Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Sascha Struble

20, of Philadelphia, New York.
Struble died in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when the CH-47 helicopter he was on crashed. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Camp Ederle, Italy. Died on April 6, 2005.

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"I'm stationed on Drum and live in Philadelphia. I saw something beautiful today a family (presumably his) happened to be planting some vibrantly colored flowers around a memorial near a track at the local high school. It was a beautiful and candid moment. As I made it back from the track I went to read the monument out of curiosity. I had to sit down for a second. It was surreal seeing the family and knowing that this person is a missing puzzle piece in their life. This soldier was just a kid. I never met you but I will never forget you."
Ashley Kinsey of Bamberg, SC

"I went to Basic Training with Sascha at Fort Jackson and he was such a great guy. Although he was only 18 at the time, he was the leader of our platoon in so many ways. I just looked him up on Facebook and I was deeply saddened to find out that he died over nine years ago. Thank You for your service and I know your in a better place buddy. Sascha Struble, a true American Hero that will be greatly missed."
Tyrus Short of St. Louis, Mo

"I was sascha's roommate in korea for a bit. It was my fist duty station and he helped me whenever I needed it. Me and him worked in the same office under SSG Bailey. He was showing me how to play the guitar before he left. I miss him he was a good friend."
Spc Thomas Gutierrez of Lockport, Illinois

"To the family members and friends of Sascha:
It has been over 7 years since your life was taken much too early in Afghanistan. I was blessed in the summer of 2004 to meet you on your arrival in Italy after your Korean tour. Although I was only at the JAG shop at Camp Ederle for two weeks doing a Reserve overseas training tour, you made a tremendous impression on me. I got a chance to know you a little bit on the trip we took to Venice that summer. All I can say about your character and persona is that I remember when I was leaving to return to Florida I thought that I would be VERY lucky to have one of my sons grow up to be as honest, genuine, caring, intelligent and determined as I saw you were. I think of you often, and know you are above watching over us."
SFC Russell Boyce of Saint Petersburg, FL

"Sascha is always in our hearts and minds. He was a best friend to my brother and a great person all around. He will always be with us and we will hold his name high."
A1C David Besaw of Philadelphia, NY

"I can't say anything more than others who knew him better have said on this page. I just want his family to know I think of him often and I won't forget."
T. Beckwith of Belgium

"R.I.P. CPL Sasha Struble. Until this day, I still live with the regret of not taking the time to know you better. I thought we would have plenty of time to get to know each other but faith wanted otherwise. Hopefully I meet in you the afterlife one day."
SSG M.J. of Texas

"Today marks the 5 year anniversary of Struble's death. Even though I only knew him for a short time, he had a lasting impact on my career in the Army. I miss him everyday. You will never be forgotten."
SGT Hall, Dixie L. of Tempe, Arizona

"Today, 6 April 2010, I'm back here in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, remembering when I was last here serving in 05-06 with the 173rd Airborne and with Sascha. Now I'm with the Arizona Army National Guard but have not forgotten why we are still here and even more importantly the lives of those that gave everything, and the family they left behind. Just wanted to let those that loved him know that he touched and inspired many."
SGT Jarboe of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan

"To the family of Sascha Struble,

On the 8th anniversary of 9/11 I find myself thinking not of the victims, but of the brave Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who pursued terrorists to bring justice for the victims and to make the world a safer place. Young men, such as Sascha, have willingly taken on risks and made sacrifices for freedom and our country that most could not imagine.

I was the Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge of Sascha when he first got to Korea. My memories of Sascha echo what has already been written. He was always smiling and outgoing. He put much effort into everything he did. When he set out to accomplish something he didn't do it halfway whether it was learning about his job, teaching himself new guitar chords, or participating in training. Sascha also always tried to do more. He kept pushing for an Air Assault slot until he got one. I firmly believe there was nothing he could not accomplish.

My favorite memory of him was when he would rollerblade wearing horrible multicolored knee high socks. I think it made everyone grin to see such a sight, and I think that was his intention. He always went out of his way to bring everyone's spirits up.

I apologize for rambling on. I guess what I really want to say is that I was thinking of Sascha. I want you to know that he will not be forgotten as long as I live.

Take care."
Allen Foster (foster141@yahoo.com) of Washington, D.C.

"RIP buddy, you are never forgotten!

Sgt Anderson ( Vicenza Italy)"
Kyle of Vicenza Italy

"I am Sascha's sister, Jessica. I just found this site and I must say it is both overwhelming and heart warming to see such wonderfully nice things written about my brother, Sascha.
Sascha was the most giving, caring person and to be able to grow up with such an amazing person is an honor. I have many fond memories of our childhood, growing up in Philly, NY. From trips in the cutlas with no brakes (mom flipped when she found that out) to extreme snow ball fights in our neighborhood, it was never a dull moment with Sascha.
Sascha put 110% into everything he did, and was a true soldier. He loved the excitement and the adventure that came with being in the Army. He especially loved the traveling. He would come home with fun stories and awesome pictures from the various places he had lived while in the Army. He made the best of every situation, so even when he found out that he was going to Afghanistan, he was positive about it. He was excited and proud to be serving his country.
He saw the good in everything and in everyone. He didn't hold grudges, had no enemies (that I know of), and was the kind of person that could put a smile on your face, even on your worst day.
I still remember his voice, his smile, his laugh (for those of you who have heard him laugh, you know this is not something you forget). I think about him everyday, and I know he will never be forgotten.

For those of you who have served, God bless you! You are truly heroes and I give you all the strength, praise, and love in the world!
For those of you who have family members overseas, I pray for them everyday.
For those of you who have also lost a loved one, my heart goes out to you and your families."
Jessica Doms of Hanna, IN/USA

"To the family of Sascha,
I had the honor to serve along side of Sascha in Italy and in Afghanistan and I will never forget his sacrafice. We had planned to ruck around Bagram that weekend and I still remember that dreadful day like it was yesterday. He will forever be in my thoughts as I continue to serve in what he selflessly gave his life for.
Rest in piece brotha,"
Tyler Jones of Tikrit, Iraq

"CPL Stuble,
Although I didn't have the honor of meeting you, I want to thank you and your family for the sacrifice that you made for us Americans. We are forever in debt to you and your family. Forever in my prayers."
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"CPL Stuble,
Although I didn't have the honor of meeting you, I want to thank you and your family for the sacrifice that you made for us Americans. We are forever in debt to you and your family. Forever in my prayers."
Jenny, A Loving Sister of Clermont, FL

"We offer our thanks to this fallen comrade. One of our sons is currently deployed in Iraq after service earlier in Afghanistan. As we sing our patriotic songs over the 4th of July 2008 celebrations, we will be remembering this young hero. Thank you for your service and your ultimate gift to the rest of us.
Mr & Mrs Greg Beckwith"
Greg Beckwith of Winston Salem, NC

"To the family of Sascha Struble, Sascha was my sponor when I first got to Italy, we trained for deployment together, and he was one of my first friends there in Vicenza. He'd wait for me when running all the different routes and encourage me to push myself. He had many friends but made each of them feel important. I haven't been outspoken since Sascha passed but I wrote a letter I never sent to his family the day after I heard what happened. I'd like his family to know how motivating and moving Sascha was and how at different and sometimes random times, I think of him and how my decisions would honor the life he gave for all of our freedom and the life I/we lead today. It easily could have been one of us in his assignment, with 1/508th instead of 2/503d or HHC, 173d, but because by chance or for some higher purpose that it wasn't, I'll never forget and always appreciate what I have today, what I'll be able to do tomorrow, and what his family has lost, the life of someone extrodinary, that reminds us all to charish and appreciate all that we have today. Thank you Sascha for embeding in our hearts the spirit that should be the guiding example of all of our lives and having such a remarkable impact on me and I know SGT Barrett, Jeremy and his family, and everyone that knew you. Days like memorial day have different meaning to different people. I think of you often, but especially on patriotic days, I have my own moment of silence, and I reevaluate my life, and you help me appreciate it all. You are truly missed and I'll never forget you or dishonor your sacrafice.

Sincerely,"
Tom Jarboe of Phoenix, Arizona

"It has been 3 years since your life was robbed from our lives. There are so many things that I want to say to you. I miss you and always think about you. You were the first one to know that my wife was pregnant. After your death, I told my wife that I wanted to name my son after you and now every day I see my son I see your always, go lucky, upbeat and energetic self. It was hard to sit at the same desk that you did in Afghanistan. I knew I had big shoes to fill. I was proud to follow you in that assignment and to deploy twice in that assignment. Well until we meet again, this is all for now. I still pray for your family and wish them all the best.

jmc953@yahoo.com"
SGT Jeremy M. Campbell of California

"Sascha, brother, you will never be forgotten! We had good times in Basic Training, AIT, and Korea. You begged for Italy and I begged for Fort Sill. HRC gave us both our requests. Even though I am older than you, I will always look to you as a big brother. You were there for me during our early Army days and set and showed me the standards for a high speed 27D and a Soldier. I practice those standards every day now and think of you very often. Thank you for trading your life for our country. You did this so other Americans would not have to. I will see you in Heaven and please look over our troops that are deployed. God bless you and your family.

V/R

Your Battle Buddy Forever!"
SGT Fothergill "Fajza" of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"November 10, 2007
To the family of Cpl. Sascha Struble:
Sascha 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

"Sascha,
I won't forget you man....I want your family to know you were a great soldier and a better person. You will not be forgotten"
Van Forbes of Fort Knox, Ky

"Sascha, we had so many great times at IRC. I'm still crying because I recently found out that you were in Heaven. Thank you for giving your everything so that I have the right to have everything. My prayers are with your family, even though you are now their guardian angel."
De'ja M Hines of NN, VA

"Sascha,
You were an amazing person, always knowing how to make a person feel good and get a good laugh.
I can remember 3:30 in the morning, you acting like Stewart from Mad TV and Courtney and I getting so mad because were were trying to sleep, but it was still hilarious.
I miss you & love you.

God Bless you wherever you be right now."
Mollie Sue Struble of New Windsor, IL

"Sascha, I never really did talk to you in High School. You were popular and I was an outcast...but you were always nice. Thank you for doing what you could in defending my rights as a US citizen and thank you for putting your life down on the frontlines for my freedom. That is a gift you gave to me in which I will never be able to repay. God Bless you and may you rest in peace. You are in my prayers. Maybe we can sit on a cloud and have a conversation one day. Rest in peace."
Jamie Lee-Pratt of Fort Rucker, AL

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

"Fury From The Sky"(508th Inf. Motto)"

"To the family of:Sascha Struble 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"

"Sascha always brought a smile to our faces whenever he came into our tech department office located in his High School (Indain River)! He was such a loving and happy boy that would come visit his mother (Theresa who worked with us) in between classes or after school! We think about you often Sascha and your missed greatly. We will always remember your smiling face!!!"
Crystal LaClair of Philadelphia, NY

"SASHA REMEBERED TODAY NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN! WE THE FALLEN FAMILIES. NEED TO CONTACT ALL OUR POLITICAL LEADERS IN ALBANY TODAY! TO GET A MEMORIL BUILT IN ALBANY YESTERDAY. OUR FALLEN DESERVE TO BE HONORED TODAY. NOT MANY MANY YEARS AFTER A CONFLICT AND OR WAR. WE HAVE 100 FALLEN SOLDIER FROM NEW YORK STATE. WE THE FALLEN FAMILIES NEED TO HAVE OUR SON'S, DAUGHTER'S, HUSBAND, WIFE , MOMMY AND DADDY REMEBERED NEVER EVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. WE UNITED WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN. WE OWE THAT TO OUR FALLEN!"
leonardwahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the Struble Family, I wish to extend my deepest condolences on your loss of your Sascha. Sascha is a true American Hero who always will be remembered and honored. May God Bless all of you"
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"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""

"MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND*******SASCHA YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN! THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR GREAT COUNTRTY. YESTERDAY, DOWN BY THE WTC, IT WAS YOU AND OTHERS PROTECTING US AGAINST TERRORISM. WE ARE SAFE BECAUSE OF YOU!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"to the family of sascha,
sascha was a great guy he always made you smile ... i went to high school with him and was very sadden to hear about his death ... my prayers are with you"
katrina morrell of fort drum, ny

"Sascha was my everything, my smile, my laugh, even my sense of humor. Now that he is gone a part of me is too. He was such an amazing brother and a great friend. I dont know why this had to happen, but I will always miss my brother and his smile!"
Courtney Struble/ sis. of Hanna/IN

"TO THE STRUBLE FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF SASCHA. WE UNDERSTAND YOUR LOST. WE LOST OUR SON ELEVEN MONTHS AGO! SASCHA HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN. HE WILL BE REMEMBER BY AMERICAN'S. FOR PROTECTING US AGAINST TERRORISM AND TO A FREE IRAQ. I REALIZE OUR SON'S DIDN'T KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. STILL THIS IS THEIR MILITARY FAMILY AND BOTH BROTHERS. WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHERS BACKS. SASCHS WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY PRAYS. AN I THANK HIM AND YOUR FAMILY FOR MAKING AMERICA ALOT SAFER FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN. LWAHL1@SEARS.COM THE FALLEN FAMILIES NEED TO STAY IN TOUCH. SO WE CAN HONORS OUR FALLEN AND HELP EACH OTHER OUT WITH INFORMATION."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To Sascha'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.

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@sbcglobal.net"

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

"Thank you Sascha Struble, 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. Sascha Struble:
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 Sascha 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. Sascha Struble:
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 Sascha, 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