Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. John B. Ogburn III

45, of Fruitland, Oregon.
Ogburn died in Kirkuk, Iraq, when his HMMWV overturned after the driver avoided striking a civilian vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 116th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Ontario, Oregon. Died on May 22, 2005.

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"I have recently been awarded the Sgt. John Banks Ogburn III Memorial Scholarship from Treasure Valley Community College. I am so very very grateful for the award, and even more so for John's selfless service to our country. I hope you, his loved ones, know that he is remembered and cherished to this day by our whole community. Thank you again."
Kacie Gastanaga of Fruitland, ID

"To the family of:John B. Ogburn lll
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 was proud to serve with John in the National Guard and at the Correctional Facility we worked at. His dedication and kindness will be missed. Thank you for your service, my friend."
Michael J. Novotny of Caldwell, Idaho

"John, Your ultimate sacrafice will be remembered. My wife and I have made a Gold Star Banner Yellow Ribbon which we have placed in front of our home. You and Carrie French will be remembered for your bravery and commitment to our country. May you rest in peace."
Steve of Twin Falls, Id.

"I am so sorry for your loss. Am so proud of the sacrifice this young hero made for all."
Hal Ogburn of Tuttle okla. USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,600 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"May 20, 2009
To the family of Sgt. John B. Ogburn, III:
John 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

"...and John, we will keep your memory and Service to Our Country living and doing. Fruitland Idaho now is the home of the John Ogburn III Post 12062 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
We Have Their Backs"
Tim McBride of Fruitland, Idaho

"Army Sgt. John B. Ogburn III is from Fruitland, Idaho, not Fruitland, Oregon. He was a member of the Ontatio, Oregon Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 116th Armored Cabalry Regiment. Fruitland, Idaho and Ontario, Oregon are just across the river from each other. For the Project HOme of the Brave, this needs to be clarifed. Thank you."
Ginger Strawn of Fruitalnd, Idaho

"John was a dear friend of ours from my husbands days in the same unit of the Oregon National Guard. He was a man of extreme integrity and had the wonderful manner of being a true friend to all he met. He was always putting others ahead of himself as he did on the day he died by volunteering to be the gunner so the men in the hummer could go home to their families if something happened. He was an amazing friend, a wonderful caring co-worker and a true patriot. He will not be forgotten by our family and we will keep his survivors in our prayers.

Goodbye dear friend. We will see you in the great beyond and rejoyce with you then."
Nancy Floerchinger of Payette Idaho USA

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

"To the fiance of John Ogburn. My prayers are with you, as are many of your friends. We know who you are."
Lydia Greig of Fruitland

"6/3/05 To the Ogburn family,
We know your profound sorrow and wish that we could offer you some solace in these difficult times. Freedom is not free - your son is truly a hero and has given his life for all of us - many who take their freedom for granted so much of the time. John's bravery and willingness to serve will never be forgotten. Please know that there are so many of us now who share a kinship - those who have lost sons and daughters in war - and you are in our prayers every day. May God give you strength and blessings.
John 15:13 Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends."
Webster and Ruth Reed (Father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Iraq on January 28, 2005) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

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

"Thank you John Ogburn III, 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 Sgt. John Ogburn III:
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 John 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 Sgt. John Ogburn III:
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 John, 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