Cpl. Jonathan D. Porto
Marine Cpl. Jonathan D. Porto, 26, died Sunday when his vehicle rolled over while supporting combat operations in Helmand province in Afghanistan. He was a small arms repair technician assigned to the 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Published by TBO.com from Mar. 16 to Apr. 16, 2010.
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Sitting here almost 6 years after Jonathan's sacrifice and came to almost know him after reading about him. For this Marine and the others who gave their all -- we are so indebted. May God take care of him and the Marines that are still out there taking care of us. Christ will bring peace to Jonathan's family and Christ will have a US Marine by his side.
mike jarosinski
February 18, 2016
The dictionary defines "hero" as "a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds and noble qualities." Heroes come in many forms in life, ranging from one's family and friends to athletes to movie stars. RIP CPL. Jonathan D. Porto Thank you for fighting for our freedom.
Michael Ribuffo
February 9, 2016
I'm not sure of this will be read, but just in case.
On Dec. 7,8,9,14,15,16 There will be a show at the St. Petersburg City theatre. It is titled "Cool Yule at the City" Durng the second act while singing Silent Night, the cast will honor 12 fallen service men and women who lost there lives from 2003-2012. I have the honor of saying the name, Cpl Jonathan D. Porto. If you are interested in seeing the show, call (272) 866-1973. My heart goes out to Jonathan's family. Rose West
December 5, 2012
March 17, 2012
Rachel, I am holding your family in my heart and prayers.
Patti Taitano
October 28, 2010
Jan Greenberg
April 3, 2010
Today you welcome me to heaven and sorrow feels your heart even though we are not together we will never be apart.
Our time we had together was cut short in the blink of an eye but you can still see me in all gods’ glory when you look up to the sky.
Why he called me home so soon right now I can’t explain I know you have the answers and your friends all feel your pain
Today you cry and say good bye to the man you knew and loved but I promise you our next time together will be for eternity in heaven above
Now it is time to move on and let me fly up above I know you will not forget me as you will always feel my love as I look down on you today I know why you are sad but please remember even here in heaven you are still my Mom and Dad...........Rest in peace Cpl.Jonathan D.Porto I thank you from the bottom of my heart
Steve Knox
April 3, 2010
I was very lucky to have met jonny many years ago and when I heard of his passing,I was lost for words.Jonny was a funny & caring person & all in all a great friend to have.I send my best wishes out to his family and I want to thank jonny for serving our country and may you rest in peace buddy!!
Josh Raiche
March 31, 2010
It in deep sorrow that I have to read about a fellow Marine that gave his life. Yet as I also serve. Im sure he gave freely and was proud to do so.... Semper FI.
March 30, 2010
Jon, although it had been a couple years since I heard from you, you have always been on my mind. You will forever have a spot in my heart. We were crazy teenagers when we spent the most time together and I loved every second of it. You are missed deeply. Love you.
Felicity O'Connor
March 30, 2010
We pray for God's comfort and peace through this very difficult time. My heart is overwhelmed for you all. Jonathan paid a price with his life for this Country. May we make him proud of the sacrifice he paid.

Linda Mann, Grants Pass, Oregon
March 29, 2010
March 29, 2010
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Jeffery A. Hall
March 26, 2010
Im so very sorry for your loss ,,,,there are no words to make this better ,,,,so im sending prays ,,my heart is broken again ,,,,,Jonathanwill always be our HERO............
VPMM of LCpl Tainsh
Jayne Tainsh
March 26, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss of Jonathan. May God give you comfort in this time of sorrow.Find peace in your memories for those are never far from your heart. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Marcie Freeman
March 25, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss.
The Lopez Family
March 25, 2010
I was one of the Military escort riders for your husband. My God give you comfort in your time of sorrow
MSgt Michael Arnold
March 25, 2010
I just wanted to say my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this hard time, I lost a very close friend in Afg. in May 08 and I am still having a very hard time with it! Rachel, your husband was and is a hero, your daughter will grow up knowing that her daddy was one of this countries finest! The few the proud the marines!! If you need some one to talk to that has sort of been where you are (my close friend its a very long story, we were engaged and he called it off right before he was deployed because he didnt want to put me and my daughters through a deployment) please feel free to email me anytime [email protected]
Amanda Jenkins
March 25, 2010
CPL.Jonathan Porto,may you rest in peace,thank you for your service to our country.My thoughts and prayers are with your wife,daughter and familiy.May God bless them all.From a BLUE STAR mom to a GOLD STAR FAMILY.
Barbara A
March 24, 2010
We're so sorry for your loss of Jonathan. You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron and Jan
March 23, 2010
Thank you CPL. Jonathan Porto for your sacrifice. My prayers will be with your family.
Vicki Croft
Mother of fallen hero
Sgt David Croft Jr
Jan. 5, 2010
March 23, 2010
My thoughts & prayers are with his entire family. It breaks my heart that he never held his baby girl. May she grow up knowing what a "HERO" he Daddy was, is & always will be.
Rachael Faraguna
March 23, 2010
Dear Rachel,
Mike and I were so terribly sad to hear of Jonathon's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and
Brian and your entire family.


Mike and Kris Marron
Kris Marron
March 23, 2010
Jonny, I wish I could have gotten to meet you. I thank you for all that you did for our country. You are a true American Hero. Although your life was taken too early you are a lucky man to have a loving family, a beautiful wife, and a beautiful daughter. Rachel is one of the strongest women I know and she will carry on your legacy for your daughter. RIP Jonny
Wendy Armenteros-Jones
March 23, 2010
You, Rachel, and Ariana are on my mind every second. You are a true hero who makes a light shine in Rachel's eyes that I have never seen before. You will not be forgotten.
April Koppenhoefer
March 23, 2010
I wish I could have been there to welcome you home today, Jonny. There aren't words beautiful enough to give you the thanks you deserve. Mrs. P and baby A. you are in my heart, and in my thoughts and prayers.
Tiffany Myers
March 22, 2010
Our prayers are with you all. My son Michael was in the same Platoon with Jonathan in Boot Camp. The Lord will watch over you all, just ask him. Marine Mom Nancy Brandt
nancy brandt
March 22, 2010
I was honored and humbled to be a part of the show of appreciation today as CPL Porto was transported to the funeral home. The sacrifice this young man made and the sacrifice the family has made will never be forgotten. I shall carry you in my heart always. God bless you
Lynn Hawkins
March 22, 2010
From the Family of Sgt. David Croft Jr. to Cpl. Jonathan D. Porto.

"Rest In Peace, Brother"

Welcome Home...Thank you so much for standing tall and being a Hero. You and your precious family will always be in our hearts and prayers.

A man among men, a soldier till the end. Godspeed.
March 22, 2010
im so sorry for your lost. may god bless u and your family. may he also bless his wife and sweet baby girl just remember he is watching you from the heavens above. from a mother of a marine i greive with you we may not be family but we r and always will be a marine family. god bless u he will be miss.
March 22, 2010
Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem.
--Ronald Reagan--

Our thought and prayers are with the family of Jonathan. We will always remember the sacrifice that he has made to keep us all safe from harm! Thank you!
welker family
March 22, 2010
May peace be with all of you.
Valerie Ginn
March 22, 2010
Our country was blessed to have you..you will be missed..god bless your family..i know you will be missed..
March 22, 2010
To the Family and friends of Cpl.Jonathan Porto. On this day our nation is again reminded of the tremendous sacrifices endured by Cpl. Porto to ensure America's freedom. He bravely and proudly carried the burden of defending this country. And for that, there are no words to express our gratitude. Because of Jonathan, this country remains the greatest nation on Earth! With deepest condolences. May God wrap his loving arms around you today and in the future.
Jackie Stafford
Harrah, Oklahoma
Cpl. James Vaughan U.S.M.C.
Twentynine Palms, California
March 22, 2010
My daughter and I were on the route of the procession. It was a very touching moment. I am happy I got the chance to explain what was going on to her and why it was so important. Thank CPL. Porto for giving your life for our freedom! No words can ever be expressed to show our gratitude to you and your family.
Valerie C.
March 22, 2010
From the folks who still love you, Jonny, here in Plaistow and Sandown NH, you are the bright star that will never leave us. Your little girl, your gift to the world will always have a little of the sweet Jonny that we know.
Evelyn Thompson
March 22, 2010
Just wanted to tell you thank you for your wonderful service of this country. May God bless your wife and daughter and help them during this difficult time.
March 22, 2010
My heart felt sympathy and prayers to Corporal Porto's family. He has made the greatest sacrifice, serving our Country, and you have sacrificed by losing him. I thank him for his valour, and thank you for your sacrifice. God grant us peace.

If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.
The Ehrhart Family
March 22, 2010
My heart goes out to his family, friends, and commrades. Thank you all for your sacrifice.
March 22, 2010
Oh behalf of the American War Mothers, Star Spangled Chapter #1 of Maryland, we offer our deepest condolences.
We will remember Johathan, always.
joann Reda
March 22, 2010
I was their for the procession. I am truly sadden by your loss. Your Son,Husband,Father,and brother is a hero in so many eyes... Thank you for your service and protection of our Country...
March 22, 2010
My two sons and I were there for the procession. I am saddend by your loss. He is a hero. Thank you for your dedication and service to our Country.
March 22, 2010
Thank you for serving your country.
I would like to think that your little girl has a very special guardian angel protecting her now. :-)
March 22, 2010
Rest in Peace my brother in arms, Semper Fi
James Footman, USAF Ret
March 22, 2010
"The Bible says in Matthew 13, 'Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends.' We would be at the mercy of the world without such love and sacrifice."
SSgt Rodriguez
March 22, 2010
My heart goes out to the family of Jonathan Porto. God bless you.
Linda Porter
March 22, 2010
It is with deep sadness and sympathy that we send to you our heartfelt , prayers and thoughts to your family . Know that we honor the Cpl and his service and commitment to all the things this country stands for.
The Langley Memorial Troop Fund
Judith Langley
Elko, NV
Judith Langley
March 22, 2010
God Bless you for your bravery and commitment. We know you are in a better place. God bless your wife and new born child. You are a true hero. Dad of Lcpl Christian 1/6
March 22, 2010
As a parent to two Marines, my heart goes out to your family. May God Bless you and give you comfort in this time of need. Thank you so much for your service and your sacrifice. Your loved one will always be remembered and loved by his Marine family and those who knew him. God Bless,
Mike / Eva Rhody
March 22, 2010
It is always tough to lose great brothers who pay the ultimate price for our freedom. May God be with you and your family.

GySgt Jones, Theodis
Theodis Jones
March 22, 2010
Thank you to your family for giving us such a great hero. May God Bless and Keep you in your time of loss.
Paula mom of LCPL Steven 1/6 Marines HARD
March 22, 2010
Thank you for all you did for this country! May God bless your soul and give many blessings to your family in this time of moruning. RIP Porto! You will be greatly missed! Rozie Martinez and Jose Alicea
Rozie Martinez
March 22, 2010
May God watch over and bless your wife and child. Thank you for your service. My son said you were a stellar Marine who made your family proud.
Sharon McCullar
March 22, 2010
Semper Fi Marine. We are proud of you.
Pat& Shirley Roberts
March 22, 2010
All of your brothers and sisters in arms are here for yout family. Thank you for all you did for us.
Heather Erickson-Wallace
March 22, 2010
Thank you for your service. May God be with your wife,baby girl and family.
Jan Raper
March 21, 2010
Condolences and sympathy from a fellow 1/6 Marine C Co. family. May God console Jonathan's family in this terrible time of war. Thank you Jonathan for your service and dedication to your committment.
Terri & Joe Schanken
PMP L/Cpl Aaron
1/6 C Co Wpns Plt.
Terri & Joe Schanken
March 21, 2010
May the Lord be with all of you at this time and give you His strength. You are in our hearts and prayers. God bless you from the Gustavson side of the family. Aloha nui loa in Christ,
Cousin Rob and Arnel
Rob and Arnel
March 21, 2010
God bless you Sir and thank you for your service. You will be remembered.
Rusty Walker
March 21, 2010
You will be missed, Jonathan. May the Lord support those who love you.
Joanne Wasner
March 21, 2010
RIP Cpl. Porto thank you for you service to our country and may God give the much needed strength to your wife and family. I know you will always watch over them.
Karen Jeansonne
March 21, 2010
We miss you Jonny! My thoughts and prayers go out to Jonny's family. I am sure he was a fine soldier, and know with the depths of my soul he was a wonderful person and friend. My condolences and love go out to you.
Jennifer Johnston
March 21, 2010
Words cannot express the pain we feel for the family of Corporal Porto. Jonathan is and will always be a great American hero. It takes a special person to put his life on the line for his country and for others who cannot defend themselves. You must be a very proud family and our heart goes out to each and every one of you. May you find some peace in the days to come.
Congressman and Mrs. Bill Young
March 21, 2010
Thank you for your Bravery, Love and Loyalty. You took steps that very few will ever take...and we love you for it.
Chritopher Staten
March 21, 2010
My heart goes out to Rachael, Rebekah, Stephanie, and all of Jonathan's family. I know how proud you were of him and how much he was loved. We cannot take away your grief or hurt, but we are here to support you in whatever you need. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in CCU are with you.
Sharon Popp
March 20, 2010
Thank you for your bravery and your service to your country. Condolences from this Navy family to your family. God bless
Janice Parres
March 20, 2010
RIP Cpl. I along with the rest of the U.S. owe you and your family. BM 2nd class Viet Nam.
March 20, 2010
I am so sorry for the loss of a young man who I am sure was a fine person. My very deepest condolences to your family. I pray they will seek and find comfort in Our Father in Heaven. I thank you for your bravery and service to me and our country.
Charlene Torn
March 20, 2010
RIP Cpl. Porto, and "Thank You" from the bottom of my heart for your service and sacrifice for our country. "Thank You" also to your friends and family who also served in their own way. God Bless you all.
L Bridges
March 20, 2010
Semper Fidelis Cpl Porto. My heart goes out to your family and may God wrap them in His arms and comfort them in this time of need. Thank you for your service to our country. From one Marine Family to another, Semper Fi!
March 20, 2010
To the family of CPL Porto - there is no greater sacrifice than giving one's life in the service to your Country. May God ease your pain during this very difficult time.

SEMPER FI, Marine!
Doug & Kathy McClannan
March 20, 2010
I don't even know what to say. Jonny was one of my best friends in high school. Jonny, Ryan, Todd and me were always together. so many memories...you were so sweet, and so much fun. you will always be in my heart.my heart goes out to Benny and the rest of his family. I love you Jonny!!!
Angelina Fanion
March 20, 2010
Larry & Hilda Hutto
March 20, 2010
Death, be not proud

Death, be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so;
For those whom thou think'st thou dost overthrow
Die not, poor Death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be,
Much pleasure; then from thee much more must flow,
And soonest our best men with thee do go,
Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.
Thou art slave to fate, chance, kings, and desperate men,
And dost with poison, war, and sickness dwell,
And poppy or charms can make us sleep as well
And better than thy stroke; why swell'st thou then?
One short sleep past, we wake eternally
And death shall be no more; Death, thou shalt die.

By John Donne
The Poetry Foundation
March 20, 2010

CPL Jonathan D. Porto has been promoted to the highest rank possible in heaven and in the hearts of many people here on earth that have known him or has just met him thouhg someone else. Although he has left the place that so many people loved him, He is not seated at the Lord and Saviour he knew. No more pain, no more death, but basking in the pure unconditional Love and presence of the God he knew. We'll see him again in the morning
Pastor David Oliver
March 19, 2010
From the family of LCPL Wright 1/6
March 19, 2010
Thank you for your bravery and love of your country. It takes a truely special person to do what you did. May your family find peace, with the knowlege of how many people will mourn with them.
Laura Cook
March 19, 2010
Dearest Jonny,
I will always remember you as the boy with the million dollar smile... a smile so infectious. I feel so blessed to have had you in my life, even if it was a short while. And a short while it may have been, but you leave a lasting impression on my soul. You taught me that there is a positive in everything and to build on the sunshine. And I will do just that.

To the Porto family,
Words cannot justify the remorse I feel in the pit of my soul for your loss. Hold onto the memories and keep them fresh. I will pray for peace and strength for you all, as I know it will be needed in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
Alisha Raymo-Walch
March 19, 2010
You shall be missed by all that knew you and loved always. May those that knew you and that love you; find strength in the love and memories that you have given them. You are our hero and protector for eternity. We will never forget all that you did and the sacrifices that you made for all of us. God Bless you and your loved ones.
Cindy Lobnitz
March 19, 2010
I remember the baby, the boy, and the man MARINE. Thanks for the time you were with us.
Don Gregoire
March 19, 2010
March 19, 2010
Jon, You are in our hearts forever. Thanks for your smiles. Thank you for your service to our country.
Frank Gregoire
March 19, 2010
(Psalms 116:15) Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Our prayers and love to Jonathan's family. Thank you for serving our country. Jonathan is a true HERO.
Kathy Irizarry
March 18, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Porto family. I didn't know Jonathan but my mother was friend's with his family. May god be with you and your family in this time of need. Thank you for serving our country.Franie Sullivan's youngest daughter.
Charlotte Chafin
March 18, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Rachel, her daughter and family. Thank you for serving our country.

The Beasley's
Jenny Beasley
March 18, 2010
I am deeply saddened to hear the loss of such a fine young marine. I wish to convey my sincere condolences to both Rachels at this difficult time. I pray for peace and solice in your future.
Rose Connolly
March 17, 2010
thank you all for your well wishes, for those who don't know Jonathan he was an OUTSTANDING young man wanting to have purpose in life. We will all miss him terribly. Rachel Bernaby Jon's Mother.
March 17, 2010
Thoughts, prayers and sympathy to Jonathan's wife, daughter, parents, family and friends. I hope you find comfort knowing that his service, and sacrifice are acknowledged and appreciated by this Navy and Marine family. He is a true hero. Wishing you peace in the days & months ahead. God bless.
Patti Schuman
March 17, 2010
Please know we are grateful for what you have done for our Country. You will Never be forgotten.
Kym Sardinas PMS of Wounded Warrior Adam, USMC
March 17, 2010
Our hearts go out you at this time We are so sorry for your loss and share in your sorrow The Planisek family wish to express their deepest sympathy to you we are so Sorry your Blue Star has turned to Gold May God be with you
March 17, 2010
God bless and Semper Fi my brother.
USMC 1/55 - 5-59
Ken Ferrin
March 17, 2010
So proud knowing Jonathan through Evelyn. May peach be with you and your family.
Mimi/ Mensch
March 17, 2010
Renae Gregoire
March 17, 2010
Jon, I wish we had made it to your wedding or that we had committed to getting together once you settled in NC. Your light shone so brightly on this short path we call life that, though your path was shorter than most, I know your light will long continue to shine. Your uncle Craig and I have great faith--and are deeply comforted in knowing--that we will see you again. If a day with the Lord truly is like 1,000 years, then from your perspective it won't be very long at all! We pray that God grant peace and comfort to your wife, to your mother, father, sisters and brothers, and to all who know and love you. Love, Aunt Renae and Uncle Craig
Renae Gregoire
March 17, 2010
Rest in peace Jonathan.
Chris Mullaney
March 17, 2010
Mission complete, job well done. Yet another Marine to guard the streets of Heaven.

Semper Fi Brother
Bernie (1/6 1960)
March 17, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss...my thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless Jonathan for making the ultimate sacrifice...he will not be forgotten.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
Julie Wanner
March 17, 2010
May you all find peace in your own ways....Jonny was a brave soldier, father, brother and son! I love you all and send heartfelt prayers your way.Thank you for protecting our country. Rest in Peace.
Paula Patterson-Bowers
March 17, 2010
May You Rest in Peace U.S.M.C. Cpl. Porto. And may God Bless your family through their loss and give them the strenght needed to carry on. What you have given to our Country is the greatest gift you can give. Thank you Marine. God Bless and Semper Fi Marine
Dave Warden
March 17, 2010
March 17, 2010
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