Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Pvt. Jerod R. Dennis

19, of Oklahoma.
Dennis died of wounds sustained during a firefight with enemy forces in the vicinity of Ne Shkin, Afghanistan. Dennis was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on April 25, 2003.

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"I never knew about this. I may be heading to your state soon for a visit, and I wanted to visit the memorial your family had put up. I found this. Seeing our friends—our fellow soldiers—your friends, and even strangers showering your memory with love is wonderful. I think about you all the time. It’s been almost 18 years now. It doesn’t seem real. If I close my eyes, I can see your face, smiling. One of my favorite memories from the military is from a night when we were on a mission. It was the one when we were bivouacked out in the middle of nowhere, and we had flares in the sky casting long eerie shadows, but we were in good spirits. Partly because of your indomitable spirit. You had us singing Johny Cash and rapping Tupac and laughing even in our misery, even with the stink of fear that existed under everything we did. I was and am an angry and bitter man. I want to be more like you were. I want to love life like you did. I want to see the world like you did. Thank you for being the man you were and giving me someone to aspire to emulate."
Tucker Mollers of Oregon

I had just met you 30 minutes before the qrf call came in. We were in the moral tent playing ps2. Losano was in there with us talking about his wife and daughter. I think he had just found out about his wife expecting. It wasn't long before we got the call. You both were in qrf1 so you suited up and blasted off. Dennis, I will never forgive myself for this but I was supposed to be the one doing cls on you. I will never forgive myself for allowing someone to take my place. It's been almost 18 years and I think about that day often. I'm so sorry."
of MI

"Jerod, I remember sitting up at the house in Salerno, Afghanistan. Talking about home and the fun things we were going to do back home. When we were at Shkin and heard the news, I was devastated. I'm still there. I will never forget you. Your always in my heart. Airborne, all the way."
SSG Joshua Hambly of JBLM, Wa

"Dco 3/504 Strike Hold. God Bless you and your Family."
Sgt. Polk, Ben of Kernersville NC

"Strike Hold Brother"
SGT Nate Thomas Dco 3-504PIR Task Force Blue Devil of Green Bay,WI

"I have posted 50 names of our military members who have passed in Afghanistan over the past few days, Jerod's name came up today his story was so amazing and so heroic. If you care to follow me during the rest of my postings my page is here.https://www.facebook.com/matt.lacombe1. Thank you and God bless. The country has lost one of its many bravest."
Matt LaCombe of Raleigh, NC

"Jerod, As the years fade your memory and sacrifice do not. Blue Devil PA Doc Campise."
Matthew Campise of Fort Leonard Wood MO

"Hey Jerod its almost christmas and I was thinking about you, figured I'd better stop by and say Hi. Miss you Brother Merry Xmas"
Doug of Milton,PA

"Dennis, I just found this site. I have been looking for a place to talk to you and your family. I was the Command Sergeant Major of 2/505th PIR we were attached to 504th for OEF and based at Bagram. I remember being in our Command Post and listening to what had happened on the radio. I knew the wounded would be coming to the Hospital at Bagram. I met you on the flight strip along with the rest of the guys who were wounded. I stayed with you throughout the longest night. I wanted to let your parents know that myself and SGM Catterton held your hands and talked and prayed with you while you passed on to a better place. I think about you everyday and I'm glad I finally have the chance to let your family know, that when you passed on you were with your fellow paratroopers who made sure you were not alone. You are a true hero in every sense of the word. You upheld the traditions and honor of the 504th PIR and the 82d Airborne Division. It was my greatest honor to be with you and try to provide you with some small measure of comfort."
CSM(Ret) Hoyle E Hodges of Olympia, WA


Another year has gone by now and this one makes 8 since that day. Bro, there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you and how your sacrifice has made an impact on my life. I wear you on my right wrist now so when I cover my heart or give a salute I give you your respect. I tell my kids and family the story of that day and how much of a true hero you are. Love and miss you Bro! BallsDeep!!!"
Kicknwing of Ft. Bragg, NC


Brother I really don't know what to say man, it has taken me 7 years to be able to write about that day. I was one of the ones that flew in to help when the ambush hit.Man I wish we could have gotten there sooner, but the Great Paratrooper in the sky had other plans. You went out in a blaze of Glory just like you wanted and died a HERO saving the rest of the platoon.That day has haunted me forever and in my dreams but I'm coming to terms with brother. You will never be forgotten and will always live in my heart. You truely are My HERO.

Kicknwing of FAYETTENAM

You are and always will be the greatest person I have ever had the privilege of calling friend. I had the honor of going to high school with you. I think you from the bottom of my heart for being a friend to me when others would not. You were and always will be my hero. I am so sorry and saddened by your loss. The world lost a great man. Your courage to do what is right and your uncanny ability to make people laugh will always be remembered. To my fallen Hero your legacy will live on. I miss you every day and hope to see you again one day in Heaven. Till then my buddy. P.S. you would be proud to know that I stopped getting lost in the woods and have grown up and now have a family.
Lots of love."
Renee Crudup of Phoenix Arizona


I miss u so much i cry everytime i see your picture think of u its so hard to not see u!!!!!!!!!!!!!! U ARE MY HERO"
Sheila of De Queen AR USA

"Pvt. Jerod R. Dennis,

I know i have not met you, but i surely have heard about you, and when you are spoken of, i feel a very powerful spirit. You left at 19, a very young age, same age as I am, its soldiers like you who influence me to better myself as a soldier and as a person. You are very well spoken of, and if you ever think that you are forgotten you are not.. and that is why i am dropping by to let you know, that you are not forgotten. I shall carry on your name with all the other hereos who has given up their life for our Country.

There are a lot of things I would like to thank you for, but that I will have to thank you in prayers!

To a brave hero,
With lots of love and lots of Respect"
SPC Lualhati of Aurora, IL

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"Nothing on T.V. or the news about you. No one really cares outside the military community. The USA is a mess and the U.S. military is getting a rough ride in Afghanistan. No way the war can be won. Russia couldn't do it and in fact no one in history ( Country that is) can beat the great afghan warrior. This is another Vietnam in the making."
Erudite of Jackson Kentucky

"Jerod,...I miss you all the time big guy. I appreciate you for being who you were. You made an impact on my life, and gave me something to look up to.
NO ONE will EVER forget you Jerod. You will always be in my heart and thoughts."
Specialist Joey Rowland of Kirkuk, Iraq

"Hey Dennis,
I was thinking of you today and reliving the moments on Apr 25. I still see your face daily when you came to my room to hide your beer back at the old barracks. I love ya man and watch over all of us."
Vic Belcastro of B 3/504 3rd PLT

"Jerod, we as your family are so very proud of you... jerod's dad Jerry is my second cousin, and I know the hurt the family has faced... but it does make it easier when you know that your country still remembers and cares... thank you all...."
Lana of Dawson Texas

"In memory, you will live on forever."
SGT Mathew Meyers

"I never had the privilege of knowing Jerod but I do know of one life in particular that he touched. Therefore, he has touched my own life. To his mother, I want you to know that you are in my thoughts more than you will ever realize. I mourn for your loss. But, you must know that your son was truly an inspiration to many. He has touched lives of people he never knew, he never met. You raised a great young man and, though your pain will never go away, you can live with the fact that you raised a hero, as well. Today marks an anniversary that no mother wants to mark and for that I offer my sincere sympathy. But, it also marks the anniversary of the day your son showed the true honor of being a brave man. Relish in that thought, dear mother, and know that you will never spend this day alone. To your son, thank you for giving my own son the opportunity to know a hero."
Amelia Ford of Hartford, KY

"Six Years, Six long years Dennis. I now have a 14 months old daughter and thinking about getting out of the United States Army for her. I had a nightmare last night, a real bad one. I was not sure why I did, because I never have them. When I woke up I realized today was the anniversary of your fatality. Not sure if it was God telling me there is something I have to fix or who knows something I could have done better that day. Like I said before every time I visit this web site I do nothing but Cry. It still hurts me and it will never stop. I will always remember you buddy!!!"
SSG Joseph Beard of Yorkville, IL


I never got to met you in person but I was with Dco 3/504 PIR during the same time period in OEF. My platoon was assigned to the FOB Shkin shortly after you died. I also wear your man on my wrist because i never knew you personally but I didn't have to. RIP"
SSG Thomas

"Hey Dennis it's Doug your battle buddy from E 2/58 and Airborne school, just wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you. It's crazy 6 years have passed since you have been gone and I still have that same feeling in my chest when I think about you, I miss you buddy and keep sending them big bucks past my treestand."
Doug Biddle of Milton,PA

"Man reading these notes from all of your friends and family puts a tear to my eye. Jerod, you have changed my life so much and helped me understand my purpose in life. I remember when SSG Hodge told me and you when i was in 2nd squad that we would not be jumping with the rest of our squad for the jump. We looked at each other very dissappointed because we were left out, but we both agreed that we would support and help our squad out as much as possible. Being left behind was always hard because we were both rifleman and new PVT's, so we always ended up on the short end of the stick. I remember when the platoon was gone on the jump and we were in the rear you told me,"we'll get ours man, sooner or later." Little did i know that day that you were going to become a legend in military history. I miss you everyday when i think of you, you will always be family to me. You have given me the courage to be a better leader in the Army, and i tell your story to all my soldiers and tell them that you were the example of a fearless and brave soldier. Your family should be proud of you and everything you represent to others who knew you. My children will know your story and their childrens children will know as well. From a quote from one of my favorite movies "Heroes are remembered, but Legends never die." God bless you and your family, and one day maybe me and you will get a chance to do that Combat Jump in Heaven together!"
SSG Isaac Campos (December degenerate forever!) of Santa Clarita CA, USA

"Dennis, I still see and hear you in my dreams, I wish that I could have done something, I wear your name on my wrist. I only wish I could have helped you. I was miles away and on the radio I heard you. I AM SOO SORRY."

"Veterans Day 2008
The sacrifice of Army Pvt. Jerod R. Dennis will always be remembered."
Mike Menetto of Los Gatos, CA, USA

"Jarod, I hope I did you proud speaking in front of the guys on "the beach" that day. Toughest speech I've ever given on the saddest day I've ever lived. Me and my two buddies still think of you and Ray. Sorry we couldn't help more that day..."
Your friends in Black of the world

"I can't believe it's been five years. It seems like yesterday. I didn't really know you, HQ never mixed much with you guys in 3rd, but I never stop thinking about that awful day. I've never felt that helpless before. God bless you and keep you."
Andrew Hanna (formerly of B Co 3/504 PIR) of Bloomington, IL

"Hey, bro. Remember when you got to 30th AG in June of 2002. I do. You had a mullet. I can't stop crying. You told me to take care of myself a few weeks before that fateful day. I have a bracelett with your name on it so that I remember not to take my life for granted. You still help even today."
Raul Sanchez of San Antonio, TX

"Hey bro. Every time I try writing something on here for you, I start to cry just looking at the words of others. I remember when we were told that you had passed, that night I had a dream. I was sitting on an old wooden fence along a dirt road. I looked left, down the road and stared off for a second. I then looked to the right, and you were sitting beside me. You looked peaceful. You looked me in the eye and said, "Don't worry Brink, it don't hurt no more, everything is gonna be alright. I just wanted to say goodbye." Then you stood up and walked away. I will never forget that dream for as long as I live. To this day, that is the lasting image of you that I have. I've lost so many friends and family members in this life but none of those loses seem to hurt as much as this one. I remember the makeshift eulogy that I was asked to write and read at your memorial in Shkin. Holding back my tears that day was harder than any of the physical hell we ever had to endure over there. I wish I never had to write those words. I miss you brother. I look at your picture and give you a tip of my hat every day. May you rest in peace and may your family be blessed with your everlasting strenght. Goodbye bro."
Owen Brink of Scranton, P,A,

"December 8, 2007
To the family of Pvt. Jerod R. Dennis:
Jerod gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Words simply can not express the emotions that run through us all at the thought of your passing away. Thank you for being a hero; thank you for being strong; thank you for being a real paratrooper and sticking your neck out there to help out your brothers. You are missed more and more as each day goes by, and there isn't a single one of us who doesn't think of you with fondness and love. You were a good MAN, although too young to have everything taken away from you like it was. I think we've all asked ourselves "Why him? Why not me?" at some point in time or another. But God works in the strangest ways, and luckily, I know that some day I'll see you when I finally have the opportunity to ask Him myself why he took you from us. To Jerod's parents: I never got to know you that well and I apologize for that. Even though I was there every time you came to Bragg for a visit, I was scared to speak to you one on one and to this day I'm not sure why. I guess I didn't have the courage to face the two people who had made such a great sacrifice, knowing that it wasn't fair for you. Your son was a hero. You raised a truly dynamic person. I apologize for never taking the opportunity to speak with you and let you know just how much you and your son mean to me. Thank you for being strong, because it is obvious that that strength was passed on to Jerod. Let it be known that he was a true hero, and a good person. We all miss him, and I still shed a tear for him when I think of him. Not so much a tear for him, however, because he is in a better place, but a tear for those of us who were blessed enough to know him but lost him, and especially for you, who have made a greater sacrifice than those of us who accompanied him overseas. You are my heroes as well. Love you Jerod. See you in the end."
SSG Chris Ethridge (paratrooper/december degenerate) of Murray, KY

"We are sorry to hear of your loss but just remember The lord made him a channel of peace that where there was hatred he was sent there to bring love and where there was wrong he was to bring the spirit of forgiveness and where there was discord he was to bring harmony that where there was error he was to bring truth and where there was doubt he was to bring faith and where there was despair he was to bring hope and where there was shadows he was to bring light and where there was saddness he was to bring joy lord grant that he may see comfort than to be comfofted to understand to love for than to be loved for it is by selfforgetting that one finds it is by forgiving that one is forgiven it is by passing away that one awakens to eternal life amen"
John Bailey of Dallas Texas

"Maybe I am late at comming to grips with this compared to everyone else. I can't think of any words that can express deeply enough thanks to dennis himself. I can though for his mother. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, not only for raising such a great son but for the strength you showed all of us at his memorial. The image of you standing in front of me without a tear in your eyes will stay with me forever, i thank you for being that strong and i know your son does too."
Richard(Fellow paratrooper) of Florida

Hey man its me again, I've been thinking alot about you lately and still come to grips with what happened. It took me a long time to cry after that day. I was watching a thing off of band of brothers last year and this old vet from WWII was talking about who the real heroes were, he was talking about the ones who gave the most. The ones who gave up the chance to experience the rest of their life, the ones who gave up the chance to raise a family, the ones who would never be able to see the sunrise or to see it set again. I balled my eyes out that day, and I'm able to do so from time to time now. I still don't know who to be mad at, God or whoever, that why he can't just stop letting people die over stuff that could be solved without death involved. Sometimes I blame the government. But with that decide I know the cards that we have been dealt, we will be leaving for Afghanistan again, and like I said before I will not let you go in vain. You are a brother among brothers and we are family, take it easy man."
SGT Joe Moser

"Jerod, you were and still are my hero. I was there when the news came in to your mother. I have no words to express how I felt that moment. We had so much fun in school. Always getting in trouble and on the teachers nerves. You have taught me so much through your actions over our time we shared in high school together. You have been a blessing to all that have met you. All these soldiers share my opinion, you are a HERO. The HERO. I think of you everyday. I know we will see each other again, and I can't wait. I try to model myself after you, making the best of what you got, seeing the good in everyone, and doing what I can to help out anyone in need. Thank you Jerod for fighting for our country. Jane, I am here for you and your family. I will never forget what your son has taught me and done for this country. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. I love all of you guys. And to the soldiers still over there, God Bless you. Keep up the good work. Thank you for your sacrifices. I love you all."
Douglas of Antlers, Ok USA

"I did two deployments to Afghanistan and my second tour was when he died.I spent so much time at different FOB's throughout Afghanistan that I probably was at the same compound as him at one point in time and didn't know it.I was at Orgun-e the day that the news was brought to everyone's attention.It was a very sad day.I didn't know Jerod personally,but the courage and bravery he had to do what he did that day really says alot about what kind of person and soldier he was.He might be gone,but his spirit exists.There's not one day that goes by that someone doesn't think of him.To his family stay strong and my heart goes out to you.He's in alot of peoples prayers and thoughts more than you know.

"jerod im here again because its been almost 3 years since we lost you man, but i know you are still right there by all of us, helping us get through those hard days, i miss you bro, forever, i'll see you in heaven"
Shelby Elphick of Plano, TX

"You were a good friend. I will see you in heaven."
Patrick McCormack

"Hey bud every time that I visit this web site I can only do one thing and that is cry. You are always in my heart and I hold you as an American hero. I still to this day can not get the memories of that tragic day that ponders in my mind. The day god took my best friend away, I really miss you bud, and as I sit here in my home thinking about you I will never forget the last words that you told me. “Spc Beard do you think that they are out there this time”. I will always remember you and I will make sure your name is heard and remembered. I love you man……."
Joseph Beard of Naperville, IL


We miss you. We love you. We will never forget you! 1/03/06

BCO 3/504 3rd Platoon!!!!!!!!"
Dan Tatro of Minneapolis, MN

"j-rod i love u bud. u were always livin life on a limb. i know if u were still here we'd still be doin crazy *. i miss u every day. im sorry i wasn't there. i love u so much, and ill be there again someday. i love u man , see u soon colten"
colten of ny

"I stumbled across this web site while doing a google search for my eight year old son who wanted to know if anyone else in the world had his name spelled the same, Jerod, instead of Jared or Jarrod. I named my son Jerod because I thought it looked more masculine and strong than 'Jared', the 'a' indicating feminity in Spanish, and 'Jarrod' having the word jar in it like he wasn't a free thinker.
I love my kids and I can't even begin to imagine the pain that losing a son can cause a family. Jerod R. Dennis is a hero that I can tell my children about so they will know why they can live free.
God Bless You All and please know that your sacrifice is not forgotten nor taken for granted."
Warren Fuller of Polk City, FL USA

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Airborne All The Way!"

"To the family of Jerod. I didn't have the fortune of knowing this paratrooper in Life, but I met him unfortunatly in death. I was the NCO in charge of getting his from the Mortuary and bringing him to the Airplane on Bagram airfield for this heros journey home. I myself an an infantry paratrooper who was deployed with dennis's unit though another battalion. I have since lost many friends since deploying to Iraq also, and I still think of this paratrooper who was the first to really open all our eyes (his fellow paratroopers) and to take pride in what we do as we saw first hand what price we may one day have to pay to do it. I want his family to know that his care after death was with the utmost honor. I felt I just couldn't do enough to honor this guy. I an E-6 even went off on the Sergeant Major as I had tears in my eyes for this paratrooper I had only met in death, because as we were going to be the ones to load him in the truck and my squad was going to be his pallbearers walking in palbearer position on the sides of the truck, I was to walk in front and lead the the truck. Well I was upset because their was National Guard people, whom I wondered why they were even going to be walking with the truck (since they weren't paratroopers from his division). I then asked one of them if they knew his name, when not one of those 4 knew his name, I "Politely" informed them, and sternely questioned someone who severely outranked me why these People who weren't paratroopers from the 82 and didn't even know his name was going to be walking behind us and the truck. I was then informed they were soldiers from Mortuary affairs, and had maintain a visual on him until he got on the plane, then I felt a little better, but I just wanted to display the love and brotherhood us paratroopers in division has for one another. I made sure every detail I could see was perfect. that his flag was perfectly drapped over, pinned just right at the bottom, and that he was handled as if some was handling a newborn baby. I just want you all to know that he left that country with tons of honor and respect. As we led him on the plane with me Leading his casket and my men carrying his casket on the plane, I will have yet to feel such an honor as it was for me to lead this wonderful paratrooper to the begining of his destination home. I was truely honored to escort him that day. I still think about how I wish I could have known him. God bless you"
Chris Duhon of Georgia

"Jerod i miss you everyday and will never, not one day in my life, forget the times we had. I'm so sorry that it had to be this way, but we will all always remember you for who you were, a true friend, a brother, and a hero. "How Bigga Boy are ya?" "By Gawd""
SGT Elphick (December Degenerates) of Plano, Tx

"Jerod I love you man, I miss you everyday I breathe. I am saddened everyday I live when I think you will never be able to experience some of the things in life which keep me smiling. I will never forget the goodtimes we had. Like the one time we got busted drinking haha. I will always remember that. And how u always used to look at situations in a positive note. You brought many laughs out in me and the guys. You will always be in our hearts. I heard ur name come over the radio and I was so floored by it. I didnt think it could be real. Then reality set in and a good friend was lost. Trust me brother I wont let your loss go in vain."
SGT. Moser of B Co 3-504 PIR

"Jerod i miss you and think about you every day, Whenever i was in the pits on mongoose or valient strike you always had something to make me laugh, like that song about lonergan burning down that bunker. Know that you will never be forgotten, my children will know your name and your legacy. I miss you brother"
an old Slayer of schaumburg IL


"Just a reminder for the family. He may be gone but will never be forgotten. He fought the good fight and will be remembered for all that he did for this wonderful country. Thank you Jerod Dennis and thanks to your family. From a former Army soldier currently serving with the Airforce. HUA!!!"
Eric Barnett of Lackland AFB, Tx. USA

"Jerod may you rest in peace my brother, i was at Orgun-E when we received the tragic news. I am the one that made your memorial sign naming DENNIS ARMY AIRFIELD, it was an honor to do it and it still stands today. I will check on it when we return this year. You are a HERO my friend and you will be sorely missed by many. We will uphold the standard that you have set in everything we do. STRIKE HOLD!!"

"Jerod was a great person. He was always there to make you laugh about anything. Sometimes he would just smile!! I pray for Jerod's family every night. He loved his family and friends very much. Jerod will be deeply missed."
Secret family of ada oklahoma

"I can remember stories my mother would tell about the jokes Jerod had told in class each day at school. I miss all of the good times that Jerod brought with him, along with a smile. I would like to express the extremely tremendous amount of respect and admiration I have for his family, especially his mother. She has always been my favorite teacher and I will always speak highly of her. I have never seen her miss a beat no matter what struggles life has thrown in her way and in my opinion she has done an incredible job raising all of her children, not just Jerod. To his siblings, I want you to know I'm very proud of you and don't know if I could have made it through nearly as well as you have. I miss you guys. Thank God for people like Jerod and his family because without them we would be lost."
Kaitlyn of Oologah, Oklahoma

"Jerod you will never be forgoten here in Cleburne,T.x. we spent many good days in the woods suppose to be hunting but we could never quit talkin to see a deer. You are my hero and I was blessed to have you as a friend although if you were here you would be quick to say we were more like brothers. Thank you Jerod I love you"
Michael Pipkin of Cleburne,T.x.

"I just wanted to wish all many happy holidays and that i am thinking of everyone of our falling heros your all im my prayers and my five children ages 11,8,5,4,2 they say grace each night and pray for all to be safe and any familys that lost someone close to them that they wont be sad anymore. God is taking care of them. We are very greatful for all that they have done and we may not know everyones names but we will never forget that they are heroes."
wendy garland of raymond nh usa

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"Jerod, you area true hero, soldier and man. you will always be in our hearts.f we won't forget. God bless ya and look after ya. STRIKE HOLD!!"
michael s maxwell of fayetteville nc united states

"All our soldiers are heros. They make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. I have known WWII, Korean & Vietnam vetrans and they all deserve our support and love. Thank you Jerod.
Anyone wanting pictures of his inspiring headstone can email me at thornlgd@bp.com"
Gary Thornley of Alvin Teaxs

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"I have the proud honor of knowing several of your buddies. By knowing them, hearing the stories of you and your bravery, makes me feel like I, too, know you. Your death saddens me beyond words. It hurts me when I see the look that crosses my friend's faces when they talk about you... your life and inturn your death. You will never be forgotten by any of us, Jerod. To his family, I am sorry."
Cat of NY, USA

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across Dennis, my heart hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"I was there when Dennis and Lasano were killed. It was the saddest day of my life. I felt like I lost brothers and I didn't even know them that well. I will never forget either of you. . . Everyday I look at a picture on my wall of your boots and M-4's on "the beach" (you know what I'm talking about) in front of the American Flag. I busted into tears when they did the 21 gun salute, so did everyone else. Dennis you are a BLUEDEVIL forever!"
True Bluedevil of U.S.A.

"Private Dennis, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Dear Dennis Family: I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. I will NEVER FORGET Jerod and what he did for his family, friends, and America. He accomplished more in his young life than anyone could hope to accomplish in a lifetime. For someone so young to put his life on the line for a whole country shows the amazing courage Jerod had. I am a year younger than Jerod and I know I could never be as brave as he was. Jerod is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO now and always. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Jerod: THANK YOU. May you rest in peace."
Jessica of Rio Vista,CA

"Unlike others here, I didn't have the opportunity to know you. Even so, there aren't enough words to thank you for putting your life on the line for our freedom. We will never forget the sacrifices you made to make your country a better one. My love and prayers go out to your family and friends during their loss of a loved one. The nation will never forget the loss of a hero. Thank you for being so brave."

"Jerod was a person that you did not have to know very long to feel close to.HE was a very special young man and is missed dearly here in Antlers America.Jerod had a very remarkable family, his mother being about the strongest LADY I have known.I admire her tremendously, she deserves to be commended for a wonderful job of raising her children. Jerod was very close to his mother and not hesitant to let it be known. The respect he showed for adults was amazing.I miss him dearly"
Marissa Jordan of Antlers OK

"I will never forget the day that we got into that firefight, you were brave and you did your job even though you had to pay the ultimate price. I will never forget you brother, I always speak highly of you, and I make sure everybody knows the real you, the real Dennis the guy that we loved. I miss you, and thank you for saving my life"
Joseph Beard of Ft. Drum N,Y

"In the 19 years that Pvt. Dennis graced this world he learned devotion to duty, bravery under fire, and caring for his fellow soldier. There are few people who after even a half century's time more could lay credit to this legacy.

This was a real man. One who died doing his duty. When you look at the flag of this great nation, he is woven into it along with the other heroes of previous battles.

God bless him and his family."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"You was a brother to us all. You fought bravely and risked you life to make sure we all came home. You made us all laugh especially when gate three caught on fire. I will never forget that night, nor your face when we picked you up. I wish i could have changed that day you passed. you will always be in our hearts brother."
Anthony Apellido of Ft. Bragg NC

"Thank you Jerod Dennis, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"We are all proud of Jerod beyond words. We knew he was special from the start. He could always make you laugh and smile. His military comrades said the same. I wish I would have known when he was a talkative mess of a kid what he would turn out to be though. I wish I would have known how gallantly he was going to die. There were so many things left unsaid. I am proud to say he was my brother and my friend. I loved Jerod dearly and will always miss him and cherish his memory. I know that he is watching over us now ...Thank you Jerod! Your loving sister."
Jami Martin of Sherman, Tx

"Hey man we are going to miss you thank you very very much see ya soon"
Justin Young of Antlers Oklahoma

"I knew Jerod very well because he was my cousin. If someone walked up to me today or any day and asked me if I ever knew a hero I would say YES without a doubt. Jerod was the true meaning of a hero. If you heard the story as to what happened to him and how it happend you would say the same thing. He would be 20 years old tomorrow October 28,2003 and it is going to be one of the hardest days of my life. But I will never forget my HERO. If you got a chance to meet Jerod then you were blessed. He always had a joke and knew how to make people laugh. He faught for our country and because of people like him we are FREE. I just wish that it wouldnt have cost him his life because he deserved so much more. I think about him every day and wish that I could have got the chance to tell him how much I loved him before he died but he knew and he is watching over me now along with everyone else he knew and loved. Jerod I miss you and love you more than anything."
Tonya of Greeley, Colorado

"To the family and friends of Pvt. Jerod Dennis:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Jerod for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pvt. Jerod Dennis:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Jerod, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on