Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Gregory P. Sanders


19, of Hobart, Indiana.
Killed in action in Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on March 24, 2003.

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"After more than 13 years I just wanted to say Greg's actions and sacrifices, and even more so, the sacrifices and loss suffered by his family, are not and never will be forgotten.

Thank you."
Just another Brickie of Hobart, Indiana

"To the Sanders family
This time every year is rough for our family,the family of spc. Roy Buckley and i always say a prayer for all of you. I remember you paying your respect for my brother and thank you. We are gonna have a float if possible in the hobart parade celebrating his life and sacrifice if you would like to be part of it let me know. I dont want anyone to for get what they gave for us. 219-707-2695 my love and prayers are always with you."
catrena of portage

"To the Sanders family
This time every year is rough for our family,the family of spc. Roy Buckley and i always say a prayer for all of you. I remember you paying your respect for my brother and thank you. We are gonna have a float if possible in the hobart parade celebrating his life and sacrifice if you would like to be part of it let me know. I dont want anyone to for get what they gave for us. 219-707-2695 my love and prayers are always with you."
catrena of portage

"SPC Sanders,

You were a truly unique Soldier. One I will never forget. From day 1 you caught my eye. Your family will always remain in my prayers.

Blackknights!"
Anthony Cosme 1SG(RET) of Brooklyn NY

"i love you big brother, miss you<3"
Clare Sanders of hobart, in

"Hey Greg, it's SSG Russell,Q, well when we were in the same plt and served in Iraq I was SPC Russell. I have never forgotten you and you will always be my lil brother.SPEED AND POWER!!!"
Quincy Russell of Pineville, LA

"I didn't get the chance to know Greg as many others had but I knew of him and went to school with him. I remember him as a sweet a quiet kid. It broke my heart to hear of his passing many years ago. War seems so far away until it hits that close to home. I thought of Greg many times as my husband went to fight for our freedom and it broke my heart more and more to learn about all the young lives lost. Greg is still in my thoughts frequently and I pray daily as do my children for our service men and women. My thoughts and prayers are also with all of Greg's family and friends. There are no words to express how sorry I am that you lost such a great person. He is gone but will never be forgotten. He is a true hero that we are all proud of. He gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can keep our freedoms. May he rest in piece and we all see him again one day."
Suzie of North Carolina (formerly Hobart, IN)

"Greg, This weekend is our 10yr class reunion.I can't believe its been so long, so long that you've been gone. We weren't the best of friends in HS but I definitely did consider you a friend. There will be a whole reception hall full of peopleremembering and missing you this weekend. Thank you doesn't even begin to properly express my gratitude. We'll see each other again someday...until next time."
Katie of Hobart IN

"Sanders.... I met you in basic training back in 2001. You were always the one willing to help people. Very high speed soldier...extremely smart!! From basic training we somehow ended up going to Fort Stewart together. Even though you were in a different company, we still spoke often. We not had much in common, but we talked frequently about nothings. You always had great information about whatever. I hated when we got word that you were gone. I was mad at everything. I hope that your family, your wife, your child are doing better. I know the pain will never settle as it has not with me. I hope that you are in a better place and that you are watching over your family. Take care! You were definitely one that was gone too soon."
J. Mason of Fort Lewis, Wa

"we have lost so many loved ones in this war there is nothing we can say to relieve the heart ach we all have but all i can sayis im sorry for your lost and he will be missed..... god bless"
Joseph Perez of Long Island

"I am sorry for your the death of your son. He is always in my memory every day. I saw your son in Kuwait and was the one to help send him home, or at least to the states. He is one I will never forget. Can belive it it was over 8 years ago, and I can remember all the hard work every one did to try to save his life. I can remember inventorying his personal effects. I can remember seeing him and crying. I am so sorry."
Joshua Poulsen of Albuquerque, NM

"Thank you all for the kind words and rememberances. I miss my son Greg everyday, but knowing I am not the only one makes the pain so much more bearable. To the students requesting project help, I am sorry...I just found this 7 years after his death. I can be reached at lesliesanders24@hotmail.com if anyone cares to or needs to contact me. God Bless you all!"
Leslie Sanders of Hobart, Indiana

"The song can be found at

www.myspace.com/yourdaddysahero"
Robert Cox of Crown Point , Indiana

"Hi , my name is Robert Cox . I wrote a song for the Sanders Family and thought I would share it with you . Our prayers are always with you . God Bless ."
Robert Cox of Crown Point , Indiana

"As one of Hobart's sons who made the ultimate sacrafice on behalf of his country, I have been on a personal crusade since your death to ensure that you are forever remembered. Your name has yet to be included beside all the other brave Hobart warriors on the Doughboy War Memorial located in the heart of the city. I have repeatedly reminded city officials,local veteran organization and the media in order to do the right thing on your behalf and for the family you left behind.As of December,2009, I have been assured that your name will be finally inscribed beside your comrades who before you, gave all for the price of freedom.Semper Fidelis and I will continue to see this matter through."
Ivan Hiestand,USMC & disabled Viet Vet of Hobart,Indiana/USA

"I do not think I have felt more proud of our military as I do today. To think this young man fought with his life for you and me...well, I salute you Gregory P. Sanders and thank your family for raising you to serve us. In Jesus, Yeshua's Name. God Bless all of your family."
Michael A. Semper of Hobart, Indiana USA

"I am with a group of ladies that cross stitch memorials (free) for family of fallen soldiers.("Soldier Memorial Project") I would like the honor of sending you one that I have made. If you would like one please contact me at nicholsjan@hotmail.com."
Jan Nichols of Dyer, IN

"my name is spc. david edwards, spc. sanders used to live above me in the barracks at ft. stewart,GA, i remember him as such a nice, kind-spirited person, i am out of the army, now i live in cincinnati ohio, ssg mena: do u remember me? we used to live in hollywood homes together, if so call me at 513-290-7276, please contact me at davidedwards25@hotmail.com if u are a member of spc. sanders' family or anyone else that knows me from his unit, I pray for spc. sanders' family every night and wish there were more people like him.."
David Edwards of Cincinnati,OH

"Hello to the Sanders, its been almost six years.....and I hate myself for waiting this long to write. When this happened, I was speechless, I couldnt talk to anybody, I had to walk away from the media when they wanted to interview, I had to walk away from Mrs. Sanders when she was talking with the Platoon in Stewart. The pain has gone down, but it is unbearable when the thoughts cross my mind. Greg was the best battle buddy I have ever had, and im scared to ever have best friends again. As long as it has taken me to write this, I have also promised myself to visit you in Indiana. Thanks for all you have done Greg. Take care and God Bless"
SSG Mena, Gil BLUE 4 Lead The Way of Fort Riley, KS

"Greg,
Not a day goes by that i dont think of you. You where my best friend in high school and we even joined the Army together. When I heard I was going to Iraq right after you I thought about when we get home we would be telling each other our "War Stories". Well bro you are the real hero. When i heard about your passing I went crazy with out my best friend. I believe an eye for an eye. One for One. I know that it would never bring you back but I went on every mission i could to seek payback for my best friend and brother in arms. I really miss you man. My wife and son has never meet you but i am always talking about you to them. telling them about our tailgate parties and stuff. I love you man and i'll see you soon!

Ruthanne and Momma Sanders,
I will be back in the hobart area around November when i get back from germany. If it there is anything you need don't hesitate to ask. dennisbair9@msn.com

Dennis Bair
SPC US ARMY, Germany
Hobart High School 2001"
Dennis Bair of Katterbach, Germany

"Greg, i miss you, you were a great friend to my brother and you always made us laugh..ive seen pics of gwenny greg shes adorable, she misses you like everyone else"
Stephanie Bish of Hobart,in

"Thank you for your sacrifice Gregory. You have just been promoted to the greatest Army in all of creation. You can now serve God just as proud as you served America. We all thank you and honor you. Job well done young man. God bless you and keep you, you are a GREAT AMERICAN."
SSG Dave Christensen of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

"I don't know Greg personally, or even the Sanders family. I grew up in Hobart and graduated in 1996 from HHS. I've been in the Marine Corps now for 12 years and unfortunately have had to endure the pain of losing friends and those that I consider close enough to be family. My heart goes out to your family, these many years later. I know that nothing heals the pain of losing a family member, a son, a husband...a friend...but I do hope that his legacy and the messages left here by others have comforted you. It's very obvious to me that he was an infectious person. I am always amazed at how one person can touch so many. Greg has obviously touched the lives and hearts of the masses. God Bless Him....God Bless You!

Greg....we'll meet someday.....and don't bother with the rank stuff....you're a hero...and hero's rate salutes....I'll be snapping to attention long before you."
Carl of Atlanta, Georgia...formerly Hobart, IN

"Remembering with you the life of someone so dear."
Shirley Billingsley of Huntsville, AL

"May 30, 2007
To the family of Gregory P. Sanders. Gregory 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:Gregory P. Sanders 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"

"Gregory,
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.

"Vitesse Et Puissance(Speed And Power)
69th Armor Motto"

"I had Greg's aunt as my 5th grade teacher(Mrs. Vanmeeter). We wrote letters to him, and he wrote one back, which we photocopied, and everyone got a copy of it.( I still have it after four years) I remember how horribly sad the whole class was, for days, when we found out Greg had been killed. I just wanted to say, it was a pleasure having corespondence with Greg. He will be missed."
Katie Zawacki, 14 of Cedar Lake, Indiana

"The Hobart Cub Scouts, Pack 42 would like to say thank you! It was your sacrafice that gave us our future. I am a Den leader with pack 42 and I will be telling my scouts what you did for all of us for many years to come."
of Hobart, IN

"I miss you man, i remember sitting around and in that little ditch you made in kiwiat talking. I wish there was more i could have done to save you."
SSG Frank Greco, Greg's Sr line medic

"Thank You
by Lily Michaels, 2003

I can't shake every hand.
I can't put flowers on every grave.
I can't console every family member.
But I can say thank you.

You have given me the freedom I enjoy today.
Your blood was shed in place of mine.
Your family grieved so mine could rejoice.
All I can say is thank you.

There are not words big enough.
There is not a hug strong enough.
There is not a smile wide enough.
All I can offer is thank you.

You are my hero.
You are in my thoughts.
You are in my prayers.
For all you've done, thank you.

I wish I could have known this hero, but will thank him and bid him rest in peace."
Judy D of Anderson, IN

"I SEND MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I SERVED WITH HIM BEFORE AND DURING OIF I, HE WAS A GREAT SOLDIER AND A OUTSTANDING HUSBAND AND FATHER TO HIS FAMILY. GOD BLESS HIM AND PLEASE KEEP A OPEN GUNNER SLOT FOR ME IN HEAVEN BUDDY, OUTLAWS!!! B CO 3-69AR BN"
SGT JESSE RODRIGUEZ of FT STEWART, GA USA

"I served with sanders in 3rd plt OUTLAWS. I am honored to have known you as a freind and soldier. You are greatly missed."
SGT Scheil, Jeremiah J. of FT Stewart ,GA

"Greg and I went to basic training together and I served with him in Bco. 3-69Ar. He was a great friend and is missed by many. I'm so glad I was able to know him."
SGT Joseph Ganger of Schweinfurt, Germany

"Greg was a great father and spouse, He spoke daily of how much he missed both his daughter and wife . I was in his platoon while we served in Iraq. We all benefited from Greg's support and comfort. He reminded us all daily of the mission and gave us focus to accomplish it. Even though others made it bad for him he was there to offer a hand to pick them up and try to make them better. He was a soldier. He will always be remembered as such. He should never be forgotten."
D. Camper of Tupelo

"As a former resident of Hobart I send my condolences and respects to your family. You must have been a great young man. I am proud of your service and just want you and your family to know that I personally appreciate and respect and will not forget your commitment or sacrifice to our great nation. I am certain that God has a restful place for you."
Robert Harvey of Atlanta, Georgia, Fulton County

"To the Family of SPC Sanders.
I never knew your son but I will never forget that day in Kuwait when he was brought to our KC-10 aircraft. I was the crewmember in charge of your son when his body was brought onboard. I want you to know that I had the honor of placing him on the aircraft next to the body of SGT Soloman. They were brought onboard by an Army Master Sgt who looked down on them and gave them a long salute. I closed the door of the aircraft and said a prayer for these two brave men. It was a quiet flight back to Germany, we all did our jobs but everyone understood the moment. I kept thinking about the families at home who may or may not have known at the time. We arrived at Ramstein Germany that night where an Air Force C-141 was waiting to finish his return to the US. I am not sure why I am telling you this, but I thought you might want to know that your son touched my life and I think of him often. I seperated from the Air Force shortly after that, but I will always remember the honor I had of bringing your son closer to home.
God Bless"
USAF SSgt David Eisenbrown of Omaha Nebraska

""In Loving Memory
We thought of you with love today
but that is nothing new,We thought
about you yesterday,and the day before
that too.We think of you in silence
we often speak your name.All we have
now are memories and your picture
in a frame.You memory is our keepsake
with which we will never part.God
has you in his keeping,We have you
in our hearts.We shed a tear for
what might have been,a million
times we've cried if love alone could
have saved you.You never would
have died.in life we loved you
dearly.In death we love you still.
in our hearts you hold a place.
no one could ever fill.It broke our
hearts to lose you but you didn't
go alone for a part of us went with
you the day god took you home .


Donna W Fuller""
DONNA of FT STEWART GA

"Thank you for your sacrifice
I will always keep you and your family in my prayers.
Mrs. M Manin"
Mary Manin of Florida

"Your name, rank, branch and hometown are on a bracelet on my wrist. You were more than a soldier; you're a man, a husband and a father who gave his last full measure. From a former soldier, and an American, thanks. See you in formation."
Paul of Raleigh, NC

"It is January 2005 and I hope my message finds all of you well. I will never forget the day I received the message about Greg and had to disseminate it to all the spouses and family members of the soldiers of his platoon; my heart sank. I will always remember him, his name, his wife and daughter and all of his family. I was grateful when I got to meet all of you in Indiana. You were very kind to my husband and myself. I hope our paths do cross again in the future. My family and I will NEVER forget Greg Sanders."
Isabel de Armas of Miami, FL

"Gregory, I well remember the shock that went through 3-69 AR the day you left us. It is now December, 2004, almost 2 years later. Soldiers here still speak of you, still remember you, and still miss you. You are still in our prayers."
Mark T. Reed MD of Fort Stewart, GA

"Hi, I am an 8th grade student and i am doing a report on your son or loved one,and i was wondering if you could possibly send me some photo's of your son and family.My name is Alana Hutchins and my e-mail address is redneck_chick2009.I am very sorry for your loss.But if you could get back with within a day or two that would be great!Thank you,Alana"
Alana Hutchins of Carrabelle,Florida

"To the friends and family of Gregory P. Sanders:
We grieve together. My husband Justin Linden was also KIA in Iraq. I wanted to express my sincere condolences for your loss. One day we will be with them again in heaven, but until then they will live on forever in our hearts. These soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice and they will never be forgotten."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"GREG YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART IM PROUD TO HAVE SERVED BY YOUR SIDE AND I KNOW YOU WILL BE MISSED BY MANY I PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GOD BLESS AND TAKE CARE MY FRIEND ITS TIME TO RELAX NOW
SGT PENNINGTON
Bco 3-69 AR BN
FSGA 31315
NOW SGT PENNINGTON
HHC 3ID FSGA 31315"
SGT PENNINGTON PARIS of FT STEWART GA

"Greg, you are a true hero and soldier. I will never forget you."
1SG Nick Naumoff of Hammond, Indiana

"Someone special
Always trying hard
Never giving up
Daring
Especially loved
Respectful to the people
Sanders"
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"To Remember Them..In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Greg, We will always love you! You will never be forgotton,and you will always be in our hearts. Thank you for all of your dedication, to your family,and to your coutnry."All Gave some, some gave all""
Love Gene, Ellen, Renee and Allison of Lakeville, IN Usa

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Gregory, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"I was in the same company with Sanders before and during the war. He gave my little boy the nickname "chicken pimp". He was a really great guy/soldier. I'm glad that I got the chance to know him. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Him and his family will always be in my thoughts and prayers."
Sgt. Juan Torres of Fort Knox, KY

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

"I will always cherish the memories I have of all of us together in the lunch room. Just being kids in high school.
God I miss those days.
I look forward to the day, I can stand at the gates of heaven and shake your hand agian. I have learned so much from you.


In Memory


The Flag is at half-mast
Rifles are drawn
Clouds rolling in overhead
Tears flowing like rain
A crowd has gathered
To bury a friend
To bury a brother
To bury a son
To bury a father
To bury a husband
I stand in silence
I think
You are gone forever
Your life was stolen from you
Gunshots shatter the silence
In honor of you
But the real honor
Was just knowing you

In Memory of SPC Greg Sanders
Killed in action 3/24/03
Gone but never forgotten"
Ray of Hobart Indiana

"Thank you Gregory Sanders, 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 of greg. I served with greg while at war, i was in the same company. He was like a little brother to me. I will never forget. I love u buddy."
Joe Brown of fort stewart, ga, usa

"An unbelievable, grievous sacrifice. My prayers are with you and my gratitude goes to Gregory. He sits with the Angels of God as a hero to all."
W. of Flushing, MI

"Rest in peace brave soldier. We will never forget you."
Tubby of Cape Town, South Africa

"I'm so sorry to hear about Gregory! My best friend LaToya is serving in his unit and I know she knew he was a wonderful young man. My prayers and thougts will be with your family and thank you for your family's courage to let your son give us the blessed freedoms we have. May his spirit continue to live in your hearts and the hearts of all Americans!"
With Love & Hugs The Morrison Family of Eureka, Nevada USA

"I AM SO VERY, VERY SORRY FOR THE DEATH OF GREGORY AND OF COURSE ALL OF OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS. I REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS ON THE NEWS AND I REMEMBER SEEING HIS MOTHER. I WAS STRUCK BY HOW MUCH HE LOOKS LIKE MY SON NICK WHO IS ALSO IN THE ARMY AND IS ONLY 19 ALSO. I HAVE THOUGHT OF THIS BRAVE YOUNG MAN EVERYDAY SINCE. I KNOW HE WAS AS WONDERFUL AS MY SON IS. I JUST CANNOT EXPRESS HOW VERY SORRY I AM FOR THE TRAGIC LOSS OF THIS FINE, HANDSOME YOUNG MAN."
SUSAN CRONE of CORONA, CA, USA

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Spc. Gregory Sanders:
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 Gregory 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. Gregory Sanders:
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 Gregory, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"JOEL 4: 4:18 " and then on that day, the mountains shall drip new wine, and the hills flow with milk;And the channels of Judah shall flow with water: A fountain shall issue from the House of the Lord, to water the valley of Shittim. " Words are hard in times like these. We don't say goodbye but only until we meet again. When Jesus returns and raises all the dead from the grave. Amen Amen God Bless Gregory Sanders !"
Witness of Jesus Christ of Kentucky

"Rest easy, brave soldier.
May your family find peace.
God Bless"
Juan & Reva Contera of LasVegas, NV, USA

"You were very brave. Thank you. Rest in peace brave soldier."
A.W. of Indiana

"I did not know your son, but his death brought me to my knees. The news reported that a 3rd ID soldier was dead and they listed no unit. I am so sorry that it was your son. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you. Even though Gregory did not serve with my husband, being 3rd ID has made him forever a part of my heart."
Christie Nestor of LaGrange, GA

"RIP Brave Soldier...We shall never forget you.."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on