Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Lee A. Wiegand

20, of Hallstead, Pennsylvania.
Wiegand died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when his M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, New Milford, Pennsylvania. Died on September 28, 2005.

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"Happy Birthday to you up in Heaven. Watch over me and your family. We all miss you so very much. I love you Lee Allen Wiegand for ever and always brother-in-law!"
heather rafferty of hallstead, pa

"Lee you're the reason I make art, when we were kids you always were so artistic and fun, my thoughts are with you, thanks for such good memories"
Lia Berry of Long Island

"5 years, Lee.... Hard to comprehend. You will forever be in my heart.
Love, Aunt Les
9/28/2010"
Lesli LaVare of Clifton Springs, NY

"Lee,
you always made me laugh and you were the nicest kid i have ever known. I thank you for fighting for all of us!!! You were so BRAVE! Your lil girl reminds me of you a lot! i hope she grows up to be as outgoing as you are! My thoughts are with all of Lee's faimily today! You are greatly missed and loved Lee!!!"
Kristi S. of Kirkwood,NY

"5 years.. no words except Jordan and I miss you! love you forever!!"
Mrs. Jessica Wiegand of Great Bend, PA

"its been 5 years, i still can't beleive you are gone. everytime i spend time with jordan i know you are there. i love you and miss you so much. watch over us Lee."
Heather Rafferty of Hallstead, PA

"Cuz,
i know i didnt get to see you or say good bye, but i juss want to let u know that i miss you so much cuz... remember those day when you would come up to grandpa and grandmas and we would go swimming and fishing and juss hang out.. i miss those days... remember the day when kel shaved ur head with a razor that was so funny... you know i wish we could relive those days again i miss you so much... well there is a couple more things i wanted to tell you... i am going to be a dad i have a baby boy on the way in 4 weeks... plus i am race car driver now i race on dirt and i juss wanted you to know that i pray every time i hit the track and i know that u aunt dar and grandpa are watching down on me everyday... well its time for me to go.... please continue to watch down on me and the family and tell Aunt Dar and Grandpa that i miss them and i will see you all again some day.... LOVE YOU CUZ,"
Kyle of Clifton Springs. NY

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Spc. Lee A. Wiegand:
Lee 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

"Dear Lee,I just came across this site, its a wonderful way for others to share memories of you. I hope by now that you and my Anthony have met up there in that huge sky! It has been 2 years for him. To lose such young men as you, Billy and him in short period of time is beyond words. I see your wife and daughter and they are doing well, Jess seems to be happy but will never lose the part of your heart that she has. Anthony use to tell me things about you and he was crushed when you died. He had some great pictures of you from your senior cookout at Blue Ridge, you were all suited up in your military uniform. You were doing what you thought needed to be done. If it wasn't for young men like you and Billy, where would we all be today? I wish you Peace in heaven and watch over your loved ones back home, they will always need you to guide them through this journey."
Pat Holden Anthony Survilla's mom of Hallstead, Pa USA

"Lee,
I'm Sorry that I Didnt Leave you one of these sooner but i didnt Know What to Say.
But Now i Do..
I Met you when I Was really Little, like 5 or 6. And You Worked with my Mom And Dad up At the Four Star. Its been 2 years and almost 7 Month(only 7 more days)And I have Thought Of u Evertime I saw Jordan or Jess. Jordan is gonna Be Just Like you When She Grows Up. And My Dad said that U were always ment to do Something Great in life, and That u were a Good Kid. And Yeah I think that he was right. But U are in All of Our hearts. I think Of You everyday even more when the war is a topic in Civics or Any Convo. Jess is Doing Soo Good and Jordan has Gotten Soo Big! But I'm gonna go.

We Will Never For get The Crazy Lee That Always put a Smile On our Faces even When We All Wanted To Cry!
I Miss You
Danielle"
Danielle of Susky

"Lee,
I miss you every single day... And Jordan is looking more and more like you everyday... I love you and miss you

XoXoXO"
Courtney Sterling of Great Bend

"To the family of:Lee A. Wiegand 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"

"Lee,
The last time I saw you was in sixth grade. We havent spoken since I've moved away. But you were not forgotten. Best personality in Blue Ridge. God bless and thank you"
Cristie Alexander of NY, NY

"Well Lee its been over a year now and the pain and the hurt still remain for those left behind. They say that time heals all wounds . . . they forgot that the scars remain forever. Weve all dealt with this in different ways and I still search for the right one. Only time and thinking of the good memories weve shared have helped. The tattoo that we started together the day before you left for Iraq is now finished, only I added to your original design. It now symbolizes all of the good times and the fun times but most of all it symbolizes my brother and my friend. You always taught everyone you knew to live without fear and to be yourself no matter what the consequences might be. This to me was your most important lesson to us all. You always were ahead of your time with everything Lee but mostly in your wisdom. Only you could brighten up the rainiest of days. I miss you my brother. You always have been and forever will be my hero, until we meet again."
George of Susquehanna

"Its been almost a year and the pain of losing, a friend never dies. You were such a big part in all of our lives, and it hurts to know we never really sad goodbye. You were one of a kind. See You at the Gates Lee. God Bless Jess and Jordan. Help pour out the rain."
Katie Stinavage of East Stroudsburg, Pa

"Lee, haha what can I say you were a HUGE part of my childhood.. and im so thankful for that.. Thank you for what you did, i still havent and never will get over it, but you know what I see jess and jordan all the time and I LOVE THEMMM and they will always be a part of you and they will be how we get by without you."
danielle of new milford, pa

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

"To Lee's branch of the Wiegand family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayer have been with you since I heard from my Mom and Dad about Lee's death. Aunt Milly and Uncle Ron also send love and prayers."
Jeannie Wiegand Karlson of New York, NY

"I dont have anything new to say... I just miss you and can't stop thinking about you today. See you soon."

"Lee My One and Only brother. I love you more than you know. My life will not be the same without you. Thank you for everything. You will not be forgotten. Our family is and always was proud of you. If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring up home again. I wish I could do this for you and the rest of the Soldiers. R.I.P Guys! See you again someday Lee."
Kelly Rose of Allentown, PA

"Lee, thank you for serving this country and sacrifice you made. I knew you only a little and thank you for that. You will always be in our hearts and we will never forget you and the sacrifice you made. God Bless you Lee and thanks again. always in our hearts. The Crooks"
Mike Crook of Great Bend

""Lee"
You are my hero even if you are here or not just know that your my hero and alot of others to! Your baby girl is just like you in every way! Well never forget the "Tiger toy" me and my brother made you smile with!
Love you lots and Miss you
Your always in my hearts."
Courtney Sterling of Great Bend, PA

"Lee,
There are so many things that I wish I could say only I still can not find the words to do so. I'm sure that your still watching over all of us and protecting us much like you did in life. I'll see you again when its my turn to join you. Happy Birthday my brother I'll miss you always."
George of Susquehanna,Pa

"Your birthday is coming up (the 16th) and I just was thinking about you and thought I would leave you another message. So - Happy Birthday Lee!! I still miss you like crazy and think about you everyday. I'm glad youre safe though. Keep watching over your loved ones. Save me a spot near you in heaven.. Ill see you then =-)"

"Jessica, I'm so sorry for what you have to deal with. I don't know what I would do if someone came to tell me my husband had died, even dying to protect me. You are a strong and brave woman and may God be with you and your family always."
Krystal (Arnold) Chapa of NSGA Hawaii, USN

"Lee,
Thanks for all you have done for our country. You were a true hero. I'm sure you were an awesome father and an awesome husband because you were an awesome person. Thanks for making my high school years memorable. I'll never forget all the memories through the years. You will never be forgotten! Jessica and Jordan (and the rest of Lee's family and friends) my prayers are with you always as you go through this tough time in your lives."
Alicia Demer of Wilkes Barre, PA

"Lee you died a hero. You will never be forgotten. We all miss you esp. your family. God has gained an angel. Watch over us all. RIP Lee"
Alissa of Jackson, Pa

"Lee, My Loving Husband & Father of Our Beautiful Daughter. I Will Miss You Everyday Of My Life, And You'll Never Be Forgotten. We Made ALOT Of Awesome Memories In The 3 1/2 Years Together. I'll Never Forget and I'll Keep My Promises and All The Advice You Gave Me. Without You In My Life I Wouldn't Be Where I Am Today, Thank You HUN! Our Daughter Will Know Who Her Daddy Was! I Love You, Lee, And I Always Will! "Rock On, Lee""
Jessica Wiegand of Great Bend, PA

"Lee, what can one say? Nothing is easy when it comes to times like these. I just want to say i miss you and i know you believed in what you were doing. You left behind a beautiful daughter who is a part of you. Miss and love you Lee, See you soon my friend. Always in my prayers"
Krista V of Great Bend, Pennsylvania USA

"Lee, we've known eachother for a long time and made a lot of memories together. There isn't one day that goes by that I don't think of you and wish I could turn back time so that you could return home to your family and those that loved you. I miss and love you lee.... until we meet again."
Little Lisa Marie of Susquehanna, PA

"Jess, I just want you to know that we are praying for you and Jordan. I know how hard it was when they told me of my son being killed and I know that words can't bring them back but my prayers are that we can all heal from this and that our soldiers will watch over all we do. I have some great pictures of Billy and Lee and some of the other soldiers. I hope some day soon to be able to share them with you when you are ready. Billy and Lee were good friends and as I am finding out, alot of the men that lost their lives there were close. Now I feel I must keep going on without Billy but hopefully in some way make him proud of me as much as I am proud of him and all the men of C CO. Let me know if you need anything."
Judy Evans of Hallstead PA

"To the Wiegand family, We have never met, but we now have a bond. Our loved ones were taken the same day. We will never forget them, and they are now together for eternity. They will always be our heroes. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
Kim Arnold, wife of SSG Daniel Arnold of Montrose PA

"To the Wiegand family,
We extend our deepest sorrow for the loss of your beloved LEE. Words cannot ease your pain, but we hope you take comfort in knowing that a grateful nation will never forget the sacrifice he has made for us.
LEE - Thank you for your service to our great country. We celebrate your life and honor your memory as an American Hero. Gods Speed young soldier and may the Angel surround your family as they try to heal.
From a grateful family of a US Army Soldier, from Ft. Campbell 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq 10-20-05."
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"Dear Wiegand family,
My nephew, SPC Oliver Brown, was with your brave young man on that last mission. Please know that our family mourns your loss and grieves with you at the passing of these honorable and noble warriors. I pray that God will give to all of us the strength to endure the days ahead and that He will hold our brave soldiers close in that special place in Heaven reserved for true heroes."
Darci (Brown) Baird of Athens,Pa

"Lee Wiegand,
Hey buddy, you were a great best friend, ill miss you so much, ill be there for your wife jess, and ur daughter jordan, you were a great hero, i was looking forward for you to come home so we can have our 21st birthdays together, i love you man, ill see you soon, good luck jess and jordan love you guys."
Roger(Best Friend) of Hallstead PA

"Lee, you will be missed by a ton of people especially your family, Jessica and Jordan will miss you even more now that you are never coming home. I will miss you and will support my sister as much as possible and i will help to raise your little girl. Love you and miss you."
Heather of Lanesboro, PA

"Dear Lee, We only met once but you are part of my life forever. As you shared your time with us, You, George and Eric will be together forever in heaven and in our hearts. Our families are forever bonded by your presence. Rest in peace, soldier boy."
Dolores Parker of Honesdale, PA

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

"Lee,
You were the life of the classroom back in school. Any class I had with you was never boring. You will be greatly missed."
Amy of Hallstead, PA

"Lee, You are a hero that no one will ever forget. You were a great soldier. You will be missed!"
Alicia and Jon Anderson of Binghamton, NY

"Thank you Lee Wiegand, 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 Spc. Lee Wiegand:
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 Lee 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 Spc. Lee Wiegand:
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 Lee, 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