Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Jerry M. Durbin, Jr.

26, of Spring, Texas.
Durbin died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his dismounted patrol during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on January 25, 2006.

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"To the Family of SSGT Durbin,
My name is 1LT Smith, William and I am the operations officer for 101st Airborne Division asymmetrical warfare IED-Defeat academy and write in regards to naming our new facility in his honor. Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

William T Smith
1LT, EN
Operations Officer CIED, 101st Airborne
Phone-(270)-412-0276
Cell- (765) 760-2276
Email - william.t.smith7.mil@mail.mil
Engineers lead the Way!"
William Smith of Ft Campbell, KY

"To Janelle and the kids,
I think of you guys often, especially on days like today (Memorial Day). I hope you're doing well and want you to know that Michael will always be remembered."
Slon Bentley of Heidleberg, Germany

"Micheal was a cousin and close friend. It has been five and half years now since he was killed and I still think of him everyday. He was the greatest man I ever knew. Mike, I love and miss you so very much. Thank you for everything you have ever done."
PJ Matlock (durbin) of Spring, Texas/USA

"Jerry Durbin was by big brother. When he died, I was all over the Internet looking at what everyone wrote to him, and I never came across this site. Thank you everyone for your prayers. We miss him so much, and we think about him everyday. And to all of you soldiers that are still serving our country to keep us safe, I pray for you, and hope every day that you get to come back home to your families. You are all my heroes."
Amy Stroud (Durbin) of Houston, Tx

""We "Strike Force" soldiers of the past, remember those who have come after us and have given the ultimate sacrifice. Specialist Hutchinson is NOT forgotten. We never served together, but you were a fellow Screaming Eagle--a fellow STRIKE FORCE trooper--a brother for eternity. Rest easy 'bro.""
Bruce Howard of Atlanta, GA

"I'm thinking of you today, we will never forget your families sacrifice."
Mike and Kim Wendel of Charles City, Iowa

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Jerry M. Durbin, Jr.:
Jerry 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

"To the family and especially Janelle

I am truly wounded by your loss and I hope you always go through life remembering how proudly your husband served our great country. You are a true hero as are all those left behind when our loved ones go off to war"
1stLt. Michael A. Petosa USMC (ret) of Midlothian, Virginia

"Today, I received a KIA bracelet in the mail - and it was for SSG Jerry M Durbin. To his family, I am terribly sorry for your loss. I will see his name everyday and will keep him in my thoughts as I head back to Iraq again this summer. cynthia.wasluck@us.army.mil"
SGT Cynthia Wasluck
Medical NCOIC
320th MP BN of Ashley, PA 18706

"To the family of:Jerry M. Durbin, Jr. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Brother it was a pleasure having the time to work with i just wish it could have been longer. Miss you Durbin. Peace Be with You. Strength and Honor."
SSG Chris James of Ft.Jackson

"Jerry,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Strike"(502nd Inf. Motto)"

"As a soldier under the care of Sgt. Durbin during my stay in Iraq, I was the new guy, in the group. Sgt. Durbin always looked out for my best interest and never let me fall behind.....You will be missed. My condolences to your family for their loss, you will be missed."
Ryan J. Dermody of Phoenix, AZ.

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

"Your husband paid the ultimate sacrafice, know that he made a difference in this world and fought so dearly for the liberties we have. God bless you."
Janet Skeem of Heidelberg, Germany

"I served in the same fire team with SSG Durbin during our first tour in Iraq. He was one of the most dedicated soldiers that I have ever known and he could always be counted on to get the job done. He will be greatly missed. My deepest regards to his family and loved ones. Rest in peace michael, from one of your brothers of charlie company 1st platoon, SGT "MAC""
Jerrod McClure of Ft. Carson, CO

"TO THE DURBIN FAMILY; RECENTLY, MOVED TO 4235 ROSEGATE DR SPRING TEXAS THIS WEDNESDAY MANY FALLEN FAMILIES HEADING TO CRAWFORD TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. iF YOU HADN'T KNOWN OUR SON GREGORY WAS APART OF THE SPRING COMMUNITY. aN SADLY, YOUR SON AND GREGORY HAD BEEN MILITARY BROTHERS. ALTHOUGH, BOTH HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. YOUR SON WAS A COMFORT NOT TO WORRY ABOUT MY GREG. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR SON AND YOUR FAMILY."
LEONARD WAHL of SPRING TEXAS

"My deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort and peace in God.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

"Thank you Jerry Durbin, Jr., 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. Jerry Durbin, Jr.:
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 Jerry 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. Jerry Durbin, Jr.:
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 Jerry, 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