Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Corey L. Small

20, of East Berlin, Pennsylvania.
Small died from a non-combat related cause in Iraq. Small was assigned to the 502nd Military Intelligence Company, 2 ACR, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on July 2, 2003.

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"Hey Smalls, it has been over 13 years since we deployed together to the sand box. I've grown old and broken, three more tours and a lot of wear.

I still remember Kuwait, how we were stuck at Camp Wolf for what seemed like forever.
I still have pictures of the whole company wearing gas mask. Playing cards, reading books, going over our rifles.
That long walk to the defac and the surprise when we discovered a baskin robbins.
That crazy day when several of the tents on our pad caught on fire. Man that was a scramble as we all ran and dived into the trenches before realizing all the ammo and grenades were in the tent. Then the mad dash to run in and get all of it out.
How when we finally got the word to stage, CPL Puffer got the loaded deuce and a half stuck in the sand.
The crowd just over the border who tried to still everything off (and sometimes in) our vehicles.
How we finally pulled into that bombed out compound we called home.
Jury rigging showers, beds, wash racks, and all the things we didn't have.
Walking past those cells that the Iragi secret police had used to hold people awaiting "questioning".
Going up on the roof at night and looking at a city of over 3 million people with barely a light to be seen.
The day we got Uday only a few weeks after you were gone.

I pass on stories about you, Lennon, and Sotelo, those of us who didn't make it back. I pass on stories about those of us who made it back but didn't last to long after.

I ran into your old section sergeant a few years ago. He actually went and became a warrant officer. SFC Melancon is still working at Ft Polk in JRTC. One of the guys is working at SOCOM.

The Army is finally done with me, too broken to continue service. Even some of us who made it back didn't make it back."
SSG Richard McDaniel of Ft. Hood, TX

"It's July 3rd, 2016. It's 2:34am and I am at work. I google you every year (and through out). I always end up on this site. I read the articles about you. I come to this site and I read about the amazing perosn you were. I read about the kind man you were. I read about the friend you were. I think about the fact that I have nothing to add. It makes me sad. I really honestly have nothing to say about you, good or bad. I never had the chance to create any memories with you. No stories. I never fought with you, or argued with you. I never got to do any brotherly/sisterly activity with you. The thing is that I miss you, despite my misfortune of the absence of all things big brother. I miss you so much that it pains me. I love you big brother. Keep an eye on that beautiful niece of yours that you so kindly sent me. We love you."
Your baby sister

"Dear Corey,
I wish I would have gotten the chance to know you and meet my nephew. I wish things would have panned out differently. You all have been in my thoughts and a great sadness washes over me when I think of you. I am your youngest sister and we have only met once. I wish that I could have had my big brother around. I had always wondered what it would be like to have a big brother. I don't know you like I should and I will never be able to, but I have love for you simply because you are my brother. I am proud of you and I have the utmost respect for you."
Your little sister, Darby Frey of Manchester, PA

"Today is Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. I was attending our Memorial Day parade in Honesdale, PA, when a woman in the parade passed me a small slip as she walked by. It says" One of 262 Iraq/Afghanistan War Dead from Pennsylvania, Small, Corey L., East Berlin" I thought "HOW SAD" You sacrificed your life to save mine. The lives of my children, my friends, my family. I do not know that I deserve this sacrifice that you made, but your gift will never be forgotten."
Rebecca Anne Welsch of Honesdale, PA, USA

"Thinking of you brother. We leaned on each other in Wood, and that wasnt even that bad. thinking of you"
Paul Stayback of Washington State

"Corey, not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You'd be so proud of what my soldiers learn. I tell them all the time about you and how you've impacted my life. I don't have many regrets, but I regret that your life ended far too soon. I will remember you always. Your life has helped mold soldiers and with that your legacy lives on. We love you and miss you! -SGT USA"
SGT C.A.D. of Ft Hood

"To Corey and his family,
I think of you often despite the fact that I left good old East Berlin before you joined... I remember the fun times at Zwingli's youth group....My prayers are with you always."
katie smith of Waterville, ME

"I would really like to hear more details from people who were close to Corey while he was in the Army. It is great hearing random ways he affected peoples lives! Any small story helps keep him alive. We miss him so much! Thank you!
Jessi O'Hanlon (jessiohanlon@yahoo.com)"
Jessi O. of California

"To the Small family:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I just came across this website and am in tears from all the great things everyone has said. I will never forget Corey. He always did have a special place in my heart. If there is anything I can do for any of the family, please let me know. amey98_98@yahoo.com"
Amey Cramer (Bragg) of Orrtanna, PA

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.

"Tojours Pret"(Always Ready)
2nd ACR Motto"

"Hey big bro..i miss you so much. I think of you everyday. Certain things trigger your memory. I love you so much and miss you a lot. If tears could build a bridge and memories a lane i march right up to heaven and bring you down again."
Laura Small of York,Pa

"I Love You!, Today, Tomorrow, and Always! Happy Birthday! Your big Sis and her Crew!"
Jessi O'Hanlon of New Chester, PA

"To the family of Corey Small,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. PFC Corey Small will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"Happy 25th, bro! Like momma said, our love for you lies deep within our souls and we will never lose that, EVER! You are still my hero and my best friend. I love you so much, always and forever!"
Your big sis, Jessi

"Today was hard to get up out of bed, and while I was getting ready for work, my mind was thinking of one of my babies who would have been turning 25 today, May 21, 2008 if we hadn't lost him on July 2, 2003. (Piss on the York Daily Record for disputing that date) I believe I know what morning at 6am the knock came on the door. Anyway you gotta let the stupid things people say and do go...no time for that...we have to focus on the good memories and no one can take that away from the deep place it is in your soul. Corey's son Jayden is 8yrs old and very healthy and misses his dad very much. We all miss him very much and still believe he was a very good boy who had made no Christian errors. And we still do believe there is much much more to the story that we may never know, but we do believe in you Corey and love you very much. So many people have said the same thing over and over that you did not do what they say you did. Slyvia Browne stated on TV that it was friendly fire and she was one of many special people that have told me the same sort of thing, someday, perhaps somewhere, someone will have the courage to come forward and tell the truth. I could go on and on, so I will just say once again, I LOVE YOU COREY LEE, since that day I looked into my first son's eyes, today, and always!"
MOMMA of East Berlin, PA USA

"February 8, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Corey L. Small:
Corey 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I would really like to hear more details from people who were close to Corey while he was in the Army. It is great hearing random ways he affected peoples lives! Any small story helps keep him alive. We miss him so much! Thank you!
Jessi O'Hanlon (jessiohanlon@yahoo.com)"
Jessi O. of California

"To Coreys family,

I know that the loss of your son, brother, and father was not easy, he was doing what he believed in, jayden i hope that when you grow old enough to understand you will be proud of what he did, he love his country and the idea of freedom for all...
we became friends before deploying to Iraq, when i was stationed at ft. polk , he was a good man, and loved his family very much espiacilly his son, he spoke of him often, and he was a poud father.
As i said when i spoke at his momorial service in iraq, there was no person that knew him that would ot have done anything for him. Every who knew him, was touched by him, he always had a way of making you laugh no matter how bad things got. I hold on to his memory and will never forget him..."
Punky of St. Louis, Mo.

"Dear Daddy,
I miss you so much. I wish you were still here with me. I love you so so much!"
Jayden Klunk of New Oxford, Pa

"Corey not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind..Obviously I am thinking of you right now as I am writing you...Or else I wouldn't be writing this to you..Your son Jayden and The rest of the family you left behing miss you very much...We are all proud of you...I am in indoor colorguard and every show secretly I dedicate it to you....I have a myspace and under the heroes part I have you and a slide show in remembrance of you..I love you and hope you are doing well up in heaven....Love you!"
Your Sister, Laura of East Berlin,PA

"For Corey's family - I met Corey at Goodfellow AFB in March of 2002. My daughter was in training with him. Because of an injury, my daughter, Katie Chase, was on CG night duty, so I was eating my day meals alone. Corey made sure I never ate alone. I was surrounded by the Army's best. Katie married Karl Lengsfeld(another MI soldier) and were stationed at Fort Meade, MD. When she found out that Corey had died , she called me sobbing. My heart was broken. I had lost a friend. Please know that you are in my prayers.
Katie just told me about this site.Sorry for the late posting."
Bob and Cindy Chase of Alexandria, VA

"To the family of:Corey L. Small 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"

"We too, lost our Iraqi Vet to suicide because of Military PTSD...his story is here:

I URGE Corey's family to contact us, there are SO MANY families out here in this same situation, we are just starting to find them...we've peered together for support and we welcome you to join us...email me at annie_250@yahoo.com or through Josh's website...

Julie Westly"
Julie Westly of Iowa, USA

"It has been over 3 years since my son's father Corey has died. Not a day goes by that we don't remember him. We still have no answers about his death. My son and all of Corey's family deserve some answers. We are so proud of him but miss him dearly. Corey's son is now 7 years old and talks about his Daddy all the time. If anyone knows anything please contact us. Anyone with a similar situation please contact us. With some answers it could let us have some closure. Corey, we love and miss you so much!
Love always, Sarah and Jayden"
of new oxford, Pa

"It has been over 3 years since my son's father Corey has died. Not a day goes by that we don't remember him. We still have no answers about his death. My son and all of Corey's family deserve some answers. We are so proud of him but miss him dearly. Corey's son is now 7 years old and talks about his Daddy all the time. If anyone knows anything please contact us. Anyone with a similar situation please contact us. With some answers it could let us have some closure. Corey, we love and miss you so much!
Love always, Sarah and Jayden"
of new oxford, Pa

"If anyone has any details or stories they would like to share about Corey, please contact me directly at jessiohanlon@yahoo.com. We would love to hear from you, thanks!"
Corey's sister, Jessi of Cali

"I came across your site while looking for someone else and Corey's photo and the wonderful messages left here just touched my heart so much, I had to leave one for all of you and for him although I didn't have the pleasure of knowing him

From reading your messages, I can tell that Corey was a fine young man and really fine soldier. His photo shows what a handsome young guy he is too. You should be very very proud of him and I know you all are.

I just wanted to let you know that all of you have our deepest sympathy and I will keep all of you in my thoughts, heart and prayers.

My family and I would like to say a very heartfelt THANK YOU for Corey's service and sacrifice as well as each of you who are family and friends

Thank You sounds so lame but hopefully it helps to know that even strangers appreciate each and every one of those brave young people serving in our military

Words cannot express to you how sorry we are for your loss. As a mother of a son and daughter, I cannot begin to imagine the pain you continue to go through, but I just wanted to let you know that someone cares who just happened by and saw Corey's handsome face, leading me to read your messages and read about him

May God bless and keep all of you safe and bring some peace to your hearts and souls

Again, we are so very sorry for your loss"
Kathy Stevens of Huntington, WV

"To the friends & family of PFC Small,

I knew Corey for a brief time in Texas when we were going to AIT together. He was a great guy to spend time with, and I was proud to serve with him. He was a good soldier, and also a truly good man. My heart goes out to you for your loss."
SGT Robert Douglas of Tacoma, WA

"To the family members of Corey:
Me and Corey became friends early on in the deployment when me and him had tower guard together. We'd get off duty at 2 am and stay up for several hours afterwards talking. I remember his favorite thing to talk about was his kid. I'm really sorry that things turned out the way that they did and I just hope his child knows that Corey was a good man and good soldier."
Cory L. Sweeney of Kent, Wa

"While searching for the bio of a family member I lost in Iraq I came across Corey's picture. I had to scroll up again because I couldn't believe what I saw. I only knew Corey for a brief time in 1999 before I moved away, but he was a great guy. Never let time erase your memories. My husband and I both serve in the military and thoughts of your son, brother, husband, friend, cousin, etc will be in our hearts when we're serving in the states or overseas..."
Jessica of Ft Indiantown Gap, PA

""Fathers young, fathers old
Remembering good times are our gold.

Value earned through guidance given
Helping us go forth in livin'.

Each father adding to our trove
A treasure chest of love untold.

Remembering fathers in our lives
Taking time to realize.

Fatherly love brings wealth to living
Remembering this, we go forth in giving.

Fathers young, fathers old
We remember you all
As life unfolds."

Prayer by Susan Kramer

Anyone can be a sperm donor, it takes a great man to become a Father. No matter whose fault all the mistakes were - isn't important - but I can tell you that the only man Corey thought of as his father was Jack. Any questions or concerns please write, 120 E King St East Berlin, PA 17316.

To all of those who have left messages out of respect for my son, Corey - I thank you from the botttom of my heart. It is fast approaching 3 years & we are still waiting for the military to issue a full report. We may never have the answers we seek. A day doesn't go by without thinking & praying for Corey and all the others who have died no matter what the circumstances were."
Jodie Orner of East Belrin, PA USA

"What's up Small? I just wanted you to know that I still think about you and how great a soldier you were in Iraq. I remember how much you enjoyed my ramen noodles and the talks we had. No matter how bad things were going, you always had time to help. I'll you see later and don't think I forgot that I still owe you a drink."
Woo-Jai Kim of Newport News, Va

"compassion, great friendship, and always a shoulder to lean on. your memory and love u shared will live on forever in my heart."
abby of dover pa

"Two years later...not one bit easier. We mourn for him, our brother, our son, our father, our hero. Always and forever wishing he was here with us. Missing you like crazy! We love you!

Thank you to all who remember, he loved you all, he was such a free spirit, always giving.

WWW.facesofthefallen.org to see portraits of those we have lost, to pray for those we have lost, not in vain.

Jessi O'Hanlon of Vallejo, Ca

"Corey you were true friend. I miss you greatly and what I would do to see you drive up again even just to say good luck and good bye. I know we wen't on best of terms when you left but I hope you will forgive me. All ways thinking of you,"
Anthony Humbert of New Oxford, PA. USA

"You have touched our lives in so many ways Corey. You will be forever loved. My heart and prayers go to your family and friends that struggle daily with your parting. I miss your laugh and smile and true heart. Peace be with you and yours always and forever!"
Mykel Sunday-Clauss of Fairfield, PA

"To the family of Corey Small, my name is Sue Michael and I live in South Bend Indiana. I just wanted to send a short note and tell you and your family that you are in my prayers. I am wearing a bracelet with Corey's name on it. I purchased this on line from a company in Texas where the proceeds go the families of our victims. This bracelet holds a very special place in my heart as MY Brother too is serving in Iraq. He is a Major(Scott A. Jackson)with the 1st Cav Division and is from Ft. Hood Texas. I don't know your family but having a brother serving in the army, I know you were very proud of Corey. I wear this bracelet with pride for all that our love ones are doing and have done. May God Bless You.

Sue Michael
Sue Michael of South Bend Indiana

"Im truly sorry for your loss. My boyfriend lost his brother a year ago in Iraq too. It was also a non hostile incident. We still dont know what happened to his brother, Steven Acosta. Ive heard people say that he had an argument with someone who was racist and he was shot. Please Contact me, id like to learn more about your situation.
Melissa Salcedo
Melissa of Calexico California

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Corey, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"Even at New Oxford Corey and I went to school together. I miss him still and his admiration for his family and child. My blessings forever to him and his family."
Mike of Gettysburg

"To the small family, It's been a tough year. My son-in-law was killed overseas on Sept. 9th 2003. Let your pride for your soldier replace any heartache and the loneliness you feel. I am proud of our boys. They each left behind a beautiful child. They went to war when they didn't have to. They served their country. Together we will pray for all the other soldiers serving our country. God Bless"
Candy of York, Pa

"I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to honor this great man. It helps me to see messages from so many people who loved him, and who were loved by him.
We, as a family, are extremely proud of Corey and what he accomplished in life. On this day, one year later, the pain continues. Fortunately, love and pride overshadow the pain."
Mandi Small (Sister of Corey) of East Berlin, PA

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"For Corey's Family,
I went to school with Corey and was shortly deployed after him to Iraq. My heart goes out to you all. I know what it's like to have lost someone so special. He will not be forgotten, I have a flag outside in my yard flying in his honor. Corey was truly an amazing friend as well as a soldier."
SPC Kristy Sumner of East Berlin, PA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Corey, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"I ran for Corey L. Small in the "Run for Freedom" at Old Dominion University on April 4, 2004. I will never forget his name and that he served our country so bravely. My heart goes out to his family and friends. God Bless..."
Jill of Norfolk, Virginia

"For Pfc. Small's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Corey was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
With Love....Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/9/04)

"Thank you Corey Small, 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

"PFC Corey L. Small and I were in the same squad for basic training. I can remember him as always being there to motivate, lighten our spirits and strengthen our squad and platoon. When I learned about his death, memories of his contribution to the soldiers who were in his squad, platoon and company overcame me. He was a good man and a good soldier always there to give encouragement or tell a joke. My condelences go to his wife, child and family. I have pictures of him in basic training if you would like me to send them to you. I have prayed for all of you. God bless. Email: courtney.sustaire@us.army.mil"
SPC Courtney L. Sustaire of Heidelberg, Germany

"As a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard for the past 25 years. My heart goes out to all our heroes, past and present. Who have paid the ultimate price. And to Corey, his family and friends. May I say.You are in my prayers and may god bless and keep you. One love.Thank you."
SSG. Rory Chavez of St. Paul , MN.

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Corey Small:
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 Corey 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. Corey Small:
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 Corey, 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