Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Robert E. Colvill, Jr.

31, of Anderson, Indiana.
Colvill was looking for survivors in the Iraqi National Guard Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq after it was destroyed by a suicide car bomber, when it came under a mortar attack. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on July 8, 2004.

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"my love goes out to the family of robert no one knows what pain u all r going threw im a mum to 3 boys and if my lad got killed in the army i couldint cope with loseing any of my boys so i dnt know how u cope wit ur loss but my heat and love goes out to u all"
danielle thornton of leicester england uk

"Our country will never forget those who gave their lives for our freedom. I am with a group of women "American Soldier Memorial Project" who cross stitch memorials for the familys of our fallen soldiers. I would like the honor of doing one for Robert. It is totally free and if you will allow me to do this please contact me at nicholsjan1947@hotmail.com My heart goes out to you for your loss."
Jan Nichols of Dyer, IN

"To the family of:Robert E.Colvill,Jr.
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"2-26-11"

"As time passes you still remain in my thoughts, you are a true warrior and you are greatly missed..."
SFC Sean M. Fugitt of Fort Bragg, NC

"I was at the Time of Remembrance in Washington DC on 9/26/09, and I wept openly at the sight of all the children of the fallen onstage. There is a beautiful photograph of Sgt. Colvill's son showing a shirt with his Dad's picture to Gen. Casey during the ceremony - it now hangs over my desk at work. I lost my dad when I was 9, and it affected my life considerably. Even though it is five years since Sgt. Colvill's death, my prayers and best wishes are with all of you."
John Deppen of Northumberland, PA

"”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 1,800 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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Project Compassion
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Manti, Utah 84642"
Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"Rob and I went to high school together, graduated, and joined the military. I went Army, and Rob went Marines. Whenever we were home on leave at the same time, we'd meet with all our friends at Pizza King on 38th St, and Madison Ave. It's not the same without you, Rob, but I'm lucky to have been your friend. We still meet, and I'll always save you a seat. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, and miss you very much. Your sacrifice will always be honored!

Sgt Brian Cooley
10th Mountain Division"
brian Cooley of Anderson, Indiana

"July 8, 2008
Four years have past yet it seems like yesterday that I had to tell mom that you were killed. I'm sorry for not grieving yet, as you can see, I have lots of work to do-dealing with mom, and helping Chris with the kids. Hopefully I am doing the right things and making sure that Zachary and Travis remember there daddy. I could use a little help with that. Your big sis"
Melanie Smith of Fredericksburg, VA

"June 9, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Robert E. Colvill, Jr.:
Robert 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

"THANK YOU ! ROBBIE WE MISS YOU DEARLY ,,,YOU LIVED AS A SOLDIER! DIED A HERO.YOU ARE OUR AMERICAN HERO ARE FAMILY WAS HIT HARD ,,LOSING YOU ONE YEAR TO THE DAY WE LOST MY SON ,YOUR COUSIN SHAUN ,, ARE HEART CRY EVERY DAY AND MISS YOU GUYS SO MUCH ,,THEN WITH IN THAT YEAR GRANDPAL BEEMAN WENT TO BE WITH YOU ,, I KNOW YOU 3 ARE ALL TOGETHER NOW, MY GOD REST YOUR SOULS AND MY PEACE BEWITH ALL ,LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND MISSING YOU GUYS BAD ...HUGS AND KISSES..AUNT DONNA"
DONNA PRICE of ANDERSON IND, MADISON

"Though I never got the chance to meet Robbie, I was fortunate enough to become good friends with his mother, she is a very close and dear person in my life. Thank you Robbie for your unselfishness, and the ultimate sacrifice you gave so that we all can continue to live free. From the stories I've heard it would have been more than an honor to have actually met you. You will always be a hero to me and my family! I know you are watching over your loved ones and friends from somewhere up above, but today I hope you are having a Happy Birthday! As you would have been 34. Happy Birthday Robbie you will NEVER be forgotten!
Tammy, Anderson, IN"
tammy smith of Anderson, IN

"This is Sgt. Robert Colvill Jr.'s mother I would like to say thanks to everyone for all your support and comments they mean so much. If any of his friends or Brothers in Arms would like to contact me my email address is Lazyw98@netzero.com"
Anita Beeman Walker of Anderson, IN USA

"I would like to thank everyone for their show of support and kindness in our greatest time of need. All though I lost my only son, Robbie truely believed in what he was doing for our country. Your comments and support are truely appreciated and do help me to get through each day, just knowing that my son meant so much to so many. Sincerely, (his mother) Anita Beeman Walker"
Anita Beeman Walker of Anderson, IN USA

"I served with Robert when he was with 1/3 Marines in Hawaii and Okinawa. We were roommates and team mates. I am deeply saddened to hear of his death. My deepest and heartfelt condolences go to his family and loved ones. He was a good Marine.
I hope it is ok if I commemorate Robert by running on his behalf in the Blood, Sweat, Toil, and Triumph Biathlon being held in Washington DC on Nov 12 to benefit recuperating Veterans in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. http://www.teamriverrunner.org/eventsBSTT.php
Semper Fi"
Mike Dinnie of Arlington, Va.

"I am SgtMajor Robert N.Thomas III USMC (RET,I was Sgt Colvill 1stSgt when he was with DELTA Co ITB at the school of infantry Camp Pendelton 1997. He was a great Marine with a positive attitude and he will be forever missed by us all. Semper FI to his family and friends. Rest and peace my friend!!! HERE IS MY E-MAIL ADDRESS SGTMAJORUSMC45@AOL.COM if the family would like to contact me pls do so."
Robert Thomas of Vista, CA

"To the family of Sgt Robert E. Colvill Jr. My deepest sympathy for the lost of this great man. Freedom Quilts would wish to make a quilt for the family but need you to contact us so we can make you a quilt. A hero he truly is and one that should be honor. I wish to honor him by honring his family with a quilt. If you contact me at debeniel@ncn.net I will be proud to make a quilt to honor you. You can check my website www.freedomquilts.net and see all the quilts that we have given to families to honor them. If you know of other parents or spouse that have lost a love one then please contact me to let me know. I would like to make sure they are not forgotten. Please know that we are very proud of this young man that truly understand the meaning of caring for others. He gave it his all and now we need to honor his family. God bless and take care. I hope to hear from you."
Betty Nielsen of Fonda, IA.

"I wish to offer my sincere condolences to your family over the loss of such a fine son, husband and father. I am proud to have been born and raised in the same town as this hero and will be forever grateful to him and all the brave young men before him that have fought and gave their all to preserve our freedom. He will not be forgotton.
God bless and comfort you."
Judy of Anderson, IN

"Rest in peace ..........you were a dear friend to many Blue Spaders you will be missed and never forgotten!"
SPC William Pasiechnik of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida/ USA

"I had the honor to serve with SGT Colvill as a Blue Spader. Two weeks before the July 8 attack I saw him standing on the turret of a HUMMVW. Our conversation was brief, his usual what's up Sir, my answer what's going on SGT... His smile was the last thing I saw from him...
He was a great man, a great father, and a great Soldier Spader, always straight forward.
To the family of this great American I want to say thank you, for your support, to SGT Colvill were ever you are God Bless you man and as our CO said: “continue with your rest plan”. I'll see you again some day.

Duty First

LT Vega"
Angel Vega of Würzburg Germany

"I served with SGT. Colvill while he was in the 1-26 Mortars. We were in the same squad and I was there with him on the 8th. He was a great soldier. Always laughing and joking with other guys in the platoon. He will always be missed by all of us in the Mortars."
SGT. Owen Fulsome of Schweinfurt, Germany

"I was stationed with Robert in Hawaii both of us were in the Marine Corps. We knew each other because we got to Hawaii at about the same time and we were among the fastest runners in the Regiment. He really was a great guy. Funny and energetic. I found out about his death recently and told other mutual friends and we were all stunned. We will miss him as will everyone who knew him. God bless his family. Semper Fi Robert!!"
Daniel J. Carter SSgt/USMC of Joliet, Illinois/USA

"I just want Robert's family to know they are still in our prays. My husband SSG Dan King was stationed with Robert at Ft Lewis WA they were in the same PLT 2/14 Cav B Troop. We had the honor to have Robert,Christine and the kids at our home many times.He is a Hero to all that knew him. Our love for him and his Family will be in our hearts alway. we would like to get in touch with his wife to let her know we still care. princessking1970@yahoo.com The Kings,Dan,Sally and Lashante"
Sally King of Ft Lewis Wa

"To the family of Robert E. Colvill Jr.,

I had the chance to meet him and Christina. He was an Sgt. of my husbands in 2-14 Cav at Fort Lewis. We became pretty close friends with them. My son and thier kids played together. I remember one night day at thier house, we were watching a movie. He said to my husband that I will be just like that I will never leave one of my soliers behind. He went with honor. Robert always stood to his word. We send our deepest condolences to the family. He will be missed."
The Sims Family of Fort Lewis, Wa

"I think of all five of them everyday. Joey and his girlfriend both were very happy with the friendship they had with Robert and his wife. Joey asked me for a copy of a cd with american solider on it and I told him I sent it out to you already, he then told me it was for the sargent that he to wanted a copy. now i think of how many times, and the many places that song has been played. marlyon garmback maggie1125@aol.com"
marlyon garmback of brookpark,oh.

"WE LOVE YOU ROBERT. WE WILL MISS YOU. BUT THE INNOCENTS OF YOUR CHILDREN WILL HELP OUR MEMORIES OF YOU LIVE ON.GOD WILL HELP US HEAL OUR WOUNDS IN TIME."

"My family and I wish to send our deepeset sympathy,our young dear friend Collier died with Robert on July 8th!We miss him dearly but also realize the courage these men had and will never forget that.God bless all of Roberts family and friends!Friend of Collier Barcus."
Lisa Jensen of Mchenry Il.

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

"I got to know Robert when he met and then married to my cousin, Christine. What a wonderful person, husband and father he was. He will be missed very much. I am proud to have known him."
Kim Boggs and family of Des Moines, WA

"Robbie is my son-in-law and will always be a big part of our family,we will have a hard time getting over this tragedy, but his memories will live on forever. He was a LOVING Son,brother,husband and father,but most of all a brave soldier."
Kathy Boss of Ontario Oregon

"A Friend"
To say you knew Robert Colvill, is to say you had a friend. He was a friend to all he knew. I am proud to say I am a friend to him and honored to be a part of his life. I shared time with him, and will forever feel a void. He fought for our country and will forever be a symbol of our feedom. I will forever be saddened he is gone, and will never forget how wonderful of a person he is."
A friend from Anderson, IN USA

"We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Robert. May God bless this brave patriot who chose to fight for our freedom."
The Starr Family of Glenshaw Pa USA

"To Robert's 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 loved one's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

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

"TO THE FAMILY OF SGT.COLVILL, WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE THE SORROW I FEEL FOR YOUR FAMILY, KIND WORDS CAN'T CHANGE WHAT HAS HAPPEND, BUT A PRAYER WE ARE SENDING YOU WILL GIVE YOU STRENGTH."
MRS. DESIDERIA NARVAEZ of SAN ANTONIO,TX. USA

"To Robert's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Robert Colvill, Jr., 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. Robert Colvill, Jr.:
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 Robert 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. Robert Colvill, Jr.:
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 Robert, 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