Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. David S. Perry

36, of Bakersfield, California.
Perry was inspecting a suspicious package in Baquabah, Iraq when it exploded and fatally injured him. Perry was assigned to 649th Military Police Company, U.S. Army National Guard, Camp San Luis Obispo, California. Died on August 10, 2003.

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"SSG Perry was my squad leader on the 649th MP Co mission at Fort Irwin. He was a leader worth believing in. He backed his troops and encouraged high standards from all in his 360. He once stated when some commented on the value of our current assignment that we needed to treat every action as if it was a high priority in order to be best prepared for those high priority actions when they do occur. That has always stuck with me. I've had the opportunity to visit his brick on Fort Leonard Wood a few times and it always leaves me with the thought that he was taken to soon and for too little. David Perry will not be forgotten."
Paul Brown of Orlando, FL

"I leave a flag on his grave when I visit my parent's graves that are close to him. He is surrounded by those who served but survived to live a full life. I honor his and his family's sacrifice every time I'm there. He gave his life at such a young age. I wish the best for them and want them to know he is not forgotten."
Paul of Sonora CA

"I never knew you ssgt perry but my oldest brother, Sully served with you in Iraq he was there when the incident happened and he told me about it years later and it sounded like you saved his life and many other soldiers right then and there I just think about what he told me alot and I always wished I could thank you even though we never met, well thanks for saving him and looking out for him over there"
Sullys youngest brother

"10 years, But never Forgotten ...."
Louis Camacho of Paso Robles, Ca

"S/Sgt. Perry,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"I went to angel gate academy I was class 5-02 I believe that SSG PERRY was there as well as SSG GULLO they gave me my nick name " junior mafia " ... I was so shocked to read this today my heart hit the floor I'm sorry to hear about your loss SSG PERRY was a great man forever will he be my hero"
Vannessa Guiliacci of Bass Lake, Ca

"first of all i would like to start out with who i am: my name is alyssa perry and my father was david! i am thirteen years old right now and my brothers brandon, 11, and sean, 9 have grown a lot too. though, i do not know many of the people who have blessed us and left very inspirational messages for us, i would still like to thank all of you so very much! we still miss him but my family doesnt want to grieve for him forever so we have moved on and have created a brand new and happy life! we hope that all of the other families who have lost loved ones can do the same! again, thank you all so much for everything you guys have done to help us through all of this and god bless you all!"
Alyssa Perry of Sonora, Ca

"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 Worthington, Ohio USA

""To the family of David S.Perry ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know 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 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""

"I served in the 649th MP CO from 1999-2005. I had the opportunity to work with SSG Perry when the company deployed to Ft Irwin, in 2001-2002. Through many nights of guard duty at the airfield, he imparted knowledge that he himself had learned in his years in the military. I learned alot from SSG David Perry. I have since reenlisted back to Active Duty, and have been assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. I find myself many times, using the ways to handle young Soldiers the way that I learned from SSG Perry. Thank you SSG Perry, for teaching a young Soldier and training him and giving him ways to help him out.
SPC Fish, James
101st Airborne Division"
SPC Fish, James of Ft Campbell, KY

"I was on gaurd duty that night at another post near SSG Perry. He and I spoke often of the Boy Scouts and morality and duty, love of family and country. Now I find myself possibly headed out again and hoping that the Iraqi's will grab the opportunity for a better future and not waste our sacrifices both great and small."
Sgt David Rymer of Escondido, Ca.

"Memorial Day weekend 2009, I served with David at CSLO. Doing what any combat vet does this weekend... remembering our fallen. David, you are remembered and sorely missed on this Earth. Thank you for your sacrifice. We honor you today."
SSG Laube of Sacramento CA

"I attended Elementary School and High School with Dave, We played Baseball and Football together, Dave wasn't the biggest player but what he lacked in size he made up for with heart and I really respected him for that - We all did
After High School we lost track of each other but I still thought of him quite abit and still do - In my memories he always has that Beaming Smile and that Wild Hair and it brings a smile to my face
We are coming up on our 25th reunion and we'll have a seat for you there
We miss you brother"
Greg Powell of Sonora Ca

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. David S. Perry:
David 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

"My son is SPC William McCarty of the 649th. Our family still greives over the loss of David. I still have a picture of him that Will took before they went to Iraq, and David has a great big smile on his face....that is how I choose to remember him! Our condolences will always go out to his family and friends. I feel a special place in my heart for his parents, as I am a parent of a 649th soldier who came home safe. My son Will still wears his memorial bracelet in honor of the memory of SSGT Perry. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS, PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE!!! God Bless us all!"
Martha Pankratz of Fresno, CA

"This Is SSG Gullo from the 649th Military Police Co. I served with SSG Perry in Iraq and knew him since I first joined the 649th in Jan 2000 after coming off of active duty. I have served with many great soldiers in my 13 years in the military and SSG Perry was among the best. David was a man that would stick up for what was right and could always be counted on to help his friends. Loosing SSG Perry hit me very hard.

I was one of the first to reach him, but found myself at a loss at what to do for him. Training, adrenaline and rage kicked in and thinking that the individuals that committed this act were still close by I called for a medic and ran out the gate and down the street in the hope of finding the coward or cowards. I would have gladly given my life to save SSG Perry or any of the other brothers and sisters of the 649th and I know in my heart of hearts SSG Perry felt the same. SSG Perry loved his famliy, 649th and his country. We have freedom in this country because of brave men and women of our armed forces like SSG Perry and I will never forget.

I will will miss you David, Thank you and God bless. Dated 11/19/06"
SSG Chris Gullo of Grover Beach CA,

"Just need to say that David did not die in vain....fighting evil is always right..always nobel...always neccesary..as a Vietnam combat Vet I was fortunate to make it back to my wife and child...only victory over these terrorist will Make David's death and all the other brave soldiers sacrifice not be in vain...God bless David's family !..Rob Schick"
Rob Schick of Santee,Ca.

"Hey SSG Perry, I think about you everyday and I miss you with everything I have. You were the greatest friend and leader a person could have. I know you look down from heaven upon me and Erik I just wish we could see you too. I reinact that night in my head often. I'm so sorry there wasn't something I could have done to stop it. I miss you and I love you.
Denae, I'm so sorry for your loss. I think about you and the kids every day too. I wish I could be around to help you and honor him. maybe someday our paths will cross again. I keep you and the children in my prayers every day for I know Dave and the Lord are looking over you. He loved you with every bit of his heart and soul. He talked about you all the time. He worried about you all the time. You were his life. I hope you will always remember that."
Jennie Palmer of LaGrange, GA

"SSG Perry was a great soldier and a wonderful person. I was there that night. David was the kind of person people looked up to and hoped they had as a leader and friend."
SGT Derek Chrisman of Jolon,Ca

"To the family of:David S. Perry 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"

"SSG Perry was my squad leader when I was in Iraq with the 649th. I will always remember him as one of the most competent leaders I have ever had."
SGT Marie Brown of El Cajon, CA

"Staff Sergeant Perry. I was there with you on that terrible night. I will never forget you. I never realized how close I was to you until after that night,but you were an inspiration to all of us who served with you.
God Bless You!"
SGT.Leonard Page of San Diego,CA

"My name is SPC Mahanay. I wrote almost a year ago because I started wearing SSG Perry's memorial bracelet. I was in Korea at the time. I am now serving in Iraq and the bracelet is every bit a part of my uniform. It keeps me strong when I start to doubt. This is what we do. SSG Perry was an amazing man for giving his life. My sincere gratitude."
Jamie Mahanay of Iraq

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/10/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"I am a PFC in active Army. I am serving in Korea now. I didn't know SSG Perry but I am wearing his bracelet. He will not be forgotten and I am thankful for his family's loss."
Jamie Mahanay of Korea

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

"dear Mrs.Perry,
I'm extremly sory for your loss, I think about it just about everyday.
when I got the call from dad that he died, my mind wen striaght to Alyssa, Brandon, and Shawn. I cried all night. I feel extremly privileged to have known him. he is not forgotten.
Marissa Ferrell
P.S. if ther is anything I can do for you don't hesitate to call."
Marissa Ferrell of bakersfeild california

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

"I was a member of the 649th MP Company from 1992-1993 while attending Cal Poly. I am very sorry for the loss of SSG Perry. Please accept my condolences to his family and friends."
CPT Michael Diaz of Round Rock, TX

"Thank you David Perry, 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

"I served with Dave for 8 years with the 649th. He was a great soldier and a good man. I will always consider myself lucky to have served with him and the other soldiers of the 649th."

" I am sorry we lost you Dave, but am proud of the man I knew."
Bill Hatfield of Los Angeles Ca

"I served with Dave in the 649th from 1992-1997. I am also from Bakersfield (now living in Fresno). When I first joined the unit and could not make drills over on the coast, Dave offered to let me ride with him. He took me under his wing and taught me alot of things about the army.My deepest condolences to his family, I know Dave is in a better place now and Thank God that I had a chance to serve with Dave. He was a credit to the Army and His Country

You will be missed Dave.

Justin Thompson of Fresno,Ca

"Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."
CPT Glidewell

"I am so sorry for you loss. My brother, Sgt. Jeff Nacua is in the 649th and remembers David as a good man and good soldier. Our family's prayers are with you."
Darryel Nacua of Watsonville, CA

"To the Family you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills,Florida

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. David Perry:
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 David 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. David Perry:
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 David, 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