Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. David L. Roustum

22, of West Seneca, New York.
Roustum died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his up-armored HMMWV was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, Tonawanda, New York. Died on November 20, 2004.

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"I was just a replacement in his company and only knew David for about a month but he treated me like I was there the whole time. Never looked at me as just a replacement. I will never forget him. God bless."
SLC Charles Graves of Seaside Oregon

"I ran in the honor of David L. Roustum today at the a run to remember event. God bless our current and lost soliders."
Joanna A. Casillas of san luis obispo CA

"I didn't know David but I think of him often. I was with the pinned down platoon on that day, and I remember going to recover David's vehicle. I just want to say this. David served his country and went into harms way to save my brothers. I will forever be great ful and I will never forget you."
Kenny Witt of Jonesboro, AR

"Dave, can't believe it's already been almost 8 years...still seems like yesterday. Still thinking about you almost daily, and remembering what an amazing young man you were. You made us all so very proud, you lived - and died - according to the high ideals you held so dear. Still praying for you, for your family every Sunday. I'm going to be a father in another few months! It's amazing to know that my daughter will grow up with opportunity, with liberty, with FREEDOM - in the GREATEST country in all the world - because of you and others like you. I was so lucky to know you and call you a friend, and I will NEVER, EVER forget you. God Bless You, Dave...God bless your family, and God Bless America."
Ben of Allentown, PA

"Its one of those moments where I sit here just staring at the page wondering what words could evoke the emotions of how I feel. Knew Dave briefly with B Co 1/108. We deployed in different sections of Iraq, me with the 2/108, Dave with the platoons to support another states guard unit. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him."
Tim Redinger of Buffalo, NY

"Dave, it has been over tens years since you and I took that trip to Montreal after basic training, I remember telling the girls we met we were brothers and just got out the army. (Good story, didn't get us anywhere) I still remember sitting in a QRF at FOB Orion in Balad Iraq when I heard about your death. I don't think I even knew you were in country. I remember telling my PSG what happened and him saying "man, we gotta go home." I'm at FT Drum now preparing for another deployment to Afghanistan. I ran into a guy we went to basic with today, made me think of you. We'll keep up the fight, I know you have our back."
SSG Michael Ames of Potsdam NY

"You will always be my hero. I am lucky to have had a friend like you for 18 years! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and I will work each day to earn a place near you in Heaven."
Melissa of Orchard Park, NY

"David's sacrifice no doubt saved the lives of many other soldiers there that day in Adhamiyah. I called for assistance, bleeding out on the street. Someone responded. Though I did not know who it was, I'll never forget the words: "Sit tight, we're on the way". I was severely wounded at 9:27AM on November 20, 2004. David's crew members responded to my casualty evacuation request. Had they not made that ride, who knows how many other soldiers would have been killed in action. We will all be reunited one day, in this life or the next."
Jereme Coker of Portland, OR

"I must make a distinction to clarify my prior post. My platoon was not directly involved in the recovery of the vehicle. We were refitting at the time the vehicle was brought to our FOB. I should not have said we when referring to the recovery. Sorry for any misunderstanding."
Christian Newton of Fayetteville NC

"I was there that morning in Adhamiya. I never met David and I am not precisely sure why his unit came into our zone that morning. When David's patrol entered zone 18 my platoon was pinned down, surrounded and outnumbered by at least four to one. There were several stories that went around as to why they were actually there. One account was that they were lost. What I was told, and what I like to tell myself is the case, is that they were disobeying orders to stay out of Adhamiya to come and help my platoon when noone else would. Either way, David was killed in part of an elaborate, well planned ambush that was meant for my platoon. I know that he was killed on the south end of Omar street where it T's into chicken-leg road, apparently by volley fired RPGs. If I am not mistaken all of the other crew-members of that vehicle were severely wounded. I have pictures of the vehicle. We brought it back to FT. Apache when we went out to recover David's body. To David's family; I am terribly sorry for your loss. If anyone would like to know more about the circumstances surrounding David's death please contact me at newton.christian@rocketmail.com. I will be glad to offer any info that I have."
Christian Newton of Fayetteville NC

"to the roustum family; I will never forget that day. I served with Dave in Iraq and I'll never forget him. It feels, even today, that it was yesterday that I talked with him. I wasn't as close with him as some of the other guys were yet that doesn't make his loss any less. I wish I had better words that might comfort you more, especially during this holiday season, yet all I can come up with is that I still think of him quite often. I want to thank you and him for that sacrifice and let you know that this world is a better place for having him. I, and all who knew him, will miss him."
Spc. Newkirk B co. 1-108 of Depew, NY

"I have no idea why I thought of you today.... I just decided to google your name.... I remember hearing about this when it happened and couldnt believe it... I remember BSing all the time back in High school.... Thank you for serving, and thank you for the ultimate sacrifice....because of you and others like you, I have and my son will have his freedom.... You are not forgotten....."
Bill K of Phoenix, AZ/ USA

"November 16, 2008
To the family of Spc. David L. Roustum:
David 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

"I was in the G.R.I.T. program with David. I remember him being a friendly outgoing guy and he was always making us, the other recruits laugh. He had already gone through basic, so he was the senior recruit, but he was never a jerk or anything like that. I even ran into him in Fort Leonardwood, MO, when I was in AIT. He is gone, but not forgotten. He is a true hero."
Umar Syed of Amherst, NY

"The bracelet that I wear on my left wrist every day and the tattoo on my right arm reminds me of that horrible day in Novermber when Dave was taken from us. He was a warrior down to the core. He lived the Army values. Integrity, Respect, Personal Courage, Honor and Loyalty come to mind immediately when I think of the impact Dave left on my life. He was an amazing individual and he will be greatly missed."
MSG Jeff Mancuso of Buffalo, NY

"Its been almost 4 years since you died, something made me Google you today, I dont know why. I remeber when you were this little snot-nosed kid that always wanted to bug Danny and me while we rode our bikes and caused trouble everywhere we went. I never even knew you were in the Army, let alone assigned to Masten where I was with the 127th. While I wish you had survived, I am jealous of the way you went out, killing those who needed killing, protecting your own. I think about you, all the time and wish I could be half the man you were. My best to your Mom, Dad, and to Dan. All of you are always in my prayers. Godspeed David, you are the only person I've ever known who truly deserves to be called a hero."
Ryan Sexton of Orchard Park, NY

"I had the honor of being dave's hockey teammate and friend on our senior c hockey team for the purple moose. he was only 19 when he started playing with a bunch of guys mostly 10 years older then him (some even 20). but dave had maturity and character beyond his years -- he fit our team like a glove and was liked by everyone he played with. it is no suprise to any of us that dave ended up being a hero. he displayed leadership, bravery and a team first attitude on our team -- i can only imagine how much more of a team player he was when he was serving our country -- fighting for a more important game -- freedom. dave i miss having you as a teammate and friend - sharing the camaraderie and thrills of victory together. we hope you know that we all admire you so much for the sacrifice you made for our freedom. may God bless you and your family."
mike vacanti (purple moose hockey) of buffalo, new york

"Hey Dave, not a day goes by that I don't think of you and the memories I shared with you at Ft. Benning. Thank you for always pushing me. I still have the message you wrote me on the back of the platoon photo. I read it quite often. You are a true Warrior. Watch over all of us from up there. Love You Bro."
Former 11B Andrew Young of Fort Worth, Texas

"I played hockey with Dave and he was my Captain even in high school he was a tremendous leader. I always will remember the way he could inspire the team. I was also lucky enough to know him as a friend and he was an amazing person. I will never forget him and the ultimate sacrifice that he made for his country. He is part of the reason that I joined the service and why i have compassion I have for my country."
Michael DellaNeve of West Seneca, NY

"To the family of David L. Roustum my condolences for the lost of a great man. None of us could understand what you are going through and why you have those move swings only those that have been in your shoes can. That pain never goes away you just try to bury it so you can keep going. I'm sending a quilt to honor your son by honoring you I hope i have the right address so you can recieve it. My mission is to make sure that parents and spouses that have lost a love one can feel free to contact me so I can make them a quilt to honor them free for that is my way of showing I care. My email address if you wish to contact me is debeniel@ncn.net and my website is www.freedomquilts.net Please also help me find others that have lost a love one so I can honor the family also. Take care and please know you are in my prayers all those that lost a love one are in my prayers. Now that your son now walks with the Lord something we hope we all will do someday. I pray for strength that God will give you so you can deal with your pain one day at a time and when the day comes that God will call on you that you will be ready to see your son again and never have that pain again. God bless and take care"
Betty Nielsen (Freedom Quilts Inc.) of Fonda, IA

"I never had the honor of meeting you but will never forget November 20th, 2004...which dated my first patrol through baghdad. I was only blocks away when your humvee was hit by an RPG. I am the responding medic and the events of that day will never be forgotten. Though I could not save your life, I DID EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO HANDLE THE SITUATION SHOWING YOU DIGNITY AND HONOR. David, you have made such an impact on my life...I've been home quite some time now and my feelings about our presence in Iraq have changed considerably...but I know in my heart that I was put in Baghdad that day because I was the right man...I may not have known exactly how to step by step get you from that humvee and on your way home to your family, but I do believe you know that I did everything I could to keep you from harms way. I am so sorry for a number of things that I am sure you've heard in my prayers. I have wanted to make contact with your family for so long now because I know that I would wish to hear your story from someone first hand, and I think it may be the closure that I have so badly needed this past year. For months now though, I have felt that it may only re-open the healing wounds and cause them more grief. In your honor I wear your name on my right arm and proudly tell your story everyday. I know that you are in a place of peace and someday you and I will meet. I want to thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and am honored to have been a part of your story. Spc. Edmondson, Kenneth B.
-if by chance family should come across this message, please do not hesitate to contact me if so needed:
840 Holly St. #211 Junction City, Oregon 97448"
kenny edmondson of eugene, oregon

""Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends"

Dave, you will always be my hero! The memory of your smile is with me every single day...I can only hope to earn a place next to you in Heaven."

"David L. Roustum. I am sorry for everything that has happened for you. My family has my uncle Sgt. David Schneider. I dont know if you met him, but if you did thankyou for keeping him and this country safe. I hope his family gets through the change including his brother. May the families life be and contine to be safe and happy."
Wesley Schneider of Cheektowaga , NY

"David L. Roustum. I am sorry for everything that has happened for you. My family has my uncle Sgt. David Schneider. I dont know if you met him, but if you did thankyou for keeping him and this country safe. I hope his family gets through the change including his brother. May the families life be and contine to be safe and happy."
Wesley Schneider of NY

"Yesterday at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte in NC, there was a service marking three years of the war in Iraq. Each program contained the name of a soldier that gave their life. David's name was in mine. The service helped me remember the very real cost of this war. I wish your family peace and thank you for your son's ultimate sacrifice."
Brian Trainum of Charlotte, NC

"To David's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I was in Iraq at the same time. David was in my Company (Co B/1-108th INF). I knew him and will miss him dearly!"
SGT David Glidden of North Tonawanda, NY USA

"David was my best friend in high school, and seeing the tragic news of his death was saddening. I will not feel sorry, but I will remember all of the wonderful things that David did for his country and for me. I will forever miss him, and I will be eternally greatful that he served his country with honor. My thoughts and prayers will be with his family now and forever."
Christine Frankham of Orchard Park, NY

"David was a wonderful young man and friend. My family and I were blessed to have his for a next door neighbor and many years. David, you are a hero. We miss you terribly...your sense of humor, your caring, playing sports in front of the house with cheers when you made a goal playing hockey for your team. We want to thank you for serving in the Army for our wonderful country, the U.S. of A, and supporting helping others to obtain their freedom. You are missed more than you know. The yellow ribbons on our street stay up in your honor, and will until all our military come home. God bless........."
Carolyn Thompson of West Seneca, New York U.S. of A.

"To the family of David L.Roustum,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga. U S A

"To the family of David L.Roustum,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga. U S A

"To the family of David L.Roustum,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga. U S A

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

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

"I was the first commander that David had in the military. I was in charge of a training detachement that prepared him for basic training. He was a remarkable young man and left an impression on me and the staff that worked along side of me. I wish in some ways that I could have been there to shield him from harm. He gave of his life in defense of his countries beliefs and ideals. There is no greater honor. I will miss this young man and pray that his family and friends can draw support from his honorable life."
Lt. Mark Camlin of Reading, PA USA

"I never met David, but I have learned of him, from a friend of mine that was injured in the same attack. My prayers are with his family and I am so sorry to hear what has happened. If I could tell David anything, is that the guys are all making a speedy recovery and they are sticking together, and they are not going home until they are all ready. There is more strength and courage than I ever could have imagined. God Bless"
annonymous of annonymous

"Thank you David Roustum, 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. David Roustum:
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 David 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. David Roustum:
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 David, 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