Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Romanes L. Woodard

30, of Hertford, North Carolina.
Woodard died in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when the CH-47 helicopter he was on crashed. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Camp Ederle, Italy. Died on April 6, 2005.

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"Wassup Woody. I love you and I miss you"
Rasool Wright

"Even after all these years it's hard to accept that you are gone. Iam thankful that I had the pleasure of knowing you. Thank you for staying with me in the airport until my mom came even though you were going home on leave you took the time out to stay with someone you just met. Words can not express how good of a person you were. I miss you, I cry for you but in the end I know that you would rather see me smile. Thanks for being you Romanes I will never forget you."
Crystal of VA

"To the Blanco-Caldas family,and to all that still hold my Newphew Romanes in their hearts and prayers, THANKS.Blanco-Caldas family you are especially wonderful to think of others with fallen loved ones in spite of your loss, best wishes and Gods blessings until we all meet again."
Laverne of Hertford,NC

"Woody, as time nears for another year of your passing I can't help but to feel sadness inside. Every year around this time I think of you and remember all the good times we had. You were like my big brother. I love you and miss you so much my friend."
SSG Landeros, Normandie of Fort Lewis, WA

"I had the privilage and honor to served with SSG Woodard "Woody". He was my roomate in Ft Stewart. One of the best soldier, friend and person I have ever met. He would go out of his way to help others. I remember went my car broke down on the way to Tennessee and he let me borrow his brand new Mitsubishi Mirage to drive home. Woody you are a great person and a positive influence on everybody who had the honor of meeting you. I will never forget you. I love you bro."
SSG Sirivong of 824th DET-10 Parachute Rigger , Qatar

"I love my uncle, and I know he was strong and he fought for the lives of all Americans. But still I miss him. Although he is not on Earth with us, I know he is in heaven looking down on us."
Shannon of Hertford NC

"Wassup woody its your boy sool. Man i will never forget you man. We were tight like brothers when we were at fort carson. All those late night parties and video game marathons we had i miss so much. I wish you were still here; it burns me to my soul to know that you are not here with me. You are my brother and i love you man. I will never let your name be in vain brother. One love!!! R.I.P Romanes "Woody" Woodard."
Sheriff OfficerRasool L. Wright of Newark, N.J

"I have been thinking of my uncle Romanes lately and how much I miss him. He was kind and loving and I miss him so much Thanks everyone for the support."
Tae of NC

"To the Woodard family I give my condolences. I met Romanes in Ft. Stewart, GA. and I recently found out about his passing. He had a kind heart and was a friend to eveyone. Even though you may not understand what has happened, know that GOD has a plan and that SSG woodard is in a better place. R.I.P."
Alice Richardson of Waterford, MI

"I MISS MY UNCLE SO MUCH, AND IT KILLS ME SLOWLY WHEN I THINK OF HOW HE DIED FOR OUR COUNTRY, THE BRAVERY, HONOR, HE WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED AND REMEMBERED! R.I.P-Army Staff Sgt. Romanes L. Woodard


TO ALL THE REST OF THE FAMILY OF FALLEN SOLDIERS...In our pain we must remember the reason for the fight, pray for our Nation, and our Troops!"
Tyrone of NC

"November 10, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Romanes L. Woodard:
Romanes 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

"I met Woody at Ft. Stewart, GA and I just recently found out that he had died. I finally had a child and I rememember when I lost my child at Ft. Stewart, GA. I also remembered when I got stranded in S.C. and he tooked me there when I needed a ride. We were family at Ft. Stewart and we will miss you greatly. I hope that your family know how truly special you are. I love you and I will miss you!"
Teresa Scott aka SPC Scott of Washington, DC

"WOODY, I STILL LOVE YOU LIKE MY BIG BROTHER. I NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS THOUGHT THIS WOULD HAPPEN TO A FRIEND OF MINE. I MISS ALL THE TIMES WE SPENT TOGETHER IN GERMANY AND KOSOVO AND IRAQ. I STILL REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I RAN INTO YOU IN IRAQ. I WILL NEVER FORGET. IT WAS GREAT HAVING YOU AS A ROOM MATE IN GERMANY. YOU MEANT SO MUCH TO ME MY FRIEND, MY BROTHER. WE ALL MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU."
SSG LANDEROS of HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, GA

"Romanes, Its ya boy lawrence Craig been chillin in mia for the past couple yrs since I etsed in 96.Me and Twala got Married finally and as you knew i already had my oldest son in ga,Me and twala have two more additions deshan 9yrs and Keishon6. Iwish we stayed in touch man cause we both missed you all the time we spent in Ft.Stewart are forever imprinted in our hearts.I heard you were a dad better late than never Congrats.Well I still beleive that god has a better plan for you he needed a good man and soldier to bring us home one day so he called for you.As i Sit here mourning for you, Know that God had a plan for you so say a few good words for us to see us through one for sure we will meet again so bask in the arms of the lord my freind gone but never forgotten your name is in stone until i see you again.
Rest in Peace
Love THE Craig Family"
Lawrence Craig of Hialeah,Fl

"My wife and I send our condolences to the family of Romanes L. Woodard. We had the pleasure of meeeting him in FT.Stewart and becoming very good friends with him. Thanks to him my wife and I met and during the time we spent together in Stewart. He helped us with a very difficult pregnancy and was there with us when we lost our first baby. We were also fortunate to have him there sharing the joy of the birth of our second child. Romanes L. Woodard was a very good friend and a big part of our lifes and we will miss him dearly. God Bless"
Laron S. Scott of FT.Hood, Texas

"Go With God brother"
Francisco of AZ

"To the Woodard Family,
There is not a day that goes by that I don't miss him, he was like a brother to me and I miss him greatly, I was deployed to Afghanistan, when I got the news and it hit me very hard, I have lost a brother, but i know he died doing what he loved and for that we have to be grateful,I will NEVER forget him. I served with him at Fort Carson, the 5deuce (52nd ECB), and we used to call each other "Punk", that was how we addressed each other daily, we used to go to lunch together practically everyday, He was my brother, and I miss him.

I have some pictures of him if the family wants copies"
Raeleshia L. Crowder-Harris of Ft. Richardson, Alaska

"Romanes,
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 deepest sympathy.

"Fury From The Sky"(508th Inf. Motto)"

"To the family of:Romanes L. Woodard 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"

"There is hardly a day that goes by that I do not think of SSG Woodard and others we have lost in this fight. My memories are of magnificent Americans who chose to be soldiers who are so ahead of their peers in duty, honor, and service. I am proud to have led SSG Woodard and wish I could have prevented his loss. I will never forget him and pray our country understands what sacrifice it has made. God bless and strengthen his family until we are all reunited."
Captain Eric M. Noe of Ft. Carson, CO. USA

"I met SSG Woodard in Italy before deploying to Afghanistan. I met him through SSG Russell, who to this day is very much affected by his loss. I remember all the laughs, the late night talks the three of us shared and it is something that I will always take with me. I have been in Afghanistan for 6 months and there is not a day that pass by that he doesn't cross my mind. I wear a memorial bracelet in his honor. To the family of Woody: I am sorry for your loss and I want you to know that he was a great soldier, an honorable man and a one of a kind friend."
SSG Corchado, Vanessa of SETAF Bagram, Afghanistan

"I was SSG. Woodard's soldier in the 52nd, he was a great mentor and best friend of mine. He was a guy that had no problem getting along with anyone. We served together in Iraq. He taught me so much about being a good soldier and person. When his daughter came to visit him from Germany, she and my daughter played. He was beyond happy when he recieved his orders to Germany. His daughter is very lucky to have a father that loved her so very much. I'll never forget him and will always keep his family in mind. My parents send there best wishes, and hope that everyday he contiues to shine down the love he shined when he was here in front of us."
Spc. Walter Maddox of Hannibal, MO

"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 THE WOODARD FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN FOR THE LOST OF ROMANES. AN OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH HIM AND YOUR FAMILY. HE WILL NOT HAVE GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN. HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMEBERED. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR IN MAY BALAD, IRAQ. AN I REALIZE OUR SON'S HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. I AM SO THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL HE SERVED ALONG SIDE YOUR SON. AS MILITARY BROTHERS WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHERS UNIT'S. ROMANES IS A HERO! AN HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING US AGAINST TERRORISM AND TO GIVE THOSE IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ A CHANCE AT PEACE. SINCE 911, YOU HAV EHELPED AMERICA TO BE ALOT SAFER! YOU ARE IN MY HEART AND PRAYS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"hey sgt i missed from the second you left 52nd. you died doind what you wanted to do and was to be close to your daughter. you were a great person, a great leader and an outstanding father.
now who will play QB for DS? yes remember playing in the grable in mosul, i will never forget. you are one many friends who have passed away defending your country and for that will all thank you."
spc lucas of 10th csh/fort carson co

"To Romanes' 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"

"I was SSG Woodard supervisor for almost 3 years prior to him leaving for his new unit in Italy. We worked together in a Direct Support Maintenance Platoon stationed in Fort Carson Colorado. I deployed with him to Mosul Iraq. SSG Woodard was a great human being and a great leader of soldiers. He will truly be missed."
SSG Jeffrey C. Peskoff of Fountain, Colorado

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

"Thank you Romanes Woodard, 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. Romanes Woodard:
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 Romanes 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. Romanes Woodard:
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 Romanes, 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