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

Mysterious fixture stands out on local highway
Alien Light Sighting
Suspended hammock tents provide good bear practice
Bear Pinata
What to do with leftover house flies
Fly Art
Spa facial treatment in the Florida Everglades
Redneck Manicure
Face-ing a walk in the country
Garden Gnome
Latest Word Search Puzzle: Herbs
Word Search Puzzles
Trust guard dogs protect the unborn
Protective Dog
Strong advice on how to take a Viagra tablet
Viagra Elephant
Place your employees where they belong - 1 brick at a time
Brick Placement: How To Recruit Employees
Wine-themed gift ideas for the discerning Texan shopper
Texas Wine Glass
Searching for the best free TV signal
Luxury Wheel Chair
How to create the least understandable and most efficient computer program
Obfuscated C Code Contest
Pedal both ways on this Bicycle Built For Two
Which Way Bike
Look Ma, no hands!
Daredevil Selfie
Debut hunting trip for father and son
Not-So-Quiet Hunter's Son
Bubba thought he'd hold on to his rain collection funnel
Moose pool... only in Canada!
Backyard Canadian Pool
Submissions by Jim SerritellaFacebookTwitterDiggStumbleUponDelicious

Voted #1 Humor Site


QR Code

Top Joe-ks

Redneck Quotes
Mission Statement Gener ...
Spring Flowers
Phrases, Expressions & ...
Giant Texas Red Centipe ...
Texting Abbreviations f ...
Chicken, Fox & Grain Pu ...
Complete or Finished
How To Draw An Owl
Books Never Written
Phrases, Clichés, Expr ...
Grouper Record
Vertical Roller Coaster ...
Good Morning Babushka
'Do It' Professional Tr ...
Mid Road Parking Spot
Autumn Tree
Desert Flowers
Elastic Baby - Family S ...
Aussie Bar Rules
Backyard Canadian Pool
Flatulent Cow
The Longest Word Using ...
Murphy’s Law + ... Ru ...
Daredevil Selfie
Humour Archives @ joe-k ...
Safety Joe-ks
Image Captions - Lookin ...
Fortune Cookies - In Be ...
Dubai Construction Brea ...
Luxury Wheel Chair
Coke Advertising Slogan ...
Rubik’s Cube Jigsaw P ...
Insults With Class
3D Tattoo
Redneck 101 - How To Sp ...
His First Hot Rod
Mental Hospital Hotline
Old People Never Die, T ...
'Do It' Professional Tr ...
Couch Ouch
New Element in the Peri ...
Best of the Will Rogers ...
Australian Sheep Farm - ...
Find The Hidden Animals
Puppy Wheels
World's First Hybrid Mo ...
Afghanistan Map
Redneck Bird Dogs
Summer in Saskatchewan
Redneck Bull-Only Carri ...
Can You Spot the Hidden ...
Water Walkers - Part II
Tom Swifties
Broccoli Muffins
Learn Chinese In 5 Minu ...
Biker Love
Family Tent
Waves of Hawaii
Luxury Bungalows
Groucho Marx Quotes
Cutex Screwdriver
Two Cow Capitalism
Marzipan Babies
Heart Attack Grill
Riddles from
Aptonym & Aptronym Joe- ...


Vuvuzela Hits
Canada's Concrete Pink ...
Work Not
Hummers Only Look Tough
Double Decker Bus
Computer For Women
Fire Extinguisher Train ...
It's A Pittance Of Time
2014 Rush Job Calendar
Big Ambitions
Leaf Blower for Sale
Dog Speak - Language fo ...
Male and Female Differe ...
Don't Use The 8 Iron!
Secret Of A Long Marria ...
Self Defense While Work ...
Crocodile Floor
China's Building Standa ...
Arkansas Divorce Applic ...
Largest Fiddle In The W ...
Life's Little Secrets
Escape The Bull
Fire Truck
H1N1 Flu Mask
40th Wedding Anniversar ...
Cow Shower
Laws Of Golf
Self Confidence
When Not To Stop Too Fa ...
What Are You Doing?
Palestinian Theme Song
Non-Denomination Church
Flight Downer
Snow Car Tow
Dutch Soccer Fans
I've Got Your Back
Dog Walking - Remotely
Teople Poo
Heavenly Round Of Golf
Drink That Refreshes
Redneck Beer Drinker
Car Surgeon
Cowboy and Preacher
H1N1 Flu Mask
What's Under The Kilt?
Caraphernalia - Car Gad ...
Owl Dance
Canucks 2008 Team Photo
Aging Disgracefully
Holstein or Holestein?
Irish Weather Forecasti ...
Do You Have An HMO?
iPhone Evolution
Never Argue With A Woma ...
1st IT Professional
Business School Graduat ...
Redneck Sauna
Immigrant Hot Dogs
Man Of The House
Pasha Bulker Beaching
Sole Casket
Additions to the Period ...
Chocolate Is A Vegetabl ...
Legal Grounds
3 Stages Of A Man's Lif ...
Texas Cow Cleaner
Computer Wear - Sneaker ...
Balloon Clothing
Men Are The Same At Any ...


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 ...
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
Ski Bathroom
Redneck Spare Tire
Car Shoelusion
News With A View
Too Much Homework?
Camel Pumps
Swimming Helmet
Tea Arc
But Why, Officer?
Hand Soap