Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. David A. Ruhren

20, of Stafford, Virginia.
Ruhren died in Mosul, Iraq, when a suicide bomber entered his dining facility and detonated an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 276th Engineer Battalion, West Point, Virginia. Died on December 21, 2004.

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"December 13, 2008
To the family of Spc. David A. Ruhren:
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

"David, I never called you that. I always thought Ruhren was a really cool name even if it was a first name and in turn I plan to name my first born son that. I miss you man, I have you and Nicks names tattooed on my back. Its been over 2 years man and I think about you every single day that I live and breath. What happen to you was unfair and I have never cried so hard in my life the day you died. I cry for you and your family as I write this now. I know this is not what you would want from me but I love you man. I never got a chance to say goodbye to you... Your memory will forever live in my heart brother... You are my hero.
Thomas Wilder of Currently CA

What can I say? I miss you. It was great growing up with you, you were one of the best friends I had. Hell, we knew each other almost our whole lives. I remember when we were little and we had moved to Winchester. You came for the weekend and freaked about all the cows that were living so close to us but we spent the weekend "freeing" the turtles and taking them down to the lake. But when you came to our farm in PA when we were teenagers, you loved it more than I did. You even made me enjoy fishing in our pond for the 1st time. I never was like you, I still prefer the city. I don't think my mom will ever live someplace that has sidewalks! I'm still in the service, will be for awhile. Weird we both ended up like that. I just wanted you to know I miss you and I hope Sonja is ok. I know its been a long time, but if the Navy ever gives me leave, I'll come and see you. They keep me on the boat ALOT."
PO1 Lee Harris of Norwich, CT

"SGT Ruhren, it's been two years since I walked out of that DFAC and you flew out on angels wings. God Bless you and your family forever."
LT of Fairfax VA

"To the Family of David:
I am sorry I never met your son; the words about him are wonderful. I stopped by Quantico Cemetery tonight with my children to visit my fatherís grave. We prayed for my dad, a grandfather that never saw his grandchildren. My father was a WWII vet. When leaving the cemetery I saw the grave of Davey next to Christopher. I stopped to say a prayer for both of them, and you, their families.

When I was praying I started to cry for you loss. These boys were too young to be taken from us. I cried and could not stop. While I canít begin to understand your loss, my son is five and daughter is eight, I can as a parent understand the depth of your love. Daveyís aunt came by and comforted me and told me about this wonderful young man. I wish that I could take some of your pain away. We all feel for your loss, we all grieve for these young men. Men that said they would make the world a better place. Men that answered the call of duty from this great county to serve. Davey & Christopher have made the world better, by trying. They are an inspiration to us all.

My family will keep you in our prayers. I am glad so many people are willing to share memories of this young man. He is a hero. Gllane997@cox.net"
Greg Lane of Burke VA

"Both my husband and I went to AIT at Goodfellow AFB with Ruhren. He was a good friend and was always quick with a laugh. He got along well with the DS and instructors and I honestly don't know one person who didn't like him. My mother teaches at a school in Fairfax county and every year when they honor Veteran's Day she puts up the picture that I had from AIT on the board. She met David when she came to visit me and she said that he was a wonderful young man and a good soldier. You will be missed Ruhren, and we will always think of you."
SGT Karl Lengsfeld and PFC Kathryn Lengsfeld of Schofield Barracks, HI USA

"David, though I never had the honor to meet you, other than once when you were just a baby, I knew your family well, so I am not surprised that you grew into such a fine young man. I cannot put into words the honor you deserve, and may we never take for granted, or forget, that men like yourself and your families, have suffered the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy.

Sonja, this is Don and I am so sorry to hear of your loss, when I saw your sonís name on the internet, my heart sank. I know we have not seen each other in 20 some years, but you know you were like family back then, not only to me but also to my parents ( who also send their love) please if you need anything, anything at all, even if just to talk, please feel free to email us. My prayers are with you and your family. ldunnuck@cox.net


Don Dunnuck"
Don Dunnuck of Alexandria, VA

"Hugs after english class, laughs during math, slackin' at Carrabbas, and catchin' up in Stafford...you're deeply missed, could never forget you. Love ya hun.

:one more hug:"
Stephanie of Springfield, VA

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

"To the family of David A. Ruhren, 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. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven One day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If your need someone to pray with you or someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev John B. Pearrell 11667 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga

"Happy Belated Bday babe! No, I didn't forget. I was at the cemetery with a red balloon like your mother asked me to. I knew you were there and I know you watch out for me. I still wish you were here so I could just hug you. It breaks my heart to think about the fun times we had planned for this summer. I'll continue to visit you, as I do my grandfather every time I'm down that way! I love you Davey."
Sarah of Arlington, VA

"Happy Birthday, Dave! I miss you man."
Cpl James Bell of Gloucester, Va

i know im kennys little sister but you looked out for me like i was yours! you were there for me if i needed you! you helped me through rough times and listened to me complain even when you were in battle in a worse placee then i was! i just want to let you know that im joining the airforce (even though josh swares im not)!!! i miss you and i think about you everyday! every time i see a yellow ribbon you are on my mind! if you were here there are so many things i would say to you!!!!!"
katie richardson of woodbridge

"I was in Iraq with Dave. I considered him to be one of my closer friends there. When I was the humvee driver he was almost always on top on the .50 cal. As long as he was up there I knew I would be ok, becuase he would take care of me. He never hesitated to help someone out, or to do a job that no one else wanted. I only knew Dave for a year, but he made a lifetime's impression on me. I think about him everyday, and I'll never forget him."
Cpl James Bell of Gloucester, Va

"To David's Family:
You raised a great son; He was funny, sincere, and caring. He was a hero, a patriot, and someone I will always remember. He made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, and you have every reason to be incredibly proud of him. David is my hero. May you Rest in Peace David."
Josh Morris of Woodbirdge, Virginia

"To David's family,
Your son was so incredibly brave. I know because I knew him. You must be so proud of him...so am I. We salute David for all he has done. Be strong and know David has done his work here. God bless you all."
Shauna Fleming and "A Million Thanks" of California

"Dear Sonja,
My heart breaks for you. You and Davey are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you strength and peace,

Kathy (Darren's wife)"
stritz@coastalnow.net of Fort Stewart, GA

"To the family and friends of Spc. David Ruhren:

I would like to express my deepest condelences on the loss of your family member and friend. I lost my older and only brother on April 7, 2003. I know that no words I can say will take away your pain. Please know that I have been keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and I will continue to do so. And while we have never met, we share an eternal bond as the family members who must grieve our loved ones. I would like to extend my hand to you and let you know that if you ever need a shoulder to cry on or need to speak with someone who understands this surealistic nightmare which you are experiencing, I am here for you. May God bless you and guide you as you stuggle to understand the loss of your loved one. May he also help you to find strength in the love of friends, family, and in the memories you will always hold so close to your heart. Those memories and your love will keep David's legacy alive forever. (obxdk@yahoo.com)

Barksdale Watkins of Richmond, Va

I still can't believe you're gone. I wake up every morning thinking of you and how much I wish you were still here. Nights are hard for me...I can't sleep. Every time I sign online, I sit there staring at the monitor hoping that your screen name will pop up and that you'll IM me and call me "baby" and "dork" and "punk" and tell me how much you miss me too. I look up at the sky and wish and pray on the middle star of Orion's belt like you told me to. I'm going back to school Davey, and the doctors told me that they treated the cancer...I'm gonna be okay. I miss you!


Sarah of Woodbridge, VA USA

"To the family and loved ones of SPC Ruhren,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you and comfort you."
CPL and Mrs. Ryan Olson of Woodbridge, VA

"To David's Mom,

Words simply cannot express the sorrow that I feel for you. My nephew Nicholas Mason died in Iraq with your son, David. You and I know that they were both heroes, regardless of whether they were in Iraq or safely in our arms at home. As both of our families try to cope with devastating loss, please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers, and that we think of David as we mourn the loss of Nick. God be with you."
Dora Vogel of King George, VA

"David was always a notch above the rest. We had some good times together and I will never forget him...I remember how devastated i was that he moved to florida...i talked to him every single night on the phone...then he came back! and i was so happy...but then he had to go to iraq which tore my heart up...i love david...and i will always remember the good times that we had...he was a beautiful person inside and out and sonja...i know that you are so proud of your son...as you should be...thank you for sharing him with the world..."
christy genova of woodbridge, va

"I was one of the Soldiers who had the honor to be part of the funeral detail and carry SGT Ruhren to rest and to fold the American flag you now have. I did not personally know SGT Ruhren, but that does not matter as he is, and will always be a Brother in arms and will never be forgotten. I am truly sorry about your sonís death and my thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends. SGT Ruhren will always be remembered as a Hero who fought for freedom and who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

SGT David Ruhren,

SSG Hill, Michael
VADPU Military Honors Team
Virginia Data Processing Unit
Manassas Virginia"

"You are a HERO Davey, WE LOVE YOU!"
Jennifer of Woodbridge, VA

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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"I'm so sorry to hear of your son's death. Your son and mine were in the same class 2002 at Gar-field I don't know if they know each other but they knew of each other. My son LCPL Brian Medina also died in Fallujah, Iraq on 12 Nov 04. I know your pain first hand and that nothing said or done will ever replace them. To remember is to honor them, That all I have now. If I can help you in anyway please contact me. I live in Woodbridge. gregory.medina@jacobs.com"
Greg Medina of Woodbridge, Va

"Having known David personally, I feel especially saddened that the lord has taken him from us at such a young age. David had such a sense of duty and commitment to his family as well as his comrades in arms that just cannot be taught. He will always be remembered by me and those who knew him personally as a gentleman and a TRUE hero."
Michael Fugate of Burke, VA USA

"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

"May the Lord comfort you during this time. This is not an easy journey and I pray for your continued strength and endurance as you face the coming days. I know your pain first hand, my husband was killed in Iraq on 7 Nov 03. Please know that unfortunately there are others who share your pain on a daily basis. My prayers for peace are with you. God Bless"
Donna Gilmore of Stafford, Virginia

"Thank you David Ruhren, 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 Spc. David Ruhren:
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 Spc. David Ruhren:
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