Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Allen D. Kokesh, Jr.

21, of Yankton, South Dakota.
Kokesh died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, on December 4, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, Yankton, South Dakota. Died on February 7, 2006.

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"To the family of:Allen D. Kokesh,Jr.
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""

"To the family of Allen D. Kokesh Jr. SGT.
I recently viewed the “Fallen Heroes” exhibit that is traveling through South Dakota. I thought that it was really awesome that people made posters about all the soldiers in South Dakota. I want to say thank you for everything. He was a brave solider and he fought till the end. It’s very sad to see your loved ones gone, but they will never be forgotten. Even though we might now know any of them they still have a lot of love from us. Thank you for everything. We will never forget
Samantha Powers"
Samantha of South Dakota

"In memory of SGT Allen D. Kokesh Jr.,
In my American Literature class, we took time to see our school’s “Fallen Heroes” exhibit. I was looking at the American soldiers and I recognized some of the names. It made me think of my family and how grateful I was to still have them. I also realized how grateful we ALL should be to have people like you who gave their live up for the hope that we all remain safe and free. Thanks for all you do! We will never forget you and others like you.
Katie of Wagner, SD

"To the friends and family SGT Allen D. Kokesh Jr,
I recently viewed the “Fallen Heroes” memorial at my school. I wanted to show appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice SGT Allen D. Kokesh Jr has given to our state of South Dakota and our country. This exhibit made me realize the importance of our military and the ultimate sacrifice SGT Kokesh gave for our freedom. I know it will take a while to lose someone you love and try to get them out of your mind. We will always remember Allen D. Kokesh Jr.
Tory Juffer"
tory juffer of wagner,sd

"In remembrance of Allen D. Kokesh Jr;
My name is Laurelle Gunhammer, and I am a student at Wagner Community School. I was visiting the Fallen Heroes Exhibit at my school. Thank you SGT Allen D. Kokesh Jr. for your time and dedication for this country’s future. WE WILL REMEMBER!!"
Laurelle Gunhammer of Wagner, South Dakota

"To the Family and Friends of SGT Allen D. Kokesh Jr,

My name is Michael Kokesh, I’m a student at Wagner Community school. Our School had the Fallen Heroes’ Memorial.
I just want to say thank you for what you have done. I didn’t know him as you know him, but I can say for certain that SGT Allen D. Kokesh Jr, was a brave solider and he fought till the end.
I know for friends and family members it had to hurt to lose someone you love. I know it was hard when you heard the news about your loved one.

Michael J. Kokesh IV"
Michael J. Kokesh IV of Wagner, Sd

"Thank you for all you have done."
Katie Barnett of Wagner, SD

"Thank you for all you have done."
Katie Barnett of Wagner, SD

"May we the people never forget why and how you died. May you rest in peace making the ultimate sacrifice so that we can rest in peace."

"May we the people never forget why and how you died. May you rest in peace making the ultimate sacrifice. So that we can rest in peace."

"I've seen pictures of you, I've heard stories about you. My brother was sitting next to you on December, 4th. None of us will EVER forget."
Park of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"On this day, Vetern's Day, Mr. Kokesh Jr, I honor you. You gave all. No words can thank a person for paying the ultimate price. You are what heroes are made of. And now a free spirit that lives on for eternity. My heart goes out to your mom and dad, and the rest of your family."
Amy Andersen of Lincoln, NE, USA

"February 2, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Allen D. Kokesh, Jr.:
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

"I remember Allen because he lived in an apartment across the street from me in Yankton. He was always so much fun. He came over to a 4th of July get-together at my house right before he left. He was so excited to fight for our freedom. I will never forget Allen or the sacrifice he made for our country. He is a true hero."
Liz Davis of Lacey, WA (formerly Yankton, SD) USA

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. "

"My condolences to the family and friends of Allen Kokesh, Jr."
Janine Osterberg of Fort Rucker, AL

"Thank you Allen Kokesh, Jr., 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. Allen Kokesh, Jr.:
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 Sgt. Allen Kokesh, Jr.:
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