Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Ranger Pfc. Kristofor T. Stonesifer

28, of Missoula, Montana.
Stonesifer was a passenger in a Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in Pakistan. Died on October 19, 2001.

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Kris Stonesifer
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On today, the 15th anniversary of your death you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Ranger who was also killed in that crash for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


"Kristopher was a distant cousin of mine. Sixth cousin actually according to my genealogy research. My mother's maiden name was Stonesifer and I can see the family resemblance. I never met him but I respect and honor him on Memorial Day. RIP cousin and hero."
Jeffrey Lyons of Suncook, NH

"To all my Brothers still with me today I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we miss our brothers and keep them in are hearts the ones that pass before us in the highest regard for ranges lead the way but we also bleed for one another and will always strive to complete our mission strong and revrant as we always have and all ways will bring honor and strenght to all we touch. Edmond Burk left us with a quote that "the only thing necessary for evil to triumpt is for good men to do nothing" that is not our creed not our way my heart goes out to the ones left behind but I know my brothers will always be there to take care of there own may god bless and keep them in this time 3/75 b.co. 1sgt k"
of west virginia


I proudly display a bracelet with your information in my home for all who visit us to know we respect you and want to bring honor to your memory. I obtained your bracelet from your loving mom during a Rug March at Fort Dix New Jersey. I carried your bracelet during the march, my team and I prayed for you, your family and friends and for Americans to understand what you did, why you did it and why we need to hold you and your fallen brothers up on the highest pedestal this nation can afford. As long as there are men and women who love this country and what it stands for YOU SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN! God Bless you brother! God Bless America."
Jose Avila of Dallas, Texas

"To my brother in arms, your valor and courage is remembered. Let us remember that your sacrifice was for an honorable cause and that your choice to fight for our freedoms was a respectful choice. My hopes are that we live every day remembering that it was for our lives that you died for. Your desire was for us to live free and die old. Your last breath was to be our strength to be strong.

Rangers Lead the Way!"
T. E. Mullen of Hamilton, MT

Today, 7/26/11, is my son's birthday; as I couldn't sleep, I read again the entries on his Fallen Heroes Memorial. I don't know why I never came to your page before. Your mom and I met six years ago, not long after Brent was KIA. She has become a sister to me and we have raised many a glass in memory of you, Brent, and your brothers and sisters who have given all. You will never be forgotten and I hope that you and Brent have connected up in Heaven. Having met your brother and his family too, I feel as if I know you and I am proud of the life you lived and the people you influenced."
Molly Morel of Martin TN

"Kristofor, still your buddies go, leading the way. Still your name is etched upon their hearts. And, with the love of God and the good wishes of a grateful nation, we pray they will return. Thank you, precious boy of this sweet homeland. May you look down from heaven, and see us all here, those you knew and those unknown to you then. See us all, as you knew us to be, and find us worthy of your sacrifice."
A grateful Ranger's Mother of The United States of America

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William D. Taylor Jr. of BONITA SPRINGS, FL

"Rangers Lead The Way!
God bless you and your family... you will NEVER be forgotten.... you are my Airborne Ranger In The Sky"
Pv2 Ranger of Columbus GA USA!

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten in my life. I wear your bracelet I got from your mother the day I met her when i went for a 6.2 mile ruck march and I spread ur heroism everywhere I go."
Nick Incorvaia of Hawthorne, New Jersey/USA

There ia great sorrow in the loss of such a selfless young man. We as a nation should always honor your memory and take pride and solace in how you lived more than how you died.
Go in PEACE and rest with God."
Earl of Chandler,Az..

"To the family of Kristofor T. Stonesifer. He 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.

"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. You are missed, brother."
Jon Altschuler of New York, NY

"Sua Sponte Ranger. Rest easy."
Chuck Nelson of Warrenton, VA

"i never got to meet him as i did not arrive in battalion until 03 but i bear his name on my rist so that he is not forgotten . and when people ask me what this braclets is i tell them that it is a reminder so that this soldier and his sacrafice are not forgotten. sometimes people ask me if i new him and if we went to afghanistan together. All i can say is no. I wish they could understand the loyalty rangers hold to each others memories of how all of those who died in somalia have pictures in the company cp or all the rangers who have fallen have thier names etched in stone displayed out side the battalion head quarters so they are not forgotten but i cant. because unless they served they will never know the bonds and apreciations we had for one another weather we new each other or not ."
dustin of mobile, al. usa

"Hello Stonesifers,
So much time has passed, but I've always found myself thinking about you all! There isn't a moment that goes by that I don't think about seeing Kris's name flash along the ticker-tape on CNN just a few years ago... I just couldn't believe it. Please just know that there are always people that keep you in their thoughts and prayers. That is where I have kept all of you. I know it has been a VERY LONG TIME... 17 years to be exact, but that doesn't matter. I just wish I had the right words to express the true hero that Kris is to me and to everyone ... and that it truly demonstates exactly what he wanted it to! He will go down in history (in my heart anyway) as a true hero. That is how he should be remembered... at least that is how I will remember him! I would love to know how you're all doing. Please send me an email with updates to: lauree_mansell@hotmail.com.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lauree Linehan of Franklin, MA

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

"To the Family of the hero, Ranger Kristofor Stonesifer,
I recently bought Kristofor's KIA bracelet while visiting my brother (a 3rd Batt. Ranger FSO) at Ft. Benning for an early Thanksgiving because he is on alert during the holiday. I wanted to thank you, and especially Kristofor, for your ultimate sacrifice. It is brave men like he and all in the uniform, that keep us safe every single day. We have the greatest country in history because of men like Kristofor. As great as our country is, a lot of our fellow Americans seem to quickly forget your sacrifice. I give you my solemn word that I NEVER will and I am honored to wear Kristofor's bracelet. Rangers Lead the Way!"
Christian Lucas of Nashville, TN USA

I would like to say thank you to you and the other Ranger who died on that Blakhawk with you. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rangers Lead The Way!""
Anonymous of El Paso, Texas

"I wear your bracelet.
You lead the way, all the way.
Rest In Peace, brother"
Saif Ahmed of SGT, USA

"Thank you for serving our country. Thank you for giving your life to give us freedom. Thank you. And to the family I am sorry for your loss. May you rest in peace."
Michelle of New Castle PA

"I will wear the bracelet I recieved in the mail in honor of you and all the other fallen soilders.I am a Desert Storm vet and CT Police Officer.
God bless
America and all those who believe in it."
Vincent Lynch of Hamden CT

"You left a brilliant light behind."
sab of bucks county, pa

Thanks for being such a great uncle. You were always there for me and i appreciate that. I will forever be grateful to you. I have not stopped mourning your departure. I am glad to call you my hero."
Dereck Stonesifer of Arizona

"Ranger Stonesifer your not forgotten..."
Hollywood of the MOG. RLTW of America

"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

"To the mother of pfc stonesifer and the family sorry to here about your sons death. He will be remebered."
Lance Core of Cedar Rapids Iowa, U.S.

"Kristofor, you may be gone, but you will never be forgotten! Only a great man would give his life so others can be free. You will be missed by all who knew and loved you. Thank you for paying the ultimate price so others could enjoy the same freedoms you had. You will always be in our hearts."
The Hulett Family of Fairchild Air Force Base, WA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort and peace in their time of need and sorrow. May you forever rest in heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"Ranger Stonesifer (and Comrades):

I met your Dad this evening, and I am humbly honored and impressed.

It is a selfless thing we (soldiers)do and yours was the last full measure of devotion. Your life and service was real, not imagined, not a media circus. I have never met you but I daily for two decades, and continue to have live that passion, that code and committment.

Your life and selflessness had love of country, fellow man, substance and meaning and depth. In the media, politicians and actors beyond our amazingly courageous President and staff I hear nothing but overt disaffection and cowardice. Open debate is one thing, but this borders on sedition and disaffection.

There voices were silent for eight years when murder of Americans became a sport the world over; when their own people were being slaughtered for over 8 years there surely were no demonstrations in our streets protesting their murders or asking what the last administration "knew". This mindset is dishonor and cowardice personified.

I salute and honor your life, and the parents who instilled honor and courage inside you. It is obvious you were at the monent of your death preoccupied with what you could do for others, which conflicts with a majority of today's society whose first thought has been and seemingly continues to be, amazingly for themselves only or what is in it for them.

I will be wearing your bracelet in short order. I am a Desert Storm Vet, a Viet Nam era Vet, and I retired from 23 years combined active and reserve component, proud service.

You and your comrades are to be cherished and honored as patriots of the first order. To me you are family, and the singular reason cowardice continues to breathe the air of freedom secured for them."
Vincent M. Nasti of Washington, DC Metro,, USA

"You died doing what you loved. I know, I'm a former Ranger. Godspeed my brother. Sua Sponte. B 3/75."
EMG of Wisconsin

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

"This brave Ranger was among the nation's finest. My family is safer thanks to his service, his sacrifice. May we all prove worthy of it."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"I accidently stumbled on this site and have spent the past few hours getting to know Kris, his family and friends. What a fine memorial to him and what a lovely young man he was. Thank you for allowing me to glimpse into your family."
Kathy Kennedy of Sydney, Australia.

"Thank you Kristofor Stonesifer, 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. Kristofor Stonesifer:
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 Kristofor 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. Kristofor Stonesifer:
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 Kristofor, 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