Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class William W. Labadie, Jr.

45, of Bauxite, Arkansas.
Labadie died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his camp was attacked by individuals using rockets and small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's Troop E(-), 151st Cavalry Squadron, 39th Infantry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Marianna, Arkansas. Died on April 7, 2004.

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"lets get real now please let it be"
Carol

"10 years and it seems like only yesterday. You are missed, see you at Fiddler's Green."
COL Andreas de Kunffy of Little Rock, AR

"06/04/14 Just found this. SO sad to see this as Bill was my best man when I got married in 1980. He was a great Marine and my wife and I always have loved and cared for him. Bill and I had so many fun times and this just is breaking the heart of this former Marine! He will always have a place in my heart and mind. Semper Fidelis my lost brother!!"
Rick Donohue of Dunkerton, IA

"To the family of:William W. Labadie
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"1-4-11"

"I served with SFC. Labadie during his final tour. I could go on forever about his character, but I'll make it short. I don't believe in putting people in heaven, but SFC. Labadie convinced me that he was saved. He often spoke with me about church and came crying to me the day before his death about salvation. (The fear he had of not making it to the next sunday for baptism, as a child, wondering if he'd make it to heaven if he died before making it to the water.) I wondered why he was crying when telling me the story. When I got word that he died on our first day in Iraq. All I could think was, "He's OK! He felt his time coming. That's why he cried while talking about his one time fearing death." I really believe that he was letting me know that he wasn't afraid to die, and his business was fixed with God!"
Spc. Mario Crawford of Helena/West Helena, AR.

"SFC William Labadie (LAB-DOG) was a valuable asset to the Small Arms Readiness and Training Section and the Oklahoma National Guard. SFC Labadie was the first enlisted Soldier from the Oklahoma Guard to be "Double Distinguished" earning both the Distinguished Rifleman Badge and the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge. His skills, knowledge and winning personality are truly missed... Adios Bill and keep 'em in the X-ring."
CW2 Roger P. Farley, State Marksmanship Coordinator of the Oklahoma National Guard

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

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Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

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"I have served With Bill Labadie for about 8 years in the Oklahoma National Guard as a weapon instuctor. I learned a great deal from and was sadden by his untimely passing. You will not be forgotten."
SSG Wiliam Cay, Jr of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"April 1, 2009
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class William W. Labadie, Jr.:
William 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

"To the family of SFC Labadie, and all families of those who lost loved ones in the troop. I can proudly say I served with the finest of men. I am deeply sorry for your loss."
SSG Andy Force of Det 1 1/206th "Knights"

"Hey im sorry you have lost a dear close family member.I will keep your family in my prayers."
Keisha Lighter of Jackson, MS

"Bill I think of you daily I was with you I know I will meet you at Fiddlers Green"
JT of Marianna, Ar

"Bill,
You went ahead of many of your Cavalry Troopers, When my time comes I hope you will honor me by sharing a pint with me, at Fiddlers Green."
1SG Jon Weiss of Radlciff, KY

"Sunnie, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bill's death. I still remember Bill whispering in my ear during my wedding, trying to get me to loosen up. He will be missed. May the Lord shine His face upon you and keep you in His loving Care."
Kevin Danson of Warner Robins, GA

"Another year come and gone. We will never forget. Thank you."

"Sunnie, I was thinking of you and stumbled upon this news by accident. I am so shocked and saddened. Please contact me if you get this...Cariren Danson"
Cariren Danson of Warner Robins, GA

"the lone piper stands, he stands by the sea,
playing his song, the sorrows of melody,
as the notes ring out, the air gives a chill,
as the lone piper plays, away on the hill,
tears are shed, we put them to rest
the heroes that died, the ones who did their best
the flag is folded, its passed right along
while the piper still stands, playing his song
but the heroes will be remembered, both by you and me
for giving their lives, so others could be free. -- Sgt. David Hill"
Sgt. Hill of C.Co. 1-102 INF (CT.)/ E Troop 151 CAV

"Rest in the arms of your Almighty King, Bill. I believe when our heavenly Father and His host of angels welcomed you and witnessed your devoted love for your Sunnie, Bryan and for your Country which he's CALLED you to protect and mostly for your God, He said "WELL DONE, ye faithful servant". It was an honor to know you, friend and brother and to point you to Christ. Your life points us back to Him. We rejoice in your rest and eternal joy! Your laughter rings from on high!"
Rossanna of Florida

"And I'm proud to be an American
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me
And I'll gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today
cause their ain't no doubt
I love this land
God bless the USA"

"Bill,

We love and miss you.

I hope your family finds solace in your dedication and bravery.

Eternal Peace, Bro"
SSG Bret Myrick of Tampa, FL

"I had the honor to know Bill for a short time at Camp Pendleton CA(Disbo) We played poker once a month, Bill would bet anyone for anything (and usually won!)
RIP Marine and God bless your family."
John Moran SSgt USMC of Branson, MO/USA

"IN MEMORY OF OUR FELLOW CLASSMATE - BILL,THANK YOU FOR FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM -YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. GOD BLESS AND CARE FOR YOUR FAMILY AND MAY THEY BE COMFORTED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE PRAYERS OF HIS SAINTS. YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE - NO MORE SORROW, NO MORE TEARS!"
CARL ALBERT CLASS OF 1977 of MIDWEST CITY, OKLAHOMA

"Dear William, your one year anniversary will soon be here along with my nephew's who died 2 days later. It's been a sad year. Every time one of our men or women fall, I grieve right over again. I finally have the strength to write although the words don't seem to come any easier. You have been remembered in my heart and prayers all along. After my nephew's belongings came back from Iraq, my family let me read the journal he had started. My nephew, Sgt. Del Greco, wrote about your tragedy and the service that the 39th held in your honor and memory. All the men were deeply saddened and affected. But they were made even stronger and more determined to do their job. No one will ever forget you, William. Rest in God's grace and peace. May your family and friends forever be blessed."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"To the Family of SGT. ST Class Labadie. God Bless you and your fallen hero. I cried with relief that day and with sadness for your loss. My husband was wounded in Taji that same day just before SGT Labadie however we were lucky my husband survied."
Carla of Greeley Co

"LAB,
We were in the Corps Together in Margarita! We were at Hood Together and Together in Iraq! Semper Fi DISBO CAMPEN"
Jarrell Southall of Newark, California

"I had the honor of learing to shoot better under the instruction of SFC Labadie when he was in the Oklahoma Guard. Your friends in the 45th will always remember you."
Spc. Jon Eppler of Tulsa OK

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

"To the Family of William Labadie
May God comfort you in the loss of
your loved one, and also may God Bless you and also May God Bless America!"
Tom and Audrey Labadie of Michigan City, Indiana

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

"To William's Family:
There aren't words to express the grief we all feel for your loss. May God bless you and watch over you."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family of William Labadie, Jr.

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our payers are with you and we thank you for your child's bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the friends and family of Bill Labadie, Jr: I just want to thank you for the service he gave to his country. From all that I've read about him he was a wonderful person and I know he will be missed. I feel a connection with him since I grew up in the area he was living in before being deployed. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
Janice Brown of Conway, Arkansas

"Thank you William Labadie, Jr., 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 William Labadie, Jr.:
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 William 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 William Labadie, Jr.:
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 William, 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