Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Kyle W. Childress

29, of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Childress died in Balad, Iraq, of wounds received in Ad Duluiyah, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on January 21, 2005.

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"Kyle, once again I find myself thinking of our time in Georgia, I asked you why you were not having a beer with dinner, you simply stated you don't drink and eat at the same time, even with the steak we were eating! Still puts a smile on my face......"
Jason D. Everts of Michigan Army National Guard

"Thinking of you this Christmas Morning and wishing you were still with us. Merry Christmas in Heaven Kyle, your cousin, Annie"
Annie Montgomery of Terre Haute, IN, USA

"I'm Arianit Sokoli an interpreter that worked with Kyle and his unit while he was deployed in Kosovo in 2002. Just now (2012) I heard and I'm in shock that one of my best friends from time that I worked for US Army died during his mission in Iraq.
There is no words to explain Kyle's personality as a friend and as a soldier. My deepest condolences to the family, friends and to the nation of America."
Arianit B. Sokoli of Prishtina, Kosovo

"To the family of:Kyle W.Childress
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""

"Kyle was like a big brother to me.. i remeber me always asking "when is kyle gonna visit again?" i just found this today and was reading everyones comments and its so great to see everyone supporting him..RIP kyle love your lil cuz."
Aaron McCullough of West Terre Haute, IN, USA

"Kyle was always the calm one in the platoon, I miss that, thinking of you again as always on Memorial Day.....
"Scouts OUT!""
1LT Jason D. Everts of Madison Heights, MI

"Kyle has never been forgotten in our family, he served with our brother Kenneth Garcia, when he made the biggest sacrafice not only for his country but for the men he was with that day. He is still often thought! My hope is that the family has strength to get through this day and know that Kyle will never be forgotten, even by those who have never met him!!"
Laurie Garcia of indianapolis IN

"it will be 6 years since we lost Kyle and not a day goes by that we don't think of him and miss him. love you always and forever kyle rest in peace little bro!"
Gretta Childress of harmony, IN

"Hello. I am Sierra Miller. I am a senior here at South Vigo. Last night on May 18, 2009 i recevid a check in your sons name. I would greatly like to talk to you. I am a cadet in the JROTC program here also. If you would like to talk. thank you very much."
Sierra Miller of Terre Haute, IN/USA

"Re: SGT Kyle William Childress

I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,800 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, MA, USA

"to the family of kyle childress,
i served with kyle when he was stationed at ft stewart, C trp 1st CAV "cutthroats". kyle was a great soldier one that i looked up to when i first came to C trp. he taught me what it meant to be in a scout unit even though i was commo. kyle was the chillest most humble guy that i have ever met. kyle you will be missed and never forgotten. i would like to give my deepest condolences to the family of kyle.
adam belhumeur of lincoln, rhode island

"June 1, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Kyle W. Childress:
Kyle 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 all those who loved Kyle, I served with him in C- Troop "Cutthroats", 1ST CAV RGT in Ft. Stewart, GA. Kyle was one of the greatest influences in my life. His chill demeanor and overall love of life made it hard not to admire him. I left the Army in 2002 and knew that Kyle wanted to make it a career. He was one of the finest and brightest soldiers I had ever served with. Kyle will forever be honored and loved. My condolences to the Childess family"
Max Millard of Portland, OR/USA

"To the family of Kyle. I am at a loss for words, Kyle was a great soldier and a even better trooper. I served with Kyle while he was at Ft. Stewart in C-1 Cav. Our unit was always small so it was one tight group of guys and there is nothing I wouldn't do for any of them. I wish I was there with him, and I feel like a piece of me is gone. I am very sorry for your loss.
To Kyle "Scouts Out!" RIP brother"
Joshua Beavers of Hampton, VA

"To Kyle's family, I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. I too had the honor of serving with Kyle in Bravo Section, 3rd Plaoon, in Iraq. He was one hell of a soldier and an even better person. I'll never forget those grueling sniper OP's, those "tactical" arguments we had with Sgt G,tats on big ten football supremacy, or as Kyle might say those even more grueling hours of Fashion TV I made him watch in that tiny box we lived in, in Duluyiah. I can honestly say there isnt a single person on earth whom I trusted more to watch my back over there then Childress. He was fearless, funny, and I will always have the utmost respect for him. - Sgt Will"
Brian Williams of Dover, Ohio

"To the friends and family of Kyle William Childress: I am SGT POLLARD previoulsy of 3rd Platoon Anvil Troop 1-4 cav. I knew kyle from the very first day he came to germany until the horrible night he was taken from us. He was a GREAT NCO, friend, and role model. I cant go by one day without thinking about him, nick, or andy and its been years. He was the one person I would always go to when I needed help with something I could not do because he was very smart in his job. I just wanted to share my thoughts and let everyone know how much I still care for my brothers that were taken from me. The hardest thing for me was giving his goodbye speech during his memorial in Iraq. I will NEVER forget you kyle and I know you will be with me when I go back to Iraq this year and One day we will be together again."
James M Pollard of Schwienfurt, Germany 173rd Airborne Brigade 1-91 CAV

"As I sit here on the eve of 2007 and read the messages of those who have come before me I am honored to have known Kyle. Its hard to believe he is gone.Taken away from his family and friends. It's hard for me to imagine Kyle as a Man because I got to know him when he was just a little boy on our trips down to Terre Haute with his big sister Gretta. I remember thinking he was gonna be a heartbreaker when he got older,he reminded me of "Eddie Munster" the dark hair and the pretty eyes and that smile that would let him get away with anything. I lost touch with his sister Gretta and unfortunately I was reunited only after Kyle had died.I wasnt able to be there to say goodbye or hug my friend Gretta or tell Nancy, Keith,Jason and Paul how sorry I was for the loss of their son and brother. He will so greatly be missed by them and by all of those that new him, that I am sure of. I was able to see the memorials at the court house for the soldiers who have died in war. On the memorial stone that was placed for this war, a single name was engraved, Kyle Childress. Call me selfish but I hope that no other names have to be placed on that memorial. A sigle name that stands alone for a fallen hero of Vigo County. Kyle and Family thank you for allowing us the honor of knowing you and thank you for the precious gift of freedom."
CMG of Fort Wayne, Indiana

""A true Hero"
A true friend that will greatly be missed. I had the opportunity of serving with kyle during my time in active duty. A great person whom I had the upmost respect for and admired greatly. Kyle is a true hero that I will remember for a long time a person of great humbleness. One of the most relaxed and chilled out people that I have ever met in my life. I learned alot of great things from him that I will never forget. I can still remember all the great conversations we had and all the great memories that I will surely miss. To the family of Kyle I leave my deepest condolences I truly feel for your loss. Kyle you will be missed greatly. Your friend Daniel"
Daniel Paguaga of Charlotte, NC/U.S

"To the Childress Family,
I had the honor of serving with Kyle in Ft. Stewart and in Kosovo. Kyle was a great friend , soldier, strong leader, and role model. I just recently learned of this tragedy and my heart is saddened. I feel privilleged to have known Kyle and he will be missed. My condolence's to you and your family.
Spc Dine, Andrew W"
Andrew Dine of Manchester, NH. USA

"To my cousin, Sgt Kyle W Childress:
No! It just isn't possible, I can't believe that he has really been taken. He was only 29. Too young to have his life end. Why did it have to happen?
I found myself losing all faith! I couldn't accept the fact-- God had taken someone Close to my heart away--forever!
God looked down, Decided to choose Kyle from all the rest, to join him in a special place Full of eternal love and peace. Although his life on earth is ending, His life in heaven is just begininng. I feel lucky that I am his cousin and knowing him was an honor. The bravest man I'll ever know A fighting soldier, besides my father. So when it is my turn to face death, I hope I will do so courageously, As Kyle has given his life Fighting for what he believed in , for he was proud to be a soldier! Kyle is a Hero and will alawys be loved! In memory 1975-2005, I love and miss you so much Kyle! To the rest of the fighting soldiers, please be safe and come home safe! And I thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
Annie Montgomery of Terre Haute, IN , USA

"First I'd like to thank everyone who has shown support to my family. The one's who prayed for us when this tragic and unfair event happened, and to those who still pray. I'd like to start off by saying I was Kyle's brother, not only by blood, but we had an even deeper relationship. In a way Kyle was also a parent, a guardian, a roll model,and my best friend. The very best friend I have ever had or could ever ask for. In a way Kyle helped raise me, instilling some great values, and maybe a couple not so good ones, but I am truly greatful I had the chance to grow up with him and experience his unique sence of humor. Growing up sure we had the usual sibling battle's which he won 100% of the time. But the cool thing is after just minutes after a drag out fight i could not stay mad at him, and vice versa. When Kyle first told me he was joining the Army I didn't believe him.But after a week or so when he began to start running I knew he had his mind set on it.He seemed so focused on it.I really never asked him if it was a father/son thing with my father Keith serving in Vietnam, or if he just believed the Army could transform him into a respectable,trust worthy,human being. I dont know if it was that he just wanted to get out of Terre Haute.I dont know if he was running away from a life he didn't see having any opportunity or meaning. Kyle wasn't the type to work a 9 to 5 job. He found those dead end jobs of just getting by to be meaningless. I beleive he always wanted to do something that helped make this world a safer, and much better place to live in. I don't believe he ever knew in his wildest dreams that would some day mean joing the U.S. Army, becoming a Calvary Scout/sniper and bursting through over 150 Iraqi front doors looking for insurgents.The day I found out my best friend was killed started out like any other day. I woke up,went to my pointless, dead end job, did my meaningless DVD counts, packaging, and boxing.The day finally got to my favorite part of my job,lunch.As I was walking to the break room with my co-workers a big wig came up to me and told me I need to call my mother, that it was an emergency. At no time did I even think something might had happened to Kyle.I thought the worst that might had happened is my Grandmother might had fallen down her basement stairs again or something to that caliber.I borrowed a fellow employees cell phone and called my mother. Right away I knew something major had taken place.She said 'You need to come home,meaning her house, right now,' she screamed. i told her ''mom just tell me what it is.' She didn't tell me right away over the phone because she was afraid of the way i might take it. But with my stubborness pursued the information, until she cryed the words, 'Our Kyle, he's he's dead.'I told her i'd be right there. Like my brain was flying a million miles an hour, thinking about my driving, worring if my mom was alone, thinking about Kyle, thinking about every thing special we had ever done together growing up, not believing he was gone, because i really didnt, surely they got him mixed up with someone else,all this running through me as I drive like my thoughts drove through me like a derailed train.When I arrived at my mothers house i came threw the door, a lot of my family had been there already.And it was my grandmother who at one time was the one who told me my grandfather had passed, was again the bringer of the worst bit of information I never thought I would ever hear.I remember just dying myself right then and there on the insides which to this day remains bottled up inside me. I remember going out side it being about 40 degrees walking like a zombie and just falling out onto the damp January grass.Crying, wishing it werent true, thinking of Kyle, his smile, the way he was, the beautiful person he was. I remember daming God that day.I remember trying to negotiate with God to take me and to bring him back.It was my Uncle Bruce who came out to comfort me. I will never forget him for that. The compasion he showed torwards me was exactly what i needed.At the same time he gave me my distance.Finally I pulled myself together went back into the house and laid beside my mother.we all wept together.Until the Armys bringers of the news came to door. I remember wanting to just open the door and rip their heads off. AS i opened the door though I saw just a man in green. I remember looking into his cold grey eyes and I could see the genuine sadness that consumed him. Right away I realized this is what he does, this is his job.Im sure he doesnt like it at all.Instead of hating him I felt for him for Im sure he has had so many other families stand at that doorway and loose it because of something that had happened that he had absolutely no control over.When they brought Kyle back home a week had passed of us knowing he had went back home to our maker. I sat with him for nearly an hour and a half a day before his visitations. I just sat there and talked to him.Told him I loved him, i would miss him for the rest of my life, and that know one could fill this abandoned hole in my heart that he once filled.I told him that I would tell my son Kyles nephew, Carter all about him and that it would be like Kyle never really went any where.But now i realize that is imposible. The very last e-mail I wrote Kyle was telling him to take care of himself because he was going to be an uncle, and that i wanted him to be a mojor role in the development of my son Carter.Kyes funeral was the hardest time of my life. So many emotions, running throughme, but the thoght of my baby boy coming into this world kept me going.I will never get over Kyle's death. A part of me died with him as i have been told a part of me has also been reborn with the birth of my son. Kyle has motivated me to stear clear of all the bad elements I used to be a part of. He has motivated me to get a job that will make a diiference in my community even it wont change the world. Kyle has taught me to raise my aspirations of my future. I currently am a correctional officer for the Vigo County Sheriffs Department a one day my goal is to be a road deputy or work for the Terre Haute City Police Department. I just want to say I love you Kyle,then,now, and always, you will forever be my best friend and beloved brother.You made me into the person I am today, the good parts anyways.And I believe will one day once again meet.

Your bro,
Jason Carter Childress"
Jason Childress of Terre Haute, Indiana

"Lest we forget the Heros."
Anonymous of Columbia, MD

"To the family and friends of Kyle Childress. Kyle was a dear friend of a friend of mine. He sent me this website. I just want to express my gratitude to him and my condolence to you. May God bless all of you."
The McCollough family of Palm City, Florida

"thank all of you for your support and prayers. kyle was truly a hero and we miss him dearly. Please remember all the fallen hero's and their families especially now as we enter the holiday season. hold your loved ones close and never take for granted how special each and every one of us are.
I pray for peace, and hope for a safe return to all the soldiers still fighting for the freedom of others."
Gretta Childress of harmony, In

"I served with Kyle when I was attached to Anvil Troop as sniper support from June to October of 2004. He was an awesome soldier and I was proud to know and serve with him. I will NEVER forget his sacrifice."
Tim Coderre of Wilmington, NC USA

"Kyle was our cousin and our hero. He was a loved one from all of us. We really do miss him. He was a great cousin and a nice smart young man. We all LOVE you Kyle."
Nicole, Melissa, Kady, and Tobey of Terre Haute, Indiana

"kyle was my cousin and a really great and sweet man. he will always be remembered and missed."
kimmie of terre haute,indiana

"Sgt Childress was a one of a kind soldier and a leader that took care of his troops and he will not be forgotten. But always remembered for what he did to help others."
Sgt John Hofer of Scotland SD. USA

"I was Kyle's nephew and im proud of my uncle i will miss him with all my heart.I thank all the people who are writing about Kyle on the web.
Mason of New Haven IN

"I was with Kyle on that night. Kyle was a great freiend, and one of the best guys to have watch your back. As I write this message, I think of all the things he used to do and say to keep spirits high in Iraq. I will remember many good times with him. He will be missed, and the world is a sadder place without him in it."
SPC Shane Salter of Schweinfurt Germany

"For Em, Greta, Paul, Joshua, Mason, Kyle's parents & all his family/friends,

Love and Aloha Nui Loa from all of us here in Hawaii. Sorry that we are so far away, but we are with you in spirit. Em, we want you to feel our never-ending support. Josh & Mason, we know how awesome your Uncle Kyle is because we got to meet you, your Dad & Aunt Greta last summer and we feel that all of you are a pretty terrific family!
As you participate in your Memorial for Kyle tomorrow, remembering all that he is to all of you, we will be surrounding you with our thoughts and love."
Sue, Adriane, Olivia, Sheryl, Dudley & Jackie of Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii

"We are Emily's "extended family" from her workplace in Hawaii and we would like to express our sorrow for your loss."
Adriane Russell of Kaneohe, HI, USA

"Dear Childress family:

I will always remember Kyle as a young boy in my home. My mother Nancy used to keep Kyle before and after school and my dad Conrad worked with Kyle's dad for many years. I was so saddened to hear of his death. What a vibrant young boy he was who turned out to be a man of valor and honor. I know you are proud - and I too am proud of Kyle for fighting for freedom for all. God Bless"
Coni DeLisle-Stanley of Terre Haute, IN

"To Kyle'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, Kyle , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Kyle Childress, 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. Kyle Childress:
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 Kyle 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. Kyle Childress:
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 Kyle, 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