Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Eric Caban

28, of Fort Worth, Texas.
Caban died in southern Afghanistan of injuries sustained when his combat reconnaissance patrol came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations on July 18. Caban was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on July 19, 2006.

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"RIP Eric. You and I had some of the best times all across the southeast and in Texas. We also parachuted into OEF to spearhead the fight. Those who knew you have lives that are more rich. I know you are walking in golden fields, with the sun on your face.
Rob Heber of Texas

"I still sit here and think about you, visiting your grave has become extremely hard. But something I still do. Ten years this coming summer I watched your body be laid to rest. I still can see your smile and warmth you always gave to those around you. 2016 has been hard so far...and thinking of it as your ten your departure date; makes it unbearable to think of.
I hope your family is still doing well, and that your ultimate sacrifice has been rewarded through other blessings. Nothing will replace you, for them or those of us who knew you.
Until we meet again my dear friend. With as much love as the heavens will allow me to send, to another Memorial Day."
Carly Epstein of Fort Worth, Texas

"I Miss you so much!!"
Amanda Archer of Arlington, Texas

-GRIMMY- of Craig, Co.

"Eric, I've often thought about you and wondered what had become of you. We were both so young when we met, and although we only knew each other for a short time, the memories I have of you are still very vivid in my mind. I searched for you on facebook and myspace several times, but came up empty handed. You crossed my mind again yesterday and I just had to try to find you again. I came across a link with your name in it. I NEVER expected to see your face on a memorial. It saddens me deeply to know that you are no longer here. I'm so sorry it took me this long to find you! I will always hold a special place for you in my heart and never forget the times we shared nor the sacrifices you made for me and for this country."
Christina of Whitney, TX

"Tomorrow is memorial day, and I can't stop thinking about you. It is like that every year since your passing. Last year I rode and felt you and Mark the whole way. It was like you were still here watching over me...like in high school. Always there to make sure I was okay. Knowing you the majority of my childhood was an honor that I will cherish forever. Have a blessed Memorial Day."
Carly Epstein of Fort Worth, TX

"Missing you old friend. RLTW"
Brennan Calhoun of Atlanta, GA

"I am so at a loss for words. Eric and i met while he joined a national guard unit in Ft. Worth. He and i instantly became close and would frequently enjoy the bar scene together and even went and did the spring break thing together at south padre island. Once he re-joined the military in North Carolina, he and i lost touch for a while. I think the last time i saw him was when he came home in 05. And we talked once on the phone after that. I knew his parent's had moved to arlington back in the day, but have had no way in finding them to learn anything new on Eric. Until last week. I finally googled Eric's name and found that he had passed. It about dropped me to my knees.
Eric was a fun loving guy that was a pleasure to know and to hang out with. I am truely saddened that we have lost Eric Caban. He is missed."
Roger Warner of Dallas, Tx

"I met your Dad yesterday, and one of your brothers. We met in Dallas at Baylor Hospital, your brother was getting a MRI, and my wife was there for a MRI also. Your Dad and I were left sitting in the waiting room and talked like we were old friends. We talked politics, religion, real estate, the economy, and yes, we talked about you. I like your Dad. I had no trouble seeing and hearing just how proud he is of you, and your two brothers. You paid the ultimate price. He asked that I look you up on the Internet and read your story. Funny thing is, he had told me more about you than I found on any of the sites that post your story. Proud of you, you bet. You are his hero. I thank him for telling me your story and making the time spent in the waiting room, (and it is named properly), go by so quickly. My grandson is currently serving in the Army and is now stationed in Germany. He has had one tour in Iraq and now wants to become an MP. He is my hero."
A Proud Granddad and Vietnam Vet of Waxahachie, TX

"Thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice.

Friends Down Under."
Norm Dennis of Perth, Western Australia

"R.I.P Eric I remember you were good freinds with my brother Tommie Crank from Ranger school at Fort Benning,Ga. I remember you came to my parents house is ohio once and I got to know you pretty well. You will for ever be in my prayers, also my condolences to your family."
Andrew Crank of Richmond, IN/ USA

"R.I.P Eric,
I remember you from 18C course at Ft.Bragg."
MSG Marian Vincent of Slovakia

"To the family of:Eric Caban 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"

"During the short time you were in the Special Forces Q course it was a pleasure to met you.You will be remembered by your Spanish Teacher's.You worked hard to finshed the course.ŠEres un heroe!"
Maria Annette Young of Fort Bragg NC

"Man eric i miss u so much...i just wish i could have spent more time with u and gotten to know u better...i love u Eric ur gone but never forgotten...ur cousian Kevin"
kevin of New York City Queens

"September 11, 2007
To the family of Eric Caban.
Eric 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

I will always remember you as the only Ranger in Panama that could dance. I think that was your first deployment with the Regiment. May God bless your family and loved ones. You will always be remembered, you ARE a hero!"
Sgt. Bear Northrup of North Carolina

"SSG Caban was one of my instructors when i went thru sniper school...his knowledge and expertise had helped me alot thru my military career...thank you for everything you helped me with....god bless"
SGT Joshua Schichtl of Ft Campbell Ky

"God Bless..."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"A million thanks to you for the ultimate sacrifice. The old cliche is so true, "Freedom isn't Free" and your life bears witness to that. To your mother and father and loved ones, I pray that God will grant his GRACE and MERCY on their lives each and every day. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten!!"
keith of paducah, kentucky

You were the best Ranger Buddy a man could ask for. I will always remember the fun we had running Darby Queen and those cold nights in Florida where I sleep and you ate. That last Christmas we spent together we always be special. I miss you but I know you are in a better place. God Bless, Bro."
1LT Felix Zayas of Sierra Vista, AZ

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.

"Green Berets All The Way!""

"I love you Eric, and miss you more than you will ever know. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You were my friend, you were my brother. May God make his face to shine upon you. Rest in peace bother, save a place for me."
Your brother in arms. SGT Jeremiah Futch of Torii Station, Okinawa/Japan

I'm proud of all that you stand for. Maybe we were related, maybe not. My heart goes out to all of you r family.
God Bless You..."
Sgt. Caban , Joseph of Ft. Irwin CA.

You were only in my life for a short amount of time..you made me smile and made me feel like i was worth something.. i miss you. This is for you

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~""
sweet1718nc of Houston Tx

"Thank you Eric Caban, 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 Staff Sgt. Eric Caban:
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 Eric 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 Staff Sgt. Eric Caban:
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 Eric, 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