Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Scott A. Messer

26, of Ashland, Kentucky.
Messer died in Ashraf, Iraq, when his HMMWV accidentally rolled over during convoy operations. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on February 2, 2006.

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"As a US Marine serving in Ashraf Iraq we responded to Scott's incident. We were first on scene as we were on combat patrol at the time. I was reading my journal tonight the one I kept during my time in Iraq. I never knew Scott's name until many years after when I connected the dots with the casualty list. I only knew the situation and his fellow soldier our Corpsman and I worked on that night. As a 22 yr old infantry man at that time I read my journal now and the last sentence is "its *ing with me, I dont know why, *ing why!" Those images will never leave me, but I know and find solice in knowing we saved his squaddie. RIP Scott."
Emerson Butler of VALLEJO Ca

"Scott. although it has been more than 10 years since God took you up to Heaven, it does not mean that you are not missed. I think about you all the time."
1SG(R)Kevin Statam of Eglin, Florida

"There isn't a day that goes by that I do not think of PFC Scott Messer, some of my guys had nick names for each other and Scott wasn't any different. To me he was Messer. Messer kept me straight, when I was frustrated from a meeting. I always drank energy drinks, Messer would take my drink away from me and replace it with a bottle of water. Once Messer had the audacity to pour out my drink and replace it with water. So,,, by God I confronted him about it. What the F#@! do you think that your doing ?
"Sergeant I just want to see that you are properly hydrated". Messer, as my driver, so he maintained the truck. My gunner, a SGT. Rodewald. with those two I had to just sit and listen to the radios prior to mission.
Messer and I had a relationship like other crews, but ours was a little different. Scott could tell Diego(me) the best way to attack a problem. afterwards we would sit and laugh a little. While he would be prepping the vehicle...wait. let say that there was a mission at 0500... Messer would start at 0230. I would be walking by to see which vehicle was broke and who would not make the trip. Messer would tell me, 'don't worry the vehicle will be ready. And it always was. Evan my weapon, ammo had a space according to Messer. I talk to Messer about three times a week. Although some people think that is weird,,, Messer doesn't seem to mind.Messer still to this day, keeps me straight.I thank Messer for all the things that he did because he was Messer, I love Scott Messer
I know one thing for sure, God is well hydrated.
I have a picture that Janet made for me, its of a U.S. Flag shedding a tear. The caption reads : Even our Country's sheds a tear for SPC Scott A. Messer
Brother, I will never forget you."
Diego J. Colunga E-7 U S Army Retired of Clarksville, TN, USA

"I cannot believe that 7 years have passed. Just want the family to know that Scott is not forgotten. I know he meant the world to my son, Justin. You and all of his family are in my prayers."
Connie Diel of Missouri USA

"I MISS you son and love you more then words could every said. you been with God, for 6 byears now and I know that you are in a safe place. I still Miss you and no you are watching over me. Love you mom"
Joyce Slone of Ashland ky,

"May Scott rest in peace. He and his family gave a great sacrifice to our country. I worked with him at Cingular in Ashland before he joined the Army. He introduced me to one of my best friends that was in his training class. He was a wonderful guy and a wonderful friend. I know he loved his wife and his girls with all of his heart. He just wanted to provide for them. We remember you and think of you all the time. I wonder if it would have been different had the State Police accepted you into their program. Rest in peace Scott, rest in peace. Thank you."

"scott i want to thank you for your service, i think of us growing up and all the things we have gotten into you was my best friend and i think about you all the time brother we will meet again and catch up on old times love you man"
bj haynie of catlettsburg ky

"i didnt know you but lived beside your wife and children for a lil while... i will never forget the smile on her face as she was nailing the big welcome home sign to the side of the building... i saw you the next day kissing your girls as you were buckling them into the carseat in the suv.. my heart was overjoyed gettin to see that you closed the door and looked at me smiled and i smiled and said thank you as i buckled my children in the car as well. then i heard about your passing a week or so later.. it broke my heart into peices and the memory of your face with your children and your wife will stay in my heart and head forever... thank you once again for serving our county.. you will always be a hero and very much appreciated..."
shawnda of raceland,ky

"u served ur country well and u will be missed . i remember u from school u was such a great guy .u always made me laugh ."
carla barker of ashland ky

"2 FEB 2010, 4 years has past since God took you home Scott and yet it seem so much shorter. You are missed as much now as ever by so many of us. You are and always shall be part of who I am and I hope to one day be more of what you were. To your family goes out my deepest and most sincere condolences. God bless all of you always. Scott was the best of the best and always had time to lift one of us in the Platoon up when we were down."
Sean Hayes of Memphis, TN

"Remembering Scott Messer and his family.
February 2, 2009
Scott may be gone, but will never be forgotten."
Connie Diel of Missouri

"January 29, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Scott A. Messer:
Scott 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Scott was a great man and a great father, God will be grateful to have such a man by his side. His family will always remember the smiles, and never will a day pass that he will not be missed. Thank you kiddo for your utmost sacrafice, I will not forget..."
W. Hartman of Herkimer NY

"I Just wanted to let Scott's family and friends know that we are all still thinking of Scotty and not a day goes by that He isn't somewhere in my thoughts. As I myself get ready to go back to Iraq I know that Scott will be watching over me even more this time."
SFC Dressel, William of Schofield Barracks, HI

"I would like to let Scott's wife, daughter's and family know tht he is not forgotten. I never was fortunate enough to meet him, but he was with my son, Justin R. pretty much every day in Iraq. Justin has told me what a great Soldier he was. It's almost as if I had known him. Just please know that even though time has passed, Scott is not forgotten and never will be in our family. I think of all of you often and you are in our prayers."
Connie Diel of Broseley, Missouri USA

"Scott was a phenomenal soldier and was the epitome of what 3rd Platoon, Blackhorse Troop stood for. He was the first one to lend a hand and would do it because he saw each man as his brother. Scott is a hero and you will forever be remembered and missed."
CPT Dan Kosters, former Platoon Leader of Fort Campbell, KY

"Just wanted to give my condolences to Scotts family and say that we all miss him very much. I was lucky to have a soldier as good as Scott was. He is forever in my thoughts and prayers."
SSG Justin Rodewald of MO

"To the family of:Scott A. Messer 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"

"I Love you and miss you every day son .
hope one day to see your smileing face
again love Mom"
Joyce Johnson of Ashland,ky 41101

"Not a day passes that you are not in my thoughts Scott. I miss joking around with you and giving you a hard time about "not" being from the south. How you would smile and tell me how I was wrong. How you never could make a "W" with your fingers like I would. How big a smile you had on your face as we rolled out the wire together that last time. Yelling Sgt Hayes what's up!! You are always in my heart Scott. My girl has placed a cross for you on the beach in Arlington West, Santa Barbara. For she knows how much you mean to me. Every chance I get I tell people about how wonderful a person you were and how much you are missed. I look forward to the day I get to share a canteen and talk to you again Scott."
SGT Sean Hayes of San Diego, CA

"On the one year date of this terrible loss I just wanted to give my condelence to the family and friends of Scott once again. This last year has been rough for all of us but I can't even imagine how it has been for his family. I really don't know what else to say but that even after a whole year Scott and his family have been in my thoughts and prays almost everyday. Since we have all returned from Iraq some of us have gone are separate ways but everytime we talk on the phone or get together Scott is there in mind and spirit."
SSG Dressel, William of FT Knox, KY

"I have been in the Army for 12 years now and Scott was by far one of the finest and best soldiers I have ever had and served with. But the most amazing thing about Scott was his love for his family and the his heart and caring for others. Not a day goes by I don't think about Scotty "too hottie" and the impact that he has left on my life. To the family I'am trully sorry for your loss because I know that Scott was not only an amazing soldier but twice the farther/huband/brother/son. It was my privilage to have served with Scott."
SSG, Dressel, William of FT Campbell, KY

"I'm very proud of my brother for every thing he accomplished, and all he did when he was here. I miss him and I love him very much. he is a hero and when my son gets old enough I'm going to tell him about his uncle. I wished scott could have seen him but he didn't get the chance. I know he is in a better place and I know I'll see him again someday. I supported him and I support all the troops thats still overthere, and I hope they all make it back safe. Everyone that has left a message for my brother and for our family thanks, me and my family along with Scott's wife and his two little girls appreciate everything you wrote thank you."
James Messer of Ashland, KY

"Scott May you rest in peace. Thank you for making the ultimate Sacrifice in the name of freecom you have earned your golden halo and wings. May you continve to soar in the heavenly clouds upabout. I will never for get you and will see you again son. God ! will take care of them now and allways watch over us till we come to meet you again son.
I Love you with all my heart."
Joyce Johnson of Ashland Ky, 41101

"Scott May you rest in peace. Thank you for making the ultimate Sacrifice in the name of freecom you have earned your golden halo and wings. May you continve to soar in the heavenly clouds upabout. I will never for get you and will see you again son. God ! will take care of them now and allways watch over us till we come to meet you again son.
I Love you with all my heart."
Joyce Johnson of Ashland Ky, 41101

"Scott May you rest in peace. Thank you for making the ultimate Sacrifice in the name of freecom you have earned your golden halo and wings. May you continve to soar in the heavenly clouds upabout. I will never for get you and will see you again son. God ! will take care of them now and allways watch over us till we come to meet you again son.
I Love you with all my heart."
Joyce Johnson of Ashland Ky, 41101

"I am the proud aunt of Scott's wife Jennifer, and of his two children, Hailee, and Natalie Messer, so many have forgotten the sacrifice that my niece has made for this country and everyone in it, as we remember how wonderful of a person Scott was, we also need to remember his young wife and his two beautiful children who gave all."
Katrina Kingen of Ashland, Kentucky

"I'm very proud to say that Scott Messer was my younger brother. I miss him so much, but i know he is in heaven helping to prepare a place for his family and everyone who knows Jesus Christ. God bless everyone who has took the time to leave a message and pray for him. Honor him by telling other people about God. I miss you Scott dotty."
Victor Messer Jr. of Catlettsburg,ky

"My husband and I had the priveledge to ride for Mr. Messer in the Illinois Freedom Run. It was a wonderful experience, to ride for our fallen heroes and to contribute to a wonderful cause. I am very sorry for the families loss and pray for you every day."
Tonya K. of Wenona, Illinois

"I graduated from A TRP 5/15 CAV at Ft. Knox with Messer in Feb. of 2004. He was by far one of the finest soldiers in the Troop. We were both sent to the 101st at the same time, but we split up. I was deeply saddened by the news of his loss, as were the rest of the Scouts that graduated with him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his young wife and child. You will always be remembered. See you on Fiddler's Green - SCOUTS OUT!"
SPC Gaines of FOB Speicher, Iraq

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Scott will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Thank you Scott Messer, 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 Pfc. Scott Messer:
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 Scott 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 Pfc. Scott Messer:
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 Scott, 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