Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Gregory R. Goodrich

37, of Bartonville, Illinois.
Goodrich died in Iraq when his convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 724th Transportation Company, Bartonville, Illinois. Died on April 9, 2004.

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"We met in college and I truly loved him. We stayed friends, only, however, and I am sickened that such a bright light has been dimmed. Your spirit surely visits your loved ones. I am profoundly grateful for your sacrifice and to have been allowed to know you in this life. It's just so unfair that you're gone."
Rachel M. Walden of Pascagoula, MS, USA

"Greg and family - on this Memorial Day 2013, be assured your sacrifices are not forgotten!"
T. S. Gentle of New York City, New York, USA

"I was walking around O'Hare Airport, today (May 24th, 2012,) when I found a display with portraits of the Fallen. PFC Goodrich's pictures were among the many faces and I wanted to remind you that he will not be forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice."
John Witmer of New Berlin, WI

"Still miss you, man. Eight years."
Michael Bailey of Texas

"To the family of:Gregory R. Goodrich
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" 1-2-11"

"Imagine watching a tv documentary and finding out your best friend growing up was killed in Iraq 6 years ago...I feel numb. I lost touch after high school, but hold onto so many great memories with Greg. I remember the gang playing on the giant train table, and listening to Robin's albums of Cheech & Chong and Richard Pryor. We were such renegades! I remember us making a home movie about the Greek-Spartan war for a class project in Ms. Cook's 9th grade, Greek Mythology class. We saw Conan the Barbarian and thought it was the greatest film EVER! I remember Cricket, the elderly yorkie. Life was simple then.
My sympathy to his family; Barbara, Ron and Robin, you were always great to us kids. Greg, you were always a dreamer. I have missed your friendship. Hope to see you in the afterlife my friend."
Dale Hutchison of McDonough, GA

"Rest in peace. The irony of a man who never locked his car doors dying in war. Further still, in the Reserves. Conrad, Coppola and Brando... "The Horror." You are still loved and remembered."
Regina of Cumming, Georgia

"January 29, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Gregory R. Goodrich:
Gregory 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Greg was one of the finest people I have known. He was honest, fun loving, caring, and generous. I knew him from his catering days when we would drive long distances and talk about politics, religion, music, and people. I don't remember him ever saying anything bad about anyone. He was a real gentleman.
I think about him often and wish he had not been so generous. If he had been a little selfish maybe he would still be here. He thought that if he signed up then maybe another soldier with a family would not have to go. What a guy!"
Mike Geyer of Athens, Georgia

"Dear Greg,
I just wanted to mark the occassion of your birthday this past weekend. I'm still working on getting a tree planted in your memory up here at West Point. Your nephews are keeping your sister and me very busy, but I'll get it done one of these days. Ryan is so much like you; it's almost like having you around sometimes. You and him would have been great friends."
Pat Kilgannon of New City, NY

As the newest member of the 724 TC CO. I will look at everyday as you were standing by me. Guiding me through BCT, and AIT. Giving me the courage to push on. You will never be forgotten. I never knew you, but now we are one. 724.

Remember forever.

Future soldier(88M)"
Jacob Schoolcraft of Canton, Illinois

"People walk into the lives of others and leave a lasting impression...you stay in touch with one another, you each move around in life, you loose touch, and then one day a memory of this friend pops into one's mind/heart and you go out to search for that friend with a desire to reconnect, catch up on life...to pick up where you left off in life, but this time it could not happen. My daughter, Regina, was looking to catch up on life with her friend, Greg, when she found, Greg, listed in the Roll Call of the FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL. While I did not have the pleasure of knowing Greg, he left a lasting friendship within the heart of Regina. From time to time over the years, she shared this friendship with us, her family, and now she shares her sorrow in the loss of Greg with us.
Thank you, Greg, for the friendship with my daughter and above all for giving your life so we may live in freedom. I pray for you, your family, your friends and all who have served, are serving and will serve in order that we Americans can live in a free society.
Godspeed, Greg,"
Harriette of Savannah, Georgia

"Thank you for protecting our freedom. My heart aches for your paying the ultimate sacrifice. May God Bless your family."
Catherine of Channelview, TX

"Oh Greg... I haven't heard from you in years and now I know why. This news is most horrible for me, several years after the fact. I did a Google search for your name and I find this... after passing the Dalai Lama book you left at my front door to a student of mine. My heart aches, your memory is still fresh, and you live on in my heart. Peace to you, my friend, who made the ultimate sacrifice."
Regina Waldhour Minyard of Atlanta, Georgia

"We grew up together as kids. I remember when you first moved into our neighborhood, across the street from me. In high school, although you were a year older, you still treated me as a friend. I always admired your sense of humor. I am frequently a witness to things that remind me of you, Monty Python and how you would quote word for word The Holy Grail, the Barracuda your dad owned, the Triumph TR-7 that you were always working on, the way you scratched your nose with your knuckles rather than using the tip of your finger, your love of music, buying my first guitar and amp from you and so much more. As we went to different colleges, we drifted apart. I remember catching up with you one time just before I went to Grad school. We talked about literature, writing and how we wanted to get together so we could read each other's stories and such. Somehow, we never got that chance. I regretted it then but not nearly as deeply as I do now. I missed that opportunity. Now when the days go on, I catch myself scratching my nose with my knuckles and I think of you. You are gone now but you are still with us. I thank all who have served in the military for protecting our country. Although, a simple thank you doesn't seem to be enough for those that have fallen. Therefore, we must never forget you and your comrades. I wish you peace now."
Matthew of Atlanta, GA/USA

"In high school, Greg was one of those people that could always make you smile. He made the ultimate sacrafice for our country and he will not be forgotten. WRHS Class of 85"
Cindy Davis of Warner Robins, Georgia

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"Dear Sir or Madam,
I served with Gregory in Basic Training at Fort Sill,Ok. We became pretty good friends when we found out that we both listened to Bob Dylan. He was a good hearted person and I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you. "For those who fought for it,freedom has a taste the pretected will never know.""
SPC Benjamin Rhoads of Waverly,OH\USA


The world is a darker place without you in it. You were one of the best, most honest, sincere people I've ever known. To anyone who reads this, I'll tell you Greg was a kind person, an idealist that felt truth and love were real things, not abstacts; ideas, maybe, but ideas worth defending.

"I dreamed in a deam I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth, I dreamed that was the new city of Friends." -Walt Whitman"
Peter of Athens, Georgia, USA

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

"Greg,You are deeply missed, The 724th family will never forget the price you paid.God Bless you and keep you.May he touch your family and warm their hearts .This is why your cross is silver on our company coin.
God has a great soldier for his army of angles. Hooha soldier-Hooha"
Pale Rider 724 th tc of galesburg,IL USA

"To the Family of PFC Goodrich:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Gregory's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"Today marks one year since Greg's death. He is a friend that never leaves my thoughts. Greg's love of life and personal energy still inspire me today. I have yet to meet anyone that can match Greg's appetite for knowledge or love for humanity and the earth. He is not a fallen hero, but an honorable hero and venerated friend who will continue, through the people he touched, to influence many lives."
Andrea Frampton of Peoria, IL

"On September 27, 2004, Dr. and Mrs. Robert J. Alderson of Conyers, Georgia, were blessed with their third child, Robert Gregory "Greg" Alderson. He is the sixth Robert in the Alderson lineage and is named after their very dear friend, Gregory Ronald Goodrich. Greg Alderson joins two sisters, Marie-Christine (6 1/2) and Annie (2 3/4)."
Sherri Surratt Alderson of Conyers, GA

"Well, I can't write anything sad about Greg. He was a nut and just LOVED a good laugh. He used to say, "The only person squirrelier than me is my Dad!" And he'd laugh and laugh. He talked about you all the time Ron. Whatever you were doing, he'd tell me about it. He looked up to you."
David Dowless of Athens, Georgia

"Greg was a wonderful person that I am so thankful I had the pleasure to know. I will miss him terribly. He will not be forgotten!"
Elizabeth Chancellor of Warner Robins, GA

"It is the biggest sorrow in the world to watch one of your own childeren pass befor you and I feel great sorrow for you..I will pray for your family and the familys of soilders whom are still there..."
Holly Conlin of Peoria, IL

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

"To The Family of Gregory Goodrich: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He is a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, GREGORY! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
Tina Rexroad, sister-in-law of Peter Enos, who was also KIA on 4/09/04 of WV

"To my special friend whom I met in high school and had the privelege of knowing for many years afterward:
"Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup"--John Lennon
I love you, Greg! I will miss your brilliant mind, generosity, thoughtfulness and incredible sense of humor."
Sherri Surratt Alderson of Georgia

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Gregory, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Gregory's Family:
There are no words to describe the sorrow we feel for you at the loss of your great hero. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Rest in Peace. May God Bless your family and friends."
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To Gregory's Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences to you. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Gregory Goodrich, 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 Pfc. Gregory Goodrich:
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 Gregory 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 Pfc. Gregory Goodrich:
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 Gregory, 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