Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Jimmy D. Buie

43, of Floral, Arkansas.
Buie died in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive devise detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Fordyce, Arkansas. Died on January 4, 2005.

Jimmy was a Corporal, not a Specialist, and he died at the age of 42, not 44.

Thank you,
Lisa A. Buie

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"Retired Sgt Taylor 501-434-0491"
Ronald Taylor of Gulf shores Alabama

"My duties were recovering combat vehicles once on the seen I felt something was not right officer in charge said the hummer was good to go getting around the firefight soldiers were guarding the hummer in the line of fire was risky that gave me rush once I inter the hummer started neutral so I could begin recovery operation something was not right looked to the right cpl buie he was looking straight at me the combat rush was unbelievable I ask him were is your ach helmet and gear for a second thought he was alive until I seen he was not moving nor blinking his eyes . You canít train for a situation seeing your friend gave his life for what freedom for sure all I could do was get him out that place SADAR CITY worse place to patrol they have there own army my mission was get cpl buie back to gunslinger we tried pulling him out but he had taken to much strapnal I made the decision to get him out of there so talk to NCOIC pulling him out of this area behind the wrecker I knew the gun trucks had my back breaking rules is combat keep my door open making sure nobody gets near that hummer I loved my col buie we were same age born 1961 once we were back at gunslinger finally could catch my breath for a few seconds once hummer was on solid ground I went and got a hummer and put a Chain around door with the help of higher chain off command COL SHILLCUTT had troops hold a tarp up there was a possibility when pulling door of could pull CPL Buie out my heart was beating when I was told to pull the door came off clean thatís when I knew CPL Ronald Taylor had the honor helping another CPL Buie and once we removed him had the privilege take to Aid Station place with his troops two CPL got it done currently working on CRSC combat pay back pay for PTSD and TBI everyday is struggling moments like it was yesterday been in and out of hospital we were the only CPL I was a recruiter and knew the regulations help him keep his CPL strips working on getting him promoted to E-5 Sgt and giving you and your family portion of my back pay if they go back to my retirement day from guard and active army could be 20,000 I know that day both are lifeís were change and this contubtion My battle Buddy and being in the CPL buie club CPL made a difference god bless you and your family live gulf shores Alabama 5min from beach your welcome anytime except hurricane season lol thatís the true of events that day Never leave a soldier behind like high speed CPL BUie god speed"
Sgt Taylor Retired of Gulf shores Alabama

"January 5th 8:15 am . Rolled out with QRF recovery operations we felt and heard the IED , my duties were to recover combat equipment , Once arrived heard weapons firing at enemy was told by OIC hummer was ready to recover, once inside hummer noticed there was my friend CpL buie he was dead and no way of getting door open from IED blast , the only way of not leaving a soldier behind was to haul him back to Gunslinger behind wrecker , Both our lifeís were changed, The saying in the armed forces , Never leave a soldier behind .I keep my promise"
Cpl Ronald D Taylor of McRae Arkansas

"To Jimmyís family and friends.
Today I ran Fort Braggís annual Run Honor Remember 5k and you had to choose a fallen soldier to run for. Something called me to his boots and picture. After running the race and looking up more about him Iím glad I did. Iím proud to have run in honor of him. I pray you all are well."
Beau Kaminski of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, US

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"I am sorry for your loss so many years ago but my little brother is being deployed next year and I worry that he won't come home. He is in the Army Nat'l Gaurd here in Louisiana and his name is Richard Buie."
Victoria Buie of LAfayette, LA, USA

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Jimmy D. Buie:
Jimmy 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 Lisa, Carolyn, and families:
I am very sorry for your loss. Jimmy attended our church in Sulphur Rock for awhile and worked on my car when he worked at the Ford place a few months before he was killed. I think of him often. You are very much in my thoughts and prayers.

My greatest sympathy,"
Teresa J. Barnett of Batesville, Arkansas,USA

"To Lisa & family: I got to know Jimmy at Ft. Hood as we trained to go to Iraq. We had many things in common, including being of about the same age, our prior service, and having wives and kids. I like to think that we became friends. The morning of January 4th, 2005, my platoon, including myself, rolled out as the QRF force when Jimmy was hit. We escorted the wrecker back to FOB Gunslinger. That's when I found out that this world had lost some very good men and I had lost two friends. Everyday I think about Jimmy and Jeremy. I wish to pass on my heartfelt condolences to you all."
SPC Donald Fields of Arlington, TN

"Hi! Lisa & Kids
Our Family Send you all Our Love & Best Wishes,Your all in our Prayers!
Lisa I'm very sorry you Lost Your Husband,Just know he is with you always. Your Guardian Angel!

Lisa We love ya all!

Your Cousin
Candy of Bullhead,Az.USA

"To the family of jimmy buie. I did not' know Jimmy ,but I am from the same town as him ,and I am so sorry for your loss I can't evon find the words to tell you how much I turly file for you,and that Jimmy will always live on in the memorys of his life,and he is an american hero to me ,and I will be forever gaertfull for his sacrfice for the american people for in witch he has keept us free
we will always remiber you as an american hero Thank You JIMMY BUIE."
Lane of Concord Arkansas

I would like to say thank you to you and the two other soldiers from your unit who were killed in that blast thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"To the family of:Jimmy D. Buie I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

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

"No words can express my sadness. God bless you and keep you in His loving presence eternally. To Jimmy's family, I grieve with you. I lost a loved one at Taji last year. We are not alone and our numbers continue to grow. Let us pray for peace and that we will see the day when all our men and women come home to stay in the great USA."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"I miss ya Jimmy! Your detail to work and knowledge of weapons was incredible and I miss you buddy!! May God bless you and your family!!"
John Gamblin SSGT (Ret.) of Lyndonville, Vermont

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

"May God Bless each of you whose been touched by the untimate sacrifice of Jimmie Buie, what else can a true American give above his life for us to be free. May God Bless each of you and yours and may you rest in knowing that our prayers are with you."
Martha & Herman Myers of Decatur, Alabama

"To Jimmy'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

"Thank you brave soldier for taking the fight to those cowards who wish to destroy America. You are our hero and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Jimmy Buie, 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 Spc. Jimmy Buie:
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 Jimmy 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 Spc. Jimmy Buie:
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 Jimmy, 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