Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Robert W. Murray, Jr.

21, of Westfield, Indiana.
Murray died in Tal Afar, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker military vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on April 28, 2005.

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"Thinking about you today, Robert. It's been too long since we lost you but you have never been far from our hearts. Some days I get on a roll of sharing memories about you, how funny you were. That time we made a special dinner for your mom as a surprise after work. We made spaghetti and breadsticks and you all helped. You, Dusty and Stacy drew a menu, and you pretended to be the waiter with a towel on your arm! I'm grateful for every memory I hold in my heart and miss you more than I can express. We lost a funny, thoughtful, and talented man but your impact in your short time with us was unbelievable."
April Pappas of Columbus Indiana USA

"Your strength still carries me today.

Your niece and nephew think you're amazing."

"You were one of the best soldiers in our troop no doubt about it, even being new to the unit. It was an honor to serve alongside brother and you are still remembered and will always live on with us, Grim troop soldiers all across the world."
David Valiant of St. Louis, MO, United States

"hey bubba! i just wanted to say that the last few years have been hard without you around! nothing is the same anymore! i miss you like crazy and i know that you are watching after all of us! we love u bubba"
Jazmin Fox of Franklin IN

"Hey bubba. So here lately you have been on my mind lately and i really miss you. I find myself at times crying and confused and you always pop into my head. How you had the courage to risk your life, i do not know, but what i do know, is that i love you and miss you like no other!"
Angela of brown county

"Bubba, I was just thinking about you. Im writing a poem about you for school, i have spent all night on it. I wanted to cry while writing it. I just want you to know that i love & miss you soo much!"
-- shelby fox. of Whiteland, Indiana.

"Reading through all of these, it makes me tear up. I could never thank you enough for sacrificing your life for us back home. You're a strong young man, and how you did this, I have no idea. It never gets any easier, but the fact that I know I will be with you soon enough is enough to keep me going. I love you, and I miss you <3
Miranda Fox of Brown County, Indiana

"hey bubba... its been 5 years since you died today... and it doesnt get any harder!!! i miss you like CRAZY!!!! we are going up to your grave next week! im speechless! i miss when you always picked on me!! i want those days to come back!! i love you and miss you like no other!!"
angela of brown county

"Robbie I can't believe that it is almost 5 years since you left us.In my mind I can still see you and Mike smiling those devilish smiles when you were together.I know you are looking down at all of us and making sure everyone is ok..I think of you often and just wanted to say we all miss you and love you...you and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers.."
Debbie of Carmel,indiana

"hey bubba, just wanted to tell you, were missing you like crazy here! We love you very much. I wish you were still here so I could tell you what all is going on in life. I dont know what else to say, im speechless. It's just been so long since i have got to have a hug from you. I miss you dearly bubba! I love you so much, never forget that!"
Shelby Fox of Whiteland, Indiana

"hey bubba, its almost been 5 year. i cant believe that u have been gone for almost half a decade. so for my bday this year, ima go up to crown hill again. your little club tree house is still up. its my little hide out place when i get really mad. and when it rains, i climb it and for sum reason,i just think of our fun times, like when you almost dunked my head in the toilet. i still remember that like it was yesterday! your bday was a about a week ago. uncle rob went up there and put sone flowers up there. and he kinda cleaned it up a little.. well i miss you bubba!
miss and love u!"
Angela of brown county

"hey bubba.. i miss you.... my wish for my birthday was to spend it with you... i miss you alot... and my wish came true! i went to your grave a couple of days after my birthday and saw you! if seems as if i can look at the leftover of your's and riffer's clubhouse and picture you guys playling in there! well i love you bubba.. so does everyone else"
Angela of brown county

"Robert...went to visit your grave just a few days ago....it still doesnt seem as if you are gone..i still imagine you and christopher in your little "club house" back behind what is now my house..every board that was nailed by the 2 of you is still there...we miss you and love you dearly"
Aunt Agana of Brown County, Indiana, USA

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"I miss you Rob. I cant believe its been over 4 years since you left us, but you still are forever with everyone in our hearts. I still cant stop laughing every time i think of you. Remember TJ, gasoline, and the diet coke can! I'll never stop laughing. You are THE MAN, THE MYTH, AND DEFINITLY A LEGEND. Love ya bro."
Paul Gregory of Carmel, IN

It has been 4 years as of tomorrow and my heart breaks that you are not here. We miss you dearly and I... I wish that I could have seen you at least one last time and If you were here on this planet with us I would want to say congratulations on you nephew Keagan Aaron Wesley Murray. He looks EXACTLY like you and.. I just miss you and love you. Our family is in my prayers!

Love you foralways,
Angela of Nashville Indiana

"April 16, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Robert W. Murray, Jr.:
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

"hey bubba... it is coming up to 4 years since you have left us and kind of like uncle Tim said it never gets easier.. i really miss you and i no that you are in a better place and that god is watching over you and that you are watching over us.. i love you really dearly!!! and i hope to see you when ever my expiration date comes!!!"
Angela of Brown County

"Hey buba, Just wanted to say that we miss & love you very much. It is comeing up on another year without you and it never gets any easier.. Love and miss you very much."
Unlce Tim & Family of Franlkin

"I went to basic training with Robert and Chris. I have literally been trying to contact Roberts family for years. My prayers go out to you and I hope that you will email me inkstabandloveme@yahoo.com."
SGT Andrew Young of Great Valley NY

"Bubba we miss you dearly amd we want you here with us and not in heaven!!! we want you in our arms!!!"
Angela Fox of Brown County Indiana

"Dear Madam,--

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln"
Friends of Fishers,Indiana,USA

"Murray we love and miss you!"
You're Friends of Westfield, IN

"To the family of:Robert W. Murray,Jr. 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 Bubba... and I miss you sooo much!"
Miranda Fox of Nashville, Indiana

"Miss you bunches!!"
of Westfield, IN

"Over two years and you are remembered by those who maybe didn't know you well but can't forget the sacrifice you made. Thank you for protecting our freedom."
Friends of Westfield, IN/USA

"Murray it has been two years since you were called to Heaven and you are still greatly missed by all of your friends and family. I can't stop thinking about you lately. You never were able to see my daughter, but I know that you special picked her as soon as you got to heaven. Two weeks after you left this earth you sent my little angel baby to me. I wish so much that you could have met her. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done for me. I miss you so much. Until we meet again...I will always keep you in my heart. Hey do you remember when we went to see the Austin Powers movie and you two couldn't stop laughing and then I started laughing because you guys wouldn't shut up and then 10mins later we are all still cracking up. Sometimes I can still here your hysterical laugh. You are still the man!"
We miss you - Your friends of Westfield

"We love you so much. We all miss you terribly. Thank you for being you.
Love always, your family"
Murray Family of Indiana

"Robert....Thank you so much for everything you have done for your family, friends, and country. You are a TRUE HERO. Nobody will ever forget you and the ultimate sacrifice that you made to keep us all safe. I Love You Robert. Rest In Peace"
Amanda Parsley of Westfield, IN/ U.S.A

"Hey Murray! We are so proud of you. You did what you knew was right and we salute you for it. You were a great friend with an infectious laugh. Anyone who ever knew you will remember what joy you brought into their lives. You could make bad things seem like such small problems. Our family will never forget you. May you live on through all of the wonderful memories that people will share. You are a hero to all of Westfield may you rest in peace and watch over all until we are able to meet again. Take care Murray your the man and we love and miss you!"
Your Friends of Westfield, IN

"I thank God for Robert and his fellow servicepeople. They are the reson we are all free. He is truely an American HERO. God bless and keep his family and loved ones."
Bob M. of Wildomar, Ca. U.S.A.

"Robert was one of the first people I met when i moved to Westfield. Robert was the funniest, most unique, loving person i have ever met!!! I will never forget you. Your memory will forever live on. You will be missed."
Tiffany Bohannon of New Jersey

"My sincere condolences and gratitude to the family of Robert W. Murray,Jr. His service and ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotton.


Ralph Waldo Emerson"
Judy of Anderson, IN

"We always called you Roberto because you were always care free. I think of your dedication to what you were doing and appreciate it. Your family is kept in my prayers."
Lori Skipper of Winter Springs FL

"The death of this young soldier, shows that freedom is not free.Thank you for your service to our Country."
Cosetta D of Melbourne Florida

"Well it's been a year. I visited your grave in August and think of you often. You will never be forgotten."
Abby Little of Mt. Pleasant, MI

"Robert was an amazing person and he is remembered and loved every day. I hope his family can take some comfort in knowing that so many people were proud to call him a friend. I miss you Murray and I'll be thinking about you tommorow."
Kate L of Westfield, IN

"Robert ill never forget you, Ill always remember the good laughs. I still cant believe that you are now gone but i know you are in a better place. Ill never forget u till my dying day.I know will meet up again. Thanks for everything! Love ya"
john gregory of Westfield,IN

"A brave soldier, we will never forget your sacrafice, prayers for strength for your family and friends."
colleen (descendant of R Murray) of Indiana

"Robbie, you were like a brother to me and i miss you so much. Mike is doing better but we think about you every second of everyday..i miss and love you so much"
Jackie of Westfield

"you are a true hero - being a friend of your sister stacy, i feel like i know u. your death is moured but your life is celebrated"
~ ~ of westfield

"you are a true hero - being a friend of your sister stacy, i feel like i know u. your death is moured but your life is celebrated"
~ ~ of westfield

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

"Thank you to Robert and his family for everything. Robert was a good friend of mine. I will never forget him and I hope no one does. I pray for the family everyday and hope they can get through this hard loss. I too, cry many nights thinking of him, but we know he is in a better world where he can rest in peace now!! Thank you once again."
Aleshia Carlson of Westfield, IN

"To the family of robert murray I am truly sorry for your loss. I to lost my brother SSGT. Frederick Miller who was based at Fort Carson, 3rd calvary on Sept. 20, 2003 they will never be forgotten cause they are the true american heros, again i'm so sorry."
jolene miller of Hagerstown, Indiana

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. We will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

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 "

"Thank you for your sacrifice in this struggle with terrorism. The cause of freedom is a just one. Your family are no doubt proud of you."
mark mc auley of belfast, Ireland

"Thank you Robert Murray, 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 Pfc. Robert Murray, 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 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 Pfc. Robert Murray, 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 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