Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Darrell L. Smith

28, of Otwell, Indiana.
Smith died in Baghdad, Iraq when his humvee rolled over off the road, trapping him under and killing him instantly. He was assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, Army National Guard, based in Washington, Indiana. Died on November 23, 2003.

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"9/11/2011 I will always remember you and stand tall in your hounor. I will see you again one day. God bless you for all your works at home and oversees. Forever grateful."
Jamie Fawks of Birdseye

"I am with a group of women "American Soldier Memorial Project" that cross stitch memorials for fallen soldiers. I would like to send you a memorial (free) I have stitched in memory of Darrell. Please contact me at nicholsjan@hotmail.com if you will allow me this honnor. My heart goes out to you and your family."
Jan Nichols of Dyer, IN

Brieanna Smith loving daughter of petersburg

I had you when you was a young private and cultivated you into a true soldier. Words will never replace you as a man, father, husband or soldier, but I want those who knew you,to know what kind of person you were. I think about you often and hope that you have found eternal peace. May the lord bless your wife, children and family. Forever your brother in arms....

SFC Richard L. Bice Sr, U.S. Army Retired.. 3rd Plt, 1/152nd Inf, 76th SIB, Washington, IN.... (Mad Dogs)"
SFC Richard L. Bice Sr of Mesquite, Texas, USA

"i miss you bunches daddy i love you"
BRIEANNA SMITH of petersburg , IN

"hey it sucks we didnt get to meet but i promise u that i will take care of ur daughter Brieanna and will always try to look after ur whole family..thanks for all the protection u did for your county and when u look down to read this if u see my dad up there tell him i said hey also.Darren T. McArthur."
Chase McArthur/Nordhoff of Velpen IN

"November 23, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Darrell L. Smith:
Darrell 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

"Ilove and miss you very much,your loving daughter Brieanna Smith"
Brieanna Smith of petersburg,IN

"Happpy Birthday Brother-2/22"
jamie fawks(PUP) of Birdseye, In

"God Bles you Darrell. I still have you in my heart and memories everyday."
Jamie Fawks of Birdseye Indiana

"To the family of:Darrell L. Smith 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"


This November (2006) will mark the 3rd year you were taken from us. When times like the (5th)anniversary of 9-11 come around, I think more and more of why you had to die.
You make me proud! I can say I've never met anyone that will live up to what you have done.
I know your children miss you dearly. I miss you for them. You were their rock. I only hope that they will carry on into their adult life some of what you instilled in them in their childhood. It's not been easy. But, hey, they have a great guardian angel!
I think of you often, and my thoughts are always of saddness of your death. We all will go on, but your absence will be felt and a small wound will be felt in our hearts forever.
We love you......"
Karen (Sister-in-law) of Indiana

"Thank You
by Lily Michaels, 2003

I can't shake every hand.
I can't put flowers on every grave.
I can't console every family member.
But I can say thank you.

You have given me the freedom I enjoy today.
Your blood was shed in place of mine.
Your family grieved so mine could rejoice.
All I can say is thank you.

There are not words big enough.
There is not a hug strong enough.
There is not a smile wide enough.
All I can offer is thank you.

You are my hero.
You are in my thoughts.
You are in my prayers.
For all you've done, thank you.

Thank you for your hero and the sacrifice you all made for this country. He will not be forgotton."
Judy D of Anderson, IN

"Baby it been 2 years and 3 monthes and i still love u and miss u I wish u could see Hanna and Andrew just one last time they are getting so big she is 8 and bubba is 5 and learning to read YOU are missing so much i know its not ur fault Hanna is really at the point in here little life she misses u and cries all the time but as u know i am engaged to be married again not to wash u out of my life but I really love this guy but never as much as i loved and love u BUT he treats Hanna and Andrew as if they are his own which i think would make u very happy it does me and he sits and holds her tell she is ready to get up I LOVE AND MISS U WHAT I WOULD DO TO SEE U ONE MORE TIME IF EVEN IN MY DREAMS"
your wife 4 ever ; Amy of Otwell Indiana

"Darrell, buddy, you will always be remembered. You were a brother at arms and a very dear friend. It's April 2005 and we still think about you all the time."
Pat Carrico of Washington, IN

"My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cpl. Darrell L. Smith. God bless each and every one of you."
Tari Snow of Indiana United States of America

"My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cpl. Darrell L. Smith. God bless each and every one of you."
Tari Snow of Indiana United States of America

"Darrell it has been over 1 year now and I still miss you so much and it is still hard to believe and accept! All I can say is that I sure do miss you and hope that as the years and days go by it will be easier for Amy and the kids"
Millie Fawks of Gentryville, IN USA

"I just want to thank you Darrell,Friend,brother,Hero.Not a day goes by I don't think about you. You and your family will forever be in my heart and prayers. America will always stand tall because of you and others like you.God Bless Many Thanks PUP"
Prick and Pup show of Forever in my heart

"Darrell was a wounderfull person. I have known him for 11 great years. I worked right next to him in the factory. We had the best times together. The thing about him is that no matter how bad your day was he could make it better.Darrell is a great role model for everyone. He would give up what he had just to help you. I didn't have a place to go when I left my moms and him and Amy took me in. They are both very special in me and my wifes lifes. Darrell, Amy and Hanna their daughter were in our wedding. Amy stayed with my wife and I stayed with Darrell the night befor. The next morning it snowed so bad, Darrell almost called for a humvee,he said "brother your getten married snow or no snow.He got me there. Thanks PUP!!"
Jamie Fawks of Gentyville IN, USA

"Your sacrafices will never be forgotten. Thank you for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"Thank you. You will never be forgotten. Blessings on your family."
Gary of Odessa TX USA

"You are remembered with heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation for your sacrifice. May your family be blessed and comforted by our Father today and everyday until we are together in Paradise. 11/18/2004"
Pam of Midland, TX USA

"You are remembered with heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation for your sacrifice. May your family be blessed and comforted by our Father today and everyday until we are together in eternity. 11/18/2004"
Pam of Midland, TX USA

We only knew each other for a short time.
But you always looked out for me and was a great friend.
I will never forget you!R.I.P .You will
always be missed.It was an honor serving
with you "Brother""
Spc.Jurgen P. Turner Jr. of Boonville IN.

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

"In my life, I have had known some truly wonderful people. Darrell was definitely one of them. He and I use to work together in Jasper. He was one of the few who supported me when I decided to move to North Carolina for a guy. With a smile as bright as day, like only Darrell can give, he told me to go for it. I guess he knew it was love before I did. He was right. I have been with my airman ever since. Darrell was a wonderful man, and I was honored to know him.
Now Amy, I know that I didn't know the two of you as a couple. However, I do remember you as well. It's a small town, what can I say? Anyway, I can see the two of you as a perfect match. You are both such nice people. I want you to know that I am thinking of you and the kids. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless!"
Erin (Doyle) Opdenhoff of Ramstein AB, Germany

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

"Thank you Darrell Smith, 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

"I am so very sorry for your loss. My fiancee has an uncle and a cousin that lives in Otwell and he sent to us all the newspaper clippings about your loved one. Such a tragic thing. I am sure those 2 weeks that he was home was so very extra special. I know he didnt want to leave. You are all in my prayers. Take care."
Beverly Arnold of Cynthiana, KY

"To my brother-in-law, Cpl. Darrell L. Smith. You are a hero. You will always be remembered for the fun, life-loving person you were. We will miss you greatly, and we won't let those babies forget about you. My heart aches, but we know that God has a plan. And even though we don't understand today, or even tomorrow. We will accept that this had to be. Your sacrifices are more than some of us can imagine. But, that is the kind of person you were, always giving to others. Always ready to help at a moments call. We love you, Darrell. You have given your everything, to not only your family, but to every single person in this country. How can we ever thank you!"
Karen Acker of Brownstown, Indiana

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Darrell Smith:
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 Darrell 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 Cpl. Darrell Smith:
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 Darrell, 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