Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jamie A. Gray

29, of Montpelier, Vermont.
Gray died in Scania, Iraq, when his military vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Army National Guard's Headquarters, Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 86th Field Artillery, Williston, Vermont. Died on June 7, 2004.

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"It will be 9 years this June and yet it feels like yesterday. I think about you every day. It's almost racing season and I will be back at the track, which is where I first met you. When I am there, I feel like maybe you are there too. I thought that it would get easier and that maybe I wouldn't think about you as often but it just doesn't. I'm sure your parents feel that way also. I am so proud of you and the sacrifice you made for our Country. You are forever missed and forever loved."
Jennifer FitzGerald Getty of Cambridge, VT USA

"Jamie aka Dawg, Not a day goes by that i don't think about you or miss you. You always put a smile on my face everyday. Your truely in my heart forever. I love you always!"
Dominique LaFond of Orange, Vt, USA

"To the family of:Jamie A. Gray
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"1-12-11"

"i honor your son Jamie every time i visit my friend Scott on east Calais. i stop at his grave and i know he gave everything, i'm so humbled. I have visited his gave 4 times and know that freedom of speech, and the right to carry a weapon is born from his sacrifice. I will always visit Jamie's grave until i die and will always remember him.. please be honored he is my hero! please call me 732-740-2786"
bruce culver of st augustine florida

"I miss u so truly, You are in my mind and heart always and forever. I will be with you one day. I Love you!"
Joanne Isham of Barre, Vt

"i love you Jamie"
Noah Isham of barre,VT,USA

"i was a close friend of Jamies well my mom was i am best friends with his son i just wanted to say i am always thinking about our brothers and fathers and mothers in iraq."
Noah Isham of barre,VT,USA

"To the Gray Family,
Your support and love has given us the strength to carry on. Thank you for all the wonderful words of encouragement and our sympathies and prayers go out to your family as well. Blessings,"
Jeanne DeForge, Tabitha, Rachael, and Joshua Normandy of Barre, Vermont

"September 11, 2008,
Dear family,
My husband and I participated in a memorial ride today. We were given cards with three names of fallen warriors. One of the names that we were given was Jamie's. We will never forget the sacrifice that Jamie made for our family to continue to enjoy our freedom. We will never forget the pain that your family endures because of this sacrifice. We will continue to remember your family in our prayers. God Bless all of you."
Linda and Jeff Baier of Williamsport, PA/USA

"jamie just wanted to thank you for all of your help in iraq it ment alot to me you were like a big brother,to me if i needed someone to talk to you were there. for that i want to say thank you you are missed very much thank you for every thing"
spc harper of crown point ny

"June 12, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Jamie A. Gray:
Jamie 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

"its almost been four years since you left not a day goes by that i dont think of you and all the mechanic stuff you taught me and what a great teacher you were. to the gray family your son was a great person i know you allready know but ill say it again thank you and god bless you all"
hody of johnson vt

"Mrs Gray please know that you are not alone in your grief I was brought up in farming environment and know that Jamie would have thought about the land ,tractors,sowing and reaping.spring summer and autumn and long winters cosy with his family ,God bless him,and may our dear mother Mary protect him .Kind Regards Tommy Bradley"
thomas bradley of scotland

"To Steve,Marion and family: Your strong and brave son, Jamie, cannot be with you to share this holiday season, but I know he will be with you in all that you do and "will share" Christmas with you from his beautiful home in heaven. Know that you will always be in my thoughts."
Cheryl Pichette of Guilford, Vermont

"It's Funny how fast the years fly and how often Jamie's name comes up. The Valentine's day blizzard and having the sleds out really brought that home.
The thing about Jamie is he had "CLASS". I have said that so many times over the years. No one has ever disagreed.
What an Honor and Blessing to have shared a world with Jamie in it."
Holly of Essex, VT

"Steve and Marion,
I hope this finds you well. As I put together a Christmas tribute to our Fallen Vermonters, my thoughts drift to your brave son. Please know that you are in my thoughts, especially during the Holidays. Our Fallen Heroes gave the most precious gift known to man - so that we may all continue to live the American Dream. I embrace you both and wish you a joyous holiday season."
1LT Veronica J. Saffo of St. Albans, VT

"Steve and Marion, Sarah, Jeff, hailey and Taylor:
It's hard to believe that it has been 2 years. Our thoughts continue to be with you on your journey without Jamie. What a beautiful wedding last weekend but there was one thing missing JAMIE! He was a brave solider and we thank him for all that he has done for this country. He made the ultimate sacrifice. We love you all...."
Jeremy, Jill, Hannah and Emma of Hyde Park, Vermont

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of jamie he was a good team leader,good friend, Jamies family can be proud of what a good person jamie had become i know that on june 4th 2004 a peice of me also died i will never forget jamie he was the kind of person everyone liked ssg karl a king 1/86/fa 3rd plt 2nd squad scania iraq"

"To Jamie's Family,

We never had a chance to meet Jamie personally but have gotten to know you over the past year or so. Through your stories, your tears, and your show of strength it is clear he was a very caring and compassionate person with great pride in his family and his nation. I wish we had met him and that I wasn't writing this. There are no words I could write to change what has happened but I will promise you he will always be remembered and celebrated for the hero he is and was. I take very seriously the responsibility of raising my children with a strong sense of pride and understanding of the sacrifices that have been made in order for not only ourselves but many people of the world to be free and live in peace. Our thought and prayers are with you this Holiday season and God Bless Jamie now and always."
Heidi, Althea, Tre' and Marisa of Milton, Vermont

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jamie Gray:

The world has lost a brave, kind young man. A true hero who gave his life to help others. May he rest in peace."
Stuart Cameron of Glasgow, Scotland

"to family of sgt gray, i remember talk to jamie many times in scania iraq.i work with a unit from nyc 258th. so, i got to talk to jamie many times. i cried when i hear he died. i will miss him alot. he is a hero in my book. god bless him and his family . also 86th fa vermont national guard."
ssg ted lord , nys national guard 127th armor of jamestown, n.y

"God bless you Jamie, you are sadly missed by so many people who never really got to meet you. You met your soul mate through emails and letters and she conveyed that love to us through he smiles and joy everytime she heard from you. Your pictures bring a smile to everyone who views them because your eyes are the window to your soul. Your smile greets us everytime we walk through the door. There will always be a place in our heart for you and we will never stop wondering what might have been for you and Vicki. You will always be our hero. Your spirit will always live on."
Marge and Bob Shepard of Brandon, VT

"God bless you Jamie, you are sadly missed by so many people who never really got to meet you. You met your soul mate through emails and letters and she conveyed that love to us through he smiles and joy everytime she heard from you. Your pictures bring a smile to everyone who views them because your eyes are the window to your soul. Your smile greets us everytime we walk through the door. There will always be a place in our heart for you and we will never stop wondering what might have been for you and Vicki. You will always be our hero. Your spirit will always live on."
Marge and Bob Shepard of Brandon, VT

"Not a day goes by that my thoughts are not with Jamie. He will forever be in my heart and mind."
Aunt Monie of Callais, Vt.

"Amy and Family I think about you all the time and my dad (Rodney Campbell) Thinks about you too seens how these two worked together at Cody Chevolete and I just wanted to say that we miss Jamie just as Much as you do and that we send wishes to you. If Jamie hadn't told you I was the one who called him Porcupine all the time!"
Amanda Campbell of Worcester/ Barre/ Montpeiler

"I know of very few people in this world that can make such an instantaneous impression on people as you did, Jamie. Though it was still months before I myself would meet you, I can remember the day that my brother Alan met you. He came home from Camp Johnson after his first National Guard weekend, and you were the first person that he told me about. "This guy there that was a lot like me... ya know red hair and everything..." he was so excited as he told us about his experience, and about you, and the other guys that he had met. Little did I know that day how close the two of you would become through the guards, and how much you and your family would come to mean to me and the rest of my family. We were so touched by the flowers that you sent when Alan was taken from us, and we tried so hard to bring you home then... You are greatly missed Jamie, and forever will be in my thoughts and prayers. You are a true hero. Wherever you and Alan are right now... I hope the two of you know just how appreciated you are, and how much you are missed!!!!"
Tricia Bean of East Calais, VT

"JAMIE GRAY IS THE MAN"
Charlie Welling of england

"We miss you so much! I have just written a paper about you and your tragedey. I hope that all of my family members can read it at some point, which much love to all my family! Jamie you would have made a great father!"
Mallorie Lyford of At school right now

"Jamie, We miss your smile and your kind and gentle manner. We will never forget you and the sacrifices you made in your civilian and military life. We love you lots....."
Aunt Patty of Calais, VT

"My mom really misses you Jamie and so do I. You were fun to be with when you were over a Doug & Monie's (my grandparents) I wish you could have come home and seen my baby brother Lucas at least once. My mom knew how much you loved kids... We really miss you. Everything is so different with out you here, alive and well."
Mallorie (Jamie's 2nd cousin) of Plainfield Vermont

"jamie you were my cousin,my friend, and my hero. i miss you very much!!!"
shari of calais, vt

"Steve, Marion, Sarah, Haley, and the extended Gray family... Please know that your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers. You are all wonderful people, and Jamie was lucky to have been part of such a wonderfull family. Jamie was a wonderful man, and a hero to our country. He is greatly missed, but will ALWAYS be remembered."
Tricia Bean - Sister of Sgt Alan Bean Jr of Johnson, VT

"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. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky: In the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom---the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix AZ

"To the Gray Family:
May god bless you and provide you strength during the many days ahead. God bless Jamie for his willingness to fight for what he believed in. As our family struggles with our own loss, we keep you in our thoughts and prayers."
Jill McGrotty and Todd Graham of New Hampshire

"We will forever honor you Sgt. Jamie A. Gray! We are humbled by the sacrifice that you and your family have made for us and our country! God bless your soul!"
SSG Nathan Henderson, and Michelle Henderson of Essex Junction, VT USA

"To the family of Sgt. Jamie Gray,

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers - I have no words, only to tell you we are all family now. Jamie will never be forgotten."
Heather Sheehan, wife of Kevin Sheehan KIA May 25, 2004 of Milton VT

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

"To the Gray, Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and all the other Vermont families that have lost love ones. You will be in my thoughts forever."
Stacy Cadorette... SGT William J. Normandy's sister of East Barre, Vermont USA

"To the Gray Family, words can't tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Jamie was a brave young man of whom you should be proud. I only wish he hadn't had to go in harm's way and make the ultimate sacrifice. Please accept my sincere condolences and let's hope the world will be a safer place to live for the future generations because of the sacrifices Jamie and so many others have made."
Donna Papariello of Winooski, Vt

"To Jamie'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

"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. Your HERO, Jamie, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Jamie'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 his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you Jamie Gray, 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. Jamie Gray:
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 Jamie 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. Jamie Gray:
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 Jamie, 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