Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Robert A. Wise


21, of Tallahassee, Florida.
Wise was on a mounted patrol in Baghdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device exploded. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, 53rd Infantry Brigade, Florida National Guard, Tallahassee, Florida. Died on November 12, 2003.

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"11/11/14 All gave some, but YOU gave all~ Your laughter and larger than life smile will remain in our memories forever~ but oh how I wish I could hear it one more time~ RIP WISE until we meet again~"
Susie Wright of Tallahassee FL

"We still think about you"
Big Ferg of Washington, DC USA

"Happy Birthday"
Never Forget

"Look after us and protect us. We remember you and will see you in heaven brother"
Ferg of Washingotn,DC

"Rest in Peace brother... I know you're still up there looking down on us, laughing at all our stupid mistakes, and watching our boys overseas. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for my family and I... for your amazing sense of Patriotism, and I pray for peace and comfort for your family that you've left behind."
SGT Donaldson of Phoenix, AZ

"I still think of you Robert and the ultimate sacrifice you made for us. Never forgotten."
Crystal Mash Atteberry of Gallatin, TN

"my name is robert alan wise jr. (almost the same) and i look up to you.i'm only 12 and i want to go in the military like you."
Robert Wise of gambrills.maryland/USA

"Robert was/ is an inspiration to me everyday. His smile, laugh and atitude always made the day a little brighter. Tami - I loved your son like my brother and will never forget him."
Brian Stanley of New Orleans, LA

"I just want you to know I sure miss you, I was only 13 but I remember like it was yesterday your dad called and told my family, I thought he was kidding You will never be forgotten!"
Josh Carter of Key west Florida

"I still miss you buddy... I just wanted you to know we got him..."
Gunnery Sergeant Ernesto Rancel Jr. of USMC

"robert allen wise, you entered into eternity seven long years ago. what can seem to be just yesterday is a lifetime for others. we miss you; may you always rest in peace while you continue to protect and serve."
Sue Wright of Tallahassee FL

"I attended BCT with SPC Wise in Ft Benning, GA. We were assigned to A Co 1-18IN from August to December of 2000. I remember him being one of the voices of reason in our platoon. The Drill Sergeants made him the platoon guide right away as he had immediately displayed maturity and leadership potential. Know that he his remembered by all who had the honor of serving with him. May he rest in peace."
SSG A. of Dallas, TX

"Tammy,

12NOV2010: Today has been a great day because I feel like I was able to give Robert a day off from watching over me. I went on my regular patrols and turned my focus on my guys being safe. I made sure that everything I did today was how Robert would have approached it, free-spirited and with unequalled enthusiasm. I made sure to stand tall outside as Taps sounded across the camp, as it always does, at 2200 hours. I thought it was a fitting thing to end my day. Now Robert can go back to having my back from above.
Robert was actually the first Soldier I met when I came to Alpha Company in 2001...before it had just been the recruiters. I remember him being at the entrance checking IDs before you could come on the Armory grounds. He was awesome. I remember his words very well..."So you're new to A Co? Good choice man! You will really like it!"
He couldn't have been any more dead on. Nine years later and being more three hours away still can't get me to change units.
I took the Master Sergeant figurine you entrusted me with out on our cooler mission including our Aero-Medevac and some real-world calls. He stayed in my bag the whole time. He travelled all over Kuwait. In the city, to all the camps, the the Persian Gulf and to the border of Saudi Arabia. He really did make his way around and put his stamp on this deployment, just like Robert would have. I can't wait to see you and return the Master Sergeant! I love you and wish you and yours the very best, forever and always.

SSG Kris Clere
C Troop 1/153 CAV
(Formerly A Company 3/124 INF "Raptors""
SSG Kris Clere of Kuwait currently, (from Ocala, FL)

"Tammy,

12NOV2010: Today has been a great day because I feel like I was able to give Robert a day off from watching over me. I went on my regular patrols and turned my focus on my guys being safe. I made sure that everything I did today was how Robert would have approached it, free-spirited and with unequalled enthusiasm. I made sure to stand tall outside as Taps sounded across the camp, as it always does, at 2200 hours. I thought it was a fitting thing to end my day. Now Robert can go back to having my back from above.
Robert was actually the first Soldier I met when I came to Alpha Company in 2001...before it had just been the recruiters. I remember him being at the entrance checking IDs before you could come on the Armory grounds. He was awesome. I remember his words very well..."So you're new to A Co? Good choice man! You will really like it!"
He couldn't have been any more dead on. Nine years later and being more three hours away still can't get me to change units.
I took the Master Sergeant figurine you entrusted me with out on our cooler mission including our Aero-Medevac and some real-world calls. He stayed in my bag the whole time. He travelled all over Kuwait. In the city, to all the camps, the the Persian Gulf and to the border of Saudi Arabia. He really did make his way around and put his stamp on this deployment, just like Robert would have. I can't wait to see you and return the Master Sergeant! I love you and wish you and yours the very best, forever and always.

SSG Kris Clere
C Troop 1/153 CAV
(Formerly A Company 3/124 INF "Raptors""
SSG Kris Clere of Kuwait currently, (from Ocala, FL)

"ON THIS DAY APRIL17,10 I WOULD LIKE TO REMEMBER ROBERT A WISE, AND JOHN TRAVIS RIVERO KIA 04/17/03.THE LATER WAS MY SON. MAY YOU GUYS BECOME BROTHERS IN ARMS WATCHING OVER US STILL LEFT BEHINE."
JOHN RIVERO of MIAMI,FLORIDA.

"Mrs Wise,
You and I have chatted several times on internet and finally met at Godby high for a special dedacation to your son. Thru the courage we both overcame alot of personal termoil and I thank you for your courage, your sons courage. We have found friendship between us and willingness to continue this stand behind our soildiers in harms way and pray for them all to be safe and return home to there families.
Thank you for everything!"
Sgt. Robert "wayne" "doc" Spettel of Tallahassee, Fl

"Dearest Tami,

My son EJ was in Iraq at the same time. It is possible they knew each other. I cannot express what I felt when clicked on this link from your Facebook page and realized the deep connection that exists between us after so many years of not seeing each other. My prayers will now always include you and your family. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for this country. No one who has not had a child in harm's way can truly appreciate the emotions we go through as parent. I am glad that you have God in your life to lean on. Rudy Garcia, KWHS Class of 1977, USA SGM RET 1977-1999."
Rudy Garcia of Fork Union VA

"Dear Wise Family,

Well Robert was my best friend in High School ever since I started at Godby; we were in the JROTC program together in 1996. I joined the Army in 2000 and I knew he was going to join, we were suppose to join together. I just found out he died last year, from Jennifer Yajure who was also in the JROTC with us. I could not believe it. Robert died?! I wanted him to see my kids. The Wise family often took me in and also invited me out especially during the hard time I had with my family. I am sorry I was not there for him, or was by his side. I miss him. I know everyone do. I loved him. He was the only real friend I had in high school and in life. God Bless."
Johnnie Thomas of Orlando, FL

"November 24, 2008
To the family of Spc. Robert A. Wise:
Robert 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

"Dear Wise Family,
this is omar the interpreter who worked along with wise during HIS DEPLOYMENT IN IRAQ, wise was one of the most funny, cool, and great soldiers i ever worked with, shortly after the incedent i assinged to a different unit, but his memory still in my mind as one the heros who gave the effort to rebuild my country, may peace be up on him..."
Omar of elizabethtown, KY, USA

"I was proud to participate in escorting members of Robert's family and friends to the Tallahassee FNG armory this past Sunday (04-13-08), where a special ceremony was performed and Robert was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Patriot Guard Rider"
Clayton of Havana, FL

"Dear Wise family,
I learned of Robert's death a while ago. I didnt know that this page existed. Robert was an old friend from school in Key West. He was a great person with a good heart. Knowing Robert, I don't think there would have been any other way he would rather have left this world than fighting for his country and the ones he loved. Robert, your service and your life will always be remembered. You are a true hero. God Bless!"
Fallon and Alex Machado of Tampa, FL

"I feel a special connection...My name too is Tami Wise. My Spc Wise is due to leave Monday 7/16/07 for his 2nd tour in Iraq. I hope I can be a brave as you are."
Tami Wise of Cincinnati, Ohio

"Dear Mrs. Wise and Leilani. I worked with Leilani at publix, and attended Godby with her and Robert. I was on the cross country team and JROTC with him. Robert was a great man and there was always something about him that you could not put your finger on. My son Andrew Mason was born on veterans day 11/11/03 in tampa. I did not find out about Robert's sacrifice until three years later on a trip to Tallahassee to visit, for a funeral of a friend. Later that week i was in a hotel room in Orlando with my wife. I was watching a movie on HBO and left the tv on afterwards. When Roberts picture came on the screen I fell to my knees and started to bawl. I still remember teaching him to march, and drill. Leilani i rememeber the time that mean old lady in publix hit you with her cane. Last night i ordered a memorial bracelet with Roberts name on it, and I will wear it with great pride and deep felt sorrow knowing that we lost such a great man. I will always be thankful for great men and heroes like Robert, he was a true one of a kind."
Mark A. Pennington of Lutz, Florida

"Dear Wise family, I played soccer with Robert for a couple of years at Godby. Not only was he a great friend and a nice person he pursed everything he did with great passion. I was not able to attend his services, but I just wanted you to know that 4 years later I still think about him a lot. My thoughts are prayers are still with you,"
John-David Doyle of Indian Harbour Beach,FL

"I have watched the HBO documentary, Letters from Home, and I am so sorry for your loss. You bring honor to your son's life with your eloquence and sincerity."
Elaine of Chicago, Illinois

"You are truley the spirit of a hero and measure of a man. If only all men could serve their country with courage, honor and valor. You have made the ultimate sacrafice and for that I will always hold you and every fallen hero close in my heart. United your voices will be felt and heard like a lion's roar reminding us everyday, what the true meaning of being an AMERICAN is. Being an American is not something you do it is something you are. To be an American means to fight even when your arms are to tired, to scream with pride, when you have no voice, to be a leader , when no one wants to follow. You, your brothers and sisters have proven that you are " THE AMERICAN HERO " . We love you and will miss you. Know that your spirt will live on forever in our hearts."
Celina Lantz of Miami, Florida

"dear tammy
i just wanted you to know that i love you and i still think about robert everyday and i still love him and you so very much and i was honored to have served with such a great soldier. i feel real blessed to have known him as long as i did."
love you always jamie of tallahassee

"To the family of:Robert A. Wise 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"

"Tammy and Family,
This is very hard for me to write, my husband SPC Hector Figueroa served with Robert in Iraq. They were very close. We miss him dearly.I know you took each boy who came home as your own and love and care for all of them. In July of 2006 Hector is being sent back to Iraq, and I pray each night that Robert will keep him safe again. I know he won't be their with the guys physicaly this time but God will keep him safe. Robert will watch over the 3ID National Guard."
Stacy Figueroa of Orlando, FL USA

"To the family of Robert A. Wise, my name is Samantha Ramos. I went to Godby with Robert. We were on the Cross Country team together our tenth and eleventh grade years, and in JROTC together from tenth grade until we graduated. I'll never forget our Senior year at the Military Ball; we were named the "King and Queen", after we were crowned we shared a dance and I'll never forget that never ending smile on Robert's face! He was always smiling and always happy! He was a great friend and I was blessed to know him! When I heard the news of his death I'd just came home from the hospital where I had my little girl whose due date was November 12, 2003. Since my husband and I are stationed here at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana my Aunt called with the news from Florida; I asked if she was sure it was Robert. As she confirmed that it was him all the memories from High School flooded my mind "How could this happen to such a great person?" I couldn't understand. As I prepare for my deployment to Balad Air Base in Iraq I carry Roberts outlook on life with me!! I can think of no better way to serve my country than to be there working in the hospital helping those who are on the front lines of this war! I know that I have someone looking out for me over there! I know it's going to be hard to be away from my little girl, but knowing that I have Robert and so many others on my side gives me peace! Your family is in my prayers and I know I'll never forget Roberts smile and warm heart! May God Bless you and the rest of your family! Samantha J. Ramos, SSgt, USAF
Class of 2000"
Samantha Jane Ramos of Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana

"Dear family and friends of Robert Wise,
I went to high school with Robert and became great friends with him for the year we were together. He always made everyone laugh no matter what. I looked up to him and still do. Everytime I hear his name or hear of another soldier that has fallen, I just stop and take a minute to think about the goods times we had. I will always miss Robert. After the accident, I got to know his sister through one of my friends. We would sit and talk about Robert and laugh at times and also tear up at times. I just won't you all to know I am still thinking about Robert. My prayers go out to you all."
Heather Morgan of Tallahassee, FL

"...if I’d had any say

Mama, I won’t be comin’ home
Because I was sitting in a different place
The explosion took us by surprise
Just one block from our base

The night before I left home
You asked me to promise I’d come back safe
I looked at you and we both knew
I could see it on your face

I couldn’t promise what might be untrue
Until you said to me
“I don’t care if it’s a lie”
So safe I promised you I’d be

But I want you to know
If I could have foreseen that day
The outcome would be the same
It turned out the way I would have chosen
...if I’d had any say

My assistant gunner’s alive today
Because I was sitting in a different place
The most important mission I ever had
Was making sure that he stayed safe

I know you’ll hurt and I know you’ll cry
But I haven’t left you alone
I’m sending you sons to take my place
Pretty soon they’ll all be home

They’ll need the love you gave to me
They’ll need you to be strong
Please tell them not to blame themselves
Not one did anything wrong

So I want them to know
If I could have foreseen that day
The outcome would be the same
It turned out the way I would have chosen
...if I’d had any say

Today I got to thank the Lord
Because I was sitting in a different place
Instead of being a soldier taking a stand
I am an angel sitting at His right hand

So, Mama, believe this is not goodbye
We’ll just be apart for a while
The breeze that just touched your face
Was my kiss to make you smile

My love for you will last forever
Through all time and space
Your Loving Son, Robert Wise
(just in case)

p.s. Always remember I wanted you to know
If I could have foreseen that day
The outcome would be the same
It turned out the way I would have chosen
...if I’d had any say

- written July 11, 2005; the "Last Letter Home" I imagine I would have gotten. Written as a tribute to Robert as his 23rd birthday approached.

Robert, you are loved and you are missed.

I am so very proud of you. You will be in my heart always."
Tammy Wise-Thrash of Tallahassee, FL, USA

"Thank you so much for giving your all. You are our true American Hero. You and many others are what have, and are making this country so great and free. Now as you watch down on America, keep on putting in the good words to the Big Guy who is in charge of everything. May God be with your Mom, Dad and all your loved ones who miss you so much."
Phyllis Bowman of Red Lion, PA USA

"Dear Robert,

From those of us who served with you: You will never be forgotten.

SPC Daniel Rosenthal, A/3-124th Inf. FLARNG"
Dan Rosenthal of Palm Beach Gardens, FL

"I found out about the death of Spc. Wise awhile back by a close friend of his who was in the convoy when it was attacked. I am sorry for your loss, and I hope he is in a better place now. His sacrifice for his country will never be forgotten. God Bless, and Rest in Peace."
Chris Everest of Cape Porpoise, Maine

"Dear Tammy. I hope this letter finds you well. Let me
introduce myself. My name is James Mears. My wife is
Kay Mears. Our son served with your son in Company
A/3rd BN 124th Infantry while crossing Iraq and the
eventual occupation of Baghdad and was also aquainted
with him at Godby High School. We attended Roberts
memorial service wher it was evident that uncommon
valor was a common virtue. I was impressed with your
words of encouragement for the families who were
present. I cannot express enough our sorrow for your
loss. When we got the news that a soldier had been
wounded our hearts sank in fear that it was our son.
Then the guilt came when we heard it had been Robert.
I'd like to share the following story with you :

"I was going through some of my son’s war letters a
few weeks ago. I am constantly amazed by this
generation of young people that so many in our society
had written off. They have stepped up to the present
challenge and have met the future head on, not knowing
what lies ahead. I like to quote my son, often,
especially the quote I will share. Back in January of
this year, it dawned on me that this generation could
possibly be another “greatest " generation. As my son
was preparing to leave for deployment to Kuwait with
his National Guard Unit, Company A, 3rd BN 124th
Infantry, I wrote him a letter. He was to open the
letter while enroute to his deployment station at Ft
Stewart,GA. I could only relate to him how proud his
Mom and I were of him. To keep safe, keep his head
down and all that stuff. We were proud of him and the
men he was deploying with. War was on the agenda at
the time and I hoped he and the boys of Company A
would receive the right training in preparation for
the war with Iraq. Soon after he and the boys had
deployed to Kuwait we heard from him and he seemed to
have really high morale. Then it happened. The war had
begun. I listened and watched every bit of news I
could. Anxiously watching to see if I could find my
son in the sea of camflouged soldiers on every
channel, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and many others. We were
lucky to see him once in an interview on MSNBC. It was
great to see him. Tears were flowing freely as I
watched him as every word he spoke was like blessings
from above. Three weeks after the war had begun, we
received his first letter. It was written as he and
the boys of Company A were preparing to jump the burms
and invade Iraq. It was the eve of battle and I am
sure thousands of different thoughts ran through the
minds and hearts of the men as they prepared for the
upcoming battle. It was a certain quote in my son’s
first letter that stood out, and I believe, and was a
statement that could have been said by any one of
those warriors in the field. This is what he wrote:
“Mom & Dad, on this eve of battle, I do not know if I
will make it. But, I want you to know this. If I die,
it will be for my Country. And there is no worthier
cause than freedom. But, I will be okay and I will
come home in one piece. I love you both ". I tell you,
it always pulls on the ole heart strings every time I
read it. I just thought I would share with ya''ll why
I think this generation to be..." One of The Greatest
Generations ". Joining those other generations of men
and women who have fought the fields of combat, both
domestically and on foreign soil, for their country. "

Then we got another letter many months after the fall
of Baghdad:

"Dear Mom & Dad,
It has been another hot day here in Baghdad. Not much
happening. I know you guys have been watching the news
and things look bad. Do not believe the picture the
media is presenting. So far this month we have helped
cleanup two schools and a soccer field. The schools
and soccer field were littered with weapons and
ammunition. Saddam and his boys stored their weapons
there. The soccer field is a major plus in this
neighborhood. The populace has not been able to play
soccer without fear. At the grand opening we played
some Olympic athletes and they tore us up. The defeat
was worth it. We made many friends that day. I wish
you could have seen the celebration. The locals
actually killed a goat ( sacrificial ) and anointed us
and the field. There were cameras there from some news
agencies but we don't think it will be shown anywhere
but here. Well, gotta go now. Please continue to pray
for us a a speedy end to this war. We are working our
butts off to make it happen. Tell everyone thanks for
their support. It means a lot. Take care and know that
we are doing the right thing here. I know, I know.
Keep my head down and move fast. Dad you always crack
me up with that, but it has saved me a time or two.
Love you guys. I will be back soon. "

This past memorial day my wife and I took a motorcycle
trip , with friends, to Washington DC for the Rolling
Thunder Ride To The Wall to bring recognition to our
veterans. We joined over 600,000 bikers to commemorate
the MIA/KIA/POW issue. Last year we rode in honor of
our son, specialist Josh Mears, and the boys of
Company A who were still in Iraq. This year we road in
honor of Robert. Our son could not join us this year.
While in Washington DC we visited Robert in Arlington.
And was able to get a few good pictures. My son wanted
copies and thats when I thought of you. What an honor
it was to have visited that day. It was not only
emotional but insightful and spiritual. I spoke
earlier of the guilt, but on memorial day it was
thankfulness. Anyway, I dont want to dredge up a lot
of stuff, I just thought you might be interested that
we have decided to do DC every memorial day as a
tribute to Robert and the other men and women who have
served their country and sacrifed their all on the
alter of freedom. They are the true patriots who
deserve to be honored. Thanks, Tammy for all the
things you have done on behalf of the soldiers and
their families."
James & Kay Mears of Tallahassee, Fl, USA

"To the Wise Family. Im so sorry that you lost your son, and someone who for 3 years at godby i called a friend. Robert was a very good young man, and had a bright future ahead of him. When i heard the news i cried, but it made me proud to know a American Hero. Robert you will be missed. Your Classmate Orenthious "O.J." Hill"
Orenthious Hill of Tallahassee, Fl, USA

"I am so sorry for you loss of robert. I was watching HBO and saw the last letters from home. He was doing what he wanted to do, he was a hero and most of all a TRUE american hero! My uncle SPC.Shawn Michael Davies 22 died in baghdad iraq. It was hard it took time, but even though robert isnt standing in front of you his spirit is and every step you take hes right next to you. Please email me at Peters3424@yahoo.com
God Bless you and your family"
Amanda Peters of Concord, Ohio Orginally Pennyslvania

"TO ROBERT:
EVEN THOUGH I NEVER GOT TO KNOW YOU REALLY WELL IM VERY PROUD THAT YOU GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR YOUR COUNTRY. YOU WHERE ALWAYS PROUD OF THE ROTC AND YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. GOD BLESS..........."
MICHAEL HILDINGER of LANCASTER, OH

"I'm proud to have served with a wonderful person and soldier. Miss and love you always.
mpwise61@yahoo.com"
Leilani Marie Wise-Hildinger of Tallahassee, FL USA

"I never knew Robert,but I will always will remeber what happen to him,with the bracelet around my wrist.It says Spc Robert A Wise
Tallahassee,Fl Army 11/12/03.
I'm very honor to wear his memory around my wrist.
God Bless"
Barry Caraway of Buchanan Dam,Texas

"Mrs.Wise, Unfortunatly I never knew Robert but I do know one of his good buddies SPC. Christopher Reeve. I'm so sorry for your loss, and hope everyday gets better... My husband SGT. Ryan Atkinson also serving in Iraq right now went to school with Robert at Godby, I have heard so many wonderful things about him. I just want to say thanks for my freedom and I salute you!!! Ryan says that he will be truly missed, and he wishes he had a chance to say goodbye...Thank you for all you have given to each and everyone of us..."
Kari Atkinson of Tallahassee,Florida

"Hello Robert: One of your buddies, Brandon Adkins, told me about you. I salute you. May God bless you and your immediate family. Your extended family is praying for you and will never forget you."
Paul Cudahy of Terrytown, LA USA

"Please feel free to contact me at RancelEJ@state.gov"
Sergeant Ernesto Rancel Jr. (USMC) of The Middle East

"Dear Wise family,

No words that I can say will ease your pain but, I want you to know that your son was an inspiration to allot of people. This what we do and what your son gave the ultimate sacrifice for is something that only a select few can and will do. For that he is a hero. He lived as a warrior and died in honor. I went to elementary school as well as middle school with Robert down in Key West. His loss came as a hard hit for me. I'm on my third tour out here and spoke with my family when they told me the news. I remember in seventh grade we would talk about being in the military. Then, he moved off as did I to Naples. As fate would have it we met up again. In the summer of our sophmore year, we were put in the same platoon in JROTC summer camp at Camp Blanding, Fl. It came as a real shock to us but, we thought it was awesome and it had to be one of my greatest summers ever. We did all the crazy things we could and got into a little trouble with our Drill Sgt. and had to do allot of push ups but, it was well worth it. I lost a friend and I want you to know that we continue to fight with him and all our fallen angels on our shoulders."
Sergeant Ernesto Rancel Jr. (USMC) of Middle East

"To the family of Robert Wise, our heart goes out to you, there's no words to express how indebted all Americans are to you and your family for the sacrifices you've made. I play music in a band here in Missouri and we wrote a song for all the troops called "Heroes". Just a few months ago we wrote another song, and when I watched the HBO special last night, it gave me chills. The title to the song we wrote was "No Place Like Home", please contact me at renegaderail1@yahoo.com"
Mike Munsterman of Sedalia Missouri

"I went to middle school with Robert in Key West. I was shocked when I received word that he died. I would just like to send my condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
Alexandria Palacios of Miami, FL

"I remember Robert from H.O.B. Middle School in Key West. We were the same age and I think we had some classes together. As soon as I saw his picture after what happened I remembered him instantly and was very sad about it. He was a very special person in that he was so so generous and very happy - always smiling! I also remember being in Circus of the Kids together. I live in Tallahassee right now and go to FSU, but never knew Robert had moved up here in high school. A few days ago, I saw his picture again and his family on the Tallahassee news, which mentioned that he will be featured in the documentary "Last Letters Home," and I hope to be able to see it. I just want his family and loved ones to know that my heart goes out to you and I will be praying for you. God bless."
Sara Thompson of Key West, FL

"Dear Wise Family,

I saw a program on HBO called Last Letters Home and ten minutes in, I saw the story of Robert A. Wise. Within moments I was extemely moved. I am 33 years old and have a huge amount of respect for anyone that is in the military. When I saw Robert's mother cry, I just hope that within her cry is some happiness. I hope she is happy ,in the fact ,that her son is a hero. I am so, so appreciative and proud of someone like her son, that protects and secures our way of life and the families that we all love. I think the Wise family can feel great comfort ,in that, their son is a HERO and a ROLEMODEL to all Americans."
Chris Higgins of Newark, DE 19702

"Mrs. Wise,
I am currently a Senior at Godby High and I am in my 4th year of Godby's AFJROTC. I just wanted to say that even though I didn't go to school with Robert I knew him. He was a great person. He could walk into the gloomiest room and make every last person smile. I know that if he would have been there last night, he would have been upset to see us all crying. he would have done all he can to make us laugh. He would tell us to remember the days that he lived and to remember all of the fun and good times that we had with him. He'd want us to remember all of the smiles and laughs.
Robert we will all miss you. I wish you would have come home with David Embleton, Jamie Grant, Ben Hurst, Joe Renfroe, and all of the others that left when you did. I know they all miss you because you were such a great friend to all of them.
Once again, Mrs. Tammy, I'm sorry for your lose. He will be missed by all."
c/Capt Erica Acree, Godby AFJROTC of Tallahassee, Florida

"I was a great friend to Robert. I was in his unit and went to school with him. My name is Allen Clinton, known as "A.C." big wrestler at lincoln high. I have 8 years in the service now, and not a day goes bye that I dont think of him. He's a great guy, god bless him and his family. I cant believe he's gone, I still see his smile every time I look back. Thanks for your service brother. allen.clayton.clinton@us.army.mil"
AC of IRAQ- MSARNG

"I was a great friend to Robert. I was in his unit and went to school with him. My name is Allen Clinton, known as "A.C." big wrestler at lincoln high. I have 8 years in the service now, and not a day goes bye that I dont think of him. He's a great guy, god bless him and his family. I cant believe he's gone, I still see his smile every time I look back. Thanks for your service brother. allen.clayton.clinton@us.army.mil"
AC of IRAQ- MSARNG

"Not one day passes that we (those that were there) are reminded of the tramatic death of SPC Wise. The moment we heard the explosion we knew "it was one of us". We were all filled with anger and pain from our loss as was proven from our tribute to Robert in Baghdad. We never looked the same afterwards. Not one eye was dry when they did roll call, gun salute, & played taps...We will never forget. Days earlier Robert and I talked about seeing if our families were related to one another as my grandmother's maiden name was Wise and she is from Frostproof, Florida. That issue does not matter anymore Robert , you are my brother forever now."
J. Hinckley (medic) of Thomasville, GA USA

"Robert,

I miss you so very much. I will carry you in my heart always. Thanks for all the great times in school, ROTC and everywhere else. Happy Belated Birthday. Anyone close to him knows what a great person he was, always smiling and inspiring everyone."
Jessica Robinson of Tallahassee, FL (Former Classmate)

"Dear Tammy Wise:
You are an inspiration to us in the State Family Readiness Office, FNG. I am in awe of your courage, grace, and wisdom that you have shown and continue to show during the tragic loss of your son. I did not know Robert but through reading about him and hearing you and others speak of him, I know he was a good son, good friend, and great patriot. God Bless You and your family and friends as you move through your grief - we are praying for you all."
CW4 Bobbi Hall

"Dear Tammy Wise,
I am the mother of Spc Riley Jackson 3/124 Inf FNG. My son was a friend of Robert and went to his aid when the explosion took place. He was pulling guard on top of their compound and saw the explosion. He was deeply saddened and and shaken by the loss of one their own. I heard you speak at the Welcome home in PC and I so admire your courage. My payers are always with you and your family. You have a very brave son who loved his country more than life itself. May your loss never be forgotten by our country. God Bless and keep you always"
Catherine Jackson of Ocean Springs MS.

"I also went to school with Robert at HOB when my family lived here from '95 - '97. He was a great guy, awesome personality and sense of humor. I only learned of his death today, when my friends at Key West Baptist Temple informed me. I, too, joined the (Virginia) Army National Guard and just returned from a 14-month deployment to the Middle East. I was stationed just west of Baghdad from August '03 to March '04, and remember hearing about that attack in November, but had no idea Robert was involved. That was a hard time over there...a lot of attacks going on then. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family; Robert is and will continue to be missed."
SPC Stanley E. Maszczak of Newport News, Virginia

"I am a young student and I go to a rural school. I have been learning about Spc. Wise for a school project. I do not know what all of the branches of the army are and I do not understand what it takes to be a good fighter. I do know that the people that go into battle are real people that have real lives. I also know that freedom is not free and that in order to have freedom some young men and women have to pay the ultimate sacrifice. Even as this happens others are in there houses watching the fighting happening they are still weeping. I belive that they want us to be happy and not hang on to them. When this War started I thought "We need to keep are freedom." Now I know what the price is. Even though it is a big one I am glad some people have chosen it. They have given us the ultimate gift for the ultimate price.
Some people are arguing that we don't need this war. I think they have forgotten about the towers and the threats that us Americans have been faced with. I have no regrets going into this war but, then again, I am not the one fighting it and I am not the family of someone fighting. Anyone can go into war but sadly not all come out. We must be glad for those who come out of war and be happy that we have freedom. The deceased don't want us to weep for them but they want us to have new strength from what they have done. The most courageous will be remembered for there courage. I think it is great that Wise was willing to go into battle even though he knew that he might not come back. I am very sorry for your loss. I think you will have new found strength from this terrible event. I will always remember Spc. Wise and this whole war. I am very sad that he had to die so young. But I am glad that he went and did what he did. If he didn't die than somebody else or maybe more than one other person may have taken his place. My prayers are out to Spc. Wise, the soldiers, and their families."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"Dear Wise Family,
Your son paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country for the freedom that we all get to enjoy. My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss.
Tony Kiessling
USAF (Ret 79-01)
Proud member of Viet Nam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club USA"
of Panama City, FL

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

"Hey Robert...

Mister D told me the bad news. I still remember that fateful day in lincoln, you knew where you were headed: to boot camp and a military career. I study at florida state, met mister D as he told us so many times in high school.

We will never forget that goofy grin and all those funny hours in high school.

For gods sake... we are proud to have men like you, Robert, and I'm so proud to have known you.

You will never be forgotten,

Chad Brady, your former classmate"
Chad Brady of Tallahassee

"To Robert:
I feel so blessed to be with you in your last hours. I hope that I provided you comfort as your nurse and your friend. I saw you at Arlington the other day and I left you my Army Nurse Corps patch to let you know that you will never be forgotten. I will ensure that I visit you often and leave tokens to thank you for your service to this great nation. I will never forget you-"
CPT. Sarah Grivicic Army Nurse Corps (Baghdad, IraqOct03-Feb04) of Arlington, Va

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

"Since we found this site, OUR words to each hero have always been REST IN PEACE BRAVE WARRIOR....
God Bless you and your family"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"Thank you Robert Wise, 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

"Dear Tammy & Family,

I too remember Robert's warm smile and charismatic personality when I worked at H.O.B. as a teacher's aide as well as remembering him with much happiness when he and my daughter, Jennilyn were part of Circus of the Kids together. His endearing personality is what made him so special. I pray that this message and the messages of others who's path Robert crossed will help comfort you. I know you are as proud of him as we in Key West are. He will forever be our HERO. Please know that we are here for you. May God bless you and your family.

Respectfully Yours,"
Lynn M. Roberts of Key West, Florida

"Dear Tammy and family,

I wanted to express to you how much we are thinking of you and Robert during the Holidays. I feel certain Robert, Jeffrey and Travis, who were all FNG, and who have given the ultimate sacrifice, are together in a wonderful place in time. They are happy, with no pain, and they want us all to continue on.

My heart is with you always as you travel the mourner's path. My wish for you is that eventually the pain you feel will slowly turn into the strength to continue on and lead to inspiration for Robert and his exemplary life.

With love and admiration,

Anne Marie Mattison, Mother
Spc Jeffrey Mattison Wershow
4-22-03 7-06-03
KIA Baghdad, Iraq"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, over the loss of your son, Robert. My son was also in the Florida National Guard, Cpl. Travis Rivero, he lost his life in Western Iraq, on April 17,2003. I would like to think that your Robert is now with my son, Travis and his friend Jeffery.
God Bless You."
Patricia Gardham (Cpl. Travis Rivero's mother)

"I taught Robert when he was a student at Horace O'Bryant Middle School in Key West. When I saw his photo in the paper and read about the tragedy, I was heart broken. I remember his smile and his kind demeanor- quite an incredible young man. I will think of him whenever I see a young man in uniform and I will continue to tell my students about how he once graced my classroom. He will be missed. My prayers to all who knew and loved him."
Marianne Bertini of Key West, FLorida

"To the family of Robert Wise,

My heart goes out to you on the loss of your dear son, Robert. Robert and my son, Spc. Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, were in the FL Nat'l Guard together. Jeffrey lost his life in Baghdad on July 6, 2003. I know that Robert and Jeffrey are together in another time and place, and are watching out for their families and good buddies in their platoons to keep all safe.

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that peace will begin to come into each day, as you remember your wonderful Robert.

In sympathy,

The Family of Spc. Jeffrey Mattison Wershow"
Anne Marie Mattison of Gainesville FL

"To the family and friends of Spc. Robert Wise:
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 Robert 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. Robert Wise:
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 Robert, 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