Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Robert W. Sweeney III

22, of Pineville, Louisiana.
Sweeney died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his military vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Died on January 10, 2005.

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"A decade has passed (exactly) since I lost my dear friend.I remember the days that followed and speaking at the memorial service at Louisiana College and the rallying of friends. Mostly, I remember a numb shock, though one mixed with pride for the life Rob had lived. I haven't forgotten you or stopped missing you, brother. We will all be reunited one day. I am so glad sites like this exist to keep the memory of Rob Sweeney alive."
Willie Tubbs of Hattiesburg, Mississippi

"Just found this site. Rob has been heavy on my heart for a while now. MR. ROBBIE, just want to.let you know Rob has not been forgotten."
Josh Wiggins of Alexandria, Louisiana USA

"Rob was an awesome friend, glad i got to meet and become friends with him , him n my husband Russell Young were best friends, i was pregnant with our 2nd child when Rob passed, we decided to name him after Rob, Robert Wesley Young born Aug 19,2005..we make sure he knows just what i great guy he was named after, we talk about him all the time and show him photographs we have of him...We love and miss you more than you could ever know!"
Russell & Rebecca Young of Oakdale La United States

"We know Rob lived his life to the fullest. He gave 110% to his country. I am sorry for your loss Mr. Sweeney. You raised a true American hero! I am honored to have served with him."
TD of Alexandria, LA

"Just a note to say we're thinking of Rob today. Saying a special prayer for his family and friends that they may have wonderful, happy memories come to mind today. Dec 12,2011."
Laura of Brush Creek, TN

"Rob was a childhood friend of mine, my mother and his dad taught at slocum together. One memory I have of Rob was playing at his house, watching Fox and Hound! lol I know one day Rob we will meet again. Thank you for everything you have done. Happy Veterans day."
Jennifer Johnson Sullivan of Lake Charles, La

"you did what you thought and felt was right and just. you would have made your grandfather proud."
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"April 2011
To Rob's Dad, we've never met, but our sons were very good friends. I know my son will never forget Rob. In fact, he has seen to it that his young nephew who will be 7yrs old next month knows who Rob was and that he was a true hero. Just wanted to let you know Rob will be remembered by this family into the next generation."
L Andrus of Brush Creek, Tn

"To the Sweeney Family. We like to express our deepest sympahty in the loss of Robert. Know that our family will keep him and your family in our hearts and prayers. It was a pleasure talking with you yesterday afternoon and I was hoping you would call back must have been a big project your working on. Just give me a ring when your ready to talk again about the monuments. May God bless you and your family each and everyday."
Dave Seamans of Jacksonville, FL

"For those of you that didn't know, I had been watching CNN the morning Rob was killed. I watched as a video was played and found out the next day that it was Rob's vehicle that got hit. The incident had bben filmed by the scum that set it off. Rob was my nephew adn I applaude him for taking the road less traveled"
H D of Lafayette, Louisiana

"Today is 12-12-2010. and it would have been Rob,s 28th birthday. So this is a birthday wish to my son. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROB, form you loving Dad.

I also want to Thank everyone that has left a message for me and Rob's family. I know he is in heaven with his mom and they are happy together, and even though I miss him dearly, I am a very proud father of a man that gave his life for the freedom we enjoy and one of the finest men I know.
Robert W. Sweeney, II"
Robert W. Sweney, II of Port Barre, LA

"Sweeney and I had some good times in the guard and I will never forget him. I still tell people the stories any chance I get and I have to laugh extra hard to keep from crying. To Sweeney's Dad, if there's ever anything you need, call on me. You raised one of the best of us."
Jason Neal of Alexandria, La.

"Thanks for serving our country."
Sally Waggoner Maxfield of Plano, Texas USA

"”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 1,660 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!
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 God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Kenna, Project Compassion of Manti, Utah, USA

"January 4, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Robert W. Sweeney, III:
Robert 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 the family of:Robert W Sweeney III 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"

"ROBERT I NEVER KNEW YOU BUT I AM TRULY SADDENED TO READ THIS.MY NIECES WERE YOUR COUSINS.CHRISTINA MICHELLE SWEENEY CONSIDINE AND SHANNON MARIE SWEENEY SCAPANO.SHANNON SERVED 8 YEARS IN THE ARMY AND WAS IN THE PENTAGON WHEN THE PLANE HIT 9-11 01.MAY GOD COMFORT YOUR FAMILY YOUR FRIENDS AND FELLOW SOLDIERS."
CATHY MARCUM SUTCH of EASTLAKE OHIO

"ROB YOU WERE AN INSPIRATION TO ME JUST BECAUSE YOU NEVER LET ANYTHING GET YOU DOWN. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID FOR THIS COUNTRY. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THANKS AGAIN."
RIVERS BATES of SLAUGHTER,LOUISIANA USA

"I came to America for the first time in 2002 and met Rob at Louisiana College when I was on a semester exchange program. Rob helped me get use to my new surroundings and he was always there for me. I will always be thinking of him. He was truely, a dear friend."
Helen of Leamington Spa, England

"It's been over 2 years now and there are times when I still feel that gut-wrenching feeling of hopelessness and pain. The only thing that truly gets me through is knowing that he truly wanted to be there and KNEW beforehand the sacrifices.. I know if he was here he would tell me "get over it, Tif..quit being stupid!" He will always be first in my heart!!"
Tiffany Bates of Slaughter, LA, USA

"Robbie, you and your family continue to be in my prayers."
Tricia (Attaway) Baker of Greenwood, LA

"I just found out about Rob's passing last night at work. I was totally in shock when I saw him on the New York Times. My deepest symphaty for the Sweeney family. Robbie you are in my prayers."
Debbie Head of Owensboro, Ky.

"Rob lived next door to me in Iraq and we used to sit outside together while we smoked and shot the breeze each day after missions. It was one of the rare relaxations we were able to find that helped get us through the day.. I miss him everyday. He was a fine soldier and NCO. He was dedicated to his mission and his troops. I am honored to have been able to call Rob a friend and comrade."
SGT Gary Lynn Walters Jr of Sulphur, LA

"I was fortunate to be a chaperone in the youth group Rob was part of. He was great with the children we worked with on Mission Trips. He was always someone we could count on. He is missed and very much loved. Thank you Rob for your bravery. We love you!"
Becki Hamel of Pineville, LA

"Rob and I went to Louisiana College together. He was an awesome person and always spoke his mind. He was one of my best friends and an awesome person to talk to and a great listener. I miss Rob very much. Even though it has been nearly a year and a half that he has passed away, not a day goes by that I don't think about him and the great times we had. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU!!
I know that he is in Heaven watching all of us. I will meet you one day up there Rob! I still can't believe you put your feet in my jacket! LOL"
Carla Marie of Cypremort Point, LA, USA

"I have just found this web site, and I appreciate all messages for my son. He was a great son who belived in what he was doing. Thank all of you for remembering him and what he stood for, One Nation Under God and for the FREEDOM of all people in the world.
Again Thank all for your messeages, and I want to Thank the soldiers who were friends and fellow soldiers of Rob and sent me a message

Robert W. Sweeney, II
Father of Robart W. Sweeney, III
My son and Hero"
Robert W. Sweeney, II of Pineville. LA

"Sweeney,
I think of you everyday!! You were a good soldier and a great friend. It was an honor to serve with you, both in peace and war. You will forever be a hero to me. Thank-you for the time we had. 'Till we meet again brother....."
SGT Brian J. Negrotto of Jonesboro, LA

"Robert,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier who was in that vehicle with for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"My brother went to school with Rob at Louisiana College. A couple of weeks ago I went there for my brothers graduation and was able to attend a memorial service for Rob. The senior class did a living memorial in memory of Rob by planting trees on campus. From talking with other students I realize how much Rob impacted so many during his time at Louisiana College."
Rachel of Bossier,LA

"Sweeney, you are a hero. Thank you for serving your country. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. Bill, Nick, Seth, & you are Hard Rock Charlie's ANGELS... You are the american hero"
Danielle Schexnider, wife of Sgt. Dwayne Schexnider 3/156th 256th of Crowley, Louisiana

"I am doing a class project on someone who gave their life fighting for our country. I chose to do a memorial for Robert. He was a brave man. Thank you Robert."
Breezie of Austin, TX

"Thank you brave american Soldier.
Thank you for save the freedom of the whole world.
Thank you from Germany
You are my Hero
Thank you from Ute of Ramstein/Germany"

"I am so sorry for the loss of Robert. My cousin Bill and he died together on that road in Iraq. They will live on in our hearts as heroes. They made the ultimate sacrifice. They will never be forgotten. May God bless you and help you to heal in this sorrowful time."
Cindy & Mark Horton of Fairview, LA, USA

"Thank you for all that you have done for everyone in this world. We are sorry for the loss of Robert and Bill.
Are prayers are with all of you..."
THE EWINGS of Lake Charles, La.

"To the family of Rob,
I just wanted to tell you how big of an impression that Rob made on me. He and I were both in JROTC together. He always encouraged me to do my best. Motivated me to reach for the peak of my abilities. When I became the Battalion Commander my senior year I remembered everything that he had done for me. He is not only a hero for the nation, but my personal hero in life. He was my inspiration. I know that words do not even begin to help the ache in your heart. I just wanted you to know that I am proud of him and his courage to go over and serve our nation. I know you are too. Know that my family will be keeping you in our prayers. God Bless."
Cathy Baker Durham of Ball, LA USA

"To the family:

My brother, Bill, served and died with Robert. Robert and Bill are heroes, and will never be forgoten. I know the pain you are feeling, and I am praying for you all every day. There's a special bond between soldiers that served together and I feel like that bond is extended to the families of loved ones that died together on the battlefield. Know that I love you and that I truly appreciate the ultimate sacrifice made by our two heroes.

With love and honor
Tee"
Anthony K. Manuel of Kinder, LA

"Rob,
You know that I loved you and will continue to do so...Thank you for protecting what you believe so heartedly in...For that I will always believe in you...I will always cherish the times we had together...You will never be forgotten!!!!"
Tiffany Bates of Pineville, LA

"To the family of Robert Sweeney:
Robert will always be a hero to America, and I truly respect what he did to keep us free, my prayers are with you, as i know this is a tough time. god bless. love all of you."
Nicole Karpinski( Sgt. Bradley Bergerons cousin) of Houma, LA

"I will not forget what you've done for me, Robert. May God bless your family."
Lindsay Robinson of Baton Rouge, LA

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

"To Robert's Family:
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

"Thank you Robert for defending the freedoms we all cherish. You are a true hero and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Robert Sweeney III, 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. Robert Sweeney III:
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 Robert 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. Robert Sweeney III:
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 Robert, 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