Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis

40, of Hinesville, Georgia.
Died in Iraq when his vehicle ran off the road into a canal. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on April 3, 2003.

SSG Davis was promoted to SFC Davis right before his memorial in Iraq at the airport.

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"I saw your picture on a service van while driving in Tampa, Florida. Thank you so much for your service and for protecting your family, friends, and fellow citizens back home. I do Army ROTC at the University of Tampa and after reading your story, you will remain an inspiration for me for the rest of my career.
Rest in peace."
Marissa of Tampa, FL

"Still missing you my friend and Maintenance Team Chief co-worker"
Rufus of Summerville SC

"RIP Daddy.....after 13 years, it still hurts that you are not here. Thank you all for your kind words and for sharing your memories of him. It feels good to read knowing he left such impressions on those he knew."
Shantell Davis of Tampa, FL USA

"Ok this is it I'm not gonna do any spell check......the real truth....i currently suffer from exstreme (ptsd) ...it has been years ...and as I text this I have tears running down..... Davis was my homeboy ...f...k what the army has said this is an accurate account...... My tank cde name power 3 just ran out of power ...while my battion task was to take control of thevIraqi airport. ...my tank commander major Oliver ...left and got on another tank ...leaving me as the tank Commander... Of a powerless tank......I got on the radio and called for help ...support...mech...SFC...davis my homeboy....we hooked up my tank...Ted cople...and his camera guy...who's last name is the same as mine ...(kelly). U

Nicholas of MN

"I am will Davis JR (his son)cousin and I appreciate sverything"
US Navy sailor of Hinesvilld Georgia

"SFC Davis was a great man, great soldier, excellent leader! I was deployed in Iraq when hearing the news, to pull the news on the net to confirm was saddening to my heart! I was stationed with Davis in Vilseck Germany, and I remember one of the last conversations I had with him right before I PCS'd, right before we both deployed to war. Davis told me, Tracie, my retirement paperwork is in and all I want to do is just relax, spend time with my family, and just go fishing. Well, needless to say, SFC Davis got caught up in the Army Stop Loss program, retirement packet was pulled back. SFC Davis was deployed, to unfortunately, never return back to his family and fulfill the many dreams he had worked so hard for. My heart goes out to his entire family, friends, and everyone that had the honor to know such a great and humbled man. Much Love SFC Davis, God Bless your resting SOUL! "Air Assault""
Tracie Echols of Atlanta, GA

"RIP brother may you be in peace with our fellow brothers in arms"
ron garnett

"Thank you for your support of my platoon while we were in Iraq SFC Davis. 3rd Platoon B Co 3/7 Inf."
Spc Anthony Young (Company OIF 1) of Trenton, NJ

"Men like Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis is what makes our nation strong, great, and above all FREE. Allot of people in our nation will never understand the heart of a soldier, a heart that says freedom is worth dieing for. Without freedom what is life worth? Thanks to the family of Sgt. Davis, be proud of your Son, Husband, and Father that he was willing to give all for YOUR FREEDOM, and others like Me, who will be eternally grateful. Remember that all soldiers give some, but some give all. God bless you and thank you, a true hero to be proud of, remembered and Honored."
D Everett Wilson of White Pine, TN, USA

You and I had soon good times, you loved to play the slot machinces like me and you loved to dip your tobacco and drink your E&J, but what I remember most about you was that you were a true friend. I'll never forget you man. It's funny, in my entertainment room, i'll never forget you talking about how your sisters had passed away early and that you didn't expect to live long. That day you opened up to me and told me a lot of things. I remember them all my Brother. May GOD in heaven wipe away all your tears and you dwell with him forever. Your fake baby BRO, MAC aka McKinney!"
Donald l. McKinney of Hinesville, Georgia

"i was in the vehicle with sfc davis when the accident that took his life occured. sfc davis was my team chief but most importantly he was my friend. theres not a day that goes by that i dont think of the kind of man that sfc davis was. i loved him like a father and i will always be his "dirty." i miss u so much. i hope the family is well. god bless you sfc davis."
spc. andrew cook of gallatin,tn

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

"Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice my friend,"HURRICANES". HHC 1/63 1ID."

"Wilbert "Vida Blue " Davis, I was his little league baseball coach. I will never forget him, may he rest in peace."
Anthony Johnson of Tampa, Florida

"Seems lile yesterday we were in Kosovo and your were asking me whats on the task for the day. Sitting down to lunch in the mess hall chatting about fanily and things we are goin to do when we get back home. I remember when your wife had a suprise for you, A Big Sceen TV.. Boy you were so proud of your family. It was great knowing you and your family and a Great privilage haveing you as a part of my life. We will Miss you...."
Retired Sfc Timothy A Wieboldt of Knoxville, Tennessee

"To the family of:Wilbert Davis 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"

"December 30, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis:
Wilbert 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

You are missed..
Seek, Strike, and Destroy my brother.."
SFC Dave Bates

"I served with then SSG Davis in HHC 1-63 Armor in Vilseck, Germany. I was the Mortar Platoon Sergeant and he was in charge of our Maintenance. He would pull late nights with his crew to make sure we were up and running. We were deployed to Kosovo together where we became close friends. I would come to him whenever I had maint issues and he would come to me when he and his guys would like to come out in sector. A truely great NCO who will be missed by all who knew him. You were one of the people I came across in the Army who made me what I am today. God Bless your soul and family."
1SG(ret) David Robinson of Daytona Beach, Florida


"I think of you often, i'v known you since i was 12, and not a day has went by when you did not make me laugh.my father misses you, we all miss you. me, you and my father served in the war around the same time, iv been through many heart breaks of war but i never thought it will hit that close to home. thanks for the memories.
Love, the jones family."
SGT. Torence Jones of albuquerque,NM/USA

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in Iraq, but also for your service in Bosnia as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Vitesse Et Puissance(Speed And Power)
69th Armor Motto"

"Dear Family of Wilbert Davis,
To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.AtlantaFineArtsLeague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. –The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Lisa Gleim of Marietta, GA

"I didnt know SSG Davis that long, but in the short time that i did know him, he had an impact on me,my family && everyone who knew him. He made people laugh, he was really good at that. he was one of my dads best friends and he was a great soldier & leader, he is greatly missed and will never be forgotten. RIP SSG Davis. you are forever in our hearts && your family is always in our thoughts."
Elizabeth Adamchick of Baumholder, Germany

"God bless you, your family and friends."
Dee Ketter of Tampa, Florida

"Smyrna Baptist Church in Deepstep, Ga. would like to present your family with a Patriotic Memorial Quilt in memory of your loved one who lost his life in the war. If you would like to receive one please contact me at 478-552-6388 or e-mail johnnytanner@bellsouth.net
Thank you."
Brenda Tanner, Clerk Smyrna Baptist Church of Deepstep, Georgia

"To SSG Davis' wife and family, first we want you to know that SSG Davis is an American hero and we will never forget him! We are sorry for your loss! We have created a keepsake package for you and it has been returned to us as an "Undeliverable Shipment". If anyone knows where we can ship Hui's package, please email us at info@OperationThankfulNation.com with the information. Our prayers are with you."
Staff of Operation Thankful Nation of Auburn, CA

"One of the best soldiers that I'v ever served with he was a great father and a great leader"
SSG Paul Adamchick of Baumholder Germany

"I shall truly miss you dear friend , We had so many long talks about Fla and what a good NCO should be . You are and well always be one of the best and I hope to see you on the high ground . SSG Davis, was in the maint section of 1-63 AR , and would never forget to remind me " Hey Sergeant Major , your vehicle is due for service". Becasuse he knew how I hated to be without my vehicle " DragonLady ". May God rest your soul my dear friend and To his family , may God bring you peace and understanding ."
Ret, CSM John L. Drayton " The Tanker". of Germany

"To the friends and family of Wilbert Davis:
I would like to express my depest condolences for your loss. My husband, Spc Justin W. Linden, was KIA in Iraq on June 4, 2004. I hate seeing how many of us have had to bare this pain, but I want to leave a message to all the friends and families of these soldiers to say that me and a lot of other great Americans will NEVER forget your loved ones sacrifice. These men were strong and brave and stood tall no matter what. Wilbert and his memories will live on forever in your hearts. GOD BLESS!"
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"thank you. some people never forget... im one of them."
harold dodson of lithia springs ga

"To the family and friends of SFC Wilbert Davis, I served with SSG Davis while in Vilseck, Germany. I remember conversations with this great friend when he professed his profound love for his wife and family. His "golden smile" reminded me of the sun's rays. I will forever remember this hero. May God Bless his family in their time of sorrow."
SFC Henry Medawis of Fort Carson, Colorado

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

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/3/04)

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

"To the family and friends of SSG Davis,
My heart goes out to the family and friends of SSG Davis. I was deeply saddened when I heard the news of another fallen soldier, but this one hit especially close to home. My name is Wilbert Davis and I am a PO1 in the Navy. I was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74/ I MEF outside of An Nasiriyah when I heard the news. I visit this site once a week to remind myself of the sacrifice that great soldiers make for there country.
Wilbert Davis of Rota, Spain

"I served with SFC Davis during the war as his 1SG. SFC Davis was not only one of my soldiers but a true friend of mine. We shared many free moments talking of our families and keeping each others minds occupied to help pass time. I'll never forget the times we shared together. You are trully missed!"
1SG Randall Sumner of Fort Stewart

"Thank you Wilbert Davis, 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

"I served with him and he made the most difficult moments bearable and laughable, I don't think there was a time in the field I didn't laugh with him there."
CPT Steve Kobayashi, 3ID of Ft. Stewart, GA

"I served with SSG Davis during Operation Joint Endeavor with 3/4 Cav in Schweinfurt, Germany. He always kept me laughing and made my tour with him extremely enjoyable. My heart goes out to his wife and children. I will always remember him as a fellow soldier and friend."
Chief Warrant Officer Greg Packer of Mannheim, Germany

"I was a soldier of SSG Davis while in Vilseck GE (1/63rd AR). I remember like it was yesterday when he would come in the motorpool and he would just make everyone feel good about everything. He had that affect on people. Everyone looked up to him because of his knowledge of the Army and his job as well. I know he was a very good father to his kids and a very loving husband to his wife. I remember seeing them in the motorpool or in the commissary. My heart goes out to the Davis family. I know that he is smiling upon us right now. I know that I will miss him deeply. I am proud and very honored to have worked under and served with him."
SPC Gilbert J. Gallegos of Fort Bliss, Texas

"I am against the war, yet grieve mightily over the deaths of brave Americans like Sgt. Davis. I am so proud of soldiers like Sgt. Davis who make the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you Sgt. Davis. May you rest in peace."
Anthony Barnes of Boston, Massachusetts

"I served with Staff Sgt. Davis in Vilseck, Germany 1999-2002 thats when I was a young private in the Army. He was a role model to me and I remember him like it was yesterday. He used to always correct us when we were wrong, but it was like he was our father a father some of us never had. I just found out about his death, and was suprised about it but I know god needed him another good man a brave man.I know he is alright becuase that was always him he is in the sky smiling like always.He is somebody I will never forget and to his family God Bless You."
Jermaine of Arlington, VA

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave warrior, your courage and sacrafice will never be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis:
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 Wilbert 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. Wilbert Davis:
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 Wilbert, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"When I see images on tv of our troops handing out candy to Iraqi children, handing out food, shaking hands, etc. it makes me feel so proud. Even though we have the toughest troops, they are also generous Americans. I feel proud of the fact we have such decent men & women defending us. I am so very sorry we had to lose so many. My heart goes out to your family for your lost loved one. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"Although I only knew SSG Davis through his interactions with his son, Will's school, I will never forget the wonderful smile he always had or the kind words he shared with us. SSG Davis is a true HERO to us all. He died for all of us to live in a free nation and to help free those who never knew freedom. He is a true inspiraion for our men and women of the ARMED FORCES. SSG Davis will truly be missed but never forgotten."
Mrs. Johnston of Hinesville

"Although I did not know SSG Davis all that long, what an impression he made. I was privileged to teach his youngest son this year, and came to see what a wonderful and caring father he was. His bravery and courage will never be forgotten!"
Shannon Dasher of Hinesville, GA U.S.A.

"Thank you brave Soldier. RIP...We shall never forget you."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"To the family and love one's of SSG Davis,
I served with SSG Davis when he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor in Vilseck, Germany. He was a loving husband, an outstanding soldier and human being. May God put His loving arms around each of you. I will not pretend to know how you feel. I know I feel such tremendous loss, that to understand the intensity of your sorrow, is truly incomprehensible. The pain that you experience at this time is a commemoration of your love. What now brings such sorrow is what once brought much joy. I am helpless, as we all are in the hands of death. I have no control or power to make your world brighter. What I do have and offer you sincerely, is my prayers and thoughts be with you through this time. To remember your loved one with you and pray that you all will find comfort in the arms of God."
1SG Thomas Rouse, Jr. of 69th Transportation Company, Mannheim, Germany "thomas,rousejr@us.army.mil

"Thank you for allowing your hero to protect our freedoms!"
Holly of VA

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on