Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Robert E. Drawl, Jr.

21, of Alexandria, Virginia.
Drawl died in Kunar, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle. Drawl was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on August 19, 2006.

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"It's been 9yrs. It hasn't gotten any easier dealing with the pain but you learn to keep going cause you have to not necessarily cause you want to. It's very hard losing a brother when your just getting going in life and need guidance the most. Words cannot describe how much I miss you you will never be forgotten. I love you ❤"
Jacqui Drawl of Summerdale, Al USA

"thanks for winning with sacrifise"

"To the Family of Robert E. Drawl Jr. -

Today marks 8 years since Robert made the ultimate sacrifice. I will go see him today as I have done for he past 3 years on this date. I never met Robert, but I have carried his memory with me every day for the last 4 years in the form of a memorial bracelet. With me, Robert has seen many different places around the world and serves as a constant reminder of how special life really is and how much our service members and their families sacrifice so we can live in the greatest country in the world. Robert - you are missed and I thank you EVERY single day for your sacrifice."
Jason Rizzo of Alexandria, VA

"To the family of:Robert E.Drawl, Jr.
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 am so sorry that Robert is gone from you...his loving family, his beloved wife Katherine and daughters Kaylee and Samantha..I can only pray that some day those little girls can grasp the signifigance of the sacrifice their daddy made for all Americans, and the sacrifice your mother made too...I am so very sorry for all of you,,,my admiration is boundless and my respect never ending...I remember Robert more especially on my birthday..August 19th"
Kathy of Graham, WA USA

"Hey Babe it's been three years I still hurt like it just happened I LOVE and MISS you so much there is nothing like this pain. I know your watching over us,but DAMIT I just want to hear your voice and be able to hug you one more time!!!!! I MISS YOU LOVE MOM!!!!!!!"
Yvette M. Wilson of Bay Minette Al USA

"I can't believe it has been three years already. I didn't know Robert but I did know the two medics that were in his vehicle that were also taken away from us. And every year when I remember them I also remember Robert. My heart goes out to his family and they are always in my prayers."
Elizabeth Gutierrez

"I am so sorry for your loss. While there are no words to ease your pain, may you be comforted with memories of your son and blessed with God's strength. We share the same loss as you. Our son was killed during his third deployment to Afghanistan. Our sons are heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you for your son's service to our country and his bravery.
Jonnie Chandler
Proud Mother of an OEF Fallen Hero""

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow.
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
but don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
(Author Unknown)
America has been built on the blood of Brave Men of Honor. Heros who answered the call to defend all of our Freedoms. A fellow Veteran pays tribute to this heros commitment to duty and the ultimate sacrifice that he has made for all of us.... Thank you. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brave soldier, and may peace come to your family and loved ones for the sacrifice they have also made."
William D. Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"September 11, 2007
To the family of Robert E. Drawl, Jr.
Robert 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

"Robert was my first serious boyfriend in eigth grade. He really taught me a lot and i can't believe this happened to him. although we lost contact and it has been several years i will always remember him. Jaqui, i love you and i'm so sorry"
Cathy of Alexandria, VA

"My prayers are with you"
Heather of Wyoming, Mi.

I would like to say thank you to you and the other two 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."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Robert, my heart still aches to think that I will never see your smiling face again. You were a part of my life for so long that it was as though you were family, and I grieve for you as though I were one of your survivors. Life deals us some pretty crappy cards sometimes but you always did what you could to make your wrongs right. Unfortunately, your life was the ultimate price paid for wanting to right the wrongs of others and defend the country you called home. Eight months have passed since you left us, but the hole you left in your loved ones' lives is ever fresh. I miss you, Rob, and I'll love you always."
Sarah of Alexandria, VA, USA

"Thank you Robert Drawl, Jr., 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 Cpl. Robert Drawl, Jr.:
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 Robert 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 Cpl. Robert Drawl, Jr.:
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 Robert, 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