Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Blake H. Russell

35, of Forth Worth, Texas.
Russell died of injuries sustained from enemy forces munitions while investigating a possible mortar cache during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. Russell was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on July 22, 2006.

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"Hearing your name for the first time at today's Memorial Day Service at DFW Veterans Cemetery. I too served at the 101st ABN DIV. I was wounded on July 2, 2006 in Iraq from a roadside bomb. To your son who posted and the rest of your family; I believe it is no accident that I decided to look you up after hearing all the names. God is in control. Although painful I know heaven is where we will all meet again. God bless. Rakkasan ⛩️"
SGT (RET) US Army William 'Billy' Wright of Fort Worth, TX

"still missing you my friend"

"Thank you all for your support. I am Blake's son, Dylan. When I typed this I was crieing because i was listening to stairway to heaven. I remember how he said he would take me to iraq when the war was over. But he never did....."
Dylan Russell, Blake's son of Clarksville, Tennessee

""It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived." Gen. George Patton"
Grateful American of Texas

"To the Russell family, I think about you often. We bought the home where Blake's mother lived at Eagle Mountain Lake. When we bought the house from Blake's friend Scott, he told us about him and his death in Iraq. It touched our hearts so much because my husbands brother was killed in Afghanistan 8-12-07, SFC Jeffrey D. Kettle. This house holds many memories to Blake's childhood, I can only imagine. Blake's old room has been converted into a nursery now. We think about your family all of the time, from one Gold Star Family member to another.. thank you for your service and sacrifice. You're never alone in this world..there are many of us out there."
Michele Kettle of Fort Worth, TX 76179

We remember you and your sacrifice every day - you will never be forgotten."
LTC Fred Wintrich of Baghdad, Iraq

"July 5, 2008
To the family of Capt. Blake H. Russell:
Blake 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

"To the family of:Blake H. Russell 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"

"capt russ, it's hard to think your gone now you really mint alot to us on the mitt team i miss making fun of you for being in the navy and being a Texas AM fan ha and your wife is one of the strongest women i have ever met."
randy paddock of clarksville,tn/usa

"I answered "here" for Capt. Russell at an informal Texas Aggie Muster service help April 21 at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. I was on a business trip to D.C. with a bunch of Aggies, and we decided to hold our own ceremony honoring active duty military members. After the honor of answering "here", I wanted to find out more about this man. My prayers are with his wife and two children left behind."
Davon Cook of Lubbock, TX

"Dear Captain Russell,
You are in God's hands now, he will look after you, may he bless you for protecting our country. The pain in your families hearts will never be gone, the loss of a loved one is never accepted. Your courage, devotion, and strength will never ever be forgotten. May God bless your family."
Nick DeCesare of Shelton, CT.

"Capt. Russell,
Sir, I would 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.

"Strike"(502nd Inf. Motto)"

"Thank you Blake Russell, 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 Capt. Blake Russell:
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 Blake 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 Capt. Blake Russell:
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 Blake, 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