Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Thomas J. Wilwerth

21, of Mastic, New York.
Wilwerth died near Balad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on February 22, 2006.

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"Tom must have been a man that understood the following fact of life:
"It does not matter what we think, and it does not matter what we say. It only matters what we are willing to do." Thank you and your family for what you were willing do to for us. God Bless you and your family."
Greg Fazakerley of Middleburg, VA

"I met you a long time ago you were only
three or four months old and your dad was so proud he had a boy. He always said he wanted a boy and was going to name him Thomas. I was saddend to hear of this tragedy I still remember you as
a baby. Rest in peace little one."
Joan Milano of Louisville, Kentucky

"To the family of:Thomas J. Wilwerth
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""

"Tom you have been and will always be uppermost in my mind. I honer you every year on that fateful day and wish I could have changed the outcome. I tell my children about you and make sure your memory will forever be with us. You will forever be missed. I am proud to have called you friend. Save room for me up there I will see you again"
Steve Hernandez of Fort Benning GA

"Tom, brother there is not a day that goes by I dont think about that night. Im so sorry We could not save you. You were a great friend to all and will be forever missed. RIP Wilwerth,Howard,Misner."
Scott Roesch of Fort Worth, Tx

"Remembering you on this Memorial Day 2010. Will never forget your bravery."
Peggy J of Shirley, NY

"February 7, 2009
To the family of Spc. Thomas J. Wilwerth:
Thomas 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

"Thanks Tom!! We never met but I know my kids live free and safe because of you. Mastic is our home,our little piece of America. Myself and my Volunteers at the Mastic Ambulance Company will never forget you."
Dave Palmer of mastic N.Y. U.S.A.

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.

"Patriae Fidelitas"(Loyalty To Country)
8th Inf. Motto"

"Tom was a good man...he showed me the basic in NJROTC and it was fun to always talk to him about the Army. His life was always around ROTC and his sister Kerry. I'll always miss Tom and he'll always will live on in our hearts."
PFC. Will Lawler of mastic, ny/ willow spring, nc

"When I pray, I ask that the Good Lord, in His infinite wisdom and eternal love and compassion, allow you to find favor in His gaze and warm, loving acceptance in His embrace in His Kingdom. This is my way of saying Thank You, Tom for your service. It is also my way of saying I love you and will miss you and keep you in my heart and mind. Sleep the gentle sleep of the deserving while we continue our struggle of existence without you.
May God bless you and keep you (2/20/07)"
Ernie Rowland of Shirley, NY

"Wow it has been almost a Year Since Tom passed away into the Lords hands,I'll Miss You tom not a day has gone by that I havn't thought Of You,I hear all these songs that U would of liked or liked while u were here and itmakes me want to cry but like U always said,"Don't Cry For Me" so I'm doing alot better but I never and never will forget about you everyone misses you and u now that you and always will be a good friend...I Miss You and Love You..."
Karie of Colorado Springs,Colo

"I somehow accidently stubbled on to this website. Since I was here I decided to look up Tom. Once again, the fact that he is not with us made my stomach drop, eyes water and knees weak. He was a great friend and so much more to me! I loved him very much, and I know many others did too. I feel guilty for taking his presence in my life for granted, but I remember all the good time's we shared! I remember the plans we made and were in the process of making that would unfold when he came back to me, that were suppose to happen when he returned home. Our plans won't unfold in this life time, and for that I shed a tear every day. I do know however I will be with him again one day and there and then we will be able to live the life we wanted. I could go on and on about Tom. Everyday is a taste of bitter-sweetness, the thought of evetually spending eternity with him, and the thought of not being with him today. Everyone keeps telling me that time will heal this pain. They say my love will slowly fade away, but for the past 9 months it has only grown, and somehow is still growing, missing and wanting you even more. Thomas you are loved more then you have ever known. You were taken from me, and all your loved ones, but we will never forget you! You will always be in my heart! The heart that was, is, and forever will be yours! Untill we meet again, I love you! All my love as promised, forever and always!"
Jessica Felix of Deer Park, Texas/USA

"Tom was a good man I first met him in NJROTC and then I left for the Marines to hear about his death brought much sorrow to me. Jusst watch over us Tom for you are in a beter place you will be missed my friend"
Gary Clark of MCAS KANEOHE BAY Hawaii

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Thomas will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Thank you Thomas Wilwerth, 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 Spc. Thomas Wilwerth:
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 Thomas 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. Thomas Wilwerth:
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 Thomas, 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