Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Charles T. Caldwell

38, of North Providence, Rhode Island.
Caldwell was one of two soldiers who were killed when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device on Main Supply Route Tampa, south of Baghdad, Iraq. Caldwell was assigned to the 115th Military Police Company, U.S. Army National Guard, Cranston, Rhode Island. Died on September 1, 2003.

Sgt. Charles Caldwell and his then-fiancee, Margaret Caldwell, are shown in their engagement photo from 2002. The couple were married February 4, 2003.

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"I didn't know Charles T Caldwell but I can understand loves one's pain. I am previously from North Providence RI and I'm sure that my father and mother will know of Charles. With respect and honor. Thank You For Your Service"
Isabella S of Rhode Island

"I will be sounding taps at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery on November 16th Sunday 1:00 PM to honor and remember Sgt Charles Caldwell. " So we may never forget" Part of 100 Nights of Remembrance www.100nightsofremembrance.org I'll always remember the great basketball games between Ft Square and Wollaston Nazarene."
Gary Torressen of Moultonborough, NH

"I was in the 105th mp co. We were on patrol when we heard the explosion, we got there minutes later and the humvee was already engulfed in flames. I will never as long as I live forget the helplessness I felt. I am sorry we couldnt get you or ssg Camara out of that Humvee. Even though I didnt know either of you, I see that scene in my head every day. Rest in Peace."
SPC of buffalo, NY

"Sgt. Caldwell,
Sir, 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 Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Maggie: Todd talked so lovingly about you ALL the time! Shortly before this tragedy we were talking about how we couldn't wait to get home and kiss the ground in RI...he quickly added - "AND MY WIFE!!!" This experience for me will always hold a special place in my heart for the Both of You. My prayers and condolences have been with you ever since. <3 ~Bonnie"
Bonnie Tanguay of Jefferson, NH

"Maggie, call me, we are naming a street for Todd at Camp Varnum on June 4th. 401-256-7226, SGT Luke Walker"
Luke Walker of Providence, RI

"God bless the Caldwells. I thank you, Charles, for giving the ultimate sacrifice, and I am eternally grateful. It was a pleasure to have served with you."
Thomas Belinski of Denver, Colorado

""To the family of Charles T. Caldwell ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Todd, you were probably the first friend I ever had, I regret that we grew apart, when I was told of your death I was shocked that you were in the service. The reason I'm writing now is that my 12 year old son was asked to bring a star into school with the name of someone the family knows who is in the military, so you came to mind, and i went online to see which branch you served as it was required for the star and i came accross this website. I blocked your death out until my son's assignment, I rembember now good times, and your constant optimism. God bless, praying for your family, see you in the after. B"
Brian of Nashua, NH

"I've created an Army Together We Served profile for SGT Caldwell.


I can be reached either thru ATWS or the MP Homepage (http://www.militarypolice.com)"
Steve Blackwell of Hampton, VA

"Our greatest respect and honor go to noble men of duty and service like Charles. Thank you for loving him and believing in his mission. May God bless you in your sorrow. He holds your tears in a bottle. He cherishes you and your loss, just as you cherished the great man you loved."
Steven Wales of Katy, Texas

"May 24, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Charles T. Caldwell:
Charles 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

"Todd, you have not been forgotten. We worked together at Putnam and today years later after your passing; I wanted you to know you made a difference."
Kimberly of Brockton, Ma

I remember all the fun times playing soccer and the few beers afterwards, I will always have you, your family and Margaret on my mind and prayers especially since the 4th year had just recently passed
So here is to you buddy and see you on the other side"
Jim D of Braintree, MA

I think of you often...
All the fun we used to have at BFDS.
We drove each other crazy at times, but at the end of the day we always looked forward to seeing each other the next day.
One of my biggest regrets is not going White Water Rafting with you all that summer.
Thank You for all you did and all you gave.
I miss you and will never forget you."
Kristen of Maine

"Todd, I hardly knew you. But after meeting your family, I wish I had. I met your family and I was awe struck by their optimism and the love they had for you and your belief in your cause.
Ive never felt more admiration for a man or group of people before in my life.

You, Joe, and Mike are my heroes. Its been almost 4 years now. But you all, will always be my heroes.

Thank you for all you gave.
D of Warwick

"Memorial Day 2007
Gone, but not forgotten.
Todd, I miss you...still. I have thought often of your grieving family. Sometimes I write letters to them in my mind, but the thoughts never translate very well to paper. There is just too much there.

Maggie, I first met you at his funeral. The first time I should have met you was at my wedding, but you and Todd were apart. Todd called to apologize for not making it, he said he couldn't bear going without you. After that, we got together when we could, and the conversation was always about you. He loved you so deeply. We lost touch as my husband and I moved out of state, which was probably also around the time the two of you reunited. Knowing Todd, he devoted all his attention to you.

One day, in September 2003, I went home sick from work. It was the only day I ever went home with morning sickness. I lied down and turned on the TV, and heard about these guardsmen from RI. Todd immediately crossed my mind. Then the thought was "No, it couldn't be him." No sooner had the sentence finished in my mind, than I saw his picture on the screen. I immediately drove two hours, straight to the wake. Sometimes when I'm with my daughter, my thoughts turn to him and how I wish he had met her. She has quite the soccer kick. Our kids may have been playing together by now.

I cannot tell you how happy I was in my heart to know that before he left this world, he married Maggie. Todd and I used to talk the most about what we were going to do with the "rest of our lives." Searching for a direction was a big thing that we had in common. Make no mistake, Maggie. You gave him direction. You were the wind in his sails. Stay strong. Know that he is not forgotten. Not yet. Not ever."
Cathy of NH

"Wednesday, August 30, 2006 I had the pleasant opportunity to hike to Mt Chocorua with 8 wonderful people. Maggie, Lisa, Bonnie, HikerAmiga, Adam, Bob, and Pete played hookey from work to join together for a hump day hike. It was the usual perfect day to hike, with moderate temps, little wind, and no bugs. The 360 degree views were once again spectacular and we enjoyed fine fellowship within our group and with the others on the trail, and on the summit. After the hike we went to Traunt's Tavern in Woodstock for a big dinner, to enjoy their fine food, and for more great fellowship.

I must relate that this hike is dedicated to Todd & Maggie and the entire hiking community knows of this as this is posted on ALL the bulletin boards! Just as the tree line neared before summiting, one of the beautiful women, Maggie an RN, stopped to relate the following stunning details of why *she* joined the hike: Three years ago her husband was killed in the Iraq war. Chocorua was their last hike together. They were married only 7 months. Today is the 3rd anniversary. God Bless you!"
MtnMagic of Lancaster, NH

"See ya on the other side, Todd."
steve of Rochester, NY

youll be remembered long after the gutless and cowards of so called movie star holywood is in ruins .BYDAND [STAND AND FIGHT] MOTTO OF THE GORDON HIGHLANDERS."

"it was always down to the yanks the brits and the australians like so many times before.the cowards of europe only exist because we were and still are prepared to die for values god bless this young man when the final bugle calls hell be there /as a scot our own william wallace said nows the time nows the hour so let us do or die.bless you young man your family// your flag will always stand pround with your hand on it // from ROY ROBERTSON// SCOTLAND //AND SOLDIER"

"Thank you for the sacrifice you have made.. You will never be forgotten..."
nicole of ft. worth

"think of you guys often was a pleasure to serve with you.you will never be forgotton 119 mp.co r.i."
sgt dean andrade

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..9/1/04

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

"My heart goes breaks as I hear the news of my friend, Todd Caldwell's, courageous death. I fondly remember the long summers we would spend to gether up at "The Bay," swimming, waterskiing, and just hanging out.
I would like to express to the family my sincere condolences and would like you to know that I am praying for you. Mr. & Mrs. Caldwell, Robin, Jill, and Kipp, may God's grace comfort you. To Todd's bride, I express my sympathy for your loss.
Thank you Todd for standing firm against the enemy who desires to envoke fear and terror in a world that desires freedom. You will always be remembers as a good friend."
Eric Erskine of Havana, Florida

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Todd Caldwell. I knew Sgt. Caldwell through a part-time bookstore job we both worked several years ago in Braintree, Mass.
My thoughts and prayers will always be with his family, friends and loved ones."
Kevin Leahy of Old Orchard Beach, ME

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

"In loving memory of my friend,Todd Caldwell- A wicked awesome guy and my "first love". I spent a lot of my tip money spending hours talking to him on the pay phone, not to mention our boost to the postal service, and airlines. We really could have used IM's and email in the 80's!

I remember him for his wicked sense of humor, gentle soul, and of course, avante garde fashion sense.

I am so grateful that he and I had remained friends throughout the years, and words cannot adequately express the loss I feel.

My only comfort is that Todd left us doing something he believed in- which was serving his country.

I also want to send my love and deepest condolences to Mr. Charles & Ms. Gladys,Kip, Robin, and Jill, and of course, to his wife Margaret, whom I haven't had the pleasure of meeting(We were coming up this summer)- but Todd always spoke about you with love and enthusiasm.

So Todd, here's to long summer nights, Drake's Apple Pies, Teddy Bears, Mountain Dew, and Van Halen...

You were loved and will be missed."
Paula Rinker of Baltimore, MD

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

"Thank you Charles Caldwell, 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

"Although I never met Todd, I feel like I knew him through his wife, Maggie. My deepest sympathies and all my prayers go out to those left to bear the healing from this tragic loss. Todd did not die in vain. He is truly an American hero. Maggie, you are such an inspiration to us all. I know you miss him terribly, and God will comfort you and help you through this. All of my love...God Bless!"
Tammy App of Hollywood, FL

"Todd, I'll miss you buddy. Your memorial was "faith-inspiring". We are all very proud of you. This is not good-bye. May perpetual light shine upon you."
Stephen (Pecevich) of South Boston, MA

"I was so shocked and very sorry to hear about Todd!!!! Who would have thought such a thing would happen to someone like him!!! He will live on in the memories and hearts of all who know him!!! My thoughts and prayers are with his new wife and of course all the Caldwells (Mr and Mrs....Robin, Jill Kipp and their families)!!! I know they will get through this ....they are a tremendous family and wonderful friends to all!!! May God continue to hold them all in His Hands and comfort them !!!!"
Laura Seymour Gillet of Houston, TX

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Todd. Growing up in the house next to him and his wonderful family, I have lots of great childhood memories on what a beautiful person he was. I pray for his family, Gladys, Charlie, Robin, Jill, Kipp and their spouses and their children every day that they will get through this. I've never met a family that has such tremendous faith and I know that will help them. God Bless the Caldwell Family, the soldiers still over there, and most of all God Bless Todd,he is safe at home now with Jesus. All my love and prayers,"
Paula Pecevich of Quincy, MA

"Sgt. Charles "Todd" Caldwell... Todd you are already missed by those who knew you. I will never forget all of the "interesting" conversations we shared over the years. You could always make me laugh. Your smile would light up a room. God must have needed a soccer player for his team.. Thank you for serving our country, you are my hero and my friend. We are proud of you. Missing you, and praying for your parents, your wife Margaret, your sisters Robin and Jill,and your brother Kipp, and their spouses and kids, that God will comfort them with memories of all of the good times that you have shared. Love, your friend forever, Jlene."
Jlene Rogers of Windham, NH

"Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."
CPT Glidewell

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Charles Caldwell:
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 Charles 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. Charles Caldwell:
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 Charles, 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