Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Norman K. Snyder

21, of Carlisle, Indiana.
Snyder died in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a mine detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 76th Infantry Brigade (Separate), Indianapolis, Indiana. Died on March 26, 2005.

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"Kyle, it was too tough on March 26th, 15 to write this. A few of these anniversaries, I smashed an alarm clock in your honor. (I demolished his clock at MOBSTA Atterbury b/c he left it run while he showered at 0530).
You were truly taken long before you should've. You, MSG Hiester, and Hersh were an inspiration for me to stay in the service.
You are not forgotten!
SFC J Myers
HHC 76th INF BDE (SEP) OEF 04-05
JSTF OEF 06-07
Jerad of Virginia

"I remember. Every day I remember and my heart breaks. Every day."
Sarah Gene Hjalmarson of Utah

"To the family of:Norman K.Snyder
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""

"to a friend more like a borth so hard to belive ur gone never foget the day i heard i hit the ground cryin we had good times togather never a dul moment thought about u on the day my son was born his name is kyle jay bement he is named after my best friend u u was smart out goin and very opend minded u gave the honor of a life time for u country only if u new how loveed u was lines of cars buses for u at ur funral people holding up sings u was loved and will never be forgot my friend grandma misses u so much u was brave didnt fear a thing i rember when we made a dam in ther creak by grandmas house and the wooden fort u made my build out of the logs of the tree that was cut down made me do all the work and the fires we had ever nite i miss u man more than u know peace brother"
jeremy bement of vincennes ,in

"I was thinking about you yesterday and found this site today. I did not know that today was the anniversary of your passing. I remember moving you to numerous places in my classroom to help you focus. No matter where you went you always found friends to entertain. Thank you for your service and sacrifice."
Judy Pirtle of Sullivan Indiana

"Years later and still NOT forgotten! (today is Friday, 12 December 2008) I was on the internet and wanted to read about a particular Snyder family of California and this website was the second option; I knew instantly who this site was for. I, along with others from 2nd PLT, aka PUNISHERS, A CO, 2/28 INF REG Black Lions, remember Snyder vividly... definitely a hero to all! Especially for giving the ultimate sacrifice... life itself. You're not forgotten brother!"
SSG Kendall Navares of Provo, UT

"For he was called home even at an early age his real FATHER said, "Job well done, son."

Ms. Chandra Bryant Parker of Ft Worth, TX,USA

"November 11, 2007
To the family of Pfc. Norman K. Snyder:
Norman 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 miss you everyday, I thought of you on my wedding day, you would've been standing next to me, but, you were the Best Man in my heart. We know you are watching over us and we were lucky to have known you. You are the greatest friend a person could have. You and your family are always in our hearts.
Love Always........"
Christopher & Raemie Bowne' of Sullivan, IN

I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers who were in that vehicle with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to exend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"May god bless the family."
SFC Matthew Foster of Indianapolis IN, 76th BDE HQS

"There are so many memories that I have of Kyle. We met in the fifth grade at the city pool. There's a memorial on the square in our town now, and everytime I see it I think that the last time I saw Kyle was a few weeks before he left for boot camp, we sat on the steps in front of where the memorial is and talked for an hour or so. It's just so ironic that that's the last place I saw him. I still miss him every day but I'll always have his memories, both the good and the bad. He and his family will always be in my heart though."
Ashley of Sullivan, IN

"I went on inourhearts.org and purchased a braclet in memory of a fallen soldier. I requested that it would be someone from Indiana. by chance I received PFC Snyder's name. I will wear it proudly and think of him often. God Bless everyone out there who has lost someone."
An Indiana Army Wife of Muncie, IN USA

"You gave everything for me and the people of this country and didn't even know us, I wish I could have known you.. YOU ARE A TRUE HERO...TRULY MISSED AND TRULY LOVED...Thank you for giving us your heart and your honor...Your family and friends are truly blessed to have had you in thier lives...You will NEVER be forgotten but you will ALWAYS be missed..."
RC of Indiana

james stephens of whiteland, in

"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""

"To the Snyder Family Let me say that I am deeply saddened by your loss. We are sometimes caught up by cerlebrity and fame not to realize who our true hero's are.PFC Norman Snyder was a Hero in my eye and I have to tell you that I have come into contact with a lot of Soldiers. I Remember Synder because as His Drill Sergeant I had to get on him all the time for smiling. I sometimes had to hold back laughter myself because he would make me lose my bearing. I felt a great loss when I heard of PFC Snyder's Death. I often look at my Soldiers as my Kids and it totally breaks my heart. It was my job to be Hard and stern to these young Soldiers but at the same time I have a deep respect for them because they chose to join while our nation is at war. That in itself takes a special person. I want to once again express my deepest condolences to the Snyder family."
SFC Mederic Encalade of FT. Jackson S.C. A co 2/28 INF REGT 2nd Plt (Punishers)

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Norman, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Norman's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Norman Snyder, 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 Pfc. Norman Snyder:
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 Norman 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 Pfc. Norman Snyder:
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 Norman, 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