Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Damian J. Garza

19, of Odessa, Texas.
Garza died in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, when his vehicle left the road and went into a river. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on August 4, 2005.

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"To the family of:Damian J. Garza
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""

"Didn't know you well. But I know you came fromgreat parents. A true hero like you don't get the honors that the USA should give. Men keeping our freedom get a bum deal compared to athletes and movie stars. We know GOD has called you to be with him. For reasons we don't understand. I know you blessed your family and every one else on the braveness you gave. You may be gone but you'll never be forgotten. I pray for understanding and relief for your family. If your guarding the gates in heaven, all that beloved will meet you. And if not we will find you doing what task GOD has given you to do.,.. Piece out and God bless us all"
Eldon Egger of Odessa Texas USA

"Damian I miss you so much and think of you all the time... I wish I could say all the things I never had the chance to say, but I keep you in my heart and wait to see you in my dreams..."

"Mr and Mrs.Garza thank you so much for raising such a fine youg man that knew what he wanted.That was to be come an Army Ranger and did.Damian thank you so much for your service and dedication to this country.You paid the ultimate price for what you beleived in and God bless you for that you are a true hero.Damian like you my son wants to become an Army Ranger and leaves June 24,08 for Ft.Benning ga.to do that.I ask that you watch over him as he begins his journey to become one of the best as you did.

Rangers always lead the way"
Charles Mahan of Mineral Wells, Texas

"i will miss u damian thank you for severing the country and bring a smile to our face"

"hi i am heaven's friend and i saw her cry when we were watching movie about him and i felt sad so i went to this web site and cryed"
mariah of avandale

"October 11, 2007
To the family of Pfc. Damian J. Garza:
Damian 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 Nevada

"To the Family and friends I'm sorry for everything.But to you I wish you could have been able to live your life a lot more But I believe you lived it to the fullest so watch over us even if I am a.(Tanker)I'm going to JBAD in a couple of weeks and we know it's not a cake walk. We'll never forget a fallen brother HOOHA"
Spc.Turner Steven of Kabul,Afghanistan


"God Bless you Damian as you celebrate an anniversary in the presence of our Lord. You, Denise, Jaime, Jamie, and Justin are in our prayers every day. We love you.
Miranda Madril-Chavez and Victoria 08/15/2006"
Miranda of Clovis, NM/US

"we miss u damian. watch over us as we go on this next rotation
your boys of 3/75"
of ft. benning, ga

"May God find a special place in heaven for you. I never met you when you went in to the Army, as I was deployed at the time. Your parents really miss you and were very proud of you and your accomplishments as an Army Ranger. They know that you are smiling at them from heaven. We will miss you. Jaime, Denise and kids, be strong and always know that you have family & friends to count on."
Ernest Peña, TSgt, USAF of Cannon AFB, NM

I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier who was in that Humvee with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rangers Lead The Way!"

"I miss you and your IMs you shoud be here with us. I miss your laugh and your smile wish you were here miss you alot "Rangers Lead the way" on earth and in heaven."
sandra of midland

"Damian thank you SO much for your bravery and dedication. You truly made a difference in everyones life that you met. We will never forget you!!"Rangers lead the Way""
kristan martin of odessa texas

"God Bless You Damian. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your bravery, courage and your happy memories."
Linda Hernandez of Clovis, NM

"I am an aunt of a fellow soldier stationed at Ft. Benning. Thank you, Pvt. Damian Garza, for your dedication and belief you could make a difference by becoming an American soldier. I thank you for fighting for our freedom that we enjoy each and every day. I know you fought bravely. May God bless you and your family. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
J. McGarvey of Alta Loma, CA

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Damian J. Garza. You are loved by many. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom of so many other people who suffered under the rule of Sadaam. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Damian's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston, TX

"my cousin had a lot in common with your son. he was the same age as your son, they both died on the same day and both in a vehicle,and it seems that they both wanted to join the army. the inprints that people like damian or nils never leave, but always remeber that the memories they leave should be happy ones. I belive that they both serve a bigger person now, in gods army."
chelsea of Bound Brook NJ

"I will always remember you Damian. You are one of the special people we meet in our life. We will never forget you.
love your family and friends in Odessa tx"

"I'm gonna miss you buddy"
Adam T of Tallahassee, FL

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Damian's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Our sons are true heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto "The Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
San Antonio, Texas

"We feel true sorrow in our hearts and souls at the loss of this brave and beautiful young man. God bless you Damian. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers."
Craig and Kimbelry McGrath of Cochiti Lake, NM USA

"A sacrifice made leaving us with memories of: A beautiful child, A Wonderful Man, The ring of his joyous laughter and a warmth in our hearts. God Bless your soul Damien and Thank you."
Leonard and Lori Pena of Espanola, NM, USA

"To the Garza Family, I am so sorry for your loss. What a fine young soldier you raised who is now a true American Hero. Damian will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Damian."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"ARMY PFC DAMIAN J. GARZQ - You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest well brave Soldier. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Damian and may memories comfort you during this most difficult time and always.

"Thank you Damian Garza, 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 Pfc. Damian Garza:
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 Damian 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 Pfc. Damian Garza:
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 Damian, 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