Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Eddie E. Menyweather

35, of Los Angeles, California.
Menyweather died of his injuries after an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle in Baqubah, Iraq. He was assigned to Company C, 588th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Hood, Texas. Died on November 23, 2003.

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"To Eddie's Family, Great man, great friend, great leader and soldier! Eddie and I served in the same company in Fort Lewis. He is greatly missed. I remember Eddie could see someone that looked upset or angry, put an arm around them and say a few words, and that person would be smiling in minutes. Hope all of your family is doing well, Brother! Watch over them! "G""
SSG (Ret). Turi S. Gonzales of Dixon, Missouri

"Friends and family my name is,was Sgt. John E. brown, USA. RET. I served as SSGT Eddie Menyweathers team leader for him in Cco, 588th Engineers while we're deployed in OIF. He'd helped me to become a Sgt. as was the one who'd put my paperwork in for my promotion. He was my leader, I looked up to him, learned a lot from him during our time training before our deployment to Iraq, and continued on until that terrible day! I was suppose to have been in the very hummer he was in that fateful day but I ask myself all the time, why did things happened that day the way they did, and I feel guilty! And yet! I'm thankful because of one decision Ssgt. Menyweather and that was I ride in the other vehicle and that's where my guilt comes from because I too should've that day give my ultimate sacrifice but he, and I believe God had a different plan. Again, guilty yet thankful and will never forget that day! Ever may god comfort you and yours always with his love. I never forget that day, what SSGT. Menyweather gave to this country, and most of all! That last direct order for my to go to the other vehicle and because of his decision I'm here today, ever thankful. I pray everytime around the date of his death for you all, and Eddie. May God bring peace to you and your family as we all approach that day. Eternally grateful Ret. USA. SGT. John E. Brown."
Ret. Sgt. John E. Brown of Hot Springs, AR, USA

"Still hurts all these years later"
CH Bill Robinson former SGT of Bamberg, Germany

"To the loved ones of ssgt menyweather my heart goes out to u. I sit here in tears writing this as he was a great friend/mentor to me. He was one of a kind. Seargent meny said his last words to me as i was in the truck with him. I want his loves ones to know i held him til his last breath and he was in good spirits. That man taught me a lot and kept me laughing...but he also kept me in check at the same time. Kept all his troops in check...great leader of men...
SPC mccuskey"

"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 Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"SSG Menyweather was a good friend and leader I miss him I remember the jokes we use to share"
SSG Michael Brumfield of Many La

"It's been almost 6 years and it still hurts. It's been exactly 6 years this month that we had our last conversation and your last words to me were " I'm proud of you and I'm sorry that I can't be at your college graduation, but I will make it up to you." You meant a lot to me and I hope that you are truely resting in peace. I love you and I miss you Eddie.

Love your cousin"
Shante' Bell of Anaheim, CA


"November 16, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Eddie E. Menyweather:
Eddie 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

"To the menyweather family, i,m very sorry for ur loss i knew Ssgt menyweather he was my squadleader. I served with him until sept.2003.He was a good leader and a good friend.I will miss him greatly."

"Dear father,
I miss you and i love you so much you will never be forgoten in mine or your country's heart.

your daughter

I would like to thank every one for your souport and courage during this time."
Gynia of texas

"On March 18, 2007, I will take part in a march to recognize our fallen soldiers. Each person who takes part is given the name of a soldier to honor. I am honored to be marching for Eddie E. Menyweather. I have made a placard to carry, with his name, picture, and date of death. I will proudly carry it. I hope that I will be able to get in contact with some of his survivors, if they wish, at some future date."
Christine Pearce of Albany, NY

"Mrs. Menyweather. I am very sorry for your loss. I was there and wish there was more that i could do. Eddie was one of my good friends from a couple places. That night runs threw my head every 23rd of Nov. I am sorry and please email me and i would like to talk. sfcrockhill@yahoo.com thanks you and god's speed. p.s. hope the kids are fine and doing well for you"
Greg Rockhill SFC (retired) of north baltimore, ohio

"Mrs. Menyweather I served with Eddie in A co 44th Engineer Bn. in Korea. You probably already know this but he was a great leader,soldier and a great friend. He'll always be miss but never forgotten."
Juan A. Diaz of Tampa, FL

"Mrs. Menywheather, you don't know me. I don't know you, nor did I know Eddie.

I have the memorial bracelet for Eddie, and I wear it every day. I just want to let you know how sorry I am for your loss, and I hope you're getting better.

Good luck, and love.

Rachel of Austin, Texas

"Yesterday at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte in NC, there was a service marking three years of the war in Iraq. Each program contained the name of a soldier that gave their life. Eddie's name was in mine. The service helped me remember the very real cost of this war. I wish your family peace and thank you for his ultimate sacrifice."
Brian Trainum of Charlotte, NC

"Merry Christmas Eddie -
We still miss you"
Rich Munson of Tampa

"To the family of:Eddie E Menyweather, 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. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"Mrs. Menyweather, just want you know that we all miss Eddie in our own way. I met him on the railhead at Ft. Lewis, chaining our vehicles to the rail cars. I also worked with him at the Tacoma Dome. Eddie gave all, and the Great Country of Ours is saddened and glad to of had him serve with us and for us. Brother Eddie, I won't ever forget you!"
SSG Donald Hiles of Pittsburgh PA

"I just want to say I remeber SSG Menyweather as a funny, self-motivated guy. He was my tank commander from Fort Lewis when the 168 came over to support us for war stead at 2nd engineers camp castle. SSG Joseph was my squad leader and I remember he was an old friend of Menyweather's for whom I had great respect for both. SSG Menyweather taught me alot in such a short time.
God bless his family. God bless you as well SGT M."
Jeremy Ashlock of Bolivar, MO

"Our HERO, our Angel. The family of Staff Sgt. Eddie E. Menyweather wishes to thank everyone for their words of comfort and prayers. Our hearts are with all the families of all fallen and injured soldiers. We share your pain, and your pride. GOD BLESS"
Doris Menyweather Taylor of Monroe, Louisiana

"Your sacrafices will never be forgotten. Thank You for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"Eddie was one of my soldiers in C Co, 168th Engineers,Ft. Lewis and was a great friend. I was the NCO that pushed him to get promoted to SGT and he was the guy that got me into watching Boxing and Wrestling on his many Cable Boxes. :)

It came as a hard hit to me to hear his name said I broke down and cried saying over and over "it should have been me and not him". He proved himself to be a strong leader when I wasn't available he took the reigns. He was always a shinning star when it came to the joy of life. He is surely missed and I will never forget him for he filled me laughter and taught me to be myself when I was overworked.

To his family I hope that he is in the Heavens above watching over you and providing you with a sense of Ccomfort.

And Eddie, my friend, my equal. You will always be missed. And I hope they have Cable in Heaven."
SGT Richard Munson of Tampa, FL, "USA"

"I will never forget you SGT.Menyweather I remember the few conversations we did have and I remember the day you fell theres not a day I don't relive it and pray for you and your family. Thank you"
Gabriel of Killeen, TX/U.S.

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

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

"Thank you Eddie Menyweather, 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

"Brother Eddie E. Menyweather. You will be deeply missed. May you sit next to God at his throne. So Mote It Be."
Michael Steward of Lakewood, Wa.

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Eddie Menyweather:
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 Eddie 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. Eddie Menyweather:
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 Eddie, 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