Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Dennis J. Boles

46, of Homosassa, Florida.
Boles died in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, when he was participating in a 10-mile road march and collapsed. He was assigned to 171st Aviation Battalion, Army National Guard, Brooksville, Florida. Died on October 24, 2004.

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"I will never forget this young man. I was the NCOIC of the event during which he gave his life. God rest your soul, SGT Boles."
Debi of Monett, MO

"Nearly 11 years; sure doesn't seem that long. Had a chance to stop by the Memorial today while I was out on the road. Very moving tribute to the fallen of Citrus County. Was proud to salute you, my old friend and brother-in-law. We speak of you often and honor you for your ultimate sacrifice. God Bless you and your family. 9/2/15"
Terry O'Neal of Riverview, FL

"Thank you all who continue to remember Dennis, he would be grateful for all the support shown to his family left behind. It's hard to believe it's been 8 years, but life does move on. The oldest son is a retired Marine with the two grand babies, second oldest is in the Army and the youngest two preparing for college!
Thank you again for all your support!"
Jill, widow of Sgt. Dennis J. Boles of Homosassa, FL

"+Your bro"

"Wow Dennis, it is so very hard to believe that 7 years has just passed! It still feels like only yesterday. I miss you very much my friend. Sometimes I can still see your big tan work van pulling in the driveway. Still today you are loved and missed greatly by so many. As I come accross pictures that tell a story and reflect the memories of a great friendship, I wish for just one more day! One more day to hug you and tell you I love you. One more smile to see, one more laugh to make, one more day of you just showing up at the right time when you knew a friend needed you.You always were good about being in the right place at the right time. You just seem to know when you were needed. I love you Dennis, and I always will. I miss you Dennis and I forever will. My Friend you will always and forever be.. " Just One More Day".. If I could have anything in this world it would be Just One More Day!! Rest with the Angels and watch over us down here on earth. Love and miss you my friend. Thank you and Love Always Angela"
Angela of Homosassa, Fl

"To the family of:Dennis J.Boles
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""

"Dennis you were the best father Aaron and Jc has ever had i know you looking down on them as they grow! we will always keep you in our heart!"
Heather Swain (step- sister to Srgt. Dennis J Boles's two sons) of homosassa

"I really didn't know my uncle that well but i still seen him a lot.I remember going to church and watching him play in the band up on stage, he was a really good drummer and also he was a hero to all of us.We still miss you and your still in all of our hearts.Well think lots about you this upcoming memorial day."
tristan hirsch of crystal river,florida

"Uncle Dennis, we will always remember and love you. Thank you for believing in your country and for your sacrifice. Now you and Mom are together forever."
Angela Hirsch of Crystal River, FL

"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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"thanks for the support of everyone we appreciate it very much"
Taylor Desmond ( step-daughter) of Homosassa,FL

"April 27, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Dennis J. Boles:
Dennis 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

"Thank you all for your notes and prayers.
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"As time goes by we all get on with our lives. Dennis was such a big part of my life as well as others he touched in his time on this earth. Memorial Day 2007 signifies a point where I can move forward. I am looking to the future with much hope and optimism. I know in my heart Dennis wouldn't want me to mourn indefinitely.
I know the people who were important to him in the past are still those important today. God Bless you all and thank you for sticking by me these last few years.
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt Dennis J Boles"
jill of Homosassa, FL USA

"I had the honor of serving with Dennis in Kuwait. We both worked the night shift for a while together. On his off nights he would come to the flight line & set up his karoke machine, & play his drums to some really good music! It was something special to take everyone's mind off of where we were & how far away from our families we were. I think of Dennis often, everytime I look at my memorial bracelet our company had made for him. Thank you Dennis, it was a true pleasure knowing you. To his family, god bless you."
Cori Nichols- Murray of Jefferson, GA

"I knew Dennis and his family since I was 13, he was a great person and a good man. I miss him and his smile. He always could make you smile. He just loved life and children. He was just a very special man. I Love You, Dennis. Miss you always forever in my heart.
Love Always,
Lisa O'Neal Dobler of Tampa, Florida

"My soldier, my hero."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"I was one of the medics who first responded when Dennis fell that day. I think about him often and see his face in my mind. It helps me to think about him playing his drums on the flightline. He is probably still playing in heaven for the angels to enjoy...hope they like good ol rock music."
Amanda Sell, SSG Flight Medic of Helena MT

"You were my friend on earth; you are now my angel in heaven. I miss seeing you. My selfish heart hurts whenever I'm in Homosassa. Jill, I will always be here for you.
All my Love"
Nydia M Yerger of Lutz, Fl

"I knew Sgt Boles when he was a young Marine. He was a fine man. Semper Fidelis."
A Stuckey of Bentonville AR

"A year has passed -and we send our thoughts to your family -
remembering your loss.
Sandi / Montana"

"My heart goes out to you, and your family as a mother I know that words are just words but I truly am sorry my heart hurts for you all! God bless you"
Susan Shumate of homosassa fl.

"Thank you everyone for your thoughs and prayers"
Joel Boles 9 "Son of Sgt. Dennis J. Boles" of Lecanto, FL

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

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

"To Dennis' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the Family of Dennis Boles:
It is with great sorrow to say goodbye so soon to someone you love, but know that he is in a much better place then we are. May you find peace and comfort during your time of needs. I myself suffered through such ordeal. My only brother, Spc. Edgar Daclan, Jr. also passed away a month ago. God bless, and please be safe.

Dennis, thank you for your sacrifices. You will never be forgotten."
Iris Daclan (sister of a fallen soldier) of Annapolis, MD

"To Dennis' Family:
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 the friends and family of Sgt. Dennis Boles,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Dennis J. Boles."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"Thank you Dennis Boles, 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. Dennis Boles:
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 Dennis 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. Dennis Boles:
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 Dennis, 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