Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Col. William W. Wood

44, of Panama City, Florida.
Wood died in Baghdad, Iraq when he was directing security operations in response to the detonation of an improvised explosive device. During this response, a second improvised explosive device detonated near his position. He was a regular Army soldier assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, Modesto, California. Died on October 27, 2005.

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""He shall grow not old as we who are left grow old. Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we wil remember Bill Wood."
Memorial Day 2016. Never forgotten mate."
Col Paul King of Palmerston North, New Zealand

"Sir,
You will not be forgotten. I pray that your family has found some peace after 10 years and knowing what a caring leader you were to so many. Rest in peace sir!
Cyclones
Night Stalkers
Vanguard"
Cyclone 6 Ancient David Anderson

"In that instant, bill decided to sacrifice all his tomorrows, so we could all enjoy today. A great man and great friend."
Al Underwood, US Army ret of Charlottesville, Va

"I was in the unit when COL Wood was killed and I remember how I felt when I heard the news. It sure did hit me with the reality of what we were doing over there. COL Wood was a no-nonsense officer who had high standards for his soldiers, but they respected him for that. He set the example and walked the walk everyday.
It has been almost 10 years and I still find myself being reminded of his sacrifice. He is what made this country what it is. He gave selflessly and without hesitation. I hope that his family has found peace and that God surrounds them with love and comfort."
CW2 Christopher Brooks (US Army, Retire) of Colorado Springs, CO

"...nine years! Resting in peace with CPT MacKinnon! Godspeed!"
Cyclone 6 Ancient

"Stalker 6 this is Cyclone 6! I will never forget you or that day. I thought it would get easier but it doesn't...Thank you for caring for soldiers!"
David Anderson

"Col Wood....Captain Wood when I knew you sir!! 1st armored division Baumholder Germany 1991...I was only 18 always in trouble...but I kept the lawn mowed and the streets clear of ice and snow....anyways sir you will never be forgotten!! Good bless"
patrick hanney of Clearwater Florida

"Nancy and Rachel

Never forgotten. Bill (let's get the job done) Wood. Mate - I will never forget you Mr Mech Inf.
Nancy and Rachel - he is often remembered.

from the big Kiwi"
Col Paul King of New Zealand

"first off all, i think that the life do not want good men like col williams but there is something stay for ever , his courage and loyalty , god bless him.
by the way if my leader major or lt col david anderson read this message iwant him to send me his e-mail as i want to talk with him as i worked with him as interpreter when he was Capt in charlie company 4-64 during 2005 and my name was MO and he ordered me a shirt for DC united with no 14 under name of Mohammad
it is very important if any one know his e-mail
thanks again"
Mohammad of baghdad/iraq

"Sir,
Seven years ago today. Seeing the explosion, not knowing it was you...and the extreme empty feeling knowing two great leaders gone in a day. Never forgotten, I will never let your sacrifice be in vain!"
David Anderson of Texas

"Seven yrs. ago this month, lives were changed with the loss of Col. Wood. God bless Col. Wood and his family. A true soldier."
Thane Murphy of Sandstone Mn

"Seven yrs. ago this month lives were changed with the loss of Col. Wood. God bless Col. Wood and his family. A true soldier."
Thane Murphy of Sandstone Mn

"My dad was killed in the same explosive that Col.Wood was killed in Before my Dad died he sent home many letters from iraq a lot of them saying how great a soldier COL.Wood is. And those insurgents knew that if they faced COL.Wood head on they wouldnt stand a chase they are not real men they are cowards and would never be even a fraction of a soldier or man that COL.wood was. RIP Hero"
Noah MacKinnon of Hamilton,OH

"From one former 1/184 Bn Cdr to another on this 11th anniversary of 9/11. Job well done, be thou at peace. We will never forget you......"
Former 1/184 Cdr of California

"I served with Bill at Fort Benning, GA when we were both LTs and again at CGSC in KS. My wife introduced Nancy to Bill at one of our LT social events. I just found out about Bill's passing from a mutual friend- Mark Cuddle. Nancy- Maureen and I have you and you daughter in our prayers. Sorry we have lost touch over the years. Bill was a good man and a great Soldier. it was an honor to serve with the likes of him."
Rob Goodrich, USA, LTC(Ret) of OFallon, IL, USA

""Memorial Day - 2011" The Fox Family remembers Bill, my good friend, fellow Seminole and Sig Ep Brother. Your memory lives within us and your family remains in our daily prayers.

We have been to Col. Wood's gravesite several times with our Boy Scout Troop while visiting NAS Pensacola. We want our two son's and their fellow Scouts to know of his sacrifice and the sacrifices of those buried with you. We will never forget Bill and all of our Fallen Heroes!

God Bless Bill, his Family and America!"
Randy Fox of Tallahassee, Florida

"COL Wood is a true American Warrior and hero. Gods Speed Sir it was an honor serving with you."
Pickering of Mather, CA

"Condolences to Bill's family-we have not met, but my thoughts are with you. Memories to my fraternity brother!! Everytime I see the flag, I will be reminded of your sacrifice.

Cheers brother!"
Patrick Motta of Fort Lauderdale, FL

"Memorial Day 2010...Remembering my friend Bill Wood today. You are not forgotten..."
SGM (R) Carl Johnson of Richmond Hill, Georgia

"Sir, it has been four years. I will never forget the leadership you provided that battalion. You truly cared and for that, many more lives were saved. Gone but never forgotten!

Cyclone 6 Ancient"
MAJ A of Ft. Leavenworth

"I served under col wood he was my commander in iraq let's go nigthstalkers mode"
jon schaefer of dallas tx us

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Col. William W. Wood:
William 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

"COL Woods was a true leader of Soldiers and a American Hero who gave his all to eveything he accomplished. I was a Drill Sergeant under his command and he will be truely missed. He was a leader who lead from the front as a Soldier and an Officer. My heart continues to go out to you, your family, and dearest friends."
1LT Willie Harris of Fort Irwin, CA

"thank you for your leadership"
ARNG Soldier of concord

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow.
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
but don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
(Author Unknown)
America has been built on the blood of Brave Men of Honor. Heros who answered the call to defend all of our Freedoms. A fellow Veteran pays tribute to this heros commitment to duty and the ultimate sacrifice that he has made for all of us. Thank you. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brave soldier, and may peace come to your family and loved ones for the sacrifice they have also made."
William Darby Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs Florida

"To the family of:William W. Wood 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"

"I did not have the good fortune of knowing Col. William Wood personally. I know him only from Fox's "Iraq the Untold Story". I can tell he was a great man who cared deeply about his Country, family, fellow soldiers and the Iraqi people. I will always remember his ultimate sacrifice and forever be in his debt. God bless you and your family Col. Bill Wood."
George Lenihan of Narr, Rhode Island

"Bill Wood was a respected officer, one who only cared about taking care of Soldiers and getting the job done. God must have needed a Commander in heaven. Bill, we all miss you and your impact on us will not be forgotten."
Sergeant Major Carl Johnson of Richmond Hill, GA

"To the family and friends of Col. Wood:

I had the honor to be in the 2/39th Infantry Regiment at Ft. Jackson when he was our commander. I still remember him doing our uniform inspection and receiving my honors for Soldier of the Cycle for my company from him. As he shook my hand in front of my family and entire graduating class I still remember him saying, "See you in Iraq". To me, he was the consumate soldier and a profound influence on my life and career in the Army. No other soldier taught me more about Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. Rest in peace Colonel...AAA-O, Bar None!

SPC Sean Frazee
Airborne!"
Sean of Ft. Bragg, NC

"COL. WILLIAM W. WOOD, You Sir are what we all aspire to be. I am very proud to have known and served with you. I will always remember the tough, but fair DCO that I worked for at Loyalty. God bless you my Friend."
BILL CHRISTINA of IQATF

"RIP Col. Wood. You will be missed. Thank you for everything you did!"
PFC Leetham of Lafayette, Ca

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Bill Wood. I lived with Bill at Oceola Hall at Florida State University in 1981-1982 and we were fraternity brothers at Sigma Phi Epsilon. I will always have great memories of cruising in Bill's fastback Mustang and having fun together. Bill took the time to teach met to wrestle so that I could participate in that intramural sport. He was truly a great man. My deepest and heartfelt condolences go to Bill's family."
Marc Dillon of Neptune Beach, Florida

"To The Family and Friends of Bill Wood:

I had the great honor of having Bill as a good friend and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Brother at Florida State University. A proud soldier ever since I met him at Osceola Hall in 1981. I will think of Bill often and reflect on all the great, fun times we had together. A TRUE Friend in the deepest sense of the word. I love and miss you Bill. To The Wood Family, may the peace of our God rest upon you and comfort you. I will keep you in my prayers.
I miss you very much my Brother.
God Bless! SPE Fall '81"
Rick Bogani of Wellington, Fl.

"Thank you for service and sacrafice Bill. Your country will always remember you. A proud fellow Seminole,"
Todd Molinari of Portland, Oregon

"Thank you for giving your life so that we may live in this great country. You will be remembered. Rest in Peace."
Justin of San Diego, CA

"I am deeply saddened by this distressing news I just read about in "The SigEp Seminole". Bill and I were fraternity brothers for years at Florida State and I will always remember his laugh (we all had a lot of them!). Through all our crazy college antics, Bill was the consummate gentleman. My thoughts and prayers will be with him, Nanci and Rachel forever."
Anthony (Tony) Pratofiorito of New York, NY

"Thank you COL Wood for your sacrafice so that my family and I may have the freedoms we enjoy today. May God bless the Wood family!"
Patrick Buntin of Tupelo, MS

"Col. William W. Wood family. I just watched the Fox News story, "The Untold Story."

God Bless you all and William. I'm able to type my opinions on line because of all your sacrifices.

Even though I never met William, I will remember him for the rest of my life."
Randal Lee of Tyler, TX

"RIP SIR"
US Navy Sailor

"My wife, Viola Frances Collins, is buried a couple graves from COL Wood. I will say a prayer for COL Wood everytime I visit and pray for my wife. I will also bring him flowers when I bring Viola flowers. I am proud to have such a fine officer who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country resting in peace so close to my wife. I will also keep your family in my prayers. God Bless."
Bernard J. "Rip" Collins, USN, Retired of Pensacola, Florida

"COLONEL WOOD THANK YOU, ONE FOR BEING A MILITARY LEADER OFFERING GUIDANCE, UNDERSTANDING, LOVE, HARD LOVE, TRAINING AND THE LIST IS ENDLESS. ALL TO GET THE SOLDIERS PREPARED FOR SITUATION AS AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. TWO FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. THIS TAKE'S A CERTAIN MAN TO ANSWER THIS CALLING. CONSIDER WELL OVER TWO HUNDRED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. AN WE ONLY HAVE 275,000 WILLING TO DO THAT TODAY. AMAZING! THIRD, IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE TWO. NO MATTER RANK YOU ARE ALL BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S TOGETHER SERVING US ALL. COLONEL WOOD YOU DIDN'T KNOW OUR SON GREGORY PERSONAL. STILL YOU ALWAYS BE HIS BROTHER AS HE TO YOU. KIA SGT GREGORY L. WAHL US ARMY "DRAGON" 05-03-04 BALAD, IRAQ. WILLIAM MY TEARS NEVER STOP NOT FOR MY SON NOR HIS BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S. TODAY YOUR NEWS BRINGS TOSE TEARS TO YOU. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU COLONEL AND YOUR FAMILY! GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR TROOPS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I worked for Col Wood as his Senior Personnel Service Sergeant, with 2/39th Inf Reg, Ft Jackson, SC from Oct 02-Feb 04. He was a great Commander and even a greater man. He will be solely missed. AAA-O Sir!!!!! For his family, my prayers are with you in your time of need. God Bless you all."
SFC(R) Wayne M. Hughes of Fort Jackson, SC

"Dear Friends, Bill is in God's care. You and your family remain in our thoughts and prayers. All our love..."
Mary & Ray Trusz of Valdosta, Georgia

"Our family is deeply saddened by the loss of your loved one. Words can not convey our thanks and gratitude for his
service to our country and to us individually.
Please accept our condolence and heartful thanks on this very sad day."
Michael Sandorffy of Seattle, WA

"Godspeed, Sir and God Bless Your Family."
CW2 McNamara of Yorba Linda, CA

"The Florida Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida) is deeply saddened by the loss of our Brother, William W. Wood. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We are grateful for William's service to our country."
David Norman of Tallahassee, FL

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

"I worked for COL Wood when he was a Major in Germany. His love of the Army was infectious and he motivated all of us "cynical" LTs to be better officers. COL Wood was one of the best tacticians I have ever served under and he died leading from the front, the way I remember him. My deepest condolences go out to his wonderful family."
Mark T. of Los Angeles, CA

"Bill was one of my best friends through high school, junior college, and at Florida State. He was one of the best people I have ever known. He was a happy person and had an infectious smile and personality. I will miss my friend."
Alan Slay of Raleigh, NC

"Thank you William Wood, 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 Col. William Wood:
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 William 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 Col. William Wood:
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 William, 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