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US 13 PATRIOTS

This page is dedicated to our Gold Star families, Veterans and American Patriots unselfishly dedicating their time to keep the names and memories of our US13 and all Fallen Heroes alive. 

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 Meet Jim McCollum - Cowboy, Carpenter, Poet, Published Author and proud father to LCpl Rylee J. McCollum. 

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Empowering, imaginative, and timeless, "Moments and Memories" is a poetic exploration of the American West. Get in touch with the wonders and beauties of the landscape, the people, and the complexities of emotion. This collection of poetry is both thoughtful and reflective as author Jim McCollum – a lifelong Wyoming kid – reflects on his experiences through language.

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Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee James McCollum was killed in action on Aug. 26 in Kabul, Afghanistan, while assisting in evacuation efforts at Hamid Karzai International Airport. He was 20. Rylee missed the birth of his daughter Levi. He was survived by Wife Gigi, Daughter Levi, Father Jim, Biological mother Kathy,  Sisters Roice & Cheyenne. 

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FLAGS OF THE FALLEN

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Mike Morgan

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & FOUNDER
(678) 787-9120
MIKE@FLAGSOFTHEFALLEN.COM

Unlike my partners, brothers and friends on the board of Flags of the Fallen, I have not had the honor of serving this great country. I owe a great debt to these men and all the people who have served. Through Flags of the Fallen, we plan to honor the memories of the heroes that we have lost by caring for those that they left behind by keeping their names on these flags for all to see and remember. Their service may have ended, but our gratitude never will. I read their names often so I will never forget what they gave for us. I hope to lead this group for many years and celebrate the lives of these warriors with many toasts, tears, cheers…and flags!

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Iron Major Leather Works was founded during the COVID-19 pandemic by Major Aaron Pluto. Having just submitted his application to retire from the Army after 20 years on active duty, businesses started shutting down and Aaron found himself looking for a job in a less than optimistic environment. A friend invited Aaron to come apprentice at his hobby leather shop called “Charred Embers and Oak” located in beautiful Vancouver, Washington. Over the summer of 2020, Aaron worked alongside his craftsman friend learning the business and finding it a therapeutic way to process his military experiences. Returning home to Austin, Texas in 2021, Aaron set about developing his own designs and creating a place where veterans could have a place to connect, work with their hands, learn something new and reinvent the team experience which was missing in their lives. Over beer, whiskey and cigars, ideas were formed, templates made, friendships forged and Iron Major Leather Works was born.

 

We hope that you enjoy not only the fine craftsmanship in our items but also appreciate the process through which these handcrafted leather goods evolve. Thank you for supporting our veterans and our small enterprise.

 

You can reach Aaron on                          or at aaron.j.pluto@gmail.com

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My name is Andy Vigil, I was raised in Layton Utah and now I reside in Clearfield, Utah. I graduated from Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah in 1969. I joined the Army in 1970 went to basic training in Fort Lewis, Washington and then to Fort Gordon, Georgia for Military Policeman training after completion of MP School I went to Incheon, Korea. There were about 20 of us that went under Special Orders under the Eighth Army Theater. We had several conflicts with North Korea. In 1973 I met Deborah Coxey. We got married on Dec. 13th, 1974. We have been married 47+ years with three great children, Andy B. Vigil (46), Danielle Vigil (43) and Levi Vigil (32). When I first heard about the Fallen13 in Afghanistan I wondered what I could do to Honor their Ultimate Sacrifice. So I came up with a Memorial Tribute for the families. It has been a Honor to be recognized by Kami Irwin and Crystal Turner.

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My name is Alex Ramirez, owner of Luna’s Wood Works. Outside of my
day-to-day job responsibilities I find time to follow my passion as a
craftsman. I started making flags to honor our Military and First
Responders over 10 years ago. My wife and son both served in the military
and I wanted to find a way to thank all those who have served. My first flag
was a Blue Line Flag and the second was the American Flag. My
woodworking craftsmanship gives me the ability to give back with over
2,500 flags made by my hands, honoring those men and women. When
possible, I try to donate flags so our service-members and First Responders
know we will never forget their dedication and sacrifices. I have followed
my heart to give back to others.

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Email me for more info on your flag! 

alexlramirez76@gmail.com

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