Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Kurt D. Schamberg

26, of Euclid, Ohio.
Schamberg died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 20, 2005.

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"Kurt, 10 years have past, and not a day had gone by that i've not thought of you and your positive outlook on life. Your memory has been the driving force for my continued contributions to the Army and my life. Miss you and will see you on the other side in Heaven."
MAJ Choi (Former PL)

"I will always remember you, and how welcomed you made me feel (being attached to your company as its combat engineer) it was an honor serving with you."
SGT. Luis Torres of Hollywood FLORIDA

"I served with Schamberg in Iraq and was next to him his last day. What a great troop.. He will be missed."
Tom Snare of Around

"May 20th is a day I will never forget. A part of me left the earth that day and I am still trying to mend those wounds. Kurt was the greatest Team Leader I have ever had work for me. Now that I am on the road out of the service to start a new chapter in my life I reflect on so many outstanding people I had the honor to serve with. Kurt was a leader, a friend, and a brother. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him. Love ya Kurt you are missed bother."
SSG Muddiman of Fort Drum, NY

"Remembering you my friend on this Veterans Day, 2009. Thank you for being so much more to me than a great soldier."
Alex Ball of Houston, TX

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"Kurt was by far the funniest man i had ever met . and even though it has been over 4 years since not a day goes by that i dont remember how fun it was just to be around him with that aura of happiness that seemed to follow him everywhere even to that god forsaken place. God bless you Kurt heaven is a better place with you in it ."
William Thomas of Lakewood , Co

"I will never forget."
lance

"May 20, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Kurt D. Schamberg:
Kurt 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 Brother,
Another year has passed and I'm still wondering why you had to go. Life keeps steaming on by, and no matter what I accomplish, it's empty knowing you had to check out before we got old and crotchety. I still don't believe I won't see you behind a knock on my door someday. I guess that's what no one will ever understand. I love you and miss you dearly, I hope your sacrifice, no matter how hollow, will guide me to do right in life. 4 years and I still don't know..."
Jay of Denver

"I did not know Sgt. Schamberg. In fact, I never even knew of him until I requested a Hero bracelet and received one with his name on it. I wanted to know more about the man whose name I wear on my wrist, so I ran a Google search and I believe it was fate that put this Web page at the top of the results list. I have read each and every post about Kurt Schamberg and I am extremely proud to wear the bracelet bearing his name. I will be a loyal spokesperson for his memory to people who would otherwise not have known of him, like me. Each time somebody asks me about my bracelet I will be proud to tell others about Sgt. Kurt Schamberg and what I have read about him here. I will help you all to keep his memory alive and assure that his loss is not forgotten or taken for granted. To his family, I will do my best to be a worthy messenger and to be respectful of his memory. I am honored to wear this bracelet. Sgt. Schamberg....Thank you for your service and sacrifice for this country and for all of us who are better off because of it.
Very sincerely,"
Sandi Gebbia of Tucson, Arizona

"For Sergeant Schamberg and his family: Tomorrow night 2 Aug 08 our gospel trio will sing near Orwell. Once again, we'll dedicate a special three-part- harmony a capella Star Spangled Banner to this beautiful soldier and his loved ones. Never forgotten; always honored."
Woods, a Vietnam vet of Orwell, OH, USA

"To the family of:Kurt D. Schamberg 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"

"Thank you for all that you had done while still here with us, and thank you for everything you are doing now, watching over us!"
Diana Grace White of Windsor, Ohio

"Kurt,

it's hard to believe that two years have now passed. This Sunday will be the actual 2nd anniversary of your passing on. I want you to know that the girls (Michelle and her Brownies Troop) are dedicating their float this year in the Memorial Day parade here in town to specific fallen hero's. Your name will be on that float, displayed boldly, and Michelle is so proud to be able to represent you in this way. Your Dad seems to be doing okay, all things considered. His faith is strong and he understood your calling. With God's blessing of courage and strength he continues on. Thank you again for all that you have done, your ultimate sacrifice and commitment to our Country, our people and our freedom. You may be gone physically, but you are never forgotten. RIP.

Before I sign off, I read messages from many soldiers here on your page. To each of you, thank you to each of you and stay safe. To all soldiers, thank you for your commitment and know that your service is greatly apprecated."
Jim, Sue, Michelle & Jen of MA

"hey charles its just me jefferycooper i will miss you alot and your in my heart and my famliy miss you and they miss you sine your gone. was just over it your stone and i wish you are here with your family to my family cooper's your family jeffery johnny james bradleycooper's and my mom we love you so muchwe love you"
jefferycooper of jamestown new york

"As I sit here in the Iraqi Ground Forces Command headquarters here in Baghdad OCT 2006, I have to note the irony of the situation from when you were here to when I was here. I suppose when you came to me to join the Army I felt like the many that had come before, that you too could have a long career as I have. It seems unfair to me that GOD took you so soon and I followed after you. I met your family at the funeral for the first time, one of the hardest things in my life and they said don't take the blame. Not as easily accepted, the guilt compelled me to find my way to this country and come get some...now having lost two of "my Soldiers" and almost a third here. Today, I spoke to an Iraqi two-star General who just lost his nephew this month to the insurgency. His anguish was apparent as well, an older man wondering why he too was alive over the next generation. I wondered then what does it all mean Kurt? I really found out how great a man you were after seeing what you accomplished in that short span of time from my recruiting office to the cemetary. [ I wished I had gotten to see you more after you left so quickly ]. The military and public service family that was surrounded in love held tight your flag on that day, your dreams, your goals and the sting of the buglars call to their ears. I want you to know young Sergeant that everything you did here was important and everything you did in our America was important and I love you for that. We wear bracelets to honor those who have fallen....you are with me until we meet again. You didn't fall buddy. You just stood up and made a group, a family, who before may have not been so close, all come together. Hold the watch Infantryman, until I get there and relieve you. I don't know of a finer sentry around."
Sergeant First Class Kelly J. Spangler - Intelligence, U.S. Army of Lancaster, Ohio - Baghdad, Iraq

"It's August 3, 2006. Very early in the morning. There is really no reason for this message, just to let you know that, like I said before, you may be gone, but you certainly are NOT forgotten! Thank you again Kurt!"
Diana Grace White of Windsor, Ohio

"To the Schamberg family, not a day goes by that I don't think of Kurt, Charles, Darren and the many others who have sacrificed there lives for us. I am so grateful to them, beyond words. Today is May 20, one year that Kurt went to the heavenly father, and I want to just say my thoughts and prayers are always with you and Kurt I will never forget you. I feel like I know your family, they are wonderful people. Keep watching over them, you are there guardian angel. God Bless You..."
Cheryl Cooper Ansell of Gerry NY

"Kurt, As you know I was the medic that was there that fateful day... There hasnt been a day that has gone by where I dont think of any of my fallen heros. I love and miss you brother! I just wish there was more I could do. You are my personal hero and only hope to one day have the same outlook on life that you spread to everyone else. This day a year ago was the toughest day I have ever had. God bless and hope to see you waiting for me at the gates when I get up there"
Spc. Evans of Austin, Texas

"Kurt, I will nevr forget you. I love you brother. I am forever in debt to you brother.The world is a lesser place without you."
Staff Sergeant of Atlanta, GA

"I didn't know Sgt.Schamberg personally, but I will never forget the day he was taken from us...I had the unlucky task that day of securing the area where it happend(I was in Alpha Company)...No matter if you knew the person or not, when the enemy would take one of our brothers, it was a whirlwind of emotion. A feeling of loss, maybe not as equal as that of the families, but a loss...because after all, they are our brothers also...Rest now from the troubles of this world Sergeant, you've earned your place at The Right of the Line..."
SGT Christopher Hayden of Fort Benning, GA

"We will remember. We miss you! Gone, but NOT forgotten!"
Diana Grace White of Windsor, Ohio

"Kurt, Happy Valentines Day... You will never be forgotten."
Cheryl Cooper-Ansell of Gerry NY

"Kurt- Hey man, so many good times we've shared. I'm gonna miss you man. You will always be my brother and will always be in my heart.
To the family of Kurt- Let me first say I am deeply sorry for your loss. I knew kurt very well and served with him in iraq. I lost something inside when he left us. I know he is still up there smiling and will always have a place in my heart."
SPC McKeown, B of Ca

"To Kurts family, I just want you to know that my deepest thoughts and prayers are with you during the holidays. It is an especially difficult time of year, but know that I know that Kurt is with Jesus and in his safe hands. Kurt, I did not know you but you are and always will be a hero and from the bottom of my heart Merry Christmas... And to your family as well, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year..."
Cheryl of Gerry, Ny

"TO THE FAMAILY OF KURT MY THOUGHTS GO OUT TO YOU WITH PRAYERS.IM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,MY SON SERVED UNDER HIM. WE LOST HIM ALONG WITH CHARLES ON APRIL 29 2005 I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT KURT !! I KNOW DARREN ,CHARLES AND KURT ARE THREE ANGELES WATCHING DOWN FROM HEAVEN AT US ON EARTH YOU KNOW HEAVEN IS THE GLORY , AMEN"
MICHAEL E . DEBLANC SR of HOUSTON TX

"Kurt, I want to be able to say Happy Thanksgiving to you, all to late, I have so much to be thankful for, thanks to all that you have sacrificed. Words cannot express the way I feel. Your family is in my thought and prayers, not only at Thanksgiving, but always. I am sure you are protecting them at all times, as impossible as it seems, but you are an "angel hero" I am going to say it anyways, Happy Thanksgiving.... God Bless you and your family..."
Cheryl Cooper-Ansell of Gerry New York

"Kurt was a very good friend, with a one of a kind personality, we had some unforgetable times, its still hard to believe our friend is not coming home, but there is a lifetime of memories that will never fade, but knowing kurt, he still has that unique smile and is in a better place and would want us to be happy, i will remember kurt as a brave hero as well as a great friend that will always be in our hearts and minds."
Matt Farmwald

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

"My prayers and thoughts go out to your family at this difficult time. We lost Charles almost 2 months ago and it doesnt seem possible. Kurt will always be remembered as a HERO, as well as Charles and Darren. God Bless."
Lorinda of Jamestown NY

"Kurt had once said to me that he wanted to rob a bank to be famous like "Bonni and Clyde" so that he would have people attend his funeral... Well I know for a fact that he is up there saying "I guess I didn't have to do anything illegel to get my way, imagin that!" Thanks to everyone who attended the parade for Kurt. I know he is resting up in heaven with all of our loved ones that we have lost at one time. Be kind to everyone and don't hold grudges, you never know when it's your time."
Cousin of Kurt of Orwell, Ohio

"Thank you for all you have done for your family, friends, strangers and country."
Kim Howarth of Seattle, WA

"Thank you Kurt for your bravery.
Words can not express the sadness of losing someone so young. It was an honor to have known him and his family. We know that he is in a place where there is no war. We will think of Kurt and his heroic acts with the hope that our sons can be as brave and strong as he was. We are praying for you Schamberg family and we send you our best."
JR, and Sarah, (Gruskiewicz) Benton and Sons of Williamfield, Ohio

"SGT. SCHAMBERG, I KNOW GOD IS PRETTY HIGH SPEED, SO HE SHOULD HAVE THE INTERNET. I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR JOB AS AN NCO IN THE ARMY IS NOT OVER YET. YOU STILL HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR TROOPS! I WILL BE HEADING TO IRAQ FOR THE SECOND TIME VERY SHORTLY, AND I WILL NEED AN OUTSTANDING NCO TO LOOK UP TO. I COULDNT THINK OF A BETTER SOLDIER THEN YOU. YOU WILL BE MISSED, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN. REMEMBER THE SOLDIERS CREED, AND THE WARRIOR ETHOS, AND LEAD YOUR SOLDIERS TO VICTORY!"
SPC RICHARD ELLSWORTH of FT. CAMPBELL, KY

"I did not know Kurt, but have heard much about him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and comrades. God Bless!!"
Christine (Spc. Richard Ellsworth's Wife) of Clarksville TN.

"Kurt was a wonderful, charsmatic and brave individual! He had the remarkable talent of making people laugh and I will always remember him for this. I am immensly saddened by the loss, as is everyone who was privaliged enough to know him in this life. Kurt was loved by many and a true friend. My sympathy goes out to Lance and Kurt's family. Farewell Kurt. You will surely be missed."
Tiffany of Cleveland Ohio

"Kurt had a way of making you smile no matter how down you were. He was a wonderful person and will be remembered always. My condolences go out to all of his family and friends."
Jennifer (Sweeney) Waskovich of Tampa, Florida

"Kurt was a great person and a really good friend. If you paid attention you could really learn alot from him from his perspective. Kurt has always been special to ALOT of people. He will be sadly missed, loved much, appreciated greatly for his bravery and putting his life on the line to save ours and his fellow soliders. To Tom(&Joanne),Pam(&Mark), Lance, Jay, Terah, & family, The loss of Kurt will be unbelievable for a very long time. Kurt is in Heaven smiling down on us right now. He is as proud of his family as you are of him. May you all be greatly blessed and know how loved and appreciated Kurt is. Much Love and Prayers."
Krystal (Ellsworth) Drum of Andover, Oh.

"Even through the tears shed today, the smiles and laughter that break through can't be stopped when remembering the humor and never ending laughter that was such a big part of Kurt. He was a very bright, creative, courageous young man. His artwork displayed at the calling hours today alongside the photos of the many happy times he shared with family and friends were a testament to his life. I'm so glad that his friendship with my son, Mark, allowed us to get to know Kurt because he made our lives better for having been a part of it. Thanks, Kurt, for your sacrifices and our love to you and your family."
Becki (Henry) Orazen of Kirtland, Ohio

"I have known Kurt my whole life and am still in shock over this. My sincere condolences go out to Tom, Pam, Lance, Jay and Terrah. I know that Kurt will forever be missed."
Cyndi (Loomis) Barrier of Charlotte, NC

"Kurt had the ability to always make a bad situation better. His death happened becuase of that...trying to make an awful situation better. For that everyone should be proud. To the Schamberg family (I have known you my whole life) I offer you all my prayers and love. YOU HAVE REASON TO BE PROUD!!!"
Steve, Dawn, & Xander Smith of Fredericksburg, Virginia

"I only knew Kurt for a little while, but all the memories are good ones. He is truly a hero and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time."
Genny (King) Miller of Spartanburg, SC

"Thank you Kurt for your devotion and heroic acts. You will forever be remembered for the hero that you are. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Schamberg family, friends, and members of the community."
Jessica (Shorts) Hrubik of Champion, OH

"Thank you Sgt Schamberg for everything you have done for us!"
Tracy Holder of Ashtabula, Oh

"Kurt gave the ultimate sacrifice ,for that he will forever be a hero.Thank you to kurt and thank you to your family.My thoughts and prayers are with you."
of middlefield ohio

"Kurt was a true freind, my motivation and my hero. Every memory is a charished one. He is my direction and I would of been honored to serve with him on the battlefield. He will be sorley missed by everyone he knew. I will honor him every day for the rest of my life."
Mark Henry

"Gone, but not forgotten...Although Kurt may physically no longer be with us, his spirit and his memory will live on in the hearts and in the minds of his friends and family for an eternity. Thank you Kurt, for being the brave man that you were, the community and America thank you. To the Schamberg family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that words aren't going to take away the pain that you are feeling right now, but please remember that you are in our hearts and in our prayers during this trying time in your lives. God Bless you all. Rest in Peace Kurt, and thank you."
Diana Grace White of Windsor, Ohio

"I am very sorry for your loss. I know this must be incredibly difficult for you. Kurt touched many lives and he will be deeply missed. He is a hero and for that... I know your proud. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Amanda (Kane) Sloan of Windsor Ohio

"My prayers are with the Schamberg family during this difficult time. I lost a friend over seas last July and understand this is a very hard thing to go through. Kurt was a very brave man. He is one more Hero that we have lost, but a Hero non the less. My thoughts and prayers are with your family."
starr richmond of Molena, GA

"Kurt was a great person and athlete in school I will miss him. I want to wish the Schamberg Family my deepest condolences. When we would play sports I would look up to him like a friend. He was a person who would listen and talk to you whenever you needed help. May god bless u kurt. We will miss you."
Dean Wilcox Jr. of Clarksville, Tn

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
The family of LCpl. Branden Ramey, KIA 11/8/04 Iraq of Madera, CA

"Kurt was a great person as well as a good friend. He will be greatly missed. I am deeply saddened by your loss as well as ours. Remember the good times and you will smile. All you can do when you think about Kurt is smile."
Darrin Miller of Akron, Ohio

"TO THE SCHAMBERG FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR FAMILY DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF KURT. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY. KURT WILL NOT HAVE GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN. HE HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. FROM THOSE IN HIS COMMUNITY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, HIS MILITARY FAMILY, TO THOSE IN IRAQ AND THE LOVE OF HIS FAMILY. KURT IS SOMEONE THAT ALL AMERICAN'S ARE PROUD OF! hE IS A TRUE HERO! WE LOST OUR SON LAST MAY. ALTHOUGH, OUR SON'S PROBABLY HADN'T KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. BOTH ARE MILITARY BROTHER'S. THAT WATCHED OVER ONE ANOTHER UNITS. GREG WAS ASSIGNED TO FORT DRUM, RECENTLY TO VESLICK IN GERMANY. KURT AS GREG AND OUR OTHER FALLEN ARE THE ELITE OF AMERICAN'S. FOR PROTECTING US AGAINST TERRORISM. ANYTIME, WE LOSE A SOLDIER IS VERY HARD ON THE FAMILY AND THE FAMILIES OF OTHER FALLEN. MORE SO WITH HOLIDAY, AND ESPECIALLY WITH MEMORIAL DAY. KURT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, EVER! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND PRAYS. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

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

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, OHio

"Thank you Kurt Schamberg, 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. Kurt Schamberg:
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 Kurt 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. Kurt Schamberg:
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 Kurt, 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