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June 12, 2014
I briefly served with James on our first deployment. He was a man of courage and integrity.
November 04, 2013
May God Bless You with Eternal Happiness!
January 14, 2013
To the family and friends of Spc. James D. Riekena:
It has truly been my honor to sign James' guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that James will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
January 14, 2013
I love you, miss you, and think of you everyday.
January 13, 2013
Proud to serve with a great Soldier always in my mind my Friend God Bless your Family
January 14, 2012
To the family and friends of Spc. James D. Riekena:
Always remembering James. "Some gave all."
May 02, 2011
In Remembrane of JD Riekena, we are a safer AMERICA because of your bravery. May God Bless you eternally!
January 14, 2011
To the family and friends of Spc. James D. Riekena:
Please accept my remembrance of James on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
January 23, 2010
i will look for it im sure i still have the video or
January 15, 2010
To the family and friends of Spc. James D. Riekena:
Remembering James on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
May 24, 2009
It has been two years and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You touched the lifes of everyone you knew and we are all the better for it. You are a hero. You will be remembered as a soldier who saved lives and died doing what he did best. I love you JD.
April 16, 2009
you will never be forgotten buddy! Cco 130th combat engineers!
March 14, 2009
I represent a grass roots ministry making and sending prayer shawls for fallen soldier's. Would anyone in James's family like a prayer shawl in honor of him. I would be glad to send one. Contact me at
February 23, 2009
We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families. War does not discriminate – It breaks my heart to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,500 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at or go to If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
January 19, 2009
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”

I did not know James, but I am remembering
his service and sacrifice. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008

The Other Side –
(To hear the song)


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
January 14, 2009
To the family of Spc. James D. Riekena:
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"
June 18, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Spc Riekena!
May 07, 2008
FREEDOM is not free; never was, never will be.
April 02, 2008
James Riekena,
It has been a bit over a year since you have passed away. I didn't know you personally but there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I was in the vehicle behind you when the IED went off. James Riekena you have changed my life for the better, forever. Thank you James.
August 19, 2007
i was there
August 19, 2007
my name is eli garretson im sorry for your lost. the night it happend i was asleep a sgt came to my door asked me to come with him he took me to the room i saw us ID guards men the was only five, it hurt alot to hear my good good firend had died, its hard not to think about it. im so sorry he died. i still feel alone here in iraq. i wish i could say more.......... i was proud to be his friend/ plz let me know if you wont a copy of the sevices we had in iraq. i can say what it looked like i was in tears...
August 14, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.


Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 06, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Spc Riekena and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 04, 2007

Those summers at Camp Brinkley together were great, and I don't have a single memory of you in a negative light. You were a great guy, great with children, and I can only imagine a great soldier as well. I know that the example you set in my past makes me a better person, a better soldier, and a better medic.
April 18, 2007

February 15, 2007
My name is Barb Shillinger and I send you my most sincere condolences on the loss of James. I am the WA state coordinator for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. We are volunteers making a Civil War reproduction quilt for the family of each of our Fallen from WA. We ask nothing of the families except an address to which we can mail the quilt when it is finished. Please contact me as James' quilt is finished and waits to be mailed to his mom, Pat. And, again, I am so sorry for your great loss. Barb Shillinger
February 10, 2007
Dear Riekena Family,

As former neighbors, we mourn the passing of JD, and have thought of all of you during this sad period. We also appreciate the lovely article written for JD in the Seattle times about your lovely home town, Missoula.

We wish you the best, honor your sacrifice, and extend our deepest condolences.

Peter, Ena, Rebecca, David, Theona, James
February 06, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Riekena family in the loss of James. I did not know James, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. James you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

"To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
January 29, 2007
I don't know you nor did I know SPC. James Riekena, but as a military family member, I would like to express my graditude for this ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I am So Sorry for your loss, and pray everyday for our military personnel. I pray also for healing for your family. May God help you in your time of sorrow.
January 28, 2007
I am proud of Spc James D Riekena, I pray for him and his family. May God bless and hold him in his arms.
January 28, 2007
Please accept our sympathy for your loss, and our prayers that God sustain you in this time of sorrow. We are ever thankful for the work and sacrifice of your Soldier, James, and will honor his memory by keeping him and your family in our prayers.
January 26, 2007
To the family of James D. Riekena, I am writing from Bonners Ferry, ID My family name is Riekena, my Father is Kim Riekena and my late Grandparents were Dorothy and Richard (Dick) Riekena. My family is wondering if James is a relative. We share in your greif,even if there is no relation. It takes an incredibly brave and dedicated young person to fight for our country and we hold the utmost respect for all the men and women fighting for our freedom to live without the threat of terrorism. Our Dearest Sympathies.
January 23, 2007
I cry even as I write this. There is a hole left in the world since you left it. You were like a member of our family...Phillip misses you a great deal. He was proud to fight along side you in the first tour, and you were loved by everyone who knew you. I was unable to make your funeral today...Phillip, did though. I heard it was really nice with all the military honors. I'm sorry for your family and to the battle buddies you left behind in Baghdad. You saved lives and you are a hero! You will be forever missed, and never forgotten.God Bless your soul.
January 21, 2007
Spc. James D. Riekena
you are my hero
may god keep you in his arms forever.
January 20, 2007
January 20, 2007
May God be with you at this time. Spc. made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.
January 19, 2007
January 19, 2007
To the Family of Spc. James D. Riekena:
I will stand in grief with this soldier's family to honor him. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guestbook for the rest of my life, but I promised Brent that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.
We lost our son SFC Brent A. Adams on 12/1/05 and it seems like yesterday. I wish so badly there were things I could say to you right now to make the pain you are feeling go away, but I know first hand there simply are no words that will bring you the comfort and peace your heart aches for. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you go through this tragedy moment by moment and as you mourn this loss.
We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with as our hearts both burst with pride and pain together.
I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally. While they can never be replaced, neither will they ever be forgotten. You must trust that sometime, someday the loving memories you have will help to sustain you and help you go on. This courageous soldier will forever be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well.
To his family and friends in pain, I offer this comfort: When you find yourself in that dark sorrowful place, think not only of how you will miss him, but instead recall the years, days, hours and minutes gifted to you by his presence. The one thing that cannot be taken from you is your wonderful memories that now will mean more than ever.
If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away and would love for you to tell me more about your Hero.
God Bless this soldier and family who gave all and God Bless for setting up this site where families can so quickly share their condolences and prayers with others like themselves.
Proud Parents of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA, 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq
Pam and Bill Adams, Lancaster, PA
January 18, 2007
My heartfelt sympathies to your family. My heart breaks with each new name added to this list, and I am saddened by your loss. Know that you are surrounded by prayers, grace and the deep gratitude of all who live in freedom. My God hold you in his arms and grant you peace. Please find joy in the memories of your loved one and comfort knowing so many are holding you in their hearts.
January 17, 2007
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the family of Spc. James D. Riekena, with a multitude of Thanks for this Brave Young Soldier's Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

The price James and his family have paid, Will Never Be Forgotten.
May he Rest Safely, in God's Care and may God's Loving Peace and Comfort be with the Riekena family.
I am the Sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago

"Surely He hath borne our grief,
and carried our sorrows."
Isaiah 53:4

May you find comfort and strength, in the beautiful memories of times spent with James.
Quietly and gently, may healing come, with each new day.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
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