Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Andrew L. Bossert

24, of Fountain City, Wisconsin.
Bossert died in Ramadi, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his screening area. He was assigned to the 44th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Howze, Korea. Died on March 7, 2005.

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"Andy our family thinks of you often, we haven't forgotten you! We watched you grow from a little boy to a man. We are so proud of what you did for our country. 3/5/12"
The Tom & Pam Wolfe Family of Fountain City WI

"To the family of:Andrew L.Bossert
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""

"Dearest Andy, I often think of you, expecialy in the month of march.. I was so sad when I heard the news of your death,and am always when you cross my mind. I am so sorry for your family's loss and you will always be thanked for the sacrifice of your life in the army alive and in death. Thank you Andy STILL in my thoughts! I still wear your bracelet from time to time. I just wanted your family to know that you and them are still in my thoughts. When I see your mom my heart goes out to her! I see it in her eyes how much she misses you without her saying a word."
Audrey Brown of Cochrane Wi The home of the Brave

"May God bless your family for your honorable service and sacrfice. I didn't know you but today I saw a Gold Star plate on a minivan pulling into Home Depot with your name on it. What sacrifice, honor and courage. Thank you."
C. Montiho of Waukesha

"Hey sarge I still never forgot you nor will I ever! Your a great soldier and you managed to breach the walls of Heaven> Good Job Sapper!"
D Jones

"To the Bossert Family
I'm sorry for your lost, I served with Andrew during Basic training and AIT and him and I were squad members at Camp Howze, Korea. My prayers go out to your family. He is sadly missed."
SSG (Retired) Michael Genaw of Fort Lewis, WA

"HEY SGT ITS ME NATE I HAVE TRIED TO LIVE UP 2 WHAT U EXPECTED OF ME EVER SINCE THE DAY IN THE FIELD WHEN U TOLD ME NOT TO BE SCARED U WOULD GET ME HOME SAFE THANNK U SO MUCH I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU"
SGT KEVIN NATHANIEL of EL PASO, TEXAS

"Andy, I cannot believe it has been 5 years since you were taken from us. I miss you so much. You are my hero and little (younger) brother, always. I love you and miss you. You will never be forgotten. Love from your sister."
Amy Lopez of Waukesha, WI

"To the Family of Sgt. Bossert,

I served with your son at Ft. campbell Ky for a few years. I remeber they day he reported to the unit. He and Juan Diaz. They were a pair. I was a squad leader in a different squad but I remeber Andy as being great soldier and an even better friend to his fellow soldiers. He was always a hard worker and was always an asset to his squad. He will always hold a special place in my heart. May god bless and keep you! I salute you Sgt. Andrew L. Bossert!!! Thank you for your sacrifice!!!"
James Kessler of Hurricane, WV

"Re: SGT Andrew Bossert

Hello,
I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,700 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Massachusetts

"I was part of the Color Guard at Andy's Cochrane service. Afterwords I thought we needed to do more in Andy's honor. Here is a blog http://theflagmemorial.blogspot.com/
that shows a memorial built to honor Andy and all of Wisconsin's fallen heroes. Peace to Andy and family. Friend Orlin"
Orlin Brommer of Cochrane Wisconsin

"April 29, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Andrew L. Bossert:
Andrew 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

"Dear Andy - It's been more than three years since you went to build castles in heaven...even though we didn't get to grow up together (you're really closer in age to my children) you are my cousin now and forever. I look forward to meeting you in heaven some day - and I feel better knowing that you are there with Grandma and Grandpa Belcher, and my dad (your Uncle Wayne)looking out for us and watching over us. Please say a special prayer for my son, Kenny, who has become a U.S. Marine. I wish that you two had met. I love you and I'm so proud of you."
Sandy Simmons McDowell of Atlanta, GA/USA

"Andy, I am proud of both you & Mike. I can't believe 2 1/2 years have gone by. I am sorry for your families loss. I am also greatful My son Mike was not alone.
I know you are both watching down on me. I hope I can do you proud."
Mike's Mom, Tina of Coudersport, PA

"As a child I spent years of my childhood in Fountain city at the state park just north of town. A beautiful place and a town of the warmest of people. I am a stranger no doubt but share a love for a way of life that Andrew would appreciate go on. The body is no longer here but his soul and spirit rise to new hights in the hearts of his family. We have no words to overcome but to say my prayers are with the entire family."
Russ Kotlarek of saukville WI

"To the family of Andrew Bossert:

I served with Andrew in Korea, and deployed with his battalion to Iraq. In the few opportunities that I had to evaluate his performance, then SGT Bossert proved himself to be a valuable part of my team. I wish that there were more like him.

I am sorry for your loss. May God Bless and keep you."
Jason of Atlanta, GA

"Andy, today is March 7th 2007, two years have passed since your death. Has time been able to heal the wounds of those left behind? I know it is difficult but I hope your warm memories bring comfort to your loved ones. You have not been forgotten, you will not be forgotten. Rest in peace brave soldier."
An old soldier of Bangkok, Thailand

"To Olga,
When we met at Camp Howze, you showed me your strength and your love for your husband. Know that you are in my heart and make sure you keep that strength."
Tracy Mauro (daddymauro@aol.com) of Ft. Bragg, NC

"To the family of SSG Bossert,
I served with SSG Bossert in Iraq and Im sorry you lost a son, husband, and brother. He will not be forgotten."
SSG Carter, Buck of Ft Carson CO US

"My dear Andrushka! My Love! I miss you so much!!! How this happend to you???!!! How I heve to live without you??!! My life is broken... my heart is broken.... I want be with you!"
Olya Bossert of Fountain City, WI

"To the family Bossert
Being a ex-soldier myself in south africa i can understand the code that SGT Bossert lived under. Please accept my sincere sorrow for your loss.

Christian Bossert (South Africa)"
Ian Bossert of Johannesburg South Africa

"Andy,
I remember when I was little coming up to Cassville for the Twin'O'Rama competitions. I still have a picture of us sitting watching the parade. I didn't know you well but the stories I hear tell me a lot about you. May your memories always live on in people's hearts."
Angela Bossert of Hartford, Wisconsin

"Andy, I will always remember the good times we had, I really don't know what to say right now. I will always hold a special place for you"
Josh of Buffalo, NY

"Soldier Bossert,

I salute you!

forever indebted to you,"
Angela of Fort Worth, Texas

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

"To the Family of SGT Andrew Bossert:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses. We would like your permission to put SGT Bossert's name on a cross. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for your loss. If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com."
Marty Preston and Bert Sylvander of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of Sgt. Andrew Bossert. My sincere sympathy for your loss. Thanks to Andy for serving his country for us. I'm so glad I got to meet with you all and visit at Easter time. It is 12 yrs. since my 21 yr. old son, Brad, died in a car accident, and yesterday, 5-14, would've been his 33 rd birthday. Our son's are in a special place, watching over us till we can join them. Know you can email or call me anytime and I'd love you to keep in touch. Judy K."
Judy & John Kampa of Arcadia, WI USA

"To the family of Andrew L. Bossert:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Andy,
I don't know how to word how I feel about you being gone yet. I do know that I feel blessed with the times we had. We always met up in the strangest places... Til I see you again.
Our loss, mortal solider
God's gain, Immortal Angel"
Jessica Brown of Blaine, MN USA

"My prayers go out to the family of SGT Bossert. I served with this great soldier in Korea before I departed back to the states. Our FALLEN HERO will truly be MISSED."
SFC Hernandez of Ft Sill, OK

"Dear Bossert Family,
Our sons will not be forgotten. My son Mike died with Sgt. Andy that day. I know they are together watching out for us. I will be in Fort Carson soon & hope we can meet.
There are no words I can express. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. In our house (Bill, Tina & Janelle) your son will always be remembered. A HERO"
The Franklin Family of Coudersport, PA USA

"Andy, if you can read this up in Heaven, just know that we all miss you so much, that it is almost getting hard for me to type this. I know you would want us to try and move on with our lives. We will try, but it is just so hard to do."
Ian Hantelmann of Dubuque, Iowa

"I grieve for the loss of your loved one, and I pray for your healing. Please know that he is a hero to all of us. My father served in the 2nd Infantry Division during World War II, from Normandy to Czechoslovakia. I have a great fondness for all 2ID soldiers. May your loved one rest in peace."
Linda Covington of Fort Worth, TX

"Sgt. Andrew Bossert gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country and for that our family is eternally grateful. May God keep Andy's wife Olya, his parents Diane & Steve, sister Amy, brother Tim & family in his care during this impossible time. I hope knowing Andy's light will shine forever in the hearts of many give you comfort."
The Baures Family of Buffalo City, WI/USA

"To the family and friends of Andrew.
May God be with you and guide you thru this great time of sorrow. Andrew will never be forgotten"
Candy of Poynette, WI

"In memory of Sgt. Andrew Lee Bossert. Andy you were such a great son, husband, cousin, friend, leader, and our hero. You have touched the lives of so many and made us better because of your unselfish and nondiscriminate love for family and friends. You had such a great heart and this country will greatly miss your leadership. To Andy's family and friends, please honor him by living as a great example as he did. I will try my best to do so and if you need anything from me, please just ask.
Andy we are so proud of you and we will never forget. I look forward to the day we meet again.

Love your cuz,

Jesse"
Dr. Jesse Ploessl of Plymouth, MN

"GOD Speed, my friend. You are a true hero and a damn good team leader. I will miss you, greatly. You will never be forgotten. You did what you did so well, led from the front."
SSG Scott Williams of FT WOOD, MO

"Dear Bossert Family,

Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of Andrew. Please know that we are all praying for you and we pray that you all will have the strength and courage for the hard days, weeks, and months ahead. Also know how very grateful this nation is to have men like Andrew so unselfishly give of himself, so that we all may enjoy our freedom that so many take for granted. Thank you Andrew, for you bravery, valor, and courage for all that you have done. God Bless you and your family"
The Edward Todd Family of Springfield, GA USA

"To Andrew's family, My family honors your hero. He was a brave man who gave his life giving the most precious gift: freedom. Never forget that the American people are grateful for his service and that we will never forget the sacrifice that Andrew has made.
All our prayers are with you in this very sad time. Please know that you are not alone."
Jennifer and SSG Larry Mays, and Kids of Massillon, Ohio

"TO THE BOSSERT FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY YOUR LOST. ANDREW WAS MORE THEN A SOLDIER AND HERO! HE WAS SOMEONE'S SOMEONE THAT ALL LOVED VERY MUCH. ANDREW TRUELY WAS SPECIAL. THE ELITE OF ALL AMERICANS. TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY FOR US ALL. HE HAS TOUCHED MANY MANY LIVES FROM NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS, HIS MILITARY FAMILY, HIS OWN FAMILY AND THOSE THAT DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HIM. OUR FAMILY UNDERSTANDS YOUR LOST. TEN MONTHS NOW AND IT ISN'T EASY! OUR FAMILY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH ANDREW AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

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

"Thank you Andrew Bossert, 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. Andrew Bossert:
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 Andrew 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. Andrew Bossert:
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 Andrew, 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