O ceremonie militară pentru denumirea Centrului Rezerviştilor Armatei Americane din Statul New York cu numele sergentului Cătălin D. Dima s-a desfăşurat duminică, 22 noiembrie, la New Windsor, Statele Unite ale Americii, în prezenţa familiei eroului român, prietenilor şi a reprezentanţilor armatelor americane şi române.

Colonelul Marin-Claudiu Bibiriţă, consilierul militar la Misiunea Permanentă a României la Organizaţia Naţiunilor Unite, a ţinut un discurs în memoria eroului de origine română, căzut la datorie în aceeaşi zi în care a fost avansat la gradul de sergent al Forţelor Terestre Americane.

La ceremonie au mai participat generalul maior William Monk III, comandantul Comandamentului 99 Logistic Regional, împreună cu ofiţeri şi oficiali americani.

Cătălin Dima s-a născut în 1968 la Călăraşi şi a activat în Forţele Navale Române înainte să plece în SUA.

 

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Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

36, of White Lake, New York.
Dima died in Baghdad, Iraq, when enemy mortar fire landed near his position. He was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 411th Engineer Brigade, New Windsor, New York. Died on November 13, 2004.

„”Sgt Dima,
You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers on this Memorial Day once again. Thank you Sir for your sacrifice. Fallen soldier never forgotten”
Landon Lucas of ohio

„SGT Dima was one of the finest soldiers I have ever known. He was an inspiration. I served with him in Iraq for 9 months and attended his funeral in NY as a representative of his higher command in Iraq. You will never be forgotten SGT Dima.”
Tod of Houston, Texas

„November 9, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Catalin D. Dima:
Catalin 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”
http://www.IraqWarHeroes.org”
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

„Dima as I called him was a very influential person in my career. As a new recruiter he was the second person I put in boots as they call it. Recruiting has never been a job that I am proud of. Dima helped me learn the importance of my job, by telling me stories about when he was a soldier in his country. Dima was always making me laugh reassuring me that this was what the wanted, “I want to be a soldier for the United States Army. “ Always talking about his family, and how he was going to give them a better live. He was so proud when he actually took his oath as I stood by his side and took the oath with him. Dima you changed my live in many ways and for this I thank you. Rest in Peace.

SFC Zayas as he knew me.”
Celia Perkins of Newburgh, NY

„You are a big hero in my heart,in my eyes and in my soul,and I hope the USA will always remember heroes like you.A slodier’s life ain’t that easy as it appears. Wrong place at the wrong time and… . Condolences for the wife and kids and god bless you all.
I know what it means to leave your country for another one,where you can live better. I’m romanian,and i’m in the same situation as you were. Salutes and RESPECT for a soldier,a hero who gave his life for a foreign country. You will always be in my memory.”
Corporal George Cristian 7th Div. Marine Infantry of Spain

„Am copilarit cu Catalin,nu l-am vazut de 15 ani, era deosebit, era plin de viata, nu statea locului o clipa.
DUMNEZEU SA-L ODIHNEASCA IN PACE.”
AUREL(BELDE) of CALARASI, ROMANIA

 

Cătălin Dima a fost prietenul prietenilor mei. Dan „Pepe” Petrescu, din Călăraşi, mi-a povestit preţ de vreo trei ore despre bunul lui prieten Cătă Dima, acum erou si numai amintiri.