Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Carlos M. Camacho-Rivera

24, of Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Camacho-Rivera died in the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, from wounds sustained earlier that day from a rocket blast in Fallujah, Iraq. Camacho-Rivera was assigned to the 368th Transportation Company, 11th Transportation Battalion, Fort Story, Virginia. Died on November 5, 2004.

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"if I could describe the personality are Sgt Camocho-Rivera it would be a statement from a coach from a movie called Coach Carter. this was how he inspired HIS men and women Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our dark that most frightens us. Your being small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people don't feel insecure around you.We are all meant to shine as children do. Its not just in some of us; its in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsiously give other people to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Sir I just wanna say thank you . . . You saved my life."
Cpl Frost, aka Ranger of Texas

"hey Carlos man its been so long and I still remember you like yesterday. I give my best wishes to your family and Our Military Family as well. You are Not Forgotten and NEVER will be Hooah"
Cpl Frost of Texas

"Buddy after 16 years I'm back @ FT Eustis, and Im still remember you. Since basic we met I were together.
I just spoke with Pichardo and I can't hold my tears.
You still on my heart.
Love you hermanito."
Chabi/ Chabriel of Bayamon, PR

"I have kept a memorial sticker on every car I've ever had since we lost you. I will never forget you and I feel like having that sticker in my window is the least I can do to keep your memory alive. People around here never knew you, but I tell everyone about you, and the impact you had on my life. My children know about you, and even they sometimes ask about you. It might not be much, but I know if I lost my daddy in the war, or my children lost me... Id want as many people to know of him as possible. I saw how your loss shook the core of my best friends, and that alone speaks to the kind of person you were, even though I only knew you in passing or by association... Eating at the same table, or all bullshitting together in a group outside. I miss you. I am always thinking of you."
Nicole Clayton of St. Louis, MO

"I found Sgt. Camacho-Rivera KIA bracelet. I am wondering where he was laid to rest. I would like to take it to him."
Jenn of Fort Bragg, NC

"sgt camacho, your sacrifice has not been forgotten,nor will it. over the shore"
andrew craig of north ridgeville ohio

"It's been 8 yrs since that treacherousness day when a beloved member of my GhostRider family was taken from us to quick. I still toss and turn at night dreaming of our many adventures on the road and of the men and women that helped shape me into the person I am today. I was never able to tell one of those such men, Sgt Carlos Camacho, how much he meant to me, all that he had taught me, and that his presence in my life changed everything I once knew. I loved him like any soldier could love their squad leader, friend, and mentor. I miss you dear friend, as does the rest of your GhostRider family and every soul you touched while alive. Your spirit lives on in us. I hope one day I can be even half the amazing person you were. Rest in peace my dear friend; until the day we ride together again in the roads of heaven I will remember your spirit. Forever and ever GhostRider, Ride or Die!!!!!"
A. Schumacher of Illinois

"To the family of:Carlos M.Camacho-Rivera
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""

"CARLOS, TE RECORDARE SIEMPRE, QUERIDO AMIGO, VECINO Y COMPAÑERO DE CLASES, SIEMPRE DESFILABAMOS JUNTOS EN LAS ACTIVIDADES DE LA ESCUELA, QUE MUCHO DISFRUTAMOS JUNTOS, HERMANO, QUE DIOS TE TENGA EN LA GLORIA !!!"
CATHERINE VARGAS of BAYAMON, PR.

"It has been almost 5 years since you left us and went to heaven. You are in my heart, I will never forget you. Te extranamos mucho"
Maria Jones of Raeford, Nc

"As I read all that everyone has wrote I can't help but start crying. Your death crushed me and now almost 5 years later I still can't believe your gone. You were more than just my squad leader you were my friend. I miss you more then words can say and think of you daily. I know your looking down on all of us laughing and cursing at our stupid mistakes but I still wish you were here with us. May your family and the world know you were special to everyone you touched and were truly a remarkable man."
Amanda Schumacher of Cary, IL

"Camacho,

You will never be forgotten brother. You remain in our hearts and will forever."
SSG Stills and Family of Yongsan, South Korea

"It has been four years and i see it like it was yesterday. I know you in heaven looking down on me. . You will never be forgotten. I take a moment and say a little prayer for you."
kellee Green of Newport News, Va

"Sgt Camacho-Rivera,
When I found out what happened, I was devastated. I could not believe it and still can't. Its been almost 4 years and I still can't get over it. I know you are in a better place now. You will always be remembered"
Spc. Rodriguez, Rosalba of Bronx, NY

"May 24, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Carlos M. Camacho-Rivera:
Carlos 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

"Sgt. Camacho, there isn't a day that goes by when I am not reminded of your sacrifice. I am so glad that I knew you as a friend and as a sqaud leader. You will always be remembered."
Tarah of Madison, WI

"CARLOS,
I MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH AND I THINK OF YOU OFTEN. IT'S STILL SO HARD FOR ME TO THINK OF YOU AND SOMETIMES I CANT EVEN TALK ABOUT YOU WITHOUT CRYING. I LOOK AT YOUR PICTURE ALMOST EVERY DAY. I KNOW YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE BUT I STILL WISH YOU WERE HERE.....
I MISS YOU BROTHER. THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH....."
MIGHTY of LACEY, WA

"SGT Camacho, I enjoyed getting to know you. I will always treasure the times we hang out and the conversations we had. I miss you and my family miss you. Your gone but definately not forgotten. Jimmie/Brenda/Bianca/Jalen"
SFC Thornton of Virginia Beach, Va

"Sgt. Camacho, I am shocked about hearing this. I was over there with you the first deployment and am saddened that this happened to you. Take care my friend."
Frank Corbe of Wickliffe, Ohio

"I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU INSPIRED OUR FELLOW SOLDIERS. YOUR SPARK AND LEADSHIP WILL BE MISSED. YOU'LL NEVER BE FOGOTTEN."
SGT. DECARLO, M of SAN DIEGO

"Hey Carlos I know your still there listening and watching. I thank you and never forget, and you know that man. If it wasn't for you Ghost Riders would never be. Till we ride again. To his family may Carlos rest in the arms of God for he truely was a genunie hearted man that loved his son dearly. He will never be forgotten and least we never forget."
SSG Anthony Romagno

"CAMACHO, WOW i cant believe its been two years on the 5th of Nov on that day it all happened. I know you were my angel that day, and i know your in heaven waching over me. I WILL NEVER FORGET. May God Bless You, You were truely my angel on that day..."
kellee Green of Newport News

"Camacho....we were in AIT together and I will always remember all the times you, me, pichardo , and chabriel had...I will miss you very much and you are a TRUE HERO!!!Thank you Camacho.."
Crystal (Strinni) Hermsen of Uniondale, New York

"Camacho you were like a brother to me. We experienced some hard times and good times together. I will miss you always and you will always remain in my heart forever. Me and Chabriel still remain in contact and we miss you very much. Te quiero mucho mi hermano."
Spc Brenda I Ortiz aka Pichardo of Kissimmee,Florida/USA

"Camacho you were like a uncle to me and I miss you with all my heart LOVE YOU!"
Bianca Martinez of Kissimmee,Florida/USA

"Querido Camacho,
Lo Siento mucho lo que te paso,Mi Pesame a tu Familia.Siempre te recordera como un gran amigo con un espacio en mi memoria.
Que Dios te me bendiga"
Jose Pichardo of Orlando,Florida/USA

"Sgt. Camacho we all miss you every day. Not a day goes by that I don't remember the day before when we were all sitting around in Fallujah. Me and McKelvin always talk about you and we miss you very much."
Spc. John Levine of Albany, New York

"To the Family of Sgt Camacho,
Sgt Camacho was a real trooper. A good guy and an outstanding soldier. He will be missed."
Sgt. Gans of Camp Red Cloud, South Korea

"To the Family of Camachito:
Papa, I was with you in Fort Story. Hopefully the family is doing good after the lost. Simpre seras recordado por la gente que te conocio."
SSG Garcia of Ft Hood, TX

"To Carlos M. Camacho-Rivera's Family
I never met Carlos nor did i ever think about finding him on the internet, i am sorry for your loss. GOD Bless

Aaron Richard Camacho"
Aaron Camacho of Thousand Oaks, Ca USA

"I will never forget you amigo. I will miss riding and partying with you. You are a true hero.
Why do the good ones always have to go?"
Scheel of Virginia Beach

"carlos
you were my right hand man.i will always remember the good times we had.you will not be forgotten"
sgt greg burrell of baghdad iraq

"Thank you for your service....
may you rest in peace as all Americans should honor those who die for our freedom."
George Diaz of Lake Station, IN

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

"From the wahl family to your entire family. Our heart and prays are with you. we are deeply sadden by the lost of Carlos. We understand your lost as we lost our son six months ago. carlos is now resting. An he loved you all! An touched many lives with family, friends, neighbors, the community and his military family. GOD BLESS!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"To the family of Carlos;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Carlos is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Carlos M. Camacho-Rivera."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"THANK YOU CARLOS FOR YOUR SERVICE WITH PROUD AND HONOR TO THE NATION,YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO OF PUERTO RICO.MIS CONDOLENCIAS A LA FAM.CAMACHO -RIVERA"
H .SANTIAGO of HATILLO, PUERTO RICO

"To the friends and family of Sgt. Carlos Camacho-Rivera,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Respectfully,"
Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To Carlos' 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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Que el Señor les de la fortaleza necesaria para sobrevivir esta pérdida! De otra familia puertorriqueña que tambien sufre ...

Sinceramente,

La Familia del Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To Carlos' 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

"Thank you Carlos Camacho-Rivera, 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. Carlos Camacho-Rivera:
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 Carlos 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. Carlos Camacho-Rivera:
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 Carlos, 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