Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. James W. Price

22, of Cleveland, Tennessee.
Price in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his convoy vehicle. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on September 18, 2004.

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"It is a terrible anniversary that is embedded in my head. I sit wondering what to write as I have only been doing this 19 years and there is so much to try and recall. Maybe I could get a hypnotist to put me under, ask questions of my subconscious and then fill this out with what I recall. So much has happened technologically that your mind would be blown compared to what we had back 2004. I guess I am trying to find a way not to say anything that might come off as corny or weird. I am glad for the time i had with you.

I met you when Alpha was running the M249 range and I was your safety in firing position. You rocked that weapon with a scope that told this 39 year old that things had advanced so far from when I had joined in 1986.
Now at 58, I sit here and try not to forget to come and remember you guys. Well this message is all over the place, when all I wanted to do is let you know you are missed. Much Love Little Brother. I'll pop in soon."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX/USA

"Another Memorial Day has come and gone my friend. I see people around laughing and having fun and, to them, Memorial Day is just another day they don’t have to go in to work. Just another day to fire up the grill and enjoy a burger or a hot dog. They don’t think about what the day actually represents. I would say that I find that sad, but nowadays it’s the norm to forget about the things that actually matter and chase whatever butterfly flew into their vision this morning. I miss hanging out with you brother, but I take comfort knowing it will only be for a little while. Until we meet again my friend…thank you for everything!"
Your brother in arms

"Memorial Day, 2023. I have a tired old flag flying outside my front door. It has been in my life from before I was born. My Grandfather had purchased it a long time ago and I can’t seem to part with it. I have a newer one to replace it with, stronger, better material. Who would have thought right? In 2023. But somebody had broken into a box meant for retiring Soldiers and taken something from within the box and or package and the man in charge asked me if I would take the flag that had been tossed about the shelves home and take care of it.

I already had mine from retirement but it is the flag. How can you say no? So I have sat with this flag and I have thought about all of you guys often. Trying to figure out how to mount it to that old flag pole that the other flag occupies. I see you standing next to me often once you arrived at the checkpoint. Nagle had normally stood there but you freed him up to do his other duties.

I see your flag on your shoulder as we both recoiled from the crazy blast when those SF EOD dummies set off way more explosives than anyone had anticipated going off and as close as we all were. When I think about it, I see that flag on your shoulder from the time you came out to my roll call, to the time you were departing before I mounted the Rhino to leave.

And in the end, I saw your final flag. I know, I am all over the place here, but can you see why it is so hard to let go… Of a tired old flag?

Thinking of you and the others on this day. 29 May 2023."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"I've found myself here quite a few times throughout the years. Each time I visit I start typing a message, but each time I find that I can't finish. To be honest, even after so many years I'm still not sure what to say as words can only do so much. I miss you brother!!

To Ms. Darlene (Price's Mom): I have something I would like to send you. Can I get your address??"
Your brother in arms

"Merry Christmas James. 2022... A lifetime."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"So, it was Veterans Day yesterday. I hid from the world and couldn't bring myself to get on here and write. Just kind of glum. Anyway, I know you get it. Thank you for your service."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"So this morning, my wife Heather was awake and on a website that Donna Rosenbaum is on and was reading people’s name who were leaving messages to you and Chad. I was stepping out of the shower when she started her calling off names of guys from Bravo as I was drying off. Which left me curious. As she asked “Do you know Jolly and Gay and…” She was on another Memorial page and leaving her message when she stopped and asked “Price was killed the same day?”

I had to walk away and nod. So much happened 18 years ago from the QRF getting hit to the bridge and just everything. I have always been ashamed that I left you guys when I did, and if that Army Doc hadn’t botched the surgery, I could have made it back. I was so nervous about flying down to see you that I forgot parts of my uniform and had to improvise with stuff from a local shop.

I wish every single day you could have gone on to be whatever it was you wanted to be and live a long life. I’m getting along now, but you know if all they say is true, that you are all in my thoughts more than is probably deemed healthy by some shrink out there. So on this day, 18 years later. Know I love you like the Brother you were and thank you for being in my life for the time that you were."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Price, just dropping by to let you know you are missed, and being thought of. Thank you, for my freedom sir, I'll see you down range brother."
Anderson of Ventura Ca

"Hey Price,

I light a candle for you at church every Memorial Day. I still tell people about the night on firefighting detail when you just couldn't keep your mouth shut and SGT Fry made you low-crawl around our area in full battle rattle at 2200. You will Not be forgotten while I live."
Sier of Wisconsin

"Hey Little Brother. When the sun peaks over the Franklin Mountains tomorrow morning here in El Paso. It will be Memorial Day in the year 2022. Had that day on the bridge not happened you’d be 40 this year. You’d have to start worrying about hair growing out your nose and ears. That tire forming around your midsection but… We all know if frogs had wings they wouldn’t bump their butts when the hop and if “If” was a fifth we’d all be drunk.

I started dreading writing this last weekend, so for 5 days I’ve been avoiding coming here until I could muster the courage to write on all of your little spots on this site which… Is far too big. I know what you were like alive at 22, I can only imagine what a great man you would have been at 40.

Miss you Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Christmas 2021. I wish you could meet Heather; I think you would crack her up and give her some wonderful advice. See you soon."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Veteran's Day 2021. I was sorting through old files on my computer and found the video Larkin and Jolly filmed as the Controlled Det about demolished ECP 1. We were pretty close to the explosion you and I. I still recall you putting your camera on the Texas "T" to try and capture the event and the concussion blowing your camera off the wall. There's almost always something to remind me every day of you and the others. Doctors will say it is PTSD and crap... I say it is friendship that can't be extinguished. See you around James."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Well this is that day. One most of us would like the coach to toss the red flag down and ask for a review hoping for a different outcome. I know you, I know how stubborn and dedicated you were to be with my guys and me out on the Route so I doubt you would have sat that patrol out either. I wish I could be one of those people who could say I start thinking about you every year around this time and drop in. But you know as well as anyone else I think about you guys constantly. I haven't tipped a can in years but were I were to tip one you know it would be in memory of you and the others. Always on my mine Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"I wanted to write you a little while ago. It was as they were pulling the last of us out of Afghanistan but it wasn’t going well. I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on those here, and on Brandon Maggert who was killed the day after the last troops left Iraq. As with there, we lost people at the end in Afghanistan too. Brandon doesn’t get to be on one of these pages so all one can do is think about what they would say when they reflect on what he gave for all this.
I was in pretty bad shape by the time I made it to your funeral. I was so sick and messed up I didn’t have time to get my A’s together and ended up wearing some Mississippi National Guard crests instead of my 4/5 crests. Who knew I’d end up training Mississippi guardsmen later on down the road?
Then to walk into the parlor, Freisen hadn’t prepared me for what had happened to you so I was very much in shock when I saw that box on the podium. So it is twenty years since 9/11 now. I keep hearing people reflect on things and ask people was it worth it? I know it went on for a lot longer after 2004 and I am not sure what you would have done. Stayed in or got out…
You had a strong conviction to doing what was right and getting the job done and saving those you could save. I guess I would have liked to have been given the chance to find out though… If it is all the same to those who send people off to war. On this day after the twentieth anniversary of September 11, 2001, I just wanted you to know that you’re thought of, as always and that I am glad to have met and known you."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Jamse, it's Memorial Day 2021, and as per usual I am here to thank you for our freedom. To let you know you are always in my thoughts, and as promised, I try to live a life worth your sacrifice. Thank you my friend, I'll see you down range."
Michael Anderson of Naval Base Ventura CA

"Memorial Day of the year 2021. Who would have thought? I get very sad when I think of this day. You should have just stayed in the radio shack you crazy little man. Miss you very much."
William Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Went out to a buddy’s grave today at the National Cemetery in El Paso (Fort Bliss) on the anniversary of his passing like I do every year. As I drove to the end of his road where it dead ends then you maneuver about until turned around I saw a family with lawn chairs and shade umbrellas at one graveside. They had their sun hats on and were celebrating or recalling better times.
Once parked I could see on the right side of my buddy’s plot people had left pinwheels and flowers and as I left my truck to walk towards his grave the pinwheels clattered and whirred in the wind making a quiet day tolerable as you walk towards his stone.
As I approached it struck me that the gravel had all ben graded and that no one else had been out to this area this day. Once I stood before his stone I saw my coins I leave on his stone in the gravel and tarnished, some blackened by the sun, some green and it occurred to me nobody had been at his gravesite in some time.
I bring this up because, what I saw of your family at you funeral and reception. I would not think this would be the case ever in your world. I visit 10 guys here, 2 from Afghanistan and then the eight from Iraq. When I get home I visit a buddy lost in Mogadishu and on my PC I have the names of others lost throughout.
It is nice to see on your wall here. That you are visited regularly. Even when this website seemed destined to fall to disrepair and become a SPAM site for whatever that was for a while there. People still came to your page. You’re number four on my list today. That list has been a Sergeant Major, a Platoon Sergeant, Ebert and Davies.
Only you so far have had regular visitors. Says a lot about you little Brother. Now I know there is a member of the Command who comes to these pages regularly and he talks about when we see one another. I get why he can’t post or doesn’t. But you need to know you’re often thought of, it is always fondly. I though I worried that day you arrived in my formation with your weapon.
I wouldn’t trade you being a part of our team for anything. Except maybe you being home, growing old with your family. No, “Maybe.” I wish it had been different."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Veteran's Day 2020 and I'd rather you be home celebrating this more than anything. You're not forgotten Price."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Hey Little Brother, figured I’d swing in and say hello. “Hey.” Hello sounded too formal sorry. A friend of my wife lost her husband about 6 months ago to a drunk driver and she has been catching all sorts of heck from her, “Friends” about it being time to move on or seek psychological help. I mean wow, 6 months ago and they’re bagging on her. I have been trying to figure out a way to tell her she is alright, I thought about driving onto Bliss and showing her where I met buddies now lost and to here on this website to drag through all the names of those lost, then back out to Bliss and the cemetery to show her the two graves there. The thing is, you never really, “move on” or, “Get over it.” I think about you guys every single day. I see you guys in pictures or things I do around the house or just relaxing with a game on the old console. I had a flashback dream a week or two a go about when you qualified with your SAW and I was one of the range safeties in the pit with you. I was an old school pig gunner, but you mastered that new (Then it was new) scope and tore up the range that day. Then when you joined me on Irish and you had that weapon with you, I knew we’d be okay if it got crazy. Anyway, as you can see and as you know with me, this has already gotten too long. I know the list is sadly to long for me to drag all the names out but say to who you can and give Chad and pat on the back for me. He did alright. Thanks Little Brother… Sure miss you Price."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, Texas

"Memorial Day 2020 and time sure is flying by, but even though it has been so many years I still keep you in my thoughts everyday man, I even keep a picture of you on my desk at work. Thank you so much for my freedom Price, I miss you brother."
Michael Anderson

"Price! I can post again and man do I feel bad about not being able to swing by here and let you know you're being thought of. As you know the load on this site of our fallen is mighty. It was so bad Heather made Chad Rosenbaum's Mother a book of all the posts here about him and sent it off to her in Arkansas. Man I have missed you Brother. So I apologize for not being here as often as I once was but I never stopped thinking about you and the guys."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Just want you to know you are being thought of, miss you man."

"Miss you"

"Price, it’s 2019 and man time sure is flying by, seems like a lifetime ago that we were in the Army together. But, no matter how much time passes you will always be my Battle. I miss you man, but I know Ill see you again one day. Until then, thank you for my freedom brother."
Michael Anderson

"I know it has been a long time that I have even posted anything on any site that you are on Brother but here I sit November 11th of 2018 veterans day. And I have nothing but good memories of the time I have known you it is 14 years since we lost you my friend there is no one that can take you place as my best friend. My eyes fill with tears every year on the 18th of September in remembrance or you and Sgt Rosenbaum you both were good people I still have guilt that will never go away but I go on living for my family and remember the sacrifices that our brothers and sisters have made to keep us all safe. I have been teaching my son what the ultimate sacrifice is for a soldier to give his life for his country and that it is their place to be a hero that he can look up to because we are the true heroes of our way of life. I wish I could talk to you and hear you again. I do not know what else to say but I miss you and you are always remembered in this house. I always see this before I go to work in the morning it is called "A Soldier Reports To God"

A soldier stood and faced his God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass
Step forward now you soldier
How shall I deal with you
Have you always turned the other cheek
To my church have you been true
The soldier squared his shoulders
And said No Lord I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
can't always be a saint

I've had to work most Sundays
At times my talk was tough
And sometimes I've been violent
Because the streets are awfully rough
But I never took a penny
that wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bill got just too seep
And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear
And sometimes God forgive me
I've wept unmanly tears
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the People here
They never wanted me around
Except to clam their fears
If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand
I never expected or had too much
But if you don't I'll understand
There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the soldier waited quietly for the judgment of his God
Step forward now you soldier, you've borne you burdens well
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, you've done your time in Hell."
CPL Titsworth, Anthony S of Okmulgee Ok

"Price, it is veterans day 2018 and i wish you were here brother, i wish we had more time on earth together. But, i know you are at gods side in a better place. I will never forget you Jamse, thank you for my freedom."
Michael Anderson.

"Hey, jamse, its memorial day 2018 and I just want to let you know I keep you in my thoughts everyday brother. Thank you, for my freedom."
Michael Anderson of Ft collins, Co

"Merry Christmas James, wish you were home celebrating."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Happy veterans day brother."
Michael Anderson of CA

"Dear James,
Happy birthday! You are never far from my mind wondering what you would have done with your life. Miss you terribly still. You are forever in our hearts!"
Aunt Janet Flint of Leesburg, Fl

"Happy birthday in heaven, James. You are thought of and missed every day. Today would've been your 35th birthday, but you'll forever be 22. I love you, Buddy. You're forever in my heart, never forgotten."
Aunt Shannon Dennie of Atlantic Beach, FL

""Just swinging by to let you know you’re not forgotten this Memorial Day weekend 2017. It is hard to imagine after all these years that our world has changed so much and we didn’t have one another to bounce our opinions off of. The odd thing about those we lost in combat and in other tragic events and we trek through our careers or time in the armed services is how much more we stay in contact with the dead than we do the living.
Yes we say we’ll stay in touch or we’ll get together down here on Mother Earth but often as time goes by we just lose contact and let those friendships made slip away. I guess in a good many ways the time we did have was so wonderful that the memories are forever imprinted in our conscious and subconscious to the point we see things in the world around us that remind us of you or others. Or once in a blue moon a dream is shared where we can wake up and say thanks Brother.
Anyway I have gone long which as we know is the norm for me. I apologize but I guess is because I wish for the time it took to type this out and think of you I wish you could have been here to rib me one more time or just be that friend we were all that time ago. God Bless, and thank you…""
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX. USA

"Memorial Day weekend 2017, and I wish you were here brother. I think about you everyday, and do my best to try and live up to who you are James Price. Thank you, for my freedom, until Valhalla bother."
Michael Anderson of Ft Collins, CO

"Merry Christmas Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Thank you for serving your country. So sorry you paid the ultimate price for it."
Cecilia of formerly of Cleveland now of Turks & Caicos

"Just swinging by on this sad anniversary... Miss you. The other Renegades are talking about you today Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Another Memorial Day, thinking of you."
Amanda Billy (Nadratowski ) of Cleveland Ohio

"I miss you James price. Thank you for my freedom. I'd trade places with you if I could, you deserve it more. See you in the green soldier."

"2016 Memorial Day weekend, and I just wanted to say hi. I think about you a lot, and I'm hopeful that I'm living up to who you are brotha. I think you'd be proud. Until next time Jamse."
Michael Anderson of California

"🇱🇷 RIP James, beloved nephew. I salute you this Memorial Day.2016! Until we meet again,"
Janet Flint of Leesburg, Fl

"So a woman named Joy Andies reached out to me recently and wanted to know if I had any stories about you. I have to tell you I was smiling and my hands were flying I was making so many typographical errors trying to tell tales about you. Slowly the Battalion has come together and in a way to reflect on the experiences that were. I mean there are always going to be those organizationally gifted who wanted to make a parade and ceremony out everything simple but then there are those of us who just want to hang with one another, maybe not even say a word but just be in one another’s company. I sure wish it had all been different, I wish I could have sucked it up a little longer and maybe things would have been different? Well I am glad people still want to know about you Little Brother. Still feel a need to reach out and find that small part they might have forgotten and reignite a happy memory. Thank you for joining my team and being with my guys and doing what you did. You know you had nothing to prove right? Love you Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"I can't believe it's been so long and that for all this time I never thought to try and talk to you man. It's been too long. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you man, you were my battle. In those last few months you me and Scott were inseparable and I will hold onto to those days till I join you. I hope that I've lived a life worthy of you man, a life I wish you'd have had a chance to live. I'll see you again someday man, we'll run the TOC in heaven."
Joe N. of Maryland

"Your in my thoughts and may your wings continue to protect and guide me from harms way while I am here on Earth. Seems like yesterday and is still hard to believe that your gone. "I will not stand at your grave and cry, I know you aren't there and you never died. You are the swift uplifting rush that helps awaken us to the morning hush. You're the soft stars that guide us through our nights, and the soft gentle winds that lift us up! Your memories will live within us forever and deep in our hearts".. Until we meet again Air Attack...and Renegade out!"
SGT McClure (RET) Tayana of Rio Rico, Arizona

"Hey Price!

It has been years since I last left a message. Sorry. Time goes by so fast...but know that you are never forgotten. The time we spent together at Ft Hood was awesome. I scrapped that old Ford Escort you blew the engine in years ago. That was a crazy and fun night! Well worth the engine, haha. You were a great companion on the patrols and great jokes were told. I won't share them on here though! I just wanted you and your family to know that you are not forgotten and others have learned your name through me. It saddens me daily knowing that you didn't get the years that have passed. I'm sure it is better wherever you are. Thanks for being awesome."
Mitch Foss of Wareham, MA. (Previously Ft. Hood, TX)

"Hey Little Brother, just stopping by to say Merry Christmas. I miss you Buddy every single day and still smile when I think about you. I know I thanked you the one night you came out to the big X Box LAN party at the house but thanks you again it was a great night. Wish we could do that again sometime."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Well here it is, 18 September, 2015 eleven years since that terrible day when so many were injured and two of our brothers who truly were family died doing something that became bigger than all of us. Today we had Combat Lifesaver Recertification and of course the medics play videos that are hard to watch and of course today made it no easy task. A good many of us are just now in the past year and a half or so started to bring our troubles to the surface or they have made their way there whether we wanted them to or not. There is no way to explain to anyone who wasn’t there, sadly I had already left the country but through previous and conflicts after would lose people to injury or death. To try and get the message of what was sacrificed that day is extremely hard, not only the events at the site of the attack but what followed and those who did everything from QRF (Quick Reaction Force) to cleaning up after that tragic day that haunts people down to the core is so hard to do. James W. Price was the “biggest little” man on the team I had the joy of being a part of and people know how he got to be out on route and not stuffed in a TOC. He was true blues and loyal as any hound and I was not prepared for what I encountered when I arrived at his funeral with First Sergeant Freisen. Others made it to Chad Rosenbaum’s funeral and I can’t imagine to this day that he didn’t brush himself off and take charge of Price until he got settled upon arriving at their final destination. Chad could be beat down, frustrated and covered in much from the sweat and salt of Iraq but he would wander over and before the door to his truck had closed somehow a smile graced that freckled maw of his. Today is a hard day and you hope that someday it will stop being so difficult but after having Price in my back pocket whenever the crap hit the fan or Chad asking us to prepare and area for his Iraqis troops or just checking in on you as he watched them head into town I still see and hear them in my dreams, memories and heart. I wish it had all ended differently but the Battalion was handed some seriously ugly missions and always managed to accomplish them all even if it was down to the man. God Bless, say a quick or long one for our fallen and their families and know that in the four chambers that make up my heart these men live rent free. Take care."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Forever in my heart...love always. Mom"
Darlene Moynihan of Louisville,Ky

"Just wanted to let you know your being thought of . Thank you for my freedom ."
Michael of California

"I have said a lot but you know that is just the nature of me. So I won’t type a lot today but you as well as anyone know you’re in my thoughts. I hope that the place in the hereafter is not as hectic and you aren't tugged all over as people keep thinking of you and you watch over them because you’d be one tired angel. Miss you Brother and will be thinking about you tomorrow on Memorial Day."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX 79924

"DearJames i replay the memories of you in my mind often. After 11 years there are still what ifs and wishing you were here moments. You will be our hero and remain tucked safely here in our hearts until we meet again."
Janet Flint of Leesburg Fl

"Price , I just want you to know that I think of you everyday mate . I'll try to live up to whom you are and what kind of man you are . RIP my friend . I miss you mate , I'll never forget what you did for is all "10 years seems like yesterday ""
Michael Anderson of California

"Just dropping by to let you know I still think of you."
Amanda (nadratowski) of Former 4/5 ADA

"So sorry to be here on this the anniversary of you leaving us. Yet so proud to have had a chance to walk Irish with you and have you at my side as a Brother and friend. Miss you Buddy."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"I visited you today, James. Your ledger is like the story of your sweet life. As always,the memories came flooding back. Bittersweet! You will always be remembered and will always live in my heart. I love you and miss you so much."
Joy Andies (Granny) of Cleveland TN

"I wish there were a way to express what your sacrifice was for that people would understand. I was able to go back to Iraq in 2008-09 and train Iraqi forces and meet some good (and yes some bad) people who wanted to be able to understand the vision that was their future. It is not that they were bad but they didn’t know any different and were a simple people in a good many cases to lead about. The good ones though often reminded me of us, hungry for knowledge, ready to carryout their role in their Nation’s future and be a part of change that we all hope one day will be worthy of your sacrifice. I miss you a great deal and there are things that happen from time-to-time that I wish you were here so I could see the look on your face. The world could use a few more of Biggest Little Guys like you James"
William Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Price you were awesome soldier, and all around guy. I remember the good times we had while at 4/5. I will always remember you my friend."
SGT. Flinn (Ret.) of TX

"James, today marks 9 years, yet I still ache to hug you and hear your laughter like it was only yesterday. I will always love you and a part of you will live in my heart forever.
love you to infinity and back :)
Darlene Moynihan of Jacksonville, Fl.

"Miss you so much, James. FOREVER, in my heart! Love, Aunt Janet"
Janet Flint of Leesburg, Fl/USA

"Happy birthday, James! I can't believe you'd be 31 now! I often wonder what life would've had in store for you...if only...I miss you. You're forever in our hearts <3 I love you, James!
Aunt Shannon"
Shannon Caplinger of Atlantic Beach, FL

"SGT Thomas Rosenbaum, SPC Shawn Davies, SPC Blain Ebert, SPC James Price, SPC Jeremy Regnier, and PFC Justin Yoemans

Thinking of you guys today. Being in Florida and deployed before that I have not been able to get by and see you guys lately. Always remember you are loved and never forgotten!! We will RIDE together again!! First Team!!"
CW2 Dan Weiermann of Tampa, FL

"Here I guess I have been slacking in making my rounds and saying hello. Been a busy year but I am sure you already know that. You sure are missed no matter how many entries you see below here, its just there are so many sites this one sort of got overlooked. Catch you around, know you're missed Buddy."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Today we celebrate the Armed Services on Veteran’s Day honoring ALL American veterans, both living and dead on a day dedicated largely to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans understood that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free. This is not just for their service in time of war but for the dedicated service of the Nation’s veterans during peace time as an effective deterrent to those who may wish to do us harm.
There really is no way to express with any certainty what our Republic’s veterans carry with them but it should be fully understood that a simple thank often carries significantly more weight than any medal and that knowing the hardships were for not. Today at this moment where I reflect on the many years of dedicated service to God, country, our brothers and sisters I find myself humbled by the steadfast devotion to an ideal many see as slipping away. You are forever endeared and embedded in my every thought and emotion and I wish you the happiness you have earned. God Bless and Salute.

Veteran's day, a day to celebrate those still living. I guess since I cannot let you go you still qualify in my mind. Sure wish you were here."
William Peterson

"So today is Memorial Day, a day in which many again will fire up the Barbeques and fish or simply relax in their homes and amongst friends. Yes a couple of years ago I started a correspondence just like this and no I won’t go on a rant about how I feel the people of our nation don’t fully understand what our Republic stands for or used to. I will only release a sigh of a good many emotions for your sacrifice.
Would I rather have you all back in our lives and hoping to hear from you once again, certainly but I understand what your sacrifice meant and hope for those for whom you gave it will carry the brilliant torch of an idea forward into that uncertain night. I am truly respectful of that sacrifice and am honored to have you as friends and colleagues and thank you for all you have given.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln or John Hays (White House Secretary)
“I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”
God Bless."
William Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Hi James
I'm in Afghanistan but going home soon. I still think about you all the time. It burns deep. My eyes are watering. Life has been hard. You're not really missing out. But we are. Love you man"
sam smart of bushnell, sumter, fl

"I cannot begin to express how I feel regarding this decision by our President on bringing the men and women who have carried the load in Iraq since the invasion home. I am not a commentator and I am an old soldier meaning “ruck up and drive on” to which I have no problem. As the order sinks in this sunny morning at FT Bliss and with me having a moment to sit and think about the war I find myself surrounded by members of our old Battalion. Major Feeser (Charlie Battery 4-5) is my Executive Officer, SFC Applewhite (1st Platoon, Alpha Battery 4-5) is in Charlie Battery as the Safety NCO and a Radar Instructor. SFC Magdalena is in Bravo he was a Sierra in Charlie as well. I guess I think about the tour that took so many lives in so many ways other than just the physical. When I saw you standing in my formation to go out to Irish I have to admit I was skeptical but that was the 11B infantryman in me looking at a skinny radar jockey; you however did not ever disappoint or let anyone down and you carried you share of the load and performed in the highest traditions of a soldier. I miss you James and am so deeply sorry the world was stripped of an opportunity to know you."
William Peterson of FT Bliss, TX

"Today is June 29th, 2011 and I have just now found out about James' death. James was my next door neighbor in Sanford, FL in the early to mid 1990's. At that time James was living with his stepfather Dudley. James was a fun loving kid. He loved his family and his friends. I will always remember the bmx bike we fixed up and spray painted. I'm proud of you."
Mike of U.S Air Force 2000-2004

"Another Memorial Day; here we are and we;; I wish it were different. Thinking about you Bud."
William Peterson of Ft Bliss, TX

"The hair on my arms are standing up. I have James' ruck sack, there was a name tag on it and I looked it up and found this page. My condolences to this fallen hero. I will continue his mission with honor."
Christina Calmes of Hollywood, SC/USA

"Just had to stop by for a moment and say "hello". It is so strange that; whenever I go home I can head for the cemetery and pay my respects and talk to the loved ones who have passed in the years that have been my life. You guys however are spread to the four winds and I can only come here to say hello and see the many of you who touched my life in one way or another. Well before this gets all silly and mushy I guess I will just nod, pay my respects and somberly move on. Take care Little Brother, I miss you very much."
William Peterson of FT Bliss, TX

"Merry Christmas James, wish you were here Brother"
Pete of Ft Bliss, TX

"Hard to beleave that its been 6 years already. Seems like yesterday you and I were picking weeds out of rocks in the motorpool. Ha, remember when we took my car and filled up those water bottles with gas to try and burn them faster. My car smelled like gas forever. Good times and were i realy got to know you.
I remember talking with you the day befor. I wish we could share what we've been doing since 4/5 but we cant. because your a much better man than myself,i think of you all the time brother. whats been won so far is not worth what you are. In another life my friend"
Michael Anderson of california

Thinking of you again my friend. I have often done so quietly, when I feel a little overwhelmed. My second son joined the military in 2008 and has been serving for 2 years. I still regailed him with the hero's exploits of the men I served with. I spoke the 2 days speech to him before he left, and I am as proud today as I was years ago when my oldest spoke to me about joining the military. My oldest is home, my middle son is gone serving, and my youngest plans to join in a year and a half, after he graduates high school. I couldn't be a prouder father, and I know your watching them from a different angle, cause lord knows they are a bit adventurous. My heartfelt love and admiration for the sacrifice you have made, see you soon enough brother. Keep a seat up there warm for me so we can chew the fat! Sorry it's been so long since I last wrote, but, rest assured I will never forget."
Mati (Sgt Matias, US Army Ret.) of formerly FT Hood, Tx

"Miss you so much, my wonderful grandson!
Forever in my heart."
Joy Andies of Cleveland TN

"September 18, 2010
James, you are ALWAYS in our hearts, and never far away! Love you, Aunt Janet"
Janet Flint of Leesburg, Fl

"Price, Every time I am home I visit you guys. The First CAV Memorial is a great and respectable remembrance for you guys. You were one of my Soldiers who was really starting to shine. Which I had a lot more like you. God Bless and continue to watch over us as we continue the missions we started together. 01AUG10"
CW2 Dan Weiermann of Currently Fort Drum

"Sorry I failed you bro. BOHICA"
Brandon of Bristow, OK

"love, uncle bill"
bill edwards of chattanooga tn

"Its Christmas and I sit here thinking of you guys and how I wish you could be home with your families, what you would have been like today and how you would have matured. I miss you my friend and know you are watching over your friends and family. Its Christmas here but how do you say "merry" when wishing you a restful watch. You're on my thoughts brother and I miss you."
Bill Peterson of Ft Bliss, TX

"James we love and miss you every day. Today is Veteran's day, so I could not let the day pass without sharing the gratitude I have to my favorite hero! Thank you for serving and protecting our Country. No freedom is definitely not free. love always, Aunt Janet"
Aunt Janet of Leesburg, Fl/USA

"Hey bro, 5 years, wow. Time flies. I miss you and think of you often. You will always be in my heart. tofy."
Timothy <\Madden of Indianapolis, Indiana

Dear James, we will never forget. You are our hero. I show the children your memorial plaque and we talked just today of 9/11 and how you died fighting for America's freedom, so that we can sleep at night and feel safe. You always said you were safe there in Iraq..but you died by another's hatred. I explain to the children how important respect and love for others are and how destructive is hatred. James we love you and miss you so much. You are forever in our hearts. Hopefully our generation will tell their children and they will tell their children and pass this message on down the line..Freedom is NOT free. Love you always! Aunt Janet"
Janet Flint of Leesburg, Fl/Proudly USA

"Sorry I haven't been here in a while but I was busy here in Iraq. You're in my thoughts and its nice to see you are in so many other people's as well. I'll check in a bit more often now, I may not leave a message but I am here."
Peterson of FOB Paliwoda, Iraq

"May God Bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss."
Leila Shipman of Texas

You have never been forgotten you were my brother in arms and a brother to me. Even in death you have been there for me and i know you are watching over us where ever you are. i am reminded of you every time i look to the sky. You may have been lost but you will never be forgotten. A movie reminded me of the site that i have only been to once, because it was to hard for me to see what i have been missing the movie is Taking Chance. I Miss You so much Bro and wish we could have the good times we use to when you were with us."
Anthony S. Titsworth of Okmulgee Oklahoma

"As a Soldier, you learn to count on each other for strength & courage. When one of those Soldiers is taken away, the effects can be devastating. Rather than fall apart, the comrades of that fallen Soldier pull together & find strength to honor their brother in arms. This poem is dedicated to the six Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery "Renegades," who, while serving in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2004-2005, were lost to the war on terror but never forgotten. SGT Thomas Rosenbaum, SPC Shawn Davies, SPC Blain Ebert, SPC James Price, SPC Jeremy Regnier, and PFC Justin Yoemans, your sacrifice and memory will live in our hearts forever.

A Renegade's Home

Stuck in this desolate place all alone,
Halfway 'cross the world from a place I call home.
Day in and day out with the same group of men,
A bond none can break, nor few comprehend.
The friends that we make and the bonds that we share,
The enemy can take, but never can tear.
The freedoms we live with, cherished liberty,
They come with a price for freedom, isn't free.
No one knows this more than the Soldier himself,
The gift that we cherish is paid with his life.
Now we have lost him, there's another one gone,
But the memory of our comrade will forever live on.
No awards can be given or be placed on his chest,
Everyone knows he's a Soldier and he was one of the best.
Our wounds may heal, but our hearts still remain
Filled with the memories and mended with pain.
For there's nothing like the sound of a twenty-one-gun salute,
Or the playing of Taps that will make one go mute.
Now he's sent to a place, no longer alone,
Take the Renegade home, take him home.

Remembering you, Price, and your family on this 11th day of the 11th month."
Amy Thompson of Charlottesville, VA

"Hey Price

I've been to this page before and never left a message. I'll never forget you or Rosenbaum. I light a candle for you every year. I hope you remember me with a smile, wherever you are, the same as I remember you. I remember when you first showed up at 4-5, such a little guy with a big guy's mouth! I'm smiling right now to think of it. And SGT Fry, smoking you, making you low crawl around our perimeter when we were on Firefighting detail-haha! I miss you buddy...I hope to see you again someday. Lead the Way!"
Mark of Fort Rucker, AL

"Dear James,
Four years today. We love you and miss you. Always in our hearts!
Love, Aunt Janet"
Janet Flint of Leesburg,Fl USA

"James, It has been 4 years today since your precious life was ended, not a day has gone by without wishing you were here. I take comfort in knowing you were a proud soldier and were doing exactly what you wanted to. I am proud of you for that. Tonight, we all will light a fire, drink and eat all your favorites, and remember how wonderful having you in our lives tryly was. I hope you can join us in heart.
Love Mom"
Darlene Corneilson of Vine Grove, Ky


I wish your family well."
Wags of United States

"James What I wouldn't trade for one more hug, I miss you so much. I had so many hopes and dreams for you. I feel I died with you, James, but now you are living in paradise. That does ease the pain. You will always be in our hearts. Love Aunt Janet"
Janet Flint of Leesburg,Fl USA

"August 20, 2008
To the family of Pfc. James W. Price:
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

"Hey Price,
Its me Madden. I just found this page and thought I would drop you a line. Not a day goes by when I don't think of you or the times we had. I miss you little guy.
PS I finally got my shoulder fixed so don't worry about it."
SPC Timothy Madden of Valparaiso IN

"Just a hello Little Brother, wanted you to know you are in my thoughts."
Peterson of Heading back to Iraq one more time.


The last time I saw you, you were a child, so young, so innocent, wanting to be so strong but yet willing to let the childness come out to play video games with me and giggle like a little boy when you won. Those are the memories I hold so dear. That is the James Price I will always remember. It has been 4 years since you have left this world but you will never leave my memory."
Roger of Louisville, KY

"i remember james price from when he was serving with adam james schelin and i have to say james was a very decent man. he cared for alot of people around him and helped his fellow comrades out when he could. thank you for all you do. in life and in death you are still held very highly in our hearts. my god shine upon you as you did in our lives."
tracy lynn goforth aka lady_d_20_2000@yahoo.com of springfield,missouri

"February 16 2008
Dear James,
Everyday we still feel the loss of knowing you're never coming home again. For a while I hoped for mistaken identity. It all just seems so unfair. You were loved beyond measure. Time does NOT heal. I miss you buddy and can't wait to see you again. Say "hello" to your Jaypa.
Aunt Janet"
Janet Flint of Leesburg, Fl

"I should have done this almost 3 years ago. I hardly knew you personally but we never got along. LOL, we were just two different types of people, both trying to take care of our own *. I remember before I left on leave we got into it good. From you I've learned that life is too short for bickering and stupid petty bullshit. Thank you and I'll see you when I get there."
Spc. Hyland of Alsip, IL USA

"Hey Price, Just sending you a note to say that you still and have always been in our hearts and minds and are not forgotten by no means, but I am sure that you already know that. Adam and I talk about you all the time so your legacy will always be alive in our family. We do miss you very much. I know you are doing well, I hope one day we can meet again... Love you always baby"
Lynn and Adam of Fredericksburg VA

"Dear James and family,

I wanted to share this with you, since it dedicated in your memory. Might be a bit graphic, but James you remember that I was poetic at heart and this is what I had to contribute to your memory. written January 9th, 2005, just a few months before i came back from iraq the first time. i just recent found this and it really means alot to me.

I can still see the images in my mind. Haunting my nightmares of that place and time. It was mid-September; a patrol team traveling on a northbound bridge southeast of Baghdad. They were surveying the area, no IEDs in sight. When suddenly a vehicle approached, explosives inside. rear-ended the tail of the patrol. Exploded on impact, and took quite a toll. The hole in the bridge, a volvo in size. Everyone but 3 people, had all survived. One was the driver, brainwashed and drugged. The others were soldiers, burning alive. The rest of the patrol was shaken and stirred. Some wounded with shrapnel, some cut and bruised. Most was still shocked by what had occured. QRF was quickly dispatched. A wrecker and crew to clean up what's left. When they arrived, horrified by the sight. None of these soldiers would sleep well that night. A young private walked up to the wreck and picked up some eyewear. the lens were cracked, and the rest was charred. One of the fallen, had been wearing these frames. Guaranteed for life and had survived the blast. but the soldier that had worn them, wasn't protected against the blast from behind. Pieces of car parts, rubber and concrete. Parts of HMMWV and bodies littered the street. Medics arrived to treat all the wounded. The site was cleaned up as much as could be. But the hole in the bridge remained there for all to see. 6 months later, 2 weekes till we head home. Our year tour here, is almost done. The nightmares of it all, echoes through my head. Why did they have to die God? TAKE MY LIFE INSTEAD.... TAKE ME... And when i reach your gates, i'm going to ask, "Let me journey to hell, and find the outcast!" the insurgent who decided to take my friend's life, i'll bring the rathe of God's right hand and make the bomber pay... But i can't, and it's done. It's all in the past. Remembered always and forever to last. Their families and loved ones will mourn for their loss. They gave their lives for our country, beliefs, flag, and our cause. Remembered as heroes for their sacrifice. But the closest of loved ones, cry everynight. Maybe in time, there will be some relief. The wounds will heal and soothe the grief. Peace of mind for the events of the past. Even though those memories will forever last..."
SGT Kevin Bussard of Ft Hood, TX


Morris is over there again, and we lost another comrad, SPC. Ring on July 5, 2007, watch over my solider, I know your watching over him always. We miss you, your always in our hearts. We will Never Forget."
Caryn R. Morris of Houston, Texas

"Another memorial day, is upon us and I sit here watching the news and listening to the debates over withdrawing and I must admit I am confused by the rhetoric as I look down this long list of my friends who have sacrificed. Many of my friends have sent me this link which brings tears to my eyes anymore and I can’t watch. I have come to these pages so many times in the past months with a sense of guilt that I have so little to say anymore. The list grows as these fine men and women do their job, a job they volunteered for and feel horrible as I walk away with nothing to write.

These were my friends, are my friends and some won’t remember me and there is one here I know I know but can’t remember him which drives me crazy. Somebody sent me a “Happy Memorial Day” wish the other day. I was at first angry but now I know that each of these individuals brought something to my life in their own way, and helped me to be the soldier I am today. One was somebody from basic training who when I saw his name and picture I was shocked. One I knew in passing and the others I knew all to well. These are my brothers and sisters, men and women who lay it down daily and many who volunteered to do what brought them to the fatal finish that placed them here for you to view.

Please don’t believe all you see in the media as fact. There are so many things being done and accomplished everyday over there that these folks thought was important enough to bring them here. These are our brothers and sisters, our family outside the biological attachments and these are our friends. Even now as I scroll down the list of names I am humbled by what they accomplished and saddened for their families, but it wasn’t a waste. I will sit quietly on a hilltop someplace this weekend and I will think about each of these individuals, and I hope that you will not give up on us, give us a chance because we will never give up on you. God Bless and take care.


SSG Peterson of Ft Bliss

"my husband SSG Morris, Edward L. wrote this in a letter to me..Rosembaum and Price were my gym buddies. Price was a little guy who was probably my most dedicated gym partner. Everyone knew he was a guy too big for his body. (He was like 5'4" 110 pounds of the biggest giant you would ever meet.) I would call him Picock Price because he would always challenge people twice his size to lift what he would. After their imminent failure, he would strut around the gym like a champion Picock; Neck movement and all, then try to put on more weight. He would keep me honest about my ability by always trying to catch me. If he lifted more than me I would have never heard the end of it. So I had to push myself every day so he could pick on other people. He had a definate mouth on him. He said what was on his mind all the time. Something you just don't do in the army. He would argue with anyone who didn't agree with him and challenge you to a fight if you couldn't be converted. Your size never mattered. He thought he could beat everyone if he just tried hard enough.
Rosembaum. What can you say? He was Chemical, could tell a killer joke, and was the strongest and probably the most hoah person in the battery. Hell, Price and I literally named an exercise after him. He showed us a shoulder exercise that could make MY eyes water. When we asked him what they were called he said someone had shown him and that they didn't have a name. We asked would we get shoulders like him. He said he teared up when he did them but they got his delts huge. So we called them the Rosembaums from that day forward. So we could have shoulders like him. He was lifting near 400 lb bench. That's fooball player relm. Lee Haney never lifted more than 400 and he won the Mr. Olympia title 8 times. He drank, but that made my preaching to him even more funny. I congradulated him on his sobriety program and how he was getting thinner by abstaining form liqid bread. He would tell jokes about his interactions with the lolocals and keep you rolling all day.
I can tell you a billion stories about both of them. They were definately both great guys. People I wanted my kids to know. Hero's will have to live up to their legacy's first. I will miss them. They were people who touched my life and made my life better. Thank you for sending flowers to thier famlies. I wish I had the time to talk to their famlies, but he mission here goes on. I have to make sure these rat bastards pay for taking two of America's best. Thank you for doing what I only wished I could do. It is times like these when I know that not another woman on the planet could be my wife. It is very hard around here now. Every mission, every moment here, is a challenge beyond belief. Maybe it is good that we are this busy. The days are so slow, but right when you think you have time to dwell or mourn, it is either time to pass out or go to work.
I really miss my boys. I hate that the only time I do get to call they are usually in school."
Caryn Morris of Fort Hood, Texas

I didn't know you, but I know about the sacrifice you made that day. My nephew J. Jongema was on that bridge that fateful day. He was injured pretty seriously & we feared the worse. However, he made it home & has recovered well. Your family will be in my prayers. Although no one can fill the void that your departure left for so many loved ones..My hope is that they will always know what a true hero you are. God Bless America! God Bless our troops!"
Roxanne Peeples of Corpus Christi, TX

"Hi James its Sam.
Just remembering the good times. Life is not the same without you. I remember we were going to start a band....."Solitary Confinement". I still remember the name. We thought of it when we were walking the loop at Mike's house in Webster.
I did the best I could to speak about you at the service we had for you in Bushnell. Everyone liked it but I had a hard time. All I wanted to do is start crying and never stop. I miss you..."
Sam Smart of Bushnell, FL

"Just saying hello, I use you all the time to tell and inspire my trainees when they feel they will never accomplish things. I miss you little brother..."
SSG William Peterson of El Paso, Texas

I knew you better as a small child than as a man. Having moved away when you were young, we didn't have much contact as you grew. However, my breath was knocked out of me when I got the news that you had died. I'm very proud of the sacrifice that you made and of the man that you became. Ours is a huge family, James, and your loss is always felt.
Your cousin,
Dennis L. Wells"
Dennis L. Wells of Cleveland, TN

"Dear James,
It has been two years today since you were taken away from us. We miss you so much. I mentally flip through the pages of memories of you often, and I hesitate, closing my eyes, focusing on the way you looked, your smile, your laugh...your very essence and I hold you closely, sometimes laughing at shared memories like you screaming with laughter as I pushed you in a swing, then to the times you would hunch down in your seat so yor buddies wouldn't see you riding home with me, and the feline capers in Bushnell, and the messed up steering column of the car and so much more, so much more, sometimes the tears come unchecked as I want to have you near again. I feel selfish for wanting that because I know deep in my heart that you are in a place where peace is always your comfort and you are surrounded by incredible beauty that we can not even fathom. I hold these memories close in anticipation of the day when once again we'll be together, this time forever. You will always be our hero, James. I am proud of the GIANT man you became. You will never be forgotton and will remain close in our hearts until we meet again. I love you, buddy. Love always, Aunt Janet"
Janet Flint of Leesburg, Fl

"Air Attack Renegades. Price, I hardly knew you in person, but in spirit we were brothers. I am still serving with 4-5. The batallion just aint the same with-out you. I think back to our time in Iraq, and how we really made a difference to the people of that torn country. I will never forget what you have done and what you are still doing to make our world a safer place to live. You will be truly missed."
SSG Robert Adams E 4-5 ADA of Ft. Hood TX

"Price its been nearly two years since we got hit on that bridge and not a day goes by I dont think about it. Im sorry I couldnt have done more, but you will never be forgoton in my mind. My prayers go out to your family. We will meet again someday. Rest in peace brother."
Spc Kyle Kmetetz (USA Ret.)

"To the family of James W. Price. My heart goes out to the all of you who knew James W. Price. I did not know James, but he was a soldier which made him my brother..my brother in arms..he was as brave as they come, a hero to this great nation...and I know he is in a happy place right now. I am formerly from the F 202 ADA. I was there during the incident on that horrible day of September 18th and I will never forget it! Everyday I think of this and it hurts alot. My thoughts and prayers go out to James and his family. If anyone wants information or has a question about that day please feel free to email me at airdefender1979@hotmail.com "May God be with you always James". "You are in a better place now". "I love you my brother". "Out here!""
Spc Joseph Graham of Bloomington, IL USA

"James, I'm missing you very much tonight. I've been going through your pictures and reliving your wonderful life in my memory. Today is June 21,2006 and I'm thinking about your birthday that's next month. How I wish we could celebrate with you. It's been one year and nine months since you died and I still can't believe you're gone. You will always be missed and loved very much,my precious Grandson!"
Joy Andies of Cleveland, TN

"Memorial Day
My precious son, America's Hero!!! As the fireworks and celebrations are in full swing, Im comforted knowing your life is being celebrated and remembered.My heartfelt thanks goes out to all who continue to keep your memory alive.
Forever in my heart,
link to another memorial site: james-price.memory-of.com"
Darlene Corneilson of Vine Grove, Ky

"To all,

On this weekend of road trips, barbeques and personal time with loved ones, please take just one moment of the time you have to yourself this weekend and think of those lost, those who did their best and those who completed their service to a country that has given so many opportunities and brought forth the minor accomplishments of mankind but set a precedence for how one should treat another in the pursuit of a better way of life for all. I myself feel especially humbled by the sacrifices of friends, family and those I never knew. I apologize if this sounds political but it came from the heart and I wish you and yours a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, God Bless.

Bill Peterson"
William Peterson of Ft Bliss, Texas

leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Spring Texas

"Hello again Price, I just wanted you to know that Our son was born a year ago on May 17th and I would love for you to know his full name, Lucian James Price Schelin, He was conceived on the very day that you had passed on, Adam and I have missed you so very much and we felt naming our son after you would give him something to aspire to become, He will always know why he is named after you and it gives Adam so much comfort that he has a tie to you even in your death.. We miss you so very much, I know that you are safe and strong and once again perfect.. Love you always baby..."
Lynn Schelin of Sanford Maine

"To the family of James W. Price. I give my sincerest regards and best wishes to you. I'm Spc Musil from what was F 202 ADA. When in Iraq I was attached to 4/5 ADA. I was there when the incident happened. It was a day not easily forgotten. I did not know him well but he was still a brother. We were and still are all brothers. That is one thing that can not be taken away from any of us.
If you would like any information from me about what happened that day please feel free to contact me. skygaurdian03@hotmail.com.
God be with you James."
Ryan Musil of Peoria, Il

"I hope you know that you are in a wonderful place now.Thank you for fighting for country."
Kayla of Bolivia NC Brunswick

"Two days..
Two days before new year and I think about meeting you in the unit. Taking the time to talk to you about the way things were, and how we felt the same about it. Two days before your life was stolen, talking about the things that bothered us both. Two days after, while home on leave, gently placing my head in my wifes lap wondering why the good are taken so young. A few days after my oldest son turned 18, hearing him tell me that he wants to join, and serve like the fine young men I have served with... I talked of you and Rose, and Hoot, and Jongema. And that serving in the wake of such hero's should make him proud to be a soldier... In two days it will be a new year, and another year with you watching my back, just at different angle.
Pete said it the best, God Bless you brother.
And to James' Family I leave you the words of Winston Churchill
"Your son sire, lived till he was but a man. But as a man he died...""
mati of FT Hood, TX

"To the family of:James W. Price I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga


I want you know to that I didn't forget you. I can't stopping thinking about all them times when we were over there when you would come over to my room to play madden. Remember we used to always complain about doing those funerals over there standing in that hot sun. All those times we went to midnight chow together! After I got back to the states and Cpt. O came on leave he told me that all you did was ask about me and how I was doing. I feel sooo bad that should have never happen too you. I am sorry that when I got back I never wrote you. I wish we could play just one more game. I wish we could complain about those shitty details. Put a good word in for me I miss u"
Spc Michael Graybill former A-Brty 4-5 Ada of Elizabethtown, Pa


I want you know to that I didn't forget you. I can't stopping thinking about all them times when we were over there when you would come over to my room to play madden. Remember we used to always complain about doing those funerals over there standing in that hot sun. All those times we went to midnight chow together! After I got back to the states and Cpt. O came on leave he told me that all you did was ask about me and how I was doing. I feel sooo bad that should have never happen too you. I am sorry that when I got back I never wrote you. I wish we could play just one more game. I wish we could complain about those shitty details. Put a good word in for me I miss u"
Spc Michael Graybill A-Brty of Elizabethtown, Pa

"Bro, it's hard to beleive that it's been over a year since you left us. The friend that I lost can never be replaced. I'm taking care of your family for you now, since I know you would be doing it for me. April and I got married in June, wish you could of been there as my Best Man. I had Joseph step in for you, but it just wasn't the same. Can't wait to see you again bro. Keep watching over us."
Brandon (brandon.evans1@us.army.mil) of HHB 4-5 ADA, 31st BDE, Fort Hood, TX

"Your a hero! God bless you and your family!"
Todd of Louisville, Kentucky


"Well here we are again, you and me. I find myself talking to you when I have doubts about something in my future. I guess we talked a lot you and me. I find myself searching the web for tributes to you more often now a little more than a year out and tear up everytime. I won't keep you as I know you are busy watching over your loved ones brother, but I wanted to say Hi at least one more time and let you know how greatly you are missed, but I see others have made that point quite obvious, save me a seat and take care of youself little brother, and God Bless."
SSG William Peterson of B Btry 2-6 ADA Ft Bliss. (Formally B Btry 4-5 ADA)

I'm still trying to come to grips with the reality of your death...not a day goes by that I don't think of you, your 23rd birthday came and how I wished we could celebrate it with you! I have memories of you that will keep you alive in my heart, until we meet again. I think of your laughter and wish I could hear that glorious sound just once more...or to be able to give you a big bear hug. It seems that when I'm missing you the most...this shiny dime appears in my path(always on heads)...thank you, I get the message. It leaves me with a sense of peace and a smile on my face.
I love you and hope you realize how much you mean to this aunt!"
Aunt Shannon flshannon@comcast.net of Atlantic Beach, FL

"My Dearest James,
I am sitting here in the early morning hours and there is quiet all around, and I just can't stop thinking about you. I miss you, buddy. I miss your smile, your quirky sense of humor, I even miss your love of the Noles. I heard a young man talking about enlisting the other day and I wanted to plead for him not to go, just as I did with you so many years ago. You were so proud and so excited about enlisting. You became a man. You became a Hero. Our HERO. And then you were gone. GONE. Until we meet again in heaven. Life as our family knew it will never be the same. We are devastsed by the loss of you and each of us mourn in our own ways. There is a song on the radio "Homesick" that talks about the loss of someone dear and how one so longs to be in heaven to see that person again. I think of you when that song plays. "I've never been more home sick than now." I love you always! Aunt Janet"
Janet Flint of Leesburg, Fl, USA

"I am so sorry for your loss! James will always be a true american hero. We lost my uncle Spc. Shawn Michael Davies He was also of the 4th battalion, 5th Air Defense, 1st Cavalry, also only 22. Just remember this saying Never say goodbye because there will never be a goodbye between u and him you will never meet again because you have already met you will just be starting where you guys left off!... Once again im so sorry for your loss and if u ever need to talk you can email me."
Amanda Peters (peters3424@yahoo.com) of concord, oh

"James, I miss you man. Found you here searching for friends now gone, so I guess you are still here as long as we remember. I was there in Victory for your memorial service. I don’t know if you knew that you touched so many people. You came so far, learned so much, and matured into a great young man. Your physical size was overpowered by your winning attitude. I miss you."
Drew Lyman, CPT of Fort Hood, TX

Not a day goes by that I am not thinking of you.I love @ miss you so much!!To all of America YOU ARE THE MAN
!!!!You are our hero.I am very proud to
Stewart Moynihan of Georgetown, Tenn.

"May 14, 2005
James, this is your Mom.....I so wish I could hug you, life just isnt the same without you. We had a memorial service and flag dedication for you today, it went really well, and the garden...you would be proud of, as well as thankful you didnt have to dig for me ;) I love you always and miss you so much. I know this was your choice and Im proud of you for standing for what you believed in......that makes you a true hero!!!!Being a Gold star Mom isnt something I thought Id ever experience, but I often remember your laughter,love and pride, and it gives me the strength to continue on. I hope you understand, Im now a "peace activist", Imagine that, your mom keeping up with the news and issues, perhaps if more would do so, you and others would still be with us. Im so very proud to have you for my son, wish we could do it all over again.
Forever in my heart,
Darlene Howell
Vine Grove, Ky
Darlene of Vine Grove, Ky

"i am so sorry for your loss. james is a true hero and i am so very grateful for his sacrifice. i'm sure james is in Heaven with my cousin Shawn and all others who have sacrificed for our country and we will see them when we get there. May God bless you until then."
julia of aliquippa

"Dear James,
I wonder if you know how much we all miss you. As I saw the holiday lights this year, they seemed much dimmer without you. I imagined you walking the streets of gold and smiling as you look down on us, probably wondering if we have any clue how spectacular Heaven is! I saw a boy at the mall the other day. He glanced in my direction and my breath was taken away..he so much looked like you at that age. The eyes, the stature, even the profile was the same. I longed to pull that child into my arms, but it was not you. I ache to see you again. I miss you, sweetie and I'll always love you. I will see you again one day, until then I will relive your memory over and over in my mind."
Aunt Janet of Leesburg, Fl/Lake

"I am in 4-5 ADA. this battalion lost a great soldier when it lost Price. I lost a great friend. I love you and i miss you bro'. Ill see you again."
Spc Gregory of Baghdad, IRAQ

"Hey Price its me Lynn I just heard today that you are no longer with us, and I am so so so very sorry. Hun I know that you are in a wonderful place right now and that u feel no pain.
Adam is now back at the unit as of yesterday he was the one that informed me of your death and he is very torn up about it he did love u and so did I.
I am so sorry for your family. The time that I knew you was interesting to say the least. You are never "were" a wonderful man and soldier in the army you will be remembered in our family always"
Lynn and Adam Schelin of sanford maine formerly fort hood

"My name is James William Price. I teach journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I require my students to read the newspaper each day, and naturally, I require myself to do the same. One of my own requirements is to read the daily tally of the dead in our war in Iraq. I do it because I want to be constantly reminded of our sacrifice. When I saw my own name, written, as it were, in blood, in this daily report, my heart stopped. It was hard enough imagining the sons and daughters of strangers, from Maine to California, dying so far from their homes and families. But here was a person who shared my name -- who might, in fact, be my flesh and blood (however distant). I shared my thoughts with my own family and with my students. They seemed genuinely moved, and yet they could not be so moved as I was. There is something in a name, after all. There is something in being known as James W. Price that is very personal, very intimate, very much one's own. I do not know you, and you do not know me, but we share something -- a name, a name we gave and held and cherished, a name that belonged to a person we loved. As I love myself, and love my father, James William Price Sr., and love my son, James Sterling Price, I herewith pronounce my love for your son, James W. Price, and I hope that he may rest in peace. It may be small consolation to you, who have sacrificed so much, as Abraham Lincoln said, on the altar of freedom, but I will never forget your James W. Price. God bless and keep you always."
James W. Price Jr. of Milwaukee, Wis.

"Price, I'll always remember and never forget. Scouts Out"
C of Iraq

"James, because I too was busy serving in the Army, I never really got to know you. For a family as close as ours that is a shame, but it also illustrates the sacrifices that are made by those of us who choose to serve our country. Although I never got to know James, his mother is more like a sister to me than a cousin, and my heart is broken with hers at this tragic time of loss. Darlene, in your darkest moments of sorrow, be proud of this young man and the honorable duty he served. He is now recieving the hero's welcome home that he so richly deserves from a loving and just God. You will see him again, and so will I. The next time around I won't miss my opportunity to get to know this extraordinary young man. The next time we meet there will be no wars to seperate our family. My love and prayers go out to you. I am so proud to be related to this fine young man. Your cousin, Mike."
Mike Wells of Grantville, Georgia

"My precious Grandson, how I cherish all of the happy memories of you. I can close my eyes and still see you at the various stages of your life ; the way you smelled as a baby and toddler when I snuggled with you and kissed your neck; as you grew older, the way you could always get yourself out of hot water with me by flashing that mischievous grin that never failed to melt my heart; the way we would just look at each other and burst into gales of laughter without knowing why and the family thought we had lost our minds; the day we all had breakfast together when you left for the Army. I hugged you tight and told you to stay safe and you assured me that you would see me soon and not to worry. Of course, you knew I would worry but I hope you also knew that I was proud of you for having the courage to do what you felt was right for you.

All of these memories and more will sustain me until I get to see you again at the other end of the rainbow in Heaven. And yes, James, I got your message loud and clear on the day of your Memorial Service. Be sure to thank God for sending us that beautiful double rainbow. It was the brightest one I have ever seen. It lightened our hearts and provided the confirmation we needed.

I am so very proud of you, my baby, my soldier and as always, my Hero! I love you and look forward to seeing you again. I'm closing my eyes and giving you a big, tight hug. I know you can feel it too, just as I can.

Joy Andies of Cleveland, TN USA

"To the family of James Price:
I would just like to send out my condolences to you, I knew James from 4-5 ADA also, he was a great person. Once again, my heart goes out to you in this time. God Bless."
SGT Ski of South Korea

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 "

"Jimmy, Even though I didn't know you as well as I would have liked to, I will miss you dearly. Don't forget to send an angel to watch over Brandon for me. God bless Jimmy's family and friends in their time of grief. You will always be my hero!"
Kat fireangel76049@yahoo.com of Granbury

When I think of you , I think of the little blonde . curly headed baby, but you grew to be a MAN. I am so proud of the man that you became. I know that you are in the arms of a loving Father and at last you are safe. I love you and honor you."
Pat Wells ( Aunt Pat) of Cleveland , Tn

"It was only yesterday:

That I was young, innocent and looked up to you. You were older,taller and got to do all the things I could not. You were my brother. Although time had put us four years apart, I remember still the games that we played. It was with you that I learned of football. Back then all I could do was be dragged halfway across the feild on your ankles. I remembered that I put so much value in your opinions - my favorite dress went straight to the trash. No, I don't feel like chicken tonight. I also can not forget how much you sought to protect me. When dad died you were the first one there. You were always there. I wish things could have been different for you but I am so proud of what you have become. You always have been my hero and you will forever continue to be. I wish it didn't have to be this way.

Its only tommorrow:

When I can see you again. Rematch?"
April of Murray, KY

"May God comfort you all in your time of sorrow. Our world is a much better place because of James and the others like him. Stand tall and be proud, James will always be a hero in my eyes."
A Loving Friend of Vine Grove, KY

"Little Jimmy,
It's so hard to think of you as being gone, it seems like only yesterday, we were with kat and trish, or in San An. Just know you were loved bro."
SPC Brandon Evans of D Btry, 4-5 ADA, Camp Cooke, Iraq

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"James, My arms ache to hug you just one more time; although my heart will hold you close always I will always be gratful that I was lucky enough to get to be your Mom. Im so proud of you, and my love goes out to you forever more. Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry may we meet again. Blessed Be!!!I Love you dearly....goodbye for now.
Darlene Howell of Vine Grove, Ky/USA

"Dear James,
Your leaving has left a big void in our lives. We are so very proud of the man you'd become. You are truly a HERO. Your memories will keep you alive, until we meet again.
Loving you always,
Aunt Janet"
Janet Flint Janflrn@aol.com of Leesburg, Fl/USA

I'm so very proud of you, America's Hero. I'll miss you so! Those family gatherings just won't be the same without your practical jokes & the laughter you brought to all.
I love you and miss you very much! I wish I could give you one last hug."
Aunt Shannon of Atlantic Beach, FL

"It was just like yesterday when I remember you walking into our office* HHB 4-5 ADA* and the day you got transfered over to Bravo battery. I appreciate everything you have done out there and I always did believe in you. 4-5 Scouts forever.
and to the family ouf PFC Price, My deepest condolence goes out to you nothing can be put into words a great person James was."
Krouch of Indianapolis

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered a prescious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO James W. Price."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the family and friends of James I am truly sorry for your great loss. I lost my fiancee Spc Shawn Davies on July 8, 2004 who was also in 4/5 ADA 1st Calvary Division. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope that you may find comfort in your memories and good times remembered that nobody can ever take away. James will forever and always be an American Hero and his sacrifices will never be forgotten godbless."
Autum Shingler ashingler09@yahoo.com of Hopewell, Pa

"James is Our Hero!! To the family of James, you are in our Prayers, we truly know your pain, we lost our Son Spc. Shawn Davies July 8 2004 in Baghdad, he was also in the 4/5 ADA 1st CD. They died trying to make our world a safer place for all and for that we have to thank them and be very proud! The pain your heart will ease with time and the hole left will overflow with love. God Bless You and Thank You For The Sacriface You Have Made For America!"
The Family of Spc. Shawn Davies of Aliquippa,(Hopewell Tws.) Pa. USA

"To the family and friends of James, I am so sorry to read of your loss. James is a true hero and will never be forgotten. Our family shares in your sorrow. We lost my brother SPC Shawn Davies on July 8, 2004. He was also of the 4th battalion, 5th Air Defense, 1st Cavalry. May God be with you at this time and until you meet with James again. If you should ever need someone to talk to please contact me at toniannp@sbcglobal.net."
Toni Peters of Concord, OH

"To James' 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 of James,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. It is with pride that James will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.nett of Tucson, AZ

"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, TX

"Thank you James Price, 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 Pfc. James Price:
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 Pfc. James Price:
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