Respect for a fallen soldier (12 photos)

a soldier funeral 111 Respect for a fallen soldier (12 photos)

In Texas they really do pull off the road and stop for funerals…….nobody moves until the last car has gone by.

What follows is a message from Vicki Pierce about her nephew James’ funeral (he was serving our country in Iraq ):

…We were driving to the cemetery escorted by at least 10 police cars with lights flashing and some other emergency vehicles, with Tennessee police handling traffic. Everyone on the road who was not in the procession pulled over, got out of their cars, and stood silently and respectfully. Some put their hands over their hearts.

When we turned off the highway, suddenly there were teenage boys along both sides of the street about every 20 feet or so, all holding large American flags on long flag poles, and again with their hands on their hearts. We thought at first it was the Boy Scouts or 4-H club or something, but it continued for two and a half miles… Hundreds of young people, standing silently on the side of the road with flags. At one point we passed an elementary school, and all the children were outside, shoulder to shoulder holding flags –kindergartners, handicapped, teachers, staff, everyone. Some held signs of love and support. Then came teenage girls and younger boys, all holding flags. Then adults. Then families. All standing silently on the side of the road. No one spoke, not even the very young children.

The military presence, at least two generals, a fistful of colonels, and representatives from every branch of the service, plus the color guard who attended James, and some who served with him, was very impressive and respectful, but the love and pride from this community who had lost one of their own was the most amazing thing I’ve ever been privileged to witness

I’ve attached some pictures, some are blurry (we were moving), but you can get a small idea of what this was like.

BACKGROUND: U.S. Army Spc. James M. Kiehl of Comfort, Texas, was killed in action in Iraq on 23 March 2003 when his convoy was attacked near al-Nasiriyah. James had been assigned to a group of mechanics, cooks, and supply clerks from the 507th Maintenance Company out of Fort Bliss, Texas, and his team was ambushed while on their way to repair computers on a Patriot missile launcher. The 22-year-old soldier left behind a wife who was due to give birth to the couple’s first child within the next few weeks.

When the Army first listed James as missing in action, his friends in Comfort (a small Texas town of about 1,200 residents) created an improvised memorial to him which grew daily through additions and messages from friends, residents, and visitors. Since James had stated before he left for Iraq that he did not wish to be buried in a military cemetery, after his parents learned of his death they obtained a plot for him at the private Center Point Cemetery near their home.

On the day of James’ funeral, much of the population of Comfort — many of them bearing U.S. flags — turned out to line the route of his funeral procession in a moving display of community support for a lost friend and a fallen soldier. The images displayed above were captured by James’ 17-year-old cousin, Amy Pierce, and the description accompanying them was penned by his aunt, Vicki Pierce.

James’ aunt also created a memorial web site to James with additional photographs, information, and tributes.

  • wow

    Waouw. One more dead for nothing, great America, keep going. War for petrol kill.

    • Aaron

      Suck it, hippie.

    • HI

      you should be shot.

      this brought tears

    • TiminPhx

      What type of sad little fool, piece of shit, nobody would think that this is the place to put their little left wing bumpersticker on?

      Seriously, you know the type, the person so desperate to be chic, to make themselves out that they care, that they commit to memory a couple of phrases they have heard left wing types make and then quote them like a Mantra. The puke couldn’t pick out Iraq on a Map.

      In essence, they are the very counterpoint to the soldier who invested it all, gave that last full measure as they say, to his country.

      The sad little fuck and the ones that try to equate an American soldier with a suicide bomber are worthless scum.

    • DanH. A VETERAN

      Wow, you're a A#1 DOUCHEBAG! That American Soldier gave his life for American freedom! Show some Fuckin' respect. Noone cares what your political view on war is.

  • Anonymous

    the way it should be

    • mook

      Look you all. You have to take two seconds of your little lives and take a step back and think of what you are reading… I have never seen any area where people do not give enough respect to get out of a way of a funeral. It is really nice that they all stood aside and let them pass in silence. Where is the contradiction to this story? Is there somewhere funeral procession are not allowed to pass in silence? We are told that this is right and good and this is the way it should be, no shit it is common sense. Stop patting these people on the back for doing what they should be doing. Support our troops? Yes bring them home.

      • Jjj

        Westboro Baptist Church

  • LOL

    There simply are no words. Only tears. Thank you.

  • c4vemanlawyer

    Thanks for this post, and thanks to all our service members – I hope you get home soon!

  • Danny

    And a Texas flag in the same pic.

  • P-90

    Wow, got enough flags there.

    • Tom

      no there isn’t enough flags and fuck you faggot

      • P-90

        It was a joke you soppy cunt, get a fucking life.

  • Chiver!

    All of you are absolutely ridiculous. This man gave his life serving his country so that you can have the freedom that you have! Have some fuckin’ respect! Who cares where they are!? Someone lost their son, their brother, their friend.. Be respectful. That’s America’s problem.. Careless, inconsiderate assholes like YOU!

    On a lighter note, I was truly moved that a community is close enough to perform such kind acts. It gives me a glimmer of hope that there are still kind, caring people in this world. For Mrs. Pierce, who lost her nephew: I am sorry of your loss, obviously he was very loved. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

    • vitorla

      Who are you yelling at? I don’t think anyone was being disrespectful.

    • John

      short fuse my friend…no body said anything disrespectful.

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  • Frearthandox

    The heart strings. They are played.

  • mickeymouse

    what a stupid way to lose a beloved one… not much different than the pakis who strap themselves with bombs and blow up the market next-door

    there are plenty of countries that enjoy FREEDOM without sacrificing thousands of their own… keep on going america, things aren’t looking that great as it is… let’s see where all of this takes you

    ps: love thechive and your brainless humor though xox

    • eROKv

      other countries enjoy their freedom and don’t have to send thier young people to die BECAUSE WE DO. if it weren’t for the USA, the world would be in anarchy.

      • Rulfison

        You silly naive!!! Thats the idea that your gov sold you!!
        Please don´t kill people!! Let it be!!

        • D

          Rulfison, you are such a stupid fuck! I love how people like you think that you are somehow morally and intellectually superior to Americans. Our government lies to us, and yet you somehow are so intelligent and informed that you have knowledge of this. I’m certain that your government never lies, and only delivers the truth at all times, right? And somehow you are privy to knowledge that is simply unavailable to all Americans. Go ahead and keep mind fucking yourself into thinking that you are so much smarter than everyone else…..

  • Modnar123

    I’m confused… is this Texas or Tennessee? The post above says “with Tennessee police handling traffic” but everything else points to Texas.

  • G Bush

    What saddens me is that a young soldier died fighting in a war in which we had no cause to start. Iraq is not a war for our freedom, it’s a war for profit and oil. …very moving and dramatic though, I’m sure it made his family feel that his death was worth it. Maybe they’ll write a book about it.

    • D

      Yessss, we have so much oil now that I, and the rest of America bathe in it every night. Also, did I mention how wealthy all of America is now because of this oil that we have stolen from Iraq. Why, just the other day I purchased my 5th Ferrari, just because I want one in every color. Please stop and think before you post such absurdity, you fucking retarded hippie…..

      • G Bush

        Hippie? I have 6 years as one of uncle sams misguided children under my belt that says morons like you that love to bet their chest and tear up at the sight of a flag relate only to the retoric of war and not the reality. Hippie…? The fact that invading Iraq is believed by most americans as being necessary shows what sheep we really are. I respect the soldier very much, doesn’t make the cause any more valid though.

    • What?

      You don't have to support the policy makers who decided we should go in there (most don't), but the soldier deserves your respect.

  • Sazuke

    I respect all those who fall in the name of their ideals, being american soldiers or iraqi kamikazes. the problem is that both fail to understand that both their ideals are not involved in that conflict. people is dying just for money.
    this is the saddest thing in modern wars. everynody dies for something that is not on the table at all.

  • Hehe

    nice to see people respecting someone who lost their life.
    pity he died over something so pointless.

  • kris

    Oh what a shame, the lives that could have been..
    Kids dying so billionnairs can become a little bit richer and noone seems to be bothered.
    Its one thing supporting the troops, its a whole different thing supporting war.

  • PooPooCachoo

    I see The Chive deleted some posts, including mine, that pointed out this was false post. One of the pictures is from Texas, NOT Tennessee. The fake image compromises the integrity of the story being told. The censorship compromises the integrity of The Chive.

  • Aaron

    I have to think that the purpose of this gallery is to show respect to our war wounded and dead….we have a volunteer army, not a draft….these men and women are over there doing their job and serving this country. Instead of turning this into a tired political debate, why not just appreciate it for what it is…a tribute.

  • Ranger Danger

    Way to turn a thread that was meant to be inspirational into your own personal BS gallery for you to bash the US government. Hope you’re proud of yourselves.

  • Jose

    It’s easy and cheap to say that these men and women are wasting their lives for the pecuniary interests of others (such as oil) and that the ideals under which they fight are flawed or non-existent.
    It is hard however to stand up and be at the unconditional service of your country–to serve under broader ideals of freedom and liberty that fleeting-narrow-mindedness cannot perceive.

  • Rulfison

    Dum yankees; stay in your country, dont disturb another ones.
    If US stays in other countries, it is for interests, oil, not for free.

    • Big Bob

      I’m pretty sure the 2900+ people that died on 9/11 were “in their own country”. It’s all about oil? In Iraq, I’m sure that has a lot to do with it. What’s your excuse of why Americans are fighting in Afghanistan then genius?

  • cdnalor

    I’d be worried that some of those kids might be looking forward to getting the same kind of funeral someday. Respect is one thing but this verges on glorification of war. Whether it’s two miles of flag-waving or 72 virgins in heaven, young men can easily get the wrong idea of what it’s all about.

  • robin yates

    respect for a young soldier

  • Wooty

    It’s good to know there still are Americans that pay respect to the Ultimate Sacrifice. What alot of the hippies and naysayers need to realize is that we (Armed Service Members) don’t ask for shit in return. We do it, so you don’t have too!

    Go ahead say it’s for oil and we’re naive to some one elses agenda or how fat their pockets are getting. We don’t give a shit about that either. If we think going over there is going to make our loved ones safer at night we won’t ask any questions. We’ll do the work that needs to be done and come home. (Hopefully)

    So Thank you to all the people that support us…If you don’t…You’re welcome..Notice this is in English..Not Japanese or German..It’s because of people like me 60 years ago you’re not speaking those two languages!

    Thanks Chive for posting this!

    • Wooty

      Oh and I know that it was over 60 years ago so if any haters are trying to catch this little number and run with it..Suck it bitches…hahaha….America..Fuck Yeah! God I love Team America..

  • PooPooCachoo

    I now see that the entire post has been edited. All references to Tennessee have been replaced with Texas. Having followed the link to the external web page, it is clear that these pictures are of Texas and it was only a journalistic error that created the Texas/Tennessee contradiction.

  • TiminPhx

    What a sack of simplistic shit, to say that an American servicemember dying is akin to the death of a suicide bomber.

    I guess after you horrible day working at the dairy whizz and now chilling out in your apartment (which I mean really, your mother’s basement you 30 year old loser) it feels good to vent against men who achieved more, stood for more, than a nothing like you will ever achive.

    What an idiot.

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