Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Catalin D. Dima

36, of White Lake, New York.
Dima died in Baghdad, Iraq, when enemy mortar fire landed near his position. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 411th Engineer Brigade, New Windsor, New York. Died on November 13, 2004.

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"Dumnezeu sa l odihneasca in pace
L am cunoscut pe Catalin
Am locuit pe aceiasi scara de bloc
Un tip super ok
Nelu Paraschiv of Calarasi Romania

"Another year has passed, and I still cannot hear "In the Navy" or "YMCA" without shedding a tear. It was a friendship I treasure and a pleasure to have served with you!"
Kati, US Army (RET) of VA

"I never had a chance to know Sgt. Dima, however as a member of the United States Army, I would like to say that on this Memorial day in 2015,Sgt. Dima is not forgotten. Until Valhalla brother."
Anon of Fort Benning

"la-m cuoscut pe CATALIN decand ma stiu am stat cu el in acelas bloc in calarasi cum am mai scris el ma invatat sa ma leg la sireturi si asa mai departe pe fata lui catalina o cunosc de cand era in burta mame sale si pe CATA il iubeam toti imi pare sincer rau cand am auzit am plans toti in casa numele meu este PAUN GEORGE CRISTIAN PORECLIT PORUMBELU fiul lui BOCEA SI TUDOR dumnezeu sa il odihneasca in pace"

"catalin a sido la persona que me a enseñado atar los cordones cundo yo era un chaval de 7 años le conosia de toda la vida le gustavan las motos y la vida sigo recuerdarle siempre sera en my corazon y en my mente a muerto lejos de casa que dios le quide hasta que hegamos nosotros tambien que descanse en paz calarasiul te recurda siempre"
paun george cristian of calarasi romania

"To the family of:Catalin D.Dima
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""

"one of a kind Great Solider"
jones of Waco T

"I was listening to a song called highway of heroes and thought of Fab.(Calalin) we called him fab and he would always come in to the store we worked in to say hi and his favorite line was from scarface "say hello to my little friend" he was a funny and nice and very brave man. I remember when he left for Iraq him and his wife stopped at our store so he could say goodbye to us... we didn't know we would never see him alive again we were sure we'd see him again I just want to say to Flo & their children he is still remembered fondly and will never be forgotten."
Michelle Velasquez of Monticello,NY/ USA

""Sgt Dima,
You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers on this Memorial Day once again. Thank you Sir for your sacrifice. Fallen soldier never forgotten"
Landon Lucas of ohio

"Dima worked on and off for me in the Motor pool in IRAQ. I would say to him" Dima you Romian Bastard you". He could not wait to find me after he became a US citizen....
They say this about everyone but Catalin
truly was a great person and a good Soldier. I still carry a picture of him in my truck and one in my office."
SFC Rodney Belair of Chicopee, MA

"SGT Dima was one of the finest soldiers I have ever known. He was an inspiration. I served with him in Iraq for 9 months and attended his funeral in NY as a representative of his higher command in Iraq. You will never be forgotten SGT Dima."
Tod of Houston, Texas

"November 9, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Catalin D. Dima:
Catalin 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

"Sgt Dima,
Well it is Memorial day again and you are on my mind. I wish this holiday could be a happy one, but truth is my heart feels for family's like yours that have lost so much. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers always. Rest in peace."
Landon Lucas of Ohio

"I will always remember going out on a smoke break at drill with SGT Dima and some of the other guys. He would talk about his kids and crack jokes. SGT Dima was a great man. He is missed."
SSG Wengenroth of Bronx, NY

"Peace be with you, my fellow soldier. You will always be remembered as a hero."
King Phengvath of Storrs CT

"Dima as I called him was a very influential person in my career. As a new recruiter he was the second person I put in boots as they call it. Recruiting has never been a job that I am proud of. Dima helped me learn the importance of my job, by telling me stories about when he was a soldier in his country. Dima was always making me laugh reassuring me that this was what the wanted, “I want to be a soldier for the United States Army. “ Always talking about his family, and how he was going to give them a better live. He was so proud when he actually took his oath as I stood by his side and took the oath with him. Dima you changed my live in many ways and for this I thank you. Rest in Peace.

SFC Zayas as he knew me."
Celia Perkins of Newburgh, NY

"3 years ago today as I was getting ready to head to Kuwait to prepair for our units to leave Iraq. Never wanting to tell someone bye I told Catalin I'll see you in a couple of weeks. That chance never came, Catalin died the next evening. To my friend Catalin, a day never goes by that I do not think about you. You always had a way to make someoneone laugh or smile. You were always doing something to help or better someone. You were a true friend to all."
SSG (RET) Antone Nemec of College Station, Texas


"A great man, a great soldier, a great father and husband. You are an example for us all.God bless you, your wife and your children.Two nations are proud of you.My sincere condolences to the family.Fallen Soldiers like Catalin Dima and others are NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN."
Bogdan of Oradea, Romania

"Well it is time again to remember our fallen and those that have given everything. On this memorial day I remember you Sgt Dima. I forever will."
Spc. Landon Lucas of Columbus Ohio

""I was there the night you died as well Sgt Dima. You made the sacrifice that all of us feared and respected. Every second of that night will live forever in my heart and soul. My prayers for you family. Fallen Soldiers Never Forgotten.
Cco 118th ASMB
Camp Victory Iraq"
Spc. Landon Lucas of Columbus, Ohio

"catalin was my father.i am his daughter from romania.could you help me?"
dima gabriela catalina of calarasi romania

"Catalin era varul meu, eram ca fratii, pentru ca eu nu am frati. M-am bucurat cand a plecat in America, cand s-a casatorit cu Florii, cand i s-au nascut copiii,primul a fost Cristi, dupa aceea au urmat Angela si John, si cand si-au cumparat casa in Smalwood. Acum nu mai e! Dumnezeu sa-l odihneasca!"
Edi Paduraru of Constanta, Romania

"I too was there was SGT Dima died. I served at the Golby Medical Clinic in Baghdad. He will never be forgotten by me or any of the rest of C-118 Med. My prayers to his family, be proud of him, and thank you for your sacrifice."
SGT Rebecca Gochnour of Columbus, Ohio

"You are a big hero in my heart,in my eyes and in my soul,and I hope the USA will always remember heroes like you.A slodier's life ain't that easy as it appears. Wrong place at the wrong time and... . Condolences for the wife and kids and god bless you all.
I know what it means to leave your country for another one,where you can live better. I'm romanian,and i'm in the same situation as you were. Salutes and RESPECT for a soldier,a hero who gave his life for a foreign country. You will always be in my memory."
Corporal George Cristian 7th Div. Marine Infantry of Spain

"Am copilarit cu Catalin,nu l-am vazut de 15 ani, era deosebit, era plin de viata, nu statea locului o clipa.

"I am deeply affected for the loss of the one from the bravest sgt. Dima D. Catalin. His kids should be proud for having such a father. sgt. Catalin Dima will always live in our hearts, and as much as we will remember him he will always live. This war is not a war between nations, is a war between different cultural values, between terrorists and civilized world. In his place I would do the same.
Please accept my deepest condoleances."
Sergiu Sagaidac of Chisinau, Moldova

"Yesterday I watched "Povestiri Adevarate" at ProTv and I was shocked. I feel sad for the loss of the brave sgt. Dima Catalin, this is a loss both: for the American and Romanian people. He died for freedom in the whole world. In his place I would do the same. Please accept my condoleances."
Sergiu of Chisinau, Moldova

"Va rugam sa acceptati sincerele noastre condoleante..."
Vlad A. Ploscaru of Bacau, ROMANIA

"I would like to thank everyone for their kind words. Not a moment goes by that my children and I don't think of their dad my husband Catalin. I miss him more every day that passes."
florika dima of Smallwood N.Y.

"SGT Dima,
I was there when you died. I will carry your memory with me for the rest of my life. I will honor your sacrifice and continue to carry on. I think about you every day. I hope your kids and wife are ok. Know that you lived a good life.

SSG Vance A. Silvia
Golby Troop Medical Clinic, Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq
Vance Silvia of Golden, CO

"I have just now read of the death of Sgt Catalin Dima. Our prayers are with his courageous family. Thank you for your sacrifice. I will remember Sgt Dima this 4th and think of him as an author of our freedom."
RJD of Center Valley, PA


I salute your commitment to duty and for your service to the 411th EN BDE and the Nation. I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to serve with you. The 411th will miss you. God bless you and your family."
1LT Carey of New Windsor, NY

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

"My deepest sympathy to the Dima family. Catalin gave his life for our nation.One that he wasn't born to,but wanted to live in and be part of its freedom. He really is what heros are all about. God Bless his family."
Colleen Kelly of Pleasant Mount, Pa.

"To Catalin'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

"Thank you Catalin Dima, 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 Sgt. Catalin Dima:
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 Catalin 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. Catalin Dima:
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 Catalin, 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