Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Master Sgt. Brett E. Angus

40, of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Angus died from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the vicinity of Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-372, Marine Wing Support Group-37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 26, 2005.

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"To me, he was just "Brett" and he seemed to get aggravated if I called him anything else, haha. I met Brett shortly after arriving in TQ as a contractor in September '05. He and I became good friends in a short period of time and we talked quite a bit throughout November before I left for Balad on 24NOV. He was the first close friend I lost in Iraq or Afghanistan and I think about him each day. What a great person and friend he was! I'm sure he touched the lives of many!

You are certainly missed, Brother!

jcampbell15@liberty.edu"
Josh Campbell of Summerville, SC

"Thinking of you."
Jessica Akerman of Colorado Springs, CO

"One behalf of Brett's father and myself (step-mother), I thank everyone of you for your thoughts and words on this Veteran's Day (11-11-2013). Peace to you all."
Anna Angus of St. Paul, MN

"I just learned today 10/09/13 (how ironic, 1 day before OUR birthday) of Brett's passing. I am so angry on so many levels. I first met Brett (Sgt. Angus) in 1990 at MACS-4 in Okinawa. When I first saw him, he had that "serial killer" look on his face. As a young LCPL, I was scared of that look. Not long after that we got to talking and hanging out (plus 4 months together at San Miguel in the Phillipines), and I discovered a GREAT friend. This is the man who introduced me to Dr. Demento and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". I am so mad at myself for not keeping in contact with him. Just to hear his smartalec remark to me about thinking he looked like a serial killer the first time I met him, "what kind of serial killer Jim? Cheerios? Fruit Loops? I'll kill em all." What a smartass he was. And, damnit, I miss that. Love ya, buddy."
Jim Fike of Round Rock, TX

"Top,

I been thinking for the last few years on what i would say to you if i could...You motivated the hell out of me when i was your poole, and you were a blast to work with as an EOD tech. Just wish you didn't have such long legs....trying to walk with you meant running lol....I miss you MSgt. Sorry I wasn't there to watch your back. You were a great leader of Marines....Motivate"
SSgt Jimmy S Chon of Kabul, Afghanistan...

"MGySgt Angus,

You inspired, motivated, and were loved by many. I will never forget serving with you!"
Cpl H. of HadaYut Ville

"Dear Mrs. Angus,
Pardon me for being computer illiterate, but I'm getting better at not being there.
You may remember the times I took Brett out with me on CAX's and to Kuwait. Yep, long time ago. But, I remember hearing about his death and that cut me too close to the bone. If I hadn't gotten hurt like I did, I'd like to think that I could've been there to save him or taken his place. That's not idle speak as all the time we spent in the field together I got to know him fairly well (other than family life too much - didn't/don't have much of one myself), especially when your son was born I wanted nothing more for him to be home in those early months/years than he was. If I was more adept and into being into the internet/e-mail I would have said something earlier. Contact me if you care to and I'll try to come up with some fun memories that Brett, me and the others of our team experienced.

Take Care of yourself,
GySgt Mike Stanton, USMC (ret)
stantonlock@sbcglobal.net
(815)412-4866"
Mike Stanton of Joliet, IL

"Top!!! You are deeply missed, I unfortunately just heard that you are no longer with us. It hurts my heart to know that I have lost another mentor and great leader. You are the reason I wear this uniform with such pride and distinction today! You were my Recruiter! And despite the trash talking that occurs between Drill Instructors and Recruiters, without you there would be no me! You are NEVER forgotten and your sacrafice will not go unrewarded, I fight for you to this very second!"
Sgt. Michael Riggs of Helmand Province, Afghanistan

"Brett was my only nephew. He was also much, much more. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and miss him. Remember how he could raise an eyebrow and give you that look? How he could bring his eyebrows together? When I read all the wonderful memories others shared with him, I am once again reminded of what an exceptional person he was and how lucky I was to have him in my life for even a day. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you who served with him, and I wish you all the best."
Aunti Jaci Peterson of Mendota Heights, MN

"Brett
You will always be remembered as 'The Patient One'. Time was well spent when we served together. I am still trying to accept the fact you will no longer be rolling up to MCB CPEN Bldg 1361 on your BMW motorcycle or in your Audi and ask to be let in. You made the Marine EOD program a proud institution when you became one of its members. Semper Fi old friend. You told me good-bye when I retired in 2004. I had no idea it was the last time I'd see you in your mortal body. So until we meet again guarding heavens streets know that I call you my friend."
GySgt Steve Darrow USMC EOD (Ret) of Mineral Point, WI USA

"My dear friend,
I think of you every day. It has been four years on the 26th and it still seemed as it was yesterday that i had spoken to you. to make it worse for me at this time of year is that it is Thanksgiving. And that will never be the same as it used to be. I am really sorry that my last words to you on thanksgiving 2005 was" nice cake, did you steal it
?" my friend i wish you could here.For real. not just typeing for all others to read. but for real my friend, i do miss you every day. But the damn thing about it is i was suppost to not grow close to anyone over there. My job as MA/PRP you would understand that. But you know, i still remember you hanging out over at our hooch listening to Marvin Gaye and the Temptations. Really Top, you have made a incredible impact on my life. I am so sorry that you are no longer among us. My friend.I really miss you."
The Former Ssgt MA that processed the Top of TQ a long time ago

"Top, I sure miss you and Doug. I wish you were still with us. Serenity"
Wheels of Grantsville, ut USA

"PSS. MstrSgt. I still wear a braclet with your name on it. No matter what. I will not forget you. You were a good friend."
Mourtuary Affairs Ssgt 2005 TQ

"I am soooo sory that you are now gone. you were a good friend. It tears me up to remember you the way you came to us. I still remeber the time when you gave me the Jelly Belly jelly beans, or the caturered RPG. I think of you every day, and how you came to us. I still see it when i close my eyes. I'm sooo sorry MstrSgt. You were a good man. and it kills me inside to think you are gone. Mourtuary Affairs is never a good job. I remember when you came to us. I was the Ssgt who processed you. I had spoken to you the night of, "Thanksgiving". You liked my Marvin Gaye that i was playing. We were going to trade music. my friend, i'm still waiting. I WISH you were here. Your Death has become my demon. I remember the way you came to us. You were such a friend------------to see you that way still haunts me. your Death has flipped my World upside down. And I can not escape it. If the family of MstrSgt Angus reads this, Brett was an insperation to us all. He didn't care about reg's. he just took the best care of his troops that he could. He was a Fantastic Marine. I am PROUD to have known such an honorable and noble MAN. Just ask Willoby or Barnhart.MstrSgt was a great man. And I miss him sooo.

Brett, I am proud of have taken care of your remains. you had made an immense impact on my life. I still think of you eveyday. Hey, you still have to show up to watch the Star Wars trilogy over at the EOD hooch my friend. Ill be waiting. PS Thank you for making Thanksgiving such a magical time for my Marines. I appreciate it. You will probably never know how much you meant to me......"
Mortuary Affairs Ssgt 2005 of Ohio

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Master Sgt. Brett E. Angus:
Brett 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

"A great and funny man...I will never forget u."
Jessica Caldwell of Vista, Ca

"To the family of:Brett E. Angus 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"

"MSgt.,
I would like to begin this by saying Oohrah! It is one of my fondest memories of you. I remembering I used those words as a greeting to you one morning as we passed by and you corrected me, by saying "What is that?" "Oohrah isn't a greeting!" But you did it in a joking matter, unlike most men of your stature. I remember you being a very care free Marine, who wasn't all about the whistles and bells that went along with the Marine Corps, but a relaxed Master Sergeant who made sure that the job was done, and done right. Thank you MSgt for bringing laughter and love to the desert hole we call Iraq. All of us really missed your presence on every single mission, and laughter you brought to the team. But we know that you and SSgt. Richardson are having a ball. I miss you, and think about you every day. Semper Fi."
Mark McClure of Lexington, Kentucky

"Dear Brett,
It has been one year since your life was taken while serving your country in Iraq. One year is a long time for a grieving family...I can only imagine how you are missed day after day. Please know how indebted we are to you and your family for sustaining a loss that cannot be reversed. You left. You served. You gave your life in the line of duty. I have never met you, but you are a hero I will be thankful for every day. May peace be with your family, especially as they gather to celebrate Thanksgiving in such close proximity to the anniversary of your death. Be with them.

Thank you for your service to others...your compassion will never be taken for granted."
Ellen of Minneapolis

"To the family and friends of MSgt. Brett Angus"
Today I ordered a “Memorial HeroBracelet” from https://www.herobracelets.org and chose MSgt. Brett E. Angus’ bracelet. I am a retired Marine MGySgt and wanted to show my respect to one of my fallen comrades. I did not know MSgt Angus, but he was a brother in arms who paid the ultimate price for his service to his country. In extending my condolence to his family, I want to let them know that I will never forget his sacrifice. I have decided to carry him in my heart and be a part of my daily life forever. I will wear his bracelet on my wrist in life and in death. Please know that your son will always have a fellow Marine guarding his memory. I am sorry for your loss and I pray for you in this time of sorrow."
MGySgt Michael J. Aichele USMC (Ret) of Bixby, OK

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

"I am very sorrowful that Brett E. Angus was killed in this tragic war.Not only has this man I have never met in my life risked his life for the well being of others but also on my date of birth. I will never forget that because it could have been me in his place instead. I want to thank all of the American Soldiers for truly caring about our country enough to fight for it. Brett along with many others will never be forgotten."
Tiffany of Mississippi

"I first met Master Sgt. Angus when he was a Gunny and also my recuirter. You were one of the main reasons I chose to enlist. It's hard to explain in words but you make me want to be a good person. Rest in peace Master Sgt. Semper Fi"
of Orange County, CA

"If tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not here to see,
if the sun should rise to find your eyes are filled with tears for me;
I hope you will not cry the way you might that day,
just thinking of the many things we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me and you know that I love you,
and each time that you'd think of me, please know I'd miss you too;

If tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand.
The angel said my place was ready, in heaven far above,
and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye
for all my life, I'd always thought, that I would never die.
I have so much to live for, so much left yet to do,
it seems almost impossible, that I'd be leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
the thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.
But then I walked through heaven's gates, and felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity, and all I've promised you,
today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day's the same, there's no longing for the past.
You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.
though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free.
So won't you come and take my hand and live in peace with me?"

So if tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me, I'll be there in your heart.
Author David M. Romano

Gone – but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq

My son knew Brett & said it was an honor to work with him"
Patricia of Bishop

"To the family of Brett Angus,
My cousin, a marine from the twin cities area died this summer. It will never get easier, but the knowledge of those who love you and how much he loved you will last forever!
I thank him for giving to all that he could give."
Hollie

"Master Sgt. Angus,
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.

Semper Fi Top!"

"To the family and friends of Master Sgt. Brett E. Angus,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. If you're not certain that your loved one's next of kin is registered, please use our link and register them for a quilt so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"TO THE ANGUS FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. DEEPLY SADDEN NBY THE NEWS OF BRETT. HE HAS NOT DIED IN VAIN! HE IS AN AMERICAN HERO AND MUCH MORE. BRETT HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE HE HAS. ALL HOLD VERY PRECIOUS AND FOND MEMORIES SHARED WITH BRETT. AS HE HAS SHARES ENDLESS MEMORIES WITH HIS LOVING FAMILY. BRETT IS SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND SOMEONE TO THE WAHL FAMILY. AN SHOULD BE TO EVERY AMERICAN. BRETT UNSELFISHLY; RISKED EVERYTHING FOR US ALL. BRETT THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON GREGORY. SADLY, YOU NEVER KNEW ONE ANOTHER. NEITHER OF YOU WANTED TO MEET THIS WAY NOR WOULD OUR FAMILY WANTED THAT. STILL SOME COMFORT YOU ARE TOGETHER ALONG WITH ALL YOUR FALLEN BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S. WE LOST SGT GREGORY L. WAHL US ARMY KIA BALAD IRAQ 05-03-04. WE AS FALLEN SOLDIER'S FAMILIES MUCH HONOUR OUR FALLEN. SO NO ONE EVR FORGET ALL YOU HAVE GIVEN FOR OUR COUNTRY. YOU HAVE MADE AMERICAN ALOT SAFER SINCE 911! AN GIVEN THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ HOPE. TO ONE DAY LIVE IN PEACE. ALL THIS COULDN'T OF HAPPENING WITHOUT YOU BRETT. STANDING UNSELFISHLY, WITH YOUR BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S. YOU NOT ONLY SERVED YOUR COUNTRY.......YOU SERVED YOUR COMMUNITY, COUNTY AND STATE. NOW IS THE TIME TO REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN HONOUR OF BRETT!!!!!!!!!!!!!SO NO ONE EVER FORGET HIS SERVICE! IT IS THE VEARY LEAST HIS COMMUNITY CAN DO TO HONOUR BRETT! MANY AMERICAN'S DO NOT STEP UP TO THE PLATE TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. WILLING TO SAFEGUARD OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERITIES FOR ALL! HEALING IS NOT AN EASY TASK, JUST TAKE IT DAY BY DAY. BRETT IS WITH YOU!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Brett Angus, 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 Master Sgt. Brett Angus:
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 Brett 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 Master Sgt. Brett Angus:
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 Brett, 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