Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Juston T. Thacker

21, of Bluefield, West Virginia.
Thacker died from hostile fire near Bari Khout, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on June 24, 2004.

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"I miss you so much first uncle and I love you very very much and I will join the United States Marine corps and be like you and I promise you that I will die hard and I will make sure you will be happy I cry every night and every day for you"
Tyler of Princeton west Virginia

"You were a great friend and an even better Marine. You were the first person I've ever met from West Virginia and a true backwoods kid. You were very brave and you were never scared of anything. During our time in Afghanistan all your hunting skills came in handy. I miss you and think about you a lot. I will never forget you and your legacy lives through the stories I tell my friends and family. The stories I tell keep the memory of you alive always in my mind and heart."
Cpl Palazzola of Staten Island NY

"Hey Brother, we had a great time growing up, played football together and we got real close our junior year of high school at Princeton, I would have liked to gotten to know u better after I left going to Pennsylvania my senior year, after that I joined the army and broke my neck. I'm out living in Wisconsin and going to college. I sure do miss ya bud. I need to visit ur family. Love and miss u man"
Joshua Carlson of Platteville, WI


I never had the privilge of meeting you, but I did have the honor of meeting you grandparents and mom and dad. Your grandmother Dixie quickly became a friend to me and your family stepped in and up for the 1/150th out of Bluefield WV when they deployed. Always there for the families and service members doing whatever needed to be done, or asked of them. I have heard so many stories about you and I feel like I have known you my whole life. You and your family will never be forgotten!!! Thank you from a Military Spouse and Mom"
Tina Cook of Princeton, WV, USA

Hey man. It is coming up on memorial day 2015 and you are still here with me. I spent a lot of time dealing with your loss. You were one of the only Marines I couldn't save... when my time in the Navy ended I joined the Marines. I am trying to do right by you and make sure these new guys are taken care of. I am a sergeant now... if you can even imagine that. And I like to think you look in on me from time to time. I have a son now and if he grows up to be half the man you were then I think he will turn out alright."
Shawn "doc" dickens of oceanside, CA.

"I'm from Bluefield,WV. watching Nancy Grace show heard tribute of Juston read John 5:28,29"
Brenda j. Smith of Columbus, Ohio

"Thinking of you today and the joy I had as your Aunt watching you play Marine as a Toddler. You had a camo shirt like a marine and your diaper or pair of shorts and you were forever playing a Marine. You kept that love of the Marine Corps throughout your young life. I think of you often and remember you and chuckle to myself as in my minds eye I can see you in your diaper and camo shirt.....I will never forget you and will always remember and Love you. Your Aunt Sue"
Susan Achorn of Fort Mill, SC

"Thinking of you today."
Jose Ramirez of Virginia

"Montani Semper Liberi.

Thank-you, Juston.
Blessings to family and friends.

Copy and paste link below to hear a Memorial Day tribute airing on over 200 radio stations this weekend.


Remembered always,
Jim Arnold of Moneta, VA

"Thank you.....for keeping my family free!"
Laurie Blanton of Anson, Texas

"I was watching the documentary "The Miscreants of Taliwood" on LINK TV. It is aninteresting 2009 documentary about the Pakistan tribal areas. Towards the end, there is a quick shot of a Taliban holding Juston's drivers license. I'm very sorry for this brave Marines' death. I googled his name and found this site. I think it's important to know. May God bless all our fighting men."
Dave of El Centro, CA

"I was attached to your platoon as a comm guy. I am a cop now and I will never forget you, Marine. You made us all proud. Semper Fi."
Britt Davis` of tampa fl

"8 years ago today and you are still very much missed by family & friends. Your actions saved so many other Marines on that day. God bless & rest in peace sir."
JDW of Maryland

"Hey brother, I will never foret. I am sorry I wasn't there for you when you needed me the most..."
Sgt. Shawn "doc" Dickens of Oceanside Cali.

"Hey Brother its getting close to Memorial Day and I will be honoring you and Daniel and all my brothers I lost in 09 as well. But we were friends and had went through alot together and it was a sobering, somber, tough moment for me when I heard you were gone. I just want to say Thank you!! You are gone but not forgotten"
Sgt. Smith, Eric of Camp Lejeune

"Remembering Juston this Memorial Day on Spirit FM's "Turn It Around" with Dr. Tim Clinton. Here's a link to Tim's web:


Jim of Moneta, VA

"still thinking about you all the time when reminiscing about the past and how we loved the core. Miss you alot my brother!!"
Travis K Hutchins of Ormond Beach, FL

"John 15:13 states: Greater love has no one than this' to lay down one's life for one's friends. Thank you Juston for giving the Supreme Sacrifice that we all may be Free. Your bravery and service to our country will never be forgotten. To be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord. May Gods never ending love comfort and sustain your mother and grandmother until you are reunited again in Heaven."
Beth Burton Centeno of Princeton WV

"To the Thacker family,

We are currently traveling though West Virginia and are on the memorial road for your son, brother and friend. We just wanted to let you know that we took a moment to honor your family member. They will never be forgotten.

Jenn Smith
IRR Cpl Robert Nelson (3rd radio batt. Deployed to afg 2009-2011)"
Jennifer Smith (jennmfsmith@gmail.com) of ypsilanti, mi

"We're coming up on the 7th anniversary of the loss of Juston and Daniel B McClenney. I will be saying a few words and replacing the flags at Daniel's gravesite here in Flat Creek, Tennessee. I din't know Juston but was honored to meet his grandparents Mr Tom and Miss Dixie. The families of Juston and Daniel share a bond and when we think of one, we think of the other also. Both brave Marines that I give a salute to. Rest in Peace, Juston ... you are not forgotten."
Mark Welsh - USAF Veteran and uncle of Daniel B McClenney of Shelbyville, Tennessee

"Miss you kidd!!!! Will never forget you bro I still think about you all the time."
Nick Sarnatora of 3/6 Kilo --- Customs and Border Protection

"Family> Jose Ramirez, would like to make contact with Juston's family. I served with Thacker in the same platoon, Ghan 1 and 2. 571 505 5747."
Ram of VA

"Funny, I was talking about you today.. Miss you bro. Never forget!!!"
Jose Ramirez. SGT. of Virginia

Just heard of your grandmother Dixie's passing. She loved you so much and was one of the finest people I've ever had the privelege to meet. You can now walk with her in peace and do some catching up. God bless you and your family. I keep you all in my prayers every day."
JDW of Maryland

"Dec 16 2009, I was thinking about you today, miss you bro.."
Ramirez, Jose of Virginia

Steve Hendershot of Virginia

"It brings me great joy to leave a message for a very special person that gave his freedom for someone like me. I have never got to meet the family of Juston Thacker. I pray that one day i get the chance and time to. My name is Joe Hagy i lost a very special brother on September,13 2004 and i think that i think that is a time of honor to have to time to set down and say words can explain the feeling of loosing a loved one but to the Thacker family your prayers are in our mind everyday that comes and goes. I pray that god gives you peace everyday. Once again to the Thacker family i am very sorry to know that you all lost a very special person."
Joe Hagy of Tazewell Virgiinia

"Juston - It is Memorial Day 2009 - I visited the cemetery on Saturday, and prayed for your family. (Such wonderful mom and grandparents you have!) Know that we think of you often and will remember you always! I placed flags on the graves of several forgotten soldiers, too."
Cindy Romano & Family of Bluefield, WV

"thacker there isnt a day that goes bye that i dont forget you. you where a damn good marine and a damn good friend i know that your brothers from 3/6 will never forget you and always love you. to his family he was a great guy and a great friend to all. we love him and miss him. i just found this site today as i site here in iraq thinking about him. his name will never be forgotten."
clinger jd of albion pa

"To those of you leaving messages for my son I can't express what it means to me. I have a heard time reading them but at the same time it fills me with such joy and pride to know you still remember Juston. I have a favor to ask. We are putting a digital picture frame at the "THOSE WHO SERVED" war museum were they have Juston's items (uniform, purple heart, etc)on display to honor him. I'm looking for pictures of him for the digital frame. Will you please contact me at his website "www.lcpljustontthacker.com" if you have any? If you are ever in Princeton, WV I would love to meet you. I enjoy meeting people who knew my son and love to talk about him. I can talk your ear off. All my love to each and every one of you. I can't thank you enough for what you have done for me and my family and how much we appreciate the freedom you have given us."
Sharon Bowling PROUD MOM of Princeton, WV United States of America, and Proud of it.

"Juston baby, your very missed here buddie, i cant begin to express how i feel. but we were roomates man...boots together. well all i can say is i miss ya man and youll never be forgotton. ya boy steven souffront. thanks bro"
steven souffront of L.I. N.Y.

"Skull 6-2, I will never forget your last radio transmission . I Just wish that i could have been there for you.

I Miss you Juston"
Jeremiah Oakes

"Four years... I miss ya...Im back out here getting em for ya bro"
Sgt Weber of Afghanistan

"I miss you bro. 2nd plt."
Sgt.Ramirez of Lejeune

"juston we went to glenwood and pshs together. miss the times talking about hunting and showing off our pics after hunting season. thanks for you sacrifice! you will be missed"
matt bowman of bluefield, wv

"Juston Thacker was like a brother to us. We think about him every day and remember how brave he was.I still like to think Juston is watching over all his friends and loved ones.I (Karen Shay) flipped my car and was not injured and I like to think that was because I keep his high school I.D. above the drivers side seat so he can watch over me.He will always be our angel.We miss you!"
Karen Shay & David Day of princeton wv

"LCpl Juston Thacker is profiled in the book, FACES OF FREEDOM, edited by Rebecca Pepin. More info on his website or rebeccapepin.com Thanks for all the kind messages he is greatly missed by his family. We would appreciate any photos anyone might have of him. lcpljustontthacker.com"
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"Juston was a great man to work with. He was a down to earth, level headed Marine.
There is not a day that passes that he is not remembered. Thanks Juston!"
Officer Ricky J Villacis.(Sgt. USMC) Chicago Police Department of Chicago, IL

"Whats up bro, just wanted to say hello and I miss you. 3/6 Kilo 2nd platoon. love you man."
Sgt. Ramirez, Jose of Virginia, USA

"Its now December 23rd 2007. I am thinking of you this morning. Its been years since you have passed and we still recognize your ultimate sacrifice.
I am currently out of the marines for almost two years and am proud to say that i am working on the freedom tower in downtown manhatten.The workers push harder everyday thinking of the men and women who have died since the first two towers went down. thank you juston. we miss you.
Kevin O'Keefe
New York City Ironworkers (local 46)
semper fi"
Kevin of Bronx ,NY

"Hey Thacker,
Man there is not enough words to explain how bad I miss you man. You and I we had some of the wildest times of our lives together. I was just sitting here and a Ozzy song came on and man everytime I hear that man i just think about trying to go to sleep after we got off post in kabul and you having Ozzy just blasting in those headphones on your rack 2 feet away. I'd do anything to hear that music blasting 2 feet away now. You are missed more than anyone will ever know but you will never be forgotten. I Love you man"
Cpl. Teddy Peet of Elmira, NY USA

"November 18, 2007
To the family of Lance Cpl. Juston T. Thacker:
Juston 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

"The family of LCpl Juston Thacker thanks each of you for your heart felt messages and we will carry them in our heart for our precious Juston we miss so much. We may be contacted through his website. www.lcpljustontthacker.com we encourage any of his friends to do so and send us any pictures you might have. God Bless each of you. 9/07"
Tom & Dixie Sisk, proud grandparents of Princeton, WV

"Hey whatís up Bro, I just got a job with the feds, So once again Iím back in training. I was putting on my boots today, you no the ones with the green on the sides of them. And I was just remembering the time that we both bought a pair from Saigon Sams and I got the ripple sole the ones you hate, So it kinda made me laugh just thinkin of you picking on me about them.

Thereís not a day that goes by that Iím not thinking about you
Sgt Oakes Jeremiah
3/6 Kilo Co 2nd Plt 2nd Sqd
1/25 Bravo Co 1st Plt"
Jeremiah Oakes of New Hampshire

Ashley N.Williams of Akron, Ohio

"Hey Juston,
This is your Cuz Ashley from Ohio and now you can see Aunt Ruby up there in heven with you alright I WILL ALWAY"S LOVE YOU"
Ashley N.Williams of Akron, Ohio

"Hey Juston, just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you today. I miss you very much. You will always be with me."
Jose L Ramirez Jr of Arlington, Virginia

"To the family of:Juston T. Thacker 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"

"NEVER forgetting the ones who have fallen -- our fallen Heroes
Remembering Juston's family -
July '06
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"Juston was one of the first guys I got along with in 3/6 Kilo co. When I was a new guy he'd take me into his room and teach me the tricks to get through without getting messed with. During training when I'd stand post with him we'd have long talks about everything and nothing. He'd talk about his family, his love for archery and a lot about his fiance. He had a great heart. He was always good for a laugh especially after we got into Afghanistan. I remember hearing his voice come over the radio on the day that he sacrificed his life to save his friend. I miss Juston. To the family, I thank you for your son and for his sacrifice and the example he was to me and everyone. Juston, I miss you man. God bless you."
Cpl Forshtay, Peter 3/6 Kilo Co, 2nd Plt. of Camp Lejeune, NC

I would like to say thank you to you and the other Marine from your unit(3/6) who was killed in that firefight for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"The family of Juston may be contacted through his website e mail. justontthacker@sunlitsurf.com. Please feel free to write us. We thank each of you and would like to hear from his buddies. He was our hero, and we miss him."
Dixie Sisk, grandmother of Princeton, WV

"Juston what can I say but im sorry for what happenend that day.I remember it like it was yesterday and its been a long time since. I remember the night before when we were talking for over 2hrs about any and everything. That conversation will forever stay with me. You remember us laughing for like 30 minutes about when he patted his head and called for his team leaders and we told him it meant "head count".(lol). I couldn't beleive my eyes that day you left to go to a better place. I still remember us eating chinese in the barracks days before we left to go to afganistan.You were a good friend and brother in arms and a great marine and i will never forget you. I got tattoos for the both of you. Just like we talked about. I know your always watching me and i know you protected me when i was in iraq and i thank you my brother. We will see each other again and drink that bottle of jack together my friend. I miss you Juston."
Cpl. Reynaldo Perez 3/6 kilo co. 2nd plt 1st sqd. of Camp Lejeune, Nc

"Semper Fi! OOH-RAH"
Tiffany of Jacksonville, FL

"Grief and sadness brought us together, but "knowing' that our boys are together-forever sharing in heaven the things they loved most here on earth, brings us comfort. Thank you for sharing so much of yourselves with us. We are truly blessed by your friendship."
Tricia and Gregg White of Dagsboro, DE

"He was a good kid. God deicided to take him home. Feel at ease that now he truly knows peace."

"To the Thacker family, I served in 3/6 kilo co with Justin we were in the same platoon he was a great Marine and a great guy may god bless him and his family " Semper Fi""
Cpl John D. Viola of falls church, Virginia

"To The Family and Friends of Lcpl Juston Thacker, USMC. I didn't know Juston very well, since I was with 3/6 for only a short time, but we served in the same company, 3/6 Kilo Co. I was up on an OP with one of my squads when news of the ambush came through. The effect was instant, the change in my Marines was plainly visible. I spent a good amount of time talking with the guys in my platoon, makin sure they were alright. The level of respect, esteem, and the way that some of the guys looked up to Juston was unsurpassed. We all knew that even though Juston was gone, he was still serving right along side of his Marines in 2nd Platoon, watching over them. God Bless you all, the family, friends, and fellow Marines of Lcpl Juston Thacker. I could not have served with a better group.
HM3 Cody "Doc" West of Colorado

"I came upon is his group of Marines about 2 weeks after the incident. Allthough there were NO words about the night, but you con feel a since of loss INSTANTLY as my team of soldiers came in to CAMP Ghardez. The Marines were hard core and on edge, but very vigilent of what must be done. Completting the mision. I, myself never had the honnor to have meeting Juston T. Thacker, but I was molded into a better leader and man haveing the privelage working with Gunny Bodette's Marins. Juston T. Thacker was with us on every convoy and foot patrol. He is the one who keeped us safe. Our gaurdian angel. And I thank him. ANd I thank the Marines of Kilo Co. 3/6 for taking care of my men and me.

My preyers and thoughts go out to the parents of Juston T. Thaker and all the other fallen heroes. God speed and VIO CONDIOS"
SGT Michael P. Brown "A.K.A" An ARMY of ONE of Ft. Hood, TX 4-NOW!

"I served with Juston since day one. From the school of infintry to both tours in Operation Enduring Freedom. We were always together in the same platoon. To us, Juston was more than a friend, He was our brother. Juston was always there for people who needed help. He was a true leader. Juston was kind, thoughtful and tenderhearted. He was a great person. I am very proud to haved served with him. I love you and well NEVER forget you bro. Your a true hero. Semper Fi."

To the mother of Juston T. Thacker, Know that you still have sons here from 3/6 Kilo Co. 2nd platoon who support you and love you very much. god bless you."
Cpl. Jose L. Ramirez Jr of Camp Lejeune , NC

"semper fi."
rod singer of phillipsburg nj

You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered and honored for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps. May memories comfort the family and the friends of Juston. I am so very sorry for your loss.

"To the family of Juston Thacker... I served with Juston for both of his tours in Afghanistan and was with him in Kilo Co. since day 1. I was just told about this site not too long ago. As a matter of fact, I was told about it June 29th, the day I drove to Washington D.C. for only one reason, to see the "Faces of the Fallen" Memorial with Juston and Daniel's pictures. The Memorial was an amazing display of Patriotism and was a very emotional day for my girlfriend and I although I could never understand the emotions all of you are going through. Juston was a very bright and happy person all the time and was always there if anyone ever needed him. I know without a doubt if you were to ask any one of the Marines that ever knew Juston, past and present, no one would would have a negative thing to say. In my opinion, a direct reflection of his family. There is a very special display my girlfriend and I put up at His Memorial(as well as Daniel's). I will look for a site to post the pictures if anyone in your family cannot get to the memorial. Juston Thacker, we all thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you made. June 24th is a day I will never forget. Every civilian calls a Serviceman they're hero, so who does another serviceman call his Hero? You are my Hero. You're everyone's Hero!"
Corporal Matthew Wiatrek of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I would like to tell Juston's family Juston is not forgotten. I wore his nametag during the "Illinois Freedom run Return to the Wall" I am so proud of our men and women who have the courage to serve. I am so very sorry for your loss. Juston will not be forgotten in our household. I send my prayers to your family."
Maria of Braidwood, Illinois, USA

"Juston was a true hero, To his family, I''m very sorry for your loss."
Darrell of Princeton

"Juston, I've known you since Boot Camp, went thru SOI together, went to Kabul Afghanistan, went to AP Hill, CAX, and once again to Afghanistan. We'd joke about how we always wind up in the same place, and how we couldn't get rid of each other. Buddy, you were one of my many brothers I have here, only difference is I knew you from the start. I'm glad to have been on the same team as you for all those times, and in a way I wish I was still on your team this time. You were a good friend and a good Marine, we'll never forget u."
Cpl. Stuart A Toribio of Camp Lejeune, NC

"i had went through school of infantry with Thacker, then we were dropped off to the same unit,3/6 Kilo Co. i was deployed with thacker at the embassy in Kabul. Only wish i couldve went the second time, but because of injuries due to my training, i had to stay back in the states. i am currently with 2/8 Fox Co. and being deployed very soon. Thacker was honestly one of the best marines i had ever came across. He trained his marines with all his heart and always had their back, and was sure proud of his service. i will miss him and he will always be in my memories. Also will always remember his love for Ozzy Osbourne ....semper fi"
Cpl. Kevin O'Keefe of Camp Lejuene,NC

"Juston was a great friend to us all. There is no one I was more proud to serve with in that hell hole... Juston RIP my friend we will never forget you..

-John Weber Sgt/USMC 3/6 Kilo 2nd PLT"
-John Weber Sgt/USMC 3/6 Kilo 2nd PLT of Camp Lejeune, NC

"All I can do is sit here and cry for you and all the others that have served their country so bravely. And pray. God bless you richly.
Tommy Walters, Sr.
Gunny, USMC, Ret. Vietnam x 2
Baptist Minister now"
Tommy Walters, Sr. of Mechanicsburg, IL, USA

"Juston, I found you by name, and realized reading about you that I am deeply affected. Sending my prayers and white light to your family and loved ones."
Juston Purlee of Tucson, AZ 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"

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

""The cost of freedom remains high but the loss of freedom costs much more,"
Sign on Immanuel Baptist Church, says it all. Dan Jividen Pastor"
D. Sisk of Princeton Wv

"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

"im very sorry for the lost of juston and the princeton apostolike church has you in there prays"
justina collins of princeton wv

"To my darling son. I loved you from birth and I continue to do so in death. You were and are my PRIDE AND JOY. You gave the ultimate for your family, friends and country. You gave your life freely and with out hesitation. Know that I have 21 years of wonderful memories and would do it all again if I could. I know this is were you said God wanted you and I am proud of you for having the courage to go where he lead. I will see you one day in heaven and what a wonderful time that will be. Your Dad and I love you and are so very proud. Always have been and always will be.

Proud Parents of LCPL Juston T Thacker
USMC 3/6 Kilo
Afghanistan June 24. 2004"
Greg & Sharon Bowling of Princeton, WV United States of America, and Proud of it.

"Juston was very happy and funny guy.
He always liked to play practical jokes
especially on DeDe. I will miss fighting over the last pepperoni roll at DeDe's house. I will miss you. You were the greatest cousin ever. You will always be my hero."
Parker Meadows of Princeton WV

"Thank you "Juston" for all of the precious memories I have of you, from childhood into manhood. Even as a child you showed great compassion and love for others and their feelings.You had a loving and caring heart that carried all the way to the end, and that is the mark of a "good man and a great Marine." I'm more fortunate than most men because I loved you as a son and as a fellow Marine. You kept and maintained the highest standards set before you as a Marine. I am very proud of you as a son and as a Marine. Take care of your brother, Ralph, until I see you both again. I love & miss you. Dad - Semper Fidelis"
Ralph Thacker of Montvale, Va

"Juston was a very special young man, with much love for everyone. Our loss is Heaven's gain! He may be gone but he will never be forgotten, and thank you Juston, for the ultimate sacrifice!"
Eunice Thacker of Roanoke, VA

"To Juston's family & friends our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I to feel your pain and sorrow. To Juston thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice for your country. You will never be forgotten. You are a great american hero.

3RD SFG KIA 5/29/2004 Afghanistan"
Tanya Mogensen & family of North Carolina

"Juston you were our hero before you became a Marine. You truly entered the Hall of Heroes when you and your men stopped the terrorists from setting the IEDs and saved the US Convoy returning to base. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 You would say "Its my job" Thank you for the gift of freedom from all your family."
Tomand Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

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

"There is no greater loss. I am so sorry for the family Juston leaves behind. I am so proud of the job he did for our country and will remember. Please know that we will NEVER forget his sacrifice and never allow our children's children to forget it, either. God bless you and keep you until you can see him again."
Dana of Bakersfield, CA

"Juston was a friend to everyone. All the guys there including my son will miss him. I am so sorry for your loss, God bless you Juston."

"To the Family of Juston Thacker: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I, too, share in your pain, as I lost a brother-in-law on 4/09/04 in Iraq. Juston was a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, JUSTON! May you rest peacefully in Heaven"
T. Rexroad of Moorefield, WV

"To Juston'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

"To Juston'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

"Thank you Juston Thacker, 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 Lance Cpl. Juston Thacker:
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 Juston 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 Lance Cpl. Juston Thacker:
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 Juston, 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