Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Charles R. Lamb

23, of Casey, Illinois.
Lamb died in Baghdad, Iraq, during a mortar attack. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1544th Transportation Company, Paris, Illinois. Died on September 5, 2004.

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"I just woke up..I had a dream I was 16 again, me and you were riding around in the country, in your first truck, a converted black Ford F-150. It seemed so real, I heard your voice. Iím glad we got to spend time together again. I miss you."
Brian Conrad of Casey Illinois

"I wrote a book of poetry called inside a war torn mind. In the book is a poem about Charles. I was a contractor that worked with him."
Thomas zoblisien of Newport nc

"Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest easy knowing that we will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made for this great nation. God bless you and your family"
Roberta Diaz of Niceville, fl

"To the family of:Charles R. Lamb
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 am the sister of Erin Lamb, Charles Lamb's wife!!!! I can remember when he would wear my sister's shorts and model them for us!!!!! I miss him so much!!!! It is scary how Erin's niece Lily has the same fold on the same ear!!!!! Tom, Shelly,Jenny, and Erin u know u r always in my mind!!!! I am sure his dog Kya misses him too!!!"
Kristin Parbs of Gilman, Illinois

"I did not know this website existed until my 10 year old daughter brought it to my attention. I read thru all the messages that were left and i want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart..Charles is my brother, my only sibling, and knowing that people who never met him have taken the time to drop a few lines about him has brought tears to my eyes. It is 2011 and i still miss him daily,I just want to say thank you to everyone who has left a message..."
Jenny of casey, il

"I didn't know Chuck, but I knew his wife. I met him once when he came to visit her at work. He was a funny handsome young man. And I will never forget him. I think of him every time I hear of a young person serving and giving their life for their county. Today is Veterens Day. And I give thanks for every man and women who has ever served our country. But most of all I thank God we have people who are willing to give their life for us. Freedom does not come free and thank God we have selfless couragous people who everyday put their life on the line. Thank You Chuck."
Lori of Charleston, Illinois

"Lamb was one in a million. I came home on leave with him while we were deployed...years later I still have the vision of him greeting his soon to be wife at the airport with that big boyish grin burned into my mind. The memory haunts me almost daily.

Chuck was a great soldier, a great friend, and just one of the rare people on this earth that truly cared more about others than he did himself.

You are missed."
Nick Rose of Oquawka IL

"August 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Charles R. Lamb:
Charles 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

"Jennifer I feel your pain. A really great person cut in his prime. I tried to help but was helpless.Great noises no way to tell where the danger came from followed by great anger that cannot be quelled. Great patriots do not have a face but have courage that inspires. My best to his family."
lm of chicago

"You are a hero Lamb. I don't even know what to say. I have gone through and left a message for each of our homies who gave their life in Iraq when we were there. You are the final of the five and I just can't stop crying. Thank you for everything! Thank you for being such a great guy! I'm sorry you had to feel any pain. You didn't deserve that."
Jennifer Buffington of Carbondale, Il/ US

"may god bless all the familys
let the bells ring so all our angels
get there wings"

"charles and i sat talking alot in iraq about the lord and when others would come around we would stop he was a little uneasy but i new his heart and its in a better place now i,ll miss charles but we honor him evey sept, by having the charles lamb bike ride come join the memory of a great soldier"

"to the family of charles lamb and the readers. he was a great man nothing more to say then that"
Kohl of casey, illinois

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"My mother gave me a list the other day containing all of the names of the fallen service members from OIF & OEF. I came across Charles name and was touched deeply. You see, my name is also Lamb and I served over there at the same time he did and not too far from Baghdad. It brought back alot of painful memories and a few good ones too. I'm sure we are of no relations in blood, but we both grew up in the midwest and spent time in the same hell so that makes us brothers in arms in my mind. That is one of the pleasant memories I have; my comrades. I will now get a bracelet made with his name, rank, branch of service, state he was from, date he died and country he died in. I will wear that in his memory and for his sacrafice for his country. May God bless him and his family whom I'm sure miss him terribly."
Eric of St. Louis, Missouri USA

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

"To the Family of SPC Charles Lamb:
My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Charles' name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of Charles R Lamb
i order a bracelet from heros bracelets
and im wearing one in his memory i dont
know why the sent me his, but im so
proud to wear it in his name and honor
to this country God Bless his soul
and his family, also if anyone has
information about his family i would
love to write to them. thanks"
Teresa Harrington of Miami, Fl

"I knew Charles Lamb since he went to school with my sister, and I did talk to him twice. He was also in the unit of my cousin Sgt. Tyler Heleine. I pray for you all. Someday I hope to be in the 1544th. GOD BLESS"
Anthony Duvall of Casey, IL

"Oh my..my dear Big brother "Lambo" These words that others have left to you are so sweat and caring, some of these people may not know you and still care..they must know your sprit. I miss you and cry missing you everyday..how do I go on? You where always here for me and to give Jake and I advice and to guide us how to express our love for each other with you both half way around the world..Eli will never forget his Uncle "Lambcholps" never ever...you are with us daily I feel your presence here in our house and every where we travel..I talk to you on a regular basis I pray that the dear lord is letting you hear my cry...Just to get through the rest of our deployment I just imagine you are still with Jake over there..it will finally hit me I believe once the unit gets to come home..we have lost so many.. I hope you know that all three of us in the family love you so much. Don't forget Charlie you still owe me a bear hug you promised me...when its my time will you please be at the gate waiting for me to come in...maybe then my tears of saddness that I shed for you now will turn into happiness of a reunion that will be a lifetime of waiting..I love you so much Big Brother you truely are a Hero...a man is still alive due to your selflessness, that is a Hero.."
Jocelyn of Mattoon, IL-USA

"Charlie...I grew up with you for the first 14 years of our lives. We went to school together and played on the same football team. You are in my prayers as with your family. Thank you for all you have done and for serving our great country. God Bless brother...you will be missed. You are a true hero!"
Geoff Aklinski of Frisco, Texas

"Charles (Chuck) I want to thank you for being a big brother and a true best friend to Joe, taking him under your wing, looking out and protecting him. Your a very special and brave young man who will be sadly missed by our family and especially by Joe. SPC Lambs parents, to his wife and family and friends. We are sadden by your loss. Charles will always be remembered by us and for his bravery, fighting over there. You and your loved ones will be in our prayers. Now and forever."
Family of SPC Joe Tibbs in Iraq, Brenda Orris and family of Paris, IL. USA

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

"To Charles' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

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

"To the family of Charles,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We know your pain as we have also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Charles is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.nett of Tucson, AZ

"To Charles' Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. May time provide family and friends with happy, loving memories in place of present sorrows. In the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Charles Lamb, 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. Charles Lamb:
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 Charles 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. Charles Lamb:
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 Charles, 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