Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Tromaine K. Toy, Sr.

24, of Eastville, Virginia.
Toy died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Hovey, Korea. Died on April 16, 2005.

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"I was looking for a lot of guys that I went to basic training with, Echo Btry 1/22 FA. Woohhh Shhaaa ECHO. Ft Sill OK, and could never find my friend Toy. We had some great times together. We were together when we got our first tattoos. His was his last name, mine was a tiger. When I found out he lost his life in Iraq, It was like 100 tons of bricks falling on my chest. He was one of the coolest laid back dudes that you could ever meet. Toy, My Brother, you will forever live in my heart. Rest on Brother. Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Love your Friend, Thompkins"
Tavaris Thompkins of Warrenton Ga

"It's Memorial Day today and I just can't believe that You are not here. I still think of the basketball we would play and you would pick me even though you knew I was horrible. You never said one thing bad about me just told me to play my game. I'll never forget you man, you are a brother to me and I'll cherish our friendship forever. Love you man."
Brandon Bagley of Camp Hovey, Korea

"Toyboy!!!! From #ESVA #Northampton #Eastville #ClassOf1998 Gone but never forgotten bro!! Hope you practicing your three pointers up there.......See you later for that pickup game.

(SSG) Derrick Bell aka Dee"
Derrick Bell of Cheriton, VA/USA

"R.I.P. Tromaine"
Dominique of SC

"To Sgt Toy and his family. I was also one of Sgt Toys soldiers and I had met him in Korea and we deployed to Iraq and he was a great Team Leader and a good friend. I will always remember him and that grille of his that I looked up to him for. If you would like you can call me: 224-325-7393. God Bless."
Michael Lopez of San Antonio, TX

"I've been looking Tromaine up for years and came across the fallen heros memorial page. I served with Toy in fort drum new york ECHO 7 FA BIG GUNS and played many basketball tourneys with toy i deployed with him to kosovo. what a good guy always had a smile. I'm sorry to hear what happen to you my brother I pray for your family. The big fundamental RIP my brother TROMAINE TOY. Never forgot ya man."
tyler IRON pike of st pete beach Florida

"Tromaine my Keon Toy, I'm wide awake watching Love and Basketball reminiscing over our friendship. I can't help but be overwhelmed with emotion. Six years ago I felt confident that there would be time to say all the things friends say, to share the moments, the memories, and life in general. Had I known then that the last time I saw you would be the last time I'd see you, then I may have tried hard to seal that time in a capsule. You were the most awesome, genuine friend I've EVER had. In many ways you still are because I often reflect on lessons we learned together and advice we shared. Today they say you're a hero, but for me you were a hero long before you enlisted! I will continue to Celebrate your life, Honor your memory and demand that everyone Stand in awe of your sacrifice. Sending a big middle finger Ditto forever to you, love you always my Keon."
Mika Nottingham of Norfolk, VA

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOOP-BOOP"

"Tromaine.....my Trokie:)
As I sit here in Okinawa, Japan, celebrating another independence today, I would be remiss not to think of you. I love you so much and think of you all the time. I have the picture that you and Dominique took forever to send me on my dresser. Here it is July 4, 2011, and the pain sometimes feels like it was just yesterday. CJ is over in Iraq now and wanted you to know that there's a memorial on the Hospital Wall of all soldiers who came through. Your name is there and so many messages to you. Wow..you have no idea of how much your sacrifice meant to so many people. You have paved the way and while it is difficult for us...I know that God needed YOU on that day and at that moment. Even though I miss you, I know that you are in God's arms now! Just wanted this private time with you. Gosh Tro....I love you so much lil' cousin!"
Michelle G. of Okinawa Japan

"To the family of:Tromaine K. Toy,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"1-11-11"

"toy, i miss you homie. i was stationed with him in korea (2003). there were many times that he help me out, he was a great friend. he always talked about his wife and kids, he was a great man. i miss you hommie. 2/17 fa."
sgt becilla victor of catonsville, md

"Tromaine Keon Toy was one of the best male friends i could ever ask for.Comedian he thought he was he always had a joke.He was such a kind loving person who for all the yrs.i knew him i neva seen him mad.I will never forget him calling me clown or joker cus of my big smile & me rubbing his flat head in the back &him smacking my hand & laughing.I loved him & i still do.I will never forget him.My prayers still go out to all of his family."
Sherrita Sturgis Brittingham of Birdsnest VA

"MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AND KEEP THE TOY FAMILY. MAY YOU CONTINUE TO BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT. MAY THE NAME OF THE LORD BE A STRONGTOWER FOR YOU AND YOUR REFUGE. MAY YOU TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT TO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING. MAY HE GUIDE YOUR FOOTSTEPS AND KEEP YOU IN ALL OF YOUR WAYS. I PRAY THAT YOU WILL CAST YOUR CARES UPON HIM, FOR HE CARES FOR YOU. MAY YOU GIRD THE LOINS OF YOUR MIND WITH TRUTH. MAY GOD BE YOUR SHEILD & YOUR BUCKLER! I LOVE YOU GUYS."
DOMINIQUE TOY-DUNBAR of AIKEN, SC / US

"If anyone in his family is to ever read this, please contact me at 719-393-2301. I was his soldier. He was my first SGT and i still look up to him , to this day , even though it has been over 4 years."
Justin Stephen of Fort Drum, NY

"happy birthday"

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
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Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utat USA

"April 22, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Tromaine K. Toy, Sr.:
Tromaine 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

"Whats going on Tromaine. Its your little brother stopping by. Its been four long years without you. I want to say I truly miss you and wish you were here with me right now. Me and the family talk about you everytime when get a chance to. Your legacy still lives on. I really appreciate everything you done for me and I dont think we every said this but I love you bro. I still pump your blood thru my heart. I wish you would pop up in one of my dreams, I just want to see you and talk to you. I never really cried when they gave the news to us but everyday and every year the fact starts to sink in. I have these emotions on the inside that just wont come out. I just want to cry. Arian and Peja are ok. I'm about to have a little girl myself. TEll Grandma and Tootie i said hey. Love always your number 1 fan."
Tyrell Toy of McGuire AFB, NJ

"To the Toy Family,
I am saddened to have a close friend of the family succumb to fighting the war on terror just so i can be here today. My family (Mr & Mrs. Marvin Jones) are really saddened by this loss. I am also a member of the service, I've been in the U.S. Navy for 13 yrs and know of the sacrifices we have to put ourself and family through just to defend our freedom and democracy around the world. I'm an Eastern Shore native and also a graduate of Northampton High School class of '95. I will do my best to carry on Tromaine's legacy, he sacrificed for us and he did this willingly without any regrets and we should do the same in whatever manner you can. You don't have to be in the uniform to show pride for our nation. You are still love and will forever be missed Tromaine."
YN2(AW) LaQuan M. Simmons (NOTTINGHAM)& Family of Norfolk, VA

"To the Toy Family,
I am saddened to have a close friend of the family succumb to fighting the war on terror just so i can be here today. My family (Mr & Mrs. Marvin Jones) are really saddened by this loss. I am also a member of the service, I've been in the U.S. Navy for 13 yrs and know of the sacrifices we have to put ourself and family through just to defend our freedom and democracy around the world. I'm an Eastern Shore native and also a graduate of Northampton High School class of '95. I will do my best to carry on Tromaine's legacy, he sacrificed for us and he did this willingly without any regrets and we should do the same in whatever manner you can. You don't have to be in the uniform to show pride for our nation. You are still love and will forever be missed Tromaine."
YN2(AW) LaQuan M. Simmons (NOTTINGHAM) & Family of Norfolk, VA (at his time of death I was stationed in Millington, TN)

"To the Toy Family,
I am saddened to have a close friend of the family succumb to fighting the war on terror just so i can be here today. My family (Mr & Mrs. Marvin Jones) are really saddened by this loss. I am also a member of the service, I've been in the U.S. Navy for 13 yrs and know of the sacrifices we have to put ourself and family through just to defend our freedom and democracy around the world. I'm an Eastern Shore native and also a graduate of Northampton High School class of '95. I will do my best to carry on Tromaine's legacy, he sacrificed for us and he did this willingly without any regrets and we should do the same in whatever manner you can. You don't have to be in the uniform to show pride for our nation. You are still love and will forever be missed Tromaine."
Mrs. LaQuan M. Simmons (NOTTINGHAM) of Norfolk, VA (at his time of death I was stationed in Millington, TN)

"To the family of SGT Tromaine K. Toy SR,

I first remember when Toy came to our unit back in Nov 03 three instantly we became good friends. we hung out alot in korea playing ball,shoping, and just talking about family. toy alway talked about his wife and kids. not only was he a great soldier and freind but very devoted father and husband. we was in ramadi together and talk everyday mostly in the gym or living quaters. when toy passed i was on leave and didn't want to believe what had happen. I know it was hard for me to accpect that but could only imagine what his wife, kids, parents and brother went through when they found out. Tromaine are gone but will always be in our hearts."
SSG Timothy Charles of Mahmudiya, Iraq

"i served with sgt. toy when we were in E/7 FA, at ft. drum, ny. i heard about sgt. toy shortly after i just got back from iraq. we deployed together to kosovo, and i remember some nights after dinner chow we'd play some basketball. i wasn't good enough to play in the tornament games he and sgt. hill, thompson, hayes, and a few of the others would play in. but we'd shoot around and he'd always help me with what i was lacking in my game. we was always willing to help anyone with anything. it takes a very special person to be willing to help anyone with whatever problem, no matter how small it is. the world is a much sadder place without him. BIG GUNS!"
SPC. Randy Wagner of PA guard, Quakertown, PA

"I serve with SSG Toy in Korea in 2003. SSG Toy was one of the most fines soldier I every had the pleasure of meeting. Toy,Ford,and Myself(SSG Myles) were the three who always went everywhere together. He always had a way to keep a smile on everyone face. He will be truly miss by those who serve with him. Keep your head up and put a that smile on your face. God has him now. Look back at all the good time you all shared and remember the laughter he shower our hearts with. God Bless"
SSG Myles, Nikia of Dallas Recruiting BN, Arlington, TX

"I was one of PVT Toy's Drill Sergeants at Ft Sill. I remember him because he was a very good Private and a respectable young man. I am deeply saddened to see his name on the Fallen Heroes Memorial. The Army and the nation lost a very fine American."
1SG David Kucic (Ret) of Hawaii

"To Sgt Toy
I found out what happened about 2 weeks before I exited the Army, Toy and I served together at Ft. Drum E/7 FA “BIG GUNS”, we deployed to Kosovo together and were roommates. I will never forget the long hours of playing Grand Theft Auto and laughing at everyone. Toy you will be missed. GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN."
Sgt Thomas Talarico of Ft. Carson Colorado

"To the family of SSG Tromaine Toy. Tromaine and I served together in Korea, we became very close. I was very much hurt when i heard about his passing. Tromaine's personality and his loyalty will always stay in my mind. I truley wish his family the best and you will always be in my prayers, always. Sgt Steele"
Sgt Leonard Steele of Fort Polk, LA. U.S.

""To the family of Tromaine, my family honors your hero. His Bravery, Valor, and courage will always be remembered. I was in the Vietnam War. We are grateful for his loyal service.
God Bless Tromaine and his family"
Sergeant Major Retired Ernest O. Douglas & his family of Parksley, Virginia 23421"

"SGT Toy was an inspiration to us all in Iraq and in Korea. He could always be seen with a smile on his face and was ready to take charge at a moments notice. He was more than just another soldier standing in the ranks of 2/17, He was like a brother! He will always be in my prayers and my condolences go out to his family."
Charles E. Odom of Winston Salem, NC

"FOR THEM A MOTHER WEEPS
A WIFES LONELY HEART MISSES A BEAT
WHILE ALL WILL BE MISSED, OTHERS WILL BE WRITTEN ABOUT IN HISTORY
PAGES WILL BE FORGED FROM PAIN
WHILE RESENTMENT IN SOME HEARTS REMAIN
MOST HAD EVERYTHING TO LOSE AND NOTHING TO GAIN
BUT HONOR AND GLORY
AND MEMORIES OF THIER COMRADES ARE THIER ONLY STORY
TOLD OVER AND OVER IN EVERY TEAR DROP
TO FORGET THEM, OUR FALLEN WE SHALL NOT
FOREVER YOU WILL BE MEMORIALIZED IN OUR MINDS HALLS
PHYSICALLY REPRESENTED THROUGH PICTURES ON OUR WALLS
AND IN OUR HEARTS, BECAUSE YOU ARE OUR BROTHERS, SISTERS, FATHERS AND MOTHERS
WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
SO THIS IS DEDICATED IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS LIVES- SFC WRIGHT 2/17
Toy, words cannot express the sadness I have felt for you and your family since that tragic night, you are often in my dreams and I carry the thought of you in my heart daily, I miss you bro. The 3 KINGS will always love you."
SFC Wright, W aka "Sonie" of Camp Shelby, MS

"To the Toy family I would like to say your husband was real hero we lived in the same barracks in Iraq and what I will always remember is the smile SGT Toy always had on his face and the way he took care of his soldiers we talked on a number of occassions and I had the upmost respect for him he will always be my hero and will always be remembered in my heart and my prayers go out to to his wife and kids, your husband was a real american hero
"NEVER FORGOTTEN""
SFC ANTHONY AMOS of FT JACKSON SC

"Cash Money,
You will never be forgotten and i will keep you and your family in my prayers always.~ Kid Rock"
SgtTim Meegan Jr of Ft. Carson, CO

"To the Toy Family
I served with Tromaine in E/7 FA "Big Guns" and was shocked and saddened to hear of his death. SGT Toy was a wonderful young man and excellent Soldier. I can still remember the last time I spoke with him and will always remember his infectious smile. God Speed."
SFC Harvey of Fort Drum, NY

"To the TOY family....I am from the Eastern Shore(Cheriton) and I too served in OIF for 14 months. No one really understands the sacrifice of losing a loved one unless they have experienced it. I offer my condolences and my prayers in the days and weeks and months to come...when all the calls stop and all the visitors fade away God is there and Tromaine is with him."
Sgt. Eishaw Meade of Schofield Barracks Hawaii

"To the family of Tromaine Troy,
Tromaine was in my PLDC class of 2002 at Ft Drum,NY. I still can't believe that he is gone. He helped me get through alot of obstacles in class and I am truly sorry that he is gone. My prayers are with you and I can't even imagine what you are going through but Tromaine definitely touch all the individuals that he came across."
Kisha Sanders of Clementon, NJ/US

"To SGT Toy
I just found out today about Sgt Toy, I served with him in Fort Drum NY where we were deployed to kosovo I can't even explain how I felt when I seen his picture on television listing of Fallen soldiers.Sgt Toy was a very good man,always ready to joke and pat someone on the back when they need it. God Bless Sgt Toy and I will keep you in my prayers"
SGT Jesus Irizarry of Fort Carson Colorado

"My family's heart and prayers go out to the Toy family. I went to School with Tromaine and I too am serving in the US Army. There is no greater sacrifice that anyone can make than to die for his or her country. I am so very proud to say that I serve in the same Army as your son, husband, uncle, or brother, Tromaine. May GOD bless you and your family."
SGT Albert Sinclair of Fort Lewis, Washington

"To Sgt Tromaine Toy and Family,
Even though I didn't know you, I wanted to express how grateful and thankful I am to you and your family for the sacrifaces you made to our great country. God bless you all."
Sgt Michael J.K. Wright of Vinotn Police dept, La

"This is kind of hard for me to write because me and Toy were battle buddies in Basic Training and AIT at Ft Sill back in 1998-1999. If it wasn't for Toy on some days, I wouldn't have made it through OSUT. The first memories I have of Toy is of him not claiming his suitcase for 2 weeks when the Drill Sergeants were pissed about someone leaving their bag when we first arrived. They would walk in front of him and just scream, "Do you know who a Tromaine Toy is?" and his respnse would be "No Drill Sergeant!" It took one Drill having mercy on him just to give him his suitcase. But that was my boy, always the comedian. Even though we haven't seen each other since March of 1999, there hasn't been a time that I haven't thought about Tromaine. Just the thought of seeing his name in a newspaper as one of fallen heroes is just hard for me to imagine. His memory and spirit will always live within me. I just wish I got to speak or see my battle buddy one last time."
SGT Derron Gadison of Kitzingen, Germany

"To Tromaine and his family on behalf of the entire Allen family, we offer our deepest sympathy and condolences for your loss. "Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good." Ecclesiastes 7:3.
His service to our country will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace. May God pour his blessings on you and your family."
Shirley Allen of Richmond, VA

"To Tromaine's wife, children, mother, father and many loved ones that he left behind. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Tromaine's sacrifice will always be on the minds and hearts of his family, America and to those whom he fought to protect and to bring freedom. The love that I have for Tromaine and his family runs deep and I'm proud and glad that he was a part of my life."
Beverly "Bell" Allen, cousin of Elgin, Illinois

"I want to express my deepest sympathy. I am native of the Eastern Shore. I didn't personally know your son, but I feel the lost just the same. You are in my prayers.."
H. Moody of Dover, De

"Dear Tromaine,
you are a true hero.No one will ever forget you, even when we was in school together you always had alot of jokes to make people laugh, you would never be forgotten,because you are remembered by alot of people.I am sad by the loss but you have fought a good fight. Me and the class of 1998 give our deepest condolences to Tromaine's family and friends."
Sharonda Waddell of York, Pennsalvania

"Dear Tromaine,
Thank you Tromaine for your bravery and sacrifice. You will never be forgotten. My thoughts ans prayers are with your wife, chihldren, mother, father, and brother. I am proud to call you family. Rest in peace and GOD bless.
Your loving cousin,"
Melissa Allen-Tazewell of Summerville, SC

"To the family of Tromaine, my family honors your hero. His Bravery, Valor, and courage will always be remembered. We are grateful for his loyal service and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.
God Bless Tromaine and his family"
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

"You are a true hero. No one will ever forget your bravery and dedication. My deepest condolences go out to Tromaine's friends and family."
Catherine of New York

"Thank you Tromaine Toy, 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. Tromaine Toy, 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 Tromaine 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. Tromaine Toy, 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 Tromaine, 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