Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Lt. Col. Dominic R. Baragona

42, of Ohio.
Killed in Iraq. A tractor-trailer jackknifed on the road and collided with Baragona's HMMWV causing his death. Baragona was assigned to 19th Maintenance Battalion, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Died on May 19, 2003.

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"Sir, today, I was able to salute your resting place and honor your memory in person. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I’m grateful to have served with you."

"LTC. Baragona was my battalion commander, He had a mission first get the job done manner, and took care of us. R.I.H.(Rest in heaven). To him and all fallen soldiers"
Z. Lofton of Mobile, Alabama

"I watched you take your final flight. May God bless your family."
G. Lloyd of Raleigh, NC

"I remember this day. I can still see everything. May you rest in peace."
Sincere Hussein of FT. Bragg, NC

"Col. Baragona,
Sir, on today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just 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."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"When i had first found out my uncle rocky had died in 2003 i didnt know how to react, i didnt know anything about him so i just ignored it and went on with my life. It wasnt until 7 years later that i cried about his death, and it has been haunting me ever since. I should have gone to your funeral I should have cried that day.I just want you to know that we miss you, I miss you Rocky and we wish you were here.

The Robinson and Baragona Family"
Isaiah Emanuel Robinson of dublin,ohio, United States

"I remember that day. We were on our way home. Our mission was over. I also remember the small funeral we had for him in Kuwait. I was the first person they called for the row call. When they called my name, I felt horrible. Because I knew he was next and he was not gonna answer. He was a great person, leader, a soldier. You will be missed Lt. Col. Baragona."
F. Alvarado of Edcouch, TX

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"To the family of LTC Baragona, if you would like a copy of this tape...feel free to contact me.

Christopher Parker
SPC. Christopher Parker of Washougal, Washington U.S.A.

"Sir, you will Never be forgotten! Thank you for your selfless service to our nation. I had served in your battalion in 226th Maintenance Co. I often re-play the pre deployment video when you say "There is a place in this formation for each and every one of you." I can't help but break into tears! I want to personally thank you, and your family for your sacrafice to this great nation! "MORE THAN EXPECTED!" SPC. Parker"
SPC. Christopher Parker of Washougal, Washington U.S.A,

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott of Gahanna, OH

"To the family of:Dominic R. Baragona 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"

"January 19, 2008
To the family of Lt. Col. Dominic R. Baragona:
Dominic 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

Mom and I just got back from visiting you in Arlington on Veterans Day...Your sister Pam came along and it was good because we got to hear a lot of "Rocky" stories...It's been four years and it seems like yesterday...How I miss our political "discussions"...
Dominic Baragona of The Villages, FL

"Col. Baragona,
Sir, 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. After reading the reflections left here for you by your fellow soldiers, all I can say is that I wish I had had the honor of serving with you."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"LTC Baragona was my Battalion Commander, I, as was everyone was deeply saddened when we heard of his passing. Words cannot express the dedication and loyalty that he had to his Country and Soldiers. May God bless your family and give them the strength to cope with such a great loss."
CW3 Hughes, Rodney of Bamberg, Germany

"I remember May 19, 2003 LTC Baragona was my BN Commander and he stopped our convoy of PLS truck on MSR Tampa to thank us for a job well done and shook hands with all the Soldiers and let us know how proud he was of 15th Trans."
SFC Carbajal, Byron D of FT.Sill, OK

"No words can do justice to the memory of LTC Baragona. I was LTC Baragona's Operations Officer in Iraq and it was an honor to serve with him. He was a Soldier's commander; he loved his Soldiers. I think of him often and have peace knowing he died for a cause and that he is Home.

God bless all the friends, family and comrades of "Rocky".

Captain Robb Meert of West Point, NY

"You will be thought of always- as an american, a loving son, and as a friend to many!
I remember you as a smart, yet funny person ,with an enormous strength- the love for your parents, brothers, and sister was truly amazing!
You will be an american hero to me and to everyone who ever met you- jeffrey dow"
Jeffrey Dow of Circleville, Ohio

"Everyday we think of you.
Your legacy lives on in all of your soldiers and your family. We will never forget and make sure that we take your life messages to the rest of the world of honor courage and duty.
I will keep spreading the word
Pam Baragona of Dublin

"During his short command in 19th Maintenance Battalion, LTC Baragona was my senior rater. He was a “True” professional at what he did. The last time I personally spoke with him we were in Balad, Iraq (Camp Anaconda). A good buddy and myself were in charge of the teams and LTC B would come over just to have a moment and enjoy the troops. It was a couple of days before his accident. He just wanted to tell us our mission was over and we were going home. Little did we know he was really going home. We still talk of his presence today. He’s missed and he was “one of us.”
CW4 Mitchell, L.D., U.S. Army Retired (1975-2005)Fort Sill, OK"

"I never knew LTC Baragona personally, but I remember when our 1SG told us the news of his death. I was in 2nd BN 4th FA in Iraq and 19th Maintenance, his unit, supported our unit during the ground war. It was very sad to hear we had lost a brother that was so close to getting home. As far as I remember he was convoying his way to Kuwait from Iraq to prepare to go home with the rest of us. I can remember all of his soldiers telling me how great of a commander he was and how he lead them all through war and the hard times. He will always be remembered by us, his brothers and sisters in arms, and will never be forgotten for the strength that he gave to his soldiers. May he live through all of us."
SGT Jason Maddy of Fort Sill, OK

"I went through the Ordnance Officer's Advanced Course with Dom Baragona back in 1986. I learned of his death soon after I arrived in Baghdad in July of 2003. Although I had not seen him since we were captains, I was stunned and saddened. He represented the epitome of professionalism and proficiency."
G. Kocher, LTC, USAR of St. Louis, MO

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Dominic, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"Thank you Dominic Baragona, 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

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace."
Amanda K Casas of San Diego, Texas

"To the family of Lt. Col. Baragona:
I have to say that I clicked on Dominic's name for absolutely no reason. But I am so very grateful for his sacrifice, and I carry his name with me now. I speak it to myself outloud sometimes to remind myself of how very fortunate I am for people like him. I saw his photgraph, too. I look at it and think he and I would have gotten along together just fine. I'm sorry for your loss."
Hank of Atlanta

"A mere "Thanks" is not nearly enough for the sacrifice that Lt Col Baragona has made. I hope all Americans can more appreciate now just how dear freedom is. My heart goes out to you. I pray that God will comfort you in your grief."
Gracie McKenna of Idaho

"To the family and friends of Lt. Col. Dominic Baragona:
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 Dominic for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"Your effort and courage will be felt for years to come, thanks to you and those who raised you for this ultimate sacrifice, your service to this country and mission to better the impoverished Iraqi people will never be forgotten and lead others to follow in your courageous footsteps.

I only wish I could have thanked you personally before you left, so thanks to those who helped shape this fine man. You have become a large block in the foundation of a terror free world, and I can't wait to shake your hand when we meet in heaven, God Bless"
US Citizen of Everywhere, Everyplace USA

"To the family and friends of Lt. Col. Dominic Baragona:
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 Dominic, 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