Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jason G. Wright


19, of Luzerne, Michigan.
Wright was on security duty when his vehicle came under fire from a passing vehicle in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on December 8, 2003.

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"To Jason's family I know it has been almost 8 years but I want you to know that I have yall in my thoughts as I walk in PFC Jason G. Wright's Foot steps in Mosul Iraq as a former resident of Mio MI."
SSG Miller, Mark of Mosul, Iraq

"i dont even know what to say or how to say it. it is midnight and im only weeks from deploying again. seems like this is the time i reflect the most on the past and the lifes that change your own. i never had the pleasure of meeting Jason. I only know of him and the one chance encounter in 2003 in a hospital tent in Mosul Iraq. I worked as a medic with the 21ST CSH. i did everything in my power but there was nothing i could do. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. i am haunted by the memories of this day and that entire year and will never forget the power that one instant in a day will change a person. please contact me. jssiena@hotmail.com"
SSG Siena

"I know that many years have passed and it has not lessend your loss. know that those of us who have heard of Jason understand that his sacrifice was trying to bring peace to a land that has known so little of it. This military family sends it's blessings to all of you that hold the memory of Jason close to your hearts.
Donald Hill,SPC US.ARMY (DISCHARGED)
Penny Hill, SGT US.ARMY 376TH CSH

I to grew up in Mio walking those same halls that Jason once did in school and
those same streets in town. I can't think of a much better place to grow up in then gods country and I only wish he could still be there with you. god bless"
Donald & Penny Hill of Chateaugay,NY

"Jay. Its been a little over seven years now and you have not been forgotten. This year was just as rough as the last several. I know i didnt know you very well but I know of you very well. You were a great son, brother, and friend. You impact many of their choices still today! You are forever in our hearts."
K of Mio, MI

"Jason. You were a great person who we all miss very much. Thoughts and prayers are with your family! Miss and love you! A very brave soul you were and we always will remember Jason Wright!"
Morgan of Michigan

"I grew up with Jason, we were friends in elementary, but as we got older, we drifted apart as most friends do as they get older, but we always said hi to each other whenever we were around. I remember when Mio had a candlelight vigil for him, but I was unable to attend, and I've always felt bad for that, but I wanted his family to know that I did light a candle for him where I was, and there is always a lit candle in my heart. I will never forget Jason, and I always pray for his family, I promise to never forget what Jason has done for us all."
Jessica .W. of St. Louis, MO, USA

"December 10, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Jason G. Wright:
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

"We may have not been blood but he was my family. I will never forget the time that I spent with Jay he was a special person. I can not tell you how hard I cried when my mom told me that he died. I remember when he was a little boy and he would see me in the halls of our school he would get this big smile on his face and run up and give me a big hug. I am proud that he wanted to do more for his country, but am sadden for the loss that our family has had. Leslie, Todd and the boys I love you guys and say a prayer for you everynight. I am sorry for your loss and remember Jay for the man he would have been had he been aloud to mature and have a family of his own. He is gone but will live in our hearts forever"
Christine Wolfe of Ecorse Michigan

"To the family of:Jason G Wright 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"

"To the family of Jason G. Wright: I am he brother of a fallen soldier, Joseph Blickenstaff, who died in Iraq on December 8th 2003. On this day of rememberance I wanted to offer my wish of peace and healing to you in the years to come, we are forever bonded by this date and the loss of our loved one's. I pray for your loved one and family. ehblick@yahoo.com"
Eric Blickenstaff of Oregon

"I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Michigan that you are the mother of a son who has died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
Abraham Lincoln"
Sergeant, 1st Infantry Division of The Republic

"From one Jason Wright to another... Respect my freind and God speed."
Jason Wright of Sydney, NSW, Australia

"I and others feel deeply sorry for the death of [insert soldier's name here]. His service both to the military and to me as a person will make him someone I will not soon forget. [insert soldier's name here] was a fine young man capable of doing anything his heart desires. It will be a loss for us all to see him go."
Morganton Dead Soldier Memorial Letter-Writing Corporation (MDSMLW Co.) of Morganton, IA

""MR/MS Todd,Leslie Wright and Chad, Pat and Cory,

To lose a loved one is the hardest thing that one can take. My prayers are with you all. Thank you Jason for giving the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of many."
Ken Wright of Canyouville Oregon

"Jason. You will be greatly missed. I was Jason's battle buddy through basic training and Airborne school. Last time I talked to you was Thanksgiving of 2002. I miss you brother, you'll always be with me."
Andrew Waidelich of Eaton Rapids, MI

"im leaving to mosul, iraq and i give all the respect to jason wright... for what he has done for this army we all know.... i am really sorry to know that one of the friends that i knew in high school risked his life in mosul, iraq... i give my respect to jasons family..... clay yoder"
clay yoder of 172nd fmc bsb support, fairbanks alaska

"Today we buried a Sgt who had served with our unit for the last 18 years. Although, Sgt Wharton died from complications arising from an infection, I can't help but think that with the death of any soldier, a life was ended before it was fully lived. Today's service again reminded me of how all soldiers are precious and special. Be comforted knowing that Jason's chosen path was one of honour and dignity.
Regards"
Major Eric Gilson of Edmonton, Alberta

"JASON, YOUR FLAG IS NOW HANGING IN LAFITTE, LA. WE ARE SO HONORED. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY."
ANN BOCKEMEYER of NEW ORLEANS, LA

"My daughter is a friend of a young man that served with Jason. He told me about Jason the very first time that I met him.

He told me that he thinks about Jason and of his family often.

I can tell you that your son was and is still well loved by those who served with him.

It has been one year since you lost your son. I can't imagine the pain, but I pray for your comfort and peace.

Thank you for raising such a fine young man and a hero to us all.

God Bless You."
Tammy Gammon of Tomball, Texas

"As we all know, that dreaded day of 08 December is coming upon us. I think of my experiences that I encountered in Iraq each and everyday. I to was with the 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment. I was on patrol that night in December. Jason was well talked about for being a great soldier. I can only imagine what he would have became in his career as a soldier. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Take care and God Bless. SSG Jason Ingold"
Jason Ingold of Fort Benning GA

"MR/MS Todd,Leslie Wright and Chad, Pat and Cory,

Form the time I moved to Mio I meet Jason on the football feild. I got to know Jason really well through out the rest of his high school years. I got to play football with him my first season here at Mio and played with him untill he graduated in 2002. I saw Jason right before he left and told him good luck and i will see you again. I am very sorry on what happed on Dec. 8 2003, i wish the best for your family in the future."
Robert Shagena of Mio, MI

"MR/MS Todd,Leslie Wright and Chad, Pat and Cory,

Form the time I moved to Mio I meet Jason on the football feild. I got to know Jason really well through out the rest of his high school years. I got to play football with him my first season here at Mio and played with him untill he graduated in 2002. I saw Jason right before he left and told him good luck and i will see you again. I am very sorry on what happed on Dec. 8 2003, i wish the best for your family in the future."
Robert Shagena of of Mio, MI

"HI, MY NAME IS ANN BOCKMEYER AND I LIVE IN NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA. LAST NIGHT MY HUSBAND AND I WENT TO VISIT NEIGHBORS AROUND THE CORNER AND THEY ASKED IF WE COULD USE A REALLY GOOD FLAG. WE SAID SURE... WE CAN USE A REALLY GOOD FLAG AT OUR FISHING AND HUNTING CAMP (WE JUST GOT ONE FOR THE FRONT OF OUR HOUSE). AS THEY PROCEEDED TO GIVE US THE FLAG, MUCH TO OUR ASTONISHMENT...IT HAD A YELLOW RIBBON WITH IT. WE ASKED WHERE IT CAME FROM AND WE WERE TOLD THAT SHE IS FRIENDS WITH A HUSBAND/WIFE COUPLE THAT WON THE LOTTERY AND BOUGHT MANY, MANY, MANY, FLAGS IN HONOR OF THE FALLEN TROOPS. AS I LOOKED AT THE YELLOW RIBBON, MY HEART SANK. THE YELLOW RIBBON HAS JASON'S NAME ON IT. MY EYES TEARED. THE FLAG IS ON A PVC POLE...READY TO HANG AS A STAND UP POLE FLAG. WHAT AN HONOR IT IS TO HAVE THIS FLAG. BELIEVE ME, THIS FLAG WILL BE HUNG WITH, PRIDE, HONOR AND HOPE OF ALL THE ARMED FORCES. OUR CAMP IS IN LAFITTE, LA AND THE OTHER CAMP OWNERS AROUND US ARE ALSO HANGING THE AMERICAN FLAG. WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. JASON WAS AN BRAVE MAN AND WE WILL HANG THIS FLAG IN HIS HONOR IN LOUISIANA. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. ANNB@COX.NET GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!"
ANN BOCKMEYER of NEW ORLEANS, LA

"Jason,
This is a poem that I thought You would like:
Nature's First Green Is Gold
Her Hardest Hue To Hold
Her Early Leaf's A Flower
But Only So An Hour
Leaf Subsides To Leaf
So Eden Sank To Grief
The Dawn Goes Down Today
Nothing Gold Can Stay
This poem by robert frost is a very special one that I wanted you to hear
and Everyday i think about you and remeber the times we've had!"
Brent Money of Mio, MI

"jason, jason, jason my brother.my brother in the present and in the future. i love "j", a never forgotten soldier a man who gave so much to this world, a man i would give my life just so he can see how much he means to me, his friends and his family. my name is adam clark and i had priviledge of knowning him, and we were best friend while he was in the military and i thank god everyday for putting him in my life. i also had the privaledge to meet his family{todd,leslie,chad,pat and cory} and they are just as j told me they were and i love them just as much as i love j. so in closing i would like to thank everyone for writing to j and it means alot to me that he meant alot to everyone. "to j" hey bro, my roomate, my friend and my brother, we had alot of fun "the good times" and everyday i know u look out for me cause u love me and no worries bro we will see each other again and we will have even a better time together, til we see each other again, i love you bro and rest in peace."
adam clark of victorville ca usa

"jason was my friend, my borther, and family.. joasn and i were in the same platoon.. i just wanta say i miss him just as much as everyone else.. he was one hell of a soldier.. and he did his duty the best that he can.. i love you and ill be seeing u again.. when its time.. much love from your bro. mike lee"
michael of kali

"We miss him terribly and continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. Life has not been the same for my brother since Jason's death; he has been changed forever. Jay was considered one of the family in our household, and I feel as if I have lost a brother in this conflict. We loved him. We miss him. Love and peace to Leslie, Todd, The Chadster, Corey and Pat."
Lord Family of Michigan

"Words can not express the pain we all feel, I will never foget Jason."
David of Mio,MI

"I am sorry to hear about your son. In the future I hope things clear up for you. Your son was just trying to watch everyone, but then his car got caught on fire.

From,
7th Grade Student"
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"I am sorry for your loss and thank you for raising a son that was willing to fight for our country. He gave all his love and heart trying to make the world a better place. He gave his life away for our society. I am a 12 year old girl my name is Amber. I go to Barker Middle School, I am in 7th grade. In social studies we are doing a project were we pick two soldiers who died in operation Iraqi Freedom, and one of the people I picked was your son."
7th grade student of Barker Middle school

"To the family of Jason Wright,
Hi I am a student that goes to a school in New York. We sadly mourn your son's death. I read all the e-mails on the Internet and it sounds like Jason was a really smart guy that was cool to hang around with. My grandma lives in a small town of Mikado, Michigan."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"To Leslie Wright...while it has been years since we've spoken, I hope you remember me...I worked with you at Glen's for years. I was deeply saddened to hear about your Jason. I have been...and will be praying for you and the rest of your family. GOD BLESS."
Michael Westbrook of Grand Haven, Michigan

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." -Gen Patton

Jay, you are missed more than words can tell, but we know that you had a higher calling that many cannot understand. It is impossible not to mourn the loss of someone so special, but we'll never question your purpose. I think of you daily and am so proud of everything you have done. You accomplished more in 19 short years than most will in a lifetime and for that we are so thankful. You are the pride of our family and this great country. We love & miss you dearly."
Marisa Rucker (Proud Cousin) of Devens, MA

"Private Wright, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, 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. Your HERO, Jason, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"I didn't know your son, but I know how proud you must have been of him & his job! I have a son in the Navy (12 yrs.) & I know this is a parents greatest fear!
Know that God is holding you in the palm of His hand & that your son has a place of special honor today! Thank you for raising a special son who was called to serve our great country.
I have a sister who lives in Luzerne. I'm sure she has kept your family in her prayers as well. (Boney & Arlene Jones, you may know them). I live in PA & one of our soldiers is listed on this site as well.
May we all hold our military up in support! God Bless,"
Peggy B. of Warren, PA

"Pfc. Wright:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely and safely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace soldier."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the parents of Jason. I am a father of 2. My son is 16. I mourn the loss of Jason, and cannot possible know the pain and void in your heart for him.

I wish there were some way I could help lesson the hurt. My thoughts are with you."
Chris Jones of Delancey, NY

"I am sorry for your loss. Jason was a good soldier. He was my battle buddy in Basic training, and became a good friend. He taught me when I didnt know, and helped me when i needed help. I know he will always be remembered and missed."
Spc. Tanner Archer of Camp Kalsu, Iraq

"When I read this poem it made me think of Jason:

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Leslie, Todd, Chad, Pat, Cory
Your in our thougths and prayers.
Kim & Norma"
Kimberly Stitt of Owosso & Mio,MI

"Thank you Jason Wright, 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

"You are missed we love you!! thank you for serving our Country!"
Briana Susallla of Warren, Michigan

"Jason was one of my best friends and he will never be forgotten. His memory will live in all of us."
Jillian Forster of Southfield, MI

"Todd, Leslie, Chad, Cory, Pat
The war suddenly became much more personal when someone I know suffered such a loss as you have. I'm proud to live in our great country and so proud of our young men and women who staunchly defend my freedom and the freedom of others. Leslie, even though he was a soldier, in your heart he is still your little boy. Jason will live on in the memories of his family and friends. I'm sorry sounds so trite, but they are the only words I have. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all."
Cindi (Troyer) Lowe of Fostoria, Michigan

"Forever - God Bless Jason Wright - for however proud I am to be an American, I will never be proud that we send so many of our young people to fight the battles. I am so sorry that there is war and so sorry for Jason's family that he had to lose his life. Jason - you are more brave then I will ever be - you are the true hero to your family, community and America."
Cindi of Michigan

""To Todd and Leslie Wright and Family",I would like to offer my sincere condolences, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Jason as a good kid. May Jesus comfort your whole Family and bring peace to your hearts and ease your pain. I will continue to pray for The Lord to Bless and Guide you for the days to come."
Andrea (Nota) Adams of Chesaning, MI

"To the Wright Family,
Words cannot express everything that our hearts feel right now. Our hearts ache for you and your loss. Our hearts are also filled with so much gratitude for the sacrifice Jason made for our freedoms. He is such a hero in our eyes. We were never blessed with knowing him, but we do have the pleasure of knowing his beautiful family. Please know that we are praying for you and thinking of you daily. GOD BLESS Jason G. Wright and his family."
Kim, Hanna, and Elena Vargas of Mio, Michigan

"TO THE FAMILY OF JASON WRIGHTI HAD THE PRIVALIGE OF KNOWING YOUR SON, GRANDCHILD, POSSIBLY BROTHER (AS I SAW HIM). I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT I WAS DEVISTATED TO FIND OUT OF HIS LOST. I HAD ATTENDED BASIC TRAINING AT FT. BENNING 2-19, 3RD PLATOON, DAWGS OF WAR WITH JASON. HE WAS A KIND HEARTED AND ALL AROUND GOOD PERSON. HE ALONG WITH TYLER BOOK, AND DWIGHT HALL MADE BASIC TRAINING A BARABLE AND MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE. I REGRET NOT HAVING KEPT IN TOUCH WITH HIM AND THE FUTURE CHANCE OF GETTING TO KNOW HIM. I HAVE FULL CONFIDIENCE THAT HE DID ALL FOR HIS COUNTRY, FAMILY AND FRIENDS. JASON YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WITH ME AND FOREVER MOPP LEVEL 5. I'LL SEE YOU IN THE NEXT LIFE I PROMISE, UNTIL THEN GODSPEED PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JASON G. WRIGHT, AND MAY HEAVEN HOLD YOU IN ITS HIGHEST CHOIRS. YOUR BROTHER... RABBIT"
PFC. ANTHONY J. BURNS of SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HAWAII

"To The Family of PFC Jason Wright:
I would like to offer my sincere condolences. I lost my brother in Iraq on Nov 14 (SPC Irving Medina). Although it hasn't been easy for me to deal with the loss of my brother. I find comfort in sharing my experiences with families going through the same. Talking about what you're feeling is the best, crying helps a lot too. I still can't believe that I will never see my brother again but the thought of him watching over me helps ease the pain a little. He has become my guardian Angel and Jason is now yours. He too is watching over you, and he wants you to know that he is at peace with GOD now. Don't remember him for how he passed but cherish the loving memories that you have, and know that he will always live in your heart. He is our Hero. God Bless you! You and your family will always be in my prayers. Thank you for having a son that defended the Freedoms of our country."
SGT Jenny Medina of Coral Springs, FL (originally from NY)

"To Jason's Family: I had adopted a soldier named PFC Jason Wright through the Presidential Prayer Team web site. I prayed for Jason faithfully during the war. I don't whether or not my Jason was your Jason, but I'm so, so sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for your family during the days to come."
Lisa Fulton of Olathe, KS

"I knew Jason he was a tough kid he really knew how to play football he will always be remembered. God bless Leslie and Todd Wright. He was a good kid thank god we got the vicious leader of that hellish country!!! God bless this soldier!!"
Cole Schumann 12th grade of Luzerne Michigan

"To The Family of Jason Wright:I just want to let you know that our family is thinking of you and yours at your time of loss. My Son is Sgt. Reed Mathis was stationed with Jason in Mosul. My Son Reed and all my family have Jason and all your family in our prayers."
Judy Price

"To Jasonís family: I know that the hurt of losing Jason goes deep. And it will be there for a long time. Be proud of Jason, trying to preserve freedom for all. Itís not an easy task to do. Many people donít understand that commitment. But these men live the commitment. Please accept the sympathies of our family, another family that has lost a loved one in Iraq. My nephew, Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson (of Calumet, MI) was killed in Fallujah on October 20, 2003. He was with the 82nd Airborne, 505 infantry. Jason may have been under the command of General Petraes. If so, Jason served under one of the best, which would make Jason the best! If you would like to get in contact with me, please email me at pook@voyager.net. We live in Gaylord and if you need support, please do not be afraid to reach out. I know the hurt. I know the pain. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY."
Gerri Puzon of Gaylord, MI

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Jason Wright:
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 Wright:
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