Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Dustin K. McGaugh

20, of Derby, Kansas.
McGaugh died from a non-hostile gunshot wound in Balad, Iraq. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Died on September 30, 2003.

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"I will miss you forever Dustin. My oldest son has your name so that I will never forget, and that the spirit of your existence lives on, even beyond me."
Clayton Lohcman of Okinawa, Japan

"I. like. for. a. family. member. to. get. ahold. of. me. please. my. son. Bobby. was. real. good. friend. of. Dustin. ... I. like. to. give. u. guys. the. pics. Bobby. has. ... Since. I. lost. Bobby. in. Feb 2015. I. try. to. thin. things. out. by. sharing. text. or. call. me. (918) 873-0179."
Debbie. Lorett of Cushing,Okla

"I. like. for. a. family. member. to. get. ahold. of. me. please. my. son. Bobby. was. real. good. friend. of. Dustin. ... I. like. to. give. u. guys. the. pics. Bobby. has. ... Since. I. lost. Bobby. in. Feb 2015. I. try. to. thin. things. out. by. sharing"
Debbie. Lorett of Cushing,Okla

"I miss you man.. dustin was one of my best friends in high school. even though he was in a grade below me we hung out every day before school at lunch in the weight room and after school. He was the nicest person youd ever hope to meet. just this year (2013) i had to tell someone of his passing and they where shocked i could tell he affected us all like that. i was in boot camp when he was killed and i still remember the last time I saw him at a star mart on memorial in tulsa he said he was going to be moving out of town. I feel terrible for his sister wendy she was a friend of my wife (shannon) i think they shared some classes at Hale. Dusty I still think of you every memorial day and am thankfull to have known you."
Phil (Clark) Bethel of Tulsa, OK.

"Dusty things have changed greatly since the last timed we talked, walked, and dreamed about leaving the neighborhood that was our home for so many years. All we wanted to do was leave and do better for ourselves, and yet to this day I still blame myself for planting the ideal of joining the army in your dreams, we both knew it was a way out, yet neither knew it would lead to this. You know I love you will all my heart, we fought for each other, lied fo reach other, we did what we had to, to protect each other. Yet I still can't bring myself to accept the fact I will never see you again. I remember your 16th birthday when we all had to much to drink, and thought we were the life of the party, or New Years Eve 2000, me you Shawn, Warren, doing what we thought best, having a blast and a takling about ways to do better. I can't explain how much I miss you and I do not know how to explain to my daughter why her middle name is Knight. You will be forever missed, forever remembered in ink, and in name. I wish I could have been there like I was so many times before. One day will meet again and the stories we will tell, will be endless. I can't stop typing when your parents kicked you out you slept at my place and Sam and Lavona never had issues, I took you to school and watched my parents love you as much as they loved my. I just wish I was there. I will always love you like a brother, and always miss you.
(P.S) I got away and I am still living the dream we both had)

SGT West, Robert
U.S Army

Tulsa, Oklahoma
Heidelberg, Germany"

"to my son we miss you so much i know u are making the best angelin the heaves above keep making gtod small"

"Dustin and his sister Windy held a very dear place in my heart. It does not surprise me the Dustin would want to fight to keep our country and his Sister safe. I has taken till now 2010 to really understand the sacrifice Dustin made for us, and i want to say Thank You Dustin. With 1 Daughter and 2 Son in Laws in the service i find my self thinking of you more often and the sacrifice you made.

I make it a point now that when i see anyone on a military uniform to shake their hand and thank them for what hey are doing for our country and my family. Dustin and your memory lives on because i tell people all the time of the hero i knew named Dustin Mcgaugh."
Alex Matthews of Wichita, Ks

"- Dustin McGaugh, Forever Young -
It's dark, I see a red glow
Looking through the night, as your smoke flow
Last to have seen you
Not the one to have found you
M-16 rifle blast to the mouth and face
You blew your brains out, lost the race
You ended it early, died too young
Forever dead, forever gone, forever young."
of Formerly with Dustin McGaugh

"Your love and memories will always be with the family you leave behind. And the remaining soldiers will finish what you couldn't. Love always, your aunt and cousins."
Tigger Martinez of Kingwood, Texas

"Dusty was a great person and did whatever he could to help others. A very down to earth kind of guy that you just don't meet often. Even if you only met him once he was a friend. And remembering makes me feel lucky to have known him."
Crystal of Tulsa, OK

"August 20, 2008
To the family of Spc. Dustin K. McGaugh:
Dustin 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 Family of Dustin McGaugh:
To honor the Kansas 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.
Please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.
The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"Dusty and I were good friends and I am proud to be one of the many friends he had. Lots of time has passed, its now 2007, everyone has grieved and carried on their lives as usual, but Dusty will never be forgotten. He's definately appreciated for his bravery. If somehow you can read this...Dusty we all miss you and our lives are changed forever without you. I give thanks to God for our friendship and I'll remember you as the most honorable, and dedicated man I know. May God be with you as you walk the heavens and look down on us. Thank you for doing your part to preserve the freedom and peace in our great country. You will be remembered and loved for generations to come, farewell young soldier, until we meet again."
Rusty Robinson of Tulsa, OK

"dusty was my older brothers best friend and a very close friend to my family. we took his death really hard and its something i will never get over. he was like a big brother to.in losing someone that ment so much made me relize how short life can be.to all that have took his death hard you not alone and we should stand together and remember he cared for us all... my thoughts are always with you my fallen hero.
with love ashley west."
ashley west of tulsa,ok

"To the McGaugh family:
I had the precious privledge of having Dustin and Wendy in my Hale High Art Class. When I think of Dustin, the visual image that I always and forever will see is of Dustin's smile. I don't remember ever seeing his face without one. He was always someone that I could count on to help, rely on and lend a hand for anything I needed in the classroom. Wendy, I still think of you and Dustin all the time. I want you to know that you were both a very special part of my life that I will never ever forget. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always!!!"
Mrs. K. Barron of Tulsa, OK, USA

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died ahero defending freedom May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully 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 at Gateway Community Church Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga

"To the family of Dustin K. McGaugh,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully 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 at Gateway Community Church: John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga 30016 phone 770-87-1015. your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga


I may not have known him but he was America's child and my heart and my love is with the family of Dustin K. McGaugh and all of those brave souls who have been lost. Sending love..."
Heart of Las Vegas, Nevada USA

"I honor your sacrifice and ask God's blessing on your family in this terrible time of loss. You are one of my hero's and your service was above and beyond the call of duty."
Pete Daniels of Independence, KS

"I Never Really Got To Know You Dustin I Met You 1 Time Like A Week Or 2 Before You Left. I Thought You Were A Nice And Cool Guy. I Wish I Could Of Got To Know Ya More But That Chance Wont Happen Now. Rest In Peace Dustin"
Larry/Warrens Old Rm of Tulsa, OK

"Rest In Peace My Fellow American. I share your last name. God be with you."
kevin mcGaugh of Tulsa, OK.

"We were at the Fayetteville National Cemetary this weekend placing flowers on our loved ones graves and saw Dustin's. I had to explain to our 6 year old what the meaning of the abbrev. on his headstone meant. She asked that we return the next day to place flowers on his grave which we did today. Bless his family and friends on the upcoming memorial day, I know it will be a hard day for you all. Please know that even strangers care for you in your time of healing."
the Stewarts of Fayetteville, Arkansas

"This is Army Sergeant Mica J. Snell from Derby Kansas. The memory of our fallen brothers will never be forgotten."
Mica J. Snell of El Paso, Tx

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

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

"Thank you Dustin McGaugh, 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 Spc. Dustin McGaugh:
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 Dustin 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 Spc. Dustin McGaugh:
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 Dustin, 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