Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Cody J. Orr

21, of Ruskin, Florida.
Orr was killed when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle struck an improvised explosive device and overturned north of Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to Battery B, 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery, in support of 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 17, 2004.

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"Hey you,
It's crazy to think a life time has gone by since you left. I remember mama waiting on your calls and being late picking me and bubby up from school because she didn't want to miss a second of being on the phone with her little brother. I am forever lucky that I had/have you as my uncle... I just wish we had more time with you... I love you forever Cody till the next time"
Elena Orr (Hinssen) of South Carolina

"Thank you for your service my friend.
You will never be forgotten."
O.D.D. of Wimberley Tx

"Hey Brother, tomorrow is Veterans day and I was thinking about all the men and women who have served their country and paid the ultimate price. I keep your family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. Wish we could have had more time to hang out man. I still remember the shenanigans you and James got up to with that novelty shock lighter...I could have sworn someone had pictures of that...but I can't find them anywhere. Anyway brother, rest in peace and you will never be forgotten. I will see you again in the near future."
Andrew Danen of Birmingham, AL

"Standing tall troop. I salute your sacrifice. Thank you. I'm praying for those left behind. No greater love has a man."
Pfc. Query James M. of Ruskin Fla

"God Bless you brother and may you rest peacefully. I will never forget my comrades and the heroism and sacrifice you made for us."
Sgt. Ryan Elek of New Hampshire

"Its been a decade since we went through A.I.T together brother. I will remember you always, and will drink to you on this Memorial Day. We will meet again in the halls of Valhalla brother."
Luke K of New York

"Cody, your name is on the Memorial Sunday list at our church. God bless you and your family. Living such a short time, not seeing children grow up, loving a wife is now out of your realm but they will always remember you! A treasure is the memory of you. God Bless you and your family."
Nancy Lang of Sun City Center, FL

"Thank you brother for your service . We will never forget!"
O.D.D. of Wimberley, Texas


I remember the days when we were in C.A.P., and also how annoid Leoni and I would get at you for "butting in" on our girl time. I can remember when we would all (me, Leoni, you, josh, steven, and Justin) hang out in the "fort" behind grandma Pat's house, and how you would make us all laugh. This is the first time I have been able to post since I found out about you being gone. THANK YOU for your service and bravery. I miss you man.
To the family, Thank you for always making me feel like I was part of your family. My childhood memories have you in them. I have been and will continue to pray for you all that this gets easier. I love and Miss you all."
Karina (Schmidt) Miller of Chattanooga TN (Ruskin FL)

"I never knew you but you have nearly the same name as me. Sadly I always imagined myself dying in the exact same way if I joined the military. I never joined but that was because I got type 1 Diabeties. Rest in peace."
Cody R Orr of Iowa

"Hey Brother, its been a while since you passed, but I want you to know that I haven't forgotten you and I know others that knew you haven't forgotten either. I will drink a few shots for you tomorrow on Veterans day and I hope to see you soon."
Andrew D. of Alabama

""Never to be forgotten
Years will pass
Months will pass
Days will pass
But your service to this country will always last"
O.D.D. of Austin,TX

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Brother Orr thank you for your service.
We shall never forget you."
O.D.D. of Austin,Texas

"You'll always be in my memories man, I remember we inprocessed together at 1-44, you're country a*ss made it alot more bareable, I was just a scared 18 year old punkass kid then, and I gave you a load of respect when you cut your cast off so you could deploy with us. You are my hero.......
-SSG Rhodes"
Jason of Muskogee, OK

"Your still remembered Orr, thanks for your sacrifice.

Jared Wyniawskyj of Ephrata, PA

"Never to be forgotten
Years will pass
Months will pass
Days will pass
But your service to this country will always last."
O.D.D. of Austin,Texas

"January 11, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Cody J. Orr:
Cody 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

"In high school,u always made me laugh. We would always stand by the lockers in the morning and have our conversations before class started. I would go to class in a good mood, even if I wasn't in one when I got there that day. I will miss you. You will always be in my heart.I am still in disbelief all these years later. Such a good person had fallen. My condolences to your family and wife who has lost such a great person. From all at East Bay High School. C/O 2001 We love you."
Sonja Wilson of Balm,FL USA


The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
The soldier's last tattoo;
No more on life's parade shall meet
That brave and fallen few.
On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round,
The bivouac of the dead.

No rumor of the foe's advance
Now swells upon the wind;
Nor troubled thought at midnight haunts
Of loved ones left behind;
No vision of the morrow's strife
The warrior's dream alarms;
No braying horn nor screaming fife
At dawn shall call to arms.

Their shriveled swords are red with rust,
Their plumed heads are bowed,
Their haughty banner, trailed in dust,
Is now their martial shroud.
And plenteous funeral tears have washed
The red stains from each brow,
And the proud forms, by battle gashed
Are free from anguish now.

The neighing troop, the flashing blade,
The bugle's stirring blast,
The charge, the dreadful cannonade,
The din and shout, are past;
Nor war's wild note nor glory's peal
Shall thrill with fierce delight
Those breasts that nevermore may feel
The rapture of the fight.

Like the fierce northern hurricane
That sweeps the great plateau,
Flushed with the triumph yet to gain,
Came down the serried foe,
Who heard the thunder of the fray
Break o'er the field beneath,
Knew well the watchword of that day
Was "Victory or death!"

Long had the doubtful conflict raged
O'er all that stricken plain,
For never fiercer fight had waged
The vengeful blood of Spain;
And still the storm of battle blew,
Still swelled the gory tide;
Not long, our stout old chieftain knew,
Such odds his strength could bide.

Twas in that hour his stern command
Called to a martyr's grave
The flower of his beloved land,
The nation's flag to save.
By rivers of their father's gore
His first-born laurels grew,
And well he deemed the sons would pour
Their lives for glory too.

For many a mother's breath has swept
O'er Angostura's plain --
And long the pitying sky has wept
Above its moldered slain.
The raven's scream, or eagle's flight,
Or shepherd's pensive lay,
Alone awakes each sullen height
That frowned o'er that dread fray.

Sons of the Dark and Bloody Ground
Ye must not slumber there,
Where stranger steps and tongues resound
Along the heedless air.
Your own proud land's heroic soil
Shall be your fitter grave;
She claims from war his richest spoil --
The ashes of her brave.

Thus 'neath their parent turf they rest,
Far from the gory field,
Borne to a Spartan mother's breast
On many a bloody shield;
The sunshine of their native sky
Smiles sadly on them here,
And kindred eyes and hearts watch by
The heroes sepulcher.

Rest on embalmed and sainted dead!
Dear as the blood ye gave;
No impious footstep shall here tread
The herbage of your grave;
Nor shall your glory be forgot
While fame her records keeps,
Or Honor points the hallowed spot
Where Valor proudly sleeps.

Yon marble minstrel's voiceless stone
In deathless song shall tell,
When many a vanquished ago has flown,
The story how ye fell;
Nor wreck, nor change, nor winter's blight,
Nor Time's remorseless doom,
Shall dim one ray of glory's light
That gilds your deathless tomb."
O.D.D. of Austin,Tx

"Hey Cowboy, its been a while since I last posted, been kind of busy with all these deployments, but I just wanted to tell you that I haven't forgotten the good times we had with the platoon in Taji, especially that one time with the shocking lighter, I still laugh when I think about it. I miss you Cody and I hope to see you again one day, you and your loved ones are in my prayers."
SPC Andrew Danen of Jalalabad, Afghanistan

"As I look out the window and Mother Nature shows me the rain. She allows me to feel the pain of present strains and things in my past that seem to drain my over trained brain. My past and present soon to be future posttraumatic flood gates that can not be closed rush out like the rain going down the street drains. The cars pass quickly by one right after another taking pace with every quick thought like the wide awake nightmares that are caught in my maze. Soon the thoughts will stop and allow my mind to be free and the sun shall shine and maybe I will have some wine to celebrate Mother Nature’s divine power. As I pour my wine the sun shines and makes everything so green but at this moment I feel frustrated and mean. As I take my first sip I look around and notice I am back from some other place that only allows frowns. I drown my pallet with the great taste of Shiraz and I never drink alone for I drink for my brothers some I never known. Brothers that are well known in spirit and that are bold, brave and now rest in their graves. Some fought with me for the home of the brave. Some memories I have will be left alone never to be told or sold for the price to be free of pain that controls. To the grave I promise! To share these with others would be the shame that we all fear and has no name. To the grave I say and there I will share with forefathers that were brave and bled and that met on the battle field of the dead. For you Brother Orr and the others.

I will never forget!!!!

Your friend, O.D.D."
Old Dirty D of Austin,Texas

"On Behalf of VFW Post 6287, of Ruskin Florida you are in our hearts. Cody will always be remembered by our members and memorial we have built."
Jennifer of Ruskin, Florida

"Hey Cowboy,
I just wanted to let you know that I have not forgotten what you did for this country and your friendship you gave to me. My prayers are with your family and I will see you soon, God bless you Cowboy, see you on the flip side."
SPC Danen of Ft. Campbell

"brothers forever"
O.D.D. of Austin, Texas

"Hey Cowboy, I just wanted to let you know that it was an honor to know you and serve with you. You made the ultimate sacrifice for the people of the U.S. and the sad thing is most people take their freedom for granted, they dont think about the price that is paided for the freedoms they enjoy in their everday life. I wont forget what you did for the people of the U.S., I wont forget what you did for me, you were a great friend and I hope to see you again one day, and as long as I am alive, I will do what I can to honor the gift you have given me to the people of the US. Take care and rest in peace Cowboy."
SPC Danen, Andrew of HHT 2-17 CAV FT Campbell

"Hello i'm writing to thank everybody for writing and your condolences my family thanks everybody we would like to reach the people who knew cody and was in Iraqi with him. we would like to keep in touch with his friends . we miss him everyday he to is our hero too.not a day goes by that we wish he was here with us but we know someday we will be with him again. if you don't mind keeping in touch with the ORRS we understand but here is my e-mail address. by the way this is his sister Leoni.we have very funny memories that we hope can brighten your day with as you may have memories that might help us the throught our days. catshopman@msn.com we hope to here from you thank you again"
Leoni Hinssen (ORR) of Whitesburg TN, 37891

"TO THE FAMILY OF CODY ORR we wanted to let you know today 6/13/06 a white cross with his name on it is in the Bluefield, WV city park. It was there last year also, a dog tag has been placed on it from Steven. This is part of Let Freedom Ride to honor all Fallen Heroes held nation wide by Harly Davidson cycle run. He is remembered. God Bless you all. We are the grandparents of L.Cpl Juston Thacker, KIA Afghanistan 6/24/04. We may be reached at lcpljustontthacker.com"
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"I never really got a chance to have a good one on one convo with Cowboy. But just by looking at him I can tell he was good people. Thanx for watching over the whole Team Bulldog Cody. We miss you man. Renegade 2 out."
SFC Walter Hynson of Ft Bragg NC

"Brothers forever"
old dirty deaton of Austin Texas

"To the family of Cody Orr, my name is Spc. Holder, i am a friend of Cody's i say am because i still talk to day after day. When we met in AIT we disliked each other but then we grew to enjoy one another's company. After that we became really good friends and he was a friend that everyone needs in life. i was lucky to be able to have his friendship. i believe that GOD had a different plan for Cody because he was such a GREAT GUY. i will think of him everyday for the rest of my life. "Hey Cody i know your listening to me and i know in ways you talk back because i when some stuff happens it could only be you talking to me." Love ya bud and to the family i hope that you can remember him as well as i do!!!"
Billy of Ft. Bliss, TX

"Cowboy Cody will live on in my heart, I helped recover his track when it was hit. I will never forget his sacrifice. Bulldog99 out"
SGT Wyniawskyj of Ft. Hood, TX

"To the family of:Cody J. Orr 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 cody orr himself hey cuz its misty your lil cuz.i cant belive your gone i miss you so much.i never got to say good-bye nor did you get any of my letters.i havent been able to say good-bye,i didn't know how to let you go but now my heart has finally begone to heal cuz im leavin this message with people who care.i love you cuz and see you later"
skeeter(your nick for me) of ruskin fl

"I have known Cody almost my whole life, no one can ever replace him, he is missed by so many and he will always be in our hearts."
Krystal Morris of Tampa, Florida

"I recently picked up a prayer card at church with the intention of praying for the safety of a soldier in Iraq. When I got home I realized that "my" soldier was deceased. I didn't know Cody yet I felt like I lost him. I started to cry for such a tragedy. My prayers and heart goes out to Cody and his family. Please know that you are in my thoughts prayers every day. We just lost our young daughter to cancer on Dec. 17 so we can relate to your pain. Cody even looks like my nephew. What a handsome boy. He is now at peace with his "Father" in heaven. God Bless you all and may God bring you comfort."
Sharon Bruce of Eagan, Minnesota

"I was very lucky to know Orr. I knew him in AIT and he graduated before me. I met up with him again in FT.hood and he lent me a helping hand by taking me around and looking for a house for me and my wife to stay at. This was the kind of guy Orr was, always willing to help a soldier or anybody in need. He is missed by everyone who knew him. I miss my friend."
Spc Carter, Aaron of Ft. Hood Tx

"To the family of cody orr, I was assigned to 1-44 with orr and i was trained at ft bliss with him in "snake bite cobra battery" and orr was one of the best buddies freinds soldiers and team mates any one could ever ask for he will never be forgotten and not a day goes by where i dont honor and remebr the best damm guy any one could have ever had as a friend him and spc acosta and csm blancenbecker will never leave my heart and thoughts ONE TEAM!"
patrick welsh of ft carson co

"I wanted to send my deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Cody. I understand and share your loss. I just loss my fiancee on 7-8-04 Spc Shawn Davies he was 22. He was a bradley driver based in fort hood also but was with the 1st Calvary Division, he also graduated from Ft. Bliss. I hope that you may find some comfort in all of your memories as I have and know Cody will always and forever be an American Hero!"
Autum Shingler ashingler09@yahoo.com of Aliquippa, Pa

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

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

"Jackie and family: Cody is a reminder that the freedoms that we enjoy do not come free. But Janie and I hope that the God will look down upon you and give you the comfort and peace that he has shared with us. We know that each day the pain is great, but thru the Lord you can make it through. We also know that Cody and James are comrades in arms and are looking after us still, now from above. We are here for you any time."
Randy and Janie Kiehl of Comfort, TX

"To the family of Cody Orr, my prayers are with you for I understand what you are going through. My nephew, Sgt. Ryan C. Young died on Dec. 2nd the same way Cody did. I pray the God gives you peace and know that Cody will never be forgotten for he is our hero also. Cody died for or freedom and we will forever be thankful, God Bless You and your family."
Maureen Ledet of San Angelo, Texas


"To the family of Cody J. Orr, Our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of loss. He was a HERO. We love and are thinking of you.May God wrap His comforting arms around you and keep you in His care. Love, Ray and Carol Flannery"
Ray and Carol Flannery of Greenfield, Missouri. U.S.A.

"Bobby and Debbie,
I was so saddened to hear about Cody.He was only 7 the last time I saw him and now he is a Hero in Iraq. God bless you both and your family. I know he is with several people in heaven and Dad is included. Contact me . I can't find and way to contact you.
Love and miss you both."
Ronnie Buzbee of Greenfiield, Mo.

"To The Family of PFC Orr:
My deepest condolences go out to you in this time. His bravery is not only noted here but also in heaven. God bless you!"
Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To The Orr Family,
I send my deepest condolences. I was recently in the same position. My husband(SPC Acosta) and Cody were Army buddies. Now there are able to take care of eachother. If anything is needed, please feel free to contact me. There is nothing that anyone can say or do to make things better, but offer a listening ear or a dry shoulder and that is what we are here for. My husband will help to show him the way. I pray that God helps to ease your sorrow, and do not try to be strong. Let your wonderful memories of him help you through this."
Roxanne Longoria Acosta of Copperas Cove, Tx

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness and loss. Thanks to Cody for fighting for our country. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless your family! We Will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Thank you Cody Orr, 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. Cody Orr:
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 Cody 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. Cody Orr:
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 Cody, 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