Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric P. Pearrow

40, of Peoria, Illinois.
Pearrow died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his M1A2 Abrams tank accidentally rolled over into a canal. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on November 24, 2005.

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"SFC Pearrow was my ARMY dad, he thought me things about being a soldier that i couldn't have learned from anyone else. You are always with me, and i try to live how you would of wanted me to live. I owe you my life and will preserve your memory as if you never departed. See you again one day."
Tomas marte of Bronx, NY, US

"SFC Pearrow was my Drill Sergeant in September 2000. I decided to see if I could look up any of my drill sergeants out of curiousity. Needless to say I ran across this and it saddens me greatly. He prepared me for my journey into the army and I am forever greatful for that. 15 years later im still serving and will for many more years. Rest in peace brother. Ironmen treat em' rough.

1st Plt E 2/81 AR SEP00-JAN01"
SFC Brandon K. Felton of Anniston, AL

"Thanks Eric for giving us your all. I did not get the chance to know you well. I know Niall loved you with her all as I am sure your entire family did. RIP and thanks for being a hero. I will never forget you. Niall I miss you too."
Cheryl Ross of Anacoco, La

""With Memorial approaching I know all of our thoughts are even more so on Eric and all of fallen soldiers than on the everyday thoughts we have. Let's all make sure we not only remember the amazing sacrifice our fallen soldiers gave for us but remember to THANK every soldier we see for they are the ones still keeping us safe. With all of my Love and Honor in memory of SFC Eric Paul Pearrow."
I have posted this before and it is still so true today... 6 years ago this month this fearless man gave his life for ALL of the world to be a better place. I will be at Arlington at 2 on the 24th in the event anyone else will be around.. With all of my loving memories always,
Niall A Campbell"
Niall Campbell of Breaux Bridge LA

"To Nail and the Family of Fearless. Remembering the BEST Tanker and leader in the 3rd acr, today and wishing you all well. SGT P was well, just amazing, he changed my life and I am thankfull for that. He is still missed every day by the ones he touched."
Shannon Fitzgeral White Four Lima of Colorado Springs CO

"Served with Eric in 1990. We became good friends and he was the best man at my wedding 20 yrs ago. Found out about Eric today...rest in peace my friend."
Daniel Steinman of San Antonio, TX

"I served with Eric when he was a Corporal in A-burg. He was an awesome Soldier and an even better Person. I will never forget him. God bless and bring peace to his loved ones."
Dan Botsford of Omaha, Ne

"Never shall we forget his nickname FEARLESS:) He is still keeping me that way:)"

"With Memorial approaching I know all of our thoughts are even more so on Eric and all of fallen soldiers than on the everyday thoughts we have. Let's all make sure we not only remember the amazing sacrifice our fallen soldiers gave for us but remember to THANK every soldier we see for they are the ones still keeping us safe. With all of my Love and Honor in memory of SFC Eric Paul Pearrow."
Niall A. Campbell of Lafayette, Louisiana

"November 18, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Eric P. Pearrow:
Eric 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

""Save me a seat Battle."

We served as drill sergeants together at Fort Knox"
Jeff McCree of Fort Hood, Texas

"SFC.Pearrow will never be forgotten,he was a man without fear,and lead the way until the end,I know because i was there until his last breath,and i still miss him like it was yesterday,but knowing him is somethig i don't want to forget,and i never will.From his driver white 4 delta,Spc.Marte"
Tomas Marte of colorado springs

"Hello everyone, Thank you for honoring my fathers memory. Niall, I hope you are doing well. I thought I'd let you know you'll have a grandson on may 2nd. Daddy would be so happy. I can't wait to get some leave and go visit his grave. His birthday is this saterday so hopefully everyone will wish him a happy birthday."
Chantelle Cole of Ellsworth AFB, SD

"I would like to thank everyone for thier support...

My dearest Eric would have served his last official day in the Army today. He was an extreemly proud soilder who loved his unit very much. He looked at them as sons, and I will also for the rest of time. The support and strength they have and continue to give me, means more than I can ever express. Eric was SO proud to serve with such a group of great soilders! The only young people Eric cared more for were his two daughters, Chantelle and Catherine.
I went to Arlington National to visit on the one year anniversary of his death. It is most peaceful place our soilders could ever be laid to rest, it gave me a sence of profound peace that he is buried in such a special place...Again thank all of you for the wonderfully supportive words and continued letters of support. Eric's fiancee'"
Niall A. Campbell of Lafayette, LA/USA

"I just wanted to thank all of you that left a message, I am his daughter and I miss him more than anything in the world. It's still so difficult to deal with this and it still doesn't seem real, but it means so much to me that people care. I miss you daddy."
Catherine Pearrow of Hodgenville, Ky

"To the Family of SFC Eric Pearrow:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq. Our memorial includes, as of 8/28/06, 162 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Eric's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. A friend has put us up on his website so you can see the memorial here:

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.""
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of:Eric P.Pearrow 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 served with Eric in Baumholder Germany for 2 years. He was a great man and soldier. Thank you for your service. You and your family are forever in my prayers "DOGS ON THE WAR PATH!!!" (D. Co 2/68 Motto.)"
James Stewart of Whittier, Ca. U.S.A

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

"I'm truly sorry to hear that Erics gone, and I hope that his family and friends can find comfort in knowing that he made a difference. Eric was a fun loving person that always enjoyed a good laugh. As a tanker he is ranked among the best, in gunnery, maneuver, and technical know how, no one could match him. I know that he is proud of his girls and support what they set out to do. He stood tall in life, and still stands tall in memory. He loved you all. God Bless"
Fellow Tanker of Texas

"My Brother, My Best Friend Eric, I love you and miss you, we talked alot about opening a business together and retiring in the near future. Well I am saving the money up to open a business, going around and trying to fullfill a dream we had. Your father and I are trying to find your personal belongings that were stolen by your astranged girlfriend, I know she emptied your home and left us with not even a sock that you wore, but my brother we will keep on trying to get closure, love always....gtr86@aol.com...Donny Bell"
Don Bell of Peoria, IL

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"To the Pearrow Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your Eric is a true American Hero who will always be honored and remembered. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Eric."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not here to see,
if the sun should rise to find your eyes are filled with tears for me;
I hope you will not cry the way you might that day,
just thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me and you know that I love you,
and each time that you'd think of me, please know I'd miss you too;

If tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand.
The angel said my place was ready, in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye
for all my life, I'd always thought, that I would never die.
I have so much to live for, so much left yet to do,
it seems almost impossible, that I'd be leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
the thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
But then I walked through heaven's gates, and felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you,
today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day's the same, there's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand and live in peace with me?"

So if tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'll be there in your heart.
Author David M. Romano

Gone – but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Brave Rifles!"(3rd ACR Motto)"

"Dear Loving family of Eric! My heart and prays are with your family. Eric you have not died in Vain. Your an AMERICAN HERO! Thank you for serving our country. More importantly for being a military brother to our son. You two never knew each other. Today you have met, sadly. Still it's a comfort you both are together with all our fallen soldiers. It's men and women like you that unselfishly risked everything for us all. An I appreciate every soldier that serve's our country. My heart and prays are with those presently serving, our wounded and our fallen. You truely, have not died in vain Eric! You have touched the hearts of so many. To those you have all hold very precious memories shared with you. That you will long be remebered and never ever be forgotten. My heart and prays rew ith ou Eric. God Bless! Checkout www.fallenheroesmemorial.com many many organization in linkd to help your family. from a father of "Dragon Soldier Sgt Gregory L. Wahl US Army kia Balad, Iraq 05-03-04!"

"Thank you Eric Pearrow, 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. 1st Class Eric Pearrow:
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 Eric 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. 1st Class Eric Pearrow:
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 Eric, 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