Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Carl Thomas

29, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Thomas died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his observation post. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on September 13, 2004.

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"Miss u nephew!!NO happy holidays since you left.Rest."
ITEEAH THOMAS of Canton Michigan. U.S.

"I went to school with Carl. Didn't know him all that well, but I do know he was friends with the Flicks. From what I remember, he was a man of good character. I'm sure he made a great NCO. God bless and thank you for your service!"
A. Pinley of Phoenix

"Crittie rat auntie will b 5j this year. Life is not the same. I wear bifocals. Lol. . Love hurts sometime. A lot. U r always with me.. Always luv u. Auntie lvmp. It hurts rat. Luv auntie lump. Always @ 4 ever."
Auntie of M

"It is surreal to even comment on the passing of my elementary school friend. Via facebook, I learned of his death, and was deeply saddened. He was very kind, quiet and yet memorable. My most sincere sympathy to his family. This is a somber reminder that we really are at war.:-("
Jammie (Sumrall) Little of Detroit, MI

"Sgt. Carl Thomas was a great friend and soldier. We were on the same humvee all day on 12 September, 2004, the day before he was killed in action. We had a great time that day. I try to remember that day. My son Thomas Hagy Ayars is named for Sgt. Thomas and SSgt Hagy. I miss both of you."
Chuck Ayars of Reaper Platoon

"Happy Veterans Day bro, miss you."
SSG Garcia of New Braunfels, Texas

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families 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

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,750 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Mothers of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
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Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Carl Thomas:
Carl 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

"There's an event taking place in Topeka, Kansas on Saturday, June 14th Flag Day - 11:00 AM - The Reading. Volunteers will be reading the names of our fallen heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan. I'll be reading Carl's name. To the family and friends of Carl Thomas - he hasn't been forgotten. We will be honoring his memory this weekend. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of this hero. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Grace of New York (Veterans@netzero.com)"

"To the family of Carl Thomas,

I remember Carl from MHS class of 95 and he was an interesting person, he was kind and diligent, when I heard of his passing it was a double blow for me, for my older brother also an MHS graduate of 94 was killed in Iraq as well. Knowing who Carl was and the friendship he shared with me and my brother lets me further know that they are there in heaven watching over us know, making sure we think before we act and that we are careful. I pray you find contentment and know that he is always with you. To my fellow alumni and comrade, I love you as a friend and as a fellow veteran of the armed services."
Sabrina Caldwell of Davis, CA/USA

"To the family of:Carl Thomas 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"

"Carl one of my many memories that I have of you is how you would sing "Dont want you back" by Camron you were always singing something."
SPC Jesse Rosales of Corpus Christi, Texas

"For the Family of Carl Thomas,
I read the biographical note about your loved-one on the CNN site. My son also had the nickname of 'Critter' as a child. The son of my best friend is now in a college ROTC program, in his second year on his way to becoming a Marine. She sent me a picture of him and his friends in their uniforms, and as in all pictures of young soldiers, there is such a promise of youth. I cannot begin to imagine your loss, and all that you had hoped for your young man. Know that from now on, I will think of one other 'Critter', and hold you in my heart."
Anita Krusko of Somers, NY

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

"My thoughts and prayers go out the families of Sgt Carl Thomas. I heard about the tragic accident from the detroit lions website. My friend Bobby Carrol who is a soldier in his cavalry 1-12, posted a note on the site, stating that Sgt Thomas was happy the morning he died because the Lions had won there first game. Once again I am terribly sorry for your loss, and we want all our troops and freinds to return home. Sgt Thomas and so many others are true heroes of our country. They will never be forgotten. Help is on the way."
Rob Maresca of Connecticut

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

"To the family and friends of Carl, he will never be forgotten, he is a true hero. Our family shares in your sorrow, we lost my brother SPC Shawn Davies on July 8, 2004. May God be with you at this time and until you meet with Carl again."
Toni Peters of Concord, OH

"To Carl's 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 brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorow. 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 family in Phoenix, AZ

"To Carl's 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 soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


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

"To the family of Carl,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We know your pain as we have also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Carl is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.nett of Tucson, AZ

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

"Thank you Carl Thomas, 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. Carl Thomas:
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 Carl 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. Carl Thomas:
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 Carl, 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