Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Nathaniel A. Caldwell

27, of Omaha, Nebraska.
Caldwell was responding to a civilian call when his vehicle rolled over in Baghdad, Iraq. Caldwell was assigned to the 404th Air Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 21, 2003.

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"Nate was one of the best men I've ever known! He was someone to look up to. He helped me so many times with his words of wisdom. Miss you brother!"
Steven sifuentes of Abilene tx

"Nathaniel Caldwell,
It's been 14 years since the last time I saw and spoke with you. Not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind. I remember you being a man of God, always had a smile and a kind word. You made me laugh quite often as we lived just a couple rooms apart in the barracks at Ft. HOOD. I honestly and whole heartedly believe you would have given the shirt off your back to help anyone. I miss you brother. To your family, you always have my thoughts and prayers and thank you for loaning us this very honorable man."
Jason Bolton of Forney, tx

"I knew Nate as not only were we in the same unit we had rotating mission of roving guard. But most of all, he was my friend.If I could emulate 10% of the heart that Nate has (i refuse to talk in past tense), than I would be a greatful man."
Michael Halsig SSG (RET) of Killeen , Texas

"Awesome man and son of god who let everyone know how special everyone was. Your contagious spirit and smile will always be remembered by everyone who knew you. Remembering you my brother on this day. You are never forgotten"
Alexander Johnson of San Antonio Texas

This is a night I would never forget. I was on guard duty the night of this incident and that call often replays in my mind. Your were a very strong young man and had an huge impact of the unit. I remember you always saying "stop using foul language". When you were in my present I did just that. You were a man whom serve his God and wasn't ashamed to show it. You will forever be a part of my life and shall never be forgotten!"
SGT LYNCH of Dallas, TX

"Remembering my army friend today on this Memorial day"
yuri acosta of glendale, Arizona

"This incident still hunts me.I was on the next watch for roving Gaurd. I will remember him for ever."
M. Robinson of Myrtle Beach, SC

"This incident still hunts me.I was on the next watch for roving Gaurd. I will remember him for ever."
M. Robinson of Myrtle Beach, SC

"CALDWELL, you are never far from my mind. I remember that day like is was yesterday. Tomorrow we celebrate Memorial day in your honor. God bless you up in heaven and god bless you fam. Never forgotten buddy."
yuri acosta of glendale, Arizona

"Well Nate it is now 2015...March...Jeromy has been married 10 years...and little Nate is now 4 years old....I finally met the man I had been looking my whole life for and he died Oct. 21st,2014...I am very sad these days..but, I keep going..God I am 60 years old now...I never thought that I would ever see 60 years...I hope that your wife and children are doing well...Everytime we pass your cemetary...Jeromy looks that way and makes the sign of the cross....Not a whole lot has changed in Iraq...more terrorists...more loss of life...horrific Nate...Jeromy and Justin bought me a manufactured home in a 55+ trailer park...I am trying Nate...May God Bless you until we see each other again.......Marcia(Jeromys mom)"
Marcia E. McMahon of Phoenix,A.Z. USA

It has taken me 10 years to come to grips with that tragic night in May when your life was cut short by the careless act of one. I was fortunate to be able to return to FOB Caldwell in 2009 and pay respect to your memory and legacy. Its amazing how one person can impact so many people by just being the caring person that you were. I pray for your family every day. I have returned to Ft. Hood and being here has been difficult. Driving by the old motor pool and barracks every day on my way to work just brings back the bad memories of the injustice that occured after your passing. I know you hold no ill will for those responsible but I wish I had your strength and courage and could forgive as easily as you would. God bless you and your family. Fallen but Never Forgotten."
SFC Kevin Morain of Ft. Hood Tx.

"SPC Nathaniel Caldwell-

You will never be forgotten. You made an impact on everything and everyone you came into contact with. You left a lasting impression on everyone in the Company. I think about you often and you are never far from my thoughts.

Captain Jared Longfield
Rebel 6 - "Ancient""
Lieutenant-Colonel Jared Longfield of Fort Stewart, Georgia

"Remembering my great friend on this day! I miss you each and everyday Nate! I know you are smiling down from Heaven."
Jeromy McMahon of Chandler, AZ

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

"Nate, I'm sorry it's taken so long, but trying to find words is so hard. It's been 10 Years and the pain of your passing is still there,I am so sorry that you departed so early. No matter how tired or drained, both physically and mentally, I was, whenever I would pass your van you would be there with a smile and something encouraging to say. You are missed very badly."
Fraggle Rock

"Nate, It has been a while since I have been on here but I do think of you all the time. I just wanted to say on this Veterans day of 2012 that you were a great friend, Father and Brother in Arms. I miss you everyday and will never forget you. I Thank You for watching over all of us here on Earth like you were here. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!!!"
Richard Trejo of Killeen Texas

"I did not know you, but you are not forgotten. We are honored by your sacrifice. You are not a number, but a cherished memory in the hearts of those who knew you. We honor you this weekend."
Geri of Omaha, NE/USA

"To the family, friends, and comrades of Nate,
This has been 10 years in the making but I finally have Nate's, SSG Turner's, and SFC Bacon's memorial decal. All three friends lost in OIF1. If you would like a copy please email me at tankmech4@yahoo.com. The only cost to the requester will be the actual decal."
Sgt Fred Rupp of Columbus, Ohio

Marcia E. McMahon of Buckeye,A.Z. USA

"Wow. Its been so long. I didn't know Nate to well. I had just gotten to FT.hood two weeks before leaving for iraq. I was in Korea. But the day I meet Nate I knew he loved his family. All he talked about was his wife and kids. I always knew how much he loved you guys. I remember being in Tikrit and hearing how the family was coming to Iraq. Even though I didn't know Nate that well, I knew one thing about him. He was the kind of person, human being, that everyone loved. He just gave off that vibe. I am so sorry for your lose. Thank you Susi for leaving messages. Nate was a great man. He loved his family. He was going places. The world is a less place without him. You will never be forgotten. Mrs. Caldwell enjoy your Christmas. Love Sgt Carter"
Andrew of michigan city IN

"It seem like just yesterday I met Nathaniel at fort hood. He was a great soldier and friend."
Winter Knipp of Kansas CIty ks

"I served with SPC Caldwell in B Company 404th DASB at Fort Hood and during OIF I. He was a hardworking and dedicated soldier. He is missed and his family remains in our thoughts and prayers."
Major Tony Cerella of Monument Colorado

"Hey Nate, Just thinking tonight about all my brothers I've lost in Iraq. You are in a better place and for that fact, I am happy for you but can't stop shedding tears for all of you. See you again one day, ol' buddy."
Tommy M. Aragon of El Mirage, AZ U.S.A.

"Hello Mrs. Caldwell, We have never met but I just wanted to tell you that I am really sorry about Nate, and I wish that I was there that day to try to stop it from happening. And sorry that It has taken me so long to leave this message for you and the family but I have had a hard time getting over his death and i am sure that it was hard for you too. So please forgive me, I loved him like a Brother and I wish that could have taken his place. So just let me say that you and your family are always in my thoughts. And just remember you and Nate will reunite in HEAVEN some day. GOD will take care of him till that day comes for you and him to be together again."
James Carlisle/USA of HAAF,Savannah,GA

"Hey' Nate, I just wanted to let you know that you are the best friend that I have ever had the whole time that I have been in the Army. I am prode to tell you that you are and always will be my best friend and my hero for now and for ever tell we meet again in HEAVEN. I really and truly enjoyed ever day serving with you and all the good times we had back at FT Hood. Well I hope you are looking over everone that is deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, You and your family are all in my thoughts. Love you like a brother."
James Carlisle/USA of Savannah,GA

"Hey Nate..Jeromy's mom,again...Not too long ago Jeromy and Dante got together and my God they missed you so much..Jeromy and his wife had a baby girl last September..Her name is,'Faith"...I guess life has gone on for everyone...I am now 55,Nate..I remember when that was so old..now us mothers are here dealing with middle-age...I wish so much that God would have let you stay here for just alittle while longer.....as always..Marcia( McMahon)"
Marcia McMahon(Jeromy's mom) of Buckeye,AZ

"It's been over 20 years since we first met as kids a long time ago. I guess you can say we just had no idea of the type of people we could become. I'm very proud to have known you Nate, very proud to call you my friend, but inside I'm a little selfish because I want you to be here today. When I began my career in law enforcement, one of the things they teach is that we have chosen an occupation which may cause us to lose our lives serving others and protecting our community. I never knew or understood the complexity or the meaning of this lesson until now. Nate, you are and will always remain in my thoughts. You are, and will always be my firend."
Santiago T. Nunez of Phoenix, AZ/USA

"I will never forget the morning we stood in formation. The air was unruly, yet peaceful. The sun had not quite risen beyond the horizon, but its light shined upon the reflections on green faces. The day that you left the physical world you left behind a legacy; one that I may only realize but am willing to share. As I pondered the meaning of life for several months thereafter, I would reach an epiphany. You made me believe! As a skeptic I could not understand why God would take such a man. "Why did God choose Caldwell" is what I asked myself. Quite simply, you were the only one ready. The nights we'd spent discussing God and life after the physical world began to make more sense at this point. You knew that life here on earth was and is only temporary. Therefore our fears were never the same, until now. I no longer fear death, for I know that we will live eternally in the divine sanctum, Heaven. Your flag does not fly at half-mass any longer Nathaniel A. Caldwell. We now celebrate the life of a Hero, Man, and Legend. A man that stood for and believed in his core values and the Army's alike. You will not be forgotten, your legacy lives on. Always in our hearts with much love!"
Jermaine Cohen of Austin, Texas

"To the family of:Nathaniel A. Caldwell 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"

I really do not know what made me think of you tonight but I did. I sure wish your smiling face was here to play pitch with again. Always fun times at Delhell weren't they. You will alway be remembered."
Phil of Omaha Ne

"Yo Nate, The Cardinals are in the Super Bowl!..The Cardinals! Can you believe that? ;)

Wish I would've kept in contact with you man. You are in the Good Lord's hands now and that's what counts..."
Tommy M. Aragon of Ft. Lewis, WA

"I am a former schoolmate of Nate. I attended Isaac Junior High with Nate and his brother Eddie... I heard the news of his passing shortly after the Iraqi War was underway..The news devestated me...devestated me. Nate made a long lasting impression on me and I will NEVER forget him.. I'm a combat vet myself and enlisted after I heard the terrible news about Nate. I remember after the tragic loss of his little sister, we (his schoolmates) were wondering if he'd come back to school..Sure enough, Nate came back and smiled although as his buddy, I knew he was hurting bad...The point is, he wore a smile NO MATTER WHAT!..NO MATTER WHAT!..His family can be proud to know he is in HEAVEN wearing the same smile he graced us with here on this earth...

Nathaniel Caldwell, Thanks for being you, for you ARE a caring, loving, strong man...See you on the "Other Side"

Your Brother in Arms

SPC Tommy M. Aragon"
Tommy M. Aragon of Phoenix, AZ

"I'm so sorry for the pain your family has gone through."
Anonymous of US

"God bless you my friend! I miss you so much! I wanted to wish your family a wonderful holiday season. May you fill their hearts with warmth and sprinkle snow flakes down from heaven!"
Jeromy McMahon of Maricopa, Arizona

"To the Caldwell Family, it has been a while since that faithful night in Iraq. I was a member of the 404th Aviation Support Battalion and was reployed to Iraq along with Nathaniel. I was shocked when the news came to us on the staff that night of the accident and the subsequent death of such a fine soldier. I build the stand that was used to honor Nathaniel's memory at the services we had for him there in Iraq. Beleive me each nail, every screw was placed into that stand with the greatest remorse. Nathaniel was a fine outstanding soldier, who died believing in what he was doing. I had his picture and the plaque from Camp Caldwell placed in the 404th Battalions Wall of Honor when we returned from Iraq. I find myself periodically looking at pictures of Iraq and always stop and think of Nate when I see his smiling face in my pictures. God Bless you Nate and your family. You will be missed but never forgotten."
Robert Fries USArmy Retired of Salt Lake City, Utah

"To the Caldwell Family, it has been a while since that faithful night in Iraq. I was a member of the 404th Aviation Support Battalion and was reployed to Iraq along with Nathaniel. I was shocked when the news came to us on the staff that night of the accident and the subsequent death of such a fine soldier. I build the stand that was used to honor Nathaniel's memory at the services we had for him here there in Iraq. Beleive me each nail, every screw was placed into that stand with the greatest remorse. Nathaniel was a fine outstanding soldier, who died believing in what he was doing. I had his picture and the plaque from Camp Caldwell placed in the 404th Battalions Wall of Honor when we returned from Iraq. I find myself periodically looking at pictures of Iraq and always stop and think of Nate when I see his smiling face in my pictures. God Bless you Nate and your family. You will be missed but never forgotten."
Robert Fries USArmy Retired of Salt Lake City, Utah

Marcia E. McMahon of Buckeye,AZ,USA

"This Memorial 2008 is not only my bday but our celebration, the celebration of a man who inspired the lives of many. I sat and read from past to present, every single tribute and smiled for you are the torch, you are the beacon of light that sheds hope for the many, you are dear sir an angelic spirit that flows within our veins. You are that voice that encourages us to find our inner strength. Big brother your kind hearted spirit is reflected to the point that there is no way for you to be forgotten. I remember times when you wanted to explore your creative side and write poems and you asked me for advice, and I helped you, but see I only helped you by providing you the paper, the words were yours alone. I recall times when Dad will tell me and Robert why are we the difficult ones, since we were opinionated and how come we could not be like you, well you kept the harmony, you were the optimist but a couple of realist in the family did help. LOL. I love you for who you became and I will say that I hope and I prayer that I find a man in my future the will resemble similar qualities that you have. I love you always dear brother, you take care of Dad, coco, our grandparents and know that I do hear you when I pray. Love you."
Sabrina Caldwell of Davis, CA/USA

"In rememberance of the 5th anniversary of your death, I want to acknowledge you and all that you stood for. On behalf of your Caldwell Family from Norfolk, Virginia and Charlotte, North Carolina and your ancestral family from Kings Creek South Carolina, may you rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten."
Aunt Elaine Fennell of Norfolk, VA

"5 years have past and it seems like only yesterday that I got the news. Your are missed big brother."
Robert L Caldwell II of Manhattan, Kansas

"You make me proud to be a Nebraskan."
PM of Omaha, NE

"To Nate: My friend, I still think about you from time to time. The pain is still there but I still drive on. My last thought of you is still you and me at PLDC. It was a very happy day. It was also when the families met. As for friends, you extended your hand of help and friendship to me before you even knew me. Your kindness and goodwill has stayed with me and makes me think before acting. What would you do? You'll always be in my prayers.
To you Amanda, the kids, and the rest of Nate's family: I'm sorry, this is my first time posting anything on this site. But I wish to send you my regards and condolences from me and my family. Nate's passing was very sad for my family because they knew him too and befriended him. We will miss Nate as I'm sure you do as well. I hope the best for you - the family.
Nate ... finally I have a way to say goodbye, so ... goodbye my friend. I won't forget you."
SGT Arias, Javier of FT Drum, NY

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Spc. Nathaniel A. Caldwell:
Nathaniel 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

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 all the reflections left here for you, all I can say is that I wish that I had the honor to have served with you.

"Steadfast And Loyal"(4th ID Motto)"

"Me and Nate had so much in commom, and he was like a big brother to me. He always made me feel like loving God even more than I ever have."
Terry Brockman Jr of Detroit,MI

"Nate will always be my friend. I miss him so much,that I am almost in tears writing this message. We had just talked before we had went to Iraq. He has a seat in heaven, because he loved God."
Terry Brockman Jr of Detroit,MI

"There is also another site to view and send responses to - http://www.legacy.com/AZCentral/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=1056486"
Jeromy McMahon of Maricopa, AZ

"Big Nate! I miss you my friend! Thanks for fighting for our freedom. I hope all is well and that you are smiling down on us."
Jeromy McMahon of Maricopa, AZ USA

"It took 4 years for me to come to terms with your death, to not be a hateful person towards others and what brought me through this was WWND (What would Nate Do) of course you were such the goody goody, but I love that about you. I laugh at my son, your nephew, Actevian-Alexander Nathaniel and though he spells his name Nickthaniel, he is such a goofball with a kind heart, what makes things easy is that he is your carbon copy, especially the things he say. One thing that is evident is that you live on in my heart and spirit and before I lash out at anyone, I remember your witty and caring nature and I pump the brakes. I am doing well, I graduated with my Masters in 2005 and have a career with the federal government as a Contract Officer, your niece and nephews are doing well. I miss you, I love you and thank you for being my lifeline."
Sabrina Caldwell of Sacramento, CA

"Big Brother
It has been 4 years today since you were taken from us. Oh how I wish you were here. You are missed and loved deeply."
Robert Caldwell of Manhattan,Kansas

"Caldwell, I think about you everyday and all that you have gave for our freedoms. You will never be forgotten! I pray that your family is taken care of and I hope that they are safe and healthy. Rest in peace, friend!"
SSG(P) Gentzel, Jerry E of Lynchburg, VA Recruiting Station

"I never met you nor have a chance to know of you until I stumbled across this site. Each Memorial Day my wife and I buy little flags to adorn the graves of military members that have passed be it in peace time or in battle.

We will have them plant one in your honor this Memorial Day 2007."
Mike Burris of Adrian, Mo

Sometimes I still feel like im in a dream waiting to wake and see you there. I visited you today for the first time in 3 years. Although I know your in a better place I cant help but to feel greedy wishing you were still a phone call away. I love you and miss you big brother"
Robert Caldwell of in Phoenix for the weekend

"God..It has been four years that you have been gone..Jeromy and Dante are going to be 31 years old this year..Do you remember when you all thought that was "so old'?...Dante and his wife and Jeromy and Jaime went to a mystery club in Phoenix for Jaime's birthday...there was an open spot for you and your wife..The guys seem lost without you at "specific functions"....They smile Nate but, not like the three of you,did...The silly horseplay is gone..They have gotten too serious about this life..I know they miss you so much. I cannot imagine what your wife goes through day to day and I cannot imagine the sorrow that she feels....God take care of you all and hold you in his arms......."
Marcia E. McMahon(Jeromy's mom) of Buckeye,AZ USA

"Hi Nathaniel, my name is SGT Devert. I was one of the medics that attempted to treat you the night of your passing. I went with you on the blackhawk to the CSH during you final hour. Im glad to know that you are resting in peace with the lord."
Brad of FT.Lewis

"Hi Daddy,

updates about me i am 7 going to be 8 i am in the 2nd grade and doing very well i am in to writeing and wrote many of my own books/storys about you. i love you so much.

we miss you so much. i wish you had never went to iraq in the first place, so none of this would have happened and you would most likely still be here with us. but you are in a better place now. i wish we could be together once again. dallas donovan and i all wish you a happy time. i love you very very VERY much and miss you sososoSOsososo much. hope to see you in the future. your daughter endira

ps. if i had a dollar for every tear i cryed for you i would have way over a million dollars."
Endira. C. of CBluffs, IA

"To the Caldwell Family........another year has gone by..I thought of you ,Nate on Veteran's Day..It is so difficult to know that your son's friend is gone..Us parents are suppose to go first..not lose our sons...You know Jeromy is married now..for 2 years..you would be so happy for him.....The war is still going on Nate..longer than WW2...I wish your family.. peace,but,I know that sadness takes a very long time to heal..God Bless you all........."
Marcia E. Mcmahon(Jeromy's mom) of Buckeye,AZ USA


"Thank God for Good guys like you. It is an honor to have a Camp named after Nathaniel Caldwell. I will be praying for his wife and children."
Renee of Fort Bragg

"Well Nate here I am on my 2nd deployment and you are still in my thoughts. Every time someone mentions Cp Anaconda, I ask about the planters they have outside the PX there that have the names of the fallen. At some point during this rotation I want to revisit them. You and especially your family will always be in my thought and prayers. You are missed by one and all that knew you."
SGT Rupp, Fred of Ft. Hood Tx/Cp Liberty Iraq

"Big Nate...What a privilege it was to have been your basketball coach during your freshman and sophomore years at Maryvale High School. I have 'awesome' memories of you and your huge smile. To this day, I have never met someone that had a terrific work ethic like yours...You see, Nate was always the first to show up for practice or lifting, yes, with his smile and briefcase in hand. Nate's personality was contagious. He always went out of his way to meet and greet anybody that he crossed paths with. I will always remember the Sunday morning that Nate rode his bike to Church service at Biltmore Nazarene. He rode 12 miles that morning so he would be eligible to participate in a tournament in San Diego that next week. Subsequently, during that tournament, Nate shared his faith with the Lord. My heart and prayers continue to be with you and your family. Thanks for being Nate Caldwell, a man of integrity and compassion. Coach Swearengin"
Rick Swearengin of Phoenix, Arizona

"It is shortly after Memorial Day....Nate..I want you to know that we all prayed that day...for this crazy war to be over with....not to lose any more of our sons and daughters...I wonder if you can see all of us as you look down from Heaven..Jeromy really misses you....so do I...will write to you again another day......"
Marcia McMahon(Jeromy's mom) of Buckeye, arizona

"I just want to tell Nathan Caldwell's family that Nathan was a good friend of mine and a good soldier. He will always be in my prayers."
SSG Susi, Michael of San Francisco, CA. USA

"To my best friend...I miss you each and every day. I will never forget you!"
Jeromy McMahon of Maricopa, AZ

"Although I did not get to know Nathan Caldwell as well as I would have like to. I say this because during our working relationship and during our encounters I knew he was a great and special person. Itís ashamed what happen to him. I was overwhelmed when I heard the news and attended his memorial service. I know that a person like him is now in a better place. Rest in Peace Nathan Caldwell. You are missed. To the Caldwell family may god bless you."
SSG. McConnell, Frank P. of Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland USA

"To the Caldwell family, I would like to express my heart felt sympathy to you all. My husband SGT Shaw was deployed with Spc Caldwell and the grief was truly heart felt. Know that you and your family are in our prayers always and I hope that one day you will grieve no more. May God watch over you and keep you."

"To the Caldwell Family:
I would sadly say that you are missed. The times we spent together I will never forget. I know you are in a better place wright now looking down on all. Know that you Spc. Caldwell and your family will always be in my prayers. I miss you yo!"
Sgt. Shaw of Ft. Campbell, KY

"To the Caldwell Family, I was one of the Platoon Sergeants on site the night Nathaniel passed away. He was a very special and outstanding Soldier to be around. He could make you smile at any given point. I think about Nathaniel all the time. He is deeply missed by all that he touch."

"Being on my second deployment, my thoughts go back to Spc. Caldwell. I never had the privledge of knowing this great soldier, as I joined the 404th right after his death. He'll always be my battle buddy anyway, and I'm sure he's still watching us on our second deployment. I wish you could be with us Nathan. Steadfast and Loyal, Ordinance leads the way. See you on the other side, Spc Caldwell."
Spc Joseph Burris of Ft Hood Texas

"Big Brother
With today being your birthday know that you are always on my mind. Love ya bro"
Robert L. Caldwell II of Manhattan,Kansas

"On this Veterens Day I cant help but to think of you Big Brother. I miss you and love yo"
Robert L. Caldwell II of Manhattan,Kansas

"I will never forget Caldwell, even though I didn't go Iraq with the rest of the Company I was in the unit while he was there. I was going through some hard times and no matter what he was always there for me. It hurts me to know that the good people are taken from us. I guess that the old saying's true, the good die young. God Bless his family and B co 404th ASB. You are always in my prayers"
Levi Witte of Clearfield UT

"Although I never really got to know Nate as well as the rest of my team, I knew of him. I still remember the night he left us, the stress and panic that could be felt over the net was intense. It wasn't until the next day that we found out just what had happened. The team stopped what we were doing and just sat in stunned silence. When the entire truth was let out we were all angry, and wanted revenge, but knowing Nate the way they did, we knew he wouldn't of allowed it. Nate even though we didn't get to know each other that well, you still would go out of your way to just say hello to me in the motorpool, and now more than ever that means alot. You might be gone but you will never be forgotten by this soldier."
SPC Rupp of Ft. Hood Tx

"Nathaniel is a friend that will never be forgoten. His warm heart and willing to help is what made him a great person. I know that right now yoy are making all the angels laugh with your jokes. God Bless and miss ya"
SPC Molina of Manteca,CA

"Nate was truly a great friend. He was the kind of friend that everyone wanted...kind, trusting and there for you when you needed him. He was always making everyone laugh. If someone was having a bad day, he would go out of his way to make them feel better. I went to Peru State with Nate. I also played basketball. Nate was always smiling. He always seemed to have a glow about him. Nate loved talking about his children. He would show us pictures and talk about how fast they are growing. They are his pride and joy. I know he is looking down on us all and watching over us. He is greatly missed."
Karissa McDonald of Lincoln, Nebraska

"The one thing that I can tell you about Nate, as we all called him, is that He never let anyone have a bad day. If he found out that you are not in a good mood I think that He had a radar for that. I know that everytime that I was in a bad mood or just feeling like i couldn't do it anymore He would come and save me and bring me up. Him and I were close in the fact that He used to call me his banana picker and I used to call him my cotton picker. I think that is the thing that I miss about him the most. I was back at Fort Hood, on Rear detatchment, when the news came from the command and when I found out I thought that it was a big bad dream. I had to go ask everyone and take a second look at how life is and what is really given to use by GOD. I am glad that I had the chance to meet Nathaniel and have my own angel on earth. Nate- You know what I know about this unit and all the stuff that we went through. Just remember that you are the angel that was given to 404th ASB and completed your mission to us, for us , and with us. May GOD be with your family and friends that we, in 404th, never got to meet. I will never forget what kind of a friend that you were and still are till this day.

There is a picture of him at the Battalion Headquarters and everytime that I see it it just makes me think of all the Good and Bad times that we had. Just rememeber once life is just as precious as the next... you never know what is going to happen tomorrow. God bless You and your family, the United States of America, and the US ARMY."
SPC RICHARD TREJO of Fort hood, Texas

"Although I did not know Nathan, I know Robert Caldwell. I see what a great person you were just in the way that you have made such a huge impact on your brother's life. He loved you very much and I see that everyday that I know him. God Bless the whole family."
Brandy of Superior, NE

"IT has in fact been 2 years since you were taken from us big brother. You are missed deeply. Sometimes I cant beleave that 2 years have passed. I so very much wish that you were around. Although I still remember the things you taught me I also still wish I could hear your voice again. I Love You Big Brother"
Robert Caldwell of Manhattan, Kansas

"I am one of many Soldiers who served wil Spc. Caldwell in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a great soldier, more importantly he was a great friend. he is and will be missed by all the soldiers serving in the 404th ASB. he is in my heart and prayers. Caldwell, I miss you, I know that you are in a better place. and thank you for being there when I needed someone to talk to. you inspired everyone in the unit to be a better person. you taught me something that that has changed my life, you taught me to never give up and to alway believe in myself. you are a true hero, you are my hero and I love you man. I know that you are now one of God's Angels looking down on us and protecting us from harm. God Bless you."
Spc. Simon Goldman of Ft. Hood,tx

"I am one of many Soldiers who served wil Spc. Caldwell. He was a great soldier, more importantly he was a great friend. he is and will be missed by all the soldiers serving in the 404th ASB. he is in my heart and prayers. Caldwell, I miss you, I know that you are in a better place."
Spc. Simon Goldman of Ft. Hood,tx

"Big Nate. Not a week goes by that I don't think of you. I think of our days at Maryvale, and what kind of person you were; a man committed to kindness, no matter what or to whom. I didn't realize it them, but as I reflect on your character now, I can see glimpses of you everyday: in the way I say hello, to the zeal I display when I show love to a stranger. I owe a big part of who I am to you, my friend, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

I was crushed to hear of your passing, but I'll tell you this. My pain was taken away the day I heard of your relationship with Christ. Now I know that this isn't good-bye, just see you soon. I love you, Nate."
Donte Ormsby of Tucson, AZ

"Nate... you were a very special person with a huge heart and a smile that could light up the room. I am honored to have known such a wonderful person. It is still hard to believe that you are gone, even after all this time. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and all you have done for your family, your friends, and your country. Whether you knew it or not, you made a lasting impression on all you came in contact with. Everytime I see a new picture of Donovan, I see you in his smile and remember your kindness. Even though you were only part of our family for a short time, and a friend for an even shorter time before you left, you will forever have a special place in my heart. I pray for you and your family everyday. Although you are no longer here your presence is still felt. Your family was very blessed to have you when they did, and even more blessed to have you as their guardian angel looking over them now.
You are truly missed, and I thank you again for all you were and all you have done! May God Bless You today and always. I send my Love and Blessing to your family, your wife, and of course Donovan and Endira. You will forever be remembered and your life will always be treasured. You are a true HERO."
Sarah Koch of Papillion, NE

"Big Brother
On this Veterens Day I just want you to know that you are missed greatly and that I will still always remember the things you taught me. From one Veteren to another."
Robert Caldwell of Manhattan, Kansas

"I just want to send my condolences to the family of Nathaniel. I just want them to know that their son is being remembered by more than just adults. I have a language arts assignment to find a hero. It can be any one that you choose fit. I thought my job would be easy just to go online and find a story about someone who has died and you think is a true hero. Well it hasnt been that easy. I just found this page and i realized this is more than an assignment its a way to let thirty other people no not just people americans hear about your loved one. so if it is ok i am going to share Nathaniel's story with my class and hopefully they will visit this site and read it and all the messages that brought tears to my eyes."
camilia s.a. of georgia

"hey nate remember me barmoha well look brotha it was great while it lasted. thanks man for it all. unforgotten life unforgotten soul."
Josef Barmoha of Hawaii, USA

"We are very pround of you CALDWELL such a brave soldier. May God Bless you and your family."

"Spc. Caldwell...
I was stationed on the Camp that was named for you. As I arrived to the gates I saw the sign which intrigued me to read. The sign faded into dust as we pulled through to go to our "substitue" homes. As I was running on day, I still wanted to read the sign. So I ran the 3 mile stretch to go to the front gate and the sign. As I read, a tear had appeared on my cheek.
I did not know you and I hope someday there will be a time where I atleast can shake your hand. You are a hero. You were brave and will always remain brave in my mind. Your family should be proud to say you were there husband, father, son, relative and friend. May God Bless You and your family soldier!"
Spc Rowland of Ohio

"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

"I want to thank you and your family for having such a brave man and raised a brave man.. I can only posibly think how it can feel to loose someone so close and dear.. I want to thank you again.. Now he is a soldier in heaven guarding us from harm... To Caldwell thank you so much for putting you life up for the rest of us to live in such a great country.. You are a hero in many lives... Thank you again.."
Leigha Myers, brother serving with 404 aviation also.. of texas

"I want to thank you and your family for having such a brave man and raised a brave man.. I can only posibly think how it can feel to loose someone so close and dear.. I want to thank you again.. Now he is a soldier in heaven guarding us from harm... To Caldwell thank you so much for putting you life up for the rest of us to live in such a great country.. You are a hero in many lives... Thank you again.."
Leigha Myers, brother serving with 404 aviation also.. of texas

"To the Caldwell family. Sorry to hear about your loss. SPEC Caldwell took a brave step in his life to Honor and Defend his country and he will always be missed. May GOD continue to watch over his family."
Dalerie L. Thomas of Waukegan, Illinois

"To the Caldwell family,

On this Memorial Day, I offer my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you. It never fails to deeply sadden me
with each notice of lives lost during this time of hostility. I appreciate the sacrifice that Mr. Caldwell knowingly made for myself and everyone else that lives under the umbrella of his cause. My heart goes out to the friends and family of this heroic soldier. Trust and believe that he is being remembered and will never be forgotten for his efforts, neither here on earth nor in the Heaven that reserves his seat. God Bless."
Kendrick Thomas of Memphis,TN


"Dearest Brother,

Yes, it is a year ago today I sat in my office screaming and even crying trying to come to the realization that it was you who had passed on. I play in the back of my mind what I want to say to you. You know after your funeral I returned back to Norfolk to recieve a letter from you, you told me congrats on my recent college graduation, you also wished me a happy birthday, but you know what else you said, you told me to be careful because you are being careful. Brother, I love you immensely and i'm torn apart but I will find the pieces. I love you and I am proud of you and most of all I miss you.

Thanks for continuing to watch over me where ever I go."
Sabrina Caldwell of Norfolk, VA

"Today makes the one year mark since my big brother was taken from us. I miss you deeply Nate. I find myself always thinking about our last conversation and what you asked me and what i said to you. I will never forget that. I Love you big brother."
Robert Caldwell of Manhattan, Kansas

"my son in law is at Camp Caldwell, it is an honor to find out how the Camp got its name. God bless the Caldwell family. He will not be forgotten. i am from Nebraska, and I am very proud of the contribution that this state has made and the sacrifice given so the world may know peace. Chad Hartwell USNR (ret) Wilmington, NC"
Chad Hartwell of Wilmington, NC

"Nate was the most wonderful Grandson In-law that a person could hope for. He was so thoughtful of everyone, wonderful husband & father, & loved his children dearly, including Dallas. I'm sure he has a special place in Heaven because if anyone deserves it he does. God Bless & keep his family safe."
Sarah A. Mintken of Gretna, Ne.

""To the family & friends of Nathaniel A Caldwell. I am the mother-in-law of a son that just returned from Iraq in Dec. and now in Germany. 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 Nathaniel for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us""
Linda Lawler of Beatrice, Nebraska

"I also served with SPC Caldwell during Iraqi Freedom. I didn't know him very well being new to the unit but I will always remember him caring and happy person. He laughed at even my cheesiest jokes. I'll never forget the crushing feeling I had when I heard of his death and the compassion I felt for his family. I know he was with us for the duration of the deployment and especially on the drive home when we were most vulnerable. He will forever be in the hearts of those that served with him. I want to offer my deepest condolences to his family.
B Co 404th DASB"
of Ft. Hood, Texas USA

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

"My son is in Iraq and is stationed at Camp Caldwell. He told me that it was named in honor of a soldier. Finding this web page and putting a face with a name brings reality and a human side to war. Spc. Caldwell was a brave man and I feel sadness for his family. But, it is because of people like Nate that we have our freedom. I am proud of our soldiers and pray for them every day."
Joann Maltinsky of Minster, Ohio USA

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


"on this late night, i found myself scanning the records of these fallen men and women. i was more then struck by finding a man named Nathan who lives in the city of Omaha, where I've resided for sixteen years. more then this, May 21, the date that marks the end of this mans life marks the beginning of my own in the year 1983.
for several moments i gazed at the name and date without much to think or say except just a strange realization of the mortality of men near my age, and how many must be terrified and dying and longing for their homes now.

i think this mans name will be imprinted in my mind forever now. my only wish in his memory is that every other frightened child over in that country can be brought back home and made safe as soon as possible.

if you still talk to him...in your own way... just let him know there is a nathan that lived in the same city as him, who may have even seen him in some resturaunt or movie theatre, who now cant help but think of him now. and i wish he hadnt been sacraficed in the name of haste.

Nathaniel L."
Nathan of Omaha, Nebraska USA

"Thank you Nathaniel 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

"To SPC Caldwell and Family:

I served with SPC Caldwell during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He and I spent alot of time together during guard duty, waiting for something to happen, lucklily nothing ever did. We would spend countless hours talking about what we were going to do once we got back home to our families and loved ones. Suddenly you were gone but you will never be forgotten!! You have taught me many things during our time together, humility, integrity, honor, and most importantly forgiveness. I had a really messy divorce costing me my son and I had hated my ex wife for it, but you taught me how to put the past behind me and trust that everything will work out. That was the day I put all the anger and frustration behind me and moved forward with my life. I know you are up in heaven and looking down on us all, protecting us from any more casualities. You were always the first to offer a helping hand to whoever needed it. In closing you saved my life on May 21st, I still think about that night and not a day goes by that I don't realize that. You are the best person I have ever known and probably will ever know. Thank you for being apart of my life and helping me with my troubles. I will miss you very much.

SPC Jason D Carney
B Co 404th DASB"
Jason Carney of Killen, Tx USA

"I wish to thank Spc. Caldwell for the sacrifice he made for our nation. It is because of soldiers like him that people like me can live in liberty as free Americans. There simply is no more selfless an act than that, and I will never take that sacrifice for granted as long as I live. And when I have children, I will teach them that they are alive and free because of men like Spc. Caldwell.

To the family, I am deeply sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all."
Neil Singh of Phoenix, Arizona, USA


"Nate you are the greatest dad any child could hope for. Our children will always remember that. You are a part of them and always in their hearts. Donovan, Endira and Dallas all know that you are watching over them. We all miss you very much."
Joy Wachter of Council Bluffs, IA

"I know we never really get over losing those we love but I hope you are able to take some comfort in the fact that Nathaniel's sacrifice has so profoundly benefited so many. My prayers are with you."
Gracie of Idaho

"To my loving husband,
I will forever miss you. You will always be my one and only. Thank you for being my best friend, husband, and angel. I know you will be with me wherever I go-ALWAYS! Love your wife Sunshine"
Amanda Caldwell of Copperas Cove TX

"Spc. Nathaniel A. Caldwell JR
My heart goes out to you big brother. Thanks for all the things you have taught me thoughout my life. I Love You"
SSG Robert L. Caldwell II of Juntion City, KS

"To Nathaniel Caldwell: Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice to your country. It is because of brave men like you that our nation is the greatest place on earth to live. May you now be resting in the arms of God hearing the words, "well done, good and faithful servant"."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, AR

"Please know that we are thinking of and praying for your family. God Bless Nathaniel for sharing his faith in God with others in the 404th DASB."
The family of PV2 Michael Cole Winters of Edmond Oklahoma USA

"To the family and friends of Spc. Nathaniel 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 Nathaniel 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. Nathaniel 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 Nathaniel, 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