Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Dominic J. Sacco

32, of Albany, New York.
Sacco died in Taji, Iraq, when his M1A1 Abrams tank was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 13th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on November 20, 2005.

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"Sacco,
Brother, it was a wild ride in Dco 1-13AR. I was torn the day I heard about you heading home to your mansion in Heaven. You were always a good Soldier (while in uniform...). I always knew we had each others backs. You, Billy, and myself should have been in jail a few times. I seen one post talking about Silverados. Man the 3 of us owned that place. Well brother you continue to watch our 6 and we will all see you at Silverados in the sky. Love ya."
Richard Cooper of Picayune, MS

"Hey brother. I know your in a good place right now. know that you're watching over your own family and u miss them as much as they miss u. I ask of u time to time to watch my back every once in a while. I miss u and u will never be forgotten . Take it easy up there. I will see u when I get there. love u my brother."
Lil H of Las Vegas, NV

"Every year I try to stop by and say hey. I miss u brother. I really hated doing CPR on u but I had to. I hate this time of year because you and hasse and mills. But its life
I love you man."

"To the family of:Dominic J. Sacco
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""

"I was stationed with dominic in ft riley for a while and I will personally say that I truly miss him and thank him for his selfless act of service. He never was a coward and he taught me to never leave a friends side. We were at silveradoes one night and four or five guys went to jump on us and at first i was scared but when dominic said put your back to mine if you go down i go down. Dom Bill and I were pretty close for a while and i will always cherish the times we had. Thank you Dominic for fighting for our country and being such a good friend. Your friend Shay Ward"
Shay Ward of panama city fl

"Domonic new my father. SGT BRENT WADDLE. I wish i could remember him, but sadly i was to little.My father told me that before Domonic left he told my father that he wanted him to tell me when i got older about him. Now i am 15 and feel terrible because i never got to really know this amazing soldier. he never made it back but he is still with us in our hearts. i respect him so very much. i would gie anything just to shake the hand of a man who sacrificed all for his country and his family. i love and miss you domonic. my deepest humbleness to your family."
chelsey W of Virginia

"My deepest sympathy goes out to your family.i can't imagine loosing my child, brother, uncle or dad. all i know is you was like family in Ft. Riley and i want your kids to know, that you were a HERO alltogether in your everyday life and while deployed.You were unique and EVERYONE loved you for your personality!YOU were supposed to come to Germany and i wish you had! I will always miss you! Love Ina"

"I met Dominic when he first got to Fort Riley, and all I can say was he had an amazing outlook on life. We became friends and I was honored to have him as part of my wedding. It was a tough loss when I found out he was gone, and it still is today. I try to visit him as much as possible, just to remember the good times. He will definitely be missed and this world is not the same without him. From all his family and friends that knew him and loved him, we miss you Dominic. I can only offer these words, Rest in Peace brother."
Derek Baxter of Wamego, KS (Fort Riley)

"NONE OF YOU KNOW DOM LIKE I DID I MADE HIM A SOLDIER BEFORE HE INLISTED.MY TRUE BROTHER MY FRIEND!! MADDOG REEDY!! DEATHTOLL OF ALBANY NY TORTURE THE ENEMY!!! DE CORAZON!!!!"
MADDOG REEDY of ALBANY NY

"Sacco I miss u bro! I don't know how to say sorry ."
David ( lil H) Hernandez of Las Vegas

"nick was my cousin. I only met him a couple times before he died. But i loved him. He was good with his little step daughter and he was a great husband. He was an all around amazing person. I love you nick. With all my heart. Save me a spot up there."
Devin Renee Leopardi of Mabscott West Virginia

"I love you man you were the first person that I met when I got to FT. Riley... But the best things is you took me under wing and showed me the ways on becoming a good soldier... I still remember the day when you called DOC!!!!!"
SPC. Parker of Fort Gordan, GA

"Sacco, we sure had a great time back in 97-00 at Dco 1-13Armor. Miss you man! My deepest sympathy goes out to your family and friends.""
MSG Camara, Helder of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"November 16, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Dominic J. Sacco:
Dominic 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

"THE FIRST PERSON I EVER MEET WAS THEN SPC SACCO. I REMEMBERED HIM CAUSE OF HIS NAME. HEY WAS COOL AND WAS ALWAYS GIVING ME * FROM BEING FROM EAST LA. HE WOULD ALWAYS TELL SSG WATSON THAT I WAS MAKING FUN OF HIM AND DOING MY IMPRSSIONS OF HIM BEHIND HIS BACK AND GET ME INTO TROUBLE WHEN I ASKED HIM WHY CAUSE HE SAID IT WAS FUNNY. HE TAUGHT ME TO LOSSEN UP AND JUST NOT BE TO ANAL ABOUT THINGS HE TOOK CARE OF US AND REMEMBER THOSE TIMES ON FUNERAL DETAIL. REST EASY MANNNNNN"
MR Victor N Blas (formaly know as BLAS) of EAST Los Angeles, CA

"I served with Dominic in Fort Riley, Kansas in 1-13th Armor. He was a dear and close friend. We often teased each other about him being from New York and me being from North Carolina. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten. Brother, I know you loved life to the fullest. I miss you man. My deepest sympathy goes out to your family and friends."
Ray Cropps of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"I served with SGT Socco, I considered him a friend, and he is constantly missed.

Even Heroes have Heroes
Copyrighted November 2006
Author: Phil White

The American public has dubbed us the Military men and women as Heroes,
For the sacrifices that we make,
They have made us their Heroes,
They have honored us with their praise and support.
The unstated fact about Heroes is this,
Even Heroes have Heroes!
My Heroes sacrifice more then I,
For this is the nature of the beast.
My Heroes confront each day as though they have a million more,
And never speak of the reality that it may be their last.
My Heroes have their mounts shot out from underneath them,
And get back up and ride again.
My Heroes face explosion after dreadful explosion,
With only the utterance of a few expletives and a prayer,
My Heroes face attack after horrifying attack,
And return with a smile and a quip.
My Heroes may not be the best “Soldiers”,
But they accomplish each mission in the face of adversity.
My Heroes don’t know they are Heroes,
They blush in the presence of praises and thanks.
I don’t know all my Heroes by name,
For they are too numerous.
I have the privilege of calling some of my Heroes “Buddies”,
For my Heroes know there are “behind the scenes” people.
Some of my Hero buddies have paid the ultimate price,
We honor them with tears, smiles and memories.
For even Heroes have Heroes!

Dedicated to the Memory of SGT Dominic Socco and SGT Donald Hasse."
SGT Phil White of Woodbine, KS

"it has truly been a while sacco. we had good and bad times, but either way i truly cherish them. i miss you brother. you were great. my blessings are with the sacco family."
Efrain "Chico" Martinez of Chicago, IL.

""For when I die
and go to heaven,
to Saint Peter
I will tell,
Another Soldier reporting Sir
for I've served my time in hell"

And Sacco did just that, served and served proudly. Sacco was one of the best Tank Commanders i have served with. I think about him every day. I know he's up there watching over all of us soldiers. I just hope i can be as good as he was. My prayers are with the Sacco Family."
SGT Lipiec, Michael E. of Fort Shafter, Hawaii

"Dominic, I was searching the internet and found this, and thought I'd leave you a message. I know you are upstairs in a better place than this desert, and I will see again brother."
Kelly of Texas

"To SGT Sacco's family. I served with SGT Sacco in Iraq during OIF 3. I had dinner with him a couple of days before he was killed. I was a Platoon Sergeant in B 1-13 Armor. SGT Sacco was a good man who always enjoyed himself and loved life. I am proud to have served with him and will never forget him and the others I had served with who are no longer with us. God bless you all."
Daren Shepherd of Fort Riley, KS.

"May God be with you through all of your hard times."
Dominic Sacco of South Africa

"Dominic was my roommate upon first arriving to Ft. Riley at the end of 1997. My boy, my brother I will never forget you and the times we had. And I'll never forget that "you're Sicilian KID!!!"

To the Sacco family and friends, my deepest and most heartfelt wishes go out to you. Your son was one of the greatest people I met in my seven years of service and will always hold a special place in my heart. I don't have the words to say as I fight back the tears...just know that your son was a great soldier, brother to his fellow servicemembers and friend. It is an honor to have served with him and he will be greatly missed."
Sgt. Dustin Allen of Salt Lake City, Utah

"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.
Our nations HERO, Dominic will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"TO THE SACCO FAMILY
NO WORDS CAN COME TO TERMS WITH WHAT YOU MUST BE FEELING FOR YOUR LOSS, THE SHEER THOUGHT OF LOSING ONE OF MY CHILDREN IN ANY WAY LEAVES US COLD, BUT EVEN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE YOU IN OUR THOUGHTS AND HEARTS..."
MAX,GIOVANNA,BIAGIO AND DANTE SACCO of SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

"To the Sacco Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your Dominic is a true Amercian Hero. Dominic will always be remembered and honored. May God bless you all and God bless you Dominic."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Bill and Diane,
We understand that words are in no way sufficient to convey our heartfelt sympathy for you and what you're going through as parents of a fallen Hero. We are all family as we work and live together every day and share our experiences, failures, successes, and losses. We recognize and admire that you are both salt of the earth loving parents. Those of us who never met Nicci are proud of him and feel as if we knew him by the way you always talk with pride and love about him and the rest of your family. We share your pain and your pride in the loss of a son who sacrificed so much in the name of human rights and freedom. We thank you for your friendship and for the examples that you set as good people, good neighbors, and good family. God Bless You.

We love you."
Employees of Metals USA of Groveland

"To the Family & Friends of Sgt. Dominic Sacco - Sgt. Sacco is truly an American Hero. My thoughts & prayers are with you."
Caroline Badgley of Denver, CO

"To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love,
you can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
but now it's time I traveled on alone.

So grieve a while for me if you must,
then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part,
so keep the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on.

So if you need me, call, and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart,
you'll hear all of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way,
I'll greet you with a smile, and say,
"WELCOME HOME.
Author Unknown
Gone – but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"TO THE SACCO FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. I WRITTEN A MESSAGE TO DONMINIC AND YOUR FAMILY AT "IRAQ.PIGSTYE.NET"! I JUST WANT YOUR FAMILY TO UNDERSTAND. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! I LOST MY SON SGT GREGORY L. WAHL US ARMY KIA BALAD, IRAQ 05-03-04. I URGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN DOMINIC'S HONOUR. IT IS THE VERY LEAST HIS COMMUNITY CAN DO FOR HIM. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU DOMINIC AND YOUR FAMILY."
LEONARD WAHL of WWW.CHILDREN-OF-THE-FALLEN.ORG

"Thank you Dominic Sacco, 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. Dominic Sacco:
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 Dominic 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. Dominic Sacco:
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 Dominic, 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