Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey C. Burgess

20, of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Burgess died due to enemy action near Al Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. Died on March 25, 2004.

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"Lance Corporal Jeffrey C. Burgess,

I am currently stationed on MCAS Miramar. I am assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron and every 3 months I have SAF duty. As I walk into Burgess Hall and see your plaque right next to the entrance it always fills me up with sadness knowing that a very fine marine is not with us anymore. I was with MWSS-373 during the deployment to Iraq and I just remember hearing that you had lost your life. The pain, anger and sadness I felt that day is still the same to this date and every day that I have SAF duty. Rest easy brother, you are now in a better duty station guarding the person that created us all. I wish I could say that your time here was too short and that you didn't deserve to go so early but who am I to judge the creators desicion. As you watch over us and guard the gates of heaven, I strive to live my life everyday as you have and to be a man of better morals just like you. I miss you dearly brother, my prayers go out to your family and friends. Seeing the comments they leave here make me even more sad. Hopefully their wounds have healed and they can live life easier. Semper Fi Marine."
Cpl Jorge A. Garcia of San Diego, CA

"Missing you today brother. More then ever."
Benjamin Boles of Wisconsin

"I just came from the 2014 hOMebase Yoga Benefit for Veterans in Canton MA. My practice tonight was dedicated to all those that have served our country but more specially to Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Burgess. Tonight I lit a candle in your honor. Thank you for your service, and sacrifice."
Angela Babuschak of Cohasset, MA, USA

"I was on this same deployment with you with MWSS-374. Saw your name on a tile at the Memorial Wall at the Marines Memorial Hotel in San Francisco. Blessings and prayers to your family and friends... you will always be remembered."
Semper Fi of Bay Area, CA

"Jeff,

I'm stationed at MCAS Miramar. Working at PMO. I walk into Burgess hall everyday. You were the best of us."
CWO-2 Jimmy Chon of San Diego, CA

"We served in Japan together. GREAT GUY & AWESOME MARINE!!!!!!!!"
Jarhead of Jacksonville, NC USA

"Cannot believe it has been 10 years. I work at Burgess Hall building PMO, MCAS Miramar. So when I am assigned as the desk sgt I see your picture on the wall. I remember Japan and the great times we had. Miss you Buddy..."
Christopher Rodriguez GySgt/ USMC(ret) of San Diego, Ca. USA

"10 years...Miss you still, always will..."
Nancy of Plymouth, MA

"I think about you every day Jeff. I just wanted to say Thank You for your and your family’s sacrifice."
LCpl M. Meyer of Medford OR

"Thinking of you today on your birthday and always."
Nancy of Plymouth, MA

"Thinking of you daily. Never Forgotten. Miss you buddy."
Benjamin Boles of Woodbury, MN

"Jeff,

Wish you were here buddy. Miss you lots man. Im a better man today because of you. Youre a hero. To all of us."
Jimmy Chon of Stan....

"Jeff its been 10 long years buddy. I was your rackmate in bootcamp 02/2002-05/2002 plt 1036 Parris Island, South Carolina. We went through a time that I will always remember and cherish for the rest of my life. We were in that hell-hole at the same time in 2004. On this Memorial Day I am remembering and thanking you for giving your life for my freedom. You are a hero to our nation and will forever be honored and not forgotten. Semper Fi"
Sgt Richard J. Laugel of Bronx, NY

"Saw a cardinal today. You are in my thoughts and prayers today & always, Jeff."
Nancy of Plymouth, MA

"To LCpl Burgess,

Thank you for serving devil dog. The Iraq War ended two months ago, and still no acknowledgement or validation from the American People nor the Commander in Chief to bring us closure. You will surely be missed, my heart goes out to you and your family. You are in my thoughts, even when the rest of our country is hypnotized by the entertainment and sport industry. The Super Bowl came and went, no mentioning of your name or our fellow brothers and sisters who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our great nation. We've become alienated from the American People, and I can only hope that the War in Iraq does not become a forgotten war. There has been no commemoration and no celebration for our brothers and sisters coming home and for those that were killed during the war. There has been no moral validation, to know beyond all doubt, that what we did was the right thing to do. I can only hope that history does not repeat itself, that the Iraq War Vets aren't treated like the Vietnam War Vets were. I know that there are a lot of people that questioned and disagreed with the war, however they didn't disagree when the attacks of 9/11 occurred. I fear that the American People have forgotten or lost their way. Regardless, they need not agree nor disagree with the war. What matters most right now, is the moral validation and the support of the American People to help heal the wounds of war and mend the scars of battle. I fear the poor example that the American People are setting for their children. We must not forget, lest there be no one to protect our Republic and our Flag!
Semper Fidelis!!! Ooh-Rah!!!"
Cpl Elliott, Michael MWSS-373 of Blue Bell, PA/U.S.A.

"Hard to think that it has been 7 years now. Just want to thank you again and to let you know that you will always be remembered. I dont think that we could have had a better MP to deploy with us. Semper Fi Marine."
SGT Jay Banks of Akron, Ohio

"Thinking of you today and everyday. My brother just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was stationed with MWSS 272. Rest easy buddy."
Jenn of Cohasset ma( formerly of Plymouth)

"To the family of:Jeffrey C.Burgess
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""

"My daughter served with thi fine Marine and was in country with him when he died.I am a former Marine and wear a bracelet with L/cpl Burgesses name on iit every day to remind myself of his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all our service members whatever the branch. Semper Fi Jeff"
Battalion Chief David Force of Pemberton NJ

"Remembering you on memorial day friend, Semper Fi"
Doc of CA

"Heard a bird chirping away at me today and on Mar. 25. Of course it was a cardinal. Always in my thoughts and prayers."
Nancy Pullia of Plymouth, MA

"Seven years have flown by. You are in all of our hearts and we will always remember this day, your humor, and your Warrior Spirit! R.I.P."
Rocky Hernandez Jr., (SSGT) of Killeen, TX.

"Not forgotten."
Steven Sentel of Urbana, Illinois

"Tomorrow will be 7 years. I can't believe you have been gone this long. It always feels like the first year. I always wonder what you would be up to. Would you be married, would you have kids, would you be the Mass State Trooper you said you wanted to be. You will always be in my heart. Love you Jeff. Rest Easy."
Jen of Plymouth, MA

"We miss your sweet smile and wonderful laugh! Rest in Peace Jeffrey. We Love you so much! Allan, Dana, Uncle Brad and Auntie."
Auntie of Plymouth, MA

"Miss you Brother"
Nick Arrivey

"Just Thinking of you buddy."
SGT Benjamin Boles of quantico, va

"they say your war ended tonight... suffering with emotion tonight wish you were here to straighten me out with your words of wisdom. Miss you"
Mom

"Jeff,
On this 6th memorial day of your passing, I can't help but to remember all of the good times that we had together. Between going through MP school together and then a year in Iwakuni, the memories will last a lifetime. Love you brother. You will always be a hero in my eyes."
Cpl Bryan Ledford of Canton, Ga.

"I love you brother!!!"
Sgt Benjamin Boles of Quantico, VA

"It will be 6 years tomorrow, as the time passes it doesnt seem to get easier. You are missed and loved by all. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Sgt Benjamin Boles of Quantico, VA

"So hard to believe it's almost six years since that horrible day in Iraq. Although your clock isn't near the infamous stop sign at Burgess Square, it will stand "WITH PRIDE" as reminder of sacrifice you and your brethren gave for those who love you as well as for the many more who will grow to love you.

As always, you and your beautiful family are in hearts, on our minds and in our prayers.

SEMPER FI"
Bernice Wipfler of Plymouth, MA

"Jeff: We miss you everyday!"
Your cousins Danny and Andy of Pembroke and Marlboro MA

"Jeffrey: As it has been for the past 5 almost 6 years, Christmas has not been the same without you. I just wanted you to know that you were here with us in such "Jeffrey" spirit bringing such fond memories of Christmas' past with you. My heart tells me you are a part of every day with all of us which comforts me to no end. As we venture into year six without your presence here on Earth we will continue to strive for the "With pride" attitude for you... I miss you my baby boy"
Mom of Sagamore Beach

"Family and loved ones, I am a friend of the Marine who brought your angel in from the battlefield. To this day he is still so honored to have had a part in bringing his fellow Marine in from the war to return home to you. For my friend, Jeff is a part of him forever. A memory filled with both sadness and an immeasurable gratitude for Jeff's sacrifice, and for yours. I am so sorry for your loss, and so honored to see the testimony of Jeff's life and devotion to his family and to his fellow Marines written here and in the souls of those who served with him. We will ever be grateful to your angel Jeff, and to the rest of the Marines who served so proudly with him. May God ever bless you and keep you."
Dan Felkins of Murrieta, CA

"Jeffrey, it's been 5 years brother. Today the Marine Corps turns 234 years old and I want you to know that not a day goes by that we don't think of you and your dedicated service to not only the Marine Corps but to your fellow Marines. You are missed. Happy Birthday Brother!"
Sgt. McMillan, Christopher of MCAS Cherry Point, NC

"All Marines die in the red flash of battle or the white cold of a nursing home. In the vigor of youth or the infirmity of age all will eventually die, but the Marine Corps lives on. Every Marine who ever lived is living still, in the Marines who claim the title today. I spoke of you to a group of poolees enroute to San Diego for bootcamp. You are living still, with them, as they depart to endure the vigors of Marine Corps Bootcamp!"
R. Hernandez Jr. of Killeen, TX.

"Jeff you are in our thoughts everyday. Tomorrow we honor all our patriots, but we can't help but not shed an extra few tears for you our dear friend. Jesse and I put in a big flag pole in our backyard today. You better believe we are sporting a USMC flag just below our American. Tomorrow as I homeschool the girls and do our special 9/11 lessons, I will remind them of you again. Semper Fi!"
Sarah Patino of Marysville, CA

"Jeff- I thought of you today and looked you up. We have not forgotten you and never will."
Tim of Plymouth, Masssachusetts

"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day and always. Thank you!
With much love,
The Pullias"
Nan of Plymouth, MA

"Thanks Marine, for your honorable service, courage and commitment, and ultimate sacrifice. Thoughts of you on this memorial weekend."
R. Hernandez Jr. of Killeen, TX

"Jeff,
Its been 5 years brother, and not a day goes by that you are not thought of by many. You are greatly missed and will never be forgotten. Till we meet again

Semper Fidelis"
Sgt Nick Arrivey of Parris Island, SC

"Never Forgotten"
You will live in our hearts forever LCpl J.C. Burgess"
Sgt Benjamin Boles of Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri

"Jeff this is you buddy. John 15:13-14 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. The highest human exhibition of love that earth has ever seen was this. SEMPER FI brother!"
Former CPL Anthony Certa of Howell NJ

"Jeff, once again the weather is just like the day you left us, making the memories of that horrible day come crashing back through. You are forever in my mind and heart every minute of every day... Missing you now and forever"
Mom of Sagamore Beach, Ma

"Jeff man its been 5 long years, I just want to say that I am always thinking of you and your always on my mind. I will be making my yearly trek to visit with you in a week or so, and I'm looking forward to it.Alright buddy ill be seeing ya soon."
Former CPL Anthony Certa of Howell, NJ

"Well bud, the day after tomorrow will be 5yrs, and im back in TQ, your road is still here, and they named part of the base after you, along with a Memorial of you. Jeff, your still touching peoples lives 5yrs later, thats what kind of Marine and person you grew to be! Miss ya man. Wish you were still here bro!"
Cpl Ryan J Lawrey of Al Taqqadum, Iraq

"Michelle - I have wanted to contact you for the past five years and tonight I watched a movie that made me think of you again. I remember you holding your little blond curly haired Jeffrey and it is that picture of the two of you that I keep in my mind. My youngest son, Jake, just came home from Iraq where he served as an Army medic and my middle son, Nate, Jason's friend from elementary school, is leaving for Iraq next month where he will be working for the government. My prayers and my love are always with you and your family and I think of Jeffrey often."
Donna Evans of North Fort Myers, FL

"Cpl Burgess, a friend i only had the privelage of knowing a short time. but a friend i will never forget.i remember that day like if it was yesterday when i looked up at you when you were in the turrent and introduced myself. i will never forget you. SEMPER FI BROTHER"
Cpl. Quiroga MWSS 374 of San Antonio Tx

"To the family of LCPL Burgess, I am Jeff's former platoon SGT. Tom Streckfuss. He was in my platoon prior to his deployment and his transfer to 373. I just wanted to leave a message and tell Jeff that he has not been forgotten. I have placed him on my togetherweserve.com website as a remebrance of his duty and honor to the corps and to the U.S."
Tom Streckfuss of St. Louis, Mo.

"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Marine!"
Sgt Benjamin Boles of Ft Leonard Wood, MO

"Jeff,
Missing you today, tomorrow and always."
The Pullias of Plymouth, MA

"Merry Christmas Jeff, another year with out you. It still feels like the first. Love you!"
Jenny of Plymouth

"Many great memories in Iwakuni were never matched... I came back to the states seven months too late. Even though we weren't that close nothing will ever describe the feeling I felt as I was looking over the casualty list and saw your name. Me and Don often talked about you in the couple years we were stationed together in Miramar towards the ends of our enlistments. In my five years of knowing you, I have never heard a negative word spoken about you. I'll never forget the aviators haha. Much love brother."
Former Cpl Hiles of San Diego

"In memory of Jeff. I am currently in Iraq and I took a convoy back to our old stomping grounds in TQ. Burgess Road is still there representing one of our biggest losses. Miss ya, Jeff."
Chris Bowling of Al Anbar, Iraq

"To the family of LCpl Jeffrey C. Burgress - Today we celebrate Vetarans Day, a day to honor those who served and those who paid the ultimate sacrafice for our freedom. I will always remember Jeffrey from our days at 29 Palms and MWSS-374 before we deployed to Iraq. He was an outstanding Marine and man, I'm proud to say I served with him.

God Bless Jeffrey and keep him close to your heart as I do."
Robert A. Flanagan, HMCS(FMF), USN Ret of Simi Valley, California

"Next week we are heading out to your old stomping grounds. Miramar. It still to this day amazes me how you impacted so many peoples lives. Enough to have a buidling, ball field, a clock, and a part of a town dedicated in your honor. I love you Jeff and miss you so much. Your are always in my heart."
Jenny of Plymouth

"I previously posted a message after reading an article in the Marine Corps Times. I apologize for not looking at the name closer, as I now know Burgess grave is undisturbed. As I serve another tour in support of OIF, I still remember our fallen brother, and it gives me strength to keep pushing on. I hope all is well with the Burgess Family."
SSgt Baril, Michael of Escondido, CA serving in Kuwait

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Jeffrey C. Burgess:
Jeffrey 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

"Jeff,
Thinking of you and your family, today, tomorrow, and always.
Love,
The Pullias"
Nancy of Plymouth, MA

"Lcpl Jeff
memorial page on myspace.
Sagamore Beach, MA
http://www.myspace.com/eastcoastmom

Thank you Ssgt Hernandez, your song is playing in Jeff's honor today on his myspace page."
Jeff's mom

"Rest in peace Marine. We will honor you forevermore."
R. Hernandez Jr. (SSgt) of Killeen, Texas

"jeff thinking of you today, semper fi. we miss and love you."
misty seligman of mclb albany, ga

"Thinking of you and your family today.
03/25/08"
LD of Massachusetts

"THANK YOU!!!"
Sgt Benjamin D Boles of Ft Leonard Wood, MO

"We miss you brother!"
Sgt Benjamin D Boles of Ft Leonard Wood, MO

"I was driving down the road and heard this song on the radio. Tears welled up and I had to pull over. The song is by Alter Bridge. The title is: One By One.

Underneath the desert sun
They bid my brother's blood to run
Many miles away
Hell has come today

Fire raining from the sky
See the face of fear asking one last time
Let me go home safe
Before it's too late

(Chorus)
One by one
The brave will fall
Life is lost again
They gave it all

Deep within the castle walls
So many grieve as funeral songs
Echo endlessly
Ode to memories

This sacrifice of flesh and blood
For a promised land that may not be won
Let us not forget the hero laid to rest

(Chorus)

And they gave it all
A price we can't ignore
Is there hope in what they're dying for?
For every hero born
From every family torn
We will honor you forevermore"
Rocky Hernandez Jr. of Killeen, TX.

"TO THE BURGESS FAMILY-I AM TRULY SADDENED BY YOUR LOSS.BUT,IT GET'S YOU A LITTLE DEEPER WHEN IT'S ONE OF YOUR OWN!PLEASE KNOW AND TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING YOU WILL BE REUNITED WITH HIM ONE DAY.AND WHEN THAT DAY DOES COME HE WILL BE THERE STANDING TALL FOR GOD HAS THE MARINES GAURDING HEAVENS GATES. SEMPER FI."
CPL. CHARLES A MCCULLOUGH of COVINGTON,GA.

"Well Jeff, I'm sitting here with a cold beer getting ready to watch the Patriots in the Superbowl. I know you're watching and who you're cheering for! Here is to you kid. Semper Fi.

Rocky Hernandez of Killeen, retired."

"To the family of:Jeffrey C. Burgess I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"It's Christmas Eve my fourth without you. They say time heals all pain but, it doesn't. Today Jord and I will visit with you and leave you the only gifts we can now, just a simple wreath and our love.
I'll feel your pressence in the breeze that will try to blow my tears dry but, my tears will never dry up when I think of losing you. I did what I could for you in being the Marine you were and helped out with Toys for Tots this season. I thought you would be a part of it if you could so I did it for you. Many kids are getting a christmas this year because of those caring individuals who helped in contributions of love during this season. Helping them helped me in thinking that you would have loved to have provided the same for them.
I hope we make you proud as you watch over us. Merry Christmas to you in heaven Jeff, I'll be thinking of you all day as I do every day."
Forever Missing you, Love Mom

"To the Family of Jeff Burgess,
We had the pleasure of being stationed with LCpl Burgess in Japan. He was such a fun-spirited person, always ready for the next "adventure". We will never forget the day we heard the news. It's a day we think about often...today being one of those days. He was the first friend we lost to OIF. We are humbled by his sacrifice and will constantly remember what he gave for us. Thank You LCpl Burgess...Semper Fi."
Sgt and Mrs. Glenn Begg of MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, CA

"Happy 232nd Birthday Marine! Veteran's Day was tough this go around, being that I'm retired now. Semper Fi."
SSgt R. Hernandez Jr. of Killeen, TX.

"I am still and will always have Lcpl Burgess in my memory. I was and still a Marine with MWSS-373 and I just recently read an artilce in the Marine Corps Times of someone disturbing Burgess grave site. Shame on the individual(s) and I am sure others that read this have a commitment to our fallen brother and to ensure he rests in peace. This person should own the Burgess family and country for the rest of their life. This Marine gave his life and to disrespect him like this brings only more pain. You are still thought about often Jeff and may God still continue to bless you, your family, and this country long after We are all gone."
SSgt Michael R. Baril of Escondido, CA

"Your team won Jeff, can't help believing that you are one of their angels in the outfield. I hope that heaven opens a window for you to watch your beloved RedSox.. we watch for you anyway. So many things go on without out you being here to enjoy them and my heart aches every time I say " Jeff would have loved this".. I miss you so much every day Jeff. I am approaching another holiday season and I hate seeing your chair empty at the dinning room table during Thanksgiving and Christmas. You are forever with us in your chair though. I guess sometimes I still think you will be coming home from Iraq. I'll wait forever."
Your mom of Sagamore Beach,Ma USA

"Not a day goes by that I don't remember that day and what happened...I feel for your family and friends. I couldn't imagine the pain they go through."
Steven Sentel of Arcola, Illinois

"It has been three years since your passing. It is the day after Independence Day and I just found myself reading through all these wonderful memories, wishes, tears of sorrow from friends and family all around this world. You touched many lives in many ways. I feel like you were my best friend, but, I never met you. I have had many family members and friends in just about all the branches of the services. I just want to thank you, your brothers and sisters who served with you. We will never forget what you have done for US ALL. You will forever be in our hearts.
Michelle, Jen and Lauren keep smiling"
Beth of Hudson, MA

"Jeff,
It's another 4th of July & the weather was perfect for the parade. Lauren commented about that really hot 4th, I think it was senior year. You guys were beet red and needed water so badly.
Any way, Smash had a tribute to you on the back of their truck. That was nice.
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice so that we can go to the parade & fireworks, etc.
Love you & miss you always!"
The Pullias of Plymouth, MA

"Thankyou Jeff for being so brave and serving our country...remembering you on Memorial Day and always...you will be in our hearts forever...Blessings to your family and friends! Love Janine Benslay and family"
Janine Benslay of Stafford Virginia

"I didnt know you well I was sent to help the MP's out shortly after your passing and was lucky enough to hear stories of you and funny things you did from your buddy Will and Cpl. Billingsly... It is memorial day and I thought I'd say hi and thankyou for your sacrifice jeff. Semper Fi
God bless the Burgess Family"
(former) Cpl. Mike Gregory MWSS 374 of Orbisonia,PA

"This day is for you and your Fallen Brothers. We Honor You and We Thank You!! You'll Never Be Forgotten. I love you Jeff."
Jenny

"On this day I remember thee. Your sacrifice is the definition of "Semper Fidelis". You are missed beyond comprehension and belief."
SSgt (Ret) Rocky Hernandez of Killeen, Texas

"Although every day is Memorial Day for me I always ache a bit more for you on this weekend- the start of summer ... how you loved Summers in Plymouth. The world, my world is at such a loss without your smile and spirit Jeff.
Your life is celebrated with us poolside every time this year promise!! You are always a part of us."
Mom

"Jeff I miss you every day and will never take off your bracelet that I wear in your name. You are hero to us all. Thank you for looking out for us when we were deployed."
CPL Emanuel Leon of Arlington,VA

"Jeffrey today is March 25 and your wonderful memory has flooded my thoughts. You will forever be in my heart and mind. I will always be thankful that you came into our lives. Even for a short moment, we have all been changed. Your time was brief, but oh my precious Jeff it was POWERFUL. Love you for lifetime.

Your California Mom,"
Krista Driscoll of California

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said "The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Jeff,
We will always remember where you stood. Thank you!
Forever in our hearts,
The Pullias"
Nancy of Plymouth, MA

"The new flags at the Lance Corporal Jeffrey C. Burgess Memorial are a fluttering reminder of who makes this country great. God Bless you, Marine, and Semper Fi."
Al Berglund of Cedarville

"Michelle, I read the story in the Patriot Ledger (03/17/07) about the challenges you face as a Gold Star mother. Please know that there are many of us who have not forgotten your sacrifice or that of your son. You are in my prayers and I am grateful. The slights you suffer from ignorant people hurt me too."
Diane Miller of Kingston, MA

"Happy St. Patty's Day Jeff!!"
Jen of Plymouth

"Jeff: Three years ago this month, man brother, time has flown right on by. I often look at the picture of you smiling on the plane as we left Miramar - you were sitting next to Sgt Yamine, laughing away. I often wonder what you both were laughing so hard about. I'm retiring at the end of this month, my memories of the Corps will always be there as will memories of you. Semper Fi. Keep the streets of Heaven guarded my brother."
SSgt R. Hernandez Jr. of MCAS Miramar, CA.

"Jeff and family,

I know you are missed my son was one of your closest friends.. He has done two tours in Iraq and is not the same. I know he thinks of you daily. I email your Mom once in awhile. I always think of her and your family. It could have been my son. I hurt for your family and all the others.. I know you are proud of your Mom, all that she is doing in your memory and to help others. You are NOT forgotten!!!"
L Vasquez of Ft. Worth, Texas

"i went away (as i always do) after christmas and i took your picture with me, tucked into the mesh pouch of my backpack. as i boarded the bus to the airport in plymouth, a woman stopped me and asked, "a friend of yours?" and i said yes, you were, and explained that you were gone. she replied, "jeffrey burgess?" and i was so taken back i didn't know how to respond except to nod. she said she only knew of you after you were gone, but that they were a marine family, too. she said something to her husband about the cardinals in her back garden - i interrupted her and asked, "you know about the cardinals?" and she wasn't sure what i was on about. i just smiled and knew you were there. thanks for coming on my trip with me. we had fun."
buzz of plymouth, ma

"Jeff (And Family)
I'm sure we are related as my family is from Plymouth. Living in San Diego I'm sorry we never met when you were here.

Your death has affected us greatly. I too am a drummer and continue to play to this day. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and we will continue to keep your memory alive."
Leonard "Ted" Burgess & Family of San Diego, CA

"Jeff,
I remember hanging out at the bus stop in PCIS and PSHS at Everson Ave with my brother and Fahey, Even though we grew up in the same neighborhood, we didnt really know each other. Im very sorry for that. You were always making jokes, and full of life. Your family is in my prayers. God bless"
dave of manomet, MA

"Jeff
This was our third Christmas without you and your wonderful smile and sense of humor. Always difficult to give you a wreath on a stone for Christmas but I am learning to accept that you are gone from this world and always keep your ways in my heart and mind, I guess that is what gives me the strength to move on. I miss you"
Mom

"As you may know - we've lost three more brothers from the Military Police, MWSS-373, MCAS Miramar, CA. Cpl Dillon, LCpl Miller, LCpl Cote. They made the ultimate sacrifice on December 11th. We miss you all!"
SSgt R. Hernandez Jr. of MCAS Miramar

"thinking of you tonight."
buzz of plymouth, ma

"Each Christmas I take out the angel candle holder you gave me and I remember with a smile how you told me your mother said to always keep the wick trimmed to a quarter of an inch. Funny the things we remember.
Merry Christmas and thanks, Jeff for all of the memories and your service to this country!
Love,
Nancy"
Nancy of Plymouth, MA

"Isn't it wonderful to know that Jeffery passed away serving his country.I believe Jeffery is in heaven and that you will see him again someday."
Brian Burgess of Wyoming Michigan USA

"Jeff, I never met you personally, but I have always known Kevin, and not one day passes without him talking of you with such great respect and admiration. He is following in you footsteps, and we followed you through the Plymouth drumline. Please watch over him. You are in everyone's hearts, you made the ultimate sacrifice for us. God bless you, your family, the USMC, and America.
Thank you."
Maggie of Plymouth, MA

"We purchased an American Flag during the Healing Field flag display Sept 8th-12th. Each flag represented a member of the military who were killed in the war in Iraq or Afghanistan. On the flag we brought home was the name LANCE CORPORAL JEFFREY C BURGESS U.S. MARINE. We want to take this opportunity to express our sympathy and appreciation to his family. You will remain in our prayers each day as we proudly fly this flag in his honor. We will never forget your enormous sacrifice and loss."
Keith & Vivian Montey of Eaton, CO

"DEATH DOES NOT END A RELATIONSHIP.
IF WE ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE STILL,
AND IF WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR GRIEF,
THE GRIEF BECOMES POLISHED AND LUMINOUS AND MYSTERIOUS AS DEATH ITSELF.
WHEN IT DOES...WE LEARN TO LOVE ANEW,
NOT ONLY FOR THE ONE WHO HAS DIED,
WE LEARN TO LOVE ANEW THOSE WHO LIVE
By:Julius Lester

I'm trying Jeff..."
--Love, Mom

"Happy 4th!! You were heavy on my mind all day yesterday. I think because it was 4th of July and its because of men and women like you that we have this awesome holiday. And because we had fun on the 4th when we were kids. I miss hanging out with you. I've come to realize that my favorite holiday wont ever be the same and it sucks. But I feel like you will be with me on every 4th. And with that I will start on making new 4th memories. I've already got some from this year. I have excepted change only because you can't stop it so why not except it. Its been a hard thing to do but I think it might have kicked in. And it feels okay. So I am rolling with it.
Untill that day, Jeff. Your in my heart. Love you."
Jen of Americas Hometown, Plymouth, MA

"Hey Buddy,
My Mom knew you a little bit better than I did...She always talked about how much fun you are, how sweet you are, and how awesome you are. I just want to thankyou so much for what you did for our country, we'll always remember you Jeff! I hope that someday we'll meet again Jeff! I love you!

your cousin-
Sarah j. Benslay"
Sarah Benslay of Stafford, Va

"Jeff-
There isn't a day I don't look out my window across the street and remember all the great times we had growing up together. I miss you"
James Fahy of Manomet,Ma

"Hey Jeff,
On Memorial Day and every day we thank you. After coming back from Bourne today, I took a wrong turn but it was right where your new sign is so I had to go back past it again to get to my brother's house. I was meant to do that I believe. We will always love you, miss you, and keep you in our hearts & prayers.
Love,
The Pullias"

"April 15th,2006 marks the dedication of JEFFREY C BURGESS MEMORIAL SQUARE,by the state of Massachusetts in south
Plymouth. Pictures of the square can be viewed on The Boston Globe, The Patriot Ledger and The Old Colony Memorial websites. This square is to be under constuction and will end up with a beautiful tower clock to honor Jeff's service to his country. For us, we enjoy the honor of our son, brother,uncle in passing this area marked with a state sign as we go about our lives without Jeff."
His mom of Sagamore Beach, Ma

"HEY GUY! JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT PMO IS NOW CALLED THE JEFFREY C BURGESS PROVOST MARSHALLS OFFICE. THERE IS A PICTURE OF YOU HANGIN IN THE LOBBY. EVERY DAY YOU ARE MISSED. WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT YOU. YOU ARE TRULY MISSED EVERYDAY IN MIRAMAR.

TO THE FAMILY OF JEFF, WE AT MIRAMAR ARE HERE IF YOU EVER NEED ANYTHING.
PMO MARINES, MCAS MIRAMAR"
ALL MP'S of MIRAMAR, SAN DIEGO/CA

"TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF SOMEONE WHO WAS A TRUE HERO. IN THE VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME THAT I HAD THE PRIVELEDGE TO SERVE WITH HIM, IT WAS MY PLEASURE. JEFF WAS THE TYPE OF MAN THAT ALL PARENTS WISH THERE CHILD WOULD GROW UP TO BE. HE WAS THE TYPE THAT MADE US ALL LAUGH WHILE WE WERE IN IRAQ. HE NEVER LOOKED AT THE NEGATIVE AND ALWAYS FOUND SOMETHING POSITIVE AND GAVE EVERY PERSON A FAIR CHANCE. AND FOR THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE SADDENED, BUT SMILE.. THAT IS WHAT HE WOULD HAVE WANTED US TO DO."
RYAN of SAN DIEGO, CA

"Jen, Melissa really would like to communicate with you, also. She's just shy. Your phone number is still on the card on our cabinet door from that day she saw you at DD's."

"My wife, Melissa grew up next-door to the Burgesses. I remember seeing a young Jeffrey outside playing with remote control cars and bikes. Now he has grown into a man and made the ULTIMATE sacrifice for us and our young sons. I will never forget him or the cause he was fighting for."
Sean of Plymouth, MA

"we are sorry to hear about your loved ones we will keep you in prayer"
shawn nelson of randolph

"America (For Her)"

I'm not afraid to go and fight for her,
I'm not afraid to lose my life...for her
My brother's they have shed there blood for her.
And countless others have died...for her

It's not amazing what we've done for her
when her back's against the wall.
Thousands before me have honored her,
they have answered the call.
And some have given there all.

There are those who want to destroy her,
Evil tyrants who want to see America fall.
But there are those of us who love her,
who aren't afraid to give her our all.

It's not amazing what we'd do for her,
the pride has been burned into our souls
It's as easy as Semper Fi,
and only a Few of us know.

So I'll hold my head up when I fight for her,
cause I have my brother's and I'm not alone.
The nation will be so proud of us,
cause she'll still be free when we come back home.

It's not amazing what we'd do for her,
when her back's against the wall.
Thousands of others have honored her,
they have answered the call,
and some have given there ALL."
SSgt Hernandez of MCAS Miramar, CA.

"Oorah, man. You were an inspiration to me in High School when you played your alto sax, and Iwatched at your skill. I tried to emulate you on trombone [failing, mind you], but your passion drove me to aspire. You were a great person in life, and in death your memory will not perish. You'll be in the hearts of all those you touched.

Semper Fi, Jeff!"
Lance Corporal Patrick M Fahey of Plymouth, MA

"On this second anniversary of your passing, I wanted you to know we haven't forgotten. A bunch of us got together, had a few drinks and told stories. Sgt Snyder, Cpl Boles, Sgt Nickerson, Sgt Babcock, Sgt Lee, LCpl Rosario....just to name a few. You're missed."
SSgt Hernandez of MWSS 373 MP's

"Jeff, you're missed, every minute, of everyday."
Angela Force/MCAS Miramar H&HS PMO of San Diego, CA

"My heart is forever wounded
My spirit is lowered to half-staff
My soul aches for you with every breath I take.
My son, my baby, I miss you.

Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of your death.. another year gone by without your laugh and witnessing your love for life. What I wouldn't give for one more day to tell you how proud I am to be your mother. You were a gift that was taken away too soon.

This is the year you would have returned home to me and continue the life you so loved in the town you were so proud to be from.
For this, I hurt even more. I long for my own version of a "Folger's coffee" commercial when you walk through the front door from War and drop your bags to give me a hug, safe and sound.
Realty is ..
you are all around me Jeff.
Even in death you continue to amaze me.

A true Patriot, born on Patriot's Day you had a job to do for all of us and you did it well.
So, on the second anniversay of your death I remember the blonde,blue eyed baby boy that loved life. Living without you here is not easy but I'm learning to live it to the fullest as you have taught me to.
See you in my dreams..Jr Barnes,you gunkie!!! Love never dies!!!"
Mom

"Jeff,
I love you man. I miss you, I wish we had stayed in contact better. You were the best friend a guy could have at bootcamp and a good rack-mate. Without you boot would have been soo much worse. See ya soon."
Cpl. Michael Ashdown of Charlotte, NC

"Hey Jeff,
I wanted to say Merry Christmas.
This is the second one without you. But yet it seems your are always around. So this year doesn't seem so bad. We miss you Jeff. ALOT!!
Merry Christmas to everyone who may be on this page. Have a Happy and safe Holidays!!
We Love you Jeff,

Jenny"
Jen Bliss, sister, of Plymouth Mass

"Merry Christmas, Jeff!
Gram remembers the Christmas she gave each of Lauren's uncles the golfing snow globe and you were the only one to get the ball on the tee. They were getting so exasperated and you did it in no time.
We love you, miss you and keep you in our hearts always!"
The Pullias of Plymouth

"Semper Fidelis. Never forgotten!"
SSgt "H" (Rocky) of MWSS 373, MCAS Miramar, CA.

"Jeff- You will always be remembered and loved by the Military Policeman of MCAS Miramar. We love you bro!
Cpl Benjamin D Boles, Provost Marshal's Office, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California."

"To the family and friends of Jeff Burgess,

I just felt compelled to say that Jeff was a great friend and he had such a kind heart! I served with him in Iwakuni, Japan for about a year. We were drinking buddies and i always thought he was one of the funniest guys i had ever met. Both Jeff and I ended up getting stationed in California after leaving Japan. Unfortunately, i went to Camp Pendleton and Jeff to Miramar. The result of that was I didn't see Jeff all that often anymore, but he remained a good friend. Jeff deployed to Iraq, I stayed in California waiting to deploy to Iraq. The night that i got a call from a very close mutual friend of both Jeff and myself, i instantly knew that something was wrong. Jeff was now a KIA, another tragic loss of life accredited to the global war on terrorism. It was pretty hard to swallow. I never imagined that a buddy of mine would die in combat! Basically, i just want to say that Jeff was, is and always shall be my friend and my hero. Only the good die young, and only the brave are remembered. Jeff will always be remembered.

Sincerely,
anonymous former jarhead"

"Jeff,

You have testified to the greatest sacrifice a man can make for his friends. I will remember you fondly, always with a smile and kind word. There are so many who miss you and wish they could return to those summer days in Plymouth.

I will always remember you and our fellow brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate price for freedom, and I will stay true to the values of our Corps. I can only wish that my Marines are as courageous as you are.

My prayers are with your whole family, Lauren, and all those who served with Jeff. I will continue to share your story with the Marines I meet, especially the new 2nd Lt's I am training with so that they may know how lucky they are to be leaders of Marines like yourself.

May God comfort and bless us all. Ductus Exemplo and Semper Fi!"
Lt. Drexler, MCB Quantico, VA of Plymouth, MA

"Dear Jeff
Hey bro its been over a year since you have left us but we all still miss you. I just want to let you know we are out in falljuha everyday kickin butt. bro you are always goin to be missed and always in our thoughts.
later bro."
Lcpl Anthony M Certa of 2nd MP Bn 2nd FSSG fwd Falljuha Iraq

"hey jeff, thanks for watching out for me lately, as always.

with love and pride,"
erin of plymouth

"You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in piece Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps."
DOROTHY E. BURT of PORTSMOUTH, RI

"So today they dedicated the the flag pole to you and all the Veterans who attended Plymouth South High School. It was nice. They put a picture of you in the gym foyer.
You know I think that since this war has started Memorial Day means alot more to alot more people. Its like it has a new meaning but its the same. I know it means alot more to me. Im not just remembering those guys that fought in Vietnam anymore. I am remembering you and all your brothers. It's a whole new generation. Mr. Levy's son is wounded. Im sure you know. Help him Jeff. Don't let Mr Levy go through that. Don't let him lose a son. Don't let another parent grieve over their child. It's not right. It's not GODS way. Be with him right now. God Bless. You will be remebered. Love you always."
Jenny of Plymouth MA

"Jenny~
I think about you and the family all the time. You are constantly on my mind. The strength you all have shown amazes me. Thank you for making me a part of your family.
Jeff wouldn't want you to hurt. He adored you. He absolutely adored you and always talked about you so fondly. When Jordon was born, the look in his eyes had changed from happy to happiest that he was now "Uncle Jeff".
Your brother meant so much to me and still does. He is my hero now. He has given me so much this past year eventhough he's not "physically" here.
I know that if Jeff could say something to you to ease your pain he would say...
"I'm already there
Take A Look Around
I'm the sunshine in your hair
I'm the shadow on the ground
I'm the whisper in the wind
And I'll be there til the end
We may be a thousand miles apart
But I'll be with you wherever you are..."

I love you Jenny
I love you Jeff ~ thinking about you both always.

Love Always,
Lauren"
Lauren of Plymouth

"Jeffrey,
I think of you often and pray for your family. God bless you."
Debbie of Duxbury, MA

"Michelle, Jack, Jen & Jay,
Thinking of you often. Remembering Jeff always.
Love,
Nancy

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran"
Nancy of Plymouth

"Dear Jeff,

Everyday that goes by, there is not a day that goes by that I dont think about you and wish you were still with us. I still blame myself for not being with you to help protect you even though there was nothing I could do about it. I will always love you like a Brother. Everytime I hear the National Anthem I break into tears because it means a whole lot more to me now. Thank you for being my friend, my Brother and a US Marine."
Cpl Brian Hawkins of MCAS Miramar, Ca

"Today is the one year anniversary of your passing. We've made a plaque with your story attached along with your picture. It will hang inside the Military Police Department here in Miramar, San Diego, for all the future MP's and Marines of our Corps to see. You have never been forgotten. We will never forget. As the plaque reads...."you are our hero". You are missed beyond comprehension and belief.
Semper Fidelis."
SSgt Hernandez of MCAS Miramar, CA.

"Hey Jeff,
Its been a year. A year of trying to understand it all and wishes on top of wishes that you were still alive. My wish obviosly wont come true while I am still alive. I'll get my day to see you again. I miss you so much. A year ago today all mom kept saying was "it hurts, it hurts so bad", I know its not the same hurt but It hurts Jeff. How do I get through this? Help me Jeff. Please. Everything reminds me of you. Songs, birds(cardinals),clothes, tv shows. I don't know.........I guess I am just rambling. I guess I'll go. I miss you Jeff. I love you."
Jenny of Plymouth ma

"Hi Jeffy,

I can't believe that one whole year has gone by. I still think of you very much, and over the past year there has been certain music that reflects all the emotions and pain I've associated with your death. Sometimes it's hard to communicate with my friends how I feel, because in Ireland there are so few people who have lost friends or family in the way we have lost you. So music has been my outlet in remembering you, but then I'm sure you've been listening in anyway...

"I wouldn't swap the pain
For never knowing you
I wouldn't swap the pain
'Cos it was worth it for the view

"We're still watching
Your rainbow through the shower
And we still see you
In every sunflower
We're still watching
I make days from the hours
And I still see you
In every sunflower..."

BellX1 "In Every Sunflower""
Erin of Galway, Ireland/Plymouth MA USA

"Hey Jeff,
We basically grew up together in the Marine Corps. Both were in the same MP school class. I was the one who told you to get your first tattoo. we gre close in school, then we parted ways. You went to Iwakuni, and i went to Okinawa. We then met again in Miramar. we must have been attached at the hip cause we hung out almost everyday. We used to play halo,need for speed, tiger woods, you know the list. I still remember how mad you used to get when we used to beat you..lol such a great guy you are. I remember you calling me asking to come to the hanger to see you go to iraq. I was like that was a stupid question. I went there I took pictures with you and then you left. Never thinking that would be the last time I heard from you. I remember watching your explorer for you while you were gone. I still remember that day I found out of your death. It hit me harder than anything before. I must have cried for months, but you know that. I did your ulogy at your memorial serice at Miramar and was honored to do so. Jeff your my hero and Ill never forget you. I even voluntered to go to iIraq to finish what you started and i was there in Iraq 5 months later. I just got back and it feels good, but wish you were here to share it with me. There is so much i can and want to say but dont have the words to explain them. I miss you Jeff. I cant wait till the day where we meet again. Thank you for your sacifice, you have opened all our eyes. I love and miss you Jeff."
LCpl Joshua D Vasquez of MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA

"Deer Jeff, tonight the school committee of Plymouth will take up the proposal of dedicating space at Plymouth South High School in your memory. You have walked the corridors and studied in the classrooms, You hung out in the band room and ate in the cafeteria. Four of your twenty years were with us at Plymouth South, the space here is already dedicated with your spirit, Your memory will dwell here forever."
Kirby of PSHS

"Deer Jeff, tonight the school committee of Plymouth will take up the proposal of dedicating space at Plymouth South High School in your memory. You have walked the corridors and studied in the classrooms, You hung out in the band room and ate in the cafeteria. Four of your twenty years were with us at Plymouth South, the space here is already dedicated with your spirit You memory will dwell here forever."
Kirby of PSHS

"God's speed to Our fallen warrior! Semper Fi to all the Marines and my heart filled love to this soldiers family. My son is scheduled to go to Miramar in June 2005 and we will continue to pray for him. Best of Our Love. With Courage to all who read this."
Don Oliver of Hamilton, Georgia U.S.A.

"I was not fortunate enough to meet Jeff in person, but my heart is full of admiration for him and his loved ones. Not a day goes by without a prayer of thanks to Jeff--asking him to comfort his loving family who provide strength to many of us just by their presence. The pain of his loss will never go away, but his love keeps on growing through his family and many friends--Semper Fi"
Bernice & Jack Wipfler of Plymouth

"To the family of Jeffrey,
Know that you are always in my prayers. I have very fond memories of Jeff when he was younger and I was always impressed by the way he thought things through. Even though I'm the "older" cousin, I miss him. God bless"
Lee Ann of Lawrenceville GA

"I never met Jeff. I recently went online and asked for the bracelet of a Marine from Massachusetts from Herobracelets.org . They gave me Jeff Burgess. I grew up there, my heart is in Boston. It's incredible to read everything people have written about Jeff. I dont have anything moving or sentimental to say, but I just wanted his family and friends to know that I wear an aluminum bracelet on my wrist with Jeff's name, rank, hometown and branch on it. People ask about it every day, and I tell them as much of the story as I know. I just want his family to know that people you have never seen, and probably never will meet, are taking time out of their day to remember the sacrifice your son made for this great country. I never knew Jeff, but I thank God every day the fact that he paid the ultimate price to keep us safe. And I will make sure noone who asks ever forgets that..."
Chris Jamison of Philiadelphia, PA .. born Topsfield, MA

"As we prepare to celebrate the New Year, you are not far from our thoughts. You are missed beyond comprehension and belief! Semper Fi.
SSgt "H" MCAS Miramar, California
MWSS-373, Military Police"
Rocky of San Diego, CA.

"To Jeffrey Burgess' family and friends,
with the holiday season upon us, it must be more difficult than we can imagine not having him here with you to enjoy the holidays.We would just like to extend our condolences to you and let you know that we couldnt be more proud of jeff and the sacrifices he made, including giving his life, so that our country can be free, people like jeffrey are true heroes for our freedom that too much of us take for granted. Jeffrey makes us proud to be able to call ourselves Citizens of The United States of America, our prayers are with you, The Burgess family."
The Youngs of Plymouth

""To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Jeffrey C. Burgess,

"Perhaps they are not the stars,
but rather openings in Heaven
where the love of our lost ones
pours through and shines down upon us
to let us know they are happy."

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Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca

""Although the sun will never shine the same
I'll always look to a brighter day
Lord I know when I lay me down to sleep
You will always listen as I pray..."

I miss you, Jeff.
Thank you for always watching over me.
I will always look to that brighter day because I know you wouldn't want it any other way...I keep my chin up, just like what you always told me to do.
Love always,
Lu"
Lauren Pullia of Plymouth, MA

"The Marine Corps Ball is days away. You'll be with each and everyone of us as we celebrate the birthday of our Corps. You're missed beyond comprehension and belief! Semper Fi!"
SSGT "H" of MCAS Miramar, CA.

"Dear Michelle:

My Father was a Navy enlistee at the age of 17, WWII. His ship, light cruiser USS Atlanta was sunk in the Naval Battle for Guadalcanal on November 13th, 1942. With more than a third of the crew lost, my Dad, seriously wounded, was one of the few who survived this historical battle, thanks to the Marines who rescued him. Despite his permanent disabilities, my Father never lived a day that did not include his American Pride, his dedication to his family and his respect for the armed forces of the USA. I learned from him the importance of one vote, one voice and the freedom to choose.

My father suffered a number of strokes over the last 13 years that impaired and imobilized him, but never stopped him. Each and every time, he fought to gain back his mobility. He was never one to give up.

September 2001, now living in TX, he learned of the attacks here in NY and knew that at least one of my brothers was in the midst of this terror and that the rest of us could be in harms way as well. He cried because as the Navy Man, he could no longer protect his country, or his ten children. I'm not sure we were his priority - to him, to protect his children it meant first protecting his country. But he could do neither. To him, that was the end. On September 19th, 2001, my dad finally let go.

I am humbled by your son's patriotism and sacrifice. I offer you my heart, my sympathy and my unwavering gratitude. My Father would have been honored to meet a man like Jeff - he remembered well those marines who came to the rescue many years ago - something he never forgot no matter how much his memory faded.

I read today in Reflections of the dedication ceremony at the home office. And I realized that my flag at home is looking withered and tired.

In honor of Jeff, my new flag in all its brilliance will be dedicated to his memory. I promise you that each and every day I will be reminded of the freedom I enjoy and of the heart and soul of Lance Cpl. Jeffrey C. Burgess who gave me this freedom."
Dorothy Graci of Franklin Square, New York

"Lcpl Burgess,
Thanks for all the great memories and good times we had in our far too short friendship. Jeff thanks for keeping an eye on us while we finnished out the deployment, thanks bro. You will always be missed and never forgotten. Semper Fi!"
Lcpl Anthony M Certa USMC of MWSS 373 MP Miramar CA

"sometimes life seems real. sometimes it seems too real. sometimes it takes a while to catch up to lifes fast pace. its been a while since your passing...but i still dont find it real. i met you in the high school band through my brother, Zak, and i was fortunate enought to play wiht you in the drumline. We became friends and you joined our percussion ensemble, SMASH. Your work ethic was so great, and your personality cannot be matched. The war did not mean anything to me untill of your passing. untill then, it had no effect on me. jeff you fought well in everything you did, my condolences to his close family and friends...eyes with pride"
chris fey of plymouth mass

"Jeff,
It has been six months since I learned of your death. In some ways it feels like years and in other ways it seems like just yesterday when we got the call and I heard Mr. P say "She's not taking it too well." I think of you so often; when I change the perpetual calendar and look at your picture that's right next to it. I think of you at school when we say the Pledge and have a moment of silence. I think of you when I walk or drive by the waterfront. I think of you each time I go to church and they pray for the safe return of our soldiers. I see those homemade welcome home signs and I am glad for those families but I also feel a deep sadness. I see the sadness in your sister's eyes and I hear the strength in your mother's voice. I see the loyalty, closeness, and love of your family. I think of what could have and might have been. I remember once wondering how Lauren would make it as a military wife. (I didn't know she had just added to the messages and she is being strong for the both of us.) The last time I saw you was just about a year ago when you and Lauren stopped by the house to say hi. You flashed that smile and gave me the best hug. Thanks so much for being Lauren's first love. You are going to be a hard act to follow. You are our hero and we will always be so grateful that you were a part of our lives.
Love forever,
Mrs. P"
Nancy Pullia of Plymouth, MA

"It has been six months since you have been gone and you are everyday on my mind. Mom and I grieve together...she misses you so much. I stay strong for her because I know that is what you would want. We miss you Jeff, but you will forever remain a big part of our family. Keep coming to us in our dreams. I love you and thank you for watching over us..."
Lauren Pullia of Plymouth, MA

"I just wanted to say hi Jeff. Ever since you passed we have seen cardnials everywhere. This morning one flew right in front of my car and like nothing I said "Hi Jeff". I miss you. Just one last time is all I would ever wish for. For the rest of my life. I love you and keep flying by."
Jenny of Plymouth, Ma

"Jeff,
I remeber the day you told me you were joining the Marines in high school and was taken back by such a brave decision, especially an MP. On year after you graduated, I joined the Corps. I never got to see you after we were both Marines again, but I wouldve given anything to meet you as brothers, and some day we will. I leave for Iraq next week and will be there until March of 05. Keep and eye out and keep us safe. God Bless and Semper Fi."
LCpl Jake Sullivan of MWSS 472 Camp Pendleton Ca./Plymouth Ma 02360

"It's been four months since you have left us Jeff, and yet you are always in my thoughts.
I'll always remember the good times we had together at school, in band, and in the neighborhood in Manomet. You always had this way to make people laugh - I know I'll never forget your contagious laughter! You were a great friend, thanks for always being there.
Rest in Peace, and watch over us.
Love, Buzz."
Erin of Galway, Ireland

"Dear family of LCPL Burgess, my name is SPC Brandi McAvoy. My husband SGT. Serge McAvoy of 233 HET TC Ft. Benning, was in the same convoy and in the HET behind LCPL Burgess and his truck when his life was taken. My husband gave his all in the fight to protect LCPL Burgess and the soldier still inside the truck by dragging them to safety with no fire cover while being fired upon. Though saving his life was not possible in the situation, not a day passes that my husband doesn't tell me how greatful he is to have soldiers like LCPL Burgess in our military, and that he is deeply sorry that LCPL Burgess had to give his life in order for my husband to keep his, but he will forever be in our hearts and prayers and his name and information will always be on my husbands wrist. Thank you to LCPL Burgess' family for such a truely heroic soldier."
Brandi McAvoy of Columbus, Ga

"WHEN YOU WERE TAKEN FROM WE LOST A GREAT MARINE. I KNOW YOU ARE WATCHING OVER US EVERUDAY WE ARE HERE. THANKS LCPL BURGESS, I KNOW YOU KNOW, BUT YOU HAVE MANY GREAT FRIENDS AT PMO, THEY ALL REMEMBER YOU AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH. ALL I HAVE HEARD HAVE BEEN GREAT THINGS ABOUT YOU. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL. SEMPER FI !! LCPL BURGESS"
SSGT CARPIO W.F. of IRAQ

"I want you all to hear of a human-interest story involving an 11-year-old boy and his cousin, Marine LCpl Jeffrey Burgess, who died in Iraq on March 25, 2004.

There is a young man in Plymouth, Mass., Alan Burgess, whose cousin, Marine LCpl Jeffery Burgess, died in Iraq in March. Alan admired his cousin, and called him a hero. Alan wrote to his cousin when he could, and one thing he remembered his cousin saying was that once the Marines were done for the day patrolling, they would go back to their base and were bored and wanted some way to relax--something like throwing a baseball back and forth, or a football. Alan sent in a couple of gifts to the troops, including his cousin's friend. Alan admired these Marines, and wanted them to feel that the people back home supported them, and he did all he could to let them know he did not forget their efforts.

Alan's cousin, Jeffrey, died as a result of combat wounds he suffered in Fallujah. LCpl. Jeffrey Burgess died a hero in the eyes of his family, and in those of this 11-year-old cousin, Alan.

Allan chose to honor the memory of his cousin by donating sporting goods and toys to the troops in Iraq, and collected 12 boxes full!

Alan did a great thing, and wanted to do something even larger. Now, in order to expand on the efforts of this young man, a friend of mine who was on his cousin's burial detail spoke with the young man, Alan Burgess, and agreed to work with him to arrange a larger sporting goods drive for the troops and the Iraqi kids that visited the Marine camp daily to talk with and occasionally play with the Marines.

Thanks to contact with some Marines on active duty, a VERY SENIOR 1st Marine Division officer, who once served with some of the people involved in making this Sporting Goods drive happen, has been in touch with people who are now working on providing an aircraft to fly over what can be collected for the troops and the Iraqi kids!

And that is no exaggeration!

This young man's story is what I think we should all tell. He has shown more patriotism than most adults do in their lifetime, and he is only 11 years old. Because of his dream to honor his cousin's death, Nationally now, some old Marines got off their chair to help him succeed, and even got a VERY SENIOR Marine to chip in and fly the sporting goods and toys to the troops and Iraqi kids!

Alan's dream is for the troops to have things to amuse themselves with on off-duty hours. This SENIOR MARINE wants us to send stuff for the Iraqi kids too, so we hope to do both! But in keeping with Alan's original goal, we need to concentrate on the sporting goods for the troops first.


On June 23, 2004, the Marine Corps League of Orleans, Massachusetts, honored this young man with a ceremony, awarding him a Certificate of Appreciation while the Marine Corps Silent Drill team performed at Orleans in Massachusetts on Cape Cod.

Enclosed are some pictures of the event, with some pictures of the young man.

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What we have decided to do is hold a Sporting Goods Collection Drive, to be collected at a Marine Corps/Navy Reserve Center near you.

This is ALREADY A DEFINITE THING HERE IN CONNECTICUT; the collection day is July 17, at the Navy Marine Corps Reserve Centers in Plainville, Connecticut, and the New Haven Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center.

NEW HAVEN, CT
CBMU 202 DET B
NAVAL AND MARINE CORPS RESERVE CENTER
30 WOODWARD AVE
NEW HAVEN, CT 06512-3658
(203) 467-1618


PLAINVILLE, CT
NMCB 27 DET 1327
NAVAL AND MARINE CORPS RESERVE CENTER
1 LINSLEY DRIVE
PLAINVILLE, CT 06062-2918
(860) 747-4563

And, in Rhode Island, a Collection center has been established. Here is the information concerning the Rhode Island Collection:

Feel free to list our Reserve Center as a drop/collection location for sporting goods. I am the
Marine who led the funeral honors for LCpl Jeffrey Charles Burgess. I walked with this family during their darkest hour and feel that if I/we can help in any way then we need to. I met Allan and his little brother Dana at the Wake and I can say, if America possessed children like this in mass, I would know our country would be in great hands in the future.

Again, Thank you to all of you who are helping Allan and certainly a hardy THANK YOU to Allan, as stated earlier, Allan has made a greater difference and impact by pursuing this initiative than most do in an entire lifetime.

God Bless and Semper Fidelis. 1stSgt Todd M. Parisi/USMC

PROVIDENCE, RI
GSMTCO
NAVY/MARINE CORPS RESERVE CENTER
1 NARRAGANSETT STREET
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND. 02905
(401) 461-2473



The types of sporting goods we are specifically requesting are:

baseballs
gloves
footballs
basketballs

and by special request of the Marine Corps, SOCCER BALLS for the Iraqi kids!

And any soccer- related equipment. It does not have to be new equipment, all it has to be is usable equipment that you would not be ashamed to donate for someone to use.

TAX DEDUCTIBLE Cash donations can be sent to:
Jeffrey Burgess Recreational Fund
Plymouth Savings Bank
36 MAIN STREET
BOX 3506
Plymouth, Massachusetts, 02361
Phone: 508-746-3300

In order to protect names, I have to keep some things confidential, but I can say, this is being worked on from the TOP!

We would like to get this on every talk show in the planet, we would like to SWAMP the collection centers with recreational sporting goods for the troops and Iraqi kids, we need to let our Troops KNOW they are NOT forgotten, and we need to let the Iraqi kids KNOW, we are not the bad guys!

For a Connecticut contact for this Sporting Goods drive, please call 860-585-5469"
Jim Bancroft of Bristol Connecticut

"TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF JEFF, I HAD THE PRIVILEDGE OF GOING TO MP SCHOOL WITH JEFF, AND ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM AS ONE OF THE MOST OUTGOING MEMBERS OF OUR CLASS. HE WAS ALWAYS THE FIRST TO INTRODUCE HIMSELF AND THE LAST TO PASS JUDGMENT ON SOMEONE. TO HIS FAMILY, I AM DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE NEWS OF HIS PASSING. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. MP15-02"
LCPL CHON, USMC, MILITARY POLICEMAN, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, YUMA AZ.... of YUMA, AZ

"Jeff, my hero, forever a hole in my heart... I am always here for you in spirit and love. So many friends miss your smile and wonderful sense of humor even in the worst of situations. We are all blessed to of had you in our lives, you are missed by me every minute of my life..forever my baby but everyone's hero. Til we meet again, my son....semper fi Love and Kisses, Mom
>>>>special note to those who have placed such kind words to Jeff, "Thank you" and God Bless each one of you. It is you that keeps me strong enough to face what has been handed to me.
Fondly, Michelle M. Shea, Proud Marine Mom of LCPL Jeff C. Burgess USMC
Plymouth-Sagamore Beach , Massachusetts"
Love, Mom of Sagamore Beach, MA USA

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"I just want to thank everyone for all the support we have recieved from everyone around the country. The cards and letters that we have recieved have been wonderful. I am Jeff's sister, Jen. Let me just give you an idea on how Jeff was as a younger brother... He liked to play army in the woods with his friends and wouldn't come home for dinner. When he finally did come home we were told he had sluggs for dinner. When I watched him one summer I had grounded him for the afternoon because I felt he wasn't listening to me. When I went in to get him for lunch, he was gone. He had jumped out his window to go play.
Of course we had our differences as any siblings would. As we became adults we really respected eachother.
I will miss him forever. I love you Jeff. Watch over Jordon for me. I see alot of you in him. I will make sure he knows who his uncle is.
Again thank you to all. God Bless."
Jenny Bliss, sister of Plymouth, MA

"Lcpl Burgess, your sacrifice will not be forgotten. You will always live on in our minds. You will be missed by all."
Cpl Houck, Auxillary Security Force of Iwakuni, Japan

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

"Nearly two months have gone by and LCpl Burgess travels with us everywhere we go. Each MP of MWSS-373, TAD to MWSS-374, here in Iraq, wears a specially designed bracelet made in memory of LCpl J.C. Burgess. We miss him dearly. He is my Hero."
SSgt R. Hernandez Jr. Security Commander, FARP 2, AL ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ

"All throughout Jeff's life he wanted to be the best at whatever it was he did. He truly made that happen. He was a drummer, a fisherman, a loving boyfriend, my best friend, and a United States Marine. Now, he is my hero and my guardian angel. I Love You, Jeff and I will always be thinking about you. You will always have a place in my heart.

Thank you for protecting our country.
God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America."
Lauren Pullia of Plymouth, MA

"To the family and friends of Jeff: I would like to take this oppourtunity to express my deepest regret at the loss of Jeff who died for us in Iraq....And to you Jeff-thank you and Semper Fi"
M of Salisbury,Ma. USA

"To the family of Jeffrey Burgess: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He is a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, JEFFREY! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
T. Rexroad, sister-in-law of Peter Enos, who was KIA on 4/09/04 of Moorefield, WV

"We all have been wounded by the loss of a young, wonderful Marine who unselfishly took the top of the lead vehicle in a movement where that is the most dangerous position. This Marine gave his life so that others may live and he did it knowing of the dangerous position that he put himself in. He did it not because he is a fine American, a superior Marine, he did it because even at his young age; he would rather be in that dangerous position than to see any other Marine there. He is indeed a inspiration to all Marines, he is a lesson to mankind. He will never be forgotten. God Bless you Jeff and may the good Lord continue to hold you in the palm of his hand. Semper Fidelis"
First Sergeant Todd M. Parisi of Providence, Rhode Island

"We all have been wounded by the loss of a young, wonderful Marine who unselfishly took the top of the lead vehicle in a movement where that is the most dangerous position. This Marine gave his life so that others may live and he did it knowing of the dangerous position that he put himself in. He did it not because he is a fine American, a superior Marine, he did it because even at his young age; he would rather be in that dangerous position than to see any other Marine there. He is indeed a inspiration to all Marines, he is a lession to mankind. He will never be forgotten. God Bless you Jeff and may the good Lord continue to hold you in the palm of his hand. Semper Fidelis"
First Sergeant Todd M. Parisi of Providence, Rhode Island

"lcpl burgess, a hero, a comrade, a brother, a marine, but most of all friend. i will never forget him."
LCPL BENJAMIN TRAVIS of KANEOHE BAY, HI / MILITARY POLICE

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Jeffrey C. Burgess,

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

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. 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. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"My son Anthony served with Jeff Burgess in Iraq. My son expressed to me what a good friend Jeff was. He went on to say that Jeff lifted many spirits of the men he served with. My son also has video tape of Jeff and him having a good time together. I'm sure when he gets back he would love to share this video with Jeff's family. Our prayers are with the Burgess Family. Sincerely, Lcpl Anthony Certa's Mom and Dad"
Laura and Daniel Certa of Avon by the Sea, NJ

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

"To the Family of LCpl. Burgess,

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words to you and other family members of Marines who have fallen. I come from a long family line of Marines; I too am a Marine Corps veteran. His service to his Country and his Corps will live forever in the minds of his fellow Marines all over this country.

While I never personally met this Marine, every Marine is my brother and it is with love and respect to his family that I say to them the words of retired GySgt Ermey, "The Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever."

God Bless and Semper Fidelis"
Rob of Iowa

"To Jeffrey's family,
Your son is a hero for standing up to evil. He fought so all of us can live safely in a dangerous world. He is a great hero for this."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"REST IN PEACE Tufelhunden
May God Bless your family and friends"
The Taylors in NC of USMC

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jeff."
Bill Collins of Plymouth, MA

"Thank you Jeffrey Burgess, 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. Jeffrey Burgess:
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 Jeffrey 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. Jeffrey Burgess:
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 Jeffrey, 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