Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Philip J. Svitak

31, of Joplin, Missouri.
Killed in action in eastern Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda. Died on March 4, 2002.

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"NSDQ, we still remember.
22 Oct 2015"
Fellow Nightstalker of Savannah, GA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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


Although I never met you, I did have the privilege of working with your husband, we actually went through Green Platoon together (1998 I think).
Although words do little to ease your pain, know that your loss is still felt by many, in and outside of the community. Kiss the boys for me.
God Bless and Take Care

"For they loved to fight, fought to win, and would rather die than quit" NSDQ
"The Lord knows the way I take, and when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold""

"Laura, I still think of you & as I promised, I will never forget the sacrifice your husband made. I will never forget hugging you goodbye when you left Westchester Drive. I pray that you and your sons are doing well."
Melody Steinquest of Clarksville, TN

"Laura, I think of you, your brave husband, and your children often. We worked at Doane together and I am sorry we have lost touch over the years. This Memorial Day weekend I will be reflecting on Philip and the brief chance I had to meet him at a work event...and the sacrifice he made for his brothers in arms and his country. Contact me at: kyle@ktlrenovations.com if you wish...I hope all is well with you and yours."
Kyle Labore of Huntington Beach, CA

"Dear Family of Philip Svitak:
To honor the Mo/Ks soldiers who have 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 us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.
The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J. Gragg of Lee's Summit, Mo.

"Mrs. Svitak I had written before saying that we may be related.. could you write me at pmeyer002@aol.com"
Paulette Svitak Meyer of Branson West, MO

"Thank you soldier Rest In Peace"
Micheal Sampson Jr of Kansas City Missouri

"May 18, 2007
To the family of Philip J. Svitak. Philip 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

"Dear Laura:
I saw a dateline special last night about the night Phil was killed serving his country. He was a true American Hero. I hope you are doing well call me I would love to see how you are doing. The last time I saw you, Phil had just died, I pray your doing well, and trust God has brought you some comfort."
Janet Natale of Brentwood, TN

I would like to say thank you 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 SGT Svitak’s family, first we want you to know that Philip is an American hero and we will never forget him! We are sorry for your loss! We have created a keepsake package for Laura and it has been returned to us as an "Undeliverable Shipment". If anyone knows where we can ship his wife’s package, please email us at info@OperationThankfulNation.com with the information. Our prayers are with you."
The Staff at Operation Thankful Nation of Auburn, CA

"Thank you so much for giving your life for all of us!! I only wish I had met you before! We may be related..my maiden name was Svitak!"
Paulette Meyer of Branson West, MO USA

"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

"Phil...you are still missed and revered! You hung it out there as any Nightstaker would, and protected those aboard as long as you could. Your heroism will never be forgotten!"
NSDQ of Fort Campbell, KY

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

"Sgt Svitak died as a leader of American soldiers. He joins the ranks of brothers in arms that landed on Iwo Jima, fought at Midway, Gettysburg, and so forth.

He lived and served with an honor and a sense of duty that earned him this place among the most honored men and women our nation have ever produced.

God bless him and his family."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Philip Svitak, 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. Philip Svitak:
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 Philip 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. Philip Svitak:
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 Philip, 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