Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. William C. James

24, of Huntington Beach, California.
James died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 9, 2004.

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"My uncle billy was a great man but I never saw him he died before I was born he died in 2004 and I was born on 2006.I wore some of his hats on memorial day."
Anthony William Najera Diaz of Oceanside,California

"To the family of:William C. 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""

"Bill was a close frind to my son and our family. We did not find out until today he gave his life in the service of his country.God Bless Him"
Dennis Antenucci of LA, CA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Cpl. William C. James:
William 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

"As a former Marine Corporal myself that was activated during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and a new resident to Huntington Beach, CA, my heart goes out to the James family. So in William's honor I have requested a fallen hero bracelet that I will wear proudly so he will never be forgotten. From one Marine Corps Corporal to another. Semper Fi. edwardarango@mac.com"
Ed Arango of Huntington Beach, CA

"I am floored.. Thinking back I cant remember a day Billy wasnt happy. I'll never forget the mullet or the smile. We went to school together, we had JROTC together. Billy moved away our senior year but left behind memories of a great guy. I just found out about your loss threw an old friend. Please know my thoughts are with you....."
Tara c/o 98 SBHS of North Carolina, USA

"The City of Huntington Beach will be honoring the 3 US Marines from the city that have been KIA in support of OIF. The Ceremony will take place Dec 17,2007 @ 1600 hours. The ceremony will be a re-dedication of the Granite Veteran Memorial Wall located at City Hall and will last about an hour. All are invited to attend and honor theese men and all who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation."
CWO-2 V.Ojeda USMC of Huntington Beach, Ca

"CPL William C. James was 1 of 7 U.S.Marines of Lima Company, 1st Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1) KIA in the battle for Fallujah, Iraq in nov 2004. The bravery & courage of these Marines is well documented in the book entitled "We Were One" written by Patrick K O'Donnell. It's recommended this book be read by all Americans to get a true feeling of what these Marines encountered in this battle. Thank YOU, William, for YOUR service & sacrifice to our great country."
Anonymous Veteran of Melrose Park, Illinois

"I wish to thank you all for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. My brother was so proud to be a Marine and to serve his country. Thank you again. (I_am_the_Dida@yahoo.com)"
Candida Blevins of San Ramon, CA/USA

"Please accept my deepest condolences with respect to the death of your brother, Marine Cpl. William James. I tried for days to find words that might momentarily ease the burden of sorrow you and your family must now carry but realize there is nothing that can lessen the grief from losing a loved one. Please know that although I never met your brother I wish I had. I would tell him how grateful I am that he defended the liberty and freedom of my family, how I respect his bravery, and that I consider him a truly great man. Considering the sacrifice he made brings me to tears. Please know that your brother will not be forgotten; I told my eight year-old son about him, and I carry his name in my wallet. Also know that you and your family are in my prayers. Please pass my deepest sympathies to your parents and the rest of your family."
Thomas of Rossmoor, California

"Please accept my deepest sympathy for the James family. My name is Clancy DeVries and I paint "Portraits of fallen Heroes" I work with Kaziah Hancock as a participating artist on Project Compassion". Please go to web sight www.heropaintings.com. I would like to paint a portrait in oils for you of William so that his sacrifice for his country as an American Hero will always be remembered and past down through the generations of time. My address and phone number is on the web sight. Please give me a call. I lived in Huntington Beach for 19 years so this is very special to me. God bless you."
Clancy DeVries of Newport Beach, CA.

"I was posted with Bill in west Africa for a little over a year. When I found out the next day about what had happend, I couldn't believe it, even saying it now hurts at the thought. Bill was a brother to me and there's not a memory that I have in Africa that does not include him.
I'm sorry that I wasn't able to make the funeral do to my location and time, but I was hopeing that we could make a contact and perhaps meet sometime down the road
Caesar Plasencia

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

"To William's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. 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

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

"To William's 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

"To the family and friends of Corporal William C. James,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca

"Thank you William 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 Cpl. William 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 William 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 Cpl. William 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 William, 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