Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Spc. Jeremiah P. McCleery, Spc. Jake R. Velloza

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died from wounds sustained after they were shot by enemy forces in Mosul, Iraq on May 2. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Killed were:

Spc. Jeremiah P. McCleery, 24, of Portola, Calif.; and

Spc. Jake R. Velloza, 22, of Inverness, Calif.


Anonymous said...

My name is Gerald Phillips. Its really a blessing to see this website up and running. Jeremiah was one of my good friends and was due to come home on 05/15/2009 and be married on 05/30/2009. he will be missed. he will never be forgotten or what he sacrificed for all of us. we all love you jeremiah you will be missed. thank you.


Lynette Flanagan said...

My name is Lynette Flanagan. I'm the eldest sister of Jeremiah McCleery.
Jeremiah always wanted to go into the Army, since he was 4 years old. He was my baby brother, but even as a child- I admired my brother and counted him as my hero. He often chased off older kids who teased me or our sister, Chasity. He once got sent to the principle's office for getting into a fight. When my mother arrived at school, Jeremiah was not sorry for his actions. He explained with pride that he stood up to a bully who had slapped a little girl. Jeremiah was never afraid to stand up for what he believed in, even if that would get him in trouble. It didn't matter if a bully was twice his size- he wouldn't back down.
Jeremiah was a hero from a very young age. Now he's a hero for the entire country. He will be missed, but our family takes pride in the fact that his life stood for something greater- integrity, honor, and justice.