Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Obediah J. Kolath

32, of Louisburg, Missouri.
Kolath died in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on August 25, 2005, in Husaybah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position. He was assigned to Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on August 28, 2005.

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"I held your tags today,....Still miss you, & that will never change <3
Tara, Lacey, WA"
onediva2see@aol.com

"OB..seven years ago today I lost the little brother I never knew I wanted..Danny, you, and I were the three musketeers..and I will miss you and all of your stunts. You treated Danny and I, so often, like parents..coming to us for advice..and we both loved you to pieces even though you did throw up on my coffee table! lol..So many great memories. As much as I miss you and am sad, I try to remember all of your funny, goofy ways. I think you would prefer it that way :) I will always love you, and always miss you..De Opresso Liber, my friend. You did it..I'll see you in heaven..xoxoxo"
Crisstina Morgan of San Jose, CA USA

"OBE.....
Fireworks from H... in your honor @ 0001 4 July..... Love you BROTHER.....see you on the other side.

Paperboy.....Duncan Fire Department"
Paperboy of Duncan SC

"Well Obie,
Its been 6 years since I found out about your sacrifice for our country. I still can't believe it. That's why its taken me this long to say something. I remember when we trained and partied together in Germany. The great comradery that we shared; which is soreley missed. You were like a brother to me. My prayers to a fallen friend."
Paul Scheirman of Tacoma, Wa

"Hello,
My name is Brenda. I am serving my first tour in Iraq.
A few days ago I was reassigned to support another mission. As I arrived to my next post, I wondered about the secrets this place holds. I was shortly greeted by a wall of fallen service members. I counted 13 including two servce dogs. I couldn't help but think; sometime ago these men and a man best friend roamed around these buildings, ate together, lived together, went to war together. As a pace around the same compound I see a builing named "Spike's Kennel". I chilled ran through my body as I opened the door; now it only remains an empty room filled with dust and memories. The inevitable feeling of wanting to know more about these fallen soldiers lead me to this page. I am sorry for your grief and loss. I am only a person that stares at this wall-pictures of the men who lived here once. They are not forgotten. Thank you"
Brenda of Somewhere in Iraq

"Well my brother in law its been 4yrs and now your big brother Lloyd is with you. He passed away Aug. 30, 2009. I cann't believe that you are both gone from out lives. So much happened Lloyd fought the Cancer for one year and tried so hard, but it wasnt ment to be he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend. I should have reported this before now but life is crazy as we celebrate the holidays you both are in my thought love always your sister in law Christy Kolath (Cookeville, TN) chjkol@hotmail.com"
Christy Kolath of Cookeville, Tn

"It's been 4 years since the day I received the call I dropped to my knees sobbing ...I miss you it still hurts... I know you hear me ... I know we will see each other again..... I still have all the pictures and the memories we shared until then....I'm wearing your tags today.. Love you"
Tara (onediva2see@aol.com) of Lacey Wa

"I am a member of an organization entitled "Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers. This group has sent over 2,900 prayer shawls to families of fallen soldiers since october of 2007. This group of over 235 knitting groups throughout this country are making every effort to contact all families of fallen soldiers. If you would like to have a hand knit shawl in memory of Obediah, please email me at barbconway@comcast.net or call me at 774 487-8618.
Sincerely, Barbara Conway"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"OB, you will be missed...rest in peace brother. R.Lake and Family"
R. Lake of Austin, Texas

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Obediah J. Kolath:
Obediah 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

"Obie, you were my best friend growing up, and words will never be able to express how much I miss you.....This world is a darker place with you gone. You will NEVER be forgotten. To Obie's kids, your father was an awesome individual, and if if there is ever anything, and I do mean ANYTHING I can do for you, please contact me, even if you're just interested in hearing what he was like as a youngster. (the_dark_angel213@hotmail.com)"
Damien B. of Los angeles, California

"To the family of:Obediah J. Kolath 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"

"Thinking of Obie and his family as I prepare to attend a memorial for another fallen patriot. I'm so proud to say Obie was my friend. May he rest in peace knowing he was so much more than just a number."
Simone of Fayetteville, NC

"Thankyou for the memories. I'll miss you."
LEISURESUITLADY@COMCAST.NET of SHELTON

"Obie, 2-20-08

I just found out a few days ago what happened. I bet you could my heart break. Ive cried every night since wondering what to write. No word can express how special you were to me & perhaps I had more feelings for you than I thought and I can't help but to wonder if I made a mistake not going to see you that night. I watched our video this morning and what's weird is I still remember your every touch. I was trying to look you up when I saw your memorial page. I suppose I thought you would always be out there and I would find you if I needed. You will always have a piece of my heart Obie. It actually physically hurts, and the tears won't wash you from my eyes.
Oh Obie.............................
I never thought i would say that as I was telling you goodbye. You will never be forgotten. Remember someone in Washington will always miss you.
Goodbye my soldier"
Marie of Tacoma

"Dear Family of Obediah Kolath:

To honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts Project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

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Sincerely;
The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit, Mo.

"obie, in the little time i spent with you, i learned so many things about life and attitude. Every time i turn around another member of my family is telling me how much i remind them of obie. And on one hand it makes me sad that i never got to spend the time i wanted to with you, and on the other it makes me proud. Proud to be compared to such a great person, who was willing to give his life for millions of people who you dont even know. You tought me not to whine and complain, but take what you are givin and do the best you can. The last time i saw you, you said somethin to me i'll never forget. I was telling you how much i wanted to play football but making excuses why i hadn't and you said to me "talking will get you nowhere..you've got everything you need, now get off your * and play some football" ... I admired everything about you. Your toughness, your attitude, and how u were so straight forward and wouldnt take crap from anyone, but loving and caring at the same time. Your my hero and if one day i amounted to half of what you did i'd consider myself sucsessful. I did what you said, i got off my * and played. And live my life by that now... not holding back and going for my dreams like you did. You inspired me to join the service, as soon as im out of school that is where i'll be. Even though your gone you live on in all of us, your family and friends, & you will never be forgotten or unapreciated. i love you uncle obie!"
Kyle Kolath of Cookeville, Tennessee

"Obie, you were more than just a friend to me. The memories we shared were the best times of my life. Your loving smile and gentle heart will remain with me forever."
Sharra Williams of Columbus, GA

"Obie- A dedicated father, soldier, and true warrior. It was a truely an honor to serve with you and get to know you as a person. You are solidly placed in the memories of all who had the privilege of your friendship.

If you didn't know Obie- he was the first guy to smile and introduce himself in any setting, the first volunteer to help you, your family and the team. He will always be a giant among men."
Chris Bartolomeo of Mountain View, CA

"I am sorry for your loss, this man is why people like me can get up and the morning and still be free"
jc of new york

"Dear Kolath Family,

We all owe you our undying gratitude for raising such a great young man. OB's love and dedication to his family, friends, and country will never be forgotten. He was a great man and will remain a source of inspiration always.

OB, we love and miss you, brother."
Rob & Beata Dufresne of Okinawa, Japan

"I am 25 year old Californian, not in the Military but just wanted to pay my respects to the Kolath's. I just was looking for a friends name on here who I haven't heard from in a long time and I now have heard of Obediah. He will not be forgotten."
Jared Eckardt of Los Alamitos Ca

"Obie,

I am going to miss you Brother.

I remember the times we had together where you kept me motivated and awake in Ranger School. I remember the good times we had in Seattle and everywhere else we went to. Will and I used to talk about you and laugh at the stories we had of being around you.

I'll never forget how much of an impact you left on me from the day I met you.

I will miss you Brother and I'll meet you in the TR upstairs.

Rest In Peace Brother!"
Tristan Flannery of Sacramento, CA

"Obie... the time was not right for us, but the six months we shared have never been forgotten. Hearing the news was a terrible blow to me... I am sad but know you are at peace in a better place.
Sydney loved you dearly, and now at 10 she just doesn't understand. To your family, I wish you light in this time of darkness."
Renate Rain of Wa

"Obie, you lived life to the fullest and had a smile that was so contagious. I know how much you loved your career, friends and most of all your family. Just seeing how happy you were 6 months ago, it's so hard to believe your not a phone call away. I will miss you but I will always have our memories. To the Kolath family he always had you in his thoughts. He was such a wonderful man."
Tonya of Tacoma, Wa

"Ob: "Who will bring the rootbeer now?" Those were the first words out of Cassidy's 5 year old mouth and with tears streaming down her face when she found out that you were no longer with us anymore. You were a good part of our life Ob. I am sorry that you are no longer with us. Thanks for tending Travis so that we could bring Garret home from the hospital for the first time in WA. Thanks helping us out when Justin had his first heart surgery. Let's not forget you driving with Bryce all the way up past Seattle to pick up the Harley. Thanks for helping me while Bryce was gone when I needed help flipping my trampoline for the typhoons in Okinawa. There are many memories that we will be cherished in our minds and hearts. You're so missed already."
Bryce and Brandi Koltermann (BizzyladyX4@aol.com) of Okinawa, Japan

"Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Obediah Kolath. We will not forget the bravery, the honor and commitment Obediah gave for the sake of freedom. Our deepest respects to him for his service. We will NEVER forget."
Vigil Family of Wheatridge CO

"Obie....what a wonderful man, father, and soldier you were. You never did anything you didn't believe in, right up til the end. You are deeply missed but you will live on in my thoughts and memories. To your family and children...There aren't any words to express my sorrow for your loss. Just remember that Obie loved all he met and that he died fighting for freedom, something he truly believed in. To his children. Your Dad was a wonderful man who loved you all very much and he thought of you often. Keep his memory alive and remember him when you look at yourselves. Again my deepest sorrow for your loss."
Lailah Heiser of Olympia, WA USA Proud

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
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

"Obie, I can't believe this has happened...I miss you I feel like a part of my heart is gone. I will never forget what we had. I am grateful for the time and love we shared together and i will never ever forget you. You will live on in my heart forever. To Obie's family and friends: I am so terribly sorry for you loss. He was a courageous, caring, loving man. He died doing what he loved, serving his country. My thoughts are with you each and every day."
Tara Feekes (onediva2see@aol.com) of Olympia, WA USA

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kolath family. I haven't seen Obie in approximately 15 years but as a high school friend growing up playing with Obie I can attest that Obie was a great friend that would do anything for anybody. I admire Obie for his service to our country. Obie always wanted to be in the military from a very young age and he lived his dream. If it wasn't for individuals like Obie doing what they do I wouldn't have my freedom that I have. Living down the road from Obie I had a chance to hang out with him and create some good memories. Now knowing what Obie has done for our country with his years of dedication and service I should cherrish those moments we had even more."
John Rozkiewicz of Springfield, Missouri

"To the family of Obediah "Obie" Kolath,
Obie was one of the nicest, most well-mannered man our family has had the pleasure to meet. His smile was genuine and warm and his heart so giving. He has touched so many lives all over the world and his spirit will live on through our memories. We am so sorry he is gone. He truly was a hero. Thank you Obie for the wonderful memories, your sacrifice, and for making the world a better place while you were in it! We will meet again one day my friend!"
The Wiedeburg Family of Sidney, Nebraska

"Our hearts go out to Obediah’s family and loved ones, and to his comrades. Obediah’s friendship and understanding was a blessing to my son. We are grateful for the cheer he brought to his companions in times of distress. We will remember him as a hero who lived for justice and died fighting evil. His influence will live on, directing our thoughts and deeds toward the lofty purpose which he served. May his inspiration give his comrades the determination and fortitude to stand forth and honor their duty to the call of freedom.

To his family, we pray that God will send you comfort in knowing Obediah's character and bravery had a wonderful, positive impact on so many lives. The memory of Obediah is enshrined in our hearts and will forever be for a blessing. May he dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
Amy DaSaro, mother of Green Beret SFC Daniel Hornak. Dan & Obediah met at Ft. Lewis in 1998 and went through Ranger school together."
Amy DaSaro of Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA

"OB had a great smile - his strength and spirit shined through. He was willing to help with anything - small or large. These are just two things that come to mind when thinking of him. I will continue to think of him for years and years to come. He was a Great American and will be missed by more people than you know. My thoughts and prayers are with his mother, siblings, children, and dear friends at this difficult time. May God bless and keep you."
Kate of Washington DC

"Obie, You will live on in our hearts forever my friend."
Al & Randi

"O.B.,

Thank you for your sacrifice. You're a great friend and a true warrior. You will be sorely missed. God bless you!"
Paul and Lisa Maibaum of Middleboro, Ma.

""Ob" what more can I say that I haven't already. You are a special guy. You are a part of our family. The sacrafice you made for our awesome country will never be forgotten. You are my husband's best friend. We shared a lot of great times together. I know we will see you again one day. May God bless you and all of your loved ones. You will be missed by us all. We love you "Ob". Love The Platt Family"
Kim Platt of Okinawa,Japan

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

"Obie,you came in to our lives for just a short time. But the lasting will live on forever. Your passing has hit us hard for you leave a griefing brother Lloyd along with his family, you became part of our family. You have paid the ultimate price for all of us. Along with so many others you have made this country a better place. I pray for your mom and all your silblings and most of all your children. I can not begin to know what your mom is going through right now but my prayers are with your whole family. You were one of nicest well mannered young men I have meet in a long time. You are in Gods hands and we know you are safe. May God Bless your whole family and thank God for men like you words just can not tell you or the families how much you have ment to us and the USA and we Love you."
Cindy & William Sexton (Lloyds in laws) of Bloomington Springs TN USA

"To my brother-in-law Obie, You ment so much to everyone. Now as we grieve for you our hearts are sadden. Our memories of you are now etched in are hearts and minds forever. You were loved by all, and will be deeply missed."
Christy Kolath of Cookeville, TN

"To the memory of Obie,
He touched the lives of everyone who knew him. He was a remarkable person and will be greatly missed."
Sondra Tharp of Cookeville, TN

"to the kolath family from the wahl family. our heart and prays are with you and OBEDIAH! we lost our son GREGORY last year in BALAD,IRAQ! OBEDAIH has touched the hearts of som many. he is someone's someone and someone i wish i NEW, for he is more then a man, soldier and HER0! he was amilitary brother to all our servicemen and women. he as all those that served together. watched over one another! that was my comfort not to worry about my son! THANK YOU OBEDIAH for serving our great country! You are the elite of AMERICAN"S answering the calling to SERVE. Not many AMERICAN"S dare serve risking his or her life for those in Afghanistan, Iraq and HOME! thanks to you, AMERICA is alot safer since 911. allthose hearts you touched. all hold very fond memories you shared with them. you will never ever be forgotten, you are remembered today, tomorrow and forever. GOD BLESS!"
leonard t. wahl of valley stream ny usa

"Thank you Obediah Kolath, 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 Sgt. 1st Class Obediah Kolath:
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 Obediah 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 Sgt. 1st Class Obediah Kolath:
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 Obediah, 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