Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Derence W. Jack

31, of Saipan, Marianas Islands of the Pacific.
Jack died in Balad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, 29th Brigade Combat Team, Barrigada, Guam. Died on October 31, 2005.

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"We will never stop missing you. Forever in our hearts, Uncle Jeff."
Nadia DLG Benjamin of Saipan, MP

"BROTHER YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!
GO FOR BROKE!

BATTALION MORTARS DET 1 HHC 100TH BN 442D INF REG"
Watanabe of Hilo, Hawaii

"10-31-15
Thinking of you on this very special day. Hope you and my nen, Wilgene, are peacefully and blissfully enjoying paradise."
Tiara of Talaabwogh

"June 2014, dearest Jeff just so u knw my prayers for u n your love ones. How the year go by fast but your always in our thoughts n prayers. We missed you always."
Ina attao of Boise ID

"Hey bro. On Oct/Nov 2005 in Maui, I was outside early morning with my wife smoking a cigarette. It was a beautiful morning, beautiful sunrise, and calm. I got chills out of no where and got that call right after that you were in a better place. Thanks for stopping by brother. Just thinking about you and the laughters."
ssablan of Sactown

"To the family of:Derence W. Jack
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""

"It's been six years homie! The memories of us growing up and all the good...GREAT times we had together is worth a lifetime! I still share stories of you and da boicheez chilln and just living life carefree and REAL! I miss you more than ever and I know that your busy watching over your kids making sure they are safe. But if ever your around the 808 state, feel free to stop on by and bless me and my family with your love bruh! Til then...lets ride!!!"
Jack Cruz of Honolulu HI

"It's so hard to beleive that you are gone.Not able to even have the chance to get to know you.Hearing so many wonderful things about you makes me feel that i've known you all along. But i do know one thing that you are in a wonderful place now and that all the grief and sorrow should now be released becuase you are resting in peace. Even if we haven't got a chance to meet eye to eye i know that we will meet someday soon. Family HERO i would love to say that i would always honor your bravery and REST IN PEACE!"
anonimous * WEILBACHER* of Saipan six-7-ohh!

"Dearest Jeff,,,

Just wanted to say Hi or Hello..i was thinking about you on Oct 31...and now i'am thinking about your B-Day how u always get a day off at the bank on this day to call in sick..lol..u know Bobbie's B-Day is Nov 01..and i ask a dear friend back home to visit both u and her..Missed u...Once a upon a Bright Star I know its u and Bobbie..Missed U.."
Si Ina & Kids of Boise

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,750 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Mothers of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna
Project Compassion
P.O. Box 153
Manti, Utah 84642"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To Crips....Good Darts...Bro, I certainly miss those days playing darts wit you..Good times. Please know that I keep you in my prayers all the time..My heart goes out to you and Wilgenes family...You guys will never be forgotten........The Diaz's Saipan"
Jack Diaz of Saipan

"Ai dai Jeff,,,its been 4 yrs and never has been a month that i dont think of you man,,,i would always think that your looking down for me,my kids,my well being,, and also for your loving kids and families,,You are well missed by people who friends,loved and laughed with you,,,,I will not questioned the Lord for taking you away from people that loved you so much cuz i know he took from us a find and very cool gentleman that forever will be rememebered in our hearts,,,Jeff look over us and show us your smile,,,,<:)>...."
Si Ina & Kids of Boise,ID

"Hey Jeff, I still remember the day you joined. How you smiled, laughed and how proud you were. You made the ultimate sacrifice.

Miss you bro,"
SFC Abadam of Vancouver, WA

"September 30, 2008
To the family of Spc. Derence W. Jack:
Derence 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

"miss u so much Jeff"
sol of saipan

"Everday my brutha EVERYDAY! But in the mean time in between time...LETS RIDE!"
Jack "Kin" Cruz of Saipan>Sacramento

"It's been 3yrs already since you left us Nao, till this day. You have not been forgotten in our minds and our hearts. I'm in the active duty Army now. You and Wil are my motivation every morning I wake up and go to PT. During training missions when I get tired, all I do is look at my Dedication Tattoo on my forearm and I think of the ultimate sacrifice you and Wil made for your family and the people of our Islands."
Sgt. Cepeda,Chris V. (Kiyu) of Ft. Polk La.

"hey BROTHER,
Remembering those days still keep memories fresh. Laughter is one of the best ones. Strolling down your street makes me feel your presence and I just start laughing like crazy in the car just thinking of those days when we would hide in the PROJECT coz' it's too cold and don't want to do mission. It's hard to have a crowd laugh but when you start, everyone starts and can't hardly stop and that's you making friends. The album that you got from me is now dedicated to you and Euge. You will always be missed. You and brother Euge take care. You two brodas' will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts the families, friends and especially the chetluhoods of the 100/442. GO FOR BROKE, Chetlu."
si bwiibwi, SGT. V.KAIPAT of CAMP BONAFEST, UNCMAC, KOREA

"Just know we forever miss you and will be forever grateful to you.

"Esta Ombe""
sol of Saipan, Kagman III

"Where Jeff left, his 29 other cousins stepped in and continue the task with US Armed Forces. I salute all of you.

Uncle Bermin"
Bermin F. Weilbacher of Pohnpei, Micronesia

"Esta ombre!!! Were your favorite words. Feng you are a true friend and a brother, you are still alive in my heart. I know you are watching over your family and friends. Go for Broke Che'lu!!!"
Debuguy of Las vegas NV

"Ha Bro,
There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. And I can't think of a time that you was not smiling or laughing. I always think about the time in polk when we got sent out with Bevo for a detail and we got stuck in a 5 ton, way back in the woods. We were all mad because we wanted to get back for some off time but not you. You just shock it off and laught about it. You always saw the good things in everything. Even me. I miss you and all the my bros from Eco. Bro I am on my way back there. I really hope that I can be like you and take things with a grain of salt and always came out with a smile on my face. Rest Bro, you will never be forgotten. GO FOR BROKE!!!"
SGT. David L. Randolph (Rock) of Graff. Germany

"to you uncle jeff,i write...
a big burden was relieved off our shoulders knowing that we dont have to suffer anymore knowing that one day something can happen to our hero. but truthfully speaking, id rather have that burden every single day of my little life just to have you back!our whole family misses your face-the only thing we have left are the memories of your childhood and your pictures. Its been almost 7 months since grandma's departure an almost two year since you have left us-and we are constantly thinking of you. just know that we love you deeply, && miss you dearly. you would be proud of what your beautiful children have grown up to look like now. They are our reminder of what a brave hero we lost. I speculate on when we'll meet again. You didn't quite say goodbye. but the family was prepared for the "unexpected". We knew what we'd have to deal with when you left to Iraq. Now i have to pray fo another soldier serving his 3rd time in the land of death. Its my brother BRYAN. he too misses you and wants you to come back. WE ALL DO.Till then, we can only dream....REST IN PEACE +UNC* +
your niece."
...*[[_edilynn benjamin_]]*... of Saipan

"DEAR UNCLE JEFF, NO MATTER IF YOUR GONE OR YOUR HERE I WILL STILL LOVE AND CHEERISH YOU BECAUSE YOUR MY UNCLE ALTHOUGH YOUR GONE YOUR STILL IN OUR HEARTS LIKE YOU WERE ALWAYS ON SATURDAYS,SUNDAYS AND THYPHOON DAYS AND WE'LL STILL CHEERISH THE PRECIOUS MEMORIES.."
WYNESSA,WYNATIA,WYNONA,VANESSA,AND WAYNE of SAIPAN GUALO RAI

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY UNCLE JEFF GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY I WON'T FORGET YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE I REALLY LOVE YOU GUYS AND NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE LOVE YOUR NIECE JASMINE WEILBACHER AND WYNESS JACK."
WEILBACHER AND THE JACK FAMILY of SAIPAN 96950

"Happy Birthday n may many more happy birthdays come."
WYNESSA,WYNATIA,WYNONA,VANESSA,WAYNE of SAIPAN,GUALO RAI

"DEAR UNCLE JEFF I HAD A HARD TIME BELIEVING THAT YOU WERE GONE IT'S LIKE YOUR STILL AT IRAQ COMING HOME SOON WHENEVER SOMEONE SAYS YOUR NAME OR I SEE YOUR PICTURE I ALWAYS REMEMBER THE TIMES YOU AND MY DAD USE TO DRINK OUTSIDE AND YOU AND MY DAD ALWAYS HAD FUNNY JOKES I REMEMBER YOUR LAUGH AND THE WAY YOU TALK. I REMEMBER EVEN THOUGH IT WAS TYPHOON YOU WERE ALWAYS THEIR WITH US.AND WE MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU.YOUR BROTHER'S AND SISTERS MISS YOU.
AT LEAST NOW YOUR IN A SAFE PLACE WITH GRANDMA,GRANDPA,UNCLE KEN,AND AUNTIE RITA.GOODBYE N I LOVE N MISS YOU."
WYNESSA,WYNATIA,WYNONA,VANESSA,WAYNE of SAIPAN,GUALO RAI

"We hope you had a big party on your birthday as mom is already by your side. Christmas will soon be upon us,and we will miss you two dearly.We hope and pray for the day we shall meet again in paradise. Remembering you always in our thoughts."
The Benjamin's of As Matuis

"Happy Birthday Feng...missing you always."
The DuBralls of Saipan

"There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you or your family. My heart aches everytime I see your picture or hear your name. You were a brave man that did what others would not. I will always remember you in my prayers and my thoughts. You may be gone but you are far from being away from me."
David Earls of Knoxville, Tennessee

"God took my uncle Jeff because he has a better plan for him. He loves him more.Uncle Jeff, you are in a much better place,no pain,no fear,no worry.

your nephew,
cc"

"To Derence's Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. Derence, you are a true hero in the largest sense of the word HERO. Thank you Derence for all you have done in your life and in helping the citizens of Iraq. God bless you Derence and God Bless your family."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

""To the family of Jeffrey Jack" i am really speachless.. he was such a great man, both father, son and brother. he was a man with ambitions the world itself cant do though he based himself on it and encourage him to do. in the eyes of myself.. i feel that he is a great and powerful man. with wisdom of his own.... no words can trench it down within my heart, that a man like him, devoted his time, serving our island community as well, fought through it, withng many struggles let the pain be put to rest. this man himself, a man where all men wants to be, inspired all the men in the island, "be a man with the courage to hustle through". a very brave man who risked everything he had, just for one small thing!!!! an island of his own he calls home.. he fought with the bravery... he is a son of all man-kind thw world and outside world cannot fear within.. though he didnt deserve o die. let it be, god was calling him home..in the eyes of my family and the people around our island.. he is a gifted man, no one cant take. the love fills with you Derence W. Jack. let all pain be filled within numb. the lord is with us."
-annonymous- of Saipan, 96950

"My dear Uncle +JEFF+...
Words cannot express how much we miss you...I want you to know that we love you very much and I guess +GOD+ wanted you to be happy...You and Brother Wilgene will always remain our heroes forever. We the Benjamin, Wielbacher, and Jack family will never forget you!Your beautiful face, laughter,funny jokes, and the hardwork you served as a true hero will always remain in our hearts!!!Rest In Peace and some day we'll meet again:)LOVE YOU WITH ALL OUR HEARTS. Rest in Peace +Wilgene+..May your days be filled with Love and Hapiness...
_-*HOO-AH*-_
YOUR NIECE,"
EDILYNN SIMRAM BENJAMIN of CAPITOL HILL

"mel,your husband has left me with thoughts that i will never forget. his constant smile and laughters. your husband will laught that makes me feel like i want to continue being funny,but actually i was not. he was such a nice person, how can anyone not remember him. the last day with him was such a memorable for me. i want to feel the pain, but jack left me with good memories that kept me happy with those thoughts. thank you jack for being a friend and comrades. we love you brother and we will always miss you."
SSG Indy of saipan

"Brotha,

Just know we miss you and will be forever grateful to you. You can rest, knowing that your Family and all your other Brothers and Sisters will tell the story of you... A hero... OUR HERO... One love, until we see each other again."
Joe "Boo" Camacho of Saipan, CNMI

"TO THE JACK FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR SON'S SERVED TOGETHER AND NEVER MET. YET, BOTH MILITARY BROTHERS IN A HUGE MILITARY FAMILY. DERENCE WAS A COMFORT TO MY HEART. AN I DIDN'T KNOW HIM. JUST KNEW HE HAD OUR SON'S BACK AS OUR SON HAD HIS. AN NOW BOTH ARE UNITED TOGETHER. I WILL ALWAYS SHED TEARS FOR GREGORY, DERENCE AND ALL OUR FALLEN. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH DERENCE AND YOUR FAMILY. PLEASE REACH OUR TO YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN DERENCE HONOR. HE SERVED MORE THEN THE UNITED STATES. HE SERVE HIS HOME! AN HIS COMMUNITY NEEDS TO HONOR HIM TODAY. SO HE WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN, NEVER!!!!!!!! LWAHL1@SEARS.COM IF YOU GET THE STREET DONE IN HIS NAME. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP TRACK!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Derence, you will never be forgotten. You are a hero to all of us, especially to your family, friends, and Micronesians who are serving in the military."
SGT Valerina Benjamin of Pohnpei, FSM

"Little brother",
Since the day we lost you, pain has been my constant companion. I ache for not seeing your smile and joyful laughter as I entertained you with stories of my pranks, and being reminded of the many "stories" I told you and the younger ones. No mornings go by without tears shed for your sudden death. Your death is a heavy cross on all who knew you, most especially your siblings. My only solace these days is seeing photos of us in our younger days, and seeing yourself in your own creations - your children Donovan and Chasmyn. When you arrive at the Pearly gates of heaven, knock softly twice and our sister Rita and brother Kennedy who preceded you will open the gates and welcome you with wide open arms and a warm "Kaselelie". Rest in Peace, lil bro."
Your Brother Nick of As Matuis, Saipan

"Today is the 17th of November and yes it is my Uncle Jeffrey's 32nd birthday...I wish he was here so we could celebrate it with him like the usual family parties we have...I really miss his make-my-day smiles and his unique laughs. He had a big heart full of love...and not once have I ever witnessed him get mad or frown. He will be truly missed by everyone and he will always be our hero. He died doing what he loved to do and that's what brings me comfort... I love you Uncle Jeff so much and I really miss you... I will always remember you as an uncle, a soldier, a loving father and husband, and most especially our HERO. Love always your niece,"
Naomi DLG Benjamin of Saipan, CNMI

"Happy 32nd Birthday in heaven, Jeff. God took you away so soon, but He must've planned a grand party for you...only the best for the best! We love you and miss you. Your family. Nov. 17, 2005"
Elaine of Saipan

"To the family and friends of Jack. May god bless you and your family. May god help you with the pain of loosing a loved one. He will be in my thoughts and prayers. Jack will be remembered as a brave soldier."
Joelyn Villagomez Dotterer (LAFFET) of Honolulu, HI (Hometown:Saipan:

"We are proud of you,yet aching inside. We had to bury you at a young age.love you always
sis/brothers"
nina of Hagatna , Guam

"How do we say "Thank You" to a HERO like Derence "Jeffrey" Weilbacher Jack? How do we say "Thank You" to all his Loved Ones in his life, his wife, children, parents, in-laws, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews, friends, all who knew him, and God, for him to lay his life down, so we can all live...the greatest deed in deed. Let's not live our lives in vain, nor take our freedom for granted. Thank you, Derence "Jeffrey". Our Prayers always to all your family members and friends.
From a Fellow Soldier."
si, Ed. of Saipan, Mariana Islands.

"I knew Jack and his sense of humor and kindness made him such a unique person. my prayers are for his family who are going through a very tough time. YOU WILL BE MISSED MY BROTHER!!"
Joe Naputi of Winchester Virginia

"We are so sorry for your loss of Derence. We honor his service, and thank him.
A Montana family"

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

"Thank you Derence Jack, 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. Derence Jack:
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 Derence 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. Derence Jack:
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 Derence, 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