Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. John D. Amos II

22, of Valparaiso, Indiana.
Amos died in Kirkuk, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his military vehicle. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Died on April 4, 2004.

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"Hard to believe it has been 19 years. Rest easy Gimlet Brother!!"
1SG(Ret) Paul de Lemos of Thousand Oaks, CA

"Our family thinks of John so often. His death impacted my husband, his company commander in ways that linger all these years later. Our hearts and prayers frequently turn to his family as we remember this young man. He is never forgotten. To those who love him and cherish him, always. We stand with you. He is never forgotten and we are forever grateful for his sacrifice. My husband wouldn’t be here today if it hadn’t been for PFC Amos and his actions on that dreadful day ."
Melody Venable of Ft Benning Ga

"03/08/16 Sending hugs to a birthday angel and family. Never will we forget."
Dietz Family of Oregon

"Not forgotten."

"JD and many others like him are a part of my daily life. Every year on memorial day I wear the bracelets of fallen brothers on my left wrist, JD is one of them. Fellow medics Lynch and one other were at his side when he was taken from you. I went to the receiving medical facility to meet his ambulance when he arrived. That day and the loss of JD is seared into many hearts. He lives on thru all gimlets, our children and in our hearts. I share the pain caused by the hole that must burn in your hearts. I hope one day to find the courage to visit JD. RIP John."
Alan of Middle East

"I did not know Amos personally, but my brother Sgt. Giovanni Bennett was with him when he died. My brother was severely injured an even though he was hurt he only cared about Amos's well being an told others to help Amos an not him. My brother suffers to this very day an celebrates Amos's life daily. He tells us stories about Amos an its bitter sweet because although I am greatful my brother lived, I am deeply saddened for Amos's family an to see the pain in my brothers eyes from that tragic day kills me.. Every year that the anniversary of that tragic day comes around my brother is a completely different person, but on that very same day 3 years later my husband an I welcomed our daughter. My brother says God turned a horrible day in to a blessed day for his neice was born an atleast he could have a happy memory to remember on that day instead of just a tragedy. Amos, you will never be forgotten by those who knew you an those you impacted. As a family member of a service man, I salute you. Love you brother may your soul rest in peace with God. God bless our soldiers, service dogs, and their families."
Lavohn Williams of Waxahachie , TX

"It was a warm sunny day the day the call came. In the years since it is always a cold and gray day. You will always be in our hearts. Love the Dietz Family."
Dietz of Clackamas, Oregon

"For he did not wish tribute or song, nor monuments, nor poems of war and valor.
His wish was simple.
“Remember me”…

We will always remember............"
Dietz Family of Clackamas Or

"Not forgotten.
I was serving with the Air Force at Kirkuk in 2004. I did not know John personally. Maybe we saw each other in the chow hall or at the PX. But he is a hero.
I remember the day it happened. And I went to the memorial.
John will ALWAYS be remembered.
May God's peace and blessings be with John's family, friends and comrades."
Thomas Davis, MSgt, USAF (Retired) of Lansing, MI

"Always in our hearts."

"04/04/2014. It pains me to say that I did not know John personally, but through years of reading these posts, I feel blessed that in some way I have come to know him and all of you. I was 1st Platoon, C Co’s Platoon Leader running my first mission exactly ten years ago today. As the years have passed by, my appreciation for John’s actions on April 4, 2004 only grows stronger; not because I have ever been unappreciative of what he did for us, but because I see all of the things that might not have been, without him. I hold dearly the fact that my children would not be here to enjoy this world without the valiant actions of John on that day. Having relived the day in my head more times than I can count, it is clear to me that John’s presence and his actions resulted in so many lives being saved. I am honored to have served with John and I am humbled by his sacrifice. I continue to pray for his peace, and for that of his family, loved ones and friends. I am honored to have served with the men who stood beside John on that day, and I pray too for their peace as I know the wounds that many suffered on that day continue to heal today. Thank you John and thank you to his family for sharing him with us. “Bore Brother Bore.”"
D'Arcy T. Smith of Lorton, VA

"You were on my mind tonight you'll always be remembered and missed."
of Oregon

"i served with John. we were in different platoons but John stood out. he was always so funny and silly. he was one of the youngest soldiers we had. he was a great man, always making everyone laugh. i was one of the last guys to see him. not a day goes by that i don't think of him or his family. i hope you have found some peace. i know John would have wanted everyone to remember to laugh and just love life."
asahel davalos of los angeles , california

"Always remembered..."

"I will always remember you! You are the one that put the music and laughter in her heart. My heart was filled with love because as a mother we only want our child to be happy and loved. It's love that makes the heart sing. I will always love you through my daughters eyes. I might not remember what I did yesterday- but I'll always think of you when I see Bud Light, Pantera, baseball caps worn backwards ,paper hearts, Hawaii, the American Flag and my beautiful daughter.
Just a Mom~DD of Clackamas Oregon

""For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity." -William Penn

Amos you will be in our hearts for eternity. Thank you."
Olivia Yates of Kentucky

"You always knew how to smile bro! Keep watching over us brother"
Jose D Munoz of Santa Barbara, CA

"Always missed and never forgotten. Forever held tenderly in our hearts and prayers. And for those that were there that day -we think of you as well and always keep you in our hearts and prayers."
Dietz Family of Oregon

"Always missed and never forgotten. Forever held tenderly in our hearts and prayers. And for those that were there that day -we think of you as well and always keep you in our hearts and prayers."
Dietz Family of Oregon

"To all those family, and friends who knew John so well. I still think of him often and carry his loss with me. I keep you all in my heart and prayers. Never Forget 4/4/04 (Jan 2013)"
CW4 Travis Montgomery of Norman, OK

"i love and miss my older brother JD i didnt get to know him well because i was young but i miss him. thank you everyone who has helped support :)"
hunter amos of las vegas nevada

"My prayers go out to John and his family.
Also to everyone who was there. A day I will never forget. John is a soldier I can never repay"
Riley of Philadelphia

"Fallen and never, never forgotten. Always in our lives and hearts.
Veterans Day - 2011"
Dietz Family of Oregon

"Amos, you will not be forgotten. I love you and miss you bro. Bore Brother Bore!"
Jason Dixon of Palo Alto, Ca.

"I just want to say that I meet your son pfc Amos when we was headed to kirkuk from Kuwait. Pfc Amos and two other of his fellow comrade was in our Humvee during that long convoy to kirkuk. My thoughts from this guys was awesome because they would do battle drills right there In our humvvee and I just felt safer that they was riding with us. My prayers and condolences goes out to his family and friends. Rip Pfc.Amos you will always be remembered and honored. Thank you."
ismael of hawaii 225 FSB

"Veterans Day - A time for thanks and remembrance. You are forever in our hearts."
Dietz Family of Clackamas Or

"I am so very sorry."
Jonathan "Doc" Lynch of Albuquerque, NM

"Too late for hope but a dream remembered"

"I would like to get those who served with John as well as family members or friends together to pay respects and remember John next April (2011) in Indiana. If anyone is interested, please e-mail me jeffwillco@yahoo.com"
Jeff Adkins of North Carolina

"Always remembered, never forgotten. Thank you."
J. of Illinois

"Today our hearts heavy, we grieve for those left behind. Those whose lives you touched so magically and for those who never had a chance to know you. We shall always honor you and will never forget how you touched our lives. Missing you forever and always remembering and believing in you.
Sending Hugs to Heaven.
We love you"
The Dietz Family of Oregon

"Today our hearts heavy, we grieve for those left behind. Those whose lives you touched so magically and for those who never had a chance to know you. We shall always honor you and will never forget how you touched our lives. Missing you forever and always remembering and believing in you.
Sending Hugs to Heaven.
We love you"
The Dietz Family of Oregon

"Happy Birthday Amos, you are dearly missed brother."
Jarod Myers of Round Rock, TX

"Dear 'Amos',
Another New Year begins and ever gentle we hold you tight in our hearts and in all of our memories. Most days the tears are less but never the memories. We continued our annual tradition started by your dear grandparents: Yellow balloons were released Christmas morn and sent heavenward with all of our love. Still missing you
Forever in our hearts"
Dietz Family of Happy Valley Oregon

"Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Mothers and/or Fathers, of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com. or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and bless you.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion
P.O. Box 153
Manti, Utah 84642"
Project Compassion , Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"PFC John Amos,
On this Memorial Day 2009 you live on as the angel who watches over our daughter. You will live through her."
of Round Rock, TX

"I still think about that day. You will never be forgotten. Live on in peace. Bore Brother Bore"
Just another Gimlet of Houston, Texas

"Re: PFC John Douglas Amos

I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,700 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, MA, USA

"To the family of:John D. Amos 11 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"


"Christmass 2008- Dear J.D. I've missed you so much since you have gone to haven. I just wanted to say I LOVE YOU and Merry Christmass.
Love your baby brother..:("

"J.D. we miss you so much every day and wish you were never gone, I miss having a big brother around and someone to talk to and to play with.LOVE,Hunter and Tyler :u(

"04/04/08 Forever in our hearts and always a part of who we are today. With love in our hearts to all of 'Amos' family, friends and loved ones."
Dietz Family of Oregon

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Pfc. John D. Amos, II:
John 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

"If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own"

Author ?"

"Christmas 2007 - Always loved and never forgotten"
Dietz Family of Oregon

"JD I sit at work and talk about you and the war in Iraq and miss you more than ever. I love you with all my heart."
Dad of Las Vegas NV

Written to Honor the Service of Our Fallen Soldiers

Soldiers write history, we pay the price
Many miles distant, you live the life
Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still

We hope and pray that all will find peace
In God, in the flag, in memories of valor
Gone now, our pride and courage you see
“An Army of One” our motto forever

Willing to risk all for love of our Brothers
We’re still Your Soldiers…and we showed the way
Our Lives too short, now pray for the others
Lived free died Heroes in lands far away

Deep within souls all cherished our Service
We’ll always have what some never know
Courage and Honor, our names forever
Lived life with purpose…just our time to go

We march in the Heavens with Honor and Glory
Missions accomplished we fought the Good Fight
Many years from now…we’ll tell the full story
Until that Day we will live in the Light

Our lives we laid down in a land far away
Still watching o’er you this night and by day
No need to talk…just know we are with you
There in your hearts and we hear what you pray

Yes we are your soldiers
Our lives we laid down
Still We guard o’er you
Still Duty bound

Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still
We’ll always have what some never know
Lived life with purpose…it was our time to go
of Oregon

"Please remember that John and his service and sacrifice - and yours - will be remembered and honored forever.

"If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night -- amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours -- always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by ... do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again."
-letter to his wife Sarah from Maj. Sullivan Ballou of the Rhode Island Volunteers, died July 29, 1861"
J. of Illinois

"04/04/07 To the family and friends of ‘Amos’: Three years and yet we still find it hard to find the right words to say. Or perhaps there is no right thing to say. Each of us has different memories. Some of us had him only for a brief moment in the span of lifetime; others had the honor and privilege of having him for his entire lifetime. All of us have him for eternity in our hearts and memories. The time that he was in each of our lives does not seem to be the factor on the depths of our emotions. Instead it is the impact that someone so young had on each of our lives The bittersweet memories will always be such a part of our souls. We can not separate from our hearts that which has changed our lives forever. Our hope is that each day we continue to honor him by remembering him, his family, and his friends those he loved and by living life.

Henry S Holland wrote:

“Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well."

Remember in your own special way this Hero today and everyday.

Secure in our hearts and love"
Teira and the Dietz Family of Oregon

"As it comes closer to the date I lost my brother i sit and think of all the other families that have known the same pain...you are all forever in my prayers...RIP dear soldier...we will never forget!!"
tanya mallet sister of SSG Toby Mallet kia April 9, 2004 of kaplan, la

"03/08/07 - It's your Birthday today. As always everyone is thinking of you and missing you dearly. Time will not erase or fade the memories that each and everyone of has. You will remain forever in our hearts."
of Oregon

"Our hearts still ache in sadness,
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one will ever know."
of Oregon

"Your son is a HERO and 'brother' to us
all, here in the USA. His scacrifice
will NOT be forgotten. God Bless You."
Kel Franett of Los Angeles, Ca. USA

"Hold On...
A Pueblo Indian Prayer

Hold on to what is good,
even if it's a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,
even if it's a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,
even if it's a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,
even if it's easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,
even if I've gone away from you.

You are secure in our hearts."
Dietz Family of Milwaukie, OR

"My son was with your son in Kirkuk, it is one of only 2 times that he ever called me that i knew that all was not well. His voice cracked when he told me about losing his friend your son. I cannot imagine the grief that you must feel, for I am one of the fortunate mothers whose son made it back this time. My prayers are with you and please know that your son was thought very highly of and had many friends. I know these things don't make it any easier. May God bless all of you and know that your son will always be remembered in my and my sons memory. Tina"
Antonia Martin of Pinnacle NC

"I did not know your son but that does not matter he was an American fighting for all of us that is the beauty of it. He gave his life for all of us. Mom , form the tone of the messages sent to this web-site you can rest assured that you did a job well done in raising him to be a wonderful son and country man. I am honored to be able to send my prayers for your son.May you feel comfort in knowing so many people care and I will always remember your son for what he gave to this world. I cried when I read about your son, I also have a son who will be deploying in March 2007. May God Bless your life and that of his entire family."
Kimberly Miller of Kokomo, Indiana U.S.A

"I want to thank all of you have who have left messages for my son and us his family. I am grateful to those of you who continue to hold him in your hearts and I am very thankful to those of you who think of us his family. From the bottom of my heart thank you all."
Susan Amos of Valparaiso IN

"wasnt really a freind of john but was in charlie company 1-21 with him in hawaii. he was one hell of a good american that fought hard and did well for his country.i know he is with god and lookin out for not only us as americans but our soliders as well.god bless u and ur family

"Riley, Its great to hear from you. I miss you, all of you. I hope you are doing good. Email me sometime i'd like to hear how you are and what you are up to. my email is Teira1031@comcast.net. Take care of youself :) love Teira

RIP JDA2.. love you always"
Teira Dietz of Milwaukie, OR


"To Teira I'm sorry I couldn't keep my promise. I couldn't talk to you for a while. I hope you see this and forgive me.I got your card two days before. you know. sorry"
Riley of Philadelphia

"I really remember everyday and miss him more and more he was like my brother"
Riley (the token black guy) of Philadelphia,PA USA

"Bore Brother Bore. Keep fightin' the good fight, John."
Alli, 81mm MTR PLT of Austin, Tx

Today begins the week of National Remembrance.” A week that encourages Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. wherever they are on Memorial Day." We will remember all those who are with you.

We do not need a special day or a special week to remember you. For it is our hearts calling to remember you each and everyday. Your family, friends and those who loved you with all their heart travel the Remembering Road everyday. Sometimes the road is filled with potholes and detours when the pain and longing is the greatest. Whilst other times it is paved smooth with the happiest of memories as you walk beside those that love you. Where the winds of life will take us we do not know, but one thing we are assured is that you will always be our Hero. You will not be forgotten for you are loved and carried in our hearts where the winds may take us. You are with us.

Like Riley many of us come to this site daily, weekly or just sometimes when they need to know that others remember and miss you. It is a place where a friend can come just to talk to you. Only those that understand the depth of the loss understand.

We remember…"
The Dietz Family of Oregon

"I come to this site alot and read it, but this is my first entry. John and I were in the same company and were very good friends. He taught me what friendship was. The day he died, apart of me went with him. To his family may god be with you and may he and John watch over us all"
Riley of Philadelphia

"Happy 22nd Birthday miss you everyday."
of Indiana

"We will always remember you. Forever in our hearts."
03/08/06 of Oregon


The beautiful words and the angelic voice of Enya ~

Where are you this moment?
only in my dreams.
You're missing, but you're always
a heartbeat from me.
I'm lost now without you,
I don't know where you are.
I keep watching, I keep hoping,
but time keeps us apart.

Is there a way I can find you,
is there a sign I should know,
is there a road I could follow
to bring you back home?
the light of you will stay
If I could be where you are
if I could reach out and touch you
and bring you back home.

The words speak for so many that hold you forever in their hearts and memories.
Forever in our hearts ~"
Dietz Family of Oregon

PATRICK GIPSON of Wahiawa, Hawaii, USA

"Merry Christmas - you are missed by so many. Always you will be in our hearts.

Kenny Chesney - Who You'd Be Today

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
I feel you everywhere I go
I see your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
I still can't believe you're gone

It ain't fair you died too young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder who you'd be today

Would you see the world, would you chase your dreams
Settle down with a family
I wonder what would you name your babies
Some days the sky's so blue
I feel like I can talk to you
I know it might sound crazy

It ain't fair you died too young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder who you'd be today

Today, today, today
Today, today, today

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know I'll see you again someday

Someday, someday"
of ~~~~Oregon

"As one of many of his cousins,I just miss his smile,it was the kind of smile after you saw it,you would feel like asking "J.D, what are you up to?" Still missing you and wishing you were still here with us."
Cheryl of Highland,Indiana

"John Amos touched my life in many ways, I was with him for quite some time in the desert. I cannot begin to express the respect and admiration I have for him, now I wish to pass this on to his family and friends. He remains an inspiration to me on a daily basis. Anyone wishing to contact me can do so by sending an e-mail to jeffwillco at yahoo. Please allow me to once again express my respect and admiration for a great friend and hero.
-Jeffrey Adkins, SGT A."
Jeffrey Adkins of Waialua, HI

"my 8th grade team are making reports on soldiers that have passed on. im honored to be assigned John D. Amos II.
may he be in gods light."
John of Blackstone Mass

"To the Family of John Amos,
Not a day goes by that I do not remember and miss your son. I was the Executive Officer of his infantry company both before and during our service together in Iraq. I was with him in the hospital for every moment until we moved him to higher medical care. He will forever be my hero, as I personally can attest that his selfless actions saved the lives of over 50 men, all of whom I know will never forget him for as long as we all will live. I know there is little that can be said to ease your grief or bring you comfort, but please know that there exists a group of soldiers who know that we are alive today because of your son and he is and will forever be our hero. My children and their children will know that they exist on this earth and live their lives in freedom because of the selfless sacrifice of PFC John D. Amos II."
1LT Joshua Grenard of Arlington, VA

"Aug 20, 2005
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace brave soldier.

George L. Skypeck , RegTM
All Rights Reserved
(No reproduction without prior permission
By Mr. Skypeck)

I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go,
And did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing,
And reluctantly accepted the thought of
Eternal loneliness…should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror;
Felt the stinging cold of fear;
And enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
I have cried, pained, and hoped…but most of all,
I have lived times others would say were
Best forgotten
At least someday I will be able to say that
I was proud of
What I was…
D. Burt of Portsmouth, RI

"We will never forget. The winds will blow, the sun will shine, the rain will fall,the flowers will bloom the leaves will fall. We will cry, laugh and we will remember. These things will always be just as you will always be a part of our hearts."
The Dietz Family of Milwuakie, Oregon

"Be Strong and of Good Courage"

"J.D. was my nephew, his mother my sister. I have been deeply saddened by the loss of my nephew. It was a hard time returning to Indiana to send him to a more peaceful place. He is now watching over all of us, especially his mom, sister, and niece. At the time of his passing, my husband (of just nine months) and I felt a tremendous loss. We will never get to know the young man our nephew was becoming. We had heard through our youngest sister that he had been trying to contact us. We never got the phone call so that we could tell him how proud we were of him. Be at peace, J.D. Watch over those who love you. You will always be with us in our hearts and memories."
Jim and Sharon Raucci of Amarillo, TX

"We will never forget the sacrifice you made. You will forever be remembered in our hearts."
The Soliders of 1-21 Infantry Battalion of Schofield Barracks, HI

"It’s been a year and not a day goes by that we do not think of you and miss you. I heard someone say, that if tears could build a stairway and memories a lane; I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again. We would run not walk.
We are thankful that you touched our lives. Our lives have more value because you were here. The memories are lasting treasures that will live on in our hearts forever.
Sigmund Freud wrote ' Although we know that after such a loss the acute state of mourning will subside, we also know we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely, it nevertheless remains something else. And actually this is how it should be. It is the only way of perpetuating that love which we do not want to relinquish'.

We will always love you."
The Dietz Family of Oregon

"It's your birthday today and we miss you more than ever. Forever in our hearts and in our memories. We love you and miss you."
Dietz Family of Oregon

"Dear sweet angel, rest in peace!"
Violeta Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"Amos I miss you so much and I will never forget you. You were not my friend you were my brother and I would do anything to bring you back. I wanna say to his family that im so sorry. To any of his fellow soldiers still over seas your in my thoughts and prayers. Also I wanna just thank every one that has given his family and friends support. I love you John RIP"
Miller of Griffith, In

"I have come to sit and talk with you for a while. Can you hear the silent tears as they fall? Where have you gone -one so young? I sit quietly and wait for you. Peace enters the heart and the silent tears are quiet for a while. You will forever be in our hearts."
Just a Mom

"~ You Raise Me Up~
When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

There is no life - no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

Lyrics by ~ Josh Groban~

May we find peace in our hearts as we continue to miss and remember you always.

Love Always
Teira's Mom"
Dietz of Oregon

""Though I never had the opurtunity to shake John's hand he has forever touched my life" I am the MEDEVAC Pilot who flew John to a higher level of care. I felt and heard the blast that day, and was with John when he left our world. Not a day goes by that I dont think of John and think of his family. I hope to someday meet his family in person for he has left such an impression on my heart. Every Apr 4th the flag at my house will fly at half mass. Rest in Peace Brave Soldier."
CW2 Travis Montgomery of 82nd Med (Iraq)

"I never met John, but we served together in Kirkuk, Iraq. I heard the explosion that took his life and attended his memorial service. His actions on that day saved lives and the memory of his service will stay with fellow service members for generations. A day rarely goes by when I don't think about John and his family. I'm very sorry for your loss. Please know that there are many of us praying for you."
Lt Col Jeff Webster, US Air Force of Sterling Heights, Michigan

"John, I didnt have the pleasure of knowing you, I was in a different company. But I was there at the bombsite after the medics took you away, and Im reminded of you almost every day when I see the cross the guys have set up for you outside your old hooch. Everyone here who knew you loved you though, and misses you a lot. Even those who never knew you, such as myself, will never forget you. RIP"
Specialist Joel Angle of Kirkuk, Iraq

"Dear Sweet Soldier

We will always stand with you in our prayers. We will always hold you tenderly in our hearts and tightly in our memories. Our first thoughts in the morning turn to you. At the close of the day you are in our thoughts. At random times throughout the day you touch our hearts. You are never far from us. Oh but how we wish we could embrace you and remind you how much you are loved by so many people. We miss you more each day."
of Oregon

"I was a close friend of PFC Amos. we had good times and bad times but as I have told everyone I know. I will never forget him as long as i live. To Johns family, I know you really hear this alot but i really want to tell you that im sorry that he is gone and I really feel the same way. I'd do anything to bring him back. Because nobody can replace a friend like him."
SPC Daniel D. Collins of Kirkuk, Iraq, C co. 1-21 Inf

"Soldier of our heart. We miss your gentle smile and your warm and caring ways. We miss the gentleness that made those around you strong. We miss you. We know that you are in heaven, please know that we miss you with all our heart. We will not forget you."

"We thought of you today, as we do every day and we missed you. Though we have you in our memories, which will always sustain us, we still miss you. We are proud of who you are; a Hero to our Nation, to our hearts and to our families. Thank you for being a part of our lives. With love to you always."
The Dietz Family of Oregon

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

"God bless you and RIP!"
Mike (USMC) of Indianapolis, Indiana

"As J.D.'s aunt, and only four years his senior, I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful, kind-hearted person. He had such a calm, selfless outlook on life and will be remembered by us always. All my love..."
Lydia of Indianapolis, Indiana

"I am SPC Amos' girlfriend, this has been a very hard time, but he is a hero in my heart, and in the hearts of many others. Amos will be forever missed by many, and loved dearly always and forever. He was an amazing person who changed the lives of everybody he met during his short life. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers through this tough time."
Teira of Oregon

"We are so sorry for your loss. Your son is a hero and we will not forget him. Thank you."
The Leong Family of Aiea,Hi

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

"I am so sorry for your loss. I feel your pain as I lost my husband,PFC Shawn Pahnke,KIA on June 17, 2003. My heart aches for you. Please take comfort in knowing that John will be with you forever, for he is right around the corner waiting to see you again. May your memories of him bring you comfort."
Elisha Pahnke of Shelbyville,IN

"To John's Family:
There are no words to express how truly sorry we are for your great loss. May God bless you."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the Family of John Amos:
On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss, the same pain. Our prayers go out to you and we thank you and your son for making the ultimate sacrifice.
the Family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas of San Antonio, TX
KIA, Iraq 12/28/03"
Gloria Caldas of San Antonio, TX

"Rest in Peace Brave Soldier
The Taylors USMC NC"

"J.D. is the cousin of my niece and nephew. I met him only once. He was a very nice young man. He will be missed terribly. He touched the lives of so many around him. I am proud of him for serving his country."
Shea McNelley of Huntsville, Alabama

"Portrait Freedom is a group of scroll saw artists who have united to honor every fallen soldier of Operation Freedom. We would like to make a custom wood portrait for the family of Pfc. John D. Amos II, free of charge. Our hope is that this small gift from the heart will be welcomed by the family as we stand with sympathy in the shadows of their sorrow. To learn more about this project and request a portrait, please visit the Portrait Freedom website.
Gary Browning of Scroll Saw Portraits

"Thank you John Amos II, 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

"My name is Jan Lang and I am the founder of the Marine Comfort Quilts. Please accept my family's and our group's deepest sympathy on the loss of John Amos II. A quilt is being made for your family in honor of John. While we started out as a group of Marine Moms, we are now a group of Military parents, Veterans, as well as the caring public, wanting to bring comfort to all of our Military families. Please go to www.marinecomfortquilts.us and register so that we may send this quilt to you."
Jan Lang of Valley Park, Missouri

"We would like to donate a canvas portrait to the family (first next of kin) of Pfc. John Amos II. Our portraits have been well received. I have been donating these portraits to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom because they last forever and no one will be forgotten. You can see what our donation portraits look like at http://lionheartcreations.net/honorfallen.htm. The portrait includes an American flag in the background, an eagle, and a poem I wrote called Fallen, along with name, rank, and branch of service. We will ship the portrait to your home. This will cost you nothing. This is our way to serve and honor our fallen. Please let us serve you. You can email us to make arrangements for your portrait and this can all be done over the Internet or U.S. mail. Making the portraits takes only a day or so. Please see that the family gets this message. Our email address is on our website or you can email carlosshelter@aol.com Thank you and God bless"
Carlos, Kathy & Ashley Jones of Middletown, Ohio

"To the family and friends of Pfc. John Amos II:
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 John 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. John Amos II:
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 John, 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