Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Saburant Parker

43, of Foxworth, Mississippi.
Parker died in Haswa, Iraq, when his military vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's C Company, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry, Biloxi, Mississippi. Died on May 23, 2005.

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"To the family of:Saburant 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""

"May 20, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Saburant Parker:
Saburant 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"26 Jun 2007

My apologies for taking this long to write. Like you, my words don't come with emotion to easy. Your loss still haunts me, I miss the days of old on the Bradley range racked out in the BCE shack with the ole snake bite medicine. The surly man who was short in stature, but huge in personality. So far not a day has gone by I haven't missed you. You were a mentor to me, as you remember I was a medic in the day. The fire I saw in you convinced me to reclass into infantry, not a day goes by that I'm not thankful I did. You were an inspiration to me and still are, if I can only be half as good on the Bradley as you were, I'll definatly be something. We finally got a memorial to the four of you who perished that day, it is inside the door of the armory in Biloxi, it also has Ski on there. I'll be attending the Bradley Master Gunner Course in March, I know how bad you always wanted to go, I'm sure you'll be there with me, moreover I HOPE you are with me. I love you Sabot, and miss you dearly."
SSG Bill Herrington of Co A 1-155 CAB, Biloxi, MS

"Hi this is a Thank You From Kitza Parker and her family, she wanted to say thanks for all the prayers and words of encourgement.She is glad to know that her husband was known and loved for who he was and what he did for all of us."
Danielle Corkern, Fiancee of Ramsey Cumpton Son of Kitza Parker of Foxworth, Ms

"January 23, 2006

It has been 8 long months since our wonderful husbands went to be with Jesus! And most of the days I look back and wonder how I made it thru most of those days! And I know if I did not have Jesus that I would not be here today! It's because of his Grace I can stand here proud of what our husbands did and know that one day soon we will get to see them again! Even though we know we are going to see them again, it doesn't make it any easier! There are days when I get down, and I will go to McKaLyne and hug her. It feels as if I am hugging Daron! He left me a wonderful part of him! I will always cherish her!

I always thought of it as Daron is missing out on McKaLyne's life. NO, I am wrong. He only missed out on her life from the March 25,the day he left for Iraq, till May 23,the day God called him home! Because from May 23rd on, he has not and will not miss one second of her life! He is seeing everything she does, even when she sleeps at night! Not only is Daron seeing her, but our husbands are watching over us too!

We see people that have an Angel that says "I'm your guardian Angel" in there cars. We can proudly say we personally know our Guardian Angels! What an Honor! They are in Heaven, a place we spend our whole life trying to do what's right so that one day we can go! On May 23, 2005, they heard the final words, "Welcome thou good and faithful servant, Enter In". They don't have to suffer anymore. They have no problems! You could actually say they have to best of both worlds... They are in Heaven but they can watch over us!

I know it's not easy at night to go to bed alone. I know it's hard when our children do something new or wonderful, we just want to pick up the phone and let them know. Because I have caught myself attempting to do that even after it's been several months. Everything we go thru is for a reason. We may never know, but God does. And he has it all worked out! Even before we were born her knew!

I know of one good thing that become of our husbands death. When the bomb went off, they guys saw four men running. They took off after them. And caotured them and from those 4 guys, there were lead to a warehouse full of weapons and bombs. And also found 13-15 men getting ready to be suicide bombers. They were able to capture those guys and get all the amo. And I was told the weapons and bombs they got saved over 1,000 mens lives!!!! Our husbands were ready to met God, maybe the men that it could of beem might not of been ready, might not of know who Jesus is! We have to be thankful that they were ready and we will see them again! We will be able to pick up where we left off!

Always know you ladies are in my prayers! And if there is anything you need, please contact me!

I Love you and I am praying for you!

Wife & Daughter of the Late
Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford
KIA May 23, 2005"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford of Batesville,MS


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"I went to Camp Shelby for a few days... I visited with some of the guys that served with our husbands... It was a joyful time to get to hear some of the funny things they did while there... But also a sad day... We heard siren's and did not know what they were... But I turned around and saw 4 buses... Guys standing up all over it!!! And I saw the group of people that were standing there to greet there husbands... I just knew that our husbands would get off and surprise us... That the last 7 months had been a dream... But everyone met there families... and started to head in there own directions.... the buses left... and no one was still standing there... then it hit me... the last seven month were real... no matter how much I wanted to act like that they were coming home... it hit me... but as the guys said it... there battle is over.... and they have won... the guys still here are gonna keep going on and finish the batte that Parker & Lunsford had started...

Our husbands did not give there life in vain!!! We as Americans should never forget them because they are why we have our freedom!!!! They gave the ultimate sacrifice!!! And to them we owe our life! There is not a day that goes by that I don't Thank God for those guys. And I Thank you for allowing him to serve and give the ultimate sacrifice!!!

Just make sure, if ya'll have any children that they know what a hero is... It is not some kind of movie star on T.V. but "Staff Sgt. Saburant Parker" & "Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford" are the true meaning of HERO's!!!!!

Thanks for all you gave!!! If you ever need anything, please fell free to contact me... Also, where the guys come into at Camp Shelby and meet there families... The C Company, 1st Battalion, 155 Infantry list there names on a banner... I would like to send you a copy... Please just notify me by e-mail... vangid@panola.com

You are in our thoughts and prayers!!! We Love you!!!"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, Ms

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

""It just seems like yesterday that my husband called me to tell what was going on, I hadn't talked to him in a couple of days so I knew something was up. When he called me he could not even talk, for then I knew something bad had happened. And then he started to tell me and he just broke down, Sgt. Parker was of my husbands best friends and he thought the world of him. He just could not believe this was going on it was like a dream he said that he wanted to wake up from and it would not be real. Sgt. parker you had alot of people that loved you and still do, you touched alot of peoples hearts and one of them was my husbands and I want to thank you for that. You will always be in our hearts and your family also thank you for everything that you did. We love you!! My husband still talks about you so your memories will always go on."
Brandi Pfeiffer wife of Sgt Rylan Pfeiffer of Batesville,Mississippi

"It seems just yesterday we were telling our husbands goodbye.And they were heading on there way to Iraq promising the whole time they would see us soon.No, we did not get them back the way we wanted to but God had other plans.And I tell my little girl, McKaLyne, that God needed a few more angels.See McKaLyne is only 11 months old now and so she doesn't understand yet.But you can show her a picture of him and she says Da-Da.It will break your heart.No, I don't know how we can go on and I don't understand why God took them.But I don't question God beacuse he knows all things!I do know that thru him we can do all things!I pray for you daily!And I pray for the other wives also!May God bless you in the days and years to come!If you need me, please contact me!I love ya'll lots!"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford of Batesville, MS

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

"Thank you for all of your wonderful words of support and concern for Sabe. Sabe was my husband's first cousin..we attended Sabe's funeral last Thursday in North Carolina. It was a memorial service of full military honor and respect. We will miss Sabe terribly. He was a wonderful father, husband and served his country with utmost pride. Thank you again for your kind words and remembering Sabe. We wish a quick and safe return for all our service men and women in Iraq. May God be with you all."
Angie & Jeff Voiles of Youngsville, LA

"6/3/05 To the family of SSG Parker,
We know your profound sorrow and wish that we could offer you some solace in these difficult times. Freedom is not free - your soldier is truly a hero and has given his life for all of us - many who take their freedom for granted so much of the time. SSG Parker's bravery and willingness to serve will never be forgotten. Please know that there are so many of us now who share a kinship - those who have lost sons and daughters in war - and you are in our prayers every day. May God give you strength and blessings.
John 15:13 Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends."
Webster and Ruth Reed (Father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Iraq on January 28, 2005) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

"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."
SSGT Larry Mays and Jennifer of Massillon, Ohio

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Saburant will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Saburant 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 Staff Sgt. Saburant 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 Saburant 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. Saburant 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 Saburant, 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