Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy


38, of Cleveland, Ohio.
Killed in action after his convoy was ambushed in Iraq on March 23, 2003. He was assigned to the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

"Army Master Sergeant Robert J. Dowdy had been awarded the rank of First Sergeant in the field, before the 507th was ambushed and he was killed. While Robert was in Kuwait, his mother received and shared with her friends some photos of Robert and of his unit. This photo of Robert in Kuwait before deployment to Iraq is about my favourite.

"Robert's death has been especially tragic, since the unit was not a combat unit. All of us who came to know Robert through his communication with his mother were devastated to hear that he was missing - and what should have been unmitigated joy, the release of his fellow 507th unit members by those Iraqis who held them, was bittersweet, for us, in that Robert was not among them.

"One thing that struck me was that Robert took time to send his mother a photograph of a bit of desert wildlife - a creature that was seen while Robert's unit was still in Kuwait. I'm not sure just what it is - it looks rather like a turtle without a carapace, to me. But what it represents is a man who took the time to recognise that there is a greater power, that created all life, in all its different designs. A man who appreciated that power, and who now knows the comfort of peace and plenty, in God's presence and love."


"I served with Robert here in Kuwait before he became the 1SG. for the 507th. Just a couple of small things if I may.
The photo at the top of the page was taken by me in our office only a few short days before he left.
The animal in the second picture is what the Kuwaitis call a "Dub Dub", it is a lizard that can grow to a very respectable size.
I worked with Robert for many years while he has been stationed at Fort Bliss, we had many talks prior to his departure. He was indeed a great man who was an inspiration to us all.
I wish his family all of the best, I feel badly for their great loss."

Sincerely
MSG Darren J. Cannell
2-1 ADA
EMMO NCOIC


"My name is Lisa Dowdy Bloxsom and I am a third cousin to First Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy. We lived in different states growing up but now, ironically, I live in Parma, a suburb of Cleveland, where Rob grew up. Although I did not personally know Jack, Irene or their children, I've established contact with them since this tragedy occurred. It's hard to imagine that Rob and I have the same great-grandparents and didn't know each other, but I'm sure there are many families out there that lose touch with their cousins, especially after they move to other parts of the country. It feels, however, as if I have always known Rob and his family after talking and visiting with them.

"I have learned so much about Rob as a son, brother, father, husband and friend from conversations with his family and writings on websites such as this. I know that he was a wonderful person. I look at his pictures and feel so connected to him, as if I did know him. It's sad that a tragedy like this would reconnect our family members all over the country after many years, but I have a feeling he would be so happy to know that we are all talking, emailing, exchanging pictures, stories and reminiscing about our youth. My family and I truly wish we had known Rob while he was here on earth, but we know him in spirit now and will continue to build a relationship with our newly-discovered family here. Robert and his family are in our thoughts and prayers daily. We are all very proud and indebted to Rob and all of our heroes fighting for our freedom and representing our great country. May God bless and keep them safe.

"Thanks also to this website and others like it that allow us to put our feelings and thoughts into words. It means so much to be able to share our sorrows with so many."


"I have written some poetry in light of the events that unfolded on March 23, 2003. I have known the Dowdy family for many years. His parents instilled in Robert the morals and values that would always be a part of his demeanor, and from these morals and values derives the intestinal fortitude and courage that heroes are made of. Robert would have never left his people in the grip of tyrant guns, regardless of the outcome. This poem is to give peace of mind to Robert Dowdy's mother. After all, she is the mother of a hero who died in battle. Robert's entire family loves him very much and was proud of him in life, as in death."

A Mother's Sorrow

In Honor Of Robert J. Dowdy (507th Maintenance Company)

I hear the pain you're going through
And the hurt you feel within,
Your heart ripped out, unwanted words
By those military men.
Your love for Robert can't be measured
No scale could hold the weight,
You bore an angel who gave his life
To make America safe.
The price of freedom comes too high
All tomorrows it must take,
But not from just ordinary men
Only Heroes in its wake.
If he could say just five last words
To the Mother he loved so true,
He would hold her all so tight,
And say "Mom, I love you too."

Copyright ©2003 George W. Sparks, Jr.

Stretching in preparation for
a run with his daughter
Kristy, who is now 14.

In the grip of tyrant guns

In Honor Of Robert Dowdy (507th Maintenance Company)

Dedicated to Robert Dowdy's wife Kathy and daughter Kristy

In the grip of tyrant guns,
Open space but I'll not run.
With my people who need me so,
I choose to stay, with them I'll go.
While staying here may end my life,
I reflect on child and my wife.
Flash of family and good friends,
Pass my thoughts as near my end.
I blaze away as duty calls,
True to faith, as comrades fall.
Now in heaven with streets of gold,
Thousands like me, among the bold.
Please understand the choice I made,
I'm here with God, and among the brave.

Copyright ©2003 George W. Sparks, Jr.

What Robert Might Say ...

For near twenty years, I wore the garb of a military man -
It was a part of most my life - it showed folks who I am.
For near twenty years, I worked in peace in the land where I was born,
But then, my unit was deployed to a land by tyranny torn.
For near twenty years, I've known my service might bring me to my end,
But I felt no fear, for I brought with me a Man I call My Friend.

He too gave hope to those oppressed by cruel and evil men,
And gave His life - that we all might live - in a battle fought, back then.
His battle did not then involve bullets that rained like hail,
His war was fought, but the enemy used a hammer and a nail.
He died that day, so long ago - a younger man than me -
His life cut short, so when we die, with God then we might be.

My mother - much like His, that day - has suffered such a blow
That how she'll make it through each day only God can know.
I cannot wipe away her tears, not whisper in her ear,
But if she listens with her heart, then she will surely hear.
She'll see me in the trees that grow - in each and every flower,
She'll know I'm fine, for the sunrise shows the promise of God's power.

I'm not in pain, except for her, and for those bowed down by grief,
But with God's help, they'll know, for all, that Heaven's our relief.
They'll know I wait, and watch, and love them, more and more each day,
And one day they will join me here, if they let God lead the way.
It will seem long for them, I know; but for me, not long a wait,
I'll be the first to greet them here, as they come through Heaven's Gate.

It was the reason He gave His life - just as I have given mine -
But through His death we all will share this place far more Divine.
My life was given for freedom's call as it rang in the Middle East,
To help remove, from there on Earth, a godless, evil beast.
I went with pride, though I left behind all that I held so dear,
But I could not stay, and be a man, in a land subdued by fear.

I knew the day they swore me in that with honor I must live,
And that might mean, for me, one day, my life then I would give.
I hope they know I love them well - there's nothing I would not pay,
To have another chance to spend with them just one more day.
But to be myself, when duty called, then forward I had to go,
I could not wait while others went - surely they must know.

I'll ask my Friend to lend His help - to guide them to my side,
And give them His peace and the certainty that In Heaven we'll abide.
I love you, Mom and Dad - and hope you'll watch my girls for me -
The part I leave behind me now is my sweet and dear Kristy.
I love you, Kath - I'm sure you know - and the child we created,
I hope you'll smile for Kristy, now, when the sorrow has abated.

It is assured - your places are here - if your faith you keep,
And let your smiles beam again, although your eyes may weep.
God loves us all, and holds for us a place here at His table,
He promised this, through the life He lived, as a babe born in a stable.
He wants us to enjoy our lives, as He once enjoyed life, too -
He gave us so much beauty there - so many things to do.

The season that has taken me - not of death, but life, renewed,
Will remind, I hope, that in the Spring, God's grace is Life, imbued.
He holds me now, so close, in love, and I have naught to fear,
For He's promised that one day I'll be with those I hold so dear.
He did not turn away from me, nor not hear prayer and plea -
He set a place for all of us, where our spirits will be free.

He knows your pain - your fear - your woe - your heartache and your sorrow
But gave a rainbow to us once - His promise for tomorrow.
He won't renege - He won't desert - just as He never left my side,
He'll welcome you, as He welcomed me - as His child, His joy, His pride.
He'll see you through your sea of tears, just reach out for His hand,
And He'll lead you home to be with me, here in His Promised Land.

Copyright ©2003 Beverly Sutton-Lawrence

AN ODE TO MY FRIEND

Here is an ode, an ode to my friend,
A man who could run, run like the wind,

A friend so true and dear,
A friend who I am sad to say is no longer here.

A friend who would stand by your side,
A friend who was always along for the ride.

A friend who would inspire anyone he would touch,
A friend I will miss so very much.

A friend ready to give a kind word,
A friend with the best advice you've ever heard.

A friend who is in heaven, I have no doubt,
And memories of my friend will never run out.

A friend so full of amazing grace,
A friend that I could never replace.

A friend who can now forever run,
A friend who is one of God's beloved sons.

A friend we affectionately called "old man",
A friend who would lend a helping hand.

A friend who cared, a friend you could trust,
A friend who would never show hate or disgust.

So here's to you old friend, we know where you are,
For you are now one of heaven's beautiful, bright shinning stars.

In loving memory of Robert John Dowdy
Good-bye, old friend

By Jason B. McDonald, an Army Soldier friend

From: Mom@earth.com
To: dowdyrunner@heaven.com
Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2003
Subject: An e-mail to my son Robert in heaven, 1SG. Robert John Dowdy

Hi Son, because we kept in touch by e-mail while you were in Kuwait, this will be an e-mail to heaven and I sure wish you could e-mail me back.

You have really caused a stir and everybody is calling you a HERO, but you have always been an hero to me and you are the best son any mother could ask for.

I am sure because you love to run, you are running in heaven with the best.

I love you son, and you stay in my thoughts, prayers and heart.

My heart is filled with deep sorrow and a part of me is missing that can never be replaced. My life has been changed forever being without you. You will live in my heart and I miss you more than words can say.

Love always, Mom
Irene Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Memorial Day, 2003 - For Robert

A rainy day in late May reminds us of those lost
Reminds us of horrific pain - reminds us of the cost
Reminds us how so many lives will never be the same
Reminds us of the roster, with name that follows name

We often celebrate this day without a single thought
Without a stop to say a prayer, as we know we ought
But this year for a group of friends - well, the rain seems right
A War has touched us personally - and though we knew it might

We were not ready to feel this much - to know that hearts are broken
To know there's naught that we can say - not a word that can be spoken
To bring him back - their handsome son - her loving dad - her husband
The neighbour's friend, the runner's pal, their brother and their cousin

We know there's nothing we can do as this day goes by
Except display our country's flag out where it can fly
In rain or shine, as tribute to the men whose lives, so brave,
Were given as a sacrifice, our freedom thus to save.

We know it's nothing like enough to ease the pain they feel
But their Robert has made us realise that war is oh-so-real
It's not a movie or a book - not cause for celebration
It's a price that men have paid to help preserve this nation

We live our lives and seldom stop to simply say a word
Directed to a higher place, in the hope it will be heard
But Robert, your loss in war is one we always will regret
All we can do is say a prayer, and "We will not forget ... "

Copyright ©2003 Beverly Sutton-Lawrence

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"April 20, 2014
Happy Easter in Heaven my beautiful son. I love and miss you so much and still can not believe you have gone home to God.

Love forever & ever, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland Ohio

"1SG Dowdy, Rest in Peace Brother! 11 years, Prayers to the Family.

SSG William Armstrong Jr, US ARMY Ret, 3/124 Infantry, Combat Escort 31st ADA"

"March 23, 2014
I will always remember and never forget. My whole life has changed and so have I.
I will never be the same again. The hardest thing in the world is to lose a child and it is a deep wound that will never heal.
I want to hold you in my arms and kiss you and tell you I love you. The last time I was to see you I held you in my arms and kissed you and told you I loved you. At that time I didn't know it would be my last hug and I would never see you again.
I miss your smile, your laughter and telling me you are going for a run and bringing me back acorns because you knew how much we both loved nature. I miss your voice and your smile could lite up a room. I miss your phone calls and emails but most of all I miss you, my beautiful handsome son.
It is still hard to believe you are really gone and I wish with all my heart this terrible war never happen. So many precious lives gone home to God and for a war that did not have to be.
Your sister Roxane and I went to the cemetery today to put roses on your grave and I made a cross for you out of pine needles from my pine tree. We also went to one of your soldiers grave to put roses on his grave.
I ask WHY so many times and you were so healthy and a beautiful life ahead of you. You were beautiful in and out and really cared about others. You had a great head on your shoulders.
I rem you saying in your emails from Kuwait that you missed and loved everyone of us and could not wait to get home to see us. You went home but not to me, you went home to God.
I rem you here for holidays when you could make it and if you could not make it, you would call.
My dear son this is more than hard for me and the love and missing never stop.

Love forever and ever. Mom Dowdy ( as you always called me)"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland ohio

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"My beautiful son the new year is almost here of 2014 and words can not explain how much I love and miss you. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers and talk to you everyday. It still is so hard to believe you have gone home to God.
Happy New Year in Heaven my # 2 Son.

Hugs, love forever & tears, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland OH

"Today is Christmas 2013 and it is so hard to face without you and your father here. I love and miss you each and every day and you live in my heart. You and your father never leave my thoughts.
Have a beautiful Christmas in Heaven and a very special New Year. I sure wish you guys were here and my life will never be the same again.

Love forever & ever, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland Oh

"Saluting Robert on this Veterans Day 2013 never forgetting you and the others that gave everything, god bless you."
Lee of Mesa, Arizona

"Today is August 21, 2013 and it is so hard to believe you have been gone for so long. You are so loved and missed by all of us.
Happy Birthday in Heaven my beautiful son and I wish with all my heart you were here for your birthday. I love and miss you more than words can say and you live in my heart and thoughts.
Thank you for the beautiful sign and I know you are alive and happy and with your father and God. The sign has helped so much with facing your special day without you here. I do know you are here in spirit.

Love forever & ever, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland

"Thinking of you, Robert, as Memorial Day approaches, and sending thanks for your service and sacrifice."
Beverly Sutton Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"I served with Robert in Ft Polk , La. he was in my squad he was a great guy we lived in DeRidder , La. there was 4 families that always grilled , swimmed , and just fun together it still breaks my heart reading all this. Ms Dowdy you had a great son and Im very proud to say he was my friend."
Mickey Ken Edwards of Chattanooga, TN

"1SGT Dowdy,
Wow, a terrific Motor Sergeant. I was proud to serve with him. In D 2-1 Fort Bliss. He loved God, his Country and Family. I saw him just the day before they rolled out to go north.
Miss you friend. You are loved. God always calls the best ones first."
CW2 Travis Buffington of Tennessee

"March 31, 2013
Have a blessed Easter my beautiful son. Easter will never be the same without you and your father here. I love and miss you with all my heart and soul and not a day goes by that I don't think of you and your father.

Love forever and ever, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio

"Impossible to believe a decade has gone by - I know you and your Dad watch our for our friend, your Mom, his wife, Irene ... please continue to send her messages that let her know you're both okay, and in God's hands. Thank you for your service to your Country, Robert."
Beverly Sutton Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"March 23, 2013
My beautiful # 2 son when you went home that terrible day so much of me went too. I love and miss you more than words can say and you and your father stay in my thoughts and heart.
We went to the cemetery today to put roses on your grave and the white lilies I kept home for your tribute. We also decorated for Easter.
I so wish you were here with us and you did go home that terrible day but not to us, you went home to God.

Love forever. Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland

"I first met 1SG Dowdy when I was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. I was in Delta Company 2-1 ADA. He was a Motor Pool Sargent at the time. We would talk about running and baseball. The advice he gave me I did my best to apply in aspects of my life. I went on to Germany later on. I was sent to Israel in 2003 in support of operations in Iraq. It was where I was when found out what had happened. I have no doubt he would be running in heaven.
GOD Bless 1SG Dowdy. You are missed by all."
SGT Feeley,Michael of Leominster,Ma

"1SG Dowdy,

I was talking with SGT MAC on Facebook about you today and he said you would be proud of the Soldier that I have become, I think about you often and what you taught me way back when I was a private it still sticks with me today. I am now a SFC and motor sergeant just like you an if I can be half the NCO and man that you were the I think my Soldiers are in good hands I miss you and I will never forget you."
SFC WASKO SHAWN of currently Afghanistan

""2012"
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Heaven # 2 Son. I love and miss you with all my heart. Love forever, Mom Dowdy"
Mom of Cleveland Ohio

"August 21, 2012
Happy Birthday in Heaven Robert John, my # 2 Son as you always called yourself. I remember holding you in my arms when you were born and I so wish I could you in my arms now. You are so missed and loved. I know I must go on without you and your father but this road I travel is far from easy. I hope to move to the country for sure this year and to the place I know you and your father want me to be.

Love forever, huge hugs and kisses, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio USA

"Shawn Zachary posted this on his facebook wall...
This memorial day weekend. I feel guilty. I left the Army months before 9/11. My Motor Sergeant was one of the first casualties of the Iraq conflict. SFC (as I knew you) Dowdy (1SG Dowdy at the time of conflict). I wasn't the best soldier and I know I gave you some headaches... I am sorry I wasn't there with you. You will always be a hero to me."
Unanimous of Ft. Bliss, TX

"May 28, 2012
My beautiful son I am thinking of you today as I do everyday and miss you with all my heart. I sure wish there never was a war and you were here with us.

Love, Forever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene of Cleveland Oh

"Thinking of you, Robert, and sending sincere thanks for your dedication to your Country - and sending thanks, too, to your Mother, Irene, for raising such a fine young man."
Beverly Sutton Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"3/23/12
My dear # 2 SON this is in loving memory of you, my beautiful son.

Little I knew that morning, God was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly; in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone,
For part of me went with you, the day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, you are always by our side.

You are always missed and loved. I never knew the last time I hugged you and kissed you and said I loved you that it would be my last forever till I go home to God. You are always in my thoughts and heart.

Love forever and ever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene of Cleveland, Ohio

"I would like to give a thanks to all the men and women serving in the U.S Armed forces. You guys are the real heros. Not these politicans thinking they know everything and whats best for this country cause it is you guys who truly know. You guys have given your all to fight for this great land of America. She is beautiful and she never forgets those who fought for her freedom and her people. You guys are always gunna be right near every true red blooded Americans heart. I am only 15 but i love the U.S forces and i would like to join them one day, as to you Army 1st Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy and family i apolgize for your loss. Im sure he was a great man, friend, husband and father. god & America bless yall hard working men and women"
Jason of Sault Ste, Marie Mi

"My name is Adam Brand. I was a Specialist in Bravo 2/1 in Ft. Bliss TX and had the immense pleasure of knowing SSG Dowdy. I had just returned to the states from a 1 yr tour in Korea. When I got to my unit in TX I didn't know anybody and felt very alone. Even though he was in our maintenance Co. SSG Dowdy was the first in the unit to make me feel welcome. To this day I'm not sure if it's because Robert and I got along so well or if he just because he made everyone feel so welcome, but I am truly grateful for his commeraderie and feel that my life is much more enriched for having known such a wonderful human being. As a man I respected and admired him. As a soldier I aspired to be like him. I attended the memorial service for him in Kuwait in 2003 and keep him in my thoughts and prayers to this day. The courage and the sacrifice that encompassed his final moments are nothing short of inspirational and will be told to my children and grandchildren for years to come. My heart goes out to Robert's family, he is truly missed. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to share my experiences with such an inspirational human being."
SPC Adam Brand of Chicago IL

"January 1, 2012
Have a wonderful New Year in Heaven my beautiful son and I love and miss you more than words can say.
Love forever and ever, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland Ohio

"December 25th, 2011
My beautiful son I love and miss you more than words can say and you and your father live in my heart. Have a blessed Christmas in Heaven.

Love forever, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio

"Dec. 4, 2011" My beautiful son I am thinking of you today, as I do everyday and the holidays will be more than hard. I wish you and your father could both be here and I love and miss you both with all my heart. I pray by next year I will be living at Pumpkin. love forever, Mom Dowdy & Babe"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland Ohio

"My dear son, Roxane, Pette and I went to the cemetery yesterday to put your wooden cross in the ground and left flags and beautiful flowers for Veteran's Day on 11/11/11. I am thinking of you today as I do everyday and I am so proud of you. I wish with all my heart you and your soldiers could of made it out of the ambush. I know you did all you could and more. I miss and love you and your father so much and you both live in my heart.

Love forever and ever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene of Cleveland Ohio

"With continuing respect and gratitude to you, Robert, and a moment of reflection and regard on this Veterans' Day, 11-11-11, for all those who have served our Country; and with heartfelt sympathy and condolences to your mother, Irene, who watches and welcomes the signs you send to tell her you love her, and watch over her always."
Beverly Sutton Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"August 21, 2011
Happy Birthday in Heaven my beautiful son. Thank you for the signs of the beautiful geese and the beautiful rainbow. All of the balloons we released went to the rainbow that only stayed for awhile. I love and miss you and your father with all my heart and soul. You both live in my thoughts and heart. I send you giant hugs, kisses, tears, and prayers. Love forever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene (Mom) Dowdy of Cleveland Ohio

"It has been 8 years since you were taken too early. I think of you often, and I still cannot believe you are gone. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I am sure all in Heaven are in much better shape with you making them all run everyday!"
SGT Waz of Cameron Mills, NY

"1/17/2011
Dear Son, I wanted to post this poem and it puts into words how I feel and I am not good with words. I love and miss you with all my heart and soul. Love forever, Mom Dowdy
The Loss of A Child..

The moment that I knew you had died,
My heart split in two,
The one side filled with memories,
The other died with you.
... Accept me in my ups and downs,
I need someone to share,
Just hold my hand and let me cry,
And say, "My friend, I care
I often lay awake at night,
When the world is fast asleep,
And take a walk down memory lane,
With tears upon my cheek.
Remembering you is easy,
...I do it every day,
But missing you is a heartache,
That never goes away.
I hold you tightly within my heart,
And there you will remain.
Life has gone on without you,
But it never will be the same.
For those who still have their children,
Treat them with tender care,
You will never know the emptiness,
As when you turn and they are not there.
Don't tell me that you understand,
Don't tell me that you know.
Don't tell me that I will survive,
How I will surely grow.
Don't tell me this is just a test,
That I am truly blessed.
That I am chosen for the task,
Apart from all the rest.
Don't come at me with answers
That can only come from above,
Don't tell me how my grief will pass,
That I will soon be free.
Don't stand in pious judgment
Of the bonds I must untie.
Don't tell me how to grieve,
Don't tell me when to cry.

Arthur Unknown"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland

"Jan. 1, 2011, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Heaven my beautiful son. You stay in my thoughts and heart. I love and miss you with all my heart and soul and wish so much you and your father were here. Nothing will ever be the same again and I will never be the same. I send you hugs, kisses, tears and prayers.

Love forever and ever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene of Cleveland Ohio

"Thinking of you, Robert, and of your family, especially your Mother, Irene - and thanking God that Americans have always had citizens with the courage and fortitude to stand together, risking their lives, to defend, against all challenges, our freedom"
Beverly Sutton-Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland, USA

"August 21, 2010
Happy Birthday in Heaven my beautiful Son. I love and miss you more than words can say and you live in my heart.
Roxane and I took balloons to the cemetery and released some of them. You stay in my thoughts and heart.

Love forever and ever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene, Mom Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio

"For Robert, and his comrades, with eternal gratitude for their supreme sacrifice in the Service of their Country.

God bless all of the fallen soldiers
(and those still standing, too!);
We give them thanks for their sacrifice;
The losses, we sorely rue.
They served, and gave their all to guard
This land we hold so dear.
We stand and salute, as our flag goes by,
As we wipe away a tear.
Those lost stand tall, one all all,
In the Service of our Lord!
We hope they know how much they're loved,
honoured and adored!"
Beverly Sutton Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"This poem was dedicated to you son and to me from my friend Pam and I thank you Pam. It is beautiful.
In loving thoughts for you at this time, Pam Andrews

In Loving memory for First Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy


I REMEMBER
By day you were a vibrate, energetic,
rambunctious and inquisitive little imp.
But at night when you wrapped your arms
around my neck and kissed me good night
you took my breath away as you lay
looking like a precious angel.

I Remember
as a teen you were so independent, arrogant,
and assertive and at times I was sure
you were responsible for the gray hairs at my temple
Yet when I looked in on your sleeping face
( of course with head sets still on )
I was sure that I was looking
at the face of an angel.

I Remember
When you became a man and I wondered
Had I done enough to prepare you for life ahead.
Had I taught you enough about love, morality, humanity,
charity and courage as you stood smiling
among your robed classmates
diploma in hand
And I thought you looked like an Angel
in Gods Choir.

I Remember
You standing proud and tall
So handsome in your uniform as you kissed my tears
and said "Don't cry Mom,
I'll be home before you know it".
And I thought to myself
"A more Angelic child I could not have asked for".

And as I stand here
with your purple heart in my hand over my broken heart,
eyes fixed upon you name engraved on this marble wall

I Remember
Standing next to a silver box
draped with a flag of red, white and blue
as tears streamed down my cheeks and
hearing your C.O. saying to me
what a fine, courageous and selfless young man you were.
And I can only remember an Angel who I know is in heaven
with God where all Angels should be.

I Remember
And I will never forget
As I pray for you my son
and all the country's Angels
who served with pride and honor.

by P.Andrews/5/23/08"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio

"March 23, 2010
My beautiful # 2 Son I love and miss you with all my heart and soul. We took flowers to the cemetery for you and then to the cemetery of one of your soldiers(Solon). You live in my heart and you are my heart. You and your father stay in my heart and thoughts. I look forward to the day I will be living in the country and I know you both chose this place for us. I send you hugs, kisses, prayers and love forever and ever.

Love forever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio

"March 23, 2010 - It does not seem possible that seven years have passed. I know that for your mother, my friend Irene, there is comfort in knowing you are at peace with God in Heaven - but great sorrow in not having your company here on Earth. I know Irene will watch for signs from you, and from your Dad, Jack; as Spring renews life in the gardens and woodlands, may hope be renewed in the hearts of those who dearly love you, Robert. I send to your family my warmest regards; and to you, my highest respect."
Beverly Sutton Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"I am a fairly new Air Defense soldier, only 3 years in the Army.. never been deployed. My 1SG, however mentions 1SG Dowdy as a hero often describing his last moments as "rallying the troops" We conduct warrior training every Thurs. to prevent what had happend to those before us within the ADA units.. I happened to come across this website and wanted to let those who mourn the 1SG know, that even new soldiers know the name, know what he did, and know why we train."
PFC Tarrant of 357th AMD-D Kaiserslautern, Germany

"December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas in Heaven my beautiful son. We were almost all together today and Jr. called from Hawaii but for me Christmas will never be the same again. I love and miss you and your father with all my heart and soul. I know you are both here in spirit but it is not the same and my heart breaks.
I send you both hugs, love and kisses.

Always in my heart, Love forever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene of Cleveland

"1sgt Dowdy, you left a great legacy behind for others to follow and I'm following slowly,in your foot steps. There has been many NCO'S in my career but none had left a lasting impresion than what you have. Your selfless thoughs and attitude greatly influenced me to stay motivated and to take the right path. As we celebrate the year of the NCO, I would like to give thanks for showing me the way to a brighter future. B btry 2/1 was the best place to work during your time as the Motor SGT and will stay on my mind for my entire career. Thanks, MOTORPOOL!"
SGT TORRES of Republic Of South Korea

"August 21, 2009
Happy Birthday in Heaven my beautiful son or # 2 son as you always called yourself. Today brings back memories of when you were born and holding you in my arms right after you were born. You were a beautiful baby with so much hair. My arms ache to hold you again and tell you how much I love you. I miss talking to you and seeing you.
I thank you so much for leading us to Pumpkin and for the dragonflies. God blessed my life the day you were born. Life has not been easy for me with you and your father gone home to heaven. We took some balloons to the cemetery to release and put one on your grave today and some I took home for your tribute. I send you love, hugs and kisses and my heart.

Love forever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio

"Happy Birthday Robert. We remember you every day."
Sue Williams and Family of Slatington, PA

"Memorial Day 2009 - Robert, you and all our armed services personnel are remembered especially today, as we take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice you made, to defend not only our own freedom, but to work toward making all people free from tyrants. With Humble Thanks, and kind regards to your Mother, Irene."
Beverly Sutton-Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"I had the honor and privilege of knowing you during my short time at Ft. Campbell, KY.

The life lessons you taught me will never be forgotten.

We are all blessed to have known such a great man, if only for a short time."
Roland A. of MV, CA

"Robert,
David and i talk about you, Aunt Irene Uncle Jack, JR and everyone else how much we miss you and wish you were with us even thou we lost touch so many years ago but we know you are in great company.
your loving cousin,
Lee"
DeBolt of Mesa, Arizona

"March 23, 2009

Thinking of you and your beloved Mom and daughter, Robert. Sending humble thanks to you for your service to our Country, and sending hugs to your Mom, Irene, who so sorely misses you and your Dad."
Beverly Sutton Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"March 23, 2009
“If tears could built a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again” and I wish so much I could do this. The missing at times is unbearable and I miss everything about you but most of all I miss YOU. You have always made your father and me more than proud and you are the best son any mother and father could ever ask for and now your father is with you in Heaven. You had so many plans and dreams and I wanted to see you go on with your precious life. I never thought I would lose any of my precious children and your father and I would be going home to God first. Now I have to face you and your father both not being here and all I can do is take it day by day and pray that God gives me the strength to go on. Time goes by so fast and it seems like just yesterday I was emailing you in Kuwait and you were sending me emails and pictures and you always said, “Don’t worry mom, I will be home soon”. How I wish you could of came home to us but instead you went home to God. It is hard to believe it has been 6 years since you have gone home to God. I love and miss you more than words can say and you live in my thoughts and heart and you are my heart. Life will never be the same without you both in my life. I send you hugs, love, tears, kisses and prayers and I love you with all my heart and soul. You always called yourself my # 2 Son and me Mom Dowdy and how very special and precious you are to me. Robert give your father huge hugs and kisses from me. Love forever and ever, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio USA

"His middle name is John not James and he was a 1st sgt."

"I just wanted to let everyone know that the Killeen (Texas) Independent School District Board Of Directors has agreed to add our
"Beloved Iraq War Heroe"
Msgt Robert James Dowdy to the list of distinguished americans for serious consideration of naming a future school in Killeen, Texas after. I submitted my cousin's name to recieve this honor for his braverly, dedicated militray service and sacerfice to our nation!
Thanks my beloved Cousin Robert for being my heroe!"
Michael D.Dowdy of Rolla, missouri USA

"12/25/2008
Merry Christmas in Heaven # 2 Son and I know what a special day it must be celebrating Jesus's birthday. I love and miss you each and every day and you live in my heart. I wish with all of my heart you were here and life is far from easy without you here. I always look for signs from you and your father. I long to hear your voice and hold you in my arms and tell you I love you. I miss your beautiful smile and all of your ways. God blessed me with a beautiful son and you make me so proud. I love you.

Love forever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene of Cleveland Ohio

"With deepest respect and appreciation for you, Robert, and for all Veterans who have met the challenge and given their all to defend our freedom and our Flag."
Beverly Sutton-Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"Irene, Words can not express how deeply sorry I am for the loss of this incredable human being...your son...your angel. I want to thank you for sharing your son, Robert...for letting him fight to save this country. What an amazing mother you are. Robert is with you...deep inside your heart and so very deep inside your soul...(((((HUG))))). Thank you Robert."
cindy Smith of Pierre, South Dakota...United States of America

"Happy Birthday in Heaven My beautiful # 2 Son(8/21/2008). My arms ache to hold you and sometimes I wonder how I am going to carry on when so much I love is gone. I miss you and your father more than words can say and I take it day by day with God and you and your father to help. Roxane and I releashed ballons at the cemetery and I put a letter for you in the dirt. I am thinking back to when I held you right after you were delivered and you were a big and beautiful baby and you grew into a beautiful man inside and outside. I love you both with all my heart and soul.

Love forever, Mom Dowdy, Babe"
Mom of Cleveland

"my name is Mike Dowdy, it makes me proud to have the same last name of such a brave man,hope you find peace in your lives, Mike 903 641 7554 Texas"
mike dowdy of trinidad

"Memorial Day, 2008. We send our thoughts and prayers to your family, Robert - particularly your Mother, Irene. We offer our thanks to you and your comrades-in-arms, for your courage and sacrifice to protect and serve our country. You will never be forgotten."
Beverly Sutton-Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"Just dropping a note to let you know you are still in my thoughts and prayers every day."
SGT Waz of orseheads, NY

"Today is March 23, 2008 and # 2 Son I love and miss you with all my heart and soul. It seems like just yesterday that I held you in my arms and kissed you before you left to go back to the Army. The days, weeks, months and years seem to fly by and you never leave my thoughts and you live in my heart. God blessed us with the best son any mother and father could ask for and you make us so proud. Now your father is with you in Heaven and some day I will join you both.

Love forever and ever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene Dowdy of Cleveland

"Easter Sunday, 2008, will mark the fifth anniversary of your return to the Great Spirit, Robert. Our hearts rejoice in knowing you're safe with God, even as our hearts are heavy, to know your Mother's sorrow. We pray that the return of Spring will bring Irene solace, and that she'll continue to see you, and your father, her beloved Jack, in the reblooming of the flowers, the return of leaves to the trees, and the songs of the returning birds. We know you watch over your Mother, our friend Irene. We look forward to hearing of the signs you and Jack will send her, to assure her of your continuing love and to offer her peaceful dreams and comfort."
Beverly Sutton-Lawrence of Elkon, Maryland

"Robert was my PLDC instructor 14 years ago. I knew him for 4 short weeks. I wish I could have been half the NCO he was. Some men are born for the military and to lead...he was one of them. My sympathy's to his family as they approach half a decade without his presence. May his memory see you through the years ahead."
Jess of Round Rock, Texas

"1SG Dowdy...You meant a lot to me and still do. I think about the jokes you use to tell at the Command Group at 2-1. You kept me smiling on the bad days and gave me spirit when I needed it. You were truly a friend. To your wife and family that you leave behind: I would like for you to contact me. I have pictures of 1SG Dowdy from promotions and other various events that I kept when I left the Army. You can contact me at william.t.tucker@power.alstom.com"
Formerly SSG William Travis Tucker of Tuscumbia, AL

"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Heaven # 2 SON. (2007) I love and miss you and your father more than words can say.

Love forever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio

"Its men like your son that have continued to make this land safe for us all. I wish I had some magic words that would comfort you this day, and every, for your loss. I truly am so sorry.
Agnes (a flyer fancier & efriend)"
Agnes of New Hampshire

"With special regards on Veterans' Day, 2007, to your Mother, Irene, I write to say Thank You once again, Robert, for your valor and honor. How we all wish to live in peace - how grateful we all are, that men like you have sacrificed all to provide our peace and protect us."
Beverly Sutton-Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"Remembering with you the life of someone so dear."
Shirley Billingsley of Huntsville, AL

"I was stationed with 1st sgt robert dowdy back in 1989 in fort polk LA. He was my squad leader and a friend. He helped me through a rough time and I had the utmost respect for him. it pained my heart to hear of his passing. He was a great man and a true friend. I know my words can't take away the pain but I did want to share my words with his family. I remember how happy he was with his wife and towards his fellow soldiers. My respect for his duty and his leadership will be deeply missed. God Bless You Robert Dowdy for the life you lived."
Ronald Macklin of Joshua, TX USA

"My beautiful # 2 Son I am late on wishing you a Happy Birthday in Heaven (August 21, 2007) and for this I am sorry. It is so hard without you and your father here each and everyday. I often wonder if you and your father are running in Heaven because I know how much you loved to run. Your father and I could not ask for a more wonderful son then you and you have always made us so proud. I am sure you know how much we love you and now your father is with you in Heaven. Please hug and kiss each other for me and words can not describe how much I love and miss you guys.

Love forever and ever, Mom Dowdy"
Mom Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Robert J. Dowdy. 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

"Rob, you have no idea how honored I am to have you in my family. My father said such great things about you. I really wish I could have gotten to know you better. Even though I hardly knew you, I miss you as much as anyone else. As do my parents. I am truly honored to have an all around American Hero in my family. You will never be forgotten and you will always be in my thoughts. Rest in peace."
Ashlie Armontrout of Ohio

"I don't know why of all the time that passed but you came into my thoughts today. I remebered the times that you tried to teach this female who didn't know a nut from a bolt how to change a crossmember on a humvee. I just want your family to know that we all appreciated what a great NCO you will always be remembered as. God Bless and stay well."
SPC Covington, Melonnie of Fort RIley, KS USA

"Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful young man who died serving his country. He made the ultimate sacrifice and I know his family is proud of him!"
Susan Milam of Florida

"Happy New Year (2007) # 2 son and if I had one wish it would be for your father and you to be here with me. I love and miss you both with all my heart and soul.

Love forever & ever, Mom (Mom Dowdy)"
Irene Dowdy of Cleveland, OH

"Dear Son, have a blessed Christmas in Heaven and I love and miss you with all my heart. Thank you and your father for the beautiful sign I received today. You both live in my thoughts and heart.

Love forever & ever, Mom (Mom Dowdy)"
Irene Dowdy of Cleveland, OH

"To my fallen Cousin
Sgt Robert J.Dowdy & Family,
I offer up my heartfelt saddness and and my pride of my cousin Robert who fought for America & her citziens.
May God Bless The Robert Dowdy Family
your in my daily prayers & thoughts!

Michael D. Dowdy"
Michael D. Dowdy of Rolla, MO USA 65401

"1st Sgt. Dowdy,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers from your convoy who were killed in that ambush for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I am from El Paso and I remember watching the memorial service on televison for you and your fellow soldiers-it was very moving especially when the Sgt. Major was calling out your names."
Mike C. of El Paso, TX

"Happy Birthday in Heaven #2 Son. I love and miss you and your father with all my heart and you both stay in my thoughts and live in my heart. I bet you are both running in Heaven. Hugs and kisses to you both and when you were born God blessed us with the best son any mother and father could ever ask for.

Love forever, Mom Dowdy"
Irene Dowdy of Cleveland, Ohio

"I served with MSG Dowdy for 2 years while he was out battalion maintance officer on fort bliss he was the best senior NCO that i have ever worked with he is still missed to this day"
christopher of Atlanta, GA

"R.I.P. my fellow solder on the 3 year annivesary, WE WILL NEVER FORGET."
adam mcmurdy of mv. ca

"Wishing your family the peace of knowing you watch over them, and send your loving messages with every flower that blooms in the Spring."
Beverly Sutton Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"Memorial Day 2005
Memorial Day is celebrated
With many a parade,
With marching bands, and pipes and drums,
And wreaths that are then laid
Upon the graves of those so brave,
They gave their lives for others
And left behind their greiving kin,
Their fathers and their mothers.

Such a man was Robert J,
Whose Mother is heartbroken
Who longs to see her son's bright smile,
And hear words now unspoken
Of, 'Mom, I'm home! I'm going out
To have a run 'fore dinner,
'Cause yesterday, Kris and I ran,
And guess who was the winner!?!"

It's hard to see beyond the 'now'
And look to the 'hereafter'
To realise that Robert lives
With God, in joy and laughter.
One time, to let his Mother know,
Rob sent a pure white dove
To be a sign that he's at peace,
And that he sends his love.

His only pain is that he sees
Within his Mother's heart -
He wishes he could ease that grief
With some spell or magic art.
But only Faith in God can cure
The heartache and the sorrow
Faith that Rob waits, with his Dad, Jack,
Faith will help her face tomorrow

With a smile upon her face
To see her children near,
And watch her grandkids blossoming,
As they grow up, year to year.
Faith that our God will keep His word
And that we will live together
In a place more beautiful
In peace and love forever.

For Robert J. Dowdy, and Especially for
Our Friend, His Mother, Irene Dowdy"
Beverly Sutton-Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"For Robert
This is for the family and i wont to say i am so sorry what happen to Robert. Yes i believe that he is in heaven running with God and his angels.
He was a good soldier and a real hero.
May God comfort you and the grief and the sorrow's that you feel. I am sure
and feel that he was a good son. He is now looking down on all of us and his country and seeing that we are safe. He will be with you allways. May God Bless You Wanda"
Wanda Rogers of Manchester, Tenn USA

"1SG,
You helped me through the toughest time of my life when we served together in B 2-1 ADA. I will never forget the great man that you are. I can't remember ever feeling lower than I did when I heard about your death. Thank You for everything."
SGT Waz of Selkirk, NY/USA

"To Robert's Family---

When somebody dies, a cloud turns into an angel, and flies up to tell God to put another flower on a pillow. A bird gives the message back to the world, and sings a silent prayer that makes the rain cry. People disappear, but they never really go away. The spirits up there put the sun to bed, wake up grass, and spin the earth in dizzy circles. Sometimes you can see them dancing in a cloud during the daytime, when they're supposed to be sleeping. They paint the rainbows and also the sunsets and make waves splash and tug at the tide. They toss shooting stars and listen to wishes. And when they sing windsongs, they whisper to us

"Don't miss me too much. The view is nice and I'm doing just fine."

Please accept our heart felt condolences and gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice by this American Hero and his Family."
Mark and Mary Williams of Cocoa, Florida

"To the family of Robert J. Dowdy...
Nothing we can say can ever help quell the grief you feel inside...I just hope someday the pain will be replaced by many many happy memories...This soldier served his country and is now a HERO...Our lives will never be the same without him...God Bless and keep you... Patti http://www.andiesisle.com/Wings-Of-Freedom.html"
Patti Kaczmarek of Pattersonville NY. USA

"Greater love has no man than this, to give his life for his friends.
John 15:13 Thanks Robert."
Stephen R. Ecsedy of Pennsylvania

"It is with the highest regard that I wear the fallen soldiers bracelet in the memory of Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy,US Army, fallen 3/23/03. I greive at the utmost for the family to lose a truly heroic son. I hope to hear from a family member, and that one day when the war is over that I may send this cherished bracelet to the family. With best regards.
Randy Richardson
16801 Westview Trail
Austin, Tx 78737
email: rrrhunter@earthlink.net"
Randy Richardson of Austin, Texas

"I am a retired 1SG. The position of First Sergeant is the toughest job in the world...you are responsible for everything. Our family prays for you and thanks to our fallen heroes for such sacrifice. "All gave some, some gave all.""
Mike Oravitz of Beaver Falls PA

"Kristy and Mrs. Dowdy,

My prayers are with yall always. I am blessed to have met such nice people as yourselves. May many blessings come your way."
PFC Sweet-Benjamin of Ft. Sill, OK

"To the Dowdy family, I have been saddened by your loss. At the time of 1st Dowdys passing, I felt the loss.But not knowing positively if he was a family member. It wasnt until very recently I learned that I am related to the Dowdy family. Fortunately, I had the chance to meet with a very lovely lady named Jane Ann Dowdy, who informed me of my relationship with this Dowdy family. I am trying to reach any member of the Dowdy family. Please reach me at (910)486-4410. I am related to your family, and would love to learn more about the Dowdy family. My father's name is Virgil Jack Dowdy,(Named after his Uncle Jack), of Logan WV. His father passed away aprox. 57 years ago, and his name is Clarence Dowdy. Clarence Dowdy was married to Genieve, and they had 5 children together before his death. During this time, my father has lost all contact with the Dowdy family. I would love to be able to reunite my father with his family. I can be emailed at Rednckprincess67@aol.com."
Rebecca Dowdy Brown of Fayetteville, North Carolina

"To Seargent Dowdy and all of America's fallen heroes, I say thank you! And may the sacrifice which they have laid upon the alter of freedom never be forgotten."
Doug Tayek of Cleveland, OH

"Dear Irene Dowdy mother of Robert I am the mother of one of the soldiers that was in the HUMMVEE with your son. I know the pain, anxiety, and sorrow. But there is a doctor for all this. His name is "JESUS"."
janie of from Texas

"we will never forget our fallen soildiers that did alot for america."
jessica of chicago,ill,usa

"In Philadelphia, over the 4th of July weekend, there was a memorial to soldiers who have died in Iraq and the surrounding areas. The memorial was striking, in that it was rows and rows of combat boots, each with the name of a fallen soldier. As I walked among the boots, the names of the soldiers were being read over a speaker. At the moment that I knelt to read the name "Robert Dowdy," and look at the picture that was attached, his name was read. It sent chills through me - as if some connection had been made. I said a prayer then, and I continue to pray for Robert and his family. Please be assured of my prayers as you face what must be an overwhelming loss. May you find comfort in your memories . . ."
Maureen Gillespie of Philadelphia, PA

"Memorial Day, 2004. No longer is Memorial Day just a good day for a barbque. We'll leave that for Labor Day. No longer a good day for watching fireworks. We'll leave that for Independence Day. No longer a good day for shopping. We'll leave that for the day after Thanksgiving. Memorial Day will be a day for remembering someone many of us never had the opportunity to meet, but all of us have reason to honor, and mourn. Robert, for your courage, valor and sacrifice, we honor you on this Memorial Day. For your parents, Jack and Irene, your siblings, your wife and daughter, your fellow soldiers and your friends and neighbours, we send our heartfelt sympathy."
Beverly Sutton-Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

"I served with Robert Dowdy for nearly four years at Fort Bliss. For almost half of that time I was his commanding officer in B Battery, 2-1 ADA Battalion. Then a SFC, he was my battery motor sergeant and one of only two E7s in a battery of 85 soldiers. I grew quite close to SFC Dowdy during my time as his commander, and to know him was to love him. The last time I saw him was August 4, 2001, which is the day I relinquished my command. After passing the battery colors to some other lucky captain, I tracked him down in the motor pool to say goodbye. I caught up with him there in the office and cornered him. I could tell he wasn’t anxious for the moment, and I took that as a sincere compliment -- a sign that he was no more eager to see me go than I was to leave him behind. “SFC Dowdy, you’re a great NCO” was as simple as I could put it, and with that we shook hands and I left the battery area that was no longer mine. I’ve always heard NCOs referred to as “the backbone of the Army,” and soldiers like Robert Dowdy are why that phrase came to be. He embodied every quality you want in a professional soldier, and he was one of the greatest men I’ve ever met in 32 years on this planet. I miss him dearly, both professionally and personally. Not a day has gone by without him entering my thoughts, and his family has my deepest sympathies. I am truly grateful for having known such a wonderful man, and I will never forget.

All gave some; some gave all.
-"
MAJ J M. Rose, Jr. of Washington, DC

"Robert,
You were a great friend and a great soldier. I still rember you and what we had as a friendship while you were stationed here at FT Bliss and I will never forget what you gave to me. You will be and are still dearly missed by all of your friends and family. The army has lost a great hero and a great soldier."
SPC Daniel A. Hopkins of C 2-1 ADA FT. Bliss, TX.

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

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.

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

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
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, Robert, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"March 23, 2004 - a year has past. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow, knowing how our friend, your Mom Irene, and your family, are still so sore, for the loss of their handsome Robert. Even knowing that you are in Heaven, with the love and understanding of God, does little to assuage the loneliness they feel, or the helplessness we feel, to comfort them. All we can do is assure them that even those of us who only knew you through Irene's kind sharing of her wonderful son, will always remember you, Robert, and be grateful for you, a role model and hero. With sincere sympathy and deepest condolences to your family, and with humble heartfelt gratitude to you for your courage, valor, and sacrifice, we send our love."
Beverly Sutton-Lawrence of Elkton, Maryland

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

"My name is George Sparks. Robert Dowdy was my wife's first cousin. IM not sure if this is a good Idea or not. But I think it would be comforting to the family's especially nearing the anniversary of March 23rd if they had each others e-mail address. The last thing in the world I want to do, is give some imposter your e-mail address. I could screen them but im sure someone else could do a much better job then myself. Tell me what you think.

Sparky0311@hotmail.com"
George Washington Sparks Jr of Newport NJ

"To Mr. Robert J Dowdy's family and friends, We are so deeply sorry for the loss of your son, husband, father, friend. We care greatly and admire respectfully all veterans who serve our country. We feel so sad that you are missing him. May his strength, hope and love for you give you strength, hope and love in the future. Sincerely,"
Schuette Family of Bloomington, Mn. U.S.A.

"Thank you Robert Dowdy, 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

"DEAR FIRST SERGEANT,
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME IN THE SHORT TIME THAT I HAVE WORKED WITH YOU AS YOUR CLERK IN THE 507TH ORDERLY ROOM. YOUR WORDS TO ME THAT FATEFUL DAY STILL RING IN MY MIND. YOU SAID " STAY STRAIGHT NACE!" JUST TO LET YOU KNOW I WILL ALWAYS STAY STRAIGHT. MAY GOD TAKE CARE OF YOU AND THE OTHER SOLDIERS THAT ARE THERE WITH YOU IN HEAVEN. MAY THE LORD ALSO KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN HIS HEART."
PFC DALE B. NACE III 507TH MAINT CO. 5/52 ADA of FT BLISS , EL PASO TX

"I can't express my deep sorrow. It seems a shame that someone of this caliber had to give his all. God bless his family, and I hope there is some solice in knowing a saint."
Lou Sykora of Strongsville, Oh

"I would like to donate a canvas portrait to the family of Master Sgt Dowdy. I have been donating these portraits because they last forever and no-one will be forgotten. You can see what our donation portraits look like at http://lionheartcreations.net/honorfallen.htm I have wrote a poem called Fallen and we put this on the canvas portrait along with name rank and branch of service. We will ship the portrait right to your home. This cost you nothing. This is our way to serve and honor our fallen. Please let us serve you. You can email us to make arrangements for your portrait and this can all be done over the internet or US mail. Making the portraits only takes a day or so. Our email address is on our website or you can email carlosshelter@aol.com Thank you and God bless"
Carlos Kathy & Ashley Jones of Middletown, Ohio

"TO MY CUZ, MY FRIEND, MY BROTHER,IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WE WERE RUNNING AROUND THE HOOD,PLAYING BALL JOKING TEASING THE REST OF THE FAMILY, GOING TO THE BOYS CLUB PLAY GROUND AND PLAYING BASKETBALL YOU,UNCLE JACK,JR,JIM AND MYSELF NOW ALL WE HAVE ARE MEMORIES AND WHAT GOOD ONES AT THAT.I WILL MISS YOU ROB ALL SO MUCH,I LOOKED FORWARD TO YOU COMING HOME ON LEAVE AND GETTING TOGETHER,EVEN IF THE TIME WAS SHORT,NOW YOU WATCH US,YOUR FAMILY,NOW THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT YOU ARE WATING FOR US TO COME HOME,AND WHAT A HOME COMING THAT WILL BE,I HOPE GRANDMA/GRANDPA/RICK AND MY DAD ARE THERE WITH YOU. YOU WILL BE MISSED VERY MUCH, I THANKYOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR US AND YOUR COUNTRY YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN AMERICAN HERO LOVE YOUR CUZ AND BROTHER DAVE ARMONTROUT"
DAVE ARMONTROUT of CLEVELAND OHIO

"I wrote this poem for Robert and his family;

An Angel Passed by

There come's a time in someones life when an angel passes by
One never know's what this angel looks like until the ultimate sacrifice

Some angel's have kind words of wisdom to help us on our way
some angel's stand in front of us to shield us from the day
And then there are those special few, who truly show us who they are
Not only through their actions and bravery so few could see or know
Not ony through their deeds, and their grace and agility
But through their love for their fellow man, does this angel somehow truly pass us by

By Robyn Cannell"
Robyn Cannell of El Paso, TX

"Dear Robert,
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends--- John 15:13.

I know you are in Heaven because you died not only for your friends, but for all Americans. And for that, our Country is eternally grateful.
I only got to know your name but you were in my thoughts and prayers daily with all my other "adopted" soldiers. Reading these messages now, I truly wish that I'd had the chance to get to know you better. It is obvious that the world has lost a great father, husband, son, soldier and friend.

Proud to support our military through AdoptaPlatoon.org"
Nancy M of Toms River, NJ

"Jack, Irene & Family

May God give you all comfort in this time of sorrow. We all may wonder why Robert? But it seems that God only takes the best. I found this on a website and thought of you and Robert. God Bless, Strengthen and Heal you all.



The Final Roll Call

We thought of you with love today
But that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday
And days before that too.

We think of you in silence
We often speak your name.

Now all we have are memories
And your picture in a frame.

Your memory is our keepsake
With which we'll never part

God has you in His keeping
We have you in our Heart"
Family of Lawrence and Jane Ann Dowdy of Omar, West Virginia

"One Small Star
Eric Bogle.

ref: Sept 99 Heroinsight

When I need to feel you near me
I stand in this quiet place
With the silver light of countless stars
Falling on my face
Though they all shine so brightly
Somehow it comforts me to know
That some who burn the brightest
Died an eternity ago.

But your light still shines
As one small star to guide me
And to help me hold back the dark
Your lights still shining in my heart.

I'm learning how to live without you
Though I've never thought I could
And even how to smile again
And I never thought I would
And to cherish the heart's memories
That can bring you back to life
Though some caress me gently
And some cut me like a knife.

Can your soul be out there somewhere
Beyond the infinity of time?
I guess you've found some answers now
I'll have to wait for mine
Till my light joins with yours someday
To shine through time and space
And one day fall in a distant age
Upon some stranger's face.

But your light still shines
As one small star to guide me
And to help me hold back the dark
Your lights still shining in my heart.



Especially for Robert's mother Irene"
Dale Plump of Oakland NJ

"You don't know me, but I know you thru your mother. Thank you for going to Iraq to fight for our freedom, you are truly a hero. You will always be remembered and missed."
Lauren Buhmann of Prior Lake, MN USA

"Robert, for you I have known for a long time. As the 2-1 ADA BN Communications SGT. I still remember the last laugh we had at 178th Maint. Company Motor Pool when I was turning in some radio equipment. To your family in this time of sorry and grief, I can say he was a true and best NCO I have ever met in my 22 years of service. I extend my blessing to all of you for letting us all that knew him work with this fine soldier.May God watch over you all. SFC(P) Barnes formaly 35th BDE, 2-1 ADA now HHB 6th ADA BDE Ft. Bliss TX."
SFC(P) Reginald Barnes of El Paso TX. Ft. Bliss

"May God bless our fallen soldiers who fought so hard for our freedom. May God watch over their families and loved ones. Our hearts go out to you."
Lydia & John Waelde of Evansville, IN

"I want to thank you Msgt Dowdy, you were a wonderful soldier, and a wonderful friend to my husband, he greatly misses you.
Our hearts are breaking for your family as you have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
May God keep your family"
Robyn Cannell of Ft. Bliss TX

"ROBERT,
YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OURS HEARTS. FOR YOU MOM AND FAMILY, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I WISH I COULD SAY SOME MAGIC WORDS TO HELP YOU WITH THE HURT AND PAIN YOU FEEL. BUT PLEASE KNOW I CARE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, BETH"
MARY BETH of P.A,

"I could not think of any words that had not already been said, until I found this written by Mahatma Ghandi:
'A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.'"
Linda and Jerry Gleisser of Cleveland, Ohio

"To the family of Robert Dowdy: There just aren't words to express the gratitude we as Americans feel for the brave soldiers who have died so that we may live in this free and great nation. I pray that God will wrap his arms around Robert's mother, wife and daughter and give them the peace that only God can give. I am so very sorry for your loss and will remember you in my prayers. I will forever remember each day I enjoy as an American that it did not come free. It is because of brave soldiers such as Robert that we live the wonderful life we do. Thank you, brave soldier for your gift."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"Me and my family Thank You, Brother."
John D. Martin of Plant City, Florida

"To the family and friends of 1st Sgt. Robert Dowdy:
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

"How does one mother say to another 'Thank You', for the sacrifice your son made, so that my children are safe. My heart breaks for you and your family. My heart goes out especially to his daughter, who's confusion and sorrow I am sure is overwhelming for one so young. Your pride in Robert, I am sure will help, in time, with healing your broken hearts. Although I only knew Robert through the things Irene shared with us, I am, so very proud, to call Irene 'my friend'."
Sally Young of Atlantic, Iowa

"My deepest sympathy is with you and all his family. Probably the bravest thing one could do is go into battle. Your son/husband had to have been a wonderful and brave man. He has a place in heaven and may God bring you peace here on earth knowing that..."
Cindi of Red Bank,NJ

"You held freedom, and the love and concern for others, foremost in your mind and heart...for that, America thanks and honors you. You will be remembered and missed."
Judy Call of Buna, Texas

"The words "fallen hero" are incorrect. They have not "fallen" only "risen" in the eyes of the Lord and those who loved them. May the Lord forever watch over those that our beloved "risen hero's" died to protect and insure a better world to live in."
Jena Miller of Dayton, Ohio USA

"To the family and friends of 1st Sgt. Robert Dowdy:
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

"My condolences to Robert's family. My admiration to Robert. I will remember his sacrifice forever. I wish strength, love and peace to his family and friends to help them cope with this tragic loss."
Terri Totten of Salt Point, NY

"My sincerest and deepest sympathy to the family. I came to know Irene from the squirrel groups. I came to know her son through the photos and posts she shared with us. I remember seeing his photo from the middle east and it made the war so real for me. I remember his great smile. This earth was blessed to have him on it, even for just a short while. Irene was lucky to have him as a son and he was lucky to have her as a mother"
Mary Cummins of Los Angeles, CA

"A day hasn't gone by that I haven't thought of the sacrifice you made to keep all of us free. You live daily in all of us for whom you gave your life to keep free. Without you, life would not be the same for us. You will be part of us always !"
Laura Miller of Parsippany, NJ USA

"To the family of Robert J. Dowdy:
i would like to say that his gift to preserve the american way of life will not be forgot,it's men like first Seragent Robert Dowdy, that should be a role model for every one that lives in the United States to achieve.

Hero's do live forever."
barry s. stewart of gainesville,G.A.,USA

"My prayers are with you and your family. You will always be remembered as a hero. You made the ultimate sacrifice for your country and for that I thank you. May god bless you and your family."
Kathleen of Tampa,Florida

"there are no words that will comfort or help in your great loss.we all care and love you.so sorry,dar"
darlene p. of pa.

"Our hearts are broken by the grief of knowing how much pain your family suffers, losing so good a man, son, brother, husband, father, soldier. We take comfort in knowing that God now holds you dear and close, and that you rest in peace and plenty, in God's love. We take heart in knowing that this week, Easter week, calls to mind that while death comes for all, God will draw you home to Him, and we will one day be reunited with those we have loved, and lost. The wait is only bearable because we know that your reward for your faith, your courage, your valor, and your sacrifice is Heaven, and that God holds in great esteem those who lay down their life for their fellow man, just as His Son, Jesus, lay down His life for us all. God Bless you, Robert, and give His comfort to your family, especially your mother, our dear sweet friend, Irene."
Beverly of Long Island, NY

"Please accept our sincere condolances in this time of your terrible loss. As a parent of a Marine now in Iraq, Iknow that your worst fears have come. Please know that your loved one did not die in vain. His cause was true and right. He has earned the eternal gratitude of our family and all caring Americans."
Michael Abel of Ross, CA, USA

"Thank you for your sacrafice."
William Voelker of Cleveland, Ohio

"Because of you, those that never knew freedom, now know the beautiful taste of freedom. Thank you brave soldier. RIP"
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on