Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Casey Byers

22, of Schleswig, Iowa.
Byers died in Al Taqaddum, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 224th Engineer Battalion, Ottumwa, Iowa. Died on June 11, 2005.

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"Today our family is honoring Casey ! He is a true hero and we hold him in our hearts ! God bless Casey and his family"
Molly of Waukee

"I was sad when I read the news. I am still sad today.Your name is known and marked to be known forever more. You gave your best and we will never forget you!"
Mark C. of Ashton Iowa

"Rest in peace, Soldier, and thank you. I was one of the Charlie MP Marines assigned to 224 in Iraq. I remember. Semper Fi."
RS of Boise, ID

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Spc. Casey Byers:
Casey 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

"To honor Casey and all of the other young servicemen and women who have lost their lives in Iraq and Pakistan, on Memorial Day for 2007, our church, First Baptist Church of Orlando, FL, placed a flag for each fallen soldier with their name on it on the lawn of the church. This amazing array of flags were left on display until July 4th. Members of the church were asked to take a flag and place it on display and to pray for the family of that fallen soldier; and then on July 4th, we picked up our flags and were asked to take them home and continue to pray for our soldier's family and loved ones. I just wanted you to know that I have the flag for Casey in our home and I often think of him when I see the flag. My husband and I have prayed for those that Casey left and I just want you to know that we appreciate everything this young man did for our country. It is my prayer that you will find comfort in knowing that your sacrifice and his is not forgotten. God bless you all. If you would like to contact me, my email address is rachelvaughan@vaughanaccounting.com"
Rachel Vaughan of Orlando, FL

"Byers,
Every day I wonder what it would be like if you were back.
It seems like I just keep waiting for you and the result is always the same. It's just not the same without you, man. I was always the funny, quirky one, but second next to you, crazy kid. When we were out together, people ran!
I pray that I will be able to see you again, brother. I have a lot of things I need to tell you, especially that the times we spent together can never be topped. Thank God for people like you and your family, or this world would be a much worse place. Thanks for your ultimate sacrifice. We will end this thing."
Cdt. Jacob B. Miller of Ames, IA

"Casey was a very nice guy. He will always be in my heart and I can't wait to see him again someday. I will pray for Casey's family."
Molly of West Des Moines,Ia

"Casey- was a good friend to all. He always knew how to put a smile on your face. You will be missed forever Casey. He died doing what he loved living the army."
SPC Huebert of Vail, Iowa (Iraq)

"My name is Spc. Justin Edgington. I serve in A Co. 224th Eng. Bn. I never got the chance to really get to know Casey, but from the little I did see of him, he seemed like a cool guy. All of us in the 224th mourn his passing. Rest in peace bro. I wish to extend my condolences to his family that they may be able to handle the loss served to them. He will not be forgotten."
Spc. J. Edgington, A Co. 224th Eng. Bn., IANG of Burlington, IA

"To the family of:Casey Byers 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"

"Rest in Peace Brother, Infantry leads the way....."
Spc. Aaron W. Olson, 224 Eng Bn of Washington, Iowa

"Remembering your family as the months go by - knowing the pain is still so deep into your hearts. Please know you are being remembered and your son, Army Sgt. Casey Byers, is HONORED."

"I was with Casey in Iraq and he did the best he could at what he did and that was being a soldier. He will be missed for decades to come but he is in a way better place and thats in Gods Arms God Bless your family and i send my condolences"
Kenny of Sioux Falls SD USA

"Casey,
Youll never be forgotten, you went to iraq wanting to make a differance. You did what you thought to be right. Me and your family, friends and daughter are so proud of you for everything you did and gave. You were a good friend. Your family and me will let Hailey know all the things you did when shes old enough. Im glad you gave your life for something you wanted to do. My only regret is you were never able to hold our daughter. Youll live on in our stories and prayers of you and thru our daughter. love Amanda and Hailey"
Amanda Porter and Hailey Byers of Ames, IA

"To Casey's Family, I wish to extend my deepest condolences on your loss. Casey is a True American Hero who always be remembered and honored. God Bless all of you."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To the members of Spc Casey Byers family. I hope the Dear Lord continues to hold and comfort you during this time of need. I heard about your other son and I want to extend my deepest condolences and love to you all. This is a difficult time and doubly so. God Bless you all! You are in my prayers as is my husband SFC Neil Prince and Spc Byers.
Take one day at a time..."
Suzette Prince of Forest Hill, MD

"To the Family of Casey Byers:
Please accept my sincere sympathy for the loss of your son. I know that you are proud of your son as I am of my son, SSG Shane Koele, who was killed in Afghanistan on March 16, 2005. I hope that you can find comfort and peace in the days ahead. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. May God keep and comfort you."
Mary Koele Donnenwerth of Hartley, IA

"To the Byers family, I am Shane Prince, sister of SFC Neil A. Prince who also loss his life along with your son, Casey Byers on June 11, 2005 in Iraq. I wish to express my deepest condolscence and prayers to your family. I know that you are as proud of your son as I am of my brother for the life that he has led and for being a dedicated soldier. I know that you are going through the same things as we are know and I just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of your family during this difficult time."
Shane Prince of Forest Hill, MD / USA

"I never got to met Casey. I wish I had, he sounds loyal and honest. A year ago my family and I started a project called Troops Tribute Across Iowa. If anyone has information on Casey or his family please contact me at: queenie_20035@yahoo.com. Please and Thank you, we would like for his family to join our project."
Ashley Farrier (T.C.B. Demo) of Washington, Iowa, 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. Your HERO, Casey will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Casey, you were a great friend and will not be forgotten. You lived for our country and died for our contry. Your bravery will not go un-noted. You are the true definition of a hero. You will be missed and NOT forgotten. You will live on through my heart and my prayers"
Sgt. Tyler Christiansen of Ames, IA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"To The Byers Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Soldier.."
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"CASEY, MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR LOVING FAMILY. CASEY YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF MANY. SINCE, 911 YOU AND ALL THAT SERVE HAVE MADE AMERICA ALOT SAFER. AN GIVEN AFGHANISTAN AND THOSE IN IRAQ HOPE AND A NEW BEGGINING. CASEY THE MILITARY WAS YOUR CALLING IN LIFE. AN YOU HANDLE THE MISSION! YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN, EVER. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR 2004. AN SO THANKFUL HE SERVED WITH A HERO AS YOURSELF. ONE TO WATCH OVER OTHERS SERVING WITH HIM. FROM ONE UNIT TO THE OTHER FROM ONE BRANCH OF SERVICE TO THE OTHER. MADE US THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY IN THE WORLD. CASEY THANK YOU!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

""For Casey Byers
Each time I see a waving flag, my eyes see so much more, The ones who died to save us from an evil at our door. The Army and the Navy, the Air Force and Marines, Have paid the price so I am free to live and see my dreams. The Army Reserve and Coast Guard, always at the country's call, To serve, protect and help us as they daily give their all. And though this country still is young; we're strong and we have power, Because of those who sacrifice, who'll go at any hour. I call you friend, my soldier, for someone who'd give their life, Is more than just a friend to me, for you were there to fight. And fight you have for freedom and the rights we hold so dear, You fought so we can live in peace and not live life in fear. I know there's nothing I can do that can and will repay, The debt of gratitude I owe when I woke up today. For when I leave my home today, I know that I can be, And speak and go where I may want, and that's because I'm free. This country is so blessed to have the soldier brave and true, So I salute you now my friend; my hat is off to you. Because of you I have a choice of where I go to work, Or where I live or go to school or where I go to church. I have the right to speak my mind and freedom of the press, The right to have a weapon or to start a street protest. But rights and freedoms would not be at our foundation's core, If you'd not fought the battles and the long and bloody wars. For those who don't believe in war or going out to fight, Are those who cannot understand the reasons we have rights. And those who think that war's a crime and want to live in peace, Are blinded by the devil's lies, for war has made us free. We're free today because of you; you've suffered, bled and died, Not one has ever died in vain for God is on our side. To thank you seems so incomplete for words cannot contain,The gratitude that's in my heart for wounded limbs and pain. The families that you leave at home, the friends you leave behind, Are proud of you and thankful for the sacrifice of time. No matter where you go or fight, where you may live or serve, Please know that there are those at home who mean these grateful words. Because of you this country lives in freedom, peace and wealth, And I don't take for granted every battle war has dealt. Though grateful words are not enough and they can never be, I'll say what's truly on my heart - because of you, I'm free.""
J. Harrod (Veteran) of California

"Thank you Casey Byers, 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. Casey Byers:
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 Casey 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. Casey Byers:
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 Casey, 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