Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Kenneth A. Melton

30, of Westplains, Missouri.
Melton died in Iraq when his military vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device and small arms fire while traveling in a convoy from Baghdad. He was assigned to the Arkansas Army National Guard, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th Brigade Combat Team, Fordyce, Arkansas. Died on April 25, 2004.

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"Kenneth, you touched my soul like no one else ever could. I loved our time talking on the phone and on the computer. You were deployed to Egypt on my birthday that year. Mom and I loved making those care packets for you and the guys. I still have the necklace and earrings that you gave me on our first Christmas. You STILL have my heart, and always will!!! I have never stopped loving and missing you."
Stephanie of Kingfisher, OK

"Sargent Kenneth A. Melton not spc he got promoted but paper work is always slow .love u thought everyone should know he made it to Sargent he said he would be a Sargent and he got it .I would tel u how much I miss u but u already know."
vinnie of Batesville,AR

"You are a true Hero.We will never Konw you and not beable to give you a hug and say thank you for your selfless act. But I will say Thank You to you and all the others before you for every day that I am able to wake in a free land that you have secured for us. God speed Kenneth for one day we will meet at the gates of Heaven and I will shake your hand and we will stand watch together over the land and its people we love so much. May God Bless you son."
Joker of Bolingbrook,IL USA

"April 16, 2009
To the family of Spc. Kenneth A. Melton:
Kenneth 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

"Dear Family of Kenneth Melton:

to honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

For more information, please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net
The Artists of Grateful HEarts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"To the family of Kenneth A. Melton, 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. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or need someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev. John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga

"Kenny you are my brother and my freind I will certainly miss the times we had together growing up. I respect more than ever the sacrafice you made for the whole family, your friends, and your country. I will miss you always and your memory will never fade from my mind or my heart."some gave all" and your heroism is appreciated I hope that I can make as big an impact with my life as you have made with yours. I could not ask for a better brother though we did have our quarrels and know as sad as mom and dad are they are so very proud of you and all you stand for."
Mike W. Mabes of Thayer, Mo./ Clarksville,TN

"St. Charles Democratic Alliance held a Tribute & Memorial to the 20 fallen soldiers from Missouri on 3/19/2005, the 2nd anniversary of the War in Iraq. Four families of the fallen attended the event, and nine families shared messages that were read during the tribute by Connie Greene, sister of fallen soldier Jamie Huggins. The event aired on all four local newscasts (Fox KTVI, KPLR, KSDK, KMOV.) Biographies of each of the fallen soldiers were read while photos of the soldiers were displayed. The event also included Bible readings, songs, keynotes speeches by Rev. Jason Samuel and Viet Nam Veteran Ken Peters, and a fellowship in the church hall immediately following the tribute. Our organization was sensitive to the fact that even though information on Missouriís fallen soldiers is a matter of open record, we had to go beyond the name, rank and serial number Ė we needed to share information on the fallen soldiers from the familyís perspective and present a tribute that each of the soldiers would have approved of. This was a day for honoring Missouriís finest, as well as the sacrifice the families made, and continue to make every day. Special thanks to the Burkhardt, Gottfried, Huggins and Spink families for traveling long distances to Transfiguration Church in Lake St. Louis to participate in this community tribute. (anngastler@charter.net)"
Ann Gastler of St. Charles Democratic Alliance of St. Peters, MO

"I am organizing a 3/19/2005 Tribute & Memorial Service Honoring Missouri's Fallen Soldiers, hosted by St. Charles Democratic Alliance. We plan to have a spiritual memorial tribute planned to honor the 18 fallen Missouri soldiers who died in Iraq. We wanted to let you know your beloved isn't forgotten and invite you to this tribute. If you're not able to be in Lake St. Louis on 3/19/05 but would like to send a message or letter that we could read on behalf of your family, again, we'd be honored. Again, my deepest sympathy and please know that Kenny is in my prayers"
Ann Gastler (anngastler@charter.net) of St. Peters, MO

"Today I received my hero bracelet with your name on it. This will be a constant reminder of you and your family who will be forever in my prayers."
Karen of Cobden, IL

"Kenny, I knew you long ago, by mail and phone calls. You were a great friend, you were always there to talk to. How do I tell you that you made such an impact in my life? That even though we hadn't talked in over 9 years you were in my thoughts. How do I express how much I miss you? Maybe you got got my e-mail... You need to know you will be remembered with your brillant smile your sense of humor and your bravery. I know the angels were protecting you and then welcomed you into their "Army".
Thank you. Love,"
Sara of Boise, Idaho

"Kenny, After so many years you found me. Now you will never know how in the last few days that you were here how you touched my life again with your golden heart and soul. I will always remember your smile and the twinkle in your eyes. Have fun dancing with the angels. AND flying fast with your new found wings. Thank you for reminding me that someone had to be there if not you then someone else. That is the true meaning of a friend and hero, one who will lay down his life for another."
one you touched years ago of Eugene, OR.

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

"To Kenneth'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 (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"

"I never had a chance to meet Kenneth, but I heard nothing but good things about him. I wish there were words to express how sorry I am for your loss. May God Bless you and get you all through these hard time."
Larry of Laughlin, NV

"To Kenneth's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

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

"Thank you Kenneth Melton, 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. Kenneth Melton:
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 Kenneth 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. Kenneth Melton:
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 Kenneth, 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