Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Joseph A. Jeffries

21, of Beaverton, Oregon.
Jeffries died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when his vehicle hit a land mine. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 329th Psychological Operations Company, Portland, Oregon. Died on May 29, 2004.

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"Missing you everyday, it's been so long since I saw you and brought you home. Until we meet again brother."
Mike Duff of Helotes, Tx

"Sad anniversary closing in. Worked with J.J. back in 2003 during SFOR peacekeeping operation in Bosnia(PSYOP).
Rest in peace.."
Sasa of Doboj,Bosnia &Herzegovina


I still tell your story today, to any who will listen. I miss you, brother."
Greg of USA

"Hey Joe, I left a similar message on Adam Kinser's page. I have been wearing your name on a KIA bracelet for all of these years, and although here at Ft. Bragg since '04, some kid came up to me at LAX and asked the reason...sorry, getting blurry from tears...why I wore that thing. I told him that you were one of my wife's Army kids doing what was right, and I gave that kid the bracelet and told him to take it to his history teacher...SGM Mary's husband..."
Tom Martin of Ft, Bragg, NC

"oh man i miss you!"
of Home

"Dear Joe,
Hi, it's your Uncle Mike. It's been over 5 years since you left us, and almost every day I think of you. I wanted to give you one of my Vietnam medals to bring back with you when you came home, but never got the chance. I did buy an old Russian rifle to shoot upon your return. Your Dad has it now. I don't know what else to say right now, I just know you and the fellows with you did the best you could, and hopefully this whole mess will come to a conclusion soon. I loved and miss you. Uncle Mike"
Mike Jeffries of Portland, Oregon


The boys and I are thinking of you and Little Joe as Memorial Day passes and the anniversary arrives. You remain in our hearts and in our minds. May God and Joe continue to look over you and bring you little miracles."
Rebecca, JJ and Billy, Surviving Family of CPT Daniel W. Eggers, KIA 5/29/2004, De Oppresso Liber


You are a courageous woman full of grace and dignity. Little Joe is so fortunate to have a mom like you. Be well...and keep on smiling."
Neil Raaz of Ft. Worth, TX

"There is nothing we as American's can do to repay Mr. Jeffries for his sacrifice, if there were I would love to. Thank you and your family very much!"
Jeremy Jeffries of Wellston, Ohio

"Betsy and Little Joe,

Just a note to say that we think of you often as well and that we pray for you and your family as well as Tanya and the kids, and Brian Ouellette and his family as well. God Bless You during this difficult time of year."
The Eggers of Fayetteville, NC

"November 18, 2007
To the family of Pfc. Joseph A. Jeffries:
Joseph 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

"To the family and friends of Joseph Jeffries - My deep respect goes out to you and for Joseph who gave it all for his country. He will be missed in the ranks, and I'm sorry I could have never met this hero."
SPC Lynn Sheppard of West Point, NY / Cottage Grove, Oregon

"Betsy and Lil' Joe:

Just a note to let you know that I am thinking of you both. May God continue to provide you strength and help you honor Joe's memory."
Rebecca, JJ and Billy of NC

"Betsy & Lil Joe
3 years ago today God called our HEROES
home. I am glad we are together today to help one another through this day. Betsy you and Joe are family to me know that the kids and I love you both so much. I know that together our families will help one another learn to move forward and always remember Joe and Rob and to celebrate there lives and the men that they were.

God Bless you!!
Love, Tanya,Josh,Vanessa & Leilani"
Proud Family of SFC Rob Mogensen of North Carolina

"Betsy and Baby Joe-
We love you and know that Joe is so proud of his wife and 'little man'. Betsy, here's the deal... you are an awesome mom and incredibly strong woman. God Bless You!"
The Syversons of Carlisle, PA

"To the family of:Joseph A Jeffries 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"

"Hey Betsy,
It was good to meet your son at the fair on Sunday, I find it sad that he won't get to spend more time with his father. I do feel some remorse that he will grow up knowing that he had a father that was willing to do what he could for a cause that is greater than himself. I thank you both very much for the sacrifice you have made as a family. If there is ever anything I can do to help feel free to drop me a message.

Mark Eggleston
Mark Eggleston of Cedar Mill, OR

I miss you so much here in North Carolina :)
I wanted to let you know that I think of you and lil'Joe often. Throughout our friendship I have come to believe that Joseph is an amazing solider, and you are here being an amazing mother. Thank You for your friendship.
Love, Honored wife of SSG Mike Owen 9th PSYOP KIA 15 OCT 2004 IRAQ"
Crystal Owen of Fayetteville, NC

"I was Joe's teammate in Afghanistan. I miss him very much. I miss all those guys that passed that day. They were brave men who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Not a day goes by that I don't wish that I would have traded missions with him and I would have been in that truck. I miss you brother....we will never forget."
Joe Davis of Portland, OR

I would like to say thank you to you and the two other soldiers who were in that Humvee with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to you family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I didn't know Joe too well, but he was in my english class and I will always remember him as the guy that was passionate about the mitlitary and just an all around great guy. He will be greatly missed by me and my fellow Sunset HS Alumni."
Lauren of Portland Oregon


Just a note to let you know I was thinking of you on this anniversary. May God bless you and your family. beceggers@aol.com"
Rebecca, JJ and Billy Eggers of Fayetteville, NC

"To Joseph & Family -
I am the brother of Brian J. Ouellette. He was the Navy SEAL with Joe. I know that my brother wanted me to do this. And from my family to yours we are not alone. I am sorry for you loss, and know that we are here for you. God Bless all of you. If would want to contact me, try Mikeyo777@aol.com"
Michael Ouellette of Uxbridge, MA

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"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

"he was my brother,i was very proud of him,i will love and miss him forever"
briana lock of eugene ,oregon

"To Joe's family, friends, and fellow soldiers. I served along side Joe for almost all of his short career. I will never forget the first time that I saw him. He looked so young and innocent. When he returned from Bosnia he was a changed person. He was a man about to start a new life as a husband and a father. He embarked on a journey to serve his country and do his job, which was all he ever wanted to do. He didn't want to be a hero, but he was. He will always be a hero from the 320th, that we will never forget. He gave the ultimate sacrifice to his country, and for that he will always be my hero. I had the task of working with his family after the unfortunate news. After working with them I have no doubt where Joe got his friendly, warm nature from, or where he got that twinkle in his eye. Although I would never want to meet another family under these circumstances, it was a pleasure to get to know such a nice family. I will never forget the duty that bestowed upon me, when Joe did his duty as a fellow soldier. He will never be forgotten.

We love you Joe, forever and always. Your fellow soldiers from the 320th"
SSG Haverly of Supporting Freedom, USA

"To Joe's family and friends: I met Joe the night of the 28th. And for that very short time I saw him as a gentle soul. He was very laid back, and very nice. But just before that hour on the 29th when I saw him infront of us I admired his bravery. That whole day he was working, and loved what he did."
Damian Riccitelli of Qandahar Afghanistan

"To PFC Jeffries family & friends you are in our thoughts and prayers. I to feel your loss and pain. Thank you PFC Jeffries for the ultimate sacrifice you gave of yourself for your country. I am the wife of SFC Robert J. Mogensen who was one of the soldiers killed with PFC Jeffries and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of our brave men that gave all that Memorial Day weekend. You will never be forgotten. You are a true great american hero.

3RD SFG KIA 5/29/2004 Afghanistan
Tanya, Joshua, Vanessa & Leilani Mogensen of North Carolina

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

"My heart goes out to the family of Joseph A. Jeffries. I understand your pain. We lost our son-in-law July 16th in Iraq.
I know there is nothing anyone can say to make you feel better. Please just know that your loved one is a hero to us and we understand and appreciate the sacrifice he was willing to make for our freedon."
Donna Huntsman of Keno, Oregon

"I went to AIT with Pvt Jeffries, having just heard the shocking news of his sacrifice, I'd like his family to know my heart, prayers, and thoughts are with them. Tell his child that dad was a good man; a friend and teammate."
Will Erlandson of Fargo, ND

"R.I.P. Joseph :(
Sending my prayers out to your family and friends. Thank you for your sacrifice"
Barbara Smith of Alexandria, VA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Joseph, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"I went to High School with Joseph Jeffries, he was a year older than me. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this difficult time. His memory will always be honored"
Kendall Landers of Canton, NY

"To Joe's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"We will not forget your sacrifice."
Gary Simonton of Beaverton, OR

"To Joseph'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

"To Joseph'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 his bravery and sacrifice.

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Joseph Jeffries, 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. Joseph Jeffries:
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 Joseph 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. Joseph Jeffries:
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 Joseph, 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