Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. David M. Veverka

25, of Jamestown, Pennsylvania.
Veverka died in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1083 cargo truck during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain), Brewer, Maine. Died on May 6, 2006.

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"You are often in our thoughts especially today, this tenth birthday since you are gone. And you are always, always in our hearts. We miss you so very much. Sept. 15, 2016"
The Harding Family of Cleveland, Ohio

"Can it be nine years? It seems like yesterday, and it feels like forever. Greatly loved and sadly missed more than words can say."
The Harding Family of Cleveland, Ohio

"To the family of:David M. Veverka
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""

"heard our song today. "i'm with you..." just wanted to let you know i'm thinking of you today, and every day. i love you still! happy early birthday all my love!"

"David was/is the most amazing man I have ever met! I think of him daily and miss him more every day. I only wish I had been there to see him when he came to the house the week before he left for deployment. Some day I truly hope to make it to his grave site in arlington. Knowing David like I did he passed in what he knew to be the most honerable service. I love him still, and deeply hope that carol, dougie (as david called him), keith, and all the rest of the family are doing well, and are comforted by the great service their son performed. He truly gave the ultimate sacrifice, and life isnt the same with out him, but I have comfort knowing that some day David and I will be reunited for eternity. David had the best personality, and despite my downfalls, he was forgiving and accepting of the growth and maturity that had yet been reached. Well, I have rambled long enough. I have searched these past 6 years for some way to reconnect with him. David, I love you from the bottom of my heart. I thank God every day for the love you gave me, and the good times we had together."
Nicole Keniston of East Orland, ME

"On this birthday and every day we cherish the memories...and still miss you so very much. 9/15/2011"
The Harding Family of Cleveland, Ohio

"i still remember when you came in for the intel report and we joked how we couldn't give you better intel. You were sweating bullets and beat red when you came into the mct. I remember calling in the dust off for you and remembering when the mts msg came in we all hoped it wasnt you. You made us laugh and you were one of our favorite convoy commanders. I think about that day alot. I wish the best to your family friends and brothers in arms. you will never be forgotten."
-Z 2/11 acr - 11b/88n of fort irwin

"David, You were a great soldier and leader. I had good times with you in Delta Company and The Drill Team. I will not forget about you this or any other Memorial Day... RIP"
James Montgomery of Los Angeles, CA

"I served with David in The Old Guard. He was my squad member, room-mate and friend. He taught me the art of the turkey call and introduced me to bannana peppers on my pizza. I'll miss you man. May God bless you and your family. P.S. It's in the Bag!"
Ed Dreyer of Rapid City South Dakotq

"On your birthday and every day, we just keep missing you so much."
The Harding Family of Cleveland, Ohio USA

"May 7, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. David M. Veverka:
David 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

"They're wrong . . . Time does not mend the broken heart. May 6, 2009"
The Harding Family of Cleveland, Ohio

"Hi, I'm CPT Chris Grupe of the 834th ASB of the MN Army National Guard. I've passed the memorial at Camp Adder (Tallil) and stopped in one day to take some pictures. I saw the tag and tribute to SSG Veverka. I'd like to thank him and his family for allowing him to serve.
CPT Grupe"
CPT Christopher Grupe of Richfield, MN

"here's a pic of the memorial at camp adder/tallil

anonymous of seattle

"Dave, I loved ya like a brother. On and off the basketball court in high school. I remember you giving me words of advice not just for the game but to make me a better person. Every time I step onto a basketball court the first thing that comes to my mind is you. The trips on the bus and the funny times in the locker rooms before the games, you were always the person to look up to setting a good example. You are greatly missed man and the world is a lesser place without you.
- missing ya brother..."
Johnathan C Young of now - Jackson Tn originally Jamestown.

"David, Multiple pots of fresh flowers at your tree at UMaine this year (it's growing strong, a solid oak), Captain Lyons came by, Catherine Amy, Alicia, Judith, others. We think of you often and miss you everyday."
Lindsay Seward of Orono, Maine

"We are still thinking about you, missing you and honoring your memory two years later. Love always,"
Kecia of Jamestown, PA

"There will always be this heartache and often a silent tear. We cherish those precious memories of the days when you were here. Remembering you is easy, we do it every day. But missing you is a heartache that never goes away. May 6, 2008"
The Harding Family of Cleveland, Ohio

"Though I did not know you well, I know you were a good person and you will always be in my heart. Thank you for serving our country so that my children will know what freedom is."
Nikki of Stow, Ohio

"We miss ya Dave. Jay M. ANG 3rd Bat, 172nd INF, Brewer, Maine"
Jay & Dan M. of New York, New York

We lost you a year ago today, decades before your time. I think of you daily and of your family. I pray that your memory will live on as I remember you: the kindest, most selfless person. May you rest in peace and may your family, friends, and loved ones find peace as well. Dave, you truly are a hero. We love you dearly and miss you."
Kecia Myers of Jamestown, PA

"Dave i miss you so much i can't believe it will be a year i start to cry just thinking about you can't wait for the day i see you again

love your sister"
natasha of jamestown pa

"mis respetos a un valiente combatiente y soldado de los estados unidos de norteamerica que dios te tenga en sus brazos nos encontraremos mas alla"
Eduardo Aranguiz of Chile

"My deepest sympathy to the family of David. As a former Old Guard officer in C Company, Maine native, and UMO grad, I was especially sad to hear about the death of such a fine young man. He strived for excellence in life whether it was the drill team, college, or as a voluntary member of the Maine National Guard where he was valiant to his last breath. Bless David and his family."
George Burdick of Westborough, MA

"To Dave's family,

I had the honor of meeting you all when Dave took me East. He was a wonderful man, and though we weren't in contact for many years, I will miss him sorely. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

With great respect."
Marianne of Alexandria, VA

"My name is Bobby Graft. I was stationed with David at Ft. Myer, Va.(The Old Guard)I'm very sorry for your loss. David was a man of great character and an even better friend. Those of us at Ft. Myer who knew him will miss him terribly. It's never easy but we all must stay strong and never forget what he served to protect."
Bobby Graft of Arlington, Va.

"I went to school and graduated with David. He was the nicest guy you'd ever meet. He knew what he wanted and serving his country was one of them. He will be sadly missed by his home town of Jamestown PA and his family and friends."
Rebecca Blair of seven springs nc

"To Dave's Family:
He was an incredibly special man, sensitive and just so wonderful. I met you all long ago, when I went with him to a family wedding, but please know that I am sending you my most heartfelt prayers. Thank you for raising such a wonderful son- and a hero."
Megan of Springfield, VA

"Dave was a good man. I am a current undergrad at The University of Maine. Our brotherhood in the military formed an instant bond betweene Dave and I. He will be missed greatly."
Brian L. Curry of Old Town, Maine USA

"I am the mother of SSG.Brian Mccarthy, who is also in iraq and with the same maine guard company as David. Brian has told me what a wonderful man David was. He remarked to me that he had a quiet presence about him. I am so sorry for your loss. Your son was a remarkable mand and a brave soldier. I will pray for you all.. you have my heartfelt sympathy. Bernadette"
Bernadette Manley of Petersham, Ma

"The world was greatly honored by your presence for a short time. Your life touched many, you saved a fellow soldier by giving your life and you have our gratitude for standing among all fallen soldiers as a hero for protecting American freedom. I offer prayers and sympathy to your family as they must say goodbye. Your deeds will not be forgotten by a grateful nation."
The Dailey Family of Chambersburg, PA, USA

"To sacrifice one's life to save someone else is the most heroic action a man can take. Thank you, David, for your courage. You are a hero to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Veverka family during this time of loss. Keep your fondest memories of David alive in your hearts."
David and Kristen Kille of Doylestown, PA

"Letting you know that we are always thinking of you and that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you!!!!"
Dana L. and Jenn J. of Perkasie PA, 18944

"I don't know what to say. But I do know for a fact that he is in Heaven right know watching over you. "For there is no greater love than laying down your life for another." May God be with you and your family in this time of need. I promise you will be remembered in my prayers always."
Sarah of PA

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

"Thank you David Veverka, 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 Staff Sgt. David Veverka:
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 David 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 Staff Sgt. David Veverka:
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 David, 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