Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Jarrod L. Maher

21, of Imogene, Iowa.
Maher died as result of a non-hostile gunshot wound at Abu Ghraib, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 12, 2004.

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"Hey brother, still think about you all the time and tell stories of the crazy stuff we'd do to kill time, especially on ship together. Just wanted to say hi. See you when I get there."
Brandon Wilson of Missoula Montana

"I dont know the what the correct thing to say at this point in time nor If I ever will but here I go. First off, I would like to send my condolonces to his family. To this day Iam very, very thankful to have my family and 2 beautiful kids which is something He will never get the chance to have. Jarrod was my friend. He was my blood brother. He was my friend. We talked about so many things in life including his family, music and etc but I truely remember him for being a great person. I served 2 tours with him in Bravo Co. and I know he is in Heaven guarding the gates for us. I MISS YOU Devil Dog!"
Cpl. Michael J. Rodriguez of Salinas, Ca

"Jarrod, we never got the chance to really get to know each other even though we are family. I think about you a lot though and we will be hanging out one day :) Thanks for watching over all of us and you are truly missed by everyone."
Catrina Lincoln of Bellevue, NE

"hey bein veterans day I always think of Jarrod Maher AKA Mad Max 1/4 bravo Assaultman one of the best most honest dudes you'll ever meet, Always was a good feelin when I had a post with Maher i knew it would fly by cause we were cool, and he became a good freind. I hope they have a microwave in heaven cause he liked microwavin his beer, Iowa thing? lol I dunno... Just wanted to say my prayers are with his fam, and Ill never forget you Bro.."
LCPL FAIN of medford, oregon

""To the family of Jarrod L. Maher ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Cpl Maher was A Lcpl when I hit the fleet as a Pfc In 2004. We svered it the same PLT wpns plt bravo 1/4. I was a machine gunner and he was an Assault man. I looked up to him as a big brother. I rember him telling me about his dads bike and how he rode as do I. one thing I will never forget about hit the was he played the blues Guitar on ship on our way to kuwait. and if you couldnt smile he would always find a way to make you. to my brother, I will never forget you.
love
Sgt Ian Fowler"
Ian fowler of camp pendleton,ca

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Jarrod L. Maher:
Jarrod 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

"jarrod- I miss you bro I only new you for a short time but it felt like forever. your life made a big impact on mine and Even though we were only in Iraq together I try to remember the good times. fly free bro!"
Cpl Carlos Suarez USMC I-RR of Granada Hills,Ca

"Hi Jarrod,
I dont really know what to say on these things, i dont feel comfortable talking about him in the past tense, so here we go. Jarrod you are my friend and I miss you so much. I know that your family is doing well though losing you has impacted them greatly. I have tried to call a couple of times, but its hard. I dont know how your mom feels about me living and you...well, you know. I cant begin to express how much I think about you, your the closest person I have ever lost. I will remember you always Mad Max, Semper Fi."
Cpl Paul McEnaney of St Joseph Missouri

"I had just learned of Jarrod's passing today. We were in bootcamp together, Plt. 3089 I Co. Although he and I didn't have the opportunity to talk much, I can tell he was going to be a good Marine. I am very saddened by his loss and my deepest condolences go out to his friends and family. Semper Fi."
Cpl David Hazlett of Glendale, AZ

"It almost seems like yesterday we were playing ball, camping out at Jarrod's birtday parties, and even seeing one another at school. But in an instant he was taken from us too soon. The bravest man I knew was the one I grew up with. He was scared of nothing and would do almost anything. There isnt a day that goes by that I dont think of Jarrod and what he did for our country. He will live on in our hearts and in our memories until we meet him again in the gates of heaven. Kevin and Jacque know that you arent alone and his friends are always near if you ever need anything.
Jarrod we miss you very much and are thankful for the things you have done for our country and the footprints you left in our hearts.
Until we meet again,
Brandon Pease"
Brandon Pease of Shenandoah, IA

"Say goodnight not
good-bye
You will never leave my
heart behind
Like the path of a star
I'll be anywhere you are


In the spark that lies
beneath the coals
In the secret place inside
your soul
Keep my light in your
eyes
Say goodnightnot
good-bye


Don't you fear when you
dream
Waking up is never what
It seems
Like a Jewel buried deep
Like a promise meant to
keep


You are everything you
want to be
So just let your heart reach out to me
I'll be right by your side
Say goodnight not
good-bye


You are everything you
want to be
So just let your heart
reach out to me
Keep my light in you
eyes
Say goodnight not
good-bye


Song:Say Goodnight
Album: Sand and Water
Artist: Beth Nielson Chapman

Beth is an "Air Force Brat" and understands moving all over the world to participate in the military family.

This song has been sung at many 9/11 memorials.

Mary Jo Welch
Now in Brandon, Manitoba CANADA
but grew-up in Luverne, Minnesota"

"To the family of Jarrod L. Maher:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"I was only 21 when I first met Jarrod, and an Army recruiter stationed out of Council Bluffs. I believe it was his junior summer when I first met with his family about enlisting in the Army. Jarrod was very mature and polite for a 17 year old. I kept in touch with him even after he enlisted in the Marines and he seemed to be excited about going. I haven't looked at this website since I myself was over in Iraq. I knew a lot of the kids that joined from southwest Iowa and my biggest fear about looking at this website is to recognize someone's name. I've learned about two, with Jarrod and Kenneth Nalley from Hamburg. My heart truly goes out to you and the pain you are suffering. I am now out of the Army and going to ASU, I spent two years over there and lost more than one friend."
(Former Sergeant U.S. Army) Jesse Westad of Tempe, Arizona

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

"Hello My Name is Roberta Brooks.I live just down the road from you in Hamburg Iowa.
I wanted to let you know my Prayers are with you and your Family. I lost my son PVT Kenneth A Nalley on May 26,2003. There No words to express the way we feel.
Your son IS A Hero.
Thank You Jarrod for keeping us ALL safe here in The USA
Always in My thoughts and prayers
Roberta Brooks"
"Roberta Brooks" of Hamburg Iowa USA

"i never got the pleasure of knowing Jarrod. my demo team started a project in January 2004 and ended in September 2004. we would like for his family to take place in our project of honoring our fallen heros of Iowa. if anyone has information on Jarrod and his family please contact me at: queenie_20035@yahoo.com. God bless Jarrod and his family!"
Ashley Farrier (T.C.B. Demo) of Washington, Iowa, USA

"To Jarrod...a High School friend who I will never forget. Dreams became reality as the years of your life passed on and you were and always will be a Friend, Marine, and a Hero. You are always in my prayers and before I deploy overseas into the area which your life was taken I want you to know that I feel confident in knowing I have you as my "Guardian Angel" everyday. May God rest your soul and memories of you live on forever. Watch over us as you always have with the smile that always showed. I will never forget you Jarrod."
PFC Aaron Michael Cox of Shenandoah, Iowa

"To Jarrod...a High School friend who I will never forget. Dreams became reality as the years of your life passed on and you were and always will be a Friend, Marine, and a Hero. You are always in my prayers and before I deploy overseas into the area which your life was taken I want you to know that I feel confident in knowing I have you as my "Guardian Angel" everyday. May God rest your soul and memories of you live on forever. Watch over us as you always have with the smile that always showed. I will never forget you Jarrod."
PFC Aaron Michael Cox of Shenandoah, Iowa

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

"To Jarrod'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 Jarrod's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank You for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,GA

"To the family and friends of Corporal Jarrod L. Maher,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca

"Thank you Jarrod Maher, 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 Cpl. Jarrod Maher:
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 Jarrod 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 Cpl. Jarrod Maher:
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 Jarrod, 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