Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jeremiah W. Schmunk

21, of Richland, Washington.
Schmunk died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his vehicle came under attack by rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire. He was assigned to the Company C, 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, 1st Calvalry, Washington National Guard, Moses Lake, Washington. Died on July 8, 2004.

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"Eighteen years and only a few yesterdays ago. Life has been a challenge with out you being physically present. Mentally you are a wonderful part of my heart. Love wearing your dog tags, not so much daily as I use to do, but for special occasions you are truly my strength and support. And believe it or not I love it when people see you close to my heart. Its a very proud moment for me. You have been me for a long time and I pray that you will help me with TOR this month with a lot of strong support. Sixteen years honoring you and your brothers and sisters and the love being shared with so many families. Deaths continues....received notice that Xavier Zavala, young Marine, died Aug 8th 2022...He is from Kennewick, funeral this friday, be ready son, your going with me.........Please watch over him...."
Shirley Schmunk of Richland, WA. USA

"Dear Schmunk family, our sincerest condolences. While I was a few years older than Jeremiah in school, I have some faded memories of him. He always seemed to be happy and kind. We were so saddened to hear the news. Thank you for your service, and know that you will Always be missed. May we never forget."
Girl That Grew Up In Warden, WA. of California

"Happy Veterans Day bro"
Spence Klitzke of Tracy, CA

"I miss you always. My heart is still broken and it hurts. You will always be the Light of my Life and the Son that Your Mom will Love FOREVER."
Mom of Richland, WA. USA

"Jer, Today I am honored to share about you to the current WARDEN HIGH students. You will forever be remembered and those of us who had the opportunity to know you in any way will cherish the moments. Keeping your legacy alive."
Valerie Castillo-Hernandez of Warden, WA USA

"hey jer in honor of ur passing this veterens day i am to sing at our veterns day assembly i have created a shirt with a pic of u honoring ur service!!!"
mary of warden

"Hey jer jer. I miss you so much and have been thinking about you a lot. I know I've been *ing up my life a lot lately but I am trying to do better I promise. I wish you were still here I know my life wouldn't be this *ed up if you were. I need you to do me a favor tho and give me a sign that you are here with me and guide me in the right direction please. I don't know what else to do. I am honestly about to just give up. I love you jer jer."
Kristi of reno

"I still find myself coming back to this page...I still think about you all the time! You were a great friend!"
Spence Klitzke of Livermore, CA

"Happy birthday jer jer I love you and miss you so much!!! I'm gettin married on May 23 2015 wish you were here to watch me get married! I'm doing much better with my life(: love you bubba"
Kristi wortham of Warden WA

"Hey Jer!! I just want you to know I miss you and always think of you! I can't believe it is almost another full year since the day heaven received an amazing angel. Thanks for always watching over me and my family. Love you always!"
Traci :-) of Back in Moses Lake

"Hey jer jer how are things up there? I miss you so much it hurts. I'll be 19 in 2 weeks. I wish you were still here to guide me in what I'm supposed to be doing in life. But I know if you were still here you wouldn't like what I've done with my life.. I love you so much and wish you were here... I'm getting my tattoo for you soon I promise.. love you so much bubba I'm sorry if I have disappointed you in what I've become.. I'm doing my best to change its just not working out for me... well I got to go.. I love you"
kristi wortham of reno, nevada

"Miss you bubba :( love you more then anything"
Kristi Wortham of Fallon, NV

"Miss you jeremiah wesley! love you more then anything in this world <3"
Kristi Wortham of Warden, WA

"Hey jer. I miss you more and more everyday. I've been watching a lot of movies about the army cuz my gf is going there too. Watch out for him when he's there. I think about you non stop. I wish you were here with my. I know my life would be so much different if you were still here.. I love you more then you know... But if the world does end on the 21st then ill see you soon... Miss and love you with all my heart<3"
Kristi Michelle Wortham of moses lake, WA

"hey jer jer i miss you so much! im 18 now and i dont think you would be to happy with me in what ive been doing.. but im moving to montana next weekend to get my life stright. im gonna finish high school and then get a job.. im working on getting a tattoo for you<3 i love you jeremiah wesley schmunch and i miss you more and more every day"
Kristi Wortham of Warden WA

"I can't believe it has been over 8 years now since we lost you. It doesn't get easier with time, I still keep wishing I had been able to keep you from being hurt. As long as I live I'll never forget you buddy."
CPT Ross Zarzecki of Fort Bliss, TX

"I am so sorry for the loss of this young man and the pain and suffering his family have gone through. May his sacrifice lead to a world in peace where we no longer are sent to war."
Ted Coombs of Vancouver, BC, Canada

"Jeremiah, I never had the chance to know you but I hope you know that you're an inspiration to me, and you'll never be forgotten."
Zach of Warden, wa

"Jeremiah,Thank you for your service to our nation. I saw your picture in the paper when you were lost. You reminded me so much of my nephew that I have always remembered you. Know that you are loved and respected by many who never had the good fortune to know you in this world. God bless and keep you in his loving arms.

To the family of Jeremiah W. Schmunk,
I honor your son and the ultimate sacrifice he gave for our country. While I did not know him, I can see from this page that he was an outstanding young man and much loved. He represents the best in our country. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family."
Sheryl Pond of Auburn, WA

"Wow I feel slow. I just found this site for you Jeremiah. Sorry it took me so long. I miss you a ton a long with the entire family!
So chance is getting married in August! I'm so proud of him. Got himself a nice girl and his kids are beautiful. I'm getting married next week. He's in the air force and a complete gentleman. I'm a cna now and livin in south Carolina. It's amazing here, you would love it! Well I gotta get goin but now that i have this site I'll be checkin in and keepin ya updated. I love you and miss you tons. HAPPY VETERANS DAY! You truly are a hero!"
kimberly (imbert) lovaas of round o, south carolina, usa

"hey jer jer i miss you more and more everyday! wish uou were still alive so you could help me with all the problems i am haveing! i have been getting in loads of troun=ble here lately, miss and love you lots!"
kristi michelle wortham of fallon, Nevada

"hey,,im from ireland,,i saw a vid your friends posted online,it touched me that much i joined up 6 weeks later to the british army,,it was your vid that motivated me to win best recruit in training,,i went to afghanistan and fought witouth fear..everu nite remembering why i joined,,you>>>i won the JCC one the highest honours going.i wish ur family sympathy and i thank u personally for opening my eyes to this war:)R.I.P U ARE THE REASON I FIGHT THIS WAR"

"Hey Schmunk!!
Been thinking of you a lot lately...was remembering the last time we talked...you were so excited to come home and see us!!! Miss you and love you!! You are always in my heart..."
Melinda martinez of Othello, WA

"Sure do miss you brother...there are so many times I wish you were here with me...you sure did leave a lasting impression on so many people! Love you"
Spence meat klitzke of Las cruces nm

"Hey Jer, we were in prerep together long ago. I'll drink a beer for you here and we will have some together when I see you again. Miss you buddy."
Ross Bacon of Quincy, WA

"hey jer how are you! its been a long time! i miss you so much! there is not a day that goes by that i dont think about you! i have a boyfriend now his name is patrick! we have been dating for 2 months today! but the only problem with him is that when he gets mad at me he hits me!! i know i should leave him but i can and i dont know why!! i know i change him out of hitting me but it will just take some time!! every time he hits me i hit him back but it never really works becuase he will just hit me harder and harder! i love him so much but i hate it when he hits me i dont know what to do i just wish you were here to help me make this hard choice!! well i got to go i love you so much!!!!"
kristi wortham of fallon NV


"Hey ... as always I find myself coming back here ... it has been so long but I still feel like I need to. So much has changed but it hurts me to think that you are not here. I know you are with me but it is not the same, I guess its just me being selfish. However I am married now and have a baby and it makes me so sad that you arent here to meet them both. It is still really hard and it has been so long. I love and miss you!! Thanks for all the memories and just know you are in my thoughts!! I miss you Jer!!!"
Traci McDowall of Moses Lake, WA

"hey jer jer, hows it goin up there in heaven? i love and miss you soooo much! i still cry every time a see a stupid army truck at the demo derby! and know i get hella bad panic attacks when ever i think of anything bad or when i know someone i love is hurt or has died! well i just wnted to say hi and i love you!"
kristi wortham of fallon, nevada


Kayla Martinez of Moses Lake, WA/USA

"hey jer, i miss you so much :( i wish you were here to help with my mommy she want to get back together with john reitz i am kinda happy for her but idk how to feel!! i dont want her to leave chad but i want john back in my life........... i have a bf and his name is dennis!! he is amazing i wish you could meet him and tell me wat you think of him.. my mom does not like him but i love him so i dont care wat she thinks..... the only problem with dennis is that he smokes and it buggs me... lol well ima go back to work! LOVE YOU <3"

"i miss you brother"
spence klitzke of las cruces , nm


Thank you for your service. You will always be remembered."
Brent Prante of Lakewood Police Department, WA

"Jeremiah~Wow...how time flys by so fast...i didnt even know this website existed. I was just browsing around on the web n happened to find it. So I thought that I would write you a lil something to show my appreciation and respect for you. I can't even begin to tell you how hard it is to live each day knowing your not in our world ne more. I truely miss you and know you are watching over me and everyone else out there. I also know your giving me the strength I need to get through days like these. You were always there for all of us and it hurts more than you can ever image still seeing the heart break in everyones eyes when you are brought up. Hey do you remember when we were lil kids n ur mom n my mom went out somewhere n left you n some girl to babysit us kids...n we played hide n seek together...in the dark that was so fun...but what was really funny was when we found you in your room trying to hide you jumped up n hit your head on your bed haha...the look on your face was to halarious...we all couldnt stop laughing at you...what memories i have of you...i just want to thank you for watching over all of us! Thanks for the memories
Love you n miss you tonz...can't wait to see you again!"
Milynn L. Flores of Warden, WA

"Well Jer, Thought I would just write you and let you know how much I miss you man. My son only knows you as Uncle Jeremiah, It sucks that he will only get to meet you in the after life. You two would have been two peas in a pod. I love you man"
Matt of Phenix City Alabama/Warden

"Oh boy Schmunk!!!! i didn't even know that they had this website i totally came across it out of nowhere!!! well its been some time since we have gotten to see your face or drink a beer together but one day again we will be able to! i know justin sure misses you bro! we all do!!! your smile and funny personality!!! jeez....
i will never forget the night at justin's and i got all bent outta shape for some reason that i don't even remember now and you called me "poopie pants" LOL.... and of course that was my name from you since then and i would only let you call me that... u know i would beat anyone else up for that... not u.. but remember the time i thought i was so tough wanting to fight you...(really just a drunk tough..haha)but when we would hang out just the crew at justin's we would get wild and have some fun.. only one life right!!! anyway just wanted to say we love you and miss you so much!!! keep an eye on everyone.... tickle them with your angel wings!!!!"
Marisa Martinez (Justin's cuzin) of Moses Lake, WA

"Good Morning Son~ Time just keeps moving on doesn't it. Just as the time today, with so many memories of the new people that I have met because of you. I am still overwhelmed how in just one split second, our lives change completely. There is a movie called Click, about change, but I don't get to go back and you don't get to come back. I know the cluqes, but it still doesn't change the inner feelings of the loss that we feel. Can you join us this year at Pruneda's? Just for a second? Watch over the boys for all of us, we miss them too and are waiting for their safe return. What a strange feeling it is this year with them gone this month. I love you so much............Bring the boys back (alive). Forever and always YOUR Mom"
Shirley Schmunk of Richland WA.

"Hey Jere,
It's been 5 years but if still feels like it was yesterday. God knows what I'd give to hear you tease me again...miss ya buddy."
Marleen of Houston, TX / Warden, WA

"hey jer jer,
how are you doing. i miss you so much!.!.!. i wish you never died. OMG. there are so many guys in here that are retarted.. and i am going to arizona. for 2 weeks to see uncle chris!. and he is giving me $500 to do watever i want!. and then i am going ti washington to see tori and austin, and all my other friends!. i hate everyone! jkjk! i love you soooooooo much!!!!!"
kristi wortham of fallon nevada!

"hey jer jer, whats up how u doin'? i am doin better today now then i have a new bf his name is dillon and he is really tall but you probly all ready know that because you watch me all the time. well at least i feel you arounded well gtg love u"
kristi of fallon nevada

"hey jer. its me again and i hate my life right now. i am going out with this guy and when i texted him his signature was something totaly different. it said he loved someone else other then me!! it makes me sad. because i love him alot... but i dont think he likes me anymore and i dont know what to do. i wish you were here to help me out. or i would love it if you would give me a sine of what to do... please. i love you bunches!!. well im gunna go love and miss you!!!!!"
kristi wortham of fallon, nevada

"her jer. hows it goin. i love you jer. talk to u later.. bye!!!! :( miss u lots!!! :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :("
kristi of fallon, nevada

"hey miah it me again.. i live with my mom again here in fallon, i wish you were here i miss you soo much.. i really want to see you. i have not tlked to you in like forever so i just wanted to talk to you. i dont knoe if your mom rembers me or not but teell her HI for me!!!. i am in my science recovery class. ya i such at sciense and i have to be in 2 science classes i know i am smart but i just dont really try any more. but i am going to start trying because i want my mom to see that i really am smart..... I LOVE YOU JERMIAH!!!!!!!!! i know i shouldnt cry but i cant help it i miss you so much.. you were my best friend and i never wanted to loose you..... know my brother tylor wants to join the army and i really dont want him to because i already lost you and i dont want to loose him to.. i dont know what to do. i just wish there was some way for you to come back to life. but i think everyone wishes that... every year i go to the demo in moses i cant see the army trucks or i will start crying like crazy... I MISS YOU SOOOOO MUCH MIAH. i know you really wanted to go the army but you never said goodbye to me and when i found out you died i was HELLA sad like you dont even khow...... well i got to go do my work know. so i will talk to you on wesnday"
kristi of fallon, nevada

"Hey Jer!!!

As always I am thinking bout you, I am at school for the army reclassing to be a 42A. I come up on re-enlistment soon and not too sure if I am going to re-enlist or not. Its such a hard decision. Im having a baby soon, wish you were here to see the baby! I love and miss you buddy!"
Trace of Port Orchard, WA

"Well Jere, deployment 2 is almost over for me, only 5 more months. I sure miss you man. Please keep your mother happy and safe, she deserves it all. I love you bro."
SSG Matt Erickson of Iraq

"Hello again Jeremiah, I am thinking about you always. So a lot is going on in my life that I wish you were a part of. It was so crazy that the unit I am in on Ft. Lewis trained the 81st to go back to Iraq, we trained at McCoy and I got to see all of the 161 guys, it was hard to see them going back with out you but I know you are with them. Its crazy it will be another Christmas, I love andd miss you Jeremiah you will always be in my thoughts. love you!"
Traci McDowall of Puyallup WA

We miss you buddy! Today again we remember you for who you are. Also tell your Mom in your special way(s) we love her."
Jeff Ibach of Bellevue, WA

"Hey buddy, i'm headed home for turkey day...wish you were gonna be there...i miss you bro"
spence of warden, wa, usa

"hey its me again i am really borded in class so i wanted to talk to you... i wish you were here it school would be so much easer because i wont be crying as much as i do... i dont know why but every time i see a army truck i get a big panic atack... and i start to cry really bad... i love you.. when i go to grandmas house i promis i will go to your grave ok.. melissa is in 7th grade know... i am in 8th.. b=you proble all ready know all this but i dont have any thing else to say... how is your mom?????"
kristi of washington

"hey jermiah its me again i miss you sooo much.. i live with my dad in moses but i think i am going to to back and live with my mom i cant stand my step mom she is such a *.... i dont want to hurt my dad but i cant live with my step mom any more.. she thinks i am going to turn into my brother tylor but i know im not going to i dont do drugs like hom....... well i just wanted to say hi and i love you.... bye for know!!!!!"
kristi of moses lake washington

"its July 8th again and the memories and realization that you are gone is still vivid. I wish you would call again. Only this time it was Umland who called, he is in Kqwait now, God, please protect him. He was able to say HI to the Unit at Tom and Staci's. That was a good 90 minute conversation. But it was so good to hear from him. Your Brothers are so respectful and good people. They have a way of making time stop for a while. I am so glad you got to serve with them. Now half the group are on their way back. Please, stand by them and watch over them as you have done before. I love you my SON and miss you so very very much. Soon........"
Shirley Schmunk of Richland, WA

"July 6, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jeremiah W. Schmunk:
Jeremiah 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 Miah...its been a while since I've wrote but you know I think of you and talk to you everyday. Like you know, I went to visit u last week... you seem like the only one I can turn to sometimes. I know you are watching over me bro and I cant even start to explain how bad it still hurts to know your gone.
I saw a kid, maybe 13 or 14, the other day; Highlights in his hair, striped polo shirt, bright smile .... he was talkin to these two girls who were probaby 16 or 17 and I overheard him throwing pick up lines at them. I couldnt HELP but seeing a lil of you in him... Little ladies man... older woman, thinkin he was the slickest thing ever. Just like you, he had them smiling and laughing. I started to cry. Small things like that bring back so many memories of you.
As I sit here, I can picture you smiling right now... even though its bringing me to smile, tears are still rolling down my face. You mean so much to me and I will always hold on to every memory we shared. Its nuts, already may is here soon it will be july again. Hardest month of the year. Its been almost 4 years. wow. Still seems so surreal. Still missing you Jer! Thanks for watching over me. Wait for me...."
TiffanyMae of Warden, Wa

"dear jeremiah, i love you and i miss you soo much i wish you were still here with me you never said good bye you just left. when i leved in warden i would go to your grave every chance i get. every time i see your face i start to cry... i remember when you lived in that on house in warden and me and melissa was playing on the swings in your back yard and after that we would go to the store and by candy and ice cream............. i am 13 know and i an in 7th grade............. melissa is 11 and sge is in 6th grade........ every memorial day i go to your grave and say i am sorry for not going to your funierl i really wanted to but my mom nikki would not let me........ my mom is doing good she got married again to a guy named chad........... every summer i go to moses lake to see my dad pat....... when my mom first told me that you died i didnt cry but latter on i did because i relized how much your mean to me....... please watch over me every day... sometimes i wish i was up in haven with you..... i miss your hugs.. but i miss just being with you and talking to you when ever i need you. you are always there for me.... sometimes at night i talk to my self and i pertend that it is you..... I have know you my whole life and you were a real good friend..... i love you sososososososo much i really wish you were here with me right know so i could hug and kiss you for ever........ i wish you never went to the war..... if didnt go i would never have moved here in fallon nevada....... well it is almost time for me to go to my next class so i am going to go know i love you bye :( :( :( :( :("
kristi wortham of fallon, nevada, usa

"Hey Jeremiah!~ Yet again I have been thinking about you, I thank you for watching over me always. I miss my good friend that you were however you still are. I miss and love you and I still pray for your mom, I know you listen to my prayers, continue to make everyone smile in their times of hurt. I was looking at a picture of you and I right before you left and it really sucked because I was looking forward to all the time we were going to spend together when you got back. Its so weird though because I got stationed on Ft Lewis in an INF Brigade so each day when I get to work I think of you!~ Like always I miss and love you!"
Traci McDowall of Tacoma, WA

"Schmunky...I still think/pray for you everyday. I miss you a ton!"
Spence Klitzke of Austin, TX

Jacob Vela of Warden, WA

"To all the men of C co 1-161 Inf, our families, our frineds and our brothers in arms. Schmunk was one of a kind, the kind of guy that keeps you going. One time I said the word "hate" in a sentance, and Schmunk told me, "Please don't say hate, it is such a powerful word" I remind my daughter of that everytime I hear her say it.
It was my squad that Schmunk and his squad were coming to get out of trouble the night he died. I honestly believe if he and his squad had not come, we would not be here. I am forever greatful my brother, and we shall meet again!

Shirly, I can't wait to see you and all the guys in July!

God Bless us all!

SSG Mike Stutzke, 3rd squad leader, first platoon, C co 1-161 Infantry (Former) of Spokane Wa

"I wont forget you, we leave again soon for Iraq, keep watch over us, and God forbid should I fall, be their to meet me at the gates, bro."
Old Cco soldier of Moses Lake, WA

"Remembering Jeremiah:
While training in Ft. Lewis, Jeremiah and I both had the case of the "rumbly in the tumbly". That day we both went to sick-call and saw different doctors. Jeremiah was given a bottle of Pepto-Bismol, and I was given some worthless pills for nausea/upset stomach. As we were walking back to the barracks, my pills were not working to my liking, and Jeremiah could see my discomfort. So, he offered to share his bottle of bismol with me. We chugged that thing like it was a well deserved beer, passing it back and forth. We complained about the First Sergeant not being able to give us a ride, and our long walk back to the barracks in the wet/cold, when we were obviously sick. Shortly after finishing the bottle, I had the urge to "go" and knew I would never make it to the barracks in time. Jeremiah laughed so hard, he may have shed a single tear, but held look-out while I spent my time in the bushes. Jeremiah greeted High-Ranking officers as they passed by, eluding them from my "secret ops" that was happening a few feet away in the bushes. As embarrassing for me/humerous for Schmunk that time was, Jeremiah never spoke a word of it to anyone. That day he became not only a team-member but my trusted friend. I was honored to be with him till his end in Iraq. I will never forget my brother-in-arms."
CPL Adam Bluher of Wenatchee, Wa

"Jeremiah, I can not believe yet another year has gone by! Baghdad sucks but I know you are watching over me daily. If it wasnt for you I dont think I could get through this deployment. You are and always were the best ever! We love and miss you so much Jer, you will never be forgotten!

Traci McDowall of Moses Lake, WA

"I found your penny hidden under the paper plate at the Neseplem Fair Grounds, saturday evening. I was with Bluher and Roush so I had to explain that you would always toss pennies on the ground when I was feeling sad and blue. Yes Jere, to me, your pennies were the most precious gifts a mom could ask for. You always knew then and you still do today. The 8th & 9th of July are still the worst days of my life, but you seem to have a way of letting me see life on the good side of heaven. It was great to be with Adam, James, Randy, Debbie and the CVI motorcycle Club. I was scared and now I know that I should not have been. When I woke up sunday morning, there you were, with that great big smile on your face and the sun light shining through your beautiful eyes. I know in my mind that you are gone, but my heart still holds you to me for the rest of my life. Thank you for sharing with me the time of your life, the memories are still like yesterday......... watch over us, your family and your brothers-in-arms...Loving you for ever and always..mommaseeta"
Shirley Schmunk of Richland, WA

Wow.. you've been gone three years today. I can't even begin to tell you how hard it is each day. Today is as hard as the first day. I truely miss you and know you are watching over me and giving me the strength I need to get through days like these.
You were always there for all of us and it hurts more than you can ever image still seeing the heart break in my brothers eyes when you are brought up. You were sincerely his best friend. The boys are getting so big and Tyson starts kindergarden this year. Can you believe it?? They talk about you, say they miss you and we all smile. You are so missed.
We will visit you tonight just like we do so often n we know your watching over us! Thanks for the memories
Love you! ... Wait for me!"
Tiffany Wall of Warden, WA

"Thank you for being there for Dan, Travis, Noel, Karl, Kris, Efren, Adam, Jesse, Mike and me when we needed you most that night at Checkpoint Six in Al Wadiya. We'll be there for you in July in Warden just like we have every year to keep your memory alive."
Rob of Spokane, Washington

"It has been almost 3 years now and a day has not gone by that I haven't thought of Schmunk. I truly miss him he was a good soldier. One of my fondest memories of my time with him was when he told me "Sir, I'm down with you" meaning as he explained to me later that he trusted me and would follow me anywhere. I was humbled and proud then and even more so now. Being his Platoon Leader was and always will be an honor."
1LT Ross Zarzecki of Holland, Michigan

"Jeremiah, I saw you when I visited the Faces of the Fallen Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery a few weeks ago. Having served in the Army, I have often though about what it would be like to have faced battle, though I never did. I took several pictures of the different soldiers that were represented in the memorial that day. I was really saddened after seeing the memorial, with all the messages from loved ones, particularly yours, with the pictures your loved ones left there. Now that I am back home, I thought I would look you up online and learn more about you. I think you are a one of the many heros, though you are my hero. You, your family, and loved ones have a friend and family member here in Kansas City. Thank you!"
Ian Connors of Kansas City, Missouri

"My dearest son, how I miss you so much. There isn't a day that doesn't go by that you are in my thoughts. The smile that you always wore and the twinkle in your eyes, which usually meant you were up to something and you always were. I would never know who you were bringing home next. You would be so proud of the Warden Community, the 161st in Moses Lake and the many friends that you have left behind. I have learned there are so many wonderful people in our world. I love you for the reasons that you went to Iraq and I know that one day your vision will happen between them and us. Your many brothers-in-arms have been my strength, their stories have been so welcoming. I thank God everyday that you chose me to be your mom. I have been proud of you all your life and you still make me so proud of you today. I love you my son and your strength is with me every day. Take care of our soldiers in war, for you are their angel in the battle zone. God speed............"
Shirley Schmunk of Richland, Washington

You brought so much smiles and laughter in our home and you were a great "uncle schmunky" to our boys. Although I didn't like when you and john would "venture" off and you would butt in on mine and john's arguments and "councel" us but hey i love you anyway and all is forgiven. WE ALL miss you, you were a good guy and you made everyone proud by fighting for our country. You will always be in our hearts. Thanks for all the memories that will never fade."
With love Becky your "thinking" buddy of Warden Wa

"Thank-You Jeremiah Schmunk. The United States was better because you were here and there. Old true saying but "Freedom is not Free" I have two young sons and I am trying to show them what it is to stand up for what you believe in. My condolences to your loved ones. It is only hard for the ones left behind. Thank-You for standing up Jeremiah."
Joseph R of Winchester, MA

"Jeremiah you are loved and missed so much! We had plans for when you got back from Iraq too bad we never got to have that fun. Since I have been here in Iraq for these last few months I have thought bout you so very much! I MISS YOU! Much Love!"
Traci McDowall of Moses Lake, WA

"To the family of:Jeremiah W. Schmunk I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"


"Hey man I made it back. I think about you everyday and say a prayer for your wonderful mother. I miss you man. Love SPC Erickson"
Matt Erickson of 1 AD baumholder Germany

"schmunk ill miss ya man we left spokane together an i was on my way up to baghdad when i read you were kia im sure ill be back there for a second round of payback you are never forgotten"
jennings aka opie of 1st bn ABN 509th IN

"Words can't express the pain I feel every day knowing that your gone. You were such an important part of some many of our lives. We miss you and love you. Wait for me bro..."
Tiffany Wall of Warden, WA

"Jeremiah, you were a good kid and a close friend of my son while growing up in Warden. Warden lost a hero when you were killed, My prayers go out to your Mother and your family."
Chief Ken Krebs of Warden, WA

"I served with Jeremiah in iraq and just want to add a comment that he was a really hard worker and a damn good trooper. we were in different platoons (he was in 1st and i was in 3rd) but we all knew eachother pretty well to say the least. it came as a shock to all of us when he passed and we will never forget it. it has been a year that we have been back and still hurts the same. for the family, friends and 1st platoon. I will think of you always!"
jeremy Gunderson of Ellsworth, WI USA!!!

"Jeremiah Schmunk I hope you know we all miss you and always will I get tears just thinking about you and even though i only know u as my cousins closest friend i will always be there for you"
Brandon Wurzer of Warden Wa

"Jeremiah, We miss you so much man its different without u here in this world n ur closes friends n family miss u so much. You were a good friend to me and my family. R.I.P JEREMIAH WE LOVE U N MISS U LOTS."
Mondo Flores of Warden Washington

"Jeremiah, You Are Really SomeOne People Look Up To, Because Of How Brave You Are, And For Every Sacrifice You Have Done To Help EveryOne. You Will Always Be In My Heart."
Iesha Flores of Warden, Washington

"Jeremiah, u meant the world to my cousins and my aunt and uncle, u are goign to be missed so much! we love u so very much! R.I.P. Man, WE LOVE U!!"
Kayla Martinez of Moese Lake, Wa

"Jeremiah you are truly the definition of a real man. The sacrafices you made are greatfully appreciated, and you will always be remembered and thought of. Miss ya lots!!"
AdriAnna Gonzales of Spokane, WA

"Shirley, Thank you for honoring your son and his memory by having the Gold Star get together at your home Veteran's Day. I'm so glad to have met you and all the others. It helps in a very big way to know that there are others close by that know my pain and share the feeling of loss. Your home is a living monument to your son, his life and his sacrifice for us all. Thank you for letting me cry in your arms...please know that I am here for you at any time. I'm so glad you were persistent and tracked me down."
Cindy Maynard, proud Marine mother of LCpl Chad B. Maynard and Cpl Jacob N. Maynard of Kennewick, Washington

"It's been some time since we talked,huh buddy. I miss you man. You were always my little brother even after I got a little brother. I just want to let you, and everybody else, know that you turned out exactly the way I thought you would.You Make me Proud to be your big cuz. See you around. Michael "Munky" Paul Munroe. Miss You Lil' Cuz."
Michael P. Munroe of Yakima, Wa. (U.S.A.)

"Jeremiah's heroism will live on for generations to come. Because of his courage and ultimate sacrifice, the West Richland VFW Post will be named in his honor - The Nelson/Schmunk VFW Post. Soldiers of yesterday, today and tomorrow will come to know this hero and his loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeremiah and his family and friends. God bless you all."
Amy & Ian of West Richland, WA


"Dear Jeremiah: I recall so vividly when your mother learned you would join this world. You were truly a surprise and delight to her. I think of you both during this difficult time and wish you well on your separate journeys. My best to your and your extended family."
Linda Rogers of Everett, WA

"JW you meant so much to everyone. Your acts were very much courageous and for that you will never be forgotten god bless you shilery for bringing such a hero to our world!"
Laura and Darrell Davis of Seattle,Wa

"I love you schmunky. I think about you every day. I miss you buddy."
spence.a.klitzke of Kennewick WA

"Jeremiah, the tatoo that you designed for yourself and your "other" lions, is being treasured. my son and the rest are planning to get your tatoo as soon as they return from iraq, they will honor you forever. They miss you so much and talk about you daily. To Jeremiah's mother, please know that you are thought about constantly and prayed for. Thank you for bringing such a beautiful child into the world. I've been told what a great soldier he was and what a trusted friend to others in his unit. God Bless You and Jeremiah."
Laurie of Ellensburg, Wa

"We miss you kid. Don't worry I will get them back for you."
PFC Erickson of Ft. Benning GA

"Hey Jeremiah its not the same with out u most of ur frends and family misses u so much. Both me and Joesph miss u we will c u in heaven and may god rest u in peace god bless you and c u in heaven!"
LeAndra of warden wa

"Hey Jeremiah, I know how much you were looking forward to coming to my my brother Rick's wedding on August 28, 2004, and it was such a honor that you were going to stand up with me as the best man. You truly are the best man and you have always treated me as a sister, and I thank God that you were close to me as a brother. I love the hugs you would give me everytime we saw each other, and not a day goes by that I do not think of you. I will always remember how great of a person you were, and thank you so much for coming into my life! I LOVE YOU!!!"
ValeRie M. Guerra (a.k.a lil' Rick ;) the nickname you gave me! of Warden, Washington United States

"Schmunky! I love you brother!"
spence klitzke of kennewick WA

"Schmunky! I love you brother!"
spence klitze of kennewick WA

"Jeremiah, you don't know how proud I am of you to sacrifice yourself for us. Since you left us, I think about you everyday. And I'm sure that everyone else is proud of you. I can still remember the day you and Tawnie went to Homecoming! Jeremiah, I love you so much. I'm sure that Andy, Greg, And Justin are so glad that you fought a war for us. Thnak you so much, you are a true American hero."
Alisha Corral of Bliss, Idaho

"Jeremiah, I thank you so much,you ment so much to not only me but everyone you knew. And also for always looking out for me and keeping me in line. You made me not only a better person but a better man, your everything I wish I'll grow up to be, I love you bro, and I know your watching over Justin and all the others. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!"
Daniel Martinez of Warden,Washington

"Miah-you will always be in our hearts! Warden loves ya! We had so much fun together and u will be missed, friend. Love always* Ziggz, Daniel, Crystal, Melinda, Justin, Taryn, and the rest of your friends back home!"
Ashley Ziegelman of Moses Lake WA, USA

"I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort you now and in the days ahead. Know that Jeremiah is a hero and I am very grateful for his sacrifice."
Julia of aliquippa pa

"We know the sadness in your heart at this time as we lost our son Spc. Shawn Davies in Iraq on June 8th. also. May God confort you and guide you in these days of sorrow. We are proud of our Soldiers as they served our Country!! God Bless You Spc.Jeremiah Schmunk and Thank You!! You are truly a HERO!!!"
The Family of Spc. Shawn Davies of Aliquippa Pa USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family, may time provide happy, loving memories in place of present sorrows. God Bless you."
a grateful citizen in arizona

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

"To Jeremiah's family: It will be a long and hard road to travel while dealing with this. We know personally what you are going through, we lost our 22 yr. old son, Spec. Justin Johnson on 4/10/04 in Baghdad. He was 1st Cav. My husband, Cpl. Joseph Johnson, was supposed to be in Baghdad too but was hurt during training so he is still here but will report to Ft. Lewis Aug. 2 again. See, he is Wash. State National Guard too. We share so many things. Just know I share your pain along with mine for my son. God bless you."
Jan Johnson of Rome, Georgia

"To Jeremiah's Family and Friends:

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


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

"We're going to miss you Jer, but I'm glad that Justin, Andy, and Greg now have an extra Guardian Angel watching over them in Iraq. Thank you! We love you!"
Marleen Mtz of Warden, WA

"while alive you touched so many hearts. and even though i never said it enough to you, i love you and will cherish your memories. i miss you so much already but i know you're here"
jer's cousin of WA

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

"Thank you Jeremiah Schmunk, 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. Jeremiah Schmunk:
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 Jeremiah 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. Jeremiah Schmunk:
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 Jeremiah, 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