Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Anton J. Hiett

25, of Mount Airy, North Carolina.
Hiett died west of Asadabad, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 391st Engineer Battalion, Greenville, South Carolina. Died on March 12, 2006.

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"Anton,
I miss you buddy. I remember seeing you on our graduation day from high school. It was so good to be graduating that day with a friend who believed in God the exact same way that I did. You were a great friend to me, and always wanted to bring a smile to someone's face. I will NEVER forget you my friend and brother in the Lord. Wait for me at the gates of Heaven!! I will be looking for you."
Allen Edwards of Richmond, Ky

"It is September 2009, how many still think of Anton? I knew him as young man and he was exceptional. I spoke with him just a few weeks before he was deployed. The news of his death was a shock. I keep his picture on my computer from the news report of our local tv station. I put in on as my monitor when I want to be reminded of why this is truly a great nation, normal regular people doing extraordinary things. I pray that all family and friends find peace in the fact Anton knew his God and he is waiting in heaven for us all."
Bart Santucci of Mt. Airy, North Carolina

"Hiett,
You had a great smile and genuine laugh. I am glad that I got to know you. I have thought a lot about that day outside of Abad and it still haunts me. I will think about you and your family much this Memorial Day. You are a hero, a patriot and a warrior. Thank you for your sacrifice."
M Carnes of Greer, SC

"To the family of Anton Hiett
We are thinking of you today March 12, 2008.
We shall never forget their sacrifice.
God Bless You"
Jan Banks and family of Asheville NC

"September 14, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Anton J. Hiett:
Anton 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

"Nothing will ever erase the memory of the first time I had the pleasure of meeting you, your wife, and your baby girl. As much as it pains me that I was the one that notified you that you were being deployed to Afghanistan, I realize that the sacrifice you placed on the alter of freedom was not in vain.
Your deeds have set a decisive precedent on the world, and we appreciate everything you have done to solidify freedom for future generations of our great nation.
God Bless you and your family, and rest in peace my friend."
A fellow Soldier

"Anton,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. God knows how many American and Afghan lives you saved as a Medic."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"To the family of:Anton J. Hiett 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"

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Anton will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Tony,
I miss you man, I don't know what to say. You helped train me, and I look up to you. I am praying for your wife and beautiful daughter. I found a picture of her the other day and it tore me up. Know that your family is in my prayers. We miss you, Me and Hedge do. It hit him hard. I am sorry, I shoulda been there. In your seat. I tried to go, I am sorry."
Trey Thomas of Warner Robins Ga

"Thank you Anton Hiett, 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. Anton Hiett:
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 Anton 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. Anton Hiett:
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 Anton, 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