Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jeremy M. Heines

25, of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Heines died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his patrol came under attack by rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on June 26, 2004.

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"I never new Jeremy but we were brothers."
So. Justin Heines of Fort drum, New York

"hello everyone!! my name is melissa, jeremy and i were friends since we were 13 years old.... he was my best guy friend in the whole world, he knew how to make us laugh all the time but at the same time he knew how to push our buttons so he could get a good laugh out of it lol.... we were inseparable until he went to the army, after he enlisted, he would pop up out of no where at my house and just stay with us for days, sometimes i have to remember that he's not gonna just show up one day, i miss him soooo much especially when i need him to slap me back down to earth.....jeremy had the biggest heart ever in this world!! he would do anything for anyone and not think twice abt it... he was a true friend, a true hero and a brother to all of us... i love you jeremy and i know ur looking down on us right now waiting just as we are to reunite with you!!"
anie melissa portillo of albany, louisiana

"my name is ferrer. i was with heines since basic.he was my friend.i was there in bahgdad on hiafa when it happened. 4697330993.sorry for what happened.he was a good man"
ferrer of dallas tx

"To the brother that I never knew. I wish i would have known you. Everyone says that you were an amazing guy. I guess peopled called you ketchup too. Its funny because people call me Chup. It sucks that it had to be you. You will be missed, even though you never knew me."
SrA William Heines of Ramstein AB Germany

"To the family of:Jeremy M. Heines
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"1-29-11"

"Heines, you didn't deserve it dude. You were one of the good guys. There aint many like you in the world Brother. You are surely in Heaven now. God Bless you and your family. ~SC"
Campbell of Oak Ridge, TN

"Jeremy.....we lost you two days before my birthday. Not a very nice Bday present dude (ok...weak joke....mostly trying to cheer myself up.)

I served with Ketchup in Baghdad and he was a fine soldier and a good friend. He will be missed by many. I feel sick to my stomach to think of all the people that are missing you and find myself lost wondering why it was you and not me.....or what I'm supposed to do now. war is a horrible thing, but we all did the best we could. I wish I could have done something......anything...to change history.....but that particular day was a tough day....and your platoon took a big hit. Not just that day but all through the year. I just wanted to leave a note and say that you will not be forgotten.

~Juice"
Donova Simms of Deltona, FL

"I went through boot with Jeremy. He was a real good guy with a very loving heart. Im sorry for your loss."
Phillip Todd of NJ

"Hello my name is Bobbie Oshia, the loving wife of John Oshia, one of Jeremy's good friend's when he was in Iraq. As most of you know, my husband lost his lower right part of his leg to a hand grenade. Well he went and got a tattoo in Loving Memory of SPC J. Heines on his shoulder being that they were real close and watched his death. My heart goes out to his Wife , I never want to lose my husband either hun, so I know it must be very hard, and to his family! I hope all is well and never let him out of your heart and your prayers."
Bobbie Oshia of Texas

"Hello my name is Bobbir Oshia, the loving wife of John Oshia, one of Jeremy's good friend's when he was in Iraq. As most of you know, my husband lost his lower right part of his leg to a hand grenade. Well he went and got a tattoo in Loving Memory of SPC J. Heines on his shoulder being that they were real close and watched his death. My heart goes out to his Wife , I never want to lose my husband either hun, so I know it must be very hard, and to his family! I hope all is well and never let him out of your heart and your prayers."
Bobbie Oshia of Texas

"Brenda, Henry, Suzanne and Jeffery, I just wanted to let you know that I miss you all, and I truely miss Jeremy. The kids were my extened family and when I learned of Jeremy's death, it cut deep like I myself lost a child.

I just wanted to let you all know that I still love ya and miss ya."
Sandra Vaughn of Kenner, La USA

"Jeremy Heines was my very first love...i call him my cousin b/c my dad and his step father grew up together...but blood couldnt have made us any closer...jeremy always knew how to put a smile on my face...i never had a frown when he was around...if i did he'd just walk up to me and lick me on the cheek from jaw all the way up...haha i miss him soo much. i know hes watching over me & i hope he greets me when its my time to come home."
Krystle Smith of New Orleans, LA

"Hi, I am Pedro Perez aka Pete, I was a great friend of Jeremy aka Ketchup, I was his best friend. I even visited his family, I wanted to say that i miss him Very much and ill always have him in my heart always and to spanky aka christine im deeply sorry for the loss he was a wonderful man, i'm also sorry that i lost your number, but the both of you will always be in my heart."
Pete of New York

"June 13, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jeremy M. Heines:
Jeremy 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

"Jeremy is my step-son. Jeremy was my hero before he went into the Army.He was the one who showed me around New Orleans when we lived there. Although I really think it was because I would let him drive his dads 83 Mustang..LOL. No that's just how he was, very caring and giving, and would do anything he could for you. Without him I would have stayed home all the time, so that's why he's my Hero. I miss him alot and will never forget all the things we did and the places he took me & his 4 step- sisters. The day he talked me into getting a third hole in my ear, as he got his first peiricing also. I couldn't sleep on either side, b/c my ears hurts so much, so I called Jeremy & he said take out the right one & keep the left one. I ask him why keep the left one & he said "it's too your heart". I have a page dedicated to Jeremy: www.myspace.com/thelillypeach"
Traci Heines of Saucier, Ms.

"I miss Jeremy Michael Heines(my brohter) alot and so does my mom and dad(Michael Joseph Heines and Traci Lynn Heines) We wish he was still with us to share more memories than he could, but he is in a better place now. Krystine, i really feel for you and wish you the best. We miss you Jeremy and you will always be remembered. I Love Yooh Jeremy H.*muah*
(i posted this2 because i had to stop typing for a minute. and i didnt say all i wanted to.) if you would like to email me, my email address is: ourfallen_heros@yahoo.com"
Stephanie Morgan Heines of Mississippi

"Jeremy Michael Heines was my brother and i am really sad that he passed on that day....i found out early in the morning and when i was told this i thought no he didnt die that my mom and dad were jus playin(they were n florida at the time and me and my sisters were in georgia)...but then i thought to myself..they wouldnt joke about somthing like that so then i went into the living room and started to cry. i miss him a lot and havnt seen him since my 5th b-day....he died when i was 10....im almost 14 now and miss him alot...i wasnt able to go to his funeral but i have gone to the place where they buried him...if anyone who knew him wants to see it or anything its in new orleas lousiana. i have 2find out wat the place is called so if u want to kno u can email me at: ourfalle_heros@yahoo.com...thank you!"
Morgan Heiens. of Mississippi

"We lost a loved one on June 26,2003.He was my brother SPC.Cory A Hubbell.I feel the pain that your loved ones are going through.May your spirit live on in everyone you loved!!!God bless you all."
Heather,Brittaney,Taylor and Hailey Bickers of Rantoul IL.

"just wanting to say that i was SPC Heines's mechanic while over in Iraq and before then. I enjoyed my time being his mechanic and the fact that we was close as soldiers and maintenance related. His loss will be missed and there won't be another person just like him, He would come to me bout his vehicle and made sure we was doing what we did as mechanics. When it came to going over seas we (as mechanics) made sure that all of our soldiers went out in sector were taken care of and not once did any vehicle that was in C 1-9 CAV ever go out with out that the mechanic that ought it would hender the soldiers life. As for Heines he would always ask are we good to go was it safe and he always came back and said thanks for getting our stuff back home. He will be missed and very much loved."
SGT G of Fort Hood, Tx

"Jeremy was always a soldier who would do his best regardless of the situations that he was sometimes thrust into. I remember a young man who was trying to see the world and absorb as much of it as he could. From each soldier that I have had the privilege to serve with I have always tried to take something from them and apply it in my life. Jeremy was an eternal optimist, always looking at the bright side of things and striving to make the day a positive one. We have not only lost a wonderful person but one that I am glad to have had the opportunity to lead. My heart goes out to his wife, I still remember the day he told me he had found a truly special women, the regret I have is that I left before I had a chance to meet you, but I am sure that Jeremy carries you close to his heart."
MSG Boehm of Ft. Riley Kansas

"My message is for Kristine Hanks Heines,wife of this beloved soldier. We have lost touch since 2003 when I got my last email from you telling me that you were now married or getting married. I was so happy for you when you had told me you had met Jeremy and things were going great. We were best friends in H.S.(at Springstead) and in band and I really hope that you will get back in touch with me soon. I am so sorry to hear what happened to Jeremy. I know you loved him alot. Hope to hear from you soon. I love you girl!!!!"
Lynn Mason of Oak Harbor,Washington

"I was really good friends with jeremy's little cousin Krystle and I will never forget the phone call I got from her after not talking to each other for 3 months. She called to tell me of his death."
victoria of westwego la

"A headhunter never forgets."

"hi there.
I was Jeremy's geometry teacher at redeemer-seton.
jeremy was a pleasure to teach. always helpful to me and other students. i don't think that he ever got in trouble. he was friendly kind and giving to everyone. although i am deeply saddened by the loss (i just found out this week) i am very glad that the iraqi people got to see the very best the U.S. has. I was also happy to hear that he hadn't changed... still loving and giving.
jeremy will be missed terribly by me."
jennifer johnson of new orleans

"To The Family of SPC Jeremy Micheal Heines: My name is CPL John Oshia and i was assigned to your sons/brothers platoon. Jeremy was a really good friend of mine especially after i had a mental breakdown he was the only one who would talk to me still and let me know that everything was going to be ok that he knew God would watch over me and make sure i made it home safe. I remember the last words jeremy said to me "see you on the other side" i didn't know what he meant by that but after the accident i started to wonder if for some reason he knew that he was not going to come back that night. when i saw his body i was horrified by the way his body looked and thats when reality had kicked in and told me that i was not unbreakable. He was right though GOD did watch over me and got me back to the states but not safe because 2 months after Jeremy died my squad got ambushed and we had a grenade thrown at us on the roof and i stepped on it to save the lives of those around me and now i'm sitting up here at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC because i got my right foot blown off by the grenade and now i have temporary paralyasis on my right side and i have trouble speaaking and thinking. I feel for your lose and everynight i pray and talk to Jeremy asking god to let him hear me and watch over his family and his friends.

Sincerely CPL John Oshia"
CPL John Oshia of Washington DC

"I CAN NOT BELIEVE I FOUND THIS PAGE...IM TONE', JEREMY'S COUSIN... HE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL GUY... FRIEND..COUSIN..BROTHER..SON.. AND HUSBAND....HE LOVED US ALL VERY MUCH AND MADE SUCH AN IMPACT ON EVERYONES LIFE NO MATTER HOW SHORT OR HOW LONG HE WAS THERE WITH US... HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AS I KNOW HE WILL BE IN ALL OF YOURS... AND ONE DAY WE WILL ALL SEE HIM AGAIN......TO CHRISTINA MY GOD BLESS U AND HELP U THROUGH THIS .. I KNOW WE NEVER GOT TO KNOW U BEFORE THIS BUT JEREMY LOVED U AND WE ALL LOVE U TO ... UR STILL APART OF OUR FAMILY... I TALKED TO HIM AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK AND HE CHANGED SO MUCH AND WAS SO HAPPY AFTER U CAME INTO HIS LIFE AND FOR THAT I THANK U VERY MUCH"
TONE' of HANNIBAL,MISSOURI ,USA

"This message is for Kristine Hanks Heines the wife of SPC Heines. Hey there girl i am so so sorry but i only recently heard of your husbands death god i am a horrible friend,i should have been there to console you but he is in a better place and watching over you now. P-Nut told me and i am truly saddened...i still remember the last time i saw you two together at Burger King in Hood with me and i will always hold that thought of you two so happy together in my head. Love
your girl....Danielle Under"
Danielle of Texas

""Also To Jeremy's family:
My deepest condolenses. I wish your family courage and strength."
Bianca Heines of Berlin, Germany

"To Jeremy's family:
You have my deepest condolenses. I am so sorry for your loss. He is truly remebered for bravery, courage and as a true american. He represented our country and we are extremely thankful for that."
kelly of CT.

"Well it was a surprise to me to find this page but I am very glad that I did. I've never really felt close to any of my cousins until the point and time that Jeremy came to live with us (His Aunt Monica and cousins: Bobi, Tone' and Kasey) for about a year. I loved having him around and he really became a part of my family. I loved him very much and still do. He will always be my hero and he is always in my rememberence. "Your little-buddy""
Kasey Rodgers of Hannibal, Missouri

"I was so blessed that God put Jeremy into my life. I'll never forget the wonderful times we shared together. He was the perfect husband and would have made a wonderful daddy to our children, which unfortunately we'll never have. He was a joy for everyone to be around and I am so lucky he chose me for his wife. I know that he's in heaven now and I hope he's having the time of his life. I'd like to make a shout out to the soldiers of 1-9 cav. You are all my heros. I can't imagine going out, getting attacked, then doing it again countless time, even after your buddies have died. I hold you all close to my heart. To all soldiers, you're really doing a good thing, even though it's hard, and I know that. Be safe. I miss you guys. I love you Cookie Monster."
Kristine Heines of texas

"my name is carolyn and jeremy is my nephew and i love him with all my heart and hope and pray that one day i will be able to see him again and this is all a mistake and but for people who dont know him you would have love him just as much as anyone else. he is the bravest person and most loving person you will ever meet"
carolyn lenzner of norfolk, va

"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. God Bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in arizona

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

"1/9 has sufferred many losses over the time it has spent in Iraq. Forever we will pray not only for God to surround us with his love, but to protect our precious loved ones in Heaven and on Earth. C Co will never be the same without Spc. Heines and his wonderful memory and brave soul shall live on in each and every one of us until the end. Thank you for your love, support, and sacrifice. We honor you forever.

In Memory of Rosie, Sturges, Chappell, and Heines - the heroes of 1/9 Fort Hood, Texas"
Stephanie Chappell of Fort Worth, Texas

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

"I heard about the loss of your Love one on the radio on my way to work this morning. I'm pretty sure that I was listening to public radio. It touched my heart.

May God help you all to cope with his passing.

He will always live in your Heart and his Spirit will never die.

Honor his name.

I believe that fallen soldiers pay the ultimate price in the name of our freedom and become Heavenly Heroes.

Thank you for your sacrifice.
God Bless You."
Ingrid Rivera of Pensacola, FL USA

"i am his one of his younger brothers even though we had different fathers he was still always there. he was a great man and should be remembered well there is more i could say but not without crying"
jeffrey jobin of new orleans la

"To Jeremy'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 Jeremy'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 Jeremy Heines, 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. Jeremy Heines:
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 Jeremy 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. Jeremy Heines:
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 Jeremy, 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