Awesome H3 with a great Story

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  1. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    Read the story then check out the pics

    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 were all killed by the same improvisedexplosive device blast in Fallujah, Iraq, in December.
    For 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 batt lefield. "I wanted to let people know (Marines) are doing their jobs honorably, and some of them die," said the 39-year-old from Portland, Ore. "I don't want people to forget the sacrifices that my son and the other Marines made."
    Leading up to her son's death, 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 Farmi! ngton, Mich., at 3 a.m. 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."
    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 Airbrush Guy & 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 Comfort's loss and the sacrifices the Marines made, Airbrush Guy & 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." 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.

    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."
    Support America and Support the Troops
     
  2. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    I was trying to clean it up also here are the pics
     

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    ryang Well-Known Member

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    And More pics, Mods if you can clean that up I ran out of time trying to do it
     

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  4. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    I'm speechless.

    Semper Fidelis
     
  5. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Wow, that is a nice car and story. Thanks for sharing Gary.
     
  6. copycat

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    Thats a great tribute for our fallen heros! I am in awe of how strong people like her can be. God Bless all of them! God bless the troops and never forget the sacrifice they have made!
     
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    :sad2: Darn Gary you sure know how to bring a tear to an old mans eyes. That is one sad story ,however those are some really neat pictures. Anyone who see them should be proud to be an American. After seeing the sacrfice that this Mother and mothers like her have gone through. The Marines in those pic gave the biggest sacrfice.Thier lives. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. And lets keep saying those PRAYERS for our men and women in uniform and thier familys. GOD BLESS!!
     
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    Unbelievable. Hope she never wrecks.:eek:oooh:
     
  9. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz New Member

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    Great story and awesome pics. Thanks for sharing!
     
  10. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    That is an impressive paint job and an amazing story.
     
  11. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    Great story and awesome paint!! Thanks for sharing!
     
  12. ryang

    ryang Well-Known Member

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    I got the email from my Father in Law not sure where he got them. I would like to thank the Mods for cleaning that up for me.
     
  13. SilverCross

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    Awesome story and paint job. I'm sorry for her loss but a great tribute to all in the armed forces. God Bless them all.
     
  14. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    thats a great story and the guys that painted that did an awesome job.
     
  15. Outlw36

    Outlw36 New Member

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    the pics are impressive but to see it up close is even more impressive..I saw it here in a funeral procession for PFC Thomas Tucker last Saturday.

    Jim Allen
     
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    That's a great tribute to all our heros. I have nothing but respect for them all.