Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jeff LeBrun

21, of Buffalo, New York.
LeBrun died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his military vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on January 1, 2005.

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"Over 11 years later, my god. I'm listening to a live Facebook broadcast (you probably would've liked Facebook), on Memorial Day 05.30.2016, of our current President Barack Obama putting the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After 11 years, I thought that the pain had gone away because I haven't cried about you, and this, for a long time. But here I am, fighting back tears (and losing the fight). I still wish that you didn't go over there, but I'm so glad for your courage and stubborn determination. I still miss you, and I still love you, my friend. Continue resting in peace. Bless."
PDA Holcomb of United States/United Kingdom

"Jeff you were a one of kind individual. Always willing to make others smile despite the situation. You always had a way about you that brought others joy. I miss that we couldn't spend more time together. You were sorely missed since the day you left and continue to be till this day. My sincerest condolences to your family..."
Spc. Abraham Samaniego of Odessa TX

"LeBrun, I still remember the day you died. Your death was one of the factors that helped me to make the decision to ETS and pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. It has been over 10 years since you gave the ultimate sacrifice. Just wanted to let your family know that I and several of the soldiers LeBrun served with still to this day remember him and value and respect his sacrifice. We are very proud to have served with him in the 2-15 FAR/10th MTN Division. My sincere condolences to the LeBrun family."
Former SGT Blackman; Dr. Kwesi W. Blackman, M.D. of Brooklyn, NY

"Lebrun, I've waited a long time to write this. I think of you often. It's been 10 years to the day since I last saw you. I struggle with a lot from over there, but losing you was and is the toughest thing to live with. I know that there is nothing else that I could've done, but it doesn't take away the pain. I'm sorry brother. I know now that God didn't just want a good man, he wanted the best. I will never forget my last words to you. I will never forget the magic you brought to the team. You were funny and entertaining, yet respectful and dutiful. You are what all men should aspire to be. I will try to live my life half as well as you did yours in such a short time. I'm sorry, brother. May the memory of you brighten this world as much as you did. Rest in peace, brother. You will never be forgotten.

To the Lebrun Family, you raised a fine young man and I'm sorry that he was taken from you. He brought so much joy to everyone around him as I'm sure you are well aware. I can't imagine your loss. I am thankful that I was able to be a part of his life. I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope that you have found peace and comfort. Your family has my most sincere condolences and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers."
"Doc" - former SGT. Adam Fluegel of Glenpool, OK

"Lebrun, it's been 10 yrs as of tomorrow and i still remember the events like yesterday. You were a great inspiration and I'm glad that God placed you in my path. May God bless the Lebrun family and I'll see you with my Lord in heaven, bro."
SSG Christopher L. Ellisor of Fort Drum, NY

"Jeff, man I remember the first day we met you helped me put my gear together saved me from getting a beat down and made me feel like I had a place to go if I needed it. I remember the nights at the mall, and the last time I saw you in the chow hall on liberty just a couple of days before we lost you. Jeff you'll always be with me because you were there when I needed a friend or had nothing to do you are a good man."
former SPC. Bradley Cameron of eugene,oregon

"To the LeBrun family,
Thank you for you sacrafice. You raised a good man in Jeff. All of us that served with him will never forget him. I am very proud to have served with him."
former Sgt. Jason West

"To the Lebrun Family,
I once heard a saying "live your life in such a way that anyone who didn't know you in this world notices the lack". It has been 6 years and four months, and not a day goes by that I don't notice the lack. The lack of the honest and sincere smile your son so easily showed, the modesty he practiced, or the pure humor he infused the men of c battery with. Not a day goes by that I dont think of you, the family, and I am truly sorry for your loss. Jeff, I will see you on the other side."
Johnny Simons of NYC

"jeff you were my little buddy always watched out for my soldiers, and gave the ultimate sacrafice. i had a tattoo done in your memory. i vowed not to let it happen agian."
hubert weston of waterville, maine

"To Jeff,
Whats going on BRO..this is SGT. A. Walker of the OLD A BATTERY...we was in Baghdad, Iraq together in 04-05...I cant believe its been 5 years Bro...I still shed tears on NEW YEARS bcuz of you...We never really hung toghether but you are still my BROTHER IN ARMS...I hold you close to me and I still cant phantom that ur gone....I send prayers out to the LeBrun family evry night before I go to sleep...I know your looking down at us and seeing how ur legacy still remains...U will always be MY BROTHER...ALLONS FOREVER..."
former Sgt. Aaron Walker of A 2-15 FAR of Detroit, Michigan

"Jeff, my brother, still not a day goes by that I don't think of what today would be like if you were here. I just graduated drill sergeant school in March. We talked forever about being drills together and reliving basic training together again. How great that would have been. Bringing a touch of DS Amaral and Smith back into the mix. You're in my thaughts all of the time. I still carry a picture of you ant your tattoo is displayed every day but on Veteran's day and Memorial day it is given particular attention. You have are the biggest inspiration of my life, in the little time that you were in my life you made more of an impact than anyone else that I have crossed paths with. You will always be my brother, my friend, my inspiration. I miss you every day. I can't wait to see you again my friend. It will be a great day. Brother to Brother yours in Life and Death. I love you my brother."
SSG Derek Jent of Gallatin, Tn

spC CARHUAPOMAINFANTE of new york ,new york

"Jeff I think of you often, and what happend that new years day on our patrol. It has been almost 5 years and it still does not get any easier but I hope you have found peace. And I hope your family have found peace. I will be thinking of you on Jan 1st 2010 and the sacrifice you made god bless you soldier, until we meet again."
SFC Hanlin of Fort Campbell, Ky

"December 29, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jeff LeBrun:
Jeff 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

"Jeff Bro i just cant begin to explain how much i miss you i have not and i will not move on you were a major part of my life i still remember when we all arrived at ft. drum together it was you derek, kingchua and myself we were inseperable. We went through alot of things together the good and the bad but we always stuck together you are my brother and i will always love you for that. Im sorry i was not with you that day i only wish i could have been there to do anything. I never got to tell you my stories, I never got to say my goodbyes I missed everything. Alot has happened since then but i feel that you have been there every step of the way. My brother, My best friend, My mentor you will always and forever be in my heart I love you bro. For the family if you read this please contact me i have been desperately trying to get in touch with at least just one of you. Derek, Kingchua i am still here for yall as well get in touch with me i still have the same contact info."
SGT Mckinnie of Heidelberg, Germany

"Dearest Jeff:

To this day I can't take you off my instant messenger. It's too painful. I cry every New Year's Day. I'm writing this on September 11, 2007, and it angers me to no end that you died in vain. Your life was taken to fulfill the selfish desires of others. But you were so dedicated to this country that you didn't see it. For your dedication and courage I thank you. I just wish your hadn't dedicated your life in vain.

Your baby nephew is beautiful and he was named after you. You would've loved him. I hope he grows up to be like his dedicated, courageous uncle.

I miss you and love you still, my friend. I hope to see you again one day."
PDA Holcomb of New York City

"Jeff... It has been almost 3 years and I am so sorry. I did everything I could at the time this happened... I have not forgotten your face since that day... I did not know you at all, but I was a medic in the area that came and helped... I my thoughts always... Stalker Medic"
randall of Wisconsin

"jeff, my military son, i miss you and think of you every day. you gave all for you country. we will never forget you or the self less person that you were.thank you my hero , my miliaty son"
rhonda(momma jent) of gallatin tn USA


You mean so much to me, to us. I never got to meet you in life, but I feel like I have been blessed to know you truly...through my husband's love for you and pride in you. I know that before you left for Iraq you told Shari that your job was to make sure Derek got home...well I'm counting on you. We have 5 more months of this 15 months to go...we can do this. I know you were an amzing spirit in life that lives on...if even in the hearts of your brothers. You would be happy to know that Derek is givin'um hell...and always honors your memory. A memorial to you was the first thing he set up in our house when we moved in...no bed, no couch...but he sure had your picture and dogtags front and center. Thank you for all you gave for us...and for all you have given to me..and for all you are for Derek. I love you for that. You are sincerely missed."
Mrs. Misty Blu Jent of Tennessee

"Jeff even though we knew each other briefly at Ft. Drum you were and are my brother. You see while you were training at Ft. Sill your brother Stanley and I were training in B/Battery 1/79th. Your influence was felt even when you didnt know it. And when I was assigned to the 10th Mountain I couldnt wait to tell Stanley. Each of us as soldiers serve not knowing when our last days together are. But, as long as 1 of us lives all of us live on. Thank You for everything and remember that your brother is mine and I am yours. We miss you "Strength and Skills""
Cpl. LaGroon of Chicago, Il

I would like to say thankyou for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Allons"(|Let's Go!)15th FA Motto"

"I've heard alot of stories about Jeff. Great stories, moral boosters! From my son, who was in the same convoy that day. God bless your family, Thank you, man, We all know your in a better place, taken away too soon!"
Nancy Jones-Edgington of Mechanicsburg, OH USA

"God Bless you Jeff LeBrun."
De Bora Le Brun of Phoenix, AZ.

"Jeff, I did not know you but you may have been a relative, My Dad's name was Alfonse LeBrun and his parents were John and Mary LeBrun. John lost track of his brother in NY around 1894 or so. He went back to Luxembourg several times. My great granfather was the Pres. of France after WW11. I hope your family will see this and contact me if your the missing part of our relation. My email is PS12@comcast.net. If we are not related I still wish to send my condolences. Too many young men have fallen."
Paulette LeBrun Strouth of Plymouth, MN 55441 USA

"Jeff, I miss you. It has been a year and 9 months and 19 days since you have been gone and now I am out and the guys are back there again. Even now I find myself missing and thinking of you. I wish you were still here. I thought about you on my wedding day I thought about you when they handed memy discharge, I have thought of you everyday since you have been gone. You will always be the best and greatest man I've ever known. Though your body and mind are gone your life and legend will live on through all of those whose hearts you've touched. I love you Lebrun!"
Michael, Trefry of Canton, NY, Usa

"I just want you to know that in E 1/-22 There is a dedication to you buddy. DS Brooks had us put it up for you

Regulators for life..."
PVT Flahive of Mesa, Arizona

my brother it has been a year five months and 18 days since you left my side. i think of you each day as i put on my uniform and head off to work. i love you my brother. and as i prepare with my new wife to meet the challenges that lie ahead of me in another year in the god forsaken place that i am bound to stay, i pray that i can handle the job with your grace. handle the job with a heart as proud as yours, and with a spirit a quarter as light as yours. and if my time comes while there, to fall with half the honor as you my brother. you are, have been, and always will be my hero. and your picture will be at my near right at my wedding ceremony on july 2nd. here or not you are still my best man. i love you brother. and the words hold true still. BROTHER TO BROTHER, YOURS IN LIFE AND DEATH. sooner or later we are bound to meet again. if it is sooner wait for me at the gate if later watch over me till the time comes as you did in life. i miss you my brother. i love you. REGULATORS FOR LIFE. E 1/22, 3/6 FA, C 2/15 FA ALL GAVE SOME SOME GAVE ALL"
SGT derek jent of ft. drum , ny

"Jeff you are my hero and friend; I miss you dearly, if it was not for you, I would not had made it at Erie Community college. Jeff you are a SAINT."
Walter Cheatham of Buffalo New york

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Jeff LeBrun, Iíve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Jeff, along with 49 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"Jeff, it's been so long since I heard from you and then to hear the news you were killed in action deeply affected me. Even though we were not as close of friends as we used to be earlier in our lives, I would just like you to know that you will be missed and I hope you are in a better place. Rest In Peace my friend."
Yves Veve of Hillside, NJ/USA

"ahhhh... i don't know where to start, my brother jeff, i dont think i can believe that you are gone. From the first time we met in E- Battery 1-22 FA "Regulators for life" , you made me feel at home. Where ever we was , you made me feel relaxed , calm , and at-eased! I saw you as a brother. A part of my family that grew in my mind and heart. i remember coming to Ft. Drum and meeting you up at the Gray hound bus, then to reception, then to 2-15 FA. And you know what i rememebr the most that i will never forget? when they gave me and you the choice of who wants to go to Bravo and who wants to go to Charlie. I kick myself in the * everyday for not picking charlie, so you can still be alive LeBrun!I'm sorry. And in a few days marks the anniversary of when god took you away from us. I wish that day will never come, because i dont know how i will face that morning or that day. And you know whats funny LeBrun... there wasnt one night of this year that i didnt make believe i was talking to you before i went to sleep ! I miss your friendship Brun! i really do ! But i do hope you've been listening! Or else might as well call me crazy right? haha But while everyone looks at you and sees a Hero! I look at you and see my guardian angel! God might have taken you from my eyes LeBrun, but he will never take you from my heart, my mind, and my soul! I never lost you Jeff LeBrun! NEVER!"
John H. Kingchua of B-Btry 2-17 FA Ft. Carson, CO

"To the Lebrun Family,

Words cannot express what your son meant to the men of Charlie Battery 2nd Battalion 15th Field Artillery. You see as the Unit's First Sergeant, I had a dream or vision if you will of our unit becoming a brotherhood founded on love for one another regardless of race, nationality,or background. Through SPC Jeff Lebrun, my dream became a reality, with his love, warmth, and outgoing personality he transcended the color barrier within the unit. Soldiers like PFC Flores-Diaz, Brian Lowe, Kevin Vaughn, and Richard Jent, just to name a few who thought of Jeff as not only an invaluable friend, but a brother. Jeff showed love toward everyone regardless of the color of their skin and through him we truly became a band of brothers. Jeff accomplished more in his short time with us than many have in a hundred years. Jeff, when someone writes about me after my passing, I can only hope and pray they can say half as much about me and the lives I,ve touched as can be said about you my brother, the BEST SOLDIER I have ever known. Mr. and Mrs. Lebrun you're son was not only a hero to his country but truly an Angel sent from above who fulfilled his heavenly calling on this earth. May GOD Bless the Lebrun Family!"
1SG Henry A. Brown Sr. of HHB 2/15 F.A. Fort Drum, New York

"Jeff was the man that opened me up. He helped me in so many ways he was there when I needed a friend when I needed some one to talk to he was there for all of us when ever we were in need he was there. He was the one that could walk in a room and bring it to life. Now we are back and it's just not the same. But we will always remember him and the ultimate sacrafice he made for the freedoms so many take for granted. Your life was a dream. And you are a legend in the eyes of man. Your legacy will live on forever."
Spc.Trefry Michael of A btry 2-15, Clarksville/TN

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

"To the family of Jeff LeBrun,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we well rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or to talk to please call or write my paster at Gateway Community Church: Rev. John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga

"It has been months sience the day i lived my greatest fear. The day i lost my greatest friend. I never live a day without Jeff... He was no mere man to me, he was what i thought every man should aspire to be. He was my balance in my life... but there is a greater loss aside my own... and that loss is the way this one mn could have single handedly changed the world. His heart,and soul along with his curage and integrity would have paved the road for many men.. I no longer mourn the death of my best friend, i now celebrate his memory and the time i was blessed to have... He will be with me forever not only in my mind and heart but in my personality, for everyone he touched he rubbed off on..."
SPC William D. Lowe of Baghdad Iraq C 2-15 FA

"jeff, there is nothing i can say or do to express how much your prescence will be missed. you were one of my best soldiers but better still u were a great person, and u are truly an american hero. because of your dedication discipline , selflessness, love, and sacrifice, millions of people can continue to sleep in peace. and live a life of freedom. jeff may u sit with the lord and shine your face and spirit upon us. you will always be in our hearts and our prayers brother.thank you for all that you've done.
your chief,
ssg. joshua shadick of c btry 2/15 far

"jeff i dont really know what to say bro i miss you. you were the closest thing to a brother i ever had. from that first day at basic to ny to deployin to iraq. workin in the same truck day in and out. others got tired of each other but not us. the plans we made and all we talked about dont seem all that worth wild any more. there is an emptiness now that cant be filled. from the formations in the morning, but felt more so after work when we would chill and listen to music, joke, and just hang out. i looked up to you so much while i knew you and it doesnt stop now. my family looked upon you as a son, and i as a brother. i pass by your room every day wantin to stop in and say whats up and hang out. i think i see you sometimes walking through the battery area and have to take a second look. i dream of the great times we had and of those that we never got to. you will live through me until my time is up. i honor you as a friend, a brother, a soldier, and as the great person you were. i love you jeff. and as we wrote to one another in kuwait on the piece of paper, ''BROTHER TO BROTHER, YOURS IN LIFE AND DEATH'' these words hold strong. i miss you."
spc. derek jent of baghdad, iraq

"To my hero, my brother Jeff.
There are no words that could defind how much you ment to me. We laugh and cried together, we played and fought with one another. Even though it was rearly said, we knew we loved one another. One of the best brothers I could have ask for. The void that is left in my heart in our family will never be replaced. Rest asure, that the family will carry on the fight, to stand for what's right and to preserve freedom. Oh, my brother, I will continue down the path we have chosen. For we didn't choose this path for financial reasons nor to finish school, but to defend our family and the nation which we live in. I pray God give me the strength to carry on, and when I fall, I hope it's with honor. I know we all fall short to the glory of God, but with the blood of Christ, grace is given to us. May our action on our last days be justify in the eyes of the Lord.

To my beloved brother, faith and honor."
Stanley Lebrun (Jeff's Older brother) of Camp Humpherys, South Korea

"the man i cared for
everthing i do i think of him
the memoreise the moments we had.
the brother that im going to miss
the talent , the will power he had
we will miss
we care and we prasied"
david_valdivia of 2-15 far

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

"To the freinds and family of Jeff Lebrun, he was a great American and a great soldier, you see I know first hand because i saw this in him at Fort Drum, NY before we deployed and in Iraq. You see I was there the day this great soldier lost his life along with 22 other soldiers in our platoon and Lebrun died doing what he loved to do. Being a soldier, So I feel a great sense of honor just having the oppurtunity to lead a soldier like Jeff Lebrun and I thank Gob above that he did'nt suffer. Thank you to his parents for giving up thier son to defend this great nation! you truly are great Americans!"
SSG John Hanlin of Fort Drum, NY (Baghdad Iraq)

"To the family and friends of Jeff, He was a true hero, and will never be forgotten. Our family shares your sorrow, we lost my brother SPC Shawn Davies in July. May God be with you, and keep Jeff for you to meet again."
Toni Peters (toniannp@sbcglobal.net) of Concord, OH

"God be with you and your family. I cry with you and for your family wishing you didnt have to go through this pain and praying it wouldnt happen again. Your son was a true hero and I thank God that we have so many brave men and woman willing to protect our country. Thank you for raising such a caring man to do such a thing..Thank you and God bless your family.God rest Jeff's soul."
Betty of Chesapeake, Va

"My deepest sympathy to the family of
this brave soldier. We truly are in debt for his brave service to our country. My grandson Clayton Carroll
was in his group. Our prayers are with
Sue and Andy Brizio of Pine Grove, Ca.

"To The LeBrun family from the Wahl family. We are deeply sadden by the lost of JEFF! An our heart and prays are with him and your family. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"To Jeff's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you brave soldier for defending us and taking the fight to those who wish to destroy America. My family is deeply grateful to you and will think of you each day we raise our flag. From a very grateful American family"
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"May God bless you and keep you. My prayers are with your family and friends. Thank you for my freedom and your willingness to fight for it. You are now free to feel love as Jesus loves you."
Candy of Poynette, WI

"Thank you Jeff LeBrun, 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. Jeff LeBrun:
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 Jeff 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. Jeff LeBrun:
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 Jeff, 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