Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

James Douglas Stewart

Chattanooga, Tennessee

June 21, 2005

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
29 Army Sgt

57th Transportation Company, 10th Mountain Division

Fort Drum, New York

 Killed in Ar Rutbah, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his military cargo truck.

From Heather 07/28/06

My name is Heather Johnson. My husband, Sgt. T. Alan Johnson, is the cousin 
of Sgt. James Douglas Stewart. I just wanted to take a moment to tell you 
about "Doug" as we called him. Even though I only met him a few times, I 
knew he was one of the greatest people I would ever meet. He joined the 
Army after 9/11, angered by the attack. It was kind of like "How dare you 
come and try to take our freedom!" He wanted to help change the world, make 
it a better place. He died for something he believed in, helping others 
find the freedom that we take for granted here. When he was killed his 
troops and he had been out patrolling for over 24 hrs. Moments before he 
died, he switched places with his gunner, a young Privet on his first tour 
in Iraq. All of his troops survived the attack. He would have had it no 
other way. We buried him on the 4th of July, his favorite holiday. If it 
hadn't been for the support of the Tampa Bay citizens, news and radio 
stations, Doug's funeral would have been one of the ones protested by the 
"group" from Ohio. I just wanted to say thanks to you and everyone else who 
never let their memory fade. I know my family will never forget. 

Sincerely, Heather Johnson

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