Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jacques E. Brunson

30, of Americus, Georgia.
Brunson died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV while he was on patrol. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade, Albany, Georgia. Died on July 24, 2005.

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"I graduated high school in the same class as Gus back in 1994. He was one of my best friends. I know you have been gone almost six years now. I still remember you and it brings tears to my eyes to know I'll never see you in this life again. You were as good a friend as any person could ask for. You loved your kids so much. I hope they know how much their dad loved them. It bothers me after all these years that the last time I heard from you was on voice mail and before I could get back in touch you were shipped out. I wanted to let you know how proud I was of you and that I would keep you in my prayers. I never got to tell you this but I still keep you in my prayers, you and your family, and I hope one day to see you again."
Timothy Wisham of Columbus, Ga

"Dear mr.Brunson I thank you for fighting for our freedom.And the American way you've made the ultamate sacrafice for our Freedom. And for that you've earned my respect this world needs more men like you.I hope to be as honorable as you one day.Age10"
jordan Kennedy of WA

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jacques E. Brunson:
Jacques 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

"Gus prepared me for having boys who live life to the fullest every day. Just as he did in the 30 years I knew him as my little brother. I will forever admire him for his bravery and love of man, and his joy in life. Few of us ever get to die as swiftly as was God's mercy for Gus and his buddies, and at the job we were born for. I appreciate all the kind thoughts the world has to say about him but please don't forget our heroes who have made it home. Those who had to clean up what the terrorists left behind, those who are preparing to go back for the Iraqis protection, those who no longer resemble who they were before this war. My brother rests in peace with the Lord. I ask for you to say a prayer for those you know or hear of so that they may feel the love you have for them and our great nation. Again, thank you for the wonderful words of remembrances and kindness. I pray that we will meet again in a better place. Gus, thank you for being an awesome part of my life and for sharing so much with the rest of us. Love always little bro."
Georgia Brunson-York of Cordele,GA

"Dear Family of Jacques Brunson,
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Lisa Gleim of Marietta, GA

"To the family of:Jacques E. Brunson 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"

"First let me give my deepest heartfelt condolence to you and your family. My name is Patricia Roberts and my son is Spc.Jamaal R. Addison, the First Soldier to Die for Georgia in this Iraq War. I am trying to contact all the Georgia Fallen Soldiers Families. Please contact me at 404-509-1001 or proberts19@comcast.net when you receive this message. Thanking you in advance and May God Bless."
Patricia Roberts of Lithonia, Georgia

"thank you so much for what you've done for our country! thank you so much for my frredom and the freedom of all people! you are my HERO! and you will NEVER be FORGOTTEN!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!"
JESSICA CULPEPPER of valdosta, ga

"Brunson,

It was a real shock to learn of your passing. Our time together at DLI was short, but I learned you were a dedicated father and soldier who wanted nothing but the best for your family. It is important for all to know that your dedication to the fight for freedom was sincere and should always be respected. Hopefully you have found a new peace."
Justin

"GUS WAS A WONDERFUL MAN AND A GREAT FRIEND TO ME FOR OVER 13 YEARS HE IS ALWAYS IN MY HEART AND MY MIND AS WELL AS HIS FAMILY . HE MAY BE GONE BUT HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN HE WAS WELL LOVED AND NOW MISSED GREATLY EVERY DAY I THINK OF HIM AND THE PERSON HE WAS AND IT MAKES ME SMILE. I WAS THANKFUL TO HAVE HIM IN MY LIFE TO BE ABLE TO KNOW SOMEONE LIKE HIM WAS A GIFT AND I HOPE THAT HE IS RESTING NOW THAT HIS DUTY IS DONE.

"TO MY FRIEND"
OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN MY LIFE ,
FROM BEGINNING TO THE END.
YOU'VE BEEN A SPECIAL BLESSING ,
MY DEAR AND FAITHFUL FRIEND.
YOU'VE FILLED MY LIFE WITH LAUGHTER,
SHARED SORROW'S, JOY'S, AND TEARS
YOU'VE STOOD BY ME AND HELD MY HAND,
WALKED WITH ME THROUGH THE YEARS.
WHEN I NEEDED SOMEONE TO LISTEN
I KNEW YOU WOULD ALWAYS BE THERE,
WHEN I WEATHERED THE STORM'S OF LIFE,
YOU WERE ALWAYS THE ONE THAT CARED.
SO IN THIS CIRCLE WE CALL LIFE,
FROM BEGINNING TO THE END.
I WAS BLESSED TO HAVE YOU BESIDE ME,
MY DEAR AND FAITHFUL FRIEND."
FELISHA HONEYMAN of SYLVESTER, GA

"A Boy I Knew

A boy I knew long ago,
Smiling and laughing,
A brother and a son,
A friend to everyone he met.
He spoke of whispering crickets,
And dreamt of finding the one.

The boy I knew is gone now,
Traded his sneakers for combat boots.
He picked up his gun and went to war,
And went in search of justice and truth.

A man I knew, that little boy all grown up,
Still smiling, though with crinkles at his eyes,
And laughing, in his deep and hearty way.
A son, brother, friend and father now,
Loving and kind, yet firm with his rules.
And still searching for that special one.

The man I knew is gone now,
Traded his work boots for combat boots.
He picked up his gun and went to war,
And went in search of justice and truth.

The memories fade slowly away,
Though my mind fights to hold them close.
A man I knew, long gone from this world,
An ache in the hearts of all that he met,
Missed by his family and his friends, and kids
And by all those who might have been the one.

The hero I knew is long gone now,
Traded his combat boots for polished shoes.
He laid down his gun and went to the Lord,
In search of peace and rest from this life.

The boy I knew, the man, the hero,
Is safe and whole again, and at peace.
God Bless his soul and grant him rest,
For Gus, my friend, surely passed His tests.

Katrina Camp
October 2005

Gus, we miss you still and always will. And we will see you on the other side. And our thoughts and prayers remain with the family and friends of this dear man and any other serviceman, living or gone from this world, and their families. Thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you for our freedoms."
James and Katrina Camp of Albany, Georgia USA

"I am wearing a silver bracelet in honor of a brave soldier who gave his life for his country."
Winston Alverson of Albany, Ga. 31707

"Spc BRUNSON will surely be missed. I am so greatful that I had the chance to friends with him. HE is a Hero to everyone. He was like a brother to my husband. My husband doesnt have any siblings so he adopted his close friends like Gus to be his brothers. He is feeling the pain and sorrow not only for himself but to gus's family and exspecially Kayla and Jake. He hopes the best for them as the grow older and to remember their father as the Hero he was and is."
Susan Reynolds of Sumner Georgia USA

"Dear Family, I know you are facing a very tough time. I was there in April 2004 when I lost my son in Iraq. Now my husband prepares to deploy with 48th in a couple of weeks to go try to help finish whats been started. We will keep you in our prayers...."
Jan Johnson of Lyerly, Ga.

"GOT YOUR BACK



I am a small and precious child.

My Dadís been sent to fight.

The only place Iíll see his face,

is in my dreams at night.



He will be gone too many days

for my young mind to track.

I may be sad, but I am proud.

My daddyís got your back.



I am a caring mother.

My son has gone to war.

My mind is filled with worries

that I have never known before.



Each day I try to keep my thoughts

from turning dreadfully black.

I may be scared, but I am proud.

My son has got your back.





I am a strong and loving wife,

with a husband soon to go.

There are times Iím terrified

in a way most never know.



I bite my lip and force a smile

as I watch my husband pack.

My heart may break, but I am proud.

My husbandís got your back.



I am a U.S. soldier.

Serving proudly, standing tall.

I fight for freedom, yours and mine

by answering this call.



I do my job while knowing,

the thanks it sometimes lacks.

Say a prayer that Iíll come home.

Itís me who has got your back.

Brunson, I wish you would have stayed home. You did a brave thing by volunteering to go over. Co. H (L.R.S.) will forever remember your name. You will be listed as a hero that made the ultimate sacrifice. One for the Airborne Ranger in the sky.

AIRBORNE INFANTRY- THE SOUL OF ANY GREAT FORCE IS THE PARATROOPERS WHO HAVE
SWORN RESPONSIBILITY TO GAIN AND HOLD GROUND. WHETHER BY AIR, SEA OR LAND IN
SPITE OF ADVERSE WEATHER OR THE IMPENETRABILITY OF DARKNESS."
Cpl. Ward, Jonathan of Co. H 121st Infantry (Airborne) (Long Range Surveillance)

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, 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, Jacques will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Jacques Brunson, 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 Spc. Jacques Brunson:
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 Jacques 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 Spc. Jacques Brunson:
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 Jacques, 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