Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell

38, of West Bend, Wisconsin.
Cornell died in Fallujah, Iraq, when acting in an advisory support capacity and his Iraqi unit came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 1st Battalion, 339th Infantry Regiment, Fraser, Michigan. Died on November 9, 2004.

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"Still think of you and that day in Fallujah. You sent at least 3 to hell. See you again someday. Thanks for welcoming me (the new guy) to the team."
GySgt M of Colorado

"Hello, I am coaching the West Bend Bears ice hockey team. The players have dedicated the season to fallen soldiers from Wisconsin. One of the players has dedicated his season to Todd. We are having a game Saturday 2/8/20 to recognize all of these heroes, and would love to have family and friends attend. If anyone sees this and can pass it along, my email is mdriscoll@wbsd-schools.org
I will get you more information but the game is at Kettle Moraine Ice Center in West Bend 2/8/2020 at 8 p.m."
Mike Driscoll of West Bend, WI.

"As someone from West Bend, l want to thank you and all the other men and women from my hometown who were lost so l can have my freedom. Thank You, you are not forgotten."
June Terlinden Karnitz of Waterford,Wi

"Todd, you were the kind of soldier who stayed out of trouble, did your job and kept a low profile; which is why as CSM I never got to know you very well. I learned more about you from family and friends, which says a lot about your character and professionalism. I carry your memorial in my wallet, and not a day goes by that I don't think of you or the sacrifice you made. I know you died doing what you love, and for that I am eternally grateful. Thank you."
CSM Pionke 11-9-14 of Milwaukee, WI

"Todd is a hero!! Almost ten years ago a soldier named Todd gave his life so the world might see peace and freedom. His sacrifice and that of others will never be forgotten!! We thank you and praise your family's courage these past ten years. I ride in your memory soldier. A former military friend."
Marty of Van Dyne, Wi

"Missing Todd"
Anne Gerek of West Bend

"Love you so much."
jake cornell of menomonee falls,wi,usa

"Love you so much."
jake cornell of menomonee falls,wi,usa

"Todd there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you....you were such a special friend to me...."
Sandy Sopher Byrnes of rice lake wi

"Dear Todd. Thanks to Vance Laine, our fellow MFNHS class of ’84 classmate for posting this link on Facebook. I’m touched by all the postings here by people who knew & loved you. Most of the people who posted, I do not know. This proves what an inspiration you continue to be to so many. I miss you more than you know. You’re gone but not forgotten. I’ll remember you as long as I live. Only the good die young. May God bless your children & family."
Eric Janke of New Berlin, WI/USA

"Gone to Heaven. We will all meet again.
Love and Miss Todd. Remembering your life this Memorial Day."
Your Aunt Jake of Galena, Missouri

"Todd, on this month of the 10th anniversay of Operation Iraqi Freedom I find myself thinking about you and the rest of our group that went together to Iraq. You were an infantry brother as well as a biker brother and I will never forget you. Rest easy brother."
SFC Vargas of Evansville, IN

"Todd, no one can unsound the starting gun on that great race called life. I'm still running, I'll make it worth the price you paid. Thank you."
A Falls North Classmate of Menomonee Falls, WI USA

"To the family of:Todd R.Cornell
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"3-31-11"

"Muskegon, Mi Craigslist has a posting in the Wanted section on Feb 22, 2011 for a person who knew Army Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell. The person found a coin with his picture on and is willing to give it to someone that knew him."
MS of Muskegon, MI

"Todd, I still Got a pic of you sitting above my computer (You and the three Iraqi Officers), Good times... You know, I never expected what started in February to evolve into what it did. The short talks, the passings at Tadji/Taji dependind on the locals.. So much Ive wanted to say.. Sorry for not dragging you to Balad....You did good. Someday I will stop and make that Visit I promised You.. You're in my thoughts & Prayers.."

"Veterans Day 2010. Todd (and all vets) will never be forgotten for the ultimate sacrifice. We miss you Todd! Love always (cousin) - Brian and Family"
Brian Ziarek of West Bend, WI

"Veteran's Day 2010
Thank you again to Todd and his family for their sacrifice to make the world a better place and give the people of Iraq a better life. Todd will always be remembered."
Dave Pollari of Winneconne, WI


"Memorial Day 2010
Thinking of you and your Family today. "All gave some, some gave All" Your Sacrifice will not be forgotten."
Joel Krueger of Green Bay, WI

"~Memorial Day 2009~
I just want Todd's family to know that he is still remembered. I thought of him often throughout this Memorial Day.

God Bless"
Dave Pollari of Appleton, WI

"As we near Memorial Day 2009, I still remember Todd during our years at Meno Falls North - Varsity swim team. He always talked to anyone...I think of him every time I drive past his parents house. For some reason, this unfortunate death of a hero really affected me."
Chris Zuzick of Sussex, WI

"My 82nd bro,form 2/82nd avn we ran together and went our ways only to run into each other in taji in 2004.todd your in my and my familys eyes forever.thanks for all you have done bro. airborne infantry all the way..."
sfc clifford w horn of camp shelby,ms

"Think of you often. Thank you on this Veterans's Day. See you when I get there."
Tim Wegner of Waukesha, WI USA

"November 9, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Todd R. Cornell:
Todd 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

"My prayers are with you and your family brother."
Mitch of Cincinnati, Oh

"~Memorial Day 2008~

I remember finding out about Todd's sacrifice while reading an article online. Todd was a friend from high school who I had not seen in many years yet I was amazed at just how deeply his loss touched me. I now think of Todd often and pray for the family he left behind. I have plenty of ancient, but great memories of Todd and I hope Todd's family, especially his son and daughter will always know that he is with them always. I didn't know Todd as a father, but I did know Todd and I know he did his best to be a great dad.

Thank you Todd, Caitlin, Jake and Family for your gift & sacrifice to help bring peace to the world."
Dave Pollari of Appleton, WI

"Rest in Peace fallen brother. I hope to be present for the dedication of the NCO Academy in your honor."
SSG Domoracki USAR/MP of Delray Beach, Florida

"Todd will ALWAYS be in our hearts. Our nephew and dearly loved cousin to my children. Our HERO. A dedicated soldier who always gave of himself for his country. A soldier who volunteered to stay an extra couple weeks to do his duty while the rest of his company went home.
My prayers are with his family for the strength to endure this tremendous loss."
Aunt Jakie of Galena, Mo, USA

"Memorial Weekend 2007
Still think of Todd often. Remembering our most fun day ever of crashing a wedding in our full Harley leathers and having our picture taken dancing with the Bride and Groom. Wish I could find out who they were and get a copy of that picture!"
Wendy of Hartford WI

"Memorial Day 2006
I miss my Harley Buddy Todd. I think of him often and the great times we had cruisin the backroads and stopping for a cold one. I know there are Harleys in Heaven."
Wendy of Hartford Wisconsin

"God Bless Todd R. Cornell and May God Bless his family."
SPC Howard Blythe of Sterling Hts, MI

"I don't really know what to say...
besides... life is the greatest sacrafice and he gave it without looking back, and I realize how it feels to be one of the family members affected by a tradgedy as overwhelming as that was. I just want him and my family affected to know I will NEVER forget him and the impact he had on my life.
well. not much more to say right now

I'm sure he's up in heaven riding his harley"
of Wisconsin

"To the Family of SSG Todd Cornell:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses. We would like your permission to put SSG Cornell's name on a cross. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for your loss. If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of Todd R. Cornell:

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 served with SSG Todd Cornell in Iraq. He was a really nice man and I will never forget him. I pray for his family."
Former Army CPT Josh Crane of Alabama

"God be with you in your lost. MY thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Todd Cornell
West Bend Wisconsin Resident"
Gayle Vandenberg of West Bend Wis USA

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

"To Todd'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

"My thoughts are with your family. My son Spc Donald McCune served with the 1-339th before his release to join the Washington National Guard and serve with them in Iraq. We buried him August 15, 2004. May you know that our family grieves with yours. Your son is a hero. My prayers are with you."
Darcy Lewis mother of SPC Donald McCune KIA August 5, 2004 of Ann Arbor, MI

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

"To Todd'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 and friends of Todd. May God be with you during this great time of sorrow. He has made the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom.
Feel free to contact me anytime. crk9551@hotmail.com"
Candy of Poynette, WI

"Thank you Todd Cornell, 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. Todd Cornell:
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 Todd 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. Todd Cornell:
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 Todd, 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