Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Paul C. Neubauer

40, of Oceanside, California.
Neubauer died of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, when he was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire and an improvised explosive device detonated near his M113 armored personnel carrier. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Oakdale, California. Died on September 23, 2005.

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"Hi my name is Dana Anderson. I have the pleasure of having your loved one tattoo on my leg. I live in Freeport TX the tattoo pallor down here is doing a walking memorial for the fallen soldiers that have given there life for our country. I am so sorry for you loss. just wanted to say that there are people out there that gives a care. i have pics of the tattoo on my facebook account."
Dana Anderson of Freeport,Tx /USA

"Wishing to contact Jennifer Tekler of Wausau WI biological daughter of Paul.
Jennifer,
I just found your name on this page. I never knew Paul had two daughters, and it pains me to know end that two young ladies father has passed.
I was Pauls Platoon Sergeant during OIF III and was there that night and can give you any information that you wish.

christopher.d.chebahtah@us.army.mil
crunchy_fo@hotmail.com"
Chris Chebahtah of California City Ca

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH/USA

"Hello sgt... When i first joined the Civil Air Patrol I had the honor of laying a wreath on your grave in Wreatchs across america 2007. I wanted to thank you and everyone for ansering the call to duty. You paid the ultimate price in serving our country. Ever since that day I wanted to go into the USMC or the United States Army to defend America on the front lines. Thank you for everything that you have done. god bless the armed forces and God bless America, http://challenger.video-cutter.com/images/wreaths_matt_1.JPG"
Matthew southworth of west hills

"Hello Paul Christian Neubauer..
I just learned everything I've ever wanted to know about you yesterday, Father's day. My name is Jennifer Anne Tekler... My birth name is Jennifer Neubauer, I'm 18, and my sister, also you're daughter (16) and I were taken into foster care after it was said that you were unfit to care for us when I was 3 years old. I now live in Wisconsin with my adoptive family, the Teklers. And you are my biological father. There is little doubt in my mind you are my own flesh and blood. My sister Michelle researched you're name and used the little information she had about you and discovered this amazing surprise. I really wish you were alive so I could somehow let you know about us. But I read of your honorable death, serving for our country over in Iraq. I am so sorry, for both of us, that we'll never get a chance to meet each other again. But I am so proud of you. I hope you are resting peacefully. And please, if there is anyone out there that would like to help me learn more about my father, Paul Christian Neubauer.. please contact me. Break_status_quo@yahoo.com."
Jennifer Tekler of Wausau/WI/USA

"August 20, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Paul C. Neubauer:
Paul 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

"Paul, I can't believe how long its been since I last saw you. I remember how you would come into my room and eat my EasyMac while I played Xbox with DOC. Even if you ate the last of it you would always bring some back for us.
I'll never forget going through combatives together.. Remember how you crushed me.
I still think of the night I last saw you. I still think about what happened that night. I remember seeing you after the incident and seeing this peaceful look at you face. Kind of the same look you always had on your face when you would hang out in my room.
I never could have imagined how hard this would be loosing my brothers. I think of ALL of you often.
I know you are watching over me brother and I thank you for you sacrifice. I know you are in a lot better place. Keep watch until we link up again one day. You brother and friend. 3rd Platoon Delta Co. 1/184th OIF III"
SPC. Lowell Barber Delta CO. 1/184th Inf. lowell.barber@us.army.mil of Oakdale, CA

"To the family of:Paul C. Neubauer 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 my Uncle Len and cousin Elizabeth:
I am so sorry about Paul. When we are so far apart physically, it has been hard to keep in contact. But please, please know that all of us in the Lesnieski family (Irene, Linda, Dave (and his wife Gail), Donna and Terry think about you all a lot, and especially love and honor Paul for his bravery and sacrifice. I remember when we visited you in Colorado (this was before you, Elizabeth!) and Paul was only three months old -- the cutest baby! And I also remember when you visited us in Michigan.
Paul served his country and made the ultimate of sacrifices for US. On this Memorial Day, 2007, we ask for God's blessings for him, and for both of you. May He keep you in his gentle care.
Love, your niece and cousin, Donna"
Donna Bosink of Gagetown, Michigan

"dear paul ,I've tried to write this a thousand times but never could get through it. It doesnt seem like its been over a year since you didnt come back from the evening patrol.I'm still thinking about the last time we had chow together the night before the track got hit.you were happy and talkative.
hey,remember when we were at freedom?
and you used to borrow my phone to call home.afterwords we'd go to the hadji mart to get a drink or sit at the maint tent and talk for hours in bad german or even worse spanish!or how we used to go to church together with chap blessing. the last night I saw you & asked you to go to chow with me but you were going on a mission and you seemed to be in a hurry
so we goofed around in back of the barracks horseplaying doing kung fu moves for a couple of minutes before you left . I should have told you whata great friend you were to me ,I should have told you everyday.I'm sorry that the last thing I said to you was I'll get you back for slapping me in the leg while we were goofing around.
I just never thought that you wouldn't be comming back. Please forgive me. there isnt a day that goes by that i dont think of you. I'm going to find where you are and visit you. I'll leave you a can of chew and something written in bad german, we wouldnt want to break our tradition now. remember the chaplin would say this at the end of the chapel service? the lord bless you and keep you. may the lord lift up his face to you and grant you peace. I pray he has for you and your family. miss you brother"
sgt vic martinez D 184 of los angeles,ca

"I am looking to make immediate contact with anyone in Paul Neubauer's family for a very special 4th of July, 2006, event in Oceanside, CA that the City of Oceanside is putting on. My name is Robert Pfeiler and I am the President of American Heroes Tribute and the city has asked us to create a very special banner for Paul for this event that will also be used during a national tour of these banners. Please contact me at RPfeiler@aol.com or my home office at (949)642-2044. Time is of the essence and I appreciate your assistance.
Warmly,
Robert Pfeiler
President
American Heroes Tribute
AmericanHeroesTribute.org"

"Dear Leonard and Elizabeth, We extend our most heartfelt condolences for the loss of Paul. We knew Paul, Elizabeth, Leonard and Betty through American Lutheran Church. Our children grew up with Paul and Elizabeth so our memories are long. Nothing we can say can give us total understanding and acceptance of this loss. But, to know this family and especially Paul, leaves many positive memories in our lives. He is indeed, a hero. We send our love and prayers to you, Leonard, Elizabeth and Paul's family."
Jo Ann and Larry Heiserman of Green Valley, AZ

"Dear Neubauer Family,
I learned just today of your enormous loss. My memories of Paul go back to growing up in the American Lutheran Church together. What an honor for me to know a great human being like him. Knowing that Paul is in a better place I say thank you to him, and for the family that he has preceded in death, my heart breaks for you and my prayers will be for peace and strength until you meet again one day.
My love,"
KRISTIN (HEISERMAN) THOMAS of GRAND JUNCTION, CO

"I went to high school with Paul and, through his friend Jeff who used to live across the street, found out about Paul's death. While I didn't know Paul well, I was a student of his father's in biology and zoology. The Neubauer name was big and you were guaranteed that in taking his class, you would learn. Mr. Neubauer was very nice, very fair, and very tough. I'm sure Paul was much the same and am sure there are countless many who will be forever grateful for having known him. These great things will live on. To Mr. Neubauer and family, my most sincere condolances."
Kevin Wanebo of Denver

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Paul C Neubauer, Iíve 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 Paul, along with 49 other 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

"I have had the honor to know and serve with Paul. He is a Warrior in always. He will be missed by all."
SSG Nichols of Camp Buehring, Kuwait

"I worked with Paul in the late 90's in Beverly Hills, CA.
We worked security together, I will always remember Pauls "Laugh" he was a great guy who I will miss.
Best to the family and freinds of this extrordinary individual!!!!"
K.P. of Los Angeles, CA

"To the Neubauer family. I will never forget all the times me and Paul spent together train and working out. i will never forget the kindness he always showed me. i will never forget Paul"
justin boyd of san diego ca

"Dear Neubauer Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your hero. We are a group that has had the honor of sending comfort packages to Paul. He enjoyed each one and looked forward to the next. It is our prayer that he felt the love, good wishes and care that was packed with each package. We hope that they made his life more comfortable and in knowing many others loved and cared deeply about him.
We never had the honor of meeting Paul and that is our loss. A man of courage, honor and conviction is rare indeed. We continue to honor his memory and actions by supporting his unit. They are the hardest hit in all of Iraq; we will do our utmost to assure you that they will be taken care of in Paul's honor. May God bless you and heal your hearts."
Kathleen Lewis and Volunteer's Packages from Home of Glendale, Arizona

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

"TO THE NEUBAUER FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. PAUL THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND FOR BEING A BROTHER TO OUR SON! SADLY, WE LOST GREGORY LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ. AN TEARS STILL FLOW DOWN MY CHEEKS. AS WITH YOU TODAY AND ALL OUR FALLEN. PAUL YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. AN YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH. STILL YOUR LOST IS HARD. AN MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY. TO ALL THOSE YOU HAVE TOUCHED PAUL. ALL HOLD VERY PRECIOUS MEMORIES! THAT YOU SHARED WITH EACH ONE. AN YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN, NEVER! YOU ARE A MAN THAT HAS GIVEN AMERICAN EVERYTHING. UNSELFISH OF YOU! SO YES, PAUL YOU ARE A HERO! AN YOU BECAME APART OF MILITARY, IRAQI, AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY. FIGHTING OFF TERRORISM AND GIVEN THOSE IN IRAQ FREEDOM. TO YOUR FAMILY PAUL, YOU DESERVE TO BE HONORED TODAY. NOT TOMORROW OR YEARS AFTER A CONFLICT AND OR WAR; TODAY. I SUGGEST TO YOUR FAMILY TO CONTACT YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS TO DECIATE A STREET ON BEHALF OF PAUL. PAUL SERVED HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE,AND MORE IMPORTANTLY his COUNTRY. THIS WAY HE WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN, NEVER! SINCE 911, AMERICA IS SO MUCH SAFER. THANKS PAUL COULDN'T BE DONE ALONE. AN YOU BEEN APART OF A MILTARY TOGETHERNESS EFFORT! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Paul Neubauer, 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. Paul Neubauer:
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 Paul 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. Paul Neubauer:
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 Paul, 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