Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Armando Hernandez

22, of Hesperia, California.
Hernandez died in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device exploded near his guard post. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on August 1, 2004.

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"thank you all for all your kind words and for sharing..mando is deeply missed each and everyday..mando will live forever in our hearts..from Sgt Armando Hernandez's family"
delia loera of hesperia, ca

"Always a Bulldog....

1/4 CAV for life, Bro."
SGT (P) Jacobs, Rodney E. of Ft Bliss, TX

"So, I had a hard time when I got home. Nothing went right. I couldn't stop dreaming about Iraq. I reached a point where I honestly didn't like to sleep anymore. The dreams were pretty bad, I pulled some duty that people just dont like to think about. Then one night, I dreamt you were working with me at the refineries which were home to me. We worked all night and laughed as we did our task. Then, when it was time for our shift to end, I realized I was just dreaming and felt terribly sad. You told me not to worry. You said you knew it was only a dream but you wanted to know how I lived and were glad for the chance to check it out. You told me that it was OK and I could sleep again. I thank you for releasing me my friend. I have slept quietly through the night ever since. I miss you and I thank you."
Your mechanic of a refinery

"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

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"What a blessing it was to have met you in High School Armando. I will never forget our bus rides and Spanish class together. You always had Liz and I laughing. Thank you for serving our country, for making this country the great nation it is today. You will never be forgotten. ps you never bugged me :)"
Denise Saavedra of Las Vegas, NV/Originally from Hesperia, CA

"Guide me Sgt so that my mission back to Tikrit will be successful. i miss u"
Sgt T of Ft. Dix,NJ

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Armando Hernandez:
Armando 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

"my time with Hammer was the best I had in germany. I will always remember you mando and the trip to the hospital to see mattingly. you were an inspiration"
Robert Teetsell of NYC

"I was so blessed to have met you and to have spent time with you and Chuck in DC. Your smile and your good heart.. I will never forget, I'm sure you are up above watching over your loved ones. It was an honor to have met you. I miss you..and big H misses you so much too.. but we keep your memory alive and we won't forget your sacrifice. I know you are in a better place and watching over all of us.. I just have to close my eyes and I can see you again, big smile, cool shades.. big hug... you keep living in my heart and that's how I can smile back at you because your light will never die inside of us. Till we meet again someday.. in another time and place. Love always"
Bel of (goodlookingbel@yahoo.com) Florida/CT

"Mando, although we never met I feel connected to you through my relationship with C. You were one of his boys; he misses you greatly. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. You are a hero, who will live on in the hearts and memories of your family and friends."
M. Martinez of Victorville, CA

"Spec. Hernandez, I want to thank you for defending my freedom while at the same time delivering freedom to people who have never known its wonder. I send my deepest condolences to your family and friends."
Ken of Denver,CO

"Mando......god rest your soul and you will be missed. My deepest sympathies and prayers got out to his family, friends and to his colleagues still fighting out there who will never forget you."
Mandy Majhail of London, England

"Mando you will be missed. Watch my Sgt's back from above for me. Hammer misses you. In your honor:
Jill Nieding of Illinois

"On behalf of the family of SPC Shawn Davies our thoughts and prayers are with you. We also share the loss of a soldier.Armando will never be forgotten. May God be with you."
Toni Peters of Cleveland, OH

"""To the family and friends of Armando ~
Our deepest condolences go out to all
in your time of sadness.

Armando will forever remain in your hearts. His spirit lives on.

God bless Armando ~ A true
American Hero""

The Alloway ~ Redrow Family
Pine Hill, NJ"

"We are so sorry for your loss. Armando is a Hero and will not be forgotten."
Lisa and Gino of Columbus, Ohio

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

"Dear Hernandez Family, Our family shares your grief during this tragic time. Three months ago my nephew, Pfc Brad Kritzer was killed the same way Armando was. Our heartfelt sympathies are sent to you and I envision Brad and Armando safe and in perfect bodies in their heavenly homes. This life is short and our reunion with them will be sweet."
Laurie Miles, megsnana@hotmail.com of Coalport, PA

"To the family of Armando Hernandez;

Our sincerest condolences to your family. Our family has also lost a precious life in this battle for freedom. Armando is a true American hero. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.net of Tucson, Az.

"To Armando'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

"To Armando's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved one's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude.
May G-d provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.
A grateful citizen and a Proud Marine Mom, (purplelily219@yahoo.com)"
Lily of Wakefield MA

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"Thank you Armando Hernandez, 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 Spc. Armando Hernandez:
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 Armando 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 Spc. Armando Hernandez:
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 Armando, 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