Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Nathaniel T. Swindell

24, of Bronx, New York.
Swindell died in Mosul, Iraq, from a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on January 15, 2005.

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"Wanted to let you know my mom visits you once a month and although she never met you, she talks to you and are brother Nils every day. She says she tells you guys to keep my men and I safe. I always begged you and P rich to get me off the radio and into your SQD. As a 19 year old kid I always felt safe and new I was with the best when I rolled with you guys. Anyway I'll keep your radio filled down here, timing might be a little off, but I'll get it fixed."
SFC Estelle of Long Island, NY

"Sgt. Swindell, it is my greatest honor to have served with you. You taught me so much and never gave up on me. You were my leader, but above all else you are my friend. Love ya brother."
Adam Hager of Santa Rosa, CA

"Nate, your birthday is right around the corner I remember attending your graduation in Fort Benning GA, and you were so proud I miss you deeply and all that we shared I LOVE YOU FOREVER!!! I still have the letters from your basic training when you first heard of the war and your thoughts its amazing I will forever hold your story close to my heart. My first love, soulmate, and friend. GONE BY NEVER FORGOTTEN!!! I Miss you today and all your jokes."
Akida Green of fairfax, Virginia

"My boy Nate it was a honor to have you as a friend, roommate, and roll dog in fort Lewis.. I still remember when you called me before u left that u visit me in San Diego when u get back. I went to Bronx and look for u and your family to pay my respect will be there soon again to find you bro..Will always remember the great times we had and will never forget you man how can I we were the same age shared are bday together you were my brother from another mother. Wish you were here will drink one for you forever. (619)922-1980 would like to know his family if they like to contact me"
Tim Trujillo of San Diego, CA

"Nate, It has been a honor to call you a friend, a brother, and a comrade. I'll be coming to visit you in April and I'll be sure to drink a few for you in New York. Nu Phi and God bless."
Michael Shin of Garden Grove, CA

"Hello my Duckie. It's been 9 years & the thought of you still brings tears to my eyes. The love I felt from you could never be duplicated. Your smile would light up any room & make anyone feel at home. I miss you so much it hurts my soul but I know you would want me to be happy. I will always love you until the day I die & beyond I know you are my guardian angel. Please know you are always in my thoughts & prayers. Rest in Peace my husband until we meet again."
Sabrina Swindell of Baltimore md

"Nu Phi.
Never forgotten. I miss you brother."
Justin of Fort Campbell

"I miss you Nate, I remember working the ROTC lanes and how we'd sneak up on them and well you know. Getting our EIB's and how badly you wanted that CIB. Well you earned it. I miss you, not a day or minute goes by that I'm not thinking about what happened. I'll see you soon one day."
Danny Peckham of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

"Thinking of you on this memorial day homie."
Keith Pleva of Clarksville, TN

"Nate, my fellow team leader. You always made me smile even in the worst of times. You took your job seriously and were an example for others to follow everyday. The clock in the desert is about to strike midnight, and in my part of the world it will mark the 7th year of your passing. I just want you to know I am thinking about you. Had some good times in my garage, I still look at the picture of you holding my young daughter and smile."
SFC Prichard of Indian Country

"Hello my love it's been 6 years and I still miss you every day! I can remember everything about you, your spirit will never leave me and inspires me to be a better person. I love you Duckie and that no one can take from us! R.I.P my angel love always your wife. Sabrina Aka Brittany Chipmunk"
Sabrina Swindell of Baltimore, md

"FROM NATHANIELS MOM KIM I JUST WANTED TO EXTEND MY SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR THE LOSS OF MY FIRST BORN SON NATE. THE CHILD WHO WOULD LIFT YOU UP WHEN YOUR DOWN AND LIFT YOU HIGHER IN GOOD TIMES MY HEART BLEEDS EVERYDAY OVER HIS LOSS. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE AN OPEN WOUND THAT NEVER HEALS. BUT THE LOVE AND SUPPORT HAS HELPED ME. NEVER FORGET MY BABYBOY .JANUARY 15, 2011 MAKES 6 YEARS. THANKS FOR ALL THE CONDOLENCES. LOVE YOU ALL - K.S."
Kim Swindell - Nathaniel's Mom of Bronx, New York

"FROM NATHANIELS MOM KIM I JUST WANTED TO EXTEND MY SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR THE LOSS OF MY FIRST BORN SON NATE. THE CHILD WHO WOULD LIFT YOU UP WHEN YOUR DOWN AND LIFT YOU HIGHER IN GOOD TIMES MY HEART BLEEDS EVERYDAY OVER HIS LOSS. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE AN OPEN WOUND THAT NEVER HEALS. BUT THE LOVE AND SUPPORT HAS HELPED ME. NEVER FORGET MY BABYBOY .JANUARY 15, 2011 MAKES 6 YEARS. THANKS FOR ALL THE CONDOLENCES. LOVE YOU ALL - K.S."
Kim Swindell - Nathaniel's Mom of Bronx, New York

"Even tho the years have gone by, the pain never fades.... You are always in my heart and the memories I will always hold....We all love and miss you so very much"
Mandy of Washington State

"I had the honor to serve with Nate while I was stationed at Fort Lewis. Nate was one of my soldiers and I immediately knew he was a bright kid that was going to be a great leader. He was my friend and I will never forget the time we talked about the Army and life. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family. Nate was a hero and a great American"
Sgt Jose Saavedra C Co 1/24 Inf of Las Vegas, NV

"Hey newphew I just want to say I Love U and miss u your always in my heart. I remember when u use to runaround the Kingdom Hall saying auntie he,he. I'll always remember the fun times u me, jas and auntie Danny. I love you always."
Francina Rolle of Bronx, New York

"January 11, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Nathaniel T. Swindell:
Nathaniel 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

"Ducky was my soulmate, he was everything that was BEST in me and I can't bear that he's gone. I cry all the time and I'm supposed to move on but I can't because I feel like half my heart is empty. I miss him so much and it's not fair that he's gone and I'm still here when he was always the better half of me. I love you Ducky and I ALWAYS will."
Sabrina "Brittany Chipmunk" Swindell of Baltimore, MD

"Nathaniel was my husband. He was the most beautiful, honorable, and brilliant man I have even known and I miss him with all my heart! He honored this country with two tours and was proud to be an infantry soldier. He never gave up! He was shot by "friendly fire" and nothing happened to his killer. This is the world we live in! Good people die, bad men win, and families are destroyed. God Please Forgive America."
Sabrina Swindell of Tacoma, WA

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, NY

"I am nates brother.he was the best brother anyone could hope for. He was my HERO.I will never ever forget the good and bad times we had together. I love you nate"
Vernon Swindell jr of bx, new york

"I am nates brother.he was the best brother anyone could hope for. He was my HERO.I will never ever forget the good and bad times we had together. I love you nate"
Vernon Swindell jr of bx, new york

"happy 26 birthday nate. we miss you love sheldon, tony akim, jason"
sheldon of bronx

"To the family of:Nathaniel T. Swindell 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. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"NU PHI!! TILL THE DAY I DIE!!! Nate I miss you so much. the year has been hard without you, I love you and miss you more than anything. You always made me feel that life was worth living and to live it to the fullest. I remember the day you told me you were going to marry sabrina. I was proud of you then and am proud of you now. You will always be the downdest person I will ever know. Thank you for watching over all the NU PHI brothers while we were over there, I will always hold you in my heart. Please keep watch over us now. Dont worry me and Goldie are keeping sabrina safe. Thanks for being the bestfriend anyone can have, love lanie"
lanie of fort lewis, washington

"NU PHI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS. NATE I LOVE YOU.YOU TOOK CARE OF ME AND TAUGHT ME SO MUCH I AM SO SORRY I MISS YOU SO MUCH WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. MY BROTHER YOUNG NATE IS ONE OF THE COOLEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD"
DAVION AKA MACK NASTY,MCNAIR of FT.LEWIS 1-24

"Hey Nate its mandy Keyahna and nevaeh Man i miss u so much.....u were the only one male figure keyahna had in her life i couldnt pick a better god father for her...I remember the first time u saw her and how your eyes just lit up and how you kept sayin how beautiful she was and how much she looked like her dad..i know your lookin out for us until we meet again we love u and we miss u"
Mandy Johnson of Washington state

"nate

hey you its me sarah. i remember the first time i met you. you made me laugh so hard.you know it is unbelelievable that you are gone. I am having a hard time. well bud i will miss you so much and GOD speed. love ya always."
sarah iglesias of castro valley CA

"Nate I remember the first time I met you , you were so real and so sweet. you will be greatly missed. my heart goes out to your family."
MELISSA of BK

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

"To the Swindell family from the Wahl family. We are deeply sadden by the ost of Nathaniel. Our heart and prays are with him and your family. Our family understands your pain, we lost our son. An both are very special individual's, soldiers, heroes and so much more. Nathaniel thank you for all you did for our country. An for being along side our son and the thousands with you. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream NY

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Nate's family and friends. I will never foget Nate, he was a wonderful person. I met him about 4 years ago when we both first got to Ft. Lewis. He was always nice and friendly. He loved to just hang out and relax. He always talked about "back home" (NY) and how he couldn't wait to go on leave and see his family and chill out with his friends ( as he would say my boyz.) We when to PLDC together and when I would see him, he would have a big smile on his face and would always joke around with people. I will never forget U Nate. God Bless his family and friends in New York and all over."
Misty A. Gonzalez (Burns) of Ft. Lewis WA

"To Nathaniel'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

"My heart goes out to Nate's family and friends. I met him long time ago when we were both being stationed here in Fort Lewis, WA in the summer of 2001. He was a wonderful person and friend. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family."
Melissa Grzybowski (Heming) of Fort Lewis, WA

"You are our hero Nathaniel and we will not forget. God Bless you and may He bring peace to your loved ones. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"we will never forget you nathaniel."
shawn of idaho

"Thank you Nathaniel Swindell, 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. Nathaniel Swindell:
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 Nathaniel 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. Nathaniel Swindell:
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 Nathaniel, 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