Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. David L. Potter

22, of Johnson City, Tennessee.
Potter died in Baghdad, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the 115th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on August 7, 2004.

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"The last comment before mine was found at postsecret.com and was posted on 05/01/2011. This a website featuring post cards with secrets on them sent anonymously through the mail. I also saw it and because I live close to Johnson City, Tn, my interest was sparked.Don't know if that helps at all. I am very sorry for this family's tremendous loss."
Emily of Tri-cities, Tenn

"God bless Mr. Potter and his family. Someone has a message for you: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aRV55EKiePg/TbzIlBVckWI/AAAAAAAAOyE/mMl_C-48lgg/s1600/digdeeper.jpg. I saw this and couldn't help but want to reach out and make sure you saw it. I hope you find some closure."

"David was one of the kindest and most courageous people I have ever met. I am proud to call him brother. He is missed greatly."
Sister in Law Mary Potter of West Virginia

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Pfc. David L. Potter:
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

"PFC Loughran was a good friend, i spent basic with him, good times.. lol, will be dearly missed."
PFC Hahn of FT Hood, TX

"HI, My name is Robert Moyer and first and foremost I would like to extend my deepest condolences to everyone who lost this brave soldier. From all of the wonderful things I have read on here and on other sites David will always be remembered as a hero and a very remarkable young man -So much so that I chose David to write about for a college paper on "Fallen American Heros". Because I never met David personally I am relying on the information I can find online and through family and friends. I will need to turn this paper in on Tue. Dec 12th 2006 and would love to include personal stories and such. This paper will be about the joyful times in his life, his playful side, and his character. I promise to treat this paper as a tribute to David. I can promise this as I am a retired seabee with 20 years of service, a father, a husband, a son, and a brother. I know what I would like people to remember about me and they are the things I intend to write about David. If you would like to share with me or know someone that would please e-mail me at robertmoyer@verizon.net ."
robert moyer of virginia beach,virginia

"Nicole, I was in basic training with Loughran, and I miss him a great deal too, he was like a brother to me even though we only knew each other for a few months, he should have gone to bragg with us, we will forever miss him."
Matthew of Ft. Bragg, NC USA

"In memory of PFC JUstin David Loughran lost in CA while serving in Fort Irown C.A. He will be sadly missed and forever loved!!! Thank you to all that serve and those who love and support them~ I love you all!!!"
Nicole of MA.

"To the family of:David L Potter 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

"I was one of David's Friends. He was in my company. His death hit me hard. I miss him. I was shocked and horrified the day after he died when i Found out. And I will always remember him. My email is brquality@yahoo.com"
Brent Murray of Nixon, TX, US

"I found a picture from training, if you (his family) would like it I would love to share it with you, my email is melachrino@hotmail.com Thanks."
Colleen Schwartzmeyer of Bergen NY

"I was in the same basic training platoon as Potter in Fort Leonard Wood, he was a kind person and talented artist. I rememer the nightstalker he was making on our training bay wall, it was incredible! I will never forget him, or anyone that I spent time with for the short time I was in the Army. I have been searching for a while for a way to send condolances to the family, I hope that this finds you. I am so sorry for your loss, thank you for your sacrifice.
Take care,
Colleen Schwartzmeyer and family"
Colleen Schwartzmeyer of Bergen NY

"I too lost someone very dear to me in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We attended a motorcycle ride in Chicago this weekend, and all riders were given a dogtag with the name of a casualty of a soldier killed in any conflict in the middle east. I received a tag with David's name on it, and I wanted to let you know I will keep it with me always. Know that he will never be forgotten and our thoughts are always with you and all families who have lost a loved one. May you find peace."
Jamie Hays of Casey IL

"I knewn Potter. We were in the same Platoon in Basic at Ft. Lenorad Wood MO. He was a very sweet and quiet guy who everbody in the unit loved. He was a great artist and I will always rember the time I spent with him. He was a tough little guy and he will always be in my heart. To his family I will just say that I will always have a feeling of pride in knowning that I was his friend."
Sgt William Brown of Ft. Campbell KY

"Thankyou for all the heartfelt messages for David Potter Pfc. 1st Cavalry Div. Thankyou for remembering David.
It is unfortunate that strangers like us across our country share this horrible pain as we do. These deaths are connecting many people, we feel honored to have the support from so many-strangers. I believe we are all going through the same thing each day. The pain is normal now I guess-I wonder if it will lessen overtime. I don't really think so. We all just seem to be figuring ways to deal with it, live with it. Our family finds that to get through each day we have to help other people A LOT. Maybe it gives a purpose to keep going, I don't know really how to explain it. Daves death brought family together that had not been together for so long.Some met family members for first time! He is making us do better things. Thankyou all again for taking your time to write messages. We remember all the fallen.
We Miss You. We Love You. We Thankyou. We Remember You.
Love Aunt Melanie xoxoxo"
Melanie Bondarev of Fryeburg,Maine

"My deepest sympathies to the family of SPC David Potter. He was a friend to my son as they trained together (AIT).
He was a very special person and a HERO.
God bless you ."
Sue Witmer of Pine Grove, PA

"Are prayers and thoughts are with you to the family of David L. Potter. We feel the sadness. I just lost my uncle SPC Shawn Michael Davies. My moms brother. If you ever need to talk please email me at peters3424@yahoo.com"
Amanda Peters of Concord, OH

"To the Potter family, I am so sorry for your loss. To David, thank you for helping to retain my freedom."
of Franklin, KY

"To the family and friends of Pfc. David Potter; you have our deepest sympathy: we send our thoughts and prayers to the family of David. We , too, have lost our family member, Spc. Michael Mcglothin,4-17-2004,he was also from 115th foward support. They are truly American HEROS. May God protect the soldiers from 1 Cavalry that are still there. May god be you and your family. Sincerely, Michael's Aunt and family"
Pam Selerski of Juneau, WI USA

"David you will ALWAYS be an American Hero! To your family and friends please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I share in your loss. My fiancee Spc Shawn Davies lossed his life in Iraq on 7-8-04 he was 22. he was in the 1st Calvary Division. I hope that you will find comfort in memories you have made with David and that God may give you strength in this most difficult time. God Bless!!!"
Autum Shingler ashingler09@yahoo.com of Aliquippa, Pa

"Private Potter, 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, David, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of David. He will always be remembered as an American hero."
The Crochet family of of Chauvin, Louisiana

"On behalf of the family of SPC Shawn Davies, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of David. We share the same pain. May he never be forgotten."
Toni Peters of Cleveland, Oh

"Thank You! For being so brave!! To be that special individual. To serve our great country, to fight off terrorism and keep the world FREE!!! Our family joins so many that lost love one's in Iraq and Afgahistan. David, rest now; I be praying for your family."
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"To the family and friends of David ~
Our deepest condolences go out to all
in your time of sadness.
David will forever remain in your hearts. His spirit lives on.

God bless David ~ A true
American Hero"
The Alloway ~ Redrow Family of Pine Hill, NJ

"To David'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, TX

"To the family of David Potter;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered a loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. David is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to his country. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To David's Family:
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 David Potter, 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. David Potter:
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 Pfc. David Potter:
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