Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Wayne Jackson

40, of Glennie, Michigan.
Jackson was killed in an explosion at an open-air market outside the gate of Camp Enrile Malagutay, in Zamboanga, Philippines. He was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on October 2, 2002.

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"I met Mark, when I moved to Fort Bragg in 1987, to marry my husband. My husband and Mark were off-base roommates. We also helped Mark during the intense training he needed to move up in his military career. It was shocking and sad at the time, to hear of his passing. Now, It is hard to believe that it's been almost 20 years. Thank you for helping to make the world a better place with your service. You are missed!"
Jennifer Harris of Swartz Creek, Michigan, USA

"We won't forget Mark."
AJ of Rochester, MI

"Worked with Mark breifly while he was trying to be a longshoreman. He was a very good person and will be missed by all who worked with him in Tacoma. Did not know that this website was put up for him, but we remember him well and were very sorry to hear about his death when it happened. We have the upmost respect for all of our soldiers serving our country. May God bless them all."
John of Tacoma, WA,USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti,Utah USA

"To Mr and Mrs Jackson:
I wish it weren't true. I was just talking about Mark and decided to "Google" him as I have tried before. This time I put in his middle name and actually found out about his passing. I truely am crushed and now understand why we lost contact. He was very special to me at one time, as I know I was to him. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mark was not only a great soldier, but a great man. He was loved by probably everyone that knew him, certainly by me and my family."
Gina Choquette of Merritt Island , FL

"To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Mark Wayne Jackson, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please contact me regarding a memorial quilt that is being made by the Michigan Chapter of Home of the Brave Quilts in honor of Mark's ultimate sacrifice. My email is grammastitches@mail.casair.net"
Brenda Hubler of Walkerville, MI

"May 19, 2007 (Armed Forces Day)
To the family of Mark Wayne Jackson. Mark 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 Carson City, NV

"Dear Mark, I miss you deeply and I will not forget you"... I met Mark in Korea,July 2000. Our friendship immediately blossomed, my memories are all very special and unforgetable. Unfortunately, I just found out Christmas night of 2006 while I was doing a search and thinking about him. My heart goes out to his family and special friends. I know that he was very strong and brave. I will always remember his kind smile and love for our country. My email: LynnDi0730@yahoo.com"
SFC Dinah Vanhoute of Kingsford, Michigan

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Green Berets All The Way!"

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

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

"My name is Cathie Longstreth and I was the grandmother to Duane E. Longstreth, killed in Baghdad on August 7, 2003. I am also a member of the "Bridge People" of Outpost 122. The members of the Bridge Team rally at Outpost 122 (the exit 122 off I 5) every Saturday in an effort to support the troops of Ft. Lewis, McCord AFB and Camp Murray (Washington State National Guard). We have the honor of greeting hundreds of military members and their families every week. The response from the troops is heart warming and welcomed .

I am writing this message to the other families in Washington State that have also lost a family member while serving our country, since September 11, 2001. My family would like to display a picture of the fallen hero, with the name and possibly the date of death, on the bridge while we are rallying. It is intended to honor them for the sacrifice they made but will not be used by us as a personal political statement. We hesitated to replicate the pictures we find on the many web sites without the express permission of the surviving family, as we have had our own experience with the media attempting to use our loss to support their political position.

If you do not object to us using your loved ones picture, please email me with your permission at one of the email addresses below. If you have a special picture that you like us to use please email that as well, otherwise we will be using one of the pictures already posted on the web.

Cathie Longstreth of Tacoma, Wa.

"We are free because some men are willing to raise their right hand and swear an oath. Mark Jackson lived up to his oath. This is an American family that is so very grateful for all he did to protect us."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"I met Mark in Germany
He was a great man. A quiet Man. A HERO.
He is gone from our physical world but he is always in our hearts and protecting us."

"Thank you Mark Jackson, 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

"for every night I slept safely, every word I spoke freely and every day I lived free and in peace , I thank you , Mark.My deepest sympathy to the Jacksons."
W. Favel of michigan

"To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Mark Jackson:
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 Mark for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Mark Jackson:
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 Mark, 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