Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. David M. Hierholzer

27, of Lewisburg, Tennessee.
Hierholzer died in Pesch, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his platoon encountered enemy forces small arms fire. Hierholzer was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on July 24, 2006.

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"Hey Brother.... Miss you and always have you in my heart and my mind. CHOSIN for life.... Love you."
SFC (RET) Guy R. Lamb of El Paso Texas

"Missing you right now old friend. I cant help but ask what you would have done right now. I just hope when my time comes I have the fraction of your courage to face it as you did. Miss you old friend ...Strength and Honor....Against All Odds"

"Not a day goes by that i wonder what youre doing and how you would have been doing right now.
We lost a good friend, i try not to cry when i see a picture of you. Just doesnt seem fair or right to me. I still find myself looking and just in a haze..."
Christopher Jordan of Wilmington, Ca

"I was stationed with David in Fort Drum NY. He was the coolest guy ever. We would talk about anything from how much we missed our families to how we needed to be strong for our country. We went to Iraq together in 2003-2004. We even have pictures of us training in Fort Drum. He was my white brother from another mother. I am sorry if anyone is offended but we always joked around. He loved to laugh and help people and he was a great Football player. I miss you bro. If any one of his family member wants the picture or copies of it please email me at ofthelandjr@yahoo.com
Sorry I was not there brother...Miss you my friend... ORTEGA Oakland CA. If any o"
Ortega of Oakland California

"Hey bud its one of you old time platoon buddies stopping by to say what's up and that you are missed. I remember all fun times (haha) that we had in basic and on drum and I just wanted to let everyone else know that you are a great warrior and awesome person and it was my privilege to know you. You may not be here physically but I can feel your presence especially when I think of benning. Fallin but never forgotten. Whooaa"
Kenny Reale of Danbury, CT USA

"Harry. Another year gone and still missing you. Heading to Alaska and looking to get back to training and away from the airforce. I'm with SGM Mangels now and we are remembering how inspired you made us. I miss you man. You will always be with me and in my heart. Miss you brother.

SFC Guy Lamb"
Guy of Wainwright Alaska.

"An American hero. Proud of you Davey. Thank you for your service."
Rhonda of Charlotte

"I always think about you David. I think about your Dad and Mom. I pray for them. You are their son and my son too. We are all connected.......by the same bonds. No one is left untouched. God bless."
Steve Ayriss of Columbia, tn

"Harry... I have been back 3 times since our first trip to AFG. It has never been the same and I think about you all the time. I miss you and know you have looked out for all of us."

"I wear his name on my wrist everyday especially when I am deployed to Afghanistan. Today July 24,2012. 6 years ago he gave the ultimate sacrific. My prays are with him and his family."
BJ of Oregon

"I never knew you David but it is an honor & privilege to come to your mother's home an install a new flag this Saturday 16th of June in remembrance of you, a true HERO. May you rest in peace and the love of our Lord continue to comfort those who love you."
William Lowery of memphis, tn


"to peggy of defiance ohio,DAVID WAS BORN THERE.HIS DAD"

"David, we made a 9/11 tribute video in your honor! I would love to share this to All and anyone who knows or has ever met Sgt David M. Hierholzer. Just search his name on youtube and you will find it. Miss you cuz."
Marcel Heximer of Sacramento, CA

"Miss You Brother... "Strength and Honor""
Michael Orr of Dracut, MA

"Harry it has been five years today. I am back in afghanistan but this one is cake. I came and visited you last year and meet your family. They are awesome. I miss you and am so proud to have known you."
Clint Brubeck of Khwost, Afghanistan

"Attn Sgt Hierholzer family
I am An Australian Citizen, who was recently friended by a "Kevin Hierholzer" depolyed in Afgahnistan... after he requested money to pay for his leave from Karbul i decided to check him out. As it turns out he is using your beloved son's pictures and profile information (provided from i can assume the memorial page) to scam women for money on the internet and Dating sites (in particular facebook) I have reported this to them, and to the appication site he found me on. I am truly and deeply sorry to be the one to inform you. Please contact me. I am happy to share all details- e-mails ect. I sincerely wish i could have known David.
Yours, sincerly
tez-seb@hotmail.co.uk / tez-seb@bigpond.com or find me through facebook. (Terri Worthington)"
Terri Worthington of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

"David ; i miss you sooo much. you where like another father to me. i wish i had one more goodbye. ill see you one day budd !
forever im my heart <3
loveeeeee youuuuuuuuu !!!!!!!"
Bailey of Lewisburg , TN

"hard to believe 5yrs have almost passed...David i miss you a lot man. i miss our friend time and look back on all the stupid things we did to each other. i know you died doing what you wanted to do. having said that it was a n honor to know you for 14 yrs i did. i will miss you everyday and knowing your not coming back to Lewisburg is the hard part to accept. i remember the time i called Dawn when i found out you died. i was crying like i never have. your sister pointed out one thing so true. just quit crying and remember all the good time we all had. you always hear on the news someone dying. it doesnt hit you until its a friend or family member."
chris jordan of Wilmington, Ca

"Harry, I'm sitting in here laying in bed next to my fiance and for some reason you came to my mind. It's been a year since I have been out of the army I can't help but remember you as my first team leader with Holyroyd and clapp. I remember you basically taking me under the wing when I first got to the unit and working out in the gym everyday after work. I really looked up to you. Even when we butted heads in Afghanistan and sorta had a falling out I looked up to you. I remember being evacuated from our infamous 10,500 mission for AMS. All the guys called it the ten five. Anyways, I recall coming back to the patrol base on the Pech that warm night with a full-moon and seeing you through the nods laughing at me. That was one of the last better memories with you. The next couple of weeks I was moved over to weapons squad to become the machine gunner. We kinda lost touch due to the squads rivalry with one another, but always, I still admired you whether you knew it or not. I'm sorry we had a falling out. Some week in July I went to the O.P. and y'all had a mission in Shudekay. I remember seeing the Apaches strafe the valley one day and thought somebody was getting into it. Turns out that night I didn't even know until a KIA was announced over the radio by Dawg Platoon Sergeant, SFC Smith that 3rd platoon had a casualty. I started thinking of who it could be a though possibly it couldn't be you because of your experience and specialty. Turns is it was you and went SSG Groves told me I cried. I really took your death hard. I just want you to know that I cared for you, admired you, and that you will be forever remembered my friend. The world is a lesser place without you. God Bless your family and Rest in Peace.
Justin Hall of Saint Marys, GA. USA

"Hello, with respect, I am wondering about the memorical stone in front of our courthouse,it says Global War on it, with David Hierholzer's name"
Peggy Hansford of Defiance, Ohio, 43512 USA

"Hello, with respect, I am wondering about the memorical stone in front of our courthouse,it says Global War on it, with David Hierholzer's name"
Peggy Hansford of Defiance, Ohio, 43512 USA

"Harry, as my first team leader I will never forget you looking out for me and teaching me how to be a soldier. When I deployed to Afghanistan the second time I kept a picture of you with me, as my family. My flag is always at half mast buddy."
Adam Holroyd of Rapid City, South Dakota.

"David Hierholzer was an awesome guy -- down to earth, friendly, and fun to have around.

I am proud to say I knew him, and I am thankful to him for his sacrifice."
Brian London of New Orleans, LA

Every time I go to the beach a wave takes my KIA bracelet I had made for you. You have one in the Pacific and the Atlantic one in Hawaii and one in Cape Cod Ma. so I decided to order about 20 of them and put one in the ocean each time I go since the ocean seems to want you so badly. I also gave my son your name. His name is Wyatt David Mathis he was born on March 7 2009. I Miss You Man."
Randle Mathis of Hinesville, Ga USA

I miss you and your friendship. I tell your story to the new privates. So you continue to affect the lives of many. Thank you."
Clint Brubeck of Ft. Benning, Ga

"To the family of:David M. Hierholzer 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"

"Harry,I am thinking about you on this memorial day. You were a kick a** dude, and we all miss you."
Aaron of Montaigne

"September 11, 2007
To the family of Sgt. David M. Hierholzer.
David 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

"I was there the night SGT Hierholzer gave his life defending our great Country. I was an ETT and did not know him that well but knew him from the PRT. He will FOREVER be missed and NEVER FORGOTTEN!"
SFC LeRoy Strickland, Jr. of Washington, DC

""If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.
"Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam."
America has been built on the blood
of Heros and Brave Men of Honor.
Thank you for your service and my
freedom.. May God bring comfort
to your loved ones.
You shall never be forgotten by
a grateful nation.""
Willai D. Taylor of Bonita Springs Florida

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."
Mike Casey of El Paso Texas

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

"I went to Boot Camp with David In Ft. Benning,GA(C-co 2/47). Our bunks were right next to one another and We got station together in Ft. Drum, NY (C-co 1/32). From the first day I meet him to the last day I was in, He was like a big brother to me and helped me grow a lot as a person and a solider. Harry always talked about his family and how much they meant to him and his friends from back home whom he loved. He was one of greatest guys I have ever known and He'll always be in heart. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. He will never be forgotten!"
Mike Hornbaker of Cary, N.c.

"Thank you so much David for being a good friend and for defending our feedom.I am glad you are with our Heavenly Father and you are without pain or suffering."
Christopher Elliott of Spring Hill ,TN

"Thank you David Hierholzer, 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 Sgt. David Hierholzer:
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 David 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 Sgt. David Hierholzer:
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 David, 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