Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Steven W. White

29, of Fruitvale, Texas.
White died of injuries sustained when his M113 armored personnel carrier hit an antitank mine in Tikrit, Iraq. White was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on August 13, 2003.

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"SFC White, you were a joy to work with and frequently made my day with your humor. I remember our many conversations and admiration you had for service and the love you spoke of for your wife and children. RIP my brother, for you will always be remembered and never forgotten. Your 1SG, B/6-27 FA."
CSM (R) Keith West

On today, the 13th anniversary of your death you are still honored and remembered. I would just 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.

Festina Lente(Make Haste Slowly)
42nd FA Motto"

I think about you all the time and the awesome attitude you had towards everything you did in life. You were (and always will be) a great friend. My heart aches and my eyes fill with tears every time my youngest boy (Matthew Steven Montoya) asks me about the great friend of mine whose middle name he now carries. I tell him that Steven was a clown, a guy who was always looking to brighten the day for everybody he came in contact with. I tell my son because of great men (and women) like him, our country and this whole world is a better place.
I will never forget that dreadful day we lost Steven, but more importantly, I will never forget the joy he brought to so many people while he walked this Earth. My prayers go out to his family to this day.
Rest in Peace Brother.
Never forgotten.
SSG (Ret) Eugene Montoya of Prineville, OR

"SSG. White. What a great person. You helped me with my vehicle many times and always had a smile. You called me Leo cause you always said I looked like Leonardo DiCaprio I didn't see it but it was funny when you said it. I was there when it happened and I will never forget you buddy. It was a true honor to serve beside you. To his family he was a great soldier and I am truly sorry for your loss."
Tyler ruey of Raleigh, north carolina

"SGT White was one of the best. I would call them the three amigos (SGT White, SGT Casmir and SGT Braccini). I miss my battles, all the arguments, the laughs and SGT White trying to trade strawberry sodas for books. You will forever live in our hearts and minds. God bless!"
SFC Treleaven (Meadows) of Fort Jackson, SC

"SSG Steven White was the type of NCO that lit up the room when he entered. His positive jovial attitude made the mission at camp Arrow much brighter.It could be 0300 in the morning under the worst weather conditions he'd be fixing an engine or hooking-up a tow bar all the while laughing and kidding with his men. The day we lost White he had volunteered to drive the Commander's battle track displaying bravery like many times before. I'm proud to have served with SSG White of BN Maintenance 4-42 FA and thankful for the times we shared the same battle space.
To his wife and kids, I want you to know his bravery and contributions to the war in Iraq will not be forgotten.
CSM(ret)Howell BN CSM"
James Howell of indianapolis, IN

"I had no clue this site existed.. Steven is truly , missed. Hard to believe it's been 9 years.. Thank you and to all the other service men and women. R.I.P. Steven White"
becky holdren of fruitvale tx. USA

"I still remember Sgt. White and I running at PT mornings. Competting to see how would get faster from point A to point B, claiming that he was older that me. Actually I was the older in the Section, but he always tried to make his Soldiers feel good. He was so fun to spent time and conversations with.
I thank him for helping me and all my budies keeping our heads up. Great leader. A unique leader from the great leaders that keept us safe there.

God it's enjoing his company now."
SPC Ricardo Lomeli-osuna of El Paso, TX (lomelir@hotmail.com)

"Memorial day weekend 2012..

I am sitting here thinking about all the brave Soldiers who have given thier lives for what we believe in. You Will Not Be Forgotten!! Rest in peace my brother. You where a great friend, and are truely missed."
SFC(ret.) John Garfield of Ekron, Ky

"I visit this site almost religiously, when ever I am feeling down, lost, hell even happy. I always talked to you and it's like this page gives me a chance to continue doing so, that is one of your best qualities as a person, you have the ear...

You know, so many times I wanna get on here and just spill the things going thru my mind and then sit and look at you like I am stupid like I always did when you show me the answer to whatever it is

I thank you so much for more then I could ever really define I know that your here still showig me what it is that I am suppose to see and I look foward to seeing you again..."
Nick Clark of Kentucky

"To the family of SSG White I am so sorry for your loss, but I am very honored to have served with him. SSG White was always there to cheer you up when you were down or to mess with you when you were up. One of the best and funniest memories I have of him is when we were in a meeting with our motor sergant, SFC Morton. Morton told White to take down some notes, so SSg White took out a piece of paper and started to write. As Morton talked SSG White would stop him occasionally to catch up with what was said. I was sitting next to SSG White and his notes consisted off "Blah blah blah blah...."It took Morton a few minutes to realize this but when he did we both started laughing hard, i almost cried laughing so hard. Thanks for the laughs and all the material, you are missed Brother.
Steban T. Ramos of Copperas Cove, Tx

"Steven, I think about you often. I work for a government contractor now and we have military personnel coming and going all the time and it reminds me of you each time a soldier walks by. I will always cherish the memories and wish that you were still here. There are so many things that we take for granted. I never in a million years imagined that you would be killed in Iraq...I wish that you were still here with your kids. They have all grown up so much over the years. My heart aches at their loss. You will never be forgotten."
Kristi of Caddo Mills, TX

"Steven- My brother misses you so much he lost his BEST friend... There are times when he needs you.. I also can't believe you are gone.. We love you and miss you more than we can ever begin to express... Thank you for all of the memories that we all 3 made growin up...for they are some of my favorite !! The last time we went fishin, I never knew it would be our last.. You are our guardian ANGEL now !!! Teardrops are falling as I sit and write this, but I know you are right here with me... and my brother... You gave it your all !! WE LOVE AND MISS U SO MUCH !!!!!!!"
Dena Erwin of Fruitvale, Texas

"You were always a kind man and tried your best to help all of us out. You put up with my youthful pranks and smiled. We all owe you a great debt that we will never be able to replay."
David Vazquez of El Monte, CA

"Thank you all for the messages you've left. I did'nt know about this sight until today, and it is amazing to see how many people cared about him and to see how much they cared about him.I can tell that y'all love him and miss him very much. Thank y'all from the bottom of my heart.If you'd like to contact me my number is 903-896-7993. God Bless Y'all"
James White of Fruitvale, Tx

"I miss you man, you were always willing to lend me your ear when I needed to talk and you always had your way of pointing me in the right direction.. I look foward to seeing you again One day my friend. To know you was to love you....Peace from MST"

"SGT White..... I still can't believe you're gone however I know you have everyone in Heaven laughing. You always knew what to say, and when no one liked me you would always still speak. I know you family miss you but I kow they are comforted to know thay have a special guardian angel watching over them."
dorrian wesley of dallas, texas

"SGt White was the sweetest man I knew I didn't know what I was doing in regurads to being a mechanic but SGT White never was mean to me was always nice he is missed ever years later"
dorrian wesley of dallas texas

"July 16, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Steven W. White:
Steven 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 did not know you personnaly, but I have come to know you by my friendship with your family. As a fellow veteran I say thank you my brother. You have given this country a gift it can never repay, freedom. All is secure here, continue on your journey. Gary Owen."
Glenn Travis of Canton, TX

"I still remember you, my friend.
When we were doing hard work in the motorpool or in the field you where always there to make us laught.
I will always put you as an example."
Ricardo Lomeliosuna of El Paso Texas

"To the family of SSG White,
I am sorry for your loss. SSG White was a great frien and a great mechanic and always had a smile on his face. I will miss him and I will never forget all he did for our unit and my section."
SSG Martin, Jeffery S of Camp Casey Korea

"To the family of:Steven W. White 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"

"SSG White, God Bless you and your Family. I remember the day in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas when you gave up your award so that your Soldier (PFC Hoffman) could recieve it in your place. It was a privelege and honor to be in the 6-27 FA Proud Rocket Battalion with you. Thank you for being you. I will never forget you. God Bless You, your Family and Friends.
SSG Jose L. Chavez of El Paso, Texas

"Sgt. White was a good man; he always had a positive attitude. He would always help me when I needed to fix my vehicles. You will never be forgotten."
Spc. Cross of Bay City, MI

"To the family of SSG White, I served with him before and during deployment and I will miss him greatly. He was the nicest guy you could ever talk to and when I needed help or just looking for some part to fix a truck or tank he helped me out a lot. I will never forget what he did for me and even until this day I cry thinking of that sad day."
Damien Warrior of El Paso,Texas

"Steven, not a day goes by that we don't remember you. You always had a positive attitude and a smile. I miss you. Thank you."
Jeremy Hafer of Baytown, Tx

"SSG White, We miss you buddy!!!
Your Platoon Sergeant.
SFC De Leon, Joe"
of Fort Hood, Texas

"sgt. white it will never be forgotten how you thought of the mechanics below your rank over yourself. rest in peace good friend"
david knutson (spc) of milwaukee,Wi

"To the Family of Steven W. White
My prayers go out to you. I am sorry for your loss. I hope it is conforting to know that your son, husband, helped to defend the very freedoms that we enjoy today. I just received a hero bracelet with his name on it. It is an honor and a priviledge that I wear this bracelet with pride for a hero. He will not be forgotten. From a Desert Storm Veteran - God Bless You, Steven"
Rene Castillo of Corpus Christi, Texas

"Steven W. White was an awesome person and will never be forgotten. He was a loving husband, a wonderful dad, and an espcially great Uncle. You will never be forgotten Uncle Steven! I love you!"
Heather of Kemp, Texas

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/13/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Sergeant White, goodbye 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, Steven will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Steven White, 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. Steven White:
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 Steven 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. Steven White:
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 Steven, 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