Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Frank K. Rivers, Jr.

23, of Woodbridge, Virginia.
Rivers died in Mosul, Iraq when he collapsed during physical training. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on April 14, 2004.

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"As these years have passed, I will always keep Frank in my memories. He was so humble, funny, caring and had the biggest heart one could imagine. While deployed, I spoke to Frank at least a week before he was called. We talked about our usual, music, mixtapes and basketball. I made a conscience effort to make sure I seen him whenever a convoy went to his base. I can see you now, dribbling a basketball, smiling and listening to some good music. I had the pleasure of knowing you since our earliest days in the Army when 334th first stood up at Fort Gordon then we moved to Fort Lewis. I miss you my friend. See you later."
Damien Moody of Fort Lewis,1-14 CAV, Mosul, Tal Afar

"Never forgotten. I still remember the laughter you brought to us all!"
SGT Christina Cooper of Santa Rosa CA

"April 18, 2009
To the family of Spc. Frank K. Rivers, Jr.:
Frank 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 of:Frank K. Rivers, Jr. 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"

"My beloved brother you will be greatly missed words cannot express how much you are missed and how it seems like yesterday you were here with us, having water fights..hehe..well yah...to the Rivers family your son was special and was like a brother to me and i loved and will miss him...
RIP Frankie..."
Kelli Thomas of Tacoma Washington

"I am over here in Iraq, thinking about Frank. We always talked about music and west indian food. Always down to earth and forever an inspiration. If anyone knew him well, you know the deal."
SGT Donald Smith of Baghdad, Iraq/Ft. Lewis/NYC

"At the close of life, the question will be not how much have you got, but how much have you given; nor how much have you won, but how much have you done; not how much have you saved, but how much have you sacrificed; how much have you loved and served, not how much were you honored.
Thank You Rivers... It was an honor, just to know you... You will be missed..."
CIV Jason Benjamin of Orlando, Florida

"it is hard to understand that i will never see him again. it will never make sense to me or anyone that knew him. i guess god needed him home"
SPC Amira, Loana of 3rd BDE 2nd ID

"SPC Rivers,
We will always miss you. You touched each of our hearts in a very special way. Thank you for being our friend and a part of our family. Because of you we can stand tall and say we truly knew a hero. Thank you for your friendship.
To the Rivers family,
Thank you for sharing Frank with us. He was a light in a very dark place. We send our deepest sympathy to you all. You are in our hearts."
SPC Cooper, Christina of 334 Sig Co 3BDE 2ID , FT Lewis WA, Iraq

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

"To Frank's Family and friends! May God Bless you all! I've known Frank forever and again only briefly! I saw him come in to the hospital on sick call and during his stay - we talked and prayed. And was there for him when he came in the last time before going home, again we talked and prayed! He is very special and continues his mission still! Frank is a wonderful 'old soul', he touched many lives during his time with us! And continues to do so! In his honor let us continue to bring God's light in to the darkness of the world and let us make every day count!"
Chaplain H. Tim Vakoc of 44th CSB, Iraq

"We really appreciate and are very thankful for everyone’s prayers and concerns regard our great loss at this time. There are many great words that can be used to describe my brother, but I’ll say one thing. My brother was a great person to be around, he loved life, lived life to the way he causes and wasn't affected negatively by now one. By brother loved his family and his friends and I believe would have done anyone thing for us. So, as we go on I would ask for those out there try not to mourn his death (its tough for me everyday), but be happy that he is getting out of this crazy world and that is on his way to visit his mother. And Our Father. Thank you all and Support the Soldiers and Civilians over in Iraq.
God Bless"
From the Rivers Family and Friends of Stuttgart, Germany

"To Frank's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send you our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Rest in Peace Soldier"
The Taylors USMC NC

"To Frank's Family:
There are no words to describe the sorrow we feel for you loss. May God bless you and watch over you."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Frank Rivers, Jr., 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 Spc. Frank Rivers, Jr.:
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 Frank 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 Spc. Frank Rivers, Jr.:
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 Frank, 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