Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. George R. Draughn, Jr.

29, of Decatur, Georgia.
Draughn died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 108th Cavalry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade, Griffin, Georgia. Died on September 1, 2005.

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"to the moon and back"
Tracy of Atlanta, GA, USA

"Hugs and Kisses to all who love him still."
Tracy of Birmingham, AL

"To the family of George R. Draughn JR. I am praying for this family.. May You George rest in peace with my brother SGT. Charles Allen Drier. I was shocked by the last name considering it is my last name. I hope you all have been able to cope with the loss. You are all in my prayers"
Christina Cheyenne Draughn of Shelbyville Tennessee

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Kenna of Manti, Utah, USA

"To the family of:George R. Draughn,Jr. 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"

"August 2, 2008
To the family of Sgt. George R. Draughn, Jr.:
George 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

"Hey George,
I am writing this directly to you!!! Your memories will never be forgotten. I will never forget all the laughs & headaches we shared (due to my mean ol' sister). Until we meet again, your fellow soldier, & friend...Dawn"
Dawnne of Lithonia, GA

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Leah Hopkins Henry of Atlanta, GA

"thank you so much for my freedom and the freedom of all people! you are my HERO! and you will NEVER be FORGOTTEN!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!"
jessica culpepper of valdosta, ga

"I was the C-130 Loadmaster (USAF) who flew his remains out of Baghdad to Kuwait on his journey back home. I will never forget you…"
Cortland Carrington of Abilene Texas

"To the family of George R. Draughn, Jr. I wanted to tell you how much my family appreciates the sacrifices you have made. I hope that good memories will help you through this time of pain."
H. Blanck of Decatur, GA

"To the family of George R. Draughn, Jr. - In September we visited a ‘Healing Field’ memorial in Colorado. This was actually several fields which displayed many American flags, each carrying the name of either a fallen soldier in the war against terror or a victim of September 11th. It was a very moving and somber site. The flags were later sold with the money to be used to construct a memorial in honor of these heroes. We purchased a flag, and the one that we received had the name of George R. Draughn, Jr. We went to the Internet to find more information on him and came across this site. We want you to know that your family’s sacrifice means very much to us. We will honor George by flying this flag carrying his name throughout the years. You must be very proud of your son, and although we didn’t know him personally, we are proud to honor him. God Bless your family and God Bless America."
Sherry Parrish, Debbie Grote of Denver, CO USA

"To the family of George R.Draughn Jr.,May God,s grace and comfort be with you in this time of loss!He is a great American Hero!My heart and prayers go out to you! I know that George will never be forgotten by you or myself for my son Robert(Bobby)L.Hollar Jr. died along side of him that day! I feel that they both are now in GOD,s Heavenly army and that we will be with them again very soon!Trust in GOD and know that he will never forsake us and he watches over us day and night as George and Bobby now do!
May GOD BLESS THE FAMILY OF GEORGE R. DRAUGHN Jr."
Robert L. Hollar Sr. of Little Mountain, SC USA

"To the family of Draughn, just know we are all here thinking of you and praying for your peace. I have been through this and it is a hard time to handle..trust in God, He will get you through it..."
Jan Johnson of Lyerly, Georgia

"You are not fotgotten. I dont know many Draughns. Been doing family tree. Traced back to 1066 AD from England. Had Grandfather in WW1. Uncle in WW2.Uncle in Korea. Dad in Army MP. I was drafted for Vietnam. Feel free to contact anytime."
Michael_Draughn@Swift@Swifttrans.com of Eden NC

"To the family of George Draughn, I am deeply sorry for your loss. My husband Bobby Hollar was with him and died in the same incident. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Amanda Hollar of Thomaston, GA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio]

"Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of George Draughn, Jr. Our hearts are heavy to hear of your loss. Please accept our highest respects and gratitude to George for his service. We will never forget."
Vigil Family of Wheatridge CO

"To the Draughn Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your George is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless George."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"GEORGE THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND ALONG SIDE OUR SON! IT WAS THE COMFORT TO ME THAT SOLDIERS, BECOME SISTER'S AND BROTHER'S TO THOSE YOU SERVE WITH. TO WATCH OVER ONE ANOTHER AS FAMILY. NOW GREGORY AND YOU ARE UNITED ONCE AGIN. I PRAY FOR YOU GEORGE AND YOUR FAMILY. ANFOR ALL THOSE YOU HAVE TOUCHED IN YOUR LIFE. NOT ONE WILL EVER FORGET YOU. REMEBERING THE VERY PRECIOUS MOMENTS SHARED TOGETHER. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you George Draughn, Jr., 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. George Draughn, Jr.:
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 George 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. George Draughn, Jr.:
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 George, 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