Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean M. Corlew

37, of Thousand Oaks, California.
Corlew died in the crash of a U.S. Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Air Force's 16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Died on June 12, 2002.

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james12

"I would like to let Sean's family know that he has not been forgotten, and will be riding with me in West Coast Thunder, the largest motorcycle run west of the Mississippi in honor of fallen hero's. I hope that someone who sees this message will let the family know and give them my email address, as I would like to send them a picture of the dog tag made in his honor for this ride. linangle1@hotmail.com"
Linda Angle of Moreno Valley, CA

"10 June, 2011. AFSOC and their extended family lost two great ones and they will be celebrated today. 1, 7, 15 and 550 SOS""
Jeremy of Kirtland AFB 550 SOS

"My condolences to the Corlew Family:

I knew Sean for several years while we were both assigned to the 1st SOS in Okinawa.

Sean was an Outstanding Special Operator and I am very honored to have served with him.

He will be greatly missed. As I think of him often...

(R.I.P. My brother.)"
SSGT ISRAEL "IZZY" NIEVES of OSWEGO, IL

"I had the pleasure of flying several missions in PACAF with Sean while I was attached to the 1st SOS. My wife Connie was the squadron secretary and we both had fun times with him while stationed in Okinawa. We think of him often and miss him. Many blessings to his family."
Norris and Connie Strickland of Columbia City, Indiana 46725

"My dad is my hero and i love him i will always remember him and the great things he did for me and this country.I cant wait to join him at the gates of heaven bowing at the Lords feet."
Preston Corlew of Navarre,Florida

"It has taken me a long time to get over Seans death and hard for me to say what I feel. Sean was my best friend in High school. Yes I remember him in track and sitting down on the beach after ridding are motorcycles all day. I think about him and all the fun times we had working at Dupars and going to the Point Magu airshows every year. We lost track of each other for a few years as are lives went in different directions. I think of Sean everytime I see an American Flag. The day I learned of Seans death I could not help but feel for his wife, Kids, and his parents. Sean wasent just an american hero, He was also my hero and part of all my best memories growing up.
Kevin Coleman
Post Falls Id."
Kevin Coleman of Post Falls Id

"I was on the track team with Sean at NPHS in Thousand Oaks, and I remember him as just being one hell of nice guy. Sean would always talk about his love of airplanes when we were working out. I always admired him for his passion, for someone that was so young. In high school, there are so many kids who are mean to each other for no reason at all. Sean was never one of those kids. He never, ever judged anybody. He always accepted people for who they were. As a teammate, I can honestly say I enjoyed Sean's company. To his family,
the only thing I can say is how sorry I am and that I will always remember Sean. One day, I hope to bring my son to Arlington to see his grave and tell him that his Daddy knew a man who was a true Hero."
Steven Holloway of Evanston, Illinois

"May 18, 2007
To the family of Sean M. Corlew. Sean 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Sean,
I would like to say thank you to you and your fellow crewmembers for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"did not know you but we share the same name. I along with everyone from the Charlie Daniels Band will remember you forever as you paided the highest price............you gave your life for our continued freedom, may God have mercy on your family and all your brothers of the armmed services"
david corlew of mt,. juliet tennessee

"Sean; my fellow crewmate, hooch-mate, shooting bud, and close friend, farewell. The times we've shared, both personally and professionally, will always remain special to me. A Special Operator extraordinaire, I salute you, bro. Till we meet again......."
Bob "BADD" Minton of North Carolina

"I knew Sean breifly while I was assigned to the 8th SOS.
The world is a much sadder place without you. God Bless you."
Michael Stewart of Plano, Texas

"I thank god America has men such as Sean. Miss you and salute you."
Dirtbag of Navarre FL

"Your gone, but you will never be forgotten Bro. I miss you my Brother. Taken awhile to take a grip dude. To Amy, Preston and family my deepest condolences."
Axman of Deployed

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"I'm the guy from Waterloo, IA. The web address for the event held here in Waterloo is www.heartlandexchangeclubs.org. I think if you go to the Waterloo sight it will talk a little about the event, but has not been updated since the event took place. Again, God Bless Sean and his family for their sacrifice."
Arnie Benning of waterloo, ia

"I live in Waterloo, Iowa and just recently, the local Exchange Club put on an event called I think "The Healing Fields" were individuals could buy flags with the name of a fallen soldier from Afganistan or Iraq. I was privileged to receive a flag with Sean's name on it. None of us in America, who are just regular folks, can know the kind of feelings that your family has when hearing about the loss of Sean. As Americans, all we can do is say a prayer to all of those who have sacrificed so much for such a great cause. Like all of those who have gone before Sean, his and your's sacrifice will insure the freedoms that this country enjoys and unfortunately at times, takes for granted, but hopefully will help aid others around the world, to experience some of the freedoms that we have. In time, those in both Iraq and Afganistan will experience that wonderful feeling "freedom" and we here in American and those abroad have Sean and your family to thank for that. That process starts with the upcoming elections to be held in the next few months.God bless you and take care, my prayers are with you. I will send you the website address about the local program honoring those fallen soldiers when I get that."
arnie benning of waterloo, iowa

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

"As the two year anniversary of Sean's death has come... with the celebration of our Country's birthday...and knowing that Sean helped us continue to be free....I am sending our families this letter...
Hello Corlew and Green Family,
I pray that today brings a smile on your face in remembrance of Sean and all of the silly things that he did over his life. I pray that you find yourself laughing out loud at the times when his personality really shined and he let everyone see it. I pray that you are even more proud of him today than you have ever been in your life. I pray that you are able to find love through what Sean did for his Country, for his children, and for us. I pray that you can find love everywhere you look. I pray that God gives you Peace in the midst of all of your tears and fears of the unknown. I pray that you know and understand that we will all be with Sean again one day and in the presence of God. I pray that you have a positive outlook on the rest of your life, and that you ask God what He wants you to do with your life. I pray that you understand that God is using Sean's death to deliver many people from the devil's hand and preparing them to touch His face. I pray that you understand that God is using me to let people know that you can go through something like this and still breathe because of the Peace that comes from Him. I pray that for the rest of your life all bitterness towards the terrorist events that lead to Sean's death disappear in knowing that Sean is in Heaven; a place that we all pray that we get to be when our day here is over. I pray that you don't dwell on the fact that Sean was only 37, but that you celebrate he lives eternally with God. I pray that God gives you visions of Sean in Heaven preparing his children's mansion. I pray that God gives you visions of Sean praising Him on streets of gold. I pray that you can talk about Sean over the rest of your life and feel Peace in knowing that he did what he loved to do. I pray that you will always have the vision of Sean's beautiful smile. I pray that you realize Sean gave us two beautiful children to look at and see him. I pray that you know it was God that made sure they had their daddy's eyes. I just pray...
Talk to Him, know Him, and receive His Peace.
I love you all...
Amy Green Corlew"
Amy Corlew of Navarre, Florida

"A bond is made between man and sky,
We cannot fight the feeling we get,
When he who flies does soar so high,
And all our life-long goals are met.

The golden bars we do adore,
Gleaming like the sun,
Emotions flog us so much more,
As we say 'now this is fun'.

We are among the lucky few,
Who grace the skies on silver wings,
Something we would forever do,
To hear the clouds, the heavens, sing.

For some this dream will last no more,
Among us earthly beings,
Yet somehow in yourself be sure,
No longer are they capped by ceilings.

Our heros now roam up in the sky,
Just inside heaven’s door
Given the eternal gift of flight,
The surly bonds they slip once more


Dedicated to any man or woman, who has been lost
while using their gift of wings. Is there any
greater gift in the world? Included in the
dedications, are the flight crew of the four
doomed airliners of September 11th, and all those
who suffer as a result of terror.

Take care my friend!"
2Lt Rob Carreiro of Warner Robins, GA

"As a young man Sean spent much time with our family, a friend of our son. Sean also worked for me fueling aircraft at Los Angeles Airport. We were saddened by the loss of Sean, we deeply thank his mother, father, wife and children for the sacrifice Sean and the family has made for the rest of us to live in freedom. We shall not forget, this memorial day, nor any day for the rest of our lives, the ultimate price paid by so many of our fellow citizens. We say thank you to all."
Art Coleman of Coeur d Alene, Id

"As a fellow member of the 16 Special Operations Wing, I understand the missions that we are called to support. Losing any member of the military is a sad event, but it hits a little closer to home when it involves someone within your own organization. I would like to offer my condolensces to Sean's family and hope that the website my brother has created here has been a measure of comfort for you."
Dan Rivera of Eglin AFB, FL

"You read family memebers messages on some of the names here and you can't help but seen how these men and women who are listed were raised.

Their families made them a hero. They can take pride and comfort in knowing that their loved one made a difference.

God bless Sean Corlew and his family."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"My names David Mitchell. I can agree 100% with Scott on the death of a brother in war-time. I lost my hero, my older brother SGT George A. Mitchell Jr on April 7th 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq. It is of much comfort knowing George died with such dignity doing what he knew was the right thing for his children, for the people of Iraq and for all of us here in the U.S.A. George was a fine soldier. We served together in the ARMY for 4 years. He was a fine husband, father, son and proud to say my brother. I look at it in this way. Our armed forces is 100% volunteer. George volunteered to go to war. Noone made him. He sacrificed the ultimate for all of us. Now my hero is with God. He's waiting and getting a place ready for the rest of us.
Scott.....keep the faith my brother. For God wouldn't give you any more than you can handle. You have a friend here.....forever."
David Mitchell of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

"I wanted to let everyone know that my brother died doing something that he believed in. Like his wife Amy said previously, he went the way he would have liked to go. He told me that he was doing his job for the children. He wanted to make sure the world was a better place to live. I love you Sean and you will always be my hero and older brother. Love Scotty!"
Scott Corlew of Simi Valley, CA

"Thank you Sean Corlew, 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

"I want to thank you for your kind, thoughtful, and encouraging words and to let you know that God has a hold of our family. We know peace because we know God. We know that Sean's death was not in vain and if asked how he would want to leave this earth...He would have said, "At War, Fighting for my Country, my Family and my Friends!" He will always be our Hero! We know it was just his time to enter into his eternal life. We will meet up with him one day. We will always love him. We will always miss him. We will always be so proud of him. He left two beautiful children here that look just like him...I like to say that it was my gift from God so I can continue to see Sean. I'd also like to think just knowing Sean was a gift from God...but I was even more blessed to be his wife and the mother of his children. Again, thank you so much for your precious words. God Bless you through this Holiday Season and always. And may 2004 be your best year ever. Be Blessed. Amy"
Amy Corlew of Navarre, Florida

"To the family and friends of Tech. Sgt. Sean Corlew:
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 Sean 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 Tech. Sgt. Sean Corlew:
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 Sean, 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