Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Steven C. Tucker

19, of Grapevine, Texas.
Tucker died in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained near Shinkay, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy. Died on May 21, 2005.

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"You are never forgotten battle!! Had fun in basic!"
Kenny Mueller of Virginia

"We just learned about the loss of your beloved son. My mother and I have your whole family in our prayers. Our thanks and appreciation for your son's and your family's tremendous sacrifice is so inadequate, but we extend them gratefully nevertheless."
Julie and Fran of Grapevine, Texas

"Steven, You made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us brother. You were one of the first to get sent to Kandahar and begin to liberate them. Its been 6 years now since you've been gone. Now its my turn to go. I'll be headed to Kandahar in less than 30 days. But its nice to know there is someone above who will be watching my 6. Rest in peace bro. Thank you for what you have done and what you did. You will never be forgotten. Infantry leads the way. Hooah"
PFC Homan of Ft Drum, NY

"Steve,
Next month,May 21,will be 3yrs since they took away your life.I miss you so much and at times still wonders how your life would have been if you were still here with us.You would have been 22yrs old,maybe graduating from college ,engaged or married and maybe with kids (?).All I can think of now are the precious memories we had together.I am very proud of you.You had accomplished a
lot in such little time you had.You will
always be in my heart and mind forever till we see each other again.For now , rest in peace my son.I love and miss you a lot. I hope you did not die in vain. Always, Mama"
Rowena Tucker of Grapevine ,TX

"To the family of:Steven C. Tucker 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"

"November 10, 2007
To the family of Pfc. Steven C. Tucker.
Steven 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

"steven,
I miss you soo much and so does david. i just want to say thank you for everything you did for me. from being my drum major in high school, to defending my freedom. i will never forget you or the things you did for me. i too, will soon be serving my country and i hope that i can leave the same impression that you have left on everyone. god bless you steven.
with all my love,"
Kaci wolfe of Grapevine, Tx

"I would just like to give all of the soliders and their families my thoughts and prays.I am very greatfull for all that they are doing.God Bless them all and their families.."
Candace G. of Lehigh Acres, FL

"Steven,

At some point each year I think about you, I look at life and ask so many questions sometimes, I've been really reading the word lately and trying to figure it all out and I just wish you were here and things were different. But I know the cliche, God works in weird ways, but it's still hard to grasp such tragedies. What I do know is you are in a better place and I'm trying to get there. I know life is so fragile but it's tough too, and what you did makes me appreciate it even more, I dont look at the negative in life because my faults are so slim in comparison to reality and that is it's selfish to be depressed or ever fail when we still have the chance to live and go on. You never failed, and you take the place of a hero, something most of us will never acheive. I pray for the Tucker family, and want you to know how much I still think about him even though we weren't best of friends. I remember the snow days, and avoiding him playing football because i knew i couldnt break the tackle. haha. Anyhow God bless ya man, and one day we'll all be together."
Aaron Browning

"Steven,

"Hey man I think about you at some point each year, we didn't hang in high school but i've known you forever. I remember you were smarter than me, and i never wanted to go up against you in football because I stood no chance at breaking the tackle, I remember when we had snow days and Dean arranged something, I came a few times and you always took over the game. I'll never forget you man, and what you did for us. I may one day face the same terror and I pray i do it with the honor you have shown. God bless you and I hope to see you again soon."
Aaron Browning of Oklahoma

"Steven,
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.

"Airborne All The Way!"

"Fallen Soliders

The silence in the air, The will not to believe, Not wanting to let go of the tears, for that will final everything.

Fallen Soliders

The sleepless nights before.
The forever pain.
Fallen Soliders

The emptiness that over whelms.
The darkness of the day.
Fallen Soliders

The fear of what has been.
The pain of knowing it is.
Fallen Soliders

The vision of a picture painted.
Not to be placed on a wall.
But forever etched in the mind.

Fallen Soliders

The reaching out
But he's not there

Fallen Soliders

Arms streched out.
Folded Flag placed within.

Fallen Soliders

The days began.
The nights fall.
You still don't believe.

That they are Fallen Soliders!!!

Brendann Bass
June 21, 2006

My heart goes out to the familes of the Fallen Soliders. They are my Hero's. There isnt anything that one can say to ease the pain. There is no reason for this to happen to our young men and women. We need to pray that soon our goverment will see that we can not tame the country our president wants so eagerly to do at the expense of our American Soliders. We must pray that this war ends soon, for it has never ended. Iraq is the land of satan, the people of evil.
We need to bring our soliders home and let that country fight their own battle, kill each other, and destroy themselves. Our America needs our soliders here to protect us instead of fighting a losing battle in a country that will never go from lion to kitten.
Pass this on, and remember tonight say a prayer, and in the morning say a prayer, and in the middle of the day say a prayer. For our soliders have no sense of time for they protect us at night, in the morning, and in the middle of the day. GOD BLESS AMERICANS AND GOD BLESS OUR HEROS, THOSE STANDING TALL AND THOSE WHO HAVE FALLEN."
Brendann Bass of Lynn Haven Florida

"Dear Tucker family. I can't tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Your son was a true hero. His honor and bravery exemplifies the values our country is founded on. As a former veteran I know your son had a bond with his fellow soldiers that only comes with military service. I will be making a contribution to operation helmet in your son's name. In this way Steve will continue to support and be with his fellow soldiers. We are all very proud of your son."
Jim Bilbro of Bend, OR USA

"Dear family of Pfc.Steven Tucker. Thank you all for the very greatest sacrifice that can be given for the peoples of any nation. Your dear son gave his life as a sacrifice for the freedom of all Americans. We so very greatfully thank you. Our prayers go with you and all the BRAVE men and women and their great American patriot families and loved ones that keep tireless vigilance, always, protecting our great nation's freedoms.. May God's peace be upon you all and the other good people of the world that share our great nation's values. May The Lord and God of creation and love
grant our world the peace our fighting
men died to give us all.."
L.M. Creason of Fresno,California.U.S.A.

"I am so grateful to your son. What a wonderful man to give his life so I and my family can live free. I have been watching the T.V. and everything I have seen about him is that he was a very good person. I want to let your family know that I am so sorry for the loss of your son. May your memories of him be his legacy. I am so sorry."
Judie Smith of Huntington Beach, Ca

"God Bless your son for all that he has given. Your son has made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of us all. No matter the politics, your son fought for the freedom of our country and to protect everyone throughout the world. There is no more noble a cause than what your son was doing. The thoughts and prayers of everyone from Hanover Fire Station #8 are with you in this hour and for every hour to come. We will keep your son in our hearts and minds."
FF Adam McInerney of Hanover, Virgina, The United States of America

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

"TO THE TUCKER FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WELL, JUST LETTING STEVEN KNOWN SOMEONE DOES CARE! THAT OUR FAMILY WILL NEVER EVER FORGET HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. AN FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON GREGORY. REALIZE OUR SON'S HADN'T KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. STILL SOLDIERS HOLD THAT SPECIAL BOND TOGETHER. TO ALWAYS WATCH AND PROTECT ONE ANOTHER. WE LOST OUR SON IN BALAD, IRAQ LAST YEAR (2004) SO WE UNDERSTAND THE HARDSHIP TO LOSTING SOMEONE SO DEAR. STEVEN YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU ARE A HERO! I SUGGEST TO YOUR FAMILY; TO REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE POLITICAQL LEADERS. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN STEVEN'S HONOR. THAT HIS COMMUNITY WILL NEVER EVER FOGET HIS SERVICE TO GRAPEVINE, THEN COUNTY, STATE AND OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS NOT ASKING TO MUCH OF THE COMMUNITY NOR YOUR POLITICAL LEADER! CONFLICTS AND WAR'S TAKES YEARS TO END. TODAY WE ARE HONORING STILL THOSE FROM WWI, WWII, KOREAN AND ETC. STEVEN SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WAIT, IF ALL IN THE COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADER CARE! AMERICA IS ALOT SAFER SINCE 911! STEVEN WAS APART OF THAT PROCESS! AN HE HAS HELPED TO GIVE THOSE IN AFGHANISTAM HOPE AND PEACE. GOD BLESS!"
leonard t. wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To Steven's Family, I wish to extend my deepest condolences on your loss of your Steven. What a fine young man you raised. He is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless all of you."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"My son is about to become a soldier, his friends are already in the forces, he told me about Steven, I did not know him, but I still feel the need to thank him for his effort to keep me free, and my love goes to his family for there son and friend. THANK YOU."
Fulke Egerton of Colorado Springs

"To the family and friends of Steven C. Tucker,
I knew 'Tucker' in basic training at A Co. 2/19. He was a good soldier and a wonderful person with a spectacular personality. We considered him to be one of the 'golden boys' in basic training. One of the few that could do no wrong and were quite 'high speed'. He is a hero to us all and will forever be remembered."
PV2 Steven Mix of 82nd Airborne, Ft Bragg. NC. steven.mix@us.army.mil

"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""

"STEVEN YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. AN YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU ARE IN MY PRAYS ALWAYS AND NEVER EVER TO BE FORGOTTEN STEVEN."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Steven, I miss you dearly. I still remember the first time I met you, when you were 13. I watched you grow from a shy, reserved kid who was unsure of himself into a man whom everyone was proud to know. I'll always carry with me what I have learned from having you in my life. We will remember you, always.

"My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."
- RFK"
Chris Lozano of Grapevine, TX

"Steven was a great friend and a wonderful and giving person. I knew him since grade school and he was always the quiet boy with a dry wit. He will be missed and honored and remembered for his great sacrifice upon the alter of freedom. Life is God's greatest gift, and man's most precious possession, Pfc Tucker gave his in protection of every American and for this we are eternally grateful. Steven we will miss you."
R.S. of Grapevine, TX

"To Steven's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Steven'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 truly 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"

"To the family of Steven Tucker: My heart goes out to you at this time. I lost my son while he served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Iraq. Our sons were brothers and now walk as heroes, NEVER to be forgotten. May God grant you Peace."
Deb Yashinski (Mommaski) of Irondale, Alabama

"STEVEN, YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF TEXAN'S AND OUR GREAT COUNTRY. YOU ARE STEVEN A HERO! MAKING AMERICA ALOT SAFER SINCE 911. AN TO HELP THOSE IN AFGHANISTAN TO A NEW BEGINNING. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU STEVEN AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON LAST MAY. AN ALL THIS IS JUST NOT EASY. AN WITH ALL DEAL WITH IT VERY DIFFERENTLY. I DON'T ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT ANSWERS. I JUST KNOW THIS, I DIDN'T LOST JUST MY SON, I SUFFER YOU LOSE AND ALL THOSE THAT LOST A LOVE ONE. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

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

"Thank you Steven Tucker, 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 Pfc. Steven Tucker:
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 Steven 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 Pfc. Steven Tucker:
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 Steven, 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