Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. John W. Dearing

21, of Hazel Park, Michigan.
Dearing died in Habbaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, Saginaw, Michigan. Died on November 21, 2005.

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"To the family of:John W. Dearing
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""

"I never knew John, but I just purchased a hero bracelet for the fallen, with his name on it, I live in Tennessee, but am from Hazel Park. I hope his family will know he will never be forgotten,and I will wear it with love and gratitude for the price he paid for my freedom."
Jennifer Wingate of Cross Plains, Tennessee/usa

"john... john was always in my life... from the day i moved to oscoda where he would come make moms life fun... i miss him deeply and will never forget the last time i talked to him.... we love you and cant wait to see you again..."
sara miller of flint michigan was oscoda

"Our family has been really close to the Dearing family for years. John's dad is actually my uncles best friend and I just so happened to become friends with litle John and thought he was a great guy and I respect him for going out there and fighting for our country. He will be forever Loved and NEVER forgotten.
We LOVE and MISS you J.W.!
LOVE, The Winns and the VanZandt's"
Jessica VanZandt-Smith of Glennie, MI, U.S.A.

"November 9, 2008
To the family of Pfc. John W. Dearing:
John 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

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Fellow Soldier of schofield barracks, HI

"I believe my daughter entered John in the Fallen Heroes Memorial. A young lady "Laura Dearing" is my daughter. Eerie as it seems, she is now in Iraq. She is 20 years old. She loves our country and what it stands for. I truly appreciate the John Dearing family along with their son! Laura is continuing on for those who are not able to. I have not heard from her in a week. It brings me joy that she has hononed your John in this way!"
Nani of Waleska, Georgia/USA/4-21-08

"I believe my daughter entered John in the Fallen Heroes Memorial. A young lady "Laura Dearing" is my daughter. Eerie as it seems, she is now in Iraq. She is 20 years old. She loves our country and what it stands for. I truly appreciate the John Dearing family along with their son! Laura is continuing on for those who are not able to. I have not heard from her in a week. It brings me joy that she has hononed your John in this way!"
Nani

"I wish that I had met you. You ment so much to my husband. He misses you although he rarely talks about that day. Please watch over my Sgt(now SSG)Larry when he goes back and keep him safe. We will see you on the 21st. I wear the braclet that Larry has with your name on it. I have never taken it off since the day I put it on. God bless and you will never be forgotten.
RPB Forever."
Tracee McQuiston of Charlevoix, MI

"We spent many months together, I got to know you as a soldier, and brother. My days now are spent thinking of them, Myself, you, Crawford, and Counts, and I now have Johnny by my side, so much alike are you two, I miss you BROTHER, rest now,GOD BLESS YOU."
SGT Blair of Detroit Michigan

"I knew John for a few years growing up in Oscoda when i was dating his best friend David. John was a great friend. Even though it's been almost two years since he left our lives I miss him greatly. The Last thing I remember of John was the dance that him david and i went to in high school. Fun times. I was visiting family when i heard the news and had to pull my car over while i cried becaues it hurt so bad. I still think of him alot. David told me he talked with him before he died and the fact that he mentioned me and said that i was the coolest short person he knew was funny and meant alot. I have moved to another state and got life under control now, but still i wish he were around. my deepest wishes go out to his mother. I will forever be in support of our troops because i know that this country meant alot to John and it means alot to me now. I MISS YOU JOHN-BOY!!"
Amanda Flynn of Houston, TX/USA

"My prayers are with you"
Heather V of Wyoming Mi.

"My prayers are with you"
Heather V of Wyoming Mi.

"we love u and miss u so much even that lindsey did not know u really at all and she miss u so much thank u for being our hero"
Johnny Dearing and Lindsey of hazel park mi

"I love you country!!! oh sooo many good times, thanks for those. I love you and will never forget you!!"
Emily of Ferndale, MI

"We have also interred John Dearing's photo on an internet site ..a young lady named Laura had first placed him on the Memorial site. We now have a picture of his proper gravestone and this can be found on FIND A GRAVE
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=15840185
Please leave a flower for him at this site it would be appreciated. We are a group of grieving people who have lost family not just in the service of our country but in other ways as well.I CAN BE REACHED AT UFO654@AOL.COM"
Carole R, Amabello of Windham, NH/usa

"I am writing to let you know that tommorrow, June 17th, 2006, there will be a freedom motorcycle run to support all of our fallen heroes from the middle east conflicts. The run leaves the Joliet, Il. racetrack at 10:00 AM and travels to Marseilles, Il. where a several panels of walls have been erected along the river to honor our soldiers who fought for our freedom. Each fallen solier's name has been engraved into the wall where family and friends can come to spend time and remember their loved ones. I am a part of this organization and would love to hear from John's family as I was given a replica of his dog tags when I signed up for the ride. I will be wearing them proudly the entire day and the days to follow. We are anticipating 40,000 bikes this year, to raise money to add any additional names that might be needed to engrave in the wall. If you would like to contact me, my name is: Anita Jenson at 11128 S. Spaulding #2 Chicago, Il. 60655."
Anita Jenson of Chicago, Il.

"Our journey here is almost over, I'll never forget you. 3Rpb forever"
CPL. James Jolley of Habbinyah,Iraq//Edmore Mi.

"John Boy! Wow what can i say about him! i love him to peaces! To the family of John i am so very sorry for your loss! He was an awesome friend i remember when we first watched Harry Potter together. I losted a great friend! he will live forever in our hearts! I love you John!"
Andrea Hascall of Was in Oscoda Now in Owosso Mi

"This is for Jay who was wiht John in Iraq. If/ When you see this please e mail me. Lyssa9499@yahoo.com. I was the one who had talked on the phone with you before you and john went over Thanks"

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

"Superman you are thought about everyday. We all love and miss you very much. Watch over Miss Hailey."
Alyssa of Hazel Park, MI

"Country Boy Country Boy Country Boy. I could talk about him all day, and not run out of funny stories. We met on the journey here. We shared many a brews, and talked about everything under the sun. I was there that day, on the ground with everyone, scrambling to get the guys out. I'll never forget the emptyness I felt when I only counted 4, not 5 that made it out. You were my best friend, and I'll watch over your family - for as long as I live. Save me a seat with a view man. I'll see you when I get there!"
Your Bro Jay of Habbaniyah Iraq

"John, we loved you deeply, and will never forget you"
Dave of Oscoda, MI

"From Your uncle aunt and cousins TOM KELLY BRAD SARAH KATIE <3

We will never forget you and will never be the same. You served our country and WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED!*"
DEARINGS of SOuth carolina

"From Your uncle aunt and cousins TOM KELLY BRAD SARAH KATIE <3

We will never forget you and will never be the same. You served our country and WILL ALWAYS REMEMBERED!*"
DEARINGS of SOuth carolina

"To the Dearing Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your John is a true American Hero. John will always be rememberd and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless you John."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Fellow Bushmaster,

We will remember you always.

Your brother,
Heathcliff"
Joshua B. Hays of Brighton, MI

"To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love,
you can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
but now it's time I traveled on alone.

So grieve a while for me if you must,
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part,
so keep the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on.

So if you need me, call, and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart,
you'll hear all of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way,
I'll greet you with a smile, and say,
"WELCOME HOME.
Author Unknown
Gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"TO THE DEARING FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. JOHN THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AN FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON; AS I ASSURE YOU HE FELT OF YOU. SADLY, YOUR MEETING EACH OTHER. AN NOT THE WAY YOU OR OUR FAMILIES HAD WANTED. STILL IT'S A COMFORT YOU BOTH TOGETHER WITH ALL YOUR BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S. YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN JOHN. YOU ARE A HERO AND MUCH MORE. YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND SOMEONE TO THE WAHL FAMILY. AN HOPEFULLY, TO EVERY AMERICAN. AFTER ALL YOU UNSELFISHLY, RISKED EVERYTHING FOR US! GOD BLESS! PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN HIS HONOUR. AFTER ALL HE SERVED HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE AND COUNTRY. IT IS THE VERY LEAST ALL CAN DO TO HONOUR JOHN."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you John Dearing, 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 Pfc. John Dearing:
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 John 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 Pfc. John Dearing:
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 John, 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