Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Henry C. Risner

26, of Golden, Colorado.
Risner died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his checkpoint came under enemy small arms fire. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on August 18, 2004.

Please send information, photos, and corrections for Army Pfc. Henry C. Risner.


Contributions to the Families of the Fallen


Leave a message in memory of this servicemember, and/or to the loved ones left behind.

Please report inappropriate messages

"Still thinking about you, dude. Currahee!"
Deal of Portland, Oregon

"Hey Henry, just wanted to stop by and let you know you're still in my thoughts. I had a beer for you last August, 15 years later... Hard to believe it's been so long. see you again some day, brother."
Justin Morlock of South Carolina

"As part of a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring all of the fallen of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, I am honored to read Henry's name. I lost my own son, Neil, on Aug. 13, 2004 when he was KIA."
Diane Santoriello of Verona, PA

"I remember when we were in S Korea, and all of our guys, would constantly sing Mojo Rising. I will never forget you brother. You were an amazing person. My thoughts and love goto your family and friends.

I plan on making a trip to visit you at least one more time.

if anyone reading this, could let me know where i can go to visit him in his final resting place, i would greatly appreciate it.


also, i am putting together a non profit to link veterans to celebs they admire, and i have big plans for this program. i eventually plan on having LARGE events, and i will dedicate one or more to you Mojo. You might be gone, but you will never be forgotten."
Bowser of Muncie, IN

"I'm always gonna miss you, i'm your fourth cousin. We would of met out west hunting..... I wish I could of met you. I'll always charish life and being out west with family , thank you for protecting our nation. Love Logan"
Logan Risner of Saranac, Michigan

"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
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

"Henry, I will never forget that day. We had been sitting together in that humvee for hours, rotating out of the gunner's spot... We had just swapped out of the gunner's turret minutes before...when we heard the shot. It sounded so faint and far away, I turned to you to ask which direction the shot had come, but there was no response. Two minutes before, that would have been me, maybe it should have been. I still can't believe you're gone. I miss you my friend.
To Henry's family, he was as Brave a soldier as I've ever met. His sacrifice is not forgotten. I think about him often, as I do with the other's we lost while overseas. God Bless Henry and his family!"
D. Huval of Lubbock, TX

"Henry and I served together first in 1-506th infantry in Korea, where we were both in Alpha company, and upon PCSing back to the US, we were both assigned to 2-14, myself in A co, and he in B co. Henry was one of the finest infantrymen I've ever had the privilege of serving with. Since his death, I have worn a memorial bracelet with his name and date and place of his death inscribed on it. It is a daily reminder to me of the sacrifice of true heroes. He will never be forgotten."
SSG Justin Morlock of Kabul, Afghanistan

"I was the CAO NCO for Emily Risner...Just want to say its been while and your family will always be in my thoughts....."
SFC Ricky C. San Nicolas, Jr of Ft. Riley, KS

"In life we mourn the passing of Henry C. Risner - in death he joins his family and friends who awaited him. Imagine his joy!"
Clydene Cannon of Vallejo, CA

"I will never forget...
How many nights did we drink till morning light. Your one of the many reason I decided to become an Infantryman. Keep us Safe. I will never forget your huge heart..."
PFC Wichmann of FT. Carson, CO

"I was dumb-founded when I found out that Henry was Killed.
I was almost there when he was born. I am good friends with his dad and I call his Mom a friend also but I do not see her much.
He was a quiet kid who liked to hunt and fish (I think he got that from his dad) He was a caring kid who liked people watching a lot. I liked him and still do.
Let us never forget the men who fight for this country NEVER"
Charles W. Kovanda (Chuck) of Keenesburg Colorado/ U.S.A.

"July 4, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Henry C. Risner:
Henry 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

We love you and miss you."
Peggy Richards-Pattie of Lakewood,CO

"Hey Henry, even to this day my son and i look up to you. you were one of the most stand up guys in golden, *, rather our little corner of the world fuggetabout golden. I remember you taking care of anyone else before yourself.

i don't know what to say, but i love you as well as the rest of your golden KREW... "the family"

Chad "miller" slate"
Chad Slate of Golden, CO

"Henry, theres not a day that goes by that I don't forget, that morning we last talked. Sitting on top of the humvee with the sun just coming up, We talked about getting new harleys before we leave Iraq, How our kids played together, I miss ya man..."
SSG Chris Dominski of Watertown, NY

Emily & Family
I grew up with Henry. definately one of Golden's finest. I knew him as a bigger brother and a closer friend. sure, Iraq left him lifeless, but he is in Gods house now!!"
Jeremy Steinke of Golden, CO / USA

"To the family of:Henry C. Risner 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"

"If ever you have the chance to visit Golden Colorado stop in at the Ace Hi and have a cold one for Henry."
Anon. of Golden Co

"I was never fortunate enought to know Henry. I was good friends with David Waters, who served with Henry. David told me about Henry, and how much Henrys friendship had meant to him. Henry and David will both be missed and always remembered by those who knew them. My deepest condolences to all of his friends and family."
Caroline Smith of Liverpool England/Auburn Ca.

"Henry Risner will always be remembered as a hero by his friends and comrades in B Co 2-14 IN. To the family I send my deepest condolences. Henry is deeply missed in the Company."
SSG Lindstrom of Ft Drum, NY

"My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort knowing that we will al meet again. May God bless you and your family."
Dick Hingston of Swampscott, Ma.

"Ellen, Corri and family,

Our hearts goes out to you and your family. May God Bless you.

With Love Always,"
Evelyn, Edward, Lory and family, Nancy and family, Becky and family, Tammy and family, Kelly and family of State College, PA and Colorado/ USA

"To Henry'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

"Dear Henry's Family:
I'm so sorry for your loss. I understand the pain as1 year ago Aug. 31 my son PFC Adam L. Thomas was killed in Shkin Afghanistan he was 21 he was also from Ft. Drum with the 1-87 10th Mountain. It hurts me twice as hard when I find out its one of our own. If you need anything please contact me anytime, As a mother I can tell you even with all the prayers 1 year later it feels like it was yesterday, but I have some peace that he is safe in heaven. Always"
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, Illinois

"To the family and friends of Henry. I am so sorry for your loss. Our family shares the loss of a soldier, SPC Shawn Davies passed on July 8, 2004 in Iraq. If you ever need to talk please contact me at pieldy0641@aol.com. May God be with you. Henry is a hero and will never be forgotten."
Toni Peters of Cleveland, OH

"Emily... I know we haven't spoken in years and Audra and I are trying to find a way to contact you. I'm so saddened for you and your family. I can't even imagine what you're going through right now. I saw the interview and knew I needed to get a message to you somehow. I don't know if you'll see this but I can only hope that you're feeling the love from your friends here in Colorado over the loss of your husband. We're here for you if you need us. JSBeauregard@[nospam]comcast.net"
Jennifer Beauregard of Denver, CO

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

"To Henry's Family, No one could ever describe the pain this loss thrusts into a family. No one invited it and no one wants it and yet we are unable to escape. Our family weeps with you and lifts you in prayer. Childbirth often comes with pain and agony that you must experience to understand and I believe the death and grieving of our children also is a process that can only be understood by those who have experienced it. We have a long, hard job to do and will never be the same people or family we once were. God's richest grace be poured out on you through this journey. Aunt of Pfc Bradley Kritzer, killed May 5, 2004, in Baghdad."
Laurie Miles, megsnana@hotmail.com of Coalport, PA

"To Henry'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

"Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered a loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Henry is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to this country. May God bless and I pray you find peace and comfort during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

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

"Dear Family,
My nephew is a part of Henry's unit. My nephew was injured the day before and is recovering in the hospital in Germany where he was when he heard about Henry. He is deeply saddened as the day he was injured, he watched as another young man from their unit was taken by an explosion in the street. Henry was probably there with them on that sad day,only the day before. I spoke with my nephew from the hospital in Germany this morning and he told me what a great buddy Henry was to him and what a great guy he was. He is very sad that all this has happened. Our family feels as though we have lost another "good buddy" in Henry because he was a good buddy to someone we love who loved him. God bless you all and may you find some source of peace during this most difficult time in your lives."
Gail Rymal of Tampa, FL

"To Henry'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 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

"Thank you Henry Risner, 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. Henry Risner:
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 Henry 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. Henry Risner:
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 Henry, 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