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    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 the cross-country trip from Arkansas was a way for her to share her son's story. It's also her way of coping with 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."

    Last edited by Bubba; 04-24-2006, 10:21 AM.


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    Thank you.

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      Wow.
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        That is a pretty damned powerful image.

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          Thanks Bubba. Some things are so much more important than the idea of a "right or wrong" war. This story made me feel so grateful for the sacrifices that are being made. I'll be sure and show it to my 13 year old tonight.
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            Your welcome. The story is intense in that she will be carrying around the memory of her son and his comrades. It was good to hear that the work was donated for such a great cause.


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              That is a great piece man:( +++Rep for you
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                good story...is there a source link so I can share it with people outside TG?

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                  as a member of an armed force and seen what you (US force) go through each day (been through it everyday for 5 months myself) that is pretty powerful....... respect for you all........

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by TG_Bubba
                    ...The story is intense in that she will be carrying around the memory of her son and his comrades...
                    I think you make a very insightful point...not only will she have her memories brought forward everytime she steps into this rolling shrine, but all those around will be forced to acknowledge the very real costs and sacrifices of conflict each time they see it.

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                    if double, engage them; if equal, be able to divide them; if fewer, be able to evade them; if weaker, be able to avoid them.

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                      Thank you for posting the story. We also appreciate the positive comments. I will let Karla know of your blog as well. We are parents of children who are actively serving and Robert is a veteran of the Gulf War. We were pleased to have been chosen to participate in this memorial. I think Karla is an amazing woman and I am grateful she has chosen to share this very personal loss with the world.

                      Victoria Powell
                      AirbrushGuy & Company

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                      • #12
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                        Thanks for stopping by Victoria. I'm sure a lot of us have been thinking about mothers like you and like Karla today. Thank you.

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                          Originally posted by AirbrushGuy
                          Thank you for posting the story. We also appreciate the positive comments. I will let Karla know of your blog as well. We are parents of children who are actively serving and Robert is a veteran of the Gulf War. We were pleased to have been chosen to participate in this memorial. I think Karla is an amazing woman and I am grateful she has chosen to share this very personal loss with the world.

                          Victoria Powell
                          AirbrushGuy & Company
                          I was proud to post the story. The members here in our community that have served their country take pride in knowing that our fallen comrades have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep our great country what it is today. So many times their sacrifice has gone to the way side and not given the proper recognition for what they have provided for us and our children, a future.

                          I thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this wonderful story.

                          H. (Mike) Ortiz, USAF, Retired


                          18th SF Operational Detachment Delta

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                            Thanks for that one Bubba.
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                              First, I want to say that I'm a vet, and I know what it's like to lose friends and loved ones to combat.

                              Second, I appreciate and sympathize the motivations of this guy's family to do something to remember him and his buddies.

                              I keep thinking of all the other possibilities for doing good in the world for the cost of that Hummer and the paint job...
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