Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Timothy C. Kiser

37, of Tehama, California.
Kiser died in Riyhad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 340th Forward Support Battalion, 40th Infantry Division, Red Bluff, California. Died on April 28, 2005.

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"Hey Tim, it's Alex Guitron from Fremont. Man we all miss you and wish the best for your family. Jeff and I attended your funeral as well as some others from Fremont. If there is a heaven Tim, then I'm sure you are reading these notes to you. Thank all of you who served with him, as you say 'He is a great guy.' I grew up maybe a half mile from him and knew him many years. Peace to you Tim. You are missed my brother, Amen"
Alejandro F Guitron of Kailua, HI USA

"It was ten years April 28,2015that you gave your life and took the IED that would have killed most of the men in that humvie My son Nick was also injured but he and the rest of the guys injured would have died also.God Bless you and keep you in Heaven until I can Thank you myself. Nancy K. Bosse"
Nancy K.Bosse of Moscow,Idaho

"It was ten years April 28,2015that you gave your life and took the IED that would have killed most of the men in that humvie My son Nick was also injured but he and the rest of the guys injured would have died also.God Bless you and keep you in Heaven until I can Thank you myself. Nancy K. Bosse"
Nancy K.Bosse of Moscow,Idaho

"Memorial Day 2014, my thoughts are still with you and your family. Never forgotten."
SSG Laube of Sacramento, CA

"dear Kiser family
I was Tim's roommate in Iraq. He always could make me smile when I had bad days. Then he got me started to work out in our great gym at Fob McHenry, to help me with my stress I had. He was a great soldier and friend. On that night he was hit by the IED I was on leave in the states so I never got to say good bye to him. I think about Tim a lot. The hardest time for me is on the holidays. Then, on last Sunday the healing wall was in my town, and it happens that they have an Iraq wall too and found his name. It all came out of me at once."
Tom Irby, sfc retired of Hayden, Idaho

"Sgt. Timothy C. Kiser..

It's been just over 7 years and I still think of you often. You will always hold a place of Honor in my office.

Thank you for your sacrifice. Miss you and your sly grin.

Rest In Peace, Tim"
Uncle Gene Lane of Dorris, CA

"Tim, I has been a few years since we were together, but I stil think of you often. Although I stood "Best Man" at your first wedding, you have always been one of the best men I have ever known. Your constant and infectious smile, good humor, and integrity are greatly missed. I feel privileged to have known you and will never forget our friendship. I am forever in your debt for your sacrifice and honor you for your never-wavering love of country and patriotism. (That's why we called you "Apple Pie Ki.) Rest well my brother and I will see you on the other side."
Cliff Andrade of Fremont

"you know this is the first time i have ever talked about it and i dont know why tim is my father in law i thank i just put it away and one day it will be better and mabe it will be tim was all and more than you could say he was a good father husband but to me he was a good friend always someone i could talk to and would never judge me when i first met him i remember like it was yesterday i walk up to him he was cleaning the garage he said you like my little girl i sail very quietley yes as he steped forward he leaner over and said what ever you do to her im going to do to you i was scared i almost ran but i didnt after that we became good friends we did everythig together we were always getting in trouble he always knew how to have a good time and when you were down he would pick you right up he was always there and had my back i wish i could have been there for him he always wanted to prove you wrong there was not nothing he wouldnt do if you told you cant do that he would say you want to bet always trying to prove you wrong i remember like it was yesterday the last thing i said to him i gave him a hug and said dont be a hero he said dont worry you got a job to do to he said you take care of our family i said i will and i hope i held up my end going to iraq was no big deal to him he said he was just doing his job well tim i just want you to know you are missed everyday i thank of you and miss you really could use your advise right now aiden is getting big he is full of energy i guess what i really wish is i could be half the man you were i will be fine you are the best and i will never forget you i look up at this picture with a smile on your face and i look at that smile every day and try to do the same i love you and miss you and will never forget the thangs you told me good or bad cant wait to see you again"
steven c morris of redding ca

"My name is Scott Solum. I was is Tim's squad in Iraq. He was the driver of the Humvee and I was the driver of the Humvee directly behind him that horrible night. You couldn't find him without a smile on his face. He was like that till the day his life was taken. One of the images that sticks out the most and an image I will never forget was an image of him dead in the humvee. He was still smiling. I feel Tim wasn't just a soldier, father and husband. He is my guardian angel. He was sent to me to spare my life. Somehow he made the trigger man pick him instead of me. Not a day goes by that I dont have thoughts about him, some are of the horrible night, but most are about how he was sent to my squad to save me. He is my inspiration to do good things, I was meant for better things and it's my job to make sure I don't let him down. I thank you Kiser family for giving me your husband, father, son, and uncle. He IS a great man and will never be forgotten for he is always with me. Please contact me if you get a chance. sancharge@hotmail.com Title the subject KISER."
Scott of Lynden, WA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"its been a while since i talked to u unck somtimes i wished u were still here u were the nicees guy i knew and i wish u could just come back i remeber the times we shared u r the funniest guy i know to this day i will allways love u and miss u unck ill see u again someday..."
Ron kiser of weleetka.oklahona

"Tim was my classmate, teammate (baseball) and friend.
He will ALWAYS be remembered and NEVER forgetten.
God Bless the Kiser Family & Friends."
David M. Cease of Fremont, CA

"Thank you Tim and his family for everything he did for our freedom. Yuo were truly a great guy and are missed!"
Angie Russo Schoenagle of Philadelphia, PA USA

"Memorial Day weekend 2009, I served with Tim in the 340th FSB. Doing what any combat vet does this weekend... remembering our fallen. Tim, you are remembered and sorely missed on this Earth. Thank you for your sacrifice. We honor you today."
SSG Horst Laube of Sacramento, CA

"April 15, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Timothy C. Kiser:
Timothy 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

"Timothy was my uncle and i love and miss him"
Darian Kiser of manteca california

"I am a member of "Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers" Since October of 2007, over 2,900 prayer shawls have been sent to family members of fallen soldiers. This group of over 235 knitting groups throughout the country is trying to make contact with all the families of fallen soldiers. If you would like a hand knit prayer shawl in memory of Timothy, please contact me at barbconway@comcast.net or 774 487-8618.
Sincerely, Barbara Conw"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"To the Kiser Familey,
To his children.
My Name is Major Rick Revell 910th Airlift Wing 773rd Airlift Squadron Youngstown Ohio.
I have often wondered for the past 3 years who Tim was and today 24 Dec I thought I would look back on events in my life that have had a big impact on the way I conduct myself in the future.
Tim has made that impact. since the night or should I say morning me and my C-130 crew landed on a last min change to our flight plan one night/ morning to go and fly into Kirkuk and bring one of our Bravest out of Iraq and start his journy home to his LOVED ONES.
Today I saw his face and it became a bit more personal this Christmas 3 years later. That morning under a blanket of Black Sky was one of the most important missions I flew over there. I just wanted his family to know that this pilot has never forgotten the 1000's of soliders on the ramp that dark dark morning to pay tribute to a brave young man , father , husban, and son.
I hope the best for his children this Christmas of 2008.

God Bless

Major Rick Revell Command Pilot C-130 910th Airlift Squadron Youngstown Ohio.
currently living in Medina Ohio."
Rick Revell of Medina, Ohio, USA

"Dear Kiser Family,
I was one of the medics stationed at F.O.B. McHenry with your son, husband and father. I'm afraid that I did not know him as well as some of the other men there, but I knew him in passing as came and went from our aid station. He was quick with a smile and always had the ability to make you smile. I wear a bracelet with his name on it as a reminder that some of us gave all that we had for the preservation of liberty and honor of serving our country in its times of need. I will forever remember him. Thank you."
Mark Smith, SGT (Ret.) of Boise, Idaho

"I am wearing a bracelet engraved with Sgt. Kiser's name as a small memorial to a fellow Californian who answered the call to duty. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Words do not do justice to the cost paid by families of soldiers who "gave the last full measure of devotion" to their country. I will wear Sgt. Kiser's name with humility and pride to remind me in the future of the profound cost of such endeavors."
Jim Wirt of San Diego, CA

"Tim was my brother in- law and I miss and love him! There was no one like him , you don't realize how much you care till you never see their face again. I hold in my heart the last big hug he gave me along with the words he said.. Somedays I think he will call and it will all be a bad joke.. He used to call me and play jokes on me , he was always being a comedian. He was a good person and a great brother to my husband. Our children lost their uncle and we will never forget him! We will carry his memory in our hearts forever!"
Victoria Kiser of Manteca, CA

"To the family of:Timothy C. Kiser 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"

The night the angels took you
to live with them above
the world we live in down below
lost someone truly loved..
I know we are extremely blessed
for knowing you, like we did.
Rowdy and rough, you made us laugh
and sometimes made us cry!
Giving anything a try.
Through the years you have grew into
the one we've all know and loved
Sgt. Timothy Kiser
You lived your life the way you chose
on the edge, some people said
No matter where you were or what you did
you chose the life you led.
Our family and friends were there
as we wept and cried
I know God was there watching too
with angels by his side.
Some would say that can't be so....
Some say it isn't true
but I know God was watching
the night the angels took you.
As you said Freedom isn't Free!!!!!
Thank You Tim
With Love Always Your Friend Your Family
Natasha Shores of Red Bluff, Ca, USA!!!!

"Tim was my "roommate" and a good friend. He always had a problem with me and my other friends playing our guitars when he wanted to watch T.V. BUT he eventually came around. My musician friends and I discovered he had a voice! That man could sing! Once we got him to sing we couldn't get him to stop either. He was a man of priorities and the mission always came first. In my opinion he was a model soldier and my inspiration to do my best. Tim loved to build things and was always looking to make his "home" more homey. He built a patio cover, bench, deck, bookcases/ wall units, my workspace, and a screen door. He was always thinking of others. Tim was a man of wisdom, enlightenment, and encouragement even under the stresses of war. Most of all he'll always be my brother..."
SPC William Warren of Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

"Tim was a good friend. I was in the 340th with him, and prior to my mobilization and his deployment I got to know his kind heart. I will always have the smiles to remember him by and his generousness to model my life after. He was a great man, a great father, and a GREAT Soldier! He will never be forgotten. All my love and prayers to his family and friends that miss him terribly."
SGT Charlene Hanley of Chico, CA/USA

"timothy was my uncle and i will always love and miss him."
ron kiser of oklahoma

"To the family of sgt. Kiser,
I am very sorry for your loss. My dad is over there right now and he knew Sgt. Kiser. When my dad came home for r&r my dad said so much nice stuff about him. I am very sorry.I will pray for your family every night and i am so sorry that you have to go through this.I really admire Sgt. Kiser for fighting for our country."
Jenevia of Elk Grove

"To SGT Kiser's Family,
My husband SPC BAGLEY was in the humvee with your husband and father on that dreadfull day. I'm deeply sorry for your lost. Words cannot express my appriciation for him and the sacrifice he made. I will forever be in debt to him for protecting my husband while they were serving together in Iraq. Adam thought the world of him, and misses him dearly. He still has a hard time talking about Kiser. You are all in my prays and will forever be in my heart. Thank you for supporting him in his decision to serve our country. He is my HERO and will forever be. Thank you Kiser for watching out for Adam."
Mandy Bagley (SPC Adam Bagley) of Rexburg, Idaho

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

"i was in tims platoon in iraq. he was with us for about 3 months but we considered him one of our own, with his personality it was kinda hard not too. tims death was pretty hard for us to deal with and our thoughts were and stll are with his family.tim was a good man that will never be forgotten by the men of 2nd platoon Bravo company 116th engineer battalion out of grangeville idaho."
jason page of fob mchenry, iraq

"Tim was my class of '86 Irvington High classmate. I knew him for over 24 years and when I found out about his ultimate sacrifice for our beloved country, my heart and mind sank into a sense of grief and sadness knowing that one of my contemporaries has now fallen in Iraq. May the Good Lord continue to comfort and bless Tim's family now and forever. May God welcome with open arms this American Military Hero!! God bless you, my friend!!"
Alfred Hernandez of Houston, TX

"Timothy was my son and I will always love and miss him forever!!!!!!"
Jacquie of Milpitas, Ca

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. We will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

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

"Thank you Timothy Kiser, 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 Sgt. Timothy Kiser:
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 Timothy 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 Sgt. Timothy Kiser:
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 Timothy, 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