Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Edward C. Barnhill

50, of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Barnhill died in Baghdad, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 431st Civil Affairs Battalion, North Little Rock, Arkansas. Died on May 14, 2004.

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"It is obvious, from the many heartfelt condolences left for his family, that his larger family of Americans have felt his loss also. Go with God CSM, YOU DID IT RIGHT."
L.K.Livingston of New Iberia, Louisiana ,USA

"To the family of:Edward C. Barnhill
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"1-16-11"

"CSM Barnhill, You will always be my CSM!"
LTC (R) Nathaniel Balentine Jr. of Pine Bluff, AR/USA

"I dont know what made me think of CSM Barnhill today. I decided to google him for some odd reason. Although, I think of him often especailly passing his picture and the plaque they put up for him. He was so laid back and friendly. He always stopped me whenever he saw me to make some kind of corny joke or flash a smile, which is how I'll always remember him. And I hope everyone else does too."
SGT Walton, Katrina of North Little Rock, AR 72114

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"April 13, 2008
To the family of Command Sgt. Maj. Edward C. Barnhill:
Edward 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Carl was a student of mine at the Sergeant's Major Academy. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Carl was a fine man, and it was my gain to have known him."
SGM David Harper of Fort Huachuca, Arizona, USA

"Hi husband died on March 16, 2004 of a heart attack at Camp Virginia Kuwait.
My heart goes out to you and I know what you are going through.
I am praying for you.
God bless"
Theresa Thigpen of Augusta Georgia

"Just wanted you to know that Carl is still alive in our memories and hearts. When times get hard look toward the hills.
Love you"
Jeanette "Jones" Townsley of Metropolis, Ill

"May you always rest in peace. It's funny how sometimes we wait until someone leaves us before we put our feelings for them into words. So for all the times, on behalf of the entire NCO Corps, we want to thank you for making us all better soldiers."
CSM (Ret) Harold Hunt of Hanover, MD

"To the Barnhill Family,
5/13/05 - I hope you have found some solace and peace. I am sure that the anniversary of Edward's death has flooded you with memories. May God bless you all."
Webster and Ruth Reed (father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Baghdad on 1/28/05) of Krotz Springs, LA

"To CSM Barnhill's Family,

It has been almost a year since Carl left us and I continue to think of him everyday. It was an honor to have been his Bn Cdr while in Iraq and I shall remember him always. Without any doubt the kindest and most thoughtful soldier I have ever had the pleasure to serve with."
COL Bob Bishop of Camp Robinson, AR

"I am so sorry for your loss. Your soldier was a true hero. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. My husband is a soldier and freedom should be never taken for granted. Thank you for your sacrifice."
The Langs of Colorado

Marilynn Franklin of Mansfield, La.

"When I came across this memorial for CSM Barnhill, it really hit home. I am also from Shreveport. My husband is in the army and serving overseas. I send my deepest sympathy. I hope that you find strength in your loved ones, memories and the Lord."
Phyllis Tully of Grafenwoehr Germany

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

"To Edward's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Edward, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Edward'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 Edward'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 his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Dear Barnhill Family, God be with each of you. Our pain is your pain as we lost my nephew, Pfc Bradley Kritzer, May 5th."
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

"Thank you Edward Barnhill, 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 Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Barnhill:
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 Edward 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 Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Barnhill:
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 Edward, 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