Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Anthony D. Dagostino

20, of Waterbury, Connecticut.
Dagostino was on board a CH-47 Chinook Helicopter when it went down in Al Fallujah, Iraq. The cause of the incident is unknown and an investigation is underway. He was assigned to the 16th Signal Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on November 2, 2003.

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"Dag my memory of you was when you came into our motorpool to have your vehicle looked at and inspected. Your windshield wipers were not working so you took a hammer to the windshield wiper motor smack the crap out of it and it began to work. Hahahaha I will always remember your laugh. Never forgotten."
SGT De La Cruz of California

"This Memorial Day weekend I'll be Honoring this Hero's ultimate sacrifice....I don't know him and never met him...PFC Anthony D'Agostino changed and made the Soldiers around him better that day...R.I.P. Soldier
SFC [R] Giuseppe D'Agostino"
Giuseppe D'Agostino of Gilbert AZ USA

"Dag, not a November goes by that I don't think of you and Karina Lau. My heart aches for your families. I am torn between the relief of Eddie's bus driver making them miss the copter and guilt for y'all having taking their places.
A life was created that following two weeks. She knows your name and your sacrifice. We are trying to raise her to live a life with a sense of purpose and an appreciation for those that lost their life in service to our country.
We have not forgotten you."
Denise H. Holladay of Gonzales, La

"Today is 2 November 2013. On this day 10 years ago, I failed to save a life. I along with 5 other medics did everything we could for Dagostino, but it was not enough. He was the first and last Soldier that I could not save. He is the reason why I continue to deploy and teach...so that others may live. You are not forgotten.

My heart and prayers go out to the family for their loss."
Doc B of Anywhere Soldiers need me

"You are not forgotten.
DG 16th SIG BN"

"I served with dag in iraq..i was in a quick reaction force from the 3rd cav and dag was with a great unit from iowa..at the time we made a epw camp and were maning it..i clicked with dag from the start and we used to play cards laughing untill the morning..the night b4 he left we had a tire fire and danced around it like indians he asked me to go with him in the chopper I said to him that I would..but then later changed my mind because I told him that if we went on leave and came back it would make the time here much longer and I wanted to stay in mission mode..that was the last I saw of him he was a great soldier and man..i do think of him all the time and I believe I signed a book in alasad air base at the iowa units barracks..my name is joshua crawford...very tragic end he was my buddie wish I could of talked him out of it...im very very sorry for the loss of yur boy..i have a son now and think sometimes of losing him and it would * me up but yu no soldiers like dag r special and critical to have he did voluteer to be outside the base camp and I am proud I served with him...godbless u dagostino ill see yu soon homie...the parents of this man should forever be proud of him he was a beast of a soldier because he did have the heart of a lion....cant say more about him...glad I found his page and I will forever talk about him to others and let them no about the story we shared in that war...if u want to talk my # is 7036354654"
josh of quantico,va usa

You were such a big part of our Tropo family. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I know you watch over your loved ones and I hope you are at peace. I could always count on you. You were always so eager to help out and so brave, always volunteering for missions. You are sorely missed....RIP"
Gretchen Bray (AKA SSG Bray) of Park City, Utah

"We will remember Anthony at our 8th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Tribute along with many others on September 24th 2011 at Bushnell Park in Hartford. It has now become the largest gathering of Gold Star Families in Connecticut, everything is free and it costs nothing to give a mom, dad,son, daughter, sister or brother, wife, aunt or uncle a hug ... gone but never forgotten....CT Fallen Heroes Foundation
For more info on this please e-mail me at mmastroni@sikorsky.com"
Mike Mastroni of Trumbull, CT

"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

""To the family of Anthony D. Dagostino ,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""

"Although I didn't know you, thoughts of you and PFC Lau often run through my mind. As I think back to that day in Iraq, I realize it could have easily been me, but the Lord chose you instead and as hard as it is on the family, your light will always shine through."
Lakeita AKA SSG Doster of TX

"FEB 27 2009
To the family of Pfc. Anthony D. Dagostino:Your son is a hero."

"November 2, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Anthony D. Dagostino:
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

"Dag, It's Raecher, a lot of things have happened since you left but I will never be able to forget the best friend I have ever had. I am not sure if you see these messages from friends and loved ones, and even some from people who never knew you, but we all miss you and will never forget the sacrifice you made for this country and its people. I miss you dag and hope you are watching over me. 4246"
Michael Raecher of Waco, Texas

"Dag- You were a great soldier and I think of you so often. Your family's in my thoughts and prayers as well. They are remarkable people and love you so much. You were a great soldier and I know that you're still looking out for the rest of your crew.
Much love always, "The Ma'am""

"The parade doesn't start until the helicopters fly over Main Street. Remembering you on this day...5/27/07"

"Dag I still remember the time we spent together on guard. I know that even to day you still watch over us from above. You will always be missed. It was a honor serving at your side 313th Tropo."
Mauricio Uribe of Mission TX

"Brother even though we never met I think of you often. I served in the 16th during OIF, I was in charge of your memorial service in Al Asad. Thank you for you sacrifice, you will never be forggoten. FREEDOM ISNT FREE.
SGT Gutierrez"
SGT Gutierrez of Hawaii

"You are in my thoughts & prayers...5/29/06"
Bela Beaupre of Woodbury, CT

"Dag, I met the boys of "TROPO" right after your death, and I've gotten to know and love each of them and their love for you. Raecher and Belflower said you three stuck together through everything. Now, they've almost finished a second year in Iraq and will both be engaged shortly after their return. Raecher's mom is keeping in touch with yours, and your parents sent all the guys a package out to Iraq full of great stuff. We take a shot for you everytime we're together, and I was thrilled to finally be included in their toast to you last month. Raecher took your death the hardest, but I know you are watching over him now while he's out there this time. It would have been an honor to know you Dag, and I cannot WAIT to meet you in heaven. Raecher says you'll be at our wedding because you're still his best man."
Karen Petree of Waco, TX

"My son's daycare teacher made a 1st birthday gift for him in memory of Anthony. When I read about Anthony here, he seems like such a great guy. I just wanted his friends and family to know there are people thinking of you and Anthony, and we are thankful for his service and bravery."
Michele of Summerville, SC

"Dag, you were always a blast to be around. You were a great shoulder to cry on, and just an all around great friend. Even though it's been almost two years, I still think about you every day. It hasn't been the same since you left. We were supposed to race when we came come. When I see you again, I'm going to hold you to it, bro. You will always be loved and missed."
SPC Helen Petithory of Ft Hood, TX

"I still think about you every day Dag and I will keep doing so for the rest of my life. I remeber our talks outside of the MoPo.....you with your cigarette hanging out of your mouth as your smiled so proudly about that stereo system you would have one day in your car.......or our trips to Fort Bliss as you kept everyone in those small white vans laughing, sometimes laughing so hard that tears came from my eyes....us trying to scrounge up enough cash just to grab some lunch.....me trying to imitate your accent while you just laughed along right beside me.....these are my memories that will put that smile on my face whenever I think about you Dag. Those rare sincere smiles that are hard to come across the days.... I have you to thank..... and I do every time."
James of IA

"Thank you for serving our country and for giving your life so that we may be free and that the world should be a better place. I will never forget and I will be forever grateful. To your friends and family I pray that God will bless, comfort, strengthen you and that you will find peace in His love. 07/04/05"
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"we are sorry for you lost of you son he was with my karina en the same place . god bless you"
famly lau of livingston california

"Tony, you were always a true friend. I find it difficult serving in this country with out you. Times here are tough, and I miss you terribly. I pray to you a lot. I will always remember you buddy. You are fallen, but not forgotten"
LCPL Pleasant, Ronald of Fallujah, Iraq

"D'Agostino you may not be here with us but we know your still watching over our sholders.You still hold a big part of our hearts because of your bravery."
all fellow students of kaynor of Waterbury,ct

"I knew Dagostino.. he was a friend of my sister's (who is also in the Army). He ate Thanksgiving dinner with us once when we were all stationed at Ft. Hood because his family lived too far away. He was a really good guy and he had a great heart. He will be missed."
Jessi Wiggins of San Angelo, Texas

"To the family:Every year my family gather at Kaynor Tech High School where you were a student. My brother Michael Kight was also a student there but was killed during VietNam war. Weekend of memorial day all gather at the momument they have for the heros, and indeed, Anthony was one also, we salute you !! The Kight Family"
Marianne Kight Chaney of Waterbury, Connecticut

"I had the honor to serve beside Dag in Iraq. Our team isn't the same without him. There will always be a space for you on our team and in our hearts. You are missed and not a day goes by that the platoon doesn't think of you. I know you will be with us as we return to Iraq. Watch over us and bring us all home safely."
Private Summersett of Ft. Hood, TX

"My family and I are saddened by the loss of a close friend of ours. Anthony, you will not be forgoten and we think of you every day! We wish you were here so we can go places and do thing's together!"
Leo & Renee Charest of Holland, MI (originally from Waterbury, CT)

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

"I had the privilage of working and becoming friends with Anthony "Dag" Dagostino while in the 16th Signal Battalion. I was very saddend to hear of his families,and a grateful nation's sons, loss. He will never be forgotten. My condolences to his family. He truly is the best above the rest."
James of IA

"To Pfc Dagostino's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Anthony was taken from you. He is our hero. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/24/04)

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

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Light a candle for your soldier.


"To the family of Anthony
I am sorry for your loss. I lost my older brother, Steven Conover, in the same helicopter attack. Anthony will not be forgotten. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. simpsongirl2003@aol.com"
Corrie Simpson of Wilmington, Ohio USA

"Rest in peace brave one..."
The Taylors in NC

"Thank you Anthony Dagostino, 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 Anthony and his family I can offer only the debt and gratitude of an entire nation. I only hope that will assuage the grief you must be feeling at this time. Anthony fought and died for me and an entire nation. His ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. If I can do anything for your family whether it be someone to pray with, or just to talk to please contact me at ctpoet1@yahoo.com"
Chris Decker of East Windsor CT USA

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Anthony Dagostino:
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 Pfc. Anthony Dagostino:
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