Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Spc. Blake W. Hall

20, of East Prairie, Missouri.
Hall died near Baylough, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy. Died on August 21, 2005.

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"To the family of:Blake W. Hall
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""

"He served with my son Clinton and is deeply missed by Clint. My heartfelt sympathies to his family. he will always be in our memory. It was wonderful to see him remembered on a honor highway sign when traveling tru MIssouri. God Bless"
Claudia Marler of DeKalb Illinois

"I thought of you today Blake and it made me smile :) Thank you!"
HM2(SW) Alicia Smith of Virginia Beach, VA

"To the family and friends of my good friend Blake,
I do not go a singe day without thinking of SPC Hall. he was a great asset to our unit and our group of brothers I only wish I would have found this site earlier so I could tell more to all of you.

Blake used to come to my home and watch my kids before we left. I was his squad leader and at the time of the Explosion I was his PLT SGT. HE was a memorable young man and I work hard every day to remember him and to do what I can to bring his light hearted and upbeat way about him to the work I am still doing in the US ARMY.
I wish I was better with words but in short and the best thing I can say is I want you to know that my children are growing up knowing the name Blake W Hall along with the names of the others who were there that day and the type of men they were will live on.
Thank you for allowing me to serve with your great son, brother, family member, and friend. I owe you a great bit for that for I will always be a better soldier, Man, and father for knowing him.

SFC CHUCK"
CHUCK of FT. Campbell KY

"It's been over 3 years since Blake left us but, at times, feels like it happened yesterday. He was a great friend and has been thought of every day since. I keep him in my thoughts and prayers daily. I just wish we had more time together. He was a great friend of mine."
Jeff Japhet of San Antonio, Texas

"To the Family of Blake, We didn't know each other, but my whole family lives In East Prairie and have told me numerous times what a hero Blake is. I'm so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

To Blake: Hey Blake, we didn't know each other, but you're my hero..You went above and beyond the call of duty, and gave the ultimate sacrifice, I know you're watching down on us, thank you so much for your service."
Claire of Missouri

"To the Family of Blake Hall,

On 9/11/08, my young son and daughter asked to wear red, white and blue to school in honor of Patriots' Day. I asked them to tell me about Patriots' Day and, to my dispair, their knowledge was limited. We sat down after dinner that evening and talked of the horrible events of 9/11 and the fact that there are bad people in the world who want to kill Americans just because we are Americans. We spoke of freedom, of the good fortune we have to have been blessed American, and of the great sacrifices our soldiers and their families are making on our behalf in the War on Terror.

We then each purchased Hero bracelets in honor of three fallen American Heroes. I am honored and humbled to be wearing Blake's bracelet.

Thank you for Blake and for supporting his bravery in defense of our country. Please know I think of him -- and of all those he left behind -- each and every day, and how different all our lives would be without his courageous sacrifice.

God Bless you all."
Elizabeth Maisano Wilder of Alpharetta, GA

"To the Family Of Blake Hall,

Although it's been almost three years I still remember Blake vividly. I remember how much he looked and acted like my youngest brother. I never saw him get upset over the mundane "Army" stuff we had to do, he was just happy to have the opportunity to do something that he felt was right. Blake was the example of what anyone should strive to be in a human being. Blake, my brother, not a day goes by that I don't remember."
Joshua "doc" Miller of lakewood, Oh

"Dear Family of Blake Hall:
To honor the Mo/Ks soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families,the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts Project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.
Please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.
sincerely;
The artists of Grateful Hearts"
J. Gragg of Lee's Summit, Mo.

"October 8, 2007
To the family of Spc. Blake W. Hall:
Blake 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
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy of Nevada

"Blake,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers who were in that Humvee with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Airborne All The Way!""

"Blake, I just want you to know i am very proud of you. I will never forget you and those overalls. i miss all of the fun times we used to have at IGA and i really miss all your phone calls from when you were overseas. Melissa really misses you. I will never forget you and what you done for our country,when my little girl grows up i will tell her all about you."
Love Nicki of east prairie,mo

"Blake Hall was my son I miss him with all my heart he made me his dad and brother and sister very proud of him when he join the army I was afraid every day that he was there but he said it was something that he believed in and we all supported him I want to thank each and every one of the people who have sent cards letters and messages of any kind to me and my family It has taken a long time for me to visit this site because it makes me sad but I own it to the people that send their condolences and prays to say thank you very much I will never forget what you have all done for us"
VICKIE HALL of EAST PRAIRIE MO USA

"To the family & friends of Blake W. Hall. I am very sorry for your loss, but it is because of hereos like Blake and all service men that makes our country strong. I am proud to be an American and appreciate the freedom given to us because of soliders like Blake. I hope you know that to all "Proud Americans" "BLAKE" is a hereo."
Lynn of O'Fallon, Mo

"Dear Hall family and East Prairie,

One of the biggest honors of my year was to end up in East Prairie on business the day Blake was buried. As soon as I drove in from the west, it dawned on me what was happening. An entire town was stopping to honor its fallen son. I took the rest of the day off and joined the miles-long throng as Blake's body and then his family, military guests, and friends drove by. I was across the street from the elementary school. Someone gave me a flag and I cried on that street as I thanked the Lord for Blake and for the family and town that offered him in the cause of freedom and goodness.

I have a daughter just a couple years older than Blake who is serving in a different place. She was working in the office of Vice President Cheney for Lewis "Scooter" Libby. They are two of the men who have had the vision to see that this awful war must be fought if our way of life--if Western Civilization--is to survive. It has been hard for us in a different way.

But it is your sacrifice that I honor. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Hall family and East Prairie. May the Lord return to you a hundredfold what you have given up in this young man's life."
Mike Woelk of Cape Girardeau

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave, young solder Blake W. Hall. 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 Blake's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston TX

"Blake, Me & my Mom miss you alot. She has trouble sleeping sometimes thinking about all the things you wanted to do with your life. You really meant a lot to my mom and I want you to know that.We love & miss you."
Malory Coffer of East Prairie, MO

"Blake, you're gona be missed forever. The most time i spent around you was in our CAD class for the 3 years we had it together. I'm gona think of you any time i see overalls or a blue Plymouth. Thank you for protecting us."
Clay Guthrie of East Prairie, Missouri

"Cousin, your courage and dedication to your job, as a soldier, will always be appreciated. Your smile and your jokes will surely be missed among friends and family. May God bless you and keep you in His loving embrace. I will miss you dearly."
Bob & Charlotte Hall of Bertrand, MO

"Thank you for your sacrafice."
Sheila Steely of Magnolia Texas

"Blake, ill always remember you as the kid who wore the overalls non stop. Im gonna miss you, Battle Company already misses you. We will get them."
Kieran McFadden of Afghanistan

"We would like to thank Blake for being our childrens hero. Because of him he has helped keep these bad people from bombing our schools, malls, fairgrounds and many other places. In our eyes he is a HERO. I know that does not take the hurt away. But we are so proud of him!! We Love you!!"
Paul, Cindy, Maryss, Adler, Khallyn and Zander Thompson of Clay Township, Michigan USA

"Everyone always said Blake was "a good kid." He was a sweet boy who grew into a fine young man. Blake's decision to help protect America made family and friends proud. As we, along with his family, mourn his loss and know he'll be sorely missed, it helps just a little bit to realize that he is not really gone--he will live in our hearts and memories forever. Blake's family are good people. I worked with his dad and grandpa for years, and am proud to call them friends. To all the Hall family, please know that we "average Americans" truly appreciate your sacrifice. We pray that God will give you his comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Gary, Pat & Rachel Skelton of East Prairie, MO

"TO THE HALL FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. THANK YOU BLAKE, FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND ALONG SIDE OUR SON GREGORY. WE LOST GREGORY LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ. BLAKE YOU ANSWERED A CALLING THAT VERY FEW AMERICAN'S DO, SERVING OUR GREAT COUNTRY. YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO ALL THOSE YOU TOUCHED. TOGETHER YOU BOTH SHARED FOND MEMORIES TOGETHER THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED. JUST AS YOU ARE BEING REMEMBERED TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER. MY TEARS NEVER STOPPED FO MY SON. STILL FLOW FOR EACH SOLDIER; ESPECIALLT TODAY FOR YOU BLAKE! YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND YOU ARE SOMEONE TO ME BLAKE! THE MAN THAT HAD OUR SON'S BACK AS HE DID FOR YOU. MY GOOD FRIEND MR. FLECTHER LOST HIS SON JACOB IN IRAQ. JACOB AND YOU SERVED TOGTHER IN ITALY AND COMPANY. PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT lwahl1@SEARS.COM AND OR CALL MOE AT 516-561-6852. BLAKE FROMTHE 18 FALLEN FAMILIES OF LONG ISLAND NEW YORK THANKS! GOD BLESS AND REST!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"It has been a honor to call you my cousin. You were always a good kid growing up and an outstanding citizen always giving everyting and never taking back. We will all miss you very much. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER"
Karen Furgerson of Hermitage, Tn

"To the Hall Family, I am so sorry for your loss and our country's loss of your fine young man. Your Blake will always be remembered and honored. He is a true American Hero who has helped to prevent another 9/11. You are all in our prayers. May God Bless you all and God Bless Blake."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"To Blake'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"

"Thank you Blake Hall, 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 Spc. Blake Hall:
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 Blake 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 Spc. Blake Hall:
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 Blake, 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