Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Roger C. Turner, Jr.

37, of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Turner was in his sleeping quarters when the logistical support area came under mortar attack. He died as a result of his injuries in Anaconda, Iraq. Turner was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on February 1, 2004.

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"I served with SSG Turner in Iraq in 2003 and was coming out of the Squadron TOC when I saw the rocket slowly falling in the area where we lived and operated.

I just remembered running in the direction of the detonation and everything from that point on is fuzzy, but I remember being told that SSG Turner was injured and needed O+ blood.

The entire Squadron mounted up and headed to the clinic where he was being treated ready to give every ounce we could to help, but it was too late.

SSG Turner, it was my honor serving with you in battle and I thank you for your service and your sacrifice to our great country. Rest easy Brother!"
LTC Jermaine L. Sutton of Ashburn VA

"To the family and friends of SSG Roger Turner,

I served in 1-10 Cavalry with him, and his loss was a tragic one. I know that it doesn't mean much, but on the day following his untimely death, I was put together with a task force to go out and capture the terrorists who committed this cowardly act. I feel that who we caught were the individuals who were responsible for this act because the mortaring quickly ceased afterwards. I know it may not be much, but rest assured that they were punished for what they had done and because of our quick reactions his death prevented any more from being carried out on Balad while the Cavalry was there.

May he forever rest on fiddlers green, for he now knows peace better than me."
SPC James B. Strickler II of Las Vegas, NV

"My name is David Richardson and I was in SSG Turner's platoon in 1/10 CAV. It's been a little over 11 years and I still can hear his laugh clear as day. What an awesome example of always looking at the glass half full he was. I just wanted his family to know that I worked with him on a daily basis and that he left such an awesome lasting impression on soul. I can honestly say that I am a better person by having known him than I would have been had I not. His approach on life and knowing what what to focus on in life that makes you happy truely motivates me still today to be a better person and a better father to my childeren. Remembering you always,"Rog"!

David Richardson of Killeen, Texas

"Hey Clint, it's your cousin Val. Think about you a lot and what you gave for everyone in this country. Still miss you. Love"
Valerie Hawkins-Owens of Chicago, IL USA

"P.S. I love you"
valerie hawkins owens

"My cousin, I am praying for you. I remember how you were the only boy with us female cousins around. I don't blame you for wanting to get away from us!! ; D I love you and will always remember you and pass down through my children what you have done for all of us."
valerie hawkins owens of chicago IL

"Teresa, Steven, and Tabitha-- I am Roger's cousin Tracy. My Dad (his Uncle Donnie) and his Dad were brothers. I grew up with Clinton (I always knew him as Clinton), but lost touch when I moved away after high school. Kids I want to tell you your Dad was a really great guy! He was so smart, funny and kind. I think of him often. God bless you all!"
Tracy Turner-Camp of Sequim, Wa

"To the Family of SSG Turner. I served with SSG Turner in 1/10 CAV in Iraq..knew him as a kind hearted and generous man...and caring NCO. I am deeply sorry for your loss and am greatful to have known him. God bless you...and rest in peace Brother"
Former Buffalo Soldier, SSG Outen of Fort Shafter, HI

"I served with Staff Sergeant Roger Turner in Iraq. He was such a good NCO who cared about his soldiers and always got the job done. I'm so sorry for his family's loss, I'm sure he was such a great husband and father to his children. I will never forget him, and we always knew how much he loved his family. He was such a positive influence for us, thank you to his family for sharing him with us when he served in Iraq. He made it easier for all of us."
US Army Soldier, HHT 1-10 CAV of California

"To the family, friends, and comrades of Roger,
This has been 10 years in the making, but I finally have SSG Turners, SFC Bacons, and SPC Caldwells memorial decal completed. All three friends lost in OIF1. If anyone would like a copy please email me at tankmech4@yahoo.com. The only cost to the requester will be the decal itself."
SGT Fred Rupp of Columbus, Ohio

"Hello Teresa, Tabitha, and Stephen. This is Tabitha, SFC Henry A. Bacon's daughter. I remember attending your dads memorial. I remember my dad being a broken man and wondering how he was going to come home without your father. My very last conversation with my father he asked me "How do you go home and tell a family we didn't bring him back?" He was so upset. He carrf a great deal for your family. Little did I know my dad was going to be called up to heaven with your father after that phone converstation. I would love to talk to you guys. I work for a foundation that assist kids of fallen soldiers with college. I would love to walk you through the process. My brother and I were receipients of the foundation. But, not only that. I would love to reconnect with you guys. Tabitha, I have always felt kindred to you. Not only because we have the same name but because we both had fathers that didn't come home with 1/10 Cav. My mother wonders how you are Teresa. Please do feel free to contact me: tabitha@fallenpatriots.org. I would love to know how ya'll are doing.
Love and Blessings to you..."
Tabitha of CT

"I love you and I always will. Mom misses you."
Your daughter Tabitha of West Virginia

"I lover you and I always will."
Your daughter Tabitha of West Virginia

"I'm in 6th grade now dad I wish you could see me."
Your daughter Tabitha of West Virginia

"I hope I can see you some day again.
We all miss you dad. Steven does too."
Your daughter Tabitha of West Virginia

"Dad I miss you a lot."
Your Daughter, Tabitha of West Virginia

"tina again, forgot i have an unlisted #. csundem@comcast.net"
tina of wa

"I was his nurse. he asked me to say something to his wife. If that may be any consolation, please let me know."
tina sundem of roy, wa

"Another 01 February has come and gone.It was a sunny,bright day as I and our children visited your grave.It was the same kind of day when they came to tell us you were gone.The missing you never stops,the tears still fall,our LOVE for you will never end.Someday,down that long,long road you'll hear me call your name."
wife Teresa of not really a home without you.

"January 29, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Roger C. Turner, Jr.:
Roger 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To the family of:Roger C. Turner,Jr. 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"

"I knew Roger (Clinton) in high school. What a great guy then! Funny (not surprised about the Sponge Bob impressions), loyal and sweet. What an awesome man he turned out to be. His sacrifice will never be forgotten, nor will he. My deepest sympathies to his mother, wife and family."
Roxanne McDaniel of Park Ridge, IL

"I want to leave a message to the family of Staff Sergeant Roger C. Turner, I feel I must leave a message because my name is Roger L. Turner. Mrs. Turner, I want you to know that your husband's service and sacrifice is appreciated by me. So severe a sacrifice to lay on the altar of freedom is hard to bear, my prayers are with you and your children. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel, I did not know your Roger but obviously he was a good soldier, friend, father, and husband. Please know my thoughts will be with you always."
Roger L. Turner of Bakersfield, MO USA

"Theresa, Steven and Tabby,
you are often in my thoughts and prayers. I tried to comfort you having after losing my brother in Iraq but losing a brother is so much different than losing a husband or a father isn't it? I know that after 3 years my pain for my brother is still great and I can't fathom the pain you must feel. Please take care and I hope you can find some comfort knowing that those who knew your family are praying for you and wish you the best."
Sandra Childers Brown of Fort Hood, TX

"To Mrs. Turner and children,

My name is Kevin Niuvela and I had the proud honor to serve with your husband and father. SSG Turner was the funniest and most respectful man I know in the military. He made my day as smooth as possible. One thing, I always remember SSG Turner doing is implementing Sponge Bob, but other than his funny side, I well respected this man, for his loyalty, respect, and bravery. He is never forgotten and also his family and wife, My prayers are always for you and the children, and that a man like SSG Turner can never be replaced. My respects to him and may GOD bless you all for giving me the honors to serve with him, My love and sympathies to you, Mrs. Turner and to the children, he was a great father."
Kevin Niuvela of Federal Way, WA

"Thank you all for your kind words and sympathy.I and the children miss Roger so much,its hard to even put into words.Your messages helped make this day a little brighter.Love never dies."
Teresa& Steven&Tabby of FT.HOOD

"To the Turner family, I knew Roger just in passing but I could tell that he was a kindhearted person and would have been a good friend. I saw him just the day before he was killed when he helped to fix my humvee. I know that he will be greatly missed. My prayers are with all of you."
Daniel M. Long of former Buffalo Soldier

"Theresa I know that I hardly even knew you, but I want to let you & your kids know that your family hasn't been forgotten. Your husband made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us...Thank You. I pray for the 4 of ya'll every day. May God bless you and keep strong."
Laura Sapp of Ft. hood, Texas USA

"Steven, do not think your dad's life was in vain, he helped out in the role for freedom. If you are reading this, please don't weep for his death. He will always be in the memories of everyone in yours and my family. Take care of yourself and your mom and sister. God bless you, your family, and everyone who is and has been to Iraq."
Carlos Gotay of Killeen,TX

"To Roger's family, as I said before, I wish I had taken the time to walk across the street and meet all of you while we were visitng last March. I am sure if I had a crystal ball and could have known what the future held for all of us, I would have taken the time to meet you and Roger. We are still thinking of you, as you move on without Roger."
Joe and Judy Childers of Powell, Wyoming

"To the family of Roger Turner, Jr.: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He is a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, ROGER! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
T. Rexroad of Moorefield, WV

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

"Rest in peace my brother...thank you for your service"
Former Cavalry Officer

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"REST IN PEACE BRAVE WARRIOR...have always been my words from day one that I posted to this wonderful site....May you rest in beautiful heaven....""
The Taylors USMC of NC

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family of Roger C. Turner Jr.,
I am so sorry for you loss. I know that this is a very hard time in your lives and I want you to know that I feel your pain. My older brother was Army Spc. Steven D. Conover, he was the soldier from Wilmington, Ohio, that died in November in the helicopter attacks. I would like to express my gratitude for your dear soldier. I am sure that he was a wonderful man. He is a true hero, and I thank you for his sacrafice for my freedom. I know that this is a hard time and I just want you to know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I know that no amount of words will make your pain go away, but I know that a few heartfelt words can ease your sorrow. God bless you and yours.
Corrie Simpson of Wilmington, Ohio USA

"Thank you Roger Turner, Jr., 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 Staff Sgt. Roger Turner, Jr.:
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 Roger 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 Staff Sgt. Roger Turner, Jr.:
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 Roger, 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