Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. James F. Fordyce

22, of Newton Square, Pennsylvania.
Fordyce died when two CH-53 helicopters crashed into the Gulf of Aden in the vicinity of Ras Siyyan, northern Djibouti, while flying a training mission in the Godoria Range area. He was deployed to Djibouti as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. He was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, New River, North Carolina. Died on February 17, 2006.

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"To the family of:James F. Fordyce
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""

"To James, I thank You dearly for your service and sacrifice, which allow me to live in this free country. Your smile brightens my commute each day as I drive past your memorial picture. To your family and loved ones, you are in our hearts and prayers."
Chuck McAveney of West Chester, PA

"Thank You, Jimmy for the gift you gave to Lesley. She will have that for the rest of her life."
Janie of Oak, NE

"Jimmy has left us with his beautiful smile and his heart of gold. What a great kid! If any one wants to join, there will be a run for Jimmy on or around Feb. 17. coached@kw.com"
Ed Fordyce of West Chester, PA

"Mr. Pockets, and I will leave it at that, some of you know what i am talking about. Jimmy is one of best Marines I know. He was always there for anyone that needed help, he could make you smile and you knew that that no matter the situation he truly cared. He will always be rembered and missed by myself and my family."
Sgt K.D. Groff of Jacksonville, NC

"September 30, 2007
To the family of Sgt. James F. Fordyce. 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

"I never met Jim, but I felt his loss nonetheless. I was very close to his family, especially his sister, Jess. And in the months since his passing i have become friends with his fiancee, Lesley. I just wanted Peg and the rest of the family to know that Jim is in my prayers, and i look at it as my duty as a Marine and as a man to do him proud."
Marine PFC Ben Larivee of Okinawa, Japan

"Jimmy, I have no idea where to begin. The days when we would barbque and just hang out or those long enduring flights in Iraq. Either way it was some of the best times of my life spending them with you. I love you like a brother man. You will always be in my heart Jimmy."
John Case of Weleetka, Oklahoma

"thank you for your prayers and support i would like to ask eric teer to please send the photos of jim to me at 111 locust st. newtown sq., pa 19073 it woild be greatly appreciated. sincerely peg fordyce, jim's mom"
mrs j fordyce of newtown sq pa

""jimmy" fordyce. where can i start? he was and still is an inspiration in my life. he was an awesome * mechanic and a outgoing person on and off the job. i worked with him while stationed in al-taqadum iraq and he always brought smiles and the best out of everybody while going through those hard times. a great leader and role model words can't even say how great of a person he was. you will never be forgotten."
Tanner Cochran of trenton ga

"James, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OEF, but also for your service in Iraq as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, James will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"I drove into Iraq with Jimmy in 2004. We spent almost a month in Kuwait prior to our departure. He had a great sense of humor and was a real pleasure to be around. I was very sad to hear of his passing. I recently found a few roles of film from Iraq with pictures of James and I while we were driving into Iraq. If you are interested I would be more then happy to send you copies. I am very sorry about your loss. He was a great Marine, and a good freind. He will be missed."
Sgt. Erik Teer of Wilmington NC

"Thank you James Fordyce, 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 Fordyce:
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 Fordyce:
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