Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Don A. Clary

21, of Troy, Kansas.
Clary died in Baghdad, Iraq when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, Horton, Kansas. Died on November 8, 2004.

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"I am so sorry for the loss of your American Hero, SGT Don Clary. I am trying to get in touch with Kristy Clary. I work with Survivor Outreach Services and would like to share the program with you. Please contact me at 913-684-2821 or via email at Sharon.M.Adams10.civ@mail.mil. Respectfully,"
Sharon Adams of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

"To the family of:Don A.Clary
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""

"End of Mission. Drop the tube to loading elevation. rounds complete. godspeed my friend"
ken nold

"To all those who left message to our Family I say God Bless. To Don Allen,
I say Thank you for sacrificing your life, and I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven. My prayers are with those who serve."
Joshua Clary of Everest, Ks USA

"Don Clary it was a blessing to serve with you buddy lov you so much and i miss you dearly i think about you all the time wish you was here buddy ill see you someday soon lov you

missing his brother
SPC Brian N McNett
Brian McNett of Highland, KS

"November 8, 2008
To the family of Spc. Don A. Clary:
Don 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 Don A. Clary, It is my honor to give a National Tribute to Don and all of the Fallen Hero's of the Iraqi/Afiganistan War at Topeka, Kansas on June the 14th. Please go to www.thereading.us for information on this. Contact me at rsullivan21@cox.net for details or 785-608-6676 I am a Viet Nam Veteran saying thanks and God Bless."
Reuben L Sullivan of Topeka, Kansas USA

"Dear Family of Don Clary:

To honor the kansas soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the "Grateful Hearts Project" are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

Please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.
the Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J. Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"Good man, who served with good men. Did what he had to do. God Bless Him, and His family! He was one of three who saved my life by taking on a VBIED. A day I will never forget!"
Matthew Bode of Sacramento, California

"I heard the explosion that took Spc. Clary's life. I, too, was on the road myself when it happened. He was a brave soul who risked everything to ensure success of the mission. He gave his life to save others. Thanks for your courage."
CPT Dennis Maxwell, USAR of Lexington, VA

"Don, you were taken before your time, but all in the Lord's time. Rest easy brother, you've gone on to a far better place than this world will ever be again."
Matt Warriner of KC, MO

"Don Clary was a great guy, knowing him from school and sports he is one of the people that inspired me to join the ARMY. Hearing about him sacrificing himself for the mission both brought me greif and made me proud. It was a sad day to lose a friend, but at the same time I was proud to have known such a selfless and gentle man. My prayers are with his family."
SPC Jared Paden of Wathena, KS

"God Bless Don and all that went before Him and all that have gone after Him"
Joe Clary of Owensboro, Ky

"Heros like Don answer the call without asking the questions that we should have. Lest we forget Don, or any of those that fell in Iraq."
anonymous of USA

"Don I miss you buddy. I speak for the all of the PSD team when I say we miss you. You are one of two of my hero's as you know Clint is the other one. There is not a day that goes by I don't wonder if there was anything I could have done to keep that car from hitting us. All I can come up with is I don't know. So I am going to say good bye for now freind one day we will met agin. That day will be great. Until then. And to the family of Don I am sorry for your loss Don was a great man. On the battle feld and off."
Spc. Nathan Gray of Lancaster, KS USA

"I was with Don on November 8th and I will never forget what he did that day. Words can not describe the pain that we went through for several days. But to the family of Don, you should be very proud of this American hero. What Don did on November 8th can never be captured in words. All I can say is I am proud to have known Don as a friend first and a soldier second and my families prayers go out to the Clary family every day. GOD BLESS THIS AMERICAN HEROE"
Bill Cochran of Topeka, KS

"My Brother, LTC Austin Hamner,will never forget what was sacrificed. He wore a shirt bearing the name of Don Clary during the freedom walk on Sept 11 2005 in Washington. The Washington Post pick up on his shirt and wrote about it today. No, no, no, Don Clary will not be forgotten in our family"
The Hamner family of Indianapolis, Indiana

"I just wanted to leave a message saying thank you to all of you who have left a message in honor of my baby brother, SGT. Don Allen Clary. Words of comfort and encouragement mean the world to me and my family. You would be amazed at what the kind word from a stranger can do for you. I would like to let everyone know what an amazing person my brother was. He was a loyal, dedicated, hardworking, honest, caring, sensitive. funloving, outgoing guy. I don't think that I will ever meet someone quite like him. Don Allen had an amazing personality about him. Even though he was six feet five inches tall, he never used his height to try to dominate anyone. If he sensed that someone might be nervous around him, he always did his best to make them feel comfortable. He always wanted those around him to be having as much fun as he was. Don Allen was also the type of guy that you knew you could depend on. If you called him and told him that you needed help, he would do his best to help you. If he couldn't help you, he woudl try to find someone that could help you. The death of my brother has indeed been the hardest thing that I have ever had to deal with. However, words of praise, encourgement, for my brother and my family have ceartinley made it easier to handle. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the other families of fallen soldiers/turned heroes. They are heroes in the truest meaning of the word and should never be forgotten. GOD BLESS YOU ALL"
Kristy Clary of St. Joseph, MO USA

""Whoever said freedom is free has never loved a soldier". We miss you Don and are proud of you. We're blessed to of spent a little piece of time with you while you were here. You're our cousin and hero!"
Keith, Heather, Ireland, Jaden, Aspen, and Brooklyn of Topeka, KS

"SFC Wisdom and SGT Clary are heros and their memory will live on and so will those of B Btry 2-130 FA ."
TSGT William A Caylor USAF of Al - Udeide AB Qatar

"To my stepdad (P) and family I am sorry for your lose !He will be remember for what he did for this country!"
georgia of kansas

"Your words and support have brought great comfort to our family. Don can never be replaced. We treasure our memories of him. Our prayers go out to others who are suffering. Go With God"
Jessica Doolan of Troy, Kansas

"To the family and friends of SPC. Don Clary.

SPC. Clary and SSG Wisdom went above and beyond the call of duty to protect the members in their convoy! Please accept my condolences. God Bless."
SSgt William Barlow of Camp Slayer, Iraq

"My deepest sympathy goes out to the friends and family of Don's.I was lucky enough to meet&have Donnie in my life when our boys came home in July!Don's days over there were spent with a few of the greatest Heros i'll ever come to know!Donnie and my husband Spc.Bradley Berkstresser were great friends, partners & protectors to eachother and their crew.Donnie will be greatly missed but he will live forever in the hearts of the ones he so proudly died to protect...A Countries HERO!!!

Sincerely, Spc.Bradley M. Berkstresser
Jessica Berkstresser
Mr.&Mrs. Spc.Bradley Berkstresser of Bahgdad/Phoenix,Az

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

leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"As a former resident of Troy, I am saddened to hear of our community's loss of a young life. I want to send a Thank you to Don's famiy for supporting him in his decision to serve in the military. As an American, I appreciate those men and women fighting for our country. My family and I cannot thank you enough. Our deepest regrets to Don's family."
Jonnette R. Smith-Rice of Horton, Kansas

""To our Family and the "Band of Brothers" of BTRY B 2-30th FA"

SGT Clary was not only a cousin but was also a friend to all of us. To take a quote from Maj Hamner he said in a letter to his daughters concerning the meaning of Veteran's Day that Jesus once taught the world that, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13. I, as a member of BTRY B, will always cherish my memories of a very special Soldier/Cousin/Friend/Hero who gave his life witout a second regard to the mission and duties assigned Him. He carried out these duties to the last detail! GOD BLESS DON ALLEN CLARY! and all the rest of the 2-130TH FA BN, and all men and women of the Kansas Army National Guard."
SSG Mark A. Murphy of Hiawatha, KS, USA

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

"To Don'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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"SPC Don Clary, you are the greatest of heroes to myself and my family. We enjoy comfort and freedom here today because you gave your life for your fellow countrymen. I do not understand why the Lord allowed evil men to take your life but one day, I pray He gives me the honor of meeting you and thanking you personally. To your family.......I pray the Lord Jesus comfort you and bless you with His peace during this time. Thank you for raising a son such as this, he stands head and shoulders above so many others for whom he gave his young life."
Charles James of Northglenn, CO

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Don A. Clary."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the friends and family of Spc. Don Clary,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"We are so proud of you Don Clary. You died doing what you wanted to do, being a soldier. God Bless the family and he will help you through this time of sorrow."
Carol-Larry Wileman of Raymore, Mo/USA

"To Don'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

"To the family of Don;
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Don is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you Don Clary, 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. Don Clary:
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 Don 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. Don Clary:
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 Don, 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