Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Pvt. John M. Henderson, Jr.

21, of Columbus, Georgia.
Henderson died in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, when his vehicle left the road and went into a river. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on August 4, 2005.

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"John Henderson you were one of the funniest people I have ever met and a good friend.I will always remember you man. God bless you"
Clint Allen of Athens,GA

"To the family of:John M. Henderson,Jr.
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""

Years have passed but not a day goes by that i dont think about you. Im so grateful to have known you, loved you, and learned from you. I know ill see you again one day. As i have gotten older i have found myself more in awe of you in everyway-but particularly in your unshakable faith in God. I wonder if i am one of the only people who knew that side of you. Your presence is most definitely felt here. I look forward to meeting you again and i hope when i do you are half as proud of me as i am of you."
laura hart of georgia

You are a great friend...... I love you and you are missed so much..... You were the best roommate and dear friend ever.... We will meet again Southpaw!!!"

"John you are truely missed by so many! Your always happy presence will be remembered and you will always be missed! Thank you for giving your life for my freedom."
Casey Hults of Columbus, GA USA

"John, old friend- I didn't believe it when I heard the news. It's been years now, but I remember. I can still recall exact moments from football games and school while we grew up. I'm a long way from home, but I carry you with me. I am proud to say that I knew you, friend, and I hope that my life is lived well enough to honor what you have done for me."
clay wieczorek of nashville, TN(from columbus, GA)

"To my cousin Sue - Although I haven't seen you in what seems like forever, you have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard of John's passing. Having a 25 year old son of my own, I can't even begin to imagine! Warren has a big memorial event every September 11 and I sponsor a luminary bag in memory of my young cousin. This year I am volunteering there. I am very proud and grateful of the men and women who serve and protect our country, especially Pvt. John Henderson!! Love and prayers to you "Susie"!"
Pam Bova of Warren, PA

"October 11, 2007
To the family of Pvt. John M. Henderson, Jr.:
John 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"
Peggy Childers of Nevada

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. –The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Geraldine Zaki of Lawrenceville, GA

I would like to say thank you to you and the other Ranger who was in that Humvee with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rangers Lead The Way!"

"i miss you so much, you really were my best buddy! I love you and miss you more everyday!"
natalie of athens Ga

Well its been almost a year since we lost you, although you were never forgotten. I still think about you all the time, and I hope you have heard me talkin to you. I'm gonna go see your momma this week and make sure she's doing alright, although I'm sure you've been doing the same. I'm glad to see your sisters are doing well, and I will hopefully see them in a couple of weeks. I miss you buddy, COME BACK HOME.

Your Brother and Best Friend,"
David Michael O'Brien of Atlanta, Ga

I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier who was in that Humvee with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rangers Lead The Way!"

"I'm very sorry for your loss. I did not know john but my husband did very well. They went through training together. The news hit me very hard when I heard about john because my husband does the same job john did. My husband just left for the war and it's very hard knowing the kind of work and sacrifice my husband, john, and all the men and women in service do for our country. I thank john for all the hard work he did."
Melissa Powers of Ft. Lewis Washington

"As a fellow American Soldier my thoughts and prayers are with you. Pvt Henderson has paved the way for many other soldiers to follow, where he left off is where we pick up "Charlie Mike""
Pfc Ethan Anderson of Nampa, Idaho

"Our hearts and thoughts are with you. We thank you for your son's dedication and belief he could make a difference. We thank him for our freedom we enjoy every day. May God bless you."
J. McGarvey of Alta Loma, CA

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder John M Henderson, Jr. You are loved by many. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom of so many other people who suffered under the rule of Sadaam. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about John's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston Tx

"I remember John as a skinny boy with big glasses, and a contagious grin. My heart broke when I heard of his passing.
I had the pleasure of being a class mate of his at St. Annes. He and his family were always kind hearted people and I will never forget any of them, especially John. To the Henderson's, I know nothing anyone can say will mend this hole in your lives and hearts. But know comfortly that he is safe watching over you. If you need anything in the world we are here.
Your hearts, minds, and souls are in our thoughts and prayers."
Maggie Pelham of Hampton, Ga

"John was a hero dear to so many hearts. He gave his all for something that he believed so strongly in. I have never met anyone with a kinder heart or a bigger sense of pride. I am so grateful to have known him as well as his family. My heart is full of fond memories of him and all those that love him. John and all of the other heroes will never be forgotten."
Mary O'Brien of Columbus, Georgia

"John was my best friend. He is a hero for me and for all that he touched. When I first heard the news of his death I kept yelling to God, "He was only a kid!" However in looking back I know this is not true, he was not a kid but a man, and a damn fine one at that. Every person I come in contact with for the rest of my life will know of this man and what he did for me. I love him and and damn proud of him. John, you are my hero."
David Michael O'Brien of Columbus, Georgia

"To John'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 son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Our sons are true heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto "The Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
San Antonio, Texas

"To the Henderson Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your John is a true American Hero. John will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless John."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"8 Aug 05
ARMY PVT JOHN M. HENDERSON, JR. - You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest well brave Soldier. My condolences to the family and friends of John and may memories comfort you always.

"Thank you John Henderson, Jr., 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 Pvt. John Henderson, Jr.:
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 John 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 Pvt. John Henderson, Jr.:
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 John, 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