Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. David J. Weisenburg

26, of Portland, Oregon.
Weisenburg died in Taji, Iraq, when his military vehicle came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, Corvallis, Oregon. Died on September 13, 2004.

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"I am thinking of you. If I could I'd send your mamma a yellow rose today. May 2, 2017"
Peggy of Washougal, WA

"Remembering David with much love today and all year. Memorial Day 2015"
Peggy of Washougal, WA

"I miss David very much. We would have lunch together at Taji if our schedules allowed. I can still hear him calling my name from across the DFAC."
MSG Vanderpluym of Arkansas

"You're on my mind and in my heart David. 2014"
Peggy of Washougal

"David, I think of you often, I still have emails you sent to me in a folder and I read them every once in a while. You touched my life in such a positive way Grasshopper, Take good care David, we will all see you soon."
Virgil of Clearwater, FL

"Dear David~ I think of you often and I can still hear your laugh! I miss you my friend. I will see you again~"
Debbee Whitney of Clearwater, Florida

"Dear David,
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of the amazing person you are. We worked together for such a brief time at Star Park in 2002-2003. Our time together was so short,I wish we had more time but in the time we did have you made such a huge impact in my life. Your smile indicated a sense of peace and serenity. You will NEVER be forgotten. Thank you for your service. 2014"
Irene Kufner of Phoenix AZ

"Dear David-
Today, your Father wrote an impressive article in The Oregonian. It touched so many of the military families in Oregon that wonder if other Americans (especially in our home state) really know how tough it is to say goodbye to a son/daughter, brother/sister heading off to a combat deployment. Your Dad really struck a chord in our family (in a very positive and emotional way). We will toast your life tonight and remember your ultimate sacrifice next month in September. As your Dad challenged all us, "If we forget their names, their stories, their lives, then they truly were lost in vain." THAT IS NOT SOMETHING WE WILL ALLOW EITHER!! We support your Dad and your loving family and WE WILL REMEMBER YOU."
Scott Heim of Portland, Oregon

"I still miss you David. Your smile and laugh were the best ever. I think of your parents and siblings and my thoughts are with them. The world is a smaller place without your big heart. 2013"
Mary of Portland

"Thinking of you throughout the year and especially today, Memorial Day 2013. I wish you wouldn’t have had to give your life “fighting for freedom”, but now you have true freedom given by the sacrificial death of the Ultimate Freedom Giver. I love you and your family. Always have, always will."
Peggy of Washougal

"This week is always tough every year for so many reasons... and we will not forget, EVER."
A friend of Anchorage, AK

"Thinking of David today (as I often do).
Memorial Day 2012"
Peggy of Washougal

"Just started thinking of David out of the blue today, and looked up this site to read through his messages. I was on the high school swim team he coached, and so I barely knew him... but I can still picture his smile, his amused tolerance of all the girls teasing him. I wish I could have gotten to know him these years later. Just wanted to say he's in my thoughts."
Kalah McCaffrey of New York, NY

"David, I am so glad I had the priveledge to meet a great soldier in you. We had just met and went on several missions together. I still remember when we went on leave the same time and flew to Dallas together. We had some great conversations about our family back home. I remember you was very proud of your sister getting married and if im not mistaken you were going back to be there for it. I was greiving with the death of my granfather and you listened to my stories. There is not a day i don't think of you. Thanks for being a friend even if it was for a short time. I'm no longer in as i was wounded when i went back in 2006. RIP my brother for life. We will meet again. Heaven is a better place with your presence. Love you Bro."
SSG Aguilar, James of Ozark, AR

"Not forgotten..."
A friend of Anchorage, AK

"David, you are loved and remembered.
Memorial Day 2011"
Peggy Mazetier of Washougal, WA

"David ~ Loved and Remembered.
Memorial Day 2011"
Peggy Mazetier of Washougal, WA

"David I miss you so much, I often wonder how things would be if you had come back... Thanks for being a part of my life. I will never forget the fun times and I will always hold a special place in my heart. " Stop yelling at me to give you the parking list for the hotel" ... My love goes out to your family and deepest love for your mother. You are missed and made me smile today when I thought of you ."
D Curtis of Irvine,Ca

"To the family of David.
I was so glad when I received this link from my sister Tami.
The Sloan family was very sad when we heard about what happened to David and truly every Memorial Day I think of him. I have many great chilhood memories of when David was young, playing hide-n-seek in your big house with Elizabeth, and the twins, your house had the best spots to hide.
I salute you David for your courage and may you rejoice in Heaven for your strengh. May God Bless you and your family.
Elizabeth with twins...that's fantastic!
Jennifer Sloan-Scardino"
Jennifer of Clackamas, OR

"Weisenburg family I have not forgotten, and I never will.

Bob"
LTC Isenberg of San Francisco CA

"Dave,
For no reason I can imagine, I'm on my couch in Tahoe crying because I miss you. Sometimes it's the most ridiculous situations that make me think of everything you taught me. Between you and Pete, I feel like I was really taught what it is a man should do in order to be one. I'm so sorry that you're gone, and to this day I wish i'd been there, but all the same I miss you and I hope you would be proud of me for the direction I've taken my life.
I miss you,
Kurt"
Kurt Clickener of South Lake Tahoe, CA

"Thank you David (and Family!) for your service to our country and your love of others more than self. Your example is exemplary to all of us left behind who have the responsibility to face off as you did with our own mortality, and make it count. I hope when its my turn, that others will say of me just a portion of what they say about you! Thanks for your sacrifice! IT WAS NOT IN VAIN!

Thanks Dad & Mom and Jason & Daniel and Liz, you will always be cherished in my heart and life for the love you show to one another as a family and to others! God Bless you all!"
Rick Sovereign of Oregon City

"David, thinking of you again as I often do. It's Memorial Day and I salute you for your bravery, your sense of responsibility and for doing your best whether or not you believed in the war. I think of your tender and caring heart, your willingness to help people, that cute look on your face the times you felt embarrassed, that glint in your eye when you were up to something mischievous and yes of course your smile and laugh.
Since I just learned from reading your mom's note the wonderful news of Liz's pregnancy, I will say that I know you would be a fantastic uncle. And I'll tell you I have loved an uncle that had died before I was born. Growing up my mom would tell me stories about him and made him so much a part of my life that I loved him as if I knew him face to face. Your family will tell of you to your nieces and nephews and they will have Uncle David alive and loved in their minds and hearts.
Do me a favor David and visit my dad sometimes. He loved you and always had a sparkle in his eye and a hug for you when you were around.
I remain one of the many whose life was better because of you."
Peggy of Washougal, WA, USA

"Dear David, I've been thinking about you a lot today, remembering your birth. You would've turned 32 on May 2nd and we will once again celebrate your life on that day. We usually work in the yard, planting the garden and some flowers, as well. I know you enjoyed the trees, flowers and the garden. I miss you so much, David! I miss what could have been with your niece & nephew, Aubie & Lincoln. And I'm certain you would've been so thrilled that Liz is pregnant with twins!! She's having 2 boys, just like her mom. I wish I could see your expression at how big she's getting, too. I think you would've given her such a hard time, but I also know you would be so protective of her and delighted to see & feel the babies move! I'm sad that I won't see you holding and playing with your niece & nephews, but I promise to tell them all about you. I will tell them what a remarkable man you became, how brave you were, how kind, funny and loving you were. I will tell them about your laugh, probably the loudest laugh I've ever heard. I will also tell them about your beautiful smile. Sometimes I dream about you, David and you're always smiling. I miss you so much it just breaks my heart. I know I will see you again so that is a great comfort. The Comforter, the Lord is my help, without Him I don't know how I'd navigate thru all of this grief. MUCH love to you!! I'm grateful you are at peace, David."
Mom of Happy Valley, Oregon

"To my brother:
Today I was looking at pictures of my son Lincoln David Weisenburg. He looks like you...not joking! I can see it in his eyes. And hes got that smile like you! Theres not a day that goes by when I dont think about you David. I miss you . There is a hole in my heart.... this is so hard....I barely know what to say....type.... I miss you David and I love you. This week I graduated from the Clackamas Fire District as a Vol fire fighter. I was following my heart....something I realized I wasnt doing before you died. Life is to short not to do what you desire. When I was training I went through some tough things....and at those times I thought about you! I thought about how brave you are, how you had the chance to stay home and you didnt....you heart! its so good!
Thank you for inspiring me to become a fire fighter. I love you so much! And I miss you much more."
Daniel Weisenburg - brother of David of Oregon

"Veterans' Day 2009

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."

Author- Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USM
(often incorrectly attributed to Charles M. Province)"

Love you David."
Peggy of Washougal

"2009--another year has passed. David was my son's roomate in Iraq. I think of him often. Valerie Kelley Klettke"
valerie kelley klettke of portland or

"Dear Sweet David~
I think of you so often and the great talks we had. I am proud you thought of me as "your mom" at work. I have saved most of our e-mails and read them when I miss you the most. I will be visiting with you on Sunday. Your picture remains in my room and you remain in my heart."
Debbee Whitney of Troutdale, OR

"Dave,
We think of you all the time. You were a great loss to my husband. I see his pain and loss often, especially on his birthday. You are an inspiration to him and will always remain in our hearts. Thank you for making my husband a better man and a better soldier. We love you. Please watch over him and keep him safe."
Friend of Portland, OR

"Thank you, David. All I have are words, for you and all the others like you, but I will give what I have. Thank you."
anonymous of Oregon

"Weisenburg Family Today, 2 Jan 2009, I am thinking and praying for your Son, David. I know Jesus will be holding our boys close when we pray and feel this loss.

LTC Robert Isenberg, Alaska"
LTC Robert Isenberg of Alaska

"Today is today, just another day. A day that goes by slow. A day that no one will ever know. David I miss you so much. I almost forget some times that you have passed. Then I think about when are you really going to come back to us. As i think of you and all the things that we have done It's hard to think about what we would have done. i need you here with me, i need you to just one day say hello and laugh that way you laugh. thank you for always talking to me and helping me out."
Your brother Jason Weisenburg of Gresham Oregon

"I miss you on my yahoo, friend. Wish we had had longer. I wish I'd kept you online chatting longer that day. I wish you well and hope to see you again someday. Here's think of you and your smile ;-)"
JG of UK

"I'm thinking of David today - a good man, a man of excellence -
who when given a task would give it his best.
And he did give his best - a good man, a man of excellence.
I'm thinking of David today."
Peggy Mazetier of 11-11-08 Veterans Day

"I remember... today and each day."
A friend of Anchorage, AK

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. David J. Weisenburg:
David 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 The Weisenburg Family: David was my supervisor when he worked for Star Park. I am now back at the location where he was my supervisor, and I think of him even more now that I am there than I did when I was away, even though that was frequently. I seem to see people who look like him everywhere downtown, and then I have to remind myself that it isn't him. I truly miss him and know that the world is missing a very kind person and a wonderful friend to anyone who ever had the good fortune to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all."
Melodie O'Leary of Portland, Oregon

"Today is David's birthday. He should be turning 30, I wonder on days like today what he would be like if he had made it back? What would he be doing now, where would he be working, living? How the war would have affected him? There is something special about turning 30, but maybe I feel even more strongly about that, because he never will. I will grow older, his mother will grow older, his brothers and sister, but David will forever be 26 and this changes so many things. His brothers and sister have all met someone special, gotten married and brought more life into our family. There are 2 more sisters, another brother, a granddaughter and soon a grandson. But we will never get to embrace into our family that someone special in David's life, this is another loss that no one tells you about when they cme knock on your door. But, I think that I will change my mind, today IS David's birthday, today David IS 30. He IS, and forever will be my son whom I love with a passion that I can not explain. I walk tall and proud because I have been blessed with such a special man for a son. Time and a distance that can not be traveled separate us for now, but I will see him again and we will celebrate together. Until then Happy Birthday my son."
Dad

"Dear Weisenburg Family: I was saddened to learn recently of David's death. He was my chaplain's assistant for about seven months while we were assigned to 2/69 Armor Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Ft. Benning, GA. I vividly remember one night at the National Training Center in Ft. Irwin, CA. Our battalion was training there and he and I recieved a call late one night that one of our Soldiers needed to talk to the chaplain. We got up from a comfortable sleep and drove about two hours across the Mojave desert. David got us there with the aid of a "Plugger" a directional device that we used in those days, especially at night. He did a great job and we often talked about that nightly excursion for days to come! He was a great guy, with a gentle spirit, who cared about people. He will be missed."
Chaplain (Major) Lane Stockeland of Fort McCoy, WI

"Dear Weisenburg Family
My name is Kathy Weisenburg. I do not believe we are related but I was doing an internet search and came across this site for your son David. Please accept my condolences. He is a very special person."
Kathy Weisenburg of Fortescue, NJ

"Oh Fernando. I think of you every September, and at other times. I still have the articles your dad wrote for the Oregonian. I am talking to Annsley online, the first time in a few years, and your name came up. I read through all the notes people have left for you and your family, and it must make them proud to know you are so loved by everyone who knew you. I hope you can look down on all of us and enjoy seeing where we've ended up. We miss you, David, even those of us who didn't know you very long or very well. You'll always be Fernando first and foremost, hope that still makes you laugh and groan. Take care up there."
Kalah, SMA 2007 of Portland, OR

"I remember Dave helping out my son--Brett Kelley. He was Brett's roommate, and helped him when the contents of his storage unit was almost auctioned off. He was willing to provide his credit card until the situation was resolved. We all had pizza together the last night before they were shipped out. I am sorry for your loss."
Valerie Klettke Kelley of Portland Or

"I will always remember."
A friend of Anchorage, AK

"David is my son. I refuse to say, was my son. He still is and always will be. Today is my birthday and my thoughts turn to him, perhaps a little more than normal. He always made a big deal out of birthdays, he always was thoughtful and giving. I believe we all, as we get older spend some time on a day like this to reflect on years past. I think of all the things that life has brought my way, the good and the not so, having children is one of the good, I now have a grandchild, one that David will never know, but she will know him. We will tell her about him, his grace, strength, honor, and service. He IS a wonderful man and a wonderful son. I miss him today. Later I will be blessed to have all of my family around me, we will all go to a park and listen to music, there will be a spot open, empty because that will be for David."
Jim Weisenburg of portland oregon

"Today, Memorial Day 2007, I have two honorable men on my mind and in my heart as I think, with gratitude, of the brave men and women who have served this country, all the way from the American Revolution to present day.

The first is David. Memories of David have flooded my head in such sharp focus it's as though he still walks on this earth. I see him laughing, I see his "serious" look and the cute, "embarrassed" look he'd get sometimes. I hear his voice as plain as day and see, like a movie, the charming boy, the dashing teen and the handsome man he'd become. Today especially, I celebrate David's life.

The second person is my father who served in both the navy and the air force during the Korean War and World War II.

I am proud of these two soldiers. Both men of integrity, wanting to fulfill their duty in the responsibilities they took on. The world is a better place because of David Weisenburg and men like my father. So... thank you gentlemen. Thank you for being you."
Peggy of Washougal

"david
I miss you and will never forget you. I wish I had some more time to get to befriend you better. You will always be missed. Thank you for what you gave for the rest of us to live free."
David L. ThomasII of Portland, OR

"Dear Dave,

It has been almost 6 years since you've left Korea. I really enjoyed working with you at HHD, 498th CSB, 19th TSC in Yongsan Garrison. All of your Korean buddies were sad to hear the tragedy from Iraq in 2004. Just want you to know that, in Korea, we all miss you, the chaplain assistant of 498th CSB.
Until we see you again,
Former Senior KATUSA of HHD, 498th CSB
(1999 - 2001)
17 March 2007"
Peppino(goblue@naver.com) of Seoul, Korea

"AS WE APPROACH ST PATRICKS DAY 3/17, THERE IS SADNESS AND JOY. THIS WILL BE THE 3RD YEAR OF THE RETURN OF THE 2 OF THE 162 INFANTRY FROM IRAQ. "THE DEVIL'S SANDBOX" AT WAR IN IRAQ, BY JOHN R BRUNNING IS AN ACCOUNT OF THE OREGON VOLUNTEERS."
VALERIE KELLEY-KLETTKE of PORTLAND OR

"January 22, 2007
Dear Weisenburg family,

Although I did not know David as I should have, I think of him often. I cannot begin to imagine the pain you all go through each day but please know I love all of you and think and pray for your family daily."
Boo of Missouri

"Oct. 2006
Dear Weisenburg Family,
David comes to my mind often. And he always will. I love him and I love you."
Peggy of Washougal

"To David's wonderful family,
Please know that despite time or distance, the grief I feel for your loss does not fade. You all mean so much to so many people ... and we all wish we could take some of the pain away. As I put on my tiny little flag with the yellow ribbon this morning, it was a reminder that it means something MORE now. I remember what has taken place and continues to take place is REAL. It is more than photos, news clips, unknown names. I pray everyone remembers that."
A friend of Anchorage, AK

"I awoke this morning within 5 minutes of the time that David died 2 years ago. I woke at the same time on that terrible day, and prayed for him, not knowing that he had been killed. For all of this time I have wondered about praying for safety, when it is to late. I was thinking all yesterday and last night as I was getting ready for bed about the things that David might have been doing and thinking during his last day. As my day was ending because of time difference his was beginning and it would not end till he died by a road side bomb. I have had the honor to meet with a number of men who served with David, men who were with him on this day 2 years ago, men are now and forever a part of my families lives because they were a part of David.

When I woke 2 years ago I did not know that all of this lay before me. Sometimes I believe that it is by God's grace that we in fact do not know the future. David, last Saturday I had the chance to meet with a number of the guys that you were with. Bravo Company had drill weekend and a number of the guys are still in the unit and some that have moved on came in also. I have become pretty good friends I think, with Ben's parents and his wife Rachel, I have to admit that it is a pretty lousy way to become friends. But, we stood together in the mist of some of your friends and fellow soliders and remebered both of you, and we cried together and we morned. Some of your friends are still suffering, it is not easy to simply walk away from a war, I wish you could advise me, to tell me how to help, you were such a good leader, I could use your help now.

To anyone else that reads this know without any doubt that we miss David as muchs we ever have. It is a mith and a lie of Satan that we could get over this. We morn our son and today even more so. But, know also how proud we are of him, he was, I will even say IS a good son, a good man, a good soldier, A very honorable man, we love him and miss him greatly. The passing of 2 years only makes the longing to see him again that much more. I do in spite of the pain and suffering, reguardless of the mouring that is forever a part of my life believe, i have to believe that my prayer 2 years ago was and is answered. David is now safe. We live in a broken world that is full of pain and suffering and David as much as I miss him is safe. I do believe this.... but damn it is hard and today it is very hard.

Oh David my son, I miss you so."
Dad of Portland

"Dave. Brother. I wish i had found this site earlier. When i found out you had been lost, it took my breath away. You were the last person i expected to see die in Iraq. Our 10 year HS reunion is coming up soon and if i could make it i'd make sure to honor you the way you deserve. I shall not ever forget you and I assure you we will not give up this fight. It's men like you that give us the fighting spirit to stay the course. C/O 96 bro. I love ya."
SSgt Steven D. Sarina, USAF of Goodfellow AFB, TX

"David:

Although I found out about your death a year and a half late, I still can't believe it. I remember you from school, and you always seemed to have a smile on your face. Your loss will not be forgotten, and your service to your country is appreciated. God Bless."
Joe of San Diego, CA

"To the family of: David J. Weisenburg 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"

"Sometimes it is almost impossible to believe that this is true. I want to think that he is just gone again with the Army. Just another trip, another deployment. Then reality hits me and it feels like the very first day that I found out. I can't think or sometimes breath. But make no mistake I am so very proud of my son, he grew into a wonderful man. He willingly accepted the resonsibilities that came at him and then excelled. I do not often throw out the expression that I have been blessed, but David was and still is a blessing to me. I miss him so much. I do not think that the hurt will even go away. Frankly I never want it to. I love my son and I am very proud of him. I miss him every day. I do not think that he believed in this war but he believed in duty, honor and commitment. This was not just an expression to him,it was a way of life. Everything that ever saw with him, everything that I have been told by others tells me that he was a good leader in everything that he did, he is and always be an inspiration to me."
Dad of Portland

"I just wanted to share the story of how we started calling him Fernando. My junior year of High School (I'm now a jr in college, still swimming for my school) we got a new assistant swim coach at St. Mary's. It was Fernando. The first day of practice with him, the girls were coming in the locker room talking about him and calling him different names, because he told them all different names, and never introduced himself as David. So I went out there, and being the outgoing person I am, I just went up to him and said, "What's your name?" and he answered "I'm Fernando." Well, I really truly believed him, and I went back and told all the girls that his name was Fernando. Even after we realized that Fernando wasn't his real name, we still called him that. And even now, he's Fernando to me, and always will be. He was a wonderful guy and there are too many stories to share here. He is missed dearly."
Anonymous of Michigan

"Well Dave, it looks like I learned about all this a year after it happened. It sucks, I'd always thought we'd connect again, maybe catch some more Star Trek and Futurama, or grab a couple drinks. It's so weird, I only hung out with you for a small amount of time, and from all these articles I'm reading it would seem there was an entire side of you that I'll never get to know. I'll always remember you for your cool last name and your intense generosity. Don't think I forgot about you driving me home that one night from downtown, letting me borrow moving boxes, and offering to let me borrow your car so I could see my ex's graduation. You rock, Dave. I'll catch you on the flip side."
Chad of Portland, OR

"fernando, what a wonderful piece written by your father in the newspaper today; you would have been so proud of him, I know you are. 1 year is so long, but it feels like just yesterday that I picked up the newspaper and saw your picture on the front. This was after we heard it from Liane, your old friend, but it didn't seem real until I saw your picture. We love you and we miss you. I hope you're watching out for your SMA girls right now, only the freshman swimmers from '02-'03 are still at SMA, and we're seniors now. Stay in peace, and, when we get to heaven, even though it'll probably be a while from now, keep a lookout for us, okay? In my heart, I know that we'll see you again."
a lonely backstroker of portland, oregon

"David,
It has been a year and yet it feels like no time has past. My eyes still water when I think of you or see your picture. There is this song I listen to when I think about you. I would like to share a couple of lines from it. "I see your face in every star and I'll keep on loving you wherever you are. I'm going to miss you". David, when I look up into the sky at night I know you are there and I take comfort in knowing that I will see you again. I miss you and I'll never forget you."
M of Portland, OR

"David, I will never forget you. Thanks for being such a good friend. Keep on laughing, some day we will all be together laughing.
Jim, Marilyn, Liz, Erik, Jason, Cindy, Daniel and Adena. Love you and remembering you daily."
Rod of Portland

"I put flowers on your grave marker today. Never thought I'd do that. Didn't really think I'd see you again, maybe in passing at a church in Portland or a Christian gathering, or even at a store, but didn't really think much about it, honestly. I sure didn't think I'd be visiting your grave.
I don't think I ever mentioned this to you, but you were a surprise to me. Having such an outgoing older sister and then two rambunctious little brothers, I would think you'd get lost in the shuffle, but you were your own person. And you were your own person in your own way. I still remember you when you were in high school, grinning at me across the foyer and coming over to say hi. Why a high school boy would want to say hi to an "older" lady at church, I just don't know. I mean, I knew your folks and Liz, but you made a point to chat with me. Even at Safeway, you'd stop work for a moment and talk with me about what you were up to. You made me feel important, did you ever know that?
And I remember exactly when you told me you'd be going into the Army. Coming from a military family myself, I was so excited for you. I figured I was one of a few folks at our church who would understand. I didn't know it would turn out like this. I remember Marilyn telling me when you were in Kuwait and I was afraid for you and prayed for you then, but then other things pushed that out and I guess I kinda figured you were safe. You are such a great person, it's such a loss to the rest of the world. But I was thinking about that, and because you paid such a price, more people, from all over, know who you are. Maybe that's one of the blessings in all this, that complete strangers can be encouraged by hearing about your life. Are you getting to see that from Heaven? Does Jesus let you see this stuff?
But I still wish it hadn't happened, especially when I think of how awful this is for your family. I just feel so bad for them. I hadn't seen you in several years and it looks like from the pictures, you grew into a man in the meantime. A man willing to lay down his life for his friends, for his country, which means you laid down your life for me. Thank you, David. Thank you for keeping us safe, for keeping me safe. I wish I had better words.
Would you do me a favor? I don't have a lot of Christian family so when it's my turn to get to the other side of eternity, would you be one of the people who meets me there? I'd sure like to see you greeting me, and your grin. Jesus, could You work that out? Thanks, Lord.
I'll continue to lift all those hurting and missing you up to our wonderful Father. Bye, kiddo, have loads of fun (I know you are) and we'll see you soon."
an old lady at church of wandering the West

"Thanks Dave (Weise) Weisenburg for the memories that we shared. You were wise way beyond you years. Whenever I needed to vent or a little advice I knew where to go. I will always remember watching WWE when we were in Korea. I truly valued our friendship. I will miss you dearly"
Michael Nesmith of Augusta, Georgia

"I am constantly reminded of what an awesome God we serve. I don't know why Christ decided to take you when He did, but HE NEVER EVER MAKES MISTAKES. Everything he does is for his Glory. With this war I am reminded of the lyrics to a song "HE gives and takes away" If we allows our minds, hearts, and our soul to see the glory of Christ through this then it will be nothing short of amazing. Some of us may never get over this, but I know that God is going to do something through this, maybe not now or even 10 years from now, but he will use you for his glory, in his time. Remember this song? God will make a way where there seems to be no way, he works in ways we can not see, he will make a way! I believe that whole heartly!"
A child of Christ of somewhere in oregon

"I am constantly reminded of what an awesome God we serve. I don't know why Christ decided to take you when He did, but HE NEVER EVER MAKES MISTAKES. Everything he does is for his Glory. With this war I am reminded of the lyrics to a song "HE gives and takes away" If we allows our minds, hearts, and our soul to see the glory of Christ through this then it will be nothing short of amazing. Some of us may never get over this, but I know that God is going to do something through this, maybe not now or even 10 years from now, but he will use you for his glory, in his time. Remember this song? God will make a way where there seems to be no way, he works in ways we can not see, he will make away! I believe that whole heartly!"
A child of of Christ of somewhere in oregon

"Little brother, it's been almost one year since you left. I miss your voice. I miss laughing with you about mom and dad and the funny things they say. I certainly don't miss your driving! You always liked to make me sick when I was in the car with you. I miss you stopping by our house. I always looked up to you because you were so much bigger than me. It's so difficult to go to your site and look down at your name. It's not right. And by the way, as far as points go with who's the favorite kid, you're in the lead! HAHA! You'd like that wouldn't you? I am so glad you are at peace right now. You don't feel or even know pain. It's so amazing to see all the people who have written you on this site. The girls dedicated their swim season to you! I remember watching all those girls huddling around you and giggling. You were such a great coach to them. You are missed little brother. Erik misses you so much too. Please pray for us brother. Sometimes we miss you so much that it is hard to think of anything else. Anyway, till I see you again. I love you madly. I am proud of who you were and who you still are."
Your BIG sister of Portland, OR

"Jim, Marilyn, Elizabeth, Jason and Daniel,
My heart aches for you in your loss here on this earth of David ~ your son, your brother, your friend. I pray comfort for you in your pain and sorrow and pray you may find even some small piece of solace knowing David's life touched so many- both those who knew him and countless others. Be assured that he is on our minds and forever in our hearts and if each thought of him from around this world were the flame of a candle, the night sky would be lit as though it were day. David will be remembered always.
As for me, I will always love David- my friends son, brother and friend. Peggy"
Peggy of Washougal, WA

"TO THE FAMILY OF STAFF SGT. WISENBURG,
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOU SON/BROTHER WITH US. HE IS A TRUE HERO IN EVERYWAY. I RECIEVED MY HEROBRACELET WITH HIS NAME AND HAVE SHARED HIS STORY WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY. HE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US. HIS CARING AND SENSE OF HUMOR RINGS THROUGH ALL THE STORIES THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD. I AM SURE HE IS TERRIBLY MISSED. GOD MUST HAVE NEEDED ANOTHER GREAT MAN. GOD BLESS US ALL."
EAMONN M. RADBURN of RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ, USA

"fernando, the yearbook came out today. there is a beautiful tribute to you in the back, filled with pictures and memories and funny things that only we remember. we miss you terribly, but we know that somewhere in the vast expanse of heaven you are looking down on us and smiling, laughing your big, hearty laugh (probably at us), and telling all the friends you've made (we know there're a lot) "those are my girls. the girls who threw my in the pool fully clothed, gave my this ridiculous nickname, and loved having me as a coach." have a great time up there, big guy, and we'll see ya sometime"
SMA of portland, or

"David,
Thank you so much for your service. I am proud of you and proud to have known you. We have A LOT of memories, some personal and some from youth group. I am treasure the memories I have had with you. The one that sticks out the clearest is when we were singing hymns (off tune) all night at a youth group overnighter. I also remember that night that you told me that if you never make it home to play How Great Thou Art. I did, that song reminds me of our good times. Thank David! You were a wonderful person, and I am honored to have known you. Thank you for the memories, I will always cherish them. I know you are having a blast in heaven, you are with the One who takes away pain and tears and goodbyes. See you soon!"
Christi of Portland, oregon

"To the Weisenburg Family,
I am a retired/service disabled US Navy Chief Petty Officer and I have the honor of wearing David's bracelet. I lost my Father (a US Navy Seabee) during the Vietnam conflict (1/17/72) and I have a son (Adam) currently on active duty serving in the 2/8th of the 4th Infantry Division out of Fort Hood, TX. We enjoy, as a nation, a lifestyle unlike any other country because men like your son David, my Father and others have put all others ahead of themselves. It doesn't get any easier, but I want you to know that there are a lot of people out here that know what you are going through and acknowledge David's and your sacrifice. Thank you."
Robert E. Demarest Jr. of Rome, NY/USA

"I still hear your voice, and I know your still watching out for me. Happy Birthday David. I love you, and I miss you so much, I wish things had been different."
Louis ( louie4424@hotmail.com ) of Salem, Oregon

"The first rose on our only rosebush bloomed today, a gracious gift from God and a remembrance of all the roses you've given me through out the years, David. The newly bloomed rose is especially kind because today we celebrate your birth 27 years ago, a day that brought us incredible joy, our firstborn son. Now there's a place in our lives that will never be replaced, because it only belongs to you. My heart aches for you, the sound of your voice, your laughter, your presence in our family. We feel incomplete without you and we yearn for heaven more now than ever before. I love you with all my heart, David, and I look forward to the day when I will see you again."
Mom of Portland, Or

"My friend,
It is my honor and privelege to have been your friend and brother in arms. We all leave combat knowing how prescious life truly is, and you lived your life to the fullest every day. I miss our agreements to disagree, to only turn right back around and joke and laugh about it. I miss all of the trouble that we always found ourselves in as young soldiers. You are deeply loved by more people than I'm sure that you realized. I still miss you so dearly. You have made us all so proud by how you lived your life and led your men. Your memory is with me forever, you are not forgotten. The guys and I always toast to your memory and honor your life. Know that you make us all stronger, to live our lives to the fullest and to have no regrets. We all love and miss you David, I will see you again with our Lord in Heaven."
Jim Ellifritt, Jr of Vancouver, WA/USA

"David,
I think of you so much. I really missed you tonight at Jason & Cindy's reception. Even if it was just to give you a hug. I miss that. I am so proud to say that I am your Aunt. You are truly an American hero in my book.
I love you,
Aunt Julie"
Aunt Julie of Portland, Or.

"David,
It was an honor to serve with you and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You always were a good friend and always there for a good laugh, and I miss that. I know I am a better man for knowing you and having a friend like you. I will dearly miss you as a friend and fellow NCO. To David's parents and family: I had the honor and pleasure of serving with your son and he will forever have a place in my heart. You should be proud of what a fine young man and soldier your son became. He is loved and missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones."
SSG Andrew Philpott of Portland, OR National Guard

"Tomorrow 4/13/2005 will mark 7 months since the day that David died. At times the feelings that come over me have the impact of the very first day. Other times it seems as if this has been my life forever. I am overcome with the knowledge that I have been blessed with a son that was so brave. I miss him so very much."
James Weisenburg of Portland Oregon

"thank you for your son. he will be forever remembered as i wear his bracelet every day. i just got it 2 days ago. vietnam veteran here. 67-68"
t.l.binkley of barnesville, georgia

"To David's family:
Your son/brother is not forgotten, even by people who didn't even know him. I purchased a Hero Bracelet a few months ago and the name of Sgt David Weisenburg was on mine. I decided to look him up and see how this brave man lost his life for me. Thank you David for fighting for our freedom. To his family, I'm sorry for you loss.
I wear the bracelet every day and when people ask what I'm wearing around my wrist, I tell them who he was and how he died for his country."
Laurie of Tucson, AZ

"David,
I miss you. I just wish this was all a dream....why cant it be....I am still at a lost for words to even think and it's been 6month and 2 days since you died....is it still true???? David I miss you and love you so much. I will see you in heaven. You will never fade in my thoughts, you will always be remembered!!!! You are my hero."
Your Brother Daniel Weisenburg of Portland, Oregon

"David, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of about you. I still try to make sense of what has happened but I can't. I just don't understand. I just want to say that I'm a very lucky person to have known you. You were kind, funny, and generous. You even laughed at my jokes. I am thankful everyday that I was able to see you again in August. David, I am going to miss you a lot. You played a special part in my life and I will be forever thankful. And to David's family, you raised a wonderful man. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers."
Martin Dorer of Portland, OR

"To David's Parents,
I just cried through my message to you, and found that it was posted on the general list of messages. I hope you have the time to review it.

My prayers are with the entire family as you learn to live with your loss. I can only say again, he was a loss to many who never met him before his premature death."
Pat Clickener, (Kurt's mom) of Tigard, Oregon

"Our Prayers are with you. David was a friend of Ben's. Both of these great men are now in Heaven with our Lord putting shingles on our mansions. God will give strength to move on."
LTC Robert Isenberg of FT Lewis WA

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

"Dear David's Family,
There are no words that can heal the horrible wound that you have taken. On behalf of my family, I thank David for helping protect us and our freedom. Our blessings go out to him and to all of you, and our prayers are with all of you who grieve."
The Sanford Weisenburg family of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Jason, I am a part of the St. Mary's Academy swim team who was honored to have your brother as a coach. It would be an honor for us if you would come to one of our meets this season. As you may or may not know, this swim season is in memory of Dave (to us, he's Fernando). All the girls will have decals bearing DW on their swim caps and suits. Please know that you are in our prayers."
Margaret of Portland, Oregon

"David I know that this is not my first message but I cant let go of you just yet. It's been hard to say good by to a brother and there is no easy way to do it. I keep thinking that I'm going to wake up and you are going to be on the phone calling me and we get to talk for a few hours. I want to know why is it so hard. This pain that I feel does not go away but yet it grows stronger every min. of every hour of every day that goes by. I no longer get to feel you physically but trust me when I say this you will never go away emotionally. I love you and miss you"
Your brother Jason Weisenburg

"Fernando, we miss you so much. We will never forget your excellent skill as a "Potential Boyfriend Screener" at swim meets and your fantastic ability to be our Big Brother when we most needed one. This swim season at SMA is dedicated to you, and we will never forget you. To Dave/Fernando's family: feel free to come to one of our swim meets this year; we would love it if you were there. "Fernando" meant so much to us and he will always be in our hearts. On behalf of the swimmers from 2002-2003; let me say that you will be in our prayers always."
Margaret class of 2006 of Portland, OR

"David I can't believe that this is true, it all seems like a bad dream that just won't go away, I keep trying to wake up but this is reality. I can still hear your voice, and still hear your laugh, and still hear you making fun of me. When Jason was in Iraq I worried because it was the start of the war, but with you being over there I didn't worry as much because you made it sound like it wasn't that bad. I never thought that this would happen this was a job never did it cross my mind that one of you wouldn't return. Now it's all I think about, I think about all the laughs we had when you were home on leave you were and still are such an amazing person, I wish I could go back in time to change things, or to just see you one more time. To tell you how much your friendship ment to me, and how much I enjoyed being around you. I love you and until we meet again you are forever in my heart."
Your sister-in-law Cindy Weisenburg of Portland, OR

"David I miss you so much and I want you to come home but I know thats not going to happen. I just to give you one more hug and one more laugh but I cant. I cant do a lot of things with out you here. I want you here I miss you and love you. Your brother Jason m. Weisenburg"
Jason Weisenburg of Portland Or

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

"To David's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"David
My friend - the world is less without you. Trusting I will find you in another life. Blessed be your soul for evermore. Always in my thoughts."
Jay of London

"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. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To David's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the family of David,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We know your pain as for we have also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. David is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.nett of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you David Weisenburg, 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. David Weisenburg:
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 David 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. David Weisenburg:
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 David, 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