Montesano, Washington, US
United States Army
PV2, 610TH Engineer Support Company, 14TH Engineer Battalion
Montesano, US, 08/11/2008
James joined the U.S.Army on June 25, 2007. He trained as a heavy equipment operator, military specialty 21E. He arrived at Fort Lewis on December 3, 2007 and was assigned to the 610TH Engineer Support Company, 14TH Engineer Battalion.
In April 2008, he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 610TH ESC Ghostriders to Forward Operating Base Warrior in Kirkuk Iraq. He was, is and will always be Our Hero
I met you when you were a very nice young man looking for a calling, a career, something that would fit you. You didn’t know exactly what that was but you were looking. Then you looked at the Army and other armed services to see if that was the answer you were looking for. You were so excited when you told me you were going into the Army. Being someone that fell in love with you from the day I met you I was scared at first because of course the war. I just didn’t want you to get hurt. But I remember hugging you and telling you I was so proud of you! I meant it then and I still do! I just knew from the very short time I was blessed with knowing you that if this is what you wanted then you would be the very best soldier the Army has ever seen! I gave you a note when you left saying I felt good knowing you would be one of those very brave men and women protecting me and my family.
You did your very best. I think about you and miss you every single day. You will always be my hometown hero!
Love you! (from Pamela Burgess)
My Dearest Son, My heart aches for you, but I am also celebrating your life as MY Hero. I have a huge wonderful family now.. We met through the TAPS Seminar at Fort Lewis on February 27th, 2009. I know you think you messed up your whole life (give yourself a break, you were 20). I think you did a great job as a soldier and a human being.. I know your with God now, and I feel relief, just remember Son, you’ll always be our baby