Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Corey A. Dan

22, of Norway, Maine.
Dan died near Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when he came under small arms fire and an improvised explosive device detonated during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on March 13, 2006.

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"Cory and I were very good friends he was a great guy. And I had the honor of bringing him home to his family after his passing. I will always think about the good times we had back in fort campbell kentucky. Rest in peace brother. SGT. CQ"
George Coquillard of syracuse, Indiana

"We still think about Corey alot he was a really cool person and its sad about what happened but he will always live on and I know we will see him again"
Daniel James Gomez of Ft Hood Texas

"To the family of:Corey A. Dan
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""

"I remember seeing you in the chow hall, you were so amped up for the mission, you told me you had an extra seat and asked if I wanted to go, I asked ssg john and he said no there wasn't enough time to get briefed. The next time I saw you, you were covered with a blanket. You were there when I got on the plane to Iraq. You put me in my place when I gained the same rank as you and treated me like an equal when I was demoted. I miss you every single day. Austin, your dad had a picture with you at all times and used to do sketches of your portrait when he was on Radio duty."
Charles Courduff of Pueblo, CO

"Dan man i will always remeber the shitty times we had in Iraq... Im sorry brother you were a great soldier and a better friend... You will be missed. Gators lead the way"
Bryce Parker

"Hey corey man, i was still in school when you deployed but i still an always everyday remember how you walked my sister around school an took care of her when she had the head injury in soccer, you didnt care what people said about you guys you always made sure she was safe an doin ok, an for that i graduated high school early an am now serving in the marine corps as an infantrymen, i have a tatoo of your name an rifle on my right forearm so i always remember that you gave the ultimate sacrifice in and out of the military."
Chris Dingley of MCBH Hawaii

"Corey was the guy I could always count on for anything. Wether he was riding on the roof of my car down 121 in Otisfield or singing AC/DC at the top of our lungs in South Paris driving my old Crown Vic, I felt truely whole and complete when I was with him. My best friend and my brother, when everyone else wanted to run away Corey only wanted to get closer. Its been so long since you left us man, but I think about you every day. I can only hope to someday have a friend half as great as you were and still are. Ill always love you man. Thanks for making me a better person and thank you for what you gave so willingly."
Shannon Hartley of Ashland NH

"I had made fun of Corey quite a bit in high school, mainly during soccer practice due to his extreme lack of athleticism, so much so that the coach told me I probably should not let him behind me with a sharp object. That said, I have grown from my immaturity and realize that everyone has a contribution to make in this world, be it big or small. To give ones life for a cause is the greatest contribution of all. Now it is clear who is the bigger man."
D. A. of NYC

"here i sit 0025 friday march 13th in baghdad....its been 3 years since i got that email in fob adder that changed my life forever.... i cant help but remember all the great times we had...like that night we went to matts house and sang drowning pool piss drunk and spendin new years with you once again doin just about the same thing... i miss you more then you will ever know corey...you were the one guy i always looked up too...the reason why i joined the army...the completion of this tour ( my 2nd) is in your memory bro...i look at the tattoo on my left forarm every morning : "sgt corey a dan kia ramadi 13 march 06" reminds me of why i fight...to protect the ones i love and ouur country just as you did...miss all the random things like me apparently being your back pocket *...lol god i miss you man...every 13 march i light up a cigar for you and go through my pics of us hanging out and remember all the good times we had...love you man i couldnt have asked for a better friend, fellow soldier, veteran, and most important...brother...

always in my hert and mind man... and i will never forget what you told me that night in iraq...and also that is a promise i will keep till my very dying breath..... miss you big bro....your lil brother"
SPC Travis Hodsdon of vbc/baghdad, iraq

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Corey A. Dan:
Corey 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

"Dude, what are you doing to me. :-) It is memorial day, around midnight and yes I am drinking, just like you and I would back in the day. I saw my skateboard for the first time since you were gone...I couldn't ride it.

I almost got sad until I 'heard' you call me a fag for putting it away and to 'get on it'. I did and almost broke my spine I fell so hard. :-)

I haven't visited this site here in a long time, but as I was re-reading it I realized no matter who else was with you, I was with you at the end. As I think back to that time when you were in the orderly room on, we spoke last. I remember what you told me well. I would only tell your parents or maybe Austin what you told me as it, now, seems so special. Dan, man, you don't know how many nights I cry over you. So, so many nights. When I got home and I went to my room where we drank and played video games and to see two recliners where you and me hung out only to find one was empty...That did it for me.

I know, I know you are calling me a fag again but F it man I really miss you...still. I miss my drunken video game/Ar Ramadi Iraq buddy. I have worn a black KIA band around my wrist since you left me here alone with no humor and will always wear one. I promise.

Anyone who wants to know Corey as I knew him, at the end, buy CKY music cds. He loved them all. Jen make sure Austin knows becuase I know my son Logan, (2), and my recently (one week) born daughter, Katie, will know him.

Contact me at eric.scott4@us.army.mil if you want to know the last days...besides the days described by Fling...

Happy Memorial Day Dan ol' bubster...and no, you are not forgoten...my son Logan (2) knows about you."
Eric Thomas Scott of Ft. Drum, NY/USA

"I miss you so much, it's still so hard to believe that you are really gone. I keep expecting my phone to ring at two in the morning and hearing your voice at the other end. You were my first love, and ti amo per siempre caro mio."
Jess Riley of Bucksport, Maine

"Dan, not many people know that you and I spent more time together outside of work than anyone. I can honeslty say that you were my best friend since I came back into the Army. Since your passed away I haven't hung around anyone else. You were my only and best bud here and only you could know how much emptiness is left by your passing. Me Bam you Ryan...CKY and Jackass just isn't the same without you."
Eric, Corrie and Logan Scott of Clarksville, TN

"Corey I Found the letters you use to write and the pictures you sent I really had no clue till a week ago when after many years I talked to John and hey ask Jesus if we can dance for only you remember that one"
Stacie of California

"Corey loved to laugh and joke. He loved to work and play with kids. One of his goals whenever home on leave was to go to his HS and work with the Law Enforcement students. Some he helped prepare for military boot camp. His aim after his enlistment was to become an officer in law enforcement. He also looked forward to being a dad. His son, Austin, will know his dad thru us and the rest of his family. Corey gave so much and asked for very little in return. Not only our son but our friend, a buddy to his brothers. We will be forever proud but miss him so very much. We love you Corey! Love Mom, Dad, and Tristan. wlk@midmaine.com"
Wanda Kilgore (Mom) of Norway, Maine

"Hey Corey its Jenn I wanted to say that I love you and that Austin will know his daddy. Love Ya always and forever Jenn and Austin"
Jenn of Indy

"Dan its Missy - I still think of you often and miss you terribly. We will meet again though one day and I know that you are with John protecting him. We love you and you will always hold a special place in our hearts."
Missy Fling of WV - Fort Campbell KY

"hey dan, its sgt. G. , flings wife missy called and let me know the news of your passing. it seems like only a short time ago we were at ft. campbell gearing up for war. now its been almost 2 years since i left the army and the war behind me. i often look at the pictures i have of the time i spent in mosul and you are in one of them. i remember the day well because it was one of the hotest days of the year. the temps went all the way up to 145 that day. im gonna miss you brother. you were so special and one of kind. carry on soldier ."
john_gilliam33@yahoo.com of sullivan, IN

"SGT Corey Dan. A name of a young man who had so much ahead of him and someone who was well known here in Norway for his thoughtfulness and caring of animals and others. I've known you for years, and unfortunally battle has separated us. There are no goodbyes, but only until we meet again my fellow comrade...until we meet again. Your courage and honor will live on. You are a true hero and will be missed very much. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.

SPC. Van Nest
133rd Engineer Combat Battalion
Norway, Maine"

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

"My name is SGT. Jason Bumgardner. I met Corey at WLC. He made the entire time bearable. Crazy as he was, he added a lot of comic relief. I wear a bracelet on my right wrist in memorial. My heart goes out to the ones he left behind."
Jason Bumgardner of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Thank you Corey Dan, 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 Sgt. Corey Dan:
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 Corey 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 Sgt. Corey Dan:
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 Corey, 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