Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Jason R. Hendrix

28, of Claremore, Oklahoma.
Hendrix died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when an explosion occurred while he was conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Hovey, Korea. Died on February 16, 2005.

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"Hey brother was just thinking of ya, from day 1 when I was a private in Charlie Rock 2-187 to our hill top times in korea, to being a bobcat... Proulx gave me a picture of you and SSG Griffin together durring JRTC. You Griff and Gamboa are on my mind daily. Until we meet again brother."
Joseph Rieke of Fob Kutchenbach, Afghanistan

"Jason, I sit here in tears remembering when I first got the news. I learned more from you than you ever taught me. This has been a pretty rough year for me... I was really young when we first met and you told me "look man, in everyday of life you live you are going to have ups and downs but those of us who push threw the downs learn to appreciate the ups alot more"... Well brother that has stuck with me more than you know. I miss ya bad brother. See ya next time"
SSG Aaron Hignight of Ft. Campbell, KY

"I don't really know what to say... I never met Jason, but from what I have heard, he was a great guy. To all of his loved ones- I am so, so sorry for your loss. I especially want to offer my condolences to Janson's aunt Melanie, and his parents."
Sierra Massera of Sedona, Az.

"I was a brand new private when I first met Jason while serving in the UNC Honor Guard. He wa a specialist at the time and helped take me under his wing and teach me how a soldier acts and carries himself in the Army. He was a true mentor to me and I will never forget him. It does not surpise me that he gave his life to save others. The world is a lesser place without him but we are all better for having known him. I did not know about this site before but since the day I found out about his passing I go to the local memorial park for vets here in canton on this day and sit and remember him. He was a true inspiration for me and wish I could have let him know how much he helped me and made me the soldier I was."
Wendell Calhoun of Canton, OH

"Today as in many days I have thought of this young man, I did not know him well, for some reason I cannot get him off of my mind that is the impact from a few moments and a few conversations I had with him, always gentle and kind, friendly loved to laugh, he just had a certain spark about him that reflected to me a leader of men. His family, is awesome as well everyone that I got to spend time on this earth with are great people. Jason loved to talk about going and being in the special forces, I remember his Aunt kept encouraging him to keep going work hard and you will make it. From the moment he went in to the day he passed and from what I have read in here from his buddies and friends. All I can say is WOW. To his mother and his crew, really God Bless you. Thanks for letting me be a part of his awesome life. I remember the aftermath coming to the house seeing the photo, seeing the family, there just was no words. I left there with a sad heart that is for sure. I pray that the family can mend and heal and get through this loss and come together as he would have wanted it."
John Crowder of Merced, Ca.

"Feb. 16, 2009
Dear Mrs. Amick,
You are thought of on this day and always. Jason's sacrifice is not forgotten.
Sincerely,
Rebecca Pepin"
Rebecca Pepin of Virginia

"Hey Jason,
It has been a while cuz. Everyday I look at your name on the braclet I wear and it reminds me to be that much better. You gave all, We will never forget you. May you rest in peace! Infantry leads the way! Amanda email me at phil.k.king@us.army.mil I would like to talk to you all. Take care"
Philip K Hendrix-King of ft lewis wa

"February 2, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Jason R. Hendrix:
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 was a great man and Soldier. I met Jason when we were both privates in the 2/187, Fort Campbell Ky. We went to Saudi Arabia for 4 months and spent a lot of time together. We made several road trips together and a few trips back to Claremore. We learned a lot from each other, but most of all I learned what an amazingly "good" person he was. There is nothing that he would not do for a friend; In his passing, it is apparent that he had not wavered from this. I was in Baghdad when I learned of his passing and it literally brought me to my knees. Two weeks ago my baby brother passed away in an accident in Oklahoma. It shocked the entire family, but I found solace in the fact that I knew Jason was up in heaven to greet him when he got there. He was truly a great friend, and will never be forgotten."
SFC Joshua Coble of Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii

"Hey Jay! It's been three years...I can still remember that morning like it was yesterday. For some reason I'm at a loss for words. I didn't get a chance to leave you some flowers. The weather was real bad, but I will when it clears up! You take care up there. We sure miss you down here! The girls talk about you all the time. Their little faces just light up when we talk about you!! Until we meet again.....I love you and miss you tons!"
Amanda Hendrix of Oologah, OK

"Brother, thank you for being the awesome and understanding squad leader you were man. There should be more people like you in this world. Thank you for everything and you will truly be missed.

Also, to any who may want it I have a picture of Jason, and I in Korea... contact: ddavis620@hotmail.com"
Dawson Davis of Minneapolis, MN

"Jason,

Miss you bud, It was an honor. Get Honor, stay Honor.
8th Army Honor Guard"
Kevin Biggs of Bremerton WA

"February 2007
Jason, I never got to meet you but my kids and I will always remember you. On October 26, 2006 while on business in Anchorage, Alaska I met a friend of one of your uncle's from CA? (I think he said he lived with him while going to college?). He shared your experience with me and I told him to please tell me your name so I could write it down. You see I make it a point of inspiring my boys with hero's and their stories. Mostly, because in today's world too many kids look up to celebrity types that contribute nothing of significance and I want my boys to look up to "real" people as heros. Anyway, I wrote your name down and looked you up as soon as I got home. In reading on this site, I saw a posting that said your bday is on October 26th and I got choked up because I realized this is the very same day I heard your story. I don't believe in coincidences. Anyway, you're a true hero and you will not be forgotten. Your selfless committment to your fellow soldiers and your nation did not go unnoticed! You are our hero Jason Hendrix. Paz y luz para ti siempre."
Rose of Juneau, Alaska

"Hey brother I got an 8 point buck last week and all I could think about was how we should have been out there toghether in those woods. I miss you so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family"
Jeff Bennett of Tallahassee Florida

"To the rest of the Family:
I have met some of you and it has been so very long since I have seen the ones I have met. I remember the first time I was stationed in Fort Lewis, I called my dad, Don Hendrix, to tell him my wife and kids made it here ok. My dad told me " you have a cousin up there, go find him" Over a couple years he and I would say hi and we seen each other around. Being a Hendrix is a prideful thing as is being a NCO in the US Army. I was stationed in Ramadi and was assinged to pick up 2nd ID and escort them to our FOB. A few days later I ran into him and a few of his soldiers (that he was taking time to give alittle extra training to)and it was a surprise to both. What he did will always be on my mind and in my heart. I left Ramadi in September of 2004. Sometimes I think I should have been there to help him. When I learned what had happen to him I was in a school teaching band new privates basic tasks. I went to Arkansas to see my cousins and Aunts and Uncles there. I am sorry that it has taken me so long to talk about this. I go back to Iraq in a few months and I take Jason's memory with me. Feel free to email me at Phil.k.king@us.army.mil"
SSG Phil Hendrix-King of Ft Lewis Wa

"Thanks from an old veteran,,,looks like you will not be forgotten"
M of Colorado

"From a fellow service member and from
C-more, it's hard when it hits home...
like losing a brother. My prayers are with you and yours."
Heather of Kuwait

"SSG Hendrix,
That I had the honor to serve alongside such a courageous Soldier, I am forever thankful. SPC Soliz's eulogy is so blazingly honest that I can add nothing more. SSG Hendrix was the paragon of 'duty first mission always.' He was professional in all situations and never weighed the cost of his life against those of his fellow Soldiers. I am a better Soldier for having known SSG Hendrix. I remember you this Veteran's Day and every day since we lost you, brother. Godspeed, I will see you again.

T.Anderson"
CPT Todd Anderson of Monterey, CA

"This is an open Invitation to Honor Army Staff Sgt Jason R. Hendrix.
Everyone is invited to attend.
On October 26, 2006 (Jason's 30th birthday) at 09:00 there will be a dedication ceremony to Honor our beloved Hero, Staff Sgt. Jason R. Hendrix.
Jason's Peace Organization will be planting and dedicating a tree at Jason's High School (Claremore Sequoyah High School in Claremore Oklahoma) and announcing the kickoff of a fund raising drive to establish a SCHOLARSHIP FUND in Jason's Memory to benefit at risk youth attending Thunderbird Youth Academy students in Pryor Oklahoma.
For more information visit
www.jasons-peace.org or call 918-406-4115"
Danna Malone of Owasso, Oklahoma

"To the Family of SSG Jason Hendrix,

Words cant express the pain we all felt when we lost Jason. Therefore I wont clutter his memory with words of what if's, instead just good thoughts and memories. I served with SSG Hendrix throughout our deployment to Iraq, and was with him the very day and mission that he was taken from us on. Off mission myself and SSG Hendrix spoke quite often of the gym and our workout routines. We had planned so much as to how and where we would be when we finished out our tour in Iraq. Its discouraging how easy someone can be taken so quickly and without warning from our lives. Not a day goes by when I dont think of Febuary 16th. But I hope for the next day, knowing wherever Jason has gone is now a better place. If at all there is anything I could do please let me know.

contact me @ ntrmekoller@aol.com
978-495-1276"
SPC Koller of Colorado Springs, CO USA

"jason,
my name is cindy lowrey, i am cynthia's daughter. i lived in the green valley apts with you. i am proud of you, i always was. thankyou for what you did over here, you helped make iraq a better place. you are an inspiration to us all.xoxo"
spc cynthia lowrey of bagdad, iraq

"To the family of:Jason R. Hendrix 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"

"Jose,
My name is Amanda Hendrix and I am Jason's sister. I can't thank you enough for sharing that with everyone. Although it brought me to tears I can't thank you enough for sharing that. We ended up putting that on Jason's webiste....jasons-peace.org. Please visit it when you have time. I just love what you put at the end about Red Dog. We were in Colorado in Sep. for the memorial they were having for all of the fallen heros and his soldiers were telling us about the red dog episode. Although it brought tears to my eyes, it also made me smile becuase that's Jason for ya! I'm so glad that he had soldiers like you to be there with him when times were hard. It's been a hard road but stories like yours help my family and I to keep going. Please, if you would, e mail me so we can keep in contact. My e mail address is Amanda.Hendrix@gcinc.com. I would love to hear more stories. Thanks again for sharing that story and know that he is always with you even when you least expect it. Don't ever let go of all the memories.
~Amanda"
Amanda Hendrix of Watsonville, CA

"Just want you to know that we think about you all the time.sorry I never got to met you,I will take good care of Jakey pooh for you always and forever.See you when we get there.You are very much missed. LUV U JAY-POOh."
Tiffany Ventura of Watsonville,CA

"Dear Hendrix Family,
First off, I would like to say that your son SSG. Hendrix is a true leader, Soldier, and most of all a Hero. I have no question in my heart that serving our country was his passion. SSG Hendrix gave all he had to our country and made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of his soldiers. I know that many reports have given many explanations for the actions that took place on February 16 2005. I have no intentions to re-open deep wounds that your family has suffered, what I would like to do is tell you how much of a true combat hero SSG Hendrix is, not was, is. I Jose M. Soliz was one of the soldiers that SSG Hendrix rescued that day. I had been in a vehicle that was hit by an IED during a mission. Once I was able to get out of the vehicle I was able to react to contact. Just like your son SSG Hendrix had helped train me. Then, I was directly injured from a second blast. Unable to see out of my right eye, I jumped into a near by position and started to fight back using only my left eye to aim my weapon. The driver from the vehicle I was riding in was severely injured and needed to be taken to a hospital immediately. While the medic gave first aid to me after taking care of the driver. Your son SSG Hendrix led the way to so that I could be taken off the battle field next. While we were engaged in battle your son gave orders to soldiers like a true leader. Not once did he flinch under fire. I remember him telling me “don’t worry Soliz you’re going to be okay” then he went on to tell the lieutenant that we must make a move now before its too late and we get ambushed, again. The decision to move to a nearby position had been made. SSG Hendrix had made a choice that only a true leader could make. Get his men to safety with no regard for his own. When the whole thing started SSG Hendrix was not in the best position to come to the rescue, but he made his way through hell to get to us. He came to get us even though he knew what it could mean for him and his men but he did it anyway. I can’t tell you that I don’t think of your son SSG Hendrix everyday. I can’t tell you that I don’t get tears in my eyes when I think about what he has done for me. Even now as I write this message I think of him as if I had seen him just an hour ago. Jason, you gave your life so that I could live mine. I have no words that could ever thank you. I remember speaking at your memorial, I wanted to cry my heart out and fall to the floor. But I couldn’t do that because I wanted to tell your story proudly and let everyone know how brave you are. I sometimes catch myself drifting off in thought about that day and the events that took place. I don’t take one day for granted. Not One! I am only here because God made men like you. I hope that I can live my life in a manner that honors you, Jason. I look at my wife and thank God that you were there for me. My scars from the blast have faded away since that day, but you are forever in my heart. You will forever be a true life hero in my life. Like I said before I don’t want to re-open any wounds I just to honor SSG Hendrix and tell you of how much of a True Combat Hero he is, not was, is.


Red dog 2, this is Red Dog 1 Bravo
SGT. Soliz, Jose M."
Jose M. Soliz of Houston, Texas

"Jason it has been years, but I think of you often and miss our long conversations. You taught me about strength and self-respect. My heart broke when I heard the news. My condolences to your family."
Lisa of Aptos, CA

"I would like to give my condolences to the family. I was Jasons last roommate in Korea befor ehe deployed. He was always soldier first then mission then fun. He always made sure his soldiers came first . Then the mission. Alot of Senior Leaders like one Commander thought he had his priorities wrong. No all of Your soldiers Loved you and you will always have a place in their hearts. Jason I miss you brother and will be there to catch up when it is time until then you keep it safe there and i will try here."
Jeff Bennett of Florida

"wayneljohnson@hotmail.com

Deceased Military Personnel Should be Allowed to Prearrange Their Funerals and Exclude Relatives
________________________________________

Was posted on the Military.Com web site April 4, 2005:

http://www.military.com/Opinions/0,14790,Johnson_040405-P1,00.html

By Commander Wayne L. Johnson, Judge Advocate General's Corps, Navy (Retired)

About Wayne L. Johnson



Wayne Johnson resides in Alexandria, VA. He has a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Mercer University, Macon, GA and a Master of Laws from Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, LA. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. He became a member of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1983, and retired from the military with 20 years of active army and navy service in 1999. The author served as the Special Assistant for Legal Affairs, Naval Reserve Recruiting Command, New Orleans, LA from 1989 to 1999, and dealt regularly with schools barring military recruiters and the enforcement of the Solomon Amendment.


The title of this article might sound unusual, but as you will see, many family situations are not the ideal of the “Leave It to Beaver” show. At the time of one's death, most people would agree that the deceased's wishes are what should be paramount.

The recent tragedy involving the Schiavo and Schindler families over the death and funeral of Terry Schiavo (and most recently SSGT Jason Hendrix) made me think about the situation many of service members' families face when a service member dies on active duty. Who gets the deceased's body and who controls the funeral arrangements can be a real nightmare in those situations where the family members have not gotten along well for many years. Also, as you will see below, the military does not recognize deceased's wishes in non-traditional family relationships, such as a live in partner or close friend when it comes to such matters.

In the past year, I worked briefly for a contractor in the Army's Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations Center - Casualty Operations Division (CMAOC-COD). One of my functions was to survey Casualty Assistance Officers (CAO's) to learn of their experiences and get their recommendations.

On more than one occasion, a CAO has been caught in the middle between feuding family members as to who would receive the deceased soldier's remains and how they were to be disposed of. This past March in Santa Cruz County, California, there was a court battle between a single soldier's divorced parents as to who would get the remains. Under the Army's policy, later affirmed by a state court judge, the remains were given to the eldest parent. In that case, however, the soldier could have avoided this dispute if he had specified which parent should have control on his DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data.

In the case that I will discuss, the service member could not have prevented what transpired as the DD Form 93 and DoD policies do not recognize non-traditional relationships. In that case, the soldier was divorced, had minor children, and had a live in partner to whom she was not married. The soldier was in a hospice when she died and had known she was dying for nearly a year. She had made prepaid funeral arrangements which specified in writing how she wanted to be buried and who she wanted to be at her funeral. The attendee list included her mother but not her father. She also had a living will and a will. In her will, she specified that she wanted her partner to handle her remains and funeral. On her DD Form 93 she specified these matters were to be controlled by the terms of these other documents.

Current Army or DoD regulations, policies, and Federal laws do not allow for a deceased soldier to either assign a non blood relative authority to handle the disposal of remains (DOR) OR the deceased arranging making their funeral arrangements in advance. In our case, the deceased had cut off all contact with her father but the Army put him in control the funeral as the eldest parent since the deceased had not designated any other blood relative on her DD Form 93. Remember that dad was not even on her list of funeral invitees. The natural father initially was planning to arrange what he wanted to do for the funeral but eventually relented and a potentially embarrassing issue was avoided. The estranged father told the CAO that he was amazed at the power the Army had granted him although he had not spoken to the daughter or grandchildren in over ten years.

The CAO recommended, and I concur, that service members be allowed to prearrange their funeral arrangements as they desire and that the Army honor them as much as possible. In this case, the father even got the funeral reimbursement from the Army, even though deceased had already prepaid. Apparently he did ultimately turn the check over to the funeral home but did not have to and could have just pocketed the money. If the law/regulations recognized prepaid/arranged funeral arrangements, the check could have gone right to the funeral home and the funeral home could then reimburse the deceased's estate or other designee.

The military's forms should allow a service member, regardless of reason, to bar a family member from being notified of their illness, injury, or death. Currently the military will only do this if the service member's family member is ill and giving them the news would not be medically prudent. There have been a number of cases at Walter Reed Army Hospital where feuding family member have shown up at the hospital after they were notified by the military as required. This created stressful situations for the patient and hospital staff. In addition, military personnel should have the right to specifically deny a relative access to their personal property and control of disposing of the remains (DOR).
Under our current laws, military personnel can only list a blood relative or spouse for the DOR. They cannot otherwise override a spouse, adult child, or parent by listing a non-relative, e.g. a friend or lover, or set up before they die prearranged funeral arrangements that the military will recognize. Prearranged funerals are nowadays very common for people to do, separate and apart from any will or other legal document. Most retirement home require such prepaid arrangements as a condition for admission.

Also, the current DD Form 93 does not provide any mechanism for a soldier to specifically request a relative NOT be notified of one's death or illness unless the family member is in bad health. In this case, the deceased had listed the father's name but had his location as unknown. The Army of course found him as they are required to do. The minor children of the deceased were upset by their maternal grandfather's presence at the funeral. Their deceased mother had gone to great lengths to keep them from knowing their grandfather.

I am not sure what the family history was in the discussed case, but there are many family situations where one family member abused or killed another member and consequently some or all of the family members are estranged from each other. The CAO in the case noted that while deceased's father was thrilled about what happened, the deceased's children, all minors, were very unhappy with having their grandfather at their mother's funeral. The minor children blamed the Army for creating this situation. This is something that could have ended up generating bad press in the news media for the Army.

I encourage any reader of this who thinks the current rules in this area are unfair and need changing to contact their Congressional representatives.

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© 2005 All opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Navy, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Government, or Military.com. Military title shown for purposes of identification only."
Wayne Johnson of Alexandria, VA

"I was a soldier of his when he served at ft. lewis. i just came home from there so I know what's going on there. I still remember when he first came to us and wouldn't laugh at anything and then when he lightened up he would laugh at everything. He had a great sense of humor and I loved him as a leader and he will be greatly missed here and in my family. My condolences go to his family and I want them to know that he had a huge influence on my career and my life and he'll always be my brother."
a friend of olmpia, wa

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

"TO RENEE AMICK AND FAMILY, MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR SON ARMY STAFF.SGT JASON HENDRIX ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY AND FOR ALL DAYS TO COME."
ELEANOR ANDREA DACHTLER of LV NV

"DEAREST JASON ALTHOUGH WE NEVER MET I HAVE FOLLOWED YOUR SAD STORY.YOUR BRAVERY WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON, JUST AS THE LOVE YOUR FAMILY HAS FOR YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON. I KNOW THAT YOU WERE IN THE ARMY,BUT THERE'S A SAYING THAT THE MARINE'S GUARD HEAVEN'S GATES, I HOPE THAT MY SON LNCPL. NICHOLAS H. ANDERSON, USMC, DECEASED, WAS THERE TO MEET YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND HEARTS.BLESS YOU."
ELEANOR ANDREA DACHTLER of LV NV

"My little brother Captain Sean Grimes was the Physicians Assistant ("the Doc") for Jason's unit. I remember Sean emailing after Jason was killed. He was shocked and devistated- SSG Hendrix was an awesome soldier and Sean loved and respected him.

Sean was killed on 4/4/05 after he had volunteered to go out with the Scout Platoon.

I know the pain Jason's family is going through. Our guys were absolutley awesome men. How can we go on without them?

Don Grimes"
don grimes of mission viejo, ca

"Mar,
Its been a long time....I am sure the gates of heaven will be wide open....as the saying goes "you've served your time in hell." I am saddened to lose a brother to the great cause. But I know we do our job so that others dont have to. May your memory last forever. Danny, Rene I am here for you.....Childhood Friend"
STG1(SW) Ralphkeith W. Tone of United States Navy

"MAY GOD BE WITH YOU DURING YOUR TIME OF HEALING. JASON WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO HAVE. HE ALWAYS STOOD UP FOR WHAT HE BELIEVED WAS RIGHT. I THINK OF HIM OFTEN ANDHE WILL REMAIN IN MY THOUGHTS. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS TIME."
STEPHANIE of CLAREMORE, OKLAHOMA

"My heart goes out to the family and I pray that God will comfort you during this time. I especially pray for Justin and Amanda over the loss of their brother."
Tara of Santa Cruz, CA

"A loss so many of us feel. I went to school with Jason at Sequoyah High School in Claremore, Oklahoma. He was always so nice and all the girls liked that new guy from California. Myself, just moving back from Colorado, and Jason would talk alot about how Oklahoma is so different from where we had been living. He was excited to join the military and even then people saw it as a career for him. I know what kind of person Jason was, and can only imagine the sacrifices that he would have made for his men and his ultimate sacrifice for his country. So, even if you don't agree with the war, or you don't agree with Bush, Remember Jason, and the other 1400 men and women who have given theirs lives for this cause. Jason we love you and will miss you!


Support Our Troops! Show that these men and women have not died in vain!"
Michelle Beck of Claremore, Oklahoma

"To Renee, Amenda, Danny and the rest of the family. My heart ache for you. I only met Jason once, but the stories you tell about him makes me feel like I known him forever. He will always be a hero. Not because he was a good soldier, but a good son, brother, friend, and human being. He will always live in the memories of the people who knew him. I love you all with all of my heart. My prayers and tears are with you always."
Catherine Fantozzi of Marina, CA

"Jason,Your heart was filled with pride and thoughts of us. We will never foget you and you will always be in our heart.

If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to heaven,
and bring you home again.

I love you very much"
Katie (cousin) of Watsonville, CA, Usa

"Jason~I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence. I often speak your name. Now all I have is memories, and your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part. God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart.
I love you and I miss you Jason and I'm so proud of you..."
Roseanne (Jason's aunt) of Watsonville, CA USA

"I served with then "SGT" Hendrix in Korea, a great guy and a battle buddy to the end. To all those who did not get the chance to know this wonderful soldier, take it from those of us who sucked in every situation alongside him. He was a soldier's soldier and will be missed by all who knew him. "MANCHU" See you on the high ground Jason, you take the "12""
SSG Arnett of FT. Polk, LA

"My dearest sweet Jason, I love you so much and will never forget your bravery, honor and courage. You will be in my heart forever. Thankyou to all who have contributed to this website and expressed their condolences."
Melanie Massera (Jason's Aunt) of Salinas, CA

"jason I think of you each day with lots of love, I love your family very much, my memories of you will be in my heart forever."
walter of salinas, ca, usa

"I will always keep you in my heart! The memories are forever!!"
Amanda (Jason's Sister) of Freedom, California

"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 the family of Jason R. Hendrix, I am soo sorry for your loss. May God comfort and bless you during this difficult time. I hold you up in my prayers. God bless you and God bless America. It is because of your son and people like him and his sacrifices that allow us to live in the land of the free."
Aubrey Emerson of Ardmore, OK

"Family and Friends of Staff Sgt. Jason Hendrix. Without Staff Sgt. Hendrix and soldiers like him we would not be the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave". God bless you and him both. Be proud of him, everyone is."
Barbara Christ of Hamilton, Montana

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

"Thank you Jason Hendrix, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Jason Hendrix:
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 Staff Sgt. Jason Hendrix:
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