Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Shawn C. Dostie

32, of Granite City, Illinois.
Dostie died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on December 30, 2005.

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"It has already been a few years since you left us. There is no doubt in my mind that everyone of your soldiers that you took out on patrol everyday will always remember you. We were family, and will always be family."
Enrique de la Garza III of Brownsville, TX

""We "Strike Force" soldiers of the past, remember those who have come after us and have given the ultimate sacrifice. Specialist Hutchinson is NOT forgotten. We never served together, but you were a fellow Screaming Eagle--a fellow STRIKE FORCE trooper--a brother for eternity. Rest easy 'bro.""
Bruce Howard of Atlanta, GA

"December 6, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Shawn C. Dostie:
Shawn 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

"To the family of:Shawn C. Dostie I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Shawn,
I know you're looking on us as I type this, so i just wanted to take a minute to say thank you for everything you have done. I wish i had the chance to meet you. at your memorial, everyone talked about the great man you were. in my heart i know that any man who is willing to give what you did, is more than just a great man, hes a hero. Even though it's by marriage, im glad to call you family... im glad to call you a cousin. Now that i have a daughter of my own who is your blood family, it makes me that much more thankful for who you were. I pray for your wife and children, that even though they will miss you, that they will remember you are still with them in all the little ways. God bless and Keep you while you're away from your family... We all love you."
Ashley and Sera Raye of Brunswick , Maine

"whats up drill sargent to who it may concern sfc dostie was my drill sargent from july until november of 2003 at fort benning he was very hard nosed and new his knowledge on every thing that envolved the infantry he tought me alot while i was there il never forget him"
eric tripoli of chicago il u.s.a.

"To the family of Sgt.1st Class Shawn C. Dostie.I am deeply sorry for your loss.I am a former Granite City boy myself,well not so much a boy anymore.I am 34 years old.I am a former Army Soldier.I am about to re-inlist in the Army Reserve Unit out of Granite City.Shawn you will not be forgoten Battle."
John Barnett of Vandalia,Il United States

"MY DEAR SHAWN, MY HERO, MY SON IN LAW, YOU GAVE ME A HOME FOR OVER 6 YEARS, MADE MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTHER GLOW WITH LIFE, GAVE ME TWO WONDERFUL GRANDCHILDREN. I WILL KEEP MY PROMISE I MADE TO YOU THE LAST DAY YOU LEFT AS YOU HELD ME IN YOUR ARMS SO STRONG, MAKING ME PROMISE THREE TIMES OVER, TO WATCH OVER YOUR FAMILY.I REMEMBER EVERYTME WE TALKED ON THE PHONE THE LAST THING WE ALWAYS SAID TO EACH OTHER WAS I LOVE YOU. YOU LOVED LIFE TO THE FULLEST. GOD BE WITH YOU MY LOVE. NANA,







































































SHAWN"
BRENDA MERROW/MILLS of CLARKSVILLE TENN. MONTGOMERY COUNTY

"MY DEAR SHAWN, MY HERO, MY SON IN LAW, YOU GAVE ME A HOME FOR OVER 6 YEARS, MADE MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTHER GLOW WITH LIFE, GAVE ME TWO WONDERFUL GRANDCHILDREN. I WILL KEEP MY PROMISE I MADE TO YOU THE LAST DAY YOU LEFT AS YOU HELD ME IN YOUR ARMS SO STRONG, MAKING ME PROMISE THREE TIMES OVER, TO WATCH OVER YOUR FAMILY.I REMEMBER EVERYTME WE TALKED ON THE PHONE THE LAST THING WE ALWAYS SAID TO EACH OTHER WAS I LOVE YOU. GOD BE WITH YOU MY LOVE. NANA







































































SHAWN"
BRENDA MILLS of CKARKSVILLE TENN.

"Shawn-
I hear stories about you all the time! You had a very eventful life and it makes me happy to know that Stephanie, Bayleigh, and Cameron have all these wonderful memories to remember you by! You are greatly missed by everyone. You have an extremly strong family, it's so hard but they are making it! I'm so glad to have the pleasure of knowing you and your family! We love and miss you!"
Brittany of Fort Campbell, KY

"To the Family of SFC Shawn Dostie:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq. Our memorial includes, as of 8/28/06, 162 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Shawn's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. A friend has put us up on his website so you can see the memorial here:
www.williamgbecker.com/ArlingtonMidwest.html.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.""
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

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

"You were a great warrior and friend, I know how much you loved your country and your family. To your family I am so sorry for your loss, your husband was a good man and loved you very much. I'll miss you my friend."
SFC Retired Chris Petty of Columbus, GA.

"Shawn-
You were my husband, my best friend, and the father of our children. What a blessing it was to have you in my life for the last 12 years. I still wait for your call or an email saying that you are o.k. You had so many plans for the future; you were a dreamer. I miss your smile, the sound of your laugh, and your incredible spirit. You always gave and asked for nothing in return. How this world could possibly go on without you I will never know. You are our hero."
Stephanie, Cameron and Bayleigh Dostie of Ft. Campbell, KY USA

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"Thank you Shawn Dostie, 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 Shawn Dostie:
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 Shawn 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 Shawn Dostie:
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 Shawn, 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