Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Artimus D. Brassfield


22, of Flint, Michigan.
Brassfield died of wounds received from an enemy mortar attack in Samaria, Iraq. He was assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on October 24, 2003.

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"I always hated NTC. But the time I went with you, SSG Knowels, and Sgt. Whetstone, for some reason was fun. Ill never forget that."
Jason Burke of Roswell, NM

"We miss you my brother, Rest In Peace!!"
David C. Stone of South Royalton, Vermont

"Artimus,
I would just 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.

Iron Knights-Semper In Hostes!
(Always Into the Enemy)
66th Armor motto"

"You are never forgotten Brassfield. You were one good soldier that I had the privilege to work with. May you RIP and continue to ride to the" sound of the guns"."
SGT Lawrence Cottone of Albert Lea, Minnesota

"Man sitting around the house today an a R-Kelly song came on and I could just think about seeing you roll up in the company parking lot with r-Kelly blasting loud as hell with them dam heart glasses on .Miss you man"
SSG Johnson, Herman of Miami, Florida

"I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. WE MISS YOU BRO."
CPL. ALAN SEALS of BEAUMONT, TX

"I only had the privilege of knowing you for a few years. We played football at flint central. We were both undersized in our positions but still got it done. I seen u in battle on the football field, and I'm sure you was a far better soldier. Never forgot about you, just googled you this memorial day and attempted to express my love, appreciation and sorrow for one of the coolest people I ever met. Rest up Art. Love u bro"
charles sharon of flint mi.

"I only had the privilege of knowing you for a few years. We played football at flint central. We were both undersized in our positions but still got it done. I seen u in battle on the football field, and I'm sure you was a far better soldier. Never forgot about you, just googled you this memorial day and attempted to express my love, appreciation and sorrow for one of the coolest people I ever met. Rest up Art. Love u bro"
charles sharon of flint mi.

"I miss you. SEMPER EN HOSTES."
Anderson of Snohomish WA.

"Never forget 24 OCT 03."
Major Sam Sargeant of Florida

"Your service to our country and family is more than appreciated."
Will Brassfield of Oklahoma

"its been a decade now, artimus... that place and our friends and you are burnt in my mind I hounor you every time I pass the flag with a salute at midnight when tatoo plays I go back in my hart and mind. foever your friend jeff"
jeff of fort sill

"MISS YOU ARTIMUS...."
Jennifer Stasher of Jackson, Mississippi

"19 October 2013

Artimus,

It was my honor to have been your platoon leader so long ago. I can't believe it's been 10 years. The fond memories I have of your bright smiling face and positive attitude always boosted our moral back then and those memories have kept me serving all these years later. I had thought once or twice of leaving the Army for good, but having the opportunity to serve great Soldiers like you is what has kept me going and I can think of no other occupation that gives the same satisfaction. The satisfaction of training, serving, and leading great men like you. Selfless men like you. One of the last memories I have of serving you was getting to re-enlist you while we were in Iraq. Imagine that, in the worst of all places and the craziest of times, you chose then to raise your right hand again and commit to your country for more years. I have a picture of you and me that day on my desk which reminds me of all the Great Soldiers I have had the honor of working with. It is you who has reminded me at each tough leadership decision just who it is the officer corp serves and you who has guided me through company command and multiple deployments. You were there every time.

Tomorrow morning I will run my 7th Army 10 Miler in Washington DC and I am dedicating this run to you and your family. I'm anticipating a personal best time, but just knowing you and the other fallen are always running with me is all I will ever need.

Till the high ground.

Still riding with the Bandits to the sound of the guns!

Major Sam Sargeant
Formerly White 1 and Bandit 5"
Sam Sargeant of St Augustine, FL

"Hey, Brassfield. Sorry it took me so long to tell you how much of a difference you made in my life. 10 years later and you're still in my heart and memories. I was a new soldier. Scared to death in Iraq.. you and your bestie Johnson befriended me. Johnson used to have all of us laughing.. I choose to remember the good times. . You were the first person of my army family I lost and it changed me forever. I shed tears for you. But, I rejoice knowing you are an angel. I pray for your family. love and peace be onto them."
Tabatha Robinson of Houston, TX

"Hey Brassfield. I'm sorry it took so long for me to face you. It has taken me 10 years to do this. Even now I'm shaking and in tears some sad but most are cause I was blessed to have known you and to have served with you.I have never forgotten the man you were and are. I'm sorry that its taken me so long to do this. I'm sorry, that I didn't know more. I should of never looked away. I should of known more, done more to help. you will always be in my heart. not a day goes by that I don't relive that Friday afternoon man i wish i could have traded places with you you. Please I'm asking you to forgive me. I wish I had your strength your courage. But hey not all can be like you. I love you bro. I know you and our heavenly father are watching out for the rest of us. Thank you for being that soldier that was as strong as the Tanks we fought in. You set a standard that I strive to live up too. You will never be forgotten you will never be anything less then a true HERO to me. Till we meet again."
Agnew, Michael SGT of Apple Valley, Ca

"I am looking for a family member, wife, mother, or father to send a quilt from the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. We deliver quilts to the families of our Fallen Heros.
Please contact me.
HOTB MI. Coordinator
h.keiser@sbcglobal.net"
Pauline Keiser of kalamazoo, MI

"I am sorry I did not listen to you, not a day goes bye that I don't think of you. I love you, from Basic to the streets of Iraq we served together but we travel together in my heart and mind never to be forgotten. I wanted to tell you I wrote a book that has you in it and I think that it would make you proud. I will meet you in the Fiddler's Green"
Jimmy Brown Jr. of Masontown, PA/USA

"Art, I as I sit here on mission at Ft. Carson I wish I had told you how you changed my views of being a soldier. You made me want to be a better soldier and represent the uniform I wear. It hurts yet make me smile as I tell anyone who will listen about a great battle buddy with shiny boots who bumped R. Kelly while riding around in his red focus. We all carry you on in how we live our lives. Love you, miss you, will never forget you"
SPC Johnson-Young, Keli of Ft. Hood, TX

"It's been awhile now, but I still have great memeories of our time in Iraq no matter how crappy it was at times, for whatever reason particualarly this memorial day,is a tough one. I will never forget, and someday be friends again, in the net life."
J. D. McKibben of Anthem, AZ

"Brass, we had a lot of fun times at the ACP with you J. Time that will never be forgotten. Always remembered, Never forgotten!"
Jarod Dawson of Amarillo Texas

"It's been 8 years since we lost you, but I know your serving next to the lord. I can remember when we were sitting at my grandmothers table eating pound cake the night before you went to Texas, talking about the future. You were a brother to me and you will never be forgotten."
Jenaro Hare of Atlanta, Georgia

"SPC Brassfield....almost 8yrs later and still think about you all the time......"
SFC Audette, Army Reserves, Aco 1-66 4th ID Alumni of Wilmington,MA

"Brassfield man time has past an im still doing this army stuff.I miss u always evertime i look at my left sleeve your name is wright there.It seem just like yesterday we was listening music on guard or getting into it about something i miss a friend that was to young to leave this earth u always will be with me in spirit"
SGT.Johnson of miami Fla USA

"I will always remember SPC Brassfield’s smile and friendliness. He was a hard worker, focused soldier and a nice person. That is how I will remember him when I talked with him next to B-77 the day before he was tragically taken from us. Every time I wear the bracelet that bears your name on it I draw strength from it. You are a hero and neither your sacrifice nor you will ever be forgotten.

CPT Ronald Fiocca Blue 1 B/1-66 AR"

"Spc. Brassfield this your boy Jay miss you like crazy man . miss our old 'M.O' days when we used to go to City Lights and the Sports dome ever week. Even though you gone your never forgotten got your named tatooed on my army. miss u man"
Sgt.Johnson,Herman of Miami, Fla

""To the family of Artimus D. Brassfield ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"We may not have been friends, but we were brothers. You watched my back over there, and that's something I've never forgotten. I remember getting the phone call about you. I had just been un stop-lossed after 4+years in. I had thought I could just leave and forget. I was young and foolish. I haven't forgotten, and I don't want to. You honor us all with your sacrifice.
Peace be to you my brother, I think about you everyday
Spc Matt Tindell, 4thID
"the dude with the phones""
Tindell of denver

"Brassfield I remember us being on guard together all the time talking about what we would do when we got back home. Here it is now 6years later and you are still very much missed. Will always be in my thoughts and memories never will you be forgotten. Love you forever Lynnita Marie Brabson"
Lynnita M Brabson of Atlanta, GA USA

"Hey Artimus,this is your sister Kisha. I'm leaving this message to express how much i miss you, how much we miss you.There is not a day that goes by that i don't think of you. I'm still bitter about you being gone and leaving us. Even though i know your in a much better place. We keep your pictures up and i cry almost everytime i stand and stare at you.You never met your nephew Taybron,he is 6 now,and spoiled Tekeon is 8 about to be nine. Man they know you well and they wear the shirts we had made with your name and picture on it. I'm so so proud of you,for being a great soldier,but most of all for being a great brother. Make sure you make alot of room for us up in heaven because we are coming to be with you when the lord calls for us.You know your sis. b day was on the day you passed,that was a very hard day for her.We are managing but its just not the same without you. I MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU DEARLY. Sincerely your sister always, Kisha"
Lakisha Brassfield of Bellbrook Ohio

"Just wanted to say i miss you and you will never be forgotten. Love you man R.I.P."
Spc. Houska of Oklahoma

"What up brass! I will never forget our service over there in iraq. I tried to save you along with many others that day. I will never forget you brother. I always think of you. I miss bravo and I miss you too bro."
Spc. Joshua Smart of Milliken, Co

"Its been years...and I still tear up when I think of my friend....His life alone motivated mine....Artimus, you inspired me to make more of my life than it was..and still to this day..I LOVE YOU...and when I see you In heaven I will still love you.."
Cruz A. Gatica of S.A.TX/FLINTSTONE BABY

"I may not have known you as well as some of the other soldier's in our E-CO 2-72 training battalion, but the way i feel is that it could have been anyone of us, and because you had a family and children it made it much more of a sacrafice than most of us could ever imagined; I would like to thank you for your service, but most of all I would like to give my thanks and eternal gratitude to the family that you left behind; and I don't want you to think that the only famiy you ever had was in Flint, Michigan, but across the U.S.A. as brother's both black and white alike, the way that both the lord himself and good men like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envinsioned we as AMERICANS have come together in a way that no one could have ever imagined in 2008. Good luck to yourself in the afterlife, and better luck to your aspiring family. REST IN PEACE BROTHER.

TREAT EM ROUGH IN HELL BADBOY"
Sgt David Stone of Waterbury, Vermont, Washington county (802)882-8003

"WELL BRASS ITS 2009...MAN DOES THE TIME FLY BUT MY HEART STILL FEELS LIKE ITS 2003 WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER OR 2002 WHEN WE PILLED UP IN THE RED FORD FOCUS GOING TO LUNCH JAMING THAT NEW R.KELLY AT THE TIME OR TALKING ABOUT FRIDAY AFTER NEXT WITH KATT WILLIAMS(MONEY MIKE)LOL!I KNOW IT SOUNDS CRAZY BUT ITS LIKE EVERYTIME I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE MILITARY OR THE VA ITS LIKE I FEEL YOU ON MY RIGHT SIDE PUSHING ME FORWARD.WE ALL TOOK THAT TRIP FOR OUR COUNTRY READY AND WILLING TO TAKE THAT SACRIFICE FOR OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND SOME PAID A HEAVIER PRICE THAN OTHERS BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE ALL A BAND OF BROTHERS AND NO ONE WILL EVER TAKE THAT AWAY.THE BEST THING I CAN SAY IS "RIDE WITH THE BANDITS TILL THE SOUNDS OF THE GUNS". ANY BANDITS OUT THERE PLEASE HIT ME UP
CPL ALAN SEALS OF BEAUMONT,TX......MRSEALS82@yahoo.com"
alan seals of beaumont,tx

"Whats up Mr. Brassfield, how are you? I know that you're looking down and watching over all of us. You are dearly missed"
SGT Erwin of Dallas, Texas

"wow I never realized it's been five years since brass passed away. I remember the last time I saw brass was the week before he was taken from us. I just got orders to come back home cause of my ETS
date and his tank crew came to camp stoddard from tikrit and I joked with him about how he wouldn't be looking all pretty no more cause he was back on the line again. I just want to wish his family the best and to keep the faith for we will all meet again one day. "RIDE WITH THE BANDITS TO THE SOUNDS OF THE GUNS!" RIP Brass we all miss you bro! Any bandits out there please contact me at nesrok@gmail.com"
SPC LOPEZ NESTOR A. of corona,ny

"It's been 5 years and a few days since that day in Samarra. I still think about the moments before the mortar attack, pulling maintenance on B-66 which sat next to B-67. Joking with Nick and Brass about how hot it was. Those last few minutes will forever be with me.. To the friends, family and loved ones of Artimus my deepest condolences. To all of the Bandits I served with in Iraq.. we will all meet again one day. I think about you every day Brass... and honor you with every thing I do.."
SPC Woods, Nic of Spokane, WA

"Dear Artimus,

I came to the base bearing your name outside Samarra in January of '04. I met and served with many of your friends running combat patrols. When I would ask, I would be rewarded with stories of the man, the soldier who served bravely (and paid the price for our freedom) and was honored by his unit by reassigning the base name to honor him and Jose Mora. All my thanks for your sacrifice. You will not be forgotten while I am taking breath."
Sgt. Mike (special ops) of new york

"April 29, 2008
To the family of Spc. Artimus D. Brassfield:
Artimus 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

"Brassfield, I wish your family the best. Sounds like you became one hell of a solider. You will remember me as one of the loud mouth TANK COMMANDERS at fort KNOX, E. 2/81. I have often thought about how my soldiers came out, or even if some have given their life for the cause. I am sorry you have, and believe me. I hope, others will honor you and pray for your family as I will. GOD BLESS. I'll see you on the highground."
Michael Davis aka SGT DAVIS of Bowling Green, KY

"hey brass.. i just wanted to say i think about you everytime i think of iraq.. i started my first company in your name "ARTIMUS LOBSTERS LLC" i know putting your name on it will take me to the top.. or atleast make me smile when im in alot of debt..haha hope your doing good up there
later bro miss you"
(spec) ryan rayburn 1-8 inf. 4ID of Baton Rouge LA

"WELL BRASSFIELD ITS A NEW YEAR AND I GUESS YOU CAN SAY THINGS ARE ON THE UP AND UP. I HOPE THAT 2008 IS A GREAT YEAR SO I GET PASS ALOT OF THINGS,BUT ONE I WILL NEVER GET PASS IS THE FACT THAT YOU ARE NOT HERE WITH US. I KNOW IN SPIRIT YU ARE AND YOU ARE WATCHING OVER ALL YO BOYS...ME,JOHNSON,COPELAND,WIGGINS,BUSH,AND EVERYONE WE HUNG OUT WITH. I LOVE AND NEVER WILL FORGET YOU."
CPL. ALAN SEALS of BEAUMONT,TX

"Spc Brassfield,

I remember when you Came back to 1-66 Armor in Samarra,Iraq. We lived in a small building, just on the outskirts of the City. This was a few weeks before you were killed. The cott you slept on was next to mine, I remember telling you to pick up your water bottles and trash because it was coming on to my side. Sad how I was mad over the little things. Your sacrifice played a big part for the future of millions of Iraqi children to have a free Iraq to live in, thoose are the big things. I love you my Brother in Arms, I will see you in Heaven. Your Family and Friends are always in our prayers.

Greatest love is he who lays his life down for his friends.

God Bless"
SSG Luna, Lorenzo C34G of Fort Hood, TX USA

"All those years back... all those horrid memories, and visions of battle. I was there when this great man died from a cowardly attack on our base. He was a strong man, whom honored his family, and made us all proud with his service to his country. Even now, when I type this from Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, suffered from an IED blast that took my lower legs... I will NEVER forget that day... It's still burned into the back of my brain, like it was yesterday. HONOR this man, for he is certainly in a better place."
SGT Fountaine, Brian P. C Co. 1-66th Armored Battalion. "White 3" of Washington, DC.

"Spc Brassfield,
My thoughts and prayers turn to you and your family on this memorial day..May your sacrifce never be forgotten..May the love and happiness you brought to the IRON KNIGHTS remain in our hearts forever!! WE MISS YOU!! IRON KNIGHTS!!"
CPL Russell Adams of Idaho Falls, IDAHO

"My prayers are with you"
heather V of wyoming Mi.

"BRO YOU BEEN GONE FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS. WE WERE TOGETHER IN FORTHOOD AND IRAQ SERVING WITH B COMPANY. AFTER I GOT HURT OCT6TH JOHNSON CALLED ME IN THE HOSPITAL AND TOLD ME YOU PASSED. MAN IT ONLY SEEMS LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY THAT WE WERE TOGETHER. I LOVE YOU BRO....LOVE ALWAYS CPL SEALS"
ALAN SEALS of BEAUMONT, TX

"IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY THAT BRASSFIELD AND HIS UNIT CAME TO TIRKIT TO STAY WITH US IN ONE OF SADDAMS MANY HOUSES. UNTIL THEIR NEXT MISSION. WE WOULD WORK OUT TOGETHER BECAUSE HE WANTED TO GET BIG ARMS LIKE ME. I AM BACK HERE NOW IN TIRKIT, IRAQ ALMOST 3 YEARS AFTER YOUR DEATH. I MISS YOU BRO, SO MANY GOOD MEMORIES OF US HANGING OUT HERE IN IRAQ AND MY FAMILY AT HOME WILL HELP ME GET THRU THIS DEPLOYMENT.

GOD BLESS"
SSG HOOKS of BACK IN TIRKIT, IRAQ

"I also served with artimus for the first 6 months of my tour in iraq.. we were all grouped together for one special mission.. I cherished having someone that in the first 5 minutes of meeting i knew would be a great friend for life.. it was strange how he could make any situation a joke no matter how stressed out or crazy the situation was. he definately made my time in iraq go by so much faster. it was truly an honor to know him!!! we were both from two totally different backgrounds but from the first moment we met i knew i had a great friend.. I think about him often and will never forget his sacrifice!!"
Spc. Ryan Rayburn of BATON ROUGE LA...

"I was Artimus Brassfield's 5th grade teacher in Fairborn, Ohio. (near Dayton) I remember Artimus and his beautiful smile like it was yesterday. I was stunned,to say the least, when I heared of what happened to him in Iraq. About a year after his passing, I ran into his mother and have kept in touch with her since then. On November 11, 2005, we planted a tree with a memorial plaque that read, "In memory of Artimus D. Brassfield ~ Thank you for your service to our country in Iraq" in front of our school. The Superintendent also made that day Artimus Brassfield Day in the Fairborn City School District. We had about an hour long Veteran's Day ceremony outside that day for him and all Veterans in which Artimus' mother, brother, and two sisters were able to attend. In my classroom, I have made a bulletin board dedicated to him with pictures and newspapers clippings so my current students will always know about what a hero Artimus was. I will keep that up for as long as I teach. We then set up scholarship in his name and memory and in May, gave the first scholarship to a Fairborn senior that is going to college and doing ROTC. We plan on making this scholarship a yearly one to keep his name and memory alive in the Fairborn area. Even though I never saw Artimus after he left my classroom 15 years ago, I hope he knows that we aren't going to let his memory fade in the Fairborn area. I think of him everytime I go into school to teach my students and look at his pictures on my bulletin board. You will always be a hero to me Artimus and to you and all of our service men and women in this country, I will be forever grateful."
Scott Anderson of Fairborn, Ohio

"I would like to say Brass, I miss the heck out of you.There isn't a day that don't go bye bra.I have also struggled since coming home,and its been rough for me being in the va hospital and everything thats happened in my life changes and not seeing u there leaves a very big empty spot in me.I remember when we were in Basic training togther!It was good times with wiggins, platero,and all of us in Echo Company/2/81.Those were the Days,You will always be my Hero bro,I'll see you one day...
P.S.
From HellHounds To IronKnights
Take care!!!!!!!!!!!"
Cpl.Gonzo of Ft.Hood,Texas

"All Gave Some... Spc. Brassfield Gave All. This is what I had made into a sticker and put on the back of my truck."
Jeremy Tate

"Man I tell u I realy miss u I wish u could come back. Hi uncle Cary I miss u to if u see this mesage tell everyone up ther in michagan I love them and miss
yes I still do want to go to the ARMY.
LOVE YALL TANK!!!!!!!!!!!!"
SPC ZiMorien Hughes (TANK) of Meredian Mississippi USA

"This is your little cousin TANK .
Angela's son and your dad Carry's
nepfew.I Love you Art & I miss you"
TANK of Meredian Mississippi

"I was one of the medics that worked on Brassfield that horrid day. The look in the young gentlemens face still haunts me and I question the value of it all, the war, but know that Brassfield served his country and his unit proudly. He was a stead fast soldier but mainly he was a man that we can all be proud of. You will be missed greatly my friend."
SPC Cameron, Scott S of Fort Lewis, WA

"Much sympathy to the Brassfield Family, If we could only turn back the hands of time. I am also a Flint Central Graduate,I served in Iraq in Operation Desert Storm "90-91" US Army 8th I.D. and I just wish we would have finished the job the 1st time around! STAY STRONG FLINTSTONES"
SPC. Tom Payne of Flint, Michigan

"SPC Brassfield, I think you came to Samarra just as I left, but as a Medic who served with 1/66 in Samarra, I Salute you, I Honor you, I Cherish you and I Mourn your passing. Be Proud of everything you did for your country, be proud of what you Stood for, be proud of your Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage! You and all the rest of the Iron Knights know what I'm talking about....God Bless You and Keep you! Keep an MRE warm for me up there!
SGT (Mr) Russsell Boone, HHC, 1-66 AR"
Rusty Boone of Lancaster, PA / USA

"spc brassfield and i didnt always get along but when it came done 2 it we got the mission done. in the end we all got along. he was an excellent soldier and he was ready to become a segeant.we were a family during our days in iraq. i was with him until the end and there isnt a day that passes that dont think of him. i miss him a ton and wish i could still call him a pretty boy."
sgt nick dutter of home

"I served with Brassfield as a medic attached to B co. 1/66 AR. I was there that horrible day, in Samarra, Iraq. Yet even throught all the pain of that day I will always remember Brassfield for his charisma and personality. He will be missed by his brother soldiers."
Thor Young of Edgewater, MD

"SPC BRASSFIELD WAS MY SOLDIER AT THE TIME OF HIS PASSING.I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW HOW SPECIAL HE WAS. SPC BRASSFIELD HAD A VERY AMAZING WAY OF MAKING ANYONE SMILE NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION WAS. IVE BEEN WITH HIM FOR HIS WHOLE MILITARY CAREER AND I CAN TELL YOU HE WAS A GREAT SOLDIER WITH A GREAT HEART. HE TOUCHED ALOT OF PEOPLE WITH HIS CHARM AND WOULD DO ANYTHING ASKED OF HIM. I REALLY WANT TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH OF A PLEASURE IT WAS TO HAVE HIM AS A FELLOW SOLDIER AND THAT HES IN MY HEART FOREVER. ALSO I WANT TO WISH HIS FAMILY AND WIFE THE VERY BEST. MUCH LOVE FROM THE CREW "B67" BANDITS"
SSG ANNUSSEK of FT. KNOX , KY

"I recently purchased a Hero Bracelet from www.herobracelets.org, and received it today. The bracelets are reminiscent of the POW bracelets worn during the Vietnam War. After reading these beautiful comments, I am proud that my bracelet bears Spc Artimus D. Brassfield's name. I am so sorry for his family's loss, and I hope they know how thankful we are for his sacrifice."
Susan Hamilton of Murfreesboro, TN

"My heart felt sympathy goes out to the Brassfield family. I served in HHC 1/66 AR from 1994 to 1997.

Iron Knights"
Paul Loftis of Charlotte, NC

"Artimus Brassfield is a man I won't forget. I went to Basic training with him and found out about his passing when i first got to Iraq in march. He was a true leader and a great friend. Of those friends and acquaitances that have passed here in iraq, he is one that hurt the most because of the way he was. I will never forget his smile his laugh, the way he was. I miss you Brassfield"
Sgt Josue Vallejo Bco 1-63AR of Iraq, Brawley, CA USA

"I served with Artimus in Iraq. We went out on a mission together shortly before he passed on. He was fearless and kept me focused. He was a very friendly and positive soldier. May his memory live on."
SGT LeAndra Pedersen of Woodland Hills, CA

"In my dutch newspaper I red an article in which Artimus Brassfields father stated that he did not know how to overcome the first anniversary of his sons passing away in Iraq. I was very moved by that statement and I wish him, Caries mother and Carries wife strengh and courage for the day to come and all the days that will follow. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope from the bottom of my heart that the knowledge that you are in the thoughts and hearts of so may people will comfort your soul. The dead and the living are both in Gods hands.
May God bless you."
Virginia of The Netherlands

"To the family of Spc. Brassfield.. My heart goes to all of his family. I'm really sorry to hear what had happend to him, I was in basic training with him in"01" He was such a great guy always had his head up and was always telling me to never quit! and I sure didn't. I just wanna say thank you for having such a great son as him."
Cpl. Alvarado, Selso C of Chicago, IL

"On this Memorial Day, we remember Artimus as well as all of our fallen soldiers who have proudly served our country and who have made the ultimate sacrifice. As a fellow Flint Central H.S. alum, I was especially saddened to hear of your passing. May God bring peace and comfort to your family as they deal with their loss. When my days on this earth are over, I'll look forward to meeting you in heaven."
Charles Pierce of Clarkston, MI.

"To the Brassfield family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I went to elementary school with Artimus in Dayton, Ohio and during the program The Fallen, his name caught my ear. He was listed as being only a few years older than I so I found an old school yearbook and sure enough the picture of Artimus Brassfield beamed from the center of Mrs. Knoth's third grade class. In searching for more information (he looks a bit different fifteen years later) I confirmed that it was in fact the little boy with big brown eyes and a confident smile that I had seen as a fallen hero in a news broadcast. Although Artimus and I were only acquantinces he is the first person I've known from my hometown to have fallen in this tragic war. It surely brings the reality of it all alot closer when you can put a face to a name. Artimus died for a noble cause, and he will not be forgotten."
Jessica Watkins of Fairborn, Ohio, USA

"I lived and worked with SPC Brassfield for the first six months we were in Iraq. Living with someone 24 hours 7 days a week, you start to get to know one another. This truely was a great man and I was honored to have served next to him. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers, as well as his family. "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." Phil 4:13"
SPC McKibben, Joshua D. of Ft. Carson, CO USA!

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

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

"As a fellow graduate of Northern Highschool, my heart goes out to you at the loss of your son. As a wife and a mother of soldiers in Iraq, I can't imagine the pain and grief that you must have. My prayers are with you and your family. Take peace in knowing that your son is a True Hero, and you will soon reunite!!!"
Janice Buchanan of Fort Hood, Texas

"To The Family and Friends of SPC Brassfield: You and Artimus are in my family's and friend's prayers for the great sacrifice that Artimus has made for the freedom of all Americans. He will never be forgotten. God Bless you and may Artimus have an eternity of peace and joy."
Rick and Susan Jordan of Thurmont, MD

"To the family of SPC Brassfield. We are the parents of Jesse Andres who had the priviledge of serving in Iraq with your son. Jesse was a gunner in the same tank division as your son and he wrote home telling us about losing a very good friend and comrade. We can not imagine the pain you are going through with the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and hope you find some comfort in knowing he gave his life for what he believed in and you can be so proud of him."
Sandy and Jim Andres of Lynd, MN. USA

"to the family and friends of spc brassfield, we still mourn over you everyday, we have named the new base we are on camp brassfield-mora after you. this is hard and we miss you and talk about you everyday you are truly missed. roll with the bandit at the sound of the gun is our motto, but now its with a heavy heart. we love you"
soldiers from b.co 1-66 ar. of ft.hood

"I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the family of Artimus D. Brassfield. Although I never knew Artimus personally, I learned of his death when my brother, Jesse Andres, a fellow soldier in Artimus's division, wrote home about him. He was close to your son and was deeply affected by his death. After the attack, the division moved out of the area to a new location that they have named "Camp Brassfield" in memorial. I was very touched by my brother's letter and their respect and admiration for Artimus. I wish that I would have had the chance to meet him myself. I am so sorry for your loss."
Heidi Andres of Burnsville, MN

"Thank you Artimus Brassfield, 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

"Artimus, God Bless you and thank you. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Tis men like you that have made us what we are today. I will pray for you and your family, surley those that give thier lives for the freedom of others and to allow us to sleep safely here at home, willl have a special place in the presence of the Lord. God Bless and keep you in his arms."
John Momchin of Hazlet, NJ

"to the family and friends of my man brass as we called him, i am so sorry for your lose, i was in 1/66 ar. and i knew him as a soldier and as a friend, we here who do know him have decided that we would rather celebrate his life then mourn his death. he was a good friend and he will be sorely missed. i know the pain will not easily go away for i feel it as well but i take comfort in knowing that he is with the lord now and that he can nolonger be hurt and he shall forever be by the lords side.he will always be in my memory. i love you brass."
ssg hightower,sean,d of hhc 1bct 4th id

"As I held your Mother and Father at your Family hour my pain still as great as their's, our hearts beat as one as the pain is the same! Standing at the church hugging your young wife and seeing the amazement in our youngest daughter's face to see that she went to school at the mighty Norther High School with her. I know you and Michael are there in Heaven, probably playing hoop as a true Flintstonian would do! Peace to your family until we are all re-united once again with our Father! Sgt. Michael Pedersen's Family"
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan USA

"I am the father of Army Specialist Artimus Brassfield. I learned of this website by a co-worker at the VA Hospital where I work. I appreciate the words honoring my son. As I read the memorial, I am filled with mixed emotions -- tears of sadness and tears of joy knowing that Artimus served his nation well and gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is every father's desire that their children exceed them and that they bring honor and glory to the family name. Artimus has certainly done this and for this I AM WELL PLEASED just as God the Father spoke the same words about his beloved son Jesus and how he was well pleased of him. Thanks to the many of you who have been touched by my son's sacrifice. I pray for every soldier in uniform and I pray also for the leaders of our nation. I certainly pray that no one will ever be forgotten for their brave and honorable service to America and our world."
Cary Demone Brassfield of Flint, Michigan USA

"I was a fellow classmate of Artimus' although I had not seen him in quit some time it seems like yesterday we walked through the halls of Whittier middle school clowning and joking. I knew Artimus to be a kind,easy going,and to be one of sweetest people that I had ever known no matter how long it had been since we had seen each other we were always happy to see one another. I remeber the last time I saw him he told me that he was going into the service I wished him luck. I will never forget him for being the young boy I met so long ago but I will remember the man that I will always know within. Artimus .D. Brassfeild R.I.P for an eternity. I send nothing but Peace& Love to his family. And to his widow I don't no you but I love you girl and I am truly sorry for your loss. With more love than I can express."
Shanquinta .M. Goodlow of Flint,MI

"To the family and friends of Spc. Artimus Brassfield:
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 Artimus 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. Artimus Brassfield:
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 Artimus, 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