Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Jason Edward Dore

Moscow, Maine

July 8, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
25 Army Spc

2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, by an improvised explosive device.

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From Gretchen 08/25/07:

Specialist Dore's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Expert Weapons Qualification Badge with Rifle Tab, and the Combat Action Badge.

He was raised in the small town of Bingham, Maine, and grew up in a Patriotic family. His Father, two great Uncles, Two Uncles, and an aunt have all retired from Military service. He has two cousins currently serving in military, and another cousin that was medically discharged after being seriously injured in Iraq. Jason's patriotism led him to enlist to serve his country during our critical War on Terror.
Please see attached photos, and a couple of writings of Jason's. The writing We Were Pioneers Once was written by Jason, and read at his Celebration of Life. Since then there have been two army personnel and an army chaplain that wanted copies of his writing. Jason always always wanted to find his nitch in the world, he wanted to like himself and what he was doing, he wanted his family to be proud of him, as we all were. He had finally find his place in the world. He was so proud that he was over there protecting all of us, and knew it was where he was supposed to be. The was a talented young writer, and had aspirations of being a singer. He had recorded a rap song about his love Sophie during a breakup. His favorite Shakesperian quote was, "A coward tastes death many times, the valiant taste death only once." "My fear is not that of dying, but of never living." The day of July 8th 2007, he wasn't even with his own outfit. He had volunteered that morning to be the gunner on a Humvee for another outfit. As fate would have it he was killed doing what he believed in and what he wanted to do. He was very intuitive, and had told my husband (his uncle) and Grandfather that the next time he came home it would probably be in a pine box. It was very dangerous and he knew of the dangers and seemed to show no fear. He also knew that his job as a gunner was extremely dangerous being on top of the Humvee made him very vulnerable. Jason's Mother and Grandmother just recently got back from a Memorial Service for Jason in Texas. Jason's mother Gail, went to the Hospital in San Antonio to visit a Soldier that was with Jason when he was killed. The poor boy is so severely burned all over his body that he only clads a washcloth to cover his private parts. He got burned by trying to free Jason from the harnesses that held him as a gunner on the Humvee. He assured Gail that Jason never knew what hit him and he was killed instantly. We are all thankful for that. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the troops fighting for our freedom. You do a great service Q. Now I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes....... "If you are not going to stand behind our troops, try standing in front of them!" 

Thank you for all you do......Q,

WE WERE PIONEERS ONCE

 TO BE AN AMERICAN IS AN HONOR, LOOK AT OUR HISTORY ITS NOT JUST SOMETHING U READ IN A DUSTY OLD TEXT IN SCHOOL, NOT JUST MONUMENTS AND HOLIDAYS. THOSE MONUMENTS REPRESENT SOMETHING, THE TEXT IN THOSE BOOKS ARE A RECORD OF FACT, THE HOLIDAYS COMMEMORATE, CELEBRATE. ITS MORE, THE STORIES THAT THE OLD MEN TELL THE NEXT GENERATION, 

THE BLOOD SPILLED FOR THE FLAG WE SALUTE AND CHERISH QUITE LITERALLY THE BLOOD WE SHED FOR IT, WE WERE PROUD ONCE, FAITHFUL LOYAL, WHAT HAS CHANGED IN US AS PEOPLE WE WERE PIONEERS ONCE NOT WILLING TO BE PUSHED AROUND WE STOOD UP FOR WHAT WAS RIGHT, WE DIDN'T RUN OR TURN A BLIND EYE WE FIGHT BACK TAKE WHAT IS OWED THAT IS THE AMERICAN WAY OR SO IT WAS. 

WE FOUNDED THIS COUNTRY OFF THE SWEAT OF OUR BROW NOW THE WHOLE WORLD EXPECTS EVERYTHING TO BE HANDED TO THEM, OPPORTUNITIES TO FALL IN OUR LAPS. OPPORTUNITY IS A BYPRODUCT OF HARD FUCKING WORK LIFE DOESN'T MEET U HALF WAY U GOTTA TAKE IT. NOW I REMEMBER A TIME WHEN NOT JUST SOLDIERS STOOD UP AND BACKED THIS GREAT NATION IF SOMEONE GAVE THE U.S. A BLACK EYE WE WOULD RISE TOGETHER AS A NATION AND FIGHT BACK, NOW TODAY WE HAVE COME TO A CROSSROAD WERE ITS A SPLIT DECISION WERE WE FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, BUT U HAVE SOME RIGHT WING BURECRATIC SELF RIGHTEOUS SLIMY POLITICIANS DEGRADING AND DELEGATING THE SACRIFICES WE MAKE, BRAINWASHING THE YOUTH TO BE PACIFIST'S CONTROLLING THE MEDIA AND WHAT THE PEOPLE SEE, ITS NOT EVERYONE, BUT IT IS FAR TO MANY. WRONG OR RIGHT WE ARE HERE UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE. THE PEOPLE WANT US HOME AND I WOULD LOVE TO BE HOME, BUT MY JOB IS NOT DONE HERE OUR JOB IS NOT DONE YET. TO SURRENDER OR GIVE UP IS NOT AN OPTION. ME AS A SOLDIER, WILL ALWAYS PLACE THE MISSION FIRST, AS AN AMERICAN I WILL NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT........................

I WOULD RATHER DIE ON MY FEET THAN LIVE ON MY KNEES.................AND ALL U WHO WANNA PROTEST, BURN THE FLAG, LIBEL AND SLANDER THE MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT THE SOLDIERS AND SO ON U GO AHEAD BUR THAT FLAG TALK YOUR SHIT IT IS YOUR RIGHT AS AN AMERICAN, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THAT RIGHT CAUSE I AM A TRUE PATRIOT, AND MY COUNTRY IS WITHIN ME, SO THE NEXT TIME U PROTEST THE WAR OR BADMOUTH YOUR PRESIDENT OR THE SOLDIERS U MIGHT AS WELL TURN AROUND AND THANK US CAUSE WE FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO DO THAT AND FOR ALL THE MICHAEL MOORES, AND THE REST OF THE DISGRACES TO THE FLAG IN THIS WORLD THINK ABOUT THAT BEFORE U LAY YOUR HEADS DOWN AT NIGHT THINK ABOUT THE ONES WHO FIGHT SO U CAN LAY PEACEFUL IN YOUR BED. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOUR WORDS HOW THEY EFFECT THESE PEOPLE, AND IF U WANT MY OPINION UNLESS U ARE OVER HERE OR HAVE BEEN HERE B4, SHUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTHS AND LET US PROTECT AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!

 I ALSO WOULD JUST LIKE TO PUT TO REST THE TYPE OF MAN AND THE STEREOTYPE THERE IS FOR Y MOST OF US ARE HERE, IT IS NOT BECAUSE WE WERE STUCK UNEMPLOYED OR NEEDED THE COLLEGE MONEY, NOT ALL OF US, THERE ARE HARVARD GRADS, DOCTORS LAWYERS, FARM BOYS, HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS, PROM KINGS, BURGER FLIPPERS, COUNTRY BOYS, CITY BOYS, BLACK, WHITE, ASIAN, LATIN, AND SO ON AND WE ARE ALL HERE FOR ONE REASON WE ARE AMERICANS, AND PROUD TO SERVE, EVERYONE SEEMS TO KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR THIS COUNTRY AND WHAT IT NEEDS, WELL JESUS CHRIST WE SAVE THE TROUBLE AND NOT EVEN ELECT A PRESIDENT OR A LEGISLATURE, WE SHOULD LET FRANK FORM THE 7/11 RUN THE SHOW BECAUSE HIS IDEAS WOULDN'T REVOLVE ON HIS AGENDA WOULD IT?

 HAVING TO PAY TAXES THE GAS PRICE IS TO HIGH, TAKE FROM THE BUDGET OF THE SCHOOLS OR THE MILITARY SO I CAN SAVE 2O DOLLARS MORE A YEAR, HONESTLY SOME OF U PEOPLE DON'T C THE BIGGER PICTURE. HAVE FAITH IN OUR LEADERS, WE HAVE HAD SOME GREAT ONES, AND U KNOW WHAT MADE THEM GREAT.........THEY HAD THE FAITH AND TRUST OF THE PEOPLE, NOW IF THE PRESIDENT OR A PUBLIC OFFICIAL MAKES A MISTAKE WE PERSECUTE THEM BURN THEM AT THE STAKE, WOULD U WANNA BE THEM? WOULD U ENJOY THAT KIND OF PRESSURE EVERY DECISION MOCKED SUBJECT TO RIDICULE, U DON'T SEE RUMSFELD IN YOUR LIVING ROOM TELLING U HOW TO RAISE OR DISCIPLINE YOUR KIDS, SO Y DO WE TELL HIM HOW TO HANDLE A GROUP OF EXTREMISTS, TERRORISTS THAT JUST FLEW A FUCKIN COMMERCIAL AIRLINER INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER? WHAT THE FUCK DOES UNCLE FRANK OR ANT EDNA KNOW ABOUT AL QUIDA, 

WHAT SHE LEARNED FROM CNN, JESUS HONESTLY UNLESS YOU KNOW THE TRUTH THE FACTS SHUT THE FUCK UP, AND DON'T TRUST WHAT U C ON THE NEWS CAUSE HALF THE TIME 90 PERCENT OF THE TIME ITS BULLSHIT. IN MY CLOSURE I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THOSE OF U WHO THIS PERTAINS TO SEARCH WITHIN YOURSELF, FIND THAT SPIRIT THE AMERICAN SPIRIT, PATRIOTISM BE PROUD HANG A FLAG, OR JUST SHOW SOME SUPPORT FOR YOUR COUNTRY. AND STOP RUNNING IT IN TO THE GROUND. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO PERSONALLY THAN THE MOTHERS OF THE SOLDIERS FOR THE SUPPORT THE LETTERS ALL THE FAMILIES, THE MEN WHO FIGHT BESIDE ME AND THE PEOPLE BACK HOME WHO FIGHT FOR US HOLD FAST ITS NOT A LOST CAUSE!!!!!!!!!

From Pamela M 08/17/07:

 Jason was my sonís best friend. He had asked him before he went back to Iraq to be his best man, marrying his all time sweetheart. He was home for about 8 days in May. He may have been back there 2 weeks when they were escorting the Iraq Police into Bagdad and a suicide bomber drove into the humvee Jason was riding on. He was on top, 4 others were with him, but they were inside the humvee and were spared. This was on July 8, 2007. He was 25 years old. Jason believed they are making a difference being there.

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