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James Balmonte

In Memory of SSgt James Lorenzo Mobel Balmonte, USAF

January 17, 1998 – January 26, 2022

Load Master 21AS assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB

SSgt James L. Balmonte was an instructor loadmaster in the 21st Airlift Squadron assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, California as of October 2017. James was active duty, and he was part of the direct support of Operation Freedom Sentinel and Inherent Resolve.

James was a kind soul who would brighten the day of everyone he spoke to. He would use his comedic charm, cheerfulness, and great personality to make everyone feel welcomed. He had quick wit and a great sense of humor that made him a lot of friends and made people want to be around him. He was loyal to his job, his family, his friends, and his Beeliner family. He was the first person to stand up and help out wherever it was needed. He especially loved to talk about his culture, his life in Guam, and life outside the military. James enjoyed video games and hanging out with family and friends. He loved to travel around the world and try new things like snowboarding in Tahoe. 

He joined the military in order to make a difference in this world. It gave him something to focus on that he could be proud of and that would constantly challenge him. He was a dedicated person at heart and put everything he had into everything he did.

James “Boom” Lorenzo Mobel Balmonte, of Dededo, was called home by our heavenly Father at the age of 24. In his new life, James will be greeted at the gates of heaven by his grandparents: Catherine G. Balmonte, William M. Mobel. Grandparents-In-Law: Felimon and Josefina Canales.

James’ love and memories will forever be cherished in the hearts of his wife: Mai Yanagawa Canales, Parents: Jaime Jr. and Carolyn M. Balmonte; Parents-In-Law: Saori and Rosenda Canales; Grandparents: Jaime D.C. Balmonte; Anne H. Mobel; Grandparents-In-Law: Etsuko and Tetsuo Yanagawa.

Brothers / Sister and Sister-In Law / Nephews / Nieces:

Steven T. and Jasmine Joy S. Balmonte (Zayvien T. and Ezekiah); Jaime W. Balmonte III; Jaimelynn Balmonte; Brother and Sister-in-law: Yuji Canales, Takumi Canales. Uncles / Aunts / Cousins: Jeffrey and Naomi Balmonte (Austin, Arianah, Jeffrety Jr., Amiyah, Alanah), Jeremy and Hoshi Balmonte (Jeremy Jr. Jordyn, Athena): Geraldine and Jon Mesgnon (Jonea, Gavin, Noah, Neveah); Christie and Cliff Ibay (Cailtlynn, Cody, Cliff jr., Haley, Camella); Jessica and Fernando Y. Tiakl (Rekoi); Marlynn and Kate Mobel (Almar, Allyne): William and Lakalani Mobel (Walker, Wilbert, Fidelia): Heather and Richard Tellames (Maevonny, Ngiratudelei, Milad); Clarissa and Greg Savage (Darrell Jacob, Darrel Jr. and Jaylynn, Dylan, Calani) AnnaLisa Balmonte.

Close Friends: Fond Squad and Beeliners 21 AS

Interment: Guam Memorial Park, Barrigada GU

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