Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Eugene A. Uhl III

21, of Amherst, Wisconsin.
Uhl died when two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 15, 2003.

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"I didn't know Sgt Uhl, but after some research, it turns he is a distant relation. I remember someone asking me if I had a relative in Iraq when he died, and I didn't believe I did. After some chance research, turns out we were distant cousins. I was in Iraq a couple of years after he was, and although I never knew him, I am proud to be related to him, and carry the same last name."
Louie Uhl of Yuma, AZ

"I am sorry for your loss I went to school with June Uhl in amherst wisc. I'm not sure if your were her brother but if you were i'm sure you were wonderful she was a good friend and her family was sweet. I have a son in the military he's a marine. God will take care of you til the rest of your family comes home to be with you. Thank You for the freedom that we all take advantage of everyday while our service men keep us safe from harm and free. I for one will not forget your sacrifices!!! May God comfort your family today and everyday til you can be a family again."
sharon (saltzman)healey of phoenix arizona

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Spc. Eugene A. Uhl, III:
Eugene 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

"Uhlagene, 5 years and counting. It seems like my guilt worsens every year. All of our "top 5" games, our talks about our significant others and life in general, I think about them all the time. There is no amount of apologies and regrets that could even come close to what I feel. You had such a great career ahead of you. Sometimes, I find myself thinking of you a bit more than the others. I don't know why, I just do. Seeing you grow through the ranks and finally seeing you wear stripes, made me feel as if I was doing a good job. I still often wonder how you guys accepted my leadership style, and how you thought about me as a leader. It really doesn't matter anymore. Just know, I love you guys, and not a day goes by that I do not try and make you proud. My love to you and your family. "Comanche Pride""
SSG Josh Forbess of Fort Campbell, KY

"Sgt. Uhl, its been awhile since we last saw each other. I will remember you and carry with me the honor of knowing you and serving with you in Iraq forever. We had some good laughs pulling gate guard and patroling together. I would like to thank all of the Comanche family, whom all were supportive even in times of disaster. Comanche Pride!"
Spc. McElroy of Tecumseh, Ok.

"TO THE FAMILY OF SGT. EUGENE UHL,
YOUR SON WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, HE WAS A GREAT SOLDIER AND A GREAT PERSON. I WAS THERE ON THAT HORRIBLE NIGHT. I REMEBER...I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU, HIS LOVED ONES."
SSG WAYNE GRANT of IRONWOOD, MI

"To the family of:Eugene A. Uhl 111 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"

"As a member of Sgt. Uhl's family (one of his older sisters), thank you to everyone who has written a "blog" about him. We will never forget his service, devotion,and death. After 3 long years, we hope to start patching our lives back together.There will always be a hole in our lives/hearts where Eugene was, but thank you to everyone for sharing such wonderful thoughts and messages to us!!"
Loving sister, Chastity of Stevens Point, WI, USA

"My sincere condolences to Eugene's family. I found this site by accident and will remember Eugene's sacrifice because of it. It hits closer to home as I have relation in Amherst and I'm prior service from Point. God Bless"
Jeff Toftum (Sgt) of Lakeville,MN/US

"It is coming on 2 years since you left us Eugene. I found this site when I googled your name. I still think about you and still pray for you, your family and of course Emily. We have had some great times together. To Eugene's family. I hope that you are doing well. I pray for you always. God Bless"
Sabrina (USN) of Amherst

"I am hoping someone will see this on this webpage and be able to help me. I am trying to reach the family of this soldier so that I can mail a flag to them that was flown in this soldier's honor. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that this family gave. Any assitance would be very helpful.
Thank you. emmylou9@hotmail.com"
Emmy of Charleston, SC

"For the Family of SPC Eugene Uhl:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put SPC Uhl's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country. If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.
We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"SGT UHL, ITS A PLEASURE FOR ME TO KNOW YOU AND I SAY THAT IN PRESENT TENSE BECAUSE YOU AND THE REST OF YOUR SECTION WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF ME. I CARRY YOU GUYS EVERYWHERE I GO. THANK YOU FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE. YOUR A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHAT A SOLDIER IS SUPPOSE TO BE. WE MISS YOU AND YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
SGT SM CHATTMAN of NASHVILLE, TN

"To the family of Eugene A. UHl III:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"I just wanted you to know that you are always in our thoughts and prayers and hope that God has granted you a little more peace everyday. Eugene will never be forgotten."
L.R. of Wisconsin Rapids

"I served proudly with Eugene Uhl way back when we were both SPCs with Charlie Battery, 1-120th FA of the 32nd SIB. Eugene was a great soldier, a funny guy, and a true American who answered the call of his country when he left the WI Guard for the 101st ABN. Eugene was the first soldier I knew to not make it home from Iraq, and even though we only served together in the Guard, he will always hold a special place in my heart. God bless you SGT Eugene Uhl, you are a true American Hero."
2LT Jason M. Reiman of Plover, WI

"I served proudly with Eugene Uhl way back when we were both SPCs with Charlie Battery, 1-120th FA of the 32nd SIB. Eugene was a great soldier, a funny guy, and a true American who answered the call of his country when he left the WI Guard for the 101st ABN. Eugene was the first soldier I knew to not make it home from Iraq, and even though we only served together in the Guard, he will always hold a special place in my heart. God bless you SGT Eugene Uhl, you are a true American Hero."
2LT Jason M. Reiman of Plover, WI

"I MISS YOU"
BROOKE LYNCH of WHITE HOUSE, TN

"I recently purchased a bracelet from Hero Bracelets.Org and it had Genes name on it. I will wear this bracelet to the grave and everyone who asks me about it will know who Gene was and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country.
God Bless"
1SG John Winkler USAR (Ret) of Mesa, Arizona

"miss you"
spc. scott, jonathon of Portland, OR

"SGT Uhl was a great soldier leader and friend of mine. Countless hours we spent talking and blabbering about all aspects of life. To have a soldier like him serve in my section was my honor. He accomplished every mission that was asked of him and more. I can not express my feelings of remorse and regret in words that I feel every day for him. To his family and Emily, my deepest condolences and respect. He praised you guys every day. I know he is watching over you and will take care of you for the rest of your days. You are not alone Uhlagene, take care of the rest of the section, and I'll see you on the "High Ground"."
SGT Forbess of Fort Campbell, KY

"SPC UHL some never know the sacrifices of a soldier...SOME GAVE ALL, ALL GAVE SOME now touches the heart all too closely. You will be dearly missed by us all brother."
SFC Force 1-320 "Top Guns" C, A, HSB of Ft. Campbell, KY 101st

"Eugene, I didn't hear of your passing until about a week afterwards. Jimmy told me. Strange, I was in Baghdad, half an hour away, yet people 6000 miles away learned of your fate before me. Words can't express the sorrow I feel. You've always been a brother to me. To your family, I leave myself. If any of your family members need me, I'll be there. I pray you'll tell them in their dreams, I can be reached many ways - home in Germany 0114967839993983,cell 491757346900, home in WI (715)341-4249. I love you bro. I'm sure Em will make it through all this eventually; she's a tough girl, with great friends to help her out. To your parents and friends, I say one thing: anything you need, I'll be there. Let me know, I owe you at least that. I loved Eugene like a brother, you are all my family now. Feel blessed to have known him, he was a wonderful man. And for what he can no longer do, count on me, I owe him at the least that. Eug, I love you bro. 1/120th forever bro. Sharing, Caring, Committment. Have a drink on me."
SGT Joseph Anderson of CMR 405 Box 3248 APO AE 09034 (Baumholder, Germany. Former C-1/120 guardsman).

"SPC Uhl, you will never be forgotten...and shall we never forget the sacrifices he made for the American and Iraqi people. SPC Uhl, "Top Guns, Strike, Air Assault!""
SFC James Swearingen of 1-320th FAR Fort Campbell, KY

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

"To the family of Eugene A. Uhl III, he will always be remembered in our thoughts and prayers. He was and always will be an outstanding soldier. My husband and son served with him in the Army National Gaurd in Stevens Point and was a wonderful young man. God bless to you and yours."
Molly Burda(Sgt. Rodney F. Burda Jr.) of Stevens Point, Wi.

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

"OUR special chosen words since day one of finding this site last year...have always been......REST IN PEACE BRAVE SOLDIERS/MARINES/WARRIORS We love you and MAY GOD BLESS you each. Your loved ones are in a beautiful place called Heaven now....When you look up to the sky at night and see the brightest star...it's your hero..shining down on you..The Taylors United States Marine Corps, North Carolina"

"I want to send out my most sincere apologizes for the loss of Gene. I knew him personally and considered him to be one of my best friends. I just saw of your loss today. I had recieved a letter from him and it was postmarked November 19. I emailed and emailed him and I never got a response. I finally got on my computer tonight and did a search on him and I found this. This was such a devestating shock to me and I could not control my emotions when I saw this. Whenever we were together all he would speak of was his family, and please forgive me I cannot remember her name, his fiance'. I rememeber going in his room and all it was were pictures of her everywhere. He was such a wonderful loving person. I am very sorry for your loss. I don't know if anyone will ever recieve this, but I have many pictures of him if anyone would like me to send them. All my condolences, Brooke Lynch
BsAmnesia@aol.com"
Brooke Lynch of Clarksville,TN

"This soilder was a great leader! I know this because I served with him. He was a cannon crew member for Charlie Battery. God may you let him rest peace."
Pfc. Hicks of Atlanta, GA

"We all love you Eugene and miss you alot and we won't forget you"
Johann of Waupaca

"Thank you Eugene Uhl III, 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 you who loved and you who lost...
We will never forget your sacrifice or Eugene's."
E. of Amherst WI

"I didn't exactly know Eugene very well but i did graduate and grow up next to Emily. The grief of losing someone is so terrible and only time will heal your wounds. Your tough girl, so stay strong! The entire world is thinking about you, and you have many friends. Don't be afraid to talk to your friends and family, sharing your feelings will help!"
Brady of Amherst

"To Eugene's family, and to Emily, and all those who knew and loved Eugene. The only thing that can possibly overcome the grief and loss that we all feel, it's that Eugene died doing something that he believed in, his freedom, and the freedom of all those he loved. Nothing and no one can replace Eugene in anyone's hearts that knew him. Knowing Eugene for the past 6 years was a blessing. Though we hadn't talked since a year or so before he left for Iraq, he still meant a lot to me, and I cannot even imagine the pain and heartbreak that Emily feels. Emily, it will take strength and courage to move on from Eugene, but you have that in you. You and his family will be in my thoughts."
Kristin Steltenpohl of Stevens Point, (Amherst) Wisconsin

"Eugene~ you touched many hearts back here in Amherst in a way that you will never know.

In our letters to one another we had discussed what made a hero... you my son are the finest.

My heart can not fathom what your family is experiencing but know that they were exceptional proud of you.

Angels come in all forms to us, and I pray that you come back to help all of here in Amherst and especially those still serving in the Middle East.

Blessings Eugene and thank you. Thank you for serving to make us free."
Mary Ann Mangen of Amherst, WI.

"In memory of Eugene Uhl III, my heart goes out to Eugene's Family and Fiance! I graduated from High School with Eugene and I will never forget what an impact he made on our class or his great sense of humor. Eugene has definitly made an impact on our country and he will never be forgotten."
Sarah Dose of Stevens Point, WI

"I saw the family and fiancee of this soldier on TV. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Such a tragedy when he was going to begin a new chapter in his life, his upcoming marriage. My prayers are with his fiancee."
Beverly Arnold of Cynthiana,KY

"To the family and friends of Spc. Eugene Uhl III:
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 Eugene 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 Spc. Eugene Uhl III:
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 Eugene, 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