Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Anthony W. Monroe

20, of Bismarck, North Dakota.
Monroe died in Baghdad, Iraq, when two rockets impacted his camp. He was assigned to Division Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on October 11, 2004.

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"I can't believe it has been this long since that day. We still remember u bro and honor your memory. Salute."
Luis altamirano of Phx AZ

"Miss you Tony! Would have been your 31st BDay last week. Your mom misses you terribly!"
Steve of United States

"I'm lucky to have had the chance to meet you all those years ago. And despite not having been able to get to know you better; I always visit you up on the hill, each time I am in ND. You are dearly missed, and always remembered."
KCunningham of Massachusetts

"Well WEll Well things have changed for me since you left. i didnt complete college go figure right lol anyway i sure miss you and i thinka bout you everyday. we all miss you but like i said things have been going ok for me im getting married. wish you were here to see it but i know that you will watch from above but i just wanted to let you know i love and miss you so much"
cathy kersey of bismarck/fargo

"Hey Monroe,
What's going on? It's been a long time but I haven't forgotten you at all bro. You have helped out lots of people believe it or not. I definately train my medics hard so they can help out to the best of their abilities. I remember that day and I relive it more frequent than I would like to.
To the family of Monroe, your loved one was a great person. He always made the best of things even when they weren't going his way. I will always remember him."
SSG Short, William of Fort Hood, TX

"its that time of year again and i cant help but sit and wonder if you are up there celebrating it watching the rest of us wish u were here miss you more n more everday"
of bis nd

"I still miss you everyday. I know that you're with me, I can feel it every time I look at your tassel from graduation hanging in my rear view mirror. I hasn't gotten a bit easier since you left but it helps knowing that you and dad are looking after me every day. I love you so much."
Caitlin

""Hey Monroe, I'm no longer with CAV, moved onto bigger and better things, I guess. I'm stationed stateside again and I was thinking bout paying you a visit this October. I think about you often and the good times we had at FOB Falcon. I miss you bro. Take Care"
SGT Aaron Spalding of Ft. Dix, NJ

"Forgive me bro, I was gonna go see your mom while I was home last time, but I couldn't muster it... I *in pussed out. I knew she would cry and that I would also and I couldn't bring myself to see her like that again....forgive me brother...."

"I *ing miss you man....every *ing day...I wish I could've changed it all of it. What the * is wrong with the world???"

"The American flag does not fly because the wind moves past it. The American flag flies from the last breath of each Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine who has died protecting it."
jill and david

"thinkin alot about you lately not so sure why maybe its because now more then ever i need your help and guidence just waitin for a day when you will walk back in the door. even though i know it will not happen I heard a song today it reminded me of you
Give me
Just one part of you to cling to
And keep me
Everywhere you are
It's just enough to steal my heart and run
And fade out with the falling sun

Oh, please don't go
Let me have you just one moment more
Oh, all I need
All I want is just one moment more
You've got to hold me and keep me

Tell me that someday you'll be returning
And maybe
Maybe I'll believe
It's just enough to see a shooting star
To know you're never really far
It's just enough to see a shooting star
To know you're never really gone

Oh, please don't go
Let me have you just one moment more
Oh, all I need
All I want is just one moment more"
jc of nd

"September 27, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Anthony W. Monroe:
Anthony 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

"I miss you so much Tony, I miss the calls I would recieve from you at 2 or 3 in the morning while you where over there serving our country. Just remember that there is nothing in the world that can make anyone ecspecially me forget you. You had a way of making sad times disappear and a way to make me smile when things were not going well. I miss you greatly Tony."
Pamela of Bismarck, ND

"I miss you and the talks we had wish you were around your the only one i could really talk to and know you would give me the right answer of what to do."
Jill of bismarck Nd

"Think about you everyday man, you did good...You were my best friend, love you bro."
Spc.Derrick Felch of Mannhiem Germany

"I was there when he died. I miss you...I wish we can go out just one more time together."
Roland Gutierrez of Fort Stewart, GA, USA

"Monroe, we had some great times didn't we. I still miss you buddy. To his family: Though we have never met I served with Anthony in Iraq, hech I played Xbox or hung out with him everynight. I am so sorry for you but I want you to know that you son still lives on in my heart. I will never forget him nor the sacrifice he made for his country."
SGT. Aaron Spalding of Kandahar, Afghanistan

"You were the best big brother a girl could have."
Cate Monroe of Bismarck, North Dakota

"i know this is a tad late, but you were the best friend i ever had. i guess i couldnt believe you were gone. i cant imagine how your mother felt... you know you were the only friend i had that my father actually had respect for. i wish i could have been with you in that sandbox. i would have had your back for sure. sorry we fell out. see you on the flipside."
trent of bismarck

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"to the family of Anthony W. Monroe, 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 rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer 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

"To the family of Anthony W. Monroe:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Tony was one of mine and my sisters friends,He came over to our house with his friends Derrick and Scott,thats how we met him, and I do not regret it on minute, after hearing the news of Tony we could not believe that he had gotten Killed. It's just not fair that we are over there and the President wants to risk the lives of our Country. Tony deserved to live, he was just so young."
Jenni, Laci, & Geraldine Weiss of Linton, ND

"Hello my name is Trevor R Hendrickson, Tony was a friend of mine I played cards with him every morning my sophmore year I looked up to Tony he took me under his wing. after high school i lost tuch with this a great friend and hero. Tony my friend God speed and thank you. Words can never say how proud i am that i had you as a friend. I was so hurt at his funeral. i went to say my good-bye and a lady said extaly what i needed to hear "Thank you Soilder thank you for my freedom" Tony thank you and do me a favor would you say hi to my father i know he will look out for you like you looked out for me love you man thanks

To Tony's family and friends I know how it feels somewhat my pain is diffrent i lost my father in Iraq on Jan-24-04 i understand the pain i miss my farther as you miss tony. I pray for you. I wish there is someting more i could do. thank you and i am sorry"
Trevor R Hendrickson Son of Staff Sgt. Kenneth W Hendrickson (KIA 1-24-04) of Bismarck ND

"Tony, I am very proud of you. The day you left for Basic is the day you were living your dream. Each day since you were killed has been a challenge, but I am thankful to have known you for the last 7 years. We all miss you very, very much, myself included. We will all meet again someday, that is for sure. You're my hero, and I'm so proud of you I don't have the words. I'll miss you forever. We were roommates and close friends in life... as will we be in heaven, when the rest of us come to join you. Until then... have fun dude. Love ya home-boy. Forever your roomie..."
Q-ball (Josh Raywalt) of Bismarck, ND USA

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

"To Anthony's friends and family,
I am sorry for your great loss. I lost my fiancee in Baghdad on July 8, Spc Shawn Davies, he was also in the 1st Calvary Division. I hope that your memories of Anthony may bring you comfort in your time of need. Anthony will always be an American Hero!!!! Godbless..."
Autum Shingler ashingler09@yahoo.com of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

"i saw his picture,he looked so young and handsome,i hate that war,which kills so many people.God bless this brave boy!"
ling liu of china/canada

"To Anthony'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.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Anthony will always be a hero. Thank you for everything you have done. You are so much appreciated and I know you are protecting us from above."
Tawnya of Carson City, NV

"To the family of Anthony Monroe, I was talking to Trevor today and found out that tragedy in Iraq once again hits close to home. Trevor is Ken Hendricksons son who was killed in Iraq Jan 24th with Keith Smette. I am Kens brother. I know the pain that you feel and know that it will take lots to endure what has happened....I can tell you that for a fact. But we will always know that he is a hero..We hate it when it happens, especially to our loved ones,but we all know that freedom isnt FREE. Anthony will always be a HERO in my eyes, as with every other fallen soldier...May God be with you during this time of sorrow.....I will be thinking of you every day,just as I do of Kenny and Keith."
DuWayne Hendrickson duwayneh@ndak.net of Minot,ND

"God Bless You Soldier. I pray for your family during this difficult time. You are a HERO"
Robert Smette of Grand Forks, ND

"To the family of Anthony Monroe,,

My wife and I grieve for you and the loss of your loved one. Our son, Sgt. James Faulkner, also of the 1st Cav. was killed in Iraq Sept. 8th of this year. No words can ease the pain you feel in your heart. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers."
Greg & Pam Gilkey of Clarksville Indiana

"To Anthony'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

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Anthony W. Monroe."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"Pfc. Anthony W. Monroe, You will not be forgotten. My son cory knew Anthony and is very upset to hear of his death. Our family knows the loss your family feels right now because we also lost a love one in Iraq. I just want to say God Bless and our prayers are with you."
Tamme of Reno NV

"Thank you Anthony Monroe, 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 Pfc. Anthony Monroe:
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 Anthony for the sacrifice she has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Anthony Monroe:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Anthony, 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