Memories of Jesse

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Jim Arnold from Lynchburg, VA wrote on May 26, 2011 at 9:31 am
Dear family and friends of Jesse, Remembering your son...brother...buddy...comrade in arms. In grateful freedom, Jim
Matt Berg from Virginia Beach wrote on May 19, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Started reading your dads book last night. Brought up so many memories. Sometimes I still can't believe you are gone.
Dick from Albany, VT wrote on January 27, 2011 at 11:59 am
We wear your memory like a coat that surrounds and protects us. I know that your faith has help build our faith and we feel the prayers from all around joining and building into a power that is at once mighty and gentle. We think of you often and can both laugh and grieve. Thak you!
Mike Detmer from Maryland wrote on January 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Dear Strong Family, I had the opportunity today to again talk to my students about Jesse and the man and Marine that he was. For some of my students today, it was a reminder of a story that I have told them before, and for others, it was the first time they heard his name. I told all of them that he was a very good Marine, an athlete, a great dancer, a devout Christian, and an all-around nice guy, among many other things. This is what I remember about him, and this is what I plan to continue sharing with them in the future. Semper Fidelis, Mike Detmer
Peter Wintersteen from Amherst, MA wrote on January 26, 2011 at 8:13 am
Footsteps of Angels H. W. Longfellow When the hours of Day are numbered, And the voices of the Night Wake the better soul, that slumbered, To a holy, calm delight; Ere the evening lamps are lighted, And, like phantoms grim and tall, Shadows from the fitful firelight Dance upon the parlor wall; Then the forms of the departed Enter at the open door; The beloved, the true-hearted, Come to visit me once more; He, the young and strong, who cherished Noble longings for the strife, By the roadside fell and perished, Weary with the march of life! They, the holy ones and weakly, Who the cross of suffering bore, Folded their pale hands so meekly, Spake with us on earth no more! And with them the Being Beauteous, Who unto my youth was given, More than all things else to love me, And is now a saint in heaven. With a slow and noiseless footstep Comes that messenger divine, Takes the vacant chair beside me, Lays her gentle hand in mine. And she sits and gazes at me With those deep and tender eyes, Like the stars, so still and saint-like, Looking downward from the skies. Uttered not, yet comprehended, Is the spirit's voiceless prayer, Soft rebukes, in blessings ended, Breathing from her lips of air. Oh, though oft depressed and lonely, All my fears are laid aside, If I but remember only Such as these have lived and died!
CTN1 Pete Hay, USN from Ft. Meade, MD wrote on January 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm
6 years ago you got to go home; much earlier than any of us wanted. Your example, memory and legacy lives on in those of us you inspired.
T&M Dunlavey from Vermont wrote on January 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm
Today marks 6 years; Not 6 years in sorrow, but 6 years of so many people I see being thankful. Thankful to have known a young man such as yourself, to have heard your testimonies, to have been influenced by you, to have become a stronger person because of what you lived and died for. Jesse, you are a true man of God. When my calling comes, I hope I can leave behind a fraction of the impact you have. I hope I can raise my son to be half the man you are, because being half the man would be more deserving than most I know. I know you would be proud of Tucker and a lot of the choices we have made, though not all have been the best, we will fight to make them our best. So again, thank you from many years away, though only a prays thought, for being the man you were and still continue to be through all of the hearts you touch.
T&M Dunlavey from Vermont wrote on January 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm
Today marks 6 years; Not 6 years in sorrow, but 6 years of so many people I see being thankful. Thankful to have known a young man such as yourself, to have heard your testimonies, to have been influenced by you, to have become a stronger person because of what you lived and died for. Jesse, you are a true man of God. When my calling comes, I hope I can leave behind a fraction of the impact you have. I hope I can raise my son to be half the man you are, because being half the man would be more deserving than most I know. I know you would be proud of Tucker and a lot of the choices we have made, though not all have been the best, we will fight to make them our best. So again, thank you from many years away, though only a prays thought, for being the man you were and still continue to be through all of the hearts you touch.
Shirley from Essexville, Michigan wrote on November 11, 2010 at 5:21 am
John 15:13 "Love has no one greater than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Just thinking of Jesse today & remembering the sacrifice that Jesse & so many others have made for our country. Praying for those that are deployed & being deployed. God Bless them for their service.
Carl Swensson from Newport News VA wrote on October 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm
I will never forget him. That's what brings me here today. Sgt. Strong will always be in my thoughts. He touched so many peoples hearts and I was privileged to know such a man and fight along side him.
Rob Miller wrote on September 23, 2010 at 3:57 am
I enjoyed your site.
Peter Hay from Ft. Meade, MD wrote on June 7, 2010 at 7:46 pm
Jesse was my SLD on dorm 9. He always was so sure of himself, so happy and fulfilled. His example was one of the reasons that I joined the military when I was searching for my purpose in life. Ironically it took me several years of service to grasp that his self-assurance came not from his dedication to this country... but from his faith; and his dedication to this country came from his faith. Though I had it backwards, it was his faithful example that put me on the path to salvation and service to our country. I miss him, but only for a while. Soon we'll have a chance to swap stories together, and he can finish teaching me his nunchuck skills. See you soon brother.
Rebekah Radcliff from Knoxville, TN wrote on May 31, 2010 at 7:51 pm
I knew Jesse from Liberty and I can assure you that everything you've read here is true. Jesse really was THAT amazing. He exemplified Christ in every aspect of his life. I'll never forget the "fall" at graduation or that infectious laugh! I look forward to seeing him again someday...
Jon Marc Lyttle from Lynchburg,VA wrote on May 31, 2010 at 7:50 pm
On this very important day set aside to remember this nation's patriots, the name that always springs to my mind first is Jesse Strong. The epitome of a hero, for his country, family, friends and his faith! Jesse was a close friend and anybody who knew him was a better person for doing so, and those who had the chance to call him friend were truly blessed. Nate and Vicki, may the Lord continue to bless you both and please know that today we honor your sacrifice as well.
Sharon Berg from Yorktown, VA wrote on May 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 As I read the memories others have shared here about Jesse I can't help but notice that Jesse not only laid down his life in Iraq, he laid down his life every day for others. Jesse's life was short, and reminds us that time is our most precious asset. I read how he stopped and took time to pray with my son, he led another young man to Christ in a college dorm room, he helped a friend in need by driving hundreds of miles for medical care, he took responsibility for helping others who were struggling or in need by taking action. He demonstrated strong leadership in difficult situations and he used his time to mentor those he knew. Jesse used the time, talents and gifts God gave him to share the love of Christ every day. He didn't wait until later, he lived in the moment. He gave Jesus Christ his life every day, and he yielded his will to the Holy Spirit. His Christian walk was not counterfeit, but genuine. This web sight is dedicated to his memory which we honor here, but most importantly we should remember to honor Jesse by living the way he did, a life that was pleasing to God and that honored God's only son, Jesus Christ. The evidence of a life well lived is found here in these stories of a young man named Jesse Strong. His life may have been short, but he left a lasting legacy. On this Memorial Day I wish to say, "Thank you, Jesse. Your gift was the most precious you could give, and I appreciate your sacrifice for me, my family and my countrymen. I know you are with Jesus now, and He is most pleased. You were a good and faithful servant. Rest well dear one".
Joey Colson from Lynchburg, VA wrote on May 31, 2010 at 11:36 am
Remembering Jesse today - we are so thankful and so proud of a true hero and friend to many, whose life was the example of integrity, obedience, honor, and maybe most of all, JOY. Every time I see a flag and every time I vote, I think of Jesse, and what your family sacrificed so that we could enjoy those things. Mr. and Mrs. Strong - thank you for being willing to see God's plan, even through the hurt. You are amazing people. - Joey Colson
Linda McDonald, a mom from Sparta, Tennessee wrote on May 31, 2010 at 7:12 am
Thinking of Jesse today, as I often do. I never knew Jesse, but I miss him. His picture is over my desk, as it has been for too many years. He will be one of the first people I look for in Heaven. To his family, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. Your strength and faith just adds to the testimony that Jesse left us. What a guy! May 31, 2010
Dennis Currier from Culleoka, Tn wrote on May 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm
I remember Jesse when he worked at Ray's Market in Irasburg. There really are few people that stick in ones mind, especially mine, but I remember what a nice kid Jesse was. He alway's wore a smile and was just so happy to serve and wait on you in the store. If there were a poster child for being a great kid Jesse would have been it. See you in Heaven Dear Child of God .
Jim from Lynchburg, VA wrote on May 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Dear friends...please visit TimClinton.com this weekend. Jesse...we remember. Prayers for our brave standing in harm's way. And the families who love them. Jim
Mike Detmer from Maryland wrote on January 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm
Dear Strong Family, I can only imagine how difficult it must have been and continue to be to lose someone so special. Please be comforted by the fact that Jesse impacted lives everywhere he went. Also, please know that those people whose lives he influenced, myself included, take the mission of sharing his story quite seriously, and we always will. Semper Fidelis, Mike Detmer