Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Lance J. Koenig

33, of Fargo, North Dakota.
Koenig died in Tikrit, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting a dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 141st Engineer Battalion, Jamestown, North Dakota. Died on September 22, 2004.

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"Rip lance. you are not forgotten"
Darrick of fargo

"To the family of:Lance J.Koenig
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""

"Lance you are missed. We will never forget. You were a great person, great soldier, great team leader, great trailblazer. You are a Hero. You are forever engraved through art on my body. I will never forget you or your sacrifice."
Darrick Davidson of Fargo

""To the family of Lance Koenig, I would first like to thank you for raising such a wonderful, caring, and patriotic man. My brother, Keith Smette, was also killed in Iraq. My current job is as an instructor for units that are doing premobilization training in North Dakota. I take is seriously. One way for soldiers to get a good understanding of the importance of the training is by remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrafice. I would like for you to email me some stories about Lance. I did not have the privledge to meet him but would love to share bits and pieces about him so that those who deploy in the future will have his memory in their heads and remember why, and who, we are fighting for. My email address is robert.smette@us.army.mil Thank you so much and God Bless!""
CW2 Robert Smette of Bismarck, ND

"August 3, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Lance J. Koenig:
Lance 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

"A note from a passerby to reaffirm to those who miss and love you that you are thought of and remembered. Cherish those memories. 2/2/2008
Rest in peace"

"I feel very much the loss of one of my brothers. When I find out about the news, I could not believe it. I have very good recollections of him. He was a very happy and good person in every sense. I am going to ask God in order that him, give the force to all his family and especially to his wife and his daughters. God has him in his glory. Rest in peace. With all my heart Oscar Quintana"
Oscar Quintana of Mexico City

"September 22 will never be the same. We will never forget. We will always remember our fellow Trailblazer, Lance Koenig, a true hero and defender of freedom. Our hearts go out to the Koenig family.

Chaplain (CPT) Maury Millican, US Army
141st Engineer Combat Battalion, NDARNG"
Maury Millican, CPT, CH of Bismarck, ND

"I drank many beers with Lance at N.D.S.U. Stockbridge Hall. The good do die young. My prayers go out to his family."
J.J. Krenzke of Mission, SD U.S.A.

"To the family of Lance J. Koenig:

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.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Angie and girls, I want you to know you and all of your family our in our thoughts and prayers. Lance was an amazing person."
L.S. of North Dakota

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

"To Lance's 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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Lance J. Koenig."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Lance J. Koenig."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this diffucult time. God bless you all."
Jody Miller of St. Paul, MN USA

"To Lance's 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

"Thank you Lance Koenig, 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. Lance Koenig:
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 Lance 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. Lance Koenig:
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 Lance, 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