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Lesa Welliver from Oxnard wrote on May 27, 2024 at 6:53 pm
During an OJT as a Chaplain Candidate, I picked up one of the “Message from Sgt. Jesse Strong” leaflets at the NAB Chapel, Coronado. Eighteen years later I was going through some boxes and found Jesse’s message. Once again, his joyful smile, sharp uniform and his profound testimony touched my heart. As I’ve read the notes on this site of the many people Jesse’s life touched in person and the thousands more, he is still reaching, I salute Sgt. Jesse Strong today, Memorial Day 2024. Well done, good and faithful servant! I pray for your parents and family members today, that they would know the great impact your life is still making. God Bless the Strong Family! Lesa Welliver Veteran, Chaplain Corps, USN
Linda McDonald from Middle Tennessee wrote on May 31, 2021 at 3:48 am
Looking at your beautiful boy's picture. His picture has been on my refrigerator for years. I look at him often. I think of you often too. I have a10 year old grandson now. And I lose my breath just thinking about if I lost the one that holds my heart. I'm so sorry you had to go through that. And still are. I know how much you loved him. I can't imagine how hard it was to lose him. I care. That's all. I am thinking of you all.
Melissa Collins from Newport, VT wrote on May 25, 2020 at 7:01 pm
Thinking of Jesse today, I think of him nearly every day but today especially as it is a day of remembrance and the anniversary of his burial. I can’t believe it’s been so many years. Jesse was a fine man and a good person who I remember fondly. Always in my heart ❤️
Daniel Shaw from Maine wrote on May 27, 2018 at 6:15 am
Dear Strong family, I have wanted to write something to you for a long time but every time I started and read what I wrote I didn't feel like it captured how I truly felt. But now it has been laid upon my hart that saying nothing is worse then not saying exactly the right thing. I had the privilege of meeting Jesse at boot camp (1st BN platoon 1062, senior drill instructor Staff Sergeant Chupka OORAH) Jesse made a bigger impression on my life then the Marines ever could. Jesse was just a kid then, like me, but he was already a strong confident warrior for God. I have been raised in the church and considered myself a strong Christian but in that time in my life I would have been easily swayed to the darker culture and life style of the Marines if it had not been for Jesse there to encourage me and be an example of what a Christian man in the Marine Corps looked like. We both had joined reserve units and made plans to visit one another as I was in Maine and he wasn't to far away in Vermont. However, the war happened and deployments for both of us kept getting in the way. It wasn't until I returned home in December of 2006 and attempted to reach out to Jesse that I learned God had called him home. I have to say this was a hard pill to swallow to try and understand why God would take an amazing man like Jesse who clearly had a way to be a powerful impact on peoples lives and spare mine. It took awhile to get over this guilt and realize God has a plan for everything in our lives. I am now a County Sheriffs Patrol Deputy where I live and I try every day to live the example Jesse led and be a witness to others of how God wants us to be to others and for Him. I am also the proud parent of six children (2 adopted and 2 biological and 2 Fosters) My first biological son we named Lincoln Jesse Shaw in memory of my Hero, so needless to say, but Jesse's memory will not be forgotten in the Shaw household. In closing I pray God comforts you and keeps you safe, I am so sorry for my inability to write this sooner and not having the best way to communicate what a great service you gave to this country by raising Jesse the way you did. My prayer is that I honor his memory and raise my children and live my life the same way. In God's Love, Daniel Shaw (1st battalion 25th Marines Alpha Company) (1st RTBN platoon 1062)
Gaudencio O. Villanueva Jr from SF Bay Area wrote on May 27, 2016 at 11:24 pm
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 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. Infantry/USMC(R)/Ret.
Cecilia Brennan from NC wrote on January 26, 2016 at 10:44 am
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 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 ❤️❤️❤️
CJ Young from Pittsburgh wrote on October 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm
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
Aldous Mina from Eastern Europe wrote on May 22, 2015 at 10:35 am
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, Aldous
Mary Coffman from Lutz, FL wrote on March 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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.
Kevan Sherman from Chase city, Va wrote on January 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm
Its been over 10yrs since I've seen you last. You went out of your way to send our squad off the flight line to camp kV in Aug of 04, I've never forgotten that. I miss talking weight lifting with you. But by far my fondest memory of you was in the theater in 29 palms watching the movie Dodgeball. I don't remember the scene off hand, but a joke was told and you were laughing into the next scene. Which in turn caused the rest of the theater to laugh at you. Priceless! Words cannot express the cost of your passing. Not a day goes by I dont think of yall. Many of shots, many of tears have been taken and shed in yalls memory. As Carrie Underwood wrote, I will see you again. Miss you Jesse, cheers to a somber anniversary. Semper fi. Sherman.
Jeremy from Maryland wrote on January 26, 2015 at 7:48 pm
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Strong, Your son Jesse was a great man. I am grateful for his sacrifice and for his part in keeping our country free. I am thankful for his example of what it means to trust Christ and live as a godly man. And I rejoice to know that he is in heaven with Lord. I am praying for you today.
Julie Brigham from Holliston, Massachusetts wrote on January 26, 2015 at 4:41 pm
I just put my little 10 month Jesse to sleep (named after my friend). I am going through my "Jesse thoughts and memories" on this day 10 years later. I am forever grateful and God is good. What a blessing Jesse's life here and the after... for all of us. Thank you my friend.
John Kill from Irasburg, Vermont wrote on October 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm
I was digging through some belongings today and found the very last letter I received from you Jesse. Only a few months before your much anticipated return home. I hope you found your peace brother! I wish I had more friends like you <3
John Kill from Irasburg, Vermont wrote on October 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm
I was digging through some belongings today and found the very last letter I received from you Jesse. Only a few months before your much anticipated return home. I hope you found your peace brother! I wish I had more friends like you <3
David Flannery from United States wrote on October 21, 2014 at 6:56 am
I am a former Liberty Student who happened to attend Liberty when Jesse was ambushed. I am currently a youth pastor and have been for several years. Today as I was studying for a lesson on prayer, I ran across a note that I had made to myself years ago in Francis Chan's "Crazy Love." Chan writes "We've elevated safety to the neglect of whatever God's best is." In the margin, I referenced Jesse as being a man who was more concerned about Christ's glory than his safety. May the Church follow Jesse's example to love Christ through all of life's trials. May we not choose safety over Jesus. Thank you Jesse for your great example of loving Christ more than life itself.
Tom speel from Allentown , PA wrote on May 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm
I didn't get to write yesterday but had Jesse on my mind. Thankful for his testimony and love for the Lord. Always had a smile in dorm 9. Thank for his life and the sacrifice he made. Praying for his family.
Ashley Churchil from Redding, CA wrote on May 26, 2014 at 5:53 pm
I never met you, but heard all about you at Liberty. We share the same birthday. You are exactly 4 years older than I. Thank you for your service. I know you are in heaven now.
Joe Butler from Rochester, NY wrote on May 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm
Thinking of Jesse during this Memorial Day. This was the first year that our young kids started asking questions of what Memorial Day stood for. It gave us an opportunity to share about Jesse and the sacrifice that he made for our freedom and the freedom of others. Zac's response to our sharing was that one day he wants to be a soldier that teaches other soldiers about Jesus...
Melinda from California wrote on May 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm
Thank you will never be enough.
Linda R. McDonald from Tennessee, United States wrote on May 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm
Thinking of your precious boy today. His picture is on my refrigerator. When I think of Memorial Day; I always think of Jesse!
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