Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Pablo A. Calderon

26, of Brooklyn, New York.
Calderon died in Fallujah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on November 30, 2004.

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"Pablo man where has the time gone from the days of Westinghouse til now? Man I still can't believe the last words we spoke was about meeting up back in Brooklyn when your tour was over. I can never forget you ever from our days in math class clowning and acting the fool til now. Til we meet again my brother sleep in peace"
Jermain murray of Goodland, Kansas

"Pablo, you will remain in our hearts and minds for eternity. You are truly missed."
Brandy N. of Killeen, TX

"My name is Diamond M. Calderon the 2nd eldest niece of Pablo Andres Calderon I am in tears to read how much my uncle had an impact on most of you lives. He was such a great person! He died when I was 9 years old and it just bothers me like it was yesterday. I would love to hear stories about my uncle if anyone would like to talk about it. I believe in celebrating the life and it's memories that life bring. I miss him soooo much and love him always forever and a day! I kno him my grandpa Jose Claudio Calderon Sr. & my mommy Melba Maritza Calderon are in heaven having a ball!!!! Only the good lord knows how much I miss them!!!! But plz contact me : D.calderon95@aol.com"
Diamond Calderon of Brooklyn,NY, USA

"Dear Pablo,
I didn't know you. I didn't even know my now husband when you died.

My husband was there... not more than 20 feet away. He was about to trade spots with you.

Every day he wonders why it was you and not him. He thinks about you every day. He says you were a good man, friend, and soldier.

I don't believe in any gods but if your energy is somewhere out there please help my husband to find peace.

As Plato said - "Only the dead have seen the end of war." Those who are left behind and the families of those who are left behind are ravaged in their souls.

Thank you for your sacrifice. <3"
Wife of Soldier of Washington - USA

"You all may know him as Sgt. Pablo A. Calderon but to me and my family he was CLUB 210!!! He was always laughing and smiling. Always wanting to be doing something or learning something new. My mom and I were even trying to teach him how to dances country. Its funny the little things you remember...because the last time i saw Pablo, he was helping my mom in the kitchen helping her cook, when he started joking around about going back to Iraq! I guess that was the easy way to break the news to us that he had to go back. He told us not to miss him to much because he was going to be right back!! Who knew that right back would never come! When my family and I got the news of Pablo passing...it was like the world had stop! We were all waiting for Pablo to jump out and start laughing like it was all a big joke, but it was weeks before any of us would laugh again. The one who took it the hardest was my baby brother Vincent. My brother looked up to Pablo as his big brother, his best friend. They did everything together! Pablo passed away on November 30 which is my brother birthday...three days after my birthday and nine days after my mother birthday. So the Month of November was never the same without him! We miss him like crazy, not a day goes by that we dont think of him. He will forever and always be in our hearts. I love knowing that I have one special ANGEL looking after me!! I know He's in a better place, But I wish that I could see his face, I know he's where he need to be..Even though it's not here with us. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH CLUB 210!!!"
Anna V. Rodriguez of San Antonio, Texas

"This is hard for me to do....I served with SGT Calderon. We both worked together at HHC 1/5 CAV. 1st CAV DIV., I was also injuried in Iraq. I remember the day I got the message from Aisha. See he and I were like brothers. We would go almost every weekend to San Antonio. I had to drive all the time, because he didn't know how nor did he have a license. We used to go out to the clubs,different places and just have fun. He got to meet my kids and family. We all loved him!! My family took it really hard, but not as hard as I took it. I was at BAMC,and my command there let me go TDY to get his Body off the Plane at Fort Hood. To this day, I find myslef trying to call him via the phone or e-mail. I remember the letter I got, I was listed as his Brother. Weeks later I recieved a letter from him in the mail, stamped the day he died, I felt faint. My heart broke into a million pieces. I love you!! I miss you too, my Brother....Never Forgotten!! If I could only be half the man you were.
I am still in the Army, and still serving. Why? People ask...I tell them to ensure all of the fallen service member's death isn't in vain, and because I love my Country!!! God Bless You, please watch over me. Thanks for making my life easier by giving up your life for all of us!! You are always in my heart and soul, My Brother."
Joseph A. Gomez of San Antonio, TEXAS Deployed OIF / OND

"I served with Calderon in 2/8 Infantry 4th ID. He was always a great guy, so easy to get along with. I just learned of his death. I wish his family the best. Calderon made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. God Bless him."
Benson of Houston, Texas

"I knew Pablo and served with him in Fort Hood, I'm sorry to hear that he is no longer with us. Love always a good friend"
Michael Callwood of Bronx, NY

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,660 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I was Pablo's room-mate at PLDC, which is a month long military school which teaches us how to be Non-Commissioned Officers. He was a great guy. We used to work out at the gym all of the time. I even used to go to his barracks room and rap a little bit and make beats. I looked for him very hard after we returned from Iraq. He was a great friend. It wasn't until I took a look at U.S. war casualties in Iraq via CNN, which I do from time to time, when I saw my good friend's face. It was very painful to find out that he'd gone to be with God that way. He served, just as I serve, as a Combat Arms Soldier. He was Infrantry; I'm a Sapper, and in essence, we are all brothers. I miss him greatly and still search the net for his photo just to take a look at him. Today I visited the place where we served at PLDC together and all I could think of was Pablo. It was painful all over again. To his family I'd like to issue the sincerest condolences. I loved him as a brother and your pain is felt within me. Good luck to you all and I hope to meet this great American hero again at Fiddler's Green one day. Good day to you all."
SSG Pickens of Fort Hood, TX/ United States of America

"I did not know Pablo, but I am reading about him here = al the beautiful things that folks have said about him. I am sorry for the loss and want his loved ones to know that he is remembered, and your loss is shared.
May his soul rest in peace.
sl 09/05/08"

"May 24, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Pablo A. Calderon:
Pablo 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

"To my friend and brother in arms, You may have fallen but you are not forgotten. Commandoes, Black Knights"
Sgt. Higgins of Dallas,TX

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
Esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, NY

"thank you freind. shared the same name."
pablo calderon of snowmass co

"To the family and friends of pablo, I offer my deepest grievences and these memories. I was stationed with him at 1/5 cav where i spent about a year and a half. When we first met he had on a boot and I made fun of his limp and he chewed me out(Jokingly)I was an E-2 he was an E-4. I didn't know he was joking because he had such a straight face. It was not til later that week I met him again and he was listening to east coast hip-hop in the orderly room I asked him where he was from? He said "N.Y." I said "What" I am from brooklyn! It was over from there. We got real tight. I know at that time he had some doubt about the army because of his injury because he could not do his job. But his spirit was always filled with determination to do-do-do.
Me also being a brooklynite I totally understood. Since I was a medic, I always told him to take care of himself, because no one there would take care of him like him. you cannot help anyone if you make yourself damaged beyond repair. He always had a good ear and mature for his age so he did listen. I did not get to see him fully heal from his leg/ankle injury, by mar 2001 I had to leave to go to another school which put me in germany. When I got my orders it was all of a sudden, I had less than a week to clear. We did get to say goodbye but we didn't stay in touch. It was not until mid 2006 I ran into garza another medic from 1/5 who told me that he was gone after i asked where he was. Needles to say mentally I am still in shock. As a fellow soldier I can say that he was a very determined man and did whet he thought best for others.

As a friend....

I am sorry that we did not stay in touch as we said. On my part I have really no excuse. you were my boy and i let years pass. I hope where you are now you can feel what I am trying to say as I am writing this. We shared alot of things as boys together like thoughts, goals, bootleg CD's :)
No matter what happens to me in this mans army I will always know you are looking out for me. You better look out for your boy on land nav though. I still get lost using a plugger/GPS.

You are in gods hands now!
I will Holla, Love Your boy B.


To Mother Calderon:
Your son was nothing short of the words detirmined, and dedicated. His heart always, always, always in the right place. I honestly wondered if he was from this time. Because he was so real.
But then when I found out he was from N.Y. It all made sense. You need all of those qualities to live there, and to get those qualities you had to have a strong foundation, (HOME). You raised a good son ma'am. he made everyone around him proud.

I am in germany, Landstuhl
my e-mail address is:

brian.best1@us.army.mil

If you need anything please feel free to contact me.

God Bless,

Brian"
Brian Best of of Brooklyn N.Y.

"A LIfe Without..... Those are some very very hard words for me, its been almost two yrs and I still think about you everyday. I miss you so very much. Life just isnt the same since youve been gone
LY4L(love you for life)you already know that! The stars the moon and now Pablo...I look to the sky"
Aisha Austin Calderon of FT.Hood, Texas

"Pablo, I will always remember when you were born...I remember playing games with you at family functions at my house when you were little... you were always on your best behavior and looking out for Lilliana... we are all (the family) so proud of you... we love you very much..."
Tacey B. of Martha's Vineyard, MA

"Pablo it has been almost 2 years since your death and it's still hard. You were one of those people that I will NEVER EVER EVER forget and you were always one of my favorite people. I'm so happy that I came across this memorial for you because it gives me an opportunity to say those things that for years went unsaid. We grew up together. I remember when we were in the 3rd grade and you thought that all you had to do to speak spanish was take every english word and add an o to the end of it (el tablo, el dogg, el cato). I remember all of the crazy songs you used to make. I remember sitting on the stoop with you when we were in High School and talking about our dreams, talking about life in general. You were always a true friend to me. You never had ill intentions towards anyone, not even those who may not have had your best interest in mind. You were always so forgiving and so kind and I will FOREVER miss you. I still have pictures of us together and to this day my heart is heavy with grief that you were taken away but you died serving your country. Your name will FOREVER be known as Sgt. Pablo A. Calderon, brother, friend, and HERO!!
I'll always love you.
God bless you."
Aisha M. of Brooklyn, NY

"Sgt Pablo & I entered the Army on the same day, we left the M.E.P.S. station in brooklyn together on a flight to Ft Benning,Ga. We trained together (in different platoons) in basic training and we graduated together. He was a great soldier, no excuses, no attitude. He gave you his best at every turn. I was deeply saddened the day i opened the paper and saw my friend Sgt Calderon as the latest casualty of the war. It was a great loss for this country, the Army and most importantly his family.

God has called him home to serve in his Army..."
Eric J Finkley (1st Platoon) of Brooklyn,NY

"Pablo Calderon was one of the finest NCO's I ever had the pleasure of serving with during my time as the 1-5 Chaplain Assistant. His intimidating demeanor belied a compassionate soul. There was nothing he would not do for those under his charge, and I will ever be greatful for his friendship."
Steve Jones of Dover, Delaware

"Sgt. Calderon was one of the first guys I met when i arrived to 1-5. He was the one who inprocessed me into the unit. Sgt. Calderon was a great man and he really cared about everyone around him. He will be missed and he will be a hero of mine forever. My condolences go to his family and close friends at home."
James Carfield of Fort Hood, TX

"I never knew Sgt Calderon, but his memory lives on. This braclet with his name is my tribute to his sacrifice and a memory of mine."
Jay of Elizabethtown PA

"I will wear your name on my right wrist duing patol to honor you and what you have done for this great country."
SFC Galen Spears 104th Div. of San Bernardino Ca

"To the family of:Pablo A. Calderon I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"SGT.CALDERON WAS A FRIEND TO ME WHEN THERE WAS NO OTHER, WHEN I FIRST CAME TO FORT HOOD. HE WAS SERIOUS WHEN HE TOLD ME IF YOU NEED ANYTHING, FIND ME"
EZRA PAINTIN of WICKENBURG,AZ

"Pablo I love and miss you. May God bless and rest your soul. I will never forget your calm presence and your laugh. May God bless your sister Lilliana and family you left behind"
Cheree Baccas of New york, NY

"Always here for you SGT. COMMANDOS LEAD THE WAY! GOD BLESS YOU!"
of Ft. Hood, tx

"NEVER FORGOTTEN
PABLO FROM THE TIME YOU GOT TO FORT HOOD AS A TEENAGER WE WERE FRIENDS. YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE STRONG ONE.ME, SHAY,NIKA,LIL ANTHONY, MASE, AND J.P MISS YOU DEARLY. WE ARE TORN APART KNOWING YOU ARE NOT WITH US, BUT HAPPY AND BLESSED WE HAVE YOU ALIVE IN OUR HEARTS. YOU TOLD ME YOU WASNT SCARED TO DEPLOY, YOU SAID EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO BE OK....I LOVE YOU WITH EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE IN ME. APART OF ME IS MISSING AND I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO DEAL WITH IT..BUT IF YOU WERE HERE WITH ME, YOU WOULD SAY,"COME ON GIRL STOP ALL THAT CRYING, ITS GONNA BE ALRIGHT" I THANK GOD WE HAD A CHANCE TO HAVE YOU IN OUR LIVES. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, WE LOVE YOU."
LIANA SMART of ALEXANDRIA,VIRGINIA

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

"To The Family Of Sgt. Calderon,
I had the privlage of serving and rooming with with Pablo through Basic Training at Fort Benning to the 4th Infantry Division B Company in Fort Hood Texas. My heart goes out to all of you. He will be missed."
PFC Shawn Sheehan of Vilsek, Germany

"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

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

"To the Calderon family from the Wahl family, Our heart and prays are with Palbo and your family. As parents of a fallen soldier. We are deeply sadden by your lost. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"Thank you Pablo Calderon, 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. Pablo Calderon:
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 Pablo 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. Pablo Calderon:
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 Pablo, 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