Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Regina C. Reali

25, of Fresno, California.
Reali died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her HMMWV. She was assigned to the Army Reserve's 351st Civil Affairs Command, Mountain View, California. Died on December 23, 2005.

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"i had the honor of bringing our Angel back home to the US.....it was one of the hardest things i have ever done...Gina...RIP you're one of Gods Angels..."
Msgt Ricky Martin of Knoxville tennessee USA

"I knew you since middle school at fort miller through high school at fresno high. I was shocked to hear what happened. These many years later i still think of you."
Sai Cha of Fresno

"I really donít know SGT Reali, but had the dreadful task of notifying the Next of Kin in person, which was her to nephew and niece in San Diego, shamelessly it was on Christmas Eve Day that spilled over to Christmas day. I a combat veteran as on Casualty Affair Duty in the San Diego area, as part of a team to provide the in-person notification to the service member next of kin. I had just performed a notification a day early at Balboa Naval Hospital, when Fort Huachuca Casualty Affair Office called a fellow team member who ignored the call to respond, because it was so close to Christmas and walked out of his office quickly to avoid being called again. I then seen my government cell ring and it was the CAO from Ft Huachuca, he said I know youíre not on the rotation for another notifications since you did one yesterday, but itís a day before Christmas Eve, I need you to do this for me, pleaseÖ.
I accepted it and traveled to the address of SGT Realiís Brother, but no one was there. I then probed around ad seen a neighbor and asked a few questions, but they were some-what perplexed on why I was around the home, so I left. It was late around 22:30hrs. I travelled to Balboa Hospital and did my reports from a personnel office. I was upset and talking out loud on why I had to do this, it was now mid night, I called FT Huachuca and informed them I did not make contact with the NOK, could this case be transferred to another team member, because it was Christmas Eve, they replied we need youÖ. I sat alone in the hospital office cussing and questioning my duties, this was my 16th notification and Casualty Assistance Officer Duty, and I hated it. As I pounder a man who was a night cleaner over heard my frustrations and yelled to me, Sarge, youíre going strap it on and go do that notification. I looked at him and instantly became enraged, explaining you donít know anything about me to give me an order to do something, youíre a janitor. He replied ďyou have to, I served in Vietnam, and many were lost and their families were horribly notified, so this is a must, no delegation of duty, you and you only must do this.Ē I was puzzled, but in a few short minutes realized I had to do it. I turned to give some kind of apologies, but the man was gone, as if he appeared out of nowhere. I was scared, but summed up the courage to do the notification later that morning. I can only say when I arrived to the brotherís home, there was a lot of people there and they were expecting I believe a video message or feed from SGT Reali to her brother ship, who was serving in the Navy, but they got me and it was a very, very, very difficult seen, I canít go into details on what happened, but I respect how the family reacted. I finished my paperwork and was hurt inside. I went to the Ocean Beach Pier around 17:30hrs and never departed till the next day Christmas around 11:00 hrs. I reflected on then on my last 21 years in the Army. I felted so badly inside, that I was the last image as her father said to me in my face of his little girl, a horrible image. I called FT. Huachuca and insisted if I ever died do not send anyone to my door ever. I fought with all my demons inside that night on the pier and didnít enjoy a Christmas until 2010. During Christmas day I use to visits the Childrenís Hospital and the VA Hospital, brining gifts and cards on my own, until that Christmas Eve day in 2005. I never duplicated that efforts again, too sad by the events of being on Casualty Assistance duties. I only hope that the family forgives me for intruding that day, it was duty and orders, I followed, but am affected from it ever since. My condolences to SGT Realiís family, I never knew her, but felt their lost that day. My heart broke that day, Iím only giving my side of the story behind the events of that day. It was horrible and I relinquished my duties three months later in honor of her. I am profoundly sorry for having to be the one to notify SGT Realiís family, my God shine love, peace, and understanding on your loss of 9 years."
Ronald Woods of San Diego

"I knew Regina in high school. We attended Fresno High school. We were both class of 1999. She was an amazing person with a warm smile. She will always be my friend and hero and I will never forget her."
Cynthia Walker/Bernardino of Fresno California

"I watched Regina grow up. Lived right around the corner from my house. Her and my little brother Ryan were best friends for as long as I can remember. She kept my brother out of trouble a lot, and I missed my chance to say thank you to her before she left for the Army. She was a good girl, last time I saw her was for 5 minutes when she was on leave once visiting my brother. I was proud to see what she had become. She didn't deserve what happened and I was terribly upset when I heard about it. I will never forget you Regina."
Matthew Mann of Fresno, CA

"Here it is, August 2011 - I only knew SPC Realli for a short time - we were both in 448 CA - but I have never forgotten her. Every time I teach a class to soldiers on IED's I remember her. I remember her smile, I remember her devotion to the people of Iraq, especially the kids there, I remember how she always went the extra mile if a soldier was down and out. She was a great person to have known."
SSG Jon Watt, of Ft. Huachuca, AZ

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families 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

Scott Steiner of Worthington, Ohio USA

"To the family of SGT Regina C. Reali
My heart goes out to your family and friends. May God Bless You and protect You.
You and your family will always be in are prays.
God Bless"
SSG Santoyo of Clovis, Ca

"December 21, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Regina C. Reali:
Regina 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

"To the family of Regina. I was very sorry to see the programme on our televison on the 27.10.2007 for the deparure of Regina. I was in S. Diego last September and I tried to contact Paul and the family but unfortunately the tel. number was not in function anymore.I will return soon due that my son is working there. Please I would like to visit Regina could you please inform me if you have already put her photo on the hill.
thank you if you could reply to me I have already send per e-mail my e-mail address without any reply up to now."
flavia of Lugano, Switzerland

"Regina, it's been 2 years and it's still hard to believe you're gone. You are truely missed. I will never forget all the help you gave me."
Mayra Lopez-Nanez of San Jose, CA

"I wish that you all could have known Gina, she was and is beautiful inside and out! The best daughter, sister, and to me the best friend! She is loved and is missed greatly! Thank you for all of your kind words!!!"
Nakia Garrett of Merced, Ca

"This message is for Regina C. Reali.
We love you gina."
Whitney of USA

"This message is for Regina C. Reali.
We love you gina."
whitney of usa

"Gina, I loved serving with you in Iraq and consider it an honor to have known you. Thanks for all your help with comms and intel at FOB Loyalty. I remember talking with you on the evening of 21 December 2005 and how you were anxious to get home and see your father. God Bless you."
SSGT Ron Taylor, 448 Civil Affairs Bn of Bakersfield, Ca

I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier who was also killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"To the family of:Regina C. Reali 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. She 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 will be 9 months on September 23 that Gina was taken from her family and friends. I only knew Gina for a short time through her Aunt Judy and had a visit with her before going back to Iraq. What always sticks in my mind was that sweet smile she had, that's what I remember. God Bless all the family and friends and most of all "GINA". You will forever be remembered!"
Pam Sagardia of Fresno, California

"Gina was a great fun loving girl that would warm the heart of any person that she came in contact with. She worked at the Home Depot in Clovis CA for 3 years. She Graduated from Fresno High School and was attending Fresno City. She was a special person while she spent her time here on earth, and god had decided that it was time for her to come closer to him and provide more selfless acts for him. Its been almost 6 months since she had past and over a year since I last saw her. It is still hard to not see her and in fact as I write this it still brings a tear to my eye and a pain in my hart. We will always miss you Gina, We will carry your tourch for all to see and charish. If you would like to leave a message to her family they have a memorial book at Legacy.com"
TJ Warren of Fresno, CA

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

"Thank you Regina Reali, 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 Sgt. Regina Reali:
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 Regina 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 Sgt. Regina Reali:
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 Regina, 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