Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Eric J. Poelman

21, of Racine, Wisconsin.
Poelman died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on June 5, 2005.

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"June 5, 2009
To the family of Spc. Eric J. Poelman:
Eric 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

"To the family of: Eric J. Poelman I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Porkchop my brother I miss ya. You were my best freind and I am so sorry your gone. MY prayers go to your family and your amazing wife. B and I wish you were around every day. You will never be forgotten my freind. Renate I hope you are doing good. B, mick and I worry about you all the time everyday. Erics family I am so sorry for your loss. I allways wanted to meet you. Eric could make me laugh all the time. Wanted to see where he got it from. He srved his country as a great man and was allways the greatest of freinds. To Erics family and Wife Renate. If you ever need me for anything what so ever please get ahold of me. My name is Robert Martin. My email is wishard2221@yahoo.com Or you can call me at (907) 766-2903. I would love to hear from you. My best wishes go out to you."
Robert W Martin of Haines,AK,USA

"to eric,
life has not been the same without you brother i always think about you and the good times i love you man"
SSG HEDGES of GERMANY

"I am so sorry to hear about Eric. I went to Basic with him and this breaks my heart to hear that he is gone. To his family, I am so sorry this happened. My condolences."
Justin Keesler of Mt.Pocono PA

"I didn't know him well but as a brother in arms I honor his sacrafice."
SPC Jeffrey Haumersen of Korea

"Rest in Peace Warrior....You are not forgotten. J and T USMC Sister of a fallen Marine"

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

"To Eric's family from Spc. Brian Ulbrich's mother... my heart goes out to all of you. I know the grief you are suffering and I pray that God gives you the strength to carry on. Eric was a true hero and will be remembered by all his friends and family. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family.
Love, Barbara"
Barbara Ulbrich of Chapmanville, WV

"To the Family of SPC Eric Poelman:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put SPC Poelman's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of Spc Eric J. Poelman I am deeply saddened for your loss..All these young men and women are unique and brave. Myself and my family have you in our prayers and thoughts...... Justin Vasquez's aunt"
Mari Kennedy of Vineland, NJ USA

"To the family and friends of SPC Eric Poelman: I am sorry for your loss. My family and I cry with you. Eric was with my brother that day - SSG Justin L. Vasquez. I pray that your family and friends get through this tough time. But always remember that SPC Eric Poelman was a true hero."
Jennifer Vasquez - sister to SSG Justin L Vasquez of Manzanola, CO

"In my prayers. Semper Fidelis"
Ken Schwarm MSgt USMC Ret of Puyallup, WA (hometown Racine)

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"To The Poelman Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Soldier.."
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN 6/9/05

"ERIC OUR FAMILY DEEPLY SADDEN FOR YOUR LOST. AN OUR PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN ERIC NOT NOW OR EVER! YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN! ERIC YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND YOU ARE SPECIAL AND DEAR TO ALL AMERICANS AND THOSE IN IRAQ. YOU HAVE MADE AMERICA ALOT SAFER SINCE 911. AN GIVEN THOSE IN IRAQ HOPE! WE LOST OUR SON A YEAR AGO. AN WE ARE THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL HE SERVED ALONG SIDE OF YOU. WE REALIZE YOU HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. STILL YOU ARE MILITARY BROTHER'S. ONE'S THAT WATCH OVER ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHER'S UNITS. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"6/8/05 Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Spc. Poelman's family and friends. We understand your tremendous sadness, yet a great sense of pride. Eric and his comrades are true heroes and will go down in history as great men who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. May God give you strength to endure this most horrific painful loss.
John 15:13 Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends."
Webster and Ruth Reed (father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Baghdad on 1/28/05) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

"God Bless Eric. He will not be forgotten! My prayers are with Eric's family and friends. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you Eric for fighting for my freedom. Blessings to you."
Candy of Poynette, WI

"Eric "Porkchop" Poelman... i will miss you soo much.. i remember hang out at your house.. having smores, and just having fun.. you will be missed..."
Tiffany Hedges-Roy of Colorado Springs, Colorado

"I just want to send my condolence to Eric, his wonderful wife, and his family. It seems like just yesterday i was playing cards with you all while i was with my brother Specialist Micheal Hedges. We're all really heart broken about you leaving but at the same time we are thankful for everything you have done for our country! Your the best and even though you are gone buddy you will never be forgotten!!!!! YOU ARE OUR HERO! WE LOVE YOU & WILL MISS YOU ALOT!!!!!!"
Joan McDermott of Ellaville, GA / West Palm Beach, FL

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

"Thank you Eric Poelman, 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. Eric Poelman:
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 Eric 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. Eric Poelman:
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 Eric, 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