Tributes & Vigils Category: US Marine
Name: Marine 2nd Lt. James J. Cathey
From: Reno, Nev.
Assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.,
Incident: Marine 2nd Lt. James J. Cathey was killed Aug. 21 by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Al Karmah, Iraq.
Marine killed in Iraq explosion
The 20th Nevadan to die in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was remembered as a peacemaker who helped rid the world of terrorism.
More than 200 people, including Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Nev., and state Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Nev., honored Marine Corps 2nd Lt. James Cathey, 24, during an emotional funeral Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno.
The Reno native was killed by an explosive device Aug. 21 after only one month in Iraq. His unit was operating and training with Iraqi security forces near Al Karmah and Fallujah.
“James was a young man who was living his dream, serving as a Marine,” the Rev. Tom Czack said. “He was a kind, giving man who was serving his country.
“For those who are peacemakers, they’ll be the children of God. In this time of trial let us stand in faith,” Czack added.
The service began with a procession of Marines who…