Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Robert F. White

34, of Cross Lanes, West Virginia.
White died west of Kandahar, Afghanistan when his mounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on September 26, 2005.

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"Dear Bob; I will never forget the unique friendship that bound us as Veterans, Scout Leaders, Fathers and brothers in Christ. I remember often the coffee we shared at scout camps and in the kitchen at Lafayette Baptist Church. I cannot believe its been 10 years since your passing. I will not forget my son John becoming emotional and caught up in the news of your passing. He was 15 and I saw him grow up that day. I know you would be proud of Cathy & Zack as they too miss you more each passing day. I see them often and hug them and reach out to shake Zacks hand. Be proud Pop! I plan on stopping in over at the ASOM facility on Saturday on the 26th and view the memorial paver placed in your memory and HONOR. I hope they will let a Air Force old timer like me in the gates to pay respects to you and your brothers and sisters in arms. Put in a good word for me, Frederick J. Curley USAF, (We still try to put the Air in Airborne) HOOAH"
Fred Curley of Fayetteville, NC Home to Ft Bragg and the 82nd Airborne!

"5/25/2013
On this memorial day weekend i remember my friend and team leader ranger white. thanks for all you did for us troops in hawaii 97-00 Aco 2-5 inf.
Kevin Murray"
kevin murray of cincinnati, ohio

"I still remember"
1SG Dippel of Ft. Drum

"To the family of:Robert F.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""

"im also from wv and appreciate everything you and your family has done for our country. though i didnt know you, i will remember your sacrifice. i plan on ordering and wearing a memorial bracelet with your info on it from memorialbracelets.com"
of belle,wv/usa

"ssg robert f. white, not a day goes by that i dont think of ssg white at least 5 times. i did funeral detail with him before we went to afghanistan. i really enjoyed the conversations we had on those long boring drives in that blue van. why does god take the great ones and leave the ones who dont deserve it or take advantage of it even scorn it. it being life. it was an honor and a pleasure having served with and known ssg bob white. i will truly miss him always."
Ramiro Castro of mesa, az

"SSG Robert White was my first Squad Leader when I joined the Army in 1996. He taught me so many things but one thing in particular was how to be a great Soldier. I am still in the Army today because of this great Non Commissioned Officer. One thing that I will always remember about Bob was his ability to do PT and sleep with a DIP in his mouth and when i tried to quit dipping he would always tell me that no one likes a quitter. You will truly be missed. Cathy and Zach I am so sorry for your loss"
SFC Kevin J. Schoen of Erie, PA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,550 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"hey sgt white its me the knuckle head pvt. i just wanted to tell you that i miss you so much and have not forgotten about you.the night the accident happend i wished there was something i could have done to help you.i was only one truck behind you and yet it felt so far away. to this day i have thought about you every day and always will. i looked up to you like you were my father not just a squad leader. thank you for everything you taught me thank you for being there for me when you could.if anyone in your family wants to contact me my email adress is louisr318@yahoo.com. thank you again for everything and i will always love you like a father."
Louis C. Rogers 3rd squad SAW gunner of Victorville,California

"It is an honor that I am allowed to wear the name of Staff Sgt Robert F. White. I will wear with pride the name of a man who gave his life so others can live free. There is nothing I can say or do to express the thanks that is due this man & his family. I can only say that my wife, my children, & myself are thankful to Robert F. White & we will never forget what he did for us."
michael sparks of Palmyra, MO USA

"April 21, 2008
To the many friends of Ranger White. I have been blessed to get to meet several of my husbands fellow soldiers and friends. He was loved by so many people. Sgt. E. I hope you check back in. I am guessing that you are the same Sgt E. that we served with in Hawaii. I had no way of getting in touch with you. I wanted to get word to as many of Bob's fellow soldier's but as you know it is hard to find people some times. Zach and I miss Bob everyday. There is not ten minutes that goes by in a day that I don't think about him. Zach is getting ready to graduate from High School and he is getting ready to be awarded his Eagle Scout Rank. Both of these events will be very difficult for our Family. Bob was Zach's Scout Master and the two of them were very close. We also lost Bob'b brother on Feb. 12, 2008. He was 23. You may write me at BCZWhite@aol.com. Thank you for caring and for remembering Bob. He really loved you!"
Cathy White (Wife) of Hope Mills, NC

"To the many friends of Ranger White. I have been blessed to get to meet several of my husbands fellow soldiers and friends. He was loved by so many people. Sgt. E. I hope you check back in. I am guessing that you are the same Sgt E. that we served with in Hawaii. I had no way of getting in touch with you. I wanted to get word to as many of Bob's fellow soldier's but as you know it is hard to find people some times. Zach and I miss Bob everyday. There is not ten minutes that goes by in a day that I don't think about him. Zach is getting ready to graduate from High School and he is getting ready to be awarded his Eagle Scout Rank. Both of these events will be very difficult for our Family. Bob was Zach's Scout Master and the two of them were very close. We also lost Bob'b brother on Feb. 12, 2008. He was 23. You may write me at BCZWhite@aol.com. Thank you for caring and for remembering Bob. He really loved you!"
Cathy White (Wife) of Hope Mills, NC

"Bob was a man among men. I hope I am not to late, but there are things I must say and I would like to talk to the parents/family of Bob. Bob and I walked a lot of the same ground and chewed a lot of the same fat. We were together at Fort Bragg, and if he ever mentioned SGT E, well, that is me. Hopefully, a member of Bob's family will respond to this and we will be able to set aside time to talk."
Sgt E. (Ted) of Chapman, KS

"October 1, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Robert F. White:
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

"You are not forgotten. I love you. Your Dad"
William H. White of Richmond, Ky.

"SGT White I will never forget the hard training and hard partying we did in korea. You will always be a Currahee."
Sgt. Morris of Ft Carson, colorado

"Robert,
I would 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.

"Airborne All The Way!""

"To the White family, we hope you are doing well. We know the pain continues as we passed our two year mark the pain was severe at times. We wanted to let you know a young woman who lost her brother right before Juston has e mailed us she is starting a website for siblings, she herself has had such pain in losing her brother in Afghanistan. If you or one of your family would like her e mail let us know she is getting the site up and it will be a secure site. Sorry we missed you at the WV Memorial it was very touching and well done. Honor paid to our brave heroes. you may contact us at justontthacker@sunlitsurf.com Proud grandparents of L Cpl Juston Thacker 6/24/04 Afghanistan."
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"You were a great friend and will always be remembered. It was an honor to serve with you."
MB of Fayetteville

"SSG WHITE WAS A GREAT LEADER AND I'AM PROUD TO HAVE SERVED WITH HIM. EVEN THOUGH I DIDN'T GET TO MEET HIM THAT WELL. U COULD TELL HE WAS A GREAT SOLDIER AND EVERYTHING ELSE. HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND MIND. HE IS GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTEN."
PFC MEJIA of FT.BRAGG, NC

"SSG WHITE: We are proud of you and your family. You gave the ultimate sacrifice for Our county. You died preventing another 9/11 in the U.S.A, May God Bless You."
SFC ROBERT WHITE USA-R of PENSACOLA, FL

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Robert F. White. You are loved by many. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom of so many other people who suffered under the rule of Sadaam. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Robert"s sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston, Tx

"ssg white you were a great man, we had some great times playing killzone i wish i could have been there for you like you were there for me in times of need. you always looked out for the young nco's."
geoff coster of durango, co.

"We will never forget. I will try to be the NCO you were. Thanks for your friendship. Save a place for me next to you. "Dip""
SFC Dippel, Joseph F. of Fort Bragg, NC

"We will sure miss ya Bob! Thank you for your love and dedication to our country and our freedom.....you'll never be forgotten!"
Maggie Sullivan of Fayetteville, 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.
Our nations HERO, Robert will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Robert's family we send our heart felt thoughts and prayers to you. Your son, husband gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country and our state he joins the Hall of Heroes of WV FALLEN HEROES. Our grandson L. Cpl Juston Thacker gave his life in Bari Khout, Afghanistan on 6/24/04. Please know we in WV who have lost our loved ones for our country join you in prayer and thought and any and all of us stand ready to help in any way we can. You may contact us at http://lcpljustontthacker.com. God Bless your family, He is the healer of all our pain."
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"TO THE WHITE FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH ROBERT AND YOUR FAMILY. ROBERT YOU HAVE TOUCHED MANY HEARTS. AN THOSE YOU HAVE. HOLD VERY PRCIOUS MEMORIES SHARED WITH YOU. YOU ARE THE ELITE OF AMERICANS, TRUELY. NOT MANY AMERICAN WILLING TO SERVE HIS OR HER COUNTRY. RISKING EVERYTHING FOR THEM. YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AN FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON! I REALIZE YOU NEVER KNEW ONE ANOTHER. STILL IT'S THAT MILITARY BAND OF BROTHERHOOD AND SISTERHOOD. TO ALWAYS WATCH OVER ONE ANOTHER. YOU ROBERT MADE IT EASIER ON MYSELF. NOT TO WORRY FOR OUR SON! AN NOW YOU ARE BOTH TOGETHER! MY TEARS STILL FLOW FOR YOU AS WITH GREGORY AND ALL OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS. YOU HAVE BECOME APART OF IRAQI,AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY. BY FIGHTING OFF TERRORISM, MAKING OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD SAFER THEN 911! AN ESPECIALLY, FOR GIVEN THOSE IN IRAQ. THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A NEW BEGINNING WITHOUT SADDAM! TO YOUR FAMILY THAT LOVES YOU DEARLY. WORDS ARE HARD TO COMFORT YOU NOW. IT WILL TAKE TIME TO HEAL. I PRAY FOR THAT. I KNOW IT'S DIFFUCULT. I THINK OF MY SON DAILY! ROBERT YOU DESERVE TO BE HONORED IN A SPECIAL WAY. OFTEN NOT UNTIL AFTER A CONFLICT AND WAR. SO I SUGGEST TO YOUR FAMILY. REACH OUT TO THE POLITICAL LEADERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY/ REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN ROBERTS HONOR! WE MUST KEEP OUR HEROES FRSH IN THE MINDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES, STATE'S AND OUR COUNTRY. THIS IS NOT ASKING TO MUCH. FOR A MAN THAT GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US ALL! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"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. Our sons are true heroes!

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"

"Thank you Robert 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 Staff Sgt. Robert 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 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 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 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