Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Cedric L. Lennon

32, of West Blocton, Alabama.
Lennon died from a non-combat related cause in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on June 24, 2003.

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"I remember you wanted us to call you Poetry and not Cedric first time I was introduced to you. I think about Poetry a lot. I remember you needed someone to talk to a day before you left, I just sat there and listen. You was a really nice person and I don't understand how or why you died. We had good conversations and I remember telling you not to say "bye", say see you later. But you knew you wasn't coming back. I could tell, you knew it. I wish people in West Blocton knew your story. You was a beautiful person and fun to be around and loved to dance. I can see you and Michelle dancing up in the sky. Take care of my nephew Mario too (Donald's oldest son). Fly High Poetry! Fly High 🕊️🕊️🕊️🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️"
Sonya Motley of West Blocton Alabama United States

"Cedric, Just want you to know that you are not forgotten.... I miss you and often think about the last meal before your departure. I wish I had other words of wisdom that night but I have what I gave you, my love. Watch over us from up there my son.... I know you are Ok!!!!"
Eris of Fort Polk, LA

I would just 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."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"hey cedric. man its been almost 10 years. . i think back to that time of our lives often. not sure what to say other than you was a great guy and missed.
god bless."
devin jacobs of pineville, louisiana

"To my big bro,

Ced, no words, prayers, or years passed can ease the pain of your physical absence from my life. Our years together, despite how minimal, we cherished beyond earthly recognition. I mimicked your life while you were here and now I cherish your memory. Bro, I am glad I had the chance to tell you how much you mean to us. Especially how much you mean to me! There will never be another King Supreme. "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world is immortal." You overstood life and cheated death, because we will never forget. I will never let them forget what you did for all of us! My blood is yours, your vision is mines, and now your spirit is ours. I AM YOU-KING SU. SALUTE

observe, collect, relate, avoid pressure
1 Love, 1 Life, 1 God
Council Supreme Lennon III"
Council Lennon of Chesapeake, Virginia

"Darla - email me please. ewashingt@yahoo.com"
Eris Washington of Japan

"Cedric, It is of course that time again. I know you have the biggest smile. There have been a lot of time that have past, but you my son is still on my mind and in my heart. RIP We miss you!!! Hello Family!!!! 25 October 2011"
Eris Washington of Japan

"SPC Lennon was a good man. He would frequently come by my office in the Motorpool and chat for a little. We all had our issues and SPC Lennon was no different. We would often go outside the Motorpool, smoke and just talk. Sometimes he would tell a funny joke that would make me laugh. He once told me someone stole a tire from his car parked in the barracks parking lot and left the axle sitting on the ground. While the incident was sad, he was still able to laugh about it. Even though it has been years since his death, I still think of him. RIP Cedric."
Robert Jones of Deridder, LA

"Here we are almost eight years after Lennon's passing and I found myself randomly thinking about him. I remember him shouting my name from across the RHHT motor pool and I remember him laughing louder than anyone else at some of the stupidest jokes. While I know he could be serious when the situation demanded it, more often than not he was the ice breaker. He helped everyone see the lighter side of tense moments. He had a smile for everyone and rarely had anything bad to say. To his family, I just want to assure you that Lennon is not forgotten and you are not alone in missing him. I'm grateful to have known Lennon and laughed with him."
Josh Foster of Novi, MI USA

"Hey ced. =) i miss u so much. Do u see how big your nephews are.of course u do i know that you are watchn from heaven..i wish u couldve been here to meet your neice .yeahhh! I had another baby. She turned 1 on jan 19 2011, just like me growning up around all brothers . I loved it always wanted sisters but hey i was blessed..actual dad remarried and we have sisters and2 more brothers n 2 nephews and a niece andd 1 on the way i love being a aunty ohhh count is good and raine my neice is a starr .lol oh boy i miss u ced sorry i havent been here.ill be back again soon. ILl talk to u n my dreams love u...ohh my daughters name is ETERNITY!
......ps "Ms Eris" hello"
DARLA..I AM CEDRIC'S SISTER of paterson nj

"Well my son, another year has gone by. We have share another birthday and more holidays. I am still at a lost. Happy Birthday and SMILE doing the holidays. I wish we could have talked more. I would have cooked your meal one more time and made it last forever. Cedric, I miss you!!!"
Eris Washington of Leesville, Louisiana

"I miss you brother"
Darla Lennon of paterson nj

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,000 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion Kenna of Manti,Utah USA

"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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"Cedric was always a friend that you could talk to at any time, he would be the only one that would never not have time for you. He was a deeply caring person and a great Soldier. You will always be in my memories Cedric."
SSG Maravi of Baghdad, Iraq

"This message is to everone who has posted an comment to my brother or about my brother Cedric. or if you simple came and wanted to post but couldnt find the right words.I would like to express how thankful Iam that my brother is still on so many hearts and minds after all these years.I am so very proud to have him as brother.Cedric we love you and miss you..Your Nephew is your twin.I love You Big Brother"
Cedric's Darla of Paterson Nj

"To the family of:Cedric L Lennon 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"

"To the family of Cedric Lennon,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. SPC Cedric Lennon will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"To the family and friends of SPC Lennon. I just wanted to say that he is still in my thoughts and think of him each time I drive from MS to GA and see the exit for West Blocton. I worked with Lennon and were both were assigned to RHHT 2 ACR. He always had something funny to say and provided the Kool-aide when we were sweating in the desert in Iraq for us! He was a good person, and I will never forget you. Rest in Peace. I miss you.

SGT Jones (DeShay)"
Patricia Jones of Meridian, MS

"February 8, 2008
To the family of Spc. Cedric L. Lennon:
Cedric 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

"Lennon, I had only known you for a little while, before we deployed, but we became close. And you will never be forgotten."
SPC Turner of Fort Polk, LA

"It is tough to think it has been over 4 years. You will never be forgotten- too many people loved you.
Rest in peace."
sheila of 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.

"Tojours Pret"(Always Ready)
2nd ACR Motto"

"I remember having a party in front of my barracks and everybody was there and Cedric kept us laughing with his stories and jokes before we deployed to Iraq in 2003, he'd go to my room sometimes and ask for a Bud Lite beer and he'd have one reserved for him of course, I saw him that morning before he passed away, I waved at him and he waved back and that was the last time I saw him, it hit me hard that day when we lost him. I hope he has a Bud Lite for me when I see him again."
Sidney Rosal of Las Vegas, Nevada

I was stationed with Cedric at Fort Polk LA. and I also served in Iraq with him in 2003. Cedric was one of the easiest going guys that I knew! I will never forget September 11th 2001. I was at work with the rest of my platoon and he was the first to show up to our location and tell us about the whole incident. He was very passionate about his job and loved to make people smile. Cedric I will never forget you, especially now that I have returned to Kuwait for my second tour. Peace be with you and may your family be strong!!"
Josh Doedtman of Arab, AL. United States

"Today at a store I purchased a Honor Our Fallen Soldiers which has the name of a soldier who has died in Iraq. My tag had the name of Cedric so I looked him up. I will wear this tag in honor of him and light a candle on June 24 to honor him. My condolences to the family and know yr loved ones will not be forgotten"
Kandassa of Staten Island, New York

"On behalf of my family...I would like to thank each and everone who has came to this site and express your thoughts about cedric..it's so nice to know cedric was loved by so many...*this is to E.WASHINGTON.*Words cant describe how speacil my brother was..IF at any time you would like to talk.. my email address is DnD973203@AOL.COM.*"
Darla of Paterson, nj 07522

"God Bless you Cedric, and may He bring peace and comfort to your family. America grieves for your loss. You are a hero and will not be forgotten."
Megan of Los Angeles, CA

You have really lost somone precious. He is always on my mind. I cook for him the night before he departed. He took a container to go and I told him he needed collateral (smile). I wish I could have done that whole night again. He dated my daughter for a while and he was accepted as a family member."
E Washington of Fort Polk, LA

"Ced i miss you alot and i always think about you i wish i could have deployed with you i think things might have been different. It's hard losing someone you know, we were like brothers same platoon, same rank, same squad. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. Keep ya'll head up and may God be with you. Love Ya'll and may god bless."
SPC(retired) Joseph Allen Jr. of New Orleans, La.

"I remembered you this holiday season and on your birthday, I wish things would have been different. We Love You"
E.Washington of Louisiana

"Gm/Ga/Ge to you where ever you may be reading from i(darla cedric's little sister just wanted to take the time to come and thank each and everone of you for taken the time to post a message on my brother's message board.i come here and read its very nice to see such kind words.i would like to get to know those of you that worked with my brother and those who knew cedric on a personal note you can email me at ImStillonurmind@aol.com godbless you all and again thank you.I LOVE YOU CEDRIC"
Darla of pat. newjersey

"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


"I'm sad to know you lost a loved one. May God heal your hearts and keep you safe."
Sandra Lennon of Camp LeJuene, NC

"To the family of Cedric L. Lennon. It must be hard losing someone that is so young. But I am writing this to you to tell you, you have my sympathy and I am sorry. But he must have been a great man. I can tell that because he died serving our country."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"They wear the uniform
Proud and true
They protect our Nation
For me and you.

They give of themselves
So unselfishly
They leave their homes
And their families

They are on foreign soil
In a foreign land
Our men and women
Who are taking a stand

They are on guard
Day and night
They are weary for sleep
But prepared to fight

They see death and destruction
In this war torn place
But its all worth the effort
When they see a smiling face

They remember why they are there
Through all the sadness and sorrow
Its to ensure for the children
A better tomorrow

May god keep and protect the men and women who have chosen to protect us and our nation...""
Sgt Wes Campbell USMC 3/2 of decatur alabama

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

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

"Cedric, We talked a long time before you departed. Today, I look at your pictures and miss you more and more. If ever - I am proud to know that you would have been my son."
E. Washington of Fort Polk, LA

"Thank you Cedric Lennon, 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

"Godbless everone.my name is Darla Lennon. i wanna thank everone for all there prayers and kind thoughts cedric was my oldest brother . we are very thankful and proud of him CED..ALLYOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MISS U AND WE LOVE U.."
Darla N.lennon of NJ

"To the family and friends of Spc. Cedric Lennon:
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 Cedric 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. Cedric Lennon:
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 Cedric, 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