Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Hatim S. Kathiria

23, of Fort Worth, Texas.
Kathiria died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an enemy rocket impacted near his position. He was assigned to the 703rd Forward Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on August 22, 2005.

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"SPC Kathiria,
If I could go back in time I would take your hand, sharde your eyes from the sun, and tell you it is all going to be okay. The pain of this life is over and you are free. I'm so sorry I didn't.
You are forever a part of me."
SGT Durand of California

"Hatim, I lived downstairs from you on CAMP FALCON in Iraq. I remember the exact day when you were taken from us at the chow hall. You and Lizzy were heading for dinner and we waved to you two during our shift guarding the ice trucks. It happened so fast and to this day i wish we could have done more brother. You were a great soldier and i showed my wife Audrey your shrine at WARRIOR'S WALK in Ft. STEWART. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN....I WILL NEVER FORGET BROTHER"
BILL WOOD of Grand Rapids, MI

"Hatim, will all miss u a lot... you were not only my bro. but also my good friend, i always remember you whenever i go back in my dreams of my childhood, we alway did/talked lots of funny things whenever you returned back from your college, we use to fight with each other, we use to play on our building tarrace & we always loved each others company.. I REALLY MISS YOU A LOT MY BROTHER... YOU WILL BE ALWAYS IN OUR HEART..MAY GOD BLESS YOU HEAVEN...AAMIN
Mustufa Kathiria
HATIM'S BROTHER"
MUSTUFA of DUBAI, UAE

"I miss you bro. wish u were with us. mum still cries. please come back. tell god to send u back. we need u, please!!"
khadija kathiria of India

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Hatim S. Kathiria:
Hatim 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

"To the family of:Hatim S. Kathiria 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"

"Hey Hatim... You and me were good buddies in A.I.T. and in Fort Stewart.. Its sad to see a good friend and soldier like you pass away. Just know that you will always be a hero to me, and that I'll never forget all the good times we had in GeForce Fort lee and in Fort Stewart.. Take care man. Your friend
SPC Rick Iglesias"
SPC Rick Igleisas of Bahgdad, Iraq

"To Hatim'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

"Our deepest Sympathies to Kathiria family and may almighty give strenght to bear the irreplacable loss to your loved ones .You shall always be an remembered by your country and dawoodi bohra community for the great sacrifice you have given for freedom. God bless your soul."
Moiz Vahanvaty of Mumbai. India

"My condolensces to the family of Spc. Kathiria. I salute you, Spc Kathiria!"
Angela Turman of Fort Worth, Texas

"TO THE THE FAMILY OF HATIM, I DIDN'T REALLY KNOW THIS SOLDIER BUT I'M GIVING MY THANKS TO HIM FOR GIVING UP HIS LIFE JUST FOR US TO LIVE AND HAVE A FUTURE. BUT I DO KNOW THAT HE'S UP ABOVE SMILING DOWN ON EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. THANK YOU HATIM MY GAURDIAN ANGEL."
Cybill Samarripas of Fort Worth, Texas

"Thanks for defending our freedom with your life, perhaps your greater reward lies in Heaven, Proud of you Hatim and GOD BLESS AMERICA"
Neil D'Cunha of Fairbanks

"To Hatim'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
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"HATIM OUR FAMILY'S HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU HATIM AND YOUR FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND FOR SERVING ALONG SIDE OUR SON. NOW YOU ARE TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God give you the strength to carry on in the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA, 24 April 2005"

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

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Thank you Hatim Kathiria, 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. Hatim Kathiria:
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 Hatim 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. Hatim Kathiria:
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 Hatim, 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