Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Carl W. Lee

23, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Oklahoma died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when his unit was conducting a dismounted patrol and encountered enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Howze, Korea. Died on November 28, 2004.

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"Well son it's 2020 and I still miss you everyday
Love you RIP
Your mom Jeannie Lee"
Jeannie Lee of Vain Okla

"Thanks for your services. You are the best. We all miss you so much."
Sherry Morrison of 405 E Bancroft Butler, Oklahoma 73625

"Thinking of you today as I do everyday....love and miss you..."
Robin of Texas

"Happy birthday RIP Love and Miss you"

"Each day I think about you wishing you were here, missing you. thinking how different things would be if you were still around. But I know, no mater where you are you made that place shine brighter thin it ever has. I love you bro."
Tristan Venable A.K.A. Bud


"Well today I turn another year older witch means next Friday you would be older also what I wouldn't do to see you now. Still missing you. LOVE Your
Claudie Lee of Oklahoma city

"Thinking of you today brother. Praying for your family, must be hard for them this time of year. Hard for all of us that served with you. Counting my blessings. You are not forgotten."
Carlsen of D. 1/504

"We wish you were here...Happy Thanksgiving...love always...."
Robin of Ennis, TX

"Your are on my mind extra hard today...just wanted to say I love you and miss you so much....."
Robin Ray of TX

"To Claudie and the rest of Carls family,
I think of the loss of Carl each day. The time I spent as your Casualty Officer impacted me in many ways. The strength and love you showed to each other was beyond measure. It provided inspiration for me as I went on to work for other families of fallen troops in the area.
Your family always made me, an outsider, feel as if I was part of the family. I loved hearing updates on how things were going and seeing everyone when duty would call me back to your home.
I will never forget Carl or the family that raised such an outstanding, dedicated man. the nation lost a hero that day......but gained an angel. He will never be forgotten."
SFC (Retired) Ben Grimes of Lawton, OK.

"Yesterday was your birthday and I wish you would have been here to celebrate it with all off us....I miss you so much Bubba.....I just can't believe you were taken from us so soon....its just not right. I know your up there watching over us though and we will meet again some day.....all my love....."
Robin of Ennis, TX

"Well its been 8 years and a part of me still looks for you every day to walk up and say whats up mom. i miss you so much. R.I.P. son wishing you were here. your mom."
(claudie) aka jeannie lee. of blanchard ok.

"Setting here thinking about you....in just a couple of days it will be 8 years since we've lost you. I miss you so very much. I can't wait to see you again someday. But until we meet again I will contain to cherish the memories that play through my mind.....it feels like only yesterday but forever at the same time....i love you bubba!"
Robin of Ennis, Texas

"Missing you so much. I love you bubba and I know your up there watching over us! I can't wait til I can see you again someday!"
Robin of Wyoming

"miss you uncle carl you will always be remembered"
ayla hutchens-shrum of oklahoma city, oklahoma united states

"going on 8 years and i cant help but think of you. Its memorial day weekend and I always have to start a story about Carl Lee. I hope your family reads this when I say your son, cousin, uncle, what have you shaped me into the person I am today. I will never forget you"
Travis Komer of Westminster, CO

"Happy Birthday...I love you...."
Robin of Arlington, TX

"I miss you..."
Robin of TX

"well its 2011 seventh year you have been gone. and i still miss you so much son. wish you was here . LOVE YOU your mom."
claudie lee of blanchard oklahoma

"I miss you so much bubba! you will never be forgotten! I love you so much! I know your up there watchin over us and that one day I will see you again! Thank you to everyone who shared kind words and wonderful memories of Carl!"
Robin of Ennis, TX

"My husbands name was Carl too and served in the Navy. He is gone now and I know how you miss him. God Bless you all. It hurts so very much."
GG of Idaho

"God Bless you all. My husband served in the Navy and in the Air Force but he came home but always honored all the military. We love you..."
Glenda of Oregon

Everytime I hear our song on the radio I break down and cry. I miss and love you. I wish we could be together again."
Patricia of Oklahoma

"Your memory fills our hearts with so much joy. You will never be forgotten. The kids and us love you very much. Miss you so much. I love you."
Leeann of Oklahoma

"Memorial Day 2010.
I wear your bracelet daily so I never forget. RIP Bro!"
SFC Patrick Jones of Phoenix, AZ, USA

"Hey Bubba its been a while. Remembering the good times taking care of your tail downrange in Korea and you always watching over us in Ramadi. Your a staple of stories I tell to NG turds now days. Miss you bud, I know your enjoying your JW, rest easy"
SGT Komer, Travis of Colorado Springs, CO

"Sgt. Lee,
I miss you brother, I was shot a month before you and for some reason I made it and you didn't. I love you! I pray for you, and your family. Your soldiers respected and cared for you. You were and man among men!"
Sgt. Joshua Stephens of Phoenix, Arizona

"Its been a while since i left a message...i miss you"

You are missed everyday and thought about everyday. I miss and love you,"
Patricia of Atoka,Ok

You were my first love and I was yours still to this day I love you. I miss you so much and I wish we could be together. But we will be together again. I love you"
Patricia of Atoka,Ok

"I went to high school with Carl, played football and baseball with him. I joined the Army and left one day before he did. I was in Iraq the day he died and I am very sorry that he paid the price so many have. I will never forget Carl and what he has done. Thank you Carl for all you have given. And to his mother I have no words only prayers. God bless you and your family."
SSG Hernandez, D of Del City, Ok

"Lee it's Memorial day Bro wish I was with you this weekend partying hard like the Korea days when you killed half the Johnnie Walker bottle in two gulps. 33Golf 34 Golf is signing out. RIP Bro. DBD!"
John Craft of Miami,FL USA

"I love you Lee. I'll never forget you or the life lessons you taught me. I remember it was Sgt.J, Komer, you, and I talking the night before you got killed and we were talking about how much we loved ol poopie. To Lee's family I'm sorry for his loss. First Rock! My brother."
John Craft of Miami,FL USA

"I served with Carl in Iraq. I miss him and am so sorry I could not protect him. For his family, I am sorry. He was brave, and there is not a day that goes bye that I do not miss him."
Sgt. Hernandez

"November 18, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Carl W. Lee:
Carl 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

"Carl your birthday is coming up again and we still miss you and will be celebrating for ya since we know you and JimmyDon are there looking down on us. Till we see each other agian we will be thinking of you."
Sarha and the kids of Oklahoma

"I loved Carl like a brother he was always such a nice and caring person. He never left me or anybody else behind no matter where he was going. I will always love and miss you Carl. Thanks for caring. And to his family hang in there. Love you all."
Leeann of Blanchard, Ok.

"We love you and miss you so much not day goes by that we do not think you.love always your lil sister"
Kimberly of Ks

"I served with Carl back in 01-02. I was his supply specialist for D.co. I remember him being my best friend there. I got out in 02 only to come back in as infantry. I did two tours in Iraq and recently got back out. Ive been trying to contact my friend for a while until last saturday I see his face on a similar site, with a newspaper clipping. Ill never forget you carl and the fun times we had. You were my inspiration to become infantry and I will never forget you. Rest in peace my friend"
Bill Schmudde of crown point, IN

"Carl W Lee
Your birthday is coming up and even though it's been two years and five months I still miss you so much wish you was here with me. Your MOM"
Claudie of OKLA CITY, OKLA

"I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Just reading these messages that so many loved ones left for Carl, shows all that he was loved, and returned that love to all he deared for. I did not know Carl I'm afraid. I'm just your average 17 yr old who was given a list, in English class, of those who had fallen during the Iraq War. We were to choose a name on that list of heroes, and write a short piece about them. Once every one choose their person, somehow Carl's name stood out from the rest. I've learned about joyful events that transpired in his life, as well as the hope and love that his family shared for him. What drives a man to sacrifice his life for the lives of others? What courage lies in the soul of a soldier as he makes his decent into the battle ground? Answers are like riddles, the only way to figure them out, is to find out what you believe the answer is. I can say this, Carl will live on forever. Every memory and every tale told about him, will give your loved one the thing will all want dearly, an eternal life. May you all continue on with the sense of joy and wonder that came with Carl's life, for not even the tinest tear can cast away your memories."
Justin Ellison of Rochester, MN

"Carl...I'll never forget sitting next to you at Thanksgiving dinner at COP, and you asking me what I was doing when we got back to the states. I said I was getting out of the Army, since that was my 2nd time in Iraq. You said that you were going to try to get tranferred to Ft Sill, since you were from Oklahoma. You wanted to be close to home. Two days later you were killed. I have a bracelet with your name on it, and I'll never forget that 5 minute conversation we had that day 2 years ago at Thanksgiving dinner. Be good kid! We never forget our brothers! First Rock!"
SSG Patrick Jones Dco 1-503rd Infantry Regiment of Phoenix, AZ



"CARL,i miss you and when i get to heven i want you to be the first person i see because you are my bro and i will never everforget you."
your 3 bro of kansas

"I am sorry for your loss! I appreciate his sacrifice for our country."
Barb Mizner of Esbon, KS

"CARL,I will always love you.imiss you and i will never forget you I LOVE YOU."


I will always remember you. You are in my HEART. I can't beleive what has happend.I never thought that this would happen to someone who was so sweet, and loveable as you was. There was noone else who could make happier when i was down. You were always there when i wouldn't listen to anyone. You always made everyones life more joyful and worth fighting for. You were the only one that would strighten the family out when they were fighting. You will ALWAYS be a BIG part of me. "I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART" you will never be forgotten."
Your cousin YoYo of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"I first met Carl Lee because my hubby was in his unit in Fort Bragg, NC...when i first came to bragg Lee was the first friend of my hubbys that i met....he was so awesome....he would do anything for u.....jus an awesome man and soldier....the time he was there we spent a lot of time with him....when we found out he was KIA it was just such a shock....it was hard to take because my hubby jus had gotten back from Iraq and we had lost a few friends then and then later losin more is very hard to deal with....He is gone but not forgotten...he will always b in are memories!"
Amanda of Fort Polk, Louisiana, USA

"Thank you Sgt Lee for everything you did for me. To his family for raising a great young man. He took me under his wing when I was new and became the best friend anyone could ever want. From trips to Seoul too walking threw Ramadi he was always there for us. We miss him dearly and will never forget. He was a great worrior always fearless, we had a sence of security when he was there. Take care buddy we miss you."
PFC Travis Komer AT-3 1-503 of Brooklyn Park, MN

"Soldier Lee,

I salute you!

forever indebted to you,"
Angela of Fort Worth, Texas

"To the family of Carl W. Lee, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church 11617 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. (770)787-1015 USA"
Polly Ballew of Covington, GA

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

"As a soldier who fought in Desert Shield/Storm,I understand the sacrifices all of our young men and women make to ensure our freedom.As a friend to Carl,I now understand the sacrifices that friends and family make for our freedom as well.The world is a much brighter place because of brave young men and women like "Boog" who put themselves in harm's way for our way life.by the same token,our world is that much less bright for the absence of Carl.
To Carl's family I say never forget the bright young man that we watched grow into a fine soldier and fine young man.Never forget that he died doing something that he loved and for the right reasons.He joins a long list of heroic young men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that everyone has a better world in which to live.
Carl,no matter where you are in the universe,know that we all love you just the same,and always will.Never will you be forgotten,nor will you stop being missed.Rest well Little Brother,you have earned the right to a peaceful place,and may the gods grant you that rest."
Robert"Bop Bop" Harlow of Shawnee,OK.USA

"I now know what it feels like to lose someone as close as he was to me i will never forget all the moments and i hope no one else does either we loved u carl and we know u did what u wanted to do and we love u for it and god bless to all the troops over seas and i hope u come back to your families and forever live in happiness and peace"
Ashley Morrell of Kansas

"Carl died fighting for a country he loved and he went proudly into the service and to war. We will miss him from this day forward and never take for granted the wonderful sacrifice he made for his family and his country. We will all miss him and the family will never be the same without him."
Sarah Shrum (cousin) of OKC,OK USA

"SGT Lee was like a younger brother to me as he grew up in the platoon when he was a soldier. SGT Lee died as a leader. A dream he always had. A lot of people look up to him, and I still do. As he looks down us, we will continue the fight. The fight for freedom. We will make you proud."
SSG Nicholas W. Cage of Ft. Bragg, NC

"I went to HS with Carl, he was the kindess person I ever knew. He would do anything for anyone. He became a father to a little boy who didn't have one, my 5 year old cousin Charles. Carl I will miss you and I will make sure with all of my heart that Charles with never forget you. I love you and God Bless you."
Stacey Smith of Oklahoma City, OK

"I don’t believe that we understand all that you gave, or how your sacrifice will affect the future for our sons or daughters. I believe you confronted the evil that has enslaved mankind throughout history, the same evil that many American soldiers have confronted in many battles.

I will teach my son and daughter of your sacrifice and your heroism.

Proud Family of Pfc. Kohler serving in Ar Ramadi, Iraq"
Anderson Family of Montana

"Just wanted to take a minitue to thank you all for your words of kindness and prayers. We all loved Carl very much and miss him now that he's not here with us anymore. He will still remain in our hearts and minds forever and always. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SGT. CARL W. LEE!!!"
Carl's Family of OKC,OK

thanks for being my bestfriend, i miss you
carl , and everybody else in AT-2 does too
Rest In Peace my brother and friend ."
Johan Delgado of fayetteville, nc

"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

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

"Thank you Carl Lee, 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 Sgt. Carl Lee:
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 Carl 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 Sgt. Carl Lee:
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 Carl, 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