Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Daniel L. Kisling, Jr.

31, of Missouri.
Died in Afghanistan. Died on January 30, 2003.

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"To Danny: Miss you Bro. January will be 20 years and it seems like yesterday. Still see you looking at me with that silly grin on your face.
To Danny’s Family: I was with Danny at 2/82 @ Ft. Bragg and in Cco 1/160 @ Ft. Campbell. He was a hard working dude – never slack. I really hope his children know what a super trooper he really was. I have no idea how to reach them but I will leave my number in case they read this some day and hope they call me. (256) 975.8250"
Rowdy McAfee of Huntsville, AL

"We would like contract with a family member to get a quality photo to added to our Missouri Memorial.
Rick Andrews of St. Louis, MO

"This was my Dad, and im very appreciative that you ran this 5K for him. I was not yet born (another 4 months) but i still love him and give you lots of thanks for what you did."
JoHanna Kisling of Branson Missouri

"My daughter Alexa and I ran a 5K (http://on.fb.me/1lNfwXT) this morning in honor of SSG Daniel Kissling. We had read about his life and service, then shared stories about him while we ran. We are thankful for his service and dedication to our country. May God bless him and his family."
Kevin of Richmond VA

"Danny is my father and he died when I was just 10 years old. I am now 20 and still have a hard time really accepting what happened. Reading through all of these posts makes me smile though :) thank you all."
Jessica Kisling of MO

"To Staff Sergeant Daniel Leon Kisling, Jr:

You are a nephew I never met, but continue to remember. It’s been eight years since your death and I just found this memorial page on the internet. Reading about your life and your death when the accident happened, it was clear you were a special person. Somehow it’s even more clear now. You will always be remembered.
The comments, especially the one from your sister, show how much you were and are still loved. It’s clear you were a real patriot and soldier, and maybe even more important, a good man, son, husband, father, brother and true friend to many.
Even in death you continue to inspire. You are an inspiration for us to do more.
Reading about your accomplishments makes me want to do more for those I love and my country. It won’t be near as much as you did, but it will be something. If I start feeling too down or too bored or too lazy--your example tells me to “get over it” and get on with doing it--with whatever I should be doing.
Here in California I have brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and a beautiful wife, who I love and am so proud of. But reading your memorial page reminded me that I have family in Missouri to be proud of also. I never met you, Daniel, but I do think I know you a little and will always remember you and your deeds.

James Ray Deaton, Berkeley, Calif.
June, 2011."
James Ray Deaton of Berkeley, Calif.

"SSG Kisling, Danny,
Thank you Brother for carrying the torch of freedom.
I knew you when we were in the 82D together and I think I planted the seed to join the elite
Nightstalker‘s you were striving to be the best and you made it. TOT + - 30 sec,
Your Nightstalker brother.
PAUL SALAZAR US ARMY RET. 160TH SOAR (ABN) 87-91 Bco 2/82 AVN 93 – 2004"

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This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah, USA

"To the family of:Daniel L Kisling,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"

"Danny miss you"
"Hooter Brother" of Las Vegas, NV.

"Dear Family of Daniel Kisling,Jr.:
To honor the Mo/Ks soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families,the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

these 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.
Please email me at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.
The artists of Grateful Hearts"
J. Gragg of Lee's summit, Mo

"May 21, 2007
To the family of Daniel L. Kisling, Jr. Daniel 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

"Danny I miss hearing you yell at me "Huuurrry UP! New Guy" From one "HOOTER BROTHER" to the next I'll see you again"
Rob of Clarksville

"SSG Kisling,
It's been a couple years, but you are still in my thoughts. We served together--so I know you--and your dedication to God, Country and Mission. I have rarely served with a greater patriot. God Bless and Keep you until we are reunited in His kingdom. Airborne!"
CW3 Andy Filson of Columbus, Ohio

I would like to say thank you to you and your fellow crewmembers for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

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

"I sure miss you Danny,
I think about what you did and my heart swells up in pride. I never thought my little Brother would grow up and jump out of helicopters and do all the things you did. I am so proud of you.
As I walk down my hallway and I see your pictures I stop and run my fingers down your face, my heart feels up with pain. How I wish I could of just seen you once more and just hugged you a little longer and tell you "I love you Bro." one more time.
Mom still can't face the fact that your really gone. She just can't imagin never seeing you again in this life time and she cries a river of never ending tears because she misses you so.
We will never let our love for you go,
Untill we are together again in Heaven.
We will remeber what you did for this counrty today and everyday for the rest of our lives. Sending all our love to you. Miss you Bro."
Lisa Spaugy of Neosho, Mo.

"Staff Sgt Kisling made all of us in this country safer. Not many men can lay claim to a legacy as important as that. My prayers and thanks go to his family."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Daniel Kisling, 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 Staff Sgt. Daniel Kisling, 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 Daniel 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 Staff Sgt. Daniel Kisling, 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 Daniel, 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