Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Roy A. Wood

47, of Alva, Florida.
Wood was fatally injured when the vehicle he was traveling in near Kabul, Afghanistan hit another vehicle. He was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Army National Guard, based in Starke, Florida. Died on January 9, 2004.

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"I meet Roy on New Years 2003/2004 on my way back to Afghanistan. We were both stuck in Germany coming back from Mid tour R&R and when he told his story, he spoke of his kids & Wife with great vigor. Roy Was a Great American for his service and for his sacrifice. Please know that his commitment was a driving force for me on my first deployment. I will always remember him and carry his name on my heart because what he represented was the pride and courage of America!!! Thank You Wood Family for Roy and Your Sacrifice it was not in Vain."
Paul Tullier, 1SG (U.S. Army Retired) of Mandeville, La

"Today I did the Annual Run for the Fallen in Ruskin Florida and I ran in honor of Roy A. Wood. Although, I do not know him my heart is heavy for him and his family. I can't imagine the pain you must be feeling having lost him. He will forever be in my heart and mind and I will keep his family in my prayers. Thanks Sgt Wood for your ultimate sacrifice...it is brave men like you who keep us from losing our freedoms."
Heather Hicks, military wife of Riverview, FL

"To the family of:Roy A. 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""

"Roy, as a fellow combat veteran who was wounded in action, I salute you and all you have done to let the freedom bell ring in this great nation of ours. God has a special place for you. May he always shine on you and keep that great smile that you wore when you were a student at Ed White H.S. May God Bless your family and keep them safe until the day that they can be with you. LT Gines, USN, (Ret) Ed White NJROTC"
LT Gines, USN, (Ret) of Jacksonville, FL

"Thank all of you who have taken the time to leave messages about my special brother! I know there are many like him who are patriots and believe in what we're doing. It has almost been five years since Roy has been gone. As Roy Wood's sister, I know that a Sgt. Green was mentioned at the service in Afghan for my brother bv the Chaplain. I have no other information about him. If Sgt. Green ever looks at this website, I would like to thank him from my heart for whatever he did for Roy and our family and would love to talk with him and thank him personally. My prayers are with you and God bless you -- I KNOW Roy appreciates you!"
Jean Teis of Pampa, TX

"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 D. Taylor of Bonita Springs, Florida

"November 19, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Roy A. Wood:
Roy 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 would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Green Berets All The Way!""

"Your warm, caring and compassionate presence will always be missed."
Damaris Santos of Fort Myers, Florida

"Roy will continue to serve as a inspiration to all those who have ever worn a Army uniform. He gave the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against terrorism in order to make our world a better place. He was a great doctor, patriot, and soldier that will never be forgotten. God speed and remember Roy-one love Bob Marley"
CPL Patrick Fullerton, Former NQP 3/20 SFG(A) of Orlando, FL USA

SGT Brian Gibens of Alva, FL

"I met Roy when he was at Fort Bragg going through some Medical Training. He was already an accomplished Doctor and went Special Forces out of love for his country. He is a true hero."
Pete Schichtel of Clarksville, TN

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort and peace during their time of need and sorrow. May you forever rest in heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"To Roy's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. PLease know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"Dear Wood Family: My condolences go out to you during this time. he will never be forgotten by those who appreciate their freedom. God Bless."
Jessica of Rio Vista,CA

""RIP Brave Solider. You are now the beautiful star we see shining bright at night in the sky.""
The Taylors USMC of NC

"Thank you for your service; you are gone; but not forgotton; nor shall you ever be."
R.E. Wood, MSgt. USAF/ret Vietnam Vet of Blue Springs Missouri

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"A video tribute of Major Wood's last moments in Afghanistan was produced by SGT Scott Matthews of D Co, 140th Aviation Bde, there at Bagram:

Matt Johnson of San Diego CA


I was not shocked when you announced your intentions to resign your commission and return to harms way.

The service for you last week was beautiful. I miss you friend, brother and comrade.

Keep the way lit for me."
Scottidog of Tallahassee, FL

"My heart breaks for the family of Dr. Wood. He will be forever remembered as a brave and committed soldier who stood for justice and right. My family and I offer our sincere and heartfelt condolances to all of you.

My son, Spc. Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, was killed on July 6, 2003 at Baghdad University by an assassin. I truly understand your pain, and send you my best wishes for peace and comfort as you travel the mourner's path.

With sympathy,"
Anne Marie Mattison and Family of Gainesville FL

"Thank you so very much. Because of soldiers like this, we live in freedom and greater safety."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Roy 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 Sgt. Roy 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 Roy 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 Sgt. Roy 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 Roy, 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