Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Adam J. Harting

21, of Portage, Indiana.
Harting died in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 42nd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on July 25, 2005.

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"Adam, its been 14 years since the summer we spent at the Benning School for Boys. You always made things a little better, even though things were hard. Sad to know youre gone. To Joe, not sure if you remember me, you would come over to our bay and hangout with Adam and me. 2-19."
T. Fortenberry of AZ

"Adam, to my brother in Arms, my brother who I grew up with, and the brother I will never forget! Today like many days I wish I could just talk to you for a few to let you know how my day is, talk about our goals in life, and even though I will never get the chance on this earth, I pray that someday.. I can be as great of man as you! See you in the next life brother no regrets!! Love you brother"
SFC Joseph McClelland of Gresham, OR USA(hometown Portage Indiana)

"My God. 8 years have passed since I last saw you Adam. I really miss you man. Not a day goes by without thinking of you and your family. I have never seen a person that smiled so mush and had so much zest for life at such a young age. God bless you and your family's sacrifices."
Mark Burrow of Phoenix, AZ

"You are not forgotten Adam. This is always a hard time of year as I remember the anniversary of your sacrifice. God bless you and your family."
Eric Gust of NY

"all of u shutup u honestly piss me off"

"Adam-
I spent one of the most memorable summers of my youth with you and will always remember you for that...
God bless you for your braverery and sacrifices you have made for your family and our country

XOXOXO"
M

"To Adam,
It has been nearly 6 years since you were taken. I want you to know, that I have not forgotten that day. I've not forgotten your sacrifice, nor has my family. I can never earn the gift of freedom and life that you gave to your brothers on that day, but I can make sure that those whom I have contact with know, and never forget. I will see you again one day. Until then,
"No Regrets"."
SSgt Joseph McFarlan of Klamath Falls, OR

"well guess what little brother today is your baby girls birthday god i know you see them all dam might have made mistakes but we was both right they are amazing gavin looks and is built just like you baby j is your sister all over little lou but a boy i know you got my back up there with madison we couldnt ask for better kids i watch the for of them and they are us no one can hurt them but each other and there love is beautiful alana breath taking lou bombshell with our fight gavin he can just do anything great at everything jj he scares me he has our flair for life dont miss a thing god cant wait for the day to lay my eyes on that smile alex will always do where ever mark patrick chin up you would be proud adam baily look like me when i was small also mommy bear is do ing thanks to you please come see me soon in my dreams loves those loving you always keeping them safe promise your amazing sis pissy xoxoxoxox~<3~<3~<3 =)"
leslie elizabeth of west lafayette

"hey its destiny again i miss u as high as the sky and as deep as the ocean its mi B-Day tm on the 8th but i no u alrdeay no that i rember wen we where little i was always ur baby and alana was alexs mom and grandmaw say i have a jaw lyk u teeth and erry thing
ill tlk to u soon in mi dreams i love you buy 4 now ~~~~<3"
Destiny Melton of lafayette

"hey uncle adam i miss u so much its so hard but i no u are in a better place i love you so much always and for ever love Destiny aka (lou lou)"
destiny of lafayette

"Adam I love you so much, I miss you and think about you every day. You will always be in the hearts of everyone in our family. Hopefully you are somewhere with grandpa Frank and we will all meet again someday."
Amber Schmucker of bend

"I am a member of an organization entitled " Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers" which since October of 2007 has sent over 2,900 prayer shawls to families of fallen soldiers. This group of over 235 different knitting groups throughout the country attempts to contact all families of fallen soldiers. If you or a family member would like such a shawl, I will knit this prayer shawl. Just contact me at barbconway@comcast.net or 774 487-8618.
Sincerely, Barbara"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"Adam you are loved and missed everyday!Thank you to all who said so many beautiful things and everyone so true! loving you always your big sister leslie xoxo"
leslie of west lafayette In USA

"Adam you are loved and missed everyday!Thank you to all who said so many beautiful thing and everyone so true. loving you always your big sister leslie xoxo"
leslie of west lafayette In USA

"adam i love you and you will always be loved"
hannah of portage

"June 13, 2008
To the family of Spc. Adam J. Harting:
Adam 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 as many other people knew him. he was my cousins best friend also.. shawn. I only met adam once or twice but he made a huge impact on my life. he was brave, funny, and had a big heart. he is greatly missed."
Courtney W of Portage

"My words can't possibly explain the pain I still feel for that Harting famliy."
Caitlin Goff of United States

"To the Harting family:

I didn't know if you knew this or not, but my son Joel was in Iraq with Adam. Adam was one of his best friends. In his honor, Joel has Adam's name and dates tattooed on a cross on his left arm, with the caption No Regrets. He wears a bracelet for him also. I thought you might like to know that he is not forgotten here."
Marty Fay of Oregon, Illinois

"To the family of:Adam J Harting 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"

"I KNOW THAT I AM LATE BUT ADAM STAYS ON MY MIND. HE WILL ALWAYS STAY IN MY HEART HE IS MY BROTHER AND I MISS HIM VERY MUCH"
DEANGELO TEMPLE of VACAVILLE CA USA

"Thinking about you today"
The Cranes of Saint Louis,MO

"va com deus .voce um heroi"
mauricio of brazil

"fique com deus .pois todos no ceu o recebem com muito amor e carinho"
mauricio of canoas br

"Adam James Harting you are not forgotten. I wear your dogtag which was given to me during the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. www.ilfreedomrun.org"
Matt Trotta of Bolingbrook, IL

"alex i no YOU LOST YOU BROTHER. we aRE SORRY FOR YOU.!!!!!!!!!!!1"
hannah and meagan

"alex i no YOU LOST YOU BROTHER. we aRE SORRY FOR YOU.!!!!!!!!!!!1"
hannah and megon

"Alex I love you a lot . LOVE your sister hannah"
Hannah harting of of PORTEG

"I am Adams little sister I will always Love him.I Love you adam"
Hannah harting of portage

"I am Adams little sister I will always Love him.I Love you adam"
Hannah harting of portage

"Thanks cuz...5/29/06"
Ellie of The Lou

"Harding I know your with your with us You will always be miss"
Spc.Rodriguez Marvin/JRod of NewyorkCity

"Alex,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know Adam meant the world to you. I remember you talking about him all the time and how you missed him. When I heard about his passing, I couldn't help but think about my brother and how much I love him. I couldn't imagine losing him. If you need anything, let me know. I'll be praying for you and your family. May God guide and bless you. Keep on keeping on, bro...

"The memory of the just is blessed."
-Proverbs 10:7"
Joe Clark, TSgt, USAF of Whiteman AFB, MO.

"To the Harting family,
Peace be with you and may the Angels surround you with love as you try to heal from the loss of your belvoed ADAM. We celebrate and honor his life as an American Hero.
ADAM - we extend our thoughts and prayers to your family as they go through this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our nation. You will always be remembered. Gods Speed young warrior.
From a grateful family of a US Army Soldier, stationed in Iraq. 101st AVN Regt, Ft. Campbell. 10-20-05"
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"Alex, All of us here at Whiteman know that this is a very hard time for you and your family. Only God knows how you feel. We are all praying for you and your family. Take care of yourself and continue tobe strong for your family. SrA. Travis Andrews"
SrA Travis Andrews of Whiteman AFB, MO

"I am so sorry for your loss. My husband was serving with Adam and they were in the same platoon. Your family will be in my prayers, and remember that you will see him soon again. God Bless."
Catrina Kranich of Richmond Hill, GA

"I met Adam for the first time after the Portage High School Prom at Indian Beach...the last time I heard from him was 31March2005. When he called me to tell me that he was going to Iraq again for the second time, he assured me that when he came home, him and Alex were going to get an apartment in Chicago and become big business men. When I found out that he had fallen, my heart fell too along with all the rest of his friends and family. My heart aches in sorrow and sympathy, and I wanted to send a message out to Adam's family to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers."
Caitlin Goff of Mildenhall Air Force Base, United Kingdom

"to adam's family my deepest sympathy adam was my roomate when he first arrived at ft stewart and i served beside him in the initial assault in 2003 may god bless you and be with you"
m hooks of ft stewart, Ga

"Adam J. Harting...I don't know you and after hearing of your honored sacrifice, I will say a prayer to our God for your family and loved ones. I don't know you but I will miss you."
Justin of New York City

"Adam I'mreally gonna miss you man, you brought me into the platoon and introduced me to everybody, I'm gonna miss chasing girls in savannah with you on the weekends. I'll visit your dad and brother when we get back to the states. I miss you alot man. No Regrets right? Rest in piece man. Much love, Nick Brown."
Spc. Nicholas Alan Brown of Samarra ,Iraq

"Dear Harting Family,
I want you to know that I know tha pain you are feeling, my brother SPC Jonathan Kephart was killed in Baghdad on April 8th of last year. Words cannot express tha pain you are going through, but I hope it helps to know from someone who has been there that you are in my thoughts and prayers. These soldiers are true American heroes, and we can be so proud of them. I live close to you, and would love to get together with you once everything settles down a little for you! It seems like once this happens, those of us who have been left behind are bonded for life. We rest assured that we will see Jonathan again someday! Again, much love and prayers to you and your family! I went to Adams viewing and could tell from all those there that he was an incredible soldier, and person, who is loved and missed. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know!
Spc Kephart's sister
219-787-6924"
Anna of Burns Harbor, IN

"Dear Harting family, No words will ever replace Adam. Nothing will change the hurt. But please know that I appreciate beyond my ability to express the sacrifice your brave son and brother made. America has lost the best it has. We have lost a true hero. May God bless your family. May the empty place in your heart be replaced with wonderful memories knowing that Adam gave his life for the noblest of causes - freedom for others."
Tim Lickness, Uncle of Cpl Jeff Starr, lost on Memorial Day, 2005, Ramadi, Iraq of San Diego, CA

"To the loved ones of Adam Harting, I want to express my deepest condolences to you on the loss of Adam. Our country lost a courageous soldier, but most importantly your family lost a confidant, brother, uncle, grandbaby, cousin and son. For 21 years you witnessed a small boys growth into a man to admire and emulate. The blessing is his 21 years with you was your contribution in influencing his path in life. I thank you and your family for your part in making this fallen soldier a part of our force that had enough courage to stand up to for freedom and the American Flag. It does take a truly special human being to put everything on the line. Everything.

I met Adam and his brother once and failed to thank them for the services they are providing to each and every American. They, like so many other brave soldiers, are ensuring that my son and daughter can grow up in a free society and a safer America. I thank them now and I will thank any member of our military, past or present, I encounter for they have courageously put their country before all else. That is the least they and their families deserve for the sacrifices they make. God bless you."
The Bonds of St. Louis, MO

"Bless you, your family, and the soul of the dearly departed Adam. Your loss is a loss for not just the community, but the whole country. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers."
Stephen Lynch of Hobart, IN

"I'm sorry for your family's loss. I also have a son in the Air Force and will keep your family in my prayers. God Bless you all."
Janice of Texas

"I am so very sorry for the loss of Adam. My heart goes out to you during this very difficult time."
Rita of South Carolina

"To the family of Adam, I send my heartfelt condolences. Your young man was a hero (same age as my military son). May the Lord comfort you all."
Karen McDaniel of N. Richland Hills, Texas

"May God bless and comfort you during this time of sorrow. Please know your son is a hero."
Donna Mueller, Proud Army Mom to Spc. Mark Mueller of Rochester, NY

"May God bless and comfort you during this time of sorrow. Please know your son is a hero."
Donna Mueller of Rochester, NY

"Though our family is unknown to you I want you to know that our prayers and thoughts are with you. We are a military family and want you to know that we pray for you as you endure this terrible loss of your dear Adam. Please know that our family greatly respects and honors the sacrifice that Adam has made for his country. We pray God's Peace will enable you to deal with this loss. Adam is a symbol of all that is good about our wonderful America."
Margaret Way of Eden, NC

"To Adams Family, I am heart broken over your loss.I lost my husband 6/17/03 in Iraq. I feel your pain so strongly. I pray that you find strength in knowing you will see him again in Gods Kingdom and that he is watching over you always. I pray that your memories of Adam bring you comfort during such difficult times. I pray you have friends and family to lean on for support and that you know that Adam will never be forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice. God Bless you and yours."
Elisha Pahnke, widow of fallen soldier PFC Shawn Pahnke of Shelbyville,IN

"To the family of one are brave men, i feel at a loss of words as you try to deal with the pain of losing your son the lord will be with you and guide you through this difficult time and your family are in my prayers"
Christine/ Army Mom of Justin Texas

"Thank you Adam for your service to your country...and ultimately your sacrifice. I am praying for the family, and please know that there are supporters out there...my husband will be leaving again in a few weeks...praise God that we have soldiers who are willing to risk it all, and strengthen the families of those whose children were lost. Many prayers and hugs for your family."
Leah of Portage, IN

"Adam God Bless You! We send our deepest condolences to your family. Joey and our family will always hold Adam in our hearts and prayers."
Charles and Angie McClelland of Portage,IN

"I just want to thank you all for your kind words. My son Adam was truly a hero and it makes me very proud to see that people that don't even know him pay homage to him. God Bless you all and again, Thank you"
JIm Harting, Proud Father of Portage, Indiana

"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

"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. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
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

"To Adam's friends and family:
I want to tell you that you are not alone, I lost my baby brother in Iraq in Feb. He was a brave beautiful soul, as I'm sure Adam was. Thank you for all of your parts in creating a man that would give his all for his country. My pain is eased, at least slightly, by the fact that Landon, as Adam, died a hero. God bless you, and keep you and you will all be in my thoughts and prayers."
Jo Giles-proud sister of a fallen hero. of bakersfield, CA

"TO THE HARTING FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH ADAM AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR. ALL THIS IS VERY HARD! YOU KNOW ADAM BETTER THEN ALL. I ONLY WISH I HAD. STILL I THANK HIM FOR SERVING OUR GREAT COUNTRY AND BEING ALONG SIDE OUR SON. NOT MANY AMERICAN'S THAT SERVE. SO IT IS A COMFORT TO KNOW THAT ADAM WAS A VERY SPECIAL MAN, FAMILY MAN, SOLDIER AND A BLESSING TO ALL PARENTS THAT HAVE SOMEONE SERVING ALONG SIDE ADAM. ADAM HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. AN ALL THOSE HEARTS HE TOUCHED HOLD VERY FOND MEMORIES BOTH SHARED TOGETHER. ADAM YOU ARE A HERO! ONE THAT IS REMEMBERED TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER NEVER EVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. I WILL BE WITH GREGORY SATURDAY, I WILL TELL HIM OF YOU. SOUNDS CRAZY, BUT IN MY HEART GREGORY IS ALWAYS WITH ME. AN I MADE EVREY EFFORT TO CELEBRATE OF HIM AND ALL OUR FALLEN. I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO FORGET ANY SOLDIER THAT GAVE HIS LIFE! ADAM YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. AMERICA IS ALOT SAFER TODAY. YOU WORKED ALONG MANY BRAVE SOLDIER'S TO FIGHT OFF TERRORISM AND TO GIVE THOSE IN IRAQ FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. YOU ADAM ARE APART OF HISTORY. MANY AMERICAN'S DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE CALLING TO SERVE, NOR CARE TOO! YOU DID RISKING EVERYTHING FOR THOSE THAT TAKE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY FOR GRANTED. ADAM THOSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY WILL HONOR YOYU TODAY.......IT'S TOMORROW AND FOR ALL THOSE TOMORROW'S. THAT ALL FALLEN FAMILIES NEED TO KEEP FRESH IN THE MIND OF ALL AMERICAN'S. GOD BLESS!!! SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! FINE SOME WAY TO HONOR ADAM.......DOING SOMETHING FOR A FRIEND OF ADAM SERVING OUR COUNTRY."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

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

"SPC HARTING WAS A GREAT GUY AND A SWEETHEART. HIM AND MY HUSBAND WAS IN THE SAME UNIT MY HUSBANDS' NAME IS SPC.DEANGELO TEMPLE, THEY WERE LIKE BROTHERS. I REMEMBER BEFORE THEY LEFT TO GO TO IRAQ WE WOULD GO OUT TO THE CLUBS TOGETHER AND HANG OUT. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN AND HE WILL BE MISSED VERY DEARLY BY MY HUSBAND AND I. BUT HOLD YOUR HEAD UP AND STAY ENCOURAGED. GOD WILL COMFORT YOUR HEARTS. JUST REMEMBER HE'S HOME WITH OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN."
CHARLETTE TEMPLE of HINESVILLE, GA, USA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
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

"To the Harting Family, I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences. Your Adam is truly an American Hero, who will always be remembered and honored. We are praying for all of you. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"bless you, now you are safe from harm."
kevin of saskatoon, canada

"May you find comfort and strength that can only come from God. I am saddened to hear that we have lost yet another Fort Stewart soldier. My brother, CPL Gary Walters, was killed in April and our lives have been forever changed. I am so sorry that you too have to experience such a loss."
Michele Carter of Germany

"Thank you Adam Harting, 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. Adam Harting:
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 Adam 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. Adam Harting:
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 Adam, 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