Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Christopher J. Taylor

22, of Opelika, Alabama.
Taylor died in Balad, Iraq, when he was hit by mortar rounds while he was exiting a bunker. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on July 24, 2005.

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"Sgt Taylor,
You were a great friend to me. I remember when we used to do detail on ft. stewart cutting grass together and we'd always talk about how tough our wives were. I watched you come in the army as a brand new soldier a little bit after 141 returned from kosovo in november 2001. We served together in the invasion of iraq and i watched you pass right by me and pick up SGT you were dedicated and always motivated regardless of how much crap we had to deal with in Bravo. I still have your movie you lent me in iraq " all about the benjamins" When i heard you lossed your life on the second deployment to iraq it hurt so much. You were a great soldier and a great friend. Whenever i see fruit snacks i always think about when we use to clean our weapons in the bay and we'd be tearing up those fruitsnacks. I wish your wife and two kids the best of luck and many blessings. I Love you brother. R.I.P. you are the real HERO " MISSION ACCOMPLISHED""
Spc Beaubrun of Miami Florida

"I was serving with SGT Taylor when he passed. It is hard for me to think about that day he was the greatest NCO and a very good friend. I will always miss him deeply.Sgt Taylor will never be forgotten his memory lives strong in my heart. I miss you Sgt Taylor"
SPC David J Manley II of Charleston, Wv 25303

"To the Taylor family, I am so sorry for your loss. We were deployed together and that day is as fresh in my memory today as if it was yesterday. I miss you Sgt. Taylor."
Sgt. Bias, Joseph of Huntington, WV

"Helllo Miss Taylor,
My name is SGT Victor Todd I knew Taylor back in 2003, He was a good man and a great friend. I am very sorry for your loss. I had some pictures sent to me in Afghanistan from back in the day and was surprised to find one of Taylor. If you would like me to send it to you I would be honored. My e-mail address is victoratodd@yahoo.com it is hard to check e-mail were I am so I will try and get back to you as soon as possible."
SGT Todd, Victor of Afghanistan

"It had been almost 5 years since my best friend and brother in arms died and im still feel the pain like if it was yesterday. I find it real hard to believe you're gone. I miss you bro..."
Medina, Rey of Ft. Sill, OK

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"MRS JANINA TAYLOR
I'M SO SORRY TO HERE ABOUT CHRISTIPHER HE WAS A GREAT PERSON TO BE AROUND. I CAN REMEBER MANY DAYS IN THE MOTOR POOL AND FEILD WORKIN AND CLOWNING AROUND WITH HIM. HE ALWAYS SAW THE GOOD SIDE OF THINGS. ALWAYS TRIED TO KEEP OUR MORAL UP DURING FEILD AND DEPLOYMENTS. I SERVED WITH HIM DURING THE FISRT DEPLOYMENT AND FOUND OUT ABOUT CHRIS FROM SGT. WEBB JUS A FEW WEEKS AGO. TIME WILL HEAL ALL WOUNDS JUS KNOW HE WAS LOVED AND A GOOD FRIEND. DURING OPUR DEPLOYMENT HE WOULD ALWAYS TALK ABOUT YOU AND THE KIDS EVEN THOUGHT I NEVER METE U IT FELT LIKE WE HADALL KNOWN U JUS NY HIM TALKING ABOUT U. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL."
REGINALD MCGIBBON of NEW ORLEANS, LA

"July 11, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Christopher J. Taylor:
Christopher 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

"Chris was one of the best friends I've ever had. He is one of my best friend from High School and I will never forget him. He could always make me laugh and he would be happy that he did. Chris was very easy to get along with and was a wonderful person to be around. I was very quiet to most people in high school but He really got to know me. I wasn't a quiet person to Chris. I knew him since around 6th grade at OMS. Every since then we been were good friends. I still miss him to this day and still find it hard to believe that he's really gone. Everytime I think of my high school memories I think about him. I know he's up in heaven now looking down on everyone and one day I'll see him again. My heart goes out to his wife Janina, the kids, and the rest of his family and I feel very blessed that I had the chance to know Chris and be friends with him."
Chase Summers of Opelika, AL

"To the family of:Christopher J. Taylor 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"

"It's been a long time...since 8th grade I haven't seen you...my first day back in Opelika I find out...Semper Fi Sgt! You are a hero to all of us.
Pvt. Chris Sullivan
USMC"
chris sullivan of mt. airy, ga

"I want to sincerely thank everyone for their messeages. I must say that because of my faith and prayers from you and I God has truly been with this family. Even though we may have lost a very good person we have also gainned a hero. Christopher James Taylor was my first love, the one whom I married and had two beautiful children with. And because of this he will always have a place in my heart."
Janina of Opelika, AL

"To the family and friends of Sgt.Christopher Taylor, words cannot express what I feel for you now. I know you must feel as if you are wandering in a fog. It is hard enough when you learn of a lost loved one but when the public has been forced to be involved in your grief, it can only multiply the unreality of it all. I really cannot leave my name due to location and orders but I served with your son and thought dearly of him. It may help you to know that on the holidays your photos were looked at very often. Sgt.Christopher Taylor was very proud of you and loved you and the even better thing is that he knew that was your feeling for him also. He did not pass away alone but with you in his heart and soul. Go now to that place of healing the way he wants you to. This very day he is resting with God and nomore does he hurt over the nonsense of this world. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadows of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff-they comfort me." Psalm 23:4. A Hero now takes his chair in Heaven and leaves this hate filled world behind. God Bless You in the days ahead. We are all your brothers and sisters in Christ." Lt.C.M.,usaf,"
Lt.C.M,usaf of Iraq

"Mrs. Jania Taylor, SSG Brooks and Family will keep you and your family in our prayers. Brooks was Taylor first Section Chief. I remember when you and your husband came over. We stay up all night long, just laughing and joking with our hubands. That was a night to remember. We was a Family having Dinner together and a Family stick together. Please K.I.T SMILE:) God Bless You and Your Family."
SSG Brooks, Charles of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma

"Mrs. Jania Taylor, SSG Brooks and Family will keep you and your family in our prayers. Brooks was Taylor first Section Chief. I remember when you and your husband came over. We stay up all night long, just laughing and joking with our hubands. That was a night to remember. We was Family having Dinner together and a Family stick together. Please K.I.T SMILE:) God Bless You and Your Family."
SSG Brooks, Charles of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma

"He will be truly missed be all his loved ones, and people who didn't even know him."
Tiffany Nicole Jones of Opelika.Alabama

"I wish there was something I could say or do. Please know that all of us at Soldiers' Angels have nothing but the utmost respect, admiration and gratitude for your son and his service and sacrifice.

My heart is truly broken at this loss."
Jennifer Krzys of Brownstown MI

"I served with him at Fort Stewart when the war started He was a great person and friend. My prayers are with you as you mourne his loss. Im really sorry for what happened to him."
Spc. John Pollock of Fort Sill, Oklahom/U.S.

"My family and are deeply saddened by the lost of Christopher. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Christopher will never be forgotten!"
Mary Harper and family of Belleview, FL

"Nina Zane and Aaliyiah

Our prayers and love are with you. Chris will be dearly missed. He was a great soldier, person and friend and nothing can change the memories of such a wonderful person."
Kevin and Adrienne McTague of Ft. Stewart, Georgia

"Nina and family,
Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family. Though I did not know your husband well, Brennan remembers him fondly, through all their time in 1-41 and Iraq. He was a good man and soldier that will be greatly missed . Please, in this difficult time, remember military families bond forever, if you need any of us now, for any reason don't hesitate to ask.
(brennan.moss@us.army.mil)"
SSG Brennan and Carrie Moss and family of St. Petersburg, FL

"Nina and children,
Our deepest condolences to you and yours. It was such a blessing to know Christopher. He and my husband Orlan had great times together playing soccer and just plain being there for each other in tough times during the first stages of the War in Iraq. We have many good memories of him and we pray that the Lord would give you His Peace and Comfort during these very difficult times. We are here for you. Not only during our military time but as your friends for life. We love you and the children."
Mrs. Lucy Valle of Hinesville, GA

"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

"God Bless all of you for your sacrifices. I thank Chris for his sacrifice for our country. Be so proud of him. We are all proud of him. I know it is going to be a hard time for all of you right now but just remember, Chris is a town hero."
Melissa of Opelika, Al

"TO THE TAYLOR FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF CHRISTOPHER. SADLY, ENOUGH WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR IN BALAD. AN EMOTIONALLY, CHRISTOPHER NEWS JUST ANOTHER REMINDER. THE COMFORT I GET KNOWING ALL OUR SOLDIER'S. MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO PROTECT ONE ANOTHER. cHRISTOPHER HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO ALL THOSE HEARTS HE TOUCHED. ALL HOLD VERY SPECIAL FOND MEMORIES ONE SHARED WITH HIM. OUR SON AND FAMILY HAD NOT KNOWN CHRISTOPHER PERSONALLY. STILL OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH HIM CHRISTOPHER AND YOUR FAMILY. CELEBRATE FOR CHRISTOPHER SO NO ONE EVER FORGET'S HIM. I THINK CHRISTOPHER WOULD ALL WANT YOU TOO! HE ALWAYS KNEW YOU ALL LOVED HIM VERY DEARLY. I LEARNED ONE THING FROM MY SON GREG. DAD DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME I'LL BE ALRIGHT, I WORRY ABOUT MON AND YOU! THAT'S SOMETHING YOU TAUGHT ME. I TOLD HIM CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS CHILDREN EVEN IF YOU ARE AN ADULT. NOW BOTH ARE TOGETHER, ONE'S THAT DIDN'T KNOW ONE ANOTHER DO NOW. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL

"I am so very sorry for your loss. This really hits home for me because I am from Opelika and my husband is also in 3ID in Iraq. God bless! Christopher is a hero please don't ever forget that!"
Emily of Opelika, Alabama

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

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
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

"To the Taylor Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. You have raised a fine young soldier, who is now a true American Hero. Christopher will always be remembered and honored. We are praying for all of you. May God Bless you and God Bless Christopher."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Thank you and bless you. You are safe from harm now."
kevin of saskatoon, canada

"I too know your pain as we lost my brother, CPL Gary Walters, in April. May God give you the strength, courage, and comfort in the days ahead."
Michele Carter of Germany

"Thank you Christopher Taylor, 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. Christopher Taylor:
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 Christopher 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. Christopher Taylor:
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 Christopher, 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