Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Steven F. Sirko

20, of Portage, Indiana.
Sirko died in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on April 17, 2005.

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"To the family of:Steven F.Sirko
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""

"Miss steve so much he used to make me roll on the floor laughing wish the family the best"
William Bradley of FT Benning GA

"April 20, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Steven F. Sirko:
Steven 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

"We lost a good kid. He was one of those kids who had that knack for connecting with people. I ask Jesus to guide other young soldiers like him. From 1st Sgt Garza to Steven they are going to be missed greatly. I wish Sgt. Lovingood the best and everyone who was in our platoon the best. I miss yall soo much. God bless Spc. Stallworth"
Erickson Stallworth of Sarasota, Florida

"I'll I know is that it feels like yesterday since I kissed your sweet face ."

"Steven is my best friend and I will love him forever."
Mindi Saunders of Conover, NC

"I had the privilege of being Steven's older brother. I still remember every time he made laugh or even pissed off. He made me feel. I gained a younger brother that I never had when I was 13 and I always looked at him that way. I will always love him for he had touched my life in a way that words can not express. I am in the process of working on a painting of him and want to post it on this site somehow. Its just kind of hard every time I paint it and starts to come together and look like him more and more I tend to shed tears and loose concentration. My step father is finally putting the pieces back together in his life. God bless him. I couldn't imagine loosing a son. I never wrote in one of these blogs before but I feel like I have something to say finally. I'll keep this up with some stories to come about my life with a little brother that brigtened up my life with laughter and a strong tie. I love you Steve where ever you are."
Jason Farley of Chicago, IL

"Thank You
by Lily Michaels, 2003

I can't shake every hand.
I can't put flowers on every grave.
I can't console every family member.
But I can say thank you.

You have given me the freedom I enjoy today.
Your blood was shed in place of mine.
Your family grieved so mine could rejoice.
All I can say is thank you.

There are not words big enough.
There is not a hug strong enough.
There is not a smile wide enough.
All I can offer is thank you.

You are my hero.
You are in my thoughts.
You are in my prayers.
For all you've done, thank you.

Steven is a hero who will not be forgotton."
Judy D of Anderson, IN

""God Steven, I miss you so much, I wish I could see you one last time, but I know your in Heaven, and I know your in a better place, Steven I love you so much, and I know your looking out for me, I will see you again someday cuz, till then, i will always remember you, always, I will never forget, never.""
Genevieve Arnold, his cousin of Hammond, In

"I did not know your son but my son was his roommate in iraq, and i have a picture that my son drew on a wall and all the medics signed there names,I know my son was home on leave when he passed and he was so upset to find out about his friend when he returned, I think of your son everyday and pray for your family"
Mary Prough of Sayre,Pa.

"I was Steven's platoon sergeant when he first arrived in the unit. I'll never forget his huge smile and how he seemed to enjoy when we "smoked" him. He had a great attitude about everything and was always the comedian. I remember some of the guys sitting around the Aid Station one day and betting that he couldnt drink a gallon of chocolate milk in 30 minutes (and hold it down). He was so convinced that he could do it. He tried two days straight with no success and got pretty sick in the progress. He would have tried again had I let him. I made him my driver just prior to coming over here because I enjoyed his company. He always wanted to wrestle me and the last time we did, he accidently cut my eye while we had one of our epic battles. I now have a scar to always remember you by Steven. I wasnt ready to lose him and I will always miss and remember him."
SFC Lovingood of FOB GABE, IRAQ

"I am a medic with the 3rd ID, I was friends with Steven, and his wife Virginia was a medic in my unit. To this day I can't recall a time when Steven wasn't laughing or had a smile on his face. He's the type of person people like to be around. I still remember his wedding, an all white tuxedo, all white top-hat, and a cane. He was something else. Virginia, you guys looked beautiful. I can only picture a big smile on his face everytime I think of him, and I know he's doing the same now. We miss you man, over here at C203, and don't worry, we'll take it from here."
Spc. Maika Thompson of FOB Warhorse, Iraq

"Words can not express the loss of a great guy, so I will keep it short. May God be with Sirko's family during this time and bring understanding to thier hearts. Sirko, we miss you and you will never be forgotten"
SFC Lloyd Pegues of Fob Normandy, Iraq

"Hello my name is CPL Adam Parnell and I am honhored to say that I had the privilage to know Sirko and I was destroyed to hear that he had passed away. I wish that I could say more to help ease your pain but I can't cause I am at a loss for words. I am sure that people have told you this already but I will tell you again. The Sirko that I know and will always remember is the same Sirko that during Basic Training that his first question that he asked the Drill Sgt's was when we all were going to be able to go out hunting and camping and kill some bad guys. I ialso remember the phrase "its got to be SIRKO" cause it never failed if anything could go wrong or a stupid question asked you had better beleive it, it was Sirko. I know no matter what I say it will never bring him back but he died fighting for something that he beleived in and that was to ensure that bad guys did not come back into our united states and attack us again."
Adam R Parnell of Fort Drum, New York

"I'm a medic who served with steven in iraq and i would like to say that he is truly missed in the medical platoon.He always knew how to make you laugh and bring your spirits up when things were bad.I will always remember him,it is tragic that a man so young with his whole life in front of him is taken.My prayers are with his widow and his family. God bless!!!"
Sgt. Paul N. Andrews of FOB Normandy, Iraq

"To the Sirko family,
My husband CPL Adam Parnell trained with Steven at Ft. Benning and Ft. Sam Huston as a medic. I also had the honor to meet him at their basic training graduation. The news of his death hit us very hard and I can't begin to express my sympathy to you. My husband always spoke very highly of Steven and loved his sense of humor. I know he will be greatly missed. Just know that as we prepare to send Adam off on another deployment to the middle east Steven is in our hearts and prayers. He was not only a good soldier but a good person. God Bless all of you during this time"
Amy Parnell of Fort Drum, NY

"To Virginia and the Sirko family: I met Steve a few times and he was easy going and very polite. I am very saddened by the sudden loss of this young man and I would like to express my deepest apologizes as well as regrets. May the Lord look continue to watch and keep you."
Tameka Tucker of Gary, Indiana/Fort Benning, GA

"To the Family and Friends of Steven F. Sirko; May the memories you have of Steven be a source of comfort to you at this time. We have a son currently serving in Iraq who is also from Ft. Benning. Neither our son or our family will forget Steven's sacrifice. Our prayers are with you always. The Sibert Family"
The Sibert Family of Torrance, California

"Prayers go out to you and your family in this time of sorrow. Please know that there are many military mom's and dad's praying for you.

Prayers and hugs from our Indiana Navy family."
Jeff & Julie of Greenwood, IN

"Summer, you know me and Buster loved Steven. I am so sorry. I am so proud of him! You know we love yall, and are praying for yall. I never got your e-mail you sent me. We love yall. Steven was a great person. I know since I have known him since he was a baby.
Buster and Penne."
Buz and Penne of Middleton, TN

"To the family and loved ones of Steven F. Sirko,
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very proud of and greatful to your son, Steven. May God bless you and comfort you."
With love, The Hinsons, Dave, Esther, Airman Stephen, and Matthew of Antelope Valley, CA

"To the family of PFC Steven Sirko, my heartfelt sympathy to you for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
From a Mom of An American Soldier"
Janie Triplet of Ohio

"Dear Summer,

My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of great loss. I am so sorry. Steven's service to his country is greatly appreciated. The wonderful memories of him should live on in your mind forever. Prayers going out for you and your family and God bless you and your family.""
Fran - Vincent's Mom from MM's of New York

"Summer,I was so saddend to hear this news, my heart is breaking with yours at this great loss. You will be in my prayers, wish I could be with you in person.Hugs."
Janet aka Mvillemom of Mitchellville, IA, USA

"My prayers are with you at this time of great loss. I am so sorry. Steven served his country well and his service is greatly appreciated. May his memories live on in your conversations, thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family."
Kathy Del Russo -Navy Mom of New Jersey

"Prayers and love from a greatful stranger. May God grant you peace in your time of sorrow, may your memories sustain you until you meet again with your soldier in heaven."
Mom of a Soldier

"My prayers are with your family in this time of sadness. An American Hero is now in the arms of God and the angels."
Tiara Robinson-MilitaryMoms.net of Greenbrier, Arkansas

"Thoughts and prayers for the family of one of our Nation's Heroes.

May God give you the strength to be strong and take one day at a time. May he give you peace in your heart by filling them with all the memories from your son. I would also like to say a big Thank You from our family to yours for his service and for the ultimate sacrifice that he gave.



May your family know that this young hero will not be forgotten nor will his sacrifice for our Freedom.

A Very Proud Marine Mom"
Brenda of West Virginia

"My heart breaks for the tragic loss of a true American Hero. Steven will live on in the hearts of his family and friends. His sacrifice and courage will not be forgotten."
Margaret, davids mom@militarymoms.net of Michigan

"My prayers are with all of you as you go thru this difficult time. Steven will always be remembered as a hero who gave of himself so that others may be free."
Ginny--Military Moms

"To Steven's family, Please hold close to your hearts the love and prayers of a grateful nation. His service to this country is appreciated. May your precious memories of him ease your heartache. Love,"
A Military Mom, WendyLou of Wisconsin

"My heart and prayers go out to you in this time of your great loss. May the good Lord keep you strong as he has a great angel, your Son by his side now.....your Son was a hero for all of us at home and his sacrifices and dedication will never be forgotten."
Janet, proud Military Mom of Oswego, Illinois

"Steven will never be forgotten. He lives on in the hearts of those who knew him and loved him. I will keep you all in my prayers. Steven is a hero and I thank God for the heros who protect us each and everyday."
Kathy Hartmann-military mom, aunt, mother in law and sister of Seward, NE

"My heart goes out to you having to suffer the loss of a great young man...Please know that my prayers are with you and that your HERO will never be forgotten. A great young man was lost to us but has now become a wonderful guardian angel...."
Karen-Rob's mom of Militarymoms.net of So. Glens Falls, NY

"Hero

For those who fought on distant shore,
Who gave without a word;
Defending us with honor,
So gallantly they served.

For every boy who left his home,
Returning there a man;
And every woman who made a choice,
To make serving part of her plan.

For every fallen soldier,
Who gave all they could give;
To guarantee our liberty,
And the freedom that we live.

Each one who served with honor,
The brave, the tried, the true;
America gives it thanks today,
For we see a hero in you.

To the Sirko Family,
Please know your son and family are in my thoughts and prayers. He fought a galant fight for a good cause. As those who have gone before him, they will not be forgotten, for in our hearts each day, those of us with Military children, spouses, and parents know the sacrifices they make to serve and preserve our country. May Stevens soul rest in peace."
Lynne Fredrickson of Pulaski, Wisconsin

"Steven will live on in our hearts and will never be forgotten. He is a true hero and there is a special place in Heaven for him and all that have gone before him. I pray that God surrounds you with His comfort and guides you with His healing love."
Sue (Ski's Mom) - militarymoms.net of Lancaster, New York

"My heartfelt sympathies go out to your family. May the wonderful memories of your son be with you. We truly appreciate his sacrifices for our country. May God bless your family and give you some comfort."
Kristine Theisen-Brown of http://Hearts2Heroes.tripod.com

"To Steven's Family,
My Deepest Sympathy and Prayers go out to you during this sorrowfull time in your lives. Steven was a true Hero and will always be remembered in our Hearts. May you gain Strength to help you through this saddness and know that the Lord has his arms around Steven and he is now safe."
Betty(Dennis' Mom) MilitaryMoms.net of Depew, NY USA

"My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family Steven was a Brave Man and Myself and my Family thank him for serving our Country with Pride"
Carol Anthony's Mom of Everett, Washington

"To Steven's Family, May God comfort you in your loss. Steven is a true American Hero and will not be forgotten."
The Johnson's of Wisconsin

"My heart breaks at the news of your loss. I am so sorry you are having to go thru this nightmare. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you find comfort in your memories of Steven and in knowing he is watching over you always and will always live in your heart. God Bless you.
PFC Sirko, you will never be forgotten."
Elisha Pahnke, wife of fallen soldier PFC Shawn Pahnke KIA June 17,2003 IRAQ of Shelbyville, IN

"To the family of Steven F. Sirko. My family honors your Hero. His Bravery, Valor and Courage will always be remembered. We are grateful for his loyal service and we will never forget his sacrifice. God Bless Steven and his family"
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

"You are a true hero in every American's eye. To Steven's Family, I'm sorry for your loss. I know we all have a little bit of Steven shining through us."
Catherine of New York

"Private Sirko, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, 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, Steven will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Steven Sirko, 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 Pfc. Steven Sirko:
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 Steven 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 Pfc. Steven Sirko:
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 Steven, 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