Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Terry W. Hemingway

39, of Willingboro, New Jersey.
Killed in action in Iraq. Hemingway's Bradley Fighting Vehicle was traveling down a street when a car exploded next to it. Hemingway was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on April 10, 2003.

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"SSG Hemingway is not forgotten and we are reminded of his ultimate sacrifice every day while driving through the main gates of FT Dix where his Name is posted at the gates named for him. GOD BLESS YOU. I was at the Dix dedication !"
of Hamilton NJ

"21May2023, Rest in peace, I never got to speak with SSG Hemingway, a lot of fast moving parts when we redeployed after Kuwait, I was in 2nd Plt and he was in 3rd Earth Pigs Fight Dirty HOOAH, after that day I was able to speak with his driver about the situation, 20 years later I feel sad that the family wasn’t told the truth, It was the fault of the A co. Commander from TF 2-69 armor that told him to blow a weapon stockpile in place, he wanted to get further away but was ordered to fire where he was causing a rocket / missile to hit the side of his BFV, standard practice was rolling with the TC (track commander) hatch open, his was and he was not wearing his vest, after the explosion his driver Bradly crawled from his driver hatch and put his vest on SSG Hemingway. If it weren’t for that company commander he wouldn’t have died where he did. I know this might get flagged but I needed to get this off my mind, I am so sorry for your loss and I will never forget the ceremony we had for him and two others on the bank of the river in country. Every year on Memorial Day I say a prayer for his family, and I will never forget. May God watch over you and your family. tdonegan93@gmail.com"
Sgt Donegan ret. of Oregon

"It's been years but never forgotten. You are a constant reminder of what this day stands for "Veterans Day". Your service will never be forgotten. 🙏🏽"
Vernette Reynolds of Miami, Fla

"You were my father's best friend. You always lifted his spirits when you were around. #salute"
Jr. of Trenton, Nj

"It was an honor serving with you, I remember you with the utmost respect. You are an example of unbreakable character, loyalty and selfless service. Thank you."
SSG Castillo HHC 1/15 of Miami, FL

"804-305-3203 thank you. Darlene"
Richardson of Virginia

"To my God-Father...today my baby girl who I wish you could of met, had to honor a veteran!! So of course we wrote your name on the star!! As I was writing your information down, I started crying cause you are truly a No Limit Soldier and I thank you for being an example of how a man should provide for his family and how to express genuine love!! I just seen Aunt Darlene on Wednesday and she's truly a No Limit Soldier too...she's still smiling and enjoying herself to the fullest!!!

Today and everyday we salute you!! Much love!😘"
Talaya Hawk of Ewing, NJ

""Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry's family. Memorial Day 2013""
Ronnie Banks

"Terry and I went to Basic training together in Ft. Benning, We where also station in Germany and Ft. Benning on the Bradley Nett togehter. He was a great father, friend, husband, and soldier. I think of him all the time. I was on my way from Fort Stewart to Dover Delaware to Escort another fallen Soldier Robert Stevers home. When I read in a USA Today that Terry had his life taken. My prayers go to his family. You will never be forgotten."
Keith Donell Baxter of Midway, Ga

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry's family. Memorial Day 2012"
Ronnie Banks of Dacula, Ga.

"Now he is one with the angels..."
Wil of VA

"I came across this page and "discovered" what I really always knew, that is that I was not the only person for whom Terry had left indelible memories. I didn't really know much about Terry the soldier. I remember cracking each other up in Trenton High about our French teacher's exaggerated pronunciation. 1 of 3 peeps whose autographs are in my year book, I was driving home from church in Ewing when I heard about his passing. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the report on the radio. The impact was no less than if I had hit a huge bump in the road. So I pulled over. I cried. Since I had tried unsuccessfully locating Terry after returning to Trenton from New Orleans, I tried to tell myself that there was another unfortunate Terry Hemingway, not the one who made me laugh so hard by describing the weather in Germany as "colder than Fo pola bears!!" I'm so glad that Terry had so many people who loved him as much as I. Terry said that I had a way with words. But I remember Terry having a way with words that really didn't require repeating nor yelling. Like that E.F. Hutton commercial, when Terry talked, people listened. Well I'm glad I came across this page, because I didn't get to say good bye. I didn't get to give your family my condolences. So to all of Terry's family and loved ones, I am sorry for your loss of one of the greatest human beings I have had the pleasure of knowing."
Justus Howell of Philly via Trenton NJ

"I remember this day like it happened last night... I met Terry the day before he was killed. I was looking for my friend Sgt John Banks and yelled up to him on the bradley fighting vehicle. His name was on the back of his cvc helmet. When he turned around it wasnt him it was another banks, Terrys driver. We shared a laugh because I was yelling "Banks! yo *!" and it wasnt even my friend. He pointed me to my buddys vehicle and Terry came out from the front and began to BS with me. We quickly found out that we were both from Jersey and hit it off remembering areas we both knew. The next day I was on a security checkpoint while Terry and others went on a patrol. I remember the radio communications then behind us was a huge explosion. There were artillery rounds going off left and right shooting in unknown directions from the fire cooking them off. When all all was done we heard on the radio there was a KIA...One of our men was gone. Terry was a good man who I had the pleasure of meeting. We shared a day in hell laughing and remembering where we were from in NJ. Ill never forget him or our conversation we shared in Iraq. I hope his wife and girls are doing good and if ever needed they can always count on me. F_garwood@yahoo.com, fgarwood@bop.gov"
Frank Garwood of Vineland NJ

"What can I say about Sarge he was a great soldier that helped me out when I needed. I only wish there was more that I could do for him when he came to my aide station. But I know he has got to be in a better place. My deepest sympathys go to his family."
Spc Ricardo Jose Butierres of San Antonio, TX

"Our thoughts are with Terry and his family this Memorial Day 2010."
Ronnie Banks


"Terry, it has been many years since that night in Iraq. I miss and think of you each and everyday. I still wear your braclet, it will never leave me. I wish we had the knowledge then that we have now, and perhaps things would have been different. To the family of Terry, I was his PSG and with him on his last mission. I would like to make contact with you all, and answer any questions you might have. If any of his family would like to know please contact me."
1SG Eric Cameron of Ft Carson, CO

"We thank all of you for all your love and I want you to know that I love to read your coments and pleae remember us always in you prayers. Terry will always be our Heroe . My heart go out to every family who lost a love on in this war. I spend my time knitting and playing the piano and loving my family my daughterin-law and Terry children.Jackie and Gary and thier family. I get my strenght from God and my church family. LOVE YOU ALL AS YOU REMEMBER MY SON TERRY. God Bless all Eva Hemingway Shannon"
Eva Hemingway Shannon of Willingboro, New Jersey Burlington

"We remember Terry today and his ultimate sacrifice. We wish the best for his family."
Ronnie Banks of Dacula, Ga. USA

"Yo Big Brother Terry can never forget you, u raised me and Gary in Miller Homes from birth lol, good memories of you and family"
Cardell of eastampton, nj usa



"April 7, 2008
Hi Terry,

As I sit at work today looking at your picture a smile comes across my face. We had some good times. Most of all you cared for your family with all your heart and cherished family gatherings. We miss you but Lord knows we will never forget you. You still live on in our hearts. May you continue to watch over all of us. Love you Terry!"
Cheryl Tinsley of Ewing, NJ USA

"January 6, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Terry W. Hemingway:
Terry 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

"I was there... Thank you SSG Hemingway, we miss you."
Kid Batt of Columbus, GA

"Thank you, Daddy, for always being there for me from when I was sick to when I was healthy. It was great having a dad who served the country. You are in mine and Mommie's and Danisha's and Terry's hearts and we miss you."
Venetia Hemingway (Terry's daughter) of Delanco, NJ

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you, all I can say is that I wish that I had the chance to have served with you.

"Can Do"(15th Inf. Motto)"

"I don't know if this will be seen by anyone but I am from Texarkana Tx and I work for Red River Army Depot we rebuild Bradley fighting vehicles. Today we were setting up a display for a commander coming to visit next week. We went to the lot where all the old Bradleys are kept and pulled one up with the tractor to show a before and after. On the side of the old Tank read (Ssgt Hemingway R.I.P.) I went back to my office and looked up the name. and this site is what I found. I printed off this whole page and we are going to attach it to the Bradley for next weeks presentation. You know we rebuild tanks everyday but this really affected all of us to actually see the face of the man who was fighting in it and to know his life ended way to soon. Our prayers are with your whole family and my god bless you all. Your loved one will never be forgotten."
Kelly of Texarkana, TX

"As it approach the 4th anniversary of the lost of my brother, I like to thank everyone for your heart fill words. I love reading them, especially from the soldiers who served with him. Terry, I miss you everyday not a second goes by that you are not in my heart. I could only thank God for being fortunate enough to have you as my brother. I cherish you and your memories, keep watching over Dennis Terry and I."
Jackie Hemingway-Hicks of Bronx, NY/ USA

"Terry you will be forever in my memory. Each time I see Darlene with the kids, I will always remember the great you done. I will miss you. I don't know who will pack my duffle bags now. Darlene and Ms. Eva be strong and remember if you ever need anything call. GI Jane"
Arlene Gardner of Willingboro, NJ

"Terry was my team leader at NTC, and I couldn't have asked for a better one. I'll never forget the week spent in a section of trench we dubbed the "Pig Pen". Living in six inches of mud and constant rain fall, we were soaking wet and laughing the entire time. Always ready to share his G'nip G'naps and a cig, you could always count on ol'Geminsveck.God Bless you Terry"
Mark Losego (Brandel) of Bridgeville PA

"I am still wearing the rememberance bracelet and look at his name each and every day to be SURE that I remember what he did for us. I will not ever take it off."
Jennifer Hatfield of Tomball, Texas

"Thank You So Much For Protecting Me And My Family! May God Bless You....I Know You Will Be Greatly Missed By Your Friends And Family. Much Love And Respect!"
Lisa Green of Smiths Station, Alabama

"Uncle Terry, "I Love You" and "I miss you so much". My Uncle Terry was a great man in all types of ways. He had so much Love for his family and friends.
Uncle Terry, you will always be in my heart.

Miss You Deeply!!"
Kyena "Tipper Dip-Dip" of Mount Laurel, NJ

"Sgt. Hemingway was a great and respectable person. He was the first person I met when I got assigned to 1-15INF at a time in my career when I hated the army, but we both talk and he help me out a lot with get my mind back on track. He will be forever miss and honor and never, ever...forgotten. I wrote this poem for him and every other man and woman that wears the uniform.

Spc Richard B. Lowe Ret.
“Who are we?”

“Who are we? We are heroes, soldiers, the often forgotten ones, a memory of the pass, a preexisting thought in most Americans minds, at the peak of any of our nation crisis, we are the call to arms, a sleeping giant, once again awaken to her battle cries, a fearless force, marching on singing hear us, fear us, for we are American soldiers, a silent warrior, a protector of man, an enforcer of peace.”

“Who are we? We are the guardians of this great nation, the sons of fallen fathers, the leaders of tomorrow, we know the meaning of freedom, for we are the protectors of freedom, we are courageous never yielding to anyone, not even our selves, we are professional at what we do, because we believe in what we do.?”

“Who are we? We are the mighty fist of democracy, defending truth, justice, and the American way of life, we are the freedom of speech, press, and religion, we are the right to vote and to bare arms, we are Americas first and last line of defense. WE ARE AMERICAN SOLDIERS.
By: Richard Lowe"
Richard Lowe of Troy, Alabama

"It is the Soldier, not the Reporter,
who has given us Freedom of the Press.

It is the Soldier, not the Poet,
who has given us Freedom of Speech.

It is the Soldier, not the Lawyer,
who has given us the Right to a Free Trial.

It is the Soldier, who salutes the Flag,
who serves under the Flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the Flag,,
who allows the Protestor to burn the Flag.

Thanks SSG Hemingway

MSG Hathcock Aco 1-15 INF Maintenance"

"Staff Sergeant Hemingway was a well-spirited, excellent person to be around.
He knew his job well and most importantly, he shared his knowledge with everyone he could. I served in the same platoon as this man during OIF, and I have nothing but great things to say about him. Rest in peace my friend."
Big Easy of Billings, Montana

"I also served with Terry at NTC. What I remember most is that no matter how bad things got Terry was always there smiling. He was a great human being."
Jerry Plemons of Dallas, TX.

"I served with Terry at the NTC in FT. Irwin, California and he was in my platoon.He was a very funny guy and always made everyone laugh. A very good soldier and I am proud to have known him.My heart goes out to his family and to all of those who have fallen.I will never forget them."
Jeffrey T. Sanow of Ft. Myers, FL.33912

"terry was a reaaly good buddy of mine...i'll always remember him for giving me a soda everytime i fixed his vehicle. God bless his soul and his loved ones"
t.m. ogletree of fort benning

"I have recieved the memorial bracelet for SSG Hemingway, I will always wear it and his memory of being a hero will not be forgotten. God Speed"
SSG Overby of Darmstadt, Germany

"I went to MG school with Terry. Through his faith and devotion to our Savior, he helped me through a very difficult time. He was such a loving person and was a great insperation on how we should live our lives. I pray that his children will grow up knowing how great of a man their father was."
chris of ft stewart

"My deepest condolences to those who lost
a friend and a son. From what I read about Terry I learned that he was a trusted and well respected man. I also learned that he could be depended on at any time. he sounds like he was a kind, caring person. I don't think he'll be forgotten easily."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

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

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/10/04)

"ssg hemingway i wear your reminder on my wrist everyday"
david pisanelli spc USA of fort benning ga 31905

"it was a honor to be one of your soldiers serving with you and if they could clone a soldier they should clone you. you were a true leader and the best squad leader that anyone could have you are really missed by everyone who ever served with you. it was a pleasure serving with you in iraqi freedom and i will never ever forget you"
big daddy of Columbus,Ga

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

"Thank you Terry Hemingway, 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

"Prior to serving with 1-15 Infantry in Iraq, SSG Hemingway was assigned as a squad leader in my company (Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry, Camp Hovey, Korea.) I trusted and respected SSG Hemingway tremendously. He was a leader of character who capably accomplished difficult missions in the face of adversity. SSG Hemingway was an outstanding role model to his soldiers and was highly respected in the company. I am proud to have served with him. On behalf of A/1-9 Infantry, I offer my most sincere condolences to the Hemingway Family.
God Bless each of you."
CPT Jim Crane of Ft. Polk, LA

"We wish to offer our condolences and prayers to the family of Staff Sgt. Hemingway. We participated in a patriotic parade in Phoenix, Az. on Sun. Sept 7th..To honor all those who have sacrificed for our nation, over 7,000 motorcyclists were given a bracelet with a hero's name. We were given Staff Sgt. Hemingways.. I wish to thank him for doing what each and every Hero has done. He has helped to keep America "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave""
Bob/Joan of Chandler, Az

"Staff Sgt Hemingway was a best friend and a brother to me. He was a great husband, father, son and so on. He was the best man in my wedding and I was the best man in his wedding. He was a person you can depend at any given time, and also, will give you his last dime, I could have not ask for a better person to have come in my life than Staff Sgt. Terry W. Hemingway. R.I.P. my dear freiend, you will always be in my heart and spirit. God Bless"

"Thank you for defending our freedom and may God Bless you you and your family!"
Fred Hahn of Burlington, NJ

"Thank you Terry for keeping my husband safe. You and your family will always be in my prayers."
of Fort Benning, GA

"Our Hearts goes out to his family. We are sorry for your loss for this is a tragedy. May God Bless Him and His Family. We Love and Miss You Terry."
Dog Face Soldiers of Fort Benning

"My Heart goes out to his Family. My Husband is in 1-15 Infantry and he knew SSG Hemingway and he knew the type of person he was and still is. I am sorry for your loss for this is a tragedy. I know that he is in a safe place and looking over each and everyone of us now. May God Bless Him and His Family."
Lori Ferreira of Fort Benning, Ga

"May you find strength and comfort from our Lord and Savior at this time. Your son Terry is a HERO as far as we're concerned. Thank You for raising a fine individual! Our son also serves in the the 1-15th HHC, Sgt. Logan Sibert; I know he bows his head in reverence towards your son and his family. May God continually Bless and Comfort your family!"
Sibert Family of Redondo Beach, California

"We thank you for the sacrafice Terry made for us. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time. Thank you Terry, May God keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"My boyfriend is from 1/15 HHC. I pray daily that the families of our fallen heroes experience the inner Peace that they require now. God Bless and Keep you."
Veronica Council of Snellville, GA

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Terry Hemingway:
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 Terry 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. Terry Hemingway:
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 Terry, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"RIP Brave Soldier. Our hearts are heavy tonight for your family but may God Bless them and give them strength at this most difficult time."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"My son is also in C Co. 1/15th. The family and I are praying for comfort and strength. May God Bless you and comfort you. You are a true American Hero."
Don Hawkins of Ocala, Florida

"I pray for you and your family. My husband is A-Co. 1/30. I wish I knew what to say to make it better but I know there is nothing in the world that will. Just know that he did so much good in the world and now God is calling upon him. May God Bless you.."
Stefanie of Ft. Benning, GA

"My son is also in C Co. 1/15th. I am praying for you to have the strength to endure this. I pray comfort for you and your family as you take each day at a time. You are not alone in your sorrow. He was a hero and an American. Jo Coleman"
Jo Coleman of Enterprise, AL

"I don't know what to say, but I feel I must tell you something. My husband is A Co 1-15 and I hurt so much for what you are going through. I regret that I never knew your husbands name until Sunday. Please accept my condolences and prayers. I know that Heidi and the other ladies of the FRG are doing eveything they can for you. We are all praying for your family and thank-you so much for Terry's sacrifice."
Christie Nestor of LaGrange, GA

"May god be with you at this difficult time. Your Solider was in my son's unit. Words cannot express my feelings I have for you and and your family. I pray that God will comfort you at this time."
Loretta Cantu of Mission,Tx USA

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on