Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jacob H. Demand

29, of Palouse, Washington.
Demand died in Mosul, Iraq, when his patrol was attacked by enemy forces. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on September 14, 2004.

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"17 years ago today - Till we form again"
James P Quarles Jr of Calhoun, Ga

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day 2021. Till we form again"
James P Quarles Jr

"Itís been 16 years dad. Iím 21 now and the only thing I want is to see you again and hear your voice. I know you would be proud of me though. Me and josh bought some property in southern Ohio, and everywhere around it is clear cut so we get all the deer! You would love it out here dad. Iím naming the main deer trails after you. Miss you every second of every day and I know my siblings are no different."
Seth Demand of South webster Ohio

"Hi Iím Henry Iím jakes nephew Iíve never met you but I wish I could of my mom jo talks about you all the time she tells me what a great man you were and how much I remind her of you I really do wish I could of met you"
Jacob Henry gerardi of Orlando Florida

"Today marks 14 years without you dad. Iím 19 now and Iíve been working a lot to better myself and live a better life. I know Iíve done some things you wouldnít approve of but Iím trying to make up for it. I love you dad and I miss you every single day."
Seth Demand

"Not forgotten. Days I miss how simple it was when we were PFCs talking baseball & fishing. Ne Desit Virtus"
James P Quarles Jr

"Love you and miss you Jake. Ribs hitting the BBQ soon for Memorial Day. Wish you were here to partake."
Bruce of Palouse

"Hard to believe it's been 12 years. I wear your memorial bracelet at work and patients will ask about it all the time. Gives me a chance to tell them about a true hero. Rest in Peace Rakkasan."
James P. Quarles Jr.

"12 years have passed dad. Every single day I think of you. It hurts so much to know I'll never hear you tell me how proud of me you are. I'll try to stay strong for you dad. I love you."
Seth Demand of The Plains, Ohio

"Hey dad, just thought id leave a birthday message. I miss you dad, more and more with every year that passes. thank you for watching over me. I love you dad."
Seth Demand of The Plains, Ohio

"Dad, I miss you like crazy. I see all these people having a great time with their dad and it secretly kills me inside. But I'm going to do what you would tell me and keep on fighting. I love you dad. Always."
Seth Demand of The plains, Ohio

"Jake thinking of you today as always. I come to this page to mourn you. I know how much you gave to all who knew you and not just in your death but also in the life you led. So many are proud to have been able to call you friend. Love always Mom"
Mom of Palouse, Wa.

"Hey dad.. Hard to believe it's been 11 years. Another year, and it still hurts. I wish we could have had you for a little longer. But I know you are watching me grow into a man. I love you dad. And I miss you more than the world"
Seth Demand of The plains ohio

"I really need strength right now dad"
Seth demand of The plains Ohio


We were roommates before we both left for our first deployment to Iraq....we were both going through some *. I remember drinking Henry Weinhards Blueberry ale with you alot. You loved it. You were kind to my two little girls when I had to illegally let them sleep over...going through a divorce right before you deploy sucks. We made the best of it. We deployed together and we're buds all the way to Iraq and when we got there you had to be reassigned to 1/14 CAV. I stayed with C Co 1/23 INF. I remember they last time I saw you....at the chow hall in FOB Maraez....it was a good day. Days came and went, then a knock at my CHU...My platoon sergeant told me you had been on patrol and we're lost. I will never forget that day. I WILL NEVER forget you. One of the saddest days of my life was when I came home to get my vehicle out of the storage yard and I saw your red truck...I fell apart. Man, I think of you ...all your dreams of helping people out of snow with that truck......I am glad to here all your children are doing good...I have read these post....I am sorry I not done this sooner. .....I always drink a beer with you on veterans day....I try to find the blueberry ale but it's hard to find here....we usually get a Shiner."
SFC (ret) Teakell, Larry S. of Harker Heights, TX

Today is Fathers Day and I am giving a talk about Fathers in church today as well. I know that you were a great Father and I miss you dearly. I wrote you a letter and I'm sending it towards the heavens by sky lantern. I think of you often and always wish that you were here to see how well I have grown and to share joy of my present and future accomplishments. I know that you'd be proud of me and proud of Jacob for how far we've come. I love you and I miss you!"
Reanne of Avon, Indiana

"I caught a catfish for you today dad"
Seth Demand of The Plains, Ohio

"Dearest Jake, crying my eyes out today. Had a really busy weekend but now is my time for you. It would be so wonderful if the magic of the internet could reach into heaven so you could read this, but wait you probably know. You probably see the streams down my cheeks and are telling me to know that you know my extreme sorrow. I miss you Jakey-Boy! Love always, Mom"
Char Baldwin of Palouse, Wa.

I miss you. I'm just thinking about you and wishing that I got to know you better. I would give anything to just actually talk to you. I wish you were here right now, but then again, who doesn't? I know That all the people who knew you are glad to have been able to be a friend, or even just an aquantance. I miss you dad, and I will never forget you,

All my love,
Seth A. Demand"
Seth Demand of Athens, Ohio

"Jake...miss you bro, I will be spending my Christmas out on the drill ship again this year...but I will pour us a shot when I get home in Jan...keep watch over us brother"
Ben of Tucson, AZ

"Dear Dad,
Hey I am 15 now, and 6' tall just like you. Im doing great in highschool its actually a great school and I have a lot of friends. Mom says I am growing to fast and she hates that she has to look up to me when she talks to me haha. I am even taller than Josh. It has actually been 10 years wow seems like yesterday. I now have a girlfriend we've been dating for three months now. I know you probably know but I recently had a bike accident and broke my leg. They put a metal rod to make the bone stronger. It is doing better now thought.I think of you all the time and even have a memorial blanket someone made me hanging above my bed. I keep your picture on my shelf so I can see you every day when I wake. It makes me sad that you are not here to share my joys, but I know you are watching over me everyday. I love you Dad."
Seth Demand of Athens, Ohio

"Dear Dad, This is Josh writing to tell you that mom is letting me get my first tattoo in memory of you. I have many choices of what I would like. Missing you always."
Josh Demand of Athens, Ohio

"Dearst Jake,
It has been to long since I have written anything on here. Your children are all grown Josh is 16 and Seth is 15 and I know you know that Reanne is now 19 and has a little boy she named Jacob in memory of her daddy. I just wish you were here to have seen him enter the world, but I am sure you already know him and sent him to bless our family. Josh is doing great in school and is just like you when it comes to sports. Seth is so smart and also does well in school. He makes many faces at me and looks just like you. They both remind me of you everyday. You are truly missed and always thought of."
Amanda Demand of Athens, Ohio

"thank you <3"
kim plant of uk london

"Thank you Jake for paying for the freedom that the rest of us live in. And to you Bruce and Char for your sacrifice, our hearts go out to you. We hope that all Americans will appreciate the efforts all servicemen and women give for our freedom and for the security of other countries."
Jeff and Glenda Baldwin of Lathrop, CA

"Ne Desit Virtus, Rakkasan."
Pat Quarles

"Dearest Jake, I know you and Grandpa Henry are keeping all the souls in heaven in stitches with your stories. It is so hard to believe it has been a decade since you left us. Everyone still loves you and misses you. Thank you for touching so many hearts. I love you, Mom"
Char Baldwin of Palouse, Wa.

"To Bruce and Char,
I can not begin to imagine what you have been through the past 10 years. I do know,though, that you have truly honored Jake over this time. Your strength and courage are inspiring despite unimaginable hard moments/days. You are both loved as, evidenced by the messages here, was Jake...who impacted so many lives during his short life. God bless you and your family. Jacque"
cousin Jacque Panza of Post Falls

"I wore your hero band to my commissioning this year. I thought back to the time that you came with our recruiter to court when I got in trouble back in 1995. I suppose I should tell your mom that if it weren't for you standing up for me, I would have gone to juvie instead of bootcamp a year later. I never told anyone because I was too embarrassed - but, I'm over that now - that moment changed the course of my life and you were a part of it. I hope your mom and sisters and brother read this and understand that just because you had a good heart, so many of us can't pass this day without thinking of you and thinking of them. So, thanks Jake -for so many reasons."
Shawnta of Yakima, WA

"I can't quite believe it's been ten years, just like I still sometimes can't believe it's true in the first place. Though you will always be dearly missed, I'm sure you'd be proud of your Mom for the way she has powered on with life. We honor you every day be living as you would want us to. We're OK and we love you."
Bruce of Palouse

"Hey Jake, sorry it's been so long... Just wanted to drop by and let you know I still think about you often. You were a terrific man and meeting you changed my life.... We miss you buddy"
Lewis of PA

"Jake, was sitting here thinking, remembering high school and I remembered my first scrimmage football practice (unfortunately you were not on my team) I remember the kickoff and you getting the ball and running it back I thought in my head I can get this guy, Next thing I knew I was being picked up off the ground by you, my head still spinning. You gave your all and I respect that, but you were not without compassion, or you wouldn't have helped me back up, I never saw you after high school but I know on that day I had "ran into" a man whom I will always respect. I appreciate what you have sacrificed for our freedom, and know there is no way I could ever repay you for helping us remain safe at home, I wish I did know how I could, you were a great man, you will always be missed in our minds and hearts, I even tell my children stories about you, so they will know who to thank for their freedoms as well. You will forever be missed."
Matt Stillman of Walla Walla, Washington

"I remember standing in ETS formation with you when they told you to switch formations due to stop loss. I bought a lever action 30/30 off you that day that you thought you were bringing to your parents, I still have it and think of you often."
Taylor of Portland, OR U.S.A

"Hey Jake, miss you brother. I cried alot reading all the posts and thinking about how comforting it would be too still have your physical presence with us. I know you would be dissappointed that I'm being a softy, but man I feel better after getting that out. It's been a long time since I've come here and now I know why. I've been trying to get back in touch with Your mom, dad, Torrey and Tim, but internet searches are failing me. Miss you brother."
Ken Colpitts claymoreclampitt@yahoo.com of Meridian, ID

"Hey bro, just sitting around and was thinking about our last chat...man I wish you were here to enjoy the hunting season. Hell I just wish you were here to say hi to...miss ya man"
Ben Herman of Tucson, AZ

"Been a long time my brother, and I am sorry I have not shared words sooner. You leave a huge shadow to follow in, and have left many behind that love you and appreciate your service. I miss you, you were my hero growing up, my hear bleeds for your children, may they have the best future possible, and I thank you with all my heart for those you have helped with freedom. They do not understand how great man you are and the void that is left with out you on earth."
Tim Demand of Colfax WA

"Jake, it's just past Veteran's Day and I read through all your messages again and bawled my eyes out! It is wonderful to know that you touched so many lives, not just ours. My heart still aches for you. I love you, Mom"
Char Baldwin of Palouse, Wa

"Jake, can't believe it has been 9 years brother! You made the most miserable days fun. You would keep me up all night talking about trucks, fishing and what we would do when we got back from Iraq. Every year on this date, when I can I drink a beer for you. I am sorry I couldn't tonight, because my son was born today. I can't think of a better day to have a birthday. See you at Fiddlers Green brother."
SFC Dan Smith of Fort Polk, LA

"Hey Jake. Nine years ago today. Hard to believe it's been that long. It's strange but It still seems like yesterday we were fishing and joking around. Haven't made it up to see you yet, not because I don't want to brother I'll get there as soon as I can. I miss you daily and I look forward to seeing you again. Until then, rest well my old friend."
Timothy Earnhart of Edgewater, florida

"Another year - Ne Desit Virtus."
Pat Quarles

"Jake, Another year of seeing your name on here still hits me hard. Having leaders like yourself has kept me still leading Tomahawks into battle. You we're (and still are) one of the great measuring sticks I put myself against in times of need. You will always be missed and forever close to our thoughts."
SSG David Hill - Tomahawks 2000-2013 of Mushan, Afghanistan

"Not forgotten, Rakkasan."
Pat Quarles

"Just got off the phone with the Blackneck...we spent a good two hours going over the good times with you. You are missed brother and will never be forgotten...bird season started and hasn't been that great down here...hopefully the weather will get cooler and things will pick up. take care my friend...keep doing what your doing for us...it's working"
Ben Herman of Tucson, AZ

"Hey Jake, we have been thinking of you a lot this weekend. It is Memorial Weekend 5/28/2012. Miss hearing your voice and getting your phone calls. You were a wonderful nephew. Love you still."
Uncle Vernon, and Aunt Vickie (DeMand) of Az.

"Hey Jake, its been so long and this is the first time i could muster up a couple lines. never seems to get any easier. I think of you all the time bud. haven't spoken with James or Chris in a while, I will check on them for you when I get back from AFG. miss you."
W.D. of Afghanistan.

"Thinking of you again, thanks Jake."

I still think of you. Jumping off the railroad bridge into the Palouse river. Your heart was truly full of life and love."
Jen of Seattle, WA

"To the family of:Jacob H.Demand
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""

"Not a year goes by without thinking about you and your family."
Shawnta Bush of Yakima, WA

"miss you bro...went dove hunting this year for the first time...bag a whole mess of them! keep watch over me in these ruff times...I need all the help I can get"
Ben Herman of Sahuarita, AZ

"Till we form again Brother Rakkasan, Ne Desit Virtus."
Pat Quarles

"9/14/11 Seven years ago today a bright light was suddenly, unexpectedly and violently extinguished, but only from the visible spectrum. That light shines on within us every day. Each year on this day our hearts ache harder than most days. But that bright light keeps us going. Thank you Jake."
Bruce & Char of Home

"Happy Birthday Jake! We love you and miss you."
Mom & Dad

"I hope the news of this day brings a more peaceful rest to you and your fellow heroes."
Bruce Baldwin of Palouse, WA

"I am glad to have known you, little as it was. Many years ago, I thought of you as just another kid; now you are a hero. God Bless."
Brandee Leon of Minster, OH

"Just dropping in to let you know, that I am thankful to know you. I miss you, Bro."
Brentt of Sandy, Oregon

"I was stationed with you at Campbell (Rakkasans). We went hunting & fishing together a few times. Always loved your sense of humor and enthusiasm. You will be missed!"
Danny Estep of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

"Hey Brother, I am back in 3rd Brigade again. Everytime I walk by the memorial I cant help but reach out and pass my hand over your name. We all miss you Jake, and cant help but remember the times laughing, sweating and fighting together. God bless you and your precious family."
Michael Land of Fort Lewis, Wa

"Happy Veteran's Day, Jake, we still miss you."
Seth of Lisbon, NH

"Bought my 1st fishing pole since I was a kid today - seemed appropriate. Does not seem fair that I'm around to start teaching my boys to fish & you are gone. Till we form again, Ne Desit Virtus."
James P. Quarles Jr. of Calhoun, Ga.

"Critter...damn brother I can't believe it's been six years...I wish I could pick up the phone and talk to ya..I've stayed in touch with Moose and Sheiki and you are always a bright spot in our conversations. Keep looking out for us and we will see at the big patrol base in the sky..."
Ben Herman of Honolulu, HI

"14 Sept 04, wow, 6 years. Still miss you man."

"Always will I remember you and what you did for your country, the way you treated people with respect. I consider myself lucky to have known you. Rest in peace."
Matt Stillman of Walla Walla, Wa

"Dude, I miss you so much. I think of you every single day."
Brentt Blair of Sandy, Oregon

"Thank you for all you did for our country! Happy Memorial Day!"
Michelle of POtlatch, ID

"Well Jake, It's been awhile. I got to thinking about you when I found a pic of you from one of the get togethers at my house. I miss you brother. I know your kids are just fine with you as their guardian angle. Til we fish again in the streams of heaven,(if we can sneak away from guarding those pearly gates) You are never forgotten. Love you bro."
Sgt. Earnhart, Timothy of 1/23Inf. 2001-2005

"With the things happening in Ft Hood. And talking with other friends that remember hanging with you and playing ball..wanted to let you know that others are thinking of you evenif its been almost 10 years since i have seen you thank you for what you did for our country."
Stillman. Jody of Walla Walla, WA

"Jake, I think about you everytime i look at my pictures of us at Ft. Campbell. The times in the field and the fun times we had fishing with Brent. I look back and wish we could go fishing again. Miss you man."
Ian Shamp of Strong Maine

"While I didn't know you Jake I thank you for your service and sacrifice for this country. My heart goes out to your family. Originally from Palouse Wa."
Larry Weeks of Indianola Wa

"Thinking of you today."

"It's been 5 yers, can't believe how fast times goes. Just know we miss you and think about you often. NEVER FORGET!"
J.Lewis 1/23 Inf 2000-2005 of Los Angeles, CA

"Been a rough year for me, but I could not give up as I know you would not let me. Till we form again, Ne Desit Virtus."
James P. Quarles Jr. of Calhoun, Georgia.

5 years already! WOW, time sure flies. Just thought I would let you know that I still think of you all the time. I know you watch over me, I can hear your laugh quite often! Keep watching and enjoy the show, it is sure to be better!"
stephanie of Medical Lake

"Happy Birthday Jake! We love you."
Grammy & Boo

"RIP to a great and courageous man. To his children, family & spouse. I served in the military and while I do not know him personally, I thank your father for his hard work and sacrifice to his country. Know that his spirit resides everywhere and touches people to this day. He is everyone's hero, he will always be forever brave and we salute you. Much love for his family. God bless."
Marlena Martin of Killeen, TX

"Jake, it's been a long time but I wanted to drop in and let you know what I have been up to...Im married now and my wife and I are about to have our first child. I am an Instructor in Fort Benning. Got hurt in my last deployment and now I am getting ready to be a Drill Sergeant. I miss you brother...I have worn your bracelet since we got back and haven't taken it off since then. I can close my eyes and see you goofing off in the Stryker in JRTC, lol. Anyway, I hope your family and friends are well, I miss you and love you man!"
SSG Apel of Fort Benning, GA/USA

"Well, I've never met you, but reading these letters... I know you're a great guy. Thank you so much for your service and what you've done for your country and family... You will never be missed, you and all the other brave soldiers will stay in my prayers forever."
of Boston, Massachusetts

"Hello ppl who write to my daddy,
I miss him very much. he was a good dad, and was funny too! i miss him very much...*cry cry* i'll never forget u daddy!!!!!!!"
Reanne Colson (daddys girl) of Avon, Indianna, USA

"Hey Jake, WOW! reading all the wonderful messages that the good people in your life posted brought you back to life. I was just at the chow hall (college version)and as I grabbed a brownie I thought of it as a "fat pill" just like you always called it. As many have stated, I think of you every time I wet a line and more. We will have a lot to talk about when we catch up again. Which isn't saying much because you kept me entertained for hours with your stories even when we hung out on a daily basis.
Ken Colpitts 1/23 INF. 2000-2005"
Ken of Flagstaff, AZ

"Today I thank you for the sacrifice you made. Happy Veteran's Day."
James P. Quarles Jr.

"I am so sorry....I hope your children will know what you gave for them"
of murray kentucky


"You are not forgotten Jake.

Rest in Peace Hero."
James P. Quarles Jr. of Calhoun, Georgia

"August 2, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Jacob H. Demand:
Jacob 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

"Hey Jake,
You've been on my mind quite a bit lately. I still remember how you would tell us all before a mission out in Iraq, no matter how bad the mission seamed, "THIS ROCKS!!Ē That would get us all smiling. We all miss you Brother; you will always be in our hearts."
SGT Rich Ackerman of Des Moines, WA

Jon-Paul Marquis of Leigh, Nebraska

"Jake, i will always remember all the good times that we had. Do you remember the time we went hunting together in your red dodge neon, because the clutch was out in my ranger, boy we got some looks that day. I know you have been gone for a few years now, but i still think of you often, you were a true and trusty friend, always eager to lend a hand. So do me a favor, find us a good fishing hole, have an extra pole on hand and cooler full of ice cold beer, cause i look forward to the good ole' days of fishing and telling stories, I'll be there as soon as my time is done down here. I miss you buddy.
SSG Jason C. Boaz of Stephenville, Texas/USA

"Hey bro,
I was just sittin around thinking about you and decided to come here and see if anyone had been here telling more stories I needed to hear. I kinda forgot, but I finally got a deer for you in November. You know I wasn't much for hunting(untill you died and I relized someone needed to be able to teach your kids), but I got you one this year. It was just a 7 point(that took me three years to get for you), but it made me feel better I had finally bagged your last deer for you. My 4 year old son Billy was actually an amazing help for me and said "is this the one you wanted for Uncle Jake." Thank God I was field dressing a deer, when the rest of the group showed up, so no one could watch me cry. I love you brother and I miss you everday.

P.S. My nephew that was named after you saw my tattoo with your name on it, and even at 3 years old was impressed that I would have a needle poked in my arm to have his name on my arm."
Jon-Paul Marquis of Leigh, Nebraska

"Dearest Jake
You are missed here , The kids are growing fast I wish you were here to see them , I know you are watching us from above . This time here on earth is short and I know your loved ones will all be together soon. we love and miss you .."
Amanda Demand of Benton KY

I still remember when you were a spc. then you got your strips that was a proud day a day that I will never forget, mainly because you made me do so many push ups while we both were laughing. I found you a different website but last night while I was in class at Belmont I found you here. I was shocked when I heard the news, I then thought about your going away party at red hollow in Land between the lakes. When you left Aco 2-187 I not only lost a good fishing buddy but a friend. The fact that you almost never made it to korea because we set fire to the woods with a star cluster flare. then potter got arrested along with middelton, you had to go to court but you made it those were the days, days that i would love to go back to. I am sure that when you got to where you were going, Fisher met you. It was sad that he died the way he did at Ft. Polk I wish you could have been there to help us. I ended up getting out with injuries that i recieved in Afghanistan, that was another day that i could have used your help. I was lost for 6 years all I had was the army then nothing. I miss you and when I make that final jump I know you will be on the LZ with a fishing pole in hand ready to take me the best lake with the biggest fish. "NE DESIT VIRTOUS" Let Valor Not Fail...RAKKASAN 615-218-8080"
Former Sgt Jason A. Gill of Nashville, Tn

"Itís that time of year again when you are on my mind a lot. I come to this site often to read all of the wonderful memories about you and to share the heartache with all the others. I wish I would have kept in touch like others had. Even though I didnít keep in touch like others I still have a million memories of you and the crazy things you use to come up with. I will never forget the long bus rides to FFA events where you were our entertainment. You were truly loved by all. Rest in Peace Jake and Thank You for all of the wonderful memories!!"
Michelle (Hodson) Ely of Potlatch, ID

"Well, this miserable day is upon us again. Even after three years not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I will raise my glass in honor of your memory today. Even though you aren't here....keep watching. The show will only get better. For now and forever I miss you."
Stephanie Parzuchowski of Medial Lake, WA

"Raised a glass in your memory tonight. I was up at Ft. Campbell 2 weeks back and just for kicks ran the old 3 mile route we use to do. It's been 3 years, but you're not forgotten."
James P. Quarles Jr. of Calhoun, Ga.

"Hey bro,
The day is upon us once again. I miss you more than ever. I have tomorrow off so I can drink enough beer for the both of us. I know you are in a better place, but it still sucks sometimes. I have so much stuff I would like to tell you. Anyway, you are not forgotton and you will always be loved and missed.

To Amanda and Jake's kids:
If you read this please get ahold of me. I would like to know how you all are doing. E-mail me at jmfnp@hotmail.com so I can give you a call sometime."
Jon-Paul Marquis of Columbus, Nebraska

"Thought about you today - for some reason was reminded of a day you showed up at the Palouse Pool after having worked harvest all day. You were black with dirt and grease, the lifeguards told you that you couldn't jump in - but, you did. One big bounce off the diving board, one big flip, and one dirty pool. Those were good days."
Shawnta of Yakima, WA

"Dear Everybody that knows Jake,

Thank you for writing a letter to my dad. I am sure he is happy to hear from you. When I am older I will read all of your letters. My favorite is Grandpa Boo's poem. I printed it out on paper for my brother and sister and me.

Talk to you all later.

Seth Demand (age 7) 07/17/07"
Seth Demand of Avon, IN USA

"God Jake, your kids miss you!! Keep watching over them...things are getting better."
Me of Indy

No matter what came your way, you always took it with pride and got whatever it was done. I will always remember that day in Sept. Listening to the radio that day was the hardest thing I have ever done. I love ya man, you were always able to make me smile. You and your family will always be in my prayers."
SGT Rich Ackerman of Tacoma, WA

"Jacob Henry Gerardi
Born to Timothy James Gerardi
and Jolynn Demand Gerardi
March 27, 2007

Onward and Upward."
Bruce A. Baldwin of Palouse, WA

"Jake, update, I just got off the phone with Greg. He's doing fine, aggrevated, but fine. He sent word that Corey, Jim, Derek and Roger are all OK. I talked to Will and Chris around the holidays and they are also doing fine. I miss you, I have been hunting and did a ton of fishing this year but have not really been in it. Stuff aint like it was supposed to be, I thought way after 2 years I would be "sane". NOT!. I still think about you every day, I tell my 1 year old about our time in Iraq. She is able to point at the picture I have of you next to our flag. I hope you are catching the ultimate trophy bass on the lake of your choice. I'm buying the first round when I catch up to you, miss you."
James Wingate of Lakewood, WA

"I remember when you use to show up to PT at like 4:30am with a freaking Mountain Dew!!! I could never understand how you could drink that and be able to run our standard 4 miles a day. Little would we know you totally kicked off the ENERGY DRINK revolution!!!!! I love you friend, you saved my life. I will never forget you.

Will Herren"
Will Herren of El Paso Texas

"Well Jake,
I finally made it to the Rakkasans!!! 1-187!!! I am going to be a Company commander here, sure have come a long ways since we first met...God Bless you and your family
"Till we form again""
Jason Shultz of Ft. Campbell

"Hey Jake today marks 2 years, but the memories are never far gone. I'll never forget that day, you are a hero in our eyes and i miss you, I wish I was with the guys today, sitting around talking about our memories of you and 1/23. I know your watching over us, Miss You Jake"
Nathan Abkemeier of Lacey, Wa USA

"It's been 2 years Demand since you fell with honor, far longer since we were in 2/187 together. I was your Medic and you were my Soldier, wish I could of been there to try and help.

You are missed and I proudly tell people about you when they notice my bracelet.

Till we form up again."
Quarles, James P. Jr. of Calhoun, Ga.

Seems like it was just yesterday when I heard the horrible news, I can't believe it has been 2 years tommorow. I miss you more than anyone can possibly imagine. I am not gonna get long winded, but I miss you and will drink a bunch a beer for you tommorow."
Jon-Paul Marquis AM2(AW) U.S.N of Columbus, Nebraska

Two years have came and went since you were taken away from us. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you and talk about you often. You are still my best friend and I miss you dearly. Every day day takes me further away from the last time I saw you and the last time we talked. It hurts to know you will never meet my son or spend time with my family. I know you are watching because I see you everywhere. Keep watching....I am sure the show will only get better.
I miss and love you"
Stephanie Parzuchowski of Medical Lake, WA

"Jake, Tomorrow is 2 years already. It seems like it was just yesterday we were drinking beer in my kitchen. You are still my hero. I am fighting the GWOT in your honor! Take care My Brother in Arms!"
TSgt Brian Parzuchowski; USAF of Medical Lake, WA currently serving at Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan

"Jake, thinking about you again today. I was going thru a bunch of my old Army stuff and found our "haji household list". It made me giggle when I remembered how we made that list. I am still working on the truck and I hope to make it to the lake this weekend, miss you bro."
James Wingate of Lakewood, WA (still)

"To my friend Jake. We went to PLDC together at Ft. Campbell. I helped you with your oporder and you were my team leader. We hung out after that and went fishing a couple of times. I was thinking about you the other day and had no idea where to find you, so I did a search and found that you had been killed in action. I am sorry that I wasnt a better friend and that I didnt keep in touch. Thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for being a pal."
Jason McDaniel of Phoenix, AZ

""Hey Jake, Its Abkemeier, I just found this website and read the words of some of our friends, and brothers in arms, the guys just left again round two, I wish I was with them, they moved me over to 4th brigade, I miss you Jake, I remember getting back to Iraq and finding out they moved you from C co. over to 1/14. I was sad that we could not talk as much but I always looked forward to seeing you at chow every now and then. I remember when I found out about you, I was so mad at every person I saw on every patrol we did. I remember the day we left for al-kut, I saw you in the chow hall, we were rushing to get back for sp and I didnít say hi because I told myself "you will talk to him when you get back", I will regret that moment forever Jake and I am sorry. But I found something that helps me spend time with you remember the '78 Chevy pick-up I bought when my ankle was healing back in the rear, well I am re-building it in dedication to you and our fellow fallen brothers, its gonna take a while but thatís more time I got with you. See ya in a bit Jake, Abbey"
SSG Nathan Abkemeier, (mr_abinfantry@yahoo.com) of Ft. Lewis Wa. USA

"Hey Jake, I'm still working on the truck, you were right, I should have sold it. Aint been fishing yet, almost 2 years since you and I left, I bought all the cool stuff you said I needed but I just havent been very motivated. We did have a baby, we named her Grace. Miss you bud."
James W of Lakewood, WA

"Sgt Demand,
I never met you, but I hear your name, I see your friends faces when you are mentioned. Your life shaped your brothers, and so, it shapes all of us new guys. Thank you for serving to protect me, before I ever heard your name."
Rob of Ft. Lewis, WA

"Hey buddy, we miss u! U will never be forgotten! See u soon!"
Javier O. Nieves Santiago of Everett,WA

"Jake, You are my hero. From the day I first met you, all I wanted to do was be with you. You were more than a cousin to me, you were a friend. Thank you for everything you have done for me, our family, and the people of the United States. I love you Jake, with all my heart and can't wait to meet you in heaven. You are my hero and I wear a tattoo with your name on my back so whenever anyone asks me who that is I can tell them you were one of the greatest to live on this earth. I love you. Your cousin and friend, Scott Baldwin"
Scott Baldwin of Redmond,OR

What can I say that hasnt already been said, I just found this site and Im glad I did. I think about you all the time, I remember the good times back at lewis,NTC and JRTC. I remember when you came to Iraq off stop loss and you were telling me about the horrible winter back at lewis. You always had great stories to entertain the whole squad and made sure I was squared away with copenhagen while in the field. I remember helping you clean our vehicle in NTC and shooting the crap and complaining about ssg foster. I have so many fond memories of you Jake, You will never be forgotten, we trained for combat together, we became brothers, thats somthing few will ever understand. The day I found out about your death I was in AL KUT doing combat ops, It took a while to grasp what had happened. All I could think about was Killing the guys that did this to you, then I felt guilt because I wasnt there, Then I felt sincere remorse for your family and your children. I cried my eyes out. Jake you died a hero and a soldier who embraced the warrior ethos of being a infantryman. Again, you will not be forgotten."
SSG. Nathan Baker of Ft.Lewis wa

Wow, a year already, I still can't believe that I will never get that unexpected phone call from my best friend again. I thought that when I visited your grave on the 14th it would get easier, guess not. I know you are watching out for me, because I can hear you laughing.
Even in death you are a remarkable person and great influence on my life. I thank you for the friends that I now have, but would trade it all just to see you one more time. I promise to come and visit (and drink with you) soon. I love and miss you!"
Stephanie of Medical Lake. WA

"One year, or a hundred, it still hurts to know that you're gone, Jake. You and those you loved and left behind still enter my thoughts on a daily basis.

Take it easy, man. Put your feet up, crack one open and enjoy the rest of the show... I know you're watching and laughing your butt off."
Seth Wall of Parker, CO

It has been a year and some how it does not seem real. I miss you dearly and can't wait to see you again. You will never be forgotten. You know I won't waste good beer pouring it on the ground, but I'll drink a few for you and remember all the good times."
Jon-Paul Marquis of Oklahoma City, OK

"Jake, I can't belive it has been a year, you are still in my thoughts and prayers. Sept 14th will always be my own Memorial Day."
Josh of Tampa, FL

I will never forget seeing you all the time at our chow hall over there. I remember missing you every time and remember you yelling out, "Josh!!" everytime you saw me. I miss having you here in good ol C co 1/23 because you always made us laugh because you were pretty rowdy everytime we stayed late at the company. I miss you Jake, and everytime I see a little "critter" in the field I think of you."
SGT Josh Apel, C co 1/23 INF of Fort Lewis, WA /USA

"I never knew this soldier and man personally, only through an internet aqquaintance.
His sacrifice was the greatest a soldier has to give, and I have my fullest respect for him as a soldier and a man who was fighting the fascism of our time.
Rest in peace now, for you are not dead, you are the sprinkle on the snow, the glimmer on the waves, you are everywhere now. Amen."
Nelson Cook of Helsinki. Finland. EU.

"Jake, you were a friend to me when no one else was. I remeber you as a damn good soldier who always got the mission done. Thanks for helping me out at A 2-187. I'll try and make you proud. Rest in peace...till we form again"
SFC Brian M. Disque of Fort Polk, LA

"Didn't know you that well but knew your family. Praying for you guys. Doin what I can."
SrA Audrey M. Hites of Kuwait City, Kuwait. formerly Palouse, Wa

Sandy and I always knew that when our children were with you, or around you, that they were safe. We always regarded you as a second son,{even though you taught Eric how to chew tobacco}. We always will cherish the New Years Eve we spent with you at Steph and Brian's house in Medical Lake before you went to Iraq. We miss you dearly, and will visit you again and leave another beer or two. We know you are now in a safe place, and we pray for you often."
Tom & Sandy Boone of Palouse, WA.

I still remember the first day I saw you, here I was a cherry LT out of Ranger school and you fresh home from Korea. you were a great man and a great soldier. To my first 1st Sqd Ldr, you helped set a wet behind the ears LT on his way. I am truly sorry we couldn't get there sooner...you konw what I mean...God Bless...See you on the other side"
CPT Jason Shultz


Jake Demand was a Boy.
His winning smile, belied his guile
Bringing his mother endless joy.

Jake Demand was a Child.
To catch a fish, perhaps his fondest wish
He loved and respected the wild.

Jake Demand was a Man.
He lived and loved fully, even the bully.
He loved them all, no matter how small.

Jake Demand is a Father.
Reanne more than a step, yes a daughter!
Josh his first son, not the only one.
Seth the last, before Jake passed.
Eight, six and five, Wish Dad were alive.

Jake Demand was a Soldier.
When I see Reanne, I will hold her
For Jake.
Jake Demand was an American.
When I see Josh, Iíll hug him again
For Jake.
Jake Demand was Our Countryís Best.
When I see Seth, heíll face the same test
For Jake.

Jake Demand is a Hero.
His life not wasted, but prominently pasted
To the pages of Dreams we all share.
Sometimes the Dreams dim, so I just think of Him
I know where to go, I know he is there.

Jake Demand is my Son.
From that I Will Not Run.
Though the hurt is so deep,
Until again we shall meet
In My Heart I will keep
Bruce A. Baldwin of Palouse, WA

It seems just like yesterday we were attached at the hip raising hell anywhere and everywhere we could in Palouse. You were the best friend I have ever and will ever have. I really wish I could go back to those times of blowing things up with the material we had on hand or taking a mid-winter cruise down the Palouse river on a chunk of ice or two 55 gallon drums lashed together with some not so strong bailing twine, as we found out later during the walk home with our cloths frozen to our shaking bodies. It didn't matter what we were doing as long as we were together. Our time wasn't long enough. Adult life came in and tossed us our different ways. We tried to stay in touch, but I don't think I tried as near as hard as I should have, I am living with that regret today and forever. I will let my children and your children know what a great man you were. One more thing brother, my sister had a son born about a month ago. She was going to name him after me, but respected my wishes and named him Jacob Henry, after my Hero."
Jon-Paul Marquis of Oklahoma City, OK


It seems like only yesterday that we were in school doing crazy things! I miss you more with each passing day, but I know in my heart that you are in a better place. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for our country and ensuring the future well being of those that choose to reside in it. You are truly one of my dearest friends and I will NEVER forget you..."
Matt of Palouse, Washington

You were so much more than just a best friend. You helped me become the person I am today, and for that I will be forever greatful. I cherish the 20 years of memories, and regret that our children will never have what we did. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and miss you more and more. You and your family are the last thoughts I have at night and the first when I wake up, you are always in my prayers. I love and miss you more and more each day."
Stephanie of Medical Lake, WA

"all of these soldiers died for us and we shall honor them"
anonymous of anonymous

"Jake was my friend, we served in Iraq together. Will, Chris, Scott, Travis, Ryan, Uday, and I miss him dearly. Jake, Will and I were stop lossed together. We were wounded together and will be connected forever. Jake was a kind fellow who took everything thrown at him with style. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers."
James Wingate of Ft Lewis, WA

"Jake, I appreciate very much the times we shared at fort lewis and the times we fished together. Thanks for teaching me the meaning of humble when we didn't catch anything or the ones you caught were bigger than mine. Your children are in me and annekes hearts always and we send our deepest and most heartfelt condolensces to your family. God bless you brother. Tim and family."
Spc. Timothy Earnhart of Fort lewis, Washington

"I just hope that you are taken care of now. You were such an incredible person. Thoes times of penny poker, FFA and going on "adventures", digging dirt and building forts with Chris and myself will always live in me. I miss you! I will never forget you or the influence you have had in my life. Thank you!"
Nicki Redman@comcast.net of Seattle, WA

"My heart goes out to the family of Jake. I remember the first night Jake reported to A.co 2/187. He was in my team for over a year. You will be missed dearly......."
Phil Rivera of San Bernardino, California

"bro its crazy i couldnt beleive it i looked in the armytimes and man its all jacked up blumburg and barnes bit it to baily got shot in the throat. i miss you bro i pray for your family. god bless.....CURRAHEE"
sgt rearick of B. 2/502 101ST

"Wish I was there that they day to take that round instead of you. You were my 1st team leader and made my stay in Korea alot easier and memorable. Damn we drunk alot of beer, joked, and watched Joe Dirt a million times. I miss those days when u kept me motivated on and off duty. Every JOE should start off with a leader like You. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for the rest of my life, fellow Rakkasan and Currahee. You are like a brother, a friend, and most of all, a great team leader. yours truely, Mike Burns. hooah."
mike burns of fort campbell Tn u.s.a

"Hey Jake... I just want you to know I will never forget you. I was with you that day and you did all of us proud."
Sgt. Michael Zarling of Ft. Lewis, Wa

"To the family of Sgt. Demand: I didn't know Jacob, and you don't know me, but I have a bracelet with his name and date of death on it. I read about these bracelets in the Chicago Tribune, and I purchased one at www.herobracelets.org. Part of the cost goes to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. When I received my bracelet, I decided to search on the internet for information about Jacob. I was able to learn about his parents and his children, and I am so sorry for your loss. He sounded like a wonderful young man, and I am so grateful he was willing to serve and protect our country. I am a 62-year-old wife, mother of two, and grandmother of three. Because of Jacob and others like him, my family and I can feel safer. I hope you find comfort in your memories of him."
Connie Nelson (connienel@aol.com) of Naperville, IL

"To the family of Sgt Demand, you have my deepest sympathy and condolences. I served as a Medic with him at Ft. Campbell with the 2/187 Infantry. I always remember him as a good natured kid and a good soldier. The world is a lesser place with his loss."
Quarles, James P. Jr. of Calhoun, Ga.

"I need help in locating Family of Jacob. I am with Home of the Brave quilt project of WA state and would like to make Jacob's family a quilt in his honor. You can find us in whitepages. com. Thanks."
Barb (Mrs. Gene) Shillinger of Aberdeen, WA


You will be greatly missed. It seems like it was just yesterday we were back in high school without the worries of war. I will always remember your enthusiasm for life. You were a true friend who will never be forgotton. You are an American hero who has sacrificed everthing for your country, community, and most of all your family. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family."
Jason Newman of Boise, ID

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

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To the family and friends of Jacob, He will never be forgotten, he was a true hero. Our family also shares in your sorrow, we lost my brother SPC Shawn Davies on July 8, 2004. May God be with you at this time and until you meet with Jacob again."
Toni Peters of Concord, OH

"To Jacob
Thank you for being an amazing hero! You were my brother in law. The father of my niece and nephews. We were greatly anticipating your journey home. We will miss you dearly...."
Amy of Indianapolis, IN USA

"To Jacob's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family of Jacob,
He was a great friend and a great soldier. We will all miss him greatly. Your in a better place now my friend. Thank you for forever keeping us safe. We love you."
Abe Bingham of Ritzville, WA USA

"Jake, you were my friend on rear-D, you made an impact on my parents when you came over to eat dinner. You didn't even care about the fact you got stop-lossed. I don't know what to say. I'll never forget you man."
SGT Tolbert of Houston, TX

"To Jacob's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the family of Jacob,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We know your pain as our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. With pride we will always remember Jacob as a true American hero who with bravery sacrificed for our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.nett of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you Jacob Demand, 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. Jacob Demand:
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 Jacob 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. Jacob Demand:
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 Jacob, 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