Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Gregory A. Wagner

35, of Mitchell, South Dakota.
Wagner died of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised fire projectile struck his HMMWV during combat operation. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, Yankton, South Dakota. Died on May 8, 2006.

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"To the family of:Gregory A. Wagner
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""

"miss you greg

1/147th C BTRY"
SPC Merry of South Dakota

"To the family, on this date in a little village in norfolk on an antique stall i bought a black bracelt engraved " IPLO RUDY MESA * SSG GREG WAGNER*KIA 8 MAY 2006 BAGHDAD IRAQ*OIF. I did not realise what it was but know i know i am sorry for your loss and i will keep this bracelt unless you would like it to remember?"
EBeecham of London

"May 7, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Gregory A. Wagner:
Gregory 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

"To all family members and friends of Staff Sgt. Gregory Wagner--
Even a year after your loss, we know you are still feeling the sadness and pain of that tragic day. Please know that you have people who love and care about you all across this country. We continue to keep you all in our prayers and will always be proud of the sacrifice Greg made for us here--he gave all so we could remain free!!"
Dick & Darla Klinger & family of Hartford, SD USA

"Greg, You will "Forever" hold a place in my heart! Our paths will cross again someday and I look forward to seeing your smile! You are always in my thoughts- and your family is always in my prayers!"
Amy DeMaranville of Mitchell, SD

"To the Family of SSG Wagner
I had the honor of serving with Greg in Iraq.He always had a smile and was willing to lend a hand.A part of me went with Greg we were not close but he always addresed my not as just Seargeant but Seargeant Reeder He was greatly missed and rememberd."
SSG Gary C. Reeder of Fort Polk Lousiania

"To the friends and family of Staff Sgt. Gregory Wagner
First of all, my thoughts are with you. I came upon this link for Sgt. Wagner as I was web searching my own name. I was taken with Sgt. Wagner's life as it mirrored my own and his passion for service to God and country. One of my best friends, C. Sean Caton, was killed on the morning of September 11th. He worked on the 104th floor of tower 2. They never found his body but his spirit lives on. I know that Sgt. Wagner's spirit will live on in all of you. I will honor Sgt. Wagner whenever I can as we share not just a name but a passion for what is right in the world. I know why he made his sacrifice and I will do all that I can to help others know of Greg's sacrifice as well. God bless you all."
Gregory X. Wagner of Huntington, NY

"Dear Greg, there are so many things I want to say. I have learned many things from you...have fun and LAUGH with everything you do,pray for everyone even those who hurt you and last, take the time to tell those you love how you feel because you may not get another chance...we are on God's time not ours. I love you and miss you so much and there's nothing I could want more than to be awoken by the phone @ 1am and hear your voice on the other end!"
Elaina Weeks of St Augustine, FL

"The graces of God shall hold you close to his Divine Heart. He died for what he believed in and also was a real man of honor and integrity."
Regina Martin of Pryor, OK

"To all that loved Greg,
Greg is my uncle and he was probably the most amazing guy I have ever met and he has made it hard for any other guy that comes along in my life. I want to tell you all that my family is greatful for sympathy, support, and prayers. We have learned that family comes first these days and Greg knew that. We will never be ready to say good bye so the hope of seeing him keeps us going. We also want to keep the two other soldiers in our prayers that were injured during the attack. Thank you again for your support in our hard time."
Jessica Rae Osnes of Black Hawk, SD

"Letter to Mom
by Joy Curnutt
Mom, please donít feel guilty
It was just my time to go.
I see you are still feeling sad,
And the tears just seem to flow.
We all come to earth for our lifetime,
And for some itís not many years
I donít want you to keep crying
You are shedding so many tears.
I havenít really left you
Even though it may seem so.
I have just gone to my heavenly home,
And Iím closer to you than you know.
Just believe that when you say my name
Iím standing next to you,
I know you long to see me,
But thereís nothing I can do.
But Iíll still send you messages
And hope you understand,
That when your time comes to ďcross over,Ē
Iíll be there to take your hand.

19may2006"
Another Gold Star Mom of south Dakota

"Greg, If this is the best I can do I will do it. I will miss you everyday, and I will never forget that last phone call only hours before you left us.I think the words that will ring in my ears are "two weeks girl thats all I've got left" It's so hard to think of you not here anymore.But I hope you know that the entire country is behind you as well as those of us who know you. You will be in our hearts and are prayers as long as we are on this earth. I will miss you every day and I will never forget what you gave your life for. I hope when I am in God's hands I will see you again.I promise to you that as long as there is breath in me you will always be remembered. I love you and I miss you. Kris"
Kris of Mitchell South Dakota

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

"Thank you Gregory Wagner, 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. Gregory Wagner:
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 Gregory 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. Gregory Wagner:
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 Gregory, 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