Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel B. Crabtree

31, of Canton, Ohio.
Crabtree died in Al Kut, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, Columbus, Ohio. Died on June 8, 2006.

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"In the morning I will honor your sacrifice with a Hero Crossfit Workout, while I thank you for your service to our country. You died for my freeedom and I thank you with all of my heart. God Bless you and God Bless your family."
Paul McCaughey of Cedar Falls, IA USA

"Names of the fallen will be read near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Saturday. On behalf of those who love him, I will be reading the name of Daniel Brian Crabtree"
Suzanne Sigona of Washington,DC

"Well Dan, today is the official draw down in Iraq! I hope your SF brothers can transition well and live in peace and tranquility. I love and miss you cousin!"
Mike Heid of Sahuarita, Az

"11-11-11 Veterans Day a day we honor those who served our country to protect our freedoms. On this day we take a moment of silence to reflect with pride the heroism of those who have served. I just wanted to take a second to let Sgt. Crabtree's family know that we at Strasburg High School honored Danny today. We have had his picture and medals on display in our high school trophy case for the past several weeks. I just wanted his family, especially his young daughter to realize that his sacrifice is tremendously appreciated by all. Sgt. Crabtree may be gone but his memory will be kept alive here by our school. Your husband, son and Father is a true hero and a model to us all. God Bless you all"
Bob Hartline of Strasburg, Ohio

"Thanks Dan. We think of you often. You left a positive impression on many lives. When we were kids you were always the reasonable one that kept us all out of trouble. When ever I make contact with one of our childhood friends your service and dedication always comes up. Thank you for keeping my family safe."
Marc Currey of Stone creek, Ohio

"Today is memorial day. We are honoring you for your ultimate sacrafice Uncle Danny. { May you take my hand in heaven- we will soar the sky-I will be looking for you upon my arrival }"
Monica Crabtree of Canton,Ohio

"Oh Danny, I remember you as a young boy, friend and neighbor when we lived in Cloverleaf. You were the All-American kid, Eagle Scout and the most polite, well-mannered of all. You were such a good friend to my son and you were always a welcome, cheery presence in my home.

In later years I met you again as a CFO police officer coming to our aid after someone accidently locked the keys in Marc's honeymoon vehicle. Your dispatch graciously allowed you and your partner to share the wedding dinner that day while you were on duty.

I looked upon you that day with the pride of a Mother. The young boy was now a police officer, a member of the Reserves and so handsome I thought my heart would break. I had no idea what was to come and while the war is never far from my mind, you brought it home the day I learned of your sacrifice.

I never had the pleasure to meet your wife and daughter, but there's no doubt in my mind your family would have been your first priority. It saddens me greatly that your little one must know you only through the love and guidance of her Mother and your family.

You've left a legacy of love, determination and good will that will never be forgotten.

I'm honored to have shared a small, but significant part of your life.

Carry on, Soldier and Godspeed.

Louisa (Roberto) Hopkins"
Louisa Hopkins of Mogadore, OH USA

"as a kid growing up in cuyahoga falls, i ran into some trouble as many of the guys on the department can tell you. among the ones who helped me get back on the right path was Danny. he was one of the guys who supported me when i decided to join the Army in 2002. to his family, both blood and in service, thank you, and stay strong...he will never be forgotten cause in some of us a little peice of him lives on...."
Ian McInnes of Cuyahoga Falls Ohio. USA

"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 Steiner of Gahanna, OH

"I served in the 135th MP (Brook Park) many years ago with Dan. I'm sad to hear of his passing. Dan was an *-kicker (the family understands)! He never turned away from a challenge. And he didn't on the day we lost him. My prayers to his family, you raised a tough kid."
Matt Gosnik of Perry, Ohio USA

"I am proud to be Dan's mom. I have found that time does not heal all wounds. We miss Dan so much, but we also know he deeply believed in protecting America from all who want to harm us. God blessed Dan with so many gifts, and he touched many lives. His name and good deeds continue to touch others. We love all of Dan's SF brothers who carry on. May God continue to protect them as they continue the fight. I have always known that Heaven will be an awesome place to be. I can't wait to be there with my Danny B."
Judy Crabtree of White, Georgia

"I can only say two words, "THANK YOU."

Continue to protect us, like a soldier and peace officer. God Bless you, your family and everyone who was honored to know you."
Ed of Hartville, Ohio

"Thank you, Daniel, for your scarafice and for my freedom.

Today, Sept. 11, 2008, I honored you with a heros workout. www.CROSSFIT.com
http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/faq.html

Thank You Brother.

Jamie, WFFD, TX"
Jamie Moore of Wichita Falls, TX

"To the family of:Daniel B. Crabtree 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"

"May 31, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel B. Crabtree:
Daniel 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

"From everyone from 2/19th SFG (A) we miss ya more and more. Love ya brother"
Charles McCloud of Elkins, West Virginia

"I miss you friend. I can't wait to see you again. Your life inspired others as well as myself. I played Axis & Allies last weekend for the first time since we played last. Of course it wasn't as fun as playing with you when I would take out your Japanese Navy at Pearl Harbor in a crucial move. As I progressed through the game I remembered all the times we played before, I remembered when you were teaching me to play and the difficult time we both had focusing while Magnum PI was on in the background. The sound of Higgins yelling at Magnum just made us laugh everytime.. no matter how ticked off we were at each other for the 'serious' competition we were struggling with in Axis & Allies.

Everytime I stuggle at something my friend I think of you and the fact that you would have pushed through to complete the task no matter how tough. It's because of you that I hold my head high my friend. It's because of you that I wake up in the morning with thanks. It's because of you I'll be a better Friend, Uncle, Father, and Citizen.

I love you friend!"
Mike Baker of Louisville, Ohio/United Sates

"I went to Special Forces Assesment and Selection with Dan the second time. I will never forget the personality and spirit of this man. Dan cared about people. He went out of his way to help others in need. This is why he chose the job he did, and ultimately gave his life in the process. There is no greater sacrifice that a person can make. I would like to thank Dan and his family."

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

"Green Berets All The Way!"

"Sgt. Daniel Crabtree is my uncle. Or as my sister and I would call him "uncle Danny". He was a positive male figure in both of our lives. I miss him dearly. My family is in a lot of grief, he was a great man, father, husband, brother, son, uncle etc. I visit his resting place weekly. For anyone reading this that never met my uncle, I can honestly say that you would have loved him! He was a great man."
Monica Crabtree of Canton,Ohio

"On behalf of the family of SPC Shawn Davies, Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Daniel. We share in your pain and sorrow. We are all part of a club that we did not want to join. May God be with you. Daniel will never be forgotten."
Toni Peters, toniannp@sbcglobal.net of Concord, OH

"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.
Our nations HERO, daniel will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Thank you Daniel Crabtree, 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. 1st Class Daniel Crabtree:
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 Daniel 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. 1st Class Daniel Crabtree:
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 Daniel, 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