Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Jonathan S. Beatty

22, of Streator, Illinois.
Beatty died as a result of hostile action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on January 27, 2005.

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"Thinking of you tonight on the 241st Birthday of our beloved Corps. You will be remembered forever for your bravery and sacrifice. I will be sure to report to you when I reach those gates. Semper Fi"
GySgt McDonough (RET) of Holderness, NH

"Well it's another year down. I was saved by our lord and I pray for you to be in heaven when I get there. I am so lost some days. Please watch over me. You use to be in my dreams for years but the last time I saw you in one was probably 2009. You shook my hand in the dream and I woke up. Felt like I really touched your hand.seem as if we are so lost. Everything has lost substance.we are living to die. I miss you. Sorry this one got cut short.love you brother."
Eric killeen of North carolina

"Cpl Jonathan Beatty, today I said your name aloud as I do every Memorial Day. In fact there's not a day goes by that I don't think of you.

You will never be forgotten my brother.

There are no words I can express that will lessen your pain Mrs McDonald. I am forever saddend by the loss of Jon and will forever remember his influence on me. SF and God bless
Memorial Day 2015"
William k Roy II MSgt retired USMC of Stafford, Virginia

"Dear Corporal Beatty I am the son of one of your fellow brothers sergeant Perry of First Recon Battalion in the service. im here to say thank you for your sacrifice and may you and all those who have fallen in the line of duty forever be remebered your name will always be in my mind. im going to see your name on the Iraq memorial wall in Washington DC next week it brings tears to my eyes, I will take a picture of your name and leave you a prayer from deep in my heart sir. Thank You Corpral Beatty Rest In Peace."
Matthew Perry of Houston, TX

"Hey Beatty. Seems are time in the Marine Corp was a life time ago. It's been 10 long years since I saw you last. I miss you brother. I hope post on the gates of heaven isn't wearing on you. At least you get to wear that uniform. Love you"
Eric Killeen of Lexington nc

"Tuesday, January 27, 2015 will mark the 10th Anniversary of my son's death, yet that haunting memory still feels like yesterday. The word LOVE holds no candle to what we feel for Jonathan, and always will feel. But it is our faith and hope in God's promises that keeps us going. And so, I wish ALL who share our sadness from this event, "the peace of God that excels all thought." I see Jon's face, and sometimes even his personality, in his siblings and my grandchildren. His memory lives on....."
MOM of Ottawa, IL

"jon i didnt get a chance to know you but i did meet you and i fell in love with your smile and attitude i only wish i could have seen you more. you are my hero and i think of you often how you gave the ultgimate sacrifice miss you jon."
Wayne Hammerich of Ladd,Il usa

""Veterans Day 2014....Thinking of you Jon Boy. Never Forgotten. One.""
Robert Brown of Normal IL USA

"Veterans Day 2015....Thinking of you Jon Boy. Never Forgotten. One."
Robert Brown of Normal IL USA

"Tomorrow marks the 9th Anniversary of your death my brother. "hath no greater love then this, that one lays their life down for their friends." You will never be forgotten by those lives you have touched. I remember the conversations that we had like it was yesterday. I still cannot believe you are gone, but I know that you continue to look down on us from the heavens above. We will see each other again one day."
Andrew Funston of Federal Way, WA

"I will never forget you John"
MSgt William k Roy II USMC of Quantico Virginia

"So, it's memorial day 2012 and your the first person that came to my mind when I woke up this morning. Your influence on me as a marine is Incredible. Even now as a sergeant of 9 years I still dont compare to cpl. Beatty. Man you hazed the * out of me, sometimes you beat my *, but I deserved it. It was all a lesson I know that, and I appreciate it. I remember sitting in our room watching seasons of family guy or sopranos, I remember you couldn't wait for season 4. Youll never be forgotten bro, hopefully one day I'll make it up there to visit you. Until then......."
Sgt Matthew Parker of Camp Lejeune

"To the family of this Marine, I never knew your loved one and only know of him through a documentary on Marines. What I do know is his life was not a mistake. He chose to go into the military voluntarily, not due to requirement like many countries. That says a lot about his courage, and patriotism. I was never in the military but I chose law enforcement so I understand what it means to put your life on the line for others. I keep the peace locally he made a sacrifice for our country. I do not know how it feels to lose a loved one but I am sure it is one of the most stressful situations to be in. My prayer for you is, that you find strength in Jesus and know that Jonathan is with Him in heaven. He is in a far better place than we are and if given a choice he would rather you join him than be returned to you. God bless."
Mr. Jones of San Antonio, Tx.

"Sorry. MY number 7576609104"
Lisa v of Camp lejeune, nc

"I am hoping to reach his family...mom and dad I need to make my husband years of grief somehow right......"
Lisa Voskuhl of Camp lejeune, nc

"CPL Beatty I miss you bro sometimes I feel guilty because on Jan 27 2005 god let me live but took you. I remember waking up in the hospital saying "where is Beatty" I miss you brother."
CPL Collazo of Houston, Tx

"Every Saturday our running group 'Run to Remember" is a living memorial for our fallen comrades. We go around in a circle and say the name of a service member who has sacrificed their life for our country on that particular week. I drew CPL Jonathon S. Beatty's name last Saturday and as I read online about his short but courageous life, I am glad I was able to honor him. As a veteran myself, it moves me so much to recognize the ultimate sacrifice CPL Beatty made for his country. My prayers and thoughts go out to those who hold them dear to their heart."
Nancy of Fort Lewis, WA

"You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers today. I appreciate your service and your families dedication. Much love goes out to you and your family today and always. Thank you for your service to protect us."
Tonia Griffiths of Milton, FL

"It has been seven years my brother. My love will never fade. You Jon Beatty are a hero and a friend I love U"
Jake Sokol of Chicago Il.

"To the family of:Jonathan S.Beatty
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""

"This message is to the family and friends of Jonathan beatty. Beatty and I were like best friends during my time in the corps. My name is Armando Calderon and I wipe my tears as I type this message.Beatty and I were attached at the hip and shared many great memories, I miss him and his smart * remarks every day. He spoke very highly of his family and friends back home and would love to meet them. I live in Chicago. And can be contacted at acalderon597.ac@gmail.com if there is anything I can do or participate in please let me know. I miss your son very much MRS and MR Beatty and wish I could of taken the bullet for him. With tears and arms open I extend my deepest condolences."
Armando Calderon of Chicago,Il

"Jon it seems just like yesterday Jan 27 2005. You came to see me that morning election day in Iraq. You gave me a word of encouragement because like always I was in trouble. We ate a MRE and you went on your way. The word still screams in my ears that you had been hit. Me and Kykendall talk about you all the time. Him and I have started a company called Facebeat Clothing. I hope it takes off . I will bring you a t-shirt when I see you again. I know you are in peace now. I love you bruiser."
Eric Killeen of Lexington, Nc

"I would like to make Jonathan Beattys family aware that I ordered a bracelet from herobracelets.org a few years back and received their sons name engraved on it. I continue to wear his bracelet proudly. Your sons efforts for our country will never be forgotten. He and all others who fight for our country are truly heros."
Adam of Rhode Island

"Dear Jonathan,
I am working with Wounded Warrior Project, and I came across your name. I am so sorry I didn't know that you were over there. I want to thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. You certainly represented our community. I will always remember you and how much Heather, your mom, and your grandma and grandpa adored you. I am proud to have known you.

Heather, I am trying to find you...if you see this, please email me at mhaynes@woundedwarriorproject.org"
Maggie Haynes of New York, NY

"I miss you bro. 5 years you have been gone now and these feelings still remain. I hear your voice telling me "I will be home soon." Your birthday is in a couple days and I will spend it remembering how awesome the time we had was. Im sorry I dont go to your grave anymore. Thats not where your at to me. Brothers4life. One."
Robert Brown of Normal IL USA

"Hey buddy. I think about you all the time. I will always remember you as a brave man that served his country at his best. I will always think about the impacts you left....on our hometown, our friends and family, and our armed forces as a whole. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, and i will always respect and remember your service and dedication. The fight continues, and I stay in the fight for American civilians as well as service members like us. We continue to represent you and the rest of the fallen....Never Forgotten. Pray for us all Buddy....."
SSgt Daniels of Lompoc, CA/Streator, IL

"Jon,
I still remember hanging out in high school, it seems like yesterday. When I heard you were called to guard heaven's gates I was right up the road from you. Anyway, I miss you man.
Semper Fi my brother Semper Fi"
Andrew Katchmar ,Cpl USMC of Oceanside, Ca

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,600 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"It's been 4 long years but it still feels like yesterday. When does the pain get any better? Never. You were my brother and my best friend. I miss you more everyday. My world will never be the same without you. I love you more than you will ever know and I keep the flame of your memory burning bright forever.
Love,
Your Big Sis Heather"
Heather Hammerich of Princeton, IL

"Hey man its lil Nolan.
I miss you man and you will be in my heart forever. Faceless"
Nolan of streator, Illinois.United States

"Just thinking of your bro Finishing up some school stuff and gonna tip one for ya One love"
Jake Sokol of Chicago Il

"One Love"
Jake Sokol of Chicago,Illinois

"Not a day goes by that I even think your gone, You walk beside me in all my ventures carrying me through my days. You are my best and my only friend. I will never know another man as true and I will never want to. Your Best friend"
Jake Sokol of Chicago,Illinois

"I was just thinking about you Jonny Bravo!! I was looking at your picture and wishing you were here with us! I love you and miss you soo much. Carter and Jordan were just out here. Jordan is getting so big and grown up and I can see you in him...of course Jimmy too but some of his mannerisms are just like you! And Carter...oh my gosh...he's soo funny and finally starting to grow!! LOL!! I miss you....we all do! I can't wait for the day that I can see you and talk to you again. I always talk about you and tell everyone about you...MY HERO! Love and miss you my Jonny Bravo!"
Traci of Vista, CA

"It's been over three years and I'm sitting at work thinking about you. I miss you sooo much. I know we NEVER had a close relationship, but you're my cousin and just the fact that you're gone kills me inside. You are often on my mind and memories of you never have left me. Everytime I see your baby brothers they remind me so much of YOU. I love you so much and you just don't know what you mean to our family especially your mother. I hope to see you one day again. Love always your cousin... Britney Scott"
Britney Scott of Chicago, IL

"Miss you Beatty.
Miles"
Miles of Wilmington

"April 22, 2008
Jonathan 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

"Jonathan,
I guess this is why we should explore the internet more. I can't believe this site is here to leave you a message. Love's to weak to define what you mean to us ,your family. See you soon."
Auntie Bomba of Ottawa, IL

"Two years have gone by and I still miss you more than ever."
Kelley of Va beach, Va

"JON BOY,
I THINK OF YOU EVERYDAY. CARTER AND JORDAN LOOK JUST LIKE YOU. THEY ARE GROWING UP FAST. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU. I JUST MISS YOU SO MUCH. MUSIC GETS MY THROUGH. DREAMS OF ROCKN A SONG WITH YOU ON THE MIC AGAIN SOMEDAY I CAN ONLY HOPE. SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE. BROTHERS4LIFE. "ONE""
Robert Brown of Bloomington IL USA

"Jonathan Beatty WAS MY ROOMMATE DURING MY TIME IN THE CORPS, I MISS HIM SO MUCH AND AS I REMEMBER ALL THE GREAT MEMORIES WE HAD I CRY BECAUSE TO ME HE BECAME MORE THAT A MARINE, HE BECAME SOMEONE WHO HELPED ME DURING MY HARD TIMES AND ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE.. BEATTY I MISS YOU AND CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU."
JUAN MARTINEZ of CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"On Nov. 15, 2001 i met a man who became a really good friend of mine. His name was Jonathan Beatty. Not too long after we were being ordered off of a bus onto some yellow footprints In MCRD San Diego. Myself and Beatty were Squad Leaders in bootcamp and often helped each other cope with the challenges that had confronted us. After bootcamp, and once arriving to School of Infantry(SOI) i was happy to see that Beatty was there to go through SOI together. During SOI i would bring Beatty home with me on our time off sometimes. We have shared many memories, and my friends and family still remember you, Beatty.
I will never forget you Beatty, your my boy, and i will forever keep you in my prayers.
BCDMonster@yahoo.com"
LCPL Beltran of Los Angeles, CA

"1/27/06
To Jonathan's Family and Friends,
On this first anniversary of Jon's death, may I offer you my sincere condolences. He is not forgotten and will always be remembered as a hero. Our Almighty God is now embracing him as his heroic servant."
Webster and Ruth Reed, family of SSG Jonathan Reed KIA 1/28/2005 of Krotz Springs, LA

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media as stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron Schilling of Illinois

"To the Family of Cpl. Beatty:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Jonathan's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"Jon,

You will always be missed! I can't wait until the day I can see you again.

Love Kristi"
Kristi Davis of Vista, CA

"Jon, you're in my thoughts everyday and you'll always be in my heart. I love you baby."
Kelley of Jacksonville, NC

"Jon I miss you so much every day!! I look at your picture that I have on my desk and I wish so much that you were here and that I could talk to you. This shouldn't have happened to you! I miss your smile and I miss your laugh. You will always be in my heart!"
Traci of Vista, CA

"To the family and friends of Corporal Jonathan S. Beatty,

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 use our link and 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 USA

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jonathan Beatty. I lost my son on January 26, 2005 in Iraq. Those that have laid down their lives are the true heroes. May God bless you and comfort you during this time."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"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, Jonathan , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Jonathan Beatty, 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. Jonathan Beatty:
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 Jonathan 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. Jonathan Beatty:
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 Jonathan, 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