Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Jeffrey R. Shaver

26, of Maple Valley, Washington.
Shaver died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his convoy vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry, Spokane, Washington. Died on May 12, 2004.

Shaver was promoted to Sergeant on April 1, 2004.

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"Sgt Shaver ....words...where to begin...you were one of my combat medics...a Soldier to look up to....a friend! I swear everyday I miss you and think of those whom fought besides us who didn't make it home. All love and respect to you and your family. This is SFC. Arellano....I am currently with an American Legion in California and will be building a memorial for our fallen...specifically for you! It is an honor and hurts at the same time! Please if anyone can contact the family I'd like to reach out in his behalf and make this a special moment! Soldierboy925@gmail.com"
SFC ARELLANO of Adelanto, ca.

"12/2015 - I've finally been able to visit this page again after first viewing it in 2004, right after my brother's death. I want to thank everyone for sharing their stories. They've really helped me hear how us is still in the hearts and minds of everyone. thank you and God bless"
Jeff's sister of seattle, wa

"Jeff, your loss is still felt every day and night. My husband is the one who chatted for a while with you before you left the fob and is the one who got up in the middle of the night to recover your vehicle to bring back to the fob. He is still haunted by that night. He is just now starting to open up a little about what happened that night. My prayers for you, your family, and friends."
a proud military spouse of Spokane, Washington

"Jeff, your loss is still felt every day and night. My husband is the one who got up in the middle of the night to recover your vehicle back to the fob. He is still haunted by that night. He is just now starting to open up a little about what happened that night. My prayers for you, your family, and friends."
a proud military spouse of Spokane, Washington

"Hea Jeff.
I stop by and read this page often it has not been till recent that I can think of you or say your name and not break down.
I have just come to grips that it wasn't my fault you didn't come home. At the last minute they changed orders pulling my truck from the convoy. I would have been in your spot and position. You where and threw you actions and life still an inspiration to everyone who knew you. You always strived to not only be the best medic but the best at where you are when you came to the scout platoon you where eager to learn how to be a scout and do all we could do. And you where eager to teach us simple medic skills to help you save our buddies lives. You are missed every day.
Exarmymanspokane@yahoo.com if anyone wants to connect"
Jeremiah Freeman of spokane wa

"While I didn't have the pleasure of knowing SGT Jeffrey Shaver I thought of him and his family today (May 24, 2014), as I ran 'The 7th Annual Cpl Christopher G. Scherer "I DID THE GRID" Run/ Walk' in Northport, NY'. This was the first time I signed up for the 4 mile run that is held in honor of Cpl Christopher Scherer and all the men and women who have given their lives in service. On each runners bib number there were four names listed of soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice. At the end of the race after passing the finish line, each runner rang a bell four times in honor of each of the names on their bib. So... I just wanted to share that SGT Jeffrey Shaver was one of the soldiers that was named on my running bib today. Each step I made during the race was dedicated to him and the 3 other soldiers that I was running in honor of. I sincerely hope the Shaver family receives this message to know that he was thought of today. God Bless"
Denise Egan of N.Bellmore, New York

"Ten years later and I still wear your name on my wrist. Your death taught me quite a bit about life."
AB of Columbus, OH

A roommate a friend and a brother in Christ. Your contribution to life will never be forgotten. It is said " No greater love is there than one that would give up his life for his friends". Knowing you and who you are all I can say is job well done! You are missed"
Bruce of Spokane

"Jeff, you were a guy I could trust with my life, or I wouldn't have gone rock climbing with you. We had some great times together and I miss ya bud! Your love for the Lord was contagious to everyone around you, see ya on the other side!"
Jason of Spokane, Wa

"Jeff- I have no words. I wear your bracelet and tell people of you. A great man. I am a better man for knowing him."
Pete Borg of Spokane, WA.

"Sgt Shaver.. I just wanted to let you know that you are still very much missed. Its now coming on 9 years since you have been taken from us. My husband Michael E Campbell, Still thinks of that horrible day , He STILL suffers from SURVIVORS GUILT, I see the pain in his eyes every day,, more so on the day that you was taken, I know it still kills him that hes still here,, and the tears and the pain from loosing you among many others he had served with. May 12th.. is a sad ,, depressing day for Mike, That is also his deceased mothers birthday, I often wish I can just make that day disappear, just so I wont see Mike cry. Its still as if it happened yesterday, still fresh in Mikes eyes, I just want to let all of your family, friends,, fellow soldiers know that they are all still,,and will always be in our prayers. anyone who would like to get ahold of my husband,,please do.. I know he would like to talk to other soldiers,, even the family friends Of Jeffrey.. As the day gets closer,, I watch my husband,, watch his face,, watch the tears, see the pain,, Mike is still struggling with living..9 years later..Please feel free to contact Micheal E Campbell at 479 357 9758,, we now live in Arkansas,,and hes now officially retired from the military, and is now on 100% plus VA Disability,, He is NOT the same person anymore,, I'm hopeing others will make contact with my husband,, to let him know everythings going to be ok,,again,,my deepest prayers are with everyone,, The family,, friends,, fellow soldiers who knew and love Sgt Jeffrey R Shaver"
Mrs. Penny Campbell of Hackett,Arkansas U.S.A.

"SGT JEFFEREY SHAVER,, 1/161 Inf,, HHC,, my brother,,friend ,, Thanks to you ,,You helped me get back into the fight.Sorry it was you and not me,, If it could have waited 10-15 seconds more,,it would have been me instead of you.Wish you could have had the life i had,, a chance to raise your own kids,, living a happy life with a family of your own,,as you were engaged to be married,, It is now going 9 years,,and STILL today I fight to struggle with what happened that terrible night, I relive it every day,I lost a very special friend,I have buried alot of friends..since then.Alot of good soldiers from 161 Inf. and from other units.I will miss every one of you,,I will never forget that day as long as I live,,ALWAYS REMEMBER..WE LEAD THE WAY..So others dont have to.Until we meet again Doc,, Every May 12th,, is a bad day for me,,and I always look up at the sky thinking of you,,and how I wish it wasnt you,,It was a pleasure serving with you,, always,, PS,, to his family,,if you ever need to talk,,please feel free to email me at SoupboneCam@yahoo.com.."
SSG. Michael E Campbell (Retired) of Hackett,Arkansas USof A

"Still thinking about brother. I miss not seeing your smiling face when I get to the gym. Damn, I can't believe its been 8 years. I'll see you when I get there, Semper Fidelis"
Staff Sergeant Brandon Molett USMC of Nine Mile Falls, WA

"Rest in Peace Doc, you will never be forgotten. We'll meet again on Fiddlers Green."
SFC (Ret) Paul Blais of Spokane, WA

"You will always be remembered...8 years on...your memory and Christian witness are an inspiration to us all still. "So that others may live free..."
To your family: May God be with you and bless you this Memorial Day."
CPT Matt Shea of Spokane Valley, WA

"I just dropped by to say hello. 8 years, it hardly seems possible. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you. You touched so many lives, and I am grateful that I was one of them.`"
Justin of spokane, wa

"Jeff was an inspiration to all of us. He was a friend and a brother. I will always remember our short time together and cherish the memories. I think about him just about every day. I tell your story every time I speak to my soldiers and civilians about sacrifice, honor and brotherhood. God bless your family."
Doc C of Ft Bragg, NC

"SGT Shaver,
Thanks to how you lived and what you stood for has allowed me to train the next generation of Warriors of what it means to give all you have. I make it a point to tell your story to every group of Cadets I instruct days before they commission into the US Army from ROTC. Your life, accomplishments and sacrifice will live on. Until we meet again in Fiddler's Green....Peace."
CPT Clayton Colliton of Spokane, WA

"Hello Jeff, family, friends, brothers,

I cannot believe the time that has elapsed and the changes that have come about. One thing remains, the memory of you and the good you provided. For that I thank you. I stop by periodically, and now I visit with you and Kev; I avoid the "popular" days in order to share some quiet with you, and reflect. I know you keep an eye on the haps down here and am grateful for that. You and Kev are always in my thoughts. Wishing you well..."
MAJ Doug Baer of Snohomish, WA

"I can't believe that we are facing our Christmas 2011 without you and all the troups are coming home at last. Thanks for all the good thoughts and prayers because they really help."
Jane Shaver of Casa Grande Arizona

""Merry Christmas Jeff, thinking of you and your family at this joyous time of year. I send my heartfelt wishes to you all for a happy and peaceful season. Jeff, they are all coming home now from Iraq. I wish you were too, but that is a selfish wish because you are rejoicing with Jesus. Thoughts of your joyfulness and happy spirit warm my heart. Your friend,"
Dayna of Fall City WA

"Hey Man
I can't believe that it's been 7 years. There's not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I wish that I had been a better friend and brother to you. You were always willing to help others. You helped me in many ways.
Thank You So Much
Justin Maddox"
Justin "Mad Dog" Maddox of Spokane Valley, Wa

"Hey Jeff
Miss your smile greatly. Some how I get hurt every year! I miss you being there to patch me up and make me feel all better. You always brought something to the table. You will never be forgotten and will always be in my hart!"
SSG Hallberg JP of Kuwait

"My family will always keep you in our prayers."
CPT Joshua Shaver of Fort Riley, KS

"Jeff - Thought I would stop by to visit today, you have been on my mind often enough, but today especially. I read all the great things other Soldiers, family and friends had to say. A common theme was how gracious and warm you always were, which is true. Beyond that, the day I met you I knew you were going to be a superb Soldier, a brilliant leader and skilled medic. The other things that I was proud to learn about you is that you were a great husband, man of God, and friend. The news of your death saddened me, and I grieved in my own way. I hope that your family finds peace and I ask that you and the Lord watch over them."
MSG (Ret.) Robert Conrad of America the Beautiful

I'm glad I had a chance to serve with you. I remember when I finally figured out what it is you wanted from me. I'm not sure I ever achieved it but I never forgot your words that you like being the best. You lived up to it. You're missed. Your sacrifice has given me a different perspective on life and I'm a better person for have knowing you.
SPC Mickey Ekanger of Lakewood, WA

"I will never forget this day Jeff. Please watch over us from above. We miss you."
SGT Steven L Beach II of Spokane, WA

I remember when you first came to the Scout PLT to run with us as PVT Shaver, and instantly became one of the Scouts! Two hours sleep or no sleep you were there with your big smile and all. Your devotion to your brothers-in-arms made you someone that left a mark on many Soldiers and for that you are missed. For me you’re the first Medic that ensured I took an operational pause and checked everyone’s feet socks off and all, yes even mine the big old PSG. I respected and loved you for it to the point that I went back to the BAS that day and said don’t send us any new Medics, Doc Shaver is the one.

God bless you and rest easy, until you see your 161 Brothers again."
1SG (Ret) Jones of Indianapolis, IN

"7 years and I remember it like it was yesterday. God bless you SGT Shaver."
CPT Wade Aubin of Ghazni, Afghanistan

"Still think about you."
SSG Britt of Cincinnati, OH

"I can't believe it has been almost seven years Jeff. I miss you brother. I hope that your family has come to terms that you are at peace and will see them soon."
Sgt. Gardiner, Josh of Spokane Wa

We wil never forget! It has been 6 years and I think of you often and I know we will see you again when we are with the father."
Staff Sgt Meisner, Steven of Spokane WA

"Jeff - I am saddened to say that our beloved friend Kevin has gone up to heaven to be with you. Just over six years ago he shared that road-side bomb with you, Cpt. Chambers, and Cpt. Baer but truely I feel he died with you that day. It has been a rough go for him since and today Nov. 5th, 2010, the day after Kevin's untimely passing, I sit hear remembering you and what it was like to lose the closest thing I had to a brother. I know Kevin is finally resting and I pray you can take him in your arms up there and say "Welcome to Heaven Brother". Rest in peace Jeff. Rest in peace Kevin."
Christina Raschko of Spokane, WA

"We spoke before you left. We had the going away party for you at Fast Eddies. Remember, we were hoping we could meet up over there. If not, we would see each other when we came home. Thinking about you man...go easy bro."
Sgt. Brandon R. Molett USMC of Nine Mile Falls, WA USA

I stlil can hear your laugh in my head. I can't believe it has been so long already. How is heaven? I bet you are having a blast. Life hasn't been easy without you around, but we continue to rely on our faith to get us through. Miss and love you, my friend."
Bethany of Liberty Lake, Wa

"Wow, brother its been 5 years. I remember like it was yesterday. I have your picture with you and me in front of the aid station on my desk at home. That was the day you recruited us to "beautify" and "landscape" around the aid station. You were so crazy trying to get "yard of the week", ha ha ha. Well, I am almost done with my masters in social work and man, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I miss our enlightening talks before lights out and the laughs to go with it. Anyhoo, well just keep an eye on all of us, will yah, you never know when we'll need to see the helipad up there and need to know where we're going! Derrr...

Love Me!"
La Chulupa of Yakima, WA

"I was thinking of all the times we sat around and joked i was a bit sadden today but also happy i know ill meet up with you again some day."
steven meisner of spokane wa

"May 20, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Jeffrey R. Shaver:
Jeffrey gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Well brother, it's been 5 years since the members of Task Force 161 Infantry "Highlanders" lost a true friend and brother. You are truly missed.

Until we meet again on the other side."
First Sergeant Levery of Joint Base Balad, Iraq

"I knew Sgt Shaver, peripherally, in the months leading to the deployment and subsequent mobilization trainup. I saw him for the last time about three weeks before he was killed. My vehicle had been hit the night before by an IED, my driver had been treated that evening for some minor lacerations on his hands, and my boss demanded I go and get checked out. I was physically fine from the IED det, but parallel to this, I was experiencing a reaction to the insect spray we had bombed our room with. It seems that the Army issued bugkiller had caused me some swelling in a particularly sensitive region. Once at the Battalion Aid Station, I was attended to by a, younger and less experienced, medic , who upon listening to my chief complaint, asked Sgt Shaver to assist him in a diagnosis of my condition. Apologetically, Sgt Shaver asked to see the offending area, and, after I had “dropped trou” he took one look, stood up straight and said, “Wait just one minute please....” and off he went around the corner. He came back 3 seconds later with the Battalion PA in tow, and a digital camera....I heard him remark...”I’m NOT kidding Sir.” After the PA had a good look, and ordered the dispensation of steroids, Sgt Shaver asked “Do ya mind if I take a picture of...uhhh...you?” I told him he could, but that I wasn’t going to pose for him.

You're missed Jeff, and remembered often. We've re-deployed to Iraq again, to Joint Base Balad. The 1-161st BAS is named in your honor."
OB~1 of JBB, Iraq

"4 years and 7 months after you are gone and still not a day goes by without thinking of you. I remember two of my favorite days... Roped up climbing at Mt. Washington, you totally blowing Steve G. and my mind with your dyno moves, watching the sun go down and you saying lets just stay a bit longer. Then running down the mountain with our racks clanking in the dark to get out before the Rangers closed the gate. Other great memory... mtn biking at Lk. Sawyer "really, watch out". FUN. Miss you forever... Thank you for your service. I will never forget you. When Steve and I went to your service in Spokane it was POURING RAIN and my heart felt the same. Till we meet again... Your friend"
Dayna Rockett of Fall City WA USA

"Jeff I will never forget you. Some of my greatest memories in life have been of goofing off with you in Spokane. You were always there for me. Always full of joy and encouragement. I've never felt a loss as terrible as i did on the day I heard you were gone. I'm so proud of you and I pray you're one of the first to great me in heaven when I leave this earth!!!"
Trista Jackson of New ZEaland

"R.I.P. Sgt Shaver. You will not be forgotten! R.I.P. Thank you for sacrificing your life in the name of the U.S.A."
Tayor of Florida

"Hey Sarge -
Think of you often. Glad to have served under you though it took me time to figure you out.
You are missed by more than you know."

SPC Mickey C Ekanger of TF 1-161

"Jeff. I often look for you when I'm making coffee with my coffee press. Every morning at the B.A.S. in Bagdad I would look for you, holding your cup. I still have the press, and wish that you were here to give you some from it. That day is forever etched in my mind. I think though, that it's great to know that you're with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I was honored to sing "Amazing Grace" for you in Bagdad, perhaps we'll sing it together in the presence of our Lord. Till then.
Justin Maddox aka "Madog" combat medic"
justin Maddox of Spokane, Wa


It was so great knowing you. You have not been forgotten. I still think about you and our friendship."
Bethany of Spokane, WA- USA

"I stopped to see you the other day, sorry I couldnt stop crying. Your in good company surrounded by so many heros. We miss you, be our guardian angel as we prepare togo back to Iraq, take care"
161IN of WA

"Hi I am Hannah Brown from Maple Valley WA and we are doing biographies for school and we are having a published book made full of our biographies. I chose to do mine on Jeffrey Shaver. So if any one has any information that I could use in the biographey please let me know. I really want to honor him with making an amazing biographey but I need more information. So please email me at penguinpower13@hotmail.com Thankyou hope to here from any one soon."
Hannah Brown of Maple Valley, WA, USA

I will never forget that day. When I found your Kevlar and name band on the ground after the attack my heart sank. You were a friend and a patriot. I still remember dropping you off at your mom's on Thanksgiving just before we left. I am glad I got to know you better before and during our deployment. A fond memory will always be the time You, Dale, and I went to that hole in the wall pizza place in Olympia just before we left. I send my silent prayers to your family on a regular basis and pray that you are watching them from above. May God keep you safe, always and forever. Your memory will be with me for a lifetime. RIP Jeff."
Combat Medic, Candler of Pomeroy, Wa.

"Hello, my name is Hannah Brown. I am doing a biographey on Jeffrey shaver for school. We are making a published book full of 85 biographies. So if anyone could help me out by providing me with some information so I will be able to make the biographey as accurate and informal as possible. My email is penguinpower13@hotmail.com Thank you for your time."
Hannah Brown of Maple Valley, WA, USA

"SGT Shaver, it has been a while. I hope that you realize the impact you made on us all while you were here with us, and the impact you still have on our lives. You are truly a great man. You will live in my heart and my mind for as long as I have both."
Wade Aubin of Lago Vista, TX

"Even though it was two years ago I am sure it still feels like today for Sgt. Shaver's family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you and everyone who has lost a soldier. My brother is/was in his infantry and served in Iraq with him. He was so devastated to lose not only his comrade but also his buddy I will never forget the day he emailed us about the tragedy. There are no words to console your broken hearts, but know that he left an imprint of friendship and comradery in my brothers life that will never be forgotten. God bless you all."
Janelle Fegan of Spokane, WA USA

"To the family of:Jeffery R. Shaver 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"

Like you always said "It's Never Goodbye, It's see you later!!" Thank you so much for all that you did to fight for our Freedom!!! You will never be forgotten!! Your big bear hugs and even bigger smiles will be missed greatly!!"
Kelly of Spokane,Wa

"Shaver you meant alot to all of us scouts we will miss you dearly. I still remeber all the good times we had ."
steven meisner of spokane wa

Even as a medic, we all considered you a Scout. Have a beer and I'll tell you a story...
You were assigned to the Scouts for AT-00 and fit in from day one. You were also the medic from day one, always making sure we were hydrated and asking about blisters and such. During an extended R&R period, many us had taken our shirts off and were lounging around. You were running around with your pack handing out sunblock and telling us all to put our shirts back on so we wouldn't get burnt. Of course we all claimed that "I don't burn" and ignored you (Later that evening we were all asking you for lotion to ease our sunburn). As a joke, someone had called you over to "save" a small animal that had been accidentally run over by the vehicle when we parked. You rushed over there making us all think that you were actually going to attempt to save the little guy. You got down, examined him, and then stepped back and quickly pulled your pistol and simulated shooting him. As you pulled the trigger you stated "This patient won't make it." We all had a good laugh over that and hoped that you would at least open up your pack before trying to "save" one of us.
This is my best memory of you. Thanks.

BTW, you are an honorary Scout in the 1/161 Scout Platoon."
SSG Haag, Cavalry Scout PSG - 1/161 - OIF2 - of America the Beautiful

"Shaver, you raised the standard for all of us to follow. We are all better people because of our time that we were able to have with you. Thank you. The web is not big enough for all of the words I would like to have with you. The day you left we were still not talking, we were still holding a "I still dont feel like talking to you either grudge" well I have changed since then, man. I leave no words unsaid in all relationships that I carry today, when problems arrive I take care of it ASAP. I pray that someday we will speak again when my time has passed and I can finally ask you face to face for forgiveness. You are a great man and we appreciate your leadership in so many ways. You are neither forgotten nor gone, you are with us with everything we do. Thanks, bro."
Ballard of Spokane, WA

"SGT Shaver,
Thank you for watching over my Scouts and I throughout our duties in Iraq. You kept us safe and secure day after day, night after night, and mission after mission; ensuring our return home. You can roll with us any time. Stetson 01"
CPT Clayton T. Colliton of Spokane, Washington

"Sergeant Shaver,

Ever since the day of our convoy that we went on I remember us wrestling around 10 minutes before the incident. If my vehicle had not surprised the insurgent it would of been me instead of you. I live with that on a daily basis. I would of much rather it of been me then you because you had so much going in life and the loss of you makes the Army, The battalion of 1-161 Infantry, and the company of HHC 1-161 INF a worse place to be without your presence. I hope all is we'll Sergeant, and I apologize for not being able to spot the IED or perpetrator. You are truly missed,

Until we meet above,"
Corporal Steven L. Beach II, HHC 1-161 Infantry of Spokane, Washington, USA

""Memorial Day" 2006
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, IL

"Dear Jeff, it has been 2 years since you left us. It still seems like yesterday. We spent part of the day with your mom. we could all feel u around us. we miss you buddy and wiil always remember your smile and your faith in god and in man. thank you for being our friend we love you."
Art Molina of Yakima ,wa

"Jeff, I am so thankful that we became the friends that we did and shared so much together. Your picture hangs in our house and your memory in our lives. I know you're waiting for us all in Heaven with that big smile of yours. We miss you.

To Jane, Charity, and all of the family, our thoughts are with you and we think of you continually and hope to see you soon."
Steve & Mari Morgan of Spokane, WA

"Thank you to all who have given their prayers and support to our family as we deal with our loss of Jeff. You should know that we are thankful for our friends and family this Thanksgiving Day, 2005. God Bless You!"
Jane Shaver of Olympia, WA

"To the Family of Jeffrey R. Shaver:
Today I received my heroes bracelet in the mail and Sgt Jeffrey R. Shaver was the name from Maple Valley, WA. I shall wear it with pride and will be grateful for Jeff's sacrifice, I shall NOT FORGET!! My son was KIA 8-31-03 in Afghanistan, Adam Lee Thomas, Army
Thank you again family, and Jeff.
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, ILLINOIS

"Dear Family,

In Washington it is now the 1st anniversary of Jeff going home. I hope this day will bring tender mercies for all those who knew and loved Jeff. As long as I have my wits, I will never forget his sacrifice. God bless you and comfort you in a special way today."
De'on Miller, Proud Mom of L.Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington, NM, USA

I got your e-mail address wrong. Please send to me at nkelley@sparta.com"
Nancy Kelley of Falls Church, VA

"May God be with you!"
Diane of Spokane Wa

"Now that we have survived a Birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the beginning of a New year without you, all that is left is a void and a life that must be lived. All that is looked forword to is seeing you again in heaven. Sometimes I think I would give up the freedom just to have you back, but I know that is exactlly what you fought so hard for. So now that I have come to some sense of acceptance of your death, it is only because you saw beyond yourself and laid down your life for the good of humanity that we can live free to choose our life's path. Still I miss you so much. At the same time to have known you makes me so proud, and I will be forever greatful and strive to be the person you will welcome in heaven. To those that have served with you, an angel watches over you making sure you make it home safe, you are his legacy. Carry on, be brave, and live a life Jeffrey Ross Shaver would be proud of. I thank you from the depths of my heart and soul."
Your dear friend AS of Issaquah,WA

"P.S. That day sucked"

"Sgt. Shaver,
While I never had the honor of meeting you, I wanted to give my heart felt thanks to you and your family. Because of you and your service me and my family can continue to live as Americans, on this piece of land that you and your fellow soldiers fight so hard for."
Kody of spokane washington

"I had the honor to serve with Sgt. Shaver. He had seen me on several occasions and helped me tremendously. A professional soldier, a combat medic, and a loyal comrade to all in need. A great loss for us all."
Spc. Rapp, Shaun S. of spokane washington

"Jane, Jennifer, Sakura and Charity,

God only knows how much I miss Jeff and I wish we would have had more time together...I know each one of you has experienced a loss more profound than any I can ever imagine. Jeff was a good friend, a brother and a most excellent disciple of God. I know that he is in heaven right now and the best thing about that is, he will be waiting for us with his arms wide open and a smile on his face and I am willing to bet he will have a wonderful welcome such as "What took you so long?" He is missed and will always be remembered in my heart and my family.

Love You Guys,"
Lt. Jim Graham POCFD #3 of Newport, WA

"I came across your site during my geneaology research. As I began reading, I found I couldn't stop. Nor could I stop the tears. Please know that our prayers, thoughts & hearts are with you."
T.White of Montgomery, Texas, USA

"Not one day has gone by that I don't look up and feel you shining down on me from heaven, and Thank God for that because I miss you so much... sometimes I can barely breathe. I don't scream WHY any more, there's no answer. I just hope for you there is peace."

"To the family and friends of Jeff Shaver: Thank you for your loved one's bravery, his healing hands, his strong spirit, and for HIS FIGHT for MY FREEDOM. I pray a time of mourning for you all--that all you come in contact with will respect your pain, be tender with their attitude toward you all. I pray that your memories and your faith will lighten your load, and that joy and light will manifest through, push through, your pain and the shadows of your loss. I am so sorry. While we only begin to understand sacrifice, we can rest assured, that Jeff, like my son, Aaron, truly, understand Freedom. God's Blessings on all that you hold dear."
De'on Miller-Proud Mother of Lance Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA, Fallujah, Iraq, April 26, 2004 of Lovington, NM USA

"Shaver family, you are in all our hearts and prayers. Know that Jeff's sacrifice was not in vain. Everday I fly a flag with his name on it over Iraq. His memory and honor lives on!"
SSgt Seth Battista of Deployed overseas

"To the Family of Jeff",
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so saddened by your loss of such a special young man.
I only knew Jeff for a brief time--he shared in my birthday celebration and we shared a kinship in our passion of the medical field.
I believe Jeff was the epitome of the "ripple effect". I'm sure he touched more lives, in a positive way, than anyone will ever know. I pray these thoughts, and Jeff's belief and love of the Lord will bring you comfort in you sorrow."
Ingrid in Issaquah,Wa.

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

"Dear Shaver Family,

I know Jeff as a brother in Christ. We attended Life Center together and were room mates at the house on Illinois with about four other guys. I remember worshiping with him at Frontline, our college group...
I am so saddened by your loss and yet rejoice in the hope he has attained - to be with King Jesus in heaven, and to be ushered there in such a glorious way! In John 15:13 Jesus says:

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay his life down for his friends."

Jeff lived and died with honor, and I have such a profound sense of respect for what God has done through him, and even now, still is. I examine my own life as I write this, with the desire to be a shining example of God's grace, as demonstrated through Jeff.

I am presently deeply comforted by remembering my brother Jeff's smile, so warm and joyful. What a blessing to see God's handiwork! I thank God I know Jeff, and may God's name be praised, even as He grants you peace, as your hearts and minds are guarded in Christ Jesus. To Him be the glory!"
Martin Tuinzing of Houston, Texas

"I wish the world would just stop. Jeff is gone. The magnitude of this loss can not be measured.
To his family, he was a shining example for humanity, a true role model who lived, loved, and gave of himself completely. For the man that he became...Thank You. I feel so blessed to have known him.
Although sorrow and emptiness reign, with time our memories will help our hearts find peace. I will continue to pray for you to find strength and comfort someday. For his next mission only the strongest and bravest can be called up.

Sgt. Jeffrey R. Shaver, for the world you are a hero and now you are for heaven. I will miss you forever."
A. Stephan of Issaquah, Washington

"To Jeffrey's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F Smith of Pennsylvania

"Now that all we looked forward too is gone
At times it's hard to find strength to go on

Heaven took you much to soon
But no more war and flowers bloom

The lives you touched are better for it
For the sacrifice you made we will never forget

Fly as an angel eternally
I love you."
Angela of Issaquah, WA.

"Dear Jeff,

I must say, I feel very blessed that God has brought you into my life. Within the last year that I have known you, you have brought happy and joyous times into my life, as well as many others. Thank you! Your warm and loving personality made every single person you met, feel like MILLIONS!!! You were blessed with a very special trait. Thank you!!!

May your Family, Charity, Friends, and the many soldiers that believed in you, find comfort in the Lord’s arms during their times of grief.

Many say time heals all pain, but time is what took you away from us. Please, give the love of my life a big hug and kiss for me when you see him. Tell him I miss him!! Watch over everyone we love. You are dearly missed by everyone!! I will see you when I get there!!"
Tammy Glasser of Spokane, WA

"There is a huge hole left in the Battalion since your life was taken away from us that can never again be filled. Those of us still here will never forget the sacrifices that you made, not only for the U.S., but for Iraq. You are truly missed. The first one's for you brother....."
Fellow Medic of Baghdad, Iraq

"Dear Jeff,

You always had a smile on your face. No matter what you were doing, your attitude was positive. Thank you for your sincere friendship and for the love and devotion you showed Charity. You blessed me in so many ways. As much as I grieve our loss, I thank you for paying the ultimate price so that we can be free and safe. Your devotion to God touched lives and I thank Jesus that you are with him now. Enjoy those streets of gold!!! We all love you!!

To the wonderful people who wrote encouragement to Jeff's family, thank you! Your sincere words mean the world!!

To God, please keep the rest of my friends in Iraq safe."
Rebekah Borges of Spokane, WA

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

"Dear Shaver Family, My heart aches for you. My nephew, Pfc Bradley Kritzer, was killed the same way May 5th. Many prayers for you."
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

"Dear Jeffrey,
Thank you for being so brave by serving our great country. Many people have opposed this war, but one thing remains clear- Terror must be shown a clenched fist when it threatens our security. By volunteering to fight evil in this world, you are now a great hero. For you went above and beyond what is required of everyday citizens. You are a symbol of what is right and what must be done in order to preserve freedom throughout our world. Terrorists must always be mindful of our firm stance and our compltete and total resolution to fight them, no matter what the circumstance. Thank you Jeffrey, you are a true hero."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"To Jeffrey's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Jeffrey'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 his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"God Bless you Jeffrey. You have given great courage and strength as a solider and a American Hero. I pray for your family and my husband who is in Iraq fighting for our freedom now. You are a freedom fighter and may god give you eternal bliss."
Cara and Sgt. Chevis Musselman of Lakecity Florida/ Iraq

"Thank you Jeffrey Shaver, 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. Jeffrey Shaver:
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 Jeffrey 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. Jeffrey Shaver:
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 Jeffrey, 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