Spc. James D. Wertish
James D. Wertish helped out on his family''s farm in rural Minnesota, but he also may have helped quicken his father''s hair loss. The Rev. George Schmit said Wertish was a friendly young man who loved to ride snow mobiles and all-terrain vehicles, but also "raised a little hell now and then." The pastor said Wertish''s teenage years likely caused some of his father''s hair loss, but "deep down in his heart were the values and virtues that guided his life." Wertish, 20, of Olivia, Minn., was among three Minnesota soldiers killed July 16 in an insurgent attack near Basra, Iraq. His unit was based in Stillwater, Minn. Wertish joined the Guard before graduating from BOLD High School in 2007, said Schmit, pastor at St. Mary''s Catholic Church in Bird Island where his family attended. Fellow soldiers said he loved playing Rock Band II, a video game that challenges players to play the drums and guitar, and sing to popular rock songs. They said he could always make them laugh, "we could count on him to improve our day." Wertish is survived by his parents, David and Kim Wertish, sisters Amber and Carolyn and brother Tony.
Published by Star-Telegram on Jul. 19, 2009.
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On Saturday I wore James' name on my bib for the Cpl Christopher G. Scherer Memorial "I Did The Grid" Run/Walk. Every step I ran honored James' heroism and ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. I completed all three events and rang the bell each time in his memory. Team Chris wants you to know how much we all appreciate and remember our Fallen.
Natalie Radino
May 25, 2015
To the family of Spc. James D. Wertish:
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:[email protected]
Leila Campbell
August 21, 2013
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and to also let the Wertish 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
Charlie Gili
May 19, 2013
To the family of Spc. James D. Wertish:
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 ([email protected]) 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:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 5, 2013
July 16, 2012
To the family and friends of Spc. James D. Wertish:
Always remembering James. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
July 15, 2012
To the family of Spc. James D. Wertish:
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 ([email protected]) 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:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 20, 2012
To the family and friends of Spc. James D. Wertish:
Please accept my remembrance of James on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
July 16, 2011
To the family of Spc James D Wertish:
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 ([email protected]) 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:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
May 11, 2011
Hi MN Family!!! Just wanted to know that we still think about you as your forever in our hearts.
Anhd to James:
Thank you, Bless you and yours; for your bravery, for your sacrifices and for our freedom.
Sincerely,
Kenna
www.heropaintins.com
[email protected]
Kenna
July 20, 2010
To the family and friends of Spc. James D. Wertish:
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
Peggy Childers
July 16, 2010
To the family of Spc. James D. Wertish:
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 ([email protected]) 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:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 28, 2010
January 6, 2010
Dear Family;
Project Compassion is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Artist, founder and President; Kaziah Hancock will be coming to Minnesota in a few months, approximately March 2010. She has been asked by one of your local media agencies to attend an event to honor our Country and the State of Minnesota’s fallen soldiers/heroes. We would be truly honored for the opportunity to paint a portrait of your hero to present it to you and your family. If you have already received a portrait of your hero from us, please keep in mind that we have been approved by our sponsors to paint a second portrait of each soldier as long as it is requested in behalf of the heroes Mother, Father and/or spouse. We only paint these 100% free to the families because of our sponsors. Please visit www.heropaintings.com or contact me directly at [email protected] We would be truly honored to have a chance to learn more about each of these fine soldiers, our modern day heroes!
(A painting has been completed by Project Compassion artist. If this painting is not owned by this heroes Mother? A second painting can be requested! It would be an honor to paint him again!
Very sincerely,
Kenna
Project Compassion
Kenna
January 6, 2010
Dear Family;
Project Compassion is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Artist, founder and President; Kaziah Hancock will be coming to Minnesota in a few months, approximately March 2010. She has been asked by one of your local media agencies to attend an event to honor our Country and the State of Minnesota’s fallen soldiers/heroes. We would be truly honored for the opportunity to paint a portrait of your hero to present it to you and your family. If you have already received a portrait of your hero from us, please keep in mind that we have been approved by our sponsors to paint a second portrait of each soldier as long as it is requested in behalf of the heroes Mother, Father and/or spouse. We only paint these 100% free to the families because of our sponsors. Please visit www.heropaintings.com or contact me directly at [email protected] We would be truly honored to have a chance to learn more about each of these fine soldiers, our modern day heroes!
Very sincerely,
Kenna
Project Compassion
Kenna
January 6, 2010
On this day and with each day that we enjoy our freedom, I would like to give thanks and let you know that I do not take our troops for granted. May you experience God when you feel your loss.
Donna Gillette
December 1, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy to the Wertish 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
Tom

"TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS
OF THOSE YOU LEAVE BEHIND
IS NEVER TO DIE"
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
November 19, 2009
To the family of Spc. James D. Wertish:
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
Peggy Childers
October 24, 2009
To the family of James Wertish: My son just returned home from Iraq. I did not know until yesterday that he was serving with the young men from the Minnesota National Guard, who lost their lives July 16th. Please know that your loss was felt deeply by those who served with your fine son. Karen Harvey, New Mexico Blue Start Mom
Karen Harvey
October 12, 2009
To the Wertish Family:
I served in Vietnam 1970. I lost my youngest brother, an Army Ranger, in Grenada 1983. We attended the 25th anniversary down there last year. It gets easier, but you never forget.
Glen Rademacher
August 25, 2009
For someone so young. Life will not be the same without him.
Galib Dad
August 19, 2009
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Nat Miller
August 11, 2009
Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen
Stephanie Rafoss
August 5, 2009
To the family of Spc. James Wertish, our hearts break as we here about the loss of more fine young Soldier's. If only we could resolve these conflicts overseas and BRING THEM ALL HOME!! It has been over two years since our son, Sgt. Joshua Schmit was sent home to us also in a flag drapped casket. Life has forever changed and we cling now to our new son's. The ones still serving and the ones now home. Rest-in-Peace James and please give my son a hug for his mom:) God Bless you All.
Kimberly Schmit Proud Mom Of an American Hero K.I.A 4/14/07 Fallujah,Iraq
Kimberly Schmit
August 1, 2009
REST IN PEASE DEAR HERO REST IN PEASE
July 27, 2009
To the Wertish Family
I am so sorry for your loss. He was so young. God bless and keep him for the selflessness and courage that led him to volunteer for service.
Martha Gillis
July 27, 2009
SPC JAMES D. WERTISH
You are my Hero may god keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
July 26, 2009
Dear Wertish Family,
May the support of family, friends, community and country comfort you today and always. Our most sincere Thank You,Spc. James Wertish,for serving our country with such bravery and committment. May God be with you and your family always.

Proud mother of a daughter currently serving in Basra with the Red Bulls.
July 26, 2009
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
I Thessalonians 4:17
Until we meet again....I pray your hearts will heal from the loss of James; Trust he is in a better place with God and you will be reunited someday. I wish there were answers for this tragedy, but we do know one thing, James is a hero, who gave all for every single
American! Be proud of James! God Speed~
Amanda Coleman
July 25, 2009
To the Wertish 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.

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 of
Sgt. David M Fisher
KIA 12/1/04
Suzanne MacDaniel
July 25, 2009
God promise he will wipe out every tear from our eyes,and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away
Sara
July 25, 2009
I did not know James. Thank you for your service. You are a hero to me. I will never forget you.
Cathie Wood
July 25, 2009
I have a nephew serving in Iraq, and our family attends the same church as the Wilcox family in Cottage Grove, MN.

From our family to yours, we are grateful for the sacrife James has made. Because of men like him, we can be free. Free indeed!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Loni Perrin
July 24, 2009
Rest In Peace, Warrior.

Thank you.
July 24, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Kevin Gibbons
July 24, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Linda Norris
July 23, 2009

" all gave some,some gave all"

RIP-------James Wertish
Douglas MacArthur
July 23, 2009
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow
Debey Senska
July 23, 2009
It is a privilege to sign this memorial page for James Wertish.
I hope that those who loved him in life will come to understand and find comfort from the knowledge that people everywhere share some of their pain at the tragedy of his passing.
Rest in Peace James, rest in peace.
From a Police Mom.
Kim Straker
July 23, 2009
To the Wertish family,

Our son is also serving with the 34th MP's in Iraq.

Are thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories of James bring you comfort.
Carl & Faith Anderson
July 22, 2009
May God comfort you as only he can. May you find peace in knowing He is holding James safely in his arms and you will see him again.
I am grateful for Heroes like James. His service. His sacrifice will never be forgotten

God bless you dear family

Melissa Stevens
Patriot Guard Rider
Melissa Stevens
July 22, 2009
SPC. JAMES D. WERTISH
you are my Hero may God keep you in his arms forever.
raven daak
July 22, 2009
There are no words that can make you feel better at this time, but I hope you know how many people are sending their love and their sympathy to you, even if they don’t write. Those of us who have served and those of us who have had loved ones taken from us too soon know your sorrow. My love and prayers are with you and your family and friends at this sad time.
Jaci Peterson
July 21, 2009
God Bless you and your family and help you find comfort and peace in all the days to come. The journey will be long and painful but allow good memories and photographs and tears to be your friends as you travel in your grief.

I lost my son, 25 year old Marine SSgt Mark Anthony (Tony) Wojciechowski ("Wojo") on 4/30/09 in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq.

Please call on me if I can help ease your pain. I found that keeping a journal provided a lot of solace for me.

Thank you for your hero son and the ultimate sacrifice you and he has paid - from one Gold Star family to another.

God Bless you.
Teresa Dillinger
July 21, 2009
Rest in peace.
Henryk Zaleski USN-Ret
July 21, 2009
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Follow The Rainbow To Heaven.
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A Soldier had die out on the
battlefield;

Broken hearts are weeping For
Them,

But take comfort of knowing
that God had sent Them a
rainbow from heaven;

The Souls of the Soldiers
have gone to there home
in heaven,

Our Loved One's has follow
God's lovely rainbow in the
sky;

All the way to the end of the
sky.

That leads all the way to the
other end of the Lord's
house in heaven,

So just keep on praying and
trust that God will send us
that same rainbow in the sky;

Where Our Love One's are
waiting For You and For Me at
the end of the rainbow in
heaven.

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July 20, 2009
SPC. JAMES D. WERTISH
you are my Hero may God keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
July 20, 2009
To the Wertish Family--
I am deeply pained by the loss of your HERO, SPC James D. Wertish. Please know that you are not walking this walk alone. The days, weeks, months, and years will be difficult, but when you find the time, please contact me and let me absorb some of your pain...

PROUD Mother of
SPC Dane R. Balcon
KIA, OIF, Balad, Iraq
5 September 2007
Dr. Carla Sizer
July 20, 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 our Brother-in-Arms SPC James D. Wertish. 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 deployed with the U.S. Army in Iraq. 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 1,341 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
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
July 20, 2009
July 19, 2009
Please accept my Deepest and Most Heartfelt Sympathy regarding the loss of SPC. James D. Wertish. The price this Brave Young Soldier and his family have paid for this country and for freedom, Will Never Be Forgotten.
There is so much thanks to be given, to these young heroes, for their Courage, Dedication and Service.

May James, Rest Safely now, in God's Care and may God's Healing Grace Be with the Wertish family.
I am the sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago.

"Wait on the Lord, be of good courage
and He shall strengthen your heart"
~ Psalm 27:14 ~

May the Peace of God and your precious memories of James, remain in your heart always. May this give you comfort and strength through the difficult days ahead.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
Garnet Jenkins
July 19, 2009
Dearest Wertish Family,

Words cannot express my deepest sympathy for the loss your precious son. My thought and prayers are with you always.
Thank you Spc. Wertish for your service to me and my family and our country. You will always be remembered.
Connie Velasquez
July 19, 2009
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