Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Robert S. Pugh

25, of Meridian, Mississippi.
Pugh died in Iskandariyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry, McComb, Mississippi. Died on March 2, 2005.

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"I can not sleep some nights thinking of you. I wake up at night thinking of you, dreaming of that day. I keep asking myself, "why did our mission change that morning?" Why was your life taken? Why did we have to measure holes in the ground to fill with concrete? I ask why did we not stop ten yards back, or leave ten minutes later? I will see you again and we will finish our talk Puge.

Take care,
Friends Forever"

"February 27, 2009
To the family of Spc. Robert S. Pugh:
Robert 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

"Pugh, it has been three years to the day and I am remembering you as always. I know you are looking down on us from Heaven above. Rest in God's arms Soldier."
A Soldier of Mississippi

"Pugh was our Medic and a fine one too. I was with you the day the Lord took you home. I know that you continued to watch over us until we made it home. Pugh you are my hero and I will never forget you. Until we meet again on Heaven's streets.

To the family, Your Shane was brave and true until his work on Earth was done. My prayer is that our Heavenly Father will give you comfort and peace until you are reunited again."
A Soldier of Mississippi

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

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

"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 and daughter of the late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

"I did not know Spc. Pugh personaly but I served with him in Iraq as a Air Force TACP assigned to the 155th BCT. I was deeply moved by the news of his death and the circumstances in which he lost his life. Even though criticaly wounded he was still trying to care for other wounded soldiers. Like many OIF vets I will always remember the ones that did not come home. My thoughts and prayers are with the Pugh family. Your sacrifice will always be remembered"
SSgt Mike Key of Jasper, AL U.S.A

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

"To my Brother my Hero!!! You know you were more than just my brother, you were my friend. Life has really thru me a curve ball with your death. Its something I hate, cant stand and can never change or God knows I would. Ill always miss you, But the love we shared as brother and sister will never die and your memories will live on in us forever!!!! You just got to go see Stephanie and Justin a lil sooner than us. Tell them we miss them 2.
Im so proud of you. You keep on smiling down on us from heaven, until God decides to bring us home to be with you & Him. Loveing you always !!!"
Jennifer Hill of sandersville, Ms

"I would like to leave a small comment. I am a former resident of the US and am currently in university. Robert is only a couple of years older than I and to have died so young is very striking to me. There is so much in life that I have yet to experience and to know that countless others like him who were around my age, have died and thus missed the beautiful things this life has to offer ... Truly a sacrifice that leaves me feeling appreciative and bitter. I believe that life goes on after we leave this world, I hope that gives you some comfort.
March 2nd was my birthday ..."
Danielle of Bermuda

"Please accept our condolences for your great loss of Robert. We are a grateful nation to have such men of courage and valor. I pray that God will wrap his arms around you and too will give you strength and courage for the hard days ahead. This country will never forget the sacrifice that Robert has made for his country so unselfishly.
May God Bless you and your family and freinds."
The Edward Todd Family of Springfield, GA USA

"I would like to say thanks. I didn't know Robert but he is a brave man who like many gave his life for his country. I am keeping you and your family in my prays. I too have a husband serving in Iraq, I can't say I know how you feel but I do pray for you. Robert will be truly missed."
kris of louise, ms, usa

"To the family of Robert S. Pugh, we are so sorry for your loss."
Joe and Judy Childers (T. S. Childers KIA 3/21/03) of Powell Wyoming

"I cannot thank your son enough for fighting for the freedom of all not just a select few. He is an American Hero."
Amy of Clinton, MS

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

"Robert you are truly an American Hero. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving the ultimate sacrifice. I know you will "soldier on" in Heaven. You are now in God's Army watching over our guys in Iraq. Stand Fast Robert Pugh."
Haley Veazey of D'lo Mississippi

"As Americans, we are in great debt to your son for his great sacrifice to our country and we all share your loss. I know that there are no words that can fill the void that he leaves, and all I can say is this, that our Lord and savior, Jesus will remember his sacrifice for the freedom of others as well as for the duty for his country, and I truly give my thanks to a brave American, your son, Robert S. Pugh"
Webster and Ruth Reed (father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Baghdad on 1/28/05) of Krotz Springs, LA

"Thank you Robert Pugh, 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 Spc. Robert Pugh:
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 Robert 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 Spc. Robert Pugh:
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 Robert, 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