Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Wakkuna A. Jackson

21, of Jacksonville, Florida.
Wakkuna died in Kunar, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her convoy vehicle. Jackson was assigned to the 710th Combat Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on August 19, 2006.

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"In memory of a very special young lady I had the pleasure of mentoring for a short while at church (MT LILLA). Wakkuna had an affections smile that stayed with you. I always knew she was sweet person. May God keep her close to His bosom. God Bless Her Legacy."
Rose Jackson of Jacksonville, Florida

"Wakkuna, your smile, witty personality, and fierce attitude is unforgettable! It was a honor to meet you and to serve with you. Rest peacefully and may God continue to provide comfort to your friends and love ones."
Celeste Holley of Detroit, Michigan

"To the family of Sgt. Wakkuna A. Jackson... I didn't know her or even meet her, but her memory and incredible service also lives on through another courageous woman I know that served alongside her that told me all about this wonderful woman. As a medic, she was committed to serving those in times when they needed it most and that made her amazing. Shame on those who think otherwise... I just wanted to say thank you, to you and to her for her unforgettable courage and bravery. God Bless."
Abdul Ali of Atlanta, GA

"To the family of:Wakkuna A.Jackson
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""

"BAM... Love and miss you always."
Heather of Marina, California

"Jackson, I have read these messages again and again, but never posted. I'm sorry. It's so hard. I'm sorry I wasn't there. I'm sorry I wasn't in country with our company. You awlays had a smile for everyone. I've had several dreams with you in them over the years. It hurts beacuse in them I know you are gone. If I hurt this much, how does your family feel? I miss your smile. Why do we never tell the people around us how important and special they are? You my dear were an angel here on earth. I know we will see you again. You must be looking down on us thinking how silly we are for being so sad. Until we meet again. Rest in peace, and thank you for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten."
Marissa Penney of Texarkana, Arkansas

"sherman please keep trust in the lord
I WII ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND THE FAMILY
9-8-10
SORRY I WAS LATE WITH MESSAGE PEARLIE"
PEARLIE MOORING of ALLEN TEXAS

"I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND THE FAMILY"
PEARLIE MOORING of 1208 ALLEN TEXAS

"4 years ago today... I don't get it; it doesn't register in my head, and I think its cause it still feels like you're around... Today though? its a different day; its the first time I wake up on August 19th. with a smile in the past 7 years =0] I remember that smile of yours and the voice that haunts memory; I remember shipping out on the 11th and being such a punk that we all (B. 232) couldn't hang for another week on [vacation] till your birthday lol... I had such unrealistic ideas and expectations on life. Maybe thass why we got along; both being such dreamers and carefree at times =0p So, this smile I have? Its because of a wonderful person I met; I know, me with a wonderful person other than you on my mind? Riiiiight ;0] No, seriously... Her name is Darnell and she is truly amazing; she reminded me of you at first: BIG, BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL smile; She's Hawaiian, Chinese, & Filipino; She's into fashion but also laid back; not heavy into material things, loves the water/ocean, AND loves kids... ummm, did you just open my door? It magically opened while I'm writing; are you gonna stand in the door way or are you gonna come in ;0] Anywho; she's a lot LIKE you but she's NOT you; She's her own person, and I love that... I think for so long I tried to find another YOU and was never happy; but I finally am letting it happen naturally juss like we always said =0] I wish you could meet her, maybe we will next lifetime <3 Aight... I can feel my face gettin warm and my eyes are getting that lil' tingling feeling; I don't wanna get all mushy on your wall, I just wanted to let you know you are Loved, MISSED, and also let you know that I finally am attempting to be happy.... I wish I could hear your voice to let me know I'm on the right path but I think that if I wasn't? You'd have came in a dream already <3 Love you, miss you, and please rest peacefully... Somethin tells me you're in heaven in ACU's taking care of pediatric patients ;0]"
James-Terrell Trice of Waipahu, Hawaii

"God Bless you for your service of courage and bravery. I am married to someone in the Navy now and know the sacrifices our military service members have to pay, as well as their families. I went to elementary school with Wakkuna, and never met anyone who didn't like her. Who could forget a name like Wakkuna? We grew up together until middle school, and I would see her all the time when she worked at the K-mart. You were the funniest and nicest person I have ever met. It's so crazy to think this has happened to her and that its already been 3 years since hearing about it on the news. All I can say is Thank You for your sacrifice and I know you're in a better place and safer place."
Sara Jones-Closs of Kerrville, TX (Jacksonville, FL)

"Well it's been 3 years, and it doesn't get any easier. I love you Wakkuna. I think about you all the time. I know you are in a better place and watching over all of us. Your family is always in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for touching all of our lives while you were here.

~BAM~"
Elizabeth Gutierrez

"I HAVE YET TO RECOVER FROM THIS BURDEN. I AM SORRY THAT I COULD NOT MAKE THE MEMORIAL CEREMONY OR THE FUNERAL. I STILL PLAY THE SENARIO OVER AND OVER IN MY HEAD INCLUDING THE MEDEVAC REQUEST AND THE LONG PAUSES AND THE NIGHT I LEFT FOR THE KOP. YOU AND SITTON WILL FOREVER BE A PART OF ME. LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST IN HEAVEN (PAINKILLER 04) YOU WILL BE MISS BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

"WITH YOUR SHEILD OR ON IT""
HAROLD of FT KNOX, KY

"my name is sgt rincon i never got the chance to really meet u but i did get the chance to meet u a few times and that was enough to know that u wer something special and rare in this world. u will never be forgotten... ammo dogs 710 a.co"
abraham rincon of odessa tx

"To the family of Wakkuna A. Jackson:
I have never been relieved of the guilt that I feel for not being at Wakkuna's service. I even still dream about it, years later.
She was one of the best friends I have truly ever had in my life. Her spirit and character touched everyone that she had ever met, and I was always so proud to call her my "best friend", for many years.
Over two years after her death, I am writing this. I will never forget Wakkuna, or the many things that she taught me. I only hope that she had the chance to realize, at least once; how amazing of a person she was. Because I honestly don't believe that anyone she met would ever forget her. I know i never will.
I would like to thank her family, the Jackson's. Wakkuna always cared for me, and treated me so well; as did her family. I will never forget the amazing memories that were made in her household between not only Wakkuna and I, but all her family members as well.
I feel so lucky to always have these memories. I will always be grateful to Wakkuna and her family for playing such a large role in my childhood."
Audra MacLean of Jacksonville, Fl. USA

"so... it's 2 years tomorrow... I still can't believe it... I miss you more now then ever... you are an amazing person... and to your family you are in my thoughts and preyers..."
Carley Abramson of Culver City, CA

"Wow, almost two years have gone by coming up real fast...just a little note to let you know I will never forget about the past, the smiles and the love shared. The moments and the time frozen there. I miss you so much it almost still feels like yesterday...I miss you with all my heart..."
Kristina Chambers of Minneapolis, Minnesota

"HEY WAKKUNA, THOUGH I NEVER KNEW YOU PERSONALLY,I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WATCHING YOU WORK WHILE I WAS IN AFGHANISTAN. YOU WERE AN AWESOME MEDIC. REST IN PEACE!"
SSG WRIGHT of GERMANY

"Hey Wakkuna. You were one of my best friends and I still think of you every day. You were such an awesome person. To her family, you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. She loved you all so much and talked about you all the time. She was so proud of her family and of who she was. We will all miss her dearly. I love you Wakkuna. BAM TGD!!!!"
Elizabeth Gutierrez of Ft. Drum, NY

"Hello Cousin wherever you are right now i'm proud to be your cousin, you're such a hero. Mabuhay ang Filipino! Its me Cezar your cousin here from Philippines. We've just met once the time you came here for a vacation and it was nice and memorable. How dare those rebels..i hate them all. anyway, im proud being you as a hero."
Cezar Corillo of Tacloban City, Philippines

"Wakkuna,
You were one of the best roommates I could have ever asked for! I used to love coming home after work and halfway down the hallway I'd know you were already home because you played the same song over and over everyday. It made me smile. Now when I hear "your song" I just smile and sing along with you. We had some good times in the short while we lived together. You were a great friend to me and I'll never forget that. Love you and miss you everyday."
Celia Ames (McNeal) of Fort Drum, NY

"September 11, 2007
To the family of Wakkuna A. Jackson.
Wakkuna 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 miss you crazy! I heard four non blondes the other day and I haven't smiled like that for weeks. Thank you for making moments like that so special!
Love, Melissa Norris"
melissa of Fort Knox, ky

"Hey Wakkuna, I just miss you more then anything. Thank you for being a great friend. I will never forget you. I love you so much. BAM TGD."
Heather Cusson of Fort Drum, NY

"If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.
"Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam."
America has been built on the blood
of Heros and Brave Women of Honor.
Thank you for your service and my
freedom.. May God bring comfort
to your loved ones.
You shall never be forgotten by
a grateful nation.""
William Darby Taylor of Bonita Springs Florida

"God Bless.."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"Wakkuna,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other two soldiers who were also killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Wakkuna....what can i say...we were all devastated when we heard the news...you never fully realize things until they hit home...i sit now and think back to those days in AIT...me you and Humes always gettin in trouble...you always had a smile on your face and a song in your heart...you prolly never realized how many people you touched in the short amount of time you were here on this earth...but i for a fact know that you touch the lives of everyone that was with us in B232...you will be greatly missed.... Soldier Meidic!!!..."
SPC Anthony J. Johnson of Ft. Riley, KS

"I LOVE YOU KUNNA!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GOOD TIMES, YOU 'LL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART."
LYDIA MARTIN of SALERNO, AFGHANISTAN

"Thank you Wakkuna Jackson, 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 Sgt. Wakkuna Jackson:
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 Wakkuna for the sacrifice she has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Wakkuna Jackson:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Wakkuna, 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