Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Eric S. McKinley

24, of Corvallis, Oregon.
McKinley died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his vehicle was attacked by small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Corvallis, Oregon. Died on June 13, 2004.

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"Today I am running in the Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon in honor of Spc Eric S. McKinley."
Don Clark of Bothell, WA

"I loved Eric like a brother closer than my own family but thats what we were in second platoon a family. ill never forget the day we lost him. i just hope He knows were ever he is that we killed those basterds for him, every last one of them. He would of doen the same for us. I love you bro."
Tom J Herb of Toccoa, GA

"To the family of:Eric S. Mckinley
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"2-4-11"

"My son used to play chess with Eric at the InterZone in Corvallis. He was a bright, original, remarkable young man. He will be remembered fondly."
Vivian Myers of Corvallis, OR

"May God Bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss."
Leila Shipman of Texas

"To Eric's Family: I am trying to reach the family to give them a prayer shawl in memory of Eric Scott, but my postcard to his father, Thomas, in Salem, OR was returned. If anyone has the current address, please let me know. We are a group, PS4FS, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers, who make prayer shawls for the families. To date, there are 208 groups around the country, having made 2,140 prayer shawls for our fallen soldiers' families.
Email: PS4FS@charter.net
Website:http://home.earthlink.net/~ps4fs/shawls/"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass

"Myself and SSG Hultquist were the first responders to the attack on SPC McKinley and his team. We did help and MEDEVAC several of his buddies and later particapted in a cordon and search for the persons responsible. I am sorry for your loss and we did everything possible. SPC McKinley served, with courage, like the many Americans that preceeded him. The mission he accepted was not easy-but he was there, a man among men doing what makes America great."
Major Terry J. Robey of Fort Bragg, NC

"My brother in law was stationed with this man.

I love Eric, although I dont personally know him, as well as all of the other men and woman who have paid the ultimate price.

When Im old enough, My boots will be on forgein soil, carring on Eric's memory, and all of my other fellow Americans."
Eric Lyon of Napa, CA

"My brother in law was stationed with this man.

I love Eroc, although I dont personally know him, as well as all of the other men and woman who have paid the ultimate price.

When Im old enough, My boots will be on forgein soil, carring on Eric's memory, and all of my other fellow Americans."
Eric Lyon of Napa, CA

"There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of Eric. I was in Bravo Company with him for a number of years, and considered him one of my best friends within the B Co. I have so many fond memories of hanging out with Eric in the woods, keeping each other sane (maybe insane) on long cold training weekends. He was a kind person with the ability to make me feel like things were ok. I was in Baghdad the day he passed away, and when the news came over the radio I was crushed. All I can remember was saying over and over "he was my friend" and crying. He was my friend and he will always remain with me not matter how many years have passed."
James L. Taylor 91 W of Portland OR

"June 24, 2008
To the family of Spc. Eric S. McKinley:
Eric 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

"As think about a good friend of mine neil who's is leaveing to iraq soon I cannot help but think of my bother eric. I miss you and love you soooo much and I can never forget us hangin out at dads house!! So day I will see you again. Your sis autumn"
autumn mckinley of salem

"I knew Eric all throughout high school. He was a not only a unique, special individual and never fully understood by his peers, but he was really never appreciated. I remember the sick feeling I had upon learning of his death. I still get emotional whenever I think about him, something which surprises me still. I played in a punk band around the time of 9/11 and I remember playing our first show at the Interzone in Corvallis. Eric was excited to hear the band and showed up early for the set. When we realized we needed an extension cord for our amps, he immediately offered that he had one at his house. We drove over there and he let us borrow it for the show. It was such a simple gesture and it amazes me how much I cherish this memory. He was a great human being."
Dustin of Corvallis, OR

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about what a great Soldier and human being Eric was, and the tragic day that took him. It was an honor to serve beside such a hero. All my best to his family and friends.
Platoon Leader, 2/B/2-162 IN Iraq 2004-2005"
CPT Christopher Kent of Ghowr, Afghanistan

"Eric, my dear and lost friend. As strange as life is, it took YOU from my life, but given me the gift of your sister. We discovered we worked at the same place ON THE SAME DIRECT TEAM OF PEOPLE, and we realized the connection when I one day questioned her about her last name. Knowing you almost my whole life, I never met her, thank you for the gift. I love you and I miss you. YOUR LIFE WAS MORE IMPORTANT TO ME, THEN FREEDOM!"
E Mac of Corvallis/Philomath/Salem Oregon

"I was Eric's childhood Best Friend and life long friend. I was completely lost after I found out that Eric had died. Eric I will miss you more than you will ever know! Our memories live on and on. Angel Kisses,"
Candace Riggs-Morehead of Salem,OR

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word of Angola

"I am one of Eric's aunts. My son was born 2 months after Eric and pretty much grew up with him. I am looking to hear from anyone who served with him while in Iraq. I'm haunted by thoughts I have of how I think his life must have been while he was there and would like to know the facts to hopefully help move into another phase of grieving for him. I only know what was told to my sister and what I saw on the October 31, 2004 segment on 20/20 (or 60 Minutes). If you are willing to converse with me about Eric it would be greatly appreaciated. You can reach me at mtriplett58@sprintpcs.com. Thank you. Eric, we all love and miss you very much."
Marjorie Triplett of Seattle, WA

"As we approach the second anniversary of losing Eric I read these with tears. Eric was a close friend, fiancee of my best friend/sister Cov and a GREAT honorary uncle to my kids. We miss him but keep his memories alive. Eric had so many wonderful sides to him, goofy, serious, helpful...it's hard to believe it's been almost two years...harder still at times not to think he's going to come walking in the door, check the kitchen for food on his way to joining whatever game the boys are playing on Xbox. You are still missed sweetie! BUBBLEGUM!!! :)"
Lithia Green of Corvallis, OR USA

"I served as a medic in Eric's platoon in B c.o. for a number of years. He was my friend and one of the most sincere soldiers I have ever had the opportunity to serve with. He is with me everyday, and will be for the rest of my life."
james taylor of portland oregon

"A bestfriend and brother in arms Eric always knew a goofy or sometimes werid way to make all of us men @ Bco 2/ 162 laugh . He will be sorely missed one of the many that gave all for a cause that many would never fight for "FreeDom""
Spc. Christopher Ryan of Cco 1-502 INF / 101st Abn Div .......Deployed , Iraq

"God Bless you and may you rest in peace with your brothers and sisters in arms. I did not know you personally but my husband did, and the loss in his eyes when he told me let me know you were an outstanding soldier and person."
Mark and Melanie O'Brien of Fort Polk, LA

"I have a number of pictures of Eric and my son while they were training before their deploy to Iraq. If his mother or other family members would like copies of those photo's, please contact me at PClickener@msn.com"
Pat Clickener of Tigard, Or

"We suffer with you as we lost our son Spc. Shawn Davies on June 8th. in Iraq. May God be with you and confort you. Our Soldiers will never be forgotten!! Thank you Spc. Eric McKiney for serving our Country!!"
The Family of Spc. Shawn Davies of Aliquippa, Pa. USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. "In the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels." God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Eric was one of those people that you cannot forget once you've known. I didn't know him as Spc. McKinley... I knew him as the witty punk rocker I couldn't look in the eyes without getting butterflies in my stomach. He was a close friend of mine, part of a group of individuals in Corvallis that was more like a family than anything. We called him Army Eric, and his favorite song was Die For Your Government by Anti-Flag. We used to joke about it... now the memory brings tears. My boyfriend was his roomate in Iraq and a close friend from back home. There are no words that can describe the impact his death has had on those who knew him... It was more than unexpected, it was unthinkable. He joined the Gaurd to have enough money to raise his child right. I honestly cannot say that he was meant to leave us like this. Eric was someone who was made for something more... he was meant for something greater.. something for which he believed in. That is the biggest tragedy of all."
Mariah Thompson of Corvallis, Oregon

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

"I served with Eric for about four years in B Co. We were always in different squads.I remember having conversations with him philosophical in nature and being impressed with him as a guy that did not just tell you what he thought you would want to hear but what he actually thought. I also remember him as a soldier that I never once heard complain while on duty about the "Hurry up and wait" doldrums of the standard drill weekend (before the war). I am very sorry for his death and the loss his family and friends endured."
Mark Ditzel of Chemult, Oregon

"To Eric'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

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

"To Eric's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you Eric McKinley, 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. Eric McKinley:
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 Eric 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. Eric McKinley:
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 Eric, 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