Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Wilson

45, of Thomson, Georgia.
Wilson died in Mosul, Iraq when hostile forces attacked the vehicle he was in. He was assigned to the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 23, 2003.

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The greatest Soldier I ever knew. He trained us the right way. All the Way Airborne. This We'll defend. He was my drill sergeant and inspired me as a Soldier and person. You're not forgotten. Your legacy lives on. D42"

"19 years is a lifetime and yesterday. You are always remembered. You were one of a kind, professional but funny and kind. I still remember having to go with you because some of the soldiers got a little too wild in Thailand and we had to fix it quietly and quickly. Still makes me laugh."
CPT Leslie Fletcher Ayres of Payson, AZ

"Back in 1998 I was Cav Scout attached to the infantry in Egypt (MFO) and CSM Wilson was in charge. My first run was a long side of him, and I'll never forget it because he looked at me and was like where is the rest of your guys? Since we had just got their we weren't used to the climate from Alaska! I made sure I didn't fall out in front of him! Saw him a few more times on that deployment and always remembered his size and leadership! Rest Easy and God Bless 🇺🇸"
Steve Rumer of Philadelphia, Pa

"Then a ssgt, Jerry Wilson was my Drill Instructor. He was a gentle giant that had a way of motivating you without humiliating you. He once told us before a long PT run that nobody could quit. He said that he had his CPR card in his pocket and he would bring us back, lol. Mostly I remember him as an amazing example of what all young infantry soldiers aspire to become. His encouragement lives on in me today. CSM Wilson, there is no telling how many soldiers that you impacted in a positive way. This Country Owes you the Utmost respect for you courage and your leadership. RIP Sky Soldier….FIRST STRIKE!!"
Specialist William Cooper of Eastpoint, FL

"I feel like it is my fault you called the toc and said you were on your way to our camp because you found my uncle who was at a camp nearby. You never made it. I passed out hearing the news. I pray that was not your only reason for leaving camp that day. Your were a great leader and I pray your family knows that."
Charlesree Evans of TX

"Command Sergeant Major you were a class act. Today I was remembering another friend he's been gone 10 years now tomorrow and I can't think of him without remembering you. You were the consummate professiona. Rest in peace."
CPT Leslie Fletcher Ayres of Payson Arizona

"I was ISG Wilson's battalion PA at 4/9 Infantry and 2/1 Infantry at Ft. Wainwright. Deeply saddened to hear of his untimely passing. God bless you and your family, Top."
Don Shipman (MAJ, Ret.) of Waco, Texas

""I will always remember CSM Wilson for his leadership, guidance, and motivation. I served with him when he was the 1st BN 502nd IN, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) CSM in Iraq in 2003. I was the Battalion Operation Sergeant for 1-320 Field Artillery Battalion. CSM Wilson was an inspiration to us all."
Larry F. Keene (Retired) of Fort Knox, KY

"oh man I can't even imagine! So sorry I found this site trying to find a Sergeant named Dunn William Thomson! And thought I would just tell you how precious life is which you know and tell you I'm praying for you!"
michele of Cuyahoga Falls

"CSM Wilson....seems like yesterday when I saw you on the Air field in Iraq, and with that smile you asked "Forde you doing okay…you look tired”, and no matter how exhausted I was I would always respond…Sergeant Major I'm good. Without saying much you demanded the best and you motivated just as much. I remember being at the sugar factory when the call came over the net that you had made contact… I cried, I was mad and I was angry...maybe because you told me you were going to stop by and see me and you never did, we didn’t meet. Well CSM Wilson I know you're watching me and I'm still holding them accountable as you always stressed and demanded. I can go one for hours about our encounters, would write a book. CSM Wilson thanks you for allowing me to take my platoon into combat as a Staff Sergeant, you had more trust in me than I had in myself...and as a young leader I needed that....thank you. You will NEVER be forgotten."
1SG Forde, R of Ft. Jackson, SC

"On this date 9 yrs ago Ranger Wilson was called home by the Ranger in the sky. I am proud & honored to have served under Jerry. He was a true leader in every sense of the word. I will never forget the life lessons Jerry taught me. Rest in Peace my friend........."
Ranger John Moore of Las Vegas, NV

"Hello Jerry,
It's 2114 hours, 06 November 2012, I wanted to stop my and let you know I'm thinking of you as I often do. You're not forgotten my friend. "Until we link-up.."
John Archer of Lawrenceville, NJ

"Jerry I think about you alot. I remember the time when we were in the advance course at Ft.Benning. GA. you will always be my friend"
William Wilson of Sterling, VA

"he took ravago out by themselves. ihelped guard there bodies"
pfc rhodes of ft campbell

"CSM Wilson, then SFC Wilson, was my ROTC instructor. Tomorrow I will be talking about him to some of my classmates. We're talking about people who inspire us. He helped me become the officer I am today."
Valerie Henderson of Vienna, VA

"Hello Jerry..I'm wishing you a Merry Christmas..it's not the same knowing your not here..but I find peace in knowing you're watching over all of us...I miss you my friend.."
John Archer of Lawrenceville, NJ

"CSM Wilson (DAD) Well i know it's been 7 years since you passed and i still remeber it as it was yesterday. I know that you are in a very special place now looking down on us ( Soldiers, family, & Friends) but you are not forgotten at all and i still remember the good times we had together in the STRIKE BDE. A very tragic lose to the Army."
SFC Dixon of Fort Sill, Ok

"Well CSM I completed 21 yrs of service and I credit u and the other senior NCO's for person who I am today. Merry Christmas CSM and to your family that misses you. May your example live on in all the NCO's you encountered."
SSG (RET) Mike Thompson of Columbus, GA

"Jerry, it's 0445, Friday, 21 October 2011. I just wanted to check in and let you know I'm thinking about you.."
John Archer of Lawrenceville, NJ

"SFC Wilson was a drill Sgt in my basic training company D-4-2 at Ft Benning in the fall of 1985. Then by chance we both ended up in C Co, 2-187th (ABN) in Panama 1986-1987. He was a great soldier, and his death was a great loss to the Army and our country."
Brian Stonemetz of Ohio

"I am very sorry to hear of this great tragedy and loss. I remember CSM Wilson from his days as a 1SG with 4/9 Inf. at Ft. Wainwright in Alaska. This country is better off for having had him. Truly a great leader, and a great man. Thank you for everything you've given to all of us."
Don Isenberg of Lewistown, Pennsylvania

"I had the honor of serving under CSM Wilson. and he promited me to the NCO ranks as CPL. God Bless You. and i know your looking down still guiding us troops the way you always did."
SGT Limberakis, George of Fort Sill OK

"Merry Christmas Jerry 2010
God bless your family this Christmas season."
Scott Metayer (Ret) of Ft. Polk Louisiana

"It has been 7 years ago that Jerry left us. There will never be a greater man, leader, and friend than Jerry Wilson.

I had the honor to serve with Jerry in 1981-1983 he was my PSG, then he was an E-6. I am forever grateful for the life lessons that Jerry taught me. I miss my friend Jerry but I know that we will one day meet again when the Big Ranger in the sky calls me home. RLTW"
John "Ranger" Moore of Las Vegas

"To one of the greatest mentors and leaders I have ever known, you will be missed."
Jason Ledford of Honolulu, HI

"my herro you are great you have fighted for us from ahvee wilson your six year old granddaughter I LOVE YOU!"
Ahvee Jerriah Wilson of georgia

"CSM Wilson you touched me as a Private in Strike Brigade, and you were a great mentor. I loved how you made me laugh when you called me Bad, Bad Leroy Brown."
Dan Brown of Oak Park, Il USA

"Merry Christmas Jerry---2009"
Scott Metayer (Ret) of Ft. Polk Louisiana

"Well Jerry another year has passed without having you around. As I reflect on my career and the success that I have had over the last ten years, I can only think about you. You were always there to tell me that I could accomplish anything I wanted, and not to worry about what others thought. I have tried since your passing to live my life as a caring leader but most importantly as a good man. I believe that I have done this and I know I owe the majority of my success to you. You were the one leader that I have truly had in my career no matter how tough times got, would always smile and crack a joke to ease the tension. Jerry even long after your passing, I can still feel my stomach turn when I think of you, knowing you are no longer with us. Your passing has truly touched me daily. I still to this day tear-up when I think of you, and know that you are no longer here. I have still maintained your picture, and I tell everyone who ask me "Who is that", I tell them that you were and always will be the greatest and most influencial leader and friend I have ever had.

Jerry I miss you every day

SGM Lon Kindler
Brigade Operations Sergeant Major
5th BDE, 2nd ID (SBCT)
Fort Lewis, WA
"Strike and Destroy"
"HR 37""
SGM Lon Kindler of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan

"This was no ordinary SGT. The 25 years i spent in the Army I could count on one hand the people that crossed my career that made so much of a difference like Jerry did. He was fair with every one. God bless him. This country owes him a huge debt of Gratitude. His family should be proud that he made such a difference in so many."
Scott Metayer (Ret) of Ft. Polk Louisiana

"CSM Wilson had taken over 1-502 at about the same time I PCSed there from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.I was a platoon sergeant in B Co for a short time before he put me in the 1SG position. I am still grateful to him for the amount of trust, respect, and support that he gave me.CSM Wilson was an exceptional NCO who inspired all around him in a positive and profesional manner. I honestly never saw him in a bad mood when he'd come around our company; you became instantly motivated just by being around him.Thank You and God Bless You, CSM Wilson. I'll see you on the high ground......"
SFC (Ret) Mike Hainey of McMinnville, TN

"CSM Wilson had taken over 1-502 at about the same time I PCSed there from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.I was a platoon sergeant in B Co for a short time before he put me in the 1SG position. I am still grateful to him for the amount of trust, respect, and support that he gave me.CSM Wilson was an exceptional NCO who inspired all around him in a positive and profesional manner. I honestly never saw him in a bad mood when he'd come around our company; you became instantly motivated just by being around him.Thank You and God Bless You, CSM Wilson. I'll see you on the high ground......"
SFC (Ret) Mike Hainey of McMinnville, TN

"I had the honor and the privelage of serving under CSM Jerry Wilson in the 1-502nd. The day he died he stopped by C.co's fire base just to check up on us. I was on guard at the time and it was the first time i had spoke with the man. Not what i expected at all, he had a very warm way about him. Later that day he was killed. Ill never forget him and i wont let others forget him either."
Phillip Firestine of Houston, Texas

"Greetings and remembrance on this 4th of July 2009 to all soldiers and families of the 1-502nd who served in OIF 2002-2003. My name is David Rush and I am now retired after 20 years of Active Army Service and was serving in Mosul, Iraq in the 1-502nd IN as an Anti Armor Platoon Sergeant on the day of these fallen soldiers tragic deaths.
To the families, friends and fellow soldiers that had the privilege to know Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Wilson, 45, of Thomson, Georgia the 2nd Brigade’s (502nd Infantry Regiment) CSM and Spc. Rel A. Ravago IV, 21, of Glendale, California newly assigned as the CSMs drover and previously assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment who were both killed 23 November 2003 when hostile forces attacked the vehicle they were riding in Mosul, Iraq I would like to extend a heart full of love for both men and you. I will never forget them.
I have spent most of my 4th of July on the internet searching and reading about my fellow soldiers and particularly the ones I new well and love like a brother. Both CSM Wilson and SPC Rel A. Ravago were both my friends and loved.
I spoke with both of them hours prior to their death. I remember it like it was yesterday. The CSM was making his regular visits with the soldiers and circulating to check on the soldiers needs. We actually had about a 15 minute conversation that day where we shared a Coke and both ate some boiled peanuts from a can my family had sent. SPC Ravago and I had a conversation on the front steps of the BN headquarters building just prior to their departure in route for their next stop where I reminded him to stay alert. I remember standing on the steps and watching their vehicle drive out the protective gate of our compound. I can close my eyes and still see them. The memory and love we their fellow soldiers have for them will never die.
God Bless you and all who serve"

"i served with him while he was the CSM for 1/502IN, i forget how many times he asked me to work on his truck, i remember when i left for WOCS he'd asked me too look at his old blazer again and his water pump was trashed, i was in too big a hurry to get on the road to help, it was the last time i saw him. i'll never forget his first words to the battalion, i'll never forget this man. he exuted strength, he was a warrior, he was my friend. goodbye Jerry, and thanks."
roger banfield of Missouri

"He was an outstanding NCO and he taught me alot. He taught me to be a better NCO despite what you do or not do. Hooh CSM see you on the High Ground"
SSG Michael Thompson of FT. Drum NY

"We served together in the 4th Ranger Training Battalion, back in the days. A sad loss for family and friends, and a Great Loss for the US Army."
Phillip of Hanners

"CSM Wilson was my 1sgt in A co 4/9 INF Ft. Wainwright, AK. When I heard of his death I was stunned. He was a great 1sgt, and a role model. And will be sadly missed."
Tom Fresquez of Raton, Newmexico

"CSM Wison was my Sgt Maj while assighned to CharlieRock 2nd of the 1st INF Ft. Wainwright AK. When i first heard he passed i dug out an old photo of him pinning a commendation on me while we did a MFO tour in Egypt. There is no doubt in my mind he will always be missed"
Guinn of Chula Vista CA

"Command Sgt. Maj. Wilson,

Thank you for being such a great example of what a leader should be. Since childhood, I always wanted to learn the soldier's way. I feel blessed that God picked you to teach me. As the CSU Ranger Team Instructor, you taught me to always strive for the best regardless of circumstances. You are the difference that made a dull life experience into the extraordinary.

I will never forget you CSM Wilson."
Christian Phillis Toleque of Hollywood, FL

"November 23, 2008
To the family of Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Wilson:
Jerry 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 remeber him well. I always thought he looked liked Montel Williams and I joked with him about that. He always had a smile and would say something witty to us!! I will always remeber him! No matter how hard the day was in Iraq he could make you always feel proud to be fighting for our country!"
Paul Wilkes of Fort campbell Ky

"I remember the first time I met CSM Wilson. He was a great man with a great sense of humor who cared about his soldiers. Because of him, I became a better soldier. I know all of us who he touched make him proud, and he looks down on us to keep us safe."
Thomas Fraser of Fort Campbell

"I met CSM Wilson while working as DCSM secretary at Fort Campbell, KY. I was just looking up some of the people I served with during my military career and was deeply saddened to see CSM Jerry Wilson had passed. I was hoping this wasn't the CSM Jerry Wilson I knew so I started reading the notes to see if I recognized anybody's name and when I saw DCSM Marvin Hill I knew this was him. I am at a complete loss for words. My heart goes out to the family and I know you are missing him and here I am years later looking him up so as you see he will never be forgotten. I really looked up to CSM Wilson he was a great man and would do anything to help a fellow soldier. Rest in Peace!!"
Tina Whittington of Dillon, SC

"I rememeber CSM Wilson from my daily PT run down Bastogne at Fort Campbell, Ky. I meet him again in Iraq on LSA Diamondback PX he was a truly a great man and a leader . Still today I will always remember him and miss him."
MSG Anders L. Anthony of Fort Campbell, Ky USA

"I rememeber CSM Wilson from my daily PT run down Bastogne at Fort Campbell, Ky. I meet him again in Iraq on LSA Diamondback PX he was a truly a great man still today this I still remember him and miss him."
MSG Anders L. Anthony of Fort Campbell, Ky USA

"During the Memorial Day Weekend, First Baptist Church of Orlando distributed flags with the names of those who served and died in Iraq and Afghanistan. I received Jerry's name. From reading the comments about him, he sounds like a soldier everyone could be proud of--a man of honor and integrity, who served our country well. May God bless your family and his memory."
Mike of Orlando, Florida

"With the approaching Memorial Day weekend it is my wish to remember & honor CSM Wilson's service to his country. I served with the 101st in Mosul, Iraq and frequently spoke with him. Sergeant Major was a great soldier and more so a wonderful man who loved and took care of his soldiers. May you rest in peace... we will all meet again one day!"
1SG Peter Silk (ret) of Clarksville, TN

"Sergeant Major was one of the most honorable powerful men Ive ever met. He would just step into a room and it would be filled up with his presence. I served under him in the deuce and deployed with him to Iraq. Even when stuff got bad he was always there with a smile on his face and a joke for everyone he came across. I left two months before he was killed and im just finding out now that he passed. My heart has sunk knowing that we lost a true American hero and an inspirational individual to all those that served with him. My prayers go out to his family He will surely be missed."
Collins of Germany

""To All A/CO 4/9 INF" This a great lost to anyone that has had CSM Wilson in their lives. I was a Private when I met CSM Wilson, he taught me how to be a soldier, and what kind of impact it would have on your life. God take care of him.

DeShawn Reed Aco. 4/9Inf 94'-97,"
DeShawn Reed of Columbus, OH

"I served Under, at the time, 1sgt wilson in Ft. wainwright AK in 1996. I was in Aco 4/9. I am very proud to have served under his command. It saddens me deeply to hear of his passing. God be with you top....."
Mike O'Neal of Anna, Tx

"csm wilson was my 1sgt in a co4-9inf he was the the greatest 1sgt that asoldier could ever have i will miss him"
james willard of ballston spa new york

"I will miss you TOP! You have been one of the most influential men in my life. I served under you in Alaska as a Private First Class in "A" co. 4/9 INF (Manchu). When all the other NCO's discouraged me from going to Officer Candidate School, only you encouraged me. You drew my name for the company Christmas Party in 1993 and you gave me the Army Officer's Guide for Christmas . That act set in motion a series of events that led to my appointment in the Secret Service as a Special Agent.

When I heard of your passing I was stunned. We had talked of your retirement when we met at the Bataan Memorial Death March in 1997. I was a lieutenant then and you were so proud of me. I am sorry you did not live long enough to know how much that simple act of kindness changed my life forever. But, know this...You made a difference.

To your sons; I want them to know you were a man of integrity, honor, and kindness. If I can ever help them they can contact me at:
David N.Kennedy of U.S. Secret Service

"I served as 4th Bn 9th Infantry regiment, 6th Infantry Division (Arctic Light)'s ammunition NCO while CSM Wilson was a First Sergeant in our Battalion. Jerry Wilson was a highly professional soldier and a leader that commanded respect without being severe. He exuded an air of honor and decency and possessed a quality of character that made him a noncommissioned officer that was easy to look up to for all ranks. It is with much regret and sorrow, and of course the deepest sympathies for his family and close friends, that I write this. While it isn't surprising that CSM Wilson would make the supreme sacrifice, considering the concern, fairness, and selfless love for he embodied for his fellow soldiers, it is truly tragic that his family, the country, the army, and his unit and friends must endure this loss."
Aaron McGraw, Learning Center/ Writing Intensive Team Tutoring Program Staff Member of University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, Titusville, PA

"CSM Wilson wow there is so much to say about that great man. i was assigned to HHC 1-502 from 01-03 i was asked just the other day who has impacted my life the most since i have been in the military and i would half to say you have when i was a young father and a young solider you sat me down and told me that i need to get my act together and be a father then a solider and i have never forgot that and i never will if you had the great honor of serving with him you would remember one thing about him his smile even to a solider that was unsure of himself you always gave me that smile and took the time to talk to me and get me though my problem you are sorely missed but never forgotten. out of all my combat patchs i have i wear the 101st to honor what you have done. Hey CSM drop ole saint Pete for all of us air assualt and First Strike always"
Spc Gosney of Milan IL

"It has been a long time and I still frequently visit this site when thinking about my father. I want to thank all of you who have responded with heartfelt thoughts because the Army was my fathers life and he loved what he did which is evident through all of the lives that he touched. The family is still coping eventhough it's been a while we still have our days and just try to push on. Thank you for your prayers and sincere love. Mantrell Wilson/mwilso12@aug.edu"
Mantrell Wilson of Augusta, GA

"I served with CSM Wilson in Alaska, he was 1SG in Manchu's and I 1SG 4-11 FA. We both was selected to attend Sergeant Major Academy together echo a lot of same feeling towards Jerry, a true professional, always willing to tell it like it is, and never afraid. He was my mentor, advisor and proud to say my friend. Many of us tried and wanted to be like Jerry, but their will never be another Jerry lee Wilson. Thank god for allowing me to know Jerry and thank his family for raising a GREAT AMERICAN SOLDIER.

CSM(R)James Howell"
James Howell of Indianapolis, IN

"Jerry Wilson was my 1SGT in A Co 4/9 Inf. About a year ago I was reflecting on who I felt had the greatest impact on my life. The first person that came to mind was Jerry Lee Wilson. I went on line to see if I could locate him and just drop a line thanking him and to let him know if I could ever return the favor, I would be there. To my dismay I discovered he had been KIA. That was one of the saddest moments of my life.

I can honestly say he did more to shape me into the sucessful person I am today than my parents. He was hard but gentle and would just give the hint of a smile when you needed it most. Jerry was a true hero.

To his family,

My success is due to him. If ever there is a time that I can ever assist you with anything, please contact me."
Andrew Behnke of Los Angeles/Claremont, CA

"The message from ...........

My brother served with CSM Wilson in Iraq with the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division and I am very glad to have had a leader like CSM Wilson commanding my brother. My brother told me of a time in Iraq when Col. Anderson and CSM Wilson actually walked in front of the convoy and cleared a mine field on there way north through Iraq. That speaks volumes about his bravery and the kind of man he was. My thoughts and Prayers are with his family. Men like CSM Wilson are what make this country great. He will sorely be missed."
Jason Reid of New Boston, TX

About the mine field above. I was in the vehicle directly behind CSM Wilson driving in his footprints with your brother. I was the driver that followed CSM Wilson throught the mine field and your brother was my passenger. I knew CSM very well, and he will never be forgotten. I think of him all the time. I miss you, and don't ever think we will forget your bravery and how you kept us all safe when you were here and by the things you tought us after you were gone."
Spc HOFFER of 101st Airborne Division HHC 2nd BDE S3

"CSM Wilson was my brigade Sergeant Major during my time in Aco, 1-502 I was just a specialist and was arraiving to my second duty station in Ft. Wainwright Alaska when I herd of his death, I was shocked and in disbelief that the biggest role model for all the soldiers of the strike brigade was gone! I will never forget you and the inspiration you brought to all of us, thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart.


"Everyday I sit and stare at the picture that Jerry gave me with himself and sons, and I think that was a handsome man!! He was always there for me giving me military knowledge. I just hate that God took a true friend from me. I pray that it was only a dream but deep down I know it was real.I pray for his family and friends that he WILL never be forgotten. STRIKE!!!!"
Stephanie of Alabama

"Everyday I sit and stare at the picture that Jerry gave me with himself and sons, and I think that was a handsome man!! He was always there for me giving me military knowledge. I just hate that God took a true friend from me. I pray that it was only a dream but deep down I know it reality. I prat for his family and friends that he WILL never be forgotten. STRIKE!!!!"

"CSM Jerry Wilson,

It has felt like a lifetime since you were taken from us. There is not a day that does not go by that I do not think of you and or talk about you. I have had the pleasure to be blessed by the presence of what I consider was the greatest leader and warrior that I have ever meet. Everyday that I go to work and look at my computer there you are. I have had your picture set as my screensaver since you left us and it will always remain there. I have shed many tears just thinking about you since your passing. I have never had a leader in the military touch me in the manner that you did. The impact you made on Soldiers and leaders in the military will always remain, you can tell by opening up this site and look at the messages left in rememberance to you. There is not a day that does not pass that I wish you were still here to talk. I have and will always call you the most caring leader that I have ever had. I can only hope that when I pass I will see you again. I know that you are in a better place, but I have an empty place in my heart since you left."
1SG Lon Kindler of HHC BDE 1SG 5th BDE 2nd ID (SBCT) Fort Lewis WA

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Geraldine Zaki of Lawrenceville, GA

"It was so good to see you again back in the summer of 01 at Fort Campbell. When I first met you, you were a platoon sergeant with the 187th in Panama in 1986. A finer person and soldier I have not met. It sure was good to sit down and talk about old times and we talked about getting together. I know that as the CSM you would take care of your people no matter what. My friend you are missed but will never be forgotten. I kow that you are still watching over your troops. I pray the Lord grant your family the peace of knowing that you always loved them."
Maj (R) Cuellar, Mario

"I had the honor to serve with CSM Wilson (then SSG Wilson) in 1982 in Dahlonega Ga, I was a very young and mixed up soldier. Jerry took a special interest in me and turned my life around. He showed me the right way to do things and he showed how to take charge of my life in so many ways. When I would mess up he would say " MO, whats wrong with you boy" I will never forget what Jerry did for me. After learning of his death I renlisted after being out for 16 years and went to Iraq. I felt it was the right thing to do. I would like for CSM Wilsons loved ones to know what an impact he had and to this day still has on my life. I will always be in debt to Jerry for being my friend and leader."
John Moore ( Ranger Moore) of Las Vegas NV

"I had been looking for my birth father with the same name and came across the memorial. Although I am glad that this Jerry L Wilson was not old enough to be my biological father my heart goes out to his family. I have 2 military sons as well. 1 in Iraq and the other very soon to follow. (within the next 4 months) Again my prayers are with the Jerry L Wilson family and for all who gave thier lives so I could continue mine. Thank you"
Sharleene Dionne of Michigan

"To the family of:Jerry L. Wilson 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"

"my first unit was c 2/1 inf 1 st plt. csm wilson will be remembered for the rest of my life. keep a khem light lite for me when i get to that finel orp so you can guied me in. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE"
SSG. MALPASS of redmond or

"My name is Pedro Soto. I meet CSM Wilson in Feb of 95 when I reported to A Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment ,where he was the First Sergeant. CSM Wilson was a great leader, mentor, and friend to the soldiers that he served. He was my First Sergeant, my mentor, and the person in my life that as a young private I needed and to this day I still practice everything I ever learned from this wonderful man. CSM Wilson I MISS YOU, LOVE YOU, till we meet again."
Pedro Soto of Phila, PA

"Well Jerry, it's been a while, yet it still hurts. Just wanted you and your family to know I've not forgot you, and I never will..Hey do me a favor, when I get there will you and some of the fellas meet me?"
John Archer of Lawrenceville, NJ,USA

"I was in Aco 1/502D INF from 2001 thru 2004 when the SGM was the Battalion and Brigade SGM. Aco was the first on the seen after the incident resulting in the SGM's death. I knew the SGM pretty well and he was a soldier's SGM. He would talk to every soldier like he was there big brother or father. He took care of each and every soldier in his command. My heart and prayers go out to the family of this honored fallen brother in arms and I could only wish that I will be half the leader he was. To Seargent Major Wilson, the Blackhearts love you and will never forget."
SSG Jason F. Sauer of 1/158th INF, Phoenix, AZ


"My first encounter with CSM Wilson was a 40 below zero day on Ft Greely, AK when CSM Wilson fired my squad leader and I as young Specialst was told to make it happen. I received an impact ARCOM that day. I have a picture of CSM Wilson asleep in a chair under my guard tower in the Sinai in 1998 on Thanksgiving day, he and the BC had come to have dinner with us. You've made an impact on more soldiers than you could ever imagine. I am a better person to have known you and served with you. You are missed, but not forgotten! Cold Steel!"
CW2 Richard Warner of Dothan, Alabama

Heather Trader of Salisbury Maryland

"I'm so sorry what happened. No one in my family is in the Army, but I prayed every night that the killing will stop."
Brenda Olivars of Salisbury Maryland

"I didn't know CSM Wilson, but it sounds like he is a well respected man and soldier. I am proud to keep his name alive and ensure he is not forgotten by wearing a bracelet with his name on it. My thougths and prayers our with you and your family."
SSgt. Chris Endres of Spangdahlem, Germany

"My name is Mike Chambers. I met CSM wilson in Jan 1998 when I reported to 2-1 INF. at FT Wainwright, Alaska. I had 18 years in the service and quite honestly, I was looking for a place to quietly retire. Well, CSM wilson left no doubt in my mind that no NCO was going to slack in his BN. I was assigned to C-co as Platoon Sergeant. About 6 months later, he called me and my 1SG to his office and told me he was moving me to B-C0, to become the ISG. Over the next year or so, I was blessed to witness in action one of the finest soldiers to ever serve in the United States Army. Jerry Wilson was and will always be the finest soldier I've ever met. His soldiers would literally follow him over a cliff!. Jerry, no doubt I was a better soldier for knowing you, but I also feel I am a better person as well. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family."
Michael G Chambers 1SG, RET of North Pole, AK

"i meet CSM WILSON in kuwait i was standing right behind him in the chow hall eating my ice cream and i had this scary feeling he was going to tell me something. oh yeah he did. he look over at me and said "who the hell eat ice cream for breakfast" i just stood there not knowing what to say then the words came out of my mouth slowly "i do csm" while my buddies stood behind me laughing knowing he was going to tell me something. NICE TO MEET YOU CSM YOU HAVE MADE THE BIGGEST SACRIFICE OF ALL"

I keep the picture of us in Brazil in my "War Room" Your not gone, you here in my heart!!! I often think about our assignment in Panama and laugh, you'll be missed my friend but never, ever forgotten."
John Archer of Lawrenceville, NJ

"I met jerry when he was the 1sgt in ft ww, ak, he would always have a special place in my heart."
sonji shedd of dallas, tx

"CSM Wilson was by far the best SOLDIER I have ever had the pleasure of serving with. But beyond that..He was a good man also. You are sorely missed CSM. Here at Strike we feel your loss every day. The monument we have erected has your name on the front, lest we ever forget....First Strike."
SGT John Schulz of Ft Campbell,KY

"Your sacrafices will never be forgotten. Thank you for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"It's almost a year now since CSM Wilson and SPC Ravago were killed in Iraq in line of duty. Days go by, but the memories of a brave soldier and a caring leader will never be forgotten. I pray to the One who sees all that may He protects the soldiers in harm's way, and may he blesses the soul of CSM Wilson and SPC Ravago. You will always be remembered."
MSG Franklin, Aurea of 101st ABN DIV (AASLT), Ft. Campbell, KY

"Served with you in Alaska in the 172nd SIB; I still remember it like yesterday. You were an amazing leader and you are missed."
CPT Leslie Fletcher Ayres, Brigade SPO of Fort Wainwright, AK

"CSM Wilson was my CSM while I was a Platoon Sergeant in C-2-1 INF,Ft Wainwright AK. He was a very smart man in all things army related. In his dealings with soldiers, always fair. I will always remember him as a man to emulate."
SFC Steven Decker of Ft. Wainwright AK

"I remember November 23, 2003 as one of the darkest days of my military career. I served under CSM Wilson in Iraq when I was assigned to the 2nd BDE's 3rd BN. He had a way of making you feel proud to be part of the Strike BDE and the Army. I will always respect and miss him. Even though I have left the Strike BDE and moved on in my military career, I still carry with me the pride that he helped me atain as a Strike soldier. May God bless his family. Strike and Air Assault CSM Wilson. May you rest in peace."
SGT Hollon 4212 USA Hospital, Kingsport, TN

"CSM Wilson was a man of great integrity, stature, and a true example of what a soldier should be. I learned much from him. I will remember most the many games of spades that i shared with him in Iraq (I still have the scorecard CSM!) REST IN PEACE YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"

"It was my honor to have been trained under CSM Wilson (whom we affectionately called "D-Bo") as a Specialist at B Co., 2nd BN, 1st IN RGT, Ft. Wainright, AK. CSM Wilson inspired me to challenge myself and encouraged me to become an Officer. And it is for that reason alone that I am one today. I only regret that I was not able to tell him how deeply he impacted my life, and I'm sure, the lives of so many other young soldiers. The Army will deeply miss and never again know the likes of CSM Jerry L. Wilson. God rest his soul."
2LT Jeffery A. Eaton of 306th MI Co., Ft. Sheridan, IL

"You were the first person to greet me on the first hour of my stay at Alfa Co. 1/502nd. I still keep the Army Values card that you gave me on my ID tags and there they will forever stay. My heart and prayers to to you and your family."
Philip Franck of Waldorf, Maryland, USA

"I am MSG Lon Kindler, I served under CSM Wilson at Ft.Campbell Ky. My memories of CSM Wilson will live forever in my heart and mind. I will never forget the mentorship that CSM Wilson provided to every soldier, NCO, and officer that he had direct contact with. In my many years serving in the military, I have had great mentors that I have worked under, but must say CSM Wilson was the best. The one thing you could expect from him daily was he would let you know the Army has a standard, and this was his standard, he would not except anything less. CSM Wilson was a giant of a man, and received the complete respect of every soldier, NCO, and officer that was in his presence. The one thing that I have not forgotten was his silly little smile that he had when he found humor in something that one of his soldiers had said or done. If you ever wanted to know what the book definition of what a caring leader was, all you had to do was to look in CSM Wilson's direction and you would find your answer. I could honestly say that CSM Wilson is the one leader I have had the privelage to serve under, that I will never forget. CSM Wilson was and will always be a HERO in my eyes and also many others. CSM Wilson you will never be forgotten in the Kindler family."
MSG Lon Kindler of Hohenfels Germany

"Jerry Lee will always be remembered as my favorite brother-in-law. He was married to my sister Linda Winfrey Wilson for 16 years and though they divorced they remained friends until his untimely death. He will always remained in my heart as a very loveable and caring person. I miss his calls to check on my sister making sure she was okay. Jerry was not a boastful person, when he was home he was there for family and friends, there was no talk about the military. He enjoyed life to the fullest. His family not only lost a son, brother, father. I lost a brother, brother in law and a friend and the world lost a great hero. We love you Jerry but God gained a great warrior for his kingdom. I thank God for bringing you into our lives. Only God in his infinite wisdom know how much we miss you."
Elaine Winfrey Samuels of Thomson, Ga USA

"I will always remember CSM Wilson for his leadership and guidance. I served with him in 1st BN 502nd IN, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as his Battalion Fire Support NCO and served under him in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I will never forget his care for his soldiers and his smile on the day of battle calling for his men to move forward and destroy the enemy. CSM Wilson you will be missed but never forgotten."
SFC James Swearingen of Fort Campbell, KY

"To my "big brother". I think of you every day and will never forget your friendship and place you have left in my families heart."
Colleen of Fort Riley, KS

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

"My brother served with CSM Wilson in Iraq with the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division and I am very glad to have had a leader like CSM Wilson commanding my brother. My brother told me of a time in Iraq when Col. Anderson and CSM Wilson actually walked in front of the convoy and cleared a mine field on there way north through Iraq. That speaks volumes about his bravery and the kind of man he was. My thoughts and Prayers are with his family. Men like CSM Wilson are what make this country great. He will sorely be missed."
Jason Reid of New Boston, TX

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

"I served with CSM Jerry Wilson in Alaska when he was the First Sergeant of A Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment. I was the Company Commander. Words can not express the deep appreciation I have for this man who was a giant of a Soldier. Jerry Wilson was my friend, my brother, and my mentor. During my 25 years in the Army, from Private to Lieutenant Colonel, I've NEVER met a more dedicated, caring, and capable man. I know from the stories he told and the stories I've heard from others that he has touched the lives of hundreds of Soldiers and personally made the Army a better organization by his presence. He will be missed, but he will not be forgotten."
Lieutenant Colonel Larry R. Larimer of White Sands Missile Range, NM

"I first met him as Sergeant First Class Wilson 14 years ago. He was my primary military science instructor in ROTC at Central State University. I was an 18 year old college student on ROTC scholarship with no real interest or connection to the military. Try as a might to slack off, he was harder on me than any one has ever been in my life. For a young college student from California, ROTC just wasn't "cool". Wake up too early, work too late. Missed parties, you name it. Try as I might, CSM Wilson would not let me fail. In fact, through the next 4 years CSM Wilson was somehow able to instill in me pride in something that I had nothing but disdain for (Army). The Army remains a touchstone of my life. I owe him. He taught me about leadership, responsibility, and dedication. He taught me how to be an officer. To this day, after 11 years in the US Army, having been around some of the best soldiers and officers in the world, I have never met one better than CSM Wilson. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He was simply the best."
Captain Raheem Muhammad-Terrell of San Jose, California

"jerry was married to linda winfrey wilson for 16 years and they were friends until his death, i am his sister in law and i will always love and only the lord knows how much i misses my always to be brother inlaw."
barbara white of dearing ga

"My memories of CSM Wilson are fairly recent. I left active duty (national guard now) in September of 2001. About the 4th month or so of CSM Wilson being Strike-7. Working in BDE HQ's you get to see the commanders, sgm's, etc up close and sometimes personal. Unfortunately, CSM Wilson, I have now lost 3 of my fellow brother in arms. I pray for your family. I know you are gonna do a great job in your new assignment. After all, someones gotta keep the soldiers in heaven in line. Rest In Peace, Sergeant Major."
SGT Robert Anspach of Fredericksburg, PA

"When I knew CSM Jerry Wilson he was 1SG Jerry Wilson of A Company 4/9 INF Manchus in Alaska. He was my 1SG, mentor and the person in my life that we all need as a young NCO’s learning how to lead. He was more than that though and unfortunately I didn’t realize that until I left the service. CSM Wilson was a great leader, a soldiers solider and a wonderful human being. I miss him dearly and Thank God that I was able to share a portion of my life with him. You’re still with us 1SG, I feel ya and know that you went down doing what you believed in, trained for and ensured your NCO’s were trained for, God bless you and your family. The Army has a huge void to fill. Manchu."
Rick Mulinaro of PAARNG - SGT- R&R Command

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about Jerry Lee and many many lessons that he taught me as a peer and a brother and those that he taught the thousands of soldiers who were blessed by his leadership. I am proud to have served with him as a Screaming Eagle. I am even prouder that two days prior to his death, that I took the time to pull him to the side to tell him that I loved him, I appreciated him, and how proud I was of him and the job that he was doing as "Strike 7.""
DCSM Marvin L. Hill, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of Mosul, Iraq

"May the Angels keep you in their Arms and the Lord watch over your family. It was nice working with you at Ft Campbell Air Assult Sgt Major you are in our hearts."
CSM (R) James and Penny Cacoulidis of Perryville, MD

"I worked for CSM Wilson, as one of his Fire Support NCO when I was stationed in Alaska. CSM Wilson is a very great leader, mentor and friend to the soldiers that he served. He is an inspiration to all of us that were the military uniform. I remember him being a soldiers soldier, always putting us before himself...Thank You CSM Wilson..You are still watching over us.."
SFC Jackie B. Dunn of 3-7 FA, Schofield Brks, HI.

"Thank you Jerry Wilson, 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

"Many gave some. Some gave all. But few gave more to this country than Jerry Wilson."
Alex of Dayton, NJ

"Words can not express our gratitude for his service and his life - given to to keep us free and safe. He, nor the others, will be forgotten by us."
Tricia and John Beck of Augusta, GA

"CSM Wilson was my Command Sergeant Major when I was assigned to 2-1 Infantry Battalion at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. I remember him as a hard but fair CSM who had a great personality, a genuine concern for soldiers, and a great sense of humor. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and will always remember that he was a great man and leader. He will be missed by all."
SFC Mike Anderson of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

"To the family and friends of Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Wilson:
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 Jerry 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 Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Wilson:
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 Jerry, 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