Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jeremy L. Drexler

23, of Topeka, Kansas.
Drexler died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his convoy vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 91st Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 2, 2004.

Drexler was posthumously promoted to Private First Class on May 2, 2004.

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"I still think of you to this day buddy...miss you always and il see you again. rip"
travis c of fort hood tx

"Jeremy Drexler, It was a pleasure serving with you in 91st Engineers. I heard the guys always talk about how you made them laugh with your jokes. I Salute you Sapper Brother on this day and everyday Jeremy L. Drexler. RIP!!!!"
1SG Hill, T of Killeen, TX

"Debbie and Karl,
I was so sorry to hear about Jeremys passing. I will always hold him in my heart. My love to you both and tim and kenny as well. Feel free to drop me a line at wallywest1980@hotmail.com Id love to hear from any of you again."
Tim Hamblen of Bucksport Maine

"I knew jeremy, he was always funny, if you were down he was there to pick you up and always made people smile. He will be deeply missed."
Sandy of Lincoln, ne usa

"May God Bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss."
Leila Shipman of Texas

"To the family of:Jeremy L. Drexler 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"

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Jeremy L. Drexler:
Jeremy 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

"Dear Debbie,
My name is Robyn Boer I dont know if you remember me but i was a friend of jeremy's i lived on the corner of rockpost and windsong when we were growing up. you and my mother were also friends her name was shelly and my step dads names was dave, we had a garage sale at your house with pam and steve. anyways i just wanted to tell you how sorry i am he was a great guy and very funny if you would like to contact me you can at missingyyourlove31801@yahoo.com"
Robyn Boer of Laharpe kansas

"Jeremy was my best friend, when he died I lost not only a friend but my brother. I will always remember him and the sacrifice he made for this country. I miss you man, and love you ."
Justin Siddons of Topeka, KS, USA

"Dear Family of Jeremy Drexler:
To honor the kansas soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts Project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

PLEASE email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.
The artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"Ma'am i am sorry for the loss of your son. It sounds like you raised a very kind and generous individual. I am sure that all your sons are like that, i am currently serving on active duty (Army) and have been for the past 21 yrs. Your son sounds like he was that one person who could light up anyones day reguardless of what kind of a day you were having. I want to thank your sons for thier service to our Great Country and thank you for letting them serve. I have been a CAO for a soldier that has come back from the middle east and it was even hard for me to perform my duties with the family each and everyday. Again thank you and your family for all the sacrifice. May God Bless You and Your Family."
Tony of Ft. Bliss, TX by way of Larned, Kansas

"I attended Basic training at Ft. Leonard-Wood with this outstanding Idividual. He more than once helped me to keep my sanity. I have just returned from a deployment in Iraq, during which not a day went by that I did not think about Jeremy. I want to thank his family for their sacrifice, and God for allowing me to have spent time with Jeremy, and also I want to thank Jeremy for watching my back from heaven, Thank You all! To those left behind, my thoughts and prayers are with you."
Spc. Stephan R. Davis of Stanfordville, New York

I miss you brother, Ill see you soon enough in heaven."
Devin Gates of St Louis, Mo

"I am a freind of justin siddons and i met jeremy a couple of times,so i would like to say he is a hero who fought for his country and may he rest in peace.God Bless Him."
Matt of Topeka,KS

"I really dont know what to say about Jeremy. I know him from work we were all know as the sonic freaks. He was the one person in my life that I had ever met that was more worried about everyone else and not him self. All of us that worked with you or had ever met you will miss you."
Jason of Topeka, Kansas

"jeremy we will see you again. thank you"
l. kelley of springhill fl

"Drexler Family,
I was a close friend of Jeremy all through highschool and share many good memories of late nights with him, Debra, Greg, and others. My sister Elissa was friends with Tim for awhile as well. I learned of Jeremy's death about a month before I left for basic training. Soon I'm leaving on my 2nd deployment, and Jeremy's memory travels with me everywhere I go. I mourn your loss, Jeremy was a great guy, one of the most memorable people I've ever met, and will NEVER forget. If you ever need to contact me, i'm reachable at Derek.Powelson@hill.af.mil He will be forever missed, but never forgotten."
Airman 1st Class Derek Powelson of Hill AFB, Utah

"I am sorry for your loss. None of us can really say "thank you" to all of those like your son who have done so much to keep us free. Please accept my prayers for your healing. And thank you for raising a son who understood what it means to be an American."
Floyd Drexler of Topeka, KS

"My name is Danielle.
I appreciate your son and all of the other soldiers fighting for us and for our freedom. May the Lord bless you and your family during this trying time. And to all the other families that have lost a soldier for our country May the Lord be with you also."
Danielle Drexler of Seattle

"I sorry to hear about it...
I wish they'd all come home.
I wonder if we are family.
My name is Karl Drexler. I was born
in the city of Hildesheim,west Germany
in 1957. I have sympathy.
You may write me if you like,
If you don't,I'll never emai again.
I feel sorry for all the U.S. soildiers
that leave our home country to fight
overseas. I love my country too.
I want Peace and some kind of victory,
that they all would come home alive.
I'm sorry.
Karl Drexler of Schenectady,NY,USA

"I was a combat medic during Vietnam and lost my best friend in 1973. I know he was my best friend because he died saving me and I would have done the same for him if the occassion was reversed. Gary was a real hero who is in a special place with Jeremy. WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE WARS AND WARRIORS. BE PROUD OF YOUR WARRIOR FOR HE DESERVES THE BEST HEAVEN CAN OFFER."
Mike of Newport, RI USA

"I'm not sure what to say right now except that I hurt, and I could only imagine what you are going through. I have been trying to find Jeremy for some time now, and I now just found this, I don't know if you remember me but I use to be best friends with your son, my name is Stacy Christensen, I moved to Wisconsin 6 years ago. I've missed him ever since I left, I loved him, he was a great person, my email is liliangel30@hotmail.com if you ever want to talk, the only pictures I have of him are from highschool. I am so sorry for your loss, I know how great he was, I never did forget him, never will."
Stacy Christensen of Racine, WI USA

"This is to the Drexler family. I have recieved your e-mail from the soliders angles suport groop, and I am hounered to have such a loving mother/family suporting us all out here. I too have a brother in the army who was scheduled to deploy to Iraq. You mentioned that one of your other sons work on the flight deck in a squadron. This is where I started my carrer in the Navy. I now work in AIMD on the USS Kearsarge in Norfolk VA. With every letter I read about Jeremy I feel chills run through my skin. It seems like I am reading about my family only praising the Lord almighty that we have not lost one of our own. We all lived so close together. I grew up in DeSoto/Bonner Springs Just a short drive. It means so much to me that you are reaching out with open arms to give support to those of us here. Lord knows we all, you included, need a hug of support every now and then. Thank you for not giving up on us. May God be with you and help you through your never ending grief."
AM1 (AW) Jack Mangas of Bonner Springs Kansas

"i am soo sorry for your loss i know i feel so empty.. my heart is with you and your family ms.kerns
basemonkey@hotmail. com"
connie kerns of springfield mo

"Jemery was my close friend in highschool
he and i was always best buddys
he lives on in ours hearts
RIP Buddy
God bless You"
Erik of Topeka,KS

"My name is CPT Jeff Wells. I had the honor of being Jeremy's platoon leader from August 2003 until his death on 2 May 2004. Jeremy was the finest soldier in the platoon. He worked day and night before we deployed, harder than any other soldier, to make sure the platoon was ready. When we arrived in Iraq, he was our platoon's finest gunner, sending many terrorists to see Allah. He was always laughing, joking, and keeping us all in a great mood. I know Jeremy's watching us right now, and I know he'd be very proud of what the rest of his fellow soldiers accomplished after he died. His platoon, especially his squad, led by SSG Jones, dedicated each and every day to going out into Baghdad and doing whatever it took to make Jeremy proud. Jeremy will never be forgotton, and it was truly an honor to serve with him. Thank you Jeremy for everything. (jeffrey.a.wells@us.army.mil)"
CPT Jeff Wells of Killeen, TX

"To the Drexler Family:
I would like you to know that you are all in my heart and my prayers always. I know that your loss was a great one but remember he died a hero and each of us can never show enough gratitude for his sacrifice or for that of your family. Although I never met Jeremy, I know from all that Timothy ever had to say of him that he was a wonderful, brother, son, and person. You raised three fine young men and I hope that you can find some peace in knowing that your son is a hero because he was raised in a God serving and loving home. Please keep in touch it has been too long since I have heard from you and tell Timothy that he always has a friend. My email is sdstribling@hotmail.com

With love and prayers
Sierra Stribling of Slidell, LA

"this is to family of Jeremy Drexler, i have just recieved the hero bracelet with your sons name on it , if you are interested in me sending it to you please contact me at charlenehinojosa@yahoo.com... please mention the bracelet"

"Kate Allison:
If you want some photos of Him, let me know. Send me a address or e-mail.
Mother of Jeremy cocacolagal7@aol.com"
Debbie Drexler of Berryton Ks

"My name is Kate, and I'm 16 years old. As a way to honor the fallen and support the families they left behind, myself and my family each purchased a bracelet with someone's name, position, and date on it. My bracelet has Jeremy's name on it.
I recieved it today, and for the past hour, I've been looking for his story, so I could tell anyone who wanted to know who the man on my bracelet was, and what became of him.
I've learned that he was a great guy, with a great personality, and he made a great sacrifice. I never met him personally, but he feels like a friend, and I wish I could have known him.

I send my prayers and my love to his family and friends. And I want you to know that someone out there is telling his story to everyone who asks about the name on my bracelet. This way, he will live forever, as long as he is remembered and loved."
Kate Allison of Kansas City, Missouri



"every soldier deserves my arm and legs and the shirt off my bak u all r doing very good things in iraq and the iraqi children and people thank u the ones that dont shall die in hell every nfl player should donate 50,000 dollars 2 all the troops 2 show there thanks"
buddy of spokane,washington,usa

As I sat here tonight and write this to you and your family, my heart is breaking. I too lost a son Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger, Jr. on June 6, 2003. I miss him so much, but I know he is in heaven. Thank you so much for raising such a fine young man as your son. He will never be forgotten ever. I too have 2 sons left and wouldnt know what to do without them. If you need to talk please email me at wbollinger4@hotmail.com. I hope I can help some.My son would had been 22 this last April 2nd. He was born in 1982."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

"Daer Mrs. Drexler,
I'm very sorry that your son died. I
hope you will do just fine with out him.
Chandler Hull"
Chandler Hull of Coppell,Texas,U.S.A


Hi, my name is Kim Smith (mother of fallen hero Pvt. Robert L. Frantz) and I wanted to say that I read your message on the main page about sending care packages. I so agree with you! Last year, I did a care package drive on Veteran's Day and all total was able to send over 65 boxes to troops in Iraq. Several other moms have done this as well. If you ever need an ear, please don't hesitate to contact me. I, too, have walked the same path. Take care and God bless you and your family always...our son's are safe in Heaven's hands. (email: OhItsKim@aol.com)"
Kim Smith of San Antonio, Texas

"Mrs. Drexler,
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I too feel that same loss as I lost my middle son Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger, Jr. in Iraq in Al-Kut. He was 21 yrs old. It has been over a year now. I lost him on June 6,2003. I still miss him so much. It will get easier in time. If I havent experienced this hurt and pain, I promise I would never tell you that, but I do and I can tell you that it will get better. May God bless you and your family and keep your other sons safe. My son was a Seabee stationed at Gulfport, Mississippi."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

"I offer my honor of your sacrafice. I pray that your family and friends have the strength to face each new day without you. You are a hero to us all but we would rather have held onto you longer."
Pete Daniels of Independence, KS

"Matthew Sloop and SSG James Jones:
I have written to you but I am not sure that you got your letters. The letter for Sloop was returned to me. I hope you are OK. I would love to hear from you again."
Debbie Drexler of Berryton KS.

"ma'am my name is SSG Jones,James but please call me James I was your sons Squad Leader since before leaving Ft Hood. I have a few pictures I would like to send you but they are Digital I will give you my E-mail address and so you can write me giving me yours. I will answer any questions that I know you do have to set your mind at ease. Your son was a brother to everyone in our squad, no matter how bad anyone was feeling he could always make us laugh and start to feel better we all miss him very much and am sorry for your loss.
James Jones
James Jones of Baghdad

"I would love to hear about Jeremy while he was in IRAQ. And would really love to have copies of any photos of him and his soldier buddies. I am his mother and I am really hurting over this loss. He was 1/3 of my entire soul. I have two other sons in the Military and I am just as proud of them too. Please leave a message."
Drexler of Topeka

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

"To Pv2 Drexler's family and friends...
I was there with your son that tragic nite, just before we rolled out on the ill fated patroal, i think you all should know that he was the same as always, he was just bein himself, tryin to make the rest of us laugh when all we wanted to do was get off work and go to sleep... i don't know what kind of solace this may offer, but we caught the five cowards responsable for planting the devise that took your son, and one of my best friends away... my prayers are with you...
Pv2 McDonell Martin C.
Martin C. McDonell of Bahgdad, Iraq

"Your son has given the greatest gift he could give to his country--his life. I am sure he wanted to live and have a normal life but he chose to be one of the brave and to take his chance in life in the name of freedom.

I know my words or his death give you no solace but I just wanted to let you know how deep my sorrow is for your loss but how very proud I am to say "Well done Jeremy". I wish I had known him personally."
Gloria Travaille of Wichita, Kansas

"To Jeremy'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 his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"

"To Jeremy's Family,
Our prayers are with you we know the loss you have had, we to lost our son in Iraq. They are true heros and will be missed every day.
Parents of AJ Vandayburg"
Allen and Chantil Vandayburg of Mansfield Ohio

"To Jeremy'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

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Jeremy will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Jeremy Drexler, 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 Pvt. Jeremy Drexler:
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 Jeremy 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 Pvt. Jeremy Drexler:
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 Jeremy, 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