Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Robert L. Henderson, II


33, of Alvaton, Kentucky.
Henderson died in Diwaniyah, Iraq, when his convoy tried to avoid an overturned trailer and came under small arms attack. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's Detachment 1, 2123rd Transportation Company, Owensboro, Kentucky. Died on April 17, 2004.

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"The 2123rd TC replaced my unit, 1083rd TC, Louisiana National Guard. It was sad news to hear of his passing. I wish his family well and they remain in our thoughts."
SSG Jughead of Shreveport, La.

"I was serving with Lt Henderson when we were ambushed. I promise you we did everything we could. I spent some time with him the night before and he talked about his baby and wife. It was heartbreaking to learn of his passing. I thank you Lisa for making it known some time later that you and the baby were fine, that helped me more than you know. It has been 12 years and I don't think I ever expressed my condolences. I pray that you are both well."
Sgt Robert Young of 1175th Combat HET of Tullahoma, TN/USA

"I think of Lt. Henderson so often. The small amount of time spent with him still till this day has had such an impact on both my life and my military career. I vividly remember the caliber of man and leader that he was. I strive for that. He was so brave that day. You, his family, is constantly in my prayers"
Daniel Knick of Nashville

"Your not forgotten."
Mark Decker of Nashville Tn

"LT Henderson's death has made me a better man, husband and father."
db of Mississippi

"I've been waiting a long time to say this. That day was the hardest I've ever lived through. I have never been the same since and although I cannot say that I knew you or the others that passed well enough. I can honestly say that I love all three of you as my own brothers and not a day passes that I don't think of you three. I seen two of you take your last breaths and til this very day it hurts to think about it. But the pain drives me. I am a better Soldier because of the sacrifices you three made that terrible day. I since deployed two more times and vowed to bring all my Soldiers back. A promise that I was able to keep. I hope you three are in a better place. You will always be remembered so long as I am alive."
SSG Perez, Abel of Bristol, CT

"I graduated from Kentucky Military Academy OCS class 36-94 with Lt Henderson. I am honored to have served with him, and I am forever saddened by his loss. He was the best!"
Stewart York of Monticello, KY

"Robert we always think about you . We miss you my friend. Always."
Karl piper of Radcliff kentucky

"Lisa, I still have dreams about my best friend. Almost every night. Hope you and Peyton are doing well."
Brian Higgins 2705840139 of Madisonville ky

"God Bless Rob, we served in the Guard and went to high school and basic training together,had lots of fun. Me and Jim Beckley miss him terrible and remember lots of good times, Lisa, if you need help with a website, I would be glad to help with that no charge of course, I noticed the memory site is not working for me just email me at newsteadypace@yahoo.com and we will help Hang in there and I hope you live a great life for Rob and your family!"
Scott Curtis of Bowling Green, KY

"Lisa and Peyton, it has been eight years now. I was there the 1st year to meet Rob's friends and family to share with them the last few mimutes of Rob's life and to let them know how BRAVE he was.
Nothing can bring Rob back to us, but I he never leaves me. I have him tattoo on my back and his picture in my livingroom where everyone that walks through my house has to see him.
My son is 20 now and was 12 at the time Rob gave his life for us. When I carry my son fishing and hunting, I think of Rob and Peyton. Rob talked me very patently about the arrival of Peyton and what they would do.
After 27 years I still serve proudly amd cannot imagine not wearing the uniform. I know Rob would still be serving!
Lisa you and Peyton are always exrta close to my heart as I was a platoon leader just as Rob that day.
My cell # is still the same. I would like to bring some friends to Rob's hometown next year on Memorial Day.
thomas.jerry.moore@us.army.mil"
Major Thomas (Hud) Moore of Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

"RIP My friend."
Mark Decker of Nashville TN

"I know I was a bit "green" as you would say LT, but I'll never forget the wisdom you shared when you had a chance. 17 April 2004 will always play a role in my memory. That day touched so many lives in our combat family as well as the family back home! I know that your'e watching your family just as you looked out for us... RIP my friend."
SSG Baker of Frankfort, Ky

"I had the honor of serving with Lt. Henderson in Iraq. I will never forget that day. Lt. Henderson was a great leader and a good man. He got along with everyone. He would have been an awesome father to his little boy and it was obvious to anyone how excited he was about the baby. RIP Lt. Henderson"
A. Deaton of Beattyville, KY

"I was told the story of April 17 by my ex-husband. He was one of the four in the same HET with LT. Henderson. My ex-husband was the one in the turret. When they turned into the town, LT Henderson said that he had a bad feeling. There was hardly any activity in the town. The snipers were hidden over the tops of the roofs (sort of like a town on Gunsmoke). Then the snipers began firing from their overhead location. One shot went through the drivers door piercing the LT's femur artery. He managed, in his wounded condition, to drive the 3 other men in the HET to safety. I know the men that susrvived are very grateful to LT. Henderson. I hope they all go forward and do GREAT things in the Lieutenants name!!!"
Cathy Brownell-Troncin of New Salisbury, IN 47161

"It has been nearly 8 years now since you returned to your Heavenly Father. Many thanks for all you did in this life. Thank you for the last bit of advice you gave me in the one and only conversation we ever had. You comment to me was " what will be will be!" Well LT that is so true !!! God Bless you."
Cathy Brownell-Troncin of New Salisbury, Indiana

"Gods speed Lt I think of you alot wish it had been differnt"
Sgt leo curtis of rainier, or

"im sorry i could not have done more for you on 17 april. you were a great leader and an influence to me. also, im sorry for knocking your mt. dew out of your hand that morning. r.i.p. my brother in arms"
clouse of owensboro

"I actually have never met Rob, but God Bless him, and his family. I was reading through all of the uplifting comments that his friends and fellow comrades left. Thank you for everything.....God Bless your wife and son..."
Jay F of Tacoma,WA/USA

"Lisa my husband was with the convoy that day.A day that will never be forgotten I had the priveledge of getting to meet in right before they left he was a sweet man. Mike talked about him alot and said he was the type of man to give you the shirt off his back thats just the way he was he said.There's not a day that goes by that i dont think of you and peyton, and i know that he is looking down with a smile on his face and heart.May god bless you and that baby always."
Brandy Henderson of Morgantown ky

"To the family of:Robert L. Henderson
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"

"It seems like only yesterday that we loaded our golf clubs and lead a convoy to Ft Stewart Ga. On our break we played golf and had a few beer drinking contest, which I always won. I remember the little car we rented for 8 people. You had to sit by the window because you hated tight places. I remember those times instead of the ones in the Iraq War. I smile about the fun we had in the Guard and I cry about the times in Iraq."
Billy Wayne Morgan of Pine Knot, Ky (Mccreary Co)

"It seems like only yesterday that we loaded our golf clubs and lead a convoy to Ft Stewart Ga. On our break we played golf and had a few beer drinking contest, which I always won. I remember the little car we rented for 8 people. You had to sit by the window because you hated tight places. I remember those times instead of the ones in the Iraq War. I smile about the fun we had in the Guard and I cry about the times in Iraq."
billy Wayne Morgan of Pine Knot, Ky (Mccreary Co)

"I never met Rob, but as a HET driver for the 1452d Transportation Company (NC National Guard), I was in the convoy with Rob that day. The man is a hero. I grive for Rob and his family. As I write this in Nov. 2010, you should know that America remembers and honors the sacrifice of Rob and his family. I wish his wife and children the very best and want them to know that Rob's memory is not forgotten."
Phil Brown of Winston-Salem, NC

"I was with Robert that day I think about it every day I was a Nebraska guardsman assigned with a Tennessee unit. He was a brave man he went above and beyond that day. I always wanted to contact the family. Its been hard. Peace to the family.
HROTH,NE"
Howard Roth of Overton, ne

"I was in the chock moving equipment when the attack came. I have never forgotten the LT. and never will. He was true to himself as well to his soldiers. We will miss him and his family will always be in our prayers."
SGT Sandlin Michael of Pismo Beach Ca.

"Rob was just the most fun loving guy. He made TOBC entertaining and had the best attitude. Always the life of the party, he always made other people be the designated driver! But I'll forgive him for that. He's the stuff that heroes are made of.

Rob, you gave your all. God speed."
James Whiting of Seattle, WA

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Lisa, I still have your and Rob's picture on my refrigerator. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and Rob especially at work when I see deploying and returning soldiers every day. You both will forever have a special place in my heart. What a privilege and blessing to receive the chance to know you both. I treasure the memory of you two at my graduation dinner from WKU."
Cindy Pearson of Elizabethtown, KY

"I was Robert's manager at a retail store in Bowling Green, KY. I could always count on Robert--always smiling and loving life while attending WKU Thanks for your sacrifice"
Greg Crutcher of Hendersonville, Tn

"Rob was a good friend of mine. He was great person. I'm sure he is watching over you and your/his son everyday."
Joy Drummond Knifley of Cincinnati, Ohio

"April 15, 2009
To the family of 1st Lt. Robert L. Henderson, II:
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

"he was a good officer i remember him i was in gun truck #3 god speed to your family"
spc richard barry of johnson tn

"May God bless you Lisa and all of our troops serving this great country.
My brother Sgt Matthew Tucker was also in that same convoy he was with the 1452nd Combat Hets. Sgt Tucker states that he is an outstanding man. He also remembers that day like it was yesterday. May the Lord be with you Lisa every where you go. Mark Tucker E3 Future Recruit. Ship date Jan 6 2009"
Mark of BG, Ky

"Although I never met this man, I find myself crying tonight for his loss in this crazy war. I came across this page in a google search to learn more about the NG; in particular this unit. My Uncle is a Sgt in the 2123rd transportation unit in Ky and he was just called up again for his 2nd 18 month tour. I prayed for him and all his men every day he was in Iraq last time and I can only hope he brings his men home safely to their families this time. My sincere condolonces and sympathy to Robert's entire family."
Ashley of Louisville, Ky

"Just thinking of Rob all this week and realizing how fast time passes by, I can't believe it's been 4 yrs since he died. I still think of him often and remember him everytime I look at PJ. Rob we still love and miss you dearly."
Tammy Ray of Elizabethtown, Ky.

"LT Henderson was my first platoon leader when I first joined the ARNG back in 1998. I remember him as a stand up guy who was there for his Soldiers and everyone around him. When I came active duty in 2004 I ran into another Soldier from the 2123rd who I had served with and he informed me of Rob's passing. I have to say it is an honor to have known him and I have been told that his actions on that day where those of a true hero. I know it has been several years since I heard the news, but it has taken me this long to really truely think of even a short blurb of what to say about such a great guy."
SPC L. Killian of Al-Taji, Iraq

"To Lisa
I was in the convoy on April 17, 2004 with 1LT Henderson when he made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. I was with the 1452nd HET Transportation Co. NCANG our convoy had merged with his as he entered Diwaniyah, Iraq. I was driving a HET close to the back. I still remember that evening like it was yesterday. I also remember my felling when I hared about him. The next day as I was talking to members of the 2123rd and they told me that you were pregnant my heart sunk to the bottom of my gut, because at the time my wife back home was also pregnant with our son. I want you to know that I conceder your husband a hero not just to the USA, but to me and the other members of that convoy. Had it not been for his actions many more lives would have been lost that day. You have been in my prayers ever scene that night."
SGT Samuel McDuffee of Winston-Salem, NC 1452HET TC NC ARNG

"To the family of Lt Henderson I was honored to meet the Lt in Iraq and can only say He was one of the good officers, not careing more about himself but truly careing for his troops."
SSG Steven Jones of 1175th Tc Tullahoma Tn

"What a beautiful page, I did not know your son, or your family.. But I have prayed for & cried with many American's at the loss of our heroes!
We appreciate their sacrifice and will not forget what they have done for us!"
Beth & Ron of Vallejo, CA

"my name is irish got to go on some mission,s with rob and his convoy,s when he first came over down range. I was with the 1175 then. Couldn,t ask for better man and officer. 2123 has lost great officer and family man i am truly sorry for your lost."
frank robertson of algood tenn 38506

"Robert is my uncle. I remember him as someone who always had a smile, every single time I saw him he was happy. He was a great person and I miss him every day. He will never be forgotten!"
Amy Waldron of Bowling Green , Kentucky

"In High School I knew a person who's hair was short and posture was straight he was always there for his friends and I. When the first Gulf war started he asked me to help him. That is when I joined HHC 2-123 Armor BG, KY. After that we had many great years of training together for different missions. The time came for me when I was deployed to Bosnia. When I retruned I saw Rob at a welcome home party at SSG Slocums home Rob Looked at me and said we need to stay in touch. Soon after that brief reunion Rob was shipped far away from his family and friends. I feel much regrete for not seeing him with his wife and unborn child Peyton. Let this be a lesson to every one to support your troops and friends. Never forget Rob and Lisa's sacrafice and make sure you make all of your time special with your loved one's. Sgt. Nick Gaietto. Nashville Tn."
Nick Gaietto Robin Gaietto Tony Gaietto Tricia Gaietto. of Nashville TN.

"Today is one year since Rob Henderson gave the ultimate sacrifice. He is not forgotten and NEVER will be. He is an American Hero. May God comfort Lisa and the family during these difficult days."
Sandy Peace

"To the family of Robert Henderson may God always be with you and lead you. He was one of Americans Bravest! I thank Robert Henderson for his Sacrifice and for yours. God bless the Henderson Family!"
Jason Royalty of Eastview, Kentucky USA

"To the family and friends of 1LT Robert L. Henderson:
I recently ordered a bracelet honoring the fallen heroes in Iraq from herobracelets.org. When my bracelet came it bore the name of 1LT Robert Henderson, his hometown and the date of his death. I wear this black metal band on my wrist all the time. Whenever I look at it I will remember and honor him. He is a true hero. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you always. God bless you!"
Sarah Bowen of Fort Knox, KY

"I worked with Robert @ Kroger from the time he first started until he left. He was the sweetest, cutest little freckled face thing when he first started working. He was always so nice and polite to everyone, but...you always could tell he had a little mean streak!! He never got in any trouble though...he could always talk his way out of it! I watched the sweet little kid turn into a fine young man who actually sold me a washer/dryer at Lowe's. To see him there being such an adult made me feel proud-like I had helped raise him. To his family, may God be with you and help you heal-you will all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. And to Robert-I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the sacrifice you made protecting our country. I know you will still be protecting us all. Take care of the ones still overseas, and dont forget the ones over there from the "gang". May you rest in eternal peace. God bless you."
Kathy Garmon of Bowling Green, Ky

"I am Rob's wife and I just wanted anyone else that came to this site to know that I have made Rob his own website where you can see lots of pictures and leave messages. The website is www.inlovingmemoryof.net/RobertHenderson
Please go to it also.
Thank You"
Lisa Henderson of Alvaton, Kentucky

"I had the pleasure of serving with Rob. He and I were enlisted in the guard together and I saw him a lot while he worked at Lowe's in Bowling Green. Rob was always rock steady but he did it in a quiet manner. Always there... never to high and never to low. Rock Steady, ROB! You are missed."
Shawn O'Keefe (SSG, 2-123rd and KMA 1992-1997) of Bowling Green, KY

"Your leadership and sacrifice are appreciated by all of us. You were a fine soldier and officer, and you will be missed."
PFC Jeff Dennis of Kentucky Army National Guard

"I was fortunate to have worked with Lt. Henderdon for a short time in Iraq. He truely cared for each and every one of his soldiers and was one of the finest LT's I ever worked for. My god bless his family and the 2123rd TC."
Sgt. Brandon Fletcher 1175th TC - of Martin, TN

"This message is for Lisa and Peyton. I considered Rob a good friend. We were LT's together and rode beside each other in convoys together or in passing. I can remember like it was yesterday when he was in the office emailing you, Lisa, to tell you the name that he had picked out. I actually helped him a little bit. He wanted to call your son, PJ. I thought that was awesome. He was so excited with his bright eyes and smile about having a child. He wasn't like other expectant fathers who just liked the idea of his DNA being passed on. He knew that he would have the most fun while playing with his son. He was such a kid at heart. He loved what he did and his soldiers loved him for it. I am truly honored for having said that I knew Rob. He will be a memory for me always. I wish you and PJ the best in life and hope to see you when we return home."
CPT Kristal Schloesser of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

"My cousin Andy was with Lt. Henderson on the day that he died. Andy has never said anything other than how much he respects him. Andy credits Lt. Henderson's actions with being a large part of why he is still alive and well. May God bless you and your family, Mrs Henderson."
Morgan Phelps of Morgantown, KY

"Rob was a Sergeant in my platoon when I was Support Platoon Leader of 2-123d Armor in Bowling Green Kentucky. He was one of my "go-to" guys. When I wanted something done, he was there. This world would be a better place if there were more Rob Hendersons. He made a sacrifice doing just what he loved"
MAJ William Peveler of Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, VA

"Lisa - may the Lord bless you and your son abundantly. I will keep you both in my prayers. We shall remember that Robert was a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. He is an example of what makes our country great. We shall mourn his death, but never forget that he represents the best of America. Rest in Peace Robert...mission accomplished."
CPT Joseph W. Edstrom of 3rd Army, Camp Doha, Kuwait

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

"To the Family and Friends of 1LT Rob Henderson,
I was fortunate enough to have met Rob during officer training at Fort Eustis, VA in 1997. Rob was an outstanding individual, a true Soldier. His work ethic, personality, humor and outlook on life were a blessing for us all in the his class at the transportation officer basic course. He will be missed, not forgotten."
CPT Gould of Colorado Springs, CO

"Lisa and your son Peyton, unborn son of Lt. Robert Henderson II. You do not know me, but our church Poole Missionary Baptist Church, which I am a member include you and your baby in our prayers. We also have a member of our church in your husband's platoon who according to his wife, Holly had an enormous amount of love, care and respect for your husband who was his close friend. We all pray for you and Peyton that God will ease your pain and suffering and you will get relief knowing Robert is in a safe place now in Heaven watching over you both. You will one day meet again in Heaven where there are no tears, no war, no suffering, no pain. May Jesus keep you both safe in his arms during this time of sorrow and grief. We hope you all will also pray for Jason Hedrick and his wife and children Holly, Ryan, and Carley Hedrick as well as his mom, dad, and sister and thier families Chirs and Verna Hedrick and Tara Jackson and family. Please do not hesitate to contact our church if you need anything at all. We will be there for you. All of our love and prayers. Everyone at Poole Missionary Baptist Church in Poole KY."
Brenda Stone of Poole , Ky

"I remember LT Henderson when he was an enlisted person and had just got commissioned. He was a good guy and an outstanding leader.

Lt Henderson, thank you for your sacrafice in defending the free world against terror, and opression. Your life was not in vain. We will not forget you.

To his family, may you know the deep comfort of the Lord at this difficult time. May the Lord bring His light to that place of darkness that has taken Rob's life so prematurely and may He raise others to bring the torch of light, hope and salvation to the people of Iraq."
SSG C. Hawkins of Frankfort, Kentucky

"I had a chance to work with Rob for several years at the Lowe's in Bowling Green, Ky. He was a great guy who was always willing to lend a hand and was very passionate about every task he undertook. I will truly miss him."
Bill Myers of Greenville, S.C.

"To Robert'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

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

"Rest in Peace Hero. May the Lord bring peace to your family and friends. Thank you for your sacrifice. The Taylors USMC, NC"

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

"Thank you Robert Henderson, II, 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 1st Lt. Robert Henderson, II:
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

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Robert Henderson, II:
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

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