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August 16, 2013

To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:

As you may know, the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation has honored your loved one at its Memorial Day Sunday worship service (each year in May) … since the time of your fallen hero's ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to pay tribute to our nation's veterans … lest we ever forget!

Now we would like to honor you … as the next-of-kin … who have also paid a great price on the altar of liberty. On Sunday 29 September at 11:00 a.m. we will host a Gold Star Family Sunday.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship … as we pay tribute to your sacrifice. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “By Dying, We Live.” The special music will be the husband/wife vocal/piano — Wickman Duo. Following the worship experience, your family is invited to attend a social time in our Fellowship Hall … with some light refreshments.

As this historic chapel has limited seating, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
June 05, 2013
Tim that is so funny. We have such great memories with James and his extender fork from camping.
June 04, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 03, 2013
Thank you to all that still remember our James. It means so much to his friends and family to know he will not be FORGOTTEN. Bless you all.
Rhonda Holmes (mother of James)
May 28, 2013
On this Memorial Day weekend it is easy to remeber James, because he was no different in the service of his country than he was at a job or as a friend. He gave the full measure of himself to whatever he did. I remeber cooking out with him one time and he made a fire so big you could not get close enough to roast your food, I told him the problem and said we will have to let the fire die down and he said negative and produced a expandable fork from his truck. It was like 3 feet long and he said this is not the first time this has happened. Where ever you ended up my friend I hope I see you again because anyplace is more fun if your there.
May 27, 2013
I remember James in high school, especially from our scuba diving trips to San Clemente off San Diego,Ca. I think of two things when I remember James, respect and gratitude. He would never use my first name, he'd just say "Boardman, in the water!". He would always answer my questions with either "Affirmative" or "Negative". It was a joy to know him and I will always be proud to call him my friend.
May 11, 2013
Such a great message Tim!! I have been thinking about him a lot lately and am so honored I met him!! He taught me a lot about things to better my life. I hope he is visiting with my grandma up in heaven. He loved her like his own. RIP James Holmes!!
May 08, 2013
I did not know James, but would like to honor his memory by noting the recent 9th anniversary of his passing. James will be remembered for generations to come for recognition of his service and the sacrifice he made for our Country. Hopefully, there will be people to pass on more personal anecdotes on James in future generations also. May his family & friends take some comfort in this.
May 08, 2013
To the family and friends of Spc. James J. Holmes:
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
May 06, 2013
As the years go by the memory of good friend James does not fade nor does it tarnish. All to many lives are cut short by war leaving each person touched by loss to wonder at what might have been. James was true hero, a great friend, and hopefuly he is making the angels laugh every day just as he made me laugh everytime I was with him
May 04, 2013
To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 26, 2013
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Holmes Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
May 31, 2012
Dear Rhonda and family, Thank you. What more words can express our gratitude.
May 30, 2012
May 30, 2012
It seems that one or two days a year is not enough to remember those who gave everything for the freedom of all of us. So I always try to keep the spirit of James alive in my life, everytime I see a big campfire, or a small plane I remember my friend and wish I had more time to build more memmories. To all who knew James he is remembered
May 28, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
May 28, 2012
Rhonda, thinking of you and your family today. Hope you are doing well. I think of you often.

Bonnie Benson
May 28, 2012
JAMES,
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE.
May 13, 2012
Happy Mothers Day, Rhonda! I am sure James is watching over you today and for a good laugh think of his $40,000 headache from UND.
May 11, 2012
Thanks for keeping up with James book he would be so proud that you all remembered and loved him. thanks so much from James and his family.
Thank- you
May 09, 2012
Very nice message Paula! RIP James!
May 08, 2012
Hello to the family & friends of James- The 99th Infantry Battalion Separate Educational Foundation offered me this poem written by one of the 99ers. The 99th was a ski troop battalion of WWII. I remember telling James all about it. My uncle was a 1st Lt. of the Viking Battalion as it was also known, and lost his life in France in 1944. The foundation told me I could change some of the wording and insert Jame's battalion, etc. and I said I wouldn't change a thing. So, from a WWII soldier to a soldier from another time.....,

A Minute of Silence .. By 99er Yngvar Stensby

An annual remembrance, reunion . . .
a time to address
our thoughts to the veterans
of wars' wretchedness.
In a Minute of Silence
we join to express
our tribute to valor
in times of duress.

A Minute of Silence
so nobly revives
companionships treasured
in all our lives.
Intoning that reverence,
the 99th strives
to honor each member
who no longer survives.

A Minute of Silence . . .
a feeling of pride
for the kinship of buddies
who fought at our side.
A time to remember
the first time we tried
to fathom the courage
of others who died.

A Minute of Silence
pronounced and sincere,
releases of emotion . . .
a sigh or a tear,
As off in the distance
a bugle we hear,
sounding “Taps” as a solace,
its notes soft and clear.

A Minute of Silence . . .
a moment of prayer;
a time to reflect
on our Provident care.
A time to be solemn . . .
a wish to prepare
for the Last Great Reunion
all humans will share!
May 08, 2012
To the family and friends of Spc. James J. Holmes:
Always remembering James. "Some gave all."
April 28, 2012
Thanks Tim and all that remember Jay we miss him so much. Thanks for remembering
Rhonda
April 23, 2012
To James and all who knew him, the world is a smaller, less interesting, and certainly less fun, without you big man, your missed more than you can know
April 20, 2012
To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
November 09, 2011
I miss you Jay Jay. I love you
October 07, 2011
There isn't a day that I don't stop and think about James and your family. I thought of all of you the 3rd and meant to write, but I have been so tired lately. Rylan will be here in 5 weeks and there is so much to get done. I hope all is well!
October 03, 2011
Hello Rhonda, still think of you and James quite a bit!! Hope all is well, keep in touch
October 03, 2011
Dearest Rhonda and Family, James was a wonderful son and BRAVE soldier. He now is a soldier in heaven and is walking peacefully with God everyday. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. love Tracy
October 03, 2011
Thining of the Holmes Family today! Thoughts and Prayers coming your way from the Hogan Family!
June 12, 2011
Another year has passed since James has left us and yet his memory is as fresh as the last time I saw him. Hero never die as long as memory serves. Love ya Bro
May 29, 2011
To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:
Please know that just as your loved one remains in your hearts and minds; his sacrifice, and that of your family, remains with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his bravery and selflessness, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God bless and keep you always.
May 11, 2011
To the family of Spc James J Holmes:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of our nation’s wars.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “A Believer’s Look at War.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
May 10, 2011
To the family and friends of James,
I would like to tell one funny story to make all of us laugh, because I thought of this when I was driving on Saturday. I was driving on gravel by Stephen (my hometown), and I was in the same area as when James was talking to his dad. His dad asked James where are you and he said I'm not sure out in the boonies somewhere. I just had to laugh, because it was out by the farm that my best friend and her husband lived at before they had kids and moved into town.
I know it was a very tough day and week for all of us, so I wanted to just talk about a happy memory that I will never forget.
May 08, 2011
To the family and friends of Spc. James J. Holmes:
Please accept my remembrance of James on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
May 04, 2011
Dear Rhonda, George and Randy, James will never be forgotten. He did a great service for us and the country. I am so sorry for the hurt you must endure. It's so hard to write something that might comfort - God bless you and thank you.
May 03, 2011
Today is the day we got the call that James was wounded in Iraq seven days later on the 8th James was pernounced dead. although it has been seven long years without him the pain cuts just as much as it did that day. Thanks to all of you who continue to remember my son he truly was a wounderful person.
May 02, 2011
Ten long years since 9/11. Seven even longer years without James in our lives. Tonight, I light this candle in his memory. God Bless You, Rhonda, George and Randy.
October 02, 2010
Oct. 3 is James Birthday he would have been 35yrs old when will the tears dry up? I love him and miss him and would give anything to be able to hear his voice or just hold him quietly in my arms fly High son.
June 28, 2010
I will echo what I have said on other posts at other sites, 6 years does not erease the pain or dull the memory of a true friend. The time has only served as a reminder of how hard it is to have a friend of the quality that James was. The only sollice I take is James's love of flying and the hope that he is high above us all, watching and waiting tell the day we can all see him again. Where ever you are my friend I know you are bringing laughter to those who surround you. You are not here but your love of laughter and life live on in all who knew you.
May 29, 2010
Dear Holmes Family and Friends, Another Memorial Day and a day that we all should remember the loved ones that gave their lives for us and our country. Especially dear to our hearts is James who we knew from high school on and will never forget. To this day and days in between we still talk and think about him. Rhonda, we also think about you and your family. James will never for forgotten. He was too special. Thank you.
May 09, 2010
To the family and friends of Spc. James J. Holmes:
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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
May 06, 2010
No one who knew him will ever be able to let May 8th go by as an ordinary day. We miss our friend and we know that we will never meet anyone like him again, he was so "one of a kind" in such a nice way. James was funny and kind with a solid sense of honor and decency. He knew right from wrong. There are very few people in the world who know how to have fun like James did. With his big heart. I wish that I could open the door and find him standing there grinning with a bunch of flowers in his hands. I would make tea for him in the teakettle he gave us that whistles, and just talk to my friend who always made me feel good about life. I know in my heart that we will all be able to see James again someday. When I listened to the audiotape of "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" I became a little less sad knowing that we would find the strength to get through the loss of a friend in order to live the kind of life that would allow us to see him again. Because no one who knew James was ready to say goodbye. So on this May 8th we send our heartfelt greetings to all who visit this site in honor of James.
April 28, 2010
To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “A Day of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception; weather permitting will be outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
October 24, 2009
October 12, 2009
”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 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!
Mothers and/or Fathers, of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com. or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and bless you.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna
Project Compassion
P.O. Box 153
Manti, Utah 84642
October 11, 2009
TIM, THANKS TO YOU AND ALL THAT REMEMBER JAMES YOU MEANT A LOT TO HIM ALSO. TO KNOW JAMES WAS TO LOVE JAMES. HE IS OUR GENTLE GAINT AND WE MISS HIM EVERY DAY.
October 10, 2009
James was one of the best friends I have ever had and one of the finest men I have ever known. Many people say things like this after somones passing but I would have said this when he was alive to anyone who took the time to ask. Rest well my friend you are the definition of hero Tim Davis ND
May 09, 2009
To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:
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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
May 01, 2009
To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 24 May 2009. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “Answering the Highest Call.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception in the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 23 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 24 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 06, 2009
To the Holmes family and friends,

As I started writing this, there was a fly over consisting of 4 F-16 fighters for the opening day of the baseball season. How fitting is that! First, let me send my heartfelt condolences as well as an apology for this coming so late. I stumbled upon this site while thinking those individuals I knew from high school who had also served in the military. I served in the Army for 10 years. It was during my time overseas in Germany that my mother sent me a newspaper clipping telling of James' tragic passing. At the time, I didn't even know James was in the Service, but I lost track of many people after high school. I really wished I had know of his hospitalization in Germany as I was stationed not far from there and would have loved to have visited him. It really surprised me that this had happened to someone I knew. Although we did not "hang out" on a regular basis, I have fond memories of his huge heart and kind smile. I especially enjoyed the time we were able to spend together on the football team at Centennial High School. He really was a lot of fun! The world is a lesser place without him. So, please accept my condolences and know that my prayers are with you.
September 01, 2008
George, Rhonda, and Randy,
That was a neat idea about releasing the balloons. I sit here and think of the good memories and having the chance to have met such a nice family.
God Bless,
May 26, 2008
Dear George and Rhonda,
No words can express the feeling today that I feel for you and your family to have given so much for our country. I think about James often. But on special days like Memorial day, etc., it hits home even more. Thank you and with much graditude

Erich and Evelyn Engelhardt
May 19, 2008
To the family of Spc. Holmes,
Please know that just as your loved one will remain in your hearts and minds, his sacrifice and that of your family, will remain with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his bravery and selflessness, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God grant you the peace that passes all understanding.
May 08, 2008
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. 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
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

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

Visit this link to hear the song.

The Other Side –
http://tinyurl.com/3o8gol



Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL

Remembering The Fallen – Blog
http://tinyurl.com/3z8p55

Please contact me and I will email you back a copy of my
Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
May 06, 2008
We are now approching four years since we lost our wonderful son James. May 8th we are going to release 12 balloons in his honor with this message attached In Memory of James Jay Holmes KIA/ US Army / USMC 10/03/75 thru 5/08/04 if found please sign this web page www.legacy.com/AzCentral/.asp?Page=lifeStoryandPersonId=2229377
April 28, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jame J. Homes:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 25 May, 2008. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “The Price of Freedom” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat. 24 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun. 25 May, a “PrayerVigil for Peace” will be held. You are invited to stop by and light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden, then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 05, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Spc Holmes!
February 17, 2008
I just was thinking about James, because this would've been the weekend that we would've seen him in Colorado. His family and friends are in my prayers!
November 19, 2007
SSGT SAMORA,
THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO TELL ME THAT STORY ITS SO JAMES. JAMES AND HIS FRIEND DAVE ALWAYS WENT RATTLE SNAKE HUNTING. I CAN JUST PICTURE JAMES LAUGHING SO HARD AND SMILING WHEN HE FOUND OUT IT WAS A SPOON I CAN BET YOU HE NEVER LET YOU FORGET THAT ONE. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME AND FOR REMEMBERING MY HERO I SURE MISS HIM AND STORIES LIKE THIS HELP ME TO KEEP GOING THANKS AGAIN.
RHONDA MOTHER OF JAMES
November 18, 2007
To the parents of James Holmes. I often think about your son and other brave men whom I servered with that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. I served as his squad leader when he was in the Marine Corps Reserves in the Phoenix area. He was always making me laugh. On one particular night while training in the Arizona desert, we were all tucked away in are sleeping bags on a this cold, cold night. I awoke in the middle of the night and thought a snake had crawled into my sleeping bag and settled in the area of my feet. I was sure I felt the smooth head of this serpent with my bare big toe. And to be sure, I felt it again with my bare big toe thinking he was probably to to cold to do anything anyway. The night was so cold and my determination to stay in the sleeping bag and not leave its semi warmth hold was a struggle. Again, my thinking was I had seen this guy on TV crawling in and out of a sleeping bag full of snakes without any problems so why couldnt me and this one snake share the bag for just one night. Finally my better judgement kicked in and I decided to investigate further so as not to encounter snake venom. As I got out of my sleeping bag, I looked for my flashlight but could not find it. I made the decision to wake your son who was sleeping to my right and ask him for his flashlight. When I did this, your son seemed surprised and without hesitation found me his flashlight. As I carefully unzipped my sleeping bag, we both were ready to destroy this beast which had ruined my sleep and now your sons. As the bottom inside of the sleeping bag was exposed, the light came on to an object that was well to familiar. It was a plastic spoon out of an MRE which was scoop side down. It turns out that when your exhuasted and half asleep the smooth part of the back side of the scoop feels just like a snakes head when you caress it with your big toe. Well your son thought it to be so funny that he made a joke about there being a spoon snake in my sleeping bag. Of course (me being of higher rank and his squad leader at the time) told him to shut up and get back to sleep. I told him not a word of this to no one. Well by lunch the next day most everyone had heard about my spoon snake encounter no thanks to your son. To this day it still makes me laugh when I think of your son and his smile when he would ask me to tell the younger Marines about my encounter with a spoon snake. We were all lucky to have known your son. Take care

SSgt. Zamora USMC
August 09, 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 (KIA on 07/06/07) 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 www.legacy.com, 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.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 03, 2007
This is such a hard day, and I don't know why. It isn't anything significant of James. I just started looking at his tyeband site, where you can order bracelets or necklaces to remember him. I know he would've said Sarah don't shed a tear but smile and laugh and remember the good times. But that is so hard to do, James and his family are such neat people. I wear my bracelet and every day someone else at work sees it, and then I get the chance to talk about James. Rhonda, thank you so much for sharing this site with me, and also the awesome pictures. I hadn't seen any pictures of him in Iraq, and I just see how happy he was. He served his country and we should be proud of him. I don't ever take my promise ring or the necklace he gave me for Christmas off. I just feel empty without them. Anyways, I need to do something to make me smile, because that is what James would've wanted.
July 23, 2007
sorry this took so long, until the loss of our grandmother i had no idea this existed. i was a very young boy the last time i seen james, randy . but for alot of years i have carried very fond memories of them both with me. james will allways be a HERO to me. Kevin
July 10, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Spc Holmes and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
May 03, 2007
In Remembrance of this Fine Young Soldier, Spc. James J. Holmes, with so much gratitude for his Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

May James, rest safely in God's Care and know that he is a True American hero, that shall Never Be Forgotten.
May the Peace of the Lord continue to be with the Holmes family.
There will Never Be Enough Ways, to Humbly Thank these Young Heroes, for their Sacrifices, my brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

"And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes,
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying,
there shall be no more pain.
For the former things have have passed away."
Revelations 21:4

May you find peace in knowing the love and memories you have of James, will remain in your heart forever and that this Country Remembers his Sacrifice.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your loss.
April 12, 2007
We apologize for being late with this post, we did not know this website existed until resently. God Bless Legacy.com for this means to honor our heros.

We can't imagine what you have been going through since being notified of the death of your young Warrior. The Military and families all over the USA and world are grieving with you and praying for you. What a very brave individual you have in your family that would give up a life for their homeland and its people so they can remain free. Your Freedom Fighter has served the Country above and beyond the call of duty, let no one ever tell you different. With the mission now completed your Warrior has been redeployed to Heaven to sit on the right hand of the Supreme Commander and Chief. The Father above has James in his arms and will give him peace as well as eventually easing your pain and suffering. God speed to you and Spc. James J. Holmes, our HERO. We are so proud of them that are willing to sacrifice for this great Nation, THANK YOU.

Army Retired
April 03, 2007
To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 27 May, 2007. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org
If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
July 17, 2006
The Holmes Family: I am so very sorry about the loss of your precious husband & soldier. He is a hero of the heros. God bless you & may you find more & more peace & comfort. Sincerely,
June 28, 2006
Dear Holmes Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved hero James. May he rest in peace surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Thank you SPC James J. Holmes, a true American hero to all.
April 30, 2006
JUST A FEW DAYS BEFORE JAMES WAS HIT IN IRAQ ON MAY 3RD. WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS THE THANKS WE GIVE TO YOU ALL THAT SIGN THE BOOK IT HELPS ME KNOW THAT JAMES IS NOT FORGOT.
THANKS AGAIN RHONDA
April 25, 2006
To the family of Spc. James J. Holmes:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 28 May, 2006. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “What Are We to Remember?” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 24, 2006
I wanted to write something in memory of James, as his two year anniversary of his death approaches. He wouldn't want us to cry, so on Monday, May 8th try and have high spirits and laugh a lot. Rhonda, I have a DVD that the Fox Battery made in memory of James. That is the GF unit he was with at first. I will send you a copy of it, if you would like me to.
December 11, 2005
A Christmas wish to Rhonda and all the family and friends. James will never be forgotten, always in our hearts and thoughts throughout the year. And you, the family having to make such a sacrifice for our United States of America.
December 10, 2005
I just want to wish James' family and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2006! We miss you James!

Love, Sarah
September 20, 2005
JUST MISSING JAMES AND WANTED TO SHARE SOME MORE PICTURES
MOM
September 20, 2005
JUST MISSING JAMES AND WANTED TO SHARE SOME MORE PICTURES
MOM
September 19, 2005
August 21, 2005
Altough James probably would not remember me, I knew him and use to babysit him along with his brother
Randy when they were little boys back in Lamar Colorado. I just recenty learned of his death while I was visiting my sister Eleanor in Colorado Springs. I was very saddend to learn what had happened. James is in my prayers and I send his parents and his brother my respects. Thank you James for the sacrifice you have given for our country. I will never forget you. You are a true hero.
June 04, 2005
Family and Friends of James. I was in James's Platoon in Iraq and was on the patrol with him that fateful day when the IED went off on us. He was a true inspiration to our Platoon and truely believed in the mission we had there. He was a true hero in my book.
May 02, 2005
Holmes Family,
I went to High School with James and remember him fondly, you will be in my prayers and thoughts tomorrow as I know it will be a difficult day for you all. Please know that an entire nation, state, city, and high school will always remember James for what he did and what he stood for. God Bless.
December 27, 2004
As we make our way through this holiday season we also reflect on this past year. The memories of James bring smiles which temper the sadness of the loss of a kind, generous, and intellegent young man. Our prayers are with James' family and with all those who serve our country.
November 08, 2004
November 08, 2004
We are sorry for your lost as no words can express the sorror or pain that goes with such a lost, but our prayer goes out to you your loved ones at this time of need, with our love, Lavell-Norma
September 27, 2004
Hello
I was just posting to let everyone know that I have the web page for James almost done, I will be making changes off and on, depending on what people send me, to add to the site, so please check it often and feel free to e-mail me wiith changes you would like to see, I can't promise to make all them, it will be up to Rhonda's approval on the changes. here is the site www.jamesjholmes.com
September 06, 2004
Sorry for your loss. i never met James, but he worked with my dad (Jon McMillan). SORRY,
Lucinda
August 14, 2004
To Rhonda, George, Randy and of course Rich & Anita

There are no words I can say to take away the pain, or even describe how much James met (and always will) to me.
So I will tell how James and I met.
It was in Emergency Cardiac Care class, Jan of 1995.
James was a Marine, and like James my Father was a Marine, he served for 20 years and then retired at Camp Pendleton, he died from condition caused by his serving in Vietnam,
So in my eyes the Marines took my Father away from me.
Because James was a Marine I didn't want anything to do with him, but no matter how determined I was not to be friends with James, he was even more determined to become friends and then even more.
He constantly picked on me, chased me around with a water gun that he had won in class, and somehow always managed to become my partner in class.
By the end of the semester, James not only won my friendship but my heart.
James was able to help me understand the pride and honor of being in the military especially being a Marine.
I am now able to say I am proud to be military brat.
I am so very proud of both James and my Father.
But unfortunately my worst fears in the world came true, and now my heart is broken.
I have no regret about giving my heart to James, I feel very honored and Blessed to not only have been able to love James but to have been loved by him.
I would rather have a broken heart that's full of love and memoires, then a whole heart that's empty.
I thank James for all that he has given and taught me.
I just hope that I was able to give him the same in return.
I do regret not going up and spending the month of Oct 2003 with him like he asked me to, and I hope he understood I couldn't get away, and that he can forgive me for that.
James and I kept in close touch, e-mailing daily, and typical James caring about others, when I told him how worried and scared I was, his last e-mail on 4/28 was not to worry about him, that he was bored but safe.
I will love him forever and always
All of you will be in my prayers and thoughts.
I have added a picture of James and myself from one of the Marine balls we attended.

With Rhonda's approval I am in the process of making a web page dedicated to James.
it should be done sometime next week, I will post when it's done.
August 03, 2004
I am a childhood friend of Rhonda's. She lived 4 houses down from me and we were friends all through grade school, junior high and graduated from South High School in Denver. I remember so well all the hours we played jacks on my front porch, sleep overs and giggling about boys. We had another good friend Stephanie. Through some years after high school Rhonda and I were in contact again and she had two adorable little boys, James (around 5) and Randy (around 3). There were so cute and sweet and laughed and played a lot. I was single then and as usual with life I found someone and Rhonda and I lost touch again. But we always kept track of each other through our friend Steph, which we both kept track of. Steph didn't move around like Rhonda and I have.

Rhonda has saddly lost her mother, but mine and Steph's are in a water class together with other mom's of girls we all grew up with. Through the water class grapevine my mother called me about Rhonda's son. I called Steph to tell her, we were both just heart sick for Rhonda.

I got to speak to my friend Rhonda yesterday and talked about this awful loss to her, George and Randy. I have two sons, ages 19 and 17. My oldest has always loved the Navy and was a Sea Cadet, a Cheif Petty Officer in the unit. He is in college now and still plans on joining the Navy when finished to continue his medical studies to be a doctor. Rhonda had a son that joined the Army and I have one going into the military. We understand the hearts of military mothers. How we hate the risks our sons have taken and or going to take. How we love them but have always supported them in their lives of following their hearts. We don't have to like it, but accept it and be there for them as much as possible.

Talking to Rhonda we knew that our friendship is still there and always will be. We will be much better about keeping in touch. I wished I could have hugged her over the phone, but we could cry and laugh together, vent some anger, the hugs came within our voices to each other.

Rhonda, I meant what I told you, call me whenever you want to talk, cry, get angry, and I will be there for you. I'm proud you are still my friend, I'm proud of James and his service. I'm proud for you what a wonderful son and person James was, that he was loved by so many. I read each and everyone of the statements about James in this guest book. I will always remember that little boy I knew and now know, through viewing the pictures, what a handsome man he grew into.

Take heart, because it will live in your heart, that James will always be around and be with you in the love and stories of him. That can NEVER be taken away from you, George or Randy. Take care, my friend, of yourself, George and Randy. Be there for each other.

We all here at the Wolin house send you are prayers. God Bless each of you.
July 08, 2004
How I will remember when we had James in the space suit at the space and rocket center in Alabama.What a time he had looking at all that was on display. His grandfather Alvie F. Stallsworth has to know the many lives that he has touched and the special memories that remain with those of us left behind. He will continue to be our J.J.
Aunt Eileen / And Rick
June 29, 2004
Words could never express how we feel about the loss of our grandson, James. Never will we here him saying "hey Gramps, got any pepper and egg sandwiches" and oh, how he loved his chocolate chip cookies. We have many fond memories of him working so hard in Civil Air Patrol and Turf Soaring, the many hours he volunteered at the Glendale Public Library and all the personal time he spent with us, sharing so much. We will miss him so much, but know he did what he wanted because he loved his country and was so proud to serve.
He will love forever in our hearts and mind.
Love Grandpa & Grandma Gigliotti
June 25, 2004
My deepest sympathy to James' family and friends. I worked with James at Ruth Meiers adolescent Center in Grand forks, ND. I was just thinking of him yesterday b/c he was such a great person to be around in work or play. My parents met him a couple of Summers ago when James came to our lake cabin in Detroit Lakes, MN. They were in the process of having a home built in Surprise , Az, so James had all kinds of great info on his home state. My dad said, "That James, he is a dandy." A very high compliment from my dad and I remember James thought that was so funny. I heard someone say on the news last night at the Grand Forks VFW memorial that James' laughter was 'infectious'- so true. He really had a way of easing any atmosphere with his sense of humor and personality. I appreciate so much having known him. He was a true patriot and friend. I am just so sad that he is gone, but I appreciate that he died doing something he believed in...serving our country. Thank you James.
your friend,
Greta O'Donnell
June 24, 2004
Rhonda, George and Randy,

Sorry I didn't get down there with the family. We all feel your loss and want you to know how proud we are of James, he is truly our hero.
June 21, 2004
I just want to say hi to everyone in Arizona and let them know that I received a job offer today in Scottsdale for this September. Yesterday would've been James and my 1 year anniversary. I love him and miss him! I hope everyone had a Happy Father's Day! Take care and God Bless! The photo I added to the photo gallery says it was taken in October, that is because I never fixed my date setting on my digital camera.

Sarah
June 20, 2004
Although we were not around the boys in thier growing up years, we still have our memories of them when they were younger. Even at his very young age James was a very kind and loving person. He will always be in our hearts and thoughts.
June 16, 2004
Aunt Rhonda, Uncle George, and Randy,

James was a wonderful friend and a great cousin. I miss him very much. I loved the way that when we hadn't spoken for awhile and one of us would call the other, our conversation was as if we had just talked yesterday. I am very blessed to have him and all of you in my family, and I thank god everyday that I got to know him. Love, Tiff
June 14, 2004
We never had the pleasure of meeting James, but we do know that he made our friend Sarah very happy. We felt like we knew him from how much Sarah talked about him. We are so saddened by what happened to James. We want to give our condolences to his family and to Sarah, for we can't even imagine losing someone like James. He was a hero to our country.
June 14, 2004
James was a great soldier as well as a great person. I can not recall even one instance where James was not smiling, working, or smiling while working. James was a wonderful role modle for soldiers and civilians alike. He truely was an awesome indevidual and will be missed.
June 12, 2004
I was in the same platoon and squad with James and got to no him real well. He was a good soldier and a good friend. Working with James was always a joy at drill, he had such a good work ethic. James will be greatly missed, and my deepest sympathy goes out to his family. My memories of James will live with me forever.
June 12, 2004
I think of all the wonderful get together we had with James and how he always called me “Mother Marj” and even sent Mother's day cards. He teased his mother that he could live with Dale and me when she was mad at him.
David, my son, and James would bring all kinds of creature’s home from the desert and his mother would be afraid and scream "don't bring those in the house!" They would say, "Mother Marj doesn't mind." I would find all kinds of frozen snakes and lizards in my freezer.
He always thought I was “Betty Crocker” because he liked my cooking. I impressed him once by making articokes.
James was there when Dale tried his hand at hair cutting; Dale almost scalped David, but made James laugh so hard, he had a gut ache.
Our younger son, Bob, who changed his name in 8th grade from Robbie, could not convince James to call him Bob; it was always “Robbie” when James addressed Bob.
He came to my mother’s funeral in Pocahontas, Iowa just to be there for our family. He drove all the way from Fargo, North Dakota.
He sold us his Monty Carlo when we needed a car to get Dale to the bus stop.
He loved to tease Dale about being in the Navy and a squid, He was the jarhead. Dale promised him he could ride his Harley when he got back from Iraq.... He use to tell Dale he better not sell it.
He will be forever young in our minds.
He was a hero because he was out of the Marines and he joined back to fight for his country after 9/11. He didn't have to go. He volunteered.
Thanks for letting me share with you about this great guy named James Holmes. We miss him so much. Marj, Dale, David and Robbie Laudner
June 11, 2004
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of James' family and also to my friend Sarah. I have heard nothing but extremely great things about James from Sarah's emails over the past months and am so saddened by the loss of such an amazing man. He left this life as a hero to our country and I believe he will always continue to keep a protective eye over all those whom he loved from heaven. God bless,
Annie Stennes
(just moved from East Grand Forks, MN)
June 09, 2004
I am the aunt of James' "promise" girlfiend, Sarah. I had the good fortune to meet James through her. Even though I only knew James for a short time, I could tell what a wonderful young man he was and how happy he and Sarah were. We spent labor day together last year, so whenever I think of James, I will see him flying across the lake on the jet ski. Another example of how he lived life to the fullest! James was a great man and he made our Sarah very happy. He will live forever in our hearts. God Bless you all.
Nancy & Family
June 09, 2004
The injury and death of James Holmes was a tragedy of war that impacted our town. Many people here knew James, and many of us knew him through Sarah. We prayed for James and his family and Sarah, and we continue to do so. You have our sincere sympathy.
June 08, 2004
James was a member of my Platoon, he always had a smile and was a soldier you could always count on to get the job done. James sense of dedication and duty to his country and fellow man is above question. When Operation Iraqi Freedom began, he asked me if our unit would be going, when I stated the unknown, James placed his name on the volunteer list to go with another unit, he felt that strongly about serving his country. James will always be remembered, and I am proud to say that I had the opportunity to serve with such a fine soldier and person!
June 07, 2004
As I was sitting at my desk a low flying plane went over our building, strange because all I could think of was that it was James. He would always run outside to see those planes. I am a co-worker of James' at Valley Petroleum. I want you to know that I always thought James was a great man, always there with a joke (some practicle) and a shoulder to cry on. We were always playing jokes on each other. I don't think I ever left work without him doing something to my car, either the radio was turned on full blast, the windsheild wipers on, I even remember once as I was leaving work in the middle of winter I couldn't figure out why my car was not heating up, I finally checked my heater control and found that it was on cold, of course a smile crossed my face knowing it was James. He often would pick me up and try to toss me in the snow or the garbage dumpster, what a fun guy he was. He also helped me through a very difficult time in my life and I really never got to thank him, and let him know how much he meant to me as a friend. James is missed by all here at Valley Petroleum, we often get together and tell stories of James. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers as are all our service men, your right no-one should have to feel the pain you must be feeling.
God Bless you,
Kathy Miller
June 07, 2004
Hi All,
I just found an application letter that James typed on my computer. He was such a great person and a hard-worker. He graduated from Centenial High in Peoria, went on to the Marines and attended Arizona State University, and also worked for the SouthWest Ambulance. He recieved a BA degree in American History. He always said this was a $40,000 headache, because he wasn't using his education. I always told him that you never lose from an education. When he finished school, he decided to try out living in MN and ND. He worked for North East Human Service Center and Valley Petroleum. Steve was and still is a great boss, he is the one that has helped me go through my grieving process better. He always calls to see how I am doing, and reminds me how much of a good worker James was. He is deeply missed by his co-workers. He then started working for the Ruth Meiers Adolescent Center in GF, where he met his good friend Tim. Great speech, Tim! Thanks again! Then he went onto work at the Safe Home and he met his good friend Paula, and her two boys, Evan and Phil. His friends and family miss him dearly.

Love you,
Your "promise" girlfriend Sarah
June 06, 2004
I got to know James through my friend Sarah who was dating James. He was a terrific guy. He enjoyed every day to its fullest. What I remember most is how he lived every day to its fullest. He made sure everyone around him was having a good time. He also loved his family. He would tell us stories about his family back in AZ. He made a deep impression on my family and we were so saddened to hear the news of his injury and death. It was something I never wanted to hear. I hope that everyone that was touched by James can seek some comfort in their memories. Sarah and I sit and laugh together almost on a daily basis. God Bless.
May 26, 2004
TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SENT MESSAGE'S WE THANK-YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, SUPPORT AND YOUR PRAYERS. JAMES IS OUR SON AND BROTHER AND WE KNEW HOW SPECIAL HE WAS, BUT WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE THE TIME YOU HAVE GIVEN TO SIGN THIS BOOK AND TELL US THE STORIES THAT YOU KNOW ABOUT HIM OR THAT HE WAS IN YOUR THOUGHTS. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE HE WAS WITH IN IRAQ AND FOR THE REST OF OUR MILITARY PEOPLE A SAFE RETURN HOME!! I WOULD NEVER WANT ANY ONE TO FEEL THE PAIN WE FEEL FROM THE LOSS OF JAMES. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE SUPPORT.
IN HIS MEMORY RHONDA, GEORGE, AND RANDY (MOTHER, FATHER & BROTHER) THANKS
May 22, 2004
George, Rhonda, and Randy, and James' grandparents,
We want to send our heartfelt condolences to you.
James' ultimate sacrifice for our nation and the good people of Iraq, shall never be forgotten.
Our son, Sgt. Chris Clemens, served alongside James, and they shared a special bond...both
being Marines before joining the North Dakota Army National Guard.
God Bless your family
and
...James....Rest In Peace..you will forever be in our hearts and never forgotten.
Love,
May 20, 2004
Hi George, Rhonda, and Randy,
I truly am honored to say that I loved your son and brother very deeply. I now know how great of a man he was to all of us and also to his country. What a hero. I love all of you and please keep in touch. You are like family to me. Today would have been our 11 month anniversary.

Love,
Sarah
May 19, 2004
Randy and family,
I'm very sorry for your loss, I can't imagine how devastated you must feel. I am very proud to serve alongside Randy and wish him and his family comfort during these trying times. God Bless, Sara Squibb (161 MDS)
May 18, 2004
Dear George, Rhonda and Randy, Thank you for sharing James with us all these years. Michael and he enjoyed the honor of being the first graduating class of Centennial and thought it was just the greatest thing to happen. James has done so much for our country and did the most unselfish deed of all - he gave his life so that we can continue to have freedom. We always knew was a giving and loving person. He will be in our memory forever. We loved him and will miss him also. There are never enough words to say about him as an individual and a true American. God bless you all and may all the fond memories comfort all of you at this time and as time goes on. Listen to your heart and you will always hear James. For I believe that is where we will always keep our loved ones. Love, Erich, Evelyn and Michael.
May 18, 2004
Randy and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
May 18, 2004
George, Rhonda, and Randy:

The world is a better place that James was in it. I want to thank you for everything he's given us in touching our lives. He taught Ryan how to swim, taught Joel to be a Junior Lifeguard, and showed both Kory and Joel what friendship and responsibility are. He lives in our thoughts and our hearts.

Randy - time will ease your pain but it will never dull your memories or your love for your brother. And even though they can never replace James, nor would they ever want to... you shall forever and always be considered a brother to Kory and Joel and a son to us.

These words remind me of James. May they provide a small measure of comfort in your hour of darkness.

I Am The Captain Of My Soul


Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole. I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears, looms but the horror of the shade, and yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.


"Invictus,"
by William Earnest Henley
May 18, 2004
I just want to let your family know what an American hero James is. My husband (Spc Joshua Tysver) is currently serving in Iraq and is with Company C 141 ECB. He knew James and spoke highly of him. James has made the greatest sacrafice of any American. We are all very proud of him. God Bless your family.
May 17, 2004
Randy and Family,
Your brother James is truly an American Hero. I am eternally grateful for the ultimate sacrifice he gave for all of us. Randy I pray that God will comfort you and your family during this difficult time! God Bless.
Darcy & Jamie Swaim & Family
May 17, 2004
THIS E-MAIL WAS SENT TO ME FROM MY NEPHEW SPC. TYSVER THAT WAS IN THE SAME CAMP AS SPC. JAMES HOLMES. I JUST WANTED HIS FAMILY TO KNOW JUST HOW WELL RESPECTED A SOLDIER HE WAS. GOD SPEED TO YOUR FAMILY.

THE REASON IM WRITING YOU IS TO TELL YOU ABOUT OUR COMPANYS RECENT LOSS OF SPC JAMES HOLMES. JAMES DIED DUE TO HIS INJURIES WHEN AN I.E.D BLEW UP NEXT TO HIS HUMMV. JAMES WAS A GOOD MAN AND A GOOD SOLDIER. HE WAS THE TYPE OF A GUY YOU COULD GO TO IF YOU NEEDED A GOOD LAUGH OR HELP FOR ANYTHING. JAMES WILL BE MISSED BY EVERYONE. SO WHAT IM ASKING EVERYONE TO DO
IS SAY A PRAYER FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING YOUR SUPPORT OF ALL OF US SOLDIERS SERVING FOR OUR COUNTRY AND OUR FREEDOM. I SALUTE ALL OF YOU. SPC JOSHUA L TYSVER F.O.B. WARHORSE, IRAQ
May 17, 2004
George, Rhonda, and Randy,
James is trully a hero, all in part to the upbringing you provided him. We will all miss him, and thank God for the time he allowed us to share with him throughout our Marine Corps Days. Semper Fi! May God be with you during this very difficult time. I love you all.
May 16, 2004
George and Rhonda,
James was a good man. He was always nice to our family, especially to our kids. He will be missed. There is no greater sacrifice then what James did for his country. It is because of people like James,we as americans, can live freely. I am sorry for your loss.
May 16, 2004
All sympathies to James Holmes's family: We will always remember James as heroic for believing and serving for our country. I do not know James , but can only say that I share a part of history with him, since I am a Centennial High School Senior, the Class of 2005, and have heard the sad passing of James in Mr. Richard Taylor's AZ/US History Class. I wish all the best for James's family through this difficult time in losing a loved one. Sincerely,
Candace and CeHS
May 15, 2004
May 14, 2004
Thank you Mr. Holmes for your service to our country. Your sacafice will not go unnoticed
May 14, 2004
I'm so sorry for you all, I did'nt know James but I thank him for his service and honor to us who live here in freedom. It is because of men like James, I can sit here and express these words about this brave soldier. God Rest James and his family
May 14, 2004
god bless you
May 14, 2004
Would like to send my condolences to your family. May God bless you all and embrace each of you at such a difficult time.
May 14, 2004
I did not know James or anyone in his family, but I wanted to extednd my deepest sympathy to you. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to James for his service to our country - you will not be forgotten in our hearts.
May 14, 2004
Mr. and Mrs. Holmes -
Though I didn't personally know your son, I want to say "thank you" for his service to our country. Because of young men like James, all of America is able to go to bed safely each night. Please be encouraged that he exhibited the greatest love a man can possess by laying down his life for us - Americans he didn't personally know and Americans yet to be born. Know that we citizens love our soldiers.
May 14, 2004
AS LONG AS YOU LIVE AND REMEMBER - YOUR LOVED ONE LIVES IN YOUR HEART

May tender memories soften your grief,

May fond recollection bring you relief,

May you find comfort and peace in the thought,

Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought,

For time and space can never divide,

Or keep your loved one from your side,

When memory paints in colors true,

The happy hours that belonged to you.

by Helen Steiner Rice
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