Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Christian Longsworth

26, of Newark, New Jersey.
Longsworth died in Oruzgan province, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained when his convoy came under enemy small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on May 19, 2006.

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""To the Family of SSG . I knew Christian I was interpreter inside the camp with the other group May god keep him and look over his family.proud to be Afghan"
Safi of Afghanistan

"Hey, I love your internet site if I am straightforward. Wherever did you receive it built?"
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"I am so sorry for your loss. I met Christian when he joined the Army, we actually enlisted together. I was trying to get in contact with him again, and came across this. I am saddened to hear of this and I am so grateful to have met him. RIP Christian, you will never be forgotten."
Natalya Robinson of Texas

"On Saturday May 19, 2012 I ran in honor of SSG Christian Longworth with the running group Wear Blue: Run to Remember in DuPont, Wa. Your honor and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you."
Brandy Guy of DuPont, Wa

"i am looking for my frind Dr chris of FB cobra if any how any information please send my in this email address
Shafaq20_20@yahoo.com and his photo"
ehsanullah shafaq of shafaq20_20@yahoo.com

"SSG Longsworth was a Team Leader, then a Squad Leader in my platoon at the 6th Ranger Training Battalion. As a young soldier in that environment, you have no one but your buddies to depend on. Most of the leadership in my platoon was upwardly loyal, sacrificing the needs of their soldiers in order to impress the Platoon Sergeant. Longsworth was THE coolest team leader I've known. He would cut his guys loose early to go home and see their families on a regular basis, and he'd get his nuts crushed for it. But he continued to do it. I remember catching a glimpse of him having to do elevated pushups with his feet on the platoon sergeant's desk one day before they slammed the door closed.

Longsworth is the one that told me, "Scott, %@#$ what everyone telling you. If you want to try out for special missions, then go for it."

I hated PT runs led by Longsworth, because he could run forever. And he was crazy on street bike.

Quick note, SSG Joshua Hager, who left a message below, was KIA in Iraq two years ago."
Jonathan Scott of Fort Walton Beach, FL

"Never forgotten. Missed terribly.

"I know in my former letter wrote here I said Christopher, and I know his first name is Christian, that was an accident and I apologize. My message is still the same, and I wish the family all the best and may god be with them through this rough time. As stated before, Christian was one of the best soldiers I ever had the chance to serve with, he will be missed sadly."
W. Snyder of West Virginia

"To the Family of SSG Longsworth. I served with Christian with the 10th mountain Division. I was the other Fire team leader in his Squad before reenlisting to serve with the 101st Airborne. Christian was one of the best soldiers that I ever had the opportunity to train and to serve with. He followed orders without ever questioning them, and followed them to a T. I am proud to have served with such a soldier, and it truly breaks my heart to hear of his untimely death. Christian died doing what he loved to do, being a soldier. He believed in what he was doing and believed in the mission. May god keep him and look over his family. We will all miss you Christian and will never forget your sacrifice.
To Family and Friends of Christian Longsworth, if there is anything that I can do to help with the family or anything else, Please feel free to email me at:
Wes Snyder of West Virginia

"Christian, we are related, although I am not sure on the lineage. Thank you and your family for giving the ultimate.

DaNang '71"
Kerry Longsworth of Venice, FL

please know that you are remembered with gratitude.
rest easy."

"To the family of Chris I pray that GOD has broughgt you comfort. To his daughter I send my love. Chris is not only a comrade to me his was also a class mate at Essex Catholic."
SPC Curvey Purkett of Newark, NJ (AN ESSEX MAN)

"longsworth, i left fla about the same time you and lopez did. i miss our fun times at fort walton beach, fla. you will always be on my mind forever. i pray for peace to be in the hearts of your family. your truly a hero
ssg lewis, dwayne of 172nd stryker bde, AK

"September 14, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Christian Longsworth:
Christian 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

"To the family of: Chtistian Longsworth 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 never met Christian. I proudly,yet humbly, wear a bracelet around my left wrist. On it, his name and date of death for serving our country. As I drive to work and look at it on my arm I say a prayer for his family, his loved ones, those he left behind. And I thank Christian everyday. God Bless."
Michelle Clary of Talent, Oregon/USA

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

"I had the pleasure of knowing you when you were stationed with my husband at Fort Drum, NY. You were always the life of the party. You will always live on in the peoples lives you touched....."
The Rogers Family of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO

"Christian was a true Warrior!, I served with him at FB Cobra. We played ball all the time and talked smack to one another. He loved what he did and he was trully devoted to his job. CHICO " I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU ""
VLAD LEON of 3/20 SFG (A) SOT-A 708

"He was the biggest influence on me when he was my team leader and then later my squad leader. Looking back on things I can now see where I get alot of my leadership style from. He always looked out for his joe's. If he could get his joes out of work , but it ment that he had to stay at work three hours longer than everyone else that was fine by him. Thats just the kind of guy he was. I don't know if he ever really knew how much we were willing to do anything for him, all he had to do was tell us. Because even if it was the stupidest thing to us, it was always the best thing for everyone in the end. I will miss him."
Weber of 6th RTB

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

"Hi there:

My name is Rachel Ascione. I am the sister of the first Marine killed in combat while serving in Afghanistan, Cpl. Ron Payne. My brother was killed May 7, 2004. He was my only sibling and as some of you have probably experienced that loss is indescribable. Through this journey I have discovered that there are few, if any support groups designed just for us siblings. I received your email from all your postings on the Fallen Heroes website. I have started my own group that will work as a support system specifically for siblings suffering from the loss of their brother or sister. The name of my group is S.O.F.T (Siblings Of Fallen Troops). I am just in the beginning of it and my website should be up shortly. I hope to be able to offer some kind of network for those of us who feel no one understands this pain. I will be having local meetings here in FL but will have cyber meetings as well.

I hope that if you are or know of a sibling of a fallen troop you will feel free to contact me or pass my name to them. My goal is to have a solid strong support system and we can only do that with the love of others.

My your family be blessed for the sacrifice that you have made. It has and never will go unnoticed or forgotten.


Rachel Ascione
Sister of Cpl Ron Payne
USMC, KIA 05-07-04, Afghanistan"
Rachel Ascione (RaeRie81@gmail.com) of Winter Haven, FL

"Para Cecilia y Roycito,

A pesar de que no pude estar fisicamente con Ustedes en Newark, quiero que sepan que mi corazon si estuvo presente aquel dia de la conmemoracion de Christian. Aunque tenemos anos que no nos vemos, la muerte de Christian me afecto como a un familiar. La relacion que compartimos de vecinos era tan especial que siento que se me murio el hermanito que nunca tuve. Mi corazon siempre estara con Christian y con Ustedes, la familia Longsworth.

Con Mucho Amor y Carino,
de Parte de

Damaris, Hija de Alba de
38 Smith Street, Newark, NJ"
Damaris of Kansas City


"To the family of Staff Sgt. Longsworth: as the sister of another Fallen Hero,(LTC Daniel Holland), I know only too well how deep is your pain. But I hope you will take some comfort in knowing that MANY care, appreciate, celebrate, and honor your Christian's scrifice. Be proud of your Hero, WE ARE. God bless you all. I will be praying for you. Thank you and RIP Staff Sgt. Longsworth."
Mary Ralya of Brenham, TX

""Christian (CHICO) you are my teamate,my brother,my friend and my hero.I fought right alongside you that day and i saw your bravery first hand.You will forever be a part of ODA 781 and will live in the memory of your teamates until the day we die,to your family and fiance i wish them peace and happiness and the strength to carry on.I will never forget you my brother""
SFC Darren Markwick of ODA 781 Ft Bragg NC

"Christian, we have known each other since third grade, you are my brother. Not a day will go by that I will not consider myself blessed to have known you. You made me smile and your memory still does. I will never forget the first time I saw you in uniform at my house in East Orange and how proud I was of you. THat feeling has never left. I love you and am so happy I got to see you and talk with you as often as we did. I will love you forever and never stop talking about you. I know you are watching over all of us and know you are well. Til we meet again."
Nikki of Garfield, NJ

"I am a Christian, and I understand what you are going through. I lost my Dad 3years ago and I still have moments that I cry and always miss him. My prayers are with you and your family. You do not know what a person is going through until you experience it for yourself. God bless you richly."
Jacqueline Hardimon-Shandy of Overseas Afghanistan from Houston, Texas

"To the man I fell in love with 10 years ago and continue to love until this day. You gave the ultimate sacrifice for us (your family), friends, and country and we are more than grateful for that and so much more. I know you are in heaven watching over me, Mami Ceci, your brother Roy, Sisters Carmen and Noemi, and beautiful daughter Jaylin, as well as my parents (your adopted mami y papi). Know that our dreams of starting our life and family together will never be forgotten and will always be in my mind and heart. I miss you my angel and thank you for allowing me to make you the happiest you've ever been and for doing the same for me. I will never stop loving you my angel; you are my heart and will be it until the day that I see you again. Like I always told you, I love you my angel more than you will ever know."
Jessica of Cliffwood, NJ

"On behalf of the ArmyMomsUSA group I'd like to pass on our condolences to the family of Christian Longsworth. We thank his family for this hero, a soldier who allows us to live freely. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. We hope you find comfort in knowing we are all thinking of, and praying for, you."
Mel of MD

"It was an honor and privilage to have served alongside of Christian. As a soldier who served along side of him on 19 May 06, I will always remember his bravery, quick smile, his love of family and country, and his complete professionalism in everything he did. We are all better for to have known such a man. God Bless his family and friends."
SSG Giovanni Caligiuri of Afghanistan

"christian my brother, i will miss you greatly. My family and i thank you for your prescence and the love you gave my sister jessica. I remember laughing at your many jokes. i am deeply saddened but consoled with the many memories you left my family and I. I love you brother .... I am sorry you had to go."
Melissa Cruz (ftre sis in law) of cliffwood nj

"Christian, you are one of my best friends. The one person that can make me laugh no matter what. I know how proud you were when you finally made it through the Q course. I will never forget you and I will forever miss you! To his family and also to Jessica my deepest condolences."
Phaedra Israel of Fayetteville, NC / Ft. Bragg

"You were taken to quick brother.... since i met you in Phase 2...and saw you throughout the SFQC... i will honor you and fight for you till i am done.. i swear.. see you soon brother!"
SSG Klossner, Christopher J. of Ft. Bragg, NC

"Thank you Christian Longsworth, 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. Christian Longsworth:
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 Christian 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. Christian Longsworth:
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 Christian, 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