Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan


42, of Enfield, Connecticut.
Killed in action in the vicinity of An Nasiriyah. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on March 23, 2003.

Everyone called him Gump because he was so relentlessly upbeat. His son, Tyler, 6, wants to be a Marine like his father, who was killed in a firefight after a group of Iraqi soldiers feigned surrender. Jordan is shown with his son Tyler in this May 2002 photo.

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"Mr Greer, pls call me sometime Richard C. Schiller, 716 672 5185..thank u"
Richard C. Schiller of Dunkirk, NY

"GySGT Jordan and Family,
My name is Thomas Greer and I served with your husband during my tour on USS Ponce, during our war tour to Iraq. Phillip, I miss you. Seriously. You and SSG Pompous ( I hope I'm spelling this correctly) used to do the Marine Corp News, filmed in my very own SITE TV. You guys would talk about the rest of the sports world for about 8 seconds and then it was on to hockey for almost 20 minutes. And this man LOVED his hockey. Whenever Memorial Day rolls around, I always fondly remember you. Your name is on the placard that I still hope sits on the bulkhead right outside my shop. You were a dear friend, and like man have said, were a fine point of amusement, happiness and joy, especially during such a terrible deployment. When news of your death reached us, myself, Dennis Johnson and Trey were all stunned. We couldn't say anything, because there wasn't anything to say. Sadly, a great injustice occurred that I wasn't able to speak of, and probably am still not now. I gathered all the tapes that you shot of your Marine Corp news that played daily for the embarked marines, with every intention of sending them to Amanda. But the CO of the MEU and the ship confiscated them. I can only hope they reached you, but I'm not sure they ever did. I never disobeyed a lot of orders in the Navy, but that is one I wish I had. Tyler, your father was an amazing man. A man, after 13 years, I still remember and look up to. Every Induction/CPO365 Phase 2 period, I talk about my hero, and that is your father. God Bless your family Phillip. I will NEVER forget."
ICC SW Thomas D Greer of Naples, Italy

"Phil,

This is your friend Richard Schiller. We served together for years at 2/5. We went to Desert Storm together. Been along time and I always thought we would see each other again. Today is Memorial Day 2016. There is not a holiday that goes by when your pictures at my house in Pendleton, won't make a tear. Love ya bro. fast88rx7@yahoo"
Richard C. Schiller of Dunkirk, NY

"Never forgotten HERO!"
Tricia Deblois of Salinas,Ca USA

"Gunnery Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan will be remembered and honored at the College Station, Texas City Council Meeting on November 23rd, 2015"
Ben Roper of College Station, TX

"I served with Phil with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines between 1986 and 1990. We drove across the country to Michigan. He was good Marine."
Cpl Brian K Taylor of Titusville Florida

"12 years ago today, a family lost a husband and father, the Corps lost a great leader, the world lost a great man, and I lost one of my first mentors. SSgt Phillip Jordan (GySgt Select) was my first Machinegun Section Leader back in January 1996. I served with him at 1/6 through July of 99. He and I both went to PI together, he to the drill field, and I to HQSVCBN. I ran into SSgt Jordan again at Camp Shoup, the night before we pushed up to the Assembly Area. I found out he was killed in action in An Nasiriyah as the battle was winding down and I was running an escort mission to Talil Airfield; I broke down in tears at the Regimental COC when I saw his name on the casualty tracker. I'm tipping back "a duster" as he liked to call them, right now as I type. I miss you brother, you inspired the living * out of me. Til Valhalla old friend."
GySgt Robert Osbeck of Jacksonville, NC

"I was also In Kilo Co. 3021 in Parris Island. GySgt Jordan was our series Gunny. God bless Semper fi."
Jonathan Welch of cape cod ma.

"Phil,
This has been a long time coming and I am sorry for that. We both served in desert storm then met up as instructors at SOI. We became roommates and very fast friend's. In fact, I haven't had a close friend like you since. We both promoted to Sgt. Together and seemed like we had life by the b****. You were the type of leader that everone wanted to be like. I never told you but i tried to fashion my leadership stye after yours. You were a sound and fair leader that received well deserved respect from all ranks. We worked at a bar together in San Clemente called coaches corner. That job gave us access to Charger games where you were a biiiiiig fan of Jr Seau....remember the cheesehead incident. I also remember when you met Amanda amd fell head over heels. We both soon got orders to return to the FMF. You dutifully accepted yours and I chose to EAS. I still regret not going with you. When i heard the news i was in disbelief. But when i researched what happened i found out you were doing what you had always done....taking care of your boys. I am proud of you but always knew anyone under your guidance would be well cared for and kept safe.
Semper Fi Phil

Jeff Guffey"
Jeff Guffey of Mission Viejo,ca.

"SSgt Jordan was my series Gunny when I was in Parris Island. He was the Series Gunny of 3020 to 3022. I was in 3021 with SDI SSgt Nolan and the kill hat SSgt Davis"
Cpl RiveraRuiz of massachusetts

"He was my KCO Gunnery Sergeant back in 23 August 2011,

Gunnery Sergeant Jordan had the unique quality of being able to make you feel he is the Marine you should become, my memories of him are a s a recruit looking up to the Perfect Marine!

I was lucky to meet him as a recruit, he approached me in the final phase of a hump, talked to me about how USMC made his life better!

He said:
"Its -USMC- like a peanut butter & stuff* sandwich, as time goes by you get more peanut butter and less stuff*, till you get a plain peanut butter sandwich".

His Sacrifice confirmed what I already knew. The bonds between Marines are stronger than anything else! Few people influenced me in my life & Gunny Jordan is one those very few who altered my life with a few words & setting an example of being the great Marine till the end!"
Corporal Almsaodi of Brooklyn, NY

"2/5 H&S Marine Phill was a Corporal I was a Sargent, remember the good times forget the bad, hanging at San Mateo (62) area, later he PCS'ed & went SOI. What's up BUDDY! All who read this know him!
SSGT. Smariga USMCFR Homested FL.
I worked in S-1 (Legal) with Guy & Newborn & Jordan. Simper Fi!"
John Smariga of Homestead Florida

"On September 11, 2011, my husband and I rode in a Rolling Memorial in Montgomery, PA to honor our Fallen Heros. Each person was given a card with 4 names of Fallen Heros. It was our honor to carry the card with Phillip's name on it. Just wanted you to know his sacriface is not forgotten."
Sue Woodhouse of Jersey Shore, PA

"My name is Justin Matthews. I was an Electronics Technician serving aboard USS PONCE during his final deployment over seas in March of 2003. I came to know SSgt Jordan during his very vocal conversations on the Mess Decks (this guy LOVED TO TALK and loved to be heard). He was a WELL respected Marine and his guys looked up to him and talked highly about him. He was an honorable guy and there isn't a month that goes by to this day that I don't remember him and the all the others from 1/2 that never came back on board the ship to make the sobering ride back home. He is, and will always be, missed."
Justin Matthews of Manassas, VA

"SSgt. Jordan. I have very fond memories of this great man, father, and marine. He was my Series GySgt when I went through boot camp Dec 2001 3rd Bn. K Co. Plt 3022. I also had the opportunity to work with him again at MCRD Parris Island in Support Bn. He always had my back, supported me when I needed it. I heard the news when I was at NAS Pensacola. I couldn't believe it, this man truly changed my life and to have him no longer here made me very sad. But I know he is in a better place, watching over his marines and welcoming those who gave the ultimate sacrifice like he did. Rest in Peace, you are gone but not forgotten."
Cpl. Lemmons of Charlotte, NC

"I pray for you and all of the families that have suffered a loss. The loss is to you and for our Great Nation. Guys like "Gump" were not heroes for how they died, but how they lived. Semper Fi."
Jeff Wolven (USMC) of Fullerton Ca.

"Amanda and Tyler,

Even as the years have gone by they still remain as a standstill as I remember Gump. There are no words and sorry is never enough in the loss of a loved one.

Tyler your Dad loved you so much - there wasn't a time when mentioning your name, that a sparkle was not present. He loved sharing his pictures of you and we loved seeing them.

My heart is with you both as life moves forward."
Denna' Muncy of St. Thomas, USVI

"To the family of Marine Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, forgive me, I am a few years late in writing this message. But my son Greggory W. Stoddard, speaks very little about his time served in Iraq. Two words that cannot begin to express the gratitude for your husband's ultimate sacrifice, please allow me to say "thank you". You and Tyler are included in my prayers. God bless you!"
Marie-Florence Gouraige Stoddard of White Plains, New York

"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
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Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I have a picture on the wall of my office. It is of a proud father and a son who adores him. I cut it out of the paper because my son was Tyler's age when I first saw it. I look at it almost every day, and I imagine the loss Tyler must have felt and still feels. I think of Philip not being able to ever hold his son again or to see him grow, as I have been able to do with my son. I think of his wife, his family, and their terrible loss. I think of all the men and women who have made that ultimate sacrifice through all the wars we have fought. Today is March 25, 2010. Today, I just happened to look at the caption under the picture and saw that it was seven years ago today that Philip died. The sorrow I still feel for all those who knew him is just as keen as it was when I first saw, and read of Philip. I realize that this short note or anything I could express could ever ease the pain all who knew Philip must still feel, but I am grateful for being allowed to send it. I am very grateful for men like Staff Sgt Philip Jordan."
Jim Grasso of Columbia, CT

"I have a picture on the wall of my office. It is of a proud father and a son who adores him. I cut it out of the paper because my son was the age of Tyler when I first saw it. I look at it almost every day, and I imagine the loss Tyler must have felt and still feels. I think of Philip not being able to see his son grow, as I have been able to do with my son. I think of his wife, his family, and their terrible loss. I think of all the men and women who have made that ultimate sacrifice through all the wars we have fought. Today is March 25, 2010. Today, I just happened to look at the caption under the picture and saw that it was seven years ago today that Philip died. The sorrow I still feel for all those who knew him is just as keen as it was when I first saw the picture, and read of Philip. I realize that this short note or anything I could express could ever ease the pain all who knew Philip must still feel, but I am grateful for being allowed to send it. I am very grateful for men like Staff Sgt Philip Jordan."
Jim Grasso of Columbia, CT

"Mrs. Jordan and Tyler, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when Phillip first came to Aco 1/6 wpns plt. We became friends very fast and went through alot together. I still remember when Tyler was born and what a proud pappa he was. I want you to know that am a better man today for having known him. I can remember the phone ringing at about 9:00 am from working a midnight shift for the local Sheriff's Office where I live and it was Jason Guarkee that had served with us. Jason had told me that he saw on the news that Phillip had paid the ultimate sacrifice. My heart had sank and I was stunned. My first feeling was anger and then I broke down and cried. I will miss him always and think of him often. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Tyler. Rest in peace Phillip."
Jeff Stokes USMC of Girard, Kansas

"I had the pleasure of knowing "Sgt" Jordan while serving with 1/6. Although we were in different platoons, I remember having discussions with him in passing and those long nights serving as duty NCO. I remember how he was respected by the Marines he led. I am Honored to have known a Hero like "Sgt" Jordan. To this day I recall how proud he was after the birth of his son, when he handed me a cigar outside the barracks. I will never forget the name, or the Man, Sgt Phillip Jordan; nor will I forget what he stood for. In my patrol car I have kept a picture of Staff Sgt Jordan holding his son in his arms. This is a reminder to me of what Sgt Jordan had truly sacrificed. Men of Courage act in the face of danger. Sgt Jordan was a Man of Courage and he paid the ultimate sacrifice. I Pray for the family of Sgt Jordan and recognize the Honor and Integrity he so often displayed. I Thank you for his service!
As you served and protected us here on earth, may you stand your post, Marine, ever so proud, ever vigilant, knowing your memory lives on...Semper Fi Sgt Jordan!"
John D of PA

"ssgt its marcan one of your twins from bootcamp. I was in iraq outside the city when i heard what happend. I was so angry. I took alot of that anger home with me. You were a father to so many of us. I wanna say im sorry. Im sorry i wasnt stronger when i came home. Its been six years, and many wrong paths, but i finally remember who i am and what you taught me. thank you"
lcpl Marcan of satellite bch,, florida

"To my fallen brother Phillip; He lived with me and my family in League City for two years in High School. We played football together and worked together. I still have the portrait with Phillip, me and my brothers. We lost touch with each other after school, but he left a lasting impression with me and everyone in our family as someone who truly had the heart of a lion. When reading the article about Phillip and his family; I can see he never changed. He was always concerned about helping others. I love you, and I’m honored and blessed to have had you in my life as a best friend and brother. I knew God had special plans for you. I’m sure we will be re-united someday. I will never forget you and may God bless your family. David Harrill"
David Harrill of New Braunfels, TX USA

"I had the honor of serving with GySgt Jordan at MCRD PISC as a fellow Drill Instructor. Gunny was a man with a huge heart and always seemed to have a smile on his face. We all thank you and your fellow Marines of C Co. 1/2 for what you have done for our country. You will always be with us."
SSGT Richard Bies of Raeford, NC

"I was half asleep when I heard of the death of Phillip on the local late news. I was startled, I immediately called some of our high school buds. I am not a Marine but I new Phillip. I recall speaking with him at our fifteen year reunion in 1995. I bet he was a damn good marine because he was one tuff son of a *. They have built a beautiful granite memmorial at the League City sports plex honoring our soldiers, seeing your name on there made me weep. Thanks for your bravery, because of men like you I'm inspired.
You won't be forgotten,
Ed Wright"
Edward Wright of Friendswood Texas

"This was my Series Gunnery Sergeant in boot camp. Even now I can hear his voice echoing through my head. He was one of the best Marines I ever met. The Corps is definately less without him. We will miss you Gunny! Kilo Co. Plt 3101(Honor Platoon)"
Cpl. Greggory W. Stoddard of New york,NY

"Absolute warrior. He was my series Gunns in boot camp, in aug 2001 kilo co. plt 3100. Didn't meet again until we were in the desert in 2003. If anyone is ever wondering what a Marine is or does, just refer them to Gunny"
Cpl. Kenny Gerhart of Rahway, NJ

"March 15, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan:
Phillip 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

"TO THE FAMILY OF STAFF SGT. JORDAN, I JUST WANTED TO PAY MY RESPECTS AND SAY THAT YOUR FAMILY IS IN MY PRAYERS. HE WAS ONE OF MY MENTORS AND IS THOUGHT OF DAILY. HE WAS ONE HELL OF A LEADER, MARINE, HERO AND FRIEND. MATTHEWS"
MATTHEWS of GEORGIA

"ive just learned about jordan in this research im doing for a dinner to help support our children i no you would be proud of what we are doing and i hope he will rest in peace!"
carissa!! of connecticut

"Ssgt. Jordan

This is Lcpl Rowell from Pt. 3100 K Co. in Aug 2001. I just want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I went to Parris Island a clueless, useless, going nowhere civilian. You were my Series Gunnery Sergent. If I fell behind, you made me run my * off until I caught up, when I screwed up twice on the Rifle Range doing rapid fire in a slow firing zone, and firing after a cease fire command you still saw fit to save my *. I wasn't good at everything but I would wear somebody's * out in hand to hand combat and you would praise me and give me the motivation I needed. I will miss the Hell out of you. When somebody tells me what they think when they think of MARINE I will always describe you. You were a MARINE above all. I am a retired Marine now and I give thanks to you. When I messed up twice on that range you told me the second time "Rowell! I'm gonna go over here and talk to this PMI and I'm gonna try to get him to let you stay on the range." Five min. passed and you returned to say "Rowell!, I talked him into letting you stay and you are the luckiest recruit on this Island, Remember you OWE ME BIG TIME." I never got to pay you back and that has stuck with me for a long time. If you walked in my house right now and told me to do a million push-up's I would bust my * trying to do it and you would get them even if it took me a month. It has taken me a while to write this and I apologize for that. I have never been good with feeling's on the inside. I guess that's the MARINE I have become. With all due respect Ssgt. I give thanks and HONOR to you. Thank you and everyone who have given their lives to protect me and my family from those ANIMALS. Maybe someday WASHINGTON will pull their heads out of their asses and AMERICA will speak up and say enough is ENOUGH and we aren't helping people who don't care about us. I send my respect to you and yours. If your family ever needs anything please feel free to let me know and I promise I will do what I can, I will. Thanks again R.I.P Ssgt. of MARINES

Respectfully,
Lcpl. Rowell"
Lcpl B. Rowell of Bessemer City, NC

"To SSgt Jordan.
I only met you a few times in boot camp but your impact has stuck with me to this day almost 8 years later. I was part of the PCP platoon in boot camp and you were in charge of a few work details I was on. I'll never forget you turning the van on and "Welcome To The Jungle" blasting through the radio. And then when you told me "you've already introduced yourself once, no further need to yell". You were the Drill Instructor who helped set me at ease in boot camp and without saying it let me know things would be ok. The last time I saw you was when I was coming out of the mess hall at Parris Island during Boot Camp and you recognized me by giving me a look that said "good job". To your family I am sorry for your loss. We all lost a brother and a friend that day."
Pvt. Matthew Anderson of Palm Bay, FL, USA

"Phillip is featured in a music video that can be seen here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR0znnmAZ8Y

with gratitude,"
Brodi Valos of Philadelphia, Pa USA

"You are not forgotten brother."

"Brother Jordan,

Rest in peace fellow Warrior and know that you are NEVER forgotten by those of use who served alongside you. My prayers and well-wishes for your wife and son this Mother's day and know that I will tell the Marines I lead in future deployments of the finest Marines I served in combat with. God bless and Semper Fi............I'll see you on the flip side."
Warrant Officer D. Pedraza of Jacksonville, NC

"I also served with Phil in 2/5. As mentioned many times, even as a Lance Corporal, he touched and motivated all who shared his presence. He raised the bar for us Corporals. Words cannot say how much of an impact Phil had as a Marine and as a man. We still shed tears for you, good buddy. Tears of pride for having had the opportunity to share time together with you. God bless your family. Keep watching over us. Semper Fi!"
Capt Karl (Jaako) Himes of New York, NY

"He was a great man. He was my senoir drill instructor in November of 2000. I'm sure he will be missed among all who knew him, even if it was brief. Thank you Phillip A. Jordan for your teachings and guidance. You didn't deserve your death, but our people are forever in your gratitude for your sacrafice."
Sgt. Timothy MacBryde (vet.) of New York, NY

"dear jordan family,
my name is philip jordan and i have lost an uncle in iraq and i understand what you feel."
of marana az

"Today I learned about your husband- I never met this man or you- but I stumbled to this sight.
You are left with only memories. Ans of course a beautiful son.
As a mother and wife , I mourn with you . God Bless"
Julie of Alexandria , VA

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Phillip A. Jordan. Phillip 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

"Thinking of you and your family...5/28/07. God bless you."
Bela

""OLD MAN" Jordan,
You always had a positive attitude and response to any situation. You are a grunt by trade and by birth always instilling in the Marines the will to push beyond their boundaries. You are missed and often thought of. May your family continue to be blessed as you look down upon them protecting them from beyond.
Staff Sergeant Timothy Hall Drill Instructor 3rd RTR MCRD PI, 2000."
STAFF SERGEANT TIMOTHY HALL of CAMP PENDLETON, CA

""OLD MAN" Jordan,
You always had a positive attitude and response to any situation. You are a grunt by trade and by birth always instilling in the Marines the will to push beyond their boundaries. You are missed and often thought of. May your family continue to be blessed as you look down upon them protecting them from beyond.
Staff Sergeant Timothy Hall Drill Instructor Kilo Co. 3rd RTR MCRD PI, 2000."
STAFF SERGEANT TIOMTHY HALL of CAMP PENDLETON, CA

"Gy Jordan,

It's been a while but as I get ready to honor your anniversary, I continuously reflect back on the impact you had on us at DI School in 1999 and our subsequent tours at 3rd Bn MCRDPI as Hats. Even in a place filled with the Corps' elite, you always stood out and I truly believe you also watched over me during my 2 tours to Iraq with 1st LAR. I will re-enlist on the date you were KIA for many reasons but mainly so I never forget the sacrifice you made for your family, the Corps, and our Nation. I hope you continue to watch over me and guide me from above as you and the other Marines who have given all stand tall guarding the Pearly Gates. Till we meet again, your old friend;"
1stSgt Edward Gonzalez of Camp Pendleton CA

"GUNNY, FROM THE MARINES OF V3/1 REST IN PEACE YOU HAVE DONE WELL, OUR BROTHERS WILL LIVE TO YOUR LEGEND,,, SEMPER ,,,,SGT SMITH OUT"
SGT SMITH of SOMERS, CT

"I first met then Cpl Jordan at SOI, Camp Pendleton. He was my troop handler in 1992. Over the next 8 years I ran into him all over the Corps. The last time was in Norfolk, VA in '98. He had made SSgt then. I will never forget this Marine. He made a great and lasting impression on this young Marine at the time. Semper Fidelis my Brother."
Sgt Mic of Seattle, WA

"2/5 H&S 89/92 I can still hear his voice "What's up Buddy?" He was bigger than life, always laughing, never down. From all of us at 2ndBn, 5thMar, 1stMarDiv We will miss you. Semper Fi"
Cpl Greg "Chia" Chiaravalle of Seattle Washignton

"I just 'met' Phillip today via the New York Times' "Faces of the Dead". I was so impressed by what I have learned about the a man that I just had to leave a message here. His wife and son are so blessed to have have Phillip with them for as long as they did."
Doug Daniels of Kalispell, MT USA

"TO THE JORDAN FAMILY,
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR HUSBAND AND FATHER. I WAS IN 3027 LIMA IN 2000 AS A RECRUIT AND I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM MARCHING THE SOON TO BE MARINES AND TELLING THEM "LISTEN UP I AINT NO SINGER, I AM A GRUNT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT!!" CAUSE MOST OF THE DI'S HAD THAT SMOOTH CADENCE SOUND, BUT HE WAS THERE TO TRAIN RECRUITS INTO FINE MARINES NOT TO BE THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL!! I FOUND THE NEWS OUT IN A SHOCKING WAY I WAS OVER IN THE "NAS" AND I HAD GOTTEN A VFW MAGAZINE FROM MY FATHER IN THE MAIL AND I WAS READING THROUGH IT AND COME UPON THE PAGE OF HIM AND HIS SON. I WAS SO SHOCKED. I REMEMBER HEARING FROM MY DI'S IN BOOT CAMP THAT HE WAS NO JOKE. THEY WOULD TELL STORIES OF HIM OF FROM THE FIRST GULF. I STILL THINK ABOUT HIM EVEN THOUGH HE WASNT A DI OF MINE BUT HE MUTA HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO NEVER FORGET HIM!! SEMPER FI GUNNY WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!! GOD HAS THE BEST SECURITY FORCE HE COULD HE COULD EVER ASK FOR!!!!!!"
SGT. SAMALONIS PLT 3027 LIMA CO.2000 of MOUNT LAUREL, NEW JERSEY

"Five and a half years after meeting this great man his voice still pierces my ears. "If you don't mind, it don't matter!" He loved his wife and son Tyler more than life itself. Never in my life have I been affected by one person to an extent like this. He made me who I am today. I've been out of the Corps for a year and a half now and he is still on my mind daily. He was like a father to me and will be forever missed. "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!"
Cpl. Beau J. Graham, K 3067"
of Birmingham, AL

"Gunny Jordan,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other Marines from 2nd MEB who were killed that day in An Nasiriyah for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones especially your son Tyler, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy-from reading all the reflections about your Dad, he was everything a Marine and NCO should be. I remember seeing the picture of your son Tyler at your funeral and it really moved me because I have a son about the same age and it made me think of all the things that Tyler won't get to do with you, but I know you will be there as his guardian angel.

Semper Fi Gunny!"

"Big Phil and I worked in the same squadbay on the same team with each other in 3rdbn "L" co PI in 2000. We had some of the best times together that cycle, not just at work but getting to know each other to bond a friendship. I was wet behind the ears at the time so he was like a father or a big brother to me!!! When I heard what had happened to him I became instantly enraged also sad because I had lost a friend!!! Big Phil took care of everyone and everyone loved him. He even took it upon himself to change my middle name from "C" to "P" and I still have that name today. HA Ha HA. . .Big Phil I miss you and know that you are in a better place"
GySgt Shawn "P" Wright of Officer Candidate School, Quantico VA

"Old man" Jordan and I attended DI school together and followed on to swim school and then on to "K" Co 3rd Bn. I have never in my life met a man that had as much motivation about being a warrior as he did. A warrior of warriors and a Marines Marine, he would always say to me "John...if I ever go with gods permission, it'll be on the battle field". Phill, you will always have a place in my memories and I am proud to have become friends with you! Tyler, I remember being in swim school with your daddy and he would say on weekends that he had to get home and show you how to pee standing up. Your daddy was a fine Marine and a great man!"
SSgt John Nolan of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day, 2006. God bless your family & friends."
Bela Beaupre of Woodbury, CT

"Just want you to know that I am thinking of you brother. You are never forgotten."

"I can truly say we have lost a special man here. Mind over Matter was his favorite motto. This man was hardcore and he instilled it in me as a Marine. Semper Fi"
Eric Holmes www.trumarine@hotmail.com of Manchester, Ga

"GySgt Jordan and I had the pleasure of working together at MRP/PCP in Parris Island. He was the Company Gunny and he was one heck of a Company Gunny. He told you like it was, whether you wanted to hear it or not. Most importantly, he took care of everyone of his Marines. My husband, also there at the time, are great friends with him. It was and still is hard for us to accept that such a wonderful, loving and caring Marine is no longer with us.
I can still picture him walking across the street to his vehicle, as we would always pass each other one coming in, one leaving and we would talk about everything and anything. He would always say, "Don't worry about it devil dog," with a crocked grin. He was an inspiration. He taught me how to stand up for my Marines, even if it is against the bigwigs. We have truely lost a rare Marine."
SSgt Wilks, Adlene A. of Aberdeen Proving Grounds MD.

"I'll never forget the first time I met then, SSGT Jordan. I was working the pits at Parris Island as the Pit NCO on Inchon. We grilled hot dogs and talked about the dumb things recruits do. I later became a PMI and pushed a few platoons for the big guy and we talked about life and the Corps. he became a personal friend that i could always talk to. The day i found out he had perished, I remember asking myself Why? Then i realized that we as Marines are trained to defend the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, at all cost. You gave your life doing something that you loved. This is one of the best Marines I have ever met and am glad I had the opportunity to meet this great Marine. God Bless you Gunny and watch over me as i prepare to rotate from recruiting to the great sandbox. SEMPER FIDELIS.
SSGT Pieratti"
Thomas Pieratti of Cedar rapids IA

"I remember one evening as a recruit of Plt 3067 Kilo company Parris Island S.C. 2001, i was marching a few of my fellow recruits back to the squadbay," loud, in step and motivated as SSGt Jordan used to tell us" after our daily chow hall duty. A Drill instructor from my company stop me," hey Recruit come here" i ran over "recruit starks reporting as ordered sir" he says "whos your senior drill instructor" as loud as i could muster up a scream i yelled out "SIR RECRUIT STARKS SENIOR DRILL INSTRUCTOR IS SSGT JORDAN SIR" and he told me to get out of his face. We got back to the squadbay and we all knew we were going to get a quaterdeck vist, but instead when we arrived back SSGT Jordan met us and told us that, we are a direct representation of him when he was not around and for us no matter were we are in the world that u should always carry yourself as a "MARINE" but he made it clear to us that we wasnt marines yet and we had to earn it, and that day for me as well as my fellow marines now that was with me that day just made our drive harded to finish basic training, and for that i would to say thank you SSGT Jordan for everything you showed me and taught me as one of the special people that your life got to touch. GOD BLESS THE JORDAN FAMILY.
Cpl Martinus J. Starks and Family"
Martinus Starks of Troutman N.C.

"I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY MAY GOD BLESS YOUR SOUL. I PRAY THAT THE LORD BLESSES THE JORDAN FAMILY AND CONTINUES TO KEEP YOU IN HIS HANDS. SEMPER FI!"
EDI SGT TIMOTHY O. CLAY of 3RD BN INDIA CO MCRD PARRIS ISLAND SC

"And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
Who gave that right to me
And I'll gladly stand up next to you
And defend her still today
Cause there ain't no doubt
I love this land
God bless the USA

Remembering you this July 4th, 2005. God bless your family and friends. Love never ends. It lives in our hearts forever."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"I can still remember him leading PT on the PT table at Parris Island. I was in boot camp at the time, and I remember thinking that that is the kind of Marine I wanted to be.

I was in Plt 3021 3rd BN "K" Co. Went to boot camp on Dec 11th, 2001. SDI SSGT Nolan."
Cpl Zimmerman, Brian W of Camp Lejeune, NC ( BRIG CO )

"Mrs. Jordan and Tyler, I am so sorry it took so long to find this website. Our husbands were DI's together at 3rd BTN. PI, SC and I was deeply saddened to hear that Phillip passed away. When Scott came home at told me, I was in total disbelief as was he. We really didn't say much that evening, we just held our kids, each other and cried alot. The reality is there. Scott has gone twice and thank God he is with me. Maybe he is lucky to have a guardian angel watching down on him and many others. I hope and pray that you are as well as can be and are so very proud of the sacrafice that he made. If he is anything like I remember, he was proud to be there. Please let me know if you every need an ear or just an extra prayer. May God be with you and Tyler. jert73@yahoo.com"
WO1 William and Stephanie Teal(former SSGT Teal 3rd Btn. "L" Co. of Beaufort, SC

"I was shocked while watching the news as it reported the loss of such a fine man. I was just a bartender at Coach's Corner in San Clemente while Phil was stationed at Camp Pendelton. He was on our Security crew and of course was one of the best. His laughter, his upbeat personality always shined through. I remember when he and his wife met right in front of me. Amanda, I cannot tell how sorry I am for you and Tyler. Though please take some comfort in knowing that you gave him the love that he so searched for, and appreciated. I hope you and Tyler find comfort and peace in the future. I loved that guy, and he wasn't to bad at darts either. Feel free to contact me at tryinryan@adelphia.net, I would love to talk to you in person. Thank you Phil for your sacrifice, I will never forget you. All my love, Steve Ryan"
Steve Ryan - former bartender from Coach's Corner, San Clemente, CA of Boynton Beach, FL

"I met SSGT Jordan on our way over to the Gulf in Jan/03. From the moment I saw this Marine onboard I knew he was special. He used to train his marines near where I worked on the ship, and I would hear this intense voice piercing the ships steel decks and bulkheads. I would walk out there to see this big, tall, intense marine barking at his young marines. The way he held their attention and the way they looked back at him not missing a word he said was amazing to me. We were both the same rank so he and I would relax in the same lounge together. So introduced myself to him and the first thing he said to me was "darn glad to meet you shipmate" his handshake was firm and meaningful. He and another SSGT would do the "daily Marine News" on the ships closed circuit TV so all of the ships company knew who he was. One of he last conversations we had was about the upcoming combat he and his marines were about to encounter. He told me sadly that he was going to lose a lot of marines. I never imagined I wouldn’t be able to bring him back to North Carolina. The day I saw his name scroll across the bottom of the TV, I couldn’t believe it. I had to read the message 3 or 4 times to make sure I wasn’t reading it incorrectly. My stomach sung and a lump set in my throat. Big J and 17 other Devil Dogs perished on 23 March 2003 from 1/2, brought over by USS Ponce (LPD-15). I met some unbelievable marines on the way over and back from OIF. GySGT Troy Schielein, awesome to see you was selected to Gunny buddy. To the family of GySGT Jordan, God Bless you. Tyler your father is my Hero. Good luck in life. Email Ronald.degnan@navy.mil I am stationed at Mobile Security Squadron SIX DET 26"
Ronnie Degnan of Newport News VA

"Dear Tyler.
Please understand that your father died a hero that day and that he talked of you as often as he could.
It is safe to know that he loved you very very much.... he still does. I know you miss him Tyler, so do I but
he is watching out for you and your mom from heaven above.
Love and prayers,
ANC. USMC"
ANC of Atlanta GA. USA

"BROTHER, AS A YEAR AND A HALF HAS PASSED SINCE OUR LAST DAYS TOGETHER ON THE BATTLEFIELD IN THE NAS, YOUR MEMORY AND SPIRIT IS STILL STRONG WITHIN ME HEART AS WELL AS IM SURE ANYONE WHO KNEW YOU...I AM ABOUT TO BE A GYSGT NEXT FRIDAY AND I WILL BE THINKING OF YOU AS THEY PIN THAT CHEVRON ON ME...I WISH IT WAS YOUR FIST ON MY COLLAR...DAMN I MISS YOU MY BIG FRIEND..EVERYDAY..I HOPE I CAN MAKE YOU PROUD, SEMPER FIDELIS"
SSGT TROY F SCHIELEIN of WTBN, QUANTICO, VA

""Who is your senior drill instructor!?" "SENIOR DRILL INSTRUCTOR STAFF SERGEANT JORDAN, SIR!!" I remember screaming those words at the top of my lungs for weeks on end, and it was my pride as a recruit of Platoon 3067, Kilo Company,3rd Recruit Training Batallion, PI MCRD. I always looked up to him in many ways. To my fellow recruits and I, he was like our father for 3 months. His concern was for our training and our development as Marines.

I remember looking at the table with several medals, pictures, and trophies. It inspired me to press onwards, towards the mark that I came to Parris Island to reach... to become a Marine.

I, along with a few other Marine Recruits, was sent to 2nd Batallion, but I always considered myself one of his 3067. I have one picture in particular that I keep displayed on my desk. After my graduation from 2nd Batallion, I came back to thank him for all that he had done for us as recruits, then newly made Marines, and for me personally. I am glad my father had his camera with him to take that picture, because I treasure it greatly.

He taught me discipline, motivation, and that I can overcome all odds if I put both my heart and mind to it.

His body may be resting quietly, but his spirit's voice lives throughout each and every life he touched. I am among these proud souls.

I will remember you forever, Staff Sergeant. Rest in Peace."
Lance Corporal Turbyfill, N.S. of Dallas, TX USA

"Although I was never fortunate enough to meet you...I serve with many Marines who speak so passionately about you. I'll never forget that day in Nasiriyah, we lost so much. Thank you GySgt Jordan for your sacrifice to our country in which we defend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Semper Fi Marine."
Sgt/USMC of St. Louis,MO

"I served with Phil in 1st Bn 6th Marines. We were both Sergeants at the time. When I would see him we'd always talk about the "fine" goings on around us. He'd take time out of his work day and do what ever he could to help out a friend or anyone in need. Phil was a good guy and a great Marine. I was in shock when I heard the news, and deeply saddened, but I know Phil would want us to "Ruck-up" and carry on with the mission. He'll be sorely missed as a friend to ALL Marines.

Semper Fi, brother! You'll NEVER be forgotten..."
GySgt. M. R. Slatton of Quantico, Va

"To the friends and family of Phillip A. Jordan:
I pray for the families of all the fallen soldiers every single day, and understand your pain. My husband was also KIA in Iraq. These fine soldiers will never be forgoten, and will always be loved."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"Jordan buddy, I can still remember the day that I found out that you had been killed, I had to compose myself. It was a long moment I stood looking at your name and hearing your voice in my head. I couldn't believe it. I knew that you had died a warriors death, I knew that you had done what you could for yourself and your Marines. I then felt a calm come over me. I will miss you "J" you will always be in my mind and heart. You have done well in your life "J". To your family, I offer my sincerest condolences your husband and father will be missed by all."
GySgt Rogers (P.I. D.I.) of 2mardiv Camp Lejeune

"Big Man,
I was attached to 1FSSG as thier SATCOM link in IRAQ when I heard the news about you. It took me awhile to be able to come to terms with it because all I could see is your happy face and up beat spirit from our days in Lima Co. 3rd RTBN. I truly miss you brother and pray that your family finds strength to carry on. I'm so proud to have known you as a fellow "HAT", Marine, and friend. The beauty, if any, is that Tyler will be able to carry on his dad's name. One day I pray that he knows and understands completely what a great man his father was. For your family...if there is anything needed I'm a phone call away (614) 292-6015. Rest in peace brother and Semper Fi"
GySgt Rodney Harris of AMOI The Ohio State University

"GySgt Jordan was (posthumously) awarded the Silver Star on 25 June 2004. Your heroic achievements are forever forged in Marine Corps history. I'm proud to call you my friend! Until we meet again at Heavens Gate.....Semper Fidelis

Jeff Smith
1stSgt
USMC (Ret)"
Jeff Smith of Camp Lejeune, NC

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"Gunny, thanks for helping lock me on at Kilo Co on the drill field...I'll never forget you, nor will I let my Marines."
Brad Anderson of Beaufort, S.C.

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine! SEMPER FI!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"'If you don't mind, it don't matter!' I will never forget those words from my Senior Drill Instructor SSGT Phillip Jordan. He is definitely true testimony of what being a hero is because what he instilled in his recruits and Marines, never showing weakness, and fighting for America's freedom. Not a day goes by when I do not think about being in Southern Iraq when the war had started and realizing that as Marines we must committ to our values, country, and family...and that is what SSGT Jordan did!! RIP SSGT Jordan (Matthew 5:9)."
Lcpl Scott Medlin of Concord, NC/ USA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Phillip, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"Dear Phillip:

I realize you do not know me personally, but I am with you spiritually. You are a true hero in my eyes of all Americans. I want you to know that all your efforts were not in vain. I appreciate the ultimate sacrifice you paid so that all of us can live in a free and safe society.

The ultimate sacrifice in life is to take action and protect those whom you love. You were there in Iraq because you love this great country and your fellow citizens. You were willing to place yourself in harms way in order to protect the sovereignty of our country. In the eyes of God you have given the greatest gift of all for your friends and loveones; you gave your life. I just wanted you to know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers each and everyday. Thank you for giving me the greatest gift in life which is the gift of freedom.

To the family of Phillip A. Jordan please except my sincere condolences on the loss of your son. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

Sincerely,

Carol Annino
Newington, CT 06111"
Carol Annino of Newington, CT 06111

"May you find comfort in knowing how many Americans share in your sadness and loss.. Phillip is a TRUE HERO! Prayers and Condolences to his loved ones.
Thank you for making the ultimate sacrafice for our freedom..We will never forget!! Semper Fi!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Thank you Phillip Jordan, 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

"Phillip you are an amazing inspiration to me and millions of other Americans. You paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and you didnt even know me. That is a debt that can never be repaid but one I will try to for the rest of my life. I only hope that the Heavenly Father will assuage your families grief. I also hope they realize what a wonder and inspiration you are by your ultimate sacrifice for freedome. I live in East Windsor now but grew up in Enfield. I wanted to go to your funeral but didnt want to intrude. I wish I had gone and showed my condolences. In any case if I can do anything for your family whether it is someone to pray with, or just to talk to please contact me at ctpoet1@yahoo.com"
Chris Decker of East Windsor CT USA

"I served with Phil from 88-93 in 2/5. Even when he was a LCpl, Phil was a leader. He loved the Marine Corps and the Marines that he served along side, and they loved him. He left a positive impression on everyone he met. I am proud to have served with him during his first trip to gulf region and I feel guilty for not having been with him the second time. Phil was a fine Marine and one of the best men that you could ever hope to meet. His memory and the impact that he made on all of the Marines that he came into contact with will echo for many, many years to come."
Jason Vance of dacula, ga

"I had the privilege of serving with Phil in G 2/5. He was a young LCpl. but a big man with a big heart. I cried when I saw his picture on TV. My heart and prayers go out to Amanda & Tyler. You will be never forgotten by your 2/5 family."
Sgt. Ron McCormick (USMC Ret.) of Fruitland Park, Fl.

"To the family of SSgt Jordan, he was a true inspiration to all Marines. No matter what rank, he lead by example and was always a motivator. I do remember several time when I was stationed at Parris Island, seeing him march his platoon and making corrections...he was a good man, a great Drill Instructor and a top notch Marine. May God bless you and your family."
Cpl Marcy M. Smith of Camp Lejeune, NC originally from New Haven, CT

"To the Jordan family, SSgt Jordan left a everlasting impression on many Marines, one being myself. I served under him as a recruit in Parris Island. The constant motivation and desire to teach young Marines how to be Marines has made the Marine Corps a tougher and stronger Marine Corps. I will always rember SSgt Jordan, He was one of a kind"
LCpl Ed McEvoy of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I pass on my dearest prayers to the family. Not only was he a Marin, but he was my Connecticut brother, and my comrade-in-arms. I may have never known him, but it breaks my heart, to see a fellow soldier fall in battle. I pray the Lord greatly Blesses you and yours."
A1C Joseph Salmoiraghi of Buckley AFB, CO (orig from Bristol, CT)

"To those close to Big J. you will know that he was truly an unselfish man. He gave of himself the ultimate gift so that those in future may still walk our land Free. Adam and I shared a close friendship with those who were Drill Instructors of 3rd Bn Lima Co., Parris Island, Big J was one of those special ones. I know Big J. guided me as a new wife, in the fine art of being a "Dependent!" That of course always touched a raw nerve with me but I knew he meant it only as a compliment. As I know now, we are all dependent on our military men/women. So, I now use this word more freely than that of a Marine Spouse. Big J., Adam and I will miss you upon our return to Parris Island. Where will he ever find those wonderful cigars that he grew so fond of? Or who will be there with us when we go fishing? You will be there with us...Big J....always.

Semper Fidelis,

Denna' Muncy
Proud Wife of Gunny Adam G. Muncy"
Gunnery Sergeant Adam G. and Denna' Muncy of Kailua, HI, USA

"To Mrs. Jordan and Tyler, you have my heartfelt condolences. SSGT Jordan was the supreme Drill Instructor and the finest Marine I have ever met. There are so many stories I tell about him. Here are a couple quick ones. When he had us run for PT on Parris Island, he would shout, "Your lungs are going to tell you that you need air- WELL IGNORE THAT %@#*!" When 3058 stepped off for our Crucible in the middle of the night, the downpour commenced- and SSGT Jordan immediately barked, "It doesn't rain on Marines, it rains FOR Marines!""
LCPL Ladner of Woburn, MA

"I served with SSGT Jordan in 1/6. He was an outstanding Marine and one heck of a man. He allways had a quick joke and smile, but would put a boot in your butt if you needed it. I think the funniest thing I remember him doing was when we were in Australia and he had all of us in formation. We were the bad guys for a war game. His speech was one of the funniest things I've heard to this day. He will be missed."
Nick Nelsen of San Diego, CA

"TO MY BIG FRIEND, MY PAL, THE FEW HOURS THAT WE SPENT TOGETHER IN AN NASIRIYAH MAY HAVE BEEN THE LAST FEW PHYSICALLY BUT YOU WILL FOREVER REIGN IN MY MARINE SOUL AS YOU DID EVERY DAY THEREAFTER IN BATTLE....I WILL ALWAYS GIVE MY BEST TO BE HALF THE MARINE AND FRIEND THAT YOU WERE TO ALL AND EVERY TIME I FIND MYSELF DOING SOMETHING I ASK MYSELF " WHAT WOULD BIG 'J' HAVE DONE. YOU ARE THE BEST MARINE I HAVE EVER KNOWN AND FOUGHT WITH. BIG 'J', YOU ARE MY _______ ________!!!! FOR THOSE CLOSE TO BIG 'J', YOU WILL KNOW WHAT TO PUT IN THOSE BLANKS...SEMPER FIDELIS."
SSGT TROY F. SCHIELEIN of CAMP LEJEUNE

"i served with this devil dawg when he was a lcpl with 2/5....he was a great friend and will be surely missed..semper fi...."
Darriel of Georgia

"God Bless you SSGT Jordan, you are our hero............."
Giovanni Herrera of Miami, Florida

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Phillip Jordan:
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 Phillip 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. Phillip Jordan:
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 Phillip, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"SSgt Jordan was my drill instructor when I was a recruit going through Parris Island in 2000. He was highly motivated and worked tirelessly to train and educate us. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our country. We'll never forget you!"
LCpl Holeda, T.M (USMC) of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I served with Phil in the early 1990's at the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton. We were both Instructors at the time and I will never forget how much motivation he instilled in our Marines with his larger than life Texas attitude and his uncanny gift for great story telling. He believed in giving the students the best training and knowledge possible and that’s exactly what he did.
Yes, I remember him very well and, like many others he has touched, I will never forget.
Semper Fi Phil! You will always be a Hero to those who dream of the freedoms that we Americans enjoy and that you sacrificed to provide."
Tod Hare of San Diego, CA.

"may God Bless you no words I can say would be enough"
Earl of Medford, Oregon

"It's the secret of the world that all things subsist...and do not die..but only retire from sight..and afterwards, return again. May god rest your soul. Thank you Staff Sergeant for your sacrifices to protect our freedom."
The Taylors, USMC of North Carolina

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on