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ALEDO - Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry Allen Tharp, age 44, of Aledo, Ill., died Wednesday, July 12, 2006, as a result of enemy action when his dismounted patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device while operating in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.

Jerry will be buried with full military honors. The funeral service is at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Bethel Baptist Church, 1196 N. Academy St. in Galesburg, Ill. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery in Keithsburg, Ill.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2006, at First Christian Church in Keithsburg. Dennison Funeral Home in Aledo is handling arrangements.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Jerry Tharp Memorial Fund.

Jerry was born Aug. 14, 1961, in Muscatine, Iowa, the son of Lyle H. and Donna L. (Matthews) Tharp. After being together for 16 years, he recently married Gayle (Christie) Pritchett on Dec. 31, 2005, at their home.

He was an operating engineer out of Local 150. He was working the last six years for Williams Brothers Construction in Peoria, up until his deployment to Iraq in January 2006.

Jerry had more than 18 years in the military. He enlisted in the Army in 1978. He then served in both the Army Reserves and Navy Reserves. His tour in Iraq was with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25 out of Rock Island. Jerry was proud to serve his country and proud of his military career. He believed he had to do whatever he had to do to keep his family safe and out of harm's way. He was a hero to his entire family.

Jerry had many interests. He enjoyed going to the cabin, hunting, fishing, camping and scuba diving.

He is survived by his wife, Gayle Tharp of Aledo, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Carrie (and Joey) Ham of Keithsburg, Ill., and Heather Pritchett (and Jay Townsend) of Keithsburg, Ill.; four stepgrandchildren, Tristan Ham, Parker Townsend, Trace Ham and Paige Townsend; his mother, Donna Tharp of Aledo, Ill.; two sisters, Linda (and Dan) Artus of Reynolds, Ill., and Karen Louck (and Mike Grissom) of Aledo, Ill.; three brothers, Lyle "Ed" (and Julie) Tharp of Seaton, Ill., Rick (and Gillian) Tharp of Seaton, Ill., and John (and Cathy) Tharp of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Tharp in 1990, and his grandparents, Kenneth and Eva Tharp.

Online condolences, as well as information and directions, can be found at www.dennison funeralhome.com.



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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Jul. 19, 2006.
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May 27, 2013
Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp, I am thinking of you and those that came before and those that will come after you.

You have paid the debt for me and mine to live as a free people. Somehow thank you doesn't seem to be enough. My family and I will Never forget.

Thank you.
Rocky Napier
May 4, 2013
To the family of Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
October 16, 2012
Thinking about you today Jerry I sure miss your friendship and seeing you I will see you again someday my friend I miss you
Donald Botox
July 14, 2012
July 12, 2012
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp:
Always remembering Jerry. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
April 20, 2012
To the family of Jerry Tharp:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
September 25, 2011
I met Jerry and a few other Navy personnel at the local watering hole, The Beachcomber Tavern, in Oxnard CA shortly before they deployed. We shared many stories about service as I am an active duty Coast Guardsman. I told the fellas that we'd definitely have to catch up when they got back from overseas. When the unit came back, his two friends brought in a picture of all of us to the Beachcomber Tavern and I couldn't believe he was gone. I only met Jerry once, but I still think about him from time to time and his death has impacted me. Can someone send me an e-mail and let me know how the family is doing? I want them to know how much the Silverstrand Beach/Oxnard Community still thinks about him.

Thank You,

Jordan

Jordan.McCarty@vanguard.edu
Jordan McCarty
August 22, 2011
I miss you my friend!
Daniel Feik
July 12, 2011
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp:
Please accept my remembrance of Jerry on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
May 7, 2011
To the family of Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A Tharp:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of our nation’s wars.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “A Believer’s Look at War.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
July 12, 2010
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp:
Remembering Jerry on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
June 1, 2010
You are not forgotten shipmate
Gray
April 26, 2010
To the family of Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “A Day of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception; weather permitting will be outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email (info@fortsnellingmcf.org) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
August 14, 2009
Jerry,
Happy Birthday in Heaven. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Birthdays In Heaven

Are there birthdays in Heaven?
Does the angel blow his horn?
Announcing to everybody
That this is the day you were born?

Can the stars be your balloons
And angel food your cake?
Presents wrapped in moonbeams
All the angels helped to make.

Birthdays meant so much to you
They were always a big deal
Birthday presents, lots of friends
And perhaps a special meal.

So we'll whisper a little prayer today
Asking everyone up above
To sing you a Happy Birthday song
And give you all our love.
~ Author unknown~
Michael Iezzi
July 12, 2009
To the family of Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp:
Jerry gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
May 25, 2009
On this Memorial Day my thoughts go back to the day I said good luck to Jerry and his crew as they departed on his last mission. I was leaving myself on another. I also think of the day I was notified of his passing and the tears I first shed over losing a fellow Seabee. Today I again shed some tears for him.
UT1 Rohde NMCB25
May 24, 2009
PO Tharp far left and me on far right.
I served with Petty Officer 1st class Tharp in Iraq. I what to wish his family all of my best wishes and love. I have many photos I want to share with the family of P.O Tharp please contact me.
Juan Castro
April 3, 2009
”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,450 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely,
Kenna
Kenna Larra
January 23, 2009
Kenneth Hendrickson
January 15, 2009
REST IN PEACE PETTY OFFICER THARP, TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY THE MEMORIES OF THIS WONDERFUL SALIOR'S LIFE FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES
GOD BLESS YOU
SHIRLEY DONEY
January 14, 2009
Safely Home
Father we entrust our brother Gerry to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Gerry in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathies.
Michael Iezzi
January 14, 2009
To the Family of Petty Officer Tharp,

I'm sorry about your lost. Please remember the resurrection hope. John 5:28,29.
bessie murphy
January 14, 2009
Fair winds and following seas.Rest in peace at your last port-of-call.
Henryk Zaleski USN (Ret)
October 19, 2008
My condolences go out to everyone that this man/soldier touched.

I am the daughter of a deceased soldier and I have started a new mission. A large majority of those soldiers giving their lives in Iraq are young. There are few that have families with children. Even fewer are those with older children, especially those over 18 years old.

I am 23 years old, lost my Dad when I was nearly 22. I would really like to reach out to other children of deceased soldiers. Although I wont discriminate based on age (I am willing to talk to anybody about their experience) I am especially interested in those children who are dealing with adult life and the loss of a Father/Mother.

PLEASE contact me if you are interested in talking back and forth. I think we can offer each other some healing, support, etc.
Elizabeth Mettille
September 18, 2008
Dear Family of Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp,

We want to say thank you. We understand that no words can be adequate for your sorrow. We certainly do not want to intrude upon your privacy. As Americans we want you to know that we deeply appreciate the ultimate sacrifice your loved one has made for all of us. We also would like for you to be aware that with this letter comes our special concern and prayers for you. We are all safer because young men and women who love their country, and know the value of a free nation, are willing to put themselves in harms way, and lay down their lives to keep this nation free and safe for all of us.
Your sacrifice is also very great. We know that we can give little comfort; however, the knowledge that your loved one did not die in vain, but died in the service of our country, gives each of us a noble example of the value of life, and the responsibility of freedom. We hope this will bring pride and comfort to you.
We at Gethsemane Church believe that there is purpose to life. We send this letter with our deepest appreciation for the greatest of sacrifices, you and your loved one have given to this country. We know it is not enough, but please allow us to assure you that your loved one is not forgotten.


Very Sincerely

Frank G. Noyes
Frank G. Noyes (Pastor)


Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
(Jn. 15:13)
pastor Frank Noyes
May 31, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Petty Officer 1st Class Tharp!
August 19, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 17, 2007
To the friends and family of PO1 Tharp.
PO1 Tharp was a great person and a outstanding seabee. He will never be forgotten by those of us who served with him in Iraq.
Daniel Cozart
July 30, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Petty Officer 1st Class Tharp and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
May 26, 2007
To Gayle and her family, I wanted you to know that even a year after your terrible loss, there is not a day goes by that Jerry isn't remembered. He was and still is and always will be a hero to me and my family.
Sylvia Snyder
February 13, 2007
Jerry, Although we knew each other very little I knew many who served on the road crew. When speaking of you I heard things like tough, couragous, funny. I wish I would have known you better. What I do know is that you had no problem speaking your mind and did everything in your power to make a difference. Your leadership and personal integrity will always be cherished and admired. With much love and respect for you and your family, goodbye my shipmate.
Brian Brovold
December 28, 2006
Even though I did not get to spend much time with my uncle Jerry I know that he is a hero in many ways, I will never forget the things that he did for our country. He was there to help his family, friends & country. I'm very proud to have the Tharp name & I will honor it as well as uncle Jerry did.
I miss you uncle Jerry
Love Kyle
Kyle Tharp
December 22, 2006
REST IN PEACE BRO FROM A FELLOW DIRT SAILER NMCB-25 O.I.F 06
August 20, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Tharp family in the loss of Jerry. I did not know Jerry, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Jerry you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
August 13, 2006
To the Tharps - though I am 2000 miles away in California my thoughts and prayers are always with my family. As a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Dixon CA I am proud to know that a member of my family served proudly and honorably during the war.
Doris Jean Kenney Kilkenny
(Lloyd Kenney Sr's oldest daughter)
Doris Kenney Kilkenny
August 6, 2006
To Jerry's family
I had the pleasure of having jerry work for me on several AT's and FX's.I always felt he was a Seabees Seabee. He worked hard and enjoyed his time off with the guys. I was hoping to have him work for me here in Iraq but that did not come to be. All of us at NMCB 25 will miss him very much. The Navy and the world is short one good Seabee, who was trying to make a difference. In the end I pray his sacrafice was worth it. I know I appreciate it.
BUC (SCW) Kelly Condon
July 29, 2006
God bless to all family and friends. The lord will give you the strength you need I promise.
CMC Michael Davis
michael davis
July 29, 2006
you will be missed.
from, 0525,CM2
enrique martinez
July 26, 2006
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS. PLEASE ACCEPT MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT HERE WHO DO CARE AND YOUR HERO WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. HOLD TIGHT TO YOUR TREASURED MEMORIES THAT HIS SPECIAL SMILE MAY CONTINUE TO SHINE ON FOR YOU. I PRAY THAT PEACE WILL FIND YOU ALL SOMEDAY. STAY STRONG AND GODSPEED. SEMPER FI

A PROUD MARINE MOM
ROBYN GARSIDE
July 26, 2006
I can only hope that the multitudes of fantastic memories of Jerry's life can help you to surpass the enormous grief of his passing.
I feel deeply honored in being invited to show my respect for Jerry, who's deep devotion to duty in protecting our great nation, can only be described as heroic. It is with great sympathy that I must THANK YOU for having raised such a son. May God Bless You and guide you through this most troubling of times.
Eric Swanson SSgt USMC 69-75
July 25, 2006
I remember Jerry as someone that could be funny at times and serious when he needed to be. He was most certainly fair. I am most proud to have served along side Jerry as part of NMCB 25's Road Crew. Futhermore, I am saddened by his lost. He is a true HERO. He taught, he listened, he understood the SEABEES that he worked with. He paid the ultimate price and he will never be forgotten.
John Hamilton
July 24, 2006
You will be missed, brother.

(a fellow muscatine sailor)
Andy Keller
July 23, 2006
May you rest in the arms of the Lord, Petty Officer Tharp. Your service to our great nation will never be forgotten.
CDR Dick Landick, USN (LDO) (Ret)
July 23, 2006
As we offer prayers for your family in this time of sorrow, we will also offer prayers of thankfulness for the work and sacrifice of your Seaman, Jerry. God Bless your family, may you find joy in your memories of him, and peace and comfort in knowing that there are many military families keeping you in our hearts.
Lee Sirotnak
July 23, 2006
Our Deepest Sympathies to your family. Jerry was much loved and will be missed dearly.
Mooney's Pub
Michelle Bruce
July 23, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
SSgt & Mrs LaRoe
July 22, 2006
To the Tharp family: Jerry was a great man that I had the honor of working with. He will be missed deeply. I am very sorry for your loss.
Kim Anderson
July 22, 2006
To jerry tharp's family, I was on jeryy's team here in iraq my name is Petty Officer 2nd class Jeff Dale, I want to say how deeply sorry i am for your loss. he was a great man to work with and I was honored to have gotten the chance to know him, and work with him.
jeffery dale
July 22, 2006
To the family of Jerry Tharp:
Our sincere sympathy for the loss of Jerry. On behalf of all the families members of the NMCB 25 unit, we will always be grateful for the sacrifice Jerry made. The members of CB 25 are making a difference in Iraq. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Virgil and Mary Bray
July 20, 2006
To the family of Jerry Tharp
I would like to send my condolences for your loss. I want to thank him for his protection of my son who is still in Iraq with NMCB 25. After reading my son's eulogy for him I feel that I know him. Thank you for your sacrifices.
Marty Downing
July 20, 2006
Petty Officer 1st Class Tharp has made the ultimate sacrafice, he is a HERO to our entire country. A heartfelt Thank you Jerry.
A sincere Thank you to his entire family for also making the ultimate sacrafice. My thoughts, prayers and tears are with you. God Bless each and everyone of you
Karna Landreth
July 19, 2006
I remember Jerry as dedicated soldier a friend. His sacrifice will always be remebered and he will live on in the hearts of those who knew him and served with him.
MSG ( Retired ) Jeffrey Anderson
July 19, 2006
Please know that your loved ones sacrifice for our freedom will not go unnoticed. We have you in our prayers. You should be extremely proud of your hero!! May God be with you.
kelly spencer
July 19, 2006
the family have my condolences and god bless the family. the family are in my prayers.
Shirley davis/blackwell
July 19, 2006
CECS(SCW)Forrest(Frosty)Erickson
I was once Jerry's Senior Chief on 25's Airdet. You have my sincere
condolences. Jerry was a very good Seabee.
Forrest Erickson
July 19, 2006
We wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Memories of Jerry will be in the hearts of a great many people. We hope these few words bring at least some comfort to all of you.
Debbie & Mick McDonald
July 19, 2006
Rest in peace shipmate at your last port of call in paradise.
Henryk Zaleski (USN-Ret)
July 18, 2006
I am very sorry about the loss of an American Hero & your special loved one. My heart is very heavy for you. please accept my sincere condolences.
Sincerely,
Pat Lorenzen
July 18, 2006
To the Family of Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp;
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courgeous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guestbook for the rest of my life. We lost a son 12/1/05 and it seems like yesterday.
I know first hand there are no words right now that will bring you the comfort and peace you need. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you mourn this loss. We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with. I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally, but none of these courageous men and women will be forgotten. They will never be able to be replaced, but sometime, someday your loving memories will help to sustain you. This courageous soldier will forever now be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well. To his family and friends in pain, I offer this comfort: When you find yourself in that dark sorrowful place, think not only of how you will miss him, but instead recall the years, days, hours and minutes gifted to you by his presence. The one thing that cannot be taken from you is those wonderful memories that now will mean more than ever. If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away and would love for you to tell me more about your Hero. God Bless this courageous soldier and family.
Pam Adams (SFC Brent Adams, KIA 12/1/05 Ramadi, Iraq)
redsandstuff2006@yahoo.com
(Millersville, PA )
July 18, 2006
Please know that I am deeply sorry for your loss.
The price Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry A. Tharp and his family paid for this country will never be forgotten...
Rest well in the Mighty Arms of God, with a multitude of Thanks, for your service to our country.
May God's comfort and blessings be with the Tharp family.
I am the sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago.

" What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose,
for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us"
~ Helen Keller ~
May the memories of your loved one live in your heart always.
Softly and slowly...Time heals...
Garnet Jenkins
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