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E. James Porteus
April 23, 1939 ~
August 14, 2019
Date of Service: September 15, 2019

Dean W. Mann
April 19,1938 ~
September 09, 2019
Date of Service: September 16, 2019

William Voth
May 17, 1933 ~
September 11, 2019
Date of Service: September 16, 2019

Betty Inabnit
June 7, 1937 ~
September 13, 2019
Date of Service: September 20, 2019

Ann Louise Schaefer
December 17, 1944 ~
September 10, 2019

Edmund Caracciolo
October 17, 1928 ~
September 06, 2019

Walter Ronald Gee
March 3, 1941 ~
September 05, 2019

Carolyn Gaub
November 03, 1956 ~
September 04, 2019

John Orndorff
February 20, 1931 ~
August 28, 2019

John Celander
July 15, 1955 ~
August 27, 2019

Theodore Kelley
October 14, 1926 ~
August 24, 2019




 Memorial Honors Military Service & Sacrifice

Bozeman, MONT. (May 2, 2014) Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory today announced they will be hosting the Eyes of Freedom traveling memorial from May 29 through June 1.  This traveling memorial, delivered by R+L Carriers, depicts the fallen of Lima Company 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines (L3/25), one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

These 23 life-size portraits have become a powerful traveling military tribute honoring all those who have answered the call to service, in every branch of our armed forces. These Eyes reflect the hundreds of thousands of men and women that have sacrificed defending our Freedoms.

One of the fallen soldiers depicted in the memorial is Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Bloem, a 2003 graduate of Belgrade High School.  When Dokken-Nelson scheduled this memorial, they were not aware of this amazing connection but discovered it when sharing the opportunity at an American Legion Memorial Day parade meeting—his mom was in attendance. 

We are so thankful for your support of the Fallen and honoring their memory—and their families—from your heart,” said Debbie Bloem.  “Thank you for bringing this to Bozeman.  I am still overwhelmed!”  Debbie is the coordinator of the Gold Star family events and ceremony that take place Memorial Day weekend—honoring families whose loved one died while serving in the armed forces.

The Eyes of Freedom Memorial will be on display at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, located at 113 South Willson Avenue in Bozeman, as follows:

THURSDAY, MAY 29 ~ VETERANS ONLY PREVIEW NIGHT, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Opening Ceremony at 6:30 P.M.

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., Welcome Ceremony at 6:30 P.M.

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

This event is free of charge; tax-deductible donations to Eyes of Freedom will be accepted.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to share this memorial that honors the men and women that serve in our great military,” said Mike Strahle, Director of The Eyes of Freedom and a member of the Lima Company (he served along with the men honored in the life-size paintings).  “We invite everyone to visit us during display hours to honor all branches of service; past, present, and future.”

“We are honored to bring this amazing tribute to our community,” said Chris Remely, owner and funeral director at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory. “Words can’t express the emotions you feel looking into the eyes of these men, knowing they paid the ultimate price.”

For more information please visit, email, or call 587.9311.

About Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory

Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory is a full-service funeral home that has been serving the Gallatin Valley for more than 100 years. Dokken-Nelson is committed to providing families with caring, compassionate service to help make a difficult time a little easier—working with loved ones to create meaningful life celebrations. They offer customized memorial items, video tributes, and they are the pre-planning leader in the Gallatin Valley. For more information please call 406.587.3184 or visit

Additional Background

The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial was created as a result of an Ohio artist’s vision, in which she saw the finished memorial and felt she was being asked to create it.  With the help of the families of the fallen and the returned Marines of L3/25, the work was created and unveiled in the Ohio State House Rotunda in 2008, as the vision foretold.

Although the paintings in this Memorial specifically depict the 23 fallen Marines from Lima 3/25, it has become much more; The Eyes of Freedom honors all who have answered the call to service. Behind each portrait we feel the honor and sacrifice of the thousands of men and women who have served our country, in every branch of the armed forces.

Mike Strahle retired from Lima 3/25 and upon seeing The Eyes of Freedom unveiled at the Statehouse in 2008 knew he had witnessed something truly special. Three years later he would contact Anita Miller, the artist and creator, requesting to host the memorial at a Veteran’s Support fundraiser he co-founded. It was this reunion that sparked the passing of the baton from its creator to the hands of a brother in arms. For Mike this mission is personal. He too was badly injured in the explosion that took six of his squad members; two more fell to enemy fire just days prior.

The Eyes of Freedom Memorial’s exclusive transportation provider is R+L Carriers, Inc. based in Wilmington, OH. R+L is a leading less-than-truckload (LTL) freight transportation company, providing guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service through a network of more than 100 service centers in the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.


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