Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Lindsey T. James

23, of Urbana, Missouri..
James died in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on January 29, 2005.

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"Lindsey, this is SGT Coyle. I miss you so much man. It has been over 11 years now since you left us. I will never forget you and what you said that helped me get through our deployment. I hurt everyday at your loss. To your family, I will say that your son is the bravest soldier I ever had the honor of knowing.Love you man and I know that I will see you again. Until then, I will raise hell for you here on Earth!"
SGT. Coyle (retired) of Abingdon,IA/United States

"Lindsey, today ended the war in Iraq. I had the honor of serving with Lindsey in Iraq. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. Lindsey was one of the best men I ever knew and was an inspiration as a soldier. I keep your family in my prayers."
Steven Briggs of TN

"To the family of:Lindsey T.James
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 had the honor of serving with SGT Lindsey James while in Sadar City. Granted it was a short 3 Months stint; I had never met anyone who can captivate your attention with actions more than Lindsey. SGT James to me was one I would follow anywhere. SGT James you will never be forgotten."
SFC Nicolas Prabhavat of Fort Gordon, GA

"I'm sorry that I never got to meet you. You must of been the best kind of person because Tammy talks great about you. Thank you for what you did to protect our country. I have been to your grave cite and it is beautiful. All of us left on this earth know that your keeping a close eye on your sissy and keeping her safe. She needs that, I'll do my best to help you out with that. She is a wonderful girl as you know and she is so lonely without you. You are the real reason we are so close. When she opened her heart up to me it was through you. I love you and keep her safe."
Trish of Buffalo, MO. 65622

"WOW, what do I say Lindsey it's been 5 long years but really seems like yesterday as far as the pain. I'm sorry I haven't commented til now. I miss you so much, your laugh, your smile, your phone calls, our fun times. I have come to terms with God needing you, you are a good man, just not sure why he took you so soon and so young. I wasn't ready. Then again no one was! I would give anything to have you here with me and the family! Just one more day with you would be an honor all over again! I know you are smiling down at all of us, watching over your nieces and nephews, they are getting big! Madelynn talks about you everyday!! She loves to visit you and talks to you at the
grave site! I Love you little brother and will see you again one day! You are always on my mind. Love Always your big sister, Tammy"
Tammy Martin of Urbana, Mo.

"Hey Lindsey,
We miss you and we love you. You are the best angel anyone could ask for. Hope you like the flowers...xoxo"
Gathings family of Fort Drum, Ny

"angie, clinton, anyone of the family who see's this. i am just trying to keep in touch with you guys it has been so long since i have seen you guys. this is anthony batchelor, lindseys friend and yours! my yahoo is a.batchelor80@yahoo.com and hope to hear from someone. this still sucks that he is gone and i still cant believe it. i miss that guy! i was in seattle when i heard about it. r.i.p lindsey i miss you man"
anthony batchelor-------- a.batchelor80@yahoo.com of visalia,ca

"Re: SGT Lindsey T James

I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,800 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass.

"my best friend lindsay, this is ur pal anthony from corcoran.man we had some good times lol, and soon, we will have even more.they say only the good dye young.well u are living proof that it is true.forever your friend, anthony batchelor"
anthony batchelor of visalia,ca,93277

It has been four short years since God made the call to put you on point at Heaven's gates. I WOULD NOT BE SUPRISED to hear you are telling Michael the ArchAngel you are his replacement! And I know in my heart you would do the job well... I have the picture your mom took of us while we were fishing the pool at Edison Lake pulling out trout on virtually every cast in my living room at home. So you see, I continue to see you every day, and want you to know that you are always in my heart... I will forever remember your laughter, your smile, your love of life and family, and your devotion to serving others, and our country. I know we all love and miss you, and think of you daily. And I know that every day when I am on the streets, you are on my shoulder."
Rick Nadeau of Fresno, California USA

"I just wanted to send my sincere condolences to the James family as the fourth anniversary of SGT James ultimate sacrifice approaches. He was the best Soldiers I ever worked with and I can personally attest to his tremendous work ethic, commitment to his friends, and positive attitude toward everything he did. There are very few days that pass when I don't reflect about his tremendous accomplishments, vibrant personality, and personnel commitment to others. He is and will always be an inspiration to those of us that were blessed to know him. I know that we still mourn his loss and time has done little to soften that blow. I don't believe that feeling will subside any time soon because of how much Lindsay meant to his friends and those he touched in life. The only way I know to honor his memory is to work hard and do the right thing every day. That is what he did as a Soldier and would expect us all to do. I can only hope to raise my two sons to embody the same selfless qualities of Lindsey. He was truly one of the most impressive young men I ever had the privilege to know and we all miss him. Again I am truly sorry for you loss.


William Prayner"
William Prayner MAJ, IN

"January 17, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Lindsey T. James:
Lindsey 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

"Dear Family of Lindsey James:

To honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts Project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

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.

For more information, please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net

The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit, mo.

"SGT James, I was lucky enough to meet your mother. Sadly it was at the funeral of one of our own, CPL Nathan Hubbard. She spoke of you fondly and I was touched by the dog tag and heart she wears around her neck in your honor. It is easy to see how much you were loved by your family. To have known you would have been a privelage. But to have met your mother truly touches my heart. May you look over her and the rest of your family......Bless them."
SGT Christyn Kidwell of Fresno, CA

"To the family of Sgt. Lindsey, I want to let you know that Urbana is not far away for me and if ever you need anything i will do my honest best. My son n law was also killed and well I am doing the best I can to keep the memory's of all the soldiers past and present ALIVE. I know how hard it is to go on tho he was not my son, he may as well have been, I loved him just the same. Josh left a very young wife and a very small child behind and well its been hard to find HELP someone to talk to when you think you can not go on. What I guess I am trying to say is if ever you need anything, I am here, and will do what ever I can.Please know that your loved one is not forgot! Tanya"
momwithwings1963@yahoo.com of Centerview MO

"I had the honor of being Lindseys sister-n-law. He was a very special young man and meant so much to everyone around him. He touched so many lives in so many different ways. We will always remember you Lindsy. "Hero's don't fall they gain wings""
april of hinesville,georgia

"I had the Honor of being SGT Lindsey James Platoon Sergeant in Iraq, and was with him on 29 January. SGT James is a true American Hero, a Warrior in every sense of the word. He had an unforgettable smile and sense of humor. He was an outstanding Soldier, and a friend."
SFC JOHN PARKS of Toledo, Ohio

"I had the Honor of being Lindseys team leader on our first tour in Iraq all i can say is he was an inspiration to all that knew him and he will be dearly missed my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family"
SGT Justin Tate of Iraq

Ryan Harris of Tampa Fl

"I had the honor of serving with Lindsey. He was more than a solider, he was our brother, and now he is our protector. I know he watches us everyday. I miss you Linsdey, and I will see you when I get there."
SGT Anthony Nelson of Iraq

"St. Charles Democratic Alliance held a Tribute & Memorial to the 20 fallen soldiers from Missouri on 3/19/2005, the 2nd anniversary of the War in Iraq. Four families of the fallen attended the event, and nine families shared messages that were read during the tribute by Connie Greene, sister of fallen soldier Jamie Huggins. The event aired on all four local newscasts (Fox KTVI, KPLR, KSDK, KMOV.) Biographies of each of the fallen soldiers were read while photos of the soldiers were displayed. The event also included Bible readings, songs, keynotes speeches by Rev. Jason Samuel and Viet Nam Veteran Ken Peters, and a fellowship in the church hall immediately following the tribute. Our organization was sensitive to the fact that even though information on Missouriís fallen soldiers is a matter of open record, we had to go beyond the name, rank and serial number Ė we needed to share information on the fallen soldiers from the familyís perspective and present a tribute that each of the soldiers would have approved of. This was a day for honoring Missouriís finest, as well as the sacrifice the families made, and continue to make every day. Special thanks to the Burkhardt, Gottfried, Huggins and Spink families for traveling long distances to Transfiguration Church in Lake St. Louis to participate in this community tribute. (anngastler@charter.net)"
Ann Gastler of St. Charles Democratic Alliance of St. Peters, MO

"James i wish i was still with the platoon maybe things might be different. god bless you and thank you for your sacrifice. i'll never forget how great a soldier you were. you and collier were always standing out as the best. i'll never forget hanging out in colliers room and how great a soldier and person you were. RIP brother"
sgt john kidder of brookfield, vt

"I had the honor of knowing and loving Lindsey for most of his too short life. As Lindsey's step-father I hope and pray that I was able to touch his life in just a fraction of the way he has touched mine. He was and is a Hero to all who cherish Freedom. I want to thank everyone personally for their messages of prayer and encouragement and also to give my condolence's to the other Family's of our fallen hero's. They will truly be missed."
Dave McFarland of Visalia, California


"I am organizing a 3/19/2005 Tribute & Memorial Service Honoring Missouri's Fallen Soldiers, hosted by St. Charles Democratic Alliance. We plan to have a spiritual memorial tribute planned to honor the 18 fallen Missouri soldiers who died in Iraq. We wanted to let you know your beloved isn't forgotten and invite you to this tribute. If you're not able to be in Lake St. Louis on 3/19/05 but would like to send a message or letter that we could read on behalf of your family, again, we'd be honored. Again, my deepest sympathy and please know that Lindsey is in my prayers"
Ann Gastler (anngastler@charter.net) of St. Peters, MO

"There is no way for us to express the deep sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lindsey James. I lost my son on January 26, 2005 in Iraq. Those that have laid down their lives are the true heroes. May God bless you and comfort you during this time."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Lindsey , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Lindsey James, 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. Lindsey James:
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 Lindsey 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. Lindsey James:
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 Lindsey, 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