Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Cameron B. Sarno

43, of Waipahu, Hawaii.
Sarno was hit by a truck while changing his vehicle's tire in Kuwait City, Kuwait, and died as a result of his injuries. Sarno was assigned to the 257th Transportation Company, U.S. Army Reserve, Las Vegas, Nevada. Died on September 1, 2003.

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"Hey Dad, i really miss you, especially in times like right now. Feels really like im a mistaken target for many peoples selfish ignorance and non compassionateness...ive already survived the past few years so i could evolve, but what im up against, i really could use some help here.....love u. And miss u."
Cameron Bryan BJ Takeuchi of Makaha, Hawaii

""My Brother, 13 years has passed but your memory lives on. We love you and are truly proud of your sacrifice. Although we hate the sacrifice you had to pay we are forever re-mindful of it and it never gets easy. You are where the Angels fly and peace is still. Thank you for watching over us and keeping us safe. With much love and respect!""
SFC (Ret) Jerome Boyd Jr. of Las Vegas, NV, USA

"On Saturday I wore SSG Cameron's name on my bib for the Cpl Christopher G. Scherer Memorial "I Did The Grid" Run/Walk. Every step I ran honored Cameron's heroism and ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America. At the completion of the run I rang the bell in his memory. Team Chris wants you to know how much we all appreciate and remember our Fallen. "We don't know them all, but we owe them all.""
Natalie Radino of Blue Point, NY

"hey boodee - i love and miss you so much...you will forever be in my heart...just me"
teresa sarno of waianae

"S/Sgt. Sarno,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"My Brother for Life,
The memories of you, your selfless service, your commitment, and your love for us will never leave us. It may be 11 years since you departed this life we know. But I see it as a blessing from God himself that he saw something in you and only you that he needed next to him watch over us.
I can never thank you enough for being my right hand man, my rock, the one I could confide in during tough times. We were close, we saw things alike, and no matter what we supported one another. Love you man
The US Army and this Nation owes you and fallen men and women like you more than they could ever give! Rest well and keep us close because we need you!

My Contact Info/Email: jeromeboyd2@gmail.com"
Jerome D. Boyd Jr. of Atlanta, GA

"To my brother and best friend...Boodee. I miss you and love you always.
SFC Arthur Tyrone Jones"
Arthur Jones of Kingman, AZ

"Gone, But Never Forgotten......."

"Battle Buddy just one of those days. Just stopped by just gives me peace when I can read this wall of all the people you affected. R.I.P. I know you are watching over us. Tell POP i said wassup as you guys enjoy the high life. Thanks again you strength then and now is felt.
Proud to have served with you BRUDDAH!"
Jerome Boyd of Atlanta, GA

"SSG Sarno 10 years and I remember that Labor Day like yesterday. BBCUE planned, started, and trucks are pushing thru the gates. I was comfortable our guys were in the best hands as always when you were out with them. But I never expected to receive the call I got. My life is forever changed. I know life up there must be peaceful and I envy you in so many ways. You saved our soldier PFC now SSG Valdez. He is very thankful for your leadership on that day as well as all of us. But we are not satisfied to say the least.
I want to thank you brother for teaching me then and now the lessons I may have needed, and for keeping your arms around us.
I remember saying during our time that I loved my platoon, and that we were the best. It was not because of anything I did but people like you, SSG Brown, SSG Smith, SGT Smith, SSG Rivera, SGT Verela, SPC Wright, SGT Ferris, 1LT Drayer, SSG Jones, etc do I need to continue. You was my ROCK and because of your spirit, toughness, humility, humbleness, leadership, etc we all are greatful and thankful. I still LOVE that platoon. I loved the opportunity to serve you and those soldiers. I cant live a day without thinking about you and our accomplishments.
I want to leave my new information for anyone needing to get in touch.
Jerome D. Boyd Jr. facebook

SFC (RET) Jerome D. Boyd Jr. of Atlanta, GA USA

"Ssg Sarno,
It's coming up on 10 years that you have left us. It is you that I thank for me still being here. It should have been me in the place of you that tragic day. You being the leader that you are got under that trailer instead of it being me. That is why I owe you for every day that I get to wake up and be the husband to my wife and the father to my boys. Much love to you and your family.
SSG Valdez of Madera, California

"I didnt get to know you but I wish I could of had the opportunity too. Bj tells me stories of you & him, all the good times you guys had together. Whether it would be you singing him to sleep, waking him up early in the am to go surf at Makaha beach or you just playing your guitar and singing at family gatherings. I love when Bj shares his memories of you with me, it's how I get to know you.Thank you for fighting for what we take for granted the most and for bringing such an amazing man into this world. Your son is such a blessing to me & I am so thankful to have him in my life as my husband. We miss you very much and think about you everyday. Even though you are no longer here we know that you & my dad along with other loved ones are watching over & are with us in spirit. We love you dad & we'll see you soon. Not too soon though. I promise that I'll take good care of Bj.

March 09, 2013"
Rochelle Takeuchi of Waianae, Hi

"Well my brudder,
Another year has come and gone but you remain with us all in spirit. Next year is your 10 year anniversary from passing on to manage from above. I have finally decided to retire and requested Sep 1, 2013 my official retirement date in honor of your legacy. I know you will be there as you have always been. But I really want you to know how much of a influence you had and continue to have in my life and all of our lives. I still remember the stories you told, you playing that guitar singing and roughing up our bad boys when they needed it. You were a true friend and definitely a leader within our organization and the Army. We can never repay you for your sacrifices in which you gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. So I will leave you for now but I continue to pray for your family and friends you had to leave behind. We miss you, I miss you, God Bless!"
SFC Jerome D. Boyd Jr. of Fort Stewart, GA

"Miss you my friend. I will have a beer with you and for you today. 9/1/12"
Damon Ferris Sgt. 257th

"Aloha Sarno Ohana...My dad (Roy Vincent) is trying to get ahold of Boodee's Ohana. He served with him in the 411th here on Oahu. Please call him at 387-6727 or email me at leakuulei@gmail.com."
Leilani Vincent of Aiea Hawaii

Days and years go by but there is not a day I don't think of you and what you mean to our existence on this earth. I often think of that day, seeing you, touching your face and watching you what appeared to be still breathing and i can't but think how proud I am that you sacrificed your life for Valdez! How being the man and Soldier you allowed a good young and vibrant Soldier live and assist the raising of his family. Yes we are selfish I know I am. But God has a higher purpose for us all and you were needed on his council. Well he has a great man up there with him and I am thankful you are watching over us.
I made that decision on that day to send you on that mission so it wouldn't be any riff raff, no bs, and to make sure the mission would get accomplished. Well, the mission got accomplished. But in the process we assisted God in accomplishing his mission for you. I just wished it was so soon and so devastating for you, your family, your soldiers, and the loved ones who needed you. I often ask why and I still deal with it.
Well Brother, I Love You and definitely miss you. I pray for your family often and I have only not reached out for fear of reliving them pain they felt the day you was taken away. You were and always will be my 1st Squad Leader, My Assistant Platoon Sergeant; My brother and friend. "Lets Roll""
SFC Jerome D. Boyd Jr. of Fort Stewart, GA, US

"Today is the end of the war, as announced by Obama. As we case the battle flag, I will case my memories of you and keep it in my heart. Let's roll."
sgt ferris of las vegas nv

"I can't begin to imagine how hard it is to lose a family member, especially to the violences of war, but I really wanted to thank Cameron for his sacrifice. I know my words cannot do anything, but I want to everyone to know that he has impacted me and many other people. Rest in peace."
Chris of Michigan

"Hi Cameron.
We never met, but today at my university I received a card with your name on it in memory of you. I'm sending this message to you to thank you for your service to this country. You, your family, and friends are in my prayers."
Brandon Baxter of Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Much Mahalo Dawn,
We Appreciate Your Kindness & All That You Have Done For MoM Before She Passed Away A Few Months After You Presenting & Honoring Her With The Special Quilt That Was Sewn With So Much Pride & Love In Honor Of Her Son Boodee... You Also Have A Very Special Place In Our Heart, We're So Happy To Have You In Our Lives On Behalf Of The Sarno Ohana... ~Thank You~"
Jamie & Ohana of EB, HI

Another Year Has Passed, I Can't Believe It's Been 8 Yrs & My Heart Still Hurts... I Sure Do Miss U Bro & MoM & DaD Too!!! Love & Miss You =(

RIP Forever In Our Heart"
Sista Jamie & Ohana of EB, HI

"Hey, Just like you dad, i work for Roberts Hawaii. How u figguh? Well, things have been crazy for me but u know me, just like u, soljah dat buggah out....well, if anyone would like to contact me via facebook and get my number in there also....."
Cameron takeuchi of waipahu

"It's Memorial Day, and I want to write a note to the Sarno family to say I remember and honor Boodee's service to our country. It has been 2 years since I met your whole family at Jamie's home, when I presented a quilt to Judy, Boodee's mom. May she now be resting in peace, reunited with her beloved son.
I have moved away from Hawaii now, but you and your family still have a place in my heart."
Dawn Kucera of North Carolina

"memorial day 2011 is here - a time to remember all of the service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom... but i don't need a special day to remember you and how important you were in my life - you are my hero and i will never forget you - you are always in my heart and my thoughts. i love you always *teresa*"
teresa of waianae

"A Special Ceremony Re-Dedication @ Red Rock In Las Vegas, NV Today 5-13-11... Could Not Be There But I Was There In Spirit Honoring You & The Other Fallen Heroes In LV, NV... Will Try To Make The Next One For Sure... Love & Miss You Forever In Our Hearts!!!"
Sista Jamie & Ohana of HI

"Uncle boodee, wow I miss you so much. I remember the last day I saw you. It was right before you left.. You layd down with me till I fell asleep. Than it was getting late, and you had mom take me home because I had school. I promised you something, and you promised me something. Your promise was broken, but it's not your fault. Now I have to keep my promise. I didnt want you to go, and you told me you would come back, that you would teach me karate. It's okay that you didnt make it back."
kelly of las vegas

"boodee - just a simple message to say i still miss and love you...forever in my heart 10-22 just me t"
t sarno of waianae

"7 years today and I still miss you man. Where and what would I be doing today if you were still here. I bet it would be be good. With the end of the war announced I think, what the heck did we accomplish. Well, nothing I guess. All we did is lose a friend. Well I will have a beer for you today.
Sgt. Ferris"
damon of las vegas

"hey boodee - another birthday has gone by without you here - there is not a day that passes where you are not on my mind. songs - situations - people - it seems like almost everything reminds me of you and what you would of done or said at that time and well i miss that and i still miss you. we might not have been together as husband and wife but one thing i know and you will agree too - is we were still very close - you will forever be in my heart - love you teresa"
teresa of waianae

"Happy Birthday Dad! I neva forget dis time so u neva have chance fo drive me nutz wit yo music playing everywhere i go, making me think of u more, visiting me in my dreams that seemed so real, and jus making trouble jus like i like to. i got it from u. but yeah, we bout to go check u out right now so i see u in a bit dad. love u miss u...u always on my mind and u already know dat. Tell unko Benny and everyone else i love and miss y'all, and see u soon one day but not too soon!!! shoots dad! BJ--Your Son...aka Cameron Bryan..."
Cameron/BJ of waipahu,HI 96797

"2010 is here and yes we brought the new year in with lots of fireworks - yep!!your favorite - boodee i still miss you - and you will forever be in my heart. love you teresa"
teresa of waianae

"Wow, it's been awhile since i actually came across this page. Actually brought some tears. Thank you all for stopping by still and showing the support. I just wanted to share something I jus learned after a few loses. Don't let grudges or fueds get in between spending time with those in your life because just like that, you may end up regretting wasted time that could have been spent making memories with that person for the time that they were still here. Life is way too short to let grudges and anger keep us from spending time with each other while we are still alive and here. I know this from experience all too well. R.I.P. Leny, Grandma Takeuchi, Grandma Sarno, Uncle Allen, And to anyone else I did not mention because there's just too much.
BJ / Cameron Takeuchi of Makiki, HI



"hey there boodee - 2009 is coming soon- family and friends will be celebrating with food/drinks and your favorite FIRECRACKERS - as we bring in the new year my thoughts will reflect the times i did have with you - through our ups and downs we still stayed close. i love you and still miss you so much. i'll be lighting some firecrackers for you. forever in my heart - just me t"
teresa of waianae-hawaii

"hey there boodee - as i reflect on this day september 1 2008 - i remember only too clearly how my life changed so very much 5 years ago today when i found out you were gone. i still miss you very much and you are still apart of my life each and every day - it's as if you're right beside me - my mind will flash on what you would have done or said - be it good or bad. but it gives me a comforting feeling when that happens - because i know you are still with me in my heart and soul. i love you and i am honored to have been apart of your life. just me teresa"
t. sarno of waianae

"August 20, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Cameron B. Sarno:
Cameron 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

"Braddah Boodee,

It's been nearly 5 years since your passing and I still remember the day I found out we lost you when I returned from a mission from Najaf, Iraq. I don't think I'll ever forget that day which was one of the sadest day of my life and a part of me had left when you left us. I know god is with you and you're at peace. I'm back in Iraq again this time, as a Convoy Commander and taking a lot of soldiers and TCNs up north in harms way. I think of you everytime when we cross over the border and know you are watching over us "OUR ANGEL" 257TC, so everyone can returned back safely. I miss you and always will be in my heart.

SSG Lynch"
Lance Lynch of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

"hey boodee - it's your birthday - it should be a time of celebrating and having fun with friends and family - but not for me it's a reminder of how much i still miss you and wish you were here to celebrate with everyone. the memories of you are what gives me strength and peace - you made such an impact on my life - there is not a day that goes by where there are situations that remind me of you - what would you have done or said - i just smile to myself and know how honored i am to have known such a remarkable man like you... i love you and you are always in my heart. just me"
t. sarno of waianae

"To My Beloved Bradduh Boodee,
Wanted to wish you a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" and hope that you're happy and at peace wherever you are. Know that you are alway's in our thoughts, heart and the memories live on within us each and everyday. We miss Dad and You soooo much, but we know that you both are together. Love and Miss You Both Dearly!!!"
Sista Jamie L. Sarno-Gallarde of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, U.S.A

"To Our Beloved Braddah Boodee,
Happy Birthday my Braddah! We miss you and wish we could celebrate it with you. Every time the surf comes up we always think of you. Staying out till the sun goes down and having a Blast.I know that when we are in the water catching waves, that you were truly happy and in peace with Life. I miss those times when life was getting us down we would play music or write songs and everything would turn out okay.I miss those times when at Rehearsals we would not get the songs right and when we finally nail it we would stop and start laughing. I miss you and always think of the Memories we all had with you. Don't worry you know I'm still playing music. Gotta carry on with what you taught me. Aloha Brian"
Brian Gallarde of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, U.S.A

"To the Sarno Family,
I want to thank you for your so wonderful local aloha hospitality when I came to your home last weekend. It was an honor for me to present the Home of the Brave quilt to Boodee's mom Judy, and a pure pleasure to meet your whole family. I loved hearing the stories you had to share about Boodee, seeing the pictures and learning about all his skills - the music and the martial arts -- he has become a real person to me.

and to Boodee -
Know that your spirit still lives within your family. They love you very much and still miss you terribly. they feel your presence all the time.
Even having just met them, I feel what a tragedy it is that you were taken from such a loving family, and that such a special family has had to endure your loss.
It is soldiers like you, and families like yours that make America and Hawaii such a special place.

Thank you all so much for welcoming me to your family.
a hui hou Dawn Kucera"
Dawn Kucera of Waipahu, HI

"Bradduh Boodee,
Just want to let you know that we miss You and Dad very much. I want to ask You and Dad to watch over Mom, her health has not been good over the years and she is in and out of the hospital more so. When it is her time I hope you folks will be there to greet her with open arms and I know she will be happy to see You and Dad. She misses you both so much. We all do!!!!
Until we meet again, We love and miss you both and you are forever in our hearts! Your Ohana The Sarno's....."
Sista Jamie of Ewa Beach, HI

"Hello all. My name is Dawn Kucera and I am looking for the immediate family of SSgt Sarno. I am the Hawaii coordinator for a program called Home of the Brave. Our goal is to present a home made quilt to the family of every soldier who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The quilt for Boodee (I love the nickname - great for a Hawaii boy!) is nearing completion and I would like very much to find family members so I can deliver it. This is not a political statement of any kind about the war, but just an effort by volunteers to honor the memory of your loved one. We didn't know him, but grieve with you over your loss, and want to present the quilt to honor his memory.
From this blog, and info on the internet, I have come up with a couple of names, but cannot find you.
I would very much appreciate it if Teresa Sarno (I assume you are a relative?) or one of Boodee's friends could put me in touch with some member of his family.
Thank you in advance.
with warm aloha,
Dawn Kucera
Dawn Kucera of Waipahu Hawaii

"Hey Staff - hard to believe its been 4 years. Wow, where has the time gone. Weren't we just sucking sand in the desert?? Still seems like yesterday. I remember the long walk from BN to the 257th TOC to get your guys' head count and deliver your mail. I loved seeing those HETs driving by - the sheer size of them awed and amazed me. Or maybe it was all those d*mn wheels you guys kept blowing out on your trailers. Good grief!

You passed away while I was home on leave. I didn't find out until I got back and when they told me it was as if someone had punched me in the heart. I'll never forget the stories and all the great things soldiers and KBR drivers, alike, shared about you. And while there's a hole in my life where you, and all of the 257th, used to be, the memories help fill the void. God Bless you SSG Sarno. You are missed.

Sergeant Leif
419th Trans BN"
SSG K. Leifeste of Cloquet, MN

"HEY BOODEE - another year has gone by but it's weird - in some ways it feels like yesterday that you passed - but yet on the other hand it feels like an eternity - but for me - one thing has never changed and that is how much i think of you and how very close you still feel to me. my LOVE and RESPECT for you has never died - you are never far from my mind - every day i am reminded of how SPECIAL you are and how much i still LOVE YOU. BOODEE you are truely missed by everyone who had the HONOR of knowing you. I LOVE YOU and you will FOREVER BE IN MY HEART... just me teresa"
teresa sarno of waianae, hawaii

"Bradduh Boodee,
Another year Sept. 1st marks your Anniversary of your passing. It's been 4 years but the feeling is still fresh as to day we got the news of your accident. Our Heart is still so Sore from "Missing You Dearly". We Love You Forever and Will Not Forget Your Sacrifice and You Will Live On Forever In Our Hearts. Rest In Peace My Bradduh!"
Sista Jamie & the Ohana of Ewa Beach, HI USA

Another B_DAY and another year has passed and missing you more and more each day. We miss you very much, words cannot explain the void we feel. If not for the memories that we have of you we would have a hard time coping without you. You are missed and loved by your family and friends dearly. Wished Brazen could have met you, he looks just like you and just as rascal as you were as a baby. I know how much you loved babies and kids, you would have enjoyed being a Grand-Uncle.
From our heart and soul to your heart and soul we feel your presence of your love and aloha. Miss you my bradduh and love you forever!!!!!!!!

Sista Jamie & Ohana"
Sista Jamie of On the island of Oahu, HI

"hey BOODEE this ones for you - Memorial Day 2007 is just a couple days away - and yes it's a time when our country HONORS all the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. but i on the other hand HONOR and REMEMBER you everyday of my life - you are my HERO - you were a very special and unique man who always gave his all.we had our ups and downs but one thing always remained- the love and respect we had for each other. i miss you very much and your absence is still something i'm finding hard to get use too. all the memories i have of you - give me strength and also make me SMILE. i pray that you knew how much you meant to me and how much you were loved by me and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing you. "I LOVE YOU MY HERO and YOU WILL FOREVER BE IN MY HEART". just me teresa"
t. sarno of waianae, hawaii

"Our Beloved "BOODEE",
Just want to let you know as Memorial Day approaches You and All the Heroes who gave their Live's for our Country are very much Loved, Missed and Greatly Appreciated for your Service and Sacrifice. Not a day goes by without thinking of You and Dad and missing you both so much. Our heart still aches with saddness!!! I miss hearing you jamming on your instruments that you loved so much. I will alway's remember that sly and rascal smile that you give when you do silly pranks or when you get into trouble from kiddie days till the day we had grown into adults. Until we meet again, you will forever be in my (our)heart!!!!!!!"
Sista Jamie Lynn of Waipahu, HI

"Cameron and Family,
I want to say that you are definitely missed. As your Platoon Sergeant during this crisis I must say it was very hard to believe of all people you had succumbed. My "Hit Man" was no longer here. The toughest guy I personally knew and not knew of! The man with a heart like a lion. You helped me to mentor, train, coach, counsel, discipline, and love our soldiers from the mighty 1st Platoon of the 257th Transportation Company (HET). No one knows you like I do. The leaders who have spoken about your abilities did not supervise you directly. I did. I rated you, coached, mentored, and as well learned from you. They speak of your greatness. They really don't know what you meant to your soldiers, to LT Drayer and Me. They shook Jamie's hand and tried to explain to her and your bruddah how you were as a soldier. How can they know you and never worked with you or saw how you worked with our soldiers? I felt like a politician was speaking and it actually upset me. Your family deserved better than the hand shake, politician greeting and pat on the back. They hadn't even been told the dynamics of your death. They had been told just an accident. Well, I was the last to see you from the platoon. Your soldiers and the soldiers from 1st Platoon never got to see you and say good-bye. In the hospital looking at you man you looked well and alive. Face still warm but lying very still. I thought you would get up. Our superman you were so I just knew you would rise and say, "What you looking at? Letís Roll!" I watched you very closely and it looked like you were breathing. I kept thinking you were just sleep. I looked around the room and your chain of command all showed up. CPT Cox, 1SG Jennings, 1LT Drayer and I among others. We all just looked around at each other. What do we do next? I then asked these men of distinction, What do you expect of me now? How am I going to explain this to his soldiers, our soldiers? Then we all wept. There was not a dry eye in the room. For the first time I saw emotion in our Commander. I knew then that this was going to be tough.
Then, later that evening back at the camp we were all brought together for the official notification by the command. Colonels, Chaplains, your soldiers were in attendance. You could see in their faces that they knew. Some already emotional. They spoke and then they all looked at me. I wasnít prepared and what was I to say. I was as emotional as the worst of them. But knowing my bruddah, my partner, my Hit Man, that I had to do it and give them some confidence that we can make it thru this. Of everything that I said all I do remember is You saved a life today. SPC Valdez was saved cause of the soldier you were. A 21 year old who just started a family, who hadn't lived as long was saved cause of your actions. Be proud of that. You are a true HERO! Now we must grieve but remember he is in a better place. We now have an angel that we all know watching over us. BOODEE is his name.
It has been tough man. You have meant so much too so many. I feel their pain and don't even know everyone. I know I am still hurt and miss you much. I have wanted to visit Hawaii and meet the family. Maybe one day I will. I am very sensitive to the fact that others are grieving too. So, maybe one day I will make that trip.
As I close I want to let the family know I am back in Iraq again. I am available for email if anyone would like to chat. My email is: jerome.boyd2@us.army.mil. I hope everyone is doing fine. Jamie I just want to say Hi. Please stay in touch. My prayers are with you and the family always."
Jerome D. Boyd Jr. of Balad, Iraq

"hey boodee - as we approach another year without you here - i know you are looking down upon us - especially now - new years was one of your favorite times of the year - the parties and most of all the popping of fireworks.as i pop fireworks i think of you and how much fun you use to have - it's sad in a way because it only makes me miss you more. i only pray that you knew how much you were loved by everyone especially myself. I Love You and You Will Forever Be In My Heart - just me..."
t. sarno of waianae, hawaii

"To the family of:Cameron B. Sarno 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"

"ALoha Boodee! Well, I don't know if you would even remember me because I knew you when I was a little girl growing up on Puhano Street behind Tamura's Supermarket in Waianae. We were neighbors and I called you "uncle". Your son "BJ" was one of my neighborhood playmates and we also graduated together.Now I'm 27 with a family of my own. I found out about your passing through BJ when I returned home from living in Vegas. I really don't know what to say(as I usually find it difficult to find the right words in a passing) but what I have to express is my gratitude for what you have given to myself, my family and the world. Thank you for your courage, your bravery, your patriotism, your love for the world. Thank you for putting yourself out there so that the rest of us could hope for peace in our futures and our kids futures. May you continue to be a hero and angel in heaven. Thank you for everything Uncle Boodee."
Shantel Hose of Waianae, HI

"First of all, i would like to thank each and everyone for their love and support. It is Sept. 11th and this site is where i ended up while killing time on the internet doing msypace and all that stuff. It was actually my dad guiding me to this page. He definitely has his ways of communicating with me. He's been doing it ever since. Especially when his birthday is near or when i forget an important date. He haunts the hell out of me. Seriously. In a good loving way though, which is exactly how is personality is. I don't have much to say, but if you would like to contact me, you can reach me via email at
Aloha and god bless.....BJ"
Cameron Bryan (BJ) Takeuchi of Halawa/Waianae

"hey boodee - this friday will be 3 years since you've been gone and there's still that feeling of emptiness inside of me. there's not a day that goes by that i don't think of you - i miss you very much and always hold you close to my heart - for there will never be another like you... I LOVE YOU AND YOU WILL FOREVER BE IN MY HEART - just me teresa"
teresa sarno of waianae, hawaii

"On August 26, 2006, we will dedicate a memorial stone at Punchbowl Cemetery. Your name will be noted on our program as one whose sacrifice gives us the duty and the priviledge to carry on your legacy of freedom and liberty. Mahalo from Oahu Chapter 858, Vietnam Veterans of America."
Luis Parker of Ewa Beach, HI

""Boodee" because you are a shining star in my eyes on this 4th of July 2006 and always - there's a star that shines bright upon your grave for everyone to see how very special you are. You will always be my hero and you will "Forever be in my Heart" and "I Love You"... teresa"
teresa sarno of waianae, hawaii


"hey boodee - this one's for you. i love you and still miss you very much. it's been 2 years today that you've been gone. they say time will heal the pain - well i'm still trying to heal, but it's so very hard - the only thing that makes it alittle easier - are the memories that you have left me with. the memories are precious to me and they keep you forever in my heart. i put a heart of different colored flowers on your grave - which represents the colorful and exciting life you had here on earth. i love you - SSG CAMERON BOODEE SARNO - just me"
teresa sarno of waianae

"To our beloved brother,
Today you would have been 45 yrs. old... Happy birthday bradduh!!!! Not a day goes by without us thinking of You and Dad... We miss you both sooo much, that it still hurts inside... We carry the memories of you within our hearts as each day goes by and always remember how much we love you and miss you... May you RIP wherever you are and keep playing your guitar for all the angels... Remember that saying "music is good for the soul"... We love you and miss you!!!!

Sista Jamie and the Ohana"
Jamie Gallarde of Mililani, HI

"As another year passes we will celebrate your birthday and life without you here. Although you are not physically here with us - you are always in our hearts and our souls. It's still so very hard not having you here with us - there's a void in my life that I'm finding hard to fill.You were a remarkable man - always willing to give of yourself. I even miss your grouchy times (full moon) - all of your different moods are what made you so special. I thank you for the time we did have together - you have touched my life like no one else has. Because of you and who you were I am honored to celebrate the life you had here on earth and I thank you for all the precious memories that you have left me with... Written for a very special man SSG CAMERON (BOODEE) SARNO. Forever IN MY HEART just me teresa"
teresa sarno of waianae,hawaii

"As we celebrate Memorial Day 2005 - I honor you SSG Cameron(Boodee)Sarno along with all the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom -there lives. I give to you my utmost respect. Boodee you are my HERO and I miss you so very much and you will Forever be in my Heart... I Love You - teresa."
teresa sarno of waianae,hawaii

"To Cameron's family, We are so sorry for your loss and know that no words can make it any easier. Even though we never had the priveledge of meeting him, Cameron is our hero. We appreciate what he did for us and are proud of him for protecting all of us. God Bless You!"
Larry & Susan Keen of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

"Boodee it's been a year since you've been gone and it's still so very hard to except the fact that you're not coming home...I miss you more each and everyday that passes - your early morning phone calls, e-mails, letters and just hearing your voice. I pray that you always knew how much I loved you. I miss you tremendously and you will "Forever be in my Heart" just me..."
t. sarno of waianae,hawaii

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..9/1/04

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

Today marked your first anniversary of your death, not a day goes by without thinking of you. I (we) really miss you dearly and it still hurts so much not being able to hear your voice and hugging you. I can only do that in my dreams which I'm greatful for. You know that you were so loved by all of us and you will live on forever in our hearts. You are "Our Hero"!!!!!!
Love and miss you with all my heart"
Sista Jamie of Mililani, HI

"Boodee, your Las Vegas families will miss you so very much. There was excitement every time you were in the room, and the stories you told.....we laughed till we ached! You meant a lot to all of us......it's still so hard to accept your passing. We will save a spot for you at our table on Thanksgiving. Until we meet again, you will always be in our prayers.
Aloha, nephew.""
Nancy Gurdison of Las Vegas, NV USA

"To SSG CAMERON BRYAN SARNO - BOODEE as his family and friends knew him - would of celebrated his 44th birthday today July 18,2004. In honor of him we are celebrating his full and wonderful life that he had. Boodee was a very special man and he is missed by all who knew him. I myself am so very proud of him and wish he was here so I could tell him so.I love you and miss you very much - you have touched my life like no one else has ever done. I will never forget you and the memories of you are FOREVER in my HEART and SOUL. love you boodee just me..."
t. sarno of waianae,hawaii

"I am a 7th grade student from barker, NY. Cameron was a good soldier and died doing that. Cameron was a friend to every one and many people will never forget him."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

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

"Dear Boodee,
Thank You for your guidance as it has helped your son and I get through the moments and move on. Until we meet again.***SMILE***"
Forgiven Eternally

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

"To the family and friends; My heart was sore to the heart to hear that a local person passed away. I go back now and then on the internet just to see if someone I knew from back home passed. I dont like seeing names being added to the casualty list. But god does have a plan for all of us and as long as you keep the good memories of your loved one close to your heart, the lessons that he left with you all, will never fade. Mahalo nui loa SSG Sarno for fighting for our way of life."
SPC Kanawaliwali, Ipo K. of Camp Carroll, Korea

"To The Family, Fiancee, and Friends Of Staff Sgt. Cameron Bryan Sarno. Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Cameron was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Kuwait. We will never forget. You are in our hearts. (1/28/04)"
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

"To the 'Ohana,
Just wanted to say sorry for your loss. So sad to lose another local boy to the war in Iraq. My heart, and prayers go out to the 'ohana of fallen hero Cameron Sarno. The family letters and kokua from across the nation brought tears to my eyes. Mahalo Cameron for fighting for our country. E kala mai for your loss."
Paul Robinson of Wailuku, Maui, HI

"Thank you Cameron Sarno, 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

"My sympathies to the family. My husband is also in the 257th. When he told me that SSG Sarno was killed, I felt sad. I remember seeing him in Texas...it was a quick glance. He will be missed."
~257th family member~ of USA

"Boodee was a remarkable and energetic man. There was never a dull moment in his life. When not working, you could find him at the beach-surfing or hunting or perfecting his martial arts skills or working on his Willy's jeep and when the day would be coming to an end-he'd be practicing one of the many musical instruments he played. He was always the life of the party and sometimes there wasn't even a party. He wanted to grab whatever life had to offer him. He lived each and everyday to it's fullest. He will truly be missed by everyone who knew him. There's a part of my life that's missing and that part is you Boodee. I Love You - Forever In My Heart..............just me"
T. Sarno of Waianae, Hawaii

"Aloha Uncle Boodee. It's Larissa and Keoho, Ata's daughter and son in law. I can't believe you're gone exactly a year after we've seen you. You were generous and kind enough to open your home to us when we visited my dad for labor day weekend 2002. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing my dad to stay with you while he gets his feet on the ground. I remember that weekend clearly. You wanted us to save money on the hotel so you insisted we stay with you. You had a beautiful home. I remember you and dad playing music in the dining area and even in the garage. And Keoho and would be cruising with you guys in the garage talking stories and laughing. You were so funny. Uncle James cooked a nice dinner for us and we had a lot of fun when we went to stratosphere and rode the big shot. And dad didn't want to do it, but you did cause you were always up for anything daring. It was a pleasure to have spent that weekend with you. I thank you again from the bottom of my heart for taking care of my dad. You are a hero in all our hearts."
Larissa and Keoho Cordeira of Kunia, Hawaii

"Boodee, my friend, my brother, you was alway there for us and our family. Even for my Mom & Dad. Whenever they needed help, you was there. When we was in Las Vegas, walking down on the strip, I know why you walked behind us. It was to make sure that we was alright, you made sure that we was protected, so no one would harm us. You are my angel. Please say hello to my Dad, and we miss him so much. You guys can talk about your war stories, that you guys love so much. I will miss that funny, nasty laugh you have, that was always a joy to hear. We're so proud of you. We Love you."
Sarah Shirley (Magallanes) of Waianae, Hawaii

"Aloha Uncle Boodee,
So how's life up there in heaven? must be pretty cool huh. You get to play music for all the angels, i bet you even play in gods band huh. You also get to surf the biggest waves and visit all the places you've always dreamed about. I'm just glad were all back together down here in hawaii as one big family again. tell grandpa i said hello for me and tell him that i really miss him and you alot. Uncle Damn im going to miss alot of memories that i've got with you, like how we would always go grochery shopping at vons on our paydays or how we would just go site seeing. Oh i'll never forget that day you woke me up early and we went hiking up the mountain in the desert and ate at that petting zoo, i gotta admit it was pretty fun although i had to work the over nite shift that evening. Uncle god bless i miss you and love you man, untill we meet again Aloha's no forget now tell grandpa i said hello for me ok have fun you guys thank you for being such a special person in my life........."
Bryce Sarno of Waipahu,Hawaii

"To my beloved brother"BOODEE",You were alway's the "KOLOHE" one in our family and that's what made you so special. I'd have to watch you even more closely as we were growing up to keep you out of trouble. Even when we were grown you still was a rascal as ever. I have so many memories of you good, bad you name it but most of all we had a special bond and love that no one could ever take away from us and I will alway's cherish that in ny heart and memories of you. I just miss you so much it hurts!!! You were my sparing partner ever since we were kids growing up and I learned how to be a tough cookie because of you and Jim. For the past year you kept me on my toes and busy as a bee and you're still keeping me busy and focused. Thank you for all the wonderful memories and I will carry you in my heart forever. Until we meet again my braddah, I love you and miss you dearly... "ALOHA""
Jamie Gallarde (Tita) of Waipahu, HI US

"Aloha!Bradda Boodee! I was in Hilo this past Sunday when I bumped into Sheila, You remember, Johnathan Mahuka's Sheila. She told me of your passing, As I drove the 100 miles home to Kona, I thought of all the good times we shared, Basic training at fort lost in the woods (ft. Leonard wd. MO.) A.I.T. Ft Benning Ga. "All Hawaii 1978" Driving around in that yellow baja bug of yours. When I got home I called my brother Solomon and told him too, he retired out of ft. lewis Wa. SF, He said you made him the best surfer he could be. I know we lost touch over the years but the bond we shared as soldiers and Local Hawaii boys remain forever. I spent the night going through all the old photos I have. Then I found our graduation photos (indiviuals) Bradda you still looked the same. The last time I saw you your Boy B.J. was only a baby and i hear that he's doin it in Afganistan, Now you can be his air support. Now you go do what you gotta do and save a place for me and the rest of the guys from the 100th. Till we meet again we remain a Band of Brothers (Hawaiian Style)"
Joe Belisario of Kailua-Kona Hawaii

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Cameron Sarno:
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 Cameron 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 Staff Sgt. Cameron Sarno:
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 Cameron, 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