Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Robert A. McNail

30, of Meridian, Mississippi.
McNail died in Iskandariyah, Iraq, when his HMMVW struck another military vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 150th Combat Engineer Battalion, 155th Brigade Combat Team, Quitman, Mississippi. Died on February 11, 2005.

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"February 3, 2009
To the family of Spc. Robert A. McNail:
Robert 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

"Robert I love you! Love your cousin, Jessica"
Jessica McGill of Enterprise,MS


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just 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 fears.

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 soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

"I did not know Robert but I have chosen to have a bracelet made to honor his memory. I am a full time Guard soldier working in the Safety field. The bracelet reminds me every day of Robert's accident and I only hope and pray I can help prevent another such accident. I continue to pray and think of his family and friends as I know they are still mourning this aweful event. May God watch over you.

In Christ,
CW2 Gibson

"Thank you all, for your kind words of my Brother Robert. What many of you do not know was this was the second accident he had had in a conflict for the United States. During Bosnia my brother suffered a head injury and was going to be dismissed from the Army but Robert rehabbed, all so he could defend this wonderful country of ours. Also in the months before his unit went to Iraq he was offered a promotion and was going to be able to not go. Rob turned down his promotion so he could go with his friends/brothers in his unit. My brother was someone I will never forget, it is truly a shame his son will never really know his dad, but he will know who he was."
Brian P. McNail, USN of Ft Meade, MD

"Robert was my husband`s best friend in every sense of the word. He was the type of guy who would do anything to help you in any way. I real stickler for detail and people`s feelings.I never worry about where Robert is today.I know he is with our Lord and Savior.My heart is still broken over this tragic incident but I know my husband and the rest of our guys have someone constantly reminding God to take care of them!
Thank-You for this site and I`ll pass it on to his family."
Starla Davis of Meridian,Ms USA

"Robert you will always be remembered in our hearts as a true American Hero. Thanks for your sacrifice. I know you are watchin over our guys in Iraq. You are now a soldier in God's Army. Stand Fast Robert McNail"
Haley Veazey of D'lo Mississippi

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

"To the McNail family from the Wahl family. Our heart and prays are with Robert and your family. We fully understand your lost. We lost our son back in May of 2004. Robert is more then someone's someone. He is the elite of all AMERICANS. Not many Americans willing to service his country and risk his or her life. An Robert will forever be remember as a HERO! God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream NY

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Robert McNail. I lost my son in Iraq on 1/26/2005 in a helicopter crash. May God comfort you in your time of need."
Helen Gilbert (mother of Richard A Gilbert, Jr) of Dayton, Ohio

"Thank you Robert McNail, 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. Robert McNail:
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 Robert 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. Robert McNail:
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 Robert, 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