Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Derek J. Plowman

20, of Everton, Arkansas.
Plowman died in Baghdad, Iraq, from a gun shot wound. Plowman was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 142nd Fires Brigade, Rogers, Arkansas. Died on July 20, 2006.

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"Dear family of Derek:
I was the Sergeant Major at Camp Cropper while Derek was serving there. I still to this day remember when they came to my room and told me what had happened to Your Son.Having lost my youngest Son in Afghanistan, Year after year I share the grief your family endures everyday. Know that your son was a model soldier and someone who could be counted on at all times.May you find the peace to get you through the trying times and know that someday we will be together again with those who left us much to early. God Bless your family and bring you peace."
Sergeant Major Richard Winkleman (Ret) of Lakeville, Ohio

"Hello, my name is Kayla Osborne. I am someone who was lucky enough to escape Daniel Turner. I say luck because when dealing with a human as twisted and manipulative as Daniel Turner is... it's not your strength that saves you from him... it's pure luck. I also know how strong, smart, and loyal Derek was. If it were strength that saves you from Daniel Turner, Derek would still be here. Derek was stronger than Daniel. Stronger in his heart mind and soul. I just got out of a very abusive and sickened relationship with Daniel Turner. He preyed on me and stalked me several months before I even knew who he was. He manipulated me, a woman ten years younger than him. I was gullible and desperate for love. He took that and tried to destroy me. I can only hope my story helps people to stay away from him. There is no hope for Daniel's serenity because he is already too far gone. I spent the last year with Daniel Turner... every minute of every day. There is no hope there. I pray for Derek's family though. Just know Derek only ever tried to help Daniel while they were overseas together. Derek was there for Daniel every bit of what he could be. Daniel will reap what he sews. My story will be publicized as well and all of the damage he caused after the trial. I go to testify against Daniel April 19th at 9 am."
Kayla Osborne of Russellville, AR United States

"I wanted to offer my sincerest condolences. I did not know this man, but I'm about a young as he.
I am overwhelmed just trying to picture passing on so young, but in my foremost thoughts... I know that I can live free because of this brave young warrior."
Michael

"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

"Derek was a great guy, and we all miss him very much, its so sad that the best of us leave this world while the worst of us still walk the streets. Derek we love and miss you."
Heather "Boo" Mayo of Fayetteville Ar

"I just found this page while searching the internet and I think it is an amazing thing. I would like to thank whoever created this. This honors Derek in so many ways. I miss him so much and he will always be in my mind. I love you Derek and your family. Take care and watch over us always."
Ashley Dobbs of Augusta, GA

"Derek was a close friend of mine before he join back in Arkansas, i have known him since i was in 5th grade, i am 18 and graduated now. Since the day i found out what happened i have been sad about his death, he was a great man, a great friend, and i'm sure i speak for everyone when i say he was also a great American. I miss him very much, and i will never forget him."
Heather "Boo" Mayo of Oklahoma City, Ok

"Daniel Turner was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in military prison. So why is he a free man walking the streets and STILL racking up charges? He is currently charged with kidnapping and gun charges in his home town of Russellville Arkansas. They didnt even hold him on the charges! They cut him loose until his court date. I guess someone else has to die before someone can do anything. The military isnt working with the local government from what I hear as far as using his charge from the National gaurd in these "new" charges. He is a loose cannon and needs to be detained for the safety of all!"
John Doe of Russellville, Arkansas, USA

"I miss Derek and not a day goes by that I do not think of him. To his parents, your friends in Florida are with you in prayer..."
Amanda Jones of Lehigh Acres Fl

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Derek J. Plowman:
Derek 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

"To the family of:Derek J. Plowman 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"

"Derek,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

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"To the Family of SPC Derek J. Plowman,
I worked aside Derek during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a good Soldier, and a good man. He will never be forgotten!"
CPL, Daniel Griffin of WA State

"I'm very sorry for the family for their loss. I have been in Iraq and seen my friend pass away back in 2003. It really hurts and wish that I could say it will be better in time, but it will always be part of our lives. I just want to say that he's in a better place and will be waiting for you all. Take care, It will be okay"
anthony basile of Indianapolis, IN

"I want to thank each of you who view this site. It means a lot to his mom and I when we look at this and know that Dereks loss is not just another number that scrolls across the t.v. screen. The pain does not go away, it does not even seem less. But to know that there are those out there that care means a lot to us."
Andrew Campbell of Everton, AR USA

"Thank you Derek Plowman, 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 Pfc. Derek Plowman:
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 Derek 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. Derek Plowman:
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 Derek, 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