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U.S. Army Sergeant James W. Harvey II, 23, of Toms River, N.J., and formerly of Clark, N.J., passed away on Monday, June 20, 2011, while proudly serving our country in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He has been posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for bravery. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35 at New Bedford Road, Wall, N.J. 07719, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at St. Catharine's R.C. Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake, N.J. 07762. Please go directly to the church on Wednesday morning. Burial will be in St. Anne's Cemetery, Wall, with full military honors. Jimmy was born in Livingston, N.J., and had resided in Clark for 10 years, graduating from the Arthur L. Johnson High School, before moving with his close knit family to Toms River four years ago. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Fort Knox, Ky. He had enlisted in the Army at age 21 and was deployed to Andar Province in January. Prior to enlisting in the Army, Jimmy had been employed at Public Service Electric & Gas in the Metro Division underground as a cable splicer and substation operator. Jimmy was the grandson of the late Thomas "Buddy" and Betty Cummings and the late James W. Harvey, and nephew of the late Patricia Cummings Czachowski. He is survived by his loving parents, James S. and Susan L. Cummings Harvey of Toms River; his three devoted sisters, Christine and Steve Douglas of Colonia, N.J.; Robin and David Raffaele of Scotch Plains, N.J., and Tracey Harvey of Toms River; his two nephews, Ryan and Michael; his uncle, Joseph Czachowski, and his uncle and aunt, Robert and Gina Harvey, and a very large extended family. In lieu of flowers, the family specifically requests donations to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256. For further information or to send condolences to the Harvey family, please visit www.obrienfuneralhome.com.

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Published in The Star-Ledger from Jun. 26 to Jun. 27, 2011.
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July 26, 2018
Fr. Richard Crawley
I always remember my cousin, James W Harvey when his anniversary of death happens in June. I would like the Harvey family to know they have a priest in the family who is always remembering them in prayer. Peace, from Fr. Richard J Crawley OFM, Cap.
Fr. Richard Crawley
September 27, 2013
My little brother was a brave brave man. A devoted brother and friend to all. I hold my head high in his honor and I could never be more proud of him.
Tracey Harvey
September 26, 2013
James was a great kid i work with him and was shocked when i got the news.He will never be forgotten by any 3/1 1st ID soldiers and every time I raise my flag it honors all that have left us for heavens gates which james will be guarding as i will still guard the gates to this great nation.This is not goodbye but i will see u at heaves gates my friend
chris coburn
May 28, 2013
In memory and honor of Sgt James Harvey for his service & sacrifice for this Nation.
May 5, 2013
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Harvey Family know that we recently sent a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of James W. Harvey II US Army Sergeant. 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
Charlie Gili
June 23, 2012
June 20, 2012
To the family of Sgt. James W. Harvey:
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
May 28, 2012
As a soldier from Andar, I promise that James will never be forgotten!
Jay Blondin
March 12, 2012
Prayers go out to you on the loss of your son and brother. May he rest in peace. May God give you comfort and strengh in your time of need. Sharing a loss of a fellow war Beaver Sgt Kris Gould my nephew.
Jean Doolittle
November 8, 2011
To the Arthur L. Johnson and Family,
At this time of sorrow,
may these truths sustain you...
Your loved one will always
be as close as a memory,
and the God of all comfort
will always be as
close as a prayer
Kimtraila Williams
July 6, 2011
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Harvey will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed

But 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.

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 .

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt

SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
June 30, 2011
If your loss can be lightened just a little, from each "Thank you", for your son's service and ultimate sacrifice, please except one from me and my family.Please also accept our heartfelt sympathies, for the loss of your dear son. We lost a wonderful person.
michael and candis smith
June 30, 2011
Mr. Collins: The American Legion members were an impressive presence at the church & the cemetery. I stopped by the Toms River post afterwards to tell them.
Big Jake
June 29, 2011
I was proud to represent American Legion Post 504, Jackson, NJ today at the services held for Sgt. Harvey. The church service, the procession and the internment with military honors left me wet in the eyes and weak in the knees. All of us veterans mourn the passing of each of our comarades, especially those young ones who have given their all - so early and so unselfishly.
Pete Collins
June 29, 2011
My wife and I grieve with you. Our son 1LT Ariel James Harvey is Platoon Leader of Third Platoon in Delta Company, and had just recently met Sgt Harvey and shaken his hand.
Our Prayers go with you.
Arthur J. and Phyllis W. Harvey, Clayton NC
June 29, 2011
Deepest condolences to the Harvey Family. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for your service James. My Dad is from your home town, Clark. It is due to the brave servicemen like you that we may continue to live in freedom, something we should never take for granted. God Bless You. God Bless America.
lia strucich
June 29, 2011
My deepest condonlence to the Harvey's family. My brother 1st LT Omar Vazquez was KIA 4/22/2011. Thank you to James and Omar for defending and making that sacrifice for our country. They will never be forgotten.
marisel vazquez
June 28, 2011
Our appreciation and prayers are with you .... there are not words to express our condolences but hope you are surrounded by PEACE as you press forward!
Sarah Lowe
June 28, 2011
Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice... May God watch over your loved ones. R.I.P.
Cynde Boris
June 28, 2011
My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. James Harvey. I promise that the sacrifice he has made will not be forgotten. thank you sir for your service to our country.
David Morrison
June 28, 2011
Many prayers for you and your family. Thank you for your sacrifice for our freedom.
Cindy Biays
June 28, 2011
Prayers going up for you all
Ginger Paulk
June 28, 2011
Kimberly Jacobson
June 28, 2011
May God bless and keep you and your family. Thank You for your service and sacrifice.
Theresa Brewerton
June 27, 2011
My deepest sympathy to this young man family and friends...i dont know him personal but i respect him to the upmost for fighting for this country...may God strengthen you guys during this time of grieving..He is and always will be an american hero...PSE&G employee
June 27, 2011
Dear Jim & Susan: I send you my deepest sympathy.My prayers are with you. Uncle Don
June 27, 2011
You and your Family have my deepest condolendes for the passing of your loved one. My heart goes out to you all. I will continue to Lift you and the Family up in Prayer.

Former PSEG Employee
Lina Dowsey
June 27, 2011
To the Harvey Family....I am so sorry for your the loss of your precious child....I will pray very hard for all of you. My son is 20 years old, in the Army, stationed in South Korea...for now. I feel your pain. May God Bless you and your family in your time of need. I hope peace will come back to you.
janet adams
June 27, 2011
My most heartfelt condolences to the family of this American hero.
A Grateful, Indebted American
June 27, 2011
A True American Hero. Thank You James. I am Grateful to you and all the Heros we have out there fighting for our country. My heart goes out to your family and friends for the loss of such a brave young man standing up for what is right, and his country. He gave his life for us. I am proud to be an American, but this young man was much more proud!! Thank You isn't enough but that is all I have. Rest In Peace young soldier. I will say prayers for you, and my heart will always Thank You and all our military that give their lives for us. God Bless You. You are a true HERO.
June 27, 2011
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers (ps4fs@charter.net) is an organization with groups throughout the country who strive to send handmade prayer shawls and/ or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA would like to honor your son’s sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a shawl which we will mail to you. If you are interested, please contact me at gramman@comcast.net with the names and addresses and what they would like to receive. We will send them as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved one who died serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address, as our organization can no longer get family contacts through the military. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Lynne Neibert
June 27, 2011
My heartfelt Thank You to your Son. His service to our country will never be forgotten.

A Thankful American
June 26, 2011
Thank you for protecting us James. You are our hero. May you rest in peace. To his family, please accept my condolences in your time of great sorrow. He will not be forgotten.
Diana Reynolds
June 26, 2011
Thank you for your service. My condolences to the family of the fallen hero.
Betty Dawson
June 26, 2011
To An American Hero.
June 26, 2011
R.I.P. James your job is over with honor, Thank you. I am saluting you hero.
Carol O'Beirne
June 26, 2011
I do not know you, but I also feel compelled to send my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of this fallen Hero. One who gives his life for his country can never be forgotten. God bless you all in your grief.
Another Thankful American
June 26, 2011

We are all saddened by your loss, and we will all miss you...Your cause was a noble one, to leave a great job and career to do what you thought was best for all of us.

May you find peace now.

Semper FI Brother...
Eddie Herd
June 26, 2011
My deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Family and Friends of this Fallen Hero. We thank you for your sacrifice, we are a grateful nation. May your pain be tempered in the knowledge that James is a True American Hero and will Never be Forgotten.

Stand Tall, Stand Proud…An American Hero is Coming Home.

Stand down, SGT James W. Harvey II, your mission is now complete…may you rest in Honored, Eternal Peace.
Also a Thankful American
June 26, 2011
i do not know your son but being a toms river resident i feel ive also lost a son--i cannot express my thanks for the sacrifice he made for his country and to keep my children and grandchildren safe and cannot tell you how sorry i am for your loss
June 26, 2011
Thank God for men and women like Sergeant Harvey. Masy God bless and comfort him and his family now and always.
A thankful American
June 26, 2011
I don't know your family, but my prayers are with you and thank you Sgt. James Harvey for serving our country. God Bless
D. Anderson
June 26, 2011
I didn't know him, but God Bless him for serving our country, and God Bless his family and help them through this time.
Kylie Taylor
June 26, 2011
My heart broke when I read this..I want to thank your son for his service..his parents and his family for giving this young man such pide in his country, that he gave his most precious gift, his life!!! to his nephew..your uncle is a hero..more than any sports figure or rock star...his love was so great. for people that he never met but he believed in freedom, the right to happiness..he wanted others to know this love...
My prayers are with the whole family, after the honor burial..the family is the one, that will be still left missing their son, brother, nephew, uncle and friend. I never met James, but he was probably like my friend's son..Steven Koch, who died in afganistan in 2008...
God bless a true hero Sergant James Harvey II and please God keep his family close at hand..
joan zukowski
June 25, 2011
Please accept my deepest sympathy
for the loss of your loved one and
Hero James and my sincerest
gratitude for his service.
God Bless you Sgt.James W. Harvey...you will not be forgotten.
Sylvia Kronenwetter
June 25, 2011
To die for another is indeed noble. Yet death leaves much sadness with those of us left behind. God has promised a time of peace when our sons and daughters will not have to give their lives for another.(Isaiah 2:4) . . .And he will certainly render judgment among the nations and set matters straight respecting many peoples. And they will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore.
A Mom
June 25, 2011
Rest in peace. You are in our prayers.
Henryk Zaleski
June 25, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss. May SGT. JAMES W. HARVEY rest in peace and you find comfort in knowing that he is.My thoughts and prayers are with JAMES and your family. GOD bless~
L Greene
June 25, 2011
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 SGT. James W. Harvey 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 for his country 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 American Warrior, a true Patriot and a national 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 1,307 military Legionnaire Veterans 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
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
June 23, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Eliza Talamo
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