Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Sgt. Carlos N. Saenz

46, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Saenz died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Abilene, Texas. Died on May 5, 2006.

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"Carlos, Rest in peace Brother. I will never forget your friendship and your willingness to help others. You were a beacon in the night for many, many soldiers. I thank you and I salute you. It was and is an honor to have served with you and to have known you."
SGM William J. Dyer of Green Valley, Arizona

"Top --- you are truly missed. I cannot think of you without my eyes filling with tears. It was indeed an honor to have known you and to have served under you. I knew 1SG (I know that he was no longer 1SG but rather was MSG in Iraq) for several years. I served under him in the 1/221 Cavalry in the NV Army National Guard. We both had retired and were in the Retired Reserve, when we both got the same call asking us to put the uniform on again. I still remember the flight from Washington DC down to Charleston, SC and the bus ride to Ft. Jackson to begin the next chapter in our military lives. He was more than a 1SG to me, he was also a friend. We used to joke about walking back into the old armory when we would get home - the folks in 1/221 would have asked how he got the Black Horse combat patch and we were going to tell them about Iraq and being Civil Affairs over there - and his being able to serve with 1/11th ACR in that role, while I was the 448 S-6 NCOIC. Carlos, my old friend --- see you in heaven one of these days. Thank you for all you did over the 7 years that I was able to know you. For his family --- know that you are in my prayers, still."
SSG Jon Watt of Ft. Huachuca, AZ

"May 5, 2009
To the family of 1st Sgt. Carlos N. Saenz:
Carlos 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

"1SGT Saenz, you were the best. You have been missed. Those of us who returned will not forget...."
Tom Crane, LTC (R) of San Antonio, Tx

"I will always remember SFC Saenz and SPC Torres. I never though about it at the time, but serving with them was such an honor, what a difference they made, in life, in service and in the lifes of those less fortunate."
SSG Logan Griffith of Pacific, MO

"I recently heard the very sad news about Carlos Saenz, I couldn't believe it, as Carlos was always going, full of life and energy!. I worked with him in the Security Division at the Nevada Test Site - during the culmination of the Cold War era. This was also during the underground testing of nuclear weapons - in which this effort can be attributed to helping end the Cold War. I believe Carlos was making another successful contribution to America and the country of Iraq.
At the Nevada Test Site, Carlos was working extremely long hours - during nights, weekends, and holidays as well. It is noted he always had a positive happy attitude, and was encouraging to everyone. He truly exemplified the definition of a Patriotic American - who finally gave his all... Carlos always strived to do "the right thing" in protecting Americas assets.
My prayers, and deepest condolences go out to his wife Nan, who in her career also contributed to the security of this country, and as a mother - who suported her family and husband. I also would like to tell his family I was proud to know him, and he will not be forgotten."
Bob Dexter of Washington D.C.

"Thanks for your dedication and hardwork. You set the standard. You were up and at em everyday. You were also a kind and gentle soldier/leader. I am proud to have known you and to have served with you. Your children must be proud to have a father as brave and courageous as you.
(FOB Ishkandariyah)"
Patrick D. Munro of Princeton, Minnesota

"To the family of:Carlos N. Saenz I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"My best friend in iraq. i will miss you always. juan thanks for sending your dad and i sci friday. he loved you.
joe schicker of st louis missouri

"Thank you for your relentless bravery & heroic efforts abroad & at home...
Thank you for being the family hero! You'll always be in our prayers..."
Miramontes Family of Las Vegas, NV, USA

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

"Thank you Carlos Saenz, 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 1st Sgt. Carlos Saenz:
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 Carlos 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 1st Sgt. Carlos Saenz:
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 Carlos, 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