Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Mark N. Stubenhofer

30, of Springfield, Virginia.
Stubenhofer died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was conducting dismounted operations and was attacked by small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on December 7, 2004.

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"2/4/2016- It has been over 12 years now and still it seems like yesterday. You are in my thoughts and dreams often as are many more. Why? I find myself

asking that question over and over. You are gone but you are here in my heart and you will live on in my memory.

Always trying to stay "Straight and Stalwart""
JLR

"CPT Stubenhofer was the greatest Commander i have ever served for so on this memorial day sir you are not forgotten, God bless your family for they will for ever be a Straight and Stalwart family."
SSG Claude H. Cornelius of Schofield Barracks HI

"R.I.P. CAPTAIN, MAY YOUR FAMILY STAY BLESSED. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU BROTHER."
BRIAN ROBINSON (SGT 1999-2004 ) of SANTA BARARA CA

"Mark, you may have fallen but you are not forgotten."
Thomas E. Creviston LTC, (R) of Fort Leavenworth Kansas

"To the Family of CPT Mark Stubenhofer, I only learned of Mark's death today, 24 JAN 2012, as I walked through the halls of McGinnis Wikham Hall, the old Building #4 at Fort Benning, Georgia. I believe you would be proud to know that Mark's picture is on the wall in McGinnis Wickham Hall, in honor of his selfless service to our Nation. I served with Mark briefly in Alaska and although I did not know him outside of professional gatherings, I knew enough about him to know that I was in the presence of a very intelligent, motivated, and dedicated officer, gentleman and leader. I was shocked when I saw his picture on the wall today, so I had to do a search to find out more about what happened. I am sorry for your loss and I pray that you will find comfort in the fact that Mark touched my life as he did so many others in the most positive way. He is forever to be honored and admired for his service, his love of Family, and love of country. God Bless the Stubenhofer Family and rest in peace Mark. You left us too soon but you left us with so much to emulate by your daily example. RLTW!"
LTC Carl Bergmann of Fort Benning, GA

""Thank you for your leadership and guidance during a very rough time.""
1LT Marais from 1-41 medics

"sir,
just spent the last couple of days talking about you with Frank (formerly CPT Hathaway) we miss you and want you to know we will never forget you!"
SSG Yates, Patrick of Camp Taji Iraq

"I often remember playing ball together and riding the waves down at VA Beach. Never understood why we were teamed up until now. Thanks for all the great times and will be looking forward to talking again. I never had a brother but did consider you one when we were together. Thank you my friend and RIP."
LT. William Martz of Charleston, SC

"December 10, 2008
To the family of Capt. Mark N. Stubenhofer:
Mark 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

"sir, it has been 4 years to the day,that you were taken from us,i still miss you and think about you every day,and what an honor it was to serve under you,and what a loss it is to your family and the army that we are now without you,rest in peace sir...Straight and Stalwart."
Spc.Rodriguez B.CO 01-05 3RD PLATOON of WICHITA KANSAS

"RIP Sir...you were an excellent leader!!

SSG Flowers"

"RIP Fellow 1/41 warrior."
Jeff Hoffman of Chicago, D. Co, 1/41 1989-1992

"RIP Fellow 1/41 warrior."
Jeff Hoffman of Chicago, D. Co, 1/41 1989-1992

"I still think about that conversation we had about Alaska, You, SPC Ruiz and myself going to Camp Doha back in 2002.
I think about you and the other great men we lost from time to time, I'll never forget you Sir. God Bless you and your Family"
Drill Sergeant Cabrera

""I served under this outstanding Officer, Soldier, human being in HHC CO
Sir, your family is in my prayers and I know you look down from a better place."
"I had the honor to serve for CPT. Stubenhofer Durring my first tour in Iraq in 04. He was a outstanding leader, amasing soldier, and great friend."
"STRAIGHT AND STALWART""
SGT RIVERA,OSMIN HHC 1-41 2004 /2006 of MIAMI, FLORIDA

"Mark was a dear friend, the kind that only come once in your lifetime. His demeanor, honor, and selfless service are characteristics that are not often found in combination with one another in the degree that Mark held. He never asked more from his Soldiers than what he was willing to give himself. He always put his Soldiers and Family first and is greatly missed by all.

"STRAIGHT & STALWART" Mark

Rest in peace brother"
CPT Anthony Bohl, PA of 1-41 IN Medics

"Cpt. Stubenhofer was in my squad in Ranger School! It must have been his 3rd or 4th time through... He never quit and was always helping keep up morale! It was him who helped me earned my Tab! Although I never had the oppurtunity to serve under him, I did serve beside him, and it was an honor!
Rangers Lead the Way!"
SSG Reuben B. McCurdy of Dahlonega, GA

"As is now tradition on this day, I still get goosebumps reading all the stories about Capt. Stubenhofer. There are some men that words can not describe or begin to capture their true spirit and it is so true for Capt. Stubenhofer. I was only able to know him a short period of time and am thankful for that time. He changed myself, my husband, and after he died even my sons couldn't stop taking school supplies to school to honor him. Anyone who had the privelage of knowing the Stubenhofer's while they were waiting for Hope's arrival know all about the reasons her name would be Hope. Capt. Stubenhofer could not stop talking about his hopes. How important those discussions have become to those left to still makes his hopes realities. I know the soldiers and families of 1-41 will carry on those hopes until realized both to honor Capt. Stubenhofer and because you had no choice but to become a better person because of the time you had with him!"
Jennifer Freeman of Fort Knox, Ky USA

"CPT Stubenhoffer was a great leader and friend whom I will never forget. Tomorrow I will surely have him and his family in my thoughts. Thanks to his great mentorship during our years in 1-41 IN, I have been accepted to OCS to gain a commission. Thank you sir for always being there. I hope we are holding your high standards.

STRAIGHT & STALWART!!!!!!!!"
SSG Earley, Jason of FLW,MO

"NEVER FORGOTTEN!
"STRAIGHT AND STALWART"
Justin Ridlen 1-41 2003-2006"

"Sir,

I dont know what to say, the day I found out you were killed hit me hard, from the 3 years I worked side by side with you in the CTCP I cannot recall a negative moment working with you. You were there for my personal troubles and mentored me to always take care of soldiers regardless of what it takes. You did it for me and I hope I do it up to your standards now and forever. Cannot deny the best time I can say we had was the Gauntlet when you, CPT Hathaway, SPC Carrol and myself were in our 577 pretending it to be a submarine and you were pinging for whales. You are a great friend to all of us and you will never be forgotten. I will never forget our adventure when your humvee almost caught fire by the starcluster as we were controlling the crowd in Al-Qasim. Keep us safe down here for the lord will keep you safe in heaven. Mrs Stubenhofer and family, if you ever need anything please do not hesitate to contact me. God Bless you all and thank you for giving me the honor to serve with CPT "Stuby" Stubenhofer. patrick.yates@us.army.mil"
SGT Yates, Patrick of Fort Hood, Texas

"We did all we could, and then some... But the Lord had his own mission for you.

Keep an eye out for us from up above. You will always remain in our hearts."
SGT Browne, 1-41 Medics. of Ft. Riley, KS

"Patty, I didnt know Mark. I went to Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day 2007 and saw you and the kids. I walked up and shook your hand. You were very gracious and let me take your familys picture. The pictures came back today in the mail. What a wonderful picture. Justin is smiling proudly. I am glad to email it to you. I am an Army veteran, having did my tour in Germany and Iraq/Kuwait during Desert Storm. My email is cvsisinthehouse@yahoo.com if you ever need anything."
Chris von Stein of Germantown, MD

"Although gone you will never be forgotten. You were the finest Commanders I ever had the chance to work for. No other Officer has ever cared so much for his soldiers. May God bless your family, and know they are in our hearts and prayers. Your legacy will live forever."
Spc Adrian Whitaker of Ft. RIley 2003-2006, now Ft. Stewart

"Its been 2 years sir,we still love and miss you and will never forget you. Strike first Go Clemson!!!!"
spc rod of wichita ks

"Patty,
I am so sad to hear that this happened to you. A good friend of ours, stationed in San Antonio with us, told us that his friend, Mark, from Clemson Army ROTC was killed in Iraq and had a wife Patty and 3 children. I thought "I had a good friend Patty at Clemson my freshman year, I hope it is not her", but when we typed in your husbands name this morning on google, I saw your picture. I am so sad for you. I am so sorry I got too busy at school and didn't stay close to you. I wish I could have been there for you in Christmas of 2004. We also have 3 kids. I got out of the Air Force, but John is still in. We are in Texas now. Last week we were in VA (my family lives there) for a conference John had to go to. I have friends who have gone through what you are going through and it breaks my heart. I hope you remember me and know that I have been thinking of you all day. I wish we had kept in touch, we have a lot in common. Are you in VA now? Please write! email is www.jchoberka@satx.rr.com 109 Brook Meadow Cibolo, TX 78108 Love, Britta"
Britta Ryan Choberka of San Antonio, TX

"Hi Patti,
We still pray for you and your family every day. We don't pray for Mark because he is now looking after us all in heaven and I feel like the ones left behind are the ones that need the prayers. God Bless and Keep you and your families.You paid the ultimate price for me and my family. WE WILL NEVER FORGET< Jim is at home now"
Stephanie Foster Middleton of Huxford, Al./USA

"Mark was my roommate at Clemson for my first two years. I was blessed to get to know him and his wonderful family during that time.

Thank you Mark, for all of the great memories and most of all for being a friend."
RS of Boston,MA

"SIR YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR US. HHC MISSES YOU, 1-41 MISSES YOU. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE ALWAYS IN MY PRAYERS.

"STRAIGHT AND STALWART SIR""
SGT. FRANCIS of FORT RILEY, KANSAS

"3rd platoon ,all present sir, thanks for your dedicaton and commitment to us the men of b.co, we miss you everyday sir, rest well, we will never forget you"
spc.rod b.co 1/41

"Dear Norm and Sallie,
I am the mother of LCPL Nicholas Kirven who was killed in Afghanistan on Mother's Day. I just went through sympathy cards again and saw the message from you about your son Mark. Please know we are thinking about you and the rest of your family, including your precious grandchildren. If you ever want to talk about our boys, we would love to hear from you. My email is bethbelle@aol.com Take care."
Beth Belle of Fairfax, VA

"Dear Norm and Sallie,
I am the mother of LCPL Nicholas Kirven who was killed in Afghanistan on Mother's Day. I just went through sympathy cards again and saw the message from you about your son Mark. Please know we are thinking about you and the rest of your family, including your precious grandchildren. If you ever want to talk about our boys, we would love to hear from you. My email is bethbelle@aol.com Take care."
Beth Belle of Fairfax, VA

"Mark, I feel I have been blessed to know you and work with you. The dedication you had to the Army rubbed off on those you worked with. I will miss our working days at Riley, my condolesences to your family and hope that knowing you were a great officer helps."
Cathy of Atlanta, GA USA

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

"To the family of Mark N. Stubenhofer, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev John B. Pearrell 11677 Browm Bridge Rd.Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga. U S A

"Mark had one of the most positive attitudes of any officer I have served with. I am sad to hear he has passed, and offer my condolences to his family."
Stephen Schnell of Stuttgart, Germany

"I remember meeting Mark while we were both students at Clemson University. He started dating my friend Patty. Upon meeting Mark, one immediately realized he had "it." "It" being the realization that he could see the big picture of the world and he wanted to leave it a better place than he came into it. He was a great patriot willing to put country above self.

Thank you for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten."
Joe Westmoreland of Centreville, VA

"Mark will always be remembered for his willingness to sacrifice for others in joining the Army and volunteering to go to Iraq - twice - and for the sacrifice he gave for those who will never know him. Our community remembers for them because we knew Mark, our favorite son."
Steve Gillingham of Springfield, VA

"I served under this outstanding Officer, Soldier, human being in B Co's first deployment to Iraq.
Sir, your family is in my prayers and I know you look down from a better place."
Drill Sergeant(SSG) Nathan Q. Rempel of Fort Knox, KY

"Words can not express the gratitude we owe to you Mark. Please know that the Clemson family has you in its thoughts and prayers."
JT of Rutherford, NJ

"Mark, you were a true friend and a great leader. You will always be remembered. Bless you and your family."
Rob Ramsey of Monterey, CA

"I had the honor to serve for CPT. Stubenhofer Durring our first tour in Iraq in 03. He was a outstanding leader, amasing soldier, and great friend."
Ken Davis of Phoenix, AZ

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

"I knew Mark in high school, and he was a really kind person. I am so sorry for you loss."
Katie Russelburg of California

"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 Mark Stubenhofer, 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 Capt. Mark Stubenhofer:
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 Mark 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 Capt. Mark Stubenhofer:
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 Mark, 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