Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Justin W. Pollard

21, of Foothill Ranch, California.
Pollard died as a result of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on December 30, 2003.

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"Coming up on 20 years. I remember getting your mail days after it happened. I remember getting the set of dog tags you had just requested from HQ admin, I remember coming back from a FOB and having everyone looking at me in the chow hall like I was a ghost. I remember my battle buddy coming up to me whispering, they all thought you were dead. I'm sorry to Justin's Family, I'm so sorry I never reached out after getting those letters. I'm so sorry I didn't mail you those dog tags. I couldn't imagine taking on the grievances of yet another family who lost someone too soon. Sabre Squadron (03-04)"
J. Pollard of St Petersburg FL

"Justin, I met your mother today at Fort Irwin as they had a huge celebration that honored all military vets but especially Vietnam Vets. She is an exceptional person and you would be so proud of all the things she has done for military veterans and their families. Snappy salute to you and may you rest in the Lord's arms forever more."
H. Lee Dixon of Hopewell, VA

"My name is Ryan Pollard. As you see we have the same last name. haha!! I am in 12th grade at Winfield City High School in Winfield, Alabama. I play/enjoy basketball, football, and baseball. I have a great big loving family that supports me through everything. I do not know your family or Justin but I know Justin had to be a really brave and strong man going into the army. But I wanted to write to you and your family because I am so very thankful and blessed to be free. Many take it for granted but we are free and your son sacrificed his life for all of us to be free. We are sitting in school today without a worry in the world because your son sacrificed for us all. I just wanted to say thank you.... and even though the loss of your son may be hard, God has a plan for everyone. Stay strong!! If you want to write back you can e-mail my teacher at the following e-mail address: jwilson@winfield.k12.al.us"
Ryan Pollard of Winfield, Alabama

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"Sometimes it's so hard to believe that it's been 10 years since we heard the news, Just. Sometimes it seems like just yesterday. Tears don't usually come to me, maybe it's cause I know that you are in Heaven with our Lord and Savior or maybe it's just that crusty ol' mom, that doesn't show emotion. I miss you, dad misses you, Jenn and Cam miss you and we know that you are Happy and doing great things up with God. My journey, the one that God and you have given me is wonderful. The people I have met, some of them your peeps, I cherish. I try daily Just, to make you proud of me. I often wonder what our lifes would be like if you had come home, but that's not for me to see and so I cannot. This sounds like a tribut to me, but Justin, it's cause of you that I do what I do and I do it the very best I can. Cheers to you today and everyday, son. You are missed everyday, but you also bring a smile to my face everyday. I will see you again one day, face to face and that will make everything so worth it. Sending hugs and much love to you today!"
Mom of Foothill Ranch, Cali

"Hi Justin, I want you to know that we watch over your family for you. If I could tell you one thing about them, it would be how much they love you and keep you and your brothers alive through memories and service to others. Above all, they remind others that we will be together again. Sure wish I had known you, because your family is really great. Sending hugs to heaven"
Elaine B. of Brea, CA

"Justin, well my time in the army has come to an end. The Bradley roll over has taken its toll over the years and they tell me I can't be a scout anymore . What hoot! Like they can ever take that away from us huh? I have been medically retired. I have always thought of you and miss you terribly. I know that I will never forget the crazy stuff u and and guys would do to make every one laugh. I hope that cam and Jen are doing well. Miss u brother, Scouts out!!!!!!"
SFC(ret) Michael Bedsole of Ft. Hachuca, Sierra vista, Az.

"Hi Justin,

Today I visited the fallen soldiers memorial at Northwood Community Park in Irvine. It was my first time seeing the memorial. I wanted to go see it on 9/11 because I know what happened on 9/11/01 was the catalyst for you joining the military. I finally found your name on one of the placards and that was really special to see the tribute. I hope and pray that no more names get added to the memorial. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you buddy! I hope you're happy and at peace. My Mom is up there with you now, so please tell her I love her very much."
Lee Bregman of Irvine, CA

"I just wanted to say Thank You. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Today I participated in the Run for the Fallen and I was given your name SPC Justin W. Pollard. God Bless your family and friends may you never be forgotten."
Brent of Fort Carson, Colorado

"I am proud to have had the great opportunity to serve with you in Iraq, and yes, i still remember you. You and your family have always been in my prayers. Ya know Grim is a family, not just a troop. You will live on with us all."
David Valiant of St. Louis, MO, United States

"Thinking of you today Justin! Lost but never forgotten!"
Stephanie Ireys of Missuon Viejo, CA


"Justin was a good dude he loved that truck he had and was always willing to help that night still in my head bro but I'll never ever forget you 2/3 Grim Trp forever bro"
Royzell Cooper Jr. of Colorado Springs Colorado

"JP Happy Veterans Day. Thank you for being brave enough to stand up and fight for what you believe in. Your Country!!! I love you and miss you."
Scotty Earhart

"JP we love and miss u each and everyday that passes a little more than the last. I will never forget ur funny laugh... thanks for watching over my crazy life all these years..xos"
Danielle M of mv,ca

"Good Morning Justin! Happy, Happy 28th Birthday to you, son! I am sure you are having the best birthday ever up in Heaven. We Love you and Miss you everyday. You make us smile...................Always!"
Love, mom of Foothill Ranch, CA

"Hey Just! Well it's been 9 years since our lives were changed! What a great Patriot, Son, Grandson, Brother, Friend, Hero you are! You are so missed! Life is just not the same!"
of Foothill Ranch, CA

My family and i miss you dearly. i always thought of you as a son. I remember the days you would come over and to just talk to me and get advice. I also remember the night you toilet papered my house (lol) Your family is doing great. Miss you Justin.....6-1-2010"
Darrell Ennis (your neighbor) of Foothill Ranch, 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, Ohio USA

"Well Just, it's been 6 years and your pressence is missed. You died on Dec. 30th, but it was the 31st that changed our lives forever!You Blessed us when you were here with us on earth, but you have Blessed us even more, with being up in Heaven with our Heavenly Father. What an inspiration you are, who would of thought! bahahahahahahahah
You are missed every moment of every day. Until we meet again, I send you my love! Mom"
Sue Pollard / Proud Mother of Spec. Justin W. Pollard of Foothill Ranch, CA

"To Justin's family and friends,
My name it Kelly (Tyrrell) Zitelman and my younger brother PFC Scott Tyrrell also died "from injuries sustained in Iraq during a non-combat related incident" in 2003. He was near an amunitions hold when it exploded on Nov. 14th and died from his injuries on Nov. 20th at Ft. Sam Houstin, TX.
It has been just over 6 years for us, and almost 6 years for you...and I just wanted you to know that yours, as well as mine have not been forgotten. I want to thank you for the sacrifice that, not only he, but all of you also gave! I hope that you are able to keep Justin's memory alive but have also learned to live with the pain of him being gone. Please know that I will be thinking of all of you and that if any of you ever need to talk with someone "that truely understands"...you can reach me at zitelmanzoo@yahoo.com
Kelly :)"
Kelly Zitelman (sister of another fallen hero) of Dixon, IL

"Happy Bday JP. I'm thinking about you as always. We miss you more then you could ever imagine. You are never to be forgotten. Love you buddy!!!"
Scotty Earhart of Newport Beach, CA


I just wanted to stop by and let you know I think of you often. I still can't believe that your not here after looking at many pictures of us back at Eastshore. Your missed!"
Jennifer Teller (Porter-Santa Maria) of Culpeper, VA

"Justin- it's Aug. 2009 already. The time flys by so fast. I miss you and still think about you everyday. Still talk with your family and i can't believe your sister is off to college. no worries i still and try to watch over her. Love you JP."
Scotty Earhart of Newport Beach, CA

"Dear Pollard family:
This is Mike Sanches, and I just wanted to let you know that I often think about Justin. I remember the first day I got to coach your son, and I also remember the last day. That is what kind of son you raised. I have coached a lot of teams and a lot of kids, but Justin has always had a special place in my heart. I hope you all are doing well, and always look up tp our Lord whenever you think of Justin. Gosh darn it I loved your son. God bless your family. Coach Sanches"
Mike Sanches of Henderson, TX

"December 21, 2008
To the family of Spc. Justin W. Pollard:
Justin 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

"Hey man, we were just talking about you on this new facebook group we put up a few weeks back. You'd have gotten a kick out of it, I'm going to put some more pics up today of when you and I were in Cub Scouts together from back in the day. Your sorely missed as you can tell from all the messages you have on here but you'll be proud to know that your family is doing fine. See ya someday dude and say hi to my uncle for me.

Grant Lauritzen of SoCal

"happy birthday baby
where does the time go? :(
i love you"
Kelsey of mission viejo

"justin, i love you. i miss you so much, my whole family does. your still with me everyday and i know your in a better place. you'll always be a hero in everyones eyes. i cant wait till i can see you again. i love you."
nataly jarrett of foothill ranch, ca

"hi just...i have been thinking about u alot lately. time makes it harder for me...but i know u are with me and i just wanted to thank u for that. i love you <3"
kelsey of mission viejo

"Justin, it has been a while, hasn't it my friend? From the time you came to Grim, you were one of a kind. I think about you and the fun we had in Colorado and in Iraq. I still can't believe you thought I would believe you when you called me on CQ and told me that someone stole my 1991 Ford Festiva! I can't believe you're gone. You were a true friend, and I will see you in Fiddler's Green when my time comes. Rest easy Trooper, we love and miss you!"
SSG Carl Bishop of Fort Knox, KY

"Justin was one of my best friends, but more like a brother to me. His family was great and loved me unconditionaly as if i was their own. Justin died on my 21st birthday and every year i mourn and celebrate the same day. Now i have two things to celbrate on Dec. 30th and that is my birthday and the life of my best friend Justin Pollard. Love you brother you are in my heart and prayers everyday, it's been 3 1/2 years and i still think of you everyday. R.I.P"
Scott Earhart of Rancho Santa Margarita

There is not a day that goes by that I do not remember you in my prayers. You were my workout partner, and my little brother. There will NEVER come a day that I don't remember your presence. To his family: I still mourn with you. Forever, 1st Platoon (Red Devils) Grim Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd ACR."
former SSG Len A. Dannhaus of Fountain, Colorado

"I just stumbled across while looking through fallen heroes memorial and i want to say sorry about their loved son and god bless you."
Kenley F. of San Juan Capistrano, CA

"Justin It's been a while since we were in Iraq together and I still Think about you all the time. I miss you man. You were like my little Bro. Even though I was in charge of you. I wear my bracelt every day in memory of you and look at all the pictures we took. I Miss you Man. It was an HONOR to serve with you. G-14 will always be the best track."
Chris Sheeran of Ft. Knox, Ky

"oh and p.s. love you too justin <3"
Ashley H. of Mission Viejo , California

"My name is Ashley. I didnt know Justin but am extrememly close to the family. His little sister, Jennifer is my best friend. I have become so close with her over the past 2 years because of cheerleading at Trabuco Hills High School. Even though I never got the chance to meet Justin, I have heard many wonderful things about him. He is a true American Hero. Love you Jenn, Sue, Bill, and Cameron :)"
Ashley H. of Mission Viejo , California

"rest in peace justin and thank you... not all of us knew you as well as others but i know that you were extremely loved. i pray for your family and friends and kelsy.. hope u are all ok. god bless"

"To the Pollard family.............
I just ran across the Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom board. I wanted to leave a quick message. I think of your son often...my son Eric played ball at Trabuco Hills with Justin. Know that your family will be in my prayers.

Matthew 5:4
God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

God Bless You!"
Ramona Rapley of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

"My Name is Sean Dowling I live in Foothill Ranch, CA. I was friends with Justin since we were about 14 years old. We went to Trabuco Hills and Silverado for a bit. Those familiar name's on this page probably remember that I was a little guy with a big mouth. I'll never forget the day that a classmates older brother was waiting for me in the parking lot after school. Justin was waiting for me and warned me before I even left the gate. He walked out to my car with me and let me get into my car. The older brother came towards my car and Justin stood their not letting him near my door. I am greatful that I got to see him the night before he left for Iraq because I got to thank him. It does not suprise me at all that he died defending other people. I'ts just the type of person he was. Thank You Justin."
Sean Dowling of Foothill Ranch,ca

"To the family of:Justin W. Pollard 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 went to OSUT training with SPC. Pollard. Justin and I were also stationed at Ft. Carson. Justin was in Grim troop 2/3 ACR and I was in Fox troop. I talked with Justin every time I saw him and considered him a good friend. I remember the last time we taked at FOB Byers in Iraq. We taked about haning out when we returned home. Well I would like to send my condolences to Justin's family. Also, any family that would like to contact me would be great.
SPC Matthew D. Jarrett
Matthew Jarrett of Pierce Co United States

You will always be my and kelseys "BIG RED BARN" we miss you sooo much and you are in my everyday thoughts! I hope that one day i can be someones hero just like you!! Except you made the WHOLE United States Proud...Especially your wonderful family and friends. Show off... HA HA We LOVE and MISS you FOREVER"

"Justin was a great man, i played ball with Justin for 3 years at Trabuco Hills. I remeber one day i didnt have a ride home, and he offered to give me a lift. something so little meant alot to me. Thanks for everything Justin"
Austin Sanchez of Robinson Ranch CA

"My deepest sympathy to the Pollard family. I've tried to locate you but to no avail. I paint Portraits of Heroes in oils and can be found at www.heropaintings.com. I do this so that Justin will not be forgotten and always remembered as an American Hero. I work with Kaziah Hancock and you can see my work on page 3. This is free of charge. My address and phone number is listed at "heropaintings.com" or Google. My grandchildren live in Woodbridge and that makes this very special for me. God bless you!"
Clancy DeVries of Newport Beach, Ca.

"I first heard of Justin in March 2005 when I visited the "To Never Forget: Faces of the Fallen" exhibit in Syracuse, NY. The painting of Justin struck me. I keep a picture of his painting at my desk to help me remember all of those who have given so much to keep us safe and free.
I wanted to tell his family how greatful I am to them for raising a child who is so selfless, to serve his country and to die for its freedom.
Your family and Justin are in my thoughts.
Warm Regards!"
Gayle E. Martin of Cheektowaga, NY

"I grew up with Justin in Irvine. We went to school together at Eastshore Elementary and Lakeside before he moved to Foothill. We hung out alot at school playing football and basketball on the playground. I always remember him being the quarter back and me being the wide out. He knew if he threw it to me I would catch it. He was the guy who everyone knew and everyone loved. Everyday I find out someone I know or just met was connected to him somehow. I will alwasy miss Justin. I wish I could of spent more time with him after he moved to Foothill. Justin will always be a hero to me. I give Sue,Bill, Cameron and Jennifer all the love from my heart."
Chris Michael of Irvine

"Life doesn't get easier with the passing of Justin; there isn't a day that goes by, that he is not thought about, talked about, or that we give thanks to God that he was a part of our lives for 21 years. Our family has learned to become more compationate with others and even more forgiving and patient. We feel that it's God working in us and through us.We will never forget our beautiful son, with his warm smile and silly giggle, that we so love to hear. We will never forget his handsome face or his soft voice. We will never forget the way he had a little skip in his walk or that he always stood on his tiptoes when his picture got taken. He is our lifeline to our Lord Jesus Christ, and we thank God for that, and for Justin. We miss you Just, but know that we will see you again in heaven. Love, your mom"
Sue Pollard of Foothill Ranch, CA

"Hello, I was Justin Pollard's Drill Sergeant. I got news of his passing just a few months ago. I remember him well. What a terrific young man, and a delight to have trained. In saying that, I feel a personal attachment to the over 300 Cavalry Scouts I indoctrinated into the Army, as well as personally being responsible in part for their survival. I would like the Pollard family to know that I too grieve along side them. I will always keep Justin in my prayer's and in my heart as I will soon be leaving to continue the mission he so honorably began a couple years ago. May God Bless the Pollard family. Sincerly; Mathew Donofrio, Sergeant Fist Class, United States Army."
Mathew Donofrio of Ft. Irwin, CA

"Hi, Justin W. Pollard is my brother. Thanksgiving is almost here and so is christmas so that means its almost been a year since his death and well im very sad but i no it was his time to go so this christmas might be a little different but i just want my family to get through without being so sad. that's my wish for this christmas. and i hope everyone can help."
Jennifer Pollard of Foothill Ranch, California

"Justin, You were always the knight in shining armour for a lot of us. I will never forget the ways you helped me and Ryan and all the stuff you helped us through. You were our best friend. We will always love you. You were taken to soon, but we know you are in a better place now. You are watching over us all. Ryan was with you from the first day you came to Colorado, and he wishes he could have been with you on your last. I still remember your face the first time i met you in the barracks. You were so intimidated by Ft, Carson. It was so sweet. From then on me and you were attached by the phone. I think i talked to you more than Ryan for a while there. You were my rock when everything happened with me and Ryan, and if it wasn't for you and your help, me and Ryan wouldn't have made it. Thank you. You will always have a huge place in my heart and soul. You were my back up! Now it is hard on us all, i have pictures of you all over my house, and i talk to you everynight before i go to sleep. Ryan misses you to. we plan on coming to see you this chistmas, and your family. Your family is so wonderful, and so refreshing. it is easy to see how someone as wonderful as you came from them. We love you Just, and we always will. we will never forget you and all the fun, crazy and wonderful things you have done. We love you soooo much. Bill, Sue, Cam and jen, we love you to and plan on keeping in touch. Love ou just, and we will never forget such a wonderful person as you. We will see you soon."
Kristin and Ryan Chennault of Colorado Springs, CO

"I can not tell you what a great soldier your son was, although I served in the the same platoon as justin. He will be lost to us more than words can say but I will never let him be forgotten. myu most sincere condolences"
SSG Bedsole,Michael J of Fort Knox,Ky.


Its been a while still miss you. Have admitted over time YOU were the better quarterback. I moved close to your parents but havent gone to visit very much need to more. You should see Kelsey's brother hes a damn good QB we taught him well. See you later"
SSGT Sean Couevas USAF of Foothill Ranch, CA

"Hello, my brother Justin was the best brother ever. He loved everyone and i love him too. My birthday is coming up and he won't be there for the second time. He missed it the year he went to Iraq. And now he will miss the biggest birthday ever my 13th. Even though he won't be there he will be there in spirit. My brother was a great soldier, brother, friend and a hero that I will never forget! I love you Just!!! god Bless!"
Jennifer Pollard of Foothill Ranch, CA

"I went to school with Justin, at Eastshore and at Trabucco. We didnt hang out but we were cordial with each other. I know in my heart that Justin is watching over the rest of his brothers in sisters in the service. Making sure we are safe."
SrA Sarah McDonald of Izmir, Turkey

"Still today its like yesterday finding out the horrible news of J's death. I wanted to wake up and this all be a horrible dream. The truth is Justin was my best friend without a doubt. We had such a bond that no one can ever replace. He took care of me and watched out for me for years...just like a big brother. The hardest thing for me was feeling like i didnt have the secerity any longer. I know not that he is with me and will never leave me now and is taking the best care of me and all of us now. There isnt a day that goes by that i dont think about him some day are easier than others. J was the most couragious man that i know. I will cherish are memories and all the fun we have had thru the years and value them with everything. You will never be forgotten. You have given me so much strenght. YOU WILL FOREVER BE MY AMERICAN HERO, BIG BROTHER, BEST FRIEND AND MY "J". I love you always and forever."

There are no words to describe how much I love you and miss you. You are the bravest person I have ever known and I only hope that one day I will be as strong as you are. There's not a second that goes by that I dont think about you and my prayers are always with your family. I will never forget all the memories we have together, the times I had with you are the best times of my life. Im so lucky to have had you as a part of my life and I would give anything to have you back. You will never be forgotten because of your amazing family and all of us that love you will carry you with us forever. You took a part of me with you when you left but its comforting to know that you will always be a part of me too. God bless you, Bill, Sue, Cameron and Jennifer. Justin I love you with all my heart"
Kelsey of Mission Viejo, CA

"My toughts and prayers go out to Justin's family and close friends. I knew him back at Eastshore Elm. I remember him always laughing. I was shocked and sadened to hear the news of his passing. I moved from CA after 6th grade graduation in 1994 so my time knowing Justin was short. Again my prayers are with you, always remember that he was a hero, and still is. God Bless."
Jennifer (Porter) Santa Maria of Centreville, VA

"When I heard about Justin, I was very shocked and deeply saddened. I attended the memorial service which was a beautiful tribute to Justin. Many of Justin's teachers from elementary school attended the service. Justin was a person who people remembered. He was part of my son's childhood. They were good buddies and laughed and played together. They attended Eastshore Elementary School and Lakeside Middle School. They were always seen laughing and horsing around. Lee told the story of his 10th Birthday Party and I recall that Justin's birthday was just a few days after Lee's. At the service, I learned so much about Justin since his childhood days. He grew up to be a very kind and loving adult who was admired by his friends and fellow soldiers. God Bless Justin for his courage and bravery. I pray that he is at peace and somehow knows that his memory and smiling face will live on in our hearts and souls."
Ronni Anise Bregman of Irvine, CA

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

"Justin was always the life of the party. I knew Justin all through elementary school at Eastshore and then at Lakeside Middle School. We lost touch after middle school, but he was just one of those people who stuck out in my mind and I never forgot the fun times I had with him when we grew up together.

There is one story I will never forget about Justin: It was my 10th birthday party at my dad's house right across the street from our elementary school and right around the corner from Justin's house. There were about 10 or 15 of us and we went into the living room to start a huge pillow fight. Things were flying around the room and it was so chaotic and fun. The next thing I see is Justin taking a running start and flying at me face first. A couple of his front teeth had chipped on my forehead and I had to go to the hospital to get stiches. After I heard about Justin's passing on, not a day went by that I didn't think about that story. Justin's teeth feel out on my forehead that night. It was an accident, but now I will always have a part of Justin and a story about Justin to share with everyone who ever knew him.

Justin always made things interesting, from his giggling in sex education in 6th grade to knocking out his teeth on my forehead. There was just never a dull or boring moment with Justin. I always knew he was going to end up in the military serving his country or being a police officer and serving his community. Justin was one of the most unselfish people I have ever met. I heard that he was deeply angered by what happened on 9/11 and he joined the military right away. Justin followed his passion. It took courage and guts to just get up and join the military, but Justin had more courage and guts than anyone I knew.

My heart goes out to Justin for following his passion and serving the United States of America. God bless the Pollard family, his friends, and loved ones."
Lee Bregman of Irvine, CA

"Dear Pollard family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. And thank you Justin for keeping our freedom.

Melissa, Ilknur, David and Kevin"
Ilknur Erbas-White of Mission Viejo

"Serving wjth Justin was one of the best things I've ever done in my life.Not only was he my fellow soldier, But he was a good friend that I loved hanging out with at Ft.Carson. It seems not to long ago I was sitting next to him getting a tattoo at Snakes. You will be missed and never forgotten!!!"
Spc. Bobby M. Perez of Grants,NM

"I couldn't sleep tonight, and I was thinking about Justin and I miss him a lot. He stands for many things; strength, happiness, love and hope among many other things. It's weird because when I'm sad about something, I think of him. His memory cheers me up. Gosh, he was such a strong man. I'm glad that he'll be remembered in that way forever. My heart goes out to Cameron, Jennifer, Sue and Bill...God Bless you all."
of Mission Viejo, CA

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

"To the parents of Justin:
My name is Garon V. Jeffries of Rancho Santa Margarita,CA. I am a LCPL in the marine corps. I knew justin from high school and I feel for your loss. He was my catcher for freshmen baseball at THHS. I was sad to hear of the news. I lost couple of buddies from the conflict last year. I am with 3rd Battilion 4th marine regiment, 1st marine division. I got back in may 03 and I have to go back next week to replace the 82nd. I couldnt believe what has happend to justin. I give you my deepest sympathy. I have seen and been through enough just like justin and I am sure he served his country well. May god help you through this terrible loss.

Garon V. Jeffries of 29 palms, CA

"We lost our beloved Ermesto Blanco on December 28th. Pleaase accept my condolences. I know that everyone grieves differently, but know that you are not alone. Justin and Ernie will be missed by many."
Joan Maymi of Salt Lake City, Utah


"SPC Pollard:
Thank you for giving yourself so that we 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."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"You are now flying with the Angels. Rest Easy Soldier...God Bless you and your family and loved ones left behind. Your name will live forever in everyone's hearts."
The Taylors/usmc of nc

"Please accept condolences from our family. We share in your loss and in your pain. Find strength in your family, friends and faith to see you through this grief. The light of our men and women lost in combat shines on. My nephew, Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, was KIA, 12/28/03.""
Jose Caldas of Atlanta, GA

"We will always cherish the memories we have of Justin growing up with our son, Chris. Even though he moved to Foothill Ranch, he will always be a Woodbridge kid too. There are so many stories I could relate about him, but I will just recall one here.
I remember Justin pacing my upstairs hallway one day. He and Chris were about 13 at the time.There was a girl he liked; she told Chris she liked Justin too. Things weren't going well between them and Justin was in a state of confusion over her. The phone calls were flying back and forth all day, things were going from bad to worse and,Justin was about to wear a hole in my carpet.Then she started to cause problems between Chris and Justin. I finally sat them down for a little talk about girls.
I reminded them that they had been good friends for a long time. I told Justin she probably wasn't the love of his life, in six months he wouldn't even remember her name, but he and Chris might not be friends any longer because of her. I also explained about the games that girls can play sometimes. Justin was thinking it over when the phone rang again. He and Chris just let it ring.
A week or so later, when that girl was off breaking someone else's heart,
Justin came and asked me, "How did you know?" I just told him I had once been a teenage girl myself.
We still laugh about that day. It was so like Justin. He was so open and loving. He believed in people. I think he and Chris were drawn to each other because they were so much alike. Both loyal to their friends, generous of spirit, full of mischief, always laughing, always having fun together. And they were so open; they told us everything.(lots of times, things we really didn't want to know) When Justin moved, Chris missed him so much.
Justin was just the sweetest kid. We will always remember him. We will tell others about him. If we talk about him to others, we will keep a part of him alive. He will stay in our hearts forever and we will never forget him. He brought us a lot of joy and laughter. We will miss him and remember him forever."
Gina & Dave McCue,& Chris Michael of Irvine,CA USA

"Dear Pollard Family:
Even though I only knew Justin for a brief period of time (I worked with him at Claim Jumper) I was very saddened by the news. Justin was one of those people who you could never forget. He was handsome, charming, funny, and made work a little easier to bear. I mourn along with all of Justin's loved ones, but I also rejoice that he is now in God's loving arms. Thank you for laying down your life for the freedom of others Justin. You will not be forgotten."
Chanel Higgs of Irvine, CA

"WE are so proud or our Justin Pollard he was so certain that he was to serve his country after 911/. He was certian that he was to serve after 9/11. He died serving us all."
Lisa Collins of Irvine, CA

"To the family of Justin Pollard,
I just wanted to let you know that i was a friend of justin's from high school and weve seen each other sparaticly thoughout the years until his departure to the middle east. You may have not met me but i wanted to let you know your son was a great guy and i cant remember a time with him that we werent laughing together and enjoying our youth. ive been thinking about him a lot and his family and friends. You all will be in my prayers and i hope the best for you through this tragic time. God Bless"
Kareem L. of Mission Viejo , ca

"Our hearts reach out to you with deepest sympathy. We truly appreciate the sacrifices our servicemen and their families make to allow us our freedom. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We also pray for the other troops around the world."
The Rice Family of Glendora, Ca USA

"We are saddened by the loss of your loved one. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time."
The Reece Family of Yorba Linda, CA

"Thank you Justin Pollard, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. Justin Pollard:
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 Justin for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Justin Pollard:
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 Justin, 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