Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Dominic R. Coles

25, of Jesup, Georgia.
Coles died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his HMMWV came under attack during combat operations by enemy forces using small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars. He was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Died on December 26, 2005.

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"Hey bro it's been 10 yrs to the day that God called you home.. so much has changed man. I have a son after coming home that tour... miss you bro u are tatted on me till we meet again chilling with the og's..."
Derrick Teddy Graham of Norfork va

"Love you bro... Just sitting thinking about the fun we had... Me, you, Toni, Scary Tyrone, and Nick L. Miss both of you and Toni..."
Prentice Pullins of Jesup GA USA

"My boy it took me eight years to say this its crazy to after all these years I still feel as tho u just passed I know your in a better place in a big mansion with our god but the pain of losing you never gets better god has his own plan for us and I know u and royal is holding it down save a seat for me n heaven love u always...."
Briggette Brown of jesup, ga

"Hey bro it's big will sorry it's been a while didn't know how to say this but I miss u bro I wish we could have one more beer bro I love u man after u left I couldn't handle it anymore I ended up being kicked out but idc I'm happy n blessed n I pray u are too bro one love"
Will of Texas

"hey big bro this is your lil sis....n i just want to let u know that i think about u everyday.theres not a day that goes by that i dont think about u....i miss u n mommy so much but i know that yall are looking down on me n the rest of the fam...but i wanted to let u know that your LIL SIS IS GETTING MARRIED :-).my wedding day is on August 4 2012 two days after your bday.i wish u could b here to cherish this with me n to walk me down the aisle...but i know one thing for sure is that u n mommy will b there but thru spirit....loving n missing u dearly....LOVE U ALWAYS...your lil sis Monique Coles...n tell toni that i love her also."
monique coles of Philadelphia pa

"To the many friends and family member of Dominic Coles:

Thank you for your prayers, thoughts and many telephone calls during our season of grief. We miss Dominic and Toni everyday. We are honored to raise their children and I see attributes of the both of them in the kids and it makes me smile. Thank you Dominic for your service to our country and for your love for my sister and the children."
Family of Toni Coles

"Dear SGT. Coles family
I was one of Sgt Coles's soldier in Iraq. On December 26, 2005 I was driving the RG31 vehicle, (not a Humvee) when we got ambushed the second time that same day, and Sgt Coles was stroked by the RPG. I just want to tell his family that he was a great Team Leader, and I will always remember him.
RIP SGT Coles."
PFC Alvarez of Best Platoon ever " Earth Pigs "

"I miss watching superbowel games with you... cracking jokes on u, knocking on doors and running with you... You and toni was the best of the best in my world and the memory still stand in my mind. I miss you two and love you guys. I will see you soon. Just not now... Save me a seat inside the gates of heaven and I will fill you in on the rest... My grey goose better be on ice... Love u and we miss u"
Prentice Pullins of Atlanta Ga

"To the family of:Dominic R. Coles
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""

"Well SGT Coles, it has been almost four years since I have spoken to you. That day we lost you in Iraq was one of the hardest days I have dealt with in my military, but the days that followed was worst, because I had to work on your memorial flyer. I still have that in a book. You are missed and never forgotten. Continue to look over us, we need angels like you. Take care. From your old S-1. 30 May 2010"
SFC Sarrah Price of Camp Victory, Iraq

"SGT Coles,

Hey brother it is Doc Pieschel. I was there with you that day and have thought about you and your family every day since! May you be resting in peace and may your family know that the last memory I have of you was one of laughter and joy that you shared with your brothers shortly before your passing. God bless you and your family! Thank you for your service brother! You will NEVER be forgotten!"
Bryan "Doc" Pieschel of Saint Louis, MO

"Dominic and I grew up in the same apartment comples,a dn he was forever visiting my house to hang out! He was liked by everyone he met. It hurts my heart as I type this message to his readers, family, and friends. When our close ones die, we question why, but God does not desire us to do so. So, I will say God thank you for the years we had to share, laugh, cry, play, learn,a nd grow with Dominic! May his spirit be with our Father in Heaven, looking down at us. Mega blessings to his family. HE and his wife Toni are together once again. May God bless them!!!!
RIP DOMINIC AND TONI COLES!!!

Peace!
Iris Crumity Class of '98"
Iris Crumity of Jesup, Ga

"Dominic,

Words cannot express the grief I feel in us loosing you. I have known you and your family since you were a baby and I remember the day you and I discussed your wanting to join the military, following in the footsteps of your father and wanting to make a better life for yourself and your family.

I am so proud of the legacy you left and the positive impact you have on us all. I know you are beeming with pride in heaven. Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice. May God bless you and your family.Hoohaa and RIP Soldier."
Master Sergeant Rick Ansley of Brunswick, GA

"Dominic,

Words cannot express the grief I feel in us loosing you. I have known you and your family since you were a baby and I remember the day you and I discussed your wanting to join the military, following in the footsteps of your father and wanting to make a better life for yourself and your family.

I am so proud of the legacy you left and the positive impact you have on us all. I know you are beeming with pride in heaven. Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice. May God bless you and your family.Hoohaa and RIP Soldier."
Master Sergeant Rick Ansley of Brunswick, GA

"Hey I am a day late to leave a message man but this is a day to remember you and I did and I still do and always will just wish you were still with us man its crazy were this world takes you, I hope your famliy is doing well I would really like to know"
feliciano hernandez of Vilseck, Germany

"Hey man this is david hernandez again but i got by my real name feliciano now lol i miss you man and like I said we will never forget about you"
feliciano hernandez of germany

"Veteran's Day, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Dominic R. Coles:
Dominic 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

"If anyone knows how to contact Dominic's family please could you email me at aalnur7@aol.com i would like to visit where he was buried and see the family."
michael calloway of miami,fl

"Hey Dominic man it has been a long time since we have talked or seen each other we had to be about 12 or 13. I have always had you on my mind man since we were kids and i moved away. i always wondered what you and wesley would grow up to be and wished that we would run accross each other again. I wasnt even expecting to see your name nore your picture up i was truely stunned even shed a tear man. I know you are in a better place right now and i hope your family is doing better had id known you were in the military i would have looked you up we had the same mos at one time. I am going to try and get ahold of your family so that i can come see the grave. man rest in peace brother you will never be forgotten. I am michael calloway we grew up in those trailer parks in hinesville i remember your family like they were my own. take brother."
michael calloway (SSG Alnur) of miami, florida

"SGT Coles im leaving you this message to say that you are greatly missed its been over two yrs since we talked and since the last time i seen you. want to know you are missed and not a day goes by where you are not thought of."
SPC RORY RADTKE of Milwaukee Wi

"Hey brother
I still remember and I will never forget. I wish you would have came home with us but I know you were whacting over us the rest of the time. Did you see us Earth pigs kicked * the rest of the time. We never forgot you and even now 2 years 4 months and 14 days later we still remember. Take care brother and I will have a smoke waiting for you when I meet you again."
David Hernandez of Iraq

"DOMINIC I WILL MISS YOU , YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN . YOU WILL BE ALWAYS REMEMBERED , ALWAYS . YOU WERE MY HEART AND WILL AWAYS BE APART OF MY HEART ........ALWAYS ."
TONI COLES of MACON , GA

"Dear Family of Dominic Coles,
To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.AtlantaFineArtsLeague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. –The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Lisa Gleim of Marietta, GA

"From another Mom in Georgia (SgtPat Tainsh KIA 2/11/04 Bagdhad).Would like to connect with Dominic's mom,dad,siblings, or other family member. contact me at heartofahawk@msn.com. Thank you for your family's service and sacrifice. May peace find a place in your hearts.
Deborah Tainsh, Midland, Ga"
Deborah Tainsh of Midland,, Ga

"he's gone but not forgotten.with love cousin nikki"
nikki of jesup ga

"Rest in Peace, Soldier, and know that you are thought of and honored. You are among an amazing group now, Take care of eachother, and the rest of us here - till we meet some day!!
To the family of Sgt Coles - You are thought of. Hang in there, and take your time, this is a long process, and it does get different. You are not alone!!"
Marcie of Missouri

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

"Thank you Dominic Coles, 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. Dominic Coles:
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 Dominic 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. Dominic Coles:
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 Dominic, 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