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James Derek Lovelace, SN

May 27, 1994 ~ May 6, 2016 (age 21)
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Message from Richard Townes
December 6, 2020 7:49 PM

I was one of your son’s chaplains at RTC. I was impressed with your son’s attitude and never quit mentality, even in the face of adversity. I was saddened to learn of his death.

Dealing with so many recruits, their faces and names run together, but I do remember him. May the peace of Christ continue to comfort you.
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A candle was lit by Gabby on May 10, 2019 10:13 PM
HooYa. James, you will be missed. We appreciate everything you have done. Love you lots. My condolences to you and your family.
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A candle was lit by Gabriella on May 10, 2019 10:11 PM
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A candle was lit by Beth McBride Haddock Buffington on January 1, 2019 3:41 PM
Message from A Navy Mom
July 5, 2017 2:39 PM

To the Lovelace Family,

My deepest condolences on your loss. My heart aches for each of you.
Message from C W Ritcherson
May 15, 2017 3:30 PM

HooYa ... James Derek Lovelace ... Wishing you Fair winds & Following seas ...
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A candle was lit by C W Ritcherson on May 15, 2017 3:26 PM
Message from Stephanie Wilkerson
September 25, 2016 1:06 AM

My son was on your son's boat crew at
one point in the journey. He and several others have left the program and are now in Pensacola. A few weekends ago, after a social media posting from your daughter, they realized James was close to them. They have visited his grave and sent pictures to many. He will never be forgotten by his Navy friends.
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A candle was lit by Shaundra Moss on September 8, 2016 10:22 AM
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A candle was lit by Current Navy Seal Mom on August 2, 2016 1:39 AM
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A candle was lit by Sumer Christenbury on July 12, 2016 12:25 PM
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A candle was lit by Amherst OH veteran on July 8, 2016 8:20 PM
Message from James McAllister, Pensacola, FL
July 8, 2016 10:34 AM

Please accept my condolences for your tragic loss.
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A candle was lit by Dianne McDaniels on July 8, 2016 8:10 AM
Message from Korina Woody
July 7, 2016 9:27 PM

I want to express my sincere sympathy to your family on the loss of your son James. The picture of James stood out to me. He looks a lot like my son who is thinking of joining the military. I feel so sad. He looks so happy in his uniform. I'm praying for your family.
Message from Eddy Luttmer
July 7, 2016 1:41 PM

At the time you lost your son, mine was in the Coast Guard's boot camp and hoped that their trainers would honor and respect their trainees. I can and do imagine and share the pain, sorrow and senseless loss. I am so sorry, I wish I could offer more.

Eddy
Message from Tina M. Powell
July 7, 2016 12:16 PM

This breaks my heart. A young man trying to follow his dreams, never giving up, never quitting, trying to be compliant. As a mom of two Marines, my prayers are offered for James and his family.
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A candle was lit by Tina M. Powell on July 7, 2016 12:11 PM
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A candle was lit by tina t jones on July 7, 2016 9:45 AM
Message from Barry goulder
July 7, 2016 2:22 AM

Rip Derek from one navy veteran to a young man who would have been a credit to his family.his navy comrades and the navy.God bless.
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A candle was lit by Barry boulder.former royal navy diver. on July 7, 2016 2:19 AM
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A candle was lit by Navy parents in California on July 7, 2016 12:44 AM
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A candle was lit by Father Charles on July 7, 2016 12:07 AM
Message from Michael Lloyd
July 6, 2016 8:38 PM

I just read of your son's death and wanted to extend my deepest condolences. I have a 21-year-old son who is currently in training with the Army. I can only imagine the heartache that you are going through, and my prayers are with you. I know you are tremendously proud of Derek and his sense of duty and commitment to his country. I am so sorry for your loss.
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A candle was lit by Michael Lloyd on July 6, 2016 8:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Susan King, Owensboro KY on July 6, 2016 6:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Patricia l Stahler sorry to hear what happen to him on July 6, 2016 5:52 PM
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A candle was lit by Brittany Thrasher on July 6, 2016 4:59 PM
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A candle was lit by Brittany Thrasher on July 6, 2016 4:59 PM
Message from The Thrashers
July 6, 2016 4:58 PM

There are really no words that can express how I feel at this moment. I have tears streaming down my face as I write this post about a young man that I have never met. I read about his death today on a news report only because his picture immediately caught my attention... I am not sure why except for the fact that we are a Navy family here as well. My brother is in the service around his age and just about everything to do with the military catches my attention now a days. His face reminded me of my brother. .so young. .so full of life. .so full of happiness. .with so much life ahead of him. I cannot imagine the heartache that you all are going through at this time but know that his service to our country is TRULY appreciated. It is such an honor to have young men williningly serving our country with such dedication and determination such as James displayed in his training . . . even until his passing. I can only imagine how tough that training has to be. I know you have probably heard this a thousand times, but I am praying for everyone surrounding him. James, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! Sending love from another Military family to yours!!!
Message from The Thrashers
July 6, 2016 4:58 PM

There are really no words that can express how I feel at this moment. I have tears streaming down my face as I write this post about a young man that I have never met. I read about his death today on a news report only because his picture immediately caught my attention... I am not sure why except for the fact that we are a Navy family here as well. My brother is in the service around his age and just about everything to do with the military catches my attention now a days. His face reminded me of my brother. .so young. .so full of life. .so full of happiness. .with so much life ahead of him. I cannot imagine the heartache that you all are going through at this time but know that his service to our country is TRULY appreciated. It is such an honor to have young men williningly serving our country with such dedication and determination such as James displayed in his training . . . even until his passing. I can only imagine how tough that training has to be. I know you have probably heard this a thousand times, but I am praying for everyone surrounding him. James, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! Sending love from another Military family to yours!!!
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A candle was lit by Denise Hyde, Navy Mother in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 6, 2016 3:17 PM
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A candle was lit by mike blackwell on July 6, 2016 2:18 PM
Message from mike blackwell
July 6, 2016 2:17 PM

thoughts and prayers from a former navy seabee.
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A candle was lit by Carolyn Wong on July 6, 2016 2:12 PM
Message from Kathy Taylor, military mom & veteran
July 6, 2016 12:05 PM

Please know that I am praying that The God of All Comfort will comfort you all and give you His peace during this very difficult time. Love in Christ
Message from Barbara, Vermont Navy Mom
May 24, 2016 5:31 PM

My heart is heavy with you, James' family. Words are so limiting but know that I wish I could reach out and offer you comfort. He was clearly a young man who set his sights high and was willing to step up and serve...a gift and a light to us all. Blessings to you, Barbara
Message from MIke and Dawn Unger
May 24, 2016 10:19 AM

I am writing this with a heavy heart. My son is in 319 and today is day 2 of Hell week. He told us that the entire group really pulled together the week after the memorial in Coronado and that it gave them peace to meet you all. No words will ever make it better but those young men in 319 will never, ever forget their brother and I believe hat some who would not make it through now have him from up above guiding them along the tough journey ahead. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers and James will never, ever be forgotten. Valhalla Mr. Lovelace ⚓️
Message from C Dowd
May 24, 2016 12:25 AM

I have never met your son or anyone else in your family but I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all of you at this time. I hope you can find some comfort in the fact that a complete stranger is thinking of you and praying for you. I hope you can lean on faith, family and friends to get you through the days following this tragedy.
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A candle was lit by A Navy grandmother May 19, 2016 on May 19, 2016 5:09 AM
Message from Stewart and Bonnie Allen, Navy Parents
May 18, 2016 5:01 PM

Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
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A candle was lit by Rebecca Dilly on May 17, 2016 3:47 PM
Message from Rebecca Dilly
May 17, 2016 3:47 PM

Jimmy, Jim and Sandy,
I am so sorry for this tragic loss. I can't imagine how difficult this must be after losing Katie. My heart goes out to you all. I pray that God will bring you peace.
Message from Smith Family in Pennsylvania
May 16, 2016 1:02 PM

PEACE.....be it unto to you! Your son posessed the makings of ..AMERICA's HEROS!
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A candle was lit by Walter and Linda Smith on May 16, 2016 12:55 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Pennsylvania on May 16, 2016 8:17 AM
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A candle was lit by Manny & Dianna Jaime on May 16, 2016 7:48 AM
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A candle was lit by Doug & Anne White on May 15, 2016 1:34 PM
Message from Tim Troutmqn
May 15, 2016 12:00 PM

So sorry to hear about your tragic loss. Our prayers are with your entire family.
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A candle was lit by Kristen Fernandez on May 15, 2016 7:10 AM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom, Phyllis DeMarco, Staten Island, NY on May 14, 2016 8:51 PM
Message from Mr and Mrs. William G. Wright
May 14, 2016 9:57 AM

Dear Lovelace Family,

Words can not begin to express my heartfelt condolences for your son, brother, nephew, cousin, and grandson. I am writing this with a very heavy heart because my son is also in Class 319 and I know the dangers and risk involved in what these beautiful, strong young men are embarking on. As a parent I want to be the most supportive I can be but at the same time I worry ALOT. I don't know if Mr. Lovelace remembers but he spoke to my husband Bill at the graduation in Great Lakes in January at the hotel we were staying at. It was a very special time, a time we were all so proud of our children and so excited about there futures. Then reality sinks in and the worrying starts. Your son accomplished so much in his time and did it with such pride, joy and enthusiasm. May god be with you through this very difficult time and know that we pray for you each and every day. My friend, who's husband is a police officer and faces eminent danger daily, told me "Let God, Let Go". You are an amazing family and James represented you with the utmost dignity. Please stay strong for each other and keep James close in your heart and memories. What a wonderful young man.
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A candle was lit by Mr and Mrs. William G. Wright on May 14, 2016 9:45 AM
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A candle was lit by Jason, Christy, Ian, & Lily Soileau on May 14, 2016 12:25 AM
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A candle was lit by Dr and Mrs Robert Seelman35 on May 13, 2016 7:05 PM
Message from Navy Mom in NJ
May 13, 2016 4:45 PM

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Love and prayers to this honorable gentlemans family and friends.
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A candle was lit by Nicole Skillman on May 13, 2016 4:19 PM
Message from Beth and Aaron Jones
May 13, 2016 2:57 PM

Jimmy and family,
The thought of your loss is so overwhelming and heartbreaking that words cannot begin to express our sympathy for you and your entire family. The expression of concerns and prayers on this guestbook page alone is amazing and is a testament to what a great man you and Katie raised. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers even though we cannot be there physically. Love Beth and Aaron Jones
Message from Wallace & Christine Bennett
May 13, 2016 12:40 PM

We have no words to describe the sorrow we feel for you and your family at your son's passing. Our son Benjamin is in class 319 and was with your son starting in boot camp all the way through last week. He spoke highly of Derek and said he was a solid classmate with great character and was a very capable and strong warrior. Our sincere prayers are with you and your family. May God comfort and bless you, may His face shine upon you, may He meet you today in your deepest pain.
Message from Johnston Family
May 13, 2016 12:28 PM

Jim, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
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A candle was lit by Paul, Marcy, Brooke & Bradley on May 13, 2016 12:23 PM
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A candle was lit by MaryAnn Broussard on May 13, 2016 10:27 AM
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A candle was lit by Marci Gentry on May 13, 2016 10:12 AM
Message from PATRICK TURMAN FAMILY
May 13, 2016 10:05 AM

MY SON ZACHARY WAS HIS SWIM BUDDY IN BUDS,HE SAID HE WAS A GREAT GUY. OUR CONDOLENCES.
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A candle was lit by The Redden family on May 13, 2016 9:18 AM
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A candle was lit by Tracy Boyd on May 13, 2016 9:12 AM
Message from Carolyn
May 13, 2016 8:40 AM

My heart broke when I heard about the news of this young hero. So young and sounds like he was driven to be a seal.May he rest in Peace,he is with his mom now.Condolances to his family and Navy brothers and sisters
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A candle was lit by ADAN, Andrew Glomb, Kanaohe Bay Hawaii, VP 9 Golden Eagles on May 13, 2016 8:20 AM
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A candle was lit by Rebecca Glomb on May 13, 2016 8:17 AM
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A candle was lit by Pamela Lotz on May 13, 2016 7:33 AM
Message from John Bishop UDT-21
May 13, 2016 7:30 AM

Rest in peace, sailor. Fair winds and following seas.
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A candle was lit by Teresa Richter on May 13, 2016 7:22 AM
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A candle was lit by Vicki and Tj Oglesby on May 13, 2016 5:54 AM
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A candle was lit by Andrea Pryor on May 13, 2016 5:20 AM
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A candle was lit by Bonnie Knox, Maj, Ret USAF on May 13, 2016 5:12 AM
Message from Bonnie Knox, Maj, Ret USAF
May 13, 2016 5:11 AM

May beauty live on in your memories and bring you peace. With deepest sympathy.
Message from Jean Cox
May 12, 2016 10:54 PM

My condolences to you and your family! James sounded like a wonderful young man, and a great sailor! He is never gone from us, and will live in your hearts and memories forever!!
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A candle was lit by Jean Cox on May 12, 2016 10:41 PM
Message from James Weaver
May 12, 2016 10:26 PM

Semper Fi my Navy Brother. Till Vahala! It was a pleasure being able to take you and my nephew Dillon Weaver, and many other of your friends to the skateparks in FWB and Niceville. Must have been around 10 yrs ago now. You were one helluva natural on the mini ramp at Olive. Good times... RIP
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A candle was lit by Current BUDS Family in Wisconsin on May 12, 2016 10:20 PM
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A candle was lit by Blake and Ashley Ritchie on May 12, 2016 10:16 PM
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A candle was lit by James Weaver and Family. on May 12, 2016 10:16 PM
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A candle was lit by Phillip, Michele, Austin & Ashlee Smith on May 12, 2016 9:57 PM
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A candle was lit by The Beaman family (Navy & Army) on May 12, 2016 9:45 PM
Message from Judi Thelander
May 12, 2016 9:36 PM

My sincere sympathies to you.... I have no words, except to say I will pray for him and you & all his family. I cannot imagine the shock and pain that you feel. It sounds like he died doing what he loved. Hope you find comfort in knowing that. God Bless.
From another Navy Mom
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A candle was lit by Judi Thelander, Navy Mom on May 12, 2016 9:34 PM
Message from Diane Clerici
May 12, 2016 9:14 PM

Sending you love, prayers and support on the loss of your son.
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A candle was lit by Diane Clerici - on May 12, 2016 9:13 PM
Message from Tom & Adele Butler
May 12, 2016 8:59 PM

Our most sincere & heartfelt sympathy to
the Family & Friends.
Derek was a Diamond than sparkled brightly
for to short a time. He will be a Bright Star in the Heavens😇🙏
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A candle was lit by Tom & Adele Butler on May 12, 2016 8:55 PM
Message from James, Stacey Whitmire
May 12, 2016 8:48 PM

Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this tragic loss. Our son, Wesley, trained with Lovelace in Pensacola and has the highest respect for him. The seriousness of these men's calling is made that much more clear when it hits so close to home. We will be at the service tomorrow to pay our respect to your family paying the highest price. Praying continuously.
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Message from Frank and Sandy Wills
May 12, 2016 8:25 PM

We know you are heartbroken...there are no words to comfort you right now.We love you so much.
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A candle was lit by Brian and Missy May on May 12, 2016 8:25 PM
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A candle was lit by Frank and Sandy Wills on May 12, 2016 8:21 PM
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A candle was lit by Cindy Anthony-Navy Mom on May 12, 2016 8:13 PM
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A candle was lit by Ohio Navy mom on May 12, 2016 8:11 PM
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A candle was lit by Krebs family - a Navy family on May 12, 2016 8:02 PM
Message from Krebs family - TN
May 12, 2016 7:44 PM

Words cannot begin to express our thoughts regarding your loss. We are encouraged by James desire to serve his country in such a special way.
We are praying for the entire family that you find comfort through the power of the Holy Spirit in the coming days.
The Krebs family - a Navy family

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A candle was lit by Amanda West - Navy Mom on May 12, 2016 7:26 PM
Message from Amanda West - Navy Mom
May 12, 2016 7:26 PM

Thank you for your service!
Message from Navy wife and gramma
May 12, 2016 6:56 PM

SEAL husband, grandson in training, so I know the prayers that go from the hearts of so many, as men they love go through this difficult training. We want to extend to you love, and admiration for the commitment this man showed. He was willing to endure so much, and proved himself by doing his best. I am so sorry for the grief you must be suffering.
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A candle was lit by Navy Grandmom Barbara Grimmie on May 12, 2016 6:47 PM
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A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent on May 12, 2016

Your spirit lives on through the hearts of others. Thank You for your service.

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A candle was lit by Navy Mom Keila Morton on May 12, 2016 5:17 PM
Message from Christine - Navy mom
May 12, 2016 5:03 PM

Our deepest condolence for your family. May you all find the strength within each other to get though this difficult time. Hugs from one military family to another
(((((hugs)))))
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A candle was lit by Nickell Navy Family in Ohio on May 12, 2016 4:58 PM
Message from Navy Mom from TN.
May 12, 2016 4:07 PM

Thank you for your service, prayers for the family.
Message from Navy Mom Mary OBriant. High Point NC
May 12, 2016 3:57 PM

Thank you for your service. Prayers to your family.
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A candle was lit by Lindsay Gillies on May 12, 2016 3:56 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Florida. RIP on May 12, 2016 3:54 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Blue Star Mom in Michigan on May 12, 2016 3:24 PM
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A candle was lit by Don & Linda Rogers on May 12, 2016 2:04 PM
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Message from Tommy Allison
May 12, 2016 1:17 PM

Sorry for you loss Jim, your family is in our prayers.
Message from Jerry & Rita Wheeles, Alabama Navy Family
May 12, 2016 1:16 PM

Lifting the Lovelace Family in our prayers, Thank you, James Derek Lovelace, for the Love of your Country, Family, and for Your Service. May the Peace of God, that passes All Understanding, dwell in your hearts richly. Our continued thoughts, prayers in the days ahead for each family member, from this Alabama Navy Family, very close at Heart!!
Message from Steve Harding
May 12, 2016 1:05 PM

Jim,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this terrible tragedy.
Message from KY
May 12, 2016 12:59 PM

From Another Navy Family.
So very sorry for your loss. I hope that you memories of him can comfort you during this difficult time.
Message from Class 320 Navy Mom
May 12, 2016 12:17 PM

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. His teammates and the teams behind him will always remember him a Hero. God bless you and your family, may he wrap his arms around each of you and surround you with peace.
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A candle was lit by Class 320 Navy Mom on May 12, 2016 12:07 PM
Message from Lynn Lovelace vanDyke
May 12, 2016 12:04 PM

I am sorry for your loss my prayers to you and your family . My boy is serving in the navy at Norfolk . Fair Winds and Following Seas.
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A candle was lit by Lynn Lovelace VanDyke on May 12, 2016 12:00 PM
Message from Gibson Family
May 12, 2016 11:33 AM

From a fellow Navy family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayer for your family is for you to feel comfort from God above and know that you will be reunited with James one day in Heaven. Fair Winds and Following Seas ⚓️🇺🇸
Message from Kentucky
May 12, 2016 11:01 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Glenna, a Navy Mom
Message from Wendy
May 12, 2016 10:17 AM

I'm truly sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

From a Navy mom
Message from Yvonna
May 12, 2016 10:02 AM

Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to family and friends. Fair winds and following seas Sailor!!! Thank you for your service. RIP James. From a Navy Mom.
Message from Michelle Abbott
May 12, 2016 10:01 AM

Im so sorry for you loss. I can't imagine. God Bless you and RIP sweet sailor
Message from Dhadha Bamba
May 12, 2016 9:56 AM

I wanted to extend our deepest condolences to the whole family. Our thoughts & prayers our with you in this sad moments.
May God Bless Us all.
Thank you,
I m a new Navy Mom in California
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A candle was lit by Debbie Crytzer a Navy Mom on May 12, 2016 9:55 AM
Message from Debra Crytzer
May 12, 2016 9:55 AM

I am so sorry for your loss! My son is also a sailor! I will be praying for you!
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A candle was lit by Beth admin for Navy Prayer Group...God Bless You!!! on May 12, 2016 9:53 AM
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A candle was lit by RIP Seaman Lovelace from a Maryland Navy mom on May 12, 2016 9:51 AM
Message from Navy mom from Maryland
May 12, 2016 9:50 AM

May God Bless your family during this horrific tragedy. God Bless you for serving in the Navy & for going after your dream. Your family is in my prayers. Fair Winds and Following Seas Sailor. RIP Seaman Lovelace.
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A candle was lit by Robbins Family!! on May 12, 2016 9:49 AM
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A candle was lit by The Burton family in Deming, NM on May 12, 2016 9:46 AM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in IN.. May God be with all of you at this time.. on May 12, 2016 9:32 AM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom from AR. Fair winds & Following Seas...RIP Sailor on May 12, 2016 9:26 AM
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A candle was lit by The Beasleys Atlanta Ga by way of Mobile AL on May 12, 2016 9:21 AM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom from Corbin,Kentucky on May 12, 2016 9:21 AM
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A candle was lit by Airman Raines and Susan Raines on May 12, 2016 9:20 AM
Message from Clairfield,tennessee
May 12, 2016 9:16 AM

I am so very sorry for your loss may God Bless you and keep you.Thank you for your son's service and sacrifice and I pray for comfort for your family during this difficult time....God Bless
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A candle was lit by A Greatful Navy Momma from Michigan on May 12, 2016 8:57 AM
Message from Cheyenne, WY
May 12, 2016 8:40 AM

My heart breaks for all of you - you have now become part of the Gold Star Families a group non of us ever hope to join. Thank you for sharing your brave son with us for such a short time. Our Children voluntarily put their lives on the line to protect all we hold dear in this nation. Your Sailor was on of the elite and he is now joining those who've gone on before him to guard the gate of Heaven.

Heavenly Father will you please welcome this young man with open arms. Provide comfort through Thy loving arms to all who loved this young man. May You continue to show Your presence and help this family through this most difficult of times. Amen

Fair Winds and Following Seas shipmate. Rest in eternal peace.
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A candle was lit by Dawn Gay, Navy Mom - Retired USMC-USAF. on May 12, 2016 8:37 AM
Message from Cheryl
May 12, 2016 8:33 AM

So sorry for the loss of you son. Prayers to you family.
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A candle was lit by Navy mom from New York on May 12, 2016 8:13 AM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Northeastern Connecticut on May 12, 2016 8:04 AM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom Broomfield CO on May 12, 2016 8:04 AM
Message from Johanna Moore
May 12, 2016 8:01 AM

May you find the peace in our Lord Jesus Christ during your time of grief and sorrow, and may you find Him wiping your tears as you feel your pain of your loved ones loss.

A US Navy Mom⚓️🇺🇸❤️
Johanna Moore
Blue Springs, Missouri
Message from A Navy Mom in Sandpoint Idaho
May 12, 2016 7:52 AM

My deepest condolences. Thank you for his service. Sending prayers for strength.
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Sandpoint Idaho on May 12, 2016 7:46 AM
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A candle was lit by A Navy mom in Southern California on May 12, 2016 7:35 AM
Message from LCDR Bill Billingsley, USN (retired) Gulf Breeze, FL
May 12, 2016 7:34 AM

Our heart-felt prayers to you and your family. We met your son last year when our son Will began his preparation for his own journey into the SEAL community. Derek was an incredibly mature and solid young man...you did a fine job. We were crushed with the news. Just know that his life profoundly impacted all of us and as our son leaves for Great Lakes next week, your son's dedication and courage will inspire him and many others who choose to serve our country selflessly. Derek will remain in our prayers and our thoughts. God bless you and your family.
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Alabama on May 12, 2016 7:27 AM
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A candle was lit by a Navy Mom in WV on May 12, 2016 7:26 AM
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A candle was lit by Saff family on May 12, 2016 7:19 AM
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Message from BUDs 319 Dad Bob Bidwell
May 12, 2016 7:01 AM

Lovelace Family,
We've never met, but my son Blake was side-by-side with Derrick throughout every bit of preparation and training the past year, including Class 319. He spoke of your son often, including just last week when he told me Derrick's injured foot was getting better just in time for Phase 1.
I truly cannot pretend to imagine your loss. They say every adversity carries with it a seed of equal or greater importance. Now, Blake is more determined than ever to get that SEAT Trident. He says that's exactly the way his Buddy Derrick would want it. He's doing it for two now...
So RIP Sailor Derrick and love & prayers to your family.
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A candle was lit by Deborah, Navy mom, NY on May 12, 2016 6:46 AM
Message from Navy mom Deborah, NY
May 12, 2016 6:45 AM

My heart goes out to you all. Prayers for your whole family. RIP James Derek Lovelace, SN. God bless you and Thank you for your service.
Message from Knoxville, TN
May 12, 2016 6:43 AM

Be at peace young Sailor. Your brothers and sisters stand watch. ⚓️
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A candle was lit by Sandra..A Navy Aunt from Texas on May 12, 2016 6:42 AM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom Pequeno Family in St. Louis, MO on May 12, 2016 6:40 AM
Message from Liza Pequeno
May 12, 2016 6:38 AM

Please accept my thoughts and prayers as you go down this path. As a Navy Mom one heart to yours know that you and your family is in my thoughts.
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A candle was lit by The Dorney family on May 12, 2016 6:36 AM
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A candle was lit by a Navy mom in Cary, NC on May 12, 2016 6:25 AM
Message from Nora Hollingshead
May 12, 2016 6:21 AM

Dear Jim and Janette.

I am so sorry to hear about your son and grandson, Derek.
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Derek is a hero to his country.

Nora
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A candle was lit by A Navy mom in Pensacola, FL. My prayers for the family. CG on May 12, 2016 6:14 AM
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A candle was lit by A Marine Corps Gunnery Sargent's wife. Sorry for your loss. on May 12, 2016 6:09 AM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Arkansas. Prayers for comfort and healing. on May 12, 2016 6:06 AM
Message from Tina (a Navy Mom from Virginia)
May 12, 2016 6:04 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Praying that you can feel God's comfort at this time. Rest in peace, Fair Winds & Following Seas
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Texas. So sorry for your loss. on May 12, 2016 6:04 AM
Message from Jill Fewell
May 12, 2016 6:04 AM

We all feel your loss. May your great memories of him wrap their arms around you during this difficult time and beyond. We hope you find peace in knowing that he passed, reaching for his dream. Navy Mom Hugs to you all. ~Jill, Navy mom from Indianapolis ♡
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A candle was lit by Melanie Smith, Navy Wife from Texas/Illinois. Praying for yo on May 12, 2016 6:01 AM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom from Virginia on May 12, 2016 6:00 AM
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A candle was lit by Jill Fewell on May 12, 2016 5:58 AM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom from Indiana. Prayers for healing. on May 12, 2016 5:51 AM
Message from Wayne & Leilani Nipper
May 12, 2016 5:25 AM

Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Wayne & Leilani Nipper
Beckley, WV
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A candle was lit by Nina, prayers for your family, from Gastonia NC on May 12, 2016 5:22 AM
Message from Nivole Thornhill
May 12, 2016 5:12 AM

Thank you for serving! My condolences, gratitude and love are sent your way. Praying for the family and friends for complete understanding.
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom from Florida on May 12, 2016 5:09 AM
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A candle was lit by Stacy, a Navy Mom in Maryland on May 12, 2016 5:08 AM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Florida on May 12, 2016 5:07 AM
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A candle was lit by Suzanne, a Navy mom. on May 12, 2016 5:01 AM
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A candle was lit by Connie a Navy mom from Texas on May 12, 2016 4:03 AM
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A candle was lit by Michelle Warnock, A Navy family in Northville, Michigan on May 12, 2016 4:00 AM
Message from Janelle Robben
May 12, 2016 3:07 AM

Sending up prayers that the Lord will ease the burdens on all who are left to mourn this young mans rite of passage. Thank you for your service and giving the ultimate gift. May the angels carry you through the gates of heaven and lay you at the feet of Our Father. I salute you sir and may you rest in eternal peace. Thinking of you all.
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A candle was lit by Janelle Robben, Edmond, OK on May 12, 2016 2:58 AM
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A candle was lit by Holly A Navy Aunt ~ sending love & prayers on May 12, 2016 2:08 AM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom from NH. Thoughts and prayers. 🇺🇸⚓️❤️ on May 12, 2016 1:20 AM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom and Navy Grandma in AZ on May 12, 2016 1:17 AM
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A candle was lit by Martha Chavira a Navy Mom from Moreno Valley California on May 12, 2016 1:15 AM
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A candle was lit by Be at peace young Sailor. Your brothers and sisters stand wa on May 12, 2016 1:14 AM
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A candle was lit by Allyson on May 12, 2016 12:41 AM
Message from BUDs Student Wife
May 12, 2016 12:40 AM

I cannot tell you how saddened I was to hear of the passing of James. My heart still breaks for you and your family. I pray you find comfort and support within the Navy and your home community, and in the arms of God during this difficult time. We will continue to keep your family in our prayers.
Message from Southeast Missouri
May 12, 2016 12:25 AM

Sending love and Prayers. God bless. Navy Mom and Navy vet
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A candle was lit by Tammy Navy vet on May 12, 2016 12:22 AM
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A candle was lit by SFC & Mrs John Spadaro U.S. Army Retired on May 12, 2016 12:18 AM
Message from John "Sarge" Spadaro
May 12, 2016 12:16 AM

Shipmate - Thank you for your service to our beloved America. God has a reason for everything and may he shine perpetual light upon you. Some of us veterans gave our best - you gave it all and forever will be in my prayers.

May peace be with you and your family.
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A candle was lit by Trena Navy mom from Oregon on May 12, 2016 12:16 AM
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A candle was lit by TINA NAVY MOM FROM TEXAS🌹❤⚓ on May 12, 2016 12:12 AM
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A candle was lit by Jeanne. Navy Mom from Illinois on May 12, 2016 12:03 AM
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A candle was lit by Jessica on May 11, 2016 11:57 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in California! Much heartfelt love! on May 11, 2016 11:55 PM
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A candle was lit by Diane on May 11, 2016 11:54 PM
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A candle was lit by Holly Caswell-Navy Mom,Ohio on May 11, 2016 11:50 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom from New York. Praying for your family. on May 11, 2016 11:48 PM
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A candle was lit by Joanne Stein on May 11, 2016 11:40 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Texas God Bless you all on May 11, 2016 11:37 PM
Message from Navy daughter in Florida USA
May 11, 2016 11:37 PM

My sincere condolences to the family. May God comfort you all during this time. God bless you all. Peace be with you.
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Texas on May 11, 2016 11:36 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy family in Arizona! on May 11, 2016 11:33 PM
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A candle was lit by Our deepest sympathy to your family and friends. on May 11, 2016 11:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy mother of 2 on May 11, 2016 11:32 PM
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A candle was lit by USA Florida Mom Linda on May 11, 2016 11:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Sharon on May 11, 2016 11:31 PM
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A candle was lit by The Crone Family, our deepest sympathy to the family. on May 11, 2016 11:31 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy mom from Indiana. Let peace be with your family. on May 11, 2016 11:29 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy and Marine mom in California on May 11, 2016 11:27 PM
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A candle was lit by Amy Navy Mom in California on May 11, 2016 11:23 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy mom in kansas on May 11, 2016 11:18 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Wife in Louisiana on May 11, 2016 11:15 PM
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A candle was lit by Pettis Family on May 11, 2016 11:15 PM
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A candle was lit by a Navy SEAL Mom in Florida on May 11, 2016 10:47 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy mom from Houston. on May 11, 2016 10:43 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Wisconsin on May 11, 2016 10:37 PM
Message from NC
May 11, 2016 10:30 PM

Thinking of your family! Our son knew him for about 4 months from Chicago and California and talked about what a good person he was. You have been in our thoughts in prayers!!
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Texas on May 11, 2016 10:23 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Kentucky on May 11, 2016 10:23 PM
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A candle was lit by Delilah Lewis- May you find comfort, strength, and healing. on May 11, 2016 10:01 PM
Message from Navy Mom Erin LeResche
May 11, 2016 9:45 PM

My condolences. Prayers of comfort for your family. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in California on May 11, 2016 9:42 PM
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A RED AND WHITE PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent on May 11, 2016

Our family has great memories of Derek and we will miss him dearly!! Sending thoughts and prayers to your family. With greatest respect, Steven and Jeanne McCullough, Tyler and Jessica Davis

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A candle was lit by Mike Riley, MSgt, USAF Retired on May 11, 2016 9:11 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy family from Maine on May 11, 2016 8:58 PM
Message from Pat Leazenby
May 11, 2016 8:52 PM

Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. From a Navy Family
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A candle was lit by A Navy and USMC family in North Carolina on May 11, 2016 8:12 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy family in Washington on May 11, 2016 8:03 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy family from Winnabow NC on May 11, 2016 7:54 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Texas. Fair winds and following seas, Sailor. on May 11, 2016 7:50 PM
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A candle was lit by The Seibert Family, St. Louis, MO on May 11, 2016 7:50 PM
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A candle was lit by Family do an EOD Navy family. Peace to your family. on May 11, 2016 7:40 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy and Air Force mom and dad! on May 11, 2016 7:38 PM
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A candle was lit by A grateful family - thank you for your service. on May 11, 2016 7:30 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom and Navy Vet ❤️❤️Praying for your family on May 11, 2016 7:29 PM
Message from Navy Mom Maryland
May 11, 2016 7:28 PM

So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Fair winds and Following Seas Sailor!
Message from linda jean
May 11, 2016 7:24 PM

My condolences to you and your family at this difficult time . I'm a Navy mom and Navy grandmother. Your soldier was a brave young man. May he rest in peace.
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A candle was lit by MA3 on May 11, 2016 7:19 PM
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A candle was lit by Lynne M. Navy Mom, Army Sister & Marine Daughter on May 11, 2016 7:13 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Seaster, prayers and never forgotten!! on May 11, 2016 7:11 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Ny on May 11, 2016 6:58 PM
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A candle was lit by The Childs family, Godspeed and prayers for peace. on May 11, 2016 6:49 PM
Message from A Michigan Navy Mom
May 11, 2016 6:37 PM

Love and prayers sent your way.
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Wisconsin, Godspeed to all on May 11, 2016 6:36 PM
Message from Jessie
May 11, 2016 6:12 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how hard this must be for you, please know many prayers are being sent for your son. May you find a way to make peace with this tragedy.
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A candle was lit by The Frederick family on May 11, 2016 6:11 PM
Message from Garth Miller
May 11, 2016 6:06 PM

Derek was never without a smile no matter what he was doing. I'm thankful for the years that my son Kameron and Derek were able to play baseball together. He was a great friend and example for each of my sons. God bless you.
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in MN on May 11, 2016 6:04 PM
Message from Northern California
May 11, 2016 5:58 PM

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Thank you for your service to this country. I so appreciate the sacrifice. My son is a Navy nuke currently on patrol in a sub. My heart is breaking for your family. I will be praying for you all.
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom from Northern California on May 11, 2016 5:54 PM
Message from Teresa Denison
May 11, 2016 5:54 PM

This year Derek and I got extremely close while he was doing training in pensacola and staying with Rachel and I in our apartment. He was the most determined person I have ever met and would never quit. He was always there for me when I'd come home after a long day of nursing school and would motivate me when I wanted to quit. Derek was one of a kind. He cared more about others then he ever did himself. I love you Derek and I miss you more than words can describe.
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Minnesota. on May 11, 2016 5:54 PM
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A candle was lit by A Candle is kit from San Antonio Texas. RIP on May 11, 2016 5:53 PM
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A candle was lit by Teresa Denison on May 11, 2016 5:50 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy mom and veteran in Petersburg ND. RIP SHIPMATE, prayers on May 11, 2016 5:34 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom from Ga. Another Angel is in Heaven. Thank you on May 11, 2016 5:30 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom from Tennessee ⚓️ on May 11, 2016 5:21 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy mom of 2 sailors, In atoka Ok on May 11, 2016 5:21 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on May 11, 2016 5:08 PM
Message from Jen Shaw
May 11, 2016 5:07 PM

Rest easy now, sailor. Your Navy brothers have got it from here. Thank you for your service, sir.
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A candle was lit by Jen Shaw on May 11, 2016 5:05 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy mom from California. Deepest condolences. on May 11, 2016 4:46 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom from Bow, NH Our thoughts & prayers are with you on May 11, 2016 4:38 PM
Message from Terry Miller
May 11, 2016 4:38 PM

My deepest sympathies to your family. He will be remembered for his sacrifice. Thank you for your service and sacrifice young man.
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A candle was lit by Terry Miller on May 11, 2016 4:35 PM
Message from Sharon Nisch
May 11, 2016 4:33 PM

My hearts and prayers and thoughts are with you and your family grieving at this moment. My son is a fighter pilot in the Navy and I know the heart ache of worry that goes into this job of being a parent. Your son's service has not gone unnoticed. His dedication to his craft was immeasurable. May God Bless him and may God Bless you and your family. Sincerely, Sharon Nisch, Danbury, CT
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A candle was lit by Larry and Tamara Tague on May 11, 2016 4:27 PM
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A candle was lit by a Navy Mom in California ~ Thank you for your service. on May 11, 2016 4:21 PM
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A candle was lit by Cheryl Hartman..Navy Mom from Ohio on May 11, 2016 4:20 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in South Florida Linda McDonald on May 11, 2016 4:16 PM
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A candle was lit by Linda McDonald on May 11, 2016 4:15 PM
Message from A fellow Sailor's Family
May 11, 2016 4:14 PM

Our heartfelt and deepest condolences are being sent to the Lovelace family. Please find strength that he is with his mother and will be watching over you all.
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Iowa on May 11, 2016 4:07 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in TX on May 11, 2016 4:01 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy mom in Virginia on May 11, 2016 4:01 PM
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A candle was lit by a Navy mom.This blue candle is lit in honor of your sailor. on May 11, 2016 3:43 PM
Message from Jenn Weitzel
May 11, 2016 3:42 PM

Jim I'm so sorry for you loss. I know we lost touch after being stationed in Germany together I just want you to know I've thought about your family often. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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A candle was lit by Elaine - Navy Mom on May 11, 2016 3:18 PM
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A candle was lit by Billie Moynihan on May 11, 2016 3:10 PM
Message from Annmarie
May 11, 2016 3:08 PM

My deepest condolences to your family. You should be so proud of your son. Our son is a nuke and his best friend is a seal, it is the hardest job a person can obtain. His strength and courage do not go unnoticed. Stay strong. Prayers your way from Massachusetts.
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A candle was lit by Deborah Menke on May 11, 2016 3:05 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Vermont, with my heartfelt sympathy. on May 11, 2016 3:05 PM
Message from Deborah Menke (Navy Mom)
May 11, 2016 3:04 PM

My heartfelt sorrow for the loss of James...may God hold your Family up...Your Navy family grieves with you...Fairwinds and Following Seas James...
Deborah Menke
Burnsville MN
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A candle was lit by Annie - Navy mom from Seanor, PA on May 11, 2016 2:58 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in FL. on May 11, 2016 2:54 PM
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A candle was lit by Nicole-Navy Mom in Mo. Prayers on May 11, 2016 2:53 PM
Message from Sandra - CT Navy Mom
May 11, 2016 2:47 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. As the Mom of a fellow Navy Sailor my heart breaks for you. May there be peace in knowing he is with his mother again, and you all have another angel to watch over you. Sending peace and strength to all your family, friends and shipmates. ❤️🇺🇸⚓️
Message from CT Navy Mom
May 11, 2016 2:45 PM

You and your family are in our prayers.
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A candle was lit by CT Navy Mom on May 11, 2016 2:44 PM
Message from Oklahoma "Navy family"
May 11, 2016 2:42 PM

Fairwinds Sailor, may you rest in peace and know that your watch is covered by your fellow shipmates. Sending prayers up for all your loved ones and shipmates.
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A candle was lit by Sandra - Navy Mom on May 11, 2016 2:42 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Texas. Navy mom hugs to each of you, God Ble on May 11, 2016 2:41 PM
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A candle was lit by MMN3 Guilliams and Oklahoma "Navy family" on May 11, 2016 2:38 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom in Shalimar, Florida. on May 11, 2016 2:33 PM
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A candle was lit by Kim McClurg on May 11, 2016 2:24 PM
Message from The Sysum Family- Navy Family
May 11, 2016 2:24 PM

Our deepest heart felt sympathies go to you all. We are SO very sorry for your loss.
Fairwinds go to your Sailor...
Prayers & Condolences...the Sysum Family
Wellington, Colorado
Message from McClurg Family
May 11, 2016 2:24 PM

Fairwinds young sailor from one Navy family to another.... Your family is in our hearts and prayers...
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A candle was lit by Fair Winds young man.Navy Mom Darlene Jolly. Gates County NC on May 11, 2016 2:23 PM
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A candle was lit by Teri Sysum on May 11, 2016 2:21 PM
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A candle was lit by Gretchen Modrell -Navy mom on May 11, 2016 2:14 PM
Message from Shelly & Tom Perrett
May 11, 2016 2:10 PM

Fairwinds Sailor Lovelace.
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom Luciana Potter (New Orleans, LA) on May 11, 2016 2:10 PM
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A candle was lit by A thankful American-May you feel God's blessings and on May 11, 2016 2:09 PM
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A candle was lit by Melanie ~ Navy mom on May 11, 2016 2:09 PM
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A candle was lit by Shelly & Tom Perrett on May 11, 2016 2:09 PM
Message from Hamilton Alabama
May 11, 2016 2:08 PM

Fair winds young sailor. Praying for peace and comfort for your family.
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A candle was lit by I am so very sorry for your loss. Fairwinds to your son. on May 11, 2016 2:05 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom Selena Romero on May 11, 2016 2:03 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom from Baltimore Maryland on May 11, 2016 2:02 PM
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A candle was lit by S Blair on May 11, 2016 2:00 PM
Message from Christi Marxen Navy Mom
May 11, 2016 1:58 PM

My heart breaks for all of you with the loss of your sailor. Know that we are all praying for you and are sending you Navy Mom love. May he find eternal peace...
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A candle was lit by Lisa Yurkin on May 11, 2016 1:56 PM
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A candle was lit by Christi Marxen - Navy Mom on May 11, 2016 1:56 PM
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A candle was lit by David and Jodi Lusk on May 11, 2016 1:52 PM
Message from Navy Mom Jane Koeller
May 11, 2016 1:50 PM

Fair winds and following seas! Prayers and comfort for all of you.
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A candle was lit by Fair winds and following seas...A Navy Mom from Indiana on May 11, 2016 1:49 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom Jane Koeller on May 11, 2016 1:47 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy mom Stephanie Batchelor on May 11, 2016 1:46 PM
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A candle was lit by Prayers! Navy Mom- Jennifer Thompson on May 11, 2016 1:44 PM
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A candle was lit by Anonymous on May 11, 2016 1:44 PM
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A candle was lit by Chris Wilson on May 11, 2016 1:42 PM
Message from Marsha Wilson
May 11, 2016 1:41 PM

I'm am extremely sadden by your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family 🙏🏻

Marsha and Gary Wilson
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom Karen Tisdale on May 11, 2016 1:41 PM
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A candle was lit by Brandy Dixon Swinney on May 11, 2016 1:39 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy-Marine Family in Michigan on May 11, 2016 1:36 PM
Message from Tivoli Ny
May 11, 2016 1:36 PM

Our deepest sympathy is with you in your time of sorrow. May he rest with peace. Our family is thinking of you and holding you up with positive thoughts and prayers. Blessed be.
Message from Michigan
May 11, 2016 1:35 PM

Fair Winds and Following Seas!
Thank you for your service to our country.
We are so sorry for your loss, we will keep you in our prayers as you journey through this most difficult time.
Kevin & Sharon Maliszewski
USN Veteran Petty Officer 2nd Class (SW/AW) Kyle
USMC Corporal Korey
USN ABFAA Kacy
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A candle was lit by Judy Melton, Navy mom Deland Florida on May 11, 2016 1:34 PM
Message from A Navy Mom from Texas
May 11, 2016 1:33 PM

"No one had to ask them, they just knew
They had to go. They leave their homes,
with all its joy, and go to lands afar
They sacrifice their noble life
So that we can all be free"
My condolences to the family of this young and courageous young man... May you rest in peace, you sweet young man... My prayers are with you and with your family.. May god give his family the strength they need.. 😢
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A candle was lit by A navy mom in Tivoli Ny. Fairings and following seas. on May 11, 2016 1:33 PM
Message from Rochester Hills, Michigan
May 11, 2016 1:32 PM

We are so sorry for the loss of your son and Sailor. We keep you in our prayers at this most difficult time. We thank you and your Sailor for your service.
Fair Winds and Following Seas.
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A candle was lit by Diane Tabicas/John Garcia on May 11, 2016 1:29 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Coral Springs, Fl on May 11, 2016 1:28 PM
Message from Navy Mom in Pittsburgh, PA
May 11, 2016 1:26 PM

Our condolences to you and your family on this most tragic loss of your son. I think I can speak for the Navy Community that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom in Pittsburgh, PA on May 11, 2016 1:25 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom from Texas on May 11, 2016 1:24 PM
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A candle was lit by Current BUDS family on May 11, 2016 1:23 PM
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A candle was lit by a Navy mom in Pennsylvania. God bless this Sailor. on May 11, 2016 1:23 PM
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A candle was lit by Rhonda Morrie on May 11, 2016 1:22 PM
Message from Amber Davis
May 11, 2016 1:20 PM

Fair winds and following seas sailor.
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A candle was lit by Amber Davis on May 11, 2016 1:19 PM
Message from Navy Mama
May 11, 2016 1:19 PM

Fair Winds & Following Seas
God only takes the finest for his Battle in Heaven
Keeping all family in our hearts and Prayers🙏🙏
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A candle was lit by New York Navy mom on May 11, 2016 1:19 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy mom from Santa Rosa beach on May 11, 2016 1:18 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom from Arizona!!!!!! on May 11, 2016 1:17 PM
Message from Navy Mom in TN
May 11, 2016 1:12 PM

Fairwinds and Following Seas young Sailor. Prayers for your family, may God comfort you through this very difficult time.
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom from WA on May 11, 2016 1:11 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom from WA on May 11, 2016 1:11 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mama on May 11, 2016 1:10 PM
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom from OH on May 11, 2016 1:07 PM
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A candle was lit by Sailor mother, Sue Pickle on May 11, 2016 1:05 PM
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A candle was lit by Angela Uhnavy President Blue Star Mother's Rochester NY on May 11, 2016 1:05 PM
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A candle was lit by A Navy Mom on May 11, 2016 12:59 PM
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A candle was lit by Linda, a Navy mom on May 11, 2016 12:55 PM
Message from Linda, a Navy mom
May 11, 2016 12:54 PM

I can't imagine the pain that you must be going through right now, and my heart breaks for you. I have a son just a few days older then James. He is under way right now with the Navy, and I'm a nervous wreck. You got the phone call that every military parent fears, and my heart truly breaks for you. You have to know though that James is back with his mama now, and they're both watching down on you. Heaven must have needed another angel, and now your family has two Guardian Angels. James was chasing his dream, and you have to respect that. Such a great young man, and truly a tremendous loss. RIP Sailor. Your comrades will take the next watch.
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A candle was lit by Navy Mom on May 11, 2016 12:44 PM
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A candle was lit by Weathers Family on May 11, 2016 12:41 PM
Message from Texas Navy Familu
May 11, 2016 12:40 PM

Sending our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends. N
Message from Texas Navy Familu
May 11, 2016 12:40 PM

Sending our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends. N
Message from Beverly Doyle Durbin
May 11, 2016 12:39 PM

Our son is also in the Navy. I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all who love him.
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A candle was lit by Christine and Clay von dem Bach on May 11, 2016 12:17 PM
Message from Kathleen Bishop
May 11, 2016 11:52 AM

I wanted to send you a note, even though I do not know you all. I am so sorry for your loss, and just want you all to know that I will be thinking of you in the coming days and months ahead. My children and several nieces and nephews are just beginning their careers, and are around your loved one's age. I can only imagine how difficult this was for y'all to deal with....even accepting that he wanted to be a navy seal, must have been difficult. I have first cousins whose children went into the Marines, friends whose husbands were Marines, Army, and Navy, (I attended North Georgia College, which was a military college..(for the guys at that time...now the lady's are involved, too)
Hugs to you all, and know I am thinking of you! Kathleen Bishop
Message from Jeff Diffy
May 11, 2016 11:44 AM

Shipmate, You served well and exemplified Honor, Courage and Commitment. I remember you from the blood drive at RTC while you where in boot camp in Great Lakes. As a family member of a spec ops Sailor I will forever be grateful for the sacrifice you made while serving our great country. God bless your family and you will always be remembered as a Hero. Jeff Diffy HMC/USN (ret)
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A candle was lit by Our Prayers are with you. . . .Current Buds family on May 11, 2016 11:20 AM
Message from Navy Family
May 11, 2016 11:19 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lovelace Family. Our son was in Bud/s with James and we knew him well. A great kid who sacrificed trying to be the best. He will be sorely missed and remembered.
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A candle was lit by Buckholtz Family on May 11, 2016 10:55 AM
Message from Susan Riddle, A Grateful American
May 11, 2016 10:54 AM

To James Lovelace's Family:

Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your dear son, brother, and grandson. Words cannot express how much my heart aches for each of you.

Mr. Lovelace's desire to serve this nation will not be forgotten. Know that people are thankful and proud of him for choosing to serve and make a difference in this world.

It is my prayer that God will surround you with his comfort, peace and love during your time of grief.

In Christ's love,
Susan Riddle
A Grateful American
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A candle was lit by a current BUDs family, The Shields. on May 11, 2016 10:23 AM
Message from Paula
May 11, 2016 10:23 AM

May James rest in the arms of the Lord. May he find peace in the beauty of Heaven. God Bless!
Message from Army Mom
May 11, 2016 10:22 AM

My heart breaks for you during this time of loss. The sacrifice we make as parents is hard. I pray that God will provide your family peace during this time. I am so proud of James for the sacrifice he made for our country
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A candle was lit by Paula - New York on May 11, 2016 10:22 AM
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A candle was lit by a current BUDs family. on May 11, 2016 10:21 AM
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A White Daisy Open Wreath Standing Spray was sent on May 11, 2016

Our hearts are broken all over again for you and the girls. You are in our prayers daily, and we are always here for you. Please let us know how we can help. Sincerely, David and Laura Steele

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A candle was lit by Retired Navy Chief and Family on May 11, 2016 10:10 AM
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A candle was lit by John MacRae on May 11, 2016 10:08 AM
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A candle was lit by Vince & Jennie Bucci on May 11, 2016 9:37 AM
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A candle was lit by God Bless! Current BUDs Father on May 11, 2016 8:56 AM
Message from SWCC Mom
May 11, 2016 8:50 AM

My deepest condolences to your family. Dear James, thank you for your service.
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A candle was lit by Sheila Lovelace Jennelle and Family. on May 11, 2016 8:50 AM
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A candle was lit by David Lignal on May 11, 2016 8:32 AM
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A candle was lit by Jamie Fredric on May 11, 2016 7:47 AM
Message from training class 228
May 11, 2016 7:45 AM

Sorry for your sacrifice. I believe in a higher power and everything happens for a reason god speed.
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A candle was lit by God Bless James, from a current Buds famiy on May 11, 2016 7:23 AM
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A candle was lit by Stacy Lovelace Baker & Family on May 11, 2016 7:21 AM
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A candle was lit by SWCC Dad on May 11, 2016 7:18 AM
Message from michael kraynanski
May 11, 2016 7:18 AM

Seaman Lovelace, Rest In Peace. You will be sorely missed. Thank you for your service.
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A candle was lit by The Smith Family on May 11, 2016 7:11 AM
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A candle was lit by Navy Dad & family our thoughts and prayers. on May 11, 2016 6:58 AM
Message from Frank Osborn
May 11, 2016 6:43 AM

Just read the story on CNN. My heart goes out to your entire family. While I was not a SEAL, I got to know many in my 20 years of Naval Service. Fair Winds and Following Seas. May you find peace knowing he is serving amongst all the great Navy SEAL's that have gone before him.
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A candle was lit by Stephanie. Thank you for your service. Thoughts & Prayers. on May 11, 2016 3:26 AM
Message from A sister of a current Navy Sailor
May 10, 2016 11:54 PM

Sending my thoughts and prayers to your family. I know how worried I was when my brother was in training and on deployment and I can only imagine the pain you are all going through. Please know that we are all so proud of your brother and his honor and commitment to serve our country.
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A candle was lit by A current BUDs mother praying for you and your family. on May 10, 2016 11:50 PM
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A candle was lit by Bill on May 10, 2016 11:20 PM
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A candle was lit by A praying Navy mom and family on May 10, 2016 10:49 PM
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A candle was lit by Cynthia ( Hager ) Shade on May 10, 2016 10:02 PM
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A candle was lit by Karen Moriarty on May 10, 2016 10:00 PM
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A candle was lit by Karen Harding on May 10, 2016 9:14 PM
Message from Kevin Ewalt
May 10, 2016 9:12 PM

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt.

My son graduated Navy Bootcamp with your son in Great Lakes (805) and is in Coronado (BUD/s). He was friends with your son James and is truly heartbroken over this tragedy as is the whole Team. “He will be missed greatly.”
Message from Stacey Whitmire
May 10, 2016 8:57 PM

Our family is in grief over your unexpected tragic loss. My son, Wesley, has the highest respect for your son, they trained together in Pensacola. Trusting God through this tragedy. We plan on coming to the memorial service. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
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A candle was lit by Steve and Nancy Alexander on May 10, 2016 8:25 PM
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A candle was lit by Shawn, Renee & Paige Goodrich on May 10, 2016 8:19 PM
Message from MARK A. JAEGER
May 10, 2016 8:16 PM

AS THE PROUD SON OF A WWII NAVY VET,AND HIS BROTHER SERVED NAVY DURING KOREA,MY WIVES BROTHER SERVED AS LT. JG ON THE USS NEW JERSEY DURING THE REAGAN ADMIN. MY HEART FELT CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY...THE BIBLE SAYS GOD WILL COMFORT THOSE WHO MOURN,,THE NAVY IS A TIGHT GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN,, KNOW THAT THEY ALL FEEL YOUR PAIN IN YOUR HOUR OF GRIEF,,THIS I KNOW,,.MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TODAY AND FOREVER,,,,Mark
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A candle was lit by A praying mom who has a son in Phase 2 BUD/S, Coronado. on May 10, 2016 7:58 PM
Message from Val & Ray wlliams
May 10, 2016 7:55 PM

Thanks you for your Service and dedication to the USA! There are no words to express our sadness - forever in our hearts.
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A candle was lit by Reed Bryson on May 10, 2016 7:51 PM
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A candle was lit by The Archer Family on May 10, 2016 7:32 PM
Message from Rock De Tolve
May 10, 2016 7:15 PM

My condolences to the Lovelace family. I am grateful for James' service and so sorry for your loss.

Very respectfully,
Rock De Tolve
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A candle was lit by N. Nickel on May 10, 2016 6:38 PM
Message from mbryan
May 10, 2016 6:36 PM

We've never met but my heart & a prayer goes out to family during this most difficult time. May God bless you all.
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A candle was lit by Donna Marasco on May 10, 2016 6:30 PM
Message from a seals mom
May 10, 2016 4:58 PM

I am heartbroken for you and your family may your beautiful son rest in peace, i remember staying up every night till wee hours praying that my son was safe in BUDS and worried each step of the way., we all accepted the risks that come with this journey . You are in our prayers and hearts.
Message from G. Harper
May 10, 2016 4:51 PM

Jim and girls, am in total disbelief on your loss of Derrick. Words can never describe what I have felt for all of you. Too much in too short a time.
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A candle was lit by G. Harper on May 10, 2016 4:44 PM
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A candle was lit by Nicholas Clesceri on May 10, 2016 3:51 PM
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A candle was lit by Michael and Michelle Clesceri on May 10, 2016 3:39 PM
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A candle was lit by Koby & Brittany McVey on May 10, 2016 2:10 PM
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A candle was lit by Ashley Elizalde on May 10, 2016 1:28 PM
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A candle was lit by Kelly Elizalde on May 10, 2016 12:59 PM
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A candle was lit by Matt and Jennifer Hoffmann on May 10, 2016 11:38 AM
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A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Mark and Judy Shock on May 10, 2016

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A candle was lit by Mark and Judy Shock on May 10, 2016 10:15 AM
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A candle was lit by Sandi Simpson, Renee & Kris Rebelo on May 10, 2016 10:15 AM
Message from Walland, TN
May 10, 2016 9:58 AM

The Lovelace Family,

My heart is aching for you. I first met this fine young man while stationed in Pensacola. Derek was truly a gentleman who was respectful, courteous and had a huge heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

I would like to share just a little scripture that was on my mind...

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

With love,
The Riddle Family
James, Sherrie, Tenley & Patrick
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A candle was lit by Jim & Wendy Richardson on May 10, 2016 8:57 AM
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A Hope and Honor Cross was ordered on May 10, 2016

Message from Bristol, Indiana
May 10, 2016 8:19 AM

Jim, Lynsi, and Kaysi:
Guam seems so long ago, but like yesterday. I was just looking at the pictures of when Bub and Lynsi (Sorry Kaysi you were a twinkle still) and my Son Bryce were trick o treating one year. Bub and Bryce were dressed up as cows lol.
I know we all lose touch after PCS'ing, etc...but I can say I'm honored and proud to say I knew your Son, and Haymas if there is anything in my power I can do for you or the family please let me know. If I can do it, I will no questions.
Much love and prayers to you and entire family!
Dave Wills
U.S. Air Force
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A candle was lit by Dave Wills - USAF on May 10, 2016 7:37 AM
Message from Cindy and Jay Stelly
May 10, 2016 7:11 AM

Jim, Lynsi, and Kaysi,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that his Mom was waiting for him and he will never walk alone. Their memory will always be with you to cherish forever.
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A candle was lit by Cindy and Jay Stelly on May 10, 2016 6:56 AM
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A candle was lit by Brenda and James Ivey on May 10, 2016 6:44 AM
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A candle was lit by karen on May 9, 2016 11:15 PM
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A candle was lit by Publix Pharmacy on May 9, 2016 10:09 PM
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A candle was lit by Harding family on May 9, 2016 9:27 PM
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A candle was lit by Robert & Betsy Bondi on May 9, 2016 9:25 PM
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A candle was lit by Mary & Noelle on May 9, 2016 8:13 PM
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A candle was lit by Greg on May 9, 2016 5:52 PM
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A candle was lit by Denise on May 9, 2016 4:44 PM
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