Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Eric T. Paliwoda

28, of Texas.
Paliwoda was in his command post in Balad, Iraq when it came under mortar attack. He was assigned to 4th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on January 2, 2004.

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"A heartfelt thank you to all who have left such touching messages over the years since Eric’s passing…your memories have meant a great deal to us. My parents & I would love to hear from anyone who served with Eric or knew him during an earlier part of his life. Thank you again…"
Allison, Captain Eric Paliwoda’s sister of New England, USA

"This is long overdue. We went to High School together and i always knew you were a leader. You gave your life for our freedom and i pray that you are always protected by the lord like the way you protected your country. Rest in peace"
Greg Parsons of West Hartford Ct USA

"Captain Paliwoda I never met you but I wish I had, you're a true American hero. I learned about you by listening to "Warrior King" an audiobook by Lt. Col(retired) Jonathan Sassaman he really liked you , and I do to, perhaps one day we'll meet in heaven and it will be an honor to shake your hand. Rest in peace American Hero!"
Jose C. Santos of E. Carondelet illinois

"the united states army lost an exemplary leader with the loss of cpt paliwoda. I had the honor of being his platoon sergeant during his early years in the army. He was a leader from the beginning.he was a no nonsese but approachable leader. With his help we developed one of the best engineer platoons on fort hood. While performing observer controler duty in the national traing center in california , I received an email notification of this loss of a great leader and good friend. To eric's family,fiance and friends I wish to offer my condolences. Rest in peace cpt p, you are remembered by many."
james p gieniec , 1sg usa re of phillips burg , mo

"Cpt P. I still think of you, you were a great man, and I know your family, both miltary and not, loved you and miss you."
Chris Ellzey of OKC, OK

"Remembering my childhood friend on Veterans Day. We all thank Eric for giving the ultimate sacrifice and thank the men and women that served with Eric for protecting our freedom. God bless you all."
Brian Hunter, Jr. of Unionville, CT USA

"Never forget the sacrifices made."
Ellzey of okc,ok usa

We still remember and you are sorely missed big Pali- January 2, 2011"
MAJ Jose Laguna of Kabul, Afghanistan

"To the family of:Eric Paliwoda
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""

"I salute you sir. Its been a long time and I still remember that day. I remember when you were there for me when i lost my grandmother while we were over there. And when I got bit by that camel spider. You were there. I will never forget you. Rest In Peace. Spc. Lambert."
Lambert of St. Louis, Mo


You have taken your place in the Line of Gray far too soon, along with our other classmates. Your courageous service reflects great credit upon you, your family, and the West Point class of 1997.

You and your family are in my prayers this Memorial Day and always.

"And when our work is done, our course on earth is run, may it be said- Well Done, Be Thou at Peace."

Well Done Eric. Be Thou at Peace."
Mike Mitchell of Scottsdale, AZ

"May God Bless Captain Eric T. Paliwoda, United States Army. His most honorable Character of Service has left an indelible mark on all whom he touched. The flame of his Memory burns ever so bright in the hearts of so many. His story is proudly shared by those he led.
I learned of Captain Paliwoda from a student of mine, a lieutenant who served under his command. He chose to make the Army his career because of how this man lived his life; his commitment and heartfelt caring for Soldiers, his devotion to excellence as an Commander, Officer and Engineer, and his unblemished call to the Army Values.
I am humbled to contribute to this memorial but so thankful to be able to celebrate the life of Eric Paliwoda. I am a better man to know his story. May God bless all of his loved ones.
Ronald T. Staver, LTC(R), USA, Instructor, Department of Distance Education, Command And General Staff College Advanced Operations Course."
Ted Staver of Fort Leavenworth

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"To the families, friends & loved ones of Eric,
In the 15 years I've spent in the Army, Eric was by far the finest officer with whom I've ever served.
As his commander in C/8th Engineers at Fort Hood, I was blessed to have him as one of my Platoon Leaders.
Eric's positive attitude, infectious smile & care & concern for his Soldiers set him head & shoulders above all other LTs in the BN. He was a great leader.
As you read the messages on this wall from over the past 5 years, it's impossible to miss the positive impact Eric made in the lives of everyone he knew.
Take comfort in these memories & be proud of the man that you raised. He will never be forgotten.
God bless your family."
MAJ Derek Gaudlitz of Ft Sam Houston, TX

"I am so sorry may you rest in peace sir.
(Bravo Beast)"
Wes of Castle Rock

"December 29, 2008
To the family of Capt. Eric T. Paliwoda:
Eric 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 family and friends of Eric Paliwoda. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. It is November 9, 2008 and our son serves with the 101st Airborne Division, 1-32 Cav at Camp Paliwoda. All gave some, and some gave all - Eric and his fallen warrior's now watch over us all."
Robert & Kathleen Gereg of Sarasota, Florida

"To Eric's Mom, Dad and Sis; I'd like to tell you that Cpt 'P's" boy's still talk about our CO and how much we miss him. And for me personally; it was an honor to be one of your son's platoon sergeants; and I still remember our talks and how your son personnally helped me in my life. God Bless
SFC Michael A. Smith, Retired of Waynesville, MO USA

"I don't know if Eric's family reads this, but I still think of him every year as his birthday approaches. To his mom, dad, and sister, please know that his old friends like me (we met in 7th grade) still think of him and remember his friendship, character, and leadership. It is clear from reading about him that everyone else saw him the same way. Peace and blessings to you."
Sunny Pai of Boston, MA

"Almost 5 years later and I still remember that day like it was today. God bless you and your family Sir, HOOAH."
Spc Amie, C co 1-8 inf 4ID of Fort Carson, Co

"God bless your son...our son serves at Camp Paliwada with the 101st Airborne, 1/32 Air Assault. The tributes to your son are a constant reminder of all the brave men and women who have and currently serve our country."
Jim Barton of Redding, California/USA

"It's now Oct '07 and the 1-8 Fighting Eagles and the Beast of B Co 4th ENG have moved to other units or service. But you will always remain the commander of the engineer company in our year-long tour. We miss you and wonder what your life might have been after . . ."
Chaplain Leif Espeland of San Antonio TX

"TO: Eric's Momma
Wow... This is Sheri LaMay again. I was married in October of 2004. My name was Cheryl (Sheri) M. Taylor of Orlando Fl. I wrote you a poem on Jan 27, 2004 called:
"Especially for Eric's Momma...
In memory of:
Army Captain Eric T. Paliwoda"
I was so surprised to see the poem I wrote for you still on Eric's website. It was written without any hesitation. It amazed me then and now how steadily the words flowed. It was as though I were only dictating. It was the pure love of Jesus flowing through this Mothers' heart whilst it was breaking for yours. The Lord told me you needed to know that Eric loves (not loved) you! I wept very very hard afresh and anew today (Aug 20, 2007) after seeing Brian Littrell's YouTube video. Again, it is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCG3jsa3ekw&mode=user&search= You guyz just HAVE to see it! Everyone keep praying for Eric's Momma, family, Fiance' & friends. YOU are not fogotten either! Isn't God AWESOME! I will look for you when I get to heaven & you look for me, Dear Momma Paliwoda!
Your friend Cheryl (Sheri) Taylor LaMay
Sgt S.E. Taylor's Momma (Ft. Bragg, NC)
PS: Just a quick note to all who have or will post here, especially those who have or will serve....God bless you, THANK you and know I am praying for you, even if we never meet in this life."
Cheryl (Sheri) Taylor LaMay of Winter Haven, Florida IN GOD'S OWN USA!!!

"Whilst in prayer for our fallen soldiers, their families, loved ones and friends, my mind drifted back to one "Eric T. Paliwoda" and his beloved fiance'. I began to weep so hard and prayed for the LORD to show His most incredible mercy, love and to re-touch the lives of all who have suffered such a great loss.
I had been watching Christian videos on YouTube. If you would take the time to watch the one by Brian Littrell called "Welcome Home You" I KNOW your hearts will be blessed, touched and stirred. You won't be able to not cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ for your own comfort and the comfort of others. It is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCG3jsa3ekw&mode=user&search=

God Bless Our Soldiers and you all are NOT forgotten, not now, not ever. I live with each of you and your loved ones in my heart every day.
Mother of a 4-year 4th ID now SF soldier. God bless ALL our Armed Forces!"
Sheri LaMay of Winter Haven, Florida, GODS OWN USA!!!

"Captain Poliwoda was the first in the company he was leading to welcome our Civil Affairs team into his FOB when we arrived. His concern for our welfare was surprising, considering the fact that he had just met us that November day. After moving with his company to Camp Eagle (renamed Camp Poliwoda in his recognition), Poliwoda was the first to greet us at the mess tent during the Christmas meal, thanking us personally for our contributions. After his death, the town of Yathrib held a funeral for him. The town of Yathrib, a village next to Balad, absolutely loved this man, as shown by the hundreds of mourners gathered for his funeral. Captain Poliwoda, I cannot express the grief I feel in my heart. When the time comes, I'll see you on the other side, sir."
Kendrick Lau of Newton MA

"Thank you for your service to our country. You have brought honor to our nation and to the Paliwoda family name."
Fr. Steven M. Paliwoda of Lorain, Ohio

"CPT. Paliwoda it was an honor to serve with you in iraq. I will always remember the first time I met the grizzly bear of a man with the heart of gold at FOB Paliwoda. You will be missed sir."
Sgt. Robbins, Brian K. A co. 1-8 inf. of bryans road maryland usa

"I was there to see CPT Paliwoda off to heaven. He had peace on his face when he passed."
Amir Ansari

"I am so sorry Eric was a very brave man. He shall always be remembered. My son Lt. Ryan P. McCarthy is currently serving at F.O.B.Paliwoda.God Bless All our troops."

"Dear Parents of Capt Paliwada:
We owe your son the honor of our allegiance to his mission: That of seeing to it that Iraq's people can, one day, draw a free breath. My son is now stationed at the base that bears his name. He is proud of the men and women with whom he serves, and wants to keep the spirit of your son alive long after this conflict ceases. In deepest sympathy,

Duncan I. Bailey"
Duncan Bailey of Norwich, CT

Rest in peace my brother, thanks"
SFC McNamara (retired) of Calhan, Colorado

"Eric: You were like a brother to me during our time together at Fort Hood. I learned so much from you: loyalty, honor, respect, etc. I will always remember how full of life you were. You are truly an American Hero. I will see you again. God Bless."
Dave Stegall of Sun Prairie, WI

"Sir, I worked with you in the darkest nights and through the toughest days of my life, you know as your soldier I was strong and held true faith to our country, you gave everything your wisdom your faithful truth and your life, Sir I will miss you, and will forever remember you, and you will never be foregotten, GOD KNOWS I miss you every day and night, the hurt is there and I remember the strong words you spoke to me on a night I thought would never end, I held my head up high day and night after our talk. SIR , the words you spoke that night at Beast F.O.B. are in my heart. I promise I will never leave a fallen comrade and uphold my duties as a NCO. I will never accept defeat, and never quit! SIR I MISS YOU......."
SGT. McNulty of korea

"Cpt. Paliwoda you were a loved and respected figure in our company and unit. I highly enjoyed working with you in HQ company and later when you became my CO in Bravo. May GOD rest your soul. We will never forget you or you contributions."
Spc. Chris Ellzey 1det A co 179th Avn of Oklahoma City, OK

"Just before Christmas, I was going through some old pictures and there was Eric, sitting with his sister, Allison, with my son Johan. It was Johan's 7th birthday. It was a poignant moment for me as the reality of the years that had slipped by and that our children grow up and go out into the world where we cannot protect them. We are so deeply saddened for Eric's parents and Allison, as well as Eric's fiancee and extended family. Please know you are all in our hearts and prayers. We send Eric our loving thoughts to speed him on to the next leg of his journey, for he has but graduated from this school and gone on to the next. A superior student in this life, surely destined for greater things in the next.

All Our Love,
SallySue Girolamo
Johan Vimolchalao"
SallySue Girolamo of West Hartford, CT

"He looked me in the eye. He poked a finger in my chest. He railed into me. He knew we shared the same values and that we were friends for life. See you soon, my friend. - E"
CPT Eric M. Noe of Ft. Carson, CO

"The one thing I'll remember most about Eric in our four years at Conard High was his insistence upon self-respect. He was then, already, a great man. My condolences to his family, friends, and fiance. God bless."
Jason Tandon of Newmarket, NH

"I am a soldier in the 1st Battalion 77th Armor Regiment, Second Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. I am proud so say that I live on FOB Paliwoda in Balad, Iraq. To his family and friends, Eric is not forgotten, even by those who never had the honor to know him.
Steel Tigers, Duty First."
Captain David E. Levasseur of FOB Paliwoda, Balad, Iraq

Three days before you left us, you and I went back and forth for an hour. You told me a hundred reasons why I should stay in and I told you a hundred reasons why I should get out. Now that my decision is made and I am eagerly looking forward to the rest of my career in the Army, I am thankful in so many ways that we met when we did and your actions and leadership had such an influence on me.
Thank You"
CPT Gregory Hotaling "BACKBONE 6" of 1/8 IN "Fighting Eagles"

"Those of us Veterans who survive our nation's wars never forget those who don't. This man's last name is the same as mine, and it's more than likely that not too many generations back, we are related. So, for the memory of this distant relative, and fellow Veteran, whom I never knew, I will add his name to the list of those I shall never forget. (Signed: 1LT Steve Paliwoda, HQ-USARV, Republic of South Vietnam, 1969)"
Stephan C. Paliwoda of Anchorage, Alaska, USA

"Sir, we never met face to face, but if you had not shown up so quickly to the fight I was involved in, I would be dead! Thank you!"
Zach of Cedar Rapids, IA/USA

"To the Paliwoda family ~ I will remember even more now than ever. Why? My husband is now at that camp. I wanted to find out more about where he was and I came across this. My heart goes out to the family. I want to thank Eric Padiwoda for his services and though he may not be here physicaly ... I know he is watching over those troops on the camp they call ... Paliwoda. God Bless."
Holly Burkhart, Sierra (6), Franchesca (4) of Temecula, California

"To the family of Eric T. Paliwoda, we extend our deepest sympathys, in the loss of your hero..we were searching our family name on the internet, and came across this page. What a tragic connection to your family. May your beautiful memories of Eric help you through this time of sorrow. God bless you, and God bless those fighting for peace."
Christina Paliwoda of Leduc, Alberta, Canada

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

"CPT P, (Sir) You will always be remembered in my heart and in my prayers. I think of you every day and will never forget the things you taught us while fighting the Global War On Terrorism. The soldiers of Beast (Bravo Company, 4th Engineers) miss you and thank you for training and protecting them. My condolences to the family and friends of CPT Eric T. Paliwoda. I will never forget, Sir, the things you taught me and the dedication you had towards the soldiers in your company."
First Sergeant Forlano, B Co, 4th En Bn. of Colorado Springs

"For Eric's Momma, Daddy & family who has felt such a tremendous loss. As well as, for all those who knew & loved Eric. For all who heard of this greivous loss & are deeply moved by it (like myself, an Army Momma)...

Especially for Eric's Momma...
In memory of:
Army Captain Eric T. Paliwoda

I live through you & through your love.
I watch over you from up above.
And one day soon I'll see your face,
and in your arms will be embraced!

Have HAPPY THOUGHTS MOTHER, please don't be sad!

Because, I live through you & through your love.
I watch over you from up above.
And one day soon I'll see your face,
and in MY arms YOU'LL be embraced!

So LOOK FOR ME in each sunshines' ray,
and remember together we'll be one day!
I look for you in Jesus' face
and peace I find in HIS embrace!

While we wait for you to come on home!
Be patient Dear, you're NOT alone!
For by our Saviour we have life!
And more abundantly! Just peace, no strife!

So wait for Jesus to come or call!
And meet me in His Holy Hall!
For God Himself will bring you home
when it's YOUR time! You are NOT alone!

One more thing Dear Mother Mine!
This is my early Valentine!
See I've heard through God that you are sad,
but DON'T be Mother, and DON'T feel bad.

For in the arms of Christ I REST,
remembering that "MY MOTHER IS BEST"!
Oh! One more thing that you should hear!
Don't be afraid! GOD LOVES YOU DEAR!

Love always,
Your Son Eric
Written by: Cheryl M. Taylor, Orlando, Fl. on Jan. 27, 2004"
Cheryl of Orlando, Fl, USA

"Thank you for your sacrifice. It means more than you know. I know some who were left behind and they miss you."
James of Grove City, Pennsylvania

"My condolences to Eric's fiancee, who was my high school gym teacher and good friend... it is awful to have such a tragedy befall this incredible woman. If he was worthy of her then he must have been a really great man. Condolences to the Paliwoda family as well."
Caryn of New York USA

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

"I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Eric Paliwoda and would like to send my condolences to his family and friends. Just remember that he passed away as a hero and will never be forgotten. Eric's family and friends are all in my prayers, as for Eric he is in my heart."
Crystal of Fort Hood, TX USA

"To the Paliwoda Family"

I am very sorry to hear the passing of CPT Paliwoda. He was a great leader. He always put his soldiers first before himself. He was well respected among his soldiers of C co 8th En. He will be missed. I am pleased to have worked for such a great officer and a great human being. He led me to be the NCO I am today and will not be forgotten."
SSG Martinez, Raymond M. of Ft Hood, TX, USA

"To the Paliwoda Family,
My sincere condolences for the loss of your son. He and I were classmates at West Point. He was a fine role model and died a hero. I will never forget the man he was.
God Bless."
Holand Lujan of Fort Wainwright, AK

"To The Paliwoda Family:

As a fellow classmate of Eric's at West Point, I send my deepest regards and sincerest thoughts for our loss of a true hero. I will always carry with me wonderful memories of the times we shared together and those of a man who carried himself with the integrity, character, and honor of a true friend.
Your Brother in Arms"
CPT Ben Kotwica of Killeen, Texas

"I graduated from Conard High School with your son and brother. He was an incredible leader and an amazing person. His strength, courage, and steadfast belief in the core good of humankind is remembered by all of us who were fortunate enough to share in his friendship. My brother Jim and I send our deepest sympathy to Alison and her parents."
Kari Groff of West Hartford, Ct

"Capt. Paliwoda:
Thank you for giving yourself so that we can sleep safely in our beds at night. There is no real way to say thank you for that kind of gift. Rest in Peace."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"I had the pleasure to be a troop of Eric's while stationed at Ft. Hood in the 8th Engineer Bn. when he was a Lt. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones left behind. God Bless Capt. Poliwada"
SSG Craig D. Ritchie of Ft. Hood, TX

"To the Csoka and Paliwoda Families:
You have my deepest and sincerest sympathies; to have lost someone who was loved, treasured and respected as much as Eric. I wish you peace and love and know that his army,rests now with the Angels, and his love is everlasting.
May God carry you through your darkest hours and may your souls find peace."
Donna McNally (friend of Chris) of West Babylon

"Rest Easy Soldier...God Bless you and your family and loved ones left behind. Your name will live forever in everyone's hearts."
The Taylors/USMC of NC

"Please accept condolences from our family. We share in your loss and in your pain. Find strength in your family, friends and faith to see you through this grief. The light of our men and women lost in combat shines on. My nephew, Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, was KIA, 12/28/03."
Jose M. Caldas of Atlanta, GA

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless YOU ALL! We Will NEVER FORGET"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"To the Paliwoda family,

Our prayers are with you. No words are adequate to express our sorrow. May God bless you and may His grace sustain you."
Joe Jones, Pastor of Goodyear Baptist Church, Goodyear, Arizona

"God Bless Soilders like Capt. Eric Paliwoda. Our family is sending our thoughts and prayers to the Paliwoda Family. We understand this is a very difficult time but hope that God will put his arms around you and comfort you to help you thru this. May God be with you."
Mike & Debbie Paliwoda of Cypress, Texas

"To the family of CPT Paliwoda,
I worked with CPT Paliwoda while I was assigned to 4th ENG BN as a medic a year and a half ago. I would like to offer my condolences and prayers with deepest sympathy."
SPC Molinar, Stephanie of Ft. Carson, CO

"Thank you Eric Paliwoda, 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 Capt. Eric Paliwoda:
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 Eric 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 Capt. Eric Paliwoda:
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 Eric, 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