Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Battles, Sr.

38, of San Antonio, Texas.
Battles died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his checkpoint. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on October 28, 2004.

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"Marry Christmas Brother. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTEN."
of Ft. Hood

"Today (25 May 2015), I visit my first mentor at the Texas Military Memorial, Killeen TX. While it's not his official grave site, seeing his name and face amongst other hero's brought a sense of commitment and tears. SFC Battles (then SGT), whose my PLDC instructor at Ft. Hood, 1994. I had the extended honor of serving with him in Korea in 1997 and in Ft. Stewart, GA in 1998 to 2000. To "Luz" (his wife), I remember the night he met you. He said, "Man, I just met the most beautiful woman in GA". He was so happy and proud. I miss you SFC Battles, I've been looking to visit you ever since I saw the unfortunate news in the Army times, while in-processing Ft. Campbell, KY. "Speed and Power", my brother."
MSG Willie E. Hairston III of Killeen TX

"We are thankful for his dedication and sacrifice to our country. My 8 year old daughter ran a 5k run in his honor at Fort Bragg, NC today. There were over 7,000 boots on the field representing soldiers that has passed since 9/11. The boots had the a flag in them and the soldier's picture on it with the date that they passed. My daughter was drawn to Barrles' picture and was determined to run in his honor. She ran extremely hard until her cheeks were red. She finished the run in 46 minutes and was very proud to run in his honor. God bless the Battles family."
Sheila Hill of Linden, NC

"I served with SFC Michael Battles while a student of his at PLDC Fort Hood, Texas in 1994. He and SFC McGinnis were awesome. SFC Battles will be truly missed and his beautiful smile. While sitting in a dentist office reading People magazine I learned of his death and could not hold back the tears. He taught me how to be a great soldier and how to teach others. You are truly missed and loved"
Angeanette White, SGT of Clinton, MS

"I found where the laid him to rest. rode my MC for 300 miles just to see him and lay a flag at the site today.
Brother I miss you."
SSG Mac

"My heart is heavy as I learn of your death today. We served in Korea and then Fort Stewart between 1997-2000. We lost touch after I left Fort Stewart to go back to Korea. I always wondered about you SSG Battles; such a warm personality, infectious laugh. Wow. RIP. You were a great NCO who made the craziest of situation appear easy. I remember you coming to the TMC both in Korea and at Stewart and you always made us smile. To your family, I am sorry for your loss. SSG Battles was a great person, great man, great NCO and all. Gone but never forgotten."
Delia Blackmon of Honolulu, Hawaii

"I served with Sfc Battles in 1/21 fa. he was not only a great friend but a brother to me. Does anyone know where they laid him to rest? rest in peace brother."
B.A. McCune of ft. Hood tx

"BIG DADDY, We thought we were going to ride this thing on in...We thought we would always be able to talk, laugh, and sing with one another....WE THOUGHT we would always be...MY BROTHER... BUT we were wrong..soo wrong. Im sorry BRO. I just Miss you soo much MAN. HEY saw Ron Fuonnemonna the other day...(yeah, I know it's not spelled right..but you know who im talking bout..smile)Immediately he asked me where your ROAD DOG BATTLES AT?...He did not know what happen to you...Now he do. Well before i go my friend Just wanted YOU to know..I am a ordained minister now...Who would have known? May all the flags keep flying at half mass...Because the memory of my road dog, my friend to the end, WILL NEVER PASS ..... DIRTY THIRTY...SFC MICHAEL BATTLES STILL OUT OF RANK...SO KEEP YOUR HEAD UP... AND EYES OPEN...UNTIL.... 478-284-9972"
TONY CONEY of TACOMA,WASHINGTON

"DAD I MISS YOU SO MUCH, WORDS CAN'T EVEN EXPRESS. EVERYTIME I THINK OF YOU, I HEAR THAT LITTLE HIGH PITCH SQUIL OF A LAUGH YOU USE TO DO WHEN WE TALKED. IF I COULD HAVE ONE MORE CONVERSATION WITH YOU, I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU I LOVED YOU, NO MATTER HOW I MAY MAY HAVE FELT AT THE TIME! ALWAYS HAVE. REST IN PEACE DADDY.

YOUR FIRST BORN,
NATAYA SACHE BATTLES"
nataya sache battles of tacoma wa usa

"I was stationed with SSG Battles in Korea from 97-98. I remember him being one of the kindest, funniest and most competent people I have ever met. SSG Battles was a man that always knew what he was doing, he would tell jokes and stories and make funny quotes like; "You can't break what you can't bend", He had a way of motivating ppl he made you want to be like him. SFC Battles is a true Hero! My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless America! God Bless the Battles family!"
Ex; Spc Patchin of Boston, MA USA

"battle, its taken me along time to be able to send this, when we were pldc instuctors at hood with scottie, that was the changing moments in my life, you guys were my frds, i found out about your non im getting out self 10 years ago ur death was a shock and a horrible discovery! I will always be mbattles frd ! see you soon my brother john stagner"
stagner of rockhill sc

"Battles, truely the best of the best, will always remain on two lists that mean the world to me, a short list of TRUE FRIENDS and a even shorter list of REAL HEROS. GOD BLESS"
CSM Dunston, Antonio of 41FIRES BDE, 1CAV Division, Ft Hood TX

"I loved this man very much, though, I could never say such a thing being his NCO. I served with him in South Korea when I was a soldier coming from my hometown in the U.S. National Guard. Sergeant Michael Battles stood out among men and helped carve me into what I hoped was a passable NCO. During our service together in Ft. Hood, TX, I admired is calm, cool, collect (not without humor) attitude towards the service and life it self. He taught me to not take myself so seriously; not to forget to live life itself because I lived my best years with this man. A man among men. I hope living in his presence never goes dull in my everyday life, as I miss him so very much to this day. His peers respected him; his leadership valued him; his soldiers learned from him. My most humblest regards and love to his family, who helped shape a remarkable human being and friend. Sgt. Free, James R. III"
of Yankton, South Dakota

"Happy birthday it is our day forever. Miss you, R.I.P"
Sgt young. Lorenzo of Fort hood, tx

"To the family of:Michael Battles,Sr.
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""

"I'm sorry it's taken me so long to come see you man, I've known you my entire career from pvt to sgt and I learned so much from your example though I never actually said thanks. Well I'm saying it now Thank you Mike I went on to become a DS like you to help others the same way you helped me along. Rest easy and know always that you are missed."
SSG Jesse Robinson of Camp Hovey, Korea

"I never met SFC Michael Battles, but I have been friends with his brother
SGM(R) Edward Roy Battles for over 20 years. My prayers go out to his family and kids. Rest in peace Michael"
Kenneth Arnold MSG(R), USA of Bonaire GA

"12/22/10
No words can express how we all feel about SFC Battle he was a great friend and Soldier we are better for just having the pleasure of knowing him. I worked with Mike for many years he always had something to say that would make you smile and say “what” he would then come back with “I am serious” because you just didn’t know! To his wife and family we share your loss and we hope that God gives you the strength to carry on - please take comfort in knowing that he will forever be in my memories. I would like to get some information my number is 254-462-7264 thanks…"
CSM Morrisey of Ft Sill, OK

"My son served with SFC Battles I saw his name on tv one nite at 0330hrs with B/1/21/FA I waited for PFC Paken S R #5352 to call or e mail me .I got a letter in the mail "we lost SFC Battles it really put a rattle in our battle plan" my son was very close to SFC Battles my son passed away Oct 6th 2010 and he looked up to him ."
Sam R Paken Sr. of Bisbee,Az/Cochise County

"I had met Battles in Korea in 1997 and served with him through to Fort Stewart, Ga until Nov 1998. I remember a man who was cool headed and would have you laughing in a heartbeat. if you were mad or sad; you wouldn't be that way for long after he showed. Sgt. Battles wasn't a man who went looking for trouble. But he was a man good at giving advice and instilling confidence in people. The man looked out for those of us around him. He was a true friend and comrad: and more so like a brother. I miss knowing he's around in the world these days. It was an honor to have known him. To all his family and friends, if you read this. Know there was no finer a person/man than Sgt. Battles and that my heart and sorrow go out to you. The good and best do seem to leave us too soon. May your soul be at peace; and If there is an afterlife, invite your old friends to the party. We miss you and will always remember you. Thanks for the nickname. "Armorer Daddy""
Ex: Spc Curtis Compton of Carlisle, Ky

"Never could say we liked one another Sergeant but damn did I respect you. Rest well brother. Sorry I didn't hear about this sooner."
SPC Meyers of Ft Hood Texas

"IF you had no father he was the one you would want to be yours. That is how I felt he used to always joke about want to be big like me. He'd say hey wil check out the gun show and I would laugh. I was a lost cause when I first came in the army straight from the streets. He taught me that that it's not where you are from it's where you are going in life. When he died it really broke my heart. I loved him like a father he was always there for me, Hank, alex, fatz, Young, and reynolds. He was loved by all of us and we should never forget the lessons and parental advice he gave to us who considered him as our father figure. To his wife I would like to say that his memory will live on inside each and everyone of us. We love you battles and you will always be in our thoughts and prayers"
SGT Wilson, Jermaine aka Red Hawk of Hinesville, Ga / USA

"It is with great sadness that I find myself writing this letter. I first learned of Michael Battles’ passing while listening to a local radio station about two or three days after his death and I was extremely sadden upon hearing this news. However, it was not until recently that I stumbled onto this website. Michael and I attended basic training and AIT together in 1984 at Fort Sill Oklahoma when we first joined the Army. After basic training and AIT, we were sent to Camp Page South Korea for our first duty station. It was there that we really hit it off and became good friends. I always admired and respected Michael because of his sense of humor, and the way that he carried himself. After Korea, we both went to Fort Lewis where we were stationed in different units. However, we tried to stay in touch regardless. It was not until I left Fort Lewis for Germany in 1988 that we lost track of each other. However, he had such a profound impact on me that I always thought about him and dreamed that we would run into each other someday, particularly because I knew he was from San Antonio, where I have been residing for the last few years. I have some great memories of him and I and a few of our friends while we were in Korea. Those memories I will forever cherish. I would like to formally extend my condolescences to his family and to let them know that Michael was a great person. Rest in Peace Brother.

Jean Olibrice
Cibolo, TX."
Jean Olibrice of Cibolo

"another year has passed, and yet i still grieve over this tragedy. dad i miss you, i love, and u are always in my thoughts. words cant explain how this has effected me in such a positive way.

your first born,

nataya sache battles"
nataya sache battles of tacoma wa

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Words cant begin to describe how I felt when I learned about the death of SFC Battles. We served together at Ft. Lewis in the 89-90. He always had a sense of humor and he always made me laugh. He was a good NCO always offering to help out the lower enlisted. Michael will be missed. To the family I only hope that you are doing better and I know nothing will replace him but know that he passed away serving his country, something that he was very passionate about. To the members of 3/11 Fa (Coney, Brownstead) and others it falls on us to remember this good man as he was. May god bless you all."
Luis Orozco of Mesa, Az USA

"SFC Battles was my Drill Sergeant in Basic Training in 1996 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He pushed all of us to the limit and I really mean that. He told us to never quit. He also told us that one day we will be in Iraq, so we need to take our training serious. At that time in 1996, I had never heard of Iraq but years later his prophetic message came to pass. I have Drill Sergeant Battles picture that we took as a platoon in Basic Training on my wall in my den. Everytime that I look at his picture, I think of the Professional Soldier that put fear in me. I highly respected him. A man that trained me and molded me to be the family man that I am today. At that time, I thought he was being hard on me but his demanding leadership has caused me to have a successful life. Thanks to God and Drill Sergeant Battles that they raised me up to be the man I am today along with my parents. Thank God that I am using those leadership qualities as I preach the Word of God. Drill Sergeant Battles I will see you in Heaven and as long as I ever live, I will never forget you and I will always keep your memory alive because you told me not to quit. I must be honest, everytime I see your picture, my heart cries but one thing about it, when I see you again, there will be no more crying, no more pain and no more suffering. My prayer will always be with your family. God bless you Drill Sergeant Battles. I will see you up yonder. Rest in Peace."
SSG Randy E. Thames of Jackson, Alabama United States

"We called him "Big Daddy" back in 1990 at Ft Lewis. He looked out for his guys. He is always remembered."
Jeffrey Green of Oconomowoc, WI

"First of all,I am just finding out about michael death. We were part of the DIRTY THIRTY in the first gulf war. To his daughter Sasche,and his son Michael Battles Jr I am looking for you because I made your dad a promise..478-714-7286. To the rest of the 3/11 FA keep your head up...Battles always did."
Tony Coney of Macon,Ga

"I served with SFC Battles in A/13 FA, Fort Stwart,GA from 1998-2000 and A BRTY 6/37 FA,Camp Stanley,Korea from 2001-2002. I wasn't in his section, but I was one of the young privates that looked up to him. Ft. Stewart, Ga was my first duty station, and I didn't have a clue about nothing, but just being around SFC Battles made my earlier years better. I promised myself, once I become an NCO, I gonna be an all around leader like SFC Battles. Thanks for everything, and I'll never forget you"
WO1 Thornton, Gary L of Fort Drum, NY

"I served with SFC Battles in A/13 Fort Stwart,GA from 1998-2000 and A BRTY 6/37 Camp Stanley,Korea from 2001-2002. I wasn't in is section, but I was one of the young privates that looked up to him. Ft. Stewart, Ga was my first duty station, and I didn't have a clue about nothing, but just being around SFC Battles made my earlier years better. I promised myself, once I become an NCO, I gonna be an all around leader like SFC Battles. Thanks for everything, and I'll never forget you"
WO1 Thornton, Gary L of Fort Drum, NY

"I served with SFC Battles as his Platoon LDR in A 13/FA and then B 1/39 at Ft. Stewart. He was a go to guy for anything and he had the repect of not only his enlisted soldiers but also the officers that had the please to serve with him."
Jim Aarsen of Houston, TX

"I did not know Mr. Battles but I read an AP news story about his death and family and was deeply saddened. He was a fellow native of San Antonio, Texas and may his honor and memory live on. My deepest sincerities and heart goes out to his loved ones. May you rest in peace Mr. Battles."
grace of san antonio, TX

"SFC Battles was like a father to me, he was not just my platoon sergeant. SFC Battles and I shared the same birthday we would joke and laugh together. He always cared about his soldiers an their familes as much as his did his own. Still till this day even thought there was nothing I could because I wasn't there I felt like I should've been but was not my decision. I love and miss you SFC Battles and god bless and may the lord watch over your loved ones that will always remember you. "Hollywood""
SGT Lorenzo Young of 1-21 FA Fort hood, Texas

"SFC Battles was more than a great platoon sergeant, he was a friend and a father figure to all of his soldiers who were fortunate enough to serve as his troops. I served with SFC Battles for years in Ft. Hood and he was my Platoon Sergeant when he had his last breath. I don't think that there will ever be a better role model or a better leader that him. I miss you SFC Battles. Your friend and troop forever."
Jason Demski of Detroit Michigan

"TODAY IS OCTOBER 28, 2008. ANOTHER YEAR THAT HAS GONE BY WHERE MY DAD IS REMEMBERED FOR HIS GREATNESS,AND HIS COURAGE. DAD I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU GREATLY.
LOVE YOUR FIRST BORN"
Nataya Battles of TACOMA WA

"To the Family of SFC Michael Battles, Sr.,

I've only heard about SFC Battles passing about a year ago. I found this page about two months ago. I found the words worthy enough to define him hard to find because "professional, outstanding, integrity, etc." kinda fall short because he was a very extraordinary man. I was a fresh out of school 2LT when I became the 3rd Firing Platoon Leader for A Battery, 6-37 FA. I looked for NCOs to help develop me into a competent Officer. I looked within my platoon, but he sought me out to help me, even though he was in another platoon. He led by example and he had a presence that was beyond reproach. On this Memorial day, I salute you, SFC Battles and I want you and your family to know that I have not forgotten you and I appreciate the presence you have had in my life. In everyone's life.

God Bless you,"
CPT Derrick Melton of Alexandria, VA

"April 14, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Battles, Sr.:
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

"I met Mike at the NCO academy at Fort Hood, Texas. We served together in PLDC in 1993. Mike was a great man who was very dedicated to his MOS. I remember when he and his 13B buddies would get together and mess with other NCOs of different MOSs. He would stand up and shout "13 baby, 13". Mike knew how to make people laugh and he was a great instructor. Mike, you are truly missed my friend, but never will be forgotten. Rest in peace!"
Joseph G Schapatone of San Antonio, Texas

"My friend, my soldier, my right hand man, that was SFC Battles to me. He first came to me in 1996 while serving in 2/20 FA Fort Hood, Texas. I was his platoon sergeant after we changed MOS’s together during the summer of 1996 in Ft. Sill. Later we joined again in Korea in 1997-98. In 2002 we worked together again in Korea.
SFC Battles was a very professional soldier and had all the makings of a true leader. He was also a very kind and very family oriented individual. All those soldiers touched by SFC Battles' leadership changed for the better, and those who recognized his value looked up to him, as I did. I am and will always be very grateful for having the opportunity of working with my friend "Mike".
Today, I am retired, but I still remember my friend and seldom can I keep a dry eye. I will always remember our conversations and I can still hear his shy full laugh.
As you look on us from above my friend, know that I will never forget you, and thank you for allowing me to enter your life.
God Bless you and your family."
SFC Pimentel, Louis (Retired) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

"I was a house mate with Mike at Ft. Stewart, GA in 98, the Army made single/unaccompanied NCO's live in housing declared not fit for military families (We had plenty of conversations about the Army's decision). I can remember his no nonsense approach to life and some of the conversations we had on life in general. He had a magnetic personality and it was cool to hang around him at the office or watching the Bulls win in 1998, we were so hyped for that series. He was a special person that made you feel like you had a friend even if you just met him; Mike was a once in a lifetime guy, a person that you can meet once and you never forget. Even though I had not seen him since I ets'd in 99, it seems like a brief moment ago that we were hanging out at the house; we used his furniture b/c I didn't have any furniture,smile. Mike was my friend and he will be missed dearly. My deepest sympathies to his family."
David Celestine III, Captain, USAF of Barksdale AFB, LA

"Rest in Peace and God Speed Brother."
Dan of Ft Hood, TX

"SFC Battles was one of my section chiefs when I was the commander of A/6-37 FA at Camp Stanley, Korea. Then a SGT and recently transitioned from cannon to rocket artillery, SFC Battles was one of the strongest leaders in the unit. No matter what we were doing, you knew SFC Battles would be leading the way. He was an inspiration to us all. Personally, he more than once helped me as a young captain get the best out of myself and the unit. He was always one of the people I would go to when I needed help, advice, or just a friend. Our country has lost a real hero, and a wonderful man. God bless Mike's family. Thank you for sharing this wonderful person with us."
MAJ Sean Ryan of Maxwell AFB, AL

"I think by the number of messages SFC Battles has received shows a lot about how great of a man he was.
I had the honor to serve with him for a short time on Ft Stewart. He always made everything seem positive and always had the soldiers seeing the bright side of what ever we were doing.
It's been 7yrs since I last seen SFC Battles, but I can still see his smiling face like it was yesterday.
R.I.P"
Sgt Tony Jimenez of Nampa, Idaho

"The last time I was here in Korea I met Michael. I was his Platoon Sergeant and he was one my Section Chiefs. But I can truly say that I learned more from him than he could have possibly gotten from me. From reading all of the messages here, he has never changed from the person he was or the way he treated everyone. Michael had that way of putting everything that came up in a positive light. It seemed that nothing ever phased him! That attitude rubbed off on me and the soldiers in our platoon as well as everyone in the Battery. When the platoon was all together and we were, for whatever reason, upset. I could count on Michael telling one of his patented stories and changing the whole mood. I can honestly say that anyone who knew Michael was a better person for it. I MISS YOU MAN!"
SFC Jordan, Anthony J. of Camp Casey, Korea

"I worked with SFC Battles at Fort Hood at the NCO Academy, I was the armorer and he was an instructor. I also worked with him as part of the III Corp Color Guard. As a young Soldier brand new to the Army I always looked to him as an example. He always had a smile on his face and encouraging words for me. Nothing ever seemed to phase him and I admired the way he carried himself. You will be missed, but never forgotten."
WO1 Adam Coltes of Darmstadt, Germany

"Your life may have been cut short, but we should all hope to affect so many pple in a positive way. Even though its a time later, Your friend James Pearson (SGT) Still sheds a tear for one of the greatest men he has ever known. LOVE YA BROTHER!!!!!"
James Pearson of Colorado Springs, CO.

"I drove SFC Battles for the first six months of Iraq in 2004-2005. There's nothing but good things anyone can say about that man. A great soul who lifted the sprits of exhausted soldiers who sometimes wanted to give up. He was a great Plt. Sgt. and a great man in general to have as a friend."
SPC Reynolds, Eric of B 1/21 FA 1CD-Fort Hood, TX-USA

"I served with SFC Battles as an enlisted soldier in A-13FA at Fort Stewart, GA from 1998 to 2000. He was an uplifting individual and a dependable NCO. In particular, I will never forget his uncanny ability to motivate with cadence during Battery runs."
2LT Michael Keebaugh of Fort Sam Houston, TX

"I knew Michael at Fort Stewart Gerogia from 1999 to 2001 I served as his Platoon Sergeant for part of that time. He always had a positive outlook and I could always counton him to accomplish any mission any time. it was an honor and a priveledge to serve with such an outstanding NCO. I will never forget the good times we had in A 13th FA."
Steven J. Asplund , SFC, Ret, of Richmond Hill, Georgia

"I first met SFC Battles in Korea. I wasn't in the same unit as he was, but I had alot of friends that were and they never had anything but good things to say about him. I served with him in Ft. Hood with B 1-21FA. Our tour in Iraq was very tough but that never stopped SFC Battles from smiling, laughing, and trying to help others keep their spirits high. SFC Battles, you were a father figure to all of the soldiers in the unit and for that, you will always be remembered. You're passing was a great loss to this world. To Mrs. Battles and family, my heart goes out to you all."
Andres Vergara Jr. of Vallejo, Ca, USA

"SFC Michael Battles,we served together for years in B 1-21 FA 1CD, in Ft Hood Tx and in Baghdad Iraq before the good Lord took you. You have always been a role model, a brother and a good friend. Your legend will live on even while we sing one of your favorite cadence "Just the other day I heard the drill sergeant say"."
SGT. Iwundu, Okechukwu of Killeen, Texas.

"I was the medic for A 13th FA before it was deactivated. I spent time with him, Luis, and many other redlegs as fine as he. I was proud to be in that unit because according to him I wasn't just a medic, I was "his" medic. He increased the morale of his troops and was the epitome of a NCO. I will miss you SFC Battles."
SGT Jerry"Jay"Smith of Fort Sam Houston, TX

"I was honored to serve with SFC Battles, Luz and their children as B 1-21FA commander from Feb 03 to Sep 04. During this time, I had the opportunity to witness his commitment to his family, soldiers, unit, and country. I was devastated when I heard the news, he was like my big brother when we were behind close doors in the battery and a good father figure to the soldiers. I still remember every time we saw each other in the barracks hallways in Baghdad and say his favorite "hoah-hoah, sir" greeting. A great father, husband, and NCO. SFC Battles, you are my HERO!"
CPT Roberto J. Mercado, Fort Monroe, VA of Salinas, P.R.

"I knew SFC Battles as a lively SGT reclassing from 13B to 13M at Fort Sill and then again when he was assigned to A/13 FA in Fort Stewart, GA. I was just a private at the time and by the way he led from the front and truly took an interest in his soldiers, I knew right away I wanted to be that type of NCO. When it came to getting the job done there was no one who knew how to get it done faster or better than Mike Battles, He also told great Army Stories, you couldn't help but get sucked in and listen for a while even if you had something you should have been doing or some place you were supposed to be, nothing beats a good SGT Battles story, especially when we were cleaning weapons or were locked down in the orderly room. He was really an unforgettable individual and friend, he has truly inspired me to be the NCO I am today and for that I am grateful. He always seemed larger than life and will be deeply missed. To the Battles family my prayers are with you and to you SFC Mike Battles thanks for the memories I will NEVER Forget you!"
SSG Luis Figueroa of Fort Lewis, WA

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

"Mike and I served together @ Ft. Stewart and I have not met a finer Soldier...He was a Mentor, Friend and most of all, a Brother...SFC was truely a Great Man!"
Randolph N. Cooper of New Carrollton, MD

"Hi my name is Nataya Battles. I'm SFC Micheal Battles daughter. My father was a great man and we will missed by many. Even though we had our problems he was still an extraordianry man and i know that everything he told me was for a good cause and had great meaning. Daddy I now understand the meaning of some of the things we discussed and i love you with all my heart. I miss you!

love u alwayz,
Nataya Sache Battles"
Nataya Battles of Tacoma, WA

""To the family and friends of SFC Michael Battles"
I met and served with Mike in Ft. Lewis from 88-90, in 3/11 FA. Mike was a Staff Sergeant and I was a Corporal bucking for Sergeant. He was the most influential NCO that I had ever come across. He made everything look so easy and fun, and always had a motivating word for anyone regardless of the situation. I am proud to say that even to this day, I pattern myself after this man. We have not only lost one of the best soldiers to ever don a uniform, but we have lost a great mentor, leader and FRIEND as well. My heart and prayer goes out to the Battles family, but we all know Mike is in heaven surrounded by angels in a circle telling them one of his many amazing stories, that kept us all laughing."
Jasper Norwood of Boynton Beach, Florida

"To the family and friends of Mike
Mike was the Best Man at my wedding and the closest thing to a brother that a person could have without being blood. He touched everyone he knew. " I use to tell him he never met a stranger", because everyone knew and respected him. Mike will truly be missed. He was my friend, my brother, and comrade. I will never forget him. To you "BIG BRO"
SFC WALTER GATES, Waveland, MS"
Walter Gates of Killeen, Texas US

"To the family and friends of Mike
Mike was the Best Man at my wedding and the closest thing to a brother that a person could have without being blood. He touched everyone he knew. " I use to tell him he never met a stranger", because everyone knew and respected him. Mike will truly be missed. He was my friend, my brother, and comrade. I will never forget him. To you "BIG BRO"
SFC WALTER GATES, FT Hood, Texas"
Walter Gates of Killeen, Texas US

"I am Leeza's best friend of three years. During those three years I was blessed with the chance to meet and become friends with Michael Battles. He was truely a great person who always brought a smile to your face or made a joke that just made your day. He brought energy, and life and happiness to those who were around him. I send my condolences to the whole entire Battles Family. May God keep you and bless you all. Always know he is there when no one else is and know you can call on him ANYTIME."
Jessica Lugo (TAB) of Ft.Hood ,TX

"I served with SFC Battles in FT Stewart from 99 to 01. I will always remember him and his personality. He was an NCO to model yourself after. Always positive and always taking care of his soldiers. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends, fellow soldiers, and everyone that cared for him."
SSG Steven Raposo of Boston, MA/ USA

"Michael Battles was my stepfather,I've known him for 4 yrs and out of all those four years I can't remember one time getting upset with him. He was a person that i could sit down and talk to about school etc.. He will always be remembered as another father figure for me and I truly miss him Love you Michael...Leeza"
Leeza of Fort Hood,TX U.S.

"Rest in peace brother."
SSG Ricardo Dillard of Fort Hood, Texas/USA

"WE KNOW GOD GAVE HIM TO US FOR ONLY 39
YEARS BUT THE LOVE AND THE SMILE HE GAVE
US AS A FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED.FOR WE KNOW IN OUR HEARTS HIS
SOUL IS AT REST WITH ALL THAT HAVE GONE
BEFORE HIM. WE AS A FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO THANK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU FOR THE LOVE AND GOOD WILL YOU HAVE SENT BY
MAIL OR BY CALL. WE KNOW NOW JUST HOW WONDERFUL HE WAS NOT JUST IN OUR EYE SIGHT BUT SO MANY MORE. FOR ALL OF YOU
THAT ARE STILL FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY JUST KNOW THAT WE WILL PRAY FOR EACH OF YOU ON A DAILY BASES.GOD IS YOUR STRENGTH AND IF YOU TRUST IN GOD AND JUST GIVE HIM THE PRAISE 24 HOURS A DAY HE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH THIS TERRRIBLE ORDEAL.
AS YOU LOOK UP AT THE SKY EACH NIGHT JUST IN ONE STAR MICHAEL WILL HAVE THAT
GREAT BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE AND IF THERE
IS TWO STARS HE SAYING GUYS LETS GET BUSY AND IF BY CHANCE THERE IS THREE STARS HE IS SAYING GUYS WE ARE GOING HOME. WE LOVE YOU ALL! THE BATTLES FAMILY (SFC MICHAEL BATTLES SR)"
THE BATTLES FAMILY of VICTORIA,TEXAS/USA

"SFC Battles was my section chief at Ft. Stewart, GA. from 1999-2001, words could never express the grief and overwhelming feelings I experienced when his bright beaming face flashed across the national news. Battles was more than a superior to the men whom served under his command, he was a friend and father to us all. SFC Battles will always be my greatest role model, he said what he meant and meant what he said. SFC Battles was a kind, generous, and loving man and that came through in his actions and his words. Many a rough and tough dogfaced soldier will be shedding tears for Michael and his family for years to come."
Spc. William Parsons of Emmett, Idaho

"To Luz and the Battles family. I Served with Mike at Ft Stewart, Ga and I am proud to say that Mike was my friend, and as I fellow Soldier I looked up to him as did many a Soldier that he has come into contact with him. I attended the funeral and I feel a little better to the fact that he was sent off as the Hero that he was. There were so many people there but I wasn't surprised because Mike was the type of person that touched other people lives in such a way that he will be sorely missed."
SFC Mederic Encalade of Ft. Jackson, S.C.

"To the family of Michael Battles, Sr. I send my deepest sympathy for the lost of a vey good man. I remember when i first met mike in Hinesville, Ga in 98. we became very good friends and remain friends after he left. Mike is such a wonderfull person i could talk to him about anything that troubled me and he would always find a way to make me feel better. I never met his family but i know by the way he talked of them that he was what he came from, good people. i will always remember mike and the fun times we shared. ( this is for you mike i am bringing the American flag home to you, see you when i get there.) I am currently fighting this War right now and i would like to bring the American Flag that we have been flying on the USS John F. Kennedy home to Michael Battles. Symbolizing Freedom and Peace

QM3Mitchell,Jacquelyn,E
United States Navy
Uss John F. Kennedy Cv-67
Navigation Department
FPO. AA 34095-2800"
Jacquelyn Mitcehll of jacksonville, Florida

"I am extremely heart broken to hear about my friend Mike Battle. Mike and I first met at
Fort Hood while we were instructors at PLDC. During our time at PLDC we shared some great times together. Mike always made me smile. He was always positive and he had the power to make anyone smile. He also took any situation and turned it into a positive experience. Everyone looked up to Mike and he served as a good role model to both his peers and subordinates. He was a great man. He gave me a model to follow as I was a new instructor learning the ropes. He was a great friend a good example to everyone. I send my deepest regret to the family and I want them to know that Mike will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike “Check or Hold” buddy,

SFC Albert Lujan

Albert.lujan@us.army.mil"
Albert Lujan of Seoul Korea

"I was a PLDC instructor with Mike at Fort Hood from 1993-1997. We came into the replacement detachment together, and were selected to be PLDC instructors the same day. We attended the Instructor Training Course together. He was always a positive spirit and kept his students laughing while he prepared them to become leaders of our Army. He was a great Soldier, and a great friend. This is a tragic loss to the Army and to his family. They will be in my prayers for a long time to come. Godspeed Mike!

SFC Scott Andersen

scott.r.andersen@us.army.mil"
SFC Scott Andersen of Seoul, Korea

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

"SFC BATTLES AND I WERE STATION AT STEWART DURING THE YEARS 97 TO 99 BATTLES WAS A LIVELY PERSON HE NEVER LET ANYONE LOOK SAD HE WAS ALWAYS THERE TO BRING CHEERS TO THE SOLDIERS IN TRAINING AS WELL AS AFTER WORK, CHIEF HE REFERED TO ALL ALWAYS IN GOOD SPIRIT I'VE LEARNED FROM HIM AS A SECTION CHIEF IN 1ST FIRE AT A 13 FA AT STEWART ONE CAN ALWAYS DO BETTER... WE COMPETE AS SECTION CHIEF, AND WE WERE THE BEST MLRS PLATOON EVER IN FTSTEWART. CHIEF YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN MY PRAYERS, I KNOW YOU ARE SMILING AND SAYING EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT.... MAY G'OD BLESS AND WATCH OVER YOUR FAMILY..... MICHAEL YOU'RE MY HERO...MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOUR FAMILY"
SSG SAINTVALLIERE ,FRITZ of HHS 1/38 FA KOREA

"SFC Battles and I served together in Korea (A Btry 6/37th FA), then again at Fort Hood, Texas (B Btry 1-21 FA). You will be missed. I offer my sincerest condolences to your family. God Bless you for your sacrifices.

AA"
Akil Aabid of Korea

"SFC Battles, we served together in the early 90s at Fort Lewis, we trained together, laughed together, and we even met up again at Fort Hood! Those memories will never be forgotten! You made the ultimate sacrifice during your quest to help build a new Iraq! You are a true hero Battles!

May the Good Lord Bless you and yours!


First Team!
Red Team!"
MSG Michael L. Brownstead of Baghdad, Iraq

"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 Michael Battles, Sr."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"The man the myth the legend. SFC Battles, you were my favorite platoon sergeant ever. The one thing besides your humor I will remember is when us Soldiers looked at you we saw a man not rank. You were always there for us. Now I know Gods there for you. Your the type of person the world should mourn. I will never forget how I felt when I heard the terriable news. You were a role model to all. If I can say something to Ms. Battles and your children. It would be Thanks for your sacrifices and your father was an amazing man and one hell of a soldier."
SGT Michaelis, Preston of Dallas, Texas

"To the friends and family of Sgt. 1st Class Michael Battles Sr.,

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 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 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 Michael'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 Battles, Sr., 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. 1st Class Michael Battles, Sr.:
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. 1st Class Michael Battles, Sr.:
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