Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jesse D. Mizener

24, of Auburn, California.
Mizener was killed when a mortar round hit the Logistics Base in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 542nd Maintenance Company, 44th Corps Support Battalion, 593rd Corps Support Group, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on January 7, 2004.

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"I think of you and your family daily and your family is always on my prayer list. You will always be a hero to me and it was an honor to serve with you. I remember your bright smiles and positive atmosphere you brought to many soldiers and staff while you valiantly served our country. You'll never be forgotten soldier and God Bless Your Family Always!"
Ira Miller of United States

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."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"If you would like to share a story of your experience with Jesse my email address is rmizener@att.net Subject: I knew Jesse"
Becky Mizener of Stockton CA

"I am writing a book about Jesse and about the organization Packed with Pride I founded. In the book I may mention your name. I need permission to do so. I'm looking for anyone who served with him in Baghdad, Iraq. If you would like to share about your time there with Jesse, I'd love to hear about it. If I use it in the book I will need your address to send you the proper paperwork."
Becky Mizener of Stockton CA

"Becky, Jim, and family,

We live kitty-corner from you and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of Jesse. I wave to you guys every day, say a prayer, and salute all of you. You are courageous and inspiring to me. Your garage faces my house and I'm the second house (white/white trim) from the corner. You are loved and deeply respected as gold star parents. I will never forget Jesse."
Sharon Lovell of Stockton, CA

"Today is Memorial Day and we are to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. As one of our fallen heroes, PFC Jesse Mizener will be remembered for his service to our nation. I pray for his Family each and every day. May God comfort those who have lost so much."
Jesse Wightman of Cameron, NC/USA

"I don't know Jesse, but today I ran a 4 mile race, "I Did the Grid," in his honor and three other heroes from Operation Iraqi Freedom. As I crossed the finish line I yelled his name so everyone would know that every step I took today was for him. Thank you Jesse, for making the ultimate sacrifice and for being my hero."
Jennifer Ariel of Northport, NY

"I was a friend of Jesses' from middle school on. We had lost contact for a while but met up again a little before he left for the CCC. We did lose contact once he left. But Jesse was a great guy! I miss him soo much. I always catch myself wondering what would be if he were still here. I think and pray for his family and his babies. I cant believe its been so long that he has been gone. Becky (Jesse mom) I have a bunch of poems that he wrote, They are beautiful. If you would like them please let me know. My email address is mendoza.concha@yahoo.com"
Concha Mendoza of Stockton, Ca

"It is hard to believe it has been ten years since this young man gave his life for his country...we will forever be in his debt and we will never forget Jesse. May God continue to bless the family as they live their lives without a husband, father, son and brother, may they find peace knowing that his life was not given in vain but is and always will be a testemant to the American Soldier and the values of a country willing to stand up for what is right. We will continue to pray for you all."
Curt of Redstone Arsenal, AL

"Thinking of you and your family Jesse, remembering you always.."
Elizabeth of Chalmette LA

"Thank u Jesse for your service to our country miss u bro r.i.p"
mike b of satx 2103262158

"Well buddy we miss you so much another year has gone and I wonder what would happend if you were here. I know that your parents and family would be still proud of you. I know that your kids are and I hope that you name stays strong in other poeples hearts."
SPC Daniel Walker of Camp Casey Korea

"Jesse...brother, it's been years! Ft.Leonard Wood, Mo....I was your senior class leader and I remember handing the reigns to the platoon over to you...I remember you always being so proud that your son was on his way! You were extremely intelligent and knew you would excel in whatever you did in life and in your career. I specifically remember the day I left you were standing in the hallway saying goodbye to those of us that were leaving off to fulfill our destinys...when it was my turn to say goodbye, I just remember you smiling and I said "I'll see ya around" brother, never did I think a year later one of my Soldiers, who I would stay up late at night with studying our butts off for our tests the next day, be gone a year later....I won't say goodbye to you brother, instead, I will once again say "I'll see ya around brother"....Rest in Peace Soldier!

And when he got to heaven, to St. Peter he told, "one more Soldier reporting, Sir, I've done my time in hell"

Sleep well my brother..."
PFC Miranda Gohr of Cypress, Ca

"To the Family of Pfc. Jesse Mizener, I give you my love and remembrance of a Soldier who gave his all in Iraq. His death was honorable. I continually pray for his wife and children. Take care and God Bless!!"
MAJ Jesse Wightman of Columbia, South Carolina

"Jesse, you are gone but you will never be forgotten. Jan 07 will always be a day of sadness for me. My prayers are always with your family and love ones. You will always be my hero."
Youlanda Madison Chandler of Springhill, Louisiana

"Jesse' birthday is Christmas Eve. Such an emotional day for me. I try real hard to be upbeat and happy. While all the time my heart is crying for my boy."
Becky, Jesse' mom of Stockton, CA

"Hey you guys!!! Happy Veterans Day Brother...Youll never be forgotten...."
Tommy S. of Pearlington,Ms.

"Happy veterans day mizner family n friends just wanted to stop in and say how honered I am to have served with jesse his memory will live on in me forever miss u bro. Michael benavides satx michael- benavides1@Hotmail. Com"
michael of san Antonio

I still think about you everyday and always remember your beautiful smile!!! Especially when you talked about your beautiful wife & children!!! I remember how we were talking at CCC and you were so angry about the 911 disaster and you wanted to protect us from these horrible people!!! Well, Jesse I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I trully miss you!!!"
Debbie Graham of auburn, CA

I still think about you everyday and always remember your beautiful smile!!! Especially when you talked about your beautiful wife & children!!! I remember how we were talking at CCC and you were so angry about the 911 disaster and you wanted to protect us from these horrible people!!! Well, Jesse I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! I trully miss you!!!"
Debbie Graham of auburn, CA

"Today is July 3rd 2011 and I went to my first Gold Star Families event. I appreciate all effort that everyone puts forth to make all of it possible. I waited far to long to be involved and it was great to see how proud the kids were of their Daddy. I really miss you Jesse."
Nicole Mizener ( Jesses Wife) of Sacramento, Ca USA

"youll never be forgotten jesse"
mike b of san antonio tx

"I am writing a book, if you have stories you would like to share about Jesse send to rmizener@comcast.net"
Becky Mizener (Jesse' mom) of stockton, ca

"Hi everybody I, back in Iraq for a third time, please keep me in your prays....I hope this is my last deployment

We miss you Jesse"
SGT COGGINS of Currently in Kuwait

"Thank you everyone for your comforting words. It's been 7 years today. I still can't believe it sometimes. I miss him so much."
Jesse' mom of STOCKTON, CA

"Hello I am a close friend of jessie from grade school on I just want to say Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas I love an miss you so much it is really hard but I know he is in a better place. It just hurts because I never even knew he went to the war I didn't know he had a wife and kids but I am so glad he did Merry christmas to you all."
Danyale chew of stockton, Ca

"You will never be forgotten.I didn't get along with many but never had a problem with you. You will be forever missed Jesse. Old friends contact me http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000358445653"
Anthony Augustus of San Antonio, Tx

"Today is 8 SEPT 2010, 6 years now and your still in my heart as a friend and a cool dude. I'll never forget you Bruh, and best wishes to your family. Peace Jesse"
Rashard Banks of Jamaica, NY

"I have created a facebook page for 542nd Maintenance Company. It's nothing much but I figure it would be a good way to keep all of us in contact with eachother. It will be set to private so any photo's or comments will be private among us. Just add to your friends list 542ndmaintenance@comcast.net"
Mark of Lakewood

"To the famoly of Jesse Mizener. I do not know the exact link for Jesse Mizener,but we have ti be related. I am Dr. Floyd Mizener, now 84 yrs old of Darien Illinois, A US Marine of WW11 I am part of the admistration of the Mizener family Web site. I happen to be in Bradenton Florida until about May 10 th. the phone is 941-798-3742 or e-mail is floydmizener@verizon.net
Like to hear fromsome one interested."
Dr. Floyd Mizener of 819 Waterside Lane Bradenton Fl. 34209

"Another year but still the same feeling. Eventhough its still hard to remember this day I never want to forget if it was not for Jesse I would not be here. So as always Mizener Family my prayers are with you and thank you for everything. Your strength gives me strength you HAVE the greatest son. Miss you Jesse"
SGT Dufur, Desiree' of Bamberg, Germany

"Mark, you must know that it was just Jesse' time to go home to be with his Lord. He died quickly and for that I am grateful. Please don't beat yourself up over what happen, there was nothing you could have done that you didn't try to do. We are at peace with his death and I want you to be also. Contact me if you want to talk. rmizener@comcast.net"
Becky Mizener of Stockton, CA

"I just want to say that there is not a day that goes by when I don't hurt from the loss of Jesse. I was one of the combat life savers who tried to save Jesse's life. I have never spoken to anyone other than family about what had happened that day. It has been the most painful experience of my life and it still to this day weighs on my heart greatly. I wish I could have met Jesse's wife to tell her how sorry I am for not being able to do more. I am still sorry even to this day. As every year goes by and the day of our loss comes closer the pain always comes back. I just want to say I am sorry Jesse that I couldn't have done more."
Mark Miller of Lakewood, WA/USA

"The day after Thanksgiving 2003 was the last time we saw Jesse alive. We took him to the airport, kissed him goodbye. 43 days later he was killed. The holidays are very hard for us. Thanksgiving only reminds me of the last time I saw him. Christmas Eve is his birthday, and 13 days later Jan 7 of course is the hardest day of all. I miss you Jesse and life as we know it has never been the same. We all miss you so much. Nicole, the kids, your brother,your sister, your dad, gramma, grammpa, uncles aunts, cousins and friends."
Becky Mizener of Stockton,CA

"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

"I've been watching the news about the Ft. Hood shootings. I thought I could keep watching. But now they are talking about the families of those who were killed. They are talking about the two soldiers who come to the door...I can't watch any more. It seems very hard for me this year. Maybe the shock is wearing off, I dont' know, but I feel his loss so strong. It could be there is a lot of changes in our families. Please know everyone who has ever written a note here that I find great comfort when I come to this site. I thank you for loving my son. He was truly blessed to have so many people consider him "my friend". He would be thirty years old next month. Christmas Eve. Sing a silent Happy Birthday to him. I do!"
Becky Mizener- Jesse' mom of Stockton,CA

"hello many of the people remeber me i was jesse's friend and all i have to say is that i love you brother an to the family he was the best friend i ever had"
Sam Henderson of washington

"Another 4th of July has come and gone. Each year I think back and remember Jesse saying, "when a parade comes by and the flag is present, I want to stand proud because I am an American Solider". So all of you, stand proud when the flag comes by you. Stand proud, because Jesse isn't here to do it himself. We can do it for him. Thank you everyone who takes time out of your day to write something. It makes me feel good to know how much he is missed."
Becky Mizener of Stockton, CA

"I wish, on this Memorial Day weekend, that Lodi wasn't so far away. In preparing Easter baskets for my children several weeks ago, I found something that took me WAAAAYYY back...a plastic egg, spraypainted gold, which was once hidden in your back yard with money inside of it! This golden egg was what my siblings and I, and Jesse and Brian competed to find on that Easter afternoon probably 20 years ago or more. I was so proud to be the one to find it...if I had the chance this Memorial Day, I'd give Jesse that golden egg because he deserves it more than I do. Remembering my very first boy best friend today....and as always, keeping yall in my thoughts and prayers."
Brooke Shoemaker of Tinley Park, IL

"Mom Mizener,
Many days pass by and i will never forget your son.I am a fellow soldier friend, whom was the influence for his harmonica tunes.I will never forget his smile, and the music he played nightly in our tent for all our enjoyment.He and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers.God Bless
SPC. CAPADONA Petrousa2002@yahoo.com"
Peter Capadona of CDO Philippines

"Hi Lisa, email me rmizener@comcast.net"
Becky Mizener of Stockton, CA

"Becky, Jim, and family, It's hard for to imagine it's been 5 years; it still seems like yesterday. I think of you often. There is not one day that passes that I don't think about Jesse. His death has been absolutely the hardest thing I've ever dealt with in my life, and yet I can never know your pain. I appoligize for not keeping better touch with you. Somehow I suppose I felt avoidance would ease my pain, but it does not! I will never forget what a great human being and soldeir he was. No doubt the strong and proud man he was came from the nurturing home and family you provided. God bless you and continue to heal your family."
SSG Lisa Klotz (Peek), Jesse's Squad Leader of Fort Bragg, NC

"We all should be rejoicing and not mourning his lost for he is in a better place. This place is not our home, it is only temporary. We all have to live a good life so once again someday we will see Jesse's smiling face."
PFC Adrain Driver-Armstrong of Rialto, Ca

"Another year has passed Jesse, and it still seem like yesterday to me that we were all together over there at Log Base Seitz. I often remember all of us working in the shop together. There are so many memories I have about being there. You was always such a good friend & battle buddy. We all loved listening to your stories. You will never be forgotten. I am thankful and proud to say that I knew you. May you rest in peace. Mom Mizener, I want to let you know you had a wonderful son, and I am proud to say I served with him. If you need anything, or anything I can do email me at madchan3249@msn.com"
Youlanda Madison Chandler of Springhill, LA

"Well Jesse its another year and my first time back to Iraq since that day. I think this is alot harder than I thought it would be. I miss you so much you will always be remembered and missed. To the Mizener Family I hope all is well talk to you soon my prayers are with you all."
Desiree' Dufur of Qwest Iraq

"To all of you who knew Jesse, my heart aches with you. On Jan 7 2009 it will be the 5 year anniversary of his death. I still say to myself, it can't be real! He can't be gone! Five years it went by so fast. Yet there are so many times I walk down the hall at night and see our family huddled together after we found out. Every time we go to the airport I see us waiting on the tarmat for his body. Thank you everyone who has taken the time to write something to our family. It really means so very much to me. Thank you for loving him, for being his friend, for caring about him even though you didn't know him. Thank you Thank you"
Becky - Jesse' mom of stockton CA

"January 4, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Jesse D. Mizener:
Jesse 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

"Happy Veterans Day bro we miss you! See you when we get there."
George A. Simpson II of San Diego, CA

"I did not know Jesse D. Mizener, but wanted to convey my condolences to his family and friends and to those whose lives were touched by someone willing to fight for the freedoms we enjoy as citizens. Thank you...and I think the impression that someone leaves upon others when they move forward (*I refer to passing as that, I see it as moving forward*) is important for sustaining the memories of who they were as a human being. -God Bless..it is not said enough, but the sacrifce of an individual such as Jesse is one of the greatest gifts that could be given to humanity."
Tina Colliton of Schenectady, NY

"Yes, Heather we would love for you to send the pictures of Jesse. I can't get enough of them. Thank you for being one of his palbarers. That must have been hard for you. I would like to give you a big hug. You can e-mail me anytime you want I always love hearing about Jesse and his time in Iraq. rmizener@comcast.net
P.O. Box 692887 Stockton CA 95369-2887"
Becky Mizener of Stockton, CA

"I think of Jesse coming back off leave and handing me a "Temptations" Christmas CD (December 2003) and understand that God is good with him. He was always smiling then and everytime I come to Iraq (third time) I know he's watching me smiling. Then I remember the strength of his mother coming to Fort Lewis to speak to us and I know that his family will be fine and I send all of my love and best wishes to the Mizener family."
SGT De'Onte Sanders of Camp Victory, Iraq

"Dear Mizener Family,

WOW, I never knew this site was here. I was the girl at Jesses funeral who helped carry his casket. I think of that day every time I see a solider in thier uniform. I know he is dearly missed, by all who knew him. I have two pictures of Jesse that I found from Iraq. In one he was cutting my hair for me. He said that he had never cut hair before and you could tell. Still, it was free and we were in Iraq. The other is just him being silly. He was friends with everyone! I remember the day so clear we found out someone had died. I did not believe them when they said it was Jesse. His best friend was sitting right next to me. He started screaming and hit the floor. Every January 7th I remember Jesse. Sorry for your loss!!!! If you would like me to send them to you, I need an address?"
Heather Branaugh of Roseburg, OR

"I think of Jesse Douglas and the family all the time. I've known Jesse and the family for years. I was the first girl to introduce myself to Becky as Mrs. Mizener. haha.. I so remember that day, almost 18 years ago.. Becky, Jim, Brian and Jenny your in my heart and prayers. Jesse Douglas i miss you everydaY.."
Rebecca W. of Stockton, Ca

"Dennis from Germany give me your APO or FPO and we will get you on our list to send you a package."
Becky Mizener of Stockton, CA

"MOM Mizener, if you ever need anything just email me at dennisbair9@msn.com i would more than be honored to help you out with anything you needed."
Dennis Bair of Katterbach, Germany

"Mom Mizener, I am Spc Bair and was in Jesse's unit and shop. I was with Jesse on the night of January 7th. I think about that night very very often. I just seen this site and wanted you to know that he will never be forgotten."
Dennis Bair of Katterbach, Germany

"This is the first Mother's Day in four years that I am not speaking on behalf of Packed with Pride somewhere. So far it will be the first Memorial Day I will not be speaking at a Memorial Day event. I am going to spend Mothers Day with my mom who has cancer. As for Memorial Day I will go to the cemetary and place a wreath for Jesse. Please keep in contact all of you. I love hearing from his friends. It makes me feel better, really!"
Becky Mizener of Stockton, CA

"I am very sorry for your loss! I Served with him and Prayed over him that day! I'll never forget him and the loved ones he left behind! It was an Honor to have Served with him! GOD BLESS!"
SPC Busbee of Covington, GA

"I am very sorry for your loss! I Served with him and Prayed over him that day! I'll never forget him and the loved ones he left behind! It was an Honor to have Served with him! GOD BLESS!"
SPC Busbee of GA

Bball in my back yard, hanging out at Erics house, thats how we meet. you were a friend and we served the same cause later in our life's. i have worn you name on my wrist for 3 years now, to remind me to hold my kids a little tighter, tell my wife I love her till it's annoying. I wish you weren't gone. god bless you soul and your family. it has been 4 years since your passing. and you are not forgotten... nor will you ever be"
HM2(FMF/SW)Paco Justin Viramontes of stockton CA

"Becky,Mother of Jesse Mizener,I am DR Floyd Mizener also an ex Marine of WW11,We live in Darien Il. 6056i,630-910-0986 and the winter in Bradenton Fl.819 Waterside Lane, Bradington Fl 34209 941-798-3742 I tried to reach you from my daughter's home Allison Mizener in Los Vegas,but my message on an e-mail attempt did not make it.
I know we are related all of the Mizener's are. We will try to get you to see the Mizener Family Web Site,when we get back to Chicago tomorrow.Our e-mail floydmizener@comcast.net
Be nice to communicate with you and help you share your loss and still be proud of what he and your family and friends stand for,an American Hero.
Floyd & Shirley Mizener"
Dr. Floyd Mizener of 8613 Evergreen Lane Darien Il 60561

michael benavides of san antonio,tx

"Well this has always been the hardest for me my name is Desiree' Dufur. I was one of the Soldiers who was hurt when Jesse passed away I was the Soldier who was with Jesse for his last moments there is not a day that goes by that I don't wish it was me instead of him. I miss him so much. My scars on my body remind me that Jesse made it possible for me to be here today and I live every moment for him. To The Mizener family I miss you all and I'm sorry I haven't been there but please know I think of all of you everyday. With all my heart God Bless. And to all the 542nd Maint. Co. I miss you all. Jesse you will always be missed."
Desiree' Dufur of Bamberg, Germany

"Well this has always been the hardest for me my names is Desiree' Dufur. I was one of the Soldiers who was hurt when Jesse passed away I was the Soldier who was with Jesse for his last moments there is not a day that goes by that I don't wish it was me instead of him. I miss him so much. My scars on my body remind me that Jesse made it possible for me to be here today and I live every moment for him. To The Mizener family I miss you all and I'm sorry I haven't been there but please know I think of all of you everyday. With all my heart God Bless. And to all the 542nd Maint. Co. I miss you all. Jesse you will always be missed."
Desiree' Dufur of Bamberg, Germany

"Thank you everyone who writes messages for Jesse and our family. You will never know how much your words mean to us. When I am sad I come and read all the wonderful things you say about my boy. Please remember to pray for our family. These next few weeks are very hard for us. First it's Thanksgiving, the last holiday we spent together, then comes Christmas Eve, Jesse' birthday, then 13 days later the anniversary of his death. His children are wonderful, beautiful, strong and healthy. Jesse Alexander will be four this month and is so much like his daddy it's unreal. Always ready for action, just like his dad. Thanks again and my God Bless you for taking the time to contact us."
Jesse' Mom of Stockton CA

"happy veterans day mizner family"
michael benavides of san antonio

"I remember you every time i see or hear a harmonica, thank you for all the memories. You and your family are still in my prayors and memories. .. to everyone who still takes the time to write, thank you and i miss you all as well. Take care...V/R... Wolfe"
SGT Wolfe of Fort Lewis, Wa

"Jesse, I got my memorial bracelet in the mail today in honor of you. I promise I will wear it with pride. I will never let your memory fade away. You will always be in my heart, and your family in my prayers. R.I.P."
SPC Youlanda Madison-Chandler of Arlington, TX

"Happy Independance Day Bro! We miss you!"
CPL George "Big Simp" Simpson of San Diego, CA

"SGT Lhonny Coggins 3-2 SBCT of Baghdad, Iraq Please contact me -rmizener@comcast.net"
Becky-Jesse' mom of Stockton CA

"Hey Jesse. Hello everbody, I'm in Bagdhad once again right down the street from Log Base Sietz. When they told me I was coming here I was kind of nervous but it has gotten better here, a lot has changed. And has I hear from some people that currently live on Sietz, Mizener's name still lives on there. GOD BLESS you all and take care."
SGT Lhonny Coggins 3-2 SBCT of Baghdad, Iraq

"We have finally put our Jesse to rest. He is interned at the Garden of Freedom, Cherokee Memorial Cemetary Lodi CA He was the first one on the new wall of honor. I just wanted everyone to know. Thank you for your prayers and kind words for our family."
Becky Mizener-Jesse' mom of Stockton CA

"You will always be remembered in my prayers Mizener! G.S. Platoon was always the tightest, and you are a part of that. And I know you are watching over us all. Much love."
CPL George "Big Simp" Simpson of San Diego, CA

"I just wanted to say that Jesse is still in our thoughts and will not be forgotten. I served with him in Iraq at Log Base."
SSG Antonio Lewis of Fort Benning, GA

"To those of you who have taken the time to write messages about Jesse, I thank you. I come to this site every once in a while to see if there is anything new. So does my husband and you know it really helps. It makes me miss him more but I also get a feeling of warmth and satisfaction. Thank you again for taking the time to write your thoughts. Jesse was a fine young man and know he felt proud to serve as a Soldier. I have started a non profit in his honor "Packed with Pride". We send packages to our deployed military from our garage. Check out our website to see a memorial of Jesse. www.packedwihpride.com"
Jesse' mom of Stockton CA

"I will never forget that smile and aura of joy and happiness left by jessie. I served with him in Iraq with 542d MAINT CO at LOG BASE SEITZ and still have the memorial service handout. I remember him every Jan 7th. His memory and thoughts of his family will never fade. He deserves better than that and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I thank you for the opportunity to meet him because it made me a better person just to know him."
SSG Sam Tuttle of Belmont, CA

"Ms. Mizener,
I am the current commander of the 542d Maintenance Company where Jesse was assigned. I have never had the opportunity to place my words on this site, but as I am now leaving command following the unitís second deployment to Iraq, I wanted to express my support to your family and my sorrow for your loss. As SFC Marion stated, we continue to recognize the 7th of January each year for your son and our comrade. We now have an additional date to ensure follow on Soldiers of the 542d remember because on 4 September, 2006, just months from our redeployment, we lost another 542d family member. PFC Hannah L. Gunterman (McKinney). I will personally ensure to you that your son and PFC Gunterman will always be remembered with a moment of silence on the day of their unfortunate passing. We are currently in the process of updating our remembrance wall with pictures and medals of Jesse and Hannah. I will have the follow on commander update you on its completion. Again, I am sorry for your loss and know that I will always take my own moment of silence, regardless of my next assignment, for your son and Hannah. God speed."
CPT Matthew A. Price of Fort Lewis, WA

"This time of the year brings about happiness because of the holidays, but sadness also because of the lost of my friend Jesse. I will never forget, and want you to know that I often think about the times in 542nd and at Log Base Seitz. Jesse I know that you are in a better place, but can't help but miss the smiles and the laughter you brought to a lot of people. Mrs. Becky, I am still praying for you and your family, and I hope that you all find peace knowing that he is now safe in the arms of Jesus. RIP Jesse, and we will meet again one day in the sky."
Youlanda Madison of Arlington, Texas

"Good Morning, Mom Mizener and family. 542d Maintenance Company has been in Iraq since last November05 and we'll be returning to Fort Lewis in a few weeks. It seems like yesterday Jesse was here. I remember how proud he was to be a father and husband, to serve his country but I remember most of all his faithfulness to our Lord God, Jesus Christ. I have to apologize for not replying sooner to a previous post. Just so that you all know 542d has not forgotten our Brother. Every year since 7 Jan 04, the team takes a moment of silence on that day to remember. We've had three first sergeants and two commanders and still we remember. Remember the smiles and remember the character of people. You could see the "Mizener" character in Jesse. This can never be mimicked or reproduced in mass quantities but continual refining of values and attributes that reflect a solid foundation. This I remember. May Our Dear Lord Bless You all."
SFC Marion, Clarinda of Fort Lewis, WA (Cp Taji, Iraq)

"Dear Mrs. Mizener (Jesse's mom): The first time I ever saw your son was on the news, after he had passed away. Oh, my goodness. My heart absolutely broke for you and his family. It showed the pictures of him and his children and it talked about the fact that he had just been home on leave for the birth of his baby. Even though I had never met him, I was absolutely devastated for all of you, but on that day, I did not know that we would end up having so much in common. You see, my son, Adam Kinser, had just been home on leave from Afghanistan from November 30 to December 15th. It seemed like he had just left when I saw the horrible news about your son. I work in Stockton and it's just 30 miles from Rio Vista, so I think that made me feel your loss even more. Adam was scheduled to come home with his unit, the 304th Psychological Operations Unit, the middle of March 2004 and our prayers were that he would be home in time for the birth of his first child. We got the devastating news that Adam had been killed on January 29, 2004, just two weeks after he turned 21. Needless to say, our lives became a living nightmare, as did yours. What has kept us sane these last two and a half years is our faith in God that Adam is in Heaven with him and that we will be reunited some day. Sooner, rather than later, I hope. His son, Baby Adam, gives us much joy. His wife has remarried. That was very hard on us, but she married a wonderful young man who loves our baby very much. I don't know if you've been able to watch the documentary that was made about our boys and the other three soldiers. I thought the man -- I forget his name -- did an absolutely wonderful job. I told my husband, Paul, when we watched it that I really felt a connection to your family. If you would ever like to get together for lunch so that we can both brag on our boys, I would love to do so. However, if you don't, I'll understand. Sometimes it's just too hard to be reminded of our loss in that way. Please know that I pray for your family and I ask God to get our boys together in Heaven. I bet they'd be great friends. My e-mail address is: pauledwardkinser@msn.com if you'd like to get in touch.
God bless you and your entire family"
Terri Kinser of Rio Vista (CA)

"To the Mizener Family, Friends and those who served with him. Jesse was a very close friend of mine and is someone I have a lot of love in my heart for. I remember when he came home for his son's birth. He was soo proud of his new born son. I wish he was still here so we could sit in the garage and talk about all the times we've had and different adventures we've had. I had the pleasure of growing up nextdoor to Jesse and I will always remember him and his sacrifice for his country as well as his friends and family. I would have never joined the military before but I think he inspired me to do just that. One of the last times I talked to him I told him I respect him so much for what he was doing. He will wlways be a brother to me. I miss you Jesse. Becky and family, I miss you all too.
MA3 Sean Gibson"
Sean Gibson of Kingsbay, GA hometown:Stockton, CA

"We will always remember you."
SFC Edwards, P. of Daegu, Korea

"The date January 7th will forever be imprinted in my heart. Jesse I know that you may not be here with us physically, but you will forever be in our hearts. I will never forget you my fellow brother in arms. I do a small tribute in your honor whenever I pass the United States flag, which is almost every day because I work at a vetern's hospital. Mrs. Becky, just know that your son Jesse will forever be a part of the deuce family. I pray that the Lord will continue to comfort and bless the Mizener family, and watch over the deuce while they continue their duties again. I salute you Jesse! I am proud to have served with you."
Youlanda Madison

"Thank you 542nd. Jesse would have been 25 on Christmas Eve. We continue to be brave and smile even though our hearts are broken. That's what Jesse would have wanted us to do. The 2nd anniversary of his death will be coming soon Jan 7. His children refer to him (his pictures) as their "angel daddy". All the soldiers his little girl sees are "angel daddy's friend" and all the flags are "angle daddys flag". So we are trying to keep his memory alive and teach them about their wonderful father and how much he loved them. His children are now 5,4 and 2. Thank you everyone who has come to this site and written a little something. It really makes me feel better. Thank you"
Becky- Jesse' mom of Stockton

"SFC Marion is still assigned to 542nd.. but i want to give jesses' family my deepest regrets. He is still thought of in the 542nd prayers."

"I am looking for SGT Marion who worked with Jesse in Iraq. If anyone knows of her where abouts please let me know."
Becky Mizener of Stockton,ca

"To the family of:Jesse D. Mizener 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. Prayerfully, we will meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor, Rev. John Pearrell, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"I come to this site often, to read any new messages. You have no idea of how comforting your words are to me. When I'm feeling the sorrow that only a mother can feel for her child, I come to this site to read about Jesse. Your comments make me smile and cry and very proud. Thank you for taking the time to leave a message. Go to our website www.packedwithpride.com or our family webpage wwwhernandezreunion.com and see the memorial we set up for Jesse. You'll enjoy the pictures."
Becky (Jesse' mom) of Stockton, CA

"I want to say that I was one of many soldiers who was privileged to serve with one of America's finest. I was in Ground support and worked beside Jesse everyday. I will always remember him playing his harmonica outside almost every night. Jesse will never be forgotten. I often think of the times in Iraq, and I always see his smiling face. I hope and pray the the Lord will strenghten the Mizener family. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. madchan3249@msn.com May God bless and keep each and everyone of you."
Youlanda Madison of Arlington,TX

"Hey SOLDIER, we are still thinking about you and smilling."
SGT Lhonny Coggins of Fort Lewis WA. USA

"Hey everyone, My name is Tommy Steele and i just found this website, I found it because after work today, Like everyday I was thinking about Jesse. I was one of the many who was blessed enough to be able to look at the stars at night over Log Base Sietz, Iraq,Listen to the sounds of war, and to jesse play the harmonica his family sent to him. I guess this is a site to leave something to say to jesse, so I Love You brother and i swear not a day goes by that i dont think of you. One day we'll meet again, all of us, from the ground support crew, and you'll probably put me in the headlock like you did every morning and everynight.I'll always remember you and cant wait to see you again.Mrs.Becky and Mr.Jim and to all of his family, Like i said before your son was the best soldier i ever served with, and he is remembered by every soldier who walked that base and who was there his final hours, I got "OUR" lighter in the mail, it was hard to look at it at first but i do cherish it. hope the kids are fine, kiss the girls and give little alex a hug.Jess and the kids say hello and if you ever need us just call. We'll be in touch, Love all ya'll Tommy Steele"
Tommy Steele of Uncle Sams Army USA

"To the Mizener Family,
I went to school with Jesse and like all of the friends that Jesse has, he touched my heart with his warmth and love. I miss him so much and it is so wonderful to see this website full of messeges reminding everyone how wonderful Jesse really was. Even a year later like everyone says it is still hard to accept that such a beautiful person is gone, and I will continue to miss him forever."
Cece Vidaure of Stockton, CA

"Jesse: Thank you for all the great times and memories,you'll never be forgotten!!your friend always,michael benavides Active_Army21@yahoo.com"
Michael Benavides of Fort Hood TX

"Jesse... I will never forget you and i love you and miss you very much
Also to the Mizener family My cousin nathan and jesse were fairly close friends and We all love him and miss him very much. Please contacy me at anytime
Becca Smith of California

"Jesse...i still remember you.
Your Cousin"
Christopher Mizener of Merced

"We miss Jesse dearly, and I just want to thank everyone for their support, & 2 say we will & should NEVER forget 9-11"
Jennie MIzener-sister of Jesse Mizener of Stockton,ca

"I just wanted to say something to the 542nd. Jesse spoke of you with love and pride. He talked of the good times you shared and how everyone became like family. You made him smile when there was nothing to smile about. I am forever gratefull to you. When I ask him, What do you fight for? He said simply "For each other"."
Brian D Mizener (Jesse's brother) of Stockton, Ca.

"To all of you who knew Jesse, grew up with him, worked with him and served with him. I want to thank you for your support. It's been a year now since his death. Some days are real sad for me, there is so very much that reminds me of him. Most days I smile when I remember him and the things he loved, music, jokes, family, food and animals. His cat Sam is still around and that makes me smile. His children are beautiful and they make me smile and laugh. Baby Alex is so much like Jesse even his expressions are the same. I'm so very grateful to those who served with Jesse he was so very proud to be a soldier. Thank you for being his friend. Thank you for remembering him. When you think of him, smile, that's what he would have wanted!"
Becky- Jesse' mom of Stockton CA

"Jesse I still miss u everyday. I dont think I'll ever stop. It hurts sometimes to know you are gone, sometimes it hurts alot. Forever in my mind you'll be. Forever will I talk of you and tell your kids what kind of man you are. I will fill there heads with storys of you. This I swear! In the years to come I dont know what I will do without you, who will I confide in? Who will go fishing with me? Who will stare at the stars and talk about nothing and everything all at once? We drove each other crazy but made life more livable for each other. I always had your back and you had mine. You may have became a war hero, and mom always did liked you best. But It's like I always told you "No matter how old YOU get you'll always be my Little brother"...........I miss u so much Jesse.........I love you."
Brian D. Mizener of Stockton, California

"to mrs mizner hi mam my name is spc benavides i met you in washington when you came to see the unit return I was one of the unfortunate soldiers that was injured that night I just wanted you to know that I will always remember your son he was such a great person and I know yesterday hit the one year anniversary of his passing i just didnt want you to think hes forgotten because hes not if you ever wanna talk call me 210 923 -6875"
SPC Michael Benavides of san antonio texas

"for the family of jesse mizener my name is albert brynien i was honored to serve with jesse in operation iraqi freedom my thoughts and prayers are with you always.
spc albert brynien"
al of syracuse , n.y

"Thank you 542nd! We love you"
Mizeners of Auburn

"Happy Birthday Jesse Jr.
From the 542d Maint Co."
SPC Lhonny Coggins of Ft. Lewis WA

"This is a note for the one we all honor,love, and adore!.... never in my life did I think you'll be gone,escpesially before me.I've always looked up to you in so many different ways!and I've admired you ever since I can remember....I have so many different memories of us,not too mention the ones from the reunions!! I haven't been to one in about 4 years now and every year Id ask someone if you were there.I was planning to go this year so that I could finally see you again,It seems like I've waited forever,although I still remember our last time together like yesterday.I've thought of you uncontrolably in the past few years,but even more so since you've been gone.Jesse,I never had a chance to tell you all the things I wanted to,but soon that day will come.Untill that day comes just know 2 things:1- I love you so much and 2-I think of you every day!I honor you in every way I know how,and Im so priveledged to be called your cousin,you are what a REAL man is!!no one will or can ever try to take your place your one in a million and I mean that from the bottom of my heart!!As for your parents,WOW,you both raised a FANTASTIC MAN!!I thank God for letting me be so lucky enough to even know you,but im 10x more thankful to have been related to you.Till this day I don't have the courage to say good-bye....so I wont.Instead I'll leave you with this...It wont be long untill were face-to-face,but till then please watch over me!For all those who didn't know jesse personally just know he was a fabulous man.One who loved his family,country,and even those he didn't know!he was funny,sweet,caring,and never let anyone be unhappy...MORE THAN A MAN is how I like to think of him!!well with all of this said,I'd just like to say one more thing,THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SOLDIERS!!! I admire your courage,and honor your strenghth.I thank for fighting for my freedom!I also plan to serve this wonderful country,also known as the U.S.A"
Monique Fuentes of Salinas,Ca

"To the family and friends of Jesse:

My name is Rachel and I am 16-year-old student. In school I was assigned a project to research a fallen soldier. I happen to be fortunate enough to honor your beloved husband, son, brother, father, and friend, Jesse D. Mizener. May I start by saying that my heart goes out to his entire family. I want to express my sincere sympathy to you for your loss. Jesse paid the ultimate price for his country. It sounds like he was a man who everyone admired. Being a stranger to you, I just want to let you know I am proud of my country and the soldiers who serve. I thank Jesse and all who have given their life for me. I read about his dedication to his family and his country. I feel blessed to have been assigned a project like this. On behalf of my family I would like to make a donation to the education fund of his children. If you could be kind enough to e-mail me this information at Rcrina1221@yahoo.com, it is the least I could do. Again, I am sorry for your loss. You are in my constant prayers."
With Much Respect, Rachel C of Rocky HIll, CT

"Mizener, I will never forget you. I still think about it everyday even when I try not to. I am glad to have known you, pull duties with you and laugh with you. You will always be missed, To the family, thank you for your sacfices. Althought I am not currently in the Deuce, 542d will always be my home, we've been through alot, so there is no doubt in my mind that we will overcome. PFC MIZENER YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
SPC Lhonny L. Coggins of Fort Sam Houston, TX/ USA

""To the family of Jesse D. Mizener: I have lived in Meadow Vista, CA (right above Auburn) all my life. Even though I am only 16 years old, I fully understand the pain and grief you are going through. My father fought in Vietnam War, my grandparents and Uncles and Aunts in World War II, and now my best friend and first love is in the Marines. I know how hard it must have been to let him leave, but I think I can say on behalf of all of Auburn and even the whole United States. Thank you. Even though I never knew Jesse, I am sure he was a wonderful person with a caring heart. It takes alot of courage to go to war and fight for millions of people you don't know, but he did. I know you will miss him forever, but take comfort in the fact that he died for his country, his people, and for you, his family. He loved and cared about you, otherwise he would not have been there defending your rights. Please pray for my best friend, Drew Bice who is now in the Marines. I hope every day that he will someday return home, healthy, happy, and with the same ol' cheesy grin he always has. God Bless our troops and every single soldier who has died for us. Peace and God be with you always, especially in this difficult time.""
Kalise Aldridge of Auburn/Meadow Vista, CA/USA

"It was an extreme honor to be in charge of the 542d on deployment. The sacrifice of PFC Jesse Mizener was honorable. I will never forget this fine soldier. My prayers go to the Mizener family. May God provide them comfort and peace."
Jesse Wightman of Fort Lewis, Washington

"family and friends of jesse mizner, hello, my name is spc benavides im a soldier in the 542nd maintenance co. me and jesse were very good friends and I just wanted all of you to know he loved all of you all very much jesse had all of your pictures on his wall and he talked about yall all the time I still think about him to this day he was a great soldier and a friend and will be missed dearly"
SPC michael benavides of ft lewis wa

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

"As the 542d Maintenance Co. returns home after a long hard year, this fallen comrade never is forgotten. PFC Mizener is forever imprinted on the hearts and minds with whom he has served and their families alike. His dedication and valor is what we all appreciate and admire.

Family, do not think for once that his memory will be a faint speck of sand. Because, when you see what I observed in each eye of every soldier returning, you will, without a doubt know, they will forever carry the memory of PFC Mizener wherever they journey through life. Friend, fellow soldier, comrade, fallen hero. May your soul rest eternally in the surety that his life and death was not in vain.
God Bless you always!

We Salute You PFC Mizener!
Move Aside and Let the "Deuce" Come Through!""
542d Maintenance Co. Family Member of Fort Lewis, WA

"Dearest Nicole,
As you know, I was so shocked and sad to hear about Jesse. He is a true Hero and I will never forget him and the sacrafice he made for all of us. And I will always have you and your kids in my thoughts and heart. You are a strong lady and I know god will help you and your children heal."
Vera A.Veredas of Lincoln,Ca.

"To the family of Jesse Mizener,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We lost our son, SSGT Steven Bridges, in Iraq December 8. When we heard we lost another San Joaquin Valley soldier, our hearts were broken. Remember he is with the Lord."
Loretta and Sheldon Bridges of Tracy, CA

I know of you only because your wife touched my mom so deeply. That makes you a friend of the family and for me personally a brother in arms. I am returning to the same place where you were taken from us and I have made it a mission to fight in your honor. Everyday I am there I will think of the sacrifice you made and if god feels it is my time to join you then, brother, I will stand my post next to you."
HM3(SW) Michael F Veredas USN of 1st Marine Recon BN

"My name is Cathie Longstreth and I was the grandmother to Duane E. Longstreth, killed in Baghdad on August 7, 2003. I am also a member of the "Bridge People" of Outpost 122. The members of the Bridge Team rally at Outpost 122 (the exit 122 off I 5) every Saturday in an effort to support the troops of Ft. Lewis, McCord AFB and Camp Murray (Washington State National Guard). We have the honor of greeting hundreds of military members and their families every week. The response from the troops is heart warming and welcomed .

I am writing this message to the other families in Washington State that have also lost a family member while serving our country, since September 11, 2001. My family would like to display a picture of the fallen hero, with the name and possibly the date of death, on the bridge while we are rallying. It is intended to honor them for the sacrifice they made but will not be used by us as a personal political statement. We hesitated to replicate the pictures we find on the many web sites without the express permission of the surviving family, as we have had our own experience with the media attempting to use our loss to support their political position.

If you do not object to us using your loved ones picture, please email me with your permission at one of the email addresses below. If you have a special picture that you like us to use please email that as well, otherwise we will be using one of the pictures already posted on the web.

Cathie Longstreth of Tacoma, Wa.

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

"REST IN PEACE BRAVE WARRIOR...have always been my words from day one that I posted to this wonderful site....May you rest in beautiful heaven....""
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To Michelle and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May God give you the strength that you need to go forward. We have never met and come to know you through Mat and Rachel."
Donna and John Dougherty & Mildred Stenick of Mississauga, Ontario Canada

"I've never cried so much for someone I never knew. I knew your wife for a period of time and I weep for the beautiful family you left behind. You worked under my mom at an assisted living facility and she has nothing but praise for your ethics and dedication towards excellence. Though I never knew you, I knew your wife and what a beautiful person she is and that reflects immensely on how I feel about the valor of such an extraordinary individual such as yourself. Thank you, thank you, though I feel this is a war that should never have been fought, I know you served with honor, and I thank you profusely. Whatever I can do for those important to you, I will do, whatever I can do to help, I promise you this. I will see you in Heaven someday, so hold me to it. Thank you for what you've done for our contry and your family, you were truly a great man, I love you as a brother I never met. I have known many who have served in this war, but you paid the ultimate sacrifice. I know your only motive for joining the army was to support your family, and I love you for it, brother. I know you are with God now and I pray for your family. You are my hero. Rest in peace, I know you are in a better place than all of us, so lobby for your family as I pray for them everyday. Thank you again, bravest of souls. As an aside, thank you Tim Leslie for recognizing such s hero before the State Assembly. Here's to Jesse Mizener, I can't wait to thank your beautiful soul, you were a great man."
Kevin Wilson of McKinleyville, CA, USA

"Thank you Pfc Jesse Mizener. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life. You will NEVER be forgotten. I never had the privilege of meeting you, but as a mother of a soldier in Iraq, I have been communicating with your mother through e-mail. I am praying for your family as they grieve the loss of your life. With God as their strength, they will stay strong. The Mizener family is in my heart and my prayers continually. Caring for you.."
Mary Ellen Bouren of Austin, TX

"PFC Mizener:
Thank you for fighting so that all of us in the U.S. can sleep safely in our beds at night. There is no real way to say thank you for that kind of gift. Rest in Peace."
Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"I heard the story of Jesse Mizener on NPR this morning and wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to his family."
Jessica of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"To the family and friends of Jesse Mizener. Our family will always remember Jesse, the little boy who grew up playing with our children. The photos, the videos, the games, the laughter, will be our memories. Our prayers are with you as you must now rely on your memories of Jesse and what he has done for this great country that we live in. You have friends that are praying for you all over the U.S. You are not alone and always remember that. Keep your eyes on God and He will bring you through this."
Dave and Wanda Shoemaker of Tinley Park, IL

"Army Pfc. Jesse Mizener has sacrificed his life so that we may live ours ... we are so grateful & proud to have great men like Jesse protecting our country. Our hearts & prayers go out to his wife, children & family. You will always be remembered."
Julius & Elizabeth Radino of Bellport, New York

"You are now an Angel looking down on those you love. You will always be with them. May your family and friends never feel alone. All they need to do is look up to the beautiful sky at night and they will see you..You will be the brightest shining star."
The Taylors/USMC of NC

"We are very saddened to hear the tragic news of the loss of Jesse D. Mizener who died in the service of our country. Our condolences to the entire family during this most difficult time. This Memorial is a tribute to Jesse for the sacrifices he and his family have had to endure. Our hearts go out to Jesse's entire family."
Ken & Alice Mullamphy of Poughquag, NY, USA

"Thank you Jesse Mizener, 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 Pfc. Jesse Mizener:
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 Jesse 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. Jesse Mizener:
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 Jesse, 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