Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. Bradley


39, of Utica, Mississippi.
Bradley's death in Baqubah, Iraq was non-combat related. He was assigned to 588th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 28, 2003.

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"Hi my name is Charlotte I wanted to Thank you for the courage of your son. I was one of his caregivers. My prayers are with you on this day"

"I had a candid conversation with SSG Bradley in Kuwait before we crossed in Iraq. He told me told me he loved the Army but was thinking about getting out after we returned.... I was at the governors compound when they brought him in... I can't put into words the grief that we felt. Although I didn't know him well as he was in a different platoon, I remember that he was a great NCO and a great leader. He is a true hero and will never be forgotten. God bless his family, friends, and brothers in arms."
SFC Lee of JBLM, Wa

"I was talking to a Marine during class yesterday and thought of you. Wish i could have reached out more. Miss you uncle kenny."
tosha stimage of oakland, California USA

"You are never forgotten brother and your passing caused me so much grief. Your words had touched my heart. I remember those days you talked of spending time with your family prior to us being ordered to go to Iraq, the fact that you're life was cut short and all we're robbed of you're love, hurts me to this day. I only pray your family has found peace in your memories and what a great man you were."
SFC Frye of Ft Benning

"From 1964 to 2003 we shared a space on this earth. For 39 years your presence blessed the lives of many. I miss you, my very best friend."
Michael Burns of Jackson, Ms.

"”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 the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,000 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!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To all whom knew .SSG Kenneth Bradley : SSG K Bradley was my friend and one of mt team Ldrs .Back when i was in camp Eschborn. We both taught each other alot..from military studies too life lessons ..i will miss him....I have just learned of his passing and it is heart felt.To the Family ..i will tell you this ..i knew Kenneth for three years and he was my friend ..and i morn his passing...and offer my prayers to you ...the world is a smaller place with out Kenneth ..and i know he touched everyone he met ..with his smile .and will to try and help all he met ....Kenneth was /is my Friend ..and i am proud to have known him"
SSg Michael Simmons (Ret) of Ocala, Fla..USA

"All,

I would like first, to convey my sincerest sympathy to Claudia, Brian, and Sandra. Kenney is truly missed by many and he will always live in our thoughts and good deeds. Secondly, I would like to thank each and every person that has taken time to remember Kenny [SSG Bradley] on this day and days since his passing. Your thoughts, best wishes, and prayers have been extremely comforting, motivating, and uplifting.
Like many of you as I reflect on Kenney’s life it is his great love for music that appears most powerful among my memories. Whether it was his not so flattering impersonation of Hendrix or his persistent renditions of “Cat Scratch Fever” or I’m your “Ice Cream Man” they reverberate now in my mind’s eye as they did twenty plus years ago.
While these are fond memories that I will always cherish, I would like to share the one thing that made Kenney the unique individual we all were so very fortunate to have known. As kids we weren’t any different than other kids, we spent our summers looking for the next adventure and we spent the fall planning for the fun we would have in the summers. However, while most of us displayed the fear of youth when faced with the unknown Kenney was always different, he relished a challenge.
Whether swimming out to the middle of a lake, or learning to drive Kenney’s inquisitive nature always guided him to lead the way. Although it was never said out loud, and it was more in his manner than his ability to state it, we always knew who would chance it first. Seek the challenge, be first and live every minute as if it’s your last, this above all else is what he taught me.
I must admit that lately I haven’t been a very good student but, when life’s valleys seemed too deep for me to climb out, I think of Kenney’s expression right after he’s considered the possible and weighed the result, things always seem better.
So to each and every one of you, when you think of Kenney and his sacrifice do not mourn him long, please spend your time living on the edge, seeking the challenge, and being first.
As teenagers sitting on the front porches of our Mississippi homes and dreaming of the possible we promised to one day return and share the exploits [lies] of our youth, unfortunately, his untimely passing has changed all that.
And while I am sadden to think that we will not get a chance to become old men together and revisit those old porches, in my saddest I remain thankful to have shared so much with my friend, cousin, fellow servicemen and hero.

Kenney we miss you dearly!

Always,"
Melvin Walters of Woodbridge, VA

"To the family of:Kenneth R. Bradley 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"

"To the Family of Staff SGT. Kenneth R. Bradley
I am currently in Iraq, Baghdad and there was a run for the fallen soliders on August 24, 2008 and I found SSGT Kenneth's name on a Board with over 4000 names and put his name on my Chest and ran that race for Him. "You will never be forgotten""
SPC Johnson Christopher of Corinth, MS

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. Bradley:
Kenneth 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 served with SSG Bradley also. I am currently attending St. Mary's University as a disabled veteran. The days I feel like quitting, I think of SSG Bradley, and my other fallen brothers-in-arms. Then I pick myself up and keep going for them. I dedicate my education to their memory. Your sacrifice is not in vain my friend."
SPC George Sanchez-Vega of San Antonio, Texas

"It's late and I can't sleep and you came to mind. I had a dream before you left us. I didn't know I was suspose to say goodbye. we should have kept in touch more. we should have been friends. I miss you."
Cassandra of Jackson, MS

"Kenneth,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Sappers Up!"

"The messages I have read on this board are so touching. They simply reaffirm who my friend was. Thanks to all who have left messages. From 1964 to 2003 we shared a space on this earth. For 39 years his presence graced the lives of many. A self taught guitar player, that left hand made beautiful music. The pain of losing you is as great today as it was when I first received the news in 2003. You see, Kenneth and I were both raised by our grandmothers in Utica, Ms. He was born March 16, 1964 and I was born June 15, 1964. We grew up behind the Sunflower supermarket in a pasture. There were three rundown slave houses in front of a lake. Kenny Ray and his grandmother lived in the third one; I and my grandmother lived in the first. The house in the middle was usually empty. Many would imagine this was a hard life, no indoor plumbing and an un-insulated wooden frame three room house. It was anything but hard. There was a beautiful lake in front of the houses and for years we explored acre after acre of woods, caught wild rabbits and kept them as pets and rode our bicycles on what seemed like endless journeys through that pasture. It was paradise. Spc Stan Stauffer of Juneau, Ak summed it up best. Kenny Ray didn't deserve to die in the sand. I have had many associates in my life but, this was my best friend. The last joke we shared with each other in early 2003 was about the fact that he would turn 40 before me. Who would have thought? Damn!"
Michael Burns of Jackson, Ms

"To the family of ssg bradley, i am very sorry for your loss. i was also a bulldog for the 588th and served with him in iraq. i was there when he passed and it was a very sad day for all of us. he was a very good man and didn't deserve to die in the sand."
spc stan stauffer of juneau, ak

"I to am a Kenneth Ray Bradley. I thank not only your son but all who have fallen for our counties freedom. I would also like to remind the loved ones of all who have fallen that your sons and daughters will not be forgotten."
Kenneth of Forest City, NC

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Kenneth Ray Bradley, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 22, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Kenny, along with 50 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who have died in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View, California

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year"
Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford, wife & daughter of the Late Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford of Batesville, MS

"I was SSG Bradley's, Platoon Leader when we were in A/588th EN. We meet again we he join the Bulldogs just a few months before we left for Iraq. SSG Bradley was always there for the soldiers and always provide me with great advice on how to always helps the troops. He was a tremendous loss to our company and still rests heavy on my heart. Thank you for everything you have given us. God bless you and your family."
Peter Arango of Rochester Hills, MI

"Today I was playing on the computer and typed in my son's name since he has been playing alot on the computer. When this article came up it brought tears to my eyes. My son's name is also Kenneth R. Bradley as well. So each time I look at my Ken I will remember/pray and think of your Ken. Your Ken doesn't look much older than my Ken (20ish) either.

God be with you and your loved ones!"
Regina of Dover, DE

"Hello and thank you to all of you for writting so very many special things about my uncle.For those who knew him knew that Kenny was a ver giving and lovable person.He was very dedicated to his country and to his family.I thank all of you again for your kind words and Kenny will always be with us in our Hearts."
Ernest T, Hopkins III of Camp Lejeune,NC

"Kenneth

Rest in peace brave soldier."
Ray & Mary Dickson of Gautier, MS, USA

"To the family of SSG Kenneth Bradley. I was fortunate enough to have Kenny as my first Squad Leader upon arrival to Germany in January of 99. We learned on our first SGT's time training that we shared a love for guitar and music in general. We played music and worked together so often. Kenny, Bro I miss you man. My white Ibanez guitar still sits in the living room on its stand, strung backwards for a left hander and will remain that way forever because that is the way kenny strung it when he played it last. God Speed Kenny. I'll never forget you."
CW2 John Clement of Clarksville Tn. USA

"Brad and I have been friends since Korea in 1995. Since then we have been stationed together at Ft Hood back in 96-98, in the 91st Engineer battalion, in the 54th Engineer Battalion in Bamberg from 98-01, and back to Ft Hood again in 2001. I remember sitting hours at a time at BIg Jims drinking the night away, and getting our but chewed by SMASH! (CSM)Jack. But anyway, the last time I spoke with him was prior to him going to Iraq.......I really miss my friend, may he rest in peace!"
SSG Timiroff L. McCain of FT Hood, Texas

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"I servend in Germany with SSGT BRADLEY in Germany he was a great soldier and always looked out for his soldiers. He will be missed greatly and we all who served him will never forget him. And my condolences to his family. We miss you and Love You. Your a hero! In so many ways that cant even be explained."
Johnny Rodriguez of Los Angeles California

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

"I served with SSG Bradley in both Germany and Ft Hood and he will be greatly missed! I truly send all of my condolences to the family of SSG Bradley and pray that you stay encouraged."
Latashia Alexander of Arlington, TX USA

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

"Thank you Kenneth Bradley, 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

"I knew SSG Bradley. We worked together in Bamberg Germany. He was the contact person to the Family Readiness Group Leaders for our BN. Whenever something needed done, he would do his best to help the FRG leaders, so we could could forward out the correct info to the other ladies in our unit. He was a great guy."
Angel H. of Arlington TX

"I don't really know how to express all that I feel but I want you to know how much I appreciate the sacrifice, how deeply thankful I am that there are men like SSGT Bradley who are willing to give their all for this nation. May God bless and comfort you"
Kelli of Idaho

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Kenneth Bradley:
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 Kenneth 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. Kenneth Bradley:
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 Kenneth, 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