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May 17, 2013
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Layton 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.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
August 27, 2012
I'ts almost been 3 years son.But it still feels like yesterday.I miss you so very much and love you so very much.We will be together again one day soon.I'm so very proud of you, you are the bravest man I know.With all my love mom.
January 29, 2012
Happy Heavenly Birthday James. We are thinking of you & your family today. God Bless You & your family. We will NEVER Forget you.
December 15, 2011
Just read about the heroics of James...Fair Winds and Following Seas Doc...on behalf of a grateful nation and Navy...LT
November 10, 2011
James was one of my best friends we didn't spend one day apart in corps school we joked we laughed and still to this day it gets to me I traded my boots for his pt gear it hangs in my closet to the family of james layton I'm trully sorry and I miss him dearly I have many great stories to tell
September 09, 2011
September 8, 2011
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class James Layton:
Please accept my remembrance of James on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
August 16, 2011
Doc, I just got the details of your heroic acts today. I was one week from being back at my home station when you and your Marines made the ultimate sacrifice. It (Afghanistan) was an awful place to be to hear the bad news everyday about more deaths. I got on that freedom bird and didn't look back. I didn't even listen for the bad news anymore. I missed out on your heroism by doing so. God bless you, Doc Layton. Thanks for your service and making the ultimate sacrifice.

-HM2 Miles, Adria D., FMF, USN
July 21, 2011
Hey bro(':..Iv'e been looking at your pic alot latley and you were my oldest Brother & I can't explain how much It hurts to not have you here with us...Its been too long but I know what you wan't and you don't want us to be sad. That's what I always loved about you, you were an amazing loving person & Ive been through so much since youve been gone and It only feels like your coming back and I know you arent but I kinda tell myself your still here because I need you & I dont wanna go through life without you but I know you wan't me too so I am & Im trying for all my goals because you inspired me(: I wanna visit you soon...just by myself so bad..I need to tell you so much and how much I love and miss you It still feels like your hugging me still like the night before you left me..but my birthdays coming up again and I wish you couldve met the love of my life because you were always so protective of me because Im your only sister and the youngest. Sometimes I feel like you sent him my way because his birthday is the day you passed and I see you in him in a way...with the good heart <3 (: I want you to know your thought about all the time and Iove you with all my heart. Love always and forever - Jordan Layton
July 19, 2011
R.I.P. Doc. You were an outstanding Corpsman. I'll never forget all the early mornings with you while you were helping me after my surgery. Never forgotten. Semper Fi.
October 27, 2010
i was driving to work this morning and taking to you james, well to the picture of you i have in my car, and i wanted to let you know how much i hate that your gone and i miss you. i am so happy that caden got to meet his cousin james and that eventho he may never remember i will always be able to share that memory at our last family bbq over 4th of july. i hate that your not here and that you will always be missing (physically) from our family get-togethers. But more than that i love you and am so proud of you.
September 16, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
September 08, 2010
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class James Layton:
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"
September 07, 2010
I never knew James, but I have known many great Docs like him. He was friends with, and trained with, several of my junior Corpsmen. They were in country with him when he gave his life trying to save another; just doing his job. James is very much missed by the Hospital Corps community, as well as the Marines with which he served. We all lost a Hero, but Heaven got a Doc. RIP my Brother. I'll meet you soon enough.

HM1(FMF)Robert L. Owens
June 04, 2010
To the family of Doc Layton,

Me and James hung out the last month he was in CAB. He was a wonderful human being. And a great friend. A cool dude to enjoy some beers with. It all was a shock when i heard the news. I didn't see it coming. And I am so proud to know a hero...he risked his life to held out another Marine. Thats why Docs are the Angels of the Marine Corps. Without them we would be screwed.
June 01, 2010
I miss u very much James u will always be with me were ever I go.
April 27, 2010
James was a good friend of mine and he was such a nice sweet kid. I miss him. He will be with us forever and ever..
March 31, 2010
James touched many lives and will never be forgotten. You truely are a hero. forever in our hearts.
March 12, 2010
James was my step brother, well soon to be at least(at the time) he is much missed on all ends of the family. nothing will evr be the same w/o him. they say time heals all wounds but i dont thnk time can heal the loss of a close brother
March 03, 2010
To All the Layton Family:

Please accept our sincere condolences at this time. Even though we didn't know James, we shed tears when we heard about your great loss. Our son is also HM3(FMF), serving in Afghanistan at this time. We can only imagine your sorrow and pain, but want you to know how much we care. It is a very great sacrifice that your son and your family have made in the service of our country, and in the noble cause of him serving others in time of need....and we want you to know that others appreciate that and will not forget.
February 28, 2010
I just read about this Hero in the paper. How proud you must feel that your son was a true American Hero. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
February 27, 2010
James and I went to school from elementary and ultimatley graduated (ironically) right behind me in line for high school, he was a good person, always had a laugh and extremley intelligent. HM3 James Layton You will be missed and you will never be forgotten. My condolences to your family, I will always be honored to know i had he priviledge to spend countless hours in school talking about heavy metal bands and laughing. Semper Fidelius OORAH!!!!
February 09, 2010
It is difficult to adequately express my condolences to Corpsman Layton's family upon his death. I am the uncle of 1st Lt. Michael E. Johnson - the Marine James was administering to when both were mortally wounded in Kunar Province on 9/8/09. Mike's twin brother lives here in Corvallis, Oregon - Mike's widow, Durinda, lives down I-5 in the Salem area. For those of you who attended the Okinawa ceremony, you may have met them and Mike's other brother, Steven. I see all of them when I can - however, it is still painful as the teams loss seems so recent. Mike sent a wonderful photo of his Team - I've saved it on my computer. I look at the photo and think of them often, especially at night. Our prayers, love and respect go out to the Layton family.
January 23, 2010
James was a very good friend of mine.I miss u James...

Kayla .D.
December 11, 2009
To the family of James our sympathy and prayers go to you. Heroes and their families should never be forgotten for without them we would not have the freedom we have. My name is Betty Nielsen the founder of Freedom Quilts a non profit organization that makes quilts to honor our heroes and give them to the parents of our heroes that have died. It would be the greatest honor to design and make a quilt to honor your son. I design each quilt with honor and respect to our fallen soldiers and respect for the family. I take pictures that you send and put them on the quilt along with their hobbies and sports and anything else that you wish on the quilt. The quilt is a gift from us to you it is my way of honoring this wonderful young man and his family. If you would like to contact us to receive a quilt then here is my email and my website is I start this project after 9-11 and now over 8 years I have continue it for our fallen soldiers families. Again I would be more then honor to do this for you. Your son gave it his all I want to give to his family by honoring his memory in a quilt.
November 23, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy to the Layton family and friends 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

November 01, 2009
To the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class James Layton:
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"
October 31, 2009
To the Family of James R. Layton

James was a good friend of mine we were in corp school together, for that short couple of months we were inseperable.I'm very sorry for your loss, it also a huge loss for me I miss him very much.
October 24, 2009
I am Jamsey Ray's grandmother, Shirley Hughes. Brent, his father is my son. It has taken so long for me to write in this guest book because of such profound feelings of pain and sorrow I have felt at the loss of this sweet, precious boy. His family and I will never be the same, it has altered each of us forever -
I have the most cherished memories of him as a baby, child, young teen and man, that I shall treasure the rest of my days. I know when he got to heaven, a place was reserved for him, for God knows every hair on our head. Papa Ray and all of those who went on before, I know were there to greet him and welcome him into God's arms. He was a beautiful gift to our family, his friends and all those who cared for him. Through all of this we have found dear people who didn't even know him, yet admired and honored him for his sacrifice. Thank you all for your loving care!
He was truly blessed by God - please continue to pray for him and his family, so that we will somehow get through this with grace and dignity for that's what James would want. He used to say to ease my concerns, "It's all good, Mema (he named me this when he was small and all my grandchildren have continued to do the same)."
I miss him every moment of every day and pray for our soldiers, their safety and all of their families. He will forever be my precious love and I look forward to being with him on the other side of the sky someday -

Love Always, Mema
October 21, 2009
To the Family of James R. Layton HM3/USN:

I am truly sorry for your lost. I was born and raised in Stockton and have relatives who reside in Riverbank. I can not find the words that can ever fill the void of your lost. My prayers are yours......

October 21, 2009
To HM3 Layton's Family:

I just wanted to let you know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers everyday. I didn't know James, but my husband did and was with him as they went into the valley that September day. I attended the Memorial in Okinawa on October 8, 2009 and I could tell that James touched many lives while he was here. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

October 18, 2009
Dearest Family of James Ray Layton,

Please accept my Heart for your loss. My Son Gunnery Sgt Aaron Michael Kenefick,was also killed that fatefull day with your beloved Son. I remember my Aaron telling me of his friend James and how elated he was to have him by his side as he mentioned him on several occassions.

I do know your pain and can only tell you this, I believe our boys are with God Almighty and at Peace, keeping watch over us. One day they will come for us, but until then, you and I and others need to heal and it would be nice to do it together. Please feel free to know you may contact me to talk if you would like.

God Bless you and your family
Susan Price
Proud Mother of a Proud Marine, Aaron Michael Kenefick KIA 9-8-09 Afghanistan Kunar Province
October 10, 2009
My son is also a Corpsman and was a good friend of your son. My son was with him in Afghanistan and also Camp schwab in Okinawa. A few days after the attack my son called and told me he was ok and told me of your loss, and also his. Your son was a BRAVE man and soldier! I know my son misses him dearly, and I feel for your family. The world is a lessor place without James Ray Layton!!! God bless you young man!!!
October 02, 2009
Dear Family of James Ray Layton, Please accept my condolences on the recent sudden death of your beloved James Ray. I relate to your grief as I am a bereaved parent, having suddenly lost my daughter, Melinda Rose Silva, @ age 28, on 1/6/05.
In addition to expressing my condolences to you, I write to James' parents, grandparents and adult siblings (18 and over) to let you know that I and several other area bereaved parents and siblings formed last Spring the Modesto/Riverbank Area Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a non-profit grief support group for parents, grandparents & adult siblings (18 & over) who have experienced the death of a child of any age due to any cause at any time.
We will hold our next meeting on Thursday, October 8, @ 7pm @ the Community CASA, 2201 Morrill Rd. (NE Corner @ Oakdale Rd.), Riverbank. You are invited to join us on the 8th (or thereafter on the second Thursday of the month, same time, same place). We have Special Sharing Sessions for bereaved siblings.
Also, we will present a Pre-Holiday Mini-Conference on Sat., Nov. 14th (at Community Hospice) to help and support bereaved families during the difficult Holiday Season.
If you would like more information or "just to talk" (perhaps about the specialness of James), you can contact me, Joanna Rose-Murray, @ 209-484-8276 and/or
Also, I wish to extend my gratitude for your support of James' service to our country.
My prayers and healing thoughts are with you during this very difficult time of your deep grief journey
May you experience some blessings along the way, Joanna
September 29, 2009
I would just like to say I am sorry for your loss. My sister and I lived right up the street from James' Grandparents. We also went to school together for a long time, from elementary to high school.

James and I lost contact years ago, I regret it because he was such a great person. He always knew just how to make someone laugh. I still remember it like yesterday hanging out at my dad's house and just playing around and talking. I remember walking all around Escalon until it was lord knows what hour of the night.

It felt like my world had just stopped when I heard the news tonight from another friend that knew James and I were friends way back when. It's hard to believe...

I will miss him just as I have these past 4 years that I have not spoken with him, The hard part is knowing that I will never get to randomly run into him one day and just be able to catch up with him.

He is and will ALWAYS be a hero.. Thank you James. Chasidy and I will miss you dearly. RIP

I am sorry for your loss. My condolences.
September 27, 2009
To the Layton Family,

I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. James shall never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn’t make it home.
I know you’re in God’s presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

Every second you sacrificed
I hold you in my prayers.
So with one hand on my heart and the other in the air;

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you.

A Proud Aunt
SGT.David M Fisher
KIA 12/1/04
September 26, 2009
In recognition of Petty Officer 3rd Class (Doc) James Layton's Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the Tri-Cities Tennessee, Detachment # 969 of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.


Don Elseroad
Staff Sergeant USMC (Ret)
MCL Detachment # 969
September 26, 2009
We are deeply saddened for your lost. We also lost our beloved Aaron along with James and the two other brave young men. Words cannot truly express the pain and sorrow in our hearts for all. Our young brave, heroic men will NEVER be forgotten! God Bless our military and all whom have made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace.
September 25, 2009
I first received word of James from my son, HM2(FMF) Jason Thomson who was James's friend and shipmate in Okinawa. Jason is currently with 2nd Bn. 3rd MarDiv in Afghanistan and has 40 days left in country. He spoke well of James and has not had the opportunity to filter it yet. I can only offer to you that time will heal all and the diginity and grace in which you embrace this tragic loss, will honor James, as that is what we all hope to do. Our prayers are with you and all our young men and women serving proudly.
Mark Thomson
CPO USN (ret.)
Green Cove Springs, Florida
September 25, 2009
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to PO3c James Layton our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for James. And to James it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made in combat while opposing enemy forces in Afghanistan. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. James, you are a brave sailor, a Patriot Warrior and a true Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,353 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to James’ family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
September 25, 2009
I am Deeply Saddened to learn of the loss of PO3 James Layton.
The Price this Brave Young Hero and his family have paid for this country and for freedom, Will Never Be Forgotten.

May James, rest safely now, in the Loving Hands of God and may the Healing Grace and Comfort of the Lord be with the Layton 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.

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord,
and He shall sustain thee."
~ Psalm 55:22 ~

Sincerely hoping that you can feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you today and in the difficult days ahead, as this Grateful Country mourns with you, for Someone Very Precious to you, Who Is A True American Hero to all of us.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
September 24, 2009
you are my Hero may God keep you in his arms forever.
September 24, 2009
September 24, 2009
To HN3 Greg Reinhart I'm praying for all of you pls be safe and thank you for being my sons friend he spoke very highly of you.God Bless You and keep you safe.
September 23, 2009
We miss and love you bro, you were a great friend, someone to brighten the days that were mind clouded. All in all you made my bestfriend the happiest girl she loves we love you and miss you dearly.
September 22, 2009
What a privilege it is to live in a country where so many brave servicemen and women have selflessly paid the ultimate price to guaranty our way of life and to bring the same to other oppressed peoples everywhere. Your contribution will not go unnoticed. Our son in law is a Marsoc marine serving in afghanistan so we know and are grateful for corpsmen everywhere who accompany their marine brothers into harms way. Forever now may you rest in eternal peace, your watch is done. Our deepest condolences to your family James Layton
September 21, 2009
He was so young. My condolences.
September 21, 2009
We too are the parents of a Navy Corpsman. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Thank you James for your service to your country, rest in peace.
September 21, 2009
When someone we love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. I know you will treasure your memories of James. As I have a grandson who is a corpsman in the Mid East, I understand the constant concern that a family feels.
With Care and Prayers,
Dorothy Pitassi
September 20, 2009
Nikki, This is your great cousin Kent Hartman. Laura just told me of your terrible lose. Though I only remember you as a little girl I have some memories of what a nice person you were even at a young age. Your son appeared a fine person. After all a picture is worth a thousand words. Tell your Mother I said Hi. Tell Kathy to give me a call, she can find me on facebook if she cares to under Kent Landis Hartman. And you too if you wish to be in contact. Condolences.
September 20, 2009
Nikki, I am at a loss for words that seem worthy enough to say to you and your family at this terrible time. I keep remembering the time when you brought your son in the records department and how you were glowing when you introduced him to us, and how he was embarrased that his mom was making a "big deal" over him, you were so proud of him and had every right to be, he is a hero in every aspect. I have been praying and thinking of you every day and hope to see you soon, may God bless, Love Debbie Davis
September 19, 2009
Cherokee: A tsa we so lv do di Ha wi na di tlv Nv wa to hi ya dv A yo li Tsu li tsv ya s di Une la nv hi A sa do li s di Ni hi A le Ni hi Si da ne lv hi. Translation=Rest in peace young brave God Bless You and your Family.
September 18, 2009
My deepest sympathy to the family of this fallen warrior. Thank you for giving your all to our country. May God hold you in his loving arms and walk with you each and everyday.
September 18, 2009
As a former Marine who owes his life to a corpman . I wish to say my prayers go out to you and your family.Your soldier gave his life to save lives. As a survior of an ambush in the first gulf I would not be here today if it were not for a corpman risking his life for mine. We Marines look at them as our brothers in arms because they are right along with us when it hits the fan.Our country has lost a hero but he will never be forgotten.God bless you and yours and thank you for what you gave to our country and our liberties.You are a true hero.
September 18, 2009

The service was absolutely beautiful and I was honored to attend it. I'm sorry I never got the privilage to meet your son. He was a wonderful young man and a true American Hero. I know you are so very proud of him and I hope that you continue to find peace. I have been praying for you and your family since the day I heard the devastating news. May God continue to be with you and help you to heal. I love you and miss you Nikki. MMG is not the same without you!

~Love Nicole (AKA "the brat")
September 18, 2009
Hi Nikki, Just a note to say how sorry we are about your loss. Though
we didn't no him, you as a parent should be very proud of him. It's always hard when you lose someone you love, especially someone
so young. God Bless you and your family. Now the healing will begin.

love to all
Lorry & Marie Gronley (Sunol, Ca.)
September 18, 2009
Be assured that people all over the country are praying for James' family at this sad time. We didn't know James but did know his "papa" they are rejoicing together in heaven. Our deepest sympathy....The Chamlee's
September 18, 2009
I just got the news today of your tragic loss. I am deeply saddened that someone so amazing, so full of live had to go at such a young age. Not only did he give the ultimate sacrifice, he did it while trying to save another comrades life. He will never be forgotten and his strength, selflessness, and courage will live in our hearts and minds forever. God bless you Nikki, your entire family, and above all, your son. May he rest in peace. If you need anything, I am always here for you.
September 18, 2009
Friends and family of the Layton's,
His sacrficies lay next to the many that have defended this great county. Many in this community didn't know James, we owe him a great dedt of gratitude though. May his memories carry you through the tougher times! Love and Prayers!
September 17, 2009
James I can remember seeing you running around when you were little with J. You will forever be remembered as a hero. To your family and friends, there are no words to console you except to know that he is where we are destined to be...resting in the Lord's arms. My Prayers are with you.
September 17, 2009
To the family of James Layton, though we didn't know your family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you, as well as our gratitude for the sacrifice your family has made. God bless you. The Martinez-Samaniego Family
September 17, 2009
I'm so sorry for your loss. James and I went to school together in Escalon, He was really wonderful man, and a good friend. He is greatly missed. R.I.P James. We Love You.
September 17, 2009
My son received not only the purple heart for his injuries on 09/06/09 but the gold star in leiu of the second purple heart today for his ultimate sacrifice on 09/08/09. James, I love you my hero. I miss you my son---Dad
September 17, 2009
We appreciate your service and your sacrifice. RIP, Sailor.
September 17, 2009
I never met your son/ brother. It does not matter. His story is the story of courage lived in the legacy of the defenders of freedom from conflicts dating from the 18th century and continuing today. We came to pay tribute to his ultimate sacrifice, but we left humbled and honored to have been permitted to stand at his service and share in the cermonies. I must always keep this day among the treasures of my memory. May God bless you. Garth Tanner
September 17, 2009
God Bless you.
September 17, 2009
I'm so very sorry for your loss! He fought for our country which makes him a HERO! His battle is finished yours is just beginning. Many prayers and tears are with you all right now..Take comfort in knowing that your whole family is being held up in prayer across the world today!
God Bless,
September 17, 2009
Please accept my sincere condolences for a true Fallen Hero. I attended the services today as a member of the Patriot Guard and was honored to do it. May your memories of James comfort you in this trying time. Your loss is felt by all who have served. May he rest in peace.
September 17, 2009
Will burn sage and say prayers for James. May Creator be with each and everyone of you.
September 17, 2009
Dear Family, I'm so sorry The Navy & marine Corp,Had lose a good man.
I was also a Navy Corpmen with the 26th.Veitnam1968-72"it was hard and some Marines come Home because of Our Corpmen.Ken E.Miller Of Escalon.
September 17, 2009
Wow James I cant belive it. I remember we use to kick it in high school and when you went out with Nicona.We had so much fun together. My heart and thoughts go out to your will be for ever missed.
September 17, 2009
May God Be With James family at this time of sorrow.I pray that James knew the Lord Jesus and I will see him at that pearly gates.May you R.I.P.
September 17, 2009
Prayers wrapped in smoke rise for this Cherokee warrior. Many blessings of peace,
Snowbird Blackfeather
September 17, 2009
James I remember you running to the police car when I rode with your dad. You were such an energetic young man. I will always remember your smile, and your laugh. You are a true American Hero. Brent, you have been a great friend through the years and you and your family will be in our prayers. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Anything I can do buddy I'm there just call. We love you guys and will never forget the sacrifice James made for us. With love the Harless Family
September 17, 2009
My heart goes out to the family and friends of James Layton. Words can not express the saddness you all are going through. He is and will always be a hero who stood up for me and my family. My God help you through this rough road you all will travel.
God Bless all of you. And most of all my he rest in peace
September 17, 2009
James I remember you when me and your dad used to ride around Escalon. You are a true American Hero that will be missed dearly. To the Layton Family, my thoughts and prayers will be with you. I will always value our friendship. With love, The Harless family.
September 16, 2009
James Ray Layton is not only my son, he is and always will be my friend and hero. From the time I cut his cord at birth to the day I last saw him seemed like only a second. I could go on and on but right now it hurts too much right now. To all of you who have supported us during this time and honored my son, God bless you and thank you. Your loving words and kindness, like James will never be forgotten.
September 16, 2009
I just wanted to take a minute to say that I am also a Corpsman, I am from Modesto, and reading about this breaks my heart! I was SO PROUD to see the amazing support from all of the people who came out to escort HM3 Layton and carry the flags, and just all of the amazing support! It made me so happy to see such an outcome; he would be SO thankful! Thank you so much everybody for the support! HA Wilcox/Clark (Modesto/Riverbank, CA)
September 16, 2009
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Sleep in peace James.
September 16, 2009
To the family of James Layton. My heart is broken at your loss. The tear keep coming down. Your son is an inspiration to many. Nikki your grace and kindness at this time has moved me. I too have a daughter serving in the USNavy. She is stationed in Virginia Beach. I know the fear of having your baby away from you. Every thought and pray that the Lord keep her safe.I praise the Lord that she is safe now. I can not even begin to imagine your pain at the sacrifice your family has paid for this grat nation. There is no way that we can repay your son or your family except to try to be the best persons that we can be. God Bless you and Keep you in his loving arms.
September 16, 2009
Thank you for your sacrifice for our country. May God Bless your family. Love & Prayers...The Taylor Family
September 16, 2009
The story behind the story, Navy Corpsman James R. Layton was wounded just a few days before he lost his life attending to the wounds of a fallen comrade. James was given the opportunity to leave Afghanistan as a result of his wound, but chose to stay with his troops. That's what true Hero's do. God Bless James and his family!
September 16, 2009
Aunt Nikki, Uncle Gilbert and family; I'm at a loss for words. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
September 16, 2009
semper fi! james there are u.s. marines at gates of heaven waiting for your arrival our way of life is worth protecting. thank you! and GOD BLESS
September 16, 2009
i am trully and deply sorry for the loss of your son. My husband is in the Army, done 2 tours in Iraq, i know the sacrifice your son and your family have done will not go unpaid, he was a Hero and forever will be, i know that it may not seem like comfort right now but the Lord will bless you and confort you as time goes by. i was on the street yesterday as the prossecion went by and i could see the gratitude and love the community had for your son, i trully believe he has made you proud in so many ways. May the lord bless you and protect you
September 15, 2009
We didnot know him personaly. But anyone who puts there life on the line each day for our freedom is a HERO. You have to be proud of the man he was. God be with you at this time. Our Prayers are with you and we are so sorry for this big loss. The Wootten Family
September 15, 2009
To the parents and family of James R. Layton, I would like to send my condolences thoughts and prayers. There are no words to express my sorrow for your loss but, I am so grateful that there are still men that know such honor and devotion to others. A true hero!! I am just sorry that I was never able to meet your son, your hero. Thanks for raising such a great and caring man.
With love
Hansen family
September 15, 2009
Dear family of James, sorry for you're loss.Thank- you for a real american HERO. Today my wife and I were at the airport our hearts are touched, we also have a young son serving with the 101 ST ABD. 1-32 CAV. Our prayers are with you and family n friends. God bless you.
September 15, 2009
God Bless Petty Officer Layton. May the Lord hold him close and comfort those left behind.

He volunteered his service so others would not be forced to go. He stood in their place.

He gave his life saving the lives of those fallen before him.

When you whisper the word "HERO", James is the embodiment of its meaning.

"The world hath no greater love as when a man lays down his life for a brother"

RIP James Layton. You may lay your burdens at Gods feet and rest, your journey is now complete and you are finally home.
September 15, 2009
"Brent & Family: I am so very sorry for the very tragic loss of your precious son, James. Brent, we were so sad at the funeral procession here in Escalon & were so sorry to learn that this was your son. We are proud of your son for the Brave & Courageous Service he gave to our Country. What a Hero He Was! May God Bless You & Your entire family in the days ahead of you! You are in our Prayers. I am so sorry. May your son Rest in Peace".
Karin Velting (Escalon, CA)
September 15, 2009
God Bless Petty Officer Layton. May the Lord hold him close and comfort those left behind.

He volunteered his service so others would not be forced to go. He stood in their place.

He gave his life saving the lives of those fallen before him.

When you whisper the word "HERO" he is the embodiment of its meaning.

"The world has no greater love as when a man lays down his life for a brother"

RIP James Layton. You may lay your burdens at Gods feet and rest, your journey is now complete and you are finally home.
September 15, 2009
i was not that close to James, but we sat together in art class my freshman year and he brightened up our table and made us all feel welcome. we hung out at school all the time after that, and he will truely be missed
September 15, 2009
"Brent & Family: I am so very sorry for the very tragic loss of your precious son, James. Brent, we were so sad at the funeral procession here in Escalon & were so sorry to learn that this was your son. We are proud of your son for the Brave & Courageous Service he gave to our Country. What a Heroe He Was! May God Bless You & Your entire family in the days ahead of you! You are in our Prayers. I am so sorry. May your son Rest in Peace."
Karin Velting (Escalon, CA)
September 15, 2009
To the family of a Brave Young Man,
Tho I didn't know James, my heart is aching as I watch his procession, car after car following his casket as its carried most carefully down Santa Fe Rd. I live in Escalon, a mother of two young men and I cant begin to imagine your pain,Please know that we pray for you all, and we thank James for his heroism, & His sacrifice for Us as Americans, His life. Thank You And Bless You!
September 15, 2009
Brent & Family:
I am sorry for the tremendous loss of your son, James a "True Heroe" I will keep you in my thoughts in the days ahead that you be able to go on. There are no words to describe the loss of a child.
If there is anything you need please feel free to contact me Brent.
Our love is with you and your family at this time in your lives.
Eric Herrero, Escalon, CA.
September 15, 2009
To the Layton Family,

I never had the pleasure to meet or serve with your son, however I am a retired corpsman and wanted to let you know that his fellow brother and sister's in arms send you all of our deepest prayers for your family and to let you know that we always remember our fallen brothers and that your family is now a part of our family. I wish you all well and just remember that he did what he loved and he will always be remembered.
Sincerly Yours,

Tracy O'Dell-Wooddell
September 15, 2009
Nikki I really don't know where to start. But I do want you to know that I'm so sorry to hear what happen to your son James. May God and James lay there hands on your head and help you be strong today and always.
James the "Hero" I want to thank you for being a strong and brave young man to serve this country.

Remember Nikki if theres anything I can do just let me know. I have you in my prayer.
September 15, 2009
to James friends and family back home my prayers go out to you all, with love. as a friend coworker and fellow shipmates it is very heart felt to know i brother n arms has been lost. what i do know it that is his lost will not be for gotten. R.I.P brotha
September 15, 2009
Nikki I am so sorry for your loss. Iam here for you and your family anytime you need me. I love you so much!! I pray for you in your time of need.God will be there for comfort and support.
September 14, 2009
We are so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in our prayers. Your son's bravery and his ultimate sacrifice is a testament to his honor.
May God be with you,
Proud Family of an Airman
The Alabastro's
September 14, 2009
We are very proud to sign James' guest book. To his grandfather, Winn, a very dear friend to us, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest symphony, Bruno and Diana Sala.
September 14, 2009
Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Poetry Foundation
September 14, 2009
To all of James Layton's family,
My nephew, Lt. Mike Johnson, was the Marine whose life James was trying to save in Afghanistan when they were both killed serving our country. James' selflessness speaks volumes about the type of man he clearly demonstrated he was.
On behalf of the Johnson and Chase families, thank you for James' heroic actions that day.
We share your loss. God be with us.
September 14, 2009
My thoughts are prayers go out to the entire family. As, I once had the privelage to be a part of James's life. A young man with such a high outlook on life . It doesn't surprise me to hear that he gave his life for another, James was a very caring person.I am so proud and grateful that he chose to serve our country. The family is such a close one, they all feel the pain of this loss greatly. Mr B. if anything is needed I'm a phone call away.I am so very sorry for your loss an my thoughts and prayers are continuous. James, will never be forgotten, he live on daily in our hearts.
September 14, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time
Love Always
September 13, 2009
I am the Mother of James Ray Layton and I want to thank you all for your support during this very hard time. My son James was always a funny, loving,and very caring person.I love and miss him very much as I'm sure many people do. And to Dr Jacobson, the medical officer that was James' trainer in Okinawa before my son went to Afghanistan, thank you for your warm and caring letter. May GOD BLESS YOU and keep all of your teams safe.

My prayers go out to all the families who have suffered a loss or have a child out there right now. May GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU. Thank you again.
Nikki Freitas
September 13, 2009
Nikki, Brent and the loving family members of James,
James was my great-nephew and although distance and busy schedules kept us apart, it doesn't mean I didn't almost always know what was happening in his life. Having four children myself I realize how much Nikki did to keep everything together and how much love she showed each child. My heart breaks for you and with you today... Brent, my nephew, I know you are devastated too and I will pray for you and be only a phone call away when you need to talk or cry. His life ended much to abruptly and that is so difficult to understand, yet I have to believe that the Lord knows more than I. Jonathan, Jesse and Jordan - what an example your brother left you and I pray that God will be with each one of you everyday of your life and remember James will always be there too. Grandparents - I feel your pain too and my heart aches with yours! James, I love you and thank you so much for all you did for all of us -
September 13, 2009
To the family & friends of PO3 James R. Layton.
We wish to extend our most sincere condolences to you all at this most painful time in your lives. You are all in our thoughts & prayers now & always. Thank you to James & your family for your service & your sacrifice for our family & our country. We sleep better at night because of all of you. Please know that James will never be forgotten. He will always be our Hero!

God Bless You
September 13, 2009
I remembered the first time he checked on board to 3rd Marine Division and I gave him and the new guys a heads up of what goes on at 3rd Marine Division. He seemed like a good cat from the start. I've had the honor of knowing the guy briefly and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country only gives me the drive to put 110% into my pre-deployment training before I go to Afghanistan early next year. He will never be forgotten, instead his story will live on to tell brand new hospital corpsman the legacy we all share as heros. HM3(FMF) James Layton, I'm going to do my best to make you proud as well.

-HM2(FMF) Chris Ayangco
3rd Marine Division
September 12, 2009
Dear Teri, Brent, Nikki, Kym, Shirley, & Winn,

I can't stop thinking about James and his brave sacrifice for our country. As you know, he was a TRUE AMERICAN HERO!

Although I haven't seen James in quite a while, I've never forgotten our camping trip to Lake McClure years ago when the kids were little. You guys have always made me feel like I was part of your family and I wanted to say thank you for that.

Please know that James is in my prayers, as are all of you. I wish I could be with you in person on Thursday, but I'll definitely be there in spirit.

My God bless you all.
September 12, 2009
Dear James

You make all of us Riverbank residents so proud! Rest in peace, the Lord Almighty has embraced you with His loving arms.
September 12, 2009
Even though I never met this young man. My heart is broken for your loss. As a mother of 2 boys close to his age, I can't imagine life without them. I pray for God's mercy and comfort to get you through the days ahead. God Bless you.
September 12, 2009
To the family and friends of HM3 Layton, my thoughts are with you all. Just know that the Navy Corpsman family shares in your pride, love, and grief for all that he gave for all of us.
Very Respectfully,
Kimberly Meadows
September 12, 2009
Sitting here thinking of what can be said at this time. A young man, a HERO was taken far to soon. He knew what he was doing and he did what he trained for, saving another mans life.
On behalf of the Patriot Guard Riders, God Bless you all, and James..Thank you, and may the Lord forever hold you in His embrace.
September 12, 2009
Dear Brent,Nikki,and the entire Layton Family,

To find the words to express the sorrow I feel for your loss is nearly impossible. To find words to give you and your family comfort is also fleetingly impossible. But comfort and healing will in time come. Not because of something someone said or did, but because God gave us a resilient spirit.
He gave us the ability to understand a life beyond this one, and to believe in that place where we all are together again. Until that time however, we must all continue on knowing and understanding that James like most who serve their country have in them the heart of a lion. They go forward, not because they are asked, but they willingly go and serve knowing full well the dangers of being in harms way. To men like this there is no question. James and those of his fellow Corpsmen and soldiers, airmen and sailors are a special breed of man who are willing to do this for his fellow man and country. Jesus words say in John 15:13, Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
No more can be said than this.
This is what a hero is, no other definition could be more complete or to the point.
We have all lost an American hero, and one with the heart of a lion.
September 12, 2009
You were my first grandson - after four daughters and no sons you were a wonder to us all.

I was there when you entered this world and it has been more a beautiful place because you were here. I will always love you
September 12, 2009
Dear Loved ones of James,

I can imagine only a little the pain and loss you all feel right now. My family lost my brother in law (my husbands only sibling) at the same age, he was a Combat Controller in the Air Force. My oldest son (who was three at the time) now follows proudly in his Uncles' footsteps. Only, he chose the Navy and to be a Corpsman. He just made PO3 this spring after almost one year in, it could have easily been him or any of his classmates/buddies out there. You are part of our extended Navy family and my prayers are with you all now! Winn, your 9/11 post touched me and made me cry, it's so appropriate and poignant.

I will never forget watching my MIL being handed that folded flag, or my husbands body go rigid, as if he had been shot, when they fired off the 21 gun salute! How my heart aches for you. May you feel God's comforting presence carrying you through this unbearably difficult time. James sounds like an amazing young man, now a hero, and obviously well loved. Thank you for supporting him and letting him do what his heart called him to; to serve his country proudly,though it cost him everything and you something most precious and irreplaceable.

This is my son's favorite verse "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13 On behalf of many other Corpsman Moms and family members, God Bless and keep you tenderly in his care now as you grieve for and remember James. His bravery and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Angie F.-WA State and member of Moms (I was told an N4M member from CA is planning on attending the service for James. Just wanted you to know)
September 12, 2009
Hey Nikki... This is Sandee from the pharmacy. No words can express how deeply saddened Elaine, Anna and I felt when we saw the article in the paper about your son. When you have told us about him in the past, your face would just light up. Your love for him was so evident. You were so proud of him as you still are and always will be. We regret not getting to meet him. It's obvious what a special person he was to his family and friends and now to our whole country. He was very brave! We know you are grieving deeply - please let us know if there is anything we can do... We're her for you.

With our deepest sympathy,
September 11, 2009
Dear Layton Family, it is very hard to find words, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayersand want to say "thank you " to James for his ultimate sacrafice. GOD BLESS YOU!
September 11, 2009
Dear James,

If you were here I would tell you to put on some sun screen because you don't want to have wrinkles when you get older. Now that you are no longer here I will say something different. When we were little I really would have married you if you weren't my cousin. I am sorry for hitting you because you wouldn't give me the game remote. Thank you for holding my hand when we had to sleep in the dark. Thank you for telling me that I was pretty even though I was very pregnant. Thank you for always sitting next to me even though it wasn't a cool thing to do. There will never be a day that goes by that I won't miss you. My heart is empty now that you are not here. Last but the biggest thanks is for giving your life so that I may life mine to the fullest. I love you James Ray.
September 11, 2009
Please allow me a moment to thank you all, on behalf of our whole family, for visiting James' guest book.

Many of you knew James, some you knew only the family, but what is so remarkable to me, is some of you knew neither James, or the family. But you still chose to take the time, and make the effort to send your expressions of sorrow for our loss, and your gratitude, for James' service and dedication to our country. Remarkable.

on behalf of our family, thank you one and all, for your kind expressions, and thoughtfulness. It means more to us at this time, than you will ever realize.
September 11, 2009
My name is HM2 Stephen Torres, I am currently stationed at Naval Hospital Corps School. I myself was deployed to Afghanistan 1 year ago and lost a good friend of mine HM2 Anthony Carbullido, I can imagine the pain his family and close friends are feeling right now, but I just want to say that this young motivated hard charger is a true hero. He gave his life trying to save the life of another. He is the epitome of a Navy Hospital Corpsman and will forever live in the hearts and minds of the Corpsman before and after him. Thank you HM3 Layton for honoring and representing the Hospital Corps to the fullest extent. Hoorah, May you Rest In Peace.
September 11, 2009
My name is HM2 Stephen Torres I am currently stationed at Naval Hospital Corps School. I myself was deployed to Afghanistan 1 year a go and lost a good friend of mine, HM2 Carbullido. I can empathize with you and could imagine how you, (his family and close friends) must feel. My deepest condolences go out to the family of this young motivated hard charger who gave his life doing what we pledge to do when we graduate as a Navy Hospital Corpsman. Just know that this man is a true hero, and will live on forever in the hearts of all the Corpsman that came before and will come after him. Hoorah HM3 Layton, may you Rest In Peace. We will never forget you.
September 11, 2009
James, you are truly missed but we are all very proud of you. I have so many great memories with you growing up together in Mema's house. I miss you and love you cousin. Love your cousin, Ryan
September 11, 2009
I wanted to give you my condolences.Your son is truly a hero.Our family will keep you in our prayers.
September 11, 2009
My deepest sympathy is with your family in this time of sorrow. Doc Layton was a very good man.
September 11, 2009
James Ray, I will always remember you running around the house with your cape playing "Super Hero". How little did we know what a "True American Super Hero" you would become. I will hold you in my heart always. I will miss you deeply.How special the memories of our family gatherings & holidays to be treasured forever and ever. You will always be with us. I Love you,and am proud to honor you "Our Brave Sailor" for your ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Nothing compares to the magnitude of your sacrifice and our loss, nothing.
Till we meet again, Love Aunt Teri
September 11, 2009
I am James' grandfather. This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to do in my life.

James, like all of us when we were teenagers, cast about, looking for a direction for his life. James was a good boy, always ready with a joke, or a funny story. Like all of my grandsons, as he got older, he tended to squirm, when I put my arms around him, kissed him, and told him I loved him. But, they all learned to deal with it. The grandaughters, were not a problem in that respect.

James finally decided on military service, and I couldn't have been prouder of him. Our family has a long history of military service to our country, dating back prior to WWII.

It is a noble calling, and as a tribute to James, when you see a man or woman in uniform, PLEASE, give a thumbs up. Remember, THEY VOLUNTEERED !

James not only decided on the military, but decided to be a corpsman, to help his brothers and sisters in arms in their time of need. Which is exactly what he was doing, when he lost his life, tending to a wounded Marine, who sadly, also did not survive.

The last time I saw James, he was on his last leave before deploymant. I picked up James, and his brother and sister, Jesse, and Jordan, for one of my"infamous family dinners." The room at the restaurant was full. there were 20 to 25 people there, all family, and friends, there to visit with James. It was a wonderful evening, and when I took James, Jesse, and Jordan home, we stood out on the front lawn and talked, and I again told him how much I loved him, and how very proud of him I was. He walked over to me, he had to bend down a little, but he put those big strong arms around me, hugged me, gave me a kiss, and said "I love you grandpa." That was the last time I saw him.

As you can imagine, our family is devasted, by the loss of James, and our hearts will never really heal.

Please allow me to quote from Henry Scott Holland 1847-1918. He was the Canon, of St. Pauls Cathedral.

Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity, or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effort, without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.

Please allow me one more quote, from Marine Chaplin Denis Edward O'Brien

It is the soldier,
not the reporter, who has given
us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier,
not the poet, who has given us
freedom of speach.
It is the soldier,
not the campus organizer, who has
given us the freedom to demonstrate
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneith the flag,
and, whose coffin is draped by the
flag, who allows the protesters to
burn the flag.

I feel a certain sense of comfort, knowing in my heart, that James is with those who love him, my father, his great grandfather, shirleys father and mother, his grandpa Ray, and so many others. Save a place for me James, I love you so very much, Grandpa.
September 11, 2009
My Prayers and Thanks to the Family of this fine man James who served and protected our county. I know you loss is great, just know that James is a Hero and he is with God celebrating and waiting on the rest of his family. Thank you so much for raising an American Hero.
Linda Loveday
September 11, 2009
To the family of James,so very sorry for your loss,as a parent i cannot amagine your pain,please know you are in our thoughts & prayers @this very difficult time.your son is a hero in my eyes,without our young men & women who knows where we would be.god bless
September 11, 2009
Dear Family of James Layton, Please accept this expression of my sorrow over the death of Navy corpsman, James Layton.
Please let me know if there is an organization, perhaps a scholarship fund, to which I can make a financial contribution in his honor.
Also, if you find that you need help in planning a memorial service for James, feel free to contact me. I am a clergyman, and a volunteer with two organizations helping service personnel and their families. These two are The Soldiers' Project and Give and Hour.

Sincerely, Leroy Egenberger
September 11, 2009
To the Layton family,

Thank you for raising a true AMERICAN HERO. It takes a lot of courage and inner strength to sign and serve and that is a reflection of his roots. Every man dreams of being a HERO and James is one. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends.

Bob Ange
September 11, 2009
I was very sorry and deeply saddened to read about your son's passing in todays newspaper. I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family and will remember you in my prayers. He was a brave young man and I"m sure that you are very proud of you son.
September 11, 2009
To the family of Petty Officer James Layton:
My deepest sympathy to all of you.
I have a son serving in the U.S. Navy that went to Escalon High, graduated 2006. Petty Officer Clayton Miller (stationed in Jacksonville, FL)knew James. This story really touched home, and have tears in my eyes as I write this. My thoughts & prayers are with you, as we never forget this brave & courageous young man. God Speed.
September 11, 2009
To My Jamesy Ray my super hero when you were small and my true hero now. I loved you with all my heart from the beginning the sweetest baby boy i am so proud to call my self your aunt and so proud of you. I am inspired by your Bravery and Courage and you wil forever missed but never forgotten.
September 11, 2009
I honor you Petty Officer 3rd Class James R. Layton for your courage and sacrafice of the greatest order. May you rest in peace and may God Bless your family, friends, and strangers who never met you, but honor you for your service.
September 11, 2009
I would like to send our prayers to you and your family in this time of saddness.
I too lost my youngest son PFC Jesse J. Martinez 7-14-2004.
I am very sad at what happened to your son, brother. My niece has just deployed back too Iraq for the 2nd time. She leaves her 8 yr son behind for her grandparents to take care of him.
My wife and I want to say he was a HERO.
September 11, 2009
To the family of James Layton:
Please accept our deepest sympathy at the tragic loss of your precious loved one. Our hearts are heavy knowing another of our country's bravest and most honorable has lost his young life. Please know that others mourn with you and will keep you all in our prayers. May God give you strength to endure and comfort in your grief. A Navy corpsman is truly a God-send to our Marines; James is the greatest example of that as he was tending to his injured comrade and risked all to care for him... He is truly a hero beyond words. Rest in peace sweet sailor. With our heartfelt appreciation for your sacrifice.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers,
Mami Trussell, a Blue Star "NAVY" Mother and family
September 11, 2009
To the Family and Friends of James, I send my condolences to You. He is a very honorable man to put his life on the line. As a former Marine, I know how hard it is and how special corpsman are. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brandon Hilton
LCpl (2004-2008)
September 11, 2009
Dear Layton family,
My sincerest condolences on the recent loss of your hero. I lost my cousin (SSG Frank Gasper) in Iraq last year, so I can relate with your feelings. You should know that you don't mourn alone, because many U.S. citizens, home and abroad, respect and are grateful for the sacrifice made for them. I pray that your pain is eased in the knowledge that James will forever be your guardian and you will be reunited again someday. God Bless You and James.
September 11, 2009
My name is HM3 Greg Reinhart and I had the great opportunity to serve and to train with HM3 layton.. I have never really been with a "real" marine corps unit and when I was augmented to this unit he helped me transition, and helped me get used to being with the marines... In the 5 months prior to this deployment we became very close friends and we were almost always side by side... now that I think about it we practically inseparable, ha ha... James was a great guy to hang out with, just like me he was quite at first but once you got to know him he opened up and turned out to be a pretty funny guy... I still cant believe he is gone, I honestly didn't expect this... I am now waiting for a phone call, telling me that I will be taking his position in Afghanistan. I miss you Layt...

you were a great friend, a great corpsman, and a great person....
September 11, 2009
As one who served with the Marine Corps as a Navy Corpsman in the late sixties, please accept my most humble condolences. As I lower my flag to ½ mast in honor of your fallen son, my thoughts and prayers are extended to you. May you find strength in the coming days.
Donovan Dunlop HM3 (1969-1973)
September 11, 2009
Nikki, Brent, Shirley and to all of James family we send our sincere condolences. James is to be proud of for serving his country! He is on the list of heroes of young men and women that have served our country and unfortunately have given their lives in doing so. Our hearts bleed, our thoughts are with all of you, our prayers are for you and our love goes to all of you in this time of sorrow.
Bill & May Compton
September 11, 2009
James was my cousin and we have so many memories 2gether, mine and my families lives without him will never be the same for he was the source of many jokes and laughter. I love you jamesy ray layton and you are a true american hero. how lucky was I to have you in my life
September 11, 2009
James was an amazing person, with a heart big enough to help others in need, and care about his loved ones. He and I shared many classes together over our time in high school together, and continued to stay in touch for a while after graduation. When I found out he was joining the Navy, I told him I was proud of him, and that he would be an amazing inspiration to those around him. Little did I know, that conversation would be the last one I'd ever have with him. James not only made high school entertaining, he helped me get through some of the roughest times in my life, and for that I will be eternally grateful. My thoughts and condolences to the Layton family in such a hard time, and I will be praying for you. We'll all miss James more than he'll know.
September 11, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with James's loved ones and extended family. I just met the family during this time of grief, Im speachless. You should hold your heads up with pride and respect for he was doing something he wanted.
September 11, 2009
My Lil Bro.... James you died protecting us...I am so proud of you! The courage that you held was remarkable I'm lost of words. You will never be forgotten and I have never been more proud to say your my lil bro...Rest in Peace.... I love you brother!
My deepest condolences go to the Families of the other Soliders that lost there lifes that day Protecting our Freedom...
September 10, 2009
James.. You were the cousin that I never met, but I am so thankful that you were. Thank you for your dedicated service to your family and country. Your legacy will live on in the hearts and souls of many others after you have been here and gone. Your name will live on forever. The one great comfort will be knowing that you are resting safe and warm now with the Lord and are an angel to those who have loved you. Rest in Peace James, and know you were greatly loved.

Your cousin,
Callie and Family
September 10, 2009
My heart is hurting for you, the fam- ily, and you know that I know the unspeakable pain you are going through.
I know there is nothing I can say at this point that will make it any better. Just know that you are all in my, my family's, and many others' thoughts and prayers.
September 10, 2009
I am the fiance of James Layton's father. He wants to thanks each and every one of you for all your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He is very much proud of his son and what he offered his country.

I, myself, have found him to be very selfless, loving, and brave. We are all going to miss him very much. He will always remain in our memories for the courage he showed.

Again, thank you all.
September 10, 2009
The loss of My nephew James has left a huge hole in the heart and soul of our family. His brothers and his sister had a kind loving role model to look up to. He will be greatly missed. He will always be OUR HERO! Our memories of James will always be close to our hearts forvever. I WILL MISS YOU JAMES
September 10, 2009
To Nikki and all the family. My heart truly aches for the loss you are experiencing. I can't even imagine what it is like. I did not know James but I do know the love that is shared in the immediate and extended family. James is truly a hero and I thank him for his service. Luv to all
September 10, 2009
You were a cousin to my daughter. Though we never net, I am grateful for the sacrifice you were willing to make for us. I want to say how sorry I am to your family and friends. This is not just a loss to them, it is a loss to all of America. We salute you James Ray Layton, may you be with God.
September 10, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. Words can't express the sorrow I feel for you. My son trained with your son in Oki and CA. and is a Corpsman Combat Replacement for the Team that your son was with. Greg felt very close to your son and they became good friends. He said he was a great Corpsman & friend. You should be so proud of your son for the wonderful man that he was. I will always keep your son and family in my prayers. I have attached a great picture of your son with a fellow Marine that my son took when they were training together. God bless your family.
September 10, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of James. We went to school together and He was truely a friendly kind hearted person. He will be deeply missed and remembered for everything that he has done. May god be with you and your family at this time.
September 10, 2009
The death of James Layton is a loss for each of us but our sorrow cannot compare to your grief. He was a fine young corpsman, a hero.

We can never know the boy you knew but we do know you raised a fine young man, an example for all. He will be missed.

Bless you in this time of sorrow and loss.
September 10, 2009
My condolences to your family. HM3 Layton & his team will be in our prayers. My son worked along side James,another green-side Corpsman & he was a good Friend/Corpsman/Marine/Devil Doc.
September 10, 2009
My most sincere condolences the the family and loved ones of James Layton. He was a kind, thoughtful, and intelligent student in my classroom and appears to have grown into a wonderful young man. I am awed at the courage and strength he displayed on the field of battle, thinking of others before himself. At a time of great sorrow, his actions must also fill you with an amazing sense of pride. Our nation should remain forever grateful. May God comfort you in your time of loss.
September 10, 2009
I am writing to honor one of our great men. I appreciate his fight for our freedom. May his family and loved ones find comfort in knowing that their loved one was an American Hero---
September 10, 2009
Thoughts and prayers go out to Petty Officer 3rd Class James R. Layton's family. We honor and thank this hometown hero for his service and sacrifice. God Bless.
September 10, 2009
my condolences to his family and melissa,james was such a fine young man
September 10, 2009
So sorry for your loss, I lost my brother in December (in the CHP) he was previously a Marine and served in Iraq. I know the pain and heartache you are going through and I will keep your family in my prayers. Keep your memories of him with you always!
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