Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Jason C. Ramseyer

28, of Lenoir, North Carolina.
Ramseyer died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on April 20, 2006.

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"To the Ramseyer family, I am terribly sorry for your loss. I just found out about this today (10 years later...Oct. 2016) when I seen his picture at the fallen heroes booth in Taylorsville NC Apple Festival. His picture sent chills up my spine. I said to my wife "I knew him, I was in boot camp with that Marine 20 years ago." What I remember most of Ramseyer is, he had tremendous heart and wasn't afraid to volunteer for anything. What a role model. God bless the Ramseyer family."
Jon Turner of Union Grove, NC

"I am sorry for your loss! I can't even imagine what you must go thru missing Him each day. I pray God will surround you with his peace and give you strength until you meet again in Heaven!"
April Sherrill of Stanley, NC USA

"To the family of:Jason C. Ramseyer
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""

"One Mind Any Weapon , miss you Ram !!!!! SEMPER FI MY BROTHER !!!!! REST IN PEACE !!!!!"
Sgt. Del Valle USMC (1993-2001) of New York

"SSgt Ram AKA SUPERMAN,
The first time I needed to leave the wire you said,"roll with me, I'll get you there". You are still the epitome of a SSgt of Marines."
SSgt. Fredd Williams of Hawaii

"My son-in law just graduated from Marine boot camp on Dec 9th. I know how much his Marine family means to all of us. I just wanted you to know that so many of us appreciate your son's ultimate sacrifice. I hope your memories and knowing others care will help sustain you."
Catherine Massey of Canton, Ga. 30115

"He was amazing. I am part of his family, his cousin and i miss him so much. I just wish that i could see him again. R.I.P Love You forever!"
Makenzie of Fl, USA

"SSGT RAM,

FROM 3/3 JUMP THERE NEVER WAS ONE BETTER THAN YOU"

"OMG! I just got the news about Ram 4 years later. Ram and I grew very close when we served under Gysgt Terry Ball (RIP). We were both squad leaders in 81's platoon and grew very close as we served in Kosovo in 1999 as part of 3rd Battalion 8th Marines. I hate that we lost contact after I got out in 2000 but he stayed in because he was really and truly a die hard Marine. When you saw Ram in civilian clothes at the mall or something, you could always say that guy is a Marine. He carried his self that way. Man its hard for me believe the news when I first heard it. May God Bless Your family brother!"
Jarrett Salter, (Sgt - 1996 - 2000) of Dublin, Ga

"April 18, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Jason C. Ramseyer:
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

"SSGT. Ramseyer,
Thank you brother for keeping my family, and my country safe, during my extended vacation from the Corp. I have returned back to the ranks after 8 years,and will be honored to return the favor. God bless you and your family, see you on the other side.

PLT.3132, S.O.I and Recon Inoc."
Cpl. Randy W. Spires II of Cuba, Ohio

"I didn't know Jason but just watched the special on HBO about him and thought I should leave a quick message. I'm a father of 3 girls, a son, and a husband, and I'm glad Jason was on my side. Thank You Sir. You're a great American."
Michael T Hughes of State College, PA

"I served with Jason through bootcamp and SOI.. He was a great leader and all around great guy.. Semper FI.."
Ron Ordway of Continental, Ohio

"There is no way to express what this marine has done... In bootcamp and SOI he truely expressed his Marine Corps leadership... He was a true leader... He will always be rebembered in my mind as a true hero!!! Love you Jason... Honor, courage, and commitment. See you when I get to guard the gates of heaven... Love you Bro!!!"
james monk of hopewell, va

"Ram - Thanks for looking out for me when we were in Haditha. I've tried to think about what I can do to honor you and everything you did for your Marines and mine. My wife and I decided that we are going to bike across America in order to raise money for wounded veterans. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fi."
Nate of San Diego, CA

"You will never be forgotten. You will always live in the heart of the Marines that were around you. To Jason's family, having served with him through bootcamp and SOI, there is none better than his true MARINE spirit. May GOD BLESS THE RAMSEYER FAMILY!!!!"
James Monk Plt 3132 of Hopewell, VA

"Thank You"
Russ JD of Deer Park, NY

"Served with Ramseyer in 3/8 81's platoon. Ram was a born leader full of compassion for his fellow Marines and a powerful love for the Corps. I knew him as a PFC and had no doubt he would go on to be a great leader of Marines. I can, without reservation, say that Ramseyer was one of the best Marines I ever had the pleasure to serve with. God bless ya buddy.

Semper-Fi"
Jeff Wren of Waxhaw, NC

"You were a good man and an awesome Marine. God bless you and your family. You will be truely missed."
Derek Eells of San Antonio, TX

"Dawg,
Remember the times in Whittier. My lil brother sends his blessings. You rolled down my moms steps, remember the banana rat. I love you dawg RIP LIP FOR LIFE, LOS."
Carlos Carrasco of San Diego (NOW)

"Dawg,
Remember the times in Whittier. My lil brother sends his blessings. You rolled down my moms steps, remember the banana rat. love you, LOS."
Carlos Carrasco of San Diego (NOW)

"You are like a father to all of us. From when we first met you after returning from Oki, you showed us what it meant to be a Marine. You made us the Family that we became, and remain as today. 81'S FOREVER!!"
SGT Chris Kelbaugh of Westminster, MD

"Wow. Ram. What can I say? You were there at the beginning. I knew you my entire experience of the Marine Corps - from School of Infantry to the day I got out you were there, bro. You were a great Marine but I also got to see you grow as a person. I'll remember you as a friend and a hero.
Semper Fi"
Matt Mlay of Brevard, NC

"I served with SSgt Ramseyer with 3/8 weapons co. 81's platoon from 96 to 00. We served in the same squad together for 3 1/2 years, with Ramseyer eventually taking over as squad leader. Ramseyer was an exceptional leader and a highly motivated Marine, and I consider it an honor to have served with him on two overseas deployments and Nato operations in Kosovo. Ramseyer was dedicated to the defense of the United States, and dedicated to upholding the highest standards and traditions of the Marine Corps. I spent the greatest years of my life serving with Ramseyer, and I regret that I wasn't there to look out for him the way he had always looked out for me. HooRa Ram. Semper fi my friend."
Jonathan Price of Laurel, Ms

"I was lucky to have served with SSGT Ramseyer in 1996 at Camp Lejuene, N.C. We were in the 3/8 Weapons Company 81mm Mortar Platoon. Ramseyer was a PFC at the time and was very motivated. We lived together as roommates for about four months and we deployed together in Okinawa, Japan. I left in 1998 to pursue a career in Law enforcement, but I will tell you for the time that I knew Ramseyer he was a natural leader and a hero. I will never forget Ramseyer and the inspiration he brought to me as a Marine, but most important as a Law Enforcement Officer proud to have known and served with him. My deepest sympathy to the Ramseyer family. Semper Fi Ramseyer! I love you buddy!"
Officer Ryan D. Quimby of Dublin, New Hampshire

"As a young marine, Jason was one of my first squad leaders. He was a great leader and a great man. After getting out in 02' I sometimes remember some of the funny things he would do or say and some of the valuable lessons I learned from him. He was a great Marine and I'm sure just as great of a father and husband. My condolences."
Andrew Rice of Bozeman, MT US

"Brother my words could never express, We miss you and the world is a better place because of you and your sacrafice. I will never forget you. Mandy we will always be here for you."
Josh Nelums of Oceanside Ca.

"Godbless you SSGT. Ramseyer. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.I had the honor of going to school with Jason and Mandy. You will always be remembered as a hero. Thanks for defending our country, and setting an example of a true american. GodBless."
Ashley Haskett of Lenoir,NC

"Memorial Day 2006 carries added meaning and significance to me; given that on the first of May, the Marine Corps laid to rest one of the finest men I had the pleasure of both serving and leading. That Marine’s name was Staff Sergeant Jason C. Ramseyer.

It is a proud, standing tradition of the Corps that we make Marines who are capable of winning our nation’s wars. To accomplish this feat, our warriors are taught to fight with principle and discretion, and whose inner strength of self-discipline rivals physical prowess. Thus, our Corps creates men whose aggressiveness in battle is tempered by their ability to deal with the moral dilemmas of combat. Jason Ramseyer was such a man, and the epitome of a principled warrior.

Today is a day for mourning and remembering Jason, a Marine with whom I served during my tenure as the Commanding Officer, Combat Instructor (CI) Company. I am personally pained to the core by the tragedy of his untimely death. This is truly a national loss.

Jokingly, I referred to him as a “bald headed midget” as a way to antagonize him during our weekly martial arts sessions, a program he personally instituted in my company. But despite his stature, “Sergeant Ram” was a giant among his fellow Marines, imbued with a life-long passion for teaching and leading, whether as a platform instructor teaching junior officers the 81mm mortar, or leading a group of instructors through the rough terrain of the martial arts combat course.

There is an inscription in Arlington National Cemetery which transcends the loss of human life. It reads, “NOT FOR FAME OR REWARD, NOT FOR PLACE OR FOR RANK, NOT LURED BY AMBITION OR GOADED BY NECESSITY, BUT IN SIMPLE OBEDIENCE TO DUTY AS THEY UNDERSTOOD IT, THESE MEN SUFFERED ALL, SACRIFICED ALL, DARED ALL, AND DIED”. For myself, I am a personal witness to the fact that “Sgt Ram” was a man who fulfilled his duty as he understood it: as a husband, a father, a mentor, a leader -- and as my friend. Jason is now resting in hallowed ground, and no Marine could hope to earn a finer epitaph."
Hector E. Marcayda of Stafford, Va

"Great Marine, great man. Was a true honor serving with him in 81's Platoon, 3/8. Another Marine goes on his final patrol. I will see you again Jason, in a better place. I wish I could have been there with you brother."
M.S. of Texas

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

"To the Ramseyer family, God bless you all. I served with Jason from boot camp to 3/8 and I was deeply saddened when I found out."
Christopher Smith of Alexandria, Va

"SSgt Ram..
You are my mentor, my leader, and my hero. It is unbelievable to me that you are gone. I will never forget you nor will the men of 81's Platoon, 3rd Bn 3rd Marines.

Semper Fidelis brother, I will see you again someday."
Cpl Szoldra of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Thank you Jason Ramseyer, 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 Ramseyer:
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 Ramseyer:
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