Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Lyle W. Rymer II

24, of Fort Smith, Arkansas..
Rymer died in Baghdad, Iraq, when he was shot by enemy forces. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 239th Engineer Company, 39th Infantry Brigade, Booneville, Arkansas. Died on January 28, 2005.

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"I New lyle after highschool we became good friends he joined the army I joined the marines he passed while I was in at ramadi Iraq he was a good man love Anthony Finney"
Anthony finney of greenwood ar

"My sweet and hansome little cuz.. I visit your grave once a month still. I wish i could have made it back to see you before you left out. I will always remember all the fishing trips, swimming in the lakes, playing in the fields and swinging from the ropes in the barn. I miss you so much Bubby and I love you. Love always Cuzin Darla"
Darla Roachelle of Fort Smith Ar

"Love you dad"
Sean W Rymer of Muldrow Ok

"I love my dad. I wish he was still here. He found Christ 2 weeks before he died."
Jasmine Rymer of oklahoma

"I love my dad. I wish he was still here. He found Christ 2 weeks before he died."
Jasmine Rymer of Mouldrow,OK

"Can someone from Lyle's family please contact me? I would like to get a tattoo in his honor and would like the families permission to do so. 5015151503. Thank you. And know that I cry for your son, father, husband, and friend daily."
Brownlee of greenbriar, ar

"My name is Charles Brownlee I was with Lyle the day he sacrificed his life for us. I was one of the combat lifesavers that worked on him. I am so sorry for the family and I still see him and think about him daily."
Brownlee of greenbriar, ar

"I will never forget you brother, you will always be my hero and you will always be in my heart for your great sacrifice."
~Justin Berry of Rector, Arkansas~

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"October 4, 2012...I watched Off to War when it was on Tv for the first time and it affected me greatly. I have two sons and cannot imagine the pain and great loss I would feel. After finding out about the loss of Lyle I got a military memorial bracelet with his name on it and said I would not take it off until they all came home from Iraq. They are not all home yet, but hopefully they will be soon. I would like to ask his sister Michelle if she would like me to send this bracelet to her or her mom for safekeeping. I have felt privileged to wear it in his honor. I will check back periodically for your answer and we can decide how to send it to you. Bless you Lyle for your service and great sacrifice. You have not been forgotten."
brenda schmidlen of fairfax, virginia

"To the family of:Lyle W.Rymer
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""

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 Casey of El Paso, Texas

"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, OH USA

"For the first time I heard from Lyle in the documentary "Off to War". When I knew then Lyle is truly death and was married and a father, I could not believe it. I think every day to Lyle and his family. I did not know you, but I will never forget you, Lyle!"
Jacky of Hannover , Germany

"While I never met Lyle personally, he lived his life with the pride, courage and integrity that each of us should strive to achieve. He was and still is a true American hero to his family, friends, fellow soldiers as well as so many others who weren't blessed with the opportunity to meet this true hero. Michelle, while none of us can ever take Lyle's place or take away any of the hurt you and your family has endured with his loss - may it give you comfort and peace to know we all appreciate all that Lyle did for America. He is a true hero in my eyes and I just wish that I would've had an opportunity to thank him in person for the sacrifices he and every soldier make in order to keep us free. We will never forget and we will always hold him in our thoughts and hearts forever. Take Care and God Bless you and your family."
Paula Winkler of Hope, IN

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,660 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Hey lyle its memorial day 2009. I remember hanging out with you just days or a day before you passed. I remember sitting at the chow hall and someone told me and I thought no way. We all remember and miss you and I will fight to the end for the freedom and respect for you and all veterans. Rest in peace brother."
Sgt. Shannon Grant of Malden MO

"April 4, 2009
Well bro it's been a little over 4 years now since we lost you. Your nephews and niece are growing up so fast we all wish you were here to see, we go to your grave all the time to put flowers on it when we can and if were broke which you know is 99.9 percent of the time we clear the leaves and stuff off your grave all tell you uncle lyle we miss you and think about you all the time. Bulldog died last month so i want you to keep her company for me, she became my four legged loyal companyon. you know she was one of a kind. I LOVE YOU SO SO MUCH BRO. I'll see you when my job on earth is done. LORD WILLING "you know raising my children" With the LORD showing me how every step of the way... AMEN
I keep praying for MOM to get better, but since you died MOMS health has went down and it just keeps getting worse she needs a kidney transplant and shes on the extreamly long list and problem after problem keeps happening to her probly because were pour.. you know shes all the living family i have left!!! I just keep telling myself no matter how bad it is, it could always be worse..."
Michelle Rymer of Fort Smith, AR.

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Spc. Lyle W. Rymer, II:
Lyle 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

"Lyle we miss you so much. we will never for get you lyle, god bless you and your family..oct. 14, 2008"
chris fuller of Fort smith, arkansas

"lyle was more than just a family member, and a soldier, hes a hero and his sacrafise and the sacrafises of other american men and women who give everything so this country does not perish from the earth makes so no american soldier ever shall die in vien. may god be with him, his family, his unit and every american soldier who is going to be deployed, is already deployed, or is coming bach home and has years of challenges ahead of them god bless america and the heros who have the thanks of a grateful nation i leave for basic in a month and i carry lyles and others sacafises in my heart..they may be fallen but never forgotten god bless all who have gone before, those who are currently over there, and those who may never come back..."
chris of nj

"hello i have seen on tv in germany ilove amarican soldiers and i... i can not good english sorry i`m will kill the sniper has SPC.Lyle W Rymer killed sorry for my English Lyle is in my germany Heart by sorry for Lyle`s Famely"
Sascha Kückemanns of Mönchengladbach.ger

"I Love You Uncle Lyle Always. I'll see you in Heaven!!!
Love Alway,
your neafew T.T"
Tyler A, Taylor of Fort Smith AR USA

"Lyle was the first man i ever loved. I still do very much so you never loose that of your first true love. I think about him everyday. And often wonder what life would be like with him. It is amazing how many things you remember once a person is gone . and what a life to take. He was a wonderful person probably the best man I have ever known. I never got the chance to say this but I am sorry and I do love you... To Michelle I know how much he ment to you and you to him he never let a day go by that he didnt say how much he loved you. I am truley sorry to you, but remember Lyle always has been your hero and now is an Angel in heaven on streets of gold my prayers are with you every day just know that.."
You know who I am of Roland Oklahoma

"I grew up in Roland and I did not know Lyle personally (I graduated in 1984) but I have a son that is in the Navy
and I cannot imagine how it must feel to lose a son or brother. My heart goes out to his family and please know that we will hold you in our deepest thoughts. Your family has made the greatest sacrifice. My deepest condolences to you and your family."
Kim Cheek Benno of San Ramon, CA

"The Army lost a soldier. The Rymers lost a family member. America lost a hero. May God bless your sole Lyle. Thank you for your service sir."
Timothy of Wells, Maine

Marilyn of Oregon

"I watched the program OFF TO WAR all the way through, and was deeply affected by these guys. I am sorry for what Lyle had to give up, but I think of it all the time and will never forget his name or his face. Thank you!!"
Julia of Spring Hill, FL/ USA

"Lyle graduated a year before I did in school. We rode the same bus and my dad thought the world of Lyle. He was always quiet, he did what he was told, he took care of his family and he loved his mother and sisters. Nothing less can be said about Lyle Rymer. His family has my sympathy and Lyle has my respect."
Clint Davis of Tulsa, OK (Roland, Ft. Smith)

"I have watched the Off To War documentary from the first episode to the last and I can't help but feel like I have had the chance to understand and get to know these guys more and more. Lyle was a great guy. I couldnt help but feel horrible when Lyle was shot. I am 23 years old Lyle was 24 and I cannot get that out of my head, the fact that here is someone so close to my age and others who are younger than me even who have lost thier lives in this war. I have felt like a failure to my country because of the fear that I have of joining the military and going "off to war." I stop and think that there are guys over there my age and younger than me who have the bravery to serve their country proud and I honestly don't know how to show my appreciation but what I do know is that even though I didn't know Lyle Rymer personally, I will never forget his name and I am deeply sorry to his family for thier loss. To Lyle, Thank you for your courage and the service you have put forth for our country to keep us safe. Lyle will forever live on in my heart as long as I shall live. Thank you all who are serving around the world."
Ryan Weidman of Greenwood, Indiana

"We just saw the Discovery Channel Special. Lyle was obviously special to his outfit, and he was special to my sons and I as we watched just now. There are no words to say except that we thank you and Lyle for your tremendous sacrafice."
the Stuckey's of Bentonville, Ar

"I never paid any attention to the Military, but on 03-18-06, around 09:00pm I was changing the channels when I came across the Discovery Times and I noticed guys sitting around taking footage serving Iraq. I didn't know your son personally, but it really has changed my way of looking at the war in Iraq and the admiration I didn't know I had until I saw this footage. Your son really touched my heart and my soul because something about his approach to serving his country was so inocently done, yet with detirmination in his eyes awaiting his return home. When I saw that he lost his life weeks before his return, it scared me and it awaken me to realize that one day you are here and the next day you are gone and lives around change. Everything changes. One looks at life in a different way. And your son, he made me see life in a way that words can not describe what I have been seing within since I started to see this footage. As I am writing you, I hear the footage, but I remember your sons expression and it only tells me that he truly was a good son, a good soldier, a good father, a good brother and a good friend. I know, I know, I know that your son is in HEAVEN. And you know what, I am a total stranger to your eyes, but to your son, he touched my soul and he talked to me and said things to me that I just can't describe. What I am saying is that Lyle W. Rymer II continues to be alive. Thank you for bring Lyle in this world so that I can have the privelage to meet him soul to soul. It would be an honor to walk the roads of Arkansas and give my salutes to all those in that footage."
Blanco Alonzo of San Diego, CA USA

"just saw the show "Off To War", may god bless your family and my sincere condolences go out to you. i know as my sister watched me go to iraq twice and afghanistan once she held the tears back and was strong for myself and the others going away. the fact remains that one day we will all meet and be with those we lost in peace and war and that day will truly be a blessing. my heart goes out to you and all that have and will serve."
Steve of Ft Campbell Ky

"Lyle Rymer is my little brother, and was my bestfried. My brother Lyle and I had a special bond since before we were old enough to go to school!!! NO-ONE I mean NO-ONE could fell the pain,hurtand loss that I felt and well never stop fellen for my little brother. So THANK YOU to all of you who felt the loss of Lyle too and sent words of comfort for us because that helps my heart!!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR CAREING. Lyle's Loveing sister MICHELLE RYMER"
Michelle Rymer of FortSmith, AR

"i am sorry for your loss. my husband is going there in september. i am proud of all of them that have fought. He will never be forgotten."
cory of virginia beach, va

"What a true Hero... God Bless your family..."
Erik of NJ

"I just would like to say im very sorry for your lose. i know that he did not die in vein as im am serving in the military to keep giving the freedoms he gave eveybody"
james smith of san diego ca

"I heard of Mr. Rymer's death on the Discover Times documentary about the National guard soldiers from Arkansas. I was so proud of all of those men, and what they sacrificed and especially those that didn't come home. For Lyle Rymer's friends and family, know that you are in my prayers and that he is not forgotten even to a stranger."
Kristie of Raleigh, NC

"You were a brave soldier. My heart and prayers go out to your family. Thank you for protecting our freedom."
Rachel of Gilbert, Arizona/United States

"My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this holiday season. Our sincere appreciation and thanks go out to all of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines serving overseas.

The Galletta Family of Hemet, California

"My husband is currently serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne. The week after he left, I was watching Off to War when SPC Rymer was KIA. We have two small children and all I could do was cry and pray for your family because this is now an everyday reality for us as well. I pray for God to bring you strength and comfort in your time of grief. God Bless.
Joanna Jamison
Wife of SGT. Jeremy Jamison
1-187 Rakkasans
Fort Campbell, KY"
Joanna Jamison of Fort Campbell, KY

"A brave man, he died offering freedom to others. A real American Hero who shall never be forgotten. May he finally rest in peace and may God continue to hold up his family and friends."
Jenny of Orlando

"God Bless your bravery. You are a true American soldier. My heart goes out to your family. God Bless You!"
Sheri of Milford, MI USA

"My husband is serving with 101st airborne division at Ft. Campbell. We have been watching the television show off to war. I felt so much pain for your family when we were watching on the day Rymer was killed. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort for your family in this time of need. He was an amazing soldier. Thank you for your sacrifice. My husband and I cried on and off all day after that show aired. There were a few others in that company, but he just stuck out. Know that my family is praying for you."
Heather of Ft. Campbell

"I wento to school with lyle for many of years. he was a brave man i really miss my friend lyle.. fulldog"
chris fuller of fort smith ,arkansas

"I grew up with Lyle in Roland. He was a hell of a guy. He died valiantly, in an attempt to pave the way for Iraqi elections. He's the definition of a true American Hero."
Republican Vet of Tulsa, OK.

"His picture really caught my attention,actually it brought tears to my eyes,he just looks like a good guy without even knowing him. I'm very sorry for your loss."
Tammy of Michigan

"I served with Lyle while in Iraq ,and I can tell you that he was one of the best guys I have ever met. He was my friend ,my brother, and part of our family. We will never forget Lyle or what he did to help us out. We love you Lyle and we miss you."
Tyrell of Arkansas

"Your loss saddens my heart. Know that Lyle will always be remembered as a brave soldier, a hero, a precious young man. I will keep you in my prayers and thank God for Lyle."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"There is no way for us to express the deep sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Lyle Rymer II. I lost my son on January 26, 2005 in Iraq. Those that have laid down their lives are the true heroes. May God bless you and comfort you during this time."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

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

"Thank you Lyle Rymer II, 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. Lyle Rymer II:
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 Lyle 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. Lyle Rymer II:
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 Lyle, 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