Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Kevin C. Ott

27, of Columbus, Ohio.
Ott and Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe failed to respond to a radio check South of Balad, Iraq on June 25, 2003. The soldiers' remains were located on June 28, 2003 in Taji, Iraq. Both soldiers are assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

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"It's been 12 years my friend. You still cross my mind from time to time out of the blue. Remembering you at church or on the football field. I was unable to serve myself, but I am greatful for those who do and I am honored to have known you. If I could see you just one more time I would shake your hand and tell you thank you for your service to this great nation but I can't so this will have to do. I know you're in heaven now watching over us still. Know that we all still hold a special place for your you in our hearts as we live on day to day only because people like you gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. You will never be forgotten. Thank you."
Joseph Barbery of Williamsport, Ohio USA

"Dear kevin,God bless you and thank you for defending our country.you will never be forgotten"
Brett ott of Columbus ohio

"Kevin, It's been 9 1/2 years since you died. To know you is to love you, and knew you for 20 years when you died. I think about you a lot. I still cry, but I cry happy tears while thinking of some of the things you did. I miss you terribly. Maybe the Browns will go to the Super Bowl some year soon and you can watch them win. Go Dawgs! Save a place for me in Heaven ok. I LOVE YOU! Love, Karen"
Karen Esta Howard of Mount Sterling, Ohio USA

"Kevin
Its been 9 years since u left us. Brother u will never be forgotten. You left to early to go home, but at least you are home. You are missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace."
Spc Jason Arends A 3/18 FA GTMF of Colorado

"My dear uncle i miss u so much.i wish i would have had the time to get to know u better. you were a great man to whom i looked up to.I think about u always.

P.S
I HOPE THE GOLF COURSES
ARE BEAUTIFUL IN HEAVEN!"
douglas e ott jr of ...,ohio,united states

"You Always had a smile on your face and everyone saw you as a friend."
SGT Derrick Becker of Cincinnati, OH

"I never knew u personally but i knew who u were..... We served the "STEEL BATTALION " togather . RIP brother .. Never forgotten .. I know ur still on a mission looking out for ur battles from above ."
Specials Juan lopez of Houston , tx

"You were a great leader on the football field and in life, you will never be forgotten"
Herb Houser of Williamsport, Ohio

"You were a good friend and an awsome soilder Ott. You were alwas there to help a brother out.
I have never fogotten you and never will."
Justin moore of Midwest city, OK

"Never forgotten. 3-18 FA Fort Sill OK"
SSG Bramucci of Fort Riley

"U are our uncle u showed how important it is to help other countries u r our hero we will remember u allways ur nefews Garrett and Brett Ott"
go &bo of hebron

"kevin u stood up 4 what u felt was rite things went and now god has u god bless u always and thank you for sticking up for r country love and people will never foget u Stacy Ott"
Stacy Ott of Newark,OH

"I looked hard for u bro for a few days. I'm just sorry I let you guys down. You didn't deserve to go the way you did. I promise ill never forget your name. You'll be in my heart and prayers forever. 17 fa for life bro..."
tommy d of warren oh

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,000 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"As time goes by, your service to our country is not forgotten Kevin."
Matt Lusk of Wellston,Ohio

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"My heart goes out to the Ott family. You had a great son. He made a sacrifice for us, his country. He will always be in our prayers.

The Patton's"
James and Denise Patton of Blacklick,Ohio

"June 28, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Kevin C. Ott:
Kevin 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 miss you buddy, You were my first friend in the army. I will never forget leaving meps in columbus heading for basic training at Fort Sill. Who would of thought that we would both come from columbus go through basic together, get stationed at Ft. Sill, and both go to Iraq the same time. I will never forget you. SALUTE."
Issac Hill of Lancaster, Oh.

"February 8, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Kevin C. Ott:
Kevin 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

"Ott, your big smiling face still makes me smile. I remember that day, about a week before you were killed when you were the only one sitting there waiting for Sunday services to start. We almost canceled until doc, a few of the medics and you rounded up some people to do the service. I sure am glad we did it. Peace my friend."
Cliff Bennett of Austin, TX

"PFC OTT Very Good Troop always was a positive individual and always motivated. We serve together in that hot dessert, you'll always be remember! "Steel 7 Delta out!!"
CPL Gomez, Daniel of Fresno, CA

"It has been almost 4 years since you have been gone, I can't believe it even now, you were such a great friend to me and taught me so much about life when I still had som much to learn.... We had some great times at WHS... Miss ya a lot...."
Charlie of Williamsport, Oh

"Kevin, you fought side by side with my husband with 3-18 FA. He is now back in Iraq, finishing the fight. We think of you often, you will never be forgotten. Blessings on your family."
S. Bailey of Ft. Lewis, WA

"To the family and friends of Kevin, I am a junior at Hopewell Highschool, in my english class we are doing memorials for heros of our nation, I have chosen Kevin to do in my memorial, I want to honor his amazing life and his great character, I have read many articles about him and wish to know more about his family and his life, if you could please contact me at ColeBrantley@aol.com I would greatly appreciate it. Once again I would just like to get pictures of him and great memories so if you read this before December 9th I would greatly appreciate your help, thank you very much, and I hope to properly honor Kevin's life."
Cole Brantley of Huntersville, NC

"Kevin, I miss you very much! I sometimes want to call you and realize you aren't with us anymore:( I will NEVER forget you! Love, Your Friend....Sabrina"
Sabrina of Ft Sill, Oklahoma

"PFC Kevin Ott was a great guy and a great friend. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with his family after our return from Iraq. I am so sorry that he didn't come home with us. He will always be remembered and my prayers are with the family and friends."
SPC Justin Thompson of Sidney, OH

"Uncle Kevin, it’s been almost three and a half years since you were taken from us. I think of you everyday, most are with a smile but some are with a tear. I miss you more everyday; but the days are getting easier. I just want to tell you I love you and still think of you everyday and I will never forget who you were and the wonderful times we spent with you while you where here.
I love you,"
Your Niece, Michelle of Grove City, Ohio/USA

"I just want to give my long time sorrow to you myself. I was there when we found the HUMMV and I also got to be lucky enough to find our two boys and stand over them and say a prayer for them and their families. I hope their family has gotten the strength and help it needed in it's hard time. My heart goes out to you all."
Sgt. Edwards of Oklahoma City, OK USA

"I glad that my husband made it back from the navy. And im glad he served his country. But I I feel sorry for all those who gave it all to our country."
Rhonda Smith-Barnes of Circleville, Oh

"Thank you to Kevin and his family.. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten"
Nicole of Ft. Worth

"To the family of:Kevin C. Ott 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. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"Ott Family...
I want to send my condolensces to the Ott Family in Ohio. I honor your son by flying my flag at half-mast and include your son respectfully in my prayers. thank you and god bless"
Charles R. Ott, Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA

"To Kevin's family I can only hope that as the time has passed the sharpness of the pain isn't as stabbing and the memories now bring smiles. It was by accident that I stumbled on this site while looking for something "silly" to send to my nephew, another PFC Ott in his care package to Mosul. Bless you and please join me in prayers to keep all of our soldiers safe...especially those named OTT."
Aunt of another PFC OTT of Southern California

"Kevin and I had alot in common. We joked around at times and we took the Army very serious. We competed for Soldier of the months togehter and showed eachother many things. Kevin Ott, you are a hero to many! Steel!"
SGT Morales of Fort Sill, OK

"I knew Kevin very briefly when he worked at DFS in Groveport,Ohio.I am friends with his very close friend...Rob Snyder.Hearing the things Rob had to say about him made me understand what a wonderful person he was.My heart goes out to his family and friends...there is no greater sacrifice than the one he made.God bless you all and keep his memory alive!"
Rhonda Smith-Barnes of Circleville,Ohio

"you were a soldiers' soldiers you always did the right thing you was always there when some one was down and to beat them at cards you will be remembered always you were a true friend you and the 18th fa will always be in my heart "BULLDAWG PRIDE RUNS DEEP HOOAH""
Spc Thomas Brey of C1-17 fa Fort Sill Okla

"Kevin, there are constant reminders of you all around me. I ran across a plaque bearing the name "Jesus" that you made for me when you were a young boy scout. When you decided to enlist in the Army, you brought us several household items. We assured you that you would get them all back when you come home again. I remember when you helped us put new roofing shingles on our house. You ALWAYS clowned around...even atop a 2-story house! We mentioned that we would have to remove the gutters. You were there on the double. You propped your feet onto the side of the gutter, gave a loud yell and heaved the gutter into the yard. My son will never forget the wedgie you gave him on the peak of the roof. Today I remembered this hilarious experience with you as I swept a stray roofing nail off the patio. You were always fresh, wild and comedic! We would give everything we have to see you at our door ready to "fix" something again! We miss you! We are proud of you! We never thought we would have to pay such a price. Thank you!"
Your sister, Pam of Columbus, Ohio USA

"Kevin you were a wonderful soldier and a friend you are missed dearly by everyone in B 3/18. Your sense of humor was like no others. Rest In Peace My Friend. "Bulldog Pride Runs Deep""
Spc Jason Westfall of Ft. Sill, Ok

"It's a sad world. I googled myself tonight on a whim, and came across a man who shared my name, and who died fighting in Iraq. It brought the war home to me in a way I wish I was prepared for.

To PFC Ott's friends and family, I offer my condolences and hopes for a happy holiday despite their tragedy. To the rest of the soldiers fighting in Iraq, here's hoping you come home soon."
Kevin Ott of Philadelphia, PA

"Hello Kevin: I salute you. You are a hero of the first degree. It is unfortunate that so many have died in this unnecessary war. May God bless you and keep you and your family."
Paul Cudahy of Terrytown, LA USA

"ONCE A BULLDOG ALWAYS A BULLDOG God takes the best of us in the worst of ways sometime....you will be missed by all who knew you"
George H Clay of Houston, TX

"My heart is with you and your family and loved ones. I am sorry for what we did not do that we could have done to keep you, and God give strength to those of us left behind - to do His will - until our time comes, too."
Michael O'Leary of Mountain View, CA

"thank you for serving our country"
S.I.C. of Grove City OH USA

"Thank you Kevin Ott for serving our country & protecting our freedom.
You will always be missed..."
E.M.H. of Orient, Oh, USA

"PFC Ott was a good friend and an even better soldier. You could always count on him to be there. But like any private in the Army, he was a little mouthy. He was the first soldier I made do push-ups. I will miss him and the haircuts he gave me. GOD BLESS You OTT!!"
SGT Sean T. Johnson of Fort Sill, Oklahoma

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Kevin, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"PFC Kevin Ott was a hell of a soldier. And he will always be in memory in B 3-18 FA. The Bulldogs shout one out for ya Ott. " BOOM! Bulldogs proud run deep! HOOAH!" We'll miss ya always."
SPC. Jason Wagner of Hunker, PA

"Rest in eternal peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Kevin Ott, 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

"PFC Kevin Ott or as I called him Coach Ott will be remembered by me forever. Not only did I play basketball with him on Mondy nights at the old Derby gym. He was also my JV basketball coach. Possibly the greatest and nicest guy you could ever meet. Never looked down on you and always, always had a smile on his face. I would like to congradulate his parents on raising a wonderful son. He will be in my thoughts and prayers."
Zachary Ruoff, SrA, USAF of Buckley AFB, CO

"A heartfelt THANK YOU to Kevin and his family. You have sacrificed so much for so many, both in the U.S. and all over the world. He has helped to make our world a safer place. My heart goes out to you. May a faith in God and His plan give you some measure of comfort."
Kellie

"To the parents, siblings, and other family members of Kevin... I send my sincere condolences. My own son-in-law just returned from Iraq, thank God. We support our president and our military 100%, but the sad reality this US Air Force vet herself knows is: war is hell, and it takes men and women of valor to brave it.

We lost our younger daughter Lora four years ago (she was a student at a Nazarene college in Ohio). Perhaps the webpages on heaven or my journaling pages will bring some measure of comfort. (www.angelfire/com/mt/vieja/)

Our prayers are with you. As a grieving parent myself, please know--you will always be proud, always want to shout his name from the housetops and remind others that his life was important... and you will always weep. My prayer isn't for the tears to stop, but for the Lord to teach you how to cope, how to trust Him again.

If I can ever be of help, please email me: vieja@rocketmail.com.

His servant, and yours~"
Jan Hernandez of Helena, Montana

"I rode with you on a Biker's Sunday at Grove City Nazarene a few years ago. I just found out that you died helping to keep me free. Thank you for everything. Your family is in my prayers."
LKC of Marion, IN

"I didn't personally know you, but you deployed along with the brigade that my boyfriend is stationed. God took you home to be with him and now you watch over the 17th Brigade from above. God bless your family in their time of sorrow and the Lord be with you always."
A 17 BDE girlfriend of Ft Sill, Oklahoma

"It is hard to lose a son, daughter, wife, husband, etc. There are no words to ease the pain. I am sorry for your loss. It pains me to read all the names. One could be mine or my family some day. I thank you and Kevin for the selfless sacrifice in the face of danger in service to our country. I will not forget. Neither will my family.

Sincerely,

Richard C. Stahl Maj, NC, USAFRES"
Major Richard C.Stahl of Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

"I didnt know you..but you were deployed with my Husband...you were in the same Unit he is...i cnat believe this happend...Even if i dont know you..i wanna let you know im thinking abou you..You were an Hero....now you are an Angel..."
unknown of Fort Sill Oklahoma

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Kevin Ott:
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 Kevin 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 Pfc. Kevin Ott:
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 Kevin, 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