Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Allen Nolan

38, of Marietta, Ohio.
Nolan died at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, of injuries sustained on September 18, 2004 in Balad, Iraq, when his convoy vehicle struck an improvised explosive device and then came under small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 660th Transportation Company, Zanesville, Ohio. Died on September 30, 2004.

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"Uncle Allen, I miss you terribly. We did not part on the best of terms but I have always looked up to you and your picture hangs in the hallway with the rest of my family photos. Your passing was so hard on Grandma and Grandpa that Grandpa just couldn't carry on anymore and I think Grandma is close behind but I know that they will be with you in heaven. I just came across this page, more than 10 years after we lost you. I am speechless…people I've never met have expressed their gratitude and condolences. You are good people. And Uncle Allen, you are so very missed and will never, ever ever be forgotten. You are my hero."
Amanda (Nolan) Green of Austin, TX

"Allen was a true friend. I think about him often and miss him still nearly 10 years later. One of the best men I have ever known. My condolences to his family."
CW2 Zachary Perry of Olympia, WA

"My name is Charles P Nolan I am a Nam Vet. I have your son 0n my names to read on 11/11/11. God Bless I going to do my BEST THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS"
Charles Nolan of Deer Park Md 21550

"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 / GFS

"August 20, 2008
To the family of Spc. Allen Nolan:
Allen 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

"660th all the way.. You call We Haul!! You will always be missed brother not a day goes by when your not in our thoughts"
Spc. Ken Norton of indiana

"I just saw Specialist Nolan's photo. I am very sad that he has passed. Met him while we were all doing a 2 week AT at Fort Lewis, Washington back in 2000 and what i remember of him was that he was very sweet and helpful to anyone that needed help. God Bless him and God Bless his family."
SGT Bell of Cleveland, Ohio

"To Gail,
It's been almost a year since we boarded a plane at Camp Anaconda and found ourselves without our "Preacher Man" to give us one last prayer before we stepped on that freedom bird. To some, the name "Preacher Man" might be offensive, Allen took pride in it. He knew it was given to him and said to him with the upmost respect. To know Allen was to love him like a brother. I am not one to sit around and discuss religion, but when I had a question regarding such material, Allen was my goto man. He would always start out his answers ,"Well, this is what I believe." I could do nothing but respect that. All that knew Allen, knew him as a family man. Allen's family was his keystone in life. Everything revolved around them. Gail, like I told you when I came to pay my respects, "I don't have to tell you how much he loved you and the kids or how he was a great man........you already knew". Take care."
SSG Frank Wiseman of Zanesville,OH

"To the family of: Allen Nolan 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. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, GA

"To the family of Allen;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Allen 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

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

"To Allen'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, Allen, 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 Allen Nolan."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"My class and I want to express our sympathy for your great loss. Thank you Allen for helping to keep us safe."
Mrs. Arthur's 4th grade class of Nelsonville, Ohio

"To Allen'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 Allen Nolan, 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. Allen Nolan:
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 Allen 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. Allen Nolan:
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 Allen, 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