Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Paul C. Mardis, Jr.

25, of Palmetto, Florida.
Mardis died in Washington, D.C., from injuries sustained on May 20, 2004 in Mosul, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on July 15, 2004.

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"My name is Orion Glunt. I am a second grader at Seoul American Elementary School. I have choosen you as my fallen soldier for a March for Heroes on May 24, 2012. You are my hero!"
Mrs. Lundy's Class of Seoul, Korea

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

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"Paul we may not have been the closest of friends, but we sure chewed the same dirt together in Egypt and Israel years back. Because of that, we'll always be family. The Army family is a small one and learning about your passing was a shock but knowing how you lived is an inspiration. Rest in peace brother."
"Hector" of San Antonio, Texas

"June 22, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Paul C. Mardis, Jr.:
Paul 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

"May God continue to keep your family, and may you all have peace that passes all understanding."
Fellow Classmate of Sarasota, Florida

"To the family of Paul C. Mardis, Jr. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will alll meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev John B. Perrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga

"Thank you to all of you for your prayers,I am Pauls Sister and it really means alot to know others like yourself care. It has been a difficult time, My baby Brother is my true American Hero!! We will never forget 9/11/2001 or Paul and all other great soldiers sacrifices, I Love you Paul"
Cindy Corder of Zanesville,OHIO

"To the family of Paul I am truly sorry for your loss. He was an outstanding soldier and an even better person. I went to basic with him and we were both stationes at the 502nd before he went to Q-cousre. We went to Air Assault school together in Feb of 99. Me him and a couple other guys that we went to basic with were all from Florida so we kept in touch while we were at the Duce. I hoped to bump into him In Iraq but never did. Once again I am truly sorry for you loss. Paul is a true hero!!!!"
Sgt Mike Partain of Orlando, Fl

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul and his family and friends. He is a hero and will never be forgotten. He will forever be in all of our hearts."
Kim of Boston

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul and his family and friends. He is a hero and will never be forgotten. He will forever be in all of our hearts."
Kim of Boston

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

"To Paul'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 loved one's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

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

"To Paul'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

"Thank you Paul Mardis, Jr., 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. Paul Mardis, Jr.:
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 Paul 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. Paul Mardis, Jr.:
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 Paul, 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