Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Anthony A. Gaunky

19, of Sparta, Wisconsin.
Gaunky died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained in Bayji, Iraq, on November 17, 2005 when a local national crossed the median and struck his HMMWV during convoy operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 18, 2005.

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"I knew him in Iraq. He was a delightful person! I personally wish to thank his family for raising a man who would one day join the ranks of those who have given their lives for our country. I feel honored to have known him!"
SPC Gwilliam, Former 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Soldier of Sandy, UT


You taught me many lessons that you'll never know or understand. In your life and in your death you made me a better man.

Thank you,"
Michael Kolb

"All I can say, is I wish you were still here. You were a great soldier, and you had a true warrior spirit that had just started to come out and show itself to the rest of us. I wish this hadn't happened, but I know you and Vernon were on your way to help us. I can't explain how much we missed you, I will never forget the two of you. When we all get together again, we'll have a little Rakkasan Sapper section, and you know it will be rowdy. Zone, Brother."
SSG Eli Blomquist of Fort Campbell, KY

"Brother when I saw you lay there will be a memory I will never forget. You seemed content with where you were heading. Just prior to the mission you told me "SGT Frost I love the Army and what we are". I just smiled and we left for patrol. You were a true Patriot and I will never forget you, son.
SSG(P) Frost, Michael A"
SSG (P)Frost, Michael A. of Nasyriah, Iraq

"alex made the biggest sacrifice of all so we can keep our freedom, i want to remember him for the awesome guy we was and what he stood for. he was the first person to welcome me to a new place when i moved to sparta, he didnt look at me like oh its the new guy like everyone else, he just came up and talked to me like we where best friends even tho we had never met before. i remember all the times with his boombox after school dancing to the back street boys not caring what other people thought about him. and the best times when riding our bikes all over gods green earth and then some. i love you man and i will see you again someday."
justin brunje of westby, wisconsin

"November 12, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Anthony A. Gaunky:
Anthony 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

"I have never met a more selfless family than the Gaunky’s. When Alex was taken from us, we all lost a friend. God Speed."
Dustin Warner of Sparta, WI

"Alex, you were like a big brother to me whenever you came to visit us. I will always remember the day you proudly showed us your uniform.Ill also remember the last time we played football at Uncle Steeve's.
Good times, good times."
Tyler, your cousin of Grayslake, Illinois

"Alex Gaunky was one of my best friends. He was the most remarkable person I have ever met. His courage, bravery and will for America will always be remembered. He will always have a piece of my heart. Thank you Alex, for everything."
Rachel Dreisbach of Winona, Minnesota

"I was with Anthony (Alex) Gaunky when he was fatally wounded, the hardest thing I have ever went through. I served with him in the same unit, even went through basic training with him. He died going to save his buddies who were in trouble, he is a true hero. God bless you and your family, rest in peace brother. I will never forget you Alex."
a fellow warrior of Fort Campbell, KY

"To the Family of PFC A. Alex Gaunky:
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 Alex'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

"To the family of:Anthony A. Gaunky 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"

"To the Gaunky Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you all. Your Anthony is a true American Hero. Anthony will always be rememberd and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Anthony."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"I didnt know Anthony, but my fiance did... I just wanted to let his family know how much Anthony will be missed. He is a hero."
Tyra of Cheyenne, Wyoming

"May the angels keep you till morning.
May they guide you through the night.
May they comfort all your sorrows.
May they help you win the fight.

May they keep watch on your soul.
May they show you better ways.
May they guard you while you’re sleeping.
May they see you through your days.

May they show you new hopes.
May they still your every doubt.
May they calm your every fear.
May they hear you when you shout.

May the angels keep you till morning.
More that this I cannot pray.
And if the angels ever fail you.
Then may God be there that day.

Gone – but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your marine with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.

Proud mom of Lcpl Alex
Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"While there are no words to ease your pain, may you be comforted with memories of your son and blessed with God's strength. We share the same loss as you. Our son was killed during his third deployment to Afghanistan. Our sons are heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you for your son's service to our country and his bravery.
Jonnie Chandler
Proud Mother of an OEF Fallen Hero"

"Thank you for sacrificing your today for my children's tomorrow. You nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
of a grateful citizen in arizona

"Anthony is a true American Hero. We owe him a debt we can never repay. America will never forget. May the peace which passes all understanding comfort Anthony's family. We hold you close in our thoughts and prayers."
Jeanne May of Beaumont, TX, USA

"Anthony, Thank you for fighting for our freedom. To Anthony's family. May God hold you in his arms and comfort you. Words cannot express the grief you must be feeling. Anthony will not be forgotten."
Candy Knutson of Poynette, 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, Anthony will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Thank you Anthony Gaunky, 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. Anthony Gaunky:
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 Anthony 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. Anthony Gaunky:
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 Anthony, 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