Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jason L. Sparks

19, of Monroeville, Ohio.
Sparks died in Fallujah, Iraq, when his platoon was engaged in direct fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, Camp Casey, Korea. Died on September 8, 2004.

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"Jason. Today my thoughts are only of you. I miss you with each passing day. Sarah and I are growing up so fast and your sister is honoring you in so many ways. As she and I take on the next chapter of our lives we know that you are with us. Thank you for being my guardian angel. For being our hero. I love you."
Erin Bowerman of Jacksonville, NC

"It was an honor to read all the wonderful messages left by your friends and loved ones. I drove on your highway yesterday and found this wonderful site dedicated to you. Thank you, soldier, for defending our freedom."
Tom of Raleigh, nC

"Jas,
Today I dedicated the roll down flag and had you on my mind all day. I miss you so much and can't wait until we can be together again. Love ya I'll be looking at the stars for ya! Love lil sis"
Sarah Sparks of Monroeville

"To my angel. 10 years ago today you made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. You are my inspiration. I will love you til the end of time. Always with me!"
Erin Bowerman of Jacksonville, NC

"10 years and I've never forgotten the day. I remember the crazy times at ITB -- and the random hugs you gave everybody. You gave all brother, and you are remembered and missed."
Tommy of Raleigh, NC

"Jason,
In honor of Memorial Day Monday. I will wear you proudly at school and say how lucky I was to have an incredible cousin we were so close and will always be. Jason I love you to the moon and back. You are my angel."
Erin Bowerman of Jacksonville, NC

"Was talking to a friend today about you, and we talking about how after a dance we had a get together with our dates at his house and stayed up all night. We had a blast it brought back a lot of memories that is for sure. We miss you!"
Holly of Milan, Ohio USA

"Think of you often Jason and especially today so great full for you and all Military for their great service. You are greatly missed and so fondly thought of."
Marcia of Norwalk, oh

"Jason, here's to you Memorial Day 2013 - You're not forgotten, and I'd like to thank you for your service to us all. Rest In Peace my friend."
Chris Ward of Toledo, OH

"Hey Jason, Happy New Year 2012, Things are going great here in Monroeville. The Baseball field is almost complete and Route 20 has been dedicated in your name. Monroeville will never forget you. You are our hero and we are telling stories about you and instead of crying all the time we are laughing about the things you used to do. I miss you."
Aunt Becky of Monroeville,Ohio

"I can't believe it has been seven years now. I think about you often, and I remember how you were always there to make me laugh when I needed it....Saying Thank you just doesn't seem like enough for what you did. I suppose it will never feel like enough, but Thank you. Thank you for being my friend, for hanging out with me the night before I went away to college, and for being what the true definition of a hero really is. Most importantly, thank you for believing in something so truely that you gave your life for it. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten. I miss you, Jason!!"
Dannielle Scherley of Huron, OH

"Dearest Jas, 7 years tomorrow without you here with us, but we know you're looking after us. The baseball field is really shaping up, and all the workers are doing a fantastic job inyour honor. We miss you terribly.
Love Grandma and Grandpa."
Grandma of Monroeville, OH/USA

"Miss u every day, Jas! NEVER forgotten! <3"
Ashley Matthes of North Ridgeville, OH

"i am deeply appreciative for the sacrafice for me and millions of others , and was blown away when i was told by a friend that he had heard i was deceased , because my name is Jason L. Sparks also ..."
Jason L. Sparks of spring city , TN

"Six years ago Jason touched my life while i was serving in Korea. I remember him as a good friend and as an even better soldier. Six years ago you gave the ultimate sacrifice during our deployment to Iraq. I salute you for standing up to those SOBs in Fallujah. You are in my heart everyday & I wish your family the best. 2ID all the way, RIP bro"
SPC Matt Pedersen of Auburn, IN

"My lord Spaky its been six years already I have made it to your final resting grounds a few times with Brian & Leon, we would just sit next to you and have a few drinks like the old days, BSing about the trouble we had caused everyday I see your dates on my arm and flash to the times we spent together and how we both made the choice that would change our lives forever. You left soon after graduation and I waited to see you again when you graduated boot, but we missed crossing paths and never saw you again it tears me up everyday that we didn't get a chance to kick it again before we both went to serve our country in a foreign land....
I Love You and miss you everyday Brother,

Thank you for looking over me and my family from above the stars"
Cpl Mark Webber of Mesa, Az

"Can't believe it's 6 years exactly to the day. I think of you often and miss that great smile. God Bless you Jason."
Marcia of Norwalk, OH

"I remeber the last time that I saw and talked to Jason, It was at a football game... He sat in front of my husband and I and told us that he was leaving in a few months for Iraq. I remember telling Him to please be careful. When we heard about what happened I was deeply sadened for him and his family..Jason will always be missed and praised for being a HERO!"
Cindy Scherley of Monroeville, Ohio

"My prayers and deepest synpathy go out to You and your family I am so thoughtful for this soldier who fought for my freedom thank you"
marla blake of prichard wv usa

"Miss you whole bunches Jason! Had a dream that I ran into you at a store and it was so real! Wish it was true! Thank you for all that you did! I think about you often! Love and miss you Jason!"
of Monroeville, OH

"Thank you God for the men who serve us...The death of Jason has affected my family. My son was a friend of Jason and it deeply affected him, there is not a day that goes by the he isn't thought of...Thank you again to his parents for giving him life and the choice to die for us. You are in my thoughts and prayers on this day."
Valerie (Stewart) Wright of Greenwich, Ohio

"Today and everyday, I miss my friend. Praying that my three boys are half the men you were in your short life. So thankful to have called you a friend, so proud to call you my hero."
Holly Bauer of Norwalk, OH

"6 years tomorrow, and i still can't believe that smile is not longer on this earth. I know you are smiling down on your family who i think of often. With love i say a big thank you to you and your family for what you/they gave up so we could be free."
Holly W. (Ames) of milan, Ohio

"Dear Jas, It's just 2 days before your anniversary. We miss you sooo much, but your legend is going on. The "field" in your honor has had so many great people working. They're like little ants moving dirt, all working together in your honor. It makes me feel proud that your spirit is alive.. Let your bright light keep shining on everyone here. Love, Grandma"
of Monroeville, OH

"Memorial Day 2010
Always remembered
1-503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, 2 ID"
SFC Patrick Jones of Phoenix, AZ, USA

"Just wanted to say hello, miss you bro"
morgan

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"Jason, I don't know where to begin. Over the past 5 years there has yet to be a day that I haven't thought about you. I constantly struggle with trying to understand why it was you and not me. I look you up online quite often to see the memories of you that others have shared. It brings tears to my eyes to read the comments of the joy that you spread to those around you. I have yet to find the words to express the gratitude I have for the sacrifice you made to me, my family and this great nation. You showed me that night that you are by far the bravest person I have ever met. You were an outstanding person and one hell of a Soldier. I will forever remember the days we spent together in both Korea and Iraq and will cherish the fact that I met a true American HERO. Once the Army keeps me in one place long enough, I promise I will stop by sometime to say hello and shoot the breeze. I have to check out this town you talked so much about. I know we'll meet again, so until then...FIRST ROCK!
To Jason’s Family –
There will never be words that can express the gratitude that I have for Jason. A HERO like Jason could not have been who he was without the backbone of his family. He was extremely proud of his Mother, Father, Sister and Fiancé. It is you who molded Jason into the man that I met as a Soldier. Your family will always hold a special place in my heart. God Bless You! – Jeremy “Doc” Green (Medic for Jason’s Platoon)"
Jeremy Green of Ft. Carson, CO

"Jason- for a long time I struggled to understand why you were gone and I'm still not sure. But what I do know is the impact of your time with us. I can't speak for everyone else but I know that in remembering you, my life has changed. I now take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way and try to greet every day with the same humor, bravery, and kindness that you did. You were an example of everything that life should entail. I hope that when my day comes, everyone will think of me with the same love in their hearts that all of us have for you. Thank you for guiding me through the past 5 years. We love and miss you."
Erin Bishop of Monroeville, OH

"Hey Jace, I can't believe the time that has passed. It still seems too recent and still too hard. Erin and I were watching the movie Taking Chance and as young as she was when we lost you, during the funeral scene (his service was in his high school gymnasium too) she turned to me and said, "Mom, that's just like Jason." The movie had me in tears from start to finish because it just hits too close to home. We miss you and think of you everyday. Your ribbon magnet is the first thing on our fridge in each new house. I only wish we were closer to home so we could come by and say Hi more often. Give Grandpa a hug for me. We love you and are so very proud of you."
Monica of Twentynine Palms, CA

"Wow, five years later and not a day has gone by I haven't thought about you Jason. You will never be forgotten. We love and miss you.

Jason's Family: You guys are still in my thoughts and prayers. There isn't a day that goes by I don't think of you guys as well."
Allison of Norwalk, OH

"Jason, I can't believe it has been 5 years...i miss you so much and you will always be in my heart...i think about you all the time...i know you are looking down on me and my family.

Jason's Family, you guys are always in my thoughts and prayers."
Renee Karnehm of Monroeville, Ohio

"Jason,
I can't believe it's been 5 years already. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you dearly and you'll always be in my thoughts! Miss you buddy!"
Brooke Ruffing of Monroeville, OH

"Jason - you and your family are in our thoughts & prayers daily. I can't believe it has been 5 years. You will live forever in the hearts of us all."
Ames of Monroeville, OH Area

"Never Forgotten, Always Missed!
Love you, Jas!"
Ashley Matthes of Norwalk, OH

"Jason,
I have just started the sixth grade and it is going good. I will always miss you no matter what,and know that you are always by my side.Love ya."
Sarah of Monroeville,ohio

"I dont think my platoon went out that day, we might of, I cant remember. But I remember the briefing on what happened to you... Im sorry bro.

Jason got shot by a stolen .50 cal near Fallujah, he was a gunner for one of the humvees and he was on the other side of the bridge when they lit their humvee up. I heard the rumours by my squadleader how Iraqis get their weapons and what not... but this all happened before we got there to Iraq.

You can RIP BRO.

FIRST ROCK

You can be proud of one thing though bro. We took top."
Nick

"Hey sparks, there's not a day that goes by I don't think of you, I got picture of you and me in kuwait in the stars and strips in the my living room,. Its memorial day and i Miss you. I got myself together, got married and got a house, my wife's name is sarah, she's a nurse I met in the ER.
I still have nightmares of that night, and I cried so hard when I got back to camp"
allen morgan of munford,alabama

"I was thinking alot about you today.When I got home I got on the computer and typed your name in google,man was I surprised with this site.I read every post and it brought tears to my eyes.I still remember getting the phone call and can still feel the disbelief I felt at that time.It seems we were always in different parts of the country while you were growing up and finally we were back in the same area briefly.I know my boys loved you and enjoyed being with you.You brought love and laughter to every family gathering.Every time I go to the cemetery I visit your and dads gravesites.I often think about Dad and wonder if he can see me and realize how much I miss Him while I ask the same as I visit your site.Life was long for Gpa R and so short for you.I often wonder what you would be doing today if you were still here with us.
To Scott and Lisa I will never know the pain you feel and won't pretend to understand,but I want you to know that I love you both and am proud of how are dealing with the loss of Jason.
To Sarah I know you will always keep jase in your heart and know he loved you dearly."
Uncle Denny of Monroeville,Oh

"Jason, I have heard that your Mom, Dad and your little sister are heading up a project to complete the baseball field at Clark Park to be named after you. What a great honor. You loved baseball and you taught me quite a few things about the game as my coach. I will be right there helping them on this project. Actually, I wish the city would rename it Hero Field, as you are our hero. You gave so much for each and every one of us, and touched so many people in your short time here among us. You are so missed and we all think about you every day. You have a very special family but I know you already knew that. I hope that anyone that reads this will contribute in some way to help complete this project for this great young man. He truly deserves it!"
Family Friend Forever of Monroeville, Ohio

"Jason I only knew you for a short time but feel I'm connected to you for a lifetime. I'm asking myself tonight why a great man was taken from us. But I know deep inside that it is Gods way and that I will see you again someday. Thank you for everything you've done for your friends, family, and country. I love you brother and miss you everyday. In my heart is where I keep you friend. Bobby ives"
Bobby Ives of Wakeman, Oh

"I know it's been over four years...but for me as I'm sure it is for many, it feels like yesterday. Jason, I miss you so much. I think about you often and it still hurts. Thank you for all that you did...from making people laugh to fighting for what you believed in. I hope that you and Cassie are keeping each other company...someday we'll all be together again...I love and miss you!!"
Dannielle Scherley of Monroeville, Ohio

"Jason thank you for serving our country. I will never forget your kindness you have done for me my family and our country. I will always miss you!"
Nathan Rasnick of Monroeville Oh.

"Jason it was 4 years ago today and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you and look forward to the day I can see you again!"
Allison of Norwalk, OH/USA

"Jas,

Four years ago today...I can remember it like it was just yesterday! I love & miss you always!"
Ashley Matthes of Norwalk, Ohio

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Jason L. Sparks:
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

"IT'S BEEN 3 YEARS AND 4 MONTHS SINCE YOU LEFT US AND I JUST NOW FOUND THIS DAMN PAGE. JASON I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU AND THE SACRIFICE THAT YOU MADE FOR ALL. SOMEONE ELSE WROTE ABOUT CALLING YOU A MAN AND ATLEAST IN MY EYES YOU ARE A MAN! I LOVE YOU JASON AND I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN. UNTIL I MEET UP WITH YOU AND GRANDPA HAVE A FEW COLD ONES FOR ME AND KEEP GRANDPA OUT OF TROUBLE UP THERE"
YOUR COUSIN BUBBY of FAIRBORN, OH

"http://armyofwood.blogspot.com/2004/09/today-i-went-on-combat-mission.html"

"charge of propaganda. I have no real problem with that. It is kinda a do nothing job which is good, it leaves my bosses plenty of free time to stick me with all the extra jobs i was stupid enough to prove myself capable of! Life gets interesting around here. Every once in a while the bad guys shoot some mortars at he next base over (juicier target then my base). And our sister battalions sector starts outside of base so there is some sort of machine gun fire daily. It is a nice backdrop to the constant complaining of the people here.
If you all are interested in send me mail i would be more the n willing to get it! My email access is more then spotty. There is one internet cafe, 15 minute walk away, i work long hours, and it gets shut down anytime some one gets wounded until his family is told. Sssoooooooo, letters is the way to go! as for packeages, goodies. Gatorade packets or mix, sunflower seeds, blowpops, gum, batteries, good toilet paper, thats a good start.

On a more somber note, we lost a soldier on tuesday. His name was Jason Sparks and he was 19. He was shot and killed just west of Fallujah as he manned his machine gun on the back of a HMMWV. He leaves his parents and kid sister in Monroeville, OH and a fiance just out of basic training on her way to her first assignment, he himself was only 3 months out of basic. If you could please keep them in your prayers. And please don't think of PFC Sparks as "kid" or "just a baby", he has earned to right to be called a man. And please continue to keep the rest of us in your prayers. It will help us get home safely.

Until the next time i think it is a good idea to stay up till 0100 and get"

"Just wanted to let the Sparks family know that i still think of him often. Now that i have a son i can not imagin the pain you still must feel each and every day. We love you all!"
Holly Weilnau (Ames) of Milan, Ohio

"HEY SPARKY-
there is no words to say that have not already been said, but like everyone else, i miss u & am grateful for everything u have done & i wait for the day that all of us will meet u again..one sweet day! i love & miss u"
Ashley Jenkins of New London,OH

"I just got my hero braclet with Jason L. Sparks name on it and I plan to wear it everyday as much as I can... And I'm sure not a day will got by that I wont read his name on my arm
NEVER FORGET .. ........Marine Wife"
Marine Wife of Georgia

"it's been a little over 2 years Jason, and there's not a day that goes by that i don't miss you... or think about you.. a month ago.. i wen tot another military funeral.. adn my heart ached because it took me back... i miss you so much.. the little things that you did for me.. and the way your smile cured everything... I'll see you again, my friend.. you forever have a part of my heart.. and i will always carry you with me!
Love always
amanda"
Amanda Allard of Norwalk, Oh/ USA

"To the family of:Jason L. Sparks 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"

"Merry Christmas Jason,It is almost christmas and not a day goes by without us thinking about you and missing you, it is still hard to believe that you are gone, it just seems like you are away somewhere but will come home soon and be with us again. Our family will be together at christmas and we will all be thinking of you and probably shedding some tears, please keep a watchful eye over all of us especially your Mom and Dad and Sarah. We love and miss you very much."
Uncle Brad,Aunt Becky,Brandon and Brett of Monroeville,Ohio

"I was deeply sadden when I heard about Jason giving all his yesterdays, today’s, and tomorrows for his country. I came to Iraq to work in forward support on military vehicles after my wife’s first cousin Robert Dowdy died when his convoy was ambushed in Iraq on March 23, 2003. I tried to join the Army but they said I was to old. I found another way to serve. I work in forward support as a mechanic. Every time I look at my own son, I will be reminded of Jason. They look so vary much alike. Jason, was a true American hero and although I never knew him, I will never forget him. To his parents, my heart felt tears."
George Sparks of Baghdad Iraq

"PFC JASON L. SPARKS AND FAMILY,

I only new Jason a short time but, everything that I have read about Jason is true. I was fortunate enough to meet this young man shortly before he joined the Army. We all owe Jason gratitude of thanks for his service to our nation. Jason is one of many Great Americans who put their life on line to ensure that we can have the freedoms that we enjoy in the USA. Jason was a Gentleman and a Soldier, as his Recruiter I will always remember him for his smile and his quick wit. Jason is one reason why I decided to leave recruiting to return to my previous job in the Army. I felt that if I can ask young men and women to fight for their country, never having served in a combat zone myself then I should be willing to do it myself. I am currently serving with the 82nd ABN DIV, in Kalsu, Iraq. My regrets are to Jason’s family in that I was unable to be there for them in their time of need.

Very Respectfully,
SFC JEFFREY T. COLLISI
jeffrey.collisi@us.army.mil"

"Sparks.........never forgotten. 1st-503rd 1st ROCK......forever in my heart. I will never forget what i saw in Iraq or you. Even though I am out of the army now. plus Ohio boys gotta stick together..."
Monts of Bowling Green (Ft.Living room)

"Jason its been two years, and sometimes it doesnt seem real. It might sound crazy but everytime I think of you I can hear your laughter, it's a kind of laughter that makes others join you in it. I am looking at a picture of you and me hugging on graduation, that is the most precious hug I ever received from anyone and I will always think about it when I am feeling down. You touched so many people's hearts that to try to sum it up in writing becomes an impossible task. Not too long after you left us, you came to me in a dream and told me you were happy, thats all anyone wanted for you Jason is to have you be happy. As for us down here on earth, we just want to see that smile on your face again and of course hear that laugh of yours. Everyone says it because its true, you are a heroic man that sacrificed it all for something that most will never understand. I love you so much Jason Sparks, everyone loves you. True Bravery will never be forgotten."
Ashley Vitello of Monroeville OH

"Jason Lee, it's been awhile.. i've seen this site for the past 2 years and have finally brought myself here to write you... It's almost two years.. and there still isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you or that i wsih you were here to hit me on the shoulder and tell me things were going alright... you always knew what to do or what to say... to bring out of the dumps... on top of that... you made Jen happy... and I'm still keeping my promise to you... I miss you Jason... and I wish you were here... I've finally found the faith that says we'll meet again... but Jason I see you everywhere... and you're always in my heart! I love you and I always will and you were the greatest thing that ever happened to me... as a friend.. and as an older brother... ;-) I miss you... and you're never forgotten!"
Amanda of Norwalk,Oh/USA

"Hey Sparky, I have to say that you were one of the nicest kids i ever met at Monroeville. From the day that I really first talked to you during study hall, and both of us were workin on our cross stiching for crafts, i considered you one of my best friends. You were always there to put a smile on anyones face, and i know that everyone in here has said that, but it is so true. I just wish that we would have met maybe my freshman year so me and you could have become even better friends. Well i will see ya when i am walkin through those gates, I know you will be welcoming me with open arms."
Jeff Hales of Monroeville, OH , USA

"Sparky, there is nothing I can say about you that someone hasnt already wrote. For one year you changed our lives (The boys at Ricks). I mean come on we even made a necklace with your picture on it. You were a great friend. You almostly always had a smile on your face and you kept everyones spirits up even at the roughest times. I have the faith that tells me that we will meet again. I miss you bro and I love you."
"Big Daddy" Brian Hall of New London Ohio

"Thank you so much for all the good times in life, you always knew exactly how to cheer someone up and make them smile the rest of the day. No one could ever forget that, and we'll never ever forget you either!! Lots of Love."
Fawn Kimball of Monroeville Ohio

"My prayers and thoughts go out the the family and friends of fallen soldier PFC Jason L. Sparks. If you would like a free copy of below go to http://www.bartalanwoytek.com


HE’S NOT JUST A SOLDIER
Written By: Bart Alan Woytek © 6/23/05

He's not just a soldier, he's somebody's child
Becoming a hero he goes off to fight
In a war so far from home
He's fighting for freedom, and our way of life
All grown up now, he's putting his life
On the line for you and I

I know that he might fall
And each day I pray he won't
But if that day comes, I know he's with God
Because I was there when he asked
Jesus Come Into My Heart

As we stand here today, a tribute we raise
To the life of this soldier whose flag never fades
21 guns fire off
A horn echoes taps like an Angelic Choir
Calling him home to his Father's side
He served his Country well
Take this flag with pride
Wipe away each tear
I know he's in Heaven, no pain and no fear
As he's held in the arms of God

He's not just a soldier, he's somebody's child
God gave him to me to have for awhile
Now it's time to give him back
Our time here on Earth is not all that long
In the blink of an eye, a loved one is gone
We'll unite again someday
I know that he's alright
I can't wait to hear him say
I've been waiting for you, knew I'd I see you here too
Because you were there when I asked
Jesus Come into my heart

I've been waiting for you, knew I'd I see you here too
Because you were there when I asked
Jesus Come into my heart"
BART ALAN WOYTEK of COLUMBUS, TX/ USA

"Jason- I only meet you a couple of times, you were a fun person to be around. Thank-you for fighting for this country.

To the family,
Everything that I ever heard about you'r son was wonderful and that he was a wonderful and fun person to be around. I always heard the guys at school talk of Jason and all the fun things that they would do together. I'm sorry for the lose of your son. My heart goes out to you."
Stacey of New London/Ashland,OH

"Attn: the Sparks family, Jason,
Sparky theres not a day that goes that i dont look down at my tattoo of you on my arm and almost come to tears,especially when i was rollin through fallujah a few months back on the gun of my humvee just to see what it was like over there is shame and i am proud as hell to have good friend that was over there, as well as to have been over there in the *. everytime i heard an IED go off around your face flashed infront of me and i thought is today the day i get to go see Jason....fortunately it wasnt and i cant wait to go back and get a few more of them bastards.
In Loving Memory of a Brother, ill see yah soon Brah"
Lcpl Webber, Mark USMC of Camp Pendleton, Cali

"Jason,
It's been awhile brother! Not a day goes by that I don't think about what kind of trouble we could be getting into right now, like running off the road, or doing reverse curls in your car, or field hopping or getting pulled over! What it all comes down to man is I miss ya! All the fun times we had and we were practically brothers! I really need to get with your parents, I've just been so busy that I haven't had any time to come back to New London! Mom still has your picture on the fridge, and I have one in my wallet! I miss and love you man, you were more family... than friend!

And to Mr. and Mrs. Sparks
I am really sorry I haven't gotten around to coming over but I will be there as soon as I can, love ya guys!"
John Evan Stevens of New London, OH

"To Jason and the Sparks family,
I know I didn't know you as long as some people. I just want to say thank you for all your help and support through out basic and D 1-50. You were a great friend and I will miss you dearly. Not a day goes by that I do not think about you. I will see you again sometime."
SPC David A. Williamson of C co. 1-3 INF The Old Guard; Arlington National Cemetary

"Sparky,
My fondest memories of high school always include you in some way. Like junior year- your freshman year- when you would wait at my locker every morning to talk. I looked forward to that every single day, you always set my day off in the right direction with that fantastic smile. Being referred to as my "weekday boyfriend" since John was away at college during the week, you decided it was your job to look after me. I know you still are and I know that you keep a special eye out for Brennigan now. The best Jason Sparks memory though is the night we were walking home from an FFA meeting. We got up to the point where we would seperate ways for the night but you insisted on walking me a bit further. Before I knew it we had walked all the way to my house. You told me you felt so much better knowing you hadn't left me out in the dark. Then you turned around and walked home alone. I remember going in the house and thinking I would never have another friend like that again. And you know what? I was right. You were the greatest, and I am not just saying that because this is a memorial to you. It's the truth, you truly were. I will never forget the endless nights of IMing and "ladiesman72" popping up on my screen. I still do not have the heart to delete that from my contact list. People can say what they will about this war but I know in my heart had you known what was going to happen before you left you still would have went. That's just you, Sparky, you were always the protector. I love that about you. Thank you for protecting me that night back in '99 and thank you for never stopping. I am so proud to have been your friend. I am even prouder to say you died for our country. I know someday when I wander through the darkness my buddy Sparky will be there once again to see me through. I love you. God Bless."
Holly (Moll) Bauer of Monroeville/Norwalk, OH

"Somebody's Child

Somebody's child
stands tonight guarding a sleeping town
Somebody's mother
worries tonight - another chopper down.
Somebody's child
has caught a plane to a distant land,

Somebody's mother
is worried tonight - this isn't what she'd planned.

Somebody's child
worries tonight, Mom, Dad or a sibling at war,

Somebody's parent
worries tonight about that child afar.

Somebody's child
is fighting tonight, it is a living nightmare,

Somebody's mother
is crying tonight, and whispering a prayer.

Somebody's child
weeps tonight, feeling unloved and alone,

Somebody's mother
frets tonight, about the problems at home.

Somebody's child
is hurt tonight and some wounds we cannot see,

Somebody's mother
worries tonight for a child she cannot see.

Somebody's child
wishes tonight to be free from the danger of harm,

Somebody's mother
wishes tonight that child were back in her arms.

Somebody's child
has helped someone realize they can finally be free,

And Somebody's child
has paid the price, because freedom isn't free.





By D. Soger"

""This extraordinary war in which we are engaged falls heavily upon all classes of people, but the most heavily upon the soldier. For it has been said, all that a man hath will he give for his life; and while all contribute of their substance the soldier puts his life at stake, and often yields it up in his country's cause. The highest merit, then, is due to the soldier."
- President Abraham Lincoln, remarks at closing of sanitary fair, Washington, D.C., March 18, 1864"
Monica of Jacksonville, NC

"To The Sparks Family-
I almost feel asthough im writing to my own family, for my lastname is Sparks, and my First name Jason, when you're son died I was aswell 19 I remember seing his name on CNN, It reminded me of how young and brave the soldiers over there are, and I wan't to thank you for raising a son that wasnt afraid to do his part."
Jason Sparks of Minneapolis MN

"Sparky,
Well its been a year already and I can finally pull myself together enough to leave a message on this page. You were the best friend I could have asked for, you were always there for me no matter what. Im sure White Flash and Beaver feel the same way too, you were a brother to us all and all of us were brothers to you it was really hard to find one of us without the other. But now you are a fallen comrad a brother who made the ultimate sacrifice, for that I thank you. You never are too far from my thoughts, not a day goes by that I dont think of you and the great times we had together. All those post-game Taco Bell runs or going to Vanson's, the snow day "Halo-fests" those nights we stayed up playing video games. Good times and even better memories. Jason Lee Sparks is my brother, and I will miss him forever.

Till we meet again Sparky."
Big Nate Pifer of Monroeville,Ohio/United States of America

"THE BROKEN CHAIN

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again."
Monica of Jacksonville, NC

""War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free, unless made so by the exertions of better men than himself." (John Stewart Mill)

Jason was, and always will be, one of those better men.

We love you Jase."
Cousins Monica and Erin of Jacksonville, NC

"I don't do this at all. It saddens me to think that we lose so much in a war like this. But at the same time, ours is an important mission. We go forth and fight for freedom and peace and those oppressed. And when one of us dies, those that are left are faced with the most God awful guilt. You were a warrior Jason, taken before your time as were all of our comrades before us. We will mourn your loss always, and fight on in your name. Rest easy friend, you stand relieved. Your name will be carried into battle again and will live with honor among us."
ICC(EOD/SW) Jason Sparks of Virginia Beach, VA

"To The Sparks Family,

On the one year anniversary of Jason's death, I want you to know that I still think of Jason alot. He will always hold a special place in my heart and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. May God Bless Jason and your family."
Kathy Pressley of Norwalk, Ohio

"Hey babe!...from the moment I became buds w/ you in 7th grade, until now, I have become blessed with your presence. Like everyone else has already stated, you have had an impact on numerous lives including my own. I can remember you telling me about your new little sister Sarah, and your first girlfriend Kate and everything that came later. You and your doings have left an impact on us and the way we would all like to be as people. I wish that I could have told you good-bye when you left for Korea and even kept in touch. But all that I am left with is "I wish I would have..." and I hate it. I think about you everyday and visit you often. I am so proud to have known you. I love you Jason, and I will always, always have you in my thoughts. Thank you for serving and risking your life that most of us are so scared to lose."
Kellie Wilhelm of Monroeville, Ohio

""I have learned that what we do for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike"
Ashley Matthes of Norwalk, OH

"To Jason~ WOW I don't even know where to begin. I remember the first time I met you in McD's and just fell in love with you! You had a great smile and were just wonderful! I tried to play it off like I didn't want to have anything to do with you but Tibs kept telling that you were just being yourself that day! That you weren't putting on an act! I didn't do a real good job. The truth is I didn't really want to blow you off, there was something about you! I am so glad something told me not to because you were a GREAT friend! Thank you for everything! The memories, There were the late nights at BK! It is funny how the littlest things bring up some BIG memories! Every time I get in my car I see you sitting in the passenger seat and looking over at me with that smile of yours. When I see cherry chap-stick I remember when you thought I stole yours so you fought with me until you went to you car and found it! I remember the night we went over to the hospital and sat in the parking lot til about 3. I remember all the talks we had and how you always told me that no matter what, you were going to be there for me and you didn't care about the past! It was about the present and the future! You were the only person I had ever told everything about myself to and I trusted you with everything! There were just so many good memories I had with you! I look back on them everyday and think of how wonderful you were and still are! Jason without having met you and having had you in my life I don't know where I would be at today! You helped me to see so much and really made me feel like a real person again! For that I want to thank you! I know you died doing what you loved and wanted. You will forever live on in my heart and soul! You are, always have been and will forever be a HERO!

To Jason's Family~ Well.... lets see..... There really isn't anything I can say that you don't already know! I want to thank you for raising such a wonderful man! The smile on his face, the way he cared for everyone and really took that extra step for everyone! He really did want to make this world a better place and help as many people as he could, and I know that I can't talk for everyone but I can say for myself that he helped me in more ways than you will ever know! There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of him and I can't see there ever being! I am so sorry for you loss. But he is with us everyday watching over and helping through the tough times.

To Jen~ I know you didn't really care for me. I didn't want to break you two up! I was so happy that you two were happy! I don't know what it is like to be in your shoes and I don't think I want to ever find that out! I find that at times it is hard enough just having been a friend! I hope you are doing okay. You know how wonderful Jason was and just know that everyone back home here feels the same way!!"
Allison Bell of Norwalk,Ohio/USA

"Hey Jason... I would just like to say thanks for fighting for us in these hard times. It will be hard not thinking about you when I see Jennifer come home from Germany. You were brave when u signed up for the Army. And it was hard to hear when I first heard that you died,I was in total shock. Thank you for the good times when you were with us."
Cody Rasnick of Monroeville, OH, US

"Jason...Hey man.You were such an amazing friend.I mean seriously..I do not know of anyone who didnt love you.I'll never forget the times seeing you at church or even at the highschool when I'd come in to get something from the Office for my brother(R.C.)I know that we never really talked that much but whenever I'd see that smile of yours that could brighten up a room I couldnt even help it...I had to smile too.I'll never forget when R.C. was sick one day and mom sent me in to get his Homework and I saw you standing there.I was in the worst mood possible and had tears runnin down my face.You bent down so we were eye to eye and as you wiped the tears away with that million wat smile you asked me what was wrong and if there was anything that would make it better.I was between the ages of 10 and 11 and as a lil kid the only thing I thought would make it better was an ice cream..I told you that and you said''well I dont know if I can give you that but I can tell you this...whatever your problem god will help you solve it'' and then you just smiled again as you eased your way upwards.I thought about your words and it wasnt till a couple years ago that I acctually understood what they ment.But I'll always remember how I walked out of that office with the biggest grin on my face.Thank you for being like an older brother to me Jason.I'll always look up to you in Heaven above.And when I have a problem I think before I ask god..I'll ask you and I'll picture that smile and know that everything will be okay again.I Love You and miss you with all my heart Jason Lee Sparks..May God rest your soul.
Love,
Deanna Morgan Mack
P.S.-I'll see you in Heaven when it's my time.Love You!"
Deanna M. Mack of Monroeville,Ohio/USA

"What can I say? We grew up together, we were close, we shared some good times. Everytime I think about losing you I cry. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, and for that I salute you. I love you and I miss you J."
Sgt. David A. Roberts, USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Jason, I remember a cute little boy who used to sit with me on the couch while Josie would get so excited she would run around the living room like a wild dog! I remember the little guy in the high chair who flung a spoonful of mashed potatoes against the wall at Grandpa's on accident! (Darn those plastic spoons!) I remember how excited Erin would get when she saw you working at Burger King, and the way you loved and treated her just like a little sister. No matter the interservice jokes in the family, I was and always will be extremely proud of you.

We miss you and we love you."
Monica and Erin of Jacksonville, North Carolina

"Jason
Hey man I know this is late from the time you left us and I couldn't bear to see your grave I still am in a sense of denile and thinking that your just going to show back up with a smile on your face. you were my best friend and I will never forget that you are the reason that I am still here today you were a caring person and nobody will ever forget that I miss you man and as I sit here in Mozul, Iraq I just hope i can be the hero you are to all of us"
PFC Herber, Anthony P of Norwalk, Ohio(Mozul, Iraq)

"What up bro, Been thinking and wondering when I would see you again, Thats everyday when I think about you and remember you are up there watching over all of us. You still got that smile on your face and your watching over everyone you love. I've tried to tell myself how to describe you and there are no words just memories of great times. Sometimes I wish we would have been closer, but then I remember that God gave me that chance to come see you before you left to go. Everything happens for a reason, I got to spend sometime with you before you went and now you are in a better place taking care of everyone that is in your heart. I Love You. Cousins 4 Ever!"
Brian Koch of Monroeville, OH/United States

"Wow. Where to start. There are so many wonderful things to say about Jason. He always made me smile. I could be having the worst day ever and I would see him in Mr. Paul's office at school and he would have the greatest smile on his face. We are all so blessed to have known Jason. Miss you Jason!"
Taaron Schaffer of Monroeville, Ohio/ USA

"To the family of Pfc. Jason L. Sparks:
We are proud to wear a Hero Bracelet that bears Jason's name. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We pray that God gives your family & friends peace, comfort & strength to deal with the loss of such a wonderful man."
The Burkett Family of Fayetteville, GA

"Jason - Words cannot express all that you meant to me. You were such an amazing friend. It still hurts knowing you're gone... No one who knew you will ever forget you. I love you babe. I'll always miss you."
Jenny Valko of Bellevue, Ohio

"I never had the opportunity of knowing Jason personally, but after reading and hearing all of these stories about him I can only wish I had. He changed a lot of lives and I know he was a great kid. I still remember the day I heard about his death and all the newscasts, articles and pictures that followed in the next few days. Every day that followed, I wished more and more that I had known Jason because I saw the impact he had on everyone and I just wished that I could have had someone that great in my life like all of you. I know that it may seem hard at times for all of those who knew Jason, but the way I see it, you should consider yourself so very lucky. You knew a great man, one who would do anything for anyone, including people he didn't even know. You are all blessed to have known him and loved him, I only wish that I would have had the same opportunity. Keep your heads held high, and always remember he's watching over you.. protecting you.. and still loving you just as he did before he died. Be strong, and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many people, including me. God Bless you all!
~Jason: I know how much you loved everyone in your life as well as your country. You mean everything to these people, and you made them very proud. Your memory will live on through their hearts and memories. You are a true American Hero in every sense of the word and I have the utmost respect for you. My only regret is not knowing such a great guy like you while you were alive You've touched so many lives, including mine. God bless you, your family and your friends always, Rest in Peace, Jas."
Kristen Roth of Bellevue, Oh/Bowling Green, Oh

"Jason,
You were a great friend and everyone that you touched will always remember you. On my wedding day i will have a candle lit for you so everyone knows that even though you can't be with us that you are in our hearts. To the sparks family your son is a hero and your family is also for raising such a kind, brave, and loving man. Jason you will never be far from our hearts we love you."
Holly Ames of monroeville, oh, us

"J.R. I think about you all the time. You will never be forgotten by anyone. You always made me and everyone else smile. I miss you. You will always be a hero. Love you Jason"
Ty Reer of Monroeville OH, USA

""Sparky" I miss you and think about you all the time, I will never forget all that you sacraficed. You were always smiling and made everyone who knew you a better person. We love and miss you.
To the sparks family:Jason was a truly great individual and everyone loves him still. HERO is the only word that can describe your son and all he has done for us."
Eric Ames of Monroeville, OH,U.S.A

"Jason, I think about you each and every day and I can't believe that you were taken from us at such a early age. I miss you alot, but I look at picture of you and remember all the times we spent together. I am glad that we were able to take you to Canada before you left for the army, I know that is a place that you truly loved and I'm glad you were able to go there one last time. I hope that you will look down on us and help us get through the tough times and I hope you know that I will do anything to help your Mom,Dad and Sarah get through the long days ahead. They love and miss you terrible. WE LOVE YOU JASON LEE SPARKS"
Aunt Becky of Monroeville,Ohio

"Jason: there is not much that i can say, you were the greatest friend anyone can have. All those friday nights asking us how many tackles you had, graduation, our talk for hours under the crab apple tree. We had so many great memories. Your smile changed lives, you were the greatest friend ever! You are always going to be my hero! FOREVER LOVE!
To the sparks family: This is someting that you all already know; but you have a great son and brother! your head shall always be kept high, because Jason changed so many lives for the better! Jason Lee Sparks will never be forgotten! RIP jsl"
Becky White "ice" of Monroeville ohio/ Cleveland Ohio

"~*J*Dawg*~ I miss you so much! I am extremely grateful for all the great times I had with you! From kicking your butt in basketball to hearing you call me Boog every chance you had. I would do anything to hear you call me Boog again, (as much as I didn't like it) or to even get one of your great hugs. We all miss you buddy. I never forget about you and am proud of you for serving our country. I enjoyed our long chats and miss those. I wish you were here with us! I think about you all the time! I miss you so much and love you, buddy!"
Brooke Ruffing of Monroeville, OH

"Jason-Hey buddy!! I am so blessed to have gotten to know you as a person, and even more blessed to be able to call you my friend. I am so proud of you for doing what you believed in!! Even though I miss you so much, I'll always remember the fun times! You made bad days better, and good days great. From all the times in AP english, Government, homeroom, all the dancing down the hallways between classes, all the hugs, and of course being out until four in the morning with you, Drew, and Josh J. the night before I was leaving for college-every memory with you is a great one. I miss you, but all I'll always be your "shortest friend Danny":) Thank you for all that you've done Jas, you're in my heart and thoughts forever-You're my hero!"
Dannielle Scherley of Monroeville, Ohio

"Jason's Family,
I am very thankful for knowing Jason. He always brought a smile to everyone's face. Jason helped me find out thing about myself and my limits I did not know. He was there for me and pushing me at cross country and everything else and always telling me that I did a good job no matter how bad I did. He never liked seeing people down and always made people laugh. Sarah, never forget that your brother is a hero to a number of people. I know how close the two of you were and will always be. I will never forget the nights I came over and watched the two of you pick on one another.
Jason,
I will never forget all the great memories we created. From when we were little kids and you spent the night because of Drew and the three of us hung out. The three of us have a number of memories that can never be taken away. I know how much serving for your country meant to you and I give you a lot of credit for all that you did to get to where you did. I know you put a lot of time and dedication into everything you did and I always looked up to you for that. I will always cherish our memories and you will always remain in my heart. I miss you tons!!!
Love always and forever “Mike”"
Renee Karnehm of Monroeville, Ohio

"To Jason's Family:
I love you all! I will always be apart of your family. Don't ever forget that I am here for you, no matter what!

Jason:
Hey hun... I miss you so much. I think about you every single day. I thank God for allowing me to have you as my best friend and I cherish each and every moment we ever spent together. You were my first love, and I will never ever forget you!!! Love you, Jas!"
Ashley Matthes of Norwalk, OH

"Jason You changed my life more then you will ever know. Thank you for doing what you did for your country, and what you did for me.You are the only reason I am still in the Army. Baby you are my strength. I look to you for strength, love, and a sence of belonging. We always said we will be together forever, and baby we will be. Someday we will be together again and we will live together in eternity. I miss you and no matter where your at in the world I will always love and cherich you.
Ich Liebe Dich
I love you
Jennifer
Mrs. Sparks :) JS2"
Jennifer Smith of Mannheim Germany

"Im terribly sorry about the lose.My brother(green) was with him and thats how i know about this but he was a hero and he still is. Just keep yalls head up!! God bless"
Brandi Dunlap of Terrell Tx

"To the Sparks Family

I am the father of a soldier that served in Jason's squad in Iraq and Korea. I can only say how proud I am of our soldiers and how much Jason meant to his squad members. He is in the thoughts of those still there all the time. I wont even try to say I understand how you feel as that would be impossible. Be proud of Jason and know he is not forgotten. Our sincere condolences from the KIRKPATRICK family"
Bob Kirkpatrick of Girard, Ohio USA

"To Jason's Family,
I don't know if you remember me, but I knew Jason from church. We had one of those cute little middle-school relationships. Jason was such a nice person.... I can remmeber the picture he gave me of himself with his little baby sister. I'm at college in Columbus right now and I don't have much contact with home so I just heard about his death tonight and I just couldn't believe it. I can only imagine the pain you are going through, and I am so sorry for your loss.
To Jason's little sister:
Jason loved you so much. Don't ever forget that. You meant the world to him, he talked about you all the time that I knew him. I'm so very sorry that you lost such a wonderful person."
Kate Myers of Sandusky, Ohio / Columbus, Ohio

"1/31/05
Thank you Jason, your brave actions have made America safer for which we all owe you our gratitute. I pray that we never forget the sacrifice you made! God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace."
Jim & Margie Shaw of Pasadena, Maryland

"To the Sparks family,
I think about Jason alot. He is truly a hero for the sacrifice he made for his country! Oh, how I wish we were watching our boys in their football uniforms again! Life was so much easier then. Anthony said that he knows Jason helped him get through Navy boot camp. He could feel his presence when things got rough.I guess the bond of teammates will always be there. God Bless all of you and Rest in Peace, Jason."
Kathy Pressley of Norwalk, Ohio

"Hey jason,
I miss you very much. And loved you very much you will never be forgotten."
Jackie Smith of Norwalk, Ohio

"JASON'S SACRAFICE WAS THE ULITIMATE...
OUR GRATITUDE IS ENDLESS....
AS THE FAMILY OF A SOLDIER IN THE 1ST -503RD WHO SERVED WITH JASON...
WE SALUTE YOU."
THE WOOD FAMILY of CONNECTICUT

"I was in Charlie Rock 1/503 1st Plt & 3rd Plt from Feb 01- Feb 03. I did not know Jason, but any soldier of Charlie Company holds a special place in my heart. Thank you Jason for your sacrifice. My deepest sympathy for your family.

March or Die C 1/503"
SGT Galvan of Argyle Tx

"Words cannot express our broken heartedness for such a young man to loose his life.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you for your service to our country. You have the greatest respect a man could have in life. Your short time here will never be forgotten.
I love you for your great sacrifice.

Respectfully, Tony"
Tony Bonaparte of Huntington Beach / Ca.

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

"Jason your smile and warm love will always be in our hearts. Thank you for serving our Country to make home a safer place for us all. God be with you always. Jennifer sends her love! Love you!"
Alan & Marcia Smith of Norwalk, OH USA

"To the family of Jason;
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Army Spc. Daniel A. Desens Jr., KIA 6/24/04. Jason will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"Your loss is great and no words can express how we feel. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers."
Mrs. Arthur's 4th grade class of Nelsonville, Ohio

"To Jason's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To Jason's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you Jason Sparks, 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 Pfc. Jason Sparks:
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 Pfc. Jason Sparks:
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