Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. David J. Murray

23, of Clinton, Louisiana.
Murray died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1088th Engineering Battalion, New Roads, Louisiana. Died on June 9, 2005.

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"Thinking of you today."
Kristina Bennett of Georgetown Tx

"To the family of:David J. Murray
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""

"He is gone but never forgotten"
SSG bullard of New Roads La

"June 9, 2009
To the family of Sgt. David J. Murray:
David 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

"Thank you Sgt Murray and may God bless you and your memory.
Thank you Murray family, may God bless you. Thank all of you in our armed forces for sacrificing your safety and freedom so that we have both. May God bless you, protect you and be your portion."
Hank of Lake Isabella, CA

"David, I went to school with you at Sillian Institute...though i graduated a year before you i remember you were one of the few people i enjoyed goofing off with...You were so funny and caring about the people around you...thank you for serving our country...i know you're in a better place and i can only hope and pray to see you again someday in heaven...know that you're missed."
Sarah Cowan of Jackson, La

"David..I dont quite know what to say other than that you are a true hero. I just stumbled across this site and wanted to leave a nice message for you. you were an awesome cousin and I couldn't ask for any better. I really miss you and I pray for you each nice and I assume and hope you're in a better place. Since I was younger I looked up to you and I still do.. I will be going down your same path in a little while..ya know the one where im joining the National Guard really soon just like you did. i'm finishing my junior year in HS as you already know and i'll be 17 in another month.. Im doing this in your memory and to serve my country. I love you so much and I miss you. I pray that this is all a dream and you will return home one day and everything will be fine but i know that wont happen.. so I await the day I get to see you again and hug you. please watch over me and guide me. i love you and the family loves you.
Ps..please help aunt linda..she has two types of cancer that they just found within this year. and tell mommom and poppop i said hi."
Caitlin Murray of Philadelphia, Pa

"David, you were the man everyone looked up to when we needed a shining example. I remember the time when we were training at NTC and we were under that truck. We washed mud off of that truck that no one could have spotted. I was tired and ready to get out of there but you pushed me to keep going. We even started getting delusional enough for it to be fun after a while. If it were anybody else I would just left and told them to do it themselves. But you got me go the extra mile. You always were the one encouraging soldiers under you to uphold standards and exeeding them as you yourself did. Any order given to me from you, I knew was right on the mark and I always wanted to make you proud. Thank you for being my NCO, my mentor, and most of all my friend. I know I can speak for all our platoon when I say we all wish we were half the man you were. I love you brother and I know that you are taking good care of my little girl up there, too"
Sgt. Stephen Burleigh of Lafayette, Louisiana

"David, you were the man everyone looked up to when we needed a shining example. I remember the time when we training at NTC and we were under that truck. We washed mud off of that truck that no one could have spotted. I was tired and ready to get out of there but you pushed me to keep going. We even started delusional enough to have fun after a while. If it were anybody else I would just left and told them to do it themselves. But you got me go the extra mile. You always were the one expecting soldiers under you to uphold standards and exeeding them as you yourself did. Any order given to me from you, I knew it was right on the mark and I always wanted to make you proud. Thank you for being my NCO, my mentor, and most of all my friend. I know I can speak for all our platoon when I say we all wish we were half the man you are. I love you brother. And I know that you are taking good care of my little girl up there, too"
Sgt. Stephen Burleigh of Lafayette, Louisiana

"Regardless of the right or the wrong of the wars this world gets into, I for one am humbled and grateful to all the young men and women who have given their lives in defense of the freedoms so many of us take for granted every day. These heros will be met by all of us at the right hand of God when we go to our sunder. God Bless your family in recognition of both his and your sacrifice."
Joseph Stout of St. Louis, Mo

"I knew not the Fallen Hero
But it seems that his families values
lead him to a life of giving and service
A life of Honor
So lets Honor, Remember,and Pray for
our Fallen Hero
So He my rest in peace with the
knowledge that his sacrifice was not in vain"
Tom Watson of Manayunk Pennsylvania

"I didnt know you personally but you were my brothers best friend over there. That day, he was sick and that wasnt normal for him. This was the first time this happened. You took his place that day. And for that, I am forever grateful to you.

My brother is deeply affected by your death. I hope you found peace.

Your family is forever in my thoughts and prayers. Everytime I will look at my brother, I will think of you."
Denee Schleicher- sister of Jon Rich of Jacksonville,FL

"*AND ONE MORE THING DAVID YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO*!!"
MELISSA of GEORGETOWN TEXAS

"My name is Melissa , David and i were together and we came very close together when i met him at ft.hood texas, for training, David and i became close and in love. He was the greatest man ever, so sweet,so strong, i loved him and still love him so much. Its weird how things happen. David and i got engaged about a month before he went to iraq for the first time. We had the best time. His smile was to die for and so were his big blue eyes. For some reason we had broke it off knowing he was leaving and it would be hard, the lord was looking out for the both of us. I have a almost 4 year old daughter he just addord her, he was so good with kids, he always spoke highly of his little brother and sister. I will never forget david and how respectful he is. I have never experinced someone so close to me leave this earth. Its been very hard. i know he is in a better place though, where he doesnt have to suffer. I will always be thinking of you david. I love you,Rest in piece. Love always and forever ~Melissa~ (You will always remain in my heart!!)"
Melissa Loflin of Georgetown Texas

"To the Murray Family, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to you. What a fine son you raised. David is a true American Hero who will always be rememberd and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Sergeant David Murray was born on November 2, 1981, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted as a Combat Engineer on June 30, 2000, and served with Company B, 1088th Engineer Battalion when mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III. He deployed to Iraq as a Combat Engineer with Team Ironhorse of Task Force Geronimo. He fell while serving with the 1-11th Armored Cavalry Regiment west of Abu Ghraib.

Sergeant Murray’s awards include the Bronze star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, The Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with ‘M’ Device, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Non-Cmmissioned Officer Profesional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Louisiana General Excellence Ribbon, and the Louisiana War Cross.

Sergeant Murray is survived by his mother, Joanne Parker, his father, Gary Murray Sr., and his brother, Gary Murray, Jr.

We join his family and friends in mourning the loss of this truly outstanding individual, and in celebrating his life and accomplishments as a patriot, a warrior, and a friend.

SSG Oliver Hartner, head shaved along with the rest of SGT Murray’s Team, gave the following soldier’s tribute:

“Scottish clans have creeds that represent their family names. I researched the name “Murray” to find that his family’s ancient creed translates to “Always Ready.” I couldn’t think of a more fitting creed for a man as dutiful as David Murray.

He came to Clinton Louisiana from Philadelphia, PA. He weighed 135 pounds soaking wet, spoke with a yankee accent and had black hair parted down the middle. He played hockey, but since we didn’t offer that in our athletic program, David decided to play football. We went to a small private school and it was your tour of duty at our school, if you were an eligible male, to join some sort of athletic team.

He and I played JV and Varsity football until we received a new head coach and my sense of duty toward the program wasn’t as strong as David’s, so I quit and he stayed. Though I didn’t excel at football as he did, we had fun going through the initiation rites. The older guys used us as tackling dummies, bench warmers, and peer pressure experiments.

I guess football didn’t demand enough time and energy, so David ran cross-country. He was dutiful to that team as well and was a competitive runner. We were reminiscing in Kuwait and he told me he liked the challenge of cross-country more than football.

David never fell into any particular group. He made his rounds and was accepted by a lot of different folks. Everyone knew him as “Ted” because when he first came to school, he was so quiet the seniors didn’t know what to call him, so they named him “Ted.” His younger brother, Gary, became known as “Ted Jr.”

I moved off to go to school and David stayed near home. I wasn’t surprised to find him at drill one weekend, and also working in law enforcement. He was again drawn to public service by his sense of duty. He did his job well and folks in East Feliciana Parish knew not to push the speed limit.

David was diligently working toward becoming a State Trooper up until we deployed.

The fact that he gave to others and never thought twice or complained once, made him more dutiful than me. I have no doubt that he would have made a wonderful trooper given his attitude, devotion to duty, and public service record.

David’s life meant a lot of good things to our little town, and I don’t think people like David should die in Iraq. But nonetheless, David Murray left this earth June 9, 2005 displaying conduct consistent with his dutiful character. Goodbye friend. DOMINUS TECUM.""
Erik of Baghdad

"To the Family of SGT Murray, He was not just a soldier but a friend. I recruited David in the Guard. I used him as an example of what a soldier should be. He was a solid young man with courage and strength. May God Bless you and the guys still in Iraq."
SFC. Rod Courville of Baton Rouge, LA USA

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

"To the Family and Friends of Sgt. Murray

God has a plan for each of us, and it is so hard to imagine a plan that includes the death of child. We lost our son Christopher on 12/23/04 in the same type of action. Our prays are with you and we keep in our heart the memory of our brave children. If there is ever anything we can do, please contact us.

Bob and Judy Barnett
Parents of 1st LT Chris W. Barnett KIA 12/23/04"
of Baton Rouge, LA

"TO THE MURRAY FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS AREW ITH DAVID AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON. AN SO THANKFUL BOTH WATCHED OVER ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHERS UNIT. BOTH HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. STILL BOTH BROTHER'S IN THE MILITARY. THE MILITARY WAS DAVID'S CALLING IN LIFE. AN HE HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY.YOU ARE A HERO! AMERICAN IS ALOT SAFER SINCE 911; WHY? FOR SPECIAL INDIVIDUAL'S LIKE YOU DAVID. YOU SPOKE VOLUME'S BY SERVING OUR COUNTRY; THANK YOU!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you David Murray, 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 Sgt. David Murray:
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 David 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 Sgt. David Murray:
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 David, 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