Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CW4 John W. Engeman

45, of East North Port, New York.
Engeman died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 312th Training Support Battalion, 4th Brigade, 78th Division (Training Support), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on May 14, 2006.

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"Chief,
It's been 6 yrs and I still remember how we were joking and laughing in Salman Pak before we rolled out. I still have the picture of us having chow on the hood of the HUMMVV before we had to roll out on a patrol.

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you & Bob.

God Speed Chief!!!

Panther-08 "Doc""
SFC Mario A. Gonzalez of Colorado

"Still hard to believe. A good man gone too soon. Blessings and farewell"
Rob Lusk of Raleigh, NC

"John you were remembered this Memorial day..by me, The American Legion..Bloomington, VFW West Chicago and the Aurora Sportsmans Club..."
Roger Golden of Hoffman Estates, Ill..25May 2009

"Hi Donna, Patrick, Niki,
I want to express my deepest regret in learning of John's passing in Iraq. I am proud to say that I served with him and Donna at HHC 3rd INF DIV motor pool "Wurzburg, Germany". Men like John and his family should be honored for the sacrifice that all of you have made protecting our country from its enemies. I was honored to call you both my friends. GOD BLESS YOU March 17th 2009"
Roger W. Golden of Hoffman Estates, IL. USA

"Donna, although I hadn't had contact with you or JB ( yes, still how I think of him) I always look back at our years in Wurzburg as some of the best years of my life. I just learned today that John was killed and I feel like I lost a long lost relative. I am so sorry for your loss and your families loss. Words can't descibe how I feel. I will be at Arlington next year and will be sure to visit John's memorial. Take care Donna"
Dean Melvin of Coal City, Illinois

"June 3, 2008
To the family of CW4 John W. Engeman:
John 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 Chief Engeman, not a day goes by that I don't think of him and what his loss must mean to you. I remember him as a good man, a consummate professional, and a stalwart friend. You are all in my prayers."
MAJ E.M. Franks of Schofield Bks, Hawaii

"Donna, Patrick and Nikki

My Deepest Sympathy. When we were both NCOIC's on the Vilseck Fielding Teams and both applied for Warrant Officer Course and got selected. John looking me up when I arrived at Ft Rucker to start the course, his actions and professionalism, these are the things that made John very special to me. He always looking out for this friends and help them whenever he could. While we were at the advance course we celebrated my 20 years in the army by playing pool and talking about the good times in Vilseck and talked about meeting up again in Germany. You were already on assignment and I quickly made plans with branch to head that way. John always made positive impacts on everyone and I was determined to hold up to my word. Seeing your family and how the kids had grown with plans they had for college and life really impressed me. The proud parents that had instilled greatest in there kids.
Iím heading back to Graf/Vilseck in the next few months and the memories that off the good times that were shared by both out families will be revisited by me. My best wishes and please drop me a line if there is something that I could do for you.

phillips.montgomery@us.army.mil"
CW4 Phillips C. Montgomery of Ft Hood Tx.

"John,
I will always remember you as a man with a passion for his craft as an actor. Few people throw themselves into their roles with such gusto and dedication as you did. It was an honor to share the stage with you time after time in Vilseck, and I am eternally grateful for all the fun and laughs you brought with you. Rest in peace and God bless."
Danielle Shirar of Tucson, Arizona

"John,
I will always remember you as a man with a passion for his craft as an actor. Few people throw themselves into their roles with such gusto and dedication as you did. It was an honor to share the stage with you time after time in Vilseck, and I am eternally grateful for all the fun and laughs you brought with you. Rest in piece and God bless."
Danielle Shirar of Tucson, Arizona

"To the family of:John W Engeman 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"

"Donna, I met you in the gym at the Staff College yesterday. If you need anything at all, do not hesitate to contact my wife, Monique, or I at the phone numbers I gave you. You are a strong person."
Byron of Norfolk, VA

"I was deeply saddened to only recently learn of John's passing after visiting the Theater named in his honor in Northport. John and I where friends and attended grammar school and high school together. As most of us do we went our seperate ways but I have some very fun memories of a friend that you could truley consider a "loyal" friend. My prayers and thanks go out to all the members of his family for his service to our country."
Bob Young of Scarsdale, NY

"John, I only had the pleasure of knowing you a brief moment when you stopped in my office to ask me a question. However, it matters not how long I knew you for me to have been affected with the announcement of your death. There was deep saddness among the members of your team. You will not be forgetten and nor will your sacrifice. God bless you. To John's family: May the Lord bless you and keep you all. We will continue to fight in his honor now and until our final day."
CPT Rachael L. O'Connell of US Army

"Fr. Ed Seagriff spoke of John at his Mass today. I just want you to know that my family is praying for you and your family, as well as those who knew him and loved him. How do I say thank you for the sacrifice you have endured on our behalf? May the Holy Spirit fill you with a new Peace that helps you to know John's love for you and for those of us in his country that he didn't even know. On behalf of the them, I thank John for his dedication to us."
Barry Champney of Our Lady of Lourdes, Massapequa Park, NY, USA

"To the family and friends of CW4 John Engeman:
While I don't know you personally, I just wanted to pass along my thoughts and prayers. I graduated from Holy Family High School (South Huntington, NY) - Class of 1984 - "Last of the Chargers". I believe Mr. Engeman is a fellow graduate. While all the service men and women are never far from my mind, knowing that one of my fellow Chargers served, and sacrificed for me, makes it that more personal. God bless you always."
Alison Roth of Commack, NY, USA

"May God be with you.
He [our Lord Jesus] died for us so that, whether we are awake in this life or asleep in death, we will live together with Him. Ė1 Thessalonians 5:10"
CH Mark & Susan. Moss of Fort Jackson, S.C.

"Donna,
I just want you to know that I am always here for you. You are now my sister. We have shared so much pain and tears and memories of Bobby and John. They were a hoot together. Bobby love those biscuits that you made for him. Thank you again for being there for me. I will always be here for you no matter what. Are husbands are HEROS. Love you bunches"
Jeannie West of Arvada, Colorado

"JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU AND KEEPING YOU IN OUR PRAYERS.JOHN WAS SUCH GREAT MAN, AND WE THANK HIM SO MUCH FOR HIS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY.HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.WE MISS YOU SO MUCH!THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU.WE WILL ALWAYS TREASURE YOUR FRIENDSHIP.YOU JUST DON'T MEET PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND JOHN ANYMORE.YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE ALWAYS WELCOME HERE. IF NIKKI EVER NEEDS ANYTHING WE ARE A PHONE CALL AWAY. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON."
BRENT,LISA,KAILEE,AND TRACE HATFIELD of PRINCETON,WV

"Donna, I was home on R & R when we heard the news of Johnís passing. Zenia and my deepest sympathy go with you and your family. We also want to thank you and yours for all the happiness and laughter that you and John provided to our family. I can remember teasing John about Nikki wanting a special ear ring. I can also remember all the hamburger flipping that John, Dale, Mary, Nikki, Nikolaj, you and I did at the softball tournaments there in Graf and Vilseck. I thought if I ever grilled another hamburger Iíd scream. We did this to establish our own local Warrant Officer Chapter scholarship fund. We could never have accomplished this feat if it hadnít been for the Engeman family. Well, I have to tell you Donna, Nikolaj and I are truly thrilled that Nikolaj was blessed this year with a scholarship from the Warrant Officer Association in Johnís name. It is truly an honor to be associated with the name of such an outstanding Warrant Officer, soldier, hero, and friend. Take care and God bless!"
Bill, Zenia, Nikolaj & Yannik Roell of Ft Leonard Wood, MO

"Donna, we wish you and your family the best in starting anew. We know John is proud of you. Our prayers go with you in your new job. We will honor and remember this man with the wonderful smile. Please feel free to let us know how you are doing. I shall always think of you when I see the stone, I will take it with me to the stem cell transplant I am to have soon. God Bless. tesisk@sunlitsurf.com Your friends in West Virginia."
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"Donna,
I remember all the good times drinking good ole German beer at our BBQs in Grafenwohr. Chris, (LTC Chris Moser-Fink) attended John's Memorial at Arlington. I wish I could have been there. If in the area, our door is always open."
Kim M. Fink of Bel Air, MD

"We miss you Chief and won't forget you."
of Iraq

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

"Donna,

Elizabeth and I are both sadden to hear the news about John. I will always remember him fondly for his kindness and the constant invitations to join your family for dinner while stationed in Vilsek. Your familiesí warmth and openness made the tour much more enjoyable. If there is anything you think Elizabeth and I can do for you, please let us know.

Deepest Sympathy,"
John & Elizabeth Robison of Waxhaw, NC

"To All:
Hi there, this is Nikki, John's daughter...I just wanted to send a thank you out to everyone who has posted something about my daddy. It means so much to my family and I to read these messages and know that my daddy will be missed by many more than just his family. So, thank you all SOO much for your kind words, thought, and prayers, we could not go through this with out everyone's support."
Nikki Engeman of Princeton, WV

"To Donna and all of John's family, we know this is a time of pain. Our family extends to you our felt prayers, for comfort. As West Virginians we thank him for coming here for a short while, then going to Iraq when he didn't have to. A true hero who served his country with courage, pride, love and the supreme sacrifice. He gave all. And for that we say Thank you John. May you rest with God now. Proud grandparents of LCpl Juston Thacker Afghanistan, 6/24/04. Please feel free to contact us at justonthacker@sunlitsurf.com"
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"Thank you John Engeman, 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 CW4 John Engeman:
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 John 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 CW4 John Engeman:
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 John, 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