Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Jason E. Smith

21, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Smith died as result of hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on December 31, 2004.

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"It's been 19 years. 19 goddamn years. I still can't help but think, it honestly and genuinely should have been me. Maybe one day it will get easier. I think of all the good times we had, and I strangely didn't recall at all going to the hospital until I read Jeff's message. Fell off the wall locker. Good times, though the build up was the best part. A million funny stories with you buddy, all just old memories. The fates are cruel, deciding who stays and who goes. You, Blake, Kyle, Holder, Miller, Downey, so many others we knew. It's not fair, to anyone. I want you and everyone up there to know, I haven't always been the best person, but I am trying really damn hard to be better. With all of my heart and soul I am because I have to. Otherwise, what does it even mean? What the hell was any of it for? Maybe one day I'll see you again somewhere. Even death won't take my memories of you and all our LAR brethren away from me. Missing u, brother."

"Hey Jason, I'm sure you know already but I've been dating your little brother Josh for 3 years now. Your family is so loving and warm. Josh wants to follow in your footsteps and join the military, he wants to help the innocent people of these countries as you did. He is so brave, and from what your mom tells me a lot like you. I never did get the opportunity to meet you, and I am saddened by this everyday. Please uplift your parents and brothers this holiday season as their hearts are very heavy as the ten year anniversary of your death gets closer. Got bless you Jason, thank you so much for your sacrifice. Love you and miss you, I'll meet you someday"
Taylor of Prescott Valley, AZ

"Hey brother,
Its been a long time. I still remember the night Iggy told me what happened.Not a day goes by I don't think about you and all the fun we had in boot camp and MCT.Till that day."
Doug Schmachtenberger of Malibu, Ca

Just thinking of you a lot lately. I can't believe it's been over 9 years. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss those days of messin around in the barracks... Remember the time you put bobby in the hospital on accident because he tried to scare you?! Man that was hillarious. I miss you man. Carlie company war pigs forever..."
Cpl. Jeff Hansen of Morris, Il

"Remembering you today Jason. I keep you picture on my desk as a reminder of what courage and sacrifice really means as you epitomized both."
R Roveccio of Phoenix, AZ

"Hello, This is Glenn Smith, Jason's father. It is awesome to be able to read all the messages and memories. I especially would like to thank all his new and long lasting friends that he made while in the Marines. You are welcome to email me at ghsmith123@hotmail.com with any comments and memories of him. God Bless each of you."
Glenn Smith of Mayer, AZ

"5 years ago this evening, my patrol came upon the scene where you met your fate. we escorted you and your platoon to the nearest base and you rode along in my humvee...i think of you every new year's, although i never bothered looking you up who you were till this evening. semper fi, i'll be thinking of you again this year. hope your family and friends are doing well. things are much better in that place these days. you made a difference."
jared of edwardsville, IL

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA


I cant began to explain how much I and all the rest of the Jammers miss you. We had our yearly Christmas get together and you & your Family were in all of our thoughts and prayers. You are a true HERO and FRIEND and (Jammer 99) will never be forgotten."
Jeremy of Phoenix, AZ

"December 21, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Jason E. Smith:
Jason gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Jason, it sure has been a while brother and I am not sure where to begin. I am so proud to have had the privlige to know you. What an honor. I carry you and the others every where I go and will never forget the good times we shared. You are, and always will be my brother. I know some day we will guard those pearly gates together, until then your memory and sacrafice live on."
Pauly of Tucson, Az

It was a pleasure to serve with you. I had a son born on your 2yr death anniversary. I gave him your name "middle name is Jason." Man I miss you and will always remember you. Me and Nick "Doc Nav" take a shot every New Years Eve for you no matter where we are. We always throw one back for "Baby Legs." I will never forget that goofy baby legs dance you would do in Iraq when I was having a bad day. I will never ever forget you. You are with me daily sorry you had to go soo soon. We shall be together again."
Cederick Victor "Doc Vic" of Murrieta, Ca

andrea fischer of Phoenix, Arizona

There aren't words to descib what i felt the day i got the news that you passed on. To think we had talked the night before and i didn't tell you what a great guy you were and what you meant to me and my family. Glenn and Jodi you two were like my second family and i will always remember you. Kyle and Josh i didn't have any little brothers but you two fit the bill. Jason we had some good times and i look forward to seeing you again. Love you man."
Ryan of Phoenix, AZ

There aren't words to descib what i felt the day i got the news that you passed on. To think we had talked the night before and i didn't tell you what a great guy you were and what you meant to me and my family. Glenn and Jodi you two were like my second family and i will always remember you. Kyle and Josh i didn't have any little brothers but you two fit the bill. Jason we had some good times and i look forward to seeing you again. Love you man."
Ryan of Phoenix, AZ

"To the family of Jason Smith.
May he be in joy with God. When I first got to Charlie Company he helped brake me out of my shell. He was the best man I have ever met and will ever meet. I've never been around someone like him I looked up to him as an older brother and a mentor. The day he died I never felt pain like that but that was me being self centered he was too good for this world God called him up to a better place to ecscape war, pain, sadness, and the everyday worries of this world. If it wasn't for Jason I wouldn't be saved today. In the life I live today I try to emulate the life that Jason would have lived. I know if it was God's will for him to carry on in life he would have made a tremendous impact on everybodies life especially mine. In the short time that I knew your son he made an impact on my life that a few years ago would have been unimagianable. He was a very compassionate person and all around awesome guy. I just wish the world had alot more Jason Smiths in it. I am still to this day impacted by that man. I am thankfull to the good lord that I was sent in the path I was sent. The reason being it led me to meet Jason Smith. As parents of this outstanding man you sould be proad to have raised a son like him. I would just like to say
Austin Pangle of Indianapolis, IN

"Dear Jason E. Smith's Mom and his family,
I am a Chinese mom and a born-again Christian, I absolutely understand your feelings. because, I am also strongly missing my son -John Gao, a teenage Christian who laid down his own 15.6 year life for his classmates two year ago in the Atlantic Beach Currents.
But, we should have steadfast faith that our dear sons never "dead" to let us lose them. they just rest in the Lord' Arms due to their sacrifice for others (“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13 “) and their faith in the Lord during their lives in this world . we will reunite with them someday in Eternal Kingdom by the Lord Faithful Promise, let's expect that day joyfully and peacefully. Amen !

May the peace, joy from the Lord be with you and your family !

Grace, Mei of Flushing, NY/US

"SSG. Shamus Goare Our Family misses you dearly and thinks about you everyday and wish you were still with us, even though you are with us in are hearts and prayers,we miss you a lot, love you"
Alisha Totman of Mt. Vernon,OH U.S.A

"Sgt. Ben Laymon we all miss you so much and theirs not a day that goes by that i dont think of you....i know you are watching over all of us, and i try to visit your graveside everyweek and i just put up a angel.......love ya lots and sadly missed"
Alisha Totman of Mt. Vernon,OH U.S.A

Its been awhile man but don't think anyone has forgotten about you. I am proud as hell to have known you and worked with you. The only two other marines that came out to see us off to iraq before you guys left.... you and greg and you were worried about me. as bobby said all of us will never forget you. you are the role model of marines, who everyone wants to work for them and be lead by them. you helped me more than you ever know. so thank you my brother.
To all the family and friends, i am deeply sorry for your loss of jason but know this he never complained about anything he had to do and always did everything he could to help others out. you should be very proud of the man you raised! he will forever be remembered by the ones he crossed paths with."
Sgt Vital, Marc w of 1st LAR and now Phoenix

"words can not express something like this. the empty feeling we all feel inside, so im not even gonna try. instead i try to think of all the fun me and you had buddy. rockin out to afi all the way to pheonix. when you stopped at a gas station just so you could get two straws, so you can act like you were playin the drums. watchin luck eat the pizza. me wakin you up all the time by tappin you on the head. and that last phone call that i had with you on christmas eve when we planned out everything for when you got back. we all think of you smitty, all the time. you are a hero in all of our hearts, please watch over your family and know that well see eachother once again."
mike of camp pendleton

"Sgt. Ben Laymon was my best friend. I still cant belive that hes gone. I know he is always watching over me. and I have always loved him like a brother. Ben is my hero he has done so much for his country and im so proud of him.~ Jess"
Jess Frazee of columbus, OH US

"Jason: Words cant explain how I felt when I had heard the news. I had just recieved a letter from you the day before and didnt want to believe that you were really gone. It had seemed that all our plans of being together were just torn to pieces. A part of my heart had also been ripped away that ill never get back. I will never forget the way your eyes could melt my heart or the way you could comfort me with just the sound of your voice. You believed in me more than anyone ever has... and for that I Thank you! The passion that we had between us will live on. You will always be in my Heart my prayers and my Dreams. Not a day goes by that I don't miss you or think about you... but I have faith and I know in my heart that we will be reunited sometime soon. I love you Jason! Always have and Always will. XOXO R.I.P Sweetheart

Jodi: It is a blessing from God and Jason for allowing us to get to know each other over the past year. You have told me so many things about Jason that mean so much to me that I'll never forget. I love sharing stories and spending time with you. You are a wonderful mother and a strong woman. I'm here if you ever need anything at all. Love you, Sammie"
Samantha Wooldridge of Phoenix, Arizona

"I am in 5th grade and i have braclet of you and i wear it all the time. I just want to thank you for supporting our country. Thank you very very much."
Keith of Reading, PA

"To my love,
To this day i still can not understand why you were taken from me and everyone that loved you. It seems unreal and yet i see you everyday..in my dreams and in the memories that you and i had made over the year that we were together. You showed me so much about life and love. I never thought that i could have ever loved someone as much as i love you. We had a connection that no one else could understand and people search their whole lives for the kind of love that we found at 20. I love you "cookie monster" with all my heart and more and remember that i'm thinking about you every second. And thank you for all that you have given me, you truly are my soulmate. I can't wait to be in your arms again. I love you babes.

Jodie and Glenn
I cant tell you how much it hurts to see you in so much pain. This is something that no parent should have to go through...ever. I can't tell you how many times Jason told me how lucky he was to have you two has parents. He loved you more than i could ever explain. And thank you Jodie for being there for me and helping me i truly do appreciate it. I love you guys very much and i cant wait to see the new house!!

Kyle and Josh,
As Jason would say "I cant tell you how great i have it to have such awesome brothers in my life" Jason looked up to you Kyle in so many ways that i dont have enough space to write them all. He loved your drive for life and loved that you never let anything get in your way of your goals. Josh, boy let me tell you that Jason just thought the world of you and loved coming home and playing video games with you. It was the highlight of his trips home. Dont ever give up on your dreams and i hope that you stick with baseball, cause i know that you will do great things with it. Just remember that Jason loved you too so much and he is so proud of you."
Brittney of Scottsdale, AZ

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Jason Edward Smith, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planated a daffodil for you Jason, along with 49 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"To the family of:Jason E. Smith 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

"Jason, when i think back to the memories made between me, you, and Ryan I can not help but smile. Thank you so much for all that you have given, im inspired. Till we meet again I will be remembering, and humming "pop a top""
Michael Mills of Phoenix, Az

"He was is and always will the one of the best of all i knew and know. He will not be missed as he shall never
be forgotten. he is what most should aspire to be."
Cpl Munoz, Marcus L. of Camp Pendleton/ Phoenix Az

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

"Jason was a great person, teammate, and close friend. Everyone who knew him remembers how easy it was to smile once you saw the face of Jason. He was an outstanding baseball player who I looked up to for advice on and off the field. We had some great times. I will have his smile and laugh in my mind forever and I hope everyone keeps it with them as well. Much Love Jason. “Cheap Seats!!”"
Jimmy of Phoenix, Arizona

"Jason was a good friend. He will be missed by everyone that ever got to meet him. The kindest and friendliest person you ever knew. To everyone from the neighborhood keep your head up he is with you. My deepest apologies to his parents and brothers."
David of Phoenix, Az

"Jason was my best friend from 4th grade until now. I will never know anyone like him. He was more than my friend, he was my brother. For years, we were together all the time. He even lived with me for a while. It seemed like no matter what, whereever he was, I was with him and whereever I was, he was with me. We went so many places, did so many things together. I'll never be able to accept the fact that I'm never gonna see my best friend again. I know he'll always be with me though. I love you "brotha man". There's not a day that goes by I don't think about you and that will never change."
Jeff Haines of Phoenix, AZ

"Jason was one of my best friends in 4th grade. Our families carpooled together everyday to school and back. Last time I saw him was when we took the SAT's together. I always remembered him as a good friend. God blessed his life, and now Jason gets to be in His presence. He will be greatly missed."
Hallie Culiver of Malibu, CA

"To Jason'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 soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, Texas

"Jason is one of the most faithful and cherished friends I have. All of the amazing words shared here are a mirror of the beautiful Man that he is. Thank you so much to his family for giving us all a friend like Jason. Jason was a close reminder to me on how much and hard Americas Brave Heros need to be in everyone's prayers along with their strong families. God sure picked a heck of an Angel to look after all of us....I love you always Jason..my Hero."
Brittany K of Albany, WI


"To the family and friends of Jason Smith. Jason and I both joined the marine corps on sept 23 2002, and were great friends as soon as we met. I constantly have memories of Jason running through my head. We did a lot of crazy stuff, and lived life for the moment. When I think of Jason all I can do is smile. He was the best friend anyone could ever ask for. It was an honor to know Jason! Also, since we we're supposed to get out of the marine corps on the same day we were looking forward to celebrating together, and we still will. I know your looking over all of us, and you know your name will always live on through your friends at 1st LAR."
Cpl Luck, Tony of Camp pendleton

"I grew up with Jason, we were neighbors for at least 12 years. I remember playing baseball, football, tag and other games with Jason and the other neighborhood kids.While I didn't know Jason extremely well, I do know that he was a great guy. To Glenn,Jodi,Kyle, and Joshua I am truly sorry for your loss . But I know that Jason is in the heavens with the Lord and that we will all see him again soon. He will always be remembered as a hero and I am honored to have known such a brave young man.God bless you all."
Amaris of Phoenix, AZ

you were and always will be one of my best friends. i never thought i would actually meet someone in the marines who i thought should have been my best friend since the day i was born. nothing is going to be the same without you. me jon danny marc and everyone else will always be thinking of you and we cant wait to see you again. go with god my friend.
to mister and misses smith,
i am so sorry for the loss of your son. he was probably the best person in the company im sure the battalion too. i know hes watching down on all of us.
stay strong brittany
i love you man"
bobby of san bruno, ca currently in iraq

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

"I knew Jason very well and I will never again know anybody like him. Jodi, Glenn, Kyle, and Josh- I have no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Jason loved all of you so much. If there is anything I can do just let me know.I have so many beatiful memories with your family that I will forever hold deep in my heart.Thank you for everything. Thank you for Jason. I love you guys.
To all of his friends- I know we will all be here for eachother to lean on. Its never easy to lose a friend like Jason. We all have so many memories that we can thank him for and remember for a liftime.
To Jason- There are many things that should have been said long ago. Im so sorry they weren't. Thank you for everything. The time that we shared together and the memories you have given me can never be replaced. Thank you for fighting for all of us back here. You are so brave. You will always be a part of my life and I will think of you everyday and pray for you every night. Youre awesome. I love you Jason."
Danielle of Phoenix, Az

"Jodi, I read 2 articles about your son as well as your poem to him. In teaching a lesson at Good News Club this Friday, 1/14/05 in a school that feeds into NCHS, I plan on sharing with the 70+ kids your son's story as an example of "longsuffering" to parallel the Bible story regarding Joseph. God will use you and your son to bring others closer to Him."
Cathy Trimble of Phoenix, AZ

"To the Friends and Family of LCpl Jason Smith, 1st LAR

Honor, courage, committment. He lived it. God bless you."
Father of a Marine Grunt, OIF II of Gilbert, AZ

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Jason E. Smith,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA


"To Jason'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

"Thank you Jason for defending the freedoms we all cherish. You are our hero and will be thought of each day we raise our flag. Semper Fi young Marine and God grant your loved ones peace at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Jason Smith, 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 Lance Cpl. Jason Smith:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Jason for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Jason Smith:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Jason, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

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