Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Jeffrey R. Wallace

20, of Hoopeston, Illinois.
Wallace died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on May 24, 2005.

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"I just ran in memory of Jeffrey. I was given his name to read before a 5k. I came home to research him. Know that he is now one of my heroes and I will pray for he and his family. thank you."
Siobhan Kelly of North Augusta, SC

"I will never forget Wallace, Drier or Fisher, the 3 Soldiers and friends I lost on 24 May 2005. I was there that day and wish I could have traded places with any of those guys. All these years later and it's still fresh in my mind. To the famlies I hope that with time things have gotten easier for you, I just wanted you to know that I will never forget these brave young men. I am currently deployed to Afghanistan and whenever things get tough or I want to quit I think of these Soldiers and it keeps me going."

"To the family of:Jeffrey R.Wallace
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""

"On September 11, 2011, Sunset Memorial Park in Danville, IL will host a Tribute to Everyday Heroes service at 3PM. Our intentions are to give special honor to soldiers from Verm County who gave their lives in service to their country either in Iraq or Afghanistan. We want to invite as special guests for the program families of the fallen soldiers including the family of Jeffrey Wallace. I am requesting that you contact me in Danville to discuss plans that we have for this special tribute. Thank you so much."
Pam Starkey of Danville, Illinois 217 442-2874

"You think it will get easier with time but I still feel like it was yesterday. It will always be painful but atleast I can say Ive never been more proud of anyone! I love and miss him more and more every day!"
*Sister* Michelle Weber of Hoopeston, IL

"I Love You buddy so much. It wasnt the same when i went to your moms house and you wasnt there. i started to cry when i walked in there. i can tell your mom and every one misses you i missed you so bad i called your brother your name. i wish you was here. i wish i can have you here to give advise buddy. i wish you was here so i can have some one to talk to. I love you buddy so much and i miss you alot i get on this page or see your picture on the computer i start to cry buddy.. love you alot jeffery"
Tommy Woodby of Milford, IL

"To Jeffrey Wallace: I never knew you but THANK YOU for your service. You gave the ultimate sacrifice. My son is thinking of joining the armed forces. I am scared I will lose him, but I have to keep a positive attitude. You cannot help but think of losing someone who makes that decision. I pray for all soldiers to come home safe to their LOVED ONES. Again, Thank you for your service. I know your daughter will be so proud of you knowing what her father gave to all AMERICANS. Rest in Peace knowing you are LOVED by family and strangers alike."
Kristi of Hoopeston, Illinois

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Jeffrey R. Wallace:
Jeffrey 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

"We had some good times in high school you were always a joker. Thanks for everything you sacrificed. Keep it rockin up there man."
Bobby Kinnaird of Rankin Illinois

"Hey buddy i miss you i miss you picking on me when ever i came to your house i love you like a big brother buddy i will always miss you. i wish that you where here right now so i can have some one to talk to."
Tommy Woodby of Milford, IL

"Its been almost three years and I remember it like it was yesterday...you've never seen so many guys volunteer to go kick some * so fast...rest easy brother."
Adam Mattis of Savannah, GA

"I was sitting on the bench outside the aid station, when some one came runnin up to tell us about Wallace, I dont think Iv'e run so hard and fast in my life, I remember it like it was today.
I will never forget you man, never."
Josiah "Doc" O'Neil of Denver

"It was great knowing you jeff, and growing up with you. You'll never be forgotten. I think of you everytime I salute our flag. Thanks for your dedication and your sacrifices."
Pv2 Troy Crawford 1-325 airborne infantry 2brigade 82nd airborne of Baghdad, Iraq.....(Hoopeston Illinois)

"Rest In Peace My Brother. You Are Missed."
SPC Lourence Dormaier of 10th Mtn Div Ft. Drum, NY

"Thanks Jeff... Alba gabrah!"
Jeff Wallace of Eagle, ID

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"I may not know you, but i wish i did. You fighting in Iraq for our freedom down here makes me feel selfish, your death is not invein. i love you bro i wish i was right beside you"
Pat of sonoma california

"Dear Jeff you are missed sorely and our memories will never be forgotten! I had the pleasure of serving with jeff in iraq! Before that he was my bunk-mate in basic training and then we transitioned together to Ft. Stewart. From there we were assigned to the same unit and deployed to iraq together. I always remember the great times we had togehter throughout the whole process. Your service to your country is truly heroic and and it takes a certain bravery to knowingly put yourself in harms way each and every day and alot of people do not have that and for that i thank you. I am not sad that he passed. He gave his life doing what he had signed up for voluntarily and for a great cause that no one can see at this point in time but will read one day on history books! I am sad that his precious baby girl will never get to meet a great man and father with tremendous character with who i had the honor to serve with! To your family, let your saddness heal through knowing jeff is a hero and died doing a great deed. Thank you for your sacrafice. His spirit will live on forever through his daughter wife and family.. You will never be forgotten buddy! May GOD bless you and your family eternally.
SPC Andrew Zotter..azeke21@hotmail.com"
Andrew Zotter of Houston Tx

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag."

"Jeff was a friend of mine, his brother is my best friend. Even though he is gone his memory lives on. His baby girl is beautiful, looks just like him. Through the love of Jeff's family and Friends, Ava will know just how much her daddy looked forward to getting to know her, and he still will. Just in spirit. Anyways, to Jeff; good bye soldier and thanks for our freedom."
Shelley Overlander of Hoopeston, Illinois

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media as stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron Schilling of Illinois

"Jeffrey's baby girl, Ava Grace, was born on September 9, 2005 and though she will never meet her father it is through the love of his family and friends that she will know him. I came upon this site quite by accident, but I am so touched by the messages sent here and I am sure that Jeff's family will be as well. I will pass on the message to them so that they can also visit and feel the love and appreciation that is given here.

Thank you!"
Kim Warf (aunt) of St. Louis, MO

"I can not say I know what your family and friends are going through but I do know how the loss feels. I lost a dear friend in Jan over there. God bloess the Marnies and God bless our troops."
AP of Champaign,IL

"I can not say I know what your family and friends are going through but I do know how the loss feels. I lost a dear friend in Jan over there. God bloess the Marnies and God bless our troops."
AP of Champaign,IL

"I am sorry for your loss. May God bless you with the courage and strength to cope with the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 April 2005"

"To the Family of PFC Jeffrey Wallace:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Jeffrey's name on one of them. If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

We invite you 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."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

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

"6/3/05 To the Wallace family,
We know your profound sorrow and wish that we could offer you some solace in these difficult times. Freedom is not free - your son is truly a hero and has given his life for all of us - many who take their freedom for granted so much of the time. Jeffrey's bravery and willingness to serve will never be forgotten. Please know that there are so many of us now who share a kinship - those who have lost sons and daughters in war - and you are in our prayers every day. May God give you strength and blessings.
John 15:13 Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends."
Webster and Ruth Reed (Father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Iraq on January 28, 2005) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
SSGT Larry Mays and Jennifer Mays of Massillon, Ohio


"Thank you Jeffrey Wallace, 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. Jeffrey Wallace:
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 Jeffrey 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. Jeffrey Wallace:
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 Jeffrey, 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