Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Maj. Douglas A. La Bouff

36, of La Puente, California.
La Bouff died near Tal Afar, Iraq, when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed. He was assigned to 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on January 7, 2006.

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"Today is the nine year anniversary of Doug's death. Doug was my battle at OBC, we did everything together. We finally had the opportunity to work together during the 2005-06 deployment. He was spot on with his assessments, and served as a great sounding board during those months. I think of him often. To his family, know that he will always be missed and remembered, and the Army was damn lucky to have him.

RIP my friend, RIP"
David Peterson of Fort Wayne, IN

"I wear a KIA bracelet in honor of Maj Labouff so he will be with me always. Let our heros not be forgotten."
(fmr SSG) Scott Clemenson OIF 1 of Lynchburg, Va

"MAJ La Bouff is still greatly missed. He was an important member of the NORAD-USNORTHCOM Operations Intelligence Watch (OIW) defending the homeland and always will be. Lay in peace my friend, we have the watch."
MSgt(Ret) Tom Freed of Colorado Springs, CO, USA

"To the family of:Douglas A. La Bouff
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""


"I went to HS with Doug at Bishop Amat. I am so proud of the man he came to be serving our country. I wish to thank him and his family for the sacrifices they've made for our freedom. It was the ultimate sacrifice and I am forever grateful. Thank you, Doug! You were a beautiful, funny, calm soul and your memory lives on."
Lisa Donahey of Sherman Oaks, CA

"As the 3d ACR completes it's fourth, and final, tour in Iraq as part of Operation NEW DAWN - we honor those who have laid such a costly sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom... BRAVE RIFLES... God bless you and your family."
CSM Hunt XVIIIth RCSM 3d ACR of COS Kalsu, Iraq - 2011

"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

"It's August 2009 and I still remember him as a great mentor. I was just a PFC when I met him, in the beginning of the deployment, and I remember thinking "wow, he really cares about his soldiers, no matter the rank". He was always there for us when we got off the chopper to welcome us back and make sure we came back safe and sound. I will always remember him."
SGT Martin, Veronica of Belton, Texas

"January 2, 2009
To the family of Maj. Douglas A. La Bouff:
Douglas 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 went to Cal State Fullerton and was with Doug in ROTC. I was medivaced 12 days later from Iraq and heard he passed when I hit Landstuhl. I will remember him fondly, miss him a lot, and toast with him when we meet again on another battlefield. He was a good teacher to me and someone I looked up to. De Oppresso Liber"
Christian of Irvine, CA

"I am a fellow alumnus of Bishop Amat Memorial HS in La Puente and an Army Officer. I wish to communicate with either members of MAJ La Bouff's family or his BAMHS Classmates concerning an appropriate Memorial at our Alma Mater for not only him but all our other Soldier, Sailor, Airman & Marine alumni who've died in combat. I especially would like to hear from fellow Service Academy alumni (e.g., Steve Busch, BA '70/USNA'74; Raoul Buron, BA '71/USAFA '75) who will assist me in this endeavor. I plan to see Dr M. Hemenway regarding my idea. Please leave a msg at this website or contact me directly at: kevin.b.rue@conus.army.mil.
May MAJ La Bouff Rest in Peace.
rltw/sua sponte,
COL Kevin Rue
BA 1971
USMA 1977"
COL Kevin B. Rue of Alexandria, VA

"Maj. La Bouff,
Sir,I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers who were on that Blackhawk with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Brave Rifles!"(3rd ACR Motto)"

"To my friend....Until we meet on Fiddlers Green"

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

"Thank you all so very much for your thoughts. Doug was the youngest of us cousins---it's so hard to realize that he is gone. We all looked forward to seeing his comments on our family web-site. Plus, each of us had our own special moments with him. I would like to maintain a relationship with others in his unit. Please email if you wish."
Sharon La Bouff of San Jose, Ca

"Thank you Douglas La Bouff, 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 Maj. Douglas La Bouff:
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 Douglas 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 Maj. Douglas La Bouff:
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 Douglas, 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