Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. William D. Chaney

59, of Schaumburg, Illinois.
Chaney died in Landstuhl, Germany due to a non-combat related injury. Initial reports indicate that Chaney was medically evacuated from Iraq to Germany for surgery due to a sudden medical condition, and died from complications after surgery. He was assigned to the Army National Guard, Company B, 1st Battalion, 106th Aviation Regiment, Chicago, Illinois. Died on May 18, 2004.

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"My name is Xavier Chaney and I am from Winfield, Al. I am a football player and member of National Honor Society. I am writing to tell how thankful I am to be born in a time where I have the most basic of privileges. Many kids now a days take for granted what rights we do have. My team and I are playing in the playoffs this week ,and I am glad that we can play a game of football without having to worry about any threats. Thank you for serving this country and making this world a better place. If you would like to respond please send an email to jwilson@winfield.k12.al.us"
xavier of Winfield

"To the family of Bill Chaney, my most heartfelt sympathy is with you. My 50th highschool reunion is coming up, and I found a picture of a group of us in 1963 at a picnic, Bill laughing, fun days. Thinking of him, I wrote his name in Google and learned of his death. I only wish I hadn't waited so long. Bill was a friend and neighbor of mine in Glenview and he truly was one of the greatest and nicest guys I have ever known. I am so so sorry for your loss. There is a special place in heaven for Bill."
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"To the family of:William D. Chaney
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"1-15-11"

"I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of SSG Chaney. I served with Bill in Vietnam - and a few months prior to our deployment too. He was an unforgettable Soldier who will live forever in my memory. His willingness to serve our nation is a lasting legacy of a true American Hero. May God Rest His Soul and bless those Bill left behind. God willing, we'll meet again on the high ground."
CSM(ret) Dale Flagler of Alexandria, VA

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"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Mothers and/or Fathers, of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com. or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and bless you.
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"A VETERAN - whether active duty, discharged, retired, reserve or passed away - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of up to, and including their life. Thank You for your Service to our Country. May God Bless You. Rest in Peace My Hero."
Sally Chaney of Fairfield, CA, USA

"To the family of William Chaney. I had no idea who William Chaney was until I had a dream about the war. At the end of my dream I herd the name Bill Chaney. The next morning I googled his name. Fallen Hero caught my eye. I don't know why I herd his name so clearly in my dream, other than the fact that I need to be more aware of the people who are sacrificing their lives for my freedom. William Chaney will always be a hero. I Thank you for your sacrifice and know that the Lord is taking good care of him."
Chelsea Thomson of california

"The internet brings us many things, some good some not so good. I remember Bill from Tay Ninh as I too was ATC there with the 362nd 68-69. He will be missed. May God give comfort to the family and to our great country of which he served so well."
Rev. John G. Forzetting Sr. of Rockledge, Florida

"Memorial Day, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. William D. Chaney:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Dear family of William Chaney,
Allow me to express my deepest gratitude to you and your fallen hero. We will probobly never meet; yet William's sacrifice has been for me and my family as well. No words of mine can ease your sorrow, but please know that there are millions of americans, lile me, who each day thank God for Heros like William. I leave you with my most humble and profound thanks."
Steve and Linda Garrington of Davenport, Iowa

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

"To the Family of SSG Chaney:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Bill's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"God bless your soul Bill Chaney.
You are still "Above the Best"!
God bless your family."
Stovall, 360th ASD 68-69 of Texas

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadow of Heaven, the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Sergeant Chaney, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Dear Carol & Chris,

It was nice meeting you at the service for Bill, I only wish it was under different circumstances. Bill was a true American hero and will be missed by all...

Thomas S Uhlich (PH)
362nd ASD,Tay Ninh
USNS Barrett"
of Elmhurst, IL

"To William's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifices for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"Bill Chaney is truly an American hero. Bill Chaney was a soldier. Bill Chaney was a father and husband. Bill Chaney was proud to be an American, and an Army Aviator. There is no greater honor than to have given one's life in service to his country, and in defense of democracy. A Holy Scripture states "Greater love hath no man than would lay down his life for his friends." There certainly must accrue a special eternal reward for the likes of these, our brave American soldiers! Above all other memories must remain the lasting, enduring lessons your father's sacrifices reteach us all: "Freedom is not free!""
The Deatherage Family of West Long Branch, NJ

"I too was with Bill and the 360th. He played a major guidance and leadership role in my military life, in Viet Nam. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. My prayers are with his family and friends."
Bill Drake of Tok, Alaska

"Bill and I went over on the USNS Barrett to Vietnam in April 1968. He was an Air Traffic Controller with the 360th Aviation Support Detachment when he served in Vietnam. Bill was true to our motto "Above the Best".

Bill re-entered the Army in the 80's in order to serve his country again.

To Carol and Chris, what a shock to learn of his passing. Last December, he sent me his registration for our ATC reunion in Las Vegas. A couple of weeks later, he advised me that his Guard unit was activated and he could not attend the festivities. I offered to return his fees and he wrote me back and said "keep it and make sure every one gets well oiled".

Bill is a hero. Bill is my friend."
Dave Cranfield........still Cranny of Grass Valley, CA, USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, William will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To William'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 William'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 prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Sorry for your loss, His personal sacrifice to freedom will not be forgotten! "BRING THE TROOPS HOME SAFELY!""
TSgt Bobby J Box Jr of Davis-Monthan AFB

"Thank you William Chaney, 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 Chaney:
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 Chaney:
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