Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. James A. Shull


32, of California.
Shull died from a non-hostile gunshot wound in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on November 17, 2003.

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"James,
Thinking of you and your family this Memorial Day, 2017. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers."
Jim Barrows of Fort Benning

"13 years. I think about you every minute. Im so sorry and I think about Alice and the kids daily. RIP brother"
Will of Kansas

"Hey sir. It's veterans day today and I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you, and your family. I hope somehow you are able to look down on them with pride and love this day."
Will of Kansas

"James,
I am sorry that you are not here brother but you lived a good life and made a positive impact on all who encountered you. We served together in Korea in A/38 FA. My prayers go out to your family."
Aaron Demming of JBLM, WA

"Alice: please know that more than 12 years later your family is thought of by many. I attended the memorial with a friend who came to visit this weekend and we both have kept you in our hearts and wanted you to know that you are thought of often. You are an incredible woman and you have a lot of people that will forever support you. Sorry for your loss."
Barbara of Kansas

"Hey Sir. Thinking of you today. 12 years. Im trying to move in positive directions. I try to leave people happy in my wake. Im on a new journey and its a good one. Im sorry brother. Im so incredibly sorry."
Will of Florida

"Thinking of you James as I often do; hoping your family has found peace. You are not forgotten my brother."
Mark Crisman

"Thinking of you a lot today. I hope your family is doing well. I wish I could fix allof this."
Will of Texas

"I thought about James and have to say that I miss him. He was such a great buddy, going camping as boy scouts and having fun back in the 80's. He was such a mindful man and the world benefited from his presence. I hope his kids and family are doing well."
Jay Olcott of Elko, Nv.

"Thinking about you today, brother. Can't believe it's been 12 years. You're in our hearts today."
Robb Carter of Memphis, TN

"It's almost your bday and I miss u more than ever I need your guidance right now i am at a troubled time in my life and I hate it all I want to do is cry until u come back to me. I am going on my mission in a year and a half I hope I can make u proud and I miss u so much can't wait to see u again."
Jacob of Chubbuck, Idaho

"Thinking of you everyday."
Will of Junction City, KS

"Hey dad this is Jacob I miss u more than ever its been over a decade and I wish I had my real dad back. I know your in heaven now so I hope u can watch out for me,mom, Ashley, and Alisa, love u dad."
Jacob of Chubbuck, Idaho

"I have never forgotten that day nor have it made sense of it. Truly, we must do our best everyday because we never know when we will write the final entry in our legacy. Peace be with you CPT Shull and with you, Will."
C of Baltimore

"Hello Cpt. James Shull. I'm pretty sure you don't know who i am. But I know of you, your daughters and son and wife speak of you fondly and proudly. i love this mans daughter witt all my heart and I'm very thankful to both him and Alice for bringing her into this world so i can meet and love her."
Denton Christensen of Chubbuck, Id, United of States of America

"Just saw your daughter's graduation pictures. She is a beauty. Can't believe it's been over a decade since you've been gone. We think of you often. Missing you my friend."
Jeff of Idaho Falls, Idaho USA

"What an awful night. I think I may have finally sabotaged my happiness. Wife says she cannot be with me anymore. I feel so hopeless. I wish I could make this all go away. If you where I hope you are, I really hope you are looking down right now."
J of J

"I feel like the doctors want me to show them a wound . But I can't. It's in my heart and head, the pain I caused is unbearable. I am so sorry. My whole body feels like there is a pressure inside and nothing helps. I think about you every day. I would do anything to reverse that day."
Will of Texas

"Thinking of you a lot today sir. Christmas is coming and I spend the days thinking about Alice and the children, of your mother and father, of your siblings. Their pain must be greatest around this time of year and I wish I could take it from them. I love you sir, and I will always be thinking of you."
Will of Texas

"Love you Sir. Yesterday was tough, but I am sure family had it worse than I did. I am thinking of you always."
Will of San Antonio

"It has been 10 years of remembering you and not just on the 17th. You will not be forgotten and I know you are in heaven. I have read many times over thoughts of Highsmith, Infantry Captain of Pittsburgh (ring knocker if I remember), Sgt T of San Antonio (could get most people to believe anything with his Jedi tricks) and of course our great Chaplain of FOB Bulldog...we really couldn't of had a better Chaplain! I was speaking to my wife last night to tell her what I knew of you. I was thinking about how your oldest is driving now...soon my only daughter be driving too. I wanted to let your family know something about their Dad that maybe they knew or didn't know....pretty good volleyball player in the hot sands of Iraq! I do not claim to be a good friend, but a fraternity brother of sorts nevertheless. Your loss has directly made me a better person than what I was and in turn has a ripple effect. I and many others often pray that GOD blesses your family."
Sgt Rogers of Texas

"The holidays have come and gone. I thought about you a lot Sir. Thinking about the children and the father they missed. Well, my wife has joined the Army. She is taking a commission into the Army Nurse Corps. The stories I have told her of the officers I served with were the biggest influence on her decision. Thank you for being one of those great officers. Thinking of you everyday Sir."
Will of Jacksonville

"Always thinking about you CPT Shull. You will never be forgotten. I speak of you many times to my family and friends. It was an honor to serve with you."
SPC Philip Dunn of Lewiston,New York

"Still thinking about you and praying for you James"
Matt of Talil, Iraq

"hey sir. I fell like there is no way out of this. I mean people can tell you the same thing only so much, before you just want it to all end. And I just want this to all be over. so bad. Thinking of you. and the children. I so wish this life hadnt happened. watch over my family. when you get a chance."
John Doe of wonderland

"Hey sir, Memorial day just came and went. these days are so terrible for me. I wish they werent. You will never be forgotten in my heart. I will keep you there for all of eternity. Keep an eye on me when you have a spare one. I seen some pictures of your children. very beautiful kids. YOu would be so proud. I am sorry."
Will Highsmith of jacksonville, fl

"CPT Shull, that unforgetable day has come and gone, (as it does each year), I still remember seeing your big smile as we rolled out the gate, and it is always on my mind!!!!! You will always be in my mind and heart! ACE14N"
Matt Geyer of Fort Polk, LA

"Thinking of you James this year as we approach the 7 year mark since your death. I think of you often as those of us still serving Soldier-on. I pray that Alice and the children find peace in knowing you are with our Lord and Savior. I only knew you for a short period of time, but thank you for showing me the love of Christ that you had and for helping me to understand and accept that His love for us and His plan for us is absolute. RIP my brother..."
MAJ Brian Spurlock of New Jersey

"Veteran's day has taken on a whole new meaning since you've been gone. Thinking of you and your family. I miss you my friend."
Jeff Boag of Idaho Falls, ID

"I really wish i could talk to you, even that feels selfish of me. I get these fits of rage that I cant pinpoint where they come from. like a song in your head and you cant remember the name, it's soemthing small but it bothers you and wont go away, tha's the best way to describe this anger or anxiety. I dont understand why it is there and the smallest things set it off. I can see myself sabotaging my life. I see it happening but I cant make myself stop. I know what you would say, it would be something like, "stop look around you and breathe, be thankful for what you have and what you can give and let the hard stuff go." See I realize how petty alot of this is, but it wont go away. Sometimes I go into my closet and punch suitcases or old boxes, or walls. It makes me feel so bad that my children can sometimes hear this. Yesterday my wife and I had a heated argument and I went into the closet and sat down punching the floor wall and anything I could find. My daughter came into the room and when I seen her all my anxiety briefly left as I went to pick her up to give her a big hug, and she flinched as i went to reach for her. That shook me to the core. I just want things to be almost normal. I dont want anything great or special just almost decent in my head. Well talking with you like this actually helps a bit, though I know it is just a website, for some reason I feel like you are watching me and can hear it. I am so sorry."
Will of jacksonville, fl USA

"James, A great friend, A great man. I miss you James."
Stan Applonie of Balad, Iraq

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,850 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I knew James when he was Specialist Shull at Fort Stewart, GA. We were both in 6th Platoon together. I have a lot of memories with him since he, Lang, and I were on the Warfighter Team together representing Fort Stewart. Man, those were days of pain training for that competition. He and I ran so many miles, airborne shuffled a heck of a lot on those tank trails, and did so many push-ups to train for that living nightmare. So I really got to spend a lot of time with him and knew him quite well. I have to admit, he was my friend and both Lang and I really cared so much for SPC (at that time) Shull. I remember after the warfighter we got "rewarded" for our efforts with Lang going to CID, me getting my SGT stripes, and my brother Shull getting to go to OCS. I was so proud of him and I will never forget when we all used to get inebriated at the bar and James went with us one time, he drunk sodas, and he watched us do all kinds of crazy/evil things and he never once judged us for our transgressions. He was a model man and probably one of maybe three religious PEOPLE I have met in my travels that I knew without a shadow of a doubt was a man of God and a true believer. I always respected him for that, because he never waivered in light of tempation and we all really did try to tempt him in our youthful ignorance. I remember after the Warfighter I asked him to say a prayer and considering the depraved heathens on the team (Lang, myself, and one other guy I cannot remember from 293rd MP) he was so overfilled with joy he had tears in his eyes as we all joined in the prayer he led. I will never forget when he came back from OCS and he was temporarily assigned to our Battalion HQ where I remember going to see him and I was never so proud and honored when I got to salute him for the first time, although, I had to stop him from standing at parade rest while talking to me. I love you, Brother Schull, and I have missed talking with you ever since our last parting from Fort Stewart all of those years ago. I pray all the time that God will one day smile upon me as he always did on you."
David Onco of Irving, Texas

"Hey sir, was thinking about you alot lately. I actually spoke with Alice and talked with her about how the children are and how she is. I almost couldnt speak and didnt get out half what I wanted to say, I am sure it pains her to talk to me but she is so strong. I have been having hard times lately, sleeping and getting along with normal life. It keeps coming back to me. That day seems to be getting closer in my mind instead of further away. I am not sure how much longer I will be able to take it. the pain is so great, but who am I for talking about my pain. bye for now."
will of jacksonville, fl

"I was really missing James today as I am planning our family reunion and his absence is heavy on my heart. I looked to this site as I do about once a year and was heartened by the new entries so many of you have shared about your experiences with James. Thank you for sharing your experiences and memories of James it keeps him close to us. He was the greatest of men and a loving brother. My kids ask me to tell them stories of James all the time, they love the crazy things he did in his youth. I am proud to tell them how he was as a noble man. James knew what was right and wrong and was strong in his belief in doing what was right, always."
April Agren (James' sister) of Summerville, SC

"I will never forget you...we will meet again soon my brother"
Infantry Captain from Pittsburgh, PA

"James A. Shull was a loving father I loved him so much.He always made me smile when I was sad.I miss him so much, and I wish he was with me right now. I will always remember him for all the great things he has done for my family and me. He was a great father, and I love my dad so much.I thank him so much for being there for me."
Ashley J. Shull of Poctello, Idaho USA

"I was in 3rd Brigade with CPT Shull my first tour in Iraq. I remember the sundays that I was unable to make it to church I always seemed to run into him somehere on Bulldog FOB when I returned. He always told me that he missed me in church that day and said that he was glad I returned safe. A couple times I went to him for advice and he seemed to always know what to say. After his memorial I can remeber passing the road sign to Al Shulla and thinking of him each time. CPT Shull, you will always be remembered, and I thank you for everything you did for me in that short period of time I had to spend with you. May the Spirit always be with you and your family."
Barry L. Marshall of Cedar City, Utah

"November 16, 2008
To the family of Capt. James A. Shull:
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

"CPT Shaw you were my best friend and gym partner in Iraq, i took over as Fire Support Targeting Specialist after you were killed by an accident from friendly forces in Iraq. I looked up to you with great desire, I base my career off of what I think you would respect me for. I am gonna look up your family and talk to them. I miss you SIR, your the best OFFICER i ever had, I capatalize officer cause i dont truly feel that i have had one that is 10% capable of filling your shoes. I loved you like a brother and mourn your death every year. I MISS YOU CPT SHULL! I will never forget you!!!!"
SGT KENNETH EPPERSON, on behalf of HHC 3 BDE, 1AD FIRE SUPPORT of West Plains, MO USA

"Hey sir gettin close to that day. That day really gets to me sometimes. I really am so sorry for so much. I hope that Alice and the children are ok and are getting ready for the holidays in peace. i am thinking about you."
Will Highsmith of Jacksonville FL USA

"Yesterday 8/20/08 while I was preparing a lesson on the “Stripling Warriors” I wanted to see how many Latter Day Saints have given their lives recently for freedom. It was then I found out that James was one of those valiant Soldiers. I will forever be grateful for James and his example.

I want it take this opportunity to tell his mom, dad, his beloved wife Alice and his children what a profound impact their son, husband and father was to me. We were roommates at Ricks College and every Sunday that I was not going to go to church because I was too tired, James would remind me with a smile how much our Savior has done for us, and ask me if I could at least give him 3 hours. It worked I would go to church.
I went on a mission because of James and because of that mission I have a strong testimony of my Heavenly Father, my Savior Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. I am certain that James never knew what type or how profound of an example and friend he was to me. But I, my wife and family will be forever grateful to James.
I feel that those who knew James could honestly compare him to Capt Moroni in the Book of Mormon ….."If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni (James), behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.”

James I love you and I am eternally grateful for your love, example, patience and friendship.

Ashley, Jacob and Alise I want you three to know that your daddy was a Hero in fact he was one of the best men I have ever known. My life is better because I knew him, my families’ lives are better because I knew him. Your lives are better because you are sealed to him for all eternity. Do not ever forget that, continue to make him proud!!"
Michael D. Allen of Adelanto, CA

"My name is SFC Richard Trujillo and I was on the mission that day when CPT Shull passed away. I still have many fond memories of CPT Shull. Every November 17th is a day that I reflect upon in many ways. I grieve his loss but also think of his wife and little girls as well. I was the first to see CPT Shull when the accident happened. I turned around to ensure his vehicle was ready to go when we all heard it. No one knew what really happened. It was so loud that everyone looked around for a micro second that seemed to be an eternity. I could not comprehend what I was seeing. It was like I was in an “outer body” experience watching something that was not happening. Soldiers attended to him very fast and immediately took him to the Medics. Chaplin (CPT) Glenn Palmer and CPT “C” did what they could but nothing could have been done. Highsmith is right when he said that many many things could have altered that moment in time. The environment, the timing, the conditions . . . just all went wrong. The night before this mission, I was meeting with CPT Shulls roommate, CPT “C”, and CPT Shull peeked his head inside the door and said, “Do you guys want to join me in bible study” and CPT “C” said jokingly “I do not need that”. CPT Shull then replied. . . “you never know when you will need this. . .” R.I.P. CPT Shull, you will never be forgotten. . . ."
SFC Richard Trujillo of San Antonio, TX

"Captain Shull is in my heart everyday, there is truly not an hour that goes buy i do not think of him. every day when i see my children and my wife playing with them, i am reminded of how much he loved his children and the few conversations i had with Alice. I called one day to set up a meeting with her and i could hear the children in the background. I think of that phone call everyday and the children and Alice. I think of you CPT Shull and the family that was left behind. CPT Palmers words are so true about the way his head was turned, I think of that breif moment that changed so many lives everyday. All the things that shoulda or coulda happened to change the events that took place just didnt. I relive that day over and over in my mind, it almost seems that it may have been meant to happen for some reason that I cant explain. There is actually a video taken moments before CPT Shulls death that shows he and I sitting next to one another in the humvee, even in that time he was worried about the safety of an interpreter that was kinda sitting loose in the humvee. the narrator of the video a ssgt trujillo that was with the civil affairs btln took the video and just before we head out he says "and here is specialist highsmith this is the guy that will either make us or break us today" his words rang so true. I love ya sir and I just feel like talking about that day right now I hope you are listening"
Will Highsmith of Jacksonville, FL

"James was my best friend since the 8th grade. James always was a great friend to me and everyone else he knew. If James wasn't at my house I was at his when we younger. My parents loved James also probably because he was a good influence to me.I think about James and his family every day. He was by far the best person I have ever known in my life. I miss you very much James. I wish I would have told you how much you ment to me the last time we spoke but I am sure you know. Your buddy Scott Stokke."
Scott Stokke of everett washington

"CPT. Schull you never knew me but I was one of the medics that worked on you, I will always remember your sacrifice and your family's....not a day goes by that Im too distracted to remember all the fallen and there sacrifices, know I will keep him along with many others In my thoughts to honor them...be well"
John Schneider of harrisonville, Mo USA

"My name is Chaplain (CPT) Glenn Palmer. James Shull was an awesome man; husband, father, brother, son and soldier. I was the last person to speak and joke around with James moments before we got into the Humvee. I got in the front seat to drive and he climbed in behind me. The way he turned his head caused him to receive the bullet I would have received.
I will never forget giving him mouth to mouth and CPR. I wanted and prayed so much for him to live but it wasnt to be.
I will also never forget the love and care and devotion that Doc Roger Broughbank provided James's body with tears streaming down his cheek. Doc and James worshipped together on our little base outside the town of Abu-Ghraib.
I pray for James's family. I visit that awful moment every day and I pray for Will Highsmith. Will, forgive yourself as God and James and his loved ones forgive. It is what it is. Be the best and most devoted husband and father and man before God and others you can be. One day you will see James again and he will embrace you.
After that moment and having served two tours in Iraq I take each moment and each day as gift's from God.
I am thankful to have known and served with James and Will and one day James will be there when we are all welcomed home on "higher ground"
You are all in my prayers.

Chaplain (CPT) Glenn Palmer OIF 1,3 Task Force 2-70 Armor

Currently: 41st Signal Battalion
Yongsan, Seoul, Korea."
Chaplain (CPT) Glenn Palmer of Seoul, Korea

"I am a very good friend of James' brother Chris. I met james when I was 11 years old and he and Chris were sharing a bedroom. James was just a couple of years older then we were. Typical older brother but I could tell that he cared for his family. James was one of those guys that didn't judge others. Even as a cocky teenager he still was very protective for his brother and even nice to me. This of course means little to the scheme of things but it was important to me. I honor James' memory and sacrifice. I think of him often and strive to live like he did. honorable, compassinately and with service towards his fellow man."
Tom of Seattle Wa

"It is 17 November 2007, one year since my last entry on this page and 4 since that terrible Baghdad day, and still not a day has gone by that i dont think about you. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on your memory and hope you and your family realize that there are some of us out here who will never let you be forgotten. We will meet again brother."
Infantry Captain of Pittsburgh, PA

"CPT Shull was a great man! It was fun when he would take time out of his day and play cards with other soldiers while we were in Kuwait, I think about CPT Shull and the others that I know that lost their lives in action. Take care."
SGT Clough, Michael of Fort Polk (DeRidder), LA

"Hey Capt. Shull i was having a terrible day and decided to write to you and tell you i have been thinking of alice and the children hoping the are ok and doing well in school. again i am sorry for all the pain i caused on that day when my weapon misfired. i havent been the same since. i miss you sir and i hope all is well keep an eye on that family of yours, and do what you can for mine i love you sir"
william highsmith of jacksonville, fl

"To the family of: James A. Shull I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"I am sorry if my words are not as great as the others on this page, but I did not want this day to go by without reflection. It is now November, 17 2006. It has been three years since that dreadful Baghdad day. Not a day has passed since then that i have not thought about you. You are the best man i know. your dedication to your family, faith, and your country is something i strive for every day, but find myself falling short of you. I have since left left the Army, but your memory will never leave me. We will meet again my brother."
Infantry Captain of Pittsburgh, PA

""To the family James A. Shull left behind: I am the ID State Coordinator for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. It is our group's goal to make a memorial quilt for each fallen soldier from Idaho. We are a group of volunteers that are part of a nationwide organization of volunteers who are making Civil War Reproduction Quilts for the families of Fallen Soldiers. Our hope is that the heirloom quilt we are making for your family will be a small token of our deep appreciation for your ultimate sacrifice and serve as some comfort in the many years to come. Please contact me at czelus@hotmail.com" so that we may deliver your Home of the Brave Quilt to you and yours.
Cheryl Zelus of Home of the Brave-ID State Coordinator"
Cheryl Zelus of Paso Robles, CA

"Capt shull,
I am so sorry for the hurt i have caused your family i look at this page almost every day, and i think of you. i have a daughter and a son now, and everytime i look at them i think about alice and your children. i am so sorry that this has happened the anniversary is coming up of your death and i always go to the beach by myself and talk to you about stuff, you gave me some good advice a few nights before you died, you touaght me about forgiveness, and that has changed me i am sorry and you are missed"
Will Highsmith of jacksonville fl

"From our family to yours, Thanks for all that you have sacrificed."
Dr. Matt Shull of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

"James:I love you and for all eternity, I always will. You are my brother, my friend, my hero. You are a man of honor, courage, spirituality, and of great humor, plus so much more. The earth and those that are here miss you, for when you left, a light was extinquished, never to shine on us anymore. But the heavens now shine even stronger because your light made it brighter there instead. I know you are doing great work and making Heavenly Father very happy. Like how happy you made me and your whole family.(You still make us very happy) Eat lots of ice cream and keep on laughing and I will feel that the heavens are ever shining with your love and your neverending joy that you are no doubt bringing to it. Again, I love you brother and until we meet again, God be with you always. Love Clara"
Clara of Kirkland, Washingtion

""I will never forget my fallen brothers,
For if it had been me I would hope the same?"
Brothers at arms never forget!!
First or not at all!! 4-1 FA
God be with you on your long journey and I promise we will meet again."
Seth Pawli of Marsahll, MO

"CPT James Shull was a good friend. I had the great pleasure of being his driver for a few months before we went to Iraq together. Also for a few days while we were in Iraq. We always had a good time together. I considered James a good friend. I was honored to know a great soldier and good friend. Thank you James for everything. The times we spent together will always be valuable to me. My prayers go out to your family from mine."
Seth Pawli of Marshall, MO

"Friends and Family of Capt James Shull-
I am sorry to hear of the loss of a man who sounds like he was an incredible friend, spouse and family member; as well as a dedicated soldier who loved his country. I wanted to let you know that I am wearing a bracelet dedicated to the Fallen Heroes with James Shull's name on it (ordered through www.herobracelets.org), and have already have several people ask me about him. Thought you might like to know his memory is very much alive."
Corinna Farrell, CPT, Army Nurse of Hawaii

"I am a painter. Other painters and myself are taking photographs of as many of the fallen soldiers as possible and doing small portraits in order to express the loss of these men and women in human terms rather than numbers. This has had tremendous impact on all of us. There is a feeling of great intimacy with the faces, smiles and eyes of those who we never knew. James is one of the soldiers that I have had the honor of painting. It's strange to feel so much for someone I never knew and to feel that I can never have the opportunity to ever meet him and tell him that he has effected me so greatly. I am very sorry for your loss and sorry that I will never have the opportunity to tell him what a great smile he has. On November 19th we will be hanging close to one thousand of these paintings in a gallery so that others can see there faces. The photograph I used was from the newspaper and not too very clear but if you have any interest in having it once the show is over I would be honored to send it to you. You can contact me at Lavendermoon24@AOL"
Peggy Rosen of Mill Valley, Ca.

"Captain Shull, 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 "

""OUR special chosen words since day one of finding this site last year...have always been......REST IN PEACE BRAVE SOLDIERS/MARINES/WARRIORS We love you and MAY GOD BLESS you each. Your loved ones are in a beautiful place called Heaven now....When you look up to the sky at night and see the brightest star...it's your hero..shining down on you"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"I am so glad that I found this site. My heart sunk when I heard the news of his death back in December. James and I lived next door at The Bunkhouse at Ricks College in 1989-90. I have great memories of James during that year. He was the best example to me and I have thought about him for the last 15 years as one of my best friends! He and I did alot together while there. I won't forget him and I eating snacks during our History class in the auditorium. That was quite the ritual and it made the class so much fun-perhaps too much fun (I got a D). James and I were also ski buddies on Thursdays. He and I would hop into my truck and head over to Targhee for some fun skiing.--What a great guy. I still have pictures of him and I hitting the slopes in shorts and "t" during the spring season. I would also remember him and I going down to SLC/Provo at least once a month.
There was also the TacoTime incident and of course, his expressions and comments. I also remember the times where he would run out of cash for food too!
I try to think of words to describe him and can't. He was close to perfection that one can get to in this life. I was foolish in not keeping in contact with him after our missions. I would have loved to have known James as a father and a husband. As a father of three small children myself, my family prays for his wife and children. If there is anything I can do PLEASE drop me a line. hekkings@yahoo.com
The world is a worse place because of his loss!!!!"
Neil Hekking of Mesa, AZ

"2/1/04 12:03AM
10 minutes ago I found an old letter from James dated June 15, 1993. I had not spoken to him since we were roommates in college in Idaho over ten years ago. Excited, I jumped on my computer and entered his name on a search engine to see if I could find him....and now I see this memorial instead. I miss you buddy.
You see, James and I not only shared a room, but also a love for life and our families. I am from NJ originally and he had just been back from a mission in the Phillipines when we met in Idaho. We were two young kids trying to make this Idaho thing work out for us. He always took care of those around him any way he could. I was blessed to be around him. To know James is to have a perfect role model to emulate. During our time together, we were inseperable, except for later on when he met that special lady, Alice. As a matter of fact, she is mentioned in my letter. James writes, "I'll see Alice on June 30th, and we are doing great!". I will never forget this night. Good night James."
Frank Angelo of Dearborn, MI

"I served with Elder Shull as missionaries in Tacloban and just found out when I read the February Ensign. He was a really good Elder and a really good man and the world is diminished greatly. My condolences to his wife and children who are similar in age to my own three. I am very sorry for your loss. God bless you and keep you."
Stacey (Snyder) Bartholomew of Pleasant Grove, UT, USA

"I met James about three years ago, we shared an
office here at Ft Lewis. He was a young Lt but it
didnt take long to see he wasnt an average Lt. We
spent many days in conversation about faith,
parenting, soldiering, leadership, hunting, and
sports. We had alot in common, I knew if my desk ran
out of snacks I could always find one in his. He was
good at everything he tried but also looked for ways
to get better. I remember how he wanted to get better
times on his PT test, so we spent time for weeks
running and working on his breathing, pacing himself
and it turned out he ran faster than I did on that
test. Our wives were pregnant (with their third and
our fourth) together. And Alice would go out of her
way(even in labor) to take care of us. We will always
be grateful.
I saw him again last year at Ft Sill when I was away
from home and James and Alice took me in for
thanksgiving. It will always be a fond memory of their
family sharing a very special meal with me.
I remmember how after 11 Sep 01 talking about the
future of the Army changing and we would have to face
these future challenges and have the heart to pursue
this War on Terror.
James was a soldier of the highest caliber. I
understand why his command pushed him to go to OCS. He
set a great example for all us as parents, husbands,
soldiers, and christians. Knowing James and the way he
lived should make all of us walk a little taller,
stand a little straighter, go a little farther, hug a
little tighter, kiss a little longer, call more often,
write more letters, and salute our flag a little
sharper.

Matt

Matthew Jones
Chief Warrant Officer Three"
Matthew Jones of Yelm, WA

"Thank you James Shull, 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

"James was a proud graduate of Washington State and a Cougar fan. I thought you all might like to read this tribute to him on the Cougar football fan website, www.cougfan.com. It was included in an article about the Holiday Bowl that was posted Dec. 29:
LOYAL FAN'S VOICE WILL BE MISSING
WSU has sold out its allotment of Holiday Bowl tickets and countless more fans will be tuned in to ESPN for the Tuesday kickoff. But one long-time loyal fan's voice will not be heard. With deep sorrow, we report that James A. Shull, a passionate Cougar fan and WSU graduate with a degree in criminal justice, was killed in a friendly fire accident in Iraq on Nov. 17, two days after his beloved Cougars had defeated Arizona State. A product of Kirkland's Juanita High, the 32-year-old Army captain served in the first armored division's field artillery regiment. He is survived by his wife Alice and three children."
John Jenkins of Seattle WA

"I just want to say that I am deeply sorry for what happen to my dear friend James. We were both stationed together at Fort Stewart, GA as part of the 3rd Military Police Company. Rest in peace buddy and God watch over your family."
Gustavo A. Tamez of Edcouch, TX USA

"I went to school with James (Juanita High School, class of 1989). I have such fond memories of James, his sense of humor and intelligence. James always extended himself to others, helping them in any way possible. I am also a wife of a US Army soldier from Ft. Lewis WA, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry, my husband is currently deployed in Iraq. James was a HERO and always will be. May God Bless your family in this time of sorrow, and the wonderful memories of James ease your pain over time."
Karin (Olson) Santos of Bothell, WA

"Each day we recover a little from the shock of James death. Yet each day we think of him often with a lump in our throats or tears in our eyes. James, his wife Alice, and their children have paid a very high price for the freedom we enjoy. We will never forget.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Shull family, and with Alice, Ashley, Jacob, Alyssa, and the Andersen family daily."
Jay R (Skip) Andersen of Los Alamos, New Mexico

"Trying to cope with the fresh news on Monday night with my sorrow I vented in this poem I'd like to share with you-

In Memorium for James Shull

snuffed out
the wind gusts
the flicker
of the fragile
incandescence
extinguished,
the candle flame
only smokes
slowly drifting
tentatively
off
out
above.

the roaring bonfire
doused
by a mistaken toxic spill.

the potent lighthouse
phosphorescence
overlooking the tranquil bay,
a beam destroyed
by the sudden ravaging
gale of a blasting typhoon.

Shining in uniform
he
is quelled.
No more to brighten
the waiting
empty
doorway.

written in tears
for your death
Nov. 17, 2003, 8:15 p.m.

your cousin, Cheryl"
cheryl cross of San Francisco, Ca

"Thank you for the love that all of you have shown my family."
James's wife Alice Shull of Fort Riley,Ks

"I met James in 1999 when we were both 2LT's at the Artillery OBC. We served three consecutive assignments together from students to Platoon Leaders to staff officers. Of James I must say that I have never met a more upstanding and honorable man. I remember running into James one afternoon in Seoul. I was having problems with my Platoon Sergeant, and James being James reminded me that I was a “butter-bar” and to heed my Platoon Sergeant’s advice. It was little conversations like those that made my discussions with James all the more memorable. His family was never far his thoughts. From the spartan accommodations in Korea to the office he shared at Fort Lewis, James always found a place to put pictures up of his family. He never boasted, as he was far too humble for that, yet, you could tell how much he loved Alice, Ashley, and Jacob. To Alice and the Shull Family I would just like to say that James is my hero. Not for the uniform he wore, but for the way he lived his life. I am eternally grateful for having not only the opportunity to serve with James, but the privilege of being James’ friend. He is missed sorely by all those whose lives he touched."
CPT Arturo R. Murguia of Fort Lewis, WA

"I am James little sister. I cannot begin to describe how grateful I am to have had the time I was given with him. He was proud to be in the military and to serve our country. He was a wonderful person and I know that he is with our God in heaven. He will be missed more than can be expressed with words. Thank you for contributing to this page. It brings joy in this difficult time to hear the memories of James and how he has touched so many lives. James is my hero and he will live forever in my heart and I will honor him always."
April Agren of Sierra Vista, AZ

"I served with James at Ft. Lewis, and was honored to know him. One of the best memories I have of James was Thanksgiving Dinner in his home, myself and another guy didn't have a place to go and he invited us to dinner with him and his family. He made us feel right at home. We talked about his past assignments, his mission to the Philipines and his kids. I also remember if there was something I needed or something that had to get done he was one I could always count on to get me what I needed or out of a jam. I couldn't think of a better man to serve with... My heart and prayers go out the family. James, you will live on in our memories... See you in "Fiddlers Green"."
CPT Michael Ulanski of Lawton, OK

"James was my nephew. I wish it had been possible to have known him. However, I'm happy I got to meet his dear wife and his beautiful children. I feel more safe, because of dedicated people like him."
Marolyn Cross of Beltsville, MD

"Memories of James by Jeff Boag:

Floating down the Clear Water river in Idaho just enjoying the scenic beauty of this earth and letting our pregnant wives get a reprieve from the heat.
Thanksgiving 1995, a bunch of homesick kids celebrating life and the expected Birth of their Children.
James helping me move my Hide-a-bed to Five different apartments.
Watching WAZZU games and seeing James crack-up every time they played the Homer Simpson's "Dooh".
Shooting Cans in the Quarry in Kooski.
Thinking how glad I was that a guy as great as James would want to protect our country.
Watching him light up when he showed me pictures of his Artillery Weaponry.
Watching him play with his three little kids up at Ft. Lewis.

James was and is a great friend. My heart and prayers go out to his family. The day before he died I read the following scripture that sums up James' military service.

Alma Chapter 48: 11-13

And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery. Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people. Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country and his religion...

We will miss you James, you are a hero to us all."
Jeff Boag

"I am James old platoon leader. We served together at Fort Stewart. He was just like a little brother of mine. I suggested to him that he would be a good officer and I help him get his packages together for OCS. I will always remember James as a great soldier and a better person. He will be truly missed by the Regulators of 3rd Military Police Company."
GERALD MAPP of FORT LEAVENWORTH ,KS

"My Brother James loved being in the military and protecting freedom. He loved his wife Alice, and his 3 young children. James paid the ultimate to make this world a little more safe for his children, his country, and people everywhere. I will always be proud of my little brother and can remember him as a man that lived life to the fullest.

Thanks to all who are leaving a kind and caring word to help comfort James' family and to let the world know that James is a Hero.

Thanks Again,
Bradley Shull."
Bradley Shull of Bothell, WA

"I am Capt. James Shull's sister-in-law. James and my husband are brothers. On behalf of our family I want to thank all of you for your kind words and for the items you would like to donate. I will make sure that James' wife receives all of this information. This web site will bring our family great comfort as we grieve for the loss of one of our country's heros."
Kim Shull of Bothell, WA

"To the family and friends of Capt. James Shull:
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 Capt. James Shull:
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