Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Nathaniel J. Nyren

31, from Reston, Virginia.
Nyren died in Baghdad, Iraq when a civilian vehicle struck his military vehicle. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on December 28, 2004.

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"I will always have great memories of you, I will always remember the great spirit you had for life. I will always miss you Nathaniel"
John D. French of Rocky Mount VA.

"Miss you, my friend. We will never forget your sacrifice."
Christina Grimes of Richmond, VA

"I cannot believe seven years have passed! There are times when it still doesn't feel real. Brooke is growing up so fast and turning into a beautiful young woman. I know you are so proud of her! She is doing great things and she honors your memory all the time! She loves you and misses you so much!"
Courtney of VA

"I had my Little Buddy on my mind. And I want his Family to know that he still is on our minds, and hearts. Prayers still go up for you, his closest and most beloved. I still can't believe it, no matter how long its been. I find myself still having the urge to call him up and calling him " agent Smith" and having him give me that grin. See you again SSG Nyren."
1LT Korey Lewis of Ft. Gillem, Ga

"I really miss you man, save me a spot at Fiddler's green."
SGT David Mull of Cherry Hill, NJ

"Brooke, I'm sorry for our loss. I was SSG. Nyren's Platoon Sergeant, and I have video of your father. Tried getting in touch with you but it's been hard. I think your old enough to view the video now so I will continue to get in touch with you."
SFC Everth, Harry of Oak Grove, MN.

"Thinking of you on this day that I wish didn't exist for you and your family."

"Happy Anniversary, Baby! I love and miss you more than you know."

"4 years ago today, we lost a loved one, a friend and a great soldier. Nate, I have never forgotten you nor the great times that we had. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers and we WILL meet again in that CAV reunion in the sky."
Jeremy Schweigert of Boise, ID

"December 21, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Nathaniel J. Nyren:
Nathaniel 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


It seems like just yesterday when we were together celebrating on a HOT summer day in Ft. Knox KY for that graduation from basic training. Then on to the years in Germany together. I will NEVER ever forget your help when Haleigh was so sick and Scott was deployed and you came over and sat with me. We all miss you tremendously. I am honored to have known you and called you my friend. Thank YOU for letting the angels know they needed to work extra duty this past April and keep Scott safe on his close call. Until we meet again...

Court and Brooke...
You girls are so very strong! You are making him proud! Brooke it is hard to believe you are starting middle school...it seems like just yesterday your Mom was meeting me at the airport for my first meeting with you! Your Dad was a great man and friend! We all Love you both and miss you tons! Can't wait to see you again soon!"
Christina Grimes of Honolulu, HI

"Hey Dad im turning 12 next month and then next year ill be a teenager can you belive it. im starting middle school in 2 month i cant wait i also get my cell phone in 2 month. i really miss you and i hope your having a great time in heaven. i love and miss you alot. i love you daddy your the best daddy in the whole world and dont you forget it."
Brooke of Reston, VA

"Courtney and Brooke, we wish you two well. We saw firsthand how much Brooke loved her daddy and he loved her every time we saw them together. Brooke, yes your dad will be with you forever. We love you too sweetie and we think about you often. Courtney, we're so sorry to hear about Nathaniel and we hope you're doing OK. We're thinking about you and his family. Always will."
Stacey Feeney of Monroeville, PA

I miss you buddy! You where my friend & I wish I could have been strong enough to be there with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. One day, we will see eachother again!"
Jeremy Schweigert (former SSG, Archangels 1-8 Cav) of Boise, Idaho

"Dear Nate. It has been a long time since those days at the Recruiting station. Or when you would go golfing with Paddy and I. It seems like yesterday when we were walking to the first tee and you got smacked by that golf ball. We miss you bud and think of you all of time. To Brooke. Your Dad was not only the best dad. He was a best friend."
SSG Jenkins, Richard J. of New Kensington, PA

"Nathaniel our little girl turned 10 this past Sunday, not that I have to tell you I know you were watching. I am so proud of the strong, mature girl she is turning into. You will always be with her."

"Iíll never forget you; we will see each other in CAV land one day bro.
SFC Grimes Willie .S"
Willie Scott Grimes of Honolulu HI

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

"To the family of Nathaniel J. Nyren, 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 the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or 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.

"Dear Daddy, I love you soooo much. I wish you were with me now. You were the best daddy in the whole world. I miss you soooo much. I know you are with me and watching over me everyday. With all my heart, Brooke"
Brooke of Reston, VA

"To Nathaniel'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, Texas

"Though I do not know you, my heart hurts for his loved ones. It was a year ago on this day that my fiance, CPT Ernesto Blanco, was KIA near Fallujah. There are just no words at such a time as this. Please know you are in my prayers!"
Michelle Blanco of Texas

"To the family and friends of Nate,
I am so grieved by your loss.He was a wonderful person and a good friend to Sgt Kris Bunch/Paxton.He will be missed."
Cindy Bunch of New Derry,Pa.

"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 Nathaniel Nyren, 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. Nathaniel Nyren:
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 Nathaniel 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. Nathaniel Nyren:
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 Nathaniel, 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