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

James D Riekena

Redmond, Washington

January 14, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army Spc

145th Brigade Support Battalion

Post Falls, Idaho

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.



James Daniel Riekena was 22, young and in his prime. 
When he volunteered for an Iraq mission for a second time.

With duty, honor and dignity acquired thru years of scouts.
Off to war he went without any doubts.

A young vivid memory we'd like to recall
was when JD brought the US Marine to school
to be seen by all.

Uncle Kevin, he said, "Stand behind me, I don't want them to see you."
It was hard to miss the unique presence of the Marine Corps dress blue.

Dressed nice and tall, high and tight was his hair.
JD said, "you had better stand, so you don't break that chair." 

The kindergarten class had so many questions they wanted to ask.
It was after all, show and tell, until their next task. 

He served as a combat engineer for the Idaho National Guard,
disarming bombs with honor and tradition.
And paid the ultimate price with his life for defending our nation. 

With two days off and lots of emails to send. 
No one could have known, his life was about to end.

On Sunday, he was driving a military Humvee
When, in a split second, he was hit by an improvised explosive device called an IED. 

There are no words to comfort the many family and friends.
A man who's life was short lived came quickly to an end. 

The Star Spangled Banner song will always strike a tear.
"the land of the free and home of the brave" every time we all hear. 

As it will hit home for millions who chose to serve, 
who have fought for our freedom and voices continue to be heard. 

The Lord called him home as it was his time.
To leave his final footprint, work un-done 
and leave this world behind.

Heaven awaits all who serve with pride.
JD is smiling with happiness, his spirit is free and alive. 

Many dedicated US soldiers continue to defend the red, white and blue.
We will continue to pray for their safe return, 
Knowing in our hearts, we will always miss you. 

May God Always Bless our Troops,

Aunt Jacqueline R.

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