Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Jason David Mileo


20, of Centreville, Maryland.
Killed after being mistaken for an enemy soldier. Emergency personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene, but Mileo died on site in the vicinity of Baghdad. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on April 14, 2003.

We didn't know you Jason Mileo,
but your photo tells us much.
We can tell you were a good boy
and becoming a great man.

We can see it in your eyes,
they reveal your soul and your goodness,
your determination, your maturity,
your seriousness tempered by wit and youth.

We didn't know you, but as a member
of the greatest military on the planet
you were surely an outstanding individual
and extremely special.

Millions of oppressed Iraqis didn't know you,
but every day and every night they thank their god
that you and the United States Marines
set foot on their soil.

We didn't know you, but we are deeply stirred
by your maturity and your loyalty.
You stepped up and answered a call
of the highest obligation and duty.

Sacrificing everything.
Enduring unending discomfort and danger.
Away from your family and life.
Making world history.

While we sat and watched it all
from the comfort of our living room.

While most kids your age,
their whole lives ahead of them,
continued in the luxury of their youth,
unconcerned with the future and
oblivious to the dangers around the globe.

We didn't know you, but we are grateful for your life.
We are grateful to your family for raising you proper.
We are grateful for the path you decided to take.

We are saddened and angered by your death.
We don't understand why God would take you;
we can tell you had so much more to give to this world.

Our only comfort is that we know
you are in heaven now,
and that your death was not in vain.

When the pain of sorrow is gone
and time continues to pass,
we will still remember you.
We will never forget your sacrifice
as we enjoy the freedoms you fought for
and watch as a newly-liberated people continue
your fight for those same freedoms.

You didn't know us, Jason Mileo,
but you gave your life for us and for your country
and for that we will be eternally grateful.

You sacrificed it all when you
joined the Marines and went overseas.
Death did not make you a hero:
you already were one.

Thank you and God bless you and your family.
In humility and with everlasting gratitude and admiration,

Jill Lambert of Pasadena, Maryland, USA

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"Thinking of you this Memorial Day, Jason Mileo, as well as of your family. Eternal peace be with you, Hero. Vincent and Jo Gun, my heart goes out to you, hope all is well."
Jill Corrigan (formerly Lambert) of Abingdon, MD

"Happy Birthday Marine. I think of you daily and the brothers we served with. Semper Fi, you will never be forgotten."

"Jason, there isn't a day that passes, that I don't miss you, man. You were a great friend. Until Valhalla"
SSgt Ryan Page of Camp Lejeune

"Jason you are missed. I hope you watch over your family and help guide them."
Katie Ansley of Harrogate, England

"Col. Mileo you were a true warrior. It was a honor to serve at your side. So many things we wrong that night; I don't think any one person Marine knows the whole story. It really doesn't matter anymore. Regardless of who pulled the trigger or why. It doesn't negate the fact that you were killed defending our country and your fellow Marines. As you walk the eternal post know you are not forgotten. Till we meet again Cpl. Semper Fidelis."
Shawn Naquin 3rd plt I co of Houma, LA

"I miss you brother but I know you are in a better place, you are a great Marine great leader and great friend."
GySgt Flowers of Tacoma Wa

"You know the answers of that night sitting in heaven and I wish I knew. I think about you and your family often. I watched a war time home video that Hanley made the other day and seeing you and others in there brought back some good memories. I often think why that night happened and what went wrong on my part. I'm sorry Mileo and family. God bless you"
Rau of California

"Jason its hard to think back on this day 10 years ago. It breaks me down into pieces , I remember that day and I think about you often . You were a true friend , and most of all you were my brother . I remember the time we spent together as pmi's on the range and all the time out in the field training . Or the time in Japan where we fit u in a laundry bag and messed around with sgt Danny Ross. I love u man you were and always will be a great marine. Stand tall on the walls of haven and one day I hope to serve with you again."
Jamie Stone of Franklin Ct

"Its been 10 years to this day brother. You are missed but never forgotten. I know you up there watching our 6. Until we meet again. R.I.P. CPL. Jason Mileo."
Outland of Chicago, IL

"Jason, Not one day goes by that I do not think of you. I keep your memory alive in my little girls, even though they were born a few short years after you left us, they know you, love, honor and respect you. We speak of you often and they understand that you made the ultimate sacrifice so that we all can be free. I sit here tonight, prior to writing a 6 minute informational speech for my Comm class at WVU and I was struggling to think of a topic. I thought hard about something I was passionate about and something I would be glad to share. I had a very hard time coming up with a topic, then I walked past your memorial in our home's foyer and thought to myself..."Yes, I will write my speech on Jason". So, with your permission, of couse ;) I will be speaking on your life as a boy, man, Marine and hero. I thank God that he brought you into my family's life and I thank you for being such a great role model, not only for me and my girls, but for many, many others also.

Love you to always XOXO Beth"
Beth Reed of Hedgesville, WV

"On this day, your 30th birthday, we want to wish you a happy birthday. Even with your angel wings, your presence is felt here on the earth. We will Never forget. Happy Birthday Jason!"
Debi Ansley of Harrogate, England

"My family just moved into a trailor in Prince George Va and going through things out in the shed we found a braclet with sgt Jason D. Mileo centreville, MD USMC 4/14/2003 on it. Upon finding it I decided to search about him because I didnt know it was a memorial piece. My email is littlefoot1895@gmail.com if family wants this back. I would be glad to give it to you."
Melissa of Va, Prince George

"I will never forget working with you in 29 palms at the rifle range and when i got the news in country that you were gone."
SSgt Marlon Green Jr. of MCAS Cherry Point NC

"I just recently had the honor of receiving the Jason Mileo scholarship for theatre at CHS, and I have to say that it has affected me much more than I could have imagined. I think about him often, and I can not imagine a person more loved and respected than he seems to be. I did not expect to learn so much about life from a scholarship application, but Jason's story reaches my heart every time I think about him. He will not be forgotten, and he will most definitely live on in my memory."

"To the parents of CPL Jason Mileo,

I recently came back from Baghdad, Iraq and there wasn't a day that went by that I didn't think of Jason and the rest of the DEVILDOGS. Every time that I went outside the WIRE I said a prayer for me, my team and Jason. Also,a few years ago I bought an ID bracelet for me and my wife in your sons honor. I've worn this bracelet for the past few years now, and plan on wearing it for many more. (I don't even take it off at the airport.) I just wanted you to know that Jason is not forgotten……

Ssgt. Patterson"
D. G. Patterson of Sierra Vista, AZ

"It's been eight years since I lost this great Marine in the middle of Baghdad. You would be 28 and god knows what else. Semper Fi"
Gunner Funke of Quantico

"Jason,

I was thinking about you on your birthday man, and you know, mine is right after. I was looking in the mirror and couldn't believe I was turning 30. I thought about how you are perpetually 20 and how unfair that is. I think of you and your mom often, I really do. I wonder how a person could cope with such a loss. I wonder how you would have felt about the way things turned out. I will always be grateful for our friendship, and not just because you're gone, but because our experiences are all precious, even if we don't realize it all the time. I remember standing with you in the kitchen of my shitty apartment before you left. I remember wondering how you could be going so confidently into a fight like that. We were just kids but you, you are a hero and you will be remembered, revered, and honored for all time. I'll never forget that day we went swimming with all the guys. What I would give to live that day over..."
BMS of Earth, Milky Way Galaxy

"Jason,

I know I'm alittle late leaving a message. I can't believe you have been gone for 7 years. We think of you often and miss you greatly. I know you continue to looking out for your family and friends. Rest in Peace Sweet Jason."
Amanda

"I have served with Jason Mileo throughout the fleet and Iraq. He was in 3rd platoon while i was in 2nd platoon. I had the pleasure of training with him, drinking with him, and fighting with him. I know you in a better place looking down at us. R.I.P. Jason.

Lcpl Benjamin Outland
3/4 India Co. 2nd Plt
Benjamin.outland@gmail.com"
benjamin outland of chicago,il

"April 14th, 2003. Almost seven years to the day. Not a day goes bye i dont think of you. Not a day goes bye that i dont think of your family and wonder how they are holding up. I replay that night over and over. What went wrong? Why you? I miss you brother. Semper Fi. "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity." Dwight David Eisenhower
Cpl Craig Horne
3/4 India co. 3rd plt.
mchorne99@gmail.com"
Craig Horne of St. Simons, Ga.

"I was a friend of Mileo's and then he came to my section at weapons plt., mortars. I will never forget the day when some were going to that position and my friend Soto said "did you here about Mileo"? I already knew what that meant and was immediately angry and said "what"? Then I found out he was killed. We had a memorial for him at a Saddam hospital and that was the only time I cried in Iraq, I cried through the whole memorial service. I knew we were putting our lives on the line but I was and still am angry that he was killed by one of our own. I would still have been mad if he got killed by an Iraqi but the fact that he was killed by an American just maid it that much tougher to deal with. I still talk about him to this day, 6 years later. All I say was that Mileo was a damn good Marine. I want to tell Mileo that he may not have been my best friend but his death left a tremendous whole in my heart. RIP Mileo and I will see you one day."
LCPL Jason Colon (discharged) of Banning, CA

"I was a friend of Mileo's and then he came to my section at weapons plt., mortars. I will never forget the day when some were going to that position and my friend Soto said "did you here about Mileo"? I already knew what that meant and was immediately angry and said "what"? Then I found out he was killed. We had a memorial for him at a Saddam hospital and that was the only time I cried in Iraq, I cried through the whole memorial service. I knew we were putting our lives on the line but I was and still am angry that he was killed by one of our own. I would still have been mad if he got killed by an Iraqi but the fact that he was killed by an American just maid it that much tougher to deal with. I still talk about him to this day, 6 years later. All I say was that Mileo was a damn good Marine. I want to tell Mileo that he may not have been my best friend but his death left a tremendous whole in my heart. RIP Mileo and I will see you one day."
Jason Colon of Banning, CA

"lukendean0008@hotmail.com"

"Everytime I hear the National Anthem, I think of Mileo. The first note sends cold chills down my spine. It wasn't long after I got to 3/4 as a CPL that Mileo picked up. I remember thinking to myself how can such a young kid be a CPL. Then I met him and I knew why. He "is" an outstanding marine. I had been out for almost a year when I heard the news. I met Phil and Leah at the funeral in MD and they took me in like i was their son, he is great because of them. That was the proudest I've ever felt as a marine, that day, when I could tell his family, friends, and all the former marines that were there(that didn't personally know him, but still cried because he was their brother)...I was proud because i could tell them that I served with Jason Mileo. I have the best memories of him and his roommate T. Dove practical joking each other(there's a video somewhere, too). I'm sure they are roommates in heaven. He drove me and Eastman all the way to Vegas and we couldn't stop laughing when he wasn't old enough to gamble. Im sorry I wasn't there with you brother, but I know you're hear with me. Thank you and Semper Fi,
Lukendean@hotmail.com"
Luke Dean of Northern Virginia

"Though I never knew you, I now know your family.. and forever you will be in our hearts. Thank you for all you have done. Because of you there is hope for tomorrow. Because of your bravery you gave us strength, and because of who you were, you are now and forever a heroe!! love and miss you....

You may have never gotten back up.. but you never fell. You will forever be loved."
Rosebud of Brooklyn,MD

"To anyone who comes across this message; I served with Jason In iraq i was 3rd sqaud leader in third platoon. I have since returned home and become a cultural/spiritual leader for my people on the Shoalwater bay Indian Reservation. All the messages on this site are wonderful. Jason was indeed great for a laugh and always picked our spirits up. He was also a warrior in every sense of the word. He knew his job inside and out and i could always count on him to help guide the younger marines. Jason, not a day goes by that i dont think about you and miss you immensly. It also does my heart good to see so many names i recognize posted on here. To my fellow brothers of 3/4 who are out there, I miss you guys, You are still my family and i wonder how you are often. To Jason's family, I have never met you and probably never will but i thank you for giving me the chance to know such a outstanding man as Jason.

Hiyu Masi (many thanks)
Cpl. Earl "Chief" Davis
3/4 India Co. 3rd platoon
Shoalwater Bay Indian Rezervation Tokeland, Wa
edavis@shoalwaterbay-nsn.gov"

"So here we are almost six years after that fateful day and it feels like it was just yesterday. PFC Mileo arrived to 3/4 India Co in 2001 shortly after I had and from the begining we knew he would be a leader of Marines. Many of us took him under our wing and were so proud watching his development moving up the rank. Our time in Okinawa although miserable at times has left me with memories that I will never forget. From JWTC, Guam and yes of course my entire room with every item upside down. I felt so guilty when I got out in 2002 as I truely felt I let you and many of my Marines down I should have been there. Your memory will live on in our hearts forever."
Sgt. Vierig of Salt Lake City, UT

"I HAD THE HONOR TO SERVE WITH JASON IN IRAQ AND ALSO BRING HIM IN TO MY HOME ON THE WEEKENDS.HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING MARINE WHO WILL SACRIFICE HIMSELF FOR THE WELL BEING OF OTHERS. I BECAME REALLY CLOSE TO JASON AS WE WERE TRAINING TO PREPARE FOR IRAQ. I WAS A PART OF THE SAME PLATOON BUT I WAS A MACHINEGUNNER AND HE WAS A MOTORMAN EVENTHOUGH WE STILL HUNG OUT PLAYED ALOT OF POOL TOGETHER AND WATCHED MOVIES.WE BECAME LIKE BROTHERS.I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL WHEN I HAD JUST GOT OFF WATCH AND FELL ASLEEP.I HEARD ALL THE COMMOTION AND WOKE UP.I CANNOT DESCRIBE THE FEELING I GOT WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS THAT MY BROTHER WAS GONE.IT WAS EVEN HARDER WHEN WE HAD THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JASON AT THE HOSPITAL.I REMEMBER RETURNING HOME FROM IRAQ AND SEEING JASON'S PARENTS WELCOMING EVERYONE HOME.TIL THIS DAY I WAS SCARED AND SPEECHLESS TO SPEAK ABOUT JASON, BUT NOW I'M READY.TO HIS PARENTS, IF YOU EVER WANT TO CALL ME, MY NUMBER IS (323)580-3678.OR EMAIL ME AT RBRT_ALCOCER@YAHOO.COM
THANK YOU TO HIS PARENTS FOR BRINGING SUCH A WONDERFUL INDIVIDUAL INTO THIS WORLD AND INTO MY LIFE. HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
SGT.ALCOCER,ROBERT 3/4 I.CO. WPNS PLT.MACHINEGUN SECTION"
ROBERT ALCOCER of WHITTIER,CA

"Just wanted to tell you on Veterans day that you are still thought of and your sacrifice especially on today will never go unnoticed. Continue looking over all those that are in harms way as we continue to look towards you for guidance."
Doc Salinas of Salinas, CA

"My prayers and condolences are always with the family and friends of Cpl. Jason Mileo. May god bless all of you. Jason your memory will be with me forever. Until we meet again Cpl. Mileo Keep leading the way Semper Fi Marine!Tell Sgt Lonnie Harley i said hello and Semper Fi. The memory of you both will live with me forever. Rest in Peace Marines."
GySgt Mark Jolly (Ret.) of Rising Sun, MD/USA

"January 11, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Jason David Mileo:
Jason 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

"I knew Jason Mileo ever so briefly during my time with 3/4 I co. I got out before the war, and have since found that Mileo had been transferred to my old platoon, weapons, from the line, and had been placed back in the line during Iraq. I remember he was good kid, a squared away Marine, and willing to follow orders without question. Even now, whenever talk turns toward the war and our servicemen I remember Mileo, as well as others I served with who are no longer with us. My condolences to the family of Jason Mileo. As they say, the true heroes are the ones who are buried, and Mileo is one of my heroes. I had heard of the incident that claimed his life, and it tore me up inside for a long time. Its's still hard for me when I think of the circumstances, but i'm getting past it. Rest in Peace, brother, we will meet again."
Cameron Hayden, Lcpl 3/4 I Co Wpns Plt Mortars Section 1998-2002 of Cape Carteret, NC

"Jason,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all reflections left here for you, all I can say is that I wish that I had had the chance to have served with you.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I WITNESSED JASON MILEO GROW FROM A HARD-HEADED PRIVATE FIRST CLASS TO A SQUARED AWAY CORPORAL AND LEADER OF GRUNTS. HE WAS IN MY FIRETEAM IN OKINAWA IN 2001 AND LIKE A MISCHIEVOUS LITTLE BROTHER, HE ALWAYS DID THINGS THAT DROVE ME NUTS. ONCE, JASON AND PFC TILL SPRAYED MY BARRACKS DOOR WITH SHAVING CREAM AND HELPED OTHER KNUCKLEHEADS IN THE PLATOON FLIP SGT.VEIRIG'S RACK UPSIDE DOWN WHILE I WAS ON DUTY (I CAUGHT THE BRUNT OF VEIRIG'S WRATH THAT DAY). ALTHOUGH I WAS HIS TEAM LEADER, I ALWAYS RELIED ON HIS LAND NAVIGATION SKILLS TO AVOID GETTING THE TEAM LOST IN THE JUNGLE. I WAS WITH 1ST PLATOON AT THE SADDAM HOSPITAL IN APRIL 2003 WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS THAT JASON GOT KILLED. TO THIS DAY, I STILL FEEL NUMB ALL OVER WHENEVER I REMEMBER THAT DAY."
BALATICO '07 of California

"Jason,

I can not believe it's been 4 years. There is not a day that goes by you are not in my thoughts or prayers. You were a wonderful son, brother and friend. People say things happen for a reason but I can not understand why this happened to you. There were so many things yet for you to do, so many things for your parents to see you accomplish that will never happen. Please know that you are loved and missed more than words can say. Until we meet again, rest for now Sweet Jason."
Amanda of Pasadena, MD

"Jason we were together that night, i am always thinking about it. Every day, that goes by, I really dont know what else to say. I miss u bro, u were always there for me, i had point and i knew u had my back as nav man. Our second tour over there befor we went out on ops, when ever we prayed i asked for u to help me watch over our marines, and u did as Justin and mark did. Thank you, We will meet again."
Cpl. Hanley of Pearl River NY 10965

"Happy Birthday Jason. Another year without you seems impossible. Please know your missed and thought of everyday. Thanks for watching over everyone. Love you!!! RIP Sweet Jason"
of Pasadena, MD

"To Phil, Leah, and Zach,
My families sincerest thanks for your wonderful generosity and hospitality on our recent visit to your home. Your love and pride in Jason's many honors and accomplishments in his brief career as a Marine and your open hearts to share the memories of Jason truly touched my heart and I feel privileged to come to know the kind of man Jason was raised to become through your role as parents. Our new family will strive to honor him as Shelley and I raise Alexis and JR."
Ken and Shelley of 45-422B Kam Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

"Jason,

It was fun to have worked with you back in the day at ACE Hardware in Pasadena. We both went on to support our nation's defense in different ways, but I appreciate the service you've done for our country. May the force be with you, Obi-Wan :)

-Qui-Gon Jin"
Ben of Pasadena, MD

"Dear Jason,
I know you don't know me but I wanted to let you know that you are deeply missed. I spent most of the day yesterday at your memorial. My husband James Quasney used to work for your dad and when he saw your name on the door of a local restaurant he wanted to lend some support to your family and those who were left behind. I want you to know that the room was filled with love and very kind thoughts of what a strong and courageous marine you were. You will never be forgotten for your unwavering devotion to this country and your friends and family. We owe you a great deal of gratitude for your committment to the armed forces and the fact that you gave your life so the rest of us could live. Thank you again for your committment to duty and your personal initiative to put your life on the line at such a young age. You will be forever missed and felt in your family and friends hearts."
Holly Quasney of Pasadena, MD

"Rest easy, Hero. You are still thought of every day. I saw an "In memory of Jason Mileo" sticker in the back window of a truck the other day, but it takes much less than something that obvious to bring you to mind. I salute you and honor you. My heart bleeds for your family, I honor them too. With love, admiration and gratitude,"
Jill Lambert of Pasadena MD

"WELL JASON, HERE WE ARE AGAIN, THREE YEARS SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE. WE MISS YOU SO MUCH AND TALK ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME. I TALK T0 YOUR MOM OFTEN AND YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF HER LIFE, SHE IS SO PROUD OF YOU. WE WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOUR MEMORY ALIVE, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT HERE TO SHARE THAT WITH US. FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!"
UNCLE PAT, AUNT MARY, & EDWARD of PASADENA

"Well Jason, It's been 3 years since God came and took our hero home. Not a day goes by that you are not missed, loved or thought of. You were just a joy to be around growing up. Just a polite and very well manner young man, who would have thought your life would end so early. I know you are watching out for everyone that entered your life and keeping them safe because that is the type of person you always were. I know you will be reunited with your family and friends one day but until then rest Sweet Jason.

Missing You Always..."
of Pasadena

"Happy Birthday Jason,
Another birthday without you, I just wish we were able to send you your birthday card and await getting a phone call back to thank us. We could still send the card but as for the phone call, we know that will never be. So in your memory all your birthday cards and the gift we always sent you now go to your little brother Zachary, as a rememberance of you. You are always in our thoughts, as are your Mom, Dad, and Zach. Till we meet in heaven, rest brave soldier."
Love Forever, Uncle Pat, Aunt Mary, & Edward of Pasadena, Maryland

"Happy Birthday Sweet Jason. I was just at Chesapeake High School and saw your plack in the auditorium and it brought tears to my eyes. We still can’t believe you were taken from us so soon. Though we were not in touch the last few years of your life, We thought of you often and still do to this day. We wonder what your life would be like, where you would be but never who you would be because you would also be that sweet, gentle young man that your mother raised you to be!!! We miss you everyday. God Bless Jason, you truly are our hero from Pasadena!!!!!

Love Always and until we meet again"
Amanda, Dean & Chad

"CPL. MILEO. HE WAS ONE OF MY COACH WHEN I WENT TO THE PISTOL RANGE IN 29 PALMS. HE WAS A COOL GUY AND A HAPPY PERSON. HE IS A MARINE THAT A DOC WOULD RISK HIS LIFE JUST TO SAVE HIM. CPL. MILEO WAS A FRIEND, A BROTHER AND AN AWESOME MARINE...REST IN PEACE COACH....SEMPER FIDELES.....HOOOOORAHHHHHHHHHH"
DOC BACTAD of SAN DIEGO,CA

"To the Family and Friends of Cpl Jason Mileo:

I had the Please to serve with your son Jason while in Iraq 3/4 India Company 3rd platoon. I remeber when he joined our platoon and hearing so many great things about him and then finnally meeting him and finding out that he was all what people had said: funny, caring, cool, and a damn good Marine. He was always the one we turned to while in iraq to get a good laugh and to reenergize our spirits. He was a blessing to us all to be around and was such a tragic loss.

Jason Im sorry I was not there for you that night. I feel a sense of guilt that neither me nor Doc Gloria were out on the patrol with you and I blame myself for letting that happen. I was sent to do a job and the one time I was needed by my brother I was not there. Ur memory will never be forgotten."
Doc Salinas of Salinas, CA

"Jason,
I'm sorry for being so late in leaving a memorial for you...but I want you to know that not a day goes by that I haven't thought of you and all the good times we have had together.

I miss ya buddy, and when I get to the pearly gates and see you we'll have a game of spades and complain about having to get our hair cut.

love ya brother."
Ryan Page of Okinawa Japan

"Jason Mileo was a superb Marine, even more he was a wonderful person. He had that kind hearted spirit that you just dont see much anymore. He was always in high spirits which would raise the morale of other Marines. Jay I'm so sorry you had to leave but I know your in a better place now."
D.Finn of Boston

"Mileo was one of the most hard working, coolest guys I’ve ever known. I think about him all the time. I can say with all my heart that it was a pleasure working with, and also getting to know him. He is and always will be missed. My prayers go out to all his family, and I’m deeply sorry for their and our loss. Mileo even though I know you’re in a better place know, I still wish you were here man. I miss you so much!"
Doc Aceves of Indio, CA

"Dear Jason, it's been two memorial years since you passed, and not a day goes by that your pop and I don't see your brave & loving face in all our pictures around the house, & think of you. Know that we keep you alive in our hearts, the memories of when you where growing up to be a man. We talk of you often and you know how proud your pop & I are of you. I pray for comfort for your mom. I pray for safty of your fellow soldiers that carry on your brave duties. Even though you are away from us now in body, in just a flick of a second compared to eternity, we will all be with you in spirit. I taught Zack that whenever he finds a penny that it is a sign from you that you are alright. Minutes before your pop & I got married, I found a penny, & of course knew you where with us that day. We feel your spirit often as we look over the beauty here on the mountain top. You are always our favorite HERO! Thank you Jason for giving your life for all the people. God truly created you for a reason....but you already know that, & we do too. Love, respect, miss you,"
Jo Gun Mileo of Hedgesville, WV

"Jason,
Its been 2 years today that you were taken away from us, but you will always be in our thoughts and our lives forever.
Never Forgotten"
Uncle Pat, Aunt Mary & Edward of Pasadena, Maryland

"Mom and Dad I really want to talk you through April 14 2003. I've just never been able to face you all. Jason was my best friend, he was the only person I would allow to stay alone with my daughter. I love him, but I failed him. I am in Quantico and want to meet you both. I hope you will meet me with an open heart. Sgt Funke"
Sgt Tim Funke USMC of Quantico TBS VA

"to the parents of cpl mileo,
my name is robert pippin and i served with your son in iraq. we were both assigned to 3/4 india co. 3rd plt. i was on a different mission the night he was killed.he was actually using my night vision equipment because he was going on an ambush patrol and wanted the monocular night vision goggles. i remember seeing his mother in 29 palms with cpl lee but i did not speak to her. i am currently out of the marine corps and living in jacksonville fl. if you need to talk to anybody please do not hesitate to call me at(904-476-1852) or e-mail me at(rpippin83@aol.com). your son was a great marine and i am glad to have known him. again please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or just want somebody to talk too. i'm deeply sorry for your loss.

robert pippin"
robert pippin of jacksonville, fl

"Jason was a great man...I will never forget him."
Cpl Rahim of Silver Spring, MD

"My mother just received a hero bracelet.This is what the bracelet shows;
Cpl Jason David Mileo
Centerville,MD Marine 4/14/03
Since my mother does not have a computer, I have copied the messages sent regarding Jason.We will keep him and his family forever in our thoughts and prayers. She will share his story and wear his name."
Lisa Jummrich of Janesville,WI USA

"To the Family of Cpl Jason Mileo USMC

How very proud we here in Pasadena, Maryland are of our marine Jason and the sacrfice he made for us all. I am amazed at how well known and loved he truly was in our community. Daily as I raise the flag in my front yard, I say a prayer for him and know in my heart that someday he will be united with his family, again! God Bless you"
Jim Shaw of Bahama Beach, Maryland

"Thank you Jason for your service to our country. My son will graduate from Marine recruit training next week. May his Marine career be dedicated to your memory."
Sheila - Army Veteran & Marine Mom of Elkridge, MD

"Happy Birthday Jason, though you are not here with us on earth, I know you are looking down from Heaven and watching your family and friends remember this special day. Please remember you are missed and loved by all who knew you. Rest in Peace Sweet Jason."

"To Jason's family and friends:

I have recently spent time drawing a portrait of Jason for an art installation project of 1000 fallen soldiers at College of Marin in California. As I looked into his eyes, laboring to get them just right, along with the set of his solemn, young mouth and the curve of his strong, brave chin, I fought back tears. He, in those hours, was my brother, my son, my friend, and I missed him as if I had known him. I am so sorry for your loss, and so thankful for Jason's short, meaningful life. He will not be forgotten. (Please contact College of Marin for info - we would love to forward portraits to the soldiers' families.)"
Valerie of California

"To the Parents of the greatest person I have ever met. Thank you Phil and Lea fo giving me the opportunity to serve with your fallen son. Jason will always have a place with me forever."
Myung Kwak of Hemet, ca USA

"I am sorry to hear about the loss of your son. We will remember and we will keep fighting."
Pfc. Ream, United States Army National Guard of Hickory, North Carolina

"Jason, this is your mom's 2nd birthday without you. I know that it will be hard for her so I will say a special prayer. Please know your name and memory will never be forgotten to the many people who watched you grow up. Rest in peace sweet, sweet Jason. Forever in our breaken hearts."
Amanda of Pasadena, MD

"THIS IS IN MEMORY OF JASON. HE WAS A BRAVE MARINE WHO LOOK VERY MUCH LIKE MY BROTHER MARK. IAM SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF JASON, AND EVEN THOUGH I DON'T KNOW YOU, I MISS YOU."
JENNIFER of Baltimore, Md, USA

"Thank you for the sacrafice that you made for my country. You are my insperation ,and because of you I plan on joining the Marines. Also you also look like my brother Mark."
Jessie of Baltimore, Md, USA

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

"Today is May 24, 2004, more than a year after you were so unfairly taken from this earth. A few minutes ago I got off the phone with your mother. The reality of losing you, her precious son, is still as fresh as the day she got the news. My heart breaks for her! Jason, she loved you so much, I know you know that! For the 10 years that I worked with your mom, not a day went by that she didn't talk about you. She was so proud of you and the person that you had become. That is why her loss hurts as much as it does. She knows that you were destined for greatness and in a blink of an eye her smart, handsome, courageous, funny and loving son was taken from her. I can only promise you that I will do anything in my power to help her get through this.
We all miss you so much. You will live in our hearts and our minds forever. Rest in peace brave soldier."
Elyse Lassiter of Belcamp, Maryland

"May God bless you, and I pray for your rough times. I know how it feels to have loved ones in the service. I have two cousins in the Marines, and my Great-Uncle was in World War II, on the USS Iowa."
7th grader of Barker Middle School

"Well here i am home at last but i cant help but feel like a part of me is missing. your one of the best marines,leaders,and over all human beings i ever have had the pleasure of sevrving with. Rest in peace brother and god be with you. I look foward to seeing you at the end of my jorney.
you are missed"
Cpl. David Wells III of Visalia, CA

"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.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, 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 Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/2004)

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

"Jason, Today, April 14, 2004 is one year since you were taken from us. We will never understand why, only GOD knows. We miss you so much and we talk about you always. Rest with GOD our young soldier, till we meet again in Heaven. We Love and Miss You!"
Uncle Pat , Aunt Mary & Edward of Pasadena, Maryland

"God Bless, Jason! You'll always be remembered by those who loved you so much, and America owes you a great debt of gratitude. I'll miss you "Spot 2"!"
Valerie Bryant, CHS Stage Manager of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Jason for your service and sacrifice for this country. Although I didn't know you personally, I will never forget you. You are in the hearts of many."
Doc Donaldson of Woodbine, Md.

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

"Jason you were a great Marine and you will never be forgotten by the Marines who worked with you and knew you best.

To the family, your son was a great Marine and I am sure that you are very proud of what he did for this country. I had the honor of working with your son while assigned to 3rd BN 4th MAR, I have some pictures that were taken over in kuwait/iraq please contact me at email BADFISH80@MSN.COM so that i may send them to you as I am sure that you would like to have a copy of them."
Sgt Joshua Turner of San Diego, CA

"I WISH WE WERE STILL WALKING THE FIRING LINE AT THE RANGE IN 29
MAKING TARGETS AFTER ALL THE SHOOTERS WENT HOME AND THE REST OF ALL THAT STUFF WE COMPLAINED ABOUT BUT MISS SO MUCH RIGHT NOW
UNTIL WE ARE FACE TO FACE AGAIN MILEO YOUR MY HERO"
LCPL JAMES JONES of ANCHORAGE ALASKA

"hey bud its miles. seems like yesterday we were getting our gear mixed together in boot camp. i made it home brother. I just wish i could say the same for you and the rest of our brothers. know that no matter what you are still fighting with us. semper fi"
Cpl. Joshua Miles

"Thank you Jason Mileo, 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

"Happy 21st Birthday Jason, you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. You are deeply missed by so many people. God Bless."
Amanda of Pasadena, MD

"They say the worst thing that can happen to you in combat is death, but I say its the death of the person you would give your life for. Jayson was like a brother to me. It's because of him that I'm the Marine I am today.
People used to ask us if we were attached at the hip cause we were always together. Before we left we told his mom that we would look after eachother, but here I am half the man I used to be. We miss you and we love you brother. Can't wait to see you again."
Cpl Jeudy Martinez-Metz of Lake Forest, CA/USA

"My heart and prayers go out to the family of this brave hero. God bless you. Daisy."
Daisy of OK.USA

"To Leah,I was looking forward to one day meeting your son Jason as he passed through Okinawa on his way back home from Iraq. My wife and your close friend Shelley was so excited when we found out we would be stationed here in Japan and have a chance to have Jason stay with us. Shelley was devastated to find out the news from her parents when Jason was lost. She truly wishes and hopes that God will heal and find a way for your family and yourself to get over this tragic loss of such a young outstanding gentleman. We will continue to honor him and remember him and we keep you in our prayers."
Ken and Shelley (Saddler) Uyesugi of Okinawa, Japan

"I had the opportunity to meet Jason for the first time last year in my front yard talking about elk hunting in my back yard with his father Phil Hall, mother Leah and his little brother, here in New Castle, Colorado. Jason was a young man that when you talked with him you knew he was a man of integrity, honor, kindness and he had the ability to see the good in all of us. Sept 12, 2003 Phil again stopped by my front yard to discuss elk in my back yard. This is when I learned of the tragedy that had occurred on April 14th. As I have sat with Phil over the last several days the words have not come easy.... all we can do is listen, and try to give poor advice about a subject that we cannot understand.... the empty feeling of loss. All we can do now is try to let you know that we will always keep Jason in our hearts. Leah and Phil we will pray for you every day and as I sit in my front yard looking at the elk in my back yard, I will remember your son..Jason with a tear and a smile..... Thank you.

my children, Chelsea (19 she just enlisted in the Navy) Caty (age 17) Callie (age 15) Spence (age 12)"
Scott and Nancy Daniels of New Castle, Colorado

"cpl mileo it was great to have known you and to have served with you i will remember you always as great leader. semper fidelis marine you will be missed.
lcpl robert pippin 3/4 i co"
robert of u.s.a

"I want to thank jason and his family for the sacrafice they gave to our country. jason, you will never be forgotten! me and my family and our country are eternally grateful!"
andre of ny

"Jason,

My heart breaks each day knowing that you are no longer with us. I was very lucky to have know what a wonderful person you were. I will cherish the memories I have of you growing up. Please know that you will be missed. You were one of the few that could have made a difference. You will be greatly miss. I know your up there hunting the "BIG ONE". Rest in Peace Sweet Jason."
A.J. of Pasadena

"I REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS LOOKED FOR THE BEST IN EVERY SITUATION WHEN WE WHERE IN IRAQ. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE HELP MENTALY WHEN WE FOUND OUT MY PAPA PASSED AWAY THANK YOU AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERRED BROTHER SEMPER FI."
CPL RAFTERY MJ of SPENCER IN USA

"Jason,I remember you as a little boy playing in the back yard with my son Ricky. I remember what a good boy you were.I wrote in your graduation card that you were always special to me,I'm so sad that you had to leave so soon,we miss you ...."
Roberta & Chip of Pasadena MD USA

"We thank you for the sacrafice your son made for us. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time. Thank you Jason, May God keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"we have all been touched by this young man. what a wonderful spirit, always so full of smiles. let the world know that we are so PROUD of him and grieve for his loss and pray for the strength to his family. a hero never dies as his memory lives on forever!"
friends and coworkers of pasadena,maryland

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Jason Mileo:
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 Jason 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. Jason Mileo:
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 Jason, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Such a heartbreaking story. God bless your family. RIP Brave Marine. You are an Angel now and we will never forget you."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"God Bless you young man. My heart breaks at the thought of losing you yet at the same time my heart is filled with much love. I am PROUD of you and cannot thank you enough for your bravery and for giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and for allowing others to know what freedom is. You will be missed so much but NEVER forgotten. I pray for strength for your family and for comfort in knowing they will be with you again one day. Rest in peace Jason."
Cindy of CA

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