Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Civilian Linda J. Villar

41, of Franklinton, Louisiana.
Villar died in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when a mortar struck her forward operating base. She worked for the U.S. Army Field Support Command, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on June 3, 2005.

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I am still amazed sometimes at how God works. I stumbled onto this page while looking for someone else. I never met Linda, but I know how much you love and miss her. I hope you and your daughter are doing well. I had a pastor that used to tell me, :Chin up, God loves you and so do I!" Take that to heart brother. There are a lot of us who feel that way about you."
Emmett Wayne of CECOM, Fort Riley, KS

"Sometimes when you sit alone you think of the ones who have and will always touch your heart. Linda was one of these people who came into your life even for the short time I worked with her and will forever be touched by her kindness and energy. Forever missed!"
Anthony P of Sudbury, MA, USA

"To the Villar family,
I work on Fort Stewart, Logistics Readiness Center (previously know as DOL). I don't know if you know this, but our conference room is named after Linda. Villar Conference Room. We have her picture on the wall right by the door. Those of us that work here in bldg 2916 are very proud of Linda's service. God Bless you and your family."
Polly Wolford of Hinesville, GA

"Mrs. Villar always brighten a room with her glowing smile, she is missed not just by me but those who she left a lasting impression on. I know she's looking down on all of us with he glowwing smile."
Glenn D. Aklin of Hinesville , GA/ U.S.A

"I served with Linda in Baghdad in 2005. She was assigned to the G4 unit at Camp Liberty. She worked with Logistics and I had the pleasure working with her for a few months. She was a kind and quiet spirited person. Linda talked about her husband and children and really missed them very much. I remember her walking at the camp and talking about starting to work out. She would count down the days of being able to fly out of Iraq. The day the mortar struck the base, I recall talking to her a day before about going to the gym. I was either too tired as I was trying to finish up school online. Unfortunately, Linda did go and the mortar struck the gym and she died. I think about how I could have gone and may have lost my life. Itís been quite a while since I thought about this incident, but she crossed my mind today. I wanted to post a message in her memory. May her family and friends be blessed as she was indeed a wonderful person."
Jason Tuck of Tallahassee, FL 2013

"I served with Linda in Bosnia in 2002/2003. She was a very dedicated and loving person. Linda was the first and only female that I knew personally that died in the Iraq war. I think of her a lot and remember her smile and wonderful personality. I know her family and friends will always miss her."
LTC Robert L Bell, Sr. of Crofton, MD

"It is my second time returning to Baghdad (Liberty) since we did a 10 day overlap together; here, in 2005 (Linda came in in 13 March 2005 and I left 23 March 2005). It's hard to explain to friends and family the strange need that I feel to return here. I never like coming back, but I always feel oddly comforted when I am here. I can't help but feel/believe that Linda is with me when I am here. I dream nightly and think daily about Linda. I miss her dearly as many of you do. It is very uplifting to continue finding new posts from the people that were touched by Linda. She had a unique way of bringing people into her life and getting into theirs. Somedays, I think that I have made peace. Tanesha is what keeps me going. She has alot of her mother in her, another wonderful person, that I have been blessed to have in my life.

I love you Linda "Always and forever""
David A. Villar of Baghdad, Iraq (June 2011)

"Linda, Dave and Family,

I'm sorry it's been so long since I last wrote. I want you to know there has not, nor will there ever be, a day that goes by where I don't think of you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you :)"
Julie Amati of San Diego California

"Linda, It has been over 5yrs and I still think of it as if it were yesterday. I remember talking to you and Keisha the day prior discussing how we were really gonna start working out when I got back the next day from R&R,(I wish you would have waited).I remember calling to say my flight was going to be delayed and Keisha delivering the news,so often I cry wondering about the "What If's" and "Why's"..through it all GOD had a much bigger plan. Thanks for sharing your wonderful spirit with us and may "our" Angel rest in peace. I'm back in the Savannah area and every week I promise myself to make it to FT Stewart to visit the memorial for you,but my heart has not allowed me to do so. I love you my friend and you are ALWAYS in my thoughts!!"
Brenda of Savannah, GA

"I am Sgt.Ramos. I was The verry first person to be there shortly after the morter hit the gym in tiger land, i really wished I could have done something for this young lady, I dream allmost every night of that most impacted moment amoung's many durring my second tour, I wish I could have switch places with her because I kno that GOD has her at a greater place by his side, I do find comfort knowing that she does and will allway's be loved by those neer and far, she will allway's be in my memory in a good way with the knoledge that she was a GREAT person, I hope that GOD will guide my memory to a ever lasting peace, I hope that GOD bless her familly and all of us who are serving our country."
Sgt. Ramos of NC

"Linda,we spoke a couple of times.And I was there when you died.And I remember everything.God Bless you and your family!Sgt. Meaux 1st cav."
Meaux of U.S.A.

"Linda, Another year has passed since you left us. Know that you will never be forgotten and I will always love you!! I was there then and I am here now.. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you!!"
Keisha of Baghdad, Iraq

"June 3, 2009
To the family of Linda J. Villar:
Linda 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"David, Tanesha and Brown family, our prayers are with you on the third anniversary of your loss. May the Lord of all creation continue to hold you in the palm of His hand. Linda, thank you for your service to our country and your support of its men and women in uniform."
Shawn & Taunya McGee of Geneseo, IL

"Brother Villar May God Bless and Keep You and Your Family.
Eric & Joan Bogguess"
Eric Bogguess of Ft Carson, CO

"My Dearest Linda, the memories are still so fresh of our last conversation we had the day before your Sunset. How you vowed that you were going to keep working out at the gym and get in shape while making the best of your time in a foreign land. Not only did you keep me laughing then, who knew how much your spirit would still live on, when I'm trying to schedule a meeting in the "Villar Conference Room" at AMC Headquarters one of the biggest and most popular place to hold a meeting. You see my friend your popularity still exist, because you have to have pull to get on that calendar, people still love being around you and that truly keeps me laughing with joy. I miss you, I love you and I'm blessed to have known you."
Ginette A. Braziel of Fort Belvoir, VA

"God Bless the Villar family. I pray that Linda's memory keeps you all strong."
SGT Latonya Murray of Baltimore, MD

"I'm reading my last email from you dtd 9/9/04 3:13 PM. I can't every delete it ... I need to pull it up from time to time to remember the good times. It's time to plan to attend another BIG NTP, my sister. I can never forget those long hours spent on Security duty.

May God continue to bless you and your family."
Sharon McBride of Vicksburg, MS

"(Forever Young, like the journey of a rose. From bud to blossom, Beauty is your entire existence. It is the life you chose, from mountains peaks to valleys bottom. You fashioned a dream with persistence, Your strength like a falling feather. Winds against you only kept you afloat. Over trials and tribulations, we are still together. For you will never wither of fade, In my dream, a perfect flower. Whose fragrance, a melody that will never die. The truest beauty in every eye, never changing under the light of the sun. My angelic princess, Forever Young. by "Rashad Haughton") to AALIYAH"
Keith Allen Langford of Westover Air Reserve Base


You were and will forever remain a tribute to mankind. Rest in Peace."
Ralph Browne of Boston, MA USA

"Linda - You are remembered often, a great person who always brightened my day, you were always so upbeat and full of energy and always positive. It was a pleasure knowing you. May you be at peace and bring peace to your family and loved ones."
Karen Kowalewski of Natick, Massachusetts


I miss you so so much. Not a day goes by that I donít think about you. My only link to you is thru your husband, Dave. We talk often. It has been almost three years since you left us. I can't believe youíre gone. The last times we were together was at Tonyís wedding and your birthday cruise. I will never forget that cruise. We had a wonderful time. That was the very last time I saw you alive. We've laughed together and cried together. I'll miss those times. I'll miss your crazy old school dancing, and how you could dance all night, if the music was right. I remember when performed at our Organization Day function, you, and Isaac performing your Ike and Tina Turner review. You were so funny. You was never shy and would try anything to get a laugh. Your smile was infectious; you could light up the room. All I have now is memories and lots of pictures of you, me, and the crew. Lynn and I have made sure that you will never be forgotten at the place you were employed the longest. Your picture will hang forever in a conference room that will be dedicated as The Linda Villar Conference Room. We will also honor you every year on the day of your death. We miss you so much. I will cherish all the memories. Dave, I understand your pain and will continue to keep you and the family in my prayers. I will continue to be there for you in any way that I can. I love you and I know and understand what youíre going thru. Keep the faith and hold on to God's unchanging hands. Linda will always be in our hearts and mind."
Willena of Marlborough, MA


"I miss you so much". Everytime I read my e-mails I thinks of you always sending me e-mails telling me to get off the phone so you can call me and I just smile. I miss everything about you, your smile, your laughter and most of all I will never forget the "TALKS" you and I shared about our spouse. You were truly a good friend and I will "NEVER FORGET YOU". "RIP""
Lynn M. Lewis of Fort Belvoir, VA


I still think of you often. Miss ya alot!"

"Even through its been years.I was there when she died.I didn't know her personally but I still pray for her and everyone I lost in 2005 and 2007!God Bless."
Sgt. Mo 1st calv.aka 1st team! of Shreveport,Louisiana

We know you are looking down on our son,David. Keep him under your wings and keep him from harms way. He will be coming to Baghdad soon to pay homage to your memory. We all miss and love you. Thank you for all you have given Dave.
He is a better man for have knowing you.

In God's care we pray for your everlasting soul,

Love Mom & Dad Villar"
Luis & .Karen of North Port, Fl

"To the Family of Linda Villar,
There was never a dull moment with Linda around. She truly shared her heart with so many in such a short time. Linda I will not forget the talks and encouragement you gave me to survive the times in Bosnia. You are truly missed. May God continue to watch over your family."
1SG Norman Fountain of Augusta, GA, USA

"Anyone that wants direct contact with me, I can b e reached at david.villar@us.army.mil I am Linda's husband... for life any one that wants to talk about what happened please do not hesitate to get in touch. It helps me heal to talk about it... Dubuois... you know me...

P.S. I miss you so much Linda! I'm lost with out you... but i'm trying.... God I Love You!!! Always and forever.... thanks Dave, you know who you are.. luv ya Angela.."
David Villar of Richmond Hill, GA USA

"I would like to thank everyone for their kind words, and prayers for my family, and I.I don't know what else to say beside; how special Linda was, She was my everything, Linda completed me. Linda had a unique way of bringing the best out of everyone. She shared a unique relationship with everyone that crossed paths with her. Those who new Linda know what I mean. I appologize to anyone who has not had the opportunity. You don't find individuals like Linda everyday...

Thanks again

I love you baby, you taught me so much, and still do...

David A. Villar

I would also like to thank the creator, and administrator of this sight for letting us all express ourselves."
David Villar of Richmond Hill, GA, USA

"Linda's beautiful personality and professionalism made our lives better in Baghdad. She was as dedicated to the mission as any soldier, airman, sailor, or marine could ever be. I will keep her and her family in thought and prayer."
Lt Col Tiger Hession of Fort Belvoir, VA

"For Civilian Linda J. Villar

ďAt the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember themĒ - For the Fallen

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, Linda. You died on my birthday and I will always remember your gift of freedom. I send blessings of comfort and gratitude to your family and friends.

Janet in Milwaukee, WI"

"We miss you very much!"
Your family! of Franklinton, LA

"God Bless you Linda and thank you for all you did for us. You will be surely missed."
Stephanie Enos of Massachusetts

"Ms. Villar, goodbye and thank you for your sacrifice. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the Villar Family, I was wish to extend to you my deepest condolences. Your Linda is safe with God right now. We are praying for you all. Linda will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"May God bless you and give you the strength to carry on. I am sorry for your loss.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 April 2005"

"God bless you. Thank you for all that you did. Rest in peace.

the Brooks Family."
Brenda of Birmingham

I recently heard of Linda making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I served with you at Natick in 1997. My condolences go out to you and your family, and my family expresses their deepest sympathies. Linda was wonderful person I remember her for her humor and compassion. Though we have lost touch through years I think often about our freindship and experiences together at Natick. Be Proud, and stand tall. You are in my prayers."
Barry DuBois of 401 CM CO, US Army, Boston MA.

"To David Villar,
My prayers go out to you and your family. I met Linda when I was mobilized to Bosnia SFOR14. I was the Task Force Medical Eagle (TFME)Headquarters Company Commander and we adopted Linda immediately. She helped arrange MWR activities and participated in our Church activities. She helped keep a lot of my soldiers motivated. She was a true friend. If their is anything I can do for you please feel free to let me Know. My Hospital Company then, the 3297th USAH (The Bosnia Group) , will miss Linda and the times she helped make special for all of us. God be with you and may he smile upon you."
CPT Robert Carr of Macon, GA/USA


"I had the distinct privilege and pleasure of working with Linda and attending meetings with her here at Camp Liberty, near Baghdad Iraq. She was a true professional and a bright shining star here. She will be missed. She now is with the Lord in peace..."
W P Plevich of Camp Victory Iraq

"I had the pleasure and honor of knowing and working with Linda for many years in Natick, Massachusetts. To say she was a wonderful human being is a gross understatement. Linda, thank you for your friendship and smiles; I will treasure them forever.

May God bless you Linda, and may he watch over and bless Dave and your family forever."
Julie Amati of Massachusetts

"Rest in peace, Linda. My condolences to the family. I was stationed with her at Natick, Mass. She will be missed."
Robin of Shreveport, LA

"Rest in Peace Linda. Thank you for your service to our country and to the troops. Your an Angel in the sky now. God be with your family and friends..always..

J and T

"To The Villar Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your loved one is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave one.."
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN 6/9/05

"Thank you Linda Villar, 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 Civilian Linda Villar:
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 Linda for the sacrifice she has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Civilian Linda Villar:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Linda, 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