Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Kenneth E. Zeigler II

22, of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.
Zeigler died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on May 12, 2005.

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"I love you Kenny Infinity & Beyond! May GOD bless you and keep you safe in his loving arms until we are together again!"
MOM of Galveston, Texas

"Zeigler, I miss you brother!"
SGM Samuel Aarons of Fort Benning, GA

"HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY BABY!!! I MISS YOU STILL SO MUCH IT HURTS AND I LOVE YOU EVEN MORE....INFINITY AND BEYOND!!!!! MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN HIS LOVING ARMS UNTIL WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN!!! LOVE....MOM"
MOM of WATERTOWN, N.Y. 13601

"To the family of:Kenneth E. Zeigler ll
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 had the honor of teaching Ken in my math class when he was a 9th grader at Watertown High School. He was a very bright boy, but very quiet. I always thought very highly of Ken, and I was amazed by his artistic talent. I was very saddened to hear of his passing 6 years ago. In light of today being the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I just wanted everyone to know I was thinking of him. He is gone, but he will never be forgotten."
Brian Shepard of Watertown, NY

"We will never forget the sacrifice that you made for this country. I am sure that we will meet again."
SSG Joshua Ballinger of Fort Leavenworth KS

"Love you brother I miss you everyday. God speed old friend ill see you again one day."
spc tyler novy of tulare c.a.

"Hi Ken,

I still think about you almost every single day. I still wonder what you would be today, and how many lives you would touch with your art and your warmth. I still miss you, and I'll always feel an empty spot where part of my heart used to be."
Jamie of Lighthouse Point, FL

"After all this time Kenny, you are not forgotten in this world. You are thought of and Loved often because you are family and family missed. You are the son, brother, grandson, great grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, veteran, and most of all HERO to a country not deserving of your caliber! I salute you nephew and I am proud of you! From one Veteran to Another, your Retired Air Force Uncle from Virginia."
Raymond Zeigler, TSgt. (Ret.), USAF of Hampton, VA

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Kenneth E. Zeigler, II:
Kenneth 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

"Ive left a message already but I have no other means of contact with his mother. Im moving to ohio at the end of this month and I am also re enlisting at this moment in Zeitler's honor. I would love very much to be able to meet the mother of my dear friend and hero before I leave. my email address is as follows, nitrojunkie1225@yahoo.com please contact me so that I may meet you. thank you very much for bringing such an outstanding person into this world. pfc stanley potter"
stanley potter of ojai california

"Kenny I didn't get to know you a whole lot, but one thing I remember is that you were very gentle. at the same time you were a rocker. you were the right mix. we miss you here man and we love you. and thanks for doing your part. For those about to rock (FIRE) we salute you."
nathan zeigler(cousin) of hampton, va USA

"Ziggy,
I know you dont know me but I'm Bond's sister and Your guys unit is getting ready to head back to Iraq. Will you be my brothers angel and bring him home. I know my brother misses you and doc sometimes it scares me. I hope you know you are my HERO now and forever and I promise you will never be forgotton as long as I live. Zig's Family Your Son and Brother ect. is a HERO and I'm so glad he was a part of my brothers life, My brother speaks of him often and not a leave goes by that he dont talk about Ziggy.. I want you to know your son is my HERO FOREVER!!! Thank you for having a great son who touched lives in many ways."
Sara of Iowa

"I have a 24 year old son, named Kenneth Zeigler, called "Kenny." I cannot imagine the pain felt by those who loved your Kenny. As I read the remembrances, my heart constricts...We must all take life one day at a time, being grateful for those who touch our lives, because we never know how long we have on this earth. God bless you."
Jennifer of Princeton, NJ

"GOD bless all of you for the kind words. Kenny is more than likely sitting in HEAVEN in awe of all this attention. As all of the guys that knew him know that Kenny was very shy. He honestly believed that noone really liked him. Eveyone that I have met in the last year and 3 months that he has been gone, has nothing but great things to say about him.
I am so very proud of my son and all of the men and women who fight to keep us free. May GOD watch over all of you and keep you safe from harm!!!
Kenny....I love you INFINITY & BEYOND.
I miss you so much...it hurts. Till we meet again on the other side....."
MOM of Middletown, PA.

"good times in training zeigler, you were one of the good ones"
will of mesa,az

"Zeigler and I were in the same platoon in basic training he slept in the bunk next to me. I remember every sunday we would sit and talk about religion, politics, history, you name it. he was one of the nicest men Ive ever met. he had a heart of gold. I often wonderd why he joined the infentry. you tipicly dont see people as honest, humble, and pure there. I often felt sort of jelious of him, he had that inocense about him, that I lost years ago.
the time we were together during basic training Zeigler had alot of heart he never gave up even when we he was affraid, he hardly showed it. and usuly had a smile on his face and the one thing I remember most about him was every night he would sit in his bunk and would write his mother, even after lights out he would pull his blanket over his head,and put his red lenze in his flash light and kept writing so the drill sarg. wouldent see him. he loved his mother very much. well I dont want to take up too much space so If you can read this ziggy I was proud to be your friend then and Im even more proud to be your friend now. you were a brave soldier and a damn good friend. may you or your deeds never be forgotten buddy
rest easy."
stanley potter of ojai california

"He ways more then family he was a friend.
To the hero of the family."
Zachery Rhoads of camp hill pa

"I didnt know Ken.. But I feel your pain.. I lost my husband the same day and the same way in Iraq.. Sgt Andrew Jodon..
I want to thank you Ken and your family for the sacrafice .. Because of Great men like your Ken and my Andy.. We are Free.. I will always Remember you and your family in my thoughts and Prayers.. And someday.. I will shake your hand , When we all get to the other side... Where we know he has gone... I Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.. If anyone of you ever need someone to talk to .. Please feel free to contact me.. Stand tall and Be Proud.. Thats what they would want us to do.. bjodon@earthlink.net"
Bobbi Jo Jodon of Pine Glen , Karthaus Pa

"I heard some of my brothers unit came home. If you are reading this I wanted to take time out to thank you for letting my brother be a part of your life and letting him touch yours. Also to the people he knew and loved Thank you for everything. Forhelping to make him the great man is was and will always be.
Kimmie17402@yahoo.com"
Kim Zeigler of York, Pa

"God's speed little brother. We served in the same company, you were the Infantryman, I was a mechanic. I went on leave and you gave your life while I was gone. God love you and your family."
SGT Frank Ugolini of Ft. Stewart, Georgia

"5 months have passed, and here I am, at work, Googling my best friend's name, because I miss him and wanted to see a picture of him. Ken was a brother to me, when my own kin berated me and picked on me as they tend to do. Compassionate and selfless - his greatest strengths were also his greatest weaknesses. For 7 years, I was in Ken's company, hanging out after school, talking about anything that came to mind, spending the night in my mom's uninsulated attic in the middle of November when it was as cold inside as it was outside, and playing together in a mediocre Christian metal band (that played mostly Metallica covers due to lack of originals). I lost contact with Ken altogether when he left for the military, but I thought that would be okay, once he got back from Iraq...we would talk again, share stories - I would tell him about my then-new girlfriend, about all the stuff that'd been going on since he'd been gone, and just make up for lost time. But it never happened. And now I have a ghost haunting me every day for not keeping in touch with him while he was still alive...I didn't factor in the possibility of what happened, and now I'll never have a chance to catch up with him, or at least not until the day I die. The only thing I can do to keep the pain down is to keep playing in the band that he founded, and keep the dream alive. Someday, that dream will be realized, and that's when I will be happy. Until then, I will continue to bear the burden of his dream on top of my own. I promise, Ken, I wil make you proud, and nothing will get in my way until then. I love you bro.

If any of you served with Ken, I would like you to contact me at smeagol85@hotmail.com - I would like to hear any stories you guys have about Ken while he was in service, since that was the time I lost contact with him."
Cliff, Doxology of Watertown, NY

"kenny i will never forget the last thing you said to me in that truck. I wish the best to your family. sgt nelly stop smokeing ziegee."
sgt errol,nelson of Bco 1-64ar 3rd id

"Hi Kenny Just wanted to say I love you very much. I miss you bunches. Please dont forget me..."
Kim

"Hi buddy, Just wanted to write alittle note telling you that I miss you and love you so much. I think of you everyday and wish you were here. I need you.. Please watch over me and keep me safe. I will love you always."
Kim (sister) of York, PA

"I too have lost my brother and know what a tremendous loss you are feeling. May God bless you with the courage and strength to handle the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 April 2005"

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

"My new Hero ~ a poem

When a child is asked who their hero is,
They will likely say their dad,
but for me I now have another one,
and this poem is about this special lad,
He was such a sweet little boy,
with the brownest eyes, he brought me so much joy,
I will remember him as a gentleman, kind, funny, and caring,
he was a gift from above, God gave him an artistic hand and the gift of music,
you know that he should have been in a band,
when a sad phone call at Christmas, brought us news of his choice,
to join the Army, to fight in Iraq,
with sad hearts we wished him the best,
hopeful to see this young man again, but Gods plan was number one,
he fought for our freedom, and left this world,
but he will never be forgotten, this brown-eyed hero of mine,
I am so proud of you and I love you,
I will see you again, up in the clouds,
say hello to your granddad Zeigler, for he I am sure is so proud.

By Rebecca S. (Zeigler)Musser 6/14/05

We love you, Uncle Jason, Aunt Becky, and Laurel."
Becky Musser, Kennys' aunt of Harrisburg, PA

"I want to thank everyone for all of their kind words. Kenny didn't think that anyone cared about him. He overlooked one incredible thing.... HIMSELF!!! Kenny is and always will be a hero. I love you Kenny infinity and beyond!!!"
Vicki (Kenny's mom) of Hinesville, Georgia

"To Tove and the rest of Kenny's family and friends: words cannot express the sorrow I felt upon hearing of Kenny's passing. He is a hero, and his legacy will live on."
Laura A. Mottram of Enola, PA

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From the family of LCpl Branden P. Ramey, KIA 11/8/04"
Sandy of CA

"KENNETH YOU ARE AN AMAZING PERSON. A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER THAT PROTECTED AMERICA AGAINST TERRORISM AND TO GIVE IRAQ HOPE. YOU WILL NOT HAVE GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, EVER. WE LOST OUR SON LAST MAY. AN ALTHOUGH, YOU BOTH HAD NOT KNOW ONE ANOTHER. YOU BOTH ARE MILITARY BROTHERS WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHERS UNIT. YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT HAVE GIVEN HIS OR HER LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY. DESERVE THE THANKS FROM ALL AMERICANS! AN BEING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, MY VISIT WITH MY SON: I WILL TELL HIM OF ALL THOSE THAT GAVE HIS OR HER LIFE AFTER HIS. YESTERDAY, I WAS DOWN AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. SOMETHING I DO! THAT IT'S SOLDIER'S LIKE YOU. GIVE'S ME THE UNDERSTANDING, TO BE VERY THANKFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND THOSE SERVING TODAY. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Kenny as I called him was my brother and one of my best friends. He is and will always be a great man and hero.. He loved everyone and never treated anyone badly. He was always known as the shy one of the family. My sister and I did most of the talking but he would talk to me let me tell you... I will never forget you and will love you forever. I know you are looking down on me, mom, the rest of the family, and your friends. Please guide us in the right direction. I will always remember all the good times and the conversations we had about the army and everything. To everyone that is or will leave a message Thank you from the bottom of my heart you know have no idea how much reading your messages means to me and my family. God bless and may peace be with you."
Kim Zeigler (Kenny's sister) of York, Pennsylvania

"Ken...what a human being. I think he found more meaning in the world than most people are able to imagine. He learned how to love, even when he felt lonely, he knew how to give so much, even when there were no rewards, and he truly knew how to feel.
I will never forget how he looked when he painted, or how powerful his words were, (when he spoke them). How could one not love this person--I cannot begin to utter words that beautiful enough to describe him."
Jamie Decter of Lighthouse Point, FL

"To Kenny's Family:
I knew him as a little brother to my best friend. I knew him as a great guitar player and a very fun kid. He will be missed and I am here for you all! Please know that I will always remember him as a HERO and a great person! I am very proud to have met and known him! He is now your guardian angel. I will keep you all in my heart forever. I love you all! *hugs*"
Mandi of York, Pennsylvania

"My nephew was in Iraq and we lost him on May 3,2005. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. God bless your family. Our family will be praying for your family that they make it through these times of sorrow."
B. Brooks of Birmingham, Alabama

"Ziegler,
You where what I think of when I think of a soldier you lived the soldiers creed you where the example of what other soldiers should strive to be. You choose to do what many would not and that was to be a soldier. Ken you have made a mark in my life that will never be forgot it was an honor to serve with you and to know you. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten
Thank you and GOD Bless you"
SSG Timothy Hirshberg of B co 1st Plt 1/64 3ID Baghdad Iraq

"You served with pride, you endured tiresome days and sleepless nights. Your passing will not be in vein. God Speed, and prayers for you and your family."
SFC Simpson, Devon C of 1-6 INF, 1AD, Germany

"Ken was a great friend, a great guitarist, and an honorable Christian. My friends and I tried to talk him out of enlisting but he had made his mind up and you have to admire everything he did. When he was killed, he was not even supposed to be in Iraq... he was supposed to be on leave, but he sacrificed his leave so that a fellow soldier could go home to see his son be born. Also, most of the soldiers on Kens vehicle were not killed but only injured because Ken took the majority of the blast. He lived and died a hero, and now God has a new worship leader in heaven."
AB of Watertown,NY (native) / VABeach (current)

"Zeigler,
Thank you for being a part of my life. I enjoyed each and every minute i spent with you. You are a great man, and an awesome soldier. I miss you so much! You will forever be a part of my life. We will continue on with the mission, just as you would want us to. I wish you god's speed, and we will meet agian one day! RIP!"
SFC Aarons B 1/64 of Baghdad

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

"THIS IS FOR KENNETHS FAMILY, I ALSO LOST MY NEPHEW SQT.ANDY BROWN ON OCT.8,2004 IN THE SAME WAY YOU LOST YOUR SON. ITS HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY THESE THINGS HAPPEN TO OUR CHILDREN. I GUESS THAT GOD HAS A BETTER PLAN FOR THEM. FOR 22YRS. WE HAD OUR BOYS, THAT JUST WASN'T ENOUGH. GOD BLESS YOU IN THIS SAD TIME YOUR IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS."
COLLEEN KELLY of PLEASANT MOUNT, PA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"I'll miss you, man. You take care up there. I'll see you again someday. We still need to have that guitar jam session. You're an awesome guy. May God bless you and may your family know you were a hero! Our loss is God's gain. To your family, I am deeply sorry for your loss, and I will be praying for you in the days to come. Thank you for letting me know and serve with Zeigler. God bless you all!"
SPC Kinyon of 1-64 AR, 3ID

"Thank you Kenneth Zeigler II, 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 Pfc. Kenneth Zeigler II:
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 Kenneth 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 Pfc. Kenneth Zeigler II:
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 Kenneth, 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