Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. David Evans, Jr.

18, of Buffalo, New York.
Evans was killed in an explosion at a facility which contained Iraqi ammunition in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq. Evans and another soldier were performing security at the site when their steel shelter collapsed during the initial explosion. The rest of the squad returned after the first explosion and extracted the other soldier, but Pvt. Evans remains could not be located until several hours later. Evans was assigned to the 977th Military Police Company, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on May 25, 2003.

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"David, I still remember your parents calling to wish you a happy birthday when you turned 18 in basic training. Our drill sergeant was in shocked. You were always smiling. Rest in Peace brother, 4th Plt Junk Yard Dogs, B Co. 795th MP BN."
Kenneth L. Hennig of Houston, tx

"David,
On today, the 13th anniversary of your death which is also Memorial Day I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Found this site while remembering my army days. I'll never forget the radio call informing me of your death. And the horrible feeling of having to inform the commander. Such a had time for our company. You are missed daily!"
Danay "Williams" Parker of Westminster, Colorado

"Tonight I saw that your child left a message, and it both excited me and brought back days long passed over. It may seem very strange to offer and in truth I am uncertain what I could ever provide for your child, yet I forever extend my hand to the Evans family. I would someday very much enjoy taking a walk with your child and if nothing else enjoy the beauty of the world that David always wore on his face and to remind you that you are not alone, nor am I. God bless..."
Council Rogers of Peterborough, NH

"david was my dad I loved him and I hope he is in heaven"
His son

"David,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Today, as I reflect back on this day, ten years ago, I remember it like it were happening as I type this. But, to share something that i remember is, the night before. We, the 3rd Plt of 977th mp co "the blacksheep". We were sitting around compound "get some", and the question was asked for all of use was, When we get home after this deployment, what will we do? Everyone said things along the lines of going visit their families. When it got to PFC Evans' turn, we said "that he would love to go home and see his child for the first time." a couple of hours later, SSG Wagner & team rolled out to the A.S.P. (ammo supply point) awaiting EOD to come and destroy the munitions that was on that compound. @ approximately 0900 Iraqi time, I went to church services, and the pastor comes in and states that before we start service he would like to say a prayer for the soldiers that had gotten injured in the 3/977 that were in the explosion. I ran out of service to go see if SSG Rudd knew about the news. Which he was not fully informed of the situation. He then ordered myself and SPC Brush to go get the Humvee ready for us to go out and search for our missing soldiers. cause at the time Hathaway, Shaver and Evans were the soldiers missing. En rout to the A.S.P. we here that Shaver was the soldier heading to the base medical hospital with critical injuries. Once our truck arrived at the A.S.P., we hear that SPC Hathaway was safe with some marines or something to that effect. SSG Rudd asked the crew in the truck, who wants to go in and who wants to stay behind? The whole crew said hands down, let's go in. We searched for Evans from around 0930-1730. while the A.S.P. was still going up with explosions. at around 1730 is when we found Evans. We, the blacksheep, were devastated to hear the news of our fallen soldier. Now that i look back on all of this, and i look down at my watch, i see that this is the time we were all as a platoon was ordered to stand down for the lost of Evans. I would like to send my deepest condolences to the Evans family. Your soldier, son, father, friend has never been forgotten by me. David was a good man, and all he wanted to do was to come home to his child. I just pray that David's child is doing ok. To PFC David Evans, brother, you are always in my prayers and i dream of the day that we will meet again. Rest in peace."
SPC Bourque, Dwayne of Topeka, Ks 66617

"Dear Family & Friends:

It has taken me 9 years to finally leave a post on this site I so blindly stumbled upon on a lonely night. I was the NCOIC Medic for the 977th when we lost David. Sometimes I wonder if it was all a dream, those who severed understand & the family and friends certainly do. The day before this event I gave David ice cream while on patrol, I still remember his ever present smile as he sat in the turret and ate. That moment was etched into my memory immediately due to his smile and brotherly like character. I wish I could have done more, please feel free to contact me if you are his direct family. On a personal level I did not know him well enough and have no secrets to tell. But I will offer what I can, an ear and few small stories. David looked forward to being a father, be very proud of your father I hope I am half the man he is. Forever in your service and gratitude to the Evans family. Councilrogers@yahoo.com"
Doc Rogers, Council of Jaffrey, NH

"Me and my family would like to thank everyone for their sweet, sincere, and kind words/love and all of the prays. Im one of his little sisters and not a day go by that I don't miss him, its been 6 yrs since he's gone and it still hurt to know I can't call him on the phone or see his face all I have is memories and photos ( which bring tears to my eyes) but I know I will see him again someday. Thank You everyone may god bless you and your love ones!!!"
Tiffany Evans of Buffalo, NY

"I was in David's Unit when he pasted away, although we were in different platoons, he always made me smile just because he was always smiling. No matter how long the hours he just worked, he had that smile on his face. I think about him everyday and its especially hard on the times when i go back to Niagara Falls, Evans your missed down here and your neveer been forgotten. God bless your family and your girlfriend."
SGT Randolph, Christopher of Schofield Barracks, HI

"To the family of:David Evans,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"

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Pvt. 2 David Evans, Jr.:
David 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

"David,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Whats good homeboy? I was just a little freshman when you joined our cross-country team. When I met you, As I got to know you I looked up to you as a brother. May 27, 2003 was the worst day of my life. I got arrested and after my parents picked me up my mom had me go into the store to get her a newspaper, and when I saw that front page I burst into tears and a piece of my heart was gone forever. May you rest in peace. I LOVE YOU BABYBOY.


Chris"
Christian Washington (Cpl. USMC) c/o 2005 of Buffalo, NY

""I wish to extend my condolences and gratitude to David Evans, Jr., his family and his friends. As a Veteran, I am truly moved by the courage and ultimate sacrifice David and his colleagues have made for their country.""
Jeffrey Gates, USN Veteran of Buffalo, NY

"Dear Family of David Evans, Jr.,

It's very sad that your son had to die at such a very young age. I'm very sad to hear about it and I can't possibly imagine what you guys are going through. I want you to know that you have my deepest condolences and I hope that you all are doing better."
Lillian Lewis of Jackson, Mississippi

"I am David's Older Brother, Steven, I would like to thank you all for you kind words for my lil bro. When I left to join the Army after I finish high school I never really knew how much Dave looked up to me until, my mom told me he used to wear my uniforms when I would come home to visit. To be honest I still shed a tear when I think about my baby brother. I used to joke with Dave all the time no matter how old he got or how tall he was, he was still my little (baby) brother.

Thank you all.

Steven Owens
96B/297th MI BDE
"Black Knights""
Steven Owens of Tampa, FL

"Hi David,
It's your fifth grade teacher on January 1, 2007. Last night was New Years Eve and upon waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square via the television, I was watching the local news when a tribute was given to the fallen heros of the war. I was deeply saddened to see you were among them. You are a hero to your country and to me. I have told many people David stories and the joy you brought to our classroom and me. You were special to me and I always knew you would be great. You were born gifted with great potential and I only regret that you didn't live longer to continue to bless those around you. My heart is deeply saddened. I truly did love being your teacher and I will continue to carry you in my heart. God wanted you to grace Him with your prescence. You are special and missed. Enjoy Heaven. You deserved blessings for you were a blessing to all who came in contact with you."
Michelle Desotelle of Williamsville, New York

"Dear family of David,

It has been about 3 years since David has passed. I didn't know him very well, but we did hang out a bit and played basketball together at the gym. Your son was an outstanding soldier and human being. I know that it must still be hard for you at times. I was one of the ones who was out that day looking for David and I must say that we covered just about every square inch of that country looking for him. At least that's what it felt like. I still have trouble dealing with that day, but my wife is helping through it. I have just recently ended a second tour in Iraq and the only thing that I can think of to honor David is by doing my job as best I can and to train soldiers to the best of my ability so that mistakes are not made. I'm not sure if you know this but they put a cross up in honor of David in Junction City, KS. I have visited it a few times. I only wish I could have been at his funeral to meet you all and to tell you how deeply sorry I am for your loss. I thank you for your son's service and I will remember him always as he was, a great soldier, friend and American."
SPC Brown, James of Ft. Riley, KS

"David,
I miss you homie, i still have your pictures on my wall, i remember us living in the barracks together.... I know you are in a better place. I love you like a brother."
Sgt. Matthew Carter Detroit Police Dpt. of Detroit Michigan

"David...i miss you everyday. You were like a brother to me and always put a smile on my face when i was having rough times on the deployment.Im on my third deployment to Iraq and going strong because of you. I dont know where i would be in life if i had not known you. You made me a better and stronger person. I will never forget you. My deepest condolences."
SPC Rivera, Christopher 204th MP Co. of Fort Polk, LA

"To all who read this know that David Evans Jr was not only an outstanding soldier, but a great human being.He would put a smile on your face whether you wanted to smile or not. He was a great kid. All that I think about is that day and the night before when I talked to him about his pregnant "girl" at home. My wife was pregnant too and we talked for a couple of hours it seemed about getting home to see our kids. Or the morning that I had just gone to sleep after working patrol all night and him waking me up asking for a hair cut with that crazy almost puppy dog like smile and laugh.The thing that cuts you as an experienced soldier like a razor is that you wish that you could just inject the knowledge in to these kids and make them know, but you can't all you can do is teach it and hope they learn. When they get hurt it is like you let them down. To the family I want you to know that David was lost at around 830am iraq time and we, and I mean "we" it seemed like the whole army was there, but at least the platoon and part of the company and battalion searched unrelenting until myself and ssg rudd found him that evening at 530pm. I myself went in to that exploding hell too many times to count looking for him,and the platoon even disobeyed a direct order from the battalion commander not to go back in, but the thought was only to find him and get him home. I am truly sorry that we could not bring him home alive for you folks, but as with everything I hope the pain of this will at least lessen with time. David was an exceptional person, not just saying that, he really was one person I would have expected to see excel very quickly in the Army and in life. Thank you for your sacrifice David. My beautiful daughter is now two."
Matt Trentham of Former Sgt/ 977th MP CO

"I just saw your photo in the New York Times website today. I am sorry you had to die so young. I hope that your family always remembers you with love and affection, and I hope that you remembered them as such in your final moments. God bless you and your family."
Scott of Brooklyn

"TO THE EVANS FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY! OUR HEARTS AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU! DAVID THANK YOU FOR NSERVING OUR COUNTRY AND A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. NEITHER OF YOU KNEW ONE ANOTHER. STILL YOU BOTH HAD EACH OTHER'S BACK! THAT ALWAYS A COMFORT TO ME. I DIDN'T HAVE TO WORRY SO MUCH. NOW BOTH OF YOU ARE TOGETHER! DAVID YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN! NEXT VISIT WITH GREG AT PINELAWN NATIONAL IN FARMINGDALE, LONG ISLAND, N.Y. I'LL TELL GREG, I'M STILL DOING EVERYTHING HE TOLD ME. AN THAT I WILL KEEP MY PROMISE YOU ALL WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN EVER,"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"All I can say is we have another warrior in heaven to be our Guardian Angel. Evans is still smiling from heaven, as he rests with all the other angels. To his family I say, I'm sorry. If Evans meant so much to us that knew for only a short time. I can't imagine how much he meant to you. However, rest in the comfort that you will all meet again in a better place."
James Hogue of Gardner, KS

"Your smile that is all I think about when i hear the name David Evens. You were the funnest guy in basic training. You only slept two racks over from me. You are a Hero and I miss you very much I think about you all the time. You will be missed. The JUNK YARD DOGS WILL NEVER FORGET YOU !!!!!!!!!!"
PFC Jason A. Hess of 320th MP CO (CS) St. Pete, Fl

"Any word of appreciation that I could compose for the sacrifice that David Evans made for his country (and in essence for my friends and family) could never be adequate. I trust that his son, David Kevonta will grow to learn of his fathers bravery, and the deep appreciation that people such as myself have for his father. I wear a bracelet with Pvt. Evan’s name printed upon it from herobracelets.org as a constant reminder of how sorry I am for his loss, and how lucky I am as an American that someone as incredibly brave as David Evans Jr. was born. I’m a 43 year old engineer living in Massachusetts, and a father of an 11 year old son. When my son asked me about the bracelet I’m wearing…and who David Evans Jr. was…I told him the truth: David Evans Jr. was a hero. A true hero of whom I am unworthy to relate. Private Evans life was not lost in vain as long as there are people like me in the world (and you should know that there are many) who grieve for David, but believe that he is a hero in Gods hands and comfort.
There is no question in my mind that his sacrifice was important, and that he will live forever."
Steve Walker of Oxford, MA

"This brave soldier gave it all so we may enjoy this wondeful country. For this we must never forget what he did for us all. David, as I raise my flag daily, you will be thought of. Thank you. From a very grateful American family. God Bless you."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"I didn't know David but he is greatly missed, I lost my brother-in law in November 2003.We love you and you are deeply missed."
Antoinette Brooks of Stone Mountain, Georgia

"Two many days have gone by that I have not been able to hear your voice. You smile has yet still been embeded in my mind, and while forever remain so. Over this past year, I had been told that things would get easier in grieving of you my friend. But truth be known, that I miss you more so today then I did back when. I didn't think it possible to miss someone so much. It is like that of if I were to feel without the presence of GOD almighty. There is an emptyness, a void, a space that nothing but seeing you again will ever fill. David I still thank God everyday for blessing me to have know you. I thank your mother and father for raising such an awsome and amazing young man. I pray that as you watch down on us all from up in heaven that you continue to know how much you are truely and dearly loved. I love ya David. Always"
Benjamin J. Hathaway of Fort Riley, Kansas/USA

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Pfc Evans its bin awhile since I have talked to you but ,I see you in my dreams frequently. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about you, and what a good soldier that you would've become by now. It's very hard for me since I was your team leader, and I got to know you like a son. Every once in awhile I see your face amongst other people, but then I relize it is not you. I just wish you were here with us right now to talk about the iraqi deployment with us! When I lost you,I lost a piece of my heart and I have not figured out how to deal with it yet. I just hope that you are watching over us right now and saying dont worry about it, because I am in a better place right now!!"
Tomlin, Raymond of milford, kansas

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

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

"David, I knew you briefly and I can not put into words the pride I felt as you walked the Kensington Hs halls with First Sgt. Murphy You were a part of many of my talks after that on goal setting and you still are. As my Marine son prepares to go and my AF bro flies back and foreworth I think of you and your family often. They are in my prayers. You did your job not for politics or oil, but for the goal of a better life off the block and they can't take that away.... As I told you once travel lite and keep God in your thoughts. I now ask God to keep your family safe and for you to keep watch from above on my boy as only a soldier can look after another..."
Shari of Buffalo, NY

"Evans, you were the funniest guy in Basic Training, even though we were all tired and just wanted to sleep you still made us all crack up after lights out every night...that was just you, you cheered everyone up. I am grateful that even though you were leaving for Kuwait in less than a week, you drove like 6 hours to Ft. Leonard Wood unexpectedly and we got a chance to hang out for a day or 2. It never crossed my mind that I would never see you again...and I miss you man. You were so brave and had no reservations about going to war and god bless you for that. I'll never forget you Evans...I'll see you when I get there."
Macniak

"David, I know that you're in a better place right now watching over all of us and protecting us the way that you were doing on earth. You were always the one who brought a smile to my face when i was in a bad mood and one of the people that made my stay at Ken High enjoyable. The picture of us will forever remain on my desk and you will always remain in my heart. Catch you on the flip side hunnie."
Jolynn of Buffalo, NY

"Thank you David Evans, 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

"As a former platoon leader of the mighty 1/977th MP CO I wanted to add my condolences. I left before Evans arrived, but any loss to the 977th family is a loss to me. Professionals with pride. Rest in peace."
Johnston of Sacramento, CA

"TO DAVID FAMILY MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AS HE IS WITH DAVID. DAVID I MISS YOU, YOU KNOW HOW WE DO WE ALWAYS LAUGH TOGTHER AND WE LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER YOU ARE VERY CLOSE TO ME AND ALWAYS REMEBER THAT YOU ARE IN MY HEART ALWAYS I STILL HAVE YOUR PHONE NUMBER IN MY PHONE YOU NO THAT I CAN NOT DELETE IT OR YOUR YAHOO ID I REMEBER THE FUN TIMES THERE WERE NEVER ANY BAD TIMES WITH US AT ALL I REMEBER WHEN YOU WOULD COME OVER AND WE WILL SIT ON THE POURCH AND COMPARE AND CONTRAST BOTH OF OUR SCHOOL'S AND WE WOULD SAY WELL MY SCHOOL IS BETTER THANS YOURS SOUTHPARK AND KESINGTON I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT ALL THE FUN WE HAD TOGTHER I REALLY DO MISS YOU AND WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE WITH ME BUT GOD HAS CALLED YOU AND HAVE BETTER THINGS FOR YOU TO DO. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AND YOU KNOW THAT AND WHAT DO WE ALWAYS SAY IT NOT GOODBYE IT IS C YA LATER I LOVE YOU AND I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN. "IF IT GET TO CROWEDED UP THERE SAY A SET FOR ME" YOU KNOW WERE I GOT THAT FROM BUT I AM GOING TO MAKE IT MY PRIORITY TO GET UP THERE AND SEE YOU AGAIN JUST LIKE YOU MADE IT YOUR PRIORITY TO GET RIGHT WITH GOD SO YOU CAN SIT IN HIS KINGDOM. SO I WILL SEE YA LATER RIP LIL'DAVE"
RACHELLE DAVIS of BUFFALO,NY

"David, man it wasn't that long ago that we graduated together. B795 Hooah! Anytime someone with the last name Evans walks by I just have to smile. Thats something you always brought with you was a smile. I thank you for the encouragement you gave me through training, and I want you to know you're still here with all of us MPs. You are greatly missed."
PFC Hayes, Christopher Mark of Fort Knox, KY/USA

"David we met at Basic/Ait at Ft Leonard Wood I miss you man you always made us laugh even through the rough times and we could always count on your smile. I wont forget you my friend God bless you and your family."
SPC Steven Stone of Umm Quasr Iraq

"To my dearest and bestest friend - Lil Dave

I will always miss and love you for as long as my heart is able to beat. You were the end of my sentences, my body in a paragraph, my one and only who I couldn't be without. I believe we will meet again and it will be like old times. I'll never forget you ever and no matter how long it takes for us to meet again, I will be waiting for you. Love always
Ms. Tesha B.
c/o 2002 Kensington High School"
Jatesha Madden of Buffalo, NY USA

"Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."
CPT Glidewell

"David you were my gunner and will forever be my friend. I will always remember you and the good times we had. You were always able to bring a smile to my face and to all those blessed to be around you. I didn't lose just a soldier, I lost a brother. God Bless you and all you have done"
SPC Benjamin James Hathaway of Ft. Riley, KS./USA

"May God help you find a way to deal with the pain you feel at this time and help you bring forward the wonderful memories you have of David. He is forever in the hearts of the our family and the 977th Military Police Company."
SPC Joshua Lunning, 977th MP Co and family members of Clarks Grove, MN, USA

"May God grant you some kind of peace in the future. On behalf of all the "Black Sheep" of the 3rd platoon, 977th Military Police company now deployed, we offer our condoleces. Godspeed David. See you at the pearly gates."
Sgt Troy Nelson 977th Mp Co, "Black Sheep"and family of Junction City Kansas

"To the family and friends of Pvt. David Evans, 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 David for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on