Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Edward W. Carman

27, of McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
Carman died in Baghdad, Iraq when the track of the tank he was in broke, the driver lost control and the tank rolled off the bridge. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Armored Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on April 17, 2004.

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"Wow Ed it has been a long time since Germany but I still miss you all. I still can't believe it!"
Niki of Brownfield TX USA

"It has been over 7 years now Ed and it doesn't get any easier being in the fight without you brother. There are days when i just want to say its been enough but then I think about you and I know you gave everything and I won't let you down. I miss you brother. The gang says hi."
Jay Dry of Texas

"To the family of:Edward W. Carman
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" 1-1-11"

"Ed we went through a lot of ups and downs when we were in Germany together. We always come through with only minor scraps. We will always have our special bond and our taz tatoos. You are my brother and my best friend and I will never let you down that is my promise. Save me a spot on Fiddlers green bro. Till we meet again I love you Brother."
SSG James Dry (Jay) of FT Hood TX

"Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Mothers and/or Fathers, of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com. or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and bless you.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
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P.O. Box 153
Manti, Utah 84642"
Project Compassion, Kenna of Manti,Utah USA

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Edward W. Carman:
Edward 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

"Many of the Carman family have fought for the freedom of those who were unable to do so for themselves; brave and true the Carman Blood has proved. " May God Bless you as you keep your eye and heart turned to the Lord. Only He can fill the loss until you meet again. "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Our God is a loving God and He will hear our prayers."
Lola Carman of VA

"To the family and friends of Ed Carmen; I served with Ed in Kuwait in '98 and @ Ft. Stewart, Ga thru '00. He was a wonderful friend. He was funny! When we got back from Kuwait, we and another friend of ours got kicked out of the Waffle House for waltzing to Strawberry Wine. We had a wonderful time as friends, and soldiers. He is loved and missed by all whose life he touched."
Heather Preston-McMillan of Soldtona, Alaska

"My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I am also from McKeesport, I don't think I knew you in High School, but nevertheless my heart is saddened by your ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your courage and for serving our Country. I will keep you and your family in my prayers."
Erin Liddell of McKeesport, PA

"To the family of SSG Edward W. Carman: Your story in "Small towns bear war's saddest cost", was moving and deserving of the recognition of the sacrifice of SSG Carman to our country. Please allow me to offer my condolences and any counseling and bereavement assistance through this office (Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Readjustment Counseling Service 1-866-683-8348) that we may provide to SSG Carman's family."
Edward J. Bialobok, M.S.Ed.,Team Leader of Vet Center, McKeesport, Pa.

"To the family of SSgt Edward W. Carmen our condolences. He gave it his all to make sure others that had no idea what true freedom was all about received it. Liberty and justice for all is what he believe in and he died making sure other would have that right. We here in America sometime that that freedom for granted oh if we only open our eyes to see at what price our freedom has come. I make quilts for all the fallen soldiers parents and spouses and if any of you know of families that still have not received please have them contact me so I can honor them with a quilt. The quilts are given to the family for free it is a way for me to honor Edward and his family. God bless and protect you as Edward protected others. If you need to get a hold of me my email is debeniel@ncn.net and my website is www.freedomquilts.net Anyone that wishes to contact me please do so I can do my part in healing those that mourn their love ones."
Betty Nielsen (Freedom Quilts Inc.) of Fonda, IA.

"Ed--someday we will all meet at "Fiddler's Green"...to raise a toast to us...the "Soldiers" of Freedom..you will not be forgotten as long as I have the ability to do my artwork and prose...My war was Vietnam,my Uncles' was WW2 and Korea...but your war was for "Liberty and Justice" for people who knew neither for thoudsands of years...I hope the words of my poem "Soldier" bring comfort to your family and friends..."De Oppresso Liber"..."SKY""
George L.Skypeck of Accokeek, MD USA"
George Skypeckb of Accokeek,MD,USA

"ARMY STAFF SGT CARMAN - You are an American hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest well brave soldier. Thank you for your sacrifice and honorable service to this great nation. So young a life, so great a sacrifice. --------------------------- “SOLDIER” By George L. Skypeck , RegTM All Rights Reserved (No reproduction without prior permission By Mr. Skypeck)
I was that which others did not want to be. I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness…should I fail. I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging cold of fear; and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love. I have cried, pained, and hoped…but most of all, I have lived times others would say were best forgotten at least someday I will be able to say that I was proud of What I was… A SOLDIER

Thank you Mr. Skypeck for your permission."
D. BURT of Rhode Island

"I want to expres my deep sorrow to Ed's family, I remember Ed - we served together in Friedburg, Germany - and it hit me kind of hard. Maybe one of these days it will finaly sink in.
God go with you, Ed."
SFC Jim Jinks of Buffalo, NY


"Today I recieved My Hero Braclet. I will wear it always and think of your son, husband, cousin, friend or what ever he was to you because he is the name on my wrist. Thank you Edward for your ultimate sacrifice for your country, I only wish that we could have ALL our young men and women back. I am so proud of you. To your family I only hope one day the pain you feel will somehow get easier in some small way. My deepest sympathy."
Phyllis McWilson of Fairfax, VA

"I never met you but I feel like I've known you for years. Thank you for your service."

"We never forget"
aydin of urmia/azarbayjan/iran

"Hay Ed. Dont really know what to say other than i miss you. You were a great friend. We had good times togeather I got to meet you family and they wonderful."
chuck of Mckeesport, Pa

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Edward, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"I've spent the last 20 minutes reading all of the messages in this section, about what a loving and caring person Sergeant Carman was, and I was at a loss for words. Reading about what he meant to all of you makes me realize everything I take for granted in my life, and how easily all of that can disappear. Sergeant Carman, thank you for protecting what I hold dear to me, you have made the ultimate sacrifice for your country, and there is no amount of money or anything else is this world that can repay you. Once again, thank you Edward Carman, and may you rest in peace."
Steve Diemesevich of Rocky Hill, Connecticut

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

"I am in 8th grade and we were learing about how many people were dying in Iraq. He is included in our prayers. If there is a family member my friend and I would appreciate it if you could email me back at RockNRollGrlAA90@aol.com""
Student at Emmet Belknap Middle School of NY

"As a former 2/12 trooper (Scout platoon 91-95) ,I feel the loss of a brother in arms. I did not know you, but please know I thank you for your sacrifice.
As for your family, we would like to take the pain away and know we can't. We support you from a distance, and we're assured that you will find the strength to cope."
Steve Schmoll of Columbia City, Indiana /USA

"My husband, SSG Rick Kovach, was Ed's roommate and friend in Iraq. Ed was the closest to a best friend that Rick has had in the Army in years. He misses him so much and will always hold him in his heart as long as he lives."
Cynthia L. Dugat-Kovach of Fort Hood, TX

"Ed, we've created tribute sites for you: http://www.ssg-ewc.us (I got you your own domain name!)"
May of Painesville, OH

"You will never know what you mean to me. Once a husband, now a friend. I see you everyday in the face of our little girl, and I think of how lucky we were to spend Christmas together. I will always treasure, the memories we made together, and vow to share them with Ashley every chance I get. We will never forget you. You gave so much to everyone you knew, and some how manage to still give today. I miss my friend."
Jen of Flint, MI

"I dont't even know where to begin sweetie...there are so many words left unspoken. I miss you dearly and will cherish our memories forever. I can't believe it's been almost a month now and yet I still can't face the truth. You are my hero thru and thru and I am so very proud of you. I finally met your family and daughter and they are so wonderful...I know you are watching down on all of us. I hope that you are ok wherever you are and please know that I'll never forget you. So to quote:
Smile honey...cause' I loves ya!"
Erica of KIlleen/Fort Hood, Texas

"Ed, I miss you so much...all I can do is remember the things we did growing up - waiting for Santa, trading vegetables and meat at the dinner table, searching for critters under rocks...I love you and can't believe you're gone...still can't, even now...somehow, you must be there listening, reading, hearing me call your name... I'm so proud of you...so proud... Love always and forever, your sister..."
May of Painesville, OH

"To Edward'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

"To Edward'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 his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003."
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Edward Carman, 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 Staff Sgt. Edward Carman:
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 Edward 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 Staff Sgt. Edward Carman:
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 Edward, 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