Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. David M. McKeever

25, of Buffalo, New York.
McKeever died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was ambushed by individuals who fired a rocket-propelled grenade. He was assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Giessen, Germany. Died on April 5, 2004.

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"I remember as a young PVT new to the Army how you took me under your wing and took care of me as a new Soldier to the section when I reported to Fort Carson, Co. You always looked out for me. I remember taking you home on 4 day weekend with me to Arkansas, what a difference it was from NY for you. We had so many good times and Iím forever grateful of the kindness that you showed me when you didnít have to. Itís hard to believe that itís been 18 years now as Iím set to retire in a couple of weeks. I never would have accomplished the things I have if you didnít guide and mentor me early on in my career. RIP buddy."
SFC David Pearson of Louisville, KY

"You are on my mind everyday.. We didnt really know each other that well, but you were killed next to me and i recieved shrapnel from the RPG that killed you.. Peace.. God Bless...
1/36 FIST Spc Ricky Richards"
Ricky richards of Angleton, Tx

"I'll never forget the fun times in Colorado Springs, Thanksgiving in Germany and the Celebration of your child's birth in Giessen.

I wish we could take back the night we responded to the call to the police station in Adamia, but we can't. Thanks for your ultimate sacrifice.

FIST 1/36 misses you and I'll never forget you, miss you buddy."
John Clem of Arizona

"I came across this site and wanted to pay my respects. The military is of many branches, but we are all family. Your son gave the ultimate sacrifice, and so have you. Your son is a hero and will forever be. I write military poetry, and want to share the following poem with you. It has been read at a memorial, added to condolence books, etc. My poetry is geared towards everyone remembering and honoring our military, fallen or active.

I have also been writing personalized poems in honor of our fallen heroes as a gift to their family. I am currently working on several requests, and I would be honored to write a personalizd poem in honor of your hero if you so desire. It would be my gift to you. Some of the most courageous people that I have ever "met" are the Gold Star families. We must "never" forget our heroes, and we must "never" forget their families.
God Bless your son, your hero (our hero); God Bless you; and God Bless the USA.


There are many heroes that reach across our land
It is quite an honor to reach out and shake their hands

But there are other heroes that we no longer see
Except those in the minds of friends and family

Fallen Heroes served and gave their lives for you and me
They fought our countries battles so that we can all be free

I hope you take the time someday to say a little prayer
And let the families know how much you really care

We must all remember that they had lives to live
And the loss of their lives was the ultimate to give

Many people say I donít want my own to serve
But who will fight our battles if no one has the nerve

The Fallen Heroes pictures comes as no surprise
That the symbol of pure courage is written in their eyes

It takes a special hero to want to make a stand
It was our fallen heroes who all held out their hands

Their service must be honored each and every day
They gave their lives in battle so we can live today

We cannot shake their hands, but we can do much more
We must not take for granted what they were fighting for

Honor our Fallen Heroes and remember their families
For theyíve given the ultimate sacrifice for you and for me
By Alice Baratone, Marine Mom and Military Poet

Dedicated to our Fallen Heroes and their Families."
Alice Baratone of Rio Vista, CA

"Memorial Day 2009
Dave was one of my students at South Park High School. He was one of those kids you never forget: a South Buffalo boy through and through. I thank him and his family for the ultimate sacrifice he made for us."
Lynn C. Davis of Grand Island NY

"April 16, 2009
To the family of Spc. David M. McKeever:
David 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

"There will never be a day that goes by I won't think of you. I miss you and the talks we would have on the tower. I sorry your son won't get to know the great man you were. I know you will always be watching over him."
Spc. Scissom of Bravo 2/3 FA

"God bless the family of David, sorry for your loss"
r.martin of chicago, IL

I really miss u thank for all the hard work so we can keep our freedom
God Bless"
Taylor Ralston of hiedelberg, germany

"I don't know what I was thinking... it isn't belated yet! Anyways... forever greatful for you! Thanks a Million:)"
Heather of Heidelberg, Germany

"Happy (belated) Memorial Day! Love and Miss you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart:("
Heather Ralston of Heidelberg, Germany

"This is the first time i have seen this website and i want to tell you that David still lives on with us. Remember the good things he did and the things he would tell you of what he thought you should do. I wish they would change the spc ranking to Sgt like he was. Thank you to everyone for the continued prayers and support.
GOd bless."
pam mckeever of goodlettsville, tn

"Mckeever Family, I served with your son on that horrible day in april. i didnt know about this website, he was a hero to all of us both mentally and physicaly, he is missed by everyones life he has touched."
SGT jeremy Ruiz of Giessen, Germany

"Its been awhile... just stopped by to let you know you're always with us in our hearts. We saw someone the other day who reminded us so much of you. Wishing so much you were still here...rest in peace David :("
Heather Ralston of Heidelberg, Germany

"Havent Forgot About You Bro..RIP..Ill Never Ever Forget.."

I'm so sad to see you leave the earth so soon, you were an amazing person that left a lasting memory with everyone. I remember it like it was yesterday, returning from bosnia in 2000 and I think you were one of the first person I ran into on Ft Carson. You were always willing to help someone out. Thank you for everything."
SGT Krotzer of TX

"Remembering you on this Memorial Day and always. I thank you David from the bottom of my heart for your sacrifice. You will always be remembered and will forever remain our hero. You gave your life on foreign soil so that we can continue to have our freedom. You hold a special place in our hearts always and forever.
Missing you!
Heather Ralston of Heidelberg, Germany

It seemed like just yesterday we ran into you at Sage's in Buffalo. 2 weeks later we pulled up to the Welcome Center at Fort Carson and who was walking out with a duffle bag but you! Needless to say you put your bag in the car and stayed with us for nearly 2 weeks in our hotel and when we finally moved into our house... you became a permanent fixture. Even when we went out on the weekends, if by some chance you weren't around, the kids right away asked "what about Wigs?". Sure enough you'd end up coming along!!
I miss our talks and all the fun times we used to have. You always had some funny story to tell about what happened during the week. I'm sure you miss hearing all my crazy hospital stories:~)
Keeping you in our thoughts as always and also your Mom as she is in the hospital, I know you're looking down on her.
Just wanted to say Hi and we miss you!
The Ralston's"
The Ralston Family of Heidelberg, Germany

"A few weeks ago we drove through Giessen where you were last stationed. As Dave pointed out "this was Wigs old stomping grounds!", but of coarse being Germany and a Sunday... nothing was open. He said it would have been so great to have you here with us. We sure miss you and talk about you often. I'm sure you've rolled over in your grave a few times!!
Just wanted to let you know we continually think about you and talk about you often. Someday we'll make the drive to Nebraska again to visit your grave:) Its been just over 2 years and still it seems like just yesterday... it never gets easier either.
A greatful nation holds you in their hearts!! We love and miss you!"
Ralston Family of Heidelberg, Germany

"We thought of you with love today.
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday.
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories.
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake.
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our heart..
(author unknown)"
Heather Ralston of Heidelberg, Germany

"April 5, 2006

We can't believe it has been two years already. It seems like just yesterday we found out the horrible news.
We lit a candle for you today in Trier, Germany at a Basilica.
We miss you so much. You are *irreplaceable* and will forever be in our hearts:~) Always!!
Thank you for touching our hearts... we are honored to say you were our friend. All gave some and you gave all.. we are so proud of you and forever greatful!!
Miss you much!!
Heather, Dave, David, Taylor & Matthew
Gus-n-Gunner too:~)"
Ralston Family of Heidelberg, Germany

"I *FINALLY* received your HERO BRACELET yesterday, we are so PROUD to wear it:~)
Miss you~
The Ralston's"
Heather Ralston of Heidelberg, Germany

"Hey Wigs!... I just wrote the other day, but somehow it makes me feel better. I am so sorry your life had to end so short, but God had other plans for you!! and now Dylan has the BEST *Guardian Angel* one could have!! His Daddy:~) He looks so much like you, although you already know that, you get to look down on him everyday!
Its so hard to believe you're gone, almost 2 years later and it just doesn't seem real. I miss the talks we used to have, and all those nights around the corner in Colorado at Urdal's!! What a place that was:) You always brought some entertainment!!
The kids took it really hard, you were like an Uncle to them. You always had to win Taylor the biggest stuffed animal you could find:)
I finally replaced the grill this year, you would light it up at 2am and make 6 or 8 cheeseburgers... just for you!!!! I don't miss you being drunk and throwing up all over the living room rug and couch... but if it meant having you back, I'd put up with that anytime!! Or the calls at 8am Saturday mornings to come pick you up.. but you had no idea where you were!! Dave would tell you to go outside and look at the street signs or what was around!! Boy did you make us laugh!!!!!!!! I'll always remember our trips to the mall... you liked to walk up to anyone and say anything, I couldn't even breathe you'd have me laughing so hard!! Excuse me ma'am... where did your baby go? as she's in a panic checking the stroller... good ole' wigs!! So full of life and good times!!
We love you and miss you so much!!
Have some How Do you Do's waiting for us:~)
Love ya always!!
The Ralston's"
Heather of Heidelberg, Germany

You never answered me when I called you Dave or David... probably b/c there already were 2 Dave's living in my house!! It took awhile getting used to calling you "WIGGER" or "WIGS"... and after that, I almost forgot your REAL name!! Anywho... I can't believe we're quickly approaching 2 years that you gave your life fighting for our country. It seems like just yesterday we were hugging and saying our good bye's as you were being stationed in Germany:~) We got stationed here as you would have been getting ready to leave. Dave said it would have been awesome having you here, you really were like his "little brother"... to me too!! We miss you more than words could ever say. I know you already know that. You were so full of life and made me laugh far too often!! I could write books on the memories we shared. Some day Dylan will get to hear each and every one... that I promise you:) Remember when you and Dave so readily volunteered to take Taylor to dance on saturdays... I found out your little secret!!.. when Kovacs was visiting and you guys came back from dance and fell out of the chair!!!! We laugh about that til this day!!!!
We bred Gus and kept a male and named him "GUNNER" in honor of you, you LOVED Gus and Tamika!! I remember you came with us to pick him out!! That dog loved you!! We'll never forget the day you came to pick up Jasmyn and Cain scared the SH_ _ out of you:) Thats a classic!!
Anyways, just wanted to let you know how much we miss you and you're in our thoughts every day!!
Rest in Peace Soldier... until we meet again someday. We love you!! Gone but not forgotten... you live on in each and every one of us!! You're our hero Wigs!!
Want to have a "how do you do?"
Love ya Always and Forever,
Heather and Dave"
Heather Ralston of Heidelberg, Germany

I was watching Gunner Palace on television the other night and I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas


"To the family of: David M McKeever,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"Dear McKeever Family,
Your son will forever by in my heart and my prayers. My son, Cpl. Ricky Richardson, was wounded in the Humvee next to your son on April 5th. These were the darkest hours of my life on the fateful day. How does one mother to another, comfort in these times? What are the correct words to speak? My son , my family and I have prayed for your son, and your family from the moment we received notification. Your son was highly respected by his fellow troops and will be forever missed. My family will continue to honor your sons memory and your family. I thank, your son for his sacrifice and I pray for Gods strength to continue to carry your family through the years to come. All of my respect, my love and my prayers."
Mary Richardson:soldiersmom2001@yahoo.com of Houston, Texas

"June 1, 2005

Dear McKeever Family:
There are no words which can convey how much your son meant to me. Although you don't know me, my son was in the unit with your son when they were attacked. He had befriended my son, who had only recently been deployed to Iraq. He was a young soldier of only 19, who had enlisted in the army right out of high school. Logan only wanted to prove that he was worthy to serve. He is a quiet young man who never really had many friends thru high school. David constantly encouraged him throughout their stay in Iraq. Needless to say, we are all impacted by his loss, especially Logan. I will forever be grateful for his friendship with my son. He truly was a guardian angel for Logan and is missed more than words can say. My prayers are with you all.

Sincerely and forever grateful.."
Debbie Goudy of Easton, MD USA

"David (Wigger) will forever remain close in our hearts. A friend, a hero, we will never forget how you laid down your life for your family and friends fighting for our freedom. We miss you dearly!! Tonight we'll have a "How do you do" in honor of your life and service to our country and in memory of our friendship. We'll NEVER forget you!!"
The Ralston's of Cleveland, Ohio

Dear Family: God keep you on this day and those to follow. Thank you for your son's sacrifice, and for yours. The time passes, but he will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you now."
De'on Miller, Proud Mom of L.Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington, NM, USA

"Just wanted to let you know that we ordered a Hero Bracelet and got David's name. Thus, though we never knew him, he will always be remembered by us. Thank you for your sacrifice and all the best to his family."
Jim & Cathy McIntyre of Paris, Ont., Canada

"I belong to a Veterans Group in Ct.we do keep all Soldiers in our prayers every day. Some gave all and sacrificed for what our country stands for freedom and the many things we take for granted. We setup the flags for all our vet. affairs.I consider it an HONOR doing this.After all FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.I look out my window and outside there is a helecopter which we just dedicated to a young man who was killed in Viet Nam.I saw a mother who lost her son in Bagdad and my heart goes out to her.So even though I am not a Vet I do pray for our Soldiers every day and hope for their safe return. I only wish that there was some way to end this war on terror but, we must fight to preserve that which we hold greatly that is the freedom we enjoy and when you see a Soldier thank them for a great job well done."
gloria of connecticut

"thank-you for your sacrifice. You will be in my prayers."
Bruce McKeever of Edmonton Alberta Canada

"He was a great soldier and husband and father to you. He will never be forgotten and always be remebered in our prayers."
Toms Family of Schofield Barracks Hawaii

"i am sorry about your loss. i just wanted to leave a message because i heard about this young man, and when i saw the last name, i was in shock. my husband is also serving in Iraq, and his name is Staff SGT Patrick Shane McKeever. so when i saw this name on the army casulty list, i cried. i hope you except my deepest sympothies for your loss."
Tracey McKeever of Killeen, TX, USA

"KIA- Not Forgotten- Ill Remember

SGT G of Ft Hood Texas

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

"To the family of Army Spc. David McKeever:
Though we are strangers, my family feels a deep connection to your family. My nephew, Army SSgt. Kevin Kimmerly was killed in Baghdad on September 15, 2003. We have been wanting to send our condolences, but without addresses this seemed like the only likely chance of writing to you. Kevin's wife especially wanted to write to David's wife, so if by any chance you do see this message, perhaps you can reply on this web-site. David, Kevin, and all the others who have died are true heroes and they will remain in our hearts forever. Our hope is that time and the love of your family will help ease the awful pain we know you are feeling."
Brenda Ordway of North Creek, New York

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

"To David'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

"I am so sorry for your loss. My husband,PFC Shawn Pahnke was with the 1st AD Freidburg Germany,KIA June 17, 2003. My heart aches for you. I pray that your memories of David bring you comfort and strength."
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 David McKeever, 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. David McKeever:
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 David 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. David McKeever:
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 David, 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