Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Craig S. Ivory


26, of Port Matilda, Pennsylvania.
Ivory died of a non-combat related cause in Homberg University Hospital, Germany, after he was medically evacuated from Kuwait on August 12. Ivory was assigned to the 501st Forward Support Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Southern European Task Force, Vicenza, Italy. Died on August 17, 2003.

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"I met Craig in 1998 in Pusan. I was an MP at the time and he worked in the motor pool. We played on the the post softball team together for the "Deuce". Craig always had a smile on his face and walked around with swagger that would not be expected from a guy of his size. Little in stature but big smile, big heart and lots of confidence. I had to laugh out loud when I read the post about the fuel pod - I remember that like it was yesterday. I knew he had passed but I did not know about this website. I can't believe that it has been 13 years already. Rest in Peace my friend - see you on the other side!"
Josh of South Carolina

"Craig,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Airborne All The Way!"

"Its been nine years babe. Sabra turned 18 this year and,like every year, here wish is still that we could go back and somehow stop it. You are remembered every year' and every day our ft.bliss family raise a toast to you, even though we are all scattered. I still love you baby.so do the kids. Your the piece of us that's missing. The scar that just won't heal. I love you baby. See you on the other side."
amber gibson and kids thomas anthony and sabra barrett of albuquerque, n.m. and elpaso tx.

"I COME BACK TO THIS SITE EVERY SO OFTEN JUST TO LEAVE A PART OF ME IN REMEMBARENCE OF CRAIG. THE CRAZY COWBOY WAS A FRIEND A LOT OF YEARS AGO NOW, BUT HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THIS SOILDIER. REST EASY OLD SOILDIER, YOU'R TOUR IS DONE."
Sgt WALTER W. FEASEL of HESPERIA, MI, VIA CAMP VIRIGINA KUWAIT

"To the family of Specialist Craig S. Ivory:

Please know that your loved one was remembered individually by my family at the Memorial Day Services at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Lehighton PA.

We are so appreciative of your sacrifice and we pray that God bless you all always!"
The Aaron Family of Lehighton, PA

"Never forgotten. Pace"

"I am in shock. I know they say being in the military makes the world smaller but I'm stunned at this irony. I just became a Physician Assistant this year. I never even knew the profession existed until I deployed for combat as a medic in 2004-05 to Kirkuk, Iraq. Of all the places to be stationed for OIF III, I was at the same place as where the Ivory Combat Clinic (ICC)stands, dedicated in memory of ths honorable soldier-medic! My work in and around the ICC and the deployment itself had a profound impact on the course of my future. I was looking today to join the Veterans Caucus of th AAPA and the Craig C. Ivory PA scholarship caught my eye! Actually, stopped me in tracks. I am still in disbelief at the irony. I will never forget my time @th ICC and all the amazing providers there nor brave soldiers such as Craig who paid the ultimate price serving their country."
Carly of Chicago, IL.

"He was my little big brother. We served together in Iraq. He was my little big brother. Atleast thats what we called each other... Little because he was smaller than me. Big, because he was older than me... I get to crying every year around this time... and I know it it's because I miss Craig! WIth all my heart... I love you Craig... you will always be my brother!"
Brianna of Fort Benning, GA

"knew craig well from back at 3/43 he was always i boost to moral he was a true friend to all and we all loved having him around you were always in for a laugh with that guy he will be truly missed and held in him esteem"
SSG Billy Claggett of Ft Sill, OK , USA

"CRAIG: JUST LEAVING A NOTE TO SAY I HAVENT FORGOTTEN YOU. I STILL REMEMBER THE WILD TIMES IN PUSAN, AND I STILL HAVE THE PIC IN THE MOTOR POOL FROM 1998. REST EASY OLD SOILDER, YOUR TOUR IS DONE."
Sgt Walter Feasel of Hesperia Michigan USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,000 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"To Craig's family and friends,
I did not know your soldier but wanted to send my thoughts of extreeme thanks and gratitude for doing what they did. My name it Kelly (Tyrrell) Zitelman and my younger brother PFC Scott Tyrrell also died "from injuries sustained in Iraq during a non-combat related incident" in 2003. He was near an amunitions hold when it exploded on Nov. 14th and died from his injuries on Nov. 20th at Brooks Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
It has been just over 6 years for us...and I just wanted you to know that yours, as well as mine have not been forgotten. I want to thank you for the sacrifice that, not only your soldier, but all of you also gave! I hope that you are able to keep Craig's memory alive but have also learned to live with the pain of him being gone. Please know that I will be thinking of all of you and that if any of you ever need to talk with someone "that truely understands"...you can reach me at zitelmanzoo@yahoo.com
Kelly :)"
Kelly (sister to a fellow fallen soldier) of Dixon,IL

"hi cuz i was only 6 when you died even though i may not remember you i know you died serving our country"
brook(your 3thd cousin of conneticut

"TO THE FAMILY OF CRAIG IVORY, MY NAME IS (SGT) JASON EVANS AND IVORY WAS IN MY SQUAD WHEN HE WAS WITH 3-43 ADA IN EL PASO. I WILL NEVER FORGET HIM..HIS WALLET WAS AS BIG AS HE WAS..AND STILL TO THIS DAY DO NOT KNOW HOW HE RODE BULLS AND BRONCS...HE WAS ABOUT 105 LBS SOAKING WET!...I WILL NEVER FORGET THE DAY HE CAME TO ME AND LET ME KNOW THAT HE WAS ON THE WAY TO ITALY...HE WAS A VERY HAPPY CAMPER.....I DONT SAY THIS ABOUT MANY MEDICS THAT I WORKED WITH...BUT I WOULD LET GRAIG WORK ON ME ANY DAY...HE WAS A GREAT MEDIC AND A GOOD FRIEND....I WAS LOOKING AT SOME OF MY OLD ARMY PICTURES THE OTHER DAY AND I HAD SOME OF WHEN HE CAME TO MY HOUSE IN EL PASO ON THANKSGIVING..HAD ON HIS WRANGLER JEANS, BOOTS AND HIS SLEVES ROLLED UP SO THAT YOU COULD SEE HIS TATS....JUST FOUND THIS SITE TONIGHT....CRAIG YOU ARE MISSED"
JASON EVANS of GRIFFIN, GEORGIA

"August 17th 2008...It's been 5 years since you left us. I think of you always and miss you dearly! I will never forget August 17th or what a great cousin you were. I will see you again some day! Love you!"
Jenny Sheffield of Tampa, Fl

"Rest in peace old friend. I was stationed in Korea with Craig in Pusan back in 98. I was an MP and have some fond memories of him. Like the time he fell in the fuel pod while trying to figure out how much was in it. He came out covered in diesel. You were born to wear the uniform. Never forgotten."
Randy Lambert of Orlando, FL

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Craig S. Ivory:
Craig 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

"Hello agian my old friend. It has been 4 yrs. since left us. It still feels like yesterday that we where all together. I guess I still havent learned to let go of the past. Well I know you are looking down on us everyday but it still hurts to think that you are gone, but don't worry we will all be together again my friend. I love you my friend."
Jerod Reneau of Victoria, Tx

"FROM A GREASE MONKEY TO A COMBAT MEDIC WHAT A CHENGE. I SERVED WITH CRAIG IN KOREA WITH THE 552ND MP CO. PUSAN IN 1998. I WAS AN MP THERE. I HAVE A PIC OF CRAIG WITH ME ON HIS BACK DOIN THE WE ARE #1 SIGN. I WAS 6'1" AND WEIGHED 235LBS AT THE TIME WHAT A SHOT. I ALSO RAN INTO CRAIG IN BLISS, I WAS PART OF THE 978TH MP CO. I'LL NEVER FORGET."
CPL WALTER W. FEASEL of HESPERIA, MI USA

"Hey Doc, I'll never forget watching you ride down in El Paso. Or you refusing to back down. I miss you. I know you are in a better place now, but even after 3+ years it still hurts. I'll never forget you or that grin you always wore. You were one of a kind. Who's gonna make fun of me when I burn my hands the next time?"
Kris Gunnare of Davenport, IA/Scott

"Well it has been three years. I miss you just as much now as when it happened. I was there with you that day and that is something I will always keep with me. Funny thing is when we sent you out I thought you were coming back to us eventually but I guess you were needed elsewhere. They almost got me too. I just about checked out this year with a bunch of blood clots to but I think you were there with me and pulled me through it. It's funny how you meet someone and in such a short amount of time they truly touch your life in a way no one else could. I miss you just as much today as when I taped your patron saint across your chest that day in Kirkuk. You will always be with me, I love you man!! Cowboy up!!--Misty"
SSgt. Misty Bates of Sidney, Ohio USA

"I got to know Craig better then alot of people because he only let in a very few into his real life. I got the honor to date him for a few months when he was station at Ft Bliss and I also got to know his mother very well and still talk to her every week, but I know that Craig is still with me because he will always have a piece of my heart. He gave me back my life and I can never thank him enough for that. He also gave me my husband who is now in Iraq fighting the same fight and is a medic just like Craig and I know that Craig is keeping him safe. So I leave you with this message for Craig. You are one of the loves of my life and you know that and thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Jennifer Hampton ( Dawdy) of Magnolia,TX ( El Paso,TX)

"3 years, Still Not Forgoten"
SPC Norrod of Fort Benning, GA

"To the family of:Craig S Ivory I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"Hey Doc,

Words can not say how much I miss you and how much my heart goes out to your family. Thanks for all the fun in the field of Ft. Bliss. I know your watching and I hope we make you proud."
Scott McAlister of Gelnhausen, Hessen, Germany

"Happy Veterans day man...miss ya!"
Lauren of Bridgewater, New Jersey

"Every time I hear this song I immediately think of my cousin Craig. I would like to dedicate it to him. I along with the rest of the family are so very proud of Craig and the courage he possessed. We love him and miss him. Craig- you are in our hearts forever!

My old friend~ Tim McGraw

My old friend, I recall
The times we had hanging on my wall
I wouldn't trade them for gold
Cause they laugh and they cry me
Somehow sanctify me
Their woven in the stories I have told
And tell again
My old friend, I apologize
For the years that have passed
Since the last time you and I
Dusted off those memories
But the running and the races
The people and the places
There's always somewhere else I had to be
Time gets slim, my old friend
Don't know why, don't know why
Don't know why, don't know why
My old friend, this song's for you
Cause a few a few simple verses
Was the least that I could do
To tell the world that you were here
Cause the love and the laughter
Will live long after
All of the sadness and the tears
We'll meet again, my old friend
Goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye
My old friend, my old friend
Goodbye, goodbye
R.I.P Craig"
Katie of Parsippany, New Jersey/USA

"I hear people saying we don't need this war
I say there's some things worth fighting for
What about our freedom and this piece of ground?
We didn't get to keep 'em by backing down
They say we don't realize the mess we're getting in
Before you start preaching
Let me ask you this my friend

CHORUS 1
Have you forgotten how it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away?
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside
Going through a living hell
And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

They took all the footage off my T.V.
Said it's too disturbing for you and me
It'll just breed anger that's what the experts say
If it was up to me I'd show it every day
Some say this country's just out looking for a fight
After 9/11 man I'd have to say that's right

CHORUS 1
Have you forgotten how it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away?
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside
Going through a living hell
And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

I've been there with the soldiers
Who've gone away to war
And you can bet they remember
Just what they're fighting for

CHORUS 2
Have you forgotten all the people killed?
Some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field
Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?
All the loved ones that we lost
And those left to carry on
Don't you tell me not to worry about Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten?
Have you forgotten?



Darryl Worley/Wynn Varble, 2003


I will NEVER Forget Craig I love you and I miss you so much....Keep on Riding that Big Rodeo In the Sky.....Cowboy Up!!!!!"
Lauren Ricciardi of Bridgewater, New Jersey, USA!

"I love and miss ya cuz. everyday u r in my heart.May you R.I.P"
Zak(cousin) of Parsippany,NJ

"Well miss you Doc, you made on heck of a run at it. Bliss will always remember you. Cowboy Up"
SPC Norrod of Camp Victory, Iraq

"Hey i've never knew you but i know scooter really well cuz i sit next him in computer and i thank you for your service, god bless"
Jeff of penn hils

"We miss u so much i will always remember you!!!!! from Scooter and everybody in the family"
Scooter of Pittsburgh

"I never knew you but i see your name, and face every day at the Ivory Combat Clinic, Named after you. I pray you find peace.

STRIKE LIGHTNING!"
SPC Bailey of ICC, Kirkuk , Iraq

"Hey Doc you were probably the best man I've ever known and a damn good bullrider. Even though your gone me,mama,clint,ryan and the rest of the guys still look up to heaven and pray we will all be back together one day but until then you keep on ridin that big rodeo in the sky. Remember to always COWBOY UP!! Lots of love and your riding partner Jerod Reneau"
Jerod Ford Reneau of Victoria,Tx Victoia county

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Craig, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/17/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"to my dearest friend and only love. its almost been a year and i still think of you every day. i hope and pray your family is healing from your loss, and is as proud of you as i am still. the kids still have their picture of you and them on their walls, and tommy still crys, but he is proud of you also. sabra still calls you dad. i love you so much. i miss you so much. we will always. forever."
Amber L. Morrill of ElPaso, Texas

"Dear Cousin, Thank you so much for being my cousin. I am so proud of you, if you only knew. You showed me what it means to be a true hero. Everyday you are in my prayers and in my heart. I know a lot of the time you were away, but thank you for calling just to say hi. I was always proud to tell anyone and everyone that my cousin Craig is a member of the United States Army. Now I am proud to say that my cousin died for me, my family and my country! I love you with all my heart and you will always have a special place in it. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH THANKS CUZ!!!!
LOVE ALWAYS,
LAUREN"
Lauren Ricciardi of Bridgewater, New Jersey

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

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

"God bless you my friend.
I don't forget.
Saturday is your Birthday"
elettrikodj (Tiziano) of Vicenza Italy

"I will always remember your smiling face in concert band and in the halls of State College Area High School. I have planted a tree in your memory."
Megan of Crabwood Creek, Guyana, South America

"Thank you Craig Ivory, 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. Craig Ivory:
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 Craig 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. Craig Ivory:
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 Craig, 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