Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Kristopher L. Shepherd

26, of Lynchburg, Virginia.
Shepherd died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated during clearing operations. He was assigned to the 767th Ordnance Company, 63rd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. Died on February 11, 2005.

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"kris was my brother-in-law,I watched him grow from a boy to become a respectable man.I will make sure my niece and nephew never forget him, and the practical joker that he could be. I will always love him and miss him. He was like a lil brother and he will always be in my heart."
kimberly crowell wrenn of Lynchburg, Virginia

"Kris was my uncle. He married my aunt ruby when I was a kid. He was funny as heck and loved playing practical jokes. Exspecially on my Kim. I was almost 19 when he died. He was a good man and my hero. I think he would be very proud of how strong my aunt ruby has been and how wonderful, smart, and brave his chilren Chey and Eric have turned to be. We miss you uncle Krist and you always in our hearts."
Heather Johnson of lakewood, wa usa

"I didnt know SSG Shepherd, but I think of him to this day, Me and the rest of my squad were called in to help out his unit that particular day due to security issues in the immediate area. Upon learning of the circumstances when we arrived, being a family man, my initial thought was of his family back home. May GOD Bless you all. I've told my family about you SSG SHEPHERD, though I didnt know you on a personal level, I wish I could have. Thank You SSG SHEPHERD, for your ultimate sacrafice, you will never be forgotten!"
SSG Cabrera of FT BRAGG, NC

"I served with shep in afghanistan and iraq...there was never a time when he wasnt laughing or joking even in the face of adversity!"
SSG Bryant Biscoe of Suitland, Md

"We will always carry Kris in our hearts. He was a remarkable young man who was loved dearly by many, and even more then that he was a Hero. I pray you are in Heaven watching over Hank. We will miss you forever"
Rhonda Campbell of Lynchburg, Va

"February 5, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Kristopher L. Shepherd:
Kristopher 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

"February 5, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Kristopher L. Shepherd:
Kristopher 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

"This morning I picked up my newspaper and the magazine insert for memorial day showed a young boy placing flowers on the grave of Kristopher.Just a simple reminder about what this day really means.I love our country and those who sacrifice for it.So I was directed to your site as I wanted to pay my respects by seeing who this great young man was.With the upcoming deployment of my son and his men,this day has taken on a special meaning.I pray for your family and that this country will truly understand what this day means."
Marc Queller (videomarcq@aol.com) of MARLBORO NJ

"To the family of Kris Shepherd....although it's been 2 years, it seems like yesterday that I heard the news of his passing and it still hurts. I knew Kris from school and I have to say, he was a wonderful person to be around. Always happy and smiling. He will be forever missed!"
Deanna Reedy of Evington, VA

"To the family of:Kristopher L. Shepherd 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"

"I only knew Shep for a short while. I was accidentally put into the EOD class for BNCOC, at Redstone Arsenal, AL. Although it was just a short while, It saddens me to know of his loss. He was a great friend to me."
Larry Brown of Huntsville, AL

"I want to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts. I know Kris made alot of friends during his short career in the army and I want each and every one of you to know that you are in my prayers. Thank you all.
Kris's Mom
Cissy"
Sheila Campbell "Cissy" of Lynchburg, Va

"I will alwyas remmember our trip to England IMPAC 2001. I know your watching over us now. A great EOD tech and Friend."
Jeremiah Raemhild of Iraq

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Shepherd,
I recently learned of the loss of your loved one in Iraq. May I offer my belated condolences to you all upon the passing of your American hero son/husband, Kristopher, in February.

Please know that other Americans share in your loss and are concerned. It is my prayer that God may continue to grant you and yours an extra measure of peace, comfort, and strength during this difficult time.

May Kristopher’s legacy of bravery and devotion to our country and its safety be a source of pride to your family, an inspiration to his children, and forever remembered by a grateful nation.

His sacrifice is not unlike those Virginians in time's past who gave their all for liberty in places with such names as Yorktown, Chancellorsville, Ardennes Forest, Normandy, Inchon and Pleiku.

With deepest sympathy,
Sincerely,"
Major Arnold M. Huskins, USAF of Crestview, Fla.

"Dear Family of Kristopher Shepherd,

Today in our small town in Idaho we remembered and honored all of those who paid the ultimate price in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were more than 1800 white crosses with the name, rank, age and hometown of each person written upon them. The ceremony was solemn and beautiful. At the conclusion each family was encouraged to bring one of the crosses home to place in our yard. We encouraged our kids to walk around and read the names. Suddenly my daughter called me over to the cross bearing the name of your loved one. I was stunned. My brother’s name is also Christopher Shepherd. He is with the Ohio Nat’l Guard. While he is still in Ohio, most of his unit is deployed to Iraq.

Each of our 6 children became immediately sober as they thought, “What if it was OUR uncle Chris who died…?” The weight of the loss of so many families was translated into a language understandable by their young hearts.

Please know that your Kristopher will never be forgotten by our family. Though we are strangers our hearts will always be a little more sober each memorial day. Your family will be remembered in our prayers.

Thankyou Kristopher for your sacrifice. We honor you. We will never forget."
The Armstrong family of Idaho

"I graduated High School with Kris. Not only that I went through school with Kris from 3rd grade on. I am saddened by his loss and my daily prayers will be with the family.
I just want to let his family know that Kris was a brave man and I have been honored to know Kris and to grow up with him. I remember in school, Kris always had a smile on his face and just an amazing outlook on life. He enjoyed every moment.
I am honored to have known Kris and to know that he laid down his life so my family can be free. Thank you Kris! May the Lord Jesus bless and provide for your family always. I am so very thankful and grateful for your sacrifice."
Luke Yarbrough of St. Petersburg, FL

"I wish to thank everyone who has left a message for the family of Kri Shepherd. Kris was my 2sd cousin and I will print out the messages left here and make sure his mother and his wife receive them. All of the cards and letters everyone has sent have meant a lot to the family. As hard as it is to lose someone it really helps to know so many people care. Thank you all."
Tammy of Concord Va. USA

"My family would like to leave a message for Ruby Shepherd, to express our deepest sympathy and gratitude and to let Sgt. Shepherd's young children, Cheyenne 6 and Erik 3, know that their daddy sacrificed his life so that my family and others live free.
We are so very proud and humbled by his selfless acts and committment, not only to the United States, but to freedom for all people.
Kristopher is a hero in the true sense of the word and he will be in our prayers always.
Ruby, please accept our deepest gratitude for your great sacrifice. It has not gone unnoticed. Kristopher helped to change the world for the better. He made a difference while he was here and the whole world knows it.

God Bless you and your children,

Dennis, Jacqui, Allison and Joe Ottey"
The Ottey Family of Frederick, Md.

"From one EOD Tech to another, you will not be forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice. Your family is in my prayers."
Dallas Bozeman of Aviano AB, Italy

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

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Kristopher Shepherd. I lost my son on January 26, 2005 in a helicopter crash in Iraq. Those that have lost their lives are true heroes. May God comfort you in your time of need."
Helen Gilbert (mother of Richard Gilbert Jr) of Dayton, Ohio

"Thank you Kristopher 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 Staff Sgt. Kristopher 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 Kristopher 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 Staff Sgt. Kristopher 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 Kristopher, 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