Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army CWO Bruce E. Price

37, of Maryland.
Price died in Kajaki, Afghanistan, when individuals using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire ambushed his unit. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on May 15, 2004.

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"Bruce,
Ten years ago you were loaded on my bird, and I would do anything to get you back. I just returned from number 7 over there and ran into team mates of yours. You will never be forgotten as long as I live. Rest easy, brother, you are missed."
Gary Mayers of Huntsville, Al

"Bruce, I miss you brother. You were truly one of the best."
Gene Fulk "Geno" (ODA 313 & 323) of Tucson, Az

"Be it always known that this band of brotherhood is never forgotten by the ones it matters to most, the ones who love you. Family, Friends, and your comrades in arms... Rest in peace my brother... God Speed"
Stephen Costello of Tucson, Az

"Bruce, I am sorry to just now find out! You were my best friend and buddy in the Army. We had some good times. I will never forget your friendship!"
Georg Robert Curnutt of Hilo, Hawaii

"Bruce, I just wanted you to know I was thinking about you, and remembering all the help you gave me as a fellow warrant...thanks again--RIP"
CW3 Bruce DeFeyter (formerly ODA 323) of Fort Bragg, NC

"bruce price was my father ask me anything about him. I now live in columbus,ga."
Aidan Price of columbus,ga

"15 May 2008: Not a single day goes by that I don't still think about Bruce and that day. I think about it constantly and what decision I could have made that would have made a difference. I went to see Bruce today, just as I have every year on the 15th of May. I can't believe it has been 4 years....it is still so vivid in my mind. I don't think it will ever go away. In truth, I don't think I ever want it to go away. Bruce will be with me forever. I miss you buddy."
Matthew Harmon, ODA 313 of Washington, D.C.

"To the family of Bruce Price,
Bruce was a GREAT AMERICAN and TRUE WARRIOR that loved serving his country. I am a fellow Warrant Officer from 3rd Group SFG(A). I attended warrant officer selection at Fort Rucker, AL and warrant officer basic course at Fort Bragg, NC with Bruce in 1998. It was a sad day when I heard of Bruce's passing. He is greatly missed and my prayers go out to all who knew and loved him. May God keep you and bless you."
CW3 Mike Coleman of Fayetteville, NC

"November 18, 2007
To the family of CWO Bruce E. Price:
Bruce 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

"Bruce,
When I first arrived to ODA 324, Bruce was one of the first people I met in the company. Bruce was the kind of guy that was loved and respected by all. I attended your funeral, and it tore my heart out. I wish your family my best regards, and If they ever need anything they can always count on me. You will be missed by all.
Bill, ODA 314,324"
Bill Adamson of Spirngfield, VA

"To the family of:Bruce E. Price 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"

"CWO Price,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Green Berets All The Way!""

"To my nephew, little brother and friend Bruce. I watched you grow into a fine and honorable man You are a true hero and dear to all of us. You will never be forgotten."
Bruce Stanford & Family of Thousand Oaks, Ca

"Herman and Madeline,
Our hearts go out to you for the loss of your son, Bruce, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the protection of our country. May you grow stronger on your 'Healing Journey' and know that we care and grieve with you."
Bill and Helenjo Hillman of Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Herm and Trigg
We welcome this opportunity to let you know that we love you. We regret that we missed the opportunity to meet Bruce personally, but we know that he was a fine young man who served his country well. May God continue to bless you and the rest of the family."
James & Joyce Crump of East Orange, NJ

"Bruce,
One day in the future, when Mikey grows up, we will visit and he will have one of the best models I can think of to emulate. We can't thank you enough. God Bless you and keep you.

Michael A. Toone, Sr. & Family"
Michael Toone, Sr. of Cortlandt Manor, NY

"Dear Herman & Madelyn...our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May God bless you for having such a great son to dedicate his career to the U. S. Army to keep all Americans safe. We love you."
Kris & Wilma Persaud of Mitchellville, Maryland

"Bruce,

We miss you every day.

Rikki, Jane, Amanda and Julia"
Stanford Family of Providence, RI

"To the Price family:

From March through September of this year, Arlington National Cemetery will present an exhibit called "Faces of the Fallen," an exhibit of more than 1,000 individual portraits honoring America’s service men and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. The address of the official website describing this moving exhibit is http://www.facesofthefallen.org/main/ When the exhibit closes, the portraits painted for the exhibit will be donated to the families.

My name is Ted Reed, and I am a portrait artist working and teaching portrait painting in the DC metropolitan area. I have volunteered, and am honored, to paint the portrait of Army Chief Warrant Officer Bruce E. Price, for this exhibit. I am working from a small, official Army photograph of CWO Price. I fear that I may not be able capture the strength and dignity that his portrait deserves from this reference photo. If you have a photograph from which you would prefer I paint his portrait, please contact me through The Art League School, where I teach, in Alexandria, Virginia, at 703-683-2323.

Whether or not I hear from you, please know that there are people like my family and myself, who were never fortunate enough to know CWO Price, but who know that we live in freedom because of his sacrifice and that of soldiers like him, and who are forever grateful.

Sincerely,

Ted Reed"
Ted Reed of Vienna, Virginia/USA

"I will miss you buddy...it seems like only yesterday that you were walking into the team room with that big grin on your face. It was great to have known you, fought with you, and been with you when you perished. I will never forget that day. See you again someday."
Matt (ODA 313) of Fayetteville, NC

"Dr. & Mrs. Price:

Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you. Philip and I ran with Bruce when we were kids. Who would have thought that any war would affect those of our generation. You are in my prayers and I am proud to say that I knew Bruce when."
Steve Spicer of Smithville, Texas

"We're going to miss you friend.

BCC-1985"
Chris Peratino of Bethesda, Md

"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"

"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

"Bruce,

It was an honor to have fought along side a man of your caliber. You are an inspiration to us all and I am proud to call you a warrior, a brother and a friend.

My prayers are with your family.

Very Respectfully, LTJG (SEAL) Pete Vernia"
Pete Vernia of San Diego, CA

"Bruce,

Know that 316 will always have your back...always brother."
ODA 316

"To Chief Price's family & friends you are in my thoughts and prayers. Chief Price thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice of yourself for our country. It feels like only yesterday that Rob called me with the news about Bruce. Now Rob & Dan are with you. My kids said to keep there daddy company until we can be with Rob again. Know you will never be forgotten. You are a true great american hero. Thank you
The Widow of SFC ROBERT J. MOGENSEN
3RD SFG KIA 5/29/2004 Afghanistan"
Tanya, Joshua, Vanessa & Leilani of North Carolina

"Warrant Officer Price, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"I served with Bruce during his first enlistment in Frankfurt,Germany. I knew him when he first met Nadia. I have been able to check on him periodically through Bill Howell who committed suicide on 14 March 2004 after returning from Iraq. I learned of Bruce's passing after receiving a phone call from his old team leader in Germany who while visiting Arlington cemetary discovered Bruce's grave. He immediately called me and had me do a google search to check things out. I was sorry to have discoved the premature destiny of a fine fine man. I remember Bruce for his quiet nature, love of Rock-n-roll and all that Chinese stuff he used to like to read."
Tom Smith of Geneva, Texas

"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. Your HERO, Bruce, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Herman and Madelyn, we share your sorrow over the loss of your son. May his soul rest in peace and may you find comfort in the Lord."
Aubrey & Clarie Perry of Tallahassee, FL

"To Bruce'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

"To Bruce's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Dear Bruce,
Thank you for being so courageous by fighting for me and other Americans. Someone like yourself possesses amounts of courage that most of us cannot understand, let alone emulate. Your story will not be untold, however, because many Americans like myself are eternally grateful to you for your service. I hope your family realizes this. Thank you so much, Bruce."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"To Bruce'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
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you Bruce Price, 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 Chief Warrant Officer Bruce Price:
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 Bruce 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 Chief Warrant Officer Bruce Price:
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 Bruce, 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