Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Douglas J. Weismantle

28, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Weismantle was driving a HMMWV when an Iraqi dump truck swerved and rolled over on top of his vehicle. Weismantle died as a result of his injuries. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on October 13, 2003.

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"I didn't know Douglas, except he and I are both from the Burgh! So our blood was not only red, white & blue but Black 'n Gold! I served in the Navy for 18yrs and made it through in mostly one piece. Doug didn't and needs to be remembered today, May 28, 2012! RIP - fellow serviceman!"
Sh2(SW) Charles R. Fatur of Los Angeles, CA

"Uncle Doug, I can't believe how long it's been. I still can't believe you're gone. Every night I think of you, you were such an important part of my life. Over the summer me and my mom visited yours paps and grams gravesite, all I could think about was you. I cried for hours that night. I've never cried like that before in my life. People couldn't even imagine what you mean to me. I would give up anything for you to be here right now....Easter is coming in a few days, that's when I usually see you, but if I go there this time I truly have no idea what I will do.
Well it's 230 in the morning and I'm wide awake but I can't stay on writing this forever, take care you are no doubt myBEST FRIEND, love ALWAYS your nephew Eric"
Eric Hart-nephew of Douglas of Pittsburgh, PA/United States of America

"I'm a 57 yr old vetrean 70-73. U.S.ARMY.
I just wanted The Weismantle Family to know that Doug's hero braclet I bought in the yr. of his passing. His name was the fallen veteran they sent me. As an active veteran for pow/mia's Im proud to wear it with pride. He and all will not be forgotton. God Bless The Fallen and pow/mia's. Sincerly Sam"
samuel sebergandio of port orange Florida usa

"To the family of Douglas,

My name is Melisa Casanova I am the youngest sister of PFC. Jose Casanova. I lost my brother the same day you lost Douglas. I know it has been so long but, I just want to say that no words can express my sympathy. Your pain and sorrow is my sorrow. All I know is that my brother and Douglas are together in heaven lookin down on us. You are always on my mind and in my prayers.
God Bless"
Melisa Casanova of El Monte, California

"I was in 21st Chem. with Doug and I transfered to HHC 1/325 several months before he did, he was a good friend and very easy to talk to and to get along with. We shared many conversations in Iraq and I still remember the day and the conversation shared as Doug sat down next to me in the radio room just minutes before he went on that mission. He really was a great guy, and I do count myself lucky to have been able to serve with him."
Shane Bigelow of NYC

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Spc. Douglas J. Weismantle:
Douglas 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 am very sorry to hear about your child’s death through the website Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. We would like to invite you to join us at noon on this Saturday, May 17 at the Homewood Cemetery located in Squirrel Hill (1599 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 – phone for directions 412.421.1822) to honor the fifth anniversary of the death of Gary G's (former WEDO disc jockey) daughter, Cathy, who died in a fire. Upon Cathy's death, Gary started Cathy G Charities to carry on her work with the local homeless (on streets and in shelters), Veterans Administration, anyone who has a need etc. I do pro-bono work as the charities Public Relations Representative.

Since Gary is a disabled veteran, he especially wanted to invite the relative/friends of fallen heroes to our memorial. We have invited others who lost their sons and daughters and Gary will be stocking the beautiful cemetery pond with 900 goldfish and releasing doves after reading the names of the sons and daughters who have passed on.

Thank you for your interest. You can reach me immediately by phone at 412.673.9443 or Gary at 412.583.8560 or 412.373.5687. Please let us know if you can attend and the name of your loved one. Also please inform us if you cannot attend, but want your son or daughter’s name mentioned at our ceremony."
Janet Fabyankovic of Monroeville, PA, USA

"It has taken me a long time to even write this message. But Doug worked for me while we were in Iraq, and I even was a part of his funeral. I just want to say how deeply sorry I am that he is no longer with us. And how much of a difference he made in everyones life that he touched. He was a great man, and a great soldier. I will always miss him and he will always be in my thoughts."
SSG Sean Scarborough of Fort Bragg, North Carolina

"Douglas,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Let's Go!"(325th PIR Motto)"

"To the family of Douglas Weismantle I would just like to say how sorry I am for your loss. I had the pleasure and honor of serving with Doug at the 21st Chemical Company. I will always remember him as a kind, helpful, and considerate person."
Adam Bean of Fayetteville, NC

": To the family of:Douglas J Weismantle 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 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"I never knew him. I saw his smile and I've kept his photo ever since. Rest in peace brave one. Your smile lives on!"
Melanie Ashraf of Orlando, FL

"Doug was a warm hearted person. He was a loving person and was the biggest history buff I know. I love and miss him very much. God Bless Him and all the other fallen heroes"
Brittany-Mrs.Weismantle's 2nd Cousin of Oakmont,Pa

"I was stationed with Doug in FT. Gordon, GA for training after Boot Camp. Doug was a kind and gentle guy who would never bother anyone. The kind of person that this world needs more of.
A great guy, and im sure he is greatly missed.
Doug, you will always live on."
Richard Spence of Dinwiddie, VA

"I recently received a memorial bracelet with Spc Douglas J. Weismantle's name from herobracelets.org. I am honored and proud to wear his name. God bless his family for this ultimate sacrifice for his country."
Tara O'Gorman of North Port, Florida

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Douglas, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"I was a friend of doug's in high school and never had the pleasure of meet his wife or attend the funeral but to his wife,and family i want you to know that he will be dearly missed but as long as we have our memories of him he will live on forever in our heart. Doug you will truly be missed but most importantly you will be remembered"
BILLIE JO of FT.HOOD,Texas

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across Weismantle, my heart hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"I just want to express my condolences to the family of Doug Weismantle. I was a soldier in his first unit, which was 21st Chemical Company, and I remember the day he got there. I remember him as a good guy who was easy to get along with, so I can relate as to what kind of loss this is for you. I have an old photo I dug up of him that was taken during an FTX; if you would like it, contact me at (910)980-5504."
Michael Rodriguez of Linden, NC

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

"Doug was not only a Brave soldier but he was a wonderful young man. He was with my cousin Christine for about 10 or so years. They were married for almost 5 years before he was taken from us. He was a dear friend and I will never forget him. He would do anything for anyone and loved Christine dearly. He was going to come home and go to school to be a Science teacher. Christine and Doug were also going to move back to Pittsburgh and start a family. God bless Doug, all the others that have fallen and all of those still over in Iraq."
Ami Tolkacevic of Pittsburgh, PA

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

"Thank you Douglas Weismantle, 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

"I AM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. LIFE IS SO SHORT AND EVEN SHORTER WHEN THEY ARE TAKEN FROM US AT A YOUNG AGE. TAKE CARE AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS."
BEVERLY ARNOLD of CYNTHIANA,KY

"To the family and friends of Spc. Douglas Weismantle:
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 Douglas 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 Spc. Douglas Weismantle:
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 Douglas, 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