Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Air Force Special Agent Rick A. Ulbright

49, of Waldorf, Maryland.
Ulbright died at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq, from wounds received during a mortar attack. He was assigned to the 33rd Field Investigative Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. Died on August 8, 2004.

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"I was at Kirkuk that night. Still remember it well. I have not stopped praying for his family."
MSgt Smith of Barksdale AFB LA

"I was at Kirkuk Air Base the day Rick fell. I was with the USAF Fire Rescue team who responded to the rocket attack. That was the first and last time I saw Rick and have never forgotten him. I think of him often.
He is in the Lords hands now."
MSgt Reitred Jude Hodges of Weston, FL

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"July 12, 2008
To the family of Special Agent Rick A. Ulbright:
Rick 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

"I did not know Rick but he is honored in our hearts, as is his family. His life was not in vain. Blessings.

Carlton Calcote
former AFOSI SA - DOD '80"

"I never did have the pleasure of knowing SA Ulbright personally, but we stomped the same ground together. I was at Kirkuk AB that night a rocket took his life and like so many other rocket attacks during our tour there we silently prayed that it missed us all. It was a great sadness to the entire base when we learned later that night that we had lost one of our own. To the Ulbright family and friends - I hope and pray for you that time will ease your suffering. He was a warrior."
MSgt Regan, 729ACS, USAF

"To the family of:Rick A Ulbright I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully one day we will meet in Heaven 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington, GA

"I worked with Rick regularly while we were both deployed to Iraq; I was stationed in Baghdad, while he visited several detachments in the area. The level of his dedication to the mission was unsurpassed, and I always knew my own mission could wholeheartedly depend on his support. He visited my detachment a mere two weeks before he was killed in Kirkuk. I'll always fondly remember his positive presence at the unit, in addition to how he inspired so effortlessly the other agents in the detachment. His presence was felt even more strongly although he had just passed in the line of duty and it influenced everything we did and how we did it. Only a few months after he was killed were three of our detachment (myself included) severely wounded. His memory persisted despite my own severe wounds. Although I am largely recovered now, I think of him regularly. I am proud to have known him and I am honored to have been in the presence of a true hero. I selflessly give my best to his family and friends. Rick, go in peace. Your organization forever stands behind you."
Special Agent, Jim Hamilton, AFOSI of DC3, Linthicum, MD

"I am hoping someone will see this on this webpage and be able to help me. I am trying to reach the family of this soldier so that I can mail a flag to them that was flown in this soldier's honor. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that this family gave. Any assitance would be very helpful.
Thank you. emmylou9@hotmail.com"
Emmy of Charleston, SC

"I worked with Rick in Baghdad, Iraq and he was the very last person I met from my immediate colleagues before I flew home for the last time - his was the last hand that I shook. I was deeply shocked to learn of his death and the way in which he died. He was a regular, very professional guy doing a regular job in the most difficult of circumstances - and, like me, he was a volunteer. He was always calm, patient, good humoured and extremely helpful to me. I hope his sacrifice and that of his family allows us all to live on a safer planet. My thoughts are with Rick's family often, even though we have never met. My best wishes go to them now."
Derek Bird of Milton Keynes, UK

"I didn't know Rick personally, but I have a few friends that did. To those survived by him, I am sorry for your loss. To my brothers in arms, we will prevail! To those serving in OIF/OEF, be safe, we will keep the lights on for you."
Special Agent William Porter of Holloman AFB, NM

"I was fortunate enough to have met Rick in 2001 at Buckley AFB in Colorado, and am shocked to hear of the loss of this great American. May his family find peace in healing."
M. Khan of Ft. Meade, Maryland

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in the battle for freedom. Rick is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to this country. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To Rick'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 soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

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

"To the family of Rick Ulbright:
Words can't begin to explain the loss that you have experienced. Please know that there is a single mom of a young son, who prays for you and your family. Ricks' sacrifice and the sacrifice of all of our soldiers will allow my son to be brought up in a wonderful country, where he can live without fear....Along with the knowledge and respect that I am teaching him, he will know that freedom does not come free.... You and your family are in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God Bless you, and may he help you to find peace and strength to carry on...."
Heather Kovarik of Dearborn Michigan

"To Rick'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 the ulbright family from the wahl family. We are deeply sadden by your lost. Our heart and prays are with you."
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

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

"Thank you Rick Ulbright, 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 Rick Ulbright:
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 Rick 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 Rick Ulbright:
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 Rick, 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