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

Jonathan W Lambert

Newsite, Mississippi

June 1, 2003

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
28 Marines Sgt

1st Marine Division

Camp Pendleton, California

Died June 1 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, as a result of injuries he suffered when his HMMWV rolled over on May 26 in Iraq.

From Becky 07/09/06:

My son, Sgt. Jonathan W. Lambert, USMC, died June 01, 2003 from injuries sustained in a Humvee wreck on Memorial Day, May 26, 2003. He was my only son. Jonathan was a dedicated Marine, and loved his family as much as we all loved him too.

Thank you for this Web Page,

Becky B. Lambert, Gold Star Mother

From Becky 07/09/06:

This is the letter that Jonathan wrote to the local newspaper to tell about his experiences in Iraq, and his future plans. They were going to put it in the Memorial week addition but he had his accident, and they published it along with all of the articles about his accident, and funeral. This letter shows just a little about the young man I was so proud of, and loved.

Dear Sir or Maam,
I was born and raised in Northeast Mississippi. I come from a good family. I was raised in a middle class home in New Site and was taught my values by my mother, Becky, and my father, Johnny. I have a sister, Misty, and I am the oldest. My father worked hard to support all of us and my mother took care of us while she worked, also. I went to school at Hills Chapel, Booneville High School, and Calvary Academy. I also went to NEMCC. I have a wife, Betty, and a daughter, Kinsey Jade, who live with me in Oceanside, CA.. I am a Marine. I have been in the Marines for over eight years. It has always been a dream for me to be in the Marines. I love the challenge. I continuously work and sweat for it. I feel that I need to give back to my nation what so many have gave before me. I have an uncle, Carroll Brown, who was in the Marine Corps during Viet Nam. His stories are what enticed me with the thoughts of being a Marine. My occupation is wireless data communications. I am hard and thorough with my Marines to make sure the job is done right. Many other Marines depend on us for their survival in combat. I will not let them down. On March 22nd, my section crossed over into Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. We continued to advance for the next three weeks until we were at Saddam’s front door, Baghdad. It was a hard battle with many Marines wounded or killed in action. But this is what we had to do to protect your way of life. Your freedoms, also. This operation was history in the making. This was the furthest the Marine Corps has fought a battle inland in the 227 years of its existence. I’m not writing to you to toot the horns for the Marine Corps, but many people look at the big picture and forget about what it took to make it. It takes people dedicated to protect this nation. I have respect for all services, law enforcement, and especially the firemen. We know that this is more than a job, we do it for our children, grandchildren, friends, and family. To make sure that their future will be protected as ours is today. So I say thanks to everyone who supports us. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We are one family here, as we are back home. I include a picture of me in front of a Russian made Type 54/55 tank that was destroyed by artillery by some of my fellow Marines using radios that I manage. It is located in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq at about 180 miles south of Baghdad. We are slowly making our way back home. Also, there is one with me sitting in front of one of the thousands of murals of Saddam. Thanks for your time.

Semper Fi,

Jonathan W. Lambert

AP News

Jonathan W. Lambert always wanted to be a Marine, and in an e-mail to his hometown newspaper in Booneville, Miss., he said he was proud of the U.S. military. Lambert, stationed at Camp Pendleton, died June 1 of injuries from a Humvee accident May 26 in Iraq. He is survived by his wife, Betty, and 2-year-old daughter, Kinsey Jade.

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