Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Thomas J. Dostie

20, of Sommerville, Maine.
Dostie died in Mosul, Iraq, when a suicide bomber entered his dining facility and detonated an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion, Portland, Maine. Died on December 21, 2004.

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"It has been ten years now since Tom went to heaven. We miss him very much. He now has another niece Ashlyn, who will only know him from our memories. We cannot thank everyone who still remember Tom and offer us support. Love the Dostie Family, Mike, Peggy Tim, Angela, Bianca, Ashlyn, Pat, Cindy, Nicholas and Lauren Woodside."
Peggy Dostie of Somerville, Maine

"miss u tom"

"thinking of you today, and of my sister whom I love very much ."
B of sellersville pa

"I wish to thank all who have sent messages about Tom recently. We miss Tom very much. We cannot thank all of you enough for your thoughts and prayers. He has a nephew and 2 nieces now who may never see him, but they will know who he was. His nephew John misses him very much. He is 17 now and he was Tom's favorite and only nephew when he was taken from us. May God bless you all. Peggy Dostie proud mother of Sgt. Thomas J. Dostie 12/21/04."
Peggy Dostie of Somerville, Maine

"Although that day has been very hard for many of us who were there and remember, it doesn't compare to the loss that you endured. You are missed our fallen brother and you will never be forgotten!"
Joshua Marsella of Manchester, ME

"O DOSTIE you were the best person and friend a person could have miss you much man think of u alot.. dam if we would have just made you stay with us and play xbox that day things would be different"
DEAN SPENCER of Boston MA USA

"thinking of u tommy, this is the month that i will not forget. u r not forgotten miss u man."
SPC Wayne A. Besaw of West Gardiner, Me

"To the family of:Thomas J. Dostie
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""

"Tom Dostie. Im sorry for not being there that day. I ate most meals with you there. You were like my little brother in iraq. I fellt so guilty for not being there. If I could have taken your place, please know that I would have. I will miss you always!"
Lucas Ewald of westbrook maine

"To Sgt. Joe Emery

Thank you for keeping our country safe, we appreciate all the sacrifices made by all the soldiers and pray that God will keep you all safe."
Peggy Dostie of Somerville, Me. USA

"Hey Tommy I just want you to know that I'm back in Afghanistan and the memory of you is my inspiration to keep going when it gets too hard. Thanks man. I'll never forget the time we were in wrestling practice and it was an exceptionally difficult one and I asked you which was harder, wrestling practice or boot camp. You didn't waste any time telling me that basic was. So I also decided I needed a real challenge in my life. And when I went to the airport with Nancy to pick you and Sean up I still remember how strong and proud you both looked in your dress greens. I wanted to be just like you guys. You are just as much of an inspiration to me now as you were almost ten years ago. You're the real hero Tom. Keep an eye on us down here will ya?"
Sgt Joe Emery of South China, ME

"hey Tommie....I was just having a nostalgic moment thinking of you man.....its 2010 now and not a day has gone by that i haven't thought about you man. I dont think i'll ever be over losing my best friend. I ETSed out of the army on March 23rd, 2009.....same day you woulda been gettin' out with me."
Sean Lawrence of Readfield, Me.

"My thoughts are with you, family, and friends during this difficult time. You'll always be remembered."
J of Maine

"the 5th anniversary is going to be the hardest ever. still wish you hear for the holidays. you never got to meet jordan. but he knows how uncle is. i know that your in a better place.

we miss forever so i will see you soon bro. ride together we die together talk to you soon."
from the McDaniel family of Skowhegan,Me/USA

"As the 5th anniversary of his passing approaches I wish to thank all the friends and fellow Americans that took the time to remember Tom. He is still greatly missed by his family. He has a nephew and 2 nieces now who never met him and someday they will know who Tom was. It is great to know that he and all the fallen soldiers will never be forgotten. We also must never forgot the ones still serving. God Bless America"
Peggy Dostie of Somerville, Maine USA

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Mothers of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
Contact us directly at PSpec. Adriana N. Salem
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
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Project Compassion- Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Hey Tommy, just popping by to say hello. And also that i love and miss you dearly as do all that miss you in their hearts, and also know that you changed my life, by being the example you were and still are. Every night i pray to god, that he may allow me to show the honor to you, and that one day, just maybe i could follow your footsteps back to a place that we call home, in a way that will have me remembered as long as i will remember you.
Buddy, you were a friend, a pal, and most importantly an impact on my life. Stay true tommy, and soon, ill stand before you, and salute a real american hero."
Zach Brown of Somerville, Maine

"Tommy, just like every year this christmas is going to be hard with out you.. Words could never explain how much I miss you... It seem just like yesterday that I saw you last. I some times find me asking my self when you are coming home but really your the one thats home... What is it like there ? Well now we know that ur safe.. Don't worrie I'll be home soon !!! I love you and Miss you !! God take good care of our Hero we need him.."
Nichole Brown of Somerville, ME

"it has been almost 4 years. i'm still thinking about you a lot. but your my brother i will never for get that day in december that you where taken from all of family and friends. it has been a hard time. we miss you all the time. hope to see you soon.


i love u brother"
fireman12787 of skowhegan, maine

"December 6, 2008
To the family of Spc. Thomas J. Dostie:
Thomas 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

"Hey Tommy, As I looked up to you leaving, to fight for my freedom, I never thought I miss you this much, but Tom, you were a friend, and It cures my heart to know ill see my buddy again someday....
Love you Tommy!"
Zach Brown of Somerville, ME

"i wish every day that you where here. i lost my best friend my brother. its been almost 4 years since i have seen you. i think about things that we did as kids.


we ride to together we die together brother forever love bud"
corey, ashley jordan thomas mcdaniel of showhegan, maine USA

"i wish every day that you where here. i lost my best friend my brother. its been almost 4 years since i have seen you. i think about things that we did as kids.


we ride to together we die together brother forever love bud"
corey, ashley jordan thomas mcdaniel of showhegan, maine USA

"08/13/08 Still missing you.. I think of you every time I go inside any chow hall now. Kim misses you too.. and so does Scoville. He's back in Mosul. I'm sure your watching over him.. keep him safe."
J Coffin of Tallil, Iraq

"Buddy i miss you every day. I remember watching you leave to go to the chow hall. If only i had known that was the last time i'd see you.....
I miss you a lot brother, i miss going to those music recitials, the "knickerbacker road" goinq to Qatar,(still owe you for the beer tickets), everything man. you were my best friend. i remember going into the army with you. I remeber almost failing my PT test in basic because of the stupid run, till you breezed by me and gave me some words of motivation, i passed, but not the way you did. we bought those swords from hussies and wound up really f-ing up our hands trying to sword fight. Its tough without you buddy. Say hello to heaven for me man."
Sean Lawrence of Limerick, Me

"Tommy, Sorry I never got the chance to meet you I guess I was 3 years too late. Corey speaks of you often and I know he really misses you a lot. He tells me about all the hell you raised around Somerville. I wish you would have met Jordan Thomas-yep Corey reproduced!We named him after you. Corey says he loves you and misses you. we will come visit you soon in Somerville."
Ashley, Corey & Jordan McDaniel of Canaan, Maine

"dostie was one of the most caring people that I've ever met in my whole entire life.His smile could brighten every room and turn your frown right around. He was never judjemental and accepted you for who you are. He was always there for me whenever I needed him. i called him one day crying and he rushed right over to make sure that i was okay. He truely was my guardian angel and he will always have a piece of my heart."
alicia berry of augusta, me usa

"Dostie was the best friend I ever had. He was there when I had my 1st drink. He was there when i had my 1st party. He was there when my first love broke my heart. H ewas always there for me and I for him. I loved him very much and he was very special to me i amiss him so much and I think of him everyday. I still miss him as muc as the day he left. Boo I love you!"
Amanda Winkley of Augusta ME

"You are my hero. I miss the fishing we used to do and trying to catch bull frogs. I still have the pictures of us out on the boat. I will never forget you."
Camiesha Terry of Palermo,Maine

"Tommy, it has now been two and a half years since you were called home to be with our Lord and Savior. I will never forget how happy you were when you returned from leave, it was if your whole world had changed. I remember the many times we would walk up to the DFAC and you would say, " I know what you were like when you were in High School." How could that be you were young enough to be my son. We joked about it. Tommy you always went the extra mile for your fellow soldiers. Rest in peace my brother in arms. Chaplain David Sivret, 133rd ECB (H) Maine Army Guard"
CH (CPT) David O. Sivret of Augusta, ME

"Dear Thomas's Mom and your family all,
I am a Chinese mom and a born-again Christian, I absolutely understand your feelings. because, I am also strongly missing my son -John Gao, a teenage Christian who laid down his own 15.6 year life for his classmates two year ago in the Atlantic Beach Currents.
But, we should have steadfast faith that our dear sons never "dead" to let us lose them. they just rest in the Lord' Arms due to their sacrifice for others (“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13 “) and their faith in the Lord and their love to all of us during their lives in this world . we will reunite with them someday in Eternal Kingdom by the Lord Faithful Promise, let's expect that day joyfully and peacefully. Amen !

May the peace, joy from the Lord be with you and your family !

Mom
grace"
Grace of Flushing, NY/U.S

"Hi. My name is Anthony. I recently found a memorial bracelet engraved for Spec Dostie. I would very much like to send it back to it's rightful owner. Any info. If It can be returned to his parents or anyone else, please contact me dyingdazed@yahoo.com. Thank you Thomas for defending the country I love."
Anthony Alonzo of Tucson, AZ

"Tommy, I dont know why it took me so long to write this. It was hard to accept the fact that your gone. I have seen so many of our brothers at arms fall sence you have been gone. I have been to the services and I have seen them begin their journy home. I pray that you have found your way home. God bless you brother."
SGT Mitchell Michael of Ft Campbell, Kentucky

"To my best friend, I will always remember all the "trouble" we got into and all the good times we had. Thank you for being such a good friend. I will never be over your being gone but I WILL NEVER FORGET..... You paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you Tom.

....your friend for life"
Ben Avant of now next door to your house, Somerville, Maine

"I will always remember his smile. No matter what was going on Dostie would always be upbeat. From the freezing cold weather in FT Drum to the intense heat in Iraq. I miss you.."
SPC Jerrad Coffin of Gorham, ME

"Tommy, words can never express how i feel. You were the best friend a person could ask for. From the time i was three years old you were my summer neighbor and best friend. You were always there for me, whether it was walks down Frye road, or you teaching me to play poker, and swimming in the lake.. you were always there. Before you left for Iraq you spent 8 hours and $500 in bus tickets just to come visit me in N.Y. You always just wanted to make people happy and make them laugh and you succeeded in both. You went out of your way just to see someone smile. I remember playing in the sand with you and your Tonka trucks, i remember you and timmy and peggy coming over to the camp and playing scrabble til all hours of the night. I want you to know that i'm finally moving to maine. I promise to visit.I keep your picture in a frame on my desk, so i can still see you. I love you with all my heart Tommy, I will never ever forget you. Thank you for everything. To the Dostie family, my heart goes out to you he was truly one of a kind. You have always been so kind to me and my grandmother and we thank you. Thank you. Love, Alice Mateosian"
Alice Mateosian of Florida, N.Y.

"I was once a friend of Tommie's, always around him, we hung out alot before his deployment and threw him a party when he came back for leave. I will remember a lot of fun and humerous moments we had, Dostie, Sean and me. He was like a brother to me and was always a big supporter of whatever i did. In a way i was a role model for him and him for me. I miss him dearly and live on and serve in his name. Hopefully i can make him proud as he shines down from eternity in heaven.

Pvt. Warren K Douglas II 133d Gardiner HHC Combat Engineers(Heavy)"
Pvt. Warren K Douglas of Augusta Maine/USA

"Uncle Tommy,
I know the only reason your my uncle is because my dad is your foster brother. Still I love and miss you very much. I loved watching soldier movies with you.I will miss you."
Camiesha Terry of Palermo,Maine

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Thomas John Dostie, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you, along with 49 more bulbs to represent othert soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"We wish to thank everyone thinking of us on this day. We miss Tom just as much today as the day he went to heaven. He will always be a hero in our eyes. We miss his sense of humor and his smile. Thnk you again"
Peggy, Mike and Tim Dostie of Somerville, Me.

"we love you Tom and will always remember your sacrifice"
Aunt bea of pa

"thanks for your gallant service"
MICHAEL T. OWENS of ANAHEIM, CALIF

"Thank You for your service to your country!!! As a fellow veteran I know our service usually goes without a thank you. You gave your all and it will not go without a thank you."
Shawn Owens of Robeline, La

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

"My name is SGT Angela Damon-I was deployed with Dostie, and in fact we were on gate guard for a whole month of where we worked side by side. He may not have been of big stature, but his words could have fooled anyone. He was protective and fun loving. Not a day goes by that I do not think of him and pray that his family is doing well. I hope that GOD sheds his light on you to help you through some of the tough times that are up ahead."
SGT Angela Damon of Gardiner, Maine

"Tom,
I missed your growing up because the Navy kept me elsewhere. I was looking forward to your coming home because you are now a Veteran like so many of your Aunts and Uncles. You will be sorely missed and never forgotten. You now have a place with your Great Uncles Flip and Lead, and Uncle Roland, all Veterans who have gone before us. You paid the ultimate price so others could be free we will never forget you or your sacrifice. To Mike, Peggy and Tim my heart is with you always.
"To those that have served freedom has a flavor the protected will never know." UNK
Uncle John"
John Betit of Haycock, Pennsylvania

"I am a cousin of Tommy... I always remembered how we used to fight about stupid things... like whose stereo was better... I remember we used to wrestle when we were younger and one time when we were pretending to box on my mother's bed I accidentially gave hime a bloody nose... we used to always get at each other..
The last time I saw him was at the Windsor Fair, we were supposed to talk about him being in the army... I never got the chance to before he was shipped out again.."
Jennifer of Vassalboro, Maine USA

"I am a cousin of Tommy... I always remembered how we used to fight about stupid things... like whose stereo was better... I remember we used to wrestle when we were younger and one time when we were pretending to box on my mother's bed I accidentially gave hime a bloody nose... we used to always get at each other..
The last time I saw him was at the Windsor Fair, we were supposed to talk about him being in the army... I never got the chance to before he was shipped out again.."
Jennifer of Vassalboro, Maine 04989

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

"I went to school with Tom Dostie, I didn't know him too well, but from what I did know and from what people have said he was a caring, helpful and warm person. I would like to give his family and friends my most sincere sympathy. My thoughts go out to all the others fighting in Iraq, also."
Tamra Pooler of Vassalboro, Maine, USA

"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

"May you exhale now & remain safe in God's hands, Thomas. Thank You for your sacrifice. My heart aches for your family."
Melissa Macchi, cousin of PFC Mark Barbret, killed 10/14/04 of Roseville, MI

"To the family and friends of Thomas j. Dostie (Tommy), I just want everyone to know how much he ment to me and that im praying for his family,friends and all the others over in Iraq. Even though he is gone the warmth of his friendship and love will always be with us. I hope that when you read this you will see that you are not alone in this. Tommy knew somany people and he changed all their lives, in so many different ways. Tommy was a great friend and I will remember and love him forever and always. He is an awsome example of how an American should be. He knew how to have fun and knew when to be serious. Thomas John Dostie's smile will never be forgotten, his importance on this earth will never be forgotten ither. I can promis you that."
Shannon Hall of Chelsea , Maine, U.S.A

"To the family and friends of Thomas j. Dostie (Tommy), I just want everyone to know how much he ment to me and that im praying for his family,friends and all the others over in Iraq. Even though he is gone the warmth of his friendship and love will always be with us. I hope that when you read this you will see that you are not alone in this. Tommy knew somany people and he changed all their lives, in so many different ways. Tommy was a great friend and I will remember and love him forever and always. He is an awsome example of how an American should be. He knew how to have fun and knew when to be serious. Thomas John Dostie's smile will never be forgotten, his importance on this earth will never be forgotten ither. I can promis you that."
Shannon Hall of Chelsea , Maine, America

"To the family of Thomas J. Dostie; for whatever comfort we can offer, know that another family is grateful and deeply moved by Thomas J. Dostie's supreme sacrifice. Peace and comfort to you and God Bless Thomas on this Christmas Day."
Walter of Yonkers, NY, USA

"Thank you Thomas Dostie, 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 Spc. Thomas Dostie:
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 Thomas 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. Thomas Dostie:
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 Thomas, 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