Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Profitt

23, of Charlestown, Indiana.
Profitt died of a non-combat related injury while in the Red Sea. He was assigned to the USS Deyo, home ported in Norfolk, Virginia. Died on March 17, 2003.

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"I was a Seaman aboard the USS Deyo when we lost our good friend Jason. He was a great guy all around. He always carried great energy. I can't help but wonder sometimes if I could have talked him out of it. Unfortunately, I just got back to the ship a couple days prior and I saw something was wrong but he kinda closed himself off. I had no idea what he was dealing with until it was too late. I should've tried harder.
It's a thought that haunts me but I take comfort in knowing his kids are doing well. R.I.P. Jason."
SN Jamal Ennis of New York, NY

"I was a shipmate on DEYO too. That day is crystal clear to me. I spoke with him often before we deployed and during the cruise. He was a nice young man. But I agree with the other shipmates that have posted here. There was no conspiracy. Just a young man who was gravely troubled by the events transpiring in his life. The whole ship mourned and many I'm sure continue to remember him. I know I do. I always wondered about his children and how they would remember their dad. I hope his family has instilled in them happy memories."
commo of virginia

"I didn't know you, but you shaped my husband's life. You were his best friend and I know how much he misses you. I am so sorry I never got to meet you and you never got to meet our children. I know my husband is waiting to see you again, and I am looking forward to meeting you one day. Thank you for fighting for mine and my family's freedom. You are deeply missed."
DAR's wife of charlestown/salem indiana

"I knew jason for a shorter time than i had hoped. After the years weve lost contact as this happens to most friends. I will always remember how we used to hang out and our many talks. It saddens me that he is no longer here but i know he is watching over all of us. I dont know what happened to him but i cant imagine him doing that to himself. I will always remember jason in my heart and in my memories. My heart and prayers go out to his children and his parents as well as the many other friends and relatives."
an old friend of charlestown indiana


"shipemate from Florida be A Heroe and speak-up... I did read the paper work,and yes the wife was being bad..she has to live with that every day :)now he spoke up and was told if he said a word about what was said, He wouldn't make it off that ship alive,getting held down while you all punched each other was stupid..he was sent to another ship,was doing fine he had to go back to the ussdeyo he didn't want to but HE HAD TO! OH WHAT ABOUT THE FINGER PRINTS ON THAT BELT?THAT PERSON WASNT TO BE AROUND WHERE HE WAS!!!WHO WAS HE ????"

"I was there when Jason died...it was tragic and it devastated all of us on USS DEYO. I still feel for his mom and dad and his kids. But, there's no conspiracy. Jason took his own life because his wife was having an affair. I remain heartbroken, as do many of us who wonder if we could have done more to stop him."
Shipmate of Florida

"He was a fallen hero,I believe with everthing in me someone else on that ship did this to him over 'jealously' theres more to this then what ppl think and im sure the ship members know what im talking about.wasnt the other man on the same ship too.He wouldnt have done that he had three kids to live for!.He was about to come home theres your next clue! he wouldnt of done that! i will say this again he WILL find Justice either it be this life or the next!This is a page is to remember so how dare you get on here and write something like that."

"This is not a fallen hero he took his own life because his wife was having an afair"
wne of Bellevue, Ne

"Jason I miss you and sean so much.I no the truth will come out sooner or later and I cant wait till that day comes even if it takes till god comes back down ((there will be justice))"
unknown of unknown

"One year ago today, your Father and I sat, prayed, cried, and held each other in mourning for you. The wind was gently stirring, yet your windchimes refused to chime. Your Father said it was your sense of humor, and we laughed. You have been accompanied by your younger brother, Sean, for over a year now. May both of your spirits help lift your Mother,Father, Travis, and all of your family and friends. Jason, your sacrifice is not forgotten and never will be. I look forward to meeting you, in a better place, at the appropriate time. God bless your family. 5/28/12 Memorial Day"
Mary Walters of Largo, Florida

"I feel compelled to say something after seeing this website, but I can't find the words to express what I feel. I served with Jason and not a day goes by that my thoughts don't go to him. I hope that these many years past his children have grown to know the incredible strength their father had, and how much he will be mourned by so many."
Cabby of NJ

"Russ and family,
Please know that as March 17th approaches, Jason, Sean, and your family are forever in my prayers. I will honor his sacrifice forever. May God bless you all and every military family."
Mary Walters of Miami Florida

"Jason I Love you and miss you so much not a day goes by that I dont think of you.The last time I saw you I didnt think it would be the last time I would ever get to see you again.I know you are here with us all in a different way in spirit watching over us.I LOVE YOU J.J Love your cousin"
beth of scottsburg In

"you were my first love...i was thinkin bout you today cause im in a 12 step program and i need to make ammends to you for things ive done to you and this is the only way....you will always be in my heart"
jacquelyn hendrix of dayton oh

"3/11/2010...Love the drummer..."
M. of Kentucky

"Jason and I went through Corp School in San Deigo, CA together he was my bunk mate. He was outstanding individual and he could tell you joke or say something in such a way that you had to laugh. He is and was my good friend. Please accept my condolences on his loss."
Jerrel Bush of Dublin, GA

"We love and miss you Jason."
Uncle Paul of new albany, indiana

"As the anniversary of Jason's sacrifice approaches, I want his family to know that my continuous prayers are with each of you. As two of my sons are currently serving in Iraq, I take comfort in the fact that Jason is watching over them. May God's strength and comfort be wrapped around each of you.

Forever grateful--Mary (Armymom127@zoomtown.com)"
Mary of Florence, Kentucky

"First of all I want to tell you how much we all miss you. I know am proud of you for what you have done fighting for everyone.Not many people would.You are still the number 1 hero in my life.I LOVE YOU 4ever and Always Your cousin"
Elizabeth Caudill of Austin,Indiana

"May 22, 2007
To the family of Jason Profitt. 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've known Jason for several years. We were neighbors throughout most of my childhood. He was a beautiful person inside and out. I'll always have memories of the neighborhood basketball games in front of his house. My sympathy goes out to all of his family. He will be greatly missed."
Stephanie Ramon of Charlestown, IN

"Jason was like a brother to me. I just recently saw this website. I was a big part of Jason's life. I was the maid of honor in his wedding, a best friend and the god mother of his children. He had a funny character to him and was very much into sports. He loved his family and his children and most of all his wife rita. I'll forever miss Jason and hope to see him when it is my time to go. He'll forever will be missed."
Chene` Shanks of Charlestown, In

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."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"To all those who knew Jason. I am a retired sailor that was born and raised in Valparaiso, IN. I have just recieved my Fallen Heros Braclet today in the Mail. It is for PO2 Jason Profitt. He is a fellow shipmate and from the same state. That is why I chose to wear his braclet. And will do for the rest of my days. My prayers and thougths are with your family and friend. Rest in Peace and know you did your country Proud. God Bless. vabch234562002@yahoo.com"
EM1 Phelps, USN(Ret) of Chesapeake, VA USA

"he will be missed"
petty officer 3rd class Ramberg of las vegas nevada

"As a former crew member I am saddened by losing Jason. USS Deyo had an outstanding crew of which Jason was a part and to lose anyone is just an absolute trajedy regardless."

"My condolences go out to you. My boyfriend lost his brother Steven Acosta on October 26, 2004. We dont know what happened to him and nobody is telling us anything. Id appreciate if you would contact me please. Id like to talk to you.
hope from hearing from you soon.
Melissa S of Calexico CA

"Jason we may ahve crossed paths and we didn't know it. I may have waited on you at Taco Bell (Sellersburg) and didn't know it. You may played me in football, and didn't know it. One thing is for sure, you are missed, appreciated, and not forgotten, if you didn't, now you know it. As a 23yr old myself, I understand the arrogance of youth, but Mr & Mrs Profitt your son chose the right path, freedom is fought with honor and privelege. He chose well, be proud, and God Bless you"
Clint Smith, Jr of New Albany, IN, USA

"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

"My Dearest Son Jason. It just doesn't seem fair to those of us left behind. We only had you with us for 23 short years. Yet, in that time I grew to know what is meant to be a proud father. As your dad, your coach, and your friend, you taught me as much as I ever taught you. I'll always love you and remember fondly, all the times on the football field, the basketball court, the games of "RISK", and seeing you become a dad yourself. Everyone here in Charlestown misses you and speaks of you often. I miss you so much. As do your brothers. I will see you when I get to Heaven. Can't wait to let you show me around as we are now sealed for all time and eternity. I'm proud that you are my oldest son. I love you. Dad"
Rusty of Charlestown, IN. U.S.A.

"Petty Officer Profitt, goodbye sailor and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas


"I am so sorry for your loss. I am honored that your son was couragous enough to fight for me. I thank you for that. God bless you and your family may he lift you up and keep you in his loving arms during your time of sorrow."
Jennifer Proffit-Perry of Missouri

"I am a Mother of a Fallen Seabee from Gulfport, Miss. My son Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger Jr. died June 6, 2003, I just wanted you to know how proud I am of your son and so sorry for your great loss. May the Good Lord be with you and your family always, I am so sorry and I truly can feel your pain. They will be missed greatly but never forgotten."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla U. S. A.

"Thank you Jason Profitt, 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Profitt:
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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Profitt:
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