Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jacob R. Herring

21, of Kirkland, Washington.
Herring died in Mosul, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device in Talafar, Iraq struck his vehicle. He was assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on April 28, 2004.

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"I too was at Rock Base with Jake as a member of the M.G.S platoon. SGT. Griggs and I were Williams litter bearers the day they were hit.....I thinknof you every day Jake I've named one of my twin sons Jacob in your honor....you were and always will be my vision of a true "Warrior" See all of the Rock someday upstairs love you brothers..Corporal Joshua DeMarce Charlie 5/20 In"
Joshua DeMarce of Hopeless city pop. 1

"You see I have not forgotten you! I will never abandon you young warrior of the Herring Clan. The articles I read about your Character and how you carried yourself are greater than any medal or citations offered by our government! Look after your family and your brothers and sisters in arms. Take away their fear and give them the strength to endure! God Bless you, I will continue to pray for your soul."
Johnny W. Herring Jr. of Schertz, Texas 78154

"Gary would talk about you all the time. When I finally met this, "famous" Jake, I was impressed, not only in you, but that Gary had a friend with such composure and professionalism. You schooled me down on the tips and tricks of the military lifestyle. Haha, no better person to receive advice from. You are one of the finest individuals I've ever met and I will never ever forget you. Thanks "homie""
Freddy of California

"You See I Have Not Forgotten You, I Have Carved Your Name In The Palm Of My Hand. Isaiah 49:15
I will never forget you Jacob Herring as you are one of the Herring Clan as I am too. Aug. 26 2011. As I wrote above over 7 years ago."
Johnny W. Herring Jr. of Schertz, Texas USA

"To the family of:Jacob R. Herring
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've stopped being mad at you for breaking your promise Jake, and I've even stopped feeling guilty about laughing or moving on...but you took a piece of me with you when left. I can smile and remember now, but it doesn't stop the ache or the tears. I still haven't met a man who has frustrated me as much or made me laugh as hard as you could. Ahh Jacob, 'My Jacob'...I love you handsome. Somethings don't change, no matter the time that passes.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal"-Anonymous"
Katie Woods of Seattle, WA

"To the Family of SPC Jacob Herring, My name is SSG Matthew Pinkston. This has got to be one of the hardest things Ive brought myself to do since I was in Iraq. I'am the one who had the very sad and hard duty of preparing the Honorable for their last ride. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of him or the others that fell during that 365 day time frame. I don't know why but SPC Herring has stayed with me since the day he recieved his first Purple Heart. I cared for SPC herring as he was in our CSH the first time and the second time.(67th CSH)Mosul, Iraq 2004-2005. He will never leave my thoughts. I'am also the one who took all the pics of him as he recieved the Purple Heart. I still have a whole disc of pics of him. I would love to send them to the family if posible. It has been 6 years now and I just wanted to send my deepest heartfelt respect to the family. If you would like to contact me please feel free to do so anytime. camoman64@yahoo.com"
SSG Matthew Pinkston of Wiesbaden, Germany

"hey jake, how bout * you for dying...

jonathan andrew barsness. 6/february/2010"
jon of i miss you

"Man its getting to be that time again and I miss you so much Jake. I went to Highschool with him and he was such a nice guy. Jake thanks for fighting for our freedom! Love and miss you so much"
KH of Tacoma wa

"April 15, 2009
To the family of Spc. Jacob R. Herring:
Jacob 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

"You know bro, it has been a long time. There hasnt been a day that has gone by that we all dont miss and think about you. Sometimes some of us get together and barbecue and talk about old times and your name comes up everytime. You had that much effect on us. We will never forget you bro. You have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country, and I salute you. "Once a brother, always a brother.""
CW2 Lucas of Iraq

"It's been a long while brother. 4 years since that day I saw them bring you and Williams in. I wish I could've done something but sit there and watch. Jake Livesey just passed as well. I bet you two are partying it up right now. The Rock will all be reunited one day, and a hell of a party that will be."
Jessy Johnston of Ft Lewis, WA

"Spc. Herring
My thoughts and prays go to you and your family. We didn't hang out, or get to know each other on a personal basis. You are my brother in arms and we are forever connected in history with the 5/20th. I'm sure I treated you on sick call once or twice. God Bless you and your family."
SGT. Craig Palmer 5/20th Infanatry Treatment NCO of Michigan

"Dear Jacob,

I remember playing football with you in the fifth and sixth grade. You were the only one that would stand up for me, 'the wolf girl' and let me play. I remember you playing the 'drummer boy' in our 6th grade Christmas play for seniors, and still have a copy of the tape.

You touched many more lives since you were 11/12 year old, but you touched mine enough for me to try to look you up to tell you that you had a positive impact on my childhood. Finding out you have passed away is heart breaking.

Thank you for serving our country. Thank you for always being a wonderful person. You are missed. Your death is truly a loss to the world."
Mary of Kirkland, Wa, USA

"Hey brother..I haven't been able to write anything til now. You had your spirit with you even up unto the end. You were mad at me when I called you by another persons name that day in Tal Afar. I remember many days being stuck on CQ with you *ing together about how much BS it was that we got CQ on saturday, the worst day to have CQ. I miss you and think about you often. My children know your name and I am sure are looking forward to meeting you when we are all of this rock. See you soon Westsider, LOVE Paythetoll."
SSG MIkkelson of SLC, UT

"I have probably come to this page 100 times. I've wanted to leave a message each time. I just could never think of anything to say. What do you say to the family and friends of a fallen soldier. I can't imagine what it must be like to lose a son. I served with Jacob in charlie company. I was in another platoon. I honestly didn't know him as well as others. I hung with him maybe a handful of times in the barracks. I spoke to him a few times here and there. I was there the day Jacob past away. I must tell you. From what I noticed he was a very strong person capable of many great things and it is my belief that bad things happen to good people because they have the strength to endure them. Well I guess I'll end there I don't want to leave a book on this page."
Robert Moser of Beverly MA

"Jake, I know your up there watching, looking over us. Spent countless Friday nights out on the town before deployment. Never did it occur to me we wouldn't get the chance to do it again. Still remember the day I bumped into you and LALA on a visit to Rock Base. I heard a familiar voice behind me,"Hey Sauce." Last time I got to see you alive brother. I wear your name on my wrist and look at it often remembering the good times we had. You will always be in my thoughts. Keep a seat up there for us. And watch over the guys of the "Tweezy" Gone but not forgotten."
SFC "Sauce" of Bragg

"I wish that I could meet you because I love your brother Nick and I am saddened because I do not get to meet one of the people that he loves most, I am heartbroken everyday (even more now as it becomes closer to the anniversary of it all) when I see that chain around his neck. I wish that I could cure his pain but I can not bring you back. Nick misses you so much and I miss you through him. And i can promise you that I will take care of him for you, and I know that you still watch over your family and friends. Thank you for everything that you have done for our country. I am sorry that you died so young."
Becca Hargrave of Kirkland, WA

"What can I say, just that I love you and miss you and wish you were here now. I remember how I thought you were quite a mature private. I wish you could have lived longer, it's hard to say what I feel with words. I wish I was there with you in the end. Maybe if I'd stayed in the Rock I could have been there for you, I regret leaving and I still think about you all the time. I am so angry that you are gone. It's been this long and it seems like I'll never stop being angry. I miss you and I hope that there is a special place for heroes like you, you'll always be in my heart Herring. Sometimes I feel like my heart is breaking when I think about you guys, I wish..."
SGT Livesey, Jacob 2nd Platoon Charlie Rock 2000-2003 of Texas

"I served with you in Iraq. I wear your name on my wrist and though i broke my hip and my back...you lost your life. It doesnt seem fair to me, that you had to go. I am walking again, and working, though out of the army. People ask about the band i wear on my wrist with your name on it every day. I proudly tell them this was a man who paid the price, who died with honor and still lives within many of us who were there. Though we can not speak I still hear your laughter, i will never forget you as long as the pain in my hip remains...and as long as i live. I miss ya bud, and i know you will be missed by many!"
Michael Allen Findell of Falls Church, VA, USA

"I never met Jacob, even though he is my cousin. He did visit us as a toddler, with his mother, in the Summer of 1984. Unfortunately I was spending that Summer 350 miles away at my Grandmothers place. I wish I could have been there; maybe if I would have played with Jacob, his sequence of events could have been altered. His loss truly "Echoes in Eternity." I hope I make it to Heaven so I can meet you, Jacob !!!"
Robert Sutter of Anaheim, California

"Now that the drums have rolled, the fifths are silent, the flag unfurled, troops march away,I shall say to you young warrior, your place in life is now your place in spirit, as we patriot warriors never look back only to the front, God rest you in eternal life young brave warrior."
Johnny W. Herring USN/USCGA of Schertz, Texas

"I was Jake's medic with C co 5-20. I had my hand inside of his chest cavity trying to save his life. And failed. I'm sorry buddy. I ended up getting 2 purple hearts myself in that slum of a town. I wish we could each show off our 2 purple hearts together. I wear your KIA bracelet around my left wrist proudly. You're one hell of a soldier and an even better man. I miss you bro."
Spc Cordle, Joseph, C Co 5-20 INF of Tacoma, WA

"Jake,
Well a little more than a year has passed since we rolled through that lovely place we called Rock Base. Ill never forget when you got hit the first time and Regular 7 wanted to have a visit out at rock base. You happened to be walking by as we pulled in.. you just looked at me and gave me that "did you really have to bring him here look." I will never forget that look. Every day you are in the hearts and thoughts of all Sykes Regulars past, present and future. Miss you brother."
SGT. Williams of 5/20 Scouts, Ft. Lewis Wa.

"It was my honor to have served with a man as Jake. I will never forget him or his selfless act. I remember the last time i saw him. He was just finishing recovering from his first injury from the IED. He was in the gym at our little base in Tall Afar, Iraq. I told him that the gym was not big enough for the two of us as i puffed up my chest as big as i could, really a pitiful site compared to him. I was at his memorial at Ft Lewis and i will always have a special place in my heart for him. I was his Platoon Forward Observer with C 5-20th IN."
WO1 Kris Phillips of Ft Rucker, AL

"I briefly had the priviledge of getting to know Jake's mom and friend Katie on the strykernews site. His death was a shock, and he is still remembered by us all. His mom is a remarkable lady, as she continues to keep his memory alive and support his fellow soldiers. What a comfort it is to see such a huge expression of love from her...and though I didn't know Jake, he will forever be etched in our hearts. God truly gained a very special angel that day!"
Susan of Tennessee

"I had the pleasure of working at a company with Jake a few years ago. I was crushed to see his picture on the news and have thought about him often since. He was a very sweet, repectful, quiet young man and I wish I had gotten to know him better. My heart goes out to his family and friends. If I am so deeply saddened after knowing him for a relatively short time, I can only imagine the pain you all are suffering. I just hope that when this is all over, the American and Iraqi people will be free from fear. I really hope that he died for a noble cause."
Michele of Duvall, WA USA

"Jake, You are truly a hero, not because of the way you died, but because of the way you lived. I miss your smile , your hugs and our phone calls... I miss you so much, each and every day. Jake, you will be loved, missed, remembered and honored in the hearts of those who knew you forever. I will never forget you, my Jacob, my best friend. Love you forever."
Molleigh of Kirkland, WA

"As one of the three nurses and four doctors in Mosul who did not leave Jacob's side for fourteen hours, even after nearly eight months, his memory has not faded. He will forever be with us. He was a very brave man and I know you must be very proud. I pray God gives you strength every day to deal with his loss."
67th CSH nurse of Mosul, Iraq

"my words prolly dont mean too much to you right now, but some of us out here really appreciate and believe in you guys. Ignore the moonbats out there, the rest of america loves y'all."
lee of whidbey island

"Nothing has brought home the human costs of this war more than seeing the images of those who have sacrificed for us. I am so sorry that we have lost your son Jacob. He looks like a very decent young man."
Cory Crocker of Seattle, WA

"First of all, I want to express my great sadness for your loss.
I had the wonderful oppurtunity to serve with ACO 5/20 INF. I don't believe I knew him, but I check everyday to see if I knew any of them.
Your son,husband,brother,or whoever he may have been to you will live on in your hearts, minds, and souls forever.
But,his life was not worth losing for a lost cause brought on by greed and oil.

I am sorry for your lose.

To those still fighting,
Tom Newton
AKearns2803@yahoo.com"
Tom Newton of Cincinnati,OH

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

"I feel for your loss, and want you to know that Jacob, will never be forgotten as long as I live, nor will all the other service members that have given the ultimate sacrifce...God bless you all."
Frank Hamm of Sammamish, Washington

"Dear soldiers, I hope yall come back soon. we all miss yall. good luck and kill them all. love yall!!!!!"
shayna & Mica Milam of comanche

"To Jacob'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 (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com

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

"Thank you Jacob Herring, 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. Jacob Herring:
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 Jacob 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. Jacob Herring:
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 Jacob, 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