Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Ronnie L. Shelley, Sr.

34, of Valdosta, Georgia.
Shelley died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV while on patrol. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 48th Infantry Brigade, Albany, Georgia. Died on July 30, 2005.

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"One of the greatest things that we can do is never forget our fallen Warriors that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. This past weekend we ran the Fallen Heros of Georgia 5K with Corey Bennett and his wife. While picking up our race packets, bibs were available "Running in the Memory of (fill in the blank)." I got one and was going to put it with my running bib number in honor of a true Warrior; U.S. Marine brother; U.S. Army Soldier; and Lowndes High School Alumi.....Sgt. Ronnie "Rod" Shelley. Our 9 year old daughter asked if she could wear his bib that I had made in his honor....and she did. All of our kids remember going to his gravesite on Memorial Day to clean up and pay our respects. The race was great, but somber with too many fallen faces lining the 3.1 mile running route. Our daughter smoked the course and was the only one in our family to get a finishing medal... 3rd place for her age group. Semper Fi Rod Shelley. You and our other fallen are never forgotten."
Richard Youmans Jr of Valdosta, GA

"I was in 3rd platoon and Ronnie was in 2nd. I chatted him up a few times before he got killed. I had a pretty good rapport with him. I was very dismayed at his death. Memorial day just past and I still can't really grasp all that he and our other guys lost that day. It's kinda surreal. He was a good man and a social guy. I am saddened looking back. Rest easy big guy."
Kevin Blomfield of Boston Ma

"Thank you all for the encouraging and thoughtful words, they do not go unnoticed. Even now, 8 years later, those words still mean so much to his family; more to me now than you would ever know. Only being 13 when it happened he still crosses my mind daily. May God be with you all.

His oldest daughter,
Logan Shelley"
Logan Shelley of Valdosta, GA

"To the family of:Ronnie L. Shelley,Sr.
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""

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,750 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Mothers of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna
Project Compassion
P.O. Box 153
Manti, Utah 84642"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"July 8, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Ronnie L. Shelley, Sr.:
Ronnie 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

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information."
–The Atlanta Fine Arts League of Georgia

"Heidi, I was saddened to hear of your loss. We were never able to meet, but I am proud that he served our family and this country with honor. I pray that God will be your comfort during this difficult time. God bless and I hope to see you soon."
Cara Garrett Luke of Dothan, Alabama

"Heidi and Family: We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and the family at this time. We were so sad to hear about this tragedy with Ronnie (Rod). May knowing that others care give you some comfort at this time. God Bless you and family."
Leighton Sr., Debbie & Leighton Sadler Jr. of Valdosta, Georgia

"We thank you Ronnie Shelley, and we send our full sympathies to the family.
His service and bravery are never to be taken lightly.
God bless you."
Montana family

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

"Thank you Ronnie Shelley, Sr., 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. Ronnie Shelley, Sr.:
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 Ronnie 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. Ronnie Shelley, Sr.:
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 Ronnie, 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