Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jerry W. Mills, Jr.

23, of Arkansas City, Kansas.
Mills died in Taji, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 13th Armor Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on November 29, 2005.

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"I miss you always! You are always in my heart! Love you Milf!!"
Kala Nally

"Gone but never forgotten."
Paige Green of Canoga Park CA/USA

"Love you Nephew."
Terry Mills of Arkansas City Kansas

"Jerry I miss you everyday I am so glad we had some time together before you were shipped out. I was glad to share a beer with you also. I still see you supporting that Black Eye that you were so proud of. Until we meet again love Uncle Terry"
Terry Mills of Eudora Kansas USA

"Hey Milf . I miss u. its been 8 years. we'll have a Belfast Bomber when I get there. My prayers are with your family. You were one crazy dude but u always made us laugh . I miss u and I will se u when I get there."
lil H of Las Vegas

"To the family of:Jerry W. Mills,Jr.
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"Jerry Mills

Six years ago today on Dec. 8, 2005. I buried my only son. it was a very cold and bitter day. After my son was killed it took 9 days for them to get his body home. That gave me a lot of time to think and to pray. As a Christian man I believe it is my responsibility to make sure my family knows the lord. And I just had to know if he was in was in heaven. and I lay in bed praying. I just had to know. I prayed lord just give me a sign that my son was in heaven with you. And then at his service a bald eagle appeared in the sky above his service. I did not see the eagle flying but everyone that did was talking about it. Now tell me is it coincidence or a sign I believe it’s a sign
In Arkansas City, an American eagle appeared in the sky above Patriot Guard members assembled for the burial of Army Sgt. Jerry Mills. “The service had just started," Houck said. "It circled above the church for 25 to 30 minutes."
A pome and photos can be seen at
Jerry Mills sr of Arkansas city kansas

"Five years, man time flys. It's White 1G. SSG. Hope. It's been a long time and I needed to say something. My prayers go out to the family and friends of MY driver Sgt. Mills. He meant alot to me. I can probably recite what I said about you at your memorial on Camp Taji. I wanted to say more but I could'nt. I love you Bro. You was more than a soldier to me.. I learned alot from you even though I was your supervisor. Thank you for being you."
SSG. Clifford Hope of Junction City, KS

"I still miss your crazy * brother...keep Hasse company and stay outta trouble."
Baker of Fort Knox, Ky.

"Milf. Miss u bro"
David lil H Hernandez of las vegas nv

"It's been 4 years and I still haven't forgot the day you were taken from us. Miss you."
Mandy Crabtree of Winfield, Kansas

"my best friend my nephew and the greatist guy i knew you will never be forgotton love you"
jimmy mills of winfield,ks

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Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"November 18, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Jerry W. Mills, Jr.:
Jerry 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Dear Family of Jerry Mills,Jr:
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J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"Hey cousin Jr.,I miss you and will keep you in my memory.Ilove you very much!!!!!"
Catherine Mills of Arkansas city,Ks

"I miss you and will keep you in my heart forever.Love you bud."
Charles Mills of Arkansas city,Ks

"MILF, two years today. everyday I try to figure out what I could have done different to change the outcome of that day. Keep watching over me please. "Ironhorsewhite3""
SSG Ryan Baker of KY

It's almost been 2 years. I am still missing you like crazy you have no idea..I just am missin you so bad, i love you always"
Megan of Victoria

"I love you and miss you
Uncle Terry"
Terry Mills of Eudora Kansas

wzup soldier. We did so many missions together and I remember Lt. Kules always chose you to drive instead of me. I remember you loved those damned dr. peppers. I appreciate your bravery bro.
Your Friend, Gobert"
Gobert of Houston, Tx

"I spent 4 years in Alpha Company 1-13 with Jerry, He was always great person to be around and a great friend.
- We Miss Ya Bro -"
SPC Roderick R Rotzien of Minneapolis, MN

"To the family of SGT Mills. I served with Jerry aka MILF, as most of us in Alpha Co. new him, for both deployments. He was a great Soldier. He was always quick to correct you, as well as make you laugh. No matter what the situation, he could always make us fell better with is crazy antics. I always enjoyed his company. I am truely sorry for you loss, and think about Mills often. My prayers are with you all."
SGT Lipiec, Michael E. of Fort Shafter, Hawaii

"Babe you have been gone for so long and I miss you more and more every minute of everyday I just dont feel whole with you gone.. I love you so much and I will always love you.. you are my best friend always will be and you will forever be my hero. I will see you again thats a promise.. I love you so much with all my heart bubbs..I miss you so bad"
Megan of Victoria

"I miss you so much Jerry. You will never be forgotten because you are in our hearts. I think about you all the time. Love Aunt Judy"
Judy Crabtree of Winfield, KS

"JR!!! MY BROTHER!!!! I MISS YOU!!!! I didn't knoe about this website til meg showed it to me but I thought I would leave a message anyhow... I miss you to death... I LOVE YOU AND I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR DD!!!! NO MATTER WHAT TIME IT IS BUD!!! LOVE YA AND SEE YA SOON!"
Kim!!!! of Wichita,KS

"jerry i know you watchin from heaven and know i miss you very much you laid down your life for this countrey and im as proud of you as any uncle/friend could be we grew up together and i will never forget the time we had i love you and miss you very much your uncle jimmy w mills jr"
jimmy mills of arkansas city kansas

"this is kyle dunn your half bother. i've been going through some hard times being in lock up for four years and now this. i'm very proud of you for what you did for our country. it realy nice to know that your above us watching. i love you bro."
Kyle Dunn of wellington ks summner county

I knew you because of my sister, Deanna. I met you the night she did and then again the day you left for Iraq. I had no idea that you and her were so close until she asked me to take her to tell you bye that day you left. I drove her back home because she was crying and I told her everything would be okay since I just said good bye to husband a few weeks before then. I know now how much you really ment to her, you were the love of her life. She misses you so much. I know whenever she's going to do something important she wears the necklace you gave her. She has you with her always and when she moved to Iowa a few weeks ago she put the teddy bear that you gave her in the front seat so she knew you would be there watching her and Chloe as they drove. Thank you for keeping her safe. She misses you so much, I wish I would have known you more than just the two times we met, I know you touched my sisters heart and soul. Thank you for keeping us safe, thank you for making sure my husband got home to me and our son safe and sound. Thank you for all the volunteering you did in the army. I've heard so many great things about you. I hope some day to meet your dad, I know him and Deanna talk often, and I know it's hard for both of them but I know you're watching over and making sure they are both happy and taken care of. Thank you again, Jerry, you are very missed but you are a hero to all that you have touched. We'll see you someday, and we can do lunch on the clouds with Jesus! you're missed but we'll meet again!"
Amy Salazar of Ft. Riley, KS

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Jerry will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

You will be missed very much. I had the pleasure of knowing you throughout HighSchool in Ark City. As a fellow soldier, and Operation Iraqi Freedom 3 veteran, I will miss you, and my other fallen comrades very very much. I think about you guys everyday, but know that you all have a special place in my heart that makes me stronger and inspires me to keep on pushing forward in order to continue on. Jerry and our countrys brave soldiers were all hereos before they made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and to better another nation's country. I also would like to send all of my condolences to the family of Jerry. He was a bright individual, who did the right thing. He was a role model to me before I joined the army in 2003, I always admired his accomplishments and always will. Jerry, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
SPC. Aaron Hestand of Fort Stewart / Georgia 3rd Infantry Division

"To the Mills Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your Jerry is a true American Hero who will always be rememberd and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Jerry."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Jr I love you so much and I miss the hell outta you...your my hero you always will be and i love you so much ill se you again soon ill always remember you and i love you hun.....miss you soooo much
Megan of Kentucky

"To the Mills family from the Wahl family. Deeply sadden by the news of Jerry. Jerry thank you for serving our country. More importantly; for being a military brother to our son. I realize you two had not known one another. Still military brothers watch over one another. That had been a comfort to me. Jerry, you have not died in VAIN! You are an American hero! An you have serve your community, county, state and country. Unselfishly, risking everything for us all. An I greatly, appreciate your scarifice. Not many American that are willing to serve. The very least your community can do to honour you. Is name a street in honour of you service. Since 911, you helped fight off terrorism. Making American alot safer. An you have given the people of Iraq HOPE! To one day live in peace. You are someone's someone and you are someone to the Wahl family. An hopefully; ever American feels that way. Healing is something that take's time. Always be supportive to one another. Jerry is with you and he loved you all as you all loved Jerry. I have shed many tears since our son. Today those tears are with Jerry. God Bless!"
Leonard Wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Jerry Mills, Jr., 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 Sgt. Jerry Mills, Jr.:
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 Jerry 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 Sgt. Jerry Mills, Jr.:
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 Jerry, 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