Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Dwayne P. R. Lewis

26, of New York City, New York.
Lewis died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire during a dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on February 27, 2006.

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"Dwayne, You are amazing more and more from the other side. Thank you for loving me and forgiving me. I can't wait to see you again! Love you always MY D-D-Baby! (The D is our little secret haha - I won't embarrass you! :-))"
April Lewis of Columbia, SC

"I served with Big Lew in Afghanistan and Iraq. I would like to speak with a close family member; please contact me via email: robvalentino@gmail.com
Thank you so much!"
Robert Valentino of Louisville, KY

"The first time I met my uncle I was about 6 years old and my mom have the photos of us sitting on the door steps outside.. Never heard about him after he left Grenada when I was 6 years old. Now I am 28years old and I know my aunt Margaret not too long ago came back from the US for uncle Dwayne's memorial. May he rest in peace. Just sad that I never got to meet my uncle as a grown respected soldier.
Your Niece"
Cherrie Jones of Toronto, On, Canada

"Just had a dream about my days and the people I met up at Ft. Drum and it ended with you big guy,you opened the door for me after I said goodbye to everyone RIP Lew!"
Kollin Berg of Philadelphia PA

"Big Lou and to your family, I am sorry for your loss.
Lou it has taken me my brother about five years and I am still counting to come face to face with this lose. I know you hear me daily I question? I remember walking up that trail on Pad 5 in Baghdad it was a down day for me and I know you went out on mission and was expected back that day, the scenery look out of place and everyone was so quiet and then I stop to talk to SPC Love who broke the news to me, I was such in a state of shock I could even respond. I walked backed to my trailer and it was one of the longest walks I had in Iraq. But, since that day the sense of emptiness we all had inside could not be describe. I remember it took me a long time to do a mission outside the gate and wonder, at the gym every time I heard the squeak of the door I would turn around in hope it was you LOU.
We served down range OEF 2002-2003 and OIF 2005-2006. We did missions together, we trained together and we travel the roads to Brooklyn together. Truly miss you my brother. As a private I look at you and wanted to have the physical strengthen like you Lou and to have big arms like you Lou. Your leadership skills you shared with me, taking me aside and teaching me those skills when I became a NCO you also said to me on numerous occasions "stop letting those knuckle heads stress you out" LOL and I would always say you right LOU. You help me trained at the gym, I could never keep up with you so I would leave and go work out with CSM Will and SM Hodo, and yes they are all promoted now. But, I know you are looking down I may not have a size 23-24 biceps but I am still working on it bro 18-19 biceps I am almost there, LOL You will be truly missed. I thank you for all your Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage towards us all; you will forever live on in our hearts.
It was truly an honor to serve with you big brother.
“Shepard pride over and out”
SGT. Gamble 10th FSB 10th MTN Division Ft, Drum. NY.

They say, we have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done.
They say, we have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave."
Nigel Gamble of Brooklyn, NY. USA

"I had the duty of being Big Lou's Supply Guy in Triple Deuce while we were in Afghanistan. But I had the Honor of serving with an outstanding Non Commisioned Officer who was such a huge part of all our lives. His physical size, paired with his great sense of humor and unreproachable character, made Big Lou a well rounded, well liked and well respected man. I am sorry for what happened to him in Iraq, but I will never forget the man he was and that memory will never fade. I encourage all who knew and served with Big Lou to remember how he touched your lives and taught us all how to model such a professional NCO and friend. Miss ya Bro, and may God bless you forever."
SGT Rob Bowman of Ft. Monroe, VA

"Always thinking of you...."
Wifey

"missing you- remembering you.3/`1/11"

"I look above and see all these things written by people I know. What is a simple soldier supposed to say that already hasnt been said. Dwayne, I think about you every day. I will never forget the motivation that you gave me and the rest of our platoon. The ability to motivate just by being in your pressence was amazing and something i will forever try to emulate. To the family, I'm sorry I did'nt say more when you where there for the memorial. I didnt know how to express my grief and sorrow that you felt. Just know that every day we spent with Lew was a blessing for us. And to every body that knew him. BOOP BOOP. dont make me take out that laundry bag!"
SSG Points Robert of Ft. Meade Maryland

"Big Lew A.K.A. Big Dawg! You are the example of the meaning of WARRIOR! I am still following your example, you were and still are the example of leader, teacher. I admire you as a soldier, a person. M an words can not express my sorrow for the loss of such a great man. I missss you dearly BIG FUNK! You gave me the inspiration, and I am still going. 2-22 INF 10MTN HOUNDS! YA BOY VIN DIESEL! SSG BENNETT"
SSG BENNETT of Jacksonville, Florida

"Dwayne is, and will always be missed. My thoughts always go to him and his family this time of year, as I was a good friend of his."
Anthony McGlone of Columbus, GA

"February 2, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Dwayne P. R. Lewis:
Dwayne 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

"Lew, I have been out for a few months now and not a day goes by where I don't think about you or Allen. You two were good friends, and want you to know you're in my thoughts all the time."
Carey

"Still remembering you. You will never be forgotten.
My deepest sympathy to his loved ones."

"Dear Lewis Family,

My deepest condolences to your family on your lost. I was Dwayne’s Drill Sergeant in 1999 at FT Jackson SC. I last spoke with him at FT Lee VA two years later. I remember putting Lewis in charge of the platoon during basics because I knew that know one would argue with him. May God go with you and keep you strong… Sincerely 1SG Richard C. Bryant"
Richard Bryant of Jalalabad, Afghanistan

"Hey dwayne, i am having one of those nights. i miss u and i know u r watching me over telling me to stop crying, but i cant. i love you and miss u dearly. i am so proud of u. your were an amazing man that had an amazing impact on a lot of other amazing men. you will NEVER be forgotten."
April Lewis

"To the Family of SSG Dwayne Lewis, it is going on two years now since Dwayne left us and I wanted to let you know that I have not forgotten nor will I ever forget his sacrifice. God bless you and I know Sergeant Lew is looking after us. SSG Z"
zertuche, Paul SSG of Fort Sam Houston TX

"To the Lewis family, Im SFC BRADY I served with SSG Lewis for about 4 years and he will be truly missed but never forgotten he has left a great impact on the triple duece family and will be always remembered as " BIG LEW " he was and still is a brother to us all and we will carry him with us forever Big Lew we miss you and love you SFC Brady, Kelvin brothers forever:"
Kelvin Brady of Fort Sterwart, Ga.

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
Esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, NY

"I served with Dwayne (Big Lew) at Fort Drum and in Afghanistan; He was a great man and a great Soldier. Lew, thanks for the advice in the gym and thanks for being such a good friend. You will be missed, but you will never be forgotten!"
SFC Parrott, George of Fort Benning, GA

"I met SSG Lewis in Iraq. We were in different units but both frequented the gym quite a bit. A friend in my unit and I boxed, and SSG Lewis met up with us one day while we were sparring. He was a great guy all around, dedicated to his family, his men and his mission. We grieved him then and now, and even though we only knew him a short time, it was easy to see what a stand up man he was all around. RIP Big Lew."
Shawn Starr of Cleveland, Ohio

"To the family of:Dwyane P.R. Lewis 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"

"Baby I know you never thought in a million years that you would have the impact on people that you left. You are a true hero. I still clearly see your face when i used to brag on you. I am so proud of you. I am trying to stop crying because I know how much you hated to see me cry, but baby I still cant believe you are gone. I miss you and I will always love you. Continue to watch over me like I know you are doing."
April Lewis

"As we sat and waited to see you again, you were saying goodbye. We really didn't want to say goodbye to your beautiful smile, your strength, your strong sense of self and your reliability when it came to taking care of others and those in your care. Yet today we have too! We say goodbye to your body, but will forever say "see you always", to your heroic memory, your warmth and your passion! You are with us always 'D' We love you and miss you soo... We are especailly proud of you, for working hard at what you believe in and doing it well!

"Missing you Today and all the tommorows" :- Aunty Sonia and Uncle Brendon."
Sonia Jones of Toronto, Canada

"You are remembered. Today I cried for you. And I have never met you. But one of your buddies wrote about you for a college paper. And I graded it. And I cried.

Thank you for being the kind of friend who is remembered, far away from the battlefield and the military.

To his family, he was obviously a man of honor, much admired and respected. I am sorry that he is gone. I will pray for you."
Dr. S. H. Davis of Houston, Texas

"You'll never be forgotten Lew, we love you and miss you"
Kollin of Hatfield, PA

"Of all people to pay the ultimate sacrifice you were the last in my mind. A man of your stature just seemed to be invincible to me. Your outwardly positive demeanor and impeccable character will always inspire me and others to be the best at whatever we do. You will be missed so greatly that words alone can never capture the impact you had on all of us. Watch over us and give us strength big guy. We will not let you down."
SSG. Singer, Mario of Ft. Drum, NY.

"I knew SSGT. Lewis since 2002, you couldn't miss him he always had this very strong presence about him. And not just because he was built like a house either. He was the strength of our whole battalion and will be greatly missed. His spirit will ever be present in our battalion."
Spc. Tomolonis, Bco 2-22inf of Ft. Drum, NY

"I served with dwayne in afghanistan and at fort drum. I did not know him personaly but I remember talking to him once and a while. He was always the first to say hello and help you if you needed it. What I remember most of all is him lifting weights at the BN gym. He reminded my of a big teddy bear. He will be truely missed. Deeds Not Words"
Matt Downs of Winchester, Ohio

"To those of you who have taken the time out to express your condolences...i thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am April Lewis, Dwayne's wife. He is in a better place and I love him so much for the sacrifice he made for us. I love you and miss you baby.

"Sleep On Brave Soldier, Sleep On."- NYC VFW"
April of Fayetteville, NC

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

"I served with Dwayne at Ft. Drum and in Afghanistan in '03/'04. He was someone that everyone in the unit looked up to. He had a great personality and strong character. He could always be counted on to get the job done. It breaks my heart to know that he is gone, but there is no doubt he died doing what he loved and what he was so very good at. He will be greatly missed."
Casey Newton of Clemson, SC

"Thank you Dwayne R. Lewis, 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 Staff Sgt. Dwayne R. Lewis:
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 Dwayne 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 Staff Sgt. Dwayne R. Lewis:
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 Dwayne, 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