Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon

42, of North Charleston, South Carolina.
Lemon died in Balad, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to 1052nd Transportation Company, Army National Guard, Kingstree, South Carolina. Died on October 27, 2004.

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"Jerome, its been a long time. I never laughed so hard when we were part of a group of folks who scrapped old submarine pens which were turned into artificial reefs at the Navy Yard in Charleston SC so long ago. Those were good times we had. I miss you brother. Not a day goes by that I don't remember you."
Major J. Grzech of Florence SC

"SSG Lemon, I will never forget , the breakfast we had , one morning and you made the statement --" You would be the first in and Last out on your convoy--Some gave some , Some gave All--"SSG Lemon-You Gave All"-You will never be forgotten--Colonel Ron Cox, Garrison Commander , Campa Anaconda, Iraq--2004"
Colonel Ron Cox of Litchfield Pk, AZ

"On this Memorial Day 2012, I'd like to remember Jerome...I met Ssgt. Lemon after 9/11, he worked guarding the checkpoint exit at Charleston International Airport, and I worked for the security company that the airport used before TSA came in. Ssgt. Lemon was always smiling, upbeat, and positive. He always knew how to cheer a person up! I did not know him for very long, but he made a permanent impact on my life. To his widow and children, I'm sorry that he is gone from your lives, and I pray that God will always be an ultimate comfort to you, knowing Ssgt. Lemon is with Him today. Thank you, Ssgt. Lemon, for being a hero in war, and in everyday life. I will never forget you."
Sarah Chauvin of Goose Creek, SC

"I had the pleasure of being Jerome's roommate during our basic training at the police academy in 1986. In 1990, we met again when we joined the SC Highway Patrol. We were together for 12 more weeks. We both served in the Army National Guard, Jerome in the lower state, and myself in the up state. It never failed, no matter if it was a patrol function or guard function, Jerome and I would always manage to bump into each other. And it was always a good thing, as we were able to catch up with what was going on with each other, as well as our mutual friends. I have so many wonderful memories of our times together. Jerome was one of those people that you could never say anything bad about. He was a great person that put service before self. I never saw him without a smile on his face, and I shared both bad & good times with Jerome. I felt the loss when I found out about his death. And I think about him a lot. But I can rest in the fact that one day, I will see Jerome again. And we will catch up, like always. Good night my friend, your tour of duty is complete....."
J.D. McCarley of Union, SC / USA

"September 30, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon:
Jerome 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

"SSG Lemon we love you and we will dearly miss you. As a member of the 1052nd know that you will never be forgotten your stength and willingness lives in each soilder everyday."
1052nd Anoynomus of Lake City South Carolina

"I only knew SSG Lemons for only a couple of days during our trip home for R&R, He was the group leader for our flight and I stayed by his side the whole trip. We talked about life and the things we would do on our leave. He told me he was going to buy his daughter a car, and I told him she was lucky to have a father like him. When we met on the way back in atlanta we worked togather to make sure everyone was back and that we made our flight as we ran from terminal to terminal thinking our flight had left us. We return to Iraq on 20 OCT 04, we parted and told each other good luck an be safe. I didn't hear about his passing until the week after he was killed when I picked up the stars and stripes newspaper, My heart dropped and I broke into tears. To this day I still think about him even though we knew each other for such a short time. My heart is with the family and I am glad I had a chance to know such a loving father and Husband, My deepest sympathy to the family.
SSG Brian A. Moody
USAR 2/317 95th DIV"
Brian A Moody of Colonial Heights, Va

"Jerome Lemon was a well rounded person all about God, family, his country and the military. I was two vehicles in front of the blast that took his life providing gun truck coverage. With the loss of his life I blamed myself personally for so long being one of the people tasked with protecting the convey as a gunner. SSG. Lemon was a great person that I will never forget. I want his family too know that his death was not in vain. We were his other family in the 1052nd and tried our best to bring everyone home that we went over with. I'm sorry we didn't accomplish that part of our mission, I will probably live with the grief of that my every waking day."
Swail Walker of Olanta, S.C


"We learned of your loss from a student nurse at Providence Hospital in Columbia. She was in that convoy with SSgt. Jerome Lemon, and she was planning to go to the memorial service you have every year in late October. It seems fitting to express our profound sympathy to you and your family on this day. We honor your fallen hero. We offer you our deepest sympathy. Dr. Randall Ruble; President; Erskine College, Due West, SC, and Mrs. Ruble."
Martha Ruble of Due West, SC USA

"To the family of Jerome Lemon.
I don't know if you will get to read this note,but I want to say meeting Jerome was one of my joys of Junior High and High School.

We began our relationship in Junior High in Bennetsville, SC. We use to joke with one another all the time, so much that it often got the attention of the whole class.
I had received a message a while back the Jerome saw my mother in Bennettsville and asked about me. I tried off and on to locate him with no success until today.
I am sadden to find out about his passing this way. Therefore my heart is heavy because of that, but I take comfort in the fact that he knew the Lord. It has been more than 20 years since we have seen each other, but because he knew the Lord it is certain we will see each other again.
To the family be encourage and you have my prayers.
Sam Green of High Point, North Carolina

"I was in the unit that responded that day. It's one of the days i will never forget. I am very sorry for your loss.

Aaron Reynolds of Milford, DE

"To the family of SSgt Lemon, from our military family,please know that you and yours are always in our prayers. We want you to know how much we appreciate the fact that by your sacrifice we remain a free country.
To honor our Fallen Heroes,
Marine Comfort Quilts (www.marinecomfortquilts) wants to send the spouse and children of SSgt Lemon one of our comfort quilts. Mrs. Lemon, if you would go on line and register yourself, or either you or a friend or family member contact me, I will register you for your quilt.
God Bless.
Army Family Finder for MCQ"
Patricia, teacher32@charter.net of Benton, Mo

"A year has passed -and we send our thoughts to your family -
remembering your loss.
Sandi / Montana"

"To the family of sgt lemon,i just wanted to say thank you!Jerome saved my butt a few times while i was working in iraq.I frequently was on his convoys and usually right in front or behind him.I am just sorry i could'nt return the favor that morning.Your family and jerome will always have a special place in my heart"
anonymous of us

"To the family of Sgt. Jerome Lemon, 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. Prayfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church:Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"As a sioux warriors we share the loss of ssgt Lemon, I am with the 1742 transportation unit from south dakota, we ran together on a convoy in Iraq and I could see the pride in the whole unit. I share your pain and will pray in our lakota way for Jerome, he will always walk with honor as he looks down on your familly. Dennis Quigley, Veterans Readjustment Technician, Sioux Falls Vet Center. South Dakota(605) 330-4552"
dennis.quigley@med.va.gov of Sioux Falls S.Dak USA


"To the Jerome Lemon Family,
May God Bless you during your time of need. America has lost a Guardian of Freedom.

From your Bretheren Soldiers of the North..."Arctic Eagles"
We will miss him, but he will not be forgotten."
MSG Mag of Anchorage, Alaska

"May God Bless The Lemon Family.."
AG of Rock Hill,SC

"Our prayers and thoughts are with the Lemon family."
Chris of Annapolis, MD

"To the Lemon family from the Wahl family. Our family deeply sorry for your lost. Jerome is moreb personal to us. Although, we didn't know him. Our son lost his life in the same town. An six months, still not easy dealing with. Our heart and prays are with your family. Jerome was more then an individual. He meant the world to his family, neighbors and his military family. An I suffer your lost! Very thankful Jerome served along side our son. both may not known one another. But, both are now serving together. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Jerome Lemon."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

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


"To the friends and family of Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To Jerome's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To Jerome'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 Jerome Lemon, 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 Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon:
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 Jerome 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 Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon:
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 Jerome, 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