Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Jacob R. Fleischer

25, of St. Louis, Missouri.
Fleischer died on in Deh Rawod, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Died on November 24, 2004.

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"I remember our hikes in scouting together, Jacob. I have great photos of us climbing Mount Baldy at Philmont Scout Ranch. You were taken from us at the tender age of 25 and I am turning 40 this month. Unfair. I hope you and your family know you are not forgotten. Godspeed, my friend."
David W Carlson of Paoli, PA

"i wasnt there that day but when i was in my bed at walter reed and i heard of what happened to you and fracker it broke my heart. i miss you guys more than i can explain. you will always be in my prayers and thoughts. i miss you bro"
jeff guerin of syracuse NY

"To the family of:Jacob R.Fleischer
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"It's hard to believe that it is about to be 7 years Fleischer. Your were one of my best friends in the Army and I will never forget all the times we got to have together. D&D in Afghanistan was by far the best thing we could have done. We tried to play without you but it just wasn't the same. You will be forever missed."
Spc. Sears, Justin A. of Yorktown, Va

"6 years now brother. I still remember it like it was yesterday. I have more to thank God for than I ever have Jacob, it's heroes like you that I admire, and still fight for. I won't ever forget bud,"
MAJ Don Heichel of La Porte, Indiana

"Jacob,

I walk by your apartment everyday now. I laugh and share stories about you and wish that others could understand how funny they are if they only could have known you. I had a dream the other night about you and I was so excited to see you! You were laughing and smiling and I kept trying to catch up with you to talk to you but couldn't. It gave me comfort though to see your smile so vividly and I know you are happy and at peace. I miss you stinky."
Nicole of St. Louis, Mo.

"Jacob,
The other day, out of the blue I just broke down and cried thinking about you. I know you heard me, and heard what I said, but I want to say again what a great friend you were and how much fun I had. I love to remember our all day English and Dawson's Marathon. It's because of you I didn't fail my first college English class! I love you always!

Lib"
Liberty Edwards of Saint Louis

"To Jacob:
The 5th anniversary of your death is quickly approaching, and you are in my thoughts all the time. I passed your old apartment a few weeks ago, and smiled thinking about all the good times had there. Myself and all your friends here miss you dearly, and I'm sad about everything you missed and will miss, even though I know that's the last thing you would have wanted. I'm honored to have had you as a friend."
Todd G. of St. Louis, MO

"Fleischer, Not a day goes by and i dont think to myself what you would be doing now. How many people you would have touched. How many peoples lives you have made a difference in. We all lost a special person on that day. I wish I could have stopped it all. Or atleast made Coen slow it all down a little. We all miss you and think about you all the time. Rest in peace brother!"
Jamie Spc Byrd of San Antonio, TX 78229

"cpl fraize taliban bridge,fracker and you fleisher well never forget either will the oda 391 or 372 i just hope there has not been anymore at that spot since you gave your life for our country thankyou for your servive to our country"
fellow cobra

"Dear Family of Jacob Fleischer:
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these 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.
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Sincerely;
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J. Gragg of Lee's Summit, Mo.

"November 11, 2007
To the family of Cpl. Jacob R. Fleischer:
Jacob 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I am sorry about Taliban bridge - we should have done more. God rest your soul."
ODA 391 of Ft. Bragg, NC

"Dear Jacob,
It has almost been 2 years since you were killed in DRW, Afghanistan. I remember the day so vividly. The grief of losing you is so deep and I miss you so very much. Not a minute of the day doesn't go by that you are not in my thoughts. I love you so very much son and I am so proud of you. Always have been.
Lots of love,
Mom
P.S. Thank you to your friends who have posted messages here."
Jane of San Antonio, TX

"Dear Jacob, his family, and those who read this.

I was at a bar watching the Cardinals in the World Series, when I ran into a Parkway South Alumni. We were discussing our reunion coming up, and I mentioned you as the person I wanted to see the most. That's when I found out you gave your life for our country. I was floored. We weren't best friends, we really didn't know each other that well. We did show's together and talked at that time, but I never forgot you. Through out my life you've come up in my thoughts here and there, and everytime it's been, I wonder what that guy is up to. Little did I know you were doing what I couldn't. I'm proud to say I knew you, and I'm sad I'll never see you again.

Thank you Jacob for joining up, thank you for doing what I couldn't. Thank you for protecting all of us here. I'll never forget you, and I still listen to Phish and play D&D thanks to you."
Ryan of St. Louis, MO

"Jacob,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier from your unit(2/5th Inf.) who was killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"I'll Try Sir"(5th Inf. Motto)"

"a day doesnt go by that i dont think about u i miss u a lot im thankful for all the things we did and the time we spent i couldnt of had a better best friend my loyalty for u is forever i know ull be waiting with some d&d books i love u and im very proud of u"
cpl gio of jamestown, ny

"Jacob

I talk to you every night, sending messages in my prayers. I look at our star and remember our letters. I still have EVERY one in my "Jacob Shoebox" The lid has all your addresses from Bootcamp all the way to Afghanistan. As I read through some of them now, tears are flooding my eyes at the memory of your wonderful friendship. No one can ever replace you. I am listening to the song you said "exemplifies the part of life I added to yours" It makes me smile! To know that I touched your life as you did mine, makes the short time we had seem like forever. So this is how I remember you, and love you GoodBye Jacob. "Some days are diamonds;Some days are rocks;But if I never do nothing; Iíll get you back some day;Cause you got a heart so big;
It could crush this town; And I canít hold out forever;Even walls fall down""
Liberty of Saint Louis, MO

"Dear Jacob,
It has been a year since you have you have left and there is not a day that goes by that we don't think about you. I miss you, as well as everyone else, we wish you were here. We're so very proud of you and we'll never forget you. love you always."
Your best Friends of St. Louis

"You are not forgotten Fleischer. And for the Sacrafice you made, i will forever celebrate thanksgiving on the 23rd. For it is you im thankfull for. Thank you Fleischer."
SGT Paul D. Bowling of FT. Bliss TX

"My wife and I visited the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery (10 Nov 05) and came upon the memorial marker for your son, Jacob. Placed on the ground in front of his granite memorial were individual photographs of what appears to be, fellow platoon members who also gave the ultimate sacrifice to our Nation. The visit to the cemetery and those photographs are a reminder to all of us that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. We will never forget the sacrifices of Jacob and his fellow platoon buddies. They are the reason why America is the Greatest Country on the face of Earth. "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13"
Lt Col E. KENT WONG, USAF of Sheppard AFB, Texas

"Dear Jacob,
I really miss you. Today is Sept 11 and I have been thinking about you. I think about you all the time and I'm sure everyone thinks it's weird that I'm writing to you on-line but who cares anyways, right. I really really miss you and wish you were here. i want to tell the family of Dale Fracker, how sorry I am for their loss and I know what it's like. I wish you were here and you know that i'll never forget you. miss you alot.
Love always,
Your favorite"

"I'm sorry to have lost you, Jacob. You were friends to us all. We ALL miss you, and wish you were still my AG."
SPC

"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""

"I really miss you bro, You're in my thoughts this memorial day. Hope your kickin it with Jerry up there in heaven. Peace."

"Jacob, I remember the day like it was yesterday. The military has kept me here all this time, and I finally found somewhere I could honor you. Your family and friends should always be proud of your sacrifice. I thank God everyday for your service, and I will never forget you. I tried to help you that day, I hope you will remember me in heaven for trying......(In the convoy)"
CPT Don Heichel of Laporte, Indiana (Currently in Afghanistan)

"jacob, why did you have to leave?"
your friend

"wish you were here"

"To family and friends of Jacob Fleischer: Please accept my condolences for your loss. Thank you for protecting us Jacob."
Julia Fracker-Chavez of Daytona Beach, FL

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Jacob, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Jacob Fleischer, 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

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Jacob Fleischer:
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 Jacob 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 Cpl. Jacob Fleischer:
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 Jacob, 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