- Operation Enduring Freedom
- Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
- Operation Inherent Resolve
- Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Operation New Dawn
- Operation Odyssey Lightning
- Operation Spartan Shield
- U.S. Africa Command Operations
- U.S. Central Command operations
- The People Behind The Sacrifice
Army Sgt. Charles T. Caldwell
Died September 1, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
38, of North Providence, R.I.; assigned to the 115th Military Police Company, Army National Guard, Cranston, R.I.; killed Sept. 1 when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device on Main Supply Route Tampa, south of Baghdad, Iraq. Caldwell was one of two soldiers killed in the incident.
Sgt. Charles T. Caldwell and his bride, Margaret, had pushed up their wedding from June to February when things began heating up in the Middle East. Charles wanted to celebrate their union with “a huge party” as soon as he came home.
“Well, baby, this is some party,” Margaret Caldwell said at a memorial service for her husband, sending a wave of laughs through the audience. Caldwell, 38, of North Providence, R.I., was killed Sept. 1 when the Humvee he was riding in struck a land mine in Iraq. He was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard.
Kipp Caldwell remembered his older brother as a loving and loyal friend. He liked the camaraderie and the structure of the military.
“He was happy that he was doing something that he felt was very worthwhile and we’re proud of him for that,” said Kipp Caldwell. “I think he was at a happy point in his life. He was doing what he wanted to do.”
— Associated Press