Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Edgardo Zayas

29, of Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Zayas died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol during combat operations. Zayas was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on August 26, 2006.

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"Zayas, we miss you buddy. You will never be forgotten."
John Keck of Tallahassee, FL

"Edgardo, I still remember that sad day like it was yesterday. I am proud to have spent those years with you... In and out of the box. You were always an inspiration. Such a wonderful man, friend, father, and soldier. I still remember you dancing.. dancing all the time. I set up a memorial at Arlington West Cemetery in Santa Monica. I visit you as often as I can, and it always brings tears to my eyes. I love you brother... And I wish you could be here with us. But we will see each other soon enough, comrade. I love you, my brother.. and think about you every day."
CPL Stephen Johnson of C&A 1-61 CAV, 101st Airborne Division Air Assault. CURRAHEE!

"Edgardo, your memory and sacrifice will not be forgotten. BN PA Doc Campise"
matthew campise of Fort Leonard wood

"My hero, my shinning star, my brother. Edgardo and I grew up together, from the time he was born until a few days before he left. I am the only girl niece that grew very close to Edgardo, being his fathers nice Victor zayas. Edgardo and I had a beautiful childhood, he was always loving, carring, funny. Words cant express!!! we were more like brother and sister. I still remember like it was yesterday us playing video games like when Mario bros first came out. He did not like it much but just to please me we would play for hours. Jiji Also as when we became adults and had our own families we always stayed in contact. I remember the day he came to my home with his children to say he was going off the army. That day was the last time I saw him alive. It has been very hard coping but I still and always will miss and remember him everyday, but I know he is in a better place but will always be missed. Love you bro !!!!!!! You are our Hero....
Zayas family.


Cpl Edgardo Zayas, AKA "Galdy"
My respects to all those other families that lost a love one!!!!"
Abigail Martinez Zayas of Springfield, ma

"My hero, my fallen star my brother. Edgardo and I grew up together. I am the only girl niece that grew very close to Edgardo as I am the closesed niece of his father Victor Zayas. Edgardo and I had a beautiful childhood, he was always loving, caring, funny, we were more like brother and sister. I still miss him and think of him everyday, but I know he is in a better place but will always be missed. Love you bro

Cpl Edgardo Zayas, AKA "Galdy"
My respects to all those other families that lost a love one!!!!"
Abigail Martinez Zayas of Springfield, ma

"'E'azy we used to call you growing up in Dorchester,Edgar was a great friend with a great family to me personally and went on to extend that family his wife Suhea and his son and daughter.I didn't serve in combat with him but he's always in my conscious because of his enormous spirit! He could always pick me up and had the uncanny ability to laugh at himself when the joke was funny.E, yr the only friend my Dad liked "especially cause u laughed at his corny jokes". I'm positive you were a great soldier and we talked before you left about the move and your fears,but you prevailed. Your spirit lives on as does the spirit of your mom Gloria. They named the corner after you my brother.I so miss and will never forget our battles playing Madden and sports with you, but God called on you for a much more important duty. I'll never forget you Edgar ,yr spirit lives on brother"
Daniel O'Connell of Dorchester,Ma USA

"To the family of:Edgardo Zayas
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 will never forget Zayas! He was a great friend to me. We had a lot in common, both of us being from the North. Never seen someone dance like he did, I can still remember him coming in my room and making me put on music so he could dance all around my room. I miss him and think of him EVERY day! I miss him and all my friends from the 1/61."
Pasquale of Westerly, Rhode ISland

"Currahee! Never forget your memory and your service."
Adam of Columbus, OH

"You always had my back and now the lord has yours. I am proud to say I rode with you Edgardo"
Kevin of Fort Worth, TX

"Zayas... Bless up mi dadz...

love the fam. Suheil yuh already know, much love...

we miss yuh..."
Sgt. Pusey (D.trp. 1/61) of Bangor, ME

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
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Project Compassion Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"We never forget little buddy!

CPT Makaryk, B Co 2-12 CAV, 4th BDE, 1st CAV

Never..."
Matthew Makaryk of Killeen, TX

"To the family of Zayas,
It's been three years since Zayas took on the ultimate sacrifice. I think about him and that night every day. He was like a big brother to me and taught me more about being a man than anyone I have ever known. I miss him dearly as well of the rest of the original 1/61 and we thank god every day for men like him."
Bryan of Fort Worth, Tx

"Zayas was an Inspiration to all of us who knew him. I am proud to have served with him and call him my friend. Everything that he was cannot be expressed in words. He will be dearly missed by all, and never forgotten"
Adam Schmidt of Toledo, Ohio

"July 17, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Edgardo Zayas:
Edgardo 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 was proud to serve with Cpl Zayas, and am still proud of his sacrifice. All of us in C 1/61 CAV are..."
SGT Timothy Hanschen of C. Co. 1/61 Cav, OEF

"There is not enough can be said for those who give up their lives in the preservation of "Liberty". Honor them and take it not for granted."
Jim Richardson of Somersworth, N.H., U.S.A.

"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, Edgardo will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Edgardo,
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.

"Forging Destiny"(61st Cav Motto)"

"Thank you Edgardo Zayas, 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 CPL Edgardo Zayas:
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 Edgardo 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 CPL Edgardo Zayas:
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 Edgardo, 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