Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Segun Frederick Akintade

34, of Brooklyn, New York.
Akintade died in Abd Allah, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, New York, New York. Died on October 28, 2004.

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"I Just want to say thank you all for the messages you all left on this page. I am his immediate younger brother Kola Akintade. I am so happy and proud to read all your comments. You guys are the best. Some of you didnt even know him and yet we received your love pouring out from your posts. To all of those who knew him , i say thank you all . May God continue to uplift your souls. I will pray for you all... and again: Thank you all from The Akintade family."
Kola Akintade of NYC

"I was just asking about you from our old school mate at unity school, ado- ekiti and I was told what happened. It is very painful, my condolence to your entire family. Till we meet to part no more."
ronke omokan of ado ekiti, ekiti state, nigeria

""I just heard of your death 10mnis ago. Segun and I were in the same class (JSS 1A-3A)for three years. I can still recall him sitting quietly on my right; beside kehinde Faleye. we used to quarell as kids then over space. pained because of your death but proud of you all the same. May your gentle soul rest in peace"
Sola of Port Harcourt"
Sola of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

"God just help me out while I fight through this grievin process
Tryin to process this loss is makin me nauseous
But this depression ain't takin me hostage
I've been patiently watchin this game pacin these hallways
You had faith in me always
Akintade you knew I'd come out of this slump rise from these ashes
Come right back on they asses and go Mike Tyson on these bastards
And I'm a show em blow em out the water slaughter em homes
I'm a own so many belts the only place they can hit me is below em
Homie I know I'm never gonna be the same without you
I never woulda came in this game I'm going insane without you
Matter of fact it was just the other night had another dream about you
You told me to get up I got up I spread my wings and I flew
You gave me a reason to fight I was on my way to see you
You told me nah Sazon you're not layin on that table I knew
I was gonna make it soon as you said think of Cileyn I knew
There wasn't no way that I was gonna ever leave them babies and Proof
Not many are lucky enough to have a guardian angel like you
Lord I'm so thankful, please don't think that I don't feel grateful, I do
Just grant me the strength that I need for one more day to get through
So homie this is your song I dedicate this to you
I love you Akintade
The days are cold livin without you (without you)
The nights are long I'm growing older
I miss the days of old thinkin about you (about you)
You may be gone but you're never over"
Alcides Perez of New York City , NY

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of the day that I lost you in combat my friend. I know that you are watching over us. I wish that I could have done more to get to the fire fight... We miss you my brother. Rest in Peace."
1LT Cesar Nunez of New York, NY

"To the family of:Segun Frederick Akintade
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""

"Obie 1 what a ride its been the past 6 yrs. i think about you all the time . its hard adjusting to this civilian life now. i hope everything is well . soon we will reunite and do the african prince dance you use to do . i stopped by to visit uvanni , i wish things were different . i wish u were still here"
Alcides Perez of Lower East Side NY,NY

"Obi wan, we won't forget you!"
A6R of Cary NC

"Sleep on my brother.(We attended Unity Secondary School Ado Ekiti together).You died a gallant death,may your soul rest in Peace.To all of his pple,the lord is your comfort."
Ojo Ibiyinka Eben of Abuja,Nigeria.

"I knew Segun very well as a teenager. We were house (owena house) and room mates in Unity School Ado-Ekiti. He used to tell me of his dad's bravery as a police man in Ondo State, Nigeria. In fact I heard the phrase "Superitendent of Police" for the first time from him. That was his dad's position then. He was a brave boy who lived by the rule of "no retreat no surrender". Several times I pounded him, but he always kept coming back till I had to beg him to stop. I knew since then he wasnt cut out for law or medicine or architecture or some regular career. I knew he was going to carry the gun,definitely not as a terrorist or a robber, because he was ruled by truth and justice, but as a cop or soldier or at worst, an armed freedom fighter. But I thought he was going to do it for us, Naija. Alas, he did not. May his soul rest in peace."
Femi of Lagos

"I'm the brother of SPC Alexander Mirvis of Brooklyn, NY, and when you died, you will be in a happy place. Your comrades have all contributed to you and the war. Even to you. You died a hero. A Comrade with a heart of gold."
Richard of Brooklyn, NY

"Though i never heard of Akintade's death until year 2010. Going through the condolenses, it shows that this guy must have left a positive mark on the sand of time which will difficult to erase in the mind of generation he belong and generation yet to come, i felt so much elated when i read all this about him, imagine a Nigerian in US military uniform im proud of you and that of the country we hailed from(Nigeria).
i wish to have known him when he was alive, but the little i ve read about him is enough for me to say He is in a better place now . We should all know that it is not how far in this world, but how well. Tade may your soul continues to rest in perfect peace."
Olaniyi Adu of Abeokuta, Nigeria

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To the family of Spc Akintade, He would always be remembered in our hearts. He was an Outstanding Soldier and Friend, who took pride in wearing the uniform. It was an Honor to have served with him.
HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
Sgt. Ahamad. of Nyc

"Great Friend,Outstanding Soldier, No words can describe what you meant to all of us in 1PLT. Your service to this nation will never be forgoten God Bless"
1PLT 2nd Squad of 735 New York City

"May God almighty grant Segun Frederick Akintade eternal rest. I schooled at Unity Ado Ekiti also."
Fatimoh Lawal of Philadelphia USA

"hi obie whats up man its been 4 years now .things have changed im not married anymore . i miss you so much . the day you went to heaven a part of me went as well. im not the same anymore . i wish you were still . were brothers for life
i know when im alone at night and i think of you
your next to me . we had fun times .. my memories of you always stay in my hart .. til we meet again my brother
love ya
11b
infantry we lead the way
alcides perez jr"
alcides perez jr of new york city

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Spc. Segun Frederick Akintade:
Segun 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

"I'm always saddened and mindful of the great sacrifice made by our men in arms. Segun has given the greatest sacrifice a person can give, his life for an ideal. May he and all our precious soldiers, men and women, be remembered and may their sacrifices not be in vain. Peace, peace and more peace should come and soon."
Brenda of Massachusetts

"YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, REST IN PEACE"
J LATTIMER A 2/108 INF of MIDDLETOWN, NY

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
Esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, New York

"So sad and extremely shocking to hear about Segun's demise.Segun and I attended the same secondary school-Unity Sec. School,Ado-Ekiti.
He was very quiet and peace loving.I learn't a lot from him while we were together. He just was too mature for his age.
My cherished memory of him will forever remain with me.
Adieu Ebi mi. Omo iya mi sun re o."
Ayo Elegbeleye of London

"O ma se o. This is such a sad, sad thing to read for me, as a Nigerian (Yoruba) mother of 2 young boys. I will definitely show them this page so they can see positive things that Nigerians are doing... we are not all drug dealers and con men as the media likes to portray us. R.I.P Omo Oduduwa, Sun re o. Ki Oluwa ki o te o si afefe rere o."
Ade of Chicago via Ijebu Igbo

"I was thinking about you the other day after Sgt. V did this amazing memorial to you in 1/6th scale. We may have never been as close as we could have been but I am thankful for every time we met. You really were a special person, able to disarm anyone with your sense of humor. Back before the war I used to love to hear about your stories from when you were a kid in Africa. I pray to God that you are still smiling and laughing the way you always did. May you have the eternal peace you deserve and know that you will never be forgotten by anyone who met you."
Chris Gamble of Pocono Pines, PA, USA

"I never met you but i feel attached to your sacrifice. I myself worry about cowardly things and here is one of few men dedicated to serving country. I know you are certainly in a better place and Iraq will rebuild. Farewell for now, Our hero"
ololade of london, UK

"It's quite unfortunate that this happened to you Segun. When I was told of the death a former secondary school mate of mine in Iraq, I never thought it could be you. Surely, years have past since we left Unity Secondary School, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria; and I appreciate your effort in the things you love doing. Rest in Perfect Peace."
Adesoji Adeniyi of Leeds, United Kingdom

"hey obie
its perez again just writing to say and tell u i love u and miss u .i just got married and my wife knows about the warrior akintade my children will know whom u r and i will never forget u

alcides perez
Lower east side manhattan,ny"
Alcides Perez jr of ny,ny 10002

"I never stop thinking of you Obi. I remember chasing you through the bunker cause you just had to mess with me. I remeber wrestling with you and you getting up and running from me. You left a positive mark on me. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten"
Doc Funk, A Co 2/108 of Hudson, NY

"yo obie its perez a .man i miss you so much .i think about you all the time.i last visted you with my wife in calvaton cemetry and i just couldnt stop cryin .i remeber the day my good friend was taken i was you could come back.i love you man.i remeber the good times we had messin with villar and makin fun of him .god i miss you ...i know i will see you soon.i got a tat of your name on my arm...so youll live with me forever.i love you ..i hope to see you in my dreams .love alcides perez aka sazon"
alcides perez of lower east side manhattan new york

"I will never forget you buddy!!!

SPC Alexander Mirvis
HHC 2-108th Infantry
2 BCT
1st ID"
SPC Alexander Mirvis of Brooklyn, NY

"You dedicated your life for me. Thanks.
You and all your military brothers have inspired me. I am enlisting too, so I can serve others."
Femi of Maryland

"Just heard of this unfortunate incident. Segun and I were classmates in highschool (Ado-ekiti , Nigeria). My condolence to his immediate family. Segun died for a noble cause and we should all be proud of him."
s. ogunyankin of maryland, USA

"...THANKS FOR REPRESENTING...
--never knew you, but drawn to your sacrifice--"
'Onari of Atlanta, via Port Harcourt

"From our military family to yours, our deepest compassion for your loss. Segun was true to his wish to serve and protect the United States.
If one of his family would please contact me I would greatly appreciate it. I am the Army Family Finder for Marine Comfort Quilts (www.marinecomfortquilts.us) and there is a personalized quilt that is due to the family, but we have no mailing address or phone number for means of contact. Call Patricia at 573.545.3257 or email me at teacher32@charter.net"
Patricia of Benton, Mo

"A year has passed -and we send our thoughts to your family -
remembering your loss.
Sandi / Montana"

"Yo Ob the boys are going to go see you this weekend. Don't think we have forgotten about you."
OC of Flushing, N.Y.

"Obi Wan, we still miss you man."
A6Romeo of NY

"AUG 20, 2005
ARMY SPC SEGUN FREDERICK AKINTADE
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest well brave soldier.

“SOLDIER”
By
George L. Skypeck , RegTM
All Rights Reserved
(No reproduction without prior permission
By Mr. Skypeck)

I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go,
And did what others failed to do.
I asked nothing from those who gave nothing,
And reluctantly accepted the thought of
Eternal loneliness…should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror;
Felt the stinging cold of fear;
And enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
I have cried, pained, and hoped…but most of all,
I have lived times others would say were
Best forgotten
At least someday I will be able to say that
I was proud of
What I was…
A SOLDIER"
D. Burt of Portsmouth, RI

"Obi, miss you. think about you everyday. "I feel like i'm Han Solo, he's Chewy, your Ben Kenobi and were in that messed up bar!" Rest In Peace brother."
jeremy reed Aco 2/108th of poughkeepsie, NY

"OB you are so deep in my heart, you are a true friend and i miss you so. every day of my life i give to your honor. so from a friend to a Hero I love you and miss you!!!!!
Rest In Peace"
spc. anthony anderson of Aco. 2/108 INF 1st plt.

"The Fab Four misses you OB, you were a good friend and an example to us all. We miss your smile, your sense of humor, how you thought of other before yourself. I always ask myself what could have been done differently or if that attack could have been prevented, could i have done more.
I'll always remember the laughs we had.
A Co 1/105 - NYPD"
Stone of new york

"To the family and friends of Segun Frederick Akintade. I just want you to know that my family and I will continue to pray for Segun's loved ones. As an American, I am very gragetul to Segun. May God give you the fortitude to bear his loss. Thanks for your selflessness. We thank God for Segun's life and his legacy."
Mrs Shola Matthews-Aroloye of Laurel, Maryland

"Rest in peace brother."
Sgt Ahmed of Albany, NY

"I can not even begin to say that I understand what the family of this brave man is going through but I can wish them all the best in their time of grieve. May God rest your soul."
Kemi of Maryland

"Thanks for your service and sacrifice. You are a hero!! The just God will take good care of you.Rest in peace, brother."
Jide Oladapo of Atlanta, Ga USA

"Hey OB I haven’t forgotten about you man. You know some times I ask my self why? Why did god have to take such a good man, and such a great friend? I may never know the answer, but what I do know is that your sole lives on in every one of us. We miss you OB. Hope your giving them hell up there. In peace you shall rest...."
SPC. Ocasio A Co. 2/108th INF ( Weapons Squad) of Flushing, N.Y.

"Thank you my friend for making the ultimate sacrifice for your country."
Tim Painter of Mount Nebo, WV/USA

"I served with Segun when we were part of B co. 105th. He was a very brave man. I learned of his death as I arrived in Iraq. I'll miss you man."
RV of Bronx, NY

"THE WORLD IS A SMALL PALCE AND IN THE MILITARY ITS EVEN SMALLER ,YOU GET TO MEET ALOT OF WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN ARMY AND YOU NEVER FORGET THEM .IM SURE THAT AKINTADE WAS ONE OF MANY SOLDIERS THAT WAS WELL RESPECTED ,AND SACRFICED HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY.MAY HE REST IN PEACE, AND MAY GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY."
SGT.ANDRADE S ALFREDO of TAMPA/BORN IN BROOKLYN EAST N.Y.

"You are a hero, thank you!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca.

"I served in OIF. I never met you SEGE, but I do thank God for your life. Rest-in-peace my friend."
Akinyemi of Harrisburg, PA

"He was a good man. He will be missed."
Paul B of Chicago, IL

"I know you not, but when I held your story on the radio I felt nothing but happiness for you that you're now in a better place. I pray that may the people you left behind be relief of their sorrow. In our language, tio ba de orun majokun, majekolo, owun ti won ba nje lorun kio ma bawon je. Awon tio ku lehin, ki ojo wa dale, a o tun pade lojo ajinde. Sun re o!"
Okestra007 of Marietta, GA/USA

"We are so proud of you SEGE. You died doing what you wanted to do, being a soldier. The Almighty Allah with his perpetuity mercy will shower his blessing upon you. Ire O"
Bola Okoya of New Jersey, USA

"We are so proud of you SEGE. You died doing what you wanted to do, being a soldier. The Almighty Allah with his perpetuity mercy will shower his blessing upon you. Ire O"
Bola Okoya of New Bedford, MA, USA

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

"I sit here in utter disbelief and shock. Segun was in my class last Fall 2004. I was his professor. I remember clearly the day he walked into class, asked me for a few moments, and told me that he would be withdrawing because he had just received his orders to report to active duty. I brought him to the front of the class and told my students the news. They gasped out loud. I remember saying, "this stuff is not happening on another planet, it's happening right here, right now, even here in Brooklyn." He was so scared but brave and courageous. He was a good student, very kind, very thoughtful. I am so very, very sorry. My deepest sorrows to his family here in Brooklyn and in Nigeria. He was a good young man who deserved everything that this country has to offer."
Belinda G. Smith of New York, New York. USA

"I am going to use Segun's name in our class room today. To honor those soldiers who served our country and especially those who have given their greatest. It amazes me that someone could come to this country and to be willing to place their life on the line for principals, and ideas. I feel for the family of Segun Frederick Akintade, and I wish swift healing and gentle grace to his family. God bless America and those who serve her."
William Gant of Nashville Tn

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Segun Frederick Akintade."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"May God Almighty be with you in Heaven, you are my HERO, we will miss you. I know you as a man with positive attitude all the time. May goodness and Mercy follow the family of Segun all the days of their lives. May the genuine peace from God above be with you. Segun,You are missed."
Adeniji Daramola of Bronx, NY/USA

"From the Wahl family to the Akintade family. Our family are deeply sadden by the lost of Segun. An our heart and prays are with you. Thankful our son served along side Segun. At Fort Drum and in Iraq. Now both are serving us in a peaceful way. GOD BLESS!"
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"Hey Bud, I'm home on leave and can't believe this happened to you. I'm totally shocked, and don't know what to say. I am proud to say that I had the pleasure to serve along side you. You will be sorely missed

Yours Always

" Doc Freeman""
John Freeman of A Co 2-108 IN

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

"To the friends and family of Spc. Segun Frederick Akintade,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Respectfully"
Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To Segun'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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To Segun'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

"To the Loved Ones:
I am a 26 yr old wife of a soilder I just want to send my regards to all the loved ones. My prayers are with you all"
Karen of Pinconning MI

"Thank you Segun Akintade, 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 Spc. Segun Akintade:
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 Segun 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 Spc. Segun Akintade:
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 Segun, 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