Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Huey P. L. Fassbender

24, of LaPlace, Louisiana.
Fassbender died in Baghdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device struck his Bradley fighting vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Lafayette, Louisiana. Died on January 6, 2005.

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"Worked at Little Caesars with Huey when he was at Ft. Wainwright. We were both in the Army but in different units. Really cool, funny guy with lots of life advice. Will miss him."
John Pernell of League City

"SPC Fassbender you will be with me always. Soldier On!"
1SG Martin of Onset MA

"It has been 9 1/2 years since you are gone. I miss you so much. I remember many memories with you but one that really sticks out is when I was having what I thought was the worst night of my life. You picked me up and put on music on the jukebox at the bar and twirled me all over the floor and danced all night till I was smiling. That was our last goodbye. I miss you so much and your love for life was bigger than any."
shannon of Laplace la

"To the family of:Huey P.L.Fassbender
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""

"Wishing i would of gotten to know you alot more in boystown before i left. I still have the lil mess u wrote in my yr book in 95. Missing you."
jennifer of liberal, ks

"Thinking about you today buddy, still miss ya, never forgoten my friend."
Justin DeHart of Dead Horse, Alaska

""This Memorial Day 2011 we will honor your service and remember the sacrifice you and others made for us to be free. We will watch as your name is added to the Memorial Wall at the USS Kidd. God Bless You!

Bob and Judy Barnett""

"I was deployed with Fassbender in Saudi Arabia back in 2002. He was a very positive person and I enjoyed many times with him. He will be missed. R.I.P. Huey. GOD BLESS"
SSG SCICLUNA of DALLAS, TX

""Happy Birthday to a true American Hero"
You are loved and missed each day!"
Aunt Shelley of Jefferson, LA

"hey this is hueys brother thanks to all for leaving ur condolences he really was a great person and great brother before a great soldier if any body would like to talk to me email me at briannorra@yahoo.com"
brian norra of USA

"Hey Huey - I always wondered what the P.L. stood for, now I know. I will never forget 6 January 2005, Taji Iraq. You and the other guys will be with me always."
SFC Mike Martin, MAARNG of Onset, MA

"Huey was a great frind of mine . I went to school with him at John Curtis and we became the best of friends. He was always they guy to keep things positive and he was the life of the crowd i miss you alot "hue-ball" you will always live through me in my heart every day untill i see you once again"
Danny Antico of Waggaman, LA

"Well its been about 5 years since the last time i seen you in person, but I can still see your big smile and hear your contagious laugh. I am thankfull for all of the awesome mermories I have of you. You will never be forgoten."
Justin DeHart of Fairbanks alaska

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Huey P.L. Fassbender:
Huey 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

"I went to school with Huey in Boys Town, NE he was a great guy funny, happy and i am going to miss him. thanks a lot Huey for the ultimate sacrifice against the terrorist in this world. Miss you man! :'("
Yheison Bautista of Poughkeepsie, NY

"Huey was my first love & a dear friend. I had the pleasure of a wonderful friendship with him and he will always have a special place in my heart. I am so fortunate to have met him and share sweet memories together."
Special Friend of Louisiana

"To the family of Huey,
I served with Huey in both Alaska as well as Saudi Arabia. My most memorable times with Huey had to be in Saudi when we would hang out in Dhahran when he was on pass from Eskan Village. He enjoyed the water, the sun, the Northwest KLM flight attendants that shared a beach with, but most of all, he enjoyed life. He could always be counted on to bring a smile to your face and turn an OK day into a memorable one with his personality and wit. As SSG Cruz stated earlier, he will always be a person/soldier/friend that people will always remember and NEVER forget. A true sign of his impact on people's life is happening right now, I had no idea what had happened to him all of this time. I just decided to sit down today and try to track down some old friends when I learned of this via this website. Word's cannot describe what a loss this is to our country and his family. To you Fassbender, I say this "Hold down the fort brother, your boy's have some more business to take care of, but, We will be there shortly, once again. Hooah!!!"
SSG Jason M. Pichette of Ione, Wa

"My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Huey and those who will miss him forever. Always rembember that he is now an angel who watches over us. I went to school with Huey and he was the sweetest and funniest person. Always laughing and always into his ROTC life. So I am proud to say that I went and knew him and although he was taken too soon I know we will see him soon. Thank you Huey for the sacrifice you made for all of us no matter what we think of war or this war."
Just a girl who went to school with Huey from the of United States of America

"I WAS FASSBENDER'S MEDIC IN AK. AS A NEW SOLDIER, HE INSTANTLY MADE ME FEEL WELCOME AND ACCEPTED. HE WAS A MAN WITH STRONG HEART AND A PERSONALITY THAT WENT FOR MILES. HE LEFT HIS MARK IN MY LIFE THROUGH SOME GREAT TIMES AND UNFORGETTABLE LAUGHS. HE WILL BE MISSED. THANKS FASS, FOR EVERYTHING BROTHER. SEE YOU AGAIN SOMEDAY. -DOC"
SGT TREY ALBERTSON of FORT POLK , LA

"I served with Huey as his squad leader, in A Company 1-17 at Fort Wainwright. He was a great Soldier and an even better friend you are missed by everyone. To the Fassbender family I am sorry for your loss, Huey is a hero. Feel free to contact me at christopher.bench@us.army.mil"
Christopher Bench of Fort Wainwright, Alaska

"I served with Huey for 3 years in Ft.Wainwright we were in the same platoon, 2cd plt Punishers. Huey was the kind of guy who would go out of his way to help you and make you laugh if he knew you were mad of feeling down. I have not met anyone quite like him and the world be be a little less with out him in it. SEE YOU WHEN I GET THERE."
Justin DeHart of Fairbanks,AK

"He gave his life for the freedoms my family enjoys everyday. Thank you could never say enough. GOD BLESS YOU!"
Bill Paylor of Lutcher, La

"I served for a short time with Huey in Fort Wainwright Alaska. He was a very fun person to be around that always lifted the room when he entered. Although i only knew him for a short time. i will always remember him. Love to his family and friends."
Phil Bowman of Springfield, MO

"To the family of: Huey P. L. Fassbender 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"

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

"huey was a great guy i didnt know him as a military person but i knew him as a friend i miss him"
bobby lankford of loemoore ca

"To the Family of Huey FassbenderIII

Huey was one of the most important people in my life. I met him in NE and instently fell for him. Not a day goes by that I dont think of him and wish that I could have just one more day to see him. He stayed my best friend long after we left Omaha. It has been very difficult to admit to myself that he is gone, I still somtimes go to AIM just to see if by some grace of God he is logged on. I never got a chance to beg for his forgivness after our last fight, and the words we exchanged play over and over in my head. What hurts more then anything is that I dont know if he new how much I cared regardless of what I said. He will live forever in my heart, and there is comfort in knowing that one day we all will see him agian."
Debbi_Walker@hotmail.com of Urbandale, IA USA

"Fassbender was one of the coolest and funiest people I have ever met. We lived on the same floor while stationed in 1-17 INF Alaska. He would always come over and chill out or just "veg out" after a late night. I truly miss those days and will always save some food for you, fassbender. You will be missed. God bless for your scarifice....SFC Pegues, Lloyd"
Lloyd Pegues of Fob Normandy, Iraq

"Huey was one of the first people I met in Alaska. I served with him in Aco 1-17 we were in the same platoon. The first time I met him he got me very drunk because I was the new guy. Huey took care me and squared me away many times. LOVE YA BROTHER!"
Nick Trapp (nick.trapp@us.army.mil) of Fairbanks, AK (Aco 1-17)

"To my loved nephew, that I will never forget. You were always so nice to me when we were together, and I cherish the time we spent together. Everything I do for the rest of my life will make due on the freedom that you have provided all of us, and I will never take that for granted."
Frederick W. Block of Roswell, Ga

"How do you express such sorrow for the greatest person you've ever met. Huey was my bestfriend. Huey was my hero before he became a true hero. I would have given my life so his could continue. Till we meet again my friend."
Holly Rossmoine of Boulder City, Nevada zedhead@earthlink.net

"To Huey's family. I meet him in Alaska. We were in the same Company(Aco 1/17 INF.) I will never forget the day we meet. I was walking down the hall, and Huey made a comment that only someone from New Orleans would know. Come to find out we had grown up in the same city. Kenner, La. We were just 4 years apart from each other. We became friends based on the simple fact that we could relate on certain things. It seems like in the Army when you meet someone that is from the same place you are from, you tend to form a bound. Huey told me that he wanted to attend LSU. I hope he got the chance to. Huey was a great person, I am not saying this because he is no longer here, I am saying this because it is true. My life has change since the day I opened the Army Times up and saw his picture in it. GOD BLESS HUEY P. L. FASSBENDER and his FAMILY.

19992 Surf Lane
Waynesville, Mo 65583
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P.S. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love, The Williams Family"
Derrick Williams of Waynesville, Mo

"A short message to my family - Please, I would love to get in contact with some of you since I have never had the chance to do that while growing up. I want to share my personal sympathy with you privately so if you have the chance you can email me any time at marlowe_michelle@yahoo.com I would love to hear from you, my dad has always told me about Huey's dad (Huey) being a brother to him.... I've only had the chance to see you all once I believe but I would love to get to know you all better. God Bless."
Marlowe Strahan

"To my cousin, and my family in Louisiana... Although I wasn't close with you Huey you are in my thoughts and prayers. To my family, you are in my heart as well and I can't even imagine the pain you have felt since Huey was lost on the 6th of January. I keep in mind that Huey was lost while defending my freedom and all of yours as well and I will be eternally grateful for just that. Please know that even though I never had the chance to be close because I was all the way in the Virgin Islands I always keep my family close to heart and I will never let go of Huey's memory and will be forever thankful for the sacrifices he has made for myself, all of you, and the rest of our country. It becomes a whole different story when you loose your blood, and this is an example of just that. Huey, my cousin,you are gone before I ever had the chance to know what a beautiful person you were, and I regret that we never had the chance to see each other or speak before this awful event. You will be forever missed Huey, loved and forever glorified."
Marlowe Strahan of Harrisonburg, Virginia

"also to the family, this is kind of an extension to my 1st message, you may contact me at any time at pinkypearl24@aol.com, and i will respond, may god bless and i love all u guys"
nicole karpinski of houma, la USA

"Dear Mr. and Mrs Fassbender,
I am James A Cruz I served with your sun when he was stationed in Saudi Arabia, I knew him well, It is a great loss to lose such a great soldier and friend. I had a lot of great times with him while serving with him in saudi and i am deeply sadden to hear of his death. I wish i could say something that would help with the pain, but i know that will not do. So i will say this" Thank you for allowing me to know such a great soldier, and for being able to share a part of his life with me and my family and fellow soldiers" he will be greatly missed but never forgotten, for when i tell my kids of my travels around the world he will be spoke of, for i have lost soldiers also, but none are forgotten. for as long as i breath, his name will be uttered to all i know of what a great soldier and friend he is. Thank for taking the time to read this letter, it comes with great respect and condolencies. Sincerly SSG> James A Cruz. James.a.cruz.lewis.army.mil here is my address if i can help in any way."
James a cruz of Fort Lewis. Wa. 98433

"Dear the Family of Huey Fassbender III:
I'm so sorry for your loss, he will always be a hero to America and always a hero to my heart, my cousin was Sgt. Bradley Bergeron,25 of Chauvin, and i know this is a very tough time to get through right now, but i will always be here for any family of any soldiers that were killed, our boys are always going to be in our prayers and heart, and our true fallen heros"
Nicole Karpinski of Houma, LA

"TO THE FAMILY OF HUEY GOD BLESS YOU I KNOW THERE ARE KNOW WORDS THAT I CAN SAY OTHER THAN I KNOW THAT HUEY IS THERE WITH MY SON SHANE GOLDMAN WHO WAS KILLED APRIL 5TH GUARDING THE GATES OF HEAVEN. GOOD JOB HUEY YOU ARE TRULY A HERO THANK YOU. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILAGE WORKING WITH YOUR UNCLE HERE ON ST.CROIX FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS HE WAS TRULY A BLESSING HELPING ME THROUGH MY TIMES WITH MY SON. GOOD JOB HUEY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURE FAMILY YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS."
GEORGE GOLDMAN of ST. CROIX VIRGIN ISLANDS

"i remember some things about huey besides he was my cousin now i know he is my true hero my mom said that she remembers when he was younger he used to wear a army costume all the time so at least i know thats what he wanted to do .its sad to know that someone you thought would never leave the world did. but now i know that god is taking care of him in heaven."
kevin and kristin fassbender of slidell,LA/united states

"To the family:
I send my sorrow to all friends and family. He will always be a hero to America. God Bless!"
Daryl Karpinski Jr. of Houma, LA

"First of all I want to say I'm shocked! I didn't know about this until I was surfing CNN's website tonight. I was in basic training with Fassbender @ Ft. Benning back in the day. We were in the same platoon (2nd Plt. Alpha 219). He wasn't my best friend but I did talk to him quite a bit and I thought he was a pretty good old boy. My favorite memory of him was when he would stand on the end of someone's bunk and crow like a rooster to wake them up, he was cool. I haven't spoken to him since then but I want to say my heart goes out to his family and friends."
Hoaglin *KP Ranger*

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

"I WASNT SURE U WAS THE GUY I MET IN LAPLACE, AFTERALL I JUST FOUND OUT U WAS, SORRY I MISSED UR PHONE CALL THAT DAY, I HAD GOTTEN YOUR MESSAGE AND I DIDNT HAVE TIME TO CALL BACK, GOD KNOWS I WISH I WOULD HAVE NOW I GUESS SOMETIMES PPL DONT THINK AND IM SORRY, IM SURE GONNA MISS YOU, U WAS SUCH A SWEETHEART, I KNOW THERES ALOT OF PPL GOING TO MISS YOU, IM AT LOSS FOR WORDS AT THE MOMENT BUT JUST LOOK DOWN ON UR FELLOW SOLDIERS AND PROTECT THEM ,GOD KNOWS WE PRAY FOR ALL OF YOU, GOD BLESS ALL U MEN AND WOMEN OUT THERE,"
A FRIEND of LAPLACE

"I`M SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS"
BEULAH GRIFFIN of LOCKPORT, LA.

"IM SO SORRY FOR THE LOST OF YOUR SON, HE WILL SURELY BE MISSED, HE WAS SUCH A SWEETHEART."
MARY SUTHERLAND of MARRERO

"To the family and friends of Huey P.L. Fassbender,
We are so very sorry for your loss. The 256th Infantry Brigade of Lafayette has suffered greatly. Please try to comfort one another and know that all over America and the world, you are in our thoughts, tears and prayers. As an Air Force veteran, it was hard being away from my family and friends and I knew that there was always the possibility of having to make the greatest sacrifice but I found enormous pride and self-fulfillment in serving such a great country. I hope that through your pain you can find it in your hearts to understand the decision he made to serve his country and always honor his memory for the ultimate sacrifice he has made."
The Filbert Family of Lexington, SC

"To Huey'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

"Thank you brave soldier for defending the freedoms we all cherish. You are our hero and we will not forget what you did for us. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Huey L. Fassbender, 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 Spc. Huey L. Fassbender:
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 Huey 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 Spc. Huey L. Fassbender:
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 Huey, 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