Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Paul J. Sturino

21, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
Sturino died from a non-combat weapons discharge in Quest, Iraq. He was assigned to B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on September 22, 2003.

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"Happy veterans day Paul. I served with you in Iraq in 2003. I was driving the commander around local villages when we received the call of the accidental discharge. Your memory lives on brother"
Jeffrey Humek of Terre Haute Indiana

"To the family of Paul Sturino: He is not forgotten by those who served with him, even after 14 years. God bless you all."
Frank Alonso 1SG(R) of Chambersburg, PA

"Today I will drink PBR to you pal"
Ferris of US

"Hi bud."
Francis Ferris of USA

"It has now been eleven years since that fateful day. I still recall every single detail of that day, to include the many details of the good times we had traversing the sands of Iraq. You are never forgotten Paul, no matter how many years roll on by."
Frank Alonso, 1SG (R) of Chambersburg, PA

"Today I salute you, I have many memories of you, Christmas I have photos of you, I would love to send these to your family. My son Steven Nail was your buddy too. we had a lot of fun on weekends my house was full of soilders. I loved it. I HONOR YOU. I LOVE YOU. AND I MISS YOU. GOD BLESS"
Sue Wheeler of vernon,tx

"I am grateful to have known you Paul
For love of god and Country you gave all
You have passed but you're not gone
Forever in our hearts you will live on"
B. R. K. RLHS 00 of Rice Lake Wisconsin United States of America

"Another memorial day weekend. God Bless you Paul. and your family. It feels great that I finally was able to contact some of your family and tell them thank you. BALLLS!"
Ret. Francis Ferris of Hawaii

"Paul as i live day to day i feel as if i know you threw your fellow soldier Gilmore i see your name on his arm daily. one day i hope he can open up and talk about the things hes seen and done. i will say now he will never forget you."
Crystal of tn

"All these years later, I fondly recall your graciousness as I walked into the Funeral Home from war and spoke with all of you about Paul's death. In seeking to minister to you as Paul's Battalion Chaplain, I was humbled and edified when you simply said, "Chaplain, thank you for bringing Paul home." I will never forget that moment, the days I spent with all of you, how the funeral home recreated Paul's room from his childhood home... or how the children of your town lined the streets waving flags as we drove to the Cemetary for the burial. I believe every member of the town was there as we said farewell to a hero. Though the years are passing, Paul will never be forgotten and always honored. And neither will one of the finest American families who gave us their best be forgotten! My prayers continue for all of you. May we soon meet again to celebrate life."
Chaplain Paul Madej of Fort Jackson, South Carolina

"To Paul's family and friends,
I did not know your soldier but wanted to send my thoughts of extreeme thanks and gratitude for doing what they did. My name it Kelly (Tyrrell) Zitelman and my younger brother PFC Scott Tyrrell also died "from injuries sustained in Iraq during a non-combat related incident" in 2003. He was near an amunitions hold when it exploded on Nov. 14th and died from his injuries on Nov. 20th at Brooks Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
It has been just over 6 years for us...and I just wanted you to know that yours, as well as mine have not been forgotten. I want to thank you for the sacrifice that, not only your soldier, but all of you also gave! I hope that you are able to keep Paul's memory alive but have also learned to live with the pain of him being gone. Please know that I will be thinking of all of you and that if any of you ever need to talk with someone "that truely understands"...you can reach me at zitelmanzoo@yahoo.com
Kelly :)"
Kelly (sister of a fellow fallen soldier) of Dixon, IL

"On this Memorial Day in 2009 I pray in rememberance of Paul Sturino. I did not know Paul personally, but had the honor of accompanying him from Mosul to Kuwait City, on his long journey going home. On this day we remember his sacrifice for us and our country."
Jeff of San Rafael, CA

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Spc. Paul J. Sturino:
Paul 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

"I knew Sturino from 2/320th, even though he was B Battery,(Slammers) and I was in C Battery(Cold Steel), we all were family. I will never forget him or any of our other brothers that lost thier life in that war. You will always be remembered. God Bless the Sturino Family"
Spc. Shepherd of Corbin, Ky

"Paul~ What can I say. I love you so much and miss you always. Now Uncle Al has joined you along with Papa Sturino. Please take care of each other. I can't wait till we see each other again, but until that day comes, ya'll will always be in our hearts and minds. I love you so much."
Cindy A. (Sturino) Kranz of El Paso, Texas

"I feel compelled to write concerning Paul after seeing his name (this past Memorial Day) listed among those who had died in Iraq. I never met Paul, but I feel a strong and unique bond with him. I served as a volunteer civilian with the Army Corps of Engineers from June through September of 2003 and lived and worked in the Mosul area, traveling throughout Northern Iraq coordinating the reconstruction of schools and other public facilities. I completed my tour and flew out of Mosul on a C-130 the night of 22 September…the same day Paul was killed. About six of us of us (Army civilians, contractors, private security personnel) had waited around the Mosul airfield all day trying to get a flight out to Kuwait. Flights in and out of the airfield were cancelled for the day due to an aircraft stranded on the runway. The stranded plane was finally removed, but there appeared to be nothing leaving. We gave up on flights for the day and started moving to a small tent near a taxiway where we could find a cot for the night. Just as we arrived at the tent, the pilot of a C-130 stopped by to tell us there would be a flight leaving that night. That good news instantly turned to somber news when he informed us that a soldier had been killed and they were flying the body out. The pilot gave us the choice…to fly or not. I was wrestling with my own feelings…wondering what the protocol was…should I go…should I wait? A retired British soldier (serving as a security contractor and the epitome of a “soldier’s soldier”) in our group broke the silence by stating plainly and most sincerely in the most articulate British accent, “Sir, I would consider it an honor to accompany the body.” Yes…that was it. That’s how we all felt. There was complete reverence on the flight. The lights in the plane’s bay and our seating area were dimmed and barely a word was spoken for the entire flight. I can’t speak for the other passengers, but I know my thoughts during that flight remain sacred to this day for me as I also considered it an honor to accompany this fallen soldier. At the time, I knew nothing of the identity of the young soldier. But to me he represented any one of the young soldiers I had encountered during my short tour in Iraq. Young, energetic, polite, respectful and willing to do whatever it took to make this all work. These same young soldiers would often provide security to our team at school and clinic sites in the area as we performed a survey of needed repairs. We rushed the clock to get the schools back in order so the students could begin the new school year with a new hope that went far beyond the walls of those schools. In this ‘unknown soldier’ I could see every face of all the young soldiers who had put their lives on the line to give the Iraqis new hope. But these young unselfish soldiers were more than just a security detail. They were ambassadors for the U.S. and examples of what is good in our country. Almost every trip, you would see them interacting with the young Iraqi kids offering up contagious smiles, impromptu soccer, or other fun-loving shenanigans. The kids loved it and responded in kind! While on that flight, I thought much about my own enjoyable experiences while in Iraq and then the close call just five days before when a rocket had exploded just a few yards from my room. I thought about how my own view of life and death had changed while in Iraq. Soldiers, probably much like Paul, had taught me many lessons about what is to be valued in this life. And that death is simply a reality for each of us to face. Paul and his fellow soldiers had chosen to risk themselves and face possible death head-on so that others less fortunate could gain a foothold to a better life. What could be any more noble than that? On that C-130 flight from Mosul, I re-thought my own sacrifices over the last three months…being away from family…living in the desert environment…sparse meals. All that now seemed so small to the price this unknown soldier had paid. The Paul Sturinos of Iraq earned my utmost respect. They stand for something very noble, put their convictions into action, and put everything into their life’s work. I salute Paul for his selfless service and pray for God’s blessings, comfort, and peace to his family."
Jim of St. Paul, MN

"We honor Paul's life and honor his sacrifice. More than that, we mourn your loss. May all the members of your family be consoled by your happy recollections of the days you spent together. May Paul rest in peace."
Jmaes Marran of Winnetka, IL

"Sorry This tragedy happend. I dont know if youve received any messages in a while, but I want you to know that his friends still to this day, still remember that day. We miss him everyday."
Sgt Ferris of B Btry 2/320

"To the family of:Paul J. Sturino 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 like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Volens Et Potens"(Willing And Able)
320th FA Motto"

"R.I.P. my fellow solder, i never got to meet you iam friends with your brouther and he allways had the best to say about you, the day you past hit us all. i know your family misses you everyday, god bless , WE WILL NEVER FORGET."
adam mcmurdy of mv.ca

"to the family of paul j sturino
my brothers are all so in the army and i cant say i know how it feels to lose a loved one in a war but i know how it feels to have two bothers there serving for this country in danger all the time iam very sorry for your lose truly sorry"
Frank of Two Harbors Minnesota

"To the Family of Paul Sturino:
I am currently a student at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT. One way our campus has brought awareness to Veterans Day, has been by wearing a pin with the name, picture and age of a fallen hero. I am sure I am not the only one who honors Paul's duties and his fellow soldiers on this day I just wanted to let you know that he is honored across the nation! Today I wear the pin of your loved one, Paul."
Brittany St.John of Colchester, VT

"A tear in my eye for another young man lost. I served('73-'76)in HHSB 2/320th with many young men such as Paul. I thank GOD every day my son Jake (1st div. rangers)came back.I feel your loss as if he were mine, as I do every soldier we lose. Bless you Paul and family."
wildbilljnj@aol.com of west branch,Mi USA

"We honored Paul on 17 August at a Peace Vigil."
Rev. Christie of Bozeman, MT

"To the Family of SPC Paul Sturino:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put SPC Sturino's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of Paul J. Sturino:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"I will wear my Paul J. Sturino bracelet
with pride and in his honor for his
service to all of us."
Sal Piccolo of E. Northport, NY/USA

"SPC Paul "George" Sturino-
Never will I forget the sun-beaten days that we laid triple-strand wire around the "Hatra Hilton". Your attitude kept us going as we fought the heat, fatigue, and dust. You were not able to return with us as we would have wished, but will always remain part of the "Slammer" family. Never Forgotten."
SGT Gabriel Lechner of Camp Red Cloud, Korea

"Paul was one of the greatest people ever and he will never be forgotten. The Wetzel family is one of the most highly respected families and they have been nothing but nice to everyone, that is why everyone's hearts go out to them and forever will be with them. Paul will never be forgotten or left behind because he is in the hearts of everyone. Whoever met Paul instantly loved him for who he was. He just had that kind of personallity. He was adorable with his dimples and forever will be. WE LOVE YOU PAUL!!!"
The Romano Family of Kenosha, WI

"Specialist Sturino, goodby soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

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

"To the family and friends of Paul J Sturino otherwise known as "George" in Bravo Battery.
This is very hard for us, although it has been since September 22 we still miss you. We lived with you, we fought next to you in the war. Although you are gone, you will never be forgotten by us, the soldiers on the 101rst B Btry 2/320 FA and the rest of United States. You will always be our friend, and yeah, we still owe you a keg. Miss you George."
Spc Ferris, Francis of Ft Campbell, KY

"we miss you paul, A 2/5 Artillery.from Ft.Sill will not forget you.It was an honor to know you."
Your Friends From Alpha 2/5 of F.O.B EDEN, IRAQ

"Thank you Paul Sturino, 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

"My heart absolutely breaks when I look at this young man's sweet face. I am so sorry for his parents. As a former military member and a proud American, I can appreciate what he did for all of us, but I mourn the loss of such a happy looking person.

I pray God comforts his family."
Leah Marie Brown of Ephrata, PA

""To the family of Spc Paul J. Sturino:
I had the honor of having Paul as a friend. My section buddy, who square me away when I was a private. As I read his last letter, it breaks my heart to be imform that he has past away, and I can't be there to say goodbye, because I am also in Iraq. This world has lost a great soldier and I have lost a great friend. Spc Paul J. Sturino will be miss by everyone who knew him. Our condolences go to your family and friends from all the people who knew him in A 2/5 FA. Paul J. Sturino will always be "Top Gun."
Spc Salvador Guzman of Joliet, Illinois

"To the Family of Paul J. Sturino:
I had the honor and privileage to serve with Paul during his time at Fort Sill, while he was assigned to Alpha Co. 2nd BN 5th FA. His loss saddens my heart along with all the other Soliders who have fallen during the recent conflict we are facing. My sympathy and condolences go to your family for the loss of a fine young man, and outstanding solider."
Steven Nail of Dibble, OK

"To the family of SPC Paul Sturino
Please know that the sacrifice your son made for me and my family will never be forgotten. My son is currently serving in Iraq, and it saddens us to hear about even one loss, my son wanted me to extend his sorrow for a fellow soldier along with our families.
May God give you comfort. Mr & Mrs Grounds"
vickie grounds of Waxahachie,Tx., 75165

"I would like to send my condolences to the Sturino family. I am writing this to say that the Sturino’s in Canada are thankful for the bravery of your sun Paul to fight for the freedom of all citizens of North America."
Mark Sturino of Toronto, Canada

"May God give you strength to endure the tragedy of Paul's death. I am a mother of four soldiers, and can not thank your son and you enough for serving our country. My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to you."
Lia Swimeley of Mason, OH

"Rest now hero. We promise never to forget your bravery. A Soldiers Mom reaches out to the loved ones of the slain and with hope and faith holds them in her heart forvever."

A Soldiers Mom

Patti Patton-Bader
Patti Patton-Bader of Pasadena,Ca.,USA

"My daughter Wendy is also with the 101st. She is stationed in Iraq. I have no idea the pain that you are feeling but can just imagine. He is and always will be my hero. May God bless you through this trying time. He will always be remembered and loved."
Faye Doughty of Longview, Tx

"I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to Paul's family. My son served in Iraq with Paul in the 2nd/320th and has spoken with nothing but respect for him. He was a brave young man and will be missed a great deal by his brothers I'm sure. God bless you all."
Delora Galvan of Arlington, TX, USA

"hi i am lindsey my older brother mitch meider is over in iraq right now.. i wouldn't beable to live with out him.. and we are from wisconsin.. i am very sorry for ur lose.. and hope for your family... i am deeply sorry.. i have no clue what ur going through... but i hope u can get through all this..."
Lindsey Sousek ,16 of merrill, wisconsin

"Family of Paul-
Paul was a great man. Knowing and having classes with him through high school I really was able to see him grow and become a great person. His death was a shock for everyone who knew him. He was a true hero. On behalf of all those who graduated and knew Paul, he will always be in our prayers."
Becca of Rice Lake, WI

"To The Friends and Family of Paul Sturino:
Paul was a wonderful man. He has touched the lives of many. Paul and his family will always be in our thoughts and prayers. We pray that God will be with his family and friends in their time of need."
Angie and Austin of Somerset,WI USA

"i want to say you will be missed by us all,though i'm a chinese in australia,you are still my hero."
meng liu of brisbane queesland australia

"To the Family and Friends of Army Spc. Paul J. Sturino. May you find comfort and strength in the memories you have of Paul. He will not be forgotten, nor his deeds of valor. Prayerfully Yours - The Sibert Family"
Kathleen V. Sibert of Redondo Beach, California

"To the family and friends of Spc. Paul Sturino:
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 Paul 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. Paul Sturino:
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 Paul, 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