Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jason M. Meyer

23, of Swartz Creek, Michigan.
Killed in action by enemy fire in Iraq. Meyer was assigned to B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on April 8, 2003.

Meyer leaves behind his wife Melissa, after having just celebrated his first wedding anniversary. He also leaves his father, Loren & step-mother Deb Meyer and step-brothers Jonathon & Christopher Meyer of South Bend, IN; Brother Chris, sisters Ashley & Amy, Mother & step-father Kathy & Chris Worthington, and half-brothers Justin & Tyler, all of Howell, MI; In-Laws, John & Connie Arnould and family of Swartz Creek, MI. He graduated from Howell High School in 1999. He was a Senior DeMolay and Chevalier of Livingston County Chapter Order of DeMolay, member of Howell Lodge #38 F&AM, and member of Flint Chapter #138 Order of the Eastern Star.

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"Jason, we were in the same squad in basic training together, both ended up in the same squad again in ft. Stewart after training. You used to drive me to the airport and pick me up on leave. Our time in the military was inseparable until the deployment in 03 when I was changed to a different platoon to replace Martin who couldn't deploy. Your death impacted me deeply. No one knew this but I actually swapped my kevlar for yours after you passed (swapping the nametape/cat eyes was simple) and wore your kevlar for the rest of the deployment. I've always felt that it should have been me that night and not you and had I not been shifted away to a diff squad maybe you could have lived. I know that's ridiculous but I can't count how many nights I've stayed up thinking that both initially and over the passing years. You were a true friend and I appreciate you always."
Jeff of Tokyo, Japan

"Here I am again. We've passed the 12 year mark. About this time 12 years ago, we were making arrangements to attend our very first TAPS. We had never even heard of it until we got the call inviting us out. We always say that we've met some of our best friends because of your death, but they're friends we wish we'd never had to meet...because they had someone that died serving our Country, too.
Tomorrow is Nikki's wedding shower. She and Jon actually got married on 7/14/14, but they're "real" wedding will be 7/11/15. They're a good match. They're trying to make a good home and get custody of Jason. He's 5 now. It's hard to believe.
We're still waiting for the arrival of your newest nephew. Chris and Katie are such good parents to Nate and I know this new baby will be so loved, too.
Your dad is well. He's getting old, though. We can't believe that he's almost 60. He tires more easily than he used to. He's a great grandpa. I just wish your other siblings would realize that. Anyway...I need to get going. I'm teaching and lunch is almost over.
We love you and miss you.
Your "Bonus" mom,"
Deb of South Bend, IN

"It's almost your birthday. You would be 35 this year. It's hard to believe.Twelve years ago you left for Kuwait. You never returned to the US, but your body did. Sometimes it's hard to believe how long it's been.You've now been gone longer than you were in my life. Some people think I shouldn't miss you, after all, I'm "only a step-mom" and not your "real" mom. It doesn't mater. You were important to your dad so you were important to me. We miss you.
Your "Bonus" Mom and your dad"
Deb Meyer of SB, IN

"Here I am again. Another year has gone by. Where has the time gone?
Looks like I'm the only regular visitor to this site. I seem to check in at least once a year. It's hard to believe that it's almost the end of 2014. It's been 12 years since we saw you for the last time. You deployed 11 years and 11 months ago. We just got another picture of you. It's like an artists canvas and is a picture of you up on your "track"
with your big smile. It was done in black and white and says "Brave Son - Gone But Never Forgotten" across the bottom. We're looking for a place to display it. The nicest thing is that it's from a photograph and the date it was taken is still on it.
Jon and Nikki got married. He's driving truck now for Werner Transportation. He's mostly in Texas. Nikki not only passed the Texas Bar, but is now working as an Assistant District Attorney. Jon took Candy to court for violating the terms of the divorce and custody arrangements. He FINALLY gets to have Jason come and be with him! We're going down to Texas to be with them. He picks Jason up in Tallahassee, FL on Dec 27. We'll get to TX on Dec. 28 and will return Jason to FL on Jan 5th. We can't wait to spend that much time with them all. Our annual one hour visit just isn't enough.
Chris and Katie are expecting another baby in May. Nate continues to grow and flourish with Katie's guiding hand. Chris is a great dad. He really works with Nate a lot. We can't wait to see them again, but we're not sure when. Jon and Nikki are having their "traditional family" wedding on 7-11-15 in Battle Creek. Chris was supposed to be in it, but you know the Military...he may not be able to attend!
Your dad and I are doing well. He had to have a knee replacement, too. I'm substitute teaching again and really enjoy the older kids! I never thought I'd enjoy High school and Middle school so much! I'd rather NOT go to anything under 4th grade now! That's a switch! Dad is still working at Robert Weed Plywood Corp. We're getting by all right, but miss the kids a lot. We may end up moving to TX, especially if Jon gets full custody of Jason. Chris loved it down there when he did his AF training. We'd love it if he moved there as well!
Well, I guess it's time to sign off. My lunch and break are almost over.
We love you and miss you. We miss your sisters and brother, too. They only seem to contact us when they want something, and then we get nothing for more than a year, sometimes 2 or 3. It's hard for your dad, but he loves Jonathon and Christopher like he loved all of you kids.
Continue to watch over us from up there. We love you and miss you."
You "Bonus" Mom and Dad of South Bend, IN

"12/12/13...just 13 more days until Christmas...our 10th without you. You are missed and thought of every day...even though it looks like I'm the only one who ever writes anything here.
This will be a lonely Christmas. Your dad and I are having a hard time getting into the Spirit with the boys moved away this year, too.
Jon and Nikki are in San Antonio, TX and will have a low-key Christmas, since Jon will have to work both Tuesday and Thursday. Nikki will be studying very hard for the Bar Exam in January.
Jason is still in Okeechobee, FL with his mom. Jon won't get his court ordered visitations for another year.
Christopher, Katie, and Nate are in Box Elder, SD where he's stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. They went to Colorado for Thanksgiving, but will have a family Christmas this year by themselves. Nate is getting so big. We miss being able to see them whenever we want, and REALLY miss our Saturday babysitting sessions.
This weekend, we're going to Uncle Mike and Jana's house for the "Grove Family Christmas" get together.
Next week is SUPER busy for me! I hope I can make it! Both knees have now been replaced. The right knee healed VERY fast, but the left one is still giving me some trouble. Dr. Balint says I just overdid it last week. He said, "You're not Superwoman this time! The last one healed extra fast, but this one is healing more normally!!" I told him I don't really care for the "normal" thing!! Our church choir is participating with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for the Christmas concert. We have rehearsal on Tuesday, Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, another dress rehearsal on Saturday, and performances on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. SOMEWHERE in there, we have to have our "regular" choir rehearsal, since we have to practice for Christmas eve! I also need to fit in my physical therapy and try to teach a day or two!!
Well, my lunch break is almost over. I'm teaching in the Computer lab today, so I have access to a computer to pay a visit here. We miss you and love you. I think I'm only going to put the "patriotic" ornaments on the tree this year. We have just a small tree that's up on a table, since our pups seem to want to chew on the branches!!
We love you."
Your "Bonus" mom, Deb (and your dad, too) of South Bend, IN

"Hey Jason. I'm sitting here in the library at one of the Intermediate Schools in South Bend, bored to tears because that's all I'm doing today...sitting. I decided to have a visit with you.
Jonathon is finally divorced. He got to spend some time with your namesake while he was in FL. Jason loves his daddy so much. It breaks Jon's heart every time he has to leave him. He and Nikki will be moving to TX in Sept. or Oct. after she graduates from Cooley Law School. Jon loves TX...just not Fort Hood! LOL He's still working for FedEx and will transfer to a terminal down there...he already has his job set. Nikki will be an Attorney for the City once she passes the TX Barr Exam. He says he has to get out of here before the snow flies! He HATED being so cold last winter!!
Christopher (little Chris) is now in the Air Force. He's down in TX for training right now, but will be stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, South Dakota. He and Katie are looking forward to some hiking and camping. Your little nephew, Nate, is walking now! Katie posted a video on Facebook...something new since you passed. On Facebook, you can connect with family and old friends, make new friends, find people...so many different thing. It's called "Social Networking" and there are several different "networks" that are available now. Chris wanted to get out of the cols, too, but the Air Force has other ideas! Not only will he be in an area with cold winters, but they're REALLY cold!!
The very last time I saw you, you told me, "I hope you get better." I guess that in some ways, I have. I'm able to substitute teach 2-3 days a week. I'm back singing in the choir at our church. I'm actually considering taking a part-time job with our new Insurance agent...I wouldn't have to deal with the hassles of teaching...but I'd miss the kids. My health is still unpredictable. Some days, I'm in so much pain that all I do is sleep and take pain meds when I get up. Other days, I seem "fine" and I'm able to teach. I've had to have several operations over the past 10 1/2 years. I guess the back surgery started it all on the downhill ride. My next operation is a total knee replacement, scheduled for Sept. 16. I know it will help me walk and the pain will finally go away...but it still kind of scares me!
Well...I guess I better sign off and eat some lunch. We love you and miss you so much! We'll be in MI in a couple weeks at a Gold Star Family Retreat. It's always good to see old friends...but sad, since we're all in that same "club" we joined upon your death. You are always remembered. I teach kids about you all the time. You're known as a hero.
We love you Jay!"
Your "Bonus" mom, Deb of South Bend, IN

"It's been 10 years now. We were just asked to help some students from Muncie, IN learn about you. I hope we tell "your story" so that it honors you.
We miss you. It doesn't seem like 10 years. Sometimes it feels like yesterday, sometimes we still can believe it. We'll be visiting ANC on Memorial weekend. We'll see you soon."
Dad and Debbie of South Bend, IN

"Well...it looks like I'm one of the only ones to keep coming back and posting here. That's kind of sad.
"Big"Chris just had a birthday on Monday, he's 31 now. You would've been 32. It's hard to believe.
Jon and Christopher are both out of the Military. Jon is on VA disability. Christopher is trying to get back in...Air Force this time.
You've got another nephew. Nathaniel Loren Meyer was born on Sept. 27.
I still remember some of the last words you said to me the last time we saw you before you deployed. You said something like "I hope you get better soon." Well, you can't get over fibromyalgia, but I AM doing a bit better than I was in 2002. My doctor has my meds regulated and I seem to do better during the summer. Winters are always the hardest, but they're manageable.
I'm back to substitute teaching and I'm in school right now...just don't have students for an hour.
Wanted to say Happy Halloween...you always seemed to love it."
Your Step-mom, Deb of South Bend, IN

"Tomorrow you would be 32. It's been 9 long years since last we saw you. Jon is still in the Army. He's in Korea right now. Jason is almost 2 and looks a lot like Jon at that age. I worry about Jon. He will be coming home to problems. He WANTS to go to Stewart, but he always pushes to the limit, so I doubt that will be happening.
Christopher got out of the Marines last August. He's living here in the South Bend area. He and Katie are expecting in Sept. We can't wait. Anyway...we miss you and think about you often. We love you."
Dad & Deb of Souhth Bend, IN, USA

"Seven years and seven days ago, we got the news that all parents dread...you were gone. Now, we're waiting for your namesake...Jason Loren Meyer...Jon & Candy's baby. He'll be named for you and for your dad. We know that you're already watching out for him. It's time for him to make his entrance into the world. He's taking so much out of his mom. It scares us sometimes. Baby Jason has been trying to be born since your birthday, but he was too little then. Now, he's not. Thanks for taking care of him for us. We love you and miss you so much."
Dad & Debbie of South Bend, IN

"It will be 7 years in a few days. Some days it feels like it was yesterday others a lot longer. I love you and miss you."

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"Hey Jay its Your little bro Jon been at fort hood for 4 years and comin down on orders to stewart soon. Iraq was * just like you said I got married you would like her she's spunky. Christopher is a Marine and big chris well hes still himself and Ashley and Amy grew up since u been gone. Visited arlington 3 summers back and paid u a visit but i love ya bro and your the soldier i model myself after."
Spc Meyer, Jonathon of Fort Hood, TX

"On the message that I just left here on Jason's memorial page, I forgot to put my email address. I can be reached at:

or on my profile page on
Army togetherweserved. Like SSG Morris who posted on here in the past, I still have my kevlar cover that I wore from my first iraq tour with Paul, Lincoln, and Jason's names on it. I carried it with me on my 2nd and 3rd iraq deployments, as well as this deployment. They were the first 3 friends that I lost over here; unfortunately, they were not the last. I consider that kevlar cover to be one of my good luck charms that I never deploy without"

"To all the family and friends of Jason, I was Jason's team leader. He had been my driver when we went to NTC in 2002 prior to our deployment to iraq in 2003. As I type this, I am currently sitting at my work-station here at Camp Stryker on my 4th deployment to iraq, and the six year anniversary of Jason's death was a few short minutes ago. Jason holds a special place in my heart, because he was my very first Soldier who came to me straight out of AIT. There is a website called Army-together we served. It is kinda like facebook for the Army. I maintain a rememberance profile dedicated to Jason on my profile page. Here is the email address for the site:


If anybody wants to check it out, my name is listed as john.craig in the Army togetherweserved directory. Just go to my profile page and then click on Jason's name to go to his page. If there is anything that is missing or inaccurate, leave me a message and I will edit it. If SSG LINCOLN HOLLINSAID's parents, or anyone who has an email address for them, reads this, the only reason I don't maintain a rememberance page for him is because I, regrettably, don't have enough information to make a page that would do him justice. I believe the rememerance pages I maintain for Jason and Paul Smith are pretty accurate."

"Hey Jason. Its been six years now since that night. I remember it like it was yesterday. I couldnt beleive it when i heard man down and found it to be you. I often blame myself for your death. I was the one who put you in the Lts drivers seat. The last thing i ever thought would happen did. I lost one of my soldiers. I didnt want to beleive the doc when they said you were gone. At that moment i lost my mind. I regret some of the things i said to you two days prior when i was mad about the situation between you and the LT. I wish i hadnt. I remember when you fired the MK 19 over Sgt Smith, SSG Harmon and my head when we were engaging the guys coming through the wall. I was mad but i know you were just covering our asses. Ill never forget evacuating you through a mine field. We were going to get you back to the CCP no matter what. I didnt want to leave you there alone with people who didnt know you even though they were US soldiers. Well i just wanted to tell you i miss you and ill never forget all the good times and all the times you were a smartass and ismoked the crap out of you. Ill be talking to you soon. Keep your eye on me. I know you are! If you see Jay Boye tell him i said hi and I love him. Wolfpack for life. Tommyrichardson@optonline.net"
Tommy Richardson of Jackson, NJ

"it is hard to believe that in just a few short days it will have been 5 yrs since the world lost someone special...

i just wanted to say i am sorry that i didn't keep in touch the way i should of, to always keep a constant eye on you and how you were doing--to just reassure you how much you have meant to me
we sometimes get so caught up in self-less things and still today it happens (thankfully not as frequent), but i believe it has a lot to do with the example of your efforts and your life

i truly thank you for the sacrifices you have made and for the freedoms that are ours because of your actions

i was always was told to surround myself with the right people and i too will be great - i can only dream that i am a quarter of the man and husband and friend that you were

all my love brother"
ed taylor of howell, mi

"Hey Jason,
Well it seems you're an unce again...Jon & Candy adopted a little girl. Ashley's baby is due soon, too. Jon's new daughter will be one in a few days and her name is Emily Elizabeth. Ashley's daughter will be Harmony Rose. That makes 4 girls & 3 boys...we wish you could know all of them, but Hailey is the only one that even met you and she was too little to remember.
Anyway...just wanted to stop in aain. We miss you."
Dad & Deb of South Bend, In

"9/11/08 Hey Jason, 7 years ago yesterday, you made the decision to enlist. We're SO proud that you made that choice for your life. Even though you made the ultimate sacrifice for this great Country, it's because of you, and others like you, that we still have our Freedom.
Well, your "little brothers" are still in the Military. Today, Jon is having a re-enlistment ceremony down at Fort Hood. I sure wish we could be there for him & Candy...yes, he got married. You'd love her. They're so good together. How appropriate that he chose today as the day to re-enlist. Two years ago today, he was on a plane headed for Iraq. Christopher is still a Marine...I know, you'd be calling him a jarhead!! He's in Bahrain until the end of the year. When he finisshes his "security detail" he goes on to his "infantry detail" and he'll be stationed in Hawaii for the next 3 years...lucky dog! I guess we'll just HAVE to go visit him.
It's so hard to believe that he'll be 23 soon...the same age you were when you were killed. This week-end, we go back to MI to visit with the other Gold Star families for our annual "reunion" and the celebration of your lives. We'll see old friends and meet some new ones...those who have joined our ranks since last we met...those who've faced that horrendous day when the "officials" came knocking at their door. We'll hug, laugh, cry, remember, console...we'll be there for each other.
Well, I need to sign off now. We love you & miss you. I'm sure you'll be watching as Jonathon renews his committment to the US Army in about an hour. Smile on him today...stand proud and salute!
Love you lots,"
Debbie & Dad of South Bend, IN USA

"hey jsaon i miss you so much and i know in my heart that god is with u and taking good care of u. I want u to know that my mom misses u too so does my sister and brother take care luv ya jason"
Tiffany of Howell

"hi i just wanted to say i'm so heart broken that jason died i knew his family and they are nice people i miss him so much and i know that god is taking care of him now hes in a better place we all loved him he was a great person my sister knew and was really good friends with him i pray every nite for jason family and i know that he fought and died for us and it took his life that way. i know in my heart that he's safe and he's protected by god. we all will miss him all my love Tiffany"
Tiffany of howell,mi

"Loren and Deb,
Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I have thought a lot about you since the leadership conference and Day of Rememberance in D.C. I know how you still grieve after five years. It has been nearly 3 for us. Some days are better than others. I pray for you and your kids who are serving. Remember always we are in support of our troops and their mission."
Tom and Linda Miller of Flint, Michigan

"To Deb, Loren, and family. 4/16/08
Sorry for the late post. We remember as you that fateful date five years ago. Like you we shed tears of grief and loss for the 11th Engineers in a short time had lost three of it's best. Smith, Hollinsaid, and Jason. We now visit the Middle East Conflict Memorial wall in Marseilles, IL.. The names of our heroes are etched in stone and when me visit we remember Jason as well as Paul Ray and our Lincoln. As long as we live and pass on their stories they will be remembered.
Dan Hollinsaid father of SSG Lincoln Hollinsaid"
of Malden, IL

"Hello Jason,
We were so happy to have been able to spend 08 APR 2008 with you at Arlington. It was so bittersweet. Five years...it seems like such a long time, but yet time stands still for us sometimes.
We heard from Trey Waak. He spoke so highly of you. He was able to share some things about your last few days. He told us that you would be so proud of how we have handled the years since your death. He said that you never quit and that you wouldn't let anyone else quit, either. You believed in the mission.
We were blessed to have had you as a son...you are truly missed.
We would love to hear from others, too. It helps to hear from them."
Dad & Debbie of South Bend, IN

"Melissa, Mr. & Mrs. Meyer,

I just wanted to let you know that Jason is always remembered. As time passes, the memories of Jason and his sacrifice does not. My prayers go out to you all. May God bless you all! Bulldogs, Junglecats~Forward!"
Major Mike Bliss of Fort Riley, Kansas

"Hey Jason,
Just checking in with you. I'm still in the army and right now I'm at recruiting school. I visted you last year with Carl on Memorial Day. I hope the family is good, I haven't seen them in probably 2 years. You will always be in my prayers and can't wait to see you again. I'll stop by this June and spend some time with you. Thanks for your service and God Bless."
SGT Kyle Heintz of Ft. Jackson, South Carolina

"Hey Jason. Well, 5 years ago you started the treck into Iraq. I see that a friend left you a message. We'd sure like to hear from your friends. It would mean so much to us to learn more of the final days of your life. We finally met SSG Hollinsaid's parents. They were at a TAPS week-end at Fort Campbell. We've been keeping track of each other nearly since the beginning. Chris is getting ready to go over to the middle east to Bahrain. Yeah, I know, he's a jarhead, but he always was a loner. You've been on our minds a lot. You would have turned 28 a few days ago. Next week, you and Melissa would have celebrated 6 years of marriage. On 08 APR, it will be 5 years since you were killed. It's never easy, but we're dealing. We love you Jason. We miss your smiling face.
If anyone that served with Jason checks in here...PLEASE contact us: You can email us at: blueandgoldmom-in@sbcglobal.net"
Dad & Debbie of South Bend, IN

"Jason.. PFC Meyer..(26 Jan 08)

it has been a few years now.. but you know i always remember what kinda of person you were... you were in my Squad and we always use to joke and i remember sitting there a few days before you were killed north of the Airport in Baghdad, and you came over and we sat as the sun was setting and we had talked about fishing, and you and told me that you would take me up to Michigan and we would go fishing up there, well geuss what i still have not gone fishing. My second tour back to Iraq i went to that same place where we sat and talked as well, remember taht moment.. After i came home i drove up to DC and found where you were and Shed my tears as memories of you flooded my mind once more, and today i am here and i tell these solders here what kinda of soldier you were and i share a little of you, SFC Smith and SSG Hollinsaid. today i found the 3ID patch that i had on my Kevlar that had all your names on it ..and i sat there and thought .. i wonder how Melissa is doing.. i know i met her i think before we left for Iraq.. but you take care ok my friend..

SSG Morris, FT Leonard Wood, MO
Lamsteen Morris of fort Leonard Wood, MO

"January 6, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Jason M. Meyer:
Jason 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

"Well Jason, your "little bro" Jonathon is home from Iraq. You would be so proud of him. He looks great. He's getting married this week. Thanks for watching over him & keeping him safe. We know you're up there smiling down. Christmas is next week & we always seem to miss you more around the holidays.
Rest in Peace, your job is up there now."
Step-mom, Deb Meyer of South Bend, IN USA

I would 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.

"Forward"(11th Engrs Motto)"

"Our love goes to Jason's family for his supreme sacrifice for our freedom. On Sunday, May 27,2007 I placed a flag in his honor at the First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fl. May you find some peace and comfort in the days ahead."
Don Haine of Kissimmee, Florida

"I haven't been to this site for a while...sometimes it's just too painful. Memorial Day was yesterday and we lost 10 more. It's so hard sometimes.
I would like to hear from Jason M. Meyer, Ret USMC who left a message. On the off-chance that he visits this site again, I am leaving our email address here. It's: blueandgoldmom-in@sbcglobal.net
We would like to hear from others who served with Jason...either in Iraq or in Basic, or at Fort Stewart.
Jason, your 2 step-brothers are doing well. Jon is now SPC Jonathon Meyer and he's in Iraq with 263rd Maint. Co. He's a mechanic like your dad is. Chris is finally with his USMC unit. He's LCPL Christopher Meyer now and he's in Marine Security.
We truly appreciate EVERY post to these sites. It show us Jason meant as much to others as we thought he did."
Your Step-mom, Deb of South Bend, IN (by way of Howell, MI)

"God Bless Your Soul Young Man. I Googled my name Jason M. Meyer and this WEb Site pulled up. I also happen to be a Iraq Veteran who was Disabled in Combat. I Pray for you and the ones who were left behind."
Jason M. Meyer RET USMC of Canton, Georgia

"My name is Anna Rose of Burns Harbor, IN. Jason was killed the same day, one year earlier than my brother SPC Jonathan Kephart. I know how hard this anniversary day is, and I just wanted to know we share your grief, and you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am sure that Jason and Jonathan are in heaven swapping war stories right now, and that they would tell us that they are fine if they could. Love and prayers,
Anna of Burns Harbor, IN

"Melissa, Deb, & Loren,
three years seem like a heart beat and a tear ago. We all shed tears at the same time for the loss of a loved one. Now we share their memory. We will say a prayer for all of you.
Dan & Nancy Hollinsaid"

"Melissa if you ever need anything.. please let me know. Im not sure if you remember me. Princesskelbel2001@yahoo.com

Im always here..."
Kelly Wanty-White (ex-USAF civil eng. ) of Hill AFB, UT

"wow its april 8th...
Im sick to my stomach. I keep having flash backs to how things were when I last saw you. I know that god has a plan for everyone but yours is hard to deal with Jason. Everyday I have to remind myself that being in the military and my Husband still being the military is worth everything. I miss you j. Everyday I talk to my Husband in Korea there is a part of me that is thinking about you. I havent been to see you yet. I dont know If I could. Your wife is a strong lady. I know if something would happen to brandon I would fall apart. I know youre safe now.. But I miss you and Im still so proud to of served in the military with you. I LOVE and miss you!"
Kelly Wanty-White (ex-USAF civil eng. ) of Hill AFB, UT

thanks for leaving a massage for me and my kids.
Please know that there is not a day that goes by that i'm not thinking of you and Jason. The 3rd year is coming around and it feels like yesterday. you are in my prayers and thoughts."
Birgit Smith wife of SFC Paul Smith of Holiday florida

"Jason, I first found out what had happened to you by an email and it just really hit me hard ...not because you were a DeMolay and fellow Chevalier, but because I knew what kind of man you really were. I think it was right around when i first joined Demolay that i met you and knew that joining was right for me simply because guys like you were around. Always having fun. I had respect for you then, and more now than you can ever imagine. Thank you for everything you've done."
corey of clinton twp, mi

"i stood there without a feeling in the world except emptiness
even as i prayed for some sort of relief
i couldn't find any sympathy . . .

the moments seemed almost perfect - except for the void
as he laid - he stood for so much more . . .

draped in DIGNITY, there he was
the stars - a symbol of hope to instill in each of our hearts
they stood as guides to dreams, he had achieved
a land of the proud
the white stripes - the light of faith for all of us to kepp our focus
a purity of a man's life - true to his virtue
of being a man, husband, friend and brother
the field of blue - loyalty unto death
to his friends, family and ideals
the stripes of red - the courage of love and passion found in all his glories
a patriotic blood he willing shed: for friend, family and stranger alike

in earnest and with righteousness he lived and strived each day
he sculpted a life - true and tested by pride
his lessons he taught will live on
and his spirit shall accompany us in all our endeavors
to give us strength

my brother, you nor your sacrifices will not be forgotten

in memory of pfc JMM"
ed taylor of howell, mi

"To everyone,

Thank you to every one who has cared about Jason and this Family. I have read everyones messages and I appreciate everything. When something like this happens the kind words and prayers that you recive from others helps you get through it. You know that others are there for you. We all thank you, and know that Jason was truly loved by all that knew him.

Thank you"
Melissa Meyer, Wife of PFC Meyer of Flint, MI

I haven't talked to since I was in D.C. in March. Everyone is doing great. We all miss you so very much. J.t. Made it home from Iraq. He is doing such a good job, you would be so proud of him. Mom is still having a real hard time with your death.

I still love you"
Melissa of Flint, MI

"Deb & Loren, (11/19/05)
Our lives have crossed because of our sons / our heros. We have felt the same emotions and pain and persevered by faith and support of family and friends. We did not have the opprotunity to meet each others son but it sounds like they had much in common as so many of these find young soldiers did. Now we parents and famlies let them live through us so they are not forgotten. It is heart breaking each time a new family hears of the loss of their soldier for we truely know what they will be going through. I beleive our sons are proud of the way we have handled their loss for they died as brave soldiers defending freedom and providing hope. I am sure tears still come but their memories also bring joy and laughter. I know holidays are a difficult time for we families as we gather together. So this Thanksgiving let us thank GOD for allowing us to have these young men in our lives and for the many people they touched. Nancy and I think of your Jason often because of Lincoln. If I remember correctly you have other sons or family who are now serving our country and possibly in Iraq? We will pray for their safety. Enjoy the holidays the best that you can for we still have much to be thankful for."
Dan & Nancy Hollinsaid proud parents of SSG Lincoln Hollinsaid of Malden, Il 61337

"So much has happened lately. The anti-war protestors are desecrating the names of all of you guys. It breaks our heart to have your name posted and used that way. We know that you died BELIEVING in what you were doing.
Anyone that knew Jason and wants to contact us...your emails will be welcomed. We want to hear from people that knew him. You can contact us at: doodlebug_dsm@sbcglobal.net
I wear a black "Hero Bracelet" every day. I don't take it off. You are and always will be a hero in our hearts. Please watch over your brother, PFC Jon Meyer. He may be heading to Iraq next spring. Chris wants to join the Army now, too, instead of the Marines. They are both so proud to have called you brother.
Rest well son. You fought the good fight. We'll miss you this week-end as we celebrate Grandma Meyer's 86th birthday. You're missed each and every day.
Your dad and I both love you and miss you."
Deb & Loren Meyer of South Bend, IN

"Jason i wear a black braclet with your name on it to keep your memory going everytime someone asks me what is it for i tell the to remember a falling hero who fought for them to be free i miss u a lot bro i will never forget you"
Donald Crystal of myrtle beach, SC

"Hey Jason. I'm Don's fiance. I didn't know you but I feel like I do through all that Don has told me about you. You meant a lot to him and he misses you everyday. I wish you could be here to see how much of a man he's become. I wish you could meet his daughter. She looks just like him. He loved you so much and he really looked up to you. To Jason's family: I hope one day I can meet the family of such a wonderful man. If you want to e-mail Don and get pictures of Riley his e-mail is DON2288516@aol.com He would love to hear from you."
Kayla and Don Crystal of Myrtle Beach, SC

"Thank you so much for posting your thoughts here. I have read them all and see just how much Jason meant to each of you. If anyone knows how to contact CPT Ryan Anderson, who was one of Jason's instructors at Ft. Leonard Wood, please have him contact me. I'm Jason's step-mom. My email is doodlebug_dsm@sbcglobal.net
Thanks so much for all you have said about Jason. He is truly missed."
Step-mom, Deb of South Bend, IN

"To the family of Jason M. Meyers, 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 need someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rv John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. YOur friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga

"Just remembering all of the times we all had together. We miss you more every day. Thank you for protecting me."
Amber of Sterling Heights

"Jason: you are the type of person you meet and can't ever forget. You will be missed by a lot of people. May you rest in peace now."
Ashley of Lansing, Mi

"it has been two years since that day in iraq, I can not stop thinking about you. the memory of that day still hunts me. see a body bag and to know you were inside. it just does not seem fair."
william waak of glendale az

"It's been two years. Still thinking of all three of you, none better than the other, you all gave what you had to. Hope you know there are still people that think of you all the time."
PFC Becvar of Manteno, IL

"Please know that I wear a bracelet in honor of your brave man with pride. He'll not be forgotten. Another vetern."
Greg of Edmeston NY USA

I could hardly believe it when i found out the news. I only got to hang out with you a few times, but you are truly a nice guy. Your wife really did have someone so special, so sweet. We talked a few times and then lost touch. All of a sudden one day i wanted to email you to see how you were, little did i know you were overseas. The day i went to go email you the next couple of hours i recieved the news and i just couldn't believe it. You will never be forgotten!! You are now in a safe place and you will be one day reuinted with your friends, family, and wife. We miss you dearly! Thank you for being such a brave hero and fighting for our country. I send out my condolences to all your loved ones."
Sherry Belka of Michigan

"Its hard to think about you being gone...it seems like only yesterday we were all meeting up for a Demolay meeting. Or you were coming over to hang out. The day that I found out you had died. I was sitting at work just checking emails when my father forwarded it to me. It was like a big part of my heart had been broken. As I am also in the military I know the great Honor and pride you get while protecting your country...but I know all to well the saddness that comes with it when you loose a friend. Jason you will always be in my heart in my soul and in my mind. Im proud to of served in the United States Military with you."
A1C Kelly White (Wanty) of Minot AFB, ND

"PFC Meyer, I wear around my wrist your name and now that I have some idea of what kind of solider, husband, son, and brother you are, I will tell everyone who ask about the black braclet I wear that Jason Meyer is the standard that all soliders should follow by. I will tell everyone that you fought for the greatest cause, PEACE. Now I will go and help with the mission you fought so bravely for."
SPC Rodriguez, Jose of FT. Irwin, California

"Jason. I was just thinking about you a lot latly, i really miss you bro. I know i never got to tell you how proud i was of you or how you changed my life. i will never forget you, how i looked up to you so much when i first joind demolay. I know you will be waiting for me at the gates of heaven and i know you are watching over me right now. I miss you so much bro, i wish i could just see you one more time. I love you bro."
Matt Rizzo of Howell, Michigan, USA

"Jason I knew you as a lil' boy and I am so proud of what you have done for your country. You will always, be that smiling, little freckled face boy I knew. Rest in Peace! You are always in our hearts."
Tresa Hutchins of Howell, Michigan

"I am a student in Barker, New York. From the messages I read it sounded like he made people do better than they thought they could. I wish I met Jason he sounds like a cool guy. By reading his biography it sounded like he was loved by alot of people. In 2001 my grandma died and I was devastated. She was my hero. When ever I needed some one to talk to she would be there. So I know where your coming from. From what I've gone through I'd like to say where ever you go he will be there for you.He's like your guardian angel. He will be at your side for the rest of your life."
7th grade student of Barker middle school

"It hardly seems possible that a year has gone by. We think about you every day. You are missed. Your memory lives on. Jon and JT are following in your path through the Army. We pray for their safety. Rest safe with God."
Dad & Debbie

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

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

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 (4/8/04)

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

"I served with PFC Meyer. We were in the same squad in B Co 11th Eng Bn. He was always pushing me to do better at everything I did. I think it made a better person/soldier. I was there the night he was killed by a M-1. I was one of the ones that carried his body to the evac point. It is a image burned into to my memory forever. I miss Meyer.
I will carry all Meyer showed me forever.
William(Trey) Waak III of San Antonio, Texas

"what is up bro. i never knew how close we were till the sec. mom called me and told me what happened. it seemed like the ten min drive from flushing look 10 years. you always think that everything will be ok and nothing will happen. i just want you to know that this did not change me going into the army except make me want to go even more and go overthere in memory of you. i just know that one day i will see you again and wont have to worry about ever lossing you again! rest in peace bro. love your little bro"
JT Arnould of Swartz Creek, MI

"PFC Jason Meyer graduated from my company, B Company, 35th Engineer Battalion on March 5th, 2002. From here at Fort Leonard Wood he went on to his assignment in the 3rd ID.

Every soldier that comes through my company is told about PFC Meyer and his brave sacrifice for his nation. All of the soldiers carry Warrior Ethos cards in their wallets with pictures of Jason and details about his service. When we conduct our values tag ceremony at the end of Basic Training, we have a set of boots and helmet posted with a weapon to symbolize Jason's sacrifice. We constantly talk to the soldiers about his sacrifice to make sure it is never forgotten.
On April 8th of this year, one year exactly from his death, we are going to have a remembrance ceremony for Jason while we are in the field. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone that knew Jason could send me some thoughts or comments about him so that we can read them to the 188 soldiers in my company during that ceremony. Also, I am looking for a bigger picture of him in his uniform. I have downloaded the one of him in his dress uniform and we tried to get blown up to make posters for our barracks but the resolution is too small on it.
I appreciate any help you can give me. Also, I hope his family and loved ones can take comfort in the fact that Jason still lives on in the hearts and minds of every soldier that is trained here at Bravo Company. He is our inspiration and he is the reason we work so hard to follow his example. God bless his family and while his loss hurts, he is having a positive effect on hundreds of soldiers.

Please email pictures or comments to: andersonr@wood.army.mil"
CPT Ryan J. Anderson of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"Thank you Jason Meyer, 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 am so sorry to any one who lost a love one."
tonya of salem or

"You were a good soldier and a friend. Ill miss not having a hunting buddy no more."
PFC Garrad of Fort Stewart GA

"Rest Jason. Be safe in God's fold. We miss you so much. We loved you more than you know. We know you are with the Angels and looking down on us.
We love you. We love Melissa.

Dad & Debbie"
Deb & Loren Meyer of South Bend, IN USA

"Former classmate, rest in peace. God Bless your courage, strength and determination."
Rick Putz of Howell, MI

"We thank you for the sacrafice Jason made for us. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time. Thank you Jason, May God keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Jason Meyer:
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 Jason 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 Pfc. Jason Meyer:
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 Jason, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"A brave soldier you are Jason, God is with you. Melissa, you and your family are in my prayers."
Jessica Thomas of Fort Stewart, Ga

"Your smile will forever be in my heart and your hugs comfort in the dark and your friendship in my memory...I was proud of your courage when you left Michigan and I always will!"
Mom Crago of Michigan

"God Bless you Jason!
This country will never forget you."
Stasha of Brighton, Mi USA

"RIP Brave Soldier..."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on