Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jason J. Buzzard

31, of Ukiah, California.
Buzzard died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HEMTT cargo truck during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on June 21, 2006.

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"It almost been 7 Years i still remember all the good times me and my dad had together. i miss terribly and wonder what he would say to me if he was still here. I love you and Miss you daddy"
Kala of Radcliff, KY

"To the family of Sgt. Buzzard my heart goes out to you every time I think of the man that bravely saved my life on that fateful afternoon your husband was not a fine man he was a extrodinary man he was my team leader and was the one responisable for giving me the skills needed to survive. My name is Denver McDonald I am out of the army now but while I was in and under your husbands tutelage I looked up to him for honestly he was one of the few men who looked out for the men under him and refused to allow us to be treated unfairly. I was the solider in the truck with him that afternoon when we got hit. The truck almost flipped and would have killed me instantly if it had but your husband even though he was wounded some how managed to keep the truck from flipping and brought it to a stop saving my life. I have a family now and every time I see them I thank Sgt. Buzzard cause if not for him and all the training he gave me I would not be here today. One of the only regrets I have in life is even though I did every thing I could to help save him I wasn't able to do more and for this I am truly sorry your husband was a honorable man one of the very few in my life that I have ever come across he truly was the reason I survived the next 2 tours of duty before I finaly was able to get out and I thank him for it every time my thoughts wander into the past."
Denver Lee McDonald of Delmont, PA

"To the family of Sgt. Buzzard my heart goes out to you every time I think of the man that bravely saved my life on that fateful afternoon your husband was not a fine man he was a extrodinary man he was my team leader and was the one responisable for giving me the skills needed to survive. My name is Denver McDonald I am out of the army now but while I was in and under your husbands tutelage I looked up to him for honestly he was one of the few men who looked out for the men under him and refused to allow us to be treated unfairly. I was the solider in the truck with him that afternoon when we got hit. The truck almost flipped and would have killed me instantly if it had but your husband even though he was wounded some how managed to keep the truck from flipping and brought it to a stop saving my life. I have a family now and every time I see them I thank Sgt. Buzzard cause if not for him and all the training he gave me I would not be here today. One of the only regrets I have in life is even though I did every thing I could to help save him I wasn't able to do more and for this I am truly sorry your husband was a honorable man one of the very few in my life that I have ever come across he truly was the reason I survived the next 2 tours of duty before I finaly was able to get out and I thank him for it every time my thoughts wander into the past."
Denver Lee McDonald of Delmont, PA

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

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Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Re: SGT Jason James Buzzard

Hello,
I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,700 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass.

"To the family of:Jason J. Buzzard 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"

"Y'all will always be in our hearts and prayers. No amount of time can ever erase the memory of Sgt. Buzzard. God bless y'all."
The Stewarts of Ft Knox Kentucky

"I was thinking about you today. I hope you and kids are doing good. Please give your son a big for me."
mercy cosper of Fort Hood Texas

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Jason J. Buzzard:
Jason 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

"It's Memorial Day, 2007 - almost a year since you have passed away. Hard to believe it's already been this long.
I remember riding the school bus together, running around with the other kids in the neighborhood, and when you gave me your two angora rabbits. I was very excited for my two new rabbits, I think your mom was excited they found a new home! Seems like just yesterday...
Just want your family to know that you are not & will not be forgotten."
alicia schwede of colorado

"Mrs. Buzzard, I was one of the soldiers who you greeted as we got off of the bus upon return to Fort Hood from Iraq. I served proudly, side by side, with your husband. I was a member of Echo 2-8 infantry along with jason. im sure you have heard this 1000 times, but let me say it again. Jason was a fine man, and an outstanding soldier. He did his duty and served his country with pride. I was out on the ground with your husband the day of his passing, and I assure you that he was in the best of spirits the entire time, even laughing and joking with us in the darkest moments. Not a day goes by that I dont think of Jason, and there wasnt a day that went by when he didnt think of you and his kids. He loved lookin at his family pictures for hours at a time after a long day, and it always put a smile on his face. Im proud that I ever knew him, and may god bless you and your family."
Spc. Liddell (USA) of Killeen, Texas

"God bless you and your service to our country! May God be with your family."
Jason A. Buzzard of Langley AFB, VA

"Michelle, I just got back in touch with you after years and looked at your page, I was stunned to see your husband has passed! My husband also serves, though not on the ground, he spent 10 months over there at the start of the war and I just can't fathom the extent of your loss. I am so sorry and send my deepest love to you and your kids. He was the ultimate hero."
Hillary of Jacksonville, Fl

"This really hit home seeing my name in the papers and having people call me and trying to find out if i had been killed, and i remember looking on the army white pages and seeing another JASON BUZZARD and hoping one day we would meet somewhere in the Army!! It is an honor to have a name of another hero, being that i deployed myself and was blessed enough to come home, i wish the best for the family!!
DS Buzzard, Jason T."
jason buzzard of fort jackson, sc

"Jason and his family where good friends of my family and I while Jason and I served together in the 4th Enginners out of Fort Carson, Colorado back in 1998 to 2002. I just found out recently that he passed away. Although my family and I are deeply upset about the loss of an old friend, we will never forget the sacrifice he made for our country. God bless Jason and his Family. We will never forget you."
Brian & Brandy Dubord of Escanaba, MI

"I was lucky enough to to have SGT Jason Buzzard as a Team Leader, in Korea, for a year. He truely made my life a little easier. We had lots in common, we both grew up in CA and Michelle was about to have a surguery my wife had just gone through. I had plans to follow him to TX, when my 18 months in Korea was over, but the Army had other plans for me. I did receive an email from him just before he deployed. I know his heart was in the right place, I know he was a world class Soldier and I know I trained and mentored him to best of my ability. There isn't another Soldier I would want as my right hand man. I would like to offer Memorial braclets to the family of my fallen friend, just contact me and it will be taken care of. scott.m.williams@us.army.mil"
DS Williams, Scott of FLW, MO

"On behalf of the family of SPC Shawn Davies, Our hearts go out to the freinds and family of Jason. We share in your sorrow. We have all become part of a club that we never wanted to join. May God be with you. Jason will never be forgotten."
Toni Peters, toniannp@sbcglobal.net of Concord, OH

"To the family of Jason, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. You will forever be in my heart. I am at a loss for words at the moment but he will never be forgoten."
Frances of Ukiah, Ca

"To all the Buzzard family, our deepest condolences. Your Jason "stepped up to the plate" and in so doing was a true American hero. He put himself at risk to protect others and to offer, through his service and sacrifice, some of the blessings we have in our wonderful country to others who have never known those blessings. Small-town Ukiah (and other communities) were out in the wee hours of the morning on June 28 to give a hero's welcome to Jason and to show support to the family. It was important for my husband and me to be there and to attend the service for Jason on Friday. May God bless you all and in the fullness of time bring you peaceful hearts. Sincerely,"
Norma & Dennis Viglienzone, Gold Star Parents of Santa Rosa, CA

"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.
Our nations HERO, Jason will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Thank you Jason Buzzard, 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. Jason Buzzard:
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 Jason 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. Jason Buzzard:
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 Jason, 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