imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Local Soldier's Funeral Report

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Slain Marine eulogized as leader. J.P. Blecksmith killed in Iraq following September deployment.

Local Soldier's Fune...
us_marine_2nd_lt._james_patrick___jp___blecksmith__who_was_killwscvz1.jpg, image/jpeg, 328x483

Pasadena Star-News

Slain Marine eulogized as leader

J.P. Blecksmith killed in Iraq following September deployment

By Cindy Chang

Staff Writer

Saturday, November 20, 2004 - SAN GABRIEL -- More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday to mourn James P. Blecksmith, a 24-year-old Marine who died Nov. 11 leading his platoon in house-to-house combat in Falloujah, Iraq.

At a memorial service at The Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, Blecksmith was remembered as a fun-loving, generous young man who took his juniors under his wing and who in his short time in Iraq proved to be an exceptionally brave soldier.

Known as "J.P.,' 2nd Lt. Blecksmith grew up in San Marino and was a football and track star at Flintridge Prep. He played wide receiver at the United States Naval Academy before being commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in May 2003.

He was deployed to Iraq in September, serving there for less than two months before he was killed by a sniper's bullet in a major military effort to capture the rebel stronghold of Falloujah.

"He picked up his rifle and he didn't flinch, he didn't balk. He counseled his platoon, trained them, prepared them, led them,' said Lt. Col. Eric Smith, who served with Blecksmith in Iraq.

"The fighting in Falloujah was some of the fiercest fighting in history,' Smith added. "How J.P. as a new lieutenant was able to actually lead that platoon, most people don't understand how. I don't understand how.'

J.P.'s older brother, Alex, recalled how J.P. was willing to give up his spot on a 4-by-400 CIF relay team after he made the team but Alex did not.

"There was no opinion or approval I coveted more than his. For if J.P. approved of it, I knew it was the right thing to do,' Alex said.

Alex Blecksmith read from an e-mail his brother sent him shortly after arriving in Iraq, in which the young officer described his pride in the accomplishments of the men who served under him.

"It's not about us, it's not about more ribbons on our chests or the promotions; it's about putting my men in a position where they can be successful, and making them do something they wouldn't otherwise do - and the rewards of watching their success,' J.P. wrote.

The church's rector, the Rev. Canon Denis O'Pray, cautioned the mourners against feeling that Blecksmith's death, in a war that critics argue was unnecessary and waged under false premises, was in vain.

One impulse among the grief-stricken, O'Pray said, might be "to condemn the war, to say that J.P. should never have been put in harm's way.'

"He didn't feel that way - why should we?' O'Pray said.

Blecksmith believed wholeheartedly that the American military was in Iraq to spread freedom and democracy and was optimistic that those goals would soon be achieved, friends and family said.

Blecksmith's flag-draped coffin was carried from the church to the adjacent San Gabriel Cemetery by a solemn procession of Marines. He was honored with a 21-gun salute and a flyover by four stunt planes performing the "missing man' maneuver, where one plane breaks off from the rest and heads skyward.

A scholarship fund at Flintridge Prep has been established in Blecksmith's name.

-- Cindy Chang can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586, or by e-mail at cindy.chang@sgvn.com .

Report this post as:

Hearse

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Hearse...
the_5th_us_marine_battalion_march.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x288

The 5th US Marine Battalion march along the hearse during the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith who was killed in Iraq was held at the Church of our Saviour in San Gabriel. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Rifle Detail

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Rifle Detail...
the_rifle_detail_of_the_5th_marine_battalion_march_along.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x286

The rifle detail of the 5th Marine Battalion march along hearse during the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Bagpipes

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Bagpipes...
alex_macgillivray.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x270

Alex MacGillivray plays the bagpipes as the flag draped casket of JP Blecksmith is carried to his final resting place by the The 5th Marine Battalion. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Dog Tag

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Dog Tag...
the_dog_tag_of_fallen_marine_jp_blecksmith.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x270

The dog tag of fallen marine JP Blecksmith hangs from the casket as the The 5th Marine Battalion pall bearers carry him to his final resting place. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Parents Watch

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Parents Watch...
ed_and_pam_blecksmith_watch2.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x325

Ed and Pam Blecksmith watch as the flag draped casket of their son is marched to his final resting place. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Marines Salute

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Marines Salute...
the_5th_us_marine_battalion.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x286

The 5th US Marine Battalion acting as pall bearers salutes their fallen comrade before the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Parents Walk

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Parents Walk...
ed_and_pam_blecksmith_walk.jpg, image/jpeg, 400x441

Ed and Pam Blecksmith walk with the flag draped casket of their son is marched to his final resting place . (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Parents Watch

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Parents Watch...
ed_and_pam_blecksmith_watch.jpg, image/jpeg, 400x542

Ed and Pam Blecksmith watch as the flag draped casket of their son is marched to his final resting place. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Parents and Casket

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Parents and Casket...
ed_and_pam_blecksmith2.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x306

Ed and Pam Blecksmith take a moment in front of the flag draped casket of their son before the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith who was killed in Iraq was held at the Church of our Saviour in San Gabriel. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Taps

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Taps...
us_marine_matthew_klingdefazio.jpg, image/jpeg, 400x534

US Marine Matthew KlingDefazio of the 4th LAD unit out of Pasadena plays the bugle during the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Missing Man Maneuver

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Missing Man Maneuver...
a_fly_over.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x268

A fly over during the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith who was killed in Iraq was held at the Church of our Saviour in San Gabriel. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

The Condor Squadron performed a "missing man maneuver" out of the western sky.

Report this post as:

Parents Listen

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Parents Listen...
ed_and_pam_blecksmith.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x300

Ed and Pam Blecksmith listen to the Bishop speak during the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Flag Folded

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Flag Folded...
the_5th_marine_battalion.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x277

The 5th Marine Battalion pall bearers prepare to hand over the flag to the family during the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith . (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Flag Presented to Girlfriend

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Flag Presented to Gi...
us_marine_capt._prescott_wilson_hands_jp_blecksmith_s_girlfriend_emily_tatt_a_flag..jpg, image/jpeg, 440x304

US Marine Capt. Prescott Wilson hands JP Blecksmith’s girlfriend Emily Tait a flag. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Purple Heart Presented

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Purple Heart Present...
us_marine_capt._prescott_wilson_hands_jp_blecksmith_s_purple_heart_to_his_mother.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x275

US Marine Capt. Prescott Wilson hands JP Blecksmith’s purple heart to his mother Pam Blecksmith. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Father Embraces Marine

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Father Embraces Mari...
us_marine_2nd_lt._jay_reeves_and_friend_of_jp_blecksmith_hugs_e8zzce2.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x328

US Marine 2nd Lt. Jay Reeves and friend of JP Blecksmith hugs Ed Blecksmith during the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Rifle Detail

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Rifle Detail...
the_rifle_detail_of_the_5th_marine_battalion.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x296

The rifle detail of the 5th Marine Battalion during the funeral for US Marine 2nd Lt. James Patrick "JP" Blecksmith. (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

Rifle Detail

by DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:14 PM

Rifle Detail...
the_rifle_detail_of_the_5th_marine_battalion_march.jpg, image/jpeg, 440x222

The rifle detail of the 5th Marine Battalion march along hearse during the funeral . (Staff Photo Keith Birmingham)

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 13 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
News-Press Article DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:17 PM
Scan From Service DJ Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004 at 9:53 PM
What a waste I Blame Bush Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004 at 2:22 PM
'I blame Bush' Sheepdog Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004 at 2:39 PM
He died for Freedom - not oil dan Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at 10:15 PM
get it up Not for freedom Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 at 11:09 AM
Alejandra Martinez Alejandra Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Local News

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Fbi fears this post J22 9:21PM

Disabled Folks among the extreme poorest in US counts J22 7:03PM

Banks Enriched By Trump Deficit Increase Of 4 to 5 Trillion $ J22 5:48PM

Illegal Russians Receiving Land and Homes in West Bank 2018 J22 11:24AM

Un monde de pauvreté J22 12:54AM

14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head J20 10:47PM

Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy J20 2:47PM

Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies J20 11:18AM

Paraphysique de l'intelligence J20 9:08AM

Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record J20 4:01AM

Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals. J20 3:41AM

Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries J19 4:49PM

The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally! J19 4:33PM

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy