Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Benjamin T. Zieske

20, of Concord, California.
Zieske died of injuries sustained in Kirkuk, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted combat patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on May 3, 2006.

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"Hi Ben... I cannot believe its been 8 years now. You were one of the rare few good friends I had. You were way too young, I hope it is peaceful where ever you are now."
Sebastian of California

"Hey Ben. I knew you only for a moment but Scottie has told me so much more about you and his friendship I feel like I have known longer! I know Scottie misses you all the time and thinks of you often. I know that he does not regret one minute of the army and with meeting you. I wish I could give him back his best friend. If I had the power I would in a heart beat. We miss you and love you. Be looking out for us. AIR ASSAULT!"
Rebecca Laube of Dubuque, IA USA

"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
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

"Ben you are the best friend i have ever had i still don't think that i will ever get over what happened."
Mathieu bombardier of Modesto ca/concord ca


I miss you and think of you often. That terrible night was three years ago today. I will pray for you and your family every May 3rd for the rest of my life. You will never be forgotten.

You were a tremendous Soldier and a great person. You and your family have much to be proud of.

God bless you."
Josh W. of Virginia

"April 28, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Benjamin T. Zieske:
Benjamin 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

"Thank you for honoring our freedom and family name, your distant relative, T.Zieske of Canada"
Tyler h Zieske of canada

"To the family of:Benjamin T. Zieske 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"

"Thank you for all of your messages! There's not a day that goes by that Ben is not thought of. He is truly loved. Dale & Laurie Cuthbertson ( Ben's mom )."
Dale Cuthbertson of Concord Ca. USA

I would like to say thank you 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)"

"I remember going threw basic with you and arriving at Fort Campbell with you. I wear your name on my wrist every day for the rest of my life. We had many good times together and i will never forget you "Z". R.I.P. bro. I miss you"
SPC. Joshua R. Trudell of Fort Hood, TX

"Memorial Day! Diffucult day as May 3rd will be for our families. Benjamin you have not died vain! You are a HERO! An so much more to those you touched with your heart. Thank you for your military brotherhood to our son, as he felt of you: and all that served by both your side's. Healing is a slow process. Take it one day at a time. Always be understanding and supportive toward one another. You all love Benjamin as he loved you. One need only to reflect of the many many fond and precious times you each spent with Benjamin. He is resting, still very much in your HEARTS."
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Texas

"This wasn't how you were supposed to come home. You are missed more than you could ever imagine. Rest in peace, Ben."
Sasha of Concord, California

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

"Thank you Benjamin Zieske, 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. Benjamin Zieske:
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 Benjamin 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. Benjamin Zieske:
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 Benjamin, 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