Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Hoby F. Bradfield, Jr.

22, of The Woodlands, Texas.
Bradfield died in Tal Afar, Iraq while he was conducting a dismounted cordon search. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on July 9, 2005.

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"To the family of Hoby Bradfield Jr. Yesterday I participated in the Hempstead Watermelon " Run For the Fallen" Hoby was assigned to me. I didn't personally know him but I was very honored to walk in his name. The event yesterday, was nothing short of being called awesome & patriotic. I will never forget you Hoby Bradfield, only hope that your family has found comfort & that they know, you will never be forgotten by anyone. Thank you for your service Hoby & may God bless your family"
Paula Crites of Waller, Texas

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"May god bless those heroes and their families from a old sailor 1978-1982"
The Coleman Family of Coral Springs Fla

"I worked with Hoby at Academy while he lived with his brother in Spring. We had a great friendship together because I was enlisted to go into the Marine Corps as was he with the Army. We would always talk about the military and how excited we were to follow in the footsteps of our family. He would always talk about how proud he was of his brother, who was also a Calvary Scout in the Army. We went to the local rifle range together to shoot on a few occasions. I left for boot camp about 2 weeks before him, and never saw him face to face after that. After that we had a few phone conversations when he returned from the invasion to check up on each other. I am proud to have known such a great warrior and American. I wish I would have had the honor to have served side by side with such a hero. Even after 4 years of his passing I still think of our time together, and the great times we had. A great man like Hoby will never be forgotten."
Ricky Garcia of Spring, Texas

"Thank you Hoby, you are in our prayers forever.
Never forgotten."
Dave Rauber of NY

"April 29, 2008
To the family of Spc. Hoby F. Bradfield, Jr.:
Hoby 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

"Bradfield - When I started searching for my friends I went to basic training with, I found you here. I cry now for you. It is 2007 and I am here in Iraq again. How I missed the fact that your life was taken, I don't know. I lost touch with friends when I got back to carson from OIF 1 and was sent on recruiting duty. I am sorry it had to be so long since I paid my respects. To your family, your son is a great man. We were in the same platoon in basic training. He was a teamate, a friend, a brother at arms, and most important a hero to the United States of America. We graduated together from Basic training December 17th of 2002 and lost contact shortly after arrival in Iraq in April of 2003. I mourn his loss on this day February 5, 2007.

He was a good friend - a great soldier - he is a hero.

Jeff Weaver
SGT, 4th BCT, 1st CD
Mosul, Iraq
SGT Jeff Weaver of Mosul, Iraq

"To Hoby's family,

Military life is one of small deeds and huge rewards, sorrow, joy and anticipation. Words can never properly express the life of a solider or thier families. My heart goes out to you, to Kloe who will never meet her dad. Gather peace in knowing we will all come full circle and meet again. There is a special place in heaven for those who lay down their lives for the freedom of others.... Hoby is there.... most likely cracking jokes with my brother in law James.... I picture it as a very happy place where brothers in arms find peace of their own. Our prays are with you and all soldiers everywhere."
Guenevere Fanelli, Spc Shawn Fanelli (3/29, 4th ID Ft.Carson) of Fort Carson Colorado, and the Syrian border in Iraq

"To the family of:Hoby F. Bradfield I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully one day we will meet in Heaven 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"Dear Dianne, Ken, and all of Hoby's family we are so sorry for the loss of such a brave man as your Hoby. We will not forget him, or the sacrafice he made to insure our freedom. May our Lord provide you all with comfort in your time of sorrow. You all are in our prayers."
Gerard & Donna Du Bois of Williston, ND/USA

"To the Bradfield family,
Our family extends heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your beloved HOBY. We hope you take some comfort in knowing we honor his memory and thank him for his sacrifice. He is a true American Hero.
HOBY - God's speed Brave Warrior. We will not forget your service and ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. May the Angels watch over your family as they try to heal.
From a grateful family of a US ARMY soldier, Ft. Campbell, 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq 10-20-05"
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"May peace be with you....
My name is Sheridan Rockholt my husband was killed 4-28-05 he was also 2/3 armored cav...if anyone would just like to talk please email me at gocsher@hotmail.com"
Sheridan Rockholt of Oregon

"Family and friends of Hoby
I am so regretful that I didnt make it to the services for Hoby. I havent seen Hoby in about four years when were in ROTC together. But all I could think about when I heard the bad news was his smile. Hoby was truly one of those people who just lit up a room when he walked in with his smile and sense of humor. I cant say that I new Hoby as well as others but I do consider him a friend. Lets honor Hoby and every other fallen hero by fighting like hell."
Timothy Steenhoven of Chesapeake va

"To the Bradfield Family,
I may not have gotten the chance to meet Hoby, but I know how much he meant to his wife, my step-daughter. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you in your time of grief. May God grant you some measure of peace and the strength to continue on. Know that to many, your son is a hero.
God bless you all."
Andrea Dare and the Dare Family of Edgewood, Maryland

"Dear Hoby, Rusty, and family,
We miss little Hoby terribly and will never forget him. He was a part of our family and we loved him like a son. I will always cherish the time he spent at our house and the many memories of him with Ryan and the girls. We're so thankful he's leaving a legacy behind, and can't wait to meet Kloe. We're alway here for you, Debbie, Billy, Ryan, Holly and Emily"
Debbie Cahill of Virginia Beach, VA

"Dear Bradfield family,
I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. I went to school with Hoby and Jared and was blest to have known both of them. I met Hoby when I joined ROTC and always looked up to him. He was always willing to put in time to help out anyone in need. Thinking back, I cannot recall a single time that he was not smiling or laughing. My only comfort is that I know he is smiling down on all of us now."
Joshua Massel of Va Beach, VA

"Dear Hoby's Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Hoby was a good friend of mine. We went to high school together. We were in the same JROTC class he sat right beside me and we went to the mini-boot camp together too. He was a great guy. I am hoping to attend his service in Arlington. If it's not too much trouble could you email me or phone me with the details of when and where? My phone # 757-651-4300 Email- FireStick11@yahoo.com I will always honor and remember him.
Sincerly, Adam Clark"
Adam Clark of VIrginia Beach,Va

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

"Our family was very fortunate to have met the Bradfields when Hoby, Jared and Chris were young boys. Their mother, Dianne, cared for our son, Sean, from the time he was an infant until he was in elementary school. They were like the brothers he never had and they became a part of our extended family. We are immensely proud of the young man that Hoby had become and extremely heartbroken that he was called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends and all of those affected by this tragedy."
The Donnelly Family of Virginia Beach/Virginia

"My deepest sympathies & condolences to all of Hoby's family on such a tragic loss. My prayers are with you."
Dan Bailey of Brooklyn, NY

"Dear family of Hoby Bradfield,
You are in our prayers as you morn the loss of such a wonderful man. We are so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the sadness we feel in our hearts. ~May Hoby rest in peace~"
Mike, Pam and Zachary Chamberlin of Harrison Twp. Michigan

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Dear Hoby Sr.& family,
Hoby will be forever in my heart. I want to thank you for such a wonderful young man. He was truly a part of our family we love him very much. Words cannot express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Jerred, you were very special to him. He always worried about you, his Little Brother! take care."
Donna Chugg of Virginia Beach Va

"Hoby Sr. & family...
I was heartsick when I read of Hoby Jr. passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Semper Fi"
Rev. Cindi Green of Bay St Louis, MS

"To the Family and Friends of Hoby, I wish to extend my deepest condolence for your lose. I am praying for all of you, Hoby was a true hero who will never be forgotten. God Bless all of you, and know that Hoby is safe and at peace with God now."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To Hoby'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 prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons. Our boys are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

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

"To Hoby's 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

"Thank you Hoby Bradfield, Jr., 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 Spc. Hoby Bradfield, Jr.:
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 Hoby 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 Spc. Hoby Bradfield, Jr.:
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 Hoby, 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