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    This is just incredible.

    Here is something else going round the web - but if only one person sees it here who hasn't already then I will have been glad to post it.

    This is quite astonishing and outstanding. I am all but lost for words. Thanks to my son for sending it across today.



    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. ( March 2, 2006)

    Karla Comfort received a lot of looks and even some salutes from
    people when she drove from Benton, Ark., to Camp Pendleton, Calif., in
    her newly-painted, custom Hummer H3 March 2. The vehicle is adorned with
    the likeness of! her son, 20-year-old Lance Cpl. John M. Holmason, and
    nine other Marines with F Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment,
    1st Marine Division who where all killed by the same improvised
    explosive device blast in Fallujah, Iraq, in December.
    For Karla Comfort, having the vehicle air brushed with the image
    of the 10 Marines was a way to pay homage to her hero and his fellow
    comrades who fell on Iraq's urban battlefield.

    "I wanted to let people know (Marines) are doing their jobs
    honorably, and some of them die," said the 39-year-old from Portland, OR
    "I don't want people to forget the sacrifices that my son and the other
    Marines made."


    Leading up to her son's death, Karla Comfort had received
    several letters from him prior to his return. He had been deployed for
    five months, and Comfort "worried everyday he was gone until she got the
    letters and found out the date he was coming home," she said.

    Marines knocked on the front door of her home in Farmington,
    Mich., at 3 am with the dreadful news.

    "I let my guard down when I found out he was coming home," she
    said. "There are times that I still cannot believe it happened. It's
    very hard to deal with."



    Karla Comfort came up with the idea for the rolling memorial
    when she and her two other sons attended John's funeral in Portland,
    Ore.

    "I saw a Vietnam (War) memorial on a car, and I said to my son
    Josh, 'we should do something like that for John,' she recalled. "He
    loved Hummers."

    She purchased the vehicle in January and immediately took it to
    AirbrushGuy & Co. in Benton, Ark., where artist Robert Powell went to
    work on changing the plain, black vehicle into a decorative, mobile, art
    piece.

    "I only had the vehicle for two days before we took it in," she
    joked.




    Two hundred and fifty man-hours later, Powell had completed the
    vehicle. The custom job would have cost $25,000. Out of respect for
    Karla Comfort's loss and the sacrifices the Marines made, AirbrushGuy &
    Co. did it for free. Comfort only had to purchase the paint, which cost
    $3,000.

    "I love it," she said. "I'm really impressed with it, and I
    think John would be happy with the vehicle. He would have a big smile on
    his face because he loved Hummers."


    Karla Comfort gave Powell basic instructions on what to include
    in the paint job. But in addition to the image of her son in Dress Blues
    and the faces of the nine other Marines, there were several surprises.
    "He put a lot more on than I expected," she said. "I think my favorite
    part is the heaven scene."

    On the left side of the vehicle, a detail of Marines are
    depicted carrying their fallen comrades through the clouds to their
    final resting place. The American flag drapes across the hood, the
    words, "Semper Fi" crown the front windshield and the spare tire cover
    carries the same Eagle Globe and Anchor design that her son had tattooed
    on his back.

    "All the support I have been getting is wonderful," she said.

    Karla Comfort decided to move back to her hometown of Portland,
    and making t he cross-country trip from Arkansas was a way for her to
    share her son's story. It's also her way of co ping w ith the loss.

    "Along the way I got nothing but positive feedback from people,"
    she said. "What got to me was when people would salute the guys
    (Marines). It's hard to look at his picture. I still cry and try to get
    used to the idea, but it's hard to grasp the idea that he's really
    gone."
















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    Wow. I'm speechless. Thank your son for us, please.

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    This is the reason I changed my avatar. I served and others served. Some of us came home and some of us didn't. As long as there is a need Americans will put their lives on the line and I want any who happen to drop by Combat Carry and see a post of mine to know without asking what my position is.

    Thanks, Chris.
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    That was worth the read. Great story.

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    Thanks Chris! That's great.
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    For those who don't understand, no explanation is possible.


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    Out of respect for
    Karla Comfort's loss and the sacrifices the Marines made, AirbrushGuy &
    Co. did it for free.
    Now that's class!

    Great post, Chris. And great story, too!

    I sure hope nothing bad happens to this lady's vehicle in Portland. No offense intended to our forum members in the Rose City (I lived there for 17 years), but let's face it, Portland, Oregon is not a military friendly city.


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    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
    And go to your God like a soldier.

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    Wonderful memorial.
    "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
    - Sir Winston Churchill

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    hope she doesnt get into an accident in it.....would be a tragedy to damage something that pretty =o)

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    Great story Chris, and I hadn't seen it before. Nice of the painter to do the work "at cost". It's always nice to see that there is National pride left.
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    SPEECHLESS!
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    Oooooh Raaaww

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    Great post, and great pics too.

    Thanks Chris for posting.

    Sounds like a MOM truly proud of her son, and their country.

    Sheehan could learn a thing or two from this lady.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4my son View Post
    Sheehan could learn a thing or two from this lady.
    Especially if she would place squarely in front of that Hummer while it is travelling down the highway at about 65 mph - SPLAT. Think of it her last thought would be, "That looks like an American flag coming my waaaaaaaaay!"
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    I feel so much more compassion and pride for this mother of a lost son than I will ever feel for Cindy Sheehan's exploitation of HER son's sacrifice.

    I honor ALL fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, and the subsequent actions taken by their respective family members speaks volumes.

    I salute Karla Comfort in her bid to truly honor her son and his fellow Marines.

    oorah.
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    the same as another, and that he is best
    who is trained in the severest school."
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    I want one! That is beautiful!
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