Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Oscar D. Medina

32, of Chicago, Illinois.
Medina died in Al Amarah, Iraq when his convoy was attacked. He was assigned to 84th Engineer Battalion, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii. Died on May 1, 2004.

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"My name is Chris Dodd. In 2004 I was a rifleman and platoon medic serving in the British Army in Iraq. On the night of the 1st/2nd May 2004 I was part of the small 8 man British patrol in two land rovers that came across The convoy of 84th Engineer Battalion that had been ambushed near Al Amarah. My patrol commander liased with the US convoy commander and was made aware there were a number of casualties and deployed myself and my mate Private James Larkin to see if we could assist. I treated a number of casualties and was able to get comms to our main base, Camp Abu Naji and facilitate a medivac for the remaining injured US soldiers and the rest of the column back to our base for the night. I am sorry that we were not able to help save everyone. Many years have passed since that night in Iraq in 2004 and I think about those guys often. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with the families of the two soldiers who fell and with those of the injured."
Chris Dodd of London, England, UK

"Sorry I missed the day but I lost the link. Still thinking of you brother."
Scott Miles

"Words can’t convey your loss brother… a role model and mentor from day one…you set the standard for what a man and NCO should be."
Weaver of Hawaii.

"I think of you both everyday, SSG Oscar Medina and SPC Ramon Ojeda. Our HEROs and we will never forget you! Outlaws and Never Daunted!"
Ray Fallaria

"You're still missed."
Ssg. Smith of St. Louis

"I did not know you but you served with my brother Spc. Dwayne Manning who continues to talk about you and Ojeda. Thank you for your service, I am sorry you paid the ultimate sacrifice."
Jennifer Manning of Maine

"Missing ya this memorial day.
Riding a cam’d and chipped Indian now & headed back to school in August."
RJ Dieken of State College, PA

"It was an honor to know you Brother, I will never forget you’re sacrificed.I also want to thank you’re family for their sacrifices as well. Thank you. 84th ENG 2002-2006"
Jose Jimenez of Winchester, Virginia

"I don't even know what to say but still here my brother."
Scott Miles of North Henderson IL

"Another year brother. I still miss you."
Scott Miles of Charlotte, NC

"Another year brother!"
Scott Miles of North Henderson IL

"Riding around thinking of you, different bike.

Cheers brother."
RJ "cowboy" Dieken of The road

"As another Memorial Day goes by you are never forgotten brother. You made the last good party and were the first friend gone. Until the next time."
CWO2 Scott Miles of USMC (Retired)

"Hey just had to stop bye and say hello. You were a great mentor and could never have had a better NCO. Up until I retired I told my soldiers of you and your advice given to me while working on that old M920 before we left Schofield. I will never forget you."
Manes, Shawn R. of Spokane Wa.

"happy birthday"

"Thinking of you today and everyday."
Ruiz of Palmdale CA

"Oscar thank you for your service and your sacrifice. I can still remember till this day, playing football and seeing your eyes in the huddle.Aco 84th Eng, God Bless you and you will never be forgotten.."
Rodriguez, John M of Corpus Christi, TX

"Today I read your name aloud before our run at JBLM - Wear Blue, Run to Remember. Your sacrifice, and your family, are Never Forgotten."
Kristin of DuPont, WA

"I remember SSG Medina when he was a SGT and my squad leader on Ft. Hood 1st CAV ASB.... Stricked, firm, fair and one hell of a leader! You are forever in my thoughts, and yes I still remember what the definition of a map is........lol..... see you again one day SSG Medina!!!!"
Amber Reyes (King) of Walla Walla WA

"Can't beleive that its been 11 years (almost) I remember that day like it was yesterday. I've always taken off work on May 1st since that day and this year will be the first year that I will not. I've come to cope with the tragic day and look at it as a mile stone. I will always remmeber you Medina and Ojeda. God Bless you both and your families. You will NEVER be forgotten."
Shannon Rodriguez (Bragg) of Corpus Christi, TX

"Thinking of you and Ojeda"
Ruiz of California

I miss you bro. You (and SPC Ojeda) were the first I knew that paid the ultimate. That we we did the same job, but you in A Co and me in HSC, has had such a profound impact on my life and career. You were a great man and one of the best Leaders I knew. Thinking of you and your sacrifice this Memorial Day 10 years later. Much respect to your family."
CW3 William Petitt of 92nd EN Fort Stewart, GA

"It has been 10 years for me, and I am finally in a place to where I can begin to get down to the bottom of this and find closure. So much drama was around me when this happened, and i wanted nothing to do with it. Now, I am ready to give my regards, pay my respects, and be at peace about this. If anyone is willing to reach out to me and talk with me about my dad, it would be much appreciated. Thank you all, and God bless."
Daniel Vargas, his son. of Kissimmee, FL

"10 years … still and always will have a place in my heart for you. Couldn't write on 1. May 2014… two days late… sometimes it still just hit me. Thanks for everyone thinking of the good times with Oscar. He was a very very special person. Aloha"

"Hard to believe it's been 10 years since that fateful day. Mrs. Medina, you are always in my thoughts and prayers."
SSG Andrew Smith of Ft. Bliss, TX

"Happy Birthday Schatz… I know you never wanted to get old… how is aging in hero heaven? I mean this question serious…I often wonder what is life after death.
To everyone remembering Oscar:
Thank you! It means so much. I know how much he cared for others. It's so great you care for him to remember him and what he did. This makes me smile :-)"
Beate of Ft. Hood, TX

"Oscar and Ramon my last memory of you was in the DFAC in IRAQ, I mentioned how I liked the flower decorations, one showed up at the door to my room. You guys were smiling and laughing and joking. You had your dogs, i had my cats and bats. Your courage and bravery on the Convoy will never be forgotten. You are my Heros. Thank you."

"SSG Medina, your car looks nice does it even start or do you have it towed around Fort Hood?? He said "c'mon SFC P-" and went to his car to leave for the day and it did not start... he and I laughed about that. I once walked into his living room off-post and he was building an engine, I said how you going to get it out and down-stairs and he said I'll carry it. I think of you often. I am very proud to have known and serve with you."
SFC Emilio A Perales (Retired) of Belton, Tx

"Thinking of you today."
Matt of Va

"I remember when we were in JROTC in high school always motivated and a good friend."
Angel Morales of Chicago,IL, USA

"Thinking of you brother...you are a hero! Cant believe its been 7 years! I am retiring in 3 months, been a long road but you will never be forgotten!"
SFC Travis Butler of Ft Bliss, TX

"I miss you buddy."
Matt of Virginia

"Hello Schatz, it's eight long years now without you. I love our memories. Please watch over all your soldiers, but I know you do anyway. I wear the maile leave ring in your honor. Just found out more about the meaning of the maile leave: Aloha, Ho'ohanohano and Mahalo. Thinking of you daily :-)"
Always a place in the heart of Beate

"Hey man, been along road since you left us. I love and miss you, and am forever greatfull for all you did for us."
Shawn Manes of 6L3R

"Even though its been years since you left us, I just want you to know that you're not forgotten. From the times at Ft. Riley and at Schofield Barracks, you will never be forgotten!"
Chris R of Aiea, HI

"Hey buddy, my bike is still louder than yours!!! Thinking of you today."
Matt of Va

"It is an honor to have served with Oscar. I always remember his dedication to the soldiers. He was a man who truly loved what he did and always found a way to make you smile."
F. Funes of Bay Area, CA

"I received a card yesterday in memory of Oscar and it had some beautiful words I would like to share: "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure!" (author unknown). I always called Oscar "my Schatz", which is translated "my treasure". And I know how rich he made my life and how rich his memory making my life now. Oscar, you will always have a place in my heart."

"Happy Birthday! I still think about you and all the wonderful times we had. I know this year is different... will be different. Glad to have you as my best guardian angel. Thanks for guiding me through the snow this morning."
with a space in my heart always, Beate

"I am so sorry!!! I failed you Brandy and I failed you Kennedy. Giving you up was the biggest mistake. I am sooooooo sooooorrrrrryyyyy!!!!!!"
Beate of TX

"I don't know what to write, but for whatever reason I have to. This site is for me like talking to you. Crazy right. I know in your eyes it was a great day. Hey the Bears won against the Lions. Good start into the season. First I celebrated, but celebrating without you is not the same. I remember I hated it, when you switched on TV early in the morning in HI to watch the games (stupid time difference). Remember you cheering and cursing :-) Still got the shirt... So now I am here on this site ... looking for you. I miss you!!!
I also miss talking to you. Especially right now. Work is not good and I never felt so betrayed ever. I know I quit out of gut-feeling and I know at the moment you are watching out for me. It is just so hard to fight through this without someone actually on my side... someone I can rely on... someone just to lean on... I miss you!!! You always made me feel safe and loved. I guess right now, I just have to trust that everything works out...
Oh well... let's celebrate the Bears... :-) Let me go to bed now... love you with all my heart."
Your Beate of TX

"He was a great friend I was with him that day on May 1st, 2004 in the same vehicle. I will never forget all the conversations we had and the great times. RIP Man."
Richard Smith of Bakersfield, CA

"Oscar was a good friend of mine he was a neighbor of mine on Wheeler Army Air field. He loved motorcycles and he also helped me with mine. I remember first meeting Oscar while washing my bike in front of my house. He asked if I wanted to go ride and I said yeah. That was the first time I had ridden a motorcycle little did he know. Any case he use to ride a 2001 ZX-7r and I had a 2000 ZX-7R but my bike looked nothing like his. He had his bike polished out and clean all the time. So he offered to do the same for mine if I buy the products to polish it. We worked on my bike for nearly a week. After it was finished it looked really good. We would always ride around the island and little did he know I was learning by watching him. Clea was another guy who rode with us. Any case Oscar was a great friend and it really hurt me to hear that he lost his life in Iraq the same OIF we were both in. When I redeployed a lot of guys were getting tattoos and I felt it only right to get one with praying hands and dog-tags at the base with the words " Never Forgotten Above the praying hands. This I did in remembrance of Oscar Medina a true friend and rider. I miss you Bro you may be gone but you will never be FORGOTTEN. TO his wife Beate Medina I say thank you for allowing your husband be a part of my life as he taught so much... God Bless SFC JACKSON"
SFC JACKSON, DAVID of Junction City, KS

"Tomorrow is Memorial Day 2010: Was good to visit Hawaii... days I would not trade for anything. I know I was so overwhelmed by everything, but Rod, Nino and Kirk took good care of me. Was soooo good to spend time with them. Also meeting all the other soldiers that still served with you, amazing. You are well remembered... and Ramon too. Glad to see this. Did you see the 84th all dressed up for your award ceremony, what an honor :-) Always knew that you had an impact on your soldiers, always cared for them... but wow... now I am really really proud that I was married to you. Wouldn't change one thing. The guys brought so many of the good memories back... all the barbeques we had, or you just bringing someone over for a madden game, and all your "gym competitions". I just loved to listen to the talk... Now I have new memories of Hawaii and I am so happy. What a greeting at the airport, so many leis... My hotel room was the best smelling room of the whole island. Being driven around the island and spending the time with Rod, Nino and Kirk: Awesome time, thank you guys so much! And Tantalus, I swear this road became more narrow and with more needle curves. The Barbeque. The ceremony (swear, if I could change one thing, I would make sure my guys would be around me). 1. May at Punchbowl and at your and Ramon's memorial stone. Man, Schofield changed so much. Was good to see Olivia, she kept me sane at Petersen CDC.
I look forward to stay in touch, I know that was not my strength in the last years... Time to make the next step forward. Kick me, if I don't.
Always a place in my heart"
Beate of Texas

"17 March 2010: SSG Medina, I happy to tell you that a lot of us from 84th (we all keep intouch through FB) and we think of you so much and miss you much too .... just wanted to come by and say hello. Keeping your memory alive."
Favi "Ruiz" Lomeli of Palmdale, CA

"Hello my Schatz!
I'm glad the messages came back up. Love to go to this page and see everyones messages, haveing you in their memories, like I have you in mine.
Wanted to wish you a happy birthday and I hope you liked the little present yesterday.
You will be always in my heart"
your Bieti of in il mondo

"Where did all the messages go? Is there an expiration date on memories? Love you Schatz and you will not be forgotten by me or by so many.
Merry Christmas my hero-angel.
Love you"
Beate of TX

"any of the guys that rode with Oscar back on Oahu can find me at Conteria(at)yahoo.com
Oscar, Miss you bro, i still got the X i rode with you and the boys, i had to laugh at what they wrote in the paper after your service, some jackass called me a heavy man with a boyish face, and said i was your shotgun not your tail gunner, (a concept they actually asked me about but still got it wrong). after you left for Iraq i actually tried to patch with a group, they worried more about looking good than having fun, i think i rode as a prospect longer than anyone in their history, i failed 3 patch votes and just quit.
for the short time we were friends i'm thankful, i don't know what else to say but Mahalo, aloha, and catch you in a bit under a hundred years if i don't find a way to get myself killed sooner..."
Cowboy (Deke) of Transient (Drifter)

"I may be too many years too late but it's never too late to honor two fallen friends. I had the pleasure of serving with SSG Medina and SPC Ojeda when I was assigned to HSC 84th Engineer BN from Nov. '99 to Feb. '03. Oscar was a great leader I remember him smiling most of the time but when he was serious he would make sure things would get done. He was on HSC for a while but then he went to A company but he would still be cool as always. A great NCO and an even better person. You will be remembered.

SPC Ojeda, we were on the same platoon I remember getting along with him very well and I would call him a friend. He was one of those people that was easy to get along with. Ramon, if you're reading this I hope you remember me and how we got along so well. I hope all is good whenever you are.

Both heroes will always be remembered, and I am honored to have served with them. RIP and thank you for your sacrifice.

"Never Daunted""
Juan C. Navarro SPC. HSC "Hurricanes" 84th Engr. BN 1999 - 2003 of Aiea, HI

"Beate, I was hoping that there was some way I could see some pictures of the purple heart bike you did for Oscar. If there's a way you can email me (howard.matts@gmail.com). We used to ride together when I was stationed at K-Bay."
Matt Howard of Stafford, Va.

"To correct the post below, I now know you are not Schatz but Beate. I emailed you on 22 May 09"
Eric Johnson of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"Hello, hope all is well, I'm assuming SSG Medina's wife's name is Schatz. If I am correct I met you a few times once we returned from Iraq in 2004. I want to let you know there are many times throughout each year I think of SSG Medina,SPC Ojeda and their families. Matter of fact, I came across this website while searching for a link to include in an email to honor SSG Medina and SPC Ojeda. I am currently a squad leader at the new army unit called, Warrior Transition Unit, at Fort Leonard Wood. I take care of the wounded warriors who return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Saturday, 23 May 09, I will be throwing out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game along with other warriors. So the people wanted a bio on the wounded warriors to say as we walk out on the pitchers mound. Since I am not a wounded warrior I thought it would be great to possibly have them show the pictures of Medina and Ojeda on the big screen at the stadium and mention how I lost my two comrades on 1 May 04 to help the public get a grasp on the sacrifices that are made. I will include this link in that email so the people in charge can read it also. I also served with SSG Medina in Alaska while working on the Alaskan Road Project in 2003. SSG Medina and SPC Ojeda will always be in my heart and mind.

"Never Daunted"

SSG(P) Eric Johnson of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"1. May 2009:
Actually it's already the second. Did I forget... no, I wil never forget. Yesterday was one of the days, where I was waiting what is going to happen on my emotional side. And I have to say for the first time I felt happy inside out, free and I don't had to try to be strong and pretend... I was strong with an honest smile on my face and in my heart.
Thanks to all the soldiers that showed me and especially to Oscar (in which ever way) that I am not the only one keeping Oscar in memory. Like you Matt, this message means the world to me.
I want to take this moment to thank everyone, who thought of the big guy and keeps him in thoughts. I know there are many of you out there, but I want to still mention some that you see...
- Eugene, for still staying in contact and making it easy to talk about Oscar
- Jason, for sending me the memory bracelett that I still wear, but it helped me take off my weddingband
- J. helping me move and settle in Killeen with your friend Sherry (hope you are well J)
- Tamika, for calling or texting me every 1. May, showing me you still remember Oscar, too
- Ray, for bringing me Oscar's helmet and dog-tags (my biggest treasure ever since), and for your and Jenny's friendship
- Ruiz, writing that card before Oscar left, which he was so proud of and for staying in contact with me
- Adrienne, for allowing me to laugh and and sharing the toughest moments with me
- your husband Adrienne, who called me from theater and wrote me, describing what happened on the convoy
- Curtis, for supporting me to do for Oscar what HE wanted
- Ron, for helping me fulfill one of Oscar's biggest wishes
- all the soldiers that came to the luncheon and the memorial one year after and shared the moment, but also so many stories about Oscar (Please, keep on telling them)
- all the soldiers that leave messages here
- all the soldiers that remember Oscar just for themselves in their own way
- Clemente Highschool (Chicago, IL), who did the drill hall in Oscar's honor and accepted some military items for display
- all the soldiers/vets that I met along the way and shared with me their stories about their fallen comrades

I could go on and on... and I know I can't mention everyone (not enough space), but I want you to know, you are as important as the ones mentioned.

But this shows me and hope it shows you:
A soldier is never forgotten.
Oscar will be never forgotten.

I sit here with a smile and I will carry on. And I hope all the soldiers can carry on, too.

I have wonderful memories that now put a shadow on the not so good ones and I know, I have to keep on making good memories.

I love you all!

Schatz, you know, you have a place in my heart always."
Beate of Ft. Hood, TX

"Still thinking about you brother. I still miss and will always remember riding Waikiki and 13 Turns with you."
Matt Howard of Stafford, Va.

"April 28, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Oscar D. Medina:
Oscar 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

"Happy Anniversary Schatz! Thank you for the rose that started blooming today. Thinking about you and having you in my memories and my heart.
Love you always"
your wife Beate of Texas

"04 February 2009:
Happy Birthday Schatz. I will never forget you, I'm glad I found a way for you to be still a part of my life. I know you are around and I love that. Arn't you proud, I finally I know how to make my promise to you come true... I'm half way there.
You celebrate your special day with the angels. Just don't party to hard. I will take the motorcycle out in your honor. And hey the beast will be looking fine.
Always in my thoughts... a place in my heart... smiling :-)
With Love"
your Bieti of Texas

"Merry Christmas Schatz,
how you like it? One day the flag will be flying... in your honor. And the roses will bloom for your grandmother. You both belong together: And it makes me happy to know that you are together now. No greater Love there is than the one between her and you.
You will be in my heart... always!"
Beate of Texas

I hope all is well up there. Know that you are remembered and in my prayers. Like I said before, every extra-mile is dedicated soley to you."
Patricia L of Orlando, FL

"Hello!!! Bea it's LaRue. I have not forgotten you. So much has happened. Please know that I think of you and Oscar often. Please email me at guoladdle5@hotmail.com. I hope to hear from you soon."
LaRue of Carnegie, OK USA

"1. May 2008:

My Schatz, I got finally the purple heart license plate... purple bike with purple plate... just for you :-)
I think a lot about you. Memories are so wonderful... And I learned so much from you, can you tell. By the way, still keeping my promise: You watch over your sodiers from up there... I do my best down here.
You will always have a place in my heart!"
Love you, Beate of still Killeen, TX

"08. March 2008
Can you imagine today would have been our 8th anniversary. I just think about it: We are almost as much time appart now, as we were together.
I did my National Exam today and I passed it. After that I went out for dinner to celebrate. Had good reasons!
You are in my heart...
Happy Anniversary..."
your Bieti of Killeen, TX

"I know the passing of SSG Medina has been hard for all. I wish to pass on my deepest sorrows to his true freinds and family. He was a man among men and died in the most honorable way I could ever conceive. I know you are missed and will be reunited with your loved ones soon- SGT Vaughn,Wesley A."
Vaughn,Wesley A of Valdosta, GA

"4. February 2008:
Happy Birthday, my Schatz. Celebrating you and our memories today. You have your place in my heart always.
your Bieti of Killeen, TX

"Merry Christmas my Love,
I have a great Christmas... on the weekend I made Tamales with a friend. She showed me. So today I got up and first made Arepa and tonight I heat up the Tamales. Yesterday I had a wonderful Christmas Eve with my friends. Extended family means sooooo much to me. And I know you taught me that...
Life is good Schatz and I'm glad you are a part of it in my memories and in my decisions. I think about taking you to the mainland soon (so that I can visit more often), what do you think?
When time comes I know you will be there and I look forward to it. Till death reunites us..."
your wife Beate of Texas

"Its almoat christmas, I wanted you to know your thought of. Ill be moving to Hawaii in august. I will come see you. I have alot of quesions I know I cant have answers to right now, but Ill you you them when Im there and maybe you can think on it for me and tell me when I see you again?"
Jhacqui of Ketchikan Alaska

"Hello Schatz,
I just got the letter and you should be the first one to know. I made it... I have the Masters in Science now... Thanks to you and the Military. I will always work in your honor with my promise to you in mind.
Till death reunites us one day..."
your Beate of TX

"My deepest sympathy to the Medina family, I served with Oscar when I was assigned to HHC 84th En Bn back in 2003. As well as with CW2 Johnny Mata (KIA Iraq). They both helped me with my alternator when it wouldnt work...

To the Median family, may God ease your sorrows and in time you find peace. Oscar served his country with pride and honor, he gave his best as a NCO.

SFC Bing Michael Yee (Ret.) of Austin, TX

"01. Mai 2007

Hello my Schatz,
It is now 3 years. I'm so happy I finally know how to smile and enjoy life again and still have you in my heart. I just love to talk about you... Yeah, so many stories to remember and tell. I found out how much you are honored and remembered by others. That makes me so happy. I will keep on sharing you.
Can you believe it... I wanted to go on a motorcycle tour, but hey, wheather just won't let me... and you know how much I hate the cleaning part... So it has to wait to the weekend. Need to make Mr. Busa anyway special nice and shiny.
Thank's for always being with me and guiding me and keep on watching over all the soldiers, they need you so bad...
Thank you for the bonus-son, he gives me so much joy...
I love you for ever (you know till death reunites us one day... but that can take a little more time, life is so beautiful :-) ...) and I will keep you in my heart and memories"
your Bieti of still Killeen, TX

"SSgt. Medina,
The words can't be expressed on the deep gratitude I am obliged to you. I only met you the day of that fateful day, but you impacted my life more than you will ever know. You were a great man and a great leader. You are a true hero that helped my unit and me out when our vehicle became disabled on that dusty highway. You got it up and running again so we could continue on our mission. I wish I could have gotten to know you better; I wish that I could have done something more so this would not have happened. I am deeply saddened for your loss Mrs. Medina, and I hope that you find some comfort in my words of appreciation to your husband."
Spc. Andrew Smith of 1140th EN BN FSC Cape Girardeau Missouri

"Dear Schatz,
happy 7th anniversary! I know in the beginning of the year, I leave so many messages for you, because all the festivities going on. But I hope this tells you, that you always always have a place in my heart. And that will never change. I laugh, I smile, and I love my life again. I know you look at me with pride. Yes, I want to make you proud. And I do exactly, what you wanted me to do. And I know you know by now, that I keep all my promises to you.
How do you like our special day today, how I planned it out. I know you are watching and I know you are with me. Let's celebrate.
Love you, until death reunites us"
Your love Beate of Love is Eternal!

"Hey green-eye hottie ;-),it's ur sis!!... I was listening to some crazy techno songs u use to jam out to in ur camero... ha.. Good times Good times... I don't know why but u come to my mind in the most random times you know that??!!-- I just want u to know that every extra mile I take is all for u. I wish on so many things...like being able to chill again. Miss u. Love u.
"The little one"
Patricia Lopez of Kissimmee, Fl, U.S.A

"Happy happy Birthday my Schatz!
You know, I always think about you and I always will. Like last year, I will have your favorite in your honor and I will have a big smile for you on my face. I love our memories and I thank you for that and for being the best guardian angel ever.
I love you, till death reunites us..."
Your bieti of 04 February 2007

"Merry Chritsmas my Love: Thanks, I think I got it now... I feel free and still have you in my heart. I have fun and you are still in my heart. I have so many wonderful friends... that are so patient... Thank you! Now I can smile everyday from my heart... I love you... until I see you again."
You are always in my heart Beate

"27 Oct. 2006: Can't help it... I miss you so so so much. Just can't let anybody else in my heart. You are my star! Let the sun shine for me again, so I can smile for you every day.
And watch over your soldiers, they need you right now... It is getting worse. Help them!

"1 May 2006

To SSG Medina: You are not forgotten and will forever be a hero to so many people.

To Beate: My family and I and so many others are thinking of you today. As Meaghan told you, she and I are going to the Memorial Stone we dedicated last year to Oscar and Ray for you and Lesliee and all of the Soldiers of the 84th that can't be here to do so. We miss you and are sending our thoughts and prayers to you on this day and every day."
Janelle Barlow & Family of Schofield Barracks, HI

"Mrs. Medina- I just wanted to tell you that your husband is not forgotten, myself and Janelle Barlow are going to place lei's at your husband and Spc. Ojeda's memorial stone today. My heart goes out to you and Leslie. May god bless you both and your loving souls above. With much love and respect."
Meaghan Long A co. 84th ENG FRG leader of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

"1. May 2006

My Schatz, I can't believe... it's already 2 years since you left this world. There is not one day that is passing without me thinking about you. My memories about you are strong and I will always keep them in my heart, because I know like this you will always be with me and protect me. I try to open my heart, but it's difficult... how easy it is to keep it closed, knowing like this I can't be hurt again. I'm happy and I have peace in my heart, but something wonderful is missing... something we shared together... LOVE! I hope one day there will be a person that is willing to share me with you and is not scared to be himself and just respect. I know, I ask for much, but you are so important to me. I learned so very much from you.
Yes, I work on keeping my promise that I gave to you during the first night after you died. And I know, it's the little things and individuals that count. (Thank you for sending me the words of Lisa and Tom last week, that made me feel, I am on the right way.) Just a pitty, that most people are so blind, deaf and greedy. But I will not give up... Remember, what is important to you, is important to me!

Thank you and your grandma for the roses...
You will be always in my heart...
Let me go riding now, ... the pipes popping and spitting flames in your honor... don't you love it?"
your bieti of (see you one day on the other side)

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"well bro, another year is passing and you are always in my thoughts. i want you to know i miss you and wish you were here. we will all go ridding again... love you...Dragons ..."
B Money. of FLW MO

"I miss u bro."
Patricia of Gainesville. Florida

"08 March 2006
Happy Anniversary Schatz!
You see, I didn't forget. You are in my heart forever and ever. Sorry... no chance. I'm very happy today and I smile at you right now. But I'm sure you know that anyway.
Sending you my love..."
Your Beate

"Thanks for always being so cool to me. One of the NCO's that I really could say I wanted to be like. I'll never forget. God Bless."
SGT Ricky Saribay of Honolulu, HI, US

"Happy Birthday my Schatz,
today you would be 34... "old man". I still remember, when you always said everybody over 30 is sooooo old. And I remember that you always told me that you are never gonna get old... you were so right, unfortunately. But I will go to our favorite restaurant... and yes, I will eat your favorite... promise. I love you and I'm so glad to have you by my side making me laugh... I'm looking forward to see you again one day...
for ever yours, "till death reunites us".
By the way thanks for helping me repair the bike... couldn't have done it without you."
your Beate of Ft. Hood, Texas

"So last night I couldn't go to bed. I kept having nightmares about the war. I prayed and wanted you to protect me last night and you did.I miss you and I love you so much."
Your sis Patricia of Florida

"Hello my Schatz,
almost Christmas... again without you. But you were no Holiday person anyway. I do better and better and I have to say, thank you for all the human "angels" you bring into my life. I feel safe with you on my side. As much your dead took from my life as much chances are given to my life. I know I need to take them to make you proud. That's still my goal... to make YOU proud.
It's Christmas and I have to give you a present right... My present to you is that I finally made peace in my heart and with the new year I can make a new start in many ways... regards many things. But that will not mean, I forget about you... never ever will that happen... remember my vow to you "till death reunites us". I know I have to live my life... a happy life for you (I know how much you hate me crying), but I look forward to you picking me up one day. I understand now, why "The Titanic" was our movie.
I love you forever Schatz... and I am so so proud that I had the honor to be your wife.
For ever yours"
Beate of Ft. Hood, Texas

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

"I would like to send my prayers and thoughts to Oscar's friends and family he had a big heart and very kind i am very sorry that Oscar has left us but he is in a better place with his grandma. my condolences to you and Daniel"
maxine (ivory188@yahoo.com) of Alaska

"To the Family of SSG Oscar Vargas-Medina:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Oscar's name on one of them. If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"Hey Dragon Man, Happy 4th of July today is a day that we celebrate all your heroism I will release one firework to sky just for you and one for Ojeda just letting you know that Ruiz has not forgotten about you guys. You are still being missed and thought of all the time. Take care and continue to do the great job as Angel."
SPC Ruiz of Ft Carson, Colorado

"Hay Bro, today is your day 04 July I will never forget you.. I miss you every day and wish we could go riding, but i know u are up there ridding. I miss you soo much bro.. you are my hero and my motivation...
LOVE YOU B. Money..."
B. Money of FLW, MO..

"To the family of Oscar D. Medina, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaves one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga.

"We were with SSG Medina when he was killed. We had a Hummvee break down about 30 min before the ambush took place and he was the one that worked on it. He couldn't get it fixed but I believe if he would have we would have lost more soldiers. That Hummvee had no armor and our gunner would have been totally exposed. It is unfair how God works but SSG Medina is in a much better place. I wish I could have got to know him. I still vividly remember the events of that evening and I wish he could have ended his life in a better place, but I will always think the highest of him. Thank you SSG Medina."
SPC. Bailey - 1140th Engr Btn of Greenwood, MO

"SSG Medina, thank you for always being caring and understanding. You always supported and stood by me when most people may not of and for that I am forever thankful. Oscar I want you to know that know matter how things may have been between us I always had a great deal of respect and admiration for you. You were truly a great leader and an even better freind. I will never forget that day in Al Ammarah nor will I forget that you paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting with honor and dignity to protect your soldeirs. You are truly an AMERICAN hero. Soon after you left us for a better place I received a letter from Tracy. In it was a picture of Ashlee sitting on your motorcycle. Thank you for being so open-hearted and kind to my daughter. She really liked you and misses you very much.
Beate I am so truly sorry for the loss of Oscar. He was one of the most caring and giving people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am sorry that I have not been in touch, but believe me when I say that if you need anything please do not hesitate to ask. Tracy, Ashlee, and I keep you in our prayers and think about you daily. SSG Medina we all miss you and I'll see you on the other side."
SGT James D. Jackson of Schofield Bks, HI USA

"Dear Beate, I was just in Johnny Mata's Memorial site and I read Oscar's and your message to his family. I just want to tell you how sorry I was to read that your husband Oscar had fallen as well. Johnny and Oscar were great men. They died protecting us and for that I will always be grateful to them. Johnny was a cousin of mine by marriage. I thank you and your family for all your kind words and prayers. I pray for you and your family and all the other soldier's fallen and still serving our great country. May God Bless You and your family. Oscar may you rest in peace and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. Beate may you find peace in knowing that Oscar and Johnny are now in God's Army."
Laura Contreras of Pecos, TX/USA

"Dear Beate, I was just in Johnny Mata's Memorial site and I read Oscar's and your message to his family. I just want to tell you how sorry I was to read that your husband Oscar had fallen as well. Johnny and Oscar were great men. They died protecting us and for that I will always be grateful to them. Johnny was a cousin of mine by marriage. I thank you and your family for all your kind words and prayers. I pray for you and your family and all the other soldier's fallen and still serving our great country. May God Bless You and your family. Oscar may you rest in peace and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. Beate may you find peace in knowing that Oscar and Johnny are now in God's Army."
Laura Contreras of Pecos, TX/USA

"Oscar, 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. Beate, your army family is here for you however we can help you."
Christina Tredway of Schofield Barracks Hawai'i

"8 March 2005
Happy Anniversary Schatz! Today we would have been married for 5 years. I remember one we could actually celebrate together... 2001!!! 2002 you were in the field... 2003 you were in Alaska... 2004 you were in Iraq... 2005 you are in a much better place!
But what are dates of special days? Each and every day in life counts and should be special... we had many great days!
Thank you for these memories... My gift to you today... that I will look forward to life, because I know you want that. And I will make you proud, so proud, that you will brag about me to the other spirits. And I know you are good in that... hell! Do I see a smile?
You always will be in my heart!!!"
your bieti of still in Hawaii

"Oscar Varga-Medina (Robo) & Family, Freinds:
May God be your strength during this time of sorrow.I've known Oscar for many years, we go back to when we worked together at Jewel-Osco. We always stayed in contact,from the time he first joined the service until now.
With each memory let our hearts be reminded that nothing can ever take away that beauty that we have known. Oscar you will always be a part of that. You will never be forgotten and you will always be honored. You will be missed Chi-Town Loves You."
Rebecca Molina of Chicago Illinois USA

"I enjoy watching this page and watching how many people were loved by Oscar. I think of him every day and while watching the news I always remember his love for life and his friends and family. I am still so sorry for your loss and we are sending love and support to his loved ones. He was one of the great ones that I feel very lucky to have met and gotten to spend quality time with."
Kelly, Bergan, Milo & Kody of Ketchikan, Alaska

"After so many months, I still can't believe you're gone. For some strange reason tonight, I felt like I needed you more than ever. I wish I could call you right now and tell you how everyday in college I'm learning more and more about myself. And how you were so right about so many things. I love you. Good night bro."

"Dear Beate, I am so sad ABOUT your loss. i think of Oscar Every day i wake and every night when i go to bed. i still have the shirt that you mailed me from him and it hangs on my wall like a shrine. i remember the times sherikka and i shared with you and him and i think of all the times he and i went riding together and we would talk , Beate he loved you sooo much, and i miss him every day. Oscar was a good man who would do any thing to help anyone, i remember the times he rode over to my house and would sitt on the couch, this big rough looking biker and my little bentley would jump on his lap . i miss the small things about him...if you ever need anything Beate you are are part of our lives... we love you and oscar..... Oscar, keepriding bro I LOVE YOU AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOU..."

"to the family of oscar medina,not a day goes by when i dont think of or see Oscar and his collegues,ramon ojeda and his friends,i want you all to know we worked hard and to the best of our ability,i am very sorry,Cpl Willie McLeish,british medic at al amarah in charge of the rescue,of the convoy and casualties"

"For Oscar a brave soldier. Bless you and your family. God called you home. May you watch over your family, friends and fellow soldiers and keep them safe."
Katherine A. of Florida

"It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that I never got to meet my neighbor Oscar, i did however meet his lovely wife Beate, and his two dogs. I believe I was one of the first people to hug Beate after the terrible news on that fateful Saturday, and my wife and me became a source of comfort for our neighbor during her time of grief, you would never know it Beate, but I cried like a baby, when after finding out that your TRUE love had died, the first thing on your mind was how he didn't get to see Danny before he left. Your act of unselfishness, spoke volumes and endeared us even more to you. They say that behind every good man there is an even greater woman, well I believe that! I have met Oscar through you and your kindness. You were the first person we met upon arriving to Hawaii, and you will not be forgotten. You will remain in our prayers. Stay strong...We love you
The Cestero's (Elie, Cecilia & Nathan)...familiade3@yahoo.com"
Elie Cestero of Wahiawa, HI (Wheeler)

"Thank you all, for all the messages and all your prayers for "Bid Daddy" and for me. I want you to know, that I love to go to this page and read all the little stories about my husband.
They make me smile. I know Oscar left kind of an impression on each one of you soldiers (no matter which rank). That's how he is: Once you met him ... you can't forget him.
Keep him in your memories soldiers and he will always watch over you. Thank you for sharing your stories and thoughts.
Please keep on sharing."

"I knew Vargas as a corporal when we were stationed in Bamberg Germany just after returning from Bosnia. I was an A.C.E. (armored combat earthmover) operator which for those who don't know are a mechanical nightmare. Vargas was one of the best mechanics I ever worked with in my 9 years of service. He wasn't afraid to get knee deep into his work and I especially remember pulling late nights working with him. Our Commander Lt. Col. Rowan would come down the the motorpool and see how we were coming along, because he took a special interest in his ACE'S, and I remember Vargas coming up at one point with hydraulic oil from head to toe and telling our Colonel that he was finished and everyone just busted up laughing.
If you wanted the job done and done right you could depend on him. He was a very large intimidating man with tatoos, but he really had a good heart. He cared very much for his soldiers, his work and his country. Even though he has left us here on earth, his memory will thrive with those who knew him. I'm sorry for not ever getting to meet his wife, but our prayers are with her.

I thank you so much for your dedicated service to your country and your fellow soldiers. I know you were at the top of your game. I wish I could tell you in person how much your sacrifice means to me and every other veteran who has served. Take Care and GOD BLESS!!!!
Mike and Alicia Jarvis of College Station, TX

"Dear Schatz,
I'm at the end of my strength. I don't understand... I will never understand!
I still wait for that ONE letter from, but with yesterdays message from the military... I know I will never receive it. Strange how much value a peace of paper becomes. I'm destroyed right now. Unfortunately I have to go on... I would love to join you in a heartbeat. Please wait for me! "...until death reunites us..."
Hope to see you soon"
your wife Beate (the bieti)

"To the family of Oscar Medina,
I'm sorry for your loss. I was stationed with Oscar in the 289th QM CO at Ft. Hood, TX in the mid 90's. We ran into each other at Camp Wolf, Kuwait and talked about old times. He was a great person to work with and could always be counted on. I have always worn a bracelet with the name of a soldier from Vietnam, but now I wear a bracelet with Oscar's name on it. He will be always be remembered.
SSG Jason Conner
Jason Conner of Colorado Springs(Ft. Carson), CO

"Oscar will be greatly missed, he was a gentle giant. My family met Oscar while he was working on the road project in Ketchikan, and he spent quite a bit of time with us. The boys will miss him very much and we will always remember the sacrifice he made for this country. He found the tender spot in our hearts and we were so lucky to have had him be a part of our lives. We will miss you Oscar, God Bless."
Kelly, Bergan, Milo & Kody of Ketchikan, Alaska

"I also hope to speak to you soon, Michele. Just leave me your phone# one more time please... sorry!!!!!! Everything was just too much.
I still love you!"

"Oscar: I have to thank you for sneaking me a couple of cigarrettes when Chris wasn't looking. I have to say that as much as you talked trash, you were a teddy bear under it all. I hope that when you look down on us, you can refer to females as women instead of your favorite term (which we won't go into detail about.) Of course, I think old habits, are and always will be, hard to break. I hope things are going perfect as they do in Heaven.
To Beate: I wanted you to know that things always happen for reasons and this will change you forever, but you will be stronger for it. I know you will undoubtedly be starting your life over again with a terrible thing hanging onto your shoulders, but know that many think of you and probably not more than I do. I hope to speak to you soon. Just remember putting the pieces of your life back together takes time and practice because the pieces don't always fit where you want them, but eventually you get it. Always keeping you in our HEARTS!"
Chris and Michele of Ft. Lewis, WA U.S.A.

"Ssgt Medina, the Big Dragon Man, well how are you doing? This is your favorite soldier SPC RUIZ, the loud mouth, the pain in the butt, the one that made you do your job everyday. Man, I miss you so much, still i go through some days where I say to myself, man I cant wait till my boys get back, but there is one thing that scares me Ssgt Medina, is for me to go see my boys come home and not see you. But I tell myself you are still there with the "Grease Monkeys" taking care of there every step. Putting us back on line when we try to step off. You will always live in my memories, my mind and in my heart as that Big Dragon Man that loved riding his bike. The man, the NCo that was always there for us no matter what. If we made you mad, you still took care of us. You never forgot what a true NCO is supposed to be. I know you are in a better place now and you are watching over all of us. I truly miss you. You are my hero.

Your Pain in the Butt Soldier,
SPC Faviola RUIZ

I want to tell you that I pray for all of us that shared moments with Oscar to give us strenth to continue. You know if Oscar will be looking at us now, crying or sad, he would come up and say not a word and just hugg us, And that is what is doing everyday, giving us a hug. I am here for you if you ever need anything.

Faviola Ruiz"
Spc RUIZ, Faviola of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

"Hello my Schatz,
you are the love of my life...
you always will be!
I still wait for your e-mails.
I still wait for your phone calls.
I still wait for your letters.
I still sleep with your Chicago Bears Shirt with your cologne on it...(remember: Just in case!)
I still wait for you to come home!
But I know you are home already.
I know you are with your grandma now, who raised you and made you the wonderful special person that you are.
I know you are still with me.
I know you are still with your son Danny.
I know you are still with your soldiers in Iraq.
You are the love of my life...
you always will be!
I'm proud that I am your wife!
It's not: "...until death do us apart...",
NO, it is: "...until death reunites us..."
That's my vow to you
For ever yours"
your wife Beate (the bieti) of one day Punchbowl, Hawaii

"Oscar, I can't help but think you're still alive and well, and you are alive and well in our hearts. You are my hero and words cant explain how proud and honored I am to be your sister. I will miss the little things that made you who you are, and I will always remember to keep you close to me whenever I'm afraid or scared. I love you and I know you'll always protect me."
Patricia Lopez of Kissimmee, FL

"Mrs. Medina,
Your very welcome. It does help to know your not alone in your hurt and pain. May God Bless your family and keep them safe."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

"So sorry for the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered. I lost a son Doyle "Wayne"Bollinger Jr, in Iraq, June 6 2003. He was a seabee."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

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

"To the family of Oscar Medina,
I want you to know that you have our sorrow in your loss. Frauke and I will always have a place in our hearts for you thank you for everything Beate. We never could have found better friends.
Love Joe Frauke and Lucky."
Joe and Frauke Kudela of Rodelsee Germany

"To the family of Oscar Medina
Well how do i express my sorrow when i know exactly how you feel my husband ramon and oscar will never be forgotten. They will always be remembered as heros and to us they will always be remembered as the person that made us happy and always had us laughing........I hold you in my prayers and I will always be here if you need anything......"
Spc Lesliee J. Ojeda(Ramon Ojeda's Wife) of Hawaii

"To Oscar'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"

You're reading this somewhere and I hope you're able to see how much people are going to miss you. I know you mean a lot to many people and I send my prayers out to them.
The one blessing is that you're up there somewhere and all those people you've touched are going to have the best guardian angel ever."
Maria of Honolulu, HI

"To my brother and my hero, who I love and will never forget I thank you for every thing you did for me in life and for making me the man I have become , I hope to serve my country with honor as you did when I commission next year . Ill never forget you and will always honor you.

Love always your brother"
Michael Lopez -Medina of Kissimmee Florida

"To family and friends od Vargas Medina:

May God be your strength during this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you hoping that tomorrow could be a better and shiny day for you and your love ones. God bless you!"
Roxana of Schofield Bks, HI

"To Oscar'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

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

"Thank you Oscar Medina, 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 Staff Sgt. Oscar Medina:
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 Oscar 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. Oscar Medina:
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 Oscar, 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