Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Donald R. Walters


33, of Kansas City, Missouri.
Killed in action after his convoy was ambushed in Iraq on March 23, 2003. He was assigned to the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

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"Dear Walters family and friends.I served with SGT.Walters right before the war started.I met him in 2002 at the reception unit at Ft.Bliss Texas.He was the person that I talked to the most while we were there.He was also the first person to pick me up and show me around the EL Paso area.He was a great guy and my friend.I remember some Saturdays he would pick me up from the Barracks and he would have his then infant Daughter with him.He will be Greatly missed and never forgotten.He will always be the person I call my Friend.God Bless his family parents and friends.I will see to it as long as I live.... That I will always keep his memory alive and hope to meet his family to tell them what a great person he was.CPL Keithen Thompson EL Paso Texas USA"
Keithen Thompson of EL PASO TEXAS USA

"Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
- I shall fear only God.
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
¯ Mahatma Gandhi"
jeffrey k. Heck USAF 82-86 of columbus ohio

""I read Donald"s story. He is a true inspiration to the spirt of America. He makes me proud to call myself an American. My condolences to his family and fellow comrades. He represents the core values of the Army and the United States Military. Thank you Donald for your sacrifice.""
Jeffrey K. Heck USAF 82-86 of Columbus, Ohio

"Ssg Walters! I will never forget you. You were always someone I looked up to. I'm not much for words....but you always covered my stupid * in the 325th.

I'll never forget how you were always willing to take the heat, you always had a plan of action....Ft. Polk......Hawaii....

I'm so proud to say that you were my Sergeant!

Everyone I meet hears about you.....only if I let them know I was (never got deployed...but begged to go)....

Thank you for helping me be the man I am more!"
Letts of Olathe Kansas

"Thinking of Donald Walters today during this Memorial Day Weekend 2014. I had the honor of serving with him while he was assigned to the 325th Combat Support Hospital in Independence, MO. He was always very kind, had excellent military bearing and was known as a hard worker. Our unit was deeply saddened to hear of his passing but not at all surprised but his heroic actions in combat. I had the honor of meeting his wife and attending his memorial service in Missouri. I do believe his photo remains at the Reserve Center in Independence, MO in his honor. We will not forget! I ran the Army Ten Miler the past two years in honor of him, his wife and daughter. I will not forget!"
MAJ Marilyn Parker of San Antonio, TX

"To the Walters family,
I went to school with your son Don & he was one of my best friends. I think of him often & miss him very much. I never got the chance to tell him how much I valued our friendship. When we were in High school he always talked about how he wanted to go into the Army & how it would make his dad proud. We also use to take long walks along the Salem waterfront & talk about life in general. He always said his favorite thing to do was fishing & how someday he was going to teach me the right way to fish. (Ha ha) I only wish I could have had that chance. I will never forget your son & he will always be a hero in my eyes. I tell my daughter all the time what kind of man he was & how we should never for get the ones who protect us & give there lives to save ours.
My daughter reminds me often when she see's the United States flag flying high in the wind that this is a symbol to all those who gave there lives to save ours. I tell her yes it is & we should never forget those who "Gave all". So here's to my best friend & fallen hero. Thank you for protecting us all. You will never be forgotten."
Amy Smith of Salem, Oregon

"Dear Family and Friends of Sergeant Walters,

It has taken me years to write something here because I wasn't close to your son and friend but let me share this with you now.

I met Sergeant Walters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in March, 1997. I was there to attend the Ear, Nose and Throat Course and what a shock it was to realize that regardless of rank, we were all treated like Privates by a First Sergeant who was in serious need of a life. That guy made our lives miserable in a demanding academic environment. I had driven from North Carolina and was exhausted when I reported to the Student Battalion on a Saturday morning. I was told to report to Sergeant First Class Martini's platoon. Thankfully, he turned out to be a very laid back Senior NCO. I was a Sergeant E-5 at the time and when I introduced myself he asked me my date of rank. When I told him my DOR he unceremoniously informed me I was now the ranking NCO in the platoon and would assume leadership from your son and friend as Platoon Sergeant.

All I can say is that Sergeant Walters was my right hand in managing that unit in a very stressful environment. I was an Army Ranger (always will be) and had spent the previous year deployed to Bosnia in a Long Range Surveillance Company and had experienced stress there and in other operations. No big deal. But most of my platoon was comprised of kids right out of basic training and this was almost like boot camp all over again. It would have been even more difficult to manage those stressed out young men and women without the help of Sergeant Walters.

He was and remains one of the most motivated soldiers I ever served with. He loved the Army. I have tried to imagine in my minds eye what transpired at that ambush site in Iraq but when I read in the New York Times that Sergeant Donald Walters had fought with incredible bravery against an overwhelming force but captured after depelting all his ammunition didn't surprise me. But when it was reported how he lost his life it broke my heart. He made me proud. He was and always will be a soldier's soldier. He will never be forgotten

Rest In Peace Sergeant Walters
You will never be forgotten"
Will of Washington, DC

"SGT Walters & His Family & Friends,

Here it is 7 years later from that terrible morning that you were taken from your family and friends. Still, 7 years later, there are those like me who remember the hero of the day. I never knew you personally but I appreciate your sacrifice and honor. I too once donned a US Army Uniform every day for many years and its folks like you that make me and many vets proud to have folks like you amongst our ranks. You represent a caliber of soldier that the media and too many of our citizens have all too often forgotten. Though it's cliche' it remains true, "WE WILL NEVER FORGET" Your friends and family will be forever proud and this nation shall be forever grateful of your service."
SSG Blaine of USA

"Sgt. Walters, I just wanted to thank you for your service. It's been seven and a half years since you departed. Although I nerver knew you, please know how thankful and proud I am of the men and women of our sevices who lay it on the line each day for Americans like me that they've never met. I WILL NOT forget you and the others that gave all. Simply put, "Thank You.""
Fred May of San Luis Obispo, CA/San Luis Obispo

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"hey Walters it is me. I did graduate the course (91 C) in 1998-Jan 30!

Been in and out of Military forabout 10 yrs.

Now I do something totally differant than all this. The USARmy schools were very tough and nearly impossible at times. Well bro I did make it! Wish you were here ---everytime I am with my family (I think of this).

God Bless ur family and until we are all re-united once more.

Know that u are loved and bless ur whole family!"
Mike Reyes,SGT(former) of San Antonio, TX

"Don,it still bothers me that we never got to say goodbye. Someday I hope to visit where you were laid to rest. You have a beautiful memorial here at home in Salem, which I know you would think is pretty cool. I am so very proud of you for your service to our country and respect your decisions. Your always in my thoughts, my prayers and each time I attend American Legion or 40/8 events, I now relate differently. It now "really hits home", and is so very hard to explain. My memories of you make me smile and I will always cherish little Donny and the crazy things he did. I'll never forget our plane trip, our disco dances, and the monsters you saw on the wall when you didn't want to take a nap. When you grew up you turned out pretty darn good too, and stopped by when you came home for a visit. I enjoyed our talks, and Frank still mentions you when he uses the weed eater, ha ha. I hope to share some of your child hood years with your children someday. A few days from now, will be your Birthday and also my step grandson who turn's two. I feel your also watching all of us from above too, smiling and wishing we wouldn't fret so much, especially your Mom. I know your proud of us too, especially your folks who fought a different battle and we stood behind them.
We Love you Don, and God Bless. :o)"
Cousin Linda of Salem, Oregon

"Family and Friends of SGT Don Walters

I knew SGT Walters well and served with him several times on training missions while in the army reserves. He served as my driver many times, several of which involved menial duties. However, since SGT Walters could drive about everything the army had and was always willing to help, these things seem far from menial to him.

It is not fair to pretend people were perfect after they have passed, I will say that I liked SGT Walters as a soldier and a person very much! He had untold positive energy and was willing to drive on to overcome any mistakes he made. I have no problem believing the aspect of SGT Walters providing effective covering fire for his comrades, he was that kind of person and I have personally seen how accurate he was on the shooting range.

SGT Walters was very open about how much he cared for his friends and how much he loved his family. I was truly upset that I missed his funeral due to being mobilized.

The last time I saw SGT Walters in person, it was my honor to be the officer who swore him in for his reenlistment at the 325th Field Hospital Battle assembly.

I visit SGT Walters’ grave at Fort Leavenworth at least once a month, he was a good soldier."
CPT Leland P. Grooms, US Army (Reserves) of Kansas City, Missouri

"Dear Family of Donald Walters:

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Sincerely;
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J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"To our Son, Don:
We are thinking of you in rememberance of your joy in the celebration of this, your favorite day, Christmas. How we do miss you. Rest well our son, for you have served the nation which you so loved, with ultimate distinction. We will be forever greatful.
Love, Mom and Dad 12-25-07"
Norman Walters of Salem, OR,USA

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay that day
to laugh, to love, to work or play
Task undone must stay that way
I found peace at the close of the day
If my parting left a void
then filled it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with time of sorrow
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief
But don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your hearts and share with me
God wanted me now, He set me free!.""
William Darby Taylor of Bonita Springs Florida

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Donald R. Walters. Donald 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 SGT WALTERS, MRS. ARLENE WALTERS, and the rest of the Walters Family

This has been too long in the coming and I must apologize for that. I fear that I found it a necessary step to promote the brave actions of my brother in arms. I too was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army and know the sacrifices all soldiers, especially the enlisted NCOs must make in the face of opposition. I also know that my delay in acknowledging SGT Walters actions was necessary to emphasize the point that I have not, nor ever will forget the real hero of March 23, 2003.

Today is May 25, 2007 and four years after SGT Walter's sacrifice I still remember what he did for my fellow West Virginian PFC Lynch. While PFC Lynch has survived as a POW, SGT Walters died as a warrior and hero. I fear how history will treat the story surrounding the events of March 23, 2003 as it relates to them. Know this - I have, will and continue to set the record straight regarding their sacrifices until my last days. I always question those who speak of one soldier and ask them of the other and relate the story to them so that they too may realize what goes on during the fog of war in the hope that maybe they too will remember the real story when history says otherwise. Those who have spilled the same blood in the same mud don't forget and I, for one, am proud to have shared the title of US Army Non Commisioned Officer when I hear of men like SGT Donald Walters.

Arlene, I share in your grief and frustration. Saying that seems like such a small and meaningless acknowledgement for what your son has done. Hopefully though, it serves as a reminder to you that I know the real story and that four years later, I continue to remember and relate the story of your son's brave actions to anyone I come across in the discussion of PFC Lynch.

May you find peace with God, happiness and many blessings in the years to come.

"We never forget" is never a catch phrase with me,"
Blaine (former SSGT US Army) of West Virginia

"Well my brother it most certainly has been a couple of years since I left a message. Indeed it has been prolly a time to long. You will always be forever etched in my mind, as heroes should. I miss talking to you like the times before. I miss the yester -year of maintining a dialog of reality and one of huministic virtue. But most of all, I do miss you! My prayers include you and your family.....and sometimes I blame myself for not being able to influence you into getting into a career field (MOS) that could have prevented all this tragedy! Please just know that I was actually your best friend while others had decided to go "Par for the course." I remember when We both would sneak back into the barreks after hours just to get back into our bunks just prior to Physical Training at 0400 hrs..... We never got caught though (SFC was bitter sob from Detroit,,,but allowed us to get back home) !!!! Somehow it had seemed to work out for us. You always gave me advice that was non-biased---even though I had been prior U.S.A.F. Thanks for being my real friend. No in fact MY BEST FRIEND. I type this note with many tears, but I always knew that you were awesome! You were /and are my mentor. New Sgt. and all I never forgot this! My only wish if I ever had one would be .....If I could be able to TURN back the hands of time and know what would have happened. I would have changed a lot of things. But I learned in life that things don't work like that . And that GOD has a plan! My daughters were born 2 yrs. later cause I decided to fail 91C course on purpose ()cause I wanted WA State). Things happen for a reason and GOD has a plan! Sad is the person who seems to possess the ability to change such incidents. I already learned. Trust Me! GOD BLESS U MY BROTHER and also your FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NEVER forget REY___Your BUDDY & PAL......"
M.Reyes,SGT 91-B/91-C of Richland,WA/USA

"SGT Walters, from one silent professional to another, Rest In Peace. It will be an honor to meet you when my time comes. Your service and bravery is one to be use as an example for those who will follow our career path. The war gods know the actions that you performed and most importantly you know what you did in your heart and that is the mark of a true silent professional.

Thank you for leading by example and protecting those who could not protect themselves.

Never must we leave a fallen comrade behind."
SFC Gomez of USA

"SGT Donald, from one silence professional to another, Rest In Peace. It will be an honor to meet you when my time comes. Your service and bravery is one to be use as an example for those who will follow our career path. The war gods know the actions that you performed and most importantly you know what you did in your heart and that is the mark of a true silence professional.

Thank you for leading by example and protecting those who could not protect themselves.

Never must we leave a fallen comrade behind."
SFC Gomez of USA

"Donald,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers from your convoy who were killed in that ambush for your service and sacrifice for our Country. You went down fighting and gave other soldiers in your unit the chance to escape that ambush. Unfortunately the media showcased and went on and on about another soldier from your unit who shall remain nameless who didn't do anything during that ambush and hardly acknowledged your bravery. And to the Walters family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy-you're son Walter is the epitome of what a soldier and NCO should be."
Mike C. of El Paso, TX

"THE FINAL
INSPECTION

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.


"Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"


The Soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.


I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.


But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.


And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.


I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.


There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.


"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~"
RA of El Paso TX

"R.I.P. my fellow solder on the 3 year annivesary, WE WILL NEVER FORGET."
adam mcmurdy of mv. ca

"I AM SENDING THIS MESSAGE BECAUSE SGT.WALTERS WAS A CLOSE FRIND OF MINE. HE WAS MY BEST FRIEND AT THE TIME. HE DID SPEAK HIGHLY OF HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN. I "RAY" AS HE USED TO CALL ME, WOULD TALK WITH HIM AND HE WOULD MAKE ME FORGET OF MY WORRIES. HE WOULD CONT.. TO BRAG UP HIS WIFE (AS WELL AS SPEAKING THE LIBERTY OF THEIR MOST RECENT SQUABBLE). HE WOULD ALSO MAKE MENTION OF HIS WORRIES AND HIS MOST CURRENT FEARS. WHILE IN TX SOME TIME LATER,"WHILE ON THE TOILET" I WAS READING NEWSWEEK AND I REALLY JUST FROZE. I HAD RECOGNIZED THAT IT WAS MY BEST FRIEND AND BUDDY. HE WAS MISSING IN ACTION AT THAT TIME.
WELL I'M JUST SADDER NOW, THAN I WAS AT THE TIME, WHEN I SAW HIS PHOTO ON THE MAG. I WAS GOING TO CALL HIS PARENTS AT THAT TIME BUT I FELT THAT IT WASN'T APPROPRIATE AT THAT TIME. TO ME HE WAS A TOM BROKAW, JUST THE WAY HE WOULD TRY TO SPEAK. WELL WALTERS. "RAY" IS JUST DEEPLY TEARFUL AND SO SAD, AND I KNOW THAT U WOULD SAY "COM ON MAN, JUST LOOK FOWARD." BEING MY FRIEND AND BUDDY; I REALLY MISS U! IT'S ME DON UR BUDDY AND FRIEND FOREVER; WE WERE CLOSE. I'LL MISS U FOREVER. DONT FORGET WHEN WE USED TO GO TO THE NCO CLUB AND DRINK BEER, AND PLAY DARTS!! GOD BLESS U AND I'M NOT GOING TO QUIT PRAYING. IT'S ME "RAY" GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
MIKE REYES (SGT) of RICHLAND,WA/USA

"To the family of:Donald R. Walters I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"Don is an inspiration and an example of what a soldier should be. His legacy will not be left behind."
Lt Feinstein of FT Lewis, WA

"I was in 5/52, and I must say, I'm sorry we weren't able to do anything about what happened. I think about it every day. I only hope that the rumors I have heard are untrue. We were told that he and PFC Miller fought bravely, and that is all I want to think about it, but I cannot. I still feel like we left them behind, and I have hard feelings for the people that I feel were responsible for that. I hope God has brought you some measure of peace."
RS of El Paso, TX

"Dear Walters Family,

Thank you is not enough, but I want you to know that I am very grateful for the sacrifice your beloved Donald has given for his country. My prayers are with you. May God bless and keep you.

Sincerely,

:Thomas-John:"
truthseeker of Black Canyon City, AZ

"as I reflect on your sacrifice... I do so knowing my own soldier is soon to be deployed overseas. all at once the pain of recognition falls upon me and I re-live your story and pray for your family and friends. for a mother of a soldier is really the mother of all soldiers... united by the common cause of every warrior: peace. for it is the soldier that knows that all freedom comes at a high price and peace at the highest price of all. my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours."
deidre miller, sfo of Las Cruces, NM USA

"Don,
Today is Memorial Day, I am flying my POW/MIA flag as I always do on this day. Your service and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Mr and Mrs Walters. You son paid the price for our freedom. Some may not agree on this war. Don did not die in vein. The world is a creul cold place sometimes and there are evil doers out there watching us. We are showing the world that we are willing to fight and die for a cause that we beleive in. Freedom. Sadaam and his regime was the weapon of mass destruction, as well as thousands of young Arabs that have been brainwashed into believing that we are evil and their enemy. We had to get into the heart of the Arab world and fight. Sometimes, there are no other options. I spent one year just outside of Baghdad."
SGT Randy Keiper 162 Infantry / NG of Keizer, Or

"To the family and friends of Mr. Walters, though I never knew him, as a fellow American, I am grateful for his sacrifice and dedication to his country. It is an extremely high price to pay, particularly for the family and friends. Thank you for the generous contribution (of service) to our country."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN , USA

"St. Charles Democratic Alliance held a Tribute & Memorial to the 20 fallen soldiers from Missouri on 3/19/2005, the 2nd anniversary of the War in Iraq. Four families of the fallen attended the event, and nine families shared messages that were read during the tribute by Connie Greene, sister of fallen soldier Jamie Huggins. The event aired on all four local newscasts (Fox KTVI, KPLR, KSDK, KMOV.) Biographies of each of the fallen soldiers were read while photos of the soldiers were displayed. The event also included Bible readings, songs, keynotes speeches by Rev. Jason Samuel and Viet Nam Veteran Ken Peters, and a fellowship in the church hall immediately following the tribute. Our organization was sensitive to the fact that even though information on Missouri’s fallen soldiers is a matter of open record, we had to go beyond the name, rank and serial number – we needed to share information on the fallen soldiers from the family’s perspective and present a tribute that each of the soldiers would have approved of. This was a day for honoring Missouri’s finest, as well as the sacrifice the families made, and continue to make every day. Special thanks to the Burkhardt, Gottfried, Huggins and Spink families for traveling long distances to Transfiguration Church in Lake St. Louis to participate in this community tribute. (anngastler@charter.net)"
Ann Gastler of St. Charles Democratic Alliance of St. Peters, MO

"I am organizing a 3/19/2005 Tribute & Memorial Service Honoring Missouri's Fallen Soldiers, hosted by St. Charles Democratic Alliance. We plan to have a spiritual memorial tribute planned to honor the 18 fallen Missouri soldiers who died in Iraq. We wanted to let you know your beloved isn't forgotten and invite you to this tribute. If you're not able to be in Lake St. Louis on 3/19/05 but would like to send a message or letter that we could read on behalf of your family, again, we'd be honored. Again, my deepest sympathy and please know that Donald is in my prayers."
Ann Gastler (anngastler@charter.net) of St. Peters, MO

"To Don's family and friends,

I attended orthopedic specialist course with Don in 1997 at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. I was in disbelief of what happened to him. I followed this story closely. I am sure that Don was the "blonde" soldier who fought off the insurgents. That is definitely his personality. I pray that God gives you piece in your heart."
CPT Nancy McLaughlin of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

"I knew Don when his family lived in Joseph, Oregon and his dad was the music teacher a the Joseph High School. I was friends with his sister Kim. I remember him as the usual older brother of a friend - always there and teasing a bit too. A few years ago, I saw Mrs. Walters, Don's mom, in a store in Salem. She was so proud not only of Don but all her children. All of Don's family are in my prayers."
Virginia Sawin of McMinnville, Or

"DON,
I KNOW ITS BEEN A WHILE SINCE THAT HORRIBLE DAY IN AN NASIRIYA. JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE NOT FORGOT ABOUT YOU AND WHAT YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME. EVERY TIME I HEAR GUNS N' ROSES ON THE RADIO I THINK OF THE TIME WE SPENT PRIOR TO OUR DEPLOYMENT. JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT I STILL MISS YOU AND WISH YOU WERE HERE."
PFC DALE B. NACEIII of 507TH MAINT CO.

"I am a grateful American and person that has lost 4 friends in Iraq.I also have 2 friends and relatives over there now.It is sad that you lost your son but I do want you to that I am the second cousin of a Navy Seal that found and returned your sons body to American soil."
a gratful american of san angelo,texas

"Thank you for your bravery. You are a hero. May God be with your family."
Alicia Bilby of Nevada, Missouri

"Stacie,
God bless you. My thoughts are with you."
Tammy L of Chanute, KS.

"My heart goes out to Don's family & children. Don & I went to North Salem High together in 1988 & he was one of my best friends. I feel so proud to have known him & who he really was.
I tell my children about him every day & how much he gave his life for ours. He was a true hero & will always be remembered forever.
Thank you so much for making this web site possible.
Sincerly"
Amy Smith of Salem , Oregon

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"SGT Walters: Through his ultimate sacrifice, his positive reputation as a Soldier, NCO, Warrior and brother-in-arms, will now live forever. Our thoughts remain with his wife, daughter, familiy and friends. When needed, he went, with full measure, and gave all. How many of us can say that? God bless"
Catie Morelle-Oliveira of Texas

"OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH STACIE AND AMBER THIS MEMORIAL DAY. MAY GOD GIVE YOU CONTINUED STRENGTH FOR YOUR JOURNEY. DONALD WALTERS IS A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT!"
PASTOR TONY of KEARNEY, MO

"Thank you, SGT Walters. You are truly my hero."
SSG Jones of the United States of America

"I am sorry I never got to meet Don, but if you loved him, he was one heck of a guy. My heart goes all out to you and little Amber."
Uncle J. R. of Las Vegas, NV. USA

"SGT Walters worked for me at Ft. Bliss Dinning Facility for about 2 months before he was deployed, I really didn't get a chance to know him very well, but I knew him well enough, he was a great American, a hero, and a soldier. RIP SGT Walters"
SSG Rosales, Raymundo of FT BLISS TX

"All I can say is thank you. Because of your sacrifice I hope my son doesn't have to pay the same price some day."
Jose Amoros of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

"God Bless you young man and all those who have given their lives in Iraq. I thank God every day that my own son is home from that awful place-safe. To your parents I send a prayer for peace in their lives, it sounds like you raised a wonderful son who was very brave. We will never know what his last moments were like but trust that God was holding him tightly in his arms and giving him his unconditional love. Thank you seems like so little for such a large sacrifce but thank you for having such a brave and honorable son."
Linda of Ohio

"God Bless Sgt. Walters. Your bravery saved lives, however, not yours. It would have been a privilege to know you. I will remember you and pray for you this Memorial Day."
Joy Smiley of Sacramento, CA

"I have followed Donald Walters' story since it was released last year. I did not know Donald Walters and his family; his story caught my attention because I did not believe his death was accurately reported. I recently read the report on AOL news about his bravery in fighting and his execution. The truth is always painful, and yet it is only the truth that allows for closure. I commend Sgt. Walters' mother for her courage in pursuing the truth. My heart aches for her and Sgt. Walters' family. I very much respect and admire his mother's courage in seeking out the truth. My prayers and love continue for Sgt. Walters' family."
Paula Pear-Brownlow of Lancaster, CA

"To the friends and family of Donald Walters. My name is Eric Blickenstaff, I live in Albany, OR. I was very sad when I heard that your loved one died. Today my heart breaks as I hear that you are just now finding out more information about how Donald died. I will pray for you and keep you in my thoughts on Memorial Day. My brother Joe Blickenstaff died in Iraq in December of 2003, I would enjoy visiting with you sometime about how Donald and Joe lived their lives. Please feel free to contact me at ehblick@yahoo.com. With Love, Eric Blickenstaff"
Eric Blickenstaff of Albany, OR USA

"Today I read of the heroism and courage displayed by Don Walters and it made my heart swell with pride and sadness on learning of this remarkable man. God bless his family. You have my deepest gratitude and condolences."
Jeff Hepp of Colorado

"To the family of Sgt. Don Walters: I will share with my eight year old son, who is compassionate towards the soldiers in Iraq, about your son. I will tell him the truth. I will tell him your son acted in a way all soldiers hope they will act under fire. I will tell him that he was killed as a POW. Your son will lead the path for mine with his memory. Millions of Americans are forever grateful to your family and your son, an American hero."
Sean Langan of jslangan5@cs.com

"I am a young student from a school in western New York. I learned about your son from a project in our middle school. I feel terribly sorry for your loss of such a great person. May his killers be sinned for life."
7th grade student of Emmit Belknap

"When Bad times come he'd change the mood.
Army Sgt. thats what he was.
Let him be safe in heaven now.
Trying to cheer other people up.
Enjoyable he always was.
Real hero that's what he is.
Shame on his killers."
7th grade student of Emmit Belknap

"To Stacie, and Donald's parents: My name is Terena. I used to live in Salem, were Donald and I were very close friends. Donald was a very decent and honest man. My deepest condolensces go out to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I just learned of his death less than a week ago. I was devastated. My heart broke as my mind flooded with tremendous memories of my very dear friend."
Terena of Post Falls, Idaho/USA

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Don Waters was a good soldier and I would have been proud to stand with him in battle.

RIP Sgt Waters and may Providence look over your loved ones."
Jesse Brown, Sgt, USMC of Purcellville, Va 20132

""For(the warrior), the three qualities of loyalty, right conduct, and bravery are essential. We speek of the loyal warrior, and the valiant warrior, and it is he who is endowed with all three of these virtues who is a warrior of the highest class."--Daidoji Yuzan. Sgt. walters you are most certainly a warrior of the highest class, and a man of the rarest courage and honor. I shall live by your example. To say thank you simply cannot express the gratitude that I owe you. Words just don't cut it. I will always remember you, it has been an honor to know you these years. It is said that a mans life lasts for only one generation, but if he is a man of honor his name will live forever. You are immortal.

INVICTUS: William E. Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody but unbowed

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how staight the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul."
You know who I am

"My beloved husband,
I can't believe that a year has passed since they told me that you were gone. The pain I have inside is still there and nothing can make it go away. I know that your memory will live on and so will your spirit, the hardest thing I still have to wait and do, and that is to tell our daughter that you will never come home again.
I dread that day, but I know in time she will come to understand just what you did for our country and our future, and I know that she will be proud of her father.
I still cry everynight, and I wonder what we would be doing right now, more than likely fishing(ha-ha). You were my best friend and a great husband and father,everyone here in kansas city misses you very much. The memorial we had for you was very beautiful, I just wish that you could have been there to see it for yourself.
Amber says I Love You Daddy.
Still Loving You always until we meet again in Heaven.
Your Loving Wife Stacie Walters"
Stacie Walters of Kansas City, MO

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Donald will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"may god bless u on your lose of your love one my thoughts are with u"
Debby of Danville ,Ill

"Sgt Walters,
It has been nearly a year since you gave your life to save the lives of your friends and fellow soldiers. You gave your all so that Americans and citizens of every nation could continue to partake in the many freedoms we enjoy each day. I hope you know, and your family knows, that we still remember your sacrifice. You are not forgotten. The memory of you, and the gift you gave, will live forever in our hearts and minds. I hope that the passing time has lessened your family's pain and brought them peace."
SSgt Dominique Atkins of Offutt AFB, NE

"Sgt. Walters, goodbye soldier. You are my hero."
Bill Broussard of Houston, Texas

"Sgt. Walters was a good soldier. He looked death in the eye and fought back. He traded his life for a high price. Thank God the U.S.A. has such men as Sgt. Donald Walters."
Matt Norman of Union Lake, Michigan

"Rest in eternal peace soldier, thank you for your sacrifice!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Donald Walters, 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

"I was part the 1st marine div at the time that he had pasted us up going to an nasyarah or how ever you spell it. Don't worry more than likely we kill anyone who had to deal with what happen there. So justice was served. I'm sad by the loved and the lost of the war. May all remember him as a hero."
Cpl W USMC 2nd mar div 2nd aav bn of North carolina

"I am glad that we have brave and patriotic sons like yours defending our great nation. He has inspired me to do my part as well. We all know that Sgt Walters was the real hero and the reason the 6 POWs are allowed to enjoy their lives today. Whatever the media hype comes out to be, we all know who the real heros are in our hearts! God Bless!"
Todd of Massachusetts

"Our heart felt thoughts go out to you and your family. As a true patriotic family we watch and pray for our troops daily. Donald is a true hero in our minds eye. He gave unselfishly.

Our family has been touched by a fallen solider, Robert Walters, who was killed at the Battle of Wyse Forks, NC during the Civil War. He is buried at the National Cemetery in New Bern, NC.

I saw Donald's parents interview and couldn't help but think how much Mr. Walters looks like our Walters family. Could there be a connection?"
BRENDA AND CARL WALTERS of CONCORD, MI

"MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU WALTERS FAMILY, I AM PROUD THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE YOUR SON WHO SELFLESSLY GIVE THEMSELVES IN SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY. OUR FREEDOM IS HANGING IN THE BALANCE. YOU CAN BE EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOUR DEAR SON MRS. WALTERS FOR THE HONOR HE HAS BROUGHT TO YOU AND HIS COUNTRY. MAY OUR GRACIOUS GOD OF HEAVEN BLESS YOU KEEP YOU AND COMFORT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AS YOU MORN THE DEATH OF YOUR COURAGEOUS SON.
SINCERELY YOURS,
TERRY JESTILA"
TERRY JESTILA of BLUE SPRINGS MISSOURI

"Thank You"
Robert Atelian of Santa Barbara, CA

"To the family of SGT Donald R. Walters -our thoughts and prayers are with you. The information that is coming out in the news shows that SGT Walters fought with Bravery and Valor in the face of overwhelming odds. He is a HERO who saved the lives of others, and we are forever thankful and vigilant for his sacrifice."
Robert & Crystal Alton of Olympia, WA

"THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP AT AIT WITHOUT YOU I COULD HAVE NEVER PASSED THE FINAL MOS TEST.YOU ARE A TRUE HERO.
YOU WILL LIVE IN MY MEMORY FOREVER."
EDWARD EVERITTE of TUCSON,AZ

"THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP AT AIT WITHOUT YOU I COULD HAVE NEVER PASSED THE FINAL MOS TEST.YOU ARE A TRUE HERO.
YOU WILL LIVE IN MY MEMORY FOREVER."
EDWARD EVERITTE of TUCSON,AZ

"I met SGT Walters in June 2002. I was in school at Fort Bliss, TX. We met at a Platoon picnic. He gave me a ride back to the barracks. I was telling him how I was glad to be back in the military. He spoke to me of his time in the service and he spoke very positively. He encouraged me about the Army. Ove the next few months, we talked on and off. I remember him telling me how I looked a lot like his father when his father served in the military. He wanted a picture of me to show his father and family. I told him I would get him a photo of myself. I remember the day I got orders changing me from going to Germany to staying at Fort Bliss. I was not too happy, because I wanted to go overseas to Germany. I happen to run into SGT Walters and he raised my spirits about the decision to stay at Fort Bliss. He told me things happen for a reason and that I had to make the best of it. He told me I would have my family here and that I would be okay. After talking to him, I felt a whole lot better. I knew things would be okay. I was glad to have my family here. Over the next few months, I saw SGT Walters in passing and he always had a good word to say and he was always glad to see me. The last time I saw him was at the Post Exchange on Fort Bliss. My two children were with me. I was shopping, and I happen to look up and saw him. I introduced to my children. We talked for about 10 minutes. We then said goodbye and he walked off. About 5 minutes later he came back to me and told me he lost his money order, which he had not signed yet. I had my children look around the store for it. My daughter came back to me and told me she had found it. The cashiers had it at the front of the store and that SGT Walters had gotten it back. I was happy and so was he. In December of 2003, I was told I was going to deploy to Kuwait with my unit. I was a bit concerned, but I knew I would be okay. Once in Kuwait, and once the War began, I had heard about what had happened to the 507th Maintenance Co. I was concerned about it, but it hadn't dawned on me about how much it affected me, until I had heard SGT Walters was one of the soldiers missing. I watched the news closely. I prayed it wasn't him, but it was pretty much identified as him. My heart went out to his family and the families of the others soldiers. I remember going back to my tent that day and tears filled my eyes. I was hurt, yet angry at the same time. What I had seen on television about the ambush on the 507th Maintenance Co. soldiers angered me. I wanted to just "Why?" But, I know things happen for a reason. I had to leave it in God's hands. To this day I still get tears in my eyes thinking about SGT Walters. I feel we could have been great friends. I know he was a good soldier and a great person. I look up to SGT Walters. Some may say he was doing his job... I say he went above and beyond that which he was asked. He left behind his wife and children. He left behind his parents and family. He left behind friends, fellow soldiers, and those who loved him. He will not be forgotten. I will always remember him, even for the little time I got to know him. I salute you SGT Walters."
Ken Hansen of Fort Bliss, TX USA

"To Dons wife and children and mother. Your dad, husband and son was a great man, and a good friend. Whenever someone needed a shoulder as a bud he was there. Many of times,when facing a bad situation, I could recall looking to my side and seeing Don standing right beside me. The same man that went to the bars with me was the same man that I enjoyed having standing by my side during conflicts. He was a friend and a buddy that will be sorely missed. If you ever need to reach me please do so at Detfacoff@aol.com . I have some great memories of the 2 years we spent together that I would love to share with you."
Chris Noble of KC Mo

"As the story of Donald Walters bravery comes out, I feel saddened that more hasn't been done to recognize his bravery. Jessica Lynch has come home but Donald Walters won't and has left behind a wife and 3 children. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Stephanie of Parkville, MO

"To Don,
You are my hero,and still are my true love. Amber and I miss you very much.
Happy 34th Birthday,with all of our love, your wife Stacie Walters."
Stacie Walters of Kansas City, MO

"Dear Family and loved ones of Sgt. Don Waters, I did not know this man, and I do not serve in the military. I am just one of the millions of Americans that he gave his life for and I live here in Missouri as well. That makes it even more heart breaking for me to know what he has given. I am so thankful for what all of you have given for my children to live in a better world. When it comes down to it, Sgt. Water's life triumphed good over evil and that is what it is all about. He made more of a difference than many ever get a chance to make let alone are prepared to do so. With my deepest sympathy and love,"
Christine Eberle of Labadie, Missouri

"My heart goes out to you with the loss of your son. He was truly a hero. I would have liked to have known him personally. Our son is in Iraq at this time and I feel a closeness to you. I continue to pray for our soldiers in our country's fight for freedom and the right for others to have the freedom and choices we do. Although I may not always agree with our wars and reasons, I stand by our president and each and every man and woman fighting. You sacrificed much and know that you and your son will continue to be remembered and loved."
Brenda Ammons

"Rest In Peace, Donald. Your courage, honor, pride, love, loyalty and integrity are without stain and immortal. May your loved ones come to know peace, along with their pride and love. The people need not and will not wait or depend on official pronouncements and governmental acknowledgements. Individual humans now know the truth and the word will continue to spread and your memory will be honored by the people, whether those in power ever show some guts or not. Politicians will come and go and be forgotten. Good deeds and a just life and death are rewarded instantly and always until the end of time."
Seth M. Forstater of Philadelphia, PA USA

"SSG DONALD WALTERS WAS A PART OF MY SECURITY TEAM WHEN HE WAS AT THE 325th FIELD HOSPITAL. I KNOW THAT HE CARES ABOUT HIS SOLDIERS BEFORE HIMSELF. TO ME AS HIS 1SG, HE WILL ALWAYS BE A HERO IN MY HEART. NOT ONLY DID I LOSE A GOOD SOLDIER, BUT A GOOD FRIEND."
1SG RANDY SANDY of INDEPENDENCE, MO 64054

"No greater love has any man than he would lay down his life for his friends. May God rest your soul young hero, and keep your loving family."
The Burketts of Hilliard, OH

"Let justice prevail for this man ...
Korea Veteran .. US NAVY
Underwater Demolition Team 12"
Rick Kvalheim of California

"To the family of Sgt. Donald Walters,

Reading the story behind Sgt. Walters heroics in combat, I find it very difficult to come up with the right words in describing my gratitude. Somehow, my thanks and appreciation just doesn't seem to be enough and my heart breaks for the sacrifice Sgt. Walters gave in the name of freedom, here and in Iraq.

May God watch over you and may Sgt. Walters take his post in heaven next to all those who also lost there lives in the name of freedom. God bless."
Michelle N of New York

"From the daughter of a father who was a Disabled Veteran and Marine and a mother who served as a Navy Ensign and nurse, I send my condolences and prayers to you and your family and will petition my faith to remember Sgt. Donald Walters in mass. Sgt. Walters is recognized for the heroic deeds he did by common Americans like me. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I know my parents, along with my uncles (who also served in the Army,the Marines and the Airforce), salute you in honor of your son. Your son will be remembered for his extraordinary life and acts. God Bless you."
Paula Pear-Brownlow of Lancaster, Calilfornia

"TO DON,
EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE NOT WITH US ANYMORE, STILL FEELS LIKE YOU ARE HERE RIGHT NEXT TO ME. I MISS YOU. YOU WERE NOT ONLY MY NCO BUT MY BEST FRIEND. YOU TAUGHT ME A LOT. MAY GOD TAKE CARE OF YOU AND LOOK AFTER YOUR FAMILY. I WILL CARRY WITH ME THE MEMORIES AND LAUGHS, SORROWS AND JOYS OF OUR TIME TOGETHER. LOVE YOU ALWAYS!

DALE"
PFC DALE B. NACE III of 507TH MAINT CO. FT BLISS, TX

"From the wife of a fellow soldier and a former KC resident, I thank you for giving the greatest sacrafice for your country. Thank you for keeping us safe, and for protecting our freedoms. To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. Just remember he is a hero, and is now with the Father."
Amber of Arizona

"Thank you for your service and SGT Walter's service. He fought hard and is now HOME with his FATHER."
Stephanie of FT HOOD, TX

"I am an Army wife who would like to thank you for giving your life to protect me. Thank you to all our soldiers, including my wonderful husband."
Katie of Ft Hood, TX

"To all the loved ones of SGT. Walters. (Especially his Mother.) Please accept my most sincere sympathy to you and all his loved ones...Also please accept my most sincere GRATITUDE! for the freedom that he has bestowed upon me. His commitment and concern for my welfare have not gone unoticed. I am now and will be forever grateful.
Thank You.
Kris"
Kris Holl of Denver, Co.

"To the family of Sgt Walters,
I want to offer my condolences, however insignificant they are compared to your sorrows, for the loss of your brave son.
As I watch the developing parade of glory showered on one of his fellow unit members, and the media announces that the actions, so heavily covered by the press, were those of your son and not of the current media spotlight, I too feel you have been slighted.
As an Infantry veteran from the 1st Gulf War, I will remember your son as a fellow warrior, and someone I would have been proud to have served with.
I will uphold his honor, and share the words of his selfless actions with all share a table with.
God bless your family, and may his soul rest in peace."
SFC Cliff R. of Ft Benning, GA. USA

"May we never forget how dear a price is paid for our freedoms and especially we MUST remember the individuals who gave all. My deepest sympathy for your loss."
Gracie of Idaho

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Donald Walters:
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 Donald 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. Donald Walters:
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 Donald, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Your kindness, your bravery, your love of life, your dedication to God, and your friendship touched many...your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you. Love Always..."
A Long, Lost Best Friend of Oregon

"Humble and Heartfelt thanks to you, Sgt. Walters, for your valor, courage and sacrifice, in helping liberate a people from a godless, evil man. Your physical presence may be gone from us, but your spirit, and the spirits of those who joined you in this effort to protect our country, and share with those less fortunate the freedom all Americans enjoy, will never be far from us. We will hold your memory dear, and we will strive to live up to the example you and your fellow soldiers set.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"
(John 15:13)""
Beverly of Long Island, NY

"Look God:
I have never spoken to You,
But now I want to say,
"How do You do."

You see God,
they told me You did not exist;
And, like a fool,
I believed all of this.

Last night from a shell hole
I saw Your sky;
I figured right then
they had told me a lie.
Had I taken the time
to see the things You made,
I would know they weren't calling
a spade a spade.

I wonder, God,
if You would shake my hand;
Somehow, I feel
that You will understand.
Strange, I had to come
to this hellish place
Before I had time to see Your face.

Well, I guess there isn't
much more to say,
But I am sure glad, God,
I met You today.

I guess the zero hour
will soon be here,
But I am not afraid
since I know You are near.

The signal - well, God,
I will have to go;
I love you lots,
this I want you to know.
Looks like this will be
a horrible fight;
Who knows, I may come
to your house tonight.

Though I wasn't friendly
with you before,
I wonder, God,
if you would wait at the door.

Look, I am crying,
me shedding tears!
I wish I had known you
these many years.

Well, I will have to go now, God.
Goodbye
Strange, since I met you,
I am not afraid to die.


RIP Soldier....We shall never forget you"
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"Thank you for allowing your hero to protect our freedoms!"
Holly of VA

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on