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Hummer Memorial
Tribute to Camp Pendleton fallen soldiers
“Dedicated to the son I love”


Karla Comfort received a lot of looks and even some salutes from people when she
drove from Benton, Arkansas, to Camp Pendleton, California, in her newly-painted,
custom Hummer H3. 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, 7 th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division who were all killed by
the same improvised explosive device blast in Fallujah, Iraq, in December, 2011.


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, Oregon.
“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, Michigan, 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, Oregon. “I saw a Vietnam 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, Arkansas, 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.”

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