Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Spc. James C. Kearney III

22, of Emerson, Iowa.
Kearney died in Salerno, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his convoy was attacked by enemy forces using rocket propelled grenades in Sharan, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry, Army National Guard, Glenwood, Iowa. Died on November 1, 2004.

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"15 1/2 years have gone by, buddy, and I still think of you often. We met in Ft. Hood and became friends over Robin Williams Live CD. You let me borrow it the day of the ambush, laughing and saying you'd snag it from me when we all got back to Sharana. I've still got your CD. I even got to meet Robin in March of the same deployment and see him perform. You should have been there with us.

You were a hell of a Soldier, a beast on the M2, but most importantly, you were a tremendous man. Never forgotten, Brother. I miss you."
Justin Johnson of Muscatine, IA

"Hello My name is Mike . I wrote to this site and to all his family quite awhile ago about being in a tiny reastaurant in Warminster Pa , just outside of Philadelphia and the owner at that time had put a star with the names of soldiers who had given the ultimate sacrifice for his or her country. That day i took a picture of James star because it was where i was sitting . When i first wrote here i wanted you to know thatJames was being honored all over our country . I think about this site all the time and i am writing tonight to let you know i still think about James and all of his family and again to tell you Thank You and God Bless you all"
Mike Dwyer of Phila , PA

"NOV 11,2009 Veterans day
Kearney family I think of you all every day, I keep James close to my heart. I will never forget nor will I let others."
SPC. M JOHNSON of Clarinda IA

"You are the reason I search for GOD and Faith, I miss you,you are the hero and i will wil not falter, you are with me every day."
SPC.M Johnson of not to sure

"Saturday, Jan.1, 2008
To the family of one of the best soldiers I've had the pleasure of knowing and serving with, Know that your family is always in my thoughts.The day James died will always be one of the hardest days of my life and one I'll never forget. I still wear his dogtags as a constant reminder that freedom has price."
SGT Cory J Gilbert of Bettendorf, IA

"Veteran's Day, 2007
To the family of Spc. James C. Kearney, III:
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 Live In Phila Pa, and i have a daughter who lives in a suburb of Phila , The town is Warminster. My Gr. daughter who is only 14 works at a tiny restaurant in Warminster. The owner of the restaurant decided awhile back to paste paper red, white or blue stars on the walls of the business with the names of all the fallen soldiers of this war. Today I drove my gr daughter to work and we ate breakfast there. I sat next to a star that bore the name of James C. Kearney III. I want his family and friends to know that although we are many miles away from James 's hometown that he is rememebered and prayed for by many and his and his families sacrifices are remembered and he is loved as a heroe in this town and i'm sure many others , Thank you"
Michael F Dwyer of Phila. Pa USA

"I didn't know James, but I feel honored to have been chosen to do his portrait for the "Faces of the Fallen" exhibit at Arlington National Cemetery. Since the summer of 2005 I have kept his picture in my wallet. He is my hero, and will forever be. God bless his family."
Mary Kathryn Lynch of Alexandria, VA USA

"I worked with James a few years ago at Park Place in Glenwood, Iowa. He will never be forgotten!!! He was a great guy!"
Tiffany of Pacific, Jct. IOWA

"God bless"
James G kearney of Co Armagh Ireland

"To the family of:James C. Kearney lll 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 remember the day I was in the small chuch near motel 8. It was the day that broke my heart. I could'nt hold back my tears when the BN Cdr talked about Jim. He did'nt die by a RPG or an IED. He died when a sniper from above the mountains, he was hit by a sniper. I also remeber the LT who went back to save the last vehicle that was hit by an RPG. Those guys were and are heros!"
Marc of Omaha,NE

"To the family of James KearneyIII I am so sorry for you loss. I too have lost a loved one in this war. Our nephew( another Iowa boy) was killed in January 2006. My thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. One thing is for sure we can be proud of what they were doing."
Susan of Nevada Iowa USA

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA""


"To James and his family--

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you."
J.B.K. of Santa Rosa, CA.

"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 for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,GA

"The loss of James will never be forgotten, it is such a tragedy that such a brave young man lost his life doing what he loved to do, being a hero. On behalf of my family and other families with soldiers in the war, our thoughts and prayers our with you."
Kathryn Caldwell of Des Moines, Iowa

"To the friends and family of Spc. James Kearney III,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

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 "

"To Spc. James Kearney's family, our family sends our heartfelt thoughts to you. We know the pain and hurt you feel and how there is just a big black hole that can only be filled by God's love. Our grandson LCpl Juston Thacker was KIA on6/24/06 at Naray, Afghanistan, he was on his 2nd tour. They fought for the freedom of Afghanistan and to keep our land free. How brave these young men and women are. They will live on in the memories of friends and loved ones and in the hall of heroes in heaven. God Bless. Our family may be contacted at lcpljustontthacker.com."
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"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

"Your family is in our prayers. Thank you for your sacrifice to keep my family safe."
Georgia Hilton of Louisiana

"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 son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you James Kearney III, 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 Kearney III:
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 Kearney III:
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