Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Leroy Harris-Kelly

20, of Azusa, California.
Harris-Kelly died north of Tallil, Iraq, when his truck went off the road and rolled over because of limited visibility and dangerous driving conditions. He was assigned to the 596th Maintenance Company, 3rd Corps Support Command, V Corps, Darmstadt, Germany. Died on April 20, 2004.

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"To a brother I never knew! My heart aches when I heard how young you were! You were such a beautiful young man who loss his life at such a young age. We will meet someday in a place beyond the clouds and the sky and in a place where no human eye can see! To your family that you left behind I will pray for you to find comfort among your sorrows. To my brother Leroy Harris-Kelly I love you and miss you but I will meet you in a every special place someday but until then I will think of you each and everyday. Until we meet again"
Ms Kelly of USA

"To the family of:Leroy Harris-Kelly
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" 1-1-11"

"Harris was a good guy and he was in my company and in my wife's platoon. My truck was one truck behind his and i was one of the ones trying our hardest to pull him out of the truck. I just wish your platoon sergeant would of listen to you when you told her you did not want to drive and that you had no military license to drive. maybe you would be with your family today!"
Gustavo nieves of U.S

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"April 15, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Leroy Harris-Kelly:
Leroy 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

"Leroy,
I would 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."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I respectfully offer a silent salute to a fallen Hero. After all this time never fear that you will be forgotten."
Anon. of USA

"Leroy sometimes i ask myself if i prayed a little longer will God have let you survive..If i prayed a little harder would god have let you open your eyes..maybe if i had enough faith to move a mountain would he have let your body arise..
I was waiting for you to comeback home..i guess we cant all get what we want in life!

DONT TELL ME ITS ALL RIGHT

They say I'll be alright
They say I'll be ok
But dont tell me I'll be fine
When my brothers not here today
They say things will get better
They say I will survive
But its hard waking up everyday
Knowing my brothers not alive
I will smile cause I have to
I'll smile cause I must move on
But its difficult taking steps
Knowing my brother is gone
And I may look like im happy
But my happiness is just pretend
Cause how can I continue living
When I've lost my best friend


So dont tell me he's in heaven
Or that hes in a better place
When a better place is here with us
Filling this empty space
And dont tell me it was destiny
Or that he's gone for a reason
When the real reason hes gone is because
This world is full of demons
And dont tell me he died as a man
When he was only twenty years old
Because he died as a young boy
Trying to be bold
And dont tell he'll be smiling down from heaven
When you know tears is all he drops
Because he cant console his family
Because we're here and he's not


And dont tell me its possible to live with out him
If it is
Then tell me how
And dont tell me he'll always be with me
When he's not by my side now
So dont tell me its alright
And dont tell me I'll be fine
When im sitting here crying
Completely losing my mind
So if one day I was to be happy again
It will never be complete
Until that day I'll see my brother again
So until judgment day we will meet.
REST IN PEACE LEROY
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN BRO
LOVE YOUR SISTER"
Guisley Harris ..your sister of Azusa,/ Northridge Ca.

"Leroy
I will never forget, the first and last boy I ever really wanted! LOL. You were all I thought about every day for a year, and I think about you every day still now, only for different reasons. I will never forget you flag-boy, my first formal date, my first date period. I will never forget how you waited outside to walk me to class every day, and Mr. Dempsey used to make remarks about us all the time. I love you baby boy. I always have, and I always will....I'll never forget you my Spanish speakin brotha...

Always loving and thinking of you...."
Nicole Braddock of from Azusa, CA (East Lansing, MI) USA

"Leroy I could remember the last time I saw you it was December of 2001. Just think you once sat next to me in high school in government and join the military at the same time and now your gone.You where a great person and always but a smile on everyones face even when they where down. I will miss you alot especially knowing you where one of my fellow soldiers. You will be missed so much. I still remember the day I found out I cryed so much and did not believe it then thats when it hit me I saw you on the news. Thank You so much leroy you will always be remembered."
Sgt Magana carmen of Baghdad, Iraq

"I was stationed in germany with harris and I just recently found out about his death, Im truley sorry and to the harris family he was a good man sorry for your lose, Mike"
Mike Flowers of Iraq

"Leroy we only went to school together for 3 years at Foothill Middle School. But you left memories that i will never forget. You always made everyone laugh at any point of time and were great to play basketball with during lunch and on the Team. Those days of battling were endless. I am greatly saddened of the loss of a great person. God Bless you and your family. Til we meet again."
Dominic Hernandez of La Verne, CA

"Just shy of one year since I heard the news no person ever wishes to hear. I cried, I cried like I had never cried before. All I could do was look at your Senior pic in my yearbook. You lit up every classroom with your charm and neverending humor. Although we grew apart in school...I still have the memories, and I know I always will. I will never forget you Leroy. You are and will forever be in my heart.

God Bless you, Leroy. You and your dear family are in my thoughts and prayers...always."
Wendy of Fort Irwin, Ca

"I didn't know Leroy but I'm wearing his name on the Hero Bracelet I received last month. I wear it all the time and constantly see his name and am reminded of him. My prayers are with his family.

Your a hero Leroy and your sacrifice has meant so much to so many... rest in peace..."
sara of Venice CA

"Hey you were a Good freind, I remember Basketball in high school, and you were always there for me. I Miss you so much, May You look down on us all make us laugh with your memory. I know you served with honor and you made all who know you Proud"
SGT Steve Nares of Baghdad, Iraq

"Leroy, the life of the party, the smile who can brighten any ones day, and the heart that was open for all. You are my inspiration for the rest of my life. Thank you for being a sweet heart and allowing me to share in "our memories". With all my love to you,your family, and your daughter, God Bless!"
Regina Alba of Azusa, CA / U.S.A.

"Leroy you were my good and close friend you always made me laugh when I was down and you always filled me with joy I still remember our last dance together you always put a smile on my face I will miss you very much till we meet again my friend. Love Always."
Angela of Azusa, Ca

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

"Dear Leroy, All of your friends really miss you and love you. We all know that you are still playing your trumpet from heaven. Thanks for protecting us and we are never going to forget you. Remember that all of Azusa High School love you and I personaly never going to forget that Band Camp in which we did the parody of the "Blair Witch" You where a great friend and you will always be a guardian angel to all the people that love you, Your friend Daniel"
Daniel Hernandez of Azusa, CA

"Thank you Harris and godbless your family i was in i his platoon he was a wild little guy always made me laugh thanks harris rest in peace Sgt Sweeney"
Sgt Sweeney of Newport News VA

""REST IN PEACE HERO
THE TAYLORS USMC NC"

"Dear Leroy,
Thank you for serving our country. By doing so you have helped defeat a cowardous enemy and have made the world a safer place. Your death was not in vain. For when true evil exists in this world, it will always be defeated. True evil drowns in it's own cowardice when justice finally finds it. You have helped defeat true evil , Leroy. Thank you for your actions."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"To Leroy's Family:
There are no words to express the grief we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, 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, Leroy will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Leroy's Family and Friends:

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

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

"Thank you Leroy Harris-Kelly, 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. Leroy Harris-Kelly:
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 Leroy 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. Leroy Harris-Kelly:
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 Leroy, 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