Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Master Sgt. James Curtis Coons

35, of Conroe Texas.
Coons died at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C. He was assigned to the 385th Signal Company, 54th Signal Battalion, Kuwait City, Kuwait. Died on July 4, 2003.

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"I served with MSG Coons in '03 in Kuwait and I have yet to meet a more influential soldier MAN. He will always be missed. To his family he led from the front all day everyday."
SGT Carrington of Seattle, WA

"Tonight, March 12, 2015 Master Sgt. James Coons will be remembered and honord at the City of College Station City Council Meeting."
Ben Roper of College Station, Texas

"M/Sgt. Coons,
Sir, it has been a little over 10 years since your death on July 1, 2003. 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."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"To the Family of MSG Coons,
I had the pleasure of serving under him when he was my 1SG at Carlisle Barracks. He was an amazing 1SG and Leader. He was wise and caring. MSG Coons treated everyone with respect. He has a plaque with his name on it at The Signal Towers at Ft Gordon. He is truly missed. His leadership was Top Notch. RIP MSG Coons!"
Stephanie A. of FT Gordon, GA

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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."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Carol,Richard,Ann & Family
Its Been so many years since we have spoken but i remember Jimmy as a Child,Now A Father ,Husband,and A Son That has left his loved ones too soon,I am very sorry for your loss,and i wish I could say time will heel pain ,but I am assured it doesn't.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Dora Lynn of Montana USA

""Aloha From Hawaii,

I met at that time, SSG Coons, when he was serving as the Training NCO with the 58th Signal Battalion at Fort Buckner, Okinawa. I was part of an inspection team from the 516th Signal Brigade. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and there he was at the airport as part of the greeting team. After an introduction he asked if I would be interested in a Sunday MWR tour of the island. Yes, I would. He set everything up and the next day we were on the tour bus. He shared his Okinawa expertise during the tour, ensuring I knew all the good facts. I had a great time. Monday, first day of the inspection he took me to his work area. There on a table was all the supporting information for each inspection area, in order by the checklist. Airborne!! He said. He had every question covered and taught me how his areas worked. Needless to say, his areas all received the highest rating. When lunchtime came, he took me to traditional Okinawa family style restaurants with the best food and prices. No tourist places for us. After work, he took me around Naha to see some of the best shopping and sight seeing areas. Far too soon, it was time for me to return to Hawaii. Thanks to SSG Coons, I had a far greater appreciation for Okinawa. Over the years, we kept in touch by email and as I expected for a Soldier of his caliber, he was quickly promoted through the ranks. Eventually we lost touch and I did not hear from him. Then on 20 January 2009, I was talking with a former 58th Sig Bn coworker about our current inspection of another unit and how in 12 years of inspecting no one had ever equaled SSG Coons. My coworker then told me of his passing, I could not believe it. He had such incredible potential to encourage other Soldiers to excel; now he is gone far too soon. I will never forget him.

Harlan Aliment of Kaneohe, HI

"June 9, 2008
To the family of Master Sgt. James Curtis Coons:
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 served with James in Camp Doha, Kuwait. He was 6'4 or 6'5, looked like a GI Joe doll with his spiked high and tight hair...I miss him. I looked up to him. He wanted so badly for me to be promoted. He is a big reason I am successful today; I thank you for your service MSGT Coons, I miss and love you big guy.

P.S. Good game (you know what I mean James)"
Ryan of Yuma, Arizona

"I was totally at lost for words when I learned of the ultimate sacrifice that your son made. I was stationed with James in Okinawa and I will always remember that he was a great Soldier, NCO and Person. I will keep him in and you in my thoughts and prayers."
lashawn brown of Baghdad, Iraq

"To the Coons Family, I want to send my regards to you and your family. I personally knew MSG Coons as we were stationed together when the tragedy happened. We were all shocked and saddened that such a great, professional and intelligent fellow NonCommissioned Officer had passed. He will always be missed and never forgotten. You all have my well wishes and prayers and I pray that GOD sheds his blessings on you."
SFC Rodriguez Jones of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

"To the Coons Family:
Your son was a hero. I am asking everyone who has heard his story to contact their senators and representatives in Washington to demand that this never happen again to one of our soldiers. We MUST care for our service men and women not only on the front lines, but also when they return home. God bless you."
Douglas Lowrie of Austin, TX

"My heart is filled with sorrow for the way that James Coons died, and anger at the way he was treated. I have no words to express my anguish."
Michael Golding of Fort Myers, Fl

"The Coons Family:
I to have just heard the story of your son and I want you to know that I am deeply sorry for your loss. I am proud to know who he was, a soldier fighting for the country he loved. It saddens me to know that his last days were filled with despair and the mental anguish that comes from war. I wish that I could have been there to help him. Please know that he is not forgotten."
Nelson Hathaway of Fort Walton Bch., FL.

"Dear Family,
I saw the story on national news last evening, 23 April, from here in London. We are SO sorry for the loss of your dear James. Our son, Major David G. Taylor, Jr. was KIA in Baghdad 22 Oct., 2006. We do know your horror and you are in our prayers. Please join the TAPS organization. Your James IS a fallen hero of this war, as he is a casualty on the field of battle. Don't let anyone tell you differently.
Someone must answer for this failing in caring for James. He also didn't die on July 4th. You're exactly right, so please make the authorities correct that mistake."
kay taylor of London Central High School, England

"I saw the story of your son tonight on the news and I cant stop thinking about him. Im so sorry for you loss,and hope that you get the answers you deserve soon."
Gail of Los Angeles, CA

""To the family and friends of Master Sgt. James Coons:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that my 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."
Lord God, our father in heaven, before who live all who die in the lord receive your servant as he returns to you and bless him everyday Amen!"
Jonathan Ndishabandi of Jackson,MS,United States

"I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your son on World News this evening. It is so hard to understand how careless our agencies and institutions have become. The loss of such a positive American spirit, serving his country and being let down and forgotten by the very same country. I hope your memories of the Jimmy you knew, will comfort you. The government and Walter Reed's lack of response needs to be resolved."
Annie of Fresno, CA USA

"To the Family of Master Sgt. Coons,

What I know of Master Sgt. James Curtis Coons is only what I saw on the news today. I am sure there is so much more to know about you son's life and I hope you receive the information you so desire. Please know that I keep him and your family in my prayers. I am so thankful for his service to this country and greatly saddened by your loss."
S. Parrish of Arizona

"April 23, 2007
To the Family of James Curtis Coons:
I am still flying my American flag, but am so saddened with the news that your loved one has died fighting for OUR freedom. I am so saddened that he was forgotten after coming home in need of help. I saw your loved one on World News Tonight, and am very upset to the point of tears as to his manner of care at Walter Reed. Your loved one has been added to MY list of heroes, and I thank him very much for helping US to be free. My thoughts and sincere prayers are with you. I am just so sorry for your loss. Peace"
Lynn of Belmont NH USA

"thank u so much for what u have done james,serving for our country,hope GOD gives the family of james strength during this time of grief."
heather of glasgow ky

"To the family of Master Seargent James Coons: May God give you strength to go on. Your James was a loving and unique kind of guy that comes around only once in a lifetime. What great pride you all must feel. While the pain diminishes somewhat, you never, ever get over losing a loved one. People talk about closure, no such thing. The lose is unfathomable. God Bless You all and give you strength. One day we will know why we have to suffer so much. Thank you James for giving your life for me amd others so that we can live in freedom. G. Granger, El Paso, Texas"
grace granger of El Paso, Texas

"You will not be forgotton James. Thank you for all you have done for this nation"
Julie of Willis, TX

"Thank you James Coons, 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 Master Sgt. James Coons:
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 Master Sgt. James Coons:
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