Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Edwin W. Roodhouse

36, of San Jose, California.
Roodhouse died in Habbaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Greaves, Korea. Died on December 5, 2004.

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"I remember you coming through the dfac on camp grieves, while I did head count, 1942 that was your meal card, always had a smile, you are not forgotten brother."
Sgt Josh Brown of Glendive, Montana

"I guess I'm the only one from St. Simon's class of 1982 who cares enough to write.... we were both oddballs of the class along with a few others, and I haven't seen him since then. An old classmate told me a few months ago what happened. I'm proud of you, Edwin. I've changed a lot as well."
Reiner of Phoenix, AZ

"I still have the picture hanging in my den of all of us in the S-3 at Camp Greaves just prior to leaving for Iraq where Roody was out front holding the guidon. Always in our hearts as Currahees forever!"
SSG (R) Jim Bezner Jr of Columbus, GA

"8-9-2012-To Edwin Roodhouse's family: a co-worker of mine at Fort Benning spoke of Edwin today. I never met him, but my co-worker served with him, and carries his memory in his heart to this day, and I know he always will. My deepest sympathies for your loss, and heartfelt appreciation for his sacrifice."
Cindy of Fort Benning, GA

"To the family of:Edwin W.Roodhouse
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""

"Saluting Ed six years after his death on Dec. 5th 2004."
Shawn Klimek of Oakland, CA

"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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Your M.A. family is so proud of you. We all knew you were one of the good ones. Thank you for your bravery and eternally honorable ways. You are loved and much missed."
Marin Academy, Class of '86, of Marin County

"December 10, 2008
To the family of Spc. Edwin W. Roodhouse:
Edwin 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

"I met Ed at San Francisco State University, in the Fall of 1987, when we were both residents of Mary Park Hall. We got acquainted when he thanked me the day after I helped him back to his room after a (rare--perhaps unique) experience of drunkeness following a student party. (He barfed all over his own door). On better days, we discovered a shared an interest in writing and role-playing games, and confided much in each other about our respective spiritual quests. After college, we met often for gaming and writing with a circle of close friends, and stayed in close touch until he finally seemed to disappear. A couple of years later, I learned he had joined the service and finally tracked him down again through his SF bay area family. I had emailed him and was still waiting for a response when I got the tragic news, a mere two weeks later.
Just today, I was looking through some old papers and found a whimsical poem he wrote to celebrate my 10-month-a-versary to a mutual friend I was dating at the time (about 1989). What a romantic, he was! Later, he was the only one of my friends with the candor and loyalty to tell me this girl was breaking my heart, only I didn't know it yet.
I loved Ed very much, and miss him still."
Shawn Klimek of Oakland, CA

"Ed, I miss you dear brother. You were my Scripture reader at each service you attended, and I am blessed to have know you and served with you. God bless you as you are now at His side. Your race is completed, and you have won in Christ Jesus!"
Chaplain Randy Robison of Fort Gillem, GA

"Words cannot adequately convey how proud I am of my cousin, Edwin. He will be rememered always as a brave American hero. His will be a legacy of freedom and honor."
Bryan Hargrave of Las Vegas, NV

"Roody.. you are sorely missed by all of your "Currahee" brothers who had the honor of serving with you in Korea and Iraq. Not ONE day goes by that I don't see your smiling face. Rest in Peace brother. "Stands Alone!""
SSG Miller of Ft Carson, CO

"I knew Ed when we both were struggling young adults in San Francisco trying to find some purpose in our lives. He helped carry my burdens even when he felt overwhelmed with his own. That's just the kind of person he was. He taught me to live every moment without regret. He reminded me that our life here is just a small part of the bigger picture. Ed, wherever you are, thank you...for everything."
Juliet D. V. Lem of Daly City, CA

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

"Ed Roodhouse was one of the few people I have ever called friend and I can assure you his loss was and still is felt by everyone in the 1-506 who had the honer of knowing this fallen hero."
SGT Sean Distefano of Camp Habbaniyah Iraq

"Edwin was my childhood friend, we laughed and sang together, running up and down the streets of our neighborhood. He was a wonderfufl caring boy and teenager, who I am certain grew into a wonderful man. He loved his country and gave the ultimate sacrifice.
I am thinking of his family and pray for the loss they are bearing."
Sharon of Cupertino, CA

"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

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

"Thank you Edwin Roodhouse, 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. Edwin Roodhouse:
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 Edwin 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. Edwin Roodhouse:
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 Edwin, 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