Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Donald D. Griffith, Jr.

29, of Mechanicsville, Iowa.
Griffith died as a result of hostile action in, Tal Afar, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on March 11, 2005.

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"I broke down on the side of the road in Moab, UT on 5/18/2013. When I stepped out of the vehicle, right at my feet was a camo-colored beer can cooler with SSG Donald D. Griffith Jr. printed on the side along with his likeness and the words "Let Us Never Forget"

I thought it was weird that I should break down right where this was laying. Seemed like destiny or something.

Anyway, I'm drinking one in Donald's honor this Memorial Day Weekend using the cuzy someone had the thoughtfulness to have made up. I hope that doesn't offend anyone because I mean this with the utmost respect to Donald, his friends, family, and fellow soldiers."
Rick Harris of Fort Collins, CO - USA

"I was with GRIFF that night. I remember before we went out the gate he said that he just bought a bike for his ole lady and he couldn't wait to get back to the states to go riding with her. Not a day goes by that we don't think of him. He will always be remembered by ME, TERRY, WALTERS, and the rest of the boys of BLACKJACK. GODSPEED BROTHER"
Warchicken 4 of texas

"I ran 6 miles today for SSGT Griffith. Our group is called wear blue run to remember. We run every Sat. in Dupont, WA. We run to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice."
C. Bernardy of Dupont WA/ USA

"Sorry I misspelled Donald Griffith,Jr. Please forgive me."

"To the family of:Donald D.Griffin,Jr.
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""

"On this, the 6th anniversary of SSG Griffith's sacrifice; our families' thoughts & prayers are with his family. His valor, bravery & sacrifice will never be forgotten. RIP SSG!"
Parker family

"im always going to miss my cousin donald and i would love to have known him longer but i wont get the chance, im only 11 now so i knew him for 5 years. stacy im sorry for your loss, don don saved his squad by doing what he did. he shot him and he shot don don."
dillon pierson of stanwood iowa

"”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 1,600 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!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"February 22, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Donald D. Griffith, Jr.:
Donald 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


It been a a long time. I still think back to all the times you helped me with the loud speaker messages and eveyone joking around on the ride out into the city. I couldn't believe the news that night when I first found out. It really hit me hard the first time I went to the CP and you weren't there. I hope your family is doing well. You and your family will allways be in my prayers."
Chris Shone of Seattle, WA

"Hey Griff. I remember the last time I saw you, man. It was the day before. I was walking up to the CP and you were screwing around with some goofy-@ss moped that for some reason was up by the CP area. I think you were having trouble getting it started or something. I remember you saying "Hey Christopher" in your happy joking voice (while playing with the useless moped) because I hadn't seen you very often since I switched from HQ PLT to 3rd. I remember responding, and that was the last time we met. I remember when the door to my little hooch got pounded on and we were all told to come outside for an announcement. I was in shock when I heard the news. The worst part was when, at three am, B Troop stood in formation, at attention, presenting arms to you (with the most respect we could show you) as the blackhawk helicopter carried you off into the darkness. Griff, you were always a great guy. I mean, I didn't know you well, although we were both in HQ platoon together for a time, but you never seemed to let your rank cloud your personal judgement. You were always cool to anyone and everyone, regardless of rank. You were the same person to everyone and never put on a different face. I always admired you for that. Well, it's been nearly two years. It's crazy how fast time goes sometimes. I'm certain that you deserve better than what you ended up with, but know that it solidified you as a hero in our eyes. You are the embodiment of the fallen soldier, and you will never be forgotten. If there is some sort of afterlife, I hope you're doing well. (If there IS an afterlife, i'm sure you are...) Know that both knowing you and losing you has changed all of us, and you will always be remembered.
(Formerly) SGT Pyle"
Chris Pyle of Houston, TX

"Stacy, I was blessed by you and Don at Fort Knox. When I finally made it back there from Iraq I found out. I lost a great friend in him and you. I lived down the street from you. I wish you the world. I am so sorry. He was a great friend. If you need anything send me an email. paulfaithcornett@yahoo.com"
paul cornett of Mooresville, North Carolina

"A couple of weeks before Griff left for Iraq he crashed on our couch for a couple of days. Should of locked the door but of course that would not of stopped him. Squelch/noncab/gecko/juan gringo/fat nasty/trindam we miss you dude"
Noncab of Los Angeles

"Thanks everyone for your kind and wonderful words about Don. I was blessed to share 8 wonderful years with Don as his wife before he was swept away from us. Not a day goes by that I don't think about him and cherish the memories we shared. He was an amazing son, husband, brother, uncle, best friend, and hero to many and his spirit lives on."
Stacy Griffith of Mechanicsville, IA

"To the Family of SSgt Don (Griff) Griffith, Jr.
My Son, SPC Michael (Mike) Adam Parker worked closely with your brave Son, and knew him well. Mike and the whole 2/14 miss 'Griff' terribly. Mike speaks of him often...he will not be forgotten. God bless you...and God Bless America!!"
Jen of Robertsdale, AL USA

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

"To the family of Donald Griffith, Jr.:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Stacy and Family,
My heart is truly sadden to know that Donald (Grif, what we called him), is no longer with us. There are no words that can replace the loss of such a great soldier, husband, and person. I remember Grif first hand because he was my soldier and friend. There are very few soldiers that I have a strong memory of and Grif is one of them. Grif ALWAYS stood out ensuring that he gave his all and his best. He was very thorough at everything he did. I once told him to maintain that great work ethic and he would make a fine Noncommissioned Officer one day. It doesn't shock me to see that he gave his life for his comrades. He was that type of person. The Military has truly lost a great soldier and leader. Stacy, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers forever. May God Bless you and Keep you strong!!"
SFC Kevin E. Toon of Ft. Campbell, Ky

"Dear Griffith Family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Please know that Donald is a Hero, and will always be considered so. While I know that there are know words that I can say that will ease your pain, please know that there are people everywhere that recognize your loss. Please take comfort in that. God bless your family, stay strong for each other."
Tricia Bean, Sister of SPC Alan N Bean Jr, KIA 5/25/04, of East Calais, Vermont

"To the Griffith family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss. Don was a brave soldier and good friend. He will always be remembered."
Brenda and SSG Bryan Holler (2-14CAV) of Springfield, GA USA

"Donald was a great guy. To his wife and family, i'm so sorry. I know as a wife what his must be going through and as a mother that has lost a child i know what his is going through. All wounds will never be healed but time does ease the pain, a bit. It takes alot of time. Take everything one day at a time. My prayers are with you."
Jessica Talley of Merryville, La

"Wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and words in regards to my brother-in-law. He was a wonderful person with a huge heart of gold. We miss him terribily and find comfort knowing he is watching over all of us now and keeping us safe, just as he did his troops!
Delinda of Cedar Rapids, Ia USA

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

"From one Mom to another, we are so proud of your Son. I know your time was too short and I feel your pain."
Jo Sissel of Tipton, Iowa

"Dear Griffith Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. Our hearts greive for you. Our country is blessed with men like Donald, men who have character of strength, bravery and valor. Know that we are praying for you, and your family. We pray the God will wrap his arms around you and give you strength and courage for the hard days ahead. God Bless you and your family."
The Edward Todd Family of Springfield GA USA

"I never got the pleasure of meeting Donald, I wish i had. My family and I started a project in January of 2004 and ended in September of 2004 due to weather. It is called Troops Tribute Across Iowa. We would like Donald's family to join our project for this year. We would like to honor Donald in our own way. If anyone has information on Donald or his family please contact me at: queenie_20035@yahoo.com"
Ashley Farrier (T.C.B. Demo) of Washington, Iowa, USA


"To the family of Donald Griffith, JR. My family wants you to know that we honor your Hero. His Bravery, Valor, and Courage will never be forgotten. He was a brave man who gave his life for the precious gift of Freedom. We are grateful for his loyal Service and will never forget the sacrifice that he made.
All of our prayers are with you, and you are not alone.
God Bless Donald and his family"
Jennifer and SSG Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

"Thank you Donald Griffith, Jr., 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. Donald Griffith, Jr.:
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 Donald 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. Donald Griffith, Jr.:
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 Donald, 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