had to lose you, Bradley, and Adalfo so soon. I got out of the Army because of what happened and how it happened while we were in Iraq.....I didn't want to have to watch another soldier, friend, and brother leave this earth in the manner that you guys did. To the parents of the 3 Brave and Wonderful Soldiers of Alpha Btry 1/21 FA I am deeply sorry for your loss. May GOD bless you and I will keep you in my prayers."
Terrence Dewayne Johnson (SPC) of Rison, Arkansas

"May 2, 2009
To the family of Spc. James E. Marshall:
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

"To this day I have a picture of our platoon for my laptop background. It has Marshall on the bottom right. Marshall was good person. I never once saw him angry. He will be missed. I miss him to this day and my thoughts are always with him and his family. If you would like the photo of the platoon please email me at bryan_raines42@yahoo.com"
Bryan Raines (Sgt Raines)

"My most sincere sympathy to the family that must live with their horrific loss. May they have peace and comfort knowing that you are a hero to so many. God Bless You and God Bless America. I can't thank you enough for the ultimate sacrifice that you made for our country. With so much love and appreciation to you and your family and friends, Jennifer"
Jennifer of Atlanta, Ga USA

"Sorry for ur lost... I was in Texas wit Marshall. He was always in tha mix. The group called him tha lil brother cause he was one of tha youngest guys in Alpha battery. We had a lot of good times. Imma miss u lil bro. See ya again fam! Yep!"
Nathan Jenkins of Kansas City, MO

"I'll always remember you Marshall. You was a good soldier and a great friend. And to your family I am sorry for your loss."
SPC Cornell Lambert of Augusta, GA

"To the Marshall family, im very sorry for your lost.Your son and I went to Basic Training together,and built our friendship from there...I spoke to him 1 week before he got deployd and that was the last time i heard from him...Basic Trainging was hard for us and I remember when we...I gave you a call when i left korea and told you we where going shooping in Houston, cause i was getting stationed at Ft.Hood...Me, U,Cortez.....But we never got the chance.I miss you man...You ARE one of my best friends always and forever..."
SGT Gerald Brown of Ft. Riley, KS

"you and me we were having troubles in our friendship.when i think about you i feel bad and I think I fail you as a friend.but you always will be my friend marshall.i hope you are not mad at me no more.i hope you forgive me from the great heaven you are.im sorry if i did anything wrong."
larry of texas

"To the family or James E. Marshall, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have 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 prayer or need someone to 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. Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"Dear James,
In 19 years of service to our nation, and having the unique oppurtunity to serve with so many fantastic Soldiers it was my pleasure to meet you and work with you. To see the way you handled your Platoon, the attention to detail to ensure that everything was right all the time. Not for the sake of just doing it, but doing it because it was the right thing for your men! You are indeed a Soldiers, Soldier and I hope to live up to the high standard you have set for all Cavalrymen to follow.

The day your life was taken, I was shocked, utter disbelief. I heard it across the radio and threw my hand mic across my truck, put my head in my hands and took a moment...a moment to reflect on the James Marshall that was always looking out for his men, a moment for your family who had lost a husband, a father and a friend. You inspired all the Scouts in my Troop to perform to a "SFC Marshall" standard. When I learned of how the events unfolded that day I was not shocked, it was you being you. To sub as the gunner so that he would not be harmed was the SFC Marshall I had known; always looking after Soldiers. You gave the ultimate sacrafice for a Soldier. You, my brother, will always be a heroe in my eyes, the inspiration when things are tough, and forever a friend! I'll see you in Fiddler's Green brother!"
1SG James A. Baugh, E Troop 9th Cavalry of Baghdad, Iraq

"I need to see a picture of this James Marshall when I was in the Army my best friend ever had this same name and I know at the time his family was in Lodi, California Please let me know if this is my Marshall :(
I'm saddened by every loss of life, soldiers falling as they fight for freedom. The comfort in it all is that they were doing something they believed in and made the choice to serve our country and protect it at all cost.
Godspeed to James's family."
Sandra of Lake Mary, Florida USA

"i am so sorry for your loss i served with marshall in 1-21 fa he was a very good soldier but above all he was a good guy there for everyone"
former PV2 of A1/21 FA Eric Shearer of keokuk IA

"James Marshall-Thank you for being such a proud and brave young man, your sacrifice will not be forgotten. To the Marshall family, my thoughts and prayers are with you,thank you for raising such a fine young man.You have a lot to be proud of. My nephew PFC Bradley Kritzer was with James in the explosion and I know that they are both in a wonderful, peaceful place where no harm can ever come to them again. God bless you all."
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA U.S.A.

"Dear Marshall family,
I visit this website almost everyday, as I am sure you do as well. I have wanted to write something to help comfort you, but I know there are no such words. I am PFC Bradley Kritzer's cousin. His death has affected my family in so many ways. Ways that I know only another family who has gone through this can understand. Just know that I think of your family and James everyday. I heard his and Brad's names on the Early Show last week while I was eating my breakfast, and I cried the whole way to work for them. They were two magnificent young men who will never be forgotten. Just know that there are others out here that know how you are feeling right now. Even after time has passed, the pain just doesn't go away. But someday, we will move on...we will never forget, but we WILL move on. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts every time I think of Brad. Thank you for raising such a brave, fine soldier. I will forever remember the sacrifice that he and Brad made for us."
Sincerely, Rachel E. Kester of Curwensville, PA/ USA

"To James Marshall's Mom,
I am the mother of Doyle"Wayne"Bollinger, the seabee who was killed in Al Kut, Iraq June 6, 2003. I am so very sorry for your loss."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

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

"TO THE FAMILY OF JAMES. I'M A CLOSE FRIEND OF JAMES IN ANOTHER UNIT(2-82). WE BEEN OUT TOGETHER AND HE HAVE EVEN TOLD ME BOUT PERSONAL STUFF! I KNEW HE HAD A BABY ON THE WAY AS WELL AS I. IT HURT ME EVERYDAY TO KNOW WE ARE OVER HERE FOR REASON THAT ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE CURRENT REASONS. HE WAS VERY CLOSE TO ME AND I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM. I'M STILL HERE AND IRAQ AND EVERY DAY I WONDER WILL THAT BE THE DAY THAT I GET MY NAME ON THIS WEBSITE! I PRAY EVERYDAY I WILL GET TO SEE MY UNBORN CHILD. ONCE AGAIN I'M SORRY FOR YOUR LOST FOR I TOO HAVE LOST A DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER I WILL CARRY HIM ON IN MY HEART FOREVER!!"
JAMES LEWIS of BAGHDAD, IRAQ

"To the family of James E Marshall
From what I have read on your son he was a great son, soldier and friend. May God give you the grace you need to get through these difficult days. I share in your sorrow. I also lost my son PFC Bradley Kritzer that same day. Our son's were together in the same humvee on that terrible day. We know they are both rejoicing in heaven together. They are in a far better place. We will always remember our HERO's, our SON's. They were the best.
May God bless you and your family."
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona/PA/USA

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

"To the James E. Marshall Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you over the loss of your son. I am a cousin of Bradley G. Krtizer. We feel your pain just as it is our own. We are very proud of the boys and how they served their country and paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. God be with you and the family in your time of need. They are fallen but will never be forgotten."
Kimberly A. Bickford of Flinton Pennsylvania, USA

"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 "

"TO THE MARSHALL FAMILY:
WE ARE SO SORRY FOR WHAT HAS HAPPEND TO JAMES, MY HUSBAND WAS A PART OF THE PATROL THAT DAY, BRADLY'S AND JAMES DEATH HAS REALLY AFFECTED HIM. KNOW THAT HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS WAR ONLY LOVE! HE WILL FOREVER BE APART OF OUR HEARTS THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS! MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED! LOTS OF LOVE"
THE FAMILY OF PFC. ERNIE ROSALEZ of McALLEN,TX ( FT. HOOD,TX )

"I'm so sorry for your loss. May God continue to give you strength in your time of sorrow. My husband was always talking about Marshall(as he called him), so I felt like I knew him too and was hurt to hear of your loss. God Bless you and your family."
The family of Spc. Derek Sherman, A Batt. 1-21 FA of Copperas Cove, TX.

"My thoughts and prayers are with you during this horrible time"
Jennifer Gowdy a A 1-21 wife of Lawrenceburg IN

"Dear Marshall family I am Brad Kritzer's grandmother and I feel your pain also.We loved Brad as you loved your son. Our prayers and thoughts are with you also."
Blanche Kitchen of Irvona Pa

"Dear Marshall Family, My nephew, Brad Kritzer, was killed along with James. Our prayers and support are with you and thank you for sacrificing James for our freedom."
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

"To Pam & the entire Marshall Family. My heart goes out to you, especially Pam and his grandmother. As Rev.Potter stated, HE MAY NOT HAVE LIVED A LONG LIFE, BUT JAMES LEAD A GOOD LIFE. You both did a wonderful job in raising such a good person. Hang on to your memories of "PAPA" they will get you through this tough time. MAY GOD GIVE YOU COMFORT AND PEACE. LOTS OF LOVE!"
VICKI JOHNSON of TULSA, OKLAHOMA

"To Pam and the entire Marshall family, James was a special young man and will truly be missed. May God be with you, wipe your tears, and ease your pain during your time of grief."
Mike and Carolyn Hall of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"I am so sorry for your loss. My son is a 1st Cav soldier who also mourns the loss of James more than you will ever know. God Bless you."
B.Byrd of Mart, 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 (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"

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

"Thank you James Marshall, 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 Spc. James Marshall:
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 Marshall:
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