Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Cory W. Brooks

32, of Philip, South Dakota.
Brooks died in Baghdad, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 153rd Engineer Battalion, based in Winner, South Dakota. Died on April 24, 2004.

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"Cory, it was an "honor" serving with you. I can say that the service in Iraq hunting IED's wasn't a "good time", but it was my "best time." I am glad you were a part of the experience. I am also glad that I got to know you a little more during our deployment...over ten years now have gone by, you are not forgotten."
Charles Mack of Mission, South Dakota

"To the family of: Cory W. Brooks
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" 1-1-11"

"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 you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 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!
Mothers and/or Fathers, of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
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 bless you.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion
P.O. Box 153
Manti, Utah 84642"
Project Compassion, Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To Cory's Family,
I was one of the medics that was with him at the end. I am sorry that I couldn't bring him back. He served with honor."
SPC Owens of Tennessee

"May 4, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Cory W. Brooks:
Cory 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

"Cory's Brooks family
Cory and I served together in the 153rd out of Winner before I got commissioned. Cory was a good friend and he is missed."
MAJ Shane Moyer of 1 ID, Wurzburg, Germany

"To my cousin Cory. I don't know if you realized that you were somebody I looked up to when I was growing up. I will always remember the times you "let" me hang out with you and your friends. Footloose the movie come out and Meme made you take me with you guys. Probably didn't like it so much lol but it was fun. You are deeply missed and I will always try to have as much integrity and bravery as you."
Monty Prichard of Rapid City SD

"Thank you so much! You will never be forgotten! You are a true hero in my eyes!1"
Emily of Philip, SD

"To the family of Cory W. Brooks:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"I'm extremely sorry for what you must be going through. I can't imagine. I met Cory and he was an extraordinary guy. I love him for his bravery and commitment. A true soldier, my cousin."
Jamison McKellar of Sequim, Washington

"To the family of Cory Brooks, I know your pain and sorrow. God Bless Cory for the love he had for his country and his friend, Dennis Morgan. My son, CPT. Christopher Soelzer, 5th Eng. Battalion, Fort Leonardwood, MO was KIA on December 24th, 2003. He also served with the 153rd as their company commander before going to MO. God Bless you all."
Delain Johnson of Sturgis, SD

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

"To Cory'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 prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"

"To Cory's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

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

"Thank you Cory Brooks, 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. Cory Brooks:
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 Cory 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. Cory Brooks:
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 Cory, 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