Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Ernest G. Bucklew

33, of Enon Valley, Pennsylvania.
Bucklew was on board a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter when it went down in Al Fallujah, Iraq. The cause of the incident is unknown and an investigation is underway. He was assigned to Support Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on November 2, 2003.

Bucklew was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

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To the Bucklew family, today has been 20 years of a great loss to you all. For as long as I can, I will continue to post his remembrance on Facebook as Iíve done for the past 20 years. He is gone for many, but not forgotten. Bless you all!!!"
Pablo Cruz SFC (RET) of Kissimmee, Fl

"Itís been 20yrs Staff Sgt. Bucklew. Tricia and myself will be out for a visit tomorrow. The US Army did a great dedication for you at Ft Lee Ordnance school. Love you brother. God Bless."
John of NJ

"Hey Brother, took a while to post on here, about 10yrs...We spent alot of time together in 24th Ord. I have your pic hanging up on my frig. Think of you often...Miss you brother."
John of NJ

You signed the ultimate check for our country. No words could ever bring peace to your family. You were the gift offered so that we may live free. May God bring peace to your family. God bless you and the United States of America."
Pete of San Jose Calif

My prayers for your family for this tragic loss. I did not personally know SSgt Bucklew but proudly wore his name today in the "Run for the Fallen" at Fort Carson. It is the great men and women of our nation who fight for our freedom like he, who has shaped our nation and made it great. Thank you for allowing me to share."
Polly Anderson of Colorado Springs, CO

""To the family of Ernest G. Bucklew ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

josh bucklew of beaver falls


After all these years, you are still missed. It seems just like yesterday that we got that tragic news. You are my hero. I think of you and your mom often. I miss you both. Rest in peace and I believe that we will see each other again one day. Love Ya."
Ruth Graham of Smithfield PA

"Buck, All though it has been so many years, I will never forget the times we shared at Redstone Arsenal. The "No Bake" cookies Barb would send with Coppenhagen hidden in the bottom, to the days we spent playing in the park with your precious children. Buck, you are a true HERO, And I will never forget you. Barb, I would love to stay in touch with you and the kids

Josh Stimpson
13135 N Player Pl
Oro Valley, AZ 85755"
SSG Stimpson of Tucson, AZ

"ERNIE! Still can't get the vision of you talkin' smack in the Arms Room...it always makes me smile! Miss you, bro..."
SSG Danny Meeker of Athens, AL

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Ernest G. Bucklew:
Ernest 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

"The Coolest Hillbilly EVER!!!
Oh yeah...I said it, h i l l b i l l y.
GOD, I miss you!"
Roy,Jr. of Morgantown,WV

"Ernie, You are not forgotten. The rules haven't changed. Cold Steel!"
Jason Hanson of Jacksonville, Fl

"SGT Bucklew... wow, dude its been some years and i still remember your laughter.. the pride you had for the WVU mountainers football team. I will always remember how i lent you my PS2 and College football so you could have soem fun... the country music coming from your room and all the pictures of your family... Brother, i know you are in a better place... until i see you again... your in my heart, and thoughts...


"I shook your hand right before you left to get on the helicopter. I remember saying I was sorry for your loss and then to have a safe trip. Well, we all lost something that day I lost a great friend."
SSG William Million of Ft. Riley, Kansas

"Thank you Man!"

"Buck I will never forget you, your life was an insperation to us all at Mule Skinner TOC."
CPT April (Goose) of Ft. Bliss TX

"I didnt know Mr. Bucklew but i know his family and they are very special to me!!"
Abby Blackwood of Chippiwa, Pennsylvania

"I didnt know Mrs. Bucklew but i know his family and they are very special to me!!"
Abby Blackwood of Chippiwa, Pennsylvania

"SSG Bucklew,
My name is SGT Jason Bucklew of the 269th MP CO TNARNG,I was in Baghdad the same time you were enroute to BIAP I am proud to see our family carry on the tradition of true heros."
SGT Jason Bucklew of Murfreesboro TN

from carson, kuwait, iraq and then to qatar, I have never seen some one that loved life as much as you did, you lead as many other NCO's only dream. It was an honor to be a part of the same troop as you. You will never be forgotten. BULLWHIP!!!!"

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Ernest, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"I am in 8th grade and we were learing about how many people were dying in Iraq. He is included in our prayers. If there is a family member I would appreciate it if you could email me back at RockNRollGrlAA90@aol.com so I can write my report on this hero.""
Student at Emmet Belknap of Lockport, NY

"Ernest. G. Bucklew was a brave man who fought for our country. He was also a strong man, and if you ask me he was a hero."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"This is for Barb and the babies. I think you are the strongest person I've ever known. Thank the good Lord for Ernie and his bravery! I will never forget what he has done and what his children will continue to do! Thank you Ernie more than I can say!"
Tina of New Brighton, PA

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

"To SSgt Bucklew's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Ernest and his Mother were taken from you. He is our hero. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/24/04)

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

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Light a candle for you soldier.


"I lost my brother, Steven Conover, on that same flight. I am sorry for you loss. There is not a day that goes by that I dont think of my brother. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless"
Corrie Simpson of Wilmington, Ohio USA

"Ernie you were a great cousin to me. i know we didn`t get to see each other a lot because you were not home but i will always remember you. you were great to tink and the kids. we love you."
Felicia of Pittsburgh

"Ernie you were a great cousin to me i know we really get to see each other a lot because you were not home a lot but i will always remember you you were great to tink and the kids. we love you."
Felicia of Pittsburgh

"Thank you Ernest Bucklew, 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

"I lost my husband also on that fatal flight that day. I feel your grief every minute of every day. Our tears will flow forever, someday hopefully our heart will be able to deal with the pain. May their strength carry us through the rest of our life."
Karen Fisher of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"To the family of Army Sgt. Ernest G. Bucklew. Please accept my sincere condolences for your grave loss.

Yours truthfully
John Balducci of Varese, Italy

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Ernest Bucklew:
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 Ernest 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. Ernest Bucklew:
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 Ernest, 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