Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. James O. Kinlow

35, of Thomson, Georgia.
Kinlow died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV while he was on patrol. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade, Albany, Georgia. Died on July 24, 2005.

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"June 16, 2008
To the family of Sgt. James O. Kinlow:
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

"It's Amazing how the Lord puts people along your life's path. I only meet James a few times, but I can remember one conversation that I had with him, looking back on that now, I can recall how he felt about his wife and children. I appreciate that today. He will always be an example.May God Bless Dap and the kids."
James"Smitty" Smith of Wichita, Kansas

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. –The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Atlanta Fine Arts League

"To the family of:James O. Kinlow 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 wrote this poem for James Kinlow and his family.

I never knew you, yet
in your mournful eyes I see
a wasteland, far away,
the desert and duty that called.

You answered
with a heavy heart,
for this time, James,
you knew you would not return
from that barren wasteland
which held your fate.

You, a Guardsman,
a son of Thomson, Georgia;
they say you married
your high school sweetheart,
and you served 18 years.

But then the Guard
was called to war,
and you, James,
you answered the call,
your heart heavy.

And before you went,
at Christmas time,
they say you wrote it:
an obituary,
two pages on
the story of your life,
and how it ended in Iraq.

But you didn't know then
that it would be July 24,
with 3 of your comrades
from the 48th Infantry Brigade
out of Georgia,
citizen-soldiers lost
in a sea of sand
and blood.

James, my heart breaks for your family,
and though I never knew you,
I find myself
and the look in your eyes
breaks my heart,
because I can see
you just knew.

Two thousand have died,
and many more will die,
but the world has seen you now, James.

The world has seen your face."
Lisa M. Pisano of San Diego, CA

"I read about Mr. Kinlow on the cnn.com homepage tonight and it gave me a huge lump in my throat and made me cry. I am so very sorry that his life was cut short like this. There are times I can't help but feel so angry that this just keeps happening and there is no end in sight. I hope somehow that maybe through James' story, more americans will start questioning how many more of our beautiful, dedicated young people have to die in Iraq. Again I am so sorry and I send the kinlow family my deepest condolences and prayers."
Susan King of Mount Prospect, IL

"I didn't know him. When I saw his picture... he looks like he could have been my brother, my best friend... or me. That picture on the news of him shows his eyes. You can tell he was good, you can tell he had the eyes of a hero.
I won't forget. It cost him for what I got. I'm praying for his family that God will give them peace and provide for them. Absent from the body ..."
Joel Robinson of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA U.S.A

"God Bless your family and God Bless this wonderful man who gave his life for our freedoms! I know there are no words that can help you at this time, but just know that God is with you every step of the way. Thank you for sacraficing your lost loved one for my daily freedoms, you will never know how much that means to me! God Bless!"
Anna Nelson of Harriman, Tennessee, USA

"He was my husband, my babies' father, my lifetime partner, lover, confidant, and my best friend. He is MY HERO for all eternity!!! His legacy will live on for generations to come. May he rest in peace. Forever Love, BR"
Daphanie L. Kinlow of Thomson, Georgia

"I would sincerely like to send my condolences to the family. I am so very proud to have met James Kinlow through his brother and sister-in-law Julius and Doretha Kinlow of Woodbridge Va. He will always be "OUR HERO". His COURAGE and DEDICATION will always be remembered and appreciated. He died for all of us. His BRAVERY will never go unnoticed. My prayers go out to all of his loved ones. Always keep his memory alive for he is a TRUE HERO."
Denise A. Parker of Woodbridge, Va.

"I knew Sgt. Kinlow .. We graduated together in 1988.. He was a such a nice person to be around.. I am truly going to miss him,, He was my hero.."
Lena Gartrell of Lincolnton, Georgia

"I knew James O. Kinlow very well. He was my cousin and my coolest cousin, at that. He was always really cool with me and everytime he stopped by my house, he always checked up on me--to see how I was doing and what I was up to. He will me be deeply missed by me. I remember the last time I saw him. He came in my room and I was really sleepy. So he said to me, "Well, cuz, gone ahead and go back to sleep. I'll talk to ya later." And that was the last time that I saw him. I never got the chance to talk to him later. :( I hope he knew how I much I loved him."
Jamie Lamkin of Thomson, GA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you James Kinlow, 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. James Kinlow:
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 Sgt. James Kinlow:
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