Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. James D. Stewart

29, of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Stewart died in Ar Rutbah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military cargo truck. He was assigned to the 57th Transportation Company, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on June 21, 2005.

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"To the Stewart Family:

SGT. Stewart was a great Soldier and more importantly a good person. I often think about SGT. Stewart, and the lengthy conversation's we had about his hopes of opening a trucking business. Yesterday, June 21, 2012 was just another day to most, but to us it was the seventh anniversary of the loss of a comrade in arms. SGT Stewart will never be forgotten and will always be missed. May God be with you all.

V/r,
Daniel W. Austin"
Daniel W. Austin of Detroit, MI U.S.A

"You are not forgotten SGT Stewart! Thank you for your sacrifice."
Red of North Carolina

"I will never forget Sgt Stewart. I was deployed twice with Sgt Stewart and his motivation helped me get through those deployements. My thoughts and prayers have and always will be with you."
SPC Chris Welch of St. Peters, MO

"June 21, 2009
To the family of Sgt. James D. Stewart:
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

"Rest in Peace Sgt Stewart."
J Ferrara of Pinellas County, FL

"Doug,
I know it has been awhile since we lost you but I find myself thinking about you often. The "Johnson" family misses you and the holidays are just not the same without you around. I couldn't even get Jesse to set off fireworks last night (New Year Eve). I remember how much you enjoyed fireworks... it turns out that the last time any of us set some off was the last Fourth of July we spent with you. I still have the rest of the pack that we never finished that night, I don't have the heart to throw them out or the nerve to set them off now.
The wounds have begun to heal, more for some then others.
The reason I'm writing now is because Alan is back in Iraq. You two always watched out for each other growing-up. He really misses you... I know you are watching over all of your family now but I was hoping that you could keep an extra watch over him.
There will always be something missing with you gone. You hold a place in our hearts forever. Know that we will NEVER FORGET YOU or what you gave your life to protect; our Freedom and this Great Nation.
GONE but NEVER FORGOTTEN. Rest in Peace Doug."
Heather Mills-Johnson of Tucson, AZ

"Sgt. James Stewart was one special young man. He was so dedicated to his faith in God and his country. We had the privilege and honor of having James as our employee before he chose to join the army. After 9-11 he was absolutely going to go fight for our great country. As our employee he drove a truck and as he traveled he listened to several different pastors teaching and preaching God's word. His bible always laid on his bed. I know he is in the arms of Jesus. Thank you James for your unselfish life on this earth and I am so thankful to know without a doubt that you are in heaven rejoicing and praising our Father now. We pray that we could be just a glimmer of light in this world that you have been."
J.A. and Paula Bates of Ider,AL

"To the family members of SGT James D Stewart, I want to say, I am very sorry for your loss. But Stewart will always be in our hearts no matter where we are in life. He was a very big part of all of our lives and let alone he was one of my best Friends. I looked up to him to one day be just like him. He was a great NCO and a Great Friend. JDS you will always be in my heart and everyone in the 57th Trans Co. You might be gone but you will never be forgotten. WE LOVE YOU!! To the Family I will be here if you would like to talk: Francisco_barnard@yahoo.com"
Former SGT Barnard, Francisco of 57th Trans Co 3rd Plt/Company Clerk

"Dearest Rachel Barrett (and the rest of Stewie's family),

I just wanted to let you know that I still love and miss Stewie VERY much and I will ALWAYS think of him and what he gave up for the freedom of this GREAT country...while some people seem to take their freedom for granted that people like SGT. Stewart gave their life for; and in return they would spit on rather than thank the many soldiers serving in the military, for the freedoms that they have. I know I will always have a place for Stewie in my heart, and that he will always be looking out for me and my loved ones.

Sincerely,

Christine Storer"
(Formerly SPC Storer of 548th CSB, 57th Trans. Co., 2nd Platoon, 2nd squad) of Imperial, MO/USA

"To the family of:James D. Stewart 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"

"You were a hit in your videos. My favorite part of the rope was when you lied and said you left your sigars behind. I wish we could keep in touch."
Josiah Owen Leach of Commerce Twp. MI, U.S.A

"SGT STEWART, THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A GOOD FRIEND AND A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR ME IN MY LIFE. YOU TOOK MY SPOT AND SACRIFICED YOUR SELF FOR ME. I WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO REPAY YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. I CAN ONLY PRAY THAT GOD BE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THANK YOU JAMES AND GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY."
SGT JORDAN WILSON of FT. CARSON, CO

"To The Stewart Family & Friends,
SGT Steawart, was trully a Soldier in the Army of the Lord. "Stewy" as his friends called him will forever remain in the hearts and minds of Soldiers of the 57th Trans 2nd Platoon."
SFC Scarborough of US Army

"SGT STEWART YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
REST IN PEACE MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE STEWART FAMILY"
STACY GREEN (FORMALLY SGT GREEN) of ATLANTA,GA

"Mrs. Stewart,
On June 22, 2005, my son, Sgt. Jordan Wilson, called me from Iraq. He was weeping and shared that one of his best friends had just been killed, your son. He said the night before, he was scheduled to go on a mission but was so exhausted he could hardly move, so your son James volunteered to take his place. That night your son was killed in my sons place. I'm uncertain how to respond to all of this as a dad. I have been so appreciative for your family and the fact that my son is still alive. I have prayed often for you & yours. And I have told this story publicly & repeatedly, not letting James' name be forgotten.
I am a pastor and have shared how James death gave life to my son and how much more so the death of Jesus Christ has given to all who will believe, eternal life. I was recently able to share this story with the Governor of our state of Nebraska and many other dignitaries, at a prayer luncheon. I just learned of this website yesterday. My son Jordan is home on leave and being transferred to Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, CO. He is looking for the right design to have a memorial tattooed on himself in memory of James. He has recently reinlisted and as you can imagine, is struggling with PTS. Your son's name is brought up often in our conversations. I am glad that I have been able to contact you & pray that many will come to Christ as a result of your son's death. With much gratitude and heartfelt thanks, I am eternally indebted.
In Christ's Love,
Pastor Dave Wilson
dew@bbc.net
Father of Sgt. Jordan Wilson"
Pastor David Wilson of Alliance, Nebraska

"Dear Mrs. Stewart,

I hope that you remember me but I am Charlotte White. I escorted you around Fort Drum, New York when you came up to visit the military life that your son had lived for so many years. When you came here I wanted to let you know what losing SGT Stewart meant to the Soldiers in the 57th Trans Company. But everytime I tried I choked on my own tears. SGT Stewart was God's gift to our lives. Everyday he kept us laughing knowing that it was what we all needed. He never thought about about only himself. He always looked to his left and right to see if there was another Soldier in need. He took care of his "Kids" Soldiers as if they were his own. I remember sitting with him in the Smoke area and he was very quite but in his quiteness he said alot. He was always wanting to learn. And I enjoyed teaching him and others what I knew. I have always wanted you to know that because of Stewy alot us had time to sit and reflect on our own lives. He always seemed so content, happy and greatful for the things he had in his life. Whenever I think of your son I think of the song Unanswered Prayers by Garth Brooks. The one line that touches my heart is "Even though he may not answer doesn't mean he don't care. One of god's greatest gifts are Unanswered Prayers." Ma'am I can only imagine the pain that you are going through right now but I hope that you remember that your son has talked to God and has asked him to make sure that you are taken care of and that someone is watching over you. And his unanswered prayer is all of us from 57th Trans and people around you that continously show their concerns for you and help you make it through each day. We want to answer your sons prayer. And for as long as I am still alive I want you to know that I am always here for you. To listen, to talk or to just cry on. Because believe me honey " WE ALL NEED SOMEONE TO LEAN ON. LEAN ON ME WHEN YOUR NOT STRONG AND I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND, I'LL HELP YOU CARRY ON, LEAN ON ME, WHEN YOUR AFRAID AND I'LL BE YOUR SHELTER THROUGH THE STORM." I will always be here Mrs. Stewart and May God bless you with Strength to not forget but to forgive the loss of your son. We love you Mrs. Stewart and you will always be in all our prayers. Amen

charlotte.white@us.army.mil
Please e-mail me sometime. God Bless!!"
Formally, SGT White of Fort Drum, New York

"To the loving mother, sister, and family of SGT James Douglas Stewart, my heart felt prayers continue to go out to you. SGT Stewart was my Bravo Team Leader and the best one I ever had as I was his Squad Leader. I will always think of and miss you SGT Stewart forever!! By far, one of the very best NCO's I have ever come across in my 14 years service. A true professional Noncommissioned Officer from the start! Mrs Stewart, I have recently heard that you were trying to contact myself or some of Doug's leadership, though unfortunately I have no contact information to get in touch with you. I would be very much abliged to speak to you if you would still like to. You may email me at: Shawn.herzog@us.army.mil if you would like. Again, my loving prayers go out to you and the family. I know Doug is in a much better place now watching over all. God Bless You SGT Stewart!"
SSG Shawn Herzog of Fort Drum, New York

"To the fammily members of SGT James Stewart, I want to say I am sorry for your loss but he will always be in our hearts no matter where we end up. He was big part of all of our lives and will always be.
"Get On the Truck" 57th Trans Co"
Spc Amy Brown of Fort Drum NY

"To the Family of James D. Stewart. my best is with you. I know is hard to lose a love one. James D. Stewart may be gone but his sprit still lives on.
I hope all goes will and James D. Stewart will be in me prayer."
Anthony Villegas of 1717 dillon dr Modesto ca 95350 modesto Ca USA

"To the family of Sgt. James Stewart my heart goes out to you.It doesnt seem like a year ago that he was taken from us.I would just like you to know that Sgt. Stewart is still in my thaughts and family still in my prayers.RIP Stew and wish there were more soldiers like you!"
Spc Matthew Martin 57th Gun Truck Co. of Oklahoma

"sgt stewart 57 will always remember you and always miss you."
spc stotts shynne (old 57) of k-town germany

"Rest in peace soldier, you are not forgotten."
TJ of Modesto, California

"To the Stewart family from the Wahl family! Two years since we lost our son. An i think of all our fallen as I do for James. He has given the ulitmate scarifice for us all. James is someone's someone and someone to our family. An I can only hope to every American. many fallen families will embark at Gatlinburg TN 4th of July. To take part in the midnight parade and fireworks. We plan to enter a float at the parade. To not only honour our fallen to "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. To keep our soldiers serving in harms way. Our wounded and fallen fresh in the minds of every American! we hope you can join us to honour james and our other fallen soldier's."
leonard-wahl@hotmail.com of Spring, Texas

"Thank You Mr. Stewart. MEN like you make it safe for BOYS like me to play in peace. Your honor and sacrafice are an inspiration to us all."
James A Stewart of Mooresville, NC

": To the family of: James D. Stewart 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 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Sgt Stewart will always have a special place in my heart. We were best friends on this deployment and the last one. Any time i needed help, or he needed help we were there for each other. I lost my right hand and part of my shoulder in an ied blast a month prior to his passing. he was hit in the same spot that i was hit just 2 miles before au rutba. He was hit a week and a half after me in the same spot and survived without harm to an ied blast that burned his 5 ton truck up. And all i can think is why dont they chang this stuff up or set up servaliance in the area. that would make sence to keep our soldiers from injury or worse. But to end this I want everybody to know that Sgt Stewart is the best friend that everyone wants from drinking coffee as we sat around smokin and jokin after mission to his diehard dedication to the country he loved. the only guy i know who never complained about being in Iraq. I Love Ya Stewy.

Sgt Steven J Allen
WIA 20May2005"
Sgt Steven J. Allen of Thawville, Il

"Thank You. It is good to know such men are still found in our area. He will be sorely missed, and it is a great loss to Chattanooga to lose such a patriotic son. We will not let his death be in vain. Hooah!"
John of Chattanooga, Tennessee

"THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND YOUR NEVER ENDING SUPPORT."
(SGT. James D. Stewart's sister)Marilyn L. Stewart of Tampa, Florida/US

"To James's Family, I wish to offer my deepest condolences on your loss of James. James is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless all of you."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To The Family Of Sgt Stewart....I am so sorry for your loss. My Heart goes out to you. I am a wife of one of the soldiers in the unit and I was heartbroken when I had received word a member of our Family has died. There are no words as to how truely sorry I am. He will NOT be forgotten!

Thank You Sgt Stewart For Your Service To Not Only The Army and The US But To The 57th Transporation Company. Your Memory Lives On!

"Get On The Truck!!!!""
A Spouse Of 57Th Trans. Co. of Fort Drum NY

"Too The Family members of Sergeant James Stewart I want to give your son a Great big Thank you. James Stewart, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. I Myself Was Very lucky, we was trapped in an ambush in Vietnam and was saved by a tanker unit that was close by and We All thank God everyday.
I know your Son will be with all of our Soldiers in Heaven that has paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. May He have God's Love Forever in a Greater Kingdom, Where all are judged as one of God's Children?
Our Love and Sorrow goes our to you and Your Family in your hardest of times Letting go of Your loved one. He Will Always be Rememered !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sincerely
U.S. Army Retired
Sergeant First Class
Gerald G. Durkin"
Gerald G. Durkin of Wesley Chapel, Fl

"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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"TO THE STEWART FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR FAMILY IS DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF JAMES. HE HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN. HE IS REMEMBERED TODAY,FOREVER AND NEVER FORGOTTEN. JAMES IS A MAN THAT ANSWERED HIS CALLING IN LIFE. TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER. ONE THAT MANY AMERICAN'S AVOID. AN TAKE MUCH OUR SOLDIER PROTECT FOR THEM FOR GRANTED. JAMES HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY PEOPLE. AN THOSE HE DID TOUCH WILL NEVER FORGOT HIM. FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, THOSE IN HIS COMMUNITY, HIS MILITARY FAMILY OF BROTHER'S, SISTER'S, THOSE IN IRAQ AND ESPECIALLY HIS LOVING FAMILY. JAMES TRUELY BECAME A MAN BASED ON EACH OF YOU IN HIS FAMILY. JAMES YOU HAVE TOUCHED MY HEART. FOR YOU SERVED ALONG SIDE OUR SON. AN YOU TWO HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. YET, AS MILITARY BROTHER'S YOU HAD EACH OTHER'S BACK'S COVERED AND EACH OTHER'S UNIT. NOW BOTH OF YOU ARE UNITED TOGETHER. WE LOST OUR SON LAST MAY. JAMES AMERICA IS ALOT SAFER BECAUSE OF YOU. YOU NAD THE COMBINATION OF ALL THOSE SERVING AMERICA IS STILL FREE! AN THE VERY PLACE THE WORLD WANTS TO LIVE. MY TEARS FOR MY SON, ARE TEARS FOR YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT GAVE HIS OR HER LIFE. MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU TODAY AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS!"
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"Thank you James Stewart, 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 Sgt. James Stewart:
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 Sgt. James Stewart:
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