Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Jeffrey S. Henthorn

25, of Choctaw, Oklahoma.
Henthorn died in Balad, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the 24th Transportation Company, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on February 8, 2005.

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"Still out here and will never forget
SFC Ret 1345th Trans"
SFC Ret Matt Tower of Oklahoma

"Veterans Day 2017
Still remembered man."
SFC (R) M. Tower

"Memorial Day 2017
Last night I was at the store and this couple had a ratchet strap so gaggled it was nuts. I stopped and showed them how to operate it. It immediately reminded me of the unit and you.
Always here always remembering.
SFC (R) Matt Tower 1345 Trans Co Oklahoma Army National Guard"

"Veterans Day 2016
Your still remembered. They say it's the holiday for those who lived but this is how I choose to remember."
SFC (Ret) M. Tower Oklahoma Army National Guard of Oklahoma

"Memorial Day 2016. Your day man. Though few go by I don't think of you. I'm still here so you are too."
SFC (Ret) M. Tower Oklahoma Army National Guard of Oklahoma

"Coming up on Veterans Day 2105. My thoughts go to you often. It has been a busy year with helping vets. You are my motivation and are not forgotten."
SFC (Ret) M. Tower 1345th Trans Co of Oklahoma

"Memorial Weekend 2015
Had an opportunity come up since last visit. I've used what I've learned and experienced, your memory and the strength from God to help others. I saved some and made the difference. Can't lose anymore. 22 is too many

SFC (Ret) Matthew Tower
1345th Trans Co"
Matt Tower of Oklahoma

"Veterans Day 2014. Your memory is still there. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Wish there was more I could say or do Jeff."
SFC (Ret) Matthew Tower 1345 Trans

"This is your day. Wish it weren't. My thoughts are still with you and my prayers for your family."
SFC Matthew Tower 1345th Trans OKARNG (RET) of Oklahoma

"Veterans Day 2013 my thoughts are still with you. You were so young when you came to us. I watched you grow, mature and learn. I wish I could have taught you more before you went active duty with me recommending it so you could better your life for you and your child. I wish we had never had that talk and you were still around. I failed You and You paid I'm sorry."
SFC Matthew Tower 1345Trans(RET) of Oklahoma

"Memorial Day is here and I'm still here as well and therefore you are remembered."
SFC Matthew Tower 1345Trans(RET) of Oklahoma

"Jeff, still think of you often. You are missed and I'm sorry. I lack the right words and the emotions run deep."
SFC Matthew Tower 1345Trans(RET) of Oklahoma

"To the family of:Jeffrey S.Henthorn
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""

"I have never forgotten him nor will I."
SFC Tower (Ret) 1345 Trans OKARNG of Oklahoma

"February 2, 2009
To the family of Spc. Jeffrey S. Henthorn:
Jeffrey 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

"Jeff, Halloween will find us in the next week and then the holidays will once again begin to haunt us. I miss you more and more each year on Thanksgiving and become a little bit more selfish, too. As greatful and as thankful that I am for the 25 years I got to have you in my life, I'm still angry sometimes that God didn't allow us to spend another 25 years more with you. Then, we have to deal with yet ANOTHER harsh blow...your birthday. Turkey day will be behind us again and December 3 will be beating down our door. And once more, mom and dad will get the little Christmas tree they bought for you out and decorate it's tiny branches with small ornaments. They'll wrap a short string of garland around it, look at what it actually represents for us, this broken family. As tears are being wiped back from our eyes, this little tree that doesn't look like much to others makes it's way for it's destination. I have yet to, however, lay eyes on this little tree of yours. I've gotten so used to being the strong one in our family and being the one to put on a brave face that I've learned how to FORGET the holidays. So, as you know, from the end of October until well past February 8, I don't visit your grave. I still wish I could have you ask me to read to you "T'was the night before Christmas" just like I used to when we were kids. On christmas eve, I'll look up to see if I see him out there...and someone else may glance down at your grave to look at the little tree mom and dad got you to remember you on Christmas. I pray that they'll appreciate it for me because I can't take myself THERE yet. I feel like I felt when we were little kids and mom and dad wouldn't let us celebrate Christmas without you, so we had to wait a couple of weeks to open our presents until you were home from the hospital. They said it wasn't right for us to have Christmas without you... in fact mom said "How would you feel if you were the one in the hospital and we went ahead and had Christmas without you...Ya know Shannon, Jeffrey has to wait to open his presents,too." That year wasn't very pleasant and since you've died, the holidays aren't any thing for me to celebrate anymore really as I'd like to without you around to share it all with. It's been 3 years now but it feels like just yesterday. I watched them bury your remains and prayed they would bury my soul with yours that day. I miss you more than life itself. I miss my baby brother...my buddy...my friend. I'll never be able to wrap my head around all this. Nor do I really have any desire to, either. It hurts so badly, so badly. Why? Why did it have to be this way?

Funny how we struggle to not forget the things we want to remember and torture ourselves trying not to remember the things we can't seem to somehow forget.

Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy(29th)Birthday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...and Goodbye 2008 (3yrs.) Hello February 8,2009 (4yrs.)"
Shannon Austill of Dibble, Oklahoma

"We will always miss him and we will never forget him... he lives on through our son Brenden Henthorn."
Sandra Hilburn of Pea Ridge, AR

"To the Family and friends of Jeffrey Henthorn:
It is Memorial day 2007 as I write this. I did not know of Jeffrey and his story but I was inspired to learn more of this fallen hero. This past Sunday at our church First Baptist Orlando we remembered those that had fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan by placing flags with the names of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of this nation. It was Jeffrey's flag that I carried and had the privilege to pray for his family and friends. I will never forget Jeffrey's sacrifice to protect and keep me and my family free. May God Bless you for He who gave His Son Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice for our forgiveness knows your loss.""
Abby Peters - age 13 of Orlando, Florida

"We lost our Josh (Iraq vet) to PTSD also...his story is here:

God Bless you, and know there are TOO MANY of us out here feeling the SAME pain.

ONE IN THREE of our Vets are returning with this killer disorder, something MUST be done NOW!

Goaling to Make a Difference,


Jeff's family, please join us here:
Julie Westly of Iowa USA

"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

"To my little brother; a list of things I had written in a letter that sadly was never given to you, but I think may be important for someone else.
1. The value of TIME.
2. The success of PERSERVANCE.
3. The pleasure of WORKING
4. The dignity of SIMPLICITY.
5. The worth of CHARACTER.
6. The power of KINDNESS.
7. The influence of EXAMPLE.
8. The obligation of DUTY.
9. The wisdom of ECONOMY.
10. The virtue of PATIENCE.
11. The improvement of TALENT.
12. The joy of ORIGINATING.

Shannon Austill oksoldiers@aol.com of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"To my first love, father of my only son, and dear freind: Jeff, I miss you so much...You shine on through our son more and more everyday.My eyes fill with tears upon every rememberance of you, even now as I type this message the tears fall heavy. Only God, you, and I know the complexity of the bond we shared till the day you passed. I know you see when I hide these tears at night as I pray,or when I get overwhelmed with this emptiness within and have to go cry in the bathroom, or when I stay up late and listen to our songs.I also know that through this whole tragedy that God has given me an inspiration that somehow makes me stronger...That inspiration is you. Everything you were and still are, which shines through the eyes of our son, and what lives on through your honorable legacy. It was a true Honor to let alone know you, but a pure blessing to have you love me and give me what is one of the greatest gifts; and that ,what Im most thankful for, what gives me the drive to be so strong....our beautiful son. In honor of this I will continue to raise our son with the memory of his Brave Daddy, that sacrificed his life for the freedom of our wonderful country, What a Daddy to be proud of! I know you are with us at all times and I also know you are finally holding the daughter we lost.Please give her kiss from mommy and let her know I will be there to hold her one day. I feel you watching over and so does chance. You are his hero and mine as well. I miss you.

To all those who have left messages: Thank you all for the sympathetic words that I can show my son and especially the prayers that you have blessed all who loved him with."
Trisha of Eufaula,Ok/USA

"I am saddened for our great loss of another American Hero and wish to send condolences to the Henthorn family. I knew Jeff when he and Trisha first began their courtship. Good times then…sorrowful times now. Jeff will never be forgotten. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Trisha, I know you are strong but if you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to look me up. God Bless!!!"
With unfathomable anguish and love, Julie Maurer of Midwest City, OK

"To the Jeffrey Henthorn Family and soo sorry for your loss. I pray God will comfort you in your suffering. He is a true hero!! God bless you and God bless America!"
Aubrey of Ardmore,Oklahoma

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

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jeffrey Henthorn. I lost my son on January 26, 2005 in a helicopter crash in Iraq. Those that have lost their lives are true heroes. May God comfort you in your time of need."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"Thank you Jeffrey Henthorn, 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 Spc. Jeffrey Henthorn:
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 Jeffrey 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 Spc. Jeffrey Henthorn:
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 Jeffrey, 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