Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Arthur L. Felder

36, of Lewisville, Arkansas.
Felder died in Taji, Iraq, when mortar rounds hit his camp. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 39th Support Battalion, 39th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Hazen, Arkansas. Died on April 24, 2004.

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"Captain Felder
I met you when I was a private and we were talking about your fraternity and that conversation got me very interested in Phi Beta Sigma and when I received the minimum amount of hours I attended a information session and then knew this was the fraternity for me. I want to thank you my brother I was there when the mayhem came that early morning and still to this day hear the booms from the rockets. I often think about you and what would you be doing today, I didn't have a chance to tap your mind for all the information needed but after the few talks we had I know if I had asked I would have received. To my brother of Phi Beta Sigma, G.O.M.A.B"
SSG Flint of Little Rock, AR

"Bo,

I met you when I was in high school in L.R. AR back in 1995. You worked with my Mom at Centers for Youth and Families. You and I became close friends and you were like family to all of us . I never told you but you were a big influence on my life and because of what I saw from you I decided to join the Army in 1997.I had just returned back from my tour in Iraq in 2004 and was sharing my experiences with you as you prepared to deploy. You was eager and excited to go for your rotation. I never would have thought I wouldn't see you again. Because of the example you set, I can proudly say in 3 years I will be retiring from the military. Thank you for ultimate sacrifice you gave to serve our country. You left a everlasting affect on my life as a role model as well as a friend and ill never forget you. Love you always!!!"
Nadia Carter (SFC Carter) of Colorado Springs, CO

"You are forever remembered! You made a lasting impression on my life! I think about you often and you are forever missed, Uncle Bo!! xO"
Kionna Stewart of Ruston, La

"On this Memorial Day 2015, we are thinking of Capt Arthur L. Felder, our frat brother of Phi Beta Sigma. I was honored to know him and was there when he came into the fraternity in 1988. His joining was a major plus for us and encouraged others to follow his footsteps. This year marks 100 years since our chapter, Beta, was established in Marshall, Tx, which is an amazing milestone. Many great men have come through Beta and Arthur was definitely one of them. We know you would want to be here to celebrate with us so we will not forget you. Thank you for your example and your courageous service to our country. May you continue to rest in Heaven, my brother. GOMAB!"
Ramsey Cooper of Houston, TX

"Hello Bo,

I remember when we first met, I said to myself that's a big guy. Little did I know you would become my friend. I remember you guys boarding the plane, didn't know it would be the last time we talked. I would like to thank you for the workouts and for your friendship, my heart has been saddened since the day I heard of your passing. I love and miss you man, thanks for the short time we had together. May God continue to Bless your family."
Troy Patterson of Midland Texas USA

"Happy Birthday, Big Brother ! I don't have words for how much I love and miss you. Until I see you again......."one love""
Kelana Patterson Meadows of El Dorado, AR USA

"I salute u bo..Happy Veterans Day to...keeping looking down on me...giving me advice...I miss you man...it does seem like it's bn that long ago..Thanks for your service and sacrifice"
Ishrael Wordlaw

"Here we are, October 2011 and I still wear with great pride my Hero Bracelet with Arthur's name on it. People ask me about it all the time and I can tell them about a wonderful man I never got to meet, but a man I feel I know through the messages family and friends have left. I get to share him with others. Please know I still care about him and hope that all his family and friends know he is truely not forgotten."
Julie Antinucci of Atlanta, GA

"Thank you arthur for being a great friend and father as well as a hero to so many. I will never forget the many great days we had in college as basketball teammates and roommates at east texas baptist university. I knew the day I saw you that god had his hand upon you, such a kind and great spirit about you and traits of a courageous leader that couldn't be denied. Heaven just got a little better and funnier with you there. I'm missing my teammate and friend but gods will we will be shooting hoops again in heaven. God bless you and your family!"
charles"charlie"boyd of ft worth, tx

"We remember you today on this the anniversary of your passing. God be with all those who knew and loved you. We will not forget."
Donna Griego of Rio Rancho, NM

"To the family of:Arthur L. Felder
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" 1-1-11"

"Today september 17th 2010. It seems so long ago on that faithful night in April 2004. I never thought such a great night would end in such tregedy. On this night we all found out you had left us all behind and gone on to live with the lord. Altough the pain of that night has been redirected it was one of the toughfest days of my life. Bro Bo we miss you so very much. I miss sitting in church on the second pew and you bugging me to give you my neck-tie(kidding). I miss all the funny things you would do in sunday school. Most of all I miss the knowledge and sincerity you brought to life. When you passed away something past away in all of us. Althought you are gone now I take comfort in knowing that you are with the Lord and that's just perfect. R.I.P BIG BO. Love you Man"
Darrell Baker of Little Rock, AR

"To the family of Captain Arthur Bo Felder even though it has been since 2004 i remember capt Felder that's what i always called him whether on or off duty we worked the Sims Center for 2 years at Camp Robinson and Ft. Chaffee before we got activated back in 2003. I can still hear his voice that i will never forget when he yell's "CHARLIE ROCKS" and guess what he really love'd gummie bears and teddy grahams.It was one thing that disappointed me at his funeral at ST Mark's church in little rock,the boots on display were not his highly spit shined boots he took "GREAT PRIDE in his boot's always spit shined even if we were going to the field but i know in my heart that he would be okay with that he was a good man."
Burl Copeland of Tillar,Ar USA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Today I did a walk for our fallen soliders at Fort Carson. I choose you to walk for and Honor. Peace on to you!"
Krystal Arriola of Colorado Springs

"BO I miss you like crazy. Your Mother has been a ture friend to me and many more in Lafayette County Arkansas. Your memory Lives On In Her, Your Brother and Your Children. Rest In Peace."
Lesa Ray Benton of Augusta Ga USA

"I miss you very much Bo. I think about the old days all the time.
RIP"
Omar Hadzic of Tuzla, Bosnia

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Capt. Arthur L. Felder:
Arthur 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

"BO was a great Leader and I know him from the Arkadelphia Unit when I was there 20 Years ago He was a great person and we Drill together and I will mist him alot your friend and buddy SFC Harris Derrick Deon. Mesquite Tx"
SFC Harris Derrick Deon of Iraq

"I salute you Capt. Felder. I only knew you for a while but the time we were together was crazy. I am not upset anymore for getting us lost in Kuwait. Those were the good times. I do look up to you and claim you as a true Heroe. For you were the man standing where I usually stood at the bunker on that 24th of April. God is with us, Amen. My thoughts and prayers for the family and loved ones."
Les Neal of Madisonville Texas

"I still wear Captain Felder's black Hero Bracelet with great respect and honor. I never knew him but what I've read about him is wonderful. I want the family and his friends to know that after all this time, a stranger still honors him. I believe in God and believe that he is with God though I know you miss him every day. My prayers are ever with all who knew and loved him."
Julie Antinucci of Atlanta, Georgia, USA

"happy birthday daddy. you are my hero!"
Amari of sherwoods,ar

"My uncle was the best uncle a kid could have. I loved him so much and miss him dearly."
Littrelle of Littlerock,Arkansas,USA

"First God Bless the family Capt. Felder left behide! I didn't know him that well at all but, how ever I did know his mother, I went to church with her almost every sunday , some times she would come pick me and my little sister up for church! If I recall correctly I even ran away to her house once,we had a long talk, she feed me, called my momma told her where I was and then took me home! By your loss I am deeply sadden and I also know there is nothing anyone can say or do to make the pain go away but we all sure can help ease the pain a lot through payer! I too have lost friends in this war and I too am apart of this war! I am in the NAVY, your sons death has paved the road for the rest of us to follow through this thing called military life! So I say to you Thank you for the kindness you showed me and for allowing your son to have lived, went forward and touched so many lives! GOD BLESS and Hooya to CAPT. Felder! My Parents names are Paul & Linda Breakfeild I was born and raised right there and lil old Lewisville AR

Love Trina and Christopher(son) Tucker"
HM3 Trina Tucker balboa med. center of Sandiego,C.A. USA

"It is hard to believe you are gone Bo. It seemed like yesterday I was returning from combat and you were leaving the following weeks. Why did I return and you didn’t so many questions haunt my mind now but I know that GOD had a plan for you always and you always have a word for someone else. You always knew what to say to me whenever you saw me and keep me reaching my goals in this tedious Army life. I thank GOD for you and the legacy you have left and I pray for your family that they will be well. Thank You “FIELD ARTILLARY BOOM BOOM" Sergeant Veasley 4th BCT “Task Force Iron Horse” 4th Infantry Division"
MATTHEW VEASLEY of FORT HOOD, TX

"It is hard to express what I feel right now...I met Bo while he was stationed in Bosnia, in 2001. I was his personal interpreter for a total of six month of his Bosnian tour. He was a great man, a true friend, a person I've learned a lot from. He died one year ago, but I've just found that out now...one year later...R.I.P my brother...I will never forget you..."
Omar Hadzic of Tuzla, Bosnia

"My heart goes out to the Felder family. Arthur was a great friend to me while in college (ETBU) and will be greatly missed. I can only hope to emulate his courage and conviction."
Billy Youngs of Granbury, TX

"Captain Arthur "Bo" Felder was the type person that you could depend on when you needed a friend. He always reminded me of that song "Lean On Me" because that is something you could always depend on with him his friendship no matter what."
Sam L. Hart of Arkadelphia,Arkansas USA

"To Mrs. Cheryl, My heart goes out to you and your family. Arthur and I had some great times at ETBU!"
Theresa Grant of Mt. Pleasant, Tx

"My heart goes out to the Felder family. I served with Arthur in Hope, Arkansas with Bravo, 1-153rd. He was a great officer, a good friend, and possessed a wonderful spirit. I miss him deeply, but I also know that he is with God with no war, turmoil, pain, unhappiness...he has only joy now. God bless"
Tim Koscheski of Dallas, Texas

"TO THE FAMILY OF ARTHUR "BO" FELDER: HE WILL BE MISSED AS A PART OF MY UNIT AND HEART. YOU CAN'T REPLACE THE MAN I KNEW AND LOVED, HIS MEMORY WILL FOREVER REST IN MY HEART. I SEND YOU(HIS FAMILY) MY DEEPEST SYMPAHTY."
DIVA GIRL of FORREST CITY, AR

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

"We stand alone, together. See you at the crossroads."
of Baghdad Greenzone, Iraq

"TO THE FAMILY OF ARTHUR BO FELDER I WANT YOU TO KNOW WHAT A TREAT IT WAS BEING ABLE TO KNOW BO, HE WILL BE TRULY MISSED MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND HIS CHILDREN AMARI AND JAYLUN."
KIM of NORTH LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

"The following Resolution & Tribute, from his high school graduating class, was read at a Memorial Service for Arthur on 3/2/2004. I hope it will help others see what a blessing we truly had with Arthur, and others like him, in our lives.

Resolution:
Captain Arthur LeJohn “Bo” Felder, a proud officer in both the Army of the Lord and the Arkansas National Guard’s 39th Infantry Brigade serving in Iraq has gone home to receive his reward.

Captain Arthur LeJohn “Bo” Felder received an honorable discharge on Saturday, April 24, 2004, at 5:30 AM by giving the ultimate sacrifice.

The Lewisville High School Class of 1985 has suffered a great loss in the home going of our beloved classmate and cherished friend. All who knew him loved him. He was a pillar of strength for the Lewisville High School Class of 1985.

Captain Arthur LeJohn “Bo” Felder will no longer go about his accustomed duties. We will mourn, but not as those who have no hope. We will mourn as those who expect to meet with him again in that world beyond the horizon.

Captain Arthur LeJohn “Bo” Felder stood for what he believed in. And during his life a legacy of lives were touched by his lecture, charm, and his thoughtful smile.

Be it further resolved that we, The Lewisville High School Class of 1985, extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends, and especially the darling children, of an honorable soldier, on your loss and ours. Our loss is truly Heaven’s gain.

Sorrowfully submitted,

The Class of 1985
Lewisville High School
Lewisville Arkansas


In Memory of
Arthur LeJohn “Bo” Felder
October 17, 1967 – April 24, 2004:
Memories; they are never truly forgotten. Instead they are just pushed to the back of our subconscious…like jewels in a secret treasure chest. Beautiful, dazzling jewels hidden until they can once again rise into the light.

Remember when…

It was 1985. We were the graduating class of what was then called Lewisville High School. We were the Red Devils. And we were proud! We were close. We were family. And we’ve remained so through the years. We might not see each other as often as we’d like but we will always be there for each other if we are needed. We are only a telephone call away.

We secured a lot of memories through our high school years…jewels we’ve hidden away for those rainy days. And one of our greatest jewels was Arthur LeJohn “Bo” Felder.

Arthur was one of the most upstanding people you would ever hope to meet - sincere, faithful. He was always happy, always smiling. And he was always ready to conquer the world. He didn’t just talk the talk; he walked the walk. His words went into action.

Arthur carried the weight of the world on his broad, steady shoulders. He never had a bad day, or so it seemed. And neither did you because he wasn’t going to let you. He could cheer you up no matter the situation. And who of us could even think about being down when that deep resonating voice was there reminding us that we had the world at our fingertips.

We’ve moved on since then and gone our separate ways. We’ve suffered our share of ups and downs. But through it all Arthur has been there for each of us when we needed him. He gave unselfishly. It was his way…

Romans 12
11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Arthur spent his life doing for others. Moving on to the military after graduation was just another way he could reach out and help others. But even though his duties kept him away from home a great deal of the time…he was always a phone call away.

Someone once asked why he didn’t leave the military so he could be with his family more. In his true, honest no-holds-barred style Arthur simply responded, “…this is my calling. I can not quit.”

Isaiah 40
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

We all get busy with personal interests and the desire for material possessions. While these things in themselves are not wrong, they will not bring us the peace, contentment, or security that our hearts and souls crave. Only by living a life that is centered on Christ and seeking His will can we truly hope to be filled with joy and genuine happiness.

Each of us will stand before God someday and everything we did, said, and thought will come to light. May we all consider this and change our priorities to what is really important.

Arthur had this kind of life. He sought out God in every aspect of his being. His faith is what touched us all. It is what was reflected in everything he did, every breath he took. He is a wonderful example to us all.

Someone once wrote,

In our joys and our problems…in our dreams and our work….we are all different. And yet we feel each other’s special place of caring within… And we know that we are all in the same place.

The most magical part of friendship is being ourselves, totally. Together we can laugh in the midst of a problem, and find hope in the midst of despair.

By just being ourselves, we can help each other. You can return to a friend and find the same warm feeling. And whether we are together or far apart…

Friendship will hold us in its heart.

We lost a true friend when we lost Arthur and we will truly miss him. But we know that today he soars with the eagles above…continuing to watch over us.

We miss you dear friend but we will see you again soon.

The Class of 1985
Lewisville High School
Lewisville Arkansas"
Toni Young-Douglas of Lewisville, Arkansas USA

"To Arthur'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.

Sincerely,

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

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com

"To my Soror: Cheryl Felder Stuart

Cheryl,
Arthur was a great young man. I know that you have many fond memories of him and he will always live in your heart and through his children. My prayers are with you and your family. He is a hero and now an angel in God's army. May he rest in peace. May God grant you a peaceful spirit in knowing that he is at rest and we will all see one another in that Great Getting Up Morning.

Your Soror,"
Wanda Turner of Garland, Texas

"To Arthur'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

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

"Thank you Arthur Felder, 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 Capt. Arthur Felder:
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 Arthur 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 Capt. Arthur Felder:
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 Arthur, 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