Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander

27, of Dale City, Virginia.
Alexander was killed at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E in Afghanistan when his convoy vehicle was struck by an improvised expolsive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on June 3, 2005.

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"Lee, I miss you very much, love you always. I know you are in a better place. I miss not hearing your voice, seeing you smile,showing off those dimples"
felecia of dale city va usa

"Leroy,

I remembered the days when we were privates, from AIT to our first duty station at FT BRAGG, NC and to air-assault school- and from there we kept climbing. Memories of you will forever live. You are truly an American hero and you will be missed. May your family be kept under the canopy of unfailing love and the peace of God over shadow them now and forever more. ALL THE WAY!!!!"
Pitter ( SSGT) of FT BRAGG NC

"To the family of:Leroy E. Alexander 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"

"A good person inside and out. He would help anyone in need and lay the law to anyone that stepped out of line. I only went to H.S. with Leroy but he was a GOOD PERSON. God Bless his family and HE is a true HERO in my eyes."
George Tynes of Dale City, va

"October 14, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander:
Leroy 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Nevada

"As the 4th of July approaches, I hope everyone will reflect on those who have fallen. Freedom is a luxury. Lee your beautiful twins are growing up sooo fast. Avery and Alaya have so many of your physical features. May God continue to bless your family with strength and courage. We will always love you :)"
MJ of Washington, DC

"I am proud, PROUD to wear the SSG Leroy E. Alexander Hero bracelet. I never take it off - and I am so proud to wear a bracelet bearing the name of a true American hero. Thank you for the sacrifice that you - his family - made in order for him to protect and defend our country and to die while performing such an honorable duty. I am so sad for your loss and I want you to know that every single time I look down at my hands, I remember SSG Leroy Alexander and the sacrifice he made for me, his country and his life. You are always in my thoughts and prayers and I am proud to wear the bracelet of one of my heros."
Katie Beall, USAF of Camp Smith Marine Corps Base, Hawaii

"Lee, I can still see us in class just laughin...or over at Bretts house acting a fool. You're gone but not forgotten...I miss you man...we all miss you!!"
Brian Sevier of Nashville, Tn

"Leroy,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other Green Berets who were killed in that blast with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Green Berets All The Way!"

"I got the chance to visit you at Arlington, me and joe and some others had another detail there. Man it seems like yesterday that we were climbing in Colorado and having a good time and shooting the breeze in Afghanistan about you having kids. I wish that we had more guys like you. You are deeply missed by everyone that knew you. Rest in peace my friend

Charlie Company, 7th Special Forces Group"
of FT BRAGG

"I was fortunate to have known Leroy a long time ago and he is the type of person that you never will forget. I am so proud of him for serving his country and making the most ultimate sacrifice so we can be safe here today. I extend my condolences to his family and god bless all of you. I will always feel proud and fortunate to know this brave and loving man."
Jessica Beidel of Centreville, VA

"FOR JESUS IS THE LIGHTHOUSE IF IT WASN'T FOR THE LIGHTHOUSE FOR WHERE WOULD THIS SHIP BE"
THERESA THOMPSON of COLUMBUS, GEORGIA

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Leroy E Alexander. You are loved by many. I'm so sorry that you will not get to enjoy your family growing up. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Leroy sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston TX"

"I thought I would never write in one of these things but I feel I have to let you know brother. I miss you so much, it still hurts everyday. When I talk to Marissa or hear your beautiful babies crying in the background of a telephone call,I must cry. I cannot understand why a man as good as you was taken by such cowards. Men strive to be like you and those that don't fear you. I loved you like a brother and have named by son after you. I've already told Kelly-Ann that if he ever comes to me and asks to join the military I would not allow it unless he intends to become a green beret because it is the only thing fitting of a man that bears your name. I can only hope and pray that he becomes half the man I knew you to be. I weep for your bride. She is so incredibly strong, you'd be proud of her. She honors you my friend. Your son and daughter are beautiful and look just like the two of you. Rick and I miss you incredibly and sometimes when the telephone rings I hope that it is someone from Bragg calling to tell me it was all a mistake and that you are safe. I never told you that I loved you and that I respect you. I'm doing that now. Whenever I doubt myself and a decision that I must make I ask myself "what would LeRoy do?"
My son is beautiful and so strong. I wish to God that you could've held him after he was born like you held Abigail. I honor you every day my friend. I've taken a military contract job and I now teach soldiers about IED's and through that maybe I can help to bring a few more soldiers home alive. I hope to see you again one day LeRoy. Keep smilin'and laughin'."
Dustin Conover of Concord, California

"Quiet and Strong"
That is how you were.
That is how you will be remembered.

Strength and Honor,
Johnny"
SFC Johnny Sims of 10th SFG

"I didnt know Leroy or his family for that fact, but I do know he was and will always be a solider of the United States of America and this country would be nothing wiht out soldiers like leroy.He made the ultimate sacrafice for our freedom and way of life so that we may live our lives as he fought bravly over seas I thank him and his family for that...He will always live on in our hearts and minds."
carlos perez of addison Illinois

"DEAR LEROY,
IT WAS HARD TO LET YOU GO AND I KNOW THAT IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. SOMETIMES I FEEL AS IF IT WAS A BLESSING, THAT YOUR GONE. NO ONE HAS EVER KNOWN MY PAIN AND NO ONE I KNOW WILL PROBABLY NEVER FEEL MY PAIN, BUT I KNOW THAT WHEREVER YOU ARE YOU ARE LOOKING DOWN ON ME AND SAYING, I SEE NOW WHAT YOU GO THROUGH. ONE I LOVE YOU MAN, SINCE THE FIRST TIME I MET YOU, YOU ALWAYS HAVE REMAIN THE SAME. EVEN THOUGH WE WERE ENEMIES FIRST, THIS IS WHAT I THINK CATAPULTED OUR BROTHERHOOD TO THE TOP. I GUESS THIS WHAT THEY MEAN BY REAL RECOGNIZE REAL.THE DAY YOU DIED TAUGHT ME A VALUABLE LESSON. AND TO THIS DAY I AM STILL TRYING TO BE LIKE YOU, MY BIG BROTHER. I REMEMBER ONE THING YOU ALWAYS USE TO SAY TO ME, DONT EVER GIVE THEM A REASON TO SAY SOMETHING TO YOU, AND I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU NOW THAT OUT OF EVERY ONE IN MY LIFE THAT I KNOW, BE IT THAT YOU WERE THE TRUTH. TO THE FAMILY ONLY GOD KNOWS THE WORTH OF THAT MAN, BUT AS A SOLIDER THAT SERVED WITH HIM SIDE BY SIDE FOR 6 YEARS. I CAN SAY ONE THING I MISS YOU, AND ILL SEE YOU SOON.OH YEAH MARISSA THANK YOU AND I LOVE YOU SIS, WHEN TIMES GET RIGHT, AND I CAN, I PROMISE TO BE THERE, YOU TOO WERE A LIFE SAVER IN MANY TIMES WHEN I NEEDED YOU, I PUT THIS ON MY LIFE, THAT EVERY THING I DO AND ACCOMPLISH IN MY LIFE I WILL NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER,QUIT AND YOU KNOW THAT MY WORD IS MY BOND.PEACE TO ALL AND TO MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER, WATCH ME WHILE IM OUT HERE IN THIS JUNGLE, AND BE MY LOOKOUT, I'VE ALWAYS BEEN THERE TO TAKE UP YOUR REAR,BUT NOW IM ASKING IF YOU COULD TAKE UP MINE. LUV YOU FOREVER . YA BRO MADNESS"
KOBIE DAWSON of USA

"May God bless the family and friends of this fallen hero. Although earth lost a good man and soldier, heaven has a new hero. Thank you for your sacrifice. God bless you all and God bless America!"
Michael Torbert of Hanceville, AL

"To the Alexander Family,

You most likely do not remember me but I was once a close friend to Leroy when we lived in Pleasant Valley. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man. He always made me laugh, I will never forget his smile.

My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Daniella Wirta of Arlington, VA

"To the Alexander Family, I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences. The tributes on this page for your Leroy are so beautiful and show what a great man he was. Leroy is a true American Hero who has helped to prevent another 9/11. Leroy will always be honored and remembered. We are praying for all of you. May God Bless you all and God Bless Leroy."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"I served with SSG Alexander in the S-3 27th En Bn when he was a young Private and Specialist. I am truly saddened to learn of his passing. He was a great soldier who always did his duty and was always ready for the next challenge. He was also a very charismatic young man whose values and morals were very high. That speaks volumes about the family. You are in my prayers. RIP stud."
Joe Weinzapfel of Elk Grove, CA

"Truly a man of the highest caliber. A mans man and a first class soldier and they dont come any better than Leroy. The epitamy of the ideal Special Forces soldier. We will miss you brother!"
Brucker and the men of ODA772 of Ft Bragg

"A MAN THAT HAD DIRECTION, GUIDANCE, UNDERSTANDING, KINDNESS AND LOVE. CALLED TO HIS REAL MISSION IN LIFE. TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY, TO PROTECT ALL AMERICANS AND THOSE IN THE WORLD WITH LESS. YOUR MILITARY RECORD IS YOUR HISTORY, THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN AMERICA AND WORLD HISTORY LEROY. SO THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL; ALTHOUGH YOU HAD NOT KNOWN OUR SON. YOU BOTH HAD EACH OTHER'S BACK. WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER AS BROTHER'S. I CELEBRATE YOU EVERYDAY. FOR I KNOW NOT MANY AMERICAN'S ARE LIKE YOU. TO RISK EVERYTHING MEANING FUL TO YOU, SO ALL IN AMERICA AND THE WORLD COULD BE SAFE. I PRAY FOR YOU ALWAYS LEROY AND YOUR FAMILY. SAY, HELLO TO MY SON. YOU ARE TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To Leroy's family,

My wife and I are still in denial to the lost of a great friend. I shared several motorcycle riding experiences with Leroy and I remember the trip we made to Jacksonville, NC the most, with Bro Roy Salazar. I will always treasure the friendship and the memories of several night jumps at Sicily Drop Zone together..

I remember seeing him with his wife Marisa every Thu and Sun worship sevices, and sadly enough, also the place where I received the tragic news about his passing upon my return from Iraq.

God bless you!!

Leroy, may god be with you and your family and to the future twins.

Bro Buma
Iglesia Ni Cristo
(Church of Christ)
Fayetteville, NC"
Buma of Mosul, Iraq

"Dear Ron, Felecia, Reggie, and Marissa,

You may not know who we are, but we were neighbors in Pleasant Valley. About 12 years ago, my daughter Michael and I spent some time with Lee when we ran the snack bar at Greenbriar Fields during baseball season. Lee was a great kid, his sense of humor and hard work left a lasting impression on us. He was always a favorite of the kids who came for nachos, candy, and drinks. It was a pleasure to know him. We cannot express to you how sorry we were to hear of his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and his children. There is no doubt in my mind he would have been a wonderful father. Now all I can think is that they have a guardian angel in their father looking over them. God bless you all."
Trudee and Michael Wilson of Chantilly, Va.

"SSG Alexander was my first squad leader in the 27th EN BN at Bragg. He put himself out on the line for myself and the rests of the squad numerous times and he left me with a lasting impression on what being a soldier truly means. He will be missed. My heart go out to his friends and family. God Bless!"
CPL Sarah Leslie of Bagram, AB

"Dear Alexander family,
My name is Kaitlin Hackney and about a month ago I lost my dearest cousin Nicholas Kirven in Afghanistan. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers and I feel your pain. There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss because I still cannot comprehend my loss. Just wanted to insure you that you are not alone and I am thinking about you. Thank you for your son's service to our country because of his and my cousins service, we can live without fear. That is the only thing giving me comfort, I hope it can give you comfort as well. Our love one's are in a better place now and one day we will meet agian. God Bless you all. Semper Fi
hacknekm@jmu.edu"
Kaitlin Hackney of Annandale, Virginia

"I knew LeRoy when we were both stationed in the same unit at Fort Bragg HHC 27th ENG BN. He was a great guy and knew his job and did it well. He always wanted to go Special Forces and he had his mine set on getting through the Q Course and all that went with it. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. He was a close friend and even though I PCS he was never forgotten. The Alexander Family will always be in my prayers. God Bless"
SSG Rhodes, LaJuya of Anchorage, AK

"I knew Leroy during the Q course, and SERE school. Even when we were not having the best of times in the RTL, you could always look to Leroy for strength. He was the man doing what he had to do, simple as that. I'll never forget hearing his laughter during language school tests, as he and his classmates gave their teacher a hard time. God Bless you. May you rest in peace brother."
Josh and the Men of ODA 741 of Ft Bragg, NC

"I first met Leroy in the middle of May '05 at Bagram where he was back taking care of some business. Though I only knew him for a week before we parted ways, he struck me as a super guy and his name stuck with me. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing. All should know he was doing what he loved and he was one of the best at it. He will forever be remembered, talked about in high regard and remain deep in all of our hearts. From the men of SFODA 143."
MSG Shawn J. Cole of Northern Afghanistan

"Dear Alexander family,

I learned of the loss of your son while watching the local news last week. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Your son was a Great American and will not be forgotten. I was inspired by Mr. Alexander's Christian witness during the television interview. Please know that your family will be in my continued prayers.

Semper Fidelis------LtCol Jon Shearer

grampsfao@gmail.com"
LtCol Jon Shearer, USMC of Washington DC

"6/8/05 Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to SSG Alexander's family and friends. We understand your tremendous sadness, yet a great sense of pride. Leroy is a true hero and will go down in history as a great man who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. May God give you strength to endure this most horrific painful loss.
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 Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad on 1/28/05) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

"Leroy and I received our green berets together on the same day. I actually met leroy in selection and we were together through the entire course, during that time he became one of my best friends. My Families hearts go out to his lovely wife, his two children, and His entire family. I am going to miss you so much leroy. leroy is a great man , he would have been a great father, and is a great warrior. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. DE OPPRESSO LIBER"
Michael, Suzanne and Ava of Okinawa

"When we where young who would have thought that we would grow up so fast. It seems like yesterday we played in the streets of Chantilly together. LeRoy died for this country and I am so very proud of his bravery. I hope that I can become half the man that he has become, For he is still with each and everyone of us. The lord seems to call the strongest first. God bless the future twins that will carry LeRoy's legacy on & god bless those that are still serving this country proud. To the family god bless you all."
Felipe Hernandez of Clifton, VA

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA""

"You will not be left as a memory, but as a driving force to the Special Forces Train that will not stop until they are wiped out. DE OPRESSO LIBER!!
SLEEP WELL GREEN BERET!!!"
SFC JJ PHILPOT 7TH SFG(A)

"TO THE ALWXANDER FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR FAMILY DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF LEROY. HE HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN. HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMEBERED FOREVER! LEROT HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. AN THOSE HE HAS WILL NEVER EVER FORGET HIM. LEROY THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING AMERICA AGAINST TERRORISM AND TO GIVE THOSE IN AFGHANISTAN A CHANCE AT FREEDOM. SO THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL OUR SON SERVED ALONG SIDE YOU. NEITHER OF YOU KNEW ONE ANOTHER. STILL YOUR BROTHER'S WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHERS UNITS. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To Leroy'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 son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto "The Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"To the Family and Friends of Staff Sgt. Leroy E. Alexander,

No words can adequately convey our immense gratitude and profound appreciation for Leroy and his fellow service members.
Leroy's service and extraordinary sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Freedom loving patriots across America join you in celebrating Leroy's life and mourning his passing.
The memory of Leroy will forever inspire the highest ideals of this republic.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless and keep watch over your homes and hearts. Thank you."
The Brown Family of Fairfax, VA

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Leroy will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Leroy Alexander, 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. Leroy Alexander:
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 Leroy 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. Leroy Alexander:
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 Leroy, 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