Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Cpl. William M. Amundson, Jr.

21, of The Woodlands, Texas.
Amundson died in Afghanistan when the vehicle in which he was riding rolled over. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on October 19, 2004.

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"To the family of:William M.Amundson,Jr.
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"To the Amundson family,I'm the father of a Ranger who just finished his hitch with 2nd Batt. a few months ago and I thought now I can sleep! But now it looks like our son will be going over again as a contractor to a place that I better not say where due to his safety. I'm seated in Columbus Ga. waiting on another son's call from Benning, he too is going to shoot for Ranger's, I found you by buying the wrist band with your son's name, I shall never take it off again and remember you as a family in my prayers. The only thing we can hold on to his our Lord Jesus Christ. I'm so honored to have your son on my right hand. thomascelt1441@yahoo.com"
Thomas Anderson of Harrisonville,Mo. USA

"Bill i will always remember you bud im thinking of you this week along with our other ranger buddies that we have lost well Im riding in fayetteville this weekend and Im going to win it for you bud we miss you and you will never be forgotten.
RLTW"
Steve Carter of Jefferson, Tx

"We are proud of your son, as well as all of our service people. We have all of them and the loved ones in our daily prayers. Ed & Louise Kaup Lindale TX"
Ed & Louise Kaup of Lindale, TX 75771

"I thought of Bill today. It has been nearly 4 years since he became an Angel, yet he enters my thoughts everyday. I knew Bill in highschool. He was in my freshman and sophmore math classes. He was a great friend, and always made me laugh. He always helped me with those damn math problems too! Aaaah Bill..Thankyou for serving this country with pride. and thankyou for being such an awesome person :) We love you. I'll see ya on the other side man."
Holly Harrison-Tran of Tomball, Texas

"Freedom is never free! Thank you Bill for giving your life so that we can live free."
GKS of Tyler, TX USA

"Veterans Day, 2007
To the family of Cpl. William M. Amundson, Jr.:
William gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"CPL Amundson and Famliy.

You are not forgotten and you have been in my prayers.

From the day he walked up and asked me, “What are the Rangers all about?” I could see a spark in his eye.

He volunterred three times; once for the Army, once for the Airborne and again for service with the Ranger Regiment.

He called me before his deployment and said that he would call when he returned. I never recived a call. I figured he decided that he had better things to do than to call his recruiter.

It wasn’t till 6 months later, at the mini-PX on Ft. Bragg, that I was told he had been killed. I felt a sledge had been driven into my chest.

All Rangers are Soldiers, not all Soldiers are Rangers.

You are not forgotten

RTLW!
MSG R.M.Reyes
25W5V2B"
MSG R.M. Reyes of MacDill AFB

"I recently had the opportunity to meet Cpl. Amundson, Jr's dad. He had stopped by to make a service call over a pipe that had broken in our home. I noticed that he was wearing an Army issued jacket. He stated that he recently lost his son in the war. We spoke of the accomplishments of his son and this led to us sharing stories about the losses in our lives of loved ones and pets as well. I had just lost my two long-lived dogs, he told me about a dog that he had raised with his son that touched their lives.
He was so proud of his son and I understood why. He said he was just recently able to adorn his son's jacket. It touched my heart to learn that this man was a Christian and knew the sciptures well about the end times. I ask all to pray for this dad that lost his beloved son. I thank his son for serving our country. It is men like him that keep our freedom, yet there are dads like his to endure the pain of the loss.
May God Bless this Family."
JC of Tyler, TX

"Im in iraq right now and just wanted to honor a brother. I was also in 3rd Batt with Amundson and I will always remember him. We Will Never Forget Brother."
Brindley Ben of Baghdad

"Hey Bubba... You may not have remembered me, but I am your sister Erika. Me and you are kin by our dad Bill. When I had found out you died, a little sisterly love down deep made me feel devastated because I knew I wouldn't be able to meet you face to face. I am sad at the fact you got to hug me and hold me and I don't remember, but Bill(dad) always help me remember, whenever I do talk to him. You are my guardian angel and I hope it stays that way. Love You Forever..."
Erika Blakemore of Jacksonville Tx. USA

"Bill, miss you bud. great friend, great soldier. gone but never forgotten. your friend. j."

"Bill,
I love you, man. Though the world continues on, there will always be a hole that was once occupied by a good man, friend, and brother. You are truly missed.
you will not be forgotten.
RLTW!"

"JESUS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN ANYTHING YOU CAN FACE. DIVINE INTERVENTION."
THERESA THOMPSON of COLUMBUS, GEORGIA

"William,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rangers Lead The Way!"

"Thank you Bill for being my other guardian angel!"
Cynthia flyigrl_flt253@hotmail.com of Long Beach, MS

"I asked a Ranger friend of mine for a KIA bracelet. He gave me one with William's information. I will wear it always. My sympathies to William's family, and my gratitude to William for sacrificing all to make the world a better place."
Chris Pohl of Camarillo, CA

"To the Family of Cpl William M Amundson:

I am a knob at The Citadel. I bought a KIA braclet after my 3rd week here. I have never taken it off since I recieve it in the mail. Everyday when I think that my life as a knob is getting tough I remember the sacrafice that your son gave, and I feel as if I could endure anything. Your son gave the ultimate sacrafice for our country, and I would like to thank you for raising such a fine soldier. I would also like to thank you for his sacrafice, because if it wern't for men and wemon like him, I'm sure that I would not get to enjoy the freedom that most people take for granit. Your loss will never be forgotten, I will always cherish this braclet as if it were my most prized possesion because it gives me the strength to continue on everyday. One day I hope to become an officer in the USAF after I graduate from The Citadel. I will honor your son and pray for your family everyday as if you all were a member of my family. In the end all of the services are moving twards one goal and that goal is freedom. Thank you again, and I am very sorry for your loss."
Wade Davis of MSC 0896, The Citadel Station 171 Moultrie St. Charleston S.C. 29409-0896

"To William's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons. We thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. He is truly a Hero, now guarding the Gates of Heaven!

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"To the Amundson family from the Wahl Family of Long Island, New York and Spring, Texas. We are deeply sadden by the lost of William. An our heart and prays are with William and your entire family. William and our son, are truely amazing soldiers and heroes. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"To Jerome's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq! Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we lose another son of Texas.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"
Cheryl of Porter Ranch, CA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, William will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"FROM THE WAHL FAMILY TO THE AMUNDSON FAMILY. OUR FAMILIES HEARTS AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU. WILLIAM IS TRUELY, AN AMAZING PERSON. HE HAS TOUCHED MANY LIVES WITH RELATIVES, FRIENDS, MILITARY AND THOSE IN AFGHANISTAN. A TRUE AMERICAN HERO! YOU LOST IS OUR LOST. WE LOST OUR SON. AN CONDOLENCES TO FIND THOSE WORDS OF COMFORT ARE HARD. GOD BLESS AND BE STRONG FOR ONE ANOTHER. WILLIAM WOULD WANT THAT!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"To family and friends of Army Cpl. Amundson, our heart goes out to you. we know you are in pain. "Freedom is not free and comes at a very high cost to everyone who loses a loved one. We are so sorry for your loss. May God heal you with his mercy and grace. Granparetns of LCpl Juston Thacker, Afghanistan, KIA 6/24/04. lcpljustontthacker.com"
Tom @ Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"To William's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you William Amundson, Jr., you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Cpl. William Amundson, Jr.:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless William for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Cpl. William Amundson, Jr.:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of William, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on