Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. James A. Chance III

25, of Kokomo, Mississippi.
Chance died in Husaybah, Iraq of injuries sustained when his vehicle struck a landmine. He was assigned to C Company, 890th Engineer Battalion, Army National Guard, based in Columbia, Mississippi. Died on November 6, 2003.

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"I am CSM (R) Eugene B Chance. I chose to wear the memorial bracelet for this young man based on how close it was to my father's name James O. Chance Sr. I have had this bracelet for seven to eight years now and each time I wear it I am reminded of the sacrifices that the young men and women of the Armed Forces make to keep our country safe. May his family find peace, memories of joy and love when they remember him."
Eugene Chance of TX

"13 years gone by and I still think of you daily. I will make sure that you nor your sacrifice is never forgotten. Love and miss you"
Jennifer Carney of MS

On today, the 12th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Sappers Up!"

"Sup bub, still think about the camp fires outside of Husaybah. Rest easy brother."
Tater of 41314

"To the Nephew I never had the honor to meet, I want to thank you for serving our country and standing up for what you belived in. I want you to know that I love your Mother so much and You will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!! We LOVE YOU Jimmy.. LOVE , AUNT Karen and Uncle Charlie"
Karen Summers of kokomo Mississippi

"I knew Chance from Fort Eustis, he never complained and always went the extra mile! he was an out standing soldier and compassionate person and always always made everyone smile around him! you will be missed bro!!! and never forgotten!!"
SSG Skelton of Virginia

"my husband served with jimmy. he was family. he did without so that others could have. he loved both his family and his military family. his family will always have a place in my heart and in my family. the one family that you can never divorce is your military family."
amanda greer of wesson, ms USA

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"God Bless the family of this fallen soldier. The better part of my life has been dedicated to "living" the military way. Even though this young man did the same but was taken from us all, his spirit continues to live on. My sincere condolences to the family. My son is active duty currently and I definitely know how much I love him."
Greg Watkins, USAF Retired of Northport, AL

"I am MAJ Todd Smith
I was the escort that brought SPC Chance home. It was an honor to be a part of that soldiers journey home."
Todd Smith of Petal MS

"Memorial Day, 2008
To the family of Spc. James A. Chance, 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

"To a dear Brother who will be missed, you were one of the most dedicated Soldiers I have ever met. You were my friend, and made those long nights on the Syrian border a bit more bearable. To the family...My Condolences, I can only imagine how much you miss him."
SPC Marshall, 3D ACR of Booneville, KY

"I think of Chance daily and see his image in my heart...."
Chance's of ft eustis

"Chance was my best friend. He was an awesome soldier, friend, son and father. His memory will live on through all of us and through his son"
hilaire of usa

"To the Chance family, I served for four years with James Chance at Fort Eustis with the 567th Cargo Transfer Company, I just want to say that he was a great guy! He always made me laugh! He would do anything for anybody, and I am just happy to have had the chance to have served with him and known him, and was very sad to learn that he had passed away. God bless you!"
Tania White of Emmett, MI


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

"No words can express the lost of a love one. With deepest sympathy. May god truly bless the family. You will always be in my prayers.
SFC Collette Hammond Weary,USA) FT. Sam Houston, Tx
Tylertown, Mississippi"

"No word can express the lost of a love one. With deepest sympathy. May god truly bless the family. You will always be in my prayers.
SFC Collette Hammond Weary,USA) FT. Sam Houston, Tx
Tylertown, Mississippi"

"My heart goes out to the family of Spec James Chance. James will always be a hero. I also lost my 22 year old son PFC Damian Bushart in Iraq November 22, 2003. These 2 fine young men are soldiers in heaven now. God Bless you and your family. Pat McLatcher, Michigan. starkeeper265@aol.com."
Pat McLatcher of Wateford, Michigan

"No greater love hath a man than to give his life for his friends. You gave your all for us."
Rick Graham of Poplarville, MS

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

"To Spc Chance's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your James was taken from you. He is our hero. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/24/04)

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. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank You James A. Chance for giving your all for your comrades and country. you will not be forgotten. And to your family and friends my prayers are with you."
Dana Husley of Mississippi

"SPC Chance, A true soldier. Never complained, and moved out on a moment notice. Thanks for your love, dedication, and sacrifice to us, and our country. I wish there were many more like you. We love and miss you dearly. We will never forget you. HSC 890th Engineers. "Essayons""
1LT Robert Enochs of Saucier, MS, United States

"Thank you James Chance 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

"May you rest in peace and your family be looked after by angels, for you have given the ultimate sacrifice for your country and I, as an American, thank you and offer my prayers..."
G. Angelo Joachim-Brisson, MD of Freiburg, Germany

"To the family and friends of Spc. James Chance 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 Chance 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