Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Torey J. Dantzler

22, of Columbia, Louisiana.
Dantzler died in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated on the side of the road near his convoy vehicle. He was assigned to the 66th Transportation Company, Kaiserslautern, Germany. Died on July 22, 2004.

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"I worked at his daughters daycare in the same room with little Kayla in Germany. So i knew how much he loved him some Kayla first hand you could see it in his eyes whenever he came to pick her up. He was always silly but always mannerable. So this day every year on this day i recognize him 😕."
Alicia Nious-Jones of ft bragg, NC

"What up D, just wanted to say was thinking about you and still dont feel right that you got taken away from your wife and kids, enjoyed the time I new you on the football field in Germany, will never forget."
SSG POOLE of Fort Lee, VA

"Missing you every day Torey... Remember how we played football at big Momma's... Every summer. Constantly wondering what wound we being doing now.... Miss you like the sun misses the dark skies."
Christopher Jerome Dantzler of Killeen, Texas

"I remember when I first got to K-town he showed me around I remember playing Madden and Football in the Motor pool in Iraq I was with him in 66th and 15th TC. As far as Human being's they don't come any better A fallen hero R.I.P my brother"
Rodriguez of Buffalo

"Remembering you always your brother forever love you man, always in my heart and soul!!!!!!!!!!! It feels like yesterday when we was kicking it hanging and going out. You are my hero, now big mama is up there with you watching down over us. Hope were making you big mama proud. Man you would be so proud of the men your brother have grown up to be, you will never be forgotten!!!!!!!!"
Severan Girod of Clarks La

"He had a special smile... a smile that could light up the whole room. HE was always happy and offered an encourgaing word from time to time. I remember her was excited because he was going home to meet his baby.... I will never forget Dantzler and Sgt Reed... forever in my heart."
Edmeade of Boston, Ma

"I lived in the building with the 66th trans in Tikrit. Its all these years later 2012 and i remember his name and face. I will never forget him. I wish nothing but the best for his family from the bottom of my heart"
Barber of Providence RI

"R.I.P I think of our fallen heroes all the time. PFC Dantzler will always be in my thoughts and his family in my prayers."
Tasha of Kaiserslautern, GE

"I was just sitting in my room talking to our daughter about her father and how much he loved her. And all see could do was break down and cry. I wish he was still here to see how his daughter is turning into such a young lady and how our son is such a young man. In our heart he will forever be. We miss u do much"
Serena Dantzler of Burlington, Nc

"December 2011: This week many of our top college golfers are competing in The Partriot All-America golf tournament at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, AZ. My son, Brandt, has the honor of playing in memory of Pfc. Torey J. Dantzler. Please know that his family is in our thoughts and prayers and his and your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed."
Carol Garon of Baton Rouge, LA

"I miss you so much bro , you will never be replaced I love you and will see you one day.. Love u bro ..Delshasta Lee..."
Delshasta lee of Louisiana

"i read about tory and was wandering if i am related to him."
sonja dantzler of detroit mich. u.s.a.

"Well Tomorrow's veterans day and I had to come by and pay my respects to Torey. I remember him every veterans day because not only he sacrifice for this countey he sacrifice his life and with that he left behind his wife and beautiful kids. I worked at the daycare that his daughter went to in Germany kayla was crazy about her father as a baby and I won't ever forget how his face lite up when he came to get her from daycare on those days."
Alicia Nious-Jones of Ft. Bragg

"I graduated with Torey in 2000. When I learned he died, I cried. Remembering these years later, I still cry when I think about the fact that he's gone. A beautiful life cut short. Rest in peace."
Classmate of USA

"June 9, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Torey J. Dantzler:
Torey 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

"May God bless you and your family, Torey. Your sacrifice and courage were not in vain. Your grateful Country honors you and your fellow soldiers."
John Pettit of Sharpsburg, Georgia

"WHERE DO YOU BEGIN. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT I COULD BEGIN TO SAY ON HIS BEHALF BUT NOT JUST ME ANYONE WHO EVER CAME IN HIS PRESENCE EVEN IF IT WAS ONLY FOR A BRIEF SECOND THAT IS JUST THE LASTING IMPRESSION HE LEFT ON PEOPLE. HE WAS A WELL-RESPECTFUL,HUMOROUS,HUMBLE,ATHLETIC,HONORABLE PERSON TO HAVE KNOWN. I ACTUALLY BECAME REAL CLOSE TO HIM FROM BOTH OF OUR INVOLVEMENT IN SPORTS. MY LAST YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL WAS WHEN WE REALLY BONDED WE WOULD SIT AND EAT AT THE SAME LUNCH TABLE EVERYDAY IN WHICH HE WOULD BRING ME AND MY BEST FRIEND KEISHA FEGANS PAPER TOWELS EVERYDAY AND IF HE WOULD FORGET I WOULD QUICKLY REMIND HIM. MY PROM DATE WAS LATE SHOWING UP THE NIGHT OF MY SENIOR PROM FOR PICTURES AND WHO WAS THERE TO FILL IN WAS HIM, MR. TOREY DANTZLER. HIS CLASS CONSISTED OF BIG GROUP OF CLOSE NIT FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN WHICH I WAS VERY CLOSE WITH.THE DAY I HEARD OF THE NEWS I JUST WAS IN DISBELIEF BECAUSE YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS IN THE NEWS EVERYDAY BUT YOU NEVER EXPECT IT TO BE SOMEONE YOU KNOW IT HURTS SO BAD BECAUSE HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN COMING HOME FOR GOOD BUT HE DIED DOING SOMETHING HE LOVED FOR HE WOULD HAVE NEVER JOINED THE MILITARY."
KATIA JORDAN of COLUMBIA,LA

"Torey, I miss you. You always brightened my day with your smile. Thank you for being fighting for my freedom and for being a good friend."
Jomeka Butler of Houston, TX

"You will be missed. I didn't know you very well but I highly respect you from what I learned about you. As your roll as a father, husband, son, grandson, cousin, brother, friend, but most of all as a hero you served your position well. I give my deepest simpathy towards the family and may god bless you all who gave apart in Torey's life who help him become what he is today!
(A HERO)
We haven't just lost a soilder but gained another angel!"
Candice Newton of Monroe, La

"You will be missed. I didn't know you very well but I highly respect you from what I learned about you. As your roll as a father, husband, son, grandson, cousin, brother, friend, but most of all as a hero you served your position well. I give my deepest simpathy towards the family and may god bless you all who gave apart in Torey's life who help him become what he is today!
(A HERO)"
Candice Newton of Monroe, La

"Torey Dantzler was not only my brother but also my best friend and only god knows how much i miss him and wish he was here and i just want him to know that i love him so much and miss him so much but i know your in a better place and watching over me love you brother"
Ian Dantzler of Columbia, Louisiana

"Thank you for defending our free world! from Germany"
Norbert Mayr of Germany

"Torey J.Dantzler was our brother and he will always be remembered by his grandmother Romie Dantzler, Mama Joann Dantzler, Step Father Charles Moore, brothers, Ian,& Charles, Uncle Jason"
Charles Moore of Columbia, La

"Torey J.Dantzler was our brother and he will always be remembered by his grandmother Romie Dantzler, Mama Joann Dantzler, Step Father Charles Moore, brothers, Ian,& Charles, Uncle Jason"
Charles Moore of Columbia, La

"I only new Torey for maybe a year or so. He used to live right down the street from me IN Kaiserslautern Germany. When we first met he was kinda quiet. my mom and his wife . Mrs.Serena were real good friends. After a while i got to know him for the funny and silly person he was.. I was about 16 or 15 at the time when i met him and when i was around him he was also 15 or 16 we use to juss laugh and cut up. He was a good guy and i really do miss him. Hes my hero for what hes done and what he fought for. I miss you Torey ..God Bless You."
Antoine Carter of Kaiserslautern Germany

"I had the wonderful blessing to work with Torey when he was still in High School. I don't think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He had one of those smiles that made him look like he was always "up to somethng",and most of the time he was. He never had a bad word to say and was always so respectful and kind. To his mom and dad I can say you raised and great and wonderful man. I know you feel nothing but pride for what Torey did in his short time on this earth and the lives he touched. Take care and may God keep you close to him."
Tara Linton of Clarks,Louisiana

"Torey was a good friend of mines. I still remember the times I took his family to the hospital and picked him up from the motorpool during those late nights when he returned from mission during his time in Germany. My prayers go out to his wife and kids. I think about ya'll everyday. You will forever be missed. May you rest and peace and may GOD grant your family the strength to move forward and never forget!!"
SGT Vines, Jermane (Declover24@yahoo.com) of Ft Bliss, TX

"Torey was my first cousin,but also he was my brother he was the only brother I ever had or came close to having I miss him more and more each day. The family thanks you for all of the love and support I love you Torey and I will always remember you"
Whitney Hearns of Ruston, La, USA

"danztler was my first cousin"
tristan (mon) newton of chatham,louisiana

"Torey was an entergetic,honest and faithful young man. My family had the honor of Torey being one of our close friends. My husband and I were ridiculed in our comunity for allowing a black boy in our home. We considered him just a boy. I encouraged him to go to the army.Now I wonder what if. Well i am very proud of him and he is well missed in our home. Everytime I cook a pot of gumbo I know he's here waiting on his bowl. i can't help but smile. May God bless his family. I know Torey and John L are together watching us all!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Kathy Jones(zorbathegreek63@aol.com of Grayson La

"Torey was a friend of mine-he was in my platoon in the 66th. i was there the day he was killed. i will always feel a sadness on that date forever. he will be truly missed by all who knew him. his family are in my thoughts and prayers. go in peace,friend."
CPL. Phillip E. Beatty, 66th trans co. of kaiserslautern germany

"I remember Torey as a student at Caldwell High. He was such a very respectable young man and kind to others. He always greet people with a smile and always had a kind word to say. He will be truly missed, but never will be forgotten. Thank you Torey for all you have done to give freedom to those who did not have it."
Kathy Martin of Columbia, Louisiana

"Dantzler, You were my buddy in the Fired up 15th Trans Det. K Town Germany and you are my hero buddy. Your wife was right when she said America lost a great man and father, you were a great dad and a great American. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.. " Untill we meet again ""
Danny Merritt of Southbury ,CT 06488

"To the Dantzler family, my most heart felt sympathy to you.My name is SSG Prendis Sullivan i did not know torey that well but i was stationed at camp speicher with the 498th trans co and often ran convoys with torey,the few conversations that we had was all about his family what i do remember about him was that he was a family man and could not wait to get home to see his family and newborn child.Stay strong in christ and he will ease the pain and lost of torey, and he is truly a hero.May god bless you."
SSG Prendis Sullivan of Mobile,Alabama

"Torey was my husband and the father of my two children. The world has lost a great man. He was my best friend my world and he will be truley missed. Every day when I look into the eyes of our children I see there father and it makes me smile. My daughter doesn't understand that her father is not coming home and it is hard at times. But I beleive that when the time is right Torey and God will help me explain it to her. Our son never got to be blessed with seeing his father but my children will now that their father loved then more then anything else in this world. He was a hero and a legend. Now is a solider in God's Army. Baby we love you and miss you."
Torey's wife Serena Dantzler (stdantzler@yahoo.com) of Burlington,NC 27217

"To Torey's Family:
I'm sorry for your loss in your family from what I did know of Torey he was a great person. Ian used to tell me all about him. I always keep you in my thoughts.

Love Always,"
Christy White of Columbia,LA.

"In honor of Torey Dantzler who was not only a great person, but also an excellent role model. The memories that I have of Torey mostly took place on the football field when I was a freshman in high school and he was a senior. I truly admired his athletic ability, and the way he carried himself off the field. As successful as he was on the field, he knew how to handle every bit of it. His death was tough to swallow for everyone in his community. I continue to pray for all of his family members as they continue to move on with their lives. The one that has helped me cope with the loss of Torey is Jesus Christ. It is by him that I have a hope to one day see Torey Dantzler, because he has defeated death and the grave. May God Almighty continue to bless the family of Torey who has fallen but will not be forgotten."
Triston Sheridan of Columbia LA

"I didn't know Dantzler very well and I don't think he would have remembered me either. But I was stationed with him in Germany and he could drive a truck. I left Germany a month before they got their orders to go to Iraq. Every day I worry about my friends over there and wish I could be with them. To the Friends and Family of Dantzler, I wish you the very best and you will be in my prayers."
SGT Strong David of Ft Bliss, Texas (dave_becca@hotmail.com)

"There is no words to describe what a good friend Torey was. I've lost a dear friend and i'll never forget him. he'll always be my hero"
kiley bordelon of columbia , la

"My sincere condolences to the famiy and friends of Pfc Torey J. Dantzler. My son was killed May 3rd 2004, Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum..the 22nd of July would have been his 39th birthday. He was the father of 3 children. For me May 3rd will forever break my heart...for you it will be July 22nd. Please know that there are many of us out here that keep you and yours in prayer. Our loved ones will never be forgotten..and our pain of their loss .. for me is the hardest burden to bear. My son made me promise to be strong when he "volunteered" to go to Iraq, something I did not learn about until after his death, he told me I had to be strong so he wouldnt worry about me and he could do his job w/o that worry!! I promised him I would. Well, as you know, this is a really tough job staying strong, when their loss is so great. For you I pray, as I do for my family and friends each and every day, the grace and peace of this day come to you through the pain! Stay strong, stay close to loved ones. We are blessed to have known and loved these very special men.
For the Marines, Semper Fi, means Always Faithful!! This mom says, Semper Fi, to all of Toreys' loved ones..there are special guardian angels watching over us now.
Again, my deepest and heartfelt condolences on this horrific loss.
Ron's Mom"
Ron's Mom of Williamsburg, Pa

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones
in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Torey, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge Montana "

"I did not know Torey Dantler. But I feel your loss. He died with my best-friend, Tatjana. These loses make it so much harder for me when my husband goes back to Iraq at the end of the year. He is also a truck driver and I constantly fear the same fate for him. My heart goes out to his family. My God be with you and bless you now and always."
Della Ross of Savannah, GA

"Doing my time in the military I tried to always set an example and be a mentor for you and my sons. I'm so very proud of you and all that you have accomplished; Heroes are hard to find but you're my nephew and Hero. I believe you did your very best at whatever you set out to perform. I Love You..."
1SG(Ret) John F. Dantzler of Killeen, Texas, USA

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude.
May G-d provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.
A grateful citizen and a Proud Marine Mom, (purplelily219@yahoo.com)"
Lily of Wakefield MA

"To Torey's 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

"To Torey'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 Torey Dantzler, 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 Pvt. 1st Class Torey Dantzler:
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 Torey 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 Pvt. 1st Class Torey Dantzler:
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 Torey, 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