Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jason K. Chappell


22, of Hemet, California.
Chappell was killed when a vehicle-based improvised explosive device detonated in Khalidiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 24, 2004.

Pictured with wife, Stephanie

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"RIP HERO"
SFC Arroyo of Fort Sill ,Ok

"RIP HERO"
SFC Arroyo of Fort Sill ,Ok

"Hello Jason,
Do you ever wonder what Life would have been like had you not been a victim of the roadside bomb? Would you have stayed “military,” or changed to “civilian?” Stayed in Hemet, CA or relocated? Big family?
Thirteen years, WOW; time continues to march forward, or perhaps just “on.” One step at a time, one day at a time, but still, at one moment in time, all of us were robbed.
I KNOW you are in a WONDERFUL place, safe, & watching over my shoulder reading our memorial to you. tiny chuckle.
You were a GREAT friend to Kevin; he MISSES you & STILL cannot speak your name. I believe he keeps you safe within his heart & memories of your friendship.
Thank You for the friendly rain, much needed.
Always KNOW, that the planet LOST a GREAT SOUL on January 24, 2004, however, Heaven Gained One.
The Emanuelson & French Family Miss You.
“Man must put an end to war, before war puts an end to mankind.” John F. Kennedy
January 24, 2017"
Emanuelson & French Family of Hemet, CA USA & Ramona, CA USA

"*Thirty-four"
Emanuelson & French Family of Hemet/Ramona, CA

"A snippet from a poem entitled, “For The Fallen;” composed by Robert Laurence Binyon.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Can you keep a secret Jason?
Okay, shhhhhh: Humans take on the appearance of Yoda in “Star Wars,” when they get become a certain age. “Old” takes on a rubbery appearance, shrinking of height occurs, and the ears grow larger. I wonder when the “green” kicks in… LOL, HAHA, hee hee
How is it with you?
You are thirty-six in human years, and twelve in Angel years, so… Do/did you grow wings at a certain age; do your wings get larger the longer you’ve been off the planet? Are you having to wear glasses?
Oh say, Thank You for the rain, but the monsoon in July was FRIGHTENING. Would you please make sure that THAT doesn’t happen again? Thanks.
We remember you Jason with fond thoughts and memories.
Thank You.
January 24, 2016"
Emanuelson & French Family of Hemet/Ramona, CA

"I heard your dad on the radio today he is so very proud of you thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice"
Andrea Golombeck of Los Angeles

"I Will Remember You Again This Memorial Weekend.
Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
I watched this kid grow up, play games on the TV with my boys (same age as my Jason) and stay overnight. I think his favorite cereal was Cap'n Crunch. He was a very smart kid and I think he inspired my boys a great deal. He is still a great loss to us all."
Pete Neubauer of Downey, Ca.

"I went to Hemet High with Jason, and we actually hung out in mutual groups at lunch. I remember Jason was a really nice guy who was always joking and smiling. The library, as well as in front of the library was our stomping grounds where a lot of good times were shared. I'm saddened to find out he's since passed. It's always terrible to find out someone you were once close to is no longer with us. But his name will always be in my prayers. Thanks for your contributions to our country, old friend."
Ryan of Los Angeles, CA

"January 24, 2015
Dear Jason,
Even though I did not write on the first of this month, I wished you a Happy Birthday in my head. Sure hope you read minds, lol.
Now my words wish you Happy Birthday in Heaven, Happy Birthday Jason!
I need to enlist your aid again.
A nameless war is battling; the human condition versus technology.
Soon, all virtues, ethics, morals, and values will be nonexistent or rewritten to suit the times.
Family as you and I know it, gone.
Please help us Jason. Thank you for being so special.

In Your Honor

“Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,
You put on hold, your dreams-your lives.
On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

Many horrors you had endured and seen.
Many faces had haunted your dreams.
You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
You cried as your brothers fell all around.

When it was over, you all came back home,
Some were left with memories to face all alone;
Some found themselves in the company of friends
As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

Those who survived were forever scarred
Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
Those who did not now sleep eternally
'Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

With a hand upon my heart, I feel The pride and respect; my reverence is revealed
In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.
Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
Every day, I give my utmost admiration
To those who had fought to defend our nation.”
~ Author Unknown ~"
Emanuelson & French Family of Hemet/Ramona, CA

"Thank you to ALL who have left messages - yes, his stepdad still drives the truck with the "Freedom is not Free" message - if you see it on the road - Just wave.

Mother of Jason Chappell."
Gail Farnsworth of Hemet CA

"Jason, thank you for the few sprinkles on the anniversary of your passing, AND the RAIN today!!! Keep it coming! Thank you, thank you thank you!!! Much Love. :)"
Emanuelson & French Families of Ramona/Hemet, CA

"Hi Jason~ Happy (really) Belated Birthday, over three weeks ago but I did sing the Happy Birthday song in my head; did you like my version? LOL! A decade ago today you rose to Heaven, a decade ago today hearts broke, and lives collapsed from grief, time halted all normalcy… Kevin was thrashed with pain when you left, he still cannot speak of you; Jason you left a positive imprint; no wonder grief is so great. When you blow out the ten candles on your birthday cake in Heaven, please make one of your wishes to end drought. Thank you. Please continue to help the life on this planet. Thanks again. God Bless You. God Bless Us All. Much Love."
Emanuelson/French Families of Hemet/Ramona CA>

"January 24, 2013 marks nine years after the tragic loss of your life, so sad, still. You have a front-row seat to the events that play out here on planet Earth; please continue to send help; the human race is out of control. Thank you. In Life you set a high-standard of living, and you created good memories that continue to live long after you met Death. You matter Jason, then and now. Say, as of two days ago Kevin became a new uncle to a beautiful baby girl, but you knew that...:)God Bless You and Your Family. Much Love."
Emanuelson & French Families of Hemet/Ramona, CA

"It's been a while since I said hello, but have not forgotten you at all! Getting ready to make a retirement room for Rob, so was going to add a section for you guys to Honor your name!
Love and miss ya!
Kim S"
Kim of Odessa TX

"Ran in your honor today at the inaugural california run for the fallen. RIP Jason"
Daniel of Travis AFB, CA

"A Prayer for a Fallen Soldier
(author unknown)
I saw a soldier kneeling down,
for this was the first quiet place he had found.
He had traveled through jungles, rivers and mud.
His hands were scared and toil-warned.

He folded his hands and looked to the sky...
I saw his tears, as they welled in his eyes.
He spoke to God, and this is what he said.
God Bless my men, who now lie dead;

I know not what You have in mind,
but when You judge, please be kind....
when they come before You, they will be poorly dressed
but will walk proudly, for they have done their best.

Their boots will be muddy and their clothes all torn...
but these clothes they have so proudly worn.
Their hearts will be still and cold inside,
for they have fought their best and did so with pride.

So please take care of them as they pass Your way...
the price of freedom they've already paid.
AMEN!

God Bless You Jason.
January 24, 2012"
Emanuelson & French Families of San Diego/Hemet, CA, USA

"Thank you to everyone who leaves a message. Jason was my brother. I am proud of him."
Lisa

"To my uncle Jason. It has been far too long since you have been gone. I want you to know that I still think about you on a daily basis and wish I could see you one last time. You have always been a huge inspiration to me and I know you would be proud. I miss you terribly, but I am happy that you are home with our Father. It is still hard for me to think about you being gone. I still don't understand why God chose you to go home with Him because you were needed here, but I certainly know why He chose you. You were a man among men. You were an inspiration to everyone around you. I can't wait to see you again in heaven. Love you uncle Jason!"
Robert Steadward of Wildomar, CA

"Jason,
I don't know you, but I did serve in Desert Storm. I passed a truck today on the 55 South and it said "Freedom is not Free, My son died for your Freedom" and it was in Memory of you. I'm assuming this must have been your Father. He honors you everyday he drives his truck and reminds those that have and have not served of the sacrifice you made for us. I honor you here Jason as I had to look this up and I'm grateful I could send my gratitude to you and your family. May god bless you and may you be at rest. Hero, Soldier, Husband, Father, Countrymen."
Richard Rodriguez of Riverside, CA

"Dave and Kathleen - another Memorial Day and another year has gone by since your son Jason died in service to our country. His sacrifice is not in vain. He's a true American hero. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
With much love,"
The Laughlins of Portland, OR

"To the family of Specialist Jason K. Chappell:

Please know that your loved one was remembered individually by my family at the Memorial Day Services at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Lehighton PA.

We are so appreciative of your sacrifice and we pray that God bless you all always!"
The Aaron Family of Lehighton, PA

"Thinking of Jason and remembering his ultimate sacrifice for our country and for his God. Praying for his parents,wife and family. My heart was touched and blessed by knowing him. I know he is resting in the arms of God and waiting for the rest of the family when their race has been run."
Diane Pierce of Bellflower, CA

"I knew his sister in High School and was sadden to here of his loss. It is always a tragedy when we loose one of our brave men. My heart goes out to his family."
Jason Clemens of Colorado Springs, CO

"January 24, 2004 is a date engraved in our minds, but the memory of you will forever live in our hearts. Jason, as you know, there is an invisible war that is far more threatening than the one that ended your life. So I must ask you, please send help. Thank you."
Karie and Family of Ramona, Ca. USA

"J,

I can't beleive its been 7 years. I will always be thankful for the sacrifice you have given so my family can enjoy the freedom you fought for. We will meet again...."
Jason Davies of Texas

"Hey buddy. Hard to believe it has been seven years. Not a day goes by that we do not think of you. Thanks for shining your light on us daily!"
Kim Stephenson of Columbus, IN

"Happy 29th birthday bro. Love you and miss you. Today is a little brighter because of the candles they are lighting in heaven for your birthday"
Lisa (sis) of Hemet

"To the family of:Jason K. Chappell
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""

"Jason, I wanted to post this on you sight, I met your parents tonight, a wonderful blessed couple. It was an Honor to meet them and hear how proud they were of you and the story of what an honorable man and wonderful son you were, and above all a Believer. I am so thankful to that you had a realtionship with the Lord. I want to thank you from the bottom my heart for your sacrifice for my freedom. I will see you brother one day in heaven."
Robbie of La Mirada

"Dave and Kathleen, my heart goes out to you! Dave thanks for suggesting I come here and read about Jason, so glad of it. Amazing how much you learn of a person thru others eyes. He as well as you both are so BLESSED to have had each other. I have an even greater admiration and respect for you both than before, you are truly special people, which would go far in explained why your dear son was so special. That is the best legacy to leave, one where so many were touched and still remember and honor ones memory, and that is every bit the legacy Jason has given so many! God Bless you both Always."
Natalie Ridner of Dayton, OH

"I think of Jason fairly often, I hope his family knows he is never forgotten. As I embark on my journey in hopes of becoming a Marine Officer, I am reminded that when I saw him, in his greens to show Mr. H, he still took the time to give US all advice on being successful in our competition.

Memorial Day 2010"
Brittany Whitehead of Hemet, CA

"January 24, 2010
We measure time on earth, in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. One day at a time, has led to six years. There have been alot of babies born since you passed away. I bet you can say the same; alot of souls have been 'born' into heaven. Jason, knowing what 'pains' happen on this planet, I've often thought: Perhaps we have it reversed, we should cry when someone is born, and rejoice when they die. Until I am told differently, this date in time, still leaves my heart, and those of my family, sad. God Bless you Jason, and your family. The Emanuelson and French Families."
Karie Emanuelson of Ramona, Ca. USA

"Jason,

I can't believe that today marks 6 years since we lost you. You are still such an important part of my life and I think about you everyday. You have always been my Guardian Angel and I still feel you with me, even now. There is nobody in this world that could ever hold a candle to what we had, And nobody could ever live up to what a great husband you were. You touched so many lives, in so many great ways, and I don't think you even knew it while you were alive. There are so many people who love you more than anything.

Your name lives on with my family. A year, to the day, after you were buried; my brother and his wife had a daughter who carries your name. Katelyn Chappell Davis is your name sake and she will forever have the greatest name anyone could have! I know you sent her to us, and her and I have a bond that will never be broken. You are the greatest man I have ever known and I love you more than I could ever explain in words. I hope that I have honored your memory over these past 6 years and I will continue to strive to show you the upmost respect you deserve for the rest of my life.

I thank God everyday for the time I got to spend with you. It was the most wonderful time of my life, and I cherish all of our memories. I am just so lucky to have had you, and I can never Thank you enough for making me who I am today. Without you, I would have never known what true love was and I'm so grateful for knowing what it is now. I love you SO MUCH and I miss you even more. I can't wait for the day that I get to see you again in Heaven.

Thank you for being my Angel!"
Stephanie Chappell of Fort Worth TX

"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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Jason,
I am thankful for what you have done for us. True freedom is not free and I am humbled by your sacrifice to ensure that our families can live a peaceable life here in the U.S.A. God Bless You and your whole family. :)"
Steve of Norwalk, CA

"Jason,
In High School I always asked for your help when I didn't understand something. You always told me to stop paying so much attention to playing football and listen during class. I just found out about your passing today when I saw your picture in the Mail Depot.....I choked up and got in my truck and just sat there for what seemed for ever. You were a great man and you gave your life for my freedom and I will always honor and remember you. My prayers are with your family....by the way I gave my life to Christ. Jason you know what I'm talking about."
Josh Darling of Hemet, CA

"Jason just wanted to say hello and miss you and the others alot. I just got back from Iraq and there wasn't a day that didn't go by that I wasn't thinking of you. Just wanted to let you know that I miss you alot. Take care and Love You. You are my hero. God Bless."
SFC Stephenson, Robert of Ft. Hood, Texas

"I too heard you on the Dennis Prager show and wanted to tell you that so many people pray for your family, God bless you all."
Wilma of Winter Pk, Fl

"I, too, heard about the death of your son on Dennis Prager's wonderful radio show. He sounded like a wonderful young man who, rest assured, is in a much better place. I'm sure your son looked down yesterday and admired what you communicated about him on national radio.

My thoughts and prayers are with you on your loss. God bless you."
John Cannon of Chesterfield, Missouri

"Dear Mr. Chappell - I heard you honor your son on Dennis Prager yesterday (Memorial Day), and was delighted to know I will get to meet Jason in Heaven. I was particularly pleased to hear that Jason liked to encourage others to consider Jesus. I and my children do too.

I have been a follower of Christ since I was 19 and I am now 73 with a bad heart, so I will see Jason before long and as I said above - it will be a joy.

Your friend and brother in the Lamb, Scott Neville

Temp e-mail - ScottNeville73@yahoo.com"
Scott Neville of Ballston Lake, NY USA

"Memorial Day, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jason K. Chappell:
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

"I'm living this Memorial Day in your honor. Praying for your precious family as they think of you and remember what an extraordinary person you were and knowing that they will see you again with Our Lord Jesus Christ. You will always be remembered for your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your loving family. You would be proud of your parents how they continue on helping others who have lost their loved ones. Touching others in your honor and for the Lord's Glory."
Diane Pierce of Bellflower, California

"Wuz up brother, Hey this is SSG Fernandez. I just want you to know that I am still proad of you and I remember you each and every day. You will not be forgotten. I have your picture along with Rosy and Sturges. I love you guys and thank you for saving our lives on many occasions. You are a true hero. Chappell, You have always been an outstanding troop I am glad to be your squad leader.
Thank you for giving me and my family the right to pick Mcdonalds or burger king. You are always in front of me, I never take your picture away. You will always be part of my life. Thank You, Thank you for your sacrifice!"
SSG FERNANDEZ of TEXAS

"Happy Valentine's Day - I will never forget the perfect Valentine's Day you and I shared. You were so perfect in so many ways and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't wish I was with you again. We all still love you very much.

To those who have left messages, Thank You from the bottom of my heart. When Jason passed away, I lost everything that ever meant anything to me. For those who didn't get the chance to know Jason, he was the most wonderful person to know. He always had a kind word, was willing to give the shirt off his back for ANYONE - whether he knew you or not. He blessed my life then, and continues to even today. He is truly an Angel and I will be forever grateful that I got the 17 months I had with him, no matter how short, I was blessed."
Stephanie Chappell of Fort Worth, Texas

"Hey Bro, I was thinking about you and I want you to know the only thing I wish for on my Birthday was that you came home safe but that did not happen and I was mad cause that was all I wanted but now I realized that you are at home now and I know you will be waiting for me at the golden gate when its my time."
YOUR SIS Lisa of hemet

"Hey Chappell what's up buddy? It's been a few years now since you past, and I think about you all the time. Believe it or not I got married. I know I always said I wasn't; go figure. I remember talking with you in the motor pool all the time about how you were going to get back and build the fastest computer in Killeen. You're the only grunt I know that wanted to spend their money on anything like that,lol. Oh by the way...I'm a grunt now myself. Once again go figure. Well buddy you are missed very much and I will see you on the other side."
Spc. Christopher Duke of Georgia

"Hello Jason. We are back here at Ft Hood. The 1st Cav Memorial is very nice. SFC Hicks is the first name on the wall, then follows yours, Sturges and Rosenbergs names. It is very humbling. There is also a memorial chow hall with your names on the wall as well. Rob got choked up the first time he went in. We still miss you and think of you daily. Rob has a bracelet in memory of you that he wears, and will wear when he deploys again soon."
Kim Stephenson of Ft Hood Tx

"hey Jason,I've learned so many things about you from your whole family and i look up to you in so many different ways
you don't know me very well but considering your family talks about you so much and hearing all the amazing things you have achieved and over come makes me feel as if i've known you for a while...i wish i have really known you,you sound like a really cool person!!!

love always sabra hession ..<3"
sabra hession of downey,california usa

"I don't know you Jason but I wear your KIA bracelet everyday. People will never understand why we do what we do. I pray for your family. You are my angel on my wrist everyday."
SSG Trei Bland (731)499-0073 of Jackson, TN

"To Jason's family - as Memorial Day is here, those who lost their lives are officially remembered once more. I want you to know that not only on this day but many, many times throughout the year Jason comes to mind. I think often of him and his great sacrifice for the cause of freedom. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for YOUR sacrifice. To say 'thank you' is simply not enough. May the Lord convey his goodness and kindness to you all in a very special way this weekend. Jason is not forgotten."
Doreen of Oregon

"Jason,
The Word says the ultimate sacrifice is to lay down your life for someone else. You did that. When I think of all the things you missed, having kids, a home, a career, all the sunsets... You gave it all. Thank you."
Diane of Downey, CA

"Dear Jason,
Hey you don't know me but i am a good friend of your sister's and i want to thank you for what you did.You have a good sister and I thank god for a friend like her.she misses you very much."
Amanda of Hemet

"Jason, I remember you from jr. high and was shocked and saddened when I heard the news. Rest now please."
Mike Robertson of Riverside, CA

"I get tears in my eyes when I write to
you...and they continue to stream down
my face...Kevin has a hard time dealing
with your death....
You are missed. God Bless, The Emanuelson and French Families. 01-24-07"
Karie of San Diego

"Jason
You are a real hero. I miss having you around. You are a true friend. I think about you all the time. I have a braclet with your name on it and I wear it with pride all the time. Keep eyes on all of us and tell Rosey and Sturges I said hello. Love you Jason and take care."
SFC Stephenson of Ft. Sill, OK

"My Wife ordered me a remembrance bracelet from Ranger Joes the other day. Its Jasons name. I was also in Iraq at that time. I will wear this proud and may God Bless you."
SSG Bland of Jackson TN

"My Wife ordered me a remembrance bracelet from Ranger Joes the other day. Its Jasons name. I was also in Iraq at that time. I will wear this proud and may God Bless you."
SSG Bland of Jackson TN

"Hey Jason, its Rob and Kim-
We were just telling the story about how you and Steph met-you know, when you wouldn't get your butt off the couch to help us move so you could go meet her, and we told you if you would help out a little, we could leave faster. It just didn't work because you could not keep your head straight and were breaking too many things. We told you to have another coke(you did drink a whole 12 pack in a matter of 2 hours) and sit down so we would have some furniture left. HAHAHA!! You were so nervous and then afterwards told us she was the one. Who knew it would be true and so short lived. We miss you dude. Keep a watch out and tell Sturges and Rosenberg hello."
Robert and Kim Stephenson of Ft Sill OK(for now)

"I LOVE MY UNCLE JASON WHO DIED IN IRAQ FOR HIS COUNTRY AND HE IS SO HONORED HERE. NOW HE IS AT HOME WITH HIS FATHER AND HE IS WAITING AT HOME FOR HIS FAMILY.

WE LOVE U SO MUCH AND MISS YOU SO MUCH
LOVE ALWAYS YOUR NIECE ASHLEY"
ASHLEY STEADWARD of Downey CA

"To the family of Jason - I want you to know that prayers were said for you this recent Memorial Day. I was shopping in a local grocery store on Memorial Day and an announcement came on the loudspeaker. "May I have your attention please. Winco Employees. Winco Shoppers. Ladies and Gentlemen... On behalf of Winco Management we ask that you join us in 30 seconds of silence in honor of this Memorial Day. 30 seconds of silence to remember and pray for those heroes who gave their all for this wonderful country." At that time the place fell absolutely silent. People bowed their heads and tears fell. Mothers held their children. Cash registers were silent. No one talked. Just silence. And remembering. After what seemed like far more than 30 seconds went by the mans voice came back on to say "Thank you for honoring those who have sacrificed so much for us and may we always remember them." I want you to know that during that silent time I thought of your dear Jason and thanked God again for his sacrifice. I want to thank YOU again for your great sacrifice and know that Jason is not forgotten. When I get to heaven I'm going to give him a great big hug and thank him in person. Until then - thank you - and God bless you!
Hugs from a new "Navy Mom" and a friend."
Doreen Laughlin of Tigard, OR

"The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."""
HEADHUNTERS of Fort Hood, TX

"I met your parents while visiting my relatives last month. It had been over ten years since they had seen me. I spent the last five overseas in beaches without water. My cousin had invited my wife and me to Applebee’s for a drink so we could catch up on our histories. Your mother stopped me as I was leaving and asked me if I was military. I didn't think it was that obvious but she said she could tell. Your father and mother showered me with thanks and affection for the minor sacrifices I have made in my life. They called me your brother and treated me like a son for a brief moment. Then they showed me your photo and I felt my heart sink. You where my age. You probably went through the same things in your life at the same time that I have. I have spent all this time angry for losing my brothers, mad at the chain of command for not making decisions. I was so frustrated at the most insignificant things. Yet your family lost you and their faith increased, their will solidified. They became the greatest of patriots. You probably never thought your life would have such an impact. But you have a legacy now. Your family’s love is pouring out to your brothers and arms, keeping our motives pure and minds focused. God bless you and all who love you. I promise I will do everything I can to keep your family safe while my heart still beats."
Master at Arms 2nd Class David A. Calderwood of SWFLANT MCSFCo Navy Guard Force, Kings Bay, GA

"Dear Jason, Thinking about you today and the sacrifice you made. God surely is holding you close for He said there is no greater love than a man should give his life for another. You did that Jason so that many can life in freedom and safety. Your parents and all those who loved you were blessed to have such a hero in their midst. I'm praying for your dear parents that they can feel God's comfort enveloping them daily and feel just a bit closer to seeing you again in Heaven. Where there will be no more crying and no more tears only joy and peace and gratefulness to a Loving and Caring and Soverign God."
Diane Pierce of Bellflower, California

"Today marks yet another year...
When I was shopping at Hallmark this past Christmas, I came upon a remarkable
Christmas ornament. It said: Merry Christmas from Heaven: I love you all dearly, now don't shed a tear, I'm spending my Christmas with Jesus this year. With this ornament came a little card that said the following: I still hear the songs, I still see the lights, I still feel your love on cold wintery nights. I still share your hopes and all of your cares, I'll even remind you to please say your prayers. I just want to tell you, you still make me proud, you stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Keep trying each moment to stay in His grace, I came here before you to help set your place. You don't have to be perfect all of the time, He forgives you the slip if you continue the climb. To my family and friends please be thankful today, I'm still close beside you in a new special way. I love you all dearly, now don't shed a tear, 'cause I'm spending my Christmas with Jesus this year. By John Wm. Mooney Jr. I bought one for my son, thinking that it would bring a different understanding to the loss of Jason, and somehow ease the pain,...but
no matter how eloquenty the words seemed to flow, a great loss can only be eased by the love and support we give to each other. God Bless Us All.
The Emanuelson and French Families of Hemet."

"Happy veterans day, bro."
Ruiz of Killeen, TX

"To Jason's parents.
I saw your truck when I was traveling in Hemet yesterday. I couldn't think of anything more difficult than losing a child. I wanted to stop my car and hug you. Your son is a hero and a is now an angel. I am truly sorry for your loss. God Bless all the soldiers, I will never forget their sacrifices."
Laura of Temecula CA

"I never met you, Jason, but having met your mother just an hour ago, I know that was my loss. To you, and all those who have given their lives or their health to keep us safe and free -- and to the loved ones who grieve -- you have my profound, heartfelt thanks. Your blood and tears are neither wasted nor forgotten.
Blessed be."
Alex of La Mirada, CA

"You don't know me, but you have helped me and all Americans. For that I am forever grateful. I thank your parents for raising a hero. I thank God for the life I live...please know I will not take it for granted."
Jason P. Chappell of Gainesville, GA

"Hey Jason,
Still think about you daily, know you're in a better place, we miss you very much. It's over a year later and I still can't believe you're gone. You were a good man."
Sarah of California

"hey, jay the whole family miss you. i love you"
lisa of hemet Ca

"January 24, 2005
...still in disbelief, a year later.
You touched each of us in your own special way. We are Blessed to have known you. God Bless you and your family. We miss you Jason."
Emanuelson/French family of Hemet, CA USA

"Jason, I wish you could have made it back with us. We miss you dearly. You did a great job as my driver, and I wish I could have talk to you one more time. We spent many night is Iraq talking about our live and what we where gonna do when we got back. Now you can do anything you want. I want everyone to know that you are one of the bravest men I will ever know and I miss you."
Andres Ruiz of Killeen

"I really like the "please report inapropiate messages ". go figure. god bless u jason u were a great guy and would do anything for anyone."
of waco ,tx, usa

"Thank you to all who are remembering JASON K CHAPPELL, my son and hero. The pain has not subsided, I think of him daily as I'm sure his wife does also. It't been 9 mos & 17 days since Jason sacraficed his life. Your family misses you deeply Jason."
Mom of Hemet, CA

"I am a student at Rocky Hill High School and this week our assignment was to honor a fallen soldier. I do not look at it as if I just randomly assigned specialst Jason Chappell because I do honor and respect all the flalen soldiers. I know the lives Jason touched were better because of it. I know he had bravery and courage to go to Iraq and many should respect and honor his choice to defend us and our country. I would like to send my heart out to Jason's family and I know he is watching over you with love and compassion. I hope one day my life could be as meaningful as his and over a 1000 others have been."
Jason Zevallos of Rocky Hill, CT/ United States

"J- Sorry I didn't do this sooner....Jason was the most respectable man that I have ever had the priveledge of knowing. I looked up to him and he defined good for me at a time in my life when I felt surrounded by bad."
Sunshyne of Dallas, Texas

"To The Family Of Jason:
I want to send my deepest sorrows to all the people who love Jason. I think the biggest point made to me when I heard Jason had died is that when I had the chance I didn't take the chance to be a better and closer friend to him. I believed that there would be another time to hang out, to share bonds, but I was wrong. He was an awsome guy with a great love for God. My favorite memory of him was one night at an outing we just went on about different music we loved. We both love eighties music. It was such fun making fools of ourselves trying to sing the different songs we liked. Jason has gone home but I will always remember the sacrifice he made for us, a true hero I got to meet in person."
Sandy Andrews of Temple, TX

"Jason my Bro!...I truly am honored to have crossed paths with you. You brought a great impact on all of us with your example of Living for God and for God alone. I will never forget the everlasting joyous smile you always had. I know it was and still is the everlasting Joy that only Christ can bring. We miss you greatly!

"The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death."
ISAIAH 57:1-2"
Marina Mungia of Temple, TX.

"I did not know you personally, but I am an old friend of your wife's. You are a true hero for all you have done for our country. All I can say is "Thank You", you will be missed."
Heather Harris of Waco, Texas

"Jason, i am lucky to have known you for the time that i did. I enjoyed the time we got to spend together and just remember, we will never forget you. Please watch over us and guide us in the right direction. God Bless You"
James Bergen of Killeen, tx

"SPC Chappell
I thank you for my freedom. I consider you my brother because I served in Bco 1/9 w/ Rosenberg and went to basic with him. I can only imagine the beautiful heaven you are now in. But one day after while, when the role is called I know we will finally get to meet and I will thank you in person. A True American Hero."
Dusty Thomason of Oneonta, Alabama

"Dear family of Jason Chappell,
I am really sad to hear of your loss. I knew Jason for a very short time. At my church (Calvary Chapel in Downey Ca) I met Jason. I met him on a inner-city outreach, we stayed in the heart of L.A., this was way back in 1994. I remember Jason was a typical J.R. Higher. He didn't quite fit in with the other kids. He loved the christian band D.C. talk, but everybody else thought they were no good. We did many things together for the Lord. The most lasting impression was when after one of our long day's ministering, we all retired to our room. (five boys and two adults in this small room) a pillow fight started and me and the other adult beat the kids pretty good but Jason got in a few good licks. It's amazing how God will put people in your path and you will have no idea what impact you could make on them. Jason was a special person who made in impact in my life even though I knew him as a kid. Rest in Peace with the Savior Jason. We will meet again."
Piet Van Rossum of Bellflower Ca. U.S.A

"To the Chappell family,

It makes me proud to say that I have known such a great man. He is truly a man of God and a man of great faith. I hope that as he waits for us in Heaven, that we can be solaced by his loving attitude and the respect he always showed others.
I, as well as many others here in Central Texas, miss him and will always have a special place for him in our hearts.
We never said goodbye to each other, we always said "until then".

Jason...until then."
John King of Copperas Cove, TX

"jason you were loved by all who knew you loved your only sister i miss you"
lisa of Hemet, ca 92543

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

"You gave so others would not have to. Bless you, and with God you shall reside."
Len of NC

"To the family of Jason K Chappell; we share your grief. Our nephew Randy lost his life in the same bombing. It gives me some comfort in knowing that ours did not stand alone, and that he was with fine honorable people that he truly cared for when he died."
Uncle Mike of Laconia, NH

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

"My deepest sympathy to your family for an unimaginable loss. Thank you Jason for risking your life and ultimately sacrificing it for my family and for all of America. May God give your family the peace that passes all understanding and the comfort that only He can give."
Stephanie Thompson of Downey California

"To Jason's parents and his wife. What can one say at a time like this? Please know that many are praying for you. Jason made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. You all have made a huge sacrifice as well - to lose your son and husband. Thank you. May God tuck you under the very shadow of His wing and comfort you at this time of loss. Jason was truly a hero and a Patriot. God bless you and God bless America."
Doreen Laughlin of Portland, Oregon

"Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss, and permit me to convey my highest regards and sincerest appreciation to Jason for courageously serving his country and making this world a safer place for all of us.
God Bless."
Kevin McGrath of Franklin Square, NY

"Our deepest sympathy to Jason's wife &family for the great sacrifice he has made to help free the people in Iraq. He will surely be missed by his entire family, friends, and all who knew him. Our prayers and Love go out to Jason's wife,family, as well as all the soldiers who are still there and pray that they all come back safely to their loving families.God Bless them all!! We Thank you for your bravery!!"
Uncle Bob & Jackie Chappell of Riverview, Fla.

"I write this message to you with a heavy heart. Jason believed. He believed in God. He was passionate about his ideals and his dreams, and loved playing his guitar. A very polite young man; very respectful, and very kind to animals. The last time I saw Jason was when he came over to introduce his lovely wife to Kevin, my son, his good friend. You were dressed in uniform, and you wore it proudly. I shake my head in disbelief, what a great loss to the world...this should never have happened. I will miss seeing your face, Jason. God give us all strength who knew and loved Jason to go on......"
Karie Emanuelson of Hemet, CA, USA

"May God Bless your wife and family. Thank you for your sacrifice. We are 2 People that shall NEVER forget you."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"Jason you will be greatly missed. I will do my best to comfort your wife and do all that I can for her. She is truly loved as well and you will never have to worry about her ever wanting for anything. My husband RJ and I want to thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice."
Leslie Peterson of Copperas Cove, TX

"Spc. Chappell:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace brave soldier"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Jason Chappell, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. Jason Chappell:
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 Spc. Jason Chappell:
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