Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Philip I. Spakosky

25, of Browns Mill, New Jersey.
Spakosky died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained on May 13, 2004 in Karbala, Iraq when he was shot by a suspected sniper. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 37th Armor, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany. Died on May 14, 2004.

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"hey spanky out off all the people i know that did not get to go home i think of you the most i miss you bro"
anthony of tx


Dude remember when we were in 8th grade English and you used to get in trouble for me talking in class?? Its been forever since that happened and yet I still remember like it was yesterday. I don't know how our teacher didn't figure it out that it was me doing all of the talking. Flash forwarding like a million years (well it seems like it) you told me that you were joining the Army and dude you were so just so happy about getting out of the Mills and doing something better for you and I was soo happy for you. After that I didn't see you or hear from you for like ever and then I was sitting at Ft. Polk going over Current Events for the promotion board and I saw that you were gone....and all I could think about was sitting in class in Jr. High and hearing our English teacher saying "Phil quit squeaking" and you responding "Its not me.." Its funny how some people say that when you lose a friend or a loved one you can always bring back the best memories you have of them to keep yourself from crying its true..that I day I never knew how true that statement was until that day in August 2004. Miss you buddy."
SSG King, LaKeya of Killeen, Tx

I remember us having to stay up all day before crossing into Iraq, and then having to drive all night into the next day. I miss the laughs and remember when you begged to be moved out of headquarters so that you could get on a tank. You are missed"
CPT David Bond of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

"Bandits Do Not Fail Those With Whom They Serve. Never forget."

"My deepest regret goes to the family of Philip Spakosky. I will never forget all the good times we had, while you were in the motorpool helping me work on your vehicle or when we had just down time. You were always a really good friend to me. I will miss you greatly Spanky you will always be a true friend in my heart, You will never be forgotten."
Brian Leathers of Ft. Riley Kansas

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Project Compassion, Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Spc. Philip I. Spakosky:
Philip 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

"Hello Brother,

It has been years since you died. But it seems like it still happened yesterday, I got the call from Gunn and Grant from Iraq. Even though they couldn't tell me from being in shock. I knew something had happened to you.
Since you have been gone, I have blamed myself. I made a promise that I did not keep. I miss you brother.
The day I found out what had happened. I was thankful you had shown me signs that you are all right. Tell God I said thank you. I needed those signs at that moment.
I had the chance to meet your brother Jeff as you had always wanted. Your lil Bro isn't so little, just like you had always said. We traded stories of our adventures with you. You're still missed!
I still watch the video's of our journey's. If anyone from the family wants a copy please let me know. horvath.james@gmail.com

Bless the family and friends of Phillip "Spanky" Spakosky a true American Hero"
James Horvath of san jose, ca usa

"To the family and friends of Philip Spakosky

I was Philip's teacher in high school. He was always a very conscientious and respectful young man, I will never forget his shy smile. I pray for him and his family and friends. He will never be forgotten, he has touched many lives."
Petra Farmer of Eastampton NJ

"Spanky , GOD man i miss you . i shed tears now trying to write this letter.I will never forget that day we lost you. i had just talked to you the day before. you where mad that you where going out again, and you just had this look that there was somthing eatting at you like you almost knew it. I want you to know that there is not a day that dont go by that i dont think of you. did go to amsterdam when we got back but i just was nit the same. i wish your family peace in hopes that they will recover from their loss. me and the Shippy had a lot of talks about you after we lost you. You where more than a friend you became one of my BROTHERS. I will never forget the day i releved you from guard duty after we had just been extended. I wont go in to detail but i am sure you know what i am talking about. The world has lost a DAMB GREAT MAN. You could always cheer the us up with your smile and jokes. Dirty Platoon and the DECKER family will never forget you. May you rest in PEACE. we love you Spanky"
Clinon Decker pvtdecker22@yahoo.com of Missoula, MT. USA

"To the family of:Philip I. Spakosky 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"

"Spanky and I spent lots of time of gaurd duty toghther in Iraq.I can still see his face.I will never in my life forget you spanky.I will were this bracelet around my wrist with your name on it the rest of my life thank you for have the chance to get to know you!"
Benjamin Stevens of Bellingham Washington

"I feel honored to have served with Spakosky ( Spanky )as a fellow Axeman I don't remember a time when he did not have a smile on his face. I think that our time spent in Iraq would not have been so easy without him by our side. He will always be in my memories as one of the most couragous men I have ever known. Thank you Philip!!! typoking699@yahoo.com"
Chris Rivers of Queen Creek, Az

"I can remember the day i heard of this horrible tragedy. It seems like i found out just yesterday and its now been almost a year. I know you know, but i would like your family to know that i think of you often, and your memories are what keeps you alive. Jeff, i hope you are doing well during this hardship. I honor your courage as a soldier yourself. You and your family are in my prayers as each day passes."
Katie Seward of Lumberton,NJ

"Hello I was one of Spanky's friends in 1-37. I wrote especially send my condolences for the loss of your son. I cant imagine how you feel but i gotta say he was one of the best friends and people i know. I was also wondering were he was buried. My email address is poopjunt@yahoo.com. I live in Laurel,Md."
SPC Rob Grant of Friedberg,Germany


Hardly a day goes by that I don't think of you and smile about the laughs we had. I still went on the trip to Amsterdam when we got back, but it wasn't the same without you. I hope your family is coping well, and that they know a lot of people are praying for them.

Bandits do not fail those with whom they serve!"
Jared Paul of Houghton, MI

"I could hardly believe it when I saw him on the front page of the paper in the teacher's room. I went to school with Philip and...he was simply the nicest guy with the absolute best hidden sense of humor in school. No one ever realized how funny he was until they really got to talk to him. I hadnt talked to him since graduation, as with many classmates... something of course I will regret forever. Philip, you are always in my heart and my memory... thank you for everything you have done for the world..."
Stacy Colon of Medford, NJ

"to the family of phil i was one of his classmates in school he was was very kind and sweet heart always willing to fight for anything he believe was the right thing to do and im proud to say im glad i had the opportunity to know him in school and i send my deepest condolences to his family"
melissa of browns mills nj

"In memory of Philip:
Philip and I were in the same graduating class of Pemberton High and I was shocked and saddened to hear of his death. I knew him when he was just a kid with a kind face and a shy smile. I am so happy to hear that in his short lifetime he married, had children, and was deeply loved. My thoughts and prayers go out to those loved ones now and may God grant you peace."
Jackie Hendy of New York, NY

"To the Spakosky Family - Those of us in the Cowherd Family have had you in our prayers ever since our sons died.
Leonard M. Cowherd of Culpeper, VA

"Thank you brave soldier for giving your today for my children's tomorrow. You have our utmost respect. May God provide peace for your family through this difficulty time. Enjoy your final Tour of Duty in Heaven; where there is peace. Thanks again brave soldier."
grateful citizen of USA of arizona

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

"Phil...you sleep peacefully knowing that you are a Hero. Our Hero. We wives left behind here have surrounded your wife and babies with as much love and compassion that she can tolerate. We are Tanker Wives. We stick together. We learned from Men like you. You took that mountain. Your babies will be proud. We will make sure of it."
Ready 1st Wife 1AD of Friedberg, Germany

"To Phillip's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country. God be with you."
F.Smtih of Pennsylvania

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

"To the family and friends of Philip Spakosky,

I had the honor of knowing this fine young Soldier when I was stationed with him in Germany and Iraq. There is nothing this guy wouldn't do for his leaders. He was an outstanding Soldier, very humorous and to the point, and full of life. He wanted so desparately to get out of S3 and back into a tank where he was happiest. Well, he got his wish. He knew it would put him in harm's way but he wanted some action and I am sure he fought bravely till the end for that was Philip.

I know this is a hard time for you all and you have to look past this moment to remember the memories you all shared with him, laughing and cracking jokes, and the pain will fade but remain there in our hearts so that we will never fail to remember this great spirited individual that past on so young.

He will be dearly missed by all that knew him and will leave a great void that will be hard to fill. God speed my friend and warrior. Your mission is complete. Watch over your friends that are still in harms way and if one should fall be there for them to guide them through the light. Watch over your family to comfort them and guide them on the way to recovery.

It was an honor and a priviledge to know you Phil. Take care buddy and I will not forgot you til the day I die."
SFC Peter Johnson of Ft Huachuca, AZ

"To Philip'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

"Deap Spakosky Family, My heart is broken for you. My nephew, Pfc Bradley Kritzer, was killed May 5th. Many prayers are coming your way."
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

"Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. I pray you find comfort in your memories of your loved one. know that he is proudly guarding the gates of heaven now. My husband PFC Shawn Pahnke,1-37,1st AD Friedburg Germany is with him. We lost him June 17, 2003. I pray that you have family and friends to help you through this trying time. God Bless your entire family."
Elisha Pahnke of Shelbyville,IN

"Thank you Philip Spakosky, 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 Spc. Philip Spakosky:
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 Philip 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. Philip Spakosky:
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 Philip, 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