Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Francis J. Straub, Jr.

24, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Straub died in Bayji, Iraq, while investigating a rocket-propelled grenade incident a mine exploded and enemy forces attacked using small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died on August 9, 2005.

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You are thought of often. You will always be my Hero in Heaven. Love and Miss you"
Heather O'Neill of Philadelphia

"Thinking of you, your life, and your sacrifice to this country on this Memorial Day 2015. You are remembered. Rest in peace, brother."
Jason of Maryland

"Just wanted to let you know Frank, that I was thinking about you and the sacrifice you made to better the lives of others! As I wrote a few years back on here, I knew you from UPS, and you had a positive impact on everyone there. I hope that one day my sons grow up and have the same integrity and leadership skills you possess. I also think about the sacrifice your family has also made. I'm sure no words could assuage their anguish, but I hope they can find solace knowing how good of a man you had become. Although it has been 9 years since your ultimate sacrifice, you still are not forgotten, Frank, and you will never be! You are a hero, and I am proud to have know you!
Chris Doyle"
Chris Doyle of Philadelphia, email- Patriotpride16t@comcast.net

I did not know you long, but long enough to know you! On this Memeorial day 2011 I still think of you and the other brave Soldiers that gave so much for your nation. I will always remeber, never forget!"
MSG Christopher Williams of Boston Ma.

"Frankie, no matter how much time passes, I never forget you. It was an honor to serve with you, and I'm proud to have had you as a friend. Azores, Germany in 2000. That was an adventure. This Memorial Day, like most other days, I think of you, Punchy and all the others who fell in defense of our way of life. God Bless you and you family."
SGT Gregory Speck of Philly, PA

"”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 1,550 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!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"I was lucky enough to know you at UPS, and have many conversations about Army life and our experiences. You will always be remembered by me as an honest and good-hearted person and I will never forget you! I remember the day I read and seen your photo in the paper with the sad news. I still cry. Bless you and your family."
PFC Chris Doyle (US Army 92'-95') of Phila, PA.

"July 10, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Francis J. Straub, Jr.:
Francis 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

"Frankie, As I read all of these messages I can only wonder why God took such a amazing man. You have touched so may lives and after all these years I still dont understand why. The thing that i can figure is Grandmom didnt want to be alone and God took the best to keep her company.You are always in our thoughts"
Heather of philadelphia

"To the family of:Francis J Straub, Jr. 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"

"Always our HERO,Never forgoten,Rest in peace."
Heather of philadelphia ; Pa,

"I was given sgt straub's photo by one of the mummers on New Year's Day 2006
and have kept it on my fridge since then.
today I looked him up on the net and
found that he has been lost. I had no
idea all this time. I am so sorry.
He will stay with me in my kitchen
where I can see him every day and
remember him and all the young men
giving so much.

formerly from Philly..."
Doris Van Natta of Denville, New Jersey

"To the Straub family, please accept my dearest condolences. Even though I only knew him a short time, Straubie was a dear friend and not a day goes by that I don't remember him."
Des of Ringwood, NJ

"I think about you every day Frankie and I miss you very much. You are a wonderful spirit and I wish I had the pleasure of knowing you better. Rest in peace my friend. My husband and I miss you dearly. We will never forget you!"

"To the Straub Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am also a "Straub", my father's name was Francis M. Straub who passed away in July of 2005 at the age of 73. He was in the Navy as a young man. I hope that my father is with your son now. I know how deep your loss is and I will always remember your family in my prayers."
Vickie Nuckles of St Peters, Mo

"Lynn, Frank, and all the Straub family- It is impossible to tell you how deeply sorry I am for your family's loss. I wish I could have met Frankie. Lynn- you and I have given each other much in the way of laughs, friendship, and support over the last 3 years, and I wish I lived near you to offer even more comfort to you and your family. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers on a daily basis. And I always offer a prayer of thanks for Frankie and all our other brave men & women who have given their lives in the name of Freedom. God Bless Frankie!"
Becky Rollings of Groveland, IL

"my name is Dana Straub and iam Frankie younger sister. i can't believe it has been 7 months since the last time i saw my brother..i miss him so much words can not express..he was such a great man..and i will always love him.. i miss him everyday of my life and it is so hard to go on..also my grandmother who died the day after frankie..the pain hurts so bad.. i love you frankie and always will.. i love you! and miss you!"
Dana Straub of Philadelphia,Pa

"Straub, you are hard to forget. You were a good friend, i wish you were here to hang out with ."
Pasko of Reading Pa

"I would like to thank those of you who have posted messages and for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers. I am Frankie's cousin and in our family that title means more than in most families. We are very close and we have all been dealing with this tragic loss together. I know that these messages are important to so many of us. I really do not have to try to convince anyone of how wonderful a person Frankie was because clearly he has left a lasting impression on people from all over the country and world for that matter. Your messages have helped me see how many people he has touched. Thank you for providing this opportunity for my family and myself. With great appreciation and fond memories,
Melissa Leyland"
Melissa Leyland of Baltimore, MD

"Frankie-Boy....you are a friend I'll never forget. From when we were roomies at Lajes AB, Portugal, to CMTC Hohenfels, Germany. We were inseperable..me, you and Rob--"The Three Brothers"--as Sgt. Duncan used to call us. You were a great friend, a dedicated soldier and i consider you my brother. Now you're gone and this void in all our hearts will never be filled. But we still have the priceless memories.

P.S.---Remember Munchen and the fun times"
SSG Gregory Speck of Phila., PA, USA

You were my babysitter and my first crush. You made the ultimate sacrifice.
I love you.
My mom will keep you company up there."
Alexandra and LCpl Erik Young of Camp Pendleton, CA

"To the Straub family,
My deepest condolences and may you be able to find peace within your hearts. I am deeply sorry for the loss of Frank.

Frank, I can only say Thank You for your valor and bravery. I only had the pleasure of knowing you by phone. You were my Philly Air Hub buddy. I will miss our conversations and talking about how much we loved our jobs...wink wink. I will miss the idea of finally meeting you person. (Frank was going to take me on a grand tour of Philly when I made it there.) Well Sweetie, I believe I will have to meet you in heaven. I will NEVER forget your sacrifice, the sacrifice of your family and your friends. I thank you for standing up for freedom and the idea of freedom for all. I will miss you but I will never forget you. You are a true hero."
Christine/UPS Sup of Sacramento, Ca.

You made an ultimate sacrifice. You have touched so many people. You are truly a hero. I love you baby, until I am back in your arms again. Rest in Peace Sweetheart. Forever Yours, Jamie"
Jamie of Holmes

"Thankyou SGT Straub for your selflessness in these trying times. My heart goes out to your family and friends. You will never be forgotten."
Shamus S. Reilly of Havertown PA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, OHio

"AUGUST 12, 2005
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest well brave soldier.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Francis and may memories comfort you always. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Brad & Dorothy Burt of Rhode Island


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

"Thank you Francis Straub, Jr., 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. Francis Straub, Jr.:
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 Francis 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. Francis Straub, Jr.:
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 Francis, 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