Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Falkel

22, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Falkel died in Deh Afghan, Afghanistan, where his unit was conducting combat operations and was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on August 8, 2005.

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"You are always in our hearts! Love you FOREVER and miss you ALWAYS!!! Find myself always quoting you, every time I walk in my parents house the memories flow! No one will ever forget you as you have left imprints in our hearts. RIP"
Patrice of HR, CO

"14FEB08

To honor the Memory of Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Falkel: I now keep a picture of Chris close-by to remind me of who a hereo really is. Because this word "hero" has been so cheapened from over-use as of late. I know that Chris must have felt he was just doing the Job he was supposed to be doing, and that it is an odds-on bet that He would not consider himself to be a hereo. But what he did defines heroism. IMHO. I will always keep my picture of him close; so young, so proud, so brave, so competent. And I will remember him and honor him to the end of my days."
Roy Johannesen USN Vet of Colfax, CA, USA

"Hear we go again with another year of lonely people missing thier HEROES.I LOVE the Falkel's and try to imagine thier pain,just can't!.I love Dianne,Jeff and Tim.God bless the Special Forces, God Bless all of you who "Get It".!!!!!!"
TODD of NYPD

"October 11, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Christopher M. Falkel:
Christopher 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 Nevada

"To the family of:Christopher M. Falkel 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"

"Today, we remember Chris as we have all year and will continue to remember his bravery and sacrifice forever. We were truly fortunate to have known Chris.

John, Sally, Chad Duvall"
John Duvall of Highlands Ranch, CO

"To the family of Staff Sgt. Chris Falkel I wish to extend to you my deepest sympathies. I know your loss and feel your pain as my son, Sgt. Brandon Thomas, who knew you son while going through the Q course, lost his life in Baghdad in April of 2005. I am sure they had quite a reunion in heaven and find themselves in the greatest of company. Our sons have made the ultimate sacrifice. No one can ask more of them. Your son is a true American hero who is appreciated by a greatful nation. God bless you and keep you until we all meet and bathe in the warmth of God's shining light and eternal love."
Steven Thomas of South Jordan, UT

"Christopher,
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.

"Green Berets All The Way!"

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Christopher M Falkel. You are loved by many. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom of so many other people who suffered under the rule of Sadaam. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Christopher's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston TX

"Our deepest condolences for your loss. Our son went through the Q-course and a course back in Feb/Mar 2005 with Chris. He has said your son was a great man and buddy. From what we were told he was also a true hero. We will remember him though we never met him."
Susan & Chris of Umatilla, Florida

"Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Chris' family. Our son Jeremy also was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG. He died August 11, 2005 in Tarin Kowt.
May God be with you."
The Chandler Family of Savannah, GA

"From one family to another who also share in the loss of a son, we offer our sincere condolences on your loss, our sons are true heros who believed in their chosen path. God Bless You The Dietz Family."
Dan, Cindy, Tiffany, Eric Dietz of Littleton, Colorado

"I was in Chris' hut during BNCOC while at Camp MacKall. I used to kid around by calling him, "Faulker". He took it all with a great sense of humor. I remember Chris talking about his car, and my feeling that these new S.F. Babies like Chris were a good thing for Special Forces and this country. Throughout the course, I'd run across him and it was like being reunited with a good friend. When I get home, I'd like to forward some pictures of our team and Chris. If his family can contact me I'll send copies: dominicano762@yahoo.com

That boy is 100% Team America!"
Cookie of Iraq

"With your shield or on it, fallen Spartan. Rest in eternal slumber C4."
of Highlands Ranch, CO

"Falkel Family,
I was truly honored to have been in your company at Arlington.A brave, strong family you are.We are living a safe life in these United States because of people like Chris stepping up to the plate and giving of themselves .As a native American Chris was a true Warrior.May God Bless Chris, May God Bless you and may God Bless America!(DE OPRESSO LIBER)"
P.O. Todd Olsen NYPD of Brewster,NY

"To the Falkel Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. Your Christopher is a true American Hero who has helped to prevent another 9/11. Christoper will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Christopher."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To the Family of Chris Falkel, I am so sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Chris, he was a friend of my brother, Sgt. Brandon James Thomas. Chris attended the Special Forces Q course with my brother who was also recently killed serving in Iraq. I know there are no words that can take away the pain that you must feel, but know that Chris lived and died as an American Hero. I know that my brother was there to greet Chris as he entered heaven's gates. To Chris I thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. You paid the ultimate price for our freedom and for that I thank you... "De Oppresso Liber""
Andrew Thomas of Salt Lake City, Utah

"Chris, and the family, you know how dearly I loved you. I am so proud of you, your memory will live in our family forever. She will always know you, and remember the point. You were my brother from the day we met. I love you bub. Your sis."
your sis ( you know who I am) of home

"To the Family of Christopher M. Falkel, Debby and I wish to express our deepest condolence for his loss. As an active duty service family of over 22 years we know that Military life is not just a job, but in many ways a "Calling" that we Thank God many Young Americans answer. You can be Proud of the way he lived his life, knowing that he died for what he believed in. In the words of Gen Patton Its better to fight for something in life than to die for nothing. We pray for your loss and wish your heart felt pain would dull with the passage of time. Take Care, All the Way!"
CW5 Ed Sugai of Fort Bragg, NC, USA

"Please accept our condolances for the loss of Chris. He has made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Truly he was a man of courage and honor. The entire Falkel family is in our prayers.
Wayne & Michele Marnach"
Michele Marnach of Salinas California, USA

"Our hearts go out to Chris' family. Our sons returned safely from Iraq and Afghanistan. We are very proud of Chris. Thank you to Chris, and soldiers like him who make it possible for us to continue to live in comfort.
The Sugai-Stewart family (Lisa's sister Teri)"
Teri Sugai of Vacaville, Ca

"To Christopher'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. Our sons are true heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto "The Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"REST in Peace dear soldier. We are so sorry -
VERY GRATEFUL for your service and willingness to help others find the freedoms we take for granted here.
A Montana family"

"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. Our nations HERO, Christopher will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Christopher Falkel, 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 Staff Sgt. Christopher Falkel:
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 Christopher 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 Staff Sgt. Christopher Falkel:
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 Christopher, 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