Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Troy David Jenkins

25, of Ridgecrest, California.
Died of Wounds received in action. On April 19, 2003, Sgt. Jenkins was on a dismounted patrol with other soldiers when he was injured as result of an explosion. He was assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on April 24, 2003.

I am the older brother of Troy. I want to say to all of you who wrote on my brother's behalf. I love my brother more than anyone could imagine. It is like that song you never know what you got until it is gone. My brother died a great American hero and he will truely be missed by everyone. I have all my memories in my heart. I have received closure by seeing his sons and spending time with them. I love all of you guys even though we have never met. I would greatly enjoy talking to anyone with memories of Troy. Please send me memories of Troy.
He is the standard of a Great American Hero

Daniel J Jenkins

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"Thinking about you, still miss you and wish this hadn't happened."
Miss Melanie of AL

"I just thought you should know that while critically injured, that little girl lived.

Despite Troy's bold move, she still caught a bunch of frag. (he took most of it and that's why she didn't die on scene) The Iraqis whisked her away and we had no idea where they had taken her.

I was embedded with 187 at the time and being civilian I was able to peel off and track her down. Three hospitals later I found her and was able to communicate to her family that what we had here was a terrible accident and that an American soldier had intervened and taken the brunt of it.

They had been under the impression that somehow the Americans had fired on her. I got that cleared up.

Despite that, the nature of her injuries were such that the Iraqi doctor sent her home to die.

Because they knew that the Americans were not to blame, however, the next morning her uncle rushed her to us. We took her to the CASH at the airport where they stabilized her and evac'd her to Germany.

Because Troy took the action that he did, she did not die on the sidewalk that day and is now most probably a healthy 19yr old young lady sitting for her exams.

Rakkasans...best bunch of guys I have ever served with. I miss you all terribly."
Photo Jim of DC

"Think of you often Troy, you were such a cute kid, can still see those freckles and that big smile. Hope you were there to welcome Ryan.

Miss Melanie"
Melanie Hall of New Hampton, MO

"On this Memorial Day in 2015 we continue to hold up the memory of Troy Jenkins at Peoples Baptist Church so that his life and action will continue to serve this country and the cause for which he died."
Rev. Paul Zeron of Bayonne, NJ

"I served with Sgt. Jenkins in Afghanistan (OEF) in 2002. I also had the wonderful pleasure of hanging out with him a few times in between OEF and OIF. Jenkins could tell some jokes that would put a smile on the grumpiest and saddest of men. Obviously, Jenkins put all others above himself and that is the reason I try to live in that same way today. His heroic deed literally changed me forever. Not a single day goes by that I don't think about him and what he willingly did to save those around him.

He will be my hero for life. Thank you for what you did!

Rakkasan Brotha! "Ne Desit Virtus" and "Till We Form Again!""
Paul Alsip (Aco 3/187) OEF 2002 of Kentucky

"Troy david jenkins is my.father.i miss him he fas a great soldier and I miss him its been hard dad u left us ik u had to save them but I didnt want u to leave dad"
Tristan giovanni jenkins son of troy david jenkins of Benton,ky USA

"When I first met Troy it was in Afghanistan, february of 2002. I had just arrived in country and met up with my new family, 2nd Plt C co 2/187th. I couldn't have asked for a better group of guys to be thrown into combat with. I remember the sparring matches he would force me into, helping better prepare my warrior side. He was a great soldier and leader, and will forever remain in my thoughts."
Michael Novotney (Eikey) of Wheeling, WV

"Troy, i found myself reflecting on you this AM. I remember our last night out at KICKERS before we deployed. I 'll never forget you my friend. You are a true american hero in every sense of the word. You gave your life to protect your brothers and a little girl!!! Sleep easy my friend !!"
Jason Conner of Nashville

"I just heard the story about Troy from one of his peers. God bless his family and thank you, Troy."
Phil of Hernando, MS

"I've never known troy but when I was little I used to make my mom drive past his house everytime we went to our hometown Camden Alabama, I still do. When I was about 6-7 I drew his mom a picture and gave it to her. Troy is a true hero."
Allison grace bolduc of Jay

"You are not forgotten brother! I will never forget what you did for your men. Battle Hard! Iron Rakkasans!"
CPT Hector Ponce de Leon of Tucson, AZ

"Sgt. Jenkins,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF but when you served in Afghanistan as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"We're coming on ten years brother. There's not a day I don't think of your actions that day. I tell my kids of you, of that selfless act. You will live forever through your Rakkasan family and the generations that will follow. Rakkasan SGT Jenkins!"
Hector Ponce de Leon of Tucson, AZ

"I'm from camden and where i live you have to go through reptonto get to camden when i was little i drew and wrote a letter for troy my mom stopped and gave it to your and troys mom. I've always told people about troys story since my mom told me about it. Everytime we go to camden i make my parents drive past your moms house so i can see his memorial, i love it."
Allison of jay/camden

"I miss Troy today. Its been many years but I miss him."
SGT Michael Erickson of Riverside CA

"I think about Troy so often, remembering him as a little boy, when he and my second son were best friends, I can still see that freckled face and those laughing eyes.

I remember you Troy, and I miss knowing you are in the world."
Melanie Hall (Rowley) of New Hampton MO USA

"Troy was a great Warrior and Rakkasan in every sense of those words. His loss is remembered by those who knew him and shared in that chapter of our great regiment's history. I am proud to have known SGT Jenkins and to have served with a Soldier of his caliber."
Randal Underhill (D & C Co. 2-187 IN) of Clarksville, TN

"On this day April 24th, 2003 Sgt Troy David Jenkins made a courageous, split-second decision April 19 that
ended his life, but saved those of a 7-year-old girl and several
soldiers in his 187th Infantry Regiment Jenkins, 25, was
critically wounded when an Iraqi child approached a group of soldiers
with an unexploded cluster bomb. As the bomb went off, Jenkins threw
himself over it. Rest in peace...we remember. Today we pray for your family on this the anniversary of your passing."
The Griego Family of Rio Rancho, NM

"Sgt. Jenkins,

I never got the chance to meet you personally, but I have heard so many stories about you from my husband, Sgt. Michael Erickson. You made an impression on him that I can only describe as amazing. I'll never forget the day we got the news about your death. Mike was so upset. I'd never seen him cry except the day you all first left for Afghanistan in Jan. '02 when he knelt down at our sons bedside while he slept to say goodbye. You are a true Rakkasan in every sense of the word!!! Mike always said you were one of the most honorable men he had ever had the priviledge of knowing. You will never be forgotten! God Bless you and your family!"
Ann Erickson of Riverside, CA (formerly of Clarksville, TN)

I remember you frequently. I especially remember you that week in April, and I inevitably tell your story every time the week approaches. I remember how you asked me every hour we crossed paths, "Hey, Chappy, what's the word of the wisdom for the day? I had to share 9-10 mini-words-of-wisdom-for-the-day as we worked the rails to go Downrange in 2003, because we kept working the same rails from day to day. I kept asking God to equip me because clearly he was working in your heart. I remember the day we were leaving KY and the O-6 was giving his rallying words, and asked in the midst of it, "So anybody out there think you can kick MY A**?" and you piped up, "I can, sir!" We were laughin'. I remember talking in the chow line at Jersey; I remember you were seeking assurance that God loved you and could forgive your mistakes. April, I remember looking into your eyes, the day it happened, when we were getting you in the bird, while you braved the pain like the biggest soul I ever saw, and I grabbed you by the arm, and prayed with everything I had. I cried in my heart,"Lord, God, if you can forgive what you did for a sinner like me, surely, surely you can forgive him." That little girl had no idea, and he saw it and swept it away from her and warned his team in time enough to save so many.
He watched for Your Salvation, Lord. Troy, I remember you, and I will remember you to others."
Mike Rightmyer of USA

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"I just wanted to give my condolences. I knew Troy from B co. 2/187 after
Afghanistan, then I was moved to D co. and he went to 3/187. He was a fine Soldier and good friend.
I talked to him the last time along the highway just before we took Baghdad.
He was himself, we joked for a few minutes and I had to push forward.
He is missed by all who had the pleasure to know him."
Mike Ehrhart , U.S. Army (Retired) of Wayne City, IL

"My name is Robert Duncan, I was troys best friend back in the Rakkassans. I love and miss him dearly."
Robert Duncan of Brandon Florida

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Miss you Troy, I will allways be proud of you and the way you have fallen.

Dan Chapman (Co. 2-187inf) automaticdan@hotmail.com"

"Troy you crazy bastard, you'll always be remembered as a friend, brother and outstanding NCO. Thanks for good times brother.
SGT David A. Huynh (3rd herd C 2-187)"
of Chicago, IL

You are missed and remembered always!"
Disco Stu of Baghdad

"I'm Connie Gibson, Troy's mother, Troy was a born again Christian,one of God's special people. He told me he wanted to go into the ministry, but needed to get 'That which is Caesar'r's' (military service), out of his blood first. Troy was baptized 3 different times, at 8, 15, and 23. He said he wanted to make sure where he would go, when life was over. I haven't had a computer until now to read all these beautiful messages. Troy was my baby of 6, and lived with me in Jackson, Ms. , as well as everywhere in Al. His real father, a soldier also , died when Troy was9. His stepfather was where the Jenkins name came from. He was my dear baby, who got me up at 2 or 3 a.m. , many times to go to the local Waffle House for coffee. I asked him if it wasn't embarassing to be seen in public with his mom, he was a teenager remember, but he answered "No, mom, you're cool. That was the highest compliment Troy ever gave me. Thank you , for your memories, and I would love to hear from anyone at troymom@frontiernet.net I am currently working on Troy's Congressional Medal of Honor . I have many Congresspersons on board, but need many more. Pleases help. Connie Gibson, mother of a great AMERICAN hERO"
Connie Gibson of Repton, Al. U.S.A.

"Miss you man, miss all of my Raider RAK Brothers."
1SG Wade M Ruch of Iraq

"Troy, I think about you everyday. People say that all the time but this is all too serious. I was there bro. I remember. I know you're in a better place now...but it still hurts. I love you brother and I'll remember you forever."
Chris of Indiana

"Wow, five years have passed. Five long years. I still miss you and love you Troy..Happy Birthday"
Twyla of Commerce, GA

My name is Brooks, Todd W. I served in the Persian Gulf back in the day of no Molle, no three day packs, no Camelbacks, and the old dark brown MRE'S. I WANT TO SAY HOW PROUD I AM OF ALL YOU GUYS!! I want to thank you for preserving my familys way of life. I want to be with you all so bad, I can taste the sand from here and smell the oil burning. Anyway, thats not why I'm here. I was hit by a bus in Germany when I got back. I broke both knees, both femurs, my nose, jaw, 3 teeth and cracked a whole in my head that still gives me trouble. I recently looked up an old Plt. Sgt of mine that was like a father to me when I joined at 17.
He kept me out of trouble and kept Top from kickin my * so hard, he was a great Sgt, also he kept me alive a few times in the Desert. So, I found him and his wife, who was also a Spec. in my unit at the time. They were living in Ft. Benning Ga. He had retired after 26 years as a first Sgt.(he got into too much trouble to be made Sgt.Maj.) I went to see them with my wife over memorial day (seemed fitting) and we had a great time catching up after 17 years. He took me all over Benning and the outside area. We went to a store called Ranger Joes outside one entrance to the Base. We were looking around and I saw about 100 meters away was a building called (discount barn) This is where all the non selling items go after they don't make a profit. I was looking around in there when my wife told me to come here. I went over and she was lifting up a junk load of ribbons and various AAM, Arcoms, and MSM medals when I saw what she was looking at. RIGHT THERE IN A JUNK BIN WAS A HANDFULL OF REMEMBERANCE BRACELETS. I went bezerk, I started cussing real loud when I asked the snot nose punk at the counter if he knew that these guys paid the ULTIMATE PRICE for his freedoms which I'm sure he took for granted. I know he was'nt responsible, but hey, sometimes we shoot the messenger. I reached in and bought one and so did my wife and Sgt. Heres why I'm on your site and no one elses. As I write this I'm wearing Sgt.Troy D Jenkins bracelet. When I got home to KY, I was restless over the whole bracelet thing,while there the kid called for the owner or mangager to come help him, but neither were there for me to kill. So when I had the chance and was a little cool headed, I called Ranger Joes. I asked for the owner, and to my amazement I got him. I explained who I was, a disgruntled former Combat Vet and that I was making a huge complaint. I told him that men died to get those bracelets and how dare they end up in the junk bin in the discount store. Of course he started back paddling and doing that old "I did'nt know, I'll fix it right away" routine, so I did'nt rip him through the phone as I had intended, I just left him with a few not so kind words and that was that. I have not taken the bracelet off since, but I only recently decided to find out about the man whos name I will bear for life, who he was, and what was he was about. I found out that he gave his life for a little Iraqi girl and his buddies from an Insurgent grenade. God said "that no greater love is there than a man give his life to protect another" loosely translated. I am wearing the Olive color of the band out, so I made a big decision. I am going to have the braceelt tatooed on my right wrist,exactly as it is now, so when the real one finally falls off, I will have it forever. I'm on here to ask permission of his freinds to do this, it would be a great honor for me to do this for him, his family ,his bretheren RAKKASANS, and myself. I humbly await your permission.
Corp. Brooks, Todd w
6/52 ADA 89-95

"I was reminded of Troy today, by someone I didn't know, It just seems appropriate to take the time to remember your sacrifice. God bless your family. Rakassan"
SSG Scott Crisp (former Aco 2/187) of Alaska

"Troy was a good guy,I will remember him always."thanks for the cigarettes,We love you brother!""
Sgt. Justin Chisholm of St.Marys, Oh

"January 12, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Troy David Jenkins:
Troy 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


I still remember the day that we got the news back at Ft. Campbell. losing you the way that we did is one that i will never forget. i have told your story over 100 times to high school kids, adult men, and any one who will listen. I am in college and i can not help but wonder what it would be like to sit in a college class with you. I remember that public speaking class we took at campbell that was some funny stuff. anyway we all miss you and stand tall stand pround because you are Hero to so many people. "NE DESIT VIRTOUS" Let Valor not Fail 2-187 Rakkasan You won the Medal Of Honor in my eyes and many others..
former SGT Jason A. Gill of Nashville, TN

"Thank you Troy for fighting for our freedom that we all love so much. Take your rest now in that wonderful place called Heaven."
Heath Wilson of Castleberry, Alabama USA

"thank you! you will never be forgoten."
rob willems of richlands n.c.

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF, but also for your service in Afghanistan as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest symapthy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Bless him and all the remaining soldierd"
Dominick of Jackson, MS

"I think of Troy often, when I think of the time we spent in Iraq my mind wonders to that day in April. I know he is greatly missed and I send my condolences to his family and loved ones. He was full of the "warrior spirit" Rakkasans!"
Jeremy E. Gaul (former Sgt. A-2-187 IN) of Ohio

"I just wanted to say that serving with sgt Jenkings was a honor. He had a way of making people laugh and knew how to make the best of things. He always held his head up high. He was one of the best soldiers i have ever served with. Ill miss him always. B co 2-187."
Spc Roger Silveira of Tracy,ca,usa

"To those of you who supported Troy's family I thank you very much. If you don't know who I am let tell you. I am Amanda Jenkins the wife and mother of Troy's children. I appreciate all that you have said and the loving words you have given. I would also like to say that Troy was a beloved father and husband. He was always there for me and we knew what each other did constantly. His plans of coming home to his wife and family got changed but he will always be in our hearts. I have a request for certain people who post knowing Troy, please do not mention my children or what their father has said about them. Life has been hard enough on them and they do not need to know anything more than that daddy loves them always."
Amanda Jenkins of some place USA

"Dear Jenkins Family,
Jeff Gibbs from the Mobile Veteran's Group is my brother-in-law and I thought I'd send you a message and let you know that you are in our thoughts every day and that we appreciate our military heros."
Donna Rae Smith of Baltimore, Maryland

"Why hasn't he been awarded the Medal of Honor yet?"
James of OH

"troy you will always be in my memories i wise i was there for you ...."
sean manley of columbia, sc

"Sgt Jenkins was a team leader i had in Cco 2/187 he was awsome. He was always there for his men I miss Frag. He was something else my heart gos out to his family.He is missed he tought me alot about standing for what you feel is right and going with it. Jenkins you will always be remembered"
SSG Sierra of Killeen TX Fort Hood

Both of us volunteered for that patrol, but your destiny had already made up it's mind before we even left Ft. Campbell. You and your family are always in my prayers. We lived like Marines in an Army world brother. Semper Fi...."
SGT Larimer of Thayne, WY

"I did not know Troy Jenkins but I know he is a true hero in giving the ultimate sacrifice to save someone else. I had the honor to meet his mother Connie Gibson in Repton,AL. on 04/22/06 at The Celebration of Life. I know where Troy got his courage from. God Bless you Troy."
Pgr Rider of Mobile, AL

"Troy, I just had to put on the soundtrack to “Saterday Night Fever” for you today...I still can't help but laugh when I hear Brittney Spears...knowing you were such a huge fan. ha ha ha. Gee time sure flies. Seems like only yesterday.......We all have people in our lives for a reason, you made a lot of people happy the brief time you were here, and touched every life you came across.....I am glad I knew you, even if only for a blink in time........ You are truly loved and missed by many!!!!!"
Renea of Madisonville, KY

"God bless your brother. Please contact me to help fallen heroes hospital in Tx."
karen van norden of cedar rapids, Ia.


"I had the pleasure of knowing Troy pretty well. He was one of the most tactically and technically proficient NCO's that I worked with. I learned alot from him and will never forget him. He was one of a kind and at the end of the day was proud that he called me friend. Your loss is shared by many."
Sgt. Jimmy W. Freeman of Appleton, Ar United States of America

"SGT Jenkins was my team leader in Iraq. I just want to say that he was one of the best team leaders that i have had. He tought me alot and i base most of my leadership styles off of his. He always took care of his men, and knew what to say to them when they were down in the dumps. He always had a story for every occasion and I remember every story that he has told me. That is the kind of person that Troy was. The kind of person that you could never forget. Rest in Peace my friend."
SSG Timoteo Salinas of FT. Campbell, KY HHC 3 BCT

"He was a great friend and soldier. He will be missed. Hooah 2/187 rakkasans"
nick gibbons(chief) of gordon ,nebraska

"I never met Troy but his story of dedication to his comrades, selfless service, protecting his Soldiers and non-combatants and serving his country impressed me so much that I named my first born son after him. My son is still very young but as he grows I will teach him to respect his name and about the great man and hero who he is named after. I am deploying to Iraq as I type this and pray that you and yours are are comforted by the fact that there are those willing to continue the fight that Troy was so dedicated to, protecting and defending Freedom."
just a soldier of Ft. Hood, TX

"Sgt.Jenkins was a good nco always looking out for joe.Im glad i knew him."
Martinez,Eloy of san antonio,texas/bexar

"I knew Troy back in highschool and he was one of the funniest people I have ever met. I too served with the 101st in Iraq, and when I heard of Troy's death it hit home that someone I had known was killed. My prayers go to his family and all the other soldiers fallen but not forgotten."
Daniel Smothermon of Korea.........Evergreen, AL

"Troy was my best friend when we were both going to Hillcrest HS in Evergreen, AL. I was in Iraq with the 3rd INF DIV when I heard about his death. Of all the horrible things that I saw and did over there, him dying is the thing that I carry with me today the most. Although we hadn't spoken much due to both of us being in the military, I still considered him my best friend. My condolances go to his family. joshuaburt@hotmail.com"
Joshua Burt of Milton, FL

"Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice to make our lives safer here in this beautiful country. Go Army!"
Robert M. Perry, US Army ret. of Mobile, Alabama USA

"Hi: I overheard that Troy doesn't have many visitors due to his family live in another state, so I promised Troy I'll bring him flower everytime I come to visit my dear friend, who is also a fallen heroe in Iraq, burried next to Troy, at every two weeks. I've done this since Feb and I was at his grave yesterday 4/23/05 to remember it's been 2 years since he's gone. I just like to let you, Troy's family, know Troy has a new friend. Blessing."
A friend of Orange County, CA

"Troy you will always be in the thoughts and prays of all of your fellow Rakkasans. Thankyou fro the scrafice that you made to save so many. To your family you may not remember but I was there at Try's funeral and I want to let you know to that I think and pray fro you everyday. Raider Rakkasan (2/187 INF)"
Michael Merritt of Dugway, Utah

"Troy, thanks for the laughs. We always had fun when we got a chance to see you. Brother, We miss you and we talk about you quite often. For his family, he was a great man. Raider Rakkasan!!!"
Hector Garcia of Ft Campbell, KY

"We miss you Troy..even after almost 2 years you are still in our hearts."

"To my cousin, my hero. . .We won't forget."
Joe Booker of Monroeville, Al

"Troy, your sacrifice was not in vain. You will be a hero forever in the hearts of your family, friends and fellow soldiers... In honor of you and your ultimate sacrifice I will try to be a better man... I was a soldier too.. And I made many sacrificess for my country... But you Troy, made the biggest sacrifice...

Thank you for your bravery, courage, unselfishness and humanity... I will meet you someday in the good place...

God Bless you Troy!!

Bill Hickey
3/17th FA, USAEUR"
Bill of JAPAN

"Troy was my big brother's best friend growing up in Evergreen, AL, and my oldest brother knew Danny pretty well too. My brother was serving in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division when he got the news, and I know it hurt him a lot. I can only imagine the pain your family has endured, but I know he is watching down on his family. Please know your family, Amanda, and Troy's sons are in my prayers. I pray every night for the safe return of our brave men & women serving overseas. My heart goes out to you...thank you for raising a heroic young man. I know he was one of the only outlets my brother had as a child, and I know my brother will always be grateful for that. Thank you, Troy, for your sacrifice. You will be missed, but never, EVER, forgotten. God bless you all."
Elizabeth Goodman of Blue Springs, MO

"To those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, may God bless and keep your families safe."
David Schwarzman of Los Angeles, CA

"Oh, you have slipped the surly bonds of earth... and touched the face of God. Rest in peace."
SGT Brian T. Sullivan of Kensington, CT

"I am very saddened to hear about Troy's death I knew him from the Marine Corps, I was in Golf Company with him, he was always very nice to me. I was watching Datline when I found out about his death and was in disbelief when i saw his picture come up. I just want to say sorry to his family, his wife and kids, and everyone who knew him."
Chris Dempsey of Frankfort, IL

"First I would like to apologize to Troy's family for not responding to this website any sooner but I didn't know about Troy's death until I saw the Nightline program with Ted Koppel. Upon hearing about Troy's death I was extremely upset and shocked. My family and I were Troy and Amanda's next door neighbors at Ft. Campbell, KY. I was suprised to find out that Troy and I had a few things in common. We both had joined the Marine Corps right out of high school, then ended up joining the Army. Although, Troy was infantry and I was aviation. We both shared similar experiences when it came to adjusting to the "Army" way of doing things. I remember that it seemed like Troy was always away from home on a field or some other training exercise. I remember that he was also training in the Pre-Ranger course for a while and would come home dead tired but he never seemed to complain about it. When we first met Troy and his family he told us that if we ever needed anything to not hesitate to ask. I'm sorry that we didn't get to know him and his family any better. But I know that Troy was an outstanding person and it tears me up inside knowing that he is no longer here. God Bless you Troy and the U.S. military. Our prayers and condolences go out to Troy's family."
Kevin, LaDonna , Mikaela and Cameron Ebelhar of Kennesaw, GA (originally from Owensboro, KY)

"I served in the same platoon as Troy and was there the day that he was injured. He died the way that he lived, giving of himself for others' sake. Even though at times it was difficult to get along, Troy befriended me and was always there anytime that I needed anything from him. One of his final thoughts before he was medevac'd out that day was to ask if the rest of the patrol was safe. That was Troy, worried over others even though he was in pain. He is, and will continue to be, sorely missed. God bless you Troy and thank you."
SGT Brandon "Eric" Erickson of 3rd Plt, B Co, 3/187th IN, Ft Campbell, Kentucky

"I met Troy years and years ago. We had a special friendship that I will always hold dear to my heart. "Frag" and "Yo Adrienne!" will always bring memories of Troy to me..He was one of the best friends, the best people I ever knew. A poet, a genius, a hero. I miss you Troy...."
of Gulf Shores, AL (formerly Excel Al)

"Troy, I will never forget what a huge heart you had and how much you loved being a Marine. I love you still and miss you every day..."
Thinking of you... of Alabama

"To Danny, Janelle, Troy's mom and dad, you are in my thoughts and prayers every day, especially today."
Crysti of Lake City, FL (from Castleberry, AL originally)

"one year later: We NEVER forget!
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Troy will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"Thank you, thank you, thank you Troy. God Bless you and your family."
a citizen of the United States of America

"As a fellow veteran and native Alabamian, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to Troy's family and friends. I would also like to say how proud we are of Troy in his service to our great country. Troy made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom and his fellow soldiers, with total disregard for his own safety. It is because of the actions of brave soldiers such as Troy that we Americans are able to maintain the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted today. His nomination for the Congressional Medal of Honor is a most deserving one, and I hope that his sacrifice will be noted in the honoring of this highest of military honors for valor above and beyond the call of duty. On behalf of all of us down here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, I thank Troy and all of our brave soldiers who have laid their life on the line for America. May God bless you all."
Charles M. Smith of Gulf Shores, Alabama

"Thank you Troy Jenkins, 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

"Hello Ma'am

My condolences to You and your family, and may Troy's spirit live on. I know and understand this is really bad timing on my part, So please excuse me. I realize this is also coming very late, but I just found out today. So I again want to apologize for not writing sooner. I knew Sgt Jenkins in the army, I am a medic that was assigned to his company and sometimes got attached to Sgt Jenkins squad to follow with them. I got to know him pretty good in a short time. We ended up going to JRTC in FEB. of 2001 in 2nd bat. / 187 Inf. Rakkisans. I was very proud to be a line medic that was serving under Sgt Jenkins. He treated me with the up most respect and i was only a Spc. He always called me doc. which is a respected name if you know your stuff. He was more like a brother to me in that short time that I served under him, I had learned so much from him, about being a solider, an NCO, a team leader, but not only that he was funny also, he knew how to make people laugh. and how to lighten the subject up. I really had good times with him. I will never forget him. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family. I do appreciate your time. Again my condolences to you and your family. Troy you are deeply missed, may you live on in spirit Bro. "RAKKISAN""
Jeff Schied of Milwaukee, Wi

"Hey Frag! You were always one hell of a guy. And i know cause you always there for us in baghdad. You were my guardian angel in disguise. And i shall say that u will always be remembered as a true jedi...."
SPC. Ward Norman E. Jr. of Ft. Campbell, Ky Bravo Company 3/187 INF RGT 3rd PLT

"Troy...Once a Marine, Always a Marine...You walk with the Lord now...and may you rest in peace in beautiful Heaven....

The Taylors in NC"

"Troy was a special person that opened his hand to help someone in need. During a time that was more difficult for me to admit, Troy entered my life to help me see that there was more to this world that the problems we experience day to day. Even in a brief moment of your life, Troy seemed to have an everlasting effect on you. To the parents, you raised a fine son. For his sons, he will always be the hero watching over them. His last words to me was that "It's a job that I have to do so that my boys won't." I know he truly loved his boys and is still watching over them. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family. This world has lost a wonderful angel."
Becky of Madisonville, KY

"Wow...still trying to believe here. Troy we love you man. We miss you. You were a blast, a great friend and roomate!!! You will always be in our hearts and minds!!! Jack and Fran...we love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Chris and Kelli and Cole of Clarksville, Tenn

"Hey brother,

Just heard the news today, I never figured it could or would happen to you. You are a true friend, and Will be missed by many!!! See ya FRAG!!"
disco stu of Ft. Wainwright, ak

"We thank you for the sacrafice Troy made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier!"
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"I got the honor of meeting Troy in Sept. 2002 when he had befriended my sister when family couldn't quite help. Troy being the outgoing person he was helped her thru a very tough time. Troy you will always be remembered in the hearts of my family and my friends, who also got to meet Troy briefly. Thank you so much Troy for the joy you brought my family. You are really a hero beyond words."
Gretchen Wise of Madisonville, Ky USA

"I just want to say Troy will be greatly missed. I went to school with Troy. He was always trying to be funny. I shared lunch with him. He had us laughing everyday. I remember it like it was yesterday. I haven't seen him since he graduated. It really hits you hard when it's someone that you were once friends with. My husband is currently in Iraq I pray for his safty everyday. I know when he finds out about Troy it will hit him hard to."
LaShunda Coleman Bullock of Evergreen, Al.

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Troy Jenkins:
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 Troy 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. Troy Jenkins:
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 Troy, 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