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  • Today, December 4, 2016 was one of the worst days of my life. Today, is when Jon went back to Iraq. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. The "I don't feel like eating breakfast today mom", the silence in the car driving to the airport, the hugs, the words exchanged, the tears. Who know that a few short months later I would get news that changed my life forever. That I would never see my son again.

    Went to the cemetery today, left red roses by Jon's grave and a thousand thoughts raced through my mind. I will always feel this loss and the pain will stay with me for the rest of my life. Jon will never be forgotten by all those who were touched by his kindness, compassion, friendship, and especially for the love he left behind for his family, friends and fellow soldiers. We were all truly blessed to have him part of our lives....even for a short while.

    Thank you son for the love you left behind for me.
    Love and miss you each day.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Dec 04, 2017 )

  • Thinking of Jonathan and Michelle today on what would have been their 11 year wedding anniversary. Oh how I wish he could have lived to see this day! As the years continue to pass by, the thoughts and memories of my wonderful "hero" cousin continue. An extremely courageous young man who was like a little brother to me. Gone but not forgotten...can't wait to see him in heaven one day soon!

    - Jeffrey Cadavero ( Nov 30, 2017 )

  • Thinking of Jon as Thanksgiving approaches again--and remembering the time (12 years ago?) that I picked him up at Fort Sam Houston for the day. Jon became a good friend during his short stay in San Antonio as he attended church on Sunday's during his training (he was staying downtown with friends on the weekend, and he always made it a point to go to church). I let Veteran's Day slip by without posting an entry, but he is always in my thoughts on special days like Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. Prayers for the family at this time, but I give THANKS to GOD for knowing Jon.

    - Neil Williams ( Nov 20, 2017 )

  • Somehow I missed writing a message on Veteran's Day but Jon was not forgotten for his service and sacrifice. And I thank all those who served with him, to those who returned, and to those who did not make it home. To all Veterans I salute you with great respect and honor.
    I think of Jon every day. Numerous times during the day a memory will pop into my head. It really doesn't take much for me to think of and remember my beloved son.
    Tomorrow, the Monday before Thanksgiving, marks a bitter sweet day for me. It's when Jon came home from Iraq on home leave. I thought I was dreaming until he picked me up and gave me a big hug. Tears of joy ran down my face. His home leave flew by all too quickly and before I knew it I had to drive him to the airport for his return flight to Iraq.

    "Grief never ends, but it changes -
    A passage, not a place to stay.
    Grief is not a sign of weakness,
    Nor a lack of faith.
    It is the price of love."

    Loving Jon today more than ever.
    Missing him each day.
    Rest in peace my beloved son.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Nov 19, 2017 )

  • With honor ... with respect ... with love. Your family is remembering you, dear Jon. Extra-specially today.

    - Debra Valle ( Nov 11, 2017 )

  • Jonathan Cadavero was truly a Veteran and even though I can't say thanks to him today I can say thanks to his parents Mr and Mrs Cadavero for blessing our world with such a gem as Jon! He served his country with distinction and so I just want to encourage the Cadavero's especially Mr David Cadavero who was my superintendent for years- the kindest and most supportive there is- to be encouraged in the fact that your son left an indelible mark on the world. Thanks for the special gift of your son and God bless you!

    - ( Nov 11, 2017 )

  • I don't recall where I read the following poem or who wrote it, but I feel as though someone read my mind and heart:

    "I did not take the oath; I did not raise my hand.
    All I did was have a child who grew up to be that man.
    He did his job with honor; his men he led with pride.
    He was not afraid to fight; he was not afraid to die.

    The baby I held in my arms, the boy who became a man,
    He put himself in danger in a foreign land.
    He said not to worry; he said, "I will come home."
    Those words come back to haunt me...spoken over a phone.

    The knock on the door is always just a moment ago;
    The tears in my eyes, the pain that breaks my soul
    For I did not take the oath; I did not raise my hand.
    All I did was raise a child who grew to be that man.

    The baby that I held, the child I watched grow
    Filled my heart with so much joy as only mothers can know
    The memories of his life will stay with me forever.
    The connection of our hearts can never be severed.

    He is now a fallen hero and I a Gold Star Mother,
    Because he gave his life for the protection of others.
    But I did not take the oath; I did not raise my hand.
    All I did was raise a boy who grew to be that man."

    It's one thing to say how great Jon was, but to have others say it - that the true reward for me.

    Miss and love you my son. Today. Tomorrow, Always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 15, 2017 )

  • ♫ Happy birthday ♫ in heaven (oopsy, a day late and a dollar short!), my dear cousin. You are thought of by all of us ever so fondly, and dearly missed!

    - Debra Valle ( Jun 14, 2017 )

  • Today Jon would have turned 35 years old. Seems like yesterday he was alive and a very active 5 year old! I often wonder had he lived where would he be and what would he be doing. I know he would not be too far from home. And whatever he would be doing (career/job wise), he would make me proud as always.

    Missing Jon today, and everyday. Loving him today, always and forever.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 13, 2017 )

  • Thank you for your service to our great nation and your ultimate sacrifice. Though I didn't get a chance to know you, I am fortunate to hear how your spirit lives on through amazing stories and tributes that continue in your name. You were the definition of hero and one great American.
    Again, thank you for your service.

    - ( Jun 01, 2017 )

  • I read the following poem a while ago and saved it. How fitting it is for Memorial Day.

    In Your Honor

    Unselfishly, you left your fathers, and your mothers,
    You left behind your sisters and your brothers,
    Leaving your beloved children and wives,
    You put on hold, your dreams - your lives.
    On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
    To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
    Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
    But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

    Many horrors you had endured and seen.
    Many faces had haunted your dreams.
    You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
    You cried as your brothers fell all around.

    When it was over, you all came back home,
    Some were left with memories to face all alone;
    Some found themselves in the company of friends
    As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

    Those who survived were forever scarred
    Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
    Those who did not now sleep eternally
    'Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

    With a hand upon my heart,
    I feel the pride and respect, my reverence is revealed
    In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
    As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.
    Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
    Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
    Every day, I give my utmost admiration
    To those who had fought to defend our nation.

    Author Unknown.

    Thank you to all the fallen.
    Thank you Jon. Not a day goes by that I don't miss you. I will love you forever.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 30, 2017 )

  • This Memorial Day I honor the memory of my brother and all those from our armed services who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They selflessly placed the freedom and safely of others above their own lives. I am so saddened by their loss, and so grateful for their service so we can live in freedom.

    I miss you every day, Jonny.

    Love,
    Sister

    - Kristia Markarian ( May 29, 2017 )

  • On this Memoriial Day as we remember our fallen heroes, my thoughts turn to a very dear friend and colleague, Mr. David Cadavero and his family who lost their beloved Jon in Iraq fighting for our freedoms. Please know that your son's memory lives on in our hearts. We owe a debt of gratitude to Jonathan Cadavero and the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Mr. Cadavero, we cannot always see God's purpose, but we believe that all's well that's done by Him! I wish for you God's peace and comfort when sadness overwhelms you and please hold fast to your faith that you will see your beautiful son again one day soon when the Lifegiver Himself return s. God bless you all.

    - Sonia L. Barrett ( May 29, 2017 )

  • My deepest condolences to you Mr Cadavero. I know that this time
    brings back memories of the lost of your only son but please know that you are prayed for daily for God's sustaining power. Love YOU and be strong!

    - Paulette Davis ( May 29, 2017 )

  • Jon,
    Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Yesterday in church they talked about Memorial Day. I can think about everyone I lost on my deployments without showing much emotion, but thinking of loosing you always brings a tear to my eye.

    To this day you remain the standard against which I measure every Soldier that crosses my path. To date, none has measured up. I always recognized you as extraordinary in every way that a person could be extraordinary. Now, 10 years later, it is only more apparent how special and unique you are. You are loved and missed no less than when you walked the earth. I'm glad that in my mind you will always be the young, vigorous hero of my memories.

    We cherish, too, the poppy red
    That grows on fields where valor led;
    It seems to signal to the skies
    That blood of heroes never dies...

    Till we see each other again brother,
    Jeremy

    - Jeremy Reynolds ( May 29, 2017 )

  • As I write this, I'm thinking of my wonderful cousin, Jonathan, and all the other servicemen/women who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country with honor. Recently, I saw a movie called, "Taking Chance." For those who haven't seen it, I highly recommend it! I was SO "moved" by the movie that I couldn't resist ordering it for my Uncle David, who will share it with his family. May God bless all those mourning today and bring peace that only He can provide. I can't wait until that glorious resurrection day when Jonathan and so many other soldiers will be brought back to life to spend eternity in heaven! I'm certainly looking forward to seeing my "hero" cousin again!

    - Jeffrey Cadavero ( May 29, 2017 )

  • Mr. Cadavero I just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers as we all remember your dear son passing years ago. Keep holding on to Jesus and you'll meet Jonathan again on that great resurrection morning.

    - Merine Williams ( May 28, 2017 )

  • Memorial Day - what exactly does that mean? For many it's a day off from work, a day to go to the beach, have a picnic and still for many it's a day spent at a Mall looking for the best sales. But for thousands it's a day of remembrance for a son, daughter, brother, father, uncle they lost in a war. Fighting to secure the freedom we still have in this Country. It's a day to reflect on the hardships they endured, the blood they shed, and their ultimate sacrifice. It's a day at the cemetery, placing flowers at their grave site and shedding many tears again.

    Everyone should take at least a moment to remember those who proudly served and gave everything so we can be free.

    I thank all the fallen, and to Jon, for their service. I salute you with utmost respect.

    Remembering and thinking especially of Jon with much love and pride this MEMORIAL Day and everyday.
    I love you my beloved son. Now and always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 28, 2017 )

  • Dear Mrs. Cadavero, we all love you and thank you for everything you've done.

    - Elijah Kim ( May 25, 2017 )

  • Dear Mrs. Cadavero
    I'm praying for you God Bless you, I love you.

    - Suleyma Nolasco ( May 25, 2017 )

  • Dear Mrs.Cadavero we pray and hope you remain strong knowing that God is in control.

    - Jorge Vega ( May 25, 2017 )

  • Mrs.Cadavero we all Love you and hope the best for you.

    - Kevin Arista ( May 25, 2017 )

  • Dear Mrs. Cadavero, Sorry for your loss. I know one day you and your son will meet up in heaven with all your family.

    - John Rev Leyva ( May 25, 2017 )

  • Mrs. Cadavero we are all here for you, and we're allways praying for you.

    - Alvaro Mari ( May 25, 2017 )

  • Dear Mrs. Cadavero,
    I'm so sorry for your loss. I've heard many stories about your son, I wished I would've met him. He sounds like he was an amazing person. The moment I see you in the office you brighten up my day. I love you and don't worry you'll see him in heaven.

    - Luna Rendon ( May 25, 2017 )

  • Mrs. Cadavero we love you and we are praying for you.

    - Lucas Prendas ( May 25, 2017 )

  • Love is a fabric that never fades, no matter how often it is washed in the waters of adversity and grief. Those we love and lose are always connected by heart strings into infinity.

    Remembering Jon this Mother's Day...he was the best son any mother could have. Missing and loving Jon today and every day. Always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 14, 2017 )

  • This past weekend the American Gold Star Mothers, New York State Chapter (of which our mother is a member) had their annual convention. I was very honored to be asked to give the opening invocation and deliver a brief message to the gold star mothers and all others in attendance for Friday evening's Memorial Service.

    For the first time in my life I was nervous speaking in public, perhaps because of the reverence I have for these gold star mothers and families. I felt Jonny with me, and his strength gave me the courage I needed to deliver both my prayer and message below:

    Heavenly Father, we thank you that we are able to gather together to remember these very loved soldiers who are now with You in heaven. We ask that your angels deliver a message to these soldiers from each gold star family here, letting them know that at this moment they are being honored. Give us comfort in knowing our loved ones who are not with us, are now with You, Lord, in a place of perfect love and forever peace. And give us the strength to continue with our own life’s purpose, and to best honor the memory of our soldier heroes, until we see them again. Amen

    For the few moments we have together I would like to briefly speak to you about a recent scientific discovery on the very special relationship between a mother and child.

    There is a well-known phrase which says, “A mother holds her child in her arms for a little while, but in her heart forever.”

    As incredible as it sounds, science has now confirmed that a mother holding her child inside her forever is literally true.

    Although a child leaves their mother’s body during the birthing process, the baby leaves behind special cells called fetal cells which remain inside the mother. Fetal cells are full of the child’s unique DNA. Fetal cells go throughout the mother’s body – into her heart, her brain, everywhere. These cells become a permanent part of the mother.

    The full effect of these cells is not yet known. But scientists do know that when a mother is sick or injured, fetal cells – those little parts of her child – travel to the site of injury and help the mother heal.

    Medical researchers have discovered that specifically when a mother’s heart is injured, fetal cells travel there, turn into several different type of heart cells, and help her heart to heal.

    For the gold star mothers with us, who have all suffered a broken heart at the loss of your beloved child, I hope it is a comfort to you – however small – to know that part of your child is inside you forever – sustaining you, nurturing you, and helping you heal.

    The bond between a mother and her child can never be broken, neither by time, nor distance, nor separation.

    Until our gold star mothers are reunited with their beautiful child in heaven, they will be literally carrying a piece of their child in their very heart.

    - Kristia Markarian, Jon's sister ( Apr 23, 2017 )

  • Sending yet more ♥ love ♥ today, dear Jon, marking the 10-year anniversary of the day you were finally laid to rest. It was an emotional, beautiful, heartbreaking, moving ceremony, befitting of an American hero and soldier. Know that you and your fellow comrades-in-arms who made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered with love and gratitude, and missed every single day. Say hello to my sweet Italiana mama / your dear aunt up there in the Great Blue Beyond. Love you both! ♥♥

    - Debra Valle ( Mar 09, 2017 )

  • Sending much ♥♥ love ♥♥ up to heaven to you, dear cousin Jon, in honor of your 10-year anniversary (admittedly a day late!). Your memory lives on through each of us, and your legacy of kindness, bravery, generosity, humor, and all the qualities of being a true hero and soldier here on earth are still rippling out into the Universe. God bless you on your continuing journey up there. Thoughts and prayers for your gold-star family / dear mom and dad, and beloved big sister, Kristia.

    - Debra Valle ( Feb 28, 2017 )

  • Wow...has it really been 10 years already? 10 years ago today, so many of our lives were affected forever...I remember the phone call my father received from his brother-my favorite Uncle David-and the scream of anguish from my father that I could have heard from 10 miles away...10 years later, my "hero" cousin's legacy lives on. I have missed Jonathan SO much all these years. Will never, ever forget him nor the footprints he left behind. If only he could have lived out the rest of his life with his wonderful wife, Michelle. Thinking of her on this day as well as Jonathan's family. His mother, Nadia, his father, David, and his sister, Kristia. Can't wait to see you in heaven, Cousin Jon!

    - Jeffrey Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2017 )

  • It started out as a typical day 10 years ago, but ended as the worst nightmare when 2 soldiers knocked on my front door. My heart was not only broken but shattered into a thousand pieces when they told me what had happened earlier that day in Iraq. My life would never be the same from that moment. Today, marks 10 years since Jon died. According to Webster the word anniversary means: "a commemorative celebration" or a "recurrence of an event." I will go with the later meaning as today is no celebration. It's more of a milestone. I do, however, celebrate Jon's life and the young man he grew up to be. No mother could be prouder of a son.

    The other week I was driving to work. It was a very cloudy, dreary day. But off in the distance there was a break in the clouds and the sun rays were shining through. I had to pull over as it was such a beautiful sight. It made me think of one of Jon's favorite hymns...."In the Sweet Bye and Bye we shall meet on that beautiful shore."

    Until we meet Jon you will be missed and loved every day.
    Rest in peace my beloved son.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2017 )

  • Doc, a decade has passed, but we strive to maintain your memory and the memory of Sou and Henry bright. Thank you for your service and Sacrifice! I learned so much from you and hope to approach challenges as you always did.
    Until we meet again! Thundercat 16

    - Dan Patterson ( Feb 27, 2017 )

  • On this day I am remembering the sacrifice of the Cadavero family and my Friend David's son, Jonathan.

    The text of scripture Psalm 116:15 comes to mind. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."
    First, we often refer to this text in relation to older Christians. We don't often think of young strong and yes, a soldier as being a Saint. Jonathan was one of God's Saints. He put his life on the line to do what Christ asked. Those soldiers that he saved everyday up until his death represented Christ's words, "I was sick and you visited me...!" Christ said, "No greater love than you lay down your life for another..."

    Second, God is remembering Jonathan today as a "precious " thought. He sees...He hears. Resurrection day is coming! 10 years ...yes but soon and very soon we will be home!
    May God comfort you today....jg

    - Jerrell Gilkeson ( Feb 27, 2017 )

  • They say when you lose a child, the Holidays/birthday are the worst times of the year. Which is true to a point. It's hard to celebrate with a loved one missing. But for me, I think the month of February is really the hardest and worst because it's a month of "lasts" for me. I have a tendency of being late with birthday cards and anniversaries etc. Sometimes I totally forget altogether. Yet, I can recall the exact day Jon's last card arrived, the last email I received. I can recall word for word our last conversation and the exact time of day he called. Once a mom always a mom. You don't stop being a mom regardless of how old your child is, or even if they have passed away. I miss Jon every day. I think of him countless times each day and will love him until I pass away.

    Rest in peace my beloved son. Love you today, tomorrow, and always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 21, 2017 )

  • The Holidays have come and gone and for most a faint memory by now. Some Holiday traditions are still kept, others have been done away with. There's that empty chair at the table that will remain empty forever. When he was home Jon's voice would fill the room/house with laughter. Now silent. For me there are too many memories. Too much pain. There was no Christmas tree....with less presents underneath. But the greatest two gifts I ever received had come from God. One I called Kristia. The other I called Jon.

    Rest in peace by beloved Son. I miss and love you more today than ever before.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jan 30, 2017 )

  • Thinking of my "hero" cousin today on the 10th anniversary of his marriage to his lovely bride, Michelle. Ironically on that same day, I bought the first brand new car I've ever owned. The car is still alive and well, 203,000 miles later. I only wish I could say the same about Jonathan. He is missed every day and always will be. There's no question in my mind that had he lived, he and Michelle would be celebrating their "special anniversary" today. I imagine they'd have a few kids by now too. Just wanted them both to know I'm thinking of them today, on their special day. Love, Cousin Jeffrey

    - Jeffrey Cadavero (Jonathan's first cousin) ( Nov 30, 2016 )

  • Today as we celebrate another Veterans Day, our thoughts naturally turn to those who gave their all for our freedom and safety, their families and those who still serve. Mr. David Cadavero is a dear and special individual with whom I've had the pleasure of working as we serve together as educators in the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Today I want to remind Mr. Cadavero and family as they think about their Beloved Jonathan, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us, that the God of Heaven is still in control and we can trust Him even when there seem to be no answers. Stay comforted in the Loving Arms of Jesus! Many are praying for you. Thank you Jonathan Cadavero! Thanks to all Veterans!

    - Sonia L. Barrett ( Nov 11, 2016 )

  • Thank you for your service. May this country never forget your ultimate sacrifice.

    - ( Sep 30, 2016 )

  • Recently I went on a trip to Sedona, Arizona. In an old train museum I saw the following poem and and immediately thought of Jon:

    "I'm riding the train to Heaven's gate
    The sky is blue and the air is clear.
    For I feel my Lord is very near.
    I've lived a good life but it's time to go
    It's hard to leave the family & friends I've had
    But there's so much ahead I want to know.
    Seeing old family & friends will make me glad.
    I'll see my Savior face to face
    And all my sins I'll leave behind
    I'll claim my place through my Lord's grace
    For He is wonderfully kind."

    How sad that Jon "had to go".........he is missed more than words can say.
    Rest in peace my beloved son. Love you now & forever.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Aug 01, 2016 )

  • Today, Jon's birthday, I should have been making his favorite meal, wrapping at least a dozen presents instead of bringing flowers to his grave.I sat by his grave for the longest time thinking of the day he was born. He was so bright eyed, alert and already probably thinking of funny things to do and or say.What an amazing boy/son he was. A mother's dream. My dream. I'm grateful for the years I had him but it was cut all too short. Every day I mourn and miss him beyond words. I have so many memories which I hold close to my heart. I can close my eyes and almost see him, hear his voice....see that smile that told me he was up to no good!! We had such a close strong bond not even death can break it.
    Love you now & forever my dear beloved son. Until we meet at that beautiful shore...
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 13, 2016 )

  • Happy birthday dear Jony, miss you and can't wait to introduce you to my family one day in heaven. I know we will laugh a lot!

    - Lillian Loza (Portillo) ( Jun 13, 2016 )

  • Happy birthday in heaven, dear cousin. We just KNOW you're making all the angels laugh up there. You are missed each day! ˚ ˚✰˚ ˚ ˚✰˚

    - Debra Valle ( Jun 13, 2016 )

  • Memorial Day Weekend - the official start of the summer season, a 3 day weekend for most, people off from work, schools closed, some small towns having parades, some go to a cemetery. However, Memorial Day is a day set aside to show respect and gratitude for the men & women who served in the military and made the ultimate sacrifice.

    For me today was a day attending a memorial service at the Veterans Cemetery and placing flowers at Jon's grave site. American Flags were at each grave site, and there were lots of people standing by the grave site of the loved one they lost. As I stood there looking around I thought of the men & women who continue to go into battle so freedom's light will not die.These men & women face grave dangers with courage because they believe in peace and freedom.

    But most of all today, I thought of Jon and the dangers he must have faced each day. I know he faced them with courage and faith. For me as a mother, every day is Memorial Day as I think of, remember and miss my son more than words can ever say.

    Thank you Jon for your courage and bravery. I love you today, tomorrow, always & forever.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 30, 2016 )

  • As we celebrate another Memorial Day our hearts and love go out to all military families and especially to families that have paid the ultimate price - the loss of a loved one. My special thoughts and prayers go out to the Cadavero family, a family very close to my heart that lost their beloved Jon. May God's peace be yours today and always and may you be comforted in the thought that your dear son and brother gave his all helping mankind. God bless you all!

    - Sonia L. Barrett ( May 30, 2016 )

  • Thinking of Jon today and remembering him as young 8th grader coming to visit our school at Garden State Academy and wanting to play with the big boys and holding his own with an outside shot that had to be respected. Words are not enough but thank you for having been willing to protect my freedom and giving your full measure in the process. God Bless the Cadavero Family on this day and God Bless the USA!

    - Clifton Gadsden ( May 30, 2016 )

  • Thinking of Jon today and remembering and honoring him for the supreme sacrifice that he made for our country. I willl always treasure the short friendship I had with him. I met him when he was attending church services in San Antonio Texas during his training at Fort Sam Houston. He was a very special friend and he is always in my memory. MY thoughts are always with his family.

    - Neill Williams ( May 30, 2016 )

  • I wanted to share with everyone something that I wrote on my website this morning.

    "Memorial Day Message 2016"

    A few days ago I spoke with a friend of mine whose second home is in Jerusalem. She offered me and my family condolences on the loss of my brother, Sgt. Jon, as the American Memorial Day approached.

    I asked her what the Israeli Memorial Day, called Yom Hazikaron, is like. As she described it, I felt an intense swell of envy, because I wish my country celebrated our holiday as they do in Israel.

    On Yom Hazikaron, for twenty-four hours (from sunset to sunset) all public places, including movie theaters and pubs, are closed. All radio and television stations broadcast programs detailing the lives and heroic deeds of fallen soldiers, interspersed with patriotic songs.

    The sounds of sirens are heard throughout the land twice, the first at 8:00 PM the evening before and the second at 11:00 AM on the actual day.

    During the two minutes immediately after the sirens, all activities are stopped and people's heads are bowed in reverence as they remember their country's deceased soldiers. Even those driving in vehicles stop their car, stand outside it, and lower their heads in prayer.

    For those two minutes, after the two siren calls on Yom Hazikaron, there is literally a nationwide standstill in Israel.

    In contrast, it is very unfortunate that most Americans are not even aware of the purpose of our Memorial Day. Commercialism now dominates the day, with special sales urging consumers to buy more, spend more, want more.

    Memorial Day is not a holiday to celebrate the start of summer. It is a solemn day to offer thankfulness to our fallen American soldiers and the great sacrifices of their families.

    It is easy in a country as powerful as ours to forget our soldiers. America has two friendly neighbors to our north and south, and two large oceans on either side providing security from invasion. We do not have to worry about annihilation as the Israeli's do.

    So it is understandable that as a country we have become complacent regarding our armed forces. Similarly, most of us never pay much attention to the front door of our home, we take it for granted because it is always there. But if our front door were missing, we would notice it immediately.

    Our soldiers are like that front door. Because of their bravery, we don't have to worry about a foreign army entering our home.

    I gently urge everyone who is reading this to spend two minutes on this Memorial Day remembering our fallen soldiers through prayer, the sending of positive energy, or even just a solemn thank you to the heavens.

    To all our Gold Star Families in America who are mourning the loss of their soldier, I pray God gives you a solace that only He can give.

    "The Lord bless you and keep you;
    the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
    the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26

    Kristia Markarian, Jon's sister

    http://christianhousewifeofnewjersey.com/post/memorial-day-message-2016/

    - Kristia Markarian ( May 30, 2016 )

  • Jon always found a way to make me laugh. I remember him being kind, friendly and a warm soul. I'm sorry for your loss and sorry I just heard. May God bless your family

    - Jason Suggs ( May 29, 2016 )

  • As another Memorial Day approaches I remember and think fondly of my friendship was Sergeant John Cadavero, whom I met when he was training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas. He is forever in my thoughts and prayers as is his family. It is men like Jonathan, and others who gave their lives for our country, that we honor on a day like this.

    - Neil Williams ( May 29, 2016 )

  • Jon was the classmate who made it his duty to promote dedication and patriotism in the midst of a class. He spoke of the need to join the war...share the vision of the then president and was often encouraging others to see his side of the dialogue.

    His passion was equally displayed in class with heated debates on theories he thought should be advanced. I remember when we shared our goodbyes after ending classes he would always end with some jokes...

    That's th e Jon I remember and salute.

    RIP Sgt.Jon.

    - Nigel Williamson ( May 28, 2016 )

  • I attended college with Jon. He was always so friendly and cheerful, truly one of the nicest guys there. I'm glad this website was set up, as I've wanted to share my condolences with his family and loved ones, but didn't know how. Please know that I will continue to pray for you as we look forward to seeing him again on that glorious day when Christ returns. Peace and love to you all.

    - Margaret Anderson ( May 28, 2016 )

  • It doesn't take this Memorial Day weekend to remember Jon. We will ALWAYS remember. Love and thoughts to his family.

    - Kathy Hecht ( May 28, 2016 )

  • Jon was so awesome! I got to work with him at the library at CUC (now WAU). He was friendly and funny. He had this thing where he would come up to me, pick up the scanner, and say, "Do not scan your eyeball for it will burn your retina!" and then he would laugh in a sinister manner. I know, one of those things you had to be there for but I got a laugh out of it.

    He had a passion for life and for his country and he served proudly. I sometimes have to remember that in a ways because we had this agreement where I would type up his papers (he hated typing so would write them out) and he'd pay me. One of the things he had me type was the letter/essay for Officer training. I know he would have gone in regardless of whether I had been the one to type it or not but sometimes I can't help feel like I contributed to his death even in a seemingly small way.

    He was a great friend and a kind spirit. Thank you for your service Jon. Can't wait to laugh with you in Heaven.

    - Charity ( May 28, 2016 )

  • Part of me is ashamed that it took so long to find this. Maybe I was hiding from the pain of finally coming to terms with Jon being gone.

    I first met Jon on our first day at Combat Medic School. He slept in the bunk below me. He sat next to me in class. He was my battle buddy everywhere we went. When I got hurt and had to be on crutches, he switched bunks with me so I wouldn't have to climb up. He carried my books and my aid bag and never complained once about it. When I was fighting with my girlfriend he talked me through it. When my grandma was in the hospital and close to death he sat with me while I cried. When I failed a test, he helped me study. When I found out I was getting pulled from training to have surgery, he got me ice for my hand after I punched a wall.

    I only knew Jon for four months. But in those four months he became one of the best friends I've ever had. We laughed like brothers and we fought like brothers.

    I remember one time we were getting ready for lights out at the end of a day. I was cleaning my locker and I look in the mirror on the inside of my door..... Jon had snatched my coveted Oklahoma University hat off my bed and put it on. There's only a few things you don't mess with with me and my OU hat is one of them. He cackled that crazy cackle of his and took off running. Well of course I gave chase and like brothers a wrestling match ensued. He is still the only person to successfully make off with my hat.

    Jon was an amazing friend. One of the finest soldiers and men I've ever known. Every year on Memorial Day, I take time to remember him. I pull out the old picture of us as we were getting ready for a Class A inspection and I smile and tell all his crappy jokes. They're still some of the funniest things I've ever heard.

    If any of the family can or would like. I would love to talk with you about my time with Jon and share some of my memories and hear some of your stories. Jeredlogan@yahoo.com 208-409-8251

    I will always miss him.

    - Jered Butz ( May 27, 2016 )

  • My condolences to friends and family.
    THANK YOU. You were truly a fighter for the Lord, God bless your family

    - Lyanna Samuel ( Mar 13, 2016 )

  • Thinking of you today Jonny...
    -with love

    - Yani Fragozo ( Feb 27, 2016 )

  • We remember Jonny every day, but especially on an "anniversary" such as this. We went to the cemetery and placed yellow flowers there. We recounted fond memories and we wished Jonny was still here in order to form new ones.

    A few weeks ago, for the first time in almost nine years, we put on display Jon's veteran burial American flag, display case, and medals. We were both in tears.

    We want to thank everyone who has reached out to us and our family today, and for those who wrote messages on this website. The love and remembrances that many have for Jon is a comfort and source of strength for us.

    Jon was a collector of inspirational quotes. Below is one of his favorites.

    "Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing save the limit of your sight." - Rossiter Raymond

    Jonny, we know you're just over the horizon watching over us. We miss you and love you.

    Jon's sister and brother-in-law

    - Charles & Kristia Markarian ( Feb 27, 2016 )

  • Nine years since you let us Jon. I still remember all of the conversations we used to have while on mission. Especially the ones about coming home and training to play basketball. How time has flown but it still seems like yesterday. We all miss you buddy, we miss all of you every single day. Rest easy buddy

    - Detrick Judkins ( Feb 27, 2016 )

  • 9 years ago today....February 27, 2007. I didn't know that morning the pain that day would bring. Jon was so far away when his heart stopped beating. At the time I didn't know and couldn't do a thing. No words can heal the heartache or stop the silent tears, or take away the memories of a son I love so dearly. Jon's resting place I visited today, the flowers I placed with care. But nothing compares to the pain I felt when I turned and left him there......

    Will always miss and love my beloved son, Jon.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2016 )

  • I served with Jon in the 2nd BSTB fort drum. What a character he was. Seeing such a bright light extinguished makes us question religion and why things happen the way they do in life. God's will is a mystery.

    "when he gets to heaven
    To Saint Peter he will tell
    Another soldier reporting in
    "Sir, I've served my time in hell"

    RIP Jon

    - Brendan Denny ( Feb 27, 2016 )

  • Doc, the last 9 years seem to be building speed and each anniversary comes faster and faster. Despite the time that has passed, you are not forgotten and very missed. Your selfless service stands as an example to me today and reminds me of the important things in life. I look forward to our reunion on that sweet day when all of our earthly cares will be forgotten. Until then, I will endeavor to be worthy of your, Henry's and Soukenka's Sacrifice.

    - Dan Patterson ( Feb 27, 2016 )

  • It seems like a few days ago that my friend, David, called to deliver the horrible final news of his sons death. Now, these many days later there is still a rawness to the news from the ongoing conflict. There is a personal connection to the questions, debates, and news that has gone on and on and on. The story of any American soldier falling continues to have the connection to my Friend's families pain and suffering.
    The promise that helps carry beyond this raw pain is to remember the promise, For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thess. 4:16-18

    - Jerrell Gilkeson ( Feb 26, 2016 )

  • Another month, another February. Many days/months are hard but this month is the hardest even harder than any holiday. February is a reminder when I spoke to Joh for the last time, received his last card and, not to mention, the day I lost Jon. I have learned over the years that you can't put a time frame on mourning/grieving. It stays with you constantly. There is no escape. Not a day passes that I don't think of or miss Jon. One would think it gets easier. The years have just left a bigger hole in my heart. I still struggle why God gave me such a wonderful incredible son only to take him from me. This is something I will never quite understand. There are things in life that we don't want to happen but somehow have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people we can't/don't want to live without but have no choice in doing so. As I look upon Jon's pictures (which are all over the house) sweet memories I recall of his face so full of mischief and a smile for one and all. That WAS Jon. Goodbye is not forever, goodbye is not the end. It simply means I miss you Jon until we meet again. See you in heaven. In the meantime, rest in peace my beloved son.
    Love you now & always
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 01, 2016 )

  • Dear Friends of SgtJon.com website,

    In approximately five weeks, on February 27, 2016, it marks nine years since the tragic passing of Sgt. Jonathan D. Cadavero in Baghdad, Iraq. It can honestly be said that Jonathan learned how to live life to its fullest – every day...and that he impacted hundreds of people during his brief duration of 24 years on this earth. The quality and scope of his life was inspirational. Jon's humanitarian concern for others had no boundaries. For instance, Dan Patterson, patrol leader of Jonathan's convoy in Baghdad, signed Jonathan's website and said that on one occasion while doing route clearance (attempting to find and neutralize roadside bombs/IEDs), a bullet ricocheted and severely wounded an Iraqi civilian who was a passenger in a car crossing paths with the convoy. He further stated that he saw "Doc" (as Jon, the medic, was affectionately called) running by him (without any cover) with his medic bag and was going to do his job. He had to scramble to get security in place to protect Doc. Patterson further observed, "I don't think Doc noticed or even cared that he was alone at the moment. He was in the zone and doing the job that he loved. He knew that there was a person that needed care that only he could provide and he was going to provide it regardless of race, nationality, religion, language, friend, or foe. Doc saved that man's life that day. I learned a lot that day as the patrol leader...the biggest thing I learned was that Doc was someone I wanted to be like – courageous, faithful, fearless to do the right thing regardless the situation."

    That is how Sgt. Jonathan D. Cadavero lived his life – with a sense of caring, purpose, and meaning. While serving in Iraq, Jonathan told his sister that he "was not afraid of dying." Perhaps Jonathan was not afraid of dying because of the way he lived. His life was not a wasted life. He lived it with integrity, character, worked and honed his craft as a medic, and had a huge impact on his fellow soldiers in Iraq...and hundreds who admired and respected him back home.

    Rabbi Harold Kushner in his book, "When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough," made the following poignant observation, "It is only when you are no longer afraid to die that you can say that you are truly alive." He further stated, "I believe that it is not dying that people are afraid of. We are afraid of never having lived, of coming to the end of our days with the sense that we were never really alive, that we never figured out what life was for." Paralleling this observation, the philosopher Horace Kallen said, "There are persons who shape their lives by the fear of death, and persons who shape their lives by the joy and satisfaction of life. The former live dying; the latter die living."

    Sgt. Jonathan D. Cadavero lived his life to the fullest with a sense of purpose. His lasting legacy was in his desire to serve others...even at the risk of his own life. Jonathan's selfless service was not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. He demonstrated how to live life so that his life on earth was not one lacking seriousness of purpose or a demonstration of self aggrandizement, but instead worthy of emulation.

    He left this world a better place than when he entered it – and many, many lives were beneficiaries as a result of him having crossed their paths. Jonathan learned that there is loneliness in looking out for number one, and that only a life serving others will have lasting meaning. To God be the glory!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    Jonathan's Father
    David A. Cadavero

    - David A. Cadavero ( Jan 20, 2016 )

  • If you are not forgotten, then somehow -- in some sort of way -- you live on. We're still here for you.

    - Victor Czerkasij ( Nov 14, 2015 )

  • Dear Brother,

    I wrote about you on my new website today, right after Charles and I brought you flowers at the cemetery. I'm going to copy/paste it below so all who come to your website will see it. The title of the article is "What Jonny Would Say to All Our Veterans (If He Could)."

    Love, Sister

    At around this time my brother, Jon, would have mailed all his Veterans Day cards. He began this tradition when he was eight years old. Once Halloween was over, Jon would get to work making a list of every veteran he knew, from family to friends to neighbors. He would choose a card for each, and then write a personal note thanking them for their service to our country.

    It has been ten years since Jonny sent out his complete stack of Veterans Day cards. In 2005, Jon was in Fort Drum and despite a busy training schedule he was able to send out his notes as usual. In 2006, Sgt. Jon was stationed in Fort Stryker in Baghdad. Although his frequent missions prevented him from sending as many cards as he would have liked, he still managed to send notes to family members and a handful of his oldest friends. In 2007, Jon was celebrating Veterans Day in heaven.

    I believe that despite time and distance and separation, love has no boundaries. There are times when I can feel Jon's heart - which was very large on earth and I imagine is infinite in heaven - connect with mine. So here is my humble human attempt to put to words what Jonny's heart communicated.

    Dear American Veterans,

    Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you for protecting our great nation.

    I am so GRATEFUL for all of you. I wish I could write a note of thanks and encouragement to every veteran and soldier. It's so important to say thank you because it's a small measure of providing someone with the value and the worth you place on them.

    As a boy, whenever I saw a soldier in uniform or discovered that someone was a veteran, I would thank them for their service. It wasn't an arbitrary phrase for me, but a genuine appreciation. And I hope that all the soldiers and veterans I thanked were also thanked by every other America who crossed their paths. It's a small gesture, but it's a way to show our veterans that they are respected.

    I do feel some envy for you, because you have the best job in the world of being protectors of every man, woman, and child in our great country. I loved being a soldier, but there is obviously no need for that in the heavenly home where I now reside.

    I'll be waiting to greet you on the other side of the horizon, and until then I will be looking out for you with love.

    Stay Strong,
    Sgt. Jon

    http://christianhousewifeofnewjersey.com/post/what-jonny-would-say-to-all-our-veterans-if-he-could/

    - Sister Kristia Markarian ( Nov 11, 2015 )

  • From one veteran to another...I have learned so much about you from your sister, Kristia. I know we would have been best friends. Many of the stories Kristia has told me about you have uncovered similarities that I didn't know existed, i.e. our love for French crullers.

    Because I am a veteran, I was able to play a FREE round of golf today, and wish you could have been with me. We would have had a blast.

    Kristia and I speak about you often, and I feel that I know you as a result of what she has related to me about you. My service to our great nation pales in comparison to your sacrifice. You are a hero.

    Although we never met, I feel as if I know you. We would have had so much fun pranking Kristia, but I'm doing the best I can without you.

    The brother-in-law you haven't met yet,
    Charles

    - Brother-in-law Charles Markarian ( Nov 11, 2015 )

  • Jon, thank you for your dedication, commitment, and courage! Our family will always remember you and pray for your family. We look forward to meeting you on Resurrection Morning!

    - Jose, Joanne, Jose III, & Joel Cortes ( Nov 11, 2015 )

  • Mr. Cadavero and Family, My heart and sincere thoughts always turn to you on days like these as we reflect on your son Jonathan Cadavero and the ultimate sacrifice he made on America's, indeed the world's behalf. I pray that the God of all comfort will continue to encircle you and your family, Mr Cadavero, in His Loving Arms and bring you peace amidst your grief. Please be comforted in the thought that others are praying for you often. Thank you Jonathan! You gave the ultimate and I am grateful!!!

    - Sonia L. Barrett ( Nov 11, 2015 )

  • Mrs. Cadavero you and your family are in our prayers....especially today as we reflect on your sons great sacrifice for our freedom.

    - Mrs. Plaisir, Waldwick SDA School ( Nov 11, 2015 )

  • John Cadevero was a soldier that fought for our country, I'm sure he was a brave and kind person. So today, on veteren's day we honor and salute him for all he has done. Rest In peace, John Cadevero.

    - Oluwafemi Gonzales, grade 8, brooklyn sda school ( Nov 11, 2015 )

  • Jon, it's been years but not a second goes by I still don't think about you. Brother you really are a rarity in this world. People might say were, but in my mind you always "are". I will never forget you and our talks about "jersey ny mentality". Rest easy and we will all see you soon God willing.

    - Jason Seeds ( Sep 29, 2015 )

  • I was in the same platoon with Cadavero in AIT. Good ole Bravo 232. He always had a joke ready while we were in formation, while we were going to class, while we were getting smoked. He always had a way to make us laugh. He made AIT just a smidge easier by being there in formation behind me, making me laugh. We lost touch when we went our separate ways, and I wish I had tried harder to stay in touch. I am forever changed by his presence in my life, and I am grateful to have known him. I remember his love for quotes. I have always loved collecting quotes and lyrics, and I heard a song today that brought his laughter to my ears. He was an amazing person and the world is a little darker without him in it.

    "I hear bagpipes cryin' amazing grace
    Omaha beach and her crashing waves
    Old glory draped like heavens mercy
    Over the fallen sons
    I see all the heroes who were willing to fight
    In the name of freedom
    Laying down their lives
    And praying gods grace would keep us safe from harm
    Til they brought us boys back home"

    - Mehgan Buckner ( Sep 24, 2015 )

  • Jon, I will always miss you. I think of you often.

    - Anonymous ( Sep 23, 2015 )

  • Shortly after Jon died a friend's mother sent me the following poem - author unknown:

    "Think of the joy he left behind
    of his cheerful smile and laughter
    Think of his loving words and deeds
    That will live forever after.

    Think of all these wonderful things
    and even though he's gone
    Within your heart and memory
    Your dear son will live on."

    Today, on Jon's birthday..........thinking of him more than usual. Till my memory fades and life departs, Jon will live forever in my heart. "Happy heavenly birthday". Miss & love you more than ever.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 13, 2015 )

  • Once again our hearts and thoughts turn to the men and women who, because of love for their country, paid the ultimate sacrifice. I wish for all the families who lost loved ones God's continued peace and comfort. Indeed this nation owes you a huge debt of gratitude! To Mr. David Cadavero and his dear family, I wish for you strength to face each new day with hope and I pray you will be able to continue to stand tall like the mighty oak for all the world to see. And when the winds are high and restless, and you lose a limb or two, may it only make you stronger. I pray that you remain protected and cradled in the Loving Arms of God like the cherished children that you are. Stay Blessed! You are in our prayers!
    Sincerely, Sonia L. Barrett and Family

    - Sonia L. Barrett ( May 26, 2015 )

  • Dear David, Nadia, & Kristia:

    Although we never met Jonathan, we often think of him and remember his valor and sacrifice in our home. We really wish he was with you today and that the tragic day in Iraq had never happened. Yet, we are grateful, as many millions are, for his courage and love for this land and for others. It is because of him and others like him that we are able to live without terror, worship without fear, give without restraint, and serve without limit. We wish we could say this to Jon today, since we cannot say it to him, we say it to you: THANK YOU!

    Today, as our entire family gathers around the computer to write this note, we want you to know that we love you and pray for you. Can't wait for the day when Jesus will return Jon to you!

    Blessings & Much Love

    Jose, Joanne, Jose III, & Joel Cortes

    - Jose, Joanne, Jose III, Joel Cortes ( May 25, 2015 )

  • So proud of the service your son has provided for his fellow soldiers and for us in this country. So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. Thank you so much for your awesome son & his courage. Much love.

    - Paulette Morrison ( May 25, 2015 )

  • I think back on Memorial Day 2005 when Jon was asked to lead the parade in Hohokus, NJ. Who knew that would be his only and last time to be in a parade. Hopefully most Americans paused today to think of and honor all the fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice. American soldiers do not fight because they note what is in front of them, but because they love what is behind them. To all those who served and died in the line of duty I salute you with much respect & thanks.

    To Jon who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country because he believed in what he was doing:
    Your life was a blessing
    Your memory a treasure
    You are loved beyond words
    And missed beyond measure.

    Resti in peace my beloved son.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 25, 2015 )

  • Remembering my cousin Jonathan this Memorial Day weekend. His memory lives on.

    - Mark Cadavero ( May 24, 2015 )

  • Remembering Jon on another Memorial day-- and ,always being thankful for the short time that I knew him.

    - Neil Williams ( May 24, 2015 )

  • Mrs. Cadavero I just love the way your eyes light up when you speak of your wonderful son. My only regret is that I did not have the opportunity to meet him. His legacy lives on. I see him everywhere in school, and what a blessing that is. It is with great pride that I speak with the students about Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero as he is such a great example of what we aspire for our students; a person who is exemplary, kind, giving, loving, full of energy and laughter, a person willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, themselves.

    Mrs. Cadavero and family, thank you for sharing Sgt. Jon Cadavero with us. I am personally blessed.

    From my heart to yours
    Mrs. Plaisir

    - Mrs. Guerline Plaisir ( May 22, 2015 )

  • Dear Cadavero family,

    I've heard so many wonderful things about Sgt. Jon Cadavero. From what I've heard, he sounds like a really nice guy. I remember learning about the fact that that Sgt. Jon Cadavero would donate so much to the school. If a student couldn't pay the tuition Jon would pay for that student. Mrs. Cadavero would share some of his pranks and jokes, he was very funny. I also know that he died in a war. :( We held a Sgt. Jon Cadavero memorial fund Walk-a-Thon on May 21,2015. We (The Waldwick SDA School) have this every school year. It's very fun.

    Did you know that.....We have a gymnasium dedicated to Jonny boy or for more respect Stg. Jon Cadavero. If you celebrate his birthday please remember all the things he has done for this school. Also, for your family. So just letting you know all the things we do for him. The school does for him. Just remember that you will see him in heaven.
    Sincerely, The 5th and 6th grade

    - ( May 22, 2015 )

  • Sgt. Johnathan Cadavero was a brave person who died protecting the country and loved ones he cared for and will be forever remembered by the hearts that he touched through his great deeds,he did on this earth

    - jerold hendricks JR. ( May 22, 2015 )

  • Dear, John
    I didn't really know you but your Mom has told me some good things that you done for our school and country. You sound like a guy I could really hang out with. Lastly I wanna say thank you for contributing to our school and our country. I hope one day i will see you in Heaven where we can chill and you can see your Mom who loves you so. Hope to see you again

    Sincerely: Nigel Durand youngbreezy!!!!!!!!!!

    - Nigel ( May 22, 2015 )

  • Sgt. John Cadavero was a heroic young man, i would like to say thank you for what he did. He will always be remembered as an amazing person. Sgt. John Cadavero served for his country and is a brave man for it. We will always remember , cherish, love, and always think about our Waldwick hero, Sgt. John Cadavero. Rest In Peace. Your legacy will not be forgotten.

    - Jordan Carroll ( May 22, 2015 )

  • Tenderly may time heal your sorrow.
    Gently may friends ease your pain.
    Softly may peace replace heartaches
    And may warmest memories remain.

    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
    (Hebrews 11:1)

    - Kendra Matthew ( May 22, 2015 )

  • May the constant love of caring friends soften your sadness.
    May cherished memories bring you moments of comfort.
    May lasting peace surround your grieving heart.

    "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be blessed," (Matthew 5:4).

    - Jazmine Torres ( May 22, 2015 )

  • I know that you are going through troubling times because of the loss of your son but, don't let these things bring you down. If you bring these problems to Christ He can comfort your heart and you can still be happy for everything he has done for you. You can live your life without regrets. Just remember that Jesus loves you and is always on your side. Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened!

    - Ryan ( May 22, 2015 )

  • "Beyond the Rainbow's End, there lies
    The land of love and light
    Where shadows never dim the skies
    For there, there is no night...
    And though the loss is hard to bear
    Of loved ones, or of friend
    we know that we shall find them there
    Beyond the Rainbow's End...

    "No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Joshua 1:5)

    - Maria Mari ( May 22, 2015 )

  • Dear Cadavero family,

    Although I did not know Jon I still feel his presence here. You have told us so much about him and I know I may never feel that same hurt. He has done much for this school and he will never really die as long as we keep the memories alive and burning in our hearts. He will always be in our hearts. Thank you for your sacrifice to this country.

    Sincerely,
    Joshua Trigoura

    - Joshua Trigoura ( May 22, 2015 )

  • Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:18-31. Words of encouragement. Stay strong!

    - Auguste F. ( May 22, 2015 )

  • Dear Mrs. Cadavero,
    Your sons sacrifice will forever be in our hearts and minds :). Thank you for your service Jon

    - Emily Ramirez ( May 22, 2015 )

  • Dear Cadavero Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss! Jonathan's memory will forever live on in the lives of many whether it be the students at the Waldwick Adventist school or the ones that he has greatly impacted. I Thank You Stg. Jon Cadavero for your service to this country!

    - Kristyn Huie ( May 22, 2015 )

  • The halls are decorated with your pictures, the gymnasium is named after you, your sacrifice and courage we will always hold close to our hearts and are forever thankful. We salute you Sgt. Cadavero. Semper Fi.

    - VHM ( May 21, 2015 )


  • Dear loyal supporters and avid readers of the Sgt. Jonathan D. Cadavero website:

    I would like to share something that should be of interest. Several years after Jon's death, the Cadavero family received an unexpected "gift" from the Pentagon. It was a 460 page book, "When It Mattered Most-
    Remembering Our Fallen Medical Personnel in Iraq-Afghanistan" compiled by Dr. S. Ward Casscells, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Approximately every two pages was a photograph and a biographical sketch of a fallen hero. The book was dedicated to medical personnel who were killed and the families they left behind. Dr. Cassells made the heart wrenching observation, "When it mattered most, these medical personnel answered the call." The book included 219 medical personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Underlying each account is the fact that altruism and the willingness to sacrifice one's own life for a fellow soldier is not only possible, but a daily reality that each of these brave men and women met "head-on." Sgt, Jonathan D. Cadavero was one of the medics among the fallen heroes and received 9 decorations, including the Bronze Star, one of the highest honors given by the U.S. Army for valor under enemy fire. Jonathan was part of a profession requiring skill, compassion and the kind of fortitude to be simultaneously a warrior and a healer. He carried out his responsibilities selflessly and courageously.

    Dr, Cassells assigned 15 research assistants to compile personal profiles for each fallen hero. Included in Jon's biographical sketch are the following observations:
    (1) "Cadavero was a medic with the platoon tasked with hunting IED's (improvised explosive devices)
    and disposing of them before they could explode-one of the most vital and dangerous assignments
    in Iraq."
    (2) "Even given the choice of staying on base to work in a medical clinic, Cadavero insisted on being
    on the front lines." (so he could save the lives of more soldiers, than if he served exclusively
    in a clinic.)

    As proud as we are of Jonathan's humanitarian courage and desire for selfless service, it is only a thumbnail sketch of the incredible human being he developed into. His entire life from childhood to adulthood was a living testimony of a person with high principles and exemplary standards of behavior and deportment. It would not be an exaggeration to say that he consistently maintained a standard of personal living and a lifestyle worthy of emulation.

    The late Charles Spurgeon made the following poignant observation, "A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots
    have withered. Carve your name on hearts not marble." Jon carved his name on hundreds and hundreds of hearts, and his legacy of love, compassion and courage will continue to be remembered-today, tomorrow and into eternity. He is looking forward to hearing the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
    (Matthew 25:21.)

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    David A. Cadavero
    Jonathan's father

    - David A. Cadavero ( Mar 09, 2015 )

  • Sometimes when I can't sleep for one reason or another, I remember things I have read and recall certain passages that have stuck with me.

    "There is a sacredness in tears.
    They are not the mark
    of weakness, but of power.
    They speak more eloquently
    than ten thousand tongues.
    They are messengers of
    overwhelming grief.....
    and unspeakable love."
    Washington Irving


    Miss & love you Jon. Now & always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Mar 05, 2015 )

  • I thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

    - Rachael ( Mar 03, 2015 )

  • 8 years ago today, my "awesome hero cousin", Jonathan, gave up his life for our country. He was like a little brother to me and I loved him dearly! From playing hacky sack at our grandparents house in the Bronx to going to a Yankees game with him, I will always cherish the memories spent with Jon. I long for the day when I will be reunited with him so I can thank him in person for his tremendous sacrifice made on this day 8 years ago...rest in peace, my precious cousin! I'll see you in the morning....

    - Jeffrey Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2015 )

  • Think of you through out the year Jon, .... but as time gets closer to this date, during the month of February, I think even harder of you & your family missing you, I say more prayers then usual. I will never forget your sacrifice, and will be forever grateful. God Bless you always, with love...

    - Corinne ( Feb 27, 2015 )

  • God bless you and keep you Jon. We miss you very much.

    - Ann Marie & Charlie Hunt ( Feb 27, 2015 )

  • Eight years today Jon was killed in Iraq. A million tears have been shed over the years. To say I miss him would be an understatement. To say I love him simply is not enough. He was my only son, my frequent confidant, my best friend, and now my forever hero.

    Rest in peace my beloved son. Love & miss you forever & always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2015 )

  • You are so very dearly missed, dear cousin. Taken from this earthly realm much too soon! You are your familys guardian angel, as well as for those of us in your extended family including your comrades-in-arms. Keep the angels laughing up there!

    - Debra Valle ( Feb 27, 2015 )

  • 8 years Doc. I honor your memory today and again commit to living my life and serving our nation and the army in a manner worthy of your, Henry's and Soukenkas's sacrifice. Thank you for your sacrifice, I miss you. It is warming to the heart to see all of those that have posted to Facebook toady about this fateful day. All of your brothers remember you three and Michael, and we all have a part of your spirit with us still today.

    Thundercat 16

    - Dan Patterson ( Feb 27, 2015 )

  • February is the most difficult month for me. Wish I could just erase it and go back more than 8 years when Jon was alive and with us. In fact I wish I could go way back when Jon was born and just start over and have him for years & years to come. I wish.......I wish......I wish.....I saw a small clipping in a newspaper not too long ago. The author was unknown but the words have stayed with me: "As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens." Heaven must be overflowing with my tears by now!

    Miss & love you dearly my beloved son.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 09, 2015 )

  • I have been a bit remiss in posting memories and comments on this site, and for that I apologize. I think of Jon often, for it is hard to believe how much time as passed since I made his acquaintance and became friends when he attend church while undergoing his training at Fort Sam Houston. We became even closer, along with others, when he joined several of us for Thanksgiving dinner at a friends home on the river--and then meeting his family when he attended church on his graduation weekend. There isn't a day that goes by that he isn't in my thoughts--and that his family is still in my prayers.

    - Neil Williams ( Dec 07, 2014 )

  • Hi, I wanted to speak to you regarding your site www.sgtjon.com, give me a call 877-405-8518. - Luke Goodman

    - Luke ( Dec 03, 2014 )

  • I am very sorry for your loss. Your son made all of us proud for what he did. We will all miss him.

    With Love,
    Tahdrel Jackson
    Grade 7
    Brooklyn SDA School


    - Tahdrel Jackson Grd 7 Brooklyn SDA School ( Nov 12, 2014 )

  • Veterans Day is a time of remembrance and reflection. We have remembered Jon, as well as all of our veterans and soldiers, most especially today. Thank you for your sacrifice and service so that we can live in freedom. God Bless you.

    Charles and Kristia
    (brother-in-law and sister of Sgt. Jon)

    - Charles and Kristia Markarian ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • On the front cover of a Veterans Day card the following was written:
    "A Prayer for Veterans
    Proud of our nation,
    they answered her call -
    Defending the freedom and safety for all.
    On land or on sea,
    or in jets high above,
    They went out of duty
    and honor and love.
    But however they served, Lord,
    wherever they went,
    Please bless them and help them
    to know what it meant!
    And help us to thank them,
    on Veteran's Day -
    For we owe them far more than we ever could say."

    To Jon and all those who served with him, to the family members and friends who also served - thank you for your courage and commitment to freedom. You have given so much to our great country.

    Thinking of and remembering Jon today (and every day) .............

    Miss & love you always
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • Sometimes it is hard to find the right words to put on this website. I read not too long ago that there are some who bring a light so bright to the world that even after they are gone, the light remains. On this Veterans Day...in Jon's memory...I salute a life so beautifully lived that his light will never go out.

    Miss Jon every day....will love him always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • Mrs. Cadavero,

    We pray that you have a peaceful day today. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

    Love,
    Mrs. Plaisir and Grades 5 & 6

    - Grades 5 & 6 and Mrs. Plaisir @ Waldwick Adventist School ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • Mrs. Cadevero,
    The following are some words of thanks grades 3 and 4 would like to share with you and your family today.

    Thank you Mrs. Cadavero for being such as great lady. I hope you feel better. God bless you. (Valerie)

    Thank you for letting your son make such a sacrifice for us. (Tyrique)

    Thank you for everything. I'm really sad that your son passed away, but he served our country. I'm glad that he served for America. (Irving Manuel)

    Thank you for letting your son in the war so that we can have a good life. (Luckson)

    Thank you for allowing your son to go into the military. Even though he died while serving our country we still remember him and all the good things he has done for us. God bless you. (Love, Nadine)

    Thank you for letting your son go to the army. I really appreciate your sacrifice. Love you! (Brianna)

    Thank you for letting your son sacrifice his life to give our country freedom. (Kyanna)

    Thank you for letting your son Sgt. Jon Cadavero sacrifice his life for our freedom. (Lynette)

    Thank you for your son dying for us. He was a nice guy and funny too. I know you feel sad but God bless you! You are still a mom. (Ivan)

    Thank you for making me remember Veteran's Day. (Balfre)

    Thank you for letting your son Jonathan C. fight for freedom. He was a great man. He loves to stand up for himself. (Emily)

    Happy Veteran's Day. I am sorry about what happened in the military. I know how that feels. (Emily)

    Happy Veterans Day. I know how that feels because my grandma died. (Tia)

    I feel bad for you. I know how it feels to be lonely, but God is by your side. When we go to heaven you will meet him there, and you will laugh and play. (Sheila)

    Thank you for all that your son did. May God be by your side. (Abigail)







    - Grades 3&4 and Mrs. Plaisir ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • We love you. We are thinking of you on this Veterans Day.

    - Pre-K & Kindergarten @ Waldwick Adventist School ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • Dear Mrs. Cadavero,

    On this sad day for you here are some quotes to let you know how greatly appreciative we are for Johnny's sacrifice. Just something to make you smile and know that he didn't die for nothing :)

    "They fell but, o'er their glorious grave floats free the banner of the cause they died to save"
    - Francis Marion Crawford

    " There are not words big enough.
    There is not a hug strong enough.
    There is not a smile wide enough.
    All I can offer is thank you.
    He is our hero.
    He is in our thoughts.
    He is in our prayers.
    For all he's done THANK YOU"

    One thing that you said always stuck with me. You said that one of the reasons Johnny chose to fight was so we wouldn't have to suffer and so we could be free. That thought really touched me and I will never forget it. So thank you Johnny for fighting :)

    - Emily on behalf of Grade 9+10 ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • Mr. Cadavero and Family, As we remember the fallen soldiers of our country on this Veterans' Day, my mind naturally goes back to you and your dear Son Jonathan who we lost in Iraq some seven years ago. Truly your son was a cut above the rest as he gave up the comforts of home, family and friends to fight for our freedom and peace. The greatest tribute that I can give is to remind you that your Son was an honorable gentleman, who obviously loved The Lord and gave his all to the cause of saving his fellow soldiers. I pray with all of my heart that you will continue to find solace in the Arms of our Everlasting Father, the God of all comfort and that Jonathan's burial spot will be marked so that on that great Getting-Up morning, he will rise with the saints of all times to meet his Lord in the air. God bless you and your family Mr. Cadavero, as well as all the other families of Veterans nationwide. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. God bless you all!!!

    - Sonia L. Barrett, Teacher Brooklyn Seventh-day Adventist School ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • Dear Mrs. Cadavero, On behalf of the 7 and 8th Grade Class, we would like to send you our prayers for you and your family. Sgt. John will always be our Hero, and we want to thank you for molding Sgt. John into a beautiful Christian soldier/role model. Sgt. John has helped our school and has left a mark in our hearts forever. Even though some of us didn't really know Sgt. John personally, we know that we was a very extraordinary person to all. Although the loss of a son is heartbreaking we would like to share a Bible verse and some quotes to make you smile today! :) "The pain that you've been feeling, cant compare to the joy that's coming. Romans 8:18" Grief id like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim. Vicki Harrison. We love you and God Bless. #R.I.P. Sgt. John



    Ashley Fong & Vanessa Thurman
    Grade 7 & 8
    Waldwick Seventh Day Adventist School

    - 7 and 8th Grade Class ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • Thinking of Jon today and missing him all the time.

    - Kelly P. ( Nov 11, 2014 )

  • Dear Cadavero Family, I would just like to say that we are here to help, support, and pray for you. Your son was very brave and he is one of the reasons why we are still free today. Let's hope and pray that you all my see him one day. God bless,
    Lisa Salvodon

    - Lisa Salvodon,Grade 7,Brooklyn Seventh Day Adventist School ( Nov 10, 2014 )

  • Dear Mr. and Mrs. Cadavero,
    R.I.P for your son, Jonathan. I'm sure he was a cool, funny guy. If he were alive I would tell him thank you for serving and protecting the USA and for saving many lives. Tomorrow we will remember and salute him along with every other veteran who fought for this country.

    - Oluwafemi Gonzales, Grade 7 , BSDA School ( Nov 10, 2014 )

  • Dear Family of Jonathan Cadavero,

    I am so sorry that lost your only son. I am sure that he was a great son to have and he will always be remembered,He will live on in your memory. May the Lord bless you and watch over you for the rest of your lives and one day you will see your son again.


    Mykalee Henry
    Grade 7
    Brooklyn Seventh Day Adventist

    - Mykalee Henry ( Nov 10, 2014 )

  • Dear Family of Jonathan Cadavero,

    I am so sorry that you lost your only son. I am sure that he was a great son to have and he will always be remembered,He will live on in your memory. May the Lord bless you and watch over you for the rest of your lives and one day you will see your son again.


    Mykalee Henry
    Grade 7
    Brooklyn Seventh Day Adventist

    - Mykalee Henry ( Nov 10, 2014 )

  • Our hearts ached as David told us this tragic news. We are encouraged by Jonathan's life, and your love and courage to honor him. We honor a person when we can live by the standards and way of life that caused us to love him. May God bless you as you honor him by living out those values he lived by, and that you taught him in the first place.

    Even so, come, Lord Jesus......please reunite this family soon....real soon, Lord, please!!!

    Love, Bob and Darlene Rice

    - Bob and Darlene Rice ( Oct 20, 2014 )

  • It's hard to believe that this time 7 years ago Jon left Ft.Drum and headed for Iraq. I'll never forget his deployment day. He was on the last plane out and must have called home every hour on the hour, always saying not to worry that he'll be fine. I tried to keep it together but my heart broke that day. And since then my heart has broken daily into a million pieces. Regardless of how much time passes, Jon is missed and loved more than words can say. Time does not heal all wounds. Time might make it more tolerable but the wound always remains.

    Love & miss you my beloved son. Always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Aug 14, 2014 )

  • Thinking of my "hero" first cousin today and missing him very much. Can't wait to see you in heaven,
    Jon!!!

    - Jeffrey Cadavero ( Aug 12, 2014 )

  • Today, Jon would have been 32 year old. An incredable young man, every mothers dream as a son. A dark dreary rainy day today...it exemplified how I felt inside. But the rain stopped, the sun came out long enough for me to sit by Jon's grave and remember all the wonderful times and love we shared. I came home, gazed at his picture on his dresser...his dog tags hang over the picture frame, I looked at the folded flag on a shefl, and how I wished Jon was still here with me, with us.

    Physically Jon is gone but lives in my heart. He is always "close" in thoughts. Never to be forgotten - always loved and missed. Wish you were here so I could say "happy birthday" my son.
    Mom


    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 13, 2014 )

  • We watched you grow up in our neighborhood, from a sweet adorable happy boy to a caring wonderful happy young man and when you joined the service, to our forever hero. Think of you so often, God bless you dear. Thank You for your many gifts. Never to be forgotten, Corinne

    - Corinne and Dennis ( May 26, 2014 )

  • May you be flying and laughing with angels, dear cousin!

    ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。* ˚ ★ *˚ ˚ 。* ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。* ˚ ★

    - Debra Valle and Family ( May 26, 2014 )

  • On this Memorial Day I want to take time out to send heartfelt wishes to my Superintendent, Mr. David Cadavero and his dear family as we all remember the fallen soldiers of our country. Today must be especially difficult for you but please take comfort in the reality that the Eternal God is still your Refuge and underneath are His everlasting Arms. Rest in these loving arms as you reflect on the tremendous sacrifice, indeed the ultimate sacrifice that your beloved son gave for the well being of others. Jonathan was a brave and selfless soul and although your hearts ache for him, he is resting, waiting for that "Getting Up" morning when you will be reunited with him. What unspeakable joy that will be! But until then, Thank you Jonathan Cadavero for sacrificing yourself for me, and for my family and all the families of this country and the world at large. Thank you to all the fallen soldiers for their ultimate sacrifice! May your souls rest in peace!

    - Sonia L. Barrett ( May 26, 2014 )

  • "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty"
    John F. Kennedy

    Jon, you paid the ultimate price for the survial & success of our liberty for which many thank you. However, on this Memorial Day , I would like to recognise the men & women of our military who also paid the ultimate price and thank them for our freedom.

    Remembering you Jon today and always with so much love....you're gone from my life/our lives, but always in my/our hearts.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadvero ( May 26, 2014 )

  • Thank you Jon for your service to our country and for our freedom. You are in heaven now but I know you are our Angel. I was honored to meet you & be your friend. I will never forget that you sent me a card on Memorial Day. You really touched my heart on how much you loved your country. Happy Memorial Day my friend and brother in arms.
    MSgt Gambony

    - Rebecca Gambony, MSgt, USAF ( May 26, 2014 )

  • Every day is hard, but on Memorial Day it is especially hard as our fallen military are remembered, as Jon is remembered.

    On every soldier's tombstone should be a message of honor, respect and love:

    "In loving memory
    of one who loved his country,
    who fought against evil
    to preserve what is right and true and good.
    In loving memory
    of one who is a cut above the rest of us,
    who had the surpassing courage,
    the uncommon strength,
    to do whatever had to be done,
    perserving through hardship and pain.
    In loving memory
    of one who was brave enough to give his life, his all,
    so that those he cared about
    would remain safe and free.
    In loving memory
    of a unique and treasured soldier
    who will never be forgotten."
    Author: Joanna Fuchs

    Jon was that soldier........never to be forgotten. Always loved.

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 25, 2014 )

  • As Memorial Day is just a few days away, I would like to take this opportunity to leave the following poem to Jon and ALL those who served and gave their lives for this great Country of ours;

    In Your Honor
    "Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
    You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
    Leaving your beloved children and wives,
    You put on hold, your dreams - your llives.
    On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
    To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
    Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
    But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

    Many horrors you had endured and seen.
    Many faces had haunted your dreams.
    You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
    You cried as your brothers fell all around.

    When it was over, you all came back home,
    Some were left with memories to face all alone;
    Some found themselves in the company of friends
    As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

    Those who survived were forever scarred
    Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
    Those who did not now sleep etermally
    'neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

    With a hand upon my heart, I feel the pride and respect;
    my reverence is revealed
    In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
    As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.
    Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
    Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
    Every day, I give my utmost admiration
    To those who had fought to defend our nation."
    - Author Unknown -

    Thank you Jon and thanks to ALL the fallen soldiers.
    You're remembered now & always with love and respect.
    May you rest in peace.









    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 24, 2014 )

  • Approaching this Memorial day weekend I offer my true gratitude Jon. Thank you for your true and ultimate sacrifice. The real kind of hero. God bless you and God bless America.

    - ( May 22, 2014 )

  • Taking the train back home, i saw a young girl read "Tuesdays with Morrie". I couldn't help but think of you and how much meaning you gave to me and all the people that surrounded you.

    Its almost hard to believe that 7 years have gone... it still hurts like as if were yesterday that you left us. Jonny, we miss you so much and I will forever be grateful for giving us the honor to know you.

    We love you and Miss you so very much.

    See you soon!

    - Denise Bueso ( Apr 02, 2014 )

  • we love you but God loves you most sleep well in haven

    - ibijola austin ( Mar 31, 2014 )

  • I was a pleasure hanging out with You Jon at CUC playing on the Basketball team together We had a good time when we went to the Gym..to practice before and After practices..You will be truly missed..God bless you and Your Loved one...Love you Brother

    - Jeffrey Washington ( Mar 02, 2014 )

  • Dear Jon,
    I have thought about leaving a message for you many times. I never did because I guess I never really felt that I had the right to. Although we watched eachother grow up over the course of many years, our age difference kept us from getting to know one another. The space this message takes up, could be left for someone who knew you better. But with the realization that it has been 7 years since youve passed, I figured it was about time to write you.I honestly still cant belive your gone. Everytime I drive up our road, I look down the fire trial for you. Maybe I can catch a glimse of you running around the bend. I still get ready to wave to you as you shovel your driveway. Anytime Im on the back porch, I still look down to watch you mow the lawn. If I get the mail, I look down the street to see if your walking up the road, wearing a t shirt and shorts, like you were the last time I saw you. We may not have known eachother well, but i can still remember the first time we met. We may not have been very close, but it never took long to pick up where we left off. I miss you. I miss you like crazy. I dont ever want to convince myself your gone. Somehow, by not changing my habits of looking for you and expecting you around the corner, I can make you live again. Because once I realize that you and Rusty arent in the driveway, and its not you mowing the lawn, I imagine for a few minutes what life would be like if you were still with us. What incredible things we would talk about. Your achievements, how many lbs you can carry while still running 20 miles. Where you might be living, or if you have a family growing. For a few moments, in my imagination, you and I get lost in another conversation at the top of my old driveway. And you always make me smile. You were as true blue as they get. You were an incredably selfless human being and I am so happy you ended up doing something you loved, and living a life you could be proud of. I have been blessed to have known you. I cant remember if Ive told you during one of my visits, but when I was trying to figure out what to do with my life, I decided I wanted to strive to be more like you. I went to school to be a medical assistant. I have now completed school and am waiting on becoming certified. You have inspired me, you have guided me, you have coached me, and you have taught me to not give up on myself. You have always been my hero, and you continue to be a major influence in my life. I miss you severely Jon, and your always in my prayers.
    Love Holly

    - Holly Becker ( Feb 28, 2014 )

  • Today it has been 7 years since my friend (and colleague) was killed. To say it was a tragic loss doesn't do it justice (for really all loss like this is tragic); but Jon really was just that special kind of guy who had he lived, would have gone on to change the world even more than he did in his 24 years. He was smart, honest, funny, hard working, but most of all he had a tremendous heart and truly cared. It's been 7 years, I think of him often and smile as look at his photo that I have on my wall at work. To his family: may you find some small comfort in knowing that Jon touched many lives in such a postive way and is thought of often.

    - None ( Feb 27, 2014 )

  • Time does not heal all things. Our memories do fade. We don't want them to fade but they do. The pain becomes less because new pain and joy fill our thoughts. Today our pain is renewed as we remember that faitful day Jonathan died. We remember the day, the time, and the place where our heart stopped. Today we want to remember his life and sacrifice so we can be free. We can smile and see joy in the living, in the child, in the senior because he gave his last breath so we could keep breathing free air.
    The Bible say that the joy of The Lord is your strength. Maybe that is why we feel so weak today.
    Today's prayer: Lord breath into me the free air that the sacrifice of others gave to me. Give me joy. Give me strength...please!

    - Jerrell Gilkeson ( Feb 27, 2014 )

  • There is power in a life well lived. There is joy in a race well run. There is peace in the abiding assurance of eternal life. ~ Author unknown

    *Cheers* to you, dear Jon on this 7th anniversary of leaving this earthly realm all too soon - to your life so well-lived in the very brief time you were here with us, and to a life well-loved. To know you was to love you! May you be laughing and singing with angels, along with my dear mom/your aunt, and all our loved ones there with you. You are dearly missed!

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( Feb 27, 2014 )

  • Seven years ago today the earth both shattered and stood still all at once. Two soldiers knocked on my door to tell me Jon was killed earlier that day by a road side bomb. I don't remember much of the hours or days or even weeks that followed. I do remember pleading with God to bring my son back home to me.......

    Driving home from work I pass a billboard that says "We Heal Broken Hearts".....this is an advertisement of a local hospital and, of course, they are referring to heart related illnesses. No hospital, no doctor, no one can heal my broken heart. Grief is hurt, a raw physical as well as psychological, spiritual and emotional hurt. It is a hurt no one can see.

    Flowers were placed by Jon's gravesite today. He is thought of every day. Remembered with love.
    And missed more than words can say. Rest in peace my beloved son.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2014 )

  • Doc, 7 years now. Still thankful that I got to know you and spend time with you on this earthly adventure. Your smile and thought provoking conversations made my life much better during a challenging time in my life. Thank you for your hard work and ever-positive attitude. You are missed, but never forgotten
    -Thundercat 16

    - Dan Patterson ( Feb 27, 2014 )

  • I still weep for you today, Jon. Oh how different our lives could have been if I had said yes to that coffee date that hot June day before we deployed together. I know from our conversation on the stairs in the barracks that you are in heaven; always the philosophical one, you. And me with my simple answers that always made you reconsider ;). I miss you now just as I missed you then. And I can't wait to see you again someday.

    - SSG Megan Brunty ( Feb 27, 2014 )

  • The Holidays have come and long gone. Christmas/New Years are supposed to be a joyful, cheery time filled with good times with family & friends. Somehow the Holidays and grieving/mourning don't seem to fit and go together. Grief is a long and probably a never ending journey. I have come to realize that no matter how much times passes, the Holidays (birthdays, etc.) will never be the same. Life in general has been changed forever by Jon's untimely death.

    February is a short month but long with memories and "last".........last email, last phone call, and last card. Each "last" holds a special place in my heart although it is part of a nightmare that I relive daily.

    I close my eyes and can see his smiling face and I miss him ever so much.
    Jon will always be remembered, missed and loved.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 08, 2014 )

  • I was rereading some of the notes john scribbled to me, and I thought what a terrible waste it was to lose somebody who was such a fabulous young man - that I will always remember what a really great friend he was. My sympathy will always remain to his loving family

    - Dave Decker ( Jan 30, 2014 )

  • Four years ago today, I drove Jon to the airport and he was going back to Iraq. I will never forget that morning when I became totally emotionally unglued. He had a stop over in Atlanta of several hours before boarding an army plane and heading back to war. He called me 4 times, each time assuring me he would be back home and for me not to worry. I was always so proud of Jon and the person he was. I am thankful for the years that were given to me. If I were given a chance to be anything I wanted to become, there is nothing I would have rather been ....than Jon's mother. There is no one I would have rather have as my son.

    MIssing Jon so much. Loving him always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Dec 04, 2013 )

  • As I thought of Jon today, my heart still ached with sadness. My tears will always flow. What it meant to lose him, no one will ever know. I cherish so many great memories and miss him more than I can say. Jon is in my thoughts every day.......but today all I could think of was that 7 years ago Jon came home from Iraq for Thanksgiving. Wish that could have been his "permanent" home leave.

    Sadly missed - forever loved.
    mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Nov 25, 2013 )

  • Even though this is the first time i have heard about Sgt. Jon Cadavero and i never had the honor to met him in person, i hope his family can ask God each and every day to take away their pain and to help them to move on. If there is still pain, let God be with them. And to Mr. Cadavero, God Bless You And Your Family. Rest In Peace Sgt. Jon. May God Resurrect Thee In His Second Coming.

    - Christina Khanai Doria ( Nov 20, 2013 )

  • I would like to also say that Mrs. Barrett asked some of us to post a short prayer for your son, so here is my prayer:

    Dear Lord, I ask you today and the following days to give comfort to the Cadavero family. Let your love heal their poor souls, for they lost a cherished and kindred spirit. Let their prayers be answered and bless them to let them see their son when Christ comes. With John the Baptist, Let the words " AMEN! COME LORD JESUS!" flow out their mouths, and let the broken family become whole with their son once more.

    In Jesus name I pray,

    AMEN.

    - Christina Khanai Doria, Seventh day Adventist school ( Nov 20, 2013 )

  • Even though I have not had the privilege to meet Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero in person, I have heard alot of talk about and I can see everybody's love for him, so this is why I am sending a message of condolence by keeping your family in my prayers.

    - Coreen Noel, Brooklyn Seventh Day Adventist School ( Nov 12, 2013 )

  • A short while ago I returned from the cemetery "visiting" Jon's gravesite. As I sat there watching another funeral taking place not too far from me, I was thinking that this was not supposed to be like this. Jon was supposed to come home, be in a parade today, and I was supposed to be on the sideline waving a flag and cheering him on! It's hard to find the right words to express my inner feelings & thoughts.........both seem to be on a roller coaster ride up & down. Today was a down day. My heart was so heavy sitting there knowing his is gone.

    A former colleague & friend (actually one of Jon's best friends) sends me quotes now & then. Somehow he must have known it was one of my "down" days because he sent me the following:

    "Courage isn't having the strength to go on. It's going on when you don't have the strenghth."
    Napolean

    Jon used to send cards to all the veternas he knew to thank they for their service. On behalf of Jon, I wish to thank his widow Michelle, his friend Kristy, Shea, "Dunk" and so many other friends, his "favorite Uncle in Illinois, his late uncle from TN, his dentist, and all solderis who went through basic training, medic training, the soldiers from Ft.Drum and all who sevied with him in Iraq -
    I/we gave thanks every day that there are brave Americans like you who sacrifice so much for the freedoms I/we enjoy. I/we will always remember your outstanding courage and commitment to our Country. Thank you for your service.

    Jon - my tears will always flow, my heart will never mend. Loving memories I'll aways cherish. My beloved son, missing you will never end.

    Rest in pace until Jesus calls you. Love & miss you always.
    Mom






    - Nadia Cadavero ( Nov 11, 2013 )

  • On this Veteran's Day, 2013, I am free, breath good air, move about freely, speak if, when, where, I wish, and worship my God in the same manner.

    Thank you Jonathan! You in your way made this possible.

    Today, you are resting, waiting for Jesus Christ to return. My thanks today is for David and Nadia. Thank you for giving so much to me. I look at this beautiful fall day and know that I am indebted to you. The ability to pick up the phone and call my friend David to share a moment is a gift. While the pain of that gift will never leave your heart, please know that I also remember, think, and review in my mind the gift that you have given. On this Veteran's Day, I am grateful to the thousands that have given their life that we can be free.

    A prayer: God, please allow peace to come to our earth, so soldiers will not have to give their lives so we can be free to pray to you...Amen.

    - Jerrell Gilkeson ( Nov 11, 2013 )

  • Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
    Know the line has held, your job is done.
    Rest easy, sleep well.
    Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
    Peace, peace, and farewell...

    Even though I never met you, your Father has told us good things, I pray that your work is well and Thank you for keeping our country safe

    - Anne-Isabelle, Brooklyn Seventh Day Adventist ( Nov 11, 2013 )

  • On another Veteran's Day, I am reminded of Jon's friendship and sacrifice for our country. To say you are missed would be a vast understatement, for there is not a day that I do not think of you. I am so thankful that you were in San Antonio for training, for that is how I met and got to know you. I remember that stunning day that I saw your name listed in the paper as a casualty in Iraq and not wanting to believe it, yet in my heart I knew it was true; a stunning blow, yet I am honored that you sacrificed your life for our freedom. For that, I and all Americans remember your sacrifice, and keep your parents, wife, relatives and friends in my prayers.
    Remembering you every day that I live!!

    - Neil Williams ( Nov 11, 2013 )

  • I did not have the pleasure of meeting Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero in person but I'm extremely blessed to work with the most awesome Superintendent of Schools, Mr. David Cadavero, his father. I feel like I knew this young man because of all the wonderful stories his father has shared with us. God certainly blessed you, his parents and family members, with a precious gem. He willingly sacrificed his youthful life so we can enjoy the freedoms we do enjoy and so today on Veterans Day, I want to register my gratitude to the Cadavero family for the gift of their wonderful son Jonathan. As you continue to miss and mourn his loss, please be reminded that the Eternal God is still your Refuge and underneath are His Everlasting Arms. Be comforted in that reality and the fact that you will see him again in that great "getting up morning" God bless you all.
    My family and I say "Thank you Jonathan and all the brave men and women we call soldiers who every day risk their lives for us! We pray God's Choicest Blessings on all Military Families.

    - Sonia L. Barrett, Teacher, Brooklyn Seventh-day Adventist School ( Nov 11, 2013 )

  • On this Veterans' Day I cannot avoid but to think about you Jonathan and pray for your family, your parents, your sister, and your wife. Together with my wife Joanne, and our two boys Jose III and Joel, we are grateful for the selfless service you provided to our country, it is because of brave Americans like you, that we are able to enjoy this day and every day. Your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your family will never be forgotten. We look forward to meeting you one day after the Second Coming of Jesus.

    - Jose Cortes Jr. ( Nov 11, 2013 )

  • Dear Jonathan ~ we're remembering you extra-specially today, along with your fellow comrades-in-arms who sacrificed so much. You are remembered with love, with admiration, with endearing, enduring memories of being my "little cousin" who came to visit along with your family all those many years ago. You are dearly missed, though I know you're singing and laughing with the angels. And watching over your beloved family ..... ☼

    - Debra Valle, cousin ( Nov 11, 2013 )

  • I've not had the privilege of meeting Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero in person. However, there is a sense of knowing, drawn from a mothers loving memories-memories that keep alive a spirit of a son loved and cherished. It has been a great blessing to me to continue to learn of the brave person, and servant of God that Sgt. Cadavero was. Evidences of his service, contributions and sacrifices are engraved in the hearts and minds of all those who have been directly touched by Sgt. Cadavero. I am thankful to have the privilege of knowing of a young man so dedicated to the cause of God, and with a willingness to serve his country. I understand he had the faith and the courage to move forward unapologetic for his sacrifices.

    As I continue to pray for the Cadavero family, I join them in cherishing the memory of Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero.

    With God's Blessings
    Mrs. G. Plaisir
    (Teacher at the Waldwick Adventist School)

    - Mrs. Plaisir ( Nov 10, 2013 )

  • I'm currently listening to DC Talk, a Christian Rock group that Jon introduced me to. This introduction started my love my rock and Christian music. As I go through these songs, I remember the times he and I spent singing and listening to these songs. Good memories that I cherish.

    - Cousin Bonnie B ( Sep 20, 2013 )

  • I don't need a special day or occasion to think of & remember Jon. Today, while stting at my desk, I picked up a book I gave Jon & it opened to the following.....

    If someone asked me to define the perfect son, I would say........
    "Search for a young man whose heart is as big as the Grand Canyon;
    search for a young man who thinks only of others;
    search for a young man who does a thousand good deeds each day while expecting nothing in return;
    search for a young man who suffers and never complains.
    And when your search is over, if you have found such a young man, then rejoice -
    for you have found my son." Jeffrey K Lucas

    Anyone who ever knew Jon would say no truer words have been written to describe him.
    What a wonderful person he was - no mother could have been more proud of her son.
    Always thinking of you.............rest in peace.
    Love you always -
    mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jul 16, 2013 )

  • As we celebrate Independence Day, we remember those like Jon who sacrificed their lives so that we may celebrate this wonderful day. Thanks, JON. You are sorely missed!!

    - Neil Williams ( Jul 04, 2013 )

  • Never to be forgotten, Jon, the adorable boy we watched grow into an awesome young man in our neighborhood. Thought of often with a smile on the lips, misty eyed. I thank your family for this web page.

    - neighbor friend- ( Jun 26, 2013 )

  • I always remember your birthday and think of you. God bless your family and I'm glad I got to know you and was able to share many laughs with you! RIP.

    - Lillian Loza (Portillo) ( Jun 13, 2013 )

  • To my very dear cousin: I have no doubt that you are singing ♫ happy birthday ♫ with all the angels today --- for you and for your beloved grandfather who also shared your birthday. I'm sure you both felt blessed over the years while you were still here on earth to share this day of celebration. May you continue to do so in heaven!

    Dearly missed by all your family . . .

    - Debra Valle (cousin) ( Jun 13, 2013 )

  • "A son is a first smile you never forget.
    He's tiny footsteps that fill your heart with pride.
    He's skinned knees and messy hair, as well as pride and frustration.
    A son can be grown-up and mature, yet still be our little boy;
    a child and an adult rolled into one.
    As he becomes an adult, you see the love you have given him passed on and shared.
    And he blesses your life by proving to be the type of man you always hoped and
    prayed he'd grown up to be".

    27 hours of hard labor and even a harder delivery, 31 years ago today in the wee hours of the morning, I gave birth to Jon. He was so alert and already had that mischievous look in his eyes. Would I do it all over again?.....in a heartbeat. Jon grew up to be an incredible young man. He was truly the best son I could have ever had.

    A mother & a son share a lifetime of thoughts, emotions, memories, and hopes. My "lifetime" with Jon was cut short. Time changes the heart, but the heart never forgets the memories within.

    Always thinking of you my son.
    Keeping the memories alive.
    Missing you every day. Loving you always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 13, 2013 )

  • Happy Heavenly Birthday, Husband. I'll love you forever.

    - Michelle ( Jun 13, 2013 )

  • This memorial message is dedicated to approximately 5000 men and women who have given unselfishly of themselves in Iraq and Afghanistan to obtain, protect and preserve liberty and freedom for their fellow human beings throughout the world and for the people of the United States of America. Sergeant Jonathan D. Cadavero was an American patriot who was killed in Baghdad, Iraq on February 27, 2007, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His patriotism, courage, dedication and service to America will live on in the lives of hundreds of his family members and friends.

    The following article, "To Kill An American," is written by an unidentified Australian who addresses a point to ponder....Who exactly is an American?" You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

    So an Australian wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is. So they would know when they found one. An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian or Greek. An American may also be of Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab or Pakistani or Afghan descent.

    An American may be a Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses.

    An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God. An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

    An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country! As of the morning of September ll,2001, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan. The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America. Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2011 earning a better life for their families. It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

    So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would be killing yourself. Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere is an American."

    Sergeant Jonathan D. Cadavero embodied this wonderful spirit. He was an "international " soldier who believed in the preservation of freedom. He had unflagging courage and had an unwavering hope for America's future. Though our family continues to mourn the loss of Jon, we cling to the promise that one day death will be banished forever. Tears, terror, and turmoil will be over. We look forward to Heaven's divine announcement, "It is finished." Rest in peace, Jonathan!

    GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    David A. Cadavero
    Jonathan's father

    - David A.Cadavero ( Jun 02, 2013 )

  • "Not for fame, or reward, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty." This is an inscription at Arlington National Cemetery. Jon knew what he had to do and why. He wanted to serve his Country and be the best possible medic & soldier. And from all reports received, he was.

    It has been years since his tragic death but to this day Jon is still remembered by many with respect, admiration and love. So many remembered Jon over the Memorial Day weekend by sending messages, cards, phone calls and flowers. What a tribute to a great human being and how touched I was by the outpouring of tributes.

    "To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen.......to be forgeotten is the worst." Pierre Claeyssens (1909-2003)

    May Jon (and all those who served and died) never be forgotten. We must never forget that the freedoms we have today are the result of his/their service.

    Rest in peace my beloved son. Miss you every day - will love you forever.
    Mom


    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 01, 2013 )

  • Here it is a day after memorial day week-end. I find myself inspired as I have read many blogs about how you have affected the lives of hundreds of people. Recently I have received a distinguished service award from Collegedale Academy. But if anybody deserves a distinguished service award - it is you. You have affected so many people by your life and service to your country. Six years after your untimely death, people remember your sacrifice - you are a hero to so many people. I feel so honored to have been your uncle. Although we haven't had much contact with each other down through the years - I still admire your courage and willingness to defend our country. You are truly my hero. May you rest in peace until Jesus comes back and blows His trumpet to awake you when you can hear from Jesus "well done - you good and faithful servant - enter now into the joys of your Lord."

    - Uncle Rich Cadavero ( May 28, 2013 )

  • Jon, though I never met you, the stories of sacrifice and courage I have heard and read, have made me admire you. Today, I will tell my boys Jose III & Joel about an American Hero, you, and we will take time to pray for your dad David, for your mom Nadia, for your sister, and the young lady you married during your deployment. Your legacy will not be forgotten, our family will always remember you!

    I will see you when Jesus returns on the beautiful morning of the Second Coming, in the meantime rest beloved hero, rest till the blessed morning.

    Jose, Joanne, Jose III, & Joel CORTES

    - Jose Cortes Jr. ( May 27, 2013 )

  • Just reading your bio & comments from your loved ones gives me such a clear picture of who you were and makes me wish I had the opportunity to meet you... A true Christian solider! I came across this link thru an acquaintance's Facebook feed and his comments aroused my curiosity enough to click on it. My baby sister is also a solider in the US Army who served in Iraq, so I have a deep sense of understanding & gratitude for all armed forces. It is only because of brave people like you that we are able to live our lives the way we do. Thank you (AND your family for sharing you) for your selfless commitment & sacrifice in defending & protecting this country & it's people. May God continue to bless your family and give them peace. I cannot wait to finally meet you when Jesus comes to take us all home where there are no wars or death or suffering :)

    - Sonal Pulivarti ( May 27, 2013 )

  • Memorial Day 2013. It should have been a day of celebration, perhaps preparing for a family picnic, or watching a parade in town. Instead, my family & I started the day at the cemetery where Jon is laid to rest attending a special service for our fallen heroes. Jon, of course, is thought of & remembered every day but today I not only think of him but the other 2 soldiers who died with him. I think of their bravery, courage, service to our Country and ultimae sacrifice. I think of the soldier who survived and the courage he has to continue serving regardless of how his life has changed forever.

    There is no doubt in my mind that all those who knew & loved Jon thought of him today. They remembered not only how he died, but how he lived his life. A good person, a dedicated soldier/medic, and the best son a mother can have.

    Miss & love you son. Always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 27, 2013 )

  • I've served along side with Cadavero at Fort Drum, NY. He was and will always be a true friend to me. I liked how he laugh and jokes around with his fellow soldiers to boost up their morale. He always made me feel like coming to work knowing that he will be there. I will miss you my friend. God is with you now and I thank you for all that you have done. My heart and prayers go out to your family and wife.

    - Gustavo A Tamez ( May 27, 2013 )

  • Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. A true American hero.

    - Rachael ( May 27, 2013 )

  • Every time a soldier is mentioned, honored, or referenced I think of Jonny. I think of you often dear friend. Gone but never forgotten. I am honored to have known you.

    - Raquel Benjamin Cardona ( May 27, 2013 )

  • On this Memorial Day weekend, especially, precious cousin, I"m thinking of you and the TREMENDOUS sacrifice you made for our country more than 6 years ago...with each passing day, I want you to know that you are still loved and missed more than ever!! can't wait to be reunited with you in heaven one day soon! I feel lucky and privileged to have been your cousin and will always consider you "my hero"..

    Much Love,
    Your Cousin,

    Jeffrey

    - Jeffrey Cadavero ( May 26, 2013 )

  • Remembering and honoring you extra-specially on this Memorial Day, my dear cousin Jonny. We are all in awe of your valor and altruism to your country and comrades-in-arms, but so very sorry you had to pay the supreme sacrifice. You are so dearly missed ... sing and laugh with angels and continue to watch over us here on earth!!

    - Debra Valle (cousin) ( May 26, 2013 )

  • On this Memorial Day of Jonathan Cadavero's death, I want to remember a true American and Christian hero.
    A friend of mine sent me a piece a couple days ago that refuted the common saying that time heals all wounds. It does not. Memory may fail but the pain remains if we are honest.

    I choose to keep the pain of the evening when my friend, David Cadavero called to tell me of his Son's death. I do not allow memory to fade because I want to be there if my friend needs me. I want to be a better person for having been associated with this family. I want to stay close to Jesus Christ so I can see Jonathan one day. I don't want time to heal this wound. Christ didn't allow time to heal His wounds for me, so neither will I. Thank you for the pain to keep me remembering....JG

    - Jerrell Gilkeson ( Feb 27, 2013 )

  • Doc,
    Another year is passed, but you are not forgotten! I remember your selfless service. One day on a mission we stopped our patrol amid heavy traffic. One confused vehicle (in a land of no traffic laws) had come speeding toward our convoy. The gunner from our lead vehicle shot a warning shot to protect our convoy that took a bad ricochet and without our knowing, hit one of the passengers in the vehicle. The vehicle pulled over immediately and we saw a frantic older woman climb out of the crowded car and start waving her arms...by then our convoy was reaching the location of the vehicle (yes we drive that slow while doing route clearance). We were trying to figure out what the woman was doing, and full of suspicion of the vehicle. Somewhere in there we figured out that there was a wounded man in the vehicle. As the patrol leader, I started to organize the situation (establish security, prepare resources, etc) as I called back to the vehicle where Doc was sitting to find out what he needed to support casualty care, I quickly hung up the radio because I saw Doc running by my window. He had his medic bag and was going to do his job. We had to scramble to get security in place and protect Doc. I don't think Doc noticed or even cared that he was alone at the moment. He was in the zone and doing the job that he loved. He knew that there was a person that needed care that only he could provide and he was going to be the one to provide it, regardless of race, nationality, religion, language, friend or foe. Doc saved that man's life that day. I learned a lot that day as the patrol leader...the biggest thing I learned was that Doc was someone I wanted to be like. Corageous, faithful, fearless to do the right thing regardless the situation. Doc, I miss you and am excited to tell my kids about you tonight for bedtime stories.

    Dan

    - Dan Patterson ( Feb 27, 2013 )

  • ♥ Live well ~ Laugh often ~ Love much ♥

    Jon lived, laughed and loved as much as he possibly could in his 24 short years on this earth. He made everyone around him want to do the same, and that incredibly positive ripple-effect of his continues to this day. On this 6th anniversary making that supreme sacrifice, he is still a bright, shining light in the lives of all who knew and loved him. Whenever Im gazing at the stars strewn across the night sky, I imagine him twinkling back down and watching over us all. Rest in peace, dear Jon, and continue laughing and singing with the angels. I can almost hear you! You are forever, sadly missed ....

    - Debra Valle (cousin) ( Feb 27, 2013 )

  • Six years ago today, the earth stood still, my heart & life shattered as 2 soldiers knocked on my front door with news that changed my life forever.

    Time helps to hide the sadness, like a smile that hides a tear. My thoughts are always with you by dear son, despite the passing years. Losing a child is unimaginable. That night nothing seemed important as it was before. Not one material possession was wanted. Jon will be alive in my heart forever.

    Love you forever & sadly missed each day,
    Mom



    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2013 )

  • "Hi mom..........I want to let you know that I will be going on two missions back to back. So I might not call you for a week or so. But don't worry about me - I'll be OK. I'll call you as soon as I get back to the base. Take care of yourself & remember I love you".........

    That was my last conversation with Jon six years ago today. Jon's voice sounded tired. Little did I know that he would never make it back to the base - not like he was supposed to or planned. And that phone call home would never be made again. As a mom I've forgotten to buy items at the grocery store, pick up a jacket at the dry cleaners, or even what I had for lunch 3 days ago. But that last conversation especially is very much "alive" in my memory bank and I remember every word spoken as if it just took place.

    There are no words to express just how much Jon is missed. How he is thought of every day - countless times a day. The bond of love cannot be broken - not even by death.

    Love you son - always.
    mom



    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 20, 2013 )

  • Thank you Jon for everything you brought into our lives and all that you still are to so many of us. You will never be forgotten, our love for you will never diminish.

    - Jeffrey DeRosa ( Jan 27, 2013 )

  • Doc, you were one in a million. I see your name, Henry's, and Soukenka's every day when I look at the ink on my left leg. I remember you riding back seat in my truck, you always kept it interesting. Oh, and that time you looked at that wart for Lashaway. I remember those times fondly and laugh to myself about them often. May the wind forever be at your back my friend.

    - Sgt. Blayne Sheets ( Jan 27, 2013 )

  • Although there is always a lot of excitement everywhere just before and during the Holidays, everything changes and is different if the family circle has been broken by death. Especially if it is death of a child. Any holiday thereafer is only a reminder of the empty chair at the table and the hole in a mother's heart. I once read that the holiday season is a time when the past & the present collide. One tries to recapture what once was had or blot out bad memories.

    Over the last several weeks I have thought often of Jon's last Christmas at home - 2005. He was on leave for Christmas from Ft. Sam Houston/Medic training. He said "no gifts" as he was in the army & really didn't need anything. But in the same sentence said if I really wanted to get him something here was his list.............

    During Jon's first year at college, I sent him a book of poems especially written for a son. He carried this book with him all his college years. Gifts come to mind during this Holidays seaon....but Jon gave me gifts that didn't come in a box or could be held in a hand.

    "I Want to Thank You for the Gifts You Have Given Me"

    In your lifetime, you (Jon) have given me far more gifts than I can count;
    often without even realizing it. As a child, you have me the gift of allowing me to see the
    world through your eyes, and find beauty I had overlooked before.
    The many memories we've made, the love you have given,
    and the love I have for you are lifetime gifts.
    I want to thank you for all you've given me, and let you know that one of the greatest gifts
    of all is the joy that has been mine ever since the moment I first held you in my arms."
    Deanne Laura Gilbert

    The many "gifts" Jon gave me I will carry all the days of my life. There is no one else I would have wanted for a son.

    Love & miss you my son. Rest in peace until Jesus comes.
    mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jan 02, 2013 )

  • As another year draws to a close, I am still saddened by the loss of Jon nearly 6 years ago. In the short time that I got to know him while he was at Fort Sam Houston, Texas (San Antonio) for training, I felt that I made a very, very close friend. I was stunned in late February, 2007 when I saw his name in the local newspaper as a casuauly of the Iraq war. Jon was a wonderful young man who had so much to give--and he gave his life for our country. A life cut far too short, but a life of lasting impact on all who got to know him and all whose life he touched. Jon, you are daily in my thoughts and your family remains in my prayers. Know that you are missed by everyone with whom you came in contact.

    - Neil Williams ( Dec 31, 2012 )

  • SGT Cadavero,

    Not a day goes by that you are not missed, not only by me but many others, we may not reminisce but it's a look between us that will only tell each other of your connection to us. To this this day because of you SGT we have this bond and I thank you for that.

    - SSG Daniel Roch ( Dec 25, 2012 )

  • I am writing this with a heavy heart, after pouring over this sites photos, Jons bio, his quotes and reading several of the memories and condolences from loved ones.
    It is truly an honor and a privilege to be posting on the page of a real hero and a wonderful human being. I have come to know Jonny through his family, and his life exemplified what it means to strive to achieve worthy goalsto be a wonderful son, incredible brother, a friend, a helper, a loving husband, a patriot with an undaunting spirit, and a believer in Something greater than himself
    There arent too many things that I have regrets aboutbut one of them is definitely not having known Jonny personally. We would have had so much fun together, since our sense of humor appears to be very similar. Thank you, Jonny, for your service to our country, and thank God for men like you. You have accomplished more than most during your short life. Rest in peace with your Creator, you deserve it.
    In Christ's love...

    - Charles Markarian ( Dec 19, 2012 )

  • It is hard to believe that 6 years ago today, December 4th, was the last time I saw Jon alive. After being home for almost 2 weeks, it was time to go back to Iraq. There was dead silence on the way to the airport - neither one of us knew what to say. My heart was so heavy and I didn't want to let go of Jon. Who ever thought that this would be the last time I would see him. Had I known.............

    Sometimes people ask me how I am doing. To acquaintances I say I am fine. To close friends & family I tell the truth & say I climb a rugged mountain every day. I've read books on grief & loss but how can words written by others really help heal this big hole in my heart? There are no words, books, advice from others that can take away this daily pain & sense of loss. The hole in my heart will remain all my days until that great resurrection morning when, I know, Jon will be called.

    Until then my beloved son - you will be loved & missed every day.
    Mom


    - Nadia Cadavero ( Dec 04, 2012 )

  • Not a day goes by that I don't think of Jon; what an extraordinary person he was, what a great friend he made, what a talented, teachable medic he was and what a fearless, motivated soldier he became.

    I miss him tremendously and every day I find myself second-guessing decisions that we made in Iraq, always wishing we could have just seen a little bit into the future and changed things so that I could have kept him out of harm's way. However, being out of harm's way was not in him - he had a true warrior's spirit and absolutely refused to let his fellow medics take risks that he could take for them.

    He lived life the way we all should; with conviction, without fear, always making the hard right over the easy wrong. He is not only the best Soldier I've ever worked with, he is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. There is an old Spartan saying that describes Jon perfectly: "Not how many. Where?" meaning it doesn't matter how many the enemy are or what their composition is, just tell me where they are so we can go put it to them - let's run to the fight. I miss running to the fight with you Jon.

    - CPT Jeremy Reynolds ( Nov 28, 2012 )

  • I think of all the Holidays during the year, Thanksgiving is the hardest because 6 years ago was the last time Jon was home. This was the last Holiday Jon spent with us. Since he surprised us all with his visit, it was such a happy time. As family & friends gathered at the Thanksgiving table Jon, as usual , was the life of the party. Words cannot describe what a joyous time it was. Who knew it would be our last Holiday....

    "A million times I have needed you,
    A million times I have cried.
    If love could only have saved you - you never would have died."

    Missing Jon beyond words today, tomorrow & always. In the hearts of all those who loved Jon, he will always be here.

    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Nov 21, 2012 )

  • Several months ago on the front cover of the TIMES HERALD-RECORD, which serves communities in the Catskills and Hudson Valley in New York, were photographs of 17 heroes "who gave their all" willingly in freedom's cause. An article which focused on the heroes began with the caption, "Our Iraq war heroes leave a proud legacy" and stated that the legacy of Operation Iraqi Freedom could be measured in many ways. More than eight years of war (at the time from 2003-2011) a tyrant was driven from power. More than 32 million Iraqis gotten a taste of freedom. An American war bill that will exceed $2 trillion. Nearly 4,500 American soldiers killed, and another 32,000 were wounded. The sacrifice for freedom does not come cheap, and the impact upon families who have lost a soldier can be devastating. In the Hudson Valley and Catskills, the ultimate toll of that war was realized l7 times. Our neighbors who died in Iraq were firefighters, high school and college athletes, teachers, police officers, a recent college graduate who had aspirations of returning from Iraq and serving in the Department of Homeland Security, etc. Most importantly ALL OF THEM VOLUNTEERED to serve.The article then included a brief biographical sketch of the l7 heroes and the proud legacies they left behind for their families and communities. I will focus on just one of the heroes, United States Army Sergeant ,Jonathan Cadavero, age 24, from Tuxedo, New York. (Every one of the other l6 soldiers is also special, and have left a lifetime of memories for their own heroism and courage, and each family can be justly proud of their son/daughter's sacrifice for America). "Jonathan Cadavero was an all-American guy long before he became a soldier. He had such a reverence for the military that he would send cards of appreciation to every veteran he knew. His sister, Kristia Cavere , said Jonathan sent out about 100 cards every year. He was a physically active guy who hiked and ran the trails of Sterling Forest, and who busted his butt to make the high school and college basketball teams, even though he only stood 5-foot 7. He was also a particular fan of Thucydides, the Greek historian who chronicled the Peloponnesian War. He enlisted soon after graduating from Washington Adventist University ,graduating with honors (cum laude). He served as a medic with the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, l0th Mountain Division. Jonathan took one of the most dangerous job as a combat medic with an engineering team assigned to root out explosive devices. In a six-month period, Cadavero's platoon found and disposed of l72 IED's, 62 of which had the potential to explode. He died February 27, 2007, when he was hit by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq. He hoped to one day work with the Department of Homeland Security."

    Former President Theodore Roosevelt declared,"We are face to face with our destiny, and we must meet it with high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out." Sergeant Jonthan D. Cadavero met this standard of excellence ,and earned a straight "A" every day of his life, and the fruits of his courage are an everlasting testimony of his love for America and its ideals.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    David A. Cadavero
    Jonathan's father

    - David A. Cadavero ( Sep 29, 2012 )

  • More than 5 years now without Jon. I miss him with every breath I take. He was and still is my gift from God. Rest in peace my beloved son and be assured the empty space in my heart is filled with treasured thoughts of you.
    I think of Jon all the time.........love him with all my heart. Now & always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Aug 20, 2012 )

  • I knew more of Jon from his father than I knew from personal encounter with him. During the time his father was my mentor and supervisor, Jon was experiencing early childhood. I did not have the happiness of watching him grow. I was told that he blossomed into a beautiful young man, and that he had committed his life to defending our country. This is an act I am always greatful for, and respectful of - never once have I taken such commitment for granted. As a mother, myself, I am imagining the pain his parents go through on a daily basis. I encourage them, his immediate family, and close friends, to live in the legacy Jon left behind - - love for God and his fellow Americans, lightheartedness, kindness, commitment to a cause, determination, respect for authority, and patriotism.

    We thank God for the "Blessed Hope". I feel confident that Jon will soon hear the call of the Life Giver. Let us be ready to meet him.

    P.S.: Thanks to his Dad for offering me an opportunity to make the above comments. I love and respect you, Sir. Your professionalism and gentleness is highly regarded by me - no wonder your son was such an amazing young man! Maranatha!

    - Earline Maynard-Reid ( Jun 30, 2012 )

  • Sometimes it is so hard to find the right words at the right time and/or day. Memorial Day has come & gone. It was a time to remember our fallen - the men & women who bravely & proudly carried the burden of defending this Country and paid the ultimate price.

    "Freedom on the shoulders of the few, stand the freedoms of the many" Their courage and commitment to freedom should never be forgotten or taken for granted.

    For Gold Star Mothers & Families - everyday is a Memorial Day. Jon is/was an American Hero. He is missed, loved and will never be forgotten. Love you my son.

    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 14, 2012 )

  • Yesterday, June 13, I woke up to a rainy, dreary, dark & depresssing day. It matched the way I was feeling inside. Yesterday, would have been Jon's 30th birthday. It's hard to believe this little mischievous boy grew up to be this amazing, kind, loving, compassionate AND very funny young man. Yesterday I missed not making his favorite meal, showering him with presents (not to mention hugs & kisses) and just sitting around the table talking, laughing and enjoying the time together.

    Instead it was a trip to the cemetery where lovingly flowers were placed at his gravesite, and memories were shared through tears. Chimes on his tree gently played their tune..........

    On a headstone in Ireland the followiing was engraved: "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." I have a million wonderful memories of my son, but the heartache will never heal.

    Love & miss Jon now & always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 14, 2012 )

  • Thinking of Jon, my friend, on this day which would have been his 30th birthday. Miss you!

    - Kelly Pastor ( Jun 13, 2012 )

  • Happy Birthday Jony! Miss you and thinking about you today!

    - Lillian Portillo Loza ( Jun 13, 2012 )

  • I woke up this morning thinking about someone who made a difference in my life. I woke up this morning laughing at the good times we shared. But on this special day I thank God He allowed our roads to meet, even it was for a short while. In that short while, you taught me that I deserved good things; that I deserved to laugh and for that I will always thank you. I miss you so much and am still sadden at the fact that you are not with us to continue laughing but, for now, I'll hold on to this site where I can express how much you are missed, to continue celebrating the life you had here.

    Happy Birthday Old Man!! We Miss you!!! See you soon.

    -Denise Bueso

    - DENISE BUESO ( Jun 13, 2012 )

  • ♫ Happy birthday ♫ to you, my dear cousin. Once again, may you be laughing and singing with the angels, for both you and your dear grandfather who shares this birthday with you. You are dearly missed! ♥

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( Jun 13, 2012 )

  • I thank you Jon, for your service and ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.

    - Rachael ( May 28, 2012 )

  • On this special day, dedicated to remembering & honoring our Heroes, I would like to thank David Cadavero, Nadia, & Kristia for sharing Jon's life with the rest of us. Jon will always be remembered and honored for his love for this country and his love for others, as well as for his courage and desire to protect not only us, but his fellow soldiers, as a medic.

    David, I love you and pray you, Nadia, & Kristia, as you continue to miss Jon dearly till Resurrection Morning!

    P.S. By the way I just sat here with my 6 year old son Jose Cortes III and shared Jon's Story with him.

    - Pastor Jose Cortes Jr., Director of Adventist Youth Ministries & National Service Organization, Atla ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Saddened but grateful for your bravery and sacrifice. Love and prayers, Cadavero family. Looking forward to meeting in Heaven.

    - Beth Anderson ( May 28, 2012 )

  • On this day we remember the brave men and women who have given their lives through the years to assure our personal freedom and our incomparable way of life. It is because of their ultimate sacrifice that we can live without terror, worship without fear, give without restrain, and serve without limit. Today, the Youth & Young Adults of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Atlantic Union Conference, honor our fallen heroes and pray for the comfort and hope of their surviving families. We look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus; the day, when war will be no more, when death will die, and when peace will forever reign.

    - Pastor Jose Cortes Jr., Director of Adventist Youth Ministries & National Service Organization, Atla ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Dear Cadavero family, that the Holy Spirit fill the void of his dear son without ever lift their eyes from the blessed hope! With love

    - Inmaculada Garcia ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Dear Mr. Cadavero,

    I know that your son's life was not in vain. He had something to die for, while living for His saviour. May his wonderful memories of a son carry you each day of your life anticipating that day when you shall see him again.

    Blessings,

    Sergio Torres
    GNYA, Class 1972

    - Sergio Torres ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Dear Mr. Cadavero and family
    I will keep you in my prayers. Thank you to your son Jonathan, his sacrifice will not be forgotten.
    Sincerely,
    Damaris Velez
    Greater New York Academy 1980-1983

    - Damaris Velez GNYA 83' ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Jon I often think about you, doing what needed to be done. Always with your mind on something. I saw it then back in the halls of Columbia Union College that you were a professional and knew how to get things done. I am proud to have known you prior to your service and even prouder to have served in this great military along with you. Your sacrifice is never forgotten and your example still drives many of us today. I always and and will continue to admire you and one day in heaven would like to tell you the story of how you were able to help me without even saying one word. I wrap my military service up soon but I keep you in my heart always. Love you brother and hope to see you again.

    Charlie Batista, CPT

    - Charles Batista ( May 28, 2012 )

  • To my dear friend Jon. There has not been a friend in the world that believed in me the way you have. We did our first comedy show at the Washington ethical center and your since of humor and fighting sprit lives through me. I would like to take this holiday to remember your displine your humor and our friendship.

    Your friend
    Ryan Nathaniel Hill

    - Ryan Hill ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Remembering you Jon, on this Memorial Day. You paid the ultimate sacrifice for your fellow man. Some day, the One who paid the highest sacrifice of all mankind will raise you from the grave with the sound of the trumpet, with the voice of the archangel, and my brother, I will greet you in the air.

    Some day soon.

    - James Urtekar ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Seems like it was just yesterday, my Freshman year, we were leaving basketball practice at CUC, Lennox and I were exhausted and barely conscious from all the sprints we did and here you come. Jogging by, with a huge grin on your face and giving us a 'good game ladies.' Happy as could be, like a kid in a candy shop. But that was who you were all the time, and it was great to see that and be around you. Then I remember getting home and listening to the voicemails from my dad. Losing a friend is hard, losing a brother in arms is something only a few understand. It was hard missing your farewell, but working for Uncle Sam, I know you can sympathize. Today our eternally grateful nation mourns and remembers your sacrifice, and all those who have fallen in defense of her. I remember it everyday and tell your story often when asked about the names engraved on my bracelet. Til we meet again.

    Semper Fidelis,
    Sgt Bramhall

    - Ruben Bramhall ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Remembering and honoring you and our fallen soldiers on this Memorial Day, Jon. You are dearly missed by your "Gold Star" family ~ may you be surrounded by loved ones we have lost, as well as your fellow comrades-in-arms who made the ultimate sacrifice. And ♫ singing ♫ and laughing with angels!

    - Debra Valle (cousin) & Family ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Nadia, David, and Kristia, Memorial Day has taken on a deeper meaning since the loss of Jonny. I think of him often, how he made me laugh, what a wonderful young man he was, and what dedication he had to his country. He is missed by many. Today as we remember all of our fallen soldiers, I think of that funny boy in my class who made teaching a greater joy. You're in my thoughts and prayers!

    - Irene Whiteman ( May 28, 2012 )

  • Remembering my "hero" cousin, Jonathan, especially on this Memorial Day..thank's to him and so many others who have sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom here in America. May you rest in peace my dear cousin until that "special day" when Jesus will call you home to heaven..can't wait to see you then!

    - Jeffrey Cadavero ( May 28, 2012 )

  • SGT Cadavero, its a beautiful Sabbath day, and on this day of reflection, his name especially comes to mind. Although we never met, I know Jon was a man of integrity, refined character, and without question, a man of great valor. I know Jon had a job in Iraq that was not for the faint of heart. He placed himself in harm's way on a daily basis searching for IED's so that all of the support elements could travel unharmed. He placed himself in harm's way so that others would be unharmed. He gave the ultimate sacrifice, and he did it bravely.

    SGT Cadavero, we wait for that glorious day when we will say: "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changedin a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory.

    O Death, where is your sting?
    O grave, where is your victory?
    The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    This is our hope! On that day we will meet for the first time, but that day won't be the last - as eternity stands before us.

    SSG Urtekar

    - SSG Urtekar ( Apr 28, 2012 )

  • I went to medic school with Jon back in 06-07 and remember hearing of his passing shortly after it happened. I felt so awful after hearing about it and I felt worse that I was unable to go to his funeral. He was easily the only reason why I was able to make it through medic school. His sense of humor and amazing personality kept me going throughout the grueling training. I miss him all the time. I am really glad that I found this website it is really great, good job! Anyways, I have a few pictures of Jon that I recently came across while cleaning out some of my old army bags. If you would like I can email them to you or even mail them if you would want.

    With love,

    Carbonelli, Matthew
    mcarbo86@gmail.com

    - Matthew Carbonelli ( Mar 12, 2012 )

  • Doc,
    5 years now. I can't believe how fast it has gone. I still think of you and the others all the time. You continue to drive me to be a better officer, man and father. Thanks for your sacrifice. You are not forgotten. We have ended our service in Iraq now. It came all of the sudden. Despite the long road that country has ahead of them before they have peace, it is a better place now than it was in 2003 before the war started. All because of you and the others that provided that opportunity to their people.

    -Ironclaw 16

    - Dan Patterson ( Mar 11, 2012 )

  • Five years ago on February 27, 2007, Sergeant Jonathan D. Cadavero was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his vehicle in Baghadad, Iraq. Since that time hundreds of well-wishers have signed his guest book (sgtjon.com), for which his family is very, very grateful.

    To best illustrate Jonathans lasting legacy of humanitarianism and his determination to live daily a life of service to others, one could turn to Luke 10:30-37 and read the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus indicates that the two most important laws are to love God and to love your neighbor. Which one of the three people illustrated in the parable was a real neighbor, Jesus asks. The answer: The one who showed pity. Jonathan accepted the admonishment of Jesus Go and do the same. For 24 years, Jonathans life centered around service to others. Time-after-time Jonathan communicated love to those around him and always put the needs of others as a prioritized value above his own.

    There are two conflicting forces that determine the type of people we become. Those who are inner-directed are driven by ego, and ask the question to each dilemma they face, Whats in it for me? Their motives are based on selfishness. Those who are outer-directed respond affirmatively to the question, What can I do to help/serve you? They are motivated by a strong desire to be of service to others. Jonathans life from a very early age was driven by service, care and concern for others as well as principled standards of living.

    A few illustrations:
    Jonathan was medic with a platoon which had the task of hunting IEDs and disposing of them before they could explode one of the most vital and dangerous assignments in Iraq. In a 6 month period, Jonathans platoon found and disposed of 172 IEDs, 62 of which had the potential to explode. (Jonathan requested to serve on this elite team because he knew that it had the greatest impact on saving the lives of his fellow comrades).
    Even when given the choice of staying on base to work in the medical clinic (in which safety and security were not a serious issue compared to a battlefield), Jonathan insisted on being on the front lines.
    Jonathan provided medical care in Iraq to his brothers and sisters in arms during the most vulnerable time of any firefight when comrades have suffered injury and require immediate medical attention. While under hostile fire, and exposed to continuous harm, Jonathan displayed tremendous courage and grit and placed his life at great risk to save his fellow comrades. Jonathans dedication to selfless service is further demonstrated by the fact that he never missed one mission he was always available for duty no matter the circumstances. There can be no greater example of love in action.

    Jonathan didnt demonstrate principle-based living only in Iraq he did this well before he began his term of service. Just two of many ways he demonstrated this:

    1. Within a few months after Jonathan died, his 6th grade teacher said he knew Jonathan was headed for greatness because he lived a principle based life. He recalled an occasion where several boys in the class managed to get hold of a final examination and all cheated, except oneJonathan. When confronting Jonathan, the teacher asked why didnt you join your classmates in cheating on the examination. Jonathans response because I wanted to earn my grade. (Jon learned early in life that it is better to get an F than to cheat. An F only signifies a lack of preparation, cheating signifies a lack of character).

    2. During Jonathans junior year in college someone broke into a room in the mens dormitory and stole thousands of dollars of musical instruments. The dean called the 300 boys into the worship room and requested assistance from the men to help find the alleged perpetrator(s). Only 1 student out of the 300 raised his hand and was willing to helpJonathan. Jonathan did good detective work and was instrumental in having all the musical equipment returned to the owner. When confronted with the question if he was concerned about his safety, or that others would retaliate against him, Jonathan indicated that he had nothing to fear because he did the right thing and that God would protect him.

    This is how Jon lived his entire lifeliving by principles that separated him from the pack.

    Jonathan demonstrated year-in and year-out that it is not enough to simply exist on this earth. The challenge for each of us is to define and create a meaningful life. Winston Churchill declared, We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. On February 27, 2007, Jonathan paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thousands of other soldiers lost their lives in operation Iraqi Freedom (and others conflicts). Freedom does not come free but it is worth the sacrifice.

    Jonathans legacy of courage, conviction and principled-based living is worthy of emulation. He left this world a better place and served our country for service sake, desiring nothing in return. Hundreds of lives were touched and warmed by this incredible human being. He is missed, but his legacy will live onnot just for 5 years, not 10, 15 or 20 but for eternity.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    David A. Cadavero
    Jonathans father

    - David A. Cadavero ( Mar 01, 2012 )

  • I apologize..I got my date mixed up, thinking today was the 27th..so sorry about that! the message remains in tact, however..

    - Jeffrey Cadavero ( Feb 28, 2012 )

  • 5 years ago today, my precious cousin, Jonathan, laid down his life for our country so that we could continue to live in a much safer environment. My cousin is a "true" hero-a person I will ALWAYS be proud of! I miss my "little brother" very, very much and wish I could have spent more time with him..living more than 800 miles away all those years made it difficult though I will always have fond memories of seeing him at our grandmother's house in the Bronx and at our Aunt Dee and Uncle Dick's house in Massachusetts.. I long for the day when I'll see Jon in heaven where I"ll thank him "face to face" for his tremendous sacrifice! Until that day arrives, I will NEVER forgot how much of an honor it is for me to be Jon's first cousin..

    Much Love,

    Your Cousin & one of your "biggest fans",

    Jeffrey Cadavero

    - ( Feb 28, 2012 )

  • 5 years! It was 2 days after my wedding that I found out the horrible news of your death. Although we only spoke a few times after high school I have such good memories with you. Your high energy and always positive attitude in life made you such a great person and friend to have. I miss you dearly and my condolences go out to your family. Thank you for being brave and the sacrifice you made!

    - Lillian Loza (Portillo) ( Feb 27, 2012 )

  • Today is the 5th anniversary of the death of my friend's son, Jonathan. I am proud of the family smiling through their pain. I know I share their pain and will only find final relief when Jonathan's Savior, Jesus Christ breaks the sky and raises him to perfect new life. Can't wait!!! Till that day we work on in hope. Thanks David for sharing you son and the sacrifice your family has made that we can all be free. JG

    - Jerrell Gilkeson ( Feb 27, 2012 )

  • I can't believe it's been five years...thought of you with love today.

    - Yanivis Fragozo ( Feb 27, 2012 )

  • Johnny,
    I still think about you often and how you have impacted my life. One thing that impressed me the most about you is that you always found a way to make everyone smile. Every time I saw you, you always had a joke for me and if I was in a bad mood, my mood would change if I was near you. I remember the times we had, listening to music and making jokes when your mother would either give my brother and I, a ride to school or drop us off at home. You also took the time out to show me some of your techniques in basketball, when you would see me practicing in the gym. I will never forget when I made that inside joke to Mrs. Cadavero and said you was black, because you played basketball so well. You took it as a compliment, which it was. I truly admired how you watched over your family and the respect you had for your mother and grandmother. Your grandmother was dear to me as well and anytime you walked into the room her face would light up. Even when you weren't around sometimes she used to call for you. You were an amazing person and I think God sent you to be your mother's angel. I know God has an ultimate plan for all of our lives and even though this maybe so terribly difficult for your family and all of your friends, I know God loves you more than anyone and he knows what is best for you. You will always be in our hearts and I feel blessed that I was able to know you and spend time with you.

    Your Friend,
    Michelle Martell

    - Michelle Martell ( Feb 27, 2012 )

  • Five years ago today...........February 27th the date is engraved on my heart, the awful day Jon died. Every year that date comes around again on the calendar, and for lack of anything better, we call it the "anniversary" of his death. It seems so wrong though, anniversaries should be for celebrating a joyous occasion, not for acknowledging a death.

    Unless one goes through this experience, not many people understand the full impact of opening your front door to find 2 soldiers in dress uniform standing uncomfortably before you. It's a sight no one ever wants to see, a sight I never expected to see.

    As one of the soldier spoke, his words tore me apart. My heart stopped. I couldn't breathe. Everything came to a stop. At the tme my brain had no ability to register the compassion that brought those 2 soldiers to my doorstep, the respect for my son that prompted the visit and the gentleness & dignity with which they broke my heart.

    I still cry daily. My heart continues to break in a million pieces over & over again. At times I still have difficulty breathing & the heaviness in my chest exhausts me. The twisting in my guts makes me want to scream in agony.

    Today, on this 5th "anniversary" family & close friends will gather at Jon's gravesite bringing flowers & recall wonderful memories of Jon, my only son: a bright, intelligent, personable and very funny guy. Hopefully their support will bring some comfort and emotionally sustain me.

    Miss & love you Jon - more than words can ever say.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2012 )

  • Every other year before 2007 February 27th was just another ordinary, late winter day. Here in New England, were always on spring watch at this time of year. Anticipating that very contagious and oh, so delightful spring fever that makes ones soul dance. But on that fateful day in 2007, our extended family lost a bright shining light. And so now, February 27th is loaded with new meaning. An anniversary of the heart that family members and friends mark each year now with sadness and yearning for what "might have been." You still had so far to go!

    Jonny, as weve all said many times, you tragically left this earth much too soon. But not before you made such a positive impact on so many lives. The ripple effect of that positive impact continues, even now five years later. And for that, we are forever grateful. As one can see from all these poignant posts on this site, anyone who ever came in contact with you was left with a profound sense of the goodness in humanity. You made us all want to be a better person. To pay it forward and make the world a better place. That was one of your greatest gifts that you left for all of us. And so well show our gratitude by continuing to celebrate and honor your memory, on this day and always. And by paying-it-forward. Rest in peace, my dear cousin, and watch over us . . . may you be singing and laughing with angels! ♥♥

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( Feb 27, 2012 )

  • I almost can't believe it has been 5 years, although I know for your family every day must still seem like a struggle. I have your photo posted on the wall of my office, and just about every day, I look at it and remember how lucky I was to have known and worked with you, even for such a brief time. Your photo serves as a reminder of the kind of person I strive to be - kind, open minded, respectful to all, hard working, compassionate. . . a "mensch" (rightious man) as my father would say. All these years later I still can not explain why it was you who was taken; but you were put on this earth to touch our lives but for too brief a time. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family today; may they gain some small confort in knowing that their son is thought of often and missed by many.

    - M.B.D. ( Feb 27, 2012 )

  • Another Holiday Season has come & gone. Family and friends sitting around the table for Christmas dinner.....but there's that empty chair once again. The last time Jon was home for Christmas was 6 years ago. He was in medic training at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas when all the soldiers were given 10 days off for the Holidays. What a joyous time that was to have Jon home. We did last minute Christmas shopping together, I made all his favorite meals, we'd go walking in the woods, watch favorite movies while munching on popcorn, and then we would talk until almost dawn!! Who knew that would be the last Christmas spent together?

    Jon's last Christmas as spent in Iraq. Besides sending him his favorite snacks & treats in a Christmas "care package" I sent a pine tree branch sealed in a zip lock bag. He thought that was the greatest gift because it reminded him of home & the pine aroma filled his trailer.

    Rest in peace my beloved son and be assured the empty space in my heart is filled with treasured memories and thoughts of you.

    Jon, you are sadly missed, eternally loved and always remembered.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jan 04, 2012 )

  • I never knew or met Jonathan but I taught at Greater New York Academy and grew to respect his father David. I believe if Jon was anything like his dad then he was a good person who loved what is mission was.
    David I nearly lost my son in July, 2007 due to a car accident. By god's grace I still have him even though he went through several surgeries and was near death. Since that horrible day he has fully recovered. My pain is no where near what you have experienced but I know how you and your wife must feel and I wish you God's peace in this period of time without your son.

    - Joseph Lo-Presti ( Jan 01, 2012 )

  • It was 6 years ago on Thanksgiving Day that Jonathan joined several friends for the annual Thanksgiving dinner at my freind's place overlooking the San Antonio River Walk, shrotly before his graduation from Medic training at Fort Sam Houston, TX. We had all met when he began attending worship services at the church just a block away from the motel where he and his friends would stay on weekends. In such a short time, Jon and I and several others became fast friends--and kept in contact. I always remember him and his smile and friendly demeaner--every day, and especially on certain days, like Thanksgiving. He is never far from my thoughts--and neither is his family. I don't post here as often as I should, but please know that Jon is fondly remembered.

    - Neil Williams ( Nov 24, 2011 )

  • This morning, I heard the kind voice of educator David Cadavero, Jon's father, a respected mentor of teachers, and a respected friend from my teen years when I looked up to David as possessor of an amazingly rich and erudite vocabulary. I hadn't spoken to him since his son died. Last week in Riverside we had the heartbreaking memorial service for Rick Villani, Marine Sargeant, 31, who had lost his own battle with PTSD after many years of service in Afghanistan. The Marines presented a powerfully emotive service to honor their brother, and Rick's mother, my dear friend, sat shattered in heart at the front row as the closed coffin rested near her, and then she bravely, hesitantly gave her own son's eulogy. Scenes like this, and senseless sacrifices, though not senseless in the purpose of the brave young warriors who put their lives between harm's way and an often unappreciative American citizenry, all lead us to hope desperately and anxiously for The Soon Return of a Loving and Compassionate God Who will restore each fighter to a waiting family. Oh surely, Come Quickly Lord Jesus, and may our lives now be worthy of the sacrifices made.

    - Judith Murphy Nelson ( Nov 21, 2011 )

  • Today is Veteran's Day. You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers, and always will be. "Roll Call" at your memorial ceremony felt so tragic, but during the short time I knew you it was very apparent that you lived a noble life, and pointed towards God with your actions. You made an impact on my life, and I can only imagine how many others. Thank you.

    OD

    - Colleen Welsh ( Nov 11, 2011 )

  • Jon,

    You were there for me during the most difficult time in my life. I knew that I could always count on you no matter what. It didn't matter the time, you were always there. I miss you more than words can ever express.

    "Wasted away again in Margaritaville" -- I love you. You will forever be in my heart.

    - Kelly D. Pastor ( Nov 11, 2011 )

  • There are two holidays that should be celebrated every day. The first is Independence Day, and the second is Veterans Day. They are inexorably linked, for we would never have freedom without our servicemen.

    Thank you Jon, all veterans, and current soldiers, for everything you have done for us by keeping us safe and free.

    - Kristia Cavere (Jon's sister) ( Nov 11, 2011 )

  • So many times I have started a message on this site. Maybe today I will click submit....

    JC,
    You by far are the most amazing, wonderful, sincere, heroic, man I ever knew. One of my favorite memories was taking a road trip down to your mothers house to get your car. A 3 hour trip to Tuxedo, NY turned into like 5 after a few wrong turns. You said on the way, your mom would greet you by kissing & hugging you like she hadn't seen you in years- because that was how she greeted you every time she seen you, even if it was the day before. So much love & kindness, just through her smile- it was the same as yours. When we pulled up he said "now Jess, my mom is going to insist you come in & feed you, so come on!" There was never a dull moment. You were always cracking a joke or saying/singing something ridiculous. You were such a great friend. I went through a lot the summer before we deployed and you were always there for me. I know I said thank you a million times. I wish I told you how sorry I was. The last time I seen you was 2 days before that mission. I was sitting outside the trailer when a mouse bit my toe! Had I known that was the last time I'd see that smile or hear your voice I would have maybe said some things I should have said a year before.

    Travis & I got pregnant returning home from Iraq. When I found out I was having a girl I couldn't figure out how to name her after you. Until I realized it was your nickname that would be hers. "J.C." - spelled Jaycie & She is 3 years old now. She is such a character, you would gotten a kick out of her! She loves to make people laugh & entertain them.

    No poems, pictures, letters, songs could ever remind or show how much you meant to me, But In your memory my daughter lives to tell a story of how she was named after one of America's most wonderful hero's. I miss you and love you so much JC. So until we meet again, I'll keep the memory of you forever in my heart.

    Always & forever,
    Jess

    - Jess Wind ( Nov 11, 2011 )

  • On certain "special" days, although I know in my heart what I want to say, I try but the words just don't come. After Jon's death, I received a number of books on grief & mourning. They say you don't "get over" grief, you learn to live with it. I'm living with it. They say grief will probably hurt more before it hurts less. It hurts more now than ever. They say grief & mourning will impact all five realms of experience: physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual. I've been impacted.

    Not an hour or day goes by when I don't think of Jon. I remember & cherish him as my son, and as a very unique indivdual. There's no one else like him. I miss the special mother-son relationship we had. Our talks, laughs & silly faces we made. We supported each other through good & bad times. I could look at Jon & know what he was thinking.

    Strange as it might sound, some of the pictures sent home from the war, Jon looked happy, at peace & in perfect contentment. Stranger still, those pictures bring me a small sense of peace & relief knowing he was happy.

    How do I go on without my beloved son? I keep his memory alive within my heart & mind. I speak of him often with love, pride, laughter & tears. I love him now more than ever. I will never be the same without him.

    Rest in Peace Jon. I keep on missing you...........
    Mom



    - Nadia Cadavero ( Oct 26, 2011 )

  • Jon and I use to split the hotel costs at the Travel Lodge in San Antonio - they offered a free breakfast and it kinda just got us away from the barracks on the weekends. We hung out quite a bit and ended up going to FT Drum together. It was good for him because he said he was from a town called Tuxedo? In New York. We deployed together and I saw him a few times. He was in a really dangerous part of 10th Mountains AO when he got hit. I'm sorry for his family's loss... he was funny as hell.

    - SGT Davidson - Bravo 232 ( Oct 05, 2011 )

  • Ten years ago today, I walked into a class during my senior year in college to hear the news that a plane had crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I immediately called Jon and told him, as our aunt worked in one of the adjacent buildings. At the time, everyone thought it was a horrible accident.

    I was in class when the second plane hit the other tower, and as soon as the students exited we were told the news that airplanes had flown into both towers of the World Trade Center. It was now obvious to all that America was under attack.

    An emergency assembly was called, and Jon, who attended the same college, and I sat together with our friends. It was soon announced that the Pentagon was attacked by a third airplane, making us all feel very vulnerable as we were only a few miles from downtown Washington, D.C. I remember Jon and I looking at each other, and almost at the same time we both said, Everything is going to change.

    When the phones finally allowed us to call home, we were told that our aunt was safe although she was witness to many horrifying details from that day. She saw the bodies falling from the twin towers, felt the dust of thick grey surround her, and ran for her life as both buildings came crashing down.

    Yes, everything did change. Though attacked several times during the previous decade, we both knew that America would now officially be at war with terrorists who wanted to destroy our nation.

    Jon wanted to enlist in the army the next day. He had always wanted to serve in the military, but the tragic events of September 11, 2001 solidified his resolve to serve our country. Although Jonny waited until after he graduated college to join our Army, he never forgot the horrific attack of 9-11 and his determination to serve our country in war time never lessened.

    My thoughts and prayers, most especially on this difficult ten-year mark, go to the families and loved ones of all the victims of September 11 who entered into eternity on that day.

    - Kristia Cavere, Jon's sister ( Sep 11, 2011 )

  • I had the privilege of being Jonathan's dormitory dean at CUC. I remember him as being incredibly kind, funny and warm. I always wished that he had come also to Garden State Academy where I had deaned prior to arriving at CUC. He never passed my office without coming in to talk or just to say hello. I particularly remember how happy he was after being in a play in DC. He was so happy that his mother was in the attendance. I was not on duty at the time so he came to my apartment to talk to my family and I about this. He was so happy. I think of Jonathan often and honor him with an assignment that I give out each year in my class at my present school. I found this web site today hours before I am to go to class and assign this project this year. God bless Jonathan's family. Thank you for sharing him for too brief a time.

    - Hector Gonzalez ( Aug 18, 2011 )

  • Today, 5 years ago, Jon left Ft. Drum and headed for Iraq. He (and Michelle) were on the last plane that left Ft. Drum. During the day he must have called home at least a dozen times to say "good bye" and to remind me to be at Ft. Drum upon his return. Instead of greeting him back home, plaques and pictures of Jon (as well as of all the others who died) hang all over the base honoring him, his service and sacrifice.
    In the 2nd BSTP building, a large picture with the following saying hangs on the wall:

    "We thought of you with love today,
    But that is nothing new.
    We thought of you yesterday,
    And the day before that too.
    We think on you in silence,
    We often speak your name.
    Now all we have are memories,
    And your picture in a frame.
    Your memory is our keepsake,
    With which we'll never part.
    God has you in His keeping,
    And we have you in our hearts."

    Instead of pictures and plaques more than anything I wish Jon was here. Missing Jon more than words can ever say & loving him as if he was here.

    Mom



    - Nadia Cadavero ( Aug 13, 2011 )

  • Jon and my daughter Meyassar were such good friends throughout high school. Always kept in touch. Shared so many things in common; basketball, sports, jokesters and now realizing that they shared becoming a PA. This is her first year in the PA program and she says that this gives her great motivation for completing the task because she will do it for Jonny. We love you and will always keep you in our hearts!

    - Victoria Robinzine - Your loving teacher ( Aug 06, 2011 )

  • Jon and I graduated Waldwick High School together in 2000. Although we lost touch after high school, during school he was always a good friend. We sat at the same lunch table, had our lockers next to each other, home room together as well as many other classes. He was always there to greet me with a warm smile and a joke in the morning being that I wasn't a morning person and it was obvious, he always cheered me up. I dont think I ever remember Jon not being kind and in a good mood. Such a wonderful spirit. I heard of his passing shortly after it happened and he has always remained in my thoughts. A beautiful life taken too soon. With the time he was given he accomplished more and help more people than most can do in 85 years. He is a true inspiration and is greatly missed. RIP Jon. I'm thankful to have had you in my life. xoxo

    - Jessica C. ( Aug 06, 2011 )

  • I met Jon my freshman year at CUC...we met in English 101. When the teacher asked each of us to share what our favorite book was, it turned out Jon and I had the same favorite. Later that day in the dorm, I came downstairs to the lobby and Jon was standing there. He said to me, "Hey, isn't your favorite book The Great Gatsby?" That is where our friendship started. He was always so uplifting and I had never met anyone quite like him before. He tried his very best at everything he did and he was so very dedicated. I remember he came to me one day and asked if I would like to make a commercial with him. It was a commercial for Tommy Hilfiger...and the theme was...the American Flag. I knew Jon loved his country and I am so proud of him for standing up for what he believed in. His life spoke volumes to me...his morals and standards were very high.

    His sense of humor was just one more reason love him. He was going to the mall one day and I asked if I could go along. His response was, "Alicia, you do not bring sand to the beach." I laughed so hard. I also remember going to his sister's apartment and she had some Harry Potter Jelly Beans. Jon made me try the "dirt" and "booger" but his favorite to make me eat was "vomit".

    I remember the day that I found out he was gone. I cried. Such an amazing man gone too quickly. I know I will see him soon and I can't wait until that day.

    - Alicia (Ballweber) Biek ( Aug 03, 2011 )

  • I thought about you so much last night. I just kept replaying our last moments together over and over. Some days I'm fine. I go forward in life with you always locked in my heart. Some days though, It hits me all over again. I feel that unbearable pain like my heart may bleed out. I remember our last night together. We were going to watch a movie but ended up talking all night. We talked about us, and life an death and babies and the house we would one day own and the places we would see together. You said your top priority was to get me home safe. I remember saying goodbye to you before your mission. I wish I never let go of your hand.
    I remember a few weeks before, I got my uniform name tape. I was officially (according to the Army) Cadavero. I put my uniform on with a different level of pride. I was your wife and I had the name tape to prove it! I hate that when I'm going through these memories of us I always go to the moment I knew I'd never see you again. I wish I could stop myself at the memory of you proposing to me. We had just got to Iraq. I had been on my first mission. I was walking back to the tents with you and helicopters were flying over. You stopped and grabbed my hand and said, "Lets get married." Or the memory when I was at the MWR center and I scraped my knee and my friends joked about needing my medic. And then I see you walking up to me. And you cleaned my knee and kissed my forehead. I couldn't believe you showed up at that time. Like you knew I was hurt of something. My hero.
    But I always go back to the moment I saw my Squad leader and CSM standing in the door of the tent. Or the torture of watching your convoy come back without you. Devastated is not a strong enough word to explain what I felt hearing those words I fought to ignore. A big piece of me died with you Jon. You had so much of my heart with you. Our life together was over before it even started.
    I struggled with leaving Iraq without you. I mean you were seated right next to me on the plane there. How could I leave with out you? After the funeral, I wanted to go back. But I could just hear you calling me "Woman" and saying I was to stay home and safe. Then hearing that my friends and fellow MPs died. I really needed you then. I needed to be back in Iraq with you and I needed to help out my platoon.
    I needed to tell you this. I've kept so much bottled up because I couldn't and can't deal with the pain of losing you. The guilt I feel that I left Iraq without you. That I left my guys. I love you so much Jon. You are the love of my life. I hope you know, where ever you are that I never stop thinking about you. I will never stop loving you.

    - Michelle ( Jul 25, 2011 )

  • Today, June 13th, Jon would have been 29 years old. Jon was born on my father's brithday and, every year, my dad would tell me I gave him the best brithday present by giving him another grandchild, this time a grandson. But I think it was I who received the greatest gift. No few words could describe Jon. I could write volumes...........he was tenderhearted, kind, compassionate, thoughtful, friendly, smart, quick witted, extremely funny, and colorful and well, a regular "Pollyanna". He looked for and found good in everyone. From an early age he zest for life was amazing. And as he grew older, every day he would thank God for another day of life.

    "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty & well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadwide, totally worn out & proclaiming...."WOW, what a ride"!!!!! Don't know who wrote those words, but anyone who ever knew Jon KNOWS that is something he would say.

    I wish I could have prepared Jon's favorite meal today, showered him with gifts & hear him say, "OH mom, you shouldn't have..........." Instead, we brought flowers to his grave. If only he could know how very much he is missed, thought about each day, and loved dearly. If I could, I would change places with Jon in a heartbeat...........and have him really enjoy & celebrate his 29th birthday!

    Until that big reunion...........rest in peace my beloved son.
    Mom


    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 13, 2011 )

  • Cheers to our dear cousin, Jonny ~ blowing out 29 birthday candles in heaven and laughing with angels!

    You are dearly missed . . . ♥♥

    - Debra Valle and Family (cousin) ( Jun 13, 2011 )

  • If I ever knew a man who to me deserved all that heaven and earth could muster from it's bounty. To Bestow it's full grace and love. Jon was that man and I will never forget. He is with me everyday and night. He is with me as I love, laugh and even when times get hard and I need to know someone has my back, he is with me. I only wish to be half the man he was and give myself fully as he has. I miss you man and save me a place where you can be seen for the angel you are. R.I.P I can't wait to see you again.

    - Spc. Damaon R Dotson ( Jun 10, 2011 )

  • I had my iPod on shuffle last night and came across a song that I have not listened to in a very long time. It holds so many memories I can't even begin to describe the impact that it had when it suprisingly came on. This song, "So She Dances" by Josh Groban, was the only song that provided me comfort and a sense that God was with me and my family at Jonny's funeral. I do not know why but to this day I know that God is with me and that He cares for Jonny as well as for his family. If you are hurt, in need of comfort, or just pain confused on what to do, run to God because no matter what, He holds the answers that you're looking for. I know He did with me and still has my back everyday, just like He did/does with Jon. To the Moon Jonny, to the Moon!! Love and Miss you!

    - Bonnie B ( Jun 07, 2011 )

  • Remembering Jon's sacrifice on this Memorial Day, for that is what this day truly means--to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Jon, you live in our memory every day.

    - Neil Williams ( May 30, 2011 )

  • ~ In remembrance of Jon today ~ altho I do not need Memorial Day to think about him... I continue to admire Jon for the courage, love, passion, dedication to his country he felt so strongly. Today I have shed a number of tears thinking about him and all who died for our freedom. Jon, You are loved and missed.... God Speed

    - Corinne Brown ( May 30, 2011 )

  • I had the joy and honor of going to school with Jon at CUC. I had a lot of fun working with him at the library. He would always stop at the desk point to the scanner and say "Do not scan your eyeball for it will burn your retina." and we'd laugh. I cried the day I heard Jon died four years ago. I couldn't help but feel somewhat guilty. He hated to type and he and I worked out an arrangement where I would type his papers for a dollar a page. One of the papers that I typed was the letter he sent to the medic training program stating why he should be accepted. I know he would have still sent that letter and joined whether I had typed it or not, but I couldn't help feeling slightly responsible. Today on this Memorial Day he is not far from my thoughts. I look forward to seeing him soon.

    - Charity Kioko ( May 29, 2011 )

  • "To those who died securing peace and freedom; to those who served in conflict to protect our land and sacrificed their dreams of the day to preserve the hope of our Nation - keeping America the land of the free for over two centuries - we owe our thanks and our honor. It is important to ensure that the purpose for which they fought will never be forgotten." ~ Author Unknown

    This quote could have been written for Jon ~ this was his mission in life and he proudly carried it out with bravery, determination, passion and true grit. Remembering and honoring him on this Memorial Day, and always. ♥ Loved ♥ and missed by all his family!

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( May 27, 2011 )

  • jon was a real good friend to everybody he met. i got to know him real good during deployment training, and the time we were in iraq he is missed by all that knew him

    - steven ( May 25, 2011 )

  • I recently attended a NYS Gold Star Mothers Convention held at Lake George, NY. A place where we vacationed numerous times. A place Jon absolutely loved. Every time I looked at the lake, I couldn't help but "see" Jon riding a tube behind a pontoon boat having the time of his life!

    I was surrounded by Gold Star Mothers (and Vets) for 3 days and met all kinds of interesting people. I met a mother who lost a son 43 years ago and one who lost a son only 10 months ago. Anyone who says "time heals all wounds" has not looked into the face & eyes of a 90 year old mother who lost her son over 40 years ago and, to this day, still cries & mourns for her son. A mother's love does not ever die. Nor is the son who died ever forgotten. Jon might be gone physically but he is "alive" in my mind & heart. I think of him all the time. I miss the crazy faces he used to make, him waking me at 5 a.m. telling me he is going for a run up the mountain. I miss our talks, his laughter & the way he would tilt his head back when he laughed. I miss him eating a ton of food and then after 2 hours asking for a "snack"........I miss his calls, the sound of his voice. I miss him.

    A mothers love never dies. Love you always Jon. Now & forever.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 08, 2011 )

  • When I heard the news of the killing of bin Laden, I immediately thought of Jon--and his family. What great news that the mastermind and theoratician who orchestrated the attack on America had been found--and killed. Like others, I'm sure that Jon was smiling and so, so proud of all in the US military

    - Neil Williams ( May 03, 2011 )

  • Jonny, I can't help but think that you must be so proud of our U.S. Military, extra-specially today. ♥ Heartfelt ♥ thanks to you and each of your comrades-in-arms, yet again, for your dedicated service and for all that you did to ♫ 'Let Freedom Ring' ♫ in this great land of ours!

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( May 02, 2011 )

  • Yesterday I attended my first Gold Star Mothers event. An organization I would not have chosen to join. No mother would. All strangers sitting at a table, yet somehow we all knew & understood the grief & pain each one felt. When one cried, we all cried. As I was glancing through the journal that was distributed, I found the following poem:

    "You will always live on
    In my mind and my heart.

    I remember the days
    Since last we did part.

    I think of the child
    That loved to play in the sand

    And when we walked
    Always holding my hand.

    You'd say hold onto me Mommy
    Don't let me get lost.

    I would hold on forever
    I would pay any cost.

    But I could not be with you
    I could not be there

    When the world took you from me
    Returned only a prayer.

    The pain lives forever
    My heart cannot mend

    I'll die a little each day
    Till I hold you again."

    Author unknown.


    As Gold Star Mothers we mourn our fallen, but we honor them by continuing to support and encourage our warriors still in the melee of war.

    I miss by beloved son Jon.........will love him with all my heart, always.
    Mom




    - Nadia Cadavero ( Apr 11, 2011 )

  • Dear Mrs. Nadia Cadavero, As a mother of a soldier, my heart breaks for you everytime I read your words. I truly believe there is no greater love than the love a mother has for her child. I do not know you personally, but through your words, I have come to know Jon, the person he was, the son you so dearly loved. You are always in my prayers, Mrs. Cadavero. God Bless You

    - A Soldier's Mom ( Apr 01, 2011 )

  • Today, especially today, I paused numerous times to remember my beloved son, Jon, not only for the sacrifice he made, but also for the life he lived, the dedication he displayed, and the love he shared. Today, four years ago was Jon's funeral. It was a cold afternoon, but it was spent at the cemetery and, as usual, flowers were placed at his gravesite. I miss Jon, my heart aches every day for him. Rest in peace son until your name is called once more............
    Love you always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Mar 09, 2011 )

  • Four years have now past since I lost my beloved cousin who was like a little brother to me.. Jon you are missed as much today as you were when we all found out the dreadful news. I can't wait to be reunited with you one day soon. You are a true hero whom I will ALWAYS look up to and want to model my life after. I never heard you say a bad word about anyone- even to those who didn't treat you right. Your sacrifice to our blessed country 4 years ago will never, never be forgotton..Rest in peace little brother. Jesus is coming soon to take us all home!! I can't wait to see you again!!!

    - Jeffrey Cadavero ( Mar 03, 2011 )

  • Four years later, Jonny, we're celebrating with fondness the legacy you left each of us: happy memories, uproarious laughter, true-blue patriotism and insurmountable ♥ love ♥ of your family, friends and comrades-in-arms. You touched each of our lives like no other here on earth. And you will always be missed ~ but we are ever grateful that your light will forever shine on.

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( Feb 27, 2011 )

  • Jon, It is hard to think that four years has already gone by. I am now in a unit that remembers every fallen Soldier that has ever been in its formation. Everything shuts down as we go out to the memorial and hear the memories of friends for each of fallen. I am extremely proud to be part of this unit as they honor their fallen in this manner. But each memorial time I think of you and the others. You all deserve it and so do your families.
    Doc, I can't help but to think that the events happening in North Africa and the Middle East right now are directly linked to our presence in Iraq for the last decade. With the common people rising and demanding freedom from their autocratic rulers, the impact of our time and your sacrifice has grown tremendously in the last two months. Now there are many millions more that can experience our freedoms. You paid the ultimate price for all of them. I thank you today for them and thank you for your example to me.
    Doc, I miss you and enjoy telling my children about you and the others that are heros to me.

    Thundercat 16

    - Dan Patterson ( Feb 27, 2011 )

  • Four years ago, almost to the minute, the door bell rang. That is when my nightmare began as two soliders from West Point came to inform me that Jon was killed earlier that day in Iraq. I am still in that nightmare. The last time Jon was home for Thanksgiving 2006, although he didn't talk about Iraq, he did mention to me that he is not afraid to die, that he was "ready." He must have seen the horror in my eyes/on my face as he quickly added that "nothing is going to happend to him and he will come home." I have heard a number of times that the Lord does not call one to come home unless that person is ready. If Jon was "ready," I certainly wasn't nor would I ever be "ready" to lose my son.

    Today, dozens of roses (red, yellow and white) were placed at his gravesite as we reminisced about happy times. Jon brought so much happiness, laughter, and love to me, to our family. Bittersweet tears were shed and Jon was missed & loved as much as ever.

    Until that glorious reunion, rest in peace my son. Love you.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2011 )

  • Jon,
    I miss you

    - Larry Korson ( Feb 27, 2011 )

  • It's been four years to that dreadful day, when I lost one of my best medics... Everyone was scared to give me the news...and all I could think about after receiving that news is "How am I going to tell his family, he's not coming home with us..." That was a horrible time for me, but I had to be strong for everyone else. I switched over to the officer side of the house SGT Cadavero because at the time we were getting your paperwork ready for you to become a physican assistant (PA)... I know you're gone, but the LORD knows you're never FORGOTTEN and will always be with me.

    - Daviada M Wright ( Feb 27, 2011 )

  • The month of February is supposedly the month of love, hearts & flowers. Displays to that effect have been everywhere and to me they were all reminders of Jon. Thinking of him, every month is a month of love. What I wouldn't give to see him once more, see that smile of his, get one more hug. But today, the day before he died, instead of writing about his death, and my/our loss, I want to write about Jon's life and his incredible capacity to love.

    From a young child he was so tenderhearted and showed such compassion and love to his family and to all those around him. In elementary school he would give up his own lunch to a classmate who didn't have a lunch. In college he took a homeless man and bought him breakfast on a cold winter morning. After a snow storm he would shovel a neighbor's driveway and stairs so when they returned from a trip later that evening, they wouldn't have to worry about the snow & ice. As a soldier, he loved his fellow brothers in arms and, in spite of flying bullets, he wouldn't leave wounded soldiers behind and was willing to die to protect & save them in battle. Jon loved his Country and was willing to enlist in such perilous times, to defend & protect us and to ensure our freedoms. I could go on & on with stories about Jon's capacity to love. What a gift he gave to so many over his short time on earth!

    Today, on the eve of the 4th anniversary of his death, Jon's love remains with me/us even now. Because of his courage, strength, love and life, my/our lives have changed forever. Thank you Jon for making such a difference in my life, and in all those you knew, for showing us that love has no boundaries.

    Jon will forever remain in my thoughts and heart. Love you my son. Always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 26, 2011 )

  • It always amazed me how, no matter where Jon was, whenever he sent a card it always would arrive on the day it was supposed to. His last card to me was for Valentine's Day 2007. This Valentine's Day we went to Jon's gravesite, struggled through 2-3 feet of ice & snow to leave a red rose and a balloon tied to "his" bench which said: "Today, tomorrow & always, I love you."
    We all love you. I read once that if you love somebody enough, you can still hear their laughter after they are gone. So often I/we remember funny things Jon said or did and we can almost hear him laughing at his own jokes! Through tears I still laugh -as Jon probably was the funniest person to ever walk this earth. Going through family photo albums, I know what Jon was thinking by the look on his face & I can almost hear his remarks...... What joy he brought to all those who knew him. What joy he brought to his family...to me, his mother. Miss & love you ever so much my son.
    Mom


    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 14, 2011 )

  • I just recently heard the news about Jon. I played on the CUC basketball team with him and still remember him cracking us up in the bus with his sense of humor. I could never understand how one of his favorite movies was "Spaceballs" although he had never seen the movie Star wars. I'll always remember him saying "What's the matter Colonel Sanders?...... Chicken!?" May God bless your family. It was a pleasure to know Jon and I am sorry for your loss.

    - William Iverson ( Feb 12, 2011 )

  • Jon- I was reviewing your notes and letters you sent me during your Army days and had to drop you a note. Every time I go to the Police Academy and do roll plays I think of you and what fun we had. Knowing you was certainly fun, but knowing such a good human being was a true honor. The goodness in your heart was enormous. One os these day I will look forward to seeing you again and I'm sure will be envious of the joy you speard around your universe in heaven. Love to you, Jon Dave

    - Dave Decker ( Jan 02, 2011 )

  • Hey Buddy,

    I most wish your family a New Year, Without you nothing will ever be the same. Over some time, I did receive the pleasure of meeting your Family, which was a dream and a fear at the same time to me. I just hope I did my best for you.

    - SGT Roch ( Dec 31, 2010 )

  • I did not know Jonathan, but I knew his dad, in Dave's earlier years, working together in the kitchen at Camp Berkshire. This tribute is of course to Jonathan for his courage, love, honesty, integrity, and boundless sense of humor under extreme pressure. Yet these are the qualities I remember from David, in those years long ago. So while we pay tribute to Jonathan for his selfless life and sacrifice, there was a great father, and loving mother in the nourishing of that life. Blessings and love to you both, Dave and Nadia, from a voice from the past that still cherishes the wonderful memories of our youth, and praises God for the wonderful parents you both still are.

    - Haroldo Camacho ( Dec 20, 2010 )

  • Four years ago on December 4th was the last time I saw Jon. I drove him to the airport as he & Michelle were heading back to Iraq. Who knew that would be the last time I would ever see him again.
    Recently I read the following (don't remember where but I wrote the words down) and somehow it is fitting that I write this now.

    "Broken Chain"
    We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothings seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again."

    On Dec. 4th I placed 4 long stem red roses at Jon's grave site and, as always, left the cemetery with a heavy & broken heart. Jon will always be loved and missed. Always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Dec 06, 2010 )

  • As I read the twenty-six pages of wonderful anecdotes and personal observations said about Sergeant Jonathan D. Cadavero, and the impact he had upon hundreds of lives, we are deeply appreciative of your time and effort to pay personal tribute to an incredible human being. His entire family was blessed to have him as a son, brother, nephew, cousin....as well as hundreds of friends! Even after three years in which he was killed (Februaru 27, 2007)by an improvised explosive device (IED) ,while he was on an IED-hunting mission in Baghdad, Iraq, time will never erase the wonderful example of courage,determination and conviction to serve his country that he deeply loved and cherished-America!

    Sergeant Jonathan Cadavero or "Doc" as he was affectionately called by fellow soldiers, through word and action determined how to live so that his life mattered, so that the world would be a different place for his having passed through it. Sergeant Jon determined from an early age that there was more to life than just being alive-eating, sleeping, studying, working, etc. He was able to come face to face with answers to such questions as, What am I supposed to do with my life? And the more important question- How shall I live my life so that it will mean something more than a brief flash of existence soon to disappear? Jonathan was able to answer with authority that his life mattered, and that his death would leave the world poorer, and not just less crowded.

    There have been numerous observations of how Jon was able to bring a laugh to a fellow soldier's face (even under conditions when he had extreme sleep deprivation), how his superiors and fellow soldiers admired his courage and valor under enemy fire, and his ability to make split second decisions that saved the lives of fellow soldiers. His medical attention to soldiers while under enemy fire, while he was exposed to continued harm demonstrates no greater example of love in action. Jonathan was less concerned about receiving applause, public acclaim or even being called a hero, than his desire just to do the "right thing" in his service for his comrades.

    On February 27, 2007, a great human being was taken away from us, Sergeant Jonathan D. Cadavero. He led in his 24 years a most successful life on this earth. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. An analysis of his life could only come to the conclusion that, "Sergeant Jon" or "Doc" knew how to live as a human being and to live a life as it was meant to be lived, and that his life was not wasted but full of meaning.

    In my office is an observation which says, "One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in , the kind of car I drove....but the world may be a different place because I was important in the life of others." (paraphrased) Jonathan, you left the world and made it a better and different place for having passed through it. Your courage and selfless service to America will always be remembered- not just on Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, etc.- but everyday in which our country is recognizing America's "finest." God bless you, Jonathan, because you led a life worthy of emulation. You have lived a life that exemplies the level of excellence you underlined in your Bible, "Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it." GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    David A. Cadavero
    Jonathan's father

    - David A. Cadavero ( Dec 05, 2010 )

  • I have had the privilege for the last few months to represent the Waldwick Adventist School in a new capacity. It has been an honor to serve our students and parents.
    However, as former alumnus, I also had the opportunity to sit with Jon for many years in various classes. As friends, I always knew he'd be there to listen, and of course, put a smile on my face. He was truly a friend (in every sense of the word).
    Although we did not get a chance to meet up before he deployed to Iraq as we had planned, I will always remember his words of commitment to our country and loyalty to our freedoms. What a privilege it is for our school gymnasium to be named after such a special American, soldier, son, brother, and friend.
    We miss Jon, but his memory lives on as our students just completed a Walk-a-Thon (with pride) in his honor to help many more students have the opportunity to sit in the classrooms that he did at his school.
    I look forward to seeing him very soon when our Savior returns.

    - Ruth J. Nino ( Nov 16, 2010 )

  • As we remember our veterans today, we also would like to use this opportunity to remember the families of our fallen heroes. David & Nadia Cadavero, Kristia, and Daria we may not be able to understand the depth of your loss but our prayers are with you always. Last year the gymnasium at Waldwick Seventh-day Adventist School was renamed in Jons honor so that we can remember his tremendous sacrifice. We will never forget! Take courage and remember you have friends who care. May God bless you always.

    - Angela & Wayne Edwards ( Nov 11, 2010 )

  • On Veterans Day, a Tribute to Our Soldiers

    I recently saw the movie Gettysburg, about the famous Civil War battle, and I became reacquainted with the inspiring story of a Union Colonel, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. He was a professor from Maine with no military experience whatsoever before he joined the army. But Colonel Chamberlains quick wit and adaptable tactics during the second day of the battle of Gettysburg prevented the Confederacy from defeating the Union and winning the war.

    In addition to being a skilled officer, Colonel Chamberlain was a very good man who strove for justice. One of the most poignant scenes in the film shows him giving an inspirational talk to a band of soldiers who were discouraged and wanted to return home.

    The scene accurately depicts Colonel Chamberlains philosophy, as displayed in his journal and letters, when he states, This is a different kind of army. If you look at history you'll see men fight for pay, or women, or some other kind of loot. They fight for land, or because a king makes them, or just because they like killing. But we're here for something new. This has not happened much, in the history of the world: We are an army out to set other men free. America should be free ground, all of it, from here to the Pacific Ocean. No man has to bow, no man is born to royalty. Here we judge you by what you do, not by who your father was. Here you can be something. Here is the place to build a home. But it's not the land. There's always more land. It's the idea that we all have value, you and me. What we're fighting for, in the end... we're fighting for each other.

    Our great country uniquely has the best soldiers, and the most benevolent army. From the Civil War to ensure the equality of man, to the liberations of Europe during both World Wars, to the little known excursions in Asia and Latin America, and to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, our armed forces have brought hope and freedom to countless millions.

    On this Veterans Day, we remember our veterans as well as our current soldiers and the heroic fallen. Thank you for keeping us safe and free, and thank you for being such an inspiration.

    Thank you especially to my brother Jon. You will always be remembered and honored.

    - Kristia Cavere ( Nov 11, 2010 )

  • On this Veterans Day I would like to take a moment to thank Jon all that he did for all of us. I regret that I did not have the opportunity to get to know Jon beyond what is on this website. He is deeply missed, but will never be forgotten. Thank you Jon.

    - Ron Cadavero (ronc70@optonline.net) ( Nov 11, 2010 )

  • "What is it that we admire about the soldier?
    It is certainly not that he goes into battle; what we admire about the soldier is that he has the power of losing his own life for the life of a larger cause; that he holds his personal suffering of no account; that he flings down on the gage of battle his all, and says, "I will stand or fall with this cause."
    That, it seems to me, is the glorious thing we most admire."-
    Jane Addams
    Washington's Birthday Address, 1903.

    The stars of American freedom .....are our Veterans. I thank all the men & women who over the years have devoted their lives & time, risked their personal safety to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy. Thank you to all those who trained & served with Jon. And special thanks to Jon - forever my/our hero, forever in my/our hearts. Thinking of Jon today with much love & pride. Wishing he was here with us.
    Love you forever my beloved son.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Nov 11, 2010 )

  • Once again, another Veteran's Day has arrived, a time to honor and remember all who have served. I will be remembering Jonathan's days here in San Antonio several years ago when he was here for training as I attend the services/observances at the Fort Sam Houston Nationall Cemetery. Jonathan is never far from my thoughts and his family remains in my prayers.
    Thanks, Jonathan, for the honor of knowing you!

    - Neil Williams ( Nov 11, 2010 )

  • Jonathan, on this day, we remember you, we thank you for your life, courage, & heroic example. We admire your legacy & hope to see you one day, when Jesus comes.

    - Pastor Jose Cortes Jr & Joanne Cortes ( Nov 11, 2010 )

  • Remembering Jon extra-specially today, along with all the brave men and women who have courageously served our country. Thank you so much for your service and for protecting our freedom. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten and your legacy lives on as a bright, shining light in a sometimes-gloomy world. Much love to you, Jonny, over there on the Other Side, to your parents and sister, and to all our extended family living with your loss.

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( Nov 11, 2010 )

  • RIP Jon...We went to waldwick togther and one of my fondest memories is the Christmas program we did every year, and how happy he always was all the time. All I remember is him smiling...Thank you for your sacrifice...condolences to the Mrs. Cadavero, Kristia and his wife, I know this must be hard for all of them...my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    - Joann Rodriguez ( Nov 10, 2010 )

  • Michelle, I am so sorry for YOUR LOSS and the pain you have had to go through. You have lost your husband and best friend, what you have endured is heartbreaking and he will be forever a HERO and you will always be a HEROS WIFE! Never forgotten and always remembered.

    - Jamie ( sailors_luv@yahoo.com) ( Sep 27, 2010 )

  • Reading this again after a sweet, poignant tearful reunion with Jeanette Rothe Johnson, a dear friend from Camp Berkshire staff days and AUC 69-72. We shared losses of dear ones and then had prayer, thanking the Lord for grace and for His promise of a SOON RETURN, not soon enough for many of us and especially for you, Nadia and David and Kristia, waiting and longing for the sound of the Trump of God to raise our precious ones. Sending love and prayers over the miles from Riverside CA.

    - Judith Murphy Nelson ( Sep 24, 2010 )

  • Jon, it has been a while but I still miss you alot. No matter how hot or how miserable the day was, you always brought a light into it. You know my jersey mentality and I am not much of a typer( one of the many things we laughed about). It still does not register that you are not here in person. A while back, my 4 year old son asked me " Daddy, what is that bracelet on your arm?". I broke down crying as I said, "These are the names of people very close to me". Jon, you truly are a great soul, and I miss you so much bro. My eyes are filled with tears, but I can picture you here cracking a funny joke that only guys from the northeast can understand. You are always in my heart and in my thoughts, take care.

    - Jason Seeds ( Sep 24, 2010 )

  • Just would like to let everyone know that his picture from the Times Herald Record has been on my fridge since story ran. I look at him everyday and his quote " I want to fight so that your children wont have to."

    a very brave man and a patriot. He is with God now and may God bless him and his entire family!

    I would like to thank him for his service and for giving my family and I the opportunity to be free.

    Derek( goshen,NY)

    - derek nelson ( Sep 21, 2010 )

  • I want to thank whomever created this page because, though it has been a few years since "The Doctor" and I exchanged our last verbal jousting, it feels like yesterday. Doc was a light in our platoon and in my days with him. I would smile whenever I would see him because he always wanted me to "smoke" him. He told me beach season was coming up (no matter what time of year) and he needed the exercise. He outlasted me every time, no matter what I had him doing. That's the kind of guy he was to me. He would face problems head-on because then he could succeed at getting what he wanted on his own terms.
    I'll shut up and leave you with this:
    One time I had my squad set up a trip wire with a device on it that made a loud pop when it was activated it. We did this with Cadavero in mind. We cleverly disguised the wire and I called him over (yelling). He hit the trip wire and was shaken by the pop that seemed to come out of no where. We laughed so loud and that he finally got it and laughed right along with us. I dont know if it makes sense to everyone else, but he embodied the comraderie that made the platoon what it was. I miss him, Soukenka and Henry constantly. I think about the families everywhere I go and I dont know if or when it is appropriate to talk to them to answer questions or whatever, but I am always here. mrock660@aol.com

    - Matthew Bailey (Former Staff Sergeant in his platoon and patrol leader on his last mission) ( Sep 11, 2010 )

  • Driving to work I pass this huge billboard with four servicemen standing at attention, heads slightly bowed. Only three words are written there: "Duty, Honor, Country". Everyday when I look at that billboard I "see" Jon. And every day I think of him not only for the sacrifice he made, but also for the life he lived, the dedication he displayed and the love he shared with his family & friends. Every day I miss Jon more. Things do not get better. Time does not heal all wounds. I carry Jon in my heart today & always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Sep 01, 2010 )

  • Four years ago on August 13th Jon left for Iraq. He was on the last plane to leave Ft. Drum. The night before he had to give up his cell phone but somehow on that last day before departing, he managed to "borrow" cell phones and call home about every hour until it was time to board the plane. I remember those conversations as if they had just taken place. What I wouldn't do to hear his voice again..............
    "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." I have so many wonderful & loving memories of my beloved son and they keep me going from day to day. Thank you Jon for being the kind of son every mother dreams about. There are no words to express how much Jon is missed. Love you forever my son.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Aug 16, 2010 )

  • Thanks to you and all your fellow veterans, Jonny - those fallen and those still with us. Because of all of you, we continue to celebrate independence!

    - Debra Valle and Family ( Jul 04, 2010 )

  • Flag Day, 2010: Cheers to you and all your fellow veterans, Jonny! Wearing Red, White & Blue extra-specially for you!

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( Jun 14, 2010 )

  • Before I was a mom, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.
    Before I was a mom, I had never been puked on, pooped on, chewed on, peed on. I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. I slept all night.
    Before I was a mom, I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
    Before I was a mom, I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put him or her down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a mom.
    Before I was a mom, I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body......I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
    Before I was a mom, I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was OK. I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much..... before I was a mom.

    Today, Jon would have been 28 years old. Instead of celebrating with a cake, his favorite meal and lots of gifts, I brought flowers to his gravesite. My heart breaks with each visit to the cemetery but at the same time I feel truly blessed that he was my son. He was everything a mother could ask for. We celebrated his life but how he was missed today. How he is missed everyday.

    Love you Jonny.......always & forever.
    Mom



    - Nadia Cadavero ( Jun 13, 2010 )

  • 28 birthday candles in heaven, Jonny! You are and forever will be sadly missed. Remembering you with fondness, extra-specially on this 13th day in June.

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( Jun 13, 2010 )

  • This morning we attended a Memorial Day service at the Veteran's Cemetery where Jon is buried. Standing there I was thinking that Jon should lead or be in a parade somewhere.......instead here he lies in a grave. It is hard to believe that 5 years ago Jon did proudly lead a Memorial Day parade in a New Jersey town. Memorial Day is not just a day off from school or work, going on a picnic, shopping mall or ball game. It is a day set aside to remember & honor all our fallen heroes.

    Abraham Lincoln once said: " I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." Today, I honor Jon. Today, "his place" was especially proud of him. This was evident in the flowers sent by the town chief of police & neighbors, phone calls & emails from family & friends. All who knew Jon loved & respected him for his convictions, courage, patriotism, and sense of duty.

    How proud I am as a mother that Jon was my son. Not because he served, but because of the man he was. Thank you Jon for "serving" others your entire life, for doing good whenever possible, for caring enough for this Nation & your willingness to even sacrifice your life.

    Jon is thought of, missed & loved every day. But today he is especially honored.
    Love you always my son. Rest in peace & in God's arms until that day when the words "good & faithful servent" are spoken to you.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 31, 2010 )

  • On this Memorial Day 2010, I want to give a tribute to the memory of a fallen soldier that gave his life for me, my family, and country. I want to remember the gift given by my friend, David Cadavero and his wife, and family. David gave his son. This allows me in some way to have freedom for my wife and daughters. I can not imagine the pain and the sorrow in the lost of this young man. But I can imagine the joy of knowing that your child did what they thought was right. When I think of the thousands of families all over the world that have that unimaginable sorrow of the death of a child because of war, it makes me angry at Satan and the evil of the world. It makes me want to go home to Jesus, where I belong. CU there!

    - Jerrell Gilkeson ( May 30, 2010 )

  • Remembering and honoring Jon extra-specially this Memorial Day Weekend. More than three years after his passing, his light continues to shine. He was the consummate soldier ~ displaying mental toughness, determination, bravery beyond imagination, compassion and true grit in the face of adversity. He innately knew that laughter is good for the soul. Even as a young child at our family gatherings, he would make us laugh until our sides were splitting. I have read account after account on these pages and others about how he would use humor as the catalyst to cheer everyone up and lighten all those tense moments that every soldier must continually endure. And now, the angels are laughing along with him, no doubt.

    We miss him dearly. Our extended family will forever be incomplete without him. But we are ever grateful for his service. For now, we will listen for the distant sound of his laughter in the clouds . . .

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( May 28, 2010 )

  • I still can not wrap my mind around the fact that you are gone. But I know that we are all forever changed by your short time on this earth. You told me in July or August of 2005 that you did not think you should be an Officer and that you should leave Officer Candidate School at Benning. You felt that your job was to serve others, and you wanted to be a combat medic. I'm not sure if it helps your Mom, Dad, and Sister to know how much you meant to each of us. And how much you touched our lives at Drum and in Iraq and truly served others. We will never forget you.

    - CPT Tricia Clarke ( May 19, 2010 )

  • Every day is difficult, but there are certain days of the year when life is harder than usual. Mother's Day is one of those hard days. Although I received numerous calls from former students, flowers from various people (including Jon's widow) there's always that feeling in the pit of my stomach that something/someone is missing. JON. He made me feel loved & appreciated every day of the year but on Mother's Day he always would go the extra mile. Even when he was far from home he would call, send a card and, of course, flowers. To him, it wasn't just about Mother's Day.......it was about showing appreciation to the people in his life & letting them know he loved them.

    Somebody said it takes about 6 weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby....somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, "normal" is history.
    Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct....somebody never took a 3 year old shopping.
    Sombody said being a mother is boring......somebody never rode a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.
    Somebody said if you're a "good" mother, your child will turn out good....somebody thinks a child comes with directions & a guarantee.
    Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother......somebody never helped a 4th grader with his math.
    Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first......somebody doesn't have 2 children.
    Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married....somebody doesn't know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings.
    Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother is labor & delivery.....somebody never watched her
    "baby" get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten......or on a van headed for military "boot camp".......or on a plane headed for war.

    Sombody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home...........somebody has never been a mother. You don't stop being a mother because your children have reached a certain age. You're always a mom....in life and death. the love & bond remains forever.

    Missing Jon every day. My love & thoughts are with him always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 18, 2010 )

  • My students and I were discussing the Holocaust today and one of my sixth graders, who can't seem to wrap his mind around the horrors of World War II, made the following statement..."People should really be thankful we have soldiers that go to protect us anywhere in the world...that helps me sleep better at night Miss Fragozo..." Thanks Jonny....

    - Yanivis Fragozo ( May 18, 2010 )

  • I first met Jon when i got to the unit before we deployed he was giving a combat life saver class. I walked up to him and started talkin to him and noticed he was a real good guy that knew his stuff.I also remember when we first got to Iraq we were living in tents, he came up to me and sat down across from me while i was playing with the camrea i had just got. I took a pick of him and he kinda had this wude eyed look on his face. He was always smiling and always in a good mood. I can never forget when he got back to Iraq after R&R I was on the PSD team and saw him one day when i was walkin to the chow hall he came up to me and told me that he had got married while he was on leave I told him congrats and then we talked for a bit. I only got to see him a few more times before he was taken away but i remember every moment that i spent talking to him and will remember them forever I miss u man it is hard to belive that it has been 3 years but keep on looking out for us old buddy

    - SPC Steven Foreman ( Apr 07, 2010 )

  • AFTER READING ABOVE CONDOLENCES, I AM TOUCHED AND GRIEVED AND MAY GOD GRANT YOU PEACE THAT HE ALONE CAN GIVE. OUR LOVE AND GOD BLESS. 610-453-3980

    - TOM FRANCIS ( Apr 01, 2010 )

  • Jon, my husband and I met your sister last night at a Patriots' meeting in New York. Even today tears for you fill her eyes when she speaks of you. She has come to New York to help us in our fight for Liberty of the land we love. The same land you fought and died for. I think that not only does she do it for this Great Nation of the United States of America but I'm sure she does it so that you will not have died in vain. My condolences and thank you to the Cadavero Family and the sacrifice you've made for this country.

    - Marianne Hart ( Mar 28, 2010 )

  • Today, 3 years ago, was Jon's funeral. As we sat by his gravesite, I thought of the following words:

    "Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
    There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours, or days.
    All the things you collected, whether treasures or baubles will pass to someone else.
    Your wealth, fame, temporal power, will shrivel to irrelevance. It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
    Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and to do lists will expire.
    The wins & losses that once seemed important will fade away. It won't matter where you came from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.
    It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender or skin color will be irrelevent.

    So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
    What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

    What will matter is not your success but your significance.

    What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

    What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

    What will matter is not your competance, but your character.

    What will matter is not how many people you knew but how many people will feel a lasting loss when you are gone.

    What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.

    What will matter is not how long you will be remembered by who and for what.

    Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident. It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice."

    Jon lived a life that mattered. He gave all he had, he showed compassion, kindness and love to those around him. His integrity and character was of utmost importance to him. The life he lived was by choice.

    Thank you Jon for all you left behind - for the wonderful memories that continue to live on in all those who knew & loved you.

    Thinking of Jon all the time. Missing him every day - but especially today.
    Love you son. Forever & always.
    Mom


    - Nadia Cadavero ( Mar 09, 2010 )

  • Reading your message above Nadia, on Jons anniversary reminded me of my Mom. She lost a daughter, my sister, who was two yrs younger than me. Today still, Mom brings up Janine often, even tho my sister was only with us for 2 yrs. Janine is never far from my mothers lips to be spoken about in a loving and missing tone, and in all of our thoughts often.

    I continue, as a neighbor and friend, think of Jon often, I thought about him a few days prior to his anniversary knowing the day was coming... and of course on the day of. thinking of how you all felt too.... sending prayers to you all. I thank you for your message above sharing another memory of Jon with the snow. He remains in my thoughts, prayers and I'm ever grateful I was able to get to know him a little bit and watch him grow up in the neighborhood. Every time I saw him, he exuded such a positive, uplifting energy. Bringing a smile to one's face! He is missed by many.

    - Corinne ( Mar 02, 2010 )

  • An anniversary usually is a time to celebrate but this 3rd anniversay of Jon's death leaves nothing to celebrate about. A highly emotional day filled with many memories and really, a day of remembrance for a very special young man, my son.

    Due to a Nor'easter which dumped at least 3 feet of snow it was impossible to even get to the cemetery today, place flowers and pay respect to a beloved son, brother, nephew, and friend. But rest assured Jon was on our minds all day long. Shoveling snow for the last several day made me think of the blizzard of 1996. The snow was so deep but there was Jon jumping from the balcony into snow drifts and just having a blast! After having all this fun he would, of course, get "serious" and then shovel for hours to clear the driveway etc. Thinking of Jon & all the fun he had in past winters & snow storms make shoveling this time around more tolerable.

    I was moved beyond words by the outpouring of love from family, friends, neighbors and even strangers who rememtered this day by calling, sending cards or cookies, and helping us shovel our driveway "in honor of Jon." It still amazes me that in his short life Jon had such a positive and lasting impact on the people he knew & met. I am so proud to have been his mother.

    Not understanding what it is to lose a child and the devastating hole in leaves in your heart & soul, people have made remarks that are incomprehensible to me. People seem to think that after 3 years all wounds should be "healed."

    Have I "gotten over" losing my son? Never.
    Do I still cry? Everyday.
    Am I still mourning? For the rest of my life.
    Do I miss him? More today than ever before.

    Though Jon was taken from me (us), my beloved son lives on............
    Although Jon is now beyond the reach of my arms, he will always be within the embrace of my never-ending love.

    Rest in peace.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2010 )

  • On this third anniversary marked by Jon's family, friends, and the many lives he touched during his short life, it should be noted that Jonny truly epitomized a famous Abraham Lincoln quote:

    "Live a good life. And in the end, it is not the years in a life, but the life in the years."

    Jon will always be terribly missed, but we are grateful that his legacy lives on. May he be resting in peace and joined with angels in eternity.

    - Debra Valle (cousin) and Family ( Feb 27, 2010 )

  • Nadia, David and Kristia. We want to express our thoughts to you on this 3rd anniversary of Jon's death. When we hear of our brave men and women losing their lives in this turmoil of war, we are reminded how brave and courageous and high spirited Jon was. He accepted the challenges with courage and honor, knowing (and not knowing) what could lie ahead of him each day. He is greatly missed. You were great parents, and Kristia a great sister. Thank you for keeping his legacy alive. Even though Jon was taken from us all too soon, we'll see him again someday. God bless America and our troops who continue to serve.

    - Uncle Rich and Aunt Barbara Cadavero, (February 27, 2010) ( Feb 26, 2010 )

  • Doc, it has been three years now. That deployment seems so long ago, and yet your memory is still so fresh. Thank you for your example. Few are the people of your influence in the world. My memories of you, Sou and Henry are very fond and the sacrifice that you made has caused me to be a better Soldier, leader, Husband and Father. I have approached every day differently during my current deployment because of your sacrifice. There has been great change and peaceful success in Iraq since last time. You are big part of this success. Thank you!
    -Until we meet on the other side

    - Dan Patterson ( Feb 26, 2010 )

  • As the third anniversary of Jon's passing approaches, I think again of the impact that he had on my life in the short time that I knew him. The messages on this site are testament to the tremendous impact that Jon had on everyone that he met--and that met him. Although I have been less frequent in my postings on this site, he still remains in my memory every day; every Sunday, as I greet those entering church for services, I am reminded of Jon every time the front door opens, for I can see the motel where he and his friends stayed each weekend as they enjoyed the sights and sounds and life of San Antonio.
    A few weeks after the listing of Jon's death in the paper (after the information was released by the Department of Defense and after I confirmed it by several searches on the web), a very good friend (she hosted us for that memorable Thanksgiving dinner when Jon joined us) told me that I was taking his death harder than I was taking my mother's death a few weeks before. And it was probably true. On my hotmail account, I still have the email that Jon sent a few weeks before his death after I'd told him of my mother's passing; he had met her only briefly at church but had such kind and touching words for me. That is the type of man that Jon was--and the inspiration that he remains to me.

    You will always live in my heart, Jon.

    - Neil Williams ( Feb 25, 2010 )

  • My sympathies are extended to Jon's family. Each American is safer because of his service and owes a debt of gratitude to him and his family.

    - David Polyansky ( Feb 25, 2010 )

  • February 27, 2010, is the third year anniversary of a brave, courageous American solider - Sgt. Jonathan D. Cadavero, a medic, who died in Baghdad, Iraq, while on a mission: hunting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), bombs that took the lives of hundreds of American soldiers. There is a numbing pain in the heart of Nadia (Jons mother) that remains just as fresh today as the day when two officers from West Point Military Academy informed her that Jon died. (Of course, the entire family continues to feel the pain of Jons loss, but a mothers pain is most acute). Some have even told Nadia, Its been several years since Jon died, its time to move on with your life. The following questions may be asked: Is there a way to heal the hole in ones heart caused by the death of a loved one? Should one put a time limit on the healing process? Rabbi Marc Gellman in an article that appeared in Newsday gave the advice that it was not necessary to apologize for the grief you feel about the death of a loved one no matter how long one has been grieving. Jons love for his mother was unconditional. To experience unconditional love is a great blessing, and the loss of such love is a great loss.

    Rabbi Gellmans counsel to people who have lost a loved one is very poignant. He says to thank God for their pain. When he gives this counsel, most people look at him as if he were nuts. But he says that the only way to take away their pain would be to take away the love they felt for the person who died. He then asks if they would be willing to wipe away all the memories of that love one so they wouldnt care that the person died and not feel the pain of loss. Every person he counseled stated that, they never would want the memory of love wiped out. Gellman then says, to be proud of your pain, treasure it and thank God for it as indisputable evidence that they had the courage to love deeply. This is how holes in ones heart are comforted. This is how love is repaid. It doesnt stop a mother (or anyone else) from sobbing 1, 2, 3 or 10 years later for the loss of her son (or a love one). But it does reflect on the fact that she owns this pain of loss , and is blessed by it because that is what love does to us when it is given to us, and when it is taken from us.

    Sgt. Jonathan D. Cadavero may have died on February 27, 2007, but his life remains a lasting testimony of an exemplary person who was able to face danger and life threatening situations while in Iraq, dayin and day-out, and still carry out his duties as a medic with consummate skills, compassion and composure. Several soldiers are alive today who trace their life to specific acts of heroism that Jon courageously demonstrated in the battlefield under enemy fire. Jon was never average. He was not even above average, he was an extraordinary human being and solider, and hundreds of lives have been touched by his life of integrity, honor and character.

    His legacy is etched in the hearts of all the people he touched today, tomorrow and into eternity. Jon was a hero to his entire family, and we are grateful that he had the opportunity to serve our great nation. John F. Kennedy observed, The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment, but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and that is the basis of all morality. Jon demonstrated acts of uncommon valor and altruism and paid the ultimate sacrifice. What an honor to have him as a son and see him grow into a human being who demonstrated acts worthy of emulation. We know that Jon looks forward with great anticipation to meet his Maker Jesus Christ. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    David A. Cadavero
    Jonathans father

    - David A. Cadavero ( Feb 23, 2010 )

  • I was listening to dc Talk today and thought of Jon. He introduced me to my favorite all time band and it was good remembering why they became my favorite. Ever now and then, I remember the good times like the summers at lake Michigan when the family would come and visit or the Thanksgivings were we would goof around and shoot the bb guns. I remember when Jon would go to one of the local parks in my home town and play basketball with random guys there. He was always great at meeting new people and making friends. I miss him but I'm so thankful for the times we spent together, the good and the bad, and I know that he is happy and hanging with the Lord. God Bless.

    - Bonnie B ( Feb 13, 2010 )

  • Jon, I hope you've been reading all these messages of love, hope and gratitude ~ you are greatly missed by all. Your light and legacy are shining brightly, still. Lighting Christmas candles in your memory!

    - Debra Valle (cousin) ( Dec 22, 2009 )

  • I miss you everyday bro...watch over us all...

    - Ssg. Randy Acord ( Dec 18, 2009 )

  • Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero, your life was like a flash in a pan. It was brief but brilliant. The short time you spent on this earth was so meaningful and productive. You paved the way by setting a worthy example for others to follow. For the love of God and country, you paid the ultimate price. Your life epitomized the words of Cicero: "Ad bene vivendum breve tempus satis est."- For living well, a short time is enough. May God keep you safe until the blessed morning.

    Dr. Hermann V.A. Kuma, Ph.D.
    Director, Multi-Ethnic Ministries
    Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

    - Dr. Hermann V.A. Kuma, Ph.D. ( Dec 11, 2009 )

  • the cadavero clan in the philippines expresses our heartfilt condolence to the cadavero family for the untimely death of jonathan. may he rest in peace

    - toni m. cadavero - cabadbaran city, agusan del norte philippines (tentwohorizon@yahoo.com) ( Dec 10, 2009 )

  • Three years ago today I saw Jon for the last time. Instead of waiting for Jon to come home or call, I spent the afternoon at the cemetery thinking about that hour at the airport just before he left to go back to Iraq. I will never understand how the army can send soldiers home for R&R when there is a war going on but perhaps Jon was supposed to come home for those 10 days and be with his family. More than ever I miss Jon. I miss his warmth, his friendliness, his caring nature. I miss his smile and the goofy faces he used to make. I miss his sense of humor and positive attitude. I miss his ability to look and find something good in everyone. I miss not seeing him cutting the front lawn & singing at the top of his lungs. I miss his calls & just hearing his voice saying "hi ma".............I miss our talks until the wee hours of the morning. I miss Jon. I miss my son. I carry him & his memory in my heart every day. Always will. Love you son, now & forever.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Dec 04, 2009 )

  • Four years ago on Thanksgiving, Jon joined several of us from First Presbyterian church for the annual feast with freinds and family. He immediately became part of the eclectic family at the condo on San Antonio's River Walk. Time passes so fast, but Jon and his family are always in my thoughts. I remembered his sacrifice 2 weeks ago at the annual Veteran's Day services at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
    I know that I've been remiss in posting my thoughts and comments here, and I was in awe and I was speechless (very rare indeed!!) when I saw that the gymnasium where he went to school was renamed in his honor. Well deserved.
    Jon--and his family--wiill all be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow as well.

    - Neil Williams ( Nov 25, 2009 )

  • On November 15, 2009, our family was honored to have the Waldwick Seventh-day Adventist Academy dedicate the school gymnasium in Jonathans honor, in which it was renamed Sgt. Jonathan D. Cadavero Memorial Gymnasium. I would like to thank in particular, Kenton Matthews, school board chair, school board members, Wayne Edwards, principal, and the faculty of the Waldwick Seventh-day Adventist Academy for this special dedication service in honor of Jonathan. Also, a special word of appreciation to Angela Edwards for the many hours of labor that she spent decorating the gymnasium.

    I would like to share a few observations that help keep Jonathans legacy alive:
    Soon after Jonathan death on February 27, 2007, Legacy.com, a leading provider of online obituaries provided a guest book for Jon over 300 people signed and left spirit filled messages. Several months later, Kristia, Jons sister, was instrumental in the creation of Jonathans website, sgtjon.com, and hundreds more family members and friends (up to 21 pages and counting) left messages and condolences. Our family is deeply appreciative of all the kind expressions of compassion and encouraging words of comfort.
    On March 15, 2007, there was a feature article on Jonathan which appeared in Army Times, a newspaper distributed to troops throughout the world. The title of the article was, Meeting and Grieving for Extraordinary People. The article stated that sometimes Jon only had two hours of sleep between missions, but when assigned to go on a new mission despite sleep deprivation, his enthusiasm and high energy level was contagious.
    In a time of war, the solider most vulnerable to an enemy attack is the medic, whose primary responsibly is to salvage the lives of wounded soldiers. Jonathan went on over 200 consecutive missions in Iraq, and quickly became known by his platoon as one of the top medics, known for his courage and valor, who would do and give his all for his fellow soldiers. How does one develop such courage knowing ones life is at risk moment-by-moment? Nelson Mandela, former president of South of Africa, provides the following answer to this question:

    Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave person is not the one who does not feel afraid, but the one who conquers fear. Jonathan conquered fear and many of his fellow comrades lives were spared because of his caring heart and tenacious courage under enemy fire.

    A few more illustrations that demonstrate some incredible things that happened in Jons life of only 24 years:
     When Jon was a senior at Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University), he worked as a cashier at a Barnes and Noble bookstore near the White House. Coming through line to purchase books was Paul Wolfowitz, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (under Donald Rumsfeld) who got into a conversation with Jon. Wolfowitz was so impressed with Jons passion to serve his country, his patriotism and his infectious positive spirit; he took down Jons phone number. A few days later Jonathan got a call from a General asking if Jon would like a private tour of the Pentagon. Jon did not hesitate to say yes. Imagine, a 22 year old kid getting a private tour of the Pentagon!
     Jonathans strong character was manifested during his formative years. One of Jons teacherss informed me that several classmates offered Jon the opportunity to cheat on a semester examination. Although Jons decision not to go along with his classmates was unpopular, he stood his ground not to join in this unethical act. Jon led a principled driven life, and always had the conviction never to participate in acts which would undermine his integrity and honor.

    There were three key family members who helped Jonathan in developing a path leading to a life of significance. The most instrumental person in helping to shape Jonathans life into a model of excellence in every facet of his development was his mother, Nadia. All of her years of love, motherly counsel, and discipline paid off, and Jon developed into a superb human being. His sister, Kristia, who was Jonathans best friend, shared many things in common, and one, in particular their love for America. She graduated in May 2009 with a Master of Science (Summa Cum Laude) in Defense and Strategic Studies. Kristia is dedicating the rest of her life to protecting and defending America. Jonathan was also blessed to interact on a regular basis with his Aunt Daria, whom he deeply respected and admired. Winston Churchill once declared, We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Jon gave his all. His final words to his sister two weeks before he was killed in Iraq were the following: I have no regrets. I would do this all over again. I love being an American. In Luke 6:45 it says A good person brings good out of the treasury of good things in his heart. Jon left us a lasting legacy of good things, because he had a heart that was right with his Lord. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    David A. Cadavero
    Jonathan's Father

    - David A. Cadavero ( Nov 25, 2009 )

  • To the Cadavero family, please know how much you're thought of and constantly prayed for. I was truly blessed to meet Mrs. Cadavero, Kristia, and Jon's Aunt at the honorary program held at Waldwick SDA School. It was also a blessing to see Mr. Cadavero (fmr. boss). Truly a fitting tribute to a special young man who's had such a positive impact on so many people. There's a lesson we can all draw from Jonathan Cadavero and one of them is service, which I plan to instill in my life. My thoughts, my prayers continue to be with each of you. With love.

    - Kimi-Roux James ( Nov 19, 2009 )

  • Jonathan Cadavero. A wonderful young man to be sure. With his loss the Body of Christ and the family of man is less than it should be. Less than it might have been with the power of a young man and a talented individual who gave his all for those who now enjoy another day of life.

    Thank you Jonathan for all that you have given. Thank you to your mother, father and sister for keeping your memory alive and for raising a wonderful young man who is an inspiration to me.

    Rest my young friend. Rest.

    - Tony Romeo ( Nov 16, 2009 )

  • This evening, the academy that Jonny and I attended had a special banquet in his honor. The gym was renamed after Jon and will forever be the Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero Memorial Gymnasium. Jons family and I would like to thank all those who attended and who made this event a wonderful success. Below is a little speech that I gave during the event tonight that I would like to share:

    "One of the most common requests I get asked from people is to tell them about my brother. Although they find his army life interesting, they typically would like to know something more personal that reveals who Jon really was. There is no shortage of funny stories about Jon; our mother described him as colorful and although he was a very good child he had a close friendship with mischief.

    Ill briefly share one of those amusing stories with you: when Jonny was 8 years old we saw the video of the movie Home Alone. Then next day, thinking he was being funny and innocently not realizing that someone could take offense, he told our waitress to keep the change you filthy animal. Our waitress had seen the movie and laughed; our mother gave Jon a lecture about not acting out what he saw in movies.

    One really could talk forever about all the qualities that made Jon, Jon. His favorite running trail during his years at Washington Adventist University was a 13-mile path from the Capital building to the Jefferson Memorial to the White House and back. His favorite place in the world to pray was the War Memorial Chapel at the National Cathedral. His favorite method of taking pictures was to hold the camera in front of him, ask everyone to crowd around him, and then click his camera (somehow those pictures would always come out perfectly centered).

    Another one of Jons attributes was his love of inspirational quotes. He was especially drawn to passages about patriotism, love, and how to raise ones character to live with honor and courage. He always appreciated how words placed within a sentence or two could succinctly convey an entire idea of inspiration. Jons favorite quotes from historical figures were those from Ronald Reagan, General George Patton, and Winston Churchill. The books that he underlined the most, which contained passages that he wanted to remember, were Tuesdays with Morrie, The Purpose Driven Life, and The Lord of the Rings.

    Jon even took random sayings that he saw on bumper stickers, magnets, and tee shirts. Only Jon had charisma enough to ask someone to stop so he could write down the phrase that was on their tee shirt, but that was exactly how he got a favorite expression that he used during psychology classes in college: Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.

    When Jon joined the army I signed up on several websites to receive inspirational quotes daily via email, and when I read a moving one I would send it to him, and when Jon found it particularly inspiring he would read it to his troops. In his honor I still received these quotes every day and always think of Jon when Im reading them. This past Wednesday, on Veterans Day, I read a quote from Gandhi that described Jon exactly. Gandhi stated, Infinite love is a weapon of matchless potencyIt is an attribute of the brave, in face it is their all. It does not come within reach of the coward.

    Jon was not just a brave soldier but he was a brave person, and this enhanced his capability of great love. He was never hesitant to show his love for others, from the care he showed his family and friends; to the concern he showed this school that he loved; to the dedication he had toward his community and country; to the honor he showed Americas veterans; to the way he put the soldiers he served with above himself when, as their medic, he ran through bombs and bullets to save their lives. Jon was a true example of how one should live.

    In closing, I would like to share one final quote of Jons favorite Bible verse. Proverbs 3:27 reads, Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. That is what everyone who is here tonight is achieving, as Jons memorial scholarship fund is helping students at this academy who need assistance. Thank you for showing love toward Jon and toward the many students who will be positively impacted. Jons legacy will always be with us, and through his scholarship fund we can ensure that the love he had toward his community will continue through all of us."

    - Kristia Cavere ( Nov 15, 2009 )

  • Its incredible the way the Jonny has impacted the lives that surronded him. He left a butterfly effect that when he was kind to someone, they would be kind to another, and another, and so on. Seeing this has taught me that we should all be kind to those around us.

    When God finds a gift in someone, He tries to show that person their gift, and help them use that gift. I know that one of Jonny's many gifts was kindness to others. Another was always being able to make someone laugh when they were having a bad day.

    I will forever remember the times that we spent together. I always looked up to him, because i saw how good he was. I used to think "how can someone be that nice to everyone?" Jonny made it look so easy. He was truly doing the work of God in being a kind soul to everyone he met.

    I know it must be hard to deal with another holiday season rolling around. But I just want to say to the Cadavero family, you are some of the strongest people I know. To make this website and have that beautiful memorial service for Jonny helps his friends and family not to mourn his death, but celebrate his life.

    We will always miss his presence here with us. But we know that one day we will all gather together and once again be reunited with our God in heaven.

    With all that being said, I'd like to finish with this verse:
    "In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a plce for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." John 14:2,3

    Jonny is forever in our hearts and minds. I love you Jonny, and I'll see you soon (:

    - Amanda Azar ( Nov 15, 2009 )

  • Today, November 11th, Veterans Day, we come together as a Nation to thank and honor Veterans for their service. All over our Nation there are community parades, patriotic ceremonies, and military tributes. Our veterans share a legacy of service that crosses generational lines and upholds the values upon which our Nation was founded: service to a cause greater than self.

    "A Prayer for Veterans
    Proud of our nation, they answered her call -
    defending the freedom and safety of all.
    On land or on sea, or in jets high above,
    they went out of duty and honor and love,
    but however they served, Lord, wherever they went,
    please bless them and help them to know what it meant!
    And help us to thank them on Veteran's Day -
    for we owe them far more than we ever could say."

    I am thinking of Jon and how every year he would send cards to all the Veterans he knew to thank them for their service. Most of all today, I am thinking about Jon's outstanding courage and commitment to freedom. I am thankful to Jon and to all fine Americans like him who have given so much to our great country.

    Recently Kristia gave me a wood carving of a woman (could be a mother, wife, sister) clutching an American tri-folded flag to her chest. A card came with the carving with the following inscription: "Hero, we honor thee, keeping safe your memory."

    Jon was always my hero........I was always proud of him. Today, I will place baskets of flowers at his grave along with all my love. Son, you will never be forgotten. Never.
    I love you -
    mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Nov 11, 2009 )

  • Honoring my cousin, Jon, and all his fellow Veterans extra-specially today -- and always!! We miss you dearly, yet are grateful for your service beyond measure. Rest in peace in the arms of God.

    - Debra Valle ( Nov 11, 2009 )

  • Every time that a holiday or special day of significance approaches, I always think about what I want to write on Jons memorial page. But my feelings of grief get in the way, and the words get trapped between my heart and my throat, and Im unable to write anything comprehensible.

    My message today is simple and one of love for my brother and admiration for his service, of honor and appreciation for our veterans, and of thankfulness for our country. Jon was very patriotic and showed his appreciation for our veterans every chance he could. To him Veterans Day was every day. And that is a true example of how an American should live.

    Jon always loved to receive inspirational quotes, and after he deployed I signed up on several websites to receive motivational messages daily via email. When I read a particularly poignant one, I would send it to him.

    One of the quotes I read this morning was an accurate description of Jon. The words are from Gandhi and state, Infinite love is a weapon of matchless potencyIt is an attribute of the brave, in face it is their all. It does not come within reach of the coward.

    Jon was very brave, and he was very loving. He was never hesitant to show his love for his family and friends, his community and school, his brothers-in-arms and country, and the many veterans that he knew. On this day when we remember our Veterans, I am reminded of how Jon honored their service and send out my gratitude to all our members of our Armed Forces, our veterans, and our brave fallen.

    - Kristia Cavere (Jon's sister) ( Nov 11, 2009 )

  • My Deepest condolences
    I can only imagine the pain of losing a close family member in the military. My son has served two tours in Iraq and we were proud and blessed that he has returned home to us. God Bless them all.

    - Ronald Trapani ( Oct 30, 2009 )

  • My wife and I were fortunate to watch Jon grow up. For years, we ran down the hill past the Cadavero house as we started, and finished, our workouts. We watched Jon grow from a tiny little kid into a fine young man.

    We knew Jon as a little boy playing in the yard, to a teen doing yard work, to the man who met us on the street to tell us that he had enlisted and was headed for basic training. We were both amazed at how he had changed, the confidence, the determination, the pride. He had grown up before our very eyes.

    I remember when Jon got his dog Rusty, yes, the dog featured on his site. He was so proud of Rusty...my wife was the only one that could groom him..and Jon happily walked him in to the kennel every so often for his trim and his nails. Another time to see Jon and feel his warmth and humor.

    We know that Nadia, and Krista and David and Michelle and all of his family must ache. Jon was such a special person you have to believe that it is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.

    We still finish our runs at the hill by his house and stop at "Jon's rock," the big one right by the school bus stop. It is our way of remembering.

    - Charlie and Ann Marie Hunt ( Oct 05, 2009 )

  • Although I don't always write a message on this website, the proverb "Out of sight, out of mind," never applies to a mother's relationship with her child. And it certainly does not apply to me and the relationship I had with my son, Jon. Certain days that passed were difficult but I have not, cannot, will not ever forget:
    *June 13th - Jon's birthday and that he would have been 27 years old this year
    *the last two weeks in July when Jon had his last long home leave before deployment
    *August 13 when he was delployed to Iraq.
    Every summer will be especially bitter sweet because of my loss. I will have to find some comfort in all the wonderful memories I hold dear in my heart.

    "A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path." Agatha Christie

    I miss Jon more today than ever before. Even though death comes, love never goes away. Death came all too quickly and took my beloved Jon. I loved him with all my heart and soul. I still do. Rest in peace.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Sep 15, 2009 )

  • Today 9/11 is set aside as a National Day of Remembrance to remember the innocent lives lost on that tragic day and to honor the heroes who risked their lives to save others. That day changed all our lives; however, this day has a little more significance for me. Its a day that changed Jons life and changed any and all plans he had for himself and for his future. After 9/11 he felt a stronger calling to serve his country, defend its freedom, and fight the war on terrorism. Its not easy being a soldier. Theres hard training, discipline, separation from family, physical training in rain and shine, heat or snow, 24-hour duty, lack of sleep, lack of food, never mind the prospects of war hanging over your head the knowing that one day you will be on the front line.

    But Jon had a passion and didnt fear any of the hardships. In fact, even after facing many of the things listed above, he would always say he had no regrets and would do it all over again. He loved and believed in this country and wanted others to have the same opportunities and freedoms we have. He was willing to fight for it and even die for it.

    Today there are scores of memorial services from Maine to California all honoring the victims, families, and heroes. Although at the time Jon was just a college student, today I also honor Jon, my son and hero. He is thought of and remembered with incomprehensible love. Today and Always.

    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Sep 11, 2009 )

  • I find it amazing how one person can make such an impact on those around him. It's just an incredible sight to see how many people care about a single person. This loss, in a sense, has made me stronger. I've learned that life is so precious. I've learned that there's nothing more amazing than being with those you love the most; and most importantly, that God should always be your best friend.

    I remember when I first met him. He immediately became my hero. Immediately. Every day, I grow, more and more like a man that God wants me to be. But, I'm happy to say that Jonny, even years later, plays a huge role in what I hope to become. He was so much more than a substitute, or a gym teacher. He was someone who reflected the image of God. He was someone who will one day hear from the King of kings, Himself, "Well done, good & faithful servant."

    We will all forever miss him, but we rest in that promise that we will one day see him again under that tree of life.

    For those who still can't find that peace, here's a promise from God. I hope that you will keep it in your hearts and whenever you're feeling down, remember its words. Claim this promise to God in your times of sorrow and trust that your prayer will be answered:

    "Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, because I am your God! I will strengthen you, YES! I will help you; And I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)

    Love you Jonny! See you in paradise!




    - Jonathan Candelaria ( Sep 10, 2009 )

  • As a decorated Air Force veteran, I understand your brothers sacrifice for our beloved nation. Having attended more military funerals than I wish to recount, I extend to you Krista and your loving family my sympathies. I also want to thank you for memorializing your brother in this way.

    - Bob Kemp ( Jul 20, 2009 )

  • On this day when we celebrate our independence, we remember and give thanks for those who gave their lives to maintain this freedom.
    Jon--you are always in my thoughts, and your family is always in my prayers. You were loved by all who knew you.
    Thanks for your service--and sacrifice. We miss you and will always honor what you have done.

    - Neil Williams (nwilliams48@hotmail.com) ( Jul 04, 2009 )

  • DEAR CADAVERO FAMILY,
    I HAVE JUST FOUND YOUR SITE. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW SORRY I AM FOR YOUR LOSS. NOR CAN I EXPRESS HOW PROUD I AM ON READING ABOUT JONATHAN. I SPENT 13 1/2 MONTHS WITH SPECIAL OPS IN VIETNAM AND KNOW WHAT IT IS TO LOSE MEN. IT IS SOMETHING YOU THINK ABOUT AND LIVE WITH E V E R Y D A Y. YOU WILL SEE HIM AGAIN AND IT WILL BE WITH A JOY THAT NO ONE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO TAKE FROM YOU, GOD BLESS YOU, ALWAYS, ALL WAYS,

    JOSEPH CANTONE josephcantone@yahoo.com

    - JOSEPH CANTONE ( Jun 24, 2009 )

  • Here's to Jon, blowing out his birthday candles up in heaven tomorrow on June 13th, alongside his cherished grandfather who shared the same birthday. Beloved son, brother, husband, grandson, cousin, friend, extraordinary soldier and medic: your light still shines brightly down here on earth!

    ~ Debra Valle
    (cousin)

    - Debra Valle ( Jun 12, 2009 )

  • The wars in Iraq/Afghanistan have resulted in the deaths of 403 medical personnel (through March 10, 2009). Dr. S. Ward Casscells, M.D., Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, coordinated a special program to commemorate the service of these fallen military personnel. It was held on March 11, 2009 at Arlington National Cemetery. Approximately 100 families were in attendance to honor their fallen "hero". The program bulletin was entitled, "A Time of Remembrance-The First Annual Remembrance Ceremony Dedicated to Fallen Medical Military Personnel". At the service, Dr. Casscells stated that all the parents would be receiving a publication, "When It Mattered Most: Remembering Our Fallen Military Medical Personnel in Iraq/Afghanistan", which pays tribute to these caring and courageous souls who gave their "all". Each book was personally inscribed by Dr. Casscells, who authored and championed this book. It was funded through the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. Included below is a verbatim transcription from this 460 page publication:

    Sergeant Jonathan D. Cadavero was killed on February 27, 2007, when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. He died while on an IED-hunting mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 24-year old combat medic served with the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, NY. He was buried at the Orange County Veterans' Cemetery in Goshen, NY.

    Jon, as he was known by friends and family, graduated cum laude from Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Maryland, in 2004, with a bachelor's degree in counseling psychology. He made the Dean's List every year and played on the basketball team, despite being only 5' 7" tall. He belonged to both an academic and a psychology honor society. He intended to attend graduate school after finishing his Army service. From the time he was a little boy, Jon was determined to join the Army. He told his sister, "Kris, I want to fight so that your kids don't have to." He was willing to make a sacrifice in the hope that America's children, and their children's children, would never have to. Jon had married a fellow Soldier from his unit, military policewoman, Michelle Heiter, the previous Thanksgiving. He adored his beautiful wife and they planned to have a big church wedding upon returning from Iraq.

    Family and friends remembered the young medic as a protector and leader who was full of compassion. He stood up to bullies and befriended those less fortunate. Jon's parents, Nadia and David, are humbled and honored by the impact Jon had on friends and soldiers alike. They read with great pride the comments left on line speaking of Jon's compassion and humor; how he never missed a mission; how he was always there when anyone needed his help; and how he selflessly put aside his own needs for those of others. He is remembered as caring, and warm and very funny. He could make anyone laugh. He was everyone's friend, and he gave people a sense of belonging. In his Bible, he underlined a passage that exemplied his sense of purpose:
    "Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it."

    Cadavero was a medic with a platoon tasked with hunting IEDs and disposing of them before they could explode - one of the most vital and dangerous assignments in Iraq. In a six-month period, Cadavero's platoon found and disposed of 172 IEDs, 62 of which had the potential to explode. Even given the choice of staying on base to work in the medical clinic, Cadavero insisted on being on the front lines. Cadavero believed deeply in the U.S. mission in Iraq and all that America stood for. He would regularly send veterans cards on Veteran's Day thanking them for their service to this country. He served his country as he lived his life - with commitment, integrity, and honor. Sergeant Randy Acord served with Cadavero in Advanced Individual Training and in Iraq, and was there on the day he died. "He was a true friend, a great American, and the best Soldier I ever met. You are my hero, Jon." Major James Mott of the U.S. Air Force spoke with Cadavero's father. He explained that, "Truly, there is no greater calling - no greater gift of oneself - than to minister to a brother or sister during the most vulnerable time of any firefight-when comrades have suffered injury and require immediate medical attention. Often provided under hostile fire, while fully exposed to continued harm, these brave men and women, nevertheless choose to place themselves at great risk-such is the bravery and courage of every Army medic or Navy corpsman. There can be no greater example of love in action."

    Sergeant Cadavero's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Combat Medical Badge.

    Jon is survived by his wife Michelle, his parents Nadia and David, and his sister Kristia Cavere.

    The previous sentence ends the material in the publication "When It Mattered Most". We find comfort in knowing that we are not alone in sharing our grief for Jon and that other families of fallen soldiers also stand tall for our fallen "heroes". Every fallen Soldier is special and each family has their own story of personal pride. Jonathan left a legacy of love, compassion, and service worthy of emulation. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    David A. Cadavero
    Jonathan's Father

    - David A. Cadavero ( Jun 05, 2009 )

  • Jon was my psychology major classmate at Columbia Union College. He was also one of my best friends in the dorm. He had an amazing sense of humor. He was into filming funny skits around the dorm, in which I took part in. I will always remember him. I still can't believe he is gone. I will miss him the rest of my life but I will also treasure the memories of him in my heart. My prayers will always be with his family. Thanks Jon for living life to the fullest!

    - Ricardo Bacchus ( Jun 02, 2009 )

  • I was watching the movie "Out of Africa" the other night and I heard this poem read. While I listened, all I could think about was Jon and how much I miss him and wish that he, I, and those others who love him, hadn't been cheated of his future. .

    Hey kiddo, baby brother of my college best friend and my forensic psychology study-mate, my sorrow in the loss of you oft overshadows my happy memories of you, me and Kristia in college together. Yet every day when I pass the college campus I think of you and your jokes or how seriously you took your education. Every morning when I wake and see on my dresser the photo of you and me, I smile and remember.

    As I have done for two years now, each year on Veterans' Day I will continue, in your honor, your tradition of sending thank-you letters to veterans and those serving our country.

    Jon I miss you man and I can't wait until that glorious day when I will embrace you and hear your voice again. Til then my friend....there will be a scar with your name on my heart.

    To an Athlete Dying Young
    by A. E. Housman

    The time you won your town the race
    We chaired you through the market-place;
    Man and boy stood cheering by,
    And home we brought you shoulder-high.

    To-day, the road all runners come,
    Shoulder-high we bring you home,
    And set you at your threshold down,
    Townsman of a stiller town.

    Smart lad, to slip betimes away
    From fields were glory does not stay
    And early though the laurel grows
    It withers quicker than the rose.

    Eyes the shady night has shut
    Cannot see the record cut,
    And silence sounds no worse than cheers
    After earth has stopped the ears:

    Now you will not swell the rout
    Of lads that wore their honors out,
    Runners whom renown outran
    And the name died before the man.

    So set, before its echoes fade,
    The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
    And hold to the low lintel up
    The still-defended challenge-cup.

    And round that early-laurelled head
    Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
    And find un-withered on its curls
    The garland briefer than a girl's.

    - Esther ( May 29, 2009 )

  • No greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for the ones he loves. Such a love is that exemplified by Christ Himself. True love of others, even though they may detest you, is the purest love of all. By love, serve one another. Jon as a medic, served all his soldiers. My sister was a 91B, too, and loved helping people. May the Great Physician soothe the hurt in your hearts as you remember Jon. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

    - Robert Collier ( May 27, 2009 )

  • May our precious Lord tenderly hold the Cadavero family in His mighty arms during this Memorial Day week. Being a Vietnam veteran myself, and having two of my comrades names written in "The Wall" at the memorial in D.C., my heart keenly feels the pain and weeps with yours. "Our redemption draweth nigh." That's our hope. Let's stick to it.

    - Pastor Dan Pabon & Milca Pabon, - TV Producer, The Hope Channel, General Conference of SDA's Silver ( May 26, 2009 )

  • On this special day we remember SGT. Jonathan Cadavero and pray for his family. Though we never met SGT Cadavero personally, his dedication, spirit of sacrifice, selfless duty, and love for his companions even to the ultimate consequences, inspire us. Jon, every day of the year and especially on this day we remember and admire your service to our country, thank you. Our gratitude and prayers also go to your parents Nadia and our friend and colleague David, your sister Kristia, and your wife Michelle.

    "For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first." (I Thessalonians 4:16)

    Pastor Jose Cortes Jr & Joanne Cortes
    Director of Adventist Youth Ministries
    Greater New York Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

    - Jose & Joanne Cortes ( May 25, 2009 )

  • Happy Memorial day to you and your family Jon! You're never forgotten! I miss you man!

    - Jeremy Smith ( May 25, 2009 )

  • A mother's pain, a family's victory, and the Lord's promises all on this one page. At this special time set aside to remember those who have served this country, I pray only for God's continued love and peace for each family member of a man who served God, his country and his fellowman to the end. Blessings!

    - Jo Ann Ephraim-Wilson ( May 25, 2009 )

  • Memorial Day. A day of family gatherings, picnics, Bar-B-Q's, and parades honoring our military. But this should be a day of reverence, as we are compelled with solemn respect to remember to pay tribute not only to Jon but to all of our service men & women who fought valiantly, both on the battlefield and beyond, to preserve our own freedom, to protect our nation's ideals, and to perpetuate our cherished liberty. As Jon would often say, and a point we should all remember, that freedom is not always free. To his family & friends, Jon was a hero. And we cannot thank him enough for his courage.....the courage to fight for the freedom every American holds so dear.

    We must honor those who have scrificed their own freedom, whether through their talents, their time, their service, or, in many cases such as with Jon, their lives for love of their country and for all of our sakes. Those we served and died, whose patriotism and courageous dedication to this country, should never be forgotten. Nor should their sacrifice be taken for granted.

    Today, Memorial Day, we placed flowers by Jon's grave, gazed at the flag he loved so dearly, and missed him beyond words. Today, Jon was thought of & remembered in a very special way with great love & admiration.

    My son - my hero will never be forgotten.
    I love you Jon. Always.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 25, 2009 )

  • Dear Members of the Cadavero family. We cannot imagine your loss but you are in our prayers continually. Jon's service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

    - Ryan and Christine Sharpe ( May 25, 2009 )

  • May the words written in this memorial inspire others as much as they have inspired me. Jon's sacrifice has not been in vain. Hope Jon's loved ones can experience God's peace.

    - Alicia Marquez ( May 25, 2009 )

  • As the weekend draws to a close and the day approaches for remembering all who have fallen in the service of their country, my thoughts are once again with the Cadavero family. There is a not a day that goes by that I do not think of Jon, and he definitely will be on my mind tomorrow, as I attend the annual services at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. The flag will flutter in the morning breeze against an azure sky, wihile the grave markers that dot the cemetery stand as silent setinels to remind us of the tremendous sacrifice that is made so that we can enjoy the day. For the short time that I knew Jon, he made a tremendous impact on me, and I looked forward to the day when he would return to San Antonio for a reunion with his training buddies. In a way, though, he IS always here, for he is in my thoughts daily--and his family is in my prayers daily.
    Thanks for your service, Jon, and thanks even more for your sacrifice.

    - Neil Williams (nwilliams48@hotmail.com) ( May 24, 2009 )

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    - Mwbgmibn ( May 21, 2009 )

  • I didn't realize until recently that May is Military Appreciation Month. As I thought about Jon (of course) and our troops who have been overseas and those who are still there, it is easy to forget or take for granted what they face on a daily basis. So in honor of our soldiers, the following few words:

    We complain about how hot it is. A soldier wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

    We go out to lunch & complain because the restaurant got our order wrong. A soldier doesn't get to eat today.

    Our mothers/wives make our bed & wash our clothes. A soldier wears the same things for weeks but he makes sure his weapons are clean.

    We go to the mall & get our hair re-done. A soldier doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

    We get angry when we have to work 5 minutes overtime. A soldier is told he will be held over for an extra 2 months.

    We hug & kiss our parents/boyfriend/girlfriend like we do every day. A soldier holds the letter he got from home close to his heart & anxiously waits for another one.

    We are asked to go to the store to run an errand. We don't feel like going. A soldier does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.

    We call a friend to go out for the evening. A soldier waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

    We hug & kiss our husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend, like we do every day. A soldier holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

    Our cell phone is in our pocket. A soldier clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tag.

    We talk to friends and miss those who live far away. A soldier knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

    We go to a beach & go for a stroll. A soldier patrols the streets, searching for insurgents & terrorists.

    We stay at home & watch TV. A soldier takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep and eat.

    We hear the jokes about the war which make fun of our troops. A soldier hears gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

    We see/hear only what the media wants us to see & hear. A soldier sees the broken bodies lying around him......................

    Using the term "soldier" I would like to think that term applies to all the military men & women.
    Let's remember our troops (whatever the branch) and thank those who served, and those who are still serving.

    My personal thanks to all the men & women who trained with Jon, and who also served with him in Iraq. My special thanks to Michelle, who not only served alongside with Jon and put herself in harms way, but also gave Jon a home away from home - a "safe" haven in the midst of hell. I know only too well firsthand what your lives were like on a daily bais. My sincere thanks and appreciation to you all for you dedication, service and sacrifice. Last but not least, thank you Jon for all you did in your usual unselfish, dedicated, caring manner. How I wish you didn't have to give the ultimiate sacrifice.

    Remember our troops & let us not forget them later. Let us not forget Jon.
    Love you my son.
    Mom




    - Nadia Cadavero ( May 12, 2009 )

  • I know I never write anything on here, it's still very hard for me to write something "in memory" of my husband. He was supposed to be the man that I spend the rest of my life with. I read all these wonderful memories others share here, it just makes me so proud that he picked me. He taught me so much and I know I am the person I am today because of him. I love him so much and I am so blessed that I have him in all of my memories. I miss him and think of him every day.
    Michelle Cadavero

    - Michelle Cadavero ( May 04, 2009 )

  • And when i get to heaven to St. Peter I will tell another soldier reporting for duty sir I've served my time in hell

    - spc Adam N Denton ( Apr 17, 2009 )

  • No one had to remind me that March 9th marked 2 years since Jon's funeral service. I think of that day often and wish I could remember more details and recall more faces. But 2 years later things are still a blur and perhaps I am still in a shockmode.

    We were invited to attend a special memorial service honoring the medics, nurses, and doctors who died in the war held at Arlington National Cemetery on March 11th. How bizarre the coinciding dates so close together. As the various speakers spoke of the bravery & courage each medical personnel displayed on the battle field, no one had to tell me about how brave & courageous Jon was. Even at an early age Jon never feared to do what was right and many times he stood alone.. Jon showed courage and strength by not following the crowd, by not cheating on a test, stealing, and covering up, or lying. Many times he was ridiculed but he always said he didn't care because he ended the day with a clear conscience.

    Emailing & talking to a number of men/women who servied with Jon in both Ft. Drum and Iraq, and knowing the person he was, it doesn't surprise me that he showed the same strength, courage and bravery on the battle field. To the lives he saved, he will remain a hero. To me, he already was a hero before he even enlisted.

    Jon is missed so much by so many. But put all those together doesn't even come close to how much I, his mother, miss him.

    You have fought a good fight my son. Now rest in peace. Jon is thought of countless times during the day, missed beyond words, and loved to the depths of my soul.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Apr 15, 2009 )

  • Thank you for your service to our country, and for your sacrifice. God bless you and your family for all you have given to us.

    William A. Sweet
    Captain, Armor
    United States Army

    - CPT Bill Sweet ( Mar 30, 2009 )

  • Jon was like my big brother. I cant believe that he is gone. I could never forget him as long as i live. He had a big influence in my life. Everytime I seen him i smiled and I knew that I was just so special because I knew him...

    I love you Jon and I carry you in my heart

    - Angelique Byers ( Mar 25, 2009 )

  • Bro i still cant believe its been two years for me it's still just like yesterday we were in the motor pool on stryker screwing around smoking and joking and man i still remember how well u did when we took fire on route peggy and u didn't even flinch how calm u seemed and i still remember how we had to stop the entire convoy just for u when you forgot you're nods on the buffalo lol. I served in iraq with jon in iraq with task force iron claw he was attached to my platoon when we got in country as my platoon was to be routed to support his company as their infantry element he was a great friend and an awesome medic who was absolutely fearless at times when it came to doing his job and for that i am so greatful because i was always at peace with jon by my side on patrol knowing i had tge best right beside me keeping me safe one of my only regrets is not having been on that mission to help give him peace of mind like he had done for me so many times. Jon thank you for watching over me when i was wounded and brought here to walter reed i miss u bro and i'll never forget

    - Spc Adam N Denton ( Mar 12, 2009 )

  • Jonny I think about you all the time...I remember sharing bubble gum on field trips, handing out pizza and juice on Fridays, fall picnics and ice skating in Bear Mountain...the list just goes on and on...My prayers are always with your family., especially your Mom, whom you so graciously shared with all your Waldwick brothers and sisters throughout our best years....I hope to see again in heaven...Love you.

    - Yanivis Fragozo ( Mar 04, 2009 )

  • We all came together, Both you and old
    To Fight for our freedom,
    To stand and be bold.

    In the Midst of all evil, We stand our ground,
    And we protect our country
    From all terror around.

    Peace and not war is what some people say,
    But I'll give my life,
    So YOU can live the American way.

    I give you the right to talk of your peace
    To stand in your groups,
    And protest in our streets.

    But still I fight on,
    I don't bitch, I don't whine.
    I'm just one of the people who is doing YOUR time.

    I'm harder then nails, Stronger then any man
    I'm the Immortal US soldier
    the one that always can

    So stand in my shoes, and leave your home.
    Fight for the people who hate you,
    With the protests they've shown.

    Fight for the sick, fight for the poor
    fight for the cripple
    Who lives next door.

    Fight for the stranger, and fight for the young.
    So they all may have,
    The greatest freedom that I've won.

    But when your time comes, do what I've done.
    For if you stand up for freedom,
    You'll stand when the fight's done.

    --To my brother in arms and friend--
    Jonathon Cadavero

    I've lost several good friends in Iraq but when I first heard of Jon's passing I just could not believe it.....not Jon. All I could do was hold my girls tight and when my oldest asked me, "what's wrong daddy." All I could say was a very good man died sweetie, a brother...

    The news of Jon's passing hit very close to my heart. It almost seemed impossible for something like that to happen to someone like Jon. Jon and I were best friends for many of our years growing up in Waldwick. And even though our last few years in waldwick we drifted apart there was always that love and real friendship. We really were something though....we liked the same sports, teams, girls and would even wear the same outfits to school so we could look the same. He always called me, my brother from another mother....

    Jon truely was one of those people that touched your life and changed it. My heart goes out to his family but especially Mrs. Cadavero....an amazing woman who loved us all so very much.

    Jon.....you guard them gates of Heaven buddy, I'll be up there some day to relieve you.


    - SGT StevenYoussef USMC ( Mar 01, 2009 )

  • I can't believe it's been two years. I'll never forget my soldier friend, Jon, since I met him at CUC. I'll be going to college in another year and i wonder what advice he would have for me.

    - Luke Hecht ( Feb 28, 2009 )

  • It was so great to see you this past week in Portland and to hear of this Website. I still remember doing a week of prayer at Waldwick and meeting your son Jonathan for the first time. He was one of the nicest kids that we have ever met! All he could talk about was his love for basketball, and at the end of the week, his love for Jesus. Jon wrote me a thank you note that I have kept to this day. We remember and honor Jonathan and thank God for the privilege of knowing the Cadavero family'. We also are thankful and remain confident, that because of Christ.... we will see him again!! You remain in our prayers.

    - Frank and Odette Runnels ( Feb 28, 2009 )

  • Today marks 2 years when an Army Chaplin and Casualty Officer from West Point came to my house to give me news that would change my life forever and put me in an on going nightmare.
    On this second anniversary I wish to dedicate the following few words in loving memory of my beloved son:

    "They say there is a reason; they say that time will heal.
    But neither time nor reason will change the way I feel.
    No one knows the heartache that lies beyond my smiles,
    No one knows how many times I have broken down and cried.
    I want to tell you something so there won't be any doubt,
    Jon is so wonderful to think about but so hard to live without.
    They say that time will heal all wounds and help me to forget,
    But time has only proved to me how much I miss Jon yet."

    Today of all days I sadly miss you Jon but you will never be forgotten.
    I hold you close in my heart, always in my mind.
    Rest in peace - I love you.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 27, 2009 )

  • Anniversary dates have a way of tugging on our heart strings. They carry way more emotional weight than other ordinary days on the calendar throughout the year. Today is one such day. So on this somber 2nd anniversary, we will look for ways to celebrate Jons life. In that way, we honor his memory and keep his legacy alive and well.

    Jon lived his life extraordinarily well in his twenty-four brief years on this earth ~ as expressed in this poem written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, entitled Those are a Success:

    Those are a success who have lived well, laughed often and loved much;
    Who have gained the respect of intelligent people and the love of children;
    Who have filled their niche and accomplished their task;
    Who leave the world better than they found it,
    Whether by a perfect poem or a rescued soul;
    Who never lacked appreciation of the earths beauty or failed to express it;
    Who looked for the best in others and gave the best they had.

    And Jon did just that gave the very best he had every single day of his short life, rescued more of his fellow comrades-in-arms than we'll probably ever know, and left the world better than he found it. Flying with angels now! And forever in our hearts ....

    A loved one is never forgotten,
    and to dwell in the hearts of those still here, is to live forever.

    ~ Debra Valle (cousin) and Family
    Dudley, Massachusetts

    - Debra Valle ( Feb 27, 2009 )

  • Hello everyone, I was pleasantly surprised to find this website. I was Jon's Platoon Leader in Iraq. I am sorry that I have not contacted you all in the last 2 years, but I have felt a loss of words each time I tried. I want you to know that Jon was absolutely everything you knew he was during our deployment. He was a great confident of mine, someone I could turn to for advice and hear exactly what I needed to hear. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Today is a tough day for me, I can't imagine what it is for you. If you would ever like to talk, my phone number is (315)681-8481

    Doc, thanks for your sacrifice and thanks for the great life you lived. My children will grow up knowing the stories of the Heros of the 27th of February and know that they owe their thanks to you, Henry, Sou and SSG Schlitz.

    - Dan Patterson ( Feb 27, 2009 )

  • On this day, we remember the ultimate sacrifice that Jon made two years ago. It's hard to believe that so much time as passed. Although I have been remiss in checking this site and reading the comments, Jon--and his family--have never been out of my thoughts. You are all in my prayers every day.
    I know that God brought us together as friends, even for the short time that Jon was here, so that we could--and would--remember him and his family. The impace he made on every person who has written is a testament to him--and to the values that his family instilled in him. I still drean/wish/feel that Jon will write or call to tell me when he is returning to San Antonio for that reunion with his classmates and friends.
    I still have--and treasure--the email that he sent me from Iraq after I told him that I had lost my mother, whom he had met at church that fall. His kind words live on, and comfort me daily.
    Again, my condolences to the family.
    Please know that Jon lives on in the memory of his many friends.

    - Neil Williams (nwilliams48@hotmail.com) ( Feb 27, 2009 )

  • I only want to say that we still remeber and pray for you every day. It has been two years today, but your grief is still fresh, may God continue to hold your hand this day and the next! God bless.

    - Larry Blackmer ( Feb 27, 2009 )

  • Dear Cadavero family,

    So....tomorrow.....two years. It must seem like just a moment ago and a lifetime ago.

    I continue to pray for you. Hold on until Jesus comes, when you get to wrap your arms around Jon again, look into his face and hear him say, "I love you".

    Hold on,

    Kallie Kirchberg

    - Kallie Kirchberg ( Feb 26, 2009 )

  • Its been near two years, and I re-live that day way too often. Jon and I had many fun days. Almost every mission I stayed right next to him, keeping watch over him. He always made fun of me for being his bodyguard. He always made me laugh too. No matter what would be going on around us, Jon always saw the humor in things and told some of the best jokes. I miss Doc everyday. I learned so much from him as did so many others. I wish everyday that things didnt happen the way they did. Know that I will never forget. I miss you Jon...

    - SGT Casey McFarlin ( Feb 25, 2009 )

  • To all Jon's family and friends - know that he is not forgotten by his Alma Mater, Columbia Union College and the Weis Library staff who mourn his loss. Every year that takes us farther from his passing brings us closer to our reunion with him. God Bless.

    - Kathy Hecht ( Feb 25, 2009 )

  • The first time I met Jon when I was a platoon leader in A Co. We were going out to a field training exercise and had requested medic support for the field problem. He was assigned to my platoon, and I got to know him pretty well over the duration of the next week or so. He immediately impressed me; he was every platoon leader's dream Soldier - attentive, sharp, hard-working, and he knew his job. From day one, he made it a point to personally check on every member of the platoon each day. No ailment or complaint was turned away and if he didn't have an answer he would get back to you, often with a prescription or advice for whatever the issue was.

    Later, Jon was assigned to my platoon for a portion of our month-long pre-deployment training exercise to California. While there he confided in me that he had been offered a job in the battalion aid station, a far cushier and easier job, but had requested to stay with the engineers because he loved the men and liked feeling like a Soldier. That was Jon - he always insisted on being where he could do the most good and he genuinely cared about the men and being their medic. He loved being a Soldier, he loved being around Soldiers, and he loved taking care of Soldiers. As a leader I could not have asked for more. The passion he had for his job and the men he served with was unmistakeble.

    Once we deployed to Iraq Jon was formally attached to our company. As one of only two medics in the comany, Jon didn't have the luxury of being able to sit out many missions or get much downtime. But he wouldn't have had it any other way. As the deployment went on, day in and day out he went on patrol. He used to carry chewing gum in an ammo pouch just so that when he saw guys getting worn out or having a rough time he could offer them a piece and make them smile. He understood that we all would suffer from more than just physical ailments or injuries, and he was there to help on every level. As the medic he was also alot like a chaplain - many guys in the company entrusted him not just with their injuries, but with their problems.

    Even when I left the company and went to work on staff, Jon continued to look after me. Passing me in the chow hall, or on his way to or from somewhere on camp, he would always call me over to joke about something and ask me about my health. I was having some problems with my feet at the time and because I hadn't had the time to get to the aid station, he took it upon himself to research my issue, discuss it with a Doctor, and brought a prescription to my hootch late at night, after having worked a full day. Even after I had left the unit, Doc Cadavero was still MY medic. He was just that kind of guy.

    It's been nearly two years since that day I learned of his death. Since I learned that my medic, my Soldier, my friend, had died. It still eats at me as much as the day I heard. I felt then and still feel that we've been robbed. I know I speak for many when I say that the world is a lesser place without him.

    Jack London wrote a poem that said:
    "I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot..."

    The only consolation I have been able to find in any of this is that Jon glowed brightly while he was here. He gave his all in everything he did and always found time for others. He was selfless beyond words, a true example for us all.

    - Chuck Schumacher ( Feb 24, 2009 )

  • Jon will always be with us, each in our own way. I will always remember him checking up on each and every one of us every day. Regardless of how big or small your ailment or injury was Jon treated them all with the same care and respect. Jon was more than 'doc', he was a man who could make you laugh, make you crazy and make you realize there are good people in this world. I am thankful for my chance to know him. God bless and keep you.

    - Jeffrey DeRosa ( Feb 23, 2009 )

  • Jon today was weird I was walking from the hospitals cafeteria and I thought of you. The weird thing I heard your voice and I looked back. It scared me you were nowhere. I thought I was crazy but you had a way about yourself when we were going through rough times you would say in the best Italian voice Hey yo CAR BA HALL eva dang gonna be alright, alright. And thats what I heard today and I knew you were just looking out for me and I appreciate it. I love you brother man. I should be out of the hospital in a couple weeks to a month and I'll come see you for the first time.

    - Andrew Carbajal ( Feb 16, 2009 )

  • Although the Holidays are long gone & forgotten by most, it is a special time for families. We always loved Christmas especially as it was a time of year for making memories with our family,
    special loved ones, and friends. We had our own traditions & rituals that became part of our holiday season. All the family traditions & rituals that I once looked forward to just became a source for magnifiying my loss. As we approached our second Christmas without Jon it became harder this year to face the festivities. Christmas morning we should have been sitting by the fireplace, sipping a hot drink, talking, laughing & making new memories. Instead, we were at the cemetery, sitting by Jon's grave & missing him more than words can ever say.

    And here it is February, a month I used to love. What's not to love? A short month, days off from school, and if Mother Nature hit us with harsh wintery weather, it was OK because you could almost smell spring in the air. Now the month of February holds bitter sweet memories for me - memories of a last card, last email, last phone call and, worst of all, the tragedy that would forever change my life.

    People with good intentions have said that time will make a difference; I will learn to deal with it, etc. etc. etc. To those I say: walk a few days in my shoes, feel my pain, cry my tears and then talk to me about what time can & will do. There are some wounds that are so deep that time does nothing to ease the pain.

    It's hard to believe that in a few weeks it will be 2 years since Jon was taken away from me, from all of us. I think of Jon so many times during the course of the day. I remember all the love, all the good times, all the laughter we shared. Wonderful memories can never replace Jon, but I look forward to the day when we will be together once more.

    Jon "lives" on in my heart and he truly was AND is my hero for he served proudly & bravely.

    Miss & love you my son now more than ever.
    Mom


    - Nadia Cadavero ( Feb 15, 2009 )

  • I cant believe its been two years since I last heard Jons voice. On February 12, 2007 Jonny called me from Iraq. I was at work, sitting at my desk, when I heard the phone ring. I saw a really long phone number show up on the caller ID, and I knew it was him. I picked up the phone immediately and was so excited to talk with Jon.

    I dont remember exactly how we greeted each other, but I imagine it was as we always did. I probably said, Hi, Brother, and Jon most likely said, Sister, how is everything?

    (Ever since we were little, we referred to each other as Brother and Sister. This began when our Mum read the childrens books The Berenstain Bears to us, whose kid characters were known as Brother Bear and Sister Bear.)

    Whenever Jonny called from Iraq, he always sounded positive and energetic. We spoke about the usual things: his missions, my work, our family, world events. He always checked with me to make sure our mother was ok.

    Then he made a request of me, and then asked me to make two promises. Jon supported Mayor Rudy Giuliani for president, and asked me to make a contribution to the Giuliani campaign for him. I did this immediately, and made the donation in Stg. Jons name.

    He then asked me to promise him to begin tae kwon do lessons. Jon took martial arts as a child, and then after a lapse of several years he began again during college and advanced to a brown belt. When we were in college together, Jon would always ask me to take tae kwon do with him but I never did. Not taking these tae kwon do classes with Jonny is perhaps my biggest regret. But I did keep my promise to him. I began tae kwon do at the academy that Jon attended and under the training of his old instructors. Jon told me that I would like it, and to my surprise I really did enjoy martial arts (I guess Jon knew me better than I did).

    Jons second promise that he asked of me was to begin school that autumn. He and I planned to go to the same masters program together in the fall of 2008, as his term in the Army was done in the spring of 2008. But during our last conversation he told me that he was considering re-enlisting, and he didnt want me to wait for him. As hard as it was to register for classes in the fall of 2007, only six months after Jonny became an angel, I kept my second promise to him, too. Jon was my inspiration throughout the program, and I will graduate this spring.

    Whenever I think of my last conversation with Jon, Im reminded of one of his favorite movies, Signs. In the film a preachers wife passes away due to an accident, and her husband becomes very bitter and despondent. Several years later, the preachers entire family is saved through his remembering the last words spoken to him by his wife. Although he previously thought her last words were incoherent and inconsequential, he realized that her message was a sign.

    Ive spoken with several other gold star family members who were asked, in their last conversation with their fallen hero, to do something specific for them. Many times they feel that that request, whether to read a book or begin an old hobby or to try something new, has saved them by guiding them to a purpose and giving them a goal.

    In the same way, I feel that Jon saved me. After his passing I was consumed with grief. But through two seemingly mundane and inconsequential promises I made to Jonny, those last requests of his became like a light in a darkened room. Acting on those last promises enabled me to take my first steps in which grieving, although always present, was not all consuming. Slowly, as I began to act upon the promises the future became more than just mourning the past.

    Brother: you always looked out for me. Although I didnt realize it at the time, thank you for saving me two years ago today. You are missed and loved more every day.

    - Kristia Cavere ( Feb 13, 2009 )

  • Dear Cadavero Family,

    When I see someone that has or is serving I thank them for serving our country. Thank you for raising the kind of fine young man that served his country and continues to serve in the testimonies of all these people.

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I can not imagine what you have gone through and continue to go through. Thank you for sharing a part of your son's life through this web site.

    Looking forward to the day when Jesus comes back to this earth, brings Jonathan to your waiting arms, and then I can meet Jonathan face to face.

    God bless you,

    Kallie Kirchberg
    Atlantic Union College
    Enrollment/Recruitment

    - Kallie Kirchberg ( Jan 29, 2009 )

  • Times and times again you come across my mind. I've been in the hospital for awhile and soon to get out. I finished a tattoo on my back for you. I know when we got out of A.I.T. and heading up to Drum we all were suppose to get together and get a tattoo of something military like. Well never would of thought that tattoo would of came three years later and you are gone. You're a great friend and always will be. We did things over in IRAQ no one will every realize and understand but I can tell you the day you died, which was the day before my birthday, we would get attacked 45-65 times a day two years later they are only getting attack 2-5 times a day. We made a difference. Elections are being held now and in March Officials will be taking office. That is a great mile stone. Our headquarters is deployed right now to IRAQ and 3rd Birgade to OEF. OBAMA is in office, who would of thought with our military situation but I agree it is time for change. Its been two years brother and my first child was born in October. Her name is Emma June. I miss you and I wish your family well. My thoughts and prays are with you guys always!

    - andrew carbajal ( Jan 28, 2009 )

  • Lately I have found myself thinking about Jon a lot. Wondering why. While I wasn't very close to him, I am close to his mother, Mrs. Cadavero. I make it a point to visit her every time I come to Waldick. Mrs. Cadavero, my prayers are with you and your family. Michelle, my prayers are with you too. i only met you once; but my boyfriend recently enlisted into the Reserve. Since then, my prayers have been with you more than ever. I pray for comfort and healing for you and that you will feel his love in your times of loss and sadness. Just know that I and many others are praying for you!

    I know this message can't do much, but i hope it brings at least a little comfort.
    Jon, we miss you! hopefuly we'll see you again soon!

    Love,
    Emily Hollister

    - ( Jan 27, 2009 )

  • Thomas Olden once observed, "If the essence of my being has caused a smile to have appeared upon your face, or a touch of joy within your heart, then in living, I have made my mark." Sergeant Jonathan Cadavero's life brought many smiles upon many faces, brought joy to many hearts, and within a span of only 24 years left a mark worthy of emulation. Beyond the smiles, beyond the joy, and a compassionate, tender spirit, he had incredible "grit" and courage. While serving in Iraq, there are numerous testimonies from officers and fellow soldiers who indicated what an incredible medic Jon was during his tenure of service. Just one illustration. According to Benjamin Ritter, Commanding Officer, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion located at Ft. Striker, Iraq "On one particular occasion, Jonathan was accompanying a dismounted element during route clearance operations. A shot rang out and as the other soldiers scrambled to find cover, one of them was hit in the leg by an enemy bullet. When the soldier reached Jonathan's covered position, he dove on the wounded soldier and went to work on his leg. Jonathan had the wound bandaged and had moved out with other dismounted soldiers to check nearby buildings within two minutes. That was typical of his treatments.... he always found the confidence to finish the job correctly. The Soldiers of First Platoon knew that when the cry went out for "doc", the man responding would be Jonathan, and that brought them enomorous reassurance. To Jonathan, the Soldiers of First Platoon were his teammates and the thought of leaving them in the hands of another medic was unconscionable. Jonathan was in every way an outstanding soldier and superb medic." This is just a brief snapshot of how Jonathan approached life/with courage, conviction, and selfless service for others.

    At Jonathan's graveside memorial service, on March 9, 2007, which was conducted by military personnel from West Point Military Academy, one of the soldiers played taps. Although when I heard the song, it gave me a lump in my throat and brought tears to my eyes, I never was aware of the story behind the song, "Taps", until recently. Its roots come from very humble beginnings. Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men at Fort Harrison's landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded in the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or a Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the striken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the striken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered that it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier....it was his own son! The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army. The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they granted him only one musician. The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth's uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know as "Taps" used at military funerals was born. The words to the song are:

    Day is done. Gone is the sun.
    From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky.
    All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh.
    Fading light. Dims the sight.
    And a star gems the sky.
    Gleaming bright, from afar,
    drawing nigh, falls the night.
    Thanks and praise for our days,
    'neath the sun, 'neath the stars,
    'neath the sky.
    As we go, this we know.....GOD IS NIGH!

    I have never seen all the words to this solemn song until now. I did not even know there was more than one verse. I now have a deeper respect and appreciation for the song than I did before. Let us remember our lost soldiers and those harmed while serving our wonderful country. Also, remember our brave soldiers who have served and returned safely. Also, say a special prayer for those currently serving in the Armed Forces. And, please never forget our beloved son, Sergeant Jonathan D. Cadavero. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    David A. Cadavero
    Jonathan's father

    - David Cadavero ( Jan 20, 2009 )

  • Thinking of you and all your fallen comrades this Christmas season, and always, Jonny. Each time we light candles, we think of you and how your light shone so brightly while you were here on earth ~ and how it continues to shine even now. We miss you more than words can say . . . and carry your spirit within each of us. May God bless you and us. Everyone!

    With love and peace,
    Debra Valle (cousin) and the Valle Family

    - Debra Valle ( Dec 23, 2008 )

  • I met Jon when I was 7 yrs old in 3rd grade at Waldwick SDA School. We became close friends and remained that way for 15 yrs. I can't express how much I loved him and how much I miss him now. He was and still is an important part of my life. I'm incredibly proud of him and even more so to have known such a wonderful man.

    - Kelly Pastor ( Dec 09, 2008 )

  • I am an Army soldier of 21 years and I've never read more loving tributes to a fellow soldier - he and his family were/are blessed to have known each other for his 20+ years. God Bless you All.

    - K. Myers ( Dec 08, 2008 )

  • Thinking of you today, Jon, as I know yesterday was supposed to be your two year wedding anniversary to your wonderful wife, Michelle. I wish you were still here to be with her and with us. I miss you dearly and know I always will. At this time of year, I'm VERY thankful and proud to have known you. I can't wait to see you again in heaven! may that time come ever so quickly!

    Love,
    Cousin Jeffrey

    - ( Dec 01, 2008 )

  • As another Thanksgiving Day approaches, I remember another Thanksgiving--3 years ago. On that day, I went over early to Fort Sam Houston to meet Jon and "sign him out" of his unit, so that he could join several of us from church (he attended the churcch just a block from the motel where he & his training buddies stayed on the weekend pass) for the wonderful feast. Kay made him feel right at home, as usual, and he enjoyed a great meal--and a lengthy walk along the River Walk afterwards. I still remember seeing him every Sunday in church, in uniform, looking very sharp & handsome. He, and his family, will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow as we all join hands at the dinner table. I'm writing this a day early, as I will be leaving early tomorrow morning to meet and pick up two basic trainees from Lackland AFB to join us for the meal--a tradition that we started a year or two before Jon. Even though I was a bit remiss in not posting a note earlier this month, on Veteran's Day, Jon was again in my thoughts at the services at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

    - Neil Williams ( Nov 26, 2008 )

  • I have a friend here at college that is so proud of the troops and their efforts that he wrote a poem in memory of them for Veterans Day. i feel the need to share this.

    Giving It All To Freedom
    by James Gummert (2008)

    I see a flag,
    Waving in the breeze,
    And I wonder if anyone sees,
    Or thinks,
    Or dreams,
    Or believes,
    In the ones whove given it all.

    I see a nation,
    Protected, safe, noble and free,
    No place on Earth better to be,
    To live,
    To succeed,
    To be happy,
    Saved by the grace of God.

    I see a soldier,
    Standing proud and tall,
    Hearing the shout of his dutys call,
    He salutes,
    And follows,
    As he falls,
    To keep his country free.

    Great pride I feel,
    For the protectors of freedom,
    And the leaders who lead them,
    To battle,
    As they wonder,
    If women and men,
    Even care if they make it home.

    I will always remember,
    The ones whove given it all,
    Answering their dutys call,
    For flag,
    And for nation,
    There standing tall,
    To keep this country free.

    When James had me read this, i realized that the pain of losing my cousin is still here yet i know that with every passing day, God's love will strengthen me and my family. Every once in awhile i do think about the old days, of Jon goofing off and letting me ride by myself in a little red wagon down the hill in my neighborhood, but then i think that he is with the Father Almighty and i know that one day, i will go to His kingdom and see my Jonny once again. For anyone who is still in pain and suffering, i know that my words cannot spare you. Just know that you will see him again when you ascend into heaven. Trust in the Lord our God and know that He has a reason for all His actions. Whenever you dispare, go to you Bible and read Hebrews 4:16, Psalms 27:1-6, or Matthew 5:4. May these few verses help guide you. May the Lord keep you, all who are suffering. With my love and God's love. ~ Bonnie

    - Bonnie Bekersky ( Nov 17, 2008 )

  • As Americans, we have set aside November 11th as Veterans Day. A day to reflect, remember, and honor those who have served in the United States Armed Force. We should especially honor those who have given their last full measure - our Fallen Heroes.

    Families with a loved one who is currently serving overseas,reflect on the volatility of their status and pray for their safe return. Families of Fallen Heroes are reminded of their loss and grieve anew for their loved one.

    We must never forget that America's greatness is due to the dedication and heroism of those who risked their lives defending our freedom. By their service they have kept America strong & have protected our way of life.

    Looking through one of Jon's army folders, I came across the following:

    "It is the VETERAN, not the preacher
    Who has given us freedom of religion.
    It is the VETERAN, not the reporter
    Who has given us freedom of press.
    It is the VETERAN, not the poet
    Who has given us freedom of speech.
    It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer
    Who has given us freedom to assemble.
    It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer
    Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
    It is the VETERAN, not the politician
    Who has given us the right to vote."
    Author Unknown

    Because he never forgot, Jon would send Veteran Day cards to all the VETS he knew to thank them for serving this great land of ours. On behalf of Jon, I would like to thank the VETS he remembered & respected: his hero Uncle Ihor, Michelle, Uncle Richard, Peter, Lee, Frank, Jon's dentist, his neighbors Capt. Jack, Sylvia, Mr. Bradey, barber Art, Shea, Kristy, Andrew and scores of soldiers Jon served with here in the United States & in Iraq, to all in Alpha Co., his fellow medics and the men & women in the 2nd Battalion from Ft. Drum. Special thanks to all and if Jon is looking down at you, he is ever so proud to have known you and/or served with you.

    Today there are nearly 25 million military veterans living among us. Thanks for your service, for teaching us invaluable lessons about liberty, patriotism and democracy.


    Thank you Jon. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten as well. Rest in peace my beloved son with all your fallen band of brothers.

    Miss & love you son -
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Nov 11, 2008 )

  • What can I say about Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero? I didn't personally know Jon but from what I have read of those who did have the privilege of knowing him, I have to say, I feel cheated. I first learned of Jon's tragic story while I was working in Michigan. Glancing over the Greater New York Conference website I came across the sad and disturbing news. Having known Jon's grandmother, Justine Cadavero, I felt the sudden sting of loss. Being a father myself, I cannot comprehend the pain that must attend Jon's parents. David and Nadia, you have my most heartfelt sympathy. I do not pretend to imagine what you're pain must be like from day to day; how you manage to find the resolve to press on. I'm certain God's grace has meant more to you now than ever before. Recently, about 2 weeks ago, I had the opportunity of sitting with David at a restaurant while I asked him questions about his son. Wow! You should have seen his face light up. His esteem and love for his son was emotionally charged. I sat there in amazement trying to gather a glimpse of a man I never knew. David, you painted a perfect portrait. Thank you for sharing Jon's life with me. You see my friend, I don't feel cheated anymore for having never known Jon...for I met him through your eyes and heart. Thank you.
    As I sit here writing this my heart is heavy. Not heavy with despair and uncertainty, but heavy with hope. Hope that someday soon I will have the great privilege of seeing you all re-united again. Then, finally being able to look into Jon's eyes for the first time...only to recognize and old friend!

    My deepest respect and thanks to Jon for his selfless sacrifice.

    My even more profound respect to his parents who helped to shape such a timeless character.

    With a father's love,
    Anthony Rivera.

    - Anthony Rivera ( Nov 11, 2008 )

  • We thank you yet again, Jonny, as well as all your fellow Veterans ~ especially on this day. Our true American heroes!

    You will always be dearly missed .... never, ever forgotten.

    - Debra Valle and Family (Jon's cousin) ( Nov 11, 2008 )

  • I know Jon would want to know that he's being remembered extra-specially today. He is. No one felt a stronger commitment to God and country, and for that, we are truly thankful. Let no Veteran ever be forgotten. We cherish their memories in our hearts and souls and honor them each and every day. But extra-specially today.

    - Debra Valle (Jon's cousin) ( Nov 11, 2008 )

  • Thinking of you on this Veterans Day, Jonathan, and wishing you were still here to enjoy another Veterans' Day as you used to every single year. Thank-you once again for your tremendous sacrifice for us and our country. I think about you often and miss you very, very much. I can't wait to see you again..it won't be long now. The way things are looking now and according to what the Bible says, I know we are living in the "last days" and we will be reunited with you very soon...so until we meet again, my friend, just know that we love you and always will..you may be gone, but NEVER forgotton..

    Much Love,
    Your Cousin,
    Jeffrey Cadavero & The Cadavero Family

    - ( Nov 11, 2008 )

  • The White House, Commission on Remembrance, designated September 20, 2008 as a day of remembrance/national tribute to honor America's fallen and their families. Every family who lost a loved one in either Iraq or Afghanistan was invited to attend the ceremony. At first I was hesitant to go. Why be reminded yet again that Jon was gone? Kristia, Jon's sister, convinced me that we have to be there to represent Jon. So I agreed to go. But for weeks I as gathering enough courage & strength to face another service/another ceremony. Finally the day arrived & it was a beautiiful, sunny, cool day. Walking from the DC metro and nearing the Washington Monument grounds, I was amazed at the crowd of people. Sitting there before the ceremony began, I looked around & realized I was a mere "droplet" in a sea of people. We all were strangers but together we were bearing the pain of our common bond of loss. What could anyone say today to erase the pain or ease the burden of my loss?

    A military band was playing patriotic songs in the background. Two large screens were at each end of the stage & then it happened........they started to list in alphabetical order all the names of the fallen. My eyes started to water but when Jon's name came up, I totally became emotionally unglued. Seeing his hame among the dead just pierced my heart. Again.

    One of the speakers said the following, "An awareness that remembering those who have fallen is more than just the right thing to do, it is everyone's responsibility." Regardless of when their loved one passed away, I saw more tears & pain than I ever have before. My family & I did our own share of crying. Once the tears started to flow, there was no way of stopping.

    "But we ......shall be remembered;
    We few...we band of brothers;
    For he today that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother."
    William Shakespeare

    There is no amount of time that could ever erase Jon's memory. Jon shall always be remembered. His spirit & legacy lives on in my heart. I'm sure the same holds true for the many lives he touched in his short life.

    Jon understood what it meant to be an American, so did the other over 4,154 who also gave their lives to preserve our liberties.

    May Jon rest in peace with all his "brothers"...........

    Think of Jon all the time. Miss & love him to the depths of my soul.
    Mom


    - Nadia Cadavero ( Oct 28, 2008 )

  • My personal condolence is my most loving memory of Sergeant Jonathon David Cadavero.
    First I would like to tell a small story of Sergeant Jonathon David Cadavero. Before doing so, I fervently prayed to get the right words out, so whoever has read this message will know and understand the meaning.
    Jonathon Cadavero came from a very humble and deep Christian family. His grandmother, grandfather, aunts, uncles, mother, and father devoted their entire lives to the love of God. With no doubt this love ran through Jon's veins.
    Jonathon's paternal grandmother and grandfather knew my own parents for over 50 years exchanging the most loving and compassionate letters to one another. I knew Jonathon's father and uncle. The few times we visited together were very warm and touching.
    Unfortunately I never knew Jonathon, but what he did in his final day makes me very sad, swelling with pride as his upbringing would bring such strength, compassion and guts only as honest as a true Christian could achieve.
    Jonathon surrendered his seat for a wounded soldier giving comfort and dignity to him in a protected Hum V. Jonathon chose to ride in an unprotected vehicle very much knowing he was at risk. On that faithful day in February, 2007, Jonathon's vehicle was sabataged, which ended his life. Not only did he do it once, but he did it numerous times. That made Jonathon, not only a hero once, but a hero over and over. What kind of guts and strength is this! My conclusion is only a strength rendering from his loving Creator. Jonathon with no doubt stuck out above all the soldiers doing this heroic act. I don't underestimate many good stories told by many soldiers, but this alone is Jonathon's story.
    Jonathon graduated with high honors in College. He had a big future ahead of him becoming a lawyer. Before going out in the business world, Jonathon wanted to serve his country first. His wonderful plans had to be put on hold to serve. Serve he did. He became a top medic in charge of many wounded soldiers. He would heal them and give them morale and comfort, applying the psychology he studied in college.
    His love was so great, he stepped down and served the men beneath him with lesser ranks. Jonathon exemplified humility in every sense of its meaning.
    Jonathon rests now and God has held his loving heart forever. He'll never be forgotten in God's loving arms.
    Finally my message to everyone who reads this condolence will read as follows: When election day comes soon, whisper the name "Jonathon" under your breath and examine your conscience. Vote heroic and gutsy, just as Jonathon was. In honor of Jonathon, vote morally, vote honorably, vote honestly, vote truthfully, and vote for the constitution.
    Vote with security and justice. It's you and a closed curtain! Think in front of your Creator, in respect of Him, who is the final judge and respect Him, because someday you will be accountable for these votes of morals.
    In memory of Jonathon, just think like you never thought before, even if you can't make up your mind. Think of one issue; mankind, like Jonathon did. Think of the unborn child and you'll be on the right path. Remember, this vote is not only for our preservation of our great nation, but for the honor of our Grand Creator. He is your final judge.
    Maybe after almost two years of sorrow from Jon's family, you could turn all of their sorrows into some happiness instead of this tragedy. His family will someday see the total joy of happiness in Jonathon's life.
    You'll be a great citizen if you vote in honor of all these soldiers, this nation, Jonathon, and the especially the Grand Creator, who will hold your heart in his hands forever.
    God bless America, God bless Sergeant Jonathon David Cadavero, my soldier of love.

    Rosette A. Sokol

    - Rosette A. Sokol ( Oct 24, 2008 )

  • Not too many TV commercials have any effect on me; however, the one described below just tore my heart out.

    The camera spins around what appears to be a waiting room near a gate at an airport. People are talking on cell phones, just sitting there gazing into space, or reading. Then in the background you hear what sounds like one person clapping which the camera soon captures and shows on the screen. Seconds later, you see another and another and another person standing and clapping. Soon everyone is standing and clapping. Then the camera focuses on U.S. soldiers walking through the gate and into the crowd. At the end of the commercial, you see the backs of these soldiers with "Thank You" on the screen.

    No one deserves our thanks more than our military, many of which are still in harm's way. I pray for their safe return. But my thoughts are with those who did not return, who did not walk through an airport gate greeted by their family, friends and grateful Americans. My thougths are especially of Jon and why wasn't he given the chance to come home, walk through an airport gate and be greeted by his family? This isn't how is was supposed to be. I often look at his pictures and remember some crazy silly thing he said or did and have to laugh. But for every touch of enlightenment, I endure weeks of darkness. Whenever the family get together for some special occasion or for no reason at all, the emotions continue to pulsate and one feels Jon's absence. Jon's death has left a hole in my middle of my heart and life. This holds true for his family and many of his friends.

    Jon was supposed to come home and he did come home but not in the way any of us expected. I know that someday Jon will wait by those pearly gates and greet his family & friends. And we will never part again. But right now, here on earth and in this case, time has not healed any wounds, and time has not made a difference. Jon is missed so very much.

    Rest in peace by beloved son. I think of you all the time, miss & love you with all my heart & soul.
    Mom

    - Nadia Cadavero ( Oct 21, 2008 )

  • My heart breaks a little more everyday as I realize that Jon is never coming back. The pain this has caused is indescribable, and I pray to God that He will never make me go through something like this again. As I go about my daily life, I see plenty of people - in the news, on TV, or in person - whose existence and purpose I simply cannot fathom. Why are they still on this earth when Jon is not? It seems to me as if Jon was too good to live here, instead belonging in a place far away from the pain and imperfections that humans are forced to live with. Oftentimes, when we are asking God how He permitted this to happen to such a person, we forget to thank Him for the time we were allowed to be with Jon. Although I feel robbed and abandoned, I am ever so thankful that I was one of the fortunate people who were granted the privilege of knowing Jon. Out of the many things I learned from him, I will never forget the importance of living life to the fullest and making each day count. Jon made sure to follow this testament everyday. We all love and miss you my friend.

    - ( Oct 06, 2008 )

  • I remember all the times Jonny and I spent together, during Thanksgiving, Christmas or during the summer. I remember the time he took me up the hill in my neighborhood in my little red wagon and just let me ride by myself all the way down. I remember the fun times at the beach with him being his funny, amazing self. But most importantly, I remember the way he used to say the right things at exactly the right time. Ha always had a funny or insightful thing to say. That was his God given gift, humor. Jonny was his name and comedy was his game. Another thing I remember was that fact that he always wanted to serve his country. He would try to act like Uncle but fail because he always had that sense of humor messing up that serious attitude that only Uncle can pull off. When I found out that he was going into the service, I could not have been happier. I was proud to call him my cousin but more importantly, I was proud to call him my friend and hero. Jon was my hero and still and forever will be. Things that Jonny used to say to me still help govern my life today and I know with the wisdom he shared with me, I will never fall off the right path. He was a man of God and he loved his family to the end. I know that hes watching all of us from heaven right now and keeping tabs on how we all are doing. No matter what, we have to always remember that he is still with us in our hearts and that because of him, we all have a little sparkle of grace and laughter instilled in us. When I was little I used to say to him, To the Moon, Jonny, to the Moon. Well, now I get to say, Peace be with you in heaven, my hero, Peace be to you.

    - Bonnie Bekersky ( Sep 09, 2008 )

  • I just checked on the website of "Run for the Fallen" to see where Jon was remembed, and found that it was in an area near Sparta, Tennessee; how appropriate that a true warrior (for he wanted to truly serve his country) was remembered in a one-mile run near a town named for the warrior city in ancient Greece. I think of Jon daily--and of his family; you have lost a member of the family, and I have lost a friend. You are always in my prayers.

    - Neil Williams (nwilliams48@hotmail.com) ( Aug 25, 2008 )

  • I never knew Jon or the members of his family except for his dad David. He currently serves as my employer and the example that he sets for me gives me a clear indication of the type of man and soldier Jon was. To his mom who I know still has a tough time dealing with his death, God will give you the strength to make it. He was a good man who believed in integrity and the benefits of freedom.

    Keep strong and keep the faith. I know you will see him again.

    Rest in peace!

    - Linden Hislop ( Aug 20, 2008 )

  • "Life is eternal, and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight." Anonymous

    It doesn't take much for me to be reminded of Jon. Everyday something triggers a memory that either brings a smile or tears. Many times, both...............Right now my thoughts go back two years around the middle/end of July 2006 when Jon had his last home leave before his deployment to Iraq. He wanted to spend his ten days at home doing ordinary/simple things he enjoyed doing, going to places he loved to visit. His favorite meals were cooked when we didn't go to his favorite restaurants, we went to this lake he loved to swim at, he went food shopping for me and came home with all items on my list other than cereal & milk! But on his last full day at home, he wanted to cut the front lawn. As I heard the lawn mower start, I went to one of the front windows as I just wanted to watch him. And to my amazement there was Jon with no T-shirt, no socks, no sneakers, just his army PT shorts sprinting up & down, back & forth, singing "Sweet Caroline" at the top of his voice. Boy did I laugh.......but it was just like Jon to do something like this. Now when I water the front bushes & flowers, I can almost see and hear Jon as if he is doing a repeat "performance" just for me.

    Almost is not good enough though. It never will be. Not a day goes by when my heart doesn't ache for my son. The pain that is deep inside of me is the same as when I first heard of Jon's death. Nothing has changed, it certainly hasn't gotten any better, and time has not made a difference. One learns to tolerate pain & hurt, to get up each morning & use all the strength possible to get through the day.

    The other night as I was channel surfing, I cam across the movie "The Jazz Singer" with Neil Diamond. At that exact moment he was singing "Sweet Caroline"....somehow I love Jon's version better. When I think back on that day, even facing deployment & war, Jon was such a happy soul, proud to be able to serve, confident he would return, full of hopes & dreams for the future.

    Until I meet Jon over that horizon, I love & miss him with my heart & soul.
    Mom



    - Nadia Cadavero ( Aug 13, 2008 )

  • I've just read your website and am both awed and sobered. What an incredible life and witness Jon packed into his short life! Just think of the ripple effect his life has had and continues to have on all who came in contact with him. How I wish I could have known him! As a mother, I cannot imagine your loss, Nadia. Be assured of my prayers for you and the entire family as you continue to struggle with the void that Jon has left. May the Comforter be very real to you each day.

    - Nancy Wilson ( Jul 28, 2008 )

  • I know that when I heard this I was shocked.

    My memories will always be of his joke of the night before lights out in A bay. And if you didn't laugh he'd yell at you and then laugh at his own bad joke. He would always find something funny to say or do to make everybody happier. I'm sorry I never got the chance to serve with him after AIT but I can say he made the world a better place while he was here.

    My condolences to the Cadavero's and all of his friends, family, and soldiers who knew him better than I did. May he have a peaceful rest.

    - A fellow A-bay medic from AIT ( Jul 26, 2008 )

  • " The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality." - John Quincy Adams. Jon's life was one of happy service to others, a service that lives on. As Albert Schweitzer once wrote "... the only ones who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." He learned to serve others from the example of his Mom and Dad. They both live a life of service for others. I am indebeted to Jon's Father for his godly example of service. I pray for Jon's family and his wife during my personal devotions, I know he is safe in the arms of Jesus our Lord, Jon's Lord and the day will come when Jesus returns and calls us all to Him. I look forward to that day knowing Jonathan will be there with his friendly smile to greet us all. - Tim

    - Tim Fisher ( Jul 01, 2008 )