Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army CW3 Eric W. Totten

34, of Texas.
Totten died east of Abad, Afghanistan, in the Kunar province, when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 5, 2006.

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"Eric's birthday would have been in 5 days and he would have been 49. Died doing what he loved and wanted to do in his life. It is the 14 year after Eric's death today."
judi jackson of 73006

"I was thinking of you today after looking through some of our pics from Afghanistan with the 7-101st. (BoBos I know you will get a laugh out of that). God bless your family and God bless you for your service. You will always be remembered!"
CW3 Debi Irby (ret) of Huelo, HI

"For someone new like me, you've introduced the topic fairly effective that I can easily grasp your points. I look forward to more practical entries like this. thanks :) tree care"
fredluis of singapore

"You wil always be remembered."
Ken Hurd of Nebraska

"It has now been 10 years and I often wonder what he would be doing if he had lived. He is missed constantly, but was doing what he loved."
Judi Jackson, sister of apache, ok, usa

"Still thinking and wishing for you!"
Chris K of Denton Tx

"Gone but not Forgotten.. Aug 2012"
SFC Marcell Scott of Ft. Knox, KY

"Mr. Totten,
An honor to serve with you, I will never forget our times together with the 101st..."
Sean Timper, SGT of Virginia Beach, VA

"CW3 Eric W. Totten was a great friend. I knew him while I was assigned to C Co 7-101, I was a young solider then but he left me with a lasting impression on life. I later ran inton him in Bagram, Afganistan in 2006 when I was on my way home from Pakistan. He asked me did I remeber him, I replied with"How could I forget you." We shared our last laugh together. YOU ARE TRUELY MISSED"
SSG Marcell T. Scott of Taji, Iraq B Co 2-227th AVN

"September 14, 2007
To the family of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric W. Totten:
Eric 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:Eric W. Totten 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"

"CW3 Totten,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OEF, but also for your service in Kosovo as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

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

"I had the distinct pleasure of serving with Eric while attending Warrant Officer Candidate School, Survival Training, CH-47D "Chinook" Aircraft Qualification Course, and while we were both assigned to 7/101 AVN REGT at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. We laughed on so many different ocassions while assigned together where that is all that I remember now when I think of "Mr. Totten." There were lots of times when we would watch "Ranger TV" (which is a campfire for those that don't know what "Ranger TV" is) together and I remember when we would all talk about what would we were going to do when we got out of the Army and went home. Eric once said that he wouldn't know what to do as a civilian because all that he knew was how to be a soldier.... He was the best at it to. We all admired him for that. Eric, my dear friend and colleague, you were a soldier to the end and I will never forget you. My deepest sorrow to your family. With love always, brother... - Fred"
CW2 Frederic P. Pollino of Fort Lauderdale, FL

"Eric was a good friend and a tremendous Soldier. Eric, you are truly missed and you will always remain in my thoughts."
CPT Craig Dupuy of Ft. Hood, Texas

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

"As a part of the family who especially was very upset with the protestor that were going to show up. I want to send out a heart felt THANKS!!! to the honor guard. I really wanted to inflict bodily harm on those protestors but when my family and I got there and saw the tremendous support from the honor guard and the city people and the police and the fire dept. We were over whelmed with all the support. My Cousin Died doing something he believed in. He did his job and loved flying. I wish I could live my life as half as well as he did. For There is no greater honor than a man lays his life down for another. Even if it is his job.
Thanks for all the support. My family appreciates it."
James of Miami FL

""Memorial Day" 2006
Proud Army mom of:
Pfc. Adam L. Thomas
1-87 Ft. Drum
KIA: Afghanistan 08-31-03
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, IL

"It was my privledge to ride with the Patriot Guard for Chief Totten's funeral. He was a great American."
Tim H. of Chapman, KS

"Thank you Eric Totten, 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 CW3 Eric Totten:
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 Eric 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 CW3 Eric Totten:
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 Eric, 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