Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Stephen C. Hattamer

43, of Gwinn, Michigan.
Hattamer died when his living area came under mortar attack. He was assigned to the 652nd Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Died on December 25, 2003.

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"My friend and Army Brother, Stephen and I had a lot of conversations while in Bosnia. Conversations of family and faith, but the things he did and said resonate with me to this day. Stephen helped me through a very hard time in my life and to that I and forever grateful. Only a few of 571 MP CO. would know when he got hungry he would come and get you and say "lets go get us some skoobie sandwiches" then lick his lips like Shaggy. I miss you my old friend and I am so sad your gone. I will always remember you brother. RIP"
Rob Dupee of San Antonio, TX

"I was at Steve's Memorial Service. I saluted him that day and today on May 25th 2015 I still salute you Steve Never forgotten nor is your family"
Keith A Binsfeld of Escanaba Michigan

"Thinking of you on this day!"
Dave Cody of Santa Fe, TX

"At this time of year especially, I think of the sacrifices made by our soldiers and families. We did go to Steve's funeral service, and it was very evident that he was someone special, a "cut above", in his love for family and country."
Willie Gerberding of Sheldon, WI

"I remember the sacrifice you and your family have made for us on this Memorial day 9 years later. I am proud to be your friend, may we never stop being grateful!"
David Cody of Santa Fe, TX

"To Stephen and his family, I just found about your loss a couple weeks ago and I have been trying to figure out what to put here. This nation has lost a great person, husband, father and soldier. Words can't describe how I felt when I heard from other people that I served with at Ft Lewis that he had passed. I wasn't in his platoon in the 571st MP Co. but he treated everyone the same, with kindness. He always gave me good advice about whatever I was dealing with. I wish I could have told him one last time, thanks. To his family, I will forever be grateful for sharing him with me and the rest of the soldiers who were privileged enough to serve with him. I will forever remember him and what he stood for. Thank you SSGT Hattamer for your great sacrifice and for helping us stay free and thank you again to your family. Thank you for letting me say a few things about him. Stephen, May you rest in peace, and we are forever grateful."
Eric Hopkins of Marion, Indiana

"Steve, I saw your picture online again today and can't believe it. Love the memories of you and Karen when we were all so young!"
Anonymous of Spokane, WA

"Steve i think of you every day and wish you were still here You were my best friend anybody could ask for. I cant wait till we meet again. God bless you and your family"
john nelson of spokane wash

"December 19, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Stephen C. Hattamer:
Stephen 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow.
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
but don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
(Author Unknown)
America has been built on the blood of Brave Men of Honor. Heros who answered the call to defend all of our Freedoms. A fellow Veteran pays tribute to your commitment to duty and the ultimate sacrifice you have made for us. Thank you. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brave soldier, and may peace come to your family and loved ones for the sacrifice they made also."
William Darby Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs Florida

"To the family of Staff Sgt. Stephen C. Hattamer,

I am a composer and I would like to send you music that will comfort and give hope. Our fallen heroe, gave his life for our country, I would like to give you music. That is all I have to give.

I am so sorry for your loss.


Rose Marie"
Rose Marie Conroy of Bay City, WI

"Our area churches had a week long prayer vigil for all who had given their lives in Irag. We each received a card with a soldier's name so that we could remember and pray for his family. The one given to me was Stephen Hattamer. I have read the messages here and feel he must have been quite a guy. I will keep him and his family in my prayers. May God bless you all. We thank you for Stephen!"
Sharon Murray of Grant, MI

"As Christmas starts to roll around again, I think more about my uncle Steve. I will never forget the terrible feeling when my mom, Steve's sister Mary, called me on Christmas day 2003 to tell me the sad news. about 3 weeks after that, I received a package from Iraq that Steve had mailed weeks prior. I see the rug that was in the package every day and it reminds me of my wonderful uncle. Steve and his family mostly lived away from us, but when they visited, he sure had a way of making us smile. We all miss Uncle Steve and send prayers out to my aunt and cousins."
Maureen B of Spokane, WA

"Steve, you were a good man. I knew that in junior high and high school at CVHS. I could see the care you took in your life with Karen, the special life in your marriage, and it was an honor knowing you. I pray for your family, your friends, and our country. God Bless you, bud."
Tom S. of Spokane, WA/USA

"Grasshopper, that was SSG Hattamer's nickname when he was my Squad Leader. I was shocked and saddend to hear such a fine man had been taken. Grasshopper had a gift of making people laugh and always being able to put a smile on his soldiers face. I will never forget you and I will never forget your sacrifice. Rest in peace Grasshopper...."
Jeffrey Crysler of Kansas City

"The politicians may forget, but we don't! And we won't. Not ever."
anonymous of USA

"To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more weeping,
No more fight,
No friends bleeding through the night,
Just Divine embrace,
Eternal light,
In the Mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry
And no children weep,
We shall stand and guard
Though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages let us keep
The Mansions of the Lord

(We Were Soldiers Soundtrack)

I worked with SSG Hattamer at Fort Bragg in the 21st MP Co (ABN). The most important thing to SSG Hattamer was his family. He loved them with all his heart, and it was tough for him to be away from them. I respected SSG Hattamer for his faith and his strength of character. I was extremely saddened to hear of his death, and I still keep him and his family in my prayers."
Anonymous of Tennessee

"To the family of Stephen Hattamer. I knew Steve from ACN. I started the same day he did. This is a little behind the time for this message, but think of him often. We got along very well. There was a few of us that had lunch together when we were all there for our lunch. I went to watch his sons football game in Gwinn because he talked about him all the time. I told him I would go and I did. I believe I met Mrs Hattamer as well. Was very brief but thats how those things go. He was a very soft hearted and gentle man. The little time that I knew him was very fortunate for me. I can not show my sympathy. GOD BLESS

Bucky of Ishpeming, MI

"Dear Mrs. Hattamer I am thinking of you and your family this Independence Day 2004. Tommy and I thought 4th July was the best holiday all year. My father told me of meeting you at the Governor's office in May for the Honoring of your husband and my brother,Thomas W. Christensen, Heroes in life, brothers in combat, and now souls traversing the Heavens with God. I would be grateful to hear from you and anyone that knew my brother. heidibird21@cox.net. Peace."
Heidi Christensen of Scottsdale, AZ, U.S.A.

"Hello Karen

I don't know if you remember me or not but we all was station at Ft Jackson. I worked as the WPC Operator. I typed all the case for the case agents. I just heard about Hattamer and my mind went back to those days!!! The lunches I had at your house and the kids. His kindness and good heart he showed me. "I REMEMBER HOW DETERMINED HE WAS TO BE THE BEST AT ANY JOB THAT WAS GIVEN TO HIM" AND HOW HE TRUSTED "GOD" with it. Karen, my heart hurts but I know he is with GOD. Always remember that I love you and the kids, and I will continually pray for you. The Scripture St. John 15:13 - Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. STEPHEN C. HATTAMER, was a husband, father and friend. A true friends of mines.

Love You all...."
Connie L. Bowman - bowmanc@jackson.army.mil of Fort Jackson, SC

"Thank you for protecting our nation with honor"
Ben of Flat Rock Mi.

"To the family of Stephen, I am proud to say that I knew him when he was stationed at Ft.Jackson. He was a gentle and kind man and loved all of you very much. He was one of the people you meet in life that made other people feel good. He will be missed by many."
Philip Holbrook of Vero Beach,FL/USA philipnfl@aol.com

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

"Peace to your family. People tell me Time makes the sorrow soften. I'm waiting. Sad but very proud. I think of SSG. Hattamer's family often and pray that all will be well with you in time, as it will with my family and me."
Heidi Christensen of Scottsdale, AZ

"To the family of Stephen C. Hattamer. Our prayers go out to you. He Is A True Hero."
Maynard Kurszewski of Ishpeming, MI, USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Stephen, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. What a 'gift' Stephen has given to us in the USA and in Iraq. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"Steve, You helped me in innumerable ways in Bosnia. To you family and especially your children, you are the example of what a father should be."
Joseph Stefanich of Lorain, Ohio

"Ssgt Hattamer:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely and safely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace soldier."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"to steve and the family theres nothing more that i can say but thanks for wanting to serve but i am so sorry to the family for your loss i hope you know your in my familys prayers and thoughts i hope your days will be filled with the thoughts of the good times"
teresa of grand rapids

"Thank you. It's not enough but it's all that I can think to say."
Christy Reed of The Woodlands, TX

"To the Family of Stephen Hattamer: May God give you the strength to carry this awful burden. The pain gets a little easier to handle day-by-day, but it never goes away! Remember Stephen always, the good times, the silly times, the sad times, for each time you remember him, he comes back to life in your mind, but most especially in your hearts. I know the pain you are feeling now, as I lost my youngest son, Ssg. Paul J. Johnson, on 20 Oct 2003 in Fallujah. We are originally from the Calumet area. Please feel free to contact me if I can help in any way.(darligram@yahoo.com)
A proud, but heart-broken, Mom"
Ms. Pat Urban of Durand MI

"We are so thankful that men like Stephen Hattamer are willing to sacrifice themselves to protect all of us in the USA. I am sure that there would have been many more terrorist attacks on our soil if not for our strong presence in the Middle East. We pray that God will comfort the family as they deal with much grief and loss."
Bill and Chris Phillips of Kalamazoo, Michigan USA

"To the family of Stephen. The price of our freedom is always high. People must pass so that we may all be free. I know this because I am a Desert Storm Vet myself. Please remeber the good times and also why we are able to have those.
Even though I never met Stephen he was a dear friend of one of my closest friends and I know he was loved by a number of people. He was a good soldier and died honorably. He was an essential member of his unit and I feel was needed if we are to ever win this war."
Mr Taylor (Citizen) of Rockford MI USA

"Steve, Thank you. You helped me deal with my guilt over 9-11. I served in the first Gulf War in Antiterrorism and was pretty messed up by 9-11. You came to my house and spent hours letting me cry on your shoulder. You were a man of deep faith in God. You loved your family above all but God, you loved your country above all but God and family. You served with honor. Your death was not in vain. You have been a great friend not only to myself and my family but to all you met. You are already missed here on earth but I look forward to thanking you in person in Heaven someday. To all those who post things for Steve, his family, and all other soldiers, Thank you."
Jonathan Phillips of Dowagiac, MI-USA

"Thank you Stephen Hattamer, 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 Staff Sgt. Stephen Hattamer:
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 Stephen 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 Staff Sgt. Stephen Hattamer:
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 Stephen, 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