Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Stephen J. White

39, of Talladega, Alabama.
White died in An Najaf, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 5, 2006.

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"11 years have passed and you are still heavy on our minds and forever in our hearts. No day goes by that you are not thought of and missed. We will love you and honor your name forever! Truly unforgettable! We miss you so much Steve! Continue to rest in peace...until we meet again!!!"
Charmaine Little of Atlanta, GA

"I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY!!! 11 YEARS STILL UNBELIEVABLE!!! MY GUARDIAN ANGEL FOR LIFE!!!"
PRECIOUS of ATLANTA GA

"Special shout out to heaven to SFC Stephen J. White ❤❤❤❤.....Gone but never ever forgotten!!!!!! Missing you every single day--We love you and you are forever in our hearts!"
Char Little of Atlanta, GA

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE🎂!!"
STACY AND JAYLON ISBELL/ AUGUST 12,2016 of TALLADEGA, ALABAMA

"HELLO, MY LOVE, I KNOW YOU WATCHING OVER ME AND YOUR SON(JAYLON). WE MISS YOU SO MUCH AND WE WILL,ALWAYS LOVE YOU. OUR SON HAS GOTTEN SO BIG AND HANDSOME JUST LIKE HIS FATHER. HE IS SMART LIKE YOU AS WELL. WE MISS YOU SO MUCH AND WE WANT TO WISH OUR ANGEL A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY..LOVE YOU,FROM YOUR SON JAYLON AND STACY..I WILL ALWAYS CARRY YOU IN MY HEART.KISS..KISS."
STACY AND JAYLON ISBELL of TALLADEGA, ALABAMA

"Celebrating your day! We miss you so much! Not a day goes by you are not on our minds. Forever in our hearts!"
Char of Atlanta, GA

"Still missing you...we all are...we love you and think about you daily!!!!"
Char of Atlanta, GA

"White, it's been 10 long years, man. Still miss you, still get a lump in my throat. Still cherish the good times and will never forget you. I hope to see you again someday and re-live the good times. Thanks for everything you ever did for me. I know you're still watching. Rest easy, brother."
SFC Marcus Rose of Fort Riley, KS

"It's been some time since I last seen you daddy I love you so much see you soon"
Stephen white of Killeen

"GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN REST IN PARADISE"
Sherri Harrison of Tampa Fl

"Celebrating your life today...you are terribly missed!"
Charmaine of Georgia

"Thinking of you as I always do...never forgotten...UNFORGETTABLE...I feel your presence every day!"
Char of Georgia

"Hello Sweet heart this is a very special day for a very special person my heart goes out to you and your family always I know they. Misses you as much as me and your son does. You will forever be. In our hearts. We Love You Babe.RIP.GOD Gave You Two Wings To Fly Away With.Enjoy Them.Happy Memorial Day Love.I miss Dearly. Love Always Pat Wallace.🎈🎈💝💝💝"
Pat Wallace. 5-25-2015 of Talladega ALa

"Hello Daddy I miss you so very much wish you were here to share this day with you and the family Sitting around cooking eating laughing talking about the good times.then you and I ride out to have our alone time and having our.private talks I really miss that. I Love You. Happy Memorial Day. RIP.from Bootsy Boy. Your Son. 5-25-2015."
Kamillius.White of Talladega ALa

"You taught me the ropes!"
D.B. of Ft. Gordon, GA

"Hello Daddy I miss you so much I wish you were still here so we can have those good times like we use to and man I hate that our time together was cut short to soon but I will always cherish the Times we did have and it was special and it meant the world to me and I know that you felt the same. RIP I will always Love You.Your. Son Bootsy.Boy.🎈🎈"
Kamillius.White of Talladega ALa

"Hello Steve it's been a long time babe.me and your son misses you so much time cut short to soon but Thank you for giving me a part of you a beautiful son that looks just like you and has all of your personality. I Love Babe Always and Forever. Pat and Bootsy.Boy.💝💝🎈🎈"
Pat Wallace of Talladega ALa

"Sgt 1st Class White your service to this country will always be remembered.We are all deeply saddened by this great loss. B-3/16 Field Artillery ,Fort Hood Texas will always remember our fallen heroes."
SPC Axel Barrientos of Killeen ,Ft Hood Texas

"HEY BRO STILL CAN'T BELIEVE YOU ARE GONE HAPPY VET DAY YOU ARE MISSED

1SG (RET) DANNY DAWSON"
DANNY DAWSON of MINDEN ,LOUISIANA

"Love you dad miss you I hope you see on the football field"
Stephen white of Killeen

"Thinking of you on your day (I think of you every day)...08/12/1966 to 01/05/2006....missing you always!!!!"
Charmaine of Georgia

"I miss you everyday, And I think about you everyday. Thank you for everything you did for me. If it were not for you I would of never gotten to be the solider and NCO I became. You were always there for me, always willing to help me no matter what the situation was. When I didn't have a place to go for Thanksgiving, You brought me to your house, and let me eat with you and your family. This is the type of Man her was. Always putting others first, always looking out for his soldiers, he loved his family, and He Loved God. And I miss him, everyday"
Justin Teitzel of Redding, California

"Happy Veteran's Day Steve...honoring you today and every day. We miss you so much!!!!"
Charmaine of Georgia

"Stephen Jerome White (a beautiful person inside and out; gone too soon--thinking about you on your day...Unforgettable!!!)...08/12/1966-01/05/2006!!! R.I.P. Love always!!!!"
Charmaine of Georgia

"Gone but never forgotten! We honor your name and your life every day but today especially! We will forever love you and remember how you took care of us all! Your life touched many lives. Always in our hearts!!!!!"
Charmaine of Fort Benning, GA

"Man you have been on my mind quite a bit. I miss you partner. I know you are looking down on all of us and just wanted to let you know that I will forever cherish the times we shared together, whether it was at your house or mine, in Korea or on Kelley Hill you are truly missed."
MSG Tyrus Taylor of Kansas City Mo

"There is not a day goes by that you are not on my mind. You are truly missed. Time has made it easier to cope with the pain but it never truly goes away. Your presence is felt and cherished daily.Gone physically but your loving spirit remains. WE will FOREVER MISS YOU and HONOR YOUR NAME and LIFE!"
Charmaine of Fort Benning, GA

"Stephen you have been on my mind for a long time.. I will always love you! You are missed.I wish you could see our son..he is very handsome and smart.. he is such a respectful and GOD filling person!!you are always loved and missed!!I wish you were here..but we all know GOD had special plans for you..WE LOVE YOU!!"
Stacy Isbell-Woodgett of Talladega,Alabama

"I miss you Brother. It's been 7 years, and it feels like yesterday. You are a great NCO and a better friend. As long as there is a breathe in me, you will never be forgotten. I'll see you in Feidlers Green."
(RET) SSG Brad Peterson of Belton Texas

"Truly missed...a special friend on earth is now our guardian angel in heaven...R.I.P. Stephen!!!!!"

"Rest In Peace Smoke always on my mind never forgotten!!"
SGT Scott Weller (RET) of Hayden Colorado

"I am very sorry and very grateful for you, Mr. White. You are a hero to us and your family for everything you have done. Thank you. I wish you and your family good luck."
Adam Gregory of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.

"You were on my mind today. I miss you so much. I wish I could talk to you and get a response. You missing so much, you have two grandsons now. I know if you were still here they would be spoiled rotten. Miss you always,

your biggest baby girl"
LaTesha of TALLADEGA

"SFC White you are missed and you were a true Friend to me."
SFC Antonio Rowe Retired of Indianapolis Indiana

"08/12/11...on this day your life is still celebrated...you touched so many lives!!! Gone but never forgotten...unforgettable!!! Until we meet again..."
Your friend of Georgia

"All your friends carry your spirit around daily...you will never be forgotten...your birthday is coming up this week and we just talked about you the other day and reminisced about the good ole' days...you touched many lives...we will love you forever!!!!
Happy Early Birthday from the old crew @ Benning!!!!"
We miss You Terribly of Georgia

"Uncle Steve I miss you soo much. I can't believe its been 5 years already... I often sit and wonder what my life would be like with you here, but then I remember that although you're not here with me physically I carry you around with me every day in my heart and mind... I love you!!!"
Shana of Anson County

"I'm listening to your song :)
I miss you so much Daddy and I can't wait to be able to see you, again.
Love, your bighead youngin' <3"
Stephanie White of Killeen, TX

"Always in my heart...Always on my mind...Gone but never, ever forgotten...Unforgettable!"
Your loving Friend of Georgia

"hey to my brother steve j white may you rest in peace. you are missed dealy

1SG DANNY R DAWSON (RET)"
DANNY DAWSN of PHENIX CITY ALA

"THIS MESSAGE WAS FOR A TRUE BROTHER STEVE WHITE. WE DID A LOT WHILE WE WERE STATIONED IN ERLANGEN,GERMANY BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU STEVIE. YOUR BROTHER HOLDER"
ALFRED HOLDER of ATLANTA,GA

"MAN I NEVER THOUGHT THAT DAY WOULD COME WE MADE SO MANY PLANES YOU WERE MORE THAN MY BROTHER U WERE MY BEST FRIEND,BIBLE STUDY TEACHER THANK U FOR SHOWING ME HOW TO FIND COMFORT IN THE LORD BY KNOWING WHO HE IS.TELL MOM AND DAD I SAID HI LOVE U"
stanley white(hi-fi) of Belleville, IL

"My Uncle Steve... you were on my mind. Its been almost five years and I think about you everyday. I remember the things you taught me when I was little. When me and your daughter stephanie used to sit in your lap, you used to always tell us stories that I never understood. But I think i got it now. You are an inspiration to me. And if anybody know like I know, you are an inspiration to everybody else. You had a kind heart. You never meant anything bad to nobody. I love you Uncle Steve. R.I.P."
Javonte McBride of Morven, North Carolina/ United States

"STEVE I WAS TOLD ABOUT YOUR PASSING BUT AT THE TIME WHEN I WAS TOLD I JUST THOUGHT THAT SOMEONE HAD MISTAKEN YOU FOR SOMEONE ELSE .AND STILL I CANT BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE GONE IT TOOK FOR ME TO RUN ACROSS THIS WEBSITE ONLINE TO FINALLY EXCEPT THAT YOU ARE GONE AFTER SEENING YOUR PICTURE AND READING THE WRITE UP ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN. I STILL FIND MYSELF IN SHOCK AND NOT WANTING TO BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE GONE .I WILL NEVER FORGET ALL THE FUN TIMES AND COOKOUTS THAT WE HAD AT YOUR HOUSE ME YOU VICKEY STEPHENE AND L.G. AND L.G. JR. I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH THOSE MEMORIES. THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU WAS IN FORT BENNING YOU HAD ME FALLING OUT LAUGHING THAT DAY. I DIDNT KNOW THAT IT WOULD BE THE LAST TIME THAT I WOULD TALK AND LAUGH WITH YOU . YOU ALWAYS HAD A SPECIAL WAY OF MAKING ANYONE SMILE AND YOU ALWAYS HAD SUCH A BEAUTIFUL SMILE YOU KNOW I WOULD ALWAYS JOKE WITH YOU ABOUT HOW BEAUTIFUL YOUR EYES WERE AND THAT THEY WERE TOO PREETY TO BE REAL SMILE!! LITTLE L.G.IS 13 YEARS OLD NOW A BEAUTIFUL HANDSOME AND SMART TEENAGER I WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE TO SEE HOW BIG HE HAS GROWN I CAN HEAR YOU SAYING JUST LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY THAT BOY LOOKS JUST LIKE GIBBS TWIN .I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE TRUELY MISSED AND STILL TODAY ITS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE GONE . I MISS YOU AND THANKS FOR ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT,AND LAUGHTER, AND FRIENDSHIP I LOVE YOU Steve My Prayers will continue to be with your Family."
SHERRY of COLUMBUS GEORGIA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"Stephen J. White,

SFC White, It has taken me a long time to write something like this because every time you come to my mind tears come to my eyes. From the very first day the I meet you, you made an impact on my life. You showed me the way of the Lord and always told me to keep the Lord close to my heart. I know that God has his right hand man next to him now. We all miss your smile, laughter, jokes, and stories that would grab us and keep our attention. SFC White you made such a difference in my life that when I lost you. I lost a family member. I remember the last time that I saw you was Christmas of 2004 and that’s when my wife got to meet you for the first time. Even then you made an impact on my wife’s life. My wife told me once we left, “He is such a good, loving man, a man of God. I can tell that he really cares about anyone and everyone that he comes in contact with” Your passing always weighs heavy on my heart and always will. Stephen J. White you will always be missed, never be forgotten, and I know that you are in a better place with the man that you loved the most our Lord and Savior. We will not forget one of Gods most precious Angels. SFC White I love you and I know that you are watching over everyone from heaven."
SGT Rummings, Zach of Ft. Hood Texas

"White,

I miss you man. I will definately never forget you. You were like a big brother to me. You took me in when I first got to Bulldog Battery. I appreciate that. I remember all the great times we had during our first trip over there. All the jokes with you, Gandy, Travis, Flint, Will, the list goes on and on. We had some good times, you definately made it easier. I appreciate how you always looked out for everyone else. You were the model leader and friend to so many. January 5th was a crushing blow for me on the second go 'round. A lot of other people, too. I still choke up thinking about you, Bro. The only thing that comforts me is I KNOW you are in a better place. And as much as you looked out for everyone while you were here, I KNOW you are watching my back everywhere I go now, and I appreciate it. Rest in Peace, "Red"!"
SFC Marcus Rose of Ft. Hood, TX

"January 4, 2009
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Stephen J. White:
Stephen 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 Family of Stephen J. White.
I am so deeply saddened by your loss and by the loss of so many lives in this ongoing war. In San Francisco, there is an artist named Dianne Platner who created an art installation as a memorial to the US soldiers who have died in the war, called 4000 Lights. Ribbons bearing the individual names of each fallen warrior were slipped over a small light. It was a stunning site both uplifting and heart-wrenching to see the 4000 lights, each glimmering in memory for our beloved dead. After the installation was taken down, Dianne gave out the ribbons to members of our community, each with one of the soldiers names. Your beloved Steve's name is on the ribbon I have. She encouraged each of us to reach out to the soldiers' families and share our love and gratitude for the dear price you have paid. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
You can see photos of the event and read more about the sculpture/installation at: http://www.dplatner.com/x4000lights.html"
Nan Crawford of San Francisco, CA

"To the family of:Stephen J.White I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Bro, it tears me me up just sitting here thinking of all the fallen heroes. I will not forget the day picking up the Armytimes and seeing your face as one fallen. I was shocked and still can't beleive you are gone. Miss you man though we lost touch you always remember the good times we had while learing to sharpen our skills as Logistician's. Rest well bro as the G.A.O.T.U. has a wachful eye over your family here on earth. You have done well in building your temple not made with hands eternal in the heavens. "Spes Mea In Deo Est""
CW2 Elgin L. Funches of Fort Campbell, Ky/US

"Steve---we were very close...stationed at Fort Gordon, GA. You were my children's "Uncle Steve". I was married to your closest friend "Quick" You stayed in my home...I was so shocked to hear what happened...I miss you...I ran into you again in Korea in 1999...you still had that smile on your face that you always had....we talked..reminisced and laughed...I had no idea that that would be the last time that I would ever see you...I wish I had said more to you...I miss you so much...so does Quick...I know that you are in heaven telling jokes, acting crazy and smiling like you always did...thats the way I will always remember you...I never told you this...but I love ya Steve.......you were family...."
Annette Rogers (Barclay) of Princess Anne, MD...previously Talladega, AL and Fort Gordon Ga

"SFC White you were my mentor you looked out for me and took me under your wing and taught me everything I know about my job. I couldn’t have had anyone better to learn from the word of our loss hit me hard. You will never be forgotten and thank you for all you did for me."
SGT William Hayes of Ft. Worth Tx

"To the White family and everyone who was a part of Steve's life. I must say that I, his sister-in-law hated for the day to come when God called my brother home. He will truly be missed by us all. Steve came into our family and touched the lives of many, mine was one of them. He taught me to live my life like only I could live it and not to worry about what everyone says because God and him had my back. Steve, I will remember everything that you taught me and it and you will remain in my heart forever. I love you!"
Kristen Burch of Morven, NC/US

"SFC White, you always took care of me no matter how hard headed I was. You looked beyond my shortcomings and were always there to support and mentor me. The world is a better place because of you. SFC White, I only wish I had told this to you a long time ago. I will never forget you. -CPT Art Murguia"

"To the family of Sgt. 1st Class White. I served with him on his first tour in 2003-04. He was a great leader, always looking out for us, he was a good role model. He would put everyones mind at ease when everything around us was crazy. He was a credit to the Army, and this is a great loss to the society in general. Best wishes to the family."
Sgt. E. Edwards of Fort Bragg, NC

"Brah May God bless your soul. I know you were a praying man, so there's no doubt about where ya sittin today.We miss you and we love ya but, God loved you more.
Rest Well, my brother! Mission Accomplished!
So Mote Be!"
SSG Ricardo M. Dillard of Taji, Iraq

"To the WHITE FAMILY,from the Wahl family. stephen and our son had been stationed together at Fort Drum. gregory had mentioned him often as someone he looked up too. Now both are united together once again. healing is a very slow process. As you reflect on the very fond and precious memorable time's each of you shared with Stephen. Yopu known that he is in your HEARTS always. Stephen thank you for your service to our country. You are a HERO! A real true American Hero! Still those that knew Stephen like our son knew he was much more then a SOLSIER! He is somebodies someone: someone to our son, our family and I hope and pray someone to every American. July 3rd and 4th at the Annual Gatlinburg Parade and Fireworks, Several fallen families organized a SUPPORT OUR TROOPS RALLY> AN TO HONOUR STEPHEN AND ALL THE FALLEN THAT FOUGHT BY STEPHEN"S SIDE AND ALL OUR WOUNDED. Hope the White family can join us! God Bless! My heart and prays are with Stephen and your loving family. leonard_wahl@hotmail.com"
Len Wahl of Spring, Texas

"I take comfort in knowing that there is another bright star in the sky now that Steve has been called back home to live with his heavenly father. Steve was such a beautiful and spirit filled person and his presence will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace and May GOD bless his family and friends forever. We will always LOVE you Steve and your loving memory will live on in our hearts. Until we see you again."
Charmaine L. Young of Columbus, GA/USA

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

"Thank you Stephen White, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Stephen White:
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 Stephen 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. 1st Class Stephen White:
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 Stephen, 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