Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Thor H. Ingraham

24, of Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
Ingraham died in Khalidiyah, Iraq, while conducting combat operations and an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Greaves, Korea. Died on May 8, 2005.

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"It never gets easier......I hate living, learning. ...regretting without you"

"9 years......this one is hard....maybe because life is so confusing right now...ya know more than 3 years deployed and I cant remember * about this mission or that mission or when or where or even really care......but min for min I cant seem to make myself forget that morning top called me into his office and told me to shut the door.....still just hoping one day ill I understand why......I promise I will make my tires hate me tomorrow.......all day"
me again of apparently its called the great place.....

"What am I suppose to say?....I wanna choke the sh*t out of you...you're suppose to be here right now....you're suppose to be the way cooler uncle with the voice of reason that makes these kids make different mistakes.....its really f*ckin hard to play good cop and bad cop.....I don't think for one second that if you were here I wouldn't have problems.....but I know you could at least make me feel better about my mistakes"
John

"Having a drink for one of the best Soldiers I had the chance to work with"
MSG (ret) Darrell Taylor

"My name is Nate Blanton.....I went to basic training with Thor in Ft Benning Georgia, and we were stationed together with a large group of our graduating class at 1/12 infantry in Ft Carson Colorado. I remember getting drunk one night with a bunch of guys and getting rouwdy, and Thor drove me home to the barracks so i wouldnt get in any more trouble. This was a great friend of mine and i cannot believe he is gone. Rest in peace brother, I will never forget you!"
Nate of Ohio

"To the family of:Thor H. Ingraham
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""

"Man.....I really need to talk to you...sometimes I get get so angry...life just gets to that point...but it didnt really matter back in the day..no problem was to big we seemed to get over it....it was all to easy....now I find myself trying to make you proud of me....How is backwards is that?...lol..life is crazy...if you could see Zak.....wow...its scary looks like you and acts like me.....I really gotta walk away sometimes...ya know I think I would get arrested just to sit in the back of a cop car with you again"

"where is the clock that turns back time, where is the one right that fixes all the wrongs.....why is the light always brighter at the end of the tunnel and we always seem to be in the middle of the tunnel...when are you gonna let me drink away the pain and the regret I feel....just help me...help him....I don't think i get through to him....I always figured theese would be the easy years when I could relate and tell stories about me and you and he would come around....and he would take the third option...cause you and I obviously proved the first 2 were crap...so anytime you feel like droppin a rainbow my way I promise I'll listen"
John

"I always seem to come here when I start to question things....I used to call when things sucked...we would spin the tires and leave a pile a rubber moving out to take on the world...I'm sure you wouldn't have the answers if you were still here, but at least we could get drunk and laugh about something and still say screw it all and leave a pile of rubber behind us...I don't konw that you can hear me but it makes me feel better to convince myself that you can.....I love you man and I miss you...everyday"
John

"5 years and your memory is as fresh and vibrant as ever. I wish you could meet Lillie, but I know you see her. Thanks for the time that you spent with us."
Phoebe Durst of Raleigh, NC

"The days the months and the years go by....I keep waiting for it to get easier....When I look at Zak....man if you could hear his voice its crazy....I know I told you how proud of you I was and am but I don't think words express....I just miss ya bro....everyday"
SSG John Durst of Ft knox, KY

"I just found the last letter you ever wrote me, I think I've read it a thousand times and everytime it makes me cry, I still can't believe your gone. Every year on your birthday, I wear your dog tags because it makes me feel closer to you, and now, with the holidays approaching, I wish you were here. I love you and miss you, your little sister, Tara."
Tara of Washington, D.C.

"May 2, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Thor H. Ingraham:
Thor 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 am very sorry to hear about your child’s death through the website Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. We would like to invite you to join us at noon on this Saturday, May 17 at the Homewood Cemetery located in Squirrel Hill (1599 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 – phone for directions 412.421.1822) to honor the fifth anniversary of the death of Gary G's (former WEDO disc jockey) daughter, Cathy, who died in a fire. Upon Cathy's death, Gary started Cathy G Charities to carry on her work with the local homeless (on streets and in shelters), Veterans Administration, anyone who has a need etc. I do pro-bono work as the charities Public Relations Representative.

Since Gary is a disabled veteran, he especially wanted to invite the relative/friends of fallen heroes to our memorial. We have invited others who lost their sons and daughters and Gary will be stocking the beautiful cemetery pond with 900 goldfish and releasing doves after reading the names of the sons and daughters who have passed on.

Thank you for your interest. You can reach me immediately by phone at 412.673.9443 or Gary at 412.583.8560 or 412.373.5687. Please let us know if you can attend and the name of your loved one. Also please inform us if you cannot attend, but want your son or daughter’s name mentioned at our ceremony."
Janet Fabyankovic of Monroeville, PA, USA

"Brother it's been 3 long years and the road has been rough...I dunno where I'm goin lately but it seems like when I'm slippin you are still there pickin me up and you always seem to have my back..thanks man...and I guess I owe you some beers for last week..I love ya bro"
SSG John Durst of COP Norris, Baghdad,Iraq

"Thor, it's been a long time. People say that it gets easier with time, that time heals all wounds... we are all still waiting. John is deployed AGAIN and I have written Bertoldie and I will write Deckard, but please watch over him and be his guide, there few that can talk sense into that guy and we know you are one of them. All our love, The Brech Family"
Bruce & Nathalie of Ft Leonard Wood, MO

"I served with Ingraham in Korea and I consider him one of the best friends I ever had. Not a day goes by that I don't remember the sacrifice he made. He is a hero in every sense of the word and it was an honor to have served with him and to have had him as a friend."
Haryle Kaldis of Washington, DC

"Ingraham was in my team while I served in Korea. He was an outstanding soldier and awesome friend. We kept in touch after I left Korea, and while we were both in Iraq. Although he is not with us now, his memories will live on in all of us who knew him. Good times and bad."
SGT Olson, Joshua A. of Ft. Stewart, GA USA

"Currahee, Ssgt."
Spc. Ricks of Washington D.C.

"Not one day goes by that you are not on my mind. No matter where I go you are always with me. I miss you very much and wish you could be here so we could of been physicaly together like we planned and could have done everything we had talked about. I miss and love you very much."
Jessi Jeffers of Colo. Springs CO FT. Carson

"SSGT Ingraham was Bravo teamlear in my squad and i was Alpha teamleader while i served in Korea I can say from serving with him that he was a outstanding soldier and a great young man he will always be remebered, I just wish i was there for you in the time of need may rest in peace my fallen brother. You will always e remebered as a Hero."
SSGT Avila, Jose of 91st Div Camp Park , CA

"The Thunder is still heard !"
Patricia of San Antonio

"And we will all miss you, even if we don't carry the same names."
Trash of Pittsburgh, Pa

"SSG Ingraham was one of my best team leaders while i was in Korea. Thats why i recommended him for promotion. i was greatly saddened when i heard that he had been killed. My heart goes out to his family and i only wish i could have been there for him."
SFC Darrell Taylor of Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA

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

"I know Thor was a brave soldier and strong, capable leader. He will be missed terribly. My wish for his family is that each pain is replaced in time by beautiful memories of love shared. You will be in my prayers."
Genny of Boonton Twsp., NJ

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From the family of LCpl Branden P. Ramey, KIA 11/8/04"
Sandy of CA

"you will be forever missed, thank you for the "Thunder Storm" and the beautiful raindow... we got your message!"
The Brech Family of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"It has been awhile since I last saw your face but it still breaks my heart to learn of this news. You will be in my thoughts."
Megan Kirin of Pittsburgh, PA

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

"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

"THOR YOU WILL NEVR BE FORGOTTEN, NEVER. THANK YOU, FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY PROTECTING US AGAINST TERRORISM. YOU ARE A HERO! OUR FAMILY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON LAST MAY. AN THANKFUL; ALTHOUGH YOU TWO HADN'T KNOWN ONE ANOTHER STILL MILITARY BROTHER'S. YOU TRUELY, HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"My heart felt sympathy goes out to the Ingraham family on the loss of Thor. My brother, SSG Sean Huey was with the 2d ID - 1/506th Charlie Company, he was killed on 11 Nov 04. I know the pain you are feeling, please know that Thor did not die in vain, he is a hero! Your family will be in our thought and prayers.

Colleen"
TSgt Collen Huey-Garra of Fayetteville NC

"Thank you Thor Ingraham, 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. Thor Ingraham:
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 Thor 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. Thor Ingraham:
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 Thor, 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