Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. James R. Phillips

21, of Hillsboro, Florida.
Phillips died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Died on December 23, 2004.

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"James.. ten years today... miss you always and forever. You will never be forgotten. Love you brother."
Joe Yanuzzi of Binghamton, NY

"im sorry that any one has to lose there life in this tarable war. mike im sorry for your famlys loss. i didnt know your son but i feel the loss just the same.if u ever need me mike call even if its only to talk. just an old friend ( winsk)as i was a soldier at one time too.706-971-3201"
Dwayne Winskey of dalton,ga

"James I miss you and love you brother! you always made me laugh! I live my life to the fullest! I know you would be doing the same! R.I.P."
Marcus Castillo of San Antonio, TX

"You found peace my brother, we'll look for you when we have it and miss you until then but we'll meet again my friend."
Cpl. James P. De Napoli II of Camp Lejeune, NC/USA

"Jamie, Ive been thinking about you Big Time today! Tears are falling now and I hope you hear me when I ask God to tell you I love you every night. You are my hero. I miss you, Love Aunt Bonnie"
Bonnie Minshew-Baggett of Ball Ground Ga

"James R Phillips will live on forever in the hearts of all for he gave all and we should never forget that"
Bonnie Phillips Bumpous of Frankfort KY

"It was hard that day with you when we lost you, and its still hard. Rest in peace my brother for we will meet again.
Sgt. Ryan Kringle"
Ryan Kringle of Auburn, Wa.

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

""To the family of James R. Phillips ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"December 21, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. James R. Phillips:
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

"Dear Lisa,
I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your son James and want to express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family.It has been a very long time since I last saw you,I use to live in Elem park right up the street from you when you were a child and was a good friend of your brother Tony.On my last visit to Lakeland I saw Tony for the first time in years and he told me the sad news.Nothing I can say or do will ease your pain or diminish your hurt or lessen your loss,but I would like to thank you for bringing into this world such a fine young man who gave all for his fellow soldiers and laid his life at the alter of freedom so we all can live free from the enemies who seek our destruction. I truly wish I would have had the honor of knowing him."
Keith Gibson of Crossville,Tn.

"I think about Jamie everyday,I have a picture of him at probably 8 with Jennifer and Matt at Christmas that i look at all the time.I'll never forget the first time i saw him,he wasn't even a year old,he was just so cute,bringing things to me saying "whats that" I'll bet he did that for an hour.I saved the last email he sent me and go back and read it alot.I still can't believe he's not here anymore and like Jason said I was hoping at the viewing that it wasn't really him.I miss you Jamie and one day I'll see you again."
Debi Phillips of lakeland,fl

"I just wanted to say to everybody that left a message for my son James thank you. James was on his 4 year in the marines. but he would say to you I was just doing my job to keep this country safe.."
lisa & mike phillips of plant ,city Fla

"James you are our angel me and dad miss you everyday. we know you are in good hands. we are so proud of the marine you was and the man you turn out to be. you are our hero. me and dad know we will see you again in heaven. we miss your smile, your laugh,your voice. now your up in heaven with your marine brothers. we thank god for 21 years with you . love, hugs, and kisses mom & dad."
lisa & mike phillips of plant city, Fla

"Dear James, I'm so glad I got to hang out with you that night when you showed up at 1st Division. You ARE an excellent Marine. I'm so glad I got to know you and that we were friends, and I'll never forget what you told me that one day when we were in the van headed back from our squad's shift at the drydock. I'll never forget you James."
Aaron Field of Belmont, California

"Dear James' Mom and your family all,
I am a Chinese mom and a born-again Christian, I absolutely understand your feelings. because, I am also strongly missing my son -John Gao, a teenage Christian who laid down his own 15.6 year life for his classmates two year ago in the Atlantic Beach Currents.
But, we should have steadfast faith that our dear sons never "dead" to let us lose them. they just rest in the Lord' Arms due to their sacrifice for others (“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13 “) and their faith in the Lord and their love to all of us during their lives in this world . we will reunite with them someday in Eternal Kingdom by the Lord Faithful Promise, let's expect that day joyfully and peacefully. Amen !

May the peace, joy from the Lord be with you and your family !

Grace of Flushing, NY/U.S

"To the family of Lcpl James Phillips. I was with him when he fell in falluja iraq on dec 23 2004 he was a great man a an even better friend. i didnt know him that long cause he came to our platoon right before we went to iraq. we used to stand post together and he would tell about his mustang and about his family he also talked about a girl named kitty. not a day goes by that i dont thank about that day. in those few months we were over there i became really close to james and i look forward to seeing him again. james gave his life for me and another marine. my name is ty richeson and the other was jared hebert. "grater love has none than this than to lay down your life for a friend" and that is exactly what james did. he is my hero"
Ty Richeson of Tishomingo, Ok 3/5 wpns 81's plt


"I have utmost respect for you and your family. My father was a WW2 Marine. I am a GGdaughter of Wilder Stafford Phillips. You will not be forgotten by me."
Beverly Van Ryn of Pueblo CO.

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

"My name is Marianne Phillips Barnebey from Bradenton, Fl. My father's name was James Robert Phillips. He served as a Marine in WWII and landed on Iwo Jima. When I googled his name this site appeared. To James R. Phillips' family I send my deepest sympathy. Thank you for your sacrifice."
marianne barnebey of Bradenton, Florida

"To James' 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, Texas

"Damn, its gonna be so hard to let you go Jamie, I would expect this to happen to anyone else but u, When I went to the viewing I was hoping it would be a mistake and there would be someone else in that casket and you were gonna call me and tell me that you were ok.. I grew up with you and always considered you my big brother, and best friend. We've done sooooo many stupid things, you've got me into so much trouble, and we have had some awesome times together and i will never forget a minute of it. I'm never going to forget you man, NEVER!! I love you jamie, Get ready to say cheers, cause I'm gonna meet you at the pearly gates with a haldful of beers! You are finally home, and safe now, I'll cya on the other side brother Jamie..."
Your cousin, Jason of Lakeland, Florida

""One Last Dance"
It's been said that a smile is worth a thousand words, but when that smile is gone, nobody says how much it hurts. My heart feels empty, and I've never felt anything worse, I hope my luck has not run out because I can't live with this curse. I have faith that the sun will shine brighter tomorrow, and my broken heart will feel less sorrow. I wish there was a way to be granted, or maybe let borrow just enough time to say my last goodbye, and maybe try to understand why the wind blows me so hard from the great big sky, or will there ever be a day that I won't want to break down and cry. For now I'll just wander when the sadness will pass us all by. From here on earth heaven seems so very high, but if I had the wings I'd be the first one to fly, but certainly not to say goodbye forever, just to say I'll see you whenever, and to make sure you would wait for me, like I'd wait for you, but I already know that's exactly what you'd do, all I need is for my mood to not be blue, and some reassurance from someone special like you. I pray everything goes according to believed plans, the two of us will meet again and never let go of one anothers hands, and if we pick up where we left off, I know we won't miss not one chance to let the music play around us and not have at least "one last dance".
I love you forever,"
Kitty of Plant City, Florida

"Thank you brave Marine for taking the fight to those cowards and making America safer. My family deeply appreciated your service and will remember you as we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi and may God Bless you and bring comfort to your loved ones at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland


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 "

"i am danielle's aunt betty from plano,tx. upon receiving this news, i am saddened by it, but wanted to take the time to let u know that james chose to fight for his country and i am very proud of him even tho i don't know him. he is in the best of hands now and for the rest of his eternal life. there is no better place then the one he is in right now. i know ken and nikki are devestated at their loss, and because of them i send my beloved condolences to all his family and friends. god will keep him safely in his hands now."
betty bardsley of Plano, Tx

"James, you gave so much today so that our children can live in freedom in the future. I am at a loss for words to describe how grateful our family is for your service. A true American hero. We pray for ALL our servicemembers each day and will pray especially for you and your family this evening."
The Krvaric Family of San Diego, California

"James you will always be in my thoughts and prayers will always be forever missed"
Tanya Wiley of Conneaut, Ohio

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal James R. Phillips,

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 use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

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

You will always be Danielle and Ken's best man."
elaine wiley of conneaut,ohio

"Thank you so much Phillips for everything you have accomplished and sacarficed for our country! Ken and I love you very much and you are always going to be in our thoughs! I also would like to let all his family and friends know that our thoughts and prayers are with you!"
danielle of Izmir, Turkey

"Thank you James for defending the freedom we all cherish. You are our hero and will be thought of each day as we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi Marine. From a very grateful American family"
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you James Phillips, 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 Lance Cpl. James Phillips:
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 Lance Cpl. James Phillips:
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