Sgt. James W. Harlan
James W. Harlan coached
youth baseball and loved sports. Most of all, he felt
compelled to serve his country, his family said. The
44-year-old, an employee for the streets department for
the city of Owensboro, Ky., spent two decades in the
military and reserves. He re-enlisted after the 2001
terrorist attacks. "There's just so much about Jimmy.
There's not just one thing you can say," said his
brother, Kenny Likens. Staff Sgt. Harlan died May 14 in
a suicide bomber attack in Iraq. He had been stationed
at Cadiz, Ohio. His oldest son, James Bryan Harlan, said
his father loved the military. "Nobody wants to see
their father die at all," the 23-year-old Harlan said.
"But to have it be while doing something of this
significance, we're proud of him." The tour was James
Harlan's second since the invasion of Iraq, said his
sister-in-law, Kelly Likens. Survivors include five
children, ranging from 11 to 26 years old.