Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Jeramy A. Ailes

22, of Gilroy, California.
Ailes died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 15, 2004.

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"Rest in peace to your soul, Jeramy A. Ailes!
Bessie of Tecumseh, MI

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Stanislav Riley of Massachusetts

"To the parents and siblings of Jeremy Ailes,

We know that you did not choose a life where in your precious son and brother would lose his life in war. I am writing this to express my condolences and pray for healing, though I suppose your hearts will never fully heal. We thank Jeremy for his service to our country, ensuring our continued freedom. We also thank you for raising a son who was devoted to the cause of freedom for this country. We honor the memory of Jeremy Ailes.

A Resident of Gilroy"

"We will never forget your sacrifice and service for our safety and freedoms. God bless you and your family."
Rose Barry of Gilroy, CA

"Jeremy, you are a hero never forgotten"

"What's good brother just drinkin some brew thinkin about you stay frosty Devil"
Adrian Jimenez of salinas ca

Happy birthday, Jeramy. It's amazing how you've touched the lives of so many people who barely knew you. I still have the pin in memory of you, it's above my bed. You wouldn't believe how many times I see that same pin around Gilroy, on other kids' backpacks and in teachers rooms. In my math class, that pin is on the wall right next to me. People still remember and miss you."
Tressa Filippi of Gilroy, CA

"Semper Fidelis Brother"
Matthew Smith USMC of Santa Rosa, CA

"To the Family of Cpl J.A. Ailes...I add my deepest heartfelt sympathy for you loss. I , too, served as a Marine Corporal back in the 80s so my heart has a special place for Marines. You don't know me, and I never knew Cpl Ailes. I simply add my message and hope it eases a small amount of your grief. Wish I could do more. Love always....."
Joe Hall of Hoover Alabama

"Still thinking of you Jeramy. It's amazing how you made such an impact and touched so many hearts! Your memory will be with us forever."
Kris Filippi of Gilroy ca

"Hey brother, I've never stopped thinking about you and T.J. , Segura and every other brother we lost. I miss you all so much, I'll always remember that day, we had just returned from patrol. Semper Fi Devil! There's a reason we are Marines, oorah brother. Remember going up to the memorial on our company and battalion humps, I miss those days brother. You are never forgotten."
LCpl. Briones of Cen Cal

"to our ailes name sake , may you forever rest in peace Jeramy a Ailes . you will never be forgoton and always live in our mind,s and hart,s , thank you for protecting or Freedoms ."
james c ailes of Connersville , Indiana / U,S,A

"To the family of:Jeramy A.Ailes
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""

"September 11, 2011

If only the events of 10 years ago never happened....Remembering...and lifting your family in thoughts and prayers, today Jeramy."
Mary Ellen Salzano of Morgan Hill, CA

"We were standing on the street with hundreds of others,on the day you were buried, hoping your family would see how grateful we were, and still are today for your service. You are not forgotten.
Blessings to you and your family."
The Peru Family of San Martin, Ca USA

"Jeramy, I heard Tracy Lawrence's "If I dont make it back" today. That song always gets to me man! It reminds me of you! I cant listen to it without chocking up and wishing things were different. I still remember your infectious smile and will never forget it. You made an impact on me and I will not forget. I lost my brother-in-law from war recently and now his picture sits with yours in a clock I made in your honor. God I wish we had more time together!
Adios, Amigo!"
Aaron Garcia (Van Deventer) of Lodi, Ca USA 3/28/2011

"Jeramy, your last words and feelings will live within my heart forever. Thank you for trusting in me and letting me into your life. I will remember you always and when my day comes, I hope you are there to walk by my side."
Lizette Oliveri of Gilroy, CA

"Lifting prayers...always remembering...standing watch"
Mary Ellen Salzano of Morgan Hill CA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Ailes its been 5 years now and I was going through my pictures and found one of you. I will never forget that day. You are greatly missed brother."
Jason Van Hoegarden of Bloomington, Illinois

"LCpl Ailes,
Jennifer keeps your picture right b her wherever she goes. You were a dear friend to her and she misses you. I never got the chance to know you but from what she said, you were one hell of a guy. Rest in peace brother."
SrA Sean C Harris of Vandenberg AFB CA

"Jeramy, You are my hero and guiding light. Thank you for all you have done."
Aunt Marlene of Gilroy, CA USA

"Jeremy i was thinking about tonight. I just cant sleep thinking about how we use to ride in your yellow buggy around gilroy with the guys. Theres day that dont go by that i dont remember you your a great guy and a true hero. You gave your life for your country. I have nothing but love and respect for you. you will always be in my heart and i love you."
Ernie Tambo of San francisco Ca

"Jeramy, I just came across a letter you wrote me in July of 2004. For years I did not know what had happened to you until I ran across your letter last week. I decided to investigate and found that like my cousin, you had passed on. I have a few pictures of you and can not believe you are not here anymore. My condolences to your family. You were a wonderful person and will always be in my heart. They raised you well and raised you right. Although you are not here on this earth any longer, we hope and pray that you are watching us from above."
Yen Lam of Hollywood, CA. USA

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"Jeramy, I cant believe it has has been so long. I miss you my friend. I will never forget you. I will forever be thankful for your sacrafice, that we may live free in this country you gave your life for. I keep your'e memory in my mind and often laugh about the times we shared. You will never be forgoten.
To Jeramy's Family, I attended Gilroy High with your son and he always brightened up the day. Never forget that your son was an amazing man who chose to walk a path that few are willing to walk. Jeramy may be gone but what he did for our country can never, will never be forgoten.

I miss you Lance Cpl. Jeramy A. Ailes."
Aaron D. Garcia (aka: Van Deventer) of Lodi, Ca

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Jeramy A. Ailes:
Jeramy 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

"yo ailes its frascona...well im out finally..i got a son and im doin really good.. not a day goes by i dont think of u man.. u were the best friend i had in first squad and ur story will live on as long as im breathin..to ur family ide love to come visit sometime.. im in fresno..but ill say right now heres a toast to u brother..mikes hard just like u always drank cause u hated beer..i love u and i miss u.."
lcpl william frascona of fresno ca

"I dont even know where to start...my name is Benjamin Vance. I'm out of the Marines now, formerly an Infantry Assaultman who toured Iraq 2 times. I am from Gilroy, well formerly. I was in uniform (on weekend leave) and present at Jeramy's funeral. It was my first Military one and quite honestly, i remember it as if it were yesterday. I didn't know it, but when i deployed in a few weeks, i would be eventually be walking the same streets as he did...As my brother enlisted in the Military recently (he graduates boot-camp this thursday 1/3/2007 in Texas) my heart goes out to the families of those who have lost someone, especially the Ailes'. I wish your family well this year in 2008 may we NEVER FORGET Jeramy Ailes."
Benjamin M. Vance of Santa Cruz, CA

"yo ailes it's been 3 years and there ain't one day I don't think about that day in the house. much love brotha semper fi"
lcpl adrian jimenez of salinas ca

"Hey just a reminder people our still thinking of you everyday, your memory will not be forgotten.being in the marines people always tell me to pick an nco i idle and try to be like him but I cant after knowing you. Your the marine i have idled the most."

"We won't forget your service to our country. God bless our troops!"
Betty Dunkin of New Braunfels, TX. USA

"I worked with Jeramy for three years while he was in high school. He was a great kid. I worked with his dad for many years also. All I could think of when he died was that he was such a great kid... Always smiling. I saw him after his first tour and was shocked at how he had changed. He wasn't a kid anymore. He was a man defending our freedom and our country. I can't say enough about him. I'll miss you always, Jeramy. Semper Fi."
Vera of Girloy, Ca

"hey ailes,its me hansen,sure do miss you.Sorry about what happened,did what i could to help but it was to late but your memory lives on.that day 15 nov. in that house lives on every day with me.im so sorry. your not forgooten your the best marine there is.i was glad to be there to fight side by sidewith you semper fi"
lcpl hansen

""Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
--Dwight D. Eisenhower""
Veteran's Day...2005

"Jeramy, You are one of the best people I know and will ever have the priviledge on knowing. You're a best friend and I will never forget the laughs we had and the times we shared. Thank you for everything, and thank you for being my good friend! I will never forget you! Daniel"
Daniel Navarro of Gilroy, Ca.

"Semper Fi Jeramy. Your service to this country will not be forgotten."
Tim Ailes of Carpentersville, Illinois

"to jeramys family, no words will ever console you in the loss of youre son, but find confort in the fact that his sacrafise will not be forgoten, from a military family to another may god bless you and comfort you in this difficult time, we will keep you in our prayers"
Amanda of Watsonville

"to the family of jeremy:
i was one of jeremys friends in high school. we didnt see much of each other after graduation, but when i found out about him in november, it hit hard. i was in boot camp at the time at MCRDSD. im going to iraq in febuary 06 with MWSS-374 out of 29 palms,ca. ill always remember him. semper fi jeremy."
josh anderson of gilroy/29 palms

Thank you and your family for your sacrifice.
Semper Fi"
Cpl. Cervantes of Gilroy Ca

"Semper Fidelis Marine"
LCPL Peeples of 3rd MAW

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

"To Jeramy and his family, with heavy heart have posted such a sad and proud event on the Family Genealogy Register. We all will be remembering Jeramy, Our Hero, and share in your sacrafice. My prayers are with each of you. Sincere sympathy and respect"
Marie Fern Covelli O'Neill of Broomfield, Colorado, USA

"Thank you for everything, hero!"
Violeta Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"From my wife and I, we would like to thank your son for his courage. We attended Gilroy High with Jeramy and he will always be remembered as a courageous man in our hearts."
PFC Elias Madrid and wife Melissa of FT. Campbell, KY/USA

"To the Friends and Family of Jeramy Ailes:

Thank you for your son's service to our country. I know he served with honor, integrity and bravery. His sacrafice will be known for generations and generations.

My son, Jacob Owens, is currently serving in the military. My heart and prayers go to each of you.

With deep felt respect,"
Vicky Owens of Kansas City, KS

"To the family of Jeremy Ailes. I am grateful for your sons sacrafice. My family to has suffered a loss in Iraq, my cousin Jeremiah A. Baro, and his best friend Jared P. Hubbard passed away on Novemeber 4th, it is so hard, and we thank your son for the sacrafice he made for us, and everybody! Semper Fi! Forever in our hearts!!!"
Angelique Ledesma, Jeremiah A Baro's cousin of Morgan hill, CA/US

"To Jeramy's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Jeramy, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Jeramy's Family:
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 for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Jeramy A. Ailes,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca

"Thank you Jeramy Ailes, 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 Lance Cpl. Jeramy Ailes:
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 Jeramy 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 Lance Cpl. Jeramy Ailes:
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 Jeramy, 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