Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Air Force Senior Airman Jason Plite

21, of Lansing, Michigan.
Plite died in an HH-60 Pave Hawk accident in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Died on March 23, 2003.

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"It's been 12 years today since Komodo 11 launched out & didn't return that night from a humanitarian mission to provide aid to 2 children in Afghanistan. And still, as always, we remember the 6 crew members and their sacrifice. I don't know for sure if my USAF career ever crossed paths with any of the of these heroes, but I would be most honored if it had, as would any of us be so honored. May God continue to Bless these 6 fallen Airmen, their families, and members of all the US Armed Forces branches & our allied Services who continue on with the mission, "That Others May Live". In the end, that's what all of the US military missions boil down to. That this nation and all our allies and like minded peoples around the world may continue to enjoy the inalienable blessings of freedom & liberty. "These Things We Do That Others May Live.

From a retired USAF NCO and original member (plank holder) of the 512th SOS/RQS, The Rescue Schoolhouse, KAFB, NM"
F111ECM of Rio Rancho NM

I miss you and love you a lot, little brother. Thank you so much for what you have given us. God bless you and your family. Happy memorial day. "
Matt & Jana Allen of Fairfax VA

"Seven years later - still remembering Jason this Memorial Day weekend! Best wishes and prayers."
Lt Col Cheryl Schramm of Toledo, Ohio

"Another year has almost passed. I was cleaning out some old boxes in the closret and found our basic training book. Came accross the picture of Jason, Bill Noll and myself. My how 6 yrs pass like yur standing still. Still talk with alot of the guys from Moody, and always think of you when i do. Always thinking of you Jason. "THESE THINGS WE DO SO OTHERS MAY LIVE" You are gone but not forgotten."
Rusty Gardner of Galesburg MI

"To PJ Mom & Family

I don't think I need to put in words how I feel about your loss. You have known since 2003. Looking forward to April of 2009."
RS of East Lansing

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Jason Plite. 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 Childers of Carson City, NV

"i was in basic training with jason. and when i was stationed at moody to work on the hh-60's was thrilled to find him there also. didnt see much of him as we were busy in afghanistan all the time. I think of him and his family on many occasions as today Memorial day my prayers are with you"
Rusty Gardner of galesburg michigan

"Jason, I did not know you, but I look forward to meeting your mother on the 7th of June. I was honored to have been asked to paint such a small portrait for such a remarkable man."
Robert M. Henry of Sanford, Maine

"Tom, Jerri, Patrick, and Mike, you will always remain in our hearts, and we will always be here for you, we love you all very much!!"
Porter's of Lowell MI USA

"Wow, Jason, i know its been awhile since you have left us to be with our heavenly father, Jesus christ our savor. I remember i came home from work one day to see my mom in tears, and i asked what was wrong, and she said Jason our hero had passed away doing what he loved doing the most, and that was fighting. FIGHTING for us! all i remember that day was falling to my knees and crying and asking god why he choose you, I think about you day in and out, i have known you since we were 8 years old living in lowell together hanging out at the pool, going to the play ground, wow, just so many great memories to fall back on about you. Jason i love and miss you so much, the memories i have in my heart will never fade, and our love for you will never go away. Thank you so much for all you have done, and remember WE ALL LOVE YOU!! God bless Jas."
Leanne Porter of Lowell MI USA!!

"I think of Jason often. What a wonderful man he came to be. He risked his life so that we may be free! Jason may be gone from sight, but we can be asured hes still in flight! Best wishes to Tom,Jerri,Patrick&Michael Plite"
Crystal Jankowski of Big Rapids Mich. USA

"Just a little note to let you know Jason has not been forgotten. I write a daily blog and tomorrow’s blog will be dedicated to Jason and all of his fallen comrades.

May Jason Plite and all of our fallen soldiers rest in eternally peace….."
Kim of Shelby Township, MI /USA

"Remembering you on this Memorial Day Weekend brother. Miss you and think of you daily. It was good to have served with you on the team. You will never be forgotten my friend. I hope your kicking back in heaven brother......."
D Chapman

"Mar 23, 2003 will be forever in my memory. You will not be forgotten by those who served with you. May God bless your family and loved ones."
Maj Cheryl Schramm of St Petersburg, FL

I would like to say thank you to you and your fellow crewmembers for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"To My friend Jason,
Your sacrifice is beyond words. May your time on earth have been as much a blessing to others as it was to me. You will be in my art and thoughts forever, I'll see you in heaven,

Chris C."
Chris Clements of grand ledge, mi

"Jason I miss you vey much. You were like a brother to me. You are my hero."
Samantha Brown of Lansing, Michigan

"Jason, you will be truly missed by myself and my family. I could never put into words how highly you were thought of. It was always obvious that you were an amazing son and brother, and of course a wonderful friend. You will be truly missed, and always remembered."
Emily Gannon of St. Louis, MO

"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"

"Jason, there is just too much to say about the impact that you had in my family's life. I am glad that I had the chance to be part of your life. I miss you, and you are our hero."
Joe Brown of Lansing, MI

"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

"Jason,i miss you alot and i regret not keeping in touch with you as much as i could of i want you to know i really looked up to you and u showed me that no matter what it was if you put your mind to it you could accomplish anything i want you to know that i thought of you highly and im really proud of you and of what you accomplished in life"
Jessica DeMars of RedWing, MN USA

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

"To the Plite Family, I knew Jason from high school, We shared a few laughs together, My prayers are with your family, My brother is now in Iraq , It is Men and Women that sacrafice their lives everyday to keep America safe, and for that I am forever humbel"
Jessica Wade of GrandLedge, MI

"Dear Plite Family: I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Jason's sacrafice will NEVER be forgotten. It is because of him that I am safe today. He will ALWAYS be an AMERICAN HERO. God Bless. Jason:Thank You. May you rest in peace."
Jessica of Rio Vista,CA

"To the family of Jason: I do not know you, nor did I know Jason. Unfortunately my Jason(Staff Sergeant Jason Hicks) and your Jason were part of the Komodo 11 Crew that went down a year and one week ago. They both died doing what they enjoyed in life, and truly a hero for their country.

Dawn, I feel your pain each day, as well as the pain of the others. I'm glad we have become e-mail pals. Maybe we will meet one day.

May God bless you and your family."
Theresa Hicks of Jefferson SC

"Jason you are loved and missed very much. You may be a Fallen Hero to those left behind here on Earth, But I know you are a hero just the same up in Heaven. I hope the goodness in you travels down here to the ones you loved the most. I hope the bitterness and hateful feelings subside with time. The love and kindness within you Jason has to shine through those you loved. With heavy prayers from everyone who reads this message,maybe peace will settle in."
Jodi Plite of Sparta ,Michigan

"We are very grateful for the service of this brave young man. He made all of us safer in our country. God Bless Him and his family."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Our 7th and 8th grade students at Potterville Michigan, were sorry to hear about Jason's death. We would like to thank him and his family for the service that he gave to our country so that we can live with out fear in our state and school. We will always remember Jason!"
Mrs. Kathy Stowell of Potterville, Michigan, USA

"Thank you Jason Plite, 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

"I met Jason when we were children and his family was friends with a family I babysat for. We had a great time at the beach with his little sisters and the children I was babysitting. I reconnected with Jason when I visited my brother in East Lansing in October 1995. We only talked and hung out on the porch, and I regret that I didn't get to spend more time with him. I moved to Lansing in November 2002 and regretted that I never made the attempt to find Jason and hang out with him again. I found some letters I had saved that he wrote me shortly after we first met. He is such a special guy. I only regret that I didn't spend more time with him. Jason, you and your family are in my heart and memories forever."
Liz Horvath of Haslett, MI, USA

"To the family and friends of Senior Airman Jason Plite:
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 Senior Airman Jason Plite:
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