Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Andrew R. Houghton

25, of Houston, Texas.
Houghton died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., of injuries sustained on July 10, 2004 in Ad Dhuha, Iraq, when a rocket propelled grenade detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on August 9, 2004.

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"On 12 AUG 2004, I played taps at his memorial service in Iraq. I was overwhelmed by the words spoken by his fellow soldiers; the constant theme was his unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. God used this to his glory, and to bring me to my knees - and by his grace I have placed my faith in Jesus, and am eternally grateful for the role this man had in bringing me to Christ, even in his death. I will never forget this man that I never met. Thanks be to God for his life!!"
Gary Wilder of Bamberg, Germany

"Your love of life and your spirit grab my heart every day. This Memorial Day 2011, I remember your sacrifice. Keep smiling ... love always. FaFa"
Sharon Houghton Grasshoff of Kerrville, Texas

"To the family of:Andrew R.Houghton
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"3-27-11"

"George and Cindy, Many days come and go that I think of you and your great pride of Andy's service to our great nation...Yet, I know the sorrow of his supreme sacrifice probably shadows that feeling. Michael and I lost our eldest son Kael to an automobile accident just 2 weeks after Josh arrived home from Iraq.What irony! Yet we can only take comfort that God in His mercy and wisdom knows best.and we are much comforted, as we know you are also, in the consolation that we will all be together again in God's divine palace. AS for this memorial day, we honor Andy, and have offered prayers for your family with the desire that the days will shine brighter upon you than the shadow of loss. God Bless you !"
Cyndy Reeves of Kirbyville, Texas

"I remember ... you ... Andy ... this Memorial Day 2009. I remember every day. I fly our flag in your memory."
Sharon Houghton Grasshoff of Kerrville, Texas

"The present is a fine moving line that turns tomorrow into yesterday. The line moves, taking with it the memories of your voice on the answering machine, the backward tilt of your head when a good laugh erupts, you fork attacking a tall stack of pancakes at the Huddle House, and a deep regret that I did not come to Germany when you asked me to come along with your parents in 2003. The moving line, however, brings us closer together. See you. Always, Aunt Karon"
Karon Houghton Mathews of Utica, Michigan

"Joshua 1:9 and John 16:33"
Jared Behne of Webster, Texas, United States of America

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Capt. Andrew R. Houghton:
Andrew 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

"Dear Houghton Family: Just a note to let you know that we continue to pray for your strength and for your beautiful son's soul. It has been one and one half years since your loss and we will NEVER forget. Andy will always be an example of what a true American should be. God bless you and keep you."
Lynn Vincent of St. Johns, Michigan

"The North Carolina National Guard members, who served along side Lt. Houghton remember him, allways."
Spc. Haynes of Shelby, NC, USA

"Mr. Houghton -- Thanks very much for your moving talk last night about your hero son at the Impact Players dinner. I was moved, not only by your comments about a wonderful, caring son and soldier, but also how much we all forget how lucky we are to have these young men and women to fight for our freedom. Thanks for soldiers like Andrew, and thanks again for your comments."
Terry D. Woodall of Kingwood, Texas

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Houghton,
Today is Memorial Day, 2005. My sister and I were visiting the West Point cemetery to pay tribute to our father, and by chance we met you both while you were visiting your son, Andrew's gravesite.. It touched our hearts so much to spend several minutes with you, to hear about your son, what a great person he was, and how proud you are of him..We too, are proud of him.. Not only was he a great person during his lifetime, but he gave his life for his country, and no words can adequately express the gratitude we feel for this sacrifice.
It is a Memorial Day we will never forget, because we met you both, and in a way your son, Andrew.
Our hearts go out to you as parents for your unimaginable loss...But may you continue to find comfort in the happy memories you have of him, and in the knowledge that he will never be forgotten...
Our thoughts and prayers are with you today, and always, as we honor your son, Andrew. May he rest in peace in his beautiful beloved West Point.."
Diane Tuohy of Oradell, N.J.

"Andy Panda ... I miss you. Now you are Andy Angel ... and safe in God's arms. Tears still flow, but memories are strong. Bless you, sweet man - friend & hero to so many.
Aunt FaFa"
Sharon Houghton Grasshoff of Katy, Texas

We miss you so much. Not even death can diminish or destroy the goodness and joy you brought to our lives. We are "driving on," taking care of each other and staying in touch with your men and their families. Following your example...
Love, Aunt Karon and Uncle Stan"
Karon Houghton Mathews of Utica MI

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Houghton,

I just want to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers."
CPT Nancy McLaughlin, 1st Infantry Division Liaison of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

"To the Houghton family: My deepest heartfelt prayers to your family. I went to elementary school with Andy, and it was an emotional shock to learn of his death. I hope all the prayers and letters help to ease the suffering of you and other families of the Fallen Heroes. I write this letter in the wake of a co-worker's loss of his son today in the war in Iraq. I am truly saddened for all the families who have lost love ones in this war. My prayers go out to all of you , and may God bless all of you. I honor all the Heroes who have given the greatest offering for their country, so that others may enjoy the luxury of freedom. God Bless"
Corey Mueck of San Marcos, TX (Hometown- Rosenberg, TX)

"To The Family and Friends of this Flown Away Angel,

Thank you. Thank you for your love for this man and thank you for the love for your country that you must have had to allow him to serve the country that he loved in such a heroic capacity. Words can't convey my appreciation. You are all heroes in my book. I entitled my homepage on AOL Heroes Never Die. At the bottom is a heartfelt tribute and thank you to all who serve or have served and their families. If you'd like to go to it or pass it on, the url is http://hometown.aol.com/singingcowboy674/myhomepage/business.html. Just scroll down to the bottom there and you will see it. I appologize for the gap in the page. It doesn't show up when i go to edit it, but, I don't know how to fix it. God bless you and may God put his arm around each and every one of you. I know it hurts everyday but some days its worse than others, so, though I'm a total stranger that just happened apon this site, I'll be more than willing to be there as a friend if you need me. Again, God Bless and if there is anything, material or spiritual that I can ever do for yall, just let me know. singingcowboy674@aol.com is my email address. Thank you again for your flown angel. Salute."
Adam A. Cornelison of Cumming, Ga USA

"My God, My God! My Dear Jesus, please wrap your loving arms around this man and his family.

Please help us, Lord to come to a peaceful finality to this war!

We need peace for all!

Thank You, Jesus"
Richard of Largo, FL

"Captain Houghton, I want to give you my deepest thanks for protecting my freedom while at the same time delivering freedom to people who have never felt its wonder. I send my deepest condolences to your family and friends."
Ken of Denver, Colorado

"To the Houghton family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Although I don't know Andrew he was my brother's roommate in Iraq. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate Andrew's friendship with my brother, Kenneth. I know they always kept each other company when times were rough and when they needed it the most. I will always keep Andrew in my mind and in my prayers."
Vicky Garcia of Indianapolis, Indiana

"CPT Houghton, I remember when you were a brand new 2LT. I enjoyed our humorous conversations and familiarity with Houston. Me and my crew had accepted you into our TX ranks and had a great time. It saddens me and the great friends I know you have, that we have lost another Quarterhorse soldier.
I will miss you."
SFC Shawn Wussow of Ft Knox KY

"God bless you my brother in Christ. I did not know you, but I do know several of your fellow brothers and sisters in the Catholic community of Strake Jesuit and St. Agnes. Please watch over us from your heavenly home. May you serve proudly in God's army as you did in the U.S. Army. My love to all your family here on Earth. Know that Andrew is my hero. And heroes never die! In Christ's name."
Lauren of Houston, Texas, The United States of America

"Andrew, you will live forever in the hearts of your family, country, and those of us who cherish the freedoms you and others have given us. I am a Viet Nam veteran and send my heartfelt thoughts to all your friends, relatives, and LTC Byrne at USMA."
Dewight Tete Long of Davenport, Iowa

"Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your brave soldier. May the love of God and a grateful nation pull you through these dark days.
Thank you Andrew."
A very proud American of Texas

"On behalf of the family of SPC Shawn Davies, our thoughts and prayers our with you. May god be with you during you time of sorrow. We also share in the loss of a soldier. Andrew will never be forgotten"
Toni Peters of Cleveland, OH

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

"We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Andrew Houghton. God bless those who choose to fight for our freedom. Those who enjoy freedom owe much gratitude and respect to this brave patriot and his family."
The Starr Family of Glenshaw Pa USA

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

"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

"We express our deepest sympathy to the family of Andrew R. Houghton. No words can be said to heal the hurt you are feeling right now. We have also lost a Marine to the fighting in Iraq.His name is Larry Wells. They are now our angels of armor."
The Crochet family of Chauvin, Louisiana

"From the Wahl family (NEW YORK / Houston, TEXAS) We are deeply sadden by your lost. Our hearts and prays are with you. Not easy losting a love one. Andrew is truely, an amazing individual! He has touched many lives in the service, in his personal life and those in Iraq. We lost our son, so this really, hit's us hard."
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"Well sir, nothing I can say will change what has happened..I wish I could have had the pleasure of serving with you when I was in 3rd platoon, unfortunately I had other obligations to another Troop. The guys are doing well, taking everything that is thrown at them and keeping their heads up and continuing their job. I wish I was back on the line, working with them again but I guess my efforts are needed where I'm at now. The guys of 3rd bat won't ever forget the job that you and Blodgett have done for them and the squadron. Prepared and Loyal Sir."
SPC. Lopez, Brian of FOB MacKenzie, Iraq

"To Andrew'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

"God Bless you Andrew ~ You are a
True American Hero"
The Redrow Family of Pine Hill, NJ

"To the family of Andrew Houghton;

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

"To Andrew'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 Andrew Houghton, 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 Capt. Andrew Houghton:
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 Andrew 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 Capt. Andrew Houghton:
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 Andrew, 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