Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Charles A. Kiser

37, of Cleveland, Wisconsin.
Kiser died in Mosul, Iraq, when an explosion occurred near his convoy. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 330th Military Police Detachment, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Died on June 24, 2004.

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"Chuck - still thinking of you and how huge your heart was. The impact you had at GKN and all the employees.... Miss you much and so proud of you!"

"Deb, I do not know if you remember me but we were all stationed together in Sigonella Sicily. We all went on a tour of Germany after the wall fell. I still have the pictures of you, Kiser, Ron and I when we went through that Salt Mine in Salzburg. I have great memories of the many parties at y'alls house off base. I will never forget when I heard of his passing I was floored and still think of him even after all these years."
Lucy Freeman RM2 of Charlotte, NC

"I had the privilege of serving with Chuck. He was my Navy Seabee brother and I miss him dearly. For those of you who never got the chance to meet Chuck, you really missed an infectious personality.

He always pushed himself to be the best, and expected the same of others. I remember one time when we were running our PT qualifications.....I had hurt my knee earlier in the month, and was still feeling the effects of it during my run. I was struggling to say the least. Chuck was like white lightning, so of course he finished way up front. He knew I was hurting, so instead of taking it easy at the finish line, Chuck ran back to where I was and started bellowing like only he could...."Don't give up bro.....come on...you are a U.S. Navy Seabee....move your *!!" Well....that motivational speech was enough to carry me to the finish line. My knee was pounding and hurt like hell, but Chuck was right there, giving me a hug and saying "Now THAT'S how you do it!"

I think about Chuck randomly, when I see something or someone that/who remind me of him. I think about him when I have a bad day at work. Nothing bad that happens at work can ever compare to the day I learned of Chuck's passing.

I have the freedom to come home every day to my loving family, and it is thanks to brave souls like Charles Anthony Kiser who make that possible.

I miss you bro, and hope that your bravery will never be forgotten. God bless you, your family, and all those who have served."
BU3 Ron Nikolai of Green Bay, WI

"Chuck, I remember the first day I met you at the 330th, and I knew this was going to be a great unit. I wish I could have been there for you my friend. You were not a only a good soldier, but a good person and I miss you. Never Forgotten!
Tom K (original dirty dozen)"
Tom K of Watertown, Wi

"23 Feb 2012
I can finally read these posts without crying myself sick. I actually have a smile on my face. Thank you for all this."
Deb Kiser of Cleveland WI

"To the Family Blessed to have had Chuck within it's branchs of the Kiser family tree, I want to assure you all Chuck will never be forgotten for the plan old good natured good man he was. We need more good men like Chuck today and fortunately for those of us served with him ,got to know ,laugh with him,we are honored to have been friends with a good man like Chuck we can follow his example.
I was on duty at Port Huenme with the
Seabee's when I was called and told of Chucks death. Along with the crushing sadness and anger I also thought of the years Chuck served with NMCB 25 Seabees from Det 1525 out of Green Bay.
He was always the proffessional , committed to his duty balanced with a love for life that made our Drill Weekends with Chucks histercaly funny at times.
To Deb her kids and Chucks family, I just want you to know that not a Vetrans Day, Memorial Day and Fourth of July goes by with out thinking about Chuck and telling somebody near by about him as well. We lost him as a Soldier but he'll always be part of the Seabees to me and his other friends that loved him.
God Bless you all."
SWC Mike Hughes of San Diego CA.

"Thank you Polly for the post. I will never forget my friend. Please keep praying for Chuck's family, especially for Deb and his children."
Tim Colonel of New Vienna, OH

"To the family of:Charles A. Kiser
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"1-29-11"

"Still here and remember everything. Looking for new posts from your friends and family. Tim."
Tim Colonel of New Vienna, Ohio

"Still looking for posts, remembering you always."
Tim Colonel of New Vienna, OH

"Chuck, It's six years now you have been gone from us. It still seems like yesterday sometimes to me. The pain has eased some, but the great memories still keep me going. I'll always be here to post to anyone who wants to know more about you."
Tim colonel of New Vienna, Ohio

"You are still in my thoughts Chuck. Memerioral day is especially more important than ever to me now. A 21 gun salute is a high honor, in my mind today, the volleys have been fired. Rest in peace brother. Until we meet again."
Tim Colonel of New Vienna Ohio

"To the brother who posted here on Chucks' site. We are with you and will pray for your safe return. If you know the Kisers, I want to know you as well. Everyone that Chuck has touched is welcome to reply here on this site."
T. Colonel of New Vienna, Ohio

"As I get ready to go to Iraq again... I am forever in your gratitude... for reasons I can not say.. thank you Chuck... you will always be remembered..."

"Joy,
Yes, I remember everything about those times. I also remember all the other places you took us to, always including Chuck and myself before we were able to drive.
We do need to find the time to get together to celebrate Chuck's life and re-remember everything."
Tim Colonel of New Vienna, Ohio

"Chuck,
Not a day goes by without missing you and dad! I promise I will do right by what you both believed while you were on this earth! and in Heaven! I know you both are proud of mom's courage and faith to get up everyday and live life! Mom is my inspiration! I live life for my kids as well! One day we will meet again...But I know you are both with me everyday while I walk this earth. God is GREAT!

Timmy... I love you my brother! remember Steph and I took you and Chuck to the Drive in... Mom and Dad would have kicked my butt, had they known we did that! cooler and chairs infront of my car! Thanks Timmy for always posting here!
I think you owe me a night out! haha
Love you Timmy!
God Bless you!"

"Chuck,
Yet another year has passed. I still think of you, and I know you hear me. I believe you have helped me along during some trying times somehow. I think that's how it all is supposed to work anyway. Yes, you should still be here with us. Your influence is still strong though. That is because of the way you lived your life. Less respectable people fade away, but you my friend, are the exact opposite! I will never forget. I will speak of you until I see you again someday.
I have read and heard some limited explanations of your final day. I wish that everyone would know the real deal. Your sacrifice should be known to all, maybe a lot of other people would understand just how brave you and the others were. I will keep posting, faithfully. Your brother, Tim."
Tim Colonel of New Vienna Ohio

"It's coming around again. The anniversary of a loved one lost. Time is flyng past us so quickly, is it five years already. How can anyone really describe what we feel? Is it a feeling of loss and desperation that nothing can be regained? Not for me! I have prayed to our lord for strength and protection many times as a husband and father.
Every time I have climbed aboard the fire truck as a volunteer responding to whatever has happened since 6/24/04, I have included a quick shot to Chuck to keep me in mind and protect me.
I have a decal on my fire helmet that says "NO FEAR". I placed that there right after Chuck was taken from us. Through his acions, what do I really need to fear?"
Tim Colonel of New Vienna, Ohio

"Timmy, thanks for always posting here and keeping Chuck's memory alive! God Bless you my dear brother! Thank you for serving and keeping our family free! You are our Hero as well! God Bless you our brother from another mother! I love you Timmy as mom and sister's do! More importantly CHUCK! come and visit with your wife and children.. and your grandchild!
God Bless your heart!
Love you, God Bless!
Joy"
Joy of Cincy

"Chuck and family,
I stopped by this site again to see who has visited and to say hello again. Grandma Colonel is with you now and I'm sure Grandpa asked her what took her so long. I had the chance to see your ("our") mother too at the visitation. I had a little suprise to tell her that lit her up like a fireball, the look in her eyes was unbelieveable and bright. I'm now a Grandpa. Grace Marie was born March 10, 2008 to Sarah and Michael. So, not only are you known to my kids as "Uncle Chuck", when Grace is old enough to understand you will be known as "Great Uncle Chuck". I will tell her all of the stories and times we shared together and with our friends."
Tim Colonel of New Vienna, Ohio

"Chuck - you are sadly missed dear friend. Although it has been a long time since our paths have crossed, we feel like it was yesterday. Sigonella was never the same we left. Deb ~ we miss you and hope you are doing well."
Kelly & Dan Holland of Barre, Vermont

"Chuck,
I keep remembering all of the best times we spent together. All of the memories of the track and cross country
meets and the fun we had. Spending the night at each others house, swimming, fishing, on the edge of getting into trouble sometimes. These times still pop up in my dreams with you in them. The camp outs with your family are probably the most enduring. I think we both learned together, a close family is one of the most important things in the world.
You gave your time and life to show a perfect example as to how to be a family and a member of the community. It didn't matter to you if they were from Ohio, Wisconsin,or Iraq. You reached out to help.
Someone who was mislead all throughout their life took you away. They did not know you. But had they known you, and what you believed in, the world would not be the same. It would be a much better place. Chuck, it is a better place for me because I know you, but I still miss you. Tim. 11/07/2008"
Tim Colonel of New Vienna, Ohio

"June 16, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Charles A. Kiser:
Charles 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

"Chuck,
It's been four years now that I last saw you at your going away party. I remember there were many of our St. Bernadette and high school buddies there, family and friends. I also remember hugging you like a brother for the last time. As a prior military member, we don't think about the things that should have been said or done at that moment. We put the danger aside and assume there will be another time. In our case, it was not to be. But, I remember that I told you that I loved you. That, my friend, will keep you in my mind for as long as I live. You will always live on, and my memories of all the good times and bad we shared together, and with your family are cherished in my heart. I always look back at these times and for some reason I see you wear that mischevious grin...........? I miss you."
Tim Colonel of New Vienna, Ohio

"Hey Chuck...3 years have gone by since you were taken from us. I am sure you are looking down on all of us taking care of us the way you did while you were still here on earth. I visited Steve at the cemetary 2 weeks ago and prayed for both of you. Everyone misses you both so deeply. Many of us got in touch yesterday to remember you...just wanted you to know that you are still and always will be in our thoughts and memories."
D of Wisconsin

"Chuck,
Thanks for letting me serve with you. Never a day has gone by that I don't think of you, look at your picture, and remember you. You will never be forgotten. You never disappointed me!
Uncle Mike"
Mike of Mequon, WI

"To Chuck's Family, especially to Joy:

Thank you for the kind words on my brother's page, Spc. Edgar P. Daclan, Jr. The last several years have been a struggle, but with time, it gets easier. You must be very proud of Chuck and you should be. I know you miss him dearly. I will continue to pray for our men and women in the military to come home safely to their families."
Iris Daclan of Annapolis, MD

"Chuck...it's almost been 3 years. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of both you and Steve. I don't know whatelse to say but, I'm sorry. I never got to say it before you left us. It haunts me to this day that you don't know how truly sorry I am for the stupid things I did. The day before you left us, I saw you in passing, we said our hello's, and those were the last words we spoke to each other. I'm sorry."
of WI

"Glenda (my second mom),
I don't know if you can forgive my lack of first hand support or contact with what was truly my second family. Tiny, you and the rest of the family always accepted me as another son. I have let you all down. All of the love you extended me through the years, I can never repay. You always thought of me as your son or brother as well. I have no excuses that would forgive me. I feel I have lost a part of me. Someone very important. Chuck and I had a bond that was tight. We didn't keep too close after we both married, but when we did talk or meet it was always about the good times and getting together. It seems our paths in life mirrored each other anyway. The time frame in which we married our wives and ages of our children as well. And a strong bond to our families. Chuck was my best friend and I cannot replace him. There isn't a day goes by that I don't think of him, and you. I love you. Tim."
Timothy Colonel of New Vienna Ohio

"For the family of Chuck, I want to leave a note and let you know that Chuck is remembered and loved, always. My prayers were with you on Memorial Day, and, as the second anniversary of Chuck's heroic passing comes near. We will continue to keep him with us through our memories of him, and in our hearts and prayers. I love you, all."
Kathy Hildebrand of Loveland, OH

"Chuck,
I know you're up there looking down on me. I want you to know that I love you and I'm proud of you. I miss seeing you the weekends I came up to Fort McCoy, just waiting to see you. Thank you for always running over to me and giving me a hug and a smile. I miss you more that I can stand. Thank you for being just who you are. You will be forever in my heart. Keep watching over Deb, Ali, and Mark for their sacrifice has been the greatest. I love you and miss you Chuck!!!!!!"
Megan of Howards Grove, WI

"Dear Kiser Family,
I have met Chuck once in my life but I know that you all loved him. I was there for everything that you had for him in Cincinnati. I love you all very much."
Emma of Amelia, OH

"To the Family of SSG Charles Kiser:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put SSG Kiser's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country. If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.
We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of Charles A. Kiser:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"SSG Kiser, it was an honor and a privlage to serve with you. "We will never forget" -Soldiers of the 330th MP Det."
330th MP Det. of Mosul, Iraq

"My deepest sympathies to the family of Sgt. Kiser. I am an artist living in California and am participating in a Memorial for the fallen soldiers from Iraq. We are attempting to paint all of the portraits of those who have fallen. The memorial is being exhibited at the College Of Marin in Kentfield, Ca. till February 22nd. Then the memorial will travel to Syracuse University where those students will add to the show of portraits. I have done a duplicate portrait of Sgt. Kiser that his family requested, but I do not have their contact information. If anyone who reads this can send me this information I would greatly appreciate it. Contact me, Krystal Allen at krystal@krystalallen.com"
Krystal Allen of Inverness, Ca

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to thank the family of Sgt Charles Kiser. I was given the name of Charles Kiser as my 'Adopt a Soldier' through www.operationac.com. Unfortunately, Sgt. Kiser had been killed prior to the delivery of the package. It was a box of little things from eye-drops to q-tips and a letter thanking him for his service. I had looked so forward to hearing back from him. I'm very sorry for your loss and want to express my deepest appreciation for your for supporting the man defending my liberty and freedom. I'm going to donate to the Fallen Heros Fund in his name today. God Bless You and Prayers for your safety, health and strength from us in New Mexico."
Scott Moore of Las Cruces, NM, USA

"Every message that has been added here, on behalf of my brother SSG Chuck Kiser? Absolutely Beautiful! I thank each and everyone of you, for your kind words and prayers. I read the most Beautiful message of all! It was from my brothers baby girl!
Ali, I'm so proud of you! Your dad is TOO! What courage it must have taken for you, to add such a great message! But, I'm not surprised! Your daddy had Courage!! You are just LIKE HIM! God Bless you my precious baby girl!
I love you very much!! Aunt Joy"
Joy of Cinti, Ohio

"Ali,
you are one of my bestest best friends. i feel so bad and so sad and i wish that everything would change. we all love you and you are in my memories always. you are my bestest best friend and always will be. thats why i always invite you and hang out with you all the time. love ya much like a sis! :) we all loved your dad and he will always be a known as a hero!:)"
Tiah Colon of Sheboygan, WI

"THanks to who ever wrote on tis page. My dad would wish me to thank you very much. I can rest at night knowing that there are people in this world who truly care.
God Save Us ALL!
Peace on Earth!
let everyone who reads this be blessed."
Ali Kiser, Daughter of Cleveland, Wisonsin

"To the Relatives of Chuck Kiser.
I never got to meet Chuck, but would have loved to. For he had great courage and his warm heart for helping our country as well as those Iraqi Children. I have gotten to know many of the Relatives of Chuck and I know he would be as great as you all are to me.
To The relatives of Chuck Who I keep in my heart Close to me. His Sister and his Nieces and Nephews.
I love you all."
Ryan Ray of Goshen, Ohio/ United States

"Thank you to all those that left messages on this page and others. It is an honor to read through the messages and realize the impact that my husband had on those he knew and those he did not. These past months have been a blur of activity but we are now finally able to search the web and read through the many messages to our personal hero and others. Chuck believed in what America is doing for the people of Iraq, please do what you can to support his fellow soldiers and the families of other fallen soldiers. Thank you for this site. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

If God leads you to it,
He will lead you through it.
Remember,
24 Jun 2004

There has been a memorial fund established in Chuck's name that will benefit his two dearly loved children.
Cleveland State Bank
1250 W Washington Ave
Cleveland WI 53015"
Deb Kiser of Cleveland WI

"Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family also lost my nephew, Spc. Daniel Desens, Jr. on the same day in this battle for freedom. Charles is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to this country. God bless your family and I pray you will find some comfort during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"We are so sorry for your lose. Chuck was a Great Hero and did not balk at doing his job. America is blessed to have had your son as a citizen. God Bless You as He Has Your Son."
Mr. & Mrs. Montagne of Sheridan WY USA

"To the Kiser Families,
It is withgreat sympathy I extend my heartfelt sorrow to all. Knowing Chuck, the world has lost a great person and loving man. He was and will always be remembered as a warm, caring, loving person. I am better having known him and all of you, and for being a part of your circle of family. My heart and prayers are with you all, especially to his children. Love always,"
Nancy of Cincinnati, Ohio

"I did not know SSG Kiser but since his death I have gotten to know his family quite well. To the wife and kids I want to say that I am that much poorer for not knowing him. From what I have heard he and I would have gotten along very well. However I am that much richer because I have been given the privelage of helping you thru this very trying time. To Chuck's Mother and sisters it has been a true HONOR to be associated with your family, God Bless you and if you ever need anything you can call me anytime day or night.

And finally to Chuck, the man I never knew but have gotten to know so well. Rest well knowing that your "brothers" will ensure that your loved ones will always be taken care of. There have been SO many people that have told me this and of this promise I have no doubts it will be done."
The Family knows who I am and that is all that matters of "A humble Soldier in Wisconsin"

"Chuck was a great person. He was always my hero. I, personally, will always be in his debt. THANK YOU CHUCK KISER!!"
someone who loved chuck of cleveland, wisconsin

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

"Thank you brave soldier for your unselfishness. Thank you for giving up your today for my children's tomorrows. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. We will never forget. May God grant peace to your family during this time of sorrow. May you enjoy your final Tour of Duty in Heaven, where there is peace. Thank you sir."
a grateful citizen of USA of Arizona

"Thank you brave soldier for your unselfishness. Thank you for giving up your today for my children's tomorrows. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. We will never forget. May God grant peace to your family during this time of sorrow. May you enjoy your final Tour of Duty in Heaven, where there is peace. Thank you sir."
a grateful citizen of USA of Arizona

"I'm so sorry for your loss. My husband is also in Iraq right now. I live near Cincinnati and hearing your story on the news really touched my heart. My prayers and thoughts are with your family."
Jennifer Gowdy of Lawrenceburg, IN

"To the family of Charles Kiser.
Words can not express the sorrow you must feel right now. Our family has also lost a american hero to the war in Iraq recently. May they always be remembered for the ultimate bravery they showed defending our country. May God bless your family during this difficult time."
The McClain family of Tucson, AZ

"Chuck was a great guy. He will be missed alot by friends and family. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kiser family."
Jenni Brockmann of Valders, Wisconsin

"May the Lord God bless Charles and welcome him into his arms. We are truly grateful for his sacrifice. I hope that you and your family will find peace and comfort."
Mat Philip of Tokyo JAPAN

"May God's blessings be with you thru this tragic time. His life was given up for our freedom. For that he will never be forgotten. My prayers and tears are with you."
Candy Knutson of Poynette, WI

"To Charles' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To Charles' Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the Family of Charles Kiser, Your husband, father is a true hero. His contribution to community and country will always be remembered. What I will also remember is his friendly smile and wave when ever he saw me. A good neighbor, friend, and soldier. We all will miss him. God keep you in His care always."
Earl Stoltenberg of Cleveland, Wi.

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

"Thank you Charles Kiser, 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. Charles Kiser:
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 Charles 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. Charles Kiser:
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 Charles, 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