Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace W. Dossett

37, of Orlando, Florida.
Dossett died in the Al Anbar Province as a result of hostile fire. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, Jacksonville, Florida. Died on May 2, 2004.

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"I submitted an entry awhile back when I was stationed in Guam... todays year 2021.... my memories are haunting me... I find myself in tears as I start having flashbacks again... Dossett he was in my arms.... I tried to help him... I need closure... if someone could please email me dlavid21@hotmail.com....I want to reach out to his family.... I am sorry... I tried my best...

-HM1(FMF)Andiano stationed in NH Beaufort."
David Andiano of Beaufort, South Carolina

"To the love ones of Petty Officer Dossett.


I don't know if you will be able to read these... I pray you would...
This week was very hard for me, I was diagnosed PTSD around 2005-2006 from Iraq deployment that happened 2004. I thought it got resolved. No incidents, that memories were left at the back of my mind. I got married 2006 had kids on 2009 and 2010. This week June 2015, was the first time my wife and kids left me for a vacation and all of a sudden the feeling of being alone filled my mind and anxiety and restlessness brought me back to my past and its haunting me, depriving me from sleep. I found myself crying in front of the shrink because I never expect my PTSD to come back but it did.
2004 I was in Iraq. My unit was sharing the same base that the Sea bees have in Ramadi. I was there. I saw everything. I was with 3/11 we were watching from a distance the sea bees doing a formation in their small camp, we were laughing because that's a wrong idea in a war zone. Out of nowhere two mortars landed in the middle of the formation and me and my marines scrambled to help. There were so many of them lying around.
I was there helping. I remember him. His face. Looks peaceful. I tried to revive him. We tried. We carried him all the way to the helo and I was the one giving him oxygen with a bag valve mask. Then the helo has to go. Everyone left, I can't because I still have to continue giving him air. But the helo has to leave, I don't want to leave but the guy needs me to leave so they could take off. I gave instructions to the guy to continue giving him air....then that's the last I saw him.
I heard he passed away. I could see his face, I will see the name...then I would forget the name....but I will still remember the face....from time to time I have to google just to remember the name.....
I know its been a long while...and nothing could bring Petty Officer Dossett back. I"m sorry for your loss. I did my best. God knows I tried.
I'm struggling today...I never expect my past will haunt me. Again, I'm sorry for your loss. I'm still active duty now stationed in USNH Guam."
HM1(FMF)Andiano of Guam

"To the family of:Trace W.Dossett
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"1-22-11"

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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

"Your light will never be extinguished, you touched so many of our hearts and for that I thank God for having placed you in our lives. Rest in Peace my friend."
Tony Ruiz of Temecula, CA

"Trace , just thinking of you ... not a day goes by without you bringing a smile to my face"
paul of harlingen,tx

"Another Guitarro sailor saddened by the loss. He was a good man on the boat and I can't believe that that ever changed. My condolences to his family, however late."
Thomas Kelly (MM1/SS) of Vancouver, WA

"remembering Trace on this 4th Of July. God Bless your family, or prayers and thoughts are with them. Paul Garcia, Harlingen, Texas paulgarcia_58@hotmail.com"
Paul Garcia of Harlingen, Texas

"Trace was my hero the first day I stepped on board the USS Guitarro in 1989. He took me under his wing, I was his "seapup". We were both RM's and I looked up him like a big brother. He took up for me if anyone tried giving me a hard time. Just thinking about him lately, with Stan Jewett leaving for Iraq soon. Miss you Hubba Bubba!"
Christian A Christopher of New Baden, IL

"You are missed."
DJ of Ft. Bragg, NC

"Trace, I think of you often, all my prayers are with your family. I remember driving around San Diego in your brown toyota celica, I remember the good times we had on Westpac visiting overseas. The time you and I had take care of each other in La Joya, Ca. I miss you and always talk to my kids about you. I rememeber we would go to that little mexican cafe in San Diego and get "number 3 with an ice tea". Some things seem like yesterday. My name is Paul Garcia and I proud to say the Trace Dossett was my best friend. We stayed in touch after I got out in 91 but I always wished he could have come down to south texas to visit my family, which was also his.

May God Bless your entire family.

Rest easy, and you are always in my prayers

paul garcia of Harlingen, Texas

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace W. Dossett:
Trace 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

"trace was my best friend while serving onboard the USS Guitarro SSN 665, a submarine stationed out of point loma,ca. I was on board from 86-91. Trace Dossett is greatly missed by many, he was a "brother" to me and my prayers are always with him and his family. I think of him daily and may he rest in peace."
Paul Garcia of Harlingen, Texas, USA

"I served with Trace on the Guitarro. He was a good man, the best. I love you brother!"
Bruno Huerta of California

"i am watching the memorial day special from arlington national cemetary and it made me think of trace. i served with him aboard the uss guitarro in the late 80's. HELLUVA NICE GUY, UPSTANDING AND FORTHRIGHT.

i was riding home from work that may when i heard his name as the local talk show host reads the names of the fallen whenever they release them.

i am glad to have known him and regret his passing.

joe flotta
uss guitarro '85-'89"
joe flotta of pittsburgh, pa.

"Trace you were my best friend's dad, and you were a great dad and husband. I love and miss so much.
Amber L. Howell"
Amber Howell of Wapello (his town) IA USA

"Thank you for all that you have done. You are my hero
Jerri L Jenkins-Moyer
sister of PO 2nd Class Robert B Jenkins
killed in Iraq May 2,2004"
Jerri L Jenkins-Moyer jjmoyer@pennswoods.net of Altoona, Pennsylvania USA

"I didn't know Trace but I wish I did. I went to his funeral not knowing him but left it like he was one of my close friends. Trace grew up in a town about 30 mins from me. I thought that if I went that it wouldn't effect me but it did. God bless you Trace Dossett"
Ana Farrier, T.C.B. Demo of Washington, Iowa

"i am proud of you."
Michelle of ohio

"Petty Officer Dossett, goodbye sailor and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the family and friends of Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace W. Dossett,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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

"To the family of Trace Dossett; As a Seabee family, and the family of the one of the first KIA's of Iraqi Freedom, we wish to express how sorry we are that another family has to go through the pain and sense of loss we have in the past year. All of our "children" who are and have served, are our hero's."
SWC Joe and Judy Childers retired of Powell, Wyoming

"To Trace'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"

"""There is often a lack of comforting words at a time like this. However, I hope you can find some peace in that your loved one, Petty Officer Trace W. Dossett, was upholding the Seabee "CAN DO" tradition and the Seabee motto: "With compassion for others, we build - we fight, for peace with freedom."""
LCDR Michelle Breaux, CEC, USNR of Norman, OK (formerly NMCB's 74, 24 & 22)


"To Trace'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 Trace Dossett, 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 Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace Dossett:
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 Trace 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 Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace Dossett:
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 Trace, 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