Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Clifton J. Yazzie

23, of Fruitland, New Mexico.
Yazzie died in Al Huwijah, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on January 20, 2006.

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"I have never know Clifton Jerrod Yazzie until I did my research to discover that we have the same relative.
His Grandfather, Jay Yazzie Sr, is the brother of my great-grandmother, Annie B Dodge.
He may be gone but I could feel his spirit as I read the stories from his obituary.
I know he was a courageous man and deeply loves each one of his family members.
I honor for his service and may he rest in peace.
Soon we will met some day
Gone but not forgotten"
Joshua A. Becenti of Farmington, New Mexio

"I don't know who will read this after so many years. I am finally able to talk about the event without tears. I'm his TeamLeader from C Co. Clifton "Chief" would always send us off to the streets of Iraq with a war cry and was very proud of his heritage. The feeling of survivors guilt is gone but the honor to serve with him as well as call him a friend will never depart. Rest In Peace Chief..Now get that Pig up!!"
SSG MAC (retired) of Columbia, SC

"Hey Clifton I'm doing good in school and my grades are good. Everything isn't the same without you and Darian here I miss you both I will get to see you heaven where you and God watch over us and we pray for you that you aren't gone yet remember you are in our hearts:)"
Rasheena Bedah of Bloomfield, NM

"Hey Clifton I miss you and I hope I will get to see you again and I always loved you since I was a baby. I always have dreams of you being alive and coming home from the army and hanging out with your family members.I hope I will see you in Heaven I love you with all my heart."
Rasheena Bedah of Bloomfield,NM

"Hey Clifton I miss you and I hope I will get to see you again and I always loved you since I was a baby. I always have dreams of you being alive and coming home from the army and hanging out with your family members.I hope I will see you in Heaven I love you with all my heart."
Rasheena Bedah of Bloomfield,NM

"To the family of:Clifton J. Yazzie
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 MISS YOU SO MUCH CLIFTON !!!there's not a day that i go without thinking of you , your always on my mind and you will remain in my heart forever !!
remember our get away to Dairy Queen every lunch during our high school years , I still go the Dairy Queen but there i sit alone wishing you were sitting across from me as you make your funny goofy looking face :)
Oreo's and cookies and cream !!
I MISS YOU CLIFTON !!!
Bestfriends forever *doing the crazy hand shake* ALONE ..
I LOVE YOU !!!"
Ella of Kirtland

"Cousin,
hey there we really miss yew
thanks for everything that you did
member those big celebrations we have for x-mas eve and stuff haha memories
wow i haven't been to farmington for awhile lol bu bet you know that but at least im making everone proud by just going to school and bet im makin you happy well tigger watch over the family alright
I LOVE YOU AND MISS YEW
byees
-sheaia<3"
Rosheaia of Tuba City

"Hey Yazzie,

Thinking about you today. I miss you buddy and will never forget your day. Many don't know the Indian War cry you let out before getting onto the black hawk. I'll never forget you man. I remember when you lit up that IA TCP with the 50 cal. Haha Were they running or what. I'll see you again one day brother. Many don't know that Yazzie had to sign papers to go back to Iraq because he just got done with a rotation. A true soldier, warrior, hero and a friend."
mark of fort worth TX

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Spc. Clifton J. Yazzie:
Clifton 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

"THINKING OF YOU TODAY!
THANK YOU!"
Legeta of Artesia,New MexicoUSA

"Spc. Yazzie,

My name is Scott, and thus far I have left messages with your three fallen comrades of that dreadful day. We met and served together in Iraq, back then you would have called me 1Lt Scott Perez. I was the Officer-In-Charge for sending you home. Suffice it to say, you were sent home with more honor and more pride than I have ever seen. I know it must pain the medics that they could not save you, but your sacrifice to this country has affected countless lives. I tried forgetting about the memories of your arrival to our base, I wondered if you were married, if you had any children? As I prepared the paperwork and wrapped the U.S. Flag, I realized I was delaying your departure...but I would not allow you to leave Iraq until I knew the Flag was drapped perfectly over you. I thank God for my Honor Guard experience because I never knew how important that was until I met you. As thousands of your brother's and sisters saluted you one last time at 0300hrs, you boarded a west bound plane never to return for another tour with your battalion. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten and I will always honor you every memorial day. Until now I could never speak of this but I know in my heart this is all I can do. Thank you for protecting my freedom and my appreciation for you will never fade away."
Scott J. Perez of Myrtle Beach, SC

"Clifton,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other three soldiers who were also killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Honor And Country"(327th Inf. Motto)"

"We knew Yazzie from Germany. My husband was deployed to Iraq with him. He and his wife were one of our closest friends. I remember how nice and funny he was. He was a big kid at heart. I remember him walking up the drive way, tv under one hand and Xbox in the other, huge grin on his face...having to walk all the way from Askren Manor because his little tiny car wasn't running. When they were PCSing, my husband took him to the airport, i remember watching them pack our car with there luggage from the kitchen window and he turn and waved with that big grin. I will always keep that memory with me.
He is and always will be OUR HERO. We miss you Yazzie!"
Sanchez Family of New Mexico

"To the family of Clifton Yazzie,

I served with 'Yazzie' as I knew him in OIF2 and he was one of my best friends. I am incredibly saddened to hear that I lost a true friend. One of my fondest memories I have of him is how he taught himself how to type while in Iraq. That is just one example I wanted to share of what kind of person he was. I will remember Yazzie for the rest of my life."
"BumG" of Jackson Heights, NY

"To the family of Clifton Yazzie. I am sorry for your lost. I know that this not going to make up for your lost, but I feel the need to let you know that I was one of the medics that tried to save your loved one. I can say from the bottom of my heart that we tried and did all that we could and then some to save him. Again I am sorry that we where not able to bring him home to you. He will never be forgotten."
Macklin, DeMarris T. of Al Huwijah, Iraq 1-327 IN

"To the friend and family of Sgt.Yazzie,
My husband and I had the rare priveledge to ride in the Illinois Freedom Run for this courageous soldier. It was a great experience and our deep regret goes to you all for your loss.Our family prays for you all everyday.."
Tonya K of Wenona, Illinois

"SPC YAZZIE, I have good memories of you in OIF-II, I am sure you are in the heaven."
WOLF4 of GA

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

"Thank you Clifton Yazzie, 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. Clifton Yazzie:
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 Clifton 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. Clifton Yazzie:
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 Clifton, 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