Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Lt. Kylan A. Jones-Huffman

31, of Aptos, California.
Jones-Huffman was killed by an unidentified gunman in Al Hillah, Iraq. He was on temporary duty with the I Marine Expeditionary Force. Died on August 21, 2003.

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"I will never forget the sacrifices and services you've made in this country. repointing brick"
Wendy T. Paris of Oklahoma, OK, USA

"Lt. Jones-Huffman,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas"

"Remembering a USNA company-mate on this Memorial Day 2012. Kylan was our most gifted classmate and I am grateful for his desire to use his abilities to serve the country. Auf Wiedersehen, Kylan."
Matt Hawks of Seaside, CA

"I worked for Adm Keating in Bahrain from 9/02-8/03....had the pleasure of working with Lt Jones-Huffman almost daily putting together briefings for the Admiral and other staff. Lt has to be one of the smartest and articulate guys I've ever known. Saw your name on the moving GWOT Wall today Lt...I may be out of the service now, but I will never give up "The Watch"...I salute you from down here!"
PO1(SW) Matthew Scheanwald of Cadillac, Mi

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Project Compassion - of Manti, Utah USA

""To the family of Kylan A.Jones-Huffman ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"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

"Hard to believe it's been six years now - I still think of Kylan often. My memories are of a truly inspiring person. God bless."
John Carswell of Franklin, TN

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Lt. Kylan A. Jones-Huffman:
Kylan 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 went to school with him for a few years (at Popper-Keizer and York), and I am still trying to achieve my best achievements in life, so I am amazed to see him already unable to do anything more with his. I'm very heartened to find out he did accomplish so much and find such cherished ones in the time he did have.

During our commute from York to Aptos, he, his mother and I think his father once explained to me how the mind of his younger brother was able to properly seperate German from English even though he knew both. I still refer to that explaination often in my thoughts on language. Looking above at what Kylan has achieved, I wish I knew him more than that.

I'm horrible with names, but for some reason I don't remember Kylan; I remember Kyle? I wish I had his memory. If someone showed me some late elementary and early high school pictures of him, it would help me identify who he was from my memories better."
Brad Allen of Aptos, California

"Sir, we served together on the USS Raven, commissioning that vessel and preparing her for duty. I learned of your death by glancing thru a Navy Times article. My heart stopped and I couldn't breathe. How? That was the only thought I could gather in my mind. I still remember talking with you about the daily items that needed completion, the problems that needed addressing and so many other mundane items. This nation lost a great man and favored son that day. I will always remember you. Farewell Salute, sir. In God's presence will I find thee."
Johnny Brooks, OSC (SW), USN Retired of Portland, Texas

"To the family of Kylan Jones-Huffman, When I read of kylan's many accomplishments both naval and academic I was struct by magnitude of our collective loss at the passing of this young LT. My wife and I decided to honor his memory by naming our son Kylan. He is almost 4"
LT Daniel Flynn USNR of Camarillo, California


"Kylan and I crossed paths only once, and then only online, in a haiku poetry contest, but we had military service and friends in common. So when I heard of his death it hit hard. Still does. It's almost four years later, now, and tonight at an open-mic I'll be reading some of his poems here by Puget Sound. Thank you, Kylan, for all you represent."
Karma Tenzing Wangchuk of Port Townsend, Washington USA

"To Kylan's friends and family: I was thinking of Kylan again just this past week. We taught together in the history department at USNA. He taught a segment of my history course about religion and I when I rediscovered in my files some of the hand-written notes he had given me, I realize that I miss him and wish I could speak with him. I remember Kylan as a brilliant scholar and I was so impressed with how he thought as well as with his humility. He was a great guy and I still think of him frequently."
Tony Heideman. Major, USMC, Retired of Centennial, Colorado

"I received a hero bracelet with Kylan's information on it a couple of years ago. I wanted to let someone know but I didn't know who to message. I found this website today and I thought you'd like to know. I've read about Kylan and his story really touches my heart. God Bless."
Sara of Jamestown, NC

"I randomly "Googled" the name "Kylan Jones", as my husband and I are naming our first-born child "Kylan", and our last name is Jones. Please know that this name will have much deeper importance and meaning now. Our continuous prayers for your family. Kylan will not be forgotten--ever."
Christine + Nick Jones of Portland, OR

"My personal recollection of Kylan runs thin because I was only very young when he still lived with his family as our neighbors in their Aptos home. The Huffman's were the only close family friends we had on our street. A family of true compassion and pride which was embedded into the character of Kylan. I would always hear of his great accomplishments, and his intelligence was almost legendary to me. His life, though short lived, continues to amaze me, and he will always be in my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to his parents, Jim and Dagmar, his brother Niko, his sister Alexia, and of course his lovely wife Heidi. God Bless..."
Kyle Theriot of Aptos, California/ U.S.A. and San Luis Obispo, California/ U.S.A.

"We are all diminished by the loss of this young man, but the cause which he served redeems the loss from utter despair. I wish I could have known him, but knowing his father and sister, I think I know of him. Our society can ill afford the loss of such men. Yet his sacrifice in defense of transcendent human values is one we all must be prepared to make to keep the forces of evil and darkness at bay. He and the other fallen heroes in the current conflict died protecting me and mine, and for that I can only express immeasurable gratitude."
Roy D. Vega of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA

"To the Family and Friends of Lt Kylan Jones-Huffman. I served on the forward medical team that responded to Lt Jones-Huffman injuries. He was given the best care possible. I will always remember and respect Lt Jones-Huffman. He came to Iraq to help restore peace and order to a very fragile country trying to achieve freedom. He was a true Patriot. God Bless your family for their great loss. Rest in Peace Shipmate. Semper Fi"
Danny Williford CPO of Jonesboro, AR

"I was truly shocked to learn about Lt.Huffman. I served with Ltjg Kylan Jones and Ltjg Jones-Huffman where we affectionately called him Jones (tack) Huffman. Aboard the USS INGRAHAM FFG-61. He was a passionate sailor and a true patriot. My deepest sympathies, and my family's thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Chris Rains (formerly OS2(SW) of Albuquerque,NM

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/21/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Having known Mr. Jones-huffman for a very brief period (one six month deployment or WESPAC)serving with him aboard the USS Ingraham (FFG-61), I can't begin to comprehend what a tremendous loss he was to this nation, but more so to the military itself. Becuase of his leadership and his dedication to the image of a Naval officer, I am very sad to hear of this loss. May he rest in peace."
Eddie Garcia of Rowland Heights, C A


"I felt it would be an intrusion to send a letter to the family after I learned of Kylan's death. I hope I can attempt to amend now my cowardice by posting my memory of him. He was kind to me at his brother's wedding. We sat and talked about history (what else?) and he told me about the sailors trapped in the battleships in Pearl Harbor; I cried. Clearly, he was an unusual and eloquent person. His brother was very dear to me in high school and his sister, precious. As an American I am proud to have known anyone in this family and I appreciate Kylan's service to his country as I do his father's before him. Still, it is hard to reconcile how this brilliant artist and caring man should be cut down for any reason. My deepest condolences and abiding admiration to the family of Kylan Jones-Huffman."
Maia E. Kern of Monterey, CA/USA

"I recently received The York School news magazine and felt my heart drop when I saw Kylan's picture under the "In Memoriam" caption. Kylan and I shared many classes and good times together at York and he's one of those colorful characters that stands out in your memory long after others have faded to gray shadows. There was no information on what happened or when, so I was grateful to find this website. I knew Kylan would go into some branch of the military and it's no surprise he accomplished so much, so young. My favorite quote from him happened after someone said that a piece of food reminded them of blood. Kylan tried it and said in his best Monty Python-esque voice, "Well, that doesn't taste like blood at all!"

I am proud to have known him. I am proud he served his country well. I am ashamed of my countrymen who think we should leave unpunished the animals who have made so many Arab nations hubs of terror and who would do such violence against my friend.

I pray for Kylan, Niko his brother and my friend, and their family."
Matthew Krebs (Daybell) of Modesto, CA

"I met Kylan in second grade, or perhaps it was third. I do not recall exactly now. I was his teacher then. I was blessed to have him in my class for a number of years as we moved up the grades together. There have been many who I have taught. There have been many who I recall. But only a few stand out as extremely special. Kylan was one of those human beings who made the world a better place. I could see that even then. I think about Kylan often. Tears still fill my eyes. The world is a bit colder without Kylan. And I am a better man for having known him. Kylan, may God's peace be with you and your family. Thank you."
Michael Scott of Santa Cruz, CA 95060

"Lieutenant Jones-Huffman, goodbye sailor and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the friends and family of Lt. Kylan A. Jones- Huffman. as i was looking up information on my firends who have recently passed while serving in iraq and came accross Kylan and noticed that he was from APTOS, CA...SAME AS ME!!! i just want to say that i am very proud to have someone from our neck of the woods out there. I got out of the military before we went to iraq, but my husband is currently over there. i pray for your family everyday. GOD BLESS YOU and your family!!!"
m.d of aptos, ca/USA

"I cannot tell you how surprised I was to learn of LT Jones-Huffman's death yesterday. I was visiting the Naval Academy's Memorial Hall when I was surprised to find his name among those alumni who have died in combat. It hardly seemed possible since he was teaching my Western Civilization class just four years ago. In my short time knowing him, he struck me as an outstanding officer and human being, unique among his peers in his devotion and professionalism. He struck me as someone on a constant quest for truth and adventure - yet a kind man all the same. I am deeply saddened to learn of his death. He was and will be an inspiration to me in my career."
John Carswell of Annapolis, Maryland

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

"Kylan was my friend in high school. He was the the big brother of my best friend, Niko Huffman. I remember he was the coolest guy on campus. I will really miss him. I will treasure his memeory."
Kimberly Schwartz of Newport Beach, CA

"To Lt. Jones-Huffman's Family:
Though we are strangers, we wanted you to know how sorry we are your Kylan was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Navy in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts. (1/27/04)"
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

"The world would be much better off if there were more people like Kylan Jones-Huffman living in it. I woke up this morning and learned that the death toll in Iraq reached 500. Well that is just a number and I wanted to learn more, so I kept digging untill I came across a list of names and as I read the list Kylan's name jumped out at me because we have the same last name of Huffman. I then did a google search on Kylan and got a glimpse of what a great man he was. At the age of 31 he acomplished much more than many others have strived for in a life-time. I am thirty-four and also studdying history, but I doubt that I ever get my doctorate like Kylan. He sounds like someone I would have loved to have known. Sorry for your loss."
Michael Huffman (mhuffman2002@yahoo) of Modesto CA

"Thank you Kylan Jones-Huffman, 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 knew and looked up to Kylan when Niko and I were in 3rd, 4th, 5th grade at Popper-Kaiser elementary. It was such a long time ago, but I have never forgotten him - He was a very special, sensitive person and my heart goes out to his family."
Becky Wood (Meyer) of Los Angeles., CA/ Aberdeen, MD

"To the family and friends of Lt. Kylan Jones-Huffman:
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 Kylan 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 Lt. Kylan Jones-Huffman:
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 Kylan, 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