Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Roy Russell Buckley


24, of Portage, Indiana.
Buckley was aboard a M818 truck traveling in a convoy when he exited the passenger compartment, climbed into the trailer and did not return. Buckley was discovered lying on the side of the road with serious injuries. Medical aid was summoned and he was pronounced dead. Buckley was assigned to the 685th Transportation Company, Hobart, Indiana. Died on April 22, 2003.

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"IMO BUCK RIP, you are still missed . salute to a true hero !"
Spc beachy of Naples

"Hey baby brother it's been 13 years and my heart still aches like it was yesterday. Mom has her moments and puts on a brave face. Your daughters are both beautiful young women. I miss you my best friend and wish you were here to see all my grandbabies. They would've loved you so much. I would give anything just to see your beautiful face or just sit and talk and laugh like we used too. We'll until we meets again kiss grandma and grandpa for me and I'll see you again someday. Love always and forever your only sis"
trena morris of reportage, indiana, USA

"Buck,
Every year goes by and it's like I always remember when I first met you at the back door of the bay. It's funny your face is printed in my brain. 22 April, is my mothers birthday, so I can never forget that day..to his family: the day we had the service in Iraq camp Cedar it was raining and the moment that Buck's name was called for the last time it jus stop rain and the sun came out, it was him leaving..this year2015, I will make this Memorial Day his...To his daughter your dad was a Mans man..he was Loved by all who came in contact with him..."
SSG Perez, Omar of FYI. knox, Ky

"Buck, I can not forget the short Time we had and the way you touched my Heart that day at Fort Cambell when I was looking for cream for my coffee and you opened your door and said green you need cream I have some for you. And we became close talking about our daughters over coffee and I will never forget because of how excited you were to know that you would see your daughter when we returned from deployment . The day they said that you were no longer with us all the tears from my eyes could only see us talking about our girls and now . Buck I just wanted to say I will never forget that you are the bravest of the brave .always love brother"
Sgt. Green of Louisiana

"Hey baby brother I miss you so very much. I just wish I could talk to you again. I don't know why you had to go and there are still so many hateful people in this world. I'll love you for all eternity your only sis T. Any needing to contact the family can do so through me my address is 1054 Camelot manor portage, in. 46268 or my # is 219-940-9201or 219-455-5067 and my email is Catrena.Morris@comcast.net anytime"
Catrena Morris of 1054 Camelot manor portage,Indiana

"Hey there Bucky, your birthday has just passed and I spent it sitting with you at your grave and I cried like it was yesterday that you left me. I am truly alone without you here with me. I would give anything to have you here again. I'm a grandma now and your a great uncle, his middle name is yours and you would have had a ball with him. He always ask about you and tells you he loves you when we pass the painting of you I have. Your daughter Paige came over the other day and asked me for something of your, I gave her one of the millitary coins I got at your funeral, a picture and your funeral program,I don't have any personal items. She's so proud of her dad even if she has never met you and it makes me cry to look at her at times because she is your twin. Happy Birthday and fathers day baby brother. I love and miss you so very much. Luv always and forever your only sis T. p.s. Anyone trying to get in touch with the family can call me or email me at 219-940-9201 or Catrena.Morris@ comcast.net. Thank you for all your beautiful words."
Catrena Morris of Portage,Indiana

"Hello to spc. Roy Buckley and his loved ones left to carry on . I know I haven't come to see where u rest bro. But I want to say it is truly an honor to have been able to serve this great nation with u . I have a drawing that I have drawn in ur honor I to think of u often . I pray your family can carry on knowing that u are a great man , friend, and soldier who even though you have gone from this world you touched so many lives in a very positive way . I will always remember you. As I am sure many others will also. My name is spc. Lelan beachy . I now live in fl. But hope to be able to visit someday when I get a vacation. I would love to hear from your family or any of our fellow soldiers from the 685th trans. Co. Who served with us in Iraq . I am proud to have served along side your Roy. I would like to send the drawing I have made to roys family . If someone could please contact me at raybeachy@ymail.com so I can make arrangements for shipping it to you I would appreciate it very much and if any fellow soldiers would like to contact me please feel free."
Spc. Lelan beachy of Naples, fl. USA.

"My name is Cpl. Geovany Tejeda. i was also with Rienhart and Matsko that day in April of 2003.let me start by saying im sorry for your loss.theres not a day that passes that i dont think about Spc Buckley. Its been nine years and I still havent been able to get past it. I can only imagine what it must be like for his familly.I am truly sorry for your loss and my deepest condolances to all of you. I hope that you guys are doing fine. If theres anything you guys need anything at all please email me at vamc039@gmail.com"
Cpl Geovany Tejeda USMC Ret. of Miami Fl,

"roy it me again just thought of you today my son ask what imo buck means he saw it on my kevlar cover and it took me back and i told him it was for a true hero that i think of alot and was truly honored to meet and become friends with it been a long time man but imo buck"
federico encinas of fort worth tx

"To the family of:Roy Russell Buckley
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"2-12-11"

"hey baby bro i miss you soooo very much, my heart hurts everyday that your gone. your a great uncle now hes named after you,he would have loved you, he does know you because i have your picture hanging over your flag and i have taught him about you.so now he say uncle when he sees your pic.i love you and can you watch out for lamont hes been sent to afghanastan.tell gma and gpa i love and miss them too.see you when i see you lil bro love always and forever your only sis"
catrena morris of portage,in.usa

"The gripping reality that someone so wonderful can be taken from this world simply because they cared enough to fight for it is an every day occurrence. But seldom do you see someone that not only helped people but changed their lives simply by being themselves. You are greatly missed!"
Charlene Benoit of Needles, CA

"Buck will always be missed. He was a great friend and family member.The good memories we had will never be forgotten. He gave his life in the name of his country and is now blessed to be with our lord.
Never Forgotten"
Tony Edwards of Indiana

"Hey man, I was at work today and you just crossed my mind. I miss you coming across the street after work and having beers with me. I also miss your ugly mug in the motor pool. Since our unit has been back home, drill or just plain old every day life just doesnt seem the same. The day before you died when we were in Iraq keeps coming to mind even in my dreams. I know i havent been to see your grave in awhile, but its hard since we were good friends. We were comrades in arms as well as neighbors. At least you gave me one last laugh before you passed. Sticking that air hose down your pants. I also remember our last conversation about your daughters the night before. They wouldve been blessed to know you. I thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice and i say a prayer for you every memorial day. I miss you brother."
SGT C. Hilley

"Buckey.......... I salute you this weekend. Miss you and are always in my thoughts. Love, your cousin, Kimberly"
Kimberly Brooks of North Judson, IN

"I have a cross stich memorial that I would like to send to any member of Roy's family, if you contact me. Jan Nichols, nicholsjan@hotmail.com"
Jan of Dyer, IN

"To the Buckley family,

My name is Cpl. Eric Matsko. I was the other marine with Sgt. Rinehart on that fateful day in April of 2003. It has taken a long time for me to be able deal with that day and I can't even imagine what you all have gone through. I send my most sincere condolances to all of you. I know Craig stopped through and met with you all back in 2003 and I wish that I would have been able to do the same. I hope that you all are doing well. If there is ever anything that anyone of you might need please feel free to contact me. I hope someday that i might be able to get down there to Indiana and meet with you all. My email is EJMat21@aol.com. Again I am extremely sorry for your loss.

Cpl. Eric Matsko
U.S.M.C"
Eric Matsko of Harbor Springs, Michigan

"to everyone who has ever sent in a kind word about my brother, I thank you! He was truely the light in many more lives than I ever thought, it make me happy to know that he will live on forever. The days seem just as long now as when he first past but reading all of your letters helps me feel a little better, PLEASE DON'T FORGET HIM!! With All My Love His One and Only SISTER! I LOVE YOU BUCK AND MISS YOU OH SO MUCH!By the way my brother has two daughters ,the youngest he only seen once,but know this Paige Buckley knows more about her father than the other child will ever be allowed to know. So please don't leave her out. THANK YOU!"
catrena of PORTAGE,IN.

"To the Buckley family; this is Craig Rinehart, the one that was there on that dreadful day for family in April 2003. I found this page and just wanted to let you know that my condolences are still with your family and friends and that I still think of Roy and that I hope things are going better for the family. I know it has been some time since I last spoke with you but my hopes and prayers are still with the family and fellow Soldiers that knew Roy. I hope all is well. Feel free to get in contact with me at Oif1n2n3@yahoo.com or craig.rinehart@usmc.mil"
Sgt Rinehart, Craig L. of Camp Pendleton CA

"dad i miss you a lot i still think about you at times and it maks me cry to think i didn't know you well. you're still with me in my heart and i'll never forget you. love your daughter"
Alicia Faith Buckley and Bucky Jr. of Hobart, Indiana

"Sorry i never got a chance of meeting you too and I wish I had. Your isked your life for our freedom. Thank you. You wont be forgotten."
Christian Buckley of Indianapolis, IN

"January 12, 2008
To the family of Spc. Roy Russell Buckley:
Roy 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

"Though I never had the honor of meeting you, my family tells me we were somehow related. There's a lot of the Buckley side of my family that I've yet to meet. Looking at your picture, you're DEFINITELY a Buckley though. So sorry we never got to meet, but my condolences to your (our?) family and sincere appreciation to yourself and all of the troops. I can only pray I do get the pleasure of meeting you some day. God bless."
Kalen Buckley of Indianapolis, IN

"I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I MISS YOU! Those nights when we would just lye in your room listening to music and talking! How about the "drunk night" with my mom! THAT WAS GREAT! Or how about the mud baths with the kids! Before you left ALL i could do was cry and ask you Why! I UNDERSTAND WHY BUCKY! I wish I would have just cherished that time we were having together before you left! I'M SORRY! I will FOREVER LOVE YOU! You are one of the BEST people who I have EVER had and I AM SO BLESSED TO HAVE HAD YOU IN MY LIFE NOW AND FOREVER!"
Melissa of Hobart Indiana

"Roy,

You came across my mind today and I just wanted to say that I miss you man. You were one of my first friends when I moved to Merrillville. Remember when you, Nick, and myself would go hunting for frogs in the pond behind my house. Remember we got Nick in trouble for bringing so many frogs home. But hey they had to go somewhere and they couldn't stay at our houses. Or how about that mean Chow Chow you had (I think you had two). I remember when you got that dog. I was terrified of it. Man I hate that you are gone. But at least you don't have to worry about life on Earth. I hope you are enjoying heaven.

Your friend for eternity!

Jeff Thames"
Jeff Thames of Atlanta, Ga/USA

"Roy,
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."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"buck i remeber you every day i got to know you on our frist ride out from then on you was a friend you and Relio were some cool cats iam honored to call you friend you was a great honorary maintence member IMO BUCK bustin nuts to your fam thank you for given us a great man"
federico encinas of now FT WORTH TX

"Bucky was a great guy, I saw him the night before he was going to ship out. He told me he was going to get his daughter when he got back. I asked him why he had joined the service he said TO MAKE ME A BETTER PERSON, and to be able to serve my country. In my mind I already belived he was a Great Person!! Love and Miss you Bucky"
Peaches of Hobart, In

"Well Buck you are truly a great addition to heaven my friend.Buckley was my squad leader before we got deployed. I was scared before leaving. He told me "Don't worry Mac, I won't let anything happen to you." Thank you Buckley. I love you."
Aiah Thompson-McInnis of Bensenville,IL

"I never knew Roy but my father worked with him at Midwest Steel and his best memory of Roy was when Roy gave him a winter coat which once belonged to his father. I never got a chance to personally thank him for his kindness and respect but I hope one day his daughter reads this or hears of this so she can have a little more of her father to hold on to and be proud of."
Melissa Mahoney of Chicago, IL

"spc.roy R buckley has two daughters one who has gone unrecognized her name is Paige A Buckley in honor of her father can you please recognize her as a survivor? Thank you in advance."
susan hatfield of portage IN , US

"I knew Roy, he was a really great guy. I was shocked to hear about his tragic death. My prayers and thoughts are with you, the family, even now. May God be with you."
Erin (Patrick) Carlos of Chesterton, IN USA

"hey, i just thought i could drop another message to let you know you are always missed. I'm glad that i got to know you, and i will always cherish knowing somebody as cool as you. from an old buddy, i thank you once again. and god bless you and your family, always."
art aguilera of whiting, Indiana

"Roy, i still have an old pop warner football picture of us. Well, all of us who played for the Merrillville pirates. Throughout our years in junior high, high school, we have always remained cool. We would see each other once in a blue moon, and we stop and chat for a little while. my mom still has those pop warner pictures. And when I read the newspaper, I couldn't beleave what I was reading. You are always in my thoughts, and once in a while I stop wonder how your doing up in heaven? From an old football buddy, art aguilera, I like to say thank you for being who you were. You made me a better person knowing you. You always had a kind word, when we would see eachother. And when I walked away, I felt better the rest of the day."
Art Aguilera III of Whiting, In. united states

"Buck, even though I have never met you I feel that I know you. My husband was with you in Iraq till he was in a landmine accident. He always speaks very highly of you. You were a wonderful father and person! You are highly missed."
Jodi Boggs of Mansfield, OH

"Roy, you are a true hero and soldier. I will never forget you."
1SG Nick Naumoff of Hammond, Indiana

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/2004)

"one year later: We 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, Roy will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Bucky's family and friends:
Bucky was a wonderful person. He always saw the good in things and had a smile on his face. He lit up the room and I am a better person for having known him. He made the ultimate sacrifice for us all, and I am truly grateful for that. I think of him often and pray for you all. May God help keep you strong and know that Bucky touched many people's lives. God bless you."
Lisa (Beres) Camden of Hobart, IN

"Bucky,
Thank you for your friendship throughout the years. I'm sorry I never got the chance to thank you. I see the American flag in a new light, and I think of you often. You were kind without reason, loving and passionate. You were truely a great friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Until we meet again in heaven..."
Kimberly (Lobody) Morse of Portage, IN USA

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

"Thank you, most sincerely for the contribution Roy gave during his fight for the freedom of my children, family and all who benifit from his heroic actions, bravery and strong will. His sacrifice was one that will impact may people for many years to come, be proud and be strong. May God bring your family peace and closeness with Roy. He is in our nations prayers."
David Adams of Baton Rouge, La

"Thank you Roy Buckley, 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

"My best friend is in the same unit and she knew was a wonderful young man. May the Lord's strength continue to help you get through this time. May you continue to keep his spirit alive in your hearts and in all American's hearts as well. Thank you for your family's dedication to our freedoms and the love of our country!"
Hugs from Sara Morrison of Henderson, Nevada

"We thank you for the sacrafice Roy made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier!"
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Thank you so much for the ultimate price you have paid for your country. My thoughts and prayers are with this young man's family. You too, deserve the thanks of a grateful nation for the sacrifice you have given. May God be with you."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"To the family and friends of Spc. Roy Buckley:
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 Roy 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 Spc. Roy Buckley:
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 Roy, 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