Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Robert W. Hoyt

21, of Ashford, Connecticut.
Hoyt died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV while conducting convoy operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment, Bristol, Connecticut. Died on December 11, 2004.

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"I'm a member of a band who was lucky enough to take a trip to Washington DC this year to preform in the National Memorial Day Parade and we went to the women's building in Arlington cemetery and they gave us ribbons to wear and a soliders name to honor. I got Robert W. Hoyt. I swear to honor his name and I'm glad I found a page to be able to tell people about this. My heart goes out to the family and I'm so sorry that this horrible thing happened to him."
Mara McCart of PA USA

"To the family of:Robert W. Hoyt
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""

"Gone but not forgotten......"
Jan of Delaware

I've been thinking about you a lot lately. I know we weren't as close as I was with your sisters, but you were always around. I miss your quiet presence at Nana Clara's loud family functions. I remember you every day and your sacrifice. I remember you and think of you every time another soldier dies, every time another firefighter dies of a 9/11 related illness. That day changed all of our lives, you joined the service and I became a firefighter. I know you are up there looking down on us, I see your smile when the sunlight streams down through the clouds. And I know you are up there when another service member or firefighter comes up there, greeting them and shaking their hand and showing them around.
I miss you cousin and you will never be forgotten."
Christie of Willimantic, CT

"Robby, you will always be loved & missed by everyone who knew you! I made a scrapbook of you ever since you died and to this day I still add to it. It is filled with articles, stories, and pictures. You have no idea how badly I miss you even though I accept your death. I hope you are proud of me and all that I've done. I miss presenting and talking about you all the time but hopefully someday soon I can continue my presentations! You are my forever hero and no one can change that. I miss going to your grave and talking to you, I cannot wait to go home next from college. Love you forever & always <3"
Amber Hoyt

"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

"I think about you and your family and your friends that miss you. I pray that all who knew you will find peace."
Jeanne Meddick of Mansfield, CT

"We will never forget you. A real American Hero!"
Patricia Shary of Broad Brook, CT

"love you spc hoyt.. 248tth national guard santos314#yahoo.com..."
rosaly of willimantic

"I had been feeling sorry for myself because of the fact I may loose my "dream job" with one of the biggest companies in the world. Then I ran into Robert's Mom in a Starbucks who I graduated high school with some 27 years ago. I had seen her one other time in those years and of course she told me of her Hero son Robert. I had read all the stories about him when he passed but never made the connection to his Mom. What a fool I felt like to be worrying about something as insignificant as a job. Her heart was broken I could just tell. Now reading this web site, I can see his whole family is heartbroken. When it all comes down to it, this is the reality of war. People are never the same.

My message to everyone is don't ever take for granted what sacrifice families make when we send their boys and girls to go fight for our way of life, our freedom to do and live as we please. It is easy to get into we should or shouldn't be somewhere or who is right or wrong argument.

If it brings any comfort to Robert's Mom and family, there are many people who consider your son or brother the ultimate Hero and all I can say is thank you."
Mark of Vernon CT USA

"November 30, 2008
To the family of Spc. Robert W. Hoyt:
Robert 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

"Hey Robby, I was just reading a poem a wrote about you on the one year anniversary of your death. it's now 2008. I still think about you all the time. Your sister is my best friend in the whole entire world and we share the same name. I was having a rough day and she made me remember that everything gets better. she is such an amazing person and i don't know how she always has a smile on her face. she misses you so much.

It's just something about losing someone
It may not have to directly affect you.
It could go through many people
To get to you.
Robby Hoyt,
A name well known,
Throughout our town.
Even ones who didnít know him,
It took me a while to understand,
To remember,
But it finally sank in.
He really is gone.
I remember the younger him,
In my childhood.
We used to play tag,
But I donít think she remembers,
I think itís more of a dream,
Not just to her,
But to everyone.
It hurt my sister,
So much.
Now that I start to forget,
She reminds me,
He is still missed,
I just didnít realize how much
It affected me,
Until a tear dripped down my eye.
I now sitÖ.

And I cry."
Amber Allard of storrs,ct

"After Memorial day 2008: It'll be four years this December, and though time is supposed to heal all wounds, this one seems as though it will never close. And if it does, the scar will remain for all time. I miss you every day, man. With every breath, every song, every lyric, you'll be there, telling me if it's good enough or not. Your strength as a person will continue to influence many as time passes and you will always remain a piece of everyone who met you. I feel it necessary to point this out: because of you, I realize that you don't have to be a god to be a savior and you don't have to be a soldier to be a hero."

"Thinking of you - 298"

"I wasn't able to visit you yesterday with the rest of the guys. But you and your family were definately on my mind. You are always with us."
Mark of DC

"I rarely think of Felix without thinking of you. So many of us miss you guys. Sure hope that heaven is a great place. One day I'll get to meet you in person. Until then, I pray that God gives us strength and peace. 5/27/07"

"Rob, all those tapes I have of really terrible band practices with you learning to play drums...You hated every one of those tapes and could never figure out why I'd have to record them all the time...But now, man, I've never been happier that I did. For some of us who only had a memory, I feel deeply appreciative that I can still hear you play the drums. I have a bracelet I wear at all times, I have your name tattooed on my arm, but still I feel as though I haven't done enough to honor your memory, and I think that nothing will ever come close to it. I'm going to miss everything, Rob, absolutely everything. Having spent the better part of two decades in the presence of each other it seems as though you'll still be coming back, though I know you won't be. I have not since met a drummer with your capabilities and every one I play with from now on will have to live up to your standards, which were impossibly highg but nonetheless made me a better player just being around you. In April of 2007, I'm going to return to the studio with Tom and finish all those songs that never had vocal tracks. I'm going to leave a copy of this cd for you, and everyone else will get one, and may God grant me the willpower to see it through to the end, because it's not going to be easy. I'm going to remember everything we did growing up, Rob, and I know that you're watching from somewhere, so you make damn sure you never let me forget."
Pozz of Willimantic

"We miss you brother, and we haven't forgotten you. Stand Forth!"
SPC Darryl Mesaros of Mehtar Lam, Afghanistan

"Time passes but the memories are forever. Thinking of you. From our family to yours, peace and love."
Bela Beaupre of Woodbury, CT

"My heart goes out to Rob's family and friends -- still -- two years since he died. He was quiet, strong, independent and had a formidable intelligence. He also had a fantastic sense of humor. I loved his senior English class, but he was the star. We read the Vietnam War novel, The Things They Carried, and he had great insights about courage, about the causes of war, about the use and abuse of power. He left this world too soon, but not before inspiring us I think, to do the best we can by each other."
Jon Andersen of Storrs, CT USA

Not a day goes by that I do not think of you. It was not only a honor to serve with you but to have you as a friend. You are missed each and every day. I can't wait till we meet again."
SGT John Fulbright of Little Rock, Arkansas

"You will never be forgotten by your borthers."
PV2 Koehler 1/69 NYNG of Norwalk CT

"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day, 2006. We will never forget!"
Beaupre Family of Woodbury, CT

"the lone piper stands, he stands by the sea,
playing his song, the sorrows of melody,
as the notes ring out, the air gives a chill,
as the lone piper plays, away on the hill,
tears are shed, we put them to rest
the heroes that died, the ones who did their best
the flag is folded, its passed right along
while the piper still stands, playing his song
but the heroes will be remembered, both by you and me
for giving their lives, so others could be free. -- Sgt. David Hill"
Sgt. Hill of C. Co. 1-102 INF

"Every morning I wake up and the first thing I do is light a cigarette, when reaching for my lighter I always look down at the bracelet we all wear to remember Rob. Not a day passes that I don't think of him, and I want him back. He was truly unique in every sense, and in life and in passing Rob provided a lot of strength to all of us. Always there to inspire us, always there to push us; this soldier was a true gentleman. Every time I'm afraid or needing a shove in the right direction I look at my bracelet and remember that everything's going to be ok, because Hoyt has my back. I miss you buddy, we'll never forget you."
Dan Harris of Willington, Connecticut

"I met you my first day in kindergarten and we have been friends ever since. Whether it was swimming in the river as kids, or playing Halo up until you were taken from us. Every day is a little more dull without you around, and every day I pass by your old number in my phone and just wish I could call it and talk to you. You were the best friend a guy could ever hope for. I just hope I managed to make your far too short life a little bit more enjoyable by being your friend. Your bravery, selflessness, and strength have influenced me every single day and I have always looked towards your memory and example to get me through the hardest of times. You will always be a hero. I love you man."
Mark Meddick of Mansfield, CT

"Rob, yesterday made it one year since you were last with us. I look at your picture every morning and thank god that I had the good fortune of knowing you and being your friend. As crazy as the usual weekend parties get, there is still your element that's missing. I think I speak for all of us when I say there isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think of you. I'll never forget how you used to try to bring the Bangles to the super bowl on madden. You will never be forgotten."
Stephen Richter of Windham, CT

"Dear Hoyt Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I will lift you up to the Lord and carry you in my heart...12/07/05"
With great compassion, Bela of Woodbury, CT

"GOLD STAR FLAG was flown over Hartford, Connecticut Capitol in Rob's honor courtesy of a very good friend, brave hearted, outstanding soldier, and true brother. To our entire Armed Forces: Thanks! You will never be forgotten."
Veteran's Day, 11/11/05

"Robby- i love and miss you. i keep thinking of how life would be if you were still here..i wish you didn't have to leave. i just want to have my brother back.. rest in peace bub- love you always-your little sister, Amber Rose Hoyt"
Amber Hoyt of Mansfield, CT

"Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
--Dwight D. Eisenhower"

"Dear Friends

Words + music by Brian May/Queen

So dear friends
Your love has gone
Only tears to dwell upon
I dare not say
As the wind must blow
So a love is lost
A love is won
Go to sleep and dream again
Soon your hopes will rise
And then from all this gloom
Life can start anew
And there'll be no crying soon

The war has become personal for me knowing I have your brother as a student in my classes.

When the 2,000th soldier fell this week, I thought of you, your sacrifice, and the supreme sacrifice of your family.

Whether or not people know, we are all connected to this unnecessary war, something I thought I would never know in my lifetime.

You and your family will not be forgotten by me.

Thank you for erasing my ignorance."
Bernard M Lynch Jr. of Waterbury CT USA

"You were my first love and you taught me more than anyone will ever know. Not a day passes that I don't hear your voice or see your face in my dreams. I miss you more and more as each day passes.I will never forget the times that we had and the memories that only we shared. I love you Rob. You will always be a part of me."
Jenna of Willington, Ct

""October 1, 2005
Pike Mountain, Colorado
39th Brigade Memorial Service

On a crisp, clear, clean day at the foot of Mt. Pike, gathers a large group of American families to honor their fallen heroes lost in the Iraq War. The names of the 168 lost are carved into a large stone right from the mountain itself. In addition, erected are 168 stone monuments for each and every one of our precious and cherished loved ones. Can you see it? A beautiful sky that goes on forever, the mountains, and this memorial looming strong and straight. The crisp mountain air that fills your lungs to capacity. Perhaps an eagle or two might fly by, or perch himself in a high nest looking down at the large gathering of Americans, struggling with tears as each persons name is read ever so slowly, while softly playing bagpipes sound off Amazing Grace. Our United States of America flag, freely flapping in the breeze. The stars shinning brightly. The red so vivid and the white so pure. Our flag, a symbol, representing what you stand for and what you believed in, as an eternal reminder for us, as to the price you paid, and the price we will continue to pay and bear until the day comes, when we will cease to walk this earth. And then, we will be together through all eternity with our God, Our heavenly Father, with whom you now abide. "I am the good shephard, and I know My own and My own know Me...John10:14. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand...John 10:27.

You will be honored, loved, and remembered for all time. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13. And when I'm gone, I pray that someone else will pick up the reigns and continue this tribute, this legacy to keep you alive in our lives.

1 Corinthians 13
"If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease, if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to apeak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love abide these three; but the greatest of these is love." I love you all..."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"Two pairs of boots
sit on the floor
To be worn no more
by our army men
We lost them both
in the months 04 and 12
In the year of our Lord 2004

Our pride and courage
rages on
Like ocean waves
meeting the shore
Our love endures
breaks our hearts
But keeps us sane
as the days move on

Red white and blue
stars and stripes
We see the flag
wherever we go
Although we pledge
and take an oath
Do we just say words
or would we die

Thank you soldiers
men and women
Who love this country
to the end
You fight for freedom
and for peace
You breathe and bleed
to keep us alive

Yet there are some
who think they repay
with anti war protests
They slander our country
and your good name
Wake up America
support our soldiers
You live because they die

Thank you Fee
Thank you Rob
We miss you both
with every breath
You are with the Lord
safe and sound
We'll meet you there
when our time comes

8/24/05 With love from my family to yours. Be brave, carry on, love with all your heart and live hard."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"Not a day goes by when I do not think of you Rob. Rest in peace with the Lord. To your family, I am honored to have met you July 24. I think of you Tom, Tom Jr, and Clara everyday. You are not alone. Fondly, burkabee@aol.com"
Bela of Woodbury, CT

I am honored to have crossed paths with you several times in school, you were a great guy and will really be missed by all who had the chance to know you."
Colin Dione of Willington, CT

"We are free and safe because of all our brave men and women in uniform. Thinking of you this July 4th 2005. God bless your family and friends."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"I knew rob in school, I was saddend to hear about rob when i came home on christmas leave. I just hope that everyone who knew him is doing good
my concolences go out to his family and friends."
Spc.Jason DeAngelis of Ft.campbell KY. 2-187in 101st div

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

"aarob- i love and miss you very much. i wish you were still here."
Amber Hoyt of Mansfield, CT/ US

"To the family of Robert Hoyt..Your son and brother was a hero to everyone that knew him and didnt know him..I am sorry for your loss, its gonna be hard to cope with, i know cause ive lost someone and its gonna be a rough time but always remember that he died fighting for our country and that no one will ever forget him hes in our heart and prayers through the years best wishes to all of you"
Chrissy of CT

"SPC Hoyt, I never met you but my brother served with you. I know you're both watching over us now from Heaven. Thank you & may God bless your family."
Alexa Del Greco

"Robby will never be forgotten. One of the quietest members of my huge and very loud family, he paid the ultimate price when it came to protecting the values of this country.
To all those still in Iraq, please come home safely."
Christie of Boston, MA/USA

Not much to say, just that I'm sorry and wish that this didn't have to happen. You will be missed"
Spc Tony Morascini of Ashford CT

"i love and miss rob hoyt. he is my brother and hero. i miss him beating me up like all older brothers do and he doesn't know that i just turn 13. i hope the war will be over for everyone sack."
Amber Hoyt of Ashford/u.s.a

"God rest you SPC Hoyt, and may God comfort your Family. SFC David Carello,and SPC Matt Carello WIA 6July05. Samrra Iraq"
SFC Dave Carello of Bristol, Ct. USA

"I will always remember you. God bless your family."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

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

"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 Robert. May you now experience the peace you so deserve after sacrificing everything for us. My heart aches with your family."
Melissa Macchi, cousin of PFC Mark Barbret, killed 10/14/04 of Roseville, MI


"To the family and friend of Spc Robert W Hoyt

Spc Hoyt you are my Hero and I will never forget you. I remember wen we went to MEPS togheter in summer of 2002 to take our physical. And im glad I got to meet you. you were a nice kid you seem shy at first. Also then after that I saw you everytime at walmart durin my shift workin there. everytime I saw you we would just talk about basic training and how it went for you. It hurts to lose someone I know again. You will be up in Heaven with my uncle Spc Michael A. Martinez. Take care spc Hoyt we miss you."
Pcf Santos of 248th engineer,Nowich CT

"Thank you Robert Hoyt, 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. Robert Hoyt:
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 Robert 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. Robert Hoyt:
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 Robert, 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