Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Andrew F. Chris


25, of Huntsville, Alabama.
Chris was fatally wounded in Iraq in combat operations in hostile enemy territory. Chris was assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on June 25, 2003.

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In Loving Memory of Andrew F. Chris
Guest Book for Cpl. Andrew F. Chris
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"I wear a bracelet with your sons name on it. My son Christopher f. Bonnet wore it when he was alive. I just buried him to suicide in October 2013, diagnosed with PTSD. They served together as an army specialist. If you would like this bracelet it would be a pleasure for me to pass it along to you. Thank you Andrew and Chris for your service."
Roseanne Bonnet of Trenton, NJ. USA. 609-638-8746

"Thank you for your sacrifice. I have been wearing a KIA bracelet with your name on it for years now. I think of you every day. I am the mother of a marine & a soldier. Between the two I am about to wait out deployment number seven. God bless you & your loved ones."
diana adams of macon ga

"I have had the distinct honor and pleasure of having Corporal Cris as my Airborne Ranger in The Sky. I hope that I will be able to honor him for his selfless service to this great nation, and that I can uphold the prestige,honor and high esprit decorps of the Ranger Regiment as he did."
PfFC Douglas Smith of Ft. Benning (RASP)

"Andrew, There is not one day that goes by that I do not miss you!! The only thing that helps me is you telling me how much you loved what you were doing. Forever you will be in my heart!"
Sydney of Florence, Al

"Andrew, You are a Warrior for God, now, along with my dear son, Jeffrey. You will never be forgotten and will always be loved."
Annette Hall of Huntsville, AL

"Andrew - I'm in the car getting ready to spend the day with my son and family and your name came up. I'm holding back tears as I type this. Even though it's been 7 years I still miss you and wish I could introduce you to Luke. He will know about you though.

Your friend,"
Bob Gerardi of San Diego, CA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"To the family of:Andrew F. Chris 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"

"Thank you for our Freedom. 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 of Fairfield, CA

"This week will mark five years. I will never forget the qualities "Old Grey Man" brought to the table. He is an inspiration for all of us. You are not forgotten old Ranger buddy. Your legacy has lived on with many of us."
J, Former NCO, 75th RGR RGT

"February 8, 2008
To the family of Spc. Andrew F. Chris:
Andrew 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

"Andrew,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

The Ranger Creed
Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of my Ranger Regiment.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move farther, faster and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be. One-hundred-percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission though I be the lone survivor.

RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!"

"To all of those who ordered a Fallen Hero Bracelet, and have honored SPC Chris, he met the true measure of a man, and I feel lucky to have known him."
Kid Batt of Columbus, GA

"In Loving Memory of Army SSG Juan F. Campos, we love you and you will be missed."
Norma Valverde of Ft. Sam Houston, TX

"Prior to my deploying from Ft. Bennning to Kosovo, I went to Ranger Joe to get some additional gear. I noticed one of the racks had bracelets of soldiers who had died in combat. Just looking through all the names, I came across Andrew's name and the date and location of his death. I began to remember that I was location w/ my FST on the west side of Baghdad on that date. To make it even more memorible, my birthdate was a few days earlier and my wedding anniversity was on that date. So...I purchased the bracelet and Andrew will be with me on this and any other mission I go on. It is important to remember our fallen brothers and pray for the rest to come home safely."
LTC Charles K. Persinger of Conneautville, PA

"I just wanted to thank everyone for their kind comments on Andrew. He was my big brother and a great friend as well. We think about Andrew everyday he was a great man. You are gone but you will never be forgotten."
Joshua Chris of Florence, Alabama

"I never personally knew CPL Chris, and I promised that I would never forget who he was, what his potential might have been, and the ultimate sacrifice he and his family made for this great nation of ours."
SFC Anthony Olvera of Fort Bragg, NC

"i am a 20 year old sophomore at texas state university and ordered a kia bracelet with andrew's name on it. people like andrew are an inspiration to the world and i only wish there were a few more heroes like him around. you will never be forgotten as i remember the ultimate sacrifice you have made for the united states every day when i wear your name on my wrist. thank you"

"Thank you to your service to your country and your effort to make the world a better place. you and others like you will always be rembered.
rangers lead the way!"
a grateful citizen of Huntsville, Alabama

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"To the family and friends of Spc. Andrew F. Chris

Im im currently serving in Iraq in OIF 3, and i ordered a KIA bracelet and it came with your name on it, and i just wanted to let Chris and his family know that he is a true hero, and a brother to all of us. We greatly appreciate his sacrifice he has made for our country and fellow soldiers. You will not be forgotten Chris."
Spc. Garnsey, Chris of Kirkuk, Iraq

"I ordered a fallen hero braclet from Ranger Joe's and when I recieved it, it had Chris' name on it. I wanted to see what kind of a man he was and know whose name I was wearing, learn about him. I served in Iraq as well and don't think enough thanks is given to those who serve. I will wear Chris' name in thanks and rememberance of a true hero."
SGT.Devin Nuszbaum of Tualatin, OR

"Hello Chris...I saw your steelskin.com website today. Just wanted to say how beautiful it was. You were a brave soldier and you are a true hero to my eyes. I just can't forget your sacrifice for us all. Thanks alot. You'll never be forgotten."
Chrissy

"This message is not only for CPL Andrew F. Chris, but for the many fallen soldiers that have taken one for our country. God Bless You All each and every one.

I received at KIA braclet earlier this week, the name on it read Andrew F. Chris, I thought of going online to learn about the person's name that is now around my wrist. I did, and learned a lot about him that he was a true soldier and died for what he believed in.

I am a freshman at Norwich University, each day I think about commissioing and becoming a 2LT in the US Army. Our great nation needs a lot more great leaders to lead our military in the fight aganist freedom.

RLTW!!
Norwich Forever"
Chris of NH

"To Derek: My little brother is still in Bagdad. I just had to tell you how much we love and respect these young men who are willing to sacrifice everything for what they believe in. God Bless your family and our great nation."
K. Stewart of Moulton, Al

"The men and women fighting for our country's preservation are heros. There is no doubt about it. God bless Andrew and the loved ones left behind. When we all stop to pray and think about our soldiers fighting for the freedom we take for granted we (I) need to always remember the brave friends and family members those soldiers had to leave at home. God bless you and comfort you. Thankyou for your service to our great country."
Johniece Johnson of Huntsville, AL

"I just wanted to thank everyone for their nice comments. Andrew was my little brother and he is loved and missed greatly by all of us.

He was a terrific uncle to my children and they will truly miss out on what a great person he was.

Losing Andrew was like losing a part of myself. He was my best friend as well as my brother.

Please feel free to also view:

http://www.steelskin.com/andrewchris/

http://www.legacy.com/huntsville/Guestbook.asp?Page=Guestbook&PersonID=1132448

Thanks again for your support. It means so much to us!

Derek Chris
derekchris@mchsi.com

-Derek Chris"
Derek Chris of Huntsville, AL

"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 and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"Hreo! You will be missed! Lots of Love."
Straughan Bryant of Huntsville Al

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"I live in Barker New York. People may not think we know about the people who have risked their lives for our country but we do. We appreciate the time they take to help our country. When Andrew went over seas you did not know he was going to die but you were willing to take that risk. You should be very proud of your hero Andrew. He is a very brave man."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"I am a seventh grade student from Western New York . I know what it feels like to loose someone so valuable to you. Wherever you go or what ever you do he will always be remembered .I chose your son because I knew that everyone with the name Andrew is probably very nice and brave. Also I chose you son because I like the name Chris. Good luck to the friends and family of Andrew!"
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"We will not soon forget the tragedy - your life as the other men and woman who faught for us means the world to me, rip, you are a hero!"
Jennifer Murphy of North Carolina

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

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

"To the family of Spc. Andrew Chris,
My heart goes out to you for your loss. Even though I did not know Spc. Chris he will always be a part of our lives. My husband and his squad was the first to arrive at the scene in Baghdad, they did their best to help the soldiers and drove them to BYOP for medical attention. My husband called me that day and told me what happened and we cried and prayed together for Andrew. I think of him and his family often - he is a Hero.
Jeanette"
Jeanette Mich of Boonville, MO

"Thank you Andrew Chris, 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

"Ranger,
God Bless the Infantry. Think of us as we do our Duty. Family, although he is not here, We are. Call on us, his buddies, in your time of need. We will lend our hands and hearts. R.L.T.W"

"To the Family and Friends of Spc. Andrew F. Chris,
May the Lord's comfort be your source of strength during this time of grief. Your son is truly a HERO in our book. . . he heeded a call beyond our comprehension and gave his all. Thank you for raising him to be an individual who understood that freedom is not free. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We still have a son over there, who is also a Ranger attached to the 1-15th as a Sniper Scout.
Respectfully Yours,
The Sibert Family
Proud Military Family in Southern California"
Kathleen V. Sibert of Redondo Beach, California

"To the Family of Spc. Andrew F. Chris,
May the Lord's comfort be your source of strength during this time of grief. Your son is truly a HERO in our book. . . he heeded a call beyond our comprehension and gave his all. Thank you for raising him to be an individual who understood that freedom is not free. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We still have a son over there, who is also a Ranger attached to the 1-15th as a Sniper Scout.
Respectfully Yours,
The Sibert Family
Proud Military Family in Southern California"
Kathleen V. Sibert of Redondo Beach, California

"To the family and friends of Spc. Andrew Chris:
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 Andrew 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. Andrew Chris:
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 Andrew, 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