Lance Cpl James Eric Swain
Lance Cpl. James E. Swain of Kokomo, Indiana graduated in 2002 from Kokomo High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and active in the Dram Club. He also served as a statistician for the girls’ basketball team. James learned a 30 page computer manual in days and taught others how to computerize statistics. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the military. As a Marine, James believed in doing what needed to be done, so he volunteered to leave his post in Japan for the Middle East. The 6 ‘ tall redhead, was the son of an Army medic and the grandson of a Marine. He understood the importance of giving back to his country and to his community. He hoped to someday be a criminal profiler for the CIA or FBI. The life scout was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and involved in many church and community projects. A scholarship was named in James’ honor. It accepted an initial donation of $3,705 from his family and Kokomo High School teachers. The scholarship is awarded to a Kokomo High School graduate who shows exemplary traits of providing community service. He leaves his parents, Daniel and Mona Swain, a brother, Benjamin, and two sisters, Mariann and Melissa. He was killed at age 20 by enemy action in Anbar province, Iraq.
1st Marine Division
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Camp Pendleton, California
Burial is at Galveston Cemetery in Galveston, Indiana