Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. James D. Mowris

37, of Aurora, Missouri.
Mowris died west of Ghazni, Afghanistan, when a weapons cache prematurely exploded. He was assigned to the 805th Military Police Company, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Died on January 29, 2004.

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"It never gets easy. I miss you more and more everyday. My heart is so broken. I love you Sweetheart"
Chele of Aurora MO

"I only met you once but I could tell you were a good soldier and a good man."
Mark Schnur of San Antonio, TX

"I pray that God has brought you and your family perfect peace. Trust and know that God has and will continue to bless you. I contnue to pray for the family of Sgt Mow."
(Min) Clifton N. Williams of Rocky Mount, NC

"I miss you everyday daddy"
Turd of Aurora,MO

"Dec. 11, 2009 I am Steven Mowris and I have waited until now to write to you. As Mowris's are not numerous or common I know somehow we are related. It was with great sorrow I read about Doug's sacrifice for our country and freedom. I would like to have met him and had our families together to share our lives and backgrounds. I offer you my deepest sorrow at your sacrifice as well. My wife and I live in Bois D'Arc and she works at Cox in Monett."
Steven Mowris of Bois D'Arc, Missouri

"To the Mowris family. My name is Scott Baker. I knew Doug through Church League Softball in Aurora, MO. When my parents told me back in 2004 that he was killed, I was in such shock like I'm sure that everybody else associated with him were at the time. Well I know that it is almost 2010, but I still want you to know that some of us "Will Never Forget." Doug is in heaven now, and I can't wait to throw around the softball and chat with him again. Your all still in our thoughts and prayers."
OIF Vet Michael S. Baker of Manteno, IL

"1029 Centipede Drive
Rocky Mount, NC 27801
Minister (SGT) Clifton N. Williams of Rocky Mount, NC

"Hello Mowris family. I pray that God has covered you in these years without SSG Mow. He was a wonderful man and I thank God that he gave him to us for a season. I was sitting here thinking of those that were lost in my life during this year's Memorial Day celebration and I thought about him and his family. God knows all things and he does things for a reason. The strength that has been bestowed upon his family would not have been as successful if SSG Mow had never made the sacrifice. I remember like yesterday the day and I realize that he did more than serve his country, he also served his troops. In this season I pray that God has covered you with his grace and mercy. May God continue to bless you because of what he has done for each of you and may he continue to strengthen you for the work that he has for each of you to do in the future. Keep your eyes on the prize, which is eternal life."
Minister (SGT) Clifton N. Williams of Rocky Mount, NC

"Your son and family are beautiful, you are one lucky man Mr. Mowris. I wish I would have had the chance to meet you. Im so lucky to be apart of it"

"To the family of:James D. Mowris 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"

"Dear Family of James Mowris:
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These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.
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The artists of Grateful Hearts"
J. Gragg of Lee's Summit, Mo.

"November 19, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. James D. Mowris:
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

"To the Mowris family, my condolences. SSG Mowris was a very good person & a hard worker. He didn't mind helping me & my staff while we were shorthanded in delivering the mail in the Kabul post office. May God bless you & your family.

Kabul Postmaster 2003 to 2004"
MSG Mark D. Williams (Ret) of Sauk Village, IL

I would like to say thank you to you and the 7 other soldiers who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I cried for you, just as I promised.
Bagram Air Base-'03-'04"
Mark W Billings of Guam

""Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer"
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."

Your family will always be in our prayers. We miss you!!"
Friends from Colorado of Fort Hood

"Sgt. Mo, from everyone in the 327th MP BN we all miss you. It was amazing to have served with such a dedicated soldier such as yourself. You will forever be in my memories."
SPC Burket of Arlington Heights, Il.


You will forever be in our memories. I remember how upbeat you always were, and how you always kept a smile on our faces, even in the darkest spots in the world. Thank you for serving your country and giving us the freedom we enjoy."
Danny & Kathy Weakley of Fort Hood, TX

"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"

"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

"To my dear friend James and his family, I will miss you James as you and I shared some of the toughest times in Somalia, the best of times at Fort Carson, and a reunion in the Ghazni Province. You will live forever in my prayers and memories. I will see you again one day friend. Rest now soldier, you have done your family, friends and your country proud."
George Davila of San Antonio, Texas

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

"To the Mowris Family,
I am SPC Moss, I was with the 805th and SSG Mowris was my replacement on the misson. We left two days before the accident. I did not have alot of contact with him since we were in diffrent platoons, but there was just something about him that when I was around him, I knew he was a great man, I wish I could say something more to you, to make up for your lose. Heaven is a better place with him there, I know that he is looking down on your familiy at all times."
SPC Bob Moss of Largo, FL

"God Bless James Mowris and his family."
FCI Tucson of Tucson, AZ

"To the family and friends of Shawn Clemens,
We can only but pray that we will have the pleasure of meeting such a wonderful soldier as Shawn in that golden city. He along with our son Justin Scott and six other soldiers paid the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom even of those who do not realize this. These men are now soldiers of a higher commander. They are now waiting for us to get ourselves right so that someday we’ll be together again. Than shall we know how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
All our love and prayers to the family and friends of this wonderful brave soldier, your son, our soldier. Please feel free to contact us at blscott@fuse.net"
Wm & Lisa Scott of Bellevue, Ky

"To James's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. God bless you James"
Sarah of ky

"You are a true hero, it was an honor to serve with you."
Sgt Glasier

"God bless SSgt Mowris. Because of his dedication we have a country where one can live free."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Dear Mowris Family,
Words cannot express how our broken hearts feel for your family. We also lost a son and brother in the same explosion(SSG Shawn Clemens). They were very brave and will be missed greatly. God bless you. Please contact us."
Candace Clemens of Allegany, N.Y.

"Be proud of James. Be sure to fly your American flag in his honor and keep his memory alive. My prayers are with you at this time of need. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace. God bless!"
JEan Moran- Ben Gilman's sister of Wethersfiled, CT

"To the Mowris Family,
I am sending my heartfelt condolences to you in the loss of James. My son Benjamin Gilman lost his life in that explosion also. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God bless you always."
Edith Gilman of Meriden, CT

"Dear Mowris Family:
My condolences go out to you. I knew Adam Kinser who was also killed in this explosion. Your son is a true hero. Thank you for raising a son that was willing to give his life so that we could all live in freedom. James will never be forgotten. His bravery goes beyond words. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless."
Jessica of Isleton,CA

"James Mowris: You are a brave soldier. Rest in peace."
Crystal of Miami

"To Jame's family,
God's blessings to you and your family. I know the overwhelming sense of loss and sadness can be difficult. I was a close friend of Robert Cook who also died in this explosion. Remember the good times, laughter, smiles. This too shall pass but he will be forever missed."
Candy Knutson of Poynette, WI

"My heart will forever be broken. I miss you so much. Someday i will be beside you again."
Chele of Aurora, MO

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you James Mowris, 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 Staff Sgt. James Mowris:
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 Staff Sgt. James Mowris:
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