Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jeremiah Jay Holmes

27, of North Berwick, Maine.
Holmes died near Balad, Iraq, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device and fell from a bridge. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 744th Transportation Company, Hillsboro, New Hampshire. Died on March 29, 2004.

Holmes was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.

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"To the family of:Jeremiah Jay Holmes
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"I was in the 744th when they went over to iraq. I remember hearing the news when sgt.holmes was killed. To his whole family may god bless you always."
Paul Brault of Berlin NH

"March 9, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Jeremiah Jay Holmes:
Jeremiah 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

"Uncle Jay
we love you and miss you"
Jessie of Kennebunk, ME

"I just came across this Fallen Heroes Memorial and read about Jay. It was very touching. He sounded like a great young man who would make any family very proud! God bless."
pat kelleher of Hanover, MA

"Jay was a very special person. He loved his family very much and enjoyed his time with them. His grandparents, Sally and Dick Allard raised him as his mom, Sheila Holmes, was murdered at a young age. Even though I am his aunt biologically, he was my brother in every other way. He enjoyed our family times together and his laughter would always make everyone else smile along with him. Jay did a very brave thing by going over to Iraq to fight for our country. None of us wanted him to go, but he had to honor his committment to the Army. We were all scared for him and our greatest fear become reality when we got the dreaded phone call of his death in a strange country without any of us beside him.

I will always remember him for his strength, his love of life and his love of family. His special times were spending time with his grandparents and aunts during holidays and summers playing horseshoes and watching the Red Sox with his grandfather. A day has not passed that we don't think about Jay and miss him in every way. We are the ones that knew him for 27 years and watched him grow from a curious young boy to a caring young man. His grandparents and aunts are the ones that remember all those special moments of all those years of him growing into the fine young man that he turned out to be. Jay was the one everyone turned to in times of trouble and he would always be there to help in any way that he could. His family has always been proud of Jay. His memory will go on forever in our hearts."
Cindy Allard of Somersworth, NH 03878

"Jay you are thought of each and every night. My prayers go out to Kim and Kaleb. It was an honor to have meet you in high school and to meet back up with you later on before you past away. Keep watch over us. God Bless"
Missy of East Wakefield Nh

"Hi Jay I only met you at our grandparents 50th anniversary but I feel like Ive known you my whole life. I wish I could have known you better but the time that I knew you was great. I love you and miss you very much god bless you I LOVE YOU"
Hannah Keating - Ehlers of Windham, Maine

"Its been almost a year since you left us, but I still think about you every day. I have a picture of us in my car and your dog tags so you're with me all the time. They said with time I'd be okay and that I would get through this, but it still hurts so bad Jay. I don't know how everyone else is still going. It hurts every day.

"I miss you, miss you so bad
I don't forget you, oh it's so sad
I hope you can hear me
I remember it clearly

The day you slipped away
Was the day I found it won't be the same

I didn't get around to kiss you
Goodbye on the hand
I wish that I could see you again
I know that I can't

I hope you can hear me cause I remember it clearly
The day you slipped away
Was the day I found it won't be the same

I had my wake up
Won't you wake up
I keep asking why
And I can't take it
It wasn't fake
It happened, you passed by

Now your gone, now your gone
There you go, there you go
Somewhere I can't bring you back
Now your gone, now your gone
There you go, there you go,
Somewhere your not coming back

The day you slipped away
Was the day i found it won't be the same
The day you slipped away
Was the day that i found it won't be the same

I miss you"

Avril Lavigne - Slipped Away"
Your sister, Whitney of Virginia Beach

"I was looking through the list of all the soilders that had passed and remembered the last name holmes. I then looked at this picture and realized that i was stationed with him at fort carson. We were not the closest but, we would speak to eachother everytime we saw eachother. He was a very nice guy.. I just want his family to know that he is in a better place now and that he was very brave. I know that it is hard but, he will never be forgotten, your family is in my prayers."
Shadaya Reynolds of Harrisburg, PA /USA

"To the family and friends of Jeremiah i have never met your son father and friend but i hear he was a great guy. I am also from Maine and one of my battle buddies here in Korea knew your son and spoke of him in the highest. I am sorry to have never met him for i think it would have been an honor. As i stand ready to deploy soon i will keep your son in my prayers as a fellow Mainah.. My deepest condolences to you all and he truly was a hero.
SPC Magofna"
of Camp Casey Korea

I had the pleasure to serve with your dad with the 744th. When I first meet him, the first thing I notice was his laugh. His laughter filled the drill hall floor. If I could put to words his expression on his face in September of 2002 sitting outside of drill prior to first formation when he made the annocement that he was going to be a father. His smile was from ear to ear. Then a couple of months later he came in with the news that the baby is a boy. Every month he came in with a new story of how you were kicking right through your mothers stomach. How much he enjoyed just lying on your mother's belly telling you stories. A last you were born into this world and once again your father came in to drill with a smile from ear to ear. The only thing differnt was you were in his arms wearing your little Red Sox outfit. Kaleb you are your fathers legacies from head to toe. So Kaleb in years to come when you get on your father's harley, ride with pride and ever time you kick start that engine is one for ride for your Dad."
Danielle La Valley of Epping, NH

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

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

"To Jeremiah's Family:
There aren't words for us to express our deep sorry for your loss. Maybe God bless you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Jeremiah's family, God Bless you for raising a son that went to battle for his loved ones and stranger alike. He will now be joining many others that have gone before. Peace to you all in your time of need. I am the granddaughter of Errol Holmes (MN). Mother of PFC Herrgott killed 7-3-03"
Marcia Herrgott of Shakopee,MN. USA

"To Jeremiah's family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jeremiah did a very brave thing to walk into danger and fight with courage. He will always be a hero to america for his sacrifice."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"Rest in Peace Brave Hero
May God bless your family and friends"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"Thank you Jeremiah Holmes, 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 Spc. Jeremiah Holmes:
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 Jeremiah 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 Spc. Jeremiah Holmes:
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 Jeremiah, 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