Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Morgan, Jr.

38, of St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Morgan died in Latfiyah, Iraq, of injuries sustained on October 4, 2004 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle. He was assigned to the 660th Transportation Company, Army Reserve, Cadiz, Ohio. Died on October 5, 2004.

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"Rick was a great friend in HS, and never was without a smile. He was one the most authentic, caring, guys I knew. Even though I had not seen him since his early days in the Army when he was on leave, I can still hear his laugh, and see his smile. It was an honor to know such a man, and I look forward to seeing him again one day."
Ron Morgan, Jr. of St. Clairsville, Ohio

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

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"September 27, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Richard L. Morgan, Jr.:
Richard 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

"I knew Richard Morgan when we were stationed together in Berlin, Germany 1987-1990. We were MPs together and lived in the same barracks. Spent many a day with Morgan. He was a damn good Joe and I am proud to say that I knew him. My deepest condolences to his family and hope my fond memories of him offer them some serenity."
CPT Rick Murphy (formerly SGT Mike) of MND-N Iraq

"SSG Morgan you were a great friend and leader it was an honor to serve with you not a day goes by that i don't think of you and the three other brothers we lost you will never be forgoten 660Th all the way YOU CALL WE HAUL"
SPC Norton of Indiana


"To the family of Richard L. Morgan,Jr. 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 he arms of Jesus.IF you need prayer or 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

"To my brother the hero you'll never know how sadly missed you are and how greatful we are to you for giving your life to protect us!!!!We love you and miss you very much your in our hearts forever !!!Love Bonita"
Bonita Girty of Bethesda ,Ohio

"To the family and friends of Sgt Richard Morgan: our deepest condolences in this terrible tragedy. We live in Belmont County and wish to send our thoughts and prayers to you. Sgt Morgan will be forever missed, but remembered always as a hero."
Wise of Barnesville,Ohio

"You were a very nice guy and all your friends will miss you"
Amanda of barnesville

"SGT. Morgan thank you for being a professional soldier. A HERO to all Americans! An all American should be thankful to you. For you are truely, the elite! To put your life on the line for us! Our family is deeply sadden by your lost. An in some way your apart of our family. We also lost our son. Now you both serving together us in abetter place. REST SOLDIER! Your family and ours will never forget you!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

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

"To the family of Richard;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Richard is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To Richard'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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


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

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Richard L. Morgan Jr."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"My class and I want to thank you Richard for helping to keep us all safe. Please know that you will not be forgotten."
Mrs. Arthur's 4th grade class of Nelsonville, Ohio

"To Richard'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

"Thank you Richard Morgan, Jr., 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. Richard Morgan, Jr.:
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 Richard 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. Richard Morgan, Jr.:
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 Richard, 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