Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Chief Petty Officer Paul J. Darga

34, of Alpena, Michigan.
Darga died when his Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was struck by an improvised explosive device while responding to a previous strike. His unit was conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar province, Iraq. Darga was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, serving with the 1st Marine Logistics Group. Died on August 22, 2006.

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"I've searched Evergreen Cemetery for Paul's grave site. As a Patriot Guard member I would like to visit his grave. I attended his funeral and was very moved by his family."
Nason Herron of Alpena, Michigan

"As a member of the Patriot Guard I would like to know the exact location of Paul Darga's gravesite. It is our intention to periodically recognize and honor those brave men who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I also don't know where Allan Grekka is buried. If you could help me with these locations I would be very grateful. My condolences to you and the entire Darga family. Also, is Darga Highway named in his memory?"
Nason Herron of Alpena

"Karie & Kailey,
This past weekend was a very humble weekend for me, i wore Pauls bracelet you gave me in 07 for the whole weekend, and found myself talking about your husband and father all weekend long, what a great feeling to be able to talk about a great hero and friend, such a great holiday we have for our fallen comrades and fellow chiefs!!! Paul was a great Seabee and chief and i was truly blessed to have worked with and known him. Prayers always."
Steven S. Fox BUC retired of Woodbridge, VA

"To the family of:Paul J. Darga
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""

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,150 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Chief Petty Officer Paul J. Darga:
Paul 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Paul Paid the ultimate sacrifice for FREEDOM. WHile some just collect the Benefits .
Theres nothing FREE about FREEDOM .
Sincere Condolences."

"To CPO Paula Dargas family,
I just did findout about Paul's death, Paul and I were stationed together at CBU 418, wonderful guy and great husband!! Paul taught me to weld with a MIG welder, got to meet you Karie and the two dogs, Tye and Storm. Paul's passing saddens me immensely, but he won't be forgotten. Paul is a true hero, and this world is worse for his loss."
UTC(SCW) Jim Lowell of Vancouver, Wa.

"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.

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

"To the family of CPO Paul J. Darga I send my deepest condolences. I have been wearing a memorial bracelet with CPO Darga's name and info on it for quite some time and never take it off. I am honored to wear it and wanted to let his family know that even though I didn't know him personally, he has touched my life and my heart."
Charlene Whicker of Garden City, MI/USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Paul will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"Chief Darga,
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. God knows how many American and Iraqi lives you saved by the work you did defusing and disposing of IEDs and other types of unexploded ordnance."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"karie please email me, i was a friend of paul's when he was in bangor nymustang99@aol.com"
jeff of lindenhurst,ny

US Navy Sailor

"Thank you Paul Darga, 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 Petty Officer Paul Darga:
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 Paul 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 Petty Officer Paul Darga:
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 Paul, 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