James, My only son was born December 30, 1988 at Walter Reed Army hospital, Yes he was an army brat. James was a free spirit, fun loving child. I knew this from the time he was born. James was always the life of the party( so to speak), no matter what was happening, he could always make you smile. There was never a dole moment with him around.

When James was little we would go to his grandma’s and for some reason would always get into the middle of the table. I would tell him that I was going to count to three and he had better get down. I would say 1 and he would give you that precious little look and say 2, everyone would laugh and so then I couldn't get on to him for being in the middle of the table. It doesn't sound like much but it was the way he would look at you and the way he would say 2. From this day, that is the one thing that his grandma always remembers.

There are so many memories of my precious son that it is hard to pick just one to talk about. James played hockey from the age of 4 till the end. James would always tell me when he was little that one day he would be in the NHL and was going to by a Mc Donald’s and I was going to run it for him. He always had big dreams.

Well, James grew up and became the man that I always new he would be. I went through some bad times and James was my ROCK. He would always tell me that I would never half to worry about anything because he would always be there for me. James got married in 2008, joined the army and his precious little girl was born. Even through all this, I was there for him and he was always there for me.

James was stationed at FT. Lewis in January 2009 and by July 2009 he was being deployed. His unit was going to be part of the first Stryker Brigade to be put into Afghanistan. James left in July 2009 and was KIA march 29, 2010. My ROCK was now taken from me. I didn't know how I was going to get through without him. My biggest savior was my granddaughter (James Daughter), she is her daddy through and through.

Life has not been easy, but I take it day to day. I have adopted James strategy. Live for the day and live it to the fullest because you don't know what tomorrow will bring. One day I will be with him again but until then I will never let him be forgotten.

All gave some but some gave all, Gone but never forgotten.

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