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

James L Bridges

Buhl, Idaho

November 4, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Spc

2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team

Fort Wainwright, Alaska

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations.

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November 14, 2006

Salute to Spc. Bridges
By Times-News

Many Idaho establishments will make today their official observance of Veterans Day, a holiday reserved to remember those who served honorably in their nation’s uniform, most notably in periods of combat.

But the celebration carries a somber weight for the Magic Valley, after the death of Spc. James Lee Bridges, 22, a local Army infantryman who died Saturday in Iraq. Bridges was killed by enemy small-arms fire while conducting a mounted patrol in Baghdad.

Bridges was a hero to his hometown of Buhl long before he enlisted in 2003 at the dawn of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Known as Doug to classmates, Bridges was involved in FFA and earned the respect and friendship of many students and teachers. That respect multiplied when he chose to join the military ranks after earning a diploma.

Bridges joins four other men from the Magic Valley who gave their lives in the war with Iraq. While some winds of change may now be building for the mission in Iraq, our gratitude for their sacrifice — and all who have served our country — will remain steadfast and firm.

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