Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. William E. Thorne

26, of Hospers, Iowa.
Thorne died of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. Thorne was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on August 24, 2006.

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"You're wry sense of humor saw me through many days that would have otherwise been insufferable. 7 years hasn't done anything to close the wound. I'm honored to have known you. I'm honored to have carried you to the flight that took you away from that hell. You will never be forgotten brother."
Justin Weatherford of Moorhead, MN

"Your mother karen and the nephews that new you miss you also. The ones that didnt know you wished they had. I really miss you willy thorne. Truely your sister joey. We all miss you. :'("
joey of 68776

"Willy as my brothe. You were not a bad guy. We had differences but i love you so much. As the oldest and your ssister. I really miss you. Growing up we werent a bad team. Your brother doyle the youngest misses you so much also. We will all meet up again soon. Take care. Sincerely your sister joey."
joey of 68776

"To the family of:William E. Thorne
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""

"My deepesst condolenses to the family of William."
Randy THORNE of FAYETEVILLE WV

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To the family of William Thorne. I too had the priveledge of serving with Thorne in OSUT. He made that big of an impact by his generosity and humble nature. I am sorry for your loss and know that this world is a little worse having lost someone like him."
SPC Sean Jacquemotte of Ft. Campbell, KY/ USA

"July 11, 2008
To the family of Pfc. William E. Thorne:
William 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

"Thorne was a good soldier and a even better man sad to see him gone it seems like it was just yesterday when i saw him off to iraq..."
SPC Goding of ft hood texas

"Thorne, you were the person that convinced me to stay in after the hernia sugery, i wanted to give up, but u talked me out of it. THANK YOU we were in the same squad in basic, you helped hold all of us together. i found out, the 1st day i got in country, and when things get rough round here, i rember the driving spirit u help me to find. I'll see you at the Green brother till then.

SCOUTS OUT!!!

PFC McDaniel aka Cake Legs

To his wife and family:
thank you for Thorne, he was one of my best friends even though i handt seen him in a while,his love for God shinned threw. im sorry for yalls loss"
PFC McDaniel of Baghdad, Iraq

"thorne, you were always a quiet dude, but i respected the hell out of you, we'll make them bleed for you. we will never forget...blackjack"
SPC. Pitch of mosul, iraq

"See you on the High Ground buddy"
PFC Smith of Ft. Hood TX

"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, William will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Thorne, you were one of my best friends and companions while we were at Fort Knox. You were an inspiration to us all and the best of friends, you will never be forgotten."
PFC Anthony Schienschang of Baghdad, Iraq

"William,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrfice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Ready And Forward"(10th Cav Motto)"

"My name is Pfc Ryan A Douglas. I had the honor of being in the same platoon as Thorne back in basic and ait at Ft. Knox, Ky. Thorne, of all of us, you should have made it, this isnt how its supposed to happen. Your humor, your personality, your very self, the world is at a loss without you. However, heaven has gained much with your spirit singing with the angels. We miss you man.
3rd plt.
Bravo 5-15
"Blackjack""
Pfc. Ryan Douglas of Iraq

"Thank you William Thorne, 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. William Thorne:
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 William 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. William Thorne:
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 William, 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