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iHonor GWOT (Global War on Terror) Fallen: U.S. Army Specialist (SPC) James M. Kiehl of Comfort, Texas
Specialist Kiehl, age 22, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, from Fort Bliss, Texas - the same unit from which Jessica Lynch was taken a Prisoner of War (POW) and later saved by a special operations team Was killed when his convoy took a wrong turn and was ambushed near Nasiriyah, Iraq on March 23, 2003, along with 8 other members of his convoy. Kiehl's convoy unit teammates also killed in action (KIA) during the Battle of Nasiriyah included: SPC Jamaal Addison, 1SG Robert Dowdy, PVT Ruben Estrella-Soto, PFC Howard Johnson II, CWO Johnny Mata, PFC Lori Piestewa, PVT Brandon Sloan, and SGT Donald Winters
We honor and thank US Army Specialist James M. Kiehl for defending our freedoms and fighting to liberate the lives of others.
James M. Kiehl
Born December 22, 1980 in California He moved with his father to Comfort, Texas as a teenager At 6ft 8in he excelled in basketball and played the trumpet in his HS marching band. Graduate of Comfort High School
Met his wife at Army training center at Fort Gordon, GA Short time later, married Jill in July 2001
Computer repair technician who joined the Army in hopes of improving his computer & tech skills James was driving when his convoy entered Ah Nasariah and he requested to change seats so that he could defend his convoy using the SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) Posthumously bestowed with Purple Heart and Bronze Star for the combat action that he took to defend his convoy Buried at Center Point Cemetery in Kerr County, Texas Survived by his wife, Jill, and his son, James Ethan Kiehl, who was born just weeks after his dad was KIA
Inspirational Quotes about James M. Kiehl
"Thank you for your courage to try to ensure people you never knew might have a better life. May you rest now & know we all miss you." -Anonymous on Fallenheroesmemorial.com
"SPC Kiehl was my best friend we were roommates together in the 507th we played jokes on people together, we went to the bowling alley and hung out together. i still remember all too well i was 2 trucks in front of him and god i prayed and cried when the other trucks didnt make it to were we were." - James Grubb of Manchester, KY
Jill was short, serious and a natural pessimist. James was tall, goofy and had a sunny outlook. James would tell her (his wife) to "just think the best". Before he went overseas with the 507th Maintenance Company, he gave his pregnant wife a teddy bear with a taped message of his voice she could listen to when she was lonely. "I'll see you when I get back," it says. He also wanted his unborn son to be able to hear his father's voice - from James' obituary on Legacy.com
Specialist James M. Kiehl posthumously awarded Bronze Star and Purple Heart
Sources for Tribute: CLICK HERE to review Specialist Kiehl's tribute at the Military Time's Honor the Fallen site
CLICK HERE to review the Find-a-Grave website commemoration for Specialist Kiehl
[ Buried at Center Point Cemetery, Kerr County, Texas ]
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Jan. 31, 2020 Thanks to Dion B., a fellow Battle of Nasiriyah combatant, I came upon your life story and got an opportunity to work with a student to build this dedication to you. James, it was an honor learning about you, your family, and your courageous fight against ISIS in Iraq. And it was especially satisfying to see the interest and efforts Connor Staib put forth to honor you in this way. I look forward to seeing how this iHonor Flag and your story is presented to inform and inspire citizens, especially students, in Texas and beyond. -Sean S.
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