Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Bradley J. Bergeron

25, of Houma, Louisiana.
Bergeron died in Baghdad, Iraq when an improvised explosive device struck his Bradley fighting vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Lafayette, Louisiana. Died on January 6, 2005.

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"Bergeron you will be with me always. Soldier On!"
1SG Martin of Onset MA

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"To my wonderful and brave cousin, Bradley- Its the holiday season again, almost 6 years after your death, and it never has gotten easy for me. I think about you each and every day and how i miss you so much! I know that you are in a better place, now with maw maw, paw paw, and aunt mary, I know u were with me during my 2 knee operations, and i know u are with me everyday as I go on in this journey we call life. I miss you and love you so much! I wish i could just have a chance to talk to u again and give u a hug and tell you how much I miss you and how much you are a hero to me! I LOVE YOU BRAD!"
Love always, Nicole Karpinski of Houma, LA (USA)

"I went to basic training with Brad and only recently heard of his passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Todd DeBruler of Seattle Wa

"Today I ran across this site and to write something i've thought so many times of Brad. We were highschool friends and one of the people he ALWAYS talked about was his little brother. He was and i'm sure is still so very proud of him. He always talked so lovingly about his family and was never ashamed like alot of other MACHO guys our age were to let his love that he felt for his family show. I pray he has peace with our GOD and that he is waiting to greet us all when we go to share paradise."

"It has been awhile since he was lost, but I have been thinking about things military of late. I wanted to let Earl John and Angela know that their son is not forgotten. I am a distant relative who only met Bradley once or twice, but I grew up knowing his father and aunts. I have run into his parents a lot recently. I never quite know what to say, and anything said is undoubtedly going to be inadequate. However, I do feel strongly that our nation was built through the sacrifice of noble people just like Bradley, fighting for freedom (whether their own or that of others). Hero doesn't begin to describe the American military personnel who serve and have served us. Thank God for Bradley and all those who chose to serve."
Gary Wayne Dupre' of Houma, Louisiana, USA

"brads family,
i miss seeing brad. he was my uncle.
I remember going to his house with my nanny brandi. we would play marbles all of the time their. the day i'll never forget, was when my nanny came crying to my house when i came home from school. she told me to put on the news. when i turned on the t.v. i seen a bomb go off and they announced brads name . i turned tomy nanny and she shook her head yes. i thought she was lying , she couldn't be she was my nanny! i ran to my room and wailed aluntil i cried myself to sleep. really do miss him. i'll never forget him !!
he will always be in my familys hearts and prayers. i'll keep you in my prayers, too!
~brittany fanguy
brandi leblanc's
godchild

P.S. i hope they have a millitary in heaven. Brad is probably fighting the wars in heaven!"
brittany fanguy of houma, louisiana

"April 23, 2008
To the family of Spc. Bradley J. Bergeron:
Bradley 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 am a military wife. Today I bought a little black bracelet with your sons name on it. I was thinking about him the whole day, who he was, how his family must feel, so tonight I got on the internet and started looking for him. Words can't tell you how sorry I feel for you. Just by looking at his picture and found out more about him made my heart ache. My husband has been in iraq and we were so blessed that he came back to us alive. I can't imagine how it would feel to lose him. Your son is a Hero and I will proudly wear his bracelet everyday and remember him for what he did for his country. God Bless you and your family!!!"
Astrid Attwood of Fort Leonard Wood ,MO USA

"Dear Bergeron Family,

I was one of Bradley's teachers at Lacache. I would love to contact either his mother or his dad to speak to them about something that I have done to honor Bradley and all the other fallen soldiers in Iraq. I am going to include my e-mail address and my phone number and I hope someone in the family will contact me about this.
bbriggs46@cox.net or bdbriggs2004@yahoo.com. Phone # 337-837-4495"
Brenda Briggs of Broussard, LA

"To the family of: Bradley J Bergeron 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"

"Brad, it has been a year since we lost you in Iraq. Still a year later the pain in still in my heart. I really miss you but I do everything i can to keep your memory alive here in the US and in our family. You will always be an American Hero for your bravery and sacrifice. I miss and Love you Brad."
Nicole Karpinski (Cousin) of Houma ,LA

"Bradley,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other six soldiers who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

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

"BRADLEY THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AN FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON GREGORY. BRADLEY YOU ARE MORE THEN A HERO! YOUR THE REASON I NEVER WORRIED ABOUT OUR SON. FOR I KNEW YOU AND OTHER'S HAD HIS BACK; AS HE HAD YOUR'S. NOW YOUR BOTH REUNITED ONCE AGAIN! MY TEARS HAVE NOT GONE AWAY PAL! OH, NO! THE SAME TEARS FLOW FOR ALL OUR FALLEN SOLDIER'S AND ESPECIALLY FOR YOU BRADLEY. YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO ALL THOSE YOU TOUCHED. ALL HOLD VERY SPECIAL MOMENTS WITH YOU. BRADLEY YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN, NOT NEVER! I PRAY FOR YOU ALWAYS AND FOR YOUR FAMILY! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Dear Bergeron family, My name is Ashly, I knew Brad a long time ago, and hadnt seen or spoken to him in years, but it was still a huge shock to here about his death, and I am very sorry for your loss, I am also very honored to have known such a brave person, to have gone to war to fight for us.... Please remember that God is always there for you when you are hurting and missing Brad."
Ashly of Houma

"hey baby
it's almost been a year since i've seen you. it seems unreal that you'll never come back. you'll always have my heart and i don't know how to live without you. please talk to god and help me. i love you forever"
Amber of Baton Rouge,LA

"Dear Bergeron Family,
Your Son IS a HERO! I have three Sons &
I don't know how I would feel if anything happened to them,so I'm not going to say how you feel..I can only imagine..Bradley would probably say Please do this, for your own minds.I gave my life for FREEDOM..I was proud to be an American! ut Bradley gave the ultimate sacifice for FREEDOM!
For both you and me..all America!! Remember all the good times you had with him!!I know now you must be thinking..She must a nutcase or something..Good times? I'm saying that is what Bradley would say. Think about it!

GOD BLESS AMERICA & TROOPS
There's one more thing I would like for
you to KEEP in mind..He gave His life for Freedom!!!"
Mrs. Jean Sobotta of Melrose,Fl,U.S.A.

"To Bradley and his family: I don't know you, but I do know that you are a hero. Your family can always remember you as someone that died for the freedoms that all human beings have a right to. It saddens me to see all the names of the fallen that are accumulating with every passing day. I pray for peace to come soon and I believe with all my heart that all of our fallen HEROS are in heaven and truly at peace, watching over us."
Tessie Smith of Opelousas,La.

"I wish I could have made your birthday as special as you've made mine. I miss you more than anyone can know and my heart is empty without you. Hopefully you're looking down on me and holding me, making everything ok like you did while you were on earth. I love you baby."
Amber of Baton Rouge,LA

"Brad,
As your 26th Birthday is coming upon us, I reflect on the good times we had together and how much I love you and miss you.You were surely taken away from us too soon, but you are my hero. Thanks for keeping me free, you will forever be in my heart and in my life, and hopefully one day in my husbands and kids lives. I will show pictures and videos of you to them so they know how much of a hero there cousin was and appreciate things in life we have. Going to Close-Up in D.C was very hard, but going to the places i went to, has also kind of helped me in a way, I understand what you did more and have a better understanding for it all, and i may have cried for some things I went to, but i had people there to help me through it and i know you were with me in those times to help me. I LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUCH! I WILL NEVER FORGET, YOUR HUMOR AND LAUGHTER WILL REMAIN IN MY HEART FOREVER,I MISS YOU BRAD."
Nicole Karpinski of Houma, La (pinkypearl24@aol.com)

"I'll love you forever baby...can't wait till i can be with you in heaven"
Your Sweet Tart of Baton Rouge, LA

"To the Family & Friends of Bradley J. Bergeron:

I do not know the family nor have I ever met Bradley, but now we have something in common. I too have a hero who gave his life for our country. I am the mother of SSG William "Bill" Manuel, also part of 256th. My prayers are with you all in this very dark time. I know that our "Angels" will protect us and help us get over this grief."
Shirley Manuel of Oberlin, La.

"Bradley, I never had the chance to meet you or cross your path. You knew my husband. You trained with him, faught with him, and passed with him. I will never forget. You guys are all truly something special. The world will know."
Nikki Frickey of Houma, Louisiana

"I pray for you and I pray for him. Take comfort in the fact that he is remembered and that his sacrifice is appreciated."
Wanda Fischer of Fargo, ND

"In addition to BRADLEY! I appreciate what you did for our country. I cant express the feeling i fell right now. I love you dearly, and truly respect you. You are my true fallen hero and guardian angel...and also my "BIG HAM, and BIG CHEESE" everytime i sing a soong or dance around and EAT A LOT OF FOOD you will always be right by me doing the same. I love you sweety!"
Nicole Karpinski of Houma, LA USA

"Bradley, i am very proud of you, you are my true fallen hero. I love u very much! I wish this had never happened, but I know u loved doing what you did, and you died doing what you loved. MY HERO! You are the best, and i love you dearly!"
Nicole Karpinski ( 1st Cousin) of Houma, LA USA

"And Brad, I along with the rest of your family and friends, will ALWAYS love you and keep you in our hearts!!! WE WILL NEVER FORGET!"
Daryl Karpinski Jr. of Houma, LA

"To Bradley:
I, along with the rest of America, will never forget what you have done for this country. Your courage and heart are unmeasurable. You are a true man and a true hero. I am grateful to have been graced with your presence growing up and will FOREVER remember you. God Bless You!"
Daryl Karpinski Jr. of Houma, LA

"Bradley, There are no words that could even begin to describe the pain and hurt I feel. I know that when you left the U.S., you left with pride and dignity. You returned the same way. When people ask if I need anything, I say "strength." You had enough strength to carry all of us. It is through you that I'm going to find that strength. As I wear the angel pins that you gave me,I know that you are with me, My Dearest Guardian Angel.I Love You.
Together Forever,"
Nanny (Lisa Bergeron) of Houma La

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

"I`M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS"
BEULAH GRIFFIN of LOCKPORT, LA.

"To Bradley:
It seems like just a few days ago you were here, always waiting in the morning for everyone else to show up to work. How we hated seeing you go, but we understood your committment to the National Guard and our country. We know first hand how loyal and dedicated you are in anything you set out to do. You've always given 100+%, and your perserverance showed in the great job that you did. If I could go back in time and change one thing, it would be to tell you how much you were appreciated by us. You will be sorrowfully missed, but not forgotten. Before you left for your tour you shared with us that you hoped to have enough money when you get out to go to college. I'm so sorry that you will never be able to meet your goal, but I promise to do all that is possible to help your dream be realized by helping your military comrades, who share your dream reach their goals in your honor. We pray for your safe passage to heaven with God's Blessings."
Sam & Becky Bowen/Bowen's Heating, A/C, & Ref., Inc. of Houma, LA/USA

"To the family of Bradley Bergeron:
Our hearts go out to you and your loved ones in your time of sorrow. No words can heal the hurt you are going through now. Know that Bradley is a true hero, and he will always be remembered as giving his life for others to remain free."
The Crochet Family of Chauvin, Louisiana

"To the family and friends of Bradley J. Bergeron,
We are so very sorry for your loss. The 256th Infantry Brigade of Lafayette has suffered greatly. Please try to comfort one another and know that all over America and the world you are in our thoughts, tears and prayers. As an Air Force veteran, it was hard being away from my family and friends and I knew that there was always the possibility of having to make the greatest sacrifice but I found enormous pride and self-fulfillment in serving such a great country. I hope that through your pain you can find it in your hearts to understand the decision he made to serve his country and always honor his memory for the ultimate sacrifice he has made."
The Filbert Family of Lexington, SC

"To Bradley'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 Bradley,
We appreciate everything you and your troops have done for us. We will make sure that this war is won for you. Thank you for everything, we miss you, and we love you- you are our hero.

To Bradley's Family,
We offer our sincerest condolences for the loss of Bradley. We will pray for you and we hope that, in time, you will understand the "why" and free yourself of the anger and, hopefully, the pain. Thank you both for raising such a great hero."
Chad, Misty, & Taylor Bowen of Houma, LA

"To Bradley J. Bergeron:
Thank you brave soldier for defending the freedoms we all cherish. By taking the fight to those cowards you have made America safer and we are deeply grateful to you. My family will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace at this time. From a grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Bradley Bergeron, 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. Bradley Bergeron:
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 Bradley 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. Bradley Bergeron:
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 Bradley, 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