Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Joel E. Cahill

34, of Norwood, Massachusetts.
Cahill died in Ad Dawr, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on November 6, 2005.

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"So sorry to hear about Joel. I served with joel in the 82nd airborne Div many years ago he was an outstandind soldier and friend. RIP mate"
David Wakelin (ex British Soldier) of Portsmouth England

"Not Forgotten! Thinking of you this Memorial day weekend. Cheers friend!"
Sisk of Springfield, IL

"You are not forgotten. Rangers Lead the Way."
Ryan of Seattle, Washington

"I pray for the Cahill family everyday and will Always Remember! He will Never Be Forgotten!"
Sgt.Brooks,Gabe of Lima,Ohio

"I was Sargeant in the same Unit,Company and there that night 6th of November on the raid that I will never forget. I didn't know him well but in the little time that I knew of him and got to talk to him he influenced my life greatly. He showed me what a True Leader was by his actions. I am about to graduate with my Registered Nurse degree and plan on going to medical school this Fall. I also am a track coach at my old high school and this year I have made a leadership award for the most outstanding leader on the team to commemorate his leadership. Cpt.Cahill's Leadership Award will presented to the one who is full scale leader on 5/22/12 by all the coaches. There won't be any discrimination on class, gender or age.This year it will be presented tomorrow to Asher Roberts who is a outstanding sophomore. She has shown great leadership and has lead from the front since day one in practice and at meets.She has God given talent and still works hard. She pushes her team members to work hard as well.She even runs with the boys from time to time to push herself. I know he would agree with me on who would get his Award. I miss Cpt.Cahill and tell people about what I knew about him. My future family will know about him and how his actions impacted my life for life.He lead from the front like a True Infantry Officer should!"
Sgt.Brooks of Lima,OH

"To the family of:Joel E. Cahill
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""

"1st Ranger Battalion remembers Joel Cahill on this Veteran's Day. Rest in peace, old friend. Our condolences and warmest regards to your family."
John of Philadelphia, PA

"Another year has gone by, and you are not forgoten. Sledgehammer"
Mark Boisclair of Phenix City, AL

"Hey Captain i just wanted to say that all of your men looked up to u and talked so many good things about you when u arrived to our Company. I still remember the day we were talking in the motor pool...............u did us all proud God bless you and your family."
Jose Carbajal of Yumas, Arizona/USA

"Joel, You will never be forgotten Brother!"
Mark Boisclair of Phenix City, AL

"Joel,
You'll never be forgotten. God Bless you, Mary, the girls, and all your family.
v/r
carlos"
Carlos Lago of Sterling Heights, MI

"Thank You for your service, we all aspire to be as brave as you."
Rich of Upton, ma usa

"Capt Cahll was a true leader and mentour, i worked with him at 1-327 in 1999 and he was what i tried to become in my army job. i Alwas wanted to learn and felt he was what a solder should be like
Ret Sgt Garrett Anderson
Champaign IL"
Garrett Anderson of Champaign IL 61822

"Joel - Rest in Peace, brother.

He was the Best Man at my wedding. We were SSG's together in the 82nd Airborne Division back then in 1996. He was a true friend and great leader and will be missed."
Randy J. Collins of Colorado Springs, CO

"I knew Joel in the early 90s when serving with him in the 7th Infantry Division. A friend who also served with him recently brought his passing to my attention. It saddens to think about Joel because I remember he was such a nice guy and always squared away. He had a promising career and was a great leader. My heart goes out to his family and those that knew him more closely than I did. What we do in life, we take with us into the beyond. I'm certain that Joel brings with him the courage, integrity and sense of justice that he instilled in so many soldiers under his command. He is missed, but always remembered."
Conan Link of Atlanta, Ga

""Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers" is an organization of over 235 knitting groups throughout the country. Since October of 2007, we have sent out over 2,900 prayer shawls to the families of our fallen soldiers. If you or a family member would like to receive a hand knot prayer shawl in the memory of Joel, please contact me at barbconway@comcast.net or 774 487-8618.
Sincerely, Barbara"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"I represent Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers, an organization that since october of 2007 has sent over 2,700 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of 236 knitting groups from all over the country who make every effort to reach families. Would a friend of the family kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a prayer shawl to the family of Joel. My email is barbconway@comcast.net and cell phone is 774 487-8618.
Fondly Barbara"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"Seems just like yesterday sir you were giving me the green light to go ahead a shoot the moon to the apache flying above us. I was never more honored than the day you took over Bco! From the moment you took over the company I as well as everyone knew that you were a no nonsense kind of person. I would fight tooth and nail to hell and back if I knew you were the one leading me. God's army is blessed to have a spirit like you in its ranks. I will see you on the flip side sir. CANNNNNNNNN DOOOOOO!"
James Foreman of San Juan Pr

"To Mary Cahill,
May God Bless you on this Veteran's Day! I worked with you for a brief time at Martin Army Community Hospital.

Sincerely,

COL Gina Mason, USAR"
Gina Mason-Haberlin of Tomah, WI USA

"Joel,
You'll never be forgotten.
May God Bless you and your family.
I will raise my Glass and honor you tonight.
Respectfully,
Carlos"
Carlos of Warren, MI

"CPT Joel Cahill was a true leader and a great man. He loved this Country, the Army, and being a Soldier. I didn't know him well but it was an honor to have met a man of his caliber. I will never forget when another friend of ours called me in Iraq about Joel's death. I was truly saddened. Joel made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and our freedoms. Joel I will never forget!"
CPT Erik Kjonnerod, A/3-7 CAV of Savannah, GA

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Capt. Joel E. Cahill:
Joel 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

"With us always, everyday."
Joe Cahill of Colorado

"Joel,
God Bless you.
I miss you."
carlos of Columbus, ga

"I served under Captian Cahill when he was killed in Iraq. Never have I served under a finer commmander than him. He truely loved his country and his command. Cpt Cahill was loved by Baker Company, 1-15, 3rd ID and had our utmost respect. The impact he had on me will echo through the rest of my life. Thank you sir, for everything."
Paul Ostby of Inver Grove Heights, MN

"I was assigned on the same base with Cpt.Cahill. I was not in his unit but I do know that once he became unit commander; he was highly respected by all of the soldiers. He was a soldiers officer if something needed to be done then he would roll up his sleves and get the work done right along with the enlisted soldiers. It is truly rare when you find a officer like that. I have the upmost and dire respect for Cpt Cahill and the beloved family.
Spec Benjamin Morrison 3/278 RCT TN ARNG"
Spc. Benjamin Morrison of Chattanooga Tn

"Joel Cahill was my squad leader at Ft. Bragg (3/325 A.I.R. Aco. 1st plt. 1994-1996) During this time, he showed incredible leadership, bravery, and professionalism. Always focused on making us all better soldiers (which included leading us on some insanely fast runs), Cahill was truly an incredible person and he is missed.

Jonathan Thomas
Teacher
Cincinnati, OH"

"DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY...His sacrifice is honored and will never be forgotten."
Sgt. Joe Cahill of Ft. Carson, CO

"Mary,

I worked with you at WACH on Fort Stewart. While I only met Joel once, it was clear he loved you, your girls, and the Army. I am deeply saddened by your loss and the loss of such an outstanding soldier, partriot, and American. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless."
Heather Fonder CPT/AN of Fort Sam Houston, TX

"Joel was my squad leader at Ft. Bragg 3/325 A.I.R. He was one of the best leaders I ever had. I was there in Virginia when he saved the life of a Soldier when a live grenade landed next to him and Joel grabbed the grenade and threw it in a safe direction. I mourn your loss and pray for you all."
SFC Dippel, Joseph F. of Fort Drum, NY

"Joel, you are a true hero and I miss you. All those that new you remember your dedication and service to your country...I miss you brother!"
Matt "Stiffler" Barfuss of Ft Walton Beach, FL

"To Capt. Cahill's Family, I am so sorry for your loss. To Capt. Cahill, you sir are a true American Hero. Thank you Captain Cahill for all of the soldiers and citizens of Iraq that you have helped. May God Bless you and God Bless your family."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"In Our Hearts

We thought of you with Love today
But that is nothing new
We thought about you yesterday
And the days before that too.

We think of you in silence
We often speak your name
Now all we have are memories
And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keepsake
With which we’ll never part
God has you in his keeping
We have you in our hearts.

Author Trudy Craft-Austin

Gone – but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"Capt. Cahill,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Can Do"(15th Inf. Motto)"

"CPT Cahill was a true mentor. When we were at FOB Warhorse, I was always struck by the fact that I had never met a leader that I respected as much as him. I did not know much of his past, but there was some thing special about him. He motivated me. I served in Ramadi after meeting CPT Cahill. I remember the day that I found out that he had passed. Although I was not part of his unit, and only worked with him sporatically I can say that he was one of those men that can enter a room and be noticed. He had that aura. I will miss him, and am deeply saddened that his influence and leadership will never be realized in our future soldiers. I extend my heart felt regrets to his family, and hope that they know that he is missed by many soldiers that served with him."
1LT Chardon Hyde of Fort Benning Ga

"CAPTAIN: THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, GUIDANCE, UNDERSTANDING AND TRAINING TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN UNDER YOUR DIRECTION. THIS IS A VERY DIFFUCULT TIME TO YOUR UNIT AND FAMILY. AN THE NEWS DEEPLY SADDEN OUR FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE FULLY, UNDERSTAND THE HEART ACHE LOSING SOMEONE IN IRAQ. YOU ARE ONE THAT ANSWERED A CALLING VERY FEW AMERICAN' EVER DO! UNSELFISHLY, RISKING EVRYTHING FOR EVERYONE ELSE! OBVIOUSLY, YOU HAD TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. AN ALL WILL SHARE MANY FOND PRECIOUS MEMORIES OF YOU TO FAMILY! JOEL YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN! YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO! STILL YOU ARE MUCH MORE TO YOUR COMMUNITY, NEIGHBOR'S, FRIENDS, YOUR MILITARY FAMILY AND LOVE ONE'S. AN MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH THEM AND YOU! I BEEN SHEDDING TEARS SINCE NEWS OF MY SON. KIA SGT GREGORY L. WAHL US ARMY DRAGON SOLDIER 05-03-04 BALAD, IRAQ SO I THANK YOU FOR SERVING ALONG SIDE OUR SON/ HE CONSIDERED ALL SERVING HIS BROTHER'S ANS SISTER'S. AS I'M SURE YOU DID AND THOSE SERVING WITH YOU.HEALING WILL TAKE TIME. NO RULES TO HEALING AT ALL. IT'S ONE DAY AT A TIME! FOR JOEL PLEASE I URGE YOU! REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED AFTER JOEL. SO NO ONE WILL EVER FORGET HIS SERVICE. WE THE FALLEN FAMILIES MUST KEEP OUR SON'S AND DAUGHTER'S FRESH IN THE MINDS OF ALL! WE CAN NOT ALLOW AMERICAN'S TO DO THEM WRONG LIKE THE VIETNAM VETERANS! RATHER THEN NEGATIVE CHATTER BLAMING OUR SOLDIER'S FOR THIS AND THAT.WE MUST EDUCATE THE PUBLIC. YOU ONLY HEAR THE NEGATIVE, NEVER ANYTHING GOOD DONE BY OUR SOLDIERS. THAT AMERICA IS ALOT SAFER SINCE 911, SO SUPPORT THE TROOPS! JOEL REST! WE WILL ALL MISS YOU, YOU KNOW THAT!"
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

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

"Thank you Joel Cahill, 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 Capt. Joel Cahill:
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 Joel 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 Capt. Joel Cahill:
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 Joel, 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