Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Walter B. Howard II

35, of Rochester, Michigan.
Howard died in Balad, Iraq, of injuries sustained earlier that day in Ashraf, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1 Abrams tank. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on February 2, 2006.

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"To sigh up voluntarily,to be sent anywhere in the world to possibly die for something you might not even even agree with,... that is the most patriotic thing I can think of.
To all our great men and women in the Military branches/National Guard,Coast Guard,and family members of them I say thank you."
DJ of Portland,Oregon

"I will never forget the night you left us Walter. Your smile will always remain in my memory. Such a great Warrior, Soldier and Person. RIP Brother!"
1SG (RET) Jerry McClain Jr of Fort Benning, GA

"It's been 6 years since you were taken from us, not a day goes by I don't think of you Walt....I miss you alot!!!"
Deanie of Selfridge, Michigan

"Thank you for being the ultimate patriot and for giving so selflessly the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. I could not be anymore proud to call you my brother! You are an eternal hero! I love you."
Kevin Kryczkowski of Dallas, Texas

"Well here we are three years after that fatal day and it feel like just yesterday. I went to Walters Resting place on Memorial Day 2009 and what a sad sight to encounter, An emptie Space not even a picture. My family and myself will never recover from his death! If anyone reading this knows Jamie she returned to Colorado three months after Walters death with another Sholdier. Please can you kindly ask her to give Walter back to his family. No amount of money is,or was worth his life! We only want him home!!! Please Can you Help????"
Lisa Szarka (sister) of England

"I am making birdhouses for Fallen Soldiers that have died in Iraq,and Afg. I have one made forCpl. Walter B. Howard but I can't find your address. I charge no money for the birdhouses as I do it to honor you and the Fallen Soldier. I have two others that I will deliver in your area, and I could deliver yours at the same time. I have had stories in the Free Press, and Flint Journal about what I am doing.
emial donald-mcgowan@att.net"
Donald McGowan of Clio, Mi 48420 11420 Elmdale dr.

"January 26, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Walter B. Howard, II:
Walter 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

"Walt, I don't know why I am thinking so much about you lately but I am...love you, miss you my dear cousin."
Libby Liebig of Holly, MI

"To the Howard Family: Today (May 25, 2006) each member of First Baptist Church of Orlando was given a flag with a fallen hero's name on it. I received Walter's flag. I wanted to let you know that I am praying for your family. I know your heart is heavy and pray that each day God blesses you with His comfort. My husband lost his brother in Korea. His mother is still living, 95 years old. The hurt never goes away, but it does get better. Thank you from a grateful nation for Walter."
Martha Laws of Orlando, Florida USA

"One day until the two anniverary of your death and I seem to not be able to get over you being gone. It still seems inconcievable that a world can exist without you. I was looking forward to growing up with you, but the life of being an adult brought with it the inevitable seperation that it's complexities always bring. We weren't able to see eachother as much I would have wanted because of our mutual obligations to living our lives. I freely admit that I took for granted that we'd always be there for eachother. But your life was cut short in the blink of an eye and I've never been the same since, not withstanding my own experiences in Kirkuk and Balad.

Last year, I was 5 miles from where you were killed. Last year it tore me up being so close to the place of your demise. Today, being so far away from Ashraf and Balad and at home doesn't provide the salve for the wound left from your death.

I miss you so much and the tears in my heart are non-stop. I wish I could just have one good cry and be done, but the mourning is continuous in nature because you were more than my cousin, you were my older brother. You will always be at the right side of me; your presence abides with me always.

Until we meet again..."
Rob Barner of Clinton Township, MI

"To the family of:Walter B. Howard ll 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"

"Walter B. Howard was an incredible Soldier, Father, and Brother. I served with Walter and had the pleasure of knowing him. There is not a day that goes by that I do not remember his service and sacrifice. It was an Honor and Priviledge to serve with you. Brother, you are not Forgotten and you are Dearly missed.



1LT Jason Gladney
FT. Eustis,Va"

"To the family of Walter B. Howard II, I never will forget a great friend from elementary, junior high, high school. Walter was a talented baseball & flag football player for the Fraser recreation teams we played on. The greatest memory of Walter was when we were on the 9th grade track team and out team ended the season 9 wins and 0 loses and Walt and I had to end the season runnning the mile relay and breaking the 9th grade school record. Walt, you will never be forgotten by me and many more from the Fraser High School's class of 1988."
Allen Markiewicz, USN of Warren/Fraser, Michigan

"It is the soldier,not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speach.

It is the soldier, not the protestor, who has given us the freedom to protest.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, and who's coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protestor the freedom to burn the flag.

Rest in peace brother...I will never forget!"
SSG Craig Barringer of Fort Carson, Co.

"Thank You my friend for taking the noble action of serving our great country. I clearly remember working together many years ago, and enjoying our friendship. I remember the fun times we had together. I pray for your family. And I will meet you again in heaven someday my friend."
Walter Fouts of Washington, MI USA

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

"I want to Thank All that have left messages for My Family we Appreciate your Thoughts and Prayers. ~~~Walter was a wonderful Brother, Son, Husband and Father! He is greatly missed."
Lisa Szarka of England

"Thank you Walter Howard II, 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 Cpl. Walter Howard II:
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 Walter 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 Cpl. Walter Howard II:
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 Walter, 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