Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Benjamin C. Schuster

21, of Williamsville, New York.
Schuster died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, from a gunshot wound. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 101st Cavalry Regiment, Buffalo, New York. Died on February 25, 2006.

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"Ben, I can't believe it's been 10 years since you were taken from us. Your picture hangs proudly in our home and you will always be remembered for the hero that you were. We will always love you and always think of you Ben."
Erik & Gina Schuster of Stone Ridge, NY

"Ben, you were a good friend to my daughter, and one of my favorite. I'll never forget you or your sense of humor. You were a pleasure to have around and are greatly missed. Thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country."
Karen Zak of Akron, NY

"I was with Ben that day. It was a little bit after lunch. We were talking about playing cards and our home lives. I didn't know him very well but he seemed like a good guy and I looked forward to becoming his friend. In the barracks he took the bunk next to mine. The first day we had a real conversation was unfortunately the day he passed. To his family, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. That day has never left me and in the years since, not a day has passed that I don't think of him."
Spc. Ted R. Kalkhoff of Connersville, Indiana

"Hey Schuster, i want you to know that i thinkabout you every day and i always will. I would not be where i am now if it weren't for you. You saved my life and i will always be more than grateful for that. I love you man, and i really hope to someday meet your family. They are great people and they raised a hero.
Christopher L. Winn"
Christopher L Winn of Wheatland, Wy

"Schuster, i don't think anyone has ever made me laugh the way you could. You are my best friend and i'm glad that we had a close friendship. You helped me make it home buddy, i miss you man. If the family ever needs anything, i'm always here. crizzler19@yahoo.com"
Spc. Christopher Winn of Missoula, Mt

"To the family of Pfc Benjamin Schuster,
I recently watched a news program on Herobracelets.org. My husband being retired from the US Army and my brother active in the Navy, getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan. I felt that ordering bracelets to support the Fallen Heros Intrepid Fund was something that I could do to help out. I decided to not choose a name from the list of Fallen Heros but to just have them send me any Hero on the three bracelts I ordered for myself and 2 children. When I recieved my bracelets one of them had the name Pfc Benjamin C. Schuster of Williamsville NY. After wearing this for a few months now I decided that I would google the name and see if I could have a visual of the person that I wear on my wrist day in and day out (sometimes find myself talking to...oddly enough), I did not know your son, brother, nephew or grandson, but I can say that I am proud of the man that I see in the photo and am honored to wear his name on my wrist. I am so sorry that you had this tragic loss. I cannot imagine what you have been through during that time of finding out or now when all the holidays pass, but know that you are thought of daily and I pray that you find solice in knowing he was a TRUE HERO.
Thank you,
Heidi A. Bryant"
Heidi of Worcester, MA USA

"February 5, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Benjamin C. Schuster:
Benjamin 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

"Although time has now passed, and we all grow older...there is still an emptiness within that can only be described as an everlasting abyss of longing for a loved one. Benjamin was the one who touched everone's lives, and put smiles on our faces. He was not only a son, a brother, an uncle and a friend - but a true hero, even before his life was taken that day in Ar Ramadi. He will be forever missed, and honored among those who knew and loved him - as well as those who were not fortunate enough to have personally met him. I love you baby cousin. Rest in Piece!"
Jordan of Hudson, NY

"Ben I miss you soo much.. I never got to say goodbye.. I love you i looked up to you youo were like a borhter to me..Your the most wonderful cousin ever.. I miss you every day of my life and always will. ~Lost but never Forgotten~"
Erynne of Hamburg Ny

"To the family of:Benjamin C. Schuster 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"

"Schuster, you were a great friend to me and in a horrible place to be at. You will always be remembered by me as a great guy, a good friend and a hero. Your the best. To your family, I am sorry for your loss, it was a huge loss for us as well. He will always be missed and never be forgotten."
Benjamin R. Bray of Turners Falls, Ma.

There are not enough words in the human language to express the love I carry in my heart for you. You were a son to me and a brother and best friend to my son. You could bring calm to any storm and humor to any trying moment. I will forever be greatful for your courage and sacrifice. I will continually pray for the peace and comfort of your family. I love you, I miss you!"
Sue Hayes of Buffalo, N.Y.

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

"To my baby brother...

I miss you and love you.
You are in my heart forever."
Chelsea of North Carolina

"Thank you Benjamin Schuster, 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. Benjamin Schuster:
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 Benjamin 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. Benjamin Schuster:
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 Benjamin, 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