Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Danny B. Daniels II

23, of Varney, West Virginia.
Daniels died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his patrol vehicle came under attack by small arms fire and hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 630th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Bamberg, Germany. Died on July 20, 2004.

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"My very first mission to Iraq during OIF was a "repat," a repatriation mission--for Danny. Danny gave his all for his country and for the Iraqi people. It was my heartbreaking privilege to render final honors as my crew and I loaded him into the back of our C-130. It was our solemn honor to carry him out of the combat zone on the first leg of a long flight back home to his family. Thank you, Danny, for your sacrifice. I, for one, will never forget."
Major Jaska Cason, USAF

"Danny Daniels was a cousin that I never had the privilege of knowing because the last time I saw his great grandfather Charlie Daniels I myself was only about 14yrs old, and Danny hadn't been born then. I think about you and thank you for your service to our country...may your heroism and willingness to sacrifice your life for all Americans never go unnoticed. Rest in Peace."
Debbie Craft Smith of La Crosse, VA

"Bubby was an angel he wore his boots and gun with pride. He was so very happy to defend all of our rights as Americans. Sometimes though god calls his angels home early, and we feel that it is so unfair. I know that he is with Aunt Barb, and that one day they will greet me with a smile, I miss them wish that I could see them but I know they are still with all of us, they watch over us everyday. Bubby will be missed by so many, It is now 2012 and I still wonder what his children would have looked like and just be able to see his happy face, But then I remember that god has a purpose for everything that he does and I am not so sad. THANK GOD FOR OUR SERVICEMEN!!"
Ellen (Cousin) of Wharncliffe,WV

"Danny to this day I think of you and remember all the great times we had in High School together. You was a great friend, one of the best friends I had. I can remember the morning I stood in my living room and was listening to the news about your passing. I remember holding my breath as the tears ran, I didn't want to believe you was really gone! I went to your parents house and took them flowers & told your mom how sorry I was... boy that was the hardest thing I've ever had to do but the memory of you will live on forever and not even time can take that away not even after many years of you being gone! Miss you dearly....."
Carolyn Endicott Adkins of Delbarton WV

"To the family of:Danny B.Daniels
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"2-21-11"

"For Danny's parents,
I was on the same mission as Daniels the day he died. I had been the gunner for the lead truck all day, for 6 or 8 hours. Our platoons split up and it was then that Daniels took lead. Daniels' truck was hit and he was killed less than a minute after we split.
When I got back to Germany, I was blessed with a son, but he died shortly after he was born. It is always on this day, my son's birthday, that I think of your family the most. God bless and keep you, and I hope that Danny is watching out for Alan Neil. I pray that some day I can thank him for giving me the life I have now, and for taking care of my son in Heaven."
Donald Breeding of Pearland, TX

"I wake up every day thinking of Daniels, it has been such a long time and I have never stopped missing him. Danny was a man of Integrity and honor and he will forever be missed."
SGT Joshua Smith of Seattle, WA, USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Mothers and/or Fathers, of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion
P.O. Box 153
Manti, Utah 84642"
Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA


Five years have passed since the day you left us, and I don't think a day has gone by that anyone of us feel the lose in our lives.

You were an inspiration to us all: a dedicated soldier, a wonderful friend, and an even better man. I'm proud to have known and to have served with you.

You are greatly missed, Bubby."
James Strom of Balad, Iraq

"It's about to be 5 years since you passed. I could still remember when you came back from your 4 day pass from Qatar. We picked you up and you stayed with us (at the PSD house)until the company sent a convoy to pick you up. I remember you telling me how much fun you had and that you really needed the break. That was the last time that I saw you. You were one of the first people that I met when I got to Germany. We deployed to Kosovo together. When we were there we came out on the camp's newspaper and people made fun of our names because our first names matched our last names! Too many memories. Around this time I can't seem to hold myself together. My friend I will never forget you."
Martin Martinez of California

"I still would like to thank everyone for all your blessings for our family's. Bubby was a great soldier as well as a nephew. He is missed so much, but I know he is gone home to be with his mommy. I miss you both each and everyday. God bless him for being so brave for all of us."
Dorothy Hickman ( Aunt) of pilgrims knob,VA

"To the family of Spc Daniels, A true American Hero was lost that day. It will be a day I never forget. My convoy was on the same mission with his convoy. I was the lead truck with his team and the other first platoon trucks following our convoy. After about 6 hours of me being in the lead we decided to split the convoy and head different directions and not even a minute after I turned off and there convoy kept going they were hit. I always think that that should have been my truck that would have been hit and I dream and run through my head everyday that something different could have been done. Just know that you will always be remembered and will always be in my heart. I will see you again one day brother!"
John Fishburn of Rome, Ga

"My condolenses to the Daniels family. I went through basic and MP School with Danny and he was a great soldier. He loved what he was doing and truly miss him."
Jason Cellio of Leland, NC USA

"I miss Danny very much.I was deployed with him & my team was there that day.I still think bout it.Not a day goes by i dont remember.Its sad we have to lose such wonderful people & yet we have so many that do no support us.Sad to say since 2004 630TH MP CO has lost a few more good soldiers,friends,brothers,& sisters.I would love to say we wont lose anymore.Always keep them in our hearts.Never forget what they have given."
SGT Razack, Chantel of Augusta,Ga/USA

My name is Diana Williams. First of all, let me offer my sincere condolences to you on the loss of Daniel. I am co-coordinator for the state of WV program called Home of the Brave Quilts Project. Our aim is to provide a quilt to all the families of our fallen heroes from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict. If anyone could give me an address or email for the family I would appreciate it.
Diana Williams of TeaysValley, WV

"June 9, 2008
To the family of Spc. Danny B. Daniels, II:
Danny 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

"Bubby you will be missed. I am proud of my nephew for the sacrifice he gave for me and for my country. I will always keep you in my heart."
Terry Daniels of Benton, Tenn

"Bubby you will be missed. I am proud of my nephew for the sacrifice he gave for me and for my country. I will always keep you in my heart."
Terry Daniels of Benton, Tenn

"Deeply sadden of the lost of danny. He is remembered today, tomorrow and foever. danny is somedodies someone ans someone to our family; as I hope to every American! danny thank you for your brotherhood to our son, as he felt of you. You both are together! you have not died in Vain! You are a HERO! It;s important to honour Danny and all our fallen anytime we can. The 4th of July in Gatlinburg, tennessee is teh annual midnight parade and fireworks. i along with many other fallen families will be attending. Not just to attend to enter afloat to: HONOUR OUR FALLEN AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. We are attempting to reach to as many families as possible. If you known of a fallen families. Please inform them. I can be contacted at leonard_wahl@hotmail.com. My heart and prays are with danny and your family. ftaher of fallen soldier US ARMY Sgt. gregory L> Wahl KIA Balad, Iraq 05-0304."
leonard wahl of spring texas

"Attention on Deck
Danny Daniels got the call
He will be missed by all
Remember his face
Now he is shadowed by God's Grace
The question is Why?
It was his time to Fly
Every breeze that blows
Danny B. Daniels Glows
To the family that is saddend with sorrow
Thanks for your letting this country borrow
A True American Soldier"

"My heart goes out to Danny's family. I know the fear of having a loved one in harms way, my little brother is currently in Iraq, and will be there for 18 more months. I was in Glen Alum for the first time yesterday, 12/29/05. It is a beautiful place. It reminds me of my old home of Grayson Ky."
Jack Smith of Atlanta, Georgia

"Daniels was the closest thing to a brother I have ever had. Back in Dec. '02 when I arrived to the 630th he imidiatelly took me under his wing. he showed me the ropes of being an MP. I will always remember those great times we had downtown on the weekends, and all the fun times we had trainning in the field, doing everything we could to drive SGT Stewart crazy. I couldn't have asked for a better friend, mentore, or gunner. I was Danny's driver in iraq. July 20th runs threw my head everyday as if it had just happened yesterday. I know that there was nothing that I could have done to change the outcome of the event, but I still feel guilty for surviving the attack. I thank God that I had the honnor of knowing him. Danny will forever be in my heart and mind.

To Daniels Family,
I was Danny's driver, I am so deeply sorry for your lose. He was the greatest man and soldier that i have ever known. He was extreamly knowledgable in all the areas of his job. He may have only been a gunner in the eyes of the military, but i know i speak for everyone who worked with him in iraq when i say that he was a great leader. he was always there to talk to or if you had a question about something, i remember several times when our commander and 1st seargant pulled him asside because they needed help with a weapon. Danny was the ultimate go-to-guy. Danny left something special in the life of everyone who knew him. He will forever be remembered and loved.

Daniels, you will always be my hero. i miss you. thank you for all you have done for me. love you bro."
SPC Parker of 630th MP Co., Bamberg, GE, 1st PLT REGULATORS

"I hope everyone respects what my brother gave for his country and all the other soliders that have died fighting bubby i love and miss you you are my hero love you big sister melissa"
melissa of woodleaf nc

"bubby ,we love and miss you so much.if only you knew how proud we are of you.oh what we would give to have you back here with us again.bubby you were our hero even before you became a soldier.thanks for everything.we love you danny daniels.love your family"
vickie daniels sammons of west virginia

"As a former member of the 793D myself, I send out this MP Prayer with a special care. "SPARTANS!"

Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."
CPT Glidewell

"I was in basic training with Danny, but in a seperate company in Ft. Leonardwood, and we both ended up in Germany together and in the same company.Danny was probably one of the best people i have known.He was outgoing and a great man and soldier. I am a few years older than him, but no matter when i had a problem or was feeling down he was always there for me.He never judged me or put me down but was my friend, more like a brother to me.We were inseperable most of the time, and he always made me feel good about myself despite all i had going on.I am sorry i didnt have more time to spend with him, and i am sorry for your loss. I to feel like i am missing a part of my own family,it is though a piece of my heart is now missing.He will be greatly missed and I know that we will see each other again in heaven. I love you and god bless you."
PFC Janet (Sitzes) Moody of Texarkana, Texas

"To the family and friends of Danny B Daniels II, please accept my most heartfelt condolences. Since I was discharged from the 793rd MPs in Bamberg in 1979, I have sometimes searched for information on what is happening with the unit, and I have read about Danny. It is as if a family member I have not known, has departed.

I have gone on to a successful law enforcement career, as well as my son also, and I know that any day my own son could fall in the line of duty. I am now behind a desk at my age, but he is still in the front line, as was Danny. My blessings to you. I know it is no consolation, but I feel honored by your son's call of duty. Please accept the sympathies of a fellow MP, a partner in law enforcement, and a mother of a son holding the line. As long as there are those who are willing to stand at the front line and protect others, we will suffer their sacrifices, and honor their memories."
LT J R Rutecki of Lancaster, Pennsylvania

"Bubby, I miss you so much, I wish you were still here with me. You were always my hero and you always will be. I am so proud of you. Not a day goes by that I dont think of you. I couldn't have asked for a better brother. I love you with all of my heart and I cant wait to see you again at the gates of heaven."
Love always, your sis, Brittany of Varney WV

"bub, we miss u very much.. i wish u knew how much i luv you. and how proud of you i am..bub your my hero.. i love you."
nikki of wharancliffe, wv, us.

"Today, I read in the Chicago Tribune your story.

To your family, I'm so sorry for your lose. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


I never served in the military, but please note that a day doesn't go by when I don't think (pray) for all those who are currently in our armed forces and those who have served in the past.

You have the highest respect for all that you have done.
Danny, for your family, please note Danny is a HERO for what he has done.

Danny B. Daniels, 2nd, thank you and God Bless."
Jim of Chicago, IL Cook

"Danny B was a great guy and a very good friend of mine. He is one of the first people I came to know when I first got to 630th in Dec of '02. I'm truly greatful for the time I had to serve with him. My condolences to Danny's family. He is greatly missed and his memory will forever be with me."
Abby of Kansas City, MO

"I am so very sorry about Danny. He was a dear friend to me. I went to high school with him and he was there for me whenever I needed him. Just as he was the day he died. I will always remember and love him dearly. I will be grateful to him for the rest of my days. He was brave, and I know he is in Heaven right now! I just stumbled upon this website or I would have said something earlier. My heart and prayers goes out to his loved ones. Just know he is looking down on you every minute of everyday!"
Tabbetha Ooten of Delbarton, WV

"To Danny Daniels family, our family wants you to know we are very proud of him for serving his country. We know you are in much pain and sorrow. We also share that pain. Our grandson LCpl Juston T. Thacker, 21 was KIA 6/24/04 in Naray, Afghanistan on his 2nd tour. He was a fellow Mountaineer. May God Bless you all."
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV


"My thanks for your service and the great sacrifice you have made for us all."
Pete Daniels of Kansas

"My name is SPC Matt Mostowicz and I served in the 630th MP company with Danny from the time he got there in 2001 until I left in 2003. I always remembered how no matter what, his motivation and great attitude distinguished him from many others. He was a great soldier and a great man. My wife and I are deeply saddened at hearing of his loss. The world has lost a great individual and the Army has lost a great soldier. We offer our condolences to his wife and family. Although the time we served together was short, I will never forget SPC Daniels. God Bless his soul and those whom he has left behind."
SPC Matt Mostowicz of Ft Myers, Florida

"To the Family of Danny Daniels II: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He was a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, DANNY! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
T. Rexroad of Moorefield, WV

"My name is SGT Jon M Waterhouse Jr, I was in Danny's platoon, and one of the first people he came to know when he got here. It is with great sadness that most of us continue on, but we continue on anyway. Daniels would have just told us to drink water drive on anyway. I offer my condolences to his family and my prayers to his soul. He will be missed deeply by me and I will carry his memory with me forever. Until we meet again "Danny B" Tschuse."
SGT Jon M Waterhouse Jr of Baghdad Iraq

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten. For the families, may time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Sometimes, your smile of those memories may be your source of joy. God Bless."
a grateful citizen in arizona



"To the family of Danny Daniels. You have our deepest condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time. Although we left the 630th over a year ago, we were very saddened to hear about your loss. God Bless You!"
CPT Ronald and Dee Wilkes of Platte City, Missouri United States

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

"To Danny'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 loved one's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To Danny'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

"For the famliy and friends of Spc.Danny B. Daniels II ! my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief! I feel your pain and sorrow! he was in my husbands company and i'm grateful for everything Danny has done for his country and our freedom! stay safe and god bless you!"
Tatjana Havlin of Ansbach/Germany

"Thank you Danny Daniels II, 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 Spc. Danny Daniels II:
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 Danny 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 Spc. Danny Daniels II:
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 Danny, 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