Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Pvt. James H. Ebbers

19, of Bridgeview, Illinois.
Died in Djibuoti, Africa. Died on October 14, 2002.

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"I am a teacher in Poteet Texas and a veteran myself. Every day my class honors one of my gone brothers and sisters. Today we honor James. He is still thought of and held in the hearts of many."
Donna Bachler of Poteet, TX

"I never forgot about you brother!!! We got to Fort Campbell at the same time and you were a true friend to me!!! Letting me chill in your room watching you try to play guitar, rest in peace brother."
SSG Anderson of Fort Stewart

"Love you, Son. Think of you every day, and say prayers for you, Matt and all the other Fallen. Thank you for your service to our country. Note: Tribute To The Troops will be honoring James and Matt in Oak Lawn, IL on Friday, June 6, 2014. Thankful for those who honor and remember!"
Mrs. Nancy Ebbers of Oak Lawn, IL, USA

"I am a Canine Explosives Detection Handler with the Transportation Security Administration. I am the proud handler of a beautiful Yellow Lab honorably named after James. He will be working every day to protect the traveling public and we will honor James' memory every day."
Jeannie Carney of Kansas City, MO

"We are now fostering Eebbers, a yellow lab male puppy for TSA Canine Breeding and Development Center (Lackland AFB). He is 16 weeks old and will be with us until he is a year & ready for training. He is named in honor of James, and with success will be an explosives sniffing dog for TSA."
Joan Hughes & Lee Klancher of Austin, TX

"Jim, Maybe we'll have a jam session in Heaven. We love ya, man!"
Jan & Steve & Cloie of Glendale, AZ, 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! Almost 2,100 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 wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always 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,
Projectcompassion@manti.com of Manti, Utah USA

"Army Private James H. Ebbers ~ Thank You Private Ebbers for your service to our country. I met your mother at a Gold Star Family event at the Memorial Wall in Marseilles, IL. Your mother is very proud of you and misses you alot.

Ed Davis Kenosha, WI."

""Remembering you on this Veterans Day, for the ultimate sacrifice you have made. Thank you for My freedoms brave hero. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace, and may peace come to your family and loved ones for the sacrifice they have also made.""
William Taylor / Fellow Veteran of BONITA SPRINGS, FL

"What's up Jim? I remember goofing off with you in GYM class back in '01. Remember filling up water bottles and chucking them in the locker room? Lol!! Then some douche left his locker unlocked and we threw all his clothes around. Yea, we were bad-asses allright...Me and all my homebodys would be hanging outside Salinas' place after school and you would walk by with your girlfriend everyday. Not once did you ever stop and drop a line. What the eff ebbers? Lol, it's cool man. Sorry that you had to die man, I'll see you on the other side"
Jim Condon of Frankfort, IL

"I remember Jim when I used to watch him and his brothers while his parents went out on there occasional dates. I was glad to see that Jim grew up to make a difference in our lives and this world. I think of him often and when memorial day comes around I do give thanks to jim."
Alexis of Brookfield,IL

"May 19, 2007 (Armed Forces Day)
To the family of James H. Ebbers. 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron of Charleston, Illinois

"what a great friend. what more can you say about a funny guy like James. what a character"
Julianne of Plainfield,Il

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish toe extend my deepes sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"This year on memorial day I came across the card and prayer card you sent last year (2004) I want you to know that I will always remember your son and your family on that day. I will also remember the pain of your loss which was so apparent at his wake. Hope you are doing well and that your memories of him bring you happiness"
Patt Bruni of Orland Park,, Illinois

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"My Goodness, what a striking young man. so young...he gave the ultimate for us to live free."
Laura of California MD

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

"God bless the family of Private Ebbers. You dedication and defense of this country will not be forgotten. My family is safer thanks to men like you. You gave the last full measure and that is beyond noble."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you James Ebbers, 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 Pvt. James H. Ebbers:
I want to send my prayers to you. All though it has been a year since your loss, the heartache never goes away! I wanted you to know that on the very same day that James went to serve God, my son Titus was born. And now in a month his daddy will be going to Djibuoti also. Knowing now that your son lost his life there, maybe his soul can help protect my husband. Your son has touched my heart and I will remember his name and honorable, and brave duty for the rest of my life. May God and James bless you for all the rest of your days."
Crissy L. Birdashaw, spouse of an Army soldier and mother of three of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA

"I love my son, Jim. Somedays it is tough to believe he is gone from us, but I am working through the loss.Thanks be to God who provides the grace to make it through each day. And I want to thank
everyone who has helped me and the rest of us,Beth,Mark,Matt and Brian and Jim's friends by listening and by praying and by reminding us how special
Jim was to those who knew him. I can't
thank you enough! I appreciate it more
than I can say. To Jim's friends, to his beloved Beth and to his fellow soldiers I say STAY STRONG, and know that you are loved with an everlasting
Love. Remember how he would say "..later, 'bye.." ? Precious.
with thanks to you all,
Nancy Ebbers"
Nancy Ebbers of Bolingbrook, IL

"Jim was the better half of me and i adore him for that. Its been a year and he is still on our minds and in our hearts. He is one man that is impossible to forget. Just to think he would be my husband right now...its unbelievable that he is not. I loved him when he was alive, I still love him now that hes gone, and I will always love him until we can be together again... R.I.P Sweetie, wait for me"
Beth (10/15/03) of Orland Park

"Jim, I miss you. You were the best thing that ever happened to Beth. Thank you for dedicating time to our country. Your family and friends miss you so much. I know you are looking down on them from heaven."
Tracey 10/14/03 of Palos Heights, IL

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"To the family and friends of Pvt. James Ebbers:
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 Pvt. James Ebbers:
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