Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Wisdom

39, of Atchison, Kansas.
Wisdom died in Baghdad, Iraq when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, Horton, Kansas. Died on November 8, 2004.

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"Well brother. I didnt know you that well. but, i would like to ask you if its ok to court your daughter. She means the world to me and ill do whatever i can to prove that to her everyday. I dont know if she will accept all of my flaws. But, i do know ill fix everything i can for her. I wish you were here. so i could ask you this in person. Plus she could really use you right now. I dont when i should tell her i love her. Honestly i could use a good talk with you too. I truly hope i have your blessing. She will always have my heart either way. Thank you for listening brother. Sincerely, your brother in arms."
christopher j stephens of gig harbor, washington

"Clint, you and Clary were the best. Thank you for all you did. I really liked the black and milds on convoy!"
Andy O. of Bolling AFB

"To the family of:Clinton L. Wisdom
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""

"To the Family Clint is alwayes on my mind he was a friend a man i could turn to as all soilders in Btry 2/130th I said so long because i know some day i will see him again.He is a american Hero."
Sgt Martin Wilson of Wathena Ks

"I had the privilege to serve with Clint for a few years in the FDC of B Battery, but transferred out of the unit shortly before they were called. When I heard the news from Iraq, at first I was shocked, but then a few moments later all I could say was, "That sounds like Clint..." and it did. He was always the first to step forward to help someone else, giving unselfishly of his time to aid another."
Sgt. Bruce Robinson of Festus MO/USA

"November 24, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Wisdom:
Clinton 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I am doing a quilt for an auction for The American Legion in Leavenworth For a raffle and I am looking for a picture of the Statue you have in front of your building Of the rifles and helmet and boots the raffle is for a fallen soldier David Unger I would really appreciate any help you could send me
My e-mail is waterronning@att.net Thanks so much"
Terri Ronning of Leavenworth Kansas

"Dear Family of Clinton Wisdom:
To honor the Kansas soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families,the professional artists of the Grateful Hearts project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These are 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for theri families loss.
Please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.
The artists of Grateful Hearts"
J. Gragg of lee's Summit, mo.

"I Remember Clint jokingly commenting about perhaps ramming into a Car Bomber without a single look of fear in his eye, while he was smoking a cigarette during our briefing right before we took off that day. He was ready to do what he had to do. Thanks, Clint
'For The Ultimate Sacrifice.'"
Matthew Bode of Sacramento, California

"SSG Wisdom, I didn't know you very well, but I was in the ISG and was on the road myself when you were killed. It is a tragedy that the country lost such a good and dedicated man as you. Thank you."
CPT Dennis Maxwell, USAR of Lexington, VA

"Clint, you were taken before your time, but all in the Lord's time. Rest easy brother, you've gone on to a far better place than this world will ever be again."
Matt Warriner of KC, MO

"I remember the things that made Clint's day. He was a good friend. The freedom he defended was a better gift than I ever gave to him. Grace & Mercy to his family."
Jeremy & Dana Snowden of formerly of Atchison, current resident of Topeka, KS

"Clint was a good freind of mine , who I had the oppertunity and honer to know while he was serving in a Kansas national gaurd unit in Crailsheim, Germany durring the first gulf war. We bought each other beers and shared many storys and good times, I was hoping I would someday meet up with Sgt.Wisdom again. In order to honer his death we must stay the coarse ! My family, America and My-self prey for you and your family."
Hans Wilder of New York City

"Where do I even start...well I guess I would have to start by sayin thank you clint! You believed in me when no one else would. You where my mentor and my support. You where like no one I had ever met. You gave me hope, even turned me into a man. I dont believe anyone will replace this void left in my life. You where like a father to me. All I can do is thank you."
Spc. Robert Wolters of Overland Park, KS

"I will never forget Noveber 8, 2004, the day I lost a very good friend in Baghdad, Iraq. Clint will always be a heroe to me. What he did on that day will forever be etched in my mind and what he did for his fellow man goes beyond words. To Clint's children, I know you are missing your father but you should be very proud of him, for he is a true American Heroe. I'm proud to have know your father as friend and if you have the qualities your father had you will be great Americans also. GOD BLESS CLINT, HIS CHILDREN, AND HIS WIFE."
Bill Cochran of Topeka, KS

"TO: Friends and Family of Clint Wisdom

Please post any pictures of Clint you might have, we would love to see him in Uniform."
Old Friends of KCMO

"On this day, 9/7/05, sad news was brought to my attention from my past best buddy. The news that Clint Wisdom had died in War. I loved Clint. But it was fighting for his country who he loved more. Clint and I had some terrific memories back in North KC where I met and fell in love with him at Feathers Restaurant. I will always remember Clint when I walk into 'Hole-in-the-wall' bars. I still have JC from the Jockey Club in Riverside, MO! He will always have a special place in my heart. I am sorry that time and distance separated us, now I can communicate to clint through Our Almightly Father. Clint, may you rest in peace and may the Lord Almightly watch over your daughter, stepson and their Mother."
Cindy Beilfuss of Madison Heights, VA

"I think about you and Don all the time. Thank you for being the man you were. Rest, brother. We'll meet again."
SGT David K Jones of Ellenton, FL

"He was a warrior and did his duty."
CPT Clark Harris of 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, KSARNG

"to clinton wisdom i knew you and watched you grow up in the southside of st.joseph you always had a smile and determination to get things done im proud of you and miss you very much , to clintons family , i know you'r pain as ive felt it before myself i do hurt with you i hope you can find comfort in knowing clint has done everything he could for the world im very proud to have known him and to have watched him grow up to be such a big,strong,brave hero. REST IN PEACE clint"
Dennis R. Burks sr. of st.joseph missouri USA

"God Bless You Clint"
One year ago today, Christmas Eve, Clint came back to the Horton Armory to tell us good-bye. I'll never forget the look in his eye and the conviction in his voice when he promised us he would take care of the B Battery men and bring back as many as he could. My reply to him was "Make sure you are one of them" In turn Clint replied "I'll try but if I have to sacrifice my life to save others you know I will." Which we knew he would if he needed to and he did. Clint saved many lives that day fighting for what he and this country stands for. Thank you Clint. You will never be forgotten. The Horton Head Start children and Staff are very proud to have known such a wonderful man and a true hero. To Clint's family: May God comfort you as only He can. Please know that Clint was loved by many people and will never be forgotten. We thank God for Clint and for allowing him to be a part of our lives. Let us all strive to live the kind of life that Sgt. 1st Class Clint Wisdom fought and died for."
Paula Jacobson of Horton, Ks

"We Shall NEVER FORGET......
To the family and friends..Not too long ago the small town of Atchison crowded outside the Armory proudly holding our Flags, opening our hearts and trying desperatly to stay strong and hold our heads high as we watched our loves ones march down the road..marching off to fight for all of us.Clint paid the ultimate sacrifice for what he along with my husband and the rest of our boys belive in...FREEDOM and HONOR...
Clint will live in our hearts and along with the rest of our guys should forever be remembered as the "Pride of the Atchison Armory..."

Mrs. Jessica Berkstresser
formerly of Atchison,Ks
Phoenix, Arizona
Jessica Berkstresser of Former Resident of Atchison

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

"All I can say about Clint is that I miss him very much. I have known alot of people in my life. He was definately one that made a difference. He was truly my mentor and good friend. Clint taught me everything I know about being a true Soldier and how to improve my golf swing! I found it very hard to say "goodbye" when I helped lay him to rest. I miss you man...if I come to join you before I get out of this place, save me a cold beer. I WILL see you later..."
SSG Travis McClain of Baghdad, Iraq

"Thank you for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"To the family of Clint:
May God bless you all and comfort you in this time of loss. I know it has to be difficult."
Christy of Atchison, Kansas

"SFC Wisdom was not only a friend but was also a a FTUS AGR (Active Guard & Reserve soldier) who was instrumental to all of us. To take a quote from Maj Hamner he said in a letter to his daughters concerning the meaning of Veteran's Day that Jesus once taught the world that, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13. I, as a member of BTRY B, will always cherish my memories of a very special Soldier/AGR Compatriot/Friend/Hero who gave his life witout a second regard to the mission and duties assigned Him. He carried out these duties to the last detail! GOD BLESS CLINTON L. WISDOM! and all the rest of the 2-130TH FA BN, and all men and women of the Kansas Army National Guard.""
Mark A. Murphy of Hiawatha, KS. USA

"To the Family of Clinton L. Wisdom;
Our Prayers go out to you. Our Country Thanks Clinton for all that was done to help protect us here in the U.S.A. We will never forget! We know that Clinton is in a much better place now and in time all will be together again. GOD BLESS YOU"
Louis and Sally of Harrisburg, PA.

"To the family of Clinton;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Clinton is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"We knew Clint and are saddened by the loss. The world was a better place just knowing he was in it. Clint is a hero, and we thank all of the men and women in the military. Our prayers are with you."
Rich and Bonnie Estes of Atchison, Kansas

"The words "Thank you" may never seem enough but it is about all I can offer.
I pray that our Lord gives all of you the strengh that is needed now & through out life. You all have given so very much, and truley know that freedom is not free. God bless you all"
Rita Madden of Efingham, Ks

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Clinton, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Clinton'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.


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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Clinton L. Wisdom."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the friends and family of Staff Sgt. Clinton Wisdom,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To Clinton'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

"Thank you Clinton Wisdom, 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. Clinton Wisdom:
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 Clinton 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. Clinton Wisdom:
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 Clinton, 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