Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 2nd Lt. Clifford V. Gadsden

25, of Red Top, South Carolina.
Gadsden died in Balad, Iraq, when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy vehicle. He was assigned to the 603rd Transportation Company, 142nd Corps Support Battalion, Warrior Brigade, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on April 29, 2005.

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"I believe I was his nurse...in need of a bit more info.
Lminard@reagan.com"
laurie

"2LT Gadsen and I served together on Taji Airbase as Transportation Company Battle Buddies. I remember each detail of April 29, 2005. Cliff, you paid the ultimate sacrifice. You will always be in my prayers.

Until we meet again battle..."
MAJ Natasha Clarke (Kornegay) of Washington, DC/USA

"At Ft Bragg we had a run for the fallen this weekend. Boots were set up, one for each soldier killed in action. Each boot had a photo of a soldier. I chose to run and remember Lt Gadsden because of his huge
smile. He is not forgotten... Ft Bragg Elementary Teacher"
Joan of Ft Bragg

"At Ft Bragg we had a run for the fallen this weekend. Boots were set up, one for each soldier killed in action. Each boot had a photo of a soldier. I chose to run and remember Lt Gadsden because of his huge
smile. He is not forgotten... Ft Bragg Elementary Teacher"
Joan of Ft Bragg

"LT Gadsen,

Thinking of you today. I miss your smile and laugh. I am proud to have served with you in the 603rd. I won't forget you and your sacrifice.

SGT James Fikes, 5/26/2014"
James Fikes of San Antonio

"To my brother, It took almost 9 years for me to write about your death and how everyday i miss you and think about you. The moment that i got the news i just knew it was a lie but out of all the tears you gave us a blessing. As you know the year you left was the year that our blessing came to us, my son Kyree. He's so awesome and he's a charmer just like you. Also he loves you more than words can show even though he never meet you. Kyree and KJ are like brothers. We had that scared last year but i know you had him covered and he was going to be alright. I miss you, i sometimes still think that God gave you an option and you choose for me to have Kyree and you choose heaven. My heart is still heavy but when i look at Kyree, i say thank you, and i know you are watching over me everyday. Kiss Grandma Lydia and Granddaddy Daniel for me. Hey did you meet Tia and John Kenyatta. Well visit me in my dream and i love you."
Amber Gadsden-Green of Lithonia, Georgia

"LT, not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind. I still remember the day we left Ft Polk heading for Iraq and you introduced me to your family. You let them know we would be side by side for every mission, I'd either be behind the wheel or behind the gun for you. I don't recall who it was, maybe your sister, but she said "you take care of him over there and bring him back to us." I told her I would. We rode every mission together. Every mission but one. That one turned out to be your last one. I remember stopping in my tracks when SGT Massey told me we'd lost you. I was coming back from two weeks R&R in the states. If I'd not taken leave, or if I'd went to Qatar instead, I would have been there. I could have done something to prevent it. Instead, all I have is the broken promise I made to your family ringing in my ears."
Brandon Ramsey of Bluefield, West Virginia

"Gadsden, I think of you often, even after all this time. You gave all. I wish we could talk again. I know that you are with Jesus now."
Waltz of Connecticut, USA

"I was a Private in the 603rd trans Co 2nd platoon Doers, and I will never forget what a great man he was. I think of him often, and pray for those he left behind."
SGT Galvin of Jackson MI

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"05/26/09
Sometimes I just type in your name cause part of me is still in disbelief...one you're not fallen...
Dear Gadsden Family,
You know as well as I know that he has risen and his spirit is with God. Clifford rose to great heights and was a loving father, husband, and inspirator. Plus, a extraordinary friend to many, including me. He will never be forgotten. He faced challenges with pride and integrity. He was a brother to me. I'm thinking of you always Gadsden Family. I love you all..."
Shauntaye Tucker of Duluth, Georgia

"January 11, 2009
To the family of 2nd Lt. Clifford V. Gadsden:
Clifford 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

"To the family of:Clifford V. Gadsden 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"

"Cliff, Man bud I miss talking with ya.I'll remember those days at Advance Camp with ya and that great weekend at the VOLS statdium(you were going for Georgia).To the family: I'm am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and I know Clifford is with you as well. God Bless. Cliff- I'll see you later bud, but not just yet.Miss ya man."
2LT Joseph Texidor of FT. Campbell, KY

"To Clifford's Family, I wish to extend my sincere condolences on the loss of your Clifford. Clifford is a true Ameican Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless all of you. Clifford is safe with Him now."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"CLIFFORD,
YOU ARE TRULY A GREAT FRIEND AND I MISS YOU DEARLY. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL FOREVER HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART.I KNOW YOUR MEMORY WILL LIVE ON FOREVER THROUGH ALL THE LIVES YOU HAVE TOUCHED."
KEKE of DOVER AFB, DE

"Mom & Dad,

I want you to know that Cee-Cee will always be in my heart and watching over us. I will charish all of our good memories from Ft. Walton Beach, FL. He will be truely missed. May GOD watch over all of us that serve this country and return safe back to our families. And for those that he call home like Cee-Cee, may he continue to spread their love and memory. The wings I wear on my chest represents not only my avation career, but it represents the spirit of a man who once had the same dream as me...TO Fly Sky High! GOD BLESS and continue to watch over you."
SrA Brandi Bolden, USAF of Warner Robins GA

"To The Gadsden Family,

I went to Advanced Camp with Clifford in 2003 and was in the same platoon. To hear of his death puts sadness on my heart to know a fellow friend and another soldier has given their life. It was an honor to get to know him in that short amount of time. We might have only served for 31 days but my respect for what he accomplished is never ending. God Bless to Gadsden and his family."
2LT Douglas A.Blevins of Ft. Rucker, AL

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

"To the Family of 2LT Gadsden:

Cliff and I were both cadets in the Bulldog Battalion at South Carolina State University. I was an MS IV while he was an MS II. Cliff seemed to be a quiet cadet who was always in the right place always doing the right thing. I must say that I was shocked when I heard the news and I want you to know that although nothing can ever replace him, with each day, it will get better. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of true sorrow. For God draws near to those who have broken hearts and contrite spirits. America has lost another great soldier.

Respectfully,"
1LT(P) Kathy S. Oliphant of Ft. Lee, Va

"To the Family of 2LT Gadsden:

Cliff and I were both cadets in the Bulldog Battalion at South Carolina State University. I was an MS IV while he was an MS III. Cliff seemed to be a quiet cadet who was always in the right place always doing the right thing. I must say that I was shocked when I heard the news and I want you to know that although nothing can ever replace him, with each day, it will get better. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of true sorrow. For God draws near to those who have broken hearts and contrite spirits. America has lost another great soldier.

Respectfully,"
1LT(P) Kathy S. Oliphant of Ft. Lee, Va

"TO THE GADSDEN FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. CLIFFORD DID NOT GIVE HIS LIFE IN VAIN. HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIER THAT FOUGHT TERRORISM. SO WE ALL COULD BE SAFE IN AMERICA. AN FOUGHT TO GIVE THOSE IN IRAQ A NEW BEGINNING. SO YES, CLIFFORD IS A HERO! I'M SO THANKFUL OUR SON SERVED WITH CLIFFORD. AN I REALIZE BOTH MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. STILL BOTH BROTHERS IN THE MILITARY FAMILY. WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHERS BACK. NOW CLIFFORD CAN REST WITH OUR SON AND THE THOUSANDS THAT GONE BEFORE HIM. AN ALL ARE HEROES! CLIFORD YOU ARE IN MY PRAYS ALWAYS AND I PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. We will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

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

"Cliff,

Man, I miss you. I regret not getting to know you better, but please take my word that I really wanted to when you came back. I remember when I first met you. You greeted me with a big smile on your face, and you had one everytime I saw you afterwards, you had that big smile. I remember seeing you during USR turn in, and you seemed overwhelmed, but you still had a smile on your face. Cliff, you are in my prayers, and I pray that you went home with our heavenly Father. One day, brother, hopefully I can join you in heaven. Cliff, you are an accomplished leader, a model soldier, and to me, a hero. God Bless, Cliff, and thank you for keeping our country safe."
2LT Oliver Davis of Fort Polk, Louisiana

"Thank you Clifford Gadsden, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of 2nd Lt. Clifford Gadsden:
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 Clifford 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 2nd Lt. Clifford Gadsden:
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 Clifford, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

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