Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Stephen P. Downing II

30, of Burkesville, Kentucky.
Downing died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, from small arms fire while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, Camp Hovey, Korea. Died on October 28, 2004.

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"Dowing miss u alot rember our days in korea den iraq . never for get you D rest in peace."
Ssg Hazelwood Us army Ret Vet of Fayetteville, NC

"Dad 20 days shy of the 10 year anniversary of the day you got promoted to guard the gates of heaven. I am trying to become a man you would be proud of in just a few short years i will be enlisting as you did. you were more than just my dad you were my only friend and that wound of losing can never be healed in time.
Justmestevied@yahoo.com if anyone out there has some good stories about him that's my email. i would love to here some."
Stephen H. Downing of Martinsville, Indiana USA

"I think about you every day. I remember your wit and smile. You ALWAYS had a smile. I wear your black KIA bracelet when I march in the Memorial Day Parade. You are always with is now just as you were in Korea and Iraq. I miss ya and love ya brother. Rest easy."
Rama Dowsett of Blanchard, MI/ YSA

"Thank you and your family for your service. Remembering you."
Mark Meadows of Mooresville, in USA

"THINKING OF STEPHEN'S FAMILY ON HIS ANGELVERSARY,GB YOU STEPHEN.
GOD GIVE YOU LOVE AND COMFORT TO ALL THE FAMILY, SENDING MY LOVE & PRAYERS TO YOU ALL."
JOAN TAYLOR of ENGLAND

"I was thinking about him today I served with him in both Korea and in Iraq. Sleep well Steve"
Sgt Marvin Brown of Belleville Mich

"To the family of:Stephen P.Downing
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""

"I light this candle in memory of your
Angel Stephen. Happy birthday angel. Praying your day will be peaceful. Thank you."
Carol Angel Michael Carico's Mom of Bradenton,Fla USA

"GB YOU ANGEL STEPHEN, SENDING ALL MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO ALL THE FAMILY, GOD BE WITH YOU ALL."
JOAN TAYLOR of ENGLAND

"happy birthday 'stephen"
mary^j^benny of Davao City.Philippines

"Happy Birthday Stephen. May the cherished memories your loved ones treasure, comfort their hearts today. God Bless."
Fam. of Wm. Scott & Samantha Myers of MI. USA

"A hero! Warrior! my thoughts and prayers are to his family! R.I.P a true hero!"
Eric of Maryland.

"to the family of Stephen P. Dowing the 2nd: I am so sorry for your loss!Remember that he served for you and your country. Remember that he loved all of you and he always will even though he is gone. I might not know him but I am thankful that he served for our country. Just remember that he loves each and every one of you.
P.S. If you want to email me contact me at ssimpk159@yahoo.com"
Samatha Simpkins of Lecompton,KS/ United States of America

"”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 you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,750 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!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"big d as we called him was like a brother to me . we met in leonard wood and went to korea together while there steve and i spent alot of time together . he was more than a friend he was my family there . i remember the day my wife put together a memorial for those lost in iraq together and i watched as the names and pics of those that fell went by and then steves pic came up and i lost it he had just emailed me a pic of a herd of camels and said it was a traffic jam . i laughed and answered him with so when we get home to the states are we going to your house or mine ... and i never did get a reply . i still miss him . the the times and drinks we shared and hours of cards played . i never did get to say good bye and i still dont want to . his pics are still up and he will never be forgoten in our home . miss you bro ."
jonathan musser of fort hood , texas

"August 30, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Stephen P. Downing, II:
Stephen 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 seems like yesterday that we met and hung out at your sis's house...with you showing me your lighter collection...laughing and having the best of times.but then it also seems like yesterday that the news was given to me that you were gone.I still feel that horrible pain in my chest and that unbearable thought of never getting to see that unforgetable smile of yours..I will carry you in my heart and wrap you in my thoughts until the time when i can hear that laughter and see that smile again.you will never be forgotten.i know that you are watching over your children and family...just like you did when you were here.through the hours,days,weeks,and months that turn into years you are missed.terribly.i love you stevie."
shelley dobbs of albany ky

"Happy Birthday my Bro!!! I love and miss you terribly. Life has not and will NEVER be the same. Know you are in my thoughts each and every single day."
Your Sissy of Indianapolis, IN USA

"To you and others who sleep in our Father's arms, no measure of grief, no volume of tears, no words yet forged can express our loss or Heaven's gain."
Steven W. Downing of Tampa,Fl

"I met Steve when i was dating his brother-in-law Dean. I remember his and Leanns wedding on Halloween and I remember how Steve always had a smile and a great spirit.I was away at school to be a police officer and serve my community the way Steve served our country when I heard of his death. I will now count on you Steve to be my angel while I am on duty. I will watch over your family here while you watch over us in heaven. I am very glad to have gotten to know you and wish I could have seen you one more time.My best to all of steves family."
Tinsley Reynolds of Camby, IN : Sockrchk030@aol.com

"I met Stevie when i was 16,im 21 now but any ways, he worked with my moms boyfriend Brett for JR and he was a funny man and i cant believe he is gone .I knew him for so long and finally met his wife about three months ago at my cousin Jeremy Doyle who also was killed in iraq. its hard to lose a loved one and they both will be forever missed greatly. my prayers go out to his family specially the little ones and to all the soldiers still in iraq . may they have a safe return.we love them all ."
Elizabeth Doyle of Martinsville,Indiana

"It is so surreal to me that you have been gone a year. I think about you everyday and wait until the day we meet again. I can only hope that you are happier now than you could have ever been here. You meant the world to so many people and losing you has changed our lives like we could never have imagined. I love you and miss you more than words could ever explain and I know that you hold the hands of our children and walk beside me as I try to raise them the best I can without you. You are forever in my thoughts, my dreams and my prayers."
LeAnn of Mooresville, IN

"We miss you more and more everyday Daddy. We love you very much."
your pumpkin and your little buddy of Mooresville, IN

"A year has passed -and we send our thoughts to your family -
remembering your loss.
Sandi / Montana"

"Last night's tribute to Stephen Downing at the Toby Keith concert was very touching.I can not say enough to express my gratitude toward him and all our fallen soldiers for keeping us free and safe."
wayne kramer of zionsville,IN

"THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT COULD DESCRIBE YOU STEVIE. YOU ARE ONE OF A KIND AND TO ME YOU WERE A BIG BROTHER, BEST FRIEND, CO-WORKER, ROOMMATE, BUT MOST OF ALL A HERO. I WILL MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU FOREVER AND I PROMISE YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR YOUR COUNTRY, YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR FRIENDS WILL BE CHERISHED FOREVER IN MANY HEARTS. THE SILLY THINGS WE DID SOMETIMES WILL POP INTO MY HEAD OUT OF NOWHERE AND I JUST GET A BIG SMILE ON MY FACE AND IT IS ALMOST LIKE YOU ARE RIGHT THERE BESIDE ME REMINISCING. I HAD SOME OF THE BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE WITH YOU THAT’S FOR SURE WELL ALL BUT THE SKIING TRIP WITH J.R. AND SAM I AM STILL TRYING TO REPAIR MYSELF FROM THAT DAY. YOU ARE IN HEAVEN NOW AND I KNOW YOU ARE SAFE AND HAPPY AND YOU CAN WATCH OVER ALL OF US. KEEP AN EYE ON MY DAD AND MY COUSIN STEVEN UP THEIR FOR ME WILL YA ESPECIALLY DADDY YOU KNOW HOW HE CAN BE. I COULD NOT FEEL ANY SAFER HERE ON EARTH BECAUSE I KNOW I GOT THE BEST ANGELS LOOKING OUT FOR ME. I WILL FOREVER MISS YOU STEVIE. TRY TO KEEP IT UNDER 55 WITH THOSE NEW WINGS YOU GOT I KNOW HOW THAT ADRENALINE RUSH TO RACE RUNS THREW YOU. LOVE YA"
JAMIE FANNON of MOORESVILLE, INDIANA

"When I found out that Stevie passed away, I dropped to the floor and started crying. A part of me went with him. He was the sweetest and funniest guy I knew. He, along with my Dad (David L. Cooney) tought me a lot about life and how to have a good time. Stevie and my dad were like brothers. They were always together. When I was little, I told everyone that Stevie was my boyfriend. His nickname from me was, My Stevie, and I know now that he will always be my Stevie. I love him, he was like a second dad to me. Last time I saw him we all went to the bridge on 45 and jumped off. We always swam, went fishing, and had camp fires. I have nothing but happy and fun memories about him. STEVIE, I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH! You just made heaven a better place.
~~Love always and forever,"
Tiffany Michelle Cooney of Nashville, Indiana

"Stevie was a god-father to me and my sisters, Tiffany and Brittani. He had been very good friends with my father for years. The last time I saw Stevie was before he went to the Army, we were at Chuck'E'Cheese. We miss Stevie very much and know that he is in heaven watching down on us and protecting us of anything bad that could happen to Taylor and Hunter, and the rest of his friends and family.
STEVIE WE MISS YOU VERY MUCH!!"
Whitney Cooney of Nashville, Indiana

"stevie we had so many memories together that I don't know what to do with out you, i miss you so much we had the best times together, your a hero in my eyes always have been,now a hero in the worlds eyes. loved and missed your friend emma collins"
emma collins of indianpolis ind

"I don’t believe that we understand all that you gave, or how your sacrifice will affect the future for our sons or daughters. I believe you confronted the evil that has enslaved mankind throughout history, the same evil that many American soldiers have confronted in many battles.

I will teach my son and daughter of your sacrifice and your heroism.

Proud Family of Pfc. Kohler serving in Ar Ramadi, Iraq"
Anderson Family of Montana

"Stephen, we had so many memories together that I don't know what I am going to do without you in my memories from now on. You were such a wonderful, happy person. You found a way to make light of any and every situation (even when you shouldn't have) and we all knew that if we needed a little bit of a boost you were the one who could do it. You had such a wonderful personality - you were so loving and caring and stubborn (had to say it). My heart will forever belong to you. I will do my best to raise our children in a way that would make you proud. Please watch over us and walk with us as we learn to rebuild our lives without you. You are and forever will be our HERO! I love you Stephen (Pink E)! Love Always, LeAnn (Float E)"
LeAnn of Mooresville, IN

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

"Every time we look at our beautiful grandchildren we see you in them. They have your humor, your wit, your smile. They truly are a gift that without you we would never have had. There are no words to express how proud of you we are, and honored at what you've given for your country, your children, and your loved ones. Watch over Taylor and Hunter and keep them safe. Your spirit will continue to live through them. God bless you Steve. We love and miss you. Mom (Julie) & Dean"
Julie & Dean Emmons of Indianapolis, IN/USA

"We will always miss you Daddy!! We are so very proud of you and you will always be our HERO! Please watch over us Daddy as we try to learn to live our lives without you! Love - Pumpkin and Buddy"
Taylor and Hunter Downing of Mooresville, IN

"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 Stephen P. Downing II."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"Your family is in our prayers, you are in our hearts and prayers. Thank you for service to our Country."
Ken,Deb,&Kenna Holderfield of Camby,In

"To our Hero,
Steve you will always be remembered as a great dad,a wonderful friend, and now as our HERO. We love and miss you. You will not be forgotten. Thank you for serving your country as you have made us all proud."
kylee, Chuck, & Noah of Indpls, IN

"Stevie,
I love you and miss you. I know you
will be the kids guardian angel. Things will not be the same when I say my kids,
because you will be missing. You served your country proud. Thank you for serving your country.
My thoughts and prayer will always be
with your family, kids,LeAnn, your parents and your sister.
Love
Mom Tracey"
Tracey Coy of Waverly IN

""Uncle Stevie,"
you will NEVER be forgotten, you were a great person and everyone loves and misses you greatly! To alot of people you are now considered a "hero" but to all of us who knew you, you were always a "hero" to us! I love you!!! R.I.P"
Mellisa Hudnall of Burkesville, KY

"Steve
You were a friend like no other and now you are our hero. We will forever love and miss you.
We love you Christopher, Amy & Alexis"
Amy Perry of Mooresville, IN

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

"We will always love you Uncle Stevie"
Michael & Heather Pritchard of Indianapolis, IN/ USA

"I knew Steve through Anthony Pritchard and his family. Steve was always at all of the family functions. I know he will be missed by his children and all of his family and friends. He was a nice guy. My condolences to all of his family. You are in my prayers!"
Lela Barnett of Indianapolis, IN

"TO THE FAMILY OF PFC DOWNING.
I SERVED WITH YOUR LOVED ONE IN KOREA 2-17 FA. HE WAS IN A DIFFERENT BATTERY THEN ME BUT I SAW HIM ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS. I WAS WORKING IN THE BATTALION AREA AND I HAD HIM ON MY DETAILS ON A FEW OCCASIONS. HE WAS EASY GOING AND KNEW HOW TO BE A GREAT SOLDIER. I SAW ALOT OF POTENTIAL IN HIM. I WAS LOOKING FOR PICTURES OF HIM ON THE INTERNET AND I FOUND ONE OF HIM AND HIS BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN. IT GOT ME CHOKED UP, I ALSO HAVE TWO CHILDREN. I READ HIS COMMENTS THAT HE MADE ABOUT PROTECTING HIS FAMILY AND I HAVE MUCH RESPECT FOR THE WORDS HE CONVEYED. I HAD TO HOLD BACK MY TEARS. MAY YOUR FAMILY REMEMBER THE FATHER AND SOLDIER HE WAS. MOST IMPORTANTLY THE HERO. I WILL MISS YOU BROTHER."
SGT SEPULVEDA GERALD C. III of FORT POLK, LA/US

"To the friends and family of Pfc. Stephen Downing II,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Respectfully,"
Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To Stephen'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"

"To Stephen'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 Stephen Downing II, 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 Pfc. Stephen Downing II:
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 Stephen 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 Pfc. Stephen Downing II:
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 Stephen, 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