joe-ks.com

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.”

see also   Army,  Inspiration,  Military  &  Relationship  Sections

Latest Quad (Hyper) Sudoku Puzzle: #14933
Quad (Hyper) Sudoku
Van-tastic camping trip with the whole family
Family Tent
Restaurant looking for free bands
Promote Yourself
Down-playing the time of day
Best Clock Ever
Stretching out to fulfill your dreams
Cat Couch Nap
The result of budget cuts at the defence department
Defence Budget Cuts
Birthdays are good for your health
Healthy Birthdays
Wedding invites for every possible guest
RSVP
When you can excuse the mess
Child Memories
Seek and ye shall find... most of the time
Leroy's Hearing
Canada's national animal goes trick-or-treating
Beever Costume
Bilingual signs along the Banff to Lake Louise highway
Slow Lent
Latest Samurai Sudoku Puzzle: #14927-31
Samurai Sudoku Puzzles
Easy-to-understand explanation of how the female mind works
A Woman's Mind
B.C.'s Ultimate Singletrack Experience
Bike Race Selfie
Root-bound computer programming - online branch office
Computerholic
Enjoying Canada Day on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast
'Pier' Pressure
Submissions by Jim SerritellaFacebookTwitterDiggStumbleUponDelicious

Voted #1 Humor Site

02-Jul-2015

QR Code

Top Joe-ks

Phrases, Expressions & ...
Spring Flowers
Redneck Quotes
Mission Statement Gener ...
Texting Abbreviations f ...
Husband Day Care Center
British Columbia Place ...
Redneck Grills
Daffynitions
Books Never Written
Elastic Baby - Family S ...
Niger River Crocodile
'Do It' Professional Tr ...
Strange Sculptures
Toll Booth Speed Limit
‘First’ Class Puns
Aptonym & Aptronym Joe- ...
Tattoo Fountain
Heart Attack Grill
Topless Kate Middleton
Riddles from joe-ks.com
Hazardous Materials Dat ...
Redneck Abs
B.C. – Bathroom Commo ...
Learn Chinese In 5 Minu ...
Chicken, Fox & Grain Pu ...
World's First Hybrid Mo ...
Punctuation Is Importan ...
How Men Think
Alligator & Crocodile J ...
Phrases, Clichés, Expr ...
joe-ks.com's CRAPPy Acr ...
710 Cover
Redneck 101 - How To Sp ...
Redneck Spaghetti
Trivia from joe-ks.com
Newspaper Bloopers
Ponderous Points
Excerpt from a Lion Coo ...
Leg Art
Family Tent
Redneck Ceiling Tiles
Sign Model
China Assignment
New Man Group
What’s That Smell?
Couch Ouch
Luxury Bungalows
Dehydrated Water
Unger Games
Fortune Cookies - In Be ...
SideCar Illusion
Parallel Diver
Bad Timing for a Cymbal ...
Bad Dog Sculpture
Boss Bird
For Tailgaters
Girlfriend Math
Pothole Garden
Marzipan Babies
Motorcycle Side-Car
New Element in the Peri ...
Biblical Humour
Only in Bora Bora - Wat ...
Phyllis Diller Quotes
Good Morning Babushka
Redneck Engineering Exa ...
Clear Water
Old People Never Die, T ...
An Old Man’s Dying Re ...

G'Oldies

High Water Bill
Bend-But-Don't Break On ...
Sometimes Life Just Isn ...
Redneck Dictionary
Redneck Dictionary
That's All Falks!
Hospital Hit Parade Son ...
Cancel Our Date
Testing Your French
Fake Carolina Drawl
Speed Limit Warning
Skylines of the World
Tire On A Roll
When Not To Stop Too Fa ...
Reptile Ride
Last Day On The Job
Caught Cat
Chicken Wire Art
Mummy Dogs
German Car Parkade
Why Dogs Bite Their Own ...
Night Shift for a Geek
Man of the Year Finalis ...
Parallel Diver
Police Dogs in Alabama
Knit Pick-e Yarn
Boy's Anatomy Lesson
Duck That Did Not Duck
Dutch Soccer Fans
Painful Ballet
This Is A Window
Fart Football
Duct Tape Road
Cat Stroke
Riot Safety
Chess On The Wall
Keyboard Running Shoes
Boys Will Be Boys
Canadian Winter Smile
Fish Head
Keep The Change
Handicap Helper
'Beer On Tap' Bike
Road Detour
Paradise Found
In The Heart Of The Mou ...
Restroom Sign
Eye Examination Chart
ER Patch
Best Way To Honor The F ...
Bloodsucker Bank
Things To Do in an Offi ...
Ball Bait
Insults With Class
Forgiveness Spreadsheet
Best Surgical Patients
Redneck House Siding
Library's No-Return Pol ...
Wired Cars
Deerlusion
Iran Is Now Allowing Wo ...
Towel, Please
Frozen Pipes in the Gar ...
Is This Legal?
Redneck Stealth Bomber
Benefits of Regular Exe ...
Downside Electric - 'Sh ...
Watch Out For Deer!
Vacuum Cleaning Skills
A Mother's Love

Captions

Redneck Ceiling Tiles
Human Adaption
Fish Bowl Costume
Chin Up Exercise For Th ...
Skeleton Opera
Tattoo Fountain
Supervised Motorcycle W ...
Hot Air Oven
Dinner Around The Corne ...
Cartographer
Tire-d Workers
Fish Walker
Always Enough TP
Mane Spray
Push Door
Split Beach Personality
Wave Pools in India
Money Head
Gecko Earring
Land Surfing
Vatican Window Cleaners
Mountain TV
Redneck Manual
Bench Fishermen
Downhill Cycling
Alien Seating
Spaghetti Topping
Laundry Load
Cheap Flight
Elephant Ludo
Redneck Tricycle
Winter Laundry
Snowplow For Seniors
Lion Tail Tale
Looking Ahead
Boat Man
World's First Binary Si ...
Left Hanging
Head Loose Socket
Hot Air Balloon Dominoe ...
Armpit Inspectors
Elephant Enema
Redneck Windshield Wipe ...
Plain Plane Seat
Unlikely Friends
Laptop Security
Pipe Pants
Facial Hair
Company Escape Clause
River Crossing
Face Plant
Pour Picture
Long Kiss
Not You!
Teeter TottHer
Camel Bike
Cloth Road
ShareWhere Bathroom
Tingue
Ski Bathroom
Redneck Spare Tire
Car Shoelusion
News With A View
Too Much Homework?
Camel Pumps
Swimming Helmet
Benchquet
Tea Arc
But Why, Officer?
Hand Soap