James Austin Justice
Grover, North Carolina
August 17, 2012
Ddied Aug. 17 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany from injuries suffered on Aug. 14 from enemy small-arms fire in Wardak province, Afghanistan.
Army Spc. James A. Justice honored in dignified transfer Aug. 19
KINGS MOUNTAIN - Spc. James Justice, 21, stationed in Vicenza, Italy died Aug. 16, 2012, during active duty at Landstuhl
Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany.
He was born in Goose Creek, S.C.
He was a member of New Beginnings Church of Jesus Christ, Kings Mountain where he preached, played the drums and guitar, and was on the sign language team. A graduate of Cleveland Community College, Spc. Justice served in the United States Army and is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal (Posthumous), Purple Heart, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal (Posthumous), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (Posthumous), Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Expert Qualification Marksmanship Rifle Badge, and Overseas Service Bar.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Elizabeth "Sissy" Justice, Vicenza, Italy; parents, Randall E. Justice and wife Melissa Stoll Justice, Cherryville; mother, Paula Black, Columbia, S.C.; paternal grandparents, Leo and Vinida Justice, Dallas; maternal grandparents, Rick and Donna Ramsey Stowe, Kings Mountain; daughters, Harley Scronce, Laura Scronce, and Breonna Scronce, Vicenza, Italy; brothers, Josh Eugene Justice, Kings Mountain (Josh loved James dearly, My brother was a brave soldier who was loved with all my heart); Joseph Bolton, Gastonia and Rodger Bolton, Kings Mountain; sisters, Kayla Justice, Polkville and Lisa Bolton, Cherryville.
A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at New Beginnings Church of Jesus Christ with the Rev. David Chapman,
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at New Beginnings Church of Jesus Christ, Crocker Road, Kings Moun-tain, and other times at the home of the parents, 3114 Tryon Courthouse Road, Cherryville.
Interment with full military honors will be at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
Memorials may be made to New Beginnings Church of Jesus Christ, P.O. Box 1069 Kings Mountain, NC 28086.
A guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com.
Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Aug. 25, 2012
|From The Stars and Stripes stripes.com 09/06/12:
Three soldiers killed in Afghanistan remembered in Vicenza
By Kent Harris
Stars and Stripes
Published: September 6, 2012
VICENZA, Italy — Spc. James Austin Justice, Pfc. Andrew James Keller and Pfc. Shane William Cantu were remembered Thursday for the things they had in common and the characteristics that made them unique.
Family members, friends and colleagues attended a memorial ceremony on Caserma Ederle for the three soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team who were killed recently in separate incidents in Afghanistan.
The common elements weren’t hard to find. All were in their early 20s and were remembered for their smiles. Justice and Cantu each left behind five siblings. Keller and Cantu were high school football stars. All three distinguished themselves enough to be selected to participate in the nine-month deployment, when about a third of their peers stayed behind at home bases in Vicenza and Germany.
But friends talked about what made each of them special.
“James strived and settled for nothing but the best,” said Pfc. James Romanello of Justice, a 21-year-old from North Carolina. Romanello recalled his friend’s joyous outbursts and “doing the clapping thing when he gets excited.”
Justice died Aug. 17 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany after suffering wounds sustained during a route clearance patrol on Aug. 14. He leaves behind his wife, Sissy, and three daughters: Harley, Laura and Breonna; his parents, Randall and Melissa Justice; sisters Cailee and Lisa; and brothers Josh, Joe and Roger.
Capt. Richard Gasperini, rear detachment commander for the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, noted that Justice’s first flight of any kind came during his first jump during Airborne training.
Keller, 22, was from Oregon. Pfc. Jonathan Smith said he received the same sunny greeting from Keller every morning on base.
“One smile from Andrew could change your whole day,” he said.
Keller was killed Aug. 15 by small-arms fire in Charkh district in Logar province. He is survived by his parents, Jeffrey and Kimberly Keller, and a brother, Derek.
Capt. Bradley Benjamin, the rear detachment commander for the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, read a list of tributes from fellow soldiers about Keller, named a team leader by his platoon leader. One of them was from Cantu, who recalled in a ceremony in Afghanistan that his first impression of Keller was that he had a head the size of a basketball.
Cantu, 20, of Michigan, died 13 days later in Charkh from shrapnel wounds. He, like Keller, started college before deciding to enter the military, Benjamin said.
Fellow soldiers remembered debates with Cantu, with one of them saying he gave up. “Don’t argue with this guy,” the soldier said of Cantu. “He was raised by women.”
Cantu is survived by his parents, Mike and Jennifer Clark, and five sisters: Shiann, Jordyn, Shanel, Breann and Haley.
Sgt. 1st Class Matias Luis said the only time he recalled not seeing a smile on Cantu’s face was when he was told he wasn’t going to Afghanistan. That eventually changed when additional spots opened up.
Family members of Justice and Keller were among those attending the ceremony in the post chapel.
|From dvids dvidshub.net 08/29/12:
173rd honors fallen Chosen soldier
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Story by Sgt. Michael Sword
COMBAT OUTPOST SULTAN KHYEL, Afghanistan — A memorial ceremony was held at Combat Outpost Sultan Khyel in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, to honor a soldier who died, Aug. 17, 2012, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany.
U.S. Army Spc. James Justice, of C Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, was medically evacuated to the hospital after he sustained injuries during an insurgent attack in Wardak province, Aug. 14, 2012.
“James Justice was everything you could ask for in a young airborne rifle team leader and then some,” said U.S. Army Capt. Mason Thornall, C Company commander. “Fit, intelligent, motivated, caring, a leader, a warrior and as a commander I just can’t ask for more than that.”
After Thornall spoke, Justice’s platoon sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Frank Enriquez, who recently returned from a mission with Justice’s platoon, spoke about his young soldier.
“He was trying to find his own way as a leader, but the future was extremely bright,” he said. “I knew he would have been a great NCO.”
Following Enriquez, U.S. Army Spc. Edward Young, spoke about his teammate and close friend Justice.
“He was my boy, as most of the people in 1st platoon know,” he said. “We were attached at the hip.
“He’d say all the time, with his southern drawl, that ‘we were like peas and carrots’ and it cracked me up every time,”
In addition to talking about Justice the soldier, he talked about Justice the man.
“He was one of the most motivated people I’ve ever met,” he said. “He truly loved everything we did in the Army and he loved the Army.”
“Justice was a family man who was father to three daughters,” he continued. “He loved spending time with his family and when we were training, he loved spending time with his Army family. It breaks my heart to see him leave his family back in Italy.”
After the final roll call by Chosen’s first sergeant and the playing of ‘Taps,’ the soldiers in attendance paid their final respects to Justice with the words of his platoon sergeant resonating throughout the crowd.
“I strongly believe that all of us have a purpose in this world and I like to think that Justice’s purpose was to make 27 men, 27 great men,” Enriquez said. “We can’t forget, we will never forget and I will never forget specialist Justice.”
|Body of soldier killed in Afghanistan back in N.C.
The Associated Press
CHERRYVILLE, N.C. — The body of a soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month has been returned to Gaston County.
The body of 21-year-old paratrooper James Justice was returned to Cherryville on Monday. Justice died Aug. 16 from wounds suffered in combat.
Hundreds of people stood or sat along Cherryville’s Main Street as the procession moved through the town. Two fire trucks extended ladders to form an arch with a huge American flag over the street.
Services will be held Wednesday afternoon. Burial with full military honors will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain.
Justice joined the Army at age 18. He had been in Afghanistan only about a month.
Justice was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based in Italy.
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