Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jacob Butler

24, of Wellsville, Kansas.
Killed in action in Assamawah, Iraq, when his convoy came under attack by RPG and small arms fire. He was assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on April 1, 2003.

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The Franklin County Veterans Memorial of Ottawa, Kansas: Operation Iraqi Freedom
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"Hey Jake, sorry this message is late. I typically try to touch base on April 1st, but to be frank I was in a bit of a funk this year.

I was thinking of you and your family and your comrades though.

God bless you and all of them."
Jeff Stinchcomb of La Mesa, CA

"My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with the Butler family! It saddens me to this day that I did not have the opportunity to truly know SGT Jacob Butler. I was assigned to HHQ company of 1/41 Infantry Battalion, same as Jacob. I worked in the S-1 section of the battalion, the PAC or personnel assistance center as it was known. I first arrived to the battalion in late December of 2002. Majority of the battalion was in training at NTC, National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA. So I did not get the chance to really meet or know anyone from the battalion at that time except for those who were still there on Fort Riley. By the time the battalion returned from NTC, we had already been alerted to being deployed to Kuwait to participate in O.I.F. It was only a few short weeks once everyone returned that we packed up and shipped off to Kuwait. I am quite certain that I had seen Jacob, but sadly never got to really "meet" or even speak to him. I recently read an article online by Pro Publica, regarding how the Butler family has been fighting to receive a copy of the casualty report of what happened to Jake. Having worked in the S-1 section, I can tell you that it would have been our section that would have completed and submitted that casualty report. I, unfortunately never did see the completed casualty report on Jake, however key people that should be asked about this would be COL George Gezy, who was the battalion commander at the time and our NCOIC of the S-1 section, SFC Michael Skovranko. Both of those personnel would have been the ones to complete that report. That first tour in Iraq in 2003, I can tell you was successful in that our battalion completed its mission and met our assigned objectives, but on a personal note of mine, it at times felt like total chaos and confusion! Despite the physical presence of Jake being gone, his Spirit, energy, and Love are very much apart of his family, friends, and all who knew him! If I can be of any assistance at all to the Butler family, please email me at happinessdreamsjtm2438@gmail.com"
Joshua T. Moreland of Elko, NV

"Jake I stopped by your resting place today. Hard to believe it has been 11years.I can still see you at Josh' s house setting at the table and playing with the GIRL's and smiling.sending you our love remembering you for ever thank you for you service"
theresa courter of wellsville ks

"Hi i dont think we ever met. But you will always be remembered. Whenever i talk about Iraq with people i make sure to let them know that Jacob Butler was a soilder that paid the price for there freedom. And if it were not for hero like yourself we would not be The land of the free."
Gikalo Major of Miami,Florida

"Jake, It is me again, Aunt Doreen. Just sitting here thinking about how much I miss you still. Love You, Me"
Doreen Frazier of Lenexa, KS

"Hi, I enjoy your website if I am truthful. Wherever did you receive it built?"
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"10 years have passed. You are not forgotten, nor your family or the men you served with. God bless."
Jeff Stinchcomb of La Mesa, CA

"This message goes out to all of us who have walked in Jake's shoes. NEVER FORGET our brothers who have fallen and take on the responsibilities that we said we would in our promises to all who stood next to us in the worst of times. Right now Jake's family needs us all to help them get the truth out of those that do not want to help. You know who you are and so do I. Do the right thing as we would for you."
Chris P. of Kansas

"Hi my name is Emily you have meet me and my family before. And I send my hubble apologies for the loss of your son. He was a great man saving my old step father's life. i send all my love, support and prayers to you all.
God bless,"
Emily Osgood of Tacoma Washington

"I am thinking of you today, Jacob. And your family. I hope they are healing and as happy as a family can be, knowing they will see you again. Thank you for scouting the road ahead of us in As Samawa. God bless your teammates too. You gave so much. Rest easy."
Jeff Stinchcomb of La Mesa, CA.

"It was my honor to work with SGT Butler, he was an Outstanding Soldier of mine at Fort Riley. I was the 1-13 Armor Battalion Cavalry Scout Platoon Sergeant and SGT Butler volunteered to serve with 1-41 Infantry during their deployment to Southwest asia. SGT Butler was an excellent NCO (Non Commissioned Officer)a true Hero, he died in service to his country and more importantly in service of his fellow Soldiers and Heroes like SSG Velasco whom I had the honor to work with as well, both are first class Leaders and honorable men whom I had the distinct privilege to work alongside. God Bless you Jacob, you will always be with me and my Family. I talk about you and show your picture to those who matter most to me when we thank God for all of our blessings we have and for the angels like you that make those blessings possible. You will be with me forever Jacob.
Martin Rafalko"
Martin Rafalko of Fort Riley, KS-Grantville, PA

"Jake- I thank you for all of my wonderful blessings. Without your sacrifice I would not have my wonderful life with Alex, my daughter would have no father and my son, Jacob, would not be with us. My kids know your name and face, we speak of you often and we honer you always. Thank you and bless your family! Cindy, Jim, we love you guys."
Chris Velasco~Army wife of As of 11/11 Yuma Az.

"Sorry about your buddy. I also serve with 1/4 cav back in 1980. And proude of it. Now both my boys are serving.prayes for the sacrefice this young cav gave I hope every one thanks is mom that's where most of the pain is at.sorry for your lost. God bless our boys and girls that are taking a job that should pay them what these losser law makers are making now. Backward world"
jesse arroyo of fontana california USA

"Jake I'm thinking of you today.. Kelli and I went to Ottawa the other day and saw your name on the wall there.. You are much loved and greatly missed... Your picture is my facebook pic in honor of all you gave for us.."
Debbi Pape of Baldwin City, Kansas

"Thinking of you today Jake. And of your family and teammates. God bless. Rest easy. And thanks again."
Jeff Stinchcomb of La Mesa, CA

Another year has gone by brother. Still don't go through a day without some rememberance of what you sacrificed. My kids will grow up knowing your name and knowing what you have done for your country. The world is still a lesser place without you. April fools day is a joke because you're not here. Wish your family the best and I hope you continue watching down on them. Scouts Out!"
Todd Ramberg of Harvard, IL USA

""To the family of Jacob Butler ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"You're a hero bro.I had the pleasure of meeting you before I got out of the service and I am proud to have served as a fellow Scorpion. Straight and Stalwart.Rest easy my brother.SCOUTS OUT!"
PFC.Al "PUN" Cardenas HHC 1-41 INF FT.RILEY,KS of Los Angeles,CA

"Butler, i am sorry this had to happen to such a good trooper. The world is now lesser of a place. God bless and GODSPEED."
SGT(ret.) Hilton of Pharr, Tx

"I miss you and think of you everyday. You were a confident leader and a wonderful friend. You answered the call from your country and fought with valor like a true Cavalry Soldier. I can still hear the radio traffic on that fateful day. Love you and miss you. SCOUTS OUT!"
SPC Christopher Martin of Lincoln, NE.

"I remember that day everyday of my life. Relaying the contact msg's to the LT. Wanting nothin more than to go and help when i asked for permission to go. Jake you are a hell of a friend. I haven't nor will I ever forget you brother. You always had my back, wish they wouldda let me go have yours. Miss you man. SEE YOU ON THE GREEN"
Formily SSG Gregory (wood) Atwood of Pueblo West, CO

"Butter, in honor of your service and sacrifice on this memorial day 09 I want to say thank you ,brother, and may god bless your family and bring them peace and comfort. My children will hear your story among others ,so they will understand that our freedoms cost blood ,sweat, and tears......rest easy brother,SCOUTS OUT HOOAH"
Coffey of D/FW

It has been a while since my last post but not since the last I have honored you. Miss you brother and wish your family all the best. I know you are helping to watch out for me and my new family that we are safe and are in good health. I will never forget the sacrifice you gave for our country, you were a great soldier,scout(you taught me the meaning of loyalty)leader and friend, which I will pass your memory and sacrifice on to my son so your memory will never die! God Bless! Thank You!"
Michael S. McCartney (Sgt. U.S. Cavalry 99-06) of Shreveport, La

"Hey Jake (and family),
I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you -- as I always do at this time of year. I was unable to get to a computer on April 1 of this year, in my own mental funk I think. But I said several prayers for you and yours. And I told some friends about you and about the journey your father made back to As Samawa. I was attached to the 82nd, and knew Doc Kerns who tried so hard to help you that day. (Doc and his engineers sort of adopted us later in the deployment in Baghdad.) Anway, please know that you are not forgotten --not you Jake and not your family and not your comrades. As a scout, you risked your life that we could get through that day safely. Here's hoping we live up to your sacrifice. Much love to you and yours."
Jeff Stinchcomb of La Mesa California

"It's been six years bro. I think about you every damn day, and I miss you even more every day. I still remember the last thing you said to me. I had lent you my slave cables to jump your truck, and you looked me right in the eye and said "Thank you." That'll live with me forever. I miss you brother, and you are ALWAYS with me!"
SPC Trevor G Williams of Warren, OH

"hey jake i just wanted to thank you for your time and your service to our country...."
cortney of hillsdalle mi.

"Hey Jake Really miss you man you have been my inspiration to stay in the army and to become the best I can I will try and make it in April its been too long."
SFC Jeremiah Enfield of A troop 1-4 CAV, Fort Riley Kansas

"Jake, as a soldier from 1/41 at As Samawa, Thank You. Only true hero I ever knew."
Pro of Ark City KS

"I just found this site so Im sorry for being late. I was in Sgt Butler's platoon when he was at Ft Hood. I still remember the day Newell gave me the news. Sgt Butler was the first freind I lost; now the count is up to 6, that i know of. I will not forget!!!
I was only a young private then, Sgt Butler taught me a lot about being a scout and being a soldier; and we had some good times outside of work too."
Spc Sisson of PA

Just wanted to stop in to let you know you are not and never will be forgotten. Back to Iraq on my 3rd trip I ran into SFC Persaud, nothing like the "Who you wit" Stalwart Soldiers. So much has changed, 1-41IN no longer exists but then again it will always be right here. All of us together. Keep us safe from up there!"
SSG Yates, Patrick of Camp Taji, Iraq

"I will never ever forget that day...to Jacob Butler's family and friends, I offer my condolences. His life was taken too soon, and the memory of his life and what he did for his comrades on that day should never be forgotten."
Steve Givens (A-41/32nd Signal of Darmstadt, Germany

"We want to Thank each and every one of you for your thoughts,prayers, condolences and the wonderful stories of Jake. Jim and I can not Thank you enough. Its been over 5 years though it still seems like yesterday. Yes he gave the ultimate for all of us. We love to hear the wonderful stories of Jake so if you have one please share with us. Jake still gets the cold ones. We leave one for him at the Cemetery all the time. It broke our hearts that some one stole the awesome license plate about the Fiddlers Green from his resting place. My email is cindybutler003@yahoo.com if anyone wants to talk. I'd love to hear from you."
Cindy of Wellsville,KS


Man, what can I say. The first time I saw you: I was in my room drink'n with all my Commo boys. I didn't know that your room was next door. I wish I could have gave you more than just that beer man. I have the world of respect for you man."
Curry (Commo) of Des Moines, IA USA

Although we had never met I want you to know how many people you touched. My brother-in-law Jere (Sgt. Enfield) has told me many stories about you and your family through out these past years, so many that I feel like I knew you personally. I want you to know that you will never be forgotten, you were and still are loved very deeply, even by those who never got the pleasure of meeting you."
C of Houston, TX

"What's up Jake? I miss you a hell of a lot! I can't believe it's been five years already. Not a day goes by when I don't think of you and wish we could hang out and drink a cold one together. Hope you're havin' a great time up there, and I can't wait to see you again. I love you brother!"
SPC Trevor G. Williams 1-145th AR RGMT of Warren, OH

"Jeez Jake, seems like forever ago. Im back from the second tour and finally decided to get out. I went to Butler Range Complex, wish they would have named it different. It sure put me through the paces. Its sure good to see all the old "Recon" guys writing in this page. Makes me miss the old days at Hood. Well keep a cold one waiting for me at Fiddlers Green brother."
SSG Newell of 1- 40 CAV Ft. Richardson AK

"To the entire Butler Family;
Kevin and I wish we could be there this year. He is back in Iraq in Taji this time and the kids and I are in KY. We are headed back to Hood when he gets back. We love you all and hope to see you soon. kevin.osgood@us.army.mil
Sgt Kevin Osgood and Laurel Osgood, Berea Ky ( right now)"
Laurel Osgood of Berea, KY

It's coming up on 5 years since we all last saw you. Everyone that knows you wishes you were still here. I know I sure do. You've given me the courage and dedication to get up and make myself better. Thank you! Hopefully all of us will make it down to Wellsville and visit with you and your family."
Todd Ramberg of Sycamore, IL

"Dear Family of Jacob Butler;

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These 16"x20" oritinal portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

Please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.

the artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of lee's summit,mo.

"For those who do not know Jake and his family.
The link above for The Franklin County Veteran's Memorial gives you pictures and Newpaper clippings about Jake and his family along with Jakes favorite song."
Gene Seaton of Ottawa,Kansas USA

"I still think all the great men we lost over there. YOU will NEVER be forgotten. GOD Bless you and your family"
SSG Cabrera

"Jake we miss you and love you!
~your family"
Raquel Latham of Minnesota

"Straight and Stalwart!"
SSG Barnhart of Ft. Riley Ks

"Jake, I don't know how often I talk to my soldiers about you but there isn't a moment where I don't take the moments to talk about a great NCO. Never about what happened but a story about a SGT who did the right thing and wouldnt think twice about giving your life for all of us. I still remember the call as if it was yesterday. I came across one of your old NCOs SFC Blizzard and he had nothing but great things to say about you either. I won't ever forget the day in 02 while we were deployed to kuwait and we all were smoking the hooka cutting up and joking. You will always be a part of my life and I hope you and the rest of the Stalwart Soldiers that gave their live for us are up there maintaining that band of brothers we all had. I love you man and keep us save down here. Fellow Stalwart Soldiers do stay in touch. patrick.yates@us.army.mil"
SGT Patrick Yates of Fort Hood, Texas

"Straight and Stalwart always. Once a Stalwart, always one. My name is Sgt. Mejia, Francisco.(dfac platoon) I was at riley assigned to the best INF. BN. in the Army. I met all of your comrads. They spoke dear things of you. Then and now. I remember you and Cpt. steubanhuffer, and all the fallen STALWARTS. Follow family should be proud. I am currently in Iraq again. For all the stalwarts, email me at francisco.mejia00@yahoo.com"
Frank mejia of Miami, fl

"Straight and Stalwart always. Once a Stalwart, always one. My name is Sgt. Mejia, Francisco.(dfac platoon) I was at riley assigned to the best INF. BN. in the Army. I met all of your comrads. They spoke dear things of you. Then and now. I remember you and Cpt. steubanhuffer, and all the fallen STALWARTS. Follow family should be proud. I am currently in Iraq again. For all the stalwarts, email me at francisco.mejia00@yahoo.com"
Frank mejia of Miami, fl

"July 4, 2007
To the family of Jacob Butler. Jacob 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

"jake, I just got back in contact with coffey he lives in Texas now, Its hard to believe that we lost someone who meant so much to us. Me and coffey were talking about the recon team in Kuwait and what a wild time we had and me and you sitting on those god awful cots me bugging you to death to study with me for that E-5 board or the time we were all back at ft hood riding around in the old blazer good times thanks for the memorys but i know you and mo (SGT MORRIS) are up there having a blast ...... SCOUTS OUT."
jesse nipper of macclenny , florida

"SGT Butler,
Hey its me again. I have been here in Ft Drum for almost a year now. April 1st is now finally past again. The memory of you and your boys that came into the Alamo that day burn bright in my mind. I still wonder constantly if I could have done any better for you that day. I tried so hard to breathe for you. I was there with you. I know you never had the chance to speak to me, but i hope you knew without a shadow of a doubt that i was there doing my absolute best for you. You definately a hero. You will never be forgotten. You take care and rest easy."
SGT Michael Kerns "Doc" of FT, DRUM NY

As the day has come and passed, just like all the rest, April 1st will always be one i will always remember. I pray for you and your family, that the good lord has taken care of you and continues to take care of your family. I miss you my friend and will always remember you, not just on April 1st but every day of my life."
Michael Mccartney, U.S. Cavalry ('99-'07 and always) of Shreveport, LA

"Jacob, this year especially since I met your folks for the first time, I truly truly understand what a wonderful person, brother, son and freind you were to everyone you touched. Kevin and I will try our best to get out there next year to be with your mom and dad, and I wish we could have this year. You have our prayers, our thoughts throughout the year and I am honored for the pic of you and the guys hanging on my wall."
Laurel Osgood, Wife of Cpl Kevin Osgood of Ft. Carson, Colorado

"hey jake. it's april 1st again. i miss you more than words could ever describe! as always, i'm havin' a cold beer and a smoke just for you. you're in my thoughts every single day that i'm alive. i love you bro, and i'll see you soon!!!"
SGT Trevor G. Williams of HHC 1-145th HMB Stow, OH

"Hey Buddy,
Me and Foster are coming to be with your family again this year. We are going to try never to miss one. But we all miss the hell out of you.Wish I could have done more for you. We got alot of them bastards though. See you on the fiddlers green."
DOC Hale of SC

"My son is also named Jacob Butler. He is determined to join up when he turns 18 in Feburary. I thought this site would make him think. Instead it made me cry.
Thank you Sgt Butler for your sacrifice for our country. May you find rest in the arms of God."
SSgt CJ Butler, (81'-90)Mother of Jacob A Butler of Salisbury, NC

I would 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. After reading all the reflections left for you here I know you were one hell of a soldier and NCO-I just wish that I had the honor of serving with you.

"Straight And Stalwart"
(41st Inf. Motto)"

"I'm back Jake. I wish I could talk to you in person. There hasn't been a single day that's gone by that I haven't thought about you. One day, all the 1-41 Scouts will be back together, and we can't wait to talk to you again. I miss you more than you'll ever know. We owe you our lives! I miss you, and I'll see you soon buddy!!!"
SPC Trevor G. Williams of 1-145th HMB Stow, OH

Its Sgt Kerns now. it was SPC KERNS the first time we crossed paths. i still see you when i close my eyes and wish to God that i could have done more for you. I was considered to be one of the best medics my Engineers have ever had. i have left the 82nd to further my career in the army. i still think about that day that is forever burnt into my soul. i always wondered if you knew i was there, trying to help you. trying to give save your life. i honestly did my best and i hope you knew that. the war became very real to me that day. i will never forget youand hopefully one day we will cross paths in the place where all warriors go when they pass. rest easy brother."

"When I saw this site, it brought tears to my eyes knowing that people have not forgotten about Jake, especially his family and friends. Thank you for your sacrifice!"
Breena Powell of Merriam, KS

"I looked up my name on Google.... and I found this.... it's sad, actually, I guess his family went through a lot. We shared the same name, and I guess my heart goes out to his family."
Jacob Butler of Maine, USA

"To Jake and his family, you paid the ultimate sacrifice and your devotion to this country makes me proud to know each one of you. I still keep you in my prayers. With all my love and the deepest respect,"
Kalyn Thomas of Wellsville, KS

"As the anniversary passed I prayed for Jacob's freinds and family and wish all of you better times, and a brighter future thanks to the sacrifice of people like Jacob. Kevin sends his thoughts to all.. God Bless each and everyone of our soldiers, sailors et al. past, present and future."
Laurel Osgood of Ft. Carson, Co

I miss you more than words can say. I think of you everyday. Thank you for serving your country. I will always remember all the good times we had together. Eventhough we are no longer together, you will always be in my heart. And I know one day I will see you again, and we can hang out like we used to, and have a cold one. I love you Jake."
Aimee of Williamsburg, KS

"Your a hero and here I find you on April 1st, 2006. I wanted to find something about you to add to the Heros section on Myspace. I am proud to have served with you as a Scorpion. I think of you often as a brother in arms. A brave leader in the Scout Platoon. Straight and Stalwart. www.myspace.com/recon2e"
SGT Allen, Roger G. 1st Bn, 41st INF of Phoenix, Arizona

Tomorrow is April 1st, 2006. I just wanted you to know that I think of you often and pray for your family. I was there in Samawa with the 82nd Airborne that day in 2003. I watched as you passed through our forward lines and I was there at the Alamo after they'd brought you to the CCP.
I never knew you, but still I consider you a brother. (Feels odd saying that, but I hope you -- and your family and your squadmates -- will allow me that honor.)
I'm travelling tomorrow but I wanted you to know: I'll be thinking of you.
I'm praying right now that your loved ones are healing and remembering all the wonderful ways you touched their lives.

Rest easy brother, and thanks."
Jeff Stinchcomb of San Diego, CA

"I was doing a Google Search on the name "Jacob Butler" as a cousing of mine here in Australia is a Musician and I like to check his Website out every so often.
My heart broke as I read the messages that people had left on your sons web site.
From a Butler Family in Australia to A Butler Family in the U.S. of A.
I pray that the Lord be your comfort, and please know that an Aussie with the same surname will think of him."
Kerry Butler of Australia

"My husband Spc.Kevin Osgood was in the firefight that claimed Jacob's life. I hear of Jacob's bravery and sacrifice often and only wish your family the best. My thoughts, prayers and all are with you still. BE SAFE EVERYONE"
Laurel Osgood of Ft. Carson, Co

"Dear "Jake",
Jim still wears his bracelet in your honor. I never met you but I feel like you were my best friend you used to eat and drink out of my packages. My thanks to you for the ultimate price.
May God Bless and keep your family during this Holiday Season."
Stephanie Foster Middleton of Huxford, Al./USA

"Jacob, brother i miss you everyday. I know you are in a better place now, but I still miss being able to talk with you about anything. Rest In Peace brother you are a role modle for us all. Ill see you on the high ground. You are never and will never be forgotten.

For thouse of us who had the honor of knowing Jacob we are lucky. Those who did not know Jacob, he is a great man still to this day."
SGT Sarbaum of FT. Riley Ks. USA

"SGT Butler,
On April 1st I was just a private standing on guard at the roadblock when you passed through. The words of "Keep the gate open, we'll be back in 5 minutes" still replays in my head like it just happened. Everything that happened that day changed the way I looked at the world as a young kid. Few people in the US take that oath as a service member and will honor their committment to their country, fewer still pay the ultimate price. Though I didn't know you personally, the events that took place on April 1st are things I'll never forget. Nothing I'll do will ever match your sacrifice, but the best service I think I could do for you is to remember you and let those events serve as a reminder of what good there is in people. I wear a black wristband bearing your name, and it serves as inspiration for me to remind people of the bigger, more important things in life we tend to forget as we go about our everyday lives. Now that I am a civilian, I know that I'll never forget that day in 2003 and that it will serve as a moment of reflection and humility as I look at the things in my own life. I don't know any other way to pay tribute to your memory, but I hope that it is enough."
SGT Brett Packard C Co 1/325 AIR of Pennellville, NY

"im sorry to the family of jacob i was looking around and came up on this and had to look because i have a son name jacob butler he is 13 year old so we sat down to learn about your jacob soldiers like him is way we have a place to call home here on earth but he was a lucky one because it take someone specile to keep us safe as god call him home sorry about your loss"
belinda butler of paoli indiana

"Jake, we miss you brother. Sorry I could not have been with yall on that recon. You are part of the reason that I am where I am today. Havin a beer for you, save one for me. Thank you.
WO1 Robert E French IV (Scorpion 9)"
Robert French of Ft. Rucker, AL.

"Sgt. Butler,
I was there with you at the Alamo on April 1st. I saw many things that day that you should know about. Robert Morgan, a good friend of mine, was one of three who helped to carry you in to the CCP. Spc. Kerns gave you air because you could not breath on your own. In the street, I watched one of your soldiers yelling for another humvee to go back and avenge your death. True friends for a true hero.
Everyone who was there with you in As Samawa will never forget you. You will always be remembered. I wrote a letter for your family that sits in my journal. I've kept it all these years in hopes that It would ease their pain to hear about the man who meant so much to all of us.
PFC Elliott
Cco 1-325 INF REG 82nd ABN DIV"
Chris Elliott of Farmington, NH

""Butter" hey brother, i don't think i will ever forget you. I remember you as a young PVT being assigned to my dismount team just before we rolled to kuwait in 99. you will forever be a part of "Recon" team. I remember talking to you when you were deciding to re-enlist and i remember "pounding" inn those new SGT stripes when you were promoted. i consider myself lucky to have had such a squared away trooper working for me. i cried the night Harris called and told me. i look at the picture of us standing outside our bradley with the rest of recon team in kuwait almost everyday. i will never forget your sacrifice. to your family, i can only offer my promise that your death will never be forgotten. until the day we share a pint in fiddlers green, rest easy my brother."
SSG(P) Blizzard of Albany Recruiting BN, USAREC

"thanks for not giving up i know you will be missed but you will not be forgoten you are a hero god bless you and your famely"
Sp4 Sam Redmon of Dallas ,Tx

"Jake i told you in NOV that i would see you on the ground once that I got there well brother we almost had the opportunity. Sorry I didnt have your 6 but when we meet again we will sit down with a beer brother and talk about old times and laugh about all of it. I miss and will LOVE you forever brother !!!!"
Michael S Mutter (Brother in Arms Forever) of Manhattan Kansas

"Thank You is such a small way to say what is felt in all of our hearts this day when so many others are falling and have fallen with you. We love you and will see you once again. May God bless your family at this time and keep them in his good graces until that time when you will be greeting them at the gates of heaven."
Jackie Palmer of SLC-WJ, Utah

"Butler...I miss you man..we had some fun times until we moved on in our Army careers....I talked to your Father and tried to stay strong for him...but it turned out he was conforting my tears...shine down to my guys when we go to Iraq, and be our eyes and ears...your buddy ...from Hood Christy"
SGT CHRISTY of Fort Benning, GA

"As I read the bravery and herosim of Jacob and the fallen soldiers of the Echo Company in the Kansas city Star, a strange feeling came to the back of my throat and tears welled up in my eyes. For the first time since this War started I have come to realize the terrible price your sons, brothers, uncles, nephews, and fathers have paid. The war has been something that I chose not to think about, for this I am ashamed. They have not died in vain and I am sorry for your pain. Forever I will remember your son's sacrifice."
Mrs. Corinna Sander of Spring Hill, KS/USA

"Sgt Jacob Butler,

I did not know you, but talked to you briefly before you passed away. I opened the wire for your convoy and told you all to be careful. You are a true American Hero that will be greatly missed."
Sgt. Baxter, 1/325 AIR, 82nd Airborne Division of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

"Sgt Butler, this is Spc Kerns, i am a medic with the 307th Eng Bn in the 82nd abn div, i was there with you in the aid station when your vehicle was hit, i was the one trying to breath for you. nothing felt real. i am sorry for your family and friends. i wish i could have saved all the soldiers i came across. you will never be forgotten. thank you for what you did for us."
Spc Michael Kerns "Doc" of Ft Bragg NC

"i told you people would talk about you jake. wish the subject was better.i was jakes driver on the day of the attack and had the honer and privelage to serve with him from march 02 till that day. im there right now in baghdad fighting in your honer. i love you jake rest in peace brother
brandon k scanlon of hhc i-41 infantry

"have a cold one waiting for me bro"
8ball of iraq

"I did not know you but I mourn your loss and honor your sacriface. I pray for comfort for your family. You are my hero and I am sorry that my words are so weak and small against the loss and sorrow created by your death. Rest in peace."
Pete Daniels of Independence, KS

"Dear Jacob's family, At my Synagogue on the Jewish New year, each member of the congregation received a name of a Fallen Hero. I received Jacob's name. I wanted to tell you that we all prayed for him and wished him to rest in Peace. I also pray for you."
Joyce Ben-Kiki of Newington, Ct.

"To the family of Jacob Butler: My husband Michael Clymer was in basic training at Ft. Knox with Jacob. I got the chance to meet him on Family weekend and at Graduation. We found out about Jacob on the CNN website. Michael was just heart broken. We look at the pictures of basic and remember what a wonderful man Jacob was and will always be. With Love and Prayers."
Michael and Brandy Clymer of Woodstock, GA

"To the friends and family of Jacob Butler:
I would like to express my sincere condolences for your loss. My husband Justin Linden died in Iraq on June 4, 2004, and I hate seeing how many others have had to bare this horrible pain. These soldiers will all be greatly missed, but will never be forgotten."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"I just read an article from the Kansas City Star regarding the loss of your son, Sgt. Jacob "Jake" Lee Butler of the United States Army. It moved me to tears to read the dedication you instilled in your son to uphold his duty as a soldier and the dedication of his father to uphold his promise to his son. Mr. Butler, I commend you for the love you have for your family. My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of tragedy. May God Bless you and keep you safe and my Jake always be with you in spirit and in your hearts. I will ALWAYS remember our Kansas Hero and what happened to your son. To Jake, Sir, I want to thank you for fighting till the very end to give me and my children the very freedom we have. You are truly a Hero!!! Peace be with you and your family!"
Wendy Seiwert of Wichita, KS/USA

"From a former classmate & friend of Jake... I just want to say thanks. To Jake, his family, and all those soldiers still serving. You make this country what it is & I want to say thank-you for your sacrifices. And for the rest of us, don't ever take for granted our freedoms. Their was a price paid for those Freedoms. Thanks Jake."
Mark Jones of Overland Park, KS

"We Love You And Miss You Happy Birthday!"
Your Family of Wellsville , Kansas

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

"My heart goes out to the Butler family. I did not know Sgt Jacob Butler or his family but he is truly a HERO in my eyes and heart. He paid for my freedom, my childrens freedom and the freedom of my family and friends. GOD BLESS AMERICA and The Butler Family."
Kellikristin & Alexis & Brooklyn King of Garner, North Carolina

"To Remember Them..In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"I had the honor and privilage of knowing and serving with Jake in the 1-41 IN Scout Platoon. He was a great friend and an inspiring leader. I ask all who read this to say a prayer for Jake and his family. We miss you buddy. You'll always be in our hearts."
SPC Trevor G. Williams of Ft. Riley, Kansas

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

"At this moment, Dutch soldiers are keeping the peace in As Samawah. Therefor I hold a moment of silence for those who were fallen in our AOR during OIF."
Capt Ferry van Rosendaal of Holland


"Thank you Jacob Butler, 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 love and prayers are with Jamie and Cindy (Jake's parents) in Wellsville, KS. I am proud to have known Jake, as he is my half-brother's cousin. We used to play as children with his twin and other siblings. This is a good family with great values, and I am sorry for their tragic loss."
Laurie Jacobs (nee Jenkins) of South Bend, IN

"I knew and worked with jacob"jake"butler in sabre scout platoon,1-13 armor.He was a good leader and teacher;and an awesome friend.I saw Jake two days before he left to go to Iraq,and I wished him the best and a safe return.When I found out he had been killed,my fear of going to Iraq turned into vengance and hope that I would not let any of my fellow soldiers down and spread the word to my fellow scouts that we lost a verry good brother and to not forget him. I miss Jake very much and he is sorely missed;Jake you will always be in my thoughts and prayers along with your family, I know you are watching over me and the rest of your scout bretheren while here in baghdad,finishing what you started.God bless you and God speed. I'll meet you on the high ground jake. from a fellow friend and scout. scouts out!!!"
Sgt.Michael S. McCartney of Shreveport,LA

"SGT Butler always came to work with a smile and was a great soldier for the rest of us to admire. I consider it an honor to have promoted and reenlisted him in A Troop at Fort Hood. To his parents, family and friends, Jake is the kind of guy you wish all your soldiers could be."
CPT Williamson of USASD, FT Jackson, SC

"Your name will be on The Franklin County Veterans Memorial Wall in Ottawa, Kansas.
With Our Greatest Respect we Honor you Sgt. Jacob " Jake " Butler our fallen Hero. We miss you everyday!"
Gene Seaton of Ottawa, Kansas

"I worked for Jake and was a very close friend to him. He was always there up to the last moment helping me out. I was in the firefight that Jake was killed in and I know that he died helping us get out of there. I love you Jake and I owe my life to you."
SPC Kenneth Davis of Fort Riley, KS

"Jeez, it seems like just yesterday, we were sharing an apartment outside of Ft. Hood and then I get the news...... what are we to do without you. I feel awful that I couldn't have been there with you, but alas we all go our seperate ways. I saw SSG Mack a while back and we talked about you. Sfc. Heeter was there along with Rod and Blizz. We know you did the right thing, only wish it would've been different. We miss you and feel your family's loss, for you were a part of ours as well. We love you and always will."
Sgt. Newell of 1/509TH ING BN (ABN)

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jacob Butler:
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 Jacob 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. Jacob Butler:
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 Jacob, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Jacob, I am so sorry that you did not get to have very many years on this earth. I hope your family knows that even though your time was short, it was very important. Throughout history, it has been brave young men like you that have made America the great country it is. I am proud to say you were my fellow American."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"Because of your bravery, we will always be free to live in the best country ever. Because of you we can choose and speak freely. Because of you this Nation is better and stronger than ever before. Thank you Brave Soldier. RIP"
The Taylors, USMC of North Carolina

"Thank you Jacob for your sacrifice so that my family and I may live in a better world. You will NEVER be forgotton"
Natasha of Ft. Campbell, KY

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on