Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jack Bryant, Jr.

23, of Dale City, Virginia.
Bryant died in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military convoy followed by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade attack. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Fire Support Team (1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division), Vilseck, Germany. Died on November 20, 2004.

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"Hello Jack,

Our time together was not long but I owe my life to you. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

We will always miss you."
Benjamin of Pennsylvania

"Jack Bryant Jr and i went to the same high school and graduated together. I didn't even know he joined the military until i returned home from Iraq and saw a posting about a Manassas man being killed...i was saden to see that it was jack. I remember his jokes and his big heart that he wore on his sleeve..he will forever be missed and i will always keep a place for him in my heart. R.I.P brother"
john Anthony kessel of dale city, va

"To the family of:Jack Bryant,Jr.
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""

""Jack Bryant" as we called him in 26th FSB, was a hella of guys! Always laughing, high spirit, giving, and strongly motivated. I'm deeply hurt he was not able to enjoy his long life ahead!"
Jason D. Duncan of San Diego, CA

"Although it’s been five years, still SGT Jack Bryant Jr. memory lives on. Reading the kind words I am so very touched and encouraged. We are grateful for the time that we had with him. Yes I miss his corny jokes, calling me old man and always finding something funny about everything. I am comforted in knowing that he is with Jesus Christ and we shall see him again. Jack Bryant Sr. June 13, 2010"
Jack Bryant Sr. of VA

"I remember Bryant very well, we served together at Ft Stewart. He helped me so much throughout my pregnancy in 2002. He always talked about his red Cougar and going back to VA with his wife and new baby. To his family I am so very sorry for your loss. Bryant was a very special person and he will be remembered always."
A. Broomes of Charlotte, NC

"”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 1,750 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!
Mothers of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
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 bless you.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion
P.O. Box 153
Manti, Utah 84642"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I just wanted to say that I truly appreciate all the thoughts and prayers shared by everyone on this list. It truly touches my heart to know that my big brother left such a big impact on so many lives. I'm glad he has touched you all in so many ways! My brother will be truly missed and it is good to know that he will never be forgotten by so many good semaritans!! Many blessings...Jack's little sis!!!"
Jennifer Bryant....his little sister! of Woodbridge, VA

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Jack Bryant, Jr.:
Jack 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

"Mr.Bryant, I have never met you or your family or friends nor have I ever been to Virginia. I just watched a special on Nightline tonight on Memorial Day 2007 which featured your father and family and I felt compelled to send you a message. I am a 37 year old male who has never served in the military. I am a father, a husband, a son, a Christian, a college graduate and a Police Officer. I wanted to Thank You Mr. Bryant. I wanted to Thank You for protecting my freedom. I wanted to Thank You for helping keep my family safe. I wanted to Thank You for helping keep the freedom for me to have the choice to be a Christian. I wanted to Thank You for protecting my right to choose my occupation as a Police Officer. I wanted to Thank You for helping this great country allow men like me to freely become educated. I want you to know that although I have never met you, I will never forget you. God bless you Jack Bryant Jr. and may God bless your loving father, family and friends."
M. K. of Chicago, Illinois

"Mr. VA

First let me say i was station in iraq with jack and he was my roommate in kuwait i was hhb 1/6 fa also but its so crazy to me how things happen but jack always had a smile on his face and always talk about music and VA i remember playin bones with him all night i just wanna say rest in peace big SGT u are still missed and to the family me and jack didnt know at the time but we where closer then we ever knew cause Carol Walker from VA is my Aunt and she is good friends with his mother in law. so again rest in peace boy. (michael.leon.walker@us.army.mil)"
SGT Michael Walker of Chicago, IL

"To the Family of Jack Bryant
I had the privledge of meeting your son, husband and father in Korea. I used to work with him in Tech Suppy. I remember him the most because he always made me and everyone else laughing so hard. It was funny because he would call me mom (even tho i was 2 years younger) and I would call him son because I always kept his butt out of trouble and always looked out for him. He always had my back and if anyone was pissing me off he would do something about it. Such a great guy. He was always so proud to show pics of his lil man and show pics of how hot his wife is. I'm sorry for your lose and pray he is watching over you. God Bless."
Brie Van Loh of San Luis Obispo, CA

"August 26, 2006
The Friendship Circle Chapter of the Richmond Quilters’ Guild has begun a new project. Our goal is to make a memorial quilt for the closest relative of each soldier that gave his or her life from the State of Virginia in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are inviting the other six (6) chapters of the Richmond Quilters’ Guild to join Friendship Circle in this Project. The entire Richmond Quilters’ Guild represents approximately 300 individuals. Check our website richmondquiltguild.com and select Virginia Memorial Quilt Project for further details and updates.
We are committed to provide a memorial quilt to each family who sustained the loss of a family member in this military conflict. We are asking family and friends of a fallen member of the armed services from Virginia to contact either Debbie Elam at debelam1@aol.com or Mary Biggs mary_biggs@verizon.net to give us information so we may write a letter to the immediate family asking if they would accept a quilt from the Virginia Memorial Quilt Project. We are committed to treat this information with the utmost confidentiality.
PLEASE help us reach out to the families from Virginia who has lost a member of their family in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Debbie Elam ~ 800 Hallsboro Road ~ Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 794-6364"
Debbie Elam of Richmond, VA

"I'm very grateful that my baby brother Jay will not be forgotten! Thank each and every one of you for all of your kind words and thoughts. We all miss him so much but with our faith in Christ we will continue to remind the world of what a wonderful brother, son, husband, father and friend he was."
Big Sister Denie of Maryland

"I never had the chance to meet Jack, but I did have the chance to see what a great provider and man he was through the wonderful family he built. Jack was more than a hero, he was a husband, friend, son and a man. Seeing everyone's pain let's you know how great an impact someone has had on others lives. All of my love and support goes out to his family. I will always be there for his son and wife, who in her time of need has been my bestfriend and support system. I love Jack for his sacrifice and for that I will always be grateful. With love God Bless."
Rasheedah of Washington, DC

"Sending utmost honor and respect for the family of Jack Bryant, Jr. who gave his life in service to our nation. No American can do more for our nation than to give his life for the cause of liberation and freedom. Our Heavenly Father has already welcomed Jack to his eternal home. We mere mortals can only gasp in reverence, awe, and catch our breath knowing a fellow citizen who gave his all, his "last full measure" as Abraham Lincoln so well phrased. God bless all of you Bryant family members for your's and Jack's gift to our beloved nation."
Robert Kord of Cutler, Maine

"To the family of Jack Bryant, Jr.:
My husband and I knew jack very well. We were in the same unit and we were also close neighbors. My husband and I still remember and laugh about how much jack loved his red Cougar, and dared you to say something about it. We all had so much fun at Fort Stewart, and his memory will always be in our hearts."
Tamika Craig of Petersburg, VA USA

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

"To the Bryant Family,
I just want to send my love and prayers to you. I had the privelage of meeting Jack and his loving wife and child in Fort. Stewart, Georgia. Thank You so much for helping to make a strange land, home. I will never forget the jokes, the laughter, the liveliness that Jack showed. Loosing Jack was like loosing a brother, and I also feel like I lost his wife when he left. She is still her physically for her son, but spiritually she is with Jack. Her heart perished on November 20th, when God retrieved his soul. I LOVE YOU."
Kanikki Wells of Fort. Sill, OKlahoma

"To the Bryant family,
Gone too soon but God doesnt make any mistakes. Please find comfort in knowing that you will see him again in heaven. He fought a good fight and is now looking down on you smiling. Stand strong and be proud of the hard work he did for our country."
We Love You

"To Jack'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

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

"Thank you Jack Bryant, Jr., 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. Jack Bryant, Jr.:
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 Jack 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 Sgt. Jack Bryant, Jr.:
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 Jack, 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