Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Robert S. Goodwin

35, of Albany, Georgia.
Goodwin died in Shkin, Afghanistan, when his patrol vehicle was ambushed by enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on September 20, 2004.

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"I don't have the right words to express the sadness I feel after finding out Stacy's sacrifice. Nor do I have the words to express the love and respect I have for a childhood friend who served with such honor. I will just say Rest Peacefully, Soldier. You will never be forgotten as long as I live."
Lisa Harrell Brown of Stone Mountain, GA

"You are in my thoughts my friend!~ You were a great friend and I often think of our childhood together....you will always be remembered! Thank you for your "ultimate" sacrifice!~"
Ritchie L. Taylor of Kittery, Maine

"It is now 2015 and Matthew and I think of you everyday. I now watch our son following in your footsteps as an army medic and paratrooper. He too, wants to go special forces. Please watch over him."
Christa of Alaska

"10 years... 10 years and it still feels so recent. I remember those who sacrificed to protect that ability. I am thankful for the families of these fine men who endure and remember them with honor. I still wish I could trade places with Tony or Stacie. I wish I could of done more to save them on this day. I'm sorry I couldn't save them. Everyone else was in the fight, and my job was to fix them, except I couldn't. I'm sorry.

To Stacie's family, I have had 10 years to come up with the right words to express my condolences. The days go by but the pain still stands, there are no words that can express my sorrow. I pray that you and your family has found peace and happiness over the years. Managed to grow and prosper since this tragedy."
"Doc" of Noblesville Indiana.

"RIP Stacey...I know you are so proud of Matthew, he is such a fine young man. Memorial Day, 2014"
Janet Powell of Norcross, GA

"I am so sorry for your loss. I just rode a motorcycle freedom run in illinois and the soldier i was assigned to ride for was your husband. I am very proud to have ridden for him and in his honor. Donnie There is a memorial wall in marseilles illinois that i beleive he is on."
Donnie Robertson of sheridan illinois

"I was a classmate of Stace's at Dougherty High School. As many of our classmates, I joined the military and served in Iraq as did my sister. So I would receive the daily emails of US casualities. I was completely devastated to read Stacy's name on the report. I think I cried the whole day. It was unimaginable. I can only imagine what you must go through. I say all of this to say that I think of Stacy often and I reminded of him each year when I run the Fallen Heroes of GA race and pass is memorial marker along the route. The first year was particularly hard. Memorial Day has always been a hard day for me, as I understand it's true meaning. It is even more difficult because I personally know someone that paid the ultimate sacrifice. As we prepare to celebrate our 25th Class reunion, we will remember Stacy. Your family is in my prayers."
Vanessa of Norcross GA

"Hey Stacy,

Time is passed but not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I still tell the stories of how you always found away to make me laugh in a not so friendly place. You were a good husband, good father, outstanding soldier, good friend and I miss ya Stacy. You will never be forgotten! H8 (5/27/2013)"
H8 of SP, NC

"Thinking of you this holiday weekend, Stacey. We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made to keep us free. Miss you cuz...."
Kim Tate Newberry of Iron City, Georgia, USA

"To the family of:Robert S.Goodwin
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""

"Rest in peace Stacey and my condolences to your family. Christa I have something that I would like to give Matthew if you can email me I will tell you more about it.
daisy123490@yahoo.com"
Daisy of Fayetteville, NC

"Im Staceys wife and Id like to Thank ALL of you for your support in such a time of need. Almost six years and it feels as if it were yesterday. My husband gave his all, as he did with his love and everything he did in life. He loved his son, myself and his country more than anything. He gave his all as did Tony and many other brave men. I miss him and he cannot be replaced. Love like that happens but once in a lifetime. Thank you Stacey, "I love you so""
Jennifer Goodwin of Georgia

"I remember Stacy from Dougherty High as a great athlete and leader. He always had encouraging words and a sense of humor. I want to thank his family for giving us such a great American soldier and know that he died for a great cause; Freedom!"
Scott Mahar of Abilene, Texas

"Stacey, its been 5 years since you left us and there is not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I look at our son everyday and see you...thank you for him. I miss you."
Christa Goodwin-Bartlett of Fairbanks, AK

"Stacey, its been 5 years since you left us and there is not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I look at our son everyday and see you...thank you for him. I miss you."
Christa Goodwin-Bartlett of Fairbanks, AK

"I will never forget you, I love you dad"
Matthew Goodwin of Fairbanks, AK

"To the family of "Stacey" Goodwin,

I was a friend of Stacey's in the late 80's and early 90's while we were at Fort Bragg. He was a great person... funny as could be, with a heart of gold.

He was a good friend and a great soldier. America has lost one of her best.

I honor Stacey's sacrifice. He is truly missed. You have my deepest condolences."
Brett Hill of Tampa, Florida

"Stacey, I was there the day you and Tony were taken from us. You and your fammilies are in my thoughts and prayers always. Each day, when I wake and put on my uniform, I think of that day and both sadness and pride build in me. Thank you for showing me the true meaning of Duty and Heroism."
SFC Jason J Grant, SOT-A 305 Tm SGT

"To the family and friends of SSgt. Robert Woodwin: On Saturday, June 14th (Flag Day) there will be an event in Topeka, KS called The Reading. Volunteers will be reading the names of the fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan. I'll be Reading SSgt. Goodwin's name. Each Reader is given a page of 50 names - first name, middle initial, last name, date of death and home state. After each name a bell will toll. The event is expected to take approximately 6 hours to complete. It's important to me the family know of this event in memory of their loved one. Your loved one and friend has not been forgotten. My condolences to his family and friends""
Grace (veterans@netzero.com) of New York

"Veterans Day, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Robert S. Goodwin:
Robert 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 Carson City, NV

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. –The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Geraldine Zaki of Lawrenceville, GA

"He goes by Stacey...

I will always remember Robert Goodwin. and I will never forget September 20, 2004. I remember reporting information to the SF command on the injuries and a certain LTC of SF told me he went by Stacey. I am sorry for your families' loss. I thank you for the gift of Robert who is a hero etched on my heart... I will never forget his name or the day he died. I am sorry to have never known him in life, but he will forever be a part of mine - it is not easy to forget the names of those who so tragically died for our country. He will always remain my brother and will be with me forever. He was one of the bravest... and to his brothers of his team... i am sorry for your loss as well.. my heart and my prayers were with you that day."
SSG Jeanette M Birdsell - (was at FST - FOB Salerno)

"I would like to leave a meassage for the Goodwin Family over there who lost Robert Goddwin."
Melissa Goodwin of Ellereslie, Victoria, Australia

"Stacey, we forged our friendship during Robin Sage - you were the Tm Sgt, I was your Tm Ldr. I'll never forget it, and you will never be forgotten."
Major J.Weston

"“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. “ H8 (08/04/05)"

"Everyone who enjoys their freedom should be grateful of your sacrifice and my deepest sympathy to the Good win family,never forgotten"
Des of Ottawa Canada

"Smyrna Baptist Church of Deepstep, GA would like tp present you with a quilt of honor in memory of your fallen hero. This is our way to thank him for the ulitmate sacrifice he gave for us. I can be reached by email: hart_l@bellsouth.net or by phone 478-552-5095. Thank you"
Cheryl Hart of Tennille, GA

"Stacey,


My Brother,

Thanks for the times we shared both good and bad. You are my brother! I will never forget you and the sacrifice you made. We will be forever joined as brothers. You have all ways helped me when I was in need and I hoped I did the same for you. Thank you so much for everything you did. My brother, I will never forget you.

Your Brother,"
Z M

"fallen but not forgotten"
nelis of netherlands

"I worked with Stacey when he was stationed in Alaska, he was an amazing person, and feel blessed to have known him the short time I did. He was both a caring person and dedicated soldier. I deeply mourn the loss of such a dynamic soul."
Susie Sorensen of San Antonio, Tx

"to the goodwin family i just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers each and every day, jennifer you have my number if you need to talk or just to cry with someone i am always here for you. soccermom28390@yahoo.com"
tammy olaes of spring lake

"Thank You for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon.Ga

"To Robert'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.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"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"

"To SSGT Goodwin's family and friends you are in my thoughts and prayers. SSGT Goodwin thank you soldier for all you have done for our country. I know your loss and feel your pain. I am the wife of SFC Robert J. Mogensen of 1st Bn 3rd SFG who was also killed in Enduring Freedom. I am here if you ever need someone to talk to. May God Bless you all
Proud Widow of SFC ROBERT J. MOGENSEN
3rd SFG KIA 5/29/04 Afghanistan"
Tanya & family of NC

"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, Robert, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"DEAR JENNIFER AND FAMILY,
I AM SSG. TONY BRUCE OLAES' MOTHER, WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION WITH STACEY. WE SPOKE AT THE MEMORIAL AT FORT BRAGG, BUT I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOUR FAMILY REMAINS IN OUR PRAYERS, EVEN AS WE MOURN THE LOSS OF MY OWN SON. I THINK OF YOU DAILY AND HOPE THAT YOU KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU MAY CONTACT ME IFYOU EVER NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE ALSO GOING THROUGH THIS AT NINNY9@BELLSOUTH.NET.























BLESSINGS TO YOUR FAMILY."
TERRY A. WARD of WESTMINSTER, S.C.

"Jennifer, Matthew, and Family. As one of Stacey's many closest friends I only have a small grasp on the pain you are going through now. I will miss him greatly and will have a gap forever in my soul. I love you....MATT"
Matt + Amanda Eisele of Raefordn NC

"To Robert's family, we know your pain and hurt. Only God can comfort at a time such as this. Words are meaningless. Thank you for sharing him with our country. He belongs to our country now and is in the great Hall of Heroes. He will forever be remembered by all of you who loved him so much. Our prayers are with you. We share this hurt and understand. We are grandparents of LCpl Juston Thacker KIA in Afghanistan on 6/24/04."
Tom and Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"To Robert'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 prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To Robert's Family and Friends,
I know your pain and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please feel my arms of comfort around you. Your son(friend) is a hero and his name will continue on with the others who have died for our freedom. There are very few who are willing to give their life for what they believe. Hold on to this. We are among the few that have the honor of knowing men like this. Take comfort from God, he is the only thing that can fill the emptiness inside. I will prayer for his comfort and healing to be with you.

PROUD MOM OF LCPL JUSTON T. THACKER
USMC KIA 6/24/04 AFGHANISTAN.
SHARON BOWLING"
Sharon Bowling of Princeton, WV United States of America, and Proud of it.

"To the Family and friends of SSG Robert S. Goodwin. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in your loss. I won't say that time will heal your wounds because I know it will not. Just know that Robert will be in our prayers.

The parents of Sgt. Daniel Lee Galvan, KIA in Afghanistan 8-12-2004.

Ernest and Nelda Galvan and family"
Blas E. Galvan of Moore, Oklahoma

"To Robert's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the Family & Friends of Staff Sgt Robert Goodwin:
We understand your sorrow and pain. We will lift you up in prayer. Robert is a hero. . Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
If we can help you in any way please do not hesitate to contact us @ lcpljustontthacker.com
The family of LCpl Juston T Thacker USMC
KIA 6/24/04 Afghanistan"
T E Sisk of Princeton WV

"Thank you Robert Goodwin, 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. Robert Goodwin:
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 Robert 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. Robert Goodwin:
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 Robert, 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