Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Allen J. Knop

22, of Willowick, Ohio.
Knop died in Baghdad, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 23, 2005.

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"Knop, it has been so long, but never once have you ever been forgotten. I remember being in Baghdad with you underneath the sabers just talking all night! Or that flower you put behind your ears while on patrol! Too many good memories to write about. Was good times brother. Miss you buddy."
Troy of Las Vegas, NV

"Its been 7 years you,ve been gone I just heard of it from your mother God Bless and farewell much love Queen of Battle"
Spc Mivens, Derrick of Ft. Hood

"Six years ago on this very day,
The ultimate sacrifice you did pay.
Your second tour was far from home,
Unsure of the enemy and where they roam.
The news was wrenching with buckling knees,
Hoping the information was wrong oh Lord please.
For you will no longer trod on this earthly place,
But a comfort to know you can kiss GODS face!
Thank you Allen James Knop for giving your all,
Leaving your loved ones to answer the call.
We miss you and love you and will never forget,
This horrific and dreadful unpayable debt.
Love Mrs. K"
Mrs. K of Kirtland, Ohio

"Allen, God bless you, and rest in peace! I was on Camp Striker with you that somber evening in November 2005! Respect!"
Leroy Woodrup Jr of West Palm Beach, FL

"to the family of another american hero...........my thoughts and prayers go out to you all.....now the army team of " GOD " just got larger....the beer will be flowing with the laughter of reunitement of the team...... may you stay strong and proud as i do..."
m.bourdon of texas

"Hey brother I hope heavens warm, I will see there when my time comes. We will have a beer maybe you could sing some David Allen Coe for me again. For now I am after the truth my friend,rest easy."
Dango of Prague,Oklahoma

"My dear friend it's been four years since you left this world a lesser place. I think about you often and how you made me laugh. I love you my brother."
Warrior Fox 3 of OKC, OK

It was an honor to serve with you, man. I'll raise a glass for you tonight and again on Thanksgiving. Your never far from thought. "To the boys.""
James Goldstein of Ft. Benning, GA

"To all soldiers and Al's friends we thank
you on this veterans day. We miss you Al
and wish you didnt have to leave us so soon in life. We still remember your smile and fun. Luv ya Aunt marty"
marty of montville ohio

"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 Gahanna, OH / USA

"dear allen im sorry i did not get to know you better. Im sorry i was not a better uncle. I love and miss you. Your uncle ken"
uncle ken zappia of clinton washington

Was a special person in our hearts. We
miss him . Please prayer all our soldiers come home safely."
marty, knop of montville, ohio

"November 16, 2008
To the family of Spc. Allen J. Knop:
Allen 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

"It was Thanksgiving day when Gunny notified me of your passing. I immedietly had passing visions and thoughts of us in Iraq and remembered how much you made us laugh and kept our spirits up in such a place. I still think of you to this day and pray that you rest in peace for you deserve it my brother. I am proud to have been your "Doc" with 1/9 Cav- may God be with your family and give them peace also."
Brian Butler of Fort Hood, Texas

"Allen will always be remembered. We know that time does not heal such a loss. My stepson, Joshua Harmon, was killed in Iraq this past August. While they were soldiers, they were still babies in their parents' eyes. We struggle every second to live through this devastation, as you have had to do. God bless Allen, and your family, and thank you for your sacrifice."
Leslie Harmon of Willoughby, Ohio

"hi allen,
we all miss you and love you.I pray for you and your family everyday.I hang out with Rachel and your mom almost everyday.your sister is looking like you everyday.i love you...leanne"

"Hi Allen,
I can't belive it is coming closer to 2 years since you left us.I think of you every day.On your birthday the last 2 years I brought you Red White and Blue carnations.(your birthday was a day before mine.)This past Memorial Day I was marching in the parade with my lil Cub Scouts,and after words when we were at the ceromney as taps played and the 21 gun saulte went off,the tears came from my eyes as I thought of you and your ultimate sacrifice.I felt your presence and yor smile there with me.I see your pics daily in my house they are displayed with pride.This past April I also did A motorcycle run it was a ralley for the troops ride,I also felt you in my presence that day.As your name was called as a Fallen Hero I looked up to Heaven and knew that you were watching over myself and the other 10,000 Bikers who were there to support our war Heroes.You and your other fallen brothers and sisters from wars past and present are my true American Heros.You were an amazing youung man who was loved by all we will never forget and I know I will see you again.Rip Cuz.
Love you very Much
Andy Hunger (Wickliffe, OH)"
Andy Hunger of wickliffe,oh usa

Its seems like yesterday,we miss you andwill see you again in heaven.
we love you Aunt Marty & Girls"
marty of montville

"To the family of:Allen J. Knop 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"

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

"The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."""

"To you and your family,
Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. You and my husband used to play golf together and you left for ft. campbell right before we did. My husband was happy to know there was someone waiting for him in Campbell that he knew when we got there. Even though I didnt know you very well, my entire family, especially my husband, sends our condolences to your family."
sharesa hayman of killeen, texas

"To the Knop Family, I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your Allen is a true American Hero. Allen will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Allen."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"i just wanted everybody to know what a great guy al was. he was definitely one of a kind and i mean that it a very good way. he will forever be in all of our hearts and missed eternally. there are so many awesome memories that i wish i could share with everybody!!
to al's family- i know what i went through in dealing with this and al was a friend. i can't even begin to imagine what you are still going through almost 3 months later. i have nothing but good words to say about al and all the good times we had."
ashley of willowick, oh

"To the friends and family of Allen, Our prayers are with you. Our family shares in your sorrow, we lost my brother SPC. Shawn Davies, 7-4-04. Allen is a hero and will always be remembered. May God be with you."
Toni Peters of Concord, Ohio

"To the Knop family from the Wahl family.We are deeply sadden by the news of Allen. An our heart and prays are with Allen and your family. Allen Thank you for servicing our country. For being a military brother to our son. I realize neither of you knew one another. Still military brother watch over one another. An sadly, your together. Not the way you or our family planned. Still it is a comfort you in a better place. An Allen is with you. I believe that with all my heart. I sense it with my Gregory. OUr son's are someone's someone to our families for one; and should be by all American's! Allen fought off terrorism and helped give Iraq hope. A chance to live in PEACE one day. Takes a very special person as Allen to serve his country. Risking everything for Allen's calling in life to be a SOLDIER! Allen you have not died in vain! You are much more then a soldier and hero! To all those that shared precious moments with you. are the stories that will be told. You will never ever be forgotten, not today, tomorrow or ever. God Bless! You are not alone! Healing is a very slow process. United together focus on honouring Allen. Healing is not tomorrow, a couple of days, weeks ,moneth and sometime's years. Allen is with you......he love's you and wants you all to be happy!"
Leonard Wahl of VALLEY STREAM, NY

"If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not here to see,
if the sun should rise to find your eyes are filled with tears for me;
I hope you will not cry the way you might that day,
just thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me and you know that I love you,
and each time that you'd think of me, please know I'd miss you too;

If tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand.
The angel said my place was ready, in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye
for all my life, I'd always thought, that I would never die.
I have so much to live for, so much left yet to do,
it seems almost impossible, that I'd be leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
the thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
But then I walked through heaven's gates, and felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you,
today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day's the same, there's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand and live in peace with me?"

So if tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'll be there in your heart.
Author David M. Romano

Gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

I would like to say thank you to you and the two other soldiers who were in that Humvee with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Thank you Allen Knop, 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. Allen Knop:
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 Allen 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. Allen Knop:
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 Allen, 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