Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Morgen N. Jacobs

20, of Santa Cruz, California.
Jacobs died in Tikrit, Iraq, of injuries sustained in Aaliyah on October 6, 2004 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on October 7, 2004.

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"I miss you soo much bro,you were such an awesome,funny and kind person ,I truly cherish all the times we had together and I'm so proud of the person you were and how brave and proud you were to be a soldier ,every time I hear the national anthem at ball games or hockey games I always think of you and salute you ,your truly my hero and the best cousin a person could be so blessed to have in life,I love you so much bud and will never forget that huge smile and fun loving personality ,I keep your picture on my wall so I always get to see that smile on your face ,I talk about you all the time and miss you soo much,may your beautiful soul rest in peace ,your cousin. Evan wells"
Evan wells of Santa Cruz,ca

"Ten years ago today.
Not a day or moment goes by...."
Dad of San Francisco, CA

"Jacobs,

I will never forget the sacrifice that you made for the platoon and for me. I will strive every day to do the best I can and try to take advantage of every opportunity that I am given. I will live my life to the best of my ability. I will do everything within my power to succeed because I know that you would do the same if our roles had been reversed and I know that your memory deserves the very best that I can offer. We all miss you.

"Outlaws!!""
George Hollis of Memphis, TN

"Dear Jake why did you switch with me the gunners spot you woul of been alive bro i still relive every moment of your death belive you me that i miss you everyday bro again BROTHER I MISS YOU AND WISH IT WERE ME!!!!!!!!!!"
GABRIEL of EL CHUKO TX

"I still remember the day that Morgen's family was notified and his grandmothers grief. She was an acquantance from a chat board and because of his loss she quit, gave up on engaging in discussion. I miss her often, the clear headed posts that she wrote decrying the war and fearing for Morgen. And then her fears were proven true and it broke her heart and her spirit. I know Morgen did what he felt he had to do for his country and I salute him for it, I only wish he had come home safely to his loved ones. I wrote a poem shortly after his death and still hope it gives some comfort to his loved ones. Love and Peace,"
Ron King of Eagleville, Pa. USA

"I think about you all the time dude! I miss you! -Poko"
Paul

"dear morgen, i dont know what to say really...you were an awesome person and probably and even better soldier you are part of the reason why i enlisted...i cried so hard when i got the news of u leaving us i just couldnt believe it. but now being in the army and knowing what you went through i have that much more respect for you you made the ultimate sacrifice and i cant thank you enough... everytime i rolled out the wire in iraq last year i thought about you. you gave me the strength and courage to push on and move forward and complete our mission.... sometimes i like to think you were watching over me... ill see you soon buddy ."
PFC Daniel Barbin of santa cruz, CA

"To the family of:Morgen N.Jacobs
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""

"Morgen, I remember the first day you walked into the bay of our platoon in basic training. Because you were a hold over from an injury or something you started a couple weeks in with us. It didn't take long to get to know you, you were easy going and always smiling. I remember we were pumped when we found out we would be in the same battalion in Germany. Life in Germany was fun for a couple of young kids, wasn't it? I also remember the last time I saw you before we deployed. It was in Kuwait, remember? You were coming out of the chow hall and we chatted for a couple minutes. I remember how excited we both were to cross the border to the north and get into Iraq. It hurt bad when I got the news of you leaving us to go chill with God, but i'll be seeing ya someday bro. You are a hero to me."
Jared Hinks, 1-18inf 2002-2005 of Duluth, MN

"To Morgen, Cindy, Todd, and Dana. Many years have passed, and still I find myself thinking about you guys all the time. I remember Morgen coming to trainging at the office on Wednesdays after school, usually the first one there, and the last to leave. You'd memorize anything and everything I'd give you to study! You were so dedicated, like no other recruit in my 6 years there. Ill always remember the smile on your face when I'd pop quiz you on something, and you'd rattle off the right answer before I could even finish the question. You will always be the definition of a soldier in my book! I have your initials tattoo'd with a cross on my arm. People always ask who it stands for.. and it gives me great satisfaction to tell any of these stories a have of you! It was an honor to have served with you, SPC Morgen Jacobs! God bless you, and your family this Memorial Day weekend.."
SSG Anthony Rodriguez of Fresno, CA

"It is Memorial Weekend, and I would like to thank you Todd, Cindy and Austin for your pain, sorrow and love. Todd, you used to tell me how you and Morgen would go surfing - forging father/son time. You have always been an example to me. When my son, now(11) was born, you sent a beautiful indoor plant and fabulous brownies - thank you. It has been many years since I have seen you, but I want you to know that your family has been on my mind often since I heard of Morgen's sacrifice. Thank you for being an exemplary family.
With much love and admiration,"
Ben Nye of Davis, CA

"Morgan, Hi! I just wanted to write and let you know that the Hagist Family are thinking of you. I saw "The Hurt Locker," the other day. I was again reminded about how fragile life is. Sabrina still talks about you, she often cries and does not understand why u are not here. I don't talk much about you to Dana, as It is still so painful for him. I will do my best to support all the soldiers both here and in IRAQ in your memory. see you in heaven but I feel you here. Lisa"
Lisa of Santa Cruz

"Dear family of Morgen,
I never was lucky enough to know him, but I am good friends with Austin. I know what loving, kind people you all are, and I am positive Morgen was the same way. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure that a man as deserving as Morgen has been taken care of in the next step after life. As Yoda once said "Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them not." Know, friends and family of Morgen, he loves you and when your time comes, you will be united again."
Friend of Austin of SC

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"It never really get's easier, this loss. You adapt and keep living, but come the time... it never really lets up. I am so grateful to all the great people in Morgen's life. Thank God for you."
Michael Cummings of Mountain View, CA

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
General George S. Patton June 7, 1945
I served with Morgen Jacobs during the Jan 04-Feb 05 deployment to Iraq. He was in 1st Platoon and I was in 2nd, but I knew him fairly well, although on a Professional level. He was a good Soldier and a good man. I think of him and all the soldiers we lost often. I have been to Iraq twice, once with 1ST ID (Jan 04-Feb 05) and once with the 82nd ABN DIV (Aug 06-Nov 07. On my second deployment to Iraq (Fob Summerall. The Airfield is still named after him. I was in the same sector that Morgen's platoon was in when he was killed. We patroled that town (As Siniyah, outskirts of Bayji) everyday for 15 months."
SSG Adam Ellsworth March 20, 2009 of Ft. Bragg, NC (formerly stationed in Germany)

"Hi Morgen, I just wanted to drop you a line, I would have sent you a text message but the Roaming fee's in heaven I hear, are out of this world!!
Morgen, not much time passes that I don't think of you.. Dana, is doing better, Maybe, you are holding his heart inside your hands. Toni still talks about how much she Loves you!!! Sabrina, Still has your picture hanging on her wall and she tells me your are her personal angle.
Time does not heal all wounds but if remembering you shows how much you are Loved then you ARE LOVED A GREAT DEAL!
I remember you, I will see you soon, I feel you guiding us all..."
A friend of Santa Cruz

"Morgen and I played baseball together in Santa Cruz on the Astros. He was the number one pitcher on the team and I was the catcher. I moved away Santa Cruz but never the less, it saddens me to know that he was taken away so young. Though we were only 11-12 when we played, he was a nice person. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family; a well as all other men and women who serve our Country and have the courage that some others may not. You truly are hero's"
Larry Sanford of Gainesville, GA

"Morgen is my son, born Morgen Nathanial Cummings May 14 1983. I was in the US Navy at that time. Cindy and I divorced (military life was not for her) some months after being stationed in S. Wales (NavFac Brawdy, U.K.). Morgen and I remained close all his life. Cindy remarried, obviously, and she changed his name to Jacobs. This I nether consented to nor protested (go along to get along, they say). But it hurt losing my them when we separated, again when she changed his name informally, and again too when he was 16 and we went to court so his passport, too, would state Jacobs. I moved back to Santa Cruz, and stayed in the bay area. After finally finishing college I moved back to Santa Cruz (Aptos) again specifically to be near my son, who was quickly becoming a man. He was quite determined to join the Army, which still surprises me somehow (too much of the video games?). I miss him terribly every day. Last night I dreamed that I was going to Iraq to replace him (dreams... how strange). I dream with him often. I don't think it is something to "get over." You just have to live on. But losing him, you might say, in this repeated fashion, was--and is still--very hard to take. He was so beautiful, intelligent, even wise, and always great company.
Love and thanks to all here,
Michael Cummings
mbcummings(at)gmail(dot)com"
Michael Cummings of Mountain View, CA

"September 30, 2008
To the family of Spc. Morgen N. Jacobs:
Morgen 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

"Dear Cindy,
Having moved to Alaska 2 1/2 years ago I only heard of your loss in June when Chris and I were back in Santa Cruz for Soquel's graduation. I had brought a letter with me to drop by for you and then Chris and I heard what happened from a student. We prayed whatever words we could find in our car outside your house and our hearts were broken for all of you. It's a sickness in the soul that is like nothing else. My letter seemed ridiculous and trite under the circumstances. Cindy, you were a friend to me during one of the toughest times in my life and I am forever thankful to you for standing beside me. I know that it was a sacrifice for you. You were my only friend in Santa Cruz who gave me grace and acceptance as I was. Now you have suffered unimaginable grief. I have been at a loss for how to communicate my feelings to you from so far away. I found this site today and wanted so much to let you know how often you have been on my heart since June. Oh how your mother heart must ache for your beloved son. I remember when he told you he was going to join the army and your fear of what that might mean to you as his mother. I am glad that he had a heart that was strong and brave enough to face the horrors of war. We all live our lives here in the safety of the US while men like Morgen are defending it. Most of us never knowing the sacrifices war brings. You do and my prayer is that your heart will be strong and big enough to carry-on knowing that his choice was his passion and he was following his heart...
With deep love,
Rebecca Gerondale"
Rebecca Gerondale of Juneau, Alaska

"JENNY, MY HUSBAND IS IN MILITARY AND I WORRY EVERYDAY. I AM VERY SORRY. REMEMBER GOOD MEMORIES LIKE THE COLOURS OF YOUR MIND."
MISSY of NJ

"To my brother from another mother !! to this day i will never forget how loving of a person you were ! You were the "nice " brother while i thought my brother dan was the "mean " brother lol
i cant even explain in words how much everyone misses u ! I go to your house and its like u r still there !!
i think of you very often you will never be forgotten
i miss u and love u for bein just like an older brother !!
love you soooo much ,ill see ya up there buddy !
LUV JENNY
*DANS LITTLE SIS*"
Jenny Williamson of SOuth Lake Tahoe

"To my brother from another mother !! to this day i will never forget how loving of a person you were ! You were the "nice " brother while i thought my brother dan was the "mean " brother lol
i cant even explain in words how much everyone misses u ! I go to your house and its like u r still there !!
i think of you very often you will never be forgotten
i miss u and love u for bein just like an older brother !!
love you soooo much ,ill see ya up there buddy !
LUV JENNY
*DANS LITTLE SIS*"
Jenny Williamson of SOuth Lake Tahoe

"To my brother from another mother !! to this day i will never forget how loving of a person you were ! You were the "nice " brother while i thought my brother dan was the "mean " brother lol
i cant even explain in words how much everyone misses u ! I go to your house and its like u r still there !!
i think of you very often you will never be forgotten
i miss u and love u for bein just like an older brother !!
love you soooo much ,ill see ya up there buddy !
LUV JENNY
*DANS LITTLE SIS*"
Jenny Williamson of SOuth Lake Tahoe

"In Honor, Gratitude and Memory of Army Spc. Morgen N. Jacobs....A Fallen Hero of Iraqi Freedom. Always in our hearts and never forgotten.
Tom, Dotty, Nora and Ava. May 29, 2006"
of Santa Cruz CA

"Todd and Cindy,

My sincere love and condolences to you both. I did not know until now of your loss. I remember working with Todd and how he always talked about Cindy and the kids. I miss those days. He was so proud of Morgen and Austin. Now I know why. Morgen will always be my American hero.
God Bless you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers always. Attached is my email in case you need to contact me. For anything.
stevepurdin@hotmail.com"
Steve Purdin of Santa Clara, Ca USA

"Hello I'm Shane Biehl
I was with jacobs threw out the Iraq deployemnt. I was in the vehical behind him when he was killed. I seen the explosion engulf his vehical. I then jumped out of my vehical and ran up to help, but we were engaged by AK-47 fire. I then shot and killed (later on we found out)the man who detonated the IEA that killed SPC jacobs. I helped in pulling Jacobs out of the vehical. It was the the worst day of my life. I always think about that day. only if i would have known the IEA was there. Only if i could have done soemthing differnt, I could have saved him. I blame myself for not saving him. I was a SSG, my job was to lead soldiers and keep them safe. i failed Jacobs and I never will forgive myself for letting him and his family down.
After Jacobs was killed, it was a fight in the platoon about who would be going out on the next patrol. Everyone wanted to go get some payback for Jacobs. Thats how liked Jacobs was. He was a dear friend to everyone.
The Outlaw platton absouluty locked that town down. All sympathy for all Iraqi's were gone. It's hard to explane, but after you see a soldeir fall, all's you can think about making the enemy pay...and we did make them pay, very dearly!
Jacobs will never...NEVER be forgotten by me. He will always be with me for the rest of my life, until I meet up with him in Heaven.
Love you Jake and miss ya"
Shane Biehl of Shelby TWP, MI USA

"i never met morgan,but i had the pleasure of meeting his family.todd,i'm just glad i was lucky enough to sit beside you at casa de fuente. little did i know but i was sitting beside the father of a HERO! you can email me at jrtr1@rcn.com"
john r. remer of whitehall pa

"Morgen, words can't express the loss I felt when you were taken away from my life. As an old friend, a soldier I FOUGHT ALONG SIDE WITH, and a hero, you will never be forgotten. We will continue to tell your stories as long as we shall live. I'll see you in heaven brother."
Dana of Santa Cruz, Ca./U.S.A.

"I was devastated the day i heard the news from Bryan at the car-wash. I got to know Morgan shortly before he join the force. During which i remember that he has always been a leader, calm and collective. And to Todd, Cindy, and Austin, I am deeply sadden for your lost. My heart and my prayer goes out to your family."
Mike Le of San Jose, ca

"4 month are gone now since Morgen died!!!! we still can't believe all that! it is so hard that he is not around!! everybody got back and just Morgen is our missed friend!!! he was a so nice guy and everybody loved him!!! we all will miss him forever!!!! we never will forget about him!!!! all our love to his family!!!!!we pray for you todd, cindy and austin!!!!"
catherine uber and simone greubel of germany

"to the family of morgan jacobs, god bless you, morgan, mission accomplished, rest in peace, your memory will forever be enscripted."
SFC H. Harville (USA, ret.) of franklin ohio

"Your family was given our condolences, but here we can honor your memory, and thank you for your service and your love of our country. Thank you Morgen, for keeping us safe. Love and prayers go to your parents and family, that the pain of losing you will lessen with time,and the wonderful memories you have given them with take the place of their pain.....Rest in peace soldier..."
The Johnson Family of Ohio

"I would like to express my sympathy to the family of Morgen. I know the terrible loss is more than you can bear. A beautiful son, a beautiful grandson, and a wonderful friend who meant so much to so many. As I have read the messages here about Morgen I feel that I know him. He was loved by so many for his wonderful qualities. What a terrible loss for all of you. I pray you will find solace in the months to come and that Morgen will always be watching over his loved ones."
A friend in Oklahoma

"PLease accept my condolences. I want to personally thank you for defending our country. You are a true American HERO!!!! May God Bless you Morgen and your family."
Penny of Washington, DC

"Morgen is and always will be a true soldier of God. He brightened the day of everyone around him and showed others the pride, love and courage we should all have for our country. My prayers for the friends and family of amazing Morgen will never end."
Sarah Romo of Santa Cruz, CA/USA

"To the family of Morgen;
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Morgen is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"I will never forget the moment I heard...Morgen you were such a sweet, happy young man. I am blessed to have known you. I know you are still here watching over. Please know that you are missed greatly. It breaks my heart that you were only here for 20 short years yet is comforted only by the fact that you were doing what you wanted to be doing. Fighting for freedom, fighting to protect your family, friends and country. You are my hero and I thank you for protecting me. Your family is so loved and will be surrounded by friends and family to see that they are ok. No one really knows what to say...except I am here if you need anything. I love you Morgen and will honor your character and memory always.
Your friend,
Bridget"
Bridget Arnott of Santa Cruz, CA

"Hi Morgen...
The other day...
I thought I saw you smile...
You were with your friends...
They all had their arms wrapped around you....
You looked happy to see me....
You said, that you would be waiting to kiss me on my check again....
I saw you laughing with the angles...
You have a knack for making people laugh...
I was sad for a minute, then you smiled and the sun shown inside my heart...
Now I know that you will never be far from me, You comfort us, Calm our fears, and will someday show us the path that you walked...
You will show us as you were shown....
Thank God, That you will be there...above the clouds...Holding my hand...telling me that It will be okay..
I get it now....
I Love you.....
American Son....."
A fellow student of Earth School

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

"My name is SSG T.J. Westphal of B 1-18 INF here in Iraq. I had the privelege and honor of serving with Morgen for the past 2 years. He and I always had a little inside joke about him being from California...we're supposed to call each other by rank, but we always called each other "dude". He was a special guy and I know you must be proud. We are all very proud to have known Morgen and he will never be forgotten."
SSG T.J. Westphal of Tikrit, Iraq

"Cindy, Todd & Austin,
Our hearts go out to you at this time. We loved Morgen too & think of him every day."
Debi, Stan & Ryan Parola of Santa Cruz, CA

"To Morgen'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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the Jacobs and family,
I am so sorry about your loss...Everyday since I found out about your tragic loss it bothers me to the extent where I wish this was just a bad dream. I've known Morgen since middle school and I'll never forget how he helped me in class and was there for me as a friend. Words can't express the pain that I feel for him and you. He will not be forgotten and the memories will stay fresh in me until the end of my day. I pray that he is happy watching us from above and that he can skim board whenever he wants now."
Steve Yonemura - Alumni class of 02 of Santa Cruz, Ca/U.S

"My prayers and condolences to all of your loved ones. I attended your memorial service today at Twin Lakes Church. I have never met you nor any of your family but was drawn to your service as I feel a deep appreciation for what you've sacrificed on America's behalf...on my behalf. I wanted to come together with your family to emphathize with their loss. I am so proud of your courage and contribution. I wish you could know how much your life means to all of us in this time of war and confusion. I was thrilled in knowing that you walk with our Lord and that you are now in His presence. I will pray for your family as I know that they will need much comfort."
Rhonda Murray of Watsonville, CA, USA

"hello,
I didn't know Morgen, but I knew Todd,
from his visits to our Yahoo! site. My heart goes out to Todd and the family. I just wanted you to know that I, as an American, do appreciate the sacrifice that Morgen made and that all our military is making to keep us safe in our homeland. Be strong and know that your son will never be forgotten!!"
yolanda of dallas, texas

"Father, I cry out to you for Morgen's situation and his family. Dear Lord as you know words cannot express the pain in losses like this, it's hard enough when people know you and it's not easy at times then....I'm sorry doesn't seem to express it Lord. I thank You that I believe Morgen knew you. I thank you for this young man who died on our behalf to help our world be safe and for freedom. Thank you for what you are doing on behalf of America and all of our soliders..and our freedom. I praise you for young men like him who would say they are proud to be in Iraq serving their country. I don't hear many say that today Lord.

Father Morgen gave up his life early that we might be able to enjoy our freedom, he was a willing servant. You always have a plan in all things....I am very moved by this dear Lord and for the other soliders too. But this one was lost, but is with you ...and I would believe hearing ....well done, good and faithful servant.... there is great comfort in that for us who know you Lord, though realizing the loss is painful....Thank you Lord for Morgen's parents, sister and family and friends for all you have for them and hopefully they are realizing their son and loved one died a hero...and I hope they are very proud of him....even though the pain is tremendous in heart....

Father, please show us how to pray...prompt our hearts dear Lord....please make this a beautiful service for Morgen's family, one he would have liked....filled with love, any kind of peace and comfort available to his loved ones....you know what would be right Lord....let the horrible pain in heart from loss somehow be comforted and somehow used for the any good that could possibly come...We pray your word Lord...blessed are those whom mourn for they shall be comforted....Dear Lord show the pastors and others participating in this service and giving care to this family, what to do and say....and draw this family close to you to feel your great love and care.....heal these wounds dear Lord...provide every need Lord in all areas....

The Loving Solider, Friend and Son

I lost my beautiful son, and my loved one
He was a wonderful person in our eyes
He was a blessing, loving and responsible
He was courageously willing to fight and die

The grief in heart seems to be unspeakable
How does one part with one so young too
Who seemed to have his whole life ahead of him
He had so many plans for living he wanted to do

But he was given this mandate as a soldier
An often overlooked honor, of high calling too
One who lays down his life for his fellow men
If that is what he could possibly be called to do

He was called to fight on our behalf in the USA
And he stated he was proud to be serving too
Supporting his countrymen and their freedom
He is a hero, with a servant's heart in attitude

So our hearts and lives are now changed forever
And the pain from his loss will never leave, it's true
But we will live on for the reasons that he fought for
To enjoy our freedom, as He would want us to do

To live life with freedom, means he did not die in vain
And we will never forget as we continue on in our lives
How much love our dear loved one willingly expressed
When he took the pain and anguish for us, and died

There is a Savior Jesus and Lord who also died just for us
When we believe and follow Him we have eternal life forever
May it be remembered this dear son is now home secure
In paradise, because of Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior

Dear Lord may this family be blessed and held close
May the pain in this loss somehow be comforted by You
And may the days ahead be filled with Your every provision
May the love of God be poured out to see them through.

Inspired by Judy Larson Baucom
All glory, honor and to God...10/15/04

Father thank You and praise, glory and honor to You....
our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.....
We love you dear Lord, only you know what this dear family
needs at this hour of their loss...
watch over them and protect them dear Lord....
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth Amen....

Love and Hugs to You....Judy"
Judy Baucom of Aptos, California

"My heart is saddened by your loss. I have two sons who are firemen and I worry about them all the time! We lived in your area for many years and feel that Santa Cruz is a family in itself. When I heard we had lost a young man from my home town I cried! Everyday that we lose young men in Iraq I am greatly saddened. I pray that soon this will end. Bless your hero! We will never forget!"
Linda of Meadow Vista, Ca.

"To a hero I never met, but feel as if I knew. You were a wonderful friend to my son, who is also in 1/18. When he called to tell me what happened, he was crushed as you were his BEST friend and you had plans together. My heart goes out to your family, and our prayers for them are colossal. You are a hero, and you will be missed by all. Your picture with my son sits on a table in my living room. And we are planting a tree with a plaque to always remember you and to help my son grieve your loss. May God's wonderful arms be around you now in paradise. And his awesome hand on your family..... We love you........"
Sherri Winowiecki of Cedar, Michigan

"Morgan thank you for being a hero to all of us. You will be missed greatly by all the hearts you touched in your short life. We knew each other a long time ago, back when we were very young. Although we didn't know each other through those high school years, I really wish we had! When I was told you had died my heart sank. You were such a sweet boy. I'm so sorry this had to happen. Even though we weren't close resently, I'll still miss you very much. My thoughts and prayers are constantly with you, your family and your friends. I think of you often and always will. Thank you for being my hero, and my freind all those years ago."
Brooke McCaslin of Santa Cruz, CA/USA

"Thank you, Morgen, for your ultimate sacrifice. It hurts me to imagine the pain your family must be enduring, and all my condolences go out to them. I will never forget your presence in my life. Thank you again for being a hero."
Amanda of San Diego, CA

"To Morgen- You are an amazing person and as a fellow classmate of mine since Middle School, I will always remember your bright smile and positive personality. Thank you for your outstanding conviction and bravery to make the world a safer place. You have touched many lives, and will continue to live on within your fellow classmates, friends, and family. God Bless you and thoes who are grieving."
Alumni-Soquel High Class of 2002 of Santa Cruz, CA

"Young men like Morgen Jacobs are why our nation is great. Where do they come from? Thank God we have them. God bless you and your family Spc. Jacobs.

Sgt. Brad Rollins (former)
U.S.Army, Vietnam.
Father of
Pfc. T.L. Rollins 82nd Airborne Div."
From of Houston, Texas

"In memory of Morgen:


"IT IS THE SOLDIER"

It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag."

©Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC



We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Morgen Jacobs. Morgen represented the very best of his generation. We will miss him.
Our hearts ache for his family.
Our love and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time."
Skip, Michelle and Michael Leonard of Santa Cruz, Ca/USA

"I will never forget you!
No words can describe that wonderful person who had to die for a war who shouldn´t be. Morgen,I lost my best friend in you. I am so thankful for every single minute we could share.I knew you from the first day you got to germany.You will always be apart of my life.You have been are a great soldier and a wonderful person. Thank you for everything. I will never forget you!!!!!!! Love you"
Julie Graber, your friend of Germany

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Morgen N. Jacobs."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"A "professional" soldier has a spirit that soars above the rest: his/her life is about honor, duty and country. That is why they are eternal lights in the quest for freedom for all. When a professional soldier leaves his family for foreign soil, he is giving his spirit for the freedom that all mankind deserves.

There is an old saying that is fitting,"All gave some and some gave all."

We are all proud to call your son a hero, but he was that before he died!!!!!!!!!!
God Bless America and all those who protect it!"
The Airey Family of Aptos, California

"Morgen… What can I say? You will forever remain in my heart as a friend, a fellow soldier and most of all a hero. You will never be forgotten buddy. I know Dana and me will morn for years and years to come. Take care SPC Jacobs and God bless."
Christian Bearden of SANTA CRUZ CA / HOHENFELS GERMANY

"Thanks to the ultimate sacrifice by a Santa Cruz native, we are indeed safer as we walk along the sandy beaches from Sunset State Beach to Davenport. God bless Morgen Jacobs and all of the other servicemen and women that he worked with. Bless the Jacobs family... help them to begin to heal.
."
PAUL YEE of Santa Cruz, CA

"Morgen, you were a breeze that blew in with the summer sun....
You are a friend to my Son...
I think of all the times of past...
Our lives go by just too damm fast....
I wonder if you knew.....
How I Loved
You....
You boy's with your secert talk...
Your eye's a rolling to hear a MOTHER sqawk...
Morgen, I know when this summer Rolls around....
I will look for you walken down....
OR
Rolling up in that hot car you like..
Driven fast,
or surfen the endless summer waves...
Yes, Morgen those will be the day's.

I LOVE YOU and you know you have taken a part to my heart to comfort you along with the many others"
Lisa Hagist/Dana Hagist/Toni Hagist/and Sabrina of Santa Cruz, CA.

"It is sorrowful that this wonderful man was taken so young! He was a true Hero! May God Bless him and his Family!"
Barbara G. Fitzpatrick of Crestview, Florida

"I was so saddened to hear of this great loss.Although i didnt know Morgen personally,Ihave two sons who did.We are all grateful to him for his bravery and conviction."
jmkerney of santa cruz

"God Bless you all who are enduring the loss of this special man. And God Bless Morgen as he enters a new land with no war, no fighting and no pain. God Bless."
Terri of Florida, USA

"morgen with your death it leaves an emptyness in my heart. I knew you from second grade throughout high school. We left for the army at the same time and experienced the same war in the same land. my heart goes out to you and your family. God Bless"
Jamie of Santa Cruz, Ca

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this tragic time. God Bless You!"
Janice of Charlestown, IN

"My wife and me had the honor to meet you, dear Morgen. We were worried when you left Germany. You been a special young man. We loved you at once the first time we met. We were so happy for Catherine to meet a man like you. It broke our hearts, when we heard what happened. Our hearts are bleeding because we lost you. We don`t know how to handle the pain in our hearts. It hurts so much. I can`t find the right words to tell you how deep our loves is. We miss you so much. We are proud, that we had the chance to spend a few weeks with you. You will be always in our hearts. We cry with your parents and your sister and hope they will find a way to manage the pain."
Richard and Liz Uber of Sand, Germany

"My wife and me had the honor to meet you, dear Morgen. You were in our hearts, the first time we met. Thanks God for the time we shared together. It broke our hearts, when we got the message of your tragic death. Our hearts are bleeding and we can't stop the pain. We can't find the right words to tell you how we loved you and what you ment to us. We will always love you from the bottom of our hearts. We thank God, that we had the chance to meet you. We are proud that we were friends."
Richard and Liz Uber of Sand, Germany

"Morgen Jacobs, no words can be said for what we shared, I was so proud to be a part of his life and it devastates me to know he is gone. I will never forget the man that I fell in love with at first sight, he was loyal, strong, kind, brave...amazing. There was so much of a future to come , but I know I will be with him again in Heaven. I am praying so much for you Cindy,Todd, and Austin, I love you. Morgen's the best man I'll have ever met and there will be none ever to compare to him."
Megan Fournier of Santa Cruz, CA/USA

"i want to say thank you for the beautiful time!!!!i will never forget you!!!i was proud to meet you and had the chance to spend some month with you!!! you will always be in my heart!!!! i always will think of you and i pray for you!!! i loved you seriously and it broke my heart to hear you were killed!!"
catherine uber of sand, germany

"I want to thank Morgen for protecting all of us, and I want his family and friends to know that they are in my prayers.I havent seen Morgen since we were little, so to see him on the front page of the newspaper this morning was just heart stopping! To all of the men and women protecting our country right now, thank you, you will never know how much you are really appreciated. Thank you Morgen and you will always be in my prayers."
Rachele of Santa Cruz, CA

"I have known Morgan since middle school. I went to high school with him as well. He had a big heart and was so full of life! Everytime i saw him, his voice shout out a big hello! My condolences go out to his family...i'll never forget him!"
Lindsay of Santa Cruz, Ca

"My heart is breaking for the loss of this young American Son. He was in the same division as my son, just different company. My son is with the HHC 1/18th. I wish I could be there to grieve with you and to comfort you, but know that all over America individuals and families are praying for you that God will comfort your hearts, and will give you peace at this time. These young men and women who have lost their lives belong to us all, and we feel the loss deeply.
With sincere heartfelt sorrow,
Another Mom of a 1/18th soldier"
Kim Spangrude of Salt Lake City, Utah

"Morgen N. Jacobs-Thank you so much for your bravery and courage. You are a hero. To the family- I'm so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your broken hearts. Always know that your son is a hero and always will be. Thank you."
Alicai Bilby of Nevada, Missouri

"In memory of your Morgen

Upon the blue waves of heaven
A new surfer forever rides.
A hero of his nation
In our hearts resides.

Faithful to his duties
Regardless of the cost.
Fallen soldier on the field
His memory never lost.

Gratitude is not enough
Courage never hides.
Upon the blue waves of heaven
A new surfer forever rides.
(coolius jeezer)

I cannot express the sorrow I feel for your loss; may peaceful loving memories fill your hearts."
Ron of Norristown, Pa

"Thank you Morgen Jacobs, 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. Morgen Jacobs:
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 Morgen 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. Morgen Jacobs:
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 Morgen, 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