Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. James C. Kesinger

32, of Pharr, Texas.
Kesinger died in Taji, Iraq, where he was conducting combat operations when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on December 13, 2005.

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"James, I think about you daily even though it has been more than ten years. It is never easy to lose one of your soldiers. You were a great soldier, and I have nothing but great memories of you. I know you are in a better place. Bless you and your family.

Thunderbolt PA, OIF III"
CPT Jim Arrington, 2-70th BN PA of Austin, TX

"To my uncle James i never know you for so long ever since you died I missed you if only you did not die i miss you so much"
Chris noe flores of Zapata tx

"I have never forgotten you James and I will always remember the good times we all had while serving in the Ghost Rider Platoon. I pay tribute to you and I will continue to pray for all those like us."
SSG Henry of FT Carson, CO

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about U!! I miss u my dude!!!! Save me spot up there!!! P.s, I named my son after u, I hope u don't mind."
Ramiro Herrera, former combat medic of Albany, oregon

"hey dad my family was realy shoked at the new to find out you had died i was sitting alone for hours not to eat or talk to anyone i will always love you"
robert christian kesinger of nc

"To the family of:James C. Kesinger
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""

"to my uncle james you are my hero i will miss you and think of your bravery i to hope one day i will grow up to be just like you."
Joel Flores Jr of zapata tx

"Happy Birthday! We miss and love you everyday that goes by!"
Janie Kesinger of Edinburg, Texas

"I think about him alot. He was a good soldier."
SGT Angelo Joyner of Fort Stewart GA

"December 1, 2008
To the family of Spc. James C. Kesinger:
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


You are constantly preserved in my memory at two ages: 16 and 21. In this way, in my mind's eye, you are always as I remember you: vibrant. When I learned that you served our country and served it so well, it clicked completely with the person I knew you to be. You are missed in this world.

James' family,

My deepest condolences on your loss. My most heartfelt congratulations that you loved him and he loved you."
Jo (Davis) Cummings of Orange Grove, TX

"A true patron of OIF3 and a true friend, you will alway be in my thouhgts. SGT Brad Henry 2/70th Armor Support platton 2005"
Sgt Brad Henry of T.Q. Iraq 2008

"" To my big brother,

I always looked up to you and enjoyed every memory we shared I have never been so proud as I am today to call you my big brother "Butch". Even though the tears still roll and missing you more every Christmas, I cant wait for the day we will be together again. Missing you every day in every way your lil sis"
Tina (Kesinger) Garcia of Zapata Tx.

"To my dear cousin...James... I never realy got 2 no u since i was so little but i will always miss u and so will every on in san antonio we love u your cousin and family"
Kristin Kesinger of SanAntonio,TX

"Currently working at Anaconda,Iraq I meet your parents the last time I was home. You will always be thier thoughts and never forgotten."
George Forster of LSA Anaconda, Iraq

"I would like to say thank you to everyone for their support. Our son is growing up knowing his dad is a hero. Jared, Melody, Maelynn and myself....Miss and Love You very much. But we know you are watching over us."
Sanjuana Kesinger of Pharr, TX/ USA

"I will always remember James and he will live forever in the hearts and minds of all of the 2-70TH Ghost Riders.We miss him terribly, he was an awesome doc and soldier.Our memories of him will live on, because of the great impact he had on us. We are all very proud of him!"
SGT Gary Gonzalez of Ft Riley,KS

"Thank You for the wonderful memorial for those who served and gave the Ultimate sacrifice this was not bravery but what they thought was their duty and Honor to serve their country in time of our need.
Once lost but not forgotten allways in our hearts forever. You now spend Christmas with Jesus, someday we will be together again.
All of the family miss & Love you: Mom,Dad and your children Justice, Christian,Brianna,Meredith,Megan & Jered."
Deanna Kesinger of Orange Grove, Texas USA

"James I will never forget you brother!
I will see you again some day. Save me a seat in Heaven."
SGT Matthew Sims of Fort Myer, Virginia

"SanJuana Kesinger and family,

Not a day goes by without thinking of James and all that he was as a man and a soldier. I miss him dearly and you and your family are in my prayers each and every day. I miss you more than words can say, Doc. Save a place for me in the kingdom of heaven. Your Ghostrider brother for life.

“They are not dead who live in lives they leave behind; In those whom they have blessed, they live a life again, And shall live, through the years, Eternal life, and grow each day more beautiful As time declares their good, Forgets the rest, and proves their immortality."
- Hugh Robert Orr"
SGT Joseph A. Comfort of Fort Riley, Ks

"To James and his family

Your sacifice will never be forgotten. My son Sgt Kenneth J. Schall was part of the 2-70th from Ft. Riley and fell in May of 2005.
James, Michael, Peter, Brian & Kenny are all in God's army now and will watch over all of us until we can be with them again. They are the best of the best and they will forever be in our hearts."
Terri Schall-A Very Proud Army Mom of Prescott Valley, AZ

"To my husband.......JAMES........you will never be forgotten. We LOVE and MISS YOU everyday."
SanJuana Kesinger of Pharr, TX .........USA

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

"Son: You will always be my HERO.

Your Father"
Cliff Kesinger of Corpus Christi, Texas

"My sincerest condolences to you on your loss. May you find comfort and strength in God to face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

"Thank you James Kesinger, 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 Spc. James Kesinger:
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 Kesinger:
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