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A True American Hero

By Mellissa Pike

Jeremy Scott Sandvick Monroe was born to Mellissa Sandvick and Monte Monroe on July 13th, 1986 in Malta, Montana.

His life was ended on October 8th, 2006  in Iraq due to a sniper shot, while checking a vehicle for a sniper who was thought to be escaping from a prior ambush where another Marine had been shot.

Jeremy was one of seven hand-picked out of 200 men to do the job that he was doing because his language studies and performance skills were superior. He was on a quick reaction force in Iraq.

This information was gathered from a phone call from Captain Macky Tracy of the United States Marine Corps, who hand-picked Jeremy and was calling from Iraq. He said that Jeremy is a true American hero, and he was so popular and well-loved among his fellow Marines. When Jeremy went down, Captain Macky Tracy said his fellow Marines went crazy smashing things and screaming. They truly loved him.

Not only in the Marine Corps were these things felt. Jeremy is and will always be loved for who he was. He respected all people, from the young to the old, and had a way about him that was so welcoming. He is the oldest brother of five siblings: Zacharie Gard, Danielle Gard, Logan Monroe, Jordanne and Darryl Southwick.

It is a terrible and tragic burden for a family to have to accept.

Jeremy enjoyed spending time with his brothers and sisters, but even more so, his friends. Friends were not few for Jeremy. He joked around with people and made them laugh. He was voted Class Clown in his Senior Class of 2004. He was truly a very unique individual. He loved playing his guitar and was very good. He had the help of his dad in polishing his guitar skills, and could play a piece of music simply by listening to it.

He enjoyed spending time with his uncles, who reside in Malta. They respected him as he did they. Jeremy has a lot of family on both sides, and they all love him deeply.

Our family has had so much support, while undergoing this terrible tragedy, from friends and family; too much to express in words. It truly helps to know how much people loved him.

He so often told me not to put him on a pedestal, but how do you not? He said he was only doing his job. I know he did not want to go to Iraq; he had spent eight months in Afghanistan, but said it was nothing like Iraq. There was so much more action in Iraq. Captain Macky Tracy himself said that he had been on five previous tours, but none were so scary as what they were going through in Iraq.

Nothing can replace those we love, but only in prayer can we find peace. Hold on to those cherished moments, and never forget to tell those dear to you that you love them. My last words to Jeremy were, “I love you and stay safe,” He is at peace now, and merely sleeping. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated by all of us – Thank you!

We do not know when Jeremy will be laid to rest. We are waiting on information from Dover as to when his body will be brought back to us.




 Blaine County Mourns Fallen Marine


Lance Corporal Jeremy Sandvick Monroe USMC, son of Mellissa Pike of Chinook and Monty Monroe of Darby, made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom on October 8th, 2006.


Jeremy was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, Echo Company. He lost his life in the town of Haditha, which is in Al Anbar Province in northwestern Iraq.


A 2004 graduate of Chinook High School, Jeremy was stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and had previously spent eight months on tour in Afghanistan. He was recently home on leave before departing on September 3rd for Iraq.


Following is a eulogy from a memorial service, given on November 24th – Thanksgiving Day – 2005 in Al Asad, Iraq; given by LT. Jeff Bornemann, Chaplain, USN, who is serving with Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 13th MEU:

Isaiah 53:4-5

Surely he took up our weakness and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, beaten by Him and afflicted. 5But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that he bore brought us peace, and by his wounds we are healed.

The idea that one man’s suffering and death can bring peace for others is understood by many and lies at the heart of the Christian faith shared by all our fallen. It is an idea also at the heart of what it means to be a U.S. Marine.

After they killed 3,000 innocent civilians at home, U.S. Marines took the fight to the enemy. Since then, the U.S. has been free from terrorist attacks. Make no mistake; because these men bore the full weight of the enemy’s hatred and violence here in Iraq, our families at home did not. By their wounds we are healed.

I have spoken to the good people of Iraq, the civilians who have suffered unspeakable horror, been plundered, brutalized, tortured, and have had family members executed in front of their eyes by the terrorists. Their own government was too weak to protect them. The effort of these Marines established the only form of law and order for hundreds of defenseless families. By their wounds we are healed.

I witnessed the death of a woman and her children from IEDs placed by men who have no regard for human life. By the efforts of these Marines we have found and cleared on average 7 IEDs per day. I traveled with our docs while they visited one Iraqi family to care for an infant. We had to reassure the mother that the U.S. Marines who had just taken control of the city were not going to leave until the city was safe. By their wounds we are healed.

Some, who do not understand the role U.S. Marines play, will consider these men unlucky, stricken by God, beaten and afflicted, and the only thing these people will be thankful for today is that it didn’t happen to them. But every Marine understands what every grateful American understands, that standing in the breech between the horror of terrorism and the peace of freedom is the self-giving sacrifice of A Few Good Men.

Because A Few Good Men have died, thousands of innocent civilians at home and in Iraq will live. Because of the tears and broken lives of A Few Good Families, thousands of families are free to pursue their happiness. Because of the sacrifice of these Good People, the rest of us are delivered from evil. By their wounds we are healed.

I have spoken with many men who believe in their hearts many things but lack the courage to live them. They never know what it means to live free. Not so for the men we remember today. They had the courage to live what they believed. It is not their death that makes them heroes; it is their life. These men were not unlucky, beaten and afflicted. They were free. They lived victoriously. If their death brings sorrow and loss, their life brings hope and inspiration. Their life embodied the spirit of the Marine Corps. They lived the American dream of freedom; and, in their own way as warriors, their life imitated the God they worshipped. By their wounds we are healed.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, today our nation gives thanks to you for all the many blessings we enjoy because we are free. But today, those who have been the instruments of your blessings mourn. We mourn the loss of these brothers in arms, these friends, these husbands, fathers and sons. While many this Thanksgiving turn their hearts to you in praise, turn your heart, Lord God, to those whose hearts are breaking. Grant them comfort in the assurance that their sacrifice was not in vain but has purchased the peace of many; and grant them hope in the knowledge that you, Lord God, never abandon your servants. Amen.







"The man does not live who is more devoted to peace than I am. None who would do more to preserve it."



Abraham Lincoln


21 Feb 1861


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"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among  ourselves, and with other nations."



Abraham Lincoln


Second Inaugural Address


4 Mar 1865


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The Marine Corps Hymn



 


From the Halls of Montezuma


To the shores of Tripoli


We fight our country's battles


In the air, on land, and sea.


First to fight for right and freedom


And to keep our honor clean;


We are proud to claim the title


Of United States Marines.



 


Our flag's unfurled to every breeze


From dawn to setting sun;


We have fought in every clime and place


Where we could take a gun.


In the snow of far-off Northern lands


And in sunny tropic scenes;


You will find us always on the job —


The United States Marines.



 


Here's health to you and to our Corps


Which we are proud to serve;


In many a strife we've fought for life


And never lost our nerve.


If the Army and the Navy


Ever look on Heaven's scenes,


They will find the streets are guarded


By United States Marines.



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12This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.



13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.



14Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.



15Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.



16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.



17These things I command you, that ye love one another.



John 15:12-17 






~Semper Fidelis~


 



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I hope his family knows that many mourn the loss of their son and loved one...
RIP "Devil Dog"..God be with you



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Jeremy Scott Sandvick Monroe

Lance Corporal Jeremy Scott Sandvick Monroe, 20, of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines Division of the United States Marine Corps, was mortally wounded in action on October 8th, 2006, at Al Anbar Province in Haditha, northwestern Iraq.

Funeral services were Monday, October 16th, at 10 a.m., in the Chinook High School Gymnasium, with burial following at the Hillside Cemetery in Dodson with full military honors. Arrangements were by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

Jeremy is the son of Mellissa Sandvick Pike of Chinook and Monte Monroe of Darby. He was a 2004 graduate of Chinook High School.

Jeremy was known for his witty personality. He could make you smile with the greatest of ease. He loved people, but the most important things were his friends and family, all of whom appreciated and respected him deeply. Jeremy enjoyed playing his guitar and jamming with his friends. Everyone who had the opportunity to meet him loved him. He respected the young and the old. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Jeremy is survived by his mother, Mellissa (Ken) Pike of Chinook; father Monte (Dana) Monroe of Darby; siblings Zacharie and Danielle Gard, both of Chinook, Logan Monroe of Darby, Jordanne and Darryl “DJ” Southwick, both of Chinook; great-grandmother Betty Wasson of Columbia Falls; grandparents Harold and Elizabeth Sandvick of Malta, Marilyn Jensen of Saco, Monte Monroe of Arizona; aunts and uncles, Robin Labrie Peterson of Havre, Yvette Sandvick Hurley of Tucson, Ariz., Michelle Monroe of Wolf Point, Jess Jensen of Absarokee, Beth Sandvick Walsh of Columbia Falls, Chris Sandvick of Malta, Bart Jensen of Gillette, Wyo., Nathan Sandvick of Malta, Yasmine Sandvick Baker of Kalispell, Marty Jensen of Harlem, Levi Sandvick, Karessa Sandvick, all of Malta; and various other relatives too numerous to mention.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, John Monroe, Martin Sandvick; great-grandmothers, Hazel Sandvick, Blanche Monroe; great-grandfathers Ed Peterson, Jim Wasson; aunt Shantel Sandvick; and cousin Martin Sandvick Kuszmul.

He was a truly wonderful person and will be missed.







By Pastor Mike Bradley

I am truly honored to be here today.  Honored to have been a part of Jeremy’s life.

We are here today not to make a political statement but to celebrate the life of a comrade, friend, brother and son.

The Motto of the United States Marine Corps:

Semper Fidelis

Latin for always faithful.  “Faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.”

I believe Jeremy carried all of these traits. 

He loved his family and filled the position of “the man of the house” for several years.  If you asked his brother and sisters today they would say the same.  He was their hero…

What is a Hero?

Webster’s definition:  1.  An illustrious warrior.  2.  A man admired for his achievements and noble qualities.

When I first met Jeremy 4 years ago, he walked behind a veil of hair.  His bangs hung down to his chin.

Jeremy and Doug would come over to the house and Jeremy would pick up my son’s guitar and play like none other.

He was a gifted guitar player; it seemed to come naturally to him.

Jeremy began to come to our youth group, and there Jeremy and I would get into some great theological discussions.

He would ask me questions about my involvement in the 10th Mountain division. 

What was the training like?

Where did I go?

What was life in the military really like?

So it didn’t surprise me that in the spring of 2004 he came and told me he was going to join the Marine Corps, and that he and Howie Miller would be leaving the afternoon following the graduation service.

Before leaving town that day, Jeremy showed up at my doorstep to say goodbye.  I prayed for him, gave him a hug and told him how proud I was of him.

Most of us here will never experience the horror of war.  The carnage that takes place on a battlefield isn’t something a soldier gets used to; it is something that a seasoned soldier must face.  The ultimate sacrifice that Jeremy made will not go unnoticed.  His fellow Marines will never forget the skinny kid from Montana who had a heart the same size as the treasure state itself.

Was Jeremy a hero?

I resound with a definite YES!

John 15:13 “Greater Love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friend”

On Sunday, October 8th, Jeremy Monroe did just that.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice; for the Marines in his squad, for the freeing of Iraq and for duty to country.

His achievements in life are reflected by those who were around him.  With his noble qualities, he left an impression on us all of integrity, morals and a strong character.

His willingness to put others first, to seek out the needs of those around him and of course the ability to not go with the flow are traits that mirrored the Lord himself.

Today I want to say “Thank you, Jeremy.” Thank you for your faithfulness to:

God

Family

Country

The Corps

I will never forget you or the times I got to spend with you.

I’ve shed my tears…and I’m not going to say goodbye but instead, “I will see you again.”









By Perry Miller

Mellissa and Ken, Monte, Dana, Family and Friends:

When Mellissa asked me to say a few words today, I was honored.

My greatest hope is that I can do justice to the celebration of the life of such a fine, young man, Jeremy.

I would like to start off on a light note to familiarize everyone with Jeremy’s sense of humor. In 2000, Coach Tilleman and I had twelve freshmen join the wrestling team and as is our normal course, we were working our team extremely hard. During practice on the fourth or fifth day, after a very intense session, I blew the whistle and the boys stopped what they were doing and before I could tell them to get a sip of water, Jeremy raised his hand up in front of him – not very high, but with a little wiggle, and I asked, “What’s up, Jer?” He replied, “Coach, is this all really necessary?”

Over the past week, I have listened to the stories and memories of Jeremy from his Mom, his brothers and sisters, family and friends and I have come to the conclusion that the skinny little kid that came walking into our home with Howie six years ago had grown into a very diverse and unique young man.

As is apparent by the attendance here today, Jeremy loved people and people loved him. Thomas Hughes once wrote, “Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God’s best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one’s self and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.”

This very belief seemed to be the foundation that Jeremy used to cross the boundaries of age, religion, color, social and economical status. Jeremy found the good in everyone. If you had the chance to speak with Jer for five or ten minutes, you were no longer strangers. His bright eyes, his quirky smile, his crazy faces and his incredible wit would win you over.

He had time or made time for everyone. For those of us that knew him, we are better for it; and for those here today that didn’t personally know him, ask the person next to you. Jeremy Sandvick Monroe made the world a better place as a young man and as a Marine.

Jeremy, we are proud of you, we love you and you will be missed.







By Doug Hayes

I was honored to be asked to share with you about a young man who is now a hero, Jeremy Monroe.

One word immediately pervades my mind when I think of Jeremy and the word is smile.  Jeremy had a contagious smile that would infect everyone around him.  When he entered my classroom, I would smile and he would mischievously smile back.  Smile would soon turn to laughter with Jeremy as his sense of humor and impeccable timing would soon have everyone laughing at something.  From witty one liners, to singing, “Tresemme, Tressemme, oo-la-la!” when he would hand in a test, to conning his teacher into a Star Wars light saber duel with yardsticks, Jeremy was an entertainer.

Jeremy was also a deep thinker.  I know that might surprise a few of you but Jeremy was a joy to visit and "philosophize" with. 

I have always tried to teach students in my classroom to honor and respect the men and women in uniform who serve our country.  I teach students that they live in the greatest country in the world; that they have freedoms that other countries only dream about, and that they owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have fought for those freedoms throughout our history. 

Yes, our country is not perfect and has its blemishes here and there, but name another place you would rather live.  Name another country where you can enjoy the freedoms and blessings of the USA.  I could sense the pride in Jeremy's voice when he shared with me that he had joined the Marine Corp and would be serving his country.  Jeremy knew that I was proud of him and respected him for his decision.  Jeremy knew that the only way for our country to remain free and strong was through the service of women and men like him. 

Evil and evil people do exist in our world.  One needs to look no further than the recent school tragedies to see this fact.  Jeremy took a stand against evil when he volunteered to join the Marines.  We are here today to honor Jeremy and the sacrifice that he has made. 

I would suggest that you honor Jeremy by expressing your thoughts and opinions and becoming informed and voting for people to lead our state and nation.   Honor Jeremy by deep thinking; ponder the greater questions of life, ponder Acts 4:12 from the Bible.   Honor Jeremy by smiling and laughing.  Honor Jeremy by never forgetting about a young man who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country.  Honor Jeremy by shaking a hand of a veteran and thanking them for their service.  Honor Jeremy by serving his family and going the extra mile for them.

It has been said that the only difference between a hero and a coward is what they do with their fear.  Jeremy faced his fear and is a hero.







By Donna Miller

When Mellissa Pike called to invite me to speak at Jeremy’s funeral, my first response was, “What an honor, what a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Jeremy’s life.” My second response was, “I can’t do this; I will choke up and lose emotional control.” But since Jeremy did the hardest thing of all: he died fighting for our freedom, I decided that I had to muster the courage to speak here today.

As I think back on Jeremy’s character, two words come to mind: creativity and sense of humor. While he was in my classes at Chinook High School, Jeremy always succeeded in making me smile. Whether with his silly grins, clever witticisms, or antics, life could not be dulled with Jeremy around. I also admired Jeremy’s writing talent, especially his affinity for poetry. He wrote some superb pieces; one he gave to me on Valentine’s Day:

Happy Valentine’s Day

To the supreme teacher of all time,
I humbly present this Valentine.
Though I have been a terrible child,
You’ve made my years worth the while.
Valentine’s bow is naught to miss,
For I love my teacher’s noble bliss.
You are the best teacher in this school.
You are the only teacher I think is cool.
Even if I act like a childish jerk,
You never give unneeded work.
I hope you like this and it leads you astray
So you give us no homework today.

Signed, Jeremy.

I smiled at the goofy poem and its clever rhyme and plea. I was also proud to receive Jeremy’s kind compliments, so you can imagine how I felt when I found out I was not the only teacher to receive the poem that day!

Another time, during a writing exercise, Jeremy exclaimed, “My brain hurts! How to write what I think about Think Abouts takes a little thinking indeed!”

I will miss Jeremy’s clever lines and creative thinking.

Jeremy was also in two of my plays. In Alibis, he played Justin, a short-tempered psycho butler, and The Stranger, a flamboyant Latin-American woman. Although Jeremy died twice in that play, he was the life of our rehearsals with his voices, contorted facial expressions, and wild hair-dos.

Likewise, in The Werewolf’s Curse, Jeremy made us howl with laughter in his role as Dr. Frank Einstein, a mad scientist who was crafting a creature by using parts pillaged from graveyards. I can still envision Jeremy throwing his head back and laughing his crazy man’s guffaw. Because he displayed such a natural talent for acting, Jeremy entertained with ease.

Mostly, I will miss Jeremy’s coming to visit me when he was home on leave. I could always count on his stopping by to deliver a hug, and I am so glad that I did not miss his last visit and his warm embrace as he related his plans for the future. After his tour in Iraq, Jeremy was planning to take his talent for language into a career with the military as a linguist; he would have been a darn good one. The loss of Jeremy leaves a hole in my heart, but Jeremy will never be gone from my life. As long as his memory evokes a wistful smile, he will live in my mind. He was a special young man, and I thank him for touching my heart.









The Family Hero

By Yasmine Baker

He had a heart made of gold
He had fought so bravely and bold
With every drop of blood, bead of sweat and cried tear
He managed to overcome his barrier, fear
He was so courageous and strong
Then it all went wrong
On October 8th we lost a jewel
And we ask, why is life so cruel
That is a question we cannot understand
All we know is life is as fragile as a strand
On that tragic day
We had lost Jeremy, even as we pray
So every produced tear
Will be a precious memory we will hold dear
For every guitar he played
We hoped he could have stayed
So from this day on we will hold our heads high
And with a smile, tear and salute, say good-bye
We are so proud and honored to have known
Jeremy Sandvick Monroe
And as we have always known him as The Family Hero
We will greatly miss you
And will always love you!
 



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for those interested, NPR did a segment on him - link:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6423976

i helped in a small way to contribute to this, and was impressed with the reporter's final result.

thanks to all who gave public and private messages of support for this marine and his family.

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Tash..good write bud.You did this young man good with your input.It is always a terrible thing to lose a serviceman.Extremely hard on the familly and his friends,and the brothers he left behind in Iraq that will never forget him..I hope his family has some comfort knowing that there are many here at home that thank them for his and their sacrifice for our country..America owes them both a debt that could never be repaid,except with respect and thankfulness for his service...



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Very tougching Tash.  And ditto what TG said.

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The Life of a Marine

"I've seen evil, and toils, and damages done

I've seen enemies fall through the smoke of my gun

I've seen torture, and killing, and battles unfold

I've seen courageous Marines in crimson and gold

I've heard bellows, and warnings and cries of dead men

I've heard machine guns stealing the souls of my friends

I've heard echoes, and hollers, and buildings explode

I've heard the snap of clips as Marines reload

I've had sadness, and hatred, and feelings unfelt

I've had moments in war when my heart seemed to melt

I've had terror, and horror, and fearsome ordeals

My life past before my eyes in the killing fields

I've felt the pride, and contempt, and valor at large

I've felt honor, and dignity, and I was in charge

I've felt sickness, and sorrow, and everything more

I've felt the loving feeling of the Marine Corps

I've been bloody and spotless all for the Corps

I've had much experience and chances galore

Never would I trade those years of sacrifice

If i could go do it again I wouldn't think twice

All Marines active and former deserve my salute

For their years of American pride and endless pursuit

I know when i die i will join my brothers in....well

We'll talk to SATAN and blow him to hell!

-Jeremy Scott Sandvick Monroe



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So sorry that I just saw this thread brothers. My deepest condolences to a fine young man's family. I hold soldier's deaths sacred and their honor in the highest. May God bless this family as they continue to struggle through the loss of their son.



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Lk 22:35-38-if you don't have a sword then sell your cloak and buy one.
Peace is that glorious moment in history
when everyone stands around -- reloading.
Crisis is the absence of preparation


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