Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Roger D. Rowe

54, of Bon Aqua, Tennessee.
Rowe died as a result of an enemy sniper attack in Iraq. Rowe was assigned to the 1174th Troop Command, in Columbia, Tennessee. Died on July 9, 2003.

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"I met Roger's son Scott and grandson Brian in Nashville this week. Of course their hearts are still broken but they spoke with pride of Roger's willingness to go to Iraq with his unit, his tours in Viet Nam and his love of his family. Roger would be proud of these fine men and the way they continuously honor their father/grandfather not just with telling Roger's story, but with their honorable high standard lives. Because of my own military service I consider Sgt. Rowe to be a brother I never met but deeply respect. June 3, 2017"
C. Morris of Gibson County TN USA

"Sgt. Rowe and I were stationed together at Camp Cedar, Iraq. When ever we had the opportunity one of us would wait on the other to head to the mess hall (defac) to sit and enjoy an early cup of coffee while everyone else was still sleeping. He was op a calm, easy going nature and a wise man. I will never forget him and am reminded every year when this day rolls around..
E-6 John T. Ward"
Johnny Ward of Palmersville, Tn/ U.S.A.

"Thinking of Sgt Rowe on this Memorial Day...26 May 2014"
Lisa Tillery OEF/OIF 2003 of Fayetteville, AR

"Sgt. Rowe,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF-but also for your service in Vietnam as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I am the oldest grandson of Sgt.Roger D. Rowe,Brandon Rowe.It truly warms my heart and overwhelms me with pride when I read everything you all have to say about my grandpa.Thank you so much for all the support.I strive to be half the man my grandfather was and when it's all said and done and I meet him again,I just hope that he says "Brandon,you made me proud"His name is on my arm and his memory is in my heart.I love you paw paw"
Brandon Rowe of Bon Aqua,TN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

"I was at Camp Cedar when Sgt Rowe gave his life fighting for our freedom.(238th Trans Co) Many tears were shed by his fellow soldiers, he was not alone. My friends and I attended his memorial service at Camp Cedar II, along with alot of his other soldier brothers and sisters. I think and speak of him often and I will never forget him. I especially think of him this Veteran's Day. My heart goes out to his family."
Linda Lisa Tillery of Booneville AR

"To the Family of Sgt. Roger Rowe,

I was with Roger the day he gave his life for our country. The night before, Roger and I talked for about an hour and a half. We had planned to have coffee in the morning, which we did. During our conversation, he talked highly about his grandkids and how excited he was to get home to start building them a treehouse.

I am honored to have served with him. He was a great man whose legacy will live on forever. I think of him often, and of course, on this day, more than others.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family today and always.

If you are ever in Oklahoma, please call me.

cokeman_vds@yahoo.com
405-762-6130

Sgt. Leonard Vandersterren"
Sgt. Leonard Vandersterrern of Ponca City, OK USA

"To the Family of Sgt Rowe...

Not a day goes by when I don't think of Sgt. Rowe. I was on that mission with him but from another unit. 238th trans. I brought back his vehicle after the incident. May God bless you and your family. Sgt Rowe was a great Soldier and Leader."
Age of Fort Worth Tx,

"July 5, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Roger D. Rowe:
Roger 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

"words cannot describe my feelings every day,how it should have been me driving and u doing laundry and getting rest,as usual u told me to stay and you would take care of the driving of the mission i put you on. i know i am not the only one it hurt or still hurts but i should have made u stay and gone in the truck myself i am ashamed it wasnt me and it was you. the day u passed is the day after my daughters b-day so it is instilled in my head every year one day i will get the courage to go to the gravesite and tell u in person how it felt. you were a outstanding soldier and a great person. the day before you passed you told me about your daughters taco soup and how u could eat a mess of it when u got home. i wish it was me and not you that was there that day but god bless u and hopefully we will be able to talk in heaven one day."
ssg edward bone of dresden tn

"MY SERVICE WITH YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. YOU ARE MY HERO, AND "HEROS NEVER DIE, THEY BECOME LEGENDS." ALWAYS AND FOREVER."
LANCE GRAVES of ELLSWORTH, KS. USA

"MY SERVICE WITH YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. YOU ARE MY HERO, AND "HEROS NEVER DIE, THEY BECOME LEDGENDS." ALWAYS AND FOREVER."
LANCE GRAVES of ELLSWORTH, KS. USA

"May God's comforting spirit be with your family on the anniversary of Roger's death."
a grateful citizen of Hastings, Nebraska

"SGT Rowe will always be remembered as person who loved his family, country and friend. I'm sure he is sitting with GOD and watching over each an everyone of us now. GOD Bless you and your family"
SFC Keith Hopper , TNARNG of 230th ASG, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

"SGT Roger D. Rowe/Family: Even though you may be gone but your memories will live on! Your ultimate sacrifice will not be in vain! Your dedication and valor has brought great pride to our fight against terrorism! Your family loss and your sacrifice has made this God forsaken waste land a better place for the Iraqi people to live out their life long dream and that is to be free! I have lost a friend as well and it doesn't make it any better for your family and friends to accept that you are gone from this world. I know that you have a better life ahead of you without war and dispair but peace and joy in the heavens above! My condolences to your love ones but happy for you to be a part of this nation finest! A 21 gun salute to you my brethren! Your memory will always will live on! SSG William Vanover 377th TSC APOD/E APO AE 09889!"
Randy of Camp Doha Kuwaitt

"I'll never forget you sgt Rowe"
Lil Joe Green of Lawrenceburg, TN

"I think of you often. Your calm nature and easy going fit with your true heart. I know your family misses you greatly and i still see you waiting early in the morning ready to walk to the mess hall for a cup of coffee. You will not be forgotten here. I often tell people that don't know you to look up your story on the net. Yes i want people to remember and to know what your contribution was. Thank you for your friendship. fellow 1174 th soldier."
John T. Ward of Det 2 1175 th trans, Humbolt Tenn.

"I will always remember the sacrifice our service members have paid.. You are thought of and your service and dedication is not in vain... Thank you for paying that price."
P. Titialii of Colorado Springs, CO

"SGT Rowe made the ultimate sacrifice and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. His fellow TN guardsmen appreciate and admire you more than words can ever say."
SSG Carletta Campbell of 779th Maint Co, Centerville, TN

"I will always remember..........."
Cyndy Richardson of Martin, Tennessee

"I know your in good hands now. May he bless and keep you forever. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten."
Jamie Spicer of Newbern,TN

"SGT Rowe, I think of you often. On any given day out of the blue, you'll pop into my head. I'll never forget that night in Baghdad when we found out you were the one. You were absolutely among the best we had in Iraq. I know that you are in a better place now, but that just doesn't seem to make it any better. Know that you are loved and missed not just by your family, but by our family as well. Hope wherever you are, they're keeping that coffee hot and fresh for you."
Sgt Amy Fesmire of Dresden,Tn

"I will always remember that evening when the CO and Battalion command informed the company of your sacrifice, SGT Rowe you will always be remembered."
Andrew Pritchett of Dresden, TN

"I'VE KNOWN ABOUT THE PASSING OF THIS TRUE HERO FOR SOMETIME BUT COULDN'T FIND A WEBSITE OR A PLACE TO WRITE THIS UNTIL NOW. MY FATHER SERVED IN VIETNAM WITH THE 1RST MARINE DIVISION 0311/RIFLEMAN IN 1969 AND 1970. I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT SGT. ROWE SERVED IN VIETNAM AS WELL AS A COMBAT MEDIC. I HOLD HIM UP THERE WITH MY FATHER THOUGH NEVER HAVING THE PRIVELAGE OF MEETING SGT. ROWE. HE AND MY FATHER ARE THE CLOSE TO THE SAME AGE, MY FATHER JUST TURNED 54 YRS OLD AND I'M SO GLAD HE IS AROUND TO SEE MY BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL. I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT ALOT OF THINGS WHEN I SERVED IN THE US NAVY(PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS/E-4) IN THE FIRST GULF WAR 1991 OR WHEN I GOT TO SERVE WITH THE 24TH MARINE EXPIDITIONARY UNIT/USS WASP LHD-1 IN SOMALIA 1993. I WAS YOUNG AND WILD AND DID MY PART BUT FOR SOMEONE AS SGT. ROWE WHO SERVED NOT ONCE BUT AGAIN SO MANY YEARS LATER AND HAVING CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND STILL WILLING TO PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE HAS ME SPEECHLESS. MY NAME IS TONY AND FATHERS NAME IS CLAYTON AND IF YOU EVER NEED ANYTHING E-MAIL ME AND ILL TRY MY HARDEST EVEN IF IT "HAIR LIPS THE POPE" TO HELP YOU OUT. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LIVE IN MCMINNVILLE, TN. NOT TOO FAR AWAY. "TENNESSEE THE VOLUNTEER STATE" IT HAS A WHOLE NEW MEANING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT. GOD BLESS HIM AND YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!! SEMPER FI FROM MY DAD AND ME!! E-MAIL ttaylor@police.mtsu.edu"
TONY TAYLOR of MCMINNVILLE,TN USA

"I'VE KNOWN ABOUT THE PASSING OF THIS TRUE HERO FOR SOMETIME BUT COULDN'T FIND A WEBSITE OR A PLACE TO WRITE THIS UNTIL NOW. MY FATHER SERVED IN VIETNAM WITH THE 1RST MARINE DIVISION 0311/RIFLEMAN IN 1969 AND 1970. I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT SGT. ROWE SERVED IN VIETNAM AS WELL AS A COMBAT MEDIC. I HOLD HIM UP THERE WITH MY FATHER THOUGH NEVER HAVING THE PRIVELAGE OF MEETING SGT. ROWE. HE AND MY FATHER ARE THE CLOSE TO THE SAME AGE, MY FATHER JUST TURNED 54 YRS OLD AND I'M SO GLAD HE IS AROUND TO SEE MY BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL. I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT ALOT OF THINGS WHEN I SERVED IN THE US NAVY(PETTY OFFICER 3RD CLASS/E-4) IN THE FIRST GULF WAR 1991 OR WHEN I GOT TO SERVE WITH THE 24TH MARINE EXPIDITIONARY UNIT/USS WASP LHD-1 IN SOMALIA 1993. I WAS YOUNG AND WILD AND DID MY PART BUT FOR SOMEONE AS SGT. ROWE WHO SERVED NOT ONCE BUT AGAIN SO MANY YEARS LATER AND HAVING CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND STILL WILLING TO PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE HAS ME SPEECHLESS. MY NAME IS TONY AND FATHERS NAME IS CLAYTON AND IF YOU EVER NEED ANYTHING E-MAIL ME AND ILL TRY MY HARDEST EVEN IF IT "HAIR LIPS THE POPE" TO HELP YOU OUT. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LIVE IN MCMINNVILLE, TN. NOT TOO FAR AWAY. "TENNESSEE THE VOLUNTEER STATE" IT HAS A WHOLE NEW MEANING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT. GOD BLESS HIM AND YOUR FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!! SEMPER FI FROM MY DAD AND ME!! E-MAIL ttaylor@police.mtsu.edu"
TONY TAYLOR of MCMINNVILLE,TN USA

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Thank you Sgt. Rowe and all the other members of the 771st Maint Company of the TN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD--we miss you all. Thank you Sgt Rowe for the ultimate sacrifice you had to make so we FREE AMERICANS can continue our great way of life and hopefully let the Iraqi people enjoy a taste of what we have and take for granted. You will be sadly missed!!!! HOOAH"
Citizens of Columbia, Tennessee (Home of the 771st)

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

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

"Not a day goes by without a comment, wonder or wish. We miss you Roger.
771st Maintenance Co.
Camp Spearhead Kuwait"
SSG. Jim Runions of 771st Maintenance Co.

"Thank you Roger Rowe, 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. Roger Rowe:
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 Roger 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 Sgt. Roger Rowe:
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 Roger, 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