Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Richard A. Hardy

24, of Newcomerstown, Ohio.
Hardy died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on October 15, 2005.

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"I miss you brother. Never forgotten"
Scott Ray of Bamberg Germany

"There is not one day that goes by I dont think of you Ricky. I miss you and love you so much till this very day. I wish you were home."
jennifer of canton, ohio

"Thank You Ricky For Your Service To The American People, And For always Sticking Up For Whats Right, Hooah ! (Salute)"
Shane Zahner of Dover, Ohio

"you are my hero and will always be in my heart i miss you alot"
karrie of wilmot ohio

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"22 Nov 08
I just wanted to say that you are missed"
James Severin of Atlanta, GA

"September 30, 2008
To the family of Spc. Richard A. Hardy:
Richard 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

"A note from a passerby to reaffirm to those who miss and love you that you are thought of and remembered. Cherish those memories.2/2/08"

"To the family of:Richard A. Hardy 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, too, was a soldier; 1969-1971. Army; Ft. Gordon, GA. My son was SGT. USMC, Parris Island, SC (6-year enlistment). We love our brothers for their courage, their valor and their hope for a free world. No greater sacrifice is ever made. Please accept our tears, our prayers and our hope for brighter tomorrows when the struggle is over and all peoples are free - for that day, indeed, is coming. God bless and keep you all your days."
Don of Bishop, GA

"SPC Hardy, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. God Bless you and give you peace."
MAJ Malcolm Ritchie of FOB Kalsu, Iraq

"I miss you so much Ricky. My little brother will always be my biggest hero. Who knew freedom cost so much. I Love You bubby."
Kristy of Dover Ohio

"Ricky! you were supposed to come home! Alive and well, I guess God had other plans. You are so loved and missed. I know you didn't want to be forgotten, but this wasn't the way we wanted to remember you. May you at last find peace. You will always be remembered espeacially at the family BBQs, God Bless you for what you have ultimately paid the price for, Our freedom to do this. Give Gram a hug and kiss, All our love to you."
Aunt Debbers of Bolivar, OH/USA

"I wish I had some memory to share or story to tell. Yet, I don't. To me Hardy was just another name on the deployment orders that sat in my important paperwork file. It is with great sadness that I realize I never had the chance to know him. From everything I've heard he was one heck of a guy."
SSG Nestor's wife of Ft. Benning, GA

"man we love you!!!!!!! ricky i miss you sooo much man i miss the sportsmans club man i miss your 21st man i miss you man cant wait to see you in the promised land!! your my hero"
cole of bolivar

"To the family and friends you left behind, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you have the closure you so greatly deserve. Richard sacrificed it all for the freedom of others. His loss will never be forgotten. May God be with the family always!!"
The Shook Family of Navarre, OH

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Hardy you were one of the best and dearest friends that a girl could ever have. I will miss you beyond belief. You will never know how much you meant to me. always yours!!"
samantha of hamilton,ga usa

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

"To my nephew you will be missed greatly and we love you. We are also very proud of you and of all of your comrads that are fighting this war. God Bless All of You.."
Sandra Golden of Bolivar, OH USA

"Thank you Richard Hardy, 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 Spc. Richard Hardy:
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 Richard 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 Spc. Richard Hardy:
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 Richard, 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