US Army Specialist Dennis James Jr was killed in action on 31st August 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan. The 21-year-old 10th Mountain Division soldier died from injuries he received when an insurgent bomb exploded beside his patrol unit.
Spc. James, from Deltona, Florida served with 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Polk.
His awards include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and a Combat Action Badge.