Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. DeForest L. Talbert

22, of Charleston, West Virginia.
Talbert died in Baladruc, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 150th Armor Regiment from Beckley, West Virginia. Died on July 27, 2004.

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"Thinking about you tonight..... RIP young man. Not forgotten.

Embrace the Hate."
MB of Ft. Benning, GA

"My dear handsome cousin, Life Is Not Measured By The Breaths We Take, But By The Moments That Take Our Breath Away.... as we come upon the 8th year anniversay it still seems like yesterday when we were partying & taking pictures on your birthday. We miss your clown ways kept everyone laughing & to think two years after you left us I would have a daughter who does the exact same thing you did to people lol I salute you on this daVeterans Day I miss you love always your cousin Melissa Talbert"
Melissa Talbert of Alexandria, Va

"Dee its coming up on the 8th yr of that night and I still think about it all the time, I just wished they would have let us come out of the wire to help but they knew revenge would be coming for them. There isnt a day that goes by that I do not forgive the Iraqi's for what they have done. I plan to make your memorial run this year and visit your resting spot. If any of the family would like to contact me my email is ravenccp1@yahoo.com. Well I guess I will end this with a goodbye for now and I will remember all my fallen comrades and keep their families in mind as well. Blue 2 Golf over and out."
Charles C Perkins of South Charleston, WV

"We had some great times. The Memories I have with you will be some of my most cherished. I can still remember watching you walk off just weeks before you left for war and our convo the day b4 u passed. I loved you then, I love you now and I will love you forever. I pray for ur son his mother and ur family regularly. We lost an amazing man but we gained an angel. RIP Dee L Talbert"
Jessica Ramsbrock of Baltimore MD

"SGT Talbert, On this Memorial Day Weekend 2011, I remember you and think of the 4457 other Americans who have fallen in Iraq. May you rest in peace brother."
SGT M. 252 CAB (formerly 120th Inf.) of QRF in Balad Ruz that night

"six years now, just cant stop thinking why did it happen, think about u everyday, i know u in a better place now, i talk to u like 9 hours before it happen, cryin right now while im posting this, i no u chilling up in heven wit big mama, lil rabbit and blackface, i got two kids now wish u was still here for u can see them, u still the goddaddy still cant beleive you gone, see you when i get there best friend love you homie forever."
Marquis Bigdog Harris of alexandria, va

"SGT Talbert,
Another year has gone by, another night and I can't sleep. Hard to believe its 6 years since you were KIA. I do my best to savor life but struggle. I know I shouldn't but I often wish it had been me who had died there and not you, its wrong to say but it's the truth that I just can't shake. Thought about visiting your grave this year but couldn't bring myself to do it. God be with your family. RIP Brother!

SGT M. 252 CAB (formerly 120th Inf.)
QRF in Balad Ruz that night"

"We really miss you and love you.July is a very hard month for me. One week I will be celebrating my sons birthday and the next week I will be at a bike ride in memory of my sons father.There is times that I still find myself crying and asking god why. It's has been very hard journey raising Deontae by myself. Dee was a great father and a good person. Deontae is just like him in alot of ways. He is funny, smart, and so out going just like him. I miss you so much."
Frances Hamilett of Dunbar,West Virginia

"Sgt Talbert I may have seen you in the dfac once or twice;but your fellow soldiers say you were the real deal when i talked to them. I was with svc btry 1-113 fa fob caldwell. God bless you sergeant"
ssg john morgan jr. ncarng ret. of winston salem nc

"HOMEY !!! I still think about u till this day. It's crazy how you're not here. I really thought that after college we would be meeting up at the go-go or something but....it's all good because I know that God has u rockin' with him now. I know u still remember the Trick Daddy Dance too.( I still crack up off that.) I guess I'll see u on the other side homey. I just wanted you to know that I'll never forget you and I really do miss you man. Keep God laughin' like you kept all of us laughin'. R.I.P. D and thanks for the memories."
DJ from WV State of Gaithersburg, MD

"It is Memorial Day, 2009. Our family is remembering you and others who lost their lives. Louis and I, and our family will remember you forever!"
The Romano Family of Bluefield. WV

"i have had a hard time in life, since you where taken away from our team. i was ashamed that i was meddavaced to the states when you where killed, by a cowards bomb. i feel regret that the last thing i told your mom was that i would take care of you. the command made sure that i couldnt when they took you from my team and placed you in another platoon, i will never forgive them for that because if you were in my crew you will still be here. it is hard to think of you, but i loved you like my brother and i will miss and honor you forever."
SFC. John Mathis

"Dee

Hey man, I never met you, but I was a medic at the clinic the night all went down in Balad Ruz. I transported your buddies to the flight line and I want you to know they were taken care of. I remember most of all the grief your fellow soldiers displayed when they arrived back at the clinic. The wails and images are burned in me forever. Sorry."
hatalhayat of c 230 med bn, nc

"Hey Dee, I was just thinking about you!! I just heard that we were partying for you at one of the new clubs here in Alexandria VA, so i'm getting ready and spreading the word!! Watch ova all of us...we miss you!! Oh yea, you wouldn't believe how huge the Rec is now. lol... love ya & never 4 gotten!!!"
Tracell Lisenby of Alexandria, VA

"Weel it's so hard to believe it's been 4 years. I think about you every day. every time I drive down alfred street I can remember the last time I saw your face. You were smiling and yelling my name in the middle of the street. You asked me what I was doing later that night and could we all get together in chill like the old days. i hadn't seen you in a while and was so happy to see you. You told me you were leaving for Iraq and i couldn't believe it. I toke your new number and told you i'd call later so we could all get together in chill befor eyou left us. Something so stupid came up and I didn't call. I thought about it every day when you were gone but was sure you would be back and we would chill then. It kills me now to know that i'll never have that chance. I wil nver forgive myself for not making that call. I miss you so much every day. I wish i had gotten to know your son and his mother so i could have looked out for him they way you always looked out for me. Your the reason i finished school you made it fun and will always love and miss you. Forever i know i'll see you again some day and then well do all we should have done before. Love you DEE. R.I.P."
Laura of Alexandria, va

"To Dee's Family: My name is Maribeth Shreve and I am the co-coordinator of WVís Home of the Brave Quilt Project. Women from all over WV have made a Home of the Brave quilt for you and we would like to present it to you or mail it but have been unable to find the family. If you, or anyone who can help me find the family, would email be at byabasket@aol.com, I would appreciate it."
Maribeth Shreve of St. Albans, WV

"Demilatante, I still can't believe you're gone. I remember like it was yesterday my sister and I running into you uptown and you glowing as you ran in to show us a picture of your handsome son. I remember the day I found out you were no longer with us. I was in law school in Lansing, MI. I didn't believe it and so I had went to the computer lab to research and see if it was true. I cried right then and there when I saw your name. We've known each other for so long and all through high school we'd call each other by our nicknames we made for each other since our real names were so different from everyone elses you would call me DeMotha and I'd call you Demilatante. God Bless you and yours Dee. You will always be remembered. Tell my brothers Dajaun & Torey, my Aunts and grandpa up there you all will forever be remembered in our hearts."
Doritha "Dee & DeMotha" Ross of Lil Alexandria, VA

"SGT Talbert,

Almost another anniversary (it's 24 June 2008) and I'm thinking of you. I never knew you, perhaps said hello once, but that's it. RIP bro. I patrolled that area on foot less then a day before you were killed. Why not me, I don't know? Prayers out for your family.

SGT B. 252 CAB (formerly 120th Inf.)
QRF in Balad Ruz that night"

"been missin you .and still do.....
always and forever ....you'll b here in my heart."
junice talbert (a.k.a.-juju) of alexandria,va

"July 11, 2008
To the family of Sgt. DeForest L. Talbert:
DeForest 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

"Whatup? "Bert" Its Spc White,now 2LT White(DON'T CLOWN ME ABOUT THAT UP THERE), I think about what happen to u when I reflect on my time in Iraq. I got the first call on the radio that night u got hit(I was on radio watch). I couldnt believe it when the call came in. It was only 15 mintutes from the time you left the building to when the call was put out. Before you left u said that u were going to get that "SOURCE" magizine back to me when u returned from the patrol. Everytime I think about I wish u could have returned the magazine in person. RIP man, hope your son and family are doing well."
2LT White, Daryl of Fayetteville NC

"I was with the QRF that showed up when you were killed. The night before, I'd done the same mounted patrol that you were doing when you were killed. 24 hours was the difference between you or me getting killed. I live everyday with the memory of you laying on the street after the attack. Maybe it should have been me instead. Rest in peace--the peace you were denied in this world."
SGT(ret) Dustin Bennett of Rocky Mount, NC

"Hey D-Bo... Man I miss you somethn' bad. Not a day goes by that I don't wish I was there for you. Love ya brother! Got my back inked the other day. You'll permanently be there forever."
SGT. Tharp aka " Johnny Bravo" of South Charleston, WV

"Dee, bro your birthday just passed and its been a little over three years and I still think of the night you passed and hearing your name over the radio. Man i wish we could have came back together and went to a Dallas Cowboys game with Deontae. I remember sitting up in the barracks when you brought the painting of Deontae in and how your face lit up just looking at, Well I did that in rememberance of you by putting a pic of you on my custom headliner for my truck you riding shotgun wit me all the time now, Bro my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

Till

Frances Hamilett if you see this will you contact me @ dtill30@yahoo.com"
Derek Tilley of Oak Hill, WV

"Dee, my big Cousin, my other brother, my friend, you were these and more. I can still remeber your smile and the jokes you told. Growing up on Madison street with you I remember you were always so happy, but I know you are in an even better place right along with your grandma Bell.
R.I.P
Talbert Family's Fallen Soilder"
Tianna Talbert of Alexandria, Va

"I went to school with Dee and I still think about his tragic end every day. He was always making everyone laugh. Some of my foundest memories are of him and Supa B cuttin up in 12th grade government class. You will always be remembered and missed!"
Kristen of Alexandria/VA

"While I never met Dee, I heard lots of nice things and saw many pitures of the good times he shared with his fellow soldiers. My son, Louis Romano and our surrogate son/brother, Ron Saunders served with Dee. They, too, will ALWAYS wear his name on the bracelet on their wrist, and he will live forever in our hearts. The local Ryans Rest. here in Bluefield has a Veterans Room (their banquet room). There was a small newspaper clipping of Dee and his death. We have gotten some better pictures together. Ron and I will take them and hang them shortly. (Sorry it took SO long! Forgive me!) I know you watch over Louis as he serves in Afghanistan now, returning home early 2008."
Cindy Romano aka Louis's Mom of Bluefield, WV

"While I never met Dee, I heard lots of nice things and saw many pitures of the good times he shared with his fellow soldiers. My son, Louis Romano and our surrogate son/brother, Ron Saunders served with Dee. They, too, will ALWAYS wear his name on the bracelet on their wrist, and he will live forever in our hearts. The local Ryans Rest. here in Bluefield has a Veterans Room (their banquet room). There was a small newspaper clipping of Dee and his death. We have gotten some better pictures together. Ron and I will take them and hang them shortly. (Sorry it took SO long! Forgive me!) I know you watch over Louis as he serves in Afghanistan now, returning home early 2008."
Cindy Romano aka Louis's Mom of Bluefield, WV

"DEAR DEE AS I WAS READING EVERYONES MESSAGES I STARTED TO CRY I CANT BELIEVE YOUR GONE WHEN YOU FIRST TOLD ME YOU WERE GOING IN TO THE SERVICE I CRIED AND CRIED BUT I KNEW IT WAS ALL IN THE HANDS OF GOD. YOU ENCOURAGED ALOT OF PEOPLE TO DO RIGHT BECAUSE THEY SEEN WHAT A BLACK MAN WHO CAME FROM THE SAME STREETS AS THEY DID MAKE SOMETHING OF HIMSELF..........THE LAST CONVO WE HAD WAS ABOUT WHAT I WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS I TOLD YOU I WANTED A BASKETBALL AND YOU SAID YOUD GET IT, BY THE ONE IM STILL WAITING LOL.I HAVE YOUR OBITUARY UP IN MY ROOM, AMD ITS A SHAME THAT WE STILL HAVE YOUNG BOYS DOING WRONG THEY NEEDED YOU THEN AND THEY NEED YOU NOW. I DIDNT THINK OF YOU AS A COUSIN YOU WERE A BROTHER,AND A FATHER TO ME AND I ADMIRE THAT ABOUT YOU.TOUCHDOWN TALBERT IS WHO YOU ARE BABY BOI BUT A TRUE TALBERT IS WHO YOU WILL ALWAYS BE.
LOVE YOU BABY BOI U LIVE ON"
DANIELLE TALBERT of ALEXANDRIA V.A/PRINCE GEORGES M.D

"Dear uncle Dee,
I dont think your gone because ill see u again soon.Man life is crazy in the house now without u.Man i miss talking to u getting your advice.I need some now.I love u Souljah.R.I.P."
J.R. Talbert of Alexandria,Virginia,USA

"My super silly cousin. God only knows how much I miss you. You were my big cousin although you only had me by a little less than 2 months.... but you didn't care you used that every chance you got. Say it to me one more time. I look at our picture together at prom every single day. I have it where anyone who walks in my house knows that my cousin was a soldier. In the streets and at war. So I ask the questions how could he survive one and not the other? I remember when we were little and I taught you how to run. Only for you to turn around and be faster then me. On graduation we hugged and smiled so big for the camcorder, like we were frozen in time. The last time I saw you, you wanted to drive my car. Cuz-o you can drive anytime you like. I always knew that I needed you, and you were always there as I was for you. Now I know that you need me more now than I do you. You need me to make sure everyone knows my cousin lived and stood for something. I wear our name proud(Talbert), because it stands for the family of DeForest Lee Talbert Alexandria's Hero!"
Latia Talbert of Alexandria, VA

"To the family of:DeForest L. Talbert 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"

"Ahhh Dee....I sure miss seeing your smile when I ride through town...I was so looking forward to you telling me how it was when you got back since you were so excited to go in the first place. I remember when you first told me you were going. Wow...I remember the last time I saw you..."Can you bring me a cheeseburger?" LOL! Smile smile smile...And the first time we had a real coversation: "What's your REAL first name? What's the 'D' stand for?" "Just 'D', that's it. Nothing else. Naah, I'm just playing, It's DEEEE Forest...hahaha DeForest." I remember talking about your aspirations and goals, what you did, what you were going to do. I remember how proud Ms Gloria and Tasha were when your graduation pics were done...walking them around for all to see. Beautiful pics. You are a beautiful hero and my heart goes out to Ms Gloria and fam as well as your partner and son.

Too sweet
Too brave
Too young and gone
Too soon.

Love ya much,"
Mona of VA

"You will truely be missed. I remember the good ol days on Madison St wit you Dave and Shania. You always had us laughing. You'll always be loved and never forgotten. Love you!!!"
Tracell Lisenby of Alexandria, VA

"SGT Talbert, I can never forget the sight of you in Balad Ruz that night. I'll never forget the sacrifice you made. I always wonder why is wasn't me! I hope you know that we got the guy that did that to you, but that's nothing to cheer about. RIP brother."
Matthew of North Carolina, 120th Infantry

"I never got to tell you that i always looked up to you Dee. I was glad to see you doing good things with your life, i will never forget you."
Tony Hunt of Penn State

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, DeForest Lee Talbert, Iíve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"Dee you are my brother in arms we served together in the same company and that bond can not be broken we hung out on occassions and talked about our kids. My daughter and Deontae played together before we left for Ft.Bragg. I remember that day almost 2 yrs. ago its hard to believe that it happened and its hard to believe that it has been that long ago. I still do not forgive the Iraqis for what they have done, and never will. I wear this bracelette around my right wrist in memory of you. I speak for my family when I give our condolences to you Gloria, Frances, and Deontae. Deontae remember your father is one of the many heros that gave his life for our country and for a better life for everyone, the real heros of this country are the ones who never make it back, so remember your father loves you and will always be with you, and he is a true hero. There are some qoutes in latin that I would like to leave you with. " Mors Ianua Vitae " The end is just the begining. Dee I will wear this bracelette until I meet my end and I will leave it for my kids to wear in your memory after that. I wish there was something more that I could have done that day, but they would not let us out, but you may be gone but you are not forgotten, brother. Gloria, Frances, and Deontae, just remember "Servabo Fidem" I will keep the faith. Requiescat in Pace (Rest in Peace)."
Spc. Charles Perkins of Cabin Creek, WV

"I have planted a daffodil for you Dee, along with 49 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who have been killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"I can't believe it. When I heard the news I couldn't stop crying. Dee, we used to have a ball back in school. Messing with the teachers in STEP getting on their nerves. You changed your life around for the better and I am so proud of you. God bless your family. Your son will grow up to know how strong his father was as a black man. R.I.P."
Kristina of Alexandria, VA

"Lord, I just want to thank you for taking him home to be with you, and my mommy. His cousin Juanita Talbert...Yes Dee- you will always be missed, and thought of very often. You was always a great person You transformed from a boy to a man.... I will never forget the good times and bad times we had as a family, but I can remember our good times out weighed our bad times. I always looked up to you as a big brother and thats all I know you as. Its was always you and moe.. I just want to say you will always be in my heart and your jokes and smiles I would never forget..."
Sharmane Lil cuz of Alexandria va

"Where we are from, its all about taking responsibility for oneís destiny. Dee-You have made us proud and you will be missed...
Love Always,
Terrance, Lijah Naomi Smith, & the Smith family.

Invictus
by William Ernest Henley; 1849-1903

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul."
Lijah Naomi Smith of Alexandria, VA USofA

"I aint believe it when i heard u passed. Man i knew u since Madison st. U was headed for a bright future man. R.I.P. Dee."
of alexandria VA

"THEY SAY YOUR WORTH WILL NEVER BE KNOWN UNTILL YOU DIE.....JUST KNOW THAT FROM DAY ONE YOU WAS ALWAYS PRICELESS.....FROM THE FIELD, TO THE STREETS, TO THE CLASS ROOM I LOOKED UP TO YOU...NOW I SHED TEARS FOR MY BOY... FROM THE OTHER HALF OF THE 1-2 PUNCH.....R.I.P T.D.T
YO LIL CUZ MOE"
Maurice Talbert of ALEX. VA

"Dear Deforest,
I just heard of your passing away and it saddens me so much. I wish I could have seen you one last time. Thank you for always being nice to me in school. You deserved the best in life. You didnít deserve this. I am so sorry what happened. I will be praying for you. I know you are an angel now still laughing and joking on. I will never forget you."
Gul Ozkan of Alexandria,VA

"Dee, I wish you was here with us. I miss you very much. All of the things we use to do together. Deontae and i think about you everyday. I dont know how we are going to make it without you beside us. I would give everything up to have you back in our lives. Deontae ask for you everyday.We will always miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!Love Ya
Frances"
Frances Hamilett of Charleston,Wv

""To the family of a fallen and fellow soldier,

I must sincerely say I cannot begin to understand the hardship of losing a young soldier and a son. I, like your son, served in the same country, very far away, very far from loved ones, in a very difficult and different place. My parents at home would constantly watch the casualty reports, praying my name was not on the list. I feel sincerely privileged knowing the fact that I, unlike so many young soldiers, attained the honor of seeing my family and friends again. I was shocked to learn of you son's death, and it especially hit home when i found out that he was from my home state, West Virginia. I am from Beckley, and I can remember countless hours of staring into the pale dusty sand wondering if I would ever see home's green mountains again. Although I cannot make the terrible memory of your son's death subside, i can give you the faith that his death was not in vain, and was not alone. Soldiers become brothers in hardship, willing to give the ultimate gift to one another, their lives. I respect gratefully the sacrifices of my fallen brothers, their sacrifice brought me home, their sacrifice makes us free. I can only leave you with these kind words of assurance to another fallen's mother.

"I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save."

"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."

A. Lincoln


Yours, Very Sincerely and Respectfully,""
SGT Jason Maddy of Fort Sill, OK

"To Gloria and the family of DeForest, our deepest condolences to you. God bless you."
The Arrington Family of Alexandria, VA

"Dee I will always miss you and you will always be in my heart. I am remembering the times that we all had at aunt Glows house. I love you and wish our family the best."
Ashley Talbert of Alexandria, V.A.

"I WISH THAT I COULD HOLD U NOW, I WISH THAT I COULD TOUCH U NOW, I WISH THAT I COULD TALK TO U BE WITH U SOMEHOW.. I KNOW U ARE IN A BETTER PLACE AND U KNOW I CAN SEE UR FACE I KNOW UR SMILING DOWN ON ME SAYING EVERYTHING'S OK...
quote r-kelly...BUT I FEEL EVERY WORD AND THAT IS HOW I REALLY FEEL.....LUV YA"
someone special to you always of VA

"Dee i miss u very much and u know that we was the closest of friends... i will miss u making me laugh with all the silly things u always have to say.. i will miss u IM me from there just about everyday. and i will really really miss your voice that i heard just the weekend before and reading from ur IM just the day before.. u were really a sweetheart to me and u know this.. and u also know that u was one of a kind.. May God bless your lovely family and your son along with his mother.. i know u loved the mess out of ur son.. i remember talking to u and u will say to me "man i miss my son" u was a good man and i will never ever forget u. I will always love u Dee!!"
Tiffany T. Bennett of Alexandria, Virginia

"To the family of DeForest Talbert: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He was a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, DeFOREST! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
T. Rexroad of Moorefield, WV

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones
in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, DeForest, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge Montana "

"Talbert family from the Wahl family. We are deeply sadden by your lost. Our heart and prays are with you. DeForest has touch many lives and all will miss him dearly. Thank You! DeForest for being so given to serve our great country. An to protect the world from terrorism. Your lost is our family lost."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Talbert family from the Wahl family. We are deeply sadden by your lost. Our heart and prays are with you. DeForest has touch many lives and all will miss him dearly. Thank You! DeForest for being so given to serve our great country. An to protect the world from terrorism. Your lost is our family lost."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Dee was a great man and was heading for a bright future after turning his life around from high school. I saw this change after we graduated from TC. Dee you will always be remembered, I'm sorry i can't be there for the funeral because i'm in school. You are in a better place now. God bless you and your family. You are a hero in all of our hearts. Rest In Peace Dee we will always miss you."
Andre of Alexandria, VA

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

"To the family of DeForest L. Talbert:

My deepest sympathies go out to your family for your loss of DeForest. Our family has also lost a precious life in this battle for freedom. They are true American heroes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, Az.

"To DeForest'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

"To DeForest's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved one's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude.
May G-d provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.
A grateful citizen and a Proud Marine Mom, (purplelily219@yahoo.com)"
Lily of Wakefield MA

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family. It really hits home when one of your own is gone. Our brother serves with the 150th also. May God grant you the peace and the courage to face this. I have spoken with some of the families here and we all share your grief. The Cole Family, Odd and Beckley, WVa."
Virginia Cole Nary of Beckley, WVa

"To the family of DeForest Talbert we are so sorry for your loss. We know your pain as our son was killed in Kufa, Iraq on May 30, 2004. They are heros and will not be forgotten."
Lisa and Gino Zimmer of Columbus, Ohio

"Thank you DeForest Talbert, 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. DeForest Talbert:
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 DeForest 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. DeForest Talbert:
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 DeForest, 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