Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Roland E. Calderon-Ascencio

21, of Miami, Florida.
Calderon-Ascencio died of injuries sustained in Misiab, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on April 12, 2006.

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"I'll always remember doing chow hall runs, you teaching to speak Spanish, and the love you had for your family. Im missing you all the time. When I put you on the helicopter my soul left with you too. It was an honor to be in your 21 gun salute. May God Bless your family."
Dunn of Kentucky

"Dear Brother I think of you everyday I miss you so much 16 years has passed, soon it will be your 37th birthday. Time has passed it seems to me like it was yesterday when i last saw you, I can still fell the warmth of you hugging me & kissing you good bye! If I would’ve known that the was the last time that I will ever see you I would’ve never had let go of you, you are never forgotten! You will be for ever in my heart I’m so proud of your courage and heroism since a baby, you’ve always been so pure & the most honest person i know and I make sure his legacy is told to his nieces and nephews. All he had was love to give to us & to this country, I love you forever"
YENY RAUDA of United States

"We continue to think of you and honor your sacrifice. Memorial day 5/30/16"
MAJ Angel and Aleida Flores of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Suffolk VA

"ALWAYS thinking of you! Memorial day 5/25/2015"
Maj Angel and Aleida Flores of Fort Campbell, KY

"We will ALWAYS remember you. Memorial day 5-26-14"
Maj Angel and Aleida Flores of Fort Campbell, KY

"“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

You are still in our thoughts and hearts. 5-27-13"
Maj Angel and Aleida Flores of Fort Campbell, KY

"To the family of:Roland E. Calderon-Ascencio
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""

"We are paying tribute to you tonight, you are never forgotten and will remain with me forever.
" Our fingerprints do not fade from the lives we have touched, forever remaining apart of us.""
Canas of Key West

"You are still thought of and will forever be in our hearts. 5/28/12"
MAJ Angel and Aleida Flores of Fort Gordon, GA

"WE still think of you even 5 years later. You will never be forgotten by all who loved you and served with you. 4/12/2011"
CPT Angel Flores and Aleida Flores of Fort Gordon, GA

"You will never be forgotten bother. My condoleances to your family and the brave men that served with you. Thank you for your sacrifice on behalf of our Nation"
PFC. Daniel R. Thurber ( B-Company 1-67 AR BN 1998 ) of Houston Texas

"You will never be forgotten! 5-31-10"
Cpt Angel and Aleida Flores of Ft Bliss, El Paso

"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

"i would like to thanks every one for all the beautiful message god bless everyone from the Rauda Acesncio family"

"hey brother i miss u so much you will always be my heroe and my angel and i'n so proud of you i misssssssss youuuuuuuuuuuu with all my love your sis eve."

"Thank you for your service to our country and for paying the ultimate sacrafice. You will never be forgotten! 11-11-08"
Angel and Aleida Flores of Fort Knox, KY

"Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
(Mary Frye – 1932)
Rest well in Gods loving embrace brave solider and laugh with the Angles.
You are remembered by a grateful nation."
William Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"You are in our thoughts today. 5-26-08"
Angel and Aleida Flores of Fort Knox, KY

"May 24, 2008
To the family of Spc. Roland E. Calderon-Ascencio:
Roland 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

"Roland I only met you once and spoke with your wife a couple of times, but I want to thank you this Memorial Day for making the ultimate sacrafice for our country. You will never be forgotten and you will forever live in the hearts of your handsome sons! 5-28-07"
Aleida and Angel Flores of Fort Knox KY

"Dear Rolly,

I'm sorry. I'm sorry I never told you enough how much I love you. I'm sorry I never told you that I would never have gotten through my insecurities, my pain, my self-doubt, my loneliness, and my introvered-ness without you, Chris, and Mike. You were more than a brother to me; you were a friend. When I needed you most, you were there, and I'm so sorry I didn't see your need.
Four seasons have come and gone since you were claimed by the earth and recieved by God and still I cry. I'm sorry for the way things are. I'm sorry that I can't trade places with you so you can be with your wife and sons. I'm sorry that you thought so highly of me. I'm sorry that you never realized that it was always you who were changing the world. I'm sorry that losing some one is the only way of knowing just how much they change you. And I'm sorry that my confessions never reached your ears, but I hope you can lend me your grace and forgive me once more.
I will always miss you. I will always love you. I will always be your awkward and imperfect Kateraid - lagging behind the three of you and forever dependent on your kindness.
Til we meet again,
my old friend

To Rolands Family,

There is not a day I have awoken to in which I do not continuously benefit from your son/husband/father's friendship. Everytime I think of him, I think of all of you; you are daily on my mind. I don't know where you all are, but I pray for you and Roland often and hope that peace finds you and takes its rest there.
I'm honored to say that Roland was a friend of mine. If you ever need anything or need to get ahold of me, please contact me at k3weis@hotmail.com regardless of time past.
Thank you for sharing such an incredible human being with the rest of us.

Kristen Weissinger of Miami, FL USA

"Baby I will always love you. Your memory will live forever in the eyes of our beautiful boys"
vivi of FL, USA

"hey brother i miss you so much and i love you too i will promise you too take of you kids ok love ur sis ter jasmine"
jasmine rauda of miamifl

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

"Thank you Roland Calderon-Ascencio, 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. Roland Calderon-Ascencio:
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 Roland 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. Roland Calderon-Ascencio:
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 Roland, 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