Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Bernard L. Ceo

23, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Ceo died in Al Taji, Iraq while conducting convoy operations and an 18-wheel tractor trailer accidentally struck the rear of his HMWWV, starting a fire and causing ammunition to detonate. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 243rd Engineer Company, Baltimore, Maryland. Died on October 14, 2005.

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Jim Harxmon of Manchester

"Son, today is Memorial Day, that is being celebrated, but Memorial Day for me is everyday, May heart remains heavy I continue to shed tears but I also continue to share all the good memories that I have of you always forever Mom"
rosemarie ceo of Baltimore, Maryland

"There are only three things you can about SPC Ceo: A good man, A good father, and a good soldier. This was a young man whos mind was far beyond social surroundings and he intended to make he and his family be in the place that his mind was. I was his drill instructor at the Freestate ChallNGe academy and as God would have it, I was his Platoon Sergeant when I left active duty and joined the National Guard. In booth cases never have I seen a young man so determined to make a better life for himself, his family, and everyone around him. I am so honored to have mentored, train, and served with him. SPC Ceo... AT EASE! your mission is done. R.I.P son"
CW2 C. Anthony King of Talil, Iraq / Edgewood, Md

"My man Black!!! I am truly saddened on the wake of this Memorial Day. Wishing i didnt have to celebrate your courage, your bravery, and your sacrifice. Bernard and I met as cadets in Freestate Challenge Acadamey. Being squad members we quickly became friends. We managed to keep in touch via mail until we lost contact. Sadly, I learned of what happened to "Black" via the news. I heard his name in my sleep and eyes opened to discover my friend gave his life for me. Something that goes PERFECTLY with his character.... I always knew he would. To his family.... I hope that you are able to find peace in the fact that your son meant so much to so many people. I still think of him often. I pray you strength and the same courage that burned in your son to continue to deal with your loss. RIP home boy!!! "6th squad forever""
Michael Liles of Largo, Maryland

"Memorial Day is a special day of reflection and memory of those special Soldiers who we served with, that gave their lives and paid the ultimate price for freedom. Boswell, Ceo, Connor and McMullen were all sons to me and will live in my memory forever and are in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. I look forward to the time when we can all get back together and once again be a united family. I am honored to have served shoulder to shoulder with these fine men and can tell you they all were quality soldiers.I miss them all more than mere words can describe. God bless Them, their Families and all of the Veterans who walked the walk and know the true price that is paid for Freedom. As well as, those whom are next to fight the fight... Respectfully..."
1SG Paul Mirabile of Street, Maryland, USA

"Hello Son, memorial day is approaching and as you know the flags and all that signify the sacrifice made by you and many more will be focus on...my focus is as I alway say, you are miss, and mommy loves"
Rosemarie Ceo of Baltimore, Maryland

"my name is Spc bushong me and Ceo had the same birthday August 1st. He will always be with me, he was a true friend. he was always their for us no matter what. i want to thank you for the time i got to be his friend god bless"
jarret bushong of solomons MD

"Hey Ceo, Rob and I went to visit you on Memorial Day. I'm sure you saw...just wanted to say that I'm proud to have served with you, and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you, Boswell, Conner, and McMullen. I will never forget!"
SPC Margie Brooks (243rd Eng Co) of Arlington, VA

"I was a friend of bernard although i knew him as his nickname "Black". We saw each other here and there, but each time I saw him I could tell how much he'd grown and matured from the previous time. He was a very sweet person and i was devastated to hear that he had passed, and hurtful that I found out after the funeral had taken place so I didnt get a chance to pay my respects to his family. So here is my chance: To all of Bernard's family and friends- I am so sorry for your loss, and I pray that God is continuing to help you move through this."
Neisha of Atlanta via Baltimore (home town)

"Memorial Day, 2008
To the family of Spc. Bernard L. Ceo:
Bernard 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To the family of:Bernard L.Ceo 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"

"Bernard, you are a truly amazing man and someone who's existence I will appreciate eternally. Someone very close to me is currently fighting in Iraq and I worry every second for his safety and I search lists of war heros ( how I discovered you) to ensure he's okay. Seeing what an amazing person you are has shown me that there are people out there who still care about the world they live in, people willing to risk their lives for their country and people who will live on in all of us for eternity. You and your work will never be forgotten and you have made a difference. You always will, Bernard. x"
Sarah Beth Cassidy of Lancashire, England.

"Ceo was in my husbands unit (SSG Jeffrey Ruark, 243rd Eng Co). I just wanted to stop by and give my sympathies to his family. In a good way, it's kind of comforting knowing that he didn't go alone, atleast he had two friends with him. It's unfortunate that any of them had to die, none of our soldiers should have to die. Every last one of them should have had the opportunity to live a long, happy life. My heart goes out to your family."
Kelly Ruark of Westminster, MD

"To Bernard Ceo's family,
I am writing to you as a member of the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. The motorcycle community in Illinois has built a wall to honor the fallen heroes in the Middle East from 1979 till today. Bernard's name has been engraved on this wall and the Freedom Run staff; family and friends would like to extend a VIP invitation to your family to join us for a memorial service on June 17, 2006 to honor Bernard and all the others who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Please, if you have time look at our website (www.ilfreedomrun.org). We all truly appreciate everything Bernard and all the other service men and women have done for us and this is our way of honoring them. Also please feel free to contact me via email at anytime if you would like more information. Again thank you and god bless.
Sara Brown of Alsip, IL

"The Ceo Family are in my thoughts and prayers. My memories of Bernard will always be of how great a role model he was while we worked at Kennedy Krieger High School in Baltimore. He was always eager to help out with our Young Marines unit at the school. I remember the day Bernard came to my office one day wanting to talk about his desires to make the military a more full-time career. That says a lot, Bernard just wanted to do more than what was expected. God Bless You, Bernard. Semper Fidelis!"
Ben Rodriguez of Baltimore, MD

"Hi ms Ceo this is Adriana Sgt Brian Conners middle Daughter i want to say im sorry for your lost its a lot to bear i know im a living wittness but remember god never puts more on you than you can handle! So stay strong an as for Mr Ceo i hope you my dad and Mr Boswell are up there rejoicing because you dont have to suffer ANYMORE! God says "After you have done all you can you JUST STAND!" aND TAKE A BOW BECAUSE YOUR MISSION YOU WERE SET OUT DO IS NOW COMPLETED! aND AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU ARE REWARDED FOR A GREAT JOB YOU HAVE DONE! I love you all and God Bless you all!"
Adriana Conner of Baltimre Md

"Hi ms Ceo this is Adriana Sgt Brian Conners middle Daughter i want to say im sorry for your lost its a lot to bear i know im a living wittness but remember god never puts more on you than you can handle! So stay strong an as for Mr Ceo i hope you my dad and Mr Boswell are up there rejoicing because you dont have to suffer ANYMORE! God says "After you have done all you can you JUST STAND!" aND TAKE A BOW BECAUSE YOUR MISSION YOU WERE SET OUT DO IS NOW COMPLETED! aND AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU ARE REWARDED FOR A GREAT JOB YOU HAVE DONE! I love you all and God Bless you all!"
Adriana Conner of Baltimre Md

"Son, a day do not go by that you are not in my thoughts, I pray for the help I need to get through each day knowing that you are not coming home and that you have gone on, I know in a better place, my heart has suffer a blow that can't be mended; I get comfort by looking at your pictures each day especially the one of you and I with the red teddy bear you gave me on Valentines day; Bernard you gave your life for this country.......
Mom Loves you so much"
Rosemarie Ceo mom of Bernard L Ceo of Baltimore, Md 21218

"I was very fortunate to have know bernard. I knew him on a few levels, personal as a friend, and professional, as a co-worker. Bernard was the kind of person that was very passionate about defending the united states from the terror bullies of the world. His passion for joining the military, after Sept. 11, 2001 was only matched by his desire to help other people. We worked together at a special needs High School in Baltimore, Md. and I only wish that I could be half the man that he was. There really are no words that I can find that can help me to understand the loss of Bernard, Ever since I found out about his passing, I have been trying to find words to decribe what he meant to me, and so many others, the one word that keeps repeating in my head is, "Remarkable".

Thank you bernard for keeping us safe!
God Bless you and your Family. Rose, Fred, Fred II, Albert, Corey, and all the others you meant so much to!"
Welly of Baltimore

"My brother Sam spoke highly off all the men he served with. I am sure Bernard and him were the best of friends. We take comfort in the fact that he was with guys he loved and respected when this trajic accident happened. I can say nothing else other then I am sorry for your loss."
Michael Boswell of Al Taheer, Iraq ( Baghdad )

"Bernard L. Ceo will always be remembered as a loyal citizen,son, brother,and uncle. I love him with all of my heart and soul and always will. He was always looking after others even when he had worries and he will continue to look out for his family and friends forever."
Nancy Ceo / Sister of Baltimore, MD

"To the CEO Family,
We extend our deepest sorrow for the loss of your beloved BERNARD. Words can not ease your pain, but we hope you take some comfort in knowing we honor him and celebrate his life.
BERNARD, you are a true American Hero and your service and sacrifice for our country will Always Be Remembered. God's speed and may the Angels surround your family as they try to heal.
From the family of an American Soldier, stationed at Ft. Campbell with the 101st AVN REGT, now serving in Iraq. 10-19-2005.""
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, USA --

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Bernard will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"to the ceo family from the wahl family. we are deeply sadden of the news! BERNARD you have not given your life in vain! you are a HERO! thank you for serving our country. more so for being a military brother to our son GREGORY. i salute you both today, for BERNARD you are uniting with GREGORY once again. my tears for my son never stop only flowed heavier for you BERNARD. anyway, BERNARD you deserve to be honored today! i encourage your family to reach out to your community and political leaders today. request a street be named in BERBARD honor. it's the very least his community can do for him. my prays are with BERNARD and your famil always. GOD BLESS!"

"Thank you Bernard Ceo, 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 Spc. Bernard Ceo:
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 Bernard 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. Bernard Ceo:
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 Bernard, 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