Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Dominic J. Hinton

24, of Jacksonville, Texas.
Hinton died in Bayji, Iraq on when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 19, 2005.

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"I knew Dominic. He and I reported to 1-187 together in 2003. I will always remember standing in front of the Sergeant Major with him for the first time. I will never forget the friends that I served with, especially those who were taken from us. I am truly sorry."
Jon of Iraq

"Although I did not know Dominic Hinton personally, we are remembering him today, on Memorial day 2010 in prayer and in celebration. For his life and the sacrifices he made so that we could live in freedom. May our lives be worthy of the price all our veterans pay each and every day. God Bless America!"
Stephanie Statuto of Orlando, Florida

"Even though I did not know Dominic Hinton in this life, I can't help but think of him every Memorial day. I posted a note years ago after randomly picking Dominic's memorial flag for my son at my church Memorial day service. I just felt like sharing with those who did know and love him and still feel the pain of his loss that he is not forgotten. I am so deeply grateful for all the soldiers who serve this country and for Dominic personally. I don't think it was an accident that I selected his name, the same name as my own son. I pray for all family members and friends who miss him. I have 2 kids who are about the same in age difference and they are so very close. Dominic Joseph is also the name of my son and I can't help but imagine how hard it would be to lose him. I am so thankful that this world is not our final resting place. Please know that your loved one is remembered and honored for his life and sacrifice. God Bless you and God Bless America!

my family continues to honor Dominic Hinton by name on Memorial day and although I don't have the original flag used that day at my church, I do have another one used and prayed over. Please let me know if anyone wants it. I will make sure to keep it in a safe place. Otherwiswe, I will continue to use it every year."
Stephanie Statuto of Orlando, Fl

"I left a message that I had Dominics dog tags. They were copies and have been given to a family member. You can get some made at inourhearts.org or type in iraqifreedom dog tags, then click on Illinois motorcycle freedom run. My condolences to his loving family"
Betty Beckley of Burbank, Ill

"November 16, 2008
To the family of Spc. Dominic J. Hinton:
Dominic 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

"I made this video dedicated to dominic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgKN-C6FZI

I LOVE YOU BROTHER YOU WERE MYY EVERYTHING I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET YOU I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART I WOULD GIVE MY LIFE TO YOU IF ONLY THERE WAS A WAY TO BRING YOU BACK I WOULD DO WHAT EVER IT TAKES TO DO THAT.YOU WERE MY ONLY BROTHER I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT! I LOVE YOU DOMINIC"
Angelica of los angeles california

"I LOVE DOMINIC! ALTHOUGH WE ARE COUSINS, WE GREW UP LIKE TWIN BROTHERS. WE ARE 6 WEEKS APART, AND THERE ISN'T A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T MENTION HIS NAME. I MISS HIM VERY MUCH AND APPRECIATE WHAT HE AND MANY OTHER SERVICE MEN/WOMEN ARE DOING. I NEVER THOUGHT THAT OUR LIFES WOULD EVER PART. TO BE HONEST I STILL CAN'T REALLY DEAL WITH THIS, BUT I CAN SAY I HAVE LEARNED A LOT. THANKS DOM. I LOVE YOU.

YOUR BROTHER FOR EVER! BIG NIGE!"
NIGEL HINTON of FAIRFIELD/VACAVILLE CALIFORNIA

"My church honored all fallen servicemembers of this current war by placing thousands of American flags with a soldiers name on it on the lawn with a sign above reading "never forget". I picked up a flag for my son and happened to select the flag for one Dominic Joseph Hinton. I was truly struck by the coincidence of this selection because my son's name is Dominic Joseph Statuto. I was able to teach my son about the sacrifices soldiers make for the rest of us Americans. For those who knew and loved Dominic personally, please know that you are prayed for and we are so truly grateful for his & your sacrifice. It is the lives of people like Dominic that make living worth while. I pray to meet him in heaven some day and to meet you as well. Thank you again. If anyone close to Dominic would like the flag mailed to them...please contact me at sastatuto@msn.com. -Stephanie"
Stephanie of Orlando, Florida, USA

"To all that have posted here, I am Dominic's Godsister. His parents were my parents' best friends. Elroy Hinton and my father were stationed at Travis AFB together in the 60's. I cannot express how Dominic's death has effected us. Thank you to all of you that have taken the time to offer condolences and I extend my sincerest condolences to the family members of other fallen soldiers that posted here for our "Joey". God Bless all of you. May our boys'deaths not have been in vain."
Karene Williams of Sacramento, CA, USA

"First, I would like to send my condolences on your lose. I am truly sorry and hope your God holds him in His hands. I am writing to tell you that I, as many other bikers, went to the Freedom Run last year, in Illinois. We were all given dog tags to wear in honor of the service person who was lost. I was honored to receive the dog tags of one, Dominic J. Hinton. As honored as I am to possess them, I was wondering, as I think of him, as I often do, if you would like them. I am in Chicago, my e-mail address is gmabetts-3@comcast.net. You can reach me there, Thank you and God bless you."
Betty Beckley of Chicago, Illinois

"I miss my brother he was the best thing that ever happend to me and made me happy that i was not an only child but now i cry when i remember that he's gone I miss him a lot He was a Mexican American solider a mexican dad I loved him and still do He will always be in my heart and mind I'll never forget him he will still be my brother even though he left the world I am still depressed for his death."
Angelica of Los Angeles Ca

"To the family of:Dominic J. Hinton 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"

"To the Hinton Family, I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences. Your Dominic is a true American Hero, who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Dominic."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love,
you can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
but now it's time I traveled on alone.

So grieve a while for me if you must,
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part,
so keep the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on.

So if you need me, call, and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart,
you'll hear all of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way,
I'll greet you with a smile, and say,
"WELCOME HOME.
Author Unknown
Gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"Dominic,
I would like to say thank you to you and the three other soldiers who were in that Humvee with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rakkasans-Ne Desit Virtus"
(Let Valor Not Fail)187th Inf. Motto"

"To Dominic'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 soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons. Our boys are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gloria.caldas@sbcglobal.net"

"I am truly sorry for your loss and the loss of another brave Texan. May God give you comfort and strength to face the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 Apr 05"

"Thank you Dominic Hinton, 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. Dominic Hinton:
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 Dominic 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. Dominic Hinton:
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 Dominic, 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