Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Gussie M. Jones

41, of Louisiana.
Jones died in Baghdad, Iraq, as a result of a non-combat cause. As medical surgical nurse in support of area operations, Jones was assigned to the 31st Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bliss, Texas. Died on March 7, 2004.

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My classmates, my friend and fellow Soldier, know that we SHALL NEVER FORGET!
Missing you.."
Lisa Waller-Givens of Fort Belvoir, VA

"we Thanks everyone for all your prayers. may God bless you. she is still miss in love always"
berdia jones of little rock ,ar

"Gussie, I thought about you today. I don't know why, but you came across my mind. We grew up together, went to school together and had heartaches together. Even though you were my cousin, you were so much more. When I went in the military, we lost touch for awhile, but we were able to catch back up later. I am in awe at your accomplishments. At such a young age you were taken from us too soon. As I read about the dedication you had to our country, it makes me proud to be a fellow soldier and family. I love you and may your soul rest in peace.
SFC Odessa Brittenum...."
Odessa Brittenum of Virginia

"I have not forgotten you ma'am.It was an honor to serve with you."
Temi B. of Phoenix,Az.

"God Bless your family.It's because of brave women like Gussie that have gave thier lives for this country and for the many women who have been wounded in this war.I felt like they didnt get enough reconition,they are fighting along side our men.In interviewing women in the military I found out they are flying BlackHawk Missions,clearing buildings,searching for bombs.So I decided to write a song honoring the women in the Military,it was sang in Fleet week in N.Y.go to proudandbrave.com.God Bless all who served and let us never forget."
Sue Couch of Mt.Morris Mi.

"June 1, 2012 - I display a flag dedicated to Gussie that was part of America's Healing Field display held here in Lynchburg in 2006. I purchased this flag, along with 2 others, and proudly display them every Veteran's Day, Independance Day, and Memorial Day. May they never be forgotten."
Alan Faircloth of Lynchburg, VA

"To the family of:Gussie M. Jones
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. She 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""

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"Gussie was an excellent solider and church member of of me and my wife.She was wonderful and dedicated to Word Of Life World Outreach Ministries in Columbia S.c.Me and my wife were shocked and saddened at her passing.My GOD bless her family and friends with peace and strength."
Reginald &Sharon Mcknight of Philadelphia.PA

"February 22, 2009
To the family of Capt. Gussie M. Jones:
Gussie 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

"It was an honor to serve with you Gussie. Thank you for your selfless service and undying compassion for others. You are missed but never forgotten. May God bless and keep you. Your "8 Alpha" friend always,"
Westina Tolbert, Capt, USAF, Nurse Corp of Robins AFB, GA

"March 7th today is my Birthday. I was taken to tears when i heard of an american dying this day. Captain, i salute you and those who are in Iraq fighting for us. You have the courage that none of us possess, to go over there and fight for freedom. god bless you, I know you are by his side right now and all i have to say is thank you."
America's Faithfull of Georgia

"Gussie, it has been three years today since your passing. Even though I have never met you, I sit here thinking of you and your family. May you all find comfort in the memories of good times shared. Bless you..."
Thinking of you of Bangkok, Thailand

"gussie i think of you often.the many times we laughed and those times we that we cried.talking over the days events over steaming etouffe.your deep spiritual committment faithful soul.the many times you held my hand and fed me words of faith.the time we put the cedar chest together and laughed so much we thought we'd never finish.the day i heard the news and the numbness that i felt.it will never be the same.you were my friend gussie.until we meet again. your canadian friend - jan from san antonio."
jan brown of windsor ontario canada.

"My sincere condolences to the family of CPT Gussie Jones. I met Gussie in 1998, we were in Officer Basic Course together and then were part of a handful of nurses who remained in San Antonio after OBC, stationed at BAMC. Gussie was a wonderful, caring person and exceptional soldier and nurse. She is one of those people who crosses paths with you, that you never forget. I am shocked to hear of the loss (Marie Claire magazine, March 2006 issue), but comforted in knowing her duty to country and selfless service have been well acknowledged. One of many heros in this war, thank you Gussie."
Vera (Kremzar) Wennogle of Castle Rock, CO

"Gussie, I didn't have the opportunity to meet you, but I've heard so much about you - about your loyalty to the United States, to the Army, to the patients you cared for; about your deep faith in God; that you volunteered to serve in Iraq; that you were a wonderful nurse. Thank you for your dedication and service."
Gloria of Mission, Texas

"one year on and your not forgotten,, i hope your family are ok, i am sure they are missing you,,,

from a OR nurse in saudi"
sandy of saudi

"As a Veteran's Day tribute, the college where I teach handed out labels with the names of fallen soldiers. I received Capt. Gussie Jones's name and I wore it over my heart that day. I wanted to find out more about her, which is how I found this memorial. I just want to say that I am so sorry for her family and friends. I do not support the war, but I respect our soldiers' desire to do the right thing and I am grateful for their sacrifice. My compassion goes out to everyone who has personally suffered the loss of a loved one in this and all wars. I will think of Capt. Jones often."
Mary Spalding of Keyser, WV

"May God Bless Gussie and his whole family."
Isabel Addison of Baton Rouge, LA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God grant comfort and peace to your family in this time of sorrow. May you forever Rest in Peace. Thank you again."
a grateful citizen in Arizona

"My heartfelt condolences to family and loved ones of Capt Jones. Try as I might, I can not make sense of the senseless loses we are all suffering. I pray that someday we will have an answer revealed to us. Until then, we must cherish memories and positives times and regal in the knowledge that our service personnel have made a lasting contribution. (I'm sure Gussie was a contributor to life outside the Army as well as in service.) Pease be with you."
Jim of Decatur, GA, USA

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

"You are not forgotten in your home state of Arkansas."
Janice Brown of Conway, Arkansas

"To CPT Jones's Family
I don't know you but I mourn your loss this moment as though it were my own. I was assigned to Ft. Polk, LA in the 80's, Louisianna has a special place in my heart. I wish I could have cross paths with CPT Jones while I was there. I wish I could tell you I support the mission/war effort but as long as we are loosing "great" women and men like CPT Jones I'd only be lying. CPT Jones, I miss you and I don't even know you. Thank you for giving the ultimate..."
LTC (R) D. M. Belmont of Raleigh, NC

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

"Gussie I miss you so much. You have been a blessing to me any my family. May you rest in peace, your spirit lives on and you will always be a part of my life. I love you! you are one in a million. You fought a good fight!"
Ana Foster of Fort Riley

"Dear Gussie:
You will forever be missed as a true friend and fellow soldier. You were such a kind, loving, peaceful, and spiritual person and friend. May GOD be with you and your family always."
CPT Suzanne Akuley of EL Paso, TX

Thank you for serving our country. To the family and friends left behind, God's Blessings to you all."
Candy of Poynette, WI

"God Bless You Michael and your family that is left without our smile. May GOD hold them in his arms and carry them through this terrible loss"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To Gussie's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Gussie watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Gussie Jones, 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 Capt. Gussie Jones:
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 Gussie for the sacrifice she has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Capt. Gussie Jones:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Gussie, 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