Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army CW2 Christopher B. Donaldson

28, of Illinois.
Donaldson died east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province, when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 5, 2006.

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"I had the honor of serving with then SGT Donaldson from 2000-2004 in Giebelstadt Germany. He was one of the most upstanding Soldiers and people Iíve met. I was very saddened to hear of his passing years ago. Chris, you will never be forgotten and will always be honored! Until we meet again, Rest In Peace."
Dylan Gray of Troy, NH

"I was handed your name on this day this morning of memorializing you as I was leaving the dining facility here in Kandahar. I came here to know more about you and your sacrifice for we Americans and am humbled by your record."
Jimmy of KAF, Afghanistan

"Ten years now and it seems like yesterday. Miss you so much but I know you are with me and probably shaking your head and laughing at me like you use to do. I love you brother and wish you were here amigo."
TT of Insiana

"Ten years now and it seems like yesterday. Miss you so much but I know you are with me and probably shaking your head and laughing at me like you use to do. I love you brother and wish you were here amigo."
TT of Insiana

Just got back from seeing American Sniper and I can't help but to think of you... We all miss you so much... Stay Goofy! Xoxoxo"
Laura Tieffel of Effingham, Illinois

"This is one of Chris's brothers. All these years and I've never seen this website or these wonderful posts until right now.(6/25/14) I absolutely love all the stories of Chris and hope all the service members who've posted such kind words have made it home safe and sound. If anyone is interested and in the Effingham, Illinois area this August 16th, please consider attending the 2nd Annual Chris Donaldson Memorial Kickball Tournament. More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1516007465284814/"
Ryan Donaldson of Forest Park, IL - USA

"To the family of:Christopher B. Donaldson
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 still think of you every day. Something always seems to remind me of you. You will forever be in my heart."
S of Effingham, IL

"Everyday that passes I think of you, your smile, your laugh, and I remember your hands perfectly. You made such an impact on my life and you are so much of who I am. I miss you deeply and I know one day you and I will see eachother again. I can't wait for that day! You will ALWAYS be in my heart."
SS of St.Louis, MO

"Thank you for your service to our great country u will never be forgotten.I saw a memorial stone placed at the bottom of a very large cross near effingham illinois and just thought I would leave a message thanking you for all you did for this country and to let your family know you will never be forgotten"
William of Missouri

"I met Chris the first day I arrived in Germany many years ago... We continued to run into each other throught our military assignments. I saw him at Ft. Rucker the Christmas before his deployment. I always thought of him as the guy I would keep running into. He was a wonderful man and a great Soldier and Pilot. I am currently serving in Iraq as a Medevac pilot and when we go out Id like to think that he is looking out for us."
CW2 Mary Rone of LSA Anaconda, Iraq

"September 14, 2007
To the family of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher B. Donaldson:
Christopher 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

"CW2 Donaldson,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OEF, but also for your service in Kosovo as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"God Bless..."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"I served with Chris as HQ PSG at Giebelstadt Germany, 2001-2003, when he was a high-speed NCO. Awesome soldier - awesome man. We played softball together for B 159 AVN REGT and the Wurzburg Area Team. He was one of the better outfielders and hitters that I had played with (We called him "horse"). I remember one time we actually ran head-on into each other chasing a fly ball and he was knocked out, which surprised everybody because he outweighed me by 40+ pounds. We miss you, Bro. Call the next one, I'll back off...

SFC Roy H. Windham of Savannah, GA

"8 months have gone by and I still see your face. TJ still asks about you and I always tell him that "uncle Chris is watching him." we'll see you another day brother. TT"
TT of indiana

"I have not seen Chris in long time after moving from Effingham, IL to Newbern,Tn after grade school. But I remember that smile and he was always happy. He was a good friend and we always made fun of eachother. The one thing that I do remember about Chris is that when he did something he put his heart and soul into it and I know that as a soldier he did just that. I often wondered about him and the rest of my friends, and all I can say is he made me proud and I am proud to have called him my friend !!!"
Laura Tieffel of Effingham,IL

"Chris was a wonderful person and was full of life. His laugh and smile were infectious and will never be forgotten. I am so thankful for all he did for us and for our country. He made the ultimate sacrifice and I will always be grateful to him. He held a special place in my heart and will be missed always."
Nicole Wente of Champaign (formerly of Effingham), IL

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Christopher will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

""Memorial Day" 2006
Proud Army mom of:
Pfc Adam L. Thomas
1-87 Ft. Drum
KIA: Afghanistan 08-31-03
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, IL

"To Chris' Family:
I served with your son and he was one of the most caring and driven people I have ever met. He was quiet but cared deeply for those he let in. His absence leaves a huge hole in many hearts."
CW2 Rachel Schrock of 3-10 GSAB in Afghanistan

"The legacy that Chirs has is amazing. His impact on me will never be forgotten. All my love."
Rev. David Dahlke of West Des Moines, Iowa

"Chris, You're a True Hero and a great friend. Our many memories and that damn laugh of yours will last forever. God bless your family through these times of sorrow. We'll meet again on the brighter side.........miss ya, kev"
Kevin Overbeck of Effingham

"Thank you, Chris, for your service to our country. On behalf of my family and close friends, I'd like to pay tribute to an American hero and patriot. God bless your family. They are in my prayers."
Elizabeth Ensor of Effingham, IL

We will never forget you. Your friendship to our family was a gift. Now, you fly with the Angels."
The Turners of Fayetteville, NC

"Thank you Christopher Donaldson, 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 CW2 Christopher Donaldson:
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 Christopher 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 CW2 Christopher Donaldson:
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 Christopher, 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