Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Bradley S. Crose

22, of Orange Park, Florida.
Killed in action in eastern Afghanistan during Operation Anaconda. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Died on March 4, 2002.

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"It is not length of life, but depth of life. zombs royale"
Samuel D. Darden of Dallas, Texas

"my name is marni "angel" brown. i am in the auxillary of the american legion post 280 in pasadena. A coffee shop owner found a bracelet with SPC mark anthony anderson and Sargean Bradley S Crose memoriam on it. I am helping to track down the owener of it. Please call me at 213-703-6916 if you have information of either of their family members so as that we can return it to it's owner. thank you so much for your help."
Marni "Angel" Brown of pasadena, Ca

"I received your bracelet from a friend in the army 10 years ago, I have worn it every day since then. Today while at the gym it broke. I have carried you with me even though I didn't know you and you didn't know me, every day for the last 10 years. Because I didn't know you, your name and sacrifice meant more to me than one person. You represented everyone who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedoms. Thank you for your service and I pray for you and your family often. I will be sad to not carry you name on my wrist anymore, but we had a good run, thanks for the motivation, company and most importantly for your service!"
Scott Walker of Columbus, Ohio

"To Nicole Beck of Madison, WI
I had tried to send a message not sure if it went through Bradley is my cousin. My mother had lost the bracelet while my lil brother was getting married in Tybee. If u get this message please contact me at dwlilbruce2@gmail.com"
David Wright of 609 Cherokee dr. North Augusta SC 29841

"On June 13, 2013, I found a bracelet with this soldiers name on the boardwalk on Tybee Island, GA. If this is your bracelet, please email me at nbeck80@gmail.com as I would like to return it."
Nicole Beck of Madison, WI

"There's never a day that I don't think of you and the wonderful man that you were.
Miss you buddy."
Ashley of Savannah, Georgia

"Damn...

Coming up on 10 years now. I remember you working on your Corvette and looking through parts magazines in your room. You were a genuinely nice person and treated everyone the same....with respect, no matter what rank, tab or no tab. Every time I see an old Corvette Stingray I think of you. You are missed."
K. Albritton of Texas

"I've worn my bracelet honoring Sgt. Bradley Crose since 2005. Whenever I'm down,I look at it and remember the sacrifice he made. May he always be remembered!!"
Lee parker of Cedartown,Ga.

"Bradley, it's Veteran's Day and I was thinking about you today. I know your Mom misses you so much and can't wait until she's see's you in heaven one day. Thanks for serving our country and making the ultimate sacrifice! You were an amazing young man and will always be missed."
Sonya Cusack of Jacksonville, FL

"Brad,
One of the greatest Americans to have ever known. You are missed."
I.R. 04 Mar 10 of Iraq

"you are still remembered daily"
formerly A co 16NOV09

"One for the AIrborn RANGER in the sky"

"The Jacksonville Military Entrance Processing Station will be dedicating it's ceremony room to SGT Bradley S. Crose on 12 Jun 09. SGT Crose swore into this room in 1997. May all those who enlist into the service follow his selfless courage."
MSgt Karen P. Figueroa, USAF Jacksonville MEPS OPSNCOIC of Jacksonville, FL

"The Jacksonville Military Entrance Processing Station will be dedicating it's ceremony room to SGT Bradley S. Crose on 12 Jun 09. SGT Crose swore into this room in 1997. May all those who enlist into the service follow his selfless courage."
MSgt Karen P. Figueroa, USAF Jacksonville MEPS OPSNCOIC of Jacksonville, FL

"The Jacksonville Military Entrance Processing Station will be dedicating it's ceremony room to SGT Bradley S. Crose on 12 Jun 09. SGT Crose swore into this room in 1997. May all those who enlist into the service follow his selfless courage."
MSgt Karen P. Figueroa, USAF Jacksonville MEPS OPSNCOIC of Jacksonville, FL

"To all those who loved and mourn SGT Crose, my condolenses. I did not know this Ranger but I wear a reminder of him on my wrist for the remainder of my life. I chose this day to find out who was the man named on this bracelet and jound that many others wear one with this Ranger's name on it too. I am sad to say where I rescued this bracelet but it was discarded and now has a permenant home.
Sincerely,
Roderick J. Van Dyck
SSG USA RET, RAKKASAN"
RODERICK J VAN DYCK of HINESVILLE, GA

"I first met Brad while attending Ranger School in 1999. When I heard that he was killed, I couldn't beleive it. He was a friend who would just listen and understand. My heart goes out to his family members and other friends of a fallin commrad. I miss you Brad. I still have my bracelet with your name on it. I wore after your funeral and through my tour in Iraq. "And one for the Airborne Ranger in the sky"."
Douglas Piper of Savannah, GA

"Brad. You were the easiest person to be around and the only person i could never get tired of. I miss you everyday and wish that you could still be here. Im sorry that i wasnt there for you, i think about it all the time. Your the best friend ill ever have. You were my hero in life and you continue to be in death. Thank you Danger Crose.""
Tomco of Phoenix, AZ

"We were visiting our friends in Savannah, GA and one night we were swimming in their community pool when I felt something at the bottom of the pool. I picked it up and found that it was a Sgt. Bradley Crose memorial bracelet. We turned it into the office but I felt like I needed to find out more about him and the bracelet. I had no idea of the history behind it. My husband is in the USCG and we have a lot of friends in the Navy and I would like to say "Thank You" for the sacrifices that Sgt. Crose and his family have made for our country. Sincerely,"
Shannon Green of Summerville, SC

"My boyfriend and I both are in the military. We both did our deployments last year and he wore the POW/MIA bracelet of Sgt Bradley Crose while he was deployed. I've recently moved and I took the bracelet from him. I've worn it since I've moved. God bless our soldiers."
Sara of Oxford, Ohio

"thanks for again for looking after my men and I"
-SFC Cunni 04MAR08

"I went to high school with Brad. He was a good soldier and an inspiration. Your bravery is not forgotten. God Bless."
Ryan Stoddard of New Orleans, LA

"my purchased the crose braclet in Ft. lennardwood in 2001 and have been wearing it ever since. God bless you bradley and your family"
luke of milton

"Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice Sgt. Crose, I picked up a braclet with your name while visiting my son at Fort Benning, God bless you and your family"
Scott Dalrymple of Everett, Massachusetts

"A Friend of mine, Army Ranger Andy Lucido, gave me a rememberance bracelet that he obtained in Iraq while he was doing his tour. I have worn it since Xmas of 05. It reads SGT BRADLEY CROSE USA RANGER 1/75 1ST BN KIA 4 MARCH 2002 AFGHANISTAN..... I am an American who deeply appreciates his sacrifice. God Bless Bradley's family and there are always people who he has brought courage to."
Mike of Grayslake, Illinois

"God Bless you Brad. We miss you Bro."
Wally Davis of Orange Park, Florida

"To the family of Bradley S. Crose. Bradley 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

"“The past and the future meet in the memory of the dead. The sweetest and brightest link in the chain that stretches back over the past, binds us to the dead; and that chain stretches forward to eternity and attaches itself to the living throne of God. In this way death joins on to life; and all that is scared in memory connects itself with all.”
George B. Taylor
A Virginian’s reflection on the battle of
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 1863."
David Deardorff of Austin TX

"We mourn with vigilance till we meet again. RLTW"
Cunningham of FOB NARAY, APO AE 09354

"To the family of Bradley, I have worn this bracelet bearing Bradley's name and information for 3 years now, I have only taken it off once. Often people ask me what it is, and I explain exactly to them that it is a sign of remembrance and patriotism. I remind people that, even though they may not support the President and his decisions, but to still support the troops. For christmas I bought all of my friends Bradley's bracelet, and they all display it as proudly as I have these past three years. God Bless!"
Lynnette of St. George Utah, USA

"MY HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY. OUR SON-IN LAW (SEAL) JACQUES FONTAN IS BURIED NEAR YOU. HE WOULD WANT ME TO VISIT YOU ALSO WHEN I VISIT. I KNOW YOUR SACRIFICE, AND YOUR FAMILIES PAIN. I KNOW THE PRIDE I FEEL, I HOPE THEY DO TO. YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN. GOD BLESS AMERICA!! 09-25-2006"
MIKE FLETCHER of GREEN COVE SPRINGS,FL

"I miss you brother!!!
Spence and I shed a tear and knocked back a pint for ya,I know your up there smilin down on all of us.
"Last of the cowboys" RLTW, de opresso libre,sine pare"
Doc of Over there

"Heroes are remembered not for the way they died, but for the way they lived. Soon and very soon."
Dad of Orange Park, FL

"You were a good man Brad Crose. Quiet, unassuming and always ready to lend a hand. You and Tomco had the room at the end of the hall, and you always had your bible w/in reach. God Bless you, and watch over us please."
meredith brown of jacksonville, fl

"sgt crose, keep looking over all of your brothers, RLTW"
ranger of 1/75

"I REMEMBER BRAD WHEN WE WERE GROWING UP. HE WAS SO NICE AND FUN. HE WAS QUIET BUT NEVER HURT ANYONE'S FEELINGS. HE WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR SOMEONE WHO NEEDED. I KNOW EVERYONE MISSES HIM. I JUST WANT THE CROSE FAMILY HOW SORRY I AM."
JESSIE MACE of GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FLORIDA

"To the family of Bradley S. Crose:
I had the distinct honor of having called Brad my Ranger Buddy, literally. I spent 3 and 1/2 months during our right of passage into the ranks of the Ranger elite getting to know Brad. We spent 24/7, every moment, working together to make it through every phase of Ranger School. As fate would have it we both recycled the Florida Phase. He will always be fondley remembered by me. It hurts me deeply that he is no longer with us, but I know he died for his country doing what he loved and believed in.
Rangers Lead the Way!"
CPT Steven D. Gutierrez of Waegwan, Republic of Korea

"Sgt Crose,

We never met, but I felt like I did from all the things your brother Aaron told me while working at Publix. Thank you for everything Brad, I can't put into words how grateful we are for what you did for our country."
Michael Duchesne, SrA, USAF of Kandahar, Afghanistan

"I just graduated RANGER School, and I now wear RANGER Crose's Bracelet, I hve been to Afghanistan, not long after Operation Anaconda, I was in Khowst, and all over Eastern Afghanistan, as i prepare to deploy to Iraq, i will carry his memory with me, and for the rest of my life."
Sgt Gallant of Ft Richardson, AK

"Bradley,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other men who were on that helicopter with you. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rangers Lead The Way!""

"Brad,
you have always lead the way as kids you showed me what a true freind is,and in life what it is ment to give it all. even though im older i have always looked up to you. For this i will never forget all that i have learned from you."
Craig Austin of Jacksonville,Fl. United States

"I know this pain all to well. I want you to know although you may not know me, my family we pray for you every day. My brother Cpl. Ron Payne was killed in action during his tour in Afghanistan May 7, of last year. The pain will never go away but the peace comes slowly through others. Please feel free to contact me if there is anything myself or my family can do for you"
Rachel Ascione sister of Cpl. Ron Payne of Lakeland,FL RAERIE81@GMAIL.COM

"We miss you boys, you all our in our thoughts and prayers. We know that you boys are in heaven watching over your brothers of the battalion. Brad, We will never forget your chocolate chip cookies and apple pie from X-mas Eve 2001. God Bless you boys, RLTW!!!"
Depouli Family of Savannah, Ga

"Hey Ranger Buddy, Miss you guys. Keep looking after us."
-Cunni

"To the family of Bradley.

I to wear the braclet of Bradley. I am currently waiting deployment with the 75th. and I wore his braclet throught RIP, & Ranger school. I will continue to wear it throughout my life. in Honor and the rememberance of Ranger Crose."
Wells of Benning

"To the family of Bradley Crose:
My name is John Murphy, I am currently in RIP (Ranger Indoctrination Program) at Ft Benning, GA. I bought a black bracelete with Ranger Crose's name on it. It is my inspiration, it keeps me going. Men like him, who gave the ultimate sacrifice, are the reason I am where I am in the position to willingly give my life for my country. I am so sorry for your loss, but he is not forgotten. I'll wear his name on my wrist until the day I die."
John Murphy of Ft. Benning, GA

"Thanks for the sacrafice, it won't be forgotten. God Bless you and your family for keeping me and my family safe"
Jimmy Bearden of Orange Park FL

"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

"We all owe credit to people like SGT Crose,I wear your braclet everyday and it gives me inspiration to make it through Ranger school next month.Thank You for what you have done for us."
PFC Anthony Heimpel

"Thank You! Sgt. Crose's service and life will serve as an example and inspiration to those who will follow in his foot steps. I attended his funeral, one of the high school students holding the large US flag at the funeral ground entrane, which I will never forget the face of the family and friends who went drove past to pay their last respects. Thank you to the family of Bradley Crose, my prayers still go out to you."
2LT Ben Ruffner of Gainesville, FL

"I wear your bracelet everyday to honor the ultimate sacrifice you have made. May you NEVER be forgotten. God Bless!"
CA of VS, NY

"Thanks for the ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten. My husband has his KIA braclet with SGT Crose's name on it and he never takes it off. He also served in Afghanistan and is now and police officer. We will always remember your service and sacrifice. Thank YOU!"
of Texas

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

"Sgt Crose was a special man among a group of other special warriors. He was a leader in an elite group and did so very much to make the families, the citizens of our country and frankly the world safer. God bless him and his family."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Bradley Crose, 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 Sgt. Bradley Crose:
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 Bradley 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 Sgt. Bradley Crose:
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 Bradley, 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