Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Grant A. Dampier

25, of Merrill, Wisconsin.
Dampier died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat patrol operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on May 15, 2006.

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"I wish I could of met My Unkle grant he sounds like a good guy, but one day i'll meet him and that day will be nice I might only be 10 years old ,but when that day comes it will be the best day EVER. (Xoxo💗)"
Madison of Merrill Wisconsin

"I miss and love him so much I wish I could of meet him. 😥"
Madison of Merrill

"Rest in peace brother, it was an honor to serve with you."
SGT Barnes of Green Bay, WI

"Grant is a good guy and he's my unckle"

"To the family of:Grant A. Dampier
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""

"Grant you where like a brother to me. Every time we went out on our missions the only thing I was worried about was bringing you and the rest of the guys home. If I could say one thing it is that you where a great friend and I will never forget the fun time and the bad times we had together. You will never be forgotten."
Justin Hawthorne of Fort Carson Colorado

"Grant easily could have been one of the tough boys who only talked to cheerleaders and hung around with jocks. But he wasn't. Grant was a kind-hearted person who never put anyone down, and wasn't afraid to put someone in their place if they did. I haven't seen him since 8th grade when he moved out of town, so I don't know what he was like after that, but from what I've heard, he was still that same person, still had that same grin that would instantly put a smile on your face. Still the same person who's very presence made you feel safe, like nothing bad could happen and no one could harm you. Grant always was a protector, he protected his family and his friends and he left this world protecting every one of us. You will never be forgotten Grant. You have touched the lives of more people than you could ever have imagined, in life and in death. RIP."
Heather Banta of Marshfield, WI

i'm sorry i couldn't do more to help you and Flint that day. I tried as hard as i could. I'll never forget the day we were on a mission in the early hours of the morning when the village we were raiding went under attack. I got a call saying you were on the roof and needed a medic. I came to your aid, only to find you needed a band-aid on your chin lol. i thought you were in trouble! :)
Anyways, to this day there isn't an hour that goes by where i dont think of you and Flint. The moment you two were taken from us replays over and over in my head every night before i go to sleep. As your medic, it was MY job to make sure every one of you guys came home safely. I failed my mission.
i live with regret every day of my life, and i think the only closure i'm ever going to receive is when i personally meet your family. I don't know when it will happen, but someday i NEED to visit you and your family. Same with Flint. I can't stop thinking about that day and it hurts like hell. I need your help brother. Tell me what i should do. Please."
"Doc" Mooney of Binghamton, NY

"Your are not alone with your paine!"
Peer Schubert of Germany

"I never had the chance to meet Grant, but I've had the opportunity to meet his wonderful wife, beautfil children, and his brother, Sky. Grant left a lasting empression on all he left behind and he rests in peace watching over all. He must have been an amazing individual because he left an impressive, lasting impression. My thoughts are with Grant's family. Thank you Grant and your family."
Jill of Deerbrook

"May 29, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Grant A. Dampier:
Grant 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

"Rest easy and thanks for the memories"
of Merrill/Gleason , Wisconsin

"I remember living right down the street from Grant when I was 6 yrs old. One specific day I remember him building a tee-pee. He was a great guy. He would always defend his brother....losing Grant is/was/always will be a great loss to those of Wisconsin Rapids and everyone else he touched throughout the state of Wisconsin and everywhere else. To his family, I know this is a little late but my deepest sympathies go out to you and those beautiful children."
Amy Larish of Wisconsin rapids, WI

"To the family and friends of Grant Dampier, my heartfelt sympathy. I served with Grant and Marion, and I will never be able to forget the day he passed. I am so profoundly sorry for your loss, and I will always remember Grant's bravery and professionalism."

"I served in Iraq with Grant and he was a hell of a soldier. For people who didn't know him he was the kind of guy that would make you laugh even on the worst of days. There's alot of those in Iraq. While I was in 3rd plt and Grant was in 2nd he always made you feel like family."
Timothy Lunsford of colorado springs, co

"My heart goes out to Grant's family....
Grant was a friend of my daughter, Heather, and his brother was a friend of my son, Joseph (Joe) when we all had lived in Wi. Rapids, WI.

LOL yes, remember his grin....and that he was a fun loving boy whom often would just sit and chat with me when at our home, even when the house was FILLED with all of my children's friends,...and all wanting to snatch my baked "goodies" even before they were out of the oven! :)
I will honour Grants decision to join the military with love and pride for what his heart had led him to do...for his wife, his children, his family, his Country, and all the people in Iraq that had touched his heart...and for believing what he was doing was right and good...for I doubt Grant would want anything else.

May you all find peace..."
Sheri Towne of Marshfield, WI, USA

"I know there are never any good condolences. I leave, insead, a memory of Grant from age 12. He was a bit tough around the edges, and he was one of the cutest boys in the school...ha ha.
When we met, I wanted to punch him in the nose, because he was just sitting there grinning at me like he knew something I didn't and he wasn't telling.
We ended up becoming good friends after a time, and I think of him often, even now so many years later.
Grant was a typical boy. He was sweet to me when we were alone, but if another guy came around, he would puff up his chest and start talking big. He won my heart, though by the way he treated his brother and demanded respect that he deserved.
Grant's children have a lot to be proud of even without the military.
He was a loving boy and it seems, that never changed.
All my love and respect.
He will always live in my memories."
Heather Towne/Franck of Marshfield, WI, U.S.A

"To the Family of PFC Grant Dampier:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq. Our memorial includes, as of 8/28/06, 162 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Grant's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. A friend has put us up on his website so you can see the memorial here:

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

"My heart breaks for those Grant left behind. His young daughters, his wife, his mother, his brothers and sister and his friends.
I had the pleasure of knowing Grant as a young boy (his mother is my first cousin). I will always remember that grin of his. It does not matter how long you have been separated or how long it has been since you have spoken, family grieves together. I grieve for all who were close to Grant and will never forgive those that took from this world a son, father, husband and friend."
Evelyn Saylor of Stevens Point, WI

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

"Dear Grant Dampier family,
Please know that your husband, son, father is not forgotten. We honor and respect the choice he made to support his family through joining the armed forces. I am deeply saddened by your loss and pray that you will find peace through the love and support of others."
of Wausau, WI

"Thank you Grant Dampier, 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 Pfc. Grant Dampier:
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 Grant 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 Pfc. Grant Dampier:
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 Grant, 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