Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Christian P. Engeldrum

39, of Bronx, New York.
Engeldrum died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York, New York. Died on November 29, 2004.

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"My greatest sympathy to the family and friends of Christian. I had the privilege of serving in his team for the short time in combat before that fateful day. He was without a doubt a great Sergeant. His outstanding leadership, dry wit, and solid personality truly were the bonding force of the team. He will always be remembered and always be missed."
SSG Roger B. Rees of Panama City, FL

"I first learned of the incredible service of Chris Engeldrum on the evening of his internment in ANC. I was assigned to The Old Guard, and had the honor of carrying him to his final resting place. I will never forget standing there solemnly, folding the flag over his casket, holding back tears as I stood directly across from his beautiful (pregnant) wife and two brave sons. As we marched away from the grave site, the entire casket team stopped and listened as Amazing Grace was played on the pipes. I still remember that moment.

Exactly one year later, I was working as a Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier when members of Chris's firehouse came to lay a wreath in his honor. By coincidence I was the Guard assigned to lay this wreath. I spoke briefly with his group of friends and was given a tee-shirt they had printed in his memory. That shirt still hangs in my closet, and will stay there forever as a reminder of a great man.

I feel a special connection to Chirs Engeldrum despite never knowing him. I wore a KIA bracelet in his honor until I needed the space on my wrist for a close friend. His story and the way in which I was exposed to it, touched me deeply.

RIP Chris."
Adam Joseph Nemon of Chicago, Illinois

"”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 1,660 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

"Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. God bless your family and watch over them."
A 69th Friend of NY

"November 9, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Christian P. Engeldrum:
Christian 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

"Chris, Miss you man, from going thru the police academy and working in the 47th PCT and serving in the 1/105th Inf with you, I'll never forget you.
Rest in peace, you'll always be with us.
AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY!!"
jeff of ny

"Please know that your son will not be forgotten-- today is july 28 2008 and sorry to say I am just learning of his fate. he is the definition of hero. I am so sorry for the loss - I pray his loved ones can find some comfort in knowing that he will be remembered.
Rest in peace."

"THERE ISN'T A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I'M NOT REMINDED OF THAT DAY. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED, AND AS YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW I MAKE THIS PROMISE TO YOU. I WILL FOR AS LONG AS I LIVE, MAKE SURE YOUR BABY GIRL IS TAKEN CARE OF. I KNOW YOUR SONS WILL BE ALRIGHT, BUT I WILL BE THER IF THEY NEED ANYTHING. I WILL ALSO MAKE SURE YOUR WIFE (MY SISTER) IS PROTECTED. I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND GAVE FOR OUR COUNRTY, AND I WILL MAKE SURE NO ONE ELSE DOES. ---"NEVER FORGET NEVER FORGIVE"!!!!---"
JOHN DONOHUE JR. of NEW YORK CITY

"THERE ISN'T A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I'M NOT REMINDED OF THAT DAY. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED, AND AS YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW I MAKE THIS PROMISE TO YOU. I WILL FOR AS LONG AS I LIVE, MAKE SURE YOUR BABY GIRL IS TAKEN CARE OF. I KNOW YOUR SONS WILL BE ALRIGHT, BUT I WILL BE THER IF THEY NEED ANYTHING. I WILL ALSO MAKE SURE YOUR WIFE (MY SISTER) IS PROTECTED. I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND GAVE FOR OUR COUNRTY, AND I WILL MAKE SURE NO ONE ELSE DOES. ---"NEVER FORGET NEVER FORGIVE"!!!!---"
JOHN DONOHUE JR. of NEW YORK CITY

"I served with SSG McNaughton, the NYPD officer killed in Iraq. Two years ago, SGT Engeldrum's uncle did some electrical work in my house. I never met SGT Engeldrum even though his firehouse isn't too far from my house. I'll think of you every time I think of SSG McNaughton. I appreciate both of your service."
Louis Menchise of Bronx, New York

"As a former firefighter and now active duty Army, Christian is the example of how I wish to lead my life. Although I never met him, I wear his name everywhere I go on a KIA bracelet around my wrist. He is a true Hero."
Doug of West Point, NY

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
Esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, NY

"You are missed everyday by your family. Your picture on my book mark makes me see your face daily and makes me say a prayer for you and the whole family. I miss you and so do my children. Always your Aunt"
Aunt Marta of Pittsburgh, PA

"Dear Sharon, Growing up with Chris during young adulthood was a terrific time in my life. The entire Engeldrum family was wonderful to me, and I valued Chris' friendship. I knew he was destined for something good and when he joined the Army and then the FDNY, I knew he was doing what he believed in - more than most of us could say. Unfortunately, his good deeds for this country and for all of us resulted in a tragic loss.

I will never forget him. Some of the guys from the Bronx are traveling to Washington DC and hope to be able to visit his grave in June to pay our respect to him.

We must be strong in order to defeat those who wish us to be exterminated. Support our troops!"
Greg Barry of Long Island, NY

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"Chris
It's been one year since you left us. I think of you everyday. I miss you and will love you always."
Aunt Fee of Centerport,New York

"To Sharon and Phil, and to the kids, I offfer my support and sympathy. To Chris, I miss you man. Chris was a good guy and a good friend."
John Byrnes of New York NY

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JULIA of SEACYAN

"I wish to thank all of you that believe America is the BEST place and we are a nation of Warriors and not wimps.

If my son's name is on a cross, at the behest of the lunatic lady, who is hasseling President Bush, I would like to take a staple gun to her and let her carry the cross!

My son went because he wanted to go. He lived and died as a true warrior.

Sure the meek will inherit the earth, but so soon because of the biased Liberal Media Cabal that controls the news in our country?

Sometimes you just have to have the balls to do what is right.

President Bush, where are the heavy armor and the big bombers to wipe out these sand fleas?

Do I care about reading a license plate from outer space and we can't find IED's?

I'd go to the Pentagon and do some serious butt kicking. Cowboy boots are made for that!

Phil Engeldrum, father of Christian and a very moderate man? 26 AUG 05

Phil."
Phil Engeldrum of Las Cruces, NM

"one of my best friends we loved you suzanne & family"
suzanne bowlan of ventura ca USA

"one of my best friends we loved you suzanne & family"
suzanne bowlan of ventura ca USA

"Tears come to my eyes reading these messages.....Christian was my cousin, he is missed dearly. It is now June. His new baby daughter has arrived just last week, as she grows, she will know what a great man her daddy was."
JD of bronx, ny

"To the family of Christian P. Rngeldrum I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church Rev. John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015"
Poiiy Ballew of Covington Ga. U S A

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

"Sgt. Engeldrum was my Squad leader in 2nd Platoon. Initially I was his driver and got to him well, when we got to Baghdad Spc. Urbina asked him to be his driver and Sgt. engeldrum made the change. I miss the conversations we had about the war and everything in general, about his childhood and the reasons why he moved back to New York, your father is really superb. I remember when the whole platoon started making fun of us b/c we were reading romance novels. I really miss him."
RV of Bronx, NY

"I just read your story in Reader's Digest February 2005 RD Update. I want to thank you. Thank you for doing what I am medically unable to do. I was disqualified for medical reasons. My wrist was broken in High School and the doctors at MEPS, said it was not healed enough. I love you and pray for your comfort and healing. Please know how much I appreciate Christian's service, and it is not for nothing!!! Thank you.

I would love to speak to Mr. Phil, as I see he is also from New Mexico. GOD bless and keep you all."
Shawn Miller of Portales, New Mexico USA

"I appreciate all the kind words that have been written about my son.

He was in Iraq because he wanted to fight there so his children would not have to fight on the streets of NYC.

He had been a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne for 5 years and served in the first Gulf War and got a Combat Infantry Badge and numerous other decorations.

As a fireman, he did not have to go as NY is still a prime terrorist target.

9/11 had a profound impact on him and he found it intolerable that his city could be attacked.

He lived with gusto.

His death was a fluke as his Humvee was blown up by about 300 pounds of explosives.

A fellow firefman, Dan Swift, was a medic and tried his best to help. Swift was injured and may God bless him for his efforts to take care of his pals.

Swift should get some praise for doing his job under terrible conditions.

My son had no chance to fight at the time of his death as the booby trap was very effective and he and his driver were killed instantly.

When are we going to let the Air Force deliver some serious dumb bombs to show these animals that we are not there to lose?

I would hate to think we would pull out due to liberal media bias and that my son's death was in vain.

Again, thank you for your kind words, prayers and best wishes.

Phil Engeldrum"
Phil Engeldrum of Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

"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

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

"To the Engeldrum family from the Wahl Family. Our heart and prays are with you and Christian. we are deeply sadden by your lost. Christian truely, has touched many many lives. From neighbor's, friends, his firefighters family, his military family and of course his own family. America should be very thankful. That Christian and the thousands of others serving our great country! These are the elite of all Americans. Fully understanding the risk of life. An always doing for others. Christian as some many others not only enjoyed life. Are HEROES! God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"Thank you Christian Engeldrum, 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. Christian Engeldrum:
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 Christian 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. Christian Engeldrum:
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 Christian, 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