Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. David M. Heath

30, of LaPorte, Indiana.
Heath died in Sadr City, Iraq, when his patrol came under small arms and rocket-propelled grenade attack. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on August 16, 2004.

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"Hi to the family of David M Heath OIF. My name is Martha i just wanted to let you know I will be riding my dyna in this years West Coast Thunder while proudly wearing a replica dog tag of your/our fallen hero. I want to thank you for the service he did for our country, I to had a uncle give his life on front lines, much love n respect to you his family n loved ones"
Martha Godsy of San Bernardino CA USA

"As part of a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring all of the fallen of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, I am honored to read David's name. I lost my own son, Neil, on Aug. 13, 2004 when he was KIA. He also was a member of the Big Red One."
Diane Santoriello of Verona, PA


"I worked with David at Mechanovent(New York Blower). He was the most stand up man i ever knew... Always respected me for my military service.. He AND his wife Donna will forever be in my heart. And i'm glad to have known him and worked with him.. God speed my brother... rest in peace my friend. Donna... This is Bryce Hauch. Please get in touch with me if you get this.. 425-466-9366."
Bryce of Bradley,IL

"I was David’s Platoon Sergeant that day fateful day. I still can’t talk about the events of the day without bringing a tier to my eye. I can only pray that David finds Peace as we all try to live up to his memory. R.I.P. ODB!
“Wolfpack for life”"
SFC (Ret) Alejandro Garza of Junction City, KS

"To the family of:David M. Heath
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" 1-11-11"

"Dont know what to say but I miss you. buddy its been along time . you will never be forgotten"
Jason Griffith of Fort Riley Kansas

"didnt know u for a long time but the time i did u where a great guy and outstanding leader see u on the other side brother."
B-Rad of kirkuk, Iraq

"ODB!! We definitely had some good times brother. I think about you a lot and miss you. The infantry family atmosphere really lets you be yourself without having to be too uptight. you can really be funny or an * whenever you want and you were always an awesome guy. You are always mentioned when we talk about good times and you always will be. I hope heaven let you bring your dvd player. haha"
George "Russia" Kouznetsov of West Palm Beach, Florida

"Well, it's thanksgiving tommorrow,and i'm thinking about all the things i'm thankful for,I was thankful to have served with you ODB, i miss you and think about you every day and hope your wife and kids are well, I will always remember you as a great hero and soldier.....Rest well brother"
Josh Rodriguez of Winfield, kansas

"ODB, I will be thinking of you and what you have done for this county this memorial day. I am a recruiter now in Wisconsin and I am finding men and woman who are willing to serve this Great Nation and to understand the meaning of the Cost of Freedom. You were the ultimite cost to freedom and I look up to you daily and never forget the day in Sadr City. You are dear in my heart along with everyone else who writes messages here to you and your family. And to everyone I served with, I thank you for your service! Its been a honor with a few hard times that I will never forget! If anyone needs to talk Please call me and I will do whatever I can to help. 877-425-8188"
SSG Aaron Green of Burlington Wisconsin Army Recruiting (Former Bco 1-41 INF)

"ODB Sgt. Heath I still remember that day in Sadr City on top of those rooftops. I will never forget that day. Two Bradleys 13 dismounts getting ambushed and having to dismount under fire. Lamas and I getting pined down in a wood shop for what seemed like forever. Lets also remember Hoffman who was shot in the face, who I found laying in a pool of his own blood. It was a sad day but we were fearless. With your death, we also killed over 50 enemy soldiers and wounded more. Just one Bradley and 13 dismounts. You will be dearly missed. I'll never forget fighting beside you that day and never give up the good fight. I know your smileing down at me."
SGT Bentley, N. of Wichita, KS

"I still think about you brother, how you came to me and shook my hand and telling me to take care as I was leaving to go home on emergency leave. You and I were teamleaders with SSG Smith at the time, I recently saw him and told him, that to this day I wish I was there with you and the rest of the team during that day. God Bless you and your Family"
Drill Sergeant Cabrera

"It was a pleasure to serve and spend time with such a truly positive person,my thoughts and prayers with your family are ongoing"
Beau Miller of Jackson,ms

"dear derek, were sorry about what happened to your father.we all know what it feels like to lose someone you really loved ,but sometimes you need to make a sacrefice. again were very sorry ,but if you believe in JESUS you would know that was his plan for your dad."

"I would like to honor daivd and his famialy to let him lay his life on the line for his country"
staff sargent Shei of Laport,Indiana/USA

"I know who hard it is to loose someone you love may god bless you"
Myia Scrivnor of Laport,Indiana/USA

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. David M. Heath:
David 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 didnt know you as ODB. I didnt really know you at all but I was out there in Sadr City on the 16th also. I was trying to make it to your position when I encountered heavy resistance. I got injured and I wish I could have made it all the way to you and YOUR men. You are my HERO and everyday I think of August 16th and you. I live everyday now for what we were trying to do that day, save lives. August 16th is remembered by many Stalwarts every year..I remember you everyday although we never talked more than a total of an hour. May you rest in peace and always be remembered as a Hero.To your family, friends and fellow Soldiers, never forget him for what you knew him. Treasure the memories and celebrate who he was and what he stood for."
SSG Bucher, Brandon of SHAPE, Belgium

"David (ODB) hey man I miss you every day."
michael Turnbaugh of Fort Lewis Washingon

"i think of you always. i toke a drink and you're there with me. i sit here thinking of old times,the parties at the house. jammin the tunes when we crossed the border, watching the videos in the back of the truck. now you are sitting higher then ever. later

jon shaw of port st. lucie, florida

"To David's family:

I was with Dave (ODB as we called him), as he passed, or perhaps he had already passed, it's a bit of a blur now. But I want you to know something that you may not have heard before, I remember the look of serenity and peace on his face after the Lord called him up, and because of this I am sure, beyond any doubt, that he now rests in peace. He was one of those very few that was truly liked by all, his memory lives on amongst all Bushmasters who knew him."
SGT Browne, 1-41 Medics. of Ft. Riley, KS

"I will alway love you and miss you brother you did well for b. co and your country brother you'll never be forgotten brother"
SSg Jones Selexter of ft riley ks

"SGT Heath was the type of man to let sum one he didnt know..a new soldier in his home and let him share dinner with his family i served proudly with david m. heath still this day i carry on what he tought me as my team leader to my soldiers...ODB you will not be forgotten..il see u when i get there"
SGT Cote formely of B Co. 1-41 (1st PLT baby)now HHC BDE 2-2

"Miss you homey,ODB lives forever,see you when i get there"
spc rod 3rd platoon of wichita ks

"Two years ago for a Sept 11 memorial, my husband was in the memorial. He was in the Army National Guards. In the memorial there were name plaques with the fallen soldiers names on them. After the memorial was complete you could purchase the flags and the name plaques. We chose Sgt David Heath. In honor of his memory his plaque sits proudly under my favorite tree in the front yard for all to see and to remember him. To his family, I am truly sorry for the loss of such a heroic man, but his memory will live on forever at my home."
Kari Scheetz of Portland, OR/United states

"What can I say about Sgt. Heath that hasn't already been said. He was more than just a team leader he was more a brother than anything. Rank wouldn't matter with him unless he was angry with you but, he was not the angry type. I was their with him on August 16, 2004 and still haunts me to this day. I can't believe your'e not with us anymore and you will never be forgotten. Keep on drinking your coke and keep trying to get your little lama."
Spc. Richard Lamas of B CO 1-41 Inf Ft. Riley Kansas

"Hey Sgt. Heath,
It still haunts me to this day that I couldn't be with the "woflpack" That day,I know there wasn't enough room for me, but I'll never forget standing on the roof top and watching you guys load up, and ride off into battle..I know your'e up there drinking your coke, and trying to get your Lama...you know what I mean. RIP Sgt Heath"
Spc. Andres Garcia of 1st Plt. B-co 1-41


remember,you rock and so does good old 80's hair metal,i miss you bud,so does everyone else here in good ole b.co. rest well brother we will see you soon"
spc.rod 3rd platoon of b.co 1-41

"My son served with Sgt. Heath in Sadr City and was in this particular battle. I know he was very impressed with David and thought a lot of him. He was a first class guy, a great leader and is missed by his fellow soldiers. My family’s thoughts, hearts and prayers are with you."
Paul Buzanowski of Winter Springs, Florida

"I was searching the internet for information on my father's family Heath. I came across this news of David Heath.
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of a Heath and a proud american. My family sends our simpathy and love to the family of David Heath."
Heather (Heath) B of Utica, Michigan

"My son served with SGT Heath in Sadr City. May his memory live forever in honor."
Michael Homiller of Arlington, Tx

"SGT Heath and his family;
I am so sorry for your loss. I was not there to protect him. I had ODB as a soldier, and he always wanted to be what I was. I would give anything to trade places with him. I'm sorry. Please forgive me for not being able to protect him.
SGT. Carpenter
Jeff Carpenter of Neligh, NE


I have enjoyed getting to know you over my back fence with the boys playng in the back round. Please know that Jacob and I have you and your family in our prayers and if you ever need anything I am only a fence away."
Shawni Sticca of Ft Riley KS

"To the Heath Family,
Donna, Angela & Dereck...I am truly sorry for your loss. I regret I didn't know David very well...I only knew him as the guy who helped me get my Durango out from being stuck in the snow! But I know Eric truly cared for him as a person, a soldier, a friend and feels his loss deeply. We are all here for you and continue to pray for you and your family."
Melanie Powers, wife of SGT Eric Powers, B Co 1-41 IN of Fort Riley, KS

"David wasn't just our friend he was our brother. He was a nutty guy thats for sure. He always made us laugh. He was a sincere, kind and a wonderful friend/brother and husband-lol to my husband Sgt Jason Helton. We will never ever forget him and that I promise. You could never forget ODB if you ever met him. Donna you are my friend, my sister and I love you I am always here for you no matter what you need. To Derek and Angela the same goes to both of you. You will always forever be in my prayers. To David we love you and thank you so much for the sacrafice you made so that I and everyone in this country can continue to enjoy our freedoms and so my daughter, your kids and all the children of this country will be able to grow up in a safer America. You truly are an American Hero! May God hold you in his arms till your wife and kids can one day join you in heaven. To all American soldiers and their families you are always in our prayers. Till they all come home"
Tammy Helton Army Wife to Sgt Jason Helton B-1/41 Infantry of Ft. Riley, KS. USA

"There is nothing I can say to lessen the pain you are feeling for your loss. I just wanted you to know that David didn't die in vain. He will always remain a hero in America's heart and one of the special angels in heaven for the sacrafice he made to make this world a better place. May God bless him!"
Bill Biggs of Valparaiso, Indiana

"To family & friends of SGT Heath you are in my thoughts and prayers. There are know words to express the sorrow and pain you are feeling. My family to knows your pain. To SGT Heath thank you soldier for serving our country for our freedoms. You will never be forgotten. You are a Hero.
The Widow of SFC Robert J. Mogensen
3rd SFG KIA 5/29/2004 Afghanistan
Tanya Mogensen & family"
of North Carolina

"I worked with Dave for a while at Mechanovent in Laporte, Indiana. He was one hell of a friend and Coworker. He was a hell of a soldier who would have done anything for his country. Dave is really missed by all."
Barry Baker of Park Forest. IL

"As you fought and died for me...
I will live for you...
I am the flag of the United States of America...
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier...
Or lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave of their fallen son....
I am proud.
I Am Old Glory
And it was an Honor to Serve With You."
Phil of Junction City/Ft Riley, KS U.S.A.

"God Bless David and his family for his service in the cause of freedom and safety for our country and our family. My son, Sgt. Brent N. Farnsley was his friend. My heart, my faith, and my prayers go out to the Heath family."
F. Nelson Farnsley of Peoria, Az, USA

"To The Heath Family,

David was one of the best and hardest working soldiers I have ever had. To his wife and two kids I am very sorry for your loss and he will always stay in my mind. I wish I was able to see him as a SGT. I know he must of made a great NCO. David (ODB) you will never be forgotten
SGT. Tallant Christopher of U.S. ARMY INFANTRY

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

"Thank you for the sacrifice that you made. Thank you for the ultimate price that you paid. Thank you for the life that you gave. I just want to thank you! I just want to thank you! www.cdomusic.com"
Carl Dorsey of Easton, Pa.

"I am so sorry for your loss. I know that no words can help the pain you are feeling right now but know that David is not truly gone. He is merely waiting around the corner for you till you are reunited once again in God's arms. He is now guarding the gates of heaven with some very fine men and women who went before him. It brings a sense of peace to me knowing that there are so many wonderful people, like David and my husband Shawn, watching over us all.
Thank you for the sacrifice your family has made, for it will help in making this world a safer place for all of our children. David will not be forgotten."
Elisha, wife of fallen soldier PFC Shawn Pahnke,1st AD, KIA Iraq 6-17-03 of Shelbyville,IN

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

"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. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix AZ

"To David'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 soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


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

"To David's family;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family as also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. David is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrafice he gave to this country. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time."
The McClain Family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To David'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

"Thank you David Heath, 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 Sgt. David Heath:
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 David 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 Sgt. David Heath:
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 David, 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