Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty

41, of Florida.
Fenty died east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province, when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during combat operations. He was assigned to the 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 5, 2006.

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"Jo, you are always remembered in our house. You are a great soldier, great ally and great friend. God bless you, Kristen and Lauren, and your lovely mother. RIP my friend."
Colonel Jim Willis UK Army of UK

"I went to the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School with LTC Joe Fenty. I too commanded a Cavalry Squadron- quite a unique experience for a career Infantryman. I learned of Joe's death on a darkened bus ride from Camp Buehring, Kuwait to the airport from one of his cavalrymen, whom like myself was heading home on mid-tour leave. I'll never forget leading patrols with Joe in Ranger School. We both needed to pass patrols in Florida in order to graduate. He was a strong, determined and capable leader...we helped each other make it through the last 72 hours of the course. Had it not been for Joe, I wouldn't have graduated. Thanks Ranger Fenty. My heart was warmed on that dark bus ride when this young cavalryman and I shared stories of Joe."
Martin R. Apprich, LTC, USA (Ret) of Papillion, NE

"I served with CPT Fenty with the 4/9 Infanty. He always lead from the front and never asked a soldier to do something he wasn't willing to do himself. I did not know of his passing until I arrived at FOB Fenty, Afghanistan. We lost a brother and friend. He was and is a true hero. God Bless Sir."
SFC (R) Alan Hendrickson of Corry, PA

"Joe showed me what it was to live the motto "Never Quit" while serving in Panama...still remembering his dedication (5/30/2011)"
Scott A. Johnston of Miami, Fl

"I walked by your cp everyday in panama when you were in scout plt i was in the AT Plt didnt know your well but i Still Salute you 1-508 Panama 86-89"
SSG McGinty of in nebraska

"Joe, think about you often Ranger Buddy. Remember the race we ran together in Alabama and the EDRE with 1st Battalion. We were neighbors at Fort Benning. Fitting name for a Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan, FOB Fenty. I was in Iraq when I learned you had been killed. it was a sad day in the JOC as there were a number of us there that knew you well. Thought about your wife and daughter and said a prayer for them."
Luke of San Antonio, TX

"Thinking of you Sir"
Hugh of Ventura, CA

"Dear Kristen,

My deepest condolences for your great loss. Wish you and family great strength. I had the honor of meeting Lt. Col. Fenty in Ft. Benning during a Christmas celebration at your residence in 1998.

Vivek
646.239.2874"
Vivek Jha of Wilmington, DE

"Proud to have served with you, Sir. You will never be forgotten.

Gallantly forward!
With your shield, or on it.
Climb to Glory!"
SGT B Campos of Fort Lewis, WA

"Joe Fenty was my instructor in the Infantry Officers Advanced course, he taught me so much about how to be not only to be a soldier but to be a leader. He led by personal example. I never knew a most physically fit Officer or a man who had greater love for the Army. He truly lived the Army values. I now regret I never had a chance to tell him how much he had developed me as an Officer and a Man. I pray for him and our other warriors who have given their lives to make the world a better place. I think often about him and his family and it saddens me to see that he is not longer with us, but I know he made a positive impact on everyone he touched"
Tom Hipskind of Leavenworth KS

"Kristen, it is your strenth after Joe died that helped me through the worst possible time in my life. May God Bless you & keep you always. I think of you and the baby every single day."
Niki Wight of Jackson, NJ (was Ft. Drum)

"i am proud to have served under him and it was a great honer to be his driver.i pray that he continues to watch over me. i'll never forget.
Spc. E.Daniel Witherspoon"
daniel witherspoon of ft campbell ky

"September 14, 2007
To the family of Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty:
Joseph 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

"He was a great commander and the squadron will sorely miss him."
CDR of SFODA 773

"God Bless..."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"To the family of:Joseph J. Fenty I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"I was privileged to have served with then 1LT Joe Fenty during the liberation of another small country-The Republic of Panama during '89-'90. Joe was an excellent soldier then and right to the Operation in Afganistan. He is truly missed. Mrs. Fenty and Lauren know you are always in our prayers. "Fury from the Sky" The Red Devils of 1/508th Airborne Infantry, Ft Kobbe, Panama."
Dennis Munden of Vass, NC

"Col. Fenty,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and the other men who were on that Chinook with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Gallantly Forward"(71st Cav Motto)"

"To the family and friends of Lt. Col. Fenty: Our nephew, Joseph served with Col. Fenty and respected him very much. He is in the 3-71 A troop, and we have just learned their deployment will be extended. Our Joe, told us what a wonderful person your Joe was. Please know that you are in our prayers and will continue to be. Words cannot convey the continued sorrow that we feel for your loss. You are and always will be cared for in Minnesota."
Tom and Jean Silkey of Minnesota

"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, Joseph will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

""Memorial Day" 2006
"JOSEPH J. FENTY"
"I WILL NEVER FORGET"
Proud Army Mom of:
Pfc. Adam L. Thomas
1-87 Ft. Drum
KIA: Afghanistan 08-31-03
Ellenethomas@comcast.net"
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, IL

"Dear Family of LTC Fenty,
I am so sorry for your loss. I have no words."
Ulli of Boston,MA

"JOSEPH THAN YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTY. YOO HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN! YOU WILL ALWATS BE REMEMBERED AND NEVER FORGOTTEN NOT TODAY, TOMOORW AND OR EVER! THANK YOU FOR BEING A MILIATRY BROTHER TO OUR SON. NOT SURE YOU TWO KNEW ONE ANOTHER. OTHER THEN YOU BOTH BEEN STATION AT FORT DRUM. HEALING IS A VERY SLOW PROCESS. ALWAYS USE UNDERSTABING TOWARD ONE ANOTHER. EACH OF YOU HAVE SHARED WONDRFUL PRECIOUS AND FOND MEMORIES YOU SHARED TOGETHER WITH JOSEPH. HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN YOUR HEARTS. JOSEPH KNEW YOU ALL LOVED HIM UNCONDITIONALLY. HEARTS TO HEARTS YOU KNEW THE OVER FLOW OF LOVE HE HAD TO YOU ALL. JOSEPH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYS. JOSEPH WAS A COMFORT TO ME NOT EVEN KNLOWING HIM. WITH OUR SON IN IRAQ, I KNEW SUCH SOLDIER'S LIKE JOSEPH. I DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MY SON, SOLDIERS SIMPLE PROTECT ONE ANOTHER. JOSEPH NOW WITH GREGORY MORE OF A COMFORT. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD_WAHL@HOTMAIL.COM of TEXAS

"To the family of Lt. Col. Joseph Fenty: I am so sorry for your loss my heart and prayers are sent your way. The tech department at Indian River also sends their prayers as well!"
Crystal LaClair of Philadelphia, NY

"Thank you Joseph Fenty, 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 Lt. Col. Joseph Fenty:
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 Joseph 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 Lt. Col. Joseph Fenty:
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 Joseph, 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