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Dear Mr. & Mrs. Strong,

Hello & greetings in God's love. This communication is long over due...more than a decade has passed & i apologize. I'm a Marine Reservist and had the privilege to know your son Jesse & his team at Victorville, California during our pre-deployment work up prior to deploying to Iraq. My unit is B Co 1st Battalion 23rd Marines. Our Battalion was attached to 1st Battalion 7th Marines. Your son Cpl Jesse Strong and team was with us for about 4 hours. You have an amazing son and his enthusiasm to serve our great country was incredible and admirable! He had no fear and may I say, Jesse smiled facing the devil and ready to take him on! I just looked at him and his leadership with admiration. He took great care of the Marines under his leadership. He had amazing enthusiasm working with Weapons Platoon B Co, my unit. Nothing fazed or stressed Jesse during his time with us and he just kept coming back with a great attitude. I thought Jesse was going to be attached with us during the whole deployment because Jesse and his team would be a great asset to the company. He was just happy to serve our great country and do his part! He mentioned his love for Christ and told me how he served in Sunday school...kinda struck me odd...a marine that blows things up(combat engineer) then a sunday school servant...just sayin'. I think he mentioned wanting to be a Pastor some day....im sorry, its been a decade+. Well, i wish Jesse and his team was with B Co 1/23. We've been through a lot. We were the only Reserve Infantry unit during the 2nd fight for Falluja. We had our share of casualties but miraculously, no one was killed in action or died...truly a miracle. Our hearts broke when we heard of your son and his team were killed in Haqlaniyah on Jan 26, 2005. All i could ask is "why Lord"? It was a very sad day. To this day, i still remember Jesse's infectious enthuthiasm like it was yesterday. All i can say is that God has his reason and i know God needed "A few good men" and Jesse was that man! I know your heart aches every day but as Christians, our heart ache is temporary....God comforts the heart broken. I hope this letter brings some comfort. I know how proud you are of Jesse. I just wanted to say how privileged i was to know such a fine christian man & Marine he was and will never forget Sgt Jesse Strong! God bless & God bless America!

SSgt Villanueva, G.O.

posted by Gaudencio O. Villanueva Jr, SF Bay Area
May 27th, 2016 at 11:24PM

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Strong,

I'm keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers today as I remember Jesse's Home-Going anniversary and the day back in 2007 at Liberty University when the Lord knit us together...you all are ALWAYS in my heart and I cannot wait for the day when I get to meet my faithful brother, Jesse, face to face in the Presence of Our Father!! What a glorious day that will be!

All my love today and always,

~Cecilia Brennan ❤️❤️❤️
posted by Cecilia Brennan, NC
Jan 26th, 2016 at 10:44AM

Dear Strong family,

Your son's name was mentioned with great reverence today at the church we attend here in Pittsburgh...our pastor is Dean Weaver who, as you know, is a relative of yours. It's the words from his sermon today that lead me to look at this page and learn more about your special son Jesse. I love everything you have shared here. I feel as if my husband and I got to know much more about this very special human being whom I know you miss every single day. As Americans who love this country with all of our hearts, we can't thank Jesse enough, and you his family, for his service. We are SO sorry for your loss but are grateful for his love of family, God and his country.
The other part that caught our attention is that you are in Vermont. My husband's family is originally from Craftsbury Common, so somehow our paths, therefore, don't seem so far apart. We can picture your beautiful state and appreciate Jesse's love of "home"
Well, I thank Dean for sharing your story with us today at church. Our hearts break for you. We (and we know you) are grateful that Jesse knew The Lord as he did, so there is no doubt that you will meet again. And when we get there, I would LOVE to meet him too.
Peace be with you,
Carol J. Young
posted by CJ Young, Pittsburgh
Oct 18th, 2015 at 1:26PM

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Strong,

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. My name is Aldous Mina, I am one of Jesse's dorm mates at LU (We were in dorm 9) for a few years together. He used to cut my hair whenever, I was short with money and he always took time to help me out even, if he had other plans for that day. I love Jesse, dearly, he was the best anyone could ask for in a friend. Thank you for sharing him with us and with this world.

I am currently in Eastern Europe, just a few miles away from Ukraine, and as I reflect on this Memorial Day, I remember Jesse, and his testimony throughout his life and eventual home going. Please feel free to reach out to me if, I can be of service.

With love and respect,
posted by Aldous Mina, Eastern Europe
May 22nd, 2015 at 10:35AM

Dear Nathan and Vicki Strong, I first heard about Jesse from the article in guidepost. Since then I've kept the letter you sent me on my desk and every time I see it I lift you up to God. Thank you for so embodying the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. You have been a living scripture for me all these years. My prayers continue for your family. Thank you again for your sacrifice.
posted by Mary Coffman, Lutz, FL
Mar 11th, 2015 at 1:45PM

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