Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Daniel P. Unger

19, of Exeter, California.
Unger died in Forward Operating Base Kalsu (Iskandariyah, Iraq) during a rocket attack. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 185th Armor, 81st Separate Armor Brigade, Visalia, California. Died on May 25, 2004.

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"There is never a day i wonder why thing happened this way...it was my guard duty he took over as i went to sick call....there is not a day i wonder why him and not me ..."
Someone That Will Never Forget of Ontario,CA

""American Soldiers" By: James H.Hicks
American Soldiers stand "Proud"!!! Just to defend their home ground !!! From enemies near and far,that's just the way they are !!! American Soldiers will put their lives on the line,just to ensure more peaceful times !!! Now,how can you put a price on a Soldiers life,when back home they have to notify the Sons,the Daughters,and his Wife !!! And then the "Proud" Soldier finally come home,but now the families are are alone !!! How many Soldiers must Die? How many families must cry? How many Generals must Lie? Before this madness ends? I hope the Generals realize they are committing major sins !!! They will "All" be judged by the confessor on their final day !!! I would like to hear what God has to say on that Judgment Day !!!! "IF" you agree with me,let me know at: likes2fishbass@gmail.com May Daniel P.Unger R.I.P."
James Houston Hicks of Bossier City,La.

"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

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Daniel P. Unger:
Daniel 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

"Unger Family,
We miss you greatly and think of you always. I think of Daniel continuously and you must know that we love you. We will never forget, I must never forget! Please understand our care and concern for you. Lord willing I will see you soon.
With love,
S.A.D in Denver"
Semper Fi of Denver, Co. U.S.A.

"Daniel was an inspiration to many of us in A Co. 1-185th. Even though you were just 19 years old, many of us older soldiers looked up to you and the values that you cherished. The sacrifice that you made and the sacrifice that your family has had to endure will never be forgotten. There is not a day that goes by that you are not in my thoughts. One day, we will all meet again."
Dan McNasby of California

"Daniel was my battlebuddy in Iraq i was there when we lost him after 4 years i was blessed to go see the Unger family!Mr Unger you and your family are a blessing to Christy little Jimmy and I you are always in our prays and you will always be part of out family and our love I miss Daniel and when i do you are there for me and i thank you! God has put you in our life! We love you all! JIMMY"
James Miller of barstow,ca/usa

"I know your pain. I too lost a son to this war. No parent should ever have to bury their child. I hope to meet you someday and cry together and share information on what can be done to honor our fallen soldiers. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me and sharing. It really helps to talk to another mom. Let me know if I can help with your projects."
Debbie of Berryton KS

"Pastor Unger, and Family,
Perhaps you don't remember me. I was blessed with your family at Hearst Castle many moons ago, but the Lord was there that day, I have kept you and your Amazing Son in my prayers. i miss Daniel as if he we were my own, I have a really crappy computer, but I think of you often. I try really hard to share what the Lord has given me and I hope that you remember me from that day.
I hope with all my heart that all is well, and I would love to hold on to you you with every ounce of love I can give. I try really hard to tell people about the Lord, but I think they are still scared. My option is to live for the Lord and witness, it's working better thanI expected. Pastor, The day I met you at the castle was a major day for me. Thank you, and I really hope and pray all is well. I feel so blessed."
Carrie Diane Vossler of Morro Bay, CA USA

"Unger Family
I read about your son Daniel today in an article written by Hugh Hewitt. All America will honor your son and all America will never ever forget the sacrifice you and your son made in order to keep our country free. Thank you."
Art Brecher of Sparks, Nevada, USA

"To the Unger Family, It has been some time now but Daniel is always in our hearts. For having met Daniel only as a result of having to be deployed to Iraq it was my fortune. One day we will all be together in GOD's house. That is the greatest blessing and comfort of all."
Sgt Murphy of San Bernardino CA

"Lynda, you were mentioned today on the Hugh Hewitt show as being a gold star mom. Hugh had 10 minutes to talk with you. My heart is sad for you and your husband's loss but understand that there is no greater gift than to give your life for a friend. I will thank your son personally in glory for his sacrifice for my family. It is clear that your son honored God, family and country. Blessing to you and your family."
Tom Leslie of Arcadia, CA USA

"Dear Daniel,

There is not a day that goes by I do not think of you. I never got the chance to tell you that you did such a great job. I have shared your story with many others. The last night I saw you I made a promise.....I WILL NEVER FORGET!!"

"It has been 3 years since we lost you but not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts. I tell you story to my son and my daughter You will never be forgotten."
Lau of california

"I remember the day we returned from Iraq and Daniel's father was there to greet us, it was a very moving moment for me. Every May 25 my flag will fly at half-staff in honor of your son."
Sgt. J. Munoz of Indio, CA

"To the family of:Daniel P.Unger 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"

"To the unger family my name is jeremy unger, i was searching this website for my brothers name he died just yesterday(oct,17.2006). i always heard about soldiers being killed in iraq, but i never thought it would happen to my brother. maybe i just feared it i dont know, what i do know is how much it hurts to lose someone you love very much... i now understand what other familys such as yours and now mine went through when their soldier dies. knowing someone for 18 years and then just having them ripped out from under you and not being able to help them or protect them is so hard to deal with, i am so very sorry for your loss god bless. jeremy unger (18)"
jeremy unger of leavenworth,ks/united states

"To Pastor Unger and Family, I have never met you, but we have exchanged many emails over the last few years, My husband SSG Byrd was stationed with Daniel, my husband was there the day that Daniel was taken from us, Michael has said many times how Daniel touched so many lives over there, He will always be a hero to us, Michael was part of the 81st out of San Diego. God Bless you and your family."
The Family of SSG Byrd of Escondido, CA

"I just saw him an hour prior pulling standard Haji watch by the shower point. I also thought about how he always showed interest in becoming a spotter for me with the sniper section. He spoke to me about possibly working with me in FT Lewis, Camp NY in Kuwait and again here in Iraq. He always was eager to ask questions and try to learn from me. Just a few days prior myself and Sgt Riggs were discussing how squared away he was and how this was a great military opportunity for him. We said how he would do this combat tour and go home a great war veteran and go on to do GREAT things in the military. He would speak often about going through Ranger school and hopefully if permitted attending Sniper school. It was my honest belief that he would have successfully completed all tasks that he challenged himself with and that he was one of the most squared away young soldiers in this unit.

It wasn’t until later that I found out that he insured that the local nationals were safe before himself. This furthermore confirmed to me that he was every bit of an outstanding solider. I reflect upon myself and I wonder if I would have taken the same selfless action if I was in his position, consistently I answer no which makes me question my selflessness.

Since his sad departure I have though about his family and how devastated they must be. To never again receive a call or a simple e-mail from their son, brother, boyfriend must be heart wrenching and unbearable to think about. Spc Unger was a professional and an outstanding solider and I was honored to work with him I wish I still had the opportunity to continue to work with him. I will miss his eagerness and his constant hunger for information and the willingness to improve himself as a solider. He is and will be forever a role model for soldiers young and old to look up to.

I think about Daniel often with a reminder I wear on my wrist. People ask me all the time what the braclet is for which provides me the opportunity to share his story. He should not ever be forgotten..."
James Cameron of West Covina, CA

"We will remember them. God bless each of you on May 25th 2006 and every day. May your angel Daniel continue to guide and watch over you. Respectfully, The Wold and Witt Families"
Rev. Liz Wold of Connecticut

"Dear Pastor Unger,
I am touched by Daniels'Story. He was a good man and he has to be destined a beautiful Angel in God's Kingdom.
May Adam Kinser another fallen soldier who walked in Christ as well as every man who has layed down His Life so that his Brother might live and prosper Free in America be Kindred with Daneiel and The Lord in Heaven.
God Bless You and your family Pastor Unger.May God comfort you everyday of your life."
Eric Partika of Rio Vista ,Ca. U.S.A.

"Unger was a great friend, in the short time I spent with him I had alot fun. I will always remember him as the cheerfull and funny person he was. We had a blast in washington on the times they let us go out to the city and get out of Frt. lewis. I will always keep you in my heart bro. I miss you alot God bless you and your family."
Ricardo Hernandez of Coalinga, CA.

"I served with Daniel Unger. I grieve for him and his family to this day. I was a cook in Daniel's Camp in Iraq. We would feed him every day and looked forward to seeing his smiling face. We will never forget our fallen comrade and friend. We Love You, Daniel. Our Hearts go out to Your Family.
We Miss You.
185 Armor Battallion"
Boyd Young of HEMET, CA USA

"I will never forget the time I shared with Daniel. He made me laugh, cry, and go crazy all at the same time. You changed my life in ways nobody will ever know. I miss you so much."

"To Daniel Ungers Family and Friends--
I went onto HeroBracelets.org and had a random soldiers name picked for a bracelet. I received the heros braclet with Daniels name on it. I am going to wear it with pride and in rememberance of all the great things that he and other soldiers have done for our counrty. I am honered to wear it. He will be in my prayers and thoughts forever. Thank you for letting him be a soldier and protect my freedom. I am honered and proud to be an american."
Meghan Day of San Diego, CA

"Daniel, I'll never forget that Audio Adrenaline/Supertones concert. I don't think I'd ever bounced around so wildly before! Your influence in karate, church, and the military will not be unnoticed for me. You're a true champion of life, bud, and I look forward to seeing you again someday. Many blessings on Marc, Lynda, David, Elizabeth, and Anna."
Brandon Mallard of Visalia, CA

"I knew Daniel for several years and he was a great person and a caring friend.We will miss him very much.I hope Mark & Linda the best.
god bless"
Jessica hicks of Billings Montana

"i didn't know daniel personally. but i did know his girl friend ellie. and if half the nice things that ellie said about him were true, he must of been a wondrful person. god bless his family, and his loved ones. and even though in not for the war, i still pray for our fellow americans who are fighting for whats right. god bless DANIEL P. UNGER. a brave american."
eddie franco of Ivanhoe,ca

"Thank you brave soldier for taking the fight to those cowards who hate freedom and wish us all harm. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten, my family will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you and may He bring comfort to your loved ones at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

Lynda, I was fortunate to see your interview on CBS News tonight and just want to say I know how hard it is to be interviewed. As another Gold star mother, it made feel good to hear you support what your son was doing at the time of his death. I am sure he would be very proud of you also. My son was Marine Lt. Therrel Childers, KIA 3/21/03.
Over the past 21 months I haven't changed my feelings about our men and women going into Iraq and it is so nice to hear that another mother feels as strongly as I do that it was the right thing to do, despite having lost her son in the process."
Judy Childers of Powell, Wyoming

Thanks for your serice to your country. No one really knows how much we want peace as people in the service. God bless you and your family. Thanks for giving me freedom that I have. I'm going to kalsu very soon.
Mark Stone of Oxford, MS


As you walk with our Father in Heaven I pray for your loved ones here on God's Earth. May they find peace and strength in the warm memory of your soul, and be comforted in the knowledge that you are now in God's hands.

I spoke to your mother tonight, who was at the studio for Exeter's thursday night Christmas festivities. She is an extraordinarily beautiful person who misses you so very much. How proud she is of you! The entire community of Exeter is very proud of you. Thank you for standing in harms way for me and my family, and for all Americans. I'll never forget you or what you have done for us, along with all of the other courageous souls who have walked your path. We wish you and your brothers in arms God speed until we meet again.

Semper Fidelis!

MarineBrat of Exeter, CA.

"Daniel Paul Unger. As I say his name in my head I'm reminded of his big smile he always had and his wonderful laugh that always made me laugh. He was a true inspriation and a hero who will always be missed but greatly remembered. Words cannot express how proud I am of Daniel for doing what he always wanted to do, Fight For Our Freedom and help others. In doing so, he laid down his life to save someone else's life. He loved God, his country, and his family so much. I will never forget Daniel Paul Unger for taking the greatest risk of all. We love and miss you so much and can't wait to see your smile again..."
Mica Gomez of Exeter, Ca. USA

"To Daniel:
Your life and sacrifice has been an inspiration to us all. How can we thank you? - we can not in words. But we offer you our hearts and minds, which is eternal and abides with God. It is our heart and that which is in our minds that speaks to you of our deep appreciation, love, and loss across the ether. Thank you Daniel for who you are and your role in the history of freedom. You will always be remembered. You are "the spirit of man at it's highest and purest" (from the book "Cry, the Beloved Country").
Josanne Sonnier-Grant
To Daniel's Family,
As we approach Veterans day, I am thinking of Daniel and it is my hope that you will feel comfort in the midist you your loss. Daniel is a true hero that will never be forgotten. God bless you and provide you with comfort and healing.
And today, November 9, 2004, as our soldiers with the Iraqi soldiers are battling in Fallujah let us pray to God that they will prevail. May peace come and terror end.
Josanne Sonnier-Grant"
Josanne M Sonnier-Grant of Fresno

"I served with Daneil in Iraq. At a young age he was a great man. He will be missed by all of us. I want his family to know that he touched us all. Daniel was a hero and our friend."
A soldier from Alpha of ca

"To Marc, Lynda & your precious children

I am so proud to be able to tell you that our documentary film, 'Weapon of Mass Destruction- The Murderous Reign of Saddam Hussein' is done. As I told you earlier, our closing segment features a tribute to Daniel, supported by the powerful interview we had with you in your home.

I know you have been praying throughout our production and we are deeply grateful. Now, as we proceed with promotion, interviews and theatrical placement, our need for divine intervention is stronger than ever. I know you will continue to bring the film with you during your prayer time.

We hope and pray for you to continue to receive the "peace that surpasses all understanding" from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Also, we will keep you appraised of a local premier place and time, to be determined soon. In the meantime, please direct everyone you can to our web site:


With much love, respect and honor"
Earl Grizzell of Visalia, CA USA

"We will never forget. Alpha will always remember you and always keep your memory alive. To Unger's family Our hearts go out to you. I want you to know we all miss Daniel. He was a great man and a great soldier. He will always live inside us."
A soldier from A co of Iraq

"To the Unger family,
I will always be here if you EVER need anything. Daniel was special and he will never be forgotten. I have nothing to say, but I'm always here for you all.
David i miss you!"
Marina Herrera of Fresno, Ca

"To the Unger family,
I am so sorry to hear of Daniel's death. I was a summer missionary for your Baptist Assoc. One of my host families was Daniel's girlfriend,Eli's family. Your son is in a better place and I know that one day you will see him again when we all go meet our Lord. He was a great hero and will always be remembered."
Hope Henderson of Fort Worth,TX

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"daniel was /is and always will be my cousin. he was 6 weeks younger than me. he called me often even if it was raining and he had to stand outside. the last time he called he was in washington dc and it was raining. he was about to leave the country to serve his duty. and that he did. while under attack he was told to get in the bunker he saw a couple iraqi workers freeze from shock, so ignoring orders he pushed them in the bunker, and on his was in after the workers were safe he was hit. he was a true hero in my eyes. he gave his life to save others. he will always be missed. i wish i could have seen him more but i live in texas. but i will never forget him just the same. and thanks to everyone who have posted heartfelt comments it means a lot to me."
cherina craft of garland,tx,usa

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

"As time passes by, no matter what, we wont forget any of our soldiers who have lost their lives for us. To the family and friends of Daniel P. Unger...I'm deeply sorry. No words can explain how I feel, and I'm sad to say that I don't understand your pain, because I don't. No one can. Daniel was a friend of the man I love. And it tore me up inside that I had not known of this. For so many people don't. Again, I'm sorry. Please know that I do love you all, no matter what anyone might think of this statement, but my heart is open to anyone who wishes to talk and express themselves...Remember that there is always someone by your side no matter how hard the times may be..."
Erika of Houston, TX

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

"To Daniel's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"To Daniel's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Daniel's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Daniel was in the same unit as my husband and he was a great young man. He was rooted in his faith and even during the time that he was in danger he was praying for his family here at home. We will always remember Daniel and he will be greatly missed."
Lisa of Visalia,Ca

"Thank you Daniel Unger, 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. Daniel Unger:
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 Daniel 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. Daniel Unger:
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 Daniel, 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