Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott

20, of Shakopee, Minnesota.
Herrgott died from a gunshot wound while on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq. Herrgott was assigned to the 1-36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Wiesbaden, Germany. Died on July 3, 2003.

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"Never Forgotten
Happy Fourth Dude!!!"
JL of CA

"Happy Fourth Jim"
Lester of CA

"its been more than 10 years but I still remember HERRGOTT like if it was yesterday. even though you are no longer here I always find you in my dreams going thru dire moments"
ulises verastegui of louisville ky

"Miss you Brother"
Michael Mashino of Port Republic, MD

"I knew you in junior high as one of your civics teachers. You gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country. All I have to offer is a thank you. To your family, I am sorry. I cannot imagine the pain and suffering you have endured. But know that he died in honor. God bless you."
Susan Marsh of Minneapolis, MN

"Graduated with our daughter, Shakopee Class of 2001. Our thanks and gratitude for his service to our country will not end. He will not be forgotten."
Ellen Sorenson of Shakopee, MN

I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"We were never the same when you left us but better men for knowing you. I hope you found peace wherever you are and comfort in knowing you left this world a better place. We miss you bro... you are not forgotten"
SGT A. Ariel "Rozi" Rosario B Co 1/36 IN of Los Angeles, CA U.S.A.

"PFC Herrgott,,
We will always remember you."
R7, CSM (R) Ray Houston of SA TX

"Still think about you all the time, 1/36 Infantry will never forget our heroes . God bless your family , God bless our country . Deeds not words ."
SGT Hatton of Sanford N.C.

"Mr Got we miss you everyday and thank you for the way you changed our lives. I am honored to have known and served with you. Rest in Peace Brother."
SSG James Yampey of Kandahar, AF

"I work at Snowshoe Mountain resort in WV and found a bracelet with PFC Herrgott's name and info on it. I am still hanging on to it because I thought someone would like to have it back. My email is tetercleaning@gmail.com and I would be more than happy to mail this to the person that it belongs to. I will, of course, ask for additional info as to what is on the bracelet to make sure it gets to it's rightful owner."
Michelle of Snowshoe, WV


"we had good times in friedberg for some reason i dnt know what to say i miss you and love you brother.deeds not words.you tell maher i miss him too."
morris of mesa az

"C-Co. 1/36 Inf. Hardrock. Still thinks of you brother. We will never forget . God bless your family . Deeds Not Words. Go tell the Spartans. Ready First."

"Thank you for your messages, they soothe us in a way. Knowing that he is still missed by so many is a statement of his life. Jim we all love you, All give some and some give all."
Marcia Herrgott ( mom of this brave soldier) of Shakopee

"I still miss you Brother."
SSG Helwig of Fort Riley Kansas

I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Deeds....Not Words!"
(36th Inf. Motto)"

"After returning from the memorial service for yet another young american hero, I thought again of the sacrifice made by all. The following passage is appropriate for them all: "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
We remember and love them all for,they are the "Defenders of our Freedom."

Dave Dunn
Minnesota Patriot Guard
"Its about Honor, Dignity, Respect.""
Dave Dunn of Cottage Grove, MN

"I just watched "Taking Chance" on HBO. A very moving film to say the least. I recall Edward as being the first Minnesotan to fall in the Iraq conflict. Would like you to know that for me memorial day is not just another day to go to the cabin and grill hamburgers. I recently went to China & came back with a deeper appreciaton for the freedom i enjoy and for those who have provided it for me. To the Herrgott family, I hope time has alleviated your pain. Just wanted you to know your loved one will always be remembered on Memorial day."
Mike of Saint paul/ Mn/USA

"Its been about six years and I think about Jim every day,we spent countless nights doing what soldiers do and making memories that make me smile to my self every time.Ive recently retured from a second tour in iraq and on more than one ocasion Id like to think Jim stoped what he was doing up their and came down to spread some of that increadable strength he posesed deep within around my team.Thats just the man he was,A loyal friend."
Sgt Lester Sniper section 1/160IN ANG of ca

"I was in Herrgott's platoon in Iraq. There is never a day that goes by that I don't think about him. He is a hero to us all. R.I.P."
SGT Jones, Todd E. of TSF K-16, Korea

"February 8, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott:
Edward 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 Herrgott family,
Although I only knew Jim as the young man who used to beat all of us at the M.O.A Nascar racing league, it was obvious he was someone special. I looked forward to those nights with both Ed and Jim as well as the rest of the clan. I want to as a member of the Minnesota Patriot Guard and an american citizen extend my deepest condolences to your family for the loss of such a great young hero. Our hearts and souls will never forget the sacrifce made by Jim and all those who serve and have served.

Dave Dunn
Minnesota Patriot Guard Riders
"Standing for Those Who Stood For Us""
dunn.dave@comcast.net of Cottage Grove, Mn

"dear grandma and grandpa,
i dont knwo it you actually read this or know about this site but i am in school and i am supposed to be researching but i like to look up about the soldiers escpecially jim. i usually just search jim herrgott in google and last time i didnt see this. i wanted to leave a message just for the fun of it. I really miss jim. he was like the only uncle that was close to my age. well close enough. i love how our family has the grave for him and all the liscence plates and everything. i love to go through all the books about him and things like that it just gives me a sense that he is still around somehow. well love you! your grandchild miranda."
miranda of bloomington,mn, united states.

"I was in iraq with Jim, i am still in 1 36 Inf, he is thought about often by the men who knew him. He was a great person, and will alway's be held in high regard. I will never forget him and wish the best for his loved ones. I have just returned from iraq for my second time. And i know i am blessed to have served with men like Jim, and many others. God bless you brother and god bless your family and our country. Spartans 1 36 Infantry."
Sgt David Hatton of Germany

"Peace to you Ed and your family. You are in the company of America's heros.

Thank you."
Mark Herrgott of Rockville, Maryland

"To the family of Edward J. Herrgott:

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"

"Jim will never be forgotten. Even though it has been almost 2 years, I think about him everyday! I was Jims girlfriend of two years and he still means the world to me and everyone that he has ever met, he has touched a lot of peoples lives and will never be forgotten. God bless our troops, everyone of them!"
Sara McWilliams of Mankato,MN

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
Patton, Jr, General George Smith

Though I never met 'Jim', I will think of him every day, as his name graces the bracelet I wear around my wrist. Knowing he was the same age at the time of his passing that I am now is a sobering reminder that we must all make the best out of every day that is given to us."
Meghan of Ithaca, NY

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"I am sorry to hear that your loved one has died from a war in Iraq. My cousin went to the war in Iraq. It was scary for me and my family because we didn't really know if he was going to survive so we were really worried! but to make you feel better. Alot of others have died from the same war or others. Later in life I hope you fine some happiness. I hope someday this world will have peace.

7th Grade student"
7th grade student of Barker Middle school

"I'm sure that this great loss will be hard to overcome. I'd like to send my condolences to the family and frieds of Edward J. Herrgott."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

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

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

"To Pfc. Herrgott's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Edward was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

"My name is SPC. Bruno Giordano. I'm in the Army National Guard. 3rd Battalion 116th Infantry 29th Infantry Division. I attended basic training with Edward Herrgott. He was a great soldier and will be sorely missed. My condolensces go to his family. God Bless the Herrgott family."
SPC Bruno Giordano of Manassas, Virginia / USA

"Thank you Edward Herrgott, 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

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the loved of of Pfc. Herrgott. It was my honor to be his squad leader for a short time before I left for Ft. Hood. He was an outstanding soldier and a great person. Quiet but always cheerfull. To see his name as one of the casualties hit my stomach like a stone. He will be greatly missed."
SSG Bonetti, Freddie A. of Ft. Hood, Texas

"I would like to extend my deepest, sincerest sympathies to you during this tragic time. From what I've read, it sounds like Jim was a terrific person, so I know he's up in heaven bringing joy to everyone up there. I know he's watching over all of you as well. May God bless you and give you strength. You folks will always be in my heart and in my prayers."
Kim Smith-mother of Pv2 Robert Lewis Frantz of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Edward Herrgott:
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 Edward 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. Edward Herrgott:
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 Edward, 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