Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Jason W. Montefering

27, of Parkston, South Dakota.
Montefering died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on July 24, 2005.

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"To the family and friends of SGT Jason Montefering
My name is Nicole Weber from Wagner, SD; I have recently viewed in our school the “Fallen Heroes” and banners of every soldier. I want to take honor in what Jason had done for our country and taking the sacrifice of his live. It’s hard to think people who just live miles went off to Iraq to serve for us but also for him. I take great pride in those brave men that have passed and who are still fighting till this day.
I am sorry for your loss of a brave man and the least I could do was appreciate what he has done for our country.
Sincerely, Nicole Weber"
Nicole Weber of Wagner, SD US

"In Honor of Army Staff Sgt. Jason W. Montefering
Hi my name is Austin Soukup son of Roger and Marjo Soukup. I live in Lake Andes, South Dakota. My mom grew up in the nice town of Parkston and my dad is from Lake Andes.
I bet you are wondering why I am writing you this letter. It is because I was walking through our school and I saw the “Fallen Heroes” memorial with soldiers on the banners, and I stop and I look at them and saw a picture of a very, very brave, and courageous man. He looked so brave that he gave his life to this wonderful country we live in. He gave his life because he believed what he was doing was the right thing to do. He gave his life to keep all the people hear in the United States free of terrorist attacks. He knew that risking his life was saving thousands of people back home.
When I was little, I always looked up to the soldiers that made up our military. I did it because of all the cool guns and clothes they got to wear, but now I know it is much more. I look up to them because of the leadership, bravery, courage, and the mental toughness it takes to get through what they have to go through every day when they are overseas. They show leadership every time they help one of their comrades out of harm’s way. They show bravery every time they tie their boots and pick up their gun. They show courage because when they know there life is on the line they push forward. And the most important one of them all is mental toughness. They know that they might never get to see their loved ones again.
I want to thank you for bringing your son up as a good, strong, and caring man. I want to thank your son for all he has done.
Regards, Austin Soukup Wagner South Dakota"
Austin Soukup of Wagner

"I served with Jason in Germany. I have fond memories of our trips, including one to Switzerland. We rented scooters and tore around the town for a few beautiful days in summer. You are missed my friend
ME3 Lare-Masters,Carlos"
Carlos Lare-Masters of ABOT

"Keeping you in our thoughts always and honoring your memory on this Memorial Day. "It takes Bulls""
Jeff Griffin (Sgt.) of La

"I loved my uncle Jason very much. He was my favorite uncle in whole world."
Shannon Montefering of Yankton,SD/U.S.

"I loved my uncle Jason very much. He was my favorite uncle in whole world."
Shannon Montefering of Yankton,SD/U.S.

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Jason W. Montefering:
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

"Hello Monte. To this day I wear your name on my wrist. You were such a good friend. I can never forget you and you will always be in my memories. It is so sad that we are still engulfed in this senseless struggle in Iraq. But I know you died proud and you died fulfilling your duty. You are in a better place I am sure and can now answer the question that you always wondered. I love you and will see you soon."
Sgt. Fasold of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., U.S.A

"monty its seems like yesterday all at polk together wow... your surely missed rest in peace brother"
jesse nipper (sgt) of macclenny , florida

"I remember the first day Private Monty showed up to Fort Polk so many years ago. Didn't talk much, and didn't have to. His work ethic spoke volumes about his character, his upbringing and his desire to serve. "It takes Bulls!" You are missed."
CPT Matthew Bielanski of Baumholder, Germany

"To the family of Sgt. Montefering. I have a flag that was flown in memory of your loved one at the healing field in Sturgis this past August. I would like you to have it. My email address is wjcooksr@charter.net. I would be honored to 'return' it to you. I am a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.

I'm sorry for your loss and know that Jason will never be forgotten."
Bill Cook of Sherrills Ford, NC/USA

"SSG Montefering,
Although I know you can never read this, I will always miss you and keep you in my heart for all time. You were a good friend and a good soldier. I will see you in Fiddler's Green. Killer Blue 5, will never be replaced and will be memorialized forever!
Scouts Out!
Killer Blue 6,
SSG Frisbie, Dustin D."
SSG Frisbie, Dustin D. of Fort Carson, CO

"To the Family of SSG "Monte",

It's a breath taking reaction when you look at a page like this and see someone pop up that you know. I can only imagine the feeling when that loved one is not there for you to hold one last time, to laugh and talk with one last time... I had the opportunity of serving with your son/family member when I was stationed at Ft. Carson, from 03 to 04. I actually served with him in the first deployment. He was a rather outstanding NCO and friend. I can't begin to say how this affects me. I know it affects you daily and in the most unmentionable way. Please accept my condolences. I pray that you grow stronger in our Lords faith and continue to walk side by side with Him. Your son is on the other side waiting with spreaded arms. A True Soldier he was, a True Soldier he will forever be. I wish you a lovely holiday season. When you speak with him in your prayers, please tell him he will never be forgotten. GOD BLESS!!!
cnote.covington@us.army.mil"
SGT Covington of Flint, MI

"To the Family of SSG "Monte",

It's a breath taking reaction when you look at a page like this and see someone pop up that you know. I can only imagine the feeling when that loved one is not there for you to hold one last time, to laugh and talk with one last time... I had the opportunity of serving with your son/family member when I was stationed at Ft. Carson, from 03 to 04. I actually served with him in the first deployment. He was a rather outstanding NCO and friend. I can't begin to say how this affects me. I know it affects you daily and in the most unmentionable way. Please accept my condolences. I pray that you grow stronger in our Lords faith and continue to walk side by side with Him. Your son is on the other side waiting with spreaded arms. A True Soldier he was, a True Soldier he will forever be. I wish you a lovely holiday season. When you speak with him in your prayers, please tell him he will never be forgotten. GOD BLESS!!!"
SGT Covington of Flint, MI

"I seved Long time with then Sgt Montefering and he was a good freind and a very good NCO I will miss him always."
Walker Jennings of Rio Vista, California

"Montefering Family,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you daily. You will always be a part of Killer Troop family. God Bless."
Kimberlee Cavin of Fountain, CO 80817

"To Jason's Family, Friends, and the community of Parkston....Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with every one of you. Surround yourselves, with good friends,& precious memories..God only takes the BEST soldiers, to be HEROES, in Heaven!"
debey senska of forestburg,S.D. USA

"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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Thank you Jason Montefering, 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 Staff Sgt. Jason Montefering:
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 Staff Sgt. Jason Montefering:
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

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