Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jacob S. Fletcher

28, of Bay Shore, New York.
Fletcher was riding on a bus when an improvised explosive device exploded in Samara, Iraq. He was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Camp Ederle, Italy. Died on November 13, 2003.

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"20 years ago today.. Gone but never forgotten. Always loved always missed Love, The King family"
Kathy King of Islip New York

"I miss you all the time. You were a brother to me when I really needed one. You got me through some dark times and gave me advice that I needed to hear and appreciate even more now. I love you."

"Hey brother. It's been almost 20 years since you're gone and on this memorial day I am thinking about your sacrifice for our country and our family. It's because of you that I get to enjoy a family today. Next weekend my son Jack is celebrating his first birthday. Your mom is coming and we get to enjoy the day together. It's because of YOU we GET to live in a free country. All of this is because men like you stood up for the rest of us. We won't forget you and your sacrifice.

Take care of dad up there. I miss him dearly. He was truly my best friend and you were his best friend.

Love, your brother Josh

If anyone on here would like to connect you can reach me at 516-870-8110 or on Facebook: Josh Goldfeder"
Josh (Brother) of Long Beach

"Respect and Remembrance this Memorial Day. Jacob is a true HERO."
173rd the Herd of Army

"Thinking of you Jake
You will never be forgotten
M of WB,NY

"Hey Jacob, idk if this is for you or your family but I look you up from time to time! I lost a ex boyfriend I dated in junior high who also served 8 yrs in the military and it brought me back to my childhood and I remember you as well when I dated you all through ninth grade, idk if your mom would remember me you lived in your Babylon home by the school I was lost for words when I saw you on the front page! I spoke to Deon a few times I'm sorry you were taking so soon I have a lot of family up there with you and I know heaven has a lot of ppl that were taken so soon so I know your def not alone I just want you to know I do think of you often and I alway hope your family is alright I know no death isn't easy I suffer with my niece gone at 28 very hard! So I know it's not easy and I want your mother your family know you are loved missed and never forgotten no matter how much time has gone by And thank you Jaccob for your service love always and forever Christine Fortunato! I hope I make sense on here I don't write on these things but I just want you to know you are loved thought of and missed and so is your family thought of thank you to your mother for all she has done for the soldiers in your memory!"
Christine fortunate of schoharie ny

"Dearest Jacob
You are always in my thoughts."
Linda LaMarca of Boynton Beach, FL.

"Dearest Son, 16 years and it still feels like yesterday. You are missed, honored and eternally loved. Forever, Mom"
dorine kenney of medford, ny

"I love you, son. I cannot believe it is 14 years. I miss you and hold you deeply in my heart, eternally."

"Missing you so much Jacob. I cannot believe it has been 13 years since you left us. You are so loved and honored and always will be. Love eternally, Mom"

"Memorial Day is everyday. Holding you in my heart my beautiful son."

"Hey Buddy...I was really sad to learn about your passing years ago. I was just thinking about you today and glad I found this Memorial page. One Love Jake."
Alky Styles of Rocky Point

"It is 13 years ago today that you jumped into Iraq. I remember like it was yesterday. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and feel you in my heart. I cannot wait to be together with you again."

"You are often in my thoughts and you are always in my heart."
mjs of wb,ny

"I keep dreaming about you....intense dreams....I miss you every single day...I feel you around me"

"Thank you Jake!! I believe you sent Major Applebee to me last night at work. He was by your side while you were injured before your death, and now I feel bless to have met and spoken to him! Those kind of things don't happen to me but last night was a miracle... After my horrible day you came to me threw him and made me see there is a much bigger picture. Thank you!!!! I love you just as much as always and I miss you everyday! I wish you were here but I will settle for the spirit of you if I have too! :) plz watch over my boys and girls as they branch out in this world, they need you!"
Tara B. Kenney of Lake Ariel PA

"It's 11 years since you left us. May you be soaring in heaven with your golden wings. You are loved and adored."

"You are my special angel Jacob."
Love, Mom

"Still think about you. God bless"
of New york

"39 years ago a hero was born, my hero, Happy Birthday in heaven Jacob.
Forever in my heart, Mom"

"My Dear Beloved Jacob, I cannot believe it is 10 years since you traded your paratrooper wings for your golden wings . My life changed that day, never to be the same.
I listen for your whisper and reach to touch your essence and feel your embrace.
I love you and hold you so deeply in my heart.

"i can't believe it's been 10 years already...thinking of you on this day and thankful for your service. you are a true hero in everyone's eyes...rip jacob"
erin of bay shore

"10 years..it's no easier rip brother"

"Yesterday was 9-11-13. I stopped at the Wall of Remembrance that is being taken across the country so we will never forget those lost in the war on terrorism. I knew where I would find your name, under Iraqui Freedom. I remember when you were a little boy how you wanted to join the army. You fulfilled your lifelong dream to protect our country and I am still so proud of you. That being said, I still miss you so much. Your smile, your intensity, your crazy sense of fun and humor, your love of cats. All this stays with me and I make sure your legacy lives on everytime I speak your name aloud, or silently in my heart. As I told you the last time I saw you, "You will always be my little nephew." I will love you always."
Laurie Hill of Wantagh, NY

"Jacob, you are my hero, I was named after you for a reason, to carry on your spirit. I salute you"
Jacob of Elmira

"Memorial Day is upon us and I honor you for your dedication and love for our country Jacob. I went to the cemetery to find a lone veteran who came from NJ to visit his lost buddy. They served together. I cannot help but think of your brothers in arms and their pain. Watch over them Jacob, give them strength. I honor you son."

"I feel you in my heart, see you in my mind and think of you everyday my beautiful son. Watch over Carson, he's back in Afghanistan. Watch over all your brothers and sisters."

"i miss your face...that look you always gave HMMM jacob not a day goes by I dont think of you! you are forever missed and loved"
MKL of Islip Terrace

"You have touched so many people Jacob. It's been 9 years and still I find out things about you that you have done for others. You are a hero in so many ways and you are always alive in my heart. I love you my Jacob."

"thinking about you xo"

"Love you forever. .we gave our son your middle name. I think of you everyday and I know your in a better place."
suzanne of deer park ny

"Jacob, I really wish you were here... I know you would have the perfect words of wisdom for me right now. I miss you. You have my heart always and forever."
Shannon of Southport, NY

"It's so hard to believe so much time has gone by since you left us. I think of you everyday and your legacy continues to touch the lives of your brothers and sisters in arms. Your beautiful heart and care about others is what created your legacy. You continue to inspire me, you continue to touch me and the love we have continues to grow although you are not physically by my side."

"You are missed and loved beyond words."

"Another feb 19 passes and I can't help but smile remembering just what's that day will always mean to me!!!! That day will always have such special place in my heart I will always miss u"
Michelle of Islip terrace

"Merry Christmas in heaven Jacob."

"It will always feel like just yesterday that you went to Heaven. You are an angel watching over all of us. My heart has never be the same without you. Your legacy lives on with every package sent to your brothers and sisters in uniform. I honor you my beloved son and long to look into your loving eyes, hear your voice and hold you. I always pray for one more time."

"I think of you every single day and I dream of you often!!! Your still around us Jacob because I feel you all the time....this day will never ever be easy we just learn new ways to cope with our pain....I miss you so much!!! U will always hold a very special place in my heart! I love you...."
Michelle of Babylon/islip terrace ny

"Jacob, it's been 8 years and the pain of losing you is still so raw. I hear that time heals all wounds but your absence on this earth is so painful. I feel honored to have known you and blessed to have your friendship. You will always be in my heart and until we meet again, I will watch for you in my dreams, forever my friend."
Shannon of Southport, NY

"We miss you, and think of you every day. Love you Jake"
jenny of Babylon, new York

"Eight years ago today you gave your last full measure of devotion to defend the ones you loved. Time may heal all wounds, but your loss has made many of us still feel empty. If there is a heaven, I'm sure your there and if you can look down, I hope you smile at the thought that so many people love you. Your loss is still an open wound for some, but; your courage and sacrifice are a guidepost to those who carry on. It is not an easy day for me nor will it ever be, but to see that your legacy carries on; makes me proud of our chosen profession. From one soldier to another: May you find peace unlike the hell you have seen. You have more than earned it."
John of Germany

"still think about you every day. your gunna be an uncle again bro. happy veterans day"

"I was driving passed the cemetary with my 5 yr old son, and he said look thats a cemetary. I said I know honey, mommys friend is buried there. He responded by saying, "mommy, did you know your friend is a hero? He is in the hero cemetary"..I than told him your story. Now everytime we pass by he says "there is your friend the hero" with a big proud smile. And the tears roll down my face,every single time. But I am proud to share this with him, and he is proud to say that mommys friend is a hero. xoxox"
mjs of wb, ny

"the last time i saw you i was still a child, your bravery and sacrafice inspired me to join the army, missing you"
harrison g of wantagh ny

"happy memorial day bro."
lou of pa

"I am originally born & raised in BRooklyn, NY but now reside in Brownsville, Texas...First of all my condolences to you on the loss of your son, Jacob.I would love to let you know I read a story in our Local paper about what you do to help and put a smile on OUR AMerican Soldiers...we need more people like you in this world....Thank You Sending you many, many blessings during this Holiday Seasons and hoping you have a Wonderful New Year! You may contact me via FB at olgastjohnperez or my email for FB is oaperez1218@aol.com would love to continue contact with you..I can mail you the article if you'd like...xxoooxxx"
Olga Perez of Brownsville, Texas

"Merry Christmas my beautiful son."

"You were born 36 years ago today. It is also Thanksgiving. I give thanks for the privlege of having been your mother while you were here. I love you dear son. I remember the huge snowflakes that fell the day you were born. It was the first snow of the year and they welcomed you in. I miss you , happy birthday and Happy Thanksgiving."

"Bless you John for being with my son... and remembering."

"Today: 13 November 2010... Seven years and I feel as if our chance meeting on that faitful day was only an hour ago. You are not forgotten. You are missed by people you touched throughout your life. Even those who only knew you for a moment in time."
John of Germany

"U were with me all night lastnight in my dreams :) some just like old times some very validating... J I miss you so much that it hurts... As much as I love to see you in my dreams then I wake and im soooo sad to not be able to really hold you or hear the real sound of your voice. I have all your messages still saved on my machine but i cant get myself to listen to them again, not now...ugh This is our time J we shared so much this very month hmmmm the same month u left, and the same month my daughter was born.... life is strange I love you jacob"
Michelle of NY

"thinking of you as i often do..."

"To all of you who think of my beautiful son and honor him, thank you. Your words, thoughts and love bring comfort to our family. And to you,my son, you live in my heart and my love for you continues to grow. Each passing day brings me closer to seeing you again."

"To Dorine
After all this time you and your family are still in my thoughts and prayers and probably alway will be. All my love,"
Christine Feingold of Great Neck, NY

"Thinking of you as always!!! I miss you so very much jacob and reflect back on our times in Italy as well as growing up, J you taught me a lot about life and I want to thank you... I love you"
Michelle of Islip Terrace

"Jacob, as Memorial Day Approaches, I think back to that bus ride on that November day. I met you in your darkest hour, I took care care of you with every medical skill that I had, yet, Gods will was stronger and He decided that you were to be with Him. The Bronze star that I got for my actions that day, hang on my office wall, right next to the Memorial bulletin for you and Minucci. May you rest in peace and your family find solice in Gods love."
John Nystrom of Stuttgartt, Germany

"always in my thoughts....i think of you everyday. I love you"
jenny of babylon,new york, usa

"My husband was on the bus... seated near Fletcher. And not a day goes by that Fletcher and Minucci aren't thought of by him. Although I was in Italy I never had the pleasure of meeting them, however my husband speaks very highly of them both. Many lives changed that day. I have heard so much about you. I remember when I got to the hospital in Germany, one of the first things my husband ask me when I got to the hospital was to check on Fletcher, you are NEVER forgotten. Thank You!!!"
Jenny of Benton, Arkansas

"My Dear Son, So many people come to honor you through the foundation. They work hard in your memory to help your deployed brothers and sisters. Not a day goes by that your name isn't heard and held in honor. You are so loved by so many. Especially me."
Love, Mom

"missing u"
michelle of babylon, NY

"I also only knew you vicariously through an old friend in Watkins Glen and your face was there as on display as stories of the great person you are were told on cold winter evenings. Sad to say I only knew you through a picture and someones great love and fondness for your friendship. I also knew your cat, hopefully you will find one another He missed you dearly."
Chris of seattle, wa

"everytime i look at the freckle on my arm i cant help but smile and in my heart feel like you might be looking at your freckle and smiling too... you are so missed."
mjs of ny


Hard to believe it has been 6 years since we met. I leave very soon to once again go into battle with your unit. You are my personal motivator to work harder and move faster to hopefully save a life. Rest in peace and know that you are never forgotten."
John of Katterbach, Germany

"Jacob, not a day goes by that I don't think of you and the others that have given their lives for our country. I was fortunate enough to know you. You will always be remembered. Thank you."
Ryan Kreuder of Babylon, NY



"Thank you to whom ever manages this sight for deleting the last few messages from who ever wont let this man just RIP... its so childish to post things on someones sight claming you are a real person.... Lets all come here to only post honest and true feelings and let jacob RIP.... Love u Jay"

"not a day passes that i don't think of you brother. the countless hours of reminiscing on the good times and the bad. i can still see you at times with that goofy smile like your up to no good. time is passing and i hope that like the fading of time my memories don't. please stay as clear as the day they happened. true friendship,family, one in a million, the last.
love,respect and undying gratitude to you for making such a profound mark on my life. brothers in life and death."
lou of 18052

"thinking of you today as always!!! miss u Jay..... <3"
MKL of Babylon

""maybe things happen for a reason and wherein lies the answer,
to overcome the grieving of lifes unruly lessons, i'm handed
in succession. it builds my pain which makes me strong."

It has been years but your memory remains fresh in my heart, mind and soul...
thank you for all you have taught me...
thank you for all your sacrifices...
thank you for our freedom...
Jacob Fletcher is the true definition of Hero"
mjs of wbny

"dear dorine-
i am one of the cousins to whom paul sent the e-mail about your son. as the mother of a 23 year old son, i cannot imagine the great loss you must feel. i hope you can take some comfort from the good wishes and support that you get from friends and family. your son was a brave and heroic man."
jacqueline agata of sebastopol, calif

"Dear Dorine
My mother was Ruth Agata. I am a cousin of Paul Baranik. He just told my about your son, Jacob. I thank him, and all the men and women like him, who have served our country. My sincere best wishes to you and your family."
Barry Konner of Rye Brook NY

"Dear Dorine:
As a parent I can not imagine your grief and sorrow. What we all must do to pay tribute to your brave son is to live a good life and always, always, always remember Jacob and keep him in our hearts."
Richard Agata of Los Angeles, CA

"I want to thank Jacob and his family for making the ultimate sacrifice to protect me and my family. I am proud to have such a man as part of my extended family.

I am Paul Baranik's 2nd cousin on his mother's side. My father's mother and Paul's mother were sisters and the daughters of Morris Agata."
Eva Alfano of Riverdale, NY

"To Jacob's Mom, Dorine, and all of his loved one's remembering a brave soldier, a son, on this Memorial Day..A Prayer...

Remember me with smiles and laughter,
For that's how I will remember you all,
If you can only remember me with tears,
Then don't remember me at all...

To all of Jacob's family missing him today....

Jacob will be in my prayer's tonite...
We live in this country, free, because of the brave......
God bless every man and woman that gave their lives on this Memorial Day... God Bless Pfc.Jacob S. Fletcher, and God Bless America...Neice #1 of Paul Baranik"
Jodi Sue Mendelowitz of Kew Gardens Hills, NY

"Hi Dorine:
My name is cara francois i am paul baranik's niece my mother was estelle baranik, her mother was bessie agata daughter of harry and yetta agata. i'm very sorry for your lose it would have been a honor to know jacob."
cara francois of islip terrace, new york

"To the Fletcher Family, I would like to first offer my condolences for your loss. I want to thank you for Jacob's service to me and our nation.
As you see my name is Agata and family once removed.
Paul let me know and once again My heart and my prayers are with you and your family.
I have lost several friends defending our great country.
Once again thank you and May God bless you and give you peace.
David Agata of Margate Fl

"Dear Dorine,
I'm Paul Baranik, the genealogist for the Agata Family, of which the Glassman family is connected.
We only spoke once, after Miriam provided the Glassman information for our family tree.

I've taken the liberty of introducing Jacob to every family member on my Email list and invited them to leave their thoughts on Jacob's memorial page.

Except for myself, no one in the Agata side of the family knew of Jacob and I think they should, I hope you do not think badly of me for making this introduction.

Dorine, I'm sorry the Agata family did not have the opportunity to meet and know Jacob. However, many family member's will now know he was part of us.

Memorial Day, May 25, 2009

Paul Baranik of Coconut Creek, Florida

"im sorry for being so frightened of my feelings that i let you slip away. you are eternally in my heart.you have touched my soul in such a tremendous way that i am just not worthy. it is an honor and a great privelage to have known you and have experienced your touch, physically and mentally. not a day goes by that i dont think of what could of been and how i blew it. i hold on to a glimmer of hope that we will someday meet again and i can have a second chance to experience your warm embrace. rest in peace."
of ny

"miss ya bro"
PFC Harrison Greene of wantagh ny

"God bless you Jacob!!! Your Mom works so very hard to keep her memories alive with stories of you. She talks to my wife and me it's like your part of us. We can't Thank You enough for what you have done to keep my family safe in this world. God bless you always."
Jamie Diaz of No. Babylon,NY

"December 1st, 2008

Its been 5 years now and not a day goes by where i don't think about you. I often wonder how different life would be if you were still around. But then i remind myself that you are still here, everyday with me. Wherever i go i always see you, weather its the soldiers in uniform to the drummer in my friends band. A piece of you will always remain with me Jacob and i thank god everyday for that. You are a true inspiration to all, but especially myself. I often pray that one day we will be face to face again. Perhaps we can finish that wrestling match back on Haab Avenue, where it all started. I miss you brother, in due time..."
Eric "Lil G" Genova of New York, NY

"There is not a day that goes by that I dont think of you... but today more then any!!! U are a true hero in many peoples eyes..... Jacob you are missed and loved by many..... I love u"
Michelle of Babylon

"I woke early this morning to the thought of you. I went to check on my sleeping boy and I couldn’t help but think if you were still here would you be doing the same if you had children? I imagine you would.
I usually spend the 13th of November in a grim retrospect, but this year it is different. I feel the pride in having known you, if only for a minute. When my son is old enough and asks what it means to sacrifice, what it means to endure so others may live, I can impart to him your story.
Jake, it has been five years and not a day goes by I don’t reflect back to that hot and dusty highway. I wish I could have done more for you and Joe, but some things are out of our control. May you rest in peace knowing that there is a world out there that misses you and wishes they had half the courage you showed every day."
John of Katterbach, Germany

"November 10, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Jacob S. Fletcher:
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

"Another child has been named in honor of you. You are so loved"

"ur in my toughts! I miss u"
Michelle of babylon

"I think of you every Memorial Day when I'm performing my duty in the Honor Guard."
Steven A. Mozdzierz U.S.M.C. 85-93 of Oxford, PA

"I forgot to play it this time ( I know u understand what I mean) I still hope and pray you were with me on this one... It seems everytime I play it I get it.... Please be with me on this and help me to get it... I love you"

"thinking of you always! missing you"

"I am finally living the dream! You were right, my friend. You knew I could before I knew I could. Thank you for still being part of my dream....and until we meet again, I will watch for you in my dreams forever...my dear "dream weaver"."
shannon of watkins glen, ny/usa

"thank you for just coming to me...hanging out with me.... Sharing thoughts and secrets... I may not be able to physically touch you but My dream was so real and I love you"

"My Dear Son, Christmas will never be the same without you. We share the Christed Light of Christmas the only way we can, through our hearts. I love you and feel you with me. I can't wait to see you again.
Dear Sandy, the greatest gift I could receive is message from you. If we could speak I would be so grateful. My number is 631 667 1197."

"I just woke up from a dream about you!!!!!!!!! It was so real and I just want to thank you!!!! Today is changed and I love you so very much"
michelle of babylon

"ahhh our holiday! Happy Thanksgiving in heaven I love you and miss you dearly"
Michelle and Alexandra of N Babylon

"four years seems like a lifetime without you here with us :( I miss you so much and I love you with all my heart"
Michelle Stein of North Babylon

"It has been four years and it feels like yesterday. You are in my thoughts everyday, but especially today. You will never be forgotten and I will carry our short, but life-changing encounter in my heart to my grave."
John Aklan of Katterbach, Germany

"Please Jacob, help me through this."

"i miss you"
shannon of finger lakes, NY

"i am so sorry, dorine. it took a lot for me to come here the first time, and i haven't returned since. if you'd still like me to contact you, let me know. jacob, as the days go by, time stands still. you'll always be remembered as a hero."
sandy of texas

"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a 1,000 winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sun on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled light
I am the soft star that shines at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there; I did not die."
lou of babylon ny/whitehall pa

"I miss you my bother!! only you could help me i love this girl soooo much but she does not let me in i would do any thing for her...Any thing!! I do not know what to do and i know you would.Jak i tink about you alot more then any body knows...I love you my bother from another mother!!!!"

"I need u to help me through this jake"
Michelle of Babylon

"U have been in my dreams over and over sometimes it makes my days seem easier sometimes its so real it makes things a little more difficult.... I miss you with every passing moment and I hold you closest to my heart"
michelle of babylon

"Memorial Day 2007
Hey Jake, On the day that the whole country honors you, and talks of the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, I just miss you that much more. You are always in my heart. I love you."
Jason of Ottawa

"My beautiful son,
I long for your smile, your hugs and your laughter. I wish I could cook another meal for you and nourish you. I will nourish you with prayers and close my eyes to see your smiling face. I miss you my Jacob.
Love, Mom"

"missing u more then words can say"
Michelle of Babylon

"Hi Jacob,
I dont know you and have never met you but the people i know that knows you has told me great things about you and they really love and miss you. I just wanted to say i wish i met a really great guy like you!"
Kayla Cornish of Beaver Dams,NY

"I feel your strength. Thank you. Love you...and until we meet again , I will watch for you in my dreams forever...my dear "dream weaver"."
Miss Bartoszak of Watkins Glen, NY

"Dear jake its Christmas day and today I felt youre presence with me stronger than I have ever felt. I remember you getting us kicked out of english class on numerous ocassions for youre moch bomber attacks. Wich Chip and I would always retliate back with our own sounds of planes and helichopters. You always wanted to serve youre country since the first time I met you with Adam m.Jake youre smile and laugh were infectious. I wish I had only gotten to know you better. If there were more people like you in this world I dont think things would get so out of hand in this world and war would not be part of any persons life. Unfortunatly war does exist and it took a great Man, a Man I am proud to call my friend. I did not get to say good-by. I was notified after you were laid to rest. There has not been a day that has passed where I dont think of you and our friends that I know met you in heaven. I pray for the safe return of all youre BROTHERS IN ARMS, when the job is done. One day Iraq will be a sucessfull democracy and every generation of FREE Iraqies will remember the sacrifices made by GREAT MEN like YOU! Thank you Jacob knowing you has made me a better man. GOD BLESS you JACOB FLETCHER. I will always remember the last night we hung you were beaming in youre new uniform just home from boot camp. I can still see you in youre classic convertable smiling all the way. You are the definition of HERO! MERRY CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN"
Anthony Carroll {TREE} of Haiku, Hawaii U.S.A.

"Dear jake its Christmas day and today I felt youre presence with me stronger than I have ever felt. I remember you getting us kicked out of english class on numerous ocassions for youre moch bomber attacks. Wich Chip and I would always retliate back with our own sounds of planes and helichopters. You always wanted to serve youre country since the first time I met you with Adam m.Jake youre smile and laugh were infectious. I wish I had only gotten to know you better. If there were more people like you in this world I dont think things would get so out of hand in this world and war would not be part of any persons life. Unfortunatly war does exist and it took a great Man, a Man I am proud to call my friend. I did not get to say good-by. I was notified after you were laid to rest. There has not been a day that has passed where I dont think of you and our friends that I know met you in heaven. I pray for the safe return of all youre BROTHERS IN ARMS, when the job is done. One day Iraq will be a sucessfull democracy and every generation of FREE Iraqies will remember the sacrifices made by GREAT MEN like YOU! Thank you Jacob knowing you has made me a better man. GOD BLESS you JACOB FLETCHER. I will always remember the last night we hung you were beaming in youre new uniform just home from boot camp. I can still see you in youre classic convertable smiling all the way. You are the definition of HERO!"
Anthony Carroll {TREE} of Haiku, Hawaii U.S.A.

"merry christmas bro,"

"Ahhh as Christmas creeps up on us Im just remebering the one spent in Italy in ur arms almost all day and I cant help but shed a tear and smile at the same time! U will always stay close to my heart and remain in my everyday thoughts! Lost love is still Love, it just takes another form. I cant hold ur hands or touch ur face but when those sences are weak another one comes to life.. memories become ur partner U hold it and think of them... Life has to end but Love doesnt!!!!!!! I miss u with each passing moment"
Michelle of babylon

"I was in Kirkuk, Iraq when Jacob died. I would like to talk with anyone who served with Jake or grew up in NY with Jake. Or if you knew any of his two buddies Joe or Mike (The Three Amigos). Please contact me at thall75@comcast.net"
Terri of Pennsylvania

"Sometimes the pain is so overwhelming... sometimes my thoughts r so clear its almost unreal that you are gone... I dream of you and I feel you! I keep you alive by memories and you my love will never be forgotten! 3 years ago today u were taken from us one of the saddest days of our live! I love u jacob and I miss you with every single inch of me"
Michelle of Babylon NY

"It seems like just yesterday. It has been three years. You are with me always. Until we meet again, I will watch for you in my dreams forever. I love you."
Shannon of Watkins Glen, NY

"My Beloved Son,
It is three years since you left us and it will always seem like yesterday. You have touched so many lives, you still touch so many.
I love you my dear son, I love you."

"Three years have past since the day we met and yet the day is still crystal clear in my mind. Rest in peace for you are not forgotten."
John of Dothan, AL

of babylon

"Thank you all for remembering my beloved son Jacob.
Jacob is my inspiration, our brave troops are my motivation and God, Jacob and all of your prayers are my strength."
Blessings, Dorine

"I still miss you with every passing day!!!!!!!!!!"
michelle of babylon

"Dear Mrs.Kennedy, after seeing you on CNN I remember Jacob. I wanted to see his website. But at this moment I'am brought to tears, my heart aches with saddness. I feel the pain of all thoses families who suffered a loved one in Iraq. I look at my sons, and my daughter who I bore into this world. Who I raised to be what they are today. Dear Mrs. Kennedy, you are such a strong woman to continue for your son, and I applause you for your great efforts for our Soldiers. God Bless you in all you do! And, Jacob keep an eye out for your Mama! Thank you for helping me to understand somewhat of this War... My prayers are for "Our Men and Woman" who are there in Iraq to defend "America" so we can continue to enjoy "Our Freedom".. My prayers are with each and everyone of you! Keep your heads UP! And, hurry and come back home to your families that'll be waiting for you."
Lena of Clarksville, Tn

"jACOB, You can never know what you and all your military brothers and sisters mean to me and others. You are the TRUE meaning of a true hero. Without you, we could be nothing as American's. God bless your sweet Mom. I saw hear on the Glen Beck show and she moved me deeply."
Paula Craig of Kingston Springs, TN USA

"My son 1st Sgt Michael Ottolini 579 Eng Cal. Natl Guard KIA 11/10/04 was killed by an IED while driving a Humvee in Iraq. A day doesn't pass without thinking of him. When ever I hear of another Fallen Hero I say a prayer for his mom. Their deaths leave a hugh hole in our hearts. Hugs and Blessings to Jacob's mom! Jacquie Cruz, Gold Star Mother"
Jacquie Cruz of Windsor, CA USA

"I'm 40 years-old and have MS, thank GOD for each and every one of those who protect and stand up for us, even those of us who no longer can. God Bless them all!"
Jennifer Bolyard of Cumberland, MD


"My dear son, you were not alone. I will bless Sandy always.
Sandy, if you will write me at www.jacobsprogram.org I would be grateful. I am Jakes mom, Dorine"
Mom of Bay Shore, NY

"because you are the name on the bracelet i wear, because i have fought for you since the moment you crossed the doors of the hospital i worked in back in tikrit, and because i stood by your side, holding your hand as you crossed into eternity, i want to thank you, for your bravery and your sacrifice. our country's independence is due to people like you."
Sandy of North Carolina

"today you remain in my thoughts as u do everyday! I miss you mr. fletcher and will love you always"
Michelle of babylon, ny

"A beautiful day out today. It is only beautiful because an American Soldier gave the last full measure of devotion to keep it that way. The flag raised at half-mast in your honor. Thinking of you on this Memorial Day Jake."
J. Aklan of Dothan, AL

"J Time has not changed a thing and my heart still feels heavy without you here with us bro who would have thought! We are indestructible and you were never supposed to leave us bro! I see Michelle from time to time she has a family now but I know in her heart she truly misses you and loves you. It was hard for her at first to talk about you with all that had gone on and preconceived notions passed both ways but regardless u had a love for eachother and thats what matters most. you my brother have touched the lives of so many even with your sick twisted games ha I say that with love. Truth is we all miss ya bro and think of you all the time."
Mikie of west babylon

"I knew jake well, thanks to my best friend,Michelle.He was such an inspiration to us all.You are greatly missed and fondly thought of.We miss you Jake."
Jennifer S of Babylon,Ny

"Jacob was my first love - He was the sweetest kindest person I ever met. I truly will miss him forever. Reading over some of the letters here I know he touched many people's souls as well. He was unlike any other and was just an amazing man. We dated on and off for a few years while in High School and I remember I used to complain to him about how my back ached from an old hand me down mattress I had. He planned a surprise with my mother and bought me a new bed so my back wouldn't hurt anymore. He was just that kind of guy. Always trying to help and always caring for others..The last time I saw him was after he came back from Florida we spent some time together that I will always remember. I miss you and will never forget you Jacob...here is a photo from his Prom of us http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b25/NIKISUPERSTAR/jacobsprom.jpg"
Nicole Aives of San Francisco CA USA - previously North Babylon NY

"you have come to me in many ways and that I am gratefull for... U always said no matter where our path of life brought the 2 of us you would always be there beside me and that you hold true on. Many late night conversations late night walks to get me away from this crazy world we both lived in you said many things that will be with me forever and help me through my hard times. I miss you jacob fletcher and i hold you close to my heart for always... I love you friend"
Michelle AKA steinbrenner :)

"I knew you a very long time ago and I hope now you know how much you influenced my life. Knowing you changed the direction I was going in. I only wish I could have seen you again to tell you in person.When I found out about your death ,I was numb .I knew then I'd lost ant chance of bumping into you oneday or hearing thru the babylon grape vine what you were up to. I'm so sorry for your families pain and everyone who's life you touched.I hope you know I think about you and the time we spent together often .I 'm glad we were friends and I hope we see each other again oneday.You'll forever be someone who changed my life and I'll never forget you. thank-you ."
Chrissy of Babylon,NY

"You're foremost in my heart and mind. Everyday holds visions of your love, laughter and your life."

"Happy v day j the 13th 14th and 19th of this month will forever be etched into my heart!!!! I miss you so very much
Love you"

"Happy Valentines Day, Jacob.
We love you.
Love from Shannon, Jacob and Hannah
....And until we meet again, I will watch for you in my dreams forever."
Shannon Pilkington of Watkins Glen NY/USA

Although I never met you, I volunteer with your mother packing the boxes that she sends in your memory. It is an honor to work with her and for her. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and protecting our countries freedoms. See you some day, Nancy Nee"
Nancy K. Nee of Holbrook, NY

"To my dear Mr. Fletcher,
I have this daydream, that the phone rings and I hear your voice saying "Miss Bartoszak, it's been awhile, it's good to hear your voice". That's what I miss the most, you always seemed to know how to surprise me. You are always in my heart. Some days it just aches, knowing I will never hear your voice on the other end of the phone again. But I try to pull myself together as much as I can and to stay strong and keep on loving because I know thats what you would want me to do.
You are always in my heart....and until we meet again, I will watch for you in my dreams forever....my dear "dream weaver". I love you always."
Shannon of Watkins Glen, NY/USA

"Another year without you :( I miss you more then I could ever think to express in words"

"Merry Christmas Jake!!!!!!!!! thinking of you as always and the Christmas we spent together in Italy! I miss you and love you"
Michelle of babylon

"My beautiful son, not a day goes by without seeing your face before me and feeling your love. I can't wait to be with you again. It's the only thing that comforts me. You are my heart"

"A holiday I will always remember you by HAPPY THANKSGIVING Jacob!!!! This day will always remain special to me. I did the same for you today :) Happy birthday as well!!! Always in my heart"
michelle of babylon

"Today I remember you for the man that you were, the love that we shared and the love I still feel in my heart for you. I will love you always. I miss you more than words can express."

"I can not begin to believe it has already been 2 years without you. I can still hear the sound of your voice as if you were standing beside me. I can still see that face when you raise one eyebrow. Jacob I know you are with us all and I miss you so very much. I made a promise to you I will forever keep. I thank you for bringing so many people together even after you have passed away, its amazing I tell ya how you still manage to do that. You will never be forgotten as long as your memories stay alive. RIP love and remember you are in my heart and that is forever!!!!"
Michelle Stein of Babylon

"Jake, you meant so much to me I couldn't verbalize it in life, and now that you're gone its even harder. Why isn't this pain getting any better? I hope that heaven is as good as they say it is, and I hope I'll see you again and hear your laugh."

"I cant believe it is going to be 2 years. I think about you everyday, I love you just the same as i always have. I hope your watching down on us.. you are our guardian angel now keep us safe... Rest In Peace Mr.Fletcher.. you'll NEVER be forgotten!"

"You don't know me, but I wear Jacob's name on a bracelet everyday. He'll never be forgotten. I'll always keep you in my prayers..."
Amanda of Philadelphia, PA

"Im not here to justify where I stood in your life because Im secure enough to know how much you truly cared for me for all of us. Every person in your life jacob made you who you were and showed you how very much you are loved. Most of all you taught all of us a little about love as well. We all miss you and hold you close to our hearts. The time where you left this world is approaching and we are all thinking of you as we do everyday."
Michelle Stein of Babylon

"One day Jake the truth will be shown and no more lies will be told! We miss you everyday !"

"Anyone that truly knows you my brother knows the truth. May you rest in peace"

"My dear son. I still think of you just a phone call away and letter in the mail. You were a hero to me long before you became a soldier. You were a hero because of the battlefields of life and how you learned deep lessons of the heart through them. You are my greatest teacher and deepest love in this life. You continue to touch everyone that hears your name and sees your face. You ar my angel. I watch over your greatest love in this life....Kristi. I am grateful to her as if it wasn't for her you would never have known true love and passion. Thank you Kristi, with all my heart. God Bless you."
Jake's mom, Dorine of Bay Shore

"Tonight I climbed aboard the aircraft we met on the day you died. It has been almost two years, but seeing that aircraft tail number, the sound of her engines and the smell of jet fuel brought me back to your last hours. You are never far from my mind and still drive me to work harder and move faster so others can come home."
- John of North Carolina

"Everyday I thank you for all you are to me. And in some ways all you still do for me. I know you are here with us! I love u"

"i miss you"

"Dear Michelle,

Just a note to tell you I sat here tonight on Memorial day weekend and paid respects to your Jake. God will bless you both, I'm sure."
Monica of Orlando, Fl..Formerly, Bayshore

"Always on our minds and close to our hearts! Love you Jay"

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

"No time can change the pain of not having you here. Everyday is a stuggle to accept the truth... you are really gone. You and I have gone through so much together, and no matter what, we ALWAYS found a way back to one and other. I love you as much as I ever have. I will never let that love go. I miss you more than words can ever express. Until we meet again...I love you."

"Hi my name is Marissa. I am so sorry to hear about your loved one. May God Bless his soul. There is not a doubt in my mind that he is up above smiling down on us, wishing we would cry no more. He doesn't want to see us cry. I'm from New jersey and I am 19 years old. My Boyfriend Danny Vasquez, 17 yrs. old passed away in a car accident in July. And everyday just gets harder and harder and I want you to know that we are in this together. I promise you... that we will all be happy again..I PROMISE. God bless you. I will keep you in my prayers."
Marissa Iacobelli of Colonia Nj

"Still here thinking of you Jay there will always be a place in my heart for you. We all miss you dearly and love you lots RIP"
Michelle of Babylon

"Hey man - Never knew ya but my brother served with you and continues to serve with the proud 173rd Airborne Div. I wear your name on a braclet to never forget the sacrifice you and the rest have made. peace

A1C Scott Holbrook, 961st AWACS, Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan"
Scott Holbrook of Okinawa, Japan

"It makes sick every time I hear that another soldier has been killed. They are all so young and have not had a chance to live."
Robert Belanger of Crown Point Indiana

"had a friend many years ago
One tragic night he died
The saddest time of my life
For weeks and weeks I cried
Through the anger and through the tears
I've felt his spirit through the years
I'd swear, He's watching me
Guiding me through hard times

I feel it once again
It's overwhelming me
His spirit's like the wind
The angel guarding me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me

We shared dreams like all best friends
Blood brothers at the age of ten
We lived reckless, he paid the price
But why? Why did he have to die?
It still hurts me to this day
Am I selfish for feeling this way?
I know he's an angel now
Together we'll be someday

I feel it once again
It's overwhelming me
His spirit's like the wind
The angel guarding me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
- iced earth " wathing over me" lyrics"
lou of haab ave

"Jacob: You must have been a wonderful young son. It takes a special person to serve their country and your buddies say you were the best. I saw the story about your mother Dorine on Headline News several days ago and I had to look you up on Fallen Heroes. Your mother has to be another special American to remember your comrades with care packages. I have "adopted" a Marine in Iraq--PFC Marc Alwes--and he has been a great friend to write to, send phone cards, and care packages. He has really given me a meaningful sense of helping and caring, instead of sitting home doing nothing while young men and women serve so well and so far away. I will add your family to my prayer list. I want you and your mother to know you are both heroes. Now, Jacob, you help us by looking out for those serving in Iraq and maybe together we can get them all home safe and soon."
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois

"We are all still here thinking of you as we always will"

"Jacob, I am so sad to see you go. I was looking for your e-mail address online today when I found out that you had moved on to the next life, and I am still in shock. Part of me doesnt want to believe.

I rember serving with you in FT. Knox KY, a cupple years ago, and you were my closest friend there. I was always able to talk to you about anything. We had so much fun togeather. I will always rember my two years as your friend and neighbor. You were the guy that everone wanted to hang around, we would all come to your room and watch movies and drink and go to the Phenix Hill. Dam It hurts to know that you are gone. I will always Rember you as a Good Man, and Great Friend. Forever Love
Joe Riso"
Joseph Riso of Portland, OR

"Two years ago this time we were walking the the streets of Italy together. I think we walked 6 hours that day just talking. We learned a lot from one another and I wouldnt trade the time we had for anything. RIP Jake you are forever missed in the hearts of many. We love you lots. Merry Christmas!"
Michelle of Babylon

Dear friend of mine, I miss you more with every passing day but I know in my heart and soul that you are keeping watch over all of us. Jacob and Hannah DO know you. I feel you surrounding us with your warmth and love...For all your gifts you bring us , Jacob, thank you.....and until we meet again, I will watch for you in my dreams forever. I love you. Peace."
Love Always & Forever Shannon Leigh of Beaver Dams , NY, USA

"Dear Jacob:
It has been almost a year since your loving mother established The Jacob's Light Foundation Adopt a Soldier Project in your memory and honor(www.jacobsprogram.org Mailing Address is P.O Box 240, West Islip, New York 11795 )This is a not for profit organization funded by private donations from individuals and groups.
I am grateful to report that with the tireless efforts of your mother who works 24 hours per day and with the help of many wonderful volunteers, we have been able to send out 20,000 pounds of care packages and cards and letters of support to soldiers still in Iraq. These boxes have gone to soldiers who would not otherwise have received care packages or letters from home or to soldiers who need or want supplies otherwise unavailable to them.The feedback we have received from these soldiers has been gratitude to know that they have not been forgotten as you will never be forgotten. It is a privledge and an honor to work with your mother Dorine who I love so dearly on this most noble cause. May God bless you and yours with peace and healing and may God help us through our efforts to bring about peace in the world."
Alyse Spinner of Port Jefferson, New York

"Dear Jake, its been a little bit over a year and your birthday just passed i wanted to wish you a happy birthday and a happy thanksgiving. I know you are up there with my dad, your moms cousin paul and its almost two years since hes gone also. Just wanted to say i miss you both and love you"
Kyle of Setauket NY

"Hey, Jacob although we do not know one another. Nor did you know my son. It's because of you, my son and other fallen heroes. That have introduced us to each other. We are all proud parents that you our children. Grow up to become someone very special. An have touched my lives. From friends, neighbors, family, your military family and those that did not know you man. As America's professional soldiers. That are the elite of all Americans. It you that gave your lives for America and for a free world of peace. I come to know you parents. Your mother obviously, loved you more then anything in his world. She has a magical way in her style to be given, understanding and one to offer guidance. An you Jacob, have those qualities given to you by her. Many of those in your unit. Your mother continued to mail packages as she did for you. An your Dad, I see that he is on a mission. That he discovered the most important thing to a father. A love for his son. An he will do everything to honor you and all those after you. I was at your unvailing. Normally, I vist you all alone. So if you hear me talking to you, it is me. I didn't lost a son. I discovered my family has grown. An you by fiend had one special girlfriend. Amazing thing to hear her talk about you. Gave me a sense you two understood one another. More then most married couple's do. An oddly, enough yes parents learn from their children. At your unvailing my grand daughter. Asked me is Jacob with the angels? Alexis, Uncle Jacob is not just with the angels. He is with your daddy watching over us all. Jacob, you really have touched my heart.An in meeting your parents, other parents as well. I know that Gregory as you are resting in peace. An none of you will ever before gotten. Jacob you see you still touch and effect lives of others. So you my friend are still doing you job."
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"Jake, It is you birthday today. And as I sit here at Grandma and Grandpa's house I miss you so much. I watch my son crawl and play and I wish you were here to meet him. I know you would love him as I know he would love you. I wear your Marksmanship pin under the pocket of my Working and Service Khaki's, as a reminder of why I do what I do. I know you looked up to me, and I sometimes think that if I didn't join the Navy, maybe, just maybe you wouldn't have joined the Army. I was so proud when I found out that you had enlisted. I am honored to have known you, Jake. You embodied all that anyone could hope to be. I love you!"
Jason McLaughlin of Norfolk, Virginia

"Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birthday Jacob!!!!!! We all miss you dearly and I know you will be with each and everyone one of us. We all love you"
michelle of babylon

"I miss you brother."
Skwirrl of Italy

"1 year and alot of changes but the love in our hearts for you jay will never end miss and love you the 29 haab house and the rest of your extended real family we will remember you always"
louis pisano of babylon ny

"I miss you Jake more then words can ever say. It was an honor to meet one of the very last people to have been by your side, doing everything he could. He is a great man! I Love you Jacob and you are in my heart always."
Michelle of Babylon

You will forever be in our hearts. There will always be a room for you at Habb ave. We miss you everyday! We love you!"
Habb Ave of Babylon, NY

"Our American Soldiers

American Soldiers are,
honorable, strong, and
Trained to be willing, able,
wise and aware.
With a loving trust of the bond
of brotherhood,
and their belief in God,
heroism shines through.
A powerful inner force driven
to protect,
along with willingness to die
to ensure the freedoms
we enjoy.
Is what makes American
soldiers so special!

Jake I wrote this poem for you last year. I believe you are everything in this poem.
Even though you and I weren't close you were still willing to help me. When my husband Jay went into the Army, you told me what I needed to do to be strong. For him and our new baby to be. That there wasn't a reason to worry because you were willing to fight so that my baby to be could grow up not having to worry about the bad guys.
You are an inspiration to a lot of people Jay and I, and espically Haab Ave.
You have given Jay a personal reason to fight this fight for freedom. He is now stationed in Iraq now and he thinks of you every day while he is on patrol. Even though you and he didn't really know each other you are his strenght. For that I thank you more that you will ever know.
You have a tremendous heart. It shows through all of the wonderful friends that are still here supporting you and your cause. You will live forever in the hearts of the people that you have touched. Thank you for everything that you have done and continue to do. Please continue to watch out for all of us. You are the best angel we could ask for."
Rose Francis of Lindenhurst, NY U.S.A.

"Thank You Fletcher,

Thank you, you will never be forgotton, you are a true hero!

1-508th inf.
Aaron klopp

"I dont even know how to explain Jake.He is just one of those rare kinds of people we need alot more of.Jake always knew how to make someone laugh.He had so much love to give.It's a shame that he had to leave us so soon.We all miss him.(hang in there michelle). I remember everything about Jake,and I thank God for that.Everything from his obsession with argyle socks to the countless times he had told me how much he loved michelle.I dont have a single memory of Jake that doesn't have michelle in it.We should all be lucky enough to have someone love us the way Jake loved us all of us friends, family,fiance's and most important the love for this corupted country. God bless you Jake your in my heart and Thank You for the influence you have given me.all my love."
Jenny of Babylon,NewYork ,usa

"My heart hurts more and more as we approach a year sometimes the pain is overwhelming. I miss you Jake more then words can say. I think of you with every passing day. U will always be the most important man in my life. I love you"
Michelle of Babylon NY

"Jacob will always be missed by his friends and family. He had a way of making people laugh. I will never forget the halloween we all hung out and the sign "that just fell". The last time i saw him was before he enrolled in the Army. He was very serious about that. Tara and Dorine, I am very, very sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. And always loved. I pray that you are in peace and watching down on your friends and family."
Christina Pisano of Aguada,Puerto Rico

"It has almost been a year Jake since we met on that fateful day in Samarra. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and Joe, the sound of helicopter engines whining, men yelling and the smell of weapons firing in mass. I wake each day with the memory of that intense day when you fought like hell to make it home. I may have been the medic, but you were really the one doing all the work. In all my life I have never seen a man fight so hard to stay alive. I left you in the hands of skilled surgeons in Tikrit with the thought of you pulling through. My heart sank the following day when one of the CSH staff told me about you and Joe. That day I left part of me in Samarra for I failed you.

I will complete our fateful meeting as I promised I would if I made it out alive. You have made a place in the hearts of all that you have passed. I read as family, friends, strangers and the men who served with you leave proof of who I believe the man you to be. We may only have met hours before your death, but I will carry the memory of you to my grave. Jake, you sure know how to make friends.

This 13th of November it will be you who will be saving me. When I finally get to walk away from where you now sleep I can take that peice of me back out of Iraq and leave it by your bed. Part of me belongs to you, not the desert.

Since that day you helped me to move faster & work harder to bring more Americans home. In 130 degree heat when I couldn't find another ounce of energy to lift a wounded man you pop into my head and I found the strength to make it happen. Many a wounded soldier owes a limb or life to you Jake. Even though you are not with us you still are making a difference.

Sleep tight and know that your brothers still keep up the fight."
J. Aklan of Ft. Bragg, NC

"Jacob S. Fletcher defended the freedom he loved. A Good man that will always be with me, someone I will always remember, although we have never met. I will remember you Jacob until the day I die my friend.."

"When I come to the end of the day
and the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, But not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love we once sharded-
Miss me but let me go.
4 this is a journey will all must take
and each must go alone
Its all a part of the makers plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
go to the friends we know
& bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me but let me go"
of Babylon

"Jacob, Ryan is on his way to Iraq, Please watch over him and keep him safe. I know you are his guardian angle."

"Jacob my love, Its coming up on a year yet it seems like just yesterday. It feels like I was just in Italy with you or talking to you from my bedroom window until u snuck in. 12 years of knowing you in the sceme of things is nothing. Everyday tha goes by I miss you dearly. U are in my heart for always and i will never forget a single thing no matter how much time passes. I love you"
Michelle of Babylon

"As the time passes people tell you that the pain will get better, I feel it has become worse. With every passing day the reality of the loss becomes overwhelming. I miss Jacob with every breath I take, every day of my life. We had a bond that is like no other. He is truley missed."

"Fletch..... Bro we all miss you so much! There is not a day that goes by we don't think about you brother. You were my boy, all those nights we stayed up talking about life at home to get our mind off things. I see some of then names of people we spoke about on here. Damn bro I know you are with us. To all Fletches loved ones Im sorry for such a loss I knew him well
Mortz of Italy

"I didn't know Jacob Fletcher. I met someone while visiting a friend (Danny) who was sitting Shiva mourning a death in his family in Oceanside, L.I., NY. I noticed this man who was wearing the picture of a soldier around his neck, and then realized it was a Mass card and the soldier had been killed. It was such a shock! It brought the war in Iraq from the impersonality of a TV news report to the realization that we are losing loved ones to the combat every day. We as a nation are always debating the war the war these days, and I won't go there. How terrible to lose such a young life!! I know that we are lucky to have such courageous people putting their lives on the line to protect us. I didn't know Jacob Fletcher, but I cried and prayed for him yesterday. May God console and heal his family and friends, and may the war end soon."
Susan of South Ozone Park, Queens, NY

"Hey brother, we miss you man. We're going back for round two and I know you'd be there with us if you could. You'd be there with your heavy metal.
You'd be there with your tattoos.
You'd be there.

We'll never forget brother, we'll never forget."
Chris Holbrook 1st Plt C Co. 2-503d of Vicenza Italy

"I am writing this information on behalf of Dorine Kenny. The website for Jacobs light foundation is WWW.Jacobsprogram.org, I read her these beautiful letters from the people who have written on this site. She was moved to tears by the reactions I read to her. She wanted me to get this information to those who wanted it. From all of us that love Jacob... his family and friends. Thank you for taking the time to write and learn about Jacob and all of our soliers abroad."
Kristi Ruppert of Lindenhurst, NY

"we went to school together, we didnt really speak, but im honoured to know that i sat next to him in suspension nonetheless, many days, and i had no idea i was sitting next to a hero

all my prayers for his family"
Nicole Dino of Babylon

"Dear Mrs. Kenney,

I, too, saw your story on CNN and was very moved. I spent many hours on line last night trying to learn more about your precious son, Jacob, and about your efforts on behalf of our soldiers in Iraq.

I am terribly sorry for your loss. Please add information to this web site so that those of us who would like to support your efforts on behalf of our troops, and in so doing rememberJacob, may assist you.

God bless you and your family."
K. Clements of Richmond, VA

"To the mother of Jacob
I watched the story last night on CNN about Jacob and what you are presently doing for the deployed troops. It made me feel so small and moved me to tears in an instant I wrote down your sons name in hope that I could find this page that you have set up for his sake and your own. I don't want to go into any great details on my opinion or dark political goals at work in the world, I just have to say that as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, desert storm and a father I cannot and will not put into words how your sacrifice as a mother touches the heart of anyone that has been there or gives it any thought. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, for all veterans and current armed forces members serving in the feild, for what you are doing now with your organization and the care packages you are sending abroad. When I was in the feild in desert sheild and desert storm there was very little in the way of what you are sending to them, the only time we gained access to those sorts of things was when the army left them laying around. To receive those things from home touched your heart, they made you feel strong, it was like your mom telling you that you are doing a great job and we love you even though it was from someone you new nothing about. I just want to say thanks and you are loved at least by me."
Rick of Norman, OK USA

"Every morning when I awake, I cautiously turn to CNN for the news. Every moring, I am again saddened by the death of our young brave men and women, like Jacob. I weep for these Soldiers, and my heart is broken, for I know that they will never be spouses, parents, grandparents, or live the life which I have been blessed with. Abraham Lincoln once said that there was no greater sacrifice or greater honor than for those who sacrifrice their lives upon the Alter of Freedom for this Country. I know this is true and rightious and I am forever grateful to these young brave souls and their families. One day we will meet them again and I will be humbled and priviliged to stand in the shadow of their greatness."
AL of Sarasota, FL


I saw your mom on CNN... I saw that you were loved.

Although I have been against the war, I still feel proud of our soldiers...You made a commitment, and you kept it, with your life...and now your mother has devoted hers to our country, too...

How lucky you were to be loved,
How lucky America is to have families such as yours."
Gina Reynolds of Lafayette, CA, USA

"Jacob my love Right about now we all really need you to just be by our side. Anthony is not doing well he needs you to help him get better. I love you baby with all my heart."
Michelle of Babylon

"Jake, I know that you are around because I can feel your presence. We need you more than ever to watch over us. It seems as though your absence is getting harder for those who loved you most, especially Michelle. You are strong and brave, much more than we on earth. Please shine down on us and embrace us. There are so many things I wish I could tell you, but you probably already know. I talk to you all the time, I hope you hear me. Please help us. You're all we've got.....and we don't even have you. Miss you..."
Mia of Brooklyn, NY

"Jacob my love, its still so hard to go on without you... I love you so much and miss u ! You knew my whole life good and bad and loved me just the same. You are forever in my heart! 2/19 RIP Love"
Michelle S of Babylon

"Fought for his loved ones and country
Looks over you from heaven with love
Explosives kill people, but you can't
destroy a Family's true love and bond
Thoughtful of his life
Caring for his loved ones
He is now in a better place
forEver will be known as a hero
and a loving,brave man.
Rest in peace Jacob S. Fletcher"
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"From what I've read in articles, Jacob was born into a loving family with loving friends. I feel the same sorrow in my life because my Godmother has died recently. I love her very much and she knows it, and I'm sure Jacob knows you all love him. Please try to live your lives in honor, knowing Jacob has risked his life to save his wonderful country and family. Don't tear yourselves apart for his passing, it's not in any way or form your fault. Jacob will be in my thoughts and prayers."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"I still have a hard time knowing my Jacob is gone. I think of him every passing day. He will live on in my heart and soul always"

"He gave his life so we could live free. God rest his soul"
Gaile Smith of Islip Terrace, NY

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

"~ I never knew Jacob personally, he hung out with my uncle in Babylon all the time and i was just a little girl wanting to hang with the big guys. From what I did know about him, he was an awesome guy. Always pulling pranks and laughing. He will be remembered in our hearts and thought upon often. Now that I have enlisted in the Marines I think of him for his courage to fight for his country and all the doubt was swept from my mind. If I do get deployed I will fight for him, our country, my family and all of those that were taken.~"
~Stephanie Rodriguez~ of Raleigh, North Carolina

"It's been five months,and i still wonder if he is going to come home..but i can answer my own question.But how do you explain that to a 5 yr. old that says my uncle jacob is my hero.And mommy when is he coming home?The best i could say is he is up in heaven watching you,and too always say that your uncle jacob is your hero.Jacob had a specialbond with my son and i ,jake was a friend and awhole lot more to me .But now he is above all his family and friends as our guardian angel,and our hero.
We all love you ,joey bang bang will never forget you i won't let him. I love you,Rest in peace."
carrie ann pisano.sonnichsen of babylon ny

"I recently had a college report to do on a fallen soldier. I chose Jacob as my soldier. To friends and family I express my sympathy. Jacob was a brave man who fought for his country. Reading this touched me deeply. Rest in piece Jacob Fletcher..a stranger yet a hero."
Ronald Buglione of Plainview,ny,USA

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 "

"OUR special chosen words since day one of finding this site last year...have always been......REST IN PEACE BRAVE SOLDIERS/MARINES/WARRIORS We love you and MAY GOD BLESS you each. Your loved ones are in a beautiful place called Heaven now....When you look up to the sky at night and see the brightest star...it's your hero..shining down on you..The Taylors United States Marine Corps, North Carolina"

"Our Friendship began as young innocent fourth graders, who happened to eye the same girl. Her name was Leah, and without her, Jacob and I would have never become friends. Jake and I were very close for a while. We both studied the martial arts, and both of us had a passion for the military. In Mr. Arena's 6th grade class most people would spend their free time playing, Jake and I would plan fake trips in F-16 strike eagles. We would play guns, and sometimes in one case, Jake would make his own flamethrowers with his mother's can of aquanet. I was overseas when all this went down, and I felt the pain that all of you convey, so very well. Jake was my friend, and my heart is a little less full knowing he is not alive. In the autumn of death, life seems to lume heavy like some unforgiving winter. While our souls lay dormant under a sheet of ice, think only of our friend, and maybe we can find some warmth, and comfort, in knowing that our brother has found peace! Take it easy Fletch, and look down on us, because we could all use some of your sunshine!
Avia Con Dios Brother"
jon king of Babylon

You will be forever a part of my soul. You showed me how to be strong, how to love and be loved, and how to be a friend. As long as we were following our hearts we stood behind each other no matter what. You protected me, you loved me and you touched my soul. Thank you for all the years of our friendship. I treasure them. I promise you this my dear friend, Little Jacob and Hannah will know you. Until we meet again, I will watch for you in my dreams forever."
Shannon Leigh of Beaver Dams,NY/USA

"Jacob is one of the most intense people I have ever met. I loved him. He made me feel what it was like to live fully. He opened my eyes, got me excited and taught me to trust what's in my heart. I feel his presence in the few new people I've recently met. I feel like I've known them for years, it's strange but I feel it's his way of comforting me. I admired him here on earth and I can't wait to see him in heaven. He was absolutely gorgeous! My greatest teacher and hero. He will forever be Jacob and Hannah's most inspiring uncle! And Jacob, I'm still trying not to think too much. Peace, Love, & Music"
Lauren of NYC,NY/USA

""We cannot thank you enough for your ultimate sacrifice. Although it has been many years since my service, I still have that burning fire inside me that has a special hurt everytime one of us has fallen. Fallen but NEVER forgotten, In our hearts and our prayers forever......""
Larry & Laura Greb of North Babylon, NY

"Thank you Jacob Fletcher, 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 did not know Jacob. I only read a newspaper article about his death. From what I saw there and what I've have seen on this web site, Jacob has touched my life immensly. A lot of things said about Jacob reminded my mother of me. I too have wanted to enlist since a young boy. So, once again, I never met Jacob Fletcher, but he will remain in my thoughts and prayers for the rest of my life."
Greg of Centereach, NY

"god bless him"

"As the days go on without him he is missed more and more. So many things remind us of him. So many words left unspoken. My heart feels so heavy at times. I will never be the same! He was such a part of my life we went from passing eachother in the hallway to neighbors to friends and then engaged. Jacob will always hold a special place in my heart that no one will replace. He is with my mom and dad may there souls rest in peace. You will be forever missed and loved"
michelle Stein of babylon

"Although I only knew Jake for a short amount of time, I remember him as being a breath of fresh air. I am deeply saddened by the news of his death and would like to extend my most heartfelt condolences to his family. I can only empathize the pain that you are feeling, as I too feel an emptiness from his death. I am proud to say that I had the chance to know a real life hero, a man of integrity and a Man Of Honor. I know that he will watch over us and heal our wounds. God Bless You Jake....."
Maria Parente of Brooklyn, NY

"My life took a significant turn on November 13, 2003. I lost my cousin, my forever best friend, my childhood soulmate, and I person who I upmost respect and call a hero for the rest of my life. I grew up with Jacob, he was only 4 months older then me so we bonded like brothers when we hung out together. My childhood memories of Jacob are the best memories of life. He will forever be within my heart. I miss him and love him so much. I pray for all the families that have relatives over there, not to go through the pain and anquish I do from this horrible experience. I feel like a piece of me disappeared when he died. Knowing my cousin, anyone who got to know him got to love him. He will always be remembered as my hero and as my cousin. To all the soldiers(heros) fighting for our freedom, I pray for you all to come home safe. Love you always Jacob."
Kyle McLaughlin of Freeport, Ny 11520

"My heart goes out to the Fletcher family at the devastating loss of their loved one. Jacob was a dear friend of my nephew, Pfc. Ryan Wilmington. This loss is one that we will all mourn for the rest of our lives. I am truly grateful that Jacob befriended Ryan. The Fletcher family will be in my thoughts and prayers."
Merrie Wilmington of Panama City, FL

"Fletch was a good friend of mine in Italy, which is where we had met. I know him as a brave man. He wanted so bad to go over there and fight for his country. I spoke to him prior to all of this just a few days ago. We always wrote and Im so sorry to hear the news. Devistated to say the least. My regards to all his family. Michelle We met in December and I knew all that was going on, I saw ur message on here and I just want you to know he was so sad to hear about your father and wanted so badly to speak to you. I know he still has so much love for you and admires your strenght so stay strong for him. And please know he loves you still he wrote me many times about how he missed you regardless of how it may have went. He also spoke of his mom and his family and how he could not wait to be home. I again am so sorry"
morini of vicenza, Italy

"Received a letter today from our Grandson, Pfc Ryan Wilmington. He was devastated by the loss of his "freind", Pfc. Fletcher. He said that they became freinds when they first arrived in Italy, and often had dinner togather, and did Karoke. Ryan wanted his family to let the Fletcher family know that he is very sorry for their loss. The war has now become "personal" for him. Our deepest condolences to the Fletcher family for this great loss they have suffered. Your family will be in our prayers!"
Larry Sears of Pittsboro, In.

"Anyone that could give us anymore information about PFC Jacob S Fletcher, or was with him at the time of the explosion please contact me at Sonofdog211@aol.com I was one of his bestfriends, his brother and anything would help. Also send any information to my sister Michelle Stein Innocence5499@aol.com she was very close to him as well to say the least. Thank you all very much."
Anthony Denisco of Bayshore, NY

"May God bless you and keep you in this time of great sorrow. Our son is also serving with the 173d airborne and was traveling with PFC Fletcher and Sgt Minucci at the time of the explosion. We deeply feel your loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers."
Pam Hoge of Camanche, IA

"Although, I did not know Jacob personally, He was very important to my Cousin Kristi Ruppert! He is a true Hero. He died doing his duty that He chose for his life. He should be remembered as a Brave soldier, who fought bravely for the defense of the citizens of the greatest Country in the World. The USA!!! I pray that his family has peace and that his death is all for Gods Good. I also pray for the safe return of all of our soldiers still in harms way and I pray for an end to the danger to our soldiers why they continue to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan and abroad!"
Firefighter Peter J. Paolillo of Hernando County Fire Rescue, Brooksville, FL

"Jacob S. Fletcher was the most important man in my life for 6 years. I will love him with all my soul for as long as I live. He was very proud to help his country and I am forever proud of him. He was a wonderful man, the man of my dreams. I will miss him forever."
Kristi Ruppert of Lindenhurst, NY

"Dear soldier I'm Anna Swedish and 26 years old. I can't give you a hug or shake your hand but I wanna thank you for all you did, for making this world a
better and safer place. Everytime I go to bed and sleep safe cause I know I don't have to be scared cause there are brave men and women like you outhere who protects me so I don't have to be scared. I thank you for I can stand on my balcony in Sweden and having my coffee in calm I see children on the playground and don't have to fear any bombs or missils.´I wanna thank you for that I can go to school and have the future I want. That I have the freedom to speak my mind. I thank you and all soldiers for the freedom I have that I can write you this.
God bless you and God bless your family.
Thank You for being there.
God bless America.
All love"
Anna of Mjölby/ Sweden.

"Jacob has wanted to be a soldier for as long as anyone can remember. He was living out a dream he has had for years and years. He is a true hero and a brave man at that! He touched the lives of many with just his words alone if not more. He was so proud to be serving for his country helping others. Jacob will forever be in the hearts of all that knew him."
Michelle Stein of Babylon, NY

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Jacob Fletcher:
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 Pfc. Jacob Fletcher:
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

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