Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Jacob D. Spann

21, of Columbus, Ohio.
Spann died from wounds sustained as a result of an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Hit, Iraq. He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on February 6, 2006.

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"We will never forget you you are always in are hearts 💕🙏🙏."
Brody of Delaware city

10th year memoriam
To Jake's family, friends and loved ones:
Jacob Daniel Spann, a truly good friend and an even greater man whom stayed faithfully committed all the way thru the very bitter end. Gallantly met a Hero's demise and gracefully received an Honorable Warriors end. Birthed into this life a Warrior of God, grew into a Westerville North Warrior and ultimately crucibled into a USMC Warrior of the broken mold kind. He was always prepared and forever destined to meet the world on the stage in the hemisphere of adversity never lessened. When his time came and the spotlight was rather piercingly shown, he never once backed down, stumbled, mumbled or ever groaned. He just easily stared "It" right in "Its" face, asked for more and then beat "It" back with the ferocity of a lion, the mentality of selflessness and with the spirit of God. No matter how many times the Devil screamed, forced, prodded, pried or tried, he never flinched, nor gave a single inch of the battle line or ever cried. His epitaph should read, "Here lies a Hero whom paid the ultimate price, that of Courage under fire; with the conviction of God, Country and Family always before self". He is the epitome of the virtues of a Hero and Saint; that of Eternal Commitment, Loyalty, Courage, Brotherhood, Discipline, Resolve, Love, and Faith at the levels of Valor. Jacob more than excelled in the arenas of Bravery, Heart, Transcendence and Honor. And whom laid it All on the line for his never thought twice, cost of his mortal life. Jake always lived and gave nothing less than all in, balls to the wall, gung-ho and alive as if he already knew he would only have a short time on this earth; but more importantly than all he definitely and ultimately lived Semper Fi 'till I Die. He did it all with his identity, creed and utmost respect entirely intact. But, here we neither weep, resent, nor fear because fear not we all already know that Our Son, Our Brother, Our Grandson, Our Uncle, Our Nephew, Our Cousin, Our Brother in Arms, Our Whomever to be, Our Friend, Our Strength and Our Beacon is not sleeping but, rather he is resting and waiting in the End Eternal. Always watching over us, guiding us, protecting us, keeping us and waiting patiently untill the last grain of sand in the hour glass of time when we will all be seen meeting in the Eternal embrace, no longer dreams trying to chase, nor hearts forever more having to yearn and ache. Where he will meet us after the bridge of forever & beyond at St. Peter's Pearly Gates. He will be there welcoming us all to life everlasting, where there will not be any more tears shed or fighting to get out of our heads. It's forever long to us, but only in an instant to You. We will all be there soon, so watch adamantly and knowingly at that connecting door My Brother & My Friend. Call it Heaven, the Kingdom, Eternity, Elysium or Valhalla, be it to Blue Bayou or across the Rainbow Bridge into Asgard into the Hall of the Warriors slain, be it to Shangri-La, Nirvana or even to Catharsis. We need not Valkyries' to guide nor collect, nor Ferry-Man wages to pay. We require just your guiding word and helping hand from Up-High. So, rest up My Brother & My Friend, cause when we do and we will all meet again; on the Street where All of the Angels & Saints meet, where time nor misery will ever again hinder or deny. That of the Everlasting peace that belies. Until then, my salutations, wishes, admirations and All Due Respect to A, My, Great Friend and even more Hell of a Marine & Man; All Gave Some but You Infinitely Gave All!! We all love and miss you Jake, but we live on knowing, grasping at and believing in the Promised Glory of the Eternal Promised Land that we will all see and moreover embrace you again and by the way please say hi to Ricky My Friend!

In Loving Memory of the Fallen & Dearly Beloved,
Rest In Peace in the arms of our Lord Christ,

PFC Jacob Daniel Spann
22nd MEU
09/06/1984 - 02/06/2006

P.S. To the other two fallen Marines' families: I never met your sons, but I my pay respect, tribute & honor to them and you all. For they both paid the ultimate price of selflessness and mortal life for our nation's secure blanket that we sleep under at night. My deepest condolences go out to you all
in this 10th year memorial of their passing. I pray for your families, friends, loved ones and their brothers in arms that you all may find comfort and peace in God.
Sincerely, S.J.B."
Steven J. Bird of Columbus, Ohio

"I'll never forget you brother. Still remember all the times in SOI and later when we went to 1stbn 2nd mar. You and the Spann family are in my thoughts. If any of the Spann family would like to contact me my email is ryanross0331@yahoo.com"
Ryan Ross of Lansing,NY

"To the family of PFC Jacob Spann, I never had the honor of meeting Jake, I only know him as my brother served with him. Eventhough time has moved on, I want you to know Jake is thought of every day, not just by those who served with him & knew him as their brother, but by those who never had the chance to thank him for looking after our loved ones when we couldn't. My family owes more to Jake than you will ever know. I'd like to thank you for raising such a fantastic young man, I'm honored my brother had the chance to serve with him & know him well enough to call him a friend. Never forgotten...."
Beth Huff of Ny

"Dear Jacob, It is Memorial Day 2011 and It has been a little over 6 years since you left my son and the rest of your Marine Brothers, Family and Friends. You are greatly missed and your name is forever etched into our hearts. We still think of you. RIP and watch over us all. Thanks for your service."
Mary Folds of Polk City, FL

"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 Gahanna, OH / USA

"To fallen hero’s let us sing

Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing

Our broken brothers let us bring

To the Mansions of the Lord

No more bleeding, no more fight

No prayers pleading through the night

Just divine embrace, eternal light

In the Mansions of the Lord.

Where no mothers cry and no children weep

We will stand and guard though the angels sleep

And through the ages safely keep

The Mansions of the Lord."
KR of Dublin, Ohio

"February 5, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Jacob D. Spann:
Jacob 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

"It was an honor to be able to serve with you. You were a great friend and an outstanding marine. I think about you often and all the times we've had together. I miss you man and ill see you again one day. God bless you and Semper Fi. To the Spann family: I served as a machinegunner with Jacob in 1/2 Charlie Company Weapons Platoon, and i would like to visit his gravesite soon so if you would please email me information on where it is at rdvaughan0331@yahoo.com thank you so much and take care."
Cpl Rusty Vaughan of Dinwiddie, Va

"jacob, i saw your memorial on my neighbor's truck as i was out for a walk the other day. i froze. i am filled with pride for what you sacrificed for our country; and, grief stricken for those you left behind. you see, i remember the day when my sister called me when the marines arrived at her door, in their dress blues, on 11/14/2005 to tell her that her husband had been killed in action. there is no greater man than he that lays down his life for another. god bless you! dlmxyz@yahoo.com"
daryl miller of reynoldsburg, oh, usa

"We miss you brother! you are never forgotten though..."
Cpl Cecil Thayer

"Jacob, I don't know who you are or what you look like; that doesn't matter. What matters is that you are a hero. It has nothing to do with the fact that you died. You would be a hero if you survived that attack. It is your sacrifice that enables me to live as a free American. I don't know you. but I love you, with all my heart, and I'm sure God does too."
Nathan of San Diego ,CA

"To the family of:Jacob D. Spann 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"

"We think of you everyday and are missing you."
Jessica Spann of Westerville, Ohio

I would like to say thank you to you and the other two Marines who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrfice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I remember Spann from my Platoon at Parris Island. I was a squad leader and Spann was in my squad as well. I remember Spann as a well disciplined, strong, stubborn Marine. He will be missed and it shakes me to have just found out about his sacrafice."
PFC. John E. Williams of Clearwater, Fl

"Thank-you Jacob for being a man of honor, courage and integrity. My son
LCPL Folds was part of the 22 MEU.
We will never foget you. You will always be in our hearts.I pray that God helps bring comfort to your family.
And let them know that your Marine family will remember them in our prayers."
Mary Folds of Polk City, FL

"I was in the same platoon as spann in bootcamp. He was a leader then and was a leader before he died. He was also a great friend and fellow marine, I learned of this loss from another boot camp friend who i met again where I am stationed in okinawa. our thoughts and prayers our with your family, we love you."
LCpl Monhollen of Okinawa, Japan

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

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

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

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Jacob Spann:
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 Jacob, 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