Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Demetrius L. Rice

24, of Ortonville, Minnesota.
Rice died in Talafar, Iraq, when his vehicle rolled over as the driver tried to avoid another vehicle. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on July 14, 2004.

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"To Everyone who has left a message for my son and family I want to thank you and indeed it is always needed to feel he was important and gave his life for all of us."
Valorie Rice (Mechie's Mom) of Appleton, MN/USA

"PLEASE Help to find the Family?
Christina Finn of Chicago IL USA

"To Justin Rice: We are so sorry for your loss. We are with the organization "Honor and Remember of Minnesota" and have a personalized flag to present to the family of Cpl. Demetrius Rice. Could you please give us a call at 612-518-2682. We would be honored to present this flag to your family."
Pat & Mike LaBelle of Minneapolis, MN

"Hi my name is Justin Darnell Rice. Demetrius Lamont Rice was my only brother and i loved him more than anything. I would like to thank everybody for their paryers and im just thankful that his friends didnt forget him as we have not forgotten his sacrifice for his country. Thank you all for your kind words and prayers."
Justin Rice of Minnesota

"You are not forgotten."
Garvey, M. of Vancouver,BC

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To the family of CPL Demetrius Rice: I served with your son at Fort Lewis. I was one of the first to welcome him into the unit and we became pretty good friends. Me, him, and Lajudice were always seen together, always causing trouble. I can only imagine the pain you feel. When I heard about D, I was in shock. But I knew that he died doing the thing he loved most after his video games, and that was being a soldier. You should be proud of him.

D, I can't believe its been 5 years. Where does the time go. I remember all of the nights I spent watching you trying to beat that stupid game, Devil May Cry, and how pissed it would make you when you got the crud kicked out of you. I couldn't be there when you reported to your next duty station, but you are never forgotten. See you in a few years."
Andrew Walburn of COB Adder, Iraq

"To the family: What is it that we admire about the soldier? It is certainly not that he goes into battle; what we admire about the soldier is that he has the power of losing his own life for the life of a larger cause; that he holds his personal suffering of no account; that he flings down on the gage of battle his all, and says, "I will stand or fight with this cause."

On behalf of Tribute to the Troops"
TTTT of Lindstrom, MN

"July 4, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Demetrius L. Rice:
Demetrius 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

"CPL. Rice and Family
I am truely sorry I wasn't able to save you. It has been a long road and daily thoughts that run through my head of that day. I have thought of all the things I could have done for you, even though I knew I couldn't bring you back. I think of your family all the time, and what I would say to them, and the feelings and thoughts I have carried since that day in 2004. Your life was taken too soon. May the Lord comfort you and watch over your family. Tears still flow from these eyes and you will never be forgotten."
SGT. Craig Palmer 5/20th Infanatry Treatment NCO of Sault Ste. Marie/Michigan/USA

I will be forever grateful for having you in my life. You are my hero."
Meagan of Snellville, Ga

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my depest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"My sincerest condolences on your loss. It's our loss as well. I represent Home of the Brave Quilt project. We wish to make a quilt to honor Demetrius' service and present it to his family. Please contact me at www.homeofthebraveMN.org"
Jean Loken of Apple Valley, MN

"To the family of:Demetrius L Rice 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"

"Cpl Demetrius L. Rice

I sit here on veterans day just remembering that your life was taken so that this country can be free. It's been two years since we lost you. I think about you everyday and GOD BLESS you my friend. See you when I get there."
of Tacoma WA

"RIce I miss you more every day. Your death hurt me more then most will ever know. I miss the stupid look on your face when I would bet you in x-box. I remember the moring that you died I was messing with like every day, I never got to say good bye. I can't believe that your gone. You where one of the best friends I've ever had. Good bye my friend."
Rodger Peebles of Arlington TX.

"Rice buddy, your humorous ways are missed. I'll never forget when you first got to the platoon and we balled you up, except you got me that day...I dont know how it always happened but we always ended up on the small deployments together....Bliss(attached to 1st PLT)MC02(attached to Aco)Anyhow, I wish you were still around so I could watch your crazy running style and so you could show these newbies a thing or 2 about the Stryker. Keep up on those games too, I'll play ya when I see ya. Goodbye friend"
SGT Williams of 2nd PLT Bco 5/20IN

"Hey Buddy.
Wow.. a Year ago we were sitting in that sandbox together wondering what the heck was for dinner. Seemed other than the thoughts of home, dinnertime was the best and most sought after time in the camp. I not only speak for myself, but for all the Battle Hard Regulars when I tell you I miss your humor like none other. I know you are with us still today. I know you will be with us, watching over us as we prepare for yet another rotation in the sandbox. Keep the OBJ in the sky secure. Save a rack for me bro. I will see you when the REAL Commander in Chief says its my time to report for duty."
DSW of 5/20 INFANTRY. Ft. Lewis, WA

"To the family of Demetrius L. Rice:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

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

"To Demetrius' 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 your loved one's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

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

"So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you"
Kim of Oregon

"To Demetrius' 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

"Thank you Demetrius Rice, 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 Cpl. Demetrius Rice:
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 Demetrius 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 Cpl. Demetrius Rice:
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 Demetrius, 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