Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. William A. Allers III

28, of Leitchfield, Kentucky.
Allers died in the vicinity of Khalis, north of Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 198th Military Police Battalion, 75th Troop Command, Louisville, Kentucky. Died on September 20, 2005.

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"I was going through my wallet today and found Billy's memorial card. It's been there since his memorial service 6 years ago. It's hard to believe that it's been six years since he left us. My step-son Ryan is leaving for boot camp in 7 days. I don't even know how to put in words what is weighing on my heart. We miss you Billy. Watch over my son please."
Emily of Whiteford, MD

"I went and visited you today. I'm in DC for a conference. Hard to believe that it's been 5 years since we lost you in Iraq. I enjoyed the time we served together..even though it was short...You will not be forgotten!"
KH of Louisville, KY

"Today is the 4th anniversary of Bill's death. It's still hard to believe that he is gone. I can still hear his laugh if I concentrate hard enough. He was a great friend and is truly missed by all who knew him. Our second son bears the middle name William in honor of Allers. He is probably still too young to truly understand this significance, but I hope someday he grows to be a man of integrity and honor just like Bill."
Danielle Stoughton of Portland, NY

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Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"We met in Korea back in 98-99. We both went back to Knox together. I'm not too good at things like this.
Garry Owen!God Bless. Rest in Peace Brother!"
Dabrowski of Glen Burnie, MD

"Even though I never met SSG. Allers I would like to leave my prayers and condolences to his friends and family. I was at a nightclub in Louisville, KY and found a memorial bracelet on the floor. It had SSG. Allers name engraved on it. I would love nothing more than to return this bracelet to the person who lost it. If you can contact me and give me the time frame in which it was lost I will be more than happy to mail it to you. You can contact me at bradntallafar@yahoo.com"
Courtney of Cecilia, KY

"T the allers family
i am sorry to hear of the loss i served with allers in korea and considered him a great friend. my fondest memory was of him telling me about this new singer that had come out, he told me that she was going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. the singer was britney spears. i will miss him but will always remember him from those days"
SSG Montey Blain of FT Hood TX

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. William A. Allers, III:
William 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

"this is bill lil sis thanks to all that have told their bill story this is how i hold on and keep on rembering thanks for keeping bill name going and i still thank of the crazy stuff he did"
crystal of ky

"To the family of:William A Allers III 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"

"I served in the same squad as Al, and enjoyed every minute I was stuck with him. We would always talk about Mustangs, as he would educate me on how to make mine better. He would even look up Mustang Cobras for me on the internet and tell me what was a good deal (I told him I was interested in buying a Cobra).

Two quick stories about how kind and thoughful Al was: When our platoon had to move away to Ashraf, we had our cots next to each other in the tent. He noticed my pillow was very small and cheaply made and gave me one of his much better pillows - that I didn't even ask for.
Then there was a another time that he had found an old Iraqi helmet in the desert. I told him I was jealous, and on one of our next patrols, he found one on the side of the road, got out of his humvee, and picked it up for me.
I still have the pillow and helmet, Thanks Al. Miss ya."
Jerry Crittendon of Paducah, KY

"I knew Will very well. I loved him dearly...I've never met anyone quite like him. He seemed like a gift to people. His heart was so warm and kind. Every time I turned around he was always trying to help someone, and not himself. I was very good friends with his driver as well, Jessica Lech. She adored Allers, and was devastated by his death, he took amazing care of her...she felt lost when he died. I would give anything to have him back! He talked about his son non-stop, and I saw pictures of him. I will NEVER forget Will...I call him that only because he told me I could. I took it upon myself to do so, because everyone else called him Bill or Big Al. This man even took time to teach me German on his own time. This wonderful man will never leave my memory...he was someone I chose to help carry my own brothers casket. Will will forever live in my heart...I love you."
Melissa Hayes-Stewart of Louisville, KY USA

"I SERVED WITH SGT ALLERS IN IRAQ. PLEASE FORGIVE MY LATE ENTRY AS I JUST DISCOVERD THIS SITE. I REMEBER WHEN ALLERS FIRST ARRIVED AT THE BOWLING GREEN ARMORY, WE BECAME FAST FRIENDS. HE WAS EXCITED TO BE BACK IN UNIFORM AND EXCITED TO BE GOING OVER SEAS.
I ALSO SERVED ALONG SIDE HIM IN 3RD PLATOON IN THE FIELD, ON THE ROADS OF BAGHDAD AND ASH RAF NEARLY EVERYDAY. ALLERS WAS ALWAYS READY FOR ANYTHING.
MY SQUAD WAS ON NIGHT PARTOL THE SHIFT BEFORE ALLERS WENT OUT THAT DAY. HIS DEATH HIT US ALL VERY HARD. NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DO NOT THINK OF ALLERS. HE WAS A GREAT MAN, A SUPER NCO AND A EXCELLENT FRIEND. SO TO HIS FAMILY AND LOVED ONES I AM TRULY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, I HAVE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS MY REGRETS AT THE LOSS OF BILL, JUST KNOW THAT AS LONG AS HE IS REMEMBERED HE IS NEVER TRULY GONE, AND I WILL NEVER FORGET."
SGT J RAY of NASHVILLE, TN

"I served with Allers in Iraq, and was the acting Operations Sergeant for the Company when he was killed. I read the 23 Psalm at his memorial service in Baghdad. "Big Al" was truly an exceptional human being. He was the first to crack a joke when things got ugly, and the last to complain when things were REALLY ugly. I just found this site today, at it saddens me to see than no one from the company has written a testament to him. He is truly missed. For all of you who were close to him, you are truly fortunate to have known and loved such a wonderful man. My husband and I would often go by his "hooch" when we needed a lift. He brought a little light and comfort into a place that was often dark and scary. I'd like to thank his parents for raising him into the man he was. Chuck and I will never forget him."
SSG Karen Reinhard Farthing of Mayfield, KY

"this is bills sister in law crystal i would like for everyone to know how gratefull i am to got to know and love bill and got to know him not only as a brother but as a hero and now i have my daughter liberty to remind me of him we love you bill and you will always be rembered"
crystal of leitchfield,ky.usa

"There is a website called www.herobracelets.org. This organization is legitimate and you can read what they are raising money for. Anyways, the bracelets are printed and they have the soldiers name, rank, where they are from and the branch they served in. I didn't know if anyone would be interested, but I thought I would let people know, because Allers deserves to be remembered by everyone and not just the people that cared about him."
Danielle Beaman of Fort Campbell, KY

"Hello everyone!

My name is Dave Allers. I am Bill's youngest brother. My father, Bill, and I have read your msgs and we thank you all for your touching remarks. Since i grew up with him from childhood to 1995 i can say, since we're brothers, he was a pain lol, but after reading your posts i find myelf laughing and smiling. I think to myself these people cant be talken about the Bill i knew but obviously he had a different side to him that i didnt see much of. We are very proud of him and have no regrets on his decisions he took. My Father isnt much on the pc but he too smiled after reading each post and suprised of what he read. This Friday (feb 17) there will be a memorial held in DC (by a Senator Connel I think) so my dad, grandmother, and i will be attending.

Again we thank you for all your touching remarks

PS Just found out about this site the other day.
(Thx Jason and Ben)"
Dave Allers of Fallston, MD/USA

"I wasn't around Allers as much as my husband or his friends, but the times that I was around Allers he was a funny and caring man. I don't think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. Allers would have given anyone the shirt off of his back! My husband is right, the Allers family are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill will surely be missed by all that were fortunate enough to know him."
Danielle Beaman of Fort Campbell, KY

"Allers, I served with Allers for 3 and 1/2 years at FT Knox. He was a great soldier, a great leader, and an even better friend. We shared many great times together working on cars after work. I think it has made me a better soldier and leader to have known him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. This is a great loss to the Scouts everywhere. Any man who dies for his country is a hero in my eyes. Scouts OUT!"
SSG Beaman, Travis of Tikrit, Iraq

"Allers,
I just wanted to say that you will always be remembered in my thoughts and prayers. I served with him in Fort Knox Kentucky just before he got out of the Army and joined the Guard. He was a good Leader but an even Greater Friend, he was always there to help someone in a time of need. Allers you are and always will be missed."
Thomas Faircloth of Fort Campbell, KY

"By the way Bill, I forgot to mention, (for all the Scouts out there) I hope you are saving me a spot right next to you in Fiddlers Green."
William Cicci of Salem, MA

"To the entire Allers Family,
I am William Cicci. I had the privilage of serving with Bill for 3 years at Ft. Knox. When i arrived there he was the first in the platoon to help me out. He took me around and showed me where everything was. He even took this city boy into the country and showed me his place out there. I always had good times with bill and our buddy Tom. We were like the 3 stooges. We were always over each others houses for suppers, BBQ's, or just to hang out. I have tried to get in touch with him since my departure of Ft. Knox but was unable to do so. Tom im'ed me tonight to tell me what happened and I started to cry. Even though i haven't heard from Bill in a few years I still feel like I lost a dear friend. My deepest sympathies go out to all those who loved Bill.
978-741-3776"
William Cicci of Salem, MA

"I was Bill's sister-in-law. First of all, I want to thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers. This has been a very hard time for our family, and we appreciate the support.
Bill was a good man. He was always happy and full of life. No one could be unhappy around him. He always had a way of lighting up a room whenever he entered it.
He was proud to serve in the military, and loved helping people. He was the type of man who would give the shirt off his back to a total stranger if they needed it.
He hated Iraq, but he loved the kids. He loved children. He took in my niece and raised her as his own. He loved that girl very much, and I just hope when she gets older (she's 7 now), she will remember how much he cared for her.
We will miss his smile, and his goofy jokes. We will miss the light that he brought into our lives. Our only comforts are knowing that he died serving his country, I don't think he would have wanted to go any other way. And, knowing that now he is in a better place. All of us have the bravest guardian angel we could ever have now. He is our hero, and we will never forget him.
We love you, man!!"
Tonya VanMeter of Bee Spring, KY

"Billy was someone I grew up with from times that I can't even recall...he lived just down the road from me, we played together, and we even talked about joining the army together when we graduated in 1995...he was a real friend and one of the nicest and hardest working people that I have ever known. I will miss you Billy and I will never forget you. I know that he is in a better place and that the Lord will always take care of him."
PFC Bohl, Benjamin (101st Airborne Divsion) of Clarksville, TN

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

"Bill and I were best friends in high school. We meet when our chemistry class first broke up in to groups; we ended up being lab partners because we were the only two left. It was down hill after that and I ended up spending most of my time with Bill for the next two years, even working with him over the summer at a local plant nursery. I did not know it at the time, but he would direct the rest of my life.
He was dating a girl in his junior year; she was a freshman and to me looked quite boyish. As with most high school relationships it ended, but Bill was too charming to be mad at, so he and Lesley stayed good friends. As life moved on Bill and I worked through our senior year and my mom got sick, but no worries Bill was there to help me through anything. You could not keep him down; he had a solution for everything even if it was silly. Also in my senior year he reintroduced me to his ex-girlfriend Lesley, who did not look so boyish to me this time.
After graduation Bill and I went camping in the mountains of Maryland, he told me of his plans of life in the army and all the things he would get to do. I grew up living the Army life and I knew it was not for me, and I did not want Bill to go. He signed up and went away, but he left me with two gifts. He introduced me to my best friend, who got me into teaching, and he brought Lesley and me together, we married in 2003. Without Bill I would not be where I am today; I will be forever in debt to him.

I love you Bill, you will be missed"
Jason Bullerman of Bel Air, MD

"My name is Brian Lewis my message is to the Allers family. I served with Bill at FT.Knox KY. At the time he was my first line supervisor. Bill was always fair when at the time many were not. He was always quick to make a joke to lighten somebodys mood. The whole time I served with him I never saw him get seriously angry or even drop anybody. Bill was not just my supervisor he was my friend.I was constantly at his house hanging out with him and others. Bill was always quick to help someone whenever he could. He was truly a great friend and he will be missed. My prayers are with you.
Sincerely,
SPC.Brian Lewis& Family"
Brian Lewis of Bedford IN 812-275-2463

"TO THE ALLERS FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN TODAY. TO HEAR THE NEWS OF WILLIAM. WILLIAM IS A VERY SPECIAL MAN. NOT MANY LIKE WILLIAM IN ALL AMERICA. TO ANSWER A CALLING TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY. RISKING EVERYTHING FOR HIS COUNTRY. WILLIAM THANK YOU FOR SERVING ALONG SIDE OUR SON. GAVE ME A COMFORT THAT YOU ALL SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ HAD EACH OTHER COVER. WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WILLIAM YOU TOUCHED MANY MANY HEARTS. TO THOSE YOU HAVE. HOLD THE DEEPEST MEMORY OF THOSE PRECIOUS TIMES. AN WILL NEVER FATE FROM THOSE THAT CARED AND LOVE YOU WILLIAM. YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN NOT NEVER. MY TEARS NEVER STOPPED WITH LOSING MY SON GREGORY. CONTINUE WITH WILLIAM AND ALL OUR FALLEN. FOR I FEEL FOR ALL OUR FAMILIES. AN REALIZE WE ALL DEAL WITH OUR LOST VERY DIFFERENTLY! I ENCOURAGE WILLIAMS FAMILY, TO REACH OUT TO YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. TO HAVE A STREET NAMED AFTER WILLIAM. WHY? IT TAKES YEAR AFTER A CONFLICT AND OR WAR TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIER'S. WILLIAM NEEDS TO BE REMEMEBERED TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOR EVER! HE HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN. WILLIAM IS APART OF IRAQI, AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTIORY. AN AMERICA BEE ALOT SAFER BECAUSE OF MEN LIKE WILLIAM SINCE 911. SERVING OUR COUNTRY TAKE'S PRIDE. THAT OVER HUNDRED OF MILLION AMERICAN'S DON'T. SIMPLELY, SITTING BACK ENJOYING THE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. THAT SOLDIER AS WILLIAM PROTECT FOR ALL AMERICAN'S. WILLIAM YOU ARE A HERO!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you William Allers III, 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 Staff Sgt. William Allers III:
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 William 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 Staff Sgt. William Allers III:
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 William, 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