Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Daniel M. Cuka

27, of Yankton, South Dakota.
Cuka died in Baghdad, Iraq, when improvised explosive devices detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, Yankton, South Dakota. Died on December 4, 2005.

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"Remembering your bravery and sacrifice today and always."
Paulette (Stratman) Olson of Rosemount MN

"To the family and friends of Daniel Cuka,
This week at Wagner Community School, there was a Fallen Heroes exhibit in our library. I was really touched by all of the people that gave their lives. I just wanted to write a quick letter of appreciation for SSG Daniel Cuka. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. We will never forget him.
Dalton Soulek"
Dalton Soulek of Wagner, SD

"To the family of Staff Sgt. Daniel M. Cuka,
I have recently visited the “Fallen Heroes” exhibit and saw Daniel’s banner. I am saddened that a family in my state had lost a loved one. My deepest sympathy goes out to you. Thank you for your bravery and support for this country. Daniel you will never be forgotten.
Miles Kreeger of Wagner, South Dakota

"To the family of:Daniel M. Cuka
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""

"Dan was a great friend. His life was exemplary. I am blessed to have known him. You will never be forgotten, Dan."
Bahji of Fort Collins, CO

"November 30, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Daniel M. Cuka:
Daniel 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 condolences to the Daniel Cuka family."
Janine Osterberg of Fort Rucker, AL

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

"Thank you Daniel Cuka, 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. Daniel Cuka:
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 Daniel 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. Daniel Cuka:
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 Daniel, 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