It's always sad when a brother SF'er goes down. I spent 11 years as an SF medic and consider all those before and behing me my brothers-in-arms.
In high school he wanted to be like Jean Claude Van Damme lol and damn near was from what I can tell from his brothers who‚Äôve shared about his service. Best catcher I‚Äôd seen since me lolFunny as all get out. He was a watcher of people; he loved people; he paid attention to others; a gift that God gave him to use in his service to his country.His smile, his silliness tho, gah!He had a little boy‚Äôs heart. He had a nervous energy; not a negative nervous, more like excited anticipatory energy, waiting excitedly to see what was about to happen or come next. He was the only one to ever call me EmmyHe signed his notes Love, MeHe felt deeply, meaning he also hurt deeply. Something I need to realize more about people, ok I‚Äôll admit it, realize more about men.He was always positive.He didn‚Äôt judge me & had plenty of reasons he could have.He let me be me, accepting me at all of my phases I went through in life & Lord knows there were many even in the short time of high school. He called me a while back when a mutual friend of ours died & I never returned his call. A regret I now feel to my core. I‚Äôm angry, I‚Äôm sad. J, I just finished being trained in EMDR therapy; a modality that helps many but especially combat veterans with PTSD. I trained under the best who works with soldiers all over the US. I watched therapy sessions of these men‚Äôs lives being changed dramatically as they were able to process their trauma & silence their demons. Would that have helped you, J? I would‚Äôve loved to have been able to tell you about this.This world was better while you were here. Peace be with you, my friend. I can‚Äôt wait to see you again in eternity. Love, Emmy
So sorry to hear about this. Jason was a great friend in HS. Rest easy friend. Praying for your family.
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in God's promise of the resurrection where we have the hope of seeing our loved ones again. (John 5:28, 29) May the God of all comfort bring you a measure of peace in this most difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)
RIP JJ. You were a great man and I was happy to have know you. Rest easy
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
I am really sorry to hear that he was A very good man. RIP JJ.
My deepest condolences to the Case family. Jason was like a brother to me when we were kids. That is however the most innocent years of our lives. I enjoyed playing ball with Jason. He was the best catcher I ever got to play with. Many All Star trips we spent together. Those were some good times. To Mama Pat and Mr. Burt, y‚Äôall were my second parents groin up. Many a good time was had with y‚Äôall. Please reach out to me so we can catch up. Dad I know is waiting to see Jason on the other side. In the meantime for us here on Earth still I hope that the words of a song may make a difference. Check out The Steel Woods ‚Äúwhere ever you are‚Äù ‚Äúthe rock that says my name ‚Äúand to the vets that shared Jason‚Äôs life with him ‚ÄúOld news‚Äù. I Love U Jason like the brother I never had. Rest In Peace my friend. Much Love
I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with JJ in Iraq. During the services for JJ today one of his team members discussed how he was always more concerned with how you were than how he was. That‚Äôs how I‚Äôve always remembered him. Making sure we stayed hydrated that our training for that possible incident just in case was sufficient. I thank God for the opportunity I had to be a small part of his life. I wish I had known all along that he was just up the road. It was an awesome send off for a truly selfless human.
Rest your weary shell, heart and mind sweetheart boy. It‚Äôs time for someone else to take a turn. Always and forever, old souls, more.
There are certain people who have an effortless charisma that has always eluded me. That person who always has the perfect retort, the excellent joke, the incredibly interesting story. The one no one seems to have a bad word for regardless of what happens. It‚Äôs like they‚Äôre wearing some sort of armor, and nothing ever seems to expose a weakness. I have always been incredibly jealous of these people as it is a quality I‚Äôve never been able to master.I met JJ Case in Iraq in 2009. We spoke for about ten minutes about where we were from and our shared military experience and I went back to my room. Thirty minutes later I heard a knock at the door and when I opened it JJ exclaimed: ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs happening cousin!?!!‚Äù. JJ was obsessed with history and genealogy and had figured out in thirty minutes that we were in fact 3rd cousins. This began a friendship that lasted for pretty much my entire time in Iraq.On call in Iraq you have incredibly long periods of nothing to do, so you end up hanging out with people for amounts of time that are only rivaled by friends from your childhood. You get to know people in a way that rarely presents itself in adult life unless you are acquainted for years. During that time I found out that JJ was an incredibly weird dude. He went to bed at 7:30 every night and loved Civil War letters. Not military strategy or biographies of generals‚Äîbut letters from soldiers. He loved his garden and Deadwood and was committed to the preservation of everything ‚Äúcountry‚Äù. Not that generic lifestyle crap that modern country music tries to sell, but the idealized, genteel country life. I would laugh at him as he tipped his cap when he mentioned crossing ‚Äúthe river‚Äù into his beloved Mississippi, since his wife (due to her professorship at Tech) had saddled him with the absolute indignity of living in Louisiana.He was fun, and funny, and told the greatest stories you ever heard. But he wasn‚Äôt a bullshitter, he didn‚Äôt make things up. He had the kind of absolute integrity that I find is missing too much in today‚Äôs world. I mentioned before that I was jealous of people like JJ, but in this case the jealous party was my wife because she said I never shut up about him. I imagine it was much the same for anyone else who knew him. He was my friend, and there will never be another like him. Go easy brother, the world is a lesser place for not having you in it.
It was an honor and privilege to have Willard work with us as medic. He was a professional and excellent co-worker to many. Rest in peace. Dennis and Duke
To the family of my good friend, JJ...Our family is hurting with you and praying for Devine Peace, Love and comfort. He was a good man, a veteran, an incredible medic. He got up really early everyday to spend time with you all on the phone when we worked together in Kurdistan. In a fitness competition about 5 of us had, he always had the best times! We will all miss him. Rom 8:38-39. Rest peacefully, our brother.
To the family, we are saddened to hear of your loss. JJ was a sincere and down-to-earth person who always treated me with the upmost respect. He did a wonderful job working with us and is missed by many. Our prayers are with you all.
I had the pleasure and honor of working with JJ in Kurdistan. He was always a dedicated family man, gentleman, scholar, quiet and consummate professional. Rest in Peace, JJ. You‚Äôll be missed, Brother.
My utmost condolences, Jason was a "genuine person" and a true friend. You will be missed.George
Lives are not better without youBut they are better because of youPeace, Respect, Prayers
You gone! but you will never be forgotten J.J R.I.P brother.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
I met JJ in Iraq,he was allways supportive and good assistant for those require his service 24 hours . Become close friend during the corse of export pipeline project. He was managing the security team and ensuring the security of all the team. He di≈ü exellent job. I am honoured to know him such a big loss for those who honoured to know him. May god bless you, rest in peace my friend.
JJ always great to work with,, he will be missed by all for sure.
JJ was a great guy and will surely be missed! I worked with him in Iraq. I remember that he seemed to always have his head in a book studying for some medical exam. He was always ready to help and to teach us the basic medical stuff. I learned a lot from him. Rest In Peace Brother!
To the family and friends of JJ- I have the pleasure of knowing and working with JJ in Kurdistan. He had a smile and eager personality. He was one of the finest SF Medics I ever worked with. I remember his religiously getting up at midnight to Skype with his family. He always bragged of his children with a huge smile. He was a proud father and a great teammate. He will be missed by all of us lucky enough to know him. Rest assured he will be waiting for us on the other side. Prayers to JJ‚Äôs family. He touched all our lives.
So sorry to hear of the sad passing of Willard known to many of his work friends as J.J.A true gentleman and loyal friend. I first met Willard while working in Iraq in 2004. He was the consummate professional and well appreciated by all the teams from the US and British Embassy alike. It was wonderful to find him again amongst the professionals in Kurdistan more than ten years later and he hadn‚Äôt changed one bit. Forever the motivated professional he took care of everyone and ensured we all had the training we needed to keep each other safe. I had the honour of having Willard as a training partner in the gym. Reliable and steady as a rock he would come looking for you iwhen trying to squirm out of a session.Though he never missed one thing... Every day at 03.00am he would be up to have a long distance chat with his children. I‚Äôm sure they miss him sorely, as all who knew him do.It was an honour to be able to call such a great human being my friend. My heart bleeds. My thought are with all the family.May he Rest in PeacePaul K. Belfast, Ireland
Thoughts and prayers for the family. Hal coached Jason at Levell Woods many years ago. I remember his sweet smile & his family.
Thank you, for your service to our country!
JJ and I met back in 2009 when we both were heading to Kirkuk Iraq. Right way we became good friends. Like most people that met him, because he had that magnetic personality and warm kind heart. We worked together both in Kirkuk & Erbil Iraq. JJ was always there for you. May it be a simple question to answer or a task to help with. He was just such a great guy with a larger than life heart! You will be forever missed! Until we meet again brother! Rest In Peace! Always, Mark aka ‚Äùmuscled fortune cookie‚Äù
Jason was one of my "DQ kids" on Terry Road in South Jackson. I have many fond memories of him and his best buddy, Timmy. I bet Tim was there to welcome Jason into Heaven. My prayers for comfort and peace are being sent to our awesome God for Jason's family. May you feel His arms around you giving you what you need.
JJ was far and away THE BEST medic I have ever had the honor to fly with. He was a professional and a genuinely good person. When JJ was scheduled on my crew I knew we were in outstanding shape to get any mission done and done well. I am honored to have gotten to work with such a fine young man and I will miss him.
Had the pleasure of working with JJ in Iraq. He was both a gentleman and always there to help others. Thank you for helping me the times that you did and you will be greatly missed.
Our hearts are with your family Jason. My memories of summer time in South Jackson always included Jason, my brother, and other neighborhood kids. Kickball games at Daniel Memorial, we built forts, hunted crawdads in the big ditch, and ramped our bikes all summer long. Jumping off the roof of my parents garage and climbing sketchy trees should have netted more then a few injuries but never did. Summer time and a quick smile is how I will always remember you. Rest in peace.
So sorry to hear about Jason. His family is in my prayers.
I had the honor of working with JJ in Iraq, he was a true professional and just a great person, Go rest now brother your work is done here
In don't know you.....cried for your family this morning while praying for them...have a son name Jason....thank you for your service and may you be at peace......Pray for our military daily.....Love and God Bless to family.....
There are no words I can come up with to convey how sorry I am for this loss for Ms. Pat and all his family! So many great memories and such an amazing legacy left. RIP old friend.
RIP my friend! Prayers for the family
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
R.I.P. Brother, see you at Fiddlers Green.
JJ, you were one of the best guy friends I have ever known. You were always professional, courteous, caring, and above all, loved your children. You will be greatly missed by all in the EMS family that you shared your time with. Thank you for your military service as that is something I highly respected you for. Always serving others, so they may live. Rest in Peace sweet friend. We will take it from here.
Jason will b missed.. knew Jason well in high school played ball with him.. great guy.. spent a lot of time with his brother tobi and fronds over the years.. he always let me know how he was doing.. R.I.P. Jason..
One of the most dedicated man I know and s good friend. I miss you and love you bro. Rest in peace
I am honored to have work/served with JJ in Erbil, Iraq. He was a walking book of knowledge and I know I absorb so much wisdom from one of God‚Äôs finest soldiers. He walked his own path and I enjoyed traveling with him thru the good and the bad. I still have and wear every piece of crochet Christmas apparel that his grandmother made for me bless her sole! I love you brother and I will see you soon and we will resume that game of ping pong my guy. May God protect all of his family in their toughest hour, he will show his grace.With love,Jamar Faison aka MoonCricket
JJ was one of my CSAR partners in Colombia and an SF brother. He was an outstanding SF medic and team member and will be missed by me and everyone who knew him. RIP my Brother! See you at the rally point!
As DMac, Harold, Alex and Santiago put it JJ was a special person and friend it was truly an honor to get to work with him for several years and my heart breaks for his family.
What a honor it was to have Jason in my life and my family‚Äôs life. He made such a impact that no words can say. He will always be remembered as a brother and a great friend. Till we see you again brother Lamar and family.
We are so sorry ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mrs Pat and your family !
JJ will surely be missed by all who knew him. He was a great warrior and family man. A tribute to the Special Forces brotherhood and a man who deeply cared about taking care of others. Until we meet again my brother....Izzy
JJ my friend i was always happy to see you when i got to work and i knew my shift would be awesome! You will be missed bro! You and your family are in my deepest thoughts.
JJ was a good friend and one of the smartest men I ever had the pleasure to call friend and Brother. Till we meet again in the halls of Valhalla, my Brother. You will be missed.
It was a honor to know him in high school . Great person to know and work with . You will be missed Jsson ! Say hey to the others that we knew together that awaits you in heaven
JJ was my medic partner for 2.5 years in Iraq. He was a "medics medic" and taught me a lot about tactical field care and other SOF skill sets. He had a great sense of humor, a no BS approach and you always knew where you stood with him. I will miss you JJ, love you brother.
My deepest sympathy to all of you!
You‚Äôll be missed little brother. Go on ahead and do a recon for the rest of us.
JJ represented 'Excellence'. Fond memories of working as a team. Polite, to the point, professional. You will always be in my thoughts.
JJ was a very good person - professional and very discreet. He will be missed - it was a honor to get know him.
You will be surely missed
You will be greatly. Way too soon for a warrior like you. See you in Valhalla. Prayers for your family. DOL from a fellow medic.
One of the best Special Forces Medics to ever live.
Your watch is over, Brother. Rest easy in the peace you have so honorably earned. We'll meet at the Fiddler's Green.
RIP my Brother, it was a pleasure working with you in Colombia & Kurdistan. My the Jumpmaster in the sky be with you !
Our heart breaks for all of you. All our love to you.
Rest in peace brother JJ . He was great fiend, and wonderful medic. We will miss you
Rest in piece brother, JJ, was a great Madic and great friend and will for ever be missed here in Kurdistan.
JJ was a great friend and a great co-worker. He will be forever missed.Mac
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.