Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jason C. Ford

21, of Bowie, Maryland.
Ford died in Tikrit, Iraq, when his patrol encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, based in Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on March 13, 2004.

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"I cant believe how quickly the time has flown by. Its the holidays and I just cant help but think of you. Your smile, and how you and Vernon were just SURE you all were gonna be rappers. lol Thank you God for the good times and laughter we all shared. Thank you God for giving me time with you. Love you!!"
Kiana Hall of Augusta, Ga

"well cookie i just graduated today from college, i used that GI bill like we always talked about and my aim is to get that phd and rehab our infantry brothers coming home from combat.. i miss you so much man, there is not 1 day that goes by that i do not mention you.. im married with 4 kids now and my children all know who are.. I KNOW YOU ARE WITH ME, I KNOW YOU ARE SMILING DOWN ON ME, I KNOW IT , I JUST KNOW IT...a soldier to the bone...until i see you again my 1-18 infantry brother,"
shawn of florida

"Dear Jason, I was watching an episode on the history channel about soldiars and their funeral. I'm not quite sure why, but they showed your tomb stone and it was the only one that caught my eye like yours did. I feel there was something about you that I felt the need to thank you and many other fallen soldiars. You, have sacrificed your life for our country and I can not thank you enough for your work. I send hugs and support to the family of Jason C. Ford. Thank you!
Sincerly, Another Ford Family!♥
Rest In Peace, Soldiar.♥"
Shelby Ford. of Brainerd, Minnesota. USA

"Jason, you will never be forgotten. i still think about you alot and all the conversations we used to have...you was a great person and i miss you !!

"People have stars, but they aren't the same. For travelers, the stars are guides. For other people, they're nothing but tiny lights. And for still others, for scholars, they're problems. For my businessman, they were gold. But all those stars are silent stars. You, though, you'll have stars like nobody else.'


'When you look up at the sky at night, since I'll be living on one of them, since I'll be laughing on one of them, for you it'll be as if all the stars are laughing. You'll have stars that can laugh!'


'And when you're consoled , you'll be glad you've known me. You'll always be my friend. You'll feel like laughing with me. And you'll open your window sometimes just for the fun of it...And your friends will be amazed to see you laughing while you're looking up at the sky. Then you'll tell them, "Yes, it's the stars; they always make me laugh!"
Stefanie Stephens of Houston, Texas

"To Jason and his family & friends

On Memorial Day, May 2012 I visited Arlington to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. As I walked through the visitor center, I was given a carnation to place on a grave. I headed for section 60. Walking among the grave site observing the living mourning the loss of loved ones I came to your place of rest. I stopped and knelt at your grave stone and thanked God for your sacrifice and the sacrifice that your family is making everyday that they get up and move through the activities of their day. I asked. God to fill the void and emptiness they feel with His peace and grace. I then placed that carnation at your grave. It was a fitting conclusion of my participation with Rolling Thunder that year. I will return and visit you on Memorial Day 2015. God bless you, your family, and friends."
Gregg Randall of Battlefield, MO

"I think of Ford so much throughout the year; especially on March 13th. I was with him that night in tikrit. God bless his family."
Spc. of New York

"My Brother Jason.....you and I were like two peas in a pod as the old folks say....Everytime you came to see your dad we were inseparable....When you were at you mom's i bugged your father constantly trying to figure out when you coming back....You were my brother...my best friend...and I miss you so much. The day my mom called to let me know you had left this earth I told her i already knew...See that morning i felt different like i felt lost. I remember turning on the news for no apparent reason and they said soldiers had died in Tikrit and I knew instantly i had lost you...I never cried at a funeral until i was at yours. Never felt hurt so close until I seen you laying there....You were my brother and I couldn't protect you or help you. Then I realized that you protected me. You went and fought for my freedom and I will always love you for that. I want to call you everyday just to tell you about the kids. How my son reminds me of you because he is so loving and my daught KiKi loves to make people laugh, and Nala who loves church and christianity...You are still present and very much alive to me because i see you in everything...Love you bro."
Vernon Hall of Temple Hills, MD/USA

"My Loving Son as I sit here this Memorial Day Weekend, I witness the flags flying high, and the motor cyclist kicking up their dust. I would be remiss If I did not think about my own personal "Hero", You! Words cannot express how much I miss and love you. My life has not been the same since I got that knock on my door on March 13, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. Its been 7 years, but it is just like yesterday. I thank God, that He has carried me every moment since that day. I tell him constantly, how much I miss you, but there is the promise, that I will see you again! I am proud of you today, as we celebrate all of the brave men and women who made a conscience decision to serve their country as you did. I love you Jason. Rest in peace my Son.

Your Mother"
Florence Newell of Washington, D.C.

"Hey , hey Jason, BIN LADEN IS DEAD!!!!! They caught him!!!! We MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU and WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Kiana Hall of Temple Hills, MD, USA

"To the Ford family. I went to basic training with "Cookie". I heard of the loss but never knew anything about this site. Cookie and I got close during basic training. As a matter of fact I was on the bunk next to him and we'd share stories and talk everyday. Cookie was so inspirational and always brought the best in me during hard times. I still think about him and cry. There were times I felt like the times were really hard but Cookie would always lift my spirits up. I actually thought of him today and looked him up because I still see him as an inspiration that brings the best soldier out of me. Just know that Cookie's spirit still lives on through me and everyone that felt his spirit within. Much respects"
SGT Adan Lopez of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO

"To the family of:Jason C. Ford
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""

"hey brother i have been comming to this page for 5 years now i dont know what to wrote but all i have been able to come up with after 5 years is wish you the best and i wish your fammilly peace"
gabriel lodoza of back in iarq for 3rd time but in el paso tx

"To my dearest little brother. Today is your birthday. I miss you so very badly. You were so special and such a loving person. I remember when I let you drive my car for the first time - you were actually good at driving from the start! You were far from being trite. You were a star and your light is still shining."
Francine (your sister) of Laurel, MD

"JASON FORD, YOUR NAME WAS MENTIONED AT OUR FAMILY'S VETERAN'S DAY MEMORIAL AS A FRIEND AND COMRADE TO OUR FALLEN SOLDIER, TRACY LARAMORE (3-17-04). TRACY WAS DEVASTATED WHEN WE SPOKE TO HIM ON MARCH 15TH ABOUT YOU AND CPT KURTH. HE AND CLINT MATHEWS JOINED YOU IN HEAVEN THE SAME WEEK. WE PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. LAST YEAR WE VISITED WASHINGTON DC AND STOPPED BY ARLINGTON. YOU AND CPT KURTH ARE SIDE BY SIDE...(Special thanks to Francine Hurley for the poem that you posted for Tracy in 2004...I read it frequently.)"
S. Brown (Tracy's aunt) of Killeen, Tx

"Hey Jason,
This is Kenneth Marrero bro. I miss you a lot buddy. The 1-18 INF will never forget you bro. I am right now back here in Iraq doing our job and I will never stop until I finished. Miss you and you will never be forgotten."
SSG Kenneth Marrero of Lawton, Okahoma

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jason C. Ford:
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

"Jason,
Today is Saturday March 22, 2008. It has been 4 years since the night we lost you.
In all this time I have never forgotten that night. Jason I am so sorry that we did not do more for you. We could have; I think we could have. Although I don’t know what. We should have had doors, anything. I think back on it and I can’t help but believe that somehow it was preventable. The vehicles we are driving around Iraq these days are so different. I just wish for you Jason, I wish things could have been different. You had so much potential. I believe you would have gone far, in the Army or not. I think of you often, as I am sure we all do.
Jason you are remembered, you will never be forgotten and you are loved."
A Bushmaster of Samarra Iraq

"wussup ford!! man I remember how me and you just clicked! How we met I dont remember all I know is that we saw each other and we were instant friends, I still got that picture of me and you at the ball right before I left germany, and everytime someone looks at it I tell tell them with PRIDE "thats my boy FORD" I loved that guy!
we were instant friends man, I miss you man."
formerly SPC Ortuno, HHC 1-18 infantry "PAC" of Dallas, TX

"Jason and I went to middle school and high school together. The strangest thing happened though, I joined the military and was sent to Bamberg, Germany for my first assignment. One night I was in the club and I saw him across the room. I looked and looked again but couldn't remember where I knew him from but that he looked sooo familiar. I walked over to him and told him that I knew him from somewhere but just couldn't remember where. That's when he told me that we went to high school together. I laughed and we talked for a few minutes. I was so shocked to see him all the way in germany and I hadn't seen him since high school. I remember how he used to skip down the halls in school and his locker was right next to mine. He was always smiling and laughing. When I found out about him passing away I was just getting back from my first tour in Iraq. I couldn't believe it, I had just spent a whole year in Iraq and made it through and here he only made it a few months. I had so many questions as to why. Recently this past year I went to miami for memorial weekend. I was crossing the street with my friends and I saw that they had crosses in a large field honoring the soldiers. As soon as I crossed onto the sidewalk the first cross I saw and read was Jasons. I couldn't believe it out of all the people who have given their life his name on the cross was right in front of me. I smiled though because that's what he always did. Right now I am back in Iraq again and I think about him at least once a week. I wish that I would've gotten to know him better or talked to him more but I'm thankful for the memories that I have."
Paige Harris of Baghdad, Iraq

"Hello, I just wanted to add something about Jason. I was the first to meet Jason when he arrived to Germany. I had been there for about 2 weeks before, and I had known the area ok, so I was ordered to show him around. I did and we had a great time. I drank with him his first drink... toasting him into the Army. Later I had seen him in a club close to Wurzburg Germany, he came up to me and asked me if I was ready for Iraq... I told him " no, I don't want to go but I am ready!" He said... " I just want to get it over with!" Jason had the potential to go far in the Army. I alwayse looked forward to shaking hands with him, and talk about what we were doing over the weekend. I will never forget the conversations we have had... and I honor the short time that I had with Jason. I send his family the memories that I have of him. I will see you some day again soldier!"
Sgt. Arion, Jason E of Seoul, Korea

"No, i didn't know Jason C Ford, nor did I serve with him, but there are tears welling in my eyes even as i write this message to honor your son and his cause. I am a Navy veteran (98-02) who is now back in North Carolina, but it tears my heart everytime I hear that we have lost another brave soldier. I believe that he was a HERO and i wanted to honor him by a song that i know by Johann Sebastian Bach. I play piano and sing and this is one of his most tender, heartfelt arias that Bach ever produced. I wish i could provide a music file, but i can't so i will leave the title and BWV number along with the words and i charge whoever wants to hear a beautiful song to find this piece and listen to it and to think about your loved one. May God bless your family, Brave one
BWV 82 "Ich Habe Genug"
Johann Sebastian Bach

(German text along with translation)

Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen,
Fallet sanft und selig zu!
Welt, ich bleibe nicht mehr hier,
Hab ich doch kein Teil an dir,
Das der Seele könnte taugen.
Hier muß ich das Elend bauen,
Aber dort, dort werd ich schauen
Süßen Friede, stille Ruh.
In translation:
Fall asleep, you weary eyes,
close softly and pleasantly!
World, I will not remain here any longer,
I own no part of you
that could matter to my soul.
Here I must build up misery,
but there, there I will see
sweet peace, quiet rest.
I hope this HERO has found rest and God bless his soul for his unselfish sacrifice."
Christopher L Robinson of Salisbury, NC

"October 30, 2006 - Hello everyone: I am so pleased to see all of your well wishes and your love for my son Jason. Like all of you, Jason is missed very much in my life. There is never a day that goes by that I don't remember his love, charity, and willingness to always be last, and put others first. I know that he did not die in vain. The purpose was set and he took on the challenge, never thinking of himself, but only what he could do to help. His decision changed my families life, but it also changed others. He got to meet some of the most wonderful and caring people in the world. Those people are you. I thank God that he brought so many together. I hope that someone took notice to the spiritual side of him and will follow his acceptance of Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for caring and sharing. Sgt Jackson (Germany), I miss you! Sgt Jamie Aussman - you know I miss you and your family. Please call or write me. I want to know about the new baby! Love all of you. Florence, (Jason's Mom)

flojoejason@verizon.net, 202-332-7440 (Home) 202-341-2788. PS: The person who has the fallen heroes bracelet in Jason's name, please contact me I would love to have a copy. My address is 142 Bryant Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001"
Florence L. Newell of Washington, D.C. 20001

"19Oct2006: Well, Jason. Here I am...over here in the desert...again...A person came to me...asking me why do I keep coming over here. They also asked me why I am still in the military. When they asked me this question, I didn't know how to answer it at that time. But I thought about that question. And I realized that I did know the answer. So, why am I still coming over here? Why am I still in the military? Well, I'm glad you asked. :) I'm in the military, volunteering to serve in the desert because I don't want your sacrifice to be in vain. You died because you were fighting for the rights that the American people have today...and I don't want your sacrifice to be for nothing. Well, they are calling me...you know I will always love you and I'll see you again..."
Tiera Michelle Jarman, SrA, USAF

"Will always be rembered in my heart for his out going personality and humor. There really isnt enough I can say to describe him other then saying He was a man among men, you would have to have know him to understand this. (To his family and friends if you would like to contact me 1-207-713-5387
)"
Louis Doyon of Maine

"You were one of those guys always in a good mood, always friendly. I can't say we were close, never the less, I think about you and Cpt. Kurth everyday. Carpenter B co. 1-18 3rd Platoon."
Chad Carpenter of Peoria, AZ.

"Jason, I thank you for you sacrifice and will always keep you in my heart."
Formerly Sgt Stephen Shockey B co 1/18 INF of Temple, TX

"Jason, I think about you everyday as I see young men on my college's campus. I wish you were here. You were an outstanding young man with great leadership potential. I'm glad I knew you and served with you."
Ian Hewlett (formerly SGT, B CO 1-18 IN 1ID) of Detroit, MI

"Jason you will forever be a great soldier and loving friend. Your life has touched so many lives and hearts during your short time here with us. I consider it an honor and a privelege to have served side by side with you in this time of the worlds need. I will forever miss you my friend. Together we were soldiers, Infantryman, and brothers. I still have dreams about that night and they will never go away. Remember Infantry don't die we're always out on mission.... BUSHMASTERS LEAD THE WAY HOOAH!!!!!"
SPC, Jenkins, Caesare' (former B Co. 1/18) currently B Co. 2/8 INF, 4ID of FOB Kalsu Iskandariyah Iraq

"Hi Jason,
It's me Raquel. We were in sixth grade together, Mr.Green's class. Mrs. Ford, I know that your son loves you and is taking care of you where ever he is. He used to talk to me on the phone at night after school. All night! Just talk about everything. He would always make me smile and laugh about everything. I remember when he stopped the car in the middle of Columbia Road and he yelled out my name...I was in shock because I hadn't seen him in so long. He had this big smile on his face. I was like, how did you recognize me? You're the shortest person out here. :)Since he was so Tall!. I'm glad to say that I knew such a wonderful MAN!
My best to your family, I love you.
-Raquel-"
Raquel Alvarado of Hyattsville, MD

"this is for jason's family im seargant street of the wa state national gaurd i was with jason in germany and iraq. i got to germany the same time jason did that was my boy i miss him more than anything i have him tatted on my arm to remember forever"
Darrell Street of olympia wa

"I will always remember that night even though I didn't know you that well I wish we had cut that corner in time to do more!"
CPL Zimmer C co

"I am proud to share the name of a man brave enough to die for his country. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. God bless you all."
Jason A. Ford of Champaign, IL

"The Platoon was never the same without you. I think about you and that night every day and I miss you buddy."
Sgt. Jamie Ausmann

"Dear Jason,...Well what can I say I have been to this site numerous times and never felt I could write anything, but here I am this is for you sweetie.
I miss you for being you, playing the drums in church telling me stories of how your life would be, how we coulnd't give up on life. You were always full of wisdom and me I was just pure crazy. I remember when you left i told you to write but i forgot to give you the address and i also went away to job corps in west virginia, and thought about you everyday.When i would see you on holidays it would bring joy to my heart. I never imagined this hitting so close to home. just remember to watch over me and I will see you soon.until then i'll blow kisses but when i see you oh what a day! I love you jason in jesus name and I always will.

remember we said "when my mom was getting maried and we were about 9 or 10 years old if we get married to we won't have to change our last name". funny huh..I miss you man and I know you are watching over us."
Latoria Ford of Washington D.C

"To Jason,
I didn't even know that you were gone man until just now. You helped me some much in Job Corps and you were like a older brother to me. I was only 17 when I was there and because of you looking after me and being the brother i never had I turned out ok. I am now in the Army as well. Married and going to Korea. Thank for everything that you did for me and this country."
PV2 White James of District Heights MD

"

Hello to you all.
I am leaving this short note, to let you know why I am here.
I did a "search" online for Jason Christopher Ford today.
I did it, because I was watching a DVD I had gotten from the local library, entitled;
ARLINGTON: Field of Honor.
Near the end of the film, a close-up is showing a few of the headstones and in the center of the picture, was one on which was inscribed:
JASON CHRISTOPHER FORD

.
When I saw his name, for some reason I decided to do a search for him online, and found myself clicking through to this site.
Not in a long time have I been as touched as I was today, reading the impressions/condolences/heartaches/and recall concerning this Soldier who died defending this country.
Further, to find he was also Saved, and a committed soldier in the Almighty's Army, made me want to stop and leave you all this note and well wish....
May God Bless you all, for remembering this man/brother/son and noting here the Glory of the God he served. God's Word is true and His promise that you will see Jason again is a fact that only time delays in happening. Follow him with the Word he professed.
Give God the Glory, and THANKYOU Ford Family, for the sacrifice you are enduring in the loss of this fine man who served in 2 armies at the same time.

God Bless You all.
"
Bob of Detroit Michigan.

"Hey Jay its Big Sis it is not a day that does not go by that I do not think about you. You are such an inspiration to me! My family has been through some major changes in the last year and a half. And the house is not the same without you being there with us. I remember the day I named you, I think mom just wanted me to shut up so she let me name you so she could rest because you were a big baby and I think I wanted the same thing the day I let you name Ant, I just wanted you to leave me alone. The 3 of us are embarking on a big change in our lives and your courage is are the only reason I have the strength and courage to pursue this new challenge. I know you are watching over us and protecting us and the rest of the family. We are still and will always be proud of you and know that what you did for your country will not be in vain. JC still weighs only 40 pounds and Antman is taller and bigger than I am and has his learners permit now! (Scarey) Bono thinks he is going to be taller than you and Sammy and him. I remember when I started letting you drive (illegally of course) and mom would say stop letting that boy drive your truck. But I was your big sis and you would brag to your friends about how cool I was, but I know you were just trying to sweet talk me into letting you do what you want like always. Well it worked! But mom and Lil Francine could not say anything because you did the same thing to them too we just could not tell you no. You did everything with ease and everything came to you so naturally and that's what cool about you."
Your Big Sis-Yolanda of Bowie, Maryland

"Hay Bro!!! It's been hard not having you with us,but we know ur in a better place. You will alway's be in my heart little Bro."
SSG.Shawn Jackson of B co 1-18 INF, Schweinfurt

"HEY JASON THIS IS YOUR BROTHER TOM BETTER KNOWN AS SAMMY JUST WANTED TO SALUTE YOU I WILL NEVER EVER STOP THINKING ABOUT YOU EVER I REMEMBER FEEDING YOU ICE CREAM WHEN YOU WERE 1 YEARS OLD I LOVE YOU DUDE TOM YOUR OLDEST BROTHER"
THOMAS of BRYANS RD MD

"To Friends and Family of Army Spc. Jason Ford,
I am sorry for your loss. I didn't know Jason, but reading this I can see how much of a blessing he was in all of your lives. I am a student reporter, and am trying to find a way to reach some of you personally because I would very much like to tell his story. I am sorry for the loss, and if any of you want to contact me, my email address is Dconklin41@hotmail.com. God Bless-Danny"
Danny Conklin of College Park, MD

"To Friends and Family of Pfc. Jason Ford,
I am sorry for your loss. I didn't know Jason, but reading this I can see how much of a blessing he was in all of your lives. I am a student reporter, and am trying to find a way to reach some of you personally because I would very much like to tell his story. I am sorry for the loss, and if any of you want to contact me, my email address is Dconklin41@hotmail.com. God Bless-Danny"
Danny Conklin of College Park, MD

"Hey Jason; it's me again. Well, you are probably wondering where I have been for a while...right now, I'm in Iraq. Wow...just by writing that makes me tear. It's been 368 days since the last time I have talked to you...everyone believes that it's forever, but it feels like only yesterday. Yolanda keeps writing to me all the time...she is really making an impact because I do not think that I would have made being here without her...without your loved ones being your support, there is no person that can make it here. I want to share a memory...you ask me to go with you to church one day. It was you, me, JC, Ant, Miss Y, and Jamie. And you was playing those drums. You would throw a smile at me like you was all that LOL -you was aight! :) But the reason why I wanted to share that was the fact that being on that drumset, you would always be in another world...where no one can touch...not even me...and to me, that is when you were happy. Well...I really miss you and there is no doubt that I will see you again. Love you always, me."
Tiera M Jarman, A1C, USAF of Kirkuk AB, Iraq

"I proudly recieved Jason's Fallen Heroes Braclet. If (his family)you don't have it please let me know and I will gladly send it to you. God Bless you and your family."
Edie Stevens of Worton Md. 21678

"WHATS UP BUDY, I MISS U BOY AS MY EYES FILL WITH TEARS U AND I SHARED CHRIST THE MESSAGE OF HOPE AND THE SAME ASPIRATIONS TO BECOME A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. I MUST ADMIT I TOOK YOUR DEATH PERSONAL AS U FOLLOWED THE FOOT STEPS OF YOUR OLDER BROTHER BUT AS THE DAYS GO BY U TOOK MY MILITARY CAREER TO A HEIGHT THAT ILL NEVER OBTAIN.U HAD A HEART OF A LION AND OF A LAMB U LOOK AT DEATH AND ACCEPTED GODS PLAN. JASON I MISS THE MESS OUT OF U BUT ONE THING THAT KEEPS MEE STRONG IS THAT THE MESSAGE OF HOPE WILL BIND US ETERNALLY TOGETHER REAL SOON.AS I PATROL THE STREETS OF PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY JASON THIS AGE IS COMING TO AN END YOU DONE GOOD JASON. I WANT TO DEDICATE MY BADGE TO YOU AND YOUR DESIRE TO BECOME A POLICE OFFICER. TO THE SOILDERS THAT SERVED WITH MY LITTLE BROTHER THANKS FOR NOT LEAVING HIM ALONE OVER THERE I WISH I WAS WITH HIM TO AID HIM IN THAT DESPERATE TIME. MY CONTACT INFORMATION IS THARLEY113@YAHOO.COM YOUR MY HERO JASON"
THOMAS of BRYANS RD MD

"Jason,
I met you when I was ten, and you have been a wonderful member of my family since then. I am twenty three now and I remember many days and nights of you,my brother, and and Mike rapping in the next bedroom. I remember you playing the drums and piano and you guys would just keep flowing making tapes and I would just laugh. The news of your death just rocked me, and especially my brother. It made me think of all of the wonderful things about you, like the fact that could never offer help just one, two or three times. My chore would be to wash dishes and you would rush in to help me. I miss you a tremendous amount and will always be endlessly proud of you. You were the warmest person that I've ever met. When people die folks always find the nicest things to say about them but, for you it all comes natuarally. I can't think of a time when you were mean or angry or sad. I will miss many things about you and I have fond memories of you. I definately will miss hearing you say 'I'll be back, Pop wants me'. I miss you always and will keep you close to my heart. I admire the best thing of all about you, you possessed a courage that I don't think I ever will. I love you. Mr. Joe and Miss Irene,and Ms. Newell my heart and prayers are with you forever. To the Ford family I am here if you need me.
Much Peace and Blessings"
Kiana L. Hall of Oxon Hill, Maryland/USA

"To the family of Jason aka Jay. I know you guys dont know me, but I know a lot about you all. I was one of Jason's friends and he just always seemed to be there. I realized that he died for us but it was too soon. I loved him and I give you all of my blessings. God Bless I love you all!!"
laure banks of landover. md

"It has been nine months since I visited this website. I thank God for the "peace" he has given me and the strength to do this today. I just want to say "Happy New Year" to everyone. I also want to say to the soldiers in Bravo Company 18th Div. thank you for the pictures, the memories, and you continued prayers up until this moment". I will treasure them forever..
You guys hang in there, along with every soldier serving this country. My prayers are with you. "A special thank you to my new friend, Kelly Ausmann, the wife of Sgt. Jamie Ausmann, I love you". God Bless"
Jason's Mom of Washington DC

"Dearest Family Members of Jason C. Ford, I did not know Jason but he has a special place in my heart as do all our fallen heroes. Becuase of our heroes I roam free about this wonderful country of ours. As a contributor to the Fallen Hereos Fund, I wear my Heroes Bracelet proudly everywhere I go with Jason's name on it. I will wear it proudly and as I remove it daily to sleep, I will say a prayer for Jason, his family and all our heroes. "God Bless America"."
Arthur G. Gonzales of Austin, Texas USA

"I cry for the loss of Jason. May God bless you."
Sheila Grable - Army Veteran & Marine Mom of Elkridge, MD

"Jason, it took me forever to have the strength to write. I always hung on to a dream that they had made a mistake because I knew you were too strong. I can even recall the last conversation that we had; you were telling me your plans when you get back. Jason, you ARE my best friend - no one can take that away. Everything that I had went through, you were there for me. You called me your angel because I was being person you needed me to be. Now, a higher power has called you because you are needed to them. It has been 220 days since I heard from you and it still hurts. I just wanted you to know I am trying to be strong for you. I will always remember you. I would still feel your presence when I visit Yolanda from time to time. I will love you always - my salute to you."
Airman First Class Tiera Michelle Jarman of Andrews AFB, Maryland

"to jason
i hope you are in better place now
i dont know whata to say... it took me a long time to realize that this is you, my ex boyfriend.
as i see it now, i wished we wouldnt have left eachother with arguments.
time is too short for all that stuff.
rest in peace
kiss sue"
Sue of Germany

"To the family of Jason Ford - My name is SSG T.J. Westphal. I served with Jason in B 1-18 INF here in Iraq. "Jay" was a soldier in my platoon...one of the best soldiers I've ever known. More importantly he was a wonderful person and a good friend. He was just one of those guys who inspired everyone without even trying. I feel his loss deeply and hope you know how much we all miss him. Jay, I miss you buddy."
SSG T.J. Westphal of Tikrit, Iraq

"Jason, it's been a few years since we've seen each other. But, I still have a picture of all of us B. Co. 1/18 rear-d guys in the CQ area. I tell you, if your sitting by God right now, I know your making him laugh because no matter how bad of a day any of us were having you always had your way of lifting us up. Thanks for being there not only as a soldier, but as a good friend. Take care and i'll see you one day."
Spc. Freddie Thornton of Morristown, Tn

"To My Best Friend For 12 Years,
I thought we would be old and gray laughing on how you use to come over and play the piano. You were the brother i never had. We did everything together like annoy your family to annoying my family with pop up visits. I would've put my life on the line for you but you did it for me. I want to thank you as a american, a friend, and your brother. When i heard that you have passed, I could not believe it. I saw your father at the funeral and he felt bad that i didn't sit up front near you but i told him his lost was harder than mine. It hurt to see you go but i'm happy that i got to know such a wonderful friend. I love you always big brother. May you rest in peace."
Vernon M. Hall Jr. of Temple Hills, Md/USA

"Jay, I miss you so much. I think of you every time I look to the stars. I never forget to "look for you". You have always had a special place in my heart. You always were the biggest sweetheart I knew. I'll never forget the first day we met, lol. God Bless your family and friends left behind. I pray that they all will have comfort in knowing that you went to a better place. Rest in Peace my dear friend. You made that "mark" as a HERO between the day you were born till the day you went 'home'. Love you Jay!"
Crystal Conward of Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A.

"To Jason Ford's family: I am the mother of John (Hans) Kurth's son. I read your posting at his memorial site. I tried to reach your family after Hans and Jason were killed. John Aleks (Hans' son) and I pray for your family every night. I know that several of Hans' West Point buddies also tried to reach you. We all wanted you to know that you were in our thoughts and prayers."
Wendy Hallford of Anderson, SC

"Dear Jason
I remember the day I found out that you died. I was so shocked and I just couldn't stop crying. I'll never forget your smile and the way you could always make me laugh. We all think of you a lot and miss you so much. You'll always live in the hearts of those who'll never forget what a great and wonderful person you were.
Rest in peace"
Vanessa Lombardi of Schweinfurt, Germany

"This message is in honor of my brother in Jesus Christ, my cousin Jason Christopher Ford. I shall forever rejoice that he was a young man of valor who died in the Lord; he made it. The apostle Paul said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). My brother died in Jesus Christ, yet shall he live again when the trump of the Lord sounds. God is THE creator of the heavens and earth, the only wise God knows all and is perfect. I simply thank HIM for the time I shared with Jason. Hallelujah! When there are wars there will usually be casualties. My universal prayer is that mankind will humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face, turn from their wicked ways, and then shall we hear from heaven, HE will forgive our sin & heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). Amen."
Erica N. Key of District Heights, Maryland - USA

"Its been seven years since i last saw you when we were going to Bladensburg High School but i have always thought about you the following years after. Somehow we seemed to have lost touch. I had no idea about your passing until Memorial Day when I saw your face on TV along with the other fallen soldiers, it was a horrible shock to me. I appreciate your courage, bravery, and everything you and other soldiers have done for our country. I miss you and I know that you are happy now, above all, you are at peace. I really hope that we can see each other again soon and have fun like we use to in elementary, middle and high school. You were always a clown. May God bless you and your family and may he give strength, comfort, and peace to all of them. I love you Jason."
Lindsey of Hyattsville, MD

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

"Just know that there are so many of us praying for your family- just to have strength during this difficult time. We appreciate your son, and ALL of those over there. Jason is a true hero."
Lisa of Washington DC

"To everyone who extended a message of love, caring, and encouragement. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am Jason's mother, and it does my heart well to hear your encouraging words. I miss my son very much, but he had a higher calling than me. I am praying for the safety of his fellow soldiers, and their families left behind. I thank God for his courage, his love and his committment to this country. Thank you for your kindness."
Ms. Florence Newell, Mother of Jason Ford of Washington, DC 20001

"We will not forget. Talons!"
SGT Gray, Jeremy of Formerly of C 1-18

"Jason, I love you and I will never forget you. Your smile and your laugh will never be forgotten. You are a hero and I am proud of you. Until we meet again, Love, Your Cousin, Charron"
Charron Carter of Lanham, Md

"Jason we miss you so much and I miss your wonderful smile. You gave me 21 years of fun I would not trade it for nothing in the world. You will always be a hero in my eyes! I love you always"
Yolanda Smith-McRae (your big sister) of Bowie, Md

"Dear Family of the late Jason Ford,
My brother Sgt. Timothy Hayslett was also killed in Iraq on November 15, 2003. Words cant express the hurt and pain that we are all feeling and I can only leave you with these words. Never let his memory fade from your heart. Think of him often and keep his name praised high as the heros that they were. May you find the comfort to continue on and remember, our brothers our forever in heaven as our gaurdian angels!"
Melody Hayslett of Newville PA

"To my family, in memory of Jason:

A Fallen Limb

A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says,
"Grieve not for me."

Remember the best times, the laughter, the songs
The good of my life I lived while I was strong.

Continue my heritage. I'm counting on you.
Keep on smiling and surely,
The sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest,
Remembering all…how I was truly blessed.

Continue traditions, no matter how small,
Go on with your life,
Don't just stare at the wall.

I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin,
Until the day comes that we're together again.

Love you all!!"
Francine of Washington, DC

"In memory of my little brother Jason. I miss you so much. I can't forget the last time I spoke with Jason, he was in Germany before being deployed to Iraq. He told me how he would be going to serve his country and to look after his fellow soldiers, I have never felt more proud of Jason for his courage and strength. Jason, you stood for freedom, justice and hope."
Your sister, Francine Harley of Washington, DC

"To Jason's family:"
Our Joce was killed the same day as your Jason buy an IED. My heart aches for you and your family. Although we miss Joce we know he died for our freedom just as Jason did. Jason was a HERO and he will not be forgotten. He will be thought of every day as we live in the freedom that he has provided for us. Thank you so much. God bless you all!"
Melissa Carrasquillo of Goldsboro, NC

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones 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 Breckenridge from Montana "

"To my Love
Jason i will forever love you and we will be together again in a better place. I miss you so much my baby."
Elena of Schweinfurt, Germany

"To Jason's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Jason watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the Family of Jason,
I am deeply saddened by your loss. May God's blessing be with you.
Although Jason was only 21, He died a hero while serving our country, fighting for our freedom. I thank you."
Candy Knutson of Poynette,WI

"Thank you Jason Ford, 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 Ford:
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 Ford:
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