Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jared D. Hartley

22, of Newkirk, Oklahoma.
Hartley died in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 125th Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on July 15, 2005.

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"My soldier is coming to pay respect on the 10th anniversary . He served alongside Jared and now lives in Leavenworth . He speaks highly of Jared to this day. Please know he is honored by so many. May you find comfort in these words and God bless"
K Jensen of Arkansas

"Its been almost ten years since we lost you brother, and the world has lost some of its light from your loss. You were an incredible man, and an outstanding soldier, an example the rest of us can only hope to achieve. You are missed every day. I served with you during both tours with the 125th, and I remember and honor you daily. I will see you again, for there is a special place in heaven for those who die in defense of freedom."
Anonomys of Aiken, SC

"I am doing well, teaching this cycle of Soldier Medics. I want them all to know what a hero really is. Many of them know who you are...a hero."
Connor

"I never knew this soldier, but reading the comments from people he was obviously a special man. It's sad. Retired Army."
James of Brandon, MS

"Jared, We are graduating a new class of medics soon. Soldiers don't live forever. The sacrifice and love for their fellow countrymen lives forever. Thank you Guardian."
Connor

"5 Dec 2012...Jared, you are not forgotten. You are remembered and forever young. Thanks amigo!"
Connor

"Jared,
I saw you at the Oklahoma City State Fair today and my heart wept for your family. They had a "Remembering Our Fallen" memorial in honor of all the fallen veterans in Oklahoma and it was bitter sweet seeing you there. I didn't know where you were from so it really caught me off guard seeing a picture of you there in uniform. I was reminded of how nice you always were, all the times you helped me out with my vehicle and that tragic day in Iraq. It was truly a loss for everyone who knew you. Even though, there are no words capable of comforting a heart with such a tremendous loss, I know your parents are proud of the man you turned out to be and my prayers will always be with your family. We were proud to have you on our side and in our unit and you will always be a part of us. You are missed..."
Kathy Oglesby of Dothan, Alabama

"Thought about you today Hartley, its been almost seven years. I miss you dude. I wish I never went on leave when I did and I still think it would have been different but things go as they go I guess. You were the best friend I ever had even though we only new each other for only a brief moment in time. I decided a long time ago that my first son will be named after you because he is half the man you were I would be proud to call him my own. God bless"
Gary Wegman of Rochester NY

"There is no sacrifice greater than giving your life so that others may live on. You are not forgotten buddy.

Medic from the 125th FSB"
125th medic of Tennessee

"To the family of:Jared D. Hartley
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"I have a Guardian symbol tattoo and your initials and date "7/15/05" on my arm...I WILL NOT forget and I thank you every day for many reasons; My prayers go to your family, Jed. Rest in peace, you are an American Hero."
SGT Warren S. Miller -Medic Guardian 3D of Niagara Falls, NY

"Jared,

I was just thinking that the world is a better place because of Soldiers like you.

-Thanks buddy"
Connor

"Was remembering your cheekiness today & your mmmm atrocious driving heheh had to smile. miss you!"
Spc Ohanian, Tanya

"Remembering you and your family this memorial day 2011"
CPT Jim McWherter of Ft Campbell

"Every unit could use a SPC Hartley!! He was loyal, extremely competent, proficient and simply great to hang around. You'll be miss battle! Rest in Peace"
SSG Chauncey Julius of Mosul, Iraq

"SPC Hartley was and is a special soldier one of the best I ever knew.
He loved his family and his country. I know this because I used to give him a hard time for going home to visit his family when ever he could. He is still inspires the best of his fellow soldiers and it has been five years since we lost him. I will never forget his loyalty and devotion to duty. SPC Hartley is a true blue American hero and I honor him every day of my life by trying to live up to his example.
I miss you brother."
SGT Brian A. Thomas of burke, va

"I will never forget you."
SSG Burtnett of Monterey, CA

"March 2011...You are still remembered and your legacy lives on in the new Soldiers being trained. Thank you Jared!"
Connor

"27 October 2010
Another class of Combat Medics about to leave and I'm thankful Jared protected us so we can carry on the mission of training Soldiers. Thanks Guardian!"
Connor

"125th was my first Unit, I was only 3 months out of AIT when we went to Iraq. I remember Jared and I wish his family well.. Lost of people lost their lives that year :("
Theresa Berard Preseau of Fort Riley, KS

"Thank you again Jared. You are never forgotten."
Connor

"I am a Patriot Guard Ride Captain for Perry, OK. Jared is one of the 6 soldiers we will be riding for June 12th. It is called "The Ride To Remember". It is with great honor that we will be stopping at Jared's resting place and paying respect to him for the sacrifice he has made for our country....he gave his LIFE for us. God Bless his family!!
Patty Wilson
PGR-Captain-Perry
580-370-2563"
Patty Wilson of Perry, Oklahoma

"Remembering you this Memorial Day Weekend, 2010. Praying for your family and loved ones."
MAJ Pete Ramos of Ft. Detrick, MD

"I have a tattoo on my arm with your name on it my man...Its been coming up on 5 years this July and I still tell people about you every week!!"
Eric Lenhardt of Seattle WA

"Teaching Combat Medics now. I'll always remember the sacrifice. 25 March 2010"
connor

"Jed was an unbelievable friend, a competent military operator, and just about the nicest guy I've had the pleasure of knowing. As by battle buddy, Jed taught me the ropes, never let me quit, and kept me out of trouble countless times. Rest easy, Brother-- Thank you for your unwavering service and sacrifice. God bless.
DE OPPRESSO LIBER."
SSG Jason Gray of Okinawa, Japan

"Jed, just thinking about you. You crack me up with that cheesy grin of yours. Heading back to bed now. It's people like you that kept us safe. Thanks amigo !!!"
Connor

"Thank you Jared. We never forget.

Happy Memorial Day 09."
Connor

"Re: SPC Jared D Hartley

Hello,
I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,800 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass.

"Do not forget the names of those who give you your freedom. They are not on the bottom of a newspaper article nor in the halls of Congress. They are written on pages such as these. Thank you Jared...we remember you."
Connor Dotson

"Jed, it's taken years for me to come to grips with reality. You saved my life and for that I'll never forget you. At my wits end you were there to tell me to "keep my chin up". Thank you for your service, your friendship, and your love. I miss you brother, and can't wait to remember the good times with you. To your parents I'm so sorry."
Anonymous of Ft. Riley, KS

"About to medically retire Jed. Just wanted to say that we don't forget. 12 March, 2009"
Connor

"18 January 2009

Jed, the names of the units have changed but they are back downrange now. I know you will look over everyone as best you can. You will forever be missed."
Connor Dotson of Fort Riley, KS

"Hey Jed, We all miss you in 125th. I am out now back in Iowa. The greatest sympathy to your family. I remember the day that it happened. Everyone was in total shock. All I could think about was your family and you bud Spc Wegman, since he was on leave and did not hear about till later. You were a great soldier. Someday I will come visit you in Oklahoma and say hi. I'll bring yah some beer. Since we never got to off roading together, maybe we can do it in heaven with my ol'gmc and you jeep. Take Care Jareds family and Godspeed!"
Spc Jonathan Searls of Sioux City, Iowa

"To the family of Jared Hartley, I knew Jared from being in 125TH FSB and was in Iraq on two tours with him and he was a good person and he will never be forgotten. It still gets me when I think about that day cause I talked with him the night before it happened. God Bless You All Hartley Family."
SSG Gunder, Kevin of Milwaukee, WI

"June 13, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jared D. Hartley:
Jared 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

"Memorial Day, 2008...Jared, just a reminder you are not at all forgotten. Quite the opposite actually! Sacrifice drives our nation forward and sustains us all as Americans. So on this memorial day, I just want to say thanks for your sacrifice. God Bless America!!!"
Connor of Ft. Riley

"Here I am, back in 125th. All I could think was how young some of the people in this Battalion are. War is Hell Jed, I am glad you are out of the war and Heaven is your reward. My happiness lies in the fact I will greet you and Jesus together. I love you brother."
Connor of Ft. Riley, KS

"hartley you are such a great friend to all and we miss you blessings to your family and we will always hold you close to our hearts"
SGT Mupo of Atlanta GA

"I RESPECTED SPC HARTLEY FROM DAY 1. HE IS THE STANDARD WE BASE THIS NATION ON. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU BROTHER AND I WILL ALWAYS LOOK UP TO YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT THINGS YOU HAVE DONE. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND YOU."
SSG COX, JASON of CAMP CASTLE, SOUTH KOREA

"Jed, Hard to believe it has been so long without you. You made the world a better place, I'm sure you are doing the same for heaven."
Connor of Ft Riley, KS

"We love and miss you Jed. You were an awesome friend and soldier. There is not a day that goes by that we don't think of you. We know you are our angel in heaven and are watching over us. RIP. We love you, Sgt. James Mowdy & Family"
Brandi Mowdy of Illesheim, Germany

"Jared was a great Soldier and his death weighs heavily on a large number of us. He will live on in our memories and I will always count myself blessed to have known him. Hartley was always cheerful and had a wonderful personality. He will be missed and never forgotten."
CPT James A. McWherter of Fort Knox, KY

"SPC Jared Hartley really was a great guy; he had a way of making people laught that made just about everyone like him. His death really got to many of the Soldiers because I don't think anyone expected somebody like him to be killed. I don't think a week goes by that I don't think of him. I saw him the night before he died while leaving the showers and we talked for just a minute; he was a really happy guy that always had a great attitude. Jared will always be missed."
Jason Sabovich, CPT of Fort Gordon, GA

"Jed was my gunner, always watching over and out, always over my left shoulder. He was very good at what he did. THE BEST! He will always be remembered. I miss you...

AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE NOT JUST NUMBERS..........THEY ARE PEOPLE..........THEY HAVE NAMES AND FACES.......THEY LIVE........THEY BLEED........THEY DIE.......All in the name of FREEDOM........."
SGT Steven Page of Junction City, Kansas

"HEY THIS IS SPC MICHAEL ROOT. I SERVED WITH JARED IN IRAQ ON CAMP TAJI HE WAS A VERY GOOD SOLDIER, FRIEND AND A GOOD LEADER HE WAS KILLED WHILE PULLING SECURITY ON A MISSION IN WHICH I WAS ON THAT DAY. HE WAS A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE WHILE IN IRAQ AND EVEN BACK HERE AT FORT RILEY. I JUST WANTED TO SAY I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND HE WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBORED IN OUR HEARTS.
SINCERELY SPC MICHAEL ROOT"
SPC MICHAEL ROOT of FT. RILEY KS

"To the Hartley family,
Words cannot ease your pain, but we hope you find some comfort in knowing that JARED is a true American Hero and we celebrate his life.
JARED - thank you for your bravery and ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe at home. We will Never Forget. Gods Speed young warrior.
From a grateful family of US Army Solider stationed in Iraq, 101st AVN REGT, Ft. Campbell. 10-20-05"
--Sharon & Craig Erwin of Oregon, United States of America

"Mrs. Hartley, I can't imagine your grief and loss. God bless from another 125thFSB,3/1AD, Camp Taji mom."
Margaret Anderson of Alba, Texas

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You.""
Tom Balstad of West Warwick, RI

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

"To the Hartley Family, I wish of offer my sincere condolences to you. You have raised a fine young man who is now a true American Hero. Jared will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"JARED MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. JARED YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER SON. I AM VERY PROUD OF AND ALL OUR FALLEN AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS. YOU ALL HAVE THE CALLING TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY FOR US ALL. MY TEARS ARE IN THE THOUSANDS ALONG WITH MY GREGORY AND JARED! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Jared Hartley, 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. Jared Hartley:
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 Jared 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. Jared Hartley:
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 Jared, 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