Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Aram J. Bass

25, of Niagara Falls, New York.
Bass died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit came under direct fire during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 23, 2005.

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"In the Infantry you get all types. Some tough, some smart, some physically fit. Some guys can shoot well, some guys are born leaders and some guys are simply naturally gifted when it comes to Infantry skills. SSG Aram Bass was all of the above and more. Quite simply he did everything well and he was in the 99 percentile in every applicable category. Not only was he an outstanding Squad Leader, but he was an awesome human being. He was funny, smart and ruggedly handsome. He was a tier 1 athlete with a 6-pack and he had beautiful wife. Aram was 2nd Squad Leader and I was 1st Squad Leader. We competed in everything and we were always trying to one up each other and most of the time I walked away in second place. He was simply amazing in everything that he did and he died doing his job perfectly. A hand book could be written on how Aram led his men that day and how he attempted to get the wounded to safety. I wear a bracelet in his memory every day and I live every day of my life trying to make him proud. I consider myself privileged to have severed with him and one of the things I hold most dear in this world is the fact that I was a good enough squad leader, human and friend to be the peer of a warrior like SSG BASS."
Mike M. of Afghanistan

"Love and miss you buddy.. , years later our memories together are still fresh in my mind.. With inspiration garnered through you I continue to try to live a better life. Thank you for being such a great person and friend.. Miss you like crazy. Till we meet again.. Love BK"
Bobbyk of Niagarafalls

"RIP man, i never met you..but you went to school with some friends of mine and im sorry, but you are a true hero"
Chris DiDonna of Niagara Falls NY

""We "Strike Force" soldiers of the past, remember those who have come after us and have given the ultimate sacrifice. Specialist Hutchinson is NOT forgotten. We never served together, but you were a fellow Screaming Eagle--a fellow STRIKE FORCE trooper--a brother for eternity. Rest easy 'bro.""
Bruce Howard of Atlanta, GA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,450 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I was Aram's Platoon Sergeant in Hawaii and I could not have asked for a better Marine. My heart goes out to the family and to all those who knew Aram."
GySgt J.R. Parker of San Diego, California

"I was Aram's Platoon Sergeant in Hawaii and I could not have asked for a better Marine. My heart goes out to the family and to all those who knew Aram."
GySgt J.R. Parker of San Diego, California

"three years. you will not be forgotten.
rest in peace
11/23/2008"

"Sgt. Bass I proudly display a photo of you, me and Chris R. and tell everyone that lays eyes upon it your story of courage. You are one of the finest Marines I ever served with."
Chris Murphy of Plano, TX

"April 13, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Aram J. Bass:
Aram 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

"Aram was an outstanding soldier and American. I miss him everyday and he will always be with me. I wish he could return to his loved ones. He now rests among heros."
SSG Michael Maloney (Retired) of Cincinnati, Ohio

"To the family of Aram Bass,

Although I did not know Aram personally, my son was Aram's roomate & friend while stationed in Hawaii in the Marines. I have heard nothing but good stories about Aram. Their enlistment in the Marines was up at the same time and both came back to Western New York. They did stay in touch with each other until Aram left to join the Army. Chris has many photos of Aram and the rest of his friends from the Marine Corp. Aram was a good person and excellent soldier. He touched many lives and is a true "hero". I know he will never be forgotten. God Bless our troops and God Bless Aram Bass."
Debbie Wanat of Buffalo, New York

"To the family of:Aram J. Bass 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, Aram will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"God bless you for what you did for our country. You were a good friend to me in the Marines and I will never forget you."
Bobby Bird of Wilmington, Delaware

"To the Bass Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Aram is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Aram."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"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"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"Thank you Aram Bass, 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 Staff Sgt. Aram Bass:
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 Aram 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 Staff Sgt. Aram Bass:
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 Aram, 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