Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Jason M. West

28, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
West died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when he encountered enemy forces using small arms fire. West was assigned to the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany. Died on July 24, 2006.

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"I'm just now finding out about Jason. We served together back at Ft. Bragg. Jason went Green to Gold and I went to flight school. We were good friends that lost touch. One of my best memories was me and him heading to Pittsburg on a 4 day weekend. I got to meet his awesome family and he introduced me to Iron City beer! You are missed my brother."
Chadwick Story, CW3 (USA Retired) of Cleveland, TN

"Jason, remembering you as a young boy at school and when you where in my CCD class in 7th grade. You always had such a impish smile, but so likeable. I can't believe how the years go by. You are in my thoughts. What a nice man you grew into. Thank you."
Marilyn Stewart of Crafton, PA

"Dear Jason, never forgotten especially on this memorial day."
Judy Brown of Germany

"Jason, Just thinking of you today my man. You are missed. Wish we could of spent some more time together."
CPT Matt Amsdell of Colchester, Vermont

"For Capt West, one my best friends. May you rest in peace knowing all of us will never forget you. To Dee and juli sorry for your lost."
Tony Palombo of Carnegie, PA

"For Capt West, one my best friends. May you rest in peace knowing all of us will never forget you. To Dee and juli sorry for your lost."
Tony Palombo of Carnegie, PA

"To Army Capt. Jason M. West and Family,
Thank You which will never be enough in return for what you and your family sacrificed for my family and their security and peace.We had a daughter that served with you and still today speaks often and very highly of you, you and your family will never be forgotten at this home."
annoymous of Texas

"Condolences to you and your family. I hope for nothing but strength and vitality to your family and to your children. I knew you were true to yourself and those you loved. You did your duty, and I hope our current President knows of you. You have given every reason of why you should be missed. Our tears thank you for knowing you and the tears continue towards our farewell. We must live our life with out you and fare thee well to you and
your family.
With love,
Roxanne Swiatkowski of Trinity, NC

"Know that many are thinking of you and your loss and honoring Jason's life and service to our country."
Carol Korn of Warrendale, PA

"In nearing the near two year anniversary... please know that Jason is not forgotten... nor is his sacrifice. you have served well, and have done SRU proud! Peace be with you all."
LDP of former ROTC companion

"July 16, 2008
To the family of Capt. Jason M. West:
Jason gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"i remember the last time me and you spoke, we ran into each other at the dfac at camp ramadi, a far cry from where we met, back at firebase melody out in baghdad. you were the standard that i based every other p.l. i had on. none ever came close i still wake up at night with that last day i saw you so fresh in my head. you were one of the greatest men i have ever or will ever meet. my only regret is i wasnt there with you. good bye."
Daniel Uribe of fort hood, TX god bless the USA

"To the family of:Jason M. West 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 am very sorry to hear about your child’s death through the website Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. We would like to invite you to join us at noon on this Saturday, May 17 at the Homewood Cemetery located in Squirrel Hill (1599 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 – phone for directions 412.421.1822) to honor the fifth anniversary of the death of Gary G's (former WEDO disc jockey) daughter, Cathy, who died in a fire. Upon Cathy's death, Gary started Cathy G Charities to carry on her work with the local homeless (on streets and in shelters), Veterans Administration, anyone who has a need etc. I do pro-bono work as the charities Public Relations Representative.

Since Gary is a disabled veteran, he especially wanted to invite the relative/friends of fallen heroes to our memorial. We have invited others who lost their sons and daughters and Gary will be stocking the beautiful cemetery pond with 900 goldfish and releasing doves after reading the names of the sons and daughters who have passed on.

Thank you for your interest. You can reach me immediately by phone at 412.673.9443 or Gary at 412.583.8560 or 412.373.5687. Please let us know if you can attend and the name of your loved one. Also please inform us if you cannot attend, but want your son or daughter’s name mentioned at our ceremony."
Janet Fabyankovic of Monroeville, PA, USA

"Jason, this is Spartan Doc. Still Miss You Brother. Drank some beers with the boys for Catalano's bachelor party. Ready Doc Kinane, Sharp, and Lucas were all present to represent 1st Brigade, 1st AD. Take Care, Your brother in arms, Jerry"
Gerald Delk of Austin, Texas

"There is a lot that hurts in life and as a friend of Jason's while he was still an enlisted Apache mechanic at Ft Bragg, my heart sunk when I just happened to open the newspaper the day his picture was in there. It has been almost 10 years since I saw him last (I was transferred to Korea in 1998) but still have fond memories (yet silly). I remember him taking me to work one day and he had a new stereo in his car. For some reason he liked turning the treble up and the bass wasn't that high. I will never forget picking on him for his ear bleeding treble. Yeah...we all have different memories of him, that is just one I will never forget despite being a long time ago."
Mike of Lincoln Nebraska

"To all who may read this,

it has taken me a long time to do this but I want to say that I am very sorry for the lose of CPT West. See I know him very well, I was in the same truck when he got killed. I was hurt in that attack as well. I wish that that bad time would of never happened, but it did. I want to tell his wife and family that jason was a great person with a big heart. god bless everyone"
miguel aguirre of fort riley, ks

Just wanted you to know that we still miss Jason at SRU and our thoughts turn to you on this Veterans Day. God bless both of you."
Michael Saraka of Slippery Rock, PA

"I forgot to add something, this is for his wife Juli. Juli, know that Jason will always be with you. He is watching over you from above. He loved you very much and cared for you very much!!Consider him your guardian angel. When a family member of mine died, the preist mentioned in his words to think of your loved one as a guardian angel and that comforted me. I hope that you find peace and know that your love lives on and you will see him again in heaven where he will be waiting for you with open arms. God Bless you, you are in my prayers! I hope you didn't mind my song dedication to Jason below, I just wanted to share with him what my favorite song is. Take care....."
Beth of Florida

"Jason was one of a kind. He was strong, smart and funny. He died doing what he loved. God needed another angel and Jason was one of the chosen ones. He has accomplished so much and everyone is proud of him. I pray for his family and friends and he does know that he was loved very much by everyone. He is such a hero, I will never forget him. Jason, you will always be in my heart and one day we will see eachother again. I dedicate this song, my favorite, to you by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

"I wanna drink that shot of whiskey. I wanna smoke that cigarette.
I wanna smell that sweet addiction on my breath. I wanna ride across West Virginia, in the back seat of a Cadillac. You know some cowboys like me go out like that. So I need you,Like a needle needs a vein,like my uncle Joe in Oklahoma needs the rain. I need you
like a lighthouse on a coast like the Father and the Son need the Holy Ghost.
I need you. I wanna get lost in some corner booth, Cantina Mexico. I wanna dance to the static of an AM radio.
I wanna wrap the moon around us, lay beside you skin on skin. Make love til the sun comes up, til the sun goes down again. Cause I need you, like a needle needs a vein ,like my uncle Joe in Oklahoma needs the rain. I need you, like a lighthouse on the coast ,like the Father and the Son need the Holy Ghost. I need you, OOH I need you." Rest in peace my friend................Til then...."
Beth of Florida

"For Jasons family and friends:
My name is Andreas, I´m from Reichelsheim, Germany - the place where Jason was living close to Friedberg. I met Jason in 2005. We were at a Christmas Market in Nuernberg with a lot of other guys from Reichelsheim, where we had so much fun together. It was some days before he left Germany to the Iraq, I think. When I met him the first day, he invited me and some friends to a bbq at his place. He was such a friendly and hospitality man. Yesterday (5th July 2007)!!! I heard from his dead - and I was really shocked and sad. I didn´t knew Jason as close as other people here, but I want to let his family and friends know, that there are German people from Reichelsheim, who are missing Jason and we are thinking a lot of the great times we had together. If someone reads this who knows Jasons parents/family, please send them this message. Thank you!
Jason we are missing you!"
Andreas Lemp of Reichelsheim, Germany

There have been so many times already that I've tried to accept that you are no longer with us. It really seems surreal.

I think of you often and really missed you on my later trips thru Europe. Remember how much fun we had at Hogmany and Darrenpalooza? Or when you tried learning how to ski in the alps with that funny blue hat on? You were always willing to host dinners and ready to have a good time. Mostly though, I remember how compassionate and genuinely nice you were. You cared so much for your friends, for Julie, and for your family. You also had such a deep respect for this country. Heck, you even had an entire room dedicated to your red, white, and blue items :) You truly believed in the cause that you died for and I admire you for it.

I hope you can see this and know how much we miss you and that you'll always be remembered as a true hero."
CPT Adrienne Barker of 440th Signal Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany


We love you and miss you. Things just arent the same in our S1 section without you. May God continue to bless Julie, your mom and brother and all of your friends.

"Ready 1"
MAJ Tony Perry of Friedberg, Germany

"Thank-you Jason for protecting our country with your service. We will miss you dearly!! God Bless you and you family,
The Milligans"
bill milligan of Pittsburgh,PA / USA

"For Jason's Family and Friends:
I was honored to serve alongside Jason in the Ready First Brigade. Although his job on the Brigade Staff was somewhat removed from mine as a company commander, on those infrequent occasions when I did encounter him I knew that he would immediately devote his fullest attention to helping me in whatever way possible. He always tackled his duties with energy, efficiency, and professionalism. But more importantly, Jason was a good and loyal friend to those of us privileged to have known him. I can only remember enjoying good times while in his company, both while I was in Friedberg and on later visits after I had moved on to a new assignment in Heidelberg. At any time of the day or night, Jason always had time for a friend. I could confide in him even my most personal issues and he would always lend a concerned and caring ear.
As a fellow native of western Pennsylvania, I am so glad that Jason was able to see his beloved Steelers win a Superbowl this past year. That sounds like such a trivial thing, but life is made up of simple pleasures and fleeting moments of happiness -- and we need to make the most out of each and every one of them. I know Jason did, and I know he would want us to do the same.
I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of his loss after so many months had already passed. I can only hope to honor his memory and his sacrifice by continuing my own service in the same spirit of patriotism and dedication that he demonstrated every day.
May God bless you and comfort you as he now holds Jason in his loving arms.
My most sincere sympathies to all of you. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers each day as I fondly remember this great American."
MAJ Mark Walters of Arlington, VA

"Capt. West,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

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

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

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