Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Caleb A. Lufkin

24, of Knoxville, Illinois.
Lufkin died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., of injuries sustained on May 4, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Died on May 25, 2006.

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"Today I ran with great reverence for Pfc Caleb A. Lufkin. Dedicated my 5k run to his sacrifice for the country and our freedom. Wear Blue To Remember - Blaine, MN
God Bless,
Stephanie VanHeel"
Stephanie of Ham Lake, MN, USA

"You are not forgotten"
1SG Brinkley of JBLM, Washington

"I hate what happened to you but I wholeheartedly honor your courage and sacrifice. Looks like your loved ones gave you a beautiful resting place and I hope to pay my respects someday. Happy Memorial Day '13"
April of California

"To the family of:Caleb A. Lufkin
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""

"I know its been 7 years since Caleb has passed, but there is not one day that i dont think of him. But what hurts the most is i didnt get to say goodbye to him and tell him that i loved him and tell him i found my best friend. I know one day we will meet again and catch up and i will get to hold him again in my arms and tell him i love him"
Anna Pinnell of Cuba MO

"I love you Caleb."
Lindsay Marquith of Knoxville, IL

"Dear Marci and Family,

I just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you this weekend. Caleb will never be far away from you, in your hearts and minds always. If you ever want to come down the the Fort to see the Memorial for the Engineering Battalions,just let Mary Shenaut know & she knows how to get in touch with me. Remember what you always told me & I still will never forget-"I'll be o.k. Mom".

So many prayers go out to you; you had a wonderful son, never will he be forgotten!"
Kris Russell of Battlefield, MO

"May 14, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Caleb A. Lufkin:
Caleb 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

"Dear Marcy,

Your son has not been forgotten. I would like to thank you for your sacrifice which contributes to insuring my freedom. The sacrifice your son made.. can never ever be properly thanked. I could never have the courage it takes to sign up the way your son did and as a mother I would be so frightened if one of my children made that decision. I am so proud of your child for having that courage and pride in his country. Please know that mothers everywhere cry for your loss and are forever grateful for what he gave for us."
Liz of Las Vegas, NV

"Thank you Caleb for the greatest sacrifice. I know you have one proud mama who cant wait to see you one day. A mothers love is stronger than ANY bond on earth. You 'mama' are in our prayers especially."
Cortnay of Washington

"Caleb was a wonderful young man, son and brother - loved by all his relatives and loyal to his friends, including our own family. The CNN video was very emotional for us but also beautifully done. Our family has his parents and all of Caleb's family in our thoughts and prayers. This must have been a difficult day for them watching this touching memorial to such a brave American soldier. We still love and miss you buddy!"
Karen Lynch of Galesburg, Illinois

"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 miss you brother"
Brian of FLW

"I wear a memorial bracelet with Caleb's name on it. Unfortunately, i never had the chance to know him, but i think about him every day and the sacrifice made for our country. I will always keep him in my heart."
Megan of Washington, IL

"Caleb, your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Honor to you this Fourth of July!"
Melissa Booth of Ft. Irwin, CA

"Tragic and sad. My thoughts go out to the family and friends. I was crushed watching Caleb on the CNN special."
T Craw of Florida

"I saw the segment with PFC Lufkin on CNN, my heart broke when I read the caption stating that he had passed away. I was a medic in the Army, watching the Combat Support Hospital try to save all of the soldiers that come through in Iraq brought back a lot of memories, good and bad. My heart goes out to Caleb's family for your loss, and to all of the family's of our Fallen Heroes. We know first hand that Freedom doesn't come free. God Bless."
Tracey of Muscatine, Iowa

"As every day, we are thinking about you and your family."
Cindy of Waynesville, MO

"It has been just over a year since PFC Lufkin was wounded and treated for his injuries. Tomorrow, May 25, will mark the one-year anniversary of his death. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time. I am convinced that Caleb's spirit lives and I know that the love his family and freinds share with him will endure forever! This young man has touched so many lives in incredible ways, including mine! I never met PFC Lufkin, but I am sure that if I had, I would have like him and admired him. I will light a candle and say a special prayer for this courageous and upstanding young man. And on this Memorial Day, as on each Memorial Day, I will pause and remember the sacrifice that people like Caleb - and his family - make for our freedom. God bless you Caleb, and God bless his family - with the reassurance that your love for him and connection with him are never-ending."
Scott C. Livingston of Leesburg, VA

"I have the greatest memory of you at the waffle house Caleb. With you around, I knew there was never anything I would have to worry about. Thanks Bro"
Mike Bean of Midland, MI/US

"you left us with so many fun memories, and adventures. i still think of you almost everyday i kept on taking tons of pictures. wish you were here to share the memories, miss you tons lufkin."
claudio garcia of lombard, il/u.s.

"I too watched the special on CNN and was so amazed at how the staff was so confident he would make it and how he kept saying dont let me die... only to find out that weeks later, he did not survive. It just breaks my heart to think about that. I hope he is resting in eternal peace."

"To the family of Caleb,
I heard about Caleb on the CNN special
and I was heart broken when I heard that he didn't make it. I send you my deep sorrow for your loss and I pray that the memories you have can fill your hearts. I will keep you all in my prayers."
Another Iraqi Veteran of Tyler, Texas

"Caleb- you'll never be forgotten. The impact you made on our community speaks volumes of the man you were. God bless you and your family."
Jennifer of St. Louis, MO

You were an amazing soldier. That is what Gavin always said. He was so proud of you and everything you learned and accomplished. I know that you and he and Bryan are together right now watching over us all. Know we are all being strong together and we will all make it through. Take care of each other up there and stay safe. You are our guardian angels now and we need all three of you now more than ever."
Carole Reinke

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Caleb will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana

May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"I just wanted to say that I am sorry to the family and that Caleb will always be in my heart and I will always be thinking of him. I was a close friend to Caleb."
Anna Pinnell of Cuba, Missouri

"Thank you Caleb Lufkin, 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 Pfc. Caleb Lufkin:
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 Caleb 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 Pfc. Caleb Lufkin:
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 Caleb, 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