Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. David L. Giaimo

24, of Waukegan, Illinois.
Giaimo died in Tikrit, Iraq when his HMMWV hit a land mine. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on August 12, 2005.

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"I was in ROTC with David at ISU. He had a great sense of humor and was warm and kind. My heart goes out to his family."
Tember of San Jose, CA

"I remember and honor you today."
-A friend and fellow soldier of Nashville, TN

"Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Happy Memorial Day '13 and I won't forget what you gave."
April of California

"Though I now live in Waukegan, your hometown, I did not know you or your family, but my heart swells with pride and gratitude, and breaks in tears.
This Memorial Day Weekend 2012, I honor your memory and service to our country, and free-peoples everywhere.

My condolences to your family."
Les Deffner of Waukegan, IL

"LT GIAIMO
You have been in my thoughts everyday since we served in Iraq together I was your Supply Sergeant and You are missed."
TROY BENTLEY of FORT STEWART GA

"I had the pleasure of coahing David in High School and he was a competitor on the field and in life. When I asked him to catch, he said "okay", when I asked him to play shortstop, he said "okay". When I asked him to pitch, he said "okay". And I am definite that the day the good Lord wanted him to return to Him he said "okay". When I asked him to pitch, he said "ok". He had standards for himself and never let himself forget them. Hard-nosed kid, David was, hard nosed for sure. I continue to pray the Rosary for him and his family. May God bless his soul, Amen!"
John Hyde of Springfield, Illinois

"Not sure why I remember today, but am glad I did. I was David's baseball coach in High School and he was a competitor on the field and in life. When I asked him to catch, he said "okay", when I asked him to play shortstop, he said "okay". I am definite that the day the good Lord wanted him to return to Him he said "okay". When I asked him to pitch, he said "ok". He had standards for himself and never let himself forget them. Hard-nosed kid, David was, hard nosed for sure. I continue to pray the Rosary for him and his family. May God bless his soul, Amen!"
John Hyde of Springfield, Illinois

"Not sure why I remember today, but am glad I did. I was David's baseball coach in High School and he was a competitor on the field and in life. When I asked him to catch he said "okay", when I asked him to play shortstop he said "okay". I am definite that the day the good Lord wanted him to return to Him he said "okay". He had standards for himself and never let himself forget them. Hard-nosed kid, David was, hard nosed for sure. I continue to pray the Rosary for him."
John Hyde of Springfield, Illinois

"I still think about you and how wonderful of a person you were. You will never know how much of an impact you had on people's lives. I wish I would have been able to see you even one more time to tell you myself"
of Ames, Iowa

"I still replay every action of that morning in my mind every day but it always ends the same. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and I think of you every day."

"David my friend you are missed. I think about you all the time and miss you. We had good times. You were always there for me and I appreciate everything that youve done for me. I will always hold you in my heart my friend. God Bless you my friend. I love you brother."
James Eagon of Kenosha, Wi

"To the family of the deceased:
I want to say that I feel honored that his name is to be added to the names in the Memorial Union at Iowa State University."
Victoria

"David,
I did not know you, but thank you for paying the highest price with your life to ensure that I and millions of American enjoy the freedoms of life and liberty. You did not die in vain."
Mike of Kenosha, WI

"July 1, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. David L. Giaimo:
David gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen hreoes 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

"Though he was a couple years behind me, I have to say I always admired that kid. Not only did he have a hell of an arm behind the plate. He always carried himself well, with confidence. I think back on high school and though he and I may have only spoke in passing, or at ball practice. I always looked at him as a leader, an all around good guy. I wish all the best to his family."
Bill Bonnes of Antioch Il.

"I was shocked when I saw David's picture on the news as a fallen soldier. My heart sank. I went to Waukegan High School with him. He was one of the nicest people I knew. He helped me a few times when nobody else would. I remember playing in his backyard on the trampoline and eating McDonald's there too! We love you and miss you!"
Shannon of Waukegan, IL USA

"David,

We will never take the sacrifice you made, your life, for granted. You will be remembered and honored forever."
Proud American of the United States of America

"You'll never leave the heart of America. Thank you so much more than words for what you gave."
Kim of NY

"Lieutenant Giaimo's legacy will continue. Our JROTC is currently raising funds to restore our rifle range and dedicate it to Lieutenant Giaimo. Any excess money will be used for a scholarship that was started last year in David's name. If you would like to donate money, please contact the Waukegan High School Army JROTC Program. Thank you, and David, everyone still misses you!"
WHS cadet of Waukegan, Illinois

"David is still truly missed. We both went through ISU ROTC around the same time. He graduated before I did. He made the best rice krispy treats ever!"
2LT Jennifer Bruner of Cedar Rapids, IA

"Today would be your 25th birthday. Thinking of you and your family. Thinking of our whole family and how we will never be the same without you. You are missed. God Bless Julie, Tom, Rebecca, and Jim and all who loved David with his grace."
Elizabeth of Seattle, WA

"The sadness never leaves
This loss is raw emotion
Your sacrifice is divinity remembered
You are missed so much
We all grieve on our own path
Never understanding each other
May the Lord bless our family
May we find peace through honoring your service, your name, your life."
Elizabeth, your cousin of Seattle, WA

"To the family of:David L. Giaimo 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"

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"My name is Dottie Fritz and I knew Dave through my son, Michael J. Fritz, also a soldier with the 3rd Division in Iraq. They met at Ft. Knox and were room mates in Hinesville. Both of us miss Dave a lot and think of him constantly. I cannot even imagine what his family is going through as they grieve his loss. As a parent, my greatest fear is returning home and finding an Official Army car in my driveway. I am very thankful for the service and dedication of our soldiers and specifically of David L. Giaimo."
Dottie Fritz of El Cajon, CA

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media as stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron Schilling of Illinois

"To the family and friends of David. You do not know me but my nephew Wesley Riggs served with David in Iraq and was killed May 17th. Please know that there are many people such as myself that are very proud of David. Keep all those fond memories you have of him deep in your heart. Thank you for giving me another hero."
Robert Riggs of Birch Run, Michigan

"My thoughts and prayers are extended to the family and friends of David. May you find peace and comfort during these difficult times. I knew David from his time at Iowa State. He was a great guy with many close friends. I will never forget him and his brave sacrifice for our country."
Denise Mooney of Rockville, MD

"Dave, you will not be forgotten! It is a privilege to have known such a hero! We worked together at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames and were both students at ISU. He was more than just a co-worker. He was an all around great guy... a man with a contagious smile who brought happiness to those around him. I will miss him dearly!"
Jamile of Ames, IA

"LT. THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. FOR BEING A LEADER TO GUIDE AND WATCH OVER OUR SOLDIER'S. YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO ALL THOSE YOU HAVE. ALL HOLD VERY FOND MEMORIES OF YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. I REALIZE YOU BOTH HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER! STILL MILITARY BROTHER'S WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER! NOW YOU ARE UNITED TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN! MY TEARS NEVER STOPPED FLOWING. FLOW FOR EACH FALLEN SOLDIER AND WITH NEWS OF YOU TODAY DAVID. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the Family of 1LT David Giaimo:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 8/25/05, 119 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put David's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"Dave, thank you. Thank you for defending our country and sadly sacrificing your life for our freedom. Dave you are a great friend and I cannot express how much you will be missed. I have so many great memories of Dave from Iowa State University that I will carry with me forever as you will always have a special place in my heart. For so many that knew Dave at ISU there are no words to express how much he will be forever missed."
Mala of Des Moines, IA

"Aunt Julie,
Although I didn't know my "cousin" David, I share your sorrow, and that of my Uncle Frank and cousin Joe, and David's brother and sister. I was able to attend his funeral along with my four youngest children, and, seeing the expression on your face, I could not compose myself. I can't imagine the pain you are suffering. Losing a child has to be the most devastating pain. David died doing what he loved, a leader, a national hero. May God give you strength, Aunt Julie, in the knowledge that he died for what he believed in, and will be remembered forever."
Cindy Parisi-Arriaga of Chicago, IL USA

"Dave is a great friend, one of the nicest guys I know, and his character is a tribute to his upbringing, his school, his training and his country. We spent more than 3 great years as roommates in college where he made an impact on so many lives, and I can't put into words how much he will be missed. From everyone at Iowa State University that knew Dave, we'll all miss him."
Dan of Des Moines, ISU

"To the family of 1st Lieutenant David Giaimo. I was one of the several uniformed personnel from Fort Sheridan at the graveside service 22 August, 2005. Upon notice that David would be buried at the Fort's Cemetery, I gathered a contingent of active duty and mobilized reservists to pay our deep respects. Please accept our collective condolences. We hope you can find solace in knowing that he will not be forgotten by his Army brothers and sisters. I visit the cemetery often and will check on him."
Major David Green of Fort Sheridan

"God bless you as you grieve. I am a reporter who was at your son's funeral and wanted you to know, it was out of respect that I did not seek anyone out to speak to afterward about David. Father Ryan said many kind words during the mass and I just also wanted to express my personal deepest condolences to your family."
Michele Fiore of Chicago, IL

"Dave you are a wonderful friend. The times spent at Fort Knox together seem in the distant past, but are now fond memories that will be cherished. Thank you for your sacrifice...I will continue the good fight and honor your name."
1LT Brent A. Eysenbach of Fort Campbell, KY

"Dave you were a great friend and a wonderful person. You will be missed by all who knew you. No words can express our gratitude for the sacrifice you made for our country."
Jim of ISU

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"I am truly sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort and strength during this time.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 April 2005"

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

"Thank you David Giaimo, 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 1st Lt. David Giaimo:
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

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. David Giaimo:
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 David, 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