Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Levi B. Kinchen

21, of Tickfaw, Louisiana.
A fellow soldier in Baghdad, Iraq tried to wake Kinchen and noticed he was not breathing. Kinchen was assigned to 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on August 9, 2003.

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"My deepest sympathy to the Kinchen family. Brother, I am sorry but I just heard the news. It was an honor serving with you. Levi was honest, motivated and hard working we will forever miss you.
Shaun Spencer 1-7 FA"

I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just during OIF but when you served in Kosovo as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Toujours Pret(Always Ready)
2nd ACR motto"

"I was there. I administered CPR for over 25 minutes and never left his side. We carried him to the medics and there I waited. I love you Levi and I remember like it was yesterday my fallen brother. You changed my life and I appreciate you looking out for me the rest of my tour! R.I.P. "Your my boy blue" 2nd HWB 2/2 ACR"
Christian Capetillo of Diboll, TX


I can still remember the laughs we had in Kosovo when we were roommates with 4 other soldiers. You helped me out a few times just by talking to me and it helped to make things more bearable from missing my young son. Miss you buddy!

Formerly Specialist Peters"
Rich Peters of Southgate,MI USA

"To the family of Levi Kinchen,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. SPC Levi Kinchen will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Levi B. Kinchen:
Levi 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

"SPC Kinchen is remembered so often. His passing is one that has stood out to me over the years. I'm not sure why that is. I have read the casualty list daily and when reading about Levi and the way he died back in Aug of '03, it stuck with me. When I saw Rick Springfield's "Christmas With You" video Dec. '07, for another unknown reason, I searched for and felt comfort when I saw Levi's name. I think of him as my Guardian Angel. Today, I just plugged Levi's name in the search engine, and was amazed to find so many web sites pop up, so here I am. May God bless Levi and his loved ones today and always. You will never be forgotten Soldier! Hooah!"
Elizabeth Livingston of Akron, Ohio

"May God Bless the Kinchen Family"
Chief Cage of Fort Polk, LA

"Hello Levi, I have been thinking of you. You did not know me in life, but you know that I think of you and how special you were. God Bless you for your bravery. I hope to meet you someday at the gates of heaven....."
C.C of Houston, Tx

"Levi paid the ultimate sacrifice for his and our country and we are so thankful to him and you. May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus."
Polly of Covington, Ga. U S A

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/9/04

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

"Levi and family, it's been a year, a lifetime, a moment. You will never be forgotten Hero!! Thinking of you all..."
Widow of OIF of USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing you today for my children's tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide comfort and peace to your family. May you enjoy your final Tour of Duty in Heaven; where there is peace. Thank you again."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"God Bless You. Thank you for the precious gift of freedom."
Tony Velazquez of New Iberia, La / Orlando, Fl

"Know that your Son's sacrifice for our freedom shall never be forgotten.
I am trully sorry for your loss.

God Bless your family"
Michael Gonzalez of Baton Rouge, La.

"Know that your Son's sacrifice our freedom shall never be forgotten.
I am trully sorry for your loss.

God Bless your family"
Michael Gonzalez of Baton Rouge, La.

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

"May God bless Levi and his family left behind"
Gene Kinchen of McDonough, GA

"To Levi's Family,

God bless you all and the soul of your son Levi. I have three precious children of my own and know how unbearable the pain of his loss is to you. I am humbled by the courage your son had to serve in our armed forces and participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He won't be forgotten by those of us who realize that freedom isn't free and that those who stand on the ramparts for it's defense our heroes worthy of our gratitude."
Scott S. of Gainesville, Florida

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

"Thank you Levi Kinchen, 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 have just learned about the loss of your son recently. I only met your son a few times, but he always brought a smile to my face. Do not think that your son died in vain. He will always be remembered as a hero."
SGT Joshua Kinchen of Albany, La - serving in OIF w/ 3-4 ADAR 82nd ABN DIV

"RIP, The Taylors in NC"

"Levi went to school with my brother,Slade Stilley. I'm sorry for the loss of your son. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. MAY GOD BLESS LEVI."
Brandee of Smithdale,Mississippi

"Levi went to school with my brother,Slade Stilley. I'm sorry for the loss of your son. MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY. MAY GOD BLESS LEVI."
Brandee of Smithdale,Mississippi

"While I did not know your son personally, my nephew, John Bruce HUGHES
did as they went to school together. We will also mourn your loss in the
days to come. We will be a the service to pay our respects, just another
spec in the crowd that will mourn with you.

GySgt. Roland B. HUGHES, Jr. USMC Retired
SSgt. Olby R. HUGHES USMC Retired"
The HUGHES Family of Tickfaw, LA

"To the Family you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills, Florida

"To the family and friends of Spc. Levi Kinchen:
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 Levi 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. Levi Kinchen:
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 Levi, 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