Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Gabriel G. DeRoo

25, of Paw Paw, Michigan.
DeRoo died of injuries suffered when he encountered enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations. DeRoo was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on August 20, 2006.

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"To the family of:Gabriel G. DeRoo
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""

"”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 the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,150 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!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna
Projectcompassion@manti.com
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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I represent Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers, an organization that since October of 2007 has sent over 2,700 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of 236 knitting groups from allover the country who make every effort to reach families. Would a friend of the family kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a prayer shawl to the family of Gabriel. My email is barbconway@comcast.net and cell phone is 774 487-8618.
Fondly Barbara"
Barbara Conway of Cape Cod MA

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Gabriel G. DeRoo:
Gabriel 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

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow.
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
but don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
(Author Unknown)
America has been built on the blood of Brave Men of Honor. Heros who answered the call to defend all of our Freedoms. A fellow Veteran pays tribute to this heros commitment to duty and the ultimate sacrifice that he has made for all of us.... Thank you. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brave soldier, and may peace come to your family and loved ones for the sacrifice they have also made."
William D. Taylor of Bonita Springs, Florida

"To the Family of Seargeant Gabriel DeRoo:

Please accept our sincere sympathies for the loss of your son, Sgt. Gabriel DeRoo. His bravery and service to our country is deeply appreciated. Every Memorial Day weekend our church asks us to take a card from a basket wich contains the names of fallen soldiers and our family chose Sgt. DeRoo's name. Please know that he will be in our prayers this Memorial Day weekend, especially. As parents of a 10 year old son and an 8 year old daughter we can not even begin to understand the loss you feel. What we do know is how proud we, as Americans, are for your son's service to our country. We thank him for his service and will pray for him every day. God bless you all."
The Rovelli Family of Albany, NY

"My prayers are with you"
Heather V of Wyoming Mi.

"My prayers are with you"
Heather V of Wyoming Mi.

"To the Family and Friends of Gabriel Deroo,
His sacrifice will not be forgotton! My prayers and thoughts are with you all in this time of grief. He placed himself in harms way to defend his country and protect our freedom. May God's grace be with you always."
TSgt Dave Seibel USAF (Ret.) of Las Vegas, NV USA

"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, Gabriel will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Gabriel,
I would 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.

"Noli Me Tangere"(Do Not Touch Me)
3rd Inf. Motto"

"Thank you Gabriel DeRoo, 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. Gabriel DeRoo:
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 Gabriel 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. Gabriel DeRoo:
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 Gabriel, 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