Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. James D. McNaughton

27, of Middle Village, New York.
McNaughton died in Baghdad, Iraq, when he was struck by sniper fire while he was in a guard tower. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 306th Military Police Battalion, 800th Military Police Brigade, Uniondale, New York. Died on August 2, 2005.

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"You are always remembered Ssg. McNaughton."
Jody Suarez of Bronx, NY

""Ssg Mcnaughton was my friend, I was with him the day he fell. I was his medic, in the tower with him. I've tried to find his family but have no success..maybe they will see this. I will NEVER forget ssg mcnaughton he was the best of what America has to offer And he is a hero.""
Sgt. Donrick Blevins of 1/149th INF Kentucky

"To my friend. I miss you every day. I should have been there that day. Why did you want to go out so bad? Why did you switch places with me? God speed my friend I will remember you every day that I live and never take for granted the life you have allowed me to live."
Your brother in arms of Michigan

"I didn't know SSG McNaughton personally, but I just returned from Keller Army Community Hospital this evening for my 7 year old sons doctor appointment and just noticed the tree and plaque outside the hospital. My son asked about SSG McNaughton and I explained to him that he was a true hero and selfless person. We also noticed that he was also an NYPD Officer. Being born in New York City, coming from a family of NYPD officers and married to an Army man myself I was able to explain to my son this evening the true meaning of selfless service and sacrifice. SSG McNaughton you will not be forgotten. I also noticed that the plaque was donated by the Stephen Driscoll Lodge. Stephen was also a NYPD officer who passed away on 9/11/2001 he attended the same church I did -
Our Lady of Refuge in the Bronx. I will keep both of these brave men in my prayers. Monica Letizia"
Monica Letizia of Orange burg, New York

"The courage and bravery of James and those who served along side him are a shining beacon to those of us who enjoy the freedom that the United States grants. Thank you just doesnt seem to be enough for the utlimate sacrifice you have given. This country's thoughts and prayers reach out to you as you surely sit at the right hand of God in Heaven.My heartfelt condolences are with your family always."
Lori and Kristin of Centereach, New York

"Re: SSG James D McNaughton

Hello,
I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,800 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass.

"James,
Just a note on Memorial Day to say you are not forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice, and may your family find consolation in your bravery."
Dan Sullivan Lt. NYPD (ret) of Islip, NY

"my brother lance perez was in iraq with u and u were his mentor...i think about james sometimes and im so sorry... lance is in iraq for the secon time now and i miss him so much i cant wait until he comes home"
lesley perez of brentwood ny

"I often see pictures of the 306th out in Iraq and when I see Ssgt.McNaughton, I think how proud I am to have met and served with you.Thinking of you and Sgt.Romines."
Spc.Suarez of Bronx, NY

"To James McNaughton's family,
I learned your story this past weekend on CNN. Thank you for sharing your grief--and for giving me this opportunity to say, "I care.""
Tom Tabaczynski of Hamden, Connecticut

"Veterans Day 2008: Here's to you James - thank you for your service to our Country.
To William - after seeing the special video on CNN online and as a Marine Mom whose son has just returned from a second tour in Iraq, I am filled with deep sorrow at your loss but equally proud of your son. Thank you also for the service you give at Calverton Cemetery."
Donna Davidson of Ashburn, VA

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. James D. McNaughton:
James 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

"I didn't know Jimmy for long, but I counted him as a friend. He was an incredible, enthusiastic NCO and an inspiration to everyone who had the honor to serve with him."
SSG Jeff Barker of Wildersville, TN

"I remember Jimmy as a cute little boy and was so sorry to learn of his death but so proud to say I knew him before he became such a brave honorary man.. I am so sorry for your loss ((((Billy)))) and the entire mcnaughton family."
ellen of Scranton, Pa...USA

"To the family of SSGT McNaughton, I had the distinct honor and privilege to serve beside this fallen hero over there. He was a fine man, a gallant soldier, a true patriot, and an honest gentleman who believed in God, Honor, Duty, and Country. On behalf of all of the Red Lions of the 1-119th Field Artillery, we will never forget and always cherish the memory of this brave soldier. Jimmy...I say this with tear-stained cheeks, I wish you were here. But my friend, I know you are you here, in hearts, in thoughts, in a sincere example of a true Christian warrior and a good friend, patriot, and comrade. I was an honor, and in those days to come, I look forward to seeing you again!"
SPC Chad Vander Ven, 1-119th FA FIST of Kalamazoo, MI

"It was not only an honor but a pleasure to serve with Jimmy he always kept it interesting. He was a positive influence in many young soldiers lives."
Mayo Jenkins of corona ca usa

"Jimmy, It was an honor to have served with you over there. You were such a good person and the epitome of a soldier. Thank you for your sacrifice. It will NEVER be forgotten...

Heroes don't come back from war,
over America their spirits soar"
SPC Jon Castro of Philly, PA

"Jimmy,
On this Veteran's Day I will be reminded of your sacrifice. Thank you for being the soldier you are. We miss you dearly. You will never be forgotten."
SSG Cindy Barrois of Forest Hills, New York

"Devotion for this country is something not every has, love for it is something that everyone needs.

God bless james for having both of those, and the most sincerest wishes to everyone who knew him, especially fiance and family."
David Nestoff of North Olmsted, OH

"Jimmy, All of us from the 119th FA will NEVER forget you.

SPC Nick Russo 119 F.A"
Nick Russo of Jackson, Michigan

"To the family of:James D. McNaughton 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 and friends of James Mcnaughton. I truly enjoyed the short time we had to serve together in Iraq. I could see Jimmy was on the fast track to greatness. I considered Jimmy one of my closest friends and someone I could rely on to get The job done. I still have the NYPD hat he gave me when he came back off of leave. I placed the memorial inside of it and it is in my war chest. He was one of the greatest."
1SG Brian D. Bennett of 119th FA Almont, MI

"I remember the young James that came to his first unit on active duty at Fort rwin, CA. But not so much as the warrior, but as the police officer he was and wanted to be. We used to swap ideas on which places to look for jobs in LE. I would always see this motivated "little guy", and his buddy Sherman out there doing their job. It was good to see he finally got the job in LE that he deserved. To all of you in NY, you got one hell of a cop, and a pretty darn good guy. Rest in peace Mcnaughton. HOOAH!!!! SGT Reid"
Robert Reid of San Diego, CA

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, James D McNaughton, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you, along with 49 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"To all the friends and family of SSG McNaughton. It was an honor to serve next to Jimmy. He was a careing but a strong NCO of the United States Army. Im proud to say I know SSG James D. McNaughton."
Sgt. Woodrow Hughes of Hazard, Ky

"To the family of James. I served in the 800th MP BDE. I remember James when he first came into the unit. It hurt real bad when I found out about James. His death was not invane. We are doing the right thing, all our Fallen's death's are not invane. When a soldier wears a uniform for his or her country, goes to war. And pays the ultimate price, it's not for nothing. May God bless James in heaven. And his family here on earth."
Peter Brasile of Wantagh, NY. USA

"SSG McNaugton you were a natural leader of Soldiers. It was my honor to have known you during our 1st deployment in 2002, and needless to say I am terribly saddened by your loss. You gained many friends in the 306th but you also earned the respect of all as you consistently “lead from the front” and cared for Soldiers. We are a lesser Nation and a lesser Army in your absence. May God bless you for your sacrifice, and do watch over your family in this their time of grief."
Maj. Stephen A. Labate of Suffolk County, NY

"It was a Honor to have Served with you in the 306th Military Police Battalion durring our first year long deployment. I will remember all the long nights playing X-Box and Halo. It will also now haunt me, being a combat medic and not being there for you. Jimmy you were a inspiration to the younger troops and always took care of your soldiers. You are a true HERO. RIP my friend."
Sgt. Christopher Rocillo of Farmingdale, NY/ US

"Rest In Peace Tuefelhunden.
J and T USMC NC"

"Sarge, you were one squared-away, hard-core, gung-ho individual. I'll never forget you passion and your candor. It's hard to believe the world will be without your zest for living and your devotion to others. Aside from your bravado, you cared about the little guy. Your style was to tell it straight and in no uncertain terms, never letting anyone forget their obligations and that they were not alone. You had a great sense of fun and humor. In the year and a half I knew you once I had returned to the 306th, I can say that I'll never forget you. Be at peace."
Louis Menchise of Bronx, New York

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"TO THE McNAUGHTON FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN FOR THE LOST OF JAMES. WE FULLY UNDERSTAND AS WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ. JAMES HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE IN HIS COMMUNITY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, HIS MILITARY FAMILY OF SISTER'S, BROTHER'S, HIS NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT OFFICER'S, THOSE IN IRAQ, HIS RESERVE UNIT AND HIS LOVING FAMILY. ALL THIS IS HARD ON THE FAMILY AND HIS LOVELY GIRLFRIEND. BUT, REALIZE YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY MANY MANY FAMILIES ON LONG ISLAND THAT ARE HEAR FOR YOUR FAMILY. jAMES IS JUST LIKE ANOTHER SON TO US. YOUR LOST IS JUST AS MUCH OUR LOST. EACH LOST NO DIFFERENT THEN LOSING MY OWN SON. JUST THANKFUL THAT GREGORY SERVED ALONG SIDE MEN LIKE JAMES. TO ALWAYS WATCH OVER ONE ANOTHER! NOW BOTH ARE TOGETHER SERVING US ONCE AGAIN!. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH JAMES AND YOUR FAMILY. YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT lwahl1@Sears.com"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

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

"To the McNaughton Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. I know that I will be reading about your James and in the local papers. I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that James is truly an American Hero. James will always be remembered and honored. We will be praying for all of you. May God Bless you all and God Bless James. From your neighbors in Brooklyn."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Thank you James McNaughton, 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. James McNaughton:
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 James 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. James McNaughton:
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 James, 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