Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Andrew P. Wallace

25, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Wallace died in Shaibah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Brigade, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Died on September 26, 2005.

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"A whole lotta service members have to live up to your standards SGT... Way to set the standards and live the way you wanted to... god bless you brother..."
Joshua of Madison

"Thinking of you today Andrew. Its a great day to be an American. Thank you for all you did for our freedom. We miss you."
Dave Hood of Green Lake Wisconsin

"SGT. Wallace and his family. It will have been 5 years on Sunday that your life was taken by a coward. I know there is nothing anybody can do to ease the pain of your loss, but I just want your family to know that your are always being thought of. Rest in peace my Brother."
SFC Vital J. Silva (Ret) HHC 2/127 INF Battalion Communications Chief of Green Bay, WI

"Wish I could have been there for you, cousin. You had too much life yet to live."
Bruce Henson of Gordon, WI, USA

"Rest in Peace my brother. You will not be forgoting"
Caleb of Racine WI

"Mr. Wallace was my 3rd grade gym teacher and he taught me how to be a good friend and how to hold a record for cup stacking! Before he left for Iraq, he signed my flag, even though he didn't really have time. I still have that flag and I remember the huge party we had in the gym for him leaving. He was a great hero among us."
Delaney of WI

"I worked for Senator Roessler (Oshkosh) in 2005-2006, and I worked on the resolution presented to the assembly/senate for Andrew. I have two children now and no longer work at the Capitol, but I wanted to let you know that I think often of Andrew... four years after I worked on the resolution. I never knew him, but have felt a bond to him from learning of his life. He was a very special person that I know touched many lives, as he has touched mine.

I wish you all the best."
Ginnie Shorter of Madison, WI

"God Bless you SGt. Wallace. THANK YOU, as without you and brave dudes like you we wouldn't be able to hold our head high in the world and we'd not be as safe on our own soil. So...Thanks"

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Andrew P. Wallace:
Andrew 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

"Hello,
My daughter's religion teacher, Fr. Parry, asked each of the students to come and take the name of a fallen hero to pray for during the Lenten season. So my daughter choose two, one for her and one for me, her mother.
I have Sgt. Andrew Wallace and would like you to know I will be praying for him and his family. I am grateful for his service to this great country and for helping to win our freedom.
God Bless you!"
Mary of Bowie, Maryland

"To the Wallace family, and several other familes who have paid the highest price for freedom and my families freedom. This precious gift from GOD is walking streets of Gold, and yes there are NO TEARS in heaven. What a truly inspiritional song. Truly the pressence of Lord is with you.
Again a heartful of thanks for your song. It created a miracle, my husband came to the computer. Since he never touches it I had to ask him what on earth was he doing. GOOGLE he asks how does it work. Well, the rest was an emotional experience for him, and myself we found the videos and the songs. Being a solider himself several years ago. Not a day goes by without him praying and watching war stories. He heard of this song on FOX News and brought it to my attention. We have been truly touched what a handsome young AMERICAN-SOLIDER was Sgt Wallace. Our prayers will be with you, and our church will lift you up in prayer.
There is a purpose under heaven... God Bless and Keep you near his heart."
Kaiolani Martinez of San Leandro, CA, USA

"Everyday I remember my dear friend Andrew who gave his life for our freedoms. But this day September 26th is the day we must remember him most. Thiis is the day he gave his life to protect our freedoms, and believed in what he did. I will never forget him, and I ask all that read this not to forget him. We keep him alive, by keeping his memory alive. Don't stop talking or thinking about him. He was a great man. I miss you Andrew. Your friend. Dave do_dhood@yahoo.com"
Dave of Ripon Wi USA

"My son was in the 2/127 and stationed with Andrew in Iraq. His live had been briefly but deeply touched by Andrew, beginning in 2003. My son (Christian) was then a junior at Oshkosh North High School. He had been a part of North's Tennis team for two years, but wanted to work more on weight loss and overall body conditioning. Since the first day he met Andrew, as the Assistant Coach for Wrestling, he said I "had" to meet him! On several occassions I did have the privilege of talking to him. He was a very kind, conscientous and caring man. He treated all the team members for wrestling equal, even when their skill level was not equal.

My son then joined the National Guard, and again Andrew provided him with support, guidance and mentorship into what "a soldier" was. Chris was excited when Andrew's Ripon Guard group joined the Appleton/Fond du Lac 127.

As you can expect, my son is still grieving the loss of his mentor and friend. Someone he loved and "percieved had everything to live for". The world is a sadder place without Andrew. My son has never had anyone so close to his age die. And for Andrew to be a fellow soldier, and a man he admired, it has been very difficult. From what I know, Andrew has touched many lives in his life and death. I am very saddened by his death, and the sorrow his family and friends must still feel to this day.

I know the scholarship fund in memory of Andrew has been a positive memorial and addition to many young peoples education! We are proud to be helping with the Brat Fry on July 9 and 10 at Festival Foods in Oshkosh.

May God continue to bless each of us and this country. May your sorrow someday be changed into joy as you experience how death brings us all new life."
Cindy of Oshkosh, WI

"To the family of:Andrew P. Wallace 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 didn't know Sgt Wallace very well. I was new to the battallion when we deployed, but it continues to rend my heart when I think of the loss of such an outstanding comrade. Every drill weekend I am reminded of the sacrifice my brothers continue to bear and it is overwhelming. I offer my most sincere condolences to the friends and family of Andrew Wallace and please know, my prayers will continue to be with you for the rest of my days."
Brennan Kuhrt of Eau Claire, WI

"To the loved ones and people surrounding Andrew-

Such an amazing young man has been taken away from this earth, but we are made better for it. It was a lesson learned the hard way. Tough love, but what a love it is... Look at all of the people that he truly touched. In his short 25 years of life, he touched more than most can imagine for a lifetime. Thank you Andrew, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you-"
A forever thankful girl, of Ripon

"To the Family of SGT Andrew Wallace:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq. Our memorial includes, as of 8/28/06, 162 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Andrew'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 me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. A friend has put us up on his website so you can see the memorial here:
www.williamgbecker.com/ArlingtonMidwest.html.

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

"Andrew was the best gym teacher I have ever had. He was always nice to me and I felt that he was a really great friend to me. I miss him a lot, and I will never forget him."
Darcy of Oshkosh

"My dear friend Andrew. There are so many reminders of are friendship, and the times we spent together. Playing golf, hanging out at the gym, or just having a beer at the local tavern. I miss our friendship everyday and what you did as a young man while you were with us. I'm so proud to call you my friend and I take advantage of any oppertunity to share with others what a great man you are. I miss you my friend, and I know I will see you again someday. Happy Birthday my friend and my HERO. Dave"
Dave Hood of Ripon Wisconsin. USA

"I never met Andrew Wallace or most of his family, but I have gone to school with his brother, Matt, for the past four years. Today is Memorial Day and there is a person who I only know as "Matt's brother" who has died in this war so I thought I would leave this note for his family. I cannot imagine their grief and sadness, but I just wanted to say that I support each and every soldier and their families with all my heart. I wish you all the best."
Carrie Benson of Orlando, Florida

"Andrew we miss you! Our morning basketball games on Fridays will never be the same without you! Your positve attitude will always be part of us."
Keith Dolan of Oshkosh, WI

"I had the honor and privilege of teaching with Andrew. He worked with my special education students at North High School. He treated them with dignity and respect. He cared enough to push them to succeed and yet he knew how to laugh with them. My students still ask about Mr. Wallace. He meant a great deal to them...and to me. Andrew was a great role model; he was a caring, warm, funny, sensitive man. I miss him every day. There will forever be a hole in our lives where only Andrew fit. God's blessings to his family."
Lynn of Oshkosh, WI

"Mr.Wallace was my 5th grade teacher.When everybody found out they were in tears. My friend Paige was as much disaponited as I was. It was a hard time for all of us,but we all leared to except it all in are lives. Mr.Andrew Wallace Died in a great honor in are country."
Marissa0-: of Oshkosh ,WI

"Mr.Wallace was my 5th grade gym teacher at E.Cook when we found out what happened everybody was balling it toke me a while to think he is not coming back right that minute memorises came back to me like the last day I saw him he still had a smile on his face and kept his head up and it seamed that he was not going any were I still feel as if he never left me my 5th grade teacher was best buds with him and when we found out we went to my old school right after school to see how he was doing he looked as if he knew everything was alright this made me feel a lot better thank you Mr.s"
Paige of Oshkosh WI

"I am a junior at oshkosh north high school and ive been very close to Andrew since I was 14 years old. He was my wrestling coach, and one of the nicest men i've met in my entire life. He was more than a coach to me, he was a friend, and someone i have always admired. I will never forget him and I will be forever greatful that he gave his life for our country."
Former student and friend of Oshkosh, WI

"my name is Cassidy and i am a volunteer for the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. We are a group of people that have built a memorial wall in Marsielles Illinois for all the fallen soldiers in Mideast conflicts since Beriut. Your loved one's name will be permenently added to this wall. For any further information visit our website www.ilfreedomrun.org please e-mail me at me1196@aol.com to let me know that you have recived this message. If you decide to come to this memorial on June 19th, 2006, you will recieve VIP seating and treatment for the cermonies that day. ALL OUR WELCOMING TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS
**Cassidy"
Cassidy of Brookfield/ILL/red,white,blue

"I just occered to me I didn't say enough. Many people have said what I think about Andy. I would just like to add that as a young soldier Wallace always paid close attention to what the senior soldiers had to say, espetially what those of us who were former active duty had to say. In my experience in the guard I found a gusto for combat and for war, that I having been on active duty did not share. I hope that maybe, the tragic death of Andrew is a reminder of the seriousness of war, and that being part time does not exclude you from sacrifice."
Aaron Childers of Madison,WI

"I was a member of A co 2-127 since the day the 32nd was reorganized, along with Andrew. He was just a Private then, one of the many young faces our new unit had. I got out just before the Iraq war started. I knew that there was a good chance I might know someone who would be killed over there. I cried like hell when Wallace died. I wanted to go to the funeral but I didn't hink I could handle it. Nothing is more tragic than the death of youth. I am sorry I didn't make the funeral Andy, I really am. If anyone from A co reads this and you know me please give me a call or e-mail me, I would like to know more. 210-825-8986 sapperfied@gmail.com"
Aaron Childers of Madison,WI

"To the family of Andrew Wallace,
Never did I meet Andrew or know anyone who did. However, when i saw him and his family on the news tonight in the "fallen Hero's" special, it brought tears to my eyes to see how the life of such a good person could be lost. It makes me aspire to want to be a better person the more i read about him. My heart goes out to the entire Wallce family. I will always remember the stories i read about a true American hero named Andrew P. Wallace"
Daniel of Medford Oregon

"To all those who have fallen, to the family and friends of Andrew Wallace,

I am a grateful American for the sacrifice you and your loved ones have made. Although I do not believe that this war is worth the loss of human life, I believe firmly that soliders who die standing up for the values they believe this country represents are heroes. Andrew Wallace is an American hero, and my heart goes out to those who have survived him. Although I cannot possibly know your sorrow, please know that you are not alone. Sincerely,"
Sara Kenney of Warrenton,VA

"Myself and my son were proud to know Andrew Wallace. Most people will debate what is the true measure of a man...I have no doubt in my mind that this particular man was immeasureable. He was a great person, soldier, teacher, umpire and friend to those that were blessed enough to know him. I was lucky enough to experience a glimpse of him in each of these roles. My son will forever remember how Andrew would heckle him from behind the plate as he umpired baseball for the Ripon High School baseball team in 2005. It was fun to watch Andrew and brother James out on the diamond enjoying the simple things in life..family, children, and friends. As a soldier he is representative of what this great country of ours stands for; freedom, compassion and sacrafice. Our hearts are with Andrew's family now and in years to come. As our travels will take us back to Ripon to honor him and thank him for his ultimate sacrafice for us, our hearts will remember him always. For Andrew and all of our fallen comrades and our current serving armed forces, thank you each and every day for your selfless sacrafice! We take for granted the simple things. Andrew's life is a beautiful and perfect reminder. God Bless You."
Christine DaQuila-formerly of Ripon, WI of Bonney Lake, WA

"He was a friend of a friend. When I heard of his passing I looked him up. Although I had never met him, the way my friend described his attitude and spirit is echoed in everything I read about him. God bless him, his family, friends, and all other service men and women."
Friend of a Friend of Oshkosh, WI

"I feel very honored to have known Andrew Wallace. He was an exceptional human being. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him."
Korie Wright of Oshkosh, WI

"To all who read this, Andrew P. Wallace was my co-worker, one of my best friends and like a son to me. Andrew was killed in Iraq on Monday, September 26, 2005. We laid him to rest on Thursday, October 6, 2005 in his home town of Ripon, Wisconsin. The church was overflowing for his funeral service and the streets of Ripon were lined with school children and adults alike holding flags and standing straight and proud as Andrew's funeral procession weaved its way through the streets of this small town on its way to the cemetery. Andrew was one of this earth's brightest stars, one that brought joy to the kindergartners through fifth graders at the school where he taught, to all the teachers and staff who Andrew always made of point of making sure he said at least a friendly "hi" to each day, and to the secretary in the office (me) who had a daily banter with him that made my day special. To all who knew Andrew, we are better people because of him. For all who never had the chance to meet this exceptional human being, please be assured that he served his country with pride and honor and we, as citizens of the United States of America, are better because of that shining star named Andrew, who now shines brightly in the heavens above."
Mary Zentner of Oshkosh Wisconsin

"I did not know Andrew but I have a loved one who is a part of the Wisconsin National Guards 32nd BDE and is currently training for their deployment to the middle east next month -- the loss was felt by all and he will never be forgotten. He will forever be a hero and for that I am grateful.

My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Andrew and the the rest of the 2/127 during this difficult time.

Thank you for your sacrafice and may God Bless You all!"
A Proud Army Girlfriend of Kenosha, WI

"I, too, am a friend of Brad Squires, who was killed on June 9th. May God bless you and support you through these difficult times. Andrew along with the rest of our Serviceman are heroes in every meaning of the word. We are all greatful for his sacrifice and the bravery of young men like him who are willing to put their lives at risk to spread democracy and freedom. May Andrew rest in eternal peace."
of Cleveland, OH

"TO THE WALLACE FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH ANDREW AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ. ANDREW THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND ALONG SIDE OUR SON. YOU ARE A HERO! PLEASEREACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED AFTER ANDREW. HE DESERVE'S TO BE HONORD AND REMEMBERED. CONFLICTS AND WARS TAKES YEARS TO END. TO LONG TO WAIT TO HONOR ANDREW. THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO KEEP ALL ANDREW DID FOR HIS COMMUNITY, STATE, AND OUR COUNTRY FRESH IN THEIR MINDS. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the Family and Friends of Andrew,

I did not know Andrew, however a good friend of mine died on June 9th, 2005 in Iraq. He was a Corporal in the Marines. He was so proud of what he was doing for our country, and we are very proud of him. It is not easy to lose someone so young and so dear, but we have to take comfort in knowing how much pride they felt and how much honor there was in what they were fighting for. How much they loved their positions.

Some people wait all their life to find what makes them happy. Andrew (and my friend Brad) found it so young. They died doing what they loved and what they were so proud of.

I pray for you to find strength in this time of sorrow and to get your through the coming weeks and months that will be so tough. Remember the good times and honor Andrew and all the others who have died fighting for us and our freedom. I understand what you are going through and the pain you feel, there is a hole in all of our hearts for our lost loved ones, we can't fill that hole but we can patch it a little with our memories, our pride and in by honoring all of those that lost their lives.

Find strength, Find peace and take comfort in each other, my god bless you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Mandie (Friend of fallen Marine 6/9/05) of Berea, Ohio

"Andrew will not be forgotten. God's Blessings on you and your family. May you find peace."
Candy of Poynette, 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.
Our nations HERO, Andrew will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Andrew Wallace, 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. Andrew Wallace:
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 Andrew 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. Andrew Wallace:
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 Andrew, 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