Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Thomas B. Turner, Jr.

31, of Cottonwood, California.
Turner died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on July 13 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Al Muqdadiyah, Iraq. Turner was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on July 14, 2006.

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"I went to grammar school with Tom. We were good friends back then. He was a tough kid with a great heart. I always knew he would be someone special. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Ray Kelly of SF, CA

"I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. pressure washing Port Orange"
Joshua of Los Angeles, CA

"I first met Tom when he arrived in the trauma bay at the USAF hospital in Balad AB (LSA Anaconda), Iraq on July 13, 2006. I was the trauma nurse who cared for him. He spoke his last words on this earth to me, and it haunts me to this day (as of this writing it is May of 2014). For those who knew him well, be assured that Tom received the best care by top notch surgeons and nurses. I didn't know Tom, but I miss him none the less."
Andy Hoeffler, Maj. USAF, NC of Glendale, AZ

"SSG Decker, Tom's middle name was Boyd...Tom's son also carries that name."
Meredith Coghlan (Tom's sister-in-law) of Pittsburg, CA

"tom i remember many things about you, ie. trying to teach me how to box and giving me black eye and then me having to lie to kandarian in the chow how on how it happend so he wouldnt flip out. man i love you and think about you often. if any one knows your middle name please let me know i wanna name my kid after you brother. love ya man. take care up there"
SSG Decker of DuQuoin Il

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"tom. its veterans day and just wanted to say thanks for everything and miss ya man. I know your in a better place now. Your not forgotten."
Bill Decker of DuQuoin Illinois

"To the family of:Thomas B. Turner, Jr. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"July 12, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Thomas B. Turner, Jr.:
Thomas 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

"Dear Sgt Thomas Turner Jr. Though we've never met I owe you one my brother. Thank you for your altimate duty. America can stand tall because of soldiers like you. I pray that God brings blessings to your family. I know you stand tall and couragest amongst the mighty angels of Heaven. Your America's hero please accept my gratitude and thanks! Your fellow American brother."
Thank you from all of Illinois

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Victory Or Death"(32nd Cav Motto)"

"Thank you Thomas 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. Thomas 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 Thomas 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. Thomas 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 Thomas, 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