Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Morningstar

27, of San Antonio, Texas.
Morningstar died in Al Husayniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker Engineer Squad Vehicle. He was assigned to the 562nd Engineer Company, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Died on February 5, 2006.

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"I had the honor and pleasure of serving with you in Ft. Carson, CO. We used to be in the same platoon at one time. It totally broke my heart when one of our comrades told me you were killed in Iraq. I hope you're in heaven rejoicing, Sapper."
SSG Jose L. Urena of Columbia, South Carolina

"I didn't have the pleasure of knowing you but I sometimes feel like I do. I quite often run along the Salado Creek Greenway across the boardwalk that the city of San Antonio has named after you. With every run, I see your face at each end & often wonder about your story, your family, and your sacrifice.

I will be running the 40th Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2015 and will be dedicating my run to you. As I run through the streets of our nation's capitol, I will proudly carry the American flag draped with a black ribbon bearing your name. You are not forgotten. Thank you, SSG Christopher Morningstar for your service & sacrifice."
Gina Noland of San Antonio, Texas

"Hey dad it's now been 9 years without you, I miss you ever day it's almost Memorial Day, I'm now 15 I was 6 in 2006 February 5th when God called you home I miss you hope your proud of me and everything I do! Gone but never forgotten! Fly high."
Wyatt Morningstar of Corbin, Kentucky

"I miss your smile, and laughter. You cared so much for those around you. I'm more thankful than you may ever know, for your service to our country. You are alive in Christ, and I know I'll see you again one day!"
Corina of Houston, TX./U.S.A.

"I miss you more & more everyday. There still is a whole in my heart from that day. I have yet to move on, nor do i wish to."

"still seems like you're around"
pg of tx

"I was talking about you today and just wanted to say how much we miss you and still think of you!!!"

"I was a fellow ROTC member at MacArthur High School. I am now just reading this and had no idea. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I remember him clearly. I was ahead of him in school but I remember what a sweetheart he was."
Jennifer Kirksey of San Antonio, TX

"To his parents, family and friends
You may not know me, nor did I really know Chris, but he was in my dad's youth group here in San Antonio, TX. Crestview Baptist Church. My name is Eric and my dad is Jerry Canupp. Every memorial day or anytime we talk about our fallen heroes, my dad always speaks of Chris. He calls him "His Fallen Hero", and in a very real way he is mine too. Chris sacrificed eveything so I can be free and so I can worship the God this country was founded in. I can't explain or express my thankfulness for what he did for me, for us. Thank you.
Eric Canupp"
Eric Canupp of San Antonio, TX

"Feb 4th 2010
I just wanted to let Holly and Clive know that I'm thinking of you, and the many other family members I've had the pleasure of meeting, may God keep you close and comfort you sincerely Shawn Townsend-Geoghegan"
Shawn Townsend-Geoghegan of SanAntonio Texas

"February 4, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Morningstar:
Christopher 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

"Chris, you lived across the street from us at Ft Leonard Wood. BBQ's, cookouts, watching your kids, etc. I wasn't aware of your sacrifice until talking to Maria tonight. You're not the 1st to give the ultimate sacrifice, not even the 1st I know to pay the price but know that you're included in an elite group of warriors and will never be forgotten. God bless you and the kids."
Jill S of Washington DC

"to all who have taken the time to write,thank you. your love and support are greatly appriciated. times have been tough but rest assured with Gods guiding hand we are makin it. the children are thriveing. they have peice knowing their daddy, thaer hero is resting in Gods loving arms. please keep prayer for all service members..living..gone..serving our country at home and abroud..and those who served befor. those who served with chris you all were held close to his heart. for what its worth ya'll are still family to me and the kids for ever intangled in the world they call "military life". no one understands unless they have lived it. thanx again"
tommie wife of chris morningstar of usa

"Memorial Day 2008! You are thought of today just as you are everyday! Happy Memorial Day Chris! We miss you tons!"
The Hennis Family of Fort Hood, TX

"Chris...A new year is upon us and you are still thought of often. We miss you and the good times we had. You were a great man that was very caring and loving."

"Hey Sgt Morningstar
I heard what happened and had to say Hi... All those days I was always really impressed about how you never really complained and how you always had jokes no matter how you felt and what was going on. It was cool to work with you. I wish i had said that to your face .. you made my time there more bearable."
Frame of Rockford Il

"Chris...I Know you are watching over your friends and brothers...They need you! We miss you and love you!"

"To the family of:Christopher R. Morningstar 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"

"to my friend, i lost you and i will never be the same you are my friend and always will be im sorry i let you done but i will not forget you ever i miss you, you were more to me than a brother"
james seibert of ft.wood

"Happy 4th of July! Because of you we are free!"

"Well Chris...It's memorial day! You are remembered everyday and are missed equally. We love you!"

"You are still and will always be missed!"

I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier who was killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

A grateful citizen"

"Chris, thank you so much for all you sacrificed. You had such a genuine heart, and such a great attitude on life. I pray that your children, Victoria and Wyatt will always remember what an incredible daddy they have. I pray they will always know how much you loved them, how they were your world. They have got to be so proud of their daddy, I know I am. Chris, you will never be forgotten! And I promise, Chris, to keep Victoria and Wyatt in my prayers forever. They lost such an incredible person, and I am so sad for them. From an old neighbor at Ft Leonard Wood, who misses you!"
The Bakers of Ft Knox, Ky

"I served with Chris during his first duty assignment with C Co. 4th Engneers at Ft. Carson. I was deeply saddened to hear of his death. I have fond memories of him, he was a great soldier and a good friend who was quick to laugh."
Adam Schafenberg of New York, NY

"Chris, The world is a little worse off with out you in it. Thanks for always being a professional and competent Soldier and Leader. The Rock Hard Platoon misses you. Most have spread across the world and you brought many of us back together. You are missed. Take Care Brother"
SFC Jason Fritz of New Cumberland, PA

"Seems like just yesterday that you were drinking a beer in my kitchen with Todd. We really miss you Chris!"
Allison Hennis of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"You will never be forgotten. We miss you Chris. You were one of the biggest influences on my life both as a Soldier and as a friend. Thanks for everything. Charlie Rock, Fightin' Fifth."
SGT James Lake of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

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

I remember our days at Crestview Babtist youth group quite fondly. I was shocked when I heard that you left us. But you left us for a better place. God bless you."
Patrick McGrew of Austin, Texas

"Wow, Chris, it's been awhile. It was a shock, but I've been there before. You are in the best of company now, rest in peace-you've earned it. Take care of eachother - till we meet again!!
To the family: Be proud of your soldier. He is among the best of the best. Hang in there, take care of eachother, and know that you are all thought of, in this time and always. If you ever want to talk, or need to connect with someone who understands, you can find me at missingmygi03@yahoo.com"
Marcie Biskie Adair of St. Robert, MO

"I am truly sorry for your loss. May you find peace and strength in God to face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

"Thank you Christopher Morningstar, 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. Christopher Morningstar:
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 Christopher 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. Christopher Morningstar:
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 Christopher, 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