Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Cody L. Wentz

21, of Williston, North Dakota.
Wentz died in Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle while on patrol. He was assigned to 141st Engineer Battalion, Army National Guard, Williston, North Dakota. Died on November 4, 2004.

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"Again, Cody thank you for your service- I remember you always just walking on into Grandma Shirley's house "SHIRLEY! BILLY!" to see Chris- they loved having you over and when we meet again, you will always be welcome to just walk on in as you used to. God Bless"
Steven Adam of Houston, TX

"Thank you for honoring that blank check...the one you wrote to the citizens on this great country, where the amount written was "up to and including your life." Enjoy that guard post in the sky, and let St. Peter know you're keeping an eye on things."
Anonymous of Grand Forks, ND

"Hello Cody... it's already been too long. Feels like forever. I just wanted to let you know I have a daughter now. I tell her about you and how much you loved and cared for everyone. I thank you for everything you passed on to me. The love you had for life and others will always be missed. If you aren't to busy making everyone laugh and smile wherever you are feel free to stop in and check on Olivia any time. You would have loved her. From myself and everyone in my family, I love you and I look forward to the day we get to meet again."
Rob Urbatsch of Grand Forks, ND

"In a month or less I will be coaching football and will reflect on Cody with my special teams and let them know it is Still a long day for those who were blessed to know Cody. Seven years later I still remember him with pride and if my cowboys had to lose to the lions this last weekend I wouldn't ask for a change on the warriors attitude displayed by his team. God bless."
Mark Wandle of Montana

"Still a long day for those who were blessed to know Cody. Seven years later I still remember him with pride and if my cowboys had to lose to the lions this last weekend I wouldn't ask for a change on the warriors attitude displayed by his team. God bless."
Mark Wandle of Montana


"To the family of Cody Wentz, I would first like to thank you for raising such a wonderful, caring, and patriotic man. My brother, Keith Smette, was also killed in Iraq. My current job is as an instructor for units that are doing premobilization training in North Dakota. I take is seriously. One way for soldiers to get a good understanding of the importance of the training is by remembering those who have given the ultimate sacrafice. I would like for you to email me some stories about Cody. I did not have the privledge to meet him but would love to share bits and pieces about him so that those who deploy in the future will have his memory in their heads and remember why, and who, we are fighting for. My email address is robert.smette@us.army.mil Thank you so much and God Bless!"
CW2 Robert Smette of Bismarck, ND

"Today on 9/11, I remember TAPS and I remember Cody. I'm wearing Cody's button today... I love you, Mr. and Mrs. Wentz. <3"
Emily of Virginia

"codey was my friend and i am very sad to see him go. he made every one smile even if they were just making fun of him. i seriously would never have seen this comming. i will miss him with everything inside of me."
mayor hanson of seattle, washington/united states

"November 4, 2008
To the family of Spc. Cody L. Wentz:
Cody 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

"You have been a big inspiration, you will never know how much you have helped me and other people. I miss ya everyday, even more on this day. We all love you."

"Hi Mr. and Mrs. Wentz:

This is Emily from TAPS. Wow, it's been a long time since I saw you at TAPS in 2006. I miss you both a lot. Today, I was celebrating Father's Day with my Dad when I thought of you. I just wanted to wish you a blessed Father's Day. You both have been such a blessing in my life, showing me more about freedom than I could ever imagine. I have Cody's picture button up where I see it everyday and remember the sacrifice for freedom. You both are in my thoughts and prayers. How have you been?

The email I have for you doesn't work... feel free to email at gdzlightningbug@aim.com.

I love you!"
Emily Girardin of Virginia

"I honor cody for his sacrifice. I was his battle buddy during basic training and I will always remember him!"
Chris Serena of Pittsburgh, PA

"Today I honor you Cody. I will never forget you or the sacrifice you made. I am thankful for the time that we spent together in Iraq. You were a kind soul and an awesome soldier. You will be remembered and honored forever."
of A 141 Soldier of Valley City, ND

"Cody, I will never forget you!!!!!! As long as I am in the guard I will do things in memory of you and the sacrafice that you made. We will meet again brother....someday...someday."
Bravo CO. Soldier. of North Dakota

"to the family of spc. cody wentz....Cody was a great hero he faught for our freedom,i and my husband will always think of you and the rest of your family..we know what its like to loose a loved one at such a young age...our thoughts and prayers are with you always....moodyjen@pop.ctctel.com"
mr/mrs.Craig Fettig of Dickinson,ND

"Novemeber 4 will never be the same. We will never forget. We will always remember our fellow Trailblazer, Cody Wentz, a true hero and defender of freedom. Our hearts go out to the Wentz family.

Chaplain (CPT) Maury Millican, US Army
141st Engineer Combat Battalion, NDARNG"
Maury Millican, CPT, CH of Bismarck, ND

"For the Wentz family: I write to let you know how sorry I am for your loss, and how much respect I have for your son. I'm a career Navy man still serving, from Williston. You, and Cody, epitomize what sacrifice, class and grace mean. My thoughts and prayers are with you more often than you know; Cody was a brother-in-arms from my hometown, which I consider the greatest place in the world. Rest assured that Cody's memory is alive in everyone who believes as he did, and your loss is not in vain. God bless you."
L. Huff

"Cody was in my platoon in Iraq, and I was on the patrol that night that ultimately took this young man's life. I must say he was a very special person, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. For all of the soldiers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice and to all of their families, I offer these words spoken many many years ago:

"I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the Alter of Freedom."

- Abraham Lincoln"
CO A 141st ECB Soldier of Minneapolis, MN

"Cody, it has been over a year now and I still can't believe you're gone. You were a great guy and are still sadly missed. As you know it takes one heck of a man to be a nurse and I know you would have made a great one. I remember us going to WSC classes to be nurses, then were going to be moving to Bismarck at the same time. Every day when I work as a nurse, I will think of you and how much people are missing out on. I am glad I had the chance to get to know you and am sad more people didn't get the chance to know such a great man! Thank you Cody and Wentz family. God bless you all."
A fellow nursing student of Williston/Bismarck, ND

"Cody will be missed by all of us in Williston and in the world. We are so pround of you and honor you. Thank you for standing for our freedom."
Lacie Green (Class of 2001) of Williston, ND

"Please don't stand and weep
those men I had to save
not because of courage
or because I'm brave

not because of orders
or because it was my dream
i did it for my brothers
i served for the team

so please don't weep for me
for all I had to give
i did it for a reason
"so that others may live"

Wentz family, I love you!"

"To the family of Cody L. Wentz:

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"

"I only met the man once but he definitely left a memory with me. One of the funniest guys I ever met. He will be missed and I truely wish that I could have known him better. My prayers are with his family and close ones."
Matt Meza of Jackson, GA USA

"Cody was such a great person who had a passion most of us spend our entire lives looking for. He was always like a big brother to me and to many others I'm sure. I still can't believe he's not coming home. He loved making people laugh and always having a good time. Thinking about him everyday, remembering his smile, laugh, and the way he lived his life has helped us all through this terrible time. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Welcome home heroes of the 141 and thank you for all you do."
Christy Schultes (cody's cousin) of Jamestown, ND

ken wentz of williston,n.d.

"My heart broke when I learned of Cody's death. I cried for hours at his memorial service and have cried many times since whenever I remember how wonderful a man he was. He was the best - a truly beautiful person with a huge heart, and a smile to match. I was so impressed with his zest for life, and in the time I knew him, he made a huge impression on my life. There is a hole in my heart now that is he is gone. But it comforts me - and I hope, his family - to know that he is above watching over us. He's my hero - and I miss him now and always."
A friend of Bismarck ND

"My thoughts and prayers are with Cody's family at this time of sorrow."
Sherri Ekblad of Williston, ND

I've been told "It will get easier with time." I hope this is true as my heart ackes every day since we lost you. You are such an insperation! You were given a job to do and you did it with pride. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily. We are doing what we can to help your family through this very difficult time. You are missed so very much by many people espically your family and fellow soldiers. As we prepare for their return we know what a difficult day that will be. As Dustin put it, Their not coming home as a whole unit like when they left. You gave up so much at such a young age. We are very proud of you and you will always be remembered as a hero who gave his all. We love and miss you. Thank You Cody"
Toni Anderson of Williston, ND

Even though I never even knew your name until after you were gone, I will always remember and honor your sacrifice. You were truly a brave and wonderful person, who gave up a chance to go on leave so someone else wouldn't have to. And I think that you were also truly courageous in writing to Paul Omdahl about your concerns for yourself and your fellow National Guards in Iraq. God bless you and your family. You will always live in my memory as a true American hero."
Sarah of New York City

"I too read about Cody in the Rocky Mountain News. The article was hateful and tried to exploit this young man's legacy for the writer's (Paul Campo's) leftist agenda.
I am greatful for this site to honor Cody. God bless his family. Thank them and Cody for their sacrifice. Pray for Cody and all the men and women who serve."
P Gigliotti of santa monica

"This morning I found an editorial in the Rocky Mountain News here in Denver CO. The editorial was obviously anit-war, and attempted to serve the writer's purpose. Cody, (according to the statements of the writer Paul Campos) however did not choose to be so self-serving. He gave of himself very unselfishly, and even when he could have taken 'time-off' from the war, he chose to give even more by allowing others to go home to visit family. I didn't know Cody personally, but he sounds like the kind of person we would all like to aspire to be. Cody chose to serve his county, that was a personal choice and he did the very best he could to fully meet that obligation. The youth of America are meeting these challenges daily and protecting our freedom at great personal cost. I have a nephew that has been to Iraq twice; and a son who served in the Marine Corps in Desert Storm, and is now re-enlisting in the Marine Reserve 12 years later, to go back. I too served in The North Dakota Army National Guard in the 1970's as a medic. As it has been said of war: "all gave some, some gave all." Cody is an American hero and will always be remembered as such. Our prayers are with you and your family."
Ernie W of Lone Tree, CO

a friend of Philadelphia, PA

"i hate bush.i hate my country.bush/cheney/rumsfeld and all the cronies are war criminals! they have killed my fellow americans all for the sake of money and oil.nazi's are in the white house.how could this possibly be happening?!"
sad american of nj usa

"To the family of Cody Wentz,
My sincere sympathy goes out to you. I served with Cody here in Iraq. Everyday he put his life on the line to save others in the dangerous job that he did. Yet, everyday he was able to put a smile on his face and some how make you smile as well. For all of us he gave the ultimate sacrafice and I will never forget him for that. Cody will be forever remembered. May God bless you all!"
A Co. 141 Soldier of FOB O'ryan, Iraq

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

"To the family of Cody;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Cody is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew who also served in the National Guard in this battle for freedom. May God bless your family during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"Thankyou Cody for standing up for our freedom. You are truly missed and will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends."
Lindsey Burau of Williston, ND

"To the family of Cody Wentz,

Cody will not be forgotten. We will miss our friend Cody in many ways and remember him at times throughout our lives. He touched our family in many ways, especially my step-son Chris, who counted Cody among his best of friends. Cody was always polite, courteous, and represented himself, his family, and his uniform honorably. God bless all of you in your time of need. The emotional strength and character you demonstated at Cody's memorial services is a model for all who have lost a loved one and no doubt was the blueprint for Cody's strength of character, honor, and love of family."
Monte and Judy Besler, Billie and Shirley Snelson, Chris and April Adam, Jason Adam, Steven Adam and all the rest of the family of Williston, ND USA

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Cody L. Wentz."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the friends and family of Spc. Cody Wentz,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To Cody's family,
When I called home to Williston this evening and my sister told me Cody got killed and Spc Sorenson was injured, I went speechless. I served in OIF 1 and recieved a purple heart, and I also lost Marines under my command, but this really hit me hard. I remember the last time I was home on leave right after I returned from Iraq, I ran into Cody and he was so excited to go over there. Atleast now he's in a better place. Rest in peace, bro."
Sgt James King of Marine Security Guard Detachment, American Embassy Quito, Ecuador

"To Cody'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 Cody'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 Cody Wentz, 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. Cody Wentz:
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 Cody 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. Cody Wentz:
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 Cody, 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