Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. William F. Manuel

34, of Kinder, Louisiana.
Manuel died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his military vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Died on January 10, 2005.

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"Ssg Manuel, Your missed my friend, I'm never going to forget that day. Hard Rock CharlieRIP my brother, I'll see u again...."
2nd Lt. Shary, Daniel T. of Florida

"Uncle Bill I think about you every day! love and miss you very dearly. I always wonder how it would have been to grow up with you. I always heard you were lots of fun! Hope you are having fun up stairs with pawpaw!
Your God Child
Megan Manuel"
of Lake Charles, LA

"Bill, we had another memorial day cermony at the cemetary. They had the avenue of Flags, and tolling of the bell for all veterans buried in the cemetary. Then at the last Col. Ladner, honered those who paid the ultimate sacrafise (killed while protecting our Freedom) 4 are buried in the cemetary. You are the last one buried there. What a great Son, and Hero you are. Love and Miss you , Dad."
Kermit R. Manuel of Kinder, La. USA

"Hey my Bill, Tee and I went to you Mass this A.M., then I went by the cemetary to visit with you. Its been 6 years today. I miss you and love you. Blake called said he gave you a big Kiss and Hug. I know he loves you. Tammy called to see how Syl and I were doing. Today and everyday, we think about you and are very proud of you. I love you my son. Love you Dad"
Kermit Manuel of Kinder, Louisiana

"To a great friend/co-worker. You are thought of daily with the casino family. We miss you and tell stories and share the memories we have of you. I will be watching Nancy Grace on CNN..she is featuring YOU!!! I believe every channel will be tooned in tonight at 7pm on July 22, 2010. LOVE YOU BILL..."
Darla LaCOmb of Oberlin, La

"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day. You will be loved and missed always, cousin."
Jeanne Davis Karam of Alexandria, LA

"I miss you brother."
Gary Walters of San Antonio

"Bill, I'm sorry I never got to say goodbye.....I'm sorry that i didn't hear about your passing till now. Mr.Bill i hope your looking down on allof us. I miss you. To Bill's family I'm truly sorry for your lost. You don't know me but I'm aware of you. My heart goes out to each one of you. I'm sorry truly I am. I knew Bill form work at "casino" we had fun times and bad times.....but I will always remember him for what he was....A FRIEND and true unbelivable amazing friend. Bill i never told you but I love you...Once again hold a spot for me...."
J.C.Young of Charlotte, NC

"Well my "Bill" , tomorrow you will be the big "40" HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SON. I am going to the flower shop and pick up a big baloon and put at your headstone. Just to let everyone know how old you are. I love and miss you a lot . I guess people think I am crazy doing these things, but I can't help it . I miss you to much to stop. I am proud of you and I love you . Dad"
Kermit Manuel of Kinder, Louisiana

"Prayers are with your family now Bill. Thank you for everything you done to keep our families safe and free. You are missed each and every day."
Lee of Jacksonville, Al.

"Hey my Son, We made another Memorial Day Service, Yesterday, They could not put the Flags out because of the weather they moved it to the church, they mention everyones name, and ring a bell for each name. Less we forget, was the theme. It was a beautiful Tribute. Not a dry eye. I Love and miss you, I think today is worse. Dad"
Kermit & Syl Manuel of Kinder, Louisiana

"My name is Courtney Prudhomme and I also live in Kinder, LA. I belong to an online group that embroiders a memorial for the family of fallen soldiers. This is a totally complimentary service, and costs you nothing. I would be honored to do one for your family. Please contact me at cshortprudhomme@yahoo.com

God Bless."
Courtney Short-Prudhomme of Kinder, LA, USA

"hey, uncle bill i miss you so much"
shania of mittie

"He will never be forgotten, I went to school with all the boys and Tammy, It has been 4 yrs. but he and all that have fallen will never be forgotten. Bill you and your family and the hero's are in my prayer's . H. Courville /marksville,la"
Harrison Courville of Marksville, la

"Hello My Son, Syl, and I are going to put you some rose's. Tammy left you a single Yellow rose yesterday. Today will be FOUR years, to me it just happen. I love and miss you soooooo much. My heart aches all the time. At 5:00 pm, today we will be at Mass for you. Your perpetual candle will always burn at the Blessed Sacrament. Syl, always says to tell you Hi, I know she talks to you daily. Please Keep Steve, in your prayers, he, will have his surgery on the 21st. I know you will be there with us. I love you Always,"
Dad & Syl of Kinder, Louisiana

"January 4, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. William F. Manuel:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Happy Birthday Son. Syl, and I are up reading the paper and drinking our coffee. We miss and Love you very much. I put some fresh flowers yesterday for you. At 6:30 we will be at Mass, we have a Mass for you every Sunday, and on special days like today. Birthdays , as you know are very special to us always have been and always will be. Tee, told Me KK, is in San Antonio, and as soon as they can put a cast on him, he will be coming home. Got to go get ready for Mass. Love you, Happy Birthday. Dad & Miss Syl."
Kermit & Sylvia Manuel of Kinder, Louisiana

"Hey My SON, a lot of people have told me that time will heal and it will get better with time. They must have never lost a child. My heart still hurts, and I think of you every second of every day. I miss you sooooooo much. Syl and I have donated money in your memory to Food for the Poor. They are building two homes in Nicaragua, and your Name will be on both homes. We will get pictures of the homes when they are finished building them. I know how much you loved little children, so I know you would want us to do this. I love and Miss you. Take care of your little Brother KK, you know he is over there. So please watch over him. I know you will. Love you, Dad & Syl"
Kermit & Sylvia Manuel of Kinder, Louisiana

"To the family of:William F. Manuel 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"

"To the family Bill was a good man a hero. I know he is watching over me as I'm here. Your family is in my prayers."
David Scott Thibodeaux of Mosul, Iraq present I live in Oberlin, La.

"SSGT Manuel,
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Your picture hangs on the wall in our control room as a reminder of what you and your brothers in arms have given for us. God Bless and keep you and your family. Audio Hostem."
MG of Lake Charles, LA


I hope your looking down from heaven and watching over me and all your family at the casino. I miss you terribly and you ride with me every day in my car. You sit above my head and i have deemed you my gardien angel. Sometimes i wonder if that was a wise choice cause i have seen your driving. Hhahaha. I never ever will forget you. We all miss you and love you.

To Mr.Kermit and Mrs. Shirley and all of bills family, You will be in my prayers and know what a special son you had. He made a big difference in my life. He was grately loved and still is and missed terribly."
Kathy Murry of Hathaway ,La.

We are thinking of you at this anniversary time of the loss of your son, your hero, our hero. God Bless you all."
Webster and Ruth Reed, family of SSG Jonathan Reed KIA 1/28/2005 of Krotz Springs, LA

"Hey my SON, well its been two years today. I will never forget when I got the news, and fell to my knee's. Your last words still ring in my ears the night before you were killed, " I love you too, just tired, got a meeting in 15min. , then back out on patrol, but tomorrow I will me off all day, so we can talk longer. Then Tammy called, while we were talking and said to tell you she loves you, and she heard you say "love her too". Syl and I miss you sooooooo much. We put you a Mardi Gras , arrangement today. We know how you loved Mardi Gras. I have your old accordian the one you bought from Willis, someone has the one I gave you. Just remember I love you and visit you every day. I am proud of you My Beloved Son. Love Daddy"
Kermit & Sylvia Manuel of Kinder, La. 70648

"Bill is one of the best NCO's I have ever served with. I am proud to have served with him and to have been able to call him my friend. I miss him everyday and will never forget him. I only wish I had been able to do more that day."
SGT Gary Lynn Walters Jr of Sulphur, LA

"To my precious "little"Bill, I thank God and your parents that you were part of my life for too short a time.You were such fun and sweet. My heart aches now but know you are with our Jesus. My love always."
Elise Patin of Shreveport, La.

"Its been more then a year and we are missing you more and more!! We wish you could be here In the ATX, The trips to austin will never be the same with out you! Marcy and I talk about every now and then, no all the time! you were a big part of my life bill! From Fort Hood, Killeen, Austin, ORC in California or what ever they called it! I love you more than life its self! See you soon buddy god bless and Happy late Birthday!"
Kyle Moreland of Austin, Texas

I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier who was in that vehicle with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

Just to let you know that what happened with bills body being dug up and moved like that was wrong. I have never heard of someone being so vindictive and cruel. Everyone will get their just due in the end. Shirley always keep your head held high bill will never forget your love."
Friends of Bill

"Me and Marcy will miss you alot!! And who could forget the time that damn taxi in ft hood was late!!! I thought we were in trouble!! I will miss you so much and so will the girls at the bank!!! rest in peace!!"
Kyle Moreland of Austin, Tx


This is Angela Bergeron, the mother of SGT Bradley Bergeron. Thank you so much for you message. We do indeed have something in common,and I want to send my deepest sympathy to you and your family, as well. I know the pain you are going through. I take every day, one day at a time and try my best to live my life being a productive part of society. I do not intend to let my son's death or any of the other's soldier's death be in vain. May God bless you!

Angela Bergeron, of Houma, LA

"Bill Manuel, keep watching over HARD ROCK CHARLIE... We know you, sweeney, nick, & seth are keeping an eye on the guys. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. thank you for serving your country."
Danielle Schexnider, wife of Sgt. Dwayne Schexnider 3/156th 256th of Crowley, Louisiana

a friend of Bill of Kinder, Louisiana

"Thank you brave american Soldier.
Thank you for save the freedom of the whole world.
Thank you from Germany
You are my Hero
Thank you from Ute of Ramstein/Germany"

"Bill we had a one of the best Mardi Gras in a very long time. This year it was dedicated to you. We knew you were with us the whole ride. Through the rain and then the sun you rode with all of us side by side. Your name was spoken many times through the ride and all brought back beautiful memories. The best thing was that your family was there through the whole Mradi Gras and we can only hope and pray that it eased the pain even just for a little while. Again thank you for all you did and continuing to do. thanks"
Dwight and the Oberlin Mardi Gras of Oberlin Louisiana USA

"Hey Bill,
My heart is heavy today as I send you this final letter. Alot has changed from the last time we spoke. The last time I heard you voice was when you told Dad tell her I love her too. I will always hear those words. I love you too Bill. I miss you sooooo much. I miss the times you would some how get away from everyone and find me to talk or to get advice. Now I look to heaven for advice from you. I have learned alot from you in the last two or three weeks. I hope and pray that in that moment when God took you home that their was no pain, no hurt, just love that you were seeking here on earth. I feel that you are at peace and are happy. I will miss that big smile you have. I hope and pray that you help me live the rest of my life in Jesus so we can hold hands again. I will not say goodbye, just so long. I love you and be ready with that smile when I get to heaven k .

Thunderbird Tammy ( your loving sister)"
Tammy Worfel of Oberlin, Louisiana

"Bill, I will always remember you. You were a great kid even when you were small and I was your baby sitter. My memories of you will always be good ones. Now, you are a hero. Not just to me, Mark, Tamara and Bri, but to the world. Till we meet again, we love you. Your cousins, Cindy, Mark, Tamara, & Bri"
Cindy Horton of Fairview, LA, USA

"Bill, I have loved you since I first felt your movement in my womb.I have so many cherished memories, that will never be taken away from me. I vividly remember that night in Alexandria on October lst when be embraced and said our goodbys. I wait for the day that God will reunite us and this time it will be tears of joy and not tears of saddness that we both will shed. May you rest in peace my "SPECIAL ANGEL"

Love MOM"
Shirley Manuel of Oberlin, La.

"We love you and miss you. Aunt Elsa & Uncle Sonny"
Elsa Berlinger of Oberlin,La USA

"We love you and miss you. Aunt Elsa & Uncle Sonny"
Elsa Berlinger of Oberlin,La USA

"We love you and miss you. Aunt Elsa & Uncle Sonny"
Elsa Beringer of Oberlin,La USA

"Hey My Son, Ms. Syl, and I miss you very much. Syl, say's she will always remember the sound you made when stiring your coffee, and I can still hear you walking in the kitchen. We Love and Miss you very much. And we are so proud of you. Love Dad&Syl"
Kermit&Sylvia Manuel of Kinder, La. 70648

"My brother, I miss you and my prayers will allways be with you. I will miss our fishing trips (our quite time together). You will be my babby brother forever. save me a seat in the fishing boat in heaven. you are not forgotten."
your loving brother bubby Damian Manuel of kinder la.

"Thank you, for all the great things you have done for everyone in this world!! We LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH.."
THE EWINGS of Lake Charles, La.

"My brother, I miss you so very much. I regret deeply not spending more time with you. In life, I was your big brother. In death, you are my big brother, my hero. I learned more from you in the last two weeks than I've learned over the last 20 years of my life. Thanks for all of the wonderful memories and these recent life lessons. I love you and I miss you.

Your loving brother "Tee"."
Anthony Manuel of Kinder, LA

"To the family:
My prayers go out to all of you, and I truly have respect for Bill and what he did for his country. He is our hero, as i know this is a tough time to go through, my prayers are with u, and i love all of you. my cousin was sgt. bradley bergeron who killen on jan. 6, and im very proud of him, and bill, and all the soldiers who lost there lives and still out there fighting for there country. god bless!"
Nicole Karpinski of Houma, La

"Thank you Bill for your sacrifice you have made for our country. I will hold fond memories of football and track seasons gone bye. You will never be forgotten as a friend and fellow soldier. Special condolences to your family may God see them through this difficult journey."
Dwight Chatman of Oberlin La

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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To William'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

"There isnt a time when I look back that I can remember not knowing Bill... He was a truely great man... My thoughts go out to his wife and family"
Brandy of Kinder,Louisiana,USA

"Thank you William for your brave actions in defense of America. You are a true hero and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you soldier and may He grant your loved ones peace at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw Family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you William Manuel, 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. William Manuel:
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 Staff Sgt. William Manuel:
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