Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CWO Ian D. Manuel

23, of Florida.
Manuel was a crew member onboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter when it crashed near Fallujah, Iraq while on a MEDEVAC mission. He was assigned to the 571st Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on January 8, 2004.

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"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"January 4, 2009
To the family of CWO Ian D. Manuel:
Ian 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

"ian, you are missed, i always remember u for your good hearted spirit."

"To Ians family, you are in my prayers. I havent seen him since Jr High and almost fell with grief as I was visiting Middleburg and saw on the news about the loss of Ian. He was a great friend and will always be a HERO! I hope he is looking down over my husband and the rest of our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. God be with them all."
Cecilia Walden LeBlanc of Fort Hood, TX USA

"Warrant Officer Manuel, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Low Flight"

Dedicated to Ian D. Manuel

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,

And Hovered out of Ground Effect on Semi-Ridgid Blades.

Earthward I've Auto'ed, and met the Rising Brush of Non-Paved Terrain;

And done a thousand things you would never care to.

Skidded and Dropped and Flared Low in the Heat Soaked Roar.

Confined there, I've chased the Earthbound Traffic

And Lost the race due to Insignificant Headwinds.

Forward and up a Little in Ground Effect,

I've Topped the Admirals hedge with drooping turns,

Where never SkyHawk nor even Tomcat Flew.

Shaking and Pulling Collective, I've Lumberd

The Low untresspassed Halls of Victor Airways;

Put out my Hand, and Touched a Tree.

Today Ian you Fly with Angels. Thank you for your Dedication and Sacrifice. "Godspeed Chief...""
Dennis B. Dray Maj (R) ARNG of Tucson, AZ

"To the Manuel family, I'm the sister of one of the fallen soldiers who was with CWO2 Manuel and I would just like to send you my condolences. He is a hero in my eyes as he payed the utimate price for our freedom."
Regina Weaver USAF of Whiteman AFB MO

"When I heard that you were gone I was at a loss for words with eyes full of tears. You had gone to flight school with my ex-husband Scott only a few years ago and now we have lost both of you. I remember that we were both the social coordinators for your flight class, me for the spouses and you for the guys. I remember thinking how young you were, but was so impressed with your dedication and obvious intelligence. You were a key player in setting up Scott's 30th suprise birthday party. Boy was it killing him as to why you and I were talking so much. I almost had to tell him once because he was getting to darn nosey! But in the end the party went off without a hitch and you did a great job at helping me pull it off. Oh Ian, I wish that things could be different. I wish we could go back in time and you and Scott were still with us. My heart goes out to your family and to those that loved you. I will always have an empty feeling inside for for the loss of Scott and I now will also hold onto your memory. I looked through a few pictures the other day and found a few of you and the others from your flight school XXI crew. The magnificant 8, now down to 6. I can't believe it's true. Never in my life did I ever think I would go through so much loss. Ian you made your mark here and you will never, ever be forgotten. Thank you for what you have done for me, my family, and our country and thank you for being a brief part of my life. One last thing, please give Scott a big hug from me and his boys....""
Andi of Enterprise, AL

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

You were a wonderful young man. I couldn't have picked a more wonderful husband for my daughter if I had tried.
How I will miss you as a future son-in-law. You are a true hero and we will never forget you. God Bless you."
Carol Payton of Liberty, Mo

"Thank you for fighting so that all of us in the U.S. can sleep safely in our beds at night. There is no real way to say thank you for that kind of gift. Rest in Peace."
Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Ian, You will be missed my friend. I will hold on to the memories of you and I through basic, warrant officer candidate school, and flight school. You are a true hero and I am proud that I can call you a friend. Upon my return home I will say a toast in your memory."
CW2 Lucas Eggers of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

"Ian. You are now flying with the Angels. Rest Easy Soldier...God Bless you and your family and loved ones left behind. Your name will live forever in everyone's hearts."
The Taylors/USMC of NC

"Ian, for it is men like you that I have freedom. God must have bigger plans for you to carry out in heaven for he has taken you from us so soon. I do not know you or your family but you fought for my freedom and that will never be forgotten. Please check in on your family and make sure they are okay. You and your family will always be in my thoughts and paryers. All my Love to you and your family."
Reed of Inverness, Florida

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness and loss. Thanks Ian for fighting for our country. You are a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you all! We Will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Thank you Ian Manuel, 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 Chief Warrant Officer Ian Manuel:
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 Ian 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 Chief Warrant Officer Ian Manuel:
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 Ian, 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