Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Nathan A. Schubert

22, of Cherokee, Iowa.
Schubert died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"Nathan, It has been almost 5 years since you left this world for a much better place guarding the gates of heaven where all are free. I know your brother and sister, and especially your mom, miss you dearly, still. My son idolizes all you stood for, and we never lack appreciation for the freedoms we have in this country, that you fought so diligently to protect. Remembering you today and always, love you Nathan."

"may 24, 2009
missing you today and always, Nate!"

"i knew nate. his mom and my mom are very good freinds. his death was devisating to me. i still remember what i was doing that day that i found out that he was. dead. that was in 05. and since he has died it makes me want to join the marines! the few the proud marines."
of alta iowa

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Nathan A. Schubert:
Nathan 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

"May Nathan be in the very Heart of our Loving Father. May his family receive courage everyday to get through the healing process. I will pray for you."
Sheila of Cincinnati, Oh

"I am so sorry for your loss!

Semper Fi"
greg shubert of scottsville, KY

"To the family of:Nathan A. Schubert 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"

"Dear family of Nathan Shubert,
Hi my name is Gabriel Sauceda and i was Shuberts fire team leader from 02-04. He was an outstanding Marine and never gave me any problems. Its been a year since shuberts passing and there not a day that goes by that i dont think of him or the other marines that i was in charge of. (Spence, Gilbert, And Kelley) I was with Shubert in the Phillippines and he was a guy that kept everyone motivated we'd have to stand 8 hr posts and shubert would say a joke or sing Tim Mcraw to keep everyones hopes high he was that kind of Marine. I want to tell Shubert and the other Marines that i cant wait to guard the gates of heaven with you guys I love you guys and i miss you guys so much. Semper Fi Charlie corps"
Sgt Gabriel "tito" Sauceda of Madera, Ca tito24@sbcglobal.net

"To the family of Cpl. Schubert,
As a fellow Marine I know what this Marine did for his country and how hard he worked for what he loved. We were actaully on the same base together for some time.I was with 3/3 and I might have even seen him at the chow hall w/ his 1/3 brothers.Every day I see that more Marines are dying over seas and I hope we can all come home to our families and loved ones soon! You have my thoughts and prayers and I am very sorry for your loss.Hoorah and Semper Fi Cpl.Schubert, may you rest in peace...."
Cpl. Donohue Sean M. USMC 3/3 India Co. Weapons Plt. of Rosemount MN

"I don't think that any of us that knew him, will ever forget the memories we have of Nate, or ever stop missing him! God Bless!"

"To the FAMILY of my fellow Marine NATHAN SHUBERT: My sincerest sympathy & condolences with the loss of Nathan. I just recieved the Fall issue of RE-U-KNIGHT-er(OGHS alumni 1975) yesterday & read about the loss of a TRUE HERO. As a fellow North-End'er, classmate of mother Cheryl, and a U.S Marine ('75-'79); I can think of no loss more difficult than a SON at war fighting for the freedom of others. Remember his smile & his charm always. Since today (11-10-2005) is the USMC Birthday #230; I felt it extra special that my Prayers & Thoughts to this Fallen Hero be sent to his loved ones. "From the Halls of Montezuma; to the Shores of Tripoli; We fight our Country's Battles---the United States Marine Corps" (USMC Hymn excerpt) Nathan gave his life so we as fellow Americans can enjoy our freedom. THANK YOU NATE! May Nathan Rest in Peace. Our belated prayers to you and yours. Semper Fidelis!!! Tim Koob & family"
Tim, Gloria, Lily(8), Rose(3 1/2), & soon-to-be Jake(8 also) Koob of San Diego, Ca.

"Thank you Nate for help make our country a safer place. Your a very good friend to all of us who knew you well.I was a childhood friend of Nate's and grew up with him in school and I know he was a free sprite kind of guy.He made school so much fun for me to go to.I know your in my heart and in my thoughts and prayers as well.As well as many other people who were very close to you...God speed and God bless.
Jessica George
Class of 2001"
Jessica Geroge of Columbus,Nebraska

"To the family of Nathan,
I am so sorry for your loss. My bestfriend, Cpl Timothy A Knight was with Nathan on the helicopter. We lost very wonderful, loving and brave men that day. May they never be forgotten, they were true hero's. You all are in my thoughts and prayers."
Cynthia of Brooklyn/OH/USA

"As the Iowa State Coordinator for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project, I would like to offer condolences to Nathan's family on the loss of this fine young soldier. The goal of this National Project is to make a Memorial Quilt for the family of each of our Nation's Fallen Heroes; our Iowa Chapter's goal is to make a quilt for each lost soldier who lists an Iowa state town as their hometown. We would be honored to make such a quilt for Nathan's family. We are an all-volunteer group and we do this free of charge. You can learn more about our project at http://homeofthebravequilts.com

If you know of a family in Iowa or any other state who has not received a quilt, please contact me. Finding a way to contact the families is difficult for us, harder than making the quilts, so if you can help us get in touch with families, please e-mail me.
God Bless You,
Sandi"
Sandi Carstensen of Clinton, Iowa

"To the family of Nathan A. Schubert:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND MY HEART FELLS THE PAIN ALSO,MY SON WAS WITH NAT AND WAS A CLOSE FRIEND. I AM THE PROUD FATHER OF CPL SEAN P.KELLY.THEY ARE TRUE HEROS AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! GOD BLESS."
ALEX KELLY ALJRS5 @YAHOO.COM of PITMAN, N. J.

"I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND MY HEART FELLS THE PAIN ALSO,MY SON WAS WITH NAT AND WAS A CLOSE FRIEND. I AM THE PROUD FATHER OF CPL SEAN P.KELLY.THEY ARE TRUE HEROS AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! GOD BLESS."
ALEX KELLY ALJRS5 @YAHOO.COM of PITMAN, N. J.

"I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND MY HEART FELLS THE PAIN ALSO,MY SON WAS WITH NAT AND WAS A CLOSE FRIEND. I AM THE PROUD FATHER OF CPL SEAN P.KELLY.THEY ARE TRUE HEROS AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! GOD BLESS."
ALEX KELLY of PITMAN, N. J.

"I am so sorry for your loss for I am feeling it also. I am the father of Lcpl Brian Hopper, who was on the helicopter with Nathan. May our memories never fade."
Rob Hopper rob.hopper@pbsgc.com of Wynne, AR

"We send our thoughts & prayers to the family of Cpl. Nathan Schubert. Our nephew, Sgt. Michael Finke, Jr. also lost his life that day. They were brave young men. This world will be a better place because of them."
Nancy of Carmel,In.

"Thank you to those who have left messesges for Nate and the other soldiers that have lost their lives so couragously. I am one of Nate's 15 cousins and I just wanted to say a few words. I am also the same age as Nate and grew up with him, not just as a cousin, but much like a brother and a close friend. He was such a free spirit, as many of you have said, and so many other incredible things. Nates' brave passsing will always weigh heavy on my heart but I know he is totally free now. Nate I love you and miss you! Happy hunting!
Bethlee "Belly" Winklepleck, Sioux Falls SD"

"I was a childhood friend of Nate and I just wanted to thank all of you for your words and prayers. Nate was committed to the cause and I know he hears all of you now. I also want to thank all of you with family/friends in the service and know that we are praying for you and yours as well. God Bless you all and America."
Patrick Greenwood of Cherokee, Iowa

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on board the helicopter with Nathan. My condolences to his family, as I share in the pain of losing one so loved. We are forever united through the sacrifices our young men made. Thank you and God Bless."
Sally Rapp of Westlake, Ohio

"I have read where Nathan was described by his family as a free spirit. Well, his spirit truly is free now, along with 30 others that died in the helicopter. My son, Richard Gilbert, Jr., was among those. May God ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"To the family of Nathan, I pray for you...that the healing process has begun, that you are taking one day at a time, and each hour @ a time, when necessary...I also pray, that you've managed to replace some of the tears, with laughter...or at least smiles..find comfort in each other,and in God.I saw a sign in town, yesterday, it said...LAND OF THE FREE...BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE, and I bought it!....(PFC. Gunnar Becker's mom) this entry was written on Sunday, Feb6, 2005....PS feel free to contact us"
Mr & Mrs Doug Senska of Forestburg,S.D.USA

"To the family of Nathan,
Our thoughts are with you,your in our prayers we to have just had the loss of our fallen soldier. My newphew was 19 when he lost his life and we laid him to rest in peace on his 20th birthday. we know it is so hard to find words of comfort to say, but so nice to see someone has visited his special site. I'm including a web site that has such a neat song that was sang at my nephews services and thought you might like it also. We thank Nathan for his outstanding service and know he is in a far better place. the website i mentioned is www.andiesisle...Before-You-Wake.html You'll be rememered in our thoughts and prayers"
cathy loken of Cottonwood,Mn USA

"to the family and friends of Lance Corporal Schubert.we will never forget him.I grieve for you,please stay strong"
A Marine family of New Jersey

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Nathan A. Schubert,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"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

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

"I never got the pleasure of meeting Nathan. My demo team started a project in January of 2004 and ended in September 2004. We would like Nathan and his family to participate in our project next year. If anyone has information on Nathan or his family please contact me at: queenie_20035@yahoo.com. God bless Nathan and his family!"
Ashley Farrier (T.C.B. Demo) of Washington, Iowa, USA

"To the family of Nathan..I feel your grief..as we just lost a grandson in Iraq and buried him on Saturday which would have been his 20th birthday. I did not know how to contact you so I sent a card to the funeral home I saw listed on the Kelo news. May God keep his arms around you now and may you find peace. I loved the little one on Tv with the teddy bear. From another grieving family that has found so much comfort in this web site."
Dianna and Dean Senska of Woonsocket ,SD

"Thank you Nathan Schubert, 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 Cpl. Nathan Schubert:
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 Nathan 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 Cpl. Nathan Schubert:
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 Nathan, 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