Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Scott Q. Larson, Jr.

22, of Houston, Texas.
Larson died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his convoy was ambushed. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armor Division, Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany. Died on April 5, 2004.

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"It’s a few days after your earth birthday. Still thinking of you regularly. My son is impressed by your service. He is 10 (tomorrow). Thank you for your sacrifice Scott. You are missed and loved everyday."
Ra Ethel Wade of Montgomery, Tx

"Brother, still thinking of your sacrifice today. Honored to call you friend... humbled by your sacrifice...thankful to see you again.
James Walker of Texas

"I thought of you today, and thanked God that you live such an inspiring life. I prayed for your parents. Having two sons now serving, I pray alot for them and all our military."
Toby Anderson of Cypress, TX

"Scott I miss you brother! I think about you everyday. I wish I could go back to that day and trade spots with you. You were such an honorable soldier, I was proud to have you in my section. I can't wait to see you on the high ground.
Jason Mindy,
Saber 5
Jason Mindy of White, Georgia

"Scott, I love you more than ever. I am humbled and inspired by your life and always will be. It's been almost 9 years now and I miss you so much..."
Dad of Houston, TX

"To our beloved Scott Jr....we never met, but I am your dad's cousin. Family is everything..we missed each other but I am doing my best to reconnect our families across the country...you will always be in our hearts... love Cindy"
Cindy Larson Heberer of la verne, ca

"SPC Larson",
Thanks so much for all you gave us. Best wishes to your Family. You are always remembered."
CSM (R) Ray Houston of San Antonio

"I love you and I miss you. Not a day goes by you are not on my mind."
Brian King of Paris, Texas

"So it's been six years. All I can say is thank you Scott, for being willing to risk your life. Thank you for making a difference in so many people's lives. You are still impacting people more than you could have ever thought possible."
Rachel Davids of Mesa, AZ

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion , Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To Scott and his family, i will never forget scott and the the good and bad times we all shared in iraq. I can be certain scott is in heaven with the angels. Also i will never forget how even after scott passed away his family still sent us care packages. i love you all."
scott dempsey of North andover, MA, USA

"April 1, 2009
To the family of Spc. Scott Q. Larson, Jr.:
Scott 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

That infectious smile, your drive to excel and that love of the game, we miss you tremendously at the Y. And on this upcoming Veteran's day I will honor you, so that you know, we, a grateful nation, never forget the sacrifice you made. May God shine his love on you and your family, because we all know we are missing a part of us that cannot be replaced. Like Mike DeNard said "You are my hero and you will not be forgotten.""
Doug Cottle (fmrly Sgt. US Army) of Cypress,TX

"Hi to everyone. I never met Scott, but he is with me everyday. I have worn his name on my arm everyday, since last November, when I first received my hero bracelet.
Reading all the messages is very heartwarming to me, to know what kind of person he was, that he had brothers and a sister. Along with loving parents. I am so sorry for your loss and I am so proud of Scott for having the courage and the determination to ensure my freedom here at home. God Bless you all and thank you to the Larsons for their precious gift."
P. McCoy of San Diego, Ca.

"It is great to remember Scott this Veterans Day Weekend 2006. We miss him at the Y."
Bill Howe of Cypress Texas

"To the family of Scott Q. Larson
My prayers and thoughts are with you. I too lost my son L.CPL Christopher Ramos on April 5, 2004, it seems like yesterday and it doesn't get any better. Our sons are true Heroes and I want to thank Scott for our freedom and for being so courages. Our sons were called to go back home on the same day and I believe they are watching over us.
God Bless You!
Marine Mom"
VIOLA RAMOS of Mesa, Arizona

"Scott, we never met. Peace be with you always. Scott and Mary, blessings,condolences and love."
Rog of California

"Hey Scott,
I just found out and my condolences goes out to your family. Let me tell you that I have been looking for you through the school website and I never had any luck. Friday was the last day I did. Grant told me that night and it broke my heart. The only image I have of you was way back from Jr high. You always made me laugh no matter what kind of day I was having. I know we would of been closer friends if we didn't go seprate ways. I wish I would of known you were in the military I would of been able to track you I was in the Navy myself. You will always be in my heart and thoughts. Thank you for being such a great friend and for what you did. We love you!"
Karina Hoppock (Gonzalez) of Hagerstown, MD


Dear Mother of Scott,

Bless you for your precious words of remembrance to me. April is a very hard month, but if I had to choose between spring and winter, I'd choose spring.

Thank you for your prayers. I pray you are hanging on, too. I wonder if it ever gets better than hanging on until Jesus comes to claim us? At this point, I'm not sure. Two years ago...it seems like yesterday.

God bless you and your family,"
De'on Miller--Proud Mom of LCpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington NM USA

"Scott you will never be forgotten!

Thank you!"
Michael De Nard of Cypress, TX.

"Scott you never to forgotten!

Thank you!"
Michael De Nard of Cypress, TX.

"My husband and I met scott in germany.He was with him in Iraq. We have spent a lot of time together. He really was a great person, with a great future ahead. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our regards go out to Mr. and Mrs. Larson, his 2 brothers as well as his sister and the rest of his family and friends.
Scott, rest in peace. Mach's gut!

Lea and Ben"

"As the date of Scott's death approaches, I look at the picture of him, Jonathan, Daniel and Grant at their high school graduation. Big smiles, hugs and laughter. I remember them at Jonathan's 16th birthday, swimming, boating, having fun. We will always love our boy, and have forever his smiling face on our bookshelf. Our love and prayers are with you now and always."
The Crook Family of Houston

"Scott, it's so hard to believe you're gone. It's been a while and I can still hear your sarcastic laugh over and over, "hahaha...no." You were such an amazing person. I still remember the "suprise" picnic just like it was yesterday. My heart goes out to the Larsons, he will remain in the hearts of so many lives that he touched, and for showing Christ to so many people, for that you have so much to be proud of! I love you....don't dance too much up there without me!"
Nicole W. of Houston. Texas

"Scotty, not a day goes by where I don't think about you. We had some good times, from the clubs, to the debates about music, to the time you didn't want to talk to that psycho and you asked me to tell her off for you. There is a dark spot in my life. Everything I do, I think of how much better it would be if you were here. When I sit and watch Family Guy, deep down it turns my stomach into knots. I miss you brother, and it is a shame we only had a year and a couple months to get to know eachother. To this day, and will for the rest of my life, I tell my friends about what a great guy you are, were, and always will be. You were the best Scotty Too Hotty, and I am fortunate to have known you. Peace my friend..."
Matt Dickerson of Vermontville, NY

""To my Hero. Scott, I miss you so much. Their isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you! I miss you so much and remeber all the times we had together. We had alot of good times and our fair share of bad times too. I'll NEVER FORGET, everything that you had done for me, you brought me closer to God and for that I'm in your debt forever. You were a great soldier and an awesome friend. You are greatly missed by all who ever knew you, your my Hero Scott.
Jason Mindy

Jason Mindy of Bethel, PA

"Hey Scott i really miss you and i hope that you still rembemer me well i just want to say i wil always rembemer you love you so so much hero!!!"
Bianca of spring texas

"I met Scott when he was stationed in germany and I treasured him as a great friend, I still have one or two pictures of him that I´ll send as soon as possible. He stayed with me and my husband for about a week before they had to leave to Iraq. He was a sweet guy and it still hurts to know that he is gone. I still remember him helping me in the kitchen to prepair dinner..."
Christine Chipix of Friedberg, Hessen, Germany

This week Jenny turns 22. I know she wishes you could join us for her special day – you guys planned and made her 18th so special.

I was suddenly struck by the thought that she is now the age you were when you left this earth. It dawned on me that you will be forever young to us.

Thanks again for everything – for the memories and the sleepless nights (I’m finally catching up now that the Halo marathons have moved to Josh’s) – and most of all for your example of your faith in God. You were one amazing young man!!

We love you and miss you,
Ms. Reyna"
goldenreyna@aol.com of Houston, Texas


Everybody in the room acts as they know my state of mind
Says one day child you’ll be fine again
As your walking towards the door through the glass I see your silhouette
And a bouquet of flowers that these people left
It sinks in and I sink down
Forever resonates as I lay my head down.
Everyday is gift but we live life like tomorrows coming
Before the day is over ill be losing sleep assuming there’s a morning
But I’ll carry you proud as a spotlight for a world that’s begging to understand
What it means to live while you’re alive.
Everybody waits in line to shed a tear for such a noble life at such an age
It’s such a shame oh it’s such a shame
But as if he’s done and gone should we be sad or jealous of the company
He shares that we could only dream of.
You can bury what remains but it only serves to unearth the live he lived
Set free the live he gave.
Everyday is gift but we live life like tomorrows coming
Before the day is over ill be losing sleep assuming there’s a morning
But I’ll carry you proud as a spotlight for a world that’s begging to understand
What it means to live while you’re alive.
This pain might last awhile but im scared to death ill never see the sun again
My idle heart refuses beating
Could you show me there’s a way?
So take a breath and breathe me in and let me out again
I cant afford to be alone in this.

-the canvas waiting-"
of houston, tx

"I knew Scott only through the magic of computer gaming in Horizons: Empire of Istaria, as Bertail. To Scott: thank you for a gift that can never be repaid. To his family: thank you for such a fine human being. Prayers and heartfelt condolences to you."
Kathleen McDonald-Neal of Tempe, Arizona USA

"To the family of Scott Q. Larson, Jr. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May the peace and understanding that only comes from God help you each day. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or need someone to pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church Rev John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga Phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga. U S A

"I pray for you during this time. Probably nothing will touch you as this day did, one year ago. God be with you during this time. May He give you an unwitting strength and resolve and fill the rest of your eartly life with purpose, until we too can hear those blessed words, "Well done, good and faithful servant." I thank you that he served. I thank you for his sacrifice. It will be forever noticed. Not just here, but there, where he joins the many faithful that answered our Nation's call."
De'on Miller, Proud Mom of L.Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington, NM, USA

"Scott, you were one of the best friends a guy could have, and I am honor to say I was one of them, I thank you for what you did, and for serving for my rights. To the Larson's, Scott will always be remembered in our hearts, and I just pray that people will remember me, just as they did my beloved friend and soldier, Scott Q Larson Jr. I love yall!"
Dustin Collins of Houston, TX

"Hey Cuz. I miss you.. I love you so much u have taught me so much. Wait for me."
Theresa of Spring Texas

"To the family of my hero. i served with your son in iraq and also his time in germany he was a great friend and a brother in arms. I miss him alot and hope that this little message will some how confert you a little more"
Sgt. Chipix Aaron of fort lewis washington

"I did not know Scott but I have the greatest respect for him, I can't help but weep when I think Scott and many others gave their lives for my freedom. Freedom is such a high cost no earthly treasure or all gold on earth can attain it for it can only be bought with blood and an undying love for your country. Thank God for those like Scott who were willing to fit the bill and pay with their blood to give us the freedom we have today. I can't say I know what your going through and my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family, but hold your head high and walk proud for Scott not only died as a great soldier but as a great hero."
Philip Johnson USAF '90-'94 of Dunbar, West Virginia

"Thank you Scott! For all that you did. You are my hero."
Christy of Houston, TX

"To the family of my hero, Me and scott arrived in germany at the same time,and I was by his side all the way untill he fell. The way he was and acted got me through iraq, with his family guy quotes and his unbeatable halo skills, he made life liveable so far from home.He will foreaver be a part of my family, and I will miss him dearly.Thankyou for creating such great person"
spc Joe Brehun of Friedburg Germany(Bandits)

Sometimes it is hard to remember that you are no longer here. I can see the all to famous "Scott Face' and here the Family Guy quotes like "Wanna Soda?" We all miss you terribly but find strength and hope in the fact that you are with our Lord and Savior. You are dancing on streets of gold and have left us all with an example of how to live life for our Lord. Scott, we all love you very much and look forward to calling "Shotgun" on the Golden Chariot in Heaven!"
Lorraine Flanagan of Houston, Tx, USA

"Thanks for all you've done Scott - we love you and miss you and think about you every day! We will never forgot the sacrifice you have made for our freedom and safety."
The Reyna's of Houston, Tx USA

"Dear Scott (my true love),
I go to your grave and I talk to you so often.It's hard to get over the pain because you were just here in October talking to me, kissing me, and holding me. We went in cycles and opposite paths that kept colliding in the wrong places for so many years and then when things finally felt right I lose you. I feel you still with me holding my had and giving me strength and I know that I will see you on the other side. You were so competitive and always had to win and in an ironical way-you won this battle too. I love you with all my heart and I thank you everyday for giving me the opportunity to fall in love with one of the greatest men to walk this earth. You are my light.
Love, Pam"
Pamela Lott of Houston,TX USA!

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

I am so proud of you and I feel honored to have called you my friend! I know that all of us feel that way! You are greatly missed, but I take confort in knowing that I get to see you again in a better place. Thank you for all that you did so that I may have freedom! It means more to me than you'll know.
Kristie Boggs of Spring, Tx

"To a cousin that I did not know; I am very happy and proud to call you family, thank you for standing up and representing our family as well as our country. Please forgive me for not knowing you when I had the change, but know this I will always remember you Scott and one day I will have my chance to say "Thank you" in person, if Gods willing. God Bless you and your love ones. Your cousin,"
Cynthia Baust (Sanchez) of Queen Creek, AZ

"To a cousin that I did not know; I am very happy and proud to call you family, thank you for standing up and representing our family as well as our country. Please forgive me for not knowing you when I had the change, but know this I will always remember you Scott and one day I will have my chance to say "Thank you" in person, if Gods willing. God Bless you and your love ones. Your cousin,"
Cynthia Baust (Sanchez) of Queen Creek, AZ

"Dear Mr. Scott Q. Larson, Jr.,
Thank you for giving your life for your country. Words are insufficient to express my gratitude. My school, Stony Brook Middle School, recently assigned us a faceless soldier's name who died in the War with Iraq for Memorial Day. For the longest time, while I was working on the project, you were just a faceless name out of almost 800. I now realize that you are much, much more. You have made the ultimate sacrifice. After reading much about you for this project, it seems as if I know you personally. I now realize how personal war is. To your family: my most sincere condolances. Now that I know you, I would just like to inform you that I will proudly hang my project on the walls of our hallways, glowing with pride, ringing with liberty, and in honor of the courage and hope for our nation that you represent."
Anonymous of Westford, MA

"Psalm 144:1-2 "Praise be to the Lord my Rock who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my Fortress, my stronghold and my Deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues people under me."

My prayers are with the Larson family. Forever and always an American hero, Scott Larson."
kelley of houston, tx usa


I was saddened to find out that another Bandit, was killed in Baghdad but what made it even worst was that I could not place a face with your name. I apologize, buddy. I wish I was given the chance to know you but you arrived in Germany during a hectic time in our pre-deployment phase in HHC, 1st Bn, 37th Armor. It was a very busy time, full of hustle and bustle. For days it drove me crazy not knowing what you looked like. I just recently saw a picture of you during the Nightline Tribute to fallen heroes and you looked so happy wherever you were at that time in your life. Please forgive me for not knowing you for I felt really terrible.

Watch over your family and friends who miss you dearly and protect your fellow BANDITs for they just got extended for three more months in Iraq. Keep a constant watch over them to help them make it through these tough times that lay ahead for them.

May the joy of your endless memories you shared with your loved ones comfort them in their time of need.

Take care Soldier for your mission is complete. God Bless you!!"
SFC Peter Johnson of Ft Huachuca, AZ

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

"To Scott's Family:
There aren't words to express the grief we all feel for your loss. May God bless you and watch over you."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Please acept my deepest condolences on your loss. My husband,PFC Shawn Pahnke was also with the 1st AD 1-37 Friedburg Germany.he was KIA June 17,2003. My heart breaks for you for I feel your pain. I pray that the memories you have of Scott bring your great comfort and strength. Your Scott and my Shawn are now guarding the gates of heaven forever. God Bless you and yours."
Elisha Pahnke of Shelbyville, IN

"On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for your child's bravery & sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Rest in Peace Hero"
The Taylors of USMC NC

"Thank you Scott Larson, 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 Spc. Scott Larson, 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 Scott 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. Scott Larson, 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 Scott, 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