Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Michael J. Esposito, Jr.

22, of Brentwood, New York.
Esposito died in Dehrawood, Afghanistan, when his team came under small arms fire while clearing a village. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on March 18, 2004.

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"RIP Brother,
You gave the ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.
1SG Meza
retired"
Tony Meza of El Paso, TX

"RIP Brother. You will be be eternally missed. Thank you for your leadership. DNW RLTW!"
Nicholas Schrandt of Dallas Texas

"In Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday 10 Jan 2016, our Chaplain spoke of Michael in the sermon. We prayed for him. He is not forgotten."
Claire of Kabul, AFG

"God bless you for your service. Forever grateful. Stopped by Calverton to say a prayer."
Maureen of LI, NY

"So many things have changed in almost 10 years since God took you in to his arms. Some for the good and some for the bad. There are times, I could swear I can see your spirit out of the corner of my eye as I leave my house. You are dearly missed by the people who loved you the most. Sometimes they forget. The Islanders still stink and every time I watch the game of hockey it always makes me smile. There is an actor on t.v. that resembles you a lot and laughs like you, I cherish every second I see him on t.v. Here's hoping your spirit is running free again and thank you for being in our lives!!!"
Bruce Behrens of New York

"Memorial Day 2013
A few years back my granddaughter was asking about Memorial Day after watching a segment on the news about the scouts putting flags on the graves out in Calverton. I explained the day is to honor those who gave their lives serving this country. I told her aout Michael Esposito, who lived nearby, and lost his life in Afghanistan. That Fall I took her to Calverton where my parents (WWII) Vets are laid to rest. We stopped by your grave, sat on your bench and said a prayer for you and your family. She placed some pine cones on your grave, nodded her head and said, "he is a hero right Nana". Yes he is. Will never forget the sacrifice you and so many others have made."
Pat Steel

"Mike, I remember you talking to me after the first mission when that RPG landed 3 feet from you and didn't go off. We talked a while about that.You knew your luck wasn't gonna last forever. God damn it, man. I miss you brother.I wish you would have had one more peice of luck left. I'd given you some of mine. I would say goodbye, just see you later. We'll catch up again. Deuces my friend. Rest well my friend."
Chris Lucero of FT Knox, KY

"8 years, its gone by so fast. 8 years..... Deeds not Words bro!"
Kollin Berg of Philadelphia PA

"Michael was one of the MOST respected NCO's in Triple Deuce by his men that he lead, alot looked up to him, alot befriended him, and his personality is deeply missed. I had the honor of serving with him in Triple Deuce and I think about him alot even 7 years later. RIP SGT. Esposito. "Deeds Not Words""
Michael Felish of Chicago, il

"They got him.... :) thinking of u and your family.... cam... misses u... :( wished u were here! R.I.P"
natalia castaneda of brentwood, ny

"We got him!!

You may be gone…
But Never Forgotten!!!

“Climb to Glory”

R.I.P. Mike."
Matt O. of Brentwood, NY

"They got the bastard man, they got him! May you rest in peace. Gone but not forgotten!"
Kollin Berg of Philadelphia PA

"To the Esposito family, I have been blessed with a future son. His name will be Anthony Michael Zertuche. I was speechless when my wife said,"okay." Your son's memory will be remembered long after I am gone. God bless you and all who serve."
Paul A. Zertuche of BAMC San Antonio, TX

"Not a day goes by that i dont think about that day. You will be missed much and will never be forgotten. (was there that day) Miss you bro"
Inmon of Germany

"Mike, its been a long time since I saw the spirit in you. Everytime I hear about the Islanders, I think about you. Everytime I hear a uncontrolable laugh, I think of you. Everytime I look at the american flag, I think of you. When I get sad and think about that awful day, I think of the spirit of all the birds I see in the sky and how free you are today. You touched many lives and for that WE are thankful. I miss you alot!!!!!"
Bruce Behrens of Brentwood, New York (Your Neighbor)

"Dear Mr. Mrs. Esposito,
My name is Gladys Castaneda, I had the privilege to met Mike, way back when he was in Middle school with my son Camilo.
Camilo, used to bring his friends to the house to have fun or just to talk. I met every one of them (I guess), all of them were very nice kids. Mike, was one of the kindness friends my Camilo had…. He ALWAYS stood by the door and said Good Morning/Good Afternoon Mrs. Gladys! Is Camilo here! With a big smile. I remember him being very polite and respectful.
When he decided to join the Army, as a Mom, I felt worried for him, he was only 16 or 17 and I did talk to him about it, but, he said, Mrs. Gladys that is what I want to do, I’ll be fine.
A few months after he enlisted, he went back to New York, as always, he stood by the door, He proudly was wearing his military uniform and wanted to show it to Camilo. I hugged him and I run to get my camera I took several pictures, of both of them, I could feel my son was also so proud of Mike.
On Dec.2003, we moved to California, with Camilo and… I remember, a few months later on March 19, I was at my job when I received a phone call from my son, he could not speak, his voice breaking up he just said Mom…. Mom … Mom… When he finally took a deep breath and told me that Mike was not longer with us, my heart stopped, I could not believe it, maybe it was a mistake I said to him!
For my son losing one of his best friends it has been the most difficult tragedy in his life, he keeps one of the pictures that I took of them on his night table.
Mr. and Mrs. Esposito, May God continue to comfort you.
On this memorIal Day,MIKE has been and will be always remembered.
Mike, will always be in a special place in my heart, he was a Brave, Special and Great Young Man!
Gladys Castaneda and Family
Orlando, FL.
11/11/09"
Gladys of Orlando, FL.

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To the family of SGT Espisito, I just wanted to say this memorial day that you son has been remembered."
Paul Zertuche of ICU BurnWard BAMC

"I will never forget your son or the laughs we shared not a day goes by that I don't remember the 18th of march 2004"
Baez, Heriberto of Maywood NJ

"We had some good times bro, like when me, you and Freeborn used to crack on Earp, I'll see ya again someday. "Deeds not Words""
SSG Hayles of Fort Bragg, N.C.

"Hey, Michael. It's been four years since you died.

I remember pulling security for the medic as he tried to save you, and I remember looking over my shoulder and seeing the surgeon make a small shake of his head to the medic as he stood by observing to let the medic know that it was too late. I remember the medic slowly pull his gear and equipment back into his pack. I remember carrying your gear and armor back up to the LZ for you, while the others carried your body, feeling really numb and hazy about it all. I remember the look on Deshazo's face when I told him straight out that you were gone (he was up preparing to be evac'd from his injuries, and I remember Deshazo sitting under a tree while Doc worked on him).

I remember crying later on that day when SSG Haslach handed me your iCom and told me that I was in charge. It really hurt, man.

I miss you, dude. Wish you hadn't left. Deeds not words."
SGT "Gypsy" Gillespie of Colorado

"OEF
Operation: MTN Storm.
2-22 INF.
Deeds Not Words

Miss ya Bro....I was in Cco. 2-22 INF."
SSG William EagleBlanket of Camp Shelby, MS USA

"To the Esposito family:
i was in the jr.rotc in brentwood high school. and i attended the memorial service at the church on wicks rd.with the jrotc that made a tribute to michael. i was the 1st one in the front. and i am deeply moved for the bravery michael had. the words spoken by family and friends touched my heart and michael will always be in my heart. Thank you Mike for your service. your family and friends will truely be blessed because of you. my condolensces goes out to you guys. may god bless and you will always be in my prayers."
mayra oquendo of brentwood,NY

"To the family of Sgt. Michael J. Esposito. I was there that day Mike gave his life for his brothers and country. Its coming up on five years since then and I want to let you know that there is not a day that goes by I don't think about your son. I want you to know I will never forget his name nor his sacrifice. His courage in battle has made me a better soldier, a better man. Thank you for raising such a fine young man. God bless you and I pray for you often."
SSG Zertuche, Paul (SGT Z medic) of Fort Sam Houston, TX

"To the Family of Sgt Micheal Esposito Jr. My deepest sympathy for your sacrifice for our country. Micheal is truly a hero. I dont know what else to say."
Bob Gorevan of Sarasota, Florida

"November 18, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Michael J. Esposito, Jr.:
Michael 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

"Is this the same Micahel Esposito who attended Mark Twain JHS 239?"
a of Brooklyn, NY

"“Deeds Not Words” you will be greatly missed but you will never be forgotten!"
SFC Parrott, George of Fort Benning, GA

"I will always Have Michael in my thoughts and Prayer, My Son speeks Highly of Him all the time. I wish I could thank him in person, But I will thank His Family, Here. Thank you for Raising a Brave Son who was not afraid to lay down His life for His Brothers Sisters and Country, He is a Hero. And I would like to Thank Him for Taking care of my Son, Justin DeShazo. I found this web site today and thought I would send my condolences."
Tom DeShazo of Mabank, Texas USA

"TO SGT. ESPOSITO'S FAMILY. I WAS IN 2-22 WITH MICHAEL. WELL I WAS IN THE ROOM WITH HIM ON MARCH 18TH 2004 AND LIKE HIM I ALSO LEFT SOME BLOOD IN THAT COMPOUND I WAS WOUNDED BY A FRAGMENTION GRENADE WHILE WE WERE TRYING TO GET MICHAEL OUT OF THE ROOM. I WILL SAY HE IS THE ONE WHO MADE ME THE SOLDIER I WAS. AND NOT A DAY GOES BY I DONT THINK OF HIM. I HAVE THE CHINESE SYMBOLS FOR ARMY AND SOLDIER AND UNDER NEATH I HAVE HIS NIC-NAME "ESPO" TATOOED ON MY LEFT ARM HE WILL BE WITH ME AND IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS UNTILL THE DAY I LEAVE THIS EARTH AND STAND IN FRONT OF HIM AT THE PEARLY GATES AND SALUTE HIM FOR THE SACRIFICE HE MADE THAT DAY!"
SPC. JUSTIN A. DESHAZO

"I was in bravo company but i actually first met esposito in a boxing match. col. steele was still 2/22 cmdr. and he gathered up the battalion and we all boxed in diff. matches or whatever and i got him. we were both small dudes and i think we pretty much kicked each others asses. it was cool. we use to race down 81 to see who could get back home on long weekends faster, i rememebr that too. he was a good guy."
Adam S. of NY

"To the Esposito family, your son has not and will never be forgotten. He is still in my thoughts and prayers everyday. He was a wonderful man and will always be missed. I find solace in the idea of him leaving us for a much better place, perhaps with my mother, who loved him dearly...a place where there is no war. May he rest in peace."
Terri Slaney of Crawfordville, Fl

"To the family of:Michael J. Esposito I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"hey, you are kool!!! you have the same name as me!!! CHAMPION!!"
michael esposito of australia

"To the Family, Friends, and 2 Battalion 22 Infantry Soldiers(Great Men). I would like to give my deepest heart felt sorrow to all you guys. Sgt Esposito was agreat soldier, leader, NCO and friend. I had the priviledge and honor to serve with Esposito. I remember going to PLDC, Air Assault School with him and many many field problems. Sgt. Esposito was a soldier(NCO) who always had his head held high no matter what situation it was, and even that terrible day, which I remember like it was yesterday. There is not a day that goes by in my mind of that day and of SGT. Esposito and SSG Lagman(another great soldier and NCO) I will never forget these Hero's they will both live in are hearts and minds forever. I am for right now a Army Recruiter in Sterling, Va I have a year in a half left out here then I am going back into Infantry. I can not wait to go back in the fight for this country, SGT Esposito and SSG Lagman. They are one reason we remind are self every day why we put this uniform on do what we do and what it stands for. If any body in both families or Triple Duece Soldiers would like to contact me here is my email (rangerp222@yahoo.com) like the triple duece modo say's "Deeds Not Words" HOOOAHH My thoughts and prayer's are are with all of you. Hope to here from you. Sincerley SSG Price U.S. Army"
SSG James A. Price of Sterling, VA USA

"Michael,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier from your unit(2/22nd Inf.) who was killed in that firefight thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Deed, Not Words"(22nd Inf. Motto)"

"I served with Michael back in Fort Hood, Texas. I knew him fairly well, on one particular instance, I was the one who took him to the paramedics while in Austin. He suffered a small stab wound to the buttocks at a nightclub (nothing serious, we weren't even sure if it was a stab wound or he brushed up against something that caused the wound). Michael was a good person and I will miss him, you have my condolences."
Jason Kaye of Queens, NY

"12-30-05 HUNTINGTON TOWNHOUSE CANDLE LITE TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS FROM LONG ISLAND PLEASE CONTACT MOE FLECTHER AT 516-889-2203"
moe FLECTHER of ISLAND PARK

"My name is Nicole DiGregorio and I am a music teacher at Oak Park elementary in Brentwood, where Mike went to school. This year, I had my winter concert dedicated to all of our brentwood graduates who has lost their life or who is currently still fighting. I am sending a copy of the video with several special messages from the kids to all of our brentwood boys who are right now lucky enough to be spending this year's holiday season in the states. I would like to say that I wish had done this last year so perhaps Michael would have been able to see it and remember how many kids in his neighborhood think of him as their hero. To Michael's Family:
Happy Holidays and May God be with you always."
Nicole DiGregorio of Holtsville, NY USA

"Dear Mr. Mrs. Esposito & Family, Happy Thanksgiving, our love one's are also celebrating in heaven, and they will always in our prayer."
Mr. & Mrs. Lagman & Family of Yonkers, N.Y.

"dear mr and mrs esposito,
i use to hang out with mike alot while he was stationed in texas. we were good friends and had alot of fun adventures together. i gave him my old id for a fake id (sorry :)) so we had a bunch of fun in austin and stephenville. i am getting a tattoo dedicated to him this week. i just want to say that he will never be forgotton. he will remain in my heart forever. it really saddens me that he is gone. i just wanted to let you know. i am so sorry for your loss. the world is a worst of place without him."
chris "snelly" snelson of wyandotte, mi

"Dear SGT Esposito,
Today is Gold Star Mother's Day 2005. I just met your Mom and Dad at Arlington National Cemetary. They definitely are proud of their Light Fighter! You and your fellow warriors carried a big rucksack for the Army and our nation.Thank you to you and your family for all of you service and sacrifice. I have read all of the notes folks have sent and you definitely lead from the front as a true leader does. I keep you, your family and all of your fellow brothers and sisters in my thoughts and prayers at all times.Thank you again and please keep a watchful eye on those downrange throughout the world. Airborne!"
Rob McAvoy of Glens Falls, NY

"i lived next to two guys not much older then me and there were close to mike and in a way so was i ... i remember i would get the hockey balls that would pass the net ... even though i could play with them i had fun and i am so sorry for your loss i love mike like i do the boys next door.. may god be with you and watch over you love you very much and be safe"
Prayasi of Brentwood

"I miss you So much. You were always willing to do anything for anyone. I know you are still with me watching over me. I hope to see you again one day! BC of you, old friendships I had came back. Thank you! MISS YOU SO MUCH!!! (Thanks for the little signs) For anyone who wasn't lucky enough to know Mike, He was a great guy and he is missed each and everyday by me. Sometimes you don't realize what a person means to you or how much they did for you (even if it was making you laugh)until they can't do it anymore. You need to rely on all the memories and pictures you have of them. Never go to bed mad at someone. Clean up all your negative relationships. It's not worth it."
Marissa of Kings Park, NY

"lwahl1@sears.com TIME THAT THE FAMILIES OF OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS UNITED! TO REACH OUT TO ALL OUR NEW YORK POLITICAL LEADERS. TO HAVE A MEMORIAL BUILT IN ALBANY HONORING ALL THOSE THAT GAVE HIS OR HER LIFE IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ AND OTHER HOT ZONE'S IN THE WORLD. OVER PAST HISTORY WAR MEMORIAL COMES AFTER A CONFLICT AND OR WAR. TRUTH IS WE STILL TODAY ARE HONORING THOSE FROM WWI, WWII, KOREAN AND VIETNAM. WE NEED TO HONOR OUR MOST RECENT SOLDIER'S YESTERDAY! MICHAEL, GREGORY DESERVE THE HONOR. OVERTIME PEOPLE WILL FORGET. OUR FAMILY MEMBER GIVEN HIS LIFE DID IT FOR UA LL AS AMERICANS AND NEW YORKERS! PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR PLOITICAL LEADERS today!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"hay i am sorry for your lost i don't know anyone who died in afiganstain but everyoen who died for htis country is consider my hero. he and the rest off the fallign soilder are example of hero i will never get to know him but to eme he will always be a hero"
ross of vermont

"Dear Esposito Family,
Our son had the privilege of sharing a room with your Michael at Drum and was injured in the fire fight that took your son away from you. We looked forward to the stories William would mention in his phone calls, e-mails or letters. He had wonderful times with your son and his loss has been difficult for him. Not a day goes by that you are not in our prayers. May God continue to comfort you and keep the wonderful memories you have of your Michael close to your hearts."
Mr. & Mrs. Ken Watkins of Choctaw, OK/USA

"To Mr&Mrs. Esposito
I had the pleasure of serving with mike in afghanistan. We where in the same platoon and squad together. Mike was a great friend a great soldier and a better leader. There is not a day that goes by that I dont tell his story. To ensure that people dont forget about soldiers like mike and Anthony, and what they fought and died for. May God be with Mike and his family. You will always be remembered never forgoten"
Joseph Davies of Whitesboro NY USA

"Esposito Family,
I had the great pleasure of serving with your son in OEF IV. I am truely sorry for your loss. The day SGT Esposito passed will forever live in my memory. I am now a drill sergeant and there is not a day that goes by I don't tell privates of his brave acts on 18 Mar 04 in hopes they will someday be a great leader like him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. SGT Esposito you will never be forgotten."
SSG Paula Jennings of 10th MP CO, Fort Drum, NY

"Your son Michael will always be remembered for his courage, but above all for giving what many take for granted his life. God bless you the family and friends who now mourn his death. I too have lost a nephew in the Iraq war. The pain and memories of a young life ending will last forever. But the knowledge that we shall see our young men brings a sense of peace. God Bless"
v.rodriguez of Brentwood, NY

"MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! MICHAEL THANK YOU!NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN!"
LEONARD WAHL of V

"To the Esposito's Family-
I served with Sgt. Esposito in OEFIII. He was what anyone would look up to in a soldier. he was always laughing and was never down in the dirt when times came to worse. upon that last mission, he lead the squad and me into the building knowing full well like we all did what hell we would be faced with. he led as he always did without fear showing even tho we all felt it. if there was one thing in life i could relapse on, it would be to thank him for making me a better soldier. he went in as a true hero and i will never forget his actions that day and the time i served under him."
Soldier Sam, 2nd Platoon of Ft. Drum, NY

"TO THE ESPOSITO FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. I VIST WITH ALL OUR FALLEN SOLDIER THAT ARE TOGETHER IN PINELAWN. I MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE ALONE WITH THEM. PLACE FLOWERS BY EACH ONE AND PRAYS THAT HIS FAMILY WILL BE ALRIGHT. I KNOWN IN MY CONVERSATION WITH GREGORY. HE ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT HIS FAMILY, AS I'M SURE MICHAEL DID. TUESDAY WAS VERY DIFFUCULT AND IT IS FOR US ALL. JUST WANT MICHAEL'S FAMILY TO KNOWN WE THINK OF YOUR FAMILY AND ALL THOSE WITH OUR SON'S."
tLEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Mikey's family,
Although i've posted one message i just wanted to let you know how special your son was. He had a good head on his shoulders and helped me and many through hard times. I especially remember, how he hated to see someone upset and he'd go to crazy extremes to see someone smile. He is a great friend,and considered family to many. I don't say he was a good friend i say it as now not then, because he always said to me that when he got to heaven he'd make sure it was ready for when we all meet him there. And i know he said it many times but he loved his friends and family dearly and is watching over us and I'm grateful to have such a good friend. R.I.P mike love you xoxo"
Sam of Watertown, NY

"mike- im so glad God put you into my life and glad i got the chance to meet you. you are one of a kind and changed me for the better. if it wasnt for you and sam i dont no wat i would do thanks again. I love you and miss you."
Dana of NNY

"Espi... its hard to believe you've been gone and although things will be different without you, you'll always be in our hearts and i will always love you. My you rest in peace and remember we're proud of what you did for us. love you papi. XOXO MAMI"
Sam of Watertown, NY

"TO THE ESPOSITO FAMILY I TOO KNOW WHATS ITS LIKE TO LOSE A FELLOW LOVED ONE MAYBE NOT BLOOD BUT BEING IN IRAQ WITH A FRIEND YOU TEND TO FORGET YOU ARE FRIENDS AND MORE LIKE BROTHERS I LOST 7 BROTHERS IN IRAQ I WAS WITH HHC 1-32 MORTAR PLATOON 10TH MOUNTAIN LIGHT INFANTRY I AM NOW OUT OF THE ARMY AS OF MARCH 5,05. I DEEPEST THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH U AND YOUR FAMILY. TO MICHAEL ESPOSITO UP IN HEAVEN I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR HELPING KEEP THIS PLACE SAFE AND FREE.. I SALUTE YOU DEEDS NOT WORDS..."
SPC. GONZALEZ of FT. WORTH TEXAS

"Dear Espostio family I am Spc. Tomolonis
from A Co 2/22 1st Platoon. I knew Sgt. Esposito farely well. We had our ups and downs over the year or so I knew him but he was a great person and a great leader. It still hurts to know that he is no longer with us, but it makes feel a little better to know his memory and courage will live forever in the hearts and minds of all who knew him."
Karl Tomolonis of Ft. Drum, NY

"Dear Family of Michael or Mikey we called him. Don't know if he ever mentioned us, but we were part of his Texas extended family when he was stationed in Ft. Hood. He was friends with my daughter and her husband, and visited us at our home in Stephenville, Texas on several occasions. We had the joy of having him for Thanksgiving dinner one year. I'll never forget him and several of his friends shooting watermelons in our back pasture. We had targets set up, but they prefered the watermelons. Guess it was a Texas thing. My husband made the remark to me, that someone had really done a good job raising him. He said that he stood out above the other guys, kind, polite, and pretty different. I suppose that everyone that met him probally felt the same way. He touched our family in a way that we will never forget. We will always remember Mikey, and are so very proud of him."
Margo Robertson-Geisenhoff of Stephenville, Texas US

"Thank you Mike, for doing the most difficult job in the world - fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves - fighting for us. You will be sorely missed my friend."
Edward Jablonski and PFC Nikole LeCompte {6252d USAH} of Las Vegas, Nevada

"To the Esposito Family,

I want to express my condolences over the loss of your son. I didn't know Michael, but I have visited his grave at Calverton because my father, Frank Devoy (a veteran), is also buried there, also on Alexander Hamilton Drive. I always leave something for Michael (flowers or a small American flag) as well as for his comrade Anthony, and Marine William White, buried on each side of him. Even though I never knew them, I won't forget these fine young men."
Adriana Devoy of East Islip, Long Island

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"To Mike's Family,

Me and Monika can only hope to exhibit the courage and strength that Michael showed that terrible day, and that you show everyday. I will never forget your kindness, commitment and courage. Michael will live in my memories forever and he will always be my hero.

God Bless,"
1SG Brian T. Norton of Philadelphia, PA

"I thank you personally from the bottom of my heart saving our country and saving the people in Afghanistan, you died doing your duty, I will never forget you. You are the type of person I find my hero, wanting myself to join the Armed Services, especially the Army. You might have saved my boyfriends life, I don't know, but I know you probably know him -- Craig Schultheis. I thank you, and you will not be forgotten. All of the cadets in ROTC will pray for you. We Thank You. May God bless your family and rest in peace."
c/SGT Kate Hayes of the JROTC of O'Neill High School, NY

"Not only a friend high school but a fallen comrade. "A man is not dead until he is forgotten" You will never be forgotten~ god bless your family and give them the strength to go on! You will be mised"
Simone of Bragg, NC

"I just wanted to say sorry to Mike's Parents for their lost. I only got to know Mike through the missions we had served together during OEFIV. It was a very sad day when I heard the news, I must tell you, that you should be very proud of all of what your son did for all of us. I know I am."
Brian C. of Ft. Drum ATrp 3-17 Cav

"I just wanted to say sorry to Mike's Parents for their lost. I only got to know Mike through the missions we had served together during OEFIV. It was a very sad day when I heard the news, I must tell you, that you should be very proud of all of what your son did for all of us. I know I am."
Brian C. of Ft. Drum ATrp 3-17 Cav

"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 would like everyone to take a brief moment of silence to remember our fellow classmates of Brentwood Highschool from both the Ross and Sonderling buildings. They died serving our country and left as true heros and legends. May you rest in peace to Michael Esposito, Jr. and Ramon Mateo. You will be missed and remembered. Please know that we can make a difference and we can be heard on this "War On Terror". Go out and vote in November and bring all our troops back home!"
Kelly Ramirez of Brentwood, NY, USA

"Sgt. Esposito, i miss you, and i will never forget the conversations we had. "Deeds, Not Words""
SPC Craig Schultheis of Ft. Benning, GA

"Dear Esposito family, I knew Mike from his many trips to Buffalo. I am deeply sadden by the loss of Mike. He was a very energetic person, had a great sense of humor and a very dedicated soldier. I will miss Mike and our rivalry between the Sabres and the Islanders, but I feel proud to have known him."
Jon Bowman of Buffalo, New York

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

"Mike u were a good friend and i admire your courage. You gave everything for your country, including your life for something u believed in. my prayers go to your family and i know you are in peace now with god."
nick garet of tampa, florida

"Thank you Michael J. Esposito and family. Greater love has no man than this; That he lay down his life for his friends.Our heart-felt sympathy. "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace". Numbers: 3,24-26 Such love , dedication, courage, loyalty and willing sacrafice will forever be remembered."
Mr. & Mrs. John Buttacavoli of Nutley, NJ

"What else could be said about mike that everyone else didnt already cover. Michael was my older cousin, i remember days growing up with him like they were yesterday. I always looked up to him, and tried to imitate him in every way possible. To this day and everyday for the rest of my life i will remember him, and have him in my heart. Its still hard to believe the reality of him actually being gone, just thinking about it can sometimes make it hard to breathe. But myself and everyone in our familys pride for this brave young man who made the ultimate sacrifice, will never fade. "All gave some, and Some gave all"....We love you mike, take care buddy."
Tom Cooney of Brentwood Ny

"Please know i was in Afghanistan and present after the events leading to Sgt. Esposito's untimely departure,that day will remain in my memory forever. I am truely sorry for your loss."
a medic

"To Michael's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"My condolences go out to the Esposito family. Michael will always be in my heart and prayers. Im so sorry I never told him what he meant to me. My family was so proud of him; fighting for something he truly believed in. He died an honorable man. I will always love you Mike. Im so sorry."
Terri Slaney of Brentwood, NY

"To the Esposito Family......Your courage and quiet strength in such difficult times is truly inspiring. I was at the Memorial Service for Michael, and even though I did not know him personally, I now understand him to be a wonderful person and a son to be very proud of, on many levels and for many reasons. I was very moved by your Memorial Service, and words cannot express how deeply I feel for your family, his intended, and all that knew him well. Your Memorial Service for Michael and the feelings it evoked will be in my heart forever. God bless you and your family for giving the world such an exceptional person!"
Debbi Ascher of Brentwood, New York

"I just attended the memorial service for Michael at the Brentwood High School. What a wonderful tribute. The words that were spoken by his mom have touched my heart. Know that our family has you in our thoughts and prayers and Micheal in our hearts forever. Thank you for your inspration."
Kathy of Brentwood, NY

"To Michael's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003."
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"God bless this brave warrior. We in this country owe EVERYTHING to soldiers like he. My family sleeps safer at night because of what he gave them. Thank you so very much and thank you to his family for raising such a man."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Dear Esposito Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Michael is a true hero in every sense of the word. His bravery goes beyond words. I am forever grateful to him for the sacrafice that he made for his country. To his family and friends God Bless you all. To Michael: Thank You, BRAVE SOLDIER."
Jessica of Rio Vista,CA

"I will remember your service and sacrifice and thank God for people like you who serve and protect. thank you."
Shannon L Deese of MCAS New River, NC

"I would like to offer my condolences to the Esposito family. I had the honor of serving with Mike when he was in 2-5 Cav at Fort Hood, TX. Mike was definitely a great soldier and a great friend. He will always be remembered."
Derrick Torgerson of Grand Forks, ND

"*To Esposito's Family,

I was Michael's Team Leader from June 2002-December 2002. I helped him get promoted to SGT and supported him through through his PLDC trainning. He was a great soldier and a fun person to work with. He was always on top of the ball and always willing to take charge of a situation. I went to many field problems with him and never had a care in the world that he didn't have my back. He was a great soldier and a great american."
SGT Peter Ducos of Ft. Huachuca AZ

"To the Esposito Family,
I wanted to send my heartfelt condolences to you in the loss of Michael. My son Sgt. Benjamin Gilman lost his life on January 29, 2004 in Afghanistan also. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God bless you all."
Edith Gilman of Meriden, CT

"To Michaels family, I was so saddend to hear the news of Michaels death. My son is in Afghanistan and knew him, it upset him quite a bit. He said that he was such an inspiration to him and that everyone liked him a lot. I pray for you, his family, that God will help you with your grief. Rest in peace Michael, we all love you and we'll see you soon."
Kathy of California

"To Michael's Family,
Your son's courage was greater than most people can muster these days. It is always sad when a young perosn like Michael dies, but he was fighting for ideals that must be defended in our world. His death is not in vain; he will forever be a hero."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"God Bless the Esposito family may you find peace and pride in your memories of Michael."
The Mercer's of Kings Park, New York

"I am one of Michael Esposito's uncles. I wish to express, on behalf of my family, heartfelt thanks to everyone who has posted a message honoring my nephew's sacrifice for our country. He was a fine upstanding young man--loyal, respectful, self-sacrificing, funny, handsome, and warm. He was a hero to his family long before he gave his life in service to his country. He is now a hero to us all. God bless him. I shall miss him always."
Gerry Cooney of Chesapeake, VA

"To Michael's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Michael watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"My heart goes out to the family of Michael. Ft Drum has lost many a great soldier. May God's blessings shine upon you. May He guide you thru this time of great loss and sorrow."
Candy of Poynette, WI

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones
in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Michael , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Michael Esposito, Jr., 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. Michael Esposito, Jr.:
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 Michael 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. Michael Esposito, Jr.:
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 Michael, 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