Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Russell L. Collier

48, of Harrison, Arkansas.
Collier died in Taji, Iraq. His unit was conducting traffic control operations when enemy forces attacked them using small arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery Regiment, Arkansas National Guard, Russellville, Arkansas. Died on October 3, 2004.

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"It's been 12 years brother , rest easy my friend"
R Ashley SSGT USMV of St Louis Mo

"Doc, It has been more than 11 years! I remember our conversations, your humor and how you always came by to check on the me and my men down at the gate!"
Michael Moe of Fort Myers FL

"To the family of:Russell L.Collier
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""

"to mary collier I SERVED WITH YOUR DAD IN TAJI,IRAQ I WANT TO SAY i AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST THERE'S NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T THINK OF YOUR DAD AND SGT CHRIS POTTS I HAVE A TATTOO ON MY LEFT FOREARM DEDICATED TO THEM AND FOR THE LAST 6 YRS I MARCH IN THE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE IN MY HOME TOWN OF WOONSOCKET,RI AND ON MY BOONY CAP I HAVE A PICTURE OF YOUR DAD AND CHRIS MY SON KNOWS WHO CRIS POTTS IS AND I EXPLAINED TO HIM WHO AND WHAT YOUR DAD DID THAT OCT DAY AND HE SAYS WOW HE MUST OF BEEN A BRAVE SOLDIER AND I SAID YES HE WAS AND HE WILL BE IN MY HEART AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
specialist ed dupuis of WOONSOCKET,RI

"Doc Collier belonged to all of us. He was ours. He was our father, brother, husband, friend and to a few of us, our medic. He was ours, but he is also now a forever namesake in the hearts and minds of all military branches. It is fitting that this great man has had a medical clinic named after him in Ft. Hood Texas. We would all be willing to give up the clinic's name for another day with SGTs Potts and Collier, but as it is, they will have a permanent imprint on all of those that cross the doors. To his family, friends and the Rhodies, bless you all and may God continue to protect each of us."
MAJ Kevin Eastep of Springdale, AR

"HELLO, I AM RUSSELL LEE DAUGHTER, MARY. I HAVE POSTED A MESSAGE BEFORE. I THOUGHT I WOULD SAY SOMETHING AGAIN. SEEING HOW IT HAS BEEN 6 SIX YEARS SEEN MY DAD DIED. LIKE MOST OF YOU THAT KNOW HIM. I MISS HIM EVERYDAY AND LOVE HIM SO MUCH. RIP DAD!!!"
MARY COLLIER of SHELBY, NC

"i also wanted to send my love and prayers to his family. he was a very wonderful man. just wanted to let you know that."
diane brents of salem, mo usa

"i was a good friend of rustys. i miss him every single day. i cant look at his pics without crying or hearing certain songs that make me think of him. you are greatly missed rusty. we all miss you so much. ive signed this b4 under my maiden name. RIP RUSTY. we will never forget you. or never stop loving you. you always made us smile."
diane brents of salem, mo, usa

"Doc used to ride in my Humvee on Patrol. I think about Chris Potts & him almost daily.
This year, with our BN CDR's permission (he was our OPS officer during OIF II) I gathered most of our BN's current crop of LTs and we went out to Biswell Hill on Ft. Chaffee and painted a memorial to Doc. It will be repainted every year by the next crop of new Officers. The link to the photo is
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=60435&l=670238a58f&id=1783675089

Chris"
LT Christopher Pack of Hernando, MS

"Russell, You gave the ultimate sacrifice and remember that it will not go unforgotten. Your battles remember you and will always hold you true to our hearts. We are always here for you and you made the call."
SSG SHORT WILLIAM SGT MARSHALL DAVID of KOREA

"I am the daughter of Russell L. Collier. I miss my dad very much. i thank everyone that has posted messages on this website."
Mary Collier of Kings Mountain, NC

"August 30, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Russell L. Collier:
Russell 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

"Carolyn, if you get this message please contact me at marylee1246@yahoo.com. We have just recently moved to Cave City, AR. Even though I didn't really get to know Rusty, he is still my brother, and I am so sad that we didn't get to meet again and get to know each other. He was a brave man, and gave his life for our country."
Mary Lee (Sis) of Cave City, AR

"It has been almost 2 1/2 years since Russell Collier "Answered the Call." I refer to a medic going to the assistance of a wounded comrade. I am a retired USAF Medic and always wondered if I had it in me to "Answer the Call." Thank God, I was never tested, but the heroism shown by SGT Collier answers for all medics. I did send the family a patch from the National Association Of Medics and Corpsman. He can show that with pride in rememberance of a Super Dad."
Jim Coyne of Dartmouth, MA USA

"Hello, I worked with Russell in Harrison during 2000 and my exhusband and his wife now, also worked with him at various time between 2000 and 2003, even carpooling to work together with him. Russell, I am honored to have worked next to a true HERO OF AMERICA, an everyday person one day, ready to protect AMERICA the next, you'll never be forgotton in my heart. To the family, my GOD be with you and strenthen you daily. No words I can say will ever be enough. And to Russell's son with whom I spoke with that cold October day of his services here in Harrison, I know you are so proud of your Daddy, and I am so proud of you for writing the letter you did. I will forever cherish the realtionship I had with Russell."
Rose Marshall of Harrison, Arkansas

"Rusty, You were the brother i never had. although you were only in my life a short time, you will never be forgotton, you gave the ultimate sacrifice for your brothers and sisters in arms. you were one of the greatest people i ever knew. rest in peace brother"
james jones of pocola ok

"I knew Rusty very well. I loved him so much and now I miss him more with every passing day. I can't look at a picture of him without crying my eyes out. Thank you all for the prayers and stuff. It sometimes makes me feel good knowing that he died doing what he loved to do the most. I just wish I could have had one more letter or phone call. I love you Rusty and deeply miss you so very much."
Shi of Russellville AR

"Russell was a very dear friend and is deeply missed. Russell rode to work with my husband and me when we lived in Arkansas. We miss him and is thought of often. Russell thank you for all you gave you will never be forgotten."
Sgt. David and Tammy Marshall of Wheaton, MD

"Rusty you were a wonderful man and a great friend i will sorely miss you and your smile you had a heart of gold and I am forever grateful of the time we got to spend together I will never forget you my friend. Rest In Peace , I will always love you.

Angela"
Angela Mathis of Russellville Ar, USA

"Carolyn, I didn't personally know Sgt. Russell Collier. But I sure feel like I do. I've heard His name since almost the very day I met my husband, SFC David C. Duncan, who is now mobilized and getting ready to go to Iraq. We bought hero bracelets before He left for mobilization. One for me which is a newly deployed bracelet with my husband's name and such, and one for my husband, the Hero Bracelet, with SGT Russell Collier's statistics. He wears that bracelet with pride and much respect, and will not take it off. Mine won't be taken off until the day David comes home.....my son has one for David and has now come to me and wants one for SGT Collier. We didn't even know of SGT Collier until this first of this year. My 15 yr old wears the one for David with pride, as I know he'll where the one for SGT Collier with pride. Both of my boys are proud of SGT Collier and SFC Duncan for the life and duty they chose and will honor them both. They truly are our "Heros"! Email me any time! We have a picture of Russell on our computer of Him in Iraq! Where it will stay! kathy.j.duncan@us.army.mil "In Honor" of SGT Collier and "In Hope" for SFC Duncan and the rest of the 1-142nd FA Bn, A, B and C Btry's. SGT Russell Collier will NEVER be forgotten by our family for the sacrifice He made for another country as well as ours!"
Kathy Duncan of Huntsville, AR USA

"I'm a student in college and my teacher gave me a list of names to choose from I chose yours, Your name is my last essay asignment...Thanksgiving is in two days and I'm thankful for you and others like you...you protect everyone at home."
Joanna of Va Beach,Virginia/USA

"Rusty is remembered and always will be at the 1st Bn. Thank you Rusty and God bless you are truly missed"
SFC David C. Duncan of Harrison, AR

"Diane,

He was a special person and he is missed. I feel blessed that he was my brother and I am very proud of him. Thanks for the post....
gcpfaus@aol.com
Carolyn"
Carolyn of Greenbrier, AR

"hi. i knew rusty when i first moved to ark in 2004. we became real good friends. he was a great man and he is greatly missed."
diane buck of russellville,ar

"Thank you all for the kind words. Russell was my brother and we are very proud of him for his bravery. I still miss him to this day but will forever be proud of him and all the fallen soldiers who have given their life for us."
Carolyn Sue (Collier) Pfaus of Greenbrier, AR

"Fellow comrade gone but not forgotten, forever in our memory"
Justin Conway of Danville

"Thank you brave soldier and precious man for serving our country with everything you had. May you have eternal peace and grace with our Lord, Jesus, and may God help, comfort, and bless your family."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

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

"To Russell'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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Russell L. Collier."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To Russell'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

"Thank you Russell Collier, 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 Sgt. Russell Collier:
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 Russell 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 Sgt. Russell Collier:
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 Russell, 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