Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jessie Davila

29, of Greensburg, Kansas.
Davila died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry, Lawrence, Kansas. Died on February 20, 2006.

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"Another year has come and gone, but you are still in our thoughts and prayers! I think about you every day. Rest well my friend."
Bryant Middleton of Brunswick, GA

"Thinking of Jesse and Dan as always this time of year. Remembering Jesse talking with me at the Black house a few days before the attack and with Dan and Adele the morning of....my heart still hurts...."
Alfredo "Fred" Diaz of Hurlburt Field, FL

"Jesse...Rolling Thunder #27, remembering you and Dan K."
Tom C. of SCID 2007-8

"Just thinking of you and Dan today as I have a friend coming back from Afghanistan soon...Rolling Thunder 2014 is coming up again and you and Dan will be with me...the bad things never leave you, you'll be remembered as long as I live!!!"
Tom C. of SCID 2007-8

"Jesse...rode in Rolling Thunder 26 (2013) today to commemorate your service and sacrifice. Thank you!!!"
Tom of SCID 6/08

"JD will be in our family's thoughts and prayers this 2012 Memorial Day."
Cindy Warehime Augustine of Riviera, Texas USA

"In memory of Jessie Davila a war hero and a brother to me, when i found out of his death it struck me hard but i also thought he didn't die i vein he love what he did enjoyed every moment and i wish to this day i was able to talk to him more get to know him better and letting him know that i appreciate everything he's doing for his country, therfore to all of jessie's conrads i appreciate your support and prayers. to fellow conrads of jessie be strong and safe may god be with you thank you to all men and women serving in armed forces."
Benny of Odessa, Tx. United States of America

"Wednesday, April 12, 2012 - Ever since I was told Jessie was not going to make it home from Iraq, I have wanted to write to his family. He is on my heart a lot, when I least expect it. Jessie's passing was very real to me because my own son is in the Army and was too in Iraq at the same time Jessie was. I was searching the Internet tonight looking up the anniversary date of Jessie's going to Heaven, and came across this web page. I hope my words are shared with someone in his family either in Kansas or South Texas. Because my son is currently in Afghanistan for 10 months, Jessie has again been in my thoughts a lot. Jessie, or JD as we all knew him, was a very special young man who I proudly had in my home on many occasions. My daughter, Kristen Warehime, befriended JD and many of his fellow servicemen, while he was stationed in San Diego, California. JD many times did his laundry at our home, ironed his uniforms, and polished his brass. He, and many others, stayed for lots of homemade meals, family company, and enjoyed being out in the country where we lived in Lakeside, California. He was so very polite and thoughtful to everyone. We lived in a loft above a barn and the loft overlooked a roping arena. He would sit in the window seat for hours and watch the cowboys roping. I spoke to his mom a few times and assured her JD was welcome in our home anytime. Not knowing better, I pronounced her last name incorrectly and she sweetly told me how it was correctly pronounced. Since living in South Texas for 14 years, I know now how to pronounce the name correctly. I know this is why JD crosses my mind so often because each time I say the Davila name, his face pops into my thoughts. Kristen traveled to Kansas on one occasion to meet his family, ride horses, and target practice out by a river. I look back on the pictures, now and then. She met many wonderful people in JD's home town. Through the years, they lost contact. When I watched on TV the horrific display of disrespect one of our soldiers was receiving when returning from war, the name hit me right in the heart. I was so very sad to know the soldier was JD and this all was happening in the United States. Through the Internet, I found and contacted Josh Watson, a fellow serviceman at our home the same time JD was there. I wanted to reach out to someone who I could remember JD with. Josh's mom was so sad to hear about JD and was going to pass on the news to her son Josh. We kept in contact for a while. From all the postings I have read all over the Internet, it warms my heart to know JD was and is still very much loved and will be forever remembered. I am sure his daughter has her daddy's beautiful spirit and loving embrace towards life. I wish for her many happy adventures in her life with her daddy watching over her from Heaven. Thank you for allowing me to drop by and write down my feelings and thoughts for JD and his family and friends. Even if no one ever reads them, God will let JD know I stopped by. Because I come from a military family and my son Joshua is in the Army, I know I will always keep JD in my heart and will forever try to understand how a family mends when a very special loved one does not make it back home from war. Please remember to celebrate JD's life and have peace in all your wonderful memories. My prayers are with all of you. Cindy (AUG526@YAHOO.COM)"
Cindy Warehime Augustine of Riviera, Texas USA

"I first met Jessie when I was attached to the KSNG as a medic from the IRR. I was a Sergeant at the time and it wasn't long before I felt as part of the crew due to the way Jessie and others accepted me as one of theirs. I didn't get to work much with him once overseas due in part to him being on separate OST teams, however before the deployment we did form a bond that I still feel to this day. I don't have the best of memories but I do remember Jessie and think of him everytime I hear a Johnny Cash song. You will never be forgotten brother."
WO1 Steve D. of USA

"Happy Birthday Brother, Thank you for your sacrifice. I still picture you in your cowboy boots ready for a night out on the town. Love ya and miss ya brother. Semper Fi"
Rich Kocielko of Elkhart IN USA

Bill Foos of Wichita, ks

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
Former Rifleman of Kansas

"I am currently serving in the same job Jesse was in when he was killed in Baghdad. In our offices we have a memorial to him and the other soldiers who have been killed in this job since the war began. We pass that memorial every day and I often think of their sacrifice and that of their families. Just know that even now you are not forgotten, brother. We had a ceremony on the anniversary of his death to remember him and his sacrifice. Your legacy and your example live on today, and will continue to live on for years to come."
NA of International Zone, Baghdad

"It has been way to long daddy. I miss you everyday. You will always be in my heart. I still think that someday you will come back because they made a mistake and you were just missing. I know I am crazy but I just miss you."
Sydney of Wichita, Ks

"I wear SGT. Davila's KIA bracelet every day and I make it a point to share his memory with at least one person every day also. My promise is that I will never let anyone forget the sacrafice others have given for the freedom and way of life we all share as Americans. Any less would be disgraceful!!"
SGT. Matt Clemons, OST 2 MNFI/SCID, (Ret.) of Eureka, Ks.

"To the family, friends, and brothers in arms of jessie, My father is SGT. Matt Clemons of B Co. he and I both miss Jessie and we pray for you day after day, we know he is in a better place, I just wanted to let you know our hearts are forever with you. GOD BLESS"
Chad Clemons of Eureka, KS

"July 20, 2009
To all millitary service friends of Jessie Davila:

Jessie was indeed a good guy and nephew and HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN! I refuse to let that happen. I see Jessie all the time through Sydney, his daughter. One weekend, my sister Linda (Jessie's momma) gathered her grandkids and I gathered mine and we went to Oklahoma where my son lives and went swimming at the Holiday Inn Express. When I picked up Sydney she was singing a song. I'm sure you all remember the song "Jessie's Girl". That's what Sydney was singing, I am Jessie's girl. I told her that I loved her daddy very much and she responded "you don't love him more than I do" and to that I had to agree. I'll do anything I can to help keep her daddy's memory alive with pictures and stories. Sydney is a good kiddo. She's growing up way too fast though!

In a couple of weeks I'll be visiting Jessie's grave at Fort Dodge and ask GOD to guide him on his journey. I really miss him very much!

I saw a movie last night called Take Chance and it stirred up all kinds of memories and emotions for me both good and bad. I do understand why Jessie and all the service people do what they do and to all of you I can't thank you enough! I don't care where I am or what I'm doing if I see a service person you're going to get a handshake and thank you from me so be ready for that if you're in Walmart or wherever.


Jessie was and always will be my "studmuffin". He was so much fun to be around. :)"
Jessie's Aunt Diane of Goddard, KS

"To the family of Jessie, I was your fallen heroes first Squad Leader in the Corps. As you already he was a wonderful man with a great work ethic and could take a practical joke with the best of them. I can't even begin to understand your pain or your loss, but I can say I am thankful to you for sharing him with us and for knowing him even if just for a short while....Semper Fi JD"
Jared Hassing of University Place, Wa

"It has been three years today. We miss you so much."
of Wichita, Kansas

"Hey Brother!
Just checking in to say hey, and to let you know we are still out here thinking of you. Everytime your bracelet taps the table or desk or car, I hear the echo and think of you.
Everyday we miss you.
Love ya Brother!"
Bryant Middleton of Doha, Qatar

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Jessie Davila:
Jessie 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

"This is an excerpt of my personal journal, written about 2 weeks after Jessie's death. I think of him daily and will always remember him:
Specialist Jessie Davila was killed in action by the blast from an IED as he was traveling as part of a PSD team in Baghdad, Iraq at around 9:30 AM on the 20th of February 2006. Jessie had come to 2nd platoon, Alpha Co. 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry in April of 2005 during Soldier Readiness Preparation operations at Salina, KS. He had been command directed to report to the 2/137th Infantry from the Field Artillery. He was scheduled to ETS, or ‘get out’ only 2 days after his reporting date. Since his new unit was to deploy within 90 days, ‘Stop-loss’ made his leaving the service not an option. His request to be allowed to not deploy was denied. Rather than become sullen or spiteful, as some soldiers in his position might have, Jessie understood the meaning of duty and accepted his commitment to serving his country with honor and resolve.
Specialist Davila became familiar with his new family of 2nd platoon members as the unit went through it’s pre-deployment training in mid August at Ft. Riley, Kansas, and continued to train with us at Ft. Sill Oklahoma after the unit was Federally Mobilized on September 1st 2005. He was selected to be a member of our battalion’s ‘Secret Squirrels’, assigned as Personal Security Details (PSD) escorting VIP’s and field agents in the International Zone in Baghdad and other locations, but continued to train with Alpha Co. up to the time when the unit traveled to the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin California. He developed many quick friendships within Alpha Company with his quiet sensible nature, easy going nature and a quick smile.
Jessie was an expert at a little game our squad had played since we first got off the bus back at Ft Sill – you try to get the other guy to inadvertently look at your hand making the “OK” sign (a circled thumb & forefinger), if they look, you get to give them a good natured punch them in the arm. Jessie would catch almost any unsuspecting comrade without fail. He spoke of his farm and his daughter often, as well as the mechanic work he had enlisted in the National Guard to pursue. During our train-up, he would often from his knowledge of close quarter combat training he had received with the Marine Corps.
I had the privilege of knowing and serving with Jessie through the train-up phase of the deployment to NTC. After the PSD teams and the unit went in different directions we would cross paths again every few weeks in Iraq. Though separated by a long stretch of the infamous Route Irish, the PSD teams always found ways to keep in touch with us. Jessie would occasionally be detailed to escort a party to the Camp Slayer area and would always make a point of either stopping by the 2nd Platoon QRF house or visiting with us outside the dining facility. A family re-union atmosphere would quickly descend on our squad as we caught up, and I would eventually get punched lightly in the arm. Without fail he would always have a bright and positive outlook on the situation, even though he had not asked to be here. His passing struck 2nd platoon hard and he will be missed and remembered as a good friend."
Kipper of Lawrence, KS

We still miss you every day brother! Rest in peace knowing you will never be forgotten, always in our thoughts, always in our prayers."
Bryant Middleton of Doha, Qatar

"Dear Family of Jessie Davila;
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J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo

"I too served with Jessie in Iraq. Like Jason said, Jessie was a good man...and a good soldier. After we came back I attended the Kansas Vietnam Veterans and Family Reunion and while i was there, they held a ceremony in which they lit and held candles for all Kansas Service members who have been Killed-in-Action. I immediately looked for his name and was fortunate enough to be selected to light and hold the candle in his remembrance. I still have the little plastic cup and the melted ball of wax in my vehicle. I think of him EVERY time I see it. He is not forgotten, not by me or the men who served with him. I am truly sorry for your loss but i hope you will find solace in this: do not cry that he died but rejoice that he lived. God Bless"
Jay of Wichita, Kansas

"Jesse, Your sacrifice is something I think about daily. I want you and your family to know that I don't take my freedom for granted. You and your family are precious to me, rest in peace brother. Farrah -a friend who graduated with you in Greensburg Kansas"
Farrah of Derby, Ks

"I served with Jesse in the Marine Corps and with the 2/137th Infantry in Iraq. I will never forget the day i found out Jesse had been taken from us. I miss you so much Brother. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I wear a band on my wrist with you name on it.....it will never come off. To Jesse's family. Jesse was a good man, and this world was a better place with him in it. I have prayed that you would find peace in knowing he died doing what he loved. Semper Fi Jes
Jason Carr of Wichita, Ks

"To the family of:Jessie Davila I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Jessie we are honoring your memory here at your unit in Baghdad by putting up a memorial to you, to Daniel Kuhlmeier, and to Shawn Graham (who gave his life in September 2004). All of you and your families will always be in our prayers."
Adam of Baghdad, IZ

"On 6-17-06, I rode in the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run to the memorial in Marsailles, Il. I have the dog tag for Sgt. Jessie Davila & would like for his family to have it."
Jeanne M. of Orland Hills, IL, USA

I love you and I miss you more and more as each day goes by. You gave me so much in just a small amount of time that it would take me a lifetime to re-pay you. I just thank God everyday for giving me the chance to love you so much and your little girl as well. I love you and I miss you more than you could ever imagine. I still hear your voice every single day in my head. You are on my mind every minute of every single day. I love you baby and I miss you. Thank you for everything, I am truly blessed to have been able to love you so much and feel the same love from you in return. There will be a day when we will meet again and until then always know that I love you and my heart will always belong to you. R-R."
Yvette of Jetmore, Kansas

"I just wanted to let someone know how sorry and very sad that Jessie is gone. I grew up with Jessie in Greensburg, one year ahead of him in school. I do not live near sw kansas anymore and just recently found out. I just want his daughter to know what a happy person your daddy was! He was always smiling except when he was gonna kick your but in something like a game of one on one! I will always remember his no look lay-ups and his easy going attitude. I hate this war, but i am very proud to say that i know jessie davila, and i hope to someday meet his daughter, I have four of my own. my email is j6zeck@earthlink.net"
Joshua Zeck of Wellsville, Kansas

"In your daughters eyes you are her HERO! She thinks of you everyday. She see's a flag and she tells people that it stands for her daddy. Thank you for all you have given us Jessie. We love and miss you every day."
Lori & Sydney of Wichita, Kansas

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

"Thank you Jessie Davila, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Jessie Davila:
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 Jessie 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. Jessie Davila:
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 Jessie, 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