Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Brock L. Bucklin

28, of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Bucklin died in Balad, Iraq, of a non-combat related cause. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on May 31, 2006.

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"Thank you for protecting me and giving me the ultimate gift - Freedom. You will be missed."
Colton Thom of Florida

"To the family of:Brock L. Bucklin
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""

"Buck I hated you but, you did not deserve to get dusted off the way you did. You will forever be in my memories bro and we will meet again. Silver Lions"
Dethsy of Ft. Bragg, NC

"Soon to be 5 years since the day you went home. I will always remember the good times and things you did without question. Always remember our fallen. Thanks for your everlasting impression."
SSG Cain Schuler of Ft.Worth, TX

"I played baseball with Brock and Brad when I was young. Everytime I go to Cascade Park I think of Brock and Brad. Brock was not the first person who I knew that died in Iraq/Afghanistan/elsewhere. But i pray he is the the last."
Brian of Grand Rapids, MI

"I am a current 1-68 soldier, I did not know you personally but I wanted to state that what you did yesterday for us is why this nation has become the best in it's few years of existence. You were one of the few that answered the call when most would not. To this day when ever we get new soldiers into this unit we tell them to take a close look at your picture we have on our wall and read our 'Fallen Heroes' book and commit to memory the ones who have served before them and gave it all.
Thank you with honor and respect,"
Rony Karim of Fort Carson, Colorado

"i was there when Cpl Brock Bucklin was injured and died. I can not come up with the words to say how much his death has hurt me. I did not know him well, but I did know him well enough to know when anyone saw him the first thing you did was smile. Brock lit up the room when he entered. If I can help the family answer any questions about what happened you can contact me at start1_over_new@yahoo.com I was one of the last to see him at Gabe when he was hurt befor he was medivaced.
GOD rest his soul. He was a ture hero."
of IL. USA

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Brock L. Bucklin:
Brock 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

"I was at FOB GABE as an electrician for KBR and he worked in the Mayor's cell and was our contact with the military. He was an awsome guy and a model soldier. He was allways wanting to go outside the wire and go on patrol, not too many were/are like that. I was honered to be at his promotion ceremony there at Gabe when he was promoted from private to specialist to corporal at one time. His 1st Sgt surprised him with that. He allways was trying to make the 1st Sgt.proud of him. I had come home in March of 06 and when I received the call concerning his passing I was sad. I keep him in my address book for emails and will allways. He is a great American. I plan to visit his grave to pay proper respect. Thanks for all you do!!!"
Steve Wiggins of Pasadena, Texas

"My prayers are with you"
Heather V of wyoming Mi.

"To Brock's Family,
You don't know me, but Brock was like a son to me. My daughter, Jen, and Brock were long time friends. I got to know Brock and came to respect him and love him like a member of our family. He was always there when we ask him for a favor, usually a computer problem. Now when the computer acts up, I look up and say "Brock, where are you ?" I want you, his family, to know how much your son ment to our family. He lives in our hearts and is thought of very often. We all felt a piece of our heart was lost when we lost Brock.
Please remember, he will never be forgotten.
We are thankful for his service, yet so so saddened at his passing."
Dorothy & Jen Gillingham of Wyoming, Michigan

"Following in his father’s and brother’s footsteps, CPL Bucklin volunteered for the Army and was proudly serving in Iraq so that others, Americans and Iraqis, could have life, liberty, and happiness and I know that he believed in what he was doing.

Let there be no doubt, CPL Bucklin was making a difference. The cornerstone of his unit, he was a consummate soldier: a fiercely driven warrior who lived the Army values of duty, loyalty, and honor. He loved his family, he loved his job, and he loved having fun. He was an American Soldier.

I first met CPL Bucklin after taking command of headquarters company 1-68 Armor. Brock was assigned as the mortar platoon sergeant’s driver. Displaying the natural overachiever I grew to love, I quickly found out that he had committed the operator’s manual of his heavy cargo truck to memory. Now you need to understand that this operators manual is like and inch and a half thick. Unlike any other driver in the company, he could quote the document from memory and he took pleasure in quizzing me with difficult questions about obscure but important facts such as tire pressure and horsepower. My point is that Brock was a professional and knew that someday, sometime, those details would be important.

His platoon was constantly supporting the rest of the battalion during live fire exercises. I loved to jump in the back of his armored mortar carrier and “drop rounds” as we say in the infantry. Despite my inexperience and the added pressure of having his commander hanging around, CPL Bucklin was a patient teacher and I loved to be in his track when the tubes were firing. With a twinkle in his eye and a huge smile on his face, he would loudly, and somewhat sarcastically, ask me if the rounds were too heavy, or urge me to hurry up because the other crews were firing at a faster rate and my unpracticed efforts were causing his gun to fall behind…

I have a lot of favorite memories of CPL Bucklin:

His volunteering on short notice to drive me out to the gunnery range to visit training in the middle of the night in the freezing temperatures and snow of the Colorado winter….

The only soldier of my 225 man company to take my rope climbing challenge… and then, to my great dismay, beating me soundly to the cheers of his fellow soldiers.

Arriving to work early and staying late so he could take care of our company mascot, a huge Great Dane named Buddy.

And many others…

But I will always remember him as a warrior, an infantryman who loved his family, his son Jacob, his unit, and the Army.

He died defending his country and I am extremely proud to have known and served with him in the profession of arms. I will always call you a brother, as do the rest of the Silver Lions. Corporal Bucklin, you have now joined an elite few that lead the way on our path in combat. You have joined the few that we will never forget. We will always raise a glass to your honor and sacrifice.

There’s a famous epitaph found on many veterans memorials and monuments throughout the world. It says simply:

“When they ask of us, tell them that for their tomorrow, we gave our today.”

Brock, you gave all. You gave your today.

Ironhorse, Strikers, Silver Lions."
MAJ Daniel Holland of 1-68 Armor, FT Carson, CO

"brock
we had alot of good times togather i miss you very much i hope to see you again in heaven. we have shared so much. i will always love you and you will be in my heart always

love you

kim"
kim selby of wyoming mi usa

"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, Brock will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Bucklin I will never forget our last conversation before you left to go to Iraq with my husband. I never thought it would be our last. We both mourn your loss and know that you will find peace in a better place. You were such funny guy and I will miss the way you made me laugh. You will never be forgotton."
Julia Meggitt of Ft. Worth, TX

"Bucklin I will never forget our last conversation before you left to go to Iraq with my husband. I never thought it would be our last. We both mourn your loss and know that you will find peace in a better place. You were such funny guy and I will miss the way you made me laugh. You will never be forgotton."
Julia Meggitt of Ft. Worth, TX

"Thank you Brock Bucklin, 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. Brock Bucklin:
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 Brock 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. Brock Bucklin:
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 Brock, 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