Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Dana N. Wilson

26, of Fountain, Colorado.
Wilson died near Al Hillah, Iraq, when the vehicle he was riding in was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Brigade, Baumholder, Germany. Died on July 11, 2004.

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"i never got meet meet Dana but i hear great stories and sad about him. I wish i would've met him. I'm so sorry christen."
Aanika wardle of North pole,Alaska

"12 years brother.. no way will I ever forget you.. I know you're up there making moves for each of us.. and I thank you... Keep paving the way brother. We love you and miss you so much. Your boys, they're growing up so fast.. you'd be proud. They're going to be fine young men, you're gonna be amazed by their success.. Miss you bro."
Damian Wilson of Bay City, MI

"God I miss Dana, one hell of a chef and father. Dana once helped me move 34 ton of rock to line our water ditches. Build landscaping walls all the time cracking jokes an saying "don,t let my wife see me smoking, she won't stop whooping on Me"
Love you Dad"
Chris Spears of Hudsonville Michigan

"Today's 11 years! Still can't believe it, don't wanna believe it. I miss you more than you can imagine. Wow, its crazy. Brother, you've made some good friends in this world, some have reached out to me, told me stories of you and them, hearing them stories really warms my heart. And I am forever grateful. I miss you sooooo much. Please please please continue to look over me, the people that you've touched over the years. We know you're there, please continue to be there for us. We love and miss you man! Your boys are growing up FAST! They're going to be fine young men, you'd be proud!

And to all that have reached out to me, THANK YOU SO MUCH, it means the world to me. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!"
Damian Wilson of Washington, DC

"I'll never forget the day you were taken from us brother. I think of you and SSG West often and that tragic day. However I remember the good times and the bad we shared down range and I just wanted to take some time out today to let you know that you're not forgotten."
Joshua Ludley of Anamosa, IA

"Oh!my I always wondered what happened to you.Over the years I tried searching for you.I'm in shock to find out 10 years late that the lord took you.I was hoping to find you and chat with you.Hoping you were having an amazing life.You were my childhood love.I have wonderful memories of you.I only wish I would of had the opportunity to apologies about the way things ended between us.May God bless your family."
Melanie Holmes "Jones" of V.A

"10 years ago today you went to go be with the lord, it never gets any easier. Your boys are getting so big, I know they're proud of you. We all miss you.

And I gotta tell ya, I no longer fear death, knowing that when its my time, when the lord calls my name and takes me by the hand, I'll get to see you and my best friend Scott again. I miss you so much, I hope Im making you proud and even when I slip up, you're up there laughing at me. I miss you dude."
Damian B. Wilson of Washington, DC

"Wilson you been on my mind alot this past month. You are missed. Anyway ill holler at ya later"
jason burns of Duncan ok

"9 years, and it doesn't get any easier. I miss you man. I love you bro. Thanks for looking out for me, and the family. Never forgotten! Always remembered and loved! You are my hero, you really are!!"
Damian Wilson of Washington, DC

"I thought of SPC Wilson today, remembering him helping me armor the side of my truck. We were having a good laugh for some reason. He always had a good joke, or some comment to get us all laughing. It has been over ten years and every now and then I will think of SPC Wilson and remember what a pleasure it was to have served with him. God bless."
SFC Bradford Oliver of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"Today marks 8 years, 8 years ago my little brother went to be with the lord. It seems like yesterday, him and I were on the side of the house having batting practice, a baseball bat and a few tennis balls, always trying to one up each other.. Man, what I'd do to go back to those days. I miss him soo much, it sucks, it always sucks when I think he's not here anymore, it just breaks my heart.

Having him in the hands of the lord, quells my fear of dying, I no longer fear death, if anything Im looking forward to it, being that I know once Im gone, I'll be with him again. I love you brother."
Damian B Wilson of Washington, DC

"Seven years today, seven years have gone by, I miss you little brother, please keep sending me blessings man, may always be by my side, give me strength, wisdom, patience and love. I love you brother! Where would you be right now? What would you look like? I'll always wonder, man. I miss you soo much."
Damian Wilson of Washington, DC

"Today marks 6 years since my brother passed, I still think of him everyday, and if it weren't for him, I wouldn't be where I am today, I know in my heart he continues to bless me, and our family. I am so grateful knowing he's in heaven in the hands of the lord. I ask that he continues to bless me, our family, our friends, and everyone that he's touched in some way each and every day. I love you bro. One day we're gonna meet back up on the ping pong table and go at it like we use to.

To all that knew him, Im his only brother, if you'd like to get ahold of me, I'd like to talk to you so please reach me at 202-294-6922, or damianwilson11@gmail.com.
Thank you and God Bless."
Damian B. Wilson of Washington, DC

"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
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A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"SPC WILSON WAS A VERY HARD WORKER AN A FEARLESS GUNNER I REMEMBER BATTLING BACK IN FOR WITH HIM ON THE PING PONG TABLE WHEN WE HAD DOWN TIME. R.I.P"
bryant washington of MARYLAND

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"Fist of all I would like to wish condolences to all of the family and friends of Dana Wilson. This is the saddest thing I ever done was to write this but I miss that kid so much I still remmember the day it happend. I just know that he is still looking down at us. He is a true hero."
SFC Curtis of Huntsville, Al

"Today is 5 years, I still miss him, each year I've lit a candle on this day, from midnight to midnight, and reflect, remembering our memories of us growing up becoming men.

Man, I miss him. Thank you all for remembering him, thank you, thank you, thank you. I can not thank you all enough. Your kind words help sooth the pain. God bless you, may the lord continue to bless us all.

Thank you so much guys.
Dana's brother."
Damian B. Wilson of Tallahassee, FL

"Dana and I lived just a few houses apart, rode on the same bus route, and graduated from the same class. Needless to say, Dana was just a nice guy. More times than not, he had a smile on his face and loved talking about his high school sweetheart. I look at our high school Senior class picture, and there Dana is...cuddled up with his sweetheart. Later on that day, Dana told me in so many words, "good luck, and maybe I'll see ya' in 10 years..." meaning our high school reunion. At that point, we didn't know that out of the two standing there, only one of us would make it back in 10 years.
My heart goes out to Dana who died too young and to his wife and his children, and to Dana's parents who should have never had to bury their child.
Dana, you are posted on the AAHS alumni page to be honored..."
Glynnita Nicholson-Quinones of Colorado Springs, CO

"To the entire Wilson Family,
This message is late in coming, but I just recently heard the news of Dana's passing. Please accept my most deepest sympathies on your loss... my heart goes out to you all. I pray that you are all doing well and that you smile with the precious memories spent together. Kathy, please drop me a line when you can (maureeng1938@gmail.com). Love to you all,
Maureen (Grenchik) Jennings"
Maureen Jennings of West Lafayette, IN

"Kathy, Damian, and Dahlia,
I'm heartbroken and shocked to hear about Dana. My condolences to you and Dana's wife and children. I can't believe the little boy I took to the movies, who would tell me he was going to the bathroom and sneak off to play the nearest video game, is gone. I was looking for you when I came across Dana's obituary. Please contact me at mowe19@gmail.com. Love you all, Maria"
Maria Owens of Sacramento, CA

""It's been almost 5yrs and I still remember that day when West and Wilson past away. We lost to good men will always remember them. I still remember the night before we moved out we were all laughs. God Bless James/Dana!!! With Love Ernesto.""
Ernesto Garcia of Houston, Texas

"To the Wilson Family,
My sincere condolences for your loss. I was the lone survivor when I shouldn't have been that day. Everyone said that I was in no condition to survive that ordeal but somehow managed to pull through. I miss him and Sgt West and I will never forget them. I dream of the day I will meet them again. Never Forgotten"
SSG Marcus Colon of Lawton, Ok USA

"July, 2008
To the family of Spc. Dana N. Wilson:
Dana 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

"Damien,I was in OIF III, and heard the role call of the fallen on the radio before a patrol of Ballad Ruz and heard your brothers name, and thought, was he the same Dana WIlson I knew from Sembach AFB. I heard from Natie Delgato some months ago that it was for sure him and looked you up. and all of my condolences and love... Brad Parker (423)503-9244 still have a scar on my butt from your chow......"
Brad Parker of Cleveland, TN

"Thank you to all that left messages and your wishes, my family appreciates it very much.

Dana was the best little brother in the world, and for 19 years I had the privilege to stand beside him and enjoy life. I miss him soooo much, words just couldn't say how much. Today marks 3 years since Dana went to heaven, and everyday I wish he were still here with me, but I know he's in such a better place, smiling down on all of us, he's paving the way for our success, our hopes and dreams, he's blessing us, and protecting our lives like true angels do.

I love you soo much, and dam..it hurts soo much, not knowing when I'll see you again. God bless you, my brother. We miss you and love you more than you could ever know.

If you knew my brother, I'd love to talk to you, please reach me at (719)494-4370"
Damian Wilson of Tallahassee, FL (FSU)

"Dear Wilson Family:

I am one of two medics that tried to save Dana. He was a good friend and it hurt watching him slip away. I know he is watching us suffer now, and he cries for us because we are still struggling here. I want you to know we did all we could to save him. We will see him again though."
Joshua Robinson of Florida

"To the Wilson Family:
I never knew Dana N. Wilson, but my name is Dana M. Wilson. I am 17 years old and I somehow came upon this website. I did not know Dana N. Wilson, but I felt a strong connection. He not only shares my name, but he also was killed the day after my birthday. I felt such a strong urge to sent my condolences. My heart goes out to all his family, friends, and fellow soldiers. I know he is loved and missed by all who knew him. Please know that he did not die in vain, but died for me and all future generations that we all may live in a better world.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Dana Wilson

Please feel free to contact me anytime: dana@ucnsb.net"
~Dana M. Wilson of New Smyrna Beach, Florida

"To the family of:Dana N. Wilson 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"

"I just want to say thank you, to all that posted something. Dana was my brother. Dana was practically my best friend. I think about him everyday. He was my role model. I looked up to him more than I looked up to anybody. I will always remember the days he chased me around the house, and cheating in monopoly. He was the best brother, son, father, and although he passed away, he passed away, fighting for our country and his spirit shines threw each one of us.

We Love and Miss you Dana.

-Your family, and little sis."
Dalia Williams of Hudsonville

"To Dana N. Wilson's family from our Military family, please accept our prayers of healing and our thankfullness for his/your sacrifice to keep our country free.
To honor our fallen heroes, Marine Comfort Quilts (www.marinecomfortquilts.us) would like for you (Mrs. Christen Wilson) to go to our website and register yourself for one of our personalized quilts. If you'd rather contact me, I will register for you. If any other family member or friends knows how to get in touch with Christian, please contact me, the Army Family Finder for Marine Comfort Quilts."
Patricia, teacher32@charter.net of Benton, Mo

"The first time i felt close to my nation was when the terrorists hit the twin towers, the second time was when my brother died in July of last year. All the help my family recieved was amazing, I didnt know Dana but I knew James g. West. I send my deepest thoughts and prayers for your loss. All that seems to me like yesterday, maybe in a way it is still bringing me closer to my countrymen as I remember the fallen.
Our family lives in Green mt Falls and Woodland Park colo. if you would like to contact me my email is rollinolin@msn.com
IF YOU ARE, OR EVER WERE A SOLDIER I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.
STS1 ss/dv OLIN J. WEST USN"
Olin West of Washington

"To the Wilson's,
Dana became a friend of mine when he arrived in Iraq. When myself and Mark Taylor returned to our unit in Iraq from suporting another one Mark introduced me to him. Well we hit it off. We both love to cook and we both loved to woop mark at playing bones. marie,mark and i still talk we remain friends to this day and even though Dana isnt here crackin a joke right along with me in person i know he is in spirt. so to yall at the Wilson home front hope to meet yall one day and to you my friend your dreams of your coffee shop will not be forgotten so sleep well and rest my friend with love your friend jason."
Jason Burns of weatherford,oklahoma

"Wilson Family, I did not have the chance to meet Dana in person but him and my husband Mark were friends in Iraq. I did have the pleasure to get to know Christy, Tristan and Brandon. A part of my heart is broken because you have lost a son, grandson, father and husband. Mark and I pray for you all the time. We will never forget you and Dana. Sending Our Love to All of You."
Marie Taylor of Baumholder, Germany

"To the family of Dana Wilson
I wanted you to know how very sorry we are. I know those seem like empty words but we know your pain. My husband, James, died with him. I pray that you are all doing well and getting through this as best as you can. Feel free to contact me. My email is: sgt_wests_wife@yahoo.com
Praying for you,"
Jennifer , Michael and Joshua West of carthage ny

"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. For the family/friends, may time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. God Bless."
a grateful citizen in arizona

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

"To Dana's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss. I too share your pain, I lost my son in Kirkuk Iraq on Christmas Eve. If there is ever anything i can do for you - even if it is just a shoulder to cry on let me know. Your special child will be remembered and his loss always felt. May God grant you peace."
Deb Yashinski Proud mother of SGT Michael Yashinski, 173rd Airborne Brigade of deborayashinski@yahoo.com

"To Dana'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 loved one's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

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

"Dear Wilson Family, My heart is grieved and heavy for each of you this evening. My nephew, PFC Bradley Kritzer was killed in May and the pain cuts deep into your soul. I pray for God's peace and strenght to carry you through these dark and difficult days."
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

"We are so sorry for the loss of Dana. May you find peace in the memories of his life. We will remember your fallen hero as we will remember our son who died on May 30, 2004 in Kufa Iraq."
lisa and gino of columbus, ohio

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

"Thank you Dana Wilson, 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. Dana Wilson:
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 Dana 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. Dana Wilson:
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 Dana, 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