Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Curtis T. Howard II

32, of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Howard died near Balad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on February 22, 2006.

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"In July 1999 - September 2001, I was "SGT" Howard's Platoon Leader. We had some good times in Kosovo and one of the best learning experiences I have taken from the Army. I left the Army in 2005 but in September of 2009, I began working at the Pentagon and I realized that SSG Howard emailed me on February 13, 2006 to my Army email that I did not have access to. Unbeknownst to me at the time, he past on February 22, 2006.

Today is Memorial Day 2014, I will never forget him or his family's sacrifice to this nation! Gone but not forgotten!"
Steve Turner of Monterey, CA

"I am driving on the expressway now and I saw a car with a sticker honoring the memory of SDG Howard. I don't know the family, but I'd like them to know I am grateful for Curtis' sacrifice. Sending prayers and warm thoughts to him and his family. He will be remembered."
Maureen of Chicago, IL

"To the Howard family, SSG Howard was a friend, we where station in Vilseck Germany. He is truely missed. Your Cable Tow"
Keith D. Baxter of Midway, Ga

"I was one of the helicopter pilots that responded to the attacked that killed SSG Howard. Not a day goes by that I do not think about him and his crew."
Jacque of El Paso, TX

"Thinking of you all the time but especially on a day like Memorial Day. Go Blue, from my whole family. I've told them all about you, and I miss you."
Victor Morrow of Renssleaer, Indiana

"I served with Sgt. Howard in Kosovo we were really good friends back in Vilseck,Germany. Me and my wife got engaged at his house in Germany back in 1999. It was fun playing flag football with him and going out on many traing exercises with the unit. I knew him as a great leader, husband to his wife, and father. I heard about this back in the summer of 08 and it still hurts to know that we lost a good one. The last time I saw him was when he was in Master Gunner School atFort Benning, Ga and had to go back early to deploy to Iraq. We had plans to watch the 2003 Super Bowl at my house. He will be truely missed. And may God be with his family and most of all his kids."
Marcus Fuqua of Hohenfels, Germany

"February 2, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Curtis T. Howard, II:
Curtis 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:Curtis T. Howard 11 I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Dear Curtis,
I apologize for this very late condolence for the loss of your son. My mother, who still lives in Michigan, sent me many newspaper clippings of the Pfizer closure in Ann Arbor, and I just got around to reading the January 23rd article which featured you (Today's date is Oct. 3rd, 2007). I'm sure there's nothing new I can add, but hope that you accept my family's gratitude for the service Curtis gave for all of us. If you're ever in San Antonio, please come by and visit us. I work at the Univ. Texas HSC . . . so if you ever need a job maybe I can help.

Duff Davis of Boerne, Texas

"SSG Howard was a great man, I served with him in OIF 1. He was my Platoon Sergeant for a little while. He was one of the greatest NCO's ive seen. We miss you bro."
Robert of colorado springs

"Just wanted to say I had the pleasure of serving with SSG Howard for a few years in Vilseck, GE. He was a great man, soldier, and NCO. I share in your loss and wish you the best and my sympathies. He is a role model and hero to all. God bless!"
SGT Petey of Chicago, IL

"From our family in Ann Arbor. We have read about Curtis in the AA News. God Bless him and you."
Kris of Heinzman

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

"To the Howard Family I would like to offer My Deepest Sympathy For Your Loss. Curtis was My Brothers Friend and Comrade. I know they are in Heaven together. They are HERO'S and will be remembered in Our Prayer and our hearts For all of time. God Bless
Sister of,
Spc Walter B Howard"
Lisa Szarka of England

"To the Howard Family I would like to offer My Deepest Sympathy For Your Loss. Curtis was My Brothers Friend and Comrade. I know they are in Heaven together. They are HERO'S and will be remembered in Our Prayer and our hearts For all of time. God Bless
Sister of,
Spc Walter B Howard"
Lisa Szarka of England

"What do you say when your lose a friend we talk about this day so many times and you told me not to worry everything would be ok my heart still hurts but I no you are in good hands now may you rest in peace"
Chanel Pedersen of Lawton OK

"Thank you Curtis Howard II, 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 Staff Sgt. Curtis Howard II:
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 Curtis 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 Staff Sgt. Curtis Howard II:
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 Curtis, 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