Sgt. Jon Edward Bonnell
19 Aug 1984 - 06 Aug 2007
U.S. Marine Corps
Al Anbar, Iraq
Died when he stepped on an improvised explosive device
while patroling on foot, looking for roadside bombs.
This was his second tour in Iraq.
Sgt. Jon Edward Bonnell, Jr.
Marine Sgt Jon E Bonnell photo borrowed from The Messenger

Purple Heart Medal

I didn't know Jon... I never met him.
  I don't even know how or if we are related
    through the Bonnell family tree...
But we are related as Americans and as fellow Servicemen.

In reading of Jon's death,
  I felt especially compelled to acknowledge and
    thank him for his ultimate sacrifice.
I realize there have been many others before him
  (And there will be many others after him)
That have done the same but have not been acknowledged or thanked...
But we are thankful... and wish it didn't have to be this way.

And I do know that nothing I can say will help Jon's family,
  but I want them to know, as a former Serviceman and a Parent of Sons,
    I do feel for them... and wish it didn't have to be this way.

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Dear Lord,
    Lest I continue
        My complacent way,
Help me remember
    Somewhere out there
        A man died for me today...

As long as there be war
    I then must
        Ask and answer,
            "Am I worth dying for??"

"A Man Called Intrepid" by William Stevenson  

Sgt. Jon Edward Bonnell, Jr.  - some details:
Fort Dodge Senior High School - Class of '03
The MESSENGER - Obituary Home town newspaper, Fort Dodge, Iowa
The MESSENGER FD Marine killed in Iraq
The MESSENGER Flags to line a soldier’s way home.
The MESSENGER ‘Forever missed’

The Messenger has more articles concerning Jon,
so do an 'Article Search' for "Bonnell" at one of their pages.
Des Moines Register 2007708140393 Des Moines: JJ loved job in Iraq 297149 Pictures from Fort Dodge: JJ Bonnell Jr. Honored 297175 Pictures from Fort Dodge: JJ Bonnell Jr. Funeral
Patriot Guard RidersPatriot_Guard_Riders Sgt. Jon E. Bonnell Jr
Iraq / Afghanistan War Heroes For ALL the soldiers
"Remember Me" by Lizzie Palmer

US Marine Base, Camp Pendleton, CA
Jon was assigned to B Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment,
1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton, CA.
The unit specialized in security and bomb detection.

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Jon E. Bonnell, 
please contact me
Steven L. Bonnell (

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