Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Wai P. Lwin

27, of Queens, New York.
Lwin died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, Manhattan, New York, New York. Died on March 2, 2005.

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"It's been more than 16 years now that you've gone, Thar Lay. We all love you very much and miss you everyday.. we always talk about you and are reminiscing the times we spent together. Time flies but you are always in our hearts. May your soul rest in peace, Thar Lay.. love you so much!"
May Thi Kha of New Hyde Park, NY

"အန္တီေမသီခ ခင္ဗ်ာ၊
တိုင္းျပည္အတြက္အသက္ေပး က်ဆုံးသြားခဲ့တဲ့ အကိုႀကီး ေဝၿဖိဳးလြင္ အတြက္ လူခ်င္းမေတြ႕ဘူးေပမဲ့ ႏွလုံးသားထဲကေန မ်ားစြာ ဂုဏ္ယူပါေၾကာင္း။
ေက်ာ္စစ္ႏိူင္ (Fellow Burmese American)"
ေက်ာ္စစ္ႏိူင္ of Yangon, Myanmar

"I know you're in better place Wai Phyo.
Very proud of you always."
Nwe Oo of Bonita Springs, Florida

"Dear May Thi Kha and Ko Thein Zaw Lwin
I read about the bad news about Wai Phyo just a few days ago on internet. I was really shocked and saddened. It had been more than 8 years now. However the honour and the pride of Wai Phyo, a Myanmar people, will be lasting forever.We all take pride in it."
Thet Naing of London, U.K

"I remember Basic at Benning with Wai. 30th AG and everything. Love ya bro! Miss you even more"
Daniel Isaacson of Bloomington Illinois USA

"Brother it has been seven years since I have spoken to you.... Yet I find myself thinking about you everyday. I cannot express how much you are missed, and remembered. I live everyday for you & the rest of our fallen brothers. May you Rest In Peace Brother............... SCOUTS OUT!!!!"
Jared Frenke of Eden, UT/USA

"Thar wai phyo you will always be remembered ln ln our hearts."
May Myo Maw of Perth/WA/Australia

"I didn't have a chance to know you.But I am still proud of you ! ! !Thar lay..A Mhya,A Mhya, A Mhya.........,"
Ada of San Diego,CA.


"Dear Wai Phyo, You are always in my heart. Everytime I eat nga-pi-yay with lots of red pepper and March 2nd
, my dad's birthday. Love Aunty Janet"
of New York

"As a Burma-born American, I will always be indebted to you for making the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation.

RIP Wai."
Min Thein of San Jose, California

"May you rest in peace Thar."
Aunty Margaret Min of New york

"Dear Brother Lwin,

I regret that I have only heard about you from the internet. As one born outside of the country and hearing only things I am ashamed of the country, I have only known contempt and shame for being Burmese. You made me realise that not all Burmese are like them and I am finally proud of being one. May you rest in peace, brother.

The history of our people has always been marked with the blood of heroes."
Arthur of UK

"Dear May Thi and Ko Thein Zaw,
Maung Wai P. Lwin is always in our prayers. I remember the young boy helping you at all the functions and how polite he was to every one. May his memory enrich your life knowing that Wai Phyo was a very good son to you and his country. We feel it for both of you so much as we too lost our young son so early in his young life. With meeta, Ma Lily and Ko Sein Myint."
Ko Sein Myint/Lily Htay of Flushing, New York

"My brother Wai,
I know deep in my heart that you were welcomed in heaven in God's open arms! Thank you for all the memories and serving the country."
Youyung of Queens, NYC

There is no other person that I am more proud of.
You are a true hero."
Myo Thant of Baltimore, MD, USA

You are a real hero to give your life for others to have a peaceful life .As a mother it choked me to read the messages that people wrote in honor of you . May God bless you for your sacrafice and your courage."
Molly Win of Fort Worth, TX. USA

"You will always be in my memories..Ko Way Phyo."
Naung Naung of Yangon, Myanmar

"I recall seeing you, as a baby in your beloved mother's arms for the first time years ago in Yangon and realize how time flies. You (Wai) and other FALLEN HEROES' names and all of your brave efforts will live to ETERNITY."
Khinmay Antgyi of Palmdale,CA

"I recall seeing you, as a baby in your beloved mother's arms for the first time years ago in Yangon and realized how time flies. You (Wai) and other FALLEN HEROES' names and all of your brave efforts will live to ETERNITY."
Khinmay Antgyi of Palmdale,CA

"my dear wai phyo, it has been six years since you had left us... but it feels like it just happened a moment ago. i remember when you, ma yu and khant arrived at jfk. just kids arriving in the land of freedom. but who would have thought some short years later you'd give your ultimate price for this land of freedom for others to enjoy. i am proud of you and will miss you my little brother... may you rest in peace eternally."
u pauk of los angeles

"Our favourite and eldest son-nephew, will remain in our hearts for the rest of our lives.
I am very proud to have been WaiPhyo's Ba Ba and 'role model'."
Oak Soe Kha and Sandi Kha of Broadstairs, Kent, U.K.

"Dear May,
Every time I walk past your desk I see Wai's photo. I just know deep down inside his spirit and presence continue to be with us.
Peace upon him and your family."
Liz Dunne of New York, NY

"6 years after giving his life for his country, we still remember Wai Phyo Lwin as a sweet boy loved by his family and friends and a brave soldier who was dedicated and proud to serve in the army. (3/2/11)"
Zan Mra & Annabella Thantu of Scarsdale, New York

"My favorite beloved nephew "PHYO NGE",
Although it has been 6 years, I still feel like yesterday. I still remember the days you spent with me since you were born.
Before you went to Iraq, I was so selfish, worried and asked you to give up as a soldier. But, my tears could not change your solid decision.
Yes, I am proud of you, BUT my life has been changed since you were gone.
You are always in my heart.
Your favorite Aunt - Daw Lay "Munn""
Myatmun Kha of Scarsdale, NY U.S.A.

"Not the glittering weapon fights the fight. but rather the hero's heart!<3<3

Rest in peace waiwai pyo ^_^"
Angela lim xoxo

"First of all ~> With my head bowed salute to Burmese American Hero Wai Phyo!
Ones I met him at the concerts of Burmese Music Rock Band "IRON CROSS" at New York, Queens 2003, seems like he likes pretty much in music as well.
- And he is very friendly boy like his mother~ Lovely boy,
Now we all miss him in our hearts will eternally to beloved Burmese American Hero Wai Phyo who fell with thee.
Rest In Peace Wai Phyo!

With much respected with salute to you ~"
Ko Myoe of New York, NY, U.S.A.

""Dear Wai Phyo,
A Myaa, A Myaa, A Myaa. May you rest in peace."
Aunty Su Su of Washington, DC

"Dear Wai Phyo,

You will not be forgotten. We are proud of you."
Ko Aung+Ma Mya Mya Soe family of New York

"Dear Wai Phyo,
Today is the 6th Anniversary..., you will always be remembered as a good young man with a great heart. May you rest in peace. A Myaa, A Myaa, A Myaa."
Winn Mar of Sunnyside, NY

"Your sacrifice will remain in our hearts for a lifetime,

with intense gratitude."
Ohmar & Robert Reinstein of Sayville, NY

"You will always be in our memories brother... we missed you at the concerts and it ism't the same w/o you. We thank you for your dedication and you're often in our thoughts..."
Andrew & Ma Swe of Newark, DE

"We all are proud of Wai Phyo. May he climb to a higher state of Existence. People like him make it possible for the rest of us to sleep in peace. We owe him much. I wish Ko Ko Tin Mg were alive to write something in his memory."
Aung Gyi of Pa

"I get lonely at times and miss knowing that you are around for me to speak to. Then I find myself feeling watched from above by you. I am grateful. Thank you for making my grandma happy. Your genuine love for people will always be remembered. I will make sure of it. Thank you for loving me. I miss you dearly."
of Los Angeles

"We appreciate your taking the time to write on our son's memorial page and we are eternally grateful to all of you. Although we don't know many of you, your messages are so meaningful to our family. We read them regularly and get courage and peace, and the strength to move forward.

Tomorrow, March 2nd 2011, is the 6th year Anniversary of our son's passing but he is always in our hearts and will be forever. We love him dearly and miss him every day. The Lwin family"
May Thi Kha (mother of Wai P. Lwin) of New Hyde Park, NY

"still think of you kid..."
Anon of NY, NY

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Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"Wai is often in our thoughts...

Blessings to Wai's Family."
joshAND annemarie of NY

"February 22, 2009
To the family of Spc. Wai P. Lwin:
Wai 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

"Hello My friend. Let me start of by saying how it was a pleasure to of known you. I believe it started when you first came to the 69th and we finally introduce each other. We were amazed that we went to fort benning and under the same batallion - 1/19. you were charlie and I was Delta (but it was at different times). Then Capt. Daniels asked us to go to the scout platoon when we went to lakehurst NJ for training. That was fun. Then we went to fort hood and then Fort Irwin for that desert training. remember how we went to veags with the rest of the guys I wont name. It was fun. After that we went to Kuwait and then Iraq. I still remember the conversations we has, about how many enemy rifles will we confiscate and give to the toc. But the most memorable moment was when you and ali packed all your things up and thought we were moving to camp liberty and didnt. you guys left your room in a pig stuy and I have the pics to prove it. That was also funny. But when I got injured and you gave me a call when I was in Germany and said that we will have a drink when you get back; still stick wiith me today. I am still holding you to those drinks. lol. but seriously, you were a happy, familyu orientated and a very motivated person. you will be deeply missed. I also went to your funeral and paid my respects. When I saw your father I felt I ahd to give him somethjing even though it doesnt comapre to anyones life; but I gave him the purple heart medal that LTG Hanley from the Marine Corps gave me in Germany. Me, Melendez and Washington stood there, while you were going to a new place. I think it is unfair that you had to go. But, I understand that you are in a better place. (Nov. 25, 2008 - When I wrote this message)

Until we meet again and have those drinks...................."
Gilkes - Scouts in Iraq of Maryland

"Tomorrow May 24th 2008 I will be running in the "I Did The Grid" memorial run/walk to honor fallen Marine Cpl. Chris Scherer in East Northport, NY. My race number will have the name of Wai Pyoe Lwin on it. I will honor Spc. Lwin's bravery and family by dedicating the run to his memory. I have never met Spc. Lwin or his family but I am grateful that I wake up tomorrow free and safe because of your supreme sacrifice. God Bless and comfort the Lwin family."
Mike L of Commack, NY

"Lwin, till we meet later on.
You will not be forgotten."
Lam of 1-69 NYC

"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

Ko Phyo,

I came to see you today. Hope you heard my prayer for you. I've known you since I was 6. I'm almost 26 now. Won't let you down. Watch over me until we meet again, my brother."
Soe of Westchester County, NY

"I am very proud of you.Me and my family support you a 1000%"
Aye K Ko of Fresno Ca U.S.A.

"To.... Burmese/American Bravery Soldier
I am very proud of you, I never seen you before, But when I heard about you I'm very sorry."
zaw htet of London, GB

"i'll never forget what you said to me at the q30 busstop though i have not bettered myself much since then.... i will one day"
hpyo aung of douglaston, ny

"To the family of:Wai P. Lwin 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"

"It has been a year,you r stil in our heart thou. HOORAH"
Ko Ye of NY,NY

"One Year Has passed,but we all remember your bravery and courage that you have done..may rest in peace Burmese Warrior.. Sincerely ,Victor Lin"
Victor Lin of UK

"Hey Wai Phyo,
Seems like only yesterday when you were asking me about girls and what they wanted out of guys. Little did you believe me then that there wasn't much you had to do. Girls were already asking about you. Miss you kiddo..."
Anon of New York, USA

"It's been a year since you left us Wai Phyo but we'll never forget you. I just kept picturing you as a little boy playing with us. You became a courageous & brave man! Our deepest sympathy to Uncle, Aunty, YuWai and Khant Phyo."
Madi Han of Kingsville, ONTARIO, Canada


"Lwin along with Ali was one of the nicest and first people I met when I first got to the Scout platoon in Taji. I patroled with them both for my first few months before I moved on to the Mortar platoon. I truly will miss Lwin for the rest of my life and above all I will forever regret never seeing him smile or sing again. But most of all I think I'll miss giving him and Ali as well grief over how much they both smoked. Until that day my friend when we can do all these things again..."
Spc. Guerrero of 1/69 Inf New York, NY

"I can honestly say i had the privelage of knowing wai lwin. I went through basic training with him in the same platoon charlie 1-19 at Ft. Benning Georgia. We bunked together side by side during processing and talked often. I feel honored to have known him and to have called him "friend". We always talked of Burma and we joked about when all of us guys were going with him on vacation! I always remember him with a smile on his face and something funny to say. The one thing i do rememeber was that he was proud to be in the Army and proud to become an American. We will miss you always Lwin! Assasins charlie 1-19 and the fighting 69th NYARNG
God Bless"
PFC William Riegger of Islip, New York

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

"To the Parents of Wai Pyo Lwin
"Gone but not forgotten", Wai Pyo may you rest in Peace. You will always be remembered in the hearts of the community as a brave boy who did his best for Country and for the future of his fellow men."
Kin Sann Myint &Family of New York.

"I knew Wai Phyo as a warm, friendly guy with a good sense of humor. Although I didn't get to hang out with him much, he was like a brother to me, and I knew that he was a dependable person. Before he left for Baghdad, he was very enthusiastic and excited to be serving in the military. I was amazed by his bravery to go willingly to the front-line where most feared to go. He is a true hero, and I am proud of him. But his loss is a loss to his family and community. You will be remembered as a hero, Wai Phyo."
Myo Htut Myaing of Fort Lee, NJ, USA

"Wai, I remember when we first met. You've been such a sweetheart and friend to me. You truly are a hero that will never be forgotten. I miss you and you are in my heart."
Vinney Torres of Forest Hills NY

"You are true Hero, Ko Wai. You are one of a kind. You are very polite and always have courteous manner that most of the people do not have. You always call me OO Yay=Uncle, it remings me the most. You made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and for us will never be forgotten and made Burmese community proud. You will be long remembered by many for sure. Thank You and Sorry, Ko Wai!!! Good Bye!!!

Metta and Garuna,
Your "OO Yay"
Thura Han"
Thura Han of Darien, CT, USA

"You are our "Hero" in our hearts and you will always be remembered as our "Hero" who fought for the freedom of the people. To sacrfice your "To-days" for the loved ones' " To-morrows " is a noble thing and we will never forget you."
Uncle Myat Thynn Aunty Beauty and Family of Yangon, Myanmar

"You are our "Hero" in our hearts and you will always be remembered as our "Hero" who fought for the freedom of the people. To sacrfice your "To-days" for the loved ones' " To-morrows " is a noble thing and we will never forget you."
Uncle Myat Thynn Aunty Beaty and Family of Yangon, Myanmar

"Dear Wai Phyo,
I was shocked when I learnt from news that you died while helping Iraq freedom. It was a big loss for your family and our country. I will miss you my whole life.
Son, I know you will be in a good place for giving your life for other people. I am proud of you even though I have pain in my heart."
Htun Aung Gyaw of Chicago, Illinois

"Thank you and your family very much and great respect to you and your family for your ultimate sacrifice for this greatest nation on earth and making our Burmese community proud."
Patrick Wang of Floral Park, NY

"To Wai P. Lwin's parents, siblings, and other family members:
It is always sad to lose one so young and so much to live for. It is especially devastating when such a person had to be taken away so suddenly and so horribly. But, I hope you'll find consolation in remembering good times with him as well as acknowledging his bravery and commitment to fight for freedom and democracy. Wai will be sorely missed, but I hope that your love and faith will be your strength. Our prayers are with all of you.
Fondly, Pu-Folkes family"
Florence Pu-Folkes of Valley Cotttage, NY , USA

"Wai Phyo, you will always be remembered as a very good friend, who was always ready to help anyone at anytime. You're a true HERO and we will miss you dearly. May you RIP!"
John Khin of Nutley, NJ

"My deepest condolences to Wai Phyo Lwin's family. I felt such deep sorrow and sense of pride when I chanced upon the casualties page on CNN. I am married to a military man myself and I can just only imagine the loss by the family. May you rest in peace and I'm sure your heroic legacy would live on forever.

- A proud fellow Burmese."
Le` Mon Khaing Rice of (Yokosuka, JAPAN)

"Wai Phyo. You are the best. What a brave man! It's really shocking to hear about you. We all miss you."
klatt of MD

"Thank you Spec. Wai P. Lwin for your exceptional bravery, dedication to your country and making BURMESE people proud.

Rest in Peace, our hearts are with you.."
Su Mon win of Maryland

"Wai, ever since I knew you, you were always a true friend towards me even when others weren't. I will miss all the times we had hanging out. You were like my older brother as well as a mentor... Rest in peace my friend...

LCpl Dong Min Matthew Kim 2nd Battalion 25th Marines Wpns Co. 81's Plt"
D.M Kim of Flushing, NY

"Nyi, you are the bravery. I'm very proud of you. But I'm very sorry."
THH of Rockville, MD

"Please accept our deepest condolences for the great loss of Wai. His bravery, valor, and unselfish sacrifice will not be forgotten. I pray that you will have the strength and courage for the hard days ahead. God has blessed our country with Wai, and may you find comfort in the memories of your loved one, and in knowing what a true hero he is. God Bless you, your family and friends.""
The Edward Todd Family of Springfield, GA USA

Leonard T Wahl of valley stream ny

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

"Thank you Wai Lwin, 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. Wai Lwin:
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 Wai 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. Wai Lwin:
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 Wai, 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