Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Michael C. Barkey

22, of Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Barkey died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when the disabled vehicle they were towing blew a tire, causing the driver of their vehicle to lose control, hit a cement barrier, and overturn. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1484th Transportation Company, Akron, Ohio. Died on July 7, 2004.

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"Mikey its getting close to that unfortunate day. I miss you buddy and i still remember the last thing you said to me you asked me who would win in a fight me or Chilly Willy on my arm and i said Chilly Willy would whoop me. LOL. You could always make us laugh; you will never be forgotten Battle."
SGT. Joe Hamm of Warren, Ohio

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH

"24 May 2009"

"I remember being in Mike's Science Fiction class as a freshmen, he was a sophomore. We weren't good friends or anything, but I knew who Mike was. I think of Mike every patriotic/military holiday that rolls around and can't help but shed some tears for his sacrifice and your loss. I just got back from a deployment with some of the guys that were deployed with Mike and they've told me their first-hand accounts of what happened several years ago to Mike. It wrenches my heart to the core. Anyways, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Barkey family for their great loss.
Freedom isn't free."
Jeremiah Riel of Parma, OH

"April 13, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Michael C. Barkey:
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

"Mike, you will never be forgotten. I remember when we first met at AT and you and I had to drive to Camp Grayling by ourselves. What were they thinking. I remember that we had to drive thru downtown Toledo with a Conex that did not have clearance to take the freeway back home so we took the backroads all the way back to Akron. I had never driven the vehicle before and you made me do it. That was how you rolled. No worries!! I think about you all the time and know that you are missed. We'll meet again buddy. Until then, rest in peace."
Matt Marino of Mentor, OH

"Well, I'm making my way home from a second tour in Iraq. Think I'll call it quits after this one. Just wanted you to know that you are forever in my thoughts. Much Love to you Mike."
SSG Tabitha Reese, (1484th TC) of Balad, LSA Anaconda, Iraq

"Well brother its been over 3 years since you passed. I remember the last time I saw you I set an apple from the chow hall next to you while you were sleeping at Al Asad. That night we headed for Ramadi. Since I was navigating I didn't see you again. But you aren't forgotten. You were a top notch soldier and an even better friend. A true PATRIOT."
Matt Fleshman of Cuayhoga Falls, Ohio, U.S.A.

"Mike! I just found out and its been over a year. I just got back from Iraq a month ago. I thought about the whole 1484th while I was gone. Im hurt that your gone. I catch myself thinking about all the good laughs we shared and I start to cry. I miss you very much and I know you watched my back every time I got in that gunners seat. I thank you for being in my life, being a true friend to me. I will always cherish that. I miss you man!!!You will never be forgotten. And I am soooo sorry that I wasn't there to pay my respects to you. We SALUTE YOU
Love You SGT Danielle McHaney
Michael McHaney"
SGT Danielle McHaney of Randallstown, MD

"I stil think about that night I took your best friend to see you. It was just before the two of you flew out for your final resting place it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. To see how much of an impact you made on the people around you. I cant help but cry thinking about it. I remmember when we were at Akron U. competing over the highest grade, and competing over our civil service exam scores for various firefighting tests, competing over who could lift the most weight. Well I did better than you thought I could but you stil beat me. You made me laugh so many times I couldn't count. Your impact was through your friends and your gift of laughter. You inspired everyone around you thank you. SSG TIM LUSK 1484TH TC"
TIM LUSK of AKRON,OHIO,USA

"To the Barkey family i am very sorry for your loss. You do not know me but i was one of the medics at the scene that night. I know it is very hard but keep your head up and stay strong!
LilChris1225@aol.com"
Spc Ferguson of Fort Riley, KS

"hi, my dad is cousins with your family. i remember you from reunions and im sad that i never really got to know you. i know you are a great person and lived a full life. thanks for fighting for us. We know you are watching over all of us and all the soldiers who are fighting for you. all of the wagners keep you in our thoughts and prayers."
Love, Emily Wagner of Canton, Ohio

"From a third cousin thank you Mikey. I never really got to meet you or talk to you but I want you to know that you are my biggest hero and thank you for your sacrifice."
Ben Belden

"My best friend in the world is Michael's cousin, Ben Belden. Ever since Ben told me about his cousin's death my thoughts and prayers have been with and for Michael and his family. God Bless!"
Marissa Tarulli of Dover, Ohio/USA

"Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Mrs. Arthur's 4th grade class of Nelsonville, Ohio

"May god be with your family. My family has suffered through a difficult time aslo SPC SHAWN MICHAEL DAVIES my uncle only 22 also. Michael Barkey will always be known as a true hero. God bless you and your family!"
Amanda Peters of Concord OH USA

"I am very sorry for your loss. I held Michael C. Barkey's name in a peace march yesterday in Barrington, IL. He will not ever be forgotten in my house."
Catherine Rose of Mt. Prospect, IL/USA

"Sgt. B
We miss you out here, times are rough. But we are making it, we wish you were here to make us laugh, and brighten up our day. I hope you know how much you are loved, and how much we'll miss you. I know you're in heaven having a ball, and I know you're watching over us. We will never forget about you, or the sacrifice you made. You're our guardian angel. We love you, and will forever keep you in our hearts.
-Ronae' Hughes-
1484th TC"
Ronae' Hughes of Solon/OH

"I never met Mike. Nor have I met anyone in his family.

I just got home from tonight's football game. The dedication was beautiful.

I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.

What a touching tribute."
A Canal Fulton Family

"Mikey, Mikey, Mikey. Youv'e made me laugh from the minute I met you (with a few cries in between, because I USED to be a wimp. Be tough like Bernie Kosar!). I know your up in heaven right now and are standing here right next to me, but I wanted to write to inform the people of this world of how much of a HERO you really are. You are and always will be a great friend, who was never afraid to protect your family and friends from the evils of this world. Thank you Mike for making my life a more enjoyable and comforting one. Not only for me, but also the countless thousands or millions in Irag that you gave the same honor without regard to national alligience. You were always a religious man and gave your life to make the WORLD, and the United States a better place. I love you as a friend, a soldier and a HERO!"
Scott of C.F., Ohio

"May God stay with you during your time of sorrow. Michael will never be forgotten. My family has suffered the same sorrow, my brother SPC Shawn Davies. Keep his memorie alive forever."
Toni Peters of Cleveland OH, USA

"Thank you all for your kind words and prayers. We will miss Mikey greatly.
We appreciate your words of support.
Sincerely Julie Barkey Mother of Sgt Michael C. Barkey"
Julie Barkey of Canal Fulton, Ohio

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

"We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Michael. May God bless this brave patriot who chose to fight for our freedom."
The Starr Family of Glenshaw Pa USA

"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 your loved one's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

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

"The Love and Devotion to your family rivals your loyalty and courage to your country. You are an inspiration to us all."
James Ross of Bluffton, South Carolina

"I knew you from high school. You always had a smile on your face and never let anything get to you. When I was down you made me laugh. You always made me laugh. You sacrificed for our country, the biggest sacrifice of all. You will be missed grately. You are at peace now, sharing your love for life with the Father. I will miss you."
Holly McMillen of Canal Fulton Ohio

"Thank you Michael for your service and sacrifice. You are a HERO and we will remember."
lisa and gino of Columbus, Ohio

"Thank you Michael Barkey,You gave your all for us to be free,you will be sadly missed and will never be forgotten......."
The Sokol family of Canton,Ohio

"Dear Barkey Family, Many thought and prayers for you and your loved ones during these difficult, dark days. We know your pain. Aunt of PFC Bradley Kritzer, killed May 5th, in Iraq."
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God grant your family comfort and peace in their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"To Micheal'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

"Thank you Michael Barkey, 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 Barkey:
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 Barkey:
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