Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Master Sgt. George Andy Fernandez


36, of El Paso, Texas.
Killed in action in northern Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on April 2, 2003.

"Andy's story is an amazing one. He was in Special Ops and he was killed in a battle with Baath Republicans and the Ansar-Al-Islam. As you know, Special Ops work in small groups, they were surrounded on a ridge in the mountains in Northern Iraq, Boo realized they were not going to get out, jumped in his humvee and drove directly into enemy lines. The others were able to escape through the opening he created, met up with, I believe, the 82nd Airborne and were all saved. I understand that over 100 enemy were killed and they were soundly defeated. Boo was the only member of his team to lose his life. Does it sound like I am proud of him? I am! I am also very, very proud of his wife, Kathy. Their son was 16 mos. old when Boo was killed on April 2, 2003. Kathy has done such a remarkable job with that precious little boy. She has preserved his father's legacy and taught their son so well. He is a wonderful, well-adjusted little boy who would simply dazzle you with his charm."

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"I recently learned of Andy's sacrifice in April of 2003. I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and send prayers to his beloved wife and child. You see Andy's sacrifice enabled one of my oldest friends to survive that day. I am eternally grateful and indebted to your family. May you find peace in knowing that Andy will never be forgotten and his name will live forever in history."
Ernest of Las Vegas, Nevada USA

"7/4/2016- Here is to our freedom you gave the ultimate sacrifice for brother, I have not forgot. RLTW!"
Steve Smith of Forest, Va.

"Your legacy lives on Brother."
DAVE ZAMORA of Bakersfield, CA

"Just had your 13th reunion. everyone is good. Missyou."
Steve Emberton of savannah, ga

"50th Birthday today."
GFF of Florida

"04/02/16 - No surprise that I'm thinking of you today, my courageous friend.
- Salute -"
Matt King of Huntsville, AL

"Every year that passes, I find myself drawn back to this page to read the comments and remember this date. 13 years too long my friend but I am comforted knowing that I will see you again. Rest easy my friend!"
Chris Jernigan of Fayetteville, NC

"49th Birthday yesterday"
GFF of Florida

"05/24/15- It's been awhile brother, not to say I don't think about you every day. Just want to come by and say hello and to let you know I will never forget you. RLTW!!"
Steve Smith of Forest, VA

"12 years today. The pain does not go away you just learn to live with it."
GFF of Florida

"Stopping by to say hello and let you know that we have some brothers out there that I have been in touch with. Every single one out there is keeping you with them by wearing you on their wrist and in their hearts. Morgan, Dykstra, Diersing and a few of my friends that wanted to keep your spirit alive. You are a great inspiration even today. RLTW!"
Dave Zamora of Bakersfield, CA

"04/03/2014 - 11 years, and still not a day goes by where you're not somewhere in my thoughts. Reading the notes left by others, it's apparent the strong impression you had made on many. I hope all is well with Kathy and Will, and family, as they carry on.
- Salute -"
Matt King of Alabama

"To the Fernandez family,
It has taken me a long time to write something to you, I have wanted to for sometime. My time with him was short lived, I was a cherry private when I arrived to 3rd plt B co. I have fond memories of him, none more than the day he left Battalion. I helped him pack his car, I wasn't everybody's favorite at that time and was having a hard time…what he said to me stays with me to this day, it picked me up, helped me drive on and never quit anything, ever. I love him for that, not a day goes by that I don't think about that day or others, even the bad one's. I even wore it as a badge of honor, that SGT Fernandez "smoked" me, since that was indeed a rare thing. Anyways, I could go on, you all of course know the kind of man he was. I just wanted to thank you all for him, it was a special time in my life, and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to have served with him"
M. Cohen of Virginia

"Kathy and Big Will went to Charlotte to watch the Miami Heat play Charlotte. Will got to high five most of the Charlotte team. After the game Will got to high five his favorite Heat player Lebron James and Lebron spoke to him. To top it off the Heat won in over time."
W Haines of Beaufort SC

"miss you"
bud

"Happy 47th Birthday tomorrow!"
GFF of Mandarin, Florida

"04/02/2013- Today I have been thinking about you as I do most days, but today is the day you were taken from us 10 years ago...doing what you believed in, protecting your brothers....I am glad to have been able to call you my Brother. I will never forget you and will always remember what you did that day and the days before it. I will see you soon my brother....RLTW - SP!"
Steve Smith of VA

"To the family of:George A. Fernandez
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""

"With the exception of one scrimmage game Big Will's team finished the football season with all wins. He was then selected for the All stars and they went to their bowl game for a win. He played Quarterback and Center. Now in Basketball he keeps charging on. Lost a couple games but they were close with 1 or 2 point differences. Still manages to keep straght A's while participating in all his sports activities. He has a new dog now and his name is Otis cause his daddy always wanted a dog named Otis."
Walt Haines of Beaufort SC

"I was a Sqd leader in A co 1/75 with George He 2nd plt and I was 1st plt I am sorry for being late brother I miss you and am damn proud to have known and served with you
R.L.T.W."
Charles Graver of Ft Polk La

"Andy, think of you every day. Always look at my wrist and there you are. I share your life with anyone that will listen. RIP RANGER, RLTW!"
Dave Zamora of Bakersfield, CA

"My name is CW2 Montez, from Aco 1/75 RGR. I have currently been the Detachment CDR of ODA 7322. This opportunity is overwhelming becuase of our loss of Mr. Stephen Redd (160th) last year; my Leader and fallen Brother. Since VNAM I have an overwhelming family who have participated in VNAM to current Ops.

"Most will not believe the stories of Crose, Anderson, Commons, *Andy*... but rest assure that their energy lives; will survive through me and will continue."
Marcus A. Montez of Mexico City

"Hello, my name is SFC Jorge A Fernandez-Davila and I first heard of our twin names from an SF Operator in 2004 in Bajyi, Iraq. I was eating lunch in the DFAC and he asked me if I was related in some way. I said no but thought that was kind of weird. He knew you and spoke highly of you. I have always taught of that day because it showed me my mortality and that death can come at any time. May you and your family be at peace. RLTW. -Anima eius et animæ omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace."
SFC Jorge A. Fernandez Davila of Fort Campbell, KY

"_SINE PARI_"

"9/11/2012 Coming by to say hello Brother and never forgetting. See you soon. RLTW Sine Pari"
Steve S. of VA

"miss you.......thinking of you"
Bud Fernandez of Jacksonville

"5/28/2012 Thought I'd drop by today Brother, let you I will never forget you. See you soon. Sire Pari-RLTW!!"
Steve S of VA

"Never met you, but I'm a vet too. Here it is, 2012. This Memorial Day weekend I will share your story and the beers will flow for you....endlessly. You are everything the unit stands for.A true American and I wish your family the best. Rest in Peace. -Sine Pari-"
No Slack of USA

"RIP warrior"
Don Brunett of Fairmont, WV

"4/2/2012 It's been 9 years Brother, thought I'd come by today to say hello. See you soon Brother. RLTW!!"
Steve S. of VA

"Hey Andy I miss you more every year. I was looking through some old squad books and reread your name and equipment I had written. The Aco reunion is at hand and I hate it, because its in your memory not your presence. RLTW"
Steve Emberton of Savannah, Georgia

"To Walt Haines: Thank you so much for your posts. I can't keep a dry eye reading them."
Durdo's husband of Texas

"I met "buck" SGT Fernandez one day upon coming over from 3/75th and we ended up SQD leaders within the same PLT. He was loyal and always took care of Soldiers. I met our old platoon SGT, MSG(R) Phillips, and he informed me of this tragedy....I pulled out the old photo box and saw a picture of Andy from our Germany-Botswana trip. He is a great man...so sorry for the loss. I have some photos...and if the family ever stops by and reads this please get ahold of me on facebook: robert stillwell in woodbridge va...be happy to get them to you."
MAJ Robert Stillwell of Virginia

"12/25/2011 Merry Christmas Brother."
Steve S of VA.

"11/11/11 Hey Brother, dropping by on Veteran's Day to let you know you are not forgotten. Sine Pari, Sua Sponte, and RLTW!!"
Steve S of VA

"God Bless you Brother.. And all our Brothers and Sisters who have given their all. We will never forget"
Rory Chavez of St Paul Mn - Retired Vet.

"(10/1/2011) Andy, just dropping by to say hello.Miss ya Brother."
Steve of VA

"Stopping by to say hello. My son wears your bracelet and will soon be heading to Afghanistan, keep an eye on him. Miss you. Cya buddy."
Dave Zamora of Bakersfield, CA

"July 2011 - You're still on my thoughts regularly, Andy. Always thankful for your service and sacrifice. Just wanted to drop by to salute you. We'll meet again someday, brother."
Matt King of Alabama

"5/31/2011- Hey Brother, Came by to let you know I have not forgotten about you. I need to come see you in Georgia man, sorry I have not made the trip yet but I will soon. Thanks Brother....see you soon. RLTW!!

Walt please keep us informed about Big Will, his daddy would be proud."
Steve Smith of Va

"2011....Andy your legacy lives on. This day is for you and all the lost brothers. RLTW!"
Dave Zamora of Bakersfield, CA

"Big Will caught 42 catfish at the local fishing tournament this w/end. Worked two poles as fast as he could. When he noticed the kid next to him not catching anything he was glad to give up one of the poles and secret bait (chicken livers) so the kid could catch 4 or 5 and also have a good day. Will is doing a great job at baseball. Plays pitcher, catcher, third and first base. Just an all around athlete. Does it all and maintains straight A's."
Walt Haines of Richmond Hill GA

"Hey Bro, just stopping by to say hello and to say you are not forgotten Andy. See you soon Brother. RLTW!!"
Steve Smith of Va.

"Andy, it's Apr 2nd 2011. 8 years ago today you gave the ultimate sacrifice to Our Nation and our Freedoms. I have worn your memorial bracelet everyday since I received it in 2003...it serves as a daily reminder of what you gave for all of us...a great reminder of what a great leader and friend you were. As we always do every summer, your Ranger Brothers will honor you and your family in Savannah this July. Rest Easy brother!
Psalm 23"
Dave Weinberg of Greer, SC

"Too many of our true warriors have met there fate too early in their lives... We need more like him in this time of our Nations darkening hours...

Will is blessed to have Walt Haines to shape and mold him in the image of his daddy...

SF jAKe Jacoby"
Jake Jacoby of Hubert, NC

"Andy, I was going through some old photos the other day; you, me, and Treader. Some of the best times of my life: our first Ranger Ball, going to Gator games at the Swamp, and 4-day weekends. What a contagious laugh...
Rest easy my friend."
Quinn Hammond of Woodbury, MN

"Stopping by to say Happy new year. My son just graduated basic. On his way to ait then airborne then rasp. He wears your bracelet with pride knowing he knew you when he was 2. Keep an eye on him as you are his airborne ranger in the sky."
dave zamora of bakersfield, ca

"Missed your Veteran's Day, Boo Boo. I miss you. I know we all do. How did you turn into such a wondrous heroic man? I love and miss you forever and cherish our high school and graduation memories."
Durdo of Texas

"11/11/10 (Veteran's Day) Hey Brother, stopping by to say hello and THANK YOU. See you soon Brother. Let us not forget.....RLTW!!!"
Steve S. of Va.

"You are the man and I am so envious of people like you who do such amazing things when it really counts. Back in the day while we were young and having fun in good old El Paso I never knew that I was in the presence of greatness. God Bless you and your family my friend. Hooah!"
Robert Frescas of Heath, Texas USA

"Hey, Boo. I miss you every day still. Your picture is in my classroom and I tell my students about you every year. You are the hero to more people than you could have ever conceived. I miss you, you goofy wonderful man."
Helen of Killeen, TX

"Hey Bro, just thinking about you; not a day goes by that I don't. See you soon Brother.......RLTW!!"
Steve S. of Va.

"SINE PARI. Rest in peace Warrior. You represent the absolute best of us and every NCO should work to be exactly like you."
John of Phoenix, AZ

"Kathy, I want to get in touch with you. Will be Sav. soon and would love to hook up! I think about you and Will and Andy often and would love to see you! susanpark7@comcast.net"
Susan Park of Lansdale, PA

"I remember you as a smiling, carefree boy who worked for tips at an El Paso Bar-B-Que restaurant. We called you 'Gringo'. Kim and I remember you well. Thank you Andy, for all you gave."
Mike Hampton of Kabul, Afghanistan

"Hey Andy, another Memorial Day upon us and what a great day it is for us remember and talk about you. This day will always belong to you and Langmack. God bless you and your family. Time to get a new bracelet, one of my daughters wants to wear your bracelet."
Dave Zamora of California

"5/31/2010....Sup bro, thought I'd drop by and say=Thank You; spent time with my family today and I just wanted to say thank for what you have done, what you have done most people do not understand; but I do. I'll see you soon bro....Smitty. RLTW!!"
Steve Smith of Lynchburg, Va.

"Double header last night. After attending baseball camp all day Will's team played the first playoff game at 6pm. They close that game with the 10 run rule 5th inning. Immediately following they have to play the final championship game. It was a very good game and Will's team ended it with an 8-7 victory. They are the champs."
Walt Haines of RH Georgia

"Will had a baseball game last night. Score was 10-1 we were ahead. 4th inning Big Will (Hollywood) steps up to the plate with bases loaded. First pitch and WHAM!! all the way to the center field fence. Grand Slam! 4th inning 10 run rule and the game is over. What an athlete. Kathy and Will are doing well."
Walt Haines of Richmond Hill Ga.

"I was a team leader for Andy when he was a squad leader in 2nd PLT and to this day it remains the biggest honor in my life. I hope I have not been a disappointment...."
John Hawkins of Snoqualmie, WA

"I went to PLDC of all places with you..you were memorable then,

CPT Sean McLaughlin 3 ID"
CPT Sean McLaughlin of Baghdad

"Hey bro, back to say hello on 4/2/2010. Miss ya dude, can't believe it's been 7 years and I and many others think about you every day. I'll make sure I do a push-up and drink one for you today.
Wish you were here.

See you soon bro....RLTW!!!"
Steve Smith of Forest, Va.

"Hey bro, just dropping by to say Merry Christmas; wish you were here. You know what they say about them bells around this time of year, not sure if you are an angel, but I know you are my Airbourne Ranger in the Sky! RLTW!!

Walt, I hope Will and Kathy had a good Christmas; I can't image what is like to not have him there. Hope things are getting better.

I will be back, see you soon......"
Steve Smith of Lynchburg, Va.

"To the family of MSG Fernandez,
For the last four years I have been wearing a memorial braclet for MSG Fernandez and I would like to send it to his family. If someone from his family could e-mail me with an address to send it I would really appreciate it. You can reach me at shannonmjones09@aol.com. I want to let you know how honored I have been to wear this braclet in memory of MSG Fernandez. I have family members who have and one that is now in the military and I want thank him for his service to our wonderful country."
Shannon Jones of Columbus, OH

"Recently spent the night on a Cub scout campout with big Will. Had a great time. Had a big campfire, hotdogs, hamburgers then cooked marshmellows and made smores. Had to chase the raccoons out of the tent area. Big Will toughed out a chilly night with no complaints. Went to Ft Pulaski the next day and had a good time looking at all the sights. Will spotted a deer while standing on the upper walls of the fort. Will can't wait to go camping again.

We visited Andy yesterday (V day). Cold and wet but all the new flowers were a warm bright spot.

Thanks for all the notes left."
Walt Haines of Richmond Hill Ga.

"Hey bro, Smitty here. Thought I'd drop in to let you know you are not forgotten on this Veteran's Day 11/11/2009. Think about you every day bro. I will be back....RLTW!!"
Steve Smith of Lynchburg, Va.

"To the family of George A. Fernandez
I was in Savannah GA this past weekend and had the opportunity to talk to a soldier who wore a remembrance bracelet in honor of Andy. I had thanked him for his service and the conversation continued. I don't remember exactly what was said but at the end of the conversation this soldier gave me Andy's remembrance bracelet. After reading about Andy and his sacrifice for his fellow soldiers and all who live in this country, I am deeply moved and grateful for his service. Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your son will be in my prayers. May God give you strength and peace"
Tanya of Phoenix, AZ

"Wow, where do I start. I also served with Andy, like many others, in Aco 2Plt 1/75 as Ranger Privates. Andy was one RIP class ahead of me, he was one GREAT guy. I have so many great remembrances of him. Of course we all went our different ways after we got our tab, but I always remember how much of a great leader he was, always putting his guys first. He was a true inspiration. I learned of his death many years ago, looking on line to see if any of my bro's died; when I saw his name my heart just dropped. I never knew how he died till yesterday when someone told me where this site was (9/10/2009) one day before the 11th. So I'm writing this on the 11th because I know in my heart this day really meant something to Andy, you are truely missed bro; just looking at all of the messages people have left you. My condolences to your wife and son and the rest of your family, sorry it took me so long. IF Andy's son reads this, know that your dad was a great man who did everything right and lived to the Ranger Creed every day. See you in the Patrol Base Bro! RLTW!!"
Steve Smith (1/75 92-99) of Lynchburg, Va.

"Kathy - We miss you here at Fort Bragg - I have not spoken to you since Andy's funeral but I must tell you that I think of you often - I love getting the Christmas picture of you and Will each year and keeping up with you that way. I am on facebook so if you have a page look me up some time- I hope that you are doing well. God bless you and Will.
My best, Alicia Thomas"
Alicia Thomas of Fayetteville NC

"We all went to the park Saturday. Met uncle Walt and his friend DJ. Kathy, Will and I went out in the waterbug boat and Will outfished us all. He caught 3 bass then took off with Grandma Haines. He, G/Ma, uncle Walt and DJ played Basketball while Kathy and I tried to catch up with fishing. We then all met at the archery range and chunked a few sticks at the targets. Will has his own compound bow and can really shoot a good group. We got rained out by a real heavy T/storm in the afternoon. That saved us from a round at the baseball field, whew!

Thought about Andy and talked about how we missed him on his birthday Sunday."
Walt Haines of Richmond Hill Ga

"Thanks very much for serving the country. Thanks very much for giving us the opportunity to live another day. We owe you."
John of San Francisco, CA

"Walt, you have no idea how much your updates on Will mean to me. What a kid! Plays baseball like his Daddy! When I heard he told y'all "Go Gators" I almost cried. By the way, I'm Boo's cousin Helen. I miss him very much. Tell Kathy I said "hello and God bless both her and Will""
Helen Freeman of Texas

"Will was the star player in his last baseball game. Team came back after the 4th inning down 7 zip to win 8-7. Man on 1st and 3rd, Will caught the ball at first for out 3 and game won. 6 years today. Kathy and Will are doing fine. Grandpa and Grandma Fernandez made a surprise visit last week to Will's delight. We all miss Andy very much."
Walt Haines of Richmond Hill, Ga

"Hardly a week goes by that you're not in my thoughts in some way, Andy. I wish I would have gotten to know you better, but even still, what an impression you made - more than you could know. You were a special person, soldier, and a hero to everyone. With absolute respect, I salute you."
Matt K. of AL

"Andy, you are truly missed. I served with Andy from 1/95 to 5/01. I was in B/CO 1/75 but later worked with Andy in Battalion operations. Andy was always well respected and we had many good times playing golf and working together. Truly a Great American. RLTW Andy. God Bless."
Ben Peat of Savannah, GA

"Merry Christmas Andy. We miss you."
Walt of Richmond Hill, Ga

"Appreciate everything Boo, you taught us a lot and will be sorely missed."
Tom A. of NC

"Will went to the Florida, Georgia game in Jacksonville with Mom, Grandpa and Grandma Fernandez. He had a ball. Hair painted blue and orange and wearing a Gator shirt. Called us during the game to say "Go Gators". He is no doubt Tim Tebows number 1 fan. As Will puts it, "I predict the Gators will go to the SEC playoff". Turns 7 this w/end. Will is wide open. Just found out he is number one in class standings. No surprise to us. Kathy is doing well. Busy keeping up with Will-bow. I pass on all new comments about Andy on this site to Kathy. She appreciates all comments and memories. Thanks."
Walt Haines of Richmond Hill Georgia

"i served with Andy from 92 to 96 in wpns sqd Aco 1/75. He was and still is an inspiration to me. I can never forget all the fun we had running around Savannah, you and Treader keeping me out all night. You will never be forgotten. RLTW"
Danny Drake of Nashville, TN

"i miss you so much boo, i wish i could talk to you one more time. i'm so sorry i didnt make it up to pinehurst before you deployed.
love you always bro"
buddy fernandez of jacksonville

"Hey Andy, had the family over this weekend for a big Memorial Day BBQ and the whole bunch was asking who the 2 guys on my office wall were. Needless to say we had a very long conversation. Your legacy along with Langmacks will be with me forever."
DAVE ZAMORA of LOS BANOS

"Its been just over 5 years since you left us. I think about you very often, and all of the good times we had together. Boy, we sure had some good laughs..that is what I will remember most about you. The way that you always made me laugh, even when times were bad. Even today, I laugh out loud when I think about you and those dang groundhogs in Ft Knox! I learned a lot from you. You taught me things that I needed to know in order to succeed with a military career. Most of all, you taught me never to take someone for granted! Never take for granted that they will be here tomorrow! For that I am sorry! Andy,I am a better person for knowing you! Rest well Ranger! I love ya, brother! See ya soon!"
Chris Jernigan (1/75 Jul96-Jul05) of Lake Waccamaw, NC

"5 years today. Will just finished basketball season. Great to see him dribble up the court and make a shot. Played his first practice game of T-ball for this season. He plays 1st base. Tagged out 6 of the first 8 batters. So excited he danced around with both hands in the air every time he made the play. Reads all the time. Way ahead in school.

Does not like butter beans. Has to wash them down with whatever is available to drink. Loves fried mushrooms and yes fried okra.

New kick is Star Wars. He is usually Luke Skywalker and I have to be Darth Vader. Man, the never ending light sabre battles. Both Kathy and Will are doing well."
Walt Haines of RH, Ga

"I served with George at 1/75, He was always a top notch Ranger, and human being. He will be missed."
Jeff Sauerwine Aco 1/75 87-95 of Salem Alabama

"Andy, just stopping by to say hello.

Dave Zamora"
Dave Zamora of Los Banos, CA

"Hey, Boo. I think about you everyday and never take my bracelet off. I tell my class about you, and your picture is in my class. You are the only real hero I've ever known, and I'm so very, very proud to be related to you. I love and miss you."
Durdo of Texas

"I Knew Andy for many years in Aco 1/75 He was one to always find the humor in the most trying situations(even when a carefully constructed charge failed to do what it was supposed to heh). Brother you are missed."
Frank Park of Lansdale, PA

"Remembering you on this Veterans Day, Boo. I will never forget you or your sacrifice."
Lisa (Joyce) Hazlett of Washington, DC

"I served Andy in Aco 1/75... I still tell the story of Andy in Belgium and the frost bitten toes. My sincere condolences to his family."
Dittman of Rochester, NY

"July 4, 2007
To the family of George A. Fernandez. George 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

"We eat, sleep and live in freedom thanks to you. Continue to watch over us, as you did so proudly for our country."
Lamonde of El Paso

"George,
You are true soldier and NCO, you put the lives of your fellow soldiers ahead of your own-that is the mark of a true professional. I am proud to be able to say that I am from the same city as you-El Paso, Texas. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rangers Lead The Way!"

""SINE PARI" that's what this man was. Without Equal."
One of Hall's Henchmen

"Andy, I recently pulled out some pictures of us in Antwerp and New York with Coco, McClure, Michaud, and some others. What great times we had. What a great life you led. Not only are we proud of what you did but in the way you lived your life. Always thinking of other before yourself. Remember the time you got "frost bite" on your toes in the Ardennes and Michaud warmed your feet with his stomach, that's what people would do for a person like you. Always self assured and confident, you were a good friend and I was fortunate to have served with you. Your picture as well as Langmack's hang on my wall in my office as a reminder of what sort of people have inspired me. Thank you and God bless you and your family. Now you are my Ranger in the Sky."
David Zamora A Co/92-93 of Palo Alto, California

"I REMEMBER THE DAYS WITH YOU AND TREADWAY AND HAMMOND AND TAYLOR. THE RED JEEP AND ALL THE BEER. SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE."
SFC FRIENT of OHIO

"God Bless" Andy and his family,

I would really like to know did Andy received the "Medal Of Honor" NOH; for giving up his life to save all those troops.

An according to the article, because of his action not only did he gave his life but nobody else lost nothing that day because of his quick thinking and action.

Please keep me inform as to whether or not, Andy receive the MOH. If anyone deserved it, he certainly does, and I will alway keep this in mind about his brave action which save the day for many other troops lives on that day.

Thank you, Jimmie L. Scott, Springhill, Florida 5/23/2006"
SSgt. Jimmie L. Scott USAF (ret) Vietnam Vet of Springhill, Florida

"served with MSG as privates Aco 1/75 - upsetting to hear this news...Fernandez and Treadway on college gamedays on Saturday mornings -- will always be a memory with me......God Bless his family"
Ruiz,Henry of San Antonio

"I wore the Green Beret in a war long ago. I have lived my name proudly for many years. To see that another has raised that name and immortalized it, I know that I have more to live up to now. May God bless you my brother and always hold you close. May he always bless your family and friends for they are little more filled with love in their lives for having known you."
George E. Fernandez of Tallahassee, Fl

"Andy, you were the best Platoon Daddy I ever had. I am proud to have served with you."
Ben Agee of Houston

"I was in Basic Training with Andy way back in '92....God Bless the Fernandez family....RIP Andy....."
Chad Robinson of Montana/Arkansas

"I served with Andy in Aco. 2nd platoon 1/75. Andy was a squad leader and I a private, we also managed to turn some double plays together on the softball team. He was a great leader as well as a friend and is in my thoughts daily. Hey Sgt. Fernandez, got any chew? God Speed to Kathy and Wil, and the rest of the family. RLTW"
Willy of Missouri

"May the Lord be with you and your family. God Bless America!"
SrA Andres Gutierrez, USAF of El Paso, TX

"I served with Andy for a while in A Co 1/75. It his service that allows us all to live in freedom. I will never forget him, nor forget his sacrifice for me and my family. It was not easy to hear of his death, and I will pray for his family. I will always remember as SSG Fernandez, and him telling me my assets were always broke. Godspeed SSG Fernandez."
SFC Austin (1/75 93-01) of Raleigh, NC

"To the family of Msg. George A. Fernandez. I am a Sgt. in the West virginia national guard. I just read how he died. I wear his rememberence braclet everyday.I'm sorry for your lost and he will always be a hero to me.

Sgt. Fred E Campbell"
Fred Campbell of Charleston, WV

"I am an active duty Staff Sergeant currently serving with 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. preparing for an upcoming deployment to Iraq, and aspiring to serve with SFOD-D. I purchased a KIA bracelet to wear for inspiration and motivation, and decided to do some research on the man who's name is inscribed on it. I am even more proud now to wear his name on my wrist...MSG Fernandez continues to inspire soldiers, like myself, who never even met him, to this day. May God grant his family and all who knew him peace."
SSG Patrick L. Smith of Fort Stewart, Ga

"I served with Andy, Aco 1/75 2nd Plt. Andy was a gret soldier and great friend. Andy, Treader, and myself would load up Andy's red Jeep and head down to Fla. to watch the Gators play football. We played on the company softball team, he played 2nd base just like he did at Tech. I have alot of memories of Andy, he had a great laugh, and I'm not sure if I ever saw him lose his cool. I know his family and freinds are proud of all that he accomplished. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
Quinn Hammond

"To the family of Andy Fernandez,

I apologize for taking so long to send this out. Andy was a guy who I'll always remember. There is hardly a day that goes by that I don't think of him. I was extremely fortunate to have had him for a Fire Team Leader and Squad Leader. His leadership stlye was exceptional, and at times humorous. No matter how stressful a situation could end up being, Andy always had a way of making things fun. To this day I find myself, when given a difficult task, reflecting on his past strengths and attributes. Thanks so much for bringing Andy into this world. Trust me, the impact he left on the people around him and the world as a whole was substantial. May God Bless you during these uncertain times."
1LT James D. Ryan of FT Benning GA

"To the friends and family of George A. Fernandez:
I am so sorry for your tragic loss. My husband, Justin Linden, was KIA in Iraq on June 4, 2004. It's so hard sometimes to hear of these soldiers who leave children behind, but just remember, you will always have a peice of George through him. You will all be reunited in heaven one day."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"I was a private with Andy in A2W. He helped me alot and was definitely a good friend to have. Im also to understand he was helpful to my mother when I was comatose in '94, which means so much to me. I am very confident that we are all better people to have known him. RLTW"
Brett Jacob of Jersey

"So many people don't really understand, Boo. I do. You are a hero, and we are all so proud of you. Know that your sacrifice, and indeed all our sacrifice has not been in vain. You are gone so that your Brothers can fight on, so that your Son can grow up with less fear, and so that we all can have, do, and be better. You will always be all that is right, and all that we should fight for in this great nation. Thank you."

"Every day I think of you, I wear a bracelet in your honor, I never take it off. You are in my memory, a gentle, sweet, kind, funny, good man. Most of all I remember you with love. I will miss you always."
Aunt Cookie of Austin, Texas

"As a struggling new Ranger in '94, Andy saw some potential in me and took me under his wing. He was Specialist Fernandez at that time, a machine gunner in 2nd platoon, A Company, 1st Ranger Battalion. He made me his Assistant Gunner and led me to success in my time with the Rangers. He exemplified quiet professionalism and always led by example. He was and ramains a powerful example in my life."
Sam A. Zimmerman of Apache Junction, AZ

"I had the priviledge of serving with George and am better for it. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice, honor, and bravery."
Dave of A Co 1/75 95-98

"I'm proud to have known and served with George Fernandez. He was a good man and he was always kind to those around him.

My deepest gratitude to him for his sacrifice, and my deepest sympathies to his family.

He is not forgotten......"
Josh K, ( A. Co. 1/75 '92--95) of HBG. PA.

"Here is something we used to play when we were children:

I would say "Where oh where has my Underdog gone? Where oh where can he be?" and Andy would run up and save me from Simon Bar Sinister. He was my Underdog. I've been singing that song for over a year in my head....I miss him so very, very much."
Durdo(Boo's Cousin) of Texas

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

"Will is two years old now. He can tell you his name, address, and how old he is. He can hit a ball that is pitched to him. He can kick his soccer ball like a seasoned pro. He, like his dad can run all day long. He has to have his books read to him every day. He loves to look at the photos of his dad. I hid Easter eggs for him this past weekend and he had a ball looking for them. I wish, if only for a few minutes I could trade places with you. Andy, you would be proud of your son. Will will always know who you are, and what you stood for. To us, you were more of a son than son-in-law. We love and miss you. You are our Hero."
Walt Haines MSgt USMC (ret) of Brooklet, Ga

""Remembering them..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.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!""
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

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

"Thank you George Fernandez, 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 a loving cousin-- you are truly missed."
Matthew William Walker of Warrenton, VA

"As a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard for the past 25 years. my thoughts,prayers,and my heart goes out to all our heroes who have gone before me and to those who have paid the ultimate price.To Master Sgt.Fernandez, his family and friends.May god grant you peace,love and hope.YOU DESERVE ALL THREE! THANK YOU."
SSG. Rory Chavez of St. Paul , MN.

"Although I never knew Master Sgt George Fernandez, it will always bring great sorrow to my heart when any of our brothers in arms is put forth by our nation to give the ultimate sacrifice. I am writing this to give tribute to his courage, loyalty, and honor, and to let it be known that I will always wear the KIA bracelet around my wrist stating: George A. Fernandez USA 02 APR 03 Iraq. You will be remembered."
C/CMSgt Ben Norbrothen CAP of Acton MA

"Andy left a lasting impression on all who had the honor to serve with him. He will be truely missed."
Matt of Indiana

"My deepest sympathies to the family of George Fernandez. I had the privilege of serving with George in 1st Ranger Battalion and am better for knowing him. He always wore a smile, had a sharp wit, and had a twinkle in his eye. I've just returned from Iraq and know the pain of losing a friend. I can only imagine the pain of losing a son, husband and father. God bless you all in your time of grief."
Vern Tubbs of Fort Benning, Georgia

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family, friends and loved ones of Master Sgt. George A Fernandez: Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for this young man. I am proud that he was my fellow American. May God be with you during this time of grief."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"To the family and friends of Master Sgt. George Fernandez:
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 George 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 Master Sgt. George Fernandez:
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 George, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Your mission here has been completed. The Lord took you for a new special mission. We shall never forget you. You served with honor and dignity. RIP Brave Warrior..

I AM A SPECIAL FORCES NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER.
I WEAR THE GREEN BERET;
A SYMBOL OF EXCELLENCE,
A BADGE OF COURAGE,
A MARK OF DISTINCTION.
I WILL NEVER DISHONOR THE REPUTATION OF THOSE BEFORE ME.
THEIR IMAGINATION, RESOURCEFULNESS AND SPIRIT
WILL BE WITH ME IN MY EVERY CHALLENGE.
COMPETENCE , RESPONSIBILITY AND LOYALTY
ARE MY WATCHWORDS.
EXCELLENCE, MY LOWEST STANDARD.
I AM A STUDENT, A TEACHER, A WARRIOR AND DIPLOMAT.
I AM UNIQUE, ONE OF A SELECT FEW,
A QUIET PROFESSIONAL IN ALL THAT I DO.
I AM A SPECIAL FORCES NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER."
The Taylors, USMC of North Carolina

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