Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Pendelton L. Sykes II

25, of Chesapeake, Virginia.
Sykes died in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when the CH-47 helicopter he was on crashed. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt, Germany. Died on April 6, 2005.

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"I STILL CANT BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE NOT HERE PHYSICALLY. I KNOW YOU ARE IN A BETTER PLACE LOOKING DOWN ON ALL OF US. MAY YOUR SPIRIT CONTINUE TO REST EASY LIL CUZ. I MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY BUT KNOW THAT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WE WERE CLOSE AS COUSINS COULD BE, BUT IN MY HEART YOU WERE LIKE MY LITTLE BROTHER. RIP "PL""
WOOSIE of CHESAPEAKE, VA

"I was Pendelton's first grade teacher. He was a quiet student with a quick smile. He totally stole my heart! I wouldn't let him write "PL" on his papers because I wanted him to know how to spell his wonderful name. I cried when I heard the news on the radio. He will always be in my heart."
Carol Anne (Hurst) Ziolkowski

"GINA, LYDELL IS ALWAYS REMEMBERED, NOT ONLY ON MEMORIAL DAY OR THE 4TH OF JULY, BUT EVERYDAY, EVERYDAY THAT I HAVE FREEDOM, I GIVE THANKS TO GOD AND ALL SOLDIERS. HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IS WELL. GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!"
TINA of chesapeake,va USA

"Gina, as we plan our c/o 98 reunion, my heart is with you and memory of such a great guy your Lydell! As an Army wife, I thank you for your sacrifices over the years. I pray happiness for you and your future but needed you to know that he is not forgotten! If you check out our page on FB, talk of your sweet husband is running rapid as we plan our gathering. Know that so many are with you in your journey and that you will always have friends in his class! Blessings sister <3 to you, his parents and all the lives that he has touched along the way!"
Brooke Miller of Army Wife, SC

"Dear Lydell,
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Even though it's been 7 years, it feels like yesterday. I love you so much. I know you're in heaven watching over me. Always in my heart and mind.
Your loving wife, Gina"
Gina Sykes of Chesapeake, VA USA

"To the family of:Pendelton L. Sykes ll
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""

"PL even though we were close as cousins you were more like my lil brother. Man, I miss you and can't believe so many years have passed but know your memory lives on. This here is not our home, we are all just passing through....so in time when we come home we will see you again. Love you cuzzo!"
Woosie of Chesapeake, Va

"PL aunt nee-nee was just sitting at her desk thinking about you and googled your name and this is what I found I LOVE YOU and miss you will always be missed by your family"
Juanita Ricks of ches, va 23320

"P.L. its been 5 years today that you've been gone. Seems like yesterday, we really do miss you and love you, but God loved you more and called you home to be with him. Ma is still hanging in there, she's 88 now. She's a strong woman. Well we will all see you one day."
Faith Baker of Chesapeake, Virginia

"Hey Sykes...
What else can I say that other have not said already? We miss you brother, you were the first to greet me to germany,and thats something I cant let go... We were neighbors in the barracks, and I cant forget the times we hung out... I cant forget your smile, laugh, or your walk. The hair style always had me laughing, I thought it was the most greatest thing in style. Every year, I give toast to you for thanks giving, you and the rest of the crew of big windy 25 all played a part of my life in one shape or form... I still cant forget the last time I saw you, the day I passed you, youre weapon for the mission.
You gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, and to you I owe my greatest respect. I miss you brother..."
SGT Mercado, Isidro of Ft. Shafter, Hi / USA

"Pam Pl was one great person. That's because you raised him that way. Pam he made Daniel and me(Angelo)laugh. He always knew what to say. But his smile and attitude really attracted me. I'm going to miss him."
ANGELO D. HOLLEY of chesapeake, virginia

"November 10, 2007
To the family of Pfc. Pendelton L. Sykes, II:
Pendelton 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

"Master P,
I still can't get over the fact that your not here. You were not only my friend, you were my brother. You were a blessing to have in my life. Lydell, I will never forget you, and to Jina and Pam, I'm truly sorry for your loss.
Big Mike
hitman9261974@yahoo.com"
Big Mike of Norfolk, VA

"Pendleton,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other men and women who were on that Chinook with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Press On"(159th Avn. Motto)"

"May God bless all of the families of the fallen soldiers."
Tim Sykes of Chattanooga, TN

"i would just like to say how truely sorry i am for your lose. i as well have lost a loved one. my brother was killed in january. i want you to know that your family is in my prayers. God Bless!!"
Samantha vonronn of staten island ny

"emmylou9@hotmail.com for the message below this."
Emmy of Charleston, SC

"I am hoping someone will see this on this webpage and be able to help me. I am trying to reach the family of this soldier so that I can mail a flag to them that was flown in this soldier's honor. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that this family gave. Any assitance would be very helpful.
Thank you."
Emmy of Charleston, SC

"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""

"Lydell, You are not only a great friend you are indeed my HERO. I cannot sit here and put into words what a wonderful person you are. I am glad GOD allowed us to be friends and you will never be forgotten. I can still see your smile and hear your laugh. Keep smiling my Friend and I will see you on the other side. We will have a lot to laugh about. Thank You for my Freedom. Rest in Peace My Friend, My HERO."
Chryslin Dodge-Pruitt of Virginia Beach, VA

"Dear Sykes and Barrett Family,
P.L. will never be forgotten. His valor, strength and American pride makes him a true hero. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy during this most difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort. You are all in my prayers.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14: 1-2"
Jennifer Shelley of Norfolk, VA USA

"Although I did not know P.L., I have the pleasure of working with his mother, Pam. I am sure that he was as kind as she is and will be a great loss to our community. Words can not express how sorry I am for your families loss. Your son/grandson/husband will forever be remembered and appreciated as a hero for his courageous defense of our country. I will keep you all in my prayers and know that with time God will give you the strength to get past this time of sorrow and remember him with pride and love."
Melanie Johnson of Chesapeake, VA

"God will hold you and keep you and your family strong. I will pray for and your family. May God Bless You."
Carolyn Haskins of VA Beach, VA

"Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. God Bless!!"
Curtis and Carol Connell of Va. Beach, VA

"To the family and Loved ones of P.L.SykesII
I pray that God keeps you in his loving arms and gives you peace in your hearts, taking care of the pieces that will now forever seem broken.
ecclesiastes 3:1,4
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven....a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance."
Sharon Cyphers smcypher@sentara.com of Norfolk, Va

"Pam my heart goes out to you and PL's wife. You both are in my prayers night and day. Look to the Father for strength during this time and he will sustain you both. Be blessed always."
Lynn Blizzard of Hampton, Va.

"My heart goes to Liddell's Family, His heroism and sacrifice will never be forgotten. He was a friend of mine back in Indian River High and we entered the Army at the same time in Ft. Benning, GA. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Your friend,

SPC Thomas J. Duffy, 35th Sig Bn. (Airborne)
Baghdad, Iraq
thomas.duffy3@us.army.mil"
TJ of Chesapeake, VA

"To Pendelton'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@sbcglobal.net"

"My prayers and sympathy go out to Pam and her family. The joy in which Pam would always talk about her son will be a reminder to me of what a sacrifice he has made for our country. Pam and all his loved ones should feel such pride in the mist of horrible sadness."
Melody Knox of Suffolk, 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, Pendelton will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Pendelton Sykes II, 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. Pendelton Sykes II:
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 Pendelton 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. Pendelton Sykes II:
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 Pendelton, 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