Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Christopher M. Pusateri


21, of Corning, New York.
Pusateri died in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained from enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on February 16, 2005.

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"july 4, 2017. happy birthday chris. remembered not forgotten. love and miss you."
uncle brian of canisteo,ny

"Recently we have lost a couple other members of the west high family at such a young age and all that I could come back to is thinking of when we lost you Christopher. I know it has been so long since you have passed but some days it's still so hard to believe. You were such a huge part of me growing up and you will forever be missed and forever in my heart! Until we meet again Christopher I know you watch over us all<3"
Rachael of Corning

"To the family of:Christopher M.Pusateri
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""

"Happy birthday chris. I miss you so much."
kayla of corning

"Chris it seems like just yesterday we saw you and Christine at Thanksgiving.we never imagined that would be the last time we saw you.six years sometimes it seems forever and sometimes just yesterday.I know you are an amazing guardian angel watching over Christine and everyone else.you will never be forgotten.R.I.P."
Aunt Minnie,April and Beth McConnell of Painted Post NY

"Chris,
Its been almost 6 years since you have been taken from us. There has never been a day I dont think of you. You will forever be our heavenly Angel that watches over us. You will forever be missed....Love you forever!
Aunt Kelly and The rose family"
Kelly Rose of Horseheads, NY

"Brenda, I think of Chris more often as time passes. I am truly sorry."
Joe Blanton of Virginia

"Chris, not a day goes by where you're not thought of and the times we shared as Privates together. I remember quite clearly having to do push-ups side by side along with McCarthy just for being "the effing new guys". I also remember the long nights staying up in the barracks talking about our futures in the military and what we ultimately wanted to become while in the Army. And who can forget our first night combat jump onto Sicily where everything that could've canceled a jump happened yet for some reason we still jumped. And laying in the prone in the freezing cold rain waiting for the trucks to come and get us. And remember that same jump McCarthy landed in the tree's and nobody came to get him? Although that was by far my worst jump, I couldn't have asked for a better battle buddy to share it with me. The day you were taken from us all will forever be ingrained into me. You were taken from us too soon but I know God has better plans for you up there. We miss you man and even though you're gone, you will NEVER be forgetten. Airborne Brother!"
SSG Michael Wilson of Rochester, NH

"You are still not forgotten, and never will be. you live on in the hearts and minds of us all."
daniel of Fayetteville, NC/US

"CHRIS is a hero---sympathy and condolences to CHRIS'S family--we PUSATERI'S LOST MY UNCLE ANTHONY PUSATERI IN WW11 AND UNDERSTAND YOUR FEELINGS OF REMORSE--MAY HE REST IN PEACE"
FrankJ PUSATERI of ELLICOTT CITY,MD.

"Its so hard to believe you are gone. It has been 4 years now and probably 7 years since I saw you last. I remember the days in Stewart Park at the Rowe's house playin with the rats and listening to Blackstreet everytime I hear their songs it reminds me of you, you were truly cared about and will be forever missed."
Elizabeth Benedict of Corning NY

"To Christopher and his family...

I cannot even come close to describing how I feel about the loss of Chris. ive shed so many tears and shared so many stories over my dearest freind. We had alot of good times as kids. And for some time we were inseperable."Best of freinds" more like brothers in our hearts.its obvious that i miss my friend and think of him constantly, but i also miss you ricky, heather and brenda. i would love to see you again some day. i will never ever forget chris or you guys. you are in my prayers often. Actually I remeber as kids chris and i stayed up talking one night about Christ as our savior and we went through the BIBLE and he accepted the holy spirit into his heart. That is probably the only peace of mind ive got to work with... Again, I love you Pusateri Family.. My love and prayers are sent to you especially today on March 2nd 2009. May god bless you always!!"
Beau Bailey of Huntingdon Pa. US

"Christopher, It has been 4 years today, We will not forget you! Your wife is doing ok, she see's your face everywhere in her dining room, your medals are all there as well, when you walk into that room, you can feel your presence. You will not be forgotten! Today we will all gather around your tombstone to pay tribute to you and your ultimate sacrifice. God Bless You Honey. Mom-in-Law Cindy, your wife Christine, and Family"
Cindy Swimley of Corning, NY USA

"Dear Chris,

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for having lost you, or the gratitude I feel for having known you. It was an honor to have served with you.

God Bless.

Gone, but never forgotten.

R.I.P. Pusa"
Ali Sarsak of Pomona, CA

"February 5, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Christopher M. Pusateri:
Christopher 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

"hey chris, its me your cuz...i miss you so much. and so does my bro. you were always there for us as kids and even more so as adults. your attitude towards life and and your family were just amazing. the fierceness you showed in everything you did is what i remember the most. your sis and me have been gettin closer again because we both had little girls at about the same time. so they are going to grow up together the way you guys did with us. i dream of you often and i look forward to seeing you because it makes me feel close to you. i tell paige about you almost everyday...about how brave you were and how courageous you were going over there without fear. i love you and miss you so much and cant wait to see your beautiful face again."
amanda moscicki of rush ny

"Today, I received the bracelet I ordered with Chris' name. I never knew Chris, but I knew that my friend Dawn Odom's husband Dave was present when one of his buddies went down. I found out the name and specialized the bracelet to honor this man. God bless the family of this young man who died protecting the country I cherish. He is God's soldier now."
Marisa B. English of Fayetteville, NC

"Been thinking about you lately. I am thinking of the good days when we were kids out in the snow up on the hill the things we would try. So many good memories that help get through the hard times. u always knew how to make someone laugh. miss u so much words cant even describe how much. Miss u so much Cuz. U are my hero and always will be. Love ya buddy!"
Becky Gormley of Corning, ny

"Happy Veterans day your not forgotten."
OldParatrooper of PA

"Chris was a close friend and I miss him alot.....As im sitting here thinking about him I cry...and it makes me wonder what would happen to this world if he was still alive....well i love his whole family...so I hope their ok"
Rochelle Liegh Horton of Corning NY

"Pusateri,
Just wanted to say that your not forgotten on this Memorial Day."
Nicholas Roselli of Hammond, La

"Conor and I miss you so very much Chris, I can still remember all the good times we had in high school, You and Conor in Erm's class and in Mr Simmons, I am still reading the Harry Potter Books, Thank You for introducing me to them, we miss you and think about you everyday. I will never forget you and Conor and i will always keep you in our hearts"
Leeanne Fitzsimmons of Corning NY

"so it is about a month after my brothers death...and it i just can't believe that it has been two years...it went by so fast. everyone has gotten older. but i am trying to be stronger. everyday i wonder why this had to happen to our family. with all of the deaths i can't take it. it's so hard and i am trying hard as well. my life has been up and down and it's harder with out chris because i would talk to him about most stuff... i looked up to him. even though he was my brother. i would look up to him more than anyone else. i am so proud of him. fighting for our country and being a part in keeping our united states safe. i just wish everday that people wouldn't have to loose their lives over it. it breaks peoples haerts to come home and find out that one of your most beloved friends or family is gone. it is hard but i am trying...we are all trying. but i will never forget my oldest brother. thanks for everything."
ashley iannarilli of corning, NY

"it's almost the 2 year of my borthers death...and i think about him more and more every day...i am trying not to forget our memories but it's getting hard..even though lorenzo is forgetting i am still trying....and even though my mother and i get in arguements i still love you and think about you every time...i have to go but i will be back...some day i meet you at the gates of heven..."
ashley iannarilli of corning NY

"I think and talk about you all the time christopher....everyone sees how much i look up too you and i miss you so much...i wish this wouldn't of happened but i love you and will remember you forever"
Rachael of NY

"Well our 2 year anniversary of your loss is drawing near and you are heavy on my mind. I miss you more and more every day! I still hope to come across pictures of you that I have not yet seen. You would have been an uncle this coming June and I know you would have been so proud. This precious gift of life will help us through the toughest of days missing you..... I love you son and my pride still grows for you more and more everyday. You are forever in my heart! Sleep soft and I will see you in my dreams. I am still wanting to hear from friends of yours...my email is brwest1965@yahoo.com

love with all my heart,
Mom"
BRENDA WEST of Corning,NY/USA

"christopher was my oldest brother. he ment the owlrd to me and after i found out that he was gone i was devisated. i never htought that he would ever leave me. i never thought i would have to go through this. i think about him every day. there is no second in my life that goes by that i'm not thinking of him. he was like my best friend. and even though we didn't always get along i still loved him dearly. we miss you chris and nothing can change that."
ashley iannarilli of corning, NY

"Hey Pusa I was there they day u were taken from us, I will never forget the posotive attitude on life that u desplayed, u and your family are forever in my prayers and thoughts.
May the Lord be with all of u and with all of the troops in D co who recently deployed on their 4th deployment."
Jared Donahue of Raleigh, NC

"Chris, i was crushed when i heard what happened nearly two years ago. and i was talking about you to one of my buddies in my squad the other day, about how we went to school together and you served with the 82nd. you will be missed dearly and you will be in my heart and prayers as i finish out my tour and lead other men such as you did. till we meet again brother. God Bless!!"
SPC Justin C Lynch of Corning NY, /Ft. Lewis WA

"Hey Pusa, I just want to pay my respects to you on this veterans day morning. I think about all you guys a lot, mainly you and Chad though. I'll never forget you."
Justin of PA

"chris you are my brother and i love you so much...not a day goes by that i don't think of you...i miss oyu so much..."
ashley iannarilli of corning

"Chris I was there the day you were taken from us. I felt so bad thinking what if I would have done something different just one thing different you would be here with us today. Now that Iím an NCO I think of you and try to lead like you would. I looked up to you in every way. I still remember the day that you watched me get married and Iím glad you did. Thanks PUSA. I will never for get you and Kevin says hi. Thanks bud"
eugene clark of ft. richardson, ak

"As Memorial day passes, and life goes on, there is never a day that goes by that I dont think of my husband. Christopher was my first love and will always be. Its still unreal to think that hes gone, but he will forever be in my heart and forever mine. I thank everyone for their prayers and support, for they have been so helpful. I love and miss you Chris! ~Love, your Sweets"
Christine Pusateri of Corning, NY

"MAN PUSA. I REMEMBER WHEN ME AND U GOT STUCK IN D12 WHEN OUR TIRE WENT OUT DURING THE INITIAL PUSH THROUGH IRAQ. THEY SENT ME AND U TO THE REAR FOR THE MECHANICS TO FIX IT NEVER THINKING THEY WOULD LEAVE US BY OURSELVES FOR A WHOLE WEEK. I REALLY GOT A CHANCE TO TALK TO U AND RELLY GET TO KNOW U. AND WHEN WE LEFT TOGHETHER ON THE ADVON PARTY TO GO HOME.IT CRUSHED ME WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS. ILL FOREVER MISS U. U WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
RAY CORONA of FT.IRWIN CA

"i served with Chris and i was there the day he was killed, we tried with all of our might to save him. There will never be a day in my life when i don't remember Chris. The Quality of his character and the heroic nature of his death. We were attacked by the heaviest volume of fire that i have ever heard and Chris came to our aid. Without men like chris our world will be lost and i know that we in delta company were all inspired by his courage and will never stop carrying on his legacy. We miss you Chris"
joe of Fort Bragg

"I did not know Chris,but my father was just named vice chairman of the "Christopher M. Pusateri All-Airborne Chapter". So i am aware of the sacrifices they have given,but Chris has given ultimately. I pray for his fellow soldiers and their familys. God Bless!"
Frank Stuckey of Elkland,PA

"Sgt. Cristopher M. Pusetari was like a brother to me i will always miss him..i hope he is happy now"
Rochelle Horton of Corning,NY

"I Love Chris soooo much and i love you all sooo much....nobody will ever forget Christopher...especially not me...well i have to go so bye"
Rachael of corning

"Dear Pusateri Family:
I was saddened by the loss. Christopher will always be remembered as a hero.
I feel an even deeper connection because my last name is also Pusateri. To honor your son's memory, I proudly wear a braclet, everyday, in his honor. Please accept my deepest condolence. Your family and Christopher are in my thoughts and prayers."
Maria Pusateri of Columbus, Ohio

"Christopher,
I read about how you were wounded in a news article and how the Medic tried to save you in that ambush. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Airborne All The Way!""

"Christopher ,words can not express the loss..we drifted in and out of life being the way are family is but i remember you as alittle trouper then becomming a man.in life you and your family didn't have much,but I saw alot of love you gave your mother,sisters and brothers. I will always remember the day when you came over in my driveway and asked me how it was to go into the service, I told you and you said you were thinking about going in.There are days I wish I had told you lies so maybe you would not have gone,but then I believe you would have went anyways. What hurts the most is not being the uncle that I should have been, you will be surely missed.I say now what I should have said may times when you were alive,but didn't..But I hope you knew...I love you Cris.Uncle Benny"
Carl (Benny) Jelliff III of Corning,NY/USA

"Christopher you are remembered today! I been doing things along with several new friends. Since losting our son SGT. GREGORY L.WAHL. Often people don't realize Gregory is from NEW YORK, not NORTH CAROLINA. An Ms. Polk of aherostribute.org. Has been very helpful to CHILDREN OF THE FALLEN LONG ISLAND. That in Gregory's name we raised funds to help ten children of fallen soldier's. Christopher you have not given your life in vain. I am on another mission: to bring awareness to ALBANY! That Christopher, Gregroy and all our fallen from New York. Deserve and demand a MEMORIAL honoring them now. Often one has to wait years after a conflict or war. For those Memorials to ever happen. Even today we still are just honoring those from past conflicts and war. Christopher, Gregory and all our fallen shouldn't have to wait! All not only gave his or her life for our country; for our STATE of NEW YORK.. So I ask Christopher's family to contact by calling and or writing to political leaders to make this happen yesterday! An contact other fallen families never you! I didn't lost just a son. I lost all those that have fallen. Gregory always clled his brother's and sister's. We as fallen families need to band together for our son's and daughter's! lwahl1@Sears.com"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Christopher M Pusateri, for heaven be blesssed with your presence there. May your story be told to honour your name. Christopher M Pusateri, fallen never forgoten"
Lucas Thomas of England

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

"God Bless Our Fallen Soldier. I am Christophers Mother-In Law. Our family will miss him forever. His wife Christine is doing well, she thinks of Christopher every day. Thank you for your courage and great strength."
Cindy Swimley of Corning, New York

"I remember when you and I were the last guys in our sqaud left in the EIB competion last summer. We both went into seperate tents together at the last station and then both of us came out with a passing time. I will never forget walking back to the top of the hill where we started to sprint for our last hoorah up the final stretch of that steep hill while feeling on top of the world knowing we would never have to go through EIB again. I will never forget you Pusa"
Nicholas Roselli of Hammond, Lousiana

"Dear Brenda West and family,
Although we've never met I feel very close to you. Our sons served together in the 2/325th in Mosul. We heard of your son's death while in Arlington,VA burying our son. I have a picture of our sons together in Iraq I would like to share with you. You can contact me at t-spoon@mounet.com if you are interested in corresponding.
My heart goes out to you as I too know how you are feeling.
Respectfully yours,
Mother of SSG Zachary R. Wobler, KIA 2-6-05, Mosul, Iraq"
Jeanette Poston of Gate City, VA USA

"CHRIS WAS NOT ONLY MY COUSIN BUT HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND...HE WAS ALWAYS THERE TO LISTEN AND HE NEVER JUDGED ANYONE....HE WAS SO PROUD OF WHAT HE WAS DOING AND HE DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED FOR US...WE LOVE AND MISS YOU CHRIS....NOT A DAY GOES BY I DONT THINK OF YOU...."
BECKY GORMLEY of CORNING, NEW YORK USA

"Chris is just one of those ppl everyone knew. He was not only my cousin but, my neighbor. He told us he was doing what he loved and he wasnt going to give it up. He died for the rest of us and no one will ever forget that...RIP CHRIS WE MISS YOU"
Amanda Jelliff of Corning NY

"Chris was one of the most important people in my life-he was my brother. it is so hard to think that i will never see him or hear his voice ever agian. but he will always be in my heart. i miss him more than anything and there isnt a day that goes by i dont think of him"
Heather Pusateri of Corning NY

"Pusa... You were one of the hardest working soldiers I ever worked with. Such a good guy, I remember even pulling guard in the motor pool when you were a young Private. I was so proud when I had heard you became a NCO. I was crushed when I heard of your untimely death. To anyone that knew you, we know you were fearless and always ready to serve! Good bye to a great guy!"
Levi Peffer of Ludington, Michigan

"TO THE PUSATERI FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF CHRISTOPHER. HE IS THE ELITE OF ALL AMERICANS. TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY TO PROTECT US ALL. TRUELY, HE IS A HERO! WE NEVER WANT TO LOST ANY SOLDIER NOR THE ONE WE LOVE. IT IS A BLESSING TO ME. THAT ALTHOUGH, OUR SON DIDN'T KNOW YOUR SON. THAT BOTH GAVE THEIR LIVE'S AS BROTHER'S IN THE MILITARY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH CHRISTOPHER AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS!"
Leonard T Wahl of valley stream ny

"Well bro its me Marella. I know we had our differences at times but when i read the email and say what happened i was crushed. I just want to say good bye and i will never forget you. Always your fellow paratrooper Justin Marella"
Justin Marella of coconut creek fl

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"I AM CHRISTOPHER'S MOTHER AND MY HEART IS HEAVY, I ONLY HOPE THAT THIS FEELING WILL GO AWAY IN TIME. I AM SO APPRECIATIVE TO EVERYONE WHO HAS PRAYED FOR CHRISTOPHER AND OUR FAMILY. YOU NEVER KNOW THE PAIN OF OTHERS UNTIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU, AND MY HEART REACHES OUT TO ALL OF THOSE FAMILIES WHO HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS EMPTINESS AND HEARTACHE. CHRISTOPHER WAS THE OLDEST OF 5 CHILDREN. HE HAS TOUCHED MANY HEARTS. I KNOW THAT HE WAS A GREAT SOLDIER AND A STRONG AND CARING PERSON AND I AM SO PROUD TO HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH SUCH A FINE YOUNG MAN! THANK YOU ALL!"
BRENDA WEST of CORNING,NY/US

"The Family and Friends of Sgt. Christopher Pusateri would like to thank everyone that send the love and support during our time of our loss! We will miss him greatly!!"
A Loved Family Member of Corning, New York

"Sgt. Christopher M. Pusateri and Family. Please know that we are so proud of you, we grieve for your family and friends. You are a HERO in life as well as beyond. You will never be forgotten. God Bless you all and thank you for being who you are and were."
Barbara Christ of Hamilton, Montana

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

"Thank you Christopher Pusateri, 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. Christopher Pusateri:
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 Christopher 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. Christopher Pusateri:
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 Christopher, 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