Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Thomas W. Christensen

42, of Atlantic Mine, Michigan.
Christensen died when his living area came under mortar attack. He was assigned to the 652nd Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Died on December 25, 2003.

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"hey angel
We miss you so much miss you so much
We now have all the children and we would be so happy you seen it all
I'm getting married 3 weeks unfortunately without you
But in thinking you're with me
I love you infinitely Kiss"
Janine Uder of Deutschland

"To the family of:Thomas W. Christensen
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""

"hallo Tom
Ein weiterer Weihnachten ohne dich und ich vermisse dich jeden Tag mehr und mehr unser Herz ist ohne dich leer
du bist der beste Engel im Himmel miss you Frohe Weihnachten Ich liebe dich"
janine of germany

"To the Family of Thomas W. Christensen - I wanted to let you know that I was honored to hold a sign with his name/city/army designation in our local memorial day parade. Thank you to his parents/family for giving to use such an amazing young man who gave his all for his country."
Mary of Ferndale, MI

"Happy Birthday my angel
i love you
Janine uder germany"
janine

"Du fehlst uns soo sehr
Ich kann es einfach nicht fassen Und bald ist dein Geburtstg :-(
In Gedanken bist du immer bei uns
Ich erinner mich so gern an die Zeit zurück mit dir kiss love you"
Janine uder von deutschland

"For Tommy's family: It's Jan 12, 2012 and wanted to say that Tom popped in my head again today. I saw soldiers in Austin having lunch and remembered a bunch of things from way back when. Tom was first in my mind so here I sit. I remembered him and others locking me in one the the shop trailers at the Hawk Shop while I was inside soldering some thing or another and I heard someone messing with the door. You could tell by his baby blues that he had a hand in it after I got out. Good times. Tom won't be forgotten...too many great memories."
Carlos Dominguez of Austin, Tx USA

"Every once in a while I come to this site .Thank you all for your kind words and stories. I see your names written in Tommy's notebooks with phone numbers that don't work anymore. I am very grateful to see that Tommy's friends in Germany know that he did'nt contact them because he could'nt. I was worried you would wonder forever. Love & Peace to everybody heidibirdchristensen@gmail.com 11SEPT10"
Heidi Christensen- sister of -Scottsdale, AZ.

"hallo liebe Familie von Tom
Wir haben noch viele persönliche dinge von Tom die wir ihnen gerne zukommen lassen bitte melden sie sich"
uder of deutschland

""You will live on in our memories!!!!
wir lieben und vermissen dich,
in unserem Herzen , wirst du immer weiter leben !"
Janette Mc Cann/Uder

"und harald janette Uder"
uder of germany

"I never forget our Trip to Paris,you Harold and me. Rest in Peace my Friend."
Gerhard Staab of Hangard-Germany

"Wir haben sehr lange auf dich gewartet und du bist einfach nicht gekommen!!2002 warst du das letzte mal bei uns und bis heute 19.03.010 haben wir auf dich gewartet und gehofft das du wieder kommst aber nein heute am 19.03.010 haben wir erfahren das du gestorben bist
wir vermissen und lieben dich
warst ein guter mann
lg janine,jennifer,jessica,kai uder aus deutschland"
janine of geramany

"Dear Tom,
today we know that you are fallen. You are a very good friend of our family. Every day we hope that you come back to germany, now we know that you never come back to us. We ware very sad but we know you are the best angel in heaven!
All friends in Germany miss and love you very much.

Rest in Peace

Jennifer Uder"
Family Uder of Saarland, Germany

"For Tom's family: I met Tom at Miesau Army Depot in 1984 and was his roommate for a short time during my first tour there. He and Purvis had to tolerate me :-]. Tom was quiet yet laughed freely. I won't forget Tom...ever. Here it is years later and I still look him up. I still remember many of the good times. Bless you all and know that there are many others out here that knew Tom and still keep him in our thoughts. He was a good man."
Carlos Dominguez of Austin, Texas

"Still remembering your beautiful son ..."
Tracey of Northbrook, IL

"November 10, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Thomas W. Christensen:
Thomas 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

"Dear Thomas, Thank you for defending our Freedoms. Thank you for giving us Joy & Peace. Thank you for being you.

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

"Tom (Tommy),
While we struggle with your passing daily throughout the years,and probably will forever; you knew how we felt about you - and your genuine concern as a friend and leader. Your can-do attitude as a Soldier and as a Noncommissioned officer was second to none. You gave to everyone who was privileged to serve with you and knew you. There isn't a time in any given day where memories of you don't remind us of your life and sacrifice for us. There isn't a day when a song or a cup of coffee doesn't fill the room with your presence. Thank you - Tom for being who you were and for giving your life for us. I've met your family since you've gone and I see where you represented them - most admirably as a servant to others and as a leader. We all miss you. God's speed."
Joe - USA (Ret.) of Chassell, Michigan

"I wear a bracelet from Fallen Heroes with his name on it. I pray for him and for you his family everyday. I hope you always remember his good qualities and that the memories become less painful. I call him my prayer buddy. Thank you and I am sorry you don't have your brother anymore, you and he are always in my prayers."
Liz of San Diego, CA

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow.
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
but don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
(Author Unknown)
America has been built on the blood of Brave Men of Honor. Heros who answered the call to defend all of our Freedoms. A fellow Veteran pays tribute to your commitment to duty and the ultimate sacrifice you have made for us. Thank you. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brave soldier, and may peace come to your family and loved ones for the sacrifice they made also."
William Darby Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs Florida

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

"To the family of Staff Sgt. Thomas W. Christensen,

I am a composer and I would like to send you music that speaks of comfort and hope. Our fallen soldier gave his life, and I would like to give you music. That is all I have to give.

I am so sorry for your loss.

Sincerely,
Rose Marie"
Rose Marie Conroy of Bay City, WI

"When my unit 588th EN was getting ready to cross the berm in Kuwait, we learned about this Reserve Bridge Company that going to join us. As we settled in Baqubah, I began to meet the soldiers of the 652nd and one, SSG Christensen. As we talked I learned he was from Atlatic Mine, just a few miles from my college of Michigan Tech. I always put a smile on my face as we would talk about long frozen winters in the UP while we baked in the deserts of Iraq. I learned that he was also the leader of one of my classmate before he was commissioned through ROTC. All in all, in the short time I knew him, he truly made a lasting impression on me.

God Bless you and your family."
Peter Arango of Rochester Hills, MI

"SSG Christensen was a man I respected. He was a professional, a kind man. I deeply regret the 652nd's losses and I can only hope that the sacrifices will make a difference in the end. I pray for soldiers like myself and the family's of those who have lost loved ones.
Sincerely,"
Randell Krug of Royal Oak, MI

"Tommy was my first cousin, his sister Heidi I know a lot better than I knew Tommy himself. I played and laughed with him as a child, he more than likely babysat me on a few occasions. I am about to embark on the start of the same journey Tommy took. I respect him and all that he has done, my only regret is that i did not know him better. I guess in some ways I did know him.
I am a army MP, and I can assure you Tommy if he could speak to you now, would have no regrets and would not change his course if he could. My cousin Tommy, gave his life for all of us, and being a soldier myself, I can tell you he would do it a hundered times over for freedom.
Tommy I didn't know you that well, I am proud of and love you all the same. I will be mobolizing soon, and I believe in my heart that you will be watching over me, I know you have my back. Rest in peace, you are truly missed.
All my love, respect and admiration.
Brian H. Pyle
SPC
U.S. Army
Tommy's Cousin"
Brian H. Pyle of Royal Oak/ Michigan

"I just found out yesterday from a college friend who had served with him in Iraq. SSG Christensen was in charge of me when I first got to the 996th before it became detachment 1, 652nd. He taught me some valuable lessons that served me well as a leader later on. He was a good man and a dedicated soldier."
Brian Holmes of Washington D.C.

"I live about an hour from where Thomas Christensen was from, he served with my dad's second cousin, Joe, who suffered wounds from the same attack Christensen died in. Joe was on the phone leaving a message on his wife's answering machine when the explosions started. Let us not forget what they give up for all who live because of the protection of those who serve."
Adam N. of Ontonagon, Michigan

"I too have just received a Heroes Bracelet honoring Staff Sgt Thomas Christensen and I wanted to let his family know that I will wear his name with pride and honor. It is the least that I can do for someone who fought for my freedom. Although I did not know him personally I certainly wish to convey my sincerest condolences to this brave soldier's family and God Bless you all."
Stephanie Adler of Acworth, Ga.

"I read Staff Sgt. Christensen's obituary in the Chicago Tribune many, many months ago. He was described as an avid reader from childhood. The Tribune ran a photo taken of him in Iraq. I'm sure many of you have seen it. He is shown looking into the camera yet holding up his hometown newspaper as though the photographer interupted his reading. He looked so handsome and smart and brave -- and interested in things other than himself even under such circumstances! What a terrible loss. I was so, so sad that he had died. I clipped out that obituary and the photo and placed them on my bulletin board. I look at that photo often and say a little prayer for him and his family. I hope you are all okay and know that he is still thought of -- even by people who never knew him in life."
Tracey of Northbrook, IL USA

"I just received a Heroes Bracelet with Sgt. Christensen's name.
I am terribly sorry for your loss.
c_m_dubois@yahoo.com"
Cynthia of Austin, TX

"The last time my bro Tommy and I were together was Independence Day 1998 in Wixom, Michigan. We watched the Fireworks Grateful to be Free Americans. Our country is now 228 years old and its still kill or be killed in this World. Today,six years after the last time I saw my dear sweet brother I'm sad but proud. Justifiable pride, the best kind to have.Tommy was an unconventional,optimistic, conservative old Soul. I thank everyone that ever loved him."
Heidi Christensen of Scottsdale,AZ. U.S.A.

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

"To the family, friends and Brothers in Arms of Thomas W. Christensen: I share Your griefs in the loss of Thomas W. Christensen - from a Viet Nam Veteran (1970-1973, Pleiku, Camp Holloway)."
Knud Aundorf, of Aarhus, Denmark

"To the family of Thomas W. Christensen. Our prayers go out to you. He Is A True Hero."
Maynard Kurszewski of Ishpeming, 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. Your HERO, Thomas, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a 'gift' he has given to all in the USA and Iraq. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"TO the family of of SSG. Christensen,
My name is Sgt.Berrios and I was the crew chief on board the medevac bird that picked up your loved one. I can not express my sorrow at his loss, and I just wanted you to know that my Medic and I tried so hard to save him. It hurts when ever we lose someone but on Christmas day was truly a blow to us all. I am so sorry we couldn't save him. Please except my apologies and condolences. Not a day goes by I don't remember. He will truly never be forgotten. Feel free to contact me if you need to at pv2berrios@hotmail.com. Again I am sorry for your loss.

Sgt. Berrios 57th Med Air Ambulance"
Sgt. Berrios of Iraq

"I never really knew you Uncle Tommy but you are missed..."
Dave Beattie of Ann Arbor, MI

"May the Family, Friends and Brothers in Arms of Thomas W. Christensen find the comfort of God with Peace and Serenity from the passing of Thomas.
May Thomas become closer to those who knew and loved him and continue to live in their thoughts and prayers, as he is with God and is with you now and forever.
Thomas is a fine example to those who have and continue on, to protect and serve our country so that all of those on this earth can live in peace without fear and in a kindred spirit."
Michael A. Powell of Fountain Hills, Arizona

"Tommie was laid to rest yesterday in sub zero temeratures. The family is thankful for the Honor Guard and other military personnel who gave unselfishly of their time to honor Tommie. Thank you also to the many verterans from the area who came to pay their respects.

Our families have a long heritage of military service and we understand that sacrifices such as Tommie's are necessary to preserve the freedoms and future of our country. Our faith in God will sustain us, along with the knowledge that Tommie was serving as he chose to do.

We appreciate the continued prayers for the family and will be praying diligently for those who continue to serve and their families."
Ruth Ann Stover, Stepsister of Lima, OH, US

"Our prayers are with your family. We lost a dear friend in July in Iraq, and know what a dificult time this is .This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. And it is the brave men like Thomas W. Christensen who have made it the land of the free. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us. God Bless you and your family."
Liz of Wisconsin

"Thank you. It's not enough but it's all that I can think to say."
Christy Reed of The Woodlands, TX

"To the family of another U.P. hero: My heart goes out to you all. I know the agony you are going through, as my son, Ssg. Paul J. Johnson, originally from Calumet, was killed in action 20 Oct 2003 in Fallujah. I pray that the good Lord will give you the strength to bear this awful burden. We got so much support from the folks up in Calumet, but it didn't suprise us, as we know Yoopers look out for each other! In time, the pain will go away some, but it will never be gone completely. Remember the good times, the silly times, the sad times, for every time you remember Tom, he comes to life again in your mind and especially in you heart! Love and prayers to you all!
A proud but heart-broken Mom (darligram@yahoo.com) Please feel free to contact me if I can help in any way."
Ms. Pat Urban of Durand MI

"I just want to say that he was a man who went out of his way to help those of us that needed it as things can get pretty tough out there. I feel guilty that I'm writing this and he's gone. He helped me overcome a lot. He was and is a great man and an even greater soldier. We will all miss him. My prayers are with his family for God to help you through your loss.
Remember, he is where we will all be eventually...he just got there first and is just waiting for us to come along. It will be good to see him again.
Take care, you brave soldier. Thank you for your sacrafice and all the help you gave me and so many others."
Mike of Denver

"Tommy, I did not know you but feel as I did through your Uncle George. May the Good Lord hold you in his arms and grant you peace."
Judy Spofford of Livonia, Mich.

"You will live on in our memories. It will be difficult to forgive the heathen who took your life in such a cowardly manner. Rest in peace brave defender of our freedom. Your loving uncle George"
George Kettunen of Livonia, MI

"I am Tommy's stepsister and I want to thank all who responded with such kind words. I have printed out your comments and will make sure that my stepfather and mother receive a copy. Tommy will be buried Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Michigan. Prayers are welcomed for my family."
Nancy Clay of Dexter, MI

"Thank you Thomas Christensen, 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. Thomas Christensen:
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 Thomas 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. Thomas Christensen:
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 Thomas, 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