Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CWO Alexander S. Coulter

35, of Tennessee.
Coulter was in a convoy traveling to Tikrit when his vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device in Baqubah, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 124th Signal Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Hood, Texas. Died on November 17, 2003.

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"Hi Chief...wanted to send you a message because I never got to thank you for all of the training, advice, and encouragement you gave me as a young Signal troop in 124th Sig. I always looked up to you for your strong character and knowledge. I'll never forget how you'd come save the network in the middle of the night by doing some kind of magic on the switches! Remembering you today, Chief...you are not forgotten."
Aldo of Vicenza, Italy

"Mr. Coulter, Its been almost 20 years and I still think about you. I will not forget the countless hours we had working on network issues while in the field and just the down to earth talks we had during it.

I still relive the moment I received the news while I was on R&R and the feeling of lose I felt.

Thank you for being a great leader. You are not forgotten."
SFC (Ret.) Sean Wilson of San Antonio, TX

"Hey Chief its MSG Wright, its 12 May 2016 and I was just sitting here thinking about you and that fateful day in Iraq. We were a tight group. I still talk to CW2 Grayson and see SGM Ramirez. Just want you to know that you are still thought of. Soldiers never forget our Brothers and Sisters. Rest Well Chief, Rest Well. Hoooooah!"
1SG Marcus D. Wright Sr U.S. Army Retired. of Metro Atlanta

"CWO Coulter,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF but also when you served in Desert Storm, Somalia and Kosovo as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Steadfast And Loyal""

"I can't believe it when I heard that you are gone. The last time I saw you is when you called the NOC and ask me to pick you up at the Helipad. I didn't know that was the last day we're pulling shift together that night. You will be missed, and some of the night crew named you "The Quiet Professional". You just fix the network problem quietly and professionally. Someday we'll meet again. God Bless"
RAEspiritu of Colorardo Springs, CO

"Deus o abençoe"
Alair Junior of Mogi Guaçu, SP. Brazil

"Mr Coulter and his family,

I serviced with Mr Coulter in Iraq and we didn't always agree and sometimes I got the wrong impression of what he was saying. I would get mad at times and the last time I never got to say it was ok and that he was right. I could not go to his memorial service even though I wanted to as I was unable and I am still unable to handle the role call and playing of tap as it makes me cry and fills me with emotions and memory of my fallen brothers that I will not see again in this live. I know that he is with god and is in a better place and hope that when I see him he will remember me and forgive me for not being able to say good-bye until now. Good bye Chief and I will always remember the good that you did for others. I hope that I can some day measure up to half the man he was."
Timothy of Augusta, Ga

"I was a few vehicles behind CW2 Coulter that day. I will always remember Him, He will not be forgotten...."
Clint Conn of Hemphill Tx

"I met him that day, and I will never forget him.

God bless his family until they can all be united in heaven."
Jason Miller of Sterling Heights, MI

"Daddy- I just want to say thank you on a few of the many levels that I am grateful for you and all you have done...First and most importantly, thank you for stepping up and taking care of me and calling me your own since I didnt have a "real" father other than you, thank you for always being there for us no matter what and for loving us and protecting us, thank you for being so brave and having so much courage. I have so many memories because my daddy was a TRUE Hero who fought to defend our Country and protect our Freedom and I am proud to say that I have lived in and been to SEVERAL states inside the USA and even lived in Germany...thanks to my Hero, my dad!! We love you very much and know that you are watching over us each and every one, everday of our lives here on this Earth. We miss you dearly but will meet again when God calls the next one of us to come home...please kiss my mamaw and everyone of our other lost Angels, that you now reside with!! Rest in Peace Daddy, you are gone but NEVER EVER forgotten!!!!! Your Daughter, Sheena & Grandsons Spencer & Ashton!!"
Sheena Coulter-Kilgore of Kingsport,Tn

"To one of the most professional soldier I ever met. We worked together for a short time in S-3. You were new to the battalion. But you taught me a lot of things in that brief period. I wish things did not turn out this way for you. But I pray for strength for your family. You were the best and wish you well. I tell others of you and we have mutual friends and you are always remembered."
SFC Patrick Vaughn of San Antonio, TX

"On a long lonely stretch of road in the California desert, on Highway 62, between Parker, AZ and Twenty Nine Palms, CA, we pulled over to the side of the road to see what was attached to the small American flags we had been seeing at every mile marker. There was no one in sight twenty miles ahead of us and twenty miles behind. No sound. Just the light wind occasionally breaking up the total silence of the desert. It was very peaceful there. We walked across the highway to the flag. Attached was a photo and short biography of your husband, son, father, brother, friend – Alexander Coulter. We read of his life, and death…………………and there in the silence, we acknowledged his gift to this country and the tragedy of your loss. We were with, and prayed for, your boy, last Sunday, November 7th, in the silence of the California desert. Thank you for your overwhelming sacrifice to us and this country. God bless you all. And thanks to the organization, "Run for the Fallen", who placed these acknowledgements at many mile markers to help us be aware of sacrifice and herosim of our fallen servicemen. It made today, Veterans' Day, more meaningful to so many of us. P.S.: We have snapshots of this tribute to Alexander Coulter, should anyone wish to have them."
Pete and Kathy Metzen, kmetzen@roadrunner.com of La Habra, CA

"It's hard to believe the amount of time that has passed since this tragic event.
Scott, you will always be missed. I miss the softball games at MacDill, the karoke at Thanksgiving, especially the year your couldn't eat solid food and had to blend up all of your food. I miss the smile. You were and will always be the best soldier, commo expert, and friend I've known. I'm sorry I didn't attend your funeral and will always keep you and your family in my mind."
Dale Poole of Prescott Valley, Arizona

""To the family of Alexander S. Coulter ,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""

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"paying homage to one of the greatest soldiers to serve 124th Sig. You are never forgotten."
Renishia (Holloway) Boykins of Little Rock, AR

"To the Coulter Family,
I wanted to thank CWO Coulter for his service and also inform his family that he has been an inspiration to me. I never knew him, but i wear a bracelet every day with his name and the date that he fell engraved on it. It has reminded me of what some individuals must sacrifice in order to secure the freedoms of the rest. I will be attending a military academy next year, and i wanted to thank you all, especially CWO Coulter, for helping me see what i wanted to do with my life: serve my country."
Kenneth Coulter of Maryville, Tennessee

"Great leader! Great Friend!
We served together in Somalia A Co 63rd Signal.
I just wanted say how sorry I am to his family.
His sacrifice will not be forgotten!"
Ryan Deason of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"November 8, 2008
To the family of CWO Alexander S. Coulter:
Alexander 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 Dondra, Allen and the Coulter family, Scott was a brave man to have fought for us all. He is definately a fallen hero, and he is watching over each of you. As to prior neighbor of the Coulters, I am a good friend of Dondra's, and i know that she, as well as the rest of the Coulter family was, and they still are very proud of Scott. God Bless"
Vada of Bristol Tennessee

"I attended middle and high school with Scott (BCMS and EHS). He was a true friend! I remember the day that I heard the news -I couldn't believe it. He was a great guy! I will never forget him and I hope he knows that he will truly be missed not only at our 20 year reunion, but always! Thanks for serving our country!
Cindi Morrell-King"
Cindi King of Raleigh, North Carolina

"Alan and Dondra and the Coulter family,
This site, these messages are wonderful. Scott was a true Soldier. I went to BCMS and EHS with Scott, his brother and sister. I remember training Scott at Burger King many years ago, boy that occupation went someplace. Even spoke to Scott about joining the military. Scott had a kind and gentle soul about him. He was very muched liked by many. Take Care Coulter Family, you will see him again "On The High Ground". Hooah!! God Bless all of the Troops"
MAJ Rhonda B. Clark, Medical Service Corp, US Army of Current, Baghdad, IRAQ returning to Ft Stewart Ga

"To the Coulter Family,
I attended BCMS and EHS with Scott. He was always so kind and friendly with everyone. It is time for our 20th High School Reunion and it saddens me that Scott will not be here to attend. Scott was on the tennis team with me and I always enjoyed him being my mixed-doubles partner and all the times we had traveling to and from matches. I would like to thank Scott for fighting for our country. May God bless each and everyone in his family. Just remember all of your memories with him and hang on to them forever."
Lisa Malone Phillips of Bristol, VA/USA

"Scott - my brother, my hero. It's been almost 3 years since we laid you to rest... I miss you so very much. I love you. I know you are in a much better place and I look forward to seeing you again with our Lord in Heaven. your sister."
Dondra Coulter Dilldine of Kernersville, NC/USA

leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Spring Texas

To a professional Soldier who loved the Army and his family! I was the last NCO in your rating scheme before you went off to Warrant Officer School. You are one of the greatest Soldiers I have ever encountered and I am sure that the place where you now reside is a better place with your presence. God bless the family that you left behind. My thoughts of our time together will never be forgotten!"
1SG Ronald W. Langford of Camp Victory, Iraq

"I stumbled on this site and was in awe as I read the wonderful comments about Scott. I felt I needed to write something too. I remember the day I saw the news about Scott's death. I couldn't believe it. My heart sank and tears flowed. Although it has been many years since I have seen him, I felt as though only a few days had passed. Scott was my first boy friend in 7th grade and although he broke my heart(as much as a 7th grade romance can) we remained friends through high school. I loved him dearly and hate that he has passed. I pray for his family and for the Smithson's(who loved him like family) for the sacrifice you are making. Scott will never be forgotten and will always be a hero to me. Thank you Scott for protecting our freedom and giving your life so that my family can have peace and comfort. I will never forget you."
Kim Cantley Hatcher of Bluff City, TN

"Chief Coulters family, I served with Chief at FOB Ironhorse and was in the 124th signal battalion with him. I will miss talking to Chief on the back of our Humvee. He was a great soldier and will be missed by all."
SGT Woodward of Killeen, Tx

We got our first Article 15's together back in 1989, in Germany. Or was it '90. It was that dang Nightclub that looked like a Castle. Your hand was a shredded by that Pils glass. We used to lift weights and then go party (when we were young) We took that crazy Motorbike ride to the North Sea. We had a great apartment in Pirmasens. LAst time I saw you was on our way home from the first Gulf War. Those were some crazy times- Remember that chaplains son- he was a nut
what was the name of that castle anyway?"
1LT McLin of Ft Lewis, WA

"I had the high privilege of working directly with Scott in Tikrit at the palace when we first started to put the Internet Café systems up. Scott was instrumental in planning the original configuration of the Internet Café systems, and in standing them up in the 4ID area once we got the equipment to Iraq. He was returning from FOB Warhorse, where he had helped install one of the Internet Café systems, when he passed. Scott’s efforts made it possible for all of the soldiers in the 4ID area to be able to call and email their loved ones back home.

There was no better soldier that Scott. All associated with him were devastated when he was lost. I still am. Wish it were me instead of him.

Jim Watson
Chief Technician
SPAWAR Detachment Anaconda
2003 - 2005"
Jim Watson of Pensacola, Florida

"Hello scott just letting you know that me and your daughter love you and you will always be in our heart and prayers you were a brave man and want you to know you are our hero.. and our angel you really were a great person inside and out love you always and forever we love you and miss you alot ..just want you to know your 17 year old daughter is graduating because of you and fixing to go on to college to make you proud ...love you always your family renee and you daughter cynthia coulter.love ya dad always and forever you will always be in our thoughts and dreams..love ya"
Rhonda coulter cardwell of tenn

"From all the men and women of the 234th Signal Battalion, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We were proud to have served with you."
SFC Clark of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"Coulter Family,
I was at FOB Ironhorse with Chief Coulter. He was so positive and inspirational. Every morning, no fail- he would say good morning and goodbye to me at the beinning and ending of his shift. He would brighten people's days just by being him. He will be missed."
SGT LeAndra Pedersen of Woodland Hills, CA

"Coulter Family
I was in charge of the convoy that fateful day last Nov 17th. Please know that Chief Coulter did not hurt or feel any pain when the IED hit our convoy. Not a day goes by that I have not thought about that day or Chief. You are and always will be in my prayers and a part of me that I carry. I wear a bracelet in his honor, for him and for the sacrifice that he and you have made. God bless you and know that I will remember him for as long as I live also."
1LT Jason RJ Porter of Ft. Bliss, TX

"CW2 Coulter, you are my inspiration to become a Warrant Officer. I had the pleasure of being deployed with you in Tikrit, Iraq. You are the epitome of a Warrant Officer, Airborne Soldier, and truly a great friend. Thank you for giving me a chance to be part of the Network Operation Center in FOB Ironhorse. I wear the 4th ID Combat Patch in your honor and of the 80 other "Steadfast and Loyal" Soldiers."
SSG LaFever, Lynn W. III of 235th Signal Company (TACSAT) Fort Gordon, GA

"To all the family and freinds of Chief Coulter, I was very saddened to hear of his passing. I served with him in Germany and during Operation Desert Storm, he always led by example as a young Specialist and Seargent then and as I am reading he turned out to do other great things in his life and career. May God bless his wife and children.......James.Gooz@charter.net"
James Guzman of Ft Campbell Ky

I can't believe you are gone. From the time we both got to Mannheim to the day I took you and your family to the airport, I thought of you as a good friend. You were one of the best NCO's I ever worked for, and I am sure you were just as good as a Chief. My kids have been praying for your family every night. I will always be honored to say that you were more than my boss, you were my friend."
Jami Lorenz of Anchorage, AK

"Scott, it is not the same looking next door and knowing that you are never coming home. I saw an outpouring of love and support when they brought your body home. I broke my heart to see your family grieve for you and to know that your child will not hold your hand again. You have left a wonderful legacy behind and we will all make sure that your memory lives on. Now that I too have come to Iraq, I see that your efforts in this country are appreciated by all of the soldiers that are still here fighting the war. We honor your memory, thank you for your sacrifice and pray that your family may find peace. Rest In Peace."
Laurie Godinez of Killeen, TX

"Alexander was a true hero. He will be sadely missed. May God bless his family
He was very brave with so much courage.
May God Bless Wanda
Wanda of Manchester,Tenn USA

"Warrant Officer Coulter, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Chief Coulter...I will really miss you! We were stationed in Mannheim, Germany, 324th Sig Co, Taylor Barracks together. You were SSG Coulter then. We use to laugh like there was no tomorrow. Your wife Robin was pregnant at the time. I remember her fondly as we both share the same name. You went off to Warrant Officer School and I didn't see you again until Iraq. You use to bring me coffee on my shift and my last memory of you was seeing you run up the street here at FOB Ironhorse, Tikrit, Iraq doing PT. You yelled, "Hey Gunny!" I didn't know that would be the last time I saw you. I was torn when I heard you were gone...I go to the Phone Center here which they have named, "The Coulter Center." I get a lump in my throat every time I see your name as I enter the building. I stay busy so I don't cry, but whether I'm busy or not I cry anyway. I will surely miss you....Rest in peace my friend..."
Robin Gunn-Smith (Gunny) of FOB Ironhorse, Tikrit, Iraq

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

""OUR special chosen words since day one of finding this site last year...have always been......REST IN PEACE BRAVE SOLDIERS/MARINES/WARRIORS We love you and MAY GOD BLESS you each. Your loved ones are in a beautiful place called Heaven now....When you look up to the sky at night and see the brightest star...it's your hero..shining down on you"

"He was a great man...He was my Team Chief when I was deployed in Kosovo...back then he was SSG Coulter, and he was my "big-brother" during my deployment, he was there for me at times when I really needed it...It really struck home when I got the tragic news...

God bless his family and give them strength."
Johnny Cole of Mannheim, Germany

"To Scott's Family,
We remember Scott from school. We were at BCMS and EHS together. We have only recently heard about your loss and we just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers."
Darla, Dean, & Abby of Bluff CIty, TN

"Coulter Family I want to let you know that you are all in our prayers. It is often difficult to express to family the importance and risk of every mission here in Iraq no matter how big or small. CW2 Coulter had recently installed the Segovia Satellite based Internet and phone for my battalion, 704th DSB, here in Tikrit, Iraq. It is truly the greatest morale booster here for the soldiers. Chief, your work and sacrifice will not be forgotten by a single soldier. It was great knowing you, playing "Ulitmate Football" at Officer PT, and having you as a friend. God Bless""
CPT Tarik Esquerra of Ft Hood, Tx

"Thank you Alexander Coulter, 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

"Scott, I just found out that we lost you. I pray that you will watch over your family and give them strength to carry on. You were a great guy to work with back at MacDill and we will not let you be forgotten. God bless you."
Andy G of Tampa, Fl

"We are good friends with CWO Coulter's Uncle, Jack. Our our sympathy
and condolences go out to the family. We thank CWO Coulter and his family
for the sacrifices they have made. Alexander and the family are in our daily
thoughts and prayers."
Tim, Carol & Fitch Carrere of Goldsboro, NC, USA

"To the family and friends of CWO Alexander Coulter:
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 Alexander 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 CWO Alexander Coulter:
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 Alexander, 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