Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Martin

39, of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Martin died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., from injuries sustained in Mosul, Iraq, on June 24, 2004 when a car bomb exploded near his guard post. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 330th Military Police Detachment, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Died on July 1, 2004.

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"Gone but never forgotten. SSG Martin, the day I stepped off the plane in Mosul, I was scared until I saw the 330th's Mural on that T-barrier on the tarmac. Thank you for all that you taught me in the short time that you were my team/sqd leader and thank you for watching over your fellow soldiers in Mosul. I know its been years now but you are never forgotten."

"To the family of:Stephen G Martin
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"3-11-11"

"June 24, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Martin:
Stephen 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

"Seth and I miss and love you so much!! I am proud to be called your daughter-in-law."
Mary-jean Martin of Camp Hill , PA

"Seth and I miss and love you so much!! I am proud to be called your daughter-in-law."
Mary-jean Martin of Camp Hill , PA

Three plus years have gone already. You walk with me every single day. I keep the brass casing from your 21-gun salute with me, to remind me, that you are Gone But Not Forgotten. I loved you Like a Brother. God bless Kathy and your family."
"Uncle Mike" of Milwaukee, WI

"I found this site by ACCIDENT nd I am thankful that i did. I noticed that noone from A Co 1/107th has yet to come across this site so its an honor to be the first. I never met Steve or Charles in person I saw them in passing in our AO WE all lived together at Diamondback "across the street" from eachother. The 330th was small but mighty in strength. I believe it was 2 females that helped to keep an attack at bay and never let it "cross the wire" if I am correct. I do remember the day and never will forget it as long as I live. Happy 4th of july

SPC Whitcomb of Ft. Carson CO

"Hi Steve...
3 years have come and gone and you are still in our thoughts every day that passes. I visited you the other day at the cemetary and hope you heard my prayer. You are deeply, deeply missed."
D of Wisconsin

"I knew Steve, we were stationed at Ft Dix together as MPs. We were both active duty at the time. Steve was a great guy and great sergeant. He has a tremendous personality. Three of us Ft Dix MPs all ETS together and I was hired as a police officer in Westampton, NJ and he and another friend and fellow MP (Frank Labelle)were hired for the Mercer County Prosecutor's office. Steve and Frank worked together and loved taking down the drug dealers in Trenton.
At my own fault I fell out of touch with both Frank and Steve. Now to my horror I see that Steve has made the ultimate sacrafice for our great country and its citizens.
My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and friends. I appologize that it took me this long to find out about him.
Rest easy fine soldier, your job is done."
SGT Christopher Howe of Westampton Twp. Police, Westampton, NJ 08060. (609) 267-3000

"It is very apparent by all the testaments herein that Stephen Martin made many sacrifices as a police officer, as a soldier and as a father and husband. For his sacrifices in the line of duty for his country we can together, as Americans, be very thankful. However, there is one more very special sacrifice which Stephen made, and for which I will be forever grateful. In the hours after Stephen's passing, I was very fortunate to receive his kidney in transplant surgery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is because of Stephen Martin that I can enjoy a normal life, rather than a life on dialysis, enduring all the other health problems which arise out of kidney failure. I know that you are all remembering and honoring Stephen for many different reasons. I share in those remembrances, and I will continue to remember him when I think of the quality of life with which I have now been blessed. Thank you Stephen, from myself and my family."
James A. Reynolds of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

"Stephen was A Dedicated soldier that loved his country, family and friends! He will never be forgotten, and is greatly missed! Steve, The only thing that keeps me going is knowing we'll be together again someday! Love and miss you deeply!."
Wife of Stephen of Rhinelander,WI

"Stephen was A Dedicated soldier that loved his country, family and friends! He will never be forgotten, and is greatly missed! Steve, The only thing that keeps me going is knowing we'll be together again someday! Love and miss you deeply!Wife of Stephen, Kathy."
Kathy Martin of Rhinelander,WI

"John 15:13
And here is how to measure it--the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends.

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all of the people you saved on that fateful day, as well as in those whom you loved and who loved you. Words will never convey the gratitude that I have for your sacrifice or the pride that I feel that we shared the same blood.
Thank You"
Joshua Holdman of Jacksonville, FL.

"To the Family of SSG Stephen Martin:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put SSG Martin's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." 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 martypres33@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come 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." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"Dad, I know that we didn't see each other often, but I thought of you daily. I miss you now more than ever going into my senior year of high school. I can't help but think of all the things I wish you could be here for. The one year anniversary of your passing is quickly approaching and the pain is still a daily thing. Missing you and loving you, your daughter"
Jessica Martin of Panama City, Fl

"To the family of Stephen G. Martin:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"SSG Martin, it was an honor and a privlage to serve with you. "We will never forget" -Soldiers of the 330th MP Det."
330th MP Det. of Mosul, Iraq

"The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining
just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No Lord I guess I ain't,
because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a Saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my work was rough.
Sometimes I have been violent,
because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
that wasn't mine to keep.
I worked a lot of overtime
when the bills just got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
among the people here.
They never wanted me around
except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
but if you don't I'll understand."
There was a silence all around the throne
Where the Saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly
for the judgement of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets
You've done your time in Hell.""

"Sgt. Martin and Family,
I want to tak a moment to thank you for all you have given, not only as a soldier but while you were wearing the uniform of the Rhinelander Police Department. The summer before you left for Iraq, at the Fourth of July Parade, you were handing out bike helmets at the Police Station. My then 3 year old son Jared waited patiently (with a little help) for a helmet. When the helmets were all but gone, you handed him the very last one, which happened to be the only one with designs. I want you to know that he wears it every time he rides or rollerblades and we will keep it as a token of your service to our community and our Nation. God Bless You and Your Family. You will forever be in our prayers and thoughts. God Speed Sgt.

That speeding ticket you gave me a few years ago....I deserved it !!"
Warren Jacobs of Rhinelander, WI

"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. For the family, may time provide happy, loving memories in place of present sorrows. God bless you."
a grateful citizen in arizona

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

"To Stephen's 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 his bravery and sacrifice.


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

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

"Thank you Stephen Martin, 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 Staff Sgt. Stephen Martin:
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 Stephen 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 Staff Sgt. Stephen Martin:
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 Stephen, 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