Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Jonathan R. Pfender

22, of Evansville, Indiana.
Pfender died in Bayji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on December 30, 2005.

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"Jonny was a good person and a good friend.
I miss him."
Ryan Lammert of Greenwood, IN

"I was just thinking about our childhood today Jonny.
I miss you and will never forget you brother."
Jason Maday of Evansville, IN

"It has been 9 Years since I was serving with PVT Pfender, I remember the nights in the MWR tent we would laugh and joke about things and smoke and cry together and the things we talked about. I was a young SGT at the tiem and Mentoring a new PVT about the up and coming way in the Army and how to be a better Soldier and to get the Best out of His career, Shame that it came to a sudden halt just a few nights later. You are greatly missed and Will never be forgotten. You touched many lives in the short time we spent together. Keep watching over us and We will Meet Again. RAKKASAN. SSG (RET) Saffell"
D. Saffell of Texas

"Its been almost 7yrs now since I lost my cousin and still not a day goes bye that I don't think about him. I miss you Jonathan."
Big Ben of Orlando, Fl/Evansville, In

"Rest in peace Jonny, I miss you terribly..you have no idea how much I wish you were here.."
Jason and Erin of Evansville, IN

"Jonathan was my favorite cousin in the world! We were so close. It still seems like yesterday when he died :("
Brittany of Evansville, Indiana

"To the family of:Jonathan R. Pfender
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""

"My son was in Bayji when Jonathan became a fallen hero. I remember the impact it had on all of us. Jonathan will never be forgotten. I wish peace for his loved ones, and our sincere condolences."
Rakkasan Mother of Phoenix, Arizona

"Rest in peace Jonathan... You will always be missed, and you will never be forgotten. From all your brothers in the Rakkasan's"
Alex Sausnock of Hendersonville, TN

"December 21, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Jonathan R. Pfender:
Jonathan 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

"Never forgotten."
Amber of Evansville, IN

"I am a Cavalry Scout Recruited by the Evansville Army Center. I just wanna say that when I came home in December from Airborne School I was upset to hear of the lose of one of our Brothers. Just to let you know Pfender I hope that when I leave next month that you will be right there beside me and helping me as you were helping us. Brother you are the man and will NEVER be forgotten."
PFC Cox, David of Fort Richardson, AK

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

"Thank you Jonathan Pfender, 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 Pvt. Jonathan Pfender:
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 Jonathan 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 Pvt. Jonathan Pfender:
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 Jonathan, 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