RICHLANDS, N.C., and SMYRNA – 1st Lt. James Zimmerman, 25, was killed in action Nov. 2, 2010, by small arms fire while leading his men engaging the enemy. He was born May 18, 1985, in Presque Isle, son of Thomas and Jane (Kendrick) Zimmerman. He was a graduate of Greater Houlton Christian Academy, Class of 2003, and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps March 21, 2003, the first day of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He attended boot camp at Paris Island, S.C. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Topsham, for one year and afterward was awarded a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship in 2004. He attended the University of Maine, Orono, where he graduated in 2008 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. While at Orono he met his bride-to-be, Lynel Winters, whom he later married June 21, 2008. He attended The Basic School and the Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, Va., after which he was assigned as platoon commander for the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment of Camp Lejeune, N.C. In May 2010, he was promoted to first lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was deployed June 13, 2010, to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Throughout his military career, he aspired to lead by example and loved his men, who in return loved him and respected his leadership and example. His lifelong ambition was to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps and dedicate his life to his country. He loved bonfires, drawing, carving, outdoors, his backyard where he grew up, sailing and his horse, Chico. James never tired of giving his mother a hug. He dearly loved his family, his God and his country. In addition to his parents of Smyrna, he is survived by his wife, Lynel of Richlands, N.C., whom he adored passionately; one brother, Christian Zimmerman of Montgomery, Texas; a sister, Meghan Foster and her husband, Nathan, of Hodgdon; grandmother, Althea Zimmerman of Hampden; two nephews and one niece, Tristen, Trestin and Madison Zimmerman of Texas; several aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him dearly. Friends may call 9-10:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Houlton High School, 7 Bird St., Houlton, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. A time of fellowship will be held after the services at County Road Baptist Church, New Limerick. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to Greater Houlton Christian Academy, 28 School St., Houlton, ME 04730. Arrangements by Bowers Funeral Home, 10 Water St., Houlton.