Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Todd E. Nunes

29, of Chapel Hills, Tennessee.
Nunes died in Kirkuk, Iraq, when his convoy encountered an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Died on May 2, 2004.

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"a true hero"
tom campobasso of yarmouth maine

"Hey brother, every day since I found out you left, I have thought about serving with you at Ft. Campbell. Those were some good times. Your war is over and will always be remembered. Miss ya bro!"
Nathanael Thrall (SSG) of Tucson AZ

"Todd,

Anthony here, you know that recruiter from Columbia that painted the picture of Army life for you. From reading all the messages on here, I for sure know you were an exceptional person in the community and a great leader of Soldiers. I think about you often, especially when I return to family back in Lewisburg. You are one of few who can draw tears from my eyes brother when thinking of how early you were taken form us. I miss you brother, so be great in Gods Army. "Airborne" Todd"
1SG (Ret.) Anthony Garrett of Washington DC

"SSG Nunes,

We will never forget you and your families sacrafice. We miss you. Steel 6"
Jon Welsh of Manzanita, Or

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Project Compassion , Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"April 28, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Todd E. Nunes:
Todd 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

"Its been a lil over 4 years since we lost Todd in Kirkuk. Im prepping to go back to Iraq this summer. My wife just called me from California and told me while she was at the beach in Santa Barbara she came across a memorial to fallen soldiers. She laid some flowers in Todd's name, and signed the register (First entry). We both teared up. Todd you WILL NOT be forgotten!"
MSG Richard Woodruff of Fort Riley, KS (MiTT Team)

"To the family and friends of SSG Todd E. Nunes... I am new to the Gimlet Clan. I have had the honor of being apart of the Gimlet Family for a little over a year now. Although I never had the opportunity to meet SSG Nunes I have heard many stories about him. His Honor, Bravery, and Selfless Service have motivated me pickup where he left off. My deployment to Iraq comes late this year all prayers for the Gimlets new and old will be greatly appreciated, as ours are with you...."
PFC Trampus Miller of Schofield Barracks HI

"To the family of:Todd E. Nunes 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"

"to a fallen friend brother soldier you will never be forgotten but greatly missed"
cpl rick young

"My heart grieves for you all. My son was with your son in Kirkuk. This is one of the only two times that my son ever seemed to be unable to cope over there, the other was when Amos died. Please know that your son lives in our memories and will not beforgotten. I can't imagine your grief and hope that God sees you through this. I will as a mother always remember and honor those we have lost and those left behind. Tina"
Antonia Martin of Pinnacle NC

"SSG Nunes,

We still think about you and miss you."
Robert Eidson (SGT) of Lexington, KY, USA

"Hey SSG,
Its SPC Finch, almost SGT Finch. Theres not a day that goes by that I dont think about that day. I remember getting to the hospital after helping Woolwine and Hernandez. SGT D came up and put his arms around me and said SSG Nunes is gone. I refused to believe him. You were untouchable, our leader, it should have been me in your place..not you. Theres not a night that goes by that I dont pray for your family and your memory. Ive tried to live my life and lead my soldiers like you tought me. I only pray that while youre looking down on me and the rest of the gimlets that your smiling and Im making you proud. God Bless you Todd. You will never know how much you are missed.

SPC Brandon J Finch Rifleman, B team, 2nd squad, 3rd Platoon."
SPC Brandon J Finch of Schofield Barracks, HI

"Bore Brother Bore."
Cpl. Allison, 1-21 81mm MTR of Austin, Tx

"To the NUNES family the fourth of July in Gatlinburg Tennessee is the midnight parade and fireworks. I along with other fallen families will be attending. To eneter a float to honour our fallen and to "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! Todd you are a brother to our son. As he felt you are to him. gregory and you are together with other fallen brother's and sister's resting now. You will never ever be forgotten Todd. fqather of fallen soldier US Army Sgt. Gregory L. Wahl KIA Balad, Iraq 05-03-04"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of spring, Texas

"I searvede with Todd in Iraq,He was a quite man but the things he did boomed like cannon fire.He will be missed but not forgotten. I am not saddened b y this loss for we all knew what could happen when we enlisted. However I'm not cold hearted i do miss this great leader"
Bennie of A co 1-21

"It has been over a year since Todd was taken from us. As I go throough this year following our deployment, I reminice about Iraq daily "What was I doing a year ago today". There are alot of good memories, and some not so good, but the thought I will never foget is the sacrifice this fine SSG made while performing the duty we were all asked to do, and the thought of his loss will never be forgotten. RIP Warrior, your sacrifice will not go invain. We will never forget."
SFC Richard Woodruff of 2nd PLT, A co 1-21 IN, OIF 2.

"sgt.nunes was my squad leader.he was a level headed soldier and an all around good guy.i am deeply saddened
and my prayers go out for him and his family.r.i.p punisher."
elden charles of mountain view ca.

"I never knew Todd. Nonetheless, I feel his loss deeply. I was the med platoon leader for 1/21 in the early 90's. The Gimlets were my first Army "family." While there, I don't think I appreciated sufficiently the depth of the bond I created with my fellow soldiers and officers. Though it was long ago, that time in my life had a tremendous impact. The loss of a member of our brotherhood touches me in ways I didn't expect.

Though I never had the privilege to meet Todd, I am certain he typified the "duty, honor, country" ethos that characterizes Gimlet soldiers. I deeply appreciate the ultimate sacrifice he made for all of us. So long as I am alive, he will never be forgotten.

I left the military after my first tour and have built a successful business career on the lessons I learned in 1/21. If there's anything--anything!--I can do to help the Nunes family in their time of grieving this great American hero, please don't hesitate to call: 916-761-9011. I would feel priveleged to honor his memory by helping the family through my large network of international corporate, political, and social connections.

Bore Brother Bore!"
Jason Johnson of Sacramento, CA

"SSG Nunes was in my platoon. He was always goal getting and good to the soldiers beneath him. He was a great guy and a great leader at the time I knew him. He will always be. Im gonna miss you Todd. God be with you"
Spc. John B Gibbs of Winchester Va.

"I'm sorry we couldn't save you, I know how badly your loss hurt your platoon. Rest easy seargent."
SPC Bailey of Kirkik Iraq

"Todd, I was there at the traffic circle after the medics took you away, and then also at EMEDS. Your whole company was outside praying for you Todd. They miss you a lot, and they painted a memorial at the patrol base of you. I didnt know you that well Todd...I talked to you a few times in passing, but we were in different companies. But your absence has left a hole in our hearts, and we will never forget you. I was at your memorial service in Kirkuk, the whole tent was packed with all the people that you had touched. I was also there when we had the send-off ceremony and sent your casket back to the States...it was a day I will never forget. RIP Todd"
Specialist Joel Angle of Kirkuk, Iraq

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

"To the Family and Friends of Army Staff Sgt. Todd E. Nunes. Our prayers are with you. We can understand the depth of your grief as we walk the path with you.

Reflections

We are a reflection of those that we love and whom love us
We honor them with our love
We sing praise to their name
We hold them tender in our thoughts
We hold them tightly in our hearts
We cherish them in our prayers

By loving us they have given us
Strength
Courage
Honor
Faith
Hope
Love

We can love because we have been so blessed with their love
We can forgive in their name
We can believe because of their shining light
We can have faith because of everlasting life
We can find the courage to lift our heads and smile because they are kissing us gently
We can find the strength because they are standing beside us
Our honor comes in remembering them

God Bless Todd

In rememberance of Sgt. Todd E. Nunes

In rememberance of John D Amos II (KIA 040404 Kirkuk)"
of Oregon

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

"I went to BNCOC last year with Todd. I just found out two days ago of his passing. It hit me real hard. Todd was a good soldier and an even better friend during the short couple months I spent with him. He will be missed!"
SSG Casey Sorensen-Kindt of 2/27th Infantry, 25th ID Jan 2001-Sep 2003

"To the Nunes family, Todd is sorely missed here at Ft. Campbell as many of us who have had the pleasure to serve with Todd have learned of his ultimate sacrifice. Thank you Todd. And to his family thank you for your unwavering support. God Bless you."
Sgt Waller, Adam of HHC 3/502d Inf (Todd's old home at Campbell)

"This message is for you Todd. You were always positive and a wonderful person. You loved your wife dearly and your children. You meant alot to my husband SGT. Holguin. We will always miss you and hold you in our heart. Christy we are here for you. In loving memory...Todd E. Nunes"
Kate Holguin of Waipahu, HI

"This message is for you Todd. You were always positive and a wonderful person. You loved your wife dearly and your children. You meant alot to my husband SGT. Holguin. We will always miss you and hold you in our heart. Christy we are here for you. In loving memory...Todd E. Nunes"
Kate Holguin of Waipahu, HI

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Todd Nunes: Only today, did I hear of the loss of a great soldier- Todd E. Nunes. Todd served with us here at Fort Campbell, Ky & the 3/502 IN REGT 101st Airborne Division. We remember him as a great soldier, and will always remember him as a Hero, for his much dedicated service to his unit's over the years, and his strong devotion to his Family Values. May God Bless You all, and give comfort in this great time of loss."
SSG Coderre, Steven G. of Fort Campbell, KY

"There is no greater sacrifice that one that would lay down their life for another. This young man laid down his life for people that he did not know. My son served with him and my heart goes out to the family of Todd Nunes. I pray for moments of peace and strength to get you through this awful time. God be with you."
Sherrie Cummins of North Richland Hills, TX

"To the family,
My heart goes out to you at this time. I too know the shock and grief you are going through. My son, Michael also died in Kirkuk (Dec. 24th 2003). May God grant you peace. Know that I am here if you need to talk, cry or just scream."
Deb Yashinski (Mommaski) of Irondale, AL

"To Todd's wife and family. My husband served with Todd in Kirkuk and we can't tell you how saddened we for your loss. My husband always spoke very highly of Todd and I got the priviledge of meeting him once at the Christmas party this past year. He will truly be missed and we are praying for you. God bless you."
Amber Gregg of Winter Park, FL USA

"I am sorry that you had to go through such heart ache. I to lost my sons dad to this war. He too belived in what he was doing and died doing what he loved. I wanted to contact you about a support group that is out there for both the mother and the wife. It www.taps.org its been a blessing to me. Feel free to email me. I wanted to be there but I found out too late due to being out of town. tristannchrismom@aol.com God bless you all and just know you and your family are in my prayers."
Brooke of Franklin Tn

"To Todd'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 his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"

"To Todd'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 Todd Nunes, 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. Todd Nunes:
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 Todd 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. Todd Nunes:
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 Todd, 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