Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Paul M. Heltzel

39, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Heltzel died in Baghdad, Iraq, while conducting a mounted patrol a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated. He was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, Eunice, Louisiana. Died on March 15, 2005.

Heltzel was promoted to Sergeant on February 7, 2005.

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"Another Veterans Day passes, and the loss of you doesn't get any easier. I spent a lot of time today with a lot of our fellow brother and sisters. Your name in every conversation always comes up. You have made such a great impact on all of our lives. I will make sure your sacrifice will not go unnoticed, until the day I get called home I will always remember you. Thank you for everything you have done for us brother. I am so proud that I get the honor to call you my brother."
Dustin "Ike" Tumey of Martinsville Indiana

ITS Baumann.
Your old roomie.
R.I.P brother"
Jon Baumann A 3/8 INF of Chicago IL

"Memorial Day 2013, it's been 8 years, Paul, since you paid that ultimate sacrifice for the country you loved so dearly, and were willing to pay, to protect. God bless you, and thank you, Paul, for your service. Love you! And still miss you, bunches."
Sandy Ernhart of Franklin, IN

"Remembering Paul today, I served with him in Germany in the late 80's Alpha Co. 3/8 Inf. you are not forgotten brother."
Jon Baumann of Chicago,IL

"Happy Veterans Day."
Dustin Tumey of Martinsville In

"Everyday is hard knowing my godfather Paul is not here on earth knowing he is in heaven and its better their but I feel so alone now that he is gone and wish he could comeback but it will never happen so THANKS PAUL FOR THE GREAT SACRIFICE"
Paul Abraham of Elkhart, IN

"It's been just over 5 years and I still want to pick up the phone and talk to him. I am so proud to call myself his niece and know that his sacrifice will never be forgotten in the hearts of the American People. It brings joy to my heart that there are so many people who reach out and help families like mine to get through tough times. I enjoy reading about how honored some of you were to serve alongside my uncle but it's a bittersweet feeling because I miss Steak 'n Shake BLT's and Strawberry shakes at midnight or making a huge dog pile in the middle of the living room floor. I thank you all for you words of kindness. Love you Aunt Christy xoxo"
Stephanie Heltzel of Franklin, IN

"I knew Paul Heltzel, we served together on Ft. Campbell, KY. A good man, funny as hell and a brave troop. The world lost a good soldier and human being."
Mike C. of Los Angeles, CA

"i had the privlage of serving with paul at fort drum he use to come to my room after pt to change we were always jokeing and lauphing even when i was down he helped pull me up and when i medicaly discharged he was there for me to help me through every thing telling me every thing will be ok you will move on i lost contact with him after that went to look up some old friends and typed his name in and got this site i didn't know that he was killed in action he will be greatly missed by me and every one he served with he was a good and fair and caring man paul you will be missed and to his wife thank you for shareing him with us"
jason metz of ridge farm il

"I had the privilage of serving with Paul for several years in B 1/152 INF. I have never met a soldier that could turn misery into a joke like he could do with so much ease. He made every troop that he came in contact with a better soldier. Though we miss him and feel a great loss from his passing, the memory of him can bring smiles to our faces. I am lucky to have known him and will never forget his sacrifce."
Spc Bryan Westerfield of Indianapolis, IN

"There hasen't been a day go by since Paul past that something hasn't reminded me of him. It was he who guided me to become the person I am today. I still remember the first drill he was in my squad.He should have been my leader. He guided me through several situations. He will always be missed but never forgotten."
Dustin I Tumey Sgt of Martinsville, IN 46151

"February 22, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Paul M. Heltzel:
Paul 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

"It's been 3 years Paul, and I stll miss my friend."
sue of Watertown NY

"I miss you more than you will ever know. I know you are looking out for patrick. Remember how much we love you and miss you"
shel of Fort Bliss Texas

"i am really sorry for you lost. i have a cousin robert heltcel over there right now. you are in prays"
keri heltcel of moore, oklahoma usa

"I served with Paul in Indiana and he was always a lot of fun to talk to and work with. We'll miss him."
CPT Joe Hasler of Clay City, Indiana

"Miss ya"
Shel of El PAso Texas

"To the family of Paul Heltzel.

I couldn't possibly begin to conceive the depth of your grief. As the father of two grown children, I truly empathize with your loss. Please know that there are those who pray that you will be able to come to terms with the absence of a truly loved family member, an American hero. As a fellow American, I thank your family for Paul's service to our country. I am truly sorry for your loss.

God Bless."
Ken Heltzel, Jr. of Stratford, CT

"To the family of:Paul M. Heltzel 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"

"To the family of Paul Heltzel,
I had the honor of being stationed with Paul at Ft Drum, NY. I was speaking with my wife the other night and we were remembering the ICE Storm of January 1998. Paul and another friend of ours Rusty had came to our house to hang out, eat and just be together during during that time. I have a photo of Paul and Rusty in the front yard chipping ice off of the bushes to keep the food cold in the frig. Just remembering these times brings a smile to my face knowing that I had the chance to know Paul. You could always count on Paul to help you out. We will dearly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers go to Krys and the Heltzel faimly."
Darren Maxberry of Fresno, Ca

"Krys.. I am at a loss of words, I know just how much you both meant to each other. I just found out about Paul. He was a good man and one hell of a Soldier. I know you will miss him.. Thank you so much for sharing him with our Nation. You are a Hero too. You and your loved ones are in my thoughts and Prayers."
Lieutenant Colonel R, McGee USMC of Quantico, Va

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

"one thing i remember most about paul is he was always upbeat,even during the worse of times.nothing seemed to get him down and we all learned from that when we were in baghdad.he will be missed by all of us,...krisnmiles..."
miles berkeley craig of bloomington,in

I found out today that Paul was gone. Patrick, Michael and I are at a great loss of even what to say. We loved Paul and will never forget him. Please contact me if you read this."
Shel(angel140666@yahoo,com) of Fort Lewis Washington

"I had the distinct pleasure of serving with Paul on his first rotation into Iraq. We both served with Bco 1-152 INF out of Martinsville, IN. He was always a pleasure to talk with. Always laughing or making someone else laugh. I, and his Bco brothers will miss him. My condolences to all his family and friends.
SGT John Archer of Indianapolis, IN USA

"Paul will not be forgotten by his family of the 256th. His sacrifice will be remembered. Our son, Chris, was killed on 12-23-04, and he, with all of his fellow fallen heroes are keeping watch over all the members of the 256th until they come home safely.

Judy and Bob Barnett
Parents of 1st LT Christopher Barnett, (11-02-72-12-23-04)"
of Baton Rouge, LA

"To Paul's family and friends, I am feeling your pain with you just as I did on Jan. 26, 2005 when I lost my son, LCPL Brian Hopper USMC. Let some of the pride take away some of your pain. I, as well as this country are honored and proud of Paul and his family."
Rob Hopper of Wynne, AR

"To the family of Paul, please know that our family honors your hero. We will never forget his Bravery, Valor, and Courage. He gave the ultimate sacrifice and we will are grateful for his loyal service. Paul was an amazing person for putting his life on the line for our country. Thank you.
All of our prayers are with you and please know that you are not alone in your time of saddness there are so many of us who are going through the same.
God Bless Paul and his family."
Jennifer and SSG Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Paul , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "


"Family and friends, Paul is truly a hero and we thank him for his honorable service to America and to the citizens of Iraq who so desperately want freedom. His sacrifice was the ultimate and I am so sorry for those of you he has left behind. May God give you strength. He is now with his brother in arms, our son, Jonathan Ray Reed (1-28-05) along with many others from Louisiana."
Webster and Ruth Reed(Father and stepmom of John Reed) of Krotz Springs, LA

"Thank you Paul Heltzel, 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 Sgt. Paul Heltzel:
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 Paul 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 Sgt. Paul Heltzel:
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 Paul, 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