Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jeffrey M. Wershow

22, of Gainesville, Florida.
Wershow was conducting military operations when he was shot and killed in Baghdad, Iraq. Wershow was assigned to the 2-124th Infantry, 1st Armored Division, Orlando, Florida. Died on July 6, 2003.

As the family of Specialist Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, Florida Army National Guard, who lost his life on July 6, 2003 in service to his country and the people of Iraq, we are overjoyed that Saddam Hussein has been captured alive. We look forward to the time when Saddam will face the citizens of the world in a court of law which will try him for the heinous crimes he has committed. The capture of this evil killer will ensure that the Iraqi people may begin the process of living in a country which will eventually be free of the remnants of Saddam loyalists and the foreign terrorists who have infiltrated it. Our hopes and prayers are with the good people of Iraq who deserve this long sought freedom and liberation from one of the most evil and brutal, psychopathic murderers in the history of the world. More importantly, we extend our congratulations to the military personnel in Iraq and their families here who have endured many perils and hardships to accomplish this feat. We wish the soldiers continued safety, and look forward to welcoming them home to America. Our gratitude also extends to all those who have died in Iraq to make Saddam's capture possible.

Anne Marie Mattison and Billy Brame
Jonathan F. Wershow and Pam Schneider
Daniel Wershow
Samantha Schneider
Joanna Schneider

December 14, 2003

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"Thinking about you today brother."
Karg of AZ

"Never forgotten my brother. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Ronnie Wray

"Another Memorial Day spent sharing stories about you and your service. Thank you brother for paying the ultimate sacrifice."
Ronnie Wray of Collinsville, Virginia

"Another Memorial Day passing brother but you are never forgotten."
Ronnie Wray of Collinsville, VA

"Thinking of you today! Prayers to your family!"
Sgt. Ryan of Nebraska

"Thinking of your sacrifice this Memorial Day brother. Thank you for sacrifice. AATW"
Ronnie Wray of Collinsville, VA

"With Memorial day coming up this weekend,I look back at the ones I lost and wish they were here so I could talk to them one last time or laugh with them again. I lost 3 friends on deployments and another 2 I never had the chance to meet. You were one of them. I never got the chance to meet you but you are forever with me. I never got the chance to know you, but you are a part of me forever. That day I first saw you was a rough day. It has almost been 17 years since that fatal day and not a day goes by that I dont wish it was different. You were my 1st loss. Showing up and being the Medic that treated you has made my life different in many ways. That whole day was bad for me. I spend days wondering who you were. Wondering of who all you left behind. Curious to know what your ambitions were. I spent years wondering if I could have done anything differently to save you. After we evacuated you out, we went to work searching the university trying to find the bastard who shot you. As a medic, it was my job to treat people, but being in an MP unit it was important to me to help find him. Unfortunately, with the heat and the work, I ended up tending to those who were passing out. And eventually I passed out and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Nothing like having a Medic go down, right? When I awoke I was informed about you. It crushed me. I never want to forget you. I never want to forget that day. I hope you are up there with all the loved ones you have lost and watching over your friends and family. I hope you are at peace. Forever missed. RIP SPC Wershow."
Spc Kristina Melton (Ward) of Hutto Texas

"Oh where shall I begin...Family & friends of Jeffrey I want extend my deepest condolences, prayers & love to you. I just received this Fallen Heroes Memorial page from Williamson's Grocery in Melrose FL...I served my whole life in military It has been great and tough and many times sad. But when I see the beautiful young folks that KIA I drop to my knees and cry and pray...like for Jeffrey--my brother's name is Jeffrey-spelled same-he wanted to go to military but my parents did not approve...I went behind their backs with ROTC Scholarship so they could not stop me...they understood me after many years of hard work and realization we need America Safe and Strong! Especially aft 9/11 when my 1st cousin Richard D Lynch was evaporated/killed in S Tower NYC. I feel your pain deep down I do. I was wounded in AFG then still keep in Army...I am done now-retiring---BUT, my thoughts and prayers will NEVER stop for all our wonderful, daring, tough military folks that gave their lives for our USA! They keep America strong! I love each and all for that, especially Jeffrey M. Wershow-what a great young man! God bless and God Speed Jeffrey! ..."Whom shall I send? Send me..." Isaiah"
kaz of Hawthorne FL USA

"Thinking of you Memorial Day 2019"
Brent Lee Bowman of Hartford City, Indiana USA

"My dearest Son, we remember you with great love and admiration on this 2018 Memorial Day weekend. I know you are with your brothers and sisters in Heaven who have formed a band of brothers and sisters. It consoles me to know you have them and all your ancestors with you in a land of love. We will see one another again. I love you, Mom"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"Dearest Jeffrey,

I have so many happy memories of Christmas with you and Daniel when you were little and absolutely so joyful to see what Santa left. And the hours of play all those goodies provided--your smiles, laughter and sweet kisses. And, it continued...you always loved Holidays! I know you watch us as we celebrate; your need for celebration is so fulfilled as you are with all your ancestors and you are loving one another. We miss and love you forever, Mom"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, FL

"Thinking of you and your family today. You are missed."
Klomp of Dallas

"Never forgotten brother. I told my (young) son of your story today and plan to do so for many years. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Ronnie Wray of Collinsville, VA

"Remembering Jeffrey on this Memorial Day 2016. My son, Christopher, served with Jeffrey in Iraq - in Charlie Company. They were soldiers. And friends. Though I never knew Jeffrey, I will never forget him, and the sacrifice that he made for our country. He is a true American Hero. May he always rest in peace."
Brenda Ripley Curry of Tampa, FL

"Happy 35th Birthday to our beloved son, Jeffrey. We love and miss you. Always, Mom, 4-22-2016"
Anne Marie Mattison, mother of Gainesville, FL

"How we miss and love you so much. God keep you...


Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, FL

"My dear Kristina,

I am Jeffrey's mother. There is nothing to forgive. From my understanding, Jeffrey could not have survived his wound. I found your name on FB and sent you a friend request. Please accept it so we might message one another and perhaps talk on the phone. I cannot tell you how long I have yearned to talk with whoever attended to him. And, again, please do not doubt yourself. The only person who is to blame is the despicable person who shot him. I do hope to hear from you. My best, Anne Marie"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"To Jeffreys parents,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am even more sorry that it has taken me so long to say that. I was the medic that first responded to your son. I never knew him and never got the chance to learn about him but he will forever be in my thoughts. I apologize that it took me so long to tell you how sorry I am. I had a rough time dealing with everything when I came home and I am still not fully over everything. I blamed myself for a long time, wondering if I could have done more. That day crushed me so very much and even though I think about that day all of the time, I never could think of the words to say to you. I felt that his loss was my fault and worried for years that you would blame me. I hope that, even though this is years after the fact, that you can forgive me."
Sgt, Kristina Melton (Ward) of Springfield , IL

"So blessed just to have known you. I will never forget. Thank you."
Ronnie Wray of Collinsville, VA

"I have worn your memorial bracelet all over the world. Hundreds of people have asked about you. Your photograph hangs in my home. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and your family. This former Gainesville PiLam will never forget. Shalom, Jeff."
Klomp of Dallas

"On this Memorial Day your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice."
Ronnie Wray of Collinsville, Virginia

"My dearest son,

Happy 34th birthday! You always loved a party and today will be no exception in Heaven. Enjoy it and share your chocolate cake and ice cream with Grey and Granddaddy! We will remember you and welcome your spirit this weekend at Joanna and Phil's wedding. We know you will hover over all of us as they begin their life together. With love always, Mom"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, FL

"How we miss you...every day...you are the last thing I think of before I go to sleep...I pray to God to hold you, keep you and let you know how loved you were and are. Always, Mom"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, FL

"We miss you every day. Your image is as bright in our hearts and minds as ever. Uncle Bill"

"So round about the year 2000 I recall boarding a flight on a C-130. I always hated jumping so by default I rarely slept during the flight (unlike the majority of paratroopers). As I peered across the dimly red lighten plane, I observed at least 50 young men all camo’d up and one young man sitting calmly, reading a book. I couldn’t help but think two things. One, what the hell was he going to do with that book when the time came to exit the aircraft and two, who the hell reads a book right before they jump out of a plane. But sure enough between “10 minutes” and “green light” the book got stowed away and the jump was successful. Though I have a lot of fond memories of Jeffery, this is the one that stands out in my mind. A young man (well not much younger than myself at the time) marching to the beat of his own drum. I could write so many things about how my interactions with Jeffrey were always pleasant, but alas the words would only fall short of describing what a special person he was. I know I will be forever thankful for the time I spent with him at C. Co. 1/505. My prayers go out to the family of Jeffery Wershow over this holiday weekend that is specifically for heroes such as Jeffrey."
Ronnie Wray of Collinsville, Virginia

"Jeff we will never forget you...I remember that when you got hit there was an uproar at base camp...everyone, I mean everyone geared up to come and find the b*@#$% that shot you...man I miss you...your gun ho attitude and your always positive attitude contributed to many of us making it back...Rejoice In Peace your battle is over now...we will continue the fight for you....I know I know...you always wanted to fight this thing until it was over...we have some outstanding troops in the battle now to include my youngest son Ryan...he reminds me a lot of you...he's always at the ready...well I'll holla at you later just wanted you to know that you are never ever forgotten 5/24/2014"
Sgt Daniel Jackson of Orlando, Fl.

"Dearest Jeffrey,

Happy 33rd birthday! I know you will enjoy a BIG party in Heaven with Gray and Granddaddy and all your ancestors and friends. You and Daniel will always be the light of our lives. We love and miss you and honor your memory and sacrifice.

With all my love, Mom"

I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the messages left for you all I can say is that I wish I had the honor of serving with you when I was in the Military.

Airborne All The Way!"

"Thinking of you today brother.God speed."
SSG J. Carroll of Florida

"Miss you Brother"
Miles McGuire of Tampa Fl.

"Happy new year miss u I can never thank you enough for your sacrifice."
of Gainesville, fl

"Hi Jeff, miss you my friend. I served with Jefferey from 00-03 in the 1/505 PIR at Fort Bragg N.C. I was injured on a jump soon before our deployment and I am so sad to have lost Jefferey. I think of you often brother. SHALOM!"
Ryan Cohen of Massachusetts

"Dear Jeffrey-

I miss you today, I missed you yesterday...and I'll miss you tomorrow. The holidays are always the hardest. You were the best about calling and telling your family that you love them. You even called on my wedding day from Iraq. I know how much you love your mother and I know that you would call her on Christmas, no matter where you were in the world. You called her on all of those important days.

This holiday season I'm going to decide to do your work. You never failed to call and tell us all that you loved us. I'm going to remind the family of that and I'm going to make sure to reach out to all of my love ones. I'm gonna make sure to give extra hugs in your honor.

I love you, Jeffrey."
Kate Mattison of Atlanta, GA

"May God have you watch over us as his warrior Angel. I have always treasure your persistance, strengh, and determination. Even in chaos your humor kept us sane and more importanly your heart always had room for one more brother in arms. I will never forget that day at the Conferece Center. You were a warrior among men but an Angel with purpose in Gods eyes."
CPL Montes of Kissimmee, FL

"Jack Daniel shots in your name Jeff..."
Jason of St. Petersburg, FL

"Thinking of you on this 4th of July, 2012 and remembering how much you loved your country. I planted more red and white flowers today in your red,white and blue garden. Always, Mom"

"Remembering you, my son, and how seriously you took your job in the military. I think of you every single day and miss you every single moment. I love you, Mom"


It was an honor serving with you! You are a true hero. Not a moment goes by that I don't think about you and Rivero! RIP brother and we will soon meet again!

Pickens of Grand Island, Fl

"You are missed...Fellow Senators from SFCC"

"Happy 31st Birthday, to our beloved son, Jeffrey.

Always loved,

Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, Fl

"To my cousin Jeffrey,

I wish I had a chance to get to know you better. We had a wonderful visit with your family, and hope to come back to Gainesville again."
Ivan Bergman of San Jose, CA

"Thank you to all veterans who have served our country. A special thank you from my family to the brothers and sisters of Jeffrey who served with him in the 82nd Airborne and the Florida National Guard."
Jeffrey's Mom of Gainesville FL

"Jeff, thanks for serving with me at C co 1/505, we did have some fun!! I'm sorry that I didn't see this sooner, I have always been afraid to look for anyone because of what could be found. Thanks for continuing your service to our country when I did not..... You will not be forgotten...."
Joe DiGiordano of Sacramento, California

"I served with Jeff and admired him...God Bless his family we do not forget"
Logan of Clearwater, FL

"Thinking of you and your family today Jeff. Thank you for your sacrifice. You may not know what a inspiration you were to many of us. You were and continue to be."
M DeCarlo of Boca Raton, Fl

"My dear son, we love you always....thank you to all who remember Jeffrey on this day.
Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, 9-06-81 7-06-03"

"6/30/2011 - Thinking of you today, Jeffrey, and your mom, and Billy. I know they love and miss you. Thanks again for answering the call to duty ignored by so many."
F. Simmons of OCONUS

"Here we are again old friend. Coming up on eight years. Sometimes it passes with nothing more than a smile and some fond memories. Not this year. That day is so vivid in my mind. Two things really stick out...the pain and anger in CPT Pickett's voice when I told him it was you, everything he did was to keep us safe, and your face when I got there. That's the last time I saw you. I'll be home in July this year, been thinking about going to see you. I hear it is a beautiful, peaceful place. Probably best I don't, think it is going to be tough enough this year as it is. Gonna see Pickens though, that will be good. We'll throw a couple back for you. Haven't read any Heinlein lately. Thinking about reading Atlas Shrugged, they're making a movie you know. I'm sure you can't wait!! Ha! Alright. Think kindly of us down here, put in a good word with the Big Guy if you get a chance, we could use it. I'll try to look at things your way and not be so dark about it all. OK, peace brother"
Karg of Tuscon, AZ

"I think of you every day of my life, always loving, remembering and thanking God for you in our lives. I know you are with us; I often feel you near. I love you."

"I was thinking about you today. Miss you, Bro!"
Justin Probst of Reno, NV

"You are in our thoughts and hearts every day.
We miss and love you. Uncle Bill and Aunt Judi"
Bill Mattison of Groveland Fl

"You are missed and loved, but not forgotten~"
Ashley Dillon of Jacksonville, FL USA

"I served with Wershow in C-CO 1-505th PIR before he went into the reserve. He was a good kid and I was sad to hear of his death. I pray the family finds peace in knowing that their son and loved one served his country and one panther is proud of him. H-Minus"
Leonard L. Bryant of Fayetteville, NC

"Can't believe it's been 7 yrs. I met Jeff when he was at Ft. Bragg. He was an amazing person with a heart of gold. You could tell from just meeting him once that he was different than all the others. To the family of Jeff..he will be remembered for a very long time. I think of him all the time."
Debbie Ingles of Illinois

"Loving and missing you always...

Always, Mom"

"I didn't personally know anyone who was killed fighting to defend our country. But I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. 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 grieving families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott Edward Steiner (6/10/10) of Worthington, OH USA

"Thinking of you today and everyday, missing you, loving you and thanking you! You live in all we do....."
Maggie Green of Gainesville, FL

"Thank you for your service Jeffrey and everyone else who has served our country. Love you and miss you."
Kate Mattison, cousin of Atlanta, GA

"Missing and loving you forever.

Always, Mom"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"Happy birthday Jeff we miss u"
Jorge and Virginia Acevedo of keystone heights,fl

"Jeff, not a day goes by that you are not in our thoughts. I still wear the bracelet and the words "always with us" ring so true. The world is not the same as when you left it but we still live and honor the lives you sacrificed for us to have safely. Know you are in our hearts and we will see you again."
jorge and virginia acevedo of keystone heights,fl

"We miss you every day. I know you are up there gaurding the wall. Uncle Bill"

"November 11, 2009, Veteran's Day

My dearest son Jeffrey,

We remembered you today and also honored you. Your service was memorialized at the Veteran's Memorial Park with a new memorial for you and your fellow soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We love and miss you always.

Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, FL

"Veteran's Day 2009
Jeffrey, We honor you today as we do everyday for the service to your Country. To Anne Marie, today and everyday, your in my thoughts and prayers. Both Travis, and Jeffrey, will never be forgotten. Jeffrey, please give Travis a hug for me.
With Respect,
Patti Gardham
Mother of Cpl. Travis Rivero"
of Gainesville, Florida

"Jeffrey helped me as an Army officer defend and win a criminal case and all I remember was Jeffrey's assistance not the client's name or the facts. Only Jeffrey's courage to do the right thing when so many others would not. I wear an Iraqi Freedom remembrance bracelet with his name and date of loss on it and when I am asked I tell his story. Not once in the dozens of time I have told the story about him,how he helped his fellow soldier, how he was strong, brave and passionate about his country, patriotism and honor, have people not been touched. This way his legacy lives on and I am forever grateful to the my Airborne brother. 6 years gone, but not forgotten."
Jayne Pittman of Orlando, Florida

"Six years ago today...YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!!!"
Mike Partain of Memphis, Tn

"I think about you and Travis all the time Jeffrey, I wish I had gotten to chance to know you, even tho I never met you in person, I will never forget you. Anne Marie, You are always in my thought and prayers."
Patti ----Travis's mother of Gainesville, Florida

"Anne Marie-I have thought about Jeffrey many times today.He was a wonderful young man and he will never be forgotten."
Patti Wynne of Gainesville, Florida

"A day to remember! Never Forget!
Sgt Wershow"
Michael Yarbrough of Fleming Island, FL

just thinking about the last time I saw you: I was walking out the front door of the convention center and you were walking in. You patted me on the shoulder and said "how's it goin?"
The next day you were gone, but you will never be forgotten."
Brent Bowman of New Port Richey, Florida

"Thinking of you buddy, of that day. Remember it like it was yesterday. Peace brother. You are missed."
Matt Karg of Ft Leonard Wood, MO

"Mrs Mattison I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts often and that I miss both Jeffery and Travis greatly."
Partain of Memphis, Tn

"I miss you, friend. You are still forever in my heart."

"You were my "first" boyfriend, my 1st best friend. From 1st grade on, and from the moment I met you, I knew, as well as you did, that your life was going to be committed to our country, to serving for America, standing UP for what you believed in.
It started with playing "fort" in 1st grade and then many years later (11 years) finding you quietly keeping an eye on me and your sister and your brother as we played in the house.
It has always been what it was meant to be.

I still have the necklace you gave me in 3rd grade, I will never let it go.

Jeff, your life, your smile, and especially your laugh will always live on.
Thank you for your service to our country, I am so proud to say you are my dear friend.
I will continue to keep your spirit alive and to hang on to our "Best Friend" necklace. You, in my heart will NEVER be forgotten."
Ashley D. of Jacksonville, Fl./Gainesville, Fl

"I knew Sgt. Wershow and I think of him often esp. on veteran related events. We became friends at Camp Blanding and were both deployed to Iraq with the 2-124th Inf. Sgt. Wershow always made it bearable during some not-so-fun times. To a great friend, you are missed!"
Sgt. Roy Steadman of Gainesville, Florida

"The following article was written on November 6, 2008, as a reflection upon what my I thought my late son, Sgt. Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, would feel about Barack Obama's election to the Presidency. On the eve of Veteran's Day, 2008, I am posting it here in honor of my beloved son, Jeffrey.

"I have spent the last few days thinking of what my late son, Sergeant Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, would be thinking were he alive, about Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency of our great country. One thing I know with certainty is that he would be ecstatic.

At the young age of 22, Jeffrey was killed while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. On July 6, 2003, he was shot and killed by a terrorist at Baghdad University while serving with the 2/124th of the FL National Guard. Jeffrey loved history, read voraciously about all United States and world history, as well as the military, and was extremely well versed in those areas. As his former Battalion Commander at Ft. Bragg, NC, said at his funeral when he delivered a eulogy recounting his time spent with Jeffrey, “I would have to bring in 3-4 of my captains and majors to assist me in winning political discussions with Jeffrey.” Even then, Jeffrey was on point and won those discussions.

My late mother, Betty Mattison of Winter Park, being a Southern lady of her generation, taught her daughters that one did not discuss politics or religion in mixed company. It didn’t take. Jeffrey grew up in a household with a political father who in his early 20’s, was elected to public office and a mother who marched in her early 20’s to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Both Jeffrey’s father and I continued a life of political involvement and public service in our community. Both our sons were always taken with us to vote at the polls from the time they were old enough to be carried or toddle there. Jeffrey’s great grandfather, the late Marcus Frank of Ocala, was the first Jewish person elected to the Ocala City Commission in the 1940’s and one of the few Jews elected to the Florida Legislature in the 1950’s. Civic responsibility and engagement was, and is, the cornerstone of our family.

Jeffrey came by his interest in the military honestly. He descends from a long line of men who served in the armed forces of our country in both peace time and war. From ancestors who served in the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the WW II era, we count service in the Marines, Navy, Army-Air Force and Army.

As one of the few Democrats in the Companies in which Jeffrey served while in the Army, he enjoyed both debating issues and playing the devil’s advocate with his peers. While serving with the 82nd Airborne at Ft. Bragg, NC, he wrote an opinion piece that was published in the base newspaper. That piece of journalism earned him a visit to the Commanding General, 18th Airborne Corps, where he was strongly informed that opinions were not relished by that Lt. General about Army matters, particularly when published in the base newspaper. Recognizing that he was outranked and out-maneuvered, my young son had the wisdom to only utter forth “yes sirs” to the man in charge. After leaving his office, he proceeded to continue having his opinions, voicing them and engaging his colleagues in debate.

Despite his view of the world, which differed markedly from most of his Army colleagues, he loved his country, loved the military and grew and matured dramatically as a result of his military service. I vividly remember a conversation we had in our kitchen before he left for Iraq that while he did not believe that Iraq was a country with which we should be at war, President Bush was his Commander- in- Chief and he would carry out his orders and serve. Sadly, we learned that indeed, the reasons given for engaging in a war that has killed over 4,000 of our young men and women, and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi women, children and men, were false. We also know that this war has contributed to one of the largest deficits in our history and bitterly divided our country.

Having loved and known my son so well, I know that he would have been at the forefront in supporting Barack Obama’s bid for the Presidency. He would have beaten the pavement, engaged in persuasive dialogue to convince citizens to vote and given freely of his time and resources to effect change. While he is no longer with us on this earth, I do believe that from his special vantage point in time, he knows that our great country is on the path to reconciliation. He knows that the journey with our new President-elect will be honorable, but vastly different, from his predecessor.

Jeffrey’s ultimate ambition was to run for President of the United States. We will never know if that would have occurred. What we do know, is that against all odds, a young man, whose background is very different from the traditional profile of a President, has won election to the most powerful office in the world.

Jeffrey would be very happy."

Anne Marie Mattison
November 6, 2008"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, FL

"Miss Annemarie,

Jorge and I never stop thinking about you and we still miss Jeff. Like Scott and Pam, Jeff's picture hangs on a wall in our home, a few of his pictures actually and we tell Logan that is his Uncle Jeff. We know he is up there watching out for Logan and all of us who wouldnt be the same without our guardian angel up there keeping his eye on us. We love you guys and always will."
Jorge and Virginia Acevedo of Keystone Heights, FL

"Jeff, I was thinking about you just the other day. I miss you dude."
Justin Probst of Reno, NV

"Wow 7 years!

That is what I said last night when I realized that it has been that long. For me the last 7 years has been a blur to say the least and I have been through experiences that will have life long impacts on my life with the military. I know that for many, we still remember exactly what we where doing that day when history was unfolding. The array of emotions that where felt watching it all transpire was almost surreal.

I know that you have to move on to heal, but we where all touched in some way by that day. That day was history and just like other historic events we don’t forget. I know that we may not be ready to say that day is history yet, but it is still something that we are affected by everyday. I have many friends that are Fire Fighters and Police Officers that I truly respect. Most know that I have been touched with some of my friends that have been killed in action overseas. (the Bracelet I wear) We all came together during that time and some how we have drifted back apart so it seems to me. I remember seeing yellow ribbons and American flags every wear and now its just not the same. I am not sure if we associate the current climate of our country with that event and with the things that have happened since. I know that there are many different view points on this subject but in its simplest form I am here to honor. I know that in the Army we remember those brave men and women that lost lives.

With Honor I say

"I personally will never forget that day and the times after, as it is what makes this country so GREAT. We came together in a time of need and supported each other and persevered. To those that lost there lives that day doing there jobs, those that have fallen since and to the family and friends, know that in my time of reflection today this soldier will never forget!"
Gob Bless America!

Sgt Wershow a Hero and patriot!"
Michael Yarbrough of Orange Park,FL USA

"Anne Marie,
You are thought of so often in our minds. Jeffrey is never far away from us. His picture hangs on the wall in our home and in Scott's office at Camp Blanding(we've made a special place for him, not just in our hearts). When people ask who he is...we tell them he is our hero. He will never be forgotten. If ever you need anything...please remember that you are apart of our family, you are always welcome and loved so dearly.
Sept 10, 2008"
Scott and Pam Hall of Keystone Heights, Fl

"To the family of Jefferey Wershow,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. SPC Jefferey Wershow will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"July, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jeffrey M. Wershow:
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

"My dearest son,

We remember you on this Fourth of July for the service and patriotism you so freely gave to our country. You were a "soldier's soldier."

We admire, love and miss you, always.

With love,

July 4, 2008"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, FL

"Anne Marie - My thoughts are with you and your dear son, Jeffery. I cannot image your lose, but it makes me realize that we must hug our kids, no matter thier age and share as much of life with them as possible. We never know when it could be taken from us.
Love you,"
Kay H. McCallister of Suwannee, FL

"We will never forget your sacrifice, it has touched us so deeply and forever. Thank you for serving our country. We are thinking of you this Memorial Day and everyday."
Ssgt & Shannon Deese, USMC of Edwards, CA

"My dearest son,

Remembering you on Mother's Day; you and your brother were the best gifts ever...I will always be grateful for for the 22 years of mothering I had with you....


Mother's Day, 2008"

"It is with great pride and pleasure that I write that our son, Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, has been posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant by the Governor of the State of Florida, Charlie Crist, and the Adjutant General of the National Guard of the State of Florida, Douglas Barnett, on August 1, 2007. A promotion ceremony which was attended by family, close friends and Jeffrey's closest soldier friends, including some who were with him on the mission in which he died, was held on Sunday, April 13, 2008, at the Wershow Family Farm, in Alachua, Florida, where Jeffrey is buried in the family cemetary.

The following text is from the promotion document given to the family: "This honorary rank is bestowed on behalf of the Citizens of Florida and the Florida National Guard in recognition of the ultimate sacrifice of this Soldier during the defense of his nation. It honors his commitment to the Warrior Ethos and guiding principles of the Soldier's Creed that inspire all who serve to uphold the highest traditions of an American Soldier." Also, "That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, fidelity, valor and self sacrifice of Jeffrey Wershow, I do hereby appoint him posthumously a Sergeant in the National Guard of the State of Florida.""
Anne Marie Mattison, Jeffrey's Mother, Mother's Day, 2008 of Gainesville, FL

""To Jeff's family,
We remember Jeff so fondly from our years at Oak Hall. I as thinking of him today when I found this site. I hope my message gets to you. At a time when so many Americans doubt the purpose or the results of the war, please know that we believe strongly that Jeff's instincts to serve were correct, that the cause of freedom in Iraq and elsewhere in the world was and is just. We were both crushed at the news...and still are. Thank you for bringing Jeff to us. We miss him too."
Sean Maley and Linda (Guadagno) Maley of Bucharest, Romania (maley.sean@gmail.com)

ALL YOUR OWN." -d.m. dellinger

I remember how quickly you could turn up the heat during debates in U.S. History our jr year... ha! I think about you often.

Thanks for everything you taught me through your attitude and your actions."
Xtina Penley of Gainesville FL

"On New Years Day, January 1, 2008, my wife and I were in Santa Monica California (at the beach).
A group called 'Arlington West' has set up a once a week 'honor and tribute' to those that have given their lives for our country. Just imagine over 3000 crosses and Stars of David (Jewish star) in the sand. It's very moving.
When I saw Jeffreys star, I was immediately attracted to it. I copied down his name so that I could research how he gave his life. I've read a lot. He seemed like a nice guy.
This is my way of honoring him.

May his memory be a blessing."
Dan Hammer of White Plains NY

"February 8, 2008
To the family of Spc. Jeffrey M. Wershow:
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

"To the family of Jeff Wershow-I was sad to hear about your loss. I was in the AFJROTC program with Jeff at BHS and I must say he will be missed. I will always cherish our friendship. I will always be greatful for what he did for our country as well as our current and future soldiers. He will be dearly missed, and my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family."
Vickie Gregory of Gainesville, Florida

"Hello! I am not a 100% bilingual person, but I will try to express my point
I disagreed with this war, but maybe your government thinks that is the best way to rich their goals.
I didn’t knew Jeff but only with the fact that he died in combat I believe that he was a great person, I think that the person or I have to said most of the person to serve in the States are persons that have a big capacity to love and honor other persons! Congrats for that! My mom was on vacations last year in the States in California to be more specific and she found one dollar that reads
“Jeff Wershow 22, Gaiasville, FLA- Died 7/05/2003 in Iraq”
She gave this dollar a few days ago and I found a lot of pages those talks very good of this person.
If and relative of Jeff’s wants this dollar it will be my placer to send it to you, you can contact me in aguilarborden@yahoo.com

Your son his a hero not only for your country, he makes the different for a lot of person that knew him"
Jessica of Atlantida, Honduras

"To the family of Jeff Wershow. I served with Jeff at Ft. Bragg 1-505 PIR from 98-01 and had many conversations with him about life. He was not only a great soldier he was a great person first. This Christmas my daughter Hannah got me a dog tag with his name on it and it never leaves my neck. He never leaves my thoughts and his love for this country will never be forgotten."
Daniel Spencer of Peoria Heights, Illinois

"To Jeff's Parents:
I worked with your son (and roomed with him briefly in the barracks) while stationed in Ft. Bragg from 99-02. I even had the opportunity to speak with him over the phone in '03, after we had both left Ft. Bragg. He was a great person; certainly one of the few that had a significant, positive impact on my experience in the army.

- Nathan Darst
Nathan of Wyoming

"Hey bro, I just wanted to say that I was thinking of you on Veteran's Day. We miss you."
Justin of Fremont, CA

"Mr,Mrs Wershow, I had the honor of working with your son when I was stationed at Ft. Bragg 99-03 1st 505th PIR. I am now a State Trooper in NY State and often think back at the great times I had with the 82d. I can only wish you the best and wanted you to know that soldiers like Jeff are never forgot. "AIRBORNE" SSG/TPR B.C. VanBramer"
Bryan VanBramer of New York

"You are in my heart and on my mind today, friend. I miss you very much, but I know you're happy and in a better place...sometimes I feel selfish for still wanting to have you here. I miss my friend."

"Sorry I was so much in thought about our sons I typed the wrong year.
Patti Gardham"

"My dearest son,

Always missed, always loved, every minute of every day.


Veteran's Day, 2007"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"My thoughts are with you and your family. Thank you for your service to our country. You were a great person. AIRBORNE!"
-fellow Panther of NORCAL

"We will always keep Jeffrey and his dedication to our country and his sacrifice close in thought, on this Veterans day and always. 11-11-07"
SSgt and Mrs. Shannon Deese of Edwards AFB, CA

"Veterans Day 2008
Remembering and thanking you today Jeffrey, for your service to our country. You served with honor and pride, you gave your all. Although we never met, you hold a special place in my heart. Please give Travis a hug.
Patti Gardham
Mother of Cpl John Travis Rivero
11-24-79 to 04-17-03

"Always remember a soldier and friend, I was beside him on his last minutes of his life, making the impossible to prepared a LZ for a Helicopter to land and transport him to get medical assistance. I did the best to save his life as same all members of his company, My condolation to his parents and family..."
SFC Arnoldo Arana of Davie, Florida

"Actually people still write on your wall though, it feels like your mom and I are just the repeat writers. But I miss you bro!!"
James Argento of Mount Dora, FL

"Hey Jeff, I don't care if I am the only writing on this wall any more. Just wanted to say hey and I thought of you. There is another Democrat convention coming up in October, the last convention I was at in 2003, your mom and I hugged after she was apart of a tribute to you. I think Mrs. Mattison and I hugged for a minute. I think of what Jesus said in Matthew, that with God all things are possible. I just pray for our troops safety, recovery, healing, and for the lost, for the families that God will comfort them."
James Argento of Mount Dora, FL

"To Jeff's Family:

I am so very sorry for your loss. I know that your son, brother, cousin, whatever he may have been to you, he was very valuable. I can only imagine how you all must feel. My heart goes out to you all.

My name is Justin Probst and I was Jeffrey's first team leader when he first got to C co., 1/505th in Fort Bragg back in 2000 (I think it was 2000. It was so long ago). I was his first experience with Army leadship right out of basic training.

I remember Jeff as a highly motivated, larger than life character that only enhanced everyone's experience around him. Everything was just that much more interesting when he was around. He was a good soldier that always did the right thing. He made every effort to be the best at his assigned tasks and he definitely succeded with his efforts. He was, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular people I've ever meet.

I will never forget him and he will be greatly missed, not only by myself but by everyone whose life he'd touched. He was that great.

If you are a close family member, please contact me at foodsaver@comcast.net. I would like to get some more information from you that is not listed here on this site.

To Jeff:

Bro, I miss you man. I was reminiscing of the old times and thinking back to all of the good times we had back in 2nd Platoon and I decided to see if I could find you on the internet. That's how I found this site.

I'm sorry that things turned out this way. You were so young and it is such a terrible tragedy to have a young life like your own cut so short.

You were the very best of us. I don't just mean that of soldiers, but of humanity. I will never forget you.

See you later,"
Justin Probst of Fremont, CA

"On this fourth anniversary of the war, you are not forgotten. No one will forget you!"
James Argento of Tallahassee, FL

"On Sunday, March 18, 2007 I will walk for peace on the 4th anniversary of the Iraq War. I will walk with 3,208 people representing The Fallen U. S. Servicepersons. I am honored to be carrying Jeffrey's name. To his family, I am holding you in my heart."
Brenda Arley of Glens Falls, NY


Forever and always in my heart! Love to you for always..."

"Feb. 14, 2007

My dear son,

I wore the little heart today which you made for me when you were little. It helped keep you close to my heart.

Missing you and loving you forever,


"Today, like all days, you are sorely missed in my heart. You were the best, sir!"

"To the family of:Jeffrey M. Wershow 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"

"I just found this website out a few days ago. I wish I could have left a message a few years back, but Jeff I really will remember you as a great guy. I miss you Bro. I wish I could play you in basketball one more time. You played some tight D for a forward. I thank you for your advice to join the service too. It shaped me as a man. You just proved your word after high school and I remember what you said to us all back in the day. You were a man of your word and a man of honor. God bless your soul. PFC Weingart reporting Colonel"
Wes Weingart of Gainesville, Fl

"Veterans Day, 2006

My dearest Jeffrey,

You were the best of the best-proud of being a soldier and proud to be an American. In spite of the tarnished image that the Bush Administration has shown the world, you never believed in their tactics. You served our country magnificiently. By example, you demonstrated to the Iraqi people the best of the American soldier. Thank you for your life, your passion and your love. We love and miss you...forever.


Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville, FL

"Another Veterans Day. His soul goes marching on."
James Argento of Tallahassee, FL

"I had the pleasure to meet this bright young man while serving with him with C co. 2/124. Most days that I was over there have been a blur after 3 years, but the day that he passed still is embedded in my mind. It is sad to see someone like Jeffrey with such high goals in life pass in an instance. He will not have died in vain, because he served with a purpose and was committed to our country. From this experience I have learned to live everyday to the fullest of potential. For the family and especially the parents, thank you for raising a promising child into a respected man. God Bless!"
Thomas Bellantonio of Sarasota, FL

"We miss you so much, Jeffrey. We think of you everyday; your beautiful smile, your courage and wonderful sense of humor, remain with us. You live each day with us, in our hearts. Your courage has inspired all of us to reach higher and achieve more. I found a picture of you and James yesterday from preschool at Brentwood, what wonderful memories we have of you! Your physical presence is gone from us but you will live forever as a true spiritual companion to all of us, inspiring our daily lives.
We love you and miss you forever,
The Green Family"
Maggie Green of Gainesville, FL

"I still miss you hero. Even though I didn't get to know you as well as some of the other CD's, I still valued our time together Jeff. God Bless all the fallen heroes on memorial day 2006. RIP to my Uncle Max Miller, killed by Sniper in the last days of WWII."
James Argento of Tallahassee, FL USA

"Dearest Jeffrey,

On this Memorial Day, 2006, weekend, we remember you and your precious, young life that was sacrificed in this horrible war. We honor your life and remember all the happy times together. We salute you and all your brothers and sisters in Heaven who served with you. We miss you, forever.

I love you,

Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"My dearest Jeffrey,

Happy Birthday, son! You would be 25 today! I woke up remembering your birth and what a long awaited joy it was for us. I smiled all day today thinking of that day and how excited we all were! You were a wonderful baby, and grew up to be a wonderful young man. We miss you more than words can convey, but you know that you, Dad, Daniel, Pam, Samantha,Joanna and your uncles,aunts and cousins are all bonded together with you in our hearts and souls. We love you, forever...


Mom of Gainesville FL

"What is there to say except Thank you for your sacrifice for my freedom. "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his brother"

I didnt' know you personally. I was a member of New Oak Grove Baptist in Alachua at the time you passed, and heard what a great son, student and friend you were. I am just glad you are looking over us now still protecting us!"
Edith Read of St. Louis, Mo

"I have come across Jeff's photo many times in the past few years, and his is the face that i can not foget. Although i do not know Jeffrey, i feel we were a part of one big family, stuck in a hot desert, waiting to go home to our loved ones. I served in Iraq at the same time Jeff did, and we heard of soldiers dying everyday. We just never had a face to put with any of the names. When i got home, i looked at every single face, so i would never forget the faces of war. My battalion lost two soldiers, and the day we found out was the worst day of my life. I can't imagine though how a mother and a father feel after such a loss. My heart goes out to you, and i wish there was someone out there that could have protected Jeff's life so he could come home to you. There isn't much one can say, except that we are all out here remembering your son...and thanking God, for we now have one more angel to look after us!God bless you!
Rest In Peace Jeffrey!"
Monika Dyrkacz of Pepperell, MA

"Dear Jeff,
Two years have pasted and I still go back to the words of encouragement you gave to me while we were overseas. Even though I hadn't know you for more than six months you still touched my heart and taught me many things. I miss you still today and will always think of you.
My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Jeff. May my prayers be with you through this holiday season and always."
Tonya Schwanke of Wayne, NE

"My beloved son,

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving without you, but we knew you were watchng us with a lovely smile, as we remembered you. I thought of how you loved family gatherings, and how family was the most important thing in the world to you. Granddaddy and Grey are now with you, and I know that you are receiving lots and lots of love. And, over 2,000 of your fallen soldiers are with you. So many angels.We shall always keep you in our hearts and love you forever. On this Thanksgiving Day, 2005, I am thankful that a higher power gave you to us for 22 years. Your life was a blessing for us, and taught me how to love unconditionally. Thank you for your live and all the joy you brought to us. God bless you and keep you always, I love you, Mom

PS. I have loved the dreams you sent to me. They were just like you--letting me know you were ok and that you loved me and all of us."
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"I remember pulling my car off the road when I heard the news about Jeff. I had known Jeff since middle school and he was of rare character as I never knew him even once to be quiet or still when he felt that wrong was being said or done. That he chose to serve came as no great surprise to me, he was always faithful and active in the interests of the US and her citizens. It brings me such saddness to think of the people who will never get to see his broad smile or hear the way he laughed, usually so very loud.
The world is less of a place without him.
Jeff, hopefully you hear it when we (Nate, Kieth, Paul, and I) offer up our "To Jeff. Cheers". You are remembered and you are missed."
Chris Kopel of Glasgow, Scotland/UK

"Dear Jeff,

I am thinking of you today as I prepare to give a speech to the Orange County Young Republicans. I know that you would be appalled, but we agreed to disagree on all matters political. The topic of their meeting, however, is the Freedom Alliance's effort to raise money for scholarships for the children of fallen soldiers. A cause that you would support, were you still with us, even if that organization was founded by Ollie North.

I know that I speak for Charlie Company, and for the Battalion as a whole, when I say that you are remembered with reverence and sorely missed to this day. Requiem in Pace, friend. "All the Way.""
1LT Hays of Orlando, Florida

"Today it's been two years since Mr. Wershow left us. But I carry his picture in my Bible. I look at his face and it inspires me to be the best that i can be in this life. He gave his life for me to have a better one--and I intend to. I honor his memory by being a blessing to others and take advantage of the opportunities that we have as Americans. My love, prayers and thoughts go to the family at this time. You're never forgotten Mr. Wershow, you're never forgotten. Thank for your service to this nation.
In Christ,
Christina of Atlanta,GA

""Eternal rest grant him, O Father,
And light perpetual shine upon him""
D. M. Wert of New York, NY

"Miss you Jeff.

Memorial Day 2005- God Bless!!!"
James Argento of Tallahassee, FL

"oh, Jeff. I love you so much. i really do.

I met Jeff at SFCC Student Govt, and worked closely with him for Model UN. I was President and told him he was VP :) He looked like a man who didn't mind being in control...in fact, he seemed to thrive off of it. I, being President, watched him closely. Our relationship was friendly and tempestuous at the same time. He was such a strong person...I could feel his willpower from a mile away. Jeffrey and I started communicating more closely that Spring of 2003. He called, from wherever he was, and we emailed each other. I began to care for him very much. I remember I was making plans to visit Venezuela (where my family is), and Jeff was so worried...He wanted to protect me, and insisted on my waiting for him to get back, or else hire a bodyguard. I laughed at the time, but now I cry sometimes. That's the sweetness of him.

You raised a beautiful man, Mrs Mattison. God Bless You. Thank you for all that you did, every second I had with him was precious.

akemivmborjas@yahoo.com of gainesville, fl

"I purchased a bracelet at www.herobracelets.org and it had Spc Wershows name on it. We purchased these
for two reasons, first because some of the proceeds go to families of the fallen, but secondly to remember the specific names of those that have given everything to defend us and our country.
I typed their names into the internet since I wanted to learn about these soldiers and hopefully put a face and story to a name. I guess I do not want them to be forgotten; ever. I have saved his picture and intend to always have it together with the bracelet. To his mother please know that there are people who will not forget your son and the other soldiers that have sacrificed."
Stephen Craffen of Ringwood, New Jersey

"I also had the pleasure of serving in 1/505th PIR. I cried when I saw his picture on AOL, three days after my birthday (on July the 6th). I could not believe that it could have been the same person that I had just served with. He is a very smart individual. I remember us talking about our plans after the Army (I had left a month before he did). He told me about his plans to join the N.G. while going to school. I had to read his bio to believe that it was really him. He was great guy (he get on my peoples nerves sometimes just as I got on his). He seemed to have an idea of what he wanted to do with his life and I have no doubt that had he been alive, he would have almost at his destination. I will surely miss him as a friend and a fellow soldier. I send my most humble condolences to his parents, who must miss him more than we all do. You did a great job with him!!!

May his soul rest in peace."
Nnamdi Nwoha of Jamica, New York

"I also had the pleasure of serving in 1/505th PIR. I cried when I saw his picture on AOL, three days after my birthday (on July the 6th). I could not believe that it could have been the same person that I had just served with. He is a very smart individual. I remember us talking about our plans after the Army (I had left a month before he did). He told me about his plans to join the N.G. while going to school. I had to read his bio to believe that it was really him. He was great guy (he get on my peoples nerves sometimes just as I got on his). He seemed to have an idea of what he wanted to do with his life and I have no doubt that had he been alive, he would have almost at his destination. I will surely miss him as a friend and a fellow soldier.

May his soul rest in peace."
Nnamdi Nwoha of Jamica, New York

"To Jeff-
I remember the first time I saw you playing basketball in the O'Dome for Oak Hall with my brother. We went to the same middle school and shared some of the same friends there, but we weren't really good friends at the time. I had heard that you were starting at OHS in the fall and I remembered thinking how nice it would be to have someone else at the Hall who was an outsider like me.
When I think back now I realize that you were always looking out for me. I remember being so mad at you one time because you wouldn't let me run through downtown Tallahassee by myself at night during a Youth in Government trip. You were worried that something bad would happen to me so you ran with me. You were so tired but you kept up with me until I gave up and went into the hotel.
When I saw you again years after we had graduated you still wanted to take care of me and make sure I got home safely from a party. I miss that now. I wish I had told you how much I appreciated you looking out for me before you left. I miss that protection and I miss you. Of all the things I wish I had said to you the last night I saw you, I wish most that I had said how proud I am to call you my friend.

To Jeff's Family:
I wanted to say Thank you for sharing your son and brother with us. Thank you for teaching him that there are some values and beliefs that are worth giving your life for. I can't imagine what you must be going through, even now more than a year after his passing. But I hope that it is a comfort to you to know that you aren't alone. This board alone is evidence that Jeff is loved and that he will never be forgotten."
Rebecca Clapp of Gainesville, Fl

"My dear, beloved son,

Veteran's Day is yet another time that I think of you, your sacrifice and the inspiration you have given to all who love and miss you. Not a day goes by that you are not on my mind and in my heart. I thank you for all the happy times, the laughs, and the lessons you taught to me and others. I know you are with all the other spirits and souls that have reached the happiest place imaginable. I know that you are with all your ancestors who were waiting for you and are loving you for me. Know that we miss, honor and will love you always. Thank you for being with us as we live life without you on earth, but with you in our hearts and souls.

All my love,

Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"On this Veterans Day, I am watching Saving Private Ryan and thinking of my both my Grandpas who fought in World War II and came home. However I cannot stop thinking of my friend Jeff Wershow who did not come home from Iraq. I miss you greatly Jeff. Thanks for fighting for freedom, you are my hero. God Bless all our brave soilders who have fought and have fallen for this country."
James Argento of Tallahassee, FL

"On this Veterans Day, I honor you, Jeffrey. You have made the ultimate sacrifice, and every day that passes, I think of you. I miss you, soldier.
Uncle Bill"
Bill Mattison of Groveland, Fl

"To the Wershow family,
I have not had the guts to look at the list of deaths in Iraq until recently and I was very saddened to see Jeff's name on the list. Iserved with him in Ft.Bragg when he was a new guy. I liked him very much. I had been in for about a year when he got there and eventhough he was in another platoon we talked frequently. he will be remembered as a soldier and a hero in my eyes forever."
TIm Perez of miline illinois

"As our country remembers those who were killed three years ago by the evil of terrorism, I could not be more proud of or thankful for your bravery. I will always admire you, Jeff, for your selfless courage. Miss you and love you, always."
Carolyn Develle of Gainesville, FL

""Yea though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4

RIP Solider."
Mazin Enwiya of Chicago, IL

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write something here. It means so much to Jeffrey's family and friends. Today has been one year. There are good days and there are bad but the love of family and friends keeps Jeffrey's soul and positive influence with us. We love you Jeffrey."
Kate Mattison, Jeffrey's cousin of Atlanta, GA

"To the family of Jeffery M Wershow

I truly honor the Army Times for putting a face with this war. When I came across SPC Wershow's picture, I cut it of the paper and have kept it as an inspiration. It is his face that is the face of all wars. His face inspires me to be the best that I can be. I wasn't going to vote but I thought of SPC Wershow and am inspired to vote. I suffer from Post Traumatic Stress {I watched my father die of a heart attack in my car} once again his face inspires me to overcome this and move on with my life. I am looking to move to Columbus,GA and be a blessing to the soldiers there. I cannot explain why I am so drawn to him but I am. I will always remember July 6 as a special day. His picture I will keep with me always. His short life will always be a reminder to me of the sacrifice he made for me to have an opportunity for a better life. Rest assured I will seize upon the gift that SPC Wershow gave to me. Thank You. I Love You."
Christina Blount of Atlanta, GA USA

"We continue to remember Jeffreys forever sacrifice. Thank you Jeffrey."
SSgt and Mrs. Shannon Deese of MCAS New River, NC

"The 4th of July will never be the same. I'll always be reminded of what a wonderful, intelligent, and charismatic person Jeff was and be inspired to be a better person myself."
Brian and Katie Crevasse of Atlanta, GA

"The 4th of July will never be the same. I'll always be reminded of what a wonderful person Jeff was and be inspired yo be a better person myself."
Brian and Katie Crevasse of Atlanta, GA

"Dear Friends,

Our heartfelt thanks to all who have filled these spaces in memory of our beloved son, Jeffrey. On this Memorial Day, our hearts are heavy, even though we always strive to remember what joy and happiness Jeffrey brought into our lives. We grieve with the over 800 families who have now lost their loved one in this war. We send them strength and our wishes that the memories of their loved ones will bring them comfort and solace as they travel the mourner's path.

Jeffrey would be so honored that you have remembered him on these pages.


Anne Marie Mattison
Jeffrey's Mother"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"Memorial day
May 31st, 2004
Still our hero. Still thinking of you and missing you, more so on this day. We were blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you."
NC of Gainesville, FL

"On this Memorial Day weekend, I just wanted to say Jeff you are still missed. God bless our brave troops all over the world, may the Lord put an angel by each of them to protect them. May God also comfort the families of the lost. You did not die in vain."
James Argento of Hollywood, Florida


I miss you. I still can't forget how much we laughed when you shot that white star cluster into the branch overhead and lit your rucksack on fire or the time I told you to shoot the red star cluster at the Kiowa that wouldn't leave us alone on that BDE FTX when you were my RTO. My prayers are with your family. 1/505 has not been the same since you left. Some day we'll continue the UF vs UCLA debate."
CPT Steve Wallace of Fort Bragg, NC

"Hello. I just want to say I am so sorry for the loss of Jeffrey. I saw Jeff listed in "People" magazine, and was delighted that they put a photo of all the brave soldier's that perished, instead of having the usual star gossip!

Jeffrey seemed like a a smart, strong young man, and I will never forget that he died for our country. I never knew him but he will always be in my <3.

I know alot of people miss him and I am so sad and sorry! : (

Jeff was a very handsome guy and he will always be in alot of our <3's!

God Bless you all, and keep the memories of Jeff near and dear to your heart's 4ever! Until you meet again!!

Jeff is in paradise now!

God Bless!"
Colleen of Pittsburgh, PA

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 "

"My husband and I went to lunch with Jeffrey when he was trying to decide what service to go into and of course my husband being a Marine wanted to persude him to go USMC, but you could tell he had already decided to go Airborne. I think he must have been born for it, from everything I have read and heard him talking about that day. Although that was one of the only handful of times I met him, I truely think of his sacrifice daily and thank God for such people as him. I pray that peace will find it's way into your life and happy memories of your time with Jeffrey will fill your hearts.
Thank you Jeffrey."
Ssgt and Mrs. Shannon Deese of USMC,MCAS New River, NC

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

"Wershow family,
I am eternally grateful for the service your son Jeffrey gave for our safety back home. I participated in the Run for Freedom on Old Dominion University's campus in Norfolk, VA in which people sign up to run 1 mile for each of the near 700 soldiers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I had the honor of running a mile for your son. May God bless your family for raising such a wonderful person."
Christina Hixson of Norfolk, VA

"My dearest, beloved, Jeffrey,
I hope that you know I think of you daily. I miss knowing you as a young adult. But, from your legacy, I know you were the finest of young men. I miss you, Jeffrey, you are my hero."
Nancy Carmichael of Gainesville, Fl

"Hey Wershow Family,
This is Casey McKee, Jeanne McKee's youngest son, I met you guys a while back when my mom was dating George. I just wanted you to know that I just found out and it brings tears to my eyes, because I remember hanging out with him a very long time ago. I am sorry for your loss and hope to see you guys in the future so I can give you all a big hug. If you would like to email me my email address is meloco51@hotmail.com."
Casey McKee of Bethel, CT

"To Spc. Wershow's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Jeffrey was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

"Dear Anne Marie - we send you, your family and Jeffrey our prayers, thoughts and love - we know that he has a special place in all of your hearts and that you will always keep his spirit alive through your memories, thoughts and actions. Luke and Caleb thought Jeffrey was a very speical young man - they have many good memories of him. You are a strong woman - may you have the all the support you need to help you through these difficult times."
Lyn Goodwin of High Springs, FL

"Though we knew you only a short time before you decided to leave your commanding spirit and unending drive impressed us all. The announcement of your loss stunned us all.

I will never forget the sight of you placing those flags on that earthen berm on the Iraqi border as the troops rolled into western Iraq.

Only the best were there for that mission so we know why you were there.

May God always be with you and peace be with the ones you leave behind.

Save me a good spot in the chow line my friend."
Scottidog of Tallahassee, FL

"Anne Marie,

I know this time is especially hard on you and your family. I think about you every day. I pray daily that we are given the strenght to help us through these heartbreaking times.
I never told you this, but I had wanted to meet Jeffery, and thank him personally for what he had done for Travis that April 17th day. I have thanked him, just not the way I had hoped to.
I do believe that Travis and Jeffery are together, and watching over us.
Like you, the tears still come without notice.
You are always in my thoughts.

Patricia Gardham, mother
Cpl. John "Travis" Rivero
Killed in Western Iraq
April 17th, 2003"
Patricia Gardham

"Thank you Jeffrey Wershow, 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


Dear friends and family who have posted to this site,

It has been some time since I wrote a posting to thank all of have written to this site in honor of Jeffrey. For those who have written since my last posting, I wish to thank you for taking the time to do so. Your kind words and sentiments comfort and sustain us as we mourn the loss of our son. During this Holiday Season, the loss is especially felt, so reading your posting takes on even more meaning.

We continue to be inspired by Jeffrey and his legacy of committment, patriotism and love of family and friends. We are comforted knowing that he lives on in our hearts and souls and that he is in a wonderful place in time, where there is no war--only peace and love. We know that he is very, very happy, and wants all of us to continue on.

Thank you again, and we send our love and best wishes to you during this Holiday Season, and for 2004.

With love,

Anne Marie Mattison, Mother

and the Family of Jeffrey Mattison Wershow"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"I served with SPC. Wershow in the 1st 505th PIR. I would like to take this time to tell SPC. Wershow's family I am very deeply sorry for your loss. SPC. Wershow and I where both drivers for the 505th and we spent lots of nights and days together. He always had a quality to push others around him for excellence. Your words of wisdom will not be forgotton."
PFC Bainbridge of Richmond,VA

"To the family of Jeff Wershow,
Jeff and I didn't always see eye to eye, but he was one of the best and most loyal friends I have ever had. I knew from the first day he came to Oak Hall that I liked him. I have the utmost respect for his decision to serve his country. I feel blessed to have known him and I regret that I was out of the country for his funeral. I think of Jeff often and the sacrafice he made for his country is always on my mind. I thank god that the last time I saw Jeff at the OHS reunion last year that I had the chance to tell him how much I appreciate what he does and did for this country. I wish the best to you all and I will not forget those that are still overseas fighting bravely just as Jeff did.

"We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter; and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail"-George W. Bush"
Zeb Cheshire of Tampa, FL USA

"I served with SPC. Wershow in 1/505 P.I.R. at fort Bragg North Carolina. He was an outstanding guy and everybody loved him. He will be missed. AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY."
SGT. Cesar R. Garcia of Cary, NC.

"To the family of Jeffery Wershow,

I am truly sorry for your loss, I served with Jeff in 1/505 PIR, 82nd. He was an intelligent, motivated and dedicated man and I will always remember him."
Edgar F. Albornoz of Bellflower, California

"I went through OSUT at 2/58 and Airborne school with Jeffrey, I just saw his picture on CNN today. I want to send my deepest regrets to his family. Your son was a bright young man. He died doing his job no doubt with honor and pride."
Spc. David E. Exley of Berlin NJ USA

Although you are not here to shake a hand or give a hug, you still are able to lift our spirits and brighten our days. Thank you for your courage and spirit. We love you."
Matthew Mewis of Atlanta, GA (cousin)

"My husband had the opportunity to spend time with Jeffrey as they are both in Charlie Company. My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of this very brave and dedicated AMERICAN SOLDIER. Jeffrey has defended the rights of us all and has joined in the efforts to make OUR AMERICA safe for OUR children. My family and I will NEVER FORGET YOU or the sacrifices you have all made!! May God bless each of our soldiers wherever they may be for they are each A HERO!!

With Much Respect Always-
Kelly Stevenson

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."
--Theodore Roosevelt

Dedicated to all our HEROES!!

Mrs. Kelly Stevenson of Oldsmar, FL GOOD OLD USA

I miss you greatly. All the men of Charlie Company still feel the loss of such a wonderful soldier, but we continue on here in Iraq. It is not always easy, but we know we have you looking over us. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. You made a distinct impression on all of us, you will always be remembered for your sacrife to our beloved country.
On a personal level, we were friends. We had several things in common that we often spoke about. I miss talking to you about Gainesville and the Gators, I miss the "All the Way" & "Airborne" that we exchanged all ways remebering time served in the 82nd. You were a very bright individual. Not only were you an excellent soldier, you were a good man. I miss you..I will never forget you!"
Captain Blake Glass of Gainesville, FL.....Commander, C/2-124 (Baghdad, Iraq)

"to wershow from your 3rd platoon pals from C co 2/124th INF we all miss you good buddy watch over us as we pray for you n your family. airborne all the way"
3rd platoon black sheep C co 2/124th infantry of bagdad iraq

"On behalf of the student body of Santa Fe Community College, I would like to send my heart felt thank you for the sacrifice that your son gave while serving our country and fighting for the freedom and rights of a suffering people. He will forever be in our thoughts."
Eric M. Joseph of Gainesville, Florida

"Our family never imagined that we would lose our Jeffrey. While we are all still trying to face that his physical presence is no longer here, we know his spirit will continue to demand our attention in that loving way Jeffrey was so good at.

I found a quote that I feel Jeffrey embodied, 'I only have one opportunity to live in this body, in this era, with these particular circumstances, challenges, and relationships. What happens during this lifetime is not always my choice, but what I gain from it is.'

I love you Jeffrey..."
Kate Mattison of Atlanta, GA (cousin)

"I only recently had the chance to talk with Jeffrey through email while he was in Baghdad. He told me how much it meant to him to know that he and the others over there had the support of most of us. He seemed to be proud of what he was doing and had no regrets. I will forever be saddened that we never had the chance to meet face to face. His photo hangs in my sons school so that everyone will know what a TRUE hero looks like. God be with all those still there and especially with Anne Marie and the rest of the family."
Johnnie Harrison of Pell City, AL USA

"Dearest Jeffrey, you and your loving family have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom for our country. Our family knew you as but an innocent and beautiful child. You were one of ours. We have since learned that you became an honorable and outstanding young man, soldier and role model. You will always sit in a place of honor and gratitude in our home and we will never forget you. Your Mother said it best, "These memories are locked in our hearts" We love you and miss you, Jeffrey."
Patrick, Carrie and Nancy Carmichael of Gainesville, Fl

"Jeff, thank you for all of the precious memories. Your smile will always bring me warmth, strength. I will always honor you by trying to be the person you always told me I could be. You will forever have a special place in my heart."
Carolyn Develle of Gainesville, Florida

"To the family of SPC Jeffrey Wershow,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you for the loss of a true American hero. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. May God place his loving hands around you and guide you in this especially difficult time and may he continue to protect the soldiers serving our great nation."
1SG Carey Baker & Mrs. Lori Baker of Eustis, Florida USA

"Jeffrey, you have always had a special place in our heart. We watched you grow up and turn into a fine young man and soldier. We will miss your smile and your enthusiasm for life, and we think about you every day. Uncle Bill and Aunt Judy"
Bill and Judi Mattison of Groveland, Fl

"Jeffrey was one of a kind. He will be greatly missed by many. He was brave, caring, outgoing, passionate about his beliefs, and most of all a wonderful cousin. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories throughout the years, you will forever be in our hearts."
Anne Marie Armstrong of Winter Park, FL

"To all who have written to this website in honor of Jeffrey, my family and I wish to thank you. Jeffrey was a wonderful and loving son, and an exemplary soldier. He was proud and willing to serve his country. Thank you for your kind words which comfort us. Let us all remember the men and women still in harm's way and do all that we can to help them come home safely and soon."
Anne Marie Mattison, Jeffrey's Mother of Gainesville Florida

"I met Jeff through the UF College Democrats. In my eyes he was outspoken, dedicated and caring. Just an over-all great guy. Our club will miss him dearly. My heart goes out to his family and friends."
Tiffani Velez of Ft. Laudedale, Florida

"To Jeffrey's family: One of my closest friends knew Jeffrey. He was stationed near him, and they came to know each other well. For him and for all who serve this great country, I thank him and I thank them. They are the true heroes. I know that my friend nor I will forget him, or what he did for us."
Sarah Baker of Heppner, OR/USA

"To the family of Jeffrey Wershow:

We are deeply saddened over the loss of our friend, Jeffrey. Jeffrey was an exceptional individual with lots of potential and expertise. We will miss him greatly. Though he is gone, he is not FORGOTTEN."
Elijah & Bridget Perry of Orlando, FL

"My heart goes out to the family of this young soldier. God bless him for loving his country so much and for paying the unltimate price for freedom. This only proves that Freedom is not free. My son Spc. Thomas R. Stanley, Sr. was with Jeffrey the day he was shot at the University and bandaged him up."
Barbara Hockman of Melbourne, Florida

"Jeffrey, an American Patriot who fought to defend the freedom of this great nation. We are so proud of your heroic efforts and you will always be remembered for that. To the family of Jeffrey, our daughter lost her husband in May to the same evil in Iraq as well, so my wife and I feel the pain you must all feel. Our prayers and support go out to you and your family."
Mark & Lynda Kane of Gainesville, FL

"Jeffrey Wershow was my boss's stepson, a good man and honorable soldier. He died in Iraq this week, assassinated at close range. It is a deep shock that brings the war all the way home.

Jeffrey's was a bright smile with high ideals and great aspirations behind it. I remember when he came into the office right before he went into boot camp. He was so proud to be going into the Army, though patriotism was not very prevalent at the time. He seemed like such a boy then. Later, when he came back to visit in his Class A's, there was no doubt that here was a man, ready to pay the price for all of us, to go where the rest of us could not or would not go. He was so impressive and bright, larger than life even.

He lived a patriot and died a hero, defending this nation's ideals for the cause of liberty. I grieve to know how deep his parents' sorrow must be.

I will remember him, and honor him always."
Fran Simmons of Fayetteville, NC

"To the family and friends of Spc. Jeffrey Wershow:
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 Wershow:
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