Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Elijah J Rao

Lake Oswego, Oregon

December 5, 2009

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
26 Army Sgt

2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

Fort Carson, Colorado


Killed in Nuristan, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

Welcoming Home Our Hero. Click photo below

December 12, 2009

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December 15, 2009

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December 5, 2010

From Harley Davidson Forums hdforums.com 12/06/09

The words... "I regret to inform you..."

The words you never want to hear from a military officer or policeman. We heard them today.

We were informed by the military today our older son, Specialist Elijah Rao, was killed by an IED earlier today in Afghanistan. His convoy was stopped at the site of an explosion. Elijah stepped out of the humvee and within moments, another IED was detonated, taking Elijah out. Something we have feared for years, but hoped would not come to pass. Elijah survived two tours in Iraq and then Afghanistan. He was scheduled to come home in January on leave and then come home for good in May.

He was an incredible, gentle, bright, loving person and this hits really, really hard. He has a wife and 1 year old. The coming week will be very difficult. We were visited by two incredible Army officers earlier today and spent most of this evening with another. We have a lot of grief and ceremony to move through this week, and beyond.

We've cried about all we can cry today, I think, and now about all we know to do with ourselves is to let people know about our beloved Elijah.

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