Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley

38, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Gourley died in Al Hawijah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during patrol operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on February 22, 2006.

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"10 June 2014,
SSG Gourley, it seems just like yesterday you were sitting in my office on the FOB and I was speaking to Mrs. Gourley on the phone trying to get your re enlistment paperwork together so you could reenlist. All of a sudden the news hit and just like that you were gone. I can't explain to you the disbelief that is still in my heart today. Your children, your wife, your family my prayers go out to them each and every day. You were truly a brave Soldier and it was an honor for me to serve with you in war. Now I just want to say, "Thank You SSG Gourley," thank you for your ultimate sacrifice for our nation. You served with honor and distinction. Your legacy does still live on in the hearts of many. Rest in peace battle!"
MSG Johnson, Le'Vetrice of Ft Hood, TX

"Ssg. Gourley was my squad leader for a while before our first tour to Iraq in 03' ... he was one of most squared away leaders i have ever had the pleasure to serve under...REST IN PEICE MY BROTHER MAY FOREVER YOU STAND TALL FOR IN DEATH YOU HAVE BEEN IMMORTALIZED IN THE THE HEART OF OUR PRESTIGIOUS BASTOGNE AND OUR BELOVED AIRBORNE! YOUR NEVER FORGOTTEN WERE BROTHERS FOREVER!"
pfc. david heimann of san diego california

"February 2, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Gregson G. Gourley:
Gregson 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 am privileged to have served with SSG Gourley in Iraq. He was an honorable man and had a contagious and indomitable spirit of kindness. He laughed a lot, which is not easy to do in combat. He will be missed."
SGT Pete Aguirre of California

"To the family of:Gregson G. Gourley 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"

"SSG Gourley, I hope you've found peace in heaven. To the Gourley Family, I served with him in OIF I and SSG Gourley was one of the finest Soldiers and Gentlemen I've ever met. I send you all my my best wishes and condolences."
Rob Timmins of New York, NY USA

"Mrs. Gourley,
Please know that there is hardly a day that goes by that I don't think of SSG Gourley and your family. The day at the lake pulling you and your family on the tube behind the jetski will forever be with me and my memories. May God bless you and the children."
SGT Sandmel of Ft. Benning

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

"Thank you Gregson Gourley, 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 Staff Sgt. Gregson Gourley:
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 Gregson 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. Gregson Gourley:
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 Gregson, 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