Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Darryl T. Dent

21, of Washington, D.C.
Dent was in a convoy when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle in Southeast Arimadi, Iraq. Dent was assigned to the 547th Transportation Company, U.S. Army National Guard, based in Washington, D.C. Died on August 26, 2003.

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"I know I will see you again in paradise, your a great example to live by. God bless and stay faith strong his family and closest friends. He is always remembered. Went to Roosevelt HS and was in JROTC with you."
Wilson T. of Washington, DC.

"Darryl,my beloved cousin I appreciate having you as a family member. The things you and I talked about I've deviated from that but now managed to redeem what you'd installed in me. You're my mentor still to this day I hold on to your memories. And knowing you if you had to do it all over again, you definitely would without hesitation. #drunkenmonk"
anthony Pittman of Brooklyn, ny

"Darryl,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"It has been some years now since we all left Iraq,but still yet the memories of Dent remain in my mind. I know that GOD has a plan for all of us and it was Dent's time to answer GODS calling,you will always be remember in my house and I will always call you friend"
SFC Allen Charles (547th Trans Co 2003-2004) of FT Washington MD

"I STILL MISS YOU .... I REMEMBER IN HIGH SCHOOL.. HOW U ALWAYS LOOK OUT FOR ME AND MADE ME SMILE..JUST WANT U KNOW ITS ALMOST BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE U BEEN GONE BUT I STILL THINK OF U AND U BRING PURE JOY TO MY HEART.. YES MY EYES GET MOIST A LITTLE.. BUT THEN I REMEMBER ALL THE GREAT MOMENTS WE HAD.. I LOVE U..RIP ..MY CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS .."
Arja Nelson of washington, dc usa

"I'm a Navy Reservist and did not know Darryl but for the past two years I've gone to Arlington to visit others and came across Darryl and felt a connection with him as we were born on the same day. I'm very sorry for your loss but know that others, even if we didn't know him, empathize with you and will not forget him."
Chris of Washington DC

""To the family of Darryl T. Dent ,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""

"I am a member of an organization called "Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers. This group has sent out over 2,900 prayer shawls to families of fallen soldiers. We want to contact every family of a fallen soldier. There are over 235 knitting groups throughout the country knitting these prayer shawls. If you would like to receive a prayer shawl in the memory of Darryl, please email be at barbconway@comcast.net.
Sincerely, Barbara"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"Thank you to all who have written and sent condolences.I promise you that your well wishes are recieved warmly. I am the mother of Darryl Thomas Dent. I have not spoken before now because I could not.It has been five years,
eleven months,twelve days,twelve hours, and fifty-six minutes and I am still thinking of you son.My last born child full of love and compassion. You always gave,of yourself, your sustenance, your faith,even your life. I know you did it because you cared. many thank you for your sacrifice.Some live because you died. How I ache to touch you again, to look at your face again, to hear you speak and laugh and share your wisdom, as you were a life in my womb you are now the life of my heart. I am being the mother, the woman, the queen you treated me like when you were here.I continue to live in the light you brought to me and live to share it with all who care to recieve it. Angelic and I spend time together, not so much talking, but sharing space with you in mind.Rest my son from your labor,Your living, Your loving and Dieing. All done so selflessly.Just saying thanks does not carry the true thought and feeling behind the words. I miss you.

ma!"
Ms. Sabrina J. Dent of Roanoke Rapids NC

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Spc. Darryl T. Dent:
Darryl 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

"I think of you everyday. You're on my HEART like a tattoo. Miss you so much. But, I know the LORD is taking good care of you."
Danyell Allen of Oxon Hill, MD

"this is to you darryl we are doing it now what you wanted us to do its 2007 your brother music is going good my music is going good your sister and mother are ok the whole family is good and i will still win that award for you i love you man i miss you but we still talk anyway in my dreams i know you are still with us"
edward nance of washington d.c.

"Dent and I went to Roosevelt SHS together and we were in the same JROTC class. You've made the ultimate sacrifice and I thank you for protecting our country.You were a kind and true friend. RIP"
Lianne Thompson-Totty of Baltimore, MD

"I didn't know SPC Dent personally, but we share a common bond as being Brothers in arms and Alumni of TRHS and 5th Regiment R.O.T.C cadets there. Darryl, you are gone but not forgotten."
Harold Lanford of Sicily, Italy

"I glad to see that my baby/soulmate are still in many prayers and hearts. Thanks for all the love and kind words, they go such along way for those of us who miss him every day of the year."
Danyell Allen of Sheffield, AL

"Well Bro,

I finally mustered up the strenth to say....well I dont know really what to say. these last 3 and a half years I keep thinking... I remember that day. and how I was supposed to be on that gun truck mission also. but somehow I was the one that got tasked for something else. I was a M249 Gunner with 77th Maint. you were attached to our Battalion 485CSB in Dogwood. . I know I keep jumping around in this note...since I cant find the right words. I wish it was me in your place sometimes. forgive my language bro but Hell you deserve life more than me . You gave the Ultimate Sacrifice. TTrust me you are not forgotten...everyone in my family knows about that mission you were on...and how for some odd reason I was taken off it. I am so sorry that you didnt come home to your family. But I know in this thing we all Life you have True Peace with God. I wish your Family the Best in Life for we all know they have suffered the Worst. Rest in Peace Bro. and to all the soldiers from your company ......Thank You for the Help and making Iraq safer for everyone!"
SSG Quidera (spc. Quidera at the time) of Phoenix/AZ Recruiting

"I did not have the honor of meeting this soldier, but being a soldier myself, I am greatful for people like Darryl Dent. Thank you to his family, and girlfriend, Danyell. God Bless!!

Courage isn't the absence fear, but the strength we act upon when we are most afraid!"
SPC Danielle Allen of Fort Lewis, Wa

"Dear Family and Friends of Spc. Dent
I met Darryl's comrades in arms on September 24th. It was obvious to me he was well remembered and thought of by them. Darryl lies two stones in front of my son Michael. The friends said he liked R&B music. We will honor him with what he likes each time we visit from NY and play so he may hear. Bless him and you"
Teresa Arciola of Elmsford, NY

"To the family of our little brother, SPC D. Dent. It has been three years and we still wonder what we could have done better. Know that he is the drive behind efforts as we continue this fight. He is not fallen, but he is risen as a Hero to all his DC Guard family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day.

God bless!"
LT Daniel Cruz of JFHQ-DC-G1

"I hear that another hero has fallen and all I can think as a fellow soldier falls is how many have went to God to make this world a safer place the sacrifice of this young man is greater than words can tell. From an old soldier to a young never to get old soldier God bless you and keep you in the Hollow of his hand and make the light of his face to shine on you and all the others who went before. Thomas A.Oaks an old 547 soldier from 1965 to 1968"
Thomas A.Oaks of Georgetown, IL. USA

"I was Darryl's battle buddy in basic training..... i couldn't believe it when i heard the terrible news. I think about you every day now darryl....we always said we would be headed off the the big sand box together... i have lost a true friend,one that would have done anything for anbbody..... I MISS YOU DARRYL!!!!!"
SGT Robbie Doman of Colorado Army National Guard

"You are in our hearts and prayers, always!"
Richard, Erin & Kyle Dent of Alamogordo, NM

"i was a friend of spc dent and i had the honor of serving with him in iraq, he will always be a hero"
charles allen 547 trans of washington dc

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/26/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"I was with Dent a few days before the inccident occurred. Darryl was the driver of the gun truck in which i manned quite often. He was a good soldier with a great heart. He looked after others. He is in my prayers and I wish the Dent family the best. Dent, you're a hero!"
Geoffrey Hampson of Sterling Heights, MI

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

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

"To Spc Dent's Family:
Though we are strangers, but we want you to know how sorry we are your Darryl was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/24/04)

"TO my loving cousin Darryl, I will never forget the reason you died. I know that you are in a better place, however I think of you everyday. I have written a story and shared it with my school mates as a project. I hope to see you again someday. I promise to do what we talked about a few years ago. I will also make sure your mother is ok to. Once again I LOVE YOU. Jeff sends his love."
Christon Martin of Representing Seaboard North Carolina

"Thank you Darryl Dent, 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

"I was with the 547th Trans Company between 1965 and 1968 while we were at the Robert E. Lee Barracks at Mainz, Gonsenheim, Germany. A lot of time has past since then but I know your sorrow at this event because he was a soldier and soldiers have a way of staying together ( even though they didn't know each other ) so to speak. God bless and I hope all is well."
Ed Nuzbach of Naperville,Illinois

"To the Dent and Justice family, Darryl will be missed. Dent was a brother to me, and I feel like I could have done so much more for you. I just was to thank Dent, Lisa and jr.
Peace"
Darryl Bennett of Washington DC

"Thank you for the kind words. I'm sure the family is glad that so many people do care."
SPC Danyell Allen(Girlfriend and a 547th member) of Washington, DC

"Dear to whom it made conern I love darryl so much I am his cousin rere"
Renell justice of seaboard nc

"The sacrifice you made was beyond any call of duty.

God bless you and may he take you into his arms.
andy@stampouttax.com"
Andy Catanzaro of Washington, DC

"In memory of your son SPC Dent, I lifted the family up today in Jesus name, that they will be comforted by the love and memory that he has lefted behind. My condolence to the parents and family members."
Doreatha Dent of Glendale, Md

"In memory of your son SPC Dent, I lifted the family up today in Jesus name, that they will be comforted by the love and memory that he has lefted behind. My condolence to the parents and family members."
Doreatha Dent of Glenndale, Md

"To the family and friends of Spc. Darryl Dent:
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 Darryl 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. Darryl Dent:
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 Darryl, 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