Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Daniel Michael Shepherd

23, of Elyria, Ohio.
Shepherd died in Ar Ramabi, Iraq, when his M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on August 15, 2004.

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"I didn't know Daniel, but I heard his story today. I work for the Illuminating Company and after arriving to a job I hung my American flag on the back of the truck. Our flag was all it took for a stranger to come talk to me. I didn't catch his name but the man is from Columbia Station and told me great things about his son-in-law, Daniel Shepherd. He even told me how excited Daniel was when his son was born on St. Patrick's day, since he was Irish. I guess I'm telling you this so you know that Daniel hasn't and will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers to his family."
Jai of North Royalton, OH

"Still remember bro.... 22 May, 2015"
Mario

"Sgt. Shep I will always remember the good times. But I will never forget that day I hope to honor your death by being a good man and father. You are always missed and I spoke with Kersting the other day, I think it is time I sit down and talk with your mother and father. I will be planning a trip to Ohio soon I want to tell them how great of an honor it was to serve with you. Also that Iraq wasn't a "Vacation", lol. I miss you everyday and can't wait to bum you a cigarette again some day."
Tim Filzen of Minneapolis, MN

"As part of a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring all of the fallen of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, I am honored to read Daniel,s name. I lost my own son, Neil, on Aug. 13, 2004 when he was KIA. My son was also from Ft. Riley"
Diane of Verona, PA

"Hey Sgt thinking about you"
Board of monmouth,or

"Shep,
I think of you more then anyone will ever know. Having done multiple deployments since ours in 2004. I reflect on the day I lost a fine NCO. I have had a young Pfc that had a child born and he could not go home. Just so you know he never left the wire until he got on a plane home. I will be coming to pay my respects soon as I PCS your way in a month. Peace be with you and your family."
SGM Belcher of El Paso TX

"Its been 7 years today that I lost a friend and brother. Danny gave me the motivation to serve my time. Im proud to call him my friend. Thank you again for doin all you did."
Jeremy Halfhill of Elyria / ohio

"Brother, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I love and miss you. It was an honor to know and serve with you. You will never be forgotten."
James Raines

"You are not forgotten brother. I wish so bad you could have know your son. Thank you for everything!"
Jack Hodge of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

"What's up sgt shep still thinkin about u thank u 4 the best time of my life knowing u was an honor I can't wait 2 get up there and see u again"
Spc Board,Darren J of grand canyon az

"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

"Dan, I will miss the times I had playing music with you in high school. Life seems to happen so quickly it is nearly impossible to believe. Thank you for all that you gave for us and my best wishes for your family."
Steven Laing of Austin TX

"Danny,
Your boy is growing so much! I saw pictures of him from Kassie.
We Love you and Miss you so much.
There's not a day i dont think of you and what you did. You will always be my HERO DANIEL!

Love always,
Kenzie"
Mckenzie Lindo of Grafton Ohio USA

"My prayers are there for your hero and your family! I cannot imagine how you feel, but know that I am thinking of all of you especially this time of year.
I am a mother of 2 US Marines and feel pride for Daniel and his service to all of us."
Jill Michalak of Wellington, Ohio

"Brother to this day we still keep your memory alive.... 8 NOV 2008"
SFC Garcia of FT Benning, GA.

"8-15-2008

We just wanted the Shepherd family to know we are thinking of you and as each anniversary passes we grow ever more grateful for Daniel's service.

May God Bless You all."
The Simon Family of Cleveland, Ohio

"Danny you will always be in my heart... I love you and I miss you.. I just wish i would of had more time with you...
Rest in peace. God bless you.
I love you."
Mckenzie Lindo of Grafton Ohio US

"July 8, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Daniel Michael Shepherd:
Daniel 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'm from the Elyria area and remember hearing about this... I wanted to thank you, Dan."

"GO TO www.myspace.com/lorainohio
I FILMED A DOCUMENTARY IN OHIO, THE SITE ABOVE HAS 20 MINUTES OF AN
HOUR AND SEVEN MINUTE VIDEO ABOUT THE 98 LORAIN COUNTY VIETNAM
SOLDIERS THAT LOST THERE LIVES FOR THE FREEDOM WE HAVE NOW.
PREVEIW "THE TALK OF HEROES" SMALL VIDEO CLIPS ON THE SITE
ABOVE, IM FILMING A NEW DOCUMENTARY IN OHIO CALLED
"OHIO RAISES HEROES" IM LOOKING FOR SUPPORT OR MENTION THIS PROJECT TO ORGANIZATIONS, TO LET THE PUBLIC KNOW ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT DOCUMENTARY AND LEND A HELPING HAND, ALL PROFITS WILL BE DONATED TO A CHARITY AND A LOCAL CHURCH. THE DOCUMENTARY IS ABOUT THE OHIO SOLDIERS THAT LOST THERE LIVES IN IRAQ. AND THE SOLDIERS THAT FAUGHT IN THE WAR IN IRAQ. THIS IS SO THERE EFFORTS WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. AND TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT
OHIO RAISES HEROES.

SINCERLY: JOSEPH CARRION (440) 506-1955
www.myspace.com/lorainohio"
joseph carrion of elyria,ohio,USA

"Danny Boy- it's been three years and not a day goes by that I don't think about my cousin and how I never had the chance to tell you how proud of you I am and the honor it is to be able to call you my family. I know your up there looking down smiling. Your a hero to all...but you have always been a hero to me since we were little. I miss ya dearly and we will meet again one day. Much love"
your cuz- Ashley of Grafton, OH

"Sgt shep I remember you teaching me how to drive the brad and almost running you over oops lol I remember driving how I wanted to and you let me laughing the whole time we got hit together you me and sgt Comeau. I'm sorry I wasn't your driver that day man they call me a hero huh they must not have heard about the Shep Dog they will I promise I miss you man"
Darren Board of Vancouver,Wa

"Danny, I tried so hard to be the best joe in your team. I know that some times I made you mad but I always just wanted you to think the world of me. Filzen gave me a picture of your boy when they went out to visit your home town. What a good looking kid!!! He looks so much like you its scary. God I wish I could meet him some day and tell him the story of his father the hero. Dan I wanted to be there so much but as you know duty called. I try to leave my life everyday to honor you bro. When ever I talk about freedom I talk about you. Just always know Shep that I well never forget you and I well never forget the sacrafice that you made for all of us! I well be your SAW gunner any time!!! I love you brother!"
Sgt Don Ottaway of Denver CO USA

"I miss you man, I think of you everyday, I wish so much that it could have been me instead. God you had so much to live for, and so many people living for you. You are a Hero in every since of the word, you shall live for ever in our hearts. May you find the perfection in heaven that you deserve and where robed from here on earth."
SPC. Smith Jason A. (DOC) of Honolulu, HI, USA

"To Kassie and young Daniel, Dan proved to be one of my greatest friends. When i first heard of his death I was too striken with grief to write to you. However, it must be established, young Dan, that your father was a great man. We shared alot of time together. We were in basic training together in Ft. Benning Georgia and then both sent to Ft. Riley Kansas on graduation. There were several times in basic training that he shared his love for your mom with me during this time. After graduation he drove to my house to pick me up and we drove to KS together. We spent many fun times together and he was a very special person. I left before we went to Iraq but I will never forget Daniel Shepherd"
Paul Zurn of Champaign, IL

"Danny I love you like a brother because thats what you are even though we had our fights over who's turn it was to play NCAA football you will always be in my heart and on my arm ha i got your tat man love you brother"
SSG Raymond Hodge of Fort Smith, AR, USA

"To the family of:Daniel Michael Shepherd I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"Thank you all for your messages to us and Danny. It's now been over a year and we still miss Danny so much. Our son is growing like a weed, and looks a lot like his Daddy. I don't know how I've gone this long w/o Danny. We used to joke and say we couldn't breathe if we didn't talk to each other once a day. Well, it was hard to breathe for a long time Danny, but I'm ok now. I still have my days, but things are better. I talk to the baby about Danny everyday and we visit him often. We've learned to get on w/ things in a different way, but will never stop loving or missing Danny. To everyone, thank you again. Danny, I still love ya lots and miss ya much babe."
Kassie Shepherd of Olmsted Falls, OH

"Danny Boy...I am so proud of you and everything you accomplished...I only wish I had the chance to tell you that face-to-face, but I know you hear my prayers and you know how I feel. I just want to Thank You and tell you that you will always be "MY HERO" and you will never be forgotten!!! I love and miss you dearly!!"
Dawny Pribanic-cousin of Elyria, Ohio

"I know Daniel from years working at a summer camp in northeast Ohio. The memories, laughter, etc. won't be forgotten... thank you."
Anon of Ohio

"I remember the night that I found out what had happened to Danny. I had just returned home from work and my mother met me at the door. She looked at me with tear filled eyes and pointed at the flag nextdoor. She didn't even have to say anything I already knew. So much pain rushed through me all at once because I knew that I would never get to see "the boy nextdoor" again. The pain did not last to long though because I soon relized that though Danny's physical presence will no longer be there, his love and memories will never falter. Danny was always a very helpful person and though I was few years younger than him he never hesitated to talk to me if I got up enough courage to talk to him. I thank you for everything that you have done not only for the people that you knew and loved, but also for the people you never met. You truely are a hero and will never be forgotten. To the family though I see you everyday I want to say again God Bless, my love and prayers will always be with you."
Jennifer of Elyria

"As the one year anniversary of Daniel's passing approaches, we just wanted his family and friends to know we are still praying for them each and every day.

God Bless you all and thank you Daniel for ensuring our freedom."
The Simon Family of Cleveland, Ohio

"Shepherd was one the best people I ever had the chance to meet and serve with in the Army. I didn't see him when we were in Iraq because we were both stationed in different places over there. I knew him from an earlier deployment, he was a great guy. No matter how much he didn't like his job, he always did it to the best of his ability. He would always stop to help somebody else out when they needed it. All I can really say is he was a great person. To his wife, child, and parents I wish you all the best, and God bless you."
SGT Andrew Ritchie of New York ,NY

"Shep Dog, you are a real american. sorry it had to end like that, you will always be in my heart, you're an excellent friend. You're truly my HERO."
Jimmy Troy of Ft Riley, KS USA

"Danny, you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. We will finish the job for you bro. IRON RANGERS"
SGT Luke Thompson of Vilseck, Germany, from Elyria Ohio

"You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time. We thank you for bravery."
Mrs. Arthur's 4th grade class of Nelsonville, Ohio

"Dear Family of Daniel,

I pray for you at this time. This must be a terrible loss for you all. I am from Elyria but now live in California and saw the sad news in the internet version of the Chronicle-Telegram. May god give you peace."

"I am very sorry for the sorrow that has plagued your family. Daniel is a true HERO and we will never forget him. May God be with you and keep you strong."
H. Bridges of Fort Knox

"GOD BLESS SGT. DANIEL SHEPHERD AND HIS FAMILY. SGT. SHEPHERD IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO.
MY BROTHER IS ALSO A SGT. FROM FORT RILEY, KS. HE WENT TO IRAQ THE SAME TIME AS SGT. SHEPHERD. HE SAYS "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE" AND SGT. DANIEL SHEPHERD PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR OUR FREEDOM. AND THERE ARE NO WORDS TO SAY THANK YOU. SGT SHEPHERD WILL BE IN MY HEART FOREVER. GOD BLESS HIS BABY BOY, WIFE, PARENTS AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY. AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES MILITARY."
A PROUD NAVAL MOM of ELYRIA, OHIO

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

"To the Shepherd Family. I was good friends and graduated with Kristine so I knew Danny very well. I am truly sorry for your loss."
Terry Butcher of Elyria , Ohio

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, Az

"To Daniel's family;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Daniel is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to this country. Our prayers is that God bless you during this difficult time and bring you peace and comfort."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To Daniel's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To Daniel's Family:
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

"Thank you Daniel Shepherd, 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. Daniel Shepherd:
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 Daniel 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. Daniel Shepherd:
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 Daniel, 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