Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard L. Schild

40, of Tabor, South Dakota.
Schild died in Baghdad, Iraq, when improvised explosive devices detonated near his HMMWV during convoy operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, Yankton, South Dakota. Died on December 4, 2005.

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"You are being remembered today and every day, for the sacrifice you have made, defending a great-full nation!"
Paulette (Stratman) Olson of Rosemount MN

"In honor of SGT Richard Schild
I saw the “Fallen Heroes” exhibit that came to Wagner. I am writing this letter because without the men and women like him. We wouldn’t be able to get out of bed in the morning. He woke up to go defend what we love, our freedom. He will be in our hearts forever.
Tyler Koupal"
Tyler Koupal of Wagner South Dakota

"In honor of SGT Richard Schild,
A few days ago, our American Literature teacher took us through the memorial of the Fallen Heroes and asked us to choose a person who stood out to us and write a letter to their families. I am not sure if it was the smile or the look of pride in his eyes as he stood in the picture, but Richard was the one to stand out to me, and it is clear that he was indeed a hero. I am writing this letter to show my deepest gratitude and thanks for all you have done for our country and for recognizing the importance of fighting for our freedom. I know without a doubt that Richard was looked upon with great respect both then and now, and he is a soldier that will never be forgotten. Thanks again and God bless!
Sydney Breen"
Sydney Breen of Wagner, South Dakota

"i will never forget you

1/147th C BTRY"
SPC Merry of south Dakota

"To the family of:Richard L Schild
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""

"May we never forget the price of freedom. Rich Schild paid the ultimate price. Let us NEVER FORGET HOW AND WHY HE DIED. May you rest in peace."
gretchen of yankton sd

"My condolences to the family and friends of Richard Schild."
Janine Osterberg of Fort Rucker, AL

"Rich, it's hard to believe you are gone. Tabor will never be the same without you! You will always be remembered."
Dean S. of Tabor, SD

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

"Thank you Richard Schild, 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 Sgt. 1st Class Richard Schild:
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 Richard 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 Sgt. 1st Class Richard Schild:
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 Richard, 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