Sgt. James M. Wosika Jr.
A Minnesota National Guard soldier from St. Paul has been killed in Iraq, the Department of Defense announced today.

Sgt. James M. Wosika Jr., 24, of St. Paul was killed by a roadside bomb Tuesday while on foot patrol in Fallujah.

He was with the Crookston-based Company B, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry. No other Minnesota National Guard soldiers were injured in the explosion.

"The loss of Sgt. Wosika is a tragedy," said Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the adjutant general of Minnesota. "He was proudly serving his state and nation."

Wosika is the 43rd Minnesotan military member killed in Iraq since 2003.
Published by Pioneer Press on Jan. 10, 2007.
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We haven't forgotten you Brother !! we still laugh and joke about the good times I'm Fallujah . miss you man !
Gregory Clouthier
July 27, 2021
Jimmy, I remember the day I got you enlisted. I was bugged because I was preoccupied with going deer hunting after you enlisted. I wish I could take that back now. I am glad we became friends and I am proud of you! I miss you friend. Thanks for your sacrifice.
Hunt
May 29, 2016
Hello,
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Wosika Family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to troops in Afghanistan this week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of James M. Wosika Jr. US Army Sergeant. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community. 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
March 11, 2014
To the family of Sgt. James M. Wosika:
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
To the family of Sgt. James M. Wosika:
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
To the family and friends of Army Sgt. James M. Wosika:
It has truly been my honor to sign James' guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that James will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
January 11, 2013
I'm very happy happy that i wore Sgt. James M. Wosika at my work today.
Michael Andretta
November 11, 2012
i'm going to were his t-shirt tomorrow in remember of him at my work.
Michael Andretta
November 10, 2012
To the family of Sgt. James M. Wosika:
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 Sgt. James M. Wosika:
Always remembering James. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
January 9, 2012
To the family of Sgt James M Wosika:
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
To the family and friends of Army Sgt. James M. Wosika:
Please accept my remembrance of James on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
January 9, 2011
Hey Jay thank you for the service to our country, i miss & love you buddy.
December 17, 2010
Jim,

I wear the memory of you on my wrist every day. I enjoyed and miss our early morning talks about work and your dedication to the Army. You were proud of your service and proud to be able to serve on active duty again in Iraq. I can honestly say that I have never had someone who worked for me have more of an impact on how I feel about this great country and the hero's that have given their all. God bless you and the USA.

Terry C. 12-15-2010
December 15, 2010
Nichole Stafford
November 30, 2010
To the family of Sgt. James M. Wosika:
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
I served with SGT WOSIKA in Camp Fallujah he was the one of the bravest men i had the honor to serve with i was a Marine Lance Corporal at that time.
JEFFERY CRAWLEY
March 29, 2010
Thank You.
January 16, 2010
SEEMS LIKE WE JUST GOT THE CALL, ALSO SEEMS LIKE YOU VE BEEN GONE FOREVER. WE KNOW YOU ARE LOOKING OUT FOR US.I KNOW HOW PROUD YOU ARE OF ALL THE GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE IN YOUR NAME.SO YOUR LEGACY OF CARING WILL GO ON....AND ON. LOVE YOU MISS YOU.
AUNT MARY
January 16, 2010
To the family and friends of Army Sgt. James M. Wosika:
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
January 9, 2010
We love you and miss you Jay' you are alway's with us.
Dad Wosika
January 9, 2010
Almost 3 years now...Its crazy how the time flies. So much yet so little has happenned since you left. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss you terribly and wish you were here. Love you- sis
Nichole
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
To the family of Sgt. James M. Wosika:

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

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

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

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

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

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 1, 2009
We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families. War does not discriminate – It breaks my heart to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,400 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at [email protected] or go to www.heropaintings.com. If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely,
Kenna
Kenna Larra
February 19, 2009
We are free, and so are so many more that we rarely hear about, because of men and families like yours.
Scott Jacobson
February 3, 2009
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

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

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

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

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


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

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

The Other Side

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

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


The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
http://tinyurl.com/3o8gol



Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

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

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
http://tinyurl.com/6gey8b
January 11, 2009
To the family of Army Sgt. James M. Wosika:
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
January 9, 2009
I can't believe it's been almost 2 years since you left us. You are still missed and I think about you always. Miss you much.
Sam
January 7, 2009
I was driving behind someone's vehicle the other day and on the back it said something like 'in honor of SSG James Wosika'. I never heard of you, so I looked you up using google. I am impressed by the number of entries in your guest book. You are so young to have touched that many people. May your love live on through those people you touched. Thanks for making a difference in this world.
Sherryl Smith
September 17, 2008
Jim,
I miss you. not a day goes by that i dont think about you. me and you made some pretty great memories that i think about all the time. everything seems so different now a days. life just isnt as bright without your shining spirit around. i miss how you could walk in to a room and brighten it up with just a smile. i miss you more than words can describe. i think everyone does. you were a great person jim with a huge heart. everytime the sun peeks threw the clouds i think its you shining down on everyone. keep watching over everyone. ill see you again when its my time.

Love you Jim!
*~Just Me~*
August 14, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Sgt Wosika!
June 18, 2008
So for some reason you have been on my mind a lot today and I feel like I need to talk to you. To bad I can't face to face. Miss you bunches and bunches! Wish you were here to see her grow up.
Sam
May 30, 2008
May 27, 2008
May 27, 2008
May 27, 2008
Pictures from 2nd Annual Wosika Memorial Pig Roast benefitting D.A.V. & Patriot Guard
May 17, 2008. We all miss you, Jay!
Joe & Stan's
May 27, 2008
thank you!! we miss you!
kari
May 26, 2008
Jim,
Not a day goes by that i dont think about you. i miss you more then words can describe. i love you jim. we made alot of great memories that i will never forget. i know your up there watching over everyone. =0) i miss you and i love you jim.
May 26, 2008
To the family of Army Sgt. James M. Wosika:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 25 May, 2008. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

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

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

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

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

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 28, 2008
Even though i didnt know you very well, i still feel the pain that everyone else feels. I'm katie's daughter and i just wanted to say that we will all miss you and we wish you were here. Everytime i pass that park i feel in the presence of you. We all love you, keep watching over us.
Lauren
March 19, 2008
As I sit here and think of all the momories... Where do I begin? In the back of my head I still think think your just not home yet. I think it just might bother me forever. There is that empty space inside. I do know that your impack has changed everone. It makes people realize life. It least it has for me. I know that your legecy will live on forever. take care of all of us bro. miss ya
Squirrrel
February 12, 2008
Can't believe it was a year ago TODAY that we got the terrible news, but it has been. Tonight your 'Family' is getting together to keep your memory alive. We all miss you but we all know that you are still here in our hearts and minds. Not a day goes by that your not thought of and in my heart you will always be remembered. Tonight we wear PINK for the 'REAL MAN' you SSG James M. Wosika Jr. See you later my friend.
Brian Stafford
January 9, 2008
The end of a long, long patrol in Kosovo
Rene Montero
January 1, 2008
Jimmy, not a day goes by that I don't think of you and the sacrifice you made. I taught you everything I could while you were in the squad yet I can’t help feel that I missed something. After talking to your buddies and soldiers that were there that day, they keep telling me that you did everything right. You lead from the front. Other soldiers are alive today because of what you did almost a year ago. One of the greatest honors I’ve had in my life is to have called you my friend. I miss you brother.
Rene Montero
January 1, 2008
Well, it's been almost a year with out you and it feels like forever since I've seen you. I miss you like crazy and love you forever!
Sam
December 11, 2007
Jim- Keep your eyes on the guys these days, some of them are having a rough time with things lately. Watch out for the guys shipping out in the next couple of months.
December 5, 2007
Jimathy,

Just know that I still miss you everyday!!! love you Jimathy...
Kathryn
November 23, 2007
Thank you for making the greatest sacrafice, your wonderful life. I miss you and love you JJ! I think of you every day and say, "Wow, what a hero" I sure am thinking about you on this Veterans Day.
Abby Bohn
November 12, 2007
I walk passed Palace everyday! I stop for few minutes and pray! Your flag flies high! Thank you for all you gave!!!
Jill
November 11, 2007
Dear Jay,
I sure miss you everyday. Went to see Rockie Lynn yesterday his concert was great as always.It's
veterans day today, you and your bodies had a great deal in the paper very nice.Will see you soon.

Love always, Dad
james Wosika
November 11, 2007
Dear Jim, not a day goes by when I dont think about you and wish I could see you again. I cherish all the good times we had and the friendship I had with you. My son was born on August 9th and I cant wait to tell him all about you. I love and miss you
Paula Harvego
November 10, 2007
hi. i miss you so much. i finally realized that i hve to go the rest of my life without you, and i think it's killing me...I have your dishes in my kitchen, i promise ill take good care of them. I love you Jimmy. and I miss you terribly.
Nikki
October 4, 2007
I JUST WANTED TO SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU AND YOUR SISTER NEEDS YOU MORE EVERYDAY SHE MAY NOT SAY MUCH TO OTHERS.. BUT YOU KNOW.. I KNOW HOW SHE REALLY IS. I REMEBER WHEN YOU CHASED ME DOWN THE STREET WITH MUD AND HOW YOU WOULD TRY TO KISS ME JUST TO BOTHER NICOLE AND I. EVERYTIME WE LEFT TO GO OUT YOU HAD TO TAG ALONG. Just know you will always have a place in my heart and you can tag along when ever you like. we all miss you.
LOVE YOU JAY JAY
CHRISTINA NOWACZEWSKI
September 10, 2007
Hey-I can't believe that it's been almost 7 months! I'm going to come and visit tonight and I'm going to bring your favorite girls. Love you buddy...see you in a little while!
Sam
August 31, 2007
Jimmy, You have no idea how much the loss of you is affecting the guys. They think of you all the time, There isnt a day that I see one of them and they dont bring you up. Just know that you are in every single one of their hearts, and they need you to watch over them and to help them through all of this. Tomorrow is your field dedication at Palace. It is sad that you can't physically be there, But I know you will be there with us all.
Miss you, But I know that when the time is right, We will meet again.
August 17, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

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

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

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

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 14, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Sgt Wosika and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
August 6, 2007
I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! this sucks!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to talk to you.
July 28, 2007
It has been one of the hardest days I have had in a long time. I still don't want to believe your gone. Six months is so long but it still feels like yesturday. And I still feel like I did when I found out. Broken, empty, upset, mad and still so confussed. I got my tattoo yesturday for you, and I love it. I think you would love it too. I was sad and happy at the same time getting it, sad cause its for you cause your not here, but happy cause know you are with me all the time know. I love you so much. i miss your laugh i miss you smile i miss your jokes, well our jokes. i miss everything about you. Hope your ok. Love you tons
Kathryn
July 9, 2007
Hi Buddy,
I cant believe its been 6 months already you are in my thoughts daily. My nephew Micheal Pourrier just came home from Germany for good on july 1st the first thing he wanted to do was to visit you which we did. We talked about the old days about baseball about monroe and about times well spent with good friends and family.

I am thankfull that Micheal came home and came home well but i feel the ache still from losing you buddy.

May god bless you and all of your family and friends and those who still serve to protect us.

Peace and love to all

"Coach" Al Johnson
al johnson
July 7, 2007
Jimathy
I have so many things that I want to tell you. Everyone says that I can still talk to you, but its not the same, and nothing will ever be the same again. It makes me sick thinking that we will never have jimathy and kathryn time, no more perkins during the middle of the night, no more surfboard, or 1 2 3 laughing. No more emails, no more calls from weird 18 digit numbers. No more. I feel numb, I feel like I am living my life outside my body and watching it drift away. I want to care about things again, I want to be myself. I want my life back, I want the life where it all made sense, and I'm so afraid that its never going to be that way again. I can not stress how much I miss you . Do we all have to miss you for the rest of our lives? I can not. I feel that I will never be able to accept it or go on. Last time I went to see you, I just had one question, I said "I DO NOT UNDERSTAND" call me crazy but this is what I heard. "its not up to you to understand" And whatever that was made me think, I will never understand I just have to deal with it. I have to deal with these tears, and the stomach aches, and the emptiness. Maybe some day I will just be amune to it. But right now I can't, I look at your picture and my heart breaks liturally, I can feel it. Its like when you go on a rollercoaster and you get to the top, its like you can't breath. I somewhat want to get off this roller coaster. I want to be happy when I here your name or when people talk about you, but i can't, because it just makes me think of you not being here. And that I won't ever be able to see you again. Sometimes I catch myself dazing off into space and say to myself, oh gosh how long have i been sitting like this. And I know that I am thinking of you the whole time. I talk about you all the time and probably always will. I miss you very much.
Love Kathryn
July 6, 2007
well jim, what can i say. its been 6 months and im still in disbelief that your gone. not a day goes by that we dont think about you and miss you deeply. you brought so much light and joy to everyone. im planning on bringing you flowers this weekend. everyone is doing as well as can be expected. you were such an inspiration to everyone and i know your up there watching over everyone. probably with a budweiser in hand. =0) just know how much we all love and miss you.
Anita
July 2, 2007
I miss you more and more everyday. LOVE YOU TONS JIMATHY!!!!!
kathryn
June 19, 2007
Jimathy- Why does saying "I miss you" seem like such an understatement, because those words seem so little to what I feel. I think about you all the time and all the memories that I have with you and I will forever cherish those memories. SURFBOARD. and I will never ever forget them. I still consider you my best friend and always will. I know you hear me when I talk to you but I sometimes get frustrated when there is no response. I want to hear you and see you so bad. I hope that you are taking care of Megs up there and I am somewhat jealous that she gets to be with you and I don't. But I know that I am here for a reason. Andy. Anyways I hope that you are well. I hope you know how much you are loved down here, you can just feel it. I miss you so much. And I love you .


Love you
SMILE(:
Kathryn
June 9, 2007
Jimathy I MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kathryn
June 1, 2007
Jim,
Thank You for Keeping Us Free
You Will Never Be Forgotten
Carol Lee Folsom (Bour)
May 27, 2007
Thank you for being the hero. Thank you for protecting our country. Thanks for everything.
Dallas West
May 26, 2007
I miss you so much jimathy... i look at pictures of you and still all i can say is why???? and did this really happen??? I love you, oh and thanks for the dream again. i now know you are ok, for now!!!!!!!! Love you and I miss you like crazy.
Kathryn
May 24, 2007
Well Jimathy, here we go.. another month has passed... its been four months, why does time seem to be going so fast? I still miss you and I always will. I was talking about you the other day to my mom and she told me instead of looking at this in a negative way to turn it around and look at it in a positive way.... she said how lucky I am to be having you look down on me! And I thought WOW, she is totally right, I am lucky to have one of my best friends always looking down on me and watching over me. Don't get me wrong I would rather have you here but because I can't, I feel lucky that you are up there, in Gods hands and you are free and safe. I still go to the cemetary at least 2 times a week. I don't know why, but I feel so at peace when I am there, maybe cause your with me or maybe cause it is just so beautiful out there. Your birthday came and went and the whole time I was just thinking what would we be doing if you were here, and to tell you the truth you were there. I see you so much in your sister and your mom and dad. You have left yourself in so many people, its truely amazing and it helps so much more knowing that you left something in all of them. So in a nut shell I miss you and I love you and I hope you are just perfect. Ps. Watch over Meg, she needs some strengh from up above!!! Thanks Jimathy I love you so much. And you are forever missed.



Kathryn
Kathryn
May 9, 2007
Hey you, just stopping by to let you know that I miss you tons and I love you. Me and Kels need you know, so please look down on us and give us some sort of peace with whats going on. please. Love you Jimathy
KATHRYN
May 2, 2007
Hi Jimathy!

gosh will this feeling ever go away??? i am thinking no, and i am trying really hard to tell myself that this is the way i am going to feel forever. and i hate that. I still cry everyday for you. The tears don't seem to be easing up at all. Because all i think is why you, still. I LOVE YOU..... AND MISS YOU MORE THAN YOU WOULD EVER KNOW.
KATHRYN
April 26, 2007
Just wanted to say that I miss you and love you.
Kathryn
April 19, 2007
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED OF YOUR GREAT LOSS AND WISH TO EXPRESS MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. GODSPEED AND SEMPER FI.

A PROUD MARINE MOM
Robyn Garside
April 18, 2007
To the family of Sgt. James M. Wosika:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 27 May, 2007. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

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

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

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
April 12, 2007
Well today is 3 months already, and it still feels like yesturday that I got the call... I miss you and hope you are doing well. I go to the cemetary alot and I feel at peace when I am there and I don't want to leave, I could sit there forever. Thanks for the dream a couple days ago it made me so happy. I just can't figure this whole thing out still, why you??? I get sick to my stomach when I think about what happened to you and where you are. I hate this feeling, hate it, hate it, hate it! Sometimes I feel that you are still here, well there and you just haven't called yet. Why? why cant I just accept it? I guess time will tell..... I love you and miss you so much. ahhhh I just can't believe that this, writing this is my way of contacting you know. Be safe, smile and I will see you soon(:
Kathryn
April 9, 2007
I MISS YOU, AND I WANT TO TALK TO YOU FACE TO FACE): I WANT TO HEAR YOUR ADVICE AND YOUR GUIDENCE. HELP ME JIM I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!!! I LOVE YOU, AND MISS YOU SO MUCH.
April 4, 2007
Nathan Cossentine
March 26, 2007
A true soldier doesn't fight because he hates what is in front of him, he fights because he loves what is behind him.

We love you and miss you Jay!!
Heather Locke
March 22, 2007
THE TRUE DEFINITION OF HERO IS... 1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

YOU WERE SO MUCH MORE....


LOVE YOU JIMATHY
KATHRYN
March 20, 2007
I MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!! AND I THINK ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME(:
March 17, 2007
Nichole and Family
your Brother will always be remembered. i am so grateful for your friendship fortified by the love your brother.
Dan
Daniel and Fikre Sundseth
March 15, 2007
So Jimathy, Its been two months today that you were sent home. And I miss you more than anything. I dont really know if it has fully sank in yet. I still feel that this is all just a big dream. Maybe its that I don't want to believe that you are up in heaven now cause i want you here. I am sorry that i am being so selfish with this and only thinking of how the ones down here feel, but maybe god called you home cause he missed you too, and needed to see you. Maybe all the pain and sadness that i feel now is what god felt for the twenty four years that he wasn't with you. Hopefully not, because it is the worst feeling in the world and maybe thats why he called you when he did. I am still so proud of you and always will be. You are my hero. I love you and will miss you til the day i can see you again. "Take care, be safe, smile and I will see you soon" LOVE YOU
KATHRYN FINCH
March 9, 2007
Baby - I'm going to florida again for spring break - i'll never be able to go to pensacola beach again. For some reason since valentine's day i have had the hardest time dealing with this. You had a letter in your stuff that i wrote you, and the pillow...i hope and pray that you have key to my heart. I miss you so much and a day hasn't gone by that i dont think about you and wish that you were here to tell me and everyone - no more tears. The benefit was amazing, i may talk to you a lot, and never got a response, but i know that the intense feeling of pride that i had that night was from you - it was so beautiful.
*I'm here without you baby, but you're still on my lonely mind. I think about you baby, and I dream about you all the time. And tonight it's only you and me*
Love always and always forever
xoxo your Dove, Nikki xoxo
March 1, 2007
To the family of James Wosika, we at The Freedom Fund send you our heartfelt sympathy. We pray for your hearts to heal and to know that many of us are out here sending packages of love and hope to the soldiers whe are still in harm's way. God bless you . Beth Friese
The Freedom Fund
March 1, 2007
i have found myself around the west 7th area alot since this happened, i guess i'm looking for all my old ball players. i still feel the pain in my heart and i feel empty, when i look above i see a really bright star and i know that its you buddy lookin out for all of us still left here in the world. Thank You Jay Jay peace my friend
Al "coach" Johnson
February 27, 2007
I STILL MISS YOU, AND THINK ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!
February 23, 2007
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY JIMATHY!!!!

LOVE YA, AND MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY!
February 14, 2007
Well J. We had your benefit last sat the 10th. It was a huge blow out. We raised about $13,000. I never thought doing something like that would feel so good. I feel like I am on top of the world. Jenna, Tony, and myself worked so hard and we did not think it was going to be as big as it was. IT WAS HUGE. We will never forget you buddy. love Squirrel
Kele Bedell
February 13, 2007
"YOU ARE LIKE THE WIND, I CAN'T SEE YOU BUT I CAN FEEL YOU."


LOVE YOU
February 9, 2007
MISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!
February 8, 2007
My nephew is part of the 2/136 he served with your son.Im so sorry for your loss.
Karla Pietrzak
February 7, 2007
Bro, I love you...I always will. I will never forget you. I hope one day you can help me to understand. I know your with me I just can't help but want to see your face and have you squeeze me so hard I can't move. You were always my strength, so please still try to be that for me. My heart is still breaking and I'm sure it always will so help me keep it together, okay... Later
Nik
February 6, 2007
STILL THINKING ABOUT YOU!!!
February 6, 2007
Sorry for your loss, all of your neighbors have you and your son in their prayers.
Kathy Steinmaus
February 3, 2007
Dear James

I didn't know you personally, but I am incredibly inspired by your bravery, you will be dearly missed. I am honored to be performing the music for a benefit in honor @ Spanky's in St. Paul Sat Feb 10th where all the proceeds will be benefiting John Kresel your brother in arms. Thank you for all that you have given us
Ty
February 1, 2007
To the family and friends of James,
May the wonderful memories you share with each other help you get through this difficult time. Remember he will never be gone as long as you keep him close to your heart.
Bonnie Gorman-Glancy
January 30, 2007
Our paths have never crossed...but I needed to say thank you for sharing your son with us. Because of your sons brave commitment to his country, my children will live a better life. Words cannot help at a time like this, but know that all American's are thankful for your son. May God bless your family at this time. May you find peace in memories of James and take joy in knowing that someday you will meet again. May every moment spent with loved ones be a loving lasting memory. God bless you during this painful time.
January 29, 2007
Jimmy-It took me a long time to figure out what to say...and I still don't have a clue...so enough waiting. I'm sorry I couldn't be there for your wake and funeral, but please know that I was thinking of you constantly and wore pink two days straigh(you would have loved the pink hat I bought). I had a long one way convo with you the day of your funeral and I hope some of it got through. I still wear your ring and have a poem in my wallet that you told me to never take out (God...that was 6 years ago). My mom and I foud a picture of your dad from high school that I set aside to show you when you got home, but I had to show it to your dad instead; it is crazy how much alike you guys look. I miss you so much and wish you were still here with us! I will hold all of the great memories we had close to my heart and I will never forget you. Much love to you babe and I'll see you again.

Kathy, Jim and Nichole-
I am so so sorry. It doesn't make sense and it is not fair. But man he made us all so happy in the short time that we got to share with him. He was amazing...you created an amazing and beautiful son that everyone is so proud of and is missing so much. My thoughts are with you and haven't left you since the 9th. If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask.
Stephanie Nelson
January 28, 2007
Please accept our condolences for the loss of your loved one, and our prayers that you find peace and consolation in God’s grace. We are indebted to your Soldier for his great sacrifice and we will not forget.
Lee Sirotnak
January 28, 2007
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