James W. Harvey II was killed in action on June 11, 2011 in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan. This letter was written to his family to be opened in the event of his death.  

I would like to begin by saying thank you all for showing up and supporting me in everything I have done good and not so much.  Do not be saddened by my death. Don’t be angry with the Army. I did this by choice and loved everyday [sic]. My job fit me and I excelled at it.

I did not die alone. I was with brothers in arms that I trusted and they trusted me.  I died fighting for my country and I believe there is no greater honor. Anyone who knows who I am know [sic] that I didn’t go without a fight.

I loved my life and lived everyday as if it was my last. I don’t regret anything I did. I had a blast. Everyday [sic] was an adventure.

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So let us not mourn my death but celebrate my life. Know that I am in [a] better place and still having a blast.

With love always

James Harvey