Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Anthony O. Cardinal

20, of Muskegon, Michigan.
Cardinal died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on December 25, 2005.

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"Service and Honor always, Thank you.2 Bde 2/2 BTSB Ft. Stewart Ga"
CW3 Rounds of Georgia

"Tony I'm sure all of us oakeidge high school kids including myself deeply miss u and to the family and friends of Tony I'm sorry for you lose Tony died a hero and for that I'll never forget"
Jon kroll of Muskegon Michigan usa

"I never forgot about you, bro."
Rocha of Washington State

"To the family of:Anthony O. Cardinal
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 didn't know Anthony but I was there when he and Gudino were killed. I remember seeing the guys on that patrol prep to leave the wire. I was leaving an Intel Brief. My team and I were standing in line at the chow hall when we saw the explosion near the front gate of our base. The base warning siren sounded and everyone ran for cover, my team ran to the Aid Station to offer help. We'd been in country longer than most and knew a little more about what was going on and really wanted to help. The wounded hadn't been brought in yet and the medical staff told us they had it handled and we'd just be in the way. They were setting up triage area outside and were very ready as soon as the guys came in. We got out of their way. Later, I received the KIA and WIA report and talked it over with my team. I donít know if I should say this but I was the Tactical Psychological Operations Team Sergeant at FOB Rusty when this happened. I donít know if anyone told you who is responsible. Muqtada al Sadr leads the Mehdi Militia and they were the ones that did this attack. After analyzing the incident we determined they conducted this specific attack to try and demoralize us. For those that donít know the attack was done on Christmas day after the normal IED morning window and as close to the base as possible. The Militia risked a lot to get this IED so close, honestly if they just wanted to kill they could of set that IED up a thousand different places and not risked losing a good IED or IED team. Several patrols had gone out before this one and no IED was detonated as they drove by. The Mehdi Militia ensured this attack was initiated during Christmas chow hall hours. It was very personal and it hit us all very hard because so many people witnessed it. I want the family to know my deepest sorrow. Believe me when I say we did our best to get payback. I donít know if this helps. I haven't spoken a lot about that day but every Christmas I think of you more than youíd imagine. God Bless you. Be safe. He did a hard job and on behalf my team and I, weíve never been the same since that Christmas and we hope life and love heal your scars of war. He did good!"

"We are thinking of the Cardinal family today and always. Veteran's Day 2008"
Amanda Boer of Vista, CA

"i love and miss you sooo much. like you don't even know

you little sister Devon"
of Muskegon, MI

"May 24, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Anthony O. Cardinal:
Anthony 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

"Cardinal, as I knew him, was a good man. In fact he was a joyful man who I'm proud to say was my "Battle" in basic. "May God hold you close, and lift you high that you may see the wonders of your Lord clearly." See you later man."
Morgan R. Acosta of Cincinnati, OH

"Blessed Be! May your soul rest at peace. You are dearly missed, and you will never be forgotten!"
Andrea De Nio of Muskegon MI

"My prayers are with you"
heather V of wyoming Mi.

"God Bless you Anthony and thank you for your service to our country. May you find peace on eternal bivouac at Fiddler's Green; reserved only for fellow cavalry troopers. Garry Owen!"
John A. Doerner of Hardin, Montana

Your heroic son bravely answered the call to defend our freedom and paid the ultimate price. This grateful nation will never forget him. God bless you all."
Webster and Ruth Reed, Father and stepmom of SSG Jonathan Reed KIA 1-28-05. of Krotz Springs, LA

"i l0ve y0u. && i miss y0u

-<3- y0ur lil sis"
Shelby Cardinal of Muskegon, MI

"May god bless you Anthony and your family. I read your name in People magazine and it made me wonder if we are family. You are a true hero rest in peace."
Ed Cardinal of Abington, MA

"God Bless You Tony.
You are a true hero.
Rest in peace."
Dave Boissineau of Alturas, California

"Tony, you're not only my big brother but your my hero. I love you && miss so much. More than words can express."
Amanda Cardinal of Muskegon, MI

"I love you"

"i never got to meet tony but i basically meet almost everyone else in his family.. sorry to here about his loss.."
ashley groh of muskegon michigan

"Tony - you are a true hero in every way. I miss you so much and will always love you!"
Aunt GG of Fruitport, Michigan

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

"My condolences on the loss of your loved one. Through God's mercy may you find comfort and strength.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

"Thank you Anthony Cardinal, 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 Cpl. Anthony Cardinal:
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 Anthony 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 Cpl. Anthony Cardinal:
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 Anthony, 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