Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Kyle B. Wehrly

28, of Galesburg, Illinois.
Wehrly died in Ashraf, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery, Macomb, Illinois. Died on November 3, 2005.

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"My brother whom I knew for less than 24 hours, I think of you often. It was an honor serving with you. Operation Great Lakes
Sgt Luis Araujo"
Luis Araujo of MA

"The deepest condolences to family and friends. We all grieve with you. It is an irreparable loss. R.I.P Kyle B. Wehrly."
Alex Sheudzhen of Russia

"He was not just a hero, he was a husband, a friend, a father. He is gone but never forgotten. He was and still is loved! My prayers go out to his freinds and family"

"May God Bless You and Your Family.It has been 9 Years since that day in November.We will never forget.Loved the way your Kevlar was always tilted to one side.You wont be forgotten brother."
SFC Tucker Kevin J.Jr. of Boston,Ma

"Kyle, Its hard to think about that morning. But it's not hard to remember YOU and what you gave to all of us. To one you are a father, one a husband, and many a friend. To me you were A No-Bull**** leader who lead from the front and always went from A to B. You always made sure I was ready and I thank you for that. I am still ready. We will always love you Kyle. See you some day........"
Steel 32Bravo of Monmouth Illinois

"All I can say is I miss you buddy. I think about you and your family everyday with a tear in my eye. It was truly an HONOR to have you as my Leader, My brother-in-arms, and most important my Friend. Miss you alot."
C. Draughan of Avon, IL

"Still Miss Kyle, to this day and always will. Me and hinm didnt always see eye to eye, but we always had the same goal. He knew that and so did I. That is why I will always miss his skinny * forever, and always have a shot on NOV 3rd!"
LOTT of Coal Valley

"November 3, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Kyle B. Wehrly:
Kyle 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

"I consider it an honor to call myself a classmate and sister-in-arms to a man who loved his family and his country so much. His loss was felt by more than just his family but by those who knew him even if it was not but from a distance. My heart goes out to his wife and daughter. I pray that the community never forgets how much a hero is will always be. To his widow and daughter, we will always consider your husband and daddy a hero no matter how the world looks at this war. May God always bless and protect you."
Tia Payne, PS2, USN of Norfolk, VA

"Sgt. Wehrly my last memory of you was having a smoke in a 5-ton on our way back from drill on a long weekend. I still remember the day I heard you had fallen defending all of us, I felt the loss the same as a family member for that is what you are. Well this event along with many others has brought forth in me the extreme desire to finish and uphold what you and many other of our brothers fought so valiantly for. I am leaving soon with hopes of attaining my Ranger tab, and from there defending the very essence of what you and so many have stood for. Thank you Sgt. for the ultimate sacrifice, sleep well my brother and may the Lord look over you always, as we continue this War may you look over us. RLTW Hooooah!!!"
RLTW of Illinois

"To the family of:Kyle B. Wehrly 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"

"Kyle I was so proud to call you brother in law. You will always live on in the heart and soul of all of us who called you family or friend. You made the ultimate sacrifice a year ago. We loved you and you will always be our Hero!"
T of Fenton, IL

"To the Family of SSG Kyle Wehrly:
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 Kyle'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

"Kyle, as a fellow comrade I commend you on your service and ultimate sacrafice. I wear your braclet and will continue to through my tour at Ashraf. I will always pray that you are in heaven and pray that you watch over your brothers in arms, while we are trying to make peace."
SGT Kyle Young of Worcester, Massachusetts

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"To the Wehrly family, God bless you in your time of deep sorrow. I meet SSG Kyle Wehrly during my deployment in Iraq, with the short time I spent with him talking in the Chow Hall at the Baghdad Police Academy I was very impressed that he was a out standing solider and a good leader. I wish I could have known him more and we had more time to talk. May God be with you all, God bless you and God Bless Kyle"
SFC George Wehrly of Pahrump, NV USA

"To Kyle's Family, I am so sorry for your loss. What beautiful tributes on this site to Kyle. I didn't know Kyle, but pray for all our soldiers, and am heartbroken when they are taked from us. Kyle, thank you for all you have done in Iraq. Klye, you sir are a true American Hero. May God Bless you Kyle and God Bless your family."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"My Dearest Kyle,
I love you, and you will remain in my heart always as a friend I could count on being, "Somewhere Out There." You love your family and country so much that you gave your life. What a legacy you left! I pray for your wife and daughter that they may continue to hear of your good works.
To the Family,
My past is filled with wonderful memories with Kyle. His death has been difficult for me to cope with, but know that I pray for you often and feel blessed to have known this Hero."
Twix of Texas

"SFC Wehrly is a true hero to me. To the family, I am truely sorry for the loss of such a great man, I would have given anything to take his place that night."
Unknown of Ashraf, Iraq

"Lord, I ask You to bless my
friend who is reading this right now.
Where there is pain, may
they find peace and mercy.

Where there is self-doubt, may
they gain a renewed confidence.
Where there is weariness or exhaustion, give
them understanding, patience, and strength.

Where there is fear, reveal your love,
and offer to them your courage.
Give them greater vision, bless their finances, and raise
up leaders and friends to support and encourage them.

May their spirit always be joyous and their
days rich and full with love and happiness,
And may they always know that they have a friend.

Gone Ė but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"My prayers go to the family of Kyle. My little brother was one of Kyle's best friends. I did not get a chance to meet Kyle, but I saw pictures of him and heard stories about him & Mikey. I am grateful to Kyle and Janet for taking care of Mikey when they did. I pray that God is with Kyle's family and that He can help them through this. God Bless Our Troops. Keep Them Safe."
Jennifer Hill of Tennessee

"The Lord in His infinite wisdom gives us memories to live on in our hearts when the pain seems to never go away. We are blessed to have been part of Kyle's life as well as his selflessness and bravery in defending our freedoms in the United States of America. Our Love and Prayers to Janet, Kylee, Nita and Lance."
Lori and Gerald Funke of Battle Creek, Michigan

"I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the willingness of 123d FA to defend honor and justice. You are a true heroes. SFC Wehrly belonged to the unit that protected me and others traveling throughout theater. His sacrifice is the highest example of selfless service. To his family, friends and brothers and sisters in uniform, may you be blessed, always."
Elena of Abu Ghurayb, Iraq

"As my Brother Tom has said, We in Michigan are sad at the loss of Kyle.
Our hearts go out to his family and friends."
John Bampton Westerdale of River Rouge, Michigan

"I was very sad to hear of your loss. It has been a long time since I've been to Illinois to visit our relatives. I am the nephew of Kyles great grandmother Grace. I hope one of the family gets to see this. All of us in Michigan are thinking of you."
Tom Westerdale of Lincoln Park, Michigan

"The Fallen

Oft forgotten by the whirlwind debates
Oft ignored by the Nielson report
Our heroes are not on Larry King Live
They donít need such shallow support

Our brothers, sons, daughters
Our children that never came back
Our fallen, our loved ones, our family
The very best of us killed in Iraq

To the grieving families a tribute
For the courageous soldiers we lost
Thereís no chance that theyíll be forgotten
Our very souls and hearts bear the cost

This is one manís dedication
Laying politics and beliefs aside
To honor the heroes, our fallen
Too young were our beloved that died

My solace to the events that unfolded
Is the knowledge that ideals were embraced
With a conviction that Iíll never know
And selflessness that I can never replace

Our soldiers, our loved ones, our heroes
Our beloved we that we mourn for today
May we all find the peace we are looking for
For tomorrow is just one breath away.

The freedom we take for granted is the freedom that costs us the most.

Dedicated to Staff Sgt. Kyle Wehly, lost to us November 3rd, 2005 in Ashraf, Iraq.
Fallen, but never forgotten."
James of Seattle, WA

"To the family of Kyle: May the Good Lord give you comfort and peace in your time of sorrow. You are in our prayers. We will never forget the sacrifice you have made for all of us.

Kyle, thank you. You are an inspiration to the generations who will follow you in serving this great country. God bless."
of Illinois, USA

"At this time in anticipation of my son returning home from Iraq, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. He also is a member of the 123rd. I know as a mother of soldier that the thought never leaves your mind that they are in constant danger over there and are making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. God Bless you and your son. I will think of him as I am sure several others will during the ceremony honoring their return home. I am sure he will be with all of the soldiers in heart and smiling down on them for a job well done. God Bless you."
Wendy Hall of Illinois

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"In loving memory of SFC Kyle Wehrly. He will be missed by family and friends. He will remain a hero in our hearts for eternity. "We love you Kyle!""
Hether of Galesburg, Il

"Staff Sgt. Kyle B. Wehrly will be remembered for his bravery. An American hero has fallen, but his spirit will stand forever. God Bless you Kyle and thank you for your commitment to serve your country. A supporter of the 2/123rd from West Frankfort, IL"
Jayna Hart of Benton,IL

"As a former member of Pastor Wehrly's congregation, your loss hits particularly hard. Godspeed to you and as a recently returned Afghanistan veteran, my prayers are with you and your family."

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

"Kyle was a wonderful Husband, Father, Son and Friend!! He will always be remembered as my friend! To the family of Kyle; I send my sincerest condolences. May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am honored to have known and graduate with Kyle in the Class of 96. Kyle is a true American Hero and I thank him for doing what he loved best!"
Melanie Tuthill of Galesburg, IL

"KYLE YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN! KYLE THANK YOU FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON AS HE WAS TO YOU. MY TEARS NEVER STOPPED FLOWING FOR GREGORY. YET, TODAY THOSE VERY SAME TEARS ARE FOR YOU KYLE. YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO! SO UNSELFISH KYLE TO RISK HIS LIFE FOR ALL OF AMERICA AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE. THAT TELLS ME ALOT WHOM KYLE WAS! YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND YOU ARE KYLE SOMEONE TO THE WAHL FAMILY. NOT EVER TO BE FORGOTTEN KYLE. TIME YOUR FAMILY REACHES OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY NOT TOMORROW. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN YOUR HONOUR. SO NOT ONE IN YOUR COMMUNITY WILL EVER FORGET THE SERVICE YOU GAVE TO YOUR COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE AND COUNTRY. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Kyle Wehrly, 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. Kyle Wehrly:
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 Kyle 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. Kyle Wehrly:
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 Kyle, 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