Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Benjamin W. Isenberg

27, of Sheridan, Oregon.
Isenberg died in Taji, Iraq, when his military vehicle came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire and an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, Corvallis, Oregon. Died on September 13, 2004.

Isenberg was posthumously promoted to Sergeant as of September 13, 2004.

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"Bless you! See you some day! :)
Bud Kaye of phoenix, az

"Ben was a sweet awesome guy. A little shy in high school but was always willing to talk to you if you wanted to talk to him. He was in my history class and that's when I really got to know him. I learned how much he loved our country and how much he wanted to be in the army. Our dads were buddies so it made it easy to talk to him. I don't know what made me think of him after all these years. He's not forgotten and never will be. RIP Ben ... You maybe gone from this earth but your still protecting everyone on it. My condolences to his family."
Kristin M Woody of Oakdale, CA

"Several years ago I ordered a remembrance bracelet and it had Bens name on it, I think about him every year on the anniversary of his death, I hope to one day meet his two kids and his wife. This soldier will never be forgotten by me."
Houston T. Cranford of Louisiana

"To the family of:Benjamin W.Isenberg
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 remember you Ben, all of our troubles, missions, the days we were in, you did good things, we talked one day during chow of what we had done as civilians, and what we would do one day again. It was the last time you and me talked as such, then a day or two later you were gone. A father, a husband, a good man. I took it hard. How could this be. See you on the other side."
Scott Davis of Waldport, OR

"Thank you Ben. Thank you for your friendship while we worked together at the lumber yard in Dallas, Oregon. But mostly thank you for your service and sacrifice to our nation and its future. I think about you often; espcecially the time when we tried canoeing the Santiam River together during flood stages and we sank the boat! Very fond memories of you."
Carlin Irish of Beaverton, Oregon

"Isenbergs - Ben comes to mind often, and I always pray for you, Rachel, and the kids. God bless you and stay safe."
Jhar Fuller of Arlington, WA - formerly of Dallas, OR

"To those who years later still "Remember' I thank you!.
LTC (Ret) Isenberg
San Francisco"
Robert Isenberg of Temporarily on assignment in SF

"August 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Benjamin W. Isenberg:
Benjamin 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 and friends of Sgt. Benjamin Isenberg: I'd like to let you know about an event taking place this Saturday, June 14th in Topeka, KS called The Reading. We will be reading the names of the fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan. It should take approximately 6 hours to complete. Sgt. Isenberg is on my list and I'd like to tell you it will be an honor. I thank him for serving our country and will never forget the sacrifice he made to keep this country a better place and preserve our freedom. Veterans@netzero.com"
Grace of New York

"On one mission oustide the wire, when things were quiet, we were sharing dreams and then analyzing them. Ben had dreamt that he was not able to help his family in a time of need. We determined it showed how he cared more for his family's well-being then his own, even when in Iraq. I looked up to him after that and will forever do so."
Josh Groesz, a battle buddy of Portland, OR

"To the Isenberg family: Your son, husband, and father is a true hero and patriot. During those tougher times, try and remember all of those countless people that Ben has positively influenced as a role model and mentor. Though I've never personally met Ben, I know that he lived a very good, purposeful, and meaningful life. Even though he has been called home, he is still with you and will continue to be a great source of strength for you and many others."
LtCol Bill Mackey, USMC and Family of Okinawa, Japan

Thank You for protecting our country. You are our families hero.
Love Always,
Nicole Pourroy (Cousin)"
Nicole Pourroy of Antioch, CA

"To all of the Isenburg Family, we pray for you constantly for God to give you strength with your loss of Ben. Ben was such a good man, husband, father, and soldier. All of us are blessed just knowing him as the person he was. God Bless You Ben! We will see you again!

Ira and Charlene Burgess (Fellowship of Christian Cowboys) of Stayton, OR

"Isenberg Family,
I send my seepest condolences for Ben's Loss. I went to Western with him and we had a couple of Geography courses together. Big Ben was a good man and had good values. I only knew him for a little while, but his memory will stay with me forever. Thank you for your Sacrifice. God Bless."
SGT Stephen Cherry of Eugene, Oregon

"To Ben and Family,
You are a true hero! You are my hero. We are still praying for you Isenberg family. We are praying for your sons, and your wife. We will never forget you Ben. You will always be missed. good-bye soilder, I will see you in heaven.
God bless your family."
SSG David Weisenburgs Brother -Daniel of Portland, Oregon

"Thank you Ben for serving to make a difference. I pray that your two little boys will grow up to know what a hero their father and all the other members of the armed forces are. And to Raechel, I hope you always remember Romans 8:28 and pray that your joy returns."
Sheila of Sheridan, OR

"To LTC Isenberg and family:
May Ben rest in honored and well deserved glory. A soldier known not only by God, but also by many fine Americans from sea to shining sea. As Jesus so eloquently said at the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapter 5) "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the Sons of God". Fallen heroes such as your son Ben died not in vain, but lives on as tribute to the oppression of tyranny and injustice like so many gone before him in our nation's history."
Mike Bigjoe of Lacey, WA

"To Benjamin's family and friends, I was never priviledged to know Benjamin, but I did know David Weisenburg, the courageous man with whom Benjamin lost his life. From the wonderful articles that were written about both Dave and Benjamin, I can tell that he was a kind, gentle, loving man who loved his country and his family and is dearly missed. Please know that you are in my prayers. Know that Ben and Dave died as heroes; they sure are my heroes."
Margaret of Portland, OR

"Dear Ben.
You are a true hero and we all miss you. We will never forget you.

Love,Ashley Pourroy (Ben 2nd Cousin)"
Ashley Pourroy (Bens 2nd cousin) of San Jose

"To those who read these messagages and leave kind words.. Thank-you. Your prayers and support are felt."
LTC Robert Isenberg of FT Lewis WA

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

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

"To the family and friends of Benjamin, he is a true hero, and will never be forgotten. Our family shares in your sorrow, we lost my brother SPC Shawn Davies on July 8, 2004. May God be with you at this time and until you meet with Benjamin again."
Toni Peters of Concord, OH

"To Benjamin'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 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."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To Benjamin'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

"To the family of Benjamin,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We know your pain as we have also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Benjamin is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.nett of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you Benjamin Isenberg, 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. Benjamin Isenberg:
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 Benjamin 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. Benjamin Isenberg:
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 Benjamin, 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