Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jason T. Palmerton

25, of Auburn, Nebraska.
Palmerton died in Qal'eh-Yegaz, Afghanistan, when he came under enemy small arms fire while conducting a dismounted patrol. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on July 23, 2005.

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"To the family of:Jason T. Palmerton
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""

"I went to the course with Jason and had the pleasure of getting to know a great man. You will always be remembered. This cold one is your you."

"I was reading the news today about the goings on in Helmand and thought back to my time there nearly five years ago and the night this tragedy happened.

I was the team sergeant for the communications team assigned to support the firebase Jason was assigned to. I was sitting near the radio when the call came in the night this happened. I was also the person who had the honor of adding Jason's name to our camp's memorial to the fallen.

I remember well the first time we met; we became fast friends. Jason was easy going, considerate, and fun to hang out with. He spoke fondly of home and his loved ones. We shared many interests. It was a friendship I was sure would continue on beyond our shared deployment. A few short weeks later, that opportunity was taken away.

The years go by, and we hope the pain fades. The memories of the good times we had and the great person he was will never go away."
Shawn of Duluth, MN

"Three years have passed and not a day goes by that he is not in my prayers.
I went to school with Jason in Lincoln, Ne. He was a brilliant and hilarious individual with the biggest heart I've ever seen. Jason you are missed!"
Amber Phillips of Dallas, TX

"I miss "The King of the World." He made me smile, laugh and think. Words are not enough, but to this day he still crosses my mind."
Stephanie of Ventura, CA

"October 13, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Jason T. Palmerton:
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"
Peggy of Nevada

"I never knew you, but ran into your (our name)...I'm sure you fought with the same pride as I did with the Palmerton name and I just want you to know that even though we never met I'm sure down the line we are still Family...Thank you for doing what you did in this life time..Rest in Peace my Brother"
Cpl Shane Palmerton 3/7 Lima Co. USMC of Boise Id

"First of all I miss you like crazy. You were a wonderful cousin and I will never forget that. I never got to say goodbye and that is what hurt the most. I know I will see you again. Thanks for all you did. You are my hero!!! I love you so much Jason."
Michelle Torrey of Fairbury, NE 68352

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!"

"I'm looking to get e-mail address's for Jason's Father, Mother, and his sisters. I was Jason's senior student in charge as we went through the course together and I would like to give his family a personal account of Jason and my condolences. I learned of his passing when I was in IRAQ-Please contact me at Mikesaragosa@yahoo.com or dolly30gs@aol.com "Jason was great friend and mostly a great and reliable brother."
Mike of fayetteville, NC

"for Jason i never knew you but i know YOU!!

Those red poppies
Are all that we give to those
Who receive.
They died on bloody fields,
they wept their tears
But, determined to succeed,
They hid their fears.

As their hats fell I hear the shear shudder.
As their hats fall I hide under cover,
For I am not a true soldier
Who died in these wars,
But I am everyone who cries and mourns
For the loss our brother
Who knocked on heaven's door."
CLR SGT D Pincho aka INFINITY=3dx= of 1st BTTLN Royal Green Jackets british army

"I have the distinct pleasure of knowing your Uncle Mark for 4 years or so. I offer my condolences to our fallen hero's family. Jason made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and what he believed in. We will be forever in your debt."
Glenn Reynolds of Greeneville,TN

"Thank you for defending this country and its freedom.. You will never be forgotten"
Nicole Warren

"Dr. Palermton family,
I knew jason since day one in the army, we were bunk mates through basic airborne school and part of the course, i then had the pleasure of working with him in afganistan, i remeber him coming home for thanksgiving one year, and my whole family fell in love with him, he was truly a brother to me and i will never forget him. I am so sorry for your lose and i know my words can never fill the gap you know have, but i will say jason loved his job, his counrty, and his family. Jason was a great man and a soldiers soldier he loved all of us and all of you my deepest sympathy"
CPL Steven N. Parrish of Vicenza, Italy 2/503 Airborne

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Jason T. Palmerton. 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 Jason's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston, TX

"I was at Arlington the day Sgt Palmerton was eulogized at the Presbyterian Church back home, a terrible tragedy and brave man. May God rest his soul, comfort his family and friends, and may we always remember him for his ultimate sacrifice for our country."
Justin Fulton of Lincoln/Auburn, NE

"To the Palmerton family and Shelly,

I was fortunate to get to go through the whole course with Jason and live just a few doors down on the same floor. I even got to spend time with he and Shelly. His laugh was contageous and I remember many cold, dark, and wet occasions when we would laugh together when the conditions were rougn. Jason was always a shining light in dark. He was friend. No matter what time of night I could go to Jason for help with homework even though I'd catch flak the next day for waking him up in the middle of the night. I could always count on him, everyone did. He was a Go-To-Guy. I wear his name on my wrist everyday and I will never forget him. De Oppresso Liber. Blue Skies Jason."
Colin Harvey of Ft Carson, Colorado

"To the Family of Jason Palmerton,
There is no way to tell you how much I feel for you and how strong you will have to be. I got to know Jason through our training and he will be forever in my mind. Though he has left you, he lived his life to the fullest. I lost a brother recently and I know how hard it is when a loved one is taken from us. He will not be forgotten, not by any means. You are all in my prayers. In closing, your son was one of "America's Best," and you should hold that pride forever because Jason held it high. -- De Oppresso Liber!"
Mike of 10th SFG (A)

"To my cousin Jason T. Palmerton, I will always remember you and what you did for our country. I will miss you alot and I will join you someday, please watch over the other soliders in the Middle East. I love ya buddy"
Zac Palmerton of Auburn NE

"To The Family of Jason Palmerton

I offer you my condolences on your loss. And thank Jason for his sacrifice for this country, me, and all who enjoy the freedoms we have been granted. I remember Tom, Jason's Grandfather made a bronze sculpture for my sister Carrie, to place on her tombston, another person who died too young. It is of a caterpillar, a cocoon, and a butterfly, representing the stages of life and death, how they are all intertwined, thank you Jason, and best wishes to the Palmerton Family, and his fiance."
Kenny Smith of Kansas City, MO

"8 AUG 05
You are an American hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest well brave Soldier. My deeptest condolences to the family and friends of Jason and may memories comfort you always.

"I served with Jason, he was a great person, he will be sorely missed but not forgotten... de opresso liber"

"I wish there was something I could say or do. Please know that all of us at Soldiers' Angels have nothing but the utmost respect, admiration and gratitude for your son and his service and sacrifice.

My heart is truly broken at this loss."
Jennifer Krzys of Brownstown MI

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of our fallen brother. God Speed paratrooper."
SGT. J. Larsen of 19 SFG(A) SLC, Utah

"To Jason' 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 Jasons Fiance’, Shelly-

My heart breaks for you. To know that other women who have stood by their soldiers are going through the same pain that I experienced over a year ago saddens my heart. My fiancé, SGT Michael Woodliff was called home with the Lord last March. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and Jason’s family. Even though you may feel you have to be, you don’t always have to be the “strong one”. Even the best of military ‘wives’ break down and show that they truly are human. I know it may be hard to even imagine, but I pray that you will find the strength to continue with your hopes and dreams. Know that your Love is walking by you each and every day, cheering you on in both your triumphs and challenges. Even though we may not see our beloved Men soon, they are always going to be with us in our hearts and memories. God Bless!"
Crystal Steward, Redgabbie0@aol.com Fiance' of SGT Michael Woodliff's of Orlando, FL

"To the family of JASON.. We know how hard this is for you all. We know that Jason's memory will be in all our hearts. I hope you find comfort in knowing that we do care and are so very proud to have known him. May GOD bless and keep you always."
James and Lisa Smith of Brownville/Omaha, Nebraska

"To the Palmerton Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. Your Jason has helped to prevent another 9/11. You have raised a true American Hero, Jason will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Jason."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

""To my beloved nephew Army Sgt. Jason T. Palmerton. You will always be remembered with joy, love and adoration. Your loss is unbearable but, your bravery is unconditional.You give our country honor and freedom because of your unselfishness.I will always love you and remember you Jason.""
Diana Ebirim of Omaha, Nebraska

"Thank you Jason Palmerton, 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 Sgt. Jason Palmerton:
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 Sgt. Jason Palmerton:
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