Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Uday Singh

21, of Lake Forest, Illinois.
Singh died of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his patrol in Habbaniyah, Iraq. He was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on December 1, 2003.

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"Uday,
On today, the 13th anniversary of death I would just 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.

"Centurions-Fear God, Dreadnaught"
(34th Armor Motto)"

"I am with Veterans Assistance Commission of Lake County. I would like for any family members or friends to be aware that a Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at College of Lake County in Grayslake on May 22, 2009 at 12:00pm. A brick has been donated with Army Spc Uday Singh name and rank on it in his honor. If you would like to attend, please contact me at veterans@lakecountyil.gov and I will send you a letter with more information.

Thank you."
Sherry Kruse of Waukegan, IL

"I didn't know you as well as many others in C company but I remember you and will never forget you."
Spc. Patrick D. Howard of Youngstown, OH

"December 10, 2008
To the family of Spc. Uday Singh:
Uday 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 am part of a project titled The American Soldier Memorial Project. The mission of this group is to show support to the fallen service men and women of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom by giving a cross-stitched memorial to their family. These memorials are hand-stitched by volunteer members of this group and are provided at no charge to the families. We would be pleased to provide a memorial to the family of Sgt. Uday Singh, but do not have a current address of his family or next of kin. If you see this message and can provide us with an address, please email either me (Sue) at suzyr@tbcnet.com or Pam at pmlaea@hotmail.com. Thank you"
Sue Rozycki of Sycamore IL USA

"The Last Inspection

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
SGT Sandeep Singh of "The Old Guard". Fort Myer

"Even to this day brave sikhs fight and die to show that the spirit that helped us overcome great odds in our history is still with us today. Against the mughals, the afghans, the british and now the terrorists your deeds strike a blow for freedom and liberty and force back the darkness of oppression, hate and intolerance. thanks again you wont be forgotten."
harjit of slough

"dear uday,
what i could not learn in school in so many years, i learnt from you in just a moment, the correct definition of a hero, -' you and your comrades'. not a single day passes , when i don't think about the ultimate and unconditional sacrifice you made, to make our world safer,.even though, we can't see you, we know that you can see us and that you know exactly, how we feel and how grateful, we are to you. i was just 9 years old , when you closed your eyes in eternal sleep, but today, i'm fully aware of the hardships you faced for the safety of the world. most of us , think about our dreams, wishes and comforts, but you and your comrades thought of us , first.you sacrificed , willingly, and today, when we can't see you, you have tied so many of us together, with invisible strings of our gratitude towards you and the sorrow we feel because of your absence.it gets difficult at times to digest the fact that we wouldm't be able to see you or hear you again. i get this strange feeling , that i have known you earlier even though i never met you. now, words fail me. even after saying so much, i have a lot more to say, but no words,to do justice to your memory. just, i can say that you have given a direction to our lives.i feel angry with god sometimes that he did not give me a chance to know you personally, but some day, we shall meet in heaven, whenever destiny wills it. thank you, again, for all that you did for us, help us to follow in your footsteps, and to do something to make this world a better place. I continue to pray for you and hope that you'll always watch over us from above., ankur email id- dangankur@yahoo.com"
ankur (annie) of chandigarh, india

"Uday Singh, will always be remembered for his sacrifice and service to his adopted nation.

My condolences to Uday's family & friends."
Krish Venkataraman of Cary, NC/USA

"Uday,
Our thoughts are with you. You have given the ultimate sacrifice so others can live freely. I am an Indian and have been in the Navy for over 18 years. Our hearts and tears are with you. Godspeed and fairwinds, shipmate."
Chief Monish Bhan, U.S. Navy of Naval Station Rota, Spain

"Uday,My brother and my friend forever. Always a great friend and a with the best heart. As jonah said i wish it was me rather than you. Thank you for all the great times and laughs. I will never forget you dude."
Jeremy Hannegan of Ft. Stewart GA

"hey Uday may you rest in peace , you have made us proud and proved what we are capable of.Salute to you brother"
paramveer of Palatine , IL

"Uday Singh, an extremely brave and proud soldier. It was my absolute privilege to serve with him. He accepted every mission and fought with courage that I have rarely seen. Wounded once before and given the opportunity to be replaced "on the gun" he did not take it. Please continue to remember this brave, heroic warrior who died for a country that he was not yet a citizen of. He will stay with me forever. Preet and Bani, may God continue to bless you and comfort you. Preet as a father, soldier and friend you have earned my respect. God bless you,"
MSG Verle Wright of Fort Knox, KY

"Uday Singh
We are proud of you.You and others who fought and are fighting in Iraq and Afganistan, your fight is for peaceful world for the generations to come.You will never be forgotton,may your soul rest in peace in the House of Almighty WahaGuru>"
Gurjeet Singh Samra of Leicester,UK

"You the man Uday! You will not be forgotten!"
SSG. Whalen of Morrisonville, IL

": To the family of: Uday Singh 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 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 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"I think if you were made a saint it wouldn't be enough thanks for your sacrifice for this country. The only reason i can even read this message now is because people like you gave your lives for the good of everyone else. I was never brave enough to be in the army so I have to admire your bravery. Anyway, just fighting for a country you weren't born in must be a great honour.

Congratulations to Uday Singh."
Vincent of Washington

""Dear brother Uday singh ,Your achievement in life is just the supreme of them all .We all know that death is inevitable and going to come one day ,yet so many people lead their lives the other way .millions of youngsters around the world spend their youth doing usual things and having fun .But the top pride and enormous respects which you commands is in the supremacy of them all. I wonder how many life times one would require to work in the highest and purest order and do achieve something of your caliber and courage ! Its a matter of honour to salute the brave american indian soldier ...Peace and love for you and your beloved family ..."
dev sharma of H.P./India

"Let's let all America know that the face of Uday SIngh is the face that represents this country. Uday is an American Name.

God bless You and your family"
Evan Keith of Eugene, OR 97401

"To the Family of SPC Uday Singh:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Uday's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"Uday you were one of the best soldiers i ever served with. I will always remember you and all that you have taught me. My only wish is that it could have been me instead of you...Love you brother"
Spc. Jonah A Colombo of Grayson, GA

"Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh - Spc Uday Singh, I salute you for being a true example of "Service before Self" and making the ultimate sacrifice. You will not be forgotten. Your brother in arms..."
A1C Dhillon US Air Force of Buffalo NY

"To a true "Lion" of a patriot. Blessings."
Shirlee Kumar of Oakland CA USA.

"Spc. Singh, As a fellow soldier I truly appreciate your ultimate sacrifice. You will always be remembered as an example of what being a true citizen of the United States of America is all about. Selfless Service, You did make a difference!."
Sgt. Singh of Baghdad

"wjkk wjkf , Lt.Narinder Singh United States Army Special Forces DV i am very saddened by the death of a fallen soldier , he will be greatly missed i actually got to meet Uday once i was passing through camp and i had a nice talk with uday , he told me about his home in india and about his family and he seemed like a very honrable person and very dedicated person and also very loving we will all miss him"
Lt. Narinder Singh of Classified

"Uday Singh you have been a living example of a "True Sikh" you did what our Guru Sahib have done in the past. Your short span on this earth has made a great difference. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. May Guru Sahib give your family strength."
Mandeep S Dhanjal of Ellicott City, Maryland, USA

"Dear family of Uday Singh,

More lives have been touched by your son and by what he has accomplished in his short life than you could know. I have followed his news since it first hit the headlines on Dec. 1. I never knew or met Uday Singh, but was deeply saddened when I heard about him. My own family and background is very much like his, and I felt like I had lost a brother. Not a day goes by when I don't think of him and of the pain that you are in. I will think of him and pray for him everyday for as long as I live. I hope you have found solace in knowing that his courageous death has immortalized him.

Dhillon, NY
July 2004"

"Uday Singh,

You have given your life for the peace in the world. On behalf of the local Sikh Community, we pray for the departed soul and peace in the remaining family.
http://www.gurughar.com

God Bless America."
Surindra Singh of Salem, Virginia

"It was an honor to have served with as fine a man and soldier as Uday Singh. He will be dearly missed by all who have had the priveledge of knowing him. God bless you and keep you."
Christopher Bail of Philadelphia, PA

"i love you brother VEER. i thank you for helping my land and i hope you a wonderful after life. I miss you very much and i don't know if i will ever be able to thank you for helping US."

"The war hits closer to home when your own namesake goes down in battle. I hope your death was not in vain, and the world becomes a more peaceful place in your memory."
Uday of New York, NY

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

"miss u a lot uday.....gets really difficult without u sometimes.....may god bless ur soul.....be happy where ever u r.love u a lot"
meg of india

"As the only US soldier from India who has given his life, we from India are proud of you."
Premnath Kudva of Mangalore, India

"God bless Uday n his family 4 bringin up such a son 2 save peeps lives n givin up his own 4 the sake of others."
Sharry of Virginia

"May his sould rest in peace, he died fighting for this nation. Rub Rakha"
Dhruv of TEXAS

"To the Family of Uday Singh: You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am related to a fellow soldier that served with Uday in Iraq. Uday was a very brave man and will never be forgotten."
Dayna Kinner of Westerville, OH

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

"SPC Uday Singh,
Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. You are a role model to me. I am an India born American (20yrs old) who is very proud of you.
Singh family, please accept my condolonces."
Siddharth of KY

"Spc. Singh:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely and safely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace soldier."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

""You all have fun while I go and save the whole word. Pray for me". These were Uday's last words to me before he went to Iraq.
I am one who personally knew Uday. The two of us grew up together and he was one I shared a number of my life experiences with. The news of his death has left me devestated and it has been hard dealing with it. What has been even harder is not being there for his last rites and by his family's side. Preet Uncle please accept my Condolences.
He will always be my BEST FRIEND and there is no other in this world who can take that place in my life.
UDAY I Salute you and I hope that your sacrifice does not go in vain. You will always live on in my memories."
Varun Sharma of Melbourne, Australia

""Uday Singh, you will not be forgotten. You have lived up to your ancestor Sikh warriors. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences. Your fellow Sikh Americans and Sikhs around the world take pride in your sacrifice. God bless you and your family.""
Arvind Singh of San Jose, CA

"God bless you and may you live in EVERLASTING PEACE!
Very Sad at your passing and PROUD on your accomplishments. My grief to the family."
Asir Anbazhagan of Randolph, MA

"Thank you Uday Singh, 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

"Special Salute To our Desi Brother Spc. Uday Singh for fighting for the Iraqi freedom."
Bharat of Hidustani

"I heard my last name on the local news, and was disheartened to hear the bad news. Thank you for defending our country."
Vinny Singh of Naperville, IL

"Condolences for all near and dear ones of a brave indian - Uday Singh.
I salute you."
Sanjeev Sharma of Manhatttan Kansas

"To the family and friends of Spc. Uday Singh:
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 Uday 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. Uday Singh:
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 Uday, 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