Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. David Kenneth J. Kreuter

26, of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kreuter died when his amphibious Assault Vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations south of Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on August 3, 2005.

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May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

David Kenneth J. Kreuter 8/3/05
"God has brought me laughter, and everyone whos hears about this will laugh with me." - Genesis 21:6 (Laughter)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"I drive 264 everyday and see your sign so I always read it and say. "Thank You For Your Service" My family worked with your family at Murray Brothers years ago.Thank You For Keeping Us All Safe.I am sure you will be with your Son one day again. Rest In Peace."
Michael Madix of Cincinnati ,Ohio

"It was my honor to run in memory of David Kreuter this memorial day weekend. I could never begin to describe my own feelings, so i can only say he is my hero and brother. Sgt. Kelly"
Daniel R Kelly of Pittsburgh, PA

"Well it's been more than 9 years since you paid the ultimate sacrifice. I've done my best to keep your memory alive. You are greatly missed. Miss you Brother."
Kevin Stankorb of Cincinnati, Ohio

"Today is Father's Day. It is very painful that you are not here with your father and son. It is just so painful without you."

"To the family of David K.J.Kreuter. Very sorry to admit to only recently being aware of your loss.Please accept my belated condolences."
Stanley R. Kreuter of Gulfport,Fl USA

"This is your weekend bro.. miss ya. I will be thinking of you and all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to this country and those freedoms that we love."
SSG Eric Sandman US Army of Florence, Ky


It is now almost 7 years since you passed away. I don't recall you ever having spoken about wanting to join the military. In fact, I really only recall you driving like a madman to cross country practices and meets, making fun of my terrible art skills in the 10th/11th grade, and convincing me to take your date's best friend to the winter dance with you two. You are a cherished friend and I won't forget you or the other Bombers who died that day. Thanks for all you did for us.

St. X '98"
Nick Stollenmeyer of Baltimore, MD

"Well David.. I still think about you, I say a prayer everyday. I know you were looking over me during my deployments and for this brother I thank you. Miss you."
SSGT Eric Sandman US Army

"I miss you Woobi! I think about you all the time and see you in Christian's eyes and smile. He has that develish grin you always had. I love and miss you so much. Semper Fi Babe!"
Chrystina Kreuter, proud wife of Sgt. David Kreuter of Cincinnati, Ohio

"I miss you buddy. I think about all the good times all of us had after work. You'll never be forgotten."
Kevin S. of Cincinnati, OH

"I miss you man. Thanks for bailing me out, all those years ago. I wish I could've bailed you out.I stood where you fell, and that place is better for your sacrifice. I hope your child knows how great you are."
Charlie of San Diego

"Cpl David Kreuter, I was the Marine Sergeant that escorted you home to your family. You stay with me every day of my life. You will never be forgotten brother. Itís like yesterday arriving in Dover, DE meeting up with you and learning about you and your beautiful family. At the time I met you, you was the proud father of a 7 week old son you never had the chance to meet. I want your son to know he has a hero as a father. Tears ran down my face as the funeral took place. I keep you and your family in my prayers every day. I have visited your grave site about two years ago when I was passing through Cincinnati. You are a hero!!"
Anthony Dodson of agdodson@yahoo.com

"Thank you for being so brave. I will pray for you."
lisa (army brat from the 60's) of San Jose Ca


It has been fours since I had the greatest honor in my twenty years of service in our beloved Marine Corps, I had the honor of meeting Chrstina, Christian and your family.
I just wanted your to know there isnt a day that goes by that I dont think of that time and that your will never be forgotten by myself or anyones life who you have touched."
Scott Collins, SSgt (Ret.) USMC of Charleston, SC

"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

"David it has been more than three years since you have left. I want you to know how much you are loved by me and your son and you are truly missed. I think of you everyday and look forward to being in your arms again."
Chrystina Kreuter, loving wife of Sgt David Kreuter of Cincinnati, Ohio

"I was just reading about the tribute by Anita Miller who made the paintings honoring 22 brave Americans who made the supreme sacrifice in Iraq. Corporal David Kenneth J. Kreuter was one of them and I was looking at the pictures of the tribute on the internet.
This is just an outstanding tribute to these TRUE AMERICAN HEROES and now they will live on because they will always be remembered for their dedicated duty and support of OUR nation. I will be visiting the tribute in Cincinnati over the Christmas holiday period and it will be my honor to stop and say THANK YOU for being a UNITED STATES MARINE and for preserving OUR freedoms. May they rest in eternal peace.
P.G. Gentrup
Rising Sun, IN
25th Inf Div
Cu Chi, Vietnam 1967-68"
P.G. Gentrup of Rising Sun, IN

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Cpl. David Kenneth J. Kreuter:
Cpl. Kreuter 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's been almost 3 years since you left us. I spent 2 of those years in denial that you were even gone. Only in the last few months have I finally come to terms. I still wanna know why you left us. Why you didn't come home. Why those sons of *s killed you. Every day I wake up I realize it's another day I won't see you or talk to you or hang out with you or laugh with you. Every day I think of ways to keep me moving on. Some how, some way, I'm going to keep your name and everyone else's alive. I want everyone in the world to know that you were special. I want everyone to know how special all the guys are. I love you so much and miss you even more. I wish you were still here to help guide me in my struggles.

Love you always,
Your sister Kristin
Kristin of Cincinnati, Ohio

I sit with tears cascading down my cheek. The pain of your death is still so very difficult for me. I miss you so much. I miss the funny voice on the recorder, I miss your quick little cheek pecks, those beautiful brown eyes and pearly whites. I just miss you. I still haven't found or been given a photo the memorial service they had for you and your fellow Marines. Life is so tough without you."

"Laura this is nick robbens little sister you may or not remember me. but i was searching heros in school and ran across this and David was a hero and at his funeral i was crying my eyes out like i've ever cried my eyes out in my life.
laura i love you
Katie owen"
Katie of Cincinnati {delhi} ohio

"Your sacrifice touched me more than I can express and I keep a picture of you next to my desk at work to remember not just you but all the soldiers who have given their lives in service to our country. Your memory will not fade from my thoughts and I will continue to honor your sacrifice by making sure a contribution is made every year to the scholarship fund set up in your name. It is the least I can do and hopefully it is pleasing in your sight.
Thank you from an American who appreciates your sacrifice and does not take our freedom for granted."
Tom of Cincinnati, Ohio

I saw a documentary about your unit on A&E Channel and that is how I learned about what happened to you. I would just like to say thank you to you and the other Marines who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family,loved ones and fellow Marines from Lima Company, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Dear Ken, Pat and family, 11/21/06

Words cannot express my thoughts and feelings right now. After seeing your picture with our First Lady Mrs. Bush and Congressman Chabot in Cincinnati, I thought of David and my son, Mike who played soccer at OLV together in Grade School. I remember talking with you, Pat, at those games. Alot of years have passed since those days, and I want your whole family to know that I am so grateful to David for fighting for our Freedom in this beautiful country of ours.

I flew to Germany on 9/7/2001 with my newborn grandson and daughter-in-law to be with my eldest son. I was there during the horrific attack on 9/11. It was a terrible feeling to be in a foreign country at that time. I had know idea what was happening as we turned on the German TV. I came home on 9/18/2001` and was very happy to be back in the USA with the rest of my family in Cincinnati.

I have a nephew, Capt.Samuel Ensminger, age 27. Today he is flying HIS jumbo jet over Iraq to refuel fighter jets in the air to preserve OUR freedom.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, 2006. Thank you for giving your son to keep this country FREE. Thank you to David for his service as a great Marine. HE HAS BEEN RAISED UP ON EAGLE'S WINGS. May Jesus give you peace and embrace your family with His love. You all are in my prayers. With love,"
Karen Ensminger and the Ensminger Family of Cincinnati, OH

"From the moment I met Dave at OU, I knew he was an exceptional person. He was always laughing and smiling and trying to make me do the same. For two years I spent more time with him then anyone else. I learned a lot of things from Dave-how to love, lose, cope, he taught me to defend myself, to be dedicated, and almost everything there is to know about the marines. It has been almost a year since we lost David, and I still feel grief when I look at pictures of us in happier times, or I hear a favorite song or see a favorite movie of his. The world has lost a truly brave hero and I have lost a wonderful friend.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Kristen of Madison, OH

"To Laura, David's sister...You touched a place in my heart when you began to love my son, Nick. Now, that place aches along with you in your pain and your loss. I'll never forget that day after the funeral when you sat on the couch with me and you put your head on my shoulder and I just held you. You have a special place in our hearts, as well as David. SEMPER FI! We'll always be here for you, Love, Cathy"
Cathy Robben-Hatcher of Cincinnati (Delhi) OH

"To the family of David Kenneth J. Kreuter;
I walk in the cemetery were David is buried. Whenever I pass by him, I stop and tell him "THANK YOU" and "GOD BLESS" you. The freedom all Americans have are because of individuals like David. We must never loss sight of the sacrifices made by so many families so that we can remain free. My heart aches for your family.
The flowers, beer can and hat displayed over Memorial Day were beautiful. The last time I was by his hat still remains with the flags on his marker.
On Good Friday I spoke to someone who was at David's grave. I wanted you to know I still stop when I walk by. (I think it was his wife.)
God Bless your family and may God always be with you."
Henrietta Philpot of Cincinnati, OH

"To the family and friends of Cpl Kreuter, I am GySgt David Smith. I was David's recruiter. I remember the arduous time we both had in getting him qualified. I remember that I wasn't the most famous or liked person within his househould and I understand the sentiments that families all over feel when their son or daughters decide to join the service. He is the sole person that I've pesonally known that gave the ultimate sacrifice over there and my heart goes out to all that were and are affected. To David's family: He did what he wanted and that was become a Marine and he will live in the hearts and minds of all Marines he calls brothers and sisters. I know he accomplished so much and would have accomplished even more. Semper Fidelis David, keep guarding the gates.

GySgt David M. Smith of Jacksonville, North Carolina by way of Ohio

"To the family of:David Kenneth J.Kreuter I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"David... I don't think there is a word to express how I feel. Your bravery and sacrifice will live on. Peter and I will NEVER forget you. Even though God only allowed us just a brief moment to know you, what we will remember is your bravery and courage. You are a true American soldier. GOD BLESS YOU!"
Sheri & Peter of Milford, MI USA

"David was a hero to me and will be such a strong force in his son's life. We will never forget him and all the times that he made us laugh. That is what he would want me to remember. I love him so much. I know I will see him again. Semper Fi
Your loving wife"
Chrystina Kreuter wife of Sgt. David Kreuter of Cincinnati, Oh

"To The Kreuter Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety & freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!"
The Grogans of TN...


"To the family and friends of Corporal David Kenneth J. Kreuter,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"well dave when i heard the news i didnt beleive it. i remember the times we had at Oscars and the times after work. its hard to believe. but all of us will remember you for our fun times and you being STIFLER. you will be missed."
SRA Eric B Sandman of erlanger, ky

"My heart and prayers go out to the family, friends and comrades of David. May God bless you and give you comfort."
Marine Mom 3/25/4th of Western NY

"Marine Cpl. David Kenneth J. Kreuter, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time."
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"6 Aug 2005 - Marine Cpl David Kenneth J. Kreuter: You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
My deepest condolences to he family and friends of David and may memories comfort you always."

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America 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 of Massillon, Ohio

"Dear Family of David Kreuter: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Dear Family of Timothy Bell: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Rest In Peace Tuefelhunden.
J and T USMC NC"

"To the Kreuter Family, I am so sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers and thoughts. David is truly an American Hero, he will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless David."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Thank you David, I will never forget you and your sacrifice so we can live freely. You will all be in my prayers. May God give you strength at this time."
Maureen Ledet of Loveland, Ohio

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

"Thank you David Kreuter, 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 Cpl. David Kreuter:
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 David 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 Cpl. David Kreuter:
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 David, 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