Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jarrod W. Black

26, of Peru, Indiana.
Black died of injuries sustained when his convoy was hit by an improvised explosive devise in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on December 12, 2003.

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"My dude Sgt Black.Thought i'll drop you a line.I was in 1-16INF REG "IRON RANGERS" FT.RILEY,KS.We use to be on the PS or XBOX can't remember but you use to kick my azz..lol That mission you went on that morning was suppose to been us,as part of the scout escort the convoy.You guys took it.We recieved that QRF ALERT and when we was told who it was that got hit my heart dropped.I had just talked to you hours before you went out about getting a rematch on the game..lol Man they told me you had passed felt like a part of me went with you..I didn't go on any missions after that for two days cause i was so shook on what had happen.You was a good NCO,FRIEND,SOLDIER.You're truly missed by so many.So my brother at arms rest easy."
O.Jenkins of Monroe.Nc

"Sgt. Black,
On today, the 13th anniversary of your death you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Centurions-Fear God, Dreadnaught
(34th Armor Motto)"

"I think of you all often."
Yvette of SJAFB, NC

"Still missing you SGT Black, The Army is in need of NCO's like you more then ever!"
Jared Goertzen of Fort Hood, TX

"I was just remembering the times spent with Jarrod and how he always made me laugh, he was a great friend and I will always keep my memories of our friendship in my heart. Miss you Jarrod and I still have the pictures from when you fell asleep on our couch lol"
Emily Baack of Savannah, GA (formly Ft Knox KY)

"To the family of Sgt Jarrod Black, my condolences, I was a member of D Troop, 4th Cav, we were assigned that area of Ramadi called Tameem, after interviewing possible witness' I found one local who showed me the spot of where the insurgent bent over and detonated the IED with a phone, but we could never get a name, I did not know Jarrod but we passed by that spot hundereds of times and thought of the only name associated with that incident, Sgt Black, my prayers to him and his family. Sorry for your loss."
Gooch of Apple Valley, CA

"To the family of Sgt. Jarrod W. Black;
I accompanied the remains of Sgt. Black when we were airlifted from Baghdad to Kuwait in December 2003. I left a message describing the honor with which he was transported and I want you to know that I have not forgotten Sgt. Black or the honor I experienced to be in the presence of the remains of one of the many heroes of the United States in their action to liberate the oppressed citizens of Iraq.

I am tonight, making a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project in his memory."
Truman Trekell of Cedar Park, TX USA

"God bless
Rochester, Ny"

"Thinking of you today. Still can't believe you are gone. You were such a beautiful, wonderful child and I am so sorry that you don't get to be the sweet, smiling father you should have. I appreciate your sacrifice."
Yvette of Joint Base MDL, NJ

"Jarrod was a wonderful person, a great dad,a hero and he will be sadly missed by all. i have known Jarrod for a long time, he use to eat my homemade mac and cheese right out of the pot. He had a great sence of humor and a love for his family. Jarrod called while he was gone and told me that he was going to be a dad again and this time it was a girl. He was so happy about having a girl and he told me how much he loved his wife, and that he missed home but, he had a job to do. I often visit his grave just to say "I miss you" and "Thank you". I think of his family often and his children. He will be missed greatly by myself and my family. Not a day goes by what i don't think about that huge smile he had. I know he is smiling in heaven and it is such a bright smile that it shines on us here on earth....god bless his family."
teresa berkheiser of peru indiana

"It's been five years brother & we still miss you daily. Here's to when we meet again! Lots of love!"
Tara Flaig of Louisville, KY


"A slide show put together from pictures taken from an event held in Peru on August 9th 2008 at the Peru VFW Post 2067
Sean Mahoney of Peru Indiana

"April 23, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Jarrod W. Black:
Jarrod 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

""To the family and friends of Jarrod Black", I knew Jarrod well. We served in 1-77 AR BN togeather. We played Soft ball togeather, I knew his family, he came to FT Knox and attended PLDC while I was an instructor and I must say i did not "Take care of him" because I didn't need to. SGT Black was a great Sergeant and leader. A well rounded person. A fantastic father. As the matter of fact, when we linked back up at Knox I ran into him because he was with his children at the pool. He was a steller man and great friend. He came to my house several times while at knox. I know he is in heaven looking over all of us. I was devistated about the news as was my wife. I mourned him and still do to this very day. I went to washington DC with my family and stood in front of his memorial it was well deserving as were all the memorials of fallen OIF Soldiers. I was proud to have known such a great Noncomissioned Officer. His memmory will be with me foreve. Thank you for letting me post this message. Jarrod, god bless you forever."
Jeffrey A. Cortes of Ft Bliss, TX

"I'm touched as I read the many messages left for Jarrod. I was just telling a friend that he had a never-ending smile. It's great to know that I'm not the only one to think so. I babysat Jarrod and Brandon. You think he was a jokester as an adult, you should have tried to get him to go to bed. I come from a long line of military and married AF, but it is still hard for me to imagine the boys grown up and being soldiers. Its even harder to imagine that Jarrod gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We always know that when we send off our sons, brothers, and husbands that it is a chance... but we pray and we wait that they will come home to us safely. God Bless You Jarrod. We will miss your smile, although it shined so brightly while you were here that it remains with those you touched. My funny little boy who grew into a courageous man. I'm very proud of you. Thank you."
Yvette (Williams) Kunce of Where ever the AF sends us, USA

"To the Black Family you will always remain in our thoughts and prayers.My childhood memories of Jarrod at Saint Johns are filled with silly pranks and a deep love for God and his family.He always brought a smile into the room,was full of life.

My deepest condolences go out to his family...As kids Jarrod,Richie and I were the hyper ones! During church services seeing who could make the other one laugh with out getting caught.To small food fights in the cafeteria,when his mom wasn't there.
He was a wonderful person ~ no doubt in my mind.It stems from loving parents and strong faith in God.

I am sharing a bit of my personal life for Jarrods family.In hope that they will see one day how he touched our lifes.
As a child I lived in an abusvise home and my step dad did alot of things...Jarrod and a few others knew about it.
Everyday he put a smile on my face and made my life easier.As a child he had a gleam in his eyes,and there was never
a dull moment when he was around.I thank God for that.For he was my comfort during my hardest times.For a child to comfort another child was a pure act of God's love.

After Richie passed away Jarrod and I lost contact with each other.Yet I hold dear all those wonderful memories of my childhood friends.They both are greatly missed by family and friends.JARROD YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OUR HERO,and
our "Peanut".

My husband and I sat down briefly with our son and discussed the war.Our family contains many soliders and vets.During our discussion I brought up Jarrod and all those wonderful men and women who serve our Country.Though my son never met Jarrod he knows that he is a HERO.

May God give you strength and my prayers are with his wife and daughter.God Bless!!!

Your Sister in Christ,
Heidi (Hall) Barnes"
Heidi Barnes of Kokomo,Indiana

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jarrod W. Black.
I did not know Jarrod personally but I do feel very connected to him, I was in Iraq for a year attached to the First Armored Division, when it was time for me to leave it was Dec. 12. 2003, my fellow soldiers and I were very glad to leave, We got on a C131 at Baghdad International Airport in the darkness of night when the crew of the C131 came to us and said the had to take the two pallets of duffel bags and gear off the plan and send it on a later flight to make room for an important addition, shortly after six soldiers caring a coffin appeared and our small group was called to attention and present arms I seem to remember their being two chaplains there they called order arms after the coffin was placed and secured on the plane ,then they spoke as we stood over .
The remains of Sgt. Jarrod W. Black The chaplains spoke about Sgt. Black how he had been in country for a short time and how he was a true hero and his family, I had tears in my eyes as well as others in the dark of the Baghdad night standing inside a plane ready to come home on Dec.12.2003. Once our own little ceremony was over Sgt Black and his family of fellow soldiers who didnít even know him personally but knew him as a brother was over. The crew closed the ramp of the plane and all of us flew out of Iraq together.
Shortly after returning to the states as a mater of fact in the airport in salt lake city waiting for a flight to Ft Lewis Washington our group that had been together for so long and on Dec. 12 2003 got a chance to do what a lot of soldiers do when mission complete get some drinks, 5 of us sat at an airport bar table leaving one chair empty and a drink in front of it and made many toasts and the one I remember the most was the toast to Sgt Black.
Itís taken me 3 years to look on the web and see the face of the man I came home with (Sgt. Jarrod W. Black) he will never be forgot
I felt I had to share this story
Sincerely Christopher C Roberts US Army Retired

Please email me if you can christopher.c.roberts@us.army.mil"
Christopher C Roberts of Silverspring MD.

"You the man Jarrod! You will not be forgotten"
SSG. Whalen of Morrisonville, IL

"Jarrod.........I have never met you but I felt like we are still connect in a way that will be forever with me.I think of you often. I pray that you will still watch over your wife and small daughter. I think that you would be proud of them as they are proud of you. Rest in peace my son.
04/30/06 ginny Edgerton"
ginny edgerton of rocky face, ga 30740

"I have know Jarrod for years, we grew up together and I did so with his brother. We were neighbors for years and I could not believe the news when I received it. He is a true hero, and a great person for giving his life for this nation. My deepest sympathy goes out the both his parents and Brandon his brother. I love their entire family, great,kind people, and cannot believe this tragedy. It is horrific to hear this terrible news. However I know both of their parents are extremely proud of their son for the sacrifices he has made and for the honor that Jarrod died with. Jarrod died a man of honor and he will continue to be a legacy for all people. If we had more Jarrod Black's in this world than the world would be a great place. Every soldier in this war deserves to be immortalized and should NEVER be forgotten. Jarrod however, really hits home and I know he is in heaven looking down upon me and upon both his parents and his brother. Brandon, his brother, is also a hero in my book because he served and put his life on the line. However Brandon did come back and is with his family. (Thank God) Brandon and Jarrod both are heroes and I love them both. God has welcomed Jarrod into his heavenly kingdom and now he is finally home."
Matt Kirk of Peru, IN.

"I didn't know Jarrod but have e-mailed his wife from time to time. My son Marshall also died in Iraq. I hope that Jarrods family and friends are copeing as well as they can. Every day I pray for our country and the solders that are defending our freedom. Thank you Jarrod !!!"
ginny edgerton of rocky face, ga.

"I remember Jarrod in highschool. I know from my memories why everyone has left these great messages about him. He was a wonderful person. I just want to tell the Black family that I am sorry for their loss. We all feel your pain and sorrow."
Teila Rader of Palm Springs, Ca

"Black and I served in Bco. 1-77 Armor. We played on the softball team together, I will always remember him as a jokster, with the big grin on his face. I pray for his family, but not to worry for we will see him again."
Spc. Ward, Edward of Mansfield, Oh

"To the Black Family may the Lord always be with you in your times of need and pain. Also my he lead you throughout life. I didn't know Jarrod Black but he was one of Americas best and bravesty! I thank him and and I thank you the Black family for your sacrifices. May God bless you all! I will continue to pray for you all!"
Jason Royalty of Eastview, Kentucky USA

"a true american hero,,i wear his name on my wrist as a hero bracelet,,,god bless him,,,he will never be forgotten"
R . Nemes of Kendall Park, NJ

"I am so sorry for the loss of Sgt.Jarrod W. Black.i am doing a report on him and i will honor him like he was my flesh and blood.I hope that the family of this soldier will take my note as a honorable one.i would like to know more about him.If i had a picture it would do a lot of good.I give blessings to the family of this fine soldier.God bless you all!"
karah busby of carrabelle,florida/us

"I haven't been to my home town in almost ten years. I went to school with Jarrod, and his brother Brandon. I don't even know if they would remember me, but I remember them both very well. I was extremely saddened when I heard of Jarrod falling in battle. We weren't best friends in Peru, but none the less we were friends, and there will be a void in my heart for the rest of my life, and others. God Bless Jarrod's family and his brother especially. They all have my condolences, and my prayers."
Joel Moesta of Grand Rapids, Michigan/U.S.A.

"Sgt. Black was my gunner in Iraq. We didn't allway agree and some times yelld at each other. But i will allway remember him as caring for me and the Drive Spc. Haun, and even the TC 2LT. Dumas. We were a close crew an my memories and pics of are time will alway be in my mind. I will allway miss you. Sgt! You are in are prayers allways shanna and you sweet daughter. Thank you both for the time you allowed us to have with Sgt. black!"
Sgt. Goertzen, Jared of Ft. Wainwright

"To the Black Family
I just recently had the nerve to look at the scrolls of fallen heros yesterday. And there was one our own D/2-81 Ar Ft Knox OSUT. I was lucky enough to know SGT Black both at Ft Knox and Scweinfurt. It was a inside joke between four of us (Hubiak, O' Neal, Sgt Black, and myself). They had gone to a real tank unit and Hub and I to the Cav. The people he has touched have been very blessed. He well live on through all of us still here. My family's prayers re with the Black family."
SPC JR Howell of Ft Riley

"I lost contact with Jarrod when I joined the Air Force in 1998 immediately after high school. I did not learn of his very unfortunate death until now (19 May 04) when I happened to be searching the internet for information pertaining to the war in Iraq. Needless to say, when I stumbled upon Jarrod's obituary, I went into a state of shock. Jarrod was a very good friend of mine for the short time I was in Peru. I had the opportunity to meet Jarrod's wonderful family on numerous occasions and I extend my condolences to all of you for your loss. Jarrod, thank you for your friendship and for all the countless memories. You will not be forgotten.

If anyone has contact information for Brandon Black, please email me at: Antonio.frese@incirlik.af.mil"
Antonio Frese of Incirlik Air Base, Turkey

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

"Thank you Jarrod you won't be forgotten. I'll never forget you, we went to school together, through elementary school and high school and you had a kind of personality that would be hard to forget. With just your presence you could make anybody smile. I feel like I can still see you running through the halls of High School and tapping people on the shoulder.
God bless you and your children. I got a tear in my eye when I read the birth anouncement of your daughter that mentioned the rainbow that was present when she was born."
Mandy W of Lafayette, IN

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

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

"I just saw the updates of the deaths in Iraq today. I was hurt because so many of my fellow brothers in arms have fallen. We live to protect our nation and sometimes we pay for it with that same life. I was watching as they scrolled through the names and pictures, then there was Jarrods' picture as soon as I saw it I broke into tears. Why if anyone might ask did this happen. It was becausse I went through Basic Training as Ft. Knox, KY. I new him from the first day we got there and we became friends. It hurts bad very, very bad, because I have not talked to him since then. I send my deepest and most sincere love out to his family, especially to his wife who I met as well. I have the yeardook that we all could have purchased and I look at it often and remember the good and the bad times that I had there at Ft. Knox. I remember Jarrod very well. I will miss him greatly, I have lost a friend, fellow soldier and a brother. Jarrod you are gon ebut not forgotten, I will miss you, but I will never forget you. 2/81 AR, Supero Omnia, Red Lions"
SPC Spitler Jr Taybe L 1/11 ACR of Fort Irwin, CA, U.S.A

"Sgt. Black:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely and safely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace soldier."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Please accept m deepest condolences on the loss of Jarrod. He was a true American Hero."
Elisha, Wife of fallen soldier PFC Shawn Pahnke of shelbyville, IN

"Thank you Jarrod Black, 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 want to let the family know that my husband, Ryan & Jarrod were very good friends. Jarrod was the type of person who was a dedicated friend and made sure that you knew that. He wore his heart on his sleeve and you always knew how he felt, that is what made him so special. His addictive smile and energetic personality made it easy to have a good time when he was around. He was an amazing person and we are so thankful that he and his wife came into our lives, not matter how short the time was. Those memories will always stay close to our hearts because he made those times feel so special. He will be missed deeply and while no words can comfort the hurt you feel, we know he made the ultimate sacrifice so we can sleep in peace and he is a hero. God Bless your family and just remember that Jarrod will never leave our minds or hearts and Ryan & I thank God for his time with us."
Sgt. Ryan & Amy Collamore

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jarrod Black:
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 Jarrod for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jarrod Black:
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 Jarrod, 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