Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Richard P. Carl


26, of King Hill, Idaho.
Carl was onboard an UH-60 air medical helicopter which crashed in the Tigris River in a non-hostile incident near Samarrah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 571st Air Medical Company, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on May 9, 2003.

Carl was posthumously promoted to sergeant.

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"To Dawn, I am so.sorry to hear about your brother Richard. I hope so much you have been doing well. I will always be very grateful for his service. He has a special place my heart always. Never forgotten!!"
Glenda of Rupert Idaho

"Today, while at Arlington Cemetery during the Remembrance Day weekend, I was given the opportunity to wear a yellow ribbon in memory of a soldier (chosen at random).I have since taken the time to research the history of the soldier whose memory I pledged to honour. I am truly impacted by his unselfish act of bravery while trying to save a young Iraqi child. I feel very proud to have beem given this opportunity today."
Rick of Newfoundland, Canada

"Hey buddy!!!
Thank you!"
Manuel De Leon of Pooler, GA

"To the family of Richard P Carl. I walked today at Fort Carson in an event for fallen soldiers. I proudly displayed the name of your loved one on my shirt. Thank you , Richard , for paying the ultimate sacrifice for our country and God bless your family!
Jenny Garnett
Golden , Colorado
August 17, 2013"
Jenny of Golden, Colorado

"Richard, I think of you often. I no longer mourn your loss, I just thank God that a man like you existed. Thanks for all you did for me and the mighty 571st. I am less than one month from retiring and I am honored to have served along the side of a man like you. I'll hold you in my thoughts forever."
CPT Ted H. Snyder of Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Hey Richard. The last time I saw you, you were on leave, I don't remember the date exactly. I remember we were driving back from King Hill and you were driving too fast and I was yelling at you and you and Audrey were laughing and I think you might have even sped up just to give me grief! I remember that most about you, that you were always laughing. I remember thinking how lucky you and Audrey were to have found each other. The two of you always made me think of fairy tale love, how close you were! I remember Audrey's 18(I think?) birthday and you jumped out of those barrels when she thought you were still in Iraq! The two of you were so sweet and there we all were for her party and all she had eyes for was you! I know she misses you still. I don't think she will ever stop.

Thank you for your sacrifice. The world lost a good man the day you passed. I will always remember you!"
Miranda O. of New Plymouth, ID

"Hey Carl, I miss the days prior to leaving for Iraq. I miss the the persistence in you concerning the need for new brakes on your helicopter, and the ability to put up with me when I half-assed listened. You always rolled with the punches and I miss that. Thanks for tolerating me and I hope youíre in a better place wherever that may be."
Joe Peca of Philadelphia, PA

""To the family of Richard P.Carl ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Although I knew him for three years I knew I was his little baby. Iím his little Ealyann. Every time my mom cries because she always sees my dad inside Dominick. The only thing that she has left of him is me and my brother. I feel like my dad is holding me. Iím 10 years old and in 4th grade now. I bet my dad will be proud of me. Every time I visited his grave I feel like he is alive. My mom says he is funny. I wish I knew him.
By Ealyann Carl"
Ealyann Carl of Hammett, ID

"Me and "Combat" Carl were in line to use the phones in Kuwait and we shared a conversation that stays with me to this day. It went into details that were personal to me and him both. The point of that small conversation was that no matter what happened we both missed and loved our wifes unconditionally. Later on through out those months I would see "Combat" Carl in the FOBS while I would perform inspections and we would shoot a few words to one another. The last time I saw him was the day before. We left smiles on each others faces that day, although I cant remember what we spoke about exactly. But I do to this day remember the conversations we had about our love for our wifes."
SSG. De Leon, Manuel of Hialeah, Florida

"January 12, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Richard P. Carl:
Richard 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

"Richard,
I would like to say thank you to you and your fellow crewmembers 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

"Richard, we miss you. The Kwiecien Family"
Jeff Kwiecien of Danville, Pa

"hey richard , i love the memorys you and your family gave me in idaho.. you have the greatest mom and dad a person could ever want or hope for.. grandpa carl is standing next to you i know for a fact.. your dad and grandpa have always been my heros.your with them now.i love you tim"
tim robinson of alaska

"To the family of Richard Carl. I was part of the start of the 571st. Dustoff in Viet Nam 68-69-70. We are a proud group of vets that keep the 571st. alive. Richard gave his life trying to save others. He will never be forgotten in the brotherhood of the 571st. Thank you for your sacrifice, and see you on the otherside. Deadeye Dick Long"
Dick Long of Bryan, Ohio..USA

"To the family Richard Carl left behind: I am the ID State Coordinator for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. It is our group's goal to make a memorial quilt for each fallen soldier from Idaho. We are a group of volunteers that are part of a nationwide organization of volunteers who are making Civil War Reproduction Quilts for the families of Fallen Soldiers. Our hope is that the quilt we are making for your family will be a small token of our deep appreciation for your ultimate sacrifice and serve as some comfort in the many years to come. Please contact me at czelus@hotmail.com."
Cheryl Zelus of Home of the Brave-ID State Coordinator

"I came across this website searching for a lawyer I felt compel to write. Thank you Richard Carl for protecting us from evil! You and the rest of our fallen heroes will never be forgotten."
Edel of Madison, WI

"To my brother-in-law-richard i went to iraq at the same time as you praying that i would die and be released from my life. i promised audrey i would bring your home. but i failed. in your life you have givin me so much. sometimes i think that the only reason i came home is because you were watching over me from heaven. audrey loves you so much. i have modeled my whole life after you. you have ben such a good rolemodel. i have so much to tell ya man i just wish i could talk to you one more time. ow i am back in iraq only now i dont want to die. beacause i just like you have a wife and children
richard i miss you so much"
spc harold d reasons of central IRAQ

"To my brother-in-law-richard i went to iraq at the same time as you praying that i would die and be released from my life. i promised audrey i would bring your home. but i failed. in your life you have givin me so much. sometimes i think that the only reason i came home is because you were watching over me from heaven. audrey loves you so much. i have modeled my whole life after you. you have ben such a good rolemodel. i have so much to tell ya man i just wish i could talk to you one more time. i am back in iraq only now i dont want to die. beacause i just like you have a wife and children and i have seen what a death has done to audrey. to this day she stil isnt the some audrey richard i miss you so much"
spc harold d reasons of central IRAQ

"I was stationed with Carl while in Iraq. I have known him since Mid 2000 and was very proud to be considered a friend and comrade."
SSG Pierson R of Napa, Ca.

"Thank you so much Richard Carl. Thank you for paying such a huge price to keep us safe.You will never be forgotten.You are a true American Hero."
Brian B. of Boise, Idaho

"to the family of sgt carl, i want to let you know as you already know that he was good man. i was working with him up untill the time of his death. every thing i do for the army now, i do it to the best of my ability, because thats the type of person he was, and i will try to be"
spc shawn hinton of ft. carson, colorado

"As your friend in AIT and your roommate in Korea you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all you gave."
Chuck of Clearwater, FL

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

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

"To the family and friends of Richard Carl: I went to AIT with Richard in 1996 and grew to know him as one of the hardest working and most genuine people that I know. I am a pilot from Ft Carson,who was serving in Iraq with Richard, and was able to attend his memorial in Iraq.I know that he was extremely proud to have served as a medivac crewchief. It gave me comfort to know that he gave his life while trying to rescue that of a young Iraqi girl, and that is the ultimate gift. I will ALWAYS remember him for the brave soldier that he always will be."
CW2 Jennifer Eke

"To the family and friends of Richard Carl: I went to AIT with Richard in 1996 and grew to know him as one of the hardest working and most genuine people that I know. I am a pilot from Ft Carson,who was serving in Iraq with Richard, and was able to attend his memorial in Iraq.I know that he was extremely proud to have served as a medivac crewchief. It gave me comfort to know that he gave his life while trying to rescue that of a young Iraqi girl, and that is the ultimate gift. I will ALWAYS remember him for the brave soldier that he always will be."
CW2 Jennifer Eke

"To Richard's loving family and friends everywhere. Richard was my best-friend and we had great times together with our families, we still speak with Audrey and I've personally gone to his grave in Idaho and said my peace to him. He was and always will be in our hearts, minds and souls. You will never be forgotten Richard!"
Sgt. Charles E. Nurnberger of Ft. Benning, GA/USA

"Thank you Richard Carl, 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 Wife, Children, and family of SGT Richard Carl. I was Richard's platoon sergeant while we were stationed in Korea. Richard was always my go to guy to get any mission accomplished and in his usual fashion of 100 mph. SGT Carl, then PVT Carl always spoke highly of his family, and his work values showed the fine upbringing this young man had. Richard e-mailed me from Korea, and wanted my help to get him into the 571st Med, to which I made some phone calls, and was able to get Richard to the unit he wanted. As a Dustoff soldier myself, I know the reason Richard wanted to be in a Medevac Unit. He wanted to help people. As a retired US Army First Sergeant, I will remember SGT Richard Carl as one of the best soldiers that I have ever had the pleasure to serve with, and I know without a doubt, he is up in heaven doing what god asks at his usual 100 mph speed. My prayers are with his wife, two children, mother and father and the rest of his family and friends. I know that the Army has lost a truly remarkable soldier, and heaven has gained a true Guardian Angel."
First Sergeant (Retired) George Litteral of Wilsey, KS

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Richard P. Carl. I knew Richard and worked with him when I was assigned to the 571st. He was a great soldier as well as a great friend. It is extremly unfortunate what happend and the loss we all have to deal with losing such a great person. My deepest sympathy to richard's family.
Sgt Dale E. Hlavacek
Flight Medic
45th Med Co (AA)
Katterbach Germany"
Dale Hlavacek of Katterbach Germany

"To the family and friends of Richard Carl: May God be with you as you remember your loved one each day. I know he will be remembered as the hero he is to me. I thank God each day for the priviledge of living in the USA."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, AR

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Richard Carl:
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 Richard for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

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

"To the family of Richard Carl, I offer my deepest sympathy. I knew Richard while station with him in the 571st MEDEVAC. I will always remember him as one of my heros providing my family and I the freedom that we take for granted every day. To the parents,his wife Audrey, and his two children take what comfort you can knowing that Rich died a hero and is in good hands with God and his fallen comrads."
Jimmie Hart of Security, Colorado

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Richard Carl:
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 Richard, 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