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Oregonian Travels Thousands of Miles to Honor our War Dead

Photographer spends his life honoring fallen heroes and documenting their sacrifice, but he needs like minded individuals to help his effort.

Funeral images by Q. Madp of IraqWarHeroes.org
All funeral images by Q. Madp of IraqWarHeroes.org

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - As a nation we recently heard about the number of American casualties in Iraq passing 4,000. We are also fighting a war in Afghanistan and the number of casualties from that theater has increased in recent months.

Q. Madp of IraqWarHeroes.org

While some people wave flags and others protest the war one Oregonian, Q. Madp of iraqwarheroes.org spends his life paying respects at these somber events and he records those visual images that only an experienced world class photographer can take.

His point is to give the families a record of that tragic day that they laid their loved one to rest. He refuses to take money from the families for his service, and he only shares photos with the media when the family specifically agrees to it.

The hardest part for Q. is finding regular support to fuel his efforts to recognize our fallen. It is a shame and I occasionally report breakthroughs like a company agreeing to put up a billboard for Q., or another when a company donates a car to him, but these generous acts need more company and as Americans and Oregonians, we should feel obligated to help him take care of this most basic need.

Every casualty from the war is listed on IraqWarHeroes.org. It is the only place anyone knows of that so accurately and carefully spends maximum effort honoring our war dead. Regardless of your politics, this is an important job Q. Madp has taken on.

The funeral coverage is mixed with the upkeep of the Website. When more soldiers and servicemembers died overseas Q. travels more. In recent days Q. completed what becomes a full tour covering our fallen.

"It’s been a very long week. 5 trips up north and back. On my 3rd trip to the Fort Lewis area, my odometer went over 100,000. I got this car last July 10th, 8 months ago and have since put on it 32,462 miles for missions for our heroes."

He tirelessly pushes on, and he performs a role that brings great solace to American families who have lost a loved one.

"I’ve had at least 11 oil changes in the last 8 months and consumed over 1352 Gallons of gasoline. My gas card is maxed out again and I can’t find any local companies to donate a transmission and radiator flush." He says he recognizes that the very few people that try and help are struggling themselves. "I managed to get on two more local radio shows again asking for help. No takers," Madp said.

"I did receive 1 letter, postmarked March 19 and it came from Knoxville TN. The hand written note on the card reads: 'Your work can compete with nature and take a person’s breath away. Thank you and bless you for all you do.'"

Here is one of Q's mission reports, which gives you an idea how much time and mileage goes into this unique role:

Mission Report for PFC Joshua Young KIA 01/28/08 Mosul, Iraq

02/05/08 Start: 0430 End: 1923 Away Time: 14 Hours and 57 Minutes Miles Traveled: 549 (Escort Mission from North Bend)

02/07/08 Start: 0600 End: 1918 Away Time: 13 Hours and 18 Minutes Miles Traveled: 400 (Memorial & Funeral Services)

TOTAL AWAY TIME: 28 Hours and 15 Minutes. Total Miles Traveled: 948

At home working on photos: 22 Hours. Total photos for family: 1320 Total posted for public: 218 pics.

He also reports that he just did 5 back to back up in Washington. They were for:

PO2 Christopher Strom 03/16/08 service in Shelton WA

Sgt Phillip Anderson 03/20/08 service in Spanaway WA and Kent WA

Cpl Jose Paniagua-Morales 03/17/08 service in Tacoma WA

Beyond the photographs included here, you can see the photos he has posted for the public at iraqwarheroes.org/youngjar.htm. Just visiting iraqwarheroes.org and making a donation can make a big difference for maintaining our history and the respect required for those who have died at war.
Contact:
Q Madp
PO Box 86888
Portland OR 97286-0888

Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away
iraqwarheroes.org
myspace.com/qfocal




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floorgal April 14, 2010 8:08 pm (Pacific time)

You don't have to believe in battle to honor the ones willing to do the battling for us!!! We love you Q


DEBRA COOPER February 10, 2009 5:08 pm (Pacific time)

THANKS SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO HELP KEEP OUR LOVED ONES MEMORIES ALIVE. MOTHER OF FALLEN MARINE; CPL WILLIAM JUSTIN COOPER 5/19/08


Donna Arthur January 28, 2009 3:16 pm (Pacific time)

As an army Mom of 2, I would love to extend my sincere thanks to you for who you are and what you do for our fallen heroes and their families. It warms the heart and brings tears to my eyes to see the Patriot Guard honor them as you all do. Thank you so much!


Brian Dagit January 21, 2009 10:13 am (Pacific time)

I too sir am glad o ride with the Patriot Guard in NWA. I lost my brother Keven Dagit, civilian in Iraq and I Thank you for your time that you have givin. God bless you.. Brian Dagit


Betty latimer June 27, 2008 6:49 am (Pacific time)

\thank you for caring got your email and cried body remember my son he was my hero thanks.


Cindy Upchurch June 4, 2008 12:30 pm (Pacific time)

You are doing a great job thank you for the familys Mother of Clinton Robert Upchurch killed 1/7/06


Shorty April 1, 2008 11:13 am (Pacific time)

Even as an Army wife I cannot express how much your work means. It is incredible what you do and it brings tears to my eyes knowing that someone has as big a heart as you do to honor our fallen heroes the way you do. Thank you!! God Bless.


Heather March 30, 2008 3:42 pm (Pacific time)

Wow Q you do incredible work and hope that the community realized what support you do give to all of us. WOW does not even come close to the kudos you deserve. Thanks so much!!!!


just me March 30, 2008 11:53 am (Pacific time)

Lets thank a soldier every time you see one. Just a smile and a thank you means a lot to them, believe me. Stop making our heroes responsible for the war. Support them and pray for them.


DEBBY March 26, 2008 2:11 pm (Pacific time)

AFTER READING THIS I UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO AND ITS SUCH A GREAT THING AND I THINK DONATIONS WOULD BE THE LEAST OF THINGS PEOPLE COULD DO TO HELP YOU CONTINUE TO HONOR OUR FALLEN.I AM PROUD TO BE CALLED YOUR FRIEND AND IF THERE IS ANYWAY I CAN GET THE WORD OUT PLEASE LET ME KNOW.I WILL HELP IN ANYWAY I CAN SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND HELP TO HEAL OTHERS.GOD BLESS YOU Q!


Dave Baker March 26, 2008 12:27 pm (Pacific time)

What you are doing deserves more than any material object can bring to any one person. My eyes well up with pride when I think about what you are doing.


Q Madp March 25, 2008 10:19 am (Pacific time)

It's been a very, very long 5 years for me but I imagine the time that the loved ones are away from our heroes is much greater no matter how recent. Thank you Tim and Bonnie for this write up and your continued support. Tim, I wish you safe trip back to th sandbox. Q


floorguy March 25, 2008 7:04 am (Pacific time)

It only takes a moment of our time to help a good man capture a moment in history for a family that has lost a loved one. $5, $10 it's a small amount but if enough people give 5 or 10 it all starts adding up. How many folks leave a $1 in a tip jar for someone to hand you a cup of coffee save that dollar every morning and give it to Q I can assure you he'll put it to a worthy cause.


Karen Swanson March 25, 2008 12:54 am (Pacific time)

It's the honorable thing to do to remember the fallen, who gave everything for our great country. In donating to Q's efforts, we can be assured that every single one will be remembered--even the ones that the DOD does not list, like ones who die stateside or ones who die from PTSD, etc. Please find it in your patriotic self to give what you can to keep Q's gas tank full.

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