Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Jay T. Collado

31, of Columbia, South Carolina.
Collado died from an improvised explosive device near Baghdad, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was attached to the 4th Infantry Division. He was assigned to Marine Light/Attack Helicopter Squadron-267, Marine Aircraft Group-39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on February 20, 2006.

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"4 Mar 2011
To Jay's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Jay when we were both stationed @ New River. He was a great man. He was so easy to get along with. It's been 6 years and the pain is still there. I will never forget him giving me a rash of crap on the catwalk. He was always there for anyone that needed to talk or just vent. Jay, you are my first. You are the first person that I knew first hand to be lost in this war. The Corps lost a great Marine, the Marines lost a great leader, we lost a great friend. But your little girl lost the most, her dad. Jay, guard heaven til the rest of the squadron join you. Semper Fi, Marine. We love you, always."
Gina Singleton of in Jacksonville, NC

"I served with Jay at HLM/A-167. Not only was Jay a great Marine that I looked up to he was also a great person. It still hurts to know that your gone Jay but you will never be forgotten."
Scott Buckheit of Abingdon, MD USA

"June 1, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Jay T. Collado:
Jay gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To Jay,
May you have peace where ever you are. Thanks for protecting me while I was in Iraq. I know you where always with me out there. I will honor everything in your name. I really miss you and hope that someday we will see each other again in the next life. To Judy, if you read this message you can call me at 7608458679.

Your Brother for life,
Jun Bernis of Camp Pendleton, CA

"To the family of:Jay T. Collado 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"

"Jay, where do I start? You were my best friend in highschool and kept me out of trouble. I will never forget what you mean to me and I will always love you for being my brother when I didnt have one. May GOD bless your soul and may you rest in peace.
Thank You Jay....For everything..."
Clarence Carr of Columbia, SC. United States

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

"Jay, I have never served with a finer Marine. You were an outstanding Marine, and a great friend. There is no way I will never forget what happened to us that day. I hope you have found peace. I miss you brother."
Chric Claude of San Diego

"Thank you Jay Collado, 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 Staff Sgt. Jay Collado:
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 Jay 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 Staff Sgt. Jay Collado:
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 Jay, 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