James Allen “Bo” Swearingen II
James Allen Swearingen was born on June 11, 1977. From a very young age, his Mom-Jannie- could tell that he was special.
“Bo” loved the military. He would find ways to learn about the US military training, weaponry, and different facets of it. His particular focus was the Army. As soon as he was old enough, he signed the papers and was quickly sent to boot camp. Once graduated, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division or “Screaming Eagles”.
Their motto is “Rendezvous with Destiny”, and Bo’s involvement with this Division would quickly prove that it was right. He was a part of the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
He made it his mission to be the best “Screaming Eagle” he could be meeting every challenge that the training threw at him. His hard work and dedication earned him the Sergeant Audie Murphy Award only given to NCOs that show superb excellence in their leadership capabilities.
Bo had been serving in the Army for six years when the devastating 9/11 attacks occurred. As a result, Bo was deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served his country with distinction and earned numerous medals and awards including the Bronze Star.
He was a part of numerous combat actions to liberate Iraq from the rule of Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda terrorists.
When he arrived home, he continued to serve his country, community, and family.
However, sadly, his life was cut short when he was killed in a motorcycle accident with his wife in 2010.
His patriotism and service continue to endure in the lives of those he touched, including his mother, Jannie Layne.
In honor of her son, she began a nonprofit called “Bo’s Blessings” to honor and serve military and veterans as well as their families. This organization is in mission what Bo Swearingen was in life putting others above himself.