Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Edmond L. Randle

26, of Miami, Florida.
Randle was killed when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle struck an improvised explosive device and overturned north of Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 17, 2004.

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"Jan 17,2017
#1 grandson,
love and miss you soooo much.RIP."
Hattie McKnight-Hightower of Ocala Florida

"We served together at Fort Hood, TX, I remember when he was new to B2/20 FAR, he was coming from Germany. He was always squared away, pressed uniform, and polished boots, he was always looking his best like any soldier should be. I remember an encounter I had with him on a weekend while at Fort Hood, TX. I was walking on my into the city Killeen, and he stops with his car and sees me, he said Acosta is that you, I said yes Randle its me, where you going, I was going to go to the mall, and he said The Mall!, that is a ways from here, and I said I know. Then Randle said wanna a ride to the Mall, and I said sure thanks. He was a good friend I did not know him that much, but through his actions and the way he carried himself he was a good young man. He is in a better place now. Take care bother and see you later on the other side.
Former Sgt. Gabriel Acosta, served in the US Army 2000-2004."
Sgt. Gabriel Acosta of McAllen, TX

"I remember Edmond as a very young child with his parents at FAMU. My son and I can not express how truly sorry we are to hear of his passing. What a pleasure to read that he grew up to be a real hero to his family and nation. Karla my love to you and your family you all will remain in our hearts and prayer."
Georgia Fair of Gainesville, Florida

"Sgt.Edmond Randle Jr.
Dakie,my #1 grandson,

today is monday may 27, 2013 10:59 am.
i just want to tell you that i love you and miss you. the family is going over to your mom's today, of course you know
and you will be there with us. God,thank you for taking care of my grandson."
Hattie Hightower of Ocala Fl.

"Thinking about you today Edmond. Thank you for giving your life so that we can enjoy and celebrate our freedom today. May God continue to watch over your family and provide peace and comfort knowing that as christians we will all reunite some day."
Ana Freeman-Sylvain(Marching 100 Fall 96) of Miami

"I really thank God that I was your friend and brother. We shared great and fun memories together during the years at Central and FAMU. My prayers are with the family always because Ed is truly missed. Know that there are several loves ones that Edmond had and many lives that he has touched for the positive. I always looked up to Ed at a distance and up close and there are so many great characteristics and traits that I personally have gained from just knowing Ed. Sometimes I cry, and sometimes I laugh from the memories but I know that God doesnt make mistakes. I love you brah."
Joel Davis of Miami, FL

"I just wanted you to know my brother I will never forget and will miss you always. God must have had plans for you but I want you to know we will be brothers forever."
SSG(Ret.) Soto of Copperas Cove, Tx

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Dakie (No. 1 grandson)
I think of you all the time, but for some reason there was something that kept pulling at me to pull up this web page (for about a week). of course I didn't until today (4-21-10). Marvin called me yesterday (4-20-10) to verfy the number of grandchildren and to tell me that he was doing a tribute to you in class. His score was above 93. I miss you soooooooo much. I know that God does not make a mistake, but right now I am being grandma (imagine being at the lake during sunday morning service) and being a little selfish.

Love always,
Hattie McKnight Hightower of Ocala, Fl. USA

"To Ms. Karla, Mr. West, and Eboni

Edmond and I went to Miami Central together I also played the trumpet. I'm sorry I haven't been in touch with you Ms. Karla but believe me when I say Edmond is always in my thoughts as you all are in my prayers. Edmond was not just like a brother he is my brother and will always have a special place in my life and my heart. May God keep you all in his benevolent hands. Edmond I love and miss you."
Shauntel Davis-Murray of Port Saint Lucie, FL

"Last Message posted August 7th, 2009"
Ed Chelby of San Diego, CA

"To Mrs. Randle-West, I knew your son and was most taken back by his maturity and natural leadership ability. Along with myself and Spc. Larry Polley he was assigned to a Personal Security Detachment for the Brigade Commander Col. Kevin Stramara and often helped provide protection to the then 4th ID Commander General Ray Odierno who is the top man in Iraq now. General Odierno was with us at the place where your son and our friends passed and mourned all the same for their sacrifice. I still cry when I think about it as I do now. Your son is an American Hero and will forever be apart of the lives he made his mark on. I tell stories to my children about the friends I've lost so that memories of soldiers they never knew may live on. I would also like to inform you of a small video clip I have during our tour recorded a month before Sgt. Randle and his (our) friend SPC. Larry Polley passed, the very day our unit helped capture Saddam Hussein. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested. eddiechelby@yahoo.com
With much love and respect
Staff Sergeant Ed Chelby
U.S. Army"
Ed Chelby of San Diego, CA

"We speak of Edmond often and he is really missed. We went to college together and he was my freshman Brother. He was always cool and calm. I have so many memories of him just laughing out of the blue. He was a really great guy. My husband Cory also a freshman brother was so distraught of his passing. We just miss him a lot. Rest in Peace!"
Lenise Bostic of Atlanta, GA

"June 19, 2009

Hello Big Cousin just coming to let you know that I am about due now. My due date isn't until July 20th, but I went to the doctor yesterday and I dilated and I'm 2cm.. This is the lst baby your lil cousin is gonna have.. miss and love you so much.."
Via of Ocala,FL


"January 11, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Edmond L. Randle:
Edmond 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

"Hey sweetie it's been a while since I last talk to you and I was thinkin bout you and I was just remeberin all the times we had together... It' just hurts so bad that your not here with us and your missin' alot. Man your nephew is so handsome and gettin so big if only if only you were here to see him and all you lil cousin's kids like Aggie, tyran, lil William, and Mine. Aggie have 2 beautiful lil girl's, Tyran has a handsome son, Lil William lil girl is so cute, and I have a beautiful lil girl and a handsome lil boy can't beat that huh a girl and a boy.... O and guess what I'm gettin' married cuzzo, yep your lil cousin doin it big.. O how I wish you was here to see all this happen for me, but GOD needed you more than we did I guess but I will see when I get there and I will always love you, your gone but never forgotten....."
Kevia(aka) Via of Ocala, Fl. USA

"Carla, Eboni and Big Dake;
This is Aunt Glo Brown. Remember, I Love you, ALWAYS. I was with this "war" for 21 years. I CAN NOT say, I know your continued pain. But I can say, "YOU AND I TOGETHER, WILL BE STRONG"! I love you all. Nothing will and never has changed that. Still and always will be Aunt Glo Brown"
MAJ Gloria Brown-Sumlin, Ret. US Army of Fort Washington, Maryland

"All I can say is God Bless You Ed. I miss you greatly. You are truly my friend forever."
Timothy A. Barber of Miami, FL


"I just read the article on the Miami Herald, Edmond was a young man I knew every well. We attend the same high school(Miami Central), we were in the band 2gether. Edmond was always a soft spoken person, full of energy, full of life. Ms.Karla and sister Eboni be strong because Edmond has gone to a BETTER places. Where he is protected from all wrong doings. And one day you guys will reunite with Dakie. God Bless!"
Andreu-Marie of North Miami Beach, Fl

"Hey Auntie and Eboni...it is now 2:18 in the morning and I just got through reading the article online and it just brought tears to my eyes. Dakie I know that I really didnt get to spend alot of time with you when we were growing up but from what I can remember you were one soooo nice and comforting. When ever we came around you made sure that we didnt feel out of place.
Aunt Karla...I don't really understand why god decides to call our love ones home, neither do I question it. All I know is that he NEVER gives us too much that we can't bare. So with that being said I just wanted you to know that I love you sooooo very much and I pray for you everyday. Stay strong baby girl for the pain NEVER goes away but with the love and support from god, family and friends; it makes the healing process alittle easier!!!! LOVE YOU GUYS YOUR NEICE AND COUSIN"
Taryn of Miami, Florida USA


I know it's been a long four years since Dakie's death and you probably still don't quite understand why. I to can't seem to understand either. But know this Dakie was as close to perfection as a young man could obtain. His time here was short but his memories will last a lifetime. Dakie, accomplished a great deal in his lifetime, but he made the ultimate sacifice of giving his so that others (like myself) could continue to live theirs. I remember when Uncle Bennie would drop him off to the house and he would cry as if he was never going to see his granddaddy again, but once he got use to being in my presence we had such a good time and lots of fun together. Like when he and I took that long ride on the Greyhound bus to Tallahassee, how I held him so close to me in fear someone was going to try to take him from me (after all he was a handsome little fella) and you were going to be sooooooo mad at me. I also remember our Disney World trip (smile) it was hilarious. These are just a few fond memories Dakie left with me. The little boy that I knew grew into a strong, handsome, fearless, respectable solider, that will forever live in my heart as well as others. I want you to know that a void has been left in my heart as well. I can honestly say that I can feel your pain because Dakie was just as much a son to me as my own son Kennard and the day I was told he lost his life a piercing pain entered my body like none I've ever experienced before and still to this day when I think of him or read the articles that I have about him it saddens my heart and tears begin to flow. Karla, I love you more than you will ever know. God has made you a strong black woman and he will never leave you or alllow you to go through this by yourself, so know that I am and will always be here for you. So on this Memorial Day and all the ones to come Dakie will forever be remembered by me and others. So stay strong as each day will allow you to and know that God is on the throne and he will forever guide your every step and always be in your presence to re-assure you that you are never alone."
Michelle McKnight, your loving cousin of Miami, Fl

"You are not forgotten this Memorial Day Ed. Your name was flown over Iraq (and used) on several of my MQ-1 Predator's on their hellfire missiles. I hope you're still practicing your ax cause I am still your section leader. God bless you and your family!"
Michael Jimenez of Nellis AFB, NV

"How are you Mrs.McKnight-Randle, I went to school with Edmond at Miami Central I was a year behind him. I know that you hurt everyday for Edmond and you wish he was here everyday with you but your son is a hero and a soilder and thats a blessing he lost his life fighting for a very not so neccessary reason and something that was sinceless and no one deserves to loose their life that way. But you are a blessed parent and of course you know that your baby want you to make it even if he cant be with you. Mrs. Randle- McKnight everything is going to be ok. Things don't change overnite and if a person have not experienced it who's to judge. If you think about Edmond for a life time then you think about him and you make sure you always remember you son as he was a real sweetheart......."
Tara James of Miami,Florida

"Dear mom of Sgt. Edmond. you are lucky to have had such a wonderful boy. i read his story today in the sunday paper. i couldnt believe it. my brother is in the army and will most likely be deployed to iraq next year. i will pray for him. but mrs. randle, if god chooses another way for him, i will hope him and edmond become best friends in heaven. i truly admire your courage. your boy lives on in our hearts and souls because we know he gave his life for our freedom. including his own mrs. randle because i assure you, eddie went feeling free."
Melissa Gil of miami, Fl /USA

"Dear Edmond,
I appreciate you.
It's soldiors like you that sacrifised for me and my kids,and i sincerely appreciate and miss you. the little time I knew you i was impressed with the way you carried yourself. when everyone else was getting high and drunk you stayed focused. your mom raised a man.
R.I.P. freshman bro-from shaq fall 95"
andre of ft. lauderdale

"To Randle Family:I remember seeing your story in Sunday's Miami Herald and realized I went to school with Edmond. I have a sister that's in the Army. She's been enlisted since 1991 and decided to make a career out of it. There's not a day that goes by I don't pray for her and other's safe return. Just keep in mind that Edmond was and still is a heroe. Stay strong."
Rochelle Bullock of miami, florida

"God Bless you and your family. Your son did not die in vain. He is at peace. And will always remain in your hearts. You all are in my prayers."
Carol Thomas of Irving, TX

"I just finished reading the article in Sunday's Miami Herald "Not Forgotten", and I was saddened because I know that Edmond's family is hurting and still grieving for him; however, when I read some of the messages posted on the website I felt like this young man was destined for greatness and he made it. Some people live for many, many years and never receive the compliments and accolades that he did. Some saw him as a 'rising star', others saw him as a 'role model' and it appears he displayed a positive, upbeat, caring attitude. Yes, it's okay to mourn his absence but celebrate his wonderful memory because he was a jewel."
Annie of Miami Gardens, FL

"To Mom: You have every right to mourn.
You shared your son with the Iraqi people, and children who never would have had a Coca Cola if it were not for Edmond. He did not die in vain. To die in vain is to have lived in vain. He lived with a purpose. You raised a responsible young man. Our prayers are with you.

I grew up as a young man in South Florida and I admire you and your family."
Earnest Cave of Goldsboro, NC

"I just wanted to let everyone know that my cousin was a good person I loved him and still love him to this day... It's not a day go by that I don't think about him, growing up taking trips to see our grandmother and the fun times we had. I remember this one time he was already in the military and my grandmother had a weekend birthday where everyone came in town from miami and all over and everyone was kind of upset because he was the only one that couldn't make it but Edmond "Dakie" as we called him manage to surprise us and show up to the lake. Man, that was a good year.. I will never forget the day I found out that I lost my role model/cousin.. My grandmother has aleast 30 grandchildren and Dakie was the oldest and he was also my Auntie Karla's oldest... Dakie, I just want you to know that I love you and Auntie Karla and Eboni I love you too.. Our family have always been a close family but this tragedy has made us even closer...."
Kevia Coach of Ocala, Fl., USA

"I met Ed when he was stationed in Germany and even though I did not know him very well, he has made a lasting impression. To his family and friends, I am very sorry for your loss."
Nadine of Harrisburg, PA

"To the family of SGT Edmond Randle I give you all my respect and prayers. I have been on this site many times and could never leave a message. Today I wanted you to know how honored I was to have known your son. I knew him briefly and he probably barely knew my name but he made an everlasting impression. Actually I looked up to him because of the way he carried himself. He was a professional and a leader. I hope that you read this and feel proud to know that we The Black Knights of B 2/20 will carry his memory wherever we go God Bless
SGT Robert Delgado of Rosenberg,TX

"This probably was the hardest thing next to playing at your funeral that I have ever done!

Ed, Edmond, Egg Head Kingpin, my friend, brother, fellow trumpet player, Hood, and the list could go on and on. I knew Edmond in some very crucial years of his life. College! The first thing I want to say is Edmond was a super great guy. He was always a cool headed, calm, relaxed, funny person to know. A very talented person. I really miss him alot. I can tell you all so much about my friend. It was like yesterday that he called me at my apartment in Tallahassee, prior to my graduation. We talked about school and how he was coming back to finish, and life, and how music was going for me. Those were the last things I remember, getting a phone call from a friend from out of the blue. He was like that, a good person. He never had a mean bone, that I knew of, in his body.
I sit here remembering how he left school for the service and how everyone couldn't believe that Ed had rolled out of Tally-ho to be in the service. I admired him for making a move, but I wished so much more for him. He was a monster trumpet player and a hell of a guy. The ladies loved him, and he was an awesome band member. I am very proud to say that I had the opportunity to march, chill, travel, and be friends with an amazing person such as Edmond L. Randle. Since graduating and leaving Tallahassee , Fl. with my degree in music, I have traveled,taught, gone back to seek my masters degree, and performed alot around the country and everytime I get a little frustrated I remember Edmond leaving his trumpet with me and saying "...keep playing Jarritt and never put it down." I still remember how my friend asked me to keep doing what I loved to do, and never let anyone come between my dream and me. That is what I remember about that young man. Selfless...! I wrote an original tune for you Edmond L. Randle. "A Walk Thru the Park: A Song for a Friend" ... it is a ballad. It sounds like the name reflective & contemplative. We still think about you Ed, and when I find a wife, have children I will remember to name one of my son's Edmond, and he'll be a trumpet playing monster. God Bless and Rest in Peace!"
Jarritt A. Sheel of Dekalb, IL USA

"I was in Basic training and AIT with Ed at Fort Sill, Ok back in 2000.I can't believe he is gone .It is a great loss not only to the Army but anyone who was lucky enough to know him. To his family I am truly sorry and pray for you. I know he is looking down on us all. Until we meet again Ed remeber Fisters lead the way and take care brother. Sgt Kern 82nd airborne division. ( devil 95)"
Sgt Kern of Sacramento,Ca


"Not one day goes by without the thought of Fish going through my mind. He was a very special person. Me and Fish were very close friends in Germany.We had alot of fun together,he was the funniest person i ever meet.My deepest prayers goes out to his friends and family."
Marlon Cunningham (Cee) of Cincinnati, Ohio

"To the family & friends that Edmond left behind. I too am graduate of American and was in the band with Dakie freshman year. Our lives took us down different pathes but we both ended serving in the Army. I was stunned to find out about his death while serving in Iraq myself. I'll always remember him as a kind person who taught me to play trumpet. A skill that has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life. RIP Hommie!!!"
SGT Henry D. Brown, US Army of Fort Polk, LA, USA


I miss you brother!! We spent many a long night in Germany stuck in the launcher, cracking jokes. Your sense of humour is something I will never forget. The day in Graf when chased the herd of wild boar with our launcher until they finally all escaped. I NEVER laughed so hard in my life!!! Getting buried turret deep in the mud the day of a live fire. I still cant believe we shot our rockets and survived SFC Burke's wrath that day. The day i got the call that we lost you was the worst of my life. I miss you lil bro!"
SSG Ferg of Wilmington, NC

"Edmond and I were stationed together at Ft Hood and I was there on 17 Jan 04. We were never really the best of friends and actually he used to get pretty mad when I would make fun of the movie Drumline and call them Band Geeks. He and I got into a pretty heated arguement in Iraq, but one day I need help with my launcher and after I had asked all my friends, they just said I don't know. So I went to ask SGT Randle and of course he was playing Playstation in his room like he aways was. But to my surprise he put the game on pause and went outside with me to show me what exactly I was doing wrong. That meant alot to me. Like I said we were never the best of friends but to take 30-45 minutes of his time to help me out when no one else would. That was the kind of guy that SGT Randle was. I keep him and his family in my prayers. You will never be forgotten my friend!"
SSG Christopher M. Lilley of Beaumont, TX

"I'm was sitting here at break, at work on 01/16/2006 and I called his cousin Marvin and asked what was his real name so that I could look up information on him...for some reason I just wanted to kmow more and as I read, I cried...I never met this person a day in my life but I have met his family but to see so many people love someone so much and to realize how much one person much such a impact on some many people lives, it made me think that we are not promised tomorrow and it got me so upset because it made me think how lucky we are....and it's so sad that someone so young, had to leave so soon....But God makes no mistake and I know it hurts and know that it may not seem fair but everything happens for a reason..I wish I could have met this amazing person....He has truly made me love life and appreciate my family....but also makes me think, what type of impression will I leave on others when I leave this earth.....Edmond, you are truly a angel because just to read this website, made me look inside myself to see would I leave such a great impact?....Mrs. Karla, I know you were upset and I know people may say they have been touch but I want to know today I cried for you because I can only imagine your pain still to this but know that your child has made a difference on how I look at life...You are truly lucky to have had such a beautiful gift...May God be with you and your family......"
Jazz of Ocala, Fl

"To the family of:Edmond L. Randle 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 one day we will meet in Heaven 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

"Tyler and I miss him also....Karla you know were to find me if every you need me... Love Vena and Tyler..."
LaMarris Cooper of Sunrise, Fl.

"I attended basic training with Eddie Randle. He was one of the few guys in the platoon who was always respectful, always hard-working, never complaining. He always had a smile and today, over a year later, I finally learned of his death. God be with him and with you all."
SSG Erica Russo of Baltimore, MD

"SGT Randle,
Ive looked at this site many times, thinking of what I could say. It was an honor to serve with you at Taji. I still remember you waking me up early in the morning complianing about the ICDC (Iraqi Civil Defense Corp)and I remember telling you that was all I had. You in your positive way said, O.K. that will work. I still think about that morning. I miss you my friend I only wished that one day I could beat you at Madden Football, "You were the champ" I will never forget that smirky smile. I know that I have a friend in Heaven and that friend is you, watching over us. God Bless. SFC Stephenson, ssgdanas@hotmail.com"
SFC Stephenson of Ft. Hood TX

"To Edmond Randle's Family,
My son served in Taji with Edmond and has shared with us what a great soldier he was. They were together shortly before he was killed on January 17th and I still remember when he called home to tell us about your loss. Our family is keeping you in our prayers and we will not forget the sacrifice that Edmond has made for our nation. May God Bless you and give you some comfort with your memories of Edmond.
With deepest sympathy,
The Holman Family"
Kathy Holman of Hastings, Michigan

"I want to send my regards out to Edmond's family and friends. He was one of my best friends in Germany, when I gave him the name "Fish", I didn't know that it would stick with him, but he perfected it. From the day we met in the barracks until the day we both left Germany, we were like brothers. I still have pictures of us during good times and I always look at them and wish that I could turn back hands of time. It's funny how you meet people from different places and connect with them as if you had known them all of your life, then before you know it, it's years later and things just seem to take their own course. I still have love in my heart for my rounds though. As long as I'm around and I'm sure his family feel the same way, the "Legend of the Fish goes on!" God bless his soul and his family!"
Randon Brown of New Orleans, La.

"I am sitting here reading all the good things that everyone has said about you and they all are telling the truth. I can think back to when we were sweethearts, and not a day went by and we didn't laugh. I can remember our conversations that we were and I saw you a football game and at that time you was telling me that you was going to iraq i could not believe what i was hearing. Because that just wasn't you. And you showed no fear in your heart. But one thing I can say about you did what you needed to persue your dream and that something I never held you back on. I can remember some of the conversations we had when you were in germany and I would always ask you why the army. And you would just laugh. I still can see your beautiful smile. You would always be a good solider. But god knows best. And you are one of the beautiful roses that he pick for his heavenly garden. Rest on sweetie we love you but god loves you best."
xxxxxxxxxxxx of miami,fl

Mrs. Karla Mcknight Randle-West of miami, fl

"I am so sorry. I just read my message to you and realized that I called your son by his last name. I, of course, meant to tell you about Edmond. Please forgive me.I was copying to make sure I didn't mispell his name and I unfortunately typed in his last name. God bless you all."
Joyce Ben-Kiki of Newington, Ct.

"Dear Randle's Family, The other day at my synagogue for the Jewish New Year, each member of the congregation received a name of a Fallen Hero. I received Randle's name. I wanted to let you know that we all prayed for Randle and prayed that he will rest in Peace. I also pray for you."
Joyce Ben-Kiki of Newington, Ct.

"I want to give my respects to Edmond Randle Jr. I am a student at Florida A&M University. I never knew him personally, but I have gotten to know him more and more through my research. I am currently working on an article about his life and situation in Iraq because I want the student body to know about him. There was a small article in our school newspaper but too many were unaware that we lost one of our own overseas. I do want to talk to anyone that might have information about him, whether you worked with him overseas or you are a family member. If you could help me put together the pieces of his past, please contact me at journey_editor@yahoo.com.

My prayers and love go out to family and friends. May his legacy live on through each of you.

Russell of Tallahassee, FL

"I want to share a little bit of my life knowing Sgt Randle. I went to American High School in Miami, Florida with Ed. I was a senior and he was a freshman and we both were in the band and both played the trumpet. I was the section leader and I made him the freshman section leader. I did this because of the young rising star I saw in him. I saw the same drive that got me where I was in him; if not more. He strived for perfection in everything he did and accepted nothing less. I also went to the same college he later attended; Florida A & M University and was also a member of the world famous "Marching 100" (go Hollywood Hoods). At FAMU, Ed turned the upperclassman heads with his drive, determination, musicality, and marching style. I also knew his father as he would volunteer his time to help my high school percussion section. He loved his son and was so proud of his son for all his accomplishments. Mr. Randle was also a member of the "Marching 100" during his college years in the percussion section (Z Phi 28). My career later brought me away from FAMU and I lost contact with Ed. Back in January of this year I was grocery shopping and a newspaper I never buy caught me eye with an unrelated article so I bought it. Upon reading the newspaper, an article dedicated to the fallen in Iraq came up so I read about each of the heroes that gave their lives for this great country. A picture caught my eye whose face looked familiar so I immediately closed in on the narrative. Once I saw the name and his age, I got the chills. A website to further pay tribute to the fallen was given so I went there and saw where this hero was from. Still in disbelief, I grabbed my old high school yearbook and turned to his picture. The grainy picture in the newspaper compared to his high school picture was all the proof I needed. Now I knew it was him. I immediately looked up his fathers phone number online, called him, and offered my condolences. I felt this was the least I could do. After getting reacquainted with his father we talked and shared stories about his son for about an hour. He told me that the funeral was the weekend prior and members of "The 100" past and present came all the way down from Tallahassee, Florida to perform a tribute and to pay their respects to our fallen hero. I feel God had a part in the coincidence of me buying that newspaper that night. I may not have been able to make the funeral, but I was able to pay my respects to his father and let him know how his son touched my life. Heaven is a better place with Edmonds angel up there!"
Michael C. Jimenez, SSgt, USAF of Nellis AFB, Nevada

What's up Dakie? This is your lil cuz Marvin. I hate the fact that you are gone. Theres so much stuff we all had planned for you. You were a great role-model for every last one of your cousins and you know there is alot of us. I can never remember a time you turned your back on us. As you know, I am a soldier like you. You are my motivation that gets me through the Army everyday I wake up. I just really want you to know, that you are truly missed. May God Bless You Soldier. Rest In Peace! I LOVE YOU CUZ!!!!"
Marvin McKnight of Ft. Stewart, Georgia, USA

"My deepest condolences to the family of SGT Edmond L. Randle. As a fellow soldier and FAMU Rattler, I can imagine the great legacy that SGT Randle has impressed upon everyone he blessed with his presence. I only wished that I had the pleasure of meeting him while he was still with us."
CPT Kenneth Lawrence of Fort Belvoir, VA

"You made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be Free. May God Bless You."
Jason Reeves of Swedesboro, NJ


I just want you to know that i miss you so much. Every time i even think about not seeing you again I cry. I still don't think it was your turn to go but GOD has his way with everything. I always come on this site to read all the messages that people write about you. Thank you for being the person that you were and teaching your little cousins like me to stay strong and stay together. I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU SO MUCH. R.I.P Love you Forever and a day."
Je'Taime McKnight (Taime) of miami, FL

"I’ve always known that our lives and the paths they take were planned out by God, even before we were in the womb. I know that God doesn’t make mistakes so I have to lean on this understanding and hold on to memories. Edmond, Thank You for being my special friend. Love Always…

To Mrs. Randle-West and Eboni,
You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers."
Shavondra Funches Killings of Pembroke Pines, FL

"To Edmond, His Mother, His Father, His Sister, all his Family, and Friends - I am forever grateful that God blessed us with Edmond. He is a true hero and wonderful soul. I never have met him, or you, but have read your story and will always keep in my heart, Edmond. I share a small part of your pain, and hope, that you knowing there are many of us out there who will remember him too comforts you in some small way. Much LOVE to you all. FOREVER EDMOND."
Kristina B. of San Diego, CA/USA


Your love of music has inspired so many of your brothers and sisters that still remain in Tallahassee to survive! We all are struggling financially to achieve that goal that you never got a chance to finish which is graduating from Florida A&M University. On behalf of those that knew and love you from Miami and your former brothers and sisters from The "Marching 100," we'd like to say that you have fought a good fight and although we felt that it wasn't your time, God knew best. Continue to guide us as we pledge to keep your legacy alive. You are truly the reason why we are who we are and because of the examples that you've set for us...we know that God has for us it is for us.

Be blessed the family of Army Sgt. Edmond L. Randall aka "Dakie.""
Candra L. Moseley, Carol City, Fl (Fall 97 Gestapo) of Tallahassee, Florida

"Dear Dakie,
never have I personally known you, but I know that you were truly a much loved person. This I know from your Aunt Elke, my best friend for many years. So many times I've heard your name. You were the inspiration to others - from childhood to adulthood. When I heard of how you left this world, I was so deeply touched and saddened. I know you are missed by so many people. You left only a couple of weeks before my son Chris had to leave to go to Iraq. My heart goes out to all of your family especially to your mother Karla and your sister Eboni. Karla, the words you wrote to your son give me strength, and I appreciate every day of my life and of my children's. Your trust in god is an inspiration for me to do the same. Take care Karla and god bless you and your family."
Angelika of Castle Hayne, NC

"I was in charge of Sgt Randle when in Bravo Btry 1/94th FA in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. All of us there were quite close and after September 11th, were ready to go anywhere our nation needed us, no matter what the cost. Saying Sgt Randle was the epitome of the US soldier would be an understatement. He always went above and beyond the call of duty and will forever live in my memories. My thoughts and prayers are with Sgt Randle's family, and all the soldiers still serving in our military overseas."
SGT Heimsoth of Wichita Falls, TX

"As I sit here revisiting all the sites for my son, Sgt. Edmond (Dakie) Randle Jr.
Tim, I must say "Thank You for your wonderful website". My mom, Hattie told me about your website. I visit often because it gives me comfort. Comfort in knowing that there are so many people out there that loved Edmond (Dakie}just as muched as I did.
I miss him so much. It is so hard to deal with the thought of knowing that Ed will not be coming home to us. We were planning a big homecoming party for him in March. Every time he calls me We talk about everything , from the past to the future. Hearing his voice was all I needed to get me though the week. He would always have me laughing about something. Even when I feel down (because he was so far away) He was my support system, my shoulder to lean on. He would always tell me that he was going to be ok and don't worry about him. He always say "dont worry mommy I will be home soon and we are going to celebrate.
Through it all I guess God knows best. I often say my kids were my angels. I was blessed to have Dakie in my life and I am still blessed to have Eboni (his sister). Her prom is May 1,2004 and I know she wanted her brother to be here.
Dakie I know you are here in spirit. I feel you are right here, our Guardian Angel watching over us.
I thank God every day for you & Eboni. I thank God for the close relationship we have. I guess thats why it is so hard to let go.
My family & friends are still my support system. I thank God for Bennie & Hattie. for raising my siblings & I to be close and love one another. To treat people as you would want them to treat you. I in return tought Dakie (Edmond)& Eboni that same value of life & love. We always said " I love you". I thank God that we always knew of our love for each other and it still lives on with my baby girl Eboni, who is now 18 yrs old.
So many of our soldiers are passing on. I often think maybe God is calling for all his angels to come home.I just pray that not many more people have to go through what I am going through because it hurts. But as everyone says "God knows best" so I'll just trust in God and continue to Pray for strength and guideness."
Karla ( Mcknight) Randle-West of Miami (Opa Locka), FL

"Your legacy will always live on in the hearts of the members of the Marching "100". See you when I get there Ed."
Reson Konchellah (Fall '99 Piccolo) of Tallahassee, FL by way of Belle Glade (Da' Muck)

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

"Edmond Randle,
You are a true warrior! You fought courageously for our Red, White and Blue. You have stood the watch here on Earth and now you stand the watch above. I thank you for your protection, for tonight my family and all American's can sleep tight. You are a true HERO! I Salute you and your family. God Bless"
AC2 (AW/SW) Beaudoin USN of Naval Air Station Brunswick ME

"As I sit here and read so many messages that people close and all over the world have left I know that you were loved and you touched many..It has been very hard this past couple of months realizing that I will know longer get to hold you our here your voice anymore..But when the lonely thoughts feel my heart I'm reminded of the love we've shared for many years..We were just about to get started on the last phase of life together ...marriage,children...what am I going to do now...Baby you may be gone but just as the "rock" as stand the test of time the love we share for each other will live on forever..Not a day goes by that I don't carry you in my heart....."Rest baby until we meet again""
Sheneka of Miami, Fl

"Well cuz, What can I say. Everytime I'm reminded that your no longer here with us my heart saddens. Although, we didn't see each other often, I still remember your smile that lights up the entire room. As I recall the last time we saw each other was at Byron's welcome home party. As quiet as you were; your presence was still known. Besides your handsome face, beautiful smile, and a heart that is bigger than this whole nation, we still knew that you were there. As a matter of fact, I was able to get in one dance with you. Now I have something that I will cherish for the rest of my life! Rest in PEACE Cuz...."
Kativa Edwards-Jerry of Miami Gardens, FL.

"To my Big brother Edmond aka Dakie.
Every since I first heard what happened It was an unreal pain that I didnt want to be true or to be happening. I kept saying "Lord this is not real. I know they've got the wrong person." But unfortunetly it is real. The only thing I could do was cry on mommy shoulder and say "he won't be able to see me graduate." But mommy and uncle William made me realize that you are going to see me. You're going to be right there with me when I graduate and every second before and after that and I thank God for that. I love & always will miss you. Your Baby sister.

To everyone who has given my family support, I would like to thank you all sooooooooo much. You all have been a support system for me and my family.I thank God for good kind-hearted people like yourselves. Once again thank you& God bless."
Eboni J.S. Randle of Miami, Florida/USA

"Dakie (Sgt. Edmond Randle),
We thank God for allowing us to have you with us for awhile. You were a loving and kindhearted person and We love you. You were my #1 Grandson. I'm sorry that you didn't receive your birthday card in time, but I know deep down in my heart you knew that it was on its way. I will miss you, but I will let you go.
Thanks to all of you that sent a message for Edmond. Special thanks to Tim Rivera for putting together this website.
God bless!!"
Hattie McKnight-Hightower of Ocala, Florida, USA

"I was stationed with Sgt. Randle when he was with 1/94 FA in Idar-Oberstein Germany. We all called him "FISH" because he was a big Dolphins fan. He lived two doors down from me. He is one of the funniest guys I ever met and I know he will be missed. My heart and prayers go out to all the family's who have lost loved ones. "Fish" will never be forgotten!!"
Stephen Sanders of Springfield, TN, USA

"Sgt. Randle,
It's been a few months since you left us, and it still doesn't even seem real. I keep waiting for you to stick your head in the room and ask me, " WHERE'S CARTER!" Like you always used to do, what seemed like 10 times a day, because I think it still hasn't hit most of us yet. Well I still vow to beat you someday "up there" in a game of "live", since I could never do it down here. We miss you SO much. Your sacrifice will NEVER be forgotten. May you RIP."
PFC Ryan Smith of Taji, Iraq B-2/20 FA

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

"To The Family of Sgt Randle:
Please except my deepest condolences for the loss of this great hero."
Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness and loss. Thanks to Edmond for fighting for our country. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless your family! We Will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Thank you Edmond Randle, 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 Sgt. Edmond Randle:
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 Edmond 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 Sgt. Edmond Randle:
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 Edmond, 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