James S Lee


MT. VERNON, IN, USA U.S. Army SGT, VMFA-142, MAG-42, (HMLA-773, TF RED DOG), 4TH MAW, MARIETTA, GA GHAZNI, AFGHANISTAN 04/06/2005

“My dearest son, my baby boy. God it feels like just yesterday the doctor placed you in my arms and that today you died all over again. Your life and your brother Joshua’s were so swift and cut short before you had even a chance to get to enjoy the life you built. We had several births and many deaths since your passing and yet the whole family feels your death as profoundly as if it were this very second and not 5 years ago. I feel more agonized by the day worrying that your sister will also be taken from me and it has made me closer to her than I have ever been. She too misses you more and more and we don’t know how or when the pain will ever cease. She is doing okay on the outside and functioning well but I can’t help but worry about her happiness and her emotional state. She is raising her 4 little ones alone now and I am scared for all the burden she now carries. I know that as close as the two of you were you are watching over her and I pray you watch her a little more right now. I think you would be very proud of how far she has come and how strong a person she has been through it all. I know I am very proud of her. I am very proud of you and Joshua too for the people you both were in the short time I got to share this life with you. The time we had was and will always be so precious my son. I love you and I miss you so very much.

Semper Fidelis, MOM”

James’ portrait is also on Poster 10