Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jacob M. Simpson

24, of Ashland, Oregon.
Simpson died in Tal Afar, Iraq, when a rocket propelled grenade struck the building he was securing. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment from Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on May 16, 2005.

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"Not a happy 36th "Dude" but thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and what you did to make this country what it is. You will never be forgotten. Miss you brother, thank you for all that you have taught me. You give a whole new meaning to Veterans Day and the sacrifices that only the brave like you can do. Thank you, till we meet again brother. Brave Rifles!"
SFC Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO

"Not a happy 36th "Dude" but thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and what you did to make this country what it is. You will never be forgotten. Miss you brother, thank you for all that you have taught me. You give a whole new meaning to Veterans Day and the sacrifices that only the brave like you can do. Thank you, till we meet again brother. Brave Rifles!"
SFC Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO

"May 16, 2015. I placed a peace rose from my garden on your grave today. It was lovely talking to you and John. When I tried to leave I realized I had lost my car keys. As I searched the cemetery grounds I couldn't help but imagine you and John laughing at my folly. Instead of leaving in tears I left with a smile. A lot has changed in ten years but no amount of time will ever change how much I miss you. Until we meet again, love."

"Seven years-and somehow it doesn't get any easier.
I miss you.
I love you."

"You were loved by more then most and will be remember by all. Until the day we can hang together again I will miss you. I find strength in the thought of the man you are and make that thought the man I strive to be."

"Just thinking of you Jake, until we meet again, then we can finish that spades game we setup.

Miss you, Brother."
Kurt Taito of Hawaii

"May 17, 2011
I can't believe it's been six years (to the day of the week) that I found out you were gone. I haven't been able to stop crying all day. Johnny's right - time really won't let you fade away. You're indelibly in our hearts and very dearly missed. Wish you were here."

"I miss you, and think about you every day. You're awesome. I love you."

"Brothers in Arms forever Jake, I love you and miss you!"
Matthew Galvin of Greensboro, NC

"Happy 30th today! We all miss you very much. Time won't let you fade away Dude....."
John Schmidt of Beaverton Oregon

"You were going to teach me to play Rummy that day. I look forward to playing it with you when the time comes. I will always remember. Brave Rifles"
Zach Steigauf of Grand rapids, MN

"Hey Jacob..Miss you buddy. Your always on my mind."
Beau Babbitt of Jackman Maine

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Jacob M. Simpson:
Jacob 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

"Hey kid. Been thinking about you, I always do this time of year... As much as it hurts missing you, I wouldn't trade it for the memories I have of you."

""Prayer shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers is an organization of over 235 knitting groups throughout the country. Since October of 2007, over 2,900 prayer shawls have been sent to the families of fallen soldiers. If you or a member of your family would like to receive a hand knot prayer shawl in memory of Jacob, please contact me at barbconway@comcast.net or 774 487-8618.
Sincerely,
Barbara"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"Its been a while buddy been doin alot of thinkin lately, I miss hanging out and playin guitar, smokin ciggarettes or goin out. sorry I haven't talked to you before now that year was hard for me and I've been tryin to deal with it ever since. I was hangin out with my girlfriend a while back and she saw a scar on my leg and asked if it was from Iraq and I thought about it for a second and I almost told her yeah cause I was to embarresd to tell her the real story but I told her the truth anyways, I told her I was playin around with your knife and you told me to be careful because you sharpened the hell out of it and I proceeded to give you a hard time and said it wasn't sharp and then stabbed myself in the leg with it man I felt so stupid she laughed and called me an idiot, which was pretty much the same response I got from you. I miss you and I hope all is well with your family have a merry christmas and a happy new year. I'll see you in the green some day, forever your dismount... Justin"
Justin Lilley of Austin

"To the family of:Jacob M. Simpson 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"

"I served in the 1st Gulf war and I am proud of all my Veteran brothers and sisters. Thank you for being a hero. God Bless him and his family."
SSGT Kenneth Simpson of Clover, SC

"Hey, Jake...
I thought I saw you the other day in a crowd... For just a split second, before reality intervened I was just happy to see you... I forgot that you were gone. I spent the rest of the day crying, because I STILL miss you. And it STILL hurts. Don't stress it though... I will see you again, and this time, there will be no pain! I love you Jake!!!"
Name Withheld of Oregon

"Jake was somebody who emanated light. He always had a smile, even when I didn't. I wasn't the best friend to him that I could have been. Jake, I'm sorry. I miss you. Just know that nobody who truly knew you will forget you. I love you!"
Name Withheld of Oregon

"I miss my cousin and, one of my best friends. As time moves on (now over two yeas since Jakes passing)I still hurts to think about him. I do every day. Jake and all the other's who were killed in combat you will forever be missed, and always rememberd."
John C Schmidt of Beaverton, Oregon

"Jacob was my cousin and I didnt now him verry well but I will alwase love him. nobody should be relly sad over his deth beacouse hes up in heven with the Lord and dancing with the Angeles, I dont now about all of you but I think hes the luckiest persone in the univerce!!!"
sombody

"Jacob was my cousin even though i dident really know him i love & miss him."
Molly of Washingot

"It was hard to hear of SGT Simpson's death. I was his first-line supervisor in Beudingen, Germany before he left for Colorado. I remember that he was so excited because I also had orders for Ft. Carson. However, as luck would have it, my orders were deleted, and I instead went to Recruiting school. He was the hardest working soldier I had, and I will never forgive myself for not being by his side. Thanks."
Nate Lawson of Sheridan, WY USA

"TO THE FAMILY AND FELLOW SOLDIERS,
SGT SIMPSON WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED. AS A GREAT FREIND AND SOLDIER. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE SIMPSON FAMILY. WE ARE GOING TO MISS YOU SGT SIMPSON. SAVE ME A SPOT IN YOUR RANKS, ILL SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY."
SGT ROBLES CARLOS, F 1st plt 2/3 ACR) of KILLEEN TX. 76543

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

"To the family of Jacob M Simpson.
My deepest thoughts and prayers are with all of Jacob's family members in this time of Sorrow. Thank You Jacob for your Bravery and service in the military. You will certainly be missed."
Chrissy McAden ( Soon to be wife of : SSG Christopher Thorn, Fox Troop, Brave Rifles) of Lakewood Co,

"I am a proud cousin of Jacob M simpson hewas the bravest person i knew and the best sons brothers uncles and cousins he was sombody that touched lives around him once you knew him he became part of your life when me being just a cousin it is still hard for me to talk about him with out crying im proud of him and i will allways remeber him and hope to be just like him."
Casey Linquist proud cousin OF JACOB SIMPSON of MILWAKIE, OR, USA,

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From the family of LCpl Branden P. Ramey, KIA 11/8/04"
Sandy of CA

"We..the family of Jacob..would like to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. Although this is a very difficut time, we know his sacrifice was for a cause that he truly believed in. We will miss me greatly and he..and the others that have given so much in the name of freedom...will always be in our hearts."
Bill Layman of Portland, OR

"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, Jacob 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 and family of Massillon, Ohio

"Jacob you are one special soldier. That all you don't for us here in AMERICA and those in Iraq, was not in vain. You are our HERO! We lost our son last May. An my heart and prays are with you and your family. God Bless!"
LEONARD WAHL

"Thank you Jacob Simpson, 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. Jacob Simpson:
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 Jacob 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. Jacob Simpson:
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 Jacob, 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