Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Clayton W. Henson

20, of Stanton, Texas.
Henson died when his convoy was ambushed in Dwaniyan, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on April 17, 2004.

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"Wow. Ten years and some change and I just found this page. Henson you were a fellow soldier a friend a comrade through hell... But most importantly you were a brother. I named my son Clayton just to keep your memory alive. I miss ya bro. after you things just weren't the same. To the family of a brave soul I still mourn you loss I pray for your healing but most importantly I thank you for giving alot of us the opportunity to know Clayton. R.I.P. Brother,
never forgotten."
Michael Beasley of Richland Missouri

"To Georgia, Eldon, and Roselyn. I love you. Know that Clayton's sacrifice was not in vain. I know that it has been 10 years since his passing. We accomplished so much over there. Saddam was an extremely dangerous person, and a democracy in Iraq was crucial. Clayton and all of us tried to ensure that a democracy in Iraq was set up and achieved. Know that the Iraqi people in Southern Iraq appreciated all of us Americans so much for what we were doing for them."
Shannon Black of Tarzan TX

"Shannon Black"
Shannon Black of Tarzan TX

"Over ten years later i still think about clayton. He was an amazing person and was always nice. He is missed but will never be forgotten. I didn't know him real well but i went to school with him."
amber ferrell of san antonio, tx

"Miss you bro"
Jeramy House of San angelo, tx

"As the 10 year mark approaches, You are still remembered. Thank you for being my roommate back in Ft. Polk, Thank you for the memories of you introducing me to the movie Snatch while sharing a 12 pack of Shiner Bock, That will forever stick with me. Miss you Bro, see you on the other side."
Patrick McInnis of Savannah, GA

"Your life inspired me to serve once again. And why you died was why I did what I did in Iraq. I only hope that I prevented other deaths from happening such as yours. Thank you so much for your service. Yes, indeed the world is a much safer place b/c of what you did despite what the Liberals say."
Shannon Black of Tarzan, TX

"Almost 9 years later and think about him often
Was a good friend and good soldier. Glad i got to spend good times and bad times with you and proudly served along side you in iraq"
James Cawthon of Amarillo Tx

"I would like everyone to know that I greatly enjoy reading your comments about Clayton.
Melissa, Clay’s sister"

"Still miss you brother"
ken gore of warren, ohio

"To those that remember and honor him.
I was there that dark day and into the darker night. I remember one thing also. I made him laugh for a little while before things got bad. The rest of the events after that are forever seared in my mind. I will always remember you."
Justin Masenthin of jm1982hellbound@gmail.com

"All these years later I still find myself thinking about Henson. I admit, I barely knew him and remember even less. He rode in my humvee on multiple missions and I do remember his humor, his quiet strength, and his willingness to do anything for his friends. I wish I could offer better sentiments, but all I can say is that he is not forgotten and I am eternally grateful to have known him."
Josh Foster of Novi, MI USA

"To the family of:Clayton W. Henson
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" 1-1-11"

"Never met you, but to give your life for me to be free, you are my hero i never met u on this side, I beleive in my heart we will meet on the other side and i will then say THANK YOU SIR. Rest in peace my brother."
Admon R. McCastle of Baker La. 70714

"Clay, I have never forgotten the pain we went through they day we found out that you were taken from us. Your ultimate sacrifice for the best country on earth was not in vain. It was an honor to have not only served alongside you, but also to call you a friend. Keep a soft spot at Fiddler's Green for me my friend."
Rob Grinton of LA

"As we near Veterens Day I want to take a minute to pay homage and respect to our fallen comrades. Especially a young man that not only touched but changed my life with his quick wit and charming Smile. To Clayton Welch Henson, it was like yesterday when I received the news of the attack. I pray that your family is blessed and I know you are looking down on all of us. As I retire from the military I want to Thank you for the sacrifce that you gave for the Freedoms that people tend to take so lightly. You will forever be missed and loved by me. You have left footprints across my mind and heart. Until we meet again on the other side. To the family you are always in my prayers and thoughts. If you ever need anything from me please don't hesitate to contact me@ ykbrantley@hotmail.com"
Yusvf Brantley of Atlanta, Ga

"I see ur pic right next to mine everytime I walk into the bar in midland tx! Save me a spot in fiddlers green!"
cpl brent speed of midland tx


Tribute song to a wonderful old friend.I just now learnt of your passing. You've been in my heart all these years and you'll forever remain there my friend.My deepest and sincerest condolences and blessings to your family."
of TX

"Thinking of you today buddy. Im back here again and I pass where it happened every time I go on mission. I miss you and I pray for your family every time I pass. Thanks man."
Spc Christopher Rock of Tallil Iraq

"To the Family and Friends of Clayton, I want you all to know that I thank you for remembering the great young man. I was his Platoon Sergeant in Iraq at the time not a day goes by that he is in my thoughts and the family in my prayers. It has been a long time since I had a chance to speak with Clayton's mother and father. But I want you to always know that I appreciateed everything that you all did for me and boys when we came to see you and that you will always be loved by us. If you ever need anything please feel free to contact me @ YKbrantley@hotmail.com.
MSG Yusvf K Brantley"
Yusvf (Ken) of Atlanta, Ga

"Hey bro, miss you, I remember sittin on the roof guarding the police station. I always bummed smokes off you... see you in the fiddlers green bro"
Firkins of 2nd ACR

"hey bro its been soo long and i cant believe it took me this long to find a page dedicated to your memory. i miss and think of you everyday..you will always b in my heart and missed. to the family...you had an awesome son...it has an honor to have served with your son. i pray that God will bless you and know youre always in my prayers."
Ssg Justin Holmes of ft knox, ky

"Happy Birthday little bro!!! We love and miss you so much!!!! 8/25/09"
meilssa of lubbock, tx

"Clay, I think about you alot. I remember chillen on the roof tops in the Bag. Hah! Talkin about what kind of motorcycles we were gonna get when we got back. The last time I saw you man.. I miss you Brother."
Michael Pyron of Sterling, Illinois/USA

"you are not forgotten"
Scott Updike of Fort Irwin, CA

"April 15, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Clayton W. Henson:
Clayton 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

"To the family of Clayton Henson,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. PFC Clayton Henson will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"Not a day goes by that I dont think about what I did over there and those thoughts almost always wander to that day. You were a good person and soldier. See you on the Green."
SSgt Purnell USAF of Bangor, ME

"Henson, I remember being on Wareagle with you. Always with a smile and a kind word to those around you. Stay safe and keep watch at Fiddler's Green, we'll see you again, soon enough."
SSG Burkett - B Troop, 1/2 ACR 03-04 of Iraq

"God Bless and I will meet you upon Fiddler's Green. I was attached to 2D ACR in the early 80s, and it was the only worthwhile thing I did in my life. With tears in my eyes, I salute all the troopers whose boots I am not worthy to polish, especially those of my own father, who fought for his country, honor, life and most importantly, those of his comrades in Korea. Garry Owen!!"
Michalski, Mark, A. of Indianapolis, in

"Its been four years, and you are no less in our thoughts now than you were then."
Kristen Buley of Fort Wainwright, AK

"Henson, I almost met you on "the Green", but I know you'll save me a spot. I carried the fight back, Bro. I still think of you and remember you cutting your leg on the C-wire in Kut! haha Memories of the old Apache troop. I'll see you on Fiddler's Green, but wait, you're Infantry, that's why the sky is blue! I'll have a place for you when I get there!"
SSG Alexander of Ft. Sam Houston, TX

"Henson it's been a few years but your missed everyday. See you in Fiddler Green."
Zack Lewis of Valdosta, Ga

"I still think about you and your family, and hope you are all doing well."
Spc. Jason DeAngelis of Connecticut

"Three years and you are still missed more than ever. I love ya little brother!!!"
Melissa Leiker of Lubbock, TX

"Henson I will never forget you and your family will always be in my prayers. God Bless."
Joel Schuh of Allen, TX

"Henson I will never forget you and your family will always be in my prayers. God Bless."
Joel Schuh of Allen, TX

"To my main man Clayton Henson, my fallen brother, my fallen hero. I just wanted to let you know me all miss you very much and I still say thank you to the picture on my night stand everyday. Thank you for our freedom and I will see you when I get there!!! Love ya Bro!!"
Michael Ory of Dallas, TX

"My brother served with Pfc Henson in Iraq and was with him on April 17. He thinks the world of Clayton, and misses him terribly. As the holidays draw near, I wanted to tell his family that there will be other familes across the country thinking about you this year, and every year."
Mary of Bridgehampton, NY

"I God will take you home to see him in heaven and Jesus christ"

"PFC Henson I remember the day you left B-Troop and left for Najaf. It devestated us guy's in Headquarters Platoon, Page, Sweeney, Grinton. We all miss you and will see you again in Fiddler's Green. I'm Buying."
SFC Gary McClain of FT. Knox, KY.

"Jonathan Hartman
was my one and only Best Friend...

He died in the same ambush as Clayton. I still don't know very much of what happened to them. I miss Jon so much, every day...And I'm so sorry for your loss...

I will love them and remember them Forever.-Crystal"
Crystal Ekhart of Kingsland, Ga.

"Happy Birthday little bro'

Still thinking of you!"
Lex of Fort Worth, tx

"PFC Henson,
I served in mighty Commanche Troop 1/2 ACR for OIF I. Even though I did'nt know you, you will never be forgotten. We will meet again at Fiddler's Green for a few ice-cold brews and some "smokin' -n- jokin'". God bless you brother.May you rest in peace. Toujours Pret, Always Ready, Second To None. Mazel Tov."
SSG David J. Wallach of A- Troop 1/33 Cavalry 101st

"Clayton - today I think of you more often than the rest of the year, but you never leave my mind. Although I have never met you, I am thankful for your service to this great nation, and to my family for it is because of you that my husband is able to fight again. Forever in my thoughts, espcially today..."
Kristen Buley of Ft Wainwright, Alaska

"Even though we never really had a chance to get into deep conversation you always made me laugh. You are one hell of a soldier and a MAN. you are my hero and I hope to cya again one day."
Navarro , philip of california

"I served in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment some years ago, and I would like to offer condolences to the family of PFC Henson. I currently run a foundation devoted to helping the families of fallen cavalrymen. If the family of PFC Henson would like to contact me regarding the establishment of a scholarship etc., my e-mail is scott_c_pierce@yahoo.com and our foundation website is www.2nddragoons.org. Thanks again for your service PFC Henson."
Scott C. Pierce of Raleigh, NC

"I am hoping someone will see this on this webpage and be able to help me. I am trying to reach the family of this soldier so that I can mail a flag to them that was flown in this soldier's honor. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that this family gave. Any assitance would be very helpful.
Thank you. emmylou9@hotmail.com"
Emmy of Charleston, SC

"Clayton....you were a drinking buddy....a comrade......a brother....i think about you everyday bro...you will never know how much i respect you...i know you went out fighting that night.....you are loved and missed bro.....i talked to your parents and they are so strong.....i wish i could talk to them again.......i continue the fight bro....hold it down and keep one cold for me man.....we will drink together again.....all the guys here miss you more everyday.....i wish i could have done somthing that night...im sorry i didnt have your back like i should have....forgive me bro.....till we ride again...YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE MY MIND....i love you man-Shaun"
Sgt Hummel of 3/89 cav 4th Brigade 10th MTN

"PFC Henson, you were a great soldier and a better man. you are remembered every day. what you gave can never be repayed. I remember you and PFC Ray Cuervo everyday."
SFC Robert Dehart of Ft. Irwin CA. (NTC)

"To the Family of Clayton...
I was in Diwaniyah that day...Clayton was a great soldier and an exceptional person...always a smile no matter what he helped many of us cope day to day...his loss was a devastating one to many..."
SSG VanCleef of Fort Knox, KY

"I wish i got to know you longer than time alowed us to. you wont be forgotten."
Spc.Jason DeAngelis of hhc 2-187 101st ft.campbell ky.

"Even tho i didnt know you i respect you. thank u for your sacrafice,and for serving. You gave your all. Rest In Peace PFC Matthew Redden B trp 1/2 acr OIF"
matthew redden of doniphan, MO

"you were family you will always be in the family the family of apache troop even though we were not in the same platoon you are a brother to me"
sgt. angel sanabria of ft. polk, la





"Hey little bro! It has almost been a year and I miss you more than ever. Mom and dad have your spot in the earth fixed up really nice, they are still taking care of their son. Everyone is well. Pappy built a new room onto the back of the house, it is really cool. I know it would be your new napping spot. lol.I just wanted to say hey and tell you i love you and am always thinking of you. hugs and kisses Mel"
Melissa of Midland, TX

"Though times has changed and new missions arrive, memories of you and what you have done for America and the people of Iraq will never be forgotten. You have set the standard for others to follow."

"Clayton, I still remember when we went on R&R for Christmas in Quatar. You were a great soldier and will never be forgotton. You paid the ultimate price for your unit and country."
Don McCastle of West Point, NY

"I had the awesome privalege of going to Greenwood with Clayton. I will never forget how much we picked on eachother in the mornings as we waited to head to our classrooms. We were just 4th graders but he was a good kid overall, and I really enjoyed being around him. There is nothing that can replace the loss of a child, and to the family, may God bless you all."
Kourtney Tucker of Midland, Texas

"Clayton was a good friend....
we will miss you.Rest in peace."
Skyler St.John & Kevin Jones of Midland,TX

"For Clayton family
I just found this website and I am so glad I did. Ever since I received a notice of casualty in my email about your boy I wanted to say to you how sorry I really am for your loss. And sorry is not enough. Please excuse me if I can't express my thoughts very well, it must be a combination of english as a second language and not seeing the keyboard well because of tears. My heart goes out to you and I know that no matter what I say it won't make your hurt go away. My son was in the same squad with Clayton so I know what happened. We're not supposed to feel this kind of pain. I won't say I know how you feel because I don't. But believe me, my heart aches for your baby boy and for you . I am so, so, sorry for what you have to endur. Sincerely, Adriana Juhasz"
adriana juhasz of grosse pointe MI

"Pfc. Henson - I love you Brother, you will always be in my mind.It was good to work with you and fight the war with you all those long days and nights, (that seemed forever). I'll miss you buddy. --Sgt. Gore B trp 1/2 ACR"
Sgt. Gore, Kennith H. of Ft. Polk,La. U.S.A.

"I can never fully express all the sympathy that I feel for your family. I remember Clayton from 1st grade with Ms. Vaughan and 2nd grade with Mrs. Chesher at Greenwood Elementary in 90' and 91'. When I first saw his name on CNN's website my heart sank because I knew exactly who it was. If you want you can contact me at RamAirD@aol.com
May god be with him."
David Scarberry of Houston, Tx

"Happy 21st Birthday Clayton! We are still and always will be thinking about you."
Love, Jessica and Hooker

"To the family of Clayton, I send my sincerest condolences. we share the same loss. My brother PFC Rey David Cuervo was KIA on Dec. 28, 2003. He was also assigned to the 2nd Calvary Regiment. My prayers and are with you during your difficult time."
Valentina Cuervo Barrientez of Laguna Vista, Texas

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

"I am Clayton's Mom. Thank each and every one of you for your support, thoughts, and prayers. Jessica from VA,thanks for all the e-mails and letter. Clayton is much more than a Fallen Hero, He is mine and James's little boy. He will be and already is missed. I love you, CLAYTON."
Rosalind Lewis of Midland, Texas

"On this day and everyday, Clayton, you are remembered!"
Jessica of Roanoke, VA Memorial Day 2004

"We will miss you!"
Melody Hodge of Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany

"Our family is greatly saddened by your loss. We are curious if Clayton is related to Eddie and Florine Henson of Lodi, California. Their son was also Clayton with a brother, Marshall (born in the late 20s). They were my cousins and we knew them in Delwin, TX. If you would like to contact me, please respond to J. Henson= jhenson@sw.rr.com"
J. Henson of Texas

"I am so sadden to hear of the loss of another fine young man. How can I begin to thank him for giving his life for me and my family's well being and safety. I know he had to be a brave person and I know he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. My prayers are with them and I know there has to be a very special place in heaven for our brave fighting men and boys."
Cathy Heyen of Uvalde, TX USA

"Jessica of Roanoke,

I am Clayon's brother Lex. I would love to talk to you and maybe get copies of the emails Clayton sent you. Please write me when you get the chance. lex656@hotmail.com

To all others. My family deeply appreciates your kind words in this most difficult of times. I too feel the pain of others lost and pray that no other families have to go through this.

God Speed Clayton"
Lex Lewis of Midland , TX

"To Clayton's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send you our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the family and friends of Clayton. I was lucky enough to become a pen-pal to him while he's been serving in Iraq, my boyfriend also serves with the same platoon as Clayton. They were very good friends. David spoke of him often and thought of him as a little brother! He was a great man who lived and died for his country. I am honored to have had the chance to get to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless."
Jessica of Roanoke, Virginia

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

"Rest in Peace Brave Solider.
The Taylors USMC NC"

"Our prayers are for God to see this family through these difficult times. Earth has no sorry that heaven cannot bare. Sleep in peace Clayton our soldier. Please pray for my son serving in Iraq, he is also from that unit."
Admon R. McCastle of Baker La. 70714

"To Clayton'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

"Words could never express all the sympathy felt for you in your great loss.Fam Rey david cuervo kia 12 28 03"
Rosalba kuhn of Laguna Vista Tx 78578

"Thank you Clayton Henson, 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. Clayton Henson:
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 Clayton 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. Clayton Henson:
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 Clayton, 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