Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CWO Lawrence S. Colton

32, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Colton died in Baghdad, Iraq when his helicopter was shot down. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on April 11, 2004.

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"6 years ago I sent away for a random 1st Cavalry Division bracelet bearing the name of a fallen brother or sister in arms. I received CWO2 Lawrence Colton. I have worn your name around my wrist since the day it arrived at my house; the number of times it has left, I could count on my fingers. I never knew you, I was not in Iraq until 2 years after your death but your name has been a part of my life for many years now. RIP, hero."
Melody of Twentynine Palms, CA

"wE RECIEVED A CALL THAT CWO COLTON SON LANCE HAS PASSED WAY..

PLEASE CALL TAMMY 405-537-1335 OR EMAIL:DAUGHTRY.TAMMY@GMAIL.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION .. THE FAMILY MIGHT NEED HELP IN MANY WAYS ..."
TAMMY of NORMAN, OK

"I was there in Taji part of 1/227 and knew both Shane and Chuck(Shane's back seater). Shane had a way of lighting up your face when he would walk into a room, and I could talk to him for hours. When we lost Shane and Chuck, it ripped a large chunk out of us. All of my prayers to the families. "Some Gave All"..."
Mikkel Hanson, Ret. SGT of Temple, Texas

"I met a young serviceman in Minneapolis a few years ago who gave me a bracelet off his own wrist with Mr. Colton's name on it. I still wear it, and always wondered who he was. Now I know. God bless you, Shane!"
Linden Dahlstrom of Minneapolis, MN

"Just thinking about the family that gave all... Inge and Lance, I hope you are doing well... if you ever need to contact me I can be reached on 254-288-8481."
Sarah Lozano, served when you served (1996-2005, 4-5 ADA, 1CD) of Killeen, Texas

"To the family of:Lawrence S. Colton
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" 1-1-11"

"In honor of Lawrence S. Colton's memory, my brother, Major David R. Perry has named his unborn son Shane Colton. David is currently serving in Afghanistan, training the Afghan Army how to defend themselves. Pray that David will return home in one piece to meet him. Any friend of my brother, was a friend of mine."
Kenneth Perry of Oxnard, Ca.

"In 20 minutes it will be 6 years to the day that I lost my brother Lawrence "Shane" Colton. Mom, Inge, and Lance Im praying for you on this day, I know it doesnt get any easier. I love you all. My brother was the ultimate hero, and died for each of us to continue living our lives. Shane I pray that I will see you again when I go home to see the Lord for myself."
Keri of Midwest City, Ok

"Shane, although our meeting was short it was a great privilege and honor to have met you. Efrain and I know that you're in good hands and pray that your family is safe and well."
Sarah Lozano of Killeen, Texas

"GOD BLESS YOU SIR!
706th T.C Taji,Iraq"
Jarod Hewett of Kenton,Ohio

"A true friend and always put his family first and I am truly at a loss for words. Today is his birthday, and there is not an Easter or this day that goes by that I forget him.

To his wife and son, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a dedicated soldier, husband, and just a great friend."
Chris of Shawnee, Ks

"June 1, 2008
To the family of CWO Lawrence S. Colton:
Lawrence 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

"It has almost been 5 years since we received the call on Easter morning from you Inge and yet it still doesn't feel real. With Easter coming up I have thought alot about you guys.... wondering if Lance is doing ok in school, if you are doing good, even Tara... I know you guys miss Shane more then ever. I know I miss the smile and a wave everytime he was working in the garage, and to this day when I hear someone working with power tools outside the first thought that comes to mind is Shane. He is the true deffinition of a hero, he and Chuck willingly gave their lives and in turn saved over 200 others... I am so proud of him and I am honored that I was able to know how wonderful of a human being he was. My thoughts are always with you guys!!! Love you all!!!! We miss you Shane"
Caitlin of Killeen, Tx

"I had the privilage of working with mr. colton i use to be in his company i was one of the crewcheifs. he was a real good man always willing to give a helping hand we will miss you"
diana cruz of harlingen tx

"Dear Lawrence (Shane),
Your biological dad was my brother, Larry Colton. I never met you...I deeply regret this, as now in my later years I have embraced how important family is...I am so sorry that there will never be a chance to see you here on earth, or my daughter Kasey will never get to meet you, her cousin. I have 'robbed' several people by not overcoming my own pain to put others first. Please forgive me. Lord willing, perhaps in eternity I can hug you.
Lorraine"
Lorraine Vickery of Flagler Beach, Florida

"CWO Colton,
I will never forget the day you were taken from us. Like you I was also sent to help the convoy that was under attack. My MP patrol was on the ground attempting to shield the convoy and return fire, but it wasn't until you arrived that I felt as though we had control of the situation. It was then that I watched you go down. We left the convoy to find you. I am so sorry that we couldn't pull you out or help you, it was just too late. We sat next to you well into the night. Some attempted to recover your dog tags, I don't know if they were found but I hope they were returned to your family. I will never be able to express how sorry I am for what happened that day. Thank you for your courage. You were why so many of us survived that day. You and your family will always be in my prayers. To the Colton family and all that knew CWO Lawrence Colton, I am so sorry for your loss."
SPC Amy Burns of Maryland

"My uncle was your biological father- Larry Colton. I never met you, but we were cousins. You were an only child, as well as I. Thank you for fighting for my freedom. I wish I would have met you....
Kasey Bolduc"
Kasey of Savannah

"Mr. COlton,
SIr, I never met you but I was one of the riflemen on the ground that day. You saved us and I thank you. May god bless and keep you and your family."
Ben Sleaford of Geneseo, IL

"i didnt know him but I know his son and I know what he is going through. I understand that it is a great tragedy and i feel terrible that it happened."
erica siegel of killeen tx

"My deepest sympathies are with you on your loss. I wear with great pride Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence S. Colton's "hero bracelet." I will remember your sacrifice every day. God Bless."
Karen Vaughan of Lincoln, NE USA

"I will love you forever."
Inge of texas

"MY 5 YEAR OLD SON IS NAMED LORCAN COLTON. LORCAN IS THE IRISH FOR LAWRENCE. I AM SADDENED BY YOUR LOSS. I HOPE THAT PEACE SOON RETURNS TO THE WORLD, AND TO YOUR LIVES. I SHALL PRAY FOR LAWRENCE. ALL THE BEST,
BRENDAN."
Brendan of Colchester, England.

"Warrant Officer Colton, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"May the Peace of Our Lord be with the family and friends of Lawrence Colton. He gave the ultimate sacrifice so others could have freedom. We will never forget."
Jerry Latham of Bedford, Texas

"I never knew you sir, but thank you for all you have done for me and my family. I hate this war, but in my own way I love you.
thanks again"
Richard Bennett of Claremont CA

"To the family of CW2 Lawrence Colton,
I was very sad to hear the news that Lawrence had passed on. He and I were in the same class in Warrant Officer candidate school and Flight school and he was truly a great American and a great friend. I am truly blessed to have had the privelege of knowing him and I pray for the strength and comfort for his family during this difficult time."
Glenn Anderson of Fliegerhorst Kaserne Hanau, Germany

"I feel your pain very deeply. My son Spec. 4 Justin Johnson, 1/82 FA 1 Cav. was killed in Baghdad on Apr. 10. They may be gone but will never be forgotten."
Jan Johnson of Rome, Georgia

"To Lawrence's Family:
There's no way for us to describe the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you greatly and help you through this difficult time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Lawrence is now in God's hands. He is in the company of other great heroes that have worn His uniform. My deepest sympathy for the family, I know He will be missed. A fellow Trooper, A Co. 1/12 Nam, 70-71"
Sam Veer of Freeport, Il.

"Colton Family
We are a family in 1st CAV; please know that we will grieve with you in your loss of Larry. You are not alone. Thank you for CWO Colton's bravery, dedication and courage in support of OIF 2. His patriotism will live in on in the soldiers that remain behind. Psalm 66:19-20"
Family of Sgt Joel Smith 1-8CAV 1stCAV Bagdad, Iraq of Garland, TX USA

"For the family of Mr. Colton
Let every nation know whether it wishes evil or peace, that we shall take any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend and oppose any foe to assure the survival and achieve the success of liberty.
His dedication and bravery for this great nation will never be forgotten.
May God's peace conmfort your hearts on this mourning time."
Michael E. of Miami, FL

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

"Rest in Peace Warrior. You are flying with the Angels now..."
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To Lawrence's Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences to you. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Low Flight"

Dedicated to Lawrence S. Colton

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,

And Hovered out of Ground Effect on Semi-Ridgid Blades

Earthward I've Auto'ed, and met the Rising Brush of Non-Paved Terrain

And done a thousand things you would never care to

Skidded and Dropped and Flared Low in the Heat Soaked Roar

Confined there, I've chaseed the Earthbound Traffic

And lost the race due to Insignificant Headwinds

Forward and Up a little in Ground Effect,

I've topped the Admirals hedge with drooping turns,

Where never SkyHawk nor even Tomcat Flew

Shaking and Pulling Collective, I've Lumberd

The Low Untresspassed Halls of Victor Airways;

Put Out My Hand, and Touched a Tree.


"Today Larry You Fly with Angels. Thank you for your dedication and Sacrifice. Godspeed Chief..."
Dennis B. Dray Maj (R) of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you Lawrence for defending all of us here at home. Fewer and fewer people possess the courage and honor you displayed by going over to fight for us in Iraq. Thank you so much, you are a true warrior and all of America mourns your passing. Godspeed."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"Thank you Lawrence Colton, 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 Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence Colton:
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 Lawrence 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 Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence Colton:
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 Lawrence, 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