Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Sgt. Bobby Mendez

38, of Brooklyn, New York.
Mendez died of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on April 27, 2006.

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"Bobby Mendez will never be forgotten. He was a genuine guy who lived from the heart. He built people up and we're better men and women for having known him. (Veterans Day 2015)"
D.N. of Boulder, Colorado

""1SG Mendez, we first met in fort hood texas in 2005. I will NEVER forget the time i was privilidged to serve with you and your sacrifice will NEVER be forgotten. The TRUE heroes never came home. To the Mendez family, thank you so much for bearing that sacrifice with pride and honor, you as well are the heroes that keep this country great. God be with you.""
PFC (Honorably Discharged) David L. Burroughs of Alexandria, Louisiana

"April 16, 2009
To the family of 1st Sgt. Bobby Mendez:
Bobby 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

"It has been a couple of years now and we're still serving. It was a pleasure knowing you and sharing. You will never be forgotten."
CW2 Mendez, E. of Baghdad International Airport, IRAQ

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, NY

"To the family of:Bobby Mendez I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"I knew Bobby in Fort Hood Texas, and I remember when he came to the unit; when we were still the ACE Co. 104th MI BN. He was coming on to fill in as the ACE NCOIC. He was a great guy, and always had something smart to say, regardless of if you wanted to hear it or not. I remember the days sitting in the front of Saddam's palaces, smokin a newport, remembering the good 'ol days, of being back home. He was an awesome leader, and a great friend. I think we were all blessed to have known him and his family. My thoughts and prayers go out to his and all of the fallen heroes families."
Michael Castro of Mount Laurel, NJ

"I first met Bobby in Germany in 1994. We hit it off instantly and became good friends over the years. I last saw him at Fort Huachuca in 2000. Although we had not seen each other for years, we picked up right where we left off. I was stationed just north of him in South Baghdad this year. I spoke with him briefly on the phone and promised to visit FOB Kalsu after my block leave in May. My heart goes out to you and your family. Bobby will be sorely missed by all the Soldiers he came in contact with. He was a great Soldier, husband, father and friend. My condolences."
CW2 Steve Coppedge of Fort Campbell, KY

"I've known Bobby since I came to Fort Hood in February of 2002. He was a great leader, and had a great sense of humor. These days in the Army, anybody can be put into a leadership position, but Bobby was one of the few NCO's who actually belonged in such a position. I will always remember his great sense of humor, getting important messages across to soldiers, and giving us a few well needed laughs in the process. I am proud to have been one of his soldiers. He will forever be in the hearts and minds of everyone who was lucky enough to serve with him. To the family of Bobby Mendez, my prayers are with you. God Bless you all."
Renee L Sigler of Killeen, Texas

"I reclassified to 96B with then SSG Mendez back in 1998. I remember him very fondly. I remember him always helping out Soldiers by providing guidance and advice. I also recall discussions I shared with him regarding my career. 1SG Mendez will be sorely missed as he was a superb leader and outstanding Soldier who always lead by example. I will never forget him."
2LT Michael Frazier, OIF III of Baltimore, Maryland

"I will always remember what you taught me, and I will never forget you. You were the greatest NCO a soldier could ask for, and I promise to continue on your legacy.

To the family of 1SG Mendez, you are in my prayers."
SGT Gendron

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

"1SG I will always be your loyal soldier

"Thank you Bobby Mendez, 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 1st Sgt. Bobby Mendez:
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 Bobby 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 1st Sgt. Bobby Mendez:
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 Bobby, 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