Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Thomas J. Strickland

27, of Douglasville, Georgia.
Strickland died in Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq, when his HMMWV accidentally rolled over into a canal. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 108th Armor Regiment, Calhoun, Georgia. Died on August 15, 2005.

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"I often think of Thomas and "Strick" both men were men of honor. My prayers are still with them and forwarded to a wonderful mother and wife. God bless you all!"
Allan Thaxton SFC(Ret) 1/108th AR of Douglasville, GA/USA

""Hello First giving condolences to you and your family. My name is Patricia Roberts and I am the mother of the first soldier to die for Ga. (Spc.Jamaal Addison) Please contact me concerning a event on April 18, at Lakeside H.S. 404-509-1001"
Patricia Roberts of Lithonia, Ga"
Patricia Roberts of Lithonia, Ga

"July 10, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Thomas J. Strickland:
Thomas 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

"Jason was my best friend when I was in Basic at ft.sill. We were joined at the hip. I lost touch with him after basic because we had different jobs, but I never forgot his friendship. I am so sorry for the strickland families loss and will never forget jason.

winnburn197512@yahoo.com"
SGT Chad Winn of fort carson, co

"I'm a newly assigned member to 1st BN. 108th armor in douglasville. I cannot express enough sorrow that one of my fellow brothers payed the ultimate sacrifice in one of our many operations the United States partakes in. God bless to his family."
PV2. John Tysver of Douglasville, Ga

"My father was a retired army staff sargeant. I'm a trumpet player,and he had told me since I began playing horn when I was a child that I would one day play taps at his funeral. I had that honor four years ago this coming November. My father was also named Thomas J Strickland. I thank God for the service and sacrifice my father made in Korea and for the soldiers who lay their lives on the line for this country every day. May God bless and keep the families of our fallen heroes."
Gary L Strickland of Savannah, Georgia

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. –The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Geraldine Zaki of Lawrenceville, GA

"To the family of:Thomas J. Strickland 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"

"Your son was a brave young man that gave his life for his country.
I am very sorry for your loss but I want you to know that I am thinking of him and the many others that went off to war to to fight for what they believe is the right thing to do.
You are in my thoughts and your son will never be forgotten.
America's position in the world does not come easy, nor without loss so that others may live in peace.
We need to think of all those souls that loose their life in war...either side, for we are all children of the same God
Thank you"
Barbara of Mukilteo, Wa, USA

"I was on the mission the morning of the accident as a member of Lt. Colonel King's PSD. The boys are still sorely missed by everyone in the 108th Armor, and will continue to be with us until we all come home safe to Georgia to join them."
Spc. Jonathan Blake Silvers of Scania, Iraq

"We pray for God to bless and heal your hearts."
Cindy Astin of Bowdon,Ga

"To the family of Thomas J. Strickland
My love and prayers are with you as you go from day to day. May God give you inner peace that calms your soul during this time of loss.We love you, our 48th BDE family!"
Debora Walston (wife of: Spc James Walston,HHC 108th St. Michael of Pendleton, SC

"I knew Tom for only a short time, but he managed to touch my heart in a way few could. Never have I met some one so dedicated to life as a soldier and still as deep and philosophical as a true scholar. To his friend and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your son was an amazing man.""
Kristin of Princeton, NJ

"YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN!!! MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF THOMAS J. STRICKLAND... ALL I WANT TO SAY IS THANKS FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR LIFE TO FIGHT FOR THE BRAVE USA... TO THE PARENTS OF THOMAS J. STRICKLAND, YOU HAD A BRAVE AND HONORABLE SON ANS I THANK YOU FOR THAT... LIKE I SAID MY HEART AND PRAYER GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF THOMAS J, STRICKLAND!!! GOD BLESS THE USA!!!"
Dean of LITHIA SPRINGS, GA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"So many people ignore the sacrifice of friends and families of soldiers. I thank God every day that our young men and women still believe in freedom, and understand better than any of us the cost of freedom. Thank you for your sacrifice and may God grant you peace at this time of sorrow. I am very, very grateful for all that you and your family have given. At the same time, I am very, very saddened that the cost to you and to the U.S. is so great."
Julia Melton of Acworth, Georgia

"TO THE STRICKLAND FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN FOR THE LOST OF THOMAS. ON A DAY THAT IS SAD FOR US. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR. AN TODAY IS HIS BIRTHDAY, THE DAY WE LOST THOMAS. THOMAS THANK YOU FOR SERVING ALONG SIDE OUR SON. WE REALIZE YOU BOTH HAD NOT KNOW ONE ANOTHER. IN THE MILITARY YOU BECAME A BAND OF BROTHER'S AND SISITER'S. TO ALWAYS PROTECT ONE ANOTHER. THOMAS YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY, PAL! YOU ARE APART OF WORLD AND AMERICAN HISTORY. YOUR SERVICE WAS NOT IN VAIN AS YOUR LIFE. YOU HELPED FREE THOSE IN IRAQ, FOUGHT AGAINST TERRORISM TO PROTECT US ALL HERE IN AMERICA. YOU ARE A HERO! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

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

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"Thank you Thomas Strickland, 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 Sgt. Thomas Strickland:
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 Thomas 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 Sgt. Thomas Strickland:
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 Thomas, 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