Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Evan S. Parker

25, of Arkansas, Kansas.
Parker died at Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany of injuries sustained in Balad, Iraq, on October 23, 2005 when his dismounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces who threw an explosive device from their moving vehicle. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment, 20th Brigade Combat Team, Honolulu, Hawaii. Died on October 26, 2005.

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"Brother you are not forgotten!! Go For Broke!

Battalion Mortars Det 1 HHC 100th BN 442D INF REG"
Watanabe of Hilo, Hawaii

"I love you man."
Sgt Reed Kotake, Cobra White 95 Balad Iraq of Kansas City, Mo

"The 26th of October made your 10 year angelversary of the day you left this world and just 2 days ago November 2 made the 10 year mark of when we laid you to rest. The boys and I miss you every day! You were my life from the age of 15 to the day God called you home. So many memories we made along with our two handsome boys that are looking more like you every day! It's hard to believe still that you won't be here to watch our boys graduate. You would be so proud of them! I know you are still with us in spirit watching over us and guiding us. You have helped me through so much with your guidance wether it be in my dreams or in the little things that happen. I am so blessed to have been a big part of your life and blessed that you were a big part of mine. I loved you then, I love you now, always have, always will! Even though our boys have been pushed aside and forgotten about by many they love you and miss you more than anyone could ever know! I will see you in my dreams, until we can be together again!! All my love"
Brandi Parker Skinner of Crestview, Florida/ United States of America

"Evan, Its been 9 years but it doesn't seem like it. You are in my thoughts every day. I see your smile, would even say I feel your touch and here your voice. This brings me so much peace and love. And a remembrance that I have chosen to never ever forget.
To the many that knew Evan and shared on this site, I thank-you for your words that still to this day lift me up and help me know Evan as a Soldier, and friend.
To those that met him in a picture or memorial, I thank-you for your words and the very thought that Evan reached out to you from beyond and you have shared. He always did have that compelling presence about him.
To Major Grundy, Your sacrifice and commitment to Evan will always be remembered. Thank-you for taking care of him so we could be with him in his final hour and for bringing him home and laying him to rest with Honor.
I am Proud of my son Sgt. Evan S. Parker US Army.
Respectfully to All!
Anita Dixon
Mother of a Fallen American Hero"
Anita Dixon of Wichita Ks

"You don't know me but I arrived in Honolulu today with my family. May 24, 2014 We came to Hawaii with our children for the first time and wanted them to be in Pearl Harbor for Memorial Day. While waiting for my husband to check us in at the Hale Koa hotel, I noticed your picture as part of a memorial they have. Empty boots with flags and pictures. I was struck hard by your smile and the light shining from your eyes. You look like you could be my brother or one of his friends. It breaks my heart but most of all makes me ever more grateful to you and your family for your sacrifice. I hear my children laughing while they watch tv in the hotel room and all I can do is think of you and the ones that loved you. Thank you with all my heart for keeping my family safe."
Erica Perko of San Diego, CA. USA

"Let it be known: I Maj. Ken Grundy USA critically fought for my fallen brother Sgt. Parker minute by minute and hour by hour in the battle to sustain his life in order that his family could be with him before he returned to the spirit world and God's hands. " I will never leave a fallen comrade " I then assumed the solemn and sacred obligation of Escorting Sgt. Parker safely home to his devoted family and friends and to his final resting place on the plains of Kansas. I passionately made sure Sgt. Parker our fallen warrior came home with Honor, Dignity and Respect, standing guard and watching over him at all times. My thanks to Capt. CI Flanigan Delta airlines who arraigned for me to get down on the tarmac in order to render Honors and stay with Sgt. Parker .To the Delta ramp agents who stood at attention and showed the utmost of respect. To the 1st Battalion 41st Infantry (HONOR GUARD) Fort Riley . They executed their duty flawlessly. John 3:16"
LTC Kenneth Grundy USA of Central Falls , RI

"To the family of:Evan S. Parker
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""

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
Former Rifleman of Kansas

"thank you for surving.with out u i couldnt of been safe.thank so much.someday i hope to repay u"
evan culley of indiana

"To Evan,
You will always hold a special place in my heart as my sweetheart. I'll never forget your smile and the memories we'd shared. So many times I find myself drifting back to the football games and the visits we'd had through the years. I thank you for your last visit to me. Little did I know it was the last time I'd see you again, but I know that's why we spoke our peace to each other until we can visit again one day. So many people love you and miss you, Evan. Until we visit again... I'll think of you often. To Anita, Tara, Lance, and Caleb- I think of you all often and keep you in my prayers. You had a wonderful son and brother who had a positive impact on so many lives. God bless you all."
Lindsay Rager of Manhattan, Kansas

"September 27, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Evan S. Parker:
Evan 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 was with Evan in Iraq. I commanded C Co 100-442 IN and Evan was assigned as one of my Fire Support NCOs. We were actually part of the 29th BDE, not the 20th. Evan was a great young NCO and worked very hard at his job and he was a joy to be around. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of Evan and his sacrifice. Brother Evan...you are missed.

Charlie HOOAH!!!
Go For Broke!"
MAJ Byron Douglas Hill of Austin, TX

"Dear Family of Evan Parker:
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These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families.
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Sincerely;
The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit, Mo.

"Yesterday I placed a memorial stone at the tree planted for Evan on Warrior's Walk, Fort Stewart, GA. I did not know this Soldier but my son bears the same name. Perhaps I felt a deeper connection with the him because of that. My heart goes out to his family. Evan made the ultimate sacrifice and he will forever be remembered."
MAJ Scott Parker ,CDR HHD 188 IN BDE of Fort Stewart, GA

"Park's I can still see your smiling face in my dreams. It's been a while bro. I told you we would bring you home and i hope that we have done so to your satisfaction. Thanks for forgiving. I know that you are watching over all of us and i hope that one day we can call a mission one more time. talk to you later."
SPC Reed Kotake of Honolulu, Hawaii 1/487th FA FIST

"To the Parker Family,

I have written on another web page I believe it was called the "Caring Tree or Giving Tree?" while I was in Iraq. It is still hard for me to write now as it was back then. If you all don't remember me Evan was in my platoon. I was a Section leader at the time. Everyone in the platoon along with myself shared good times and some bad times together. It broke our hearts when he was taken away from us because we really took him as one of our brothers. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about him and what he used to say to me every early morning mission with his crumpled hat and his smirk he'd say: "Hey man why don't you ever smile?" I would then reply to him: "Park I'm not a morning person." I have tried everyday to at least smile because of what he used to say to me. It will always be with me till the day I depart this earth. I hope to one day go and visit you all and also visit Evan's final resting place. My unit did not do a good job of notifying us where Evan was laid to rest.But they did inform us about the anti-war protesters at his funeral that made us all angry. I Live in Las Vegas now and I would appreciate if I could get information to go and see Evan's place of rest. If you would like to reach me and ask any questions please feel free to contact me first through my civillian e-mail adress which is: winner_g97@hotmail.com. Thank you and God Bless

SSG Jordon Galvez"
SSG Jordon Galvez of North Las Vegas Nevada

"I know today is a hard day for all of Evan's family and friends. I continue to think of all of the good memories and my heart and prayers go out to the family of this wonderful father, son, brother, uncle, grandson, and friend!
I am thinking of you and your family on this your birthday,Evan, you will never be forgotten!"
Amy Carlyle of Joplin, MO

"Evan Parker was my Brother and he is not from Arkansas City, he is from South Haven Kansas, you need to get your facts straight, before you post stuff up!"
Caleb

"Evan, You are forever in my heart as my brother and best friend. You will be missed until we meet again. With all the love and support of those who love you and knew you most...Your Family"
Tara Parker of Kansas

"Evan, You are forever in my heart as my brother and best friend. You will be missed until we meet again. With all the love and support of those who love you and knew you most...Your Family"
Tara Parker of Kansas

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

"Thank you Evan Parker, 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. Evan Parker:
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 Evan 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. Evan Parker:
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 Evan, 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