Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Kenneth G. Ross

24, of Peoria, Arizona.
Ross died southwest of Deh Chopan, Afghanistan, when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. He was assigned to the Army's 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, Giebelstadt, Germany. Died on September 25, 2005.

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"When I think of the many service men I know and family members I have that have served, you always come to mind. You are missed by many of your friends, and remembered with many great stories. Miss you buddy."
Jake Scofield of Tucson, AZ

"SGT Ross was my Soldier. He was a dedicated and selfless NCO who always put the needs of others before himself. I will always remember him and his wonderful soul. Rest in peace knowing you are not forgotten."
CPT Pike of Sheppard AFB

"Hi Sergeant Kenneth G. Ross
My name is Kelton Toby Weigel. I am currently 16 years of age, and you passed away on my 7th birthday. I want to thank you so much for your service to this great country. Its you along with the men and women who have gave the greatest cost in order to protect this country that makes me want to serve as well. You have fallen in honor and dedication and you are extremely missed by your family and friends. My prayers go to your family and friends, and may you rest in peace and never be forggoten. Once again thank you so much.
Kelton"
Kelton Toby Weigel of Orlando, Fl, USA

"SGT Ross,
I will never forget!"
SGT Griffin, James of Norfolk, VA

"Ken,
I can't tell you how much i miss you. I will go place flowers on your grave tomorrow Last time I came by was Valentines Days. I do my best to come by and check on your grave. It is hard to drive around Tucson and not think about you and all the wonderful times we had. I miss you hon a lot and i will never for get you!"
Stacey Aultman of Tucson, AZ

"Hi Ross
Just so you know and i know you know i have not forgotten you. the pain of lossing a friend doesn't get easier with time, you just kind of get used to the emptiness inside,YFA SGT M.Emerson 217th MP"
Sgt. Emerson of Ft Lee VA

"Hi Ross
A photo of you hangs by my front door as a reminder of whats good in the Army.We are standing side by side having just braved the bulls of pamploma, i suppose
i will always chose to remember you that way full of life and hope. You are not forgotten nor shall you ever be, Your friend always SGT. Matthew C. Emerson"
Sgt. Emerson of Fort Stewart, Georgia

"Hi Ross
They say its over, i was thier when it all officially ended last year.Its not how can it ever be truely over when thiers a hole inside you from the loss of a true and loyal friend,A photo of you hangs by my front door as a reminder of whats good in the Army.We are standing side by side having just braved the bulls of pamploma, i suppose
i will always chose to remember you that way full of life and hope. You are not forgotten nor shall you ever be, Your friend always SGT. Matthew C. Emerson"
Sgt. Emerson of Fort Stewart, Georgia

"I knew Sgt. Ross. We were together in Afgastin.We hit it off because we were both from Arizona. I am from Mesa. We joke once or twice about the mountain there looking like Mount Lemon or South Mountain. Those time has Past He is not Forgoten. God Bless All those who knew him and love him."
SFC Torben Gilbert of USA

"Hey friend...
I had some funny dreams last night. We were hanging out and you were just being you. I woke up missing my friend like crazy and wishing they had telephone lines to heaven so we could talk and be silly like old times way back in the day. It would be nothin' like the movie marathons in your parent's living room where I inevitably claimed the corner of the sectional, or the nights drivin' around with 12 other band geeks on Halloweeen causin' mischief, or the time you and Joey tried to cook me breakfast (HAHAHAHA sorry ... that day STILL cracks me up) BUT it sure would be good just to hear your voice and chat with you. So much to catch up about on what was going on before you "left". WAY too many good times over way too many years to be sittin' here cryin' today. I should be laughing I suppose.. good times. Here it is almost 5 years later, just wanted to let you know you will never be forgotten. I truly miss you my friend. Save a place for me...."
Charity of Tucson, AZ

"Ken, your the other half of my big brother. I love you so much and I cant wait to see you again. I look back at all the silly times I can remember us having and i wish i could replay them over and over. your the greatest, and i look up to you so much! i love you my brother and i promise i'll see you again :)"
Chyenne Anderson of Maricopa, Arizona

"To Kenneth Ross family,

Thank you for his service to our country. My deapest prayers go out to all who knew him. "Your mom loves you very much.""
Curt Stinson of Tucson Az

"To the family of Kenneth Ross. I am SSG Davis, Jerry. I served with him in Afghanistan, and remember him well. He will always be missed, and I hope that you find peace in your heart as you remember him. He made the ultimate sacrifice, and I honor him for that. May God Bless you all. SSG Davis"
Jerry Davis of Fort Hood, TX

"Just wanted to say I am thinking of you and the your family on this Memorial Day. "All gave some, some gave all". Bless you Kenneth."
"Tiny" of Baytown,TX

"To the family of:Kenneth G. Ross 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"

"October 7, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Kenneth G. Ross:
Kenneth 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

"To my dearly Loved Fiance Sgt. Kenneth Grant Ross "Honey"; Everyday I think of you and remember all the great times we had and your beautyfull smile you always had.I never will forget when you came home from work and said with a big smile in your Face ; Baby I'm home
I wished everytime that I could give my live for yours and that i could see you one more time
I never had the oppertunity to say good bye
I still wear our rings around my neck and I NEVER WILL TAKE THEM OFF
I Love you so much and miss you!!!!!!!
You showed me how great a life with being loved can be
You open the world for me and if you could you would have catched me the stars from heaven
I always said : YOU ARE ONE OF THE LAST PERFECT GANTLEMANS IN THE WORLD: and that was more than true
You where the perfect man a women ever could have ask for
And you Loved me for who i was
Thank you so much for letting me be part of your live
I never will forget you and always will LOVE YOU
I wished you still where her with me and we could fullfill the dreams we had and shared

In LOVE for EVER and ALWAYS your " Kleine LADY " And I always will remember the sound of your Voice when you called me your BABY

I LOVE YOU

Anne"
Annegret Lehmann of Bautzen, Saxonia, Germany

"ken on this day you left us a year ago and here today i sit in the war zone you once sat and wish you were still on this earth so i can talk to you and you can help me though. i know every time i go out the wire to run a mission you are with me. i miss you my friend when you pass a piece of me went with you. you are miss my friend"
SGT Stacey Masters (aultman) of iraq

"Ross.. in the short time you where my roommate, you showed me many things and help me as "the new guy" to the unit what a true friend should be..you were honest and genuine and helped me more than you ever knew...if I could turn back time I would have found a way to change places with you or keep that bird on the ground. You kept alot of us together out there, even before your passing I would hear someone say your name daily and it always broke the silence and brought smiles to our faces! I miss you my friend and I will always remember us as "roommates" and friends!

P.S. I still owe you that dinner, I hope one day I can repay you, even if that German/chinese food did make us sick.....LOL! 623-570-6437"
Ernest Poteat of Phoenix, AZ

"I just came across the site, but would like to use this opportunity to express my deepest thanks to all the courageous American soldiers. As Dane I know how much Europe has to thank the US for, saving us during WWII, keeping us safe during the cold war. As American (dual national) I am proud of my countrymen and America's great values. My sincerest condolences to the family of K.G. Ross"
Else Fjerdingstad of Paris, France

"Ken I will always remember your amazing heart. Thank you for your sacrifice for this country. You are forever missed!"
Amanda Zimmerman (Smith) of Tucson, AZ USA

"Ken, you helped me grow, from that year in iraq, and mentoring me on what ever i needed you were there, and i just want to take that time and thank you for everything, your always in my thoughts, ,thanks RIP........"
Sean Haggerty of 160th

"To the Ross family........may Jesus pour out His strength and healing to your broken hearts! I will remember you in my prayers as I also pray for my daughter and my grandchildren who lost their husband/father 12/15/05 in Afghanistan. These men died heroes defending their country and loved ones. Although they have left us, they live forever in our hearts and memories."
Ms Linda of mslinda51@hotmail.com

"Thank you Ken for your support of our freedom and our country. Thank you to the family of Ken for your support of him during his difficult decision to leave his comfort zone and fight for his country and his beliefs. Thank you to all the soldiers that faught next to him, I appreciate your service. And I appreciate my freedoms."
Matt Bahnson of Nashville, TN / USA

"I remember being the scared freshmen walking into math class, and since we were sat alphbetically he sat directly behind me. I will never forget how he would make me laugh and tell me jokes. He was the first to make me fell comfortable on my first day of school. Ken you are a great person. Thank you so much for you time and dedication and you will never be forgotten. You are a man of honor and pride."
Laura Siegert of Tucson, Arizona

"Thank you for your Service.
Thank you for your Courage."
A Mother of Sevierville, Tennessee

"I served with kenneth in Germany and for a short time in Iraq. He was a great man and a kind-hearted person. He will never be forgotten..."
Michael "Tiny" Heintschel of Baytown, Texas

"I will never forget Ken's sense of humor. We spent many a late night setting up tables at Oro Valley Country Club and he was always busting us up with his jokes and smile. He always talked about going into the Army and working on helicopters. Well done Ken, you did it. You will be missed dearly and always in my prayers."
Matt Fiskness of Phoenix, Arizona

"What a terrible loss, I was with Ken in Iraq for a year and new him for a short time after we got back before I moved on, and I was lucky to have known him. Great guy, very bright outlook on the world and always smiling, He helped me through alot of dark times in Iraq. What a terrible shame, My prayers are with his family and friends. Rest in Peace Ken, thanks for the privilage of knowing you."
Nick Williams of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

"Ken, your sacrifice was not made in vain. You will always be remembered for your unique personality (to say the least!). You leave behind many people that will always love you and keep you in their hearts. May your brave soul rest eternally in the grace of God. To the Ross family, your son was a noble man, a good friend and he will be missed by many. God bless."
WO1 Arnulfo Astorga of Giebelstadt AAF, Germany

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Kenneth G. Ross. 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 Kenneth sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
jill Hughes of Houston Tx

"To the family of SGT Kenneth Ross, I would like to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. I had the pleasure to serve with Ken in Balad, Iraq 2003-2004. I was his Company First Sergeant during this time. He was one of the most dedicated and loyal soldiers that I've had the pleasure to work with."
Bobby Little MSG, USA of Clarksville, TN

"Ken,
You are in my thoughts and memories. I miss you and will love you always."
Charity Gibson (Swanson) of Tucson, AZ

"My sincere regards go to the Ross family. I will always remember Ken as having that huge grin on his face, he was never without it."
Caroline Vega of Scottsdale, AZ

"I will never forget Kenís smile. I have an obscure memory of a Tuesday night [band] rehearsal, of him looking over his shoulder & grinning, a snare drum harnessed to him. Hearing a drumbeat will forever bring him to mind. Ken, thank you for being a soldier. Thank you for your love and dedication to our country, freedom, and way of life. You are a man of honor."
Nicky McFarland of Tucson, AZ.

"I am sorry to learn of a good friend's death so late. I heard about it today. I will remember you Ken, and see you in heaven bro. May God watch over your family."
David Pataconi of Tucson, Arizona, USA

"No words can really express how sorry I am to learn your 24 year old son has gone to heaven along with my cousin Army Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart."
Tiffany Nahhas of Placerville, CA USA

"To the friends and family of Sgt. Ken Ross,
My deepest sympathy to you. I hope that it brings some comfort to you in knowing that he made such a wonderful impression on so many people's lives, that one is able to have such fond memories, from just the experience of sitting next to him in class."
Sgt. Shawnika Hull of Tucson, Az

"I will always remeber Sgt Ross for his quriky laugh and how he would joke on freinds"
Avery Wallace of Giebelstadt, Germany

"TO THE ROSS FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON GREGORY. I REALIZE NEITHER KNEW ONE ANOTHER. STILL ABAND OF BROTHERS WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER AND UNITS. YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN KENNETH. YOU ARE A HERO! REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY POLITICAL LEADER. MAKE THIS REQUEST: TO NAME A STREET AFTER KENNETH. THAT THE COMMUNITY NEVER EVER FORGET HIS SERVICE TO HIS COUNTRY. THIS IS NOT ASKING TO MUCH. FOR THE ELITE OF AMERICANS WILLING TO RISK HIS LIFE FOR US ALL. KENNETH HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO A MANY. TO THOSE HE HAS ALL HOLD VERY PRECIOUD MEMEORIES SHARED WITH KENNETH. KENNETH YOU BECOME APART OF AFGHANISTAN, AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY. IN A VERY UNSELFISH WAY. TO FIGHT OFF TERRORISM FOR OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. AN TO GIVE THOSE IN AFGHANISTAN FREEDOM! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To Kenneth'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 boys 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"

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

"To my best friend Ken,

i pray that god keeps u safe next to him. i'll rember all the love and tears we have shared over the years. i wish i could hear your voice one more time just to so this is a bad dream but being a solider too, i know it's not. i take comfort in knowing you loved your job in the army and you served with your head high. take care my sweet friend. love Spc. Stacey Aultman"
stacey aultman of casper, wy, USA

"Thank you Kenneth Ross, 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 Sgt. Kenneth Ross:
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 Kenneth 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 Sgt. Kenneth Ross:
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 Kenneth, 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