Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Nyle Yates III

22, of Lake Odessa, Michigan.
Yates died in Bayji, Iraq, when he came under small arms fire by enemy forces during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on March 16, 2006.

Please send information, photos, and corrections for Army Cpl. Nyle Yates III.


Contributions to the Families of the Fallen


Leave a message in memory of this servicemember, and/or to the loved ones left behind.

Please report inappropriate messages

"I know I never met you in life, but last summer grandma jami has told me multiple stories. I love you so much<33 Love, your niece"
Bri Drummond of Van Buren Arkansas

"I never met you but as your niece, I am going to do what you did best. I am going to join the military when I am older and Avenge your death."
Brilynn Drummond Yates of Fort Smith Arkansas

"Yates i didnt get to know you but i was in basic training with you in 3rd platoon, i remember seeing you around and seeing you guys getting smoked constantly by kerkove and conley i think it was. You turned into a hell of a soldier. rest easy"
j simon of York, Pennsylvania


You were always a good friend and a great man. I will never forget you."
SGT Jameson Smith B.Co 3-187 of Reno, NV

"When we served together Facebook didn't exist. We waited in long lines with calling cards to get a 2 minute call home. We wrote letters to loved ones, got 2 month old newspapers, fought for baby wipes and cell phones still folded and had antennas. Somehow, even in the fog of war, life was so much more simple. Now this morning, in this life that seems to be increasingly connected whether I like it or not, I have a picture of you across my news feed to remind me of another brother who made the ultimate sacrifice.
It's been 9 years since you were taken too soon. It was hard to read through some of these messages left on here because some of the authors have been taken since... Death never seems to get easier to deal with no matter how often you encounter it. I love all you guys. I know you're watching over us carrying on the mission now. Until our next rendezvous with destiny- RIP brother Yates! RAKKASAN!

-SPC. Bco 2/187 Inf. 2001-2004 OEF1/OIF1"
S.P.D.S. of Portland, OR bwo Redford, MI

"Does anyone know how to get a hold of John Edwards who left a message on this page?"
sf of Las vegas, nv

"YATES I love ya buddy and I think about you everyday!!! God Bless until we meet again. RAKK HARD"
Jeremy Ireland of McKean PA


I don't know that I'll ever come to terms with the fact that you're gone, but one of these days I will find a way to properly honor your memory. Until then, please know that I carry you and your family in my heart."
David Rutgers

"To the family of: Nyle Yates lll
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""

"Shawn still wears the bracelet with your name on it and I think of you all the time. I am planning to put a memorial to you in my garden. You have touched many lives."
SFC Shawn & Ellen Woods of Cedar Hill, TN

"Ive never met Yates, but everyday for the last year Ive worn a bracelet bearing his name. In 2 weeks, I head to Iraq, to close the doors on this war. I carry his name on my heart, and I will never forget his sacrifice. To his brothers who served beside him, even though its been 5 years, Im sorry for your loss. I couldnt imagine. May God bless his family, and all those who felt the pain of one of our own falling."
Sgt Rohwer, 2/222 FA

"Yates you were a great battle buddy in Air Assault School and a good friend. I still remember to this day that I got to see you just a few days before you were taken from us. Coming back from mid-tour leave I ran into you which unfortunately didn't happen enough. I will never forget you and I cannot believe its been 5 years already. God Bless you and your family...Rakkasan"
Sgt. Andrew Lancaster D co 3-187 INF of Evansville, IN

"Hey rakkasan brother not a day goes buy that I don't think of that evening.you are always on my mind and got my upmost repesct I know u are looking down on all of us and protecting us whereever we are and keeping us laughing in mind and spirit where ever or whatever we may be doing my friend... Thank u for ur service and your ulitimate sacrafice rakkasan brother may peace be with you... We still got a 3 on 3 bball tournmanet to win soon SSG william j.scott peace bro"
SFC william scott of narrows va

"Hey rakkasan brother not a day goes buy that I don't think of that evening.you are always on my mind and got my upmost repesct I know u are looking down on all of us and protecting us whereever we are and keeping us laughing in mind and spirit where ever or whatever we may be doing my friend... Thank u for ur service and your ulitimate sacrafice rakkasan brother may peace be with you... We still got a 3 on 3 bball tournmanet to win soon SSG william j.scott peace bro"
SFC william scott of narrows va

"To Cpl Nyle Yates on 9/11/10, Thank you for your service to our country. My brother in law was lucky enough to have served beside you in Iraq and has brought his love for you home with him and shared it with his loved ones, myself included. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting you I feel as though the people who did have spread your love and helped others get to know and love you by sharing their memories. To you and your family on this day of remembrance, much love Nyle."
Whitney of Athens, Ohio

"To CPL Nyle Yates III,

Today in the mail I got my Memorial Braclet for a fallen soldier they selected for me. It was yours... I decided I wanted to know more about you and your life. I "Googled" you and your name came up right away and the first page I opened was this one. I sit here in the heart of Iraq with tears running down my face. Never having met you or anyone you know and I feel like you are a long lost brother to me. The words that are put down here to remember and honor you are a tremendous testament to who you are and what you stood for. I stand for those things as well. I'm a medic in a FST (911th) from Wisconsin on loan to another unit from Michigan (322nd) sent here to finish OIF. The sacrifice you gave is one we all hope to never make, but would in heart beat if it meant saving the life on another American. You paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy today. I can never pay you back for that but I will try to honor you by wearing this braclet till the day I die and beyond that. I hope I can stand as tall and bring as much pride to you and your family, as you have to this Nation and this Army. I thank you, your family and frinds for allowing me to see just a tiny piece of who you were. May God rest your soul and bless your family. You will never be forgotten."
SGT. Tyler W. Peterson of Baghdad, Iraq

"To the family and loved ones of CPL Nyle Yates; may the Peace and Strength of our Savior encompass you. I am saddened by the loss of your Warrior. I am wearing his KIA bracelet; God Bless.
"Screamin Eagles, Bro""
1SG Powell of Washington state

"Thank you yates for your hand in the time of war.sounds to me you have lots and lots of people who dearly love you. once awhile give them a huge hug let them know you still our angel fighter! thank u so much!miltary wife of davis family...2009 heal the hearts o god!amen 2009""
veronica of fort drum ny

"Yates did not pass in Bayji, but in Samarra. He was taken to Razor patrol base, between the spillway and hydro electric dams, in the Tigris River. He fought hard for his life. His family should stand proud to know his strength and will to live. What a fighter....."
A Medic of Aid Station, Razor

"To the family of CPL Nyle Yates, I had the honor of meeting your mother in Oklahoma...because of you I am able to sleep, safe and secure. God Bless you my fallen warrior, Never Forgotten."
Chaplain Bob Lockart of Lawton, OK

"To the family of CPL Nyle Yates, I had the honor of meeting your mother in Oklahma...because of you I am able to sleep, safe and secure. God Bless you my fallen warrior, Never Forgotten."
Chaplain Bob Lockart of Lawton, OK

"March 21, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Nyle Yates, III:
Nyle 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

"Nyle,There's not a day goes by I don't think of you. I look at your picture sitting next to Drews airborne picture and I'm simply overwelmed with pride. I look out over the lake and I can still see the both of you horse assing around like it was yesterday. I miss you man. Where ever you're at look out for him and bring him home safe. Love you, Gary"
Gary of Lake Odessa MI.

"Dearest Nyle, over a year has passed and there is still not a moment that goes by that you are not missed and loved. I miss your laughter and your smile. You were the most wonderful friend I've ever known. Thank you for your you genuine kindness and friendship. You are always in my mind and in my heart. I love you. You are the most beautiful person to me. We all love you and miss you. Thank you for everything."
Haley Singer of White House, TN, USA

"Every time I hear of another soldier giving their life I think of you. Ill never forget the times you made me laugh and think about you every day."
SPC Josh Woodard "Doc" of Ft Campbell, KY 3/187 INF

"Nyle my best friend and my brother i miss you so much i love ya man we all miss you rayner and gibb say hi we think about you alot. hope your doing good in heaven. love ya bro"
Jordan Luna of Lake O

"Tomorrow is one year. . . You'll always be in my thoughts. Love love love 0:-)"
Abby of Marquette, MI

"hey man. hope you are doing good. i will always remember you as the kid who saved me from living on a block full of girls. it was really refreshing to be able to play basketball and baseball, rather than house. i will see you someday man."
Timmy Rodriguez of Grand Rapids, MI

It's Veteran's day, and I'm remembering the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. I remember that it's not the history or the wars that make the Rakkasans, but the friends that always have our backs. Thanks for watching over us bud."
SGT John Edwards of 3/187 INF Ft. Campbell, KY

"Nyle, I miss you so much. You are in my heart always

Aunt Terry"
Terry Abbey of Lansing, Michigan

"Today, out of a crowd of thousands, I saw a man wearing a Rakkasan crest on a screaming eagle hat. He wore it to honor his son who was killed in Iraq. God Bless you and your family, Mr. Yates. All my Love, in Jesus."

"you are still missed!!"
andrew choe of md baltimore

"Thank-you comrade Rakkasan and Godspeed."

"I just recieved word of Yate's ultimate sacrafice. I was his squad leader for a while the first time in Iraq. What I remember most about him was his great attitude towards life. He never let anything get him down. He was one of the best soldiers I ever had the honor to work with. Anyone that has served with him is a better person and soldier. Nyle I hope you are in a better place. I will never forget you."
SSG Allan Charlesworth of Ft. Bragg, NC

"Yates you never let life get you down EVER and I won't let this get me down. But those *in fagget Iraqi's had to *in kill you, I'm so *in sorry I wish I would've been there.May god have mercy on your soul."
James Snyder former PV2 of MO, United States

"I was in CPL Yates platoon during OIF I. I still remember his first day in Iraq as well as the rest of the replacements, and since that day until I left he brought smiles and laughs to everyone. I will always remember Yates, he was a great soldier and a good kid. His courage under fire to call in air support was a great task to accomplish, yet alone doing it at the age of 19. Drive On Yate and God Bless."
SGT Rodriguez, Robert A. of 101st ABN DIV (ASSLT) - Ft Campbell, KY

"miss you yates"
spc. scott peterson of minneapolis MN

some of my favorite memories are of you and how much you made me laugh and just enjoy life...I am so happy to have known you and I can't wait to see you again!!"
Beka of Freeport, MI

"Nyle, my beautiful boy. I miss you so terribly I sometimes wonder how I'm ever going to make it without you in our lives. BUT I KNOW, that you are SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS, AND ARE WAITING FOR US. Until we meet again, I love you buddy!!!!"
Nyle's Mom of Eagle, MI USA

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

"Nyle is my cousin and he will always be in my heart. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his counrty and so we can be free. I feel so blessd to have known him. He's the most amazing person you could ever meet. Nyle, YOU are my hero! I love you and miss you!"
Stefanie of Lansing, MI

"Thank you Nyle Yates III, 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 Cpl. Nyle Yates III:
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 Nyle 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 Cpl. Nyle Yates III:
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 Nyle, 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