Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Henry A. Bacon

45, of Wagram, North Carolina.
Bacon died in Ad Dujayl, Iraq, when he was struck by a recovery vehicle while he was assisting a disabled vehicle. Bacon was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 4th Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on February 20, 2004.

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"Its Memorial Day Henry.....
A quieter time in Garlstadt.....God bless your family... I will never forget you...I talk of you to my family so they know who you are.....see you on the other side.....
SGT Schell.....( rocksteady )"
Paul Schell of Michigan

"I served with SFC Henry Bacon in Iraq, and worked closely with him in the summer of 2003. In the evenings, when things would cool down, we'd all relax a bit and talk about home. SFC Bacon spoke often of his family, and his children especially. He was missing his son's final season of high school football, if I recall correctly. He was such a fine soldier, and loved being a father. His wife and kids must have loved him so much, as he always spoke of them, and how great they were. I think of him often, and what a fine NCO, father, and husband he was."
Army Officer of California

"To the family, friends, and comrades of Henry,
This has been 10 years in the making. I have finally gotten SFC Bacons, SPC Caldwells, and SSG Turners memorial decal completed. If you would like a copy please email me at tankmech4@yahoo.com. The only cost to the requester will be the decal it self."
SGT Fred Rupp of Columbus, Ohio

"Dad,
There are no words to do justice to how much I miss you. "I'm carrying your love with me"...I'd give anything to ride around with you in your old truck and to hear you sing every single country song that exist. Keith reminds me more and more of you everyday. I look at his face, at his expressions, and into his eyes and I see the man that gave us everything. I respect and admire you so much. I appreciate all the sacrifices you made for us. Thank you daddy, you were such a great father. I have to remind myself I am lucky that I had you for 22 years...some kids never even know there father; but sometimes that doesn't even help my grief because I "KNOW" what I am missing. You've been gone for way too long...I can't wait to see you again. Some things you just don't get over...I'll NEVER get over the loss of YOU!"
Love ALWAYS and FOREVER...your baby girl, Tabitha Bacon Bonilla of Connecticut

"To the Family of SFC Henry A. Bacon-
My name is David Richardson and I was one of SFC Bacons soldiers. I just wanted to say that I still to this day (eight years later) think of him all of the time. He was truley a great man, teacher, leader, and father figure for me in my life. I will always remember him!"
David Richardson of Killeen, TX

"To the family of:Henry Bacon
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""

"God Bless the family of SFC Bacon, I also want to thank SFC Bacon for his service to this country and his family. SSG Ret Bernard DeWitt (Cheraw, SC)"
Bernard DeWitt of Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD 21005

"To the family of SFC Henry A. Bacon: I was lucky enough to have had Henry as my Maintenance Team Chief while I was a Platoon Sergeant with A Co. 1/36 Infantry in Germany...he was good man and a true professional...I'm proud to have known him and I pray for those left behind by his early departure..God Bless you all...you lost a true American Hero."
William J. Walker (MSG Retired) of Louisville, KY.

"Hey, I feel so bad that I havent left a message on this site. I really apologize for this. I was stationed with Henry at Friedberg, Germany. Henry and I went to Kosovo together and he kept a friendship with me. We have a lot in common since he was from N.C. and I am from V.A. We could relate on a lot of stuff. My best memory of you, Henry was the act of the character from Slingblade the movie, you had it down perfect."
Jon Poff of Rineyville, Ky

"My prayers go out to the Bacon family. Thanks, Henry, for keeping my family safe."
Kraut2 USMC 64-70 of Mena, Arkansas USA

"I was fortunate to have served with SFC Bacon in 1-10 CAV. Thank you for your friendship and mentorship, your service and for always putting soldiers first. You are missed, my friend...God Bless you."
A Former Cav Officer of Boston, MA

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Henry A. Bacon:
Henry 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

"SFC Bacon:
God bless you and thank you for your service. You will always be my hero."
former cav officer of washington, d c

"I was stationed with SFC Bacon in Freidberg, Germany in A Co 1-36INF. I always enjoyed his company, whether we were in the field or in the weight room (with room being used loosely, since it was the size of a closet). He was everything that a NCO was supposed to be and an overall great man. It breaks my heart that he wasn't able to retire and be with his wife and family."
Rob McLean of Annandale, VA

"It has been over 3 years now and I still miss you as if it were yesterday. I will love you always.
wife of a hero, SFC Henry Bacon
love, Ethel"
Ethel Bacon of Fayetteville, NC

"I was a young E-5 in Germany and remember meeting a sergeant named Bacon. I look at his picture and can see he and I talking, just shooting the bull. I know it is the same Bacon, how many people named Bacon did I meet in 6 years in the Army? Not many.

SFC Bacon, you were a class act and a super person to talk to. May God bless you in Heaven and may your family find peace through Him.

Sgt. J.C.Baer"
Jim Baer of Detroit, MI

"To Tabitha and the Bacon family,
I just wanted to express to you that I admired Orlando for finding such a great family to marry into. I know that he truly wholeheartedly loved you and your family enormously. He and Butch were two of the most humble and great men I have ever had the pleasure to be around. Your mother has always been a sweet and beautiful lady. Your brother Kieth I have the full confidence that he will carry the torch in place of his father. I wish you and your family the peace and the tranquility that only the good lord our savior Jesus can bestow upon you. Your always in our prayers, love Ruben and Archie Bonilla"
Jose R. Bonilla-Santiago of Killeen, Texas/USA

"Hi Tabitha, my name is Monique Humphreys and I use to live next door to you In Fort Hood Texas. I dont know if you remember me I had a little sister name naomi. However, Im very sorry to hear about your Dad. I remember him and he was a very nice man. You are in my prayers and I wish you all the best."
Monique Humphreys of Orlando, Florida

"I had the chance to sfc bacon when i was in 1-10. He was a great guy. The time i remember most was when i was in the motor-pool, he always poked fun at me being there cause of what section i worked in. I still remember him helping me change a tire on my 109van. It's one of the best memories I have of him. He was laughing and thats how i like remembering him."
rich of cape coral, fl

"Hello, Mrs. Bacon and family,

My name is Kevin Niuvela and I wanted to say and give the honors to our heavenly father for so much and that his grace is upon each and everyone of you. I wanted to show my respects to my grateful hero like your husband and father. I would like to say that he was my father also in our time in Iraq. I served as his mechanic in HHT 1-10th CAV. He was the one who took one more burden on his shoulders, so I can survive. I respected him and loved him like a father. I'm sorry for not being there when we came back, I just didn't know how to show my respects to his family, it was just me. I had a hard time adjusting, he was a friend more than my platoon sergeant. My sympathies to you and the family and that GOD may bless you all as he has blessed me. I hope you guys are doing okay and my prayers and heart is with you all always. Thank you for a father and husband who served me well, as he had served the army. SFC Bacon, I will never forget, and through his family and soldiers, he lives on."
Kevin Niuvela of Federal Way, WA

"Mrs.Bacon and tab
Im really sorry for your lost. Mr. Bacon was an outstanding man. Im honored that i had the chance to know him for the little bit of time that i did. Tab im sorry i never got to meet your husband but my mom told me that he was a really nice guy. once again im sorry for your lost."
Sgt. Anthony Brown of Marine Corps Base Hawaii

"Henry Bacon's greatness is evidenced by the loving, responsible, ethical family that he left behind to continue making this world a better place for us all. I didn't get the chance to meet him and I know that this is a great loss to me. A man that could build such a strong family is most definitely worthy of admiration. I love you all and wish you God's peace and comfort"
Deborah of Ft Hood Tx USA

"Hello all who have graced this site from Ethel (wife of SFC Henry Bacon) and Tabitha (wife of CPT Orlando Bonilla) and Keith (son of SFC Henry Bacon...Thank you all for your sympathies and kind words. They mean so much to us. Should you want to contact us personally to share a memory or a thought of them or your loved one please feel free to contact us at sabrinabacon@hotmail.com (ETHEL) and tdbonilla@yahoo.com (TABITHA). We appreciate all that you have said and it warms our hearts to know that there are such caring people. We accidently found this site tonight and it was such a pleasant surprise. Thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts, and God bless you, your families, and our troops always.
LOVE the Bacon and Bonilla family"
Tabitha and Ethel of Fayetteville, NC

"My cousin Butch was a very good friend to all who knew him and loved him he would always put his family and friends first,he is truly missed but we have comfort in knowing he's making a place for all of us in heaven,to Ethel,Tabitha,and Keith you are in our prayers and in our hearts,"
Nancy,ED,Kaitlyn bossie of cerro gordo nc

"MY HERO, MY FRIEND, MY COUSIN. I REMEMBER THAT GRIN MOST OF ALL. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! YOU WERE ON YOUR WAY HOME NEVER REALIZING THAT HEAVEN WAS THE HOME YOU WERE GOING TO.. YOUR FAMILY IS A TRUE REFLECTION OF THE TYPE OF MAN THAT YOU WERE AND ALWAYS WILL BE THROUGH THEM. TO ETHEL, KEITH AND TABITHA, I HOPE YOU WILL ONE DAY FIND PEACE. YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.."
BETTY JO MONROE of CERRO GORDO

"Dear Bacon Family:
We do not know each other, but a flag honoring your husband and father flies in our front yard. We are so proud to honor him for his selfless love of his country. Your family is in our prayers. (We obtained the flag with his name on it from a "Healing Field" in the City of Brandon, Mississippi, last Sept. 11.)"
Grissom Family of Brandon, Mississippi

"To the family of SFC Henry Bacon, Please know that I served him and he was a true soldier and a good friend to all who knew him. He will be truly missed."
SGT Daniel M. Long of Naperville, IL

"Tabitha and family: I just learned of your double loss in Iraq. A family suffering one loss is terrible but a double loss must be overwhelming. Always keep in mind that both Butch and Orlando were true heroes serving their country in a time of conflict. I will keep you in my prayers. I have an "adopted" Marine serving in Iraq and I know how worried I am about him, and I've never even met the young man. It takes special men and women to serve their countries but the parents, spouse and brothers and sisters back home are also serving their country and making sacrifices. May God bless you. Remember that father and son are always watching over you."
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois

"Ethel, Tabitha, Keith:

I have known you all for years. You have many times jokingly called my child "son" and "brother." You have always included us in your celebrations and shared your loving and delightful family with us. James and I have grown to know you ARE family.

My heart bleeds that you should have lost both Butch and Orlando so early and under such unfathomable circumstances. I've tried not to wonder why your family should lose such wonderful Men... Why such a loving, well-adjusted family should have their Loves stripped from them, seemingly so unjustly... Why it couldn't have been someone else, somewhere else. (What a horrible thought.)

Tabitha set my heart at ease tonight when she intimated that her aunt had asked her, "Which flower would she pick first upon entering a garden?" (The most beautiful and fragrant!?) - just as I was thinking to myself that your family has been blessed with two True Angels Here On Earth.

Butch is a loving husband, father and friend who would go out of his way to help anyone at any time. I remember Him offering to check and fix my tire for me - even after a long day's work in his own motor pool, knowing fullwell I could have done it myself. He is a true gentleman. Orlando is a loving husband, son-in-law and brother to Keith who would have done anything for any of you without being asked. I could see the adoration in Orlando's eyes at your wedding, Tabitha. I saw the same adoration in Butch's eyes for you the day He gave you to your husband. I saw the the air of pride when Butch looked upon you, Ethel and Keith... knowing what a grand family he had been graced with!

Both Men were blessings to you, their whole families and to everyone whose lives they touched. Butch and Orlando are brave, honourable Men and true heroes. If only all America could claim such Men their own.


God Bless You and Keep You and please take solace that they are both still watching over you till you come "home.""
Mary and James of Killeen, TX

"Enrique and I still remember you sitting at our table laughing and making everybody laugh. We remember how you talked about your daughter Tabatha and your son Keith. I remember the story that you told us about how you took your wife to Paris, at least to the border because she did not want to go any further than that. We all remember you as a family man who would do anything for his country and his family. May god have you sitting in a place where you can still watch over us. We will never forget you."
Enrique and Patty Sanchez of Friedberg, Germany

"On behalf of my husband, SSG Tully, and myself, we send our deepest sympathy. Daniel talks of going bowling with your family. No words that I can offer can make the pain of losing a father, husband any less. We hope and pray that you find comfort in your loved ones, memories, and God."
Phyllis Tully of Grafenwoehr Germany

"Peace be with the family and friends of Henry Bacon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerely,
Sister of a fallen soldier from Fort Hood, Texas in November 2003."
Renee of California

"Father you did so much for me which I am proud of I thank you for every thing and I will do everything to take care of the family. I love and miss you."
Keith Bacon of KilleenTx. USA

"Sergeant Bacon, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"ON BEHALF OF MY HUSBAND, SGT.LUKE A THOMAS, OF THE 91ST ENGINEER BRIGADE, 1ST CAV, I SEND MY DEEPEST CONDOLECES."
Barbara thomas

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

"God Bless You Brave Solider. Thank you for your duty to our country. May God be with your family."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"To Henry's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Henry watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Henry Bacon, 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 Sgt. 1st Class Henry Bacon:
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 Henry 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 Sgt. 1st Class Henry Bacon:
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 Henry, 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