Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Nathan E. Stahl

20, of Highland, Indiana.
Stahl died in Iraq, when his vehicle was struck with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on September 21, 2004.

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"Elizabeth O now living in Las Vegas.
Still wearing a braclet with your name
Thank you for your service and sacrifice 🙏"
E Oliver of Las Vegas Nv

"I still remember the day you arrived in battalion; This skinny kid with a crooked grin who was so nervous and excited at the same time. You were so amped up that you were stumbling over things in your haste to obey orders. You were introduced to me as my new assistant gunner and then we got to start training you up. Then you became not only my comrade in arms but my friend. Clear as day I still remember your horrible jokes ("I'm a pig, not a typewriter!").

Then came the day I was selected to go to Ranger School. You had to step into my shoes and take over as Gunner. I graduated and came home to an empty barracks because you had been deployed before I got back. I never even got to tab check you!

Then I got the news.

You were sitting in my seat, Nate. In my spot where I should have been.

And when they brought you home, I was so caught up with trouble in my personal life that I wasn't allowed to come to see you laid to rest.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. My shame has kept me from coming to see you but I promise that I will visit you soon.

I miss you, bud.

One for the Airborne Ranger in the Sky! RLTW!"
SPC Thomas C. Johnson, C Co 2/75, AT of Tacoma, WA/USA

""To the Family, Friends and Fellow Rangers of Nathan Stahl". Nathan was a steadfast and courageous Soldier and his sacrifice will be forever remembered by you and his fellow comrades that served with him and bled with him in Iraq. I see his face every day and will never forget him and his fellow Rangers who were there for us through thick and thin. My heartfelt thanks and prayers go out to his parents and sisters. May Nate "Rest in Peace" Rangers Lead the Way!"
MSG (R) Mike Chesne of Alexandria, LA

"Nathan. You make me proud, you give me courage, most importantly you are my motivation to become the best Ranger I can be. You are my Airborne Ranger in the Sky.
RLTW"
Zach of Ft Benning, GA

"They may have fell but they shall not be forgotten because these are heroes. With the deepest sadness I have come to this page to pay honor to a nations hero and to let the world know that they are the reason that America is free."
Rachel Bondsteel of Mi usa

"I too, wear your bracelet, Mr. Stahl. I was in Georgia at Fort Benning and went into Ranger Joe's and saw them there. I chose yours, because the date of your passing (Sept 21) is my brother's birthday, who is my best friend. I am proud to show it to those who ask about it, and now your name will never be forgotten. Thank you soldier, for your bravery."
Rachel Goettert of St. Paul, MN

"Nate Dogg,

It's been a while man, and i'll never forget your passion for life. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You didn't know it, but you changed the course of my life. I'm out now, finishing up at school and marrying the girl. I can't tell you how many times i've struggled with the thoughts of how much of a better person you were than most of us... you really truly were."
Greg

"We remember the ones we have lost. We gladly sacrifice so our family does not have to. All we ask, don't take your freedom for granted. Good men and women like Nathan Stahl gave it to you. It is the gift of the American Soldier to you. We never forget our brothers in arms. I salute you."
SN Howard 1BN TMAR of Texas

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Nathan E. Stahl:
Nathan 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

"You have nothing to do with my country, you have never done anything for me and I have never meet you and I'm not a soldier. Until now I did'nt know you ever lived.
But I feel sorrow and respect for you and your family and friends, becouse you was a hero that died. Just like many more. I will honour you and the fallen heroes in my one way. I will remeber you.
And I hope and I pray that no one of you never will be forgotten becouse you deserve to be remembered for ever.
r.i.p fallen soldiers."
Nathalie.S.Lagestam of Sweden

"I just came across while searching the net, and I wanted give my condolences to all the families of our fallen soldiers. I lost someone very dear to me June 2, 2007..Jeremiah Costello was killed by a IED. I just wanted to say All the soldiers and their families are in my thoughts and Prayers...and they will ALWAYS be remembered and loved!"
Jackie G of Carlinville, IL

"Where can I obtain one of PFC Stahl's bracelets? Please let me know at kyle.jasin@usmc.mil. Thank you."
Kyle W Jasin, CPL USMC of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I attended high school with PFC Stahl. I remember joking around with him about who was the better Fighting Force: Army or Marines. He spoke enthusiastically and passionately about joing the Army, and wanting to be in the 101st Airborn Rangers, Screamin' Eagles (the most decorated Army Unit). I was quite saddened when I heard of his untimely demise, and will remember him always. Rest in Peace, Nathan; may your legacy never die. YUT!"
Corporal Kyle W Jasin, USMC of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Hello... i am on the net right now in search of a memorial tattoo for my best friend cpl. jeremy costello passed away in iraq on june 2nd 2007 and i came across this and i just want to say thank you to Nathan for everything that he has givin up for this shitty lil world that we live in and take advantage of it! my condonlances go out to his family and friend and the rest of the soldiers who knew him well in Iraq!"
Danny B. of Jacksonville IL, USA

"I just recieved a bracelet with Nathans name...been thinking for over 40 minutes what to say... what can anyone say!
I can say only this, i am honered to have that name on my wrist, it will be there until my last breath."
Uran of bondsteel, kosovo

"i love you and will always remember you"
spc sorenson of 2\75th ranger regiment

"Nathan this is Tiffany, still thinking about you ever day. and doing my best to make you proud!!!"
Tiffany of Fort Irwin , CA

"NATHAN IS WELL REMEMBERED I TOO AM WEARING HIS BRACLET AND IT NEVER COMES OFF...."
ELIZABETH O of FREMONT CALIF.

"My name is Miss Terry Tilley. I live in Indianapolis. I never knew Nathan Stahl, but I have proudly worn his bracelet from herobracelets.org for the past 3 years. Not a day goes by that I don't think about his brave sacrifice in protecting our country from terrorists. There are no words that can fully express the depth of my gratutude for his sacrifice and the amount of sympathy I feel for his friends and family."
Miss Terry Tilley of Indianapolis, IN

"first of all i would like to give my condolences to the family of nathan. my name is Sgt. Stewart Tignor and i am in iraq right now on my second tour and also am wearing nathans braclet. although i did not know nathan, judging from battle buddies and commrades comments i imagine him to be the true vision of a soldier. I am proud to be able to honor him. once again my heart goes out to the family, friends and loved one of nathan."
Sgt. Tignor, Stewart of bagdhad iraq

"We all still remember."
of 2nd Ranger Batt.

"I was over there for OIF III. Army. I didn't know Nathan but I knew other soldiers who didn't come home. Your family like so many more are in our hearts every day. We will never forget his and your sacrafice. I may not have known you Nathan but I do miss you. God Bless You Brother"
Matt of San Diego, CA

"Nathan, I miss you more than I could have ever imagined. You were a great friend to me even when we were apart. Its because of great people like you that our country can continue the way is has for so long. I strive ever day to be as confident and strong as you. Your family is still in my prayers. I'm in the 82d ABN DIV and every day I remember you describing Ft. Bragg to me and telling me that I'd see it myself one day. Here I am. Thank you for all the memories. I will never forget."
PV2 Hemphill, Dena of Ft. Bragg, NC

"rltw! Though i be the lone survivor!"

"To the family of:Nathan E. Stahl 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"

"Nathan, words could never express my gratitude for your service to this country."
1SG (Retired) N. Naumoff of Hammond, Indiana

"Nathan you were a blessing in my life. i loved you so much and i will never love another person like they way i loved you. you were the love of my life and not a day goes by that i don't think about you. i miss you so much. but i know i will see you again someday in heaven. but for now i am serving our country like you did and making you proud. i love you babe."
Tiffany Metzler of Dexheim, Germany

"Nathan you were just a blessing in my life. i loved you so much and i will never love another person like they way i loved you. you were the love of my life and not a day goes by that i don't think about you. i miss you so much. but i know i will see you again someday in heaven. but for now i am serving out country like you did and making you proud. i love you babe."
Tiffany Metzler of Dexheim, Germany

"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.

Nathan Stahl, you are a hero and will not be forgotton."
Judy D of Anderson, IN

"Sometimes there are no words to describe your feelings of losing a loved one. My condolences go out to all of Nathans Family. I did not know him but being a war veteran myself, I share your sorrow.I am wearing Nathans bracelet in rememberance of all of our comrades in arms. God bless. SFC James S.Couto US Army"
SFC James S Couto of Westport, Ma. U.S.A

"i feel your pain, i lost a really good friend over in Iraq, so i know the pain your faimly must feel, I wish my best to his family"
Jason Lopez of Santa Fe Springs, Ca, USA

"God bless Nathan's soul, and the souls of all our men and women who have paid such a price. After meeting his family it is apparent where Nathan learned his character. As I told his mother and father, I will say his name every day and teach my son to do the same when he's old enough. I was his commander in the Rangers, and there isn't a day that goes by where we don't think of him. As long as our nation has young warriors like Nathan, our nation will remain the land of the free. I am incredibly proud to have served with and known him. Rangers Lead the Way."
Pat Work of Fort Leavenworth, KS

"nathan was a good friend of mine and i will never forget him i got a memorial tattoo on my back after he died i miss him very much and all you soldiers keep up the good work ill keep you in my prayers"
david aldeir of highland In

"I was sent PFC Stahl's bracelet while have been serving here in Iraq. He and the memories of other fallen soldiers help drive us everyday to succeed. I thank him and the others like him who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom!! I'll wear it always!!"
Spc Rustin Chesney US ARMY INFANTRY of Taji, IRAQ

"Im wearing Nathan's bracelet as well. Im a member of the corps of cadets at Norwich University. Its heroes like Nathan that keep this country how it is, and everyone should respect that, and this bracelet will always stay on my wrist."
Mike Radlauer of New Orleans, LA

"I also have a memorial bracelet for Nathan. I'm at the united states military academy right now, and during my training, when it gets tough to keep it up, I think about this little black bracelet I always wear and I remember him and his sacrifice. I owe him and his fellow soldiers my very best. One day i will be leading soldiers, and they deserve the best i can give them. It is the memory of Nathan that gives me strength and determination. Thank you, nathan and everyone who has served our nation, you are all heroes to me."
Rebekah of West Point, NY

"I don't know Nathan, but I am wearing a bracelet with his name on it. Just wanted to say thank you for protecting my Freedom. We owe you and your family more than we could ever re-pay. God bless.

LAND OF THE FREE - BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!"
Holli of Rancho Cucamonga,Ca. USA

"I was Nathan's Battle Buddy in basic training. He was one of the most positive and humble human beings I have ever known. He pushed me to succeed and never let me give up. Although I was honorably discharged for medical reasons, I considered my mental and physical outcome to be a success and I accredit everything to Nathan. He was always friendly and willing to help. I just wish I had been able to thank him like he deserved. May he rest in heaven and watch over and give his stength, courage and bravery to all the other Soldiers abroad. I'm sorry I wasn't there Nathan"
Ryan Thomas of Salem, NH

"I never met Nathan, but I'm wearing a bracelet from Ranger Joe's in his memory. I'm truly honored to be able to memorialize a hero in this manner. I wish his family and friends my sincere condolences and appreciation for his sacrifice."
Susan Waterman of Clearwater, Florida

"Nate, I am so proud of you...I remember in class senior year how you used to talk about how much you wanted to protect the country, and make a difference. I'm proud to have known you, and seen the light that you shined down, even if it was only in class, and that last day, the day we left Highland High forever, and were handed those diplomas....Thanks Again Nate....."
Lynsie Funkhouser of Highland IN

"To those who had the privilege of knowing Nathan (and to those of you who are hearing about him for the first time),
If you all do not know already, Nathan was a true friend, and a true hero. He lost his life in a selfless act and doing what he loved, fighting for his country. I am glad that I was able to know Nathan, even though it was only for a short time. But what I learned from him, will last a life time. (To love, stand up for what you believe in, and trust in God) May God Bless the family and friends of Pfc. Nathan Stah."
Grace Rund of Merrillville, Indiana

"To the Family of SPC STAHL:
I was in C Co 2/75 with him and can't say just how sorry I am for your loss. I am proud to wear his bracelet and will do so as long as I live. The first stanza of the Ranger Creed says it all. For those who don't know it....Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will ALWAYS endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit-de-corps of my Ranger Regiment..."

"RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!!!""
Grant Barge (C Co 2/75) of West Palm Beach, FL

"Nathan.... I had the honor to tour your barrack this week, Dec 22nd, 2004 to be exact, your memories still encased behind a shiny glass. You're brothers from the 2/75 still wearing your band, my nephew was one of them. I really wish the visit would have been for smiles, but my family and I went to see the last place my nephew, Devin K. Peguero woke up the morning of Dec. 16th, 2004, and meet the fellow Rangers he was proud to be amongst. May you welcome your fellow Ranger with open arms, and keep my "baby" company until my time has come. You two will not be forgotten."
Laura Olguin (lgolguin@msn.com) of Fontana, CA USA

"Thank you all so much for you wonderful thoughts, they truelly do help. I am also very sorry for your losses as well. Know that you all will be in my prayers, along with all the other soldiers still in Iraq. We all have a lot to be proud of. We all have in common wonderful sons who were willing to give their lives to protect us. I am so blessed to have had such a wonderful son as Nathan. I still thank God everyday for at least having 20 wonderful years, I was very lucking to have such a loving, giving, terrific, respectful young son. Thank you all again. It is wonderful to know that so many will always remember Nathan."
Towina of Highland, IN

"What a sacrifice you made, Nathan, to protect freedom. You were so young, and your life will be remembered by those you protected."
Zsolt Bognár of Cleveland, OH

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

"To the familyof Nathan,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Nathan is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO, Nathan E. Stahl."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To Nathan'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

"Thank you Nathan Stahl, 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. Nathan Stahl:
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 Nathan 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. Nathan Stahl:
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 Nathan, 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